The table below looks at the statistics for the Information Security Specialist role in IT jobs advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited Information Security Specialist in their job title over the 3 months to 19 December 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Information Security Specialist
Rank 842 830 847
Rank change year-on-year
-12 +17
Permanent jobs requiring an Information Security Specialist 55 60 38
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.049% 0.055% 0.033%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.052% 0.058% 0.035%
Number of salaries quoted 47 55 13
Average salary £52,500 £52,500 £57,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- -8.69%
90% offered a salary of more than £39,500 £45,000 £46,000
10% offered a salary of more than £65,000 £68,600 £79,000
UK excluding London average salary £52,500 £50,000 £57,500
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -13.04%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in permanent jobs advertised across the UK. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of permanent jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
106025 103677 110089
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 94.67% 94.68% 95.33%
Number of salaries quoted 88349 84138 94850
Average salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +5.88%
90% offered a salary of more than £26,500 £26,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £65,000 £70,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £38,500
% change year-on-year
- +3.89%

Information Security Specialist
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of permanent IT jobs citing Information Security Specialist in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Information Security Specialist Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Information Security Specialist
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Information Security Specialist within the UK.

Information Security Specialist Salary Trend in the UK

Information Security Specialist
Salary Histogram

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing Information Security Specialist over the 3 months to 19 December 2014 within the UK.

Information Security Specialist Salary Histogram in the UK

Information Security Specialist
Top 24 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Information Security Specialist within the UK over the 3 months to 19 December 2014. 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
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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Average Salary
Last 3 Months
Average Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -7 54 £52,500 -1.40%
London +10 20 £60,000 +8.10%
South East +24 15 £51,500 -14.16%
Middlesex - 7 £60,000 -
North West -1 6 £65,000 +85.71%
South West - 6 £39,500 -
North Yorkshire - 6 £52,500 -
Yorkshire - 6 £52,500 -
York - 6 £52,500 -
Cheshire - 6 £65,000 -
Surrey 0 5 £39,500 -34.16%
Uxbridge - 4 £60,000 -
Bristol - 4 £39,500 -
Chester - 4 £65,000 -
Dorking - 4 £39,500 -
Docklands, London - 4 - -
City of London +20 2 £75,000 +36.36%
Hampshire - 2 £48,000 -
Farnborough - 2 £48,000 -
East Midlands - 1 £47,500 -
Kent - 1 £51,500 -
Leicestershire - 1 £47,500 -
Leicester - 1 £47,500 -
Wiltshire - 1 - -

Information Security Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT jobs within the UK that cited Information Security Specialist in their job title mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of IT job ads sampled with Information Security Specialist in their job title.

1 134 (100.00%) Information Security
2 108 (80.60%) CISSP
3 70 (52.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 64 (47.76%) Firewall
5 54 (40.30%) Network Security
6 49 (36.57%) CEH
7 43 (32.09%) ISMS
8 41 (30.60%) Ethical Hacking
9 40 (29.85%) TCP/IP
10 39 (29.10%) ITIL
11 37 (27.61%) Management Information System
11 37 (27.61%) Law
12 34 (25.37%) Legal
13 33 (24.63%) Security Management
13 33 (24.63%) Risk Management
14 29 (21.64%) GIAC
15 27 (20.15%) Information Security Management
16 26 (19.40%) Finance
17 24 (17.91%) Penetration Testing
17 24 (17.91%) CISM
18 22 (16.42%) Internet
19 21 (15.67%) Cyber Security
19 21 (15.67%) Microsoft
20 20 (14.93%) Wireless
21 19 (14.18%) Microsoft Certification
22 16 (11.94%) MCSE
22 16 (11.94%) VPN
22 16 (11.94%) Information Assurance
23 14 (10.45%) Change Control
23 14 (10.45%) Windows

Information Security Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT jobs within the UK that cited Information Security Specialist in their job title mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of IT job ads sampled with Information Security Specialist in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 8 (5.97%) IIS
2 4 (2.99%) Tomcat
Applications
1 5 (3.73%) MS Excel
2 2 (1.49%) MS Office
3 1 (0.75%) SmartSuite
Business Applications
1 12 (8.96%) assyst
Communications & Networking
1 64 (47.76%) Firewall
2 54 (40.30%) Network Security
3 40 (29.85%) TCP/IP
4 22 (16.42%) Internet
5 20 (14.93%) Wireless
6 16 (11.94%) VPN
7 13 (9.70%) Intranet
8 11 (8.21%) DNS
8 11 (8.21%) DHCP
9 7 (5.22%) Cisco IOS
10 6 (4.48%) Cisco ASA
10 6 (4.48%) Cisco Nexus
10 6 (4.48%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
10 6 (4.48%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
10 6 (4.48%) OSPF
10 6 (4.48%) BGP
10 6 (4.48%) BIG-IP
11 4 (2.99%) Intrusion Detection
12 3 (2.24%) LAN
13 2 (1.49%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (2.99%) MySQL
1 4 (2.99%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.75%) NonStop SQL
Development Applications
1 1 (0.75%) Metasploit
General
1 37 (27.61%) Law
2 34 (25.37%) Legal
3 26 (19.40%) Finance
4 7 (5.22%) Banking
5 5 (3.73%) Marketing
6 3 (2.24%) Telecoms
6 3 (2.24%) Publishing
7 2 (1.49%) Retail
8 1 (0.75%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.75%) Mandarin Language
8 1 (0.75%) Arabic Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (2.99%) LAMP
2 1 (0.75%) OAuth
2 1 (0.75%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 37 (27.61%) Management Information System
2 8 (5.97%) GIS
3 6 (4.48%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (4.48%) CESG
4 4 (2.99%) Tandem
4 4 (2.99%) Clustering
5 3 (2.24%) Kindle
6 2 (1.49%) Enterprise Software
6 2 (1.49%) Cryptography
7 1 (0.75%) SCADA
7 1 (0.75%) Computer Science
7 1 (0.75%) PMI
7 1 (0.75%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 14 (10.45%) Windows
1 14 (10.45%) Linux
2 13 (9.70%) UNIX
3 5 (3.73%) Windows Server 2008
3 5 (3.73%) Windows 7
4 4 (2.99%) Windows 8
4 4 (2.99%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (0.75%) Android
5 1 (0.75%) Mac OS X
5 1 (0.75%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 134 (100.00%) Information Security
2 43 (32.09%) ISMS
3 41 (30.60%) Ethical Hacking
4 39 (29.10%) ITIL
5 33 (24.63%) Security Management
5 33 (24.63%) Risk Management
6 27 (20.15%) Information Security Management
7 24 (17.91%) Penetration Testing
8 21 (15.67%) Cyber Security
9 16 (11.94%) Information Assurance
10 14 (10.45%) Change Control
11 13 (9.70%) Disaster Recovery
12 12 (8.96%) Data Protection
12 12 (8.96%) Business Continuity
13 7 (5.22%) Security Architecture
13 7 (5.22%) Network Monitoring
14 6 (4.48%) Risk Analysis
14 6 (4.48%) Security Testing
14 6 (4.48%) Risk Assessment
15 4 (2.99%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (3.73%) C
2 4 (2.99%) SQL
3 1 (0.75%) Python
3 1 (0.75%) Bash Shell
3 1 (0.75%) C++
3 1 (0.75%) Java
3 1 (0.75%) Perl
Qualifications
1 108 (80.60%) CISSP
2 49 (36.57%) CEH
3 29 (21.64%) GIAC
4 24 (17.91%) CISM
5 19 (14.18%) Microsoft Certification
6 16 (11.94%) MCSE
7 12 (8.96%) Degree
7 12 (8.96%) Security Cleared
8 10 (7.46%) CISA
9 8 (5.97%) CCNP
9 8 (5.97%) Cisco Certification
10 7 (5.22%) SC Cleared
10 7 (5.22%) CISMP
11 6 (4.48%) CCSE
12 4 (2.99%) Security+ Certification
13 3 (2.24%) MCSA
14 2 (1.49%) CCNA
14 2 (1.49%) QiCA
15 1 (0.75%) GCIA
15 1 (0.75%) GSEC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 70 (52.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 9 (6.72%) PCI DSS
3 6 (4.48%) QA
4 3 (2.24%) COBIT
4 3 (2.24%) ISO 9001
5 2 (1.49%) SLA
5 2 (1.49%) BS25999
5 2 (1.49%) ISO/IEC 17799
6 1 (0.75%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 11 (8.21%) Active Directory
2 6 (4.48%) VMware Infrastructure
2 6 (4.48%) XenServer
3 1 (0.75%) Nmap
Vendors
1 21 (15.67%) Microsoft
2 14 (10.45%) CheckPoint
3 9 (6.72%) Cisco
4 7 (5.22%) HP
4 7 (5.22%) Juniper
5 6 (4.48%) NetIQ
5 6 (4.48%) SolarWinds
5 6 (4.48%) Infoblox
5 6 (4.48%) Imperva
5 6 (4.48%) VMware
5 6 (4.48%) Blue Coat
5 6 (4.48%) F5
6 5 (3.73%) ArcSight
7 4 (2.99%) Oracle
7 4 (2.99%) Sun
7 4 (2.99%) Cyber-Ark
8 1 (0.75%) Sophos
8 1 (0.75%) Apple
8 1 (0.75%) AlgoSec
8 1 (0.75%) Qualys