Period
to 20 November 2017

The median annual salary for an IT Security Specialist was £62,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 November 2017.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

IT Security Specialist
UK
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 1131 1137 1218
Rank change year-on-year +6 +81 +66
Permanent jobs requiring an IT Security Specialist 58 82 93
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.032% 0.044% 0.043%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.034% 0.045% 0.044%
Number of salaries quoted 48 78 73
UK median annual salary £62,500 £65,000 £58,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -3.85% +12.07% +0.87%
10th Percentile £35,000 £35,500 £37,500
90th Percentile £74,275 £80,750 £89,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £44,000 £44,000 £55,000
% change year-on-year - -20.00% +22.22%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
UK
Permanent vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 172189 180467 210956
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.78% 96.48% 96.46%
Number of salaries quoted 138171 151048 175187
UK median annual salary £48,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +1.05% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £78,750 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,500
% change year-on-year - +4.94% +1.25%

IT Security Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured IT Security Specialist in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for IT Security Specialist in the UK

IT Security Specialist
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for IT Security Specialist in the UK

IT Security Specialist
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing IT Security Specialist over the 6 months to 20 November 2017.

Salary histogram for IT Security Specialist in the UK

IT Security Specialist
Top 10 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing IT Security Specialist within the UK over the 6 months to 20 November 2017. 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 +26 57 £62,500 -3.85% 3
London -20 31 £63,250 -2.69% 1
UK excluding London +26 27 £44,000 - 2
South East +46 11 £52,250 -5.00% 1
North of England +1 8 £40,000 -9.09%
Midlands +18 7 £42,500 +7.59% 1
West Midlands +13 7 £42,500 +7.59% 1
Yorkshire +10 6 £40,000 +6.67%
North West -19 2 £50,000 +11.11%
Scotland -20 1 - -

IT Security Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 November 2017, IT Security Specialist job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads featuring IT Security Specialist in the job title.

1 40 (68.97%) Information Security
2 29 (50.00%) Cybersecurity
3 23 (39.66%) CISSP
4 20 (34.48%) CISM
4 20 (34.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 18 (31.03%) Intrusion Detection
5 18 (31.03%) Firewall
6 17 (29.31%) CISA
7 16 (27.59%) Management Information System
7 16 (27.59%) SIEM
7 16 (27.59%) Cyber Essentials
8 15 (25.86%) Network Security
9 13 (22.41%) GDPR
9 13 (22.41%) Data Protection
9 13 (22.41%) Data Protection Act
10 12 (20.69%) Security Architecture
10 12 (20.69%) Python
10 12 (20.69%) Patch Management
11 11 (18.97%) Windows
11 11 (18.97%) Degree
12 10 (17.24%) Risk Management
13 8 (13.79%) Continuous Improvement
13 8 (13.79%) Penetration Testing
13 8 (13.79%) Computer Science
13 8 (13.79%) PowerShell
13 8 (13.79%) Risk Assessment
13 8 (13.79%) Security Operations
13 8 (13.79%) Cyber Defence
14 7 (12.07%) Security Patching
14 7 (12.07%) Analytical Skills

IT Security Specialist Skill Set
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 1 (1.72%) MS Exchange
Business Applications
1 1 (1.72%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 4 (6.90%) Amazon AWS
1 4 (6.90%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.72%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 18 (31.03%) Firewall
1 18 (31.03%) Intrusion Detection
2 15 (25.86%) Network Security
3 4 (6.90%) LAN
4 3 (5.17%) Cisco ASA
4 3 (5.17%) SMS
5 2 (3.45%) Internet
5 2 (3.45%) WAN
6 1 (1.72%) DHCP
6 1 (1.72%) DNS
6 1 (1.72%) TCP/IP
6 1 (1.72%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.72%) Big Data
1 1 (1.72%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (1.72%) Metasploit
General
1 5 (8.62%) Law
2 4 (6.90%) Finance
3 2 (3.45%) Banking
3 2 (3.45%) Financial Institution
3 2 (3.45%) Marketing
3 2 (3.45%) Retail
4 1 (1.72%) Legal
4 1 (1.72%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (12.07%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 16 (27.59%) Management Information System
2 13 (22.41%) Data Protection Act
3 8 (13.79%) Computer Science
3 8 (13.79%) Cyber Defence
4 7 (12.07%) Analytical Skills
5 5 (8.62%) Data Centre
6 4 (6.90%) Security Operations Centre
7 2 (3.45%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 2 (3.45%) Greenfield Project
7 2 (3.45%) Mobile Computing
8 1 (1.72%) Cybercrime
8 1 (1.72%) Cyberthreat
Operating Systems
1 11 (18.97%) Windows
2 7 (12.07%) Linux
3 1 (1.72%) Kali Linux
3 1 (1.72%) Windows 10
3 1 (1.72%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (68.97%) Information Security
2 29 (50.00%) Cybersecurity
3 16 (27.59%) SIEM
4 13 (22.41%) Data Protection
5 12 (20.69%) Patch Management
5 12 (20.69%) Security Architecture
6 10 (17.24%) Risk Management
7 8 (13.79%) Continuous Improvement
7 8 (13.79%) Penetration Testing
7 8 (13.79%) Risk Assessment
7 8 (13.79%) Security Operations
8 7 (12.07%) Data Analysis
8 7 (12.07%) Data Visualisation
8 7 (12.07%) ITIL
8 7 (12.07%) Machine Learning
8 7 (12.07%) Risk Analysis
8 7 (12.07%) Security Patching
8 7 (12.07%) Visualisation
9 6 (10.34%) Incident Management
9 6 (10.34%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 12 (20.69%) Python
2 8 (13.79%) PowerShell
3 7 (12.07%) Java
3 7 (12.07%) JavaScript
4 4 (6.90%) Bash Shell
5 3 (5.17%) SQL
6 1 (1.72%) VB
Qualifications
1 23 (39.66%) CISSP
2 20 (34.48%) CISM
3 17 (29.31%) CISA
4 11 (18.97%) Degree
5 4 (6.90%) CCNA
5 4 (6.90%) Cisco Certification
6 3 (5.17%) CCNP
6 3 (5.17%) ITIL Certification
7 2 (3.45%) CEH
7 2 (3.45%) CRISC
7 2 (3.45%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (1.72%) CESG Certified Professional
8 1 (1.72%) Computer Science Degree
8 1 (1.72%) GIAC
8 1 (1.72%) GSEC
8 1 (1.72%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (34.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 16 (27.59%) Cyber Essentials
3 13 (22.41%) GDPR
4 4 (6.90%) PCI DSS
4 4 (6.90%) SSAE 16
5 2 (3.45%) COBIT
5 2 (3.45%) COSO
6 1 (1.72%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 3 (5.17%) vSphere
2 2 (3.45%) Active Directory
3 1 (1.72%) Snort
Systems Management
1 2 (3.45%) Host Intrusion Detection System
2 1 (1.72%) EnCase
2 1 (1.72%) Nessus
2 1 (1.72%) Nexpose
2 1 (1.72%) Nmap
2 1 (1.72%) Norton AntiVirus
2 1 (1.72%) Suricata
Vendors
1 5 (8.62%) Sophos
2 4 (6.90%) Cisco
2 4 (6.90%) Microsoft
2 4 (6.90%) VMware
3 3 (5.17%) CyberArk
3 3 (5.17%) Fortinet
3 3 (5.17%) McAfee
4 2 (3.45%) FireEye
4 2 (3.45%) Qualys
4 2 (3.45%) Symantec
5 1 (1.72%) AlienVault
5 1 (1.72%) CheckPoint
5 1 (1.72%) F5
5 1 (1.72%) Juniper
5 1 (1.72%) LogRhythm
5 1 (1.72%) Palo Alto
5 1 (1.72%) Proofpoint
5 1 (1.72%) Rapid7