The median annual salary for an Information Security Specialist was £57,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 22 June 2017.

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

Information Security Specialist
UK
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 822 900 945
Rank change year-on-year +78 +45  
Permanent jobs requiring an Information Security Specialist 52 47 43
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.059% 0.048% 0.039%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.061% 0.049% 0.040%
Number of salaries quoted 43 39 29
Median salary £57,500 £52,500 £62,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +9.52% -16.00%  
90% offered a salary of more than £45,000 £40,000 £45,000
10% offered a salary of more than £75,000 £75,000 £71,000
UK excluding London median salary £47,500 £50,000 £57,500
% change year-on-year -5.00% -13.04%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in permanent job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

IT Job Roles
UK
Permanent job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 85218 95218 107157
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 95.94% 96.54% 96.61%
Number of salaries quoted 69700 80264 88299
Median salary £46,000 £47,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -2.12% +4.44%  
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £73,000 £70,000 £71,500
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £41,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +3.65% +2.50%  

Information Security Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Information Security Specialist in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Information Security Specialist in the UK

Information Security Specialist
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for Information Security Specialist in the UK

Information Security Specialist
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Information Security Specialist over the 3 months to 22 June 2017.

Salary histogram for Information Security Specialist in the UK

Information Security Specialist
Top 25 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Information Security Specialist within the UK over the 3 months to 22 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +56 51 £59,000 +12.38% 6
London +45 28 £65,000 +8.33% 3
City of London - 8 £65,000 -
East of England +6 7 £65,000 -
North East - 7 £45,000 -
Durham - 7 £45,000 -
West Midlands +17 4 £45,000 -14.28% 2
Luton - 4 - -
Bedfordshire - 4 - -
Manchester -28 3 £55,000 -15.38%
North West -39 3 £55,000 -15.38%
Hemel Hempstead - 3 £65,000 -
Hertfordshire - 3 £65,000 -
Redditch - 2 £45,000 -
Worcestershire - 2 £45,000 -
Surrey +41 1 £47,500 -34.48%
South East +32 1 £47,500 -5.00%
West Yorkshire +14 1 £45,000 -2.17% 1
Birmingham +11 1 £52,500 -
Leeds +7 1 £45,000 -2.17% 1
Yorkshire -3 1 £45,000 -10.00% 1
Coventry - 1 £43,750 - 1
Reigate - 1 £47,500 -
Glasgow - 1 £47,500 -
Scotland - 1 £47,500 -

Information Security Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 June 2017, Information 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 featuring Information Security Specialist in the job title.

1 95 (96.94%) Information Security
2 71 (72.45%) CISSP
3 61 (62.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 58 (59.18%) PCI DSS
5 37 (37.76%) Data Protection
6 32 (32.65%) Risk Management
7 31 (31.63%) Finance
8 30 (30.61%) CISM
9 29 (29.59%) Firewall
10 25 (25.51%) Data Protection Act
10 25 (25.51%) Cybersecurity
11 24 (24.49%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 22 (22.45%) SIEM
13 19 (19.39%) CISA
14 15 (15.31%) Data Management
15 14 (14.29%) Security Architecture
15 14 (14.29%) Information Security Governance
15 14 (14.29%) Banking
15 14 (14.29%) Project Management
15 14 (14.29%) ITIL
16 13 (13.27%) Windows
16 13 (13.27%) Vulnerability Assessment
16 13 (13.27%) CISMP
16 13 (13.27%) Telecoms
17 12 (12.24%) Degree
17 12 (12.24%) Management Information System
18 11 (11.22%) Data Security
18 11 (11.22%) Active Directory
18 11 (11.22%) LAN
18 11 (11.22%) WAN

Information Security 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:

Application Platforms
1 4 (4.08%) IIS
Business Applications
1 6 (6.12%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (1.02%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 4 (4.08%) Cloud Computing
2 2 (2.04%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (2.04%) SaaS
3 1 (1.02%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 29 (29.59%) Firewall
2 11 (11.22%) LAN
2 11 (11.22%) WAN
3 10 (10.20%) Network Security
4 7 (7.14%) TCP/IP
5 5 (5.10%) VLAN
6 4 (4.08%) Intrusion Detection
6 4 (4.08%) SAN
7 2 (2.04%) Cisco ASA
8 1 (1.02%) DHCP
8 1 (1.02%) DNS
8 1 (1.02%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (5.10%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (1.02%) Metasploit
General
1 31 (31.63%) Finance
2 14 (14.29%) Banking
3 13 (13.27%) Telecoms
4 10 (10.20%) Legal
5 7 (7.14%) Retail
6 6 (6.12%) Electronics
6 6 (6.12%) Manufacturing
6 6 (6.12%) Marketing
7 3 (3.06%) Advertising
7 3 (3.06%) Financial Institution
8 1 (1.02%) Law
8 1 (1.02%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.02%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 25 (25.51%) Data Protection Act
2 12 (12.24%) Management Information System
3 10 (10.20%) Computer Science
4 8 (8.16%) Cyberthreat
5 4 (4.08%) Clustering
6 3 (3.06%) Fat Client
6 3 (3.06%) Thin Client
7 2 (2.04%) Mobile App
8 1 (1.02%) Analytical Skills
8 1 (1.02%) Data Centre
8 1 (1.02%) Fintech
Operating Systems
1 13 (13.27%) Windows
2 10 (10.20%) Windows Server
3 6 (6.12%) Linux
4 3 (3.06%) Android
4 3 (3.06%) Apple iOS
4 3 (3.06%) Unix
4 3 (3.06%) Windows Mobile
5 2 (2.04%) Kali Linux
6 1 (1.02%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 95 (96.94%) Information Security
2 37 (37.76%) Data Protection
3 32 (32.65%) Risk Management
4 25 (25.51%) Cybersecurity
5 22 (22.45%) SIEM
6 15 (15.31%) Data Management
7 14 (14.29%) Information Security Governance
7 14 (14.29%) ITIL
7 14 (14.29%) Project Management
7 14 (14.29%) Security Architecture
8 13 (13.27%) Vulnerability Assessment
9 11 (11.22%) Data Security
10 10 (10.20%) Kalman Filter
10 10 (10.20%) Patch Management
10 10 (10.20%) Programme Management
10 10 (10.20%) Risk Assessment
10 10 (10.20%) Stakeholder Management
11 9 (9.18%) Internal Audit
11 9 (9.18%) Penetration Testing
12 8 (8.16%) Risk Analysis
Programming Languages
1 2 (2.04%) PowerShell
1 2 (2.04%) SQL
2 1 (1.02%) Python
2 1 (1.02%) VB
Qualifications
1 71 (72.45%) CISSP
2 30 (30.61%) CISM
3 19 (19.39%) CISA
4 13 (13.27%) CISMP
5 12 (12.24%) Degree
6 10 (10.20%) CEH
6 10 (10.20%) SSCP
7 9 (9.18%) CCNA
7 9 (9.18%) Cisco Certification
7 9 (9.18%) CompTIA Security+
7 9 (9.18%) Security+ Certification
8 6 (6.12%) CCSA
8 6 (6.12%) CRISC
9 4 (4.08%) CCNP
10 2 (2.04%) GIAC
10 2 (2.04%) GSEC
11 1 (1.02%) GISP
11 1 (1.02%) ITIL Certification
11 1 (1.02%) SC Cleared
11 1 (1.02%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 61 (62.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 58 (59.18%) PCI DSS
3 24 (24.49%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
4 10 (10.20%) GDPR
5 6 (6.12%) Cyber Essentials
5 6 (6.12%) Data Quality
6 5 (5.10%) COBIT
7 4 (4.08%) ISO 9001
8 2 (2.04%) SAS 70
9 1 (1.02%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 1 (1.02%) GPG13
System Software
1 11 (11.22%) Active Directory
2 4 (4.08%) Hyper-V
3 1 (1.02%) Snort
Systems Management
1 4 (4.08%) Forefront Identity Manager
1 4 (4.08%) SCCM
2 2 (2.04%) EnCase
2 2 (2.04%) Nessus
2 2 (2.04%) Nexpose
2 2 (2.04%) Nmap
3 1 (1.02%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
3 1 (1.02%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 8 (8.16%) Cisco
2 7 (7.14%) LogRhythm
2 7 (7.14%) Microsoft
3 6 (6.12%) SAP
4 5 (5.10%) CheckPoint
4 5 (5.10%) Splunk
5 4 (4.08%) Forcepoint
5 4 (4.08%) NetApp
5 4 (4.08%) SolarWinds
6 3 (3.06%) Palo Alto
7 2 (2.04%) Rapid7
7 2 (2.04%) Symantec
8 1 (1.02%) AlienVault
8 1 (1.02%) CyberArk
8 1 (1.02%) Proofpoint
8 1 (1.02%) Qualys
8 1 (1.02%) Sophos
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