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

Information Security (InfoSec)
UK
6 months to
24 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 91 85 113
Rank change year-on-year -6 +28 -8
Permanent jobs citing Information Security 4,129 5,397 4,986
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 3.28% 3.56% 2.86%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.57% 3.86% 3.10%
Number of salaries quoted 3,065 3,616 3,684
UK median annual salary £60,000 £60,000 £60,000
10th Percentile £36,250 £36,000 £37,500
90th Percentile £90,000 £90,000 £90,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £52,500
% change year-on-year +4.76% - +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 115,605 139,849 160,659
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 91.96% 92.16% 92.20%
Number of salaries quoted 91,556 110,280 129,599
UK median annual salary £52,500 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.00% +5.26%
10th Percentile £30,500 £29,750 £28,500
90th Percentile £87,500 £85,000 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £46,173 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +2.61% - +5.88%

Information Security
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Information Security in the UK

Information Security
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for Information Security in the UK

Information Security
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Information Security over the 6 months to 24 January 2020.

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 24 January 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 -8 3,819 £60,000 - 529
UK excluding London +2 2,527 £55,000 +4.76% 364
London -14 1,499 £67,500 -3.00% 194
South East +23 925 £60,000 +4.35% 91
Midlands +26 504 £52,500 -1.43% 74
West Midlands +39 415 £52,500 +0.48% 60
North of England -67 414 £52,000 -0.27% 88
South West -4 240 £47,500 +5.56% 37
East of England -3 219 £55,000 +22.22% 45
North West -72 214 £50,000 -9.09% 50
Yorkshire -13 180 £55,000 +18.28% 32
Scotland +64 142 £56,250 +12.50% 17
East Midlands -27 84 £55,000 - 14
Wales +25 72 £47,500 +6.74% 11
North East +11 20 £42,000 -1.18% 6
Northern Ireland +10 16 £50,000 +11.11% 1
Channel Islands - 2 £180,000 -

For the 6 months to 24 January 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 1,381 (33.45%) Cybersecurity
2 1,323 (32.04%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1,255 (30.39%) CISSP
4 1,108 (26.83%) Management Information System
5 1,069 (25.89%) Finance
6 912 (22.09%) CISM
7 803 (19.45%) Firewall
8 691 (16.74%) Risk Management
9 664 (16.08%) Windows
10 663 (16.06%) Agile Software Development
11 654 (15.84%) ITIL
12 649 (15.72%) Degree
13 631 (15.28%) Security Management
14 627 (15.19%) Microsoft
15 619 (14.99%) Azure
16 614 (14.87%) SIEM
17 572 (13.85%) GDPR
18 559 (13.54%) PCI DSS
19 538 (13.03%) Security Operations
20 475 (11.50%) AWS
21 463 (11.21%) ISMS
22 451 (10.92%) Information Security Management
22 451 (10.92%) NIST
23 436 (10.56%) Vulnerability Management
24 430 (10.41%) Linux
25 422 (10.22%) Penetration Testing
26 389 (9.42%) Security Architecture
26 389 (9.42%) Active Directory
27 386 (9.35%) Data Protection
28 382 (9.25%) CISA

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
1 122 (2.95%) IIS
2 106 (2.57%) SharePoint
3 89 (2.16%) MS Exchange
4 39 (0.94%) WebSphere
5 37 (0.90%) Apache Spark
6 24 (0.58%) Apache
6 24 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2010
7 21 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2013
8 20 (0.48%) Skype for Business
9 15 (0.36%) Confluence
10 11 (0.27%) CMS
11 9 (0.22%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 8 (0.19%) Elasticsearch
12 8 (0.19%) SharePoint 2010
13 7 (0.17%) OpenStack
14 4 (0.097%) Apache Airflow
14 4 (0.097%) Exchange Server 2007
14 4 (0.097%) JBoss
14 4 (0.097%) Sitecore CMS
14 4 (0.097%) Umbraco
Applications
1 111 (2.69%) Microsoft Office
2 91 (2.20%) Microsoft Excel
3 30 (0.73%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 16 (0.39%) Spreadsheet
5 7 (0.17%) MS Visio
6 6 (0.15%) Microsoft Project
7 2 (0.048%) ProjectWise
8 1 (0.024%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 1 (0.024%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 36 (0.87%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (0.24%) Oracle EBS
3 8 (0.19%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 7 (0.17%) Relativity
5 6 (0.15%) NetSuite
6 4 (0.097%) Markit EDM
6 4 (0.097%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 4 (0.097%) thinkFolio
7 3 (0.073%) Distributed Ledger
7 3 (0.073%) Dynamics NAV
8 2 (0.048%) Northgate Housing
8 2 (0.048%) SAP Business One
8 2 (0.048%) SAP CRM
8 2 (0.048%) Sentinel
8 2 (0.048%) Unit4 Business World
9 1 (0.024%) Aareon QL
9 1 (0.024%) Payment Gateway
9 1 (0.024%) R3 Corda
9 1 (0.024%) RESILIA
9 1 (0.024%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 619 (14.99%) Azure
2 475 (11.50%) AWS
3 373 (9.03%) Office 365
4 170 (4.12%) SaaS
5 110 (2.66%) PaaS
6 98 (2.37%) IaaS
7 85 (2.06%) Cloud Computing
8 65 (1.57%) GCP
9 39 (0.94%) Azure Active Directory
10 31 (0.75%) Power Platform
11 28 (0.68%) Serverless
12 25 (0.61%) Dynamics 365
13 14 (0.34%) PowerApps
14 11 (0.27%) AWS CloudFormation
15 10 (0.24%) Amazon ECS
15 10 (0.24%) Amazon EMR
15 10 (0.24%) Amazon S3
16 8 (0.19%) Akamai
16 8 (0.19%) Amazon Cognito
16 8 (0.19%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 803 (19.45%) Firewall
2 334 (8.09%) Network Security
3 209 (5.06%) TCP/IP
4 203 (4.92%) DNS
5 192 (4.65%) Intrusion Detection
6 184 (4.46%) LAN
7 182 (4.41%) WAN
8 139 (3.37%) VPN
9 136 (3.29%) DHCP
10 128 (3.10%) Internet
11 77 (1.86%) Wireless
12 66 (1.60%) HTTP
13 61 (1.48%) SSL
14 57 (1.38%) SAN
15 54 (1.31%) IPsec
16 34 (0.82%) DMZ
17 32 (0.78%) MPLS
17 32 (0.78%) VLAN
18 28 (0.68%) Wi-Fi
19 27 (0.65%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 175 (4.24%) SQL Server
2 75 (1.82%) Big Data
3 58 (1.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 44 (1.07%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 42 (1.02%) MySQL
6 38 (0.92%) Hadoop
6 38 (0.92%) NoSQL
7 30 (0.73%) Relational Database
8 28 (0.68%) Power BI
9 26 (0.63%) SQL Server 2017
10 24 (0.58%) SQL Server 2005
11 22 (0.53%) Data Warehouse
12 20 (0.48%) PostgreSQL
13 19 (0.46%) RDBMS
14 17 (0.41%) MongoDB
15 14 (0.34%) Apache Hive
15 14 (0.34%) Oracle Database
16 13 (0.31%) HBase
17 12 (0.29%) BigQuery
17 12 (0.29%) EDRMS
Development Applications
1 37 (0.90%) Visual Studio
2 30 (0.73%) Jenkins
3 27 (0.65%) Git (software)
4 26 (0.63%) JIRA
5 24 (0.58%) Team Foundation Server
6 20 (0.48%) Metasploit
7 16 (0.39%) Rational DOORS
8 13 (0.31%) VSS/SourceSafe
9 11 (0.27%) JUnit
9 11 (0.27%) Rational Rhapsody
10 8 (0.19%) Selenium
10 8 (0.19%) TeamCity
11 7 (0.17%) Bitbucket
11 7 (0.17%) Burp Suite
11 7 (0.17%) GitLab
12 6 (0.15%) Maven
12 6 (0.15%) Visual Studio Team System
13 5 (0.12%) Bower
13 5 (0.12%) Octopus Deploy
14 4 (0.097%) SpecFlow
General
1 1,069 (25.89%) Finance
2 347 (8.40%) Legal
3 223 (5.40%) Law
4 212 (5.13%) Public Sector
5 160 (3.88%) Retail
6 132 (3.20%) Banking
7 88 (2.13%) Marketing
8 87 (2.11%) Telecoms
9 71 (1.72%) Manufacturing
10 47 (1.14%) Back Office
11 34 (0.82%) Front Office
12 33 (0.80%) Military
13 30 (0.73%) Electronics
14 25 (0.61%) Games
15 21 (0.51%) Advertising
16 20 (0.48%) Aerospace
16 20 (0.48%) Automotive
17 17 (0.41%) Financial Institution
18 11 (0.27%) French Language
19 10 (0.24%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 887 (21.48%) Analyst
2 611 (14.80%) Security Analyst
3 515 (12.47%) Security Manager
4 367 (8.89%) Information Security Manager
5 362 (8.77%) Information Manager
6 333 (8.06%) Architect
7 327 (7.92%) Security Engineer
8 326 (7.90%) Consultant
9 323 (7.82%) Information Analyst
10 317 (7.68%) Information Security Analyst
11 221 (5.35%) Security Consultant
12 206 (4.99%) Security Architect
13 201 (4.87%) Security Officer
14 178 (4.31%) Information Security Officer
15 167 (4.04%) Information Officer
16 145 (3.51%) Senior Analyst
17 136 (3.29%) IT Analyst
18 118 (2.86%) Infrastructure Engineer
19 117 (2.83%) Security Specialist
20 114 (2.76%) Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 116 (2.81%) .NET
2 77 (1.86%) Web Services
3 53 (1.28%) HTML
4 51 (1.24%) SailPoint
5 42 (1.02%) .NET Framework
6 38 (0.92%) LDAP
7 37 (0.90%) OAuth
8 36 (0.87%) WebSphere MQ
9 35 (0.85%) jQuery
10 33 (0.80%) CSS
11 27 (0.65%) SAML
12 25 (0.61%) JSON
12 25 (0.61%) Kafka
13 23 (0.56%) React
14 22 (0.53%) HTML5
15 21 (0.51%) OpenID
16 20 (0.48%) AngularJS
17 18 (0.44%) OAuth2
17 18 (0.44%) XACML
18 17 (0.41%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 1,108 (26.83%) Management Information System
2 336 (8.14%) Analytical Skills
3 178 (4.31%) Self-Motivation
4 168 (4.07%) Data Centre
5 118 (2.86%) Cyberthreat
6 112 (2.71%) Data Protection Act
7 109 (2.64%) Security Operations Centre
8 75 (1.82%) Cyberattack
9 74 (1.79%) Cyber Defence
10 70 (1.70%) User Experience
11 65 (1.57%) Mobile App
12 57 (1.38%) CESG
12 57 (1.38%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
13 55 (1.33%) PKI
14 44 (1.07%) Greenfield Project
15 40 (0.97%) Enterprise Software
16 38 (0.92%) Clustering
17 37 (0.90%) Replication
18 33 (0.80%) Cyber Kill Chain
19 32 (0.78%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 664 (16.08%) Windows
2 430 (10.41%) Linux
3 202 (4.89%) Unix
4 185 (4.48%) Windows Server
5 160 (3.88%) Windows 10
6 94 (2.28%) Windows Server 2012
7 93 (2.25%) Windows 7
8 85 (2.06%) Solaris
9 64 (1.55%) Android
10 43 (1.04%) Apple iOS
10 43 (1.04%) Windows Server 2008
11 33 (0.80%) Mac OS
12 28 (0.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 21 (0.51%) Kali Linux
14 17 (0.41%) CentOS
15 11 (0.27%) Ubuntu
16 10 (0.24%) Windows 8
17 8 (0.19%) AIX
17 8 (0.19%) Windows Server 2003
18 7 (0.17%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,381 (33.45%) Cybersecurity
2 691 (16.74%) Risk Management
3 663 (16.06%) Agile Software Development
4 654 (15.84%) ITIL
5 631 (15.28%) Security Management
6 614 (14.87%) SIEM
7 538 (13.03%) Security Operations
8 463 (11.21%) ISMS
9 451 (10.92%) Information Security Management
10 436 (10.56%) Vulnerability Management
11 422 (10.22%) Penetration Testing
12 389 (9.42%) Security Architecture
13 386 (9.35%) Data Protection
14 348 (8.43%) Stakeholder Management
15 346 (8.38%) Problem-Solving
16 335 (8.11%) Incident Management
17 300 (7.27%) Continuous Improvement
18 282 (6.83%) Project Management
19 242 (5.86%) DevOps
20 218 (5.28%) Identity Access Management
Programming Languages
1 215 (5.21%) Python
2 199 (4.82%) SQL
3 183 (4.43%) PowerShell
4 161 (3.90%) Java
5 154 (3.73%) C
6 109 (2.64%) C#
7 87 (2.11%) JavaScript
8 58 (1.40%) Bash Shell
9 49 (1.19%) Ruby
10 45 (1.09%) C++
11 38 (0.92%) PHP
12 25 (0.61%) T-SQL
13 22 (0.53%) Scala
14 18 (0.44%) Perl
14 18 (0.44%) VB.NET
15 16 (0.39%) Go
16 12 (0.29%) Apple Swift
17 9 (0.22%) RPG
18 7 (0.17%) Shell Script
18 7 (0.17%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 1,255 (30.39%) CISSP
2 912 (22.09%) CISM
3 649 (15.72%) Degree
4 382 (9.25%) CISA
5 338 (8.19%) Security Cleared
6 316 (7.65%) Cisco Certification
7 231 (5.59%) SC Cleared
8 196 (4.75%) CEH
9 148 (3.58%) CRISC
10 130 (3.15%) CESG Certified Professional
11 129 (3.12%) GIAC
12 127 (3.08%) Microsoft Certification
13 105 (2.54%) CCNP
14 103 (2.49%) IISP
15 97 (2.35%) SANS
16 95 (2.30%) (ISC)2 CCSP
17 87 (2.11%) CCNA
17 87 (2.11%) CompTIA Security+
18 72 (1.74%) MCP
18 72 (1.74%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1,323 (32.04%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 572 (13.85%) GDPR
3 559 (13.54%) PCI DSS
4 451 (10.92%) NIST
5 284 (6.88%) SLA
6 225 (5.45%) Cyber Essentials
7 177 (4.29%) COBIT
8 128 (3.10%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 119 (2.88%) QA
10 111 (2.69%) NCSC
11 105 (2.54%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 104 (2.52%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 70 (1.70%) ISO 9001
14 68 (1.65%) JSP 440
15 62 (1.50%) ISO 22301
16 59 (1.43%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
17 49 (1.19%) NIST 800
18 44 (1.07%) Data Quality
19 30 (0.73%) ISO/IEC 20000
20 29 (0.70%) HIPAA
System Software
1 389 (9.42%) Active Directory
2 112 (2.71%) VMware Infrastructure
3 88 (2.13%) Firmware
4 65 (1.57%) Hyper-V
5 55 (1.33%) Docker
6 37 (0.90%) VMware ESXi
7 35 (0.85%) Virtual Machines
8 34 (0.82%) XenApp
9 26 (0.63%) BitLocker
10 25 (0.61%) NFS
11 23 (0.56%) XenDesktop
12 19 (0.46%) vSphere
13 17 (0.41%) Snort
14 13 (0.31%) Virtual Servers
15 11 (0.27%) HDFS
16 10 (0.24%) VMware NSX
17 9 (0.22%) Microsoft Virtual Server
18 5 (0.12%) KVM
19 4 (0.097%) Citrix Hypervisor
19 4 (0.097%) Sendmail
Systems Management
1 83 (2.01%) Nessus
2 78 (1.89%) SCCM
3 77 (1.86%) Ansible
4 55 (1.33%) Kubernetes
5 52 (1.26%) Microsoft Intune
6 45 (1.09%) Terraform
7 44 (1.07%) Single Sign-On
8 37 (0.90%) QRadar
9 28 (0.68%) McAfee ePO
10 26 (0.63%) Puppet
11 23 (0.56%) WSUS
12 22 (0.53%) Norton AntiVirus
13 21 (0.51%) CSIRT
14 19 (0.46%) Nmap
15 18 (0.44%) SCOrch
16 17 (0.41%) Data Guard
17 16 (0.39%) EnCase
18 14 (0.34%) Host Intrusion Detection System
18 14 (0.34%) Opscode Chef
19 11 (0.27%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 627 (15.19%) Microsoft
2 228 (5.52%) Cisco
3 195 (4.72%) VMware
4 170 (4.12%) Splunk
5 135 (3.27%) Citrix
6 128 (3.10%) Palo Alto
7 121 (2.93%) ServiceNow
8 103 (2.49%) Oracle
9 87 (2.11%) McAfee
10 86 (2.08%) Qualys
11 75 (1.82%) Sony
12 72 (1.74%) LogRhythm
13 70 (1.70%) Google
14 68 (1.65%) CheckPoint
15 58 (1.40%) CyberArk
16 57 (1.38%) Juniper
17 50 (1.21%) Red Hat
17 50 (1.21%) SAP
18 48 (1.16%) Symantec
19 46 (1.11%) Dell