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The median annual salary for an IT Security Specialist was £65,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 15 August 2022.

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
15 Aug 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 1225 996 763
Rank change year-on-year -229 -233 +320
Permanent jobs requiring an IT Security Specialist 15 21 24
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.009% 0.018% 0.039%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.010% 0.020% 0.041%
Number of salaries quoted 13 19 21
10th Percentile - £37,250 £41,250
25th Percentile £27,750 £43,250 £43,409
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £65,000 £55,000 £58,000
Median % change year-on-year +18.18% -5.17% +0.87%
75th Percentile £80,000 £64,250 £92,500
90th Percentile - £71,000 £110,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £57,600 £43,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +32.41% -3.33% -10.18%

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 153,832 104,896 58,992
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 91.96% 91.12% 94.85%
Number of salaries quoted 83,373 73,990 48,216
10th Percentile £32,500 £31,750 £31,250
25th Percentile £43,750 £41,250 £40,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £60,000 £55,000 £55,000
Median % change year-on-year +9.09% - +10.00%
75th Percentile £78,750 £75,000 £72,500
90th Percentile £95,000 £91,000 £87,625
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £47,500 £47,500
% change year-on-year +10.53% - +5.56%

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 15 August 2022.

Salary histogram for IT Security Specialist in the UK

IT Security Specialist
Top 8 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 15 August 2022. 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
Jobs
UK excluding London -73 13 £57,600 +32.41% 2
England -168 13 £65,000 +18.18% 1
Work from Home -215 12 £46,750 -20.76% 1
South East -43 10 £43,050 -18.00%
Scotland -29 2 - - 1
London -182 2 £87,500 +34.62%
East Midlands -29 1 £65,000 +49.43% 1
Midlands -52 1 £65,000 +49.43% 1

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

For the 6 months to 15 August 2022, IT Security Specialist job roles required the following 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 8 (53.33%) Information Security
1 8 (53.33%) Degree
2 7 (46.67%) Computer Science
2 7 (46.67%) Network Security
2 7 (46.67%) AWS
2 7 (46.67%) Vulnerability Management
2 7 (46.67%) Cybersecurity
3 6 (40.00%) Azure
3 6 (40.00%) CISSP
3 6 (40.00%) Management Information System
3 6 (40.00%) Finance
4 5 (33.33%) SSCP
4 5 (33.33%) Firewall
4 5 (33.33%) VMware
4 5 (33.33%) Cisco Certification
4 5 (33.33%) Web Services
4 5 (33.33%) Windows
4 5 (33.33%) Linux
4 5 (33.33%) TCP/IP
4 5 (33.33%) Cisco
4 5 (33.33%) CCSP
4 5 (33.33%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (33.33%) CISMP
4 5 (33.33%) Security Architecture
4 5 (33.33%) Private Cloud
4 5 (33.33%) Network Monitoring
4 5 (33.33%) Windows Server
4 5 (33.33%) (ISC)2 CCSP
4 5 (33.33%) CompTIA Security+
4 5 (33.33%) Application Security

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:

Cloud Services
1 7 (46.67%) AWS
2 6 (40.00%) Azure
3 1 (6.67%) Microsoft 365
Communications & Networking
1 7 (46.67%) Network Security
2 5 (33.33%) Firewall
2 5 (33.33%) TCP/IP
3 4 (26.67%) SAN
3 4 (26.67%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (6.67%) Cisco IOS
4 1 (6.67%) Intrusion Detection
General
1 6 (40.00%) Finance
2 3 (20.00%) Manufacturing
3 2 (13.33%) Legal
3 2 (13.33%) Marketing
3 2 (13.33%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (6.67%) Social Skills
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (33.33%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 6 (40.00%) Management Information System
2 5 (33.33%) Private Cloud
3 4 (26.67%) EMC VNX
4 2 (13.33%) Biotechnology
5 1 (6.67%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 5 (33.33%) Linux
1 5 (33.33%) Windows
1 5 (33.33%) Windows Server
2 1 (6.67%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (53.33%) Information Security
2 7 (46.67%) Computer Science
2 7 (46.67%) Cybersecurity
2 7 (46.67%) Vulnerability Management
3 5 (33.33%) Application Security
3 5 (33.33%) Network Monitoring
3 5 (33.33%) Security Architecture
4 3 (20.00%) Identity Access Management
5 2 (13.33%) Data Security
5 2 (13.33%) Innovative Thinking
5 2 (13.33%) Multi-Factor Authentication
5 2 (13.33%) Privileged Access Management
5 2 (13.33%) Security Operations
5 2 (13.33%) SIEM
6 1 (6.67%) Business Continuity
6 1 (6.67%) Compatibility Testing
6 1 (6.67%) Disaster Recovery
6 1 (6.67%) Risk Management
6 1 (6.67%) Security Management
6 1 (6.67%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 1 (6.67%) PowerShell
1 1 (6.67%) SQL
Qualifications
1 8 (53.33%) Degree
2 6 (40.00%) CISSP
3 5 (33.33%) (ISC)2 CCSP
3 5 (33.33%) CCSP
3 5 (33.33%) Cisco Certification
3 5 (33.33%) CISMP
3 5 (33.33%) CompTIA Security+
3 5 (33.33%) SSCP
4 2 (13.33%) CISA
4 2 (13.33%) GIAC
5 1 (6.67%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (13.33%) GLP
1 2 (13.33%) QA
2 1 (6.67%) NIST
2 1 (6.67%) SOC 2
System Software
1 5 (33.33%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (6.67%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 4 (26.67%) SCCM
2 2 (13.33%) Single Sign-On
3 1 (6.67%) Nessus
Vendors
1 5 (33.33%) Cisco
1 5 (33.33%) VMware
2 4 (26.67%) 3PAR
2 4 (26.67%) EMC
2 4 (26.67%) HP
2 4 (26.67%) Microsoft
2 4 (26.67%) Palo Alto
3 2 (13.33%) Charles River
4 1 (6.67%) Forcepoint
4 1 (6.67%) Ivanti
4 1 (6.67%) Qualys
4 1 (6.67%) Splunk