Period
to 15 October 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 15 October 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Information Security (InfoSec)
UK
6 months to
15 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 107 91 102
Rank change year-on-year -16 +11 -1
Permanent jobs citing Information Security 3,919 1,645 4,322
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 3.13% 3.43% 3.14%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.33% 3.69% 3.39%
Number of salaries quoted 2,353 1,262 3,111
10th Percentile £37,500 £37,500 £34,250
25th Percentile £46,250 £47,063 £42,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £60,000 £60,000 £60,000
75th Percentile £76,250 £80,000 £77,500
90th Percentile £91,250 £105,000 £93,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £54,000 £52,500 £51,500
% change year-on-year +2.86% +1.94% -1.90%

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 117,828 44,634 127,470
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 94.20% 93.14% 92.64%
Number of salaries quoted 78,267 37,220 101,550
10th Percentile £32,690 £33,000 £30,000
25th Percentile £42,500 £42,500 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £57,500 £55,000 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year +4.55% +4.76% +5.00%
75th Percentile £77,500 £73,750 £70,000
90th Percentile £95,000 £90,000 £86,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £49,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +2.04% +8.89% -

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 15 October 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 15 October 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 -13 3,477 £60,000 -4.00% 499
UK excluding London +10 2,217 £54,000 +2.86% 360
London -41 1,432 £67,500 -3.57% 186
South East +12 694 £57,500 - 64
Work from Home -4 595 £65,000 +13.04% 80
North of England +15 548 £50,000 - 116
Midlands -14 363 £55,000 +10.00% 54
North West +10 315 £50,000 - 65
West Midlands -26 235 £55,000 +4.76% 36
South West -1 229 £50,000 -4.76% 38
Yorkshire -17 196 £50,000 - 34
Scotland +7 193 £47,500 -0.84% 29
East of England -9 148 £52,750 -18.85% 41
East Midlands -3 120 £57,500 +29.59% 17
Wales -25 45 £45,000 +16.88% 14
North East -3 42 £57,500 +29.21% 17
Northern Ireland -40 10 £65,000 +160.00% 4

For the 6 months to 15 October 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 1,300 (33.17%) Social Skills
2 1,143 (29.17%) Cybersecurity
3 1,092 (27.86%) Management Information System
4 1,073 (27.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 910 (23.22%) Microsoft
6 902 (23.02%) Azure
7 870 (22.20%) Service Delivery
8 844 (21.54%) Line Management
9 789 (20.13%) Finance
10 698 (17.81%) CISSP
11 694 (17.71%) Risk Management
12 667 (17.02%) Retail
13 651 (16.61%) AWS
14 640 (16.33%) Agile Software Development
15 568 (14.49%) Facilities Management
16 544 (13.88%) Degree
17 543 (13.86%) Firewall
18 522 (13.32%) CISM
19 515 (13.14%) Problem-Solving
20 502 (12.81%) GDPR
21 448 (11.43%) SIEM
22 438 (11.18%) Analytical Skills
23 434 (11.07%) NIST
24 421 (10.74%) Windows
25 419 (10.69%) Security Management
26 417 (10.64%) Security Operations
27 393 (10.03%) Microsoft 365
28 385 (9.82%) DevOps
28 385 (9.82%) ITIL
29 371 (9.47%) Data Protection

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
1 123 (3.14%) SharePoint
2 44 (1.12%) Confluence
3 36 (0.92%) IIS
4 26 (0.66%) Elasticsearch
5 25 (0.64%) MS Exchange
6 24 (0.61%) Apache Spark
7 18 (0.46%) SAS
8 14 (0.36%) Apache
9 12 (0.31%) MTS
9 12 (0.31%) nginx
10 8 (0.20%) Skype for Business
11 6 (0.15%) Tomcat
12 5 (0.13%) Cloud Foundry
12 5 (0.13%) CMS
13 4 (0.10%) OpenStack
14 2 (0.051%) Apache Pig
14 2 (0.051%) BizTalk Server
14 2 (0.051%) Commerce Server
14 2 (0.051%) Drupal
14 2 (0.051%) WildFly
Applications
1 301 (7.68%) Microsoft Office
2 247 (6.30%) Microsoft Excel
3 81 (2.07%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 37 (0.94%) MS Visio
5 29 (0.74%) Microsoft Project
6 20 (0.51%) Spreadsheet
7 14 (0.36%) Revit
8 10 (0.26%) AutoCAD
8 10 (0.26%) Photoshop
9 8 (0.20%) Adobe Premiere
9 8 (0.20%) Chatbot
9 8 (0.20%) InDesign
10 5 (0.13%) Adobe Illustrator
11 4 (0.10%) Acrobat
11 4 (0.10%) Adobe After Effects
11 4 (0.10%) SPSS
11 4 (0.10%) Stata
12 1 (0.026%) Figma
12 1 (0.026%) InVision
12 1 (0.026%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 54 (1.38%) Sentinel
2 51 (1.30%) Maximo
3 21 (0.54%) Dynamics CRM
3 21 (0.54%) SAP HR
4 10 (0.26%) SAP Business One
5 9 (0.23%) SAP EHS
6 6 (0.15%) Dynamics NAV
6 6 (0.15%) Unica
7 5 (0.13%) NetSuite
7 5 (0.13%) RESILIA
8 4 (0.10%) FastStats
8 4 (0.10%) Salesforce.com CRM
9 3 (0.077%) Distributed Ledger
9 3 (0.077%) IBM Planning Analytics
10 2 (0.051%) Magento
10 2 (0.051%) Unit4 Business World
11 1 (0.026%) Dynamics AX
11 1 (0.026%) Dynamics GP
11 1 (0.026%) Oracle ERP
11 1 (0.026%) SimCorp Dimension
Cloud Services
1 902 (23.02%) Azure
2 651 (16.61%) AWS
3 393 (10.03%) Microsoft 365
4 195 (4.98%) SaaS
5 165 (4.21%) GCP
6 132 (3.37%) IaaS
7 130 (3.32%) PaaS
8 125 (3.19%) Power Platform
9 106 (2.70%) Serverless
10 78 (1.99%) Cloud Computing
11 74 (1.89%) Azure Active Directory
12 64 (1.63%) Azure Sentinel
13 62 (1.58%) AWS Lambda
14 45 (1.15%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 45 (1.15%) CloudFront
15 44 (1.12%) Amazon S3
16 39 (1.00%) Amazon GuardDuty
17 36 (0.92%) AWS CloudTrail
18 34 (0.87%) Azure Logic Apps
19 33 (0.84%) Azure Data Factory
Communications & Networking
1 543 (13.86%) Firewall
2 242 (6.18%) Network Security
3 108 (2.76%) VPN
4 99 (2.53%) DNS
5 95 (2.42%) TCP/IP
6 85 (2.17%) Intrusion Detection
7 81 (2.07%) WAN
8 80 (2.04%) Internet
9 62 (1.58%) DHCP
10 57 (1.45%) LAN
11 44 (1.12%) Wireless
12 40 (1.02%) HTTP
13 38 (0.97%) Cisco ASA
14 36 (0.92%) Wi-Fi
15 30 (0.77%) VLAN
16 28 (0.71%) SSL
17 25 (0.64%) Wireshark
18 24 (0.61%) Cisco ISE
19 22 (0.56%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
19 22 (0.56%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 161 (4.11%) SQL Server
2 117 (2.99%) Power BI
3 91 (2.32%) Big Data
4 90 (2.30%) NoSQL
5 67 (1.71%) MongoDB
6 64 (1.63%) Data Lake
7 53 (1.35%) Apache Cassandra
8 43 (1.10%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 42 (1.07%) MySQL
10 38 (0.97%) Relational Database
11 34 (0.87%) Data Warehouse
12 31 (0.79%) Hadoop
13 30 (0.77%) SQL Server 2008
14 27 (0.69%) Azure SQL Database
14 27 (0.69%) HDInsight
14 27 (0.69%) Tableau
15 24 (0.61%) Amazon Redshift
16 22 (0.56%) RDBMS
17 16 (0.41%) GIS
17 16 (0.41%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 76 (1.94%) JIRA
2 75 (1.91%) Git (software)
3 65 (1.66%) Jenkins
4 38 (0.97%) Selenium
5 17 (0.43%) Burp Suite
6 16 (0.41%) GitLab
6 16 (0.41%) JUnit
7 15 (0.38%) Jasmine
7 15 (0.38%) SonarQube
8 14 (0.36%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 14 (0.36%) Cucumber
9 13 (0.33%) Protractor
9 13 (0.33%) SpecFlow
9 13 (0.33%) webpack
10 12 (0.31%) Metasploit
10 12 (0.31%) TeamCity
11 11 (0.28%) Visual Studio
12 10 (0.26%) Travis CI
13 9 (0.23%) Spinnaker
14 8 (0.20%) SoapUI
General
1 1,300 (33.17%) Social Skills
2 789 (20.13%) Finance
3 667 (17.02%) Retail
4 438 (11.18%) Analytical Skills
5 359 (9.16%) Legal
6 180 (4.59%) Public Sector
7 165 (4.21%) Organisational Skills
8 160 (4.08%) Law
9 147 (3.75%) Banking
10 138 (3.52%) Influencing Skills
11 131 (3.34%) Presentation Skills
12 114 (2.91%) Manufacturing
13 108 (2.76%) Telecoms
14 107 (2.73%) Marketing
15 72 (1.84%) Electronics
16 46 (1.17%) Pharmaceutical
17 41 (1.05%) Inclusion and Diversity
18 39 (1.00%) Back Office
18 39 (1.00%) Games
19 28 (0.71%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 604 (15.41%) Analyst
2 406 (10.36%) Security Analyst
3 320 (8.17%) Architect
4 311 (7.94%) Security Engineer
5 304 (7.76%) Security Manager
6 282 (7.20%) Consultant
7 203 (5.18%) Security Architect
8 191 (4.87%) Information Analyst
9 187 (4.77%) Information Security Analyst
10 184 (4.70%) Security Consultant
11 180 (4.59%) Information Manager
12 174 (4.44%) Information Security Manager
13 134 (3.42%) Security Specialist
14 133 (3.39%) IT Manager
15 119 (3.04%) Security Officer
16 115 (2.93%) Developer
17 104 (2.65%) IT Analyst
18 101 (2.58%) Information Officer
19 99 (2.53%) Information Security Officer
20 94 (2.40%) Cybersecurity Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 107 (2.73%) .NET
2 81 (2.07%) React
3 77 (1.96%) AngularJS
4 76 (1.94%) Web Services
5 71 (1.81%) HTML
6 63 (1.61%) Middleware
7 56 (1.43%) ASP.NET
8 52 (1.33%) REST
9 49 (1.25%) JSON
10 47 (1.20%) jQuery
10 47 (1.20%) SOAP
11 44 (1.12%) XML
12 43 (1.10%) CSS
13 37 (0.94%) Node.js
14 36 (0.92%) .NET Framework
15 35 (0.89%) Entity Framework
16 31 (0.79%) Elastic Stack
16 31 (0.79%) Vue.js
17 28 (0.71%) OAuth
18 27 (0.69%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 1,092 (27.86%) Management Information System
2 300 (7.66%) Self-Motivation
3 182 (4.64%) Cyberthreat
4 136 (3.47%) Data Centre
5 124 (3.16%) Driving Licence
6 100 (2.55%) Security Operations Centre
7 96 (2.45%) Data Protection Act
8 62 (1.58%) Virtual Team
9 61 (1.56%) Cyber Kill Chain
10 59 (1.51%) Social Media
11 56 (1.43%) Cloud Native
12 54 (1.38%) Public Cloud
13 51 (1.30%) Renewable Energy
14 48 (1.22%) User Experience
15 47 (1.20%) Cyberattack
16 45 (1.15%) Tandem
17 40 (1.02%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
18 37 (0.94%) Blog
18 37 (0.94%) Greenfield Project
19 35 (0.89%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 421 (10.74%) Windows
2 320 (8.17%) Linux
3 132 (3.37%) Windows Server
4 90 (2.30%) Unix
5 72 (1.84%) Windows 10
6 60 (1.53%) Mac OS
7 45 (1.15%) Windows Server 2012
8 33 (0.84%) VMS
9 28 (0.71%) Windows Server 2016
10 23 (0.59%) Apple iOS
11 20 (0.51%) Solaris
12 17 (0.43%) Windows Server 2019
13 16 (0.41%) Android
14 13 (0.33%) Windows Server 2008
15 9 (0.23%) Ubuntu
16 8 (0.20%) Mac OS X
16 8 (0.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 7 (0.18%) Windows 7
18 6 (0.15%) Kali Linux
19 5 (0.13%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,143 (29.17%) Cybersecurity
2 870 (22.20%) Service Delivery
3 844 (21.54%) Line Management
4 694 (17.71%) Risk Management
5 640 (16.33%) Agile Software Development
6 568 (14.49%) Facilities Management
7 515 (13.14%) Problem-Solving
8 448 (11.43%) SIEM
9 419 (10.69%) Security Management
10 417 (10.64%) Security Operations
11 385 (9.82%) DevOps
11 385 (9.82%) ITIL
12 371 (9.47%) Data Protection
13 324 (8.27%) Continuous Improvement
14 322 (8.22%) Vulnerability Management
15 316 (8.06%) Project Management
16 310 (7.91%) Information Security Management
17 306 (7.81%) ISMS
18 288 (7.35%) Security Architecture
19 265 (6.76%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 337 (8.60%) Python
2 308 (7.86%) SQL
3 201 (5.13%) C#
3 201 (5.13%) PowerShell
4 199 (5.08%) JavaScript
5 165 (4.21%) C
6 143 (3.65%) Java
7 66 (1.68%) VB
8 64 (1.63%) Ruby
9 63 (1.61%) Bash Shell
10 50 (1.28%) Perl
11 31 (0.79%) Go
11 31 (0.79%) R
12 29 (0.74%) PHP
13 23 (0.59%) T-SQL
14 19 (0.48%) Shell Script
14 19 (0.48%) VBA
15 15 (0.38%) C++
16 10 (0.26%) Kotlin
17 9 (0.23%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 698 (17.81%) CISSP
2 544 (13.88%) Degree
3 522 (13.32%) CISM
4 260 (6.63%) CISA
5 184 (4.70%) Security Cleared
6 168 (4.29%) Cisco Certification
7 159 (4.06%) CEH
8 117 (2.99%) SANS
9 115 (2.93%) SC Cleared
10 104 (2.65%) CRISC
11 88 (2.25%) CCNA
12 87 (2.22%) Computer Science Degree
13 81 (2.07%) Microsoft Certification
14 77 (1.96%) CompTIA Security+
15 66 (1.68%) (ISC)2 CCSP
15 66 (1.68%) GIAC
16 65 (1.66%) GCIH
17 61 (1.56%) GCIA
17 61 (1.56%) SSCP
18 56 (1.43%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1,073 (27.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 502 (12.81%) GDPR
3 434 (11.07%) NIST
4 350 (8.93%) PCI DSS
5 310 (7.91%) Cyber Essentials
6 218 (5.56%) SLA
7 174 (4.44%) GRC
8 151 (3.85%) COBIT
9 106 (2.70%) QA
10 104 (2.65%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 86 (2.19%) NCSC
12 75 (1.91%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 52 (1.33%) SOC 2
14 50 (1.28%) NIST 800
15 48 (1.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
16 42 (1.07%) ISO 22301
17 39 (1.00%) ISO/IEC 27005
18 38 (0.97%) ISO 9001
19 35 (0.89%) Data Quality
20 30 (0.77%) PMO
System Software
1 222 (5.66%) Active Directory
2 83 (2.12%) Docker
2 83 (2.12%) VMware Infrastructure
3 64 (1.63%) Hyper-V
4 18 (0.46%) Virtual Machines
5 17 (0.43%) VMware ESXi
6 15 (0.38%) vSphere
7 13 (0.33%) Firmware
8 10 (0.26%) Virtual Desktop
9 9 (0.23%) BitLocker
10 8 (0.20%) VMware NSX
11 7 (0.18%) HDFS
11 7 (0.18%) ISA Server
12 6 (0.15%) XenApp
13 5 (0.13%) KVM
13 5 (0.13%) XenDesktop
14 4 (0.10%) Microsoft App-V
14 4 (0.10%) Terminal Services
15 3 (0.077%) vCloud
16 2 (0.051%) LXC
Systems Management
1 99 (2.53%) Terraform
2 97 (2.48%) Kubernetes
3 54 (1.38%) Microsoft Intune
4 49 (1.25%) Ansible
4 49 (1.25%) Nessus
5 44 (1.12%) QRadar
6 40 (1.02%) Single Sign-On
7 29 (0.74%) SCCM
8 22 (0.56%) CASB
9 20 (0.51%) Puppet
10 17 (0.43%) Nagios
11 16 (0.41%) HP Fortify
11 16 (0.41%) Kibana
12 15 (0.38%) Consul
12 15 (0.38%) Opscode Chef
13 14 (0.36%) Host Intrusion Detection System
14 11 (0.28%) Jamf Pro
15 9 (0.23%) CSIRT
15 9 (0.23%) Sysdig
15 9 (0.23%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 910 (23.22%) Microsoft
2 183 (4.67%) Cisco
3 138 (3.52%) Google
4 121 (3.09%) VMware
5 114 (2.91%) Splunk
6 108 (2.76%) SAP
7 86 (2.19%) Oracle
8 54 (1.38%) CheckPoint
9 52 (1.33%) ServiceNow
10 47 (1.20%) Citrix
11 44 (1.12%) Apple
12 38 (0.97%) F5
13 37 (0.94%) Databricks
13 37 (0.94%) Palo Alto
14 34 (0.87%) Salesforce.com
15 33 (0.84%) Qualys
16 30 (0.77%) Meraki
17 29 (0.74%) Palantir
17 29 (0.74%) Zscaler
18 28 (0.71%) Atlassian