Period
to 20 November 2017

The median annual salary for a Security Specialist was £60,000 in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 20 November 2017.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Security Specialist
UK > England
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 819 752 949
Rank change year-on-year -67 +197 -33
Permanent jobs requiring a Security Specialist 340 466 348
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 0.20% 0.26% 0.17%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.21% 0.27% 0.18%
Number of salaries quoted 243 383 255
England median annual salary £60,000 £60,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +20.00% -13.04%
10th Percentile £39,800 £39,500 £37,500
90th Percentile £85,500 £84,750 £81,700
UK median annual salary £60,000 £60,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year - +20.00% -9.09%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in England. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
England
Permanent vacancies in England with a recognized job title 161257 170357 198528
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.71% 96.50% 96.51%
Number of salaries quoted 130412 143799 166492
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £46,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +3.26% +2.22%
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £78,750 £77,500 £75,000
UK median annual salary £48,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +1.05% +5.56% -

Security Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings that featured Security Specialist in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Security Specialist in England

Security Specialist
Salary Trend in England

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

Salary trend for Security Specialist in England

Security Specialist
Salary Histogram in England

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Security Specialist in England over the 6 months to 20 November 2017.

Salary histogram for Security Specialist in England

Security Specialist
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 Specialist within the England region over the 6 months to 20 November 2017. 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 -27 180 £65,000 -4.41% 9
South East -1 42 £50,000 -9.09% 3
North of England -29 41 £45,000 -10.00% 5
Midlands -7 36 £44,000 -12.00% 2
West Midlands -21 26 £44,000 -12.00% 1
East of England +6 21 £65,000 +30.00% 2
South West +10 20 £40,000 -30.43% 2
North West -25 17 £50,000 -16.67% 1
Yorkshire -23 15 £45,000 -10.00% 4
East Midlands - 10 £41,250 - 1
North East - 9 £45,000 -
Security Specialist
UK

Security Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 20 November 2017, Security Specialist job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads across the England region featuring Security Specialist in the job title.

1 221 (65.00%) Information Security
2 131 (38.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 122 (35.88%) CISSP
4 106 (31.18%) Cybersecurity
5 95 (27.94%) Finance
6 93 (27.35%) Firewall
7 86 (25.29%) CISM
8 80 (23.53%) PCI DSS
9 71 (20.88%) Risk Management
10 68 (20.00%) SIEM
11 65 (19.12%) Management Information System
11 65 (19.12%) Windows
11 65 (19.12%) Penetration Testing
12 59 (17.35%) CISA
13 58 (17.06%) Network Security
14 54 (15.88%) Degree
15 53 (15.59%) Security Architecture
16 47 (13.82%) ISMS
17 39 (11.47%) Cyber Essentials
18 38 (11.18%) Risk Assessment
19 37 (10.88%) ITIL
20 36 (10.59%) Data Protection
20 36 (10.59%) Vulnerability Management
21 33 (9.71%) Security Operations
21 33 (9.71%) Active Directory
21 33 (9.71%) Cisco
22 30 (8.82%) GDPR
23 29 (8.53%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
23 29 (8.53%) Microsoft
24 28 (8.24%) Telecoms

Security Specialist Skill Set
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 10 (2.94%) SharePoint
2 6 (1.76%) IIS
3 4 (1.18%) Apache
4 1 (0.29%) MS Exchange
4 1 (0.29%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 17 (5.00%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 15 (4.41%) Microsoft Excel
3 14 (4.12%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (0.59%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 22 (6.47%) Amazon AWS
2 11 (3.24%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (1.47%) Office 365
4 4 (1.18%) SaaS
5 2 (0.59%) Cloud Computing
5 2 (0.59%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 93 (27.35%) Firewall
2 58 (17.06%) Network Security
3 27 (7.94%) Intrusion Detection
4 18 (5.29%) Cisco ASA
5 16 (4.71%) TCP/IP
6 15 (4.41%) LAN
6 15 (4.41%) VPN
7 13 (3.82%) Internet
7 13 (3.82%) WAN
8 11 (3.24%) DHCP
8 11 (3.24%) DNS
9 10 (2.94%) Cisco Nexus
9 10 (2.94%) MPLS
10 7 (2.06%) LDAP
10 7 (2.06%) SMS
11 6 (1.76%) Wireless
12 5 (1.47%) IPsec
12 5 (1.47%) OSPF
12 5 (1.47%) VLAN
12 5 (1.47%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (2.06%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.18%) MySQL
2 4 (1.18%) NoSQL
3 2 (0.59%) Big Data
3 2 (0.59%) RDBMS
3 2 (0.59%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.29%) Blockchain
4 1 (0.29%) Hadoop
4 1 (0.29%) OLAP
4 1 (0.29%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 8 (2.35%) AppScan
2 2 (0.59%) Maven
2 2 (0.59%) Metasploit
2 2 (0.59%) Selenium
General
1 95 (27.94%) Finance
2 28 (8.24%) Marketing
2 28 (8.24%) Telecoms
3 20 (5.88%) Legal
4 19 (5.59%) Electronics
4 19 (5.59%) Manufacturing
5 17 (5.00%) Retail
6 16 (4.71%) Law
7 6 (1.76%) Financial Institution
8 5 (1.47%) Banking
9 1 (0.29%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.29%) Automotive
9 1 (0.29%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (5.29%) Web Services
2 12 (3.53%) .NET
3 9 (2.65%) Middleware
4 8 (2.35%) J2EE
5 4 (1.18%) OAuth
5 4 (1.18%) OAuth2
5 4 (1.18%) SAML
6 3 (0.88%) 802.1X
7 2 (0.59%) ASP.NET
7 2 (0.59%) Hibernate
8 1 (0.29%) CSS
8 1 (0.29%) Java EE
8 1 (0.29%) ModSecurity
8 1 (0.29%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 65 (19.12%) Management Information System
2 25 (7.35%) Cyber Defence
3 23 (6.76%) Analytical Skills
4 20 (5.88%) Computer Science
5 18 (5.29%) PKI
6 15 (4.41%) Data Protection Act
7 14 (4.12%) Data Centre
8 11 (3.24%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 10 (2.94%) Cybercrime
9 10 (2.94%) Cyberthreat
9 10 (2.94%) Security Operations Centre
10 9 (2.65%) Mobile App
11 6 (1.76%) Hedge funds
12 5 (1.47%) Cyber Attack
12 5 (1.47%) Life Science
13 4 (1.18%) Clustering
14 3 (0.88%) Greenfield Project
14 3 (0.88%) Wiki
15 2 (0.59%) Fintech
15 2 (0.59%) Mobile Computing
Operating Systems
1 65 (19.12%) Windows
2 26 (7.65%) Linux
3 24 (7.06%) Windows Server
4 19 (5.59%) Android
5 16 (4.71%) Apple iOS
6 15 (4.41%) Unix
7 6 (1.76%) Kali Linux
8 4 (1.18%) Windows Server 2008
9 2 (0.59%) Windows 10
10 1 (0.29%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 221 (65.00%) Information Security
2 106 (31.18%) Cybersecurity
3 71 (20.88%) Risk Management
4 68 (20.00%) SIEM
5 65 (19.12%) Penetration Testing
6 53 (15.59%) Security Architecture
7 47 (13.82%) ISMS
8 38 (11.18%) Risk Assessment
9 37 (10.88%) ITIL
10 36 (10.59%) Data Protection
10 36 (10.59%) Vulnerability Management
11 33 (9.71%) Security Operations
12 27 (7.94%) Security Testing
13 25 (7.35%) Ethical Hacking
13 25 (7.35%) OWASP
13 25 (7.35%) Security Management
14 24 (7.06%) Project Management
15 22 (6.47%) Information Security Management
16 21 (6.18%) Kalman Filter
17 20 (5.88%) Vulnerability Scanning
Programming Languages
1 25 (7.35%) Java
2 20 (5.88%) Python
3 15 (4.41%) PowerShell
4 12 (3.53%) SQL
5 9 (2.65%) JavaScript
6 8 (2.35%) C#
7 6 (1.76%) Ruby
7 6 (1.76%) Scala
8 4 (1.18%) Bash Shell
9 2 (0.59%) C
9 2 (0.59%) VB
10 1 (0.29%) C++
10 1 (0.29%) Perl
Qualifications
1 122 (35.88%) CISSP
2 86 (25.29%) CISM
3 59 (17.35%) CISA
4 54 (15.88%) Degree
5 24 (7.06%) CEH
6 21 (6.18%) CRISC
7 19 (5.59%) Cisco Certification
8 14 (4.12%) CCNA
9 11 (3.24%) GIAC
10 10 (2.94%) CCNP
10 10 (2.94%) SANS
11 9 (2.65%) CCSA
11 9 (2.65%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
12 8 (2.35%) Microsoft Certification
13 7 (2.06%) Computer Science Degree
13 7 (2.06%) GCIA
13 7 (2.06%) GCIH
13 7 (2.06%) ITIL Certification
13 7 (2.06%) SSCP
14 6 (1.76%) CompTIA Security+
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 131 (38.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 80 (23.53%) PCI DSS
3 39 (11.47%) Cyber Essentials
4 30 (8.82%) GDPR
5 29 (8.53%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 16 (4.71%) COBIT
7 9 (2.65%) Data Quality
8 7 (2.06%) ISO 22301
9 5 (1.47%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 5 (1.47%) SAS 70
10 4 (1.18%) ISO 9001
10 4 (1.18%) SSAE 16
11 2 (0.59%) COSO
11 2 (0.59%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 2 (0.59%) PA-DSS
11 2 (0.59%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 1 (0.29%) FISMA
12 1 (0.29%) GPG13
12 1 (0.29%) NIST 800
System Software
1 33 (9.71%) Active Directory
2 5 (1.47%) Virtual Machines
3 4 (1.18%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (0.88%) Firmware
4 3 (0.88%) Hyper-V
4 3 (0.88%) vSphere
5 2 (0.59%) Snort
Systems Management
1 9 (2.65%) Nessus
2 7 (2.06%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
2 7 (2.06%) Nmap
2 7 (2.06%) WebInspect
3 6 (1.76%) EnCase
3 6 (1.76%) Nexpose
4 5 (1.47%) Norton AntiVirus
4 5 (1.47%) QRadar
5 3 (0.88%) CSIRT
5 3 (0.88%) FortiGate
5 3 (0.88%) Network Intrusion Detection System
6 2 (0.59%) Host Intrusion Detection System
6 2 (0.59%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (0.59%) SCCM
6 2 (0.59%) SCOM
6 2 (0.59%) Suricata
Vendors
1 33 (9.71%) Cisco
2 29 (8.53%) Microsoft
3 19 (5.59%) SAP
4 17 (5.00%) CheckPoint
5 11 (3.24%) Palo Alto
5 11 (3.24%) VMware
6 10 (2.94%) F5
6 10 (2.94%) HP
6 10 (2.94%) Oracle
7 9 (2.65%) Apple
8 8 (2.35%) IBM
8 8 (2.35%) Juniper
8 8 (2.35%) Sophos
9 7 (2.06%) Fortinet
9 7 (2.06%) LogRhythm
9 7 (2.06%) Qualys
9 7 (2.06%) Symantec
10 6 (1.76%) Rapid7
11 5 (1.47%) Brocade
11 5 (1.47%) Riverbed