The median contractor rate for a Security Specialist was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 27 March 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Security Specialist
UK
Rank 494 528 510
Rank change year-on-year +34 -18  
Contract jobs requiring a Security Specialist 89 112 121
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.20% 0.21% 0.22%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.21% 0.22% 0.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 66 70 79
Median daily rate £450 £450 £450
90% offered a daily rate of more than £315 £349 £388
10% offered a daily rate of more than £560 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £410 £425
% change year-on-year +9.75% -3.52%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £68.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £68.00

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 42574 50675 51233
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.79% 95.19% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 27643 32785 30936
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £560
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1490 1588 2053
Median hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.26% +8.57%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £47.93 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +17.64%  

Security Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Security Specialist in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Security Specialist in the UK

Security Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Security Specialist.

Contractor daily rate trend for Security Specialist in the UK

Security Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Security Specialist over the 3 months to 27 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Security Specialist in the UK

Security Specialist
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Security Specialist.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Security Specialist in the UK

Security Specialist
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Security Specialist within the UK over the 3 months to 27 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +24 84 £450 - 21
London +27 25 £450 -15.49% 11
North West +45 23 £425 -22.72% 3
South East -8 20 £468 +3.88% 2
Manchester +28 18 £391 - 3
Salford - 10 £391 -
Yorkshire +10 9 £450 +14.64% 2
Berkshire +22 8 £588 +17.50% 1
West Yorkshire +14 7 £475 +18.38% 2
City of London +5 7 £425 -12.82% 3
Leeds +9 6 £463 +15.26% 2
Hampshire -1 6 £450 -
West Midlands +19 4 £500 +60.00% 2
East of England - 3 £425 -
Surrey - 3 £468 - 1
Woking - 3 £468 -
Winchester +2 2 £488 +14.70%
Milton Keynes +1 2 £450 +28.57%
Buckinghamshire -8 2 £450 +28.57%
West Wales - 2 - -
Wolverhampton - 2 £575 -
Scotland - 2 £469 - 12
Wales - 2 - -
Welwyn Garden City - 2 - -
Preston - 2 £505 -
North Yorkshire - 2 £450 -
Liverpool - 2 £600 -
Lancashire - 2 £505 -
Merseyside - 2 £600 -
Swansea - 2 - -

Security Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 March 2017, Security Specialist contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Security Specialist in the job title.

1 72 (41.14%) Firewall
2 58 (33.14%) Information Security
3 44 (25.14%) CISSP
4 42 (24.00%) Security Cleared
4 42 (24.00%) Cybersecurity
5 40 (22.86%) Finance
5 40 (22.86%) Cisco
6 37 (21.14%) Windows
6 37 (21.14%) Network Security
7 32 (18.29%) Unix
8 30 (17.14%) SC Cleared
9 29 (16.57%) Linux
10 27 (15.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 27 (15.43%) SIEM
11 26 (14.86%) Security Operations
11 26 (14.86%) Vulnerability Assessment
11 26 (14.86%) TCP/IP
11 26 (14.86%) VPN
12 25 (14.29%) PCI DSS
13 24 (13.71%) CISM
14 23 (13.14%) F5
14 23 (13.14%) Data Centre
15 22 (12.57%) Juniper
16 21 (12.00%) CheckPoint
16 21 (12.00%) Intrusion Detection
17 19 (10.86%) Blue Coat
17 19 (10.86%) Cisco ASA
17 19 (10.86%) Management Information System
18 18 (10.29%) PKI
18 18 (10.29%) LogRhythm

Security Specialist Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 5 (2.86%) WebSphere
2 1 (0.57%) IIS
Applications
1 4 (2.29%) MS Office
1 4 (2.29%) MS Project
2 3 (1.71%) MS Visio
3 2 (1.14%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.57%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (0.57%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 8 (4.57%) Cloud Computing
1 8 (4.57%) Office 365
2 6 (3.43%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (1.71%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (0.57%) Amazon S3
4 1 (0.57%) IaaS
4 1 (0.57%) IBM Cloud
4 1 (0.57%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 72 (41.14%) Firewall
2 37 (21.14%) Network Security
3 26 (14.86%) TCP/IP
3 26 (14.86%) VPN
4 21 (12.00%) Intrusion Detection
5 19 (10.86%) Cisco ASA
6 17 (9.71%) Wireless
7 16 (9.14%) LAN
8 14 (8.00%) WAN
9 13 (7.43%) Internet
10 12 (6.86%) VoIP
11 11 (6.29%) SSL
12 8 (4.57%) DNS
13 6 (3.43%) Cisco IOS
13 6 (3.43%) DHCP
13 6 (3.43%) OSPF
14 5 (2.86%) BGP
14 5 (2.86%) BIG-IP
14 5 (2.86%) Cisco Nexus
14 5 (2.86%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (2.86%) DB2
1 5 (2.86%) Redis
1 5 (2.86%) Star Schema
2 4 (2.29%) Oracle Database
3 3 (1.71%) Oracle Database 12c
3 3 (1.71%) SQL Server
4 1 (0.57%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 2 (1.14%) Metasploit
General
1 40 (22.86%) Finance
2 7 (4.00%) Legal
3 5 (2.86%) Telecoms
4 3 (1.71%) Banking
4 3 (1.71%) Law
4 3 (1.71%) Retail
5 1 (0.57%) Advertising
5 1 (0.57%) Dutch Language
5 1 (0.57%) Electronics
5 1 (0.57%) Financial Institution
5 1 (0.57%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.57%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (5.71%) 802.1X
2 8 (4.57%) Elastic Stack
3 5 (2.86%) Middleware
3 5 (2.86%) Web Services
4 4 (2.29%) RESTful
4 4 (2.29%) XML
5 3 (1.71%) HTML
6 2 (1.14%) REST
6 2 (1.14%) SailPoint
6 2 (1.14%) SOAP
6 2 (1.14%) SPML
7 1 (0.57%) .NET
7 1 (0.57%) AppFabric
7 1 (0.57%) ASP.NET
7 1 (0.57%) CGI
7 1 (0.57%) CSS
7 1 (0.57%) SAML
7 1 (0.57%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 23 (13.14%) Data Centre
2 19 (10.86%) Management Information System
3 18 (10.29%) PKI
4 14 (8.00%) CESG
5 11 (6.29%) Security Operations Centre
6 7 (4.00%) Analytical Skills
6 7 (4.00%) Public Cloud
7 6 (3.43%) Mainframe
8 5 (2.86%) Cyber Attack
9 4 (2.29%) Client/Server
10 3 (1.71%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 2 (1.14%) Fat Client
11 2 (1.14%) PMI
11 2 (1.14%) Thin Client
12 1 (0.57%) CMDB
12 1 (0.57%) Fixed Income
12 1 (0.57%) Replication
12 1 (0.57%) RIA
12 1 (0.57%) RSA SecurID
12 1 (0.57%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 37 (21.14%) Windows
2 32 (18.29%) Unix
3 29 (16.57%) Linux
4 6 (3.43%) AIX
5 2 (1.14%) Kali Linux
5 2 (1.14%) VMS
5 2 (1.14%) Windows Server
5 2 (1.14%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (0.57%) CentOS
6 1 (0.57%) HPUX
6 1 (0.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (0.57%) Solaris
6 1 (0.57%) Ubuntu
6 1 (0.57%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (0.57%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 58 (33.14%) Information Security
2 42 (24.00%) Cybersecurity
3 27 (15.43%) SIEM
4 26 (14.86%) Security Operations
4 26 (14.86%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 18 (10.29%) Process Improvement
5 18 (10.29%) Vulnerability Management
6 16 (9.14%) Stakeholder Management
7 15 (8.57%) ITIL
7 15 (8.57%) Penetration Testing
8 13 (7.43%) Database Security
8 13 (7.43%) Vulnerability Scanning
9 12 (6.86%) Continuous Improvement
9 12 (6.86%) Ethical Hacking
9 12 (6.86%) Malware Detection/Protection
9 12 (6.86%) Risk Management
9 12 (6.86%) Service Management
10 10 (5.71%) Information Assurance
10 10 (5.71%) Kalman Filter
10 10 (5.71%) Patch Management
Programming Languages
1 7 (4.00%) Python
1 7 (4.00%) SQL
2 3 (1.71%) Java
2 3 (1.71%) Perl
2 3 (1.71%) Shell Script
3 1 (0.57%) JavaScript
3 1 (0.57%) PHP
3 1 (0.57%) PowerShell
3 1 (0.57%) Ruby
3 1 (0.57%) VB
Qualifications
1 44 (25.14%) CISSP
2 42 (24.00%) Security Cleared
3 30 (17.14%) SC Cleared
4 24 (13.71%) CISM
5 14 (8.00%) Cisco Certification
6 13 (7.43%) Degree
6 13 (7.43%) SANS
7 10 (5.71%) CCSP
8 9 (5.14%) SSCP
9 8 (4.57%) CCNP
10 5 (2.86%) (ISC)2 CCSP
10 5 (2.86%) CCSE
11 4 (2.29%) CEH
11 4 (2.29%) CREST Certified
11 4 (2.29%) PCI QSA
12 3 (1.71%) CISA
12 3 (1.71%) DV Cleared
13 2 (1.14%) CCNA
13 2 (1.14%) PMI Certification
13 2 (1.14%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (15.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 25 (14.29%) PCI DSS
3 9 (5.14%) ISO27002
4 7 (4.00%) COBIT
5 4 (2.29%) GDPR
5 4 (2.29%) ISO22301
6 2 (1.14%) HIPAA
6 2 (1.14%) P3O
6 2 (1.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.57%) GPG13
7 1 (0.57%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 1 (0.57%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.57%) PMO
7 1 (0.57%) RMADS
7 1 (0.57%) SLA
System Software
1 9 (5.14%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (2.29%) Snort
3 3 (1.71%) Active Directory
3 3 (1.71%) vCloud
4 2 (1.14%) pfSense
5 1 (0.57%) ACF2
5 1 (0.57%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.57%) RACF
Systems Management
1 17 (9.71%) QRadar
2 11 (6.29%) Nexpose
3 5 (2.86%) Kibana
3 5 (2.86%) logstash
3 5 (2.86%) Nessus
4 4 (2.29%) RSA Security Analytics
5 3 (1.71%) RSA enVision
6 2 (1.14%) ArcSight ESM
6 2 (1.14%) HAProxy
6 2 (1.14%) Oracle Identity Management
7 1 (0.57%) EMC NetWorker
7 1 (0.57%) EnCase
7 1 (0.57%) Host Intrusion Detection System
7 1 (0.57%) HP Quality Center
7 1 (0.57%) McAfee ePO
7 1 (0.57%) Nmap
7 1 (0.57%) Norton AntiVirus
7 1 (0.57%) SCCM
7 1 (0.57%) SCOM
7 1 (0.57%) zSecure
Vendors
1 40 (22.86%) Cisco
2 23 (13.14%) F5
3 22 (12.57%) Juniper
4 21 (12.00%) CheckPoint
5 19 (10.86%) Blue Coat
6 18 (10.29%) LogRhythm
7 17 (9.71%) Intel Security
8 16 (9.14%) IBM
9 15 (8.57%) ArcSight
9 15 (8.57%) Sourcefire
9 15 (8.57%) Splunk
10 14 (8.00%) Palo Alto
11 11 (6.29%) Symantec
12 10 (5.71%) Apple
12 10 (5.71%) FireEye
12 10 (5.71%) Fortinet
12 10 (5.71%) GFI Software
12 10 (5.71%) Oracle
12 10 (5.71%) Rapid7
12 10 (5.71%) TippingPoint
Manchester, Lancashire
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £400 to £600 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Hydrogen Group
Posted: 3 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Elevate Direct
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 3 days ago