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 25 November 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
25 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Information Security Specialist
Rank 847 852 862
Rank change year-on-year
+5 +10
Permanent jobs requiring an Information Security Specialist 62 44 45
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.055% 0.040% 0.039%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.058% 0.042% 0.041%
Number of salaries quoted 55 41 19
Average salary £58,750 £54,000 £57,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+8.79% -6.08%
90% offered a salary of more than £39,500 £50,000 £46,000
10% offered a salary of more than £65,000 £71,000 £73,000
UK excluding London average salary £51,500 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year
+3.00% -

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
107607 104825 109929
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 94.60% 94.71% 95.34%
Number of salaries quoted 89210 86198 94252
Average salary £45,000 £44,000 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+2.27% +3.52%
90% offered a salary of more than £26,000 £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 25 November 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 25 November 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 +20 61 £58,750 +8.79%
London +27 28 £60,000 +9.09%
South East +12 15 £51,500 -14.16%
South West - 7 £39,500 -
Middlesex - 7 £60,000 -
Cheshire 0 6 £65,000 +30.00%
North West -5 6 £65,000 +30.00%
City of London +7 5 £62,500 +19.04%
Surrey -5 5 £39,500 -34.16%
Uxbridge - 5 £60,000 -
Bristol - 5 £39,500 -
Chester +13 4 £65,000 +30.00%
Dorking - 4 £39,500 -
York - 3 £52,500 -
North Yorkshire - 3 £52,500 -
Yorkshire - 3 £52,500 -
Leicestershire - 2 £45,625 -
Docklands, London - 2 - -
East Midlands - 2 £45,625 -
Hampshire - 2 £48,000 -
Leicester - 2 £45,625 -
Farnborough - 2 £48,000 -
Kent - 1 £51,500 -
Wiltshire - 1 - -

Information Security Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 November 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.

1 147 (100.00%) Information Security
2 110 (74.83%) CISSP
3 73 (49.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 61 (41.50%) Firewall
5 56 (38.10%) Network Security
6 54 (36.73%) CEH
7 47 (31.97%) Ethical Hacking
8 44 (29.93%) Management Information System
9 43 (29.25%) Risk Management
9 43 (29.25%) ISMS
10 40 (27.21%) ITIL
10 40 (27.21%) TCP/IP
11 37 (25.17%) Law
12 35 (23.81%) Legal
13 31 (21.09%) CISM
13 31 (21.09%) Security Management
14 30 (20.41%) Finance
15 29 (19.73%) GIAC
16 27 (18.37%) Penetration Testing
17 26 (17.69%) Microsoft Certification
18 25 (17.01%) Information Security Management
19 24 (16.33%) Internet
20 23 (15.65%) MCSE
21 21 (14.29%) Windows
21 21 (14.29%) Linux
21 21 (14.29%) Microsoft
21 21 (14.29%) Degree
21 21 (14.29%) Cyber Security
22 17 (11.56%) Wireless
23 16 (10.88%) VPN

Information Security Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 25 November 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 13 (8.84%) IIS
2 9 (6.12%) Tomcat
Applications
1 7 (4.76%) MS Excel
2 2 (1.36%) MS Office
3 1 (0.68%) SmartSuite
Business Applications
1 12 (8.16%) assyst
Communications & Networking
1 61 (41.50%) Firewall
2 56 (38.10%) Network Security
3 40 (27.21%) TCP/IP
4 24 (16.33%) Internet
5 17 (11.56%) Wireless
6 16 (10.88%) VPN
7 13 (8.84%) DNS
7 13 (8.84%) DHCP
7 13 (8.84%) Intranet
8 5 (3.40%) LAN
9 4 (2.72%) Intrusion Detection
9 4 (2.72%) Cisco IOS
10 3 (2.04%) Cisco Nexus
10 3 (2.04%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
10 3 (2.04%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
10 3 (2.04%) Cisco ASA
10 3 (2.04%) BIG-IP
10 3 (2.04%) Wireshark
10 3 (2.04%) OSPF
10 3 (2.04%) BGP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (6.12%) MySQL
1 9 (6.12%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.68%) NonStop SQL
Development Applications
1 3 (2.04%) Metasploit
General
1 37 (25.17%) Law
2 35 (23.81%) Legal
3 30 (20.41%) Finance
4 10 (6.80%) Banking
5 5 (3.40%) Marketing
6 3 (2.04%) Publishing
6 3 (2.04%) Telecoms
7 2 (1.36%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.68%) Mandarin Language
8 1 (0.68%) Arabic Language
8 1 (0.68%) Retail
8 1 (0.68%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (6.12%) LAMP
2 1 (0.68%) OAuth
2 1 (0.68%) .NET
2 1 (0.68%) ASP.NET
2 1 (0.68%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 44 (29.93%) Management Information System
2 11 (7.48%) CESG
3 9 (6.12%) Clustering
4 6 (4.08%) GIS
4 6 (4.08%) Analytical Skills
5 5 (3.40%) Kindle
6 4 (2.72%) Tandem
6 4 (2.72%) Cryptography
7 3 (2.04%) Computer Science
8 2 (1.36%) FMCG
8 2 (1.36%) Enterprise Software
9 1 (0.68%) SCADA
9 1 (0.68%) PMI
9 1 (0.68%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 21 (14.29%) Windows
1 21 (14.29%) Linux
2 15 (10.20%) UNIX
3 10 (6.80%) Windows Server 2008
3 10 (6.80%) Windows 7
4 9 (6.12%) Windows 8
4 9 (6.12%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (0.68%) Android
5 1 (0.68%) Mac OS X
5 1 (0.68%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 147 (100.00%) Information Security
2 47 (31.97%) Ethical Hacking
3 43 (29.25%) ISMS
3 43 (29.25%) Risk Management
4 40 (27.21%) ITIL
5 31 (21.09%) Security Management
6 27 (18.37%) Penetration Testing
7 25 (17.01%) Information Security Management
8 21 (14.29%) Cyber Security
9 16 (10.88%) Information Assurance
10 14 (9.52%) Business Continuity
10 14 (9.52%) Change Control
11 13 (8.84%) Disaster Recovery
12 12 (8.16%) Data Protection
13 7 (4.76%) Risk Analysis
13 7 (4.76%) Security Testing
13 7 (4.76%) Security Architecture
14 6 (4.08%) Risk Assessment
15 5 (3.40%) Project Management
15 5 (3.40%) OWASP
Programming Languages
1 9 (6.12%) SQL
2 7 (4.76%) C
3 3 (2.04%) C++
3 3 (2.04%) Java
3 3 (2.04%) Perl
3 3 (2.04%) Python
4 1 (0.68%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 110 (74.83%) CISSP
2 54 (36.73%) CEH
3 31 (21.09%) CISM
4 29 (19.73%) GIAC
5 26 (17.69%) Microsoft Certification
6 23 (15.65%) MCSE
7 21 (14.29%) Degree
8 12 (8.16%) Security Cleared
9 10 (6.80%) CISA
10 7 (4.76%) SC Cleared
10 7 (4.76%) CISMP
10 7 (4.76%) CCNP
10 7 (4.76%) Cisco Certification
11 4 (2.72%) CCNA
11 4 (2.72%) Security+ Certification
12 3 (2.04%) RHCE
12 3 (2.04%) MCSA
12 3 (2.04%) GSEC
12 3 (2.04%) CCSE
12 3 (2.04%) GPEN
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 73 (49.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 10 (6.80%) PCI DSS
3 6 (4.08%) QA
4 5 (3.40%) ISO 9001
5 3 (2.04%) COBIT
6 2 (1.36%) SLA
6 2 (1.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (1.36%) BS25999
6 2 (1.36%) ISO/IEC 17799
System Software
1 16 (10.88%) Active Directory
2 3 (2.04%) Nmap
2 3 (2.04%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (2.04%) XenServer
Vendors
1 21 (14.29%) Microsoft
2 11 (7.48%) CheckPoint
3 9 (6.12%) Oracle
4 6 (4.08%) Cisco
4 6 (4.08%) NetIQ
5 5 (3.40%) ArcSight
6 4 (2.72%) Sun
6 4 (2.72%) HP
6 4 (2.72%) Juniper
7 3 (2.04%) VMware
7 3 (2.04%) Blue Coat
7 3 (2.04%) SolarWinds
7 3 (2.04%) Infoblox
7 3 (2.04%) Imperva
7 3 (2.04%) F5
8 2 (1.36%) Cyber-Ark
9 1 (0.68%) AlgoSec
9 1 (0.68%) Tufin
9 1 (0.68%) Qualys
9 1 (0.68%) Apple