The table below looks at the statistics for the IT 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 IT Security Specialist in their job title over the 3 months to 27 April 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
27 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
IT Security Specialist
Rank 861 908 852
Rank change year-on-year
+47 -56
Permanent jobs requiring an IT Security Specialist 38 24 51
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.034% 0.020% 0.046%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.036% 0.021% 0.049%
Number of salaries quoted 26 17 41
Average salary £55,000 £45,000 £55,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+22.22% -18.18%
90% offered a salary of more than £41,500 £35,100 £45,000
10% offered a salary of more than £67,500 £53,500 £97,500
UK excluding London average salary £55,000 £45,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year
+22.22% -10.00%

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
104967 112334 104688
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 94.64% 94.60% 94.75%
Number of salaries quoted 85785 91103 87039
Average salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +5.88%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,000 £27,000 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £67,500 £70,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £38,000
% change year-on-year
- +5.26%

IT Security Specialist
Jobs Demand Trend

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

IT Security Specialist Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

IT Security Specialist
Salary Trend

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

IT Security Specialist Salary Trend in the UK

IT Security Specialist
Salary Histogram

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing IT Security Specialist over the 3 months to 27 April 2015 within the UK.

IT Security Specialist Salary Histogram in the UK

IT Security Specialist
Top 30 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing IT Security Specialist within the UK over the 3 months to 27 April 2015. 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 +43 34 £55,000 +22.22%
South East +23 11 £55,000 -
London +28 8 £67,500 +35.00%
South West - 5 - -
Wiltshire - 5 - -
City of London +23 4 £67,500 +50.00%
Yorkshire - 4 £55,000 -
West Yorkshire - 4 £55,000 -
Milton Keynes - 4 £41,500 -
Berkshire - 4 £62,500 -
Buckinghamshire - 4 £41,500 -
Leeds - 4 £55,000 -
East of England +21 3 £55,000 +10.00%
Scotland - 3 £62,750 -
Kent - 3 £55,000 -
Newbury - 3 £62,500 -
Edinburgh - 3 £62,750 -
Essex 0 2 £55,000 +10.00%
West Midlands -26 2 £52,500 +16.66%
Birmingham -13 1 £45,000 -
Coventry -17 1 £60,000 +90.47%
Malmesbury - 1 - -
Cambridge - 1 - -
Cardiff - 1 - -
Chatham - 1 £67,500 -
Northamptonshire - 1 - -
Northampton - 1 - -
Cambridgeshire - 1 - -
East Midlands - 1 - -
Wales - 1 - -

IT Security Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 April 2015, IT jobs within the UK that cited IT 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 IT Security Specialist in their job title.

1 34 (64.15%) Firewall
2 30 (56.60%) CISSP
3 22 (41.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 21 (39.62%) SIEM
5 20 (37.74%) Information Security
6 19 (35.85%) Finance
7 17 (32.08%) CISM
7 17 (32.08%) Cisco
8 14 (26.42%) Risk Management
8 14 (26.42%) Penetration Testing
8 14 (26.42%) Degree
8 14 (26.42%) Network Security
9 13 (24.53%) Security Architecture
9 13 (24.53%) Windows
10 12 (22.64%) Linux
10 12 (22.64%) PCI DSS
11 11 (20.75%) TCP/IP
12 9 (16.98%) ITIL
12 9 (16.98%) CEH
13 8 (15.09%) Vulnerability Assessment
13 8 (15.09%) E-Commerce
13 8 (15.09%) WAN
13 8 (15.09%) SSCP
14 7 (13.21%) LAN
14 7 (13.21%) Microsoft
14 7 (13.21%) MS Excel
14 7 (13.21%) SQL
15 6 (11.32%) Project Management
15 6 (11.32%) Telecoms
15 6 (11.32%) Security Management

IT Security Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 April 2015, IT jobs within the UK that cited IT 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 IT Security Specialist in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (1.89%) WebLogic
1 1 (1.89%) Apache
1 1 (1.89%) Tomcat
Applications
1 7 (13.21%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 34 (64.15%) Firewall
2 14 (26.42%) Network Security
3 11 (20.75%) TCP/IP
4 8 (15.09%) WAN
5 7 (13.21%) LAN
6 6 (11.32%) Cisco ASA
7 5 (9.43%) VPN
8 4 (7.55%) Intrusion Detection
9 2 (3.77%) Wireless Security
9 2 (3.77%) Wireless
9 2 (3.77%) DNS
9 2 (3.77%) SSL
9 2 (3.77%) DHCP
9 2 (3.77%) HTTP
10 1 (1.89%) Broadband
10 1 (1.89%) MPLS
10 1 (1.89%) BGP
10 1 (1.89%) EIGRP
10 1 (1.89%) DMVPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (3.77%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.89%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (1.89%) Data Mining
2 1 (1.89%) Big Data
General
1 19 (35.85%) Finance
2 6 (11.32%) Telecoms
3 5 (9.43%) Banking
4 3 (5.66%) Advertising
5 2 (3.77%) Polish Language
5 2 (3.77%) Financial Institution
6 1 (1.89%) Law
6 1 (1.89%) Retail
6 1 (1.89%) Marketing
6 1 (1.89%) German Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (11.32%) Regular Expression
2 4 (7.55%) XML
3 2 (3.77%) Web Services
4 1 (1.89%) Spring
4 1 (1.89%) J2EE
4 1 (1.89%) Struts
Miscellaneous
1 4 (7.55%) Visualisation
1 4 (7.55%) Open Source
2 3 (5.66%) Management Information System
2 3 (5.66%) Cryptography
3 2 (3.77%) Computer Science
3 2 (3.77%) BYOD
4 1 (1.89%) Thin Client
4 1 (1.89%) Fat Client
4 1 (1.89%) BBC
4 1 (1.89%) Hedge funds
4 1 (1.89%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (1.89%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 13 (24.53%) Windows
2 12 (22.64%) Linux
3 3 (5.66%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (39.62%) SIEM
2 20 (37.74%) Information Security
3 14 (26.42%) Risk Management
3 14 (26.42%) Penetration Testing
4 13 (24.53%) Security Architecture
5 9 (16.98%) ITIL
6 8 (15.09%) E-Commerce
6 8 (15.09%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 6 (11.32%) Security Management
7 6 (11.32%) Project Management
7 6 (11.32%) Database Security
8 5 (9.43%) Incident Management
8 5 (9.43%) Mentoring
9 4 (7.55%) Analytics
9 4 (7.55%) Kalman Filter
9 4 (7.55%) PRINCE2
10 3 (5.66%) Identity Management
10 3 (5.66%) Data Security
10 3 (5.66%) Computer Forensics
10 3 (5.66%) Data Governance
Programming Languages
1 7 (13.21%) SQL
2 2 (3.77%) Perl
3 1 (1.89%) Java
3 1 (1.89%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 30 (56.60%) CISSP
2 17 (32.08%) CISM
3 14 (26.42%) Degree
4 9 (16.98%) CEH
5 8 (15.09%) SSCP
6 5 (9.43%) GIAC
7 4 (7.55%) CISA
7 4 (7.55%) CHFI
8 3 (5.66%) Security Cleared
9 2 (3.77%) CISMP
9 2 (3.77%) SC Cleared
9 2 (3.77%) Cisco Certification
9 2 (3.77%) Microsoft Certification
9 2 (3.77%) MCP
9 2 (3.77%) MCSA
10 1 (1.89%) CCNP
10 1 (1.89%) CCNA
10 1 (1.89%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (1.89%) GCFA
10 1 (1.89%) CRISC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (41.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 12 (22.64%) PCI DSS
3 5 (9.43%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 2 (3.77%) COBIT
System Software
1 5 (9.43%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.89%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (5.66%) SCCM
Vendors
1 17 (32.08%) Cisco
2 7 (13.21%) Microsoft
3 5 (9.43%) CheckPoint
4 4 (7.55%) VMware
4 4 (7.55%) Sourcefire
4 4 (7.55%) Juniper
4 4 (7.55%) Red Hat
4 4 (7.55%) Splunk
4 4 (7.55%) LogRhythm
5 3 (5.66%) Fortinet
6 1 (1.89%) Citrix
6 1 (1.89%) Cyber-Ark