Period
to 12 April 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for Network Security skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Network Security over the 6 months to 12 April 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Network Security
UK
6 months to
12 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 256 238 214
Rank change year-on-year -18 -24 +30
Permanent jobs citing Network Security 1,039 1,600 2,455
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.26% 1.41% 1.65%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.71% 9.34% 10.80%
Number of salaries quoted 851 1,228 1,863
10th Percentile £36,250 £35,782 £33,000
25th Percentile £42,799 £46,250 £41,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £57,500 £60,000 £55,000
Median % change year-on-year -4.17% +9.09% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £70,000 £70,000
90th Percentile £87,500 £80,000 £81,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £54,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year -7.41% +8.00% +5.26%

Network Security is in the Communications and Computer Networking category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
UK
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 10,695 17,131 22,725
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.96% 15.09% 15.26%
Number of salaries quoted 8,145 13,689 17,689
10th Percentile £28,500 £26,250 £26,250
25th Percentile £37,500 £33,750 £33,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £65,500 £63,750 £62,500
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - -

Network Security
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Network Security as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Network Security in the UK

Network Security
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for Network Security in the UK

Network Security
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Network Security over the 6 months to 12 April 2021.

Salary histogram for Network Security in the UK

Network 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 Network Security within the UK over the 6 months to 12 April 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 -22 944 £57,500 -4.17% 219
UK excluding London -6 626 £50,000 -7.41% 169
London -24 349 £70,000 +7.69% 66
North of England +51 183 £52,500 +5.00% 55
Work from Home -24 183 £55,000 -12.00% 30
South East -33 164 £55,000 -8.33% 37
North West +34 110 £52,500 +5.00% 32
South West -14 93 £44,700 +2.17% 24
Midlands +7 87 £52,500 -1.87% 28
Yorkshire +37 70 £52,500 -2.78% 19
West Midlands 0 57 £61,000 +10.91% 18
East of England +26 53 £55,000 +15.18% 9
Scotland -13 32 £46,000 -16.36% 12
East Midlands +27 29 £36,566 -13.96% 10
Wales +23 10 £27,500 -47.62% 3
North East +7 3 £45,000 -10.00% 4
Northern Ireland +8 2 £42,500 - 1
Channel Islands +3 2 £80,000 +220.00%

For the 6 months to 12 April 2021, IT jobs citing Network 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 Network Security.

1 532 (51.20%) Firewall
2 430 (41.39%) Cisco
3 331 (31.86%) Cisco Certification
4 258 (24.83%) Microsoft
5 253 (24.35%) Azure
6 248 (23.87%) WAN
7 245 (23.58%) CCNP
8 220 (21.17%) LAN
9 203 (19.54%) Windows
10 202 (19.44%) Cybersecurity
11 189 (18.19%) VPN
12 181 (17.42%) AWS
13 176 (16.94%) Active Directory
14 173 (16.65%) Information Security
15 163 (15.69%) DNS
16 157 (15.11%) Linux
17 154 (14.82%) VMware
18 152 (14.63%) CCNA
19 149 (14.34%) Data Centre
20 143 (13.76%) ITIL
21 142 (13.67%) DevOps
21 142 (13.67%) Microsoft 365
22 137 (13.19%) Finance
23 133 (12.80%) Cisco ASA
24 128 (12.32%) Security Cleared
24 128 (12.32%) Wireless
25 125 (12.03%) TCP/IP
26 124 (11.93%) SIEM
26 124 (11.93%) Palo Alto
27 123 (11.84%) ISO/IEC 27001

Network 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 26 (2.50%) Apache
1 26 (2.50%) IIS
2 18 (1.73%) SharePoint
3 11 (1.06%) Confluence
4 10 (0.96%) Elasticsearch
4 10 (0.96%) Skype for Business
5 9 (0.87%) MS Exchange
6 8 (0.77%) Exchange Server 2013
7 5 (0.48%) nginx
7 5 (0.48%) SharePoint Server
8 4 (0.38%) BizTalk Server
8 4 (0.38%) Exchange Server 2010
9 2 (0.19%) Apache Spark
10 1 (0.096%) Tomcat
10 1 (0.096%) WebLogic
10 1 (0.096%) WordPress
Applications
1 22 (2.12%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (1.15%) MS Visio
3 7 (0.67%) Microsoft Excel
4 5 (0.48%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (0.48%) SAP Business One
2 2 (0.19%) Dynamics NAV
2 2 (0.19%) Magento
2 2 (0.19%) Sage 200
2 2 (0.19%) Sentinel
3 1 (0.096%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.096%) Dynamics GP
3 1 (0.096%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.096%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 253 (24.35%) Azure
2 181 (17.42%) AWS
3 142 (13.67%) Microsoft 365
4 67 (6.45%) IaaS
5 64 (6.16%) PaaS
6 60 (5.77%) SaaS
7 59 (5.68%) Azure Active Directory
8 33 (3.18%) GCP
9 29 (2.79%) Cloud Computing
10 16 (1.54%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 13 (1.25%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 12 (1.15%) AWS Direct Connect
13 11 (1.06%) AWS CloudFormation
14 9 (0.87%) Amazon EC2
14 9 (0.87%) Serverless
15 8 (0.77%) Amazon EKS
16 7 (0.67%) Amazon CloudWatch
17 6 (0.58%) GitHub
17 6 (0.58%) Route 53
17 6 (0.58%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 532 (51.20%) Firewall
2 248 (23.87%) WAN
3 220 (21.17%) LAN
4 189 (18.19%) VPN
5 163 (15.69%) DNS
6 133 (12.80%) Cisco ASA
7 128 (12.32%) Wireless
8 125 (12.03%) TCP/IP
9 111 (10.68%) BGP
10 92 (8.85%) MPLS
10 92 (8.85%) OSPF
10 92 (8.85%) SD-WAN
11 84 (8.08%) DHCP
12 83 (7.99%) VLAN
13 71 (6.83%) VoIP
14 58 (5.58%) Cisco Firepower
14 58 (5.58%) Intrusion Detection
15 57 (5.49%) IPsec
16 49 (4.72%) Internet
17 45 (4.33%) Cisco ISE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 51 (4.91%) SQL Server
2 24 (2.31%) MySQL
3 10 (0.96%) Blockchain
4 9 (0.87%) Azure SQL Database
5 6 (0.58%) Apache Cassandra
5 6 (0.58%) NoSQL
5 6 (0.58%) PostgreSQL
5 6 (0.58%) Relational Database
6 5 (0.48%) Big Data
6 5 (0.48%) MongoDB
6 5 (0.48%) SQL Server 2012
7 4 (0.38%) Data Warehouse
8 3 (0.29%) Oracle Database
8 3 (0.29%) Oracle Database 11g
9 2 (0.19%) Amazon RDS
10 1 (0.096%) DataStax
10 1 (0.096%) Hadoop
10 1 (0.096%) MariaDB
10 1 (0.096%) Redis
10 1 (0.096%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 30 (2.89%) Git (software)
2 17 (1.64%) JIRA
3 8 (0.77%) Jenkins
4 6 (0.58%) Selenium
5 4 (0.38%) CircleCI
5 4 (0.38%) Fiddler
6 3 (0.29%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 3 (0.29%) GoCD
6 3 (0.29%) TeamCity
6 3 (0.29%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 2 (0.19%) MSBuild
7 2 (0.19%) Octopus Deploy
7 2 (0.19%) SonarQube
7 2 (0.19%) Sonatype Nexus
8 1 (0.096%) Bitbucket
8 1 (0.096%) Burp Suite
8 1 (0.096%) Jasmine
8 1 (0.096%) Metasploit
8 1 (0.096%) Mocha
8 1 (0.096%) Visual Studio Code
General
1 137 (13.19%) Finance
2 64 (6.16%) Telecoms
3 43 (4.14%) Retail
4 37 (3.56%) Banking
5 34 (3.27%) Legal
6 29 (2.79%) Public Sector
7 23 (2.21%) Back Office
8 22 (2.12%) Law
9 21 (2.02%) Manufacturing
10 15 (1.44%) Aerospace
11 14 (1.35%) Marketing
12 10 (0.96%) Electronics
12 10 (0.96%) Retail Banking
13 7 (0.67%) Games
13 7 (0.67%) German Language
13 7 (0.67%) Publishing
14 5 (0.48%) Automotive
14 5 (0.48%) Financial Institution
14 5 (0.48%) Fire and Rescue
14 5 (0.48%) Police
Job Titles
1 321 (30.90%) Network Engineer
2 170 (16.36%) Security Engineer
3 107 (10.30%) Network Security Engineer
4 106 (10.20%) Senior Network Engineer
5 88 (8.47%) Architect
6 85 (8.18%) Analyst
7 73 (7.03%) Consultant
8 71 (6.83%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 71 (6.83%) Security Architect
9 47 (4.52%) IT Engineer
10 46 (4.43%) Security Analyst
11 45 (4.33%) Network Architect
12 44 (4.23%) Security Consultant
13 43 (4.14%) Cisco Engineer
13 43 (4.14%) Developer
14 38 (3.66%) Network Consultant
15 37 (3.56%) Senior Security Engineer
16 36 (3.46%) Cisco Network Engineer
17 34 (3.27%) Network Security Architect
18 32 (3.08%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (3.56%) JSON
2 29 (2.79%) Web Services
3 22 (2.12%) .NET
4 19 (1.83%) CSS
4 19 (1.83%) Elastic Stack
4 19 (1.83%) HTML
5 18 (1.73%) LAMP
6 17 (1.64%) LDAP
7 13 (1.25%) REST
8 12 (1.15%) COM
9 11 (1.06%) SAML
10 8 (0.77%) .NET Core
10 8 (0.77%) 802.1X
10 8 (0.77%) RESTful
11 7 (0.67%) Node.js
11 7 (0.67%) OAuth
12 6 (0.58%) GraphQL
12 6 (0.58%) pytest
12 6 (0.58%) WebRTC
13 5 (0.48%) React
Miscellaneous
1 149 (14.34%) Data Centre
2 93 (8.95%) Management Information System
3 75 (7.22%) Analytical Skills
4 45 (4.33%) Cyberthreat
5 39 (3.75%) Public Cloud
6 31 (2.98%) Cloud Native
7 24 (2.31%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 23 (2.21%) PKI
9 22 (2.12%) Replication
10 20 (1.92%) Security Operations Centre
11 19 (1.83%) Analytical Mindset
12 18 (1.73%) Cyberattack
12 18 (1.73%) Self-Motivation
13 11 (1.06%) AS400
13 11 (1.06%) Client/Server
14 10 (0.96%) Cyber Defence
14 10 (0.96%) Driving Licence
14 10 (0.96%) Greenfield Project
15 9 (0.87%) Hybrid Cloud
16 8 (0.77%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 203 (19.54%) Windows
2 157 (15.11%) Linux
3 90 (8.66%) Windows Server
4 40 (3.85%) Windows 10
5 38 (3.66%) Windows Server 2019
6 35 (3.37%) Windows Server 2016
7 23 (2.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 19 (1.83%) Windows Server 2008
9 17 (1.64%) Unix
10 14 (1.35%) Windows Server 2012
11 13 (1.25%) CentOS
12 11 (1.06%) Android
13 10 (0.96%) Mac OS
13 10 (0.96%) Ubuntu
14 8 (0.77%) VMS
15 7 (0.67%) Mac OS X
16 6 (0.58%) Windows 7
17 4 (0.38%) AIX
17 4 (0.38%) Apple iOS
17 4 (0.38%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 202 (19.44%) Cybersecurity
2 173 (16.65%) Information Security
3 143 (13.76%) ITIL
4 142 (13.67%) DevOps
5 124 (11.93%) SIEM
6 106 (10.20%) Security Architecture
7 104 (10.01%) Problem-Solving
8 101 (9.72%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 94 (9.05%) Security Operations
10 82 (7.89%) Network Design
11 79 (7.60%) Agile Software Development
12 70 (6.74%) Disaster Recovery
13 69 (6.64%) Vulnerability Management
14 62 (5.97%) Infrastructure as Code
15 61 (5.87%) Kalman Filter
16 59 (5.68%) Mentoring
17 56 (5.39%) Load Balancing
18 54 (5.20%) Network Monitoring
19 53 (5.10%) Presales
20 50 (4.81%) Penetration Testing
Programming Languages
1 88 (8.47%) PowerShell
2 77 (7.41%) Python
3 56 (5.39%) SQL
4 23 (2.21%) PHP
5 21 (2.02%) Java
6 19 (1.83%) C#
7 18 (1.73%) JavaScript
8 17 (1.64%) Bash Shell
8 17 (1.64%) C
9 12 (1.15%) C++
9 12 (1.15%) Shell Script
10 9 (0.87%) Ruby
11 8 (0.77%) Go
12 6 (0.58%) VBScript
13 5 (0.48%) Perl
13 5 (0.48%) R
14 4 (0.38%) TypeScript
15 3 (0.29%) Java 8
15 3 (0.29%) VB
16 1 (0.096%) AWK
Qualifications
1 331 (31.86%) Cisco Certification
2 245 (23.58%) CCNP
3 152 (14.63%) CCNA
4 128 (12.32%) Security Cleared
5 121 (11.65%) CISSP
6 90 (8.66%) SC Cleared
7 88 (8.47%) Degree
8 74 (7.12%) CCIE
9 41 (3.95%) CISM
10 38 (3.66%) Microsoft Certification
11 31 (2.98%) CEH
12 27 (2.60%) DV Cleared
13 23 (2.21%) GIAC
14 21 (2.02%) MCSE
15 18 (1.73%) Computer Science Degree
15 18 (1.73%) OSCP
16 16 (1.54%) CISA
17 15 (1.44%) CompTIA Security+
18 14 (1.35%) JNCIP
19 12 (1.15%) CRISC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 123 (11.84%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 55 (5.29%) NIST
3 48 (4.62%) PCI DSS
4 39 (3.75%) Cyber Essentials
5 36 (3.46%) GDPR
6 17 (1.64%) QA
7 15 (1.44%) SLA
8 7 (0.67%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 7 (0.67%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 7 (0.67%) NCSC
8 7 (0.67%) NIST 800
9 6 (0.58%) JSP 440
10 5 (0.48%) COBIT
11 3 (0.29%) GRC
12 2 (0.19%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 2 (0.19%) ISO 9001
12 2 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27005
12 2 (0.19%) RMADS
12 2 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 2 (0.19%) SOC 2
System Software
1 176 (16.94%) Active Directory
2 113 (10.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 64 (6.16%) Docker
4 47 (4.52%) Hyper-V
5 38 (3.66%) Virtual Machines
6 35 (3.37%) VMware NSX
7 26 (2.50%) vSphere
8 12 (1.15%) Virtual Desktop
8 12 (1.15%) Virtual Servers
9 8 (0.77%) VMware ESXi
10 7 (0.67%) Firmware
10 7 (0.67%) KVM
11 6 (0.58%) BitLocker
11 6 (0.58%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 5 (0.48%) iptables
13 4 (0.38%) LXC
13 4 (0.38%) XenApp
14 2 (0.19%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 2 (0.19%) NLBS
14 2 (0.19%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 80 (7.70%) Ansible
2 61 (5.87%) Terraform
3 56 (5.39%) Kubernetes
4 29 (2.79%) Puppet
5 26 (2.50%) Nessus
6 22 (2.12%) FortiGate
7 20 (1.92%) Grafana
8 16 (1.54%) Prometheus
9 15 (1.44%) Consul
9 15 (1.44%) Packer
10 14 (1.35%) Graphite
10 14 (1.35%) Opsview
11 13 (1.25%) Cisco Prime
12 12 (1.15%) Microsoft Intune
12 12 (1.15%) Opscode Chef
12 12 (1.15%) SCCM
13 11 (1.06%) Single Sign-On
14 9 (0.87%) CASB
14 9 (0.87%) Host Intrusion Detection System
14 9 (0.87%) QRadar
Vendors
1 430 (41.39%) Cisco
2 258 (24.83%) Microsoft
3 154 (14.82%) VMware
4 124 (11.93%) Palo Alto
5 99 (9.53%) F5
6 98 (9.43%) CheckPoint
7 93 (8.95%) Juniper
8 82 (7.89%) Fortinet
9 48 (4.62%) Meraki
10 46 (4.43%) SolarWinds
11 44 (4.23%) Splunk
12 34 (3.27%) Aruba
12 34 (3.27%) HP
13 28 (2.69%) Blue Coat
13 28 (2.69%) FireEye
14 26 (2.50%) McAfee
15 25 (2.41%) LogRhythm
16 22 (2.12%) Citrix
17 17 (1.64%) Darktrace
18 16 (1.54%) IBM