Period
to 18 October 2021

The median annual salary for a Security Engineer was £64,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 October 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
18 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 370 270 351
Rank change year-on-year -100 +81 +49
Permanent jobs requiring a Security Engineer 1,071 577 1,292
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.85% 1.20% 0.94%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.94% 1.27% 0.98%
Number of salaries quoted 831 490 802
10th Percentile £38,750 £41,250 £33,500
25th Percentile £47,500 £46,250 £42,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £64,500 £60,500 £55,000
Median % change year-on-year +6.61% +10.00% -4.35%
75th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £71,250
90th Percentile £92,500 £90,125 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £50,000

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 114,354 45,503 131,343
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 91.27% 94.96% 95.67%
Number of salaries quoted 79,204 38,038 106,027
10th Percentile £31,830 £32,500 £28,000
25th Percentile £41,250 £41,250 £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 £70,000
90th Percentile £92,500 £88,750 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +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 18 October 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 18 October 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 -89 982 £65,000 +4.00% 223
UK excluding London -67 537 £50,000 - 146
London -136 465 £70,000 -3.45% 88
Work from Home -110 274 £60,000 +9.09% 45
South East -23 219 £59,000 +15.69% 33
North of England -86 105 £47,500 -20.83% 41
South West -52 73 £48,000 -4.00% 20
North West -84 56 £46,500 -22.50% 23
Midlands -127 47 £65,000 +30.00% 21
Scotland -55 46 £48,000 +6.67% 12
Yorkshire -78 44 £45,000 -18.18% 15
East of England -97 42 £45,000 -7.69% 19
East Midlands -72 26 £75,000 +69.49% 8
West Midlands -135 21 £62,500 +16.82% 12
Wales -44 7 £35,000 -15.66%
North East - 5 £55,000 - 3

Security Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 October 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.

1 499 (46.59%) Cybersecurity
2 375 (35.01%) AWS
3 369 (34.45%) Firewall
4 341 (31.84%) Azure
5 328 (30.63%) Python
6 310 (28.94%) Information Security
7 282 (26.33%) Network Security
8 257 (24.00%) DevOps
9 233 (21.76%) SIEM
10 199 (18.58%) Microsoft
11 193 (18.02%) Agile Software Development
12 179 (16.71%) PowerShell
13 173 (16.15%) Linux
14 171 (15.97%) Social Skills
15 169 (15.78%) Windows
16 155 (14.47%) Finance
17 139 (12.98%) Cisco
18 138 (12.89%) Risk Management
19 136 (12.70%) CISSP
19 136 (12.70%) Analytics
20 135 (12.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
21 132 (12.32%) Security Operations
22 123 (11.48%) Vulnerability Management
23 121 (11.30%) Infrastructure as Code
24 115 (10.74%) Degree
25 113 (10.55%) Palo Alto
26 112 (10.46%) DevSecOps
26 112 (10.46%) Security Cleared
27 109 (10.18%) Kubernetes
28 108 (10.08%) Continuous Improvement

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 17 (1.59%) Apache Spark
2 13 (1.21%) Elasticsearch
3 10 (0.93%) IIS
4 8 (0.75%) Apache
5 6 (0.56%) Apache Airflow
6 3 (0.28%) Confluence
6 3 (0.28%) SharePoint
7 2 (0.19%) MS Exchange
8 1 (0.093%) Apache Pig
8 1 (0.093%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 19 (1.77%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (1.21%) MS Visio
3 6 (0.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (0.47%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 63 (5.88%) Sentinel
2 3 (0.28%) NetSuite
3 1 (0.093%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 375 (35.01%) AWS
2 341 (31.84%) Azure
3 106 (9.90%) Microsoft 365
4 91 (8.50%) GCP
5 88 (8.22%) Serverless
6 74 (6.91%) Azure Sentinel
7 67 (6.26%) AWS Lambda
8 57 (5.32%) Amazon S3
8 57 (5.32%) AWS CloudTrail
9 56 (5.23%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 55 (5.14%) PaaS
11 52 (4.86%) SaaS
12 47 (4.39%) Azure Data Factory
12 47 (4.39%) IaaS
13 44 (4.11%) Amazon GuardDuty
14 40 (3.73%) AWS CloudFormation
15 35 (3.27%) Azure Logic Apps
15 35 (3.27%) CloudFront
16 30 (2.80%) Power Platform
17 29 (2.71%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 369 (34.45%) Firewall
2 282 (26.33%) Network Security
3 92 (8.59%) VPN
4 67 (6.26%) TCP/IP
5 58 (5.42%) WAN
6 49 (4.58%) Wireshark
7 48 (4.48%) LAN
8 47 (4.39%) Intrusion Detection
9 43 (4.01%) DNS
10 39 (3.64%) Internet
11 36 (3.36%) SMS
12 28 (2.61%) DHCP
13 26 (2.43%) Cisco IPT
13 26 (2.43%) VLAN
14 24 (2.24%) SSL
15 21 (1.96%) Broadband
15 21 (1.96%) Cisco ASA
16 19 (1.77%) IPsec
16 19 (1.77%) Wi-Fi
17 17 (1.59%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 65 (6.07%) Big Data
2 54 (5.04%) Data Lake
3 31 (2.89%) NoSQL
4 28 (2.61%) Apache Cassandra
4 28 (2.61%) MongoDB
5 27 (2.52%) HDInsight
5 27 (2.52%) Power BI
5 27 (2.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 25 (2.33%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 22 (2.05%) Amazon Athena
7 22 (2.05%) Amazon RDS
7 22 (2.05%) Amazon Redshift
8 21 (1.96%) Electronic Patient Records
9 15 (1.40%) SQL Server
10 9 (0.84%) Relational Database
11 8 (0.75%) RDBMS
12 6 (0.56%) Oracle Database
13 4 (0.37%) Data Mining
14 3 (0.28%) Azure SQL Database
14 3 (0.28%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 61 (5.70%) Jenkins
2 26 (2.43%) Git (software)
3 16 (1.49%) kappa
4 12 (1.12%) Bitbucket
4 12 (1.12%) JIRA
5 8 (0.75%) Burp Suite
6 7 (0.65%) Sonatype Nexus
7 6 (0.56%) SoapUI
8 5 (0.47%) Artifactory
8 5 (0.47%) CircleCI
8 5 (0.47%) IDA Disassembler
8 5 (0.47%) Postman
8 5 (0.47%) Selenium
9 4 (0.37%) Metasploit
9 4 (0.37%) TeamCity
10 3 (0.28%) Ant
10 3 (0.28%) Cucumber
10 3 (0.28%) Maven
11 2 (0.19%) Fiddler
11 2 (0.19%) Gradle
General
1 171 (15.97%) Social Skills
2 155 (14.47%) Finance
3 59 (5.51%) Analytical Skills
4 52 (4.86%) Telecoms
5 44 (4.11%) Retail
6 35 (3.27%) Public Sector
7 30 (2.80%) Manufacturing
8 29 (2.71%) Banking
9 27 (2.52%) Marketing
10 23 (2.15%) Electronics
11 22 (2.05%) Law
11 22 (2.05%) Presentation Skills
12 21 (1.96%) Military
13 16 (1.49%) Documentation Skills
13 16 (1.49%) Legal
14 15 (1.40%) Organisational Skills
15 11 (1.03%) Financial Institution
16 7 (0.65%) Aerospace
16 7 (0.65%) Publishing
17 6 (0.56%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (4.01%) XML
2 38 (3.55%) JSON
3 26 (2.43%) Web Services
4 25 (2.33%) Kafka
5 24 (2.24%) SAML
6 21 (1.96%) REST
7 19 (1.77%) OAuth
8 17 (1.59%) .NET
9 10 (0.93%) SOAP
10 9 (0.84%) React
10 9 (0.84%) Scrapy
11 8 (0.75%) GraphQL
11 8 (0.75%) HTML
12 7 (0.65%) JWT
12 7 (0.65%) Node.js
12 7 (0.65%) OAuth2
13 6 (0.56%) ActiveMQ
13 6 (0.56%) Elastic Stack
13 6 (0.56%) LDAP
14 5 (0.47%) OpenID
Miscellaneous
1 68 (6.35%) Management Information System
2 42 (3.92%) Cloud Native
3 38 (3.55%) Cyberthreat
4 28 (2.61%) Public Cloud
5 24 (2.24%) Data Centre
6 23 (2.15%) Self-Motivation
7 18 (1.68%) Mobile App
7 18 (1.68%) Security Operations Centre
8 17 (1.59%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 17 (1.59%) Hedge funds
8 17 (1.59%) PKI
9 15 (1.40%) Cyberattack
10 14 (1.31%) Virtual Team
11 12 (1.12%) Greenfield Project
12 10 (0.93%) Linux Command Line
12 10 (0.93%) User Experience
13 8 (0.75%) Cyber Kill Chain
13 8 (0.75%) Hybrid Cloud
13 8 (0.75%) SCADA
14 7 (0.65%) Equities
Operating Systems
1 173 (16.15%) Linux
2 169 (15.78%) Windows
3 43 (4.01%) Mac OS
4 27 (2.52%) Unix
5 26 (2.43%) Windows Server
6 16 (1.49%) Windows 10
7 13 (1.21%) Windows Server 2016
8 12 (1.12%) Windows Server 2012
9 10 (0.93%) Mac OS X
10 9 (0.84%) VMS
11 7 (0.65%) Windows Server 2008
12 6 (0.56%) Solaris
13 5 (0.47%) Android
14 3 (0.28%) Apple iOS
14 3 (0.28%) Windows Server 2019
15 2 (0.19%) OpenBSD
16 1 (0.093%) CentOS
16 1 (0.093%) Check Point GAiA
16 1 (0.093%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 499 (46.59%) Cybersecurity
2 310 (28.94%) Information Security
3 257 (24.00%) DevOps
4 233 (21.76%) SIEM
5 193 (18.02%) Agile Software Development
6 138 (12.89%) Risk Management
7 136 (12.70%) Analytics
8 132 (12.32%) Security Operations
9 123 (11.48%) Vulnerability Management
10 121 (11.30%) Infrastructure as Code
11 112 (10.46%) DevSecOps
12 108 (10.08%) Continuous Improvement
13 89 (8.31%) Kalman Filter
14 88 (8.22%) Security Testing
15 84 (7.84%) Security Architecture
16 82 (7.66%) Vulnerability Scanning
17 80 (7.47%) OWASP
18 75 (7.00%) Data Analytics
18 75 (7.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 75 (7.00%) Threat Modelling
Programming Languages
1 328 (30.63%) Python
2 179 (16.71%) PowerShell
3 98 (9.15%) Bash Shell
4 86 (8.03%) C#
4 86 (8.03%) Java
5 74 (6.91%) JavaScript
6 57 (5.32%) SQL
7 43 (4.01%) Ruby
8 39 (3.64%) Perl
9 34 (3.17%) VB
10 32 (2.99%) Go
11 29 (2.71%) Scala
12 14 (1.31%) C
13 11 (1.03%) TypeScript
14 9 (0.84%) C++
15 6 (0.56%) Kotlin
16 4 (0.37%) Shell Script
17 3 (0.28%) R
17 3 (0.28%) VBA
18 1 (0.093%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 136 (12.70%) CISSP
2 115 (10.74%) Degree
3 112 (10.46%) Security Cleared
4 99 (9.24%) Cisco Certification
5 75 (7.00%) SC Cleared
6 65 (6.07%) SANS
7 53 (4.95%) CEH
8 49 (4.58%) CCNA
9 45 (4.20%) CISM
10 41 (3.83%) DV Cleared
11 40 (3.73%) GCIH
12 38 (3.55%) CompTIA Security+
13 37 (3.45%) (ISC)2 CCSP
13 37 (3.45%) Computer Science Degree
14 36 (3.36%) GCIA
15 34 (3.17%) GCFA
15 34 (3.17%) GCFE
16 29 (2.71%) GIAC
17 28 (2.61%) CCNP
18 27 (2.52%) AWS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 135 (12.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 86 (8.03%) NIST
3 50 (4.67%) GDPR
4 31 (2.89%) Cyber Essentials
4 31 (2.89%) PCI DSS
5 25 (2.33%) NCSC
6 18 (1.68%) JSP 440
7 14 (1.31%) SOC 2
8 13 (1.21%) QA
8 13 (1.21%) RMADS
9 11 (1.03%) COBIT
9 11 (1.03%) SLA
10 9 (0.84%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 9 (0.84%) IASME
11 5 (0.47%) GRC
11 5 (0.47%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 4 (0.37%) GLBA
12 4 (0.37%) NIST 800
13 3 (0.28%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 3 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 106 (9.90%) Docker
2 96 (8.96%) Active Directory
3 23 (2.15%) VMware Infrastructure
4 8 (0.75%) Virtual Machines
4 8 (0.75%) vSphere
5 6 (0.56%) Firmware
5 6 (0.56%) Hyper-V
6 5 (0.47%) VMware ESXi
7 4 (0.37%) Snort
8 3 (0.28%) LXC
9 2 (0.19%) KVM
9 2 (0.19%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 2 (0.19%) Virtual Servers
10 1 (0.093%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 109 (10.18%) Kubernetes
2 105 (9.80%) Terraform
3 43 (4.01%) Ansible
4 36 (3.36%) Nessus
5 33 (3.08%) Puppet
6 21 (1.96%) CASB
7 15 (1.40%) Nmap
7 15 (1.40%) Single Sign-On
8 14 (1.31%) CSIRT
9 13 (1.21%) QRadar
10 9 (0.84%) McAfee ePO
10 9 (0.84%) Microsoft Intune
11 7 (0.65%) DatAdvantage
11 7 (0.65%) Istio
11 7 (0.65%) Pingdom
11 7 (0.65%) SolarWinds Orion
12 6 (0.56%) FortiGate
12 6 (0.56%) HP ALM
12 6 (0.56%) HP Fortify
12 6 (0.56%) Kibana
Vendors
1 199 (18.58%) Microsoft
2 139 (12.98%) Cisco
3 113 (10.55%) Palo Alto
4 80 (7.47%) CheckPoint
5 77 (7.19%) Splunk
6 62 (5.79%) Google
7 53 (4.95%) Databricks
8 50 (4.67%) F5
9 49 (4.58%) Meraki
10 48 (4.48%) Fortinet
10 48 (4.48%) VMware
11 45 (4.20%) McAfee
12 44 (4.11%) Juniper
13 36 (3.36%) TippingPoint
14 28 (2.61%) Palantir
15 25 (2.33%) SAP
16 24 (2.24%) SolarWinds
17 20 (1.87%) Qualys
18 18 (1.68%) ServiceNow
19 16 (1.49%) CrowdStrike