Period
to 25 June 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 25 June 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Network Security
UK
6 months to
25 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 288 240 201
Rank change year-on-year -48 -39 +45
Permanent jobs citing Network Security 1,206 1,125 2,652
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.14% 1.40% 1.84%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.11% 9.39% 11.75%
Number of salaries quoted 985 869 1,792
10th Percentile £35,600 £35,273 £31,275
25th Percentile £45,000 £46,250 £40,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £60,000 £60,000 £55,000
Median % change year-on-year - +9.09% -
75th Percentile £77,500 £72,500 £70,000
90th Percentile £90,000 £82,500 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £53,000 £49,482
% change year-on-year -0.94% +7.11% -1.04%

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 13,245 11,983 22,567
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.54% 14.96% 15.64%
Number of salaries quoted 9,335 9,564 17,278
10th Percentile £28,500 £27,500 £26,000
25th Percentile £37,500 £35,750 £33,031
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £50,000 £46,098
Median % change year-on-year - +8.47% +0.21%
75th Percentile £67,500 £65,000 £62,500
90th Percentile £82,500 £77,850 £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 25 June 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 25 June 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 -51 1,105 £60,000 - 187
UK excluding London -33 703 £52,500 -0.94% 130
London -51 439 £67,500 +3.85% 64
Work from Home -74 228 £65,000 +8.33% 27
South East -29 210 £55,000 -8.33% 30
North of England -18 185 £52,500 +5.00% 46
South West -45 107 £47,500 - 16
North West -24 96 £52,500 +5.00% 34
Midlands -25 84 £63,750 +15.91% 21
Yorkshire -4 82 £55,000 -4.35% 8
West Midlands -38 64 £62,500 +5.04% 15
East of England -24 59 £55,000 +15.79% 9
Scotland -57 36 £48,750 -11.36% 4
East Midlands -23 19 £65,000 +48.57% 6
Wales -6 11 £31,000 -38.00% 4
Northern Ireland -23 9 £25,000 -41.18%
North East -16 7 £45,000 -2.70% 4
Channel Islands - 2 £80,000 -

For the 6 months to 25 June 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.

1 558 (46.27%) Firewall
2 440 (36.48%) Cisco
3 357 (29.60%) Azure
4 312 (25.87%) Microsoft
5 289 (23.96%) Cisco Certification
6 269 (22.31%) WAN
7 241 (19.98%) Windows
8 234 (19.40%) Cybersecurity
9 233 (19.32%) AWS
10 232 (19.24%) LAN
11 222 (18.41%) CCNP
12 220 (18.24%) Social Skills
13 213 (17.66%) Information Security
14 206 (17.08%) Active Directory
15 198 (16.42%) Linux
16 192 (15.92%) DevOps
17 184 (15.26%) VPN
18 179 (14.84%) ITIL
19 177 (14.68%) Finance
19 177 (14.68%) VMware
20 170 (14.10%) Data Centre
21 166 (13.76%) Problem-Solving
22 161 (13.35%) TCP/IP
23 158 (13.10%) ISO/IEC 27001
24 157 (13.02%) Microsoft 365
25 156 (12.94%) DNS
26 153 (12.69%) Security Cleared
27 152 (12.60%) Palo Alto
28 148 (12.27%) SIEM
29 138 (11.44%) VMware Infrastructure

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 35 (2.90%) IIS
2 27 (2.24%) Apache
3 19 (1.58%) SharePoint
4 15 (1.24%) Elasticsearch
5 10 (0.83%) BizTalk Server
6 8 (0.66%) Confluence
6 8 (0.66%) MS Exchange
6 8 (0.66%) nginx
7 6 (0.50%) Skype for Business
8 5 (0.41%) SharePoint Server
9 4 (0.33%) Exchange Server 2013
10 2 (0.17%) Apache Spark
10 2 (0.17%) JBoss
10 2 (0.17%) OpenStack
10 2 (0.17%) Tomcat
10 2 (0.17%) WordPress
11 1 (0.083%) Mailman
11 1 (0.083%) WebLogic
Applications
1 25 (2.07%) Microsoft Office
2 17 (1.41%) MS Visio
3 8 (0.66%) Microsoft Excel
4 5 (0.41%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (0.41%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 9 (0.75%) SAP Business One
2 4 (0.33%) Sentinel
3 2 (0.17%) NetSuite
3 2 (0.17%) Sage 200
3 2 (0.17%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 1 (0.083%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.083%) Dynamics GP
4 1 (0.083%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.083%) Magento
4 1 (0.083%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 357 (29.60%) Azure
2 233 (19.32%) AWS
3 157 (13.02%) Microsoft 365
4 100 (8.29%) IaaS
4 100 (8.29%) PaaS
5 94 (7.79%) SaaS
6 79 (6.55%) Azure Active Directory
7 48 (3.98%) Cloud Computing
8 42 (3.48%) Amazon EKS
8 42 (3.48%) Azure Key Vault
9 41 (3.40%) GCP
10 39 (3.23%) Amazon ECS
11 25 (2.07%) Serverless
12 18 (1.49%) Amazon EC2
13 17 (1.41%) GitHub
14 14 (1.16%) AWS Direct Connect
15 13 (1.08%) Amazon S3
15 13 (1.08%) Azure Functions
16 12 (1.00%) Azure ExpressRoute
16 12 (1.00%) Azure Sentinel
Communications & Networking
1 558 (46.27%) Firewall
2 269 (22.31%) WAN
3 232 (19.24%) LAN
4 184 (15.26%) VPN
5 161 (13.35%) TCP/IP
6 156 (12.94%) DNS
7 128 (10.61%) Wireless
8 120 (9.95%) Cisco ASA
9 113 (9.37%) BGP
10 102 (8.46%) SD-WAN
11 93 (7.71%) OSPF
12 80 (6.63%) DHCP
13 77 (6.38%) VLAN
14 73 (6.05%) MPLS
15 62 (5.14%) Internet
16 59 (4.89%) Cisco Firepower
16 59 (4.89%) IPsec
17 56 (4.64%) VoIP
18 53 (4.39%) Wi-Fi
19 46 (3.81%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 50 (4.15%) SQL Server
2 34 (2.82%) MySQL
3 16 (1.33%) NoSQL
4 14 (1.16%) MongoDB
4 14 (1.16%) Relational Database
5 13 (1.08%) RDBMS
6 9 (0.75%) Big Data
6 9 (0.75%) Data Warehouse
7 8 (0.66%) Blockchain
8 7 (0.58%) SQL Server 2012
9 6 (0.50%) MariaDB
9 6 (0.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 5 (0.41%) Azure SQL Database
10 5 (0.41%) PostgreSQL
10 5 (0.41%) Redis
11 4 (0.33%) Amazon RDS
11 4 (0.33%) Apache Cassandra
12 3 (0.25%) Oracle Database
12 3 (0.25%) Oracle Database 11g
13 2 (0.17%) GIS
Development Applications
1 45 (3.73%) Git (software)
2 21 (1.74%) JIRA
3 14 (1.16%) Jenkins
4 8 (0.66%) TeamCity
5 7 (0.58%) GoCD
5 7 (0.58%) Octopus Deploy
6 6 (0.50%) Bitbucket
6 6 (0.50%) Jasmine
6 6 (0.50%) Mocha
6 6 (0.50%) MSTest
6 6 (0.50%) Visual Studio
6 6 (0.50%) Visual Studio Code
7 5 (0.41%) Selenium
8 3 (0.25%) Burp Suite
8 3 (0.25%) CircleCI
8 3 (0.25%) MSBuild
8 3 (0.25%) Sonatype Nexus
9 2 (0.17%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 2 (0.17%) SonarQube
10 1 (0.083%) Metasploit
General
1 220 (18.24%) Social Skills
2 177 (14.68%) Finance
3 83 (6.88%) Telecoms
4 76 (6.30%) Analytical Skills
5 62 (5.14%) Retail
6 44 (3.65%) Public Sector
7 43 (3.57%) Legal
8 38 (3.15%) Manufacturing
9 34 (2.82%) Marketing
10 30 (2.49%) Banking
11 28 (2.32%) Law
12 21 (1.74%) Documentation Skills
13 19 (1.58%) Presentation Skills
14 17 (1.41%) Back Office
14 17 (1.41%) Electronics
15 15 (1.24%) Organisational Skills
16 13 (1.08%) Aerospace
17 12 (1.00%) Influencing Skills
18 7 (0.58%) Retail Banking
19 6 (0.50%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 306 (25.37%) Network Engineer
2 200 (16.58%) Security Engineer
3 112 (9.29%) Analyst
4 106 (8.79%) Architect
5 101 (8.37%) Network Security Engineer
6 98 (8.13%) Senior Network Engineer
7 85 (7.05%) Consultant
8 68 (5.64%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 68 (5.64%) Security Architect
9 64 (5.31%) Security Analyst
10 58 (4.81%) Security Consultant
11 55 (4.56%) DevOps Engineer
12 47 (3.90%) Cloud Engineer
12 47 (3.90%) IT Manager
12 47 (3.90%) Network Architect
13 41 (3.40%) IT Engineer
14 37 (3.07%) Developer
15 36 (2.99%) Cisco Engineer
16 33 (2.74%) Support Engineer
17 32 (2.65%) Cisco Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (3.32%) .NET
2 36 (2.99%) JSON
2 36 (2.99%) Web Services
3 33 (2.74%) REST
4 19 (1.58%) CSS
4 19 (1.58%) Elastic Stack
4 19 (1.58%) HTML
5 15 (1.24%) ASP.NET
5 15 (1.24%) LAMP
5 15 (1.24%) LDAP
6 13 (1.08%) .NET Core
7 12 (1.00%) COM
8 11 (0.91%) Java EE
8 11 (0.91%) RabbitMQ
9 10 (0.83%) 802.1X
9 10 (0.83%) AngularJS
9 10 (0.83%) jQuery
9 10 (0.83%) React
9 10 (0.83%) RESTful
9 10 (0.83%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 170 (14.10%) Data Centre
2 92 (7.63%) Management Information System
3 61 (5.06%) Public Cloud
4 34 (2.82%) Cyberthreat
4 34 (2.82%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 32 (2.65%) Hybrid Cloud
6 31 (2.57%) Cloud Native
7 20 (1.66%) Cyberattack
7 20 (1.66%) Self-Motivation
8 18 (1.49%) Replication
8 18 (1.49%) Security Operations Centre
9 16 (1.33%) Private Cloud
10 14 (1.16%) Driving Licence
11 13 (1.08%) Analytical Mindset
12 12 (1.00%) Clustering
13 11 (0.91%) AS400
13 11 (0.91%) Cyber Defence
13 11 (0.91%) Data Protection Act
13 11 (0.91%) Smartphone
13 11 (0.91%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 241 (19.98%) Windows
2 198 (16.42%) Linux
3 102 (8.46%) Windows Server
4 44 (3.65%) Windows Server 2019
5 43 (3.57%) Windows 10
6 33 (2.74%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 31 (2.57%) Windows Server 2016
8 25 (2.07%) Unix
9 19 (1.58%) Android
9 19 (1.58%) Windows Server 2008
10 17 (1.41%) Windows Server 2012
11 14 (1.16%) CentOS
11 14 (1.16%) Mac OS
12 13 (1.08%) Apple iOS
12 13 (1.08%) Ubuntu
12 13 (1.08%) VMS
13 12 (1.00%) Mac OS X
14 7 (0.58%) Debian
15 6 (0.50%) Solaris
15 6 (0.50%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 234 (19.40%) Cybersecurity
2 213 (17.66%) Information Security
3 192 (15.92%) DevOps
4 179 (14.84%) ITIL
5 166 (13.76%) Problem-Solving
6 148 (12.27%) SIEM
7 110 (9.12%) Infrastructure as Code
8 107 (8.87%) Agile Software Development
9 105 (8.71%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 97 (8.04%) Load Balancing
11 94 (7.79%) Security Operations
12 92 (7.63%) Vulnerability Management
13 88 (7.30%) Security Architecture
14 85 (7.05%) Network Design
15 76 (6.30%) Mentoring
16 75 (6.22%) Presales
17 71 (5.89%) Penetration Testing
18 68 (5.64%) E-Commerce
19 65 (5.39%) Risk Management
20 63 (5.22%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 116 (9.62%) PowerShell
2 113 (9.37%) Python
3 63 (5.22%) SQL
4 35 (2.90%) Java
5 33 (2.74%) C++
6 29 (2.40%) Bash Shell
7 27 (2.24%) C
8 22 (1.82%) C#
9 20 (1.66%) JavaScript
10 18 (1.49%) PHP
10 18 (1.49%) Ruby
11 12 (1.00%) Go
12 6 (0.50%) VBScript
13 5 (0.41%) Perl
13 5 (0.41%) Shell Script
14 4 (0.33%) TypeScript
15 3 (0.25%) R
16 2 (0.17%) VB
17 1 (0.083%) Haskell
17 1 (0.083%) Scala
Qualifications
1 289 (23.96%) Cisco Certification
2 222 (18.41%) CCNP
3 153 (12.69%) Security Cleared
4 130 (10.78%) CCNA
5 112 (9.29%) CISSP
6 103 (8.54%) Degree
7 102 (8.46%) SC Cleared
8 74 (6.14%) CCIE
9 62 (5.14%) CISM
10 44 (3.65%) CEH
10 44 (3.65%) DV Cleared
11 42 (3.48%) GIAC
12 31 (2.57%) CompTIA Security+
13 30 (2.49%) CISA
14 26 (2.16%) Microsoft Certification
15 25 (2.07%) Computer Science Degree
16 24 (1.99%) OSCP
17 18 (1.49%) Network+ Certification
18 16 (1.33%) JNCIS
18 16 (1.33%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 158 (13.10%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 59 (4.89%) NIST
3 50 (4.15%) PCI DSS
4 38 (3.15%) SLA
5 35 (2.90%) GDPR
6 33 (2.74%) Cyber Essentials
7 22 (1.82%) QA
8 13 (1.08%) NCSC
9 10 (0.83%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 10 (0.83%) NIST 800
10 8 (0.66%) COBIT
10 8 (0.66%) JSP 440
11 7 (0.58%) ISO/IEC 27005
12 6 (0.50%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 6 (0.50%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 5 (0.41%) GRC
13 5 (0.41%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 5 (0.41%) PMO
14 4 (0.33%) GLBA
14 4 (0.33%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 206 (17.08%) Active Directory
2 138 (11.44%) VMware Infrastructure
3 61 (5.06%) Docker
4 56 (4.64%) Hyper-V
5 54 (4.48%) Virtual Machines
6 33 (2.74%) VMware NSX
7 23 (1.91%) vSphere
8 14 (1.16%) VMware ESXi
9 13 (1.08%) Virtual Desktop
9 13 (1.08%) XenApp
10 10 (0.83%) iptables
10 10 (0.83%) VMware Workstation
11 9 (0.75%) Virtual Servers
12 7 (0.58%) BitLocker
13 6 (0.50%) Ceph
13 6 (0.50%) KVM
13 6 (0.50%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 4 (0.33%) Firmware
14 4 (0.33%) vCloud
15 3 (0.25%) Snort
Systems Management
1 106 (8.79%) Terraform
2 67 (5.56%) Ansible
3 49 (4.06%) Kubernetes
4 25 (2.07%) FortiGate
5 24 (1.99%) Grafana
6 19 (1.58%) Nessus
7 17 (1.41%) Prometheus
7 17 (1.41%) Puppet
8 16 (1.33%) vRealize
9 15 (1.24%) Microsoft Intune
9 15 (1.24%) Packer
9 15 (1.24%) SCCM
10 14 (1.16%) Consul
10 14 (1.16%) Graphite
10 14 (1.16%) Opsview
10 14 (1.16%) QRadar
11 12 (1.00%) Single Sign-On
12 11 (0.91%) Cisco Prime
12 11 (0.91%) WSUS
13 10 (0.83%) Icinga
Vendors
1 440 (36.48%) Cisco
2 312 (25.87%) Microsoft
3 177 (14.68%) VMware
4 152 (12.60%) Palo Alto
5 132 (10.95%) CheckPoint
6 102 (8.46%) F5
7 89 (7.38%) Juniper
8 70 (5.80%) Fortinet
9 47 (3.90%) Meraki
10 45 (3.73%) Splunk
11 41 (3.40%) SolarWinds
12 33 (2.74%) Citrix
13 32 (2.65%) Aruba
13 32 (2.65%) Google
14 29 (2.40%) LogRhythm
15 28 (2.32%) HP
15 28 (2.32%) McAfee
16 26 (2.16%) Veeam
17 25 (2.07%) FireEye
18 24 (1.99%) SAP