Period
to 30 July 2021

The median annual salary for a Security Engineer was £65,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 30 July 2021.

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
30 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 392 282 342
Rank change year-on-year -110 +60 +74
Permanent jobs requiring a Security Engineer 869 768 1,392
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.77% 1.12% 0.97%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.84% 1.18% 1.01%
Number of salaries quoted 711 623 876
10th Percentile £41,250 £41,050 £35,000
25th Percentile £51,250 £46,250 £45,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £65,000 £60,000 £60,000
Median % change year-on-year +8.33% - +9.09%
75th Percentile £81,250 £80,000 £76,250
90th Percentile £92,500 £91,250 £83,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +10.00% - -4.76%

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 103,609 65,173 137,985
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 91.21% 95.00% 95.86%
Number of salaries quoted 73,681 53,188 111,578
10th Percentile £32,000 £31,250 £28,250
25th Percentile £41,250 £40,000 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year - +10.00% -
75th Percentile £75,000 £72,500 £68,750
90th Percentile £90,000 £88,750 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year - +5.56% -

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 30 July 2021.

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 30 July 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 -114 793 £65,000 +4.00% 243
UK excluding London -91 422 £55,000 +10.00% 148
London -121 390 £70,000 -3.78% 107
Work from Home -124 224 £65,000 +9.24% 40
South East -80 123 £68,750 +44.74% 55
North of England -54 100 £50,000 -13.04% 31
Midlands -57 64 £60,000 +11.63% 25
South West -45 62 £48,000 -12.73% 11
North West -38 60 £55,327 -5.02% 21
West Midlands -59 38 £55,000 - 12
East of England -55 37 £60,000 +17.65% 10
Yorkshire -58 36 £45,000 -20.00% 9
Scotland -69 31 £51,500 +14.44% 9
East Midlands -49 26 £80,375 +73.78% 13
Wales -26 7 £45,000 +8.43% 6
North East -18 4 £51,250 +2.50% 1

Security Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 July 2021, 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.

1 383 (44.07%) Cybersecurity
2 295 (33.95%) Firewall
3 267 (30.72%) Information Security
4 259 (29.80%) Azure
5 253 (29.11%) AWS
6 213 (24.51%) Network Security
7 177 (20.37%) Python
8 172 (19.79%) SIEM
9 166 (19.10%) Microsoft
10 158 (18.18%) Linux
10 158 (18.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
11 150 (17.26%) DevOps
12 141 (16.23%) Vulnerability Management
13 140 (16.11%) Windows
14 136 (15.65%) CISSP
15 134 (15.42%) Agile Software Development
16 129 (14.84%) Finance
17 128 (14.73%) Social Skills
18 124 (14.27%) Security Operations
19 111 (12.77%) OWASP
20 109 (12.54%) Active Directory
21 103 (11.85%) DevSecOps
22 95 (10.93%) Infrastructure as Code
22 95 (10.93%) Infrastructure Engineering
23 94 (10.82%) Kubernetes
24 93 (10.70%) Cisco
25 89 (10.24%) Docker
26 86 (9.90%) NIST
27 85 (9.78%) PowerShell
28 84 (9.67%) Security Cleared

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 15 (1.73%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 12 (1.38%) Elasticsearch
3 5 (0.58%) Confluence
4 4 (0.46%) IIS
5 3 (0.35%) Apache
5 3 (0.35%) Apache Spark
6 2 (0.23%) Apache Pig
Applications
1 18 (2.07%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (1.50%) MS Visio
3 12 (1.38%) Microsoft Excel
4 11 (1.27%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 21 (2.42%) Sentinel
2 1 (0.12%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 259 (29.80%) Azure
2 253 (29.11%) AWS
3 74 (8.52%) Microsoft 365
4 73 (8.40%) GCP
5 72 (8.29%) PaaS
6 66 (7.59%) IaaS
7 53 (6.10%) SaaS
8 36 (4.14%) Azure Active Directory
9 34 (3.91%) Azure Sentinel
10 25 (2.88%) Cloud Computing
11 22 (2.53%) Serverless
12 15 (1.73%) Azure Key Vault
13 14 (1.61%) AWS CloudFormation
13 14 (1.61%) Power Platform
14 13 (1.50%) PowerApps
15 12 (1.38%) Akamai
15 12 (1.38%) GitHub
16 9 (1.04%) Amazon ECS
17 8 (0.92%) AWS Lambda
17 8 (0.92%) Azure Service Bus
Communications & Networking
1 295 (33.95%) Firewall
2 213 (24.51%) Network Security
3 70 (8.06%) TCP/IP
4 64 (7.36%) VPN
5 61 (7.02%) WAN
6 56 (6.44%) LAN
7 49 (5.64%) DNS
8 42 (4.83%) Intrusion Detection
9 40 (4.60%) DHCP
10 39 (4.49%) Internet
11 27 (3.11%) Cisco ASA
12 24 (2.76%) Wireshark
13 21 (2.42%) SMTP
13 21 (2.42%) VLAN
14 20 (2.30%) HTTP
15 18 (2.07%) SMS
16 16 (1.84%) SSL
17 15 (1.73%) IPsec
17 15 (1.73%) SD-WAN
18 12 (1.38%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (1.84%) SQL Server
2 13 (1.50%) Big Data
3 10 (1.15%) Relational Database
4 9 (1.04%) RDBMS
5 6 (0.69%) Oracle Database
6 5 (0.58%) Data Warehouse
7 4 (0.46%) Azure SQL Database
7 4 (0.46%) NoSQL
8 3 (0.35%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 3 (0.35%) MySQL
8 3 (0.35%) PostgreSQL
8 3 (0.35%) Redis
9 2 (0.23%) Apache Cassandra
9 2 (0.23%) Apache Hive
9 2 (0.23%) Hadoop
9 2 (0.23%) Looker
9 2 (0.23%) MongoDB
9 2 (0.23%) SQL Server 2008
9 2 (0.23%) SQL Server 2016
10 1 (0.12%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 37 (4.26%) Jenkins
2 22 (2.53%) Git (software)
3 12 (1.38%) JIRA
4 11 (1.27%) Bitbucket
5 7 (0.81%) TeamCity
6 6 (0.69%) SoapUI
7 5 (0.58%) CircleCI
7 5 (0.58%) Sonatype Nexus
8 4 (0.46%) IntelliJ
8 4 (0.46%) Postman
8 4 (0.46%) Selenium
8 4 (0.46%) Visual Studio Code
9 3 (0.35%) Cucumber
9 3 (0.35%) Travis CI
10 2 (0.23%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 2 (0.23%) Metasploit
10 2 (0.23%) Octopus Deploy
10 2 (0.23%) Snyk
11 1 (0.12%) Ant
11 1 (0.12%) Fiddler
General
1 129 (14.84%) Finance
2 128 (14.73%) Social Skills
3 57 (6.56%) Analytical Skills
4 53 (6.10%) Retail
5 41 (4.72%) Manufacturing
6 39 (4.49%) Public Sector
6 39 (4.49%) Telecoms
7 35 (4.03%) Marketing
8 31 (3.57%) Electronics
8 31 (3.57%) Law
9 30 (3.45%) Banking
10 22 (2.53%) Legal
11 19 (2.19%) Presentation Skills
12 17 (1.96%) Documentation Skills
13 11 (1.27%) Aerospace
14 8 (0.92%) Financial Institution
15 7 (0.81%) Games
16 5 (0.58%) Automotive
16 5 (0.58%) French Language
16 5 (0.58%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 47 (5.41%) Web Services
2 24 (2.76%) OAuth
3 22 (2.53%) SAML
4 19 (2.19%) Elastic Stack
5 10 (1.15%) SOAP
6 8 (0.92%) REST
6 8 (0.92%) XML
7 7 (0.81%) .NET
8 6 (0.69%) .NET Core
8 6 (0.69%) LDAP
9 5 (0.58%) Middleware
10 4 (0.46%) JSON
10 4 (0.46%) OAuth2
10 4 (0.46%) Scrapy
11 3 (0.35%) .NET Framework
11 3 (0.35%) EDI
11 3 (0.35%) Gherkin
11 3 (0.35%) JWT
11 3 (0.35%) RESTful
12 2 (0.23%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 78 (8.98%) Management Information System
2 34 (3.91%) Public Cloud
3 33 (3.80%) Cloud Native
4 23 (2.65%) Cyberthreat
5 19 (2.19%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 17 (1.96%) Self-Motivation
7 16 (1.84%) Enterprise Software
7 16 (1.84%) Greenfield Project
7 16 (1.84%) Mobile App
8 14 (1.61%) Security Operations Centre
9 12 (1.38%) PKI
9 12 (1.38%) Virtual Team
10 11 (1.27%) Cyberattack
11 10 (1.15%) Cyber Defence
11 10 (1.15%) Data Centre
12 8 (0.92%) Cyber Kill Chain
12 8 (0.92%) Hedge funds
12 8 (0.92%) Hybrid Cloud
13 7 (0.81%) SCADA
14 6 (0.69%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 158 (18.18%) Linux
2 140 (16.11%) Windows
3 33 (3.80%) Unix
4 30 (3.45%) Windows Server
5 10 (1.15%) VMS
5 10 (1.15%) Windows 10
6 7 (0.81%) Mac OS
7 6 (0.69%) Android
7 6 (0.69%) Apple iOS
7 6 (0.69%) Solaris
7 6 (0.69%) Windows Server 2008
8 5 (0.58%) Mac OS X
8 5 (0.58%) Windows 7
8 5 (0.58%) Windows Server 2012
8 5 (0.58%) Windows Server 2016
9 3 (0.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 2 (0.23%) Check Point GAiA
10 2 (0.23%) SUSE
11 1 (0.12%) CentOS
11 1 (0.12%) OpenBSD
Processes & Methodologies
1 383 (44.07%) Cybersecurity
2 267 (30.72%) Information Security
3 172 (19.79%) SIEM
4 150 (17.26%) DevOps
5 141 (16.23%) Vulnerability Management
6 134 (15.42%) Agile Software Development
7 124 (14.27%) Security Operations
8 111 (12.77%) OWASP
9 103 (11.85%) DevSecOps
10 95 (10.93%) Infrastructure as Code
10 95 (10.93%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 78 (8.98%) Security Architecture
12 70 (8.06%) Security Management
12 70 (8.06%) Software Engineering
13 67 (7.71%) Kalman Filter
13 67 (7.71%) Vulnerability Scanning
14 63 (7.25%) Penetration Testing
15 58 (6.67%) Analytics
16 54 (6.21%) Data Loss Prevention
17 52 (5.98%) Fintech
Programming Languages
1 177 (20.37%) Python
2 85 (9.78%) PowerShell
3 53 (6.10%) Java
4 43 (4.95%) Bash Shell
4 43 (4.95%) Go
5 32 (3.68%) SQL
6 28 (3.22%) Ruby
7 22 (2.53%) JavaScript
8 20 (2.30%) Perl
9 19 (2.19%) Shell Script
10 15 (1.73%) C#
11 10 (1.15%) C
11 10 (1.15%) TypeScript
12 9 (1.04%) Scala
13 6 (0.69%) C++
14 5 (0.58%) Kotlin
15 2 (0.23%) ES6
16 1 (0.12%) Rust
Qualifications
1 136 (15.65%) CISSP
2 84 (9.67%) Security Cleared
3 75 (8.63%) Cisco Certification
4 69 (7.94%) CISM
5 64 (7.36%) Degree
6 53 (6.10%) SC Cleared
7 48 (5.52%) CEH
8 38 (4.37%) GIAC
9 33 (3.80%) CompTIA Security+
10 31 (3.57%) CCNA
11 29 (3.34%) SANS
12 27 (3.11%) CISA
13 26 (2.99%) CCNP
14 24 (2.76%) (ISC)2 CCSP
15 23 (2.65%) DV Cleared
16 22 (2.53%) OSCP
17 20 (2.30%) Computer Science Degree
18 18 (2.07%) Microsoft Certification
19 12 (1.38%) SSCP
20 10 (1.15%) CCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 158 (18.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 86 (9.90%) NIST
3 69 (7.94%) GDPR
4 33 (3.80%) PCI DSS
5 29 (3.34%) Cyber Essentials
6 20 (2.30%) COBIT
7 14 (1.61%) NCSC
8 13 (1.50%) QA
9 11 (1.27%) SOC 2
10 10 (1.15%) JSP 440
11 9 (1.04%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 9 (1.04%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 8 (0.92%) GRC
12 8 (0.92%) SLA
13 5 (0.58%) GLBA
13 5 (0.58%) RMADS
13 5 (0.58%) SOC 1
14 4 (0.46%) ISO 9001
14 4 (0.46%) PMO
15 3 (0.35%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 109 (12.54%) Active Directory
2 89 (10.24%) Docker
3 24 (2.76%) VMware Infrastructure
4 15 (1.73%) KVM
5 10 (1.15%) Virtual Machines
6 9 (1.04%) vSphere
7 6 (0.69%) Snort
8 5 (0.58%) BitLocker
9 4 (0.46%) VMware ESXi
10 3 (0.35%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 3 (0.35%) Virtual Servers
11 2 (0.23%) LXC
11 2 (0.23%) Virtual Desktop
11 2 (0.23%) VMware Server
12 1 (0.12%) Firmware
12 1 (0.12%) pfSense
12 1 (0.12%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 94 (10.82%) Kubernetes
2 69 (7.94%) Terraform
3 43 (4.95%) Puppet
4 42 (4.83%) Nessus
5 30 (3.45%) Ansible
6 20 (2.30%) CASB
7 17 (1.96%) Opscode Chef
8 15 (1.73%) CFEngine
8 15 (1.73%) Demisto
9 12 (1.38%) Single Sign-On
10 8 (0.92%) Prometheus
10 8 (0.92%) SCCM
11 6 (0.69%) HP ALM
11 6 (0.69%) HP Fortify
11 6 (0.69%) WebInspect
12 5 (0.58%) Consul
12 5 (0.58%) CSIRT
12 5 (0.58%) Grafana
12 5 (0.58%) Kibana
12 5 (0.58%) QRadar
Vendors
1 166 (19.10%) Microsoft
2 93 (10.70%) Cisco
3 77 (8.86%) Splunk
4 53 (6.10%) Palo Alto
5 46 (5.29%) VMware
6 44 (5.06%) CheckPoint
7 39 (4.49%) Google
8 32 (3.68%) Meraki
8 32 (3.68%) SAP
9 31 (3.57%) Qualys
10 24 (2.76%) ArcSight
11 23 (2.65%) Oracle
12 21 (2.42%) ServiceNow
13 18 (2.07%) TippingPoint
14 16 (1.84%) Fortinet
15 15 (1.73%) CrowdStrike
16 13 (1.50%) F5
16 13 (1.50%) Juniper
17 11 (1.27%) CyberArk
18 10 (1.15%) Zscaler