Period
to 6 May 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 6 May 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Information Security (InfoSec)
UK
6 months to
6 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 114 88 91
Rank change year-on-year -26 +3 +21
Permanent jobs citing Information Security 2,514 3,532 4,995
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 2.85% 3.46% 3.40%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.08% 3.75% 3.68%
Number of salaries quoted 1,760 2,682 3,285
10th Percentile £36,250 £37,500 £37,500
25th Percentile £45,000 £46,250 £46,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £60,000 £60,000 £60,000
75th Percentile £75,000 £77,500 £77,500
90th Percentile £91,250 £91,250 £95,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £55,000 £55,000
% change year-on-year -4.55% - +4.76%

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 81,609 94,244 135,671
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 92.66% 92.26% 92.34%
Number of salaries quoted 61,819 75,665 107,345
10th Percentile £32,500 £31,250 £30,000
25th Percentile £41,250 £40,000 £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 £72,500 £70,000
90th Percentile £90,000 £90,000 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,500 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +2.11% +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 6 May 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 6 May 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 -23 2,281 £60,000 - 348
UK excluding London -18 1,446 £52,500 -4.55% 277
London -29 890 £67,500 +3.85% 97
South East +3 464 £55,000 -4.35% 78
Work from Home -17 413 £57,500 -11.54% 49
Midlands -28 291 £54,750 +4.29% 49
North of England -31 288 £54,653 -0.63% 65
West Midlands -25 222 £57,250 +9.05% 30
North West +2 160 £55,000 +7.84% 30
South West -41 153 £45,000 - 28
East of England +18 134 £56,250 -10.00% 30
Yorkshire -59 96 £55,000 -4.35% 29
Scotland -16 85 £49,000 -18.33% 16
East Midlands +3 71 £44,000 -16.19% 19
North East +34 37 £48,750 -18.75% 6
Wales +13 31 £47,500 - 7
Northern Ireland +6 7 £46,250 -7.50% 4

For the 6 months to 6 May 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.

1 841 (33.45%) Cybersecurity
2 785 (31.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 768 (30.55%) Management Information System
4 744 (29.59%) Social Skills
5 569 (22.63%) CISSP
5 569 (22.63%) Azure
6 509 (20.25%) Finance
7 464 (18.46%) Microsoft
8 440 (17.50%) GDPR
9 400 (15.91%) Firewall
10 392 (15.59%) Risk Management
10 392 (15.59%) CISM
11 365 (14.52%) AWS
12 355 (14.12%) Security Operations
13 332 (13.21%) Data Protection
14 306 (12.17%) SIEM
15 304 (12.09%) Project Management
16 298 (11.85%) Degree
16 298 (11.85%) NIST
17 292 (11.61%) Legal
18 286 (11.38%) Security Management
19 285 (11.34%) Analytical Skills
20 273 (10.86%) Agile Software Development
21 267 (10.62%) Windows
22 258 (10.26%) ITIL
22 258 (10.26%) DevOps
23 255 (10.14%) PCI DSS
23 255 (10.14%) Vulnerability Management
24 244 (9.71%) Problem-Solving
25 242 (9.63%) Penetration Testing

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 41 (1.63%) SharePoint
2 35 (1.39%) Apache
3 19 (0.76%) MS Exchange
4 16 (0.64%) IIS
5 13 (0.52%) Elasticsearch
6 9 (0.36%) Confluence
7 8 (0.32%) Apache Spark
8 4 (0.16%) CMS
8 4 (0.16%) Skype for Business
9 3 (0.12%) Tomcat
10 2 (0.080%) Apache Pig
10 2 (0.080%) Drupal
10 2 (0.080%) JBoss
10 2 (0.080%) nginx
10 2 (0.080%) TPMS
10 2 (0.080%) WebLogic
11 1 (0.040%) Apache Airflow
11 1 (0.040%) Camunda
11 1 (0.040%) Exchange Server 2010
11 1 (0.040%) OpenStack
Applications
1 90 (3.58%) Microsoft Office
2 81 (3.22%) Microsoft Excel
3 33 (1.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 27 (1.07%) MS Visio
5 9 (0.36%) Microsoft Project
6 6 (0.24%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.080%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 12 (0.48%) NetSuite
2 9 (0.36%) Infor M3
3 8 (0.32%) Dynamics CRM
3 8 (0.32%) Sentinel
4 7 (0.28%) SAP Business One
5 4 (0.16%) Dynamics NAV
5 4 (0.16%) SAP HR
6 3 (0.12%) SAP GRC
7 2 (0.080%) Infor SunSystems
7 2 (0.080%) Line 50
7 2 (0.080%) Oracle Applications
7 2 (0.080%) Oracle EBS
7 2 (0.080%) Oracle Receivables
7 2 (0.080%) SAP FI-AR
7 2 (0.080%) Unit4 Business World
8 1 (0.040%) Distributed Ledger
8 1 (0.040%) Maximo
8 1 (0.040%) SAP EHS
8 1 (0.040%) SAP MM
8 1 (0.040%) Unica
Cloud Services
1 569 (22.63%) Azure
2 365 (14.52%) AWS
3 210 (8.35%) Microsoft 365
4 167 (6.64%) SaaS
5 108 (4.30%) GCP
6 95 (3.78%) PaaS
7 81 (3.22%) IaaS
8 69 (2.74%) Serverless
9 50 (1.99%) AWS Lambda
10 49 (1.95%) Power Platform
11 47 (1.87%) Azure Active Directory
12 42 (1.67%) Cloud Computing
13 36 (1.43%) Amazon EC2
14 30 (1.19%) Azure Sentinel
15 29 (1.15%) Amazon S3
16 25 (0.99%) AWS CloudFormation
17 20 (0.80%) Dynamics 365
18 17 (0.68%) Mimecast
19 16 (0.64%) BPaaS
20 14 (0.56%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 400 (15.91%) Firewall
2 184 (7.32%) Network Security
3 107 (4.26%) Intrusion Detection
4 93 (3.70%) TCP/IP
5 87 (3.46%) DNS
6 67 (2.67%) LAN
7 61 (2.43%) WAN
8 56 (2.23%) VPN
9 53 (2.11%) HTTP
10 52 (2.07%) Internet
11 49 (1.95%) DHCP
12 44 (1.75%) SSL
13 30 (1.19%) Wireless
14 29 (1.15%) Cisco ASA
15 22 (0.88%) FTP
16 21 (0.84%) SAN
17 18 (0.72%) SMTP
18 15 (0.60%) WAAS
19 14 (0.56%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
20 13 (0.52%) Cisco ISE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 61 (2.43%) SQL Server
2 39 (1.55%) Power BI
3 37 (1.47%) NoSQL
4 34 (1.35%) PostgreSQL
5 30 (1.19%) Big Data
6 27 (1.07%) Data Warehouse
7 24 (0.95%) Amazon RDS
8 22 (0.88%) Relational Database
9 17 (0.68%) Azure SQL Database
10 15 (0.60%) MongoDB
11 11 (0.44%) Amazon Redshift
11 11 (0.44%) Data Lake
11 11 (0.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 10 (0.40%) SQL Server 2016
12 10 (0.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 9 (0.36%) MySQL
14 8 (0.32%) Hadoop
14 8 (0.32%) Redis
14 8 (0.32%) SQL Server 2012
14 8 (0.32%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 53 (2.11%) Jenkins
2 30 (1.19%) Git (software)
3 21 (0.84%) JIRA
4 19 (0.76%) TeamCity
5 16 (0.64%) GitLab
5 16 (0.64%) Metasploit
5 16 (0.64%) Travis CI
6 10 (0.40%) Burp Suite
7 9 (0.36%) Visual Studio
8 7 (0.28%) Spinnaker
9 5 (0.20%) Selenium
10 4 (0.16%) Bitbucket
10 4 (0.16%) Cucumber
11 3 (0.12%) SonarQube
12 2 (0.080%) git-flow
12 2 (0.080%) Mocha
12 2 (0.080%) Octopus Deploy
12 2 (0.080%) Sonatype Nexus
12 2 (0.080%) sqlmap
12 2 (0.080%) WinDbg
General
1 744 (29.59%) Social Skills
2 509 (20.25%) Finance
3 292 (11.61%) Legal
4 285 (11.34%) Analytical Skills
5 194 (7.72%) Manufacturing
6 191 (7.60%) Law
7 169 (6.72%) Presentation Skills
8 143 (5.69%) Retail
9 133 (5.29%) Pharmaceutical
10 98 (3.90%) Banking
11 89 (3.54%) Public Sector
12 81 (3.22%) Organisational Skills
13 54 (2.15%) Telecoms
14 53 (2.11%) Influencing Skills
15 46 (1.83%) Aerospace
16 37 (1.47%) Marketing
17 31 (1.23%) Electronics
18 26 (1.03%) Military
19 24 (0.95%) Publishing
20 14 (0.56%) Games
Job Titles
1 493 (19.61%) Analyst
2 287 (11.42%) Security Analyst
3 234 (9.31%) Security Engineer
4 224 (8.91%) Consultant
5 213 (8.47%) Security Manager
6 192 (7.64%) Architect
7 151 (6.01%) Security Consultant
8 146 (5.81%) Administrator
9 141 (5.61%) Security Architect
10 133 (5.29%) Information Analyst
11 128 (5.09%) Information Security Analyst
12 114 (4.53%) Data Administrator
13 113 (4.49%) Security Specialist
14 110 (4.38%) Security Officer
15 107 (4.26%) Information Manager
16 104 (4.14%) Information Security Manager
17 101 (4.02%) IT Analyst
18 95 (3.78%) Information Officer
19 94 (3.74%) Information Security Officer
20 88 (3.50%) IT Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 52 (2.07%) .NET
2 39 (1.55%) Web Services
3 33 (1.31%) SAML
4 30 (1.19%) Middleware
5 28 (1.11%) OAuth
6 27 (1.07%) HTML
7 26 (1.03%) JSON
7 26 (1.03%) XML
8 25 (0.99%) Kafka
9 21 (0.84%) Apache NiFi
9 21 (0.84%) RESTful
10 19 (0.76%) React
11 18 (0.72%) LDAP
11 18 (0.72%) OpenID
11 18 (0.72%) REST
12 16 (0.64%) .NET Framework
12 16 (0.64%) AngularJS
13 14 (0.56%) Elastic Stack
14 12 (0.48%) ASP.NET
14 12 (0.48%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 768 (30.55%) Management Information System
2 127 (5.05%) Cyberthreat
3 95 (3.78%) Security Operations Centre
4 87 (3.46%) Data Centre
5 78 (3.10%) Public Cloud
6 44 (1.75%) Self-Motivation
7 43 (1.71%) Data Protection Act
8 38 (1.51%) CESG
9 34 (1.35%) PKI
10 33 (1.31%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 33 (1.31%) Virtual Team
11 30 (1.19%) Greenfield Project
12 29 (1.15%) Driving Licence
13 28 (1.11%) Enterprise Software
14 27 (1.07%) Cyber Kill Chain
15 26 (1.03%) Mobile App
16 25 (0.99%) Cloud Native
17 23 (0.91%) Cyberattack
18 22 (0.88%) User Experience
19 20 (0.80%) Analytical Mindset
Operating Systems
1 267 (10.62%) Windows
2 232 (9.23%) Linux
3 65 (2.59%) Unix
3 65 (2.59%) Windows Server
4 31 (1.23%) Windows 10
5 19 (0.76%) Apple iOS
6 18 (0.72%) Android
7 16 (0.64%) Mac OS
8 13 (0.52%) CentOS
9 12 (0.48%) Windows Server 2012
10 11 (0.44%) Windows Server 2016
11 8 (0.32%) Kali Linux
11 8 (0.32%) VMS
11 8 (0.32%) Windows 7
11 8 (0.32%) Windows Server 2008
12 6 (0.24%) Mac OS X
12 6 (0.24%) Ubuntu
13 5 (0.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 2 (0.080%) Solaris
14 2 (0.080%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 841 (33.45%) Cybersecurity
2 392 (15.59%) Risk Management
3 355 (14.12%) Security Operations
4 332 (13.21%) Data Protection
5 306 (12.17%) SIEM
6 304 (12.09%) Project Management
7 286 (11.38%) Security Management
8 273 (10.86%) Agile Software Development
9 258 (10.26%) DevOps
9 258 (10.26%) ITIL
10 255 (10.14%) Vulnerability Management
11 244 (9.71%) Problem-Solving
12 242 (9.63%) Penetration Testing
13 218 (8.67%) Security Architecture
14 209 (8.31%) Information Security Management
15 207 (8.23%) Continuous Improvement
16 188 (7.48%) ISMS
17 173 (6.88%) Service Delivery
18 171 (6.80%) Stakeholder Management
19 154 (6.13%) Data Privacy
Programming Languages
1 192 (7.64%) Python
2 138 (5.49%) SQL
3 108 (4.30%) PowerShell
4 96 (3.82%) Java
5 61 (2.43%) C#
6 45 (1.79%) JavaScript
7 43 (1.71%) Bash Shell
8 32 (1.27%) C
9 24 (0.95%) Ruby
10 22 (0.88%) Perl
11 20 (0.80%) Go
12 16 (0.64%) C++
13 13 (0.52%) PHP
14 12 (0.48%) R
15 10 (0.40%) VBA
16 8 (0.32%) VB
16 8 (0.32%) VB.NET
16 8 (0.32%) VBScript
17 4 (0.16%) Shell Script
17 4 (0.16%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 569 (22.63%) CISSP
2 392 (15.59%) CISM
3 298 (11.85%) Degree
4 188 (7.48%) CISA
5 147 (5.85%) Cisco Certification
6 135 (5.37%) Security Cleared
7 106 (4.22%) CRISC
8 86 (3.42%) CEH
9 69 (2.74%) SC Cleared
10 64 (2.55%) (ISC)2 CCSP
10 64 (2.55%) CompTIA Security+
11 62 (2.47%) CCNA
12 60 (2.39%) SANS
13 59 (2.35%) DV Cleared
14 57 (2.27%) CCNP
15 55 (2.19%) SSCP
16 51 (2.03%) CESG Certified Professional
17 45 (1.79%) OSCP
18 43 (1.71%) GIAC
18 43 (1.71%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 785 (31.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 440 (17.50%) GDPR
3 298 (11.85%) NIST
4 255 (10.14%) PCI DSS
5 184 (7.32%) Cyber Essentials
6 179 (7.12%) GRC
7 103 (4.10%) NCSC
8 96 (3.82%) COBIT
9 82 (3.26%) SLA
10 69 (2.74%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 56 (2.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 53 (2.11%) JSP 440
13 50 (1.99%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 43 (1.71%) QA
15 39 (1.55%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
16 32 (1.27%) ISO/IEC 27005
17 31 (1.23%) NIST 800
18 28 (1.11%) SOC 2
19 26 (1.03%) ISO 9001
20 25 (0.99%) ISO 22301
System Software
1 171 (6.80%) Active Directory
2 54 (2.15%) Docker
3 49 (1.95%) VMware Infrastructure
4 21 (0.84%) Firmware
5 16 (0.64%) Hyper-V
6 11 (0.44%) BitLocker
7 9 (0.36%) VMware ESXi
7 9 (0.36%) vSphere
8 8 (0.32%) vCloud
9 6 (0.24%) VMware NSX
10 4 (0.16%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
10 4 (0.16%) pfSense
10 4 (0.16%) Shibboleth
10 4 (0.16%) Virtual Desktop
10 4 (0.16%) Virtual Machines
11 2 (0.080%) Sendmail
12 1 (0.040%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 1 (0.040%) NFS
12 1 (0.040%) Terminal Server
12 1 (0.040%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 98 (3.90%) Terraform
2 65 (2.59%) Nessus
3 59 (2.35%) Ansible
4 57 (2.27%) Kubernetes
5 32 (1.27%) Microsoft Intune
5 32 (1.27%) Puppet
6 30 (1.19%) CASB
7 28 (1.11%) SCCM
8 24 (0.95%) Single Sign-On
9 18 (0.72%) Opscode Chef
9 18 (0.72%) QRadar
10 14 (0.56%) Consul
11 12 (0.48%) Nagios
12 11 (0.44%) CSIRT
12 11 (0.44%) Host Intrusion Detection System
13 10 (0.40%) Failover Clustering
14 9 (0.36%) Prometheus
15 7 (0.28%) linkerd
15 7 (0.28%) RSA Archer
15 7 (0.28%) Sysdig
Vendors
1 464 (18.46%) Microsoft
2 111 (4.42%) Cisco
3 94 (3.74%) Google
4 74 (2.94%) VMware
5 70 (2.78%) Splunk
6 68 (2.70%) CheckPoint
7 51 (2.03%) SAP
8 45 (1.79%) Palo Alto
9 42 (1.67%) McAfee
10 41 (1.63%) ServiceNow
11 32 (1.27%) Oracle
11 32 (1.27%) Qualys
12 30 (1.19%) LogRhythm
13 27 (1.07%) Blue Coat
14 21 (0.84%) CyberArk
14 21 (0.84%) Sun
15 20 (0.80%) AlienVault
15 20 (0.80%) IBM
16 19 (0.76%) F5
17 18 (0.72%) FireEye