Period
to 26 February 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for Information Security skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Information Security over the 6 months to 26 February 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Information Security (InfoSec)
UK
6 months to
26 Feb 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 105 88 87
Rank change year-on-year -17 -1 +28
Permanent jobs citing Information Security 2,259 4,091 5,322
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 3.04% 3.32% 3.52%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.28% 3.61% 3.81%
Number of salaries quoted 1,922 3,282 3,716
Median annual salary £60,000 £60,000 £60,000
10th Percentile £37,464 £36,250 £36,250
90th Percentile £93,750 £92,375 £92,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £55,000 £52,500
% change year-on-year -4.55% +4.76% -4.55%

Information Security is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 68,836 113,354 139,731
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 92.53% 92.06% 92.32%
Number of salaries quoted 54,242 90,990 111,795
Median annual salary £55,000 £53,053 £52,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.67% +1.05% +5.00%
10th Percentile £32,500 £30,750 £29,900
90th Percentile £90,000 £88,750 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,500 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +2.11% +5.56% -

Information Security
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Information Security as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Information Security in the UK

Information Security
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Information Security.

Salary trend for Information Security in the UK

Information Security
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Information Security over the 6 months to 26 February 2021.

Salary histogram for Information Security in the UK

Information Security
Top 17 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Information Security within the UK over the 6 months to 26 February 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 -14 2,059 £60,000 - 392
UK excluding London -14 1,317 £52,500 -4.55% 280
London -3 801 £70,000 +3.70% 140
South East -3 446 £55,000 -8.33% 73
Work from Home +2 348 £62,000 +3.33% 79
North of England +1 303 £55,000 - 72
Midlands -33 239 £52,500 - 41
North West +36 187 £55,000 +4.76% 41
West Midlands -33 179 £55,000 +4.92% 31
South West -12 129 £50,000 +11.11% 38
Yorkshire -33 96 £55,000 - 23
East of England +4 94 £60,000 +9.09% 24
Scotland -17 73 £47,250 -14.09% 14
East Midlands +23 62 £43,000 -21.82% 10
Wales +6 31 £50,000 - 13
North East +18 25 £52,500 +28.99% 8
Northern Ireland +8 9 £42,500 -15.00% 5

For the 6 months to 26 February 2021, IT jobs citing Information Security 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 Information Security.

1 798 (35.33%) Cybersecurity
2 751 (33.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 700 (30.99%) Management Information System
4 612 (27.09%) CISSP
5 505 (22.36%) Azure
6 483 (21.38%) Finance
7 420 (18.59%) GDPR
8 389 (17.22%) CISM
8 389 (17.22%) Firewall
9 388 (17.18%) Microsoft
10 386 (17.09%) Risk Management
11 334 (14.79%) NIST
12 311 (13.77%) AWS
13 307 (13.59%) Security Operations
14 301 (13.32%) Data Protection
15 300 (13.28%) SIEM
16 291 (12.88%) Windows
17 280 (12.39%) Security Management
17 280 (12.39%) Degree
18 255 (11.29%) Legal
19 253 (11.20%) Security Architecture
20 246 (10.89%) Penetration Testing
21 245 (10.85%) Project Management
22 235 (10.40%) DevOps
23 227 (10.05%) Linux
24 226 (10.00%) ITIL
25 219 (9.69%) Analytical Skills
26 207 (9.16%) Agile Software Development
27 205 (9.07%) PCI DSS
28 202 (8.94%) Microsoft 365

Information Security
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 33 (1.46%) Apache
2 30 (1.33%) SharePoint
3 17 (0.75%) IIS
3 17 (0.75%) MS Exchange
4 11 (0.49%) Elasticsearch
5 7 (0.31%) Confluence
6 4 (0.18%) Apache Spark
7 3 (0.13%) Exchange Server 2010
8 2 (0.089%) Camunda
8 2 (0.089%) JBoss
8 2 (0.089%) OpenStack
8 2 (0.089%) Tomcat
8 2 (0.089%) TPMS
8 2 (0.089%) WebLogic
8 2 (0.089%) WordPress
9 1 (0.044%) CMS
9 1 (0.044%) IBM Domino
9 1 (0.044%) nginx
9 1 (0.044%) Oracle Workflow
9 1 (0.044%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 44 (1.95%) Microsoft Office
2 40 (1.77%) Microsoft Excel
3 16 (0.71%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 13 (0.58%) MS Visio
5 8 (0.35%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (0.13%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.044%) Adobe After Effects
Business Applications
1 17 (0.75%) Sentinel
2 9 (0.40%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (0.40%) Infor M3
3 5 (0.22%) Actimize
4 4 (0.18%) NetSuite
4 4 (0.18%) SAP HR
5 3 (0.13%) SAP Business One
6 2 (0.089%) Dynamics NAV
6 2 (0.089%) Oracle Applications
6 2 (0.089%) Oracle EBS
7 1 (0.044%) Dynamics AX
7 1 (0.044%) Dynamics GP
7 1 (0.044%) Magento
7 1 (0.044%) Payment Gateway
7 1 (0.044%) SAP GRC
7 1 (0.044%) SAP MM
7 1 (0.044%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 505 (22.36%) Azure
2 311 (13.77%) AWS
3 202 (8.94%) Microsoft 365
4 160 (7.08%) SaaS
5 93 (4.12%) GCP
6 87 (3.85%) IaaS
7 86 (3.81%) PaaS
8 52 (2.30%) Serverless
9 46 (2.04%) AWS Lambda
9 46 (2.04%) Cloud Computing
10 45 (1.99%) Azure Active Directory
11 30 (1.33%) Amazon EC2
11 30 (1.33%) Power Platform
12 29 (1.28%) AWS CloudFormation
13 26 (1.15%) Amazon S3
14 23 (1.02%) Mimecast
15 21 (0.93%) BPaaS
16 13 (0.58%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 12 (0.53%) Amazon EKS
18 11 (0.49%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 389 (17.22%) Firewall
2 155 (6.86%) Network Security
3 134 (5.93%) Intrusion Detection
4 93 (4.12%) TCP/IP
5 86 (3.81%) LAN
6 79 (3.50%) WAN
7 76 (3.36%) VPN
8 75 (3.32%) DNS
9 51 (2.26%) Internet
10 43 (1.90%) DHCP
10 43 (1.90%) SSL
11 39 (1.73%) HTTP
12 34 (1.51%) Wireless
13 25 (1.11%) Cisco ASA
14 21 (0.93%) SAN
15 20 (0.89%) WAAS
16 17 (0.75%) Cisco Firepower
17 16 (0.71%) VoIP
18 15 (0.66%) Cisco ISE
18 15 (0.66%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 59 (2.61%) SQL Server
2 36 (1.59%) PostgreSQL
3 32 (1.42%) NoSQL
4 31 (1.37%) Big Data
4 31 (1.37%) Relational Database
5 24 (1.06%) Data Warehouse
6 23 (1.02%) Amazon RDS
7 22 (0.97%) Power BI
8 18 (0.80%) MongoDB
9 17 (0.75%) MySQL
10 12 (0.53%) Redis
10 12 (0.53%) SQL Server 2016
10 12 (0.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 11 (0.49%) Azure SQL Database
12 10 (0.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 10 (0.44%) Tableau
13 9 (0.40%) MS Access
13 9 (0.40%) SQL Server 2012
14 7 (0.31%) Amazon Redshift
14 7 (0.31%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 48 (2.12%) Jenkins
2 31 (1.37%) Git (software)
3 19 (0.84%) JIRA
4 16 (0.71%) TeamCity
5 13 (0.58%) GitLab
5 13 (0.58%) Travis CI
6 9 (0.40%) Metasploit
7 8 (0.35%) SpecFlow
8 7 (0.31%) NUnit
8 7 (0.31%) Visual Studio
9 6 (0.27%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 6 (0.27%) JUnit
9 6 (0.27%) Maven
9 6 (0.27%) Selenium
10 5 (0.22%) Burp Suite
10 5 (0.22%) SonarQube
11 4 (0.18%) Bitbucket
11 4 (0.18%) Hudson
11 4 (0.18%) webpack
12 3 (0.13%) Subversion
General
1 483 (21.38%) Finance
2 255 (11.29%) Legal
3 185 (8.19%) Law
4 182 (8.06%) Manufacturing
5 134 (5.93%) Pharmaceutical
6 118 (5.22%) Banking
7 76 (3.36%) Retail
8 73 (3.23%) Public Sector
9 70 (3.10%) Telecoms
10 39 (1.73%) Aerospace
11 36 (1.59%) Marketing
12 35 (1.55%) Electronics
13 23 (1.02%) Publishing
14 15 (0.66%) Military
15 13 (0.58%) Financial Institution
16 9 (0.40%) Automotive
17 6 (0.27%) Back Office
17 6 (0.27%) German Language
17 6 (0.27%) Investment Banking
17 6 (0.27%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 431 (19.08%) Analyst
2 264 (11.69%) Security Analyst
3 250 (11.07%) Consultant
4 214 (9.47%) Security Engineer
5 180 (7.97%) Security Manager
6 159 (7.04%) Security Consultant
7 152 (6.73%) Architect
8 147 (6.51%) Administrator
9 128 (5.67%) Information Analyst
10 125 (5.53%) Information Security Analyst
11 117 (5.18%) Security Architect
12 114 (5.05%) Data Administrator
13 105 (4.65%) Security Specialist
14 103 (4.56%) Security Officer
15 89 (3.94%) Information Manager
16 88 (3.90%) Information Security Manager
17 83 (3.67%) Information Security Officer
18 80 (3.54%) Information Security Consultant
18 80 (3.54%) IT Analyst
18 80 (3.54%) IT Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 64 (2.83%) .NET
2 58 (2.57%) SAML
3 53 (2.35%) OAuth
4 47 (2.08%) OpenID
5 45 (1.99%) Web Services
6 32 (1.42%) .NET Framework
6 32 (1.42%) HTML
7 24 (1.06%) REST
8 21 (0.93%) React
8 21 (0.93%) XML
9 20 (0.89%) JSON
10 19 (0.84%) Kafka
10 19 (0.84%) LDAP
11 18 (0.80%) AngularJS
12 17 (0.75%) RESTful
13 16 (0.71%) Apache NiFi
13 16 (0.71%) ASP.NET
13 16 (0.71%) SOAP
14 15 (0.66%) jQuery
14 15 (0.66%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 700 (30.99%) Management Information System
2 219 (9.69%) Analytical Skills
3 148 (6.55%) Cyberthreat
4 74 (3.28%) Public Cloud
4 74 (3.28%) Security Operations Centre
5 72 (3.19%) Data Centre
6 55 (2.43%) Data Protection Act
7 46 (2.04%) Self-Motivation
8 43 (1.90%) PKI
9 36 (1.59%) Cyberattack
9 36 (1.59%) Enterprise Software
10 34 (1.51%) CESG
11 33 (1.46%) Greenfield Project
12 28 (1.24%) Cyber Kill Chain
12 28 (1.24%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
13 26 (1.15%) Mobile App
14 24 (1.06%) FMCG
15 20 (0.89%) Cloud Native
15 20 (0.89%) Virtual Team
16 17 (0.75%) Cybercrime
Operating Systems
1 291 (12.88%) Windows
2 227 (10.05%) Linux
3 91 (4.03%) Windows Server
4 79 (3.50%) Unix
5 30 (1.33%) Windows 10
6 20 (0.89%) Mac OS
7 19 (0.84%) Windows Server 2012
8 18 (0.80%) Apple iOS
9 17 (0.75%) Windows Server 2016
10 16 (0.71%) Android
11 15 (0.66%) CentOS
12 11 (0.49%) Windows Server 2008
13 9 (0.40%) Kali Linux
13 9 (0.40%) Windows Server 2019
14 8 (0.35%) Solaris
15 7 (0.31%) Mac OS X
15 7 (0.31%) VMS
16 6 (0.27%) Windows 7
16 6 (0.27%) Windows XP
17 4 (0.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 798 (35.33%) Cybersecurity
2 386 (17.09%) Risk Management
3 307 (13.59%) Security Operations
4 301 (13.32%) Data Protection
5 300 (13.28%) SIEM
6 280 (12.39%) Security Management
7 253 (11.20%) Security Architecture
8 246 (10.89%) Penetration Testing
9 245 (10.85%) Project Management
10 235 (10.40%) DevOps
11 226 (10.00%) ITIL
12 207 (9.16%) Agile Software Development
13 201 (8.90%) Information Security Management
14 200 (8.85%) Vulnerability Management
15 178 (7.88%) Problem-Solving
16 170 (7.53%) Identity Access Management
17 157 (6.95%) ISMS
18 155 (6.86%) Data Privacy
19 153 (6.77%) Threat Intelligence
20 151 (6.68%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 174 (7.70%) Python
2 111 (4.91%) PowerShell
3 106 (4.69%) Java
4 96 (4.25%) SQL
5 77 (3.41%) C#
6 54 (2.39%) JavaScript
7 45 (1.99%) Bash Shell
8 41 (1.81%) Perl
9 34 (1.51%) C++
10 31 (1.37%) C
11 20 (0.89%) Go
12 16 (0.71%) PHP
12 16 (0.71%) Ruby
13 9 (0.40%) VBA
14 7 (0.31%) VB
15 6 (0.27%) Java 8
15 6 (0.27%) R
16 4 (0.18%) Shell Script
17 3 (0.13%) Rust
18 2 (0.089%) Scala
Qualifications
1 612 (27.09%) CISSP
2 389 (17.22%) CISM
3 280 (12.39%) Degree
4 167 (7.39%) CISA
4 167 (7.39%) Cisco Certification
5 121 (5.36%) Security Cleared
6 109 (4.83%) CRISC
7 89 (3.94%) CCNP
8 85 (3.76%) CEH
9 83 (3.67%) CCNA
10 70 (3.10%) SC Cleared
11 68 (3.01%) CESG Certified Professional
12 58 (2.57%) (ISC)2 CCSP
13 54 (2.39%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
14 52 (2.30%) CompTIA Security+
15 50 (2.21%) SANS
16 44 (1.95%) DV Cleared
17 34 (1.51%) ISO 27001 Lead Implementer
18 33 (1.46%) OSCP
19 32 (1.42%) GIAC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 751 (33.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 420 (18.59%) GDPR
3 334 (14.79%) NIST
4 205 (9.07%) PCI DSS
5 159 (7.04%) Cyber Essentials
6 101 (4.47%) COBIT
7 87 (3.85%) NCSC
8 73 (3.23%) SLA
9 72 (3.19%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 65 (2.88%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 45 (1.99%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 43 (1.90%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 41 (1.81%) JSP 440
14 38 (1.68%) ISO/IEC 27005
14 38 (1.68%) QA
15 30 (1.33%) RMADS
16 26 (1.15%) ISO 22301
17 23 (1.02%) NIST 800
18 22 (0.97%) ITGC
19 21 (0.93%) HIPAA
System Software
1 188 (8.32%) Active Directory
2 52 (2.30%) Docker
3 46 (2.04%) VMware Infrastructure
4 25 (1.11%) Firmware
5 18 (0.80%) BitLocker
6 12 (0.53%) Hyper-V
7 7 (0.31%) VMware ESXi
8 4 (0.18%) pfSense
8 4 (0.18%) vCloud
9 3 (0.13%) Virtual Desktop
9 3 (0.13%) Virtual Machines
9 3 (0.13%) vSphere
10 2 (0.089%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
10 2 (0.089%) Sendmail
10 2 (0.089%) Shibboleth
10 2 (0.089%) VMware NSX
11 1 (0.044%) DFS Replication
11 1 (0.044%) oVirt
11 1 (0.044%) Terminal Server
11 1 (0.044%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 94 (4.16%) Terraform
2 62 (2.74%) Kubernetes
3 56 (2.48%) Nessus
4 52 (2.30%) Ansible
5 35 (1.55%) Microsoft Intune
6 30 (1.33%) Puppet
6 30 (1.33%) SCCM
7 26 (1.15%) CASB
8 24 (1.06%) Opscode Chef
9 20 (0.89%) Host Intrusion Detection System
9 20 (0.89%) Norton AntiVirus
10 16 (0.71%) CSIRT
11 12 (0.53%) QRadar
12 11 (0.49%) Consul
12 11 (0.49%) Prometheus
13 10 (0.44%) Failover Clustering
13 10 (0.44%) linkerd
14 9 (0.40%) Single Sign-On
15 7 (0.31%) Nmap
16 5 (0.22%) Network Intrusion Detection System
Vendors
1 388 (17.18%) Microsoft
2 99 (4.38%) Cisco
3 83 (3.67%) VMware
4 80 (3.54%) Google
5 72 (3.19%) CheckPoint
6 54 (2.39%) Splunk
7 47 (2.08%) McAfee
8 46 (2.04%) SAP
9 40 (1.77%) Palo Alto
9 40 (1.77%) Qualys
10 34 (1.51%) IBM
11 29 (1.28%) FireEye
11 29 (1.28%) ServiceNow
11 29 (1.28%) Symantec
12 26 (1.15%) Twitter
13 24 (1.06%) ForgeRock
14 23 (1.02%) Darktrace
14 23 (1.02%) LogRhythm
15 22 (0.97%) Oracle
16 21 (0.93%) AlienVault