Period
to 22 November 2017

The median annual salary for a Cybersecurity Specialist was £52,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 22 November 2017.

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

Cybersecurity Specialist
UK
6 months to
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 1118 1136 1283
Rank change year-on-year +18 +147 +51
Permanent jobs requiring a Cybersecurity Specialist 64 89 26
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.035% 0.047% 0.012%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.037% 0.048% 0.012%
Number of salaries quoted 40 60 17
UK median annual salary £52,500 £60,000 £62,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -12.50% -4.00% +28.21%
10th Percentile £36,250 £43,750 £36,250
90th Percentile £68,250 £82,500 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £55,000 £41,362
% change year-on-year -18.18% +32.97% -15.15%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies. 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
UK
Permanent vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 173015 183533 208123
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.80% 96.49% 96.46%
Number of salaries quoted 138825 153627 172837
UK median annual salary £48,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +1.05% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £78,750 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £41,000
% change year-on-year - +3.66% +2.50%

Cybersecurity Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Cybersecurity Specialist in the UK

Cybersecurity Specialist
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for Cybersecurity Specialist in the UK

Cybersecurity Specialist
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Cybersecurity Specialist over the 6 months to 22 November 2017.

Salary histogram for Cybersecurity Specialist in the UK

Cybersecurity Specialist
Top 8 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Cybersecurity Specialist within the UK over the 6 months to 22 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
England -3 64 £52,500 -12.50% 2
UK excluding London +16 32 £45,000 -18.18% 1
London +2 32 £63,250 -15.67% 1
South West +18 14 £38,750 -22.50%
South East +30 12 £50,000 -16.67% 1
Midlands +22 4 £53,500 +1.90%
West Midlands -5 4 £53,500 +1.90%
East of England - 2 - -

Cybersecurity Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 November 2017, Cybersecurity 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 featuring Cybersecurity Specialist in the job title.

1 64 (100.00%) Cybersecurity
2 36 (56.25%) Information Security
3 26 (40.63%) Firewall
4 22 (34.38%) Penetration Testing
5 21 (32.81%) Degree
6 20 (31.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 20 (31.25%) CISSP
7 19 (29.69%) SIEM
8 17 (26.56%) Vulnerability Management
9 15 (23.44%) Windows
9 15 (23.44%) Risk Management
9 15 (23.44%) Data Protection
9 15 (23.44%) PCI DSS
10 14 (21.88%) Management Information System
10 14 (21.88%) CISM
11 12 (18.75%) Network Security
11 12 (18.75%) Ethical Hacking
11 12 (18.75%) Cyber Essentials
12 11 (17.19%) Analytical Skills
12 11 (17.19%) Finance
13 10 (15.63%) Continuous Improvement
13 10 (15.63%) Forensic Analysis
13 10 (15.63%) Cyber Defence
14 9 (14.06%) Customer Requirements
14 9 (14.06%) Presales
14 9 (14.06%) Security Operations
14 9 (14.06%) Web Services
15 8 (12.50%) Linux
15 8 (12.50%) Telecoms
15 8 (12.50%) Security Testing

Cybersecurity Specialist Skill Set
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 4 (6.25%) Microsoft Office
1 4 (6.25%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 5 (7.81%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 26 (40.63%) Firewall
2 12 (18.75%) Network Security
3 7 (10.94%) Intrusion Detection
4 4 (6.25%) Wi-Fi
5 3 (4.69%) DMZ
6 2 (3.13%) SMS
7 1 (1.56%) VPN
7 1 (1.56%) WPA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.56%) Blockchain
General
1 11 (17.19%) Finance
2 8 (12.50%) Telecoms
3 5 (7.81%) Law
4 3 (4.69%) Banking
5 2 (3.13%) Financial Institution
6 1 (1.56%) Aerospace
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (14.06%) Web Services
2 1 (1.56%) ModSecurity
Miscellaneous
1 14 (21.88%) Management Information System
2 11 (17.19%) Analytical Skills
3 10 (15.63%) Cyber Defence
4 8 (12.50%) Cybercrime
5 7 (10.94%) Computer Science
5 7 (10.94%) Cyberthreat
5 7 (10.94%) Data Protection Act
6 4 (6.25%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 4 (6.25%) Security Operations Centre
7 3 (4.69%) Cyber Attack
8 2 (3.13%) AS400
Operating Systems
1 15 (23.44%) Windows
2 8 (12.50%) Linux
3 4 (6.25%) Windows Server 2008
4 2 (3.13%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 64 (100.00%) Cybersecurity
2 36 (56.25%) Information Security
3 22 (34.38%) Penetration Testing
4 19 (29.69%) SIEM
5 17 (26.56%) Vulnerability Management
6 15 (23.44%) Data Protection
6 15 (23.44%) Risk Management
7 12 (18.75%) Ethical Hacking
8 10 (15.63%) Continuous Improvement
8 10 (15.63%) Forensic Analysis
9 9 (14.06%) Customer Requirements
9 9 (14.06%) Presales
9 9 (14.06%) Security Operations
10 8 (12.50%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
10 8 (12.50%) Security Testing
10 8 (12.50%) Threat Intelligence
11 7 (10.94%) Business Continuity
11 7 (10.94%) Patch Management
11 7 (10.94%) Security Patching
11 7 (10.94%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 4 (6.25%) Bash Shell
1 4 (6.25%) PowerShell
1 4 (6.25%) Python
Qualifications
1 21 (32.81%) Degree
2 20 (31.25%) CISSP
3 14 (21.88%) CISM
4 7 (10.94%) CISA
5 4 (6.25%) ISO 27001 Lead Implementer
6 3 (4.69%) CEH
7 1 (1.56%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (31.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 15 (23.44%) PCI DSS
3 12 (18.75%) Cyber Essentials
4 7 (10.94%) GDPR
4 7 (10.94%) ISO 22301
5 4 (6.25%) SSAE 16
6 3 (4.69%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 1 (1.56%) NIST 800
Systems Management
1 7 (10.94%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
2 3 (4.69%) CSIRT
2 3 (4.69%) Network Intrusion Detection System
Vendors
1 4 (6.25%) Sophos
2 3 (4.69%) Qualys
3 1 (1.56%) Blue Coat
3 1 (1.56%) CheckPoint
3 1 (1.56%) Cisco
3 1 (1.56%) Darktrace
3 1 (1.56%) Proofpoint