Period
to 19 October 2017

The median annual salary for a Security Engineer was £54,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 19 October 2017.

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
19 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 447 396 484
Rank change year-on-year -51 +88 +43
Permanent jobs requiring a Security Engineer 1174 1476 1315
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.67% 0.77% 0.60%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.70% 0.80% 0.62%
Number of salaries quoted 900 1153 1115
UK median annual salary £54,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.86% +5.00% +5.26%
10th Percentile £33,750 £35,750 £33,750
90th Percentile £78,750 £77,500 £70,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year - +5.56% -

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 167246 184514 211672
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.79% 96.44% 96.49%
Number of salaries quoted 133909 154629 175428
UK median annual salary £48,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +1.05% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £27,500 £26,750 £26,250
90th Percentile £78,750 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -

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 19 October 2017.

Salary histogram for Security Engineer in the UK

Security Engineer
Top 15 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 19 October 2017. 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 -34 1143 £55,000 +1.85% 49
UK excluding London -7 684 £47,500 - 28
London -69 479 £60,000 - 22
South East -41 285 £54,000 +8.00% 18
East of England +75 124 £50,000 - 3
North of England -6 104 £45,000 +3.45% 1
South West +71 103 £46,250 -12.74% 2
North West +2 63 £47,500 +9.20% 1
Midlands +27 47 £43,750 -4.89% 3
West Midlands +3 43 £43,750 -4.89% 2
Yorkshire +19 41 £37,750 -11.18%
Wales +19 21 £47,500 +5.56%
Scotland -45 8 £48,750 -2.50% 1
East Midlands +36 2 £45,000 +6.51% 1
Northern Ireland - 1 £40,000 -

Security Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 October 2017, Security Engineer job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads featuring Security Engineer in the job title.

1 696 (59.28%) Firewall
2 458 (39.01%) Network Security
3 412 (35.09%) Cisco
4 333 (28.36%) SIEM
5 318 (27.09%) Information Security
6 316 (26.92%) Cybersecurity
7 305 (25.98%) Linux
8 284 (24.19%) Windows
9 281 (23.94%) CheckPoint
10 264 (22.49%) TCP/IP
11 255 (21.72%) CISSP
12 242 (20.61%) Cisco Certification
13 200 (17.04%) Palo Alto
14 196 (16.70%) Juniper
15 194 (16.52%) Security Operations
16 188 (16.01%) ITIL
17 186 (15.84%) Finance
18 180 (15.33%) WAN
19 175 (14.91%) VPN
20 170 (14.48%) Cisco ASA
21 168 (14.31%) Security Architecture
22 167 (14.22%) Penetration Testing
23 157 (13.37%) CISM
24 155 (13.20%) CCNP
25 153 (13.03%) LAN
26 142 (12.10%) Active Directory
27 141 (12.01%) ISO/IEC 27001
28 136 (11.58%) Java
29 133 (11.33%) Microsoft
30 131 (11.16%) F5

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 (2.04%) MS Exchange
2 18 (1.53%) Exchange Server 2010
3 11 (0.94%) Elasticsearch
3 11 (0.94%) JBoss
4 9 (0.77%) Exchange Server 2013
4 9 (0.77%) OpenStack
5 7 (0.60%) IIS
6 5 (0.43%) SharePoint
7 3 (0.26%) Apache
7 3 (0.26%) Apache Pig
8 2 (0.17%) Apache Spark
9 1 (0.085%) Apache Solr
9 1 (0.085%) nginx
9 1 (0.085%) Skype for Business
9 1 (0.085%) Tomcat
9 1 (0.085%) WordPress
Applications
1 10 (0.85%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (0.51%) MS Visio
3 5 (0.43%) Microsoft Excel
4 4 (0.34%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (0.17%) R3 Corda
2 1 (0.085%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 118 (10.05%) Amazon AWS
2 79 (6.73%) Microsoft Azure
3 30 (2.56%) Office 365
4 26 (2.21%) SaaS
5 19 (1.62%) IaaS
6 15 (1.28%) Google Cloud Platform
7 11 (0.94%) Akamai
8 10 (0.85%) PaaS
9 7 (0.60%) Cloud Computing
10 6 (0.51%) Force.com
11 2 (0.17%) Amazon EC2
11 2 (0.17%) Amazon S3
11 2 (0.17%) AWS CloudFormation
11 2 (0.17%) GitHub
11 2 (0.17%) Mimecast
11 2 (0.17%) Route 53
11 2 (0.17%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 696 (59.28%) Firewall
2 458 (39.01%) Network Security
3 264 (22.49%) TCP/IP
4 180 (15.33%) WAN
5 175 (14.91%) VPN
6 170 (14.48%) Cisco ASA
7 153 (13.03%) LAN
8 126 (10.73%) DNS
9 98 (8.35%) BGP
10 84 (7.16%) Intrusion Detection
11 81 (6.90%) MPLS
12 80 (6.81%) Wireless
13 79 (6.73%) IPsec
14 74 (6.30%) OSPF
15 73 (6.22%) DHCP
16 70 (5.96%) HTTP
17 49 (4.17%) SSL
18 46 (3.92%) Internet
19 44 (3.75%) DMZ
20 43 (3.66%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (2.64%) SQL Server
2 24 (2.04%) MongoDB
3 17 (1.45%) Big Data
4 10 (0.85%) Relational Database
4 10 (0.85%) SQL Server 2008
5 9 (0.77%) MySQL
6 6 (0.51%) Blockchain
6 6 (0.51%) Hadoop
7 5 (0.43%) PostgreSQL
7 5 (0.43%) RDBMS
8 4 (0.34%) Apache Hive
8 4 (0.34%) GIS
9 3 (0.26%) Couchbase
9 3 (0.26%) InfluxDB
9 3 (0.26%) Neo4j
9 3 (0.26%) NoSQL
9 3 (0.26%) Redis
10 1 (0.085%) Data Mining
10 1 (0.085%) HBase
10 1 (0.085%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 10 (0.85%) Jenkins
2 5 (0.43%) Metasploit
3 3 (0.26%) Maven
3 3 (0.26%) TeamCity
4 2 (0.17%) FxCop
4 2 (0.17%) JIRA
4 2 (0.17%) Selenium
4 2 (0.17%) SonarQube
4 2 (0.17%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 1 (0.085%) Burp Suite
5 1 (0.085%) Gradle
5 1 (0.085%) IDA Disassembler
5 1 (0.085%) OllyDbg
5 1 (0.085%) Paros
5 1 (0.085%) Rational DOORS
5 1 (0.085%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.085%) WebScarab
5 1 (0.085%) WinDbg
5 1 (0.085%) Xcode
General
1 186 (15.84%) Finance
2 83 (7.07%) Banking
3 61 (5.20%) Telecoms
4 23 (1.96%) Games
5 21 (1.79%) Legal
6 20 (1.70%) German Language
7 19 (1.62%) Digital Economy
7 19 (1.62%) Electronics
8 16 (1.36%) Marketing
9 14 (1.19%) Manufacturing
10 13 (1.11%) Law
11 12 (1.02%) French Language
11 12 (1.02%) Retail
12 10 (0.85%) Financial Institution
13 8 (0.68%) Advertising
13 8 (0.68%) Investment Banking
14 4 (0.34%) Automotive
15 2 (0.17%) Aerospace
15 2 (0.17%) Local Government
15 2 (0.17%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 55 (4.68%) Web Services
2 34 (2.90%) HTML
3 17 (1.45%) Node.js
4 16 (1.36%) 802.1X
5 14 (1.19%) SOAP
6 13 (1.11%) .NET
7 12 (1.02%) CSS
7 12 (1.02%) XML
8 11 (0.94%) JSON
9 10 (0.85%) Ajax
9 10 (0.85%) J2EE
9 10 (0.85%) JSF
9 10 (0.85%) Middleware
9 10 (0.85%) RESTful
9 10 (0.85%) SVG
10 9 (0.77%) Regular Expression
11 4 (0.34%) Hibernate
11 4 (0.34%) REST
12 3 (0.26%) Elastic Stack
12 3 (0.26%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 90 (7.67%) Data Centre
2 80 (6.81%) Analytical Skills
3 68 (5.79%) Computer Science
4 64 (5.45%) Management Information System
5 61 (5.20%) Data Protection Act
6 56 (4.77%) PKI
7 50 (4.26%) Security Operations Centre
8 49 (4.17%) CESG
8 49 (4.17%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 32 (2.73%) Cyberthreat
10 27 (2.30%) Algorithms
11 21 (1.79%) Cyber Attack
12 19 (1.62%) Greenfield Project
12 19 (1.62%) Java Card
13 16 (1.36%) Cybercrime
14 15 (1.28%) CCTV
14 15 (1.28%) iPad
15 13 (1.11%) User Experience
15 13 (1.11%) Video Conferencing
16 10 (0.85%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 305 (25.98%) Linux
2 284 (24.19%) Windows
3 126 (10.73%) Windows Server
4 98 (8.35%) Unix
5 33 (2.81%) Windows Server 2008
6 22 (1.87%) Apple iOS
7 17 (1.45%) Mac OS X
8 16 (1.36%) Windows Server 2012
9 13 (1.11%) Windows 7
9 13 (1.11%) Windows Server 2003
10 12 (1.02%) CentOS
10 12 (1.02%) Solaris
10 12 (1.02%) Windows 2000
11 11 (0.94%) Android
12 10 (0.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 8 (0.68%) Mac OS
14 7 (0.60%) Kali Linux
15 5 (0.43%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
15 5 (0.43%) Windows 10
16 4 (0.34%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 333 (28.36%) SIEM
2 318 (27.09%) Information Security
3 316 (26.92%) Cybersecurity
4 194 (16.52%) Security Operations
5 188 (16.01%) ITIL
6 168 (14.31%) Security Architecture
7 167 (14.22%) Penetration Testing
8 123 (10.48%) Vulnerability Management
9 107 (9.11%) Data Protection
10 90 (7.67%) Vulnerability Scanning
11 88 (7.50%) Kalman Filter
12 81 (6.90%) Agile Software Development
13 70 (5.96%) Data Loss Prevention
14 61 (5.20%) Identity Management
15 58 (4.94%) Change Management
15 58 (4.94%) Network Monitoring
16 56 (4.77%) DRM
17 54 (4.60%) Incident Management
18 52 (4.43%) Vulnerability Assessment
19 48 (4.09%) Cryptography
Programming Languages
1 136 (11.58%) Java
2 111 (9.45%) Python
3 64 (5.45%) C
4 45 (3.83%) Perl
5 43 (3.66%) SQL
6 42 (3.58%) C++
7 40 (3.41%) JavaScript
8 28 (2.39%) PowerShell
8 28 (2.39%) Ruby
9 25 (2.13%) C#
10 22 (1.87%) Bash Shell
11 10 (0.85%) Groovy
12 9 (0.77%) VBScript
13 8 (0.68%) Go
14 6 (0.51%) Korn
14 6 (0.51%) Shell Script
15 4 (0.34%) Lua
15 4 (0.34%) PHP
16 3 (0.26%) Bourne shell
16 3 (0.26%) Scala
Qualifications
1 255 (21.72%) CISSP
2 242 (20.61%) Cisco Certification
3 157 (13.37%) CISM
4 155 (13.20%) CCNP
5 124 (10.56%) Degree
6 123 (10.48%) CCNA
7 108 (9.20%) Security Cleared
8 93 (7.92%) SC Cleared
9 70 (5.96%) CEH
10 55 (4.68%) CCSA
10 55 (4.68%) CISA
11 51 (4.34%) DV Cleared
12 45 (3.83%) CCSE
13 33 (2.81%) Computer Science Degree
14 31 (2.64%) SANS
15 30 (2.56%) CCIE
16 26 (2.21%) GIAC
16 26 (2.21%) PhD
16 26 (2.21%) SSCP
17 24 (2.04%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 141 (12.01%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 60 (5.11%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
3 56 (4.77%) PCI DSS
4 43 (3.66%) SLA
5 18 (1.53%) Cyber Essentials
5 18 (1.53%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 13 (1.11%) PMO
6 13 (1.11%) QA
7 12 (1.02%) GDPR
8 9 (0.77%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 6 (0.51%) GPG13
9 6 (0.51%) SSAE 16
10 4 (0.34%) ISO 9001
11 2 (0.17%) COBIT
11 2 (0.17%) GCP
11 2 (0.17%) RMADS
12 1 (0.085%) FIPS 140-2
12 1 (0.085%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 1 (0.085%) JSP 440
System Software
1 142 (12.10%) Active Directory
2 68 (5.79%) VMware Infrastructure
3 39 (3.32%) vSphere
4 28 (2.39%) Snort
5 21 (1.79%) Hyper-V
5 21 (1.79%) ProxySG
6 15 (1.28%) VMware ESXi
7 12 (1.02%) Docker
7 12 (1.02%) Firmware
8 11 (0.94%) iptables
9 9 (0.77%) Virtual Machines
10 5 (0.43%) pfSense
11 4 (0.34%) Terminal Services
11 4 (0.34%) VMware Server
12 2 (0.17%) KVM
12 2 (0.17%) Virtual Desktop
12 2 (0.17%) Virtual Servers
12 2 (0.17%) VirtualBox
12 2 (0.17%) VMware NSX
12 2 (0.17%) Xen
Systems Management
1 36 (3.07%) FortiGate
2 31 (2.64%) Nagios
3 27 (2.30%) Nessus
4 21 (1.79%) Kubernetes
5 17 (1.45%) Ansible
6 15 (1.28%) Cacti
6 15 (1.28%) Puppet
6 15 (1.28%) SCOM
7 14 (1.19%) vCenter Server
8 13 (1.11%) QRadar
9 11 (0.94%) McAfee ePO
10 10 (0.85%) CSIRT
10 10 (0.85%) SELinux
11 8 (0.68%) Opscode Chef
11 8 (0.68%) RSA enVision
12 7 (0.60%) Host Intrusion Detection System
12 7 (0.60%) Norton AntiVirus
12 7 (0.60%) RSA Archer
13 6 (0.51%) ArcSight ESM
13 6 (0.51%) RSA Security Analytics
Vendors
1 412 (35.09%) Cisco
2 281 (23.94%) CheckPoint
3 200 (17.04%) Palo Alto
4 196 (16.70%) Juniper
5 133 (11.33%) Microsoft
6 131 (11.16%) F5
7 108 (9.20%) VMware
8 78 (6.64%) Splunk
9 73 (6.22%) Blue Coat
10 72 (6.13%) Fortinet
11 59 (5.03%) Citrix
12 45 (3.83%) LogRhythm
13 38 (3.24%) Sourcefire
14 35 (2.98%) McAfee
15 27 (2.30%) Symantec
16 23 (1.96%) ArcSight
17 21 (1.79%) Rapid7
18 20 (1.70%) AlienVault
19 19 (1.62%) Crossbeam
20 18 (1.53%) HP