Period
to 28 September 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 28 September 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Network Security
UK
6 months to
28 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 318 224 196
Rank change year-on-year -94 -28 +51
Permanent jobs citing Network Security 1,324 744 2,582
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.08% 1.55% 1.85%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.33% 9.94% 11.80%
Number of salaries quoted 1,069 578 1,744
10th Percentile £36,250 £35,957 £31,250
25th Percentile £42,999 £43,750 £41,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £60,000 £58,375 £55,000
Median % change year-on-year +2.78% +6.14% -
75th Percentile £77,500 £73,750 £69,000
90th Percentile £87,500 £86,625 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £51,000 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +2.00% - -

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 15,903 7,484 21,890
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.93% 15.57% 15.70%
Number of salaries quoted 11,000 6,096 16,830
10th Percentile £27,500 £30,592 £25,689
25th Percentile £36,250 £38,000 £32,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £52,500 £45,500
Median % change year-on-year -4.76% +15.38% -4.21%
75th Percentile £68,750 £68,750 £62,500
90th Percentile £83,750 £82,500 £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 28 September 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 28 September 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 -92 1,194 £60,000 +2.13% 263
UK excluding London -42 804 £51,000 +2.00% 194
London -160 448 £67,500 -3.57% 93
Work from Home -103 293 £65,000 +8.79% 39
South East -20 279 £55,000 - 46
North of England -39 206 £52,500 +14.13% 58
North West -41 109 £50,000 +11.11% 37
Midlands -84 102 £62,500 +19.05% 20
South West -76 93 £48,000 +6.67% 23
Yorkshire -37 89 £55,000 -6.38% 14
West Midlands -69 83 £60,000 +14.29% 16
Scotland -67 52 £48,000 -4.95% 15
East of England -78 46 £42,500 +24.09% 22
East Midlands -67 17 £75,750 +68.33% 4
Northern Ireland -46 14 £32,500 -23.53% 2
Wales -31 12 £35,000 -28.57% 8
North East -36 8 £46,250 +8.82% 7

For the 6 months to 28 September 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.

1 586 (44.26%) Firewall
2 434 (32.78%) Azure
3 377 (28.47%) Cisco
4 348 (26.28%) Microsoft
5 318 (24.02%) Cybersecurity
6 277 (20.92%) Windows
7 260 (19.64%) Active Directory
8 259 (19.56%) AWS
9 243 (18.35%) DevOps
10 241 (18.20%) WAN
11 240 (18.13%) Social Skills
12 238 (17.98%) Information Security
13 214 (16.16%) Cisco Certification
14 213 (16.09%) Linux
15 211 (15.94%) LAN
16 206 (15.56%) VPN
17 201 (15.18%) Finance
18 184 (13.90%) Palo Alto
19 179 (13.52%) VMware
20 175 (13.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
21 173 (13.07%) DNS
22 170 (12.84%) Microsoft 365
23 168 (12.69%) TCP/IP
23 168 (12.69%) ITIL
24 162 (12.24%) CheckPoint
25 160 (12.08%) Data Centre
25 160 (12.08%) Problem-Solving
26 159 (12.01%) Security Cleared
27 156 (11.78%) Agile Software Development
28 148 (11.18%) CCNP

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 38 (2.87%) IIS
2 33 (2.49%) SharePoint
3 27 (2.04%) MS Exchange
4 15 (1.13%) Elasticsearch
5 12 (0.91%) Apache
6 11 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2010
6 11 (0.83%) nginx
7 7 (0.53%) BizTalk Server
8 5 (0.38%) Confluence
8 5 (0.38%) Exchange Server 2013
8 5 (0.38%) Skype for Business
9 4 (0.30%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 4 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2007
9 4 (0.30%) JBoss
10 3 (0.23%) Apache Spark
10 3 (0.23%) OpenStack
11 2 (0.15%) WebSphere
11 2 (0.15%) WordPress
12 1 (0.076%) Oracle Application Server
12 1 (0.076%) Tomcat
Applications
1 22 (1.66%) Microsoft Office
2 20 (1.51%) MS Visio
3 9 (0.68%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 8 (0.60%) Microsoft Excel
5 5 (0.38%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.076%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.076%) Adobe XD
6 1 (0.076%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 8 (0.60%) SAP Business One
1 8 (0.60%) Sentinel
2 2 (0.15%) Distributed Ledger
2 2 (0.15%) NetSuite
2 2 (0.15%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 434 (32.78%) Azure
2 259 (19.56%) AWS
3 170 (12.84%) Microsoft 365
4 137 (10.35%) PaaS
5 135 (10.20%) IaaS
6 132 (9.97%) SaaS
7 100 (7.55%) Azure Active Directory
8 62 (4.68%) Azure Key Vault
9 58 (4.38%) GCP
10 46 (3.47%) Amazon EKS
11 44 (3.32%) Amazon ECS
12 37 (2.79%) Cloud Computing
13 26 (1.96%) Amazon EC2
14 20 (1.51%) Amazon S3
15 19 (1.44%) Serverless
16 17 (1.28%) Azure Sentinel
16 17 (1.28%) OneDrive
16 17 (1.28%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 16 (1.21%) GitHub
17 16 (1.21%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 586 (44.26%) Firewall
2 241 (18.20%) WAN
3 211 (15.94%) LAN
4 206 (15.56%) VPN
5 173 (13.07%) DNS
6 168 (12.69%) TCP/IP
7 108 (8.16%) BGP
8 102 (7.70%) Wireless
9 99 (7.48%) DHCP
10 95 (7.18%) OSPF
11 86 (6.50%) Wi-Fi
12 81 (6.12%) Cisco ASA
13 77 (5.82%) VLAN
14 61 (4.61%) MPLS
15 58 (4.38%) SD-WAN
16 56 (4.23%) Internet
17 54 (4.08%) IPsec
18 53 (4.00%) VoIP
19 42 (3.17%) Wireshark
20 39 (2.95%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 51 (3.85%) SQL Server
2 33 (2.49%) MySQL
3 24 (1.81%) RDBMS
3 24 (1.81%) Relational Database
4 17 (1.28%) NoSQL
5 16 (1.21%) MongoDB
6 13 (0.98%) Big Data
6 13 (0.98%) PostgreSQL
7 11 (0.83%) MariaDB
8 9 (0.68%) Data Warehouse
9 8 (0.60%) Azure SQL Database
9 8 (0.60%) Oracle Database
9 8 (0.60%) SQL Server 2012
10 7 (0.53%) Apache Cassandra
10 7 (0.53%) GIS
10 7 (0.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 6 (0.45%) Redis
12 5 (0.38%) Amazon RDS
12 5 (0.38%) Blockchain
13 3 (0.23%) EDRMS
Development Applications
1 55 (4.15%) Git (software)
2 26 (1.96%) JIRA
2 26 (1.96%) Visual Studio Team System
3 19 (1.44%) Jenkins
4 9 (0.68%) Bitbucket
4 9 (0.68%) Octopus Deploy
4 9 (0.68%) TeamCity
5 8 (0.60%) GoCD
5 8 (0.60%) Metasploit
6 7 (0.53%) Jasmine
6 7 (0.53%) Mocha
6 7 (0.53%) MSTest
6 7 (0.53%) SoapUI
6 7 (0.53%) Visual Studio
6 7 (0.53%) Visual Studio Code
7 6 (0.45%) GitLab
8 5 (0.38%) Burp Suite
8 5 (0.38%) Sonatype Nexus
9 4 (0.30%) Maven
10 2 (0.15%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 240 (18.13%) Social Skills
2 201 (15.18%) Finance
3 81 (6.12%) Telecoms
4 77 (5.82%) Analytical Skills
5 72 (5.44%) Marketing
6 55 (4.15%) Retail
7 53 (4.00%) Public Sector
8 47 (3.55%) Manufacturing
9 40 (3.02%) Presentation Skills
10 36 (2.72%) Legal
11 35 (2.64%) Banking
12 33 (2.49%) Law
13 26 (1.96%) Organisational Skills
14 25 (1.89%) Inclusion and Diversity
15 16 (1.21%) Documentation Skills
16 15 (1.13%) Electronics
17 13 (0.98%) Influencing Skills
17 13 (0.98%) Publishing
18 11 (0.83%) Aerospace
19 8 (0.60%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 276 (20.85%) Security Engineer
2 255 (19.26%) Network Engineer
3 119 (8.99%) Analyst
4 114 (8.61%) Network Security Engineer
5 110 (8.31%) Consultant
6 90 (6.80%) Architect
7 75 (5.66%) Security Analyst
8 70 (5.29%) Senior Network Engineer
9 68 (5.14%) DevOps Engineer
10 65 (4.91%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 64 (4.83%) Security Consultant
12 50 (3.78%) IT Manager
13 49 (3.70%) Cloud Engineer
13 49 (3.70%) IT Engineer
14 45 (3.40%) Cisco Engineer
14 45 (3.40%) Security Architect
15 41 (3.10%) Developer
16 40 (3.02%) Senior Security Engineer
17 37 (2.79%) Support Engineer
18 36 (2.72%) Security Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (2.72%) .NET
2 31 (2.34%) REST
3 25 (1.89%) Elastic Stack
4 24 (1.81%) ARM Templates
5 22 (1.66%) Web Services
6 20 (1.51%) JSON
7 15 (1.13%) ASP.NET
7 15 (1.13%) Java EE
7 15 (1.13%) Middleware
8 14 (1.06%) CSS
8 14 (1.06%) React
9 13 (0.98%) HTML
9 13 (0.98%) LDAP
9 13 (0.98%) Vue.js
10 12 (0.91%) COM
10 12 (0.91%) Node.js
10 12 (0.91%) Regular Expression
11 10 (0.76%) AngularJS
11 10 (0.76%) RabbitMQ
11 10 (0.76%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 160 (12.08%) Data Centre
2 93 (7.02%) Management Information System
3 62 (4.68%) Cyberthreat
4 53 (4.00%) Public Cloud
5 37 (2.79%) Cloud Native
6 32 (2.42%) Hybrid Cloud
7 27 (2.04%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 25 (1.89%) Private Cloud
8 25 (1.89%) Security Operations Centre
9 20 (1.51%) Self-Motivation
10 19 (1.44%) PKI
11 18 (1.36%) Data Protection Act
12 16 (1.21%) Video Conferencing
13 15 (1.13%) Cyberattack
13 15 (1.13%) User Experience
14 14 (1.06%) Mobile App
15 12 (0.91%) Clustering
15 12 (0.91%) EPoS
16 11 (0.83%) Driving Licence
17 10 (0.76%) CESG
Operating Systems
1 277 (20.92%) Windows
2 213 (16.09%) Linux
3 123 (9.29%) Windows Server
4 42 (3.17%) Unix
4 42 (3.17%) Windows 10
5 39 (2.95%) Windows Server 2019
6 34 (2.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 27 (2.04%) Windows Server 2012
8 26 (1.96%) Android
8 26 (1.96%) Windows Server 2016
9 21 (1.59%) Apple iOS
9 21 (1.59%) CentOS
10 19 (1.44%) Mac OS
11 17 (1.28%) Mac OS X
12 16 (1.21%) Ubuntu
13 13 (0.98%) Windows 7
13 13 (0.98%) Windows Server 2008
14 10 (0.76%) Solaris
15 8 (0.60%) Debian
15 8 (0.60%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 318 (24.02%) Cybersecurity
2 243 (18.35%) DevOps
3 238 (17.98%) Information Security
4 168 (12.69%) ITIL
5 160 (12.08%) Problem-Solving
6 156 (11.78%) Agile Software Development
7 143 (10.80%) SIEM
8 130 (9.82%) Infrastructure as Code
9 126 (9.52%) Risk Management
10 105 (7.93%) Penetration Testing
11 100 (7.55%) Load Balancing
12 98 (7.40%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 89 (6.72%) Security Operations
13 89 (6.72%) Vulnerability Management
14 87 (6.57%) Security Architecture
15 82 (6.19%) Project Management
16 81 (6.12%) Disaster Recovery
16 81 (6.12%) Presales
17 78 (5.89%) Change Management
18 74 (5.59%) Vulnerability Assessment
Programming Languages
1 127 (9.59%) Python
2 113 (8.53%) PowerShell
3 56 (4.23%) SQL
4 51 (3.85%) Java
5 44 (3.32%) C++
6 36 (2.72%) Bash Shell
7 28 (2.11%) C
8 22 (1.66%) C#
9 15 (1.13%) JavaScript
10 12 (0.91%) Go
10 12 (0.91%) PHP
10 12 (0.91%) Ruby
11 6 (0.45%) Apple Swift
11 6 (0.45%) Kotlin
11 6 (0.45%) Objective-C
11 6 (0.45%) Scala
12 5 (0.38%) Perl
13 3 (0.23%) TypeScript
14 2 (0.15%) Rust
14 2 (0.15%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 214 (16.16%) Cisco Certification
2 159 (12.01%) Security Cleared
3 148 (11.18%) CCNP
4 128 (9.67%) CISSP
5 110 (8.31%) Degree
6 109 (8.23%) SC Cleared
7 82 (6.19%) CCNA
8 78 (5.89%) CISM
9 74 (5.59%) Microsoft Certification
10 66 (4.98%) CCIE
11 63 (4.76%) CEH
12 51 (3.85%) CISA
13 49 (3.70%) DV Cleared
14 43 (3.25%) CompTIA Security+
14 43 (3.25%) GIAC
15 29 (2.19%) OSCP
16 24 (1.81%) MCSA
17 23 (1.74%) CCSA
17 23 (1.74%) CREST Certified
18 22 (1.66%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 175 (13.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 93 (7.02%) NIST
3 63 (4.76%) SLA
4 57 (4.31%) GDPR
5 43 (3.25%) PCI DSS
6 38 (2.87%) Cyber Essentials
7 30 (2.27%) QA
8 22 (1.66%) NCSC
9 12 (0.91%) COBIT
10 10 (0.76%) GRC
11 9 (0.68%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 8 (0.60%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 7 (0.53%) ISO/IEC 27005
13 7 (0.53%) SOC 2
14 6 (0.45%) NIST 800
14 6 (0.45%) PMO
15 5 (0.38%) GLBA
15 5 (0.38%) IASME
15 5 (0.38%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 5 (0.38%) JSP 440
System Software
1 260 (19.64%) Active Directory
2 132 (9.97%) VMware Infrastructure
3 76 (5.74%) Hyper-V
4 61 (4.61%) Docker
5 45 (3.40%) Virtual Machines
6 19 (1.44%) XenApp
7 16 (1.21%) vSphere
8 15 (1.13%) VMware ESXi
9 12 (0.91%) VMware NSX
10 10 (0.76%) VMware Workstation
11 9 (0.68%) iptables
11 9 (0.68%) XenDesktop
12 7 (0.53%) BitLocker
12 7 (0.53%) Ceph
12 7 (0.53%) Firmware
13 6 (0.45%) ProxySG
14 5 (0.38%) vCloud
14 5 (0.38%) Virtual Desktop
14 5 (0.38%) Virtual Servers
15 3 (0.23%) KVM
Systems Management
1 122 (9.21%) Terraform
2 67 (5.06%) Ansible
3 60 (4.53%) Kubernetes
4 25 (1.89%) Grafana
5 24 (1.81%) SCCM
6 23 (1.74%) Puppet
6 23 (1.74%) QRadar
7 22 (1.66%) FortiGate
7 22 (1.66%) Nessus
8 19 (1.44%) Microsoft Intune
8 19 (1.44%) Prometheus
8 19 (1.44%) Single Sign-On
9 17 (1.28%) Consul
9 17 (1.28%) Graphite
9 17 (1.28%) Opsview
9 17 (1.28%) Packer
9 17 (1.28%) vRealize
10 14 (1.06%) Nagios
11 13 (0.98%) Opscode Chef
11 13 (0.98%) WSUS
Vendors
1 377 (28.47%) Cisco
2 348 (26.28%) Microsoft
3 184 (13.90%) Palo Alto
4 179 (13.52%) VMware
5 162 (12.24%) CheckPoint
6 108 (8.16%) F5
7 93 (7.02%) Fortinet
8 90 (6.80%) Juniper
9 66 (4.98%) SolarWinds
10 58 (4.38%) Citrix
11 52 (3.93%) McAfee
12 48 (3.63%) Google
13 46 (3.47%) HP
14 44 (3.32%) Meraki
15 41 (3.10%) Splunk
16 37 (2.79%) Veeam
17 35 (2.64%) Aruba
18 31 (2.34%) TippingPoint
19 29 (2.19%) Zscaler
20 28 (2.11%) Apple