Period
to 3 August 2020

The median annual salary for a Security Engineer was £60,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 3 August 2020.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Security Engineer
UK
6 months to
3 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 270 328 413
Rank change year-on-year +58 +85 +49
Permanent jobs requiring a Security Engineer 767 1,404 1,303
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.14% 0.97% 0.75%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.20% 1.02% 0.78%
Number of salaries quoted 673 934 1,027
Median annual salary £60,000 £60,000 £55,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +9.09% +4.76%
10th Percentile £41,250 £35,000 £36,000
90th Percentile £91,250 £82,500 £75,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £51,000 £50,000 £52,500
% change year-on-year +2.00% -4.76% +10.53%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
UK
Permanent vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 63,855 138,134 166,461
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.95% 95.85% 96.19%
Number of salaries quoted 51,383 110,372 134,389
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £31,250 £28,250 £27,500
90th Percentile £88,750 £85,000 £81,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%

Security Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Security Engineer in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Security Engineer in the UK

Security Engineer
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for Security Engineer in the UK

Security Engineer
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Security Engineer over the 6 months to 3 August 2020.

Salary histogram for Security Engineer in the UK

Security Engineer
Top 17 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Security Engineer within the UK over the 6 months to 3 August 2020. 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 +61 727 £62,000 +3.33% 116
London +126 400 £72,500 +3.57% 39
UK excluding London +10 349 £51,000 +2.00% 84
South East +74 105 £50,000 -9.09% 18
North of England -38 86 £57,500 +15.00% 25
Work from Home +59 74 £57,250 -4.58% 27
North West +102 56 £60,000 +20.00% 12
Midlands +108 51 £52,500 +16.67% 20
East of England +21 49 £51,000 -2.86% 9
South West +100 31 £55,000 - 5
East Midlands +83 27 £46,250 +8.82% 4
Yorkshire -57 27 £52,500 +10.53% 12
Scotland +61 26 £45,000 +1.69% 3
West Midlands +83 24 £55,000 +18.92% 16
North East +30 3 £50,000 +2.56% 1
Wales +17 3 £41,500 -17.00% 4
Northern Ireland - 2 £39,750 -

Security Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 August 2020, Security Engineer job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads featuring Security Engineer in the job title.

1 307 (40.03%) Cybersecurity
2 258 (33.64%) Firewall
3 246 (32.07%) Information Security
4 195 (25.42%) SIEM
5 190 (24.77%) Azure
6 189 (24.64%) Finance
7 180 (23.47%) Security Operations
8 179 (23.34%) Python
9 178 (23.21%) Network Security
10 168 (21.90%) AWS
11 167 (21.77%) DevOps
12 141 (18.38%) Cisco
13 138 (17.99%) CISSP
14 115 (14.99%) Windows
15 106 (13.82%) Linux
16 104 (13.56%) Cisco Certification
17 91 (11.86%) CheckPoint
18 90 (11.73%) Microsoft
19 88 (11.47%) Palo Alto
20 86 (11.21%) DevSecOps
21 85 (11.08%) PowerShell
22 81 (10.56%) Security Architecture
23 79 (10.30%) Active Directory
24 76 (9.91%) Agile Software Development
25 75 (9.78%) Security Management
26 74 (9.65%) Internet
26 74 (9.65%) Office 365
26 74 (9.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
27 73 (9.52%) Vulnerability Management
28 72 (9.39%) Kubernetes

Security Engineer Skill Set
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 18 (2.35%) Apache Spark
2 6 (0.78%) IIS
3 5 (0.65%) Elasticsearch
3 5 (0.65%) SharePoint
4 2 (0.26%) Apache Airflow
5 1 (0.13%) Apache
5 1 (0.13%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.13%) ColdFusion
5 1 (0.13%) Confluence
Applications
1 26 (3.39%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.13%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.13%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 190 (24.77%) Azure
2 168 (21.90%) AWS
3 74 (9.65%) Office 365
4 49 (6.39%) IaaS
5 42 (5.48%) Serverless
6 34 (4.43%) GCP
7 31 (4.04%) SaaS
8 30 (3.91%) PaaS
9 24 (3.13%) Azure Functions
10 21 (2.74%) Amazon GuardDuty
10 21 (2.74%) Azure Active Directory
11 19 (2.48%) AWS CloudFormation
11 19 (2.48%) AWS Lambda
12 14 (1.83%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 10 (1.30%) Apigee
13 10 (1.30%) AWS CloudTrail
13 10 (1.30%) Power Platform
13 10 (1.30%) PowerApps
14 9 (1.17%) Amazon EC2
14 9 (1.17%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 258 (33.64%) Firewall
2 178 (23.21%) Network Security
3 74 (9.65%) Internet
4 65 (8.47%) WAN
5 53 (6.91%) LAN
5 53 (6.91%) VPN
6 47 (6.13%) DNS
7 45 (5.87%) Intrusion Detection
8 41 (5.35%) TCP/IP
9 38 (4.95%) Wireless
10 30 (3.91%) BGP
11 29 (3.78%) Cisco ASA
12 26 (3.39%) HTTP
12 26 (3.39%) OSPF
13 23 (3.00%) VLAN
14 20 (2.61%) DHCP
15 19 (2.48%) Cisco Nexus
16 18 (2.35%) VoIP
17 17 (2.22%) EIGRP
17 17 (2.22%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 35 (4.56%) SQL Server
2 14 (1.83%) Data Lake
3 12 (1.56%) PostgreSQL
4 10 (1.30%) Big Data
5 8 (1.04%) NoSQL
6 7 (0.91%) MySQL
7 4 (0.52%) MongoDB
8 3 (0.39%) Hadoop
9 2 (0.26%) Blockchain
9 2 (0.26%) Relational Database
10 1 (0.13%) Amazon RDS
10 1 (0.13%) Apache Cassandra
10 1 (0.13%) DB2
10 1 (0.13%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 19 (2.48%) Atlassian Bamboo
1 19 (2.48%) Octopus Deploy
1 19 (2.48%) TeamCity
2 18 (2.35%) Git (software)
3 9 (1.17%) Jenkins
4 5 (0.65%) Burp Suite
5 3 (0.39%) Metasploit
6 2 (0.26%) Bitbucket
6 2 (0.26%) JIRA
6 2 (0.26%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (0.26%) WinDbg
7 1 (0.13%) Ant
7 1 (0.13%) AppScan
7 1 (0.13%) Bitbucket Server
7 1 (0.13%) IDA Disassembler
7 1 (0.13%) SoapUI
7 1 (0.13%) Subversion
General
1 189 (24.64%) Finance
2 64 (8.34%) Banking
3 30 (3.91%) Telecoms
4 26 (3.39%) Public Sector
4 26 (3.39%) Retail
5 23 (3.00%) Electronics
6 20 (2.61%) Manufacturing
6 20 (2.61%) Marketing
7 18 (2.35%) Investment Banking
8 17 (2.22%) Law
9 11 (1.43%) Games
10 8 (1.04%) Aerospace
11 7 (0.91%) Legal
12 5 (0.65%) Back Office
13 4 (0.52%) Digital Economy
14 3 (0.39%) German Language
14 3 (0.39%) Publishing
15 2 (0.26%) Financial Institution
15 2 (0.26%) Mandarin Language
15 2 (0.26%) Police
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (4.95%) .NET
2 22 (2.87%) SAML
3 19 (2.48%) SailPoint
4 13 (1.69%) 802.1X
5 11 (1.43%) Kafka
5 11 (1.43%) LDAP
5 11 (1.43%) Web Services
6 9 (1.17%) React
7 8 (1.04%) OAuth
8 5 (0.65%) ASP.NET
8 5 (0.65%) Node.js
9 3 (0.39%) Apache Flex
9 3 (0.39%) XMPP
10 2 (0.26%) CSS
10 2 (0.26%) HTML
10 2 (0.26%) Regular Expression
10 2 (0.26%) RESTful
10 2 (0.26%) Ruby on Rails
10 2 (0.26%) XML
11 1 (0.13%) COM
Miscellaneous
1 60 (7.82%) Security Operations Centre
2 53 (6.91%) Cloud Native
2 53 (6.91%) Management Information System
3 51 (6.65%) Analytical Skills
4 35 (4.56%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 34 (4.43%) Data Centre
6 29 (3.78%) Public Cloud
7 23 (3.00%) Cyberthreat
8 22 (2.87%) PKI
9 18 (2.35%) Mobile App
9 18 (2.35%) User Experience
10 10 (1.30%) Cyberattack
11 8 (1.04%) Greenfield Project
11 8 (1.04%) Internet of Things
11 8 (1.04%) Virtual Team
12 6 (0.78%) Algorithms
12 6 (0.78%) Device Driver
12 6 (0.78%) Private Cloud
12 6 (0.78%) Replication
13 5 (0.65%) Blog
Operating Systems
1 115 (14.99%) Windows
2 106 (13.82%) Linux
3 44 (5.74%) Windows Server
4 38 (4.95%) Unix
5 12 (1.56%) Windows Server 2012
6 10 (1.30%) Android
7 9 (1.17%) Windows 10
8 6 (0.78%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 4 (0.52%) Apple iOS
9 4 (0.52%) Kali Linux
9 4 (0.52%) Windows Server 2016
10 2 (0.26%) Mac OS
11 1 (0.13%) CentOS
11 1 (0.13%) Debian
11 1 (0.13%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 307 (40.03%) Cybersecurity
2 246 (32.07%) Information Security
3 195 (25.42%) SIEM
4 180 (23.47%) Security Operations
5 167 (21.77%) DevOps
6 86 (11.21%) DevSecOps
7 81 (10.56%) Security Architecture
8 76 (9.91%) Agile Software Development
9 75 (9.78%) Security Management
10 73 (9.52%) Vulnerability Management
11 66 (8.60%) Problem-Solving
12 63 (8.21%) OWASP
13 62 (8.08%) Fintech
14 57 (7.43%) Threat Modelling
15 54 (7.04%) Project Management
16 49 (6.39%) Infrastructure Engineering
17 48 (6.26%) Penetration Testing
18 46 (6.00%) Identity Management
19 44 (5.74%) Patch Management
20 43 (5.61%) Business Continuity
Programming Languages
1 179 (23.34%) Python
2 85 (11.08%) PowerShell
3 69 (9.00%) Java
4 65 (8.47%) Bash Shell
5 55 (7.17%) Perl
6 41 (5.35%) SQL
7 31 (4.04%) C++
8 27 (3.52%) JavaScript
9 25 (3.26%) Go
10 18 (2.35%) C
11 14 (1.83%) PHP
12 13 (1.69%) C#
13 12 (1.56%) Scala
14 7 (0.91%) Kotlin
15 6 (0.78%) R
15 6 (0.78%) Ruby
15 6 (0.78%) Shell Script
16 4 (0.52%) Clojure
16 4 (0.52%) TypeScript
17 3 (0.39%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 138 (17.99%) CISSP
2 104 (13.56%) Cisco Certification
3 70 (9.13%) CISM
4 69 (9.00%) Degree
5 47 (6.13%) CCNP
6 44 (5.74%) SANS
7 43 (5.61%) Security Cleared
8 42 (5.48%) CCNA
9 33 (4.30%) CISA
10 30 (3.91%) CCSP
11 23 (3.00%) SC Cleared
12 22 (2.87%) (ISC)2 CCSP
13 19 (2.48%) CEH
14 16 (2.09%) AWS Certification
14 16 (2.09%) Microsoft Certification
15 15 (1.96%) MCSE
16 13 (1.69%) Computer Science Degree
17 11 (1.43%) JNCIS
17 11 (1.43%) SSCP
18 9 (1.17%) ISSMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 74 (9.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 59 (7.69%) NIST
2 59 (7.69%) PCI DSS
3 44 (5.74%) GDPR
4 29 (3.78%) COBIT
5 25 (3.26%) SLA
6 12 (1.56%) Cyber Essentials
6 12 (1.56%) NIST 800
6 12 (1.56%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 7 (0.91%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 7 (0.91%) PMO
8 6 (0.78%) NCSC
8 6 (0.78%) QA
9 5 (0.65%) AICPA
10 1 (0.13%) RMADS
System Software
1 79 (10.30%) Active Directory
2 55 (7.17%) Docker
3 23 (3.00%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (1.17%) Virtual Servers
5 8 (1.04%) Hyper-V
6 6 (0.78%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 2 (0.26%) LXC
7 2 (0.26%) Snort
7 2 (0.26%) vSphere
8 1 (0.13%) Apache ZooKeeper
8 1 (0.13%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.13%) VMware NSX
8 1 (0.13%) XenApp
8 1 (0.13%) XenDesktop
8 1 (0.13%) zsh
Systems Management
1 72 (9.39%) Kubernetes
2 61 (7.95%) Terraform
3 41 (5.35%) Ansible
4 37 (4.82%) Nessus
5 27 (3.52%) QRadar
6 21 (2.74%) FortiGate
7 14 (1.83%) Single Sign-On
8 10 (1.30%) WSUS
9 8 (1.04%) Istio
10 6 (0.78%) Nmap
11 5 (0.65%) CA Single Sign-On
11 5 (0.65%) Microsoft Intune
11 5 (0.65%) Puppet
12 4 (0.52%) HP Fortify
12 4 (0.52%) Opscode Chef
13 3 (0.39%) CASB
13 3 (0.39%) CSIRT
13 3 (0.39%) Jamf Pro
13 3 (0.39%) SCCM
14 2 (0.26%) SCOM
Vendors
1 141 (18.38%) Cisco
2 91 (11.86%) CheckPoint
3 90 (11.73%) Microsoft
4 88 (11.47%) Palo Alto
5 64 (8.34%) Splunk
6 49 (6.39%) ArcSight
7 47 (6.13%) CyberArk
8 44 (5.74%) VMware
9 34 (4.43%) Juniper
10 32 (4.17%) IBM
10 32 (4.17%) LogRhythm
11 30 (3.91%) Fortinet
12 27 (3.52%) Qualys
13 24 (3.13%) Meraki
13 24 (3.13%) Sophos
14 21 (2.74%) Zscaler
15 20 (2.61%) BeyondTrust
15 20 (2.61%) NetWitness
15 20 (2.61%) SAP
15 20 (2.61%) Thycotic