Period
to 20 January 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 20 January 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Network Security
UK
6 months to
20 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 227 224 230
Rank change year-on-year -3 +6 +14
Permanent jobs citing Network Security 889 1,854 2,311
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.40% 1.48% 1.55%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.87% 9.82% 10.28%
Number of salaries quoted 890 1,516 2,076
Median annual salary £57,500 £60,000 £55,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -4.17% +9.09% -
10th Percentile £36,250 £34,886 £33,750
90th Percentile £86,250 £80,000 £81,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £49,000 £51,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year -4.85% +3.00% +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 9,008 18,871 22,483
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.17% 15.05% 15.03%
Number of salaries quoted 7,176 15,065 17,844
Median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £28,750 £26,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £76,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%

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 20 January 2021.

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 20 January 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 -11 788 £57,500 -4.17% 171
UK excluding London -12 482 £49,000 -4.85% 128
London +36 342 £70,000 +7.69% 59
Work from Home +18 170 £55,000 -12.00% 25
South East -44 126 £57,500 -4.17% 35
North of England +43 124 £48,750 -2.50% 33
Midlands +12 86 £49,500 -1.00% 26
North West +52 82 £45,000 -11.76% 26
South West +11 63 £45,000 +6.38% 9
West Midlands +20 54 £52,500 - 16
East of England +56 38 £51,250 +14.23% 8
Yorkshire +27 33 £52,500 +10.53% 6
East Midlands +40 32 £35,632 -16.16% 9
Scotland -6 27 £47,500 -5.00% 12
Northern Ireland +20 10 £42,500 -2.86% 4
North East +19 9 £43,000 +11.09% 1
Wales +29 8 £34,875 -17.94% 1

For the 6 months to 20 January 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.

1 471 (52.98%) Firewall
2 346 (38.92%) Cisco
3 307 (34.53%) Cisco Certification
4 239 (26.88%) Microsoft
5 238 (26.77%) WAN
6 234 (26.32%) Azure
7 230 (25.87%) LAN
8 210 (23.62%) VPN
9 191 (21.48%) AWS
10 189 (21.26%) CCNP
11 176 (19.80%) Windows
12 167 (18.79%) Cybersecurity
13 165 (18.56%) CCNA
14 162 (18.22%) Active Directory
14 162 (18.22%) VMware
15 150 (16.87%) Linux
16 147 (16.54%) DevOps
17 145 (16.31%) DNS
18 143 (16.09%) Information Security
19 132 (14.85%) Finance
20 128 (14.40%) Office 365
21 123 (13.84%) Wireless
22 120 (13.50%) Palo Alto
23 119 (13.39%) CISSP
24 115 (12.94%) Data Centre
25 114 (12.82%) Problem-Solving
26 112 (12.60%) SIEM
26 112 (12.60%) Security Architecture
27 108 (12.15%) TCP/IP
28 103 (11.59%) OSPF

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 28 (3.15%) Skype for Business
2 19 (2.14%) Apache
2 19 (2.14%) IIS
3 18 (2.02%) MS Exchange
4 13 (1.46%) Exchange Server 2010
5 11 (1.24%) Confluence
6 9 (1.01%) Exchange Server 2013
7 8 (0.90%) SharePoint
8 7 (0.79%) Elasticsearch
9 4 (0.45%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 4 (0.45%) Exchange Server 2007
10 3 (0.34%) Apache Spark
11 1 (0.11%) WebLogic
Applications
1 37 (4.16%) Microsoft Office
2 25 (2.81%) MS Visio
3 7 (0.79%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 6 (0.67%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (0.22%) Dynamics NAV
1 2 (0.22%) Magento
1 2 (0.22%) Sentinel
2 1 (0.11%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 234 (26.32%) Azure
2 191 (21.48%) AWS
3 128 (14.40%) Office 365
4 62 (6.97%) GCP
5 59 (6.64%) IaaS
6 46 (5.17%) SaaS
7 45 (5.06%) PaaS
8 44 (4.95%) Azure Active Directory
9 33 (3.71%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 22 (2.47%) Route 53
10 22 (2.47%) Slack
11 16 (1.80%) AWS CloudFormation
11 16 (1.80%) Mimecast
12 15 (1.69%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 14 (1.57%) Cloud Computing
14 8 (0.90%) Serverless
15 6 (0.67%) Amazon EKS
16 5 (0.56%) Amazon CloudWatch
16 5 (0.56%) Amazon EC2
16 5 (0.56%) Cloudflare
Communications & Networking
1 471 (52.98%) Firewall
2 238 (26.77%) WAN
3 230 (25.87%) LAN
4 210 (23.62%) VPN
5 145 (16.31%) DNS
6 123 (13.84%) Wireless
7 108 (12.15%) TCP/IP
8 103 (11.59%) BGP
8 103 (11.59%) OSPF
9 97 (10.91%) VoIP
10 96 (10.80%) Cisco ASA
11 86 (9.67%) Wi-Fi
12 81 (9.11%) MPLS
13 78 (8.77%) DHCP
14 76 (8.55%) Intrusion Detection
14 76 (8.55%) VLAN
15 52 (5.85%) IPsec
16 49 (5.51%) Internet
17 43 (4.84%) Cisco Nexus
18 38 (4.27%) Cisco Firepower
Database & Business Intelligence
1 45 (5.06%) SQL Server
2 22 (2.47%) MySQL
3 12 (1.35%) Azure SQL Database
4 9 (1.01%) Relational Database
4 9 (1.01%) SQL Server 2012
5 6 (0.67%) Amazon RDS
5 6 (0.67%) Apache Cassandra
6 5 (0.56%) PostgreSQL
7 4 (0.45%) Blockchain
8 3 (0.34%) Amazon Athena
8 3 (0.34%) MongoDB
8 3 (0.34%) NoSQL
9 2 (0.22%) Big Data
9 2 (0.22%) Hadoop
10 1 (0.11%) Amazon Aurora
10 1 (0.11%) Apache Hive
10 1 (0.11%) DataStax
10 1 (0.11%) GIS
10 1 (0.11%) MariaDB
10 1 (0.11%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 32 (3.60%) Git (software)
2 16 (1.80%) JIRA
3 10 (1.12%) Jenkins
4 7 (0.79%) Selenium
5 5 (0.56%) CircleCI
5 5 (0.56%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 4 (0.45%) Fiddler
7 3 (0.34%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 3 (0.34%) GitLab
7 3 (0.34%) Sonatype Nexus
8 2 (0.22%) SonarQube
8 2 (0.22%) TeamCity
9 1 (0.11%) Burp Suite
9 1 (0.11%) Octopus Deploy
9 1 (0.11%) WebLogic Workshop
General
1 132 (14.85%) Finance
2 68 (7.65%) Telecoms
3 44 (4.95%) Banking
4 29 (3.26%) Retail
5 23 (2.59%) Public Sector
6 17 (1.91%) Legal
7 15 (1.69%) Aerospace
7 15 (1.69%) Back Office
7 15 (1.69%) Law
8 13 (1.46%) Retail Banking
9 9 (1.01%) Manufacturing
10 5 (0.56%) Advertising
10 5 (0.56%) Financial Institution
10 5 (0.56%) Fire and Rescue
10 5 (0.56%) Mandarin Language
10 5 (0.56%) Pharmaceutical
11 4 (0.45%) German Language
12 3 (0.34%) Marketing
13 2 (0.22%) French Language
13 2 (0.22%) Housing Association
Job Titles
1 284 (31.95%) Network Engineer
2 164 (18.45%) Security Engineer
3 103 (11.59%) Senior Network Engineer
4 99 (11.14%) Network Security Engineer
5 67 (7.54%) Consultant
6 66 (7.42%) Architect
7 63 (7.09%) Analyst
8 56 (6.30%) Security Architect
9 50 (5.62%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 50 (5.62%) IT Engineer
9 50 (5.62%) Senior Security Engineer
10 45 (5.06%) Cisco Engineer
11 39 (4.39%) Cisco Network Engineer
12 37 (4.16%) DevOps Engineer
13 36 (4.05%) Security Analyst
14 34 (3.82%) Network Specialist
14 34 (3.82%) Senior Network Security Engineer
15 33 (3.71%) Azure Engineer
16 32 (3.60%) Cloud Engineer
16 32 (3.60%) Security Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (3.37%) JSON
2 23 (2.59%) CSS
2 23 (2.59%) HTML
3 17 (1.91%) LAMP
4 16 (1.80%) Web Services
5 11 (1.24%) Regular Expression
6 9 (1.01%) LDAP
7 7 (0.79%) pytest
7 7 (0.79%) SAML
7 7 (0.79%) WebRTC
8 6 (0.67%) .NET
8 6 (0.67%) Elastic Stack
8 6 (0.67%) OAuth
9 5 (0.56%) Sensu
10 4 (0.45%) 802.1X
10 4 (0.45%) FIX Protocol
10 4 (0.45%) Middleware
10 4 (0.45%) Node.js
10 4 (0.45%) Spring
11 3 (0.34%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 115 (12.94%) Data Centre
2 92 (10.35%) Management Information System
3 70 (7.87%) Analytical Skills
4 45 (5.06%) Cyberthreat
5 30 (3.37%) Self-Motivation
6 26 (2.92%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 26 (2.92%) PKI
6 26 (2.92%) Public Cloud
7 19 (2.14%) Cloud Native
8 13 (1.46%) Security Operations Centre
9 10 (1.12%) Analytical Mindset
9 10 (1.12%) Cyberattack
9 10 (1.12%) Virtual Team
10 9 (1.01%) Embedded Systems
10 9 (1.01%) Hybrid Cloud
11 8 (0.90%) Client/Server
11 8 (0.90%) Cybercrime
11 8 (0.90%) Replication
11 8 (0.90%) Video Conferencing
12 7 (0.79%) Cyber Defence
Operating Systems
1 176 (19.80%) Windows
2 150 (16.87%) Linux
3 82 (9.22%) Windows Server
4 28 (3.15%) Mac OS X
5 24 (2.70%) Windows 10
6 13 (1.46%) Windows Server 2016
7 11 (1.24%) Windows 7
7 11 (1.24%) Windows Server 2019
8 10 (1.12%) Unix
9 8 (0.90%) CentOS
9 8 (0.90%) Ubuntu
9 8 (0.90%) Windows Server 2008
10 7 (0.79%) Mac OS
11 6 (0.67%) Windows 8
11 6 (0.67%) Windows Server 2012
12 3 (0.34%) AIX
12 3 (0.34%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 2 (0.22%) HPUX
13 2 (0.22%) MVS
13 2 (0.22%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 167 (18.79%) Cybersecurity
2 147 (16.54%) DevOps
3 143 (16.09%) Information Security
4 114 (12.82%) Problem-Solving
5 112 (12.60%) Security Architecture
5 112 (12.60%) SIEM
6 101 (11.36%) ITIL
7 82 (9.22%) Security Operations
8 77 (8.66%) Network Monitoring
9 73 (8.21%) Kalman Filter
10 64 (7.20%) Agile Software Development
10 64 (7.20%) Disaster Recovery
11 63 (7.09%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 58 (6.52%) Presales
12 58 (6.52%) Vulnerability Management
13 55 (6.19%) Network Virtualisation
14 53 (5.96%) Infrastructure as Code
15 51 (5.74%) Network Design
16 47 (5.29%) Data Security
17 43 (4.84%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 89 (10.01%) Python
2 57 (6.41%) PowerShell
3 56 (6.30%) SQL
4 26 (2.92%) C
5 23 (2.59%) JavaScript
6 22 (2.47%) PHP
7 21 (2.36%) C++
8 20 (2.25%) Bash Shell
9 15 (1.69%) Shell Script
10 11 (1.24%) Java
11 9 (1.01%) C#
12 7 (0.79%) Go
13 5 (0.56%) Perl
13 5 (0.56%) R
14 3 (0.34%) Java 8
14 3 (0.34%) Ruby
15 2 (0.22%) Embedded C
15 2 (0.22%) VB
15 2 (0.22%) VBScript
16 1 (0.11%) AWK
Qualifications
1 307 (34.53%) Cisco Certification
2 189 (21.26%) CCNP
3 165 (18.56%) CCNA
4 119 (13.39%) CISSP
5 80 (9.00%) Degree
6 56 (6.30%) Security Cleared
7 53 (5.96%) Microsoft Certification
8 49 (5.51%) CCIE
9 37 (4.16%) CISM
9 37 (4.16%) SC Cleared
10 33 (3.71%) CEH
11 19 (2.14%) MCSE
12 16 (1.80%) (ISC)2 CCSP
12 16 (1.80%) CCSP
12 16 (1.80%) MCP
12 16 (1.80%) OSCP
13 15 (1.69%) MCSA
14 14 (1.57%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 14 (1.57%) MCITP
14 14 (1.57%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 87 (9.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 47 (5.29%) PCI DSS
3 44 (4.95%) NIST
4 37 (4.16%) GDPR
5 35 (3.94%) SLA
6 34 (3.82%) Cyber Essentials
7 24 (2.70%) QA
8 8 (0.90%) COBIT
9 6 (0.67%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 6 (0.67%) NCSC
10 2 (0.22%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 2 (0.22%) ISO 9001
10 2 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 2 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 1 (0.11%) JSP 440
11 1 (0.11%) NIST 800
11 1 (0.11%) PMO
System Software
1 162 (18.22%) Active Directory
2 97 (10.91%) VMware Infrastructure
3 63 (7.09%) Docker
4 52 (5.85%) Hyper-V
5 22 (2.47%) VMware NSX
6 18 (2.02%) Virtual Machines
6 18 (2.02%) vSphere
7 14 (1.57%) Firmware
8 12 (1.35%) VMware ESXi
9 7 (0.79%) KVM
10 6 (0.67%) Virtual Servers
11 5 (0.56%) VMware Workstation
12 4 (0.45%) LXC
13 3 (0.34%) vCloud
13 3 (0.34%) Virtual Desktop
14 2 (0.22%) ProxySG
14 2 (0.22%) VMware Server
15 1 (0.11%) NFS
15 1 (0.11%) XenApp
15 1 (0.11%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 74 (8.32%) Ansible
2 52 (5.85%) Terraform
3 50 (5.62%) Kubernetes
4 44 (4.95%) Puppet
5 41 (4.61%) Opscode Chef
6 27 (3.04%) Nagios
7 18 (2.02%) CSIRT
8 16 (1.80%) FortiGate
9 15 (1.69%) Nessus
10 14 (1.57%) Microsoft Intune
11 11 (1.24%) QRadar
12 10 (1.12%) Cisco CUCM
12 10 (1.12%) Cisco Prime
13 9 (1.01%) Host Intrusion Detection System
13 9 (1.01%) WSUS
14 8 (0.90%) Single Sign-On
14 8 (0.90%) vCenter Server
15 7 (0.79%) CASB
15 7 (0.79%) Prometheus
15 7 (0.79%) SCCM
Vendors
1 346 (38.92%) Cisco
2 239 (26.88%) Microsoft
3 162 (18.22%) VMware
4 120 (13.50%) Palo Alto
5 96 (10.80%) CheckPoint
6 75 (8.44%) F5
7 68 (7.65%) Meraki
8 60 (6.75%) Juniper
9 51 (5.74%) Fortinet
10 50 (5.62%) SolarWinds
11 49 (5.51%) HP
12 42 (4.72%) Splunk
13 36 (4.05%) Aruba
13 36 (4.05%) Blue Coat
14 30 (3.37%) Riverbed
15 27 (3.04%) Avaya
15 27 (3.04%) Citrix
15 27 (3.04%) Zscaler
16 21 (2.36%) Dell
17 20 (2.25%) LogRhythm