Period
to 22 January 2022

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 22 January 2022 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Network Security
UK
6 months to
22 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 296 234 234
Rank change year-on-year -62 0 +2
Permanent jobs citing Network Security 1,526 879 1,853
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.18% 1.39% 1.47%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.87% 9.81% 9.78%
Number of salaries quoted 1,215 723 1,430
10th Percentile £36,000 £36,250 £33,750
25th Percentile £41,250 £45,000 £42,563
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £57,500 £57,500 £58,000
Median % change year-on-year - -0.86% +7.41%
75th Percentile £75,000 £73,750 £68,750
90th Percentile £92,500 £87,500 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,000 £49,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year -3.03% -1.00% +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 17,204 8,956 18,946
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.35% 14.11% 15.02%
Number of salaries quoted 10,960 7,170 15,129
10th Percentile £27,750 £28,975 £26,000
25th Percentile £36,250 £37,500 £32,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,500 £50,000 £47,500
Median % change year-on-year +1.00% +5.26% -
75th Percentile £70,000 £65,000 £62,500
90th Percentile £85,000 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £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 22 January 2022.

Salary histogram for Network Security in the UK

Network Security
Top 17 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 22 January 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
England -49 1,324 £57,500 - 214
UK excluding London -8 913 £48,000 -3.03% 145
London -109 501 £71,500 +2.14% 86
Work from Home -91 322 £62,500 +13.64% 33
South East +23 292 £52,500 -8.70% 32
North of England -35 237 £50,000 +5.26% 45
North West -24 149 £53,350 +18.56% 29
Midlands -74 108 £52,500 +16.67% 23
South West -23 86 £48,000 +6.67% 6
West Midlands -42 84 £50,750 -3.33% 18
Yorkshire -21 83 £46,750 -10.95% 8
Scotland -14 78 £48,000 +1.05% 15
East of England -53 77 £46,000 -10.24% 22
Wales -28 27 £46,500 +33.33% 2
East Midlands -67 22 £50,000 +33.33% 5
Northern Ireland -30 8 £40,000 -5.88%
North East -33 5 £57,500 +33.72% 8

For the 6 months to 22 January 2022, 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.

1 666 (43.64%) Firewall
2 543 (35.58%) Azure
3 448 (29.36%) Cisco
4 411 (26.93%) Microsoft
5 397 (26.02%) Cybersecurity
6 350 (22.94%) AWS
7 316 (20.71%) Windows
8 299 (19.59%) Active Directory
9 298 (19.53%) VPN
10 282 (18.48%) WAN
11 280 (18.35%) Information Security
12 276 (18.09%) Social Skills
13 271 (17.76%) DevOps
14 262 (17.17%) Linux
15 261 (17.10%) Cisco Certification
15 261 (17.10%) Finance
16 246 (16.12%) LAN
17 230 (15.07%) Agile Software Development
18 220 (14.42%) Palo Alto
19 210 (13.76%) DNS
20 208 (13.63%) VMware
21 207 (13.56%) Security Cleared
22 206 (13.50%) Risk Management
23 199 (13.04%) Microsoft 365
24 195 (12.78%) Python
25 179 (11.73%) ITIL
25 179 (11.73%) CheckPoint
26 175 (11.47%) Infrastructure Engineering
27 172 (11.27%) IaaS
28 171 (11.21%) CI/CD

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 58 (3.80%) SharePoint
2 57 (3.74%) MS Exchange
3 30 (1.97%) Exchange Server 2010
4 20 (1.31%) IIS
5 18 (1.18%) Exchange Server 2013
6 16 (1.05%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 16 (1.05%) Exchange Server 2007
7 15 (0.98%) Elasticsearch
8 9 (0.59%) Apache
9 7 (0.46%) OpenStack
10 6 (0.39%) nginx
11 2 (0.13%) JBoss
11 2 (0.13%) Oracle Application Server
11 2 (0.13%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 2 (0.13%) Skype for Business
11 2 (0.13%) WebLogic
11 2 (0.13%) WebSphere
12 1 (0.066%) Apache Spark
12 1 (0.066%) Confluence
12 1 (0.066%) Tomcat
Applications
1 29 (1.90%) Microsoft Office
2 23 (1.51%) Microsoft Excel
3 21 (1.38%) MS Visio
4 19 (1.25%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.066%) Adobe Illustrator
5 1 (0.066%) Adobe XD
5 1 (0.066%) Chatbot
5 1 (0.066%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.066%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 18 (1.18%) Sentinel
2 3 (0.20%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.13%) Distributed Ledger
4 1 (0.066%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.066%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 543 (35.58%) Azure
2 350 (22.94%) AWS
3 199 (13.04%) Microsoft 365
4 172 (11.27%) IaaS
5 163 (10.68%) PaaS
6 147 (9.63%) SaaS
7 100 (6.55%) Azure Active Directory
8 89 (5.83%) GCP
9 56 (3.67%) Azure Key Vault
10 52 (3.41%) Cloud Computing
11 43 (2.82%) AWS CloudFormation
12 38 (2.49%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 32 (2.10%) Azure Monitor
14 27 (1.77%) Azure Sentinel
15 26 (1.70%) Amazon EC2
16 24 (1.57%) AWS Direct Connect
16 24 (1.57%) OneDrive
17 20 (1.31%) Azure ExpressRoute
17 20 (1.31%) Mimecast
18 16 (1.05%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 666 (43.64%) Firewall
2 298 (19.53%) VPN
3 282 (18.48%) WAN
4 246 (16.12%) LAN
5 210 (13.76%) DNS
6 151 (9.90%) BGP
6 151 (9.90%) TCP/IP
7 126 (8.26%) Wireless
8 123 (8.06%) OSPF
9 120 (7.86%) DHCP
10 106 (6.95%) Wi-Fi
11 89 (5.83%) Cisco ASA
12 88 (5.77%) IPsec
13 85 (5.57%) MPLS
14 75 (4.91%) Wireshark
15 73 (4.78%) VLAN
16 71 (4.65%) VoIP
17 69 (4.52%) Internet
18 61 (4.00%) SD-WAN
19 54 (3.54%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 63 (4.13%) SQL Server
2 30 (1.97%) Azure SQL Database
3 28 (1.83%) MySQL
4 16 (1.05%) Big Data
5 14 (0.92%) PostgreSQL
6 13 (0.85%) Amazon RDS
7 11 (0.72%) Amazon Redshift
7 11 (0.72%) Data Lake
7 11 (0.72%) Data Warehouse
8 9 (0.59%) BigQuery
8 9 (0.59%) MariaDB
9 7 (0.46%) NoSQL
10 6 (0.39%) MongoDB
10 6 (0.39%) Oracle Database
10 6 (0.39%) Power BI
10 6 (0.39%) Tableau
11 5 (0.33%) DB2
11 5 (0.33%) GIS
11 5 (0.33%) RDBMS
11 5 (0.33%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 55 (3.60%) Git (software)
2 43 (2.82%) Visual Studio Team System
3 33 (2.16%) Jenkins
4 26 (1.70%) JIRA
5 12 (0.79%) GitLab
6 11 (0.72%) Maven
7 7 (0.46%) Metasploit
8 6 (0.39%) GoCD
9 5 (0.33%) Sonatype Nexus
9 5 (0.33%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 4 (0.26%) Octopus Deploy
10 4 (0.26%) SoapUI
10 4 (0.26%) TeamCity
11 3 (0.20%) Artifactory
11 3 (0.20%) Burp Suite
12 2 (0.13%) MSBuild
13 1 (0.066%) Bitbucket
13 1 (0.066%) Cucumber
13 1 (0.066%) Gradle
13 1 (0.066%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 276 (18.09%) Social Skills
2 261 (17.10%) Finance
3 112 (7.34%) Analytical Skills
4 90 (5.90%) Telecoms
5 51 (3.34%) Public Sector
6 47 (3.08%) Inclusion and Diversity
6 47 (3.08%) Marketing
7 45 (2.95%) Banking
8 40 (2.62%) Legal
8 40 (2.62%) Manufacturing
9 32 (2.10%) Law
10 31 (2.03%) Organisational Skills
10 31 (2.03%) Retail
11 22 (1.44%) Presentation Skills
12 15 (0.98%) Advertising
12 15 (0.98%) Pharmaceutical
13 14 (0.92%) Documentation Skills
14 12 (0.79%) Publishing
15 11 (0.72%) Influencing Skills
16 10 (0.66%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 314 (20.58%) Network Engineer
2 309 (20.25%) Security Engineer
3 146 (9.57%) Analyst
4 140 (9.17%) Network Security Engineer
5 109 (7.14%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 106 (6.95%) Architect
7 96 (6.29%) Consultant
8 84 (5.50%) Senior Network Engineer
9 78 (5.11%) Security Analyst
10 68 (4.46%) Cloud Engineer
10 68 (4.46%) Security Consultant
11 67 (4.39%) IT Engineer
12 61 (4.00%) DevOps Engineer
13 57 (3.74%) Cisco Engineer
13 57 (3.74%) Support Engineer
14 55 (3.60%) Security Specialist
15 53 (3.47%) SOC Engineer
16 48 (3.15%) Senior Security Engineer
17 43 (2.82%) Azure Specialist
18 40 (2.62%) Azure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (2.82%) JSON
2 34 (2.23%) LDAP
3 26 (1.70%) .NET
4 17 (1.11%) Kafka
5 16 (1.05%) HTML
5 16 (1.05%) SAML
6 13 (0.85%) Elastic Stack
7 12 (0.79%) 802.1X
8 11 (0.72%) Regular Expression
8 11 (0.72%) WPF
9 10 (0.66%) Middleware
9 10 (0.66%) React
9 10 (0.66%) YAML
10 9 (0.59%) ARM Templates
10 9 (0.59%) REST
11 8 (0.52%) SOAP
12 6 (0.39%) AngularJS
12 6 (0.39%) OAuth
13 5 (0.33%) CSS
13 5 (0.33%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 155 (10.16%) Data Centre
2 137 (8.98%) Management Information System
3 73 (4.78%) Cyberthreat
4 60 (3.93%) Public Cloud
5 52 (3.41%) Cloud Native
6 47 (3.08%) PKI
7 46 (3.01%) Security Operations Centre
8 40 (2.62%) Self-Motivation
9 36 (2.36%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 28 (1.83%) User Experience
11 25 (1.64%) Video Conferencing
12 24 (1.57%) Clustering
13 23 (1.51%) Hybrid Cloud
13 23 (1.51%) Mobile App
14 20 (1.31%) Cyberattack
15 19 (1.25%) Cyber Defence
15 19 (1.25%) Data Protection Act
15 19 (1.25%) Greenfield Project
16 16 (1.05%) Blackberry
16 16 (1.05%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 316 (20.71%) Windows
2 262 (17.17%) Linux
3 162 (10.62%) Windows Server
4 65 (4.26%) Windows 10
5 54 (3.54%) Unix
6 43 (2.82%) Windows Server 2012
7 40 (2.62%) Windows Server 2016
7 40 (2.62%) Windows Server 2019
8 30 (1.97%) Windows 7
9 18 (1.18%) CentOS
10 15 (0.98%) Android
10 15 (0.98%) Mac OS
11 13 (0.85%) Solaris
11 13 (0.85%) Ubuntu
11 13 (0.85%) Windows Server 2008
12 12 (0.79%) Apple iOS
13 9 (0.59%) Mac OS X
14 8 (0.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 8 (0.52%) VMS
15 7 (0.46%) CatOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 397 (26.02%) Cybersecurity
2 280 (18.35%) Information Security
3 271 (17.76%) DevOps
4 230 (15.07%) Agile Software Development
5 206 (13.50%) Risk Management
6 179 (11.73%) ITIL
7 175 (11.47%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 171 (11.21%) CI/CD
9 161 (10.55%) SIEM
10 132 (8.65%) Project Management
11 128 (8.39%) Problem-Solving
12 126 (8.26%) Disaster Recovery
13 124 (8.13%) Infrastructure as Code
14 112 (7.34%) High Availability
15 107 (7.01%) Change Management
15 107 (7.01%) Network Monitoring
16 106 (6.95%) Kalman Filter
17 101 (6.62%) Security Operations
18 100 (6.55%) Project Delivery
19 93 (6.09%) Vulnerability Management
Programming Languages
1 195 (12.78%) Python
2 123 (8.06%) PowerShell
3 71 (4.65%) Bash
4 70 (4.59%) Java
5 68 (4.46%) SQL
6 27 (1.77%) C#
6 27 (1.77%) C++
7 24 (1.57%) Shell Script
8 20 (1.31%) Groovy
8 20 (1.31%) Ruby
9 17 (1.11%) JavaScript
10 15 (0.98%) C
11 13 (0.85%) Go
12 9 (0.59%) Apple Swift
12 9 (0.59%) Objective-C
13 7 (0.46%) Kotlin
13 7 (0.46%) PHP
13 7 (0.46%) Scala
14 6 (0.39%) Perl
14 6 (0.39%) R
Qualifications
1 261 (17.10%) Cisco Certification
2 207 (13.56%) Security Cleared
3 155 (10.16%) CCNP
4 150 (9.83%) SC Cleared
5 118 (7.73%) Microsoft Certification
6 111 (7.27%) CCNA
7 110 (7.21%) CISSP
8 92 (6.03%) Degree
9 65 (4.26%) DV Cleared
10 57 (3.74%) CompTIA Security+
11 56 (3.67%) CEH
12 53 (3.47%) MCSA
13 51 (3.34%) CCIE
14 50 (3.28%) CISM
15 36 (2.36%) ITIL Certification
16 28 (1.83%) GIAC
17 26 (1.70%) CCSA
17 26 (1.70%) MCTS
18 25 (1.64%) CISA
18 25 (1.64%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 135 (8.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 100 (6.55%) NIST
3 80 (5.24%) SLA
4 78 (5.11%) GDPR
5 46 (3.01%) PCI DSS
6 43 (2.82%) QA
7 31 (2.03%) NCSC
8 30 (1.97%) Cyber Essentials
9 19 (1.25%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 8 (0.52%) Accessibility
10 8 (0.52%) BS7799
10 8 (0.52%) HIPAA
10 8 (0.52%) ISAE 3402
10 8 (0.52%) PMO
10 8 (0.52%) SOC 2
11 7 (0.46%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 7 (0.46%) GRC
11 7 (0.46%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 5 (0.33%) IASME
13 4 (0.26%) GLBA
System Software
1 299 (19.59%) Active Directory
2 142 (9.31%) VMware Infrastructure
3 93 (6.09%) Docker
4 74 (4.85%) Hyper-V
5 30 (1.97%) Virtual Machines
6 19 (1.25%) iptables
7 17 (1.11%) VMware ESXi
7 17 (1.11%) VMware NSX
8 14 (0.92%) Firmware
8 14 (0.92%) XenApp
9 13 (0.85%) Snort
9 13 (0.85%) vSphere
10 11 (0.72%) Virtual Desktop
11 10 (0.66%) ProxySG
12 9 (0.59%) Virtual Servers
12 9 (0.59%) XenDesktop
13 5 (0.33%) OpenAM
13 5 (0.33%) OpenIDM
13 5 (0.33%) Slurm Workload Manager
13 5 (0.33%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 166 (10.88%) Terraform
2 112 (7.34%) Ansible
3 91 (5.96%) Kubernetes
4 52 (3.41%) SCCM
5 51 (3.34%) Puppet
6 48 (3.15%) Opscode Chef
7 34 (2.23%) Single Sign-On
8 25 (1.64%) FortiGate
9 21 (1.38%) WSUS
10 20 (1.31%) Microsoft Intune
11 18 (1.18%) Cisco CUCM
12 16 (1.05%) McAfee ePO
12 16 (1.05%) Nagios
12 16 (1.05%) QRadar
12 16 (1.05%) ServiceCenter
13 13 (0.85%) Nessus
14 12 (0.79%) CASB
14 12 (0.79%) Icinga
14 12 (0.79%) ZABBIX
15 11 (0.72%) SCOM
Vendors
1 448 (29.36%) Cisco
2 411 (26.93%) Microsoft
3 220 (14.42%) Palo Alto
4 208 (13.63%) VMware
5 179 (11.73%) CheckPoint
6 130 (8.52%) Fortinet
7 109 (7.14%) Juniper
8 101 (6.62%) SolarWinds
9 90 (5.90%) F5
10 87 (5.70%) HP
11 83 (5.44%) McAfee
12 69 (4.52%) Citrix
13 67 (4.39%) Meraki
14 50 (3.28%) TippingPoint
15 49 (3.21%) Zscaler
16 48 (3.15%) Aruba
17 47 (3.08%) Google
18 39 (2.56%) Veeam
19 36 (2.36%) Splunk
20 35 (2.29%) Apple