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 21 October 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
21 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
IT Security Specialist
Rank 884 839 884
Rank change year-on-year
-45 +45
Permanent jobs requiring an IT Security Specialist 20 40 24
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.018% 0.037% 0.021%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.019% 0.039% 0.022%
Number of salaries quoted 18 34 24
Average salary £60,500 £45,000 £43,750
Average salary % change year-on-year
+34.44% +2.85%
90% offered a salary of more than £42,170 £33,250 £38,600
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £55,000 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £46,500 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +5.88%

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
107528 102254 109513
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 94.51% 94.52% 95.27%
Number of salaries quoted 87765 84921 93187
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 £26,500 £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 21 October 2014 within the UK.

IT Security Specialist Salary Histogram in the UK

IT Security Specialist
Top 18 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 21 October 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 -34 16 £67,500 +35.00% 1
London -6 9 £70,000 +40.00% 1
South East -12 4 £45,000 -18.18%
Scotland 0 3 £47,025 -7.79%
Edinburgh -7 3 £47,025 -7.79%
Kent - 2 £46,750 -
City of London - 2 £67,500 - 1
Berkshire +1 1 £27,500 -50.00%
Swindon 0 1 £63,500 +53.01%
Wiltshire -3 1 £63,500 +53.01%
North West -7 1 £47,000 -7.84%
South West -24 1 £63,500 +24.50%
East of England -24 1 £37,900 -12.87%
Norwich - 1 £37,900 -
Reading - 1 £27,500 -
Cheshire - 1 £47,000 -
Norfolk - 1 £37,900 -
Surrey - 1 £44,000 -

IT Security Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 October 2014, 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 28 (58.33%) Information Security
2 25 (52.08%) CISSP
3 21 (43.75%) Firewall
4 18 (37.50%) Security Management
4 18 (37.50%) Finance
5 17 (35.42%) CEH
6 14 (29.17%) Windows
6 14 (29.17%) Incident Management
6 14 (29.17%) Vulnerability Management
7 13 (27.08%) Active Directory
8 12 (25.00%) ITIL
8 12 (25.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 10 (20.83%) TCP/IP
10 9 (18.75%) SIEM
11 8 (16.67%) Cisco
11 8 (16.67%) CheckPoint
12 7 (14.58%) Data Security
12 7 (14.58%) Internet
12 7 (14.58%) VPN
13 6 (12.50%) Ethical Hacking
13 6 (12.50%) QA
13 6 (12.50%) Network Security
13 6 (12.50%) ISMS
13 6 (12.50%) NetIQ
13 6 (12.50%) CISM
13 6 (12.50%) Banking
13 6 (12.50%) Disaster Recovery
13 6 (12.50%) Law
13 6 (12.50%) Legal
14 5 (10.42%) Financial Institution

IT Security Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 21 October 2014, 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 5 (10.42%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 1 (2.08%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 21 (43.75%) Firewall
2 10 (20.83%) TCP/IP
3 7 (14.58%) Internet
3 7 (14.58%) VPN
4 6 (12.50%) Network Security
5 2 (4.17%) Cisco ASA
5 2 (4.17%) LAN
5 2 (4.17%) WAN
5 2 (4.17%) DHCP
5 2 (4.17%) Kerberos
5 2 (4.17%) SNMP
5 2 (4.17%) DNS
5 2 (4.17%) LDAP
5 2 (4.17%) SSH
5 2 (4.17%) Wireless
6 1 (2.08%) Intrusion Detection
6 1 (2.08%) SAN
6 1 (2.08%) Wireless Security
General
1 18 (37.50%) Finance
2 6 (12.50%) Banking
2 6 (12.50%) Law
2 6 (12.50%) Legal
3 5 (10.42%) Financial Institution
3 5 (10.42%) Retail
3 5 (10.42%) Retail Banking
4 4 (8.33%) Electronics
5 2 (4.17%) Advertising
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.08%) COM
Miscellaneous
1 5 (10.42%) Management Information System
2 2 (4.17%) RMADS
3 1 (2.08%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 14 (29.17%) Windows
2 5 (10.42%) Windows Server 2008
3 3 (6.25%) Windows Server 2003
4 2 (4.17%) Windows Server 2012
4 2 (4.17%) Windows 7
4 2 (4.17%) Windows XP
4 2 (4.17%) Linux
5 1 (2.08%) UNIX
5 1 (2.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (58.33%) Information Security
2 18 (37.50%) Security Management
3 14 (29.17%) Incident Management
3 14 (29.17%) Vulnerability Management
4 12 (25.00%) ITIL
5 9 (18.75%) SIEM
6 7 (14.58%) Data Security
7 6 (12.50%) Ethical Hacking
7 6 (12.50%) ISMS
7 6 (12.50%) Disaster Recovery
8 3 (6.25%) Load Balancing
9 2 (4.17%) Cyber Security
9 2 (4.17%) Information Assurance
9 2 (4.17%) Risk Management
10 1 (2.08%) Risk Assessment
10 1 (2.08%) Penetration Testing
10 1 (2.08%) Logistics
10 1 (2.08%) Service Delivery
10 1 (2.08%) Project Management
10 1 (2.08%) Data Protection
Qualifications
1 25 (52.08%) CISSP
2 17 (35.42%) CEH
3 6 (12.50%) CISM
4 3 (6.25%) SC Cleared
4 3 (6.25%) Security Cleared
5 1 (2.08%) CISA
5 1 (2.08%) SSCP
5 1 (2.08%) Degree
5 1 (2.08%) PCI QSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (25.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 6 (12.50%) QA
3 2 (4.17%) PCI DSS
4 1 (2.08%) COBIT
System Software
1 13 (27.08%) Active Directory
2 2 (4.17%) Nmap
Systems Management
1 3 (6.25%) Nessus
2 1 (2.08%) SCCM
Vendors
1 8 (16.67%) Cisco
1 8 (16.67%) CheckPoint
2 6 (12.50%) NetIQ
3 5 (10.42%) Dell
3 5 (10.42%) Microsoft
3 5 (10.42%) SonicWALL
3 5 (10.42%) Trustwave
3 5 (10.42%) Ruckus Wireless
4 3 (6.25%) VMware
4 3 (6.25%) Citrix
5 1 (2.08%) Red Hat
5 1 (2.08%) Aruba