Period
to 24 November 2020

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 24 November 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Information Security (InfoSec)
UK
6 months to
24 Nov 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 99 94 91
Rank change year-on-year -5 -3 +24
Permanent jobs citing Information Security 1,746 4,312 5,366
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 3.19% 3.22% 3.33%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.46% 3.49% 3.62%
Number of salaries quoted 1,499 3,292 4,008
Median annual salary £62,500 £57,500 £60,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +8.70% -4.17% +3.45%
10th Percentile £37,500 £35,000 £35,000
90th Percentile £97,500 £92,500 £89,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £52,419 £52,500
% change year-on-year +0.16% -0.16% +0.96%

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 50,417 123,531 148,287
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 92.25% 92.18% 91.98%
Number of salaries quoted 41,866 97,657 118,003
Median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £32,500 £30,000 £29,000
90th Percentile £90,000 £87,500 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £49,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +8.89% - +4.65%

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 24 November 2020.

Salary histogram for Information Security in the UK

Information Security
Top 18 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 24 November 2020. 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 1,607 £62,500 +4.17% 281
UK excluding London -24 868 £52,500 +0.16% 215
London +17 804 £70,000 - 83
South East -27 252 £55,000 -4.35% 48
North of England +24 225 £52,500 +5.00% 62
Work from Home +16 187 £57,500 +5.50% 43
Midlands -18 164 £52,500 +5.00% 35
North West +36 125 £55,000 +12.82% 43
West Midlands -29 125 £52,500 +5.00% 21
South West -7 95 £52,500 +16.67% 24
Yorkshire +25 90 £50,000 - 19
Scotland +14 54 £47,575 -4.85% 11
East of England -2 48 £60,000 +6.67% 25
East Midlands +44 42 £42,500 -22.73% 14
Wales -2 20 £45,000 -6.74% 5
Northern Ireland +20 13 £42,500 +21.43% 5
North East +8 10 £42,000 -3.45%
Isle of Man -6 1 - -

For the 6 months to 24 November 2020, 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.

1 664 (38.03%) Cybersecurity
2 662 (37.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 623 (35.68%) CISSP
4 452 (25.89%) Finance
5 417 (23.88%) Management Information System
6 412 (23.60%) Azure
7 367 (21.02%) Firewall
8 354 (20.27%) CISM
9 330 (18.90%) Risk Management
10 327 (18.73%) NIST
11 318 (18.21%) AWS
12 272 (15.58%) Microsoft
13 259 (14.83%) Security Operations
14 255 (14.60%) SIEM
15 250 (14.32%) Degree
16 248 (14.20%) GDPR
17 245 (14.03%) Security Management
18 240 (13.75%) Windows
19 222 (12.71%) Identity Access Management
20 220 (12.60%) Penetration Testing
21 217 (12.43%) ITIL
22 214 (12.26%) Security Architecture
23 206 (11.80%) Cisco Certification
24 200 (11.45%) Agile Software Development
25 182 (10.42%) Linux
26 180 (10.31%) Active Directory
27 170 (9.74%) Information Security Management
28 167 (9.56%) Vulnerability Management
29 165 (9.45%) PCI DSS
29 165 (9.45%) DevOps

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 24 (1.37%) Apache
1 24 (1.37%) SharePoint
2 15 (0.86%) IIS
3 10 (0.57%) Confluence
4 9 (0.52%) Elasticsearch
5 5 (0.29%) MS Exchange
5 5 (0.29%) WebSphere
6 3 (0.17%) Exchange Server 2010
6 3 (0.17%) OpenStack
7 2 (0.11%) Apache Spark
7 2 (0.11%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 2 (0.11%) Camunda
7 2 (0.11%) WordPress
8 1 (0.057%) Apache Solr
8 1 (0.057%) IBM Domino
8 1 (0.057%) nginx
8 1 (0.057%) Oracle Workflow
8 1 (0.057%) Skype for Business
8 1 (0.057%) TPMS
8 1 (0.057%) WebLogic
Applications
1 18 (1.03%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (0.74%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (0.46%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.17%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.057%) Adobe After Effects
5 1 (0.057%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.057%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 17 (0.97%) Sentinel
2 5 (0.29%) Actimize
3 2 (0.11%) Magento
3 2 (0.11%) Oracle Applications
3 2 (0.11%) SAP MM
4 1 (0.057%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.057%) Infor M3
4 1 (0.057%) NetSuite
4 1 (0.057%) Payment Gateway
4 1 (0.057%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.057%) SAP Hybris
4 1 (0.057%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.057%) SAP R/3
4 1 (0.057%) SAP Retail
Cloud Services
1 412 (23.60%) Azure
2 318 (18.21%) AWS
3 163 (9.34%) Office 365
4 129 (7.39%) SaaS
5 93 (5.33%) IaaS
6 74 (4.24%) GCP
7 64 (3.67%) PaaS
8 41 (2.35%) Serverless
9 35 (2.00%) Cloud Computing
10 30 (1.72%) AWS Lambda
11 27 (1.55%) Azure Active Directory
12 24 (1.37%) Mimecast
13 23 (1.32%) AWS CloudFormation
14 17 (0.97%) Power Platform
15 13 (0.74%) Heroku
16 8 (0.46%) BPaaS
17 7 (0.40%) Azure Functions
17 7 (0.40%) Logic Apps
18 6 (0.34%) OneDrive
18 6 (0.34%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 367 (21.02%) Firewall
2 121 (6.93%) Network Security
3 119 (6.82%) Intrusion Detection
4 91 (5.21%) DNS
5 82 (4.70%) VPN
6 78 (4.47%) LAN
6 78 (4.47%) WAN
7 75 (4.30%) TCP/IP
8 54 (3.09%) Internet
9 45 (2.58%) DHCP
10 38 (2.18%) Wireless
11 31 (1.78%) SAN
12 25 (1.43%) Wi-Fi
13 24 (1.37%) Cisco ASA
13 24 (1.37%) Wireshark
14 21 (1.20%) HTTP
14 21 (1.20%) Unified Communications
15 19 (1.09%) BGP
15 19 (1.09%) OSPF
16 18 (1.03%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 41 (2.35%) SQL Server
2 30 (1.72%) MySQL
3 26 (1.49%) Big Data
4 23 (1.32%) Relational Database
5 18 (1.03%) NoSQL
6 16 (0.92%) Data Warehouse
7 12 (0.69%) MongoDB
7 12 (0.69%) PostgreSQL
8 11 (0.63%) Power BI
9 10 (0.57%) RDBMS
10 9 (0.52%) Oracle Database
10 9 (0.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 8 (0.46%) Data Lake
11 8 (0.46%) Redis
11 8 (0.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 7 (0.40%) Tableau
13 6 (0.34%) MS Access
14 5 (0.29%) BusinessObjects
14 5 (0.29%) GIS
14 5 (0.29%) OLTP
Development Applications
1 27 (1.55%) Git (software)
2 25 (1.43%) JIRA
3 22 (1.26%) Jenkins
4 11 (0.63%) Metasploit
4 11 (0.63%) SpecFlow
5 10 (0.57%) GitLab
5 10 (0.57%) NUnit
6 8 (0.46%) TeamCity
7 7 (0.40%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 7 (0.40%) Selenium
8 6 (0.34%) Burp Suite
8 6 (0.34%) JUnit
8 6 (0.34%) Maven
8 6 (0.34%) Travis CI
9 5 (0.29%) SonarQube
10 4 (0.23%) Hudson
10 4 (0.23%) webpack
11 3 (0.17%) Bitbucket
11 3 (0.17%) Octopus Deploy
11 3 (0.17%) Subversion
General
1 452 (25.89%) Finance
2 122 (6.99%) Banking
3 97 (5.56%) Legal
4 73 (4.18%) Law
5 55 (3.15%) Manufacturing
6 53 (3.04%) Public Sector
7 52 (2.98%) Telecoms
8 34 (1.95%) Marketing
9 29 (1.66%) Retail
10 20 (1.15%) Financial Institution
11 19 (1.09%) Aerospace
12 14 (0.80%) Pharmaceutical
13 13 (0.74%) Electronics
14 10 (0.57%) Publishing
15 8 (0.46%) Automotive
15 8 (0.46%) Investment Banking
15 8 (0.46%) Mandarin Language
16 7 (0.40%) Back Office
16 7 (0.40%) Retail Banking
17 5 (0.29%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 348 (19.93%) Analyst
2 266 (15.23%) Security Analyst
3 238 (13.63%) Consultant
4 176 (10.08%) Security Engineer
5 153 (8.76%) Security Manager
6 129 (7.39%) Security Consultant
7 123 (7.04%) Information Analyst
8 122 (6.99%) Information Security Analyst
9 87 (4.98%) Architect
10 85 (4.87%) Information Manager
11 83 (4.75%) Information Security Manager
12 78 (4.47%) Security Officer
13 75 (4.30%) Security Specialist
14 74 (4.24%) IT Analyst
15 63 (3.61%) IT Security Analyst
16 62 (3.55%) Security Architect
17 61 (3.49%) Developer
18 60 (3.44%) Information Security Officer
18 60 (3.44%) IT Manager
19 56 (3.21%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 91 (5.21%) OAuth
2 90 (5.15%) SAML
3 81 (4.64%) OpenID
4 68 (3.89%) .NET
5 35 (2.00%) Web Services
6 33 (1.89%) .NET Framework
6 33 (1.89%) HTML
7 28 (1.60%) SailPoint
8 22 (1.26%) LAMP
9 21 (1.20%) jQuery
10 19 (1.09%) React
11 18 (1.03%) LDAP
12 14 (0.80%) AngularJS
12 14 (0.80%) ASP.NET
13 13 (0.74%) Node.js
13 13 (0.74%) YAML
14 11 (0.63%) HTML5
14 11 (0.63%) REST
15 10 (0.57%) CSS
15 10 (0.57%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 417 (23.88%) Management Information System
2 132 (7.56%) Analytical Skills
3 126 (7.22%) Cyberthreat
4 62 (3.55%) Security Operations Centre
5 61 (3.49%) Data Centre
6 57 (3.26%) Self-Motivation
7 55 (3.15%) Public Cloud
8 42 (2.41%) Cyber Kill Chain
9 41 (2.35%) Data Protection Act
10 35 (2.00%) Cyberattack
11 33 (1.89%) PKI
12 28 (1.60%) Mobile App
13 24 (1.37%) Greenfield Project
14 23 (1.32%) Cloud Native
15 19 (1.09%) Cybercrime
15 19 (1.09%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
16 17 (0.97%) Enterprise Software
17 15 (0.86%) FMCG
18 13 (0.74%) NHS
19 11 (0.63%) CESG
Operating Systems
1 240 (13.75%) Windows
2 182 (10.42%) Linux
3 95 (5.44%) Windows Server
4 77 (4.41%) Unix
5 37 (2.12%) Windows 10
6 27 (1.55%) Windows Server 2012
7 21 (1.20%) Windows Server 2016
8 17 (0.97%) Solaris
9 14 (0.80%) Mac OS
9 14 (0.80%) Windows Server 2019
10 13 (0.74%) Windows 7
10 13 (0.74%) Windows Server 2008
11 12 (0.69%) Android
12 11 (0.63%) Kali Linux
13 10 (0.57%) Apple iOS
14 7 (0.40%) Windows XP
15 6 (0.34%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 6 (0.34%) VMS
16 4 (0.23%) CentOS
16 4 (0.23%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 664 (38.03%) Cybersecurity
2 330 (18.90%) Risk Management
3 259 (14.83%) Security Operations
4 255 (14.60%) SIEM
5 245 (14.03%) Security Management
6 222 (12.71%) Identity Access Management
7 220 (12.60%) Penetration Testing
8 217 (12.43%) ITIL
9 214 (12.26%) Security Architecture
10 200 (11.45%) Agile Software Development
11 170 (9.74%) Information Security Management
12 167 (9.56%) Vulnerability Management
13 165 (9.45%) DevOps
14 149 (8.53%) Data Protection
15 143 (8.19%) ISMS
16 139 (7.96%) Incident Management
17 134 (7.67%) Problem-Solving
18 129 (7.39%) Threat Intelligence
19 115 (6.59%) Data Privacy
20 112 (6.41%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 139 (7.96%) Python
2 103 (5.90%) PowerShell
3 99 (5.67%) SQL
4 89 (5.10%) Java
5 62 (3.55%) C#
6 54 (3.09%) JavaScript
7 41 (2.35%) Perl
8 39 (2.23%) Bash Shell
9 38 (2.18%) C
10 32 (1.83%) C++
11 27 (1.55%) PHP
12 12 (0.69%) Go
13 6 (0.34%) Java 8
13 6 (0.34%) Ruby
14 5 (0.29%) VBA
15 4 (0.23%) R
15 4 (0.23%) Shell Script
15 4 (0.23%) VB
16 1 (0.057%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
16 1 (0.057%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 623 (35.68%) CISSP
2 354 (20.27%) CISM
3 250 (14.32%) Degree
4 206 (11.80%) Cisco Certification
5 149 (8.53%) CISA
6 117 (6.70%) CCNA
7 115 (6.59%) CCNP
8 91 (5.21%) Security Cleared
9 75 (4.30%) CRISC
10 72 (4.12%) CEH
11 68 (3.89%) (ISC)2 CCSP
12 63 (3.61%) SC Cleared
13 56 (3.21%) CompTIA Security+
14 46 (2.63%) SANS
15 42 (2.41%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
16 39 (2.23%) ISO 27001 Lead Implementer
17 33 (1.89%) Computer Science Degree
18 32 (1.83%) CCSP
18 32 (1.83%) CESG Certified Professional
19 29 (1.66%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 662 (37.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 327 (18.73%) NIST
3 248 (14.20%) GDPR
4 165 (9.45%) PCI DSS
5 122 (6.99%) Cyber Essentials
6 92 (5.27%) COBIT
7 61 (3.49%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 50 (2.86%) SLA
9 35 (2.00%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 35 (2.00%) NCSC
10 32 (1.83%) ISO 31000
11 29 (1.66%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 26 (1.49%) ISO/IEC 27005
13 25 (1.43%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 22 (1.26%) NIST 800
15 20 (1.15%) ISO 22301
16 19 (1.09%) ISO 9001
17 17 (0.97%) QA
18 14 (0.80%) COSO
19 12 (0.69%) RMADS
System Software
1 180 (10.31%) Active Directory
2 49 (2.81%) Docker
3 42 (2.41%) VMware Infrastructure
4 22 (1.26%) Firmware
5 19 (1.09%) Hyper-V
6 16 (0.92%) BitLocker
7 8 (0.46%) VMware ESXi
8 6 (0.34%) Virtual Desktop
9 5 (0.29%) Snort
9 5 (0.29%) Virtual Servers
10 4 (0.23%) Virtual Machines
11 3 (0.17%) DFS Replication
11 3 (0.17%) pfSense
12 2 (0.11%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 2 (0.11%) Terminal Services
13 1 (0.057%) NDS
13 1 (0.057%) NetIQ eDirectory
13 1 (0.057%) Tivoli Directory Server
13 1 (0.057%) VMware Server
13 1 (0.057%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 69 (3.95%) Terraform
2 49 (2.81%) Microsoft Intune
3 48 (2.75%) Kubernetes
4 41 (2.35%) Nessus
5 37 (2.12%) Ansible
6 29 (1.66%) SCCM
7 25 (1.43%) Host Intrusion Detection System
8 19 (1.09%) Single Sign-On
9 18 (1.03%) Norton AntiVirus
10 17 (0.97%) Opscode Chef
10 17 (0.97%) Puppet
11 16 (0.92%) QRadar
12 15 (0.86%) CASB
13 13 (0.74%) CSIRT
14 10 (0.57%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
14 10 (0.57%) Network Intrusion Detection System
15 7 (0.40%) Failover Clustering
16 6 (0.34%) Consul
16 6 (0.34%) Prometheus
17 5 (0.29%) linkerd
Vendors
1 272 (15.58%) Microsoft
2 98 (5.61%) Cisco
3 93 (5.33%) VMware
4 50 (2.86%) CheckPoint
4 50 (2.86%) ForgeRock
5 48 (2.75%) Google
6 38 (2.18%) Splunk
7 33 (1.89%) McAfee
8 31 (1.78%) IBM
9 30 (1.72%) CyberArk
9 30 (1.72%) Palo Alto
10 24 (1.37%) SAP
11 22 (1.26%) Symantec
12 21 (1.20%) Citrix
12 21 (1.20%) Sophos
13 20 (1.15%) LogRhythm
13 20 (1.15%) Oracle
13 20 (1.15%) Qualys
14 19 (1.09%) FireEye
14 19 (1.09%) HP