Period
to 20 January 2019

The median annual salary for a Security Engineer was £56,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 January 2019.

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
20 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 376 449 381
Rank change year-on-year +73 -68 +85
Permanent jobs requiring a Security Engineer 1,246 1,122 1,443
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.83% 0.65% 0.82%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.87% 0.67% 0.84%
Number of salaries quoted 1,001 886 1,100
UK median annual salary £56,000 £52,500 £52,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.67% - +3.96%
10th Percentile £37,500 £33,000 £34,225
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £49,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +7.14% +8.89% -10.00%

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 143,426 166,518 170,931
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.89% 96.18% 96.55%
Number of salaries quoted 114,631 135,294 142,300
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% +3.26%
10th Percentile £28,000 £27,500 £27,000
90th Percentile £83,750 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +2.41%

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 20 January 2019.

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 20 January 2019. 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 +60 1,148 £57,500 +9.52% 271
UK excluding London +54 649 £52,500 +7.14% 183
London +103 557 £65,000 +11.59% 100
South East -23 207 £55,000 +10.00% 47
East of England +40 130 £41,500 -27.83% 31
North of England +62 129 £52,500 +10.53% 34
Midlands +42 69 £56,000 +12.00% 34
North West +36 65 £55,000 +10.00% 22
South West -4 58 £45,000 - 25
Yorkshire +39 52 £51,000 +13.33% 11
East Midlands +54 37 £57,500 +27.78% 16
Scotland +25 37 £50,000 +78.57% 5
West Midlands +28 36 £60,000 +20.00% 18
Wales +15 13 £45,000 - 4
North East +25 12 £40,000 +37.93% 1
Northern Ireland - 12 £58,750 - 3

Security Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 January 2019, 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.

1 606 (48.64%) Firewall
2 457 (36.68%) Network Security
3 446 (35.79%) Cybersecurity
4 396 (31.78%) Information Security
5 371 (29.78%) Cisco
6 358 (28.73%) SIEM
7 339 (27.21%) CISSP
8 320 (25.68%) Windows
9 304 (24.40%) Cisco Certification
10 288 (23.11%) Linux
11 255 (20.47%) Finance
12 234 (18.78%) Security Operations
13 218 (17.50%) CheckPoint
14 203 (16.29%) CCNP
15 197 (15.81%) Amazon AWS
16 188 (15.09%) Microsoft
17 183 (14.69%) Microsoft Azure
18 176 (14.13%) TCP/IP
19 174 (13.96%) WAN
20 170 (13.64%) VPN
21 167 (13.40%) Degree
22 166 (13.32%) Penetration Testing
23 159 (12.76%) Palo Alto
24 147 (11.80%) Intrusion Detection
25 145 (11.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
25 145 (11.64%) Python
26 141 (11.32%) Vulnerability Scanning
27 137 (11.00%) Security Architecture
28 136 (10.91%) Problem-Solving
28 136 (10.91%) Infrastructure Engineering

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 26 (2.09%) Elasticsearch
2 16 (1.28%) Confluence
3 11 (0.88%) SharePoint
3 11 (0.88%) Skype for Business
4 10 (0.80%) OpenStack
5 9 (0.72%) Apache
6 8 (0.64%) IIS
7 7 (0.56%) Apache Spark
8 3 (0.24%) GlassFish
8 3 (0.24%) MS Exchange
8 3 (0.24%) Tomcat
9 2 (0.16%) Mule
9 2 (0.16%) nginx
Applications
1 36 (2.89%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (0.88%) MS Visio
3 8 (0.64%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (0.64%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.16%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 197 (15.81%) Amazon AWS
2 183 (14.69%) Microsoft Azure
3 90 (7.22%) Office 365
4 35 (2.81%) Google Cloud Platform
5 25 (2.01%) Cloud Computing
6 24 (1.93%) Mimecast
7 22 (1.77%) SaaS
8 17 (1.36%) Azure Active Directory
8 17 (1.36%) GitHub
9 11 (0.88%) AWS CloudFormation
10 10 (0.80%) Amazon EC2
11 9 (0.72%) IaaS
11 9 (0.72%) PaaS
12 8 (0.64%) G Suite
13 5 (0.40%) Amazon ELB
13 5 (0.40%) AWS CloudTrail
13 5 (0.40%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 4 (0.32%) OneDrive
14 4 (0.32%) Serverless
15 3 (0.24%) Akamai
Communications & Networking
1 606 (48.64%) Firewall
2 457 (36.68%) Network Security
3 176 (14.13%) TCP/IP
4 174 (13.96%) WAN
5 170 (13.64%) VPN
6 147 (11.80%) Intrusion Detection
7 131 (10.51%) LAN
8 125 (10.03%) Cisco ASA
9 80 (6.42%) OSPF
10 75 (6.02%) Cisco Nexus
11 72 (5.78%) BGP
12 71 (5.70%) DNS
13 67 (5.38%) Cisco Firepower
14 66 (5.30%) Wireless
15 55 (4.41%) Wi-Fi
16 53 (4.25%) SSL
17 52 (4.17%) MPLS
17 52 (4.17%) Wireshark
18 48 (3.85%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
18 48 (3.85%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (2.73%) Big Data
2 29 (2.33%) SQL Server
3 21 (1.69%) Hadoop
4 10 (0.80%) NoSQL
5 7 (0.56%) Data Warehouse
5 7 (0.56%) PostgreSQL
6 6 (0.48%) SQL Server 2008
7 5 (0.40%) SQL Server 2016
8 4 (0.32%) Blockchain
8 4 (0.32%) GIS
8 4 (0.32%) MongoDB
8 4 (0.32%) SQL Server 2012
9 3 (0.24%) Neo4j
9 3 (0.24%) Redis
10 2 (0.16%) MySQL
11 1 (0.080%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 1 (0.080%) Apache Hive
11 1 (0.080%) DB2
11 1 (0.080%) HBase
11 1 (0.080%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 38 (3.05%) JIRA
2 29 (2.33%) Jenkins
3 28 (2.25%) Metasploit
4 16 (1.28%) Git (software)
5 9 (0.72%) AppScan
6 7 (0.56%) Subversion
7 6 (0.48%) Hudson
7 6 (0.48%) Visual Studio
8 5 (0.40%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 5 (0.40%) VSS/SourceSafe
9 4 (0.32%) Rational DOORS
9 4 (0.32%) TeamCity
10 2 (0.16%) Burp Suite
10 2 (0.16%) GitLab
10 2 (0.16%) SonarQube
11 1 (0.080%) FxCop
11 1 (0.080%) IDA Disassembler
11 1 (0.080%) Maven
11 1 (0.080%) OllyDbg
General
1 255 (20.47%) Finance
2 68 (5.46%) Retail
3 52 (4.17%) Banking
4 42 (3.37%) Telecoms
5 18 (1.44%) Law
6 17 (1.36%) Investment Banking
7 15 (1.20%) Electronics
7 15 (1.20%) Games
7 15 (1.20%) Military
8 13 (1.04%) Legal
9 11 (0.88%) Advertising
9 11 (0.88%) Marketing
10 9 (0.72%) Automotive
10 9 (0.72%) Manufacturing
11 8 (0.64%) Aerospace
12 7 (0.56%) Financial Institution
13 4 (0.32%) Front Office
14 3 (0.24%) Local Government
15 2 (0.16%) Billing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (2.17%) .NET
2 15 (1.20%) 802.1X
2 15 (1.20%) LDAP
2 15 (1.20%) REST
2 15 (1.20%) Web Services
3 12 (0.96%) Elastic Stack
4 11 (0.88%) JSON
5 10 (0.80%) AngularJS
5 10 (0.80%) HTML
5 10 (0.80%) RESTful
6 8 (0.64%) CSS
6 8 (0.64%) Regular Expression
6 8 (0.64%) SAML
7 7 (0.56%) SailPoint
7 7 (0.56%) XML
8 6 (0.48%) SOAP
9 5 (0.40%) OAuth
10 4 (0.32%) HTML5
10 4 (0.32%) WSH
11 3 (0.24%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 116 (9.31%) Analytical Skills
2 115 (9.23%) Management Information System
3 87 (6.98%) Data Centre
4 74 (5.94%) Security Operations Centre
5 46 (3.69%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 44 (3.53%) PKI
7 43 (3.45%) Self-Motivation
8 40 (3.21%) Fintech
9 34 (2.73%) Hybrid Cloud
10 25 (2.01%) Data Protection Act
10 25 (2.01%) Hedge funds
11 24 (1.93%) Cyberattack
12 23 (1.85%) Public Cloud
13 19 (1.52%) Cyber Kill Chain
13 19 (1.52%) Cyberthreat
14 15 (1.20%) Cloud Native
15 14 (1.12%) Mobile App
16 12 (0.96%) Clustering
16 12 (0.96%) NHS
17 11 (0.88%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 320 (25.68%) Windows
2 288 (23.11%) Linux
3 83 (6.66%) Unix
4 74 (5.94%) Windows Server
5 29 (2.33%) Windows 10
6 27 (2.17%) Mac OS X
7 25 (2.01%) Kali Linux
8 21 (1.69%) Windows Server 2008
9 19 (1.52%) Windows Server 2012
10 18 (1.44%) CentOS
11 16 (1.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 13 (1.04%) Windows 7
13 12 (0.96%) Android
14 10 (0.80%) Debian
15 8 (0.64%) Apple iOS
16 7 (0.56%) Solaris
17 4 (0.32%) Ubuntu
17 4 (0.32%) Windows Server 2003
18 3 (0.24%) VMS
19 2 (0.16%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 446 (35.79%) Cybersecurity
2 396 (31.78%) Information Security
3 358 (28.73%) SIEM
4 234 (18.78%) Security Operations
5 166 (13.32%) Penetration Testing
6 141 (11.32%) Vulnerability Scanning
7 137 (11.00%) Security Architecture
8 136 (10.91%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 136 (10.91%) Problem-Solving
9 120 (9.63%) Data Loss Prevention
10 118 (9.47%) Vulnerability Management
11 106 (8.51%) DevOps
12 105 (8.43%) Computer Science
13 89 (7.14%) Kalman Filter
14 80 (6.42%) OWASP
15 78 (6.26%) Agile Software Development
16 72 (5.78%) Vulnerability Assessment
17 68 (5.46%) ITIL
18 67 (5.38%) Software Engineering
19 66 (5.30%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 145 (11.64%) Python
2 95 (7.62%) Java
3 80 (6.42%) SQL
4 71 (5.70%) PowerShell
5 59 (4.74%) Perl
6 56 (4.49%) C++
7 55 (4.41%) Bash Shell
8 39 (3.13%) C
9 33 (2.65%) Ruby
10 31 (2.49%) JavaScript
11 29 (2.33%) C#
11 29 (2.33%) Go
12 17 (1.36%) VB
13 16 (1.28%) VBScript
14 11 (0.88%) Embedded C
14 11 (0.88%) TypeScript
15 10 (0.80%) Embedded C++
15 10 (0.80%) Shell Script
16 8 (0.64%) PHP
17 5 (0.40%) VBA
Qualifications
1 339 (27.21%) CISSP
2 304 (24.40%) Cisco Certification
3 203 (16.29%) CCNP
4 167 (13.40%) Degree
5 135 (10.83%) CEH
6 128 (10.27%) CCNA
7 99 (7.95%) SANS
7 99 (7.95%) SSCP
8 95 (7.62%) CISM
9 91 (7.30%) GIAC
10 85 (6.82%) Computer Science Degree
11 81 (6.50%) Security Cleared
12 62 (4.98%) CCIE
13 57 (4.57%) CompTIA Security+
14 55 (4.41%) CISA
15 53 (4.25%) SC Cleared
16 42 (3.37%) Microsoft Certification
17 38 (3.05%) MCSE
18 33 (2.65%) CCDP
19 32 (2.57%) CCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 145 (11.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 90 (7.22%) PCI DSS
3 56 (4.49%) GDPR
4 39 (3.13%) SLA
5 28 (2.25%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 15 (1.20%) Cyber Essentials
7 10 (0.80%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 9 (0.72%) FISMA
9 8 (0.64%) PMO
10 7 (0.56%) QA
11 4 (0.32%) COBIT
11 4 (0.32%) SAS 70
12 3 (0.24%) GPG13
12 3 (0.24%) RMADS
12 3 (0.24%) SSAE 16
13 2 (0.16%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 2 (0.16%) FedRAMP
13 2 (0.16%) HIPAA
13 2 (0.16%) PSD2
System Software
1 113 (9.07%) Active Directory
2 63 (5.06%) Snort
3 61 (4.90%) VMware Infrastructure
4 51 (4.09%) Docker
5 28 (2.25%) Hyper-V
6 15 (1.20%) iptables
7 10 (0.80%) ProxySG
8 9 (0.72%) vSphere
9 8 (0.64%) Virtual Servers
10 7 (0.56%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 5 (0.40%) KVM
12 4 (0.32%) HDFS
12 4 (0.32%) Virtual Machines
12 4 (0.32%) VMware NSX
13 3 (0.24%) VMware ESXi
14 2 (0.16%) Squid
14 2 (0.16%) VMware Workstation
15 1 (0.080%) Apache Flume
15 1 (0.080%) Firmware
15 1 (0.080%) Postfix
Systems Management
1 97 (7.78%) Nessus
2 40 (3.21%) Norton AntiVirus
3 39 (3.13%) Kubernetes
4 36 (2.89%) QRadar
5 31 (2.49%) Nagios
6 30 (2.41%) CASB
7 27 (2.17%) Ansible
8 25 (2.01%) Cisco Prime
9 22 (1.77%) Nmap
10 21 (1.69%) McAfee ePO
11 20 (1.61%) Network Intrusion Detection System
12 19 (1.52%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
13 17 (1.36%) SCCM
14 16 (1.28%) Opscode Chef
14 16 (1.28%) Stealthwatch
14 16 (1.28%) WSUS
15 13 (1.04%) AirWatch
16 12 (0.96%) Puppet
16 12 (0.96%) Suricata
17 11 (0.88%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 371 (29.78%) Cisco
2 218 (17.50%) CheckPoint
3 188 (15.09%) Microsoft
4 159 (12.76%) Palo Alto
5 114 (9.15%) Splunk
6 112 (8.99%) Juniper
7 109 (8.75%) F5
8 95 (7.62%) VMware
9 91 (7.30%) Symantec
10 79 (6.34%) Fortinet
11 69 (5.54%) McAfee
12 59 (4.74%) Meraki
13 54 (4.33%) Blue Coat
14 53 (4.25%) Forcepoint
15 43 (3.45%) Qualys
16 42 (3.37%) SolarWinds
17 40 (3.21%) Red Hat
18 36 (2.89%) LogRhythm
19 34 (2.73%) Sophos
20 32 (2.57%) Google