Period
to 24 June 2021

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 24 June 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Security Operations (SecOps)
UK > England
6 months to
24 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 368 296 403
Rank change year-on-year -72 +107 +88
Permanent jobs citing Security Operations 739 805 1,025
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in England 0.79% 1.09% 0.77%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.85% 1.17% 0.83%
Number of salaries quoted 541 643 766
10th Percentile £40,500 £41,250 £37,500
25th Percentile £51,250 £46,250 £45,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £62,500 £60,000 £60,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.17% - +9.09%
75th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £77,500
90th Percentile £95,000 £92,500 £87,500
UK median annual salary £62,500 £60,000 £60,000
% change year-on-year +4.17% - +9.09%

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 87,036 68,595 122,968
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 93.40% 92.46% 92.28%
Number of salaries quoted 60,864 55,773 98,493
10th Percentile £32,500 £32,000 £30,000
25th Percentile £42,500 £41,250 £38,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,138 £55,000 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year +0.25% +4.76% +5.00%
75th Percentile £75,000 £75,000 £71,250
90th Percentile £92,500 £90,000 £86,250
UK median annual salary £55,000 £55,000 £52,500
% change year-on-year - +4.76% +5.00%

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 24 June 2021.

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 24 June 2021. 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
Job
Vacancies
London -89 313 £70,000 - 36
South East -82 110 £55,000 +4.76% 24
Midlands -47 97 £52,500 -8.70% 9
North of England -78 85 £59,500 +6.55% 28
West Midlands -54 73 £52,500 -8.70% 7
East of England +20 69 £75,000 +25.00% 7
Yorkshire -61 41 £55,000 -8.33% 11
South West -55 40 £46,750 +3.89% 18
North West -52 36 £62,500 +35.14% 15
East Midlands -36 24 £51,250 -8.89% 2
North East -9 8 £60,000 +0.84% 2
Security Operations
UK

For the 6 months to 24 June 2021, 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.

1 400 (54.13%) Cybersecurity
2 375 (50.74%) Information Security
3 248 (33.56%) SIEM
4 224 (30.31%) Azure
5 212 (28.69%) Social Skills
6 183 (24.76%) Firewall
7 182 (24.63%) AWS
8 181 (24.49%) Vulnerability Management
9 176 (23.82%) CISSP
10 155 (20.97%) ISO/IEC 27001
11 153 (20.70%) Security Operations Centre
12 141 (19.08%) Finance
13 123 (16.64%) Management Information System
14 119 (16.10%) Threat Intelligence
15 116 (15.70%) Microsoft
16 113 (15.29%) Penetration Testing
17 109 (14.75%) CISM
18 98 (13.26%) Incident Management
19 96 (12.99%) Security Architecture
20 93 (12.58%) PCI DSS
20 93 (12.58%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
20 93 (12.58%) Cyberthreat
21 91 (12.31%) Network Security
22 89 (12.04%) GDPR
23 83 (11.23%) Agile Software Development
23 83 (11.23%) Risk Management
24 81 (10.96%) Splunk
25 80 (10.83%) GCP
26 76 (10.28%) Degree
27 73 (9.88%) Windows

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 20 (2.71%) IIS
2 6 (0.81%) SharePoint
3 4 (0.54%) Confluence
4 3 (0.41%) Apache
5 2 (0.27%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.14%) CMS
Applications
1 14 (1.89%) Microsoft Excel
2 13 (1.76%) Microsoft Office
3 9 (1.22%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 9 (1.22%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.14%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 10 (1.35%) Sentinel
2 5 (0.68%) Maximo
3 3 (0.41%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.14%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.14%) Elite 3E
Cloud Services
1 224 (30.31%) Azure
2 182 (24.63%) AWS
3 80 (10.83%) GCP
4 68 (9.20%) Microsoft 365
5 54 (7.31%) SaaS
6 47 (6.36%) PaaS
7 38 (5.14%) IaaS
8 32 (4.33%) Cloud Computing
9 29 (3.92%) Azure Sentinel
10 22 (2.98%) Azure Active Directory
11 19 (2.57%) GitHub
12 15 (2.03%) OpenShift
12 15 (2.03%) Power Platform
12 15 (2.03%) Serverless
13 14 (1.89%) PowerApps
14 10 (1.35%) Mimecast
15 9 (1.22%) AWS Lambda
15 9 (1.22%) BPaaS
16 8 (1.08%) OpenDNS
16 8 (1.08%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 183 (24.76%) Firewall
2 91 (12.31%) Network Security
3 71 (9.61%) Intrusion Detection
4 27 (3.65%) DNS
4 27 (3.65%) VPN
5 23 (3.11%) TCP/IP
6 20 (2.71%) Cisco Nexus
7 19 (2.57%) Internet
8 15 (2.03%) Cisco ASA
8 15 (2.03%) HTTP
8 15 (2.03%) IPsec
8 15 (2.03%) LAN
8 15 (2.03%) SSL
9 13 (1.76%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
9 13 (1.76%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
10 11 (1.49%) FTP
10 11 (1.49%) SMTP
10 11 (1.49%) Wireless
11 9 (1.22%) WAN
11 9 (1.22%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (0.95%) Amazon RDS
2 5 (0.68%) SQL Server
3 3 (0.41%) Azure SQL Database
3 3 (0.41%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (0.27%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 1 (0.14%) Big Data
5 1 (0.14%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.14%) Power BI
5 1 (0.14%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.14%) Redis
5 1 (0.14%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 25 (3.38%) Jenkins
2 21 (2.84%) Metasploit
3 19 (2.57%) Sonatype Nexus
4 8 (1.08%) Burp Suite
5 5 (0.68%) TeamCity
6 4 (0.54%) JIRA
7 3 (0.41%) GitLab
7 3 (0.41%) Octopus Deploy
8 1 (0.14%) Git (software)
8 1 (0.14%) Snyk
8 1 (0.14%) SonarQube
General
1 212 (28.69%) Social Skills
2 141 (19.08%) Finance
3 66 (8.93%) Analytical Skills
4 28 (3.79%) Legal
5 24 (3.25%) Retail
6 22 (2.98%) Organisational Skills
6 22 (2.98%) Public Sector
6 22 (2.98%) Telecoms
7 20 (2.71%) Manufacturing
7 20 (2.71%) Marketing
8 18 (2.44%) Banking
9 17 (2.30%) Influencing Skills
10 15 (2.03%) Electronics
11 12 (1.62%) Games
11 12 (1.62%) Presentation Skills
12 11 (1.49%) Financial Institution
13 10 (1.35%) Documentation Skills
13 10 (1.35%) Law
14 6 (0.81%) Aerospace
15 5 (0.68%) Military
Job Titles
1 252 (34.10%) Analyst
2 148 (20.03%) Security Analyst
3 84 (11.37%) Security Engineer
4 61 (8.25%) Consultant
4 61 (8.25%) Senior Analyst
5 57 (7.71%) SOC Analyst
6 52 (7.04%) Security Consultant
7 50 (6.77%) Operations Analyst
8 49 (6.63%) Architect
9 48 (6.50%) Security Operations Analyst
10 47 (6.36%) Security Architect
10 47 (6.36%) Security Manager
11 44 (5.95%) Security Specialist
12 36 (4.87%) Cybersecurity Analyst
13 33 (4.47%) Head of Security
14 32 (4.33%) Senior Security Analyst
15 31 (4.19%) Information Analyst
16 26 (3.52%) Information Security Analyst
16 26 (3.52%) Information Security Specialist
16 26 (3.52%) Information Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (3.52%) Web Services
2 17 (2.30%) Middleware
3 13 (1.76%) SAML
4 12 (1.62%) LDAP
5 8 (1.08%) OAuth
5 8 (1.08%) OpenID
6 6 (0.81%) .NET
7 5 (0.68%) Elastic Stack
7 5 (0.68%) YAML
8 4 (0.54%) .NET Core
8 4 (0.54%) .NET Framework
8 4 (0.54%) AngularJS
8 4 (0.54%) RESTful
9 3 (0.41%) Regular Expression
9 3 (0.41%) SOAP
10 2 (0.27%) 802.1X
10 2 (0.27%) REST
10 2 (0.27%) SailPoint
10 2 (0.27%) XML
11 1 (0.14%) React
Miscellaneous
1 153 (20.70%) Security Operations Centre
2 123 (16.64%) Management Information System
3 93 (12.58%) Cyberthreat
4 54 (7.31%) Public Cloud
5 30 (4.06%) Cyberattack
6 28 (3.79%) Cyber Kill Chain
6 28 (3.79%) Data Centre
6 28 (3.79%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 26 (3.52%) Cyber Defence
8 24 (3.25%) Greenfield Project
9 18 (2.44%) Analytical Mindset
9 18 (2.44%) Hybrid Cloud
10 17 (2.30%) Cloud Native
11 15 (2.03%) Self-Motivation
12 12 (1.62%) CCTV
13 11 (1.49%) Mobile App
14 10 (1.35%) Data Protection Act
14 10 (1.35%) PKI
15 8 (1.08%) Cybercrime
15 8 (1.08%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 73 (9.88%) Windows
2 72 (9.74%) Linux
3 38 (5.14%) Unix
4 13 (1.76%) Kali Linux
4 13 (1.76%) Windows Server
5 7 (0.95%) Windows 10
6 5 (0.68%) Mac OS
7 4 (0.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (0.27%) Android
8 2 (0.27%) Apple iOS
8 2 (0.27%) SUSE
8 2 (0.27%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.27%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 400 (54.13%) Cybersecurity
2 375 (50.74%) Information Security
3 248 (33.56%) SIEM
4 181 (24.49%) Vulnerability Management
5 119 (16.10%) Threat Intelligence
6 113 (15.29%) Penetration Testing
7 98 (13.26%) Incident Management
8 96 (12.99%) Security Architecture
9 93 (12.58%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
10 83 (11.23%) Agile Software Development
10 83 (11.23%) Risk Management
11 71 (9.61%) DevOps
12 68 (9.20%) ITIL
13 63 (8.53%) DevSecOps
14 61 (8.25%) Security Monitoring
15 58 (7.85%) Identity Access Management
16 52 (7.04%) OWASP
17 51 (6.90%) Vulnerability Scanning
18 50 (6.77%) Problem-Solving
18 50 (6.77%) Security Management
Programming Languages
1 58 (7.85%) PowerShell
1 58 (7.85%) Python
2 24 (3.25%) C
2 24 (3.25%) SQL
3 20 (2.71%) C#
4 11 (1.49%) C++
5 9 (1.22%) JavaScript
6 8 (1.08%) VB
7 7 (0.95%) Bash Shell
8 6 (0.81%) Go
8 6 (0.81%) Java
9 4 (0.54%) VBScript
10 3 (0.41%) Ruby
10 3 (0.41%) VBA
11 2 (0.27%) Perl
11 2 (0.27%) Scala
12 1 (0.14%) Groovy
12 1 (0.14%) R
Qualifications
1 176 (23.82%) CISSP
2 109 (14.75%) CISM
3 76 (10.28%) Degree
4 56 (7.58%) CEH
4 56 (7.58%) CISA
5 50 (6.77%) Security Cleared
6 43 (5.82%) Cisco Certification
7 36 (4.87%) GIAC
7 36 (4.87%) SANS
8 33 (4.47%) OSCP
9 30 (4.06%) SC Cleared
10 28 (3.79%) CompTIA Security+
11 19 (2.57%) IISP
12 18 (2.44%) CCSA
12 18 (2.44%) CREST Certified
13 16 (2.17%) (ISC)2 CCSP
14 12 (1.62%) IIBA
15 11 (1.49%) GCIH
16 10 (1.35%) GCIA
16 10 (1.35%) ISSAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 155 (20.97%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 93 (12.58%) PCI DSS
3 89 (12.04%) GDPR
4 59 (7.98%) NIST
5 52 (7.04%) Cyber Essentials
6 43 (5.82%) GRC
7 22 (2.98%) COBIT
8 20 (2.71%) SLA
9 14 (1.89%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 13 (1.76%) NIST 800
11 11 (1.49%) NCSC
12 10 (1.35%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 10 (1.35%) ITGC
13 9 (1.22%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
14 8 (1.08%) 21 CFR Part 11
14 8 (1.08%) HIPAA
14 8 (1.08%) SOC 2
15 6 (0.81%) ISO/IEC 20000
16 5 (0.68%) JSP 440
16 5 (0.68%) QA
System Software
1 35 (4.74%) Active Directory
2 25 (3.38%) Docker
3 11 (1.49%) Snort
4 10 (1.35%) VMware Infrastructure
5 8 (1.08%) Squid
6 6 (0.81%) Virtual Machines
7 4 (0.54%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
7 4 (0.54%) Firmware
7 4 (0.54%) Shibboleth
8 3 (0.41%) VMware NSX
9 2 (0.27%) Hyper-V
9 2 (0.27%) Virtual Desktop
10 1 (0.14%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 43 (5.82%) Nessus
2 35 (4.74%) Terraform
3 31 (4.19%) QRadar
4 23 (3.11%) Ansible
4 23 (3.11%) Kubernetes
5 21 (2.84%) Puppet
6 14 (1.89%) CASB
7 11 (1.49%) Microsoft Intune
8 9 (1.22%) Nexpose
9 8 (1.08%) Suricata
10 6 (0.81%) CSIRT
11 5 (0.68%) EnCase
11 5 (0.68%) Jamf Pro
11 5 (0.68%) SCCM
11 5 (0.68%) Single Sign-On
12 4 (0.54%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
12 4 (0.54%) Nmap
13 3 (0.41%) Computer Incident Response Team
13 3 (0.41%) Host Intrusion Detection System
13 3 (0.41%) Network Intrusion Detection System
Vendors
1 116 (15.70%) Microsoft
2 81 (10.96%) Splunk
3 59 (7.98%) Cisco
4 44 (5.95%) CheckPoint
5 43 (5.82%) LogRhythm
6 39 (5.28%) Google
7 26 (3.52%) Qualys
8 25 (3.38%) ServiceNow
9 24 (3.25%) Zscaler
10 23 (3.11%) Palo Alto
10 23 (3.11%) Sun
11 22 (2.98%) FireEye
12 19 (2.57%) AlienVault
13 18 (2.44%) Blue Coat
13 18 (2.44%) McAfee
14 16 (2.17%) F5
14 16 (2.17%) SAP
14 16 (2.17%) Symantec
15 14 (1.89%) Apple
15 14 (1.89%) Darktrace