Period
to 13 November 2018

The median annual salary for a Security Engineer was £55,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 13 November 2018.

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
13 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 377 430 395
Rank change year-on-year +53 -35 +87
Permanent jobs requiring a Security Engineer 1,340 1,218 1,466
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.82% 0.68% 0.78%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.86% 0.71% 0.81%
Number of salaries quoted 1,004 930 1,128
UK median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £52,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.76% - +5.00%
10th Percentile £36,060 £33,750 £35,250
90th Percentile £77,500 £78,750 £78,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £47,500 £46,000
% change year-on-year +10.53% +3.26% -3.16%

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 156,168 172,304 181,848
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.89% 95.96% 96.59%
Number of salaries quoted 125,823 138,196 152,196
UK median annual salary £50,000 £48,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.17% +1.05% +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,500 £27,000
90th Percentile £82,500 £78,750 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +4.94%

Security Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Security Engineer in the UK

Security Engineer
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Security Engineer.

Salary trend for Security Engineer in the UK

Security Engineer
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Security Engineer over the 6 months to 13 November 2018.

Salary histogram for Security Engineer in the UK

Security Engineer
Top 16 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 13 November 2018. 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 +57 1,248 £57,500 +8.49% 336
UK excluding London +14 696 £52,500 +10.53% 229
London +94 597 £65,000 +8.33% 126
South East -34 224 £52,500 +5.00% 58
East of England +61 187 £42,500 -15.00% 41
North of England +47 113 £54,500 +14.74% 37
South West -25 75 £45,000 - 33
North West +7 69 £55,000 +12.82% 27
Midlands +31 51 £55,000 +34.56% 42
Yorkshire +27 41 £47,500 +25.00% 9
Scotland +13 35 £47,500 +9.20% 5
East Midlands +33 29 £52,500 +16.67% 22
West Midlands +20 21 £67,500 +65.14% 20
Northern Ireland - 8 £62,500 - 5
Wales -7 7 £45,000 -5.26% 9
North East - 3 - - 1

Security Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 13 November 2018, 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.

1 596 (44.48%) Firewall
2 495 (36.94%) Cybersecurity
3 431 (32.16%) Information Security
4 404 (30.15%) SIEM
5 398 (29.70%) Network Security
6 381 (28.43%) Windows
7 370 (27.61%) Linux
8 357 (26.64%) CISSP
9 349 (26.04%) Cisco
10 303 (22.61%) Finance
11 291 (21.72%) Cisco Certification
12 234 (17.46%) Security Operations
13 205 (15.30%) Security Architecture
14 204 (15.22%) CCNP
15 202 (15.07%) TCP/IP
15 202 (15.07%) Degree
16 198 (14.78%) Amazon AWS
17 195 (14.55%) Penetration Testing
18 183 (13.66%) CheckPoint
19 180 (13.43%) Python
20 179 (13.36%) VPN
21 177 (13.21%) WAN
22 172 (12.84%) Infrastructure Engineering
23 165 (12.31%) Microsoft
24 163 (12.16%) Vulnerability Management
25 150 (11.19%) Vulnerability Scanning
26 145 (10.82%) Palo Alto
26 145 (10.82%) LAN
27 142 (10.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
28 141 (10.52%) CCNA

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 24 (1.79%) Elasticsearch
2 16 (1.19%) IIS
3 14 (1.04%) Apache
4 13 (0.97%) Confluence
5 12 (0.90%) Apache Spark
6 9 (0.67%) OpenStack
7 6 (0.45%) nginx
7 6 (0.45%) Tomcat
8 5 (0.37%) SharePoint
9 4 (0.30%) MS Exchange
9 4 (0.30%) Skype for Business
10 3 (0.22%) GlassFish
11 1 (0.075%) Alfresco
11 1 (0.075%) Exchange Server 2013
11 1 (0.075%) Joomla!
11 1 (0.075%) Mule
Applications
1 33 (2.46%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (0.67%) MS Visio
3 5 (0.37%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.15%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.15%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.075%) OrCAD
Business Applications
1 2 (0.15%) C-CURE
Cloud Services
1 198 (14.78%) Amazon AWS
2 141 (10.52%) Microsoft Azure
3 89 (6.64%) Office 365
4 37 (2.76%) Cloud Computing
5 32 (2.39%) Mimecast
6 27 (2.01%) Google Cloud Platform
7 26 (1.94%) SaaS
8 15 (1.12%) GitHub
9 13 (0.97%) G Suite
10 10 (0.75%) Azure Active Directory
11 9 (0.67%) IaaS
12 8 (0.60%) PaaS
13 6 (0.45%) Amazon EC2
13 6 (0.45%) AWS CloudFormation
13 6 (0.45%) Serverless
14 4 (0.30%) Akamai
15 2 (0.15%) Amazon S3
15 2 (0.15%) Google Drive
15 2 (0.15%) OpenDNS
Communications & Networking
1 596 (44.48%) Firewall
2 398 (29.70%) Network Security
3 202 (15.07%) TCP/IP
4 179 (13.36%) VPN
5 177 (13.21%) WAN
6 145 (10.82%) LAN
7 138 (10.30%) Intrusion Detection
8 133 (9.93%) Cisco ASA
9 114 (8.51%) Wireless
10 93 (6.94%) DNS
11 81 (6.04%) Cisco Nexus
12 68 (5.07%) Cisco Firepower
13 64 (4.78%) MPLS
14 59 (4.40%) Wi-Fi
15 58 (4.33%) OSPF
16 52 (3.88%) Cisco ISE
16 52 (3.88%) Internet
16 52 (3.88%) SSL
17 50 (3.73%) BGP
18 47 (3.51%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 51 (3.81%) Big Data
2 33 (2.46%) Hadoop
3 26 (1.94%) SQL Server
4 13 (0.97%) NoSQL
5 10 (0.75%) Data Warehouse
6 8 (0.60%) PostgreSQL
7 6 (0.45%) Apache Hive
7 6 (0.45%) Blockchain
7 6 (0.45%) GIS
7 6 (0.45%) HBase
7 6 (0.45%) Impala
7 6 (0.45%) Redis
7 6 (0.45%) SQL Server 2008
8 5 (0.37%) MySQL
9 2 (0.15%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 2 (0.15%) MongoDB
9 2 (0.15%) Neo4j
10 1 (0.075%) DB2
10 1 (0.075%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 35 (2.61%) Metasploit
2 32 (2.39%) Jenkins
2 32 (2.39%) JIRA
3 12 (0.90%) Git (software)
4 9 (0.67%) Rational DOORS
5 8 (0.60%) Subversion
6 6 (0.45%) Visual Studio
6 6 (0.45%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 5 (0.37%) AppScan
7 5 (0.37%) Hudson
8 4 (0.30%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 3 (0.22%) TeamCity
10 2 (0.15%) Burp Suite
10 2 (0.15%) Maven
10 2 (0.15%) SonarQube
10 2 (0.15%) Sonatype Nexus
11 1 (0.075%) FxCop
11 1 (0.075%) IDA Disassembler
11 1 (0.075%) OllyDbg
General
1 303 (22.61%) Finance
2 82 (6.12%) Retail
3 78 (5.82%) Banking
4 46 (3.43%) Telecoms
5 39 (2.91%) Investment Banking
6 16 (1.19%) Law
7 15 (1.12%) Financial Institution
8 12 (0.90%) Electronics
9 11 (0.82%) Advertising
9 11 (0.82%) Games
10 10 (0.75%) Legal
10 10 (0.75%) Marketing
11 8 (0.60%) Manufacturing
12 7 (0.52%) Military
13 6 (0.45%) Automotive
14 4 (0.30%) Aerospace
15 3 (0.22%) Local Government
16 2 (0.15%) Billing
16 2 (0.15%) Pharmaceutical
17 1 (0.075%) Online Betting
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (2.31%) .NET
2 17 (1.27%) AngularJS
2 17 (1.27%) Web Services
3 16 (1.19%) 802.1X
3 16 (1.19%) LDAP
4 14 (1.04%) HTML
5 13 (0.97%) CSS
6 11 (0.82%) SAML
7 10 (0.75%) Elastic Stack
8 9 (0.67%) REST
8 9 (0.67%) XML
9 7 (0.52%) OAuth
9 7 (0.52%) RESTful
10 6 (0.45%) JSON
10 6 (0.45%) Regular Expression
11 5 (0.37%) HTML5
11 5 (0.37%) SOAP
12 4 (0.30%) .NET Framework
12 4 (0.30%) ActiveMQ
12 4 (0.30%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 125 (9.33%) Computer Science
2 113 (8.43%) Management Information System
3 93 (6.94%) Analytical Skills
4 92 (6.87%) Data Centre
5 90 (6.72%) Security Operations Centre
6 48 (3.58%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 47 (3.51%) PKI
8 46 (3.43%) Self-Motivation
9 39 (2.91%) Data Protection Act
10 33 (2.46%) Fintech
11 30 (2.24%) Cyberattack
11 30 (2.24%) Hybrid Cloud
12 26 (1.94%) Cyberthreat
13 24 (1.79%) Hedge funds
14 19 (1.42%) Public Cloud
15 17 (1.27%) Mobile App
16 15 (1.12%) Cyber Kill Chain
17 14 (1.04%) NHS
18 13 (0.97%) CCTV
18 13 (0.97%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 381 (28.43%) Windows
2 370 (27.61%) Linux
3 82 (6.12%) Windows Server
4 75 (5.60%) Unix
5 35 (2.61%) Mac OS X
6 29 (2.16%) Windows Server 2008
6 29 (2.16%) Windows Server 2012
7 28 (2.09%) Kali Linux
8 18 (1.34%) Windows 7
9 17 (1.27%) Solaris
9 17 (1.27%) Windows 10
10 16 (1.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 12 (0.90%) Android
11 12 (0.90%) CentOS
12 7 (0.52%) Apple iOS
12 7 (0.52%) Debian
13 4 (0.30%) VMS
14 3 (0.22%) Ubuntu
15 2 (0.15%) Mac OS
16 1 (0.075%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 495 (36.94%) Cybersecurity
2 431 (32.16%) Information Security
3 404 (30.15%) SIEM
4 234 (17.46%) Security Operations
5 205 (15.30%) Security Architecture
6 195 (14.55%) Penetration Testing
7 172 (12.84%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 163 (12.16%) Vulnerability Management
9 150 (11.19%) Vulnerability Scanning
10 131 (9.78%) Data Loss Prevention
11 128 (9.55%) Agile Software Development
12 124 (9.25%) DevOps
13 104 (7.76%) Problem-Solving
14 85 (6.34%) Kalman Filter
15 79 (5.90%) ITIL
16 77 (5.75%) Continuous Improvement
16 77 (5.75%) Identity Access Management
16 77 (5.75%) Risk Management
17 73 (5.45%) Software Engineering
18 70 (5.22%) OWASP
Programming Languages
1 180 (13.43%) Python
2 115 (8.58%) Java
3 87 (6.49%) SQL
4 71 (5.30%) Perl
5 67 (5.00%) PowerShell
6 60 (4.48%) Bash Shell
6 60 (4.48%) C++
7 53 (3.96%) C
8 44 (3.28%) JavaScript
8 44 (3.28%) Ruby
9 36 (2.69%) Go
10 30 (2.24%) C#
11 21 (1.57%) PHP
12 17 (1.27%) TypeScript
13 11 (0.82%) VB
13 11 (0.82%) VBA
14 9 (0.67%) VBScript
15 8 (0.60%) Shell Script
16 5 (0.37%) Embedded C
16 5 (0.37%) Embedded C++
Qualifications
1 357 (26.64%) CISSP
2 291 (21.72%) Cisco Certification
3 204 (15.22%) CCNP
4 202 (15.07%) Degree
5 141 (10.52%) CCNA
6 130 (9.70%) CEH
7 129 (9.63%) CISM
8 104 (7.76%) Security Cleared
9 100 (7.46%) SSCP
10 96 (7.16%) Computer Science Degree
11 95 (7.09%) GIAC
12 92 (6.87%) SANS
13 81 (6.04%) CISA
14 79 (5.90%) CompTIA Security+
15 58 (4.33%) SC Cleared
16 46 (3.43%) CCIE
17 42 (3.13%) CCDP
18 37 (2.76%) CSSLP
19 32 (2.39%) GCIA
20 26 (1.94%) GSEC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 142 (10.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 83 (6.19%) PCI DSS
3 54 (4.03%) GDPR
4 44 (3.28%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 34 (2.54%) SLA
6 18 (1.34%) Cyber Essentials
7 17 (1.27%) FISMA
8 10 (0.75%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 8 (0.60%) PMO
9 8 (0.60%) QA
10 4 (0.30%) SAS 70
11 3 (0.22%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 3 (0.22%) GPG13
11 3 (0.22%) RMADS
11 3 (0.22%) SSAE 16
12 2 (0.15%) COBIT
12 2 (0.15%) ISO 9001
13 1 (0.075%) FINRA
13 1 (0.075%) HIPAA
System Software
1 102 (7.61%) Active Directory
2 67 (5.00%) Docker
3 65 (4.85%) VMware Infrastructure
4 29 (2.16%) Hyper-V
5 26 (1.94%) Snort
6 21 (1.57%) iptables
7 16 (1.19%) ProxySG
8 9 (0.67%) HDFS
9 8 (0.60%) Virtual Machines
10 6 (0.45%) Apache Flume
10 6 (0.45%) VMware Workstation
11 5 (0.37%) KVM
12 4 (0.30%) VMware NSX
13 3 (0.22%) Squid
13 3 (0.22%) VMware ESXi
13 3 (0.22%) vSphere
14 2 (0.15%) Firmware
14 2 (0.15%) Virtual Servers
15 1 (0.075%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 1 (0.075%) Postfix
Systems Management
1 84 (6.27%) Nessus
2 51 (3.81%) Kubernetes
3 47 (3.51%) Norton AntiVirus
4 41 (3.06%) QRadar
5 36 (2.69%) Nagios
6 35 (2.61%) Cisco Prime
7 30 (2.24%) Ansible
8 26 (1.94%) Nmap
9 25 (1.87%) Stealthwatch
10 24 (1.79%) CASB
11 22 (1.64%) McAfee ePO
12 20 (1.49%) Opscode Chef
12 20 (1.49%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
13 17 (1.27%) Network Intrusion Detection System
14 15 (1.12%) SCCM
15 14 (1.04%) EnCase
15 14 (1.04%) Puppet
16 13 (0.97%) WSUS
17 12 (0.90%) Cacti
18 11 (0.82%) OpenVAS
Vendors
1 349 (26.04%) Cisco
2 183 (13.66%) CheckPoint
3 165 (12.31%) Microsoft
4 145 (10.82%) Palo Alto
5 131 (9.78%) Juniper
6 116 (8.66%) F5
7 108 (8.06%) Splunk
8 98 (7.31%) Symantec
9 96 (7.16%) VMware
10 86 (6.42%) Fortinet
11 70 (5.22%) Meraki
12 60 (4.48%) SolarWinds
13 57 (4.25%) Sophos
14 56 (4.18%) Blue Coat
15 54 (4.03%) Forcepoint
16 52 (3.88%) McAfee
17 45 (3.36%) Qualys
18 36 (2.69%) Citrix
18 36 (2.69%) LogRhythm
19 30 (2.24%) Google