Cyber Defence
UK

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 4 March 2024 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

6 months to
4 Mar 2024
Same period 2023 Same period 2022
Rank 748 569 722
Rank change year-on-year -179 +153 +88
Permanent jobs citing Cyber Defence 90 535 466
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.11% 0.48% 0.33%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.31% 1.14% 0.72%
Number of salaries quoted 55 103 111
10th Percentile £55,881 £54,000 £31,250
25th Percentile £70,000 £60,000 £49,375
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £90,000 £85,000 £57,500
Median % change year-on-year +5.88% +47.83% -11.54%
75th Percentile £107,500 £97,290 £76,250
90th Percentile - £97,458 £95,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £105,000 £92,169 £50,000
% change year-on-year +13.92% +84.34% -23.08%

All Generic Skills
UK

Cyber Defence is in the General and Transferable 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.

Permanent vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills 29,051 47,100 64,652
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 35.51% 42.35% 45.48%
Number of salaries quoted 20,602 25,511 33,248
10th Percentile £28,750 £35,250 £33,750
25th Percentile £39,087 £46,250 £45,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £65,000 £62,500
Median % change year-on-year -15.38% +4.00% +4.17%
75th Percentile £77,500 £87,500 £83,000
90th Percentile £98,750 £107,500 £102,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £55,000 £52,500
% change year-on-year -9.09% +4.76% +5.00%

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 4 March 2024.

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 4 March 2024. 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
England -159 83 £90,000 +5.88% 38
UK excluding London -165 55 £105,000 +13.92% 22
South West -32 43 £105,000 +13.92% 3
London +28 30 £90,000 +5.88% 13
Work from Home -200 17 £67,500 -2.46% 15
North of England +17 7 £47,500 -34.48% 6
Yorkshire +41 4 £32,500 -53.03%
North West +21 3 £65,000 -29.48% 6
East of England +35 2 £55,000 -8.33% 3
Scotland -31 2 £74,000 -19.71% 1
South East -44 1 - - 7

Cyber Defence
Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities by Category

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

Application Platforms
1 3 (3.33%) Apache Spark
Cloud Services
1 9 (10.00%) Azure
2 7 (7.78%) AWS
3 5 (5.56%) Cloud Computing
4 3 (3.33%) AWS CloudFormation
4 3 (3.33%) Entra ID
5 2 (2.22%) IaaS
5 2 (2.22%) Microsoft 365
5 2 (2.22%) PaaS
6 1 (1.11%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 1 (1.11%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (1.11%) Amazon ElastiCache
6 1 (1.11%) Amazon EMR
6 1 (1.11%) Amazon Kinesis
6 1 (1.11%) Amazon S3
6 1 (1.11%) Amazon SQS
6 1 (1.11%) AWS Lambda
6 1 (1.11%) Azure Logic Apps
6 1 (1.11%) Azure Machine Learning
6 1 (1.11%) CloudFront
6 1 (1.11%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 36 (40.00%) Network Security
2 13 (14.44%) Firewall
3 6 (6.67%) Intrusion Detection
4 3 (3.33%) WAN
5 2 (2.22%) SD-WAN
5 2 (2.22%) Wireless
6 1 (1.11%) Software-Defined Radio
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (15.56%) Big Data
2 3 (3.33%) Apache Hive
2 3 (3.33%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (3.33%) Hadoop
3 1 (1.11%) Amazon RDS
3 1 (1.11%) Electronic Patient Records
3 1 (1.11%) NoSQL
3 1 (1.11%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (1.11%) RDBMS
3 1 (1.11%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 4 (4.44%) Git
2 2 (2.22%) Jenkins
3 1 (1.11%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 1 (1.11%) Bitbucket
3 1 (1.11%) Cucumber
3 1 (1.11%) Cypress.io
3 1 (1.11%) Eclipse
3 1 (1.11%) Jasmine
3 1 (1.11%) JIRA
3 1 (1.11%) Mercurial
3 1 (1.11%) SonarQube
3 1 (1.11%) Subversion
3 1 (1.11%) TeamCity
3 1 (1.11%) Visual Studio
General
1 33 (36.67%) Military
2 31 (34.44%) Social Skills
3 21 (23.33%) Analytical Skills
4 14 (15.56%) Aerospace
5 13 (14.44%) Finance
6 8 (8.89%) Legal
7 7 (7.78%) Inclusion and Diversity
8 4 (4.44%) Influencing Skills
8 4 (4.44%) Law
9 3 (3.33%) Public Sector
10 2 (2.22%) Retail
11 1 (1.11%) Electronics
11 1 (1.11%) Games
11 1 (1.11%) Organisational Skills
11 1 (1.11%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 34 (37.78%) Consultant
2 33 (36.67%) Security Consultant
3 18 (20.00%) Senior
4 15 (16.67%) Cybersecurity Consultant
5 13 (14.44%) Analyst
6 11 (12.22%) Cybersecurity Analyst
6 11 (12.22%) Security Analyst
7 7 (7.78%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 6 (6.67%) Linux Engineer
8 6 (6.67%) Linux Infrastructure Engineer
9 5 (5.56%) Architect
10 3 (3.33%) Incident Manager
10 3 (3.33%) Security Architect
10 3 (3.33%) Security Solutions Architect
10 3 (3.33%) Senior Architect
10 3 (3.33%) Senior Incident Manager
10 3 (3.33%) Senior Manager
10 3 (3.33%) Senior Security Architect
10 3 (3.33%) Senior Solutions Architect
10 3 (3.33%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (16.67%) Elastic Stack
2 4 (4.44%) Apache NiFi
2 4 (4.44%) Kafka
3 3 (3.33%) JDBC
3 3 (3.33%) ODBC
3 3 (3.33%) OLE DB
3 3 (3.33%) Regular Expression
4 1 (1.11%) .NET
4 1 (1.11%) JMS
4 1 (1.11%) Microsoft Graph
4 1 (1.11%) POSIX
4 1 (1.11%) Spring
4 1 (1.11%) Spring Boot
4 1 (1.11%) TensorFlow
Miscellaneous
1 34 (37.78%) Security Operations Centre
2 27 (30.00%) Cyber Kill Chain
3 16 (17.78%) Cyberattack
3 16 (17.78%) Operational Technology
4 6 (6.67%) Cyber Threat
5 5 (5.56%) Management Information System
6 4 (4.44%) Driving Licence
7 3 (3.33%) IoT
8 2 (2.22%) FPGA
8 2 (2.22%) Product Ownership
8 2 (2.22%) Public Cloud
8 2 (2.22%) Security Posture
8 2 (2.22%) Self-Motivation
9 1 (1.11%) Cybercrime
9 1 (1.11%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 28 (31.11%) Linux
2 12 (13.33%) Windows
3 3 (3.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (1.11%) Android
4 1 (1.11%) Apple iOS
4 1 (1.11%) FreeBSD
4 1 (1.11%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 72 (80.00%) Cybersecurity
2 50 (55.56%) Security Operations
2 50 (55.56%) SIEM
3 43 (47.78%) Information Security
4 37 (41.11%) Agile
4 37 (41.11%) Security Architecture
5 28 (31.11%) Mentoring
6 20 (22.22%) Scaled Agile Framework
7 19 (21.11%) Analytics
8 18 (20.00%) Coaching
8 18 (20.00%) Programme Management
8 18 (20.00%) Resource Management
9 17 (18.89%) Incident Response
9 17 (18.89%) MITRE ATT&CK
10 16 (17.78%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
10 16 (17.78%) Threat Intelligence
11 15 (16.67%) Data Analytics
11 15 (16.67%) Incident Management
11 15 (16.67%) Vulnerability Management
12 14 (15.56%) Penetration Testing
Programming Languages
1 21 (23.33%) Python
2 15 (16.67%) Bash
3 3 (3.33%) Java
3 3 (3.33%) PowerShell
4 2 (2.22%) JavaScript
5 1 (1.11%) C
5 1 (1.11%) C#
5 1 (1.11%) Perl
Qualifications
1 56 (62.22%) Security Cleared
2 36 (40.00%) DV Cleared
3 17 (18.89%) SC Cleared
4 6 (6.67%) Degree
5 5 (5.56%) CISSP
6 4 (4.44%) MBCS
7 2 (2.22%) Azure Certification
7 2 (2.22%) CCNA
7 2 (2.22%) CISA
7 2 (2.22%) Cisco Certification
7 2 (2.22%) CRISC
7 2 (2.22%) FFIEC
7 2 (2.22%) GCIA
7 2 (2.22%) GCIH
7 2 (2.22%) GIAC
7 2 (2.22%) Network+ Certification
7 2 (2.22%) PMI Certification
7 2 (2.22%) PMP
7 2 (2.22%) SANS
8 1 (1.11%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 46 (51.11%) NIST
2 18 (20.00%) NIST 800
3 16 (17.78%) NCSC
4 3 (3.33%) HMG Infosec
4 3 (3.33%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 3 (3.33%) JSP 440
4 3 (3.33%) RMADS
5 2 (2.22%) COBIT
5 2 (2.22%) GLBA
5 2 (2.22%) PCI DSS
5 2 (2.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (1.11%) Actionable Recommendations
6 1 (1.11%) GDPR
6 1 (1.11%) GRC
6 1 (1.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (1.11%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 15 (16.67%) vSphere
2 4 (4.44%) Active Directory
2 4 (4.44%) Docker
3 3 (3.33%) HDFS
4 1 (1.11%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 11 (12.22%) Ansible
2 4 (4.44%) Terraform
3 3 (3.33%) Kubernetes
3 3 (3.33%) Oozie
4 2 (2.22%) Microsoft Intune
4 2 (2.22%) Progress Chef
5 1 (1.11%) QRadar
Vendors
1 15 (16.67%) SolarWinds
1 15 (16.67%) Tanium
1 15 (16.67%) Tripwire
2 7 (7.78%) Microsoft
3 6 (6.67%) Splunk
4 3 (3.33%) Red Hat
5 2 (2.22%) Cisco
6 1 (1.11%) Darktrace
6 1 (1.11%) Google
6 1 (1.11%) Perforce