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 6 May 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
6 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Security Specialist
Rank 662 761 622
Rank change year-on-year
+99 -139
Permanent jobs requiring a Security Specialist 212 165 268
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.19% 0.14% 0.25%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.20% 0.15% 0.26%
Number of salaries quoted 151 132 198
Average salary £57,500 £52,500 £50,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+9.52% +5.00%
90% offered a salary of more than £40,000 £40,000 £37,500
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £67,250 £87,500
UK excluding London average salary £50,000 £50,000 £48,000
% change year-on-year
- +4.16%

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
104076 112022 103310
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 94.62% 94.62% 94.69%
Number of salaries quoted 85215 91280 86022
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 £27,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £67,500 £70,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%

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 6 May 2015 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 6 May 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 +55 196 £57,500 +9.52% 12
London +58 79 £67,500 +12.50% 3
South East +37 45 £50,000 -9.09% 3
City of London +47 30 £67,500 -3.57% 2
Yorkshire +11 23 £45,000 -10.00% 1
Berkshire +8 19 £60,000 +9.09% 2
West Midlands -39 18 £60,000 -
West Yorkshire +25 17 £45,000 -16.27% 1
Leeds +22 17 £45,000 -18.18% 1
Buckinghamshire - 14 £45,500 -
East of England +8 10 £55,000 +10.00%
Milton Keynes - 10 £42,500 -
Reading - 9 £57,500 - 2
Staffordshire -16 8 £60,000 -
Stafford - 8 £60,000 -
Scotland +21 7 £61,000 +6.08%
East Midlands +8 7 - - 1
Northampton +1 7 - - 1
Northamptonshire -2 7 - - 1
South West -3 7 £45,000 -14.28% 1
Cambridgeshire - 7 - -
Cambridge - 7 - -
Newbury +7 5 £62,500 +13.63%
Hampshire -2 5 £50,000 +12.35%
Birmingham -18 5 £41,250 -8.33%
Edinburgh - 5 £61,000 -
Wiltshire - 5 - - 1
York +10 4 £51,250 +5.12%
North Yorkshire -6 4 £51,250 +7.89%
North West -6 4 £56,250 +60.71% 3

Security Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 6 May 2015, 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.

1 188 (48.08%) Firewall
2 162 (41.43%) Information Security
3 152 (38.87%) CISSP
4 140 (35.81%) Network Security
5 122 (31.20%) Cisco
6 96 (24.55%) CheckPoint
7 94 (24.04%) Finance
8 89 (22.76%) Cisco Certification
9 82 (20.97%) CCNP
10 65 (16.62%) SIEM
11 64 (16.37%) ITIL
12 63 (16.11%) Cisco ASA
13 59 (15.09%) ISO/IEC 27001
14 58 (14.83%) Cyber Security
15 57 (14.58%) CCSE
15 57 (14.58%) Linux
16 55 (14.07%) Degree
17 54 (13.81%) E-Commerce
18 52 (13.30%) Project Management
19 51 (13.04%) PCI DSS
20 49 (12.53%) Blue Coat
21 48 (12.28%) Security Architecture
22 47 (12.02%) Cisco Nexus
22 47 (12.02%) VMware
23 46 (11.76%) CISM
23 46 (11.76%) BGP
23 46 (11.76%) Mentoring
24 45 (11.51%) Analytical Skills
24 45 (11.51%) F5
24 45 (11.51%) Risk Management

Security Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 6 May 2015, 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 7 (1.79%) IIS
2 4 (1.02%) WebSphere
3 3 (0.77%) Apache
4 1 (0.26%) Tomcat
4 1 (0.26%) MS Exchange
4 1 (0.26%) WebLogic
Applications
1 17 (4.35%) MS Office
2 13 (3.32%) MS Excel
3 3 (0.77%) SmartSuite
4 2 (0.51%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.26%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 4 (1.02%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 4 (1.02%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 188 (48.08%) Firewall
2 140 (35.81%) Network Security
3 63 (16.11%) Cisco ASA
4 47 (12.02%) Cisco Nexus
5 46 (11.76%) BGP
6 43 (11.00%) DNS
7 37 (9.46%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
8 36 (9.21%) Cisco IOS
9 35 (8.95%) OSPF
10 34 (8.70%) DHCP
10 34 (8.70%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
11 33 (8.44%) Intrusion Detection
11 33 (8.44%) TCP/IP
12 32 (8.18%) BIG-IP
13 27 (6.91%) DMVPN
14 25 (6.39%) WAN
15 22 (5.63%) MPLS
16 19 (4.86%) Wireless
17 18 (4.60%) LAN
18 17 (4.35%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (3.07%) SQL Server
2 8 (2.05%) RDBMS
2 8 (2.05%) Relational Database
3 5 (1.28%) Couchbase
4 2 (0.51%) Big Data
5 1 (0.26%) Hadoop
5 1 (0.26%) Apache Hive
5 1 (0.26%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.26%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 4 (1.02%) Metasploit
General
1 94 (24.04%) Finance
2 23 (5.88%) Banking
3 20 (5.12%) Legal
4 15 (3.84%) Telecoms
5 9 (2.30%) Marketing
6 7 (1.79%) Law
7 6 (1.53%) Financial Institution
8 4 (1.02%) Electronics
8 4 (1.02%) Manufacturing
8 4 (1.02%) Aerospace
8 4 (1.02%) Retail
9 3 (0.77%) Advertising
10 2 (0.51%) Retail Banking
11 1 (0.26%) French Language
11 1 (0.26%) German Language
11 1 (0.26%) Polish Language
11 1 (0.26%) Back Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (7.67%) .NET
2 18 (4.60%) Web Services
3 11 (2.81%) REST
4 10 (2.56%) SOAP
4 10 (2.56%) ASP.NET
5 9 (2.30%) Struts
5 9 (2.30%) Spring
5 9 (2.30%) .NET Framework
6 6 (1.53%) WCF
6 6 (1.53%) Regular Expression
6 6 (1.53%) HTML
7 5 (1.28%) OAuth
7 5 (1.28%) CSS
7 5 (1.28%) XML
7 5 (1.28%) SAML
8 3 (0.77%) Middleware
9 1 (0.26%) J2EE
9 1 (0.26%) Dalvik
9 1 (0.26%) JNI
Miscellaneous
1 45 (11.51%) Analytical Skills
2 43 (11.00%) Management Information System
3 21 (5.37%) Thin Client
3 21 (5.37%) PKI
3 21 (5.37%) Fat Client
4 20 (5.12%) Mobile App
5 18 (4.60%) Computer Science
6 12 (3.07%) Cryptography
7 9 (2.30%) GIS
7 9 (2.30%) Open Source
8 8 (2.05%) Mainframe
9 6 (1.53%) RMADS
10 5 (1.28%) Visualisation
11 4 (1.02%) DTV
12 3 (0.77%) Client/Server
13 2 (0.51%) Smartcard
13 2 (0.51%) Economics
13 2 (0.51%) Mathematics
13 2 (0.51%) BYOD
14 1 (0.26%) Algorithms
Operating Systems
1 57 (14.58%) Linux
2 38 (9.72%) Windows
3 25 (6.39%) UNIX
4 4 (1.02%) Mac OS X
5 1 (0.26%) Android
5 1 (0.26%) CentOS
5 1 (0.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (0.26%) Windows 7
5 1 (0.26%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.26%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 162 (41.43%) Information Security
2 65 (16.62%) SIEM
3 64 (16.37%) ITIL
4 58 (14.83%) Cyber Security
5 54 (13.81%) E-Commerce
6 52 (13.30%) Project Management
7 48 (12.28%) Security Architecture
8 46 (11.76%) Mentoring
9 45 (11.51%) Risk Management
10 42 (10.74%) Security Testing
11 37 (9.46%) Vulnerability Assessment
12 36 (9.21%) Penetration Testing
12 36 (9.21%) OWASP
13 29 (7.42%) Ethical Hacking
14 28 (7.16%) Risk Assessment
14 28 (7.16%) Security Management
15 23 (5.88%) Software Engineering
16 22 (5.63%) Incident Management
17 20 (5.12%) Continuous Improvement
18 17 (4.35%) Network Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 37 (9.46%) Java
2 26 (6.65%) SQL
3 22 (5.63%) C++
4 20 (5.12%) C#
5 13 (3.32%) C
6 11 (2.81%) Perl
7 9 (2.30%) Python
8 6 (1.53%) JavaScript
9 5 (1.28%) PowerShell
10 3 (0.77%) Bash Shell
10 3 (0.77%) Shell Script
11 2 (0.51%) PHP
12 1 (0.26%) Apple Swift
12 1 (0.26%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 152 (38.87%) CISSP
2 89 (22.76%) Cisco Certification
3 82 (20.97%) CCNP
4 57 (14.58%) CCSE
5 55 (14.07%) Degree
6 46 (11.76%) CISM
7 28 (7.16%) ITIL Certification
7 28 (7.16%) Security Cleared
8 26 (6.65%) CISA
8 26 (6.65%) CCNA
9 25 (6.39%) CEH
10 21 (5.37%) CCSA
10 21 (5.37%) SC Cleared
11 13 (3.32%) GIAC
11 13 (3.32%) SSCP
12 7 (1.79%) CISMP
12 7 (1.79%) DV Cleared
12 7 (1.79%) CRISC
13 6 (1.53%) Microsoft Certification
14 5 (1.28%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 59 (15.09%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 51 (13.04%) PCI DSS
3 15 (3.84%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 6 (1.53%) COBIT
5 2 (0.51%) MiFID
5 2 (0.51%) QA
5 2 (0.51%) Basel II
5 2 (0.51%) EMIR
5 2 (0.51%) Dodd-Frank
6 1 (0.26%) SLA
6 1 (0.26%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.26%) BS25999
System Software
1 42 (10.74%) VMware Infrastructure
2 16 (4.09%) Active Directory
3 15 (3.84%) XenServer
4 4 (1.02%) vSphere
5 3 (0.77%) Snort
6 2 (0.51%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.26%) XenApp
7 1 (0.26%) MetaFrame
7 1 (0.26%) Firmware
7 1 (0.26%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 9 (2.30%) Cisco CUCM
2 5 (1.28%) SCCM
3 2 (0.51%) CiscoWorks
3 2 (0.51%) Nessus
4 1 (0.26%) Nmap
4 1 (0.26%) Nagios
4 1 (0.26%) Cacti
Vendors
1 122 (31.20%) Cisco
2 96 (24.55%) CheckPoint
3 49 (12.53%) Blue Coat
4 47 (12.02%) VMware
5 45 (11.51%) F5
6 35 (8.95%) Juniper
7 29 (7.42%) Infoblox
7 29 (7.42%) Imperva
8 28 (7.16%) Citrix
9 23 (5.88%) Microsoft
10 21 (5.37%) SolarWinds
11 15 (3.84%) HP
12 12 (3.07%) Google
13 10 (2.56%) Fortinet
13 10 (2.56%) Symantec
13 10 (2.56%) McAfee
14 9 (2.30%) Cyber-Ark
15 7 (1.79%) LogRhythm
15 7 (1.79%) Red Hat
15 7 (1.79%) Sourcefire
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Posted: 11 hours ago
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Salary: £60000 - £70000 per annum + Package
Posted: Yesterday
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Salary: Up to £45,000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
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Salary: Unspecified Excellent Package
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Salary: £neg+bonus+car
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Salary: Competitive
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Salary: competitive
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Salary: £45000 - £60000 per annum + competitive, benefits and more
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