The table below looks at the statistics for the 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 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
Security Specialist
Rank 728 728 730
Rank change year-on-year
0 +2
Permanent jobs requiring a Security Specialist 176 152 178
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.15% 0.14% 0.15%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.16% 0.15% 0.16%
Number of salaries quoted 151 119 120
Average salary £60,000 £50,000 £47,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+20.00% +5.26%
90% offered a salary of more than £40,000 £35,000 £35,000
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £74,800 £65,250
UK excluding London average salary £57,500 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year
+27.77% +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%

Security Specialist
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Security Specialist Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Security Specialist
Salary Trend

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

Security Specialist Salary Trend in the UK

Security Specialist
Salary Histogram

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing Security Specialist over the 3 months to 21 October 2014 within the UK.

Security Specialist Salary Histogram in the UK

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 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 +4 162 £60,000 +20.00% 17
London +5 62 £60,000 +17.64% 5
South East +7 34 £55,000 - 5
West Midlands -16 31 £60,000 +60.00%
Staffordshire - 28 £60,000 -
Hampshire +7 22 £55,000 +4.76% 3
Stoke-on-Trent - 17 £60,000 -
Scotland +8 12 £40,000 -21.56%
City of London -1 12 £62,500 +22.54% 2
Yorkshire -21 8 £50,000 -1.96%
North West -17 7 £65,000 +44.44% 4
Cheshire -24 7 £65,000 +62.50% 3
North Yorkshire - 7 £50,000 -
Glasgow - 7 £40,000 -
Berkshire +1 6 £56,250 +2.27% 1
South West -31 6 £56,750 +11.27% 1
York - 6 £50,000 -
Edinburgh -6 5 £45,000 -11.76%
Leicestershire +14 4 £43,750 -12.50%
Basingstoke +13 4 £60,000 +14.28% 2
East Midlands 0 4 £43,750 -12.50%
Reading -3 4 £47,250 -14.09%
East of England -21 4 £37,900 -12.87% 2
Farnborough - 4 £47,000 -
Leicester - 4 £43,750 -
Swindon -2 3 £56,750 -25.32%
Chester -4 3 £65,000 +30.00% 1
Wiltshire -6 3 £56,750 -25.32%
Birmingham -32 3 £41,500 +10.66%
Bristol -3 2 - -

Security Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 October 2014, IT jobs within the UK that cited 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 Security Specialist in their job title.

1 217 (57.26%) Information Security
2 137 (36.15%) CISSP
3 114 (30.08%) Firewall
4 99 (26.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 95 (25.07%) Network Security
6 88 (23.22%) Finance
7 72 (19.00%) CEH
8 71 (18.73%) ITIL
8 71 (18.73%) Windows
9 70 (18.47%) Ethical Hacking
10 68 (17.94%) TCP/IP
11 62 (16.36%) Management Information System
12 59 (15.57%) Cisco
12 59 (15.57%) Cyber Security
13 58 (15.30%) Risk Management
14 56 (14.78%) Penetration Testing
15 53 (13.98%) Linux
16 50 (13.19%) Microsoft
17 47 (12.40%) Security Management
18 46 (12.14%) Cisco Certification
19 45 (11.87%) CISM
20 44 (11.61%) .NET
21 43 (11.35%) SIEM
21 43 (11.35%) ISMS
22 41 (10.82%) CCNP
23 40 (10.55%) Degree
24 39 (10.29%) PCI DSS
25 37 (9.76%) Law
25 37 (9.76%) ASP.NET
26 35 (9.23%) Banking

Security Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 21 October 2014, IT jobs within the UK that cited 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 Security Specialist in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 18 (4.75%) IIS
2 17 (4.49%) Tomcat
3 9 (2.37%) SharePoint
4 7 (1.85%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 20 (5.28%) MS Excel
2 4 (1.06%) MS Office
3 1 (0.26%) MS Project
3 1 (0.26%) SmartSuite
Business Applications
1 12 (3.17%) assyst
2 6 (1.58%) SAP GRC
3 2 (0.53%) Sentinel
4 1 (0.26%) SAP R/3
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.53%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (0.26%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 114 (30.08%) Firewall
2 95 (25.07%) Network Security
3 68 (17.94%) TCP/IP
4 34 (8.97%) DHCP
5 33 (8.71%) DNS
5 33 (8.71%) Internet
6 32 (8.44%) VPN
7 27 (7.12%) LAN
8 26 (6.86%) WAN
9 18 (4.75%) Wireshark
9 18 (4.75%) BGP
10 17 (4.49%) Wireless
11 15 (3.96%) Cisco ASA
12 14 (3.69%) OSPF
12 14 (3.69%) Intrusion Detection
12 14 (3.69%) Cisco IOS
13 13 (3.43%) Intranet
14 12 (3.17%) SNMP
15 11 (2.90%) DMVPN
15 11 (2.90%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (4.75%) SQL Server
2 10 (2.64%) MySQL
3 5 (1.32%) SAP BW
4 1 (0.26%) NonStop SQL
Development Applications
1 6 (1.58%) Metasploit
2 1 (0.26%) RequisitePro
General
1 88 (23.22%) Finance
2 37 (9.76%) Law
3 35 (9.23%) Banking
4 31 (8.18%) Legal
5 18 (4.75%) Games
6 10 (2.64%) Financial Institution
6 10 (2.64%) Telecoms
7 6 (1.58%) Advertising
7 6 (1.58%) Retail
8 5 (1.32%) Retail Banking
9 4 (1.06%) Electronics
10 3 (0.79%) Publishing
11 1 (0.26%) Investment Banking
11 1 (0.26%) Mandarin Language
11 1 (0.26%) Arabic Language
11 1 (0.26%) Marketing
11 1 (0.26%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 44 (11.61%) .NET
2 37 (9.76%) ASP.NET
3 10 (2.64%) LAMP
4 2 (0.53%) Web Services
5 1 (0.26%) XML
5 1 (0.26%) COM
5 1 (0.26%) SAML
5 1 (0.26%) SailPoint
5 1 (0.26%) Regular Expression
5 1 (0.26%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 62 (16.36%) Management Information System
2 21 (5.54%) PKI
3 19 (5.01%) CESG
4 18 (4.75%) Analytical Skills
5 11 (2.90%) Cryptography
5 11 (2.90%) Online Games
6 10 (2.64%) Clustering
7 9 (2.37%) Computer Science
7 9 (2.37%) Data Protection Act
7 9 (2.37%) Thin Client
7 9 (2.37%) Fat Client
8 7 (1.85%) Statistics
9 6 (1.58%) Kindle
10 5 (1.32%) Open Source
11 3 (0.79%) Mathematics
12 2 (0.53%) RMADS
12 2 (0.53%) FMCG
12 2 (0.53%) Algorithms
12 2 (0.53%) Enterprise Software
12 2 (0.53%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 71 (18.73%) Windows
2 53 (13.98%) Linux
3 21 (5.54%) Windows Server 2008
4 20 (5.28%) UNIX
5 19 (5.01%) Windows 7
6 15 (3.96%) Windows Server 2003
7 11 (2.90%) Windows 8
8 8 (2.11%) AIX
8 8 (2.11%) Solaris
9 7 (1.85%) Windows XP
10 5 (1.32%) Windows Server 2012
11 2 (0.53%) CentOS
11 2 (0.53%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.26%) zOS
12 1 (0.26%) Apple iOS
12 1 (0.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1 (0.26%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 217 (57.26%) Information Security
2 71 (18.73%) ITIL
3 70 (18.47%) Ethical Hacking
4 59 (15.57%) Cyber Security
5 58 (15.30%) Risk Management
6 56 (14.78%) Penetration Testing
7 47 (12.40%) Security Management
8 43 (11.35%) SIEM
8 43 (11.35%) ISMS
9 31 (8.18%) Disaster Recovery
9 31 (8.18%) Vulnerability Management
10 28 (7.39%) Security Testing
11 27 (7.12%) OWASP
12 26 (6.86%) Business Continuity
13 22 (5.80%) Mentoring
13 22 (5.80%) Information Security Management
14 21 (5.54%) Load Balancing
15 19 (5.01%) Business Development
15 19 (5.01%) Data Protection
16 18 (4.75%) Information Assurance
Programming Languages
1 31 (8.18%) SQL
2 14 (3.69%) C
3 13 (3.43%) Python
4 11 (2.90%) Java
5 9 (2.37%) C++
6 8 (2.11%) T-SQL
7 7 (1.85%) Perl
8 6 (1.58%) Bash Shell
9 2 (0.53%) JavaScript
9 2 (0.53%) C#
10 1 (0.26%) VBScript
10 1 (0.26%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 137 (36.15%) CISSP
2 72 (19.00%) CEH
3 46 (12.14%) Cisco Certification
4 45 (11.87%) CISM
5 41 (10.82%) CCNP
6 40 (10.55%) Degree
7 35 (9.23%) Security Cleared
8 28 (7.39%) Microsoft Certification
8 28 (7.39%) MCSE
9 27 (7.12%) GIAC
10 23 (6.07%) SC Cleared
11 22 (5.80%) CISA
11 22 (5.80%) CCNA
12 14 (3.69%) CCSE
13 11 (2.90%) DV Cleared
14 8 (2.11%) SSCP
15 6 (1.58%) CSSLP
15 6 (1.58%) GPEN
15 6 (1.58%) OSCP
15 6 (1.58%) CCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 99 (26.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 39 (10.29%) PCI DSS
3 14 (3.69%) COBIT
4 7 (1.85%) QA
4 7 (1.85%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 6 (1.58%) COSO
5 6 (1.58%) ISO 9001
6 5 (1.32%) SLA
7 2 (0.53%) BS25999
7 2 (0.53%) ISO/IEC 17799
System Software
1 29 (7.65%) Active Directory
2 24 (6.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (4.22%) Nmap
4 5 (1.32%) Snort
5 4 (1.06%) VMware ESX
6 1 (0.26%) MetaFrame
6 1 (0.26%) RACF
6 1 (0.26%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.26%) XenApp
6 1 (0.26%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 14 (3.69%) McAfee ePO
1 14 (3.69%) Nessus
2 5 (1.32%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
3 2 (0.53%) WSUS
4 1 (0.26%) Norton AntiVirus
4 1 (0.26%) RANCID
4 1 (0.26%) SCCM
Vendors
1 59 (15.57%) Cisco
2 50 (13.19%) Microsoft
3 32 (8.44%) CheckPoint
4 28 (7.39%) VMware
5 18 (4.75%) Blue Coat
6 16 (4.22%) Symantec
7 15 (3.96%) McAfee
7 15 (3.96%) F5
7 15 (3.96%) Imperva
8 14 (3.69%) Citrix
9 13 (3.43%) Oracle
10 11 (2.90%) Juniper
11 10 (2.64%) Infoblox
12 9 (2.37%) SAP
13 8 (2.11%) Qualys
13 8 (2.11%) Varonis
14 7 (1.85%) Mitel
14 7 (1.85%) Riverbed
15 6 (1.58%) NetIQ
15 6 (1.58%) Websense
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