Period
to 12 June 2021

The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Cyber Defence in permanent job vacancies. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Cyber Defence over the 6 months to 12 June 2021 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

Cyber Defence
UK
6 months to
12 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 872 732 1007
Rank change year-on-year -140 +275 +86
Permanent jobs citing Cyber Defence 70 147 104
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.070% 0.17% 0.072%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.19% 0.50% 0.21%
Number of salaries quoted 48 96 65
10th Percentile £49,250 £31,696 £38,750
25th Percentile £57,000 £38,623 £45,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £70,000 £60,000 £55,000
Median % change year-on-year +16.67% +9.09% -12.00%
75th Percentile £80,000 £70,000 £85,000
90th Percentile £96,625 £79,375 £91,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £65,000 £52,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year +23.81% +5.00% -13.04%

Cyber Defence is in the Generic IT Skills category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills.

All Generic IT Skills
UK
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills 37,001 29,271 49,740
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 36.98% 34.67% 34.61%
Number of salaries quoted 23,363 23,091 37,914
10th Percentile £32,500 £31,250 £30,000
25th Percentile £42,500 £41,250 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £57,500 £55,000 £53,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.55% +3.77% +6.00%
75th Percentile £77,500 £76,250 £72,500
90th Percentile £95,000 £95,000 £88,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £49,797 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +4.83% +5.56% -

Cyber Defence
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Cyber Defence as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Cyber Defence in the UK

Cyber Defence
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Cyber Defence.

Salary trend for Cyber Defence in the UK

Cyber Defence
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Cyber Defence over the 6 months to 12 June 2021.

Salary histogram for Cyber Defence in the UK

Cyber Defence
Top 11 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Cyber Defence within the UK over the 6 months to 12 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
England -102 67 £70,000 +16.67% 34
UK excluding London -116 40 £65,000 +23.81% 20
London -37 27 £72,500 +7.41% 14
West Midlands -29 14 £75,000 +20.97%
Midlands -43 14 £75,000 +17.65%
South West -67 12 £55,000 +73.52% 4
South East -23 8 £60,250 -13.93% 6
North West -17 3 £57,500 - 1
North of England -31 3 £57,500 +17.95% 7
Scotland -39 3 £65,000 +8.33%
Work from Home - 3 £73,500 - 3

For the 6 months to 12 June 2021, IT jobs citing Cyber Defence 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 with a requirement for Cyber Defence.

1 51 (72.86%) Cybersecurity
2 34 (48.57%) SIEM
3 28 (40.00%) Security Operations
4 23 (32.86%) Cyberthreat
5 16 (22.86%) Security Cleared
6 15 (21.43%) AWS
6 15 (21.43%) Use Case
6 15 (21.43%) Finance
6 15 (21.43%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
6 15 (21.43%) Threat Intelligence
7 13 (18.57%) Azure
7 13 (18.57%) Vulnerability Management
8 12 (17.14%) Blue Team
8 12 (17.14%) Information Security
8 12 (17.14%) Incident Management
9 11 (15.71%) Security Monitoring
9 11 (15.71%) Public Cloud
10 10 (14.29%) Analytics
10 10 (14.29%) LogRhythm
10 10 (14.29%) Cyber Intelligence
10 10 (14.29%) Thought Leadership
10 10 (14.29%) DV Cleared
10 10 (14.29%) CISSP
11 9 (12.86%) SQL
11 9 (12.86%) SC Cleared
11 9 (12.86%) NIST
11 9 (12.86%) Splunk
11 9 (12.86%) Security Operations Centre
12 8 (11.43%) Strategic Roadmap
12 8 (11.43%) Network Security

Cyber Defence
Co-occurring IT Skills 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:

Applications
1 3 (4.29%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (2.86%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (2.86%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.43%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 15 (21.43%) AWS
2 13 (18.57%) Azure
3 5 (7.14%) Microsoft 365
4 4 (5.71%) GCP
5 2 (2.86%) Amazon GuardDuty
6 1 (1.43%) Amazon S3
6 1 (1.43%) Azure Sentinel
6 1 (1.43%) IaaS
6 1 (1.43%) Mimecast
6 1 (1.43%) PaaS
6 1 (1.43%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 8 (11.43%) Network Security
2 5 (7.14%) Intrusion Detection
3 4 (5.71%) Firewall
4 3 (4.29%) SNA
4 3 (4.29%) TCP/IP
5 2 (2.86%) Internet
5 2 (2.86%) SSH
5 2 (2.86%) SSL
5 2 (2.86%) VPN
6 1 (1.43%) DNS
6 1 (1.43%) HTTP
6 1 (1.43%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (7.14%) Big Data
2 4 (5.71%) Data Lake
3 3 (4.29%) Data Mining
4 1 (1.43%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 1 (1.43%) Amazon RDS
4 1 (1.43%) Relational Database
4 1 (1.43%) SQL Server
General
1 15 (21.43%) Finance
2 5 (7.14%) Banking
2 5 (7.14%) Social Skills
3 4 (5.71%) Aerospace
3 4 (5.71%) Manufacturing
4 3 (4.29%) Legal
5 2 (2.86%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (2.86%) Financial Institution
5 2 (2.86%) Law
6 1 (1.43%) Influencing Skills
6 1 (1.43%) Military
6 1 (1.43%) Police
6 1 (1.43%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 16 (22.86%) Analyst
2 7 (10.00%) Architect
3 6 (8.57%) Cyber Defence Analyst
4 5 (7.14%) Head of Cybersecurity
4 5 (7.14%) Head of Security
4 5 (7.14%) Security Engineer
4 5 (7.14%) Senior Analyst
4 5 (7.14%) Team Leader
4 5 (7.14%) Threat Hunter
5 4 (5.71%) Consultant
6 3 (4.29%) Cyberthreat Analyst
6 3 (4.29%) Data Architect
6 3 (4.29%) Engineering Manager
6 3 (4.29%) Incident Manager
6 3 (4.29%) Network Engineering Manager
6 3 (4.29%) Network Manager
6 3 (4.29%) Platform Manager
6 3 (4.29%) Security Architect
6 3 (4.29%) Senior Architect
6 3 (4.29%) Senior Data Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.43%) Lambda Expressions
1 1 (1.43%) LDAP
1 1 (1.43%) OAuth
1 1 (1.43%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 23 (32.86%) Cyberthreat
2 11 (15.71%) Public Cloud
3 9 (12.86%) Security Operations Centre
4 6 (8.57%) Cyber Kill Chain
5 5 (7.14%) Cyberattack
5 5 (7.14%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 4 (5.71%) Linux Command Line
6 4 (5.71%) Management Information System
7 3 (4.29%) Cybercrime
7 3 (4.29%) Virtual Team
8 1 (1.43%) Cloud Native
8 1 (1.43%) Hybrid Cloud
8 1 (1.43%) NHS
8 1 (1.43%) Reinsurance
Operating Systems
1 8 (11.43%) Linux
1 8 (11.43%) Windows
2 1 (1.43%) Android
2 1 (1.43%) Apple iOS
2 1 (1.43%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 51 (72.86%) Cybersecurity
2 34 (48.57%) SIEM
3 28 (40.00%) Security Operations
4 15 (21.43%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
4 15 (21.43%) Threat Intelligence
4 15 (21.43%) Use Case
5 13 (18.57%) Vulnerability Management
6 12 (17.14%) Blue Team
6 12 (17.14%) Incident Management
6 12 (17.14%) Information Security
7 11 (15.71%) Security Monitoring
8 10 (14.29%) Analytics
8 10 (14.29%) Cyber Intelligence
8 10 (14.29%) Thought Leadership
9 8 (11.43%) Strategic Roadmap
10 7 (10.00%) Agile Software Development
10 7 (10.00%) Digital Forensics
11 6 (8.57%) Problem-Solving
11 6 (8.57%) Red Team
12 5 (7.14%) Purple Team
Programming Languages
1 9 (12.86%) SQL
2 5 (7.14%) Python
3 4 (5.71%) Bash Shell
4 2 (2.86%) C
4 2 (2.86%) PowerShell
5 1 (1.43%) C#
5 1 (1.43%) C++
5 1 (1.43%) Java
5 1 (1.43%) JavaScript
5 1 (1.43%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 16 (22.86%) Security Cleared
2 10 (14.29%) CISSP
2 10 (14.29%) DV Cleared
3 9 (12.86%) SC Cleared
4 7 (10.00%) SANS
5 4 (5.71%) CISM
5 4 (5.71%) CREST Certified
5 4 (5.71%) GIAC
6 3 (4.29%) Degree
6 3 (4.29%) GCIH
7 2 (2.86%) OSCP
7 2 (2.86%) SSCP
8 1 (1.43%) CCIE
8 1 (1.43%) CCIE Security
8 1 (1.43%) CESG Certified Professional
8 1 (1.43%) Cisco Certification
8 1 (1.43%) Computer Science Degree
8 1 (1.43%) GCFE
8 1 (1.43%) OSCE
8 1 (1.43%) OSWP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (12.86%) NIST
2 5 (7.14%) SLA
3 3 (4.29%) NCSC
4 2 (2.86%) GDPR
4 2 (2.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (2.86%) NIST 800
5 1 (1.43%) Actionable Recommendations
System Software
1 1 (1.43%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 6 (8.57%) CSIRT
2 3 (4.29%) Nessus
2 3 (4.29%) Network Intrusion Detection System
3 2 (2.86%) Host Intrusion Detection System
3 2 (2.86%) McAfee ePO
3 2 (2.86%) Terraform
4 1 (1.43%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
Vendors
1 10 (14.29%) LogRhythm
2 9 (12.86%) Splunk
3 6 (8.57%) ArcSight
3 6 (8.57%) Microsoft
4 4 (5.71%) Google
4 4 (5.71%) Oracle
5 3 (4.29%) Cisco
5 3 (4.29%) Palo Alto
6 2 (2.86%) Fortinet
6 2 (2.86%) McAfee
6 2 (2.86%) Rapid7
6 2 (2.86%) Sophos
6 2 (2.86%) Symantec
7 1 (1.43%) CheckPoint
7 1 (1.43%) Darktrace
7 1 (1.43%) ForeScout
7 1 (1.43%) Qualys
7 1 (1.43%) Red Hat
7 1 (1.43%) ServiceNow
7 1 (1.43%) Trend Micro