Period
to 19 September 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 19 September 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Information Security (InfoSec)
UK
6 months to
19 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 85 105 101
Rank change year-on-year +20 -4 +19
Permanent jobs citing Information Security 1,807 4,324 5,300
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 3.63% 3.06% 3.17%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.92% 3.32% 3.44%
Number of salaries quoted 1,399 3,232 4,069
Median annual salary £60,000 £60,000 £60,000
10th Percentile £37,500 £35,000 £35,750
90th Percentile £102,750 £93,750 £88,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £52,500 £55,000
% change year-on-year - -4.55% +10.00%

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 46,084 130,295 153,852
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 92.55% 92.19% 91.88%
Number of salaries quoted 37,357 102,249 122,489
Median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £32,750 £30,000 £29,000
90th Percentile £91,250 £86,250 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +11.11% - +5.88%

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 19 September 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 19 September 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 +18 1,631 £60,000 - 263
London +36 867 £65,500 -6.43% 85
UK excluding London -2 855 £52,500 - 194
South East -4 259 £57,500 - 40
North of England +37 203 £51,000 +2.00% 48
Midlands +15 167 £52,500 +5.00% 26
West Midlands +11 135 £55,000 +10.00% 16
North West +25 112 £52,500 +5.00% 22
Work from Home +40 110 £55,000 -8.33% 29
South West +5 108 £55,000 +22.22% 35
Yorkshire +75 82 £52,500 +5.00% 23
Scotland +38 58 £47,575 +0.16% 12
East Midlands +62 46 £47,500 -20.83% 10
East of England -21 42 £65,000 +8.33% 27
Wales +1 27 £38,500 -18.95% 6
Northern Ireland +20 9 £37,500 +7.14%
North East +17 9 £47,500 +5.56% 3
Isle of Man -1 1 - -

For the 6 months to 19 September 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.

1 684 (37.85%) Cybersecurity
2 636 (35.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 582 (32.21%) CISSP
4 572 (31.65%) Finance
5 416 (23.02%) Management Information System
6 378 (20.92%) Risk Management
7 357 (19.76%) Azure
8 349 (19.31%) CISM
9 335 (18.54%) Firewall
10 332 (18.37%) AWS
11 303 (16.77%) NIST
12 270 (14.94%) Windows
13 256 (14.17%) Degree
14 255 (14.11%) Microsoft
15 252 (13.95%) Agile Software Development
16 241 (13.34%) SIEM
17 237 (13.12%) GDPR
18 235 (13.00%) Security Operations
19 233 (12.89%) ITIL
20 231 (12.78%) Security Management
21 205 (11.34%) Identity Access Management
22 202 (11.18%) Cisco Certification
23 199 (11.01%) Penetration Testing
24 193 (10.68%) PCI DSS
25 187 (10.35%) Security Architecture
26 186 (10.29%) Linux
27 185 (10.24%) Active Directory
27 185 (10.24%) ISMS
28 178 (9.85%) Office 365
29 170 (9.41%) 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 33 (1.83%) SharePoint
2 24 (1.33%) IIS
3 22 (1.22%) Apache
4 21 (1.16%) WebSphere
5 10 (0.55%) MS Exchange
6 9 (0.50%) Apache Spark
6 9 (0.50%) Confluence
7 8 (0.44%) Elasticsearch
7 8 (0.44%) Tomcat
8 6 (0.33%) Exchange Server 2013
9 5 (0.28%) SharePoint 2010
10 4 (0.22%) JBoss
11 3 (0.17%) ColdFusion
11 3 (0.17%) Gluu
12 2 (0.11%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 2 (0.11%) Exchange Server 2010
12 2 (0.11%) Jupyter
13 1 (0.055%) Apache Solr
13 1 (0.055%) OpenStack
13 1 (0.055%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 23 (1.27%) Microsoft Office
2 21 (1.16%) Microsoft Excel
3 10 (0.55%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (0.28%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.055%) Adobe After Effects
5 1 (0.055%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.055%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 20 (1.11%) Sentinel
2 4 (0.22%) FastStats
2 4 (0.22%) Unica
3 2 (0.11%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.11%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (0.11%) Oracle Applications
3 2 (0.11%) Relativity
3 2 (0.11%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.11%) Veritas eDiscovery
4 1 (0.055%) Magento
4 1 (0.055%) SAP Hybris
4 1 (0.055%) SAP MM
4 1 (0.055%) SAP R/3
4 1 (0.055%) SAP Retail
Cloud Services
1 357 (19.76%) Azure
2 332 (18.37%) AWS
3 178 (9.85%) Office 365
4 137 (7.58%) SaaS
5 84 (4.65%) IaaS
6 51 (2.82%) GCP
7 48 (2.66%) PaaS
8 46 (2.55%) Serverless
9 34 (1.88%) Azure Active Directory
10 33 (1.83%) AWS Lambda
11 32 (1.77%) AWS CloudFormation
12 23 (1.27%) Cloud Computing
13 20 (1.11%) Power Platform
14 16 (0.89%) Logic Apps
14 16 (0.89%) Mimecast
15 13 (0.72%) Heroku
16 10 (0.55%) Amazon S3
16 10 (0.55%) Azure Functions
16 10 (0.55%) GitHub
17 9 (0.50%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 335 (18.54%) Firewall
2 117 (6.47%) DNS
3 111 (6.14%) Network Security
4 96 (5.31%) Intrusion Detection
5 75 (4.15%) VPN
6 71 (3.93%) TCP/IP
7 67 (3.71%) Internet
8 63 (3.49%) WAN
9 60 (3.32%) LAN
10 52 (2.88%) DHCP
11 41 (2.27%) Wireless
12 37 (2.05%) Wireshark
13 35 (1.94%) SAN
14 28 (1.55%) Wi-Fi
15 24 (1.33%) Cisco ASA
15 24 (1.33%) Cisco IOS
16 21 (1.16%) Unified Communications
17 20 (1.11%) BGP
17 20 (1.11%) OSPF
17 20 (1.11%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 41 (2.27%) SQL Server
2 29 (1.60%) NoSQL
3 25 (1.38%) MySQL
4 24 (1.33%) Relational Database
5 22 (1.22%) RDBMS
6 18 (1.00%) Big Data
7 16 (0.89%) Data Warehouse
8 15 (0.83%) Data Lake
9 11 (0.61%) Power BI
10 9 (0.50%) Amazon RDS
11 7 (0.39%) EDRMS
11 7 (0.39%) Hadoop
11 7 (0.39%) MongoDB
12 6 (0.33%) BigQuery
13 5 (0.28%) GIS
13 5 (0.28%) OLTP
13 5 (0.28%) Oracle Database
13 5 (0.28%) Oracle Database 11g
13 5 (0.28%) SQL Server 2008
14 4 (0.22%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 28 (1.55%) JIRA
2 24 (1.33%) Metasploit
3 20 (1.11%) Git (software)
4 15 (0.83%) Jenkins
5 11 (0.61%) Burp Suite
6 10 (0.55%) GitLab
7 5 (0.28%) NUnit
7 5 (0.28%) Selenium
7 5 (0.28%) SpecFlow
8 4 (0.22%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 4 (0.22%) SonarQube
9 3 (0.17%) Bitbucket
9 3 (0.17%) TeamCity
9 3 (0.17%) Vagrant
10 2 (0.11%) Ant
10 2 (0.11%) Cucumber
10 2 (0.11%) Snyk
10 2 (0.11%) Visual Studio
11 1 (0.055%) AppVeyor
11 1 (0.055%) IDA Disassembler
General
1 572 (31.65%) Finance
2 129 (7.14%) Legal
3 104 (5.76%) Banking
4 101 (5.59%) Manufacturing
5 74 (4.10%) Law
6 57 (3.15%) Public Sector
6 57 (3.15%) Telecoms
7 46 (2.55%) Marketing
8 44 (2.43%) Back Office
9 29 (1.60%) Financial Institution
9 29 (1.60%) Retail
10 20 (1.11%) Electronics
11 17 (0.94%) Police
12 16 (0.89%) Front Office
13 11 (0.61%) Mandarin Language
13 11 (0.61%) Pharmaceutical
14 10 (0.55%) Advertising
14 10 (0.55%) Aerospace
15 7 (0.39%) Investment Banking
15 7 (0.39%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 340 (18.82%) Analyst
2 267 (14.78%) Security Analyst
3 230 (12.73%) Consultant
4 160 (8.85%) Security Engineer
5 138 (7.64%) Security Manager
6 136 (7.53%) Security Consultant
7 129 (7.14%) Information Analyst
8 125 (6.92%) Information Security Analyst
9 118 (6.53%) Architect
10 79 (4.37%) Security Officer
11 75 (4.15%) Information Manager
12 70 (3.87%) Information Security Manager
12 70 (3.87%) Security Specialist
13 67 (3.71%) IT Analyst
13 67 (3.71%) Security Architect
14 62 (3.43%) Cybersecurity Consultant
15 61 (3.38%) IT Manager
16 54 (2.99%) Information Security Officer
16 54 (2.99%) IT Security Analyst
17 51 (2.82%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 90 (4.98%) OAuth
2 87 (4.81%) OpenID
2 87 (4.81%) SAML
3 63 (3.49%) SailPoint
4 61 (3.38%) .NET
5 55 (3.04%) Web Services
6 28 (1.55%) HTML
7 26 (1.44%) .NET Framework
8 20 (1.11%) jQuery
9 19 (1.05%) LAMP
10 17 (0.94%) Node.js
11 16 (0.89%) WebSphere MQ
12 13 (0.72%) React
13 11 (0.61%) Middleware
14 9 (0.50%) LDAP
15 8 (0.44%) AngularJS
16 7 (0.39%) CSS
16 7 (0.39%) Kafka
16 7 (0.39%) REST
16 7 (0.39%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 416 (23.02%) Management Information System
2 136 (7.53%) Analytical Skills
3 116 (6.42%) Cyberthreat
4 76 (4.21%) Security Operations Centre
5 58 (3.21%) Data Centre
6 56 (3.10%) Self-Motivation
7 52 (2.88%) Mobile App
8 48 (2.66%) Public Cloud
9 42 (2.32%) Cyberattack
10 32 (1.77%) Data Protection Act
11 31 (1.72%) Cyber Kill Chain
12 30 (1.66%) PKI
13 27 (1.49%) Cybercrime
14 21 (1.16%) Blog
15 20 (1.11%) Cloud Native
15 20 (1.11%) Cyber Defence
15 20 (1.11%) User Experience
16 17 (0.94%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
17 16 (0.89%) Greenfield Project
18 12 (0.66%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 270 (14.94%) Windows
2 186 (10.29%) Linux
3 98 (5.42%) Windows Server
4 75 (4.15%) Unix
5 37 (2.05%) Windows 10
6 27 (1.49%) Windows Server 2012
7 20 (1.11%) Kali Linux
7 20 (1.11%) Windows Server 2016
8 16 (0.89%) Windows 7
9 14 (0.77%) Mac OS
9 14 (0.77%) Solaris
10 12 (0.66%) Android
10 12 (0.66%) Windows Server 2019
11 9 (0.50%) Apple iOS
12 8 (0.44%) Ubuntu
12 8 (0.44%) Windows Server 2008
13 7 (0.39%) Windows XP
14 5 (0.28%) Debian
15 4 (0.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 4 (0.22%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 684 (37.85%) Cybersecurity
2 378 (20.92%) Risk Management
3 252 (13.95%) Agile Software Development
4 241 (13.34%) SIEM
5 235 (13.00%) Security Operations
6 233 (12.89%) ITIL
7 231 (12.78%) Security Management
8 205 (11.34%) Identity Access Management
9 199 (11.01%) Penetration Testing
10 187 (10.35%) Security Architecture
11 185 (10.24%) ISMS
12 167 (9.24%) Data Privacy
13 164 (9.08%) DevOps
14 156 (8.63%) Information Security Management
15 153 (8.47%) Data Protection
15 153 (8.47%) Vulnerability Management
16 145 (8.02%) Security Testing
17 135 (7.47%) Incident Management
18 134 (7.42%) Problem-Solving
18 134 (7.42%) Threat Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 168 (9.30%) Python
2 139 (7.69%) PowerShell
3 127 (7.03%) SQL
4 93 (5.15%) Java
5 73 (4.04%) Bash Shell
6 51 (2.82%) C#
7 49 (2.71%) Perl
8 43 (2.38%) JavaScript
9 34 (1.88%) C
10 33 (1.83%) C++
11 32 (1.77%) PHP
12 19 (1.05%) Shell Script
13 8 (0.44%) Ruby
13 8 (0.44%) VBScript
14 6 (0.33%) Go
15 5 (0.28%) R
16 4 (0.22%) Scala
16 4 (0.22%) T-SQL
16 4 (0.22%) VB.NET
17 3 (0.17%) VB
Qualifications
1 582 (32.21%) CISSP
2 349 (19.31%) CISM
3 256 (14.17%) Degree
4 202 (11.18%) Cisco Certification
5 170 (9.41%) CISA
6 147 (8.14%) Security Cleared
7 124 (6.86%) CCNA
8 115 (6.36%) CCNP
9 101 (5.59%) SC Cleared
10 72 (3.98%) CRISC
11 67 (3.71%) SANS
12 64 (3.54%) (ISC)2 CCSP
12 64 (3.54%) CEH
13 61 (3.38%) CompTIA Security+
14 60 (3.32%) DV Cleared
15 57 (3.15%) CREST Certified
16 52 (2.88%) Computer Science Degree
17 39 (2.16%) GCIH
18 37 (2.05%) GCIA
18 37 (2.05%) GIAC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 636 (35.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 303 (16.77%) NIST
3 237 (13.12%) GDPR
4 193 (10.68%) PCI DSS
5 102 (5.64%) Cyber Essentials
6 94 (5.20%) COBIT
7 49 (2.71%) SLA
8 41 (2.27%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 36 (1.99%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 31 (1.72%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 30 (1.66%) ISO 31000
12 28 (1.55%) NIST 800
13 25 (1.38%) QA
14 20 (1.11%) ISO 9001
14 20 (1.11%) NCSC
15 17 (0.94%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
15 17 (0.94%) Data Quality
15 17 (0.94%) ISO/IEC 27005
15 17 (0.94%) JSP 440
16 16 (0.89%) ISO 22301
System Software
1 185 (10.24%) Active Directory
2 61 (3.38%) VMware Infrastructure
3 45 (2.49%) Docker
4 34 (1.88%) Hyper-V
5 16 (0.89%) Firmware
5 16 (0.89%) Snort
6 14 (0.77%) XenApp
7 13 (0.72%) VMware ESXi
7 13 (0.72%) XenDesktop
8 9 (0.50%) BitLocker
9 4 (0.22%) Virtual Desktop
9 4 (0.22%) Virtual Servers
10 3 (0.17%) DFS Replication
10 3 (0.17%) iptables
10 3 (0.17%) Terminal Services
10 3 (0.17%) vSphere
11 2 (0.11%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 2 (0.11%) NDS
11 2 (0.11%) Virtual Machines
12 1 (0.055%) NetIQ eDirectory
Systems Management
1 52 (2.88%) Terraform
2 48 (2.66%) Microsoft Intune
3 40 (2.21%) Nessus
4 38 (2.10%) Kubernetes
5 29 (1.60%) SCCM
6 24 (1.33%) Ansible
7 23 (1.27%) Single Sign-On
8 20 (1.11%) CSIRT
8 20 (1.11%) Puppet
9 16 (0.89%) Host Intrusion Detection System
10 14 (0.77%) Opscode Chef
11 12 (0.66%) QRadar
12 11 (0.61%) Network Intrusion Detection System
13 10 (0.55%) CASB
14 9 (0.50%) Norton AntiVirus
15 8 (0.44%) Failover Clustering
16 7 (0.39%) Backup Exec
16 7 (0.39%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
17 6 (0.33%) HP Fortify
18 4 (0.22%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
Vendors
1 255 (14.11%) Microsoft
2 112 (6.20%) VMware
3 98 (5.42%) Cisco
4 71 (3.93%) Splunk
5 63 (3.49%) CyberArk
6 58 (3.21%) ForgeRock
7 51 (2.82%) Citrix
8 36 (1.99%) CheckPoint
8 36 (1.99%) Sun
9 32 (1.77%) Google
9 32 (1.77%) IBM
10 31 (1.72%) ServiceNow
11 30 (1.66%) Qualys
12 28 (1.55%) HP
13 26 (1.44%) LogRhythm
14 25 (1.38%) Aveksa
14 25 (1.38%) Oracle
15 23 (1.27%) ArcSight
15 23 (1.27%) McAfee
16 20 (1.11%) SAP