The table below looks at the statistics for the Security Specialist role in IT jobs advertised for the West Midlands region. 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 29 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Security Specialist
Rank 188 163 192
Rank change year-on-year
-25 +29
Permanent jobs requiring a Security Specialist 25 39 2
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.46% 0.71% 0.042%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.48% 0.75% 0.044%
Number of salaries quoted 21 37 2
Average salary £60,000 £50,000 £47,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+20.00% +5.26%
UK excluding London average salary £50,000 £50,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year
- +11.11%
Security Specialist
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in permanent jobs advertised in the West Midlands region. 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
West Midlands
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
5203 5169 4550
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the West Midlands 95.42% 94.72% 94.65%
Number of salaries quoted 4311 4390 3890
Average salary £40,000 £37,500 £37,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a salary of more than £25,000 £24,000 £24,500
10% offered a salary of more than £62,500 £60,000 £57,500
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £39,000 £38,500
% change year-on-year
+2.56% +1.29%

Security Specialist
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

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

Security Specialist Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

Security Specialist
Salary Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Security Specialist across the West Midlands region.

Security Specialist Salary Trend in the West Midlands

Security Specialist
Salary Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing Security Specialist across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 29 August 2014.

Security Specialist Salary Histogram in the West Midlands

Security Specialist
Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Security Specialist within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 29 August 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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
Staffordshire +4 19 £60,000 +20.00%
Birmingham -21 6 £37,500 -16.66%
Security Specialist
England

Security Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, IT jobs across the West Midlands region 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 38 (63.33%) .NET
2 30 (50.00%) ASP.NET
2 30 (50.00%) Security Testing
3 22 (36.67%) PCI DSS
4 20 (33.33%) SQL
5 19 (31.67%) Penetration Testing
5 19 (31.67%) Web Development
6 17 (28.33%) Ethical Hacking
7 16 (26.67%) Information Security
8 15 (25.00%) Wireshark
8 15 (25.00%) T-SQL
9 13 (21.67%) Online Games
9 13 (21.67%) Games
10 12 (20.00%) Web Application Development
11 11 (18.33%) SIEM
12 10 (16.67%) OWASP
12 10 (16.67%) Vulnerability Assessment
13 9 (15.00%) CISSP
14 7 (11.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
14 7 (11.67%) SQL Server
15 6 (10.00%) Data Protection Act
15 6 (10.00%) Firewall
15 6 (10.00%) Data Protection
16 5 (8.33%) SC Cleared
16 5 (8.33%) Security Cleared
16 5 (8.33%) CISM
17 4 (6.67%) Finance
17 4 (6.67%) Network Security
17 4 (6.67%) ACSA
17 4 (6.67%) Linux

Security Specialist
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, IT jobs across the West Midlands region 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 1 (1.67%) IIS
Business Applications
1 2 (3.33%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.67%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 15 (25.00%) Wireshark
2 6 (10.00%) Firewall
3 4 (6.67%) Network Security
4 2 (3.33%) HTTPS
5 1 (1.67%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (11.67%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (1.67%) RequisitePro
General
1 13 (21.67%) Games
2 4 (6.67%) Finance
3 1 (1.67%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (63.33%) .NET
2 30 (50.00%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 13 (21.67%) Online Games
2 6 (10.00%) Data Protection Act
3 2 (3.33%) PKI
4 1 (1.67%) CESG
Operating Systems
1 4 (6.67%) Linux
2 3 (5.00%) UNIX
3 1 (1.67%) Windows
3 1 (1.67%) Windows XP
3 1 (1.67%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (1.67%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (1.67%) Windows 7
3 1 (1.67%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (50.00%) Security Testing
2 19 (31.67%) Penetration Testing
2 19 (31.67%) Web Development
3 17 (28.33%) Ethical Hacking
4 16 (26.67%) Information Security
5 12 (20.00%) Web Application Development
6 11 (18.33%) SIEM
7 10 (16.67%) OWASP
7 10 (16.67%) Vulnerability Assessment
8 6 (10.00%) Data Protection
9 3 (5.00%) ITIL
9 3 (5.00%) E-Commerce
9 3 (5.00%) Risk Management
10 2 (3.33%) Vulnerability Management
11 1 (1.67%) Protective Monitoring
11 1 (1.67%) Kalman Filter
11 1 (1.67%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 20 (33.33%) SQL
2 15 (25.00%) T-SQL
3 2 (3.33%) Java
3 2 (3.33%) JavaScript
4 1 (1.67%) C
Qualifications
1 9 (15.00%) CISSP
2 5 (8.33%) CISM
2 5 (8.33%) SC Cleared
2 5 (8.33%) Security Cleared
3 4 (6.67%) ACSA
3 4 (6.67%) CCNA
3 4 (6.67%) Cisco Certification
4 2 (3.33%) CISA
4 2 (3.33%) DV Cleared
5 1 (1.67%) Microsoft Certification
5 1 (1.67%) MCP
5 1 (1.67%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (36.67%) PCI DSS
2 7 (11.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (1.67%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (1.67%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 3 (5.00%) Cyber-Ark
2 2 (3.33%) Microsoft
3 1 (1.67%) Salesforce.com
3 1 (1.67%) Symantec
3 1 (1.67%) Websense
3 1 (1.67%) VMware