Period
to 25 January 2022

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for Security Operations skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Security Operations over the 6 months to 25 January 2022 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Security Operations (SecOps)
UK > England
6 months to
25 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 405 325 349
Rank change year-on-year -80 +24 +72
Permanent jobs citing Security Operations 897 536 1,061
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in England 0.80% 0.93% 0.92%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.85% 1.00% 0.99%
Number of salaries quoted 599 387 768
10th Percentile £41,250 £41,250 £38,750
25th Percentile £51,250 £47,500 £46,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £65,000 £65,000 £60,000
Median % change year-on-year - +8.33% +4.35%
75th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £77,500
90th Percentile £95,000 £92,500 £90,000
UK median annual salary £65,000 £62,500 £60,000
% change year-on-year +4.00% +4.17% +4.35%

Security Operations is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
England
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 105,587 53,569 107,039
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 94.11% 93.22% 92.63%
Number of salaries quoted 70,410 44,211 86,468
10th Percentile £33,500 £32,500 £30,500
25th Percentile £43,750 £42,500 £38,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £60,000 £55,000 £55,000
Median % change year-on-year +9.09% - +4.76%
75th Percentile £80,000 £74,000 £72,500
90th Percentile £97,500 £90,000 £88,750
UK median annual salary £60,000 £55,000 £52,500
% change year-on-year +9.09% +4.76% -

Security Operations
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Security Operations as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Security Operations in England

Security Operations
Salary Trend in England

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Security Operations in England.

Salary trend for Security Operations in England

Security Operations
Salary Histogram in England

Salary distribution for jobs citing Security Operations in England over the 6 months to 25 January 2022.

Salary histogram for Security Operations in England

Security Operations
Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Security Operations within the England region over the 6 months to 25 January 2022. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Jobs
London -137 372 £70,250 +4.07% 69
South East -56 164 £55,000 -2.22% 26
Midlands -34 101 £62,500 -10.71% 17
North of England -85 85 £51,500 +17.71% 12
South West +13 83 £65,000 +15.56% 10
West Midlands -44 69 £63,032 -9.95% 11
North West -76 46 £50,000 -9.09% 8
East of England -89 46 £57,500 +25.00% 11
Yorkshire -61 31 £50,000 +29.03% 4
East Midlands -40 23 £45,000 -37.93% 5
North East -22 8 £57,500 -6.12%
Security Operations
UK

For the 6 months to 25 January 2022, IT jobs citing Security Operations also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads across the England region with a requirement for Security Operations.

1 367 (40.91%) Cybersecurity
2 315 (35.12%) Information Security
3 304 (33.89%) SIEM
4 303 (33.78%) Azure
5 261 (29.10%) Microsoft
6 238 (26.53%) CISSP
7 207 (23.08%) Social Skills
8 204 (22.74%) Risk Management
9 201 (22.41%) Security Operations Centre
10 191 (21.29%) Agile Software Development
11 188 (20.96%) PowerShell
12 179 (19.96%) Python
13 174 (19.40%) DevOps
14 163 (18.17%) Management Information System
15 155 (17.28%) AWS
16 152 (16.95%) Finance
17 147 (16.39%) Firewall
18 146 (16.28%) Continuous Improvement
19 145 (16.16%) Vulnerability Management
20 143 (15.94%) Analytics
21 139 (15.50%) Cisco Certification
22 130 (14.49%) ISO/IEC 27001
23 129 (14.38%) Information Management
24 126 (14.05%) Threat Modelling
25 124 (13.82%) SDLC
26 121 (13.49%) Bash
27 118 (13.15%) (ISC)2 CCSP
28 114 (12.71%) Data Security
29 113 (12.60%) Java
29 113 (12.60%) Big Data

Security Operations
Co-occurring IT Skills in England by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 40 (4.46%) IIS
2 35 (3.90%) Apache
2 35 (3.90%) Apache Airflow
3 16 (1.78%) SharePoint
4 13 (1.45%) MS Exchange
5 5 (0.56%) Confluence
6 4 (0.45%) SAS
7 3 (0.33%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.11%) Apache Spark
8 1 (0.11%) Tomcat
Applications
1 28 (3.12%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (1.23%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.22%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 22 (2.45%) Sentinel
2 3 (0.33%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.11%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 303 (33.78%) Azure
2 155 (17.28%) AWS
3 113 (12.60%) Serverless
4 110 (12.26%) GitHub
5 103 (11.48%) GitHub Actions
6 77 (8.58%) Azure Monitor
7 71 (7.92%) Azure Functions
8 69 (7.69%) Azure Service Bus
8 69 (7.69%) Microsoft 365
9 68 (7.58%) Azure Cosmos DB
9 68 (7.58%) Azure Data Factory
9 68 (7.58%) Azure Event Grid
9 68 (7.58%) Azure Synapse Analytics
10 40 (4.46%) GCP
11 39 (4.35%) AWS Lambda
12 37 (4.12%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 36 (4.01%) Amazon EMR
13 36 (4.01%) Amazon S3
13 36 (4.01%) AWS CloudTrail
14 35 (3.90%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 147 (16.39%) Firewall
2 103 (11.48%) Cisco IPT
3 97 (10.81%) Network Security
4 64 (7.13%) Intrusion Detection
5 41 (4.57%) DNS
6 39 (4.35%) HTTP
6 39 (4.35%) LAN
6 39 (4.35%) WAN
7 37 (4.12%) TCP/IP
8 27 (3.01%) DHCP
9 24 (2.68%) Internet
10 18 (2.01%) VPN
11 14 (1.56%) SSL
11 14 (1.56%) Wireless
12 13 (1.45%) Cisco ASA
12 13 (1.45%) IPv6
12 13 (1.45%) PBX
12 13 (1.45%) SAN
13 12 (1.34%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
14 11 (1.23%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 113 (12.60%) Big Data
2 105 (11.71%) Data Lake
3 35 (3.90%) Amazon Athena
3 35 (3.90%) Amazon DynamoDB
3 35 (3.90%) Amazon RDS
3 35 (3.90%) Amazon Redshift
3 35 (3.90%) Electronic Patient Records
4 21 (2.34%) SQL Server
5 4 (0.45%) GIS
6 2 (0.22%) Azure SQL Database
6 2 (0.22%) DTS
6 2 (0.22%) Power BI
7 1 (0.11%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.11%) Dremio
7 1 (0.11%) Maltego
Development Applications
1 12 (1.34%) Metasploit
2 9 (1.00%) Jenkins
3 6 (0.67%) JIRA
4 5 (0.56%) Sonatype Nexus
5 4 (0.45%) AppScan
6 3 (0.33%) Burp Suite
6 3 (0.33%) GitLab
7 1 (0.11%) CircleCI
7 1 (0.11%) Git (software)
7 1 (0.11%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 207 (23.08%) Social Skills
2 152 (16.95%) Finance
3 91 (10.14%) Analytical Skills
4 58 (6.47%) Legal
5 44 (4.91%) Retail
6 37 (4.12%) Public Sector
7 34 (3.79%) Organisational Skills
8 29 (3.23%) Law
9 23 (2.56%) Telecoms
10 19 (2.12%) Inclusion and Diversity
11 17 (1.90%) Presentation Skills
12 16 (1.78%) Marketing
13 15 (1.67%) Banking
14 10 (1.11%) Electronics
15 9 (1.00%) Manufacturing
16 7 (0.78%) Financial Institution
16 7 (0.78%) Influencing Skills
16 7 (0.78%) Military
17 6 (0.67%) Documentation Skills
18 5 (0.56%) Police
Job Titles
1 217 (24.19%) Security Engineer
2 213 (23.75%) Analyst
3 155 (17.28%) Security Analyst
4 133 (14.83%) Senior Security Engineer
5 129 (14.38%) Cloud Engineer
6 115 (12.82%) Security Manager
7 105 (11.71%) Data Engineer
7 105 (11.71%) Senior Cloud Engineer
8 103 (11.48%) Senior Data Engineer
9 75 (8.36%) Azure Engineer
10 51 (5.69%) SOC Analyst
11 48 (5.35%) Operations Analyst
11 48 (5.35%) Security Operations Analyst
12 47 (5.24%) Cybersecurity Analyst
12 47 (5.24%) Operations Manager
13 44 (4.91%) Consultant
14 43 (4.79%) Operational Security Manager
14 43 (4.79%) Security Operations Manager
15 40 (4.46%) Architect
16 39 (4.35%) AWS Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 106 (11.82%) .NET
2 38 (4.24%) Kafka
3 35 (3.90%) ActiveMQ
4 25 (2.79%) LDAP
5 18 (2.01%) Web Services
6 16 (1.78%) ASP.NET
6 16 (1.78%) JSON
6 16 (1.78%) Regular Expression
7 13 (1.45%) SailPoint
8 12 (1.34%) Middleware
9 10 (1.11%) HTML
10 9 (1.00%) REST
10 9 (1.00%) SAML
11 8 (0.89%) AngularJS
12 7 (0.78%) JDBC
12 7 (0.78%) ODBC
13 6 (0.67%) Elastic Stack
13 6 (0.67%) SOAP
14 5 (0.56%) Twitter Bootstrap
14 5 (0.56%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 201 (22.41%) Security Operations Centre
2 163 (18.17%) Management Information System
3 85 (9.48%) Cyberthreat
4 40 (4.46%) Cyber Defence
5 36 (4.01%) Cyberattack
6 26 (2.90%) CCTV
7 21 (2.34%) Virtual Team
8 19 (2.12%) PKI
9 15 (1.67%) Cyber Kill Chain
9 15 (1.67%) Public Cloud
10 13 (1.45%) Cloud Native
11 12 (1.34%) CMDB
11 12 (1.34%) Data Centre
12 11 (1.23%) Self-Motivation
13 9 (1.00%) Data Protection Act
13 9 (1.00%) Enterprise Software
14 8 (0.89%) Analytical Mindset
15 6 (0.67%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
15 6 (0.67%) Social Media
16 5 (0.56%) Microsoft Licensing
Operating Systems
1 104 (11.59%) Windows
2 91 (10.14%) Linux
3 34 (3.79%) Unix
4 25 (2.79%) Windows Server
5 15 (1.67%) Windows Server 2019
6 8 (0.89%) Mac OS
7 6 (0.67%) Windows Server 2012
7 6 (0.67%) Windows Server 2016
8 4 (0.45%) Windows Server 2003
8 4 (0.45%) Windows Server 2008
9 3 (0.33%) VMS
10 2 (0.22%) Apple iOS
10 2 (0.22%) Kali Linux
10 2 (0.22%) OpenBSD
11 1 (0.11%) AIX
11 1 (0.11%) Windows 10
11 1 (0.11%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 367 (40.91%) Cybersecurity
2 315 (35.12%) Information Security
3 304 (33.89%) SIEM
4 204 (22.74%) Risk Management
5 191 (21.29%) Agile Software Development
6 174 (19.40%) DevOps
7 146 (16.28%) Continuous Improvement
8 145 (16.16%) Vulnerability Management
9 143 (15.94%) Analytics
10 129 (14.38%) Information Management
11 126 (14.05%) Threat Modelling
12 124 (13.82%) SDLC
13 114 (12.71%) Data Security
14 110 (12.26%) Runbook
15 103 (11.48%) Data Analytics
15 103 (11.48%) ETL
16 101 (11.26%) Incident Management
17 94 (10.48%) ITIL
18 85 (9.48%) Security Monitoring
19 78 (8.70%) Security Architecture
Programming Languages
1 188 (20.96%) PowerShell
2 179 (19.96%) Python
3 121 (13.49%) Bash
4 113 (12.60%) Java
5 107 (11.93%) Scala
6 17 (1.90%) C
7 15 (1.67%) PHP
8 14 (1.56%) Perl
9 13 (1.45%) Ruby
10 11 (1.23%) C#
10 11 (1.23%) JavaScript
10 11 (1.23%) SQL
11 9 (1.00%) Go
12 7 (0.78%) C++
13 4 (0.45%) Shell Script
14 2 (0.22%) Groovy
14 2 (0.22%) VB
15 1 (0.11%) Rust
Qualifications
1 238 (26.53%) CISSP
2 139 (15.50%) Cisco Certification
3 118 (13.15%) (ISC)2 CCSP
4 92 (10.26%) CISM
4 92 (10.26%) Security Cleared
5 85 (9.48%) Degree
6 77 (8.58%) SC Cleared
7 41 (4.57%) CEH
8 40 (4.46%) AWS Certification
9 24 (2.68%) Microsoft Certification
10 21 (2.34%) CISA
10 21 (2.34%) DV Cleared
11 19 (2.12%) CompTIA Security+
11 19 (2.12%) SANS
12 13 (1.45%) CCNP
12 13 (1.45%) OSCP
13 12 (1.34%) CREST Certified
14 11 (1.23%) GIAC
15 9 (1.00%) IISP
16 8 (0.89%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 130 (14.49%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 75 (8.36%) NIST
3 64 (7.13%) GDPR
4 56 (6.24%) PCI DSS
5 40 (4.46%) Cyber Essentials
6 36 (4.01%) QA
7 26 (2.90%) GRC
8 21 (2.34%) SLA
9 17 (1.90%) COBIT
10 14 (1.56%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 14 (1.56%) NCSC
11 8 (0.89%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 6 (0.67%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 5 (0.56%) NIST 800
14 4 (0.45%) Sarbanes-Oxley
15 2 (0.22%) HMG Security Policy Framework
16 1 (0.11%) IASME
16 1 (0.11%) ISO 22301
16 1 (0.11%) JSP 440
16 1 (0.11%) RMADS
System Software
1 67 (7.47%) Active Directory
2 30 (3.34%) Docker
3 27 (3.01%) VMware Infrastructure
4 17 (1.90%) Hyper-V
4 17 (1.90%) Virtual Machines
5 13 (1.45%) BitLocker
6 11 (1.23%) NFS
7 9 (1.00%) VMware ESXi
7 9 (1.00%) vSphere
8 4 (0.45%) Snort
8 4 (0.45%) XenApp
9 2 (0.22%) Squid
10 1 (0.11%) KVM
10 1 (0.11%) LXC
10 1 (0.11%) oVirt
10 1 (0.11%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 70 (7.80%) Terraform
2 42 (4.68%) Nessus
3 36 (4.01%) Kubernetes
4 32 (3.57%) Ansible
5 21 (2.34%) QRadar
6 13 (1.45%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
6 13 (1.45%) Rancher
6 13 (1.45%) SCCM
7 12 (1.34%) Microsoft Intune
8 11 (1.23%) Computer Incident Response Team
9 10 (1.11%) CSIRT
9 10 (1.11%) Single Sign-On
10 9 (1.00%) SolarWinds Orion
10 9 (1.00%) vCenter Server
11 7 (0.78%) CASB
12 6 (0.67%) Nexpose
13 4 (0.45%) Active Directory Federation Services
13 4 (0.45%) WSUS
14 3 (0.33%) DatAdvantage
14 3 (0.33%) logstash
Vendors
1 261 (29.10%) Microsoft
2 103 (11.48%) Databricks
3 57 (6.35%) Cisco
4 49 (5.46%) Splunk
5 44 (4.91%) VMware
6 33 (3.68%) CheckPoint
7 32 (3.57%) ServiceNow
8 28 (3.12%) Qualys
9 20 (2.23%) LogRhythm
9 20 (2.23%) Palo Alto
9 20 (2.23%) Zscaler
10 19 (2.12%) CyberArk
10 19 (2.12%) Google
11 18 (2.01%) SolarWinds
12 17 (1.90%) McAfee
13 16 (1.78%) AlienVault
14 14 (1.56%) Oracle
15 13 (1.45%) Apple
15 13 (1.45%) Carbon Black
15 13 (1.45%) Veeam