Period
to 23 September 2019

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 23 September 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Information Security (InfoSec)
UK
6 months to
23 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 105 100 119
Rank change year-on-year -5 +19 -18
Permanent jobs citing Information Security 4,297 5,226 4,980
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 3.07% 3.16% 2.83%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.33% 3.45% 3.07%
Number of salaries quoted 3,074 3,826 3,845
UK median annual salary £60,000 £60,000 £60,000
10th Percentile £35,000 £35,500 £35,500
90th Percentile £93,750 £87,500 £90,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,419 £54,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year -2.93% +8.00% -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 128,950 151,697 162,176
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 92.10% 91.76% 92.31%
Number of salaries quoted 101,239 120,729 128,104
UK median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% - +4.17%
10th Percentile £30,000 £29,000 £28,000
90th Percentile £86,250 £82,500 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +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 23 September 2019.

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 23 September 2019. 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 -7 3,976 £60,000 - 535
UK excluding London +6 2,578 £52,419 -2.93% 394
London -17 1,590 £70,000 +7.69% 180
South East +20 903 £57,500 -4.17% 88
North of England -64 470 £50,000 - 84
Midlands +21 418 £50,000 -4.76% 81
West Midlands +28 336 £48,000 -4.00% 67
South West +37 308 £45,000 -10.89% 62
North West -52 286 £50,000 -9.09% 46
East of England -6 257 £60,000 +14.29% 40
Yorkshire -72 166 £50,000 +11.11% 33
Scotland +40 136 £47,500 +4.11% 18
East Midlands +5 79 £60,000 +2.13% 13
Wales +26 70 £47,500 +18.13% 17
North East +14 16 £45,000 -23.40% 5
Northern Ireland -1 12 £35,000 -22.22% 4
Isle of Man +3 5 £51,000 -7.27%
Channel Islands - 1 £180,000 -

For the 6 months to 23 September 2019, 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 1,296 (30.16%) Cybersecurity
2 1,279 (29.76%) CISSP
3 1,226 (28.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1,136 (26.44%) Management Information System
5 1,026 (23.88%) Finance
6 849 (19.76%) CISM
7 806 (18.76%) ITIL
8 776 (18.06%) Windows
9 773 (17.99%) Firewall
10 746 (17.36%) Agile Software Development
11 699 (16.27%) SIEM
12 676 (15.73%) Degree
13 675 (15.71%) Risk Management
14 664 (15.45%) Security Management
15 606 (14.10%) Microsoft
16 591 (13.75%) Linux
17 562 (13.08%) Azure
18 557 (12.96%) AWS
19 551 (12.82%) PCI DSS
19 551 (12.82%) Security Architecture
20 548 (12.75%) Security Operations
21 531 (12.36%) GDPR
22 499 (11.61%) Penetration Testing
23 479 (11.15%) Vulnerability Management
24 478 (11.12%) Information Security Management
25 451 (10.50%) CISA
26 436 (10.15%) ISMS
27 419 (9.75%) Continuous Improvement
28 416 (9.68%) NIST
29 411 (9.56%) Analytical Skills

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
1 110 (2.56%) MS Exchange
2 77 (1.79%) SharePoint
3 63 (1.47%) IIS
4 54 (1.26%) WebSphere
5 48 (1.12%) Apache Spark
6 39 (0.91%) Exchange Server 2013
7 32 (0.74%) Skype for Business
8 30 (0.70%) Confluence
9 19 (0.44%) CMS
10 16 (0.37%) Apache
10 16 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2010
11 9 (0.21%) BizTalk Server
11 9 (0.21%) Exchange Server 2007
12 7 (0.16%) Sitecore CMS
13 6 (0.14%) OpenStack
14 5 (0.12%) nginx
14 5 (0.12%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 4 (0.093%) Alfresco
15 4 (0.093%) MediaWiki
15 4 (0.093%) Umbraco
Applications
1 126 (2.93%) Microsoft Office
2 99 (2.30%) Microsoft Excel
3 27 (0.63%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 18 (0.42%) MS Visio
5 7 (0.16%) Microsoft Project
6 6 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.070%) Sketch
8 2 (0.047%) HipChat
9 1 (0.023%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 11 (0.26%) Carpe Diem
1 11 (0.26%) Dynamics NAV
1 11 (0.26%) Elite 3E
1 11 (0.26%) SAP Business One
2 10 (0.23%) Oracle EBS
3 7 (0.16%) Dynamics CRM
3 7 (0.16%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 3 (0.070%) SAP Hybris
5 2 (0.047%) Aareon QL
5 2 (0.047%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 2 (0.047%) Sentinel
6 1 (0.023%) Distributed Ledger
6 1 (0.023%) Infor SunSystems
6 1 (0.023%) Payment Gateway
6 1 (0.023%) R3 Corda
6 1 (0.023%) RESILIA
6 1 (0.023%) Sage 200
6 1 (0.023%) SAP ERP
6 1 (0.023%) SAP GRC
6 1 (0.023%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 562 (13.08%) Azure
2 557 (12.96%) AWS
3 327 (7.61%) Office 365
4 207 (4.82%) SaaS
5 106 (2.47%) PaaS
6 105 (2.44%) GCP
7 78 (1.82%) IaaS
8 75 (1.75%) Cloud Computing
9 23 (0.54%) Serverless
10 21 (0.49%) Power Platform
11 17 (0.40%) AWS CloudFormation
11 17 (0.40%) IBM Cloud
11 17 (0.40%) SoftLayer
12 16 (0.37%) Azure Active Directory
12 16 (0.37%) Heroku
13 13 (0.30%) Dynamics 365
14 10 (0.23%) Amazon ECS
15 9 (0.21%) npm
15 9 (0.21%) NuGet
15 9 (0.21%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 773 (17.99%) Firewall
2 368 (8.56%) Network Security
3 201 (4.68%) Intrusion Detection
4 191 (4.44%) TCP/IP
5 170 (3.96%) DNS
6 164 (3.82%) LAN
7 155 (3.61%) WAN
8 153 (3.56%) VPN
9 134 (3.12%) Internet
10 123 (2.86%) Wireless
11 115 (2.68%) DHCP
12 94 (2.19%) HTTP
13 74 (1.72%) SAN
14 64 (1.49%) SSL
15 61 (1.42%) IPsec
16 42 (0.98%) SMTP
17 40 (0.93%) VLAN
18 39 (0.91%) Skype
19 35 (0.81%) MPLS
20 33 (0.77%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 211 (4.91%) SQL Server
2 84 (1.95%) Big Data
3 75 (1.75%) MySQL
4 66 (1.54%) Relational Database
5 54 (1.26%) NoSQL
6 47 (1.09%) Hadoop
7 35 (0.81%) RDBMS
7 35 (0.81%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 33 (0.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 24 (0.56%) PostgreSQL
10 19 (0.44%) MongoDB
11 18 (0.42%) Crystal Reports
11 18 (0.42%) Oracle Database
12 17 (0.40%) SQL Server 2005
12 17 (0.40%) SQL Server 2017
13 16 (0.37%) Power BI
14 15 (0.35%) Amazon Redshift
15 14 (0.33%) Apache Cassandra
15 14 (0.33%) HBase
16 12 (0.28%) MariaDB
Development Applications
1 64 (1.49%) Jenkins
2 52 (1.21%) JIRA
3 42 (0.98%) Git (software)
4 20 (0.47%) Visual Studio
5 18 (0.42%) Octopus Deploy
5 18 (0.42%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 16 (0.37%) GitLab
7 15 (0.35%) TeamCity
8 14 (0.33%) SonarQube
9 13 (0.30%) Bitbucket
10 12 (0.28%) Selenium
11 11 (0.26%) Rational DOORS
12 10 (0.23%) Eclipse
12 10 (0.23%) Visual Studio Team System
13 9 (0.21%) Bower
13 9 (0.21%) SpecFlow
13 9 (0.21%) Team Foundation Server
14 7 (0.16%) Subversion
15 6 (0.14%) JUnit
15 6 (0.14%) Maven
General
1 1,026 (23.88%) Finance
2 294 (6.84%) Legal
3 264 (6.14%) Retail
4 233 (5.42%) Public Sector
5 232 (5.40%) Law
6 223 (5.19%) Banking
7 76 (1.77%) Telecoms
8 57 (1.33%) Marketing
9 56 (1.30%) Front Office
10 37 (0.86%) Back Office
10 37 (0.86%) Manufacturing
11 29 (0.67%) Military
12 23 (0.54%) Advertising
13 19 (0.44%) Aerospace
13 19 (0.44%) Electronics
13 19 (0.44%) Games
14 16 (0.37%) Local Government
15 13 (0.30%) Multimedia
16 12 (0.28%) Police
17 11 (0.26%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 920 (21.41%) Analyst
2 605 (14.08%) Security Analyst
3 514 (11.96%) Architect
4 409 (9.52%) Consultant
5 407 (9.47%) Security Manager
6 335 (7.80%) Security Engineer
7 334 (7.77%) Information Analyst
8 332 (7.73%) Information Security Analyst
9 308 (7.17%) Security Architect
10 296 (6.89%) Security Consultant
11 241 (5.61%) Information Security Manager
12 235 (5.47%) Information Manager
13 172 (4.00%) Senior Analyst
14 153 (3.56%) Security Officer
15 141 (3.28%) Information Security Consultant
16 134 (3.12%) Head of Security
17 132 (3.07%) Service Analyst
18 126 (2.93%) IT Manager
19 124 (2.89%) Information Security Officer
20 122 (2.84%) Security Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 119 (2.77%) Web Services
2 98 (2.28%) .NET
3 80 (1.86%) SailPoint
4 67 (1.56%) HTML
5 53 (1.23%) WebSphere MQ
6 40 (0.93%) jQuery
7 39 (0.91%) Node.js
8 38 (0.88%) XML
9 36 (0.84%) JSON
10 34 (0.79%) LDAP
11 32 (0.74%) SOAP
12 29 (0.67%) CSS
13 28 (0.65%) Kafka
14 25 (0.58%) .NET Framework
14 25 (0.58%) AngularJS
14 25 (0.58%) JSP
14 25 (0.58%) OAuth
15 24 (0.56%) Spring
16 22 (0.51%) REST
17 20 (0.47%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 1,136 (26.44%) Management Information System
2 411 (9.56%) Analytical Skills
3 200 (4.65%) Data Centre
4 141 (3.28%) Security Operations Centre
5 136 (3.16%) Self-Motivation
6 127 (2.96%) Cyberthreat
7 77 (1.79%) Cyberattack
7 77 (1.79%) Data Protection Act
8 70 (1.63%) Mobile App
9 69 (1.61%) User Experience
10 68 (1.58%) PKI
11 55 (1.28%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
12 49 (1.14%) Mobile Computing
13 45 (1.05%) Public Cloud
14 44 (1.02%) Smartphone
15 42 (0.98%) CESG
16 38 (0.88%) Greenfield Project
16 38 (0.88%) Virtual Team
17 37 (0.86%) Driving Licence
18 36 (0.84%) Cyber Defence
Operating Systems
1 776 (18.06%) Windows
2 591 (13.75%) Linux
3 242 (5.63%) Unix
4 207 (4.82%) Windows Server
5 173 (4.03%) Windows 10
6 167 (3.89%) Windows 7
7 76 (1.77%) Solaris
8 75 (1.75%) Windows Server 2012
9 69 (1.61%) Android
10 65 (1.51%) Windows Server 2008
11 50 (1.16%) Apple iOS
12 39 (0.91%) Mac OS
12 39 (0.91%) Windows 8
13 30 (0.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 25 (0.58%) CentOS
15 24 (0.56%) Ubuntu
16 11 (0.26%) Debian
17 9 (0.21%) Kali Linux
18 6 (0.14%) Mac OS X
19 5 (0.12%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,296 (30.16%) Cybersecurity
2 806 (18.76%) ITIL
3 746 (17.36%) Agile Software Development
4 699 (16.27%) SIEM
5 675 (15.71%) Risk Management
6 664 (15.45%) Security Management
7 551 (12.82%) Security Architecture
8 548 (12.75%) Security Operations
9 499 (11.61%) Penetration Testing
10 479 (11.15%) Vulnerability Management
11 478 (11.12%) Information Security Management
12 436 (10.15%) ISMS
13 419 (9.75%) Continuous Improvement
14 387 (9.01%) Data Protection
15 375 (8.73%) Problem-Solving
16 328 (7.63%) Incident Management
17 327 (7.61%) Stakeholder Management
18 303 (7.05%) Project Management
19 281 (6.54%) DevOps
20 262 (6.10%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 273 (6.35%) SQL
2 267 (6.21%) Python
3 242 (5.63%) Java
4 195 (4.54%) PowerShell
5 175 (4.07%) C
6 122 (2.84%) C#
7 96 (2.23%) JavaScript
8 74 (1.72%) C++
9 60 (1.40%) Bash Shell
10 57 (1.33%) Ruby
11 52 (1.21%) PHP
12 35 (0.81%) TypeScript
13 34 (0.79%) Shell Script
14 27 (0.63%) Perl
15 23 (0.54%) Scala
16 10 (0.23%) Apple Swift
16 10 (0.23%) PL/SQL
16 10 (0.23%) T-SQL
16 10 (0.23%) VB.NET
17 8 (0.19%) Kotlin
Qualifications
1 1,279 (29.76%) CISSP
2 849 (19.76%) CISM
3 676 (15.73%) Degree
4 451 (10.50%) CISA
5 340 (7.91%) Cisco Certification
6 326 (7.59%) Security Cleared
7 228 (5.31%) CEH
8 177 (4.12%) SC Cleared
9 156 (3.63%) CRISC
10 155 (3.61%) GIAC
11 131 (3.05%) CCNA
12 119 (2.77%) (ISC)2 CCSP
13 115 (2.68%) CCNP
14 103 (2.40%) SANS
15 101 (2.35%) Microsoft Certification
16 99 (2.30%) CCSP
17 90 (2.09%) CESG Certified Professional
18 87 (2.02%) Computer Science Degree
19 76 (1.77%) CISMP
20 73 (1.70%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1,226 (28.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 551 (12.82%) PCI DSS
3 531 (12.36%) GDPR
4 416 (9.68%) NIST
5 263 (6.12%) SLA
6 201 (4.68%) COBIT
7 195 (4.54%) Cyber Essentials
8 157 (3.65%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 103 (2.40%) QA
10 101 (2.35%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 77 (1.79%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 61 (1.42%) ISO 22301
13 53 (1.23%) JSP 440
14 49 (1.14%) ISAE 3402
15 48 (1.12%) ISO 9001
15 48 (1.12%) NCSC
16 43 (1.00%) HMG Infosec
17 37 (0.86%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
18 33 (0.77%) Data Quality
19 27 (0.63%) ISO/IEC 27005
System Software
1 354 (8.24%) Active Directory
2 148 (3.44%) VMware Infrastructure
3 85 (1.98%) Hyper-V
4 68 (1.58%) Firmware
5 42 (0.98%) Docker
6 36 (0.84%) VMware ESXi
7 30 (0.70%) Virtual Machines
8 22 (0.51%) XenApp
9 20 (0.47%) XenDesktop
10 18 (0.42%) NFS
11 17 (0.40%) vSphere
12 13 (0.30%) ISA Server
13 12 (0.28%) Snort
14 11 (0.26%) Virtual Servers
15 10 (0.23%) BitLocker
16 8 (0.19%) Citrix Hypervisor
16 8 (0.19%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 7 (0.16%) HDFS
18 5 (0.12%) KVM
19 4 (0.093%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 107 (2.49%) Nessus
2 95 (2.21%) SCCM
3 70 (1.63%) Ansible
4 55 (1.28%) Terraform
5 47 (1.09%) Kubernetes
6 46 (1.07%) McAfee ePO
7 40 (0.93%) Microsoft Intune
8 39 (0.91%) Puppet
9 33 (0.77%) QRadar
10 32 (0.74%) Single Sign-On
11 29 (0.67%) Opscode Chef
12 21 (0.49%) Nagios
13 20 (0.47%) CSIRT
13 20 (0.47%) FortiGate
14 19 (0.44%) Norton AntiVirus
15 18 (0.42%) CASB
15 18 (0.42%) SCOM
16 16 (0.37%) Data Guard
17 14 (0.33%) Host Intrusion Detection System
18 12 (0.28%) Cacti
Vendors
1 606 (14.10%) Microsoft
2 269 (6.26%) Cisco
3 245 (5.70%) Splunk
4 230 (5.35%) VMware
5 201 (4.68%) Citrix
6 137 (3.19%) ServiceNow
7 119 (2.77%) Sony
8 113 (2.63%) Palo Alto
9 110 (2.56%) Qualys
10 105 (2.44%) Oracle
11 102 (2.37%) McAfee
12 95 (2.21%) Google
13 77 (1.79%) CheckPoint
14 71 (1.65%) CyberArk
15 66 (1.54%) LogRhythm
16 61 (1.42%) Apple
17 56 (1.30%) ArcSight
18 54 (1.26%) Informatica
19 52 (1.21%) Symantec
20 46 (1.07%) SolarWinds