Period
to 30 July 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 30 July 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Information Security (InfoSec)
UK
6 months to
30 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 115 88 108
Rank change year-on-year -27 +20 -4
Permanent jobs citing Information Security 3,345 2,400 4,391
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 2.94% 3.50% 3.05%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.14% 3.77% 3.29%
Number of salaries quoted 2,126 1,812 3,220
10th Percentile £36,308 £37,500 £36,250
25th Percentile £45,000 £46,250 £45,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £60,000 £60,000 £60,000
75th Percentile £77,500 £77,500 £78,750
90th Percentile £91,250 £95,000 £95,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £53,500 £52,500
% change year-on-year -1.87% +1.90% -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 106,493 63,646 133,396
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 93.75% 92.77% 92.67%
Number of salaries quoted 72,664 51,555 106,467
10th Percentile £32,500 £32,500 £30,000
25th Percentile £42,000 £41,250 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year - +4.76% +5.00%
75th Percentile £75,000 £73,750 £70,000
90th Percentile £92,500 £90,000 £86,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +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 30 July 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 30 July 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 -27 3,006 £60,000 - 538
UK excluding London -5 1,880 £52,500 -1.87% 395
London -42 1,264 £67,500 +3.85% 185
South East -13 544 £57,500 - 111
Work from Home -32 511 £62,500 +8.70% 105
North of England +2 423 £52,500 -4.55% 113
Midlands -23 344 £55,000 +8.91% 58
West Midlands -30 238 £55,000 +7.84% 40
North West +22 228 £52,500 +5.00% 68
South West -33 209 £44,700 -0.67% 41
Scotland +14 172 £49,000 -6.67% 22
East of England +36 163 £58,750 -2.08% 29
Yorkshire -44 152 £50,000 -13.04% 39
East Midlands -6 105 £52,500 +18.32% 17
North East +16 48 £57,500 +43.75% 6
Wales -28 33 £45,000 +5.88% 18
Northern Ireland -38 5 £57,250 +14.50% 3

For the 6 months to 30 July 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 1,084 (32.41%) Social Skills
2 985 (29.45%) Cybersecurity
3 949 (28.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 900 (26.91%) Management Information System
5 745 (22.27%) Azure
6 689 (20.60%) Microsoft
7 680 (20.33%) Finance
8 646 (19.31%) CISSP
9 642 (19.19%) Service Delivery
10 616 (18.42%) Line Management
11 549 (16.41%) AWS
12 509 (15.22%) Retail
13 495 (14.80%) Firewall
14 490 (14.65%) Risk Management
15 468 (13.99%) Security Operations
16 467 (13.96%) CISM
17 446 (13.33%) Agile Software Development
18 441 (13.18%) Degree
18 441 (13.18%) Problem-Solving
19 426 (12.74%) GDPR
20 420 (12.56%) DNA
21 398 (11.90%) Facilities Management
22 393 (11.75%) NIST
22 393 (11.75%) Analytical Skills
23 385 (11.51%) SIEM
24 358 (10.70%) Security Management
25 352 (10.52%) Vulnerability Management
26 342 (10.22%) ITIL
27 316 (9.45%) Microsoft 365
28 315 (9.42%) Windows

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 96 (2.87%) SharePoint
2 28 (0.84%) Elasticsearch
3 26 (0.78%) IIS
4 23 (0.69%) Apache
4 23 (0.69%) MS Exchange
5 21 (0.63%) Confluence
6 14 (0.42%) Apache Spark
7 10 (0.30%) MTS
8 9 (0.27%) SAS
9 7 (0.21%) Skype for Business
9 7 (0.21%) Tomcat
10 5 (0.15%) CMS
10 5 (0.15%) nginx
11 2 (0.060%) Apache Pig
11 2 (0.060%) Commerce Server
11 2 (0.060%) Commerce Server 2007
11 2 (0.060%) Drupal
11 2 (0.060%) WebLogic
11 2 (0.060%) WildFly
12 1 (0.030%) Cloud Foundry
Applications
1 211 (6.31%) Microsoft Office
2 171 (5.11%) Microsoft Excel
3 44 (1.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 38 (1.14%) MS Visio
5 16 (0.48%) Microsoft Project
6 13 (0.39%) Spreadsheet
7 7 (0.21%) AutoCAD
8 4 (0.12%) Acrobat
8 4 (0.12%) Chatbot
9 3 (0.090%) Revit
10 2 (0.060%) Photoshop
11 1 (0.030%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.030%) Figma
11 1 (0.030%) InVision
11 1 (0.030%) Sketch
11 1 (0.030%) SPSS
11 1 (0.030%) Stata
Business Applications
1 34 (1.02%) Maximo
2 19 (0.57%) SAP HR
3 12 (0.36%) NetSuite
3 12 (0.36%) Sentinel
4 10 (0.30%) SAP EHS
5 6 (0.18%) SAP Business One
6 5 (0.15%) Unica
7 4 (0.12%) Distributed Ledger
7 4 (0.12%) Dynamics CRM
7 4 (0.12%) FastStats
7 4 (0.12%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 3 (0.090%) Dynamics NAV
8 3 (0.090%) IBM Planning Analytics
8 3 (0.090%) RESILIA
8 3 (0.090%) SAP GRC
9 2 (0.060%) Dynamics AX
9 2 (0.060%) Dynamics GP
9 2 (0.060%) Line 50
9 2 (0.060%) SAP FI-AR
9 2 (0.060%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 745 (22.27%) Azure
2 549 (16.41%) AWS
3 316 (9.45%) Microsoft 365
4 189 (5.65%) SaaS
5 154 (4.60%) GCP
6 132 (3.95%) PaaS
7 117 (3.50%) IaaS
8 80 (2.39%) Power Platform
8 80 (2.39%) Serverless
9 68 (2.03%) Azure Active Directory
10 57 (1.70%) Cloud Computing
11 39 (1.17%) AWS Lambda
12 27 (0.81%) Azure Sentinel
13 24 (0.72%) AWS CloudFormation
14 21 (0.63%) Mimecast
15 19 (0.57%) Akamai
15 19 (0.57%) Datadog
15 19 (0.57%) Dynamics 365
16 18 (0.54%) Amazon EC2
17 17 (0.51%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 495 (14.80%) Firewall
2 223 (6.67%) Network Security
3 110 (3.29%) DNS
4 90 (2.69%) VPN
5 88 (2.63%) TCP/IP
6 87 (2.60%) Intrusion Detection
7 77 (2.30%) Internet
8 75 (2.24%) DHCP
9 58 (1.73%) WAN
10 53 (1.58%) LAN
11 45 (1.35%) Wireless
12 44 (1.32%) HTTP
13 41 (1.23%) SSL
14 33 (0.99%) Cisco ASA
15 25 (0.75%) SAN
16 23 (0.69%) Wireshark
17 21 (0.63%) IPsec
18 19 (0.57%) VLAN
18 19 (0.57%) Wi-Fi
19 17 (0.51%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 88 (2.63%) SQL Server
2 70 (2.09%) Power BI
3 48 (1.43%) Big Data
4 34 (1.02%) NoSQL
5 31 (0.93%) Relational Database
6 28 (0.84%) Data Warehouse
7 23 (0.69%) MySQL
7 23 (0.69%) Tableau
8 22 (0.66%) Data Lake
9 21 (0.63%) PostgreSQL
10 18 (0.54%) MongoDB
11 17 (0.51%) Azure SQL Database
11 17 (0.51%) Hadoop
12 16 (0.48%) GIS
13 13 (0.39%) RDBMS
14 12 (0.36%) Redis
14 12 (0.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 12 (0.36%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 11 (0.33%) Oracle Reports
16 10 (0.30%) Geospatial Data
Development Applications
1 47 (1.41%) Jenkins
2 43 (1.29%) JIRA
3 42 (1.26%) Git (software)
4 25 (0.75%) Selenium
5 18 (0.54%) Travis CI
6 16 (0.48%) TeamCity
7 15 (0.45%) Cucumber
8 14 (0.42%) Metasploit
8 14 (0.42%) Spinnaker
9 11 (0.33%) GitLab
10 10 (0.30%) Burp Suite
11 9 (0.27%) SpecFlow
11 9 (0.27%) webpack
12 6 (0.18%) SoapUI
13 4 (0.12%) SonarQube
14 3 (0.090%) Visual Studio
15 2 (0.060%) JUnit
15 2 (0.060%) Mocha
15 2 (0.060%) VSS/SourceSafe
15 2 (0.060%) WinDbg
General
1 1,084 (32.41%) Social Skills
2 680 (20.33%) Finance
3 509 (15.22%) Retail
4 393 (11.75%) Analytical Skills
5 255 (7.62%) Legal
6 149 (4.45%) Public Sector
7 131 (3.92%) Organisational Skills
8 127 (3.80%) Law
9 115 (3.44%) Influencing Skills
10 114 (3.41%) Manufacturing
11 111 (3.32%) Banking
12 84 (2.51%) Presentation Skills
12 84 (2.51%) Telecoms
13 78 (2.33%) Marketing
14 48 (1.43%) Inclusion and Diversity
15 40 (1.20%) Electronics
16 38 (1.14%) Aerospace
17 33 (0.99%) Games
18 26 (0.78%) Military
18 26 (0.78%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 591 (17.67%) Analyst
2 367 (10.97%) Security Analyst
3 268 (8.01%) Consultant
4 267 (7.98%) Security Engineer
5 244 (7.29%) Security Manager
6 243 (7.26%) Architect
7 188 (5.62%) Security Consultant
8 181 (5.41%) Information Analyst
9 176 (5.26%) Information Security Analyst
10 149 (4.45%) Information Manager
11 146 (4.36%) Security Architect
12 135 (4.04%) Information Security Manager
13 134 (4.01%) Security Specialist
14 126 (3.77%) Security Officer
15 122 (3.65%) IT Manager
16 115 (3.44%) IT Analyst
17 110 (3.29%) Information Security Officer
18 105 (3.14%) Information Officer
19 90 (2.69%) Senior Analyst
20 84 (2.51%) IT Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 68 (2.03%) .NET
2 48 (1.43%) HTML
2 48 (1.43%) Middleware
3 39 (1.17%) React
4 38 (1.14%) AngularJS
5 37 (1.11%) Web Services
6 26 (0.78%) Kafka
7 24 (0.72%) CSS
7 24 (0.72%) JSON
8 22 (0.66%) Elastic Stack
9 21 (0.63%) SOAP
10 20 (0.60%) ASP.NET
10 20 (0.60%) REST
11 19 (0.57%) Node.js
11 19 (0.57%) Vue.js
11 19 (0.57%) XML
12 18 (0.54%) .NET Framework
12 18 (0.54%) OAuth
13 15 (0.45%) jQuery
13 15 (0.45%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 900 (26.91%) Management Information System
2 238 (7.12%) Self-Motivation
3 164 (4.90%) Cyberthreat
4 129 (3.86%) Data Centre
5 114 (3.41%) Driving Licence
6 112 (3.35%) Security Operations Centre
7 76 (2.27%) Public Cloud
8 72 (2.15%) Data Protection Act
9 65 (1.94%) Cloud Native
10 61 (1.82%) Cyber Kill Chain
11 58 (1.73%) Virtual Team
12 47 (1.41%) Renewable Energy
13 45 (1.35%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
13 45 (1.35%) User Experience
14 42 (1.26%) Cyberattack
15 40 (1.20%) Mobile App
16 37 (1.11%) Greenfield Project
17 33 (0.99%) NHS
18 28 (0.84%) PKI
19 27 (0.81%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 315 (9.42%) Windows
2 247 (7.38%) Linux
3 91 (2.72%) Windows Server
4 82 (2.45%) Unix
5 53 (1.58%) Windows 10
6 32 (0.96%) Windows Server 2012
7 29 (0.87%) Apple iOS
8 26 (0.78%) Mac OS
9 22 (0.66%) Android
10 15 (0.45%) Windows Server 2016
11 12 (0.36%) Windows 7
12 11 (0.33%) Solaris
12 11 (0.33%) VMS
13 9 (0.27%) Windows Server 2008
14 8 (0.24%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 7 (0.21%) Ubuntu
16 6 (0.18%) Windows Server 2019
17 5 (0.15%) Windows XP
18 4 (0.12%) Kali Linux
19 3 (0.090%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 985 (29.45%) Cybersecurity
2 642 (19.19%) Service Delivery
3 616 (18.42%) Line Management
4 490 (14.65%) Risk Management
5 468 (13.99%) Security Operations
6 446 (13.33%) Agile Software Development
7 441 (13.18%) Problem-Solving
8 420 (12.56%) DNA
9 398 (11.90%) Facilities Management
10 385 (11.51%) SIEM
11 358 (10.70%) Security Management
12 352 (10.52%) Vulnerability Management
13 342 (10.22%) ITIL
14 300 (8.97%) DevOps
15 293 (8.76%) Data Protection
16 289 (8.64%) Project Management
17 278 (8.31%) Continuous Improvement
18 275 (8.22%) Information Security Management
19 267 (7.98%) ISMS
20 265 (7.92%) Security Architecture
Programming Languages
1 243 (7.26%) Python
2 207 (6.19%) SQL
3 145 (4.33%) C
4 127 (3.80%) PowerShell
5 99 (2.96%) JavaScript
6 93 (2.78%) Java
7 74 (2.21%) C#
8 47 (1.41%) Bash Shell
9 30 (0.90%) Ruby
10 28 (0.84%) R
11 25 (0.75%) Go
12 24 (0.72%) PHP
13 20 (0.60%) VBA
14 17 (0.51%) Perl
15 14 (0.42%) C++
15 14 (0.42%) Shell Script
16 13 (0.39%) T-SQL
17 11 (0.33%) VB
18 10 (0.30%) Kotlin
19 9 (0.27%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 646 (19.31%) CISSP
2 467 (13.96%) CISM
3 441 (13.18%) Degree
4 226 (6.76%) CISA
5 156 (4.66%) Security Cleared
6 154 (4.60%) Cisco Certification
7 106 (3.17%) CEH
8 98 (2.93%) CRISC
9 82 (2.45%) SC Cleared
10 78 (2.33%) CompTIA Security+
11 72 (2.15%) CCNA
11 72 (2.15%) SANS
12 68 (2.03%) GIAC
13 67 (2.00%) DV Cleared
14 64 (1.91%) SSCP
15 63 (1.88%) (ISC)2 CCSP
16 59 (1.76%) Computer Science Degree
17 55 (1.64%) Microsoft Certification
18 53 (1.58%) OSCP
19 45 (1.35%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 949 (28.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 426 (12.74%) GDPR
3 393 (11.75%) NIST
4 311 (9.30%) PCI DSS
5 272 (8.13%) Cyber Essentials
6 193 (5.77%) GRC
7 188 (5.62%) SLA
8 124 (3.71%) COBIT
9 83 (2.48%) QA
10 79 (2.36%) NCSC
11 64 (1.91%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 61 (1.82%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 57 (1.70%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
14 56 (1.67%) NIST 800
15 33 (0.99%) ISO 9001
16 32 (0.96%) SOC 2
17 31 (0.93%) HMG Security Policy Framework
17 31 (0.93%) JSP 440
18 28 (0.84%) ISO/IEC 27005
19 26 (0.78%) COSHH
System Software
1 193 (5.77%) Active Directory
2 80 (2.39%) VMware Infrastructure
3 68 (2.03%) Docker
4 38 (1.14%) Hyper-V
5 16 (0.48%) vSphere
6 15 (0.45%) Firmware
7 12 (0.36%) Virtual Desktop
7 12 (0.36%) VMware ESXi
8 10 (0.30%) Virtual Machines
9 8 (0.24%) HDFS
10 6 (0.18%) VMware NSX
11 4 (0.12%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
11 4 (0.12%) Shibboleth
11 4 (0.12%) Terminal Services
11 4 (0.12%) vCloud
11 4 (0.12%) XenApp
12 3 (0.090%) BitLocker
12 3 (0.090%) XenDesktop
13 2 (0.060%) KVM
13 2 (0.060%) pfSense
Systems Management
1 95 (2.84%) Terraform
2 74 (2.21%) Kubernetes
3 62 (1.85%) Ansible
3 62 (1.85%) Nessus
4 44 (1.32%) Microsoft Intune
5 40 (1.20%) Single Sign-On
6 35 (1.05%) CASB
6 35 (1.05%) QRadar
7 26 (0.78%) Puppet
8 25 (0.75%) SCCM
9 21 (0.63%) Nagios
10 18 (0.54%) Consul
11 14 (0.42%) Sysdig
12 13 (0.39%) Host Intrusion Detection System
13 12 (0.36%) Kibana
14 11 (0.33%) HP Fortify
14 11 (0.33%) RSA Archer
15 10 (0.30%) Active Directory Federation Services
16 9 (0.27%) Jamf Pro
17 8 (0.24%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 689 (20.60%) Microsoft
2 153 (4.57%) Cisco
3 120 (3.59%) Google
4 105 (3.14%) VMware
5 99 (2.96%) Splunk
6 98 (2.93%) SAP
7 70 (2.09%) Oracle
8 58 (1.73%) ServiceNow
9 56 (1.67%) CheckPoint
10 44 (1.32%) Palo Alto
11 37 (1.11%) Qualys
12 34 (1.02%) Apple
13 32 (0.96%) Citrix
14 28 (0.84%) LogRhythm
14 28 (0.84%) McAfee
15 25 (0.75%) HP
16 24 (0.72%) F5
16 24 (0.72%) Zscaler
17 22 (0.66%) Sun
18 21 (0.63%) New Relic