Period
to 21 November 2017

The median annual salary for an Information Security Specialist was £55,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 November 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
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 1065 1084 1197
Rank change year-on-year +19 +113 -18
Permanent jobs requiring an Information Security Specialist 141 159 104
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.078% 0.084% 0.048%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.081% 0.087% 0.050%
Number of salaries quoted 90 139 79
UK median annual salary £55,000 £59,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -6.78% +24.21% -13.64%
10th Percentile £41,250 £42,500 £37,000
90th Percentile £77,500 £77,500 £65,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £50,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year -10.00% +11.11% -

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 173309 182267 209632
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.79% 96.49% 96.46%
Number of salaries quoted 139088 152628 174119
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 £40,500
% change year-on-year - +4.94% +1.25%

Information Security Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend

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

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 6 months to 21 November 2017.

Salary histogram for Information Security Specialist in the UK

Information Security Specialist
Top 15 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 6 months to 21 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 +2 136 £56,250 -4.66% 3
UK excluding London +6 80 £45,000 -10.00%
London +24 61 £65,000 - 3
North of England +10 27 £45,000 -10.00%
Midlands +26 21 £44,000 -12.00%
East of England +10 15 £65,000 +44.44%
North West +11 13 £48,750 +4.84%
West Midlands -4 13 £44,500 -11.00%
South East +35 11 £47,500 -29.63%
North East - 9 £45,000 -
East Midlands - 8 £40,000 -
Yorkshire 0 5 £45,000 -10.00%
Scotland -16 4 £41,000 -21.90%
South West +12 1 £45,000 -34.55%
Wales - 1 £55,000 -

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

For the 6 months to 21 November 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.

1 132 (93.62%) Information Security
2 82 (58.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 74 (52.48%) CISSP
4 49 (34.75%) CISM
5 48 (34.04%) Finance
6 44 (31.21%) Risk Management
6 44 (31.21%) PCI DSS
7 38 (26.95%) CISA
8 31 (21.99%) Management Information System
9 30 (21.28%) Windows
9 30 (21.28%) ISMS
10 29 (20.57%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 24 (17.02%) Firewall
11 24 (17.02%) Marketing
12 23 (16.31%) ITIL
13 22 (15.60%) Security Management
14 21 (14.89%) Security Architecture
15 20 (14.18%) Information Security Management
16 19 (13.48%) Electronics
16 19 (13.48%) Telecoms
16 19 (13.48%) Legal
16 19 (13.48%) Manufacturing
16 19 (13.48%) Programme Management
16 19 (13.48%) Risk Assessment
16 19 (13.48%) Business Intelligence
16 19 (13.48%) SAP
16 19 (13.48%) SIEM
16 19 (13.48%) Digital Marketing
17 18 (12.77%) Windows Server
18 17 (12.06%) Degree

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 10 (7.09%) SharePoint
2 1 (0.71%) IIS
Applications
1 13 (9.22%) Microsoft Excel
1 13 (9.22%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 10 (7.09%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.71%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 4 (2.84%) SaaS
2 3 (2.13%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (1.42%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.71%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 24 (17.02%) Firewall
2 12 (8.51%) Network Security
3 10 (7.09%) Internet
4 9 (6.38%) TCP/IP
5 5 (3.55%) Cisco ASA
6 3 (2.13%) Intrusion Detection
6 3 (2.13%) Wireshark
7 2 (1.42%) SMS
8 1 (0.71%) DHCP
8 1 (0.71%) DNS
8 1 (0.71%) LAN
8 1 (0.71%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.42%) RDBMS
1 2 (1.42%) Relational Database
1 2 (1.42%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.71%) Big Data
2 1 (0.71%) Hadoop
2 1 (0.71%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 2 (1.42%) Maven
1 2 (1.42%) Selenium
2 1 (0.71%) Metasploit
General
1 48 (34.04%) Finance
2 24 (17.02%) Marketing
3 19 (13.48%) Electronics
3 19 (13.48%) Legal
3 19 (13.48%) Manufacturing
3 19 (13.48%) Telecoms
4 15 (10.64%) Retail
5 11 (7.80%) Law
6 4 (2.84%) Banking
6 4 (2.84%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (1.42%) Hibernate
1 2 (1.42%) Middleware
1 2 (1.42%) Web Services
2 1 (0.71%) .NET
2 1 (0.71%) ASP.NET
2 1 (0.71%) OpenID
2 1 (0.71%) SAML
2 1 (0.71%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 31 (21.99%) Management Information System
2 6 (4.26%) Computer Science
3 5 (3.55%) PKI
4 4 (2.84%) Clustering
4 4 (2.84%) Data Centre
5 3 (2.13%) Mobile App
5 3 (2.13%) Security Operations Centre
5 3 (2.13%) Wiki
6 2 (1.42%) CESG
6 2 (1.42%) Cybercrime
6 2 (1.42%) Cyberthreat
6 2 (1.42%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 1 (0.71%) Analytical Skills
7 1 (0.71%) Cyber Attack
7 1 (0.71%) Data Protection Act
7 1 (0.71%) Fat Client
7 1 (0.71%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 30 (21.28%) Windows
2 18 (12.77%) Windows Server
3 9 (6.38%) Linux
3 9 (6.38%) Unix
4 5 (3.55%) Kali Linux
5 1 (0.71%) Android
5 1 (0.71%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.71%) Windows 10
5 1 (0.71%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 132 (93.62%) Information Security
2 44 (31.21%) Risk Management
3 30 (21.28%) ISMS
4 23 (16.31%) ITIL
5 22 (15.60%) Security Management
6 21 (14.89%) Security Architecture
7 20 (14.18%) Information Security Management
8 19 (13.48%) Business Intelligence
8 19 (13.48%) Digital Marketing
8 19 (13.48%) Programme Management
8 19 (13.48%) Risk Assessment
8 19 (13.48%) SIEM
9 16 (11.35%) Project Management
9 16 (11.35%) Vulnerability Management
10 15 (10.64%) Information Security Governance
11 14 (9.93%) Cybersecurity
11 14 (9.93%) Data Protection
12 13 (9.22%) Penetration Testing
13 12 (8.51%) SDLC
13 12 (8.51%) Security Operations
Programming Languages
1 7 (4.96%) SQL
2 5 (3.55%) PowerShell
3 2 (1.42%) Java
3 2 (1.42%) JavaScript
4 1 (0.71%) Python
4 1 (0.71%) VB
Qualifications
1 74 (52.48%) CISSP
2 49 (34.75%) CISM
3 38 (26.95%) CISA
4 17 (12.06%) CRISC
4 17 (12.06%) Degree
5 15 (10.64%) CEH
6 10 (7.09%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
7 9 (6.38%) CCSA
8 6 (4.26%) CCNA
8 6 (4.26%) Cisco Certification
8 6 (4.26%) CompTIA Security+
8 6 (4.26%) Computer Science Degree
8 6 (4.26%) Security+ Certification
9 5 (3.55%) CISMP
9 5 (3.55%) GSEC
10 4 (2.84%) GIAC
10 4 (2.84%) SSCP
11 3 (2.13%) ITIL Certification
12 2 (1.42%) CCNP
12 2 (1.42%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 82 (58.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 44 (31.21%) PCI DSS
3 29 (20.57%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
4 16 (11.35%) Cyber Essentials
5 14 (9.93%) GDPR
6 9 (6.38%) COBIT
6 9 (6.38%) Data Quality
7 4 (2.84%) ISO 9001
8 3 (2.13%) SAS 70
9 2 (1.42%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 2 (1.42%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 1 (0.71%) FISMA
10 1 (0.71%) GPG13
10 1 (0.71%) ISO 22301
System Software
1 15 (10.64%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.71%) Snort
Systems Management
1 5 (3.55%) EnCase
1 5 (3.55%) Nessus
1 5 (3.55%) Nexpose
1 5 (3.55%) Nmap
2 4 (2.84%) Norton AntiVirus
3 1 (0.71%) Suricata
3 1 (0.71%) Tivoli
3 1 (0.71%) Tivoli Identity Manager
Vendors
1 19 (13.48%) SAP
2 10 (7.09%) Microsoft
3 6 (4.26%) Cisco
3 6 (4.26%) LogRhythm
4 5 (3.55%) Palo Alto
4 5 (3.55%) Rapid7
4 5 (3.55%) Symantec
5 4 (2.84%) SolarWinds
6 1 (0.71%) AlienVault
6 1 (0.71%) CheckPoint
6 1 (0.71%) CyberArk
6 1 (0.71%) F5
6 1 (0.71%) Forcepoint
6 1 (0.71%) Oracle
6 1 (0.71%) Proofpoint
6 1 (0.71%) Qualys
6 1 (0.71%) Sophos
6 1 (0.71%) Splunk