Period
to 1 December 2020

The median annual salary for an IT Security Specialist was £49,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 1 December 2020.

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
1 Dec 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 693 1018 1084
Rank change year-on-year +325 +66 +78
Permanent jobs requiring an IT Security Specialist 24 34 64
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.043% 0.025% 0.040%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.045% 0.026% 0.042%
Number of salaries quoted 23 33 60
Median annual salary £49,500 £57,500 £60,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -13.91% -4.17% -4.00%
10th Percentile £41,250 £40,400 £43,625
90th Percentile £63,750 £72,200 £70,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £49,500 £46,500 £48,750
% change year-on-year +6.45% -4.62% +10.80%

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 53,032 128,350 153,306
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.11% 95.63% 95.86%
Number of salaries quoted 44,186 102,770 123,401
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +3.09%
10th Percentile £32,250 £28,500 £27,500
90th Percentile £87,500 £85,000 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%

IT Security Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for IT Security Specialist in the UK

IT Security Specialist
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing IT Security Specialist.

Salary trend for IT Security Specialist in the UK

IT Security Specialist
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing IT Security Specialist over the 6 months to 1 December 2020.

Salary histogram for IT Security Specialist in the UK

IT Security Specialist
Top 9 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 1 December 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 +321 24 £49,500 -15.74% 6
London +236 18 £51,250 -18.00% 1
UK excluding London +252 6 £49,500 +6.45% 5
South East +189 3 £39,500 -21.00% 4
Work from Home - 3 £60,000 -
North of England +134 2 £49,500 +18.56%
Yorkshire +92 2 £49,500 +53.49%
Midlands +115 1 £52,500 -22.22%
West Midlands +92 1 £52,500 -22.22%

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

For the 6 months to 1 December 2020, IT Security Specialist job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads featuring IT Security Specialist in the job title.

1 16 (66.67%) Cybersecurity
2 11 (45.83%) GDPR
2 11 (45.83%) NIST
2 11 (45.83%) CISSP
3 10 (41.67%) Information Security
3 10 (41.67%) Data Protection
4 9 (37.50%) Cyber Essentials
5 8 (33.33%) Intrusion Detection
5 8 (33.33%) SIEM
5 8 (33.33%) Management Information System
5 8 (33.33%) CISM
5 8 (33.33%) Firewall
5 8 (33.33%) Finance
5 8 (33.33%) Active Directory
6 7 (29.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 7 (29.17%) Degree
6 7 (29.17%) Identity Access Management
7 6 (25.00%) Patch Management
7 6 (25.00%) Security Patching
7 6 (25.00%) Problem-Solving
7 6 (25.00%) Privileged Access Management
7 6 (25.00%) (ISC)2 CCSP
7 6 (25.00%) Antivirus Management
7 6 (25.00%) Data Protection Act
7 6 (25.00%) Computer Science
7 6 (25.00%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 6 (25.00%) PCI DSS
7 6 (25.00%) CISA
7 6 (25.00%) Cisco Certification
7 6 (25.00%) CCSP

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:

Applications
1 2 (8.33%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 5 (20.83%) Azure
2 2 (8.33%) AWS
2 2 (8.33%) Azure Active Directory
3 1 (4.17%) Office 365
3 1 (4.17%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 8 (33.33%) Firewall
1 8 (33.33%) Intrusion Detection
2 3 (12.50%) Network Security
3 1 (4.17%) DKIM
3 1 (4.17%) DMARC
3 1 (4.17%) NAS
3 1 (4.17%) SAN
General
1 8 (33.33%) Finance
2 3 (12.50%) Billing
3 2 (8.33%) Banking
4 1 (4.17%) International Banking
4 1 (4.17%) Retail
Miscellaneous
1 8 (33.33%) Management Information System
2 6 (25.00%) Data Protection Act
3 5 (20.83%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (4.17%) Cyberattack
4 1 (4.17%) Reinsurance
4 1 (4.17%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 4 (16.67%) Unix
1 4 (16.67%) Windows
2 2 (8.33%) Linux
3 1 (4.17%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (66.67%) Cybersecurity
2 10 (41.67%) Data Protection
2 10 (41.67%) Information Security
3 8 (33.33%) SIEM
4 7 (29.17%) Identity Access Management
5 6 (25.00%) Antivirus Management
5 6 (25.00%) Computer Science
5 6 (25.00%) Patch Management
5 6 (25.00%) Privileged Access Management
5 6 (25.00%) Problem-Solving
5 6 (25.00%) Security Patching
5 6 (25.00%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 5 (20.83%) Disaster Recovery
7 4 (16.67%) ITIL
7 4 (16.67%) Problem Management
8 3 (12.50%) Business Development
8 3 (12.50%) Business Intelligence
8 3 (12.50%) Information Security Management
8 3 (12.50%) Security Management
9 2 (8.33%) Risk Management
Qualifications
1 11 (45.83%) CISSP
2 8 (33.33%) CISM
3 7 (29.17%) Degree
4 6 (25.00%) (ISC)2 CCSP
4 6 (25.00%) CCSP
4 6 (25.00%) CISA
4 6 (25.00%) Cisco Certification
5 2 (8.33%) GSEC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (45.83%) GDPR
1 11 (45.83%) NIST
2 9 (37.50%) Cyber Essentials
3 7 (29.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 6 (25.00%) PCI DSS
5 2 (8.33%) SLA
6 1 (4.17%) NCSC
System Software
1 8 (33.33%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (4.17%) SCCM
Vendors
1 5 (20.83%) Microsoft
2 1 (4.17%) Proofpoint
2 1 (4.17%) Veeam