Period
to 18 September 2019

The median annual salary for a Security Engineer was £58,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 September 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
18 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 325 392 464
Rank change year-on-year +67 +72 -63
Permanent jobs requiring a Security Engineer 1,367 1,349 1,170
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.97% 0.80% 0.66%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.01% 0.84% 0.69%
Number of salaries quoted 851 1,031 891
UK median annual salary £58,000 £55,000 £53,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.45% +3.77% +0.95%
10th Percentile £33,500 £36,000 £33,750
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £78,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £52,500 £47,500
% change year-on-year -4.76% +10.53% -

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 135,628 161,148 169,376
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.78% 96.07% 96.03%
Number of salaries quoted 107,968 129,896 135,750
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% -
10th Percentile £28,000 £27,500 £27,500
90th Percentile £85,000 £82,500 £78,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

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 18 September 2019.

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 18 September 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 +65 1,265 £60,000 +9.09% 238
UK excluding London +87 899 £50,000 -4.76% 184
London +7 452 £67,500 +3.85% 74
North of England +173 332 £47,500 -13.64% 31
Yorkshire +161 259 £45,000 -10.00% 6
South East +44 229 £56,250 +2.27% 45
East of England +33 161 £49,250 -6.19% 36
North West -1 66 £50,000 -15.25% 24
Scotland +40 57 £41,000 -11.35% 13
Midlands +41 54 £50,000 -9.09% 31
South West -50 37 £50,000 +5.26% 21
West Midlands +30 36 £50,000 -9.09% 16
Wales +31 29 £50,000 -16.67% 6
East Midlands +15 18 £53,750 - 15
North East - 7 £48,750 - 1

Security Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 September 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.

1 643 (47.04%) Firewall
2 637 (46.60%) Network Security
3 598 (43.75%) Cisco
4 529 (38.70%) Cisco Certification
5 515 (37.67%) Linux
6 402 (29.41%) CCNP
7 381 (27.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 379 (27.72%) CCNA
9 377 (27.58%) Python
10 375 (27.43%) Cybersecurity
11 370 (27.07%) Palo Alto
12 368 (26.92%) WAN
13 347 (25.38%) Information Security
14 343 (25.09%) Cisco ASA
14 343 (25.09%) SIEM
15 335 (24.51%) VPN
16 330 (24.14%) Unix
17 314 (22.97%) Management Information System
18 298 (21.80%) Fortinet
19 296 (21.65%) BGP
20 282 (20.63%) IPsec
20 282 (20.63%) Network Management
21 279 (20.41%) DNS
22 275 (20.12%) Bash Shell
23 273 (19.97%) OSPF
23 273 (19.97%) Windows
24 262 (19.17%) MPLS
25 260 (19.02%) Service Delivery
26 258 (18.87%) Cisco Nexus
27 244 (17.85%) Change Control

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 13 (0.95%) MS Exchange
2 11 (0.80%) SharePoint
3 9 (0.66%) Exchange Server 2010
4 7 (0.51%) Confluence
5 5 (0.37%) Apache Spark
6 4 (0.29%) Apache
7 3 (0.22%) IIS
7 3 (0.22%) OpenStack
7 3 (0.22%) Skype for Business
8 2 (0.15%) Elasticsearch
8 2 (0.15%) nginx
8 2 (0.15%) SharePoint 2013
9 1 (0.073%) Drupal
9 1 (0.073%) Exchange Server 2013
9 1 (0.073%) JBoss
9 1 (0.073%) SAS
9 1 (0.073%) Tomcat
9 1 (0.073%) WebLogic
9 1 (0.073%) WebSphere
9 1 (0.073%) WordPress
Applications
1 24 (1.76%) MS Visio
2 12 (0.88%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 4 (0.29%) Cisco SocialMiner
1 4 (0.29%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.073%) Distributed Ledger
2 1 (0.073%) R3 Corda
Cloud Services
1 229 (16.75%) AWS
2 194 (14.19%) Azure
3 92 (6.73%) SaaS
4 83 (6.07%) GCP
5 44 (3.22%) Office 365
6 39 (2.85%) IaaS
7 16 (1.17%) Amazon ECS
8 15 (1.10%) PaaS
9 12 (0.88%) Azure Active Directory
10 8 (0.59%) Cloud Computing
11 7 (0.51%) AWS CloudFormation
12 6 (0.44%) GitHub
12 6 (0.44%) Serverless
13 5 (0.37%) DigitalOcean
13 5 (0.37%) Mimecast
14 4 (0.29%) Azure ExpressRoute
14 4 (0.29%) OneDrive
15 3 (0.22%) Akamai
16 2 (0.15%) Amazon EC2
16 2 (0.15%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 643 (47.04%) Firewall
2 637 (46.60%) Network Security
3 368 (26.92%) WAN
4 343 (25.09%) Cisco ASA
5 335 (24.51%) VPN
6 296 (21.65%) BGP
7 282 (20.63%) IPsec
8 279 (20.41%) DNS
9 273 (19.97%) OSPF
10 262 (19.17%) MPLS
11 258 (18.87%) Cisco Nexus
12 220 (16.09%) RIP
13 215 (15.73%) NetScaler
14 212 (15.51%) SMTP
15 206 (15.07%) ADSL
15 206 (15.07%) Broadband
16 133 (9.73%) LAN
17 122 (8.92%) Intrusion Detection
18 94 (6.88%) TCP/IP
19 82 (6.00%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 36 (2.63%) SQL Server
2 33 (2.41%) MySQL
3 20 (1.46%) NoSQL
4 16 (1.17%) Big Data
5 11 (0.80%) MongoDB
5 11 (0.80%) Relational Database
6 8 (0.59%) RDBMS
7 5 (0.37%) RethinkDB
8 4 (0.29%) GIS
9 2 (0.15%) Amazon RDS
9 2 (0.15%) Data Mining
9 2 (0.15%) Hadoop
10 1 (0.073%) Blockchain
10 1 (0.073%) Cosmos DB
10 1 (0.073%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 53 (3.88%) Jenkins
2 36 (2.63%) PhantomJS
3 12 (0.88%) JIRA
4 11 (0.80%) Rational DOORS
4 11 (0.80%) Rational Rhapsody
5 9 (0.66%) Metasploit
6 8 (0.59%) Git (software)
7 7 (0.51%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 5 (0.37%) Bitbucket
9 4 (0.29%) AppScan
10 3 (0.22%) Burp Suite
10 3 (0.22%) Fiddler
10 3 (0.22%) Gradle
11 2 (0.15%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 2 (0.15%) CF BOSH
11 2 (0.15%) Maven
11 2 (0.15%) Snyk
11 2 (0.15%) SonarQube
12 1 (0.073%) Paros
12 1 (0.073%) WebScarab
General
1 207 (15.14%) Finance
2 117 (8.56%) Telecoms
3 44 (3.22%) Retail
4 42 (3.07%) Banking
5 23 (1.68%) Manufacturing
6 20 (1.46%) Public Sector
7 19 (1.39%) Law
8 18 (1.32%) Games
9 12 (0.88%) Electronics
10 10 (0.73%) Aerospace
10 10 (0.73%) Marketing
11 9 (0.66%) Legal
12 7 (0.51%) Advertising
12 7 (0.51%) Investment Banking
13 4 (0.29%) Financial Institution
13 4 (0.29%) Military
14 2 (0.15%) Brand Awareness
14 2 (0.15%) Pharmaceutical
14 2 (0.15%) Publishing
15 1 (0.073%) Police
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 46 (3.37%) Node.js
2 18 (1.32%) 802.1X
2 18 (1.32%) LDAP
3 13 (0.95%) .NET
4 12 (0.88%) Spring
5 11 (0.80%) Web Services
6 9 (0.66%) Apache Camel
6 9 (0.66%) Hibernate
6 9 (0.66%) Middleware
7 8 (0.59%) SAML
8 7 (0.51%) OAuth
8 7 (0.51%) XMPP
9 6 (0.44%) REST
10 5 (0.37%) Elastic Stack
10 5 (0.37%) Express
10 5 (0.37%) GraphQL
10 5 (0.37%) gRPC
10 5 (0.37%) HTML
10 5 (0.37%) Redux
10 5 (0.37%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 314 (22.97%) Management Information System
2 101 (7.39%) Analytical Skills
3 74 (5.41%) Data Centre
4 55 (4.02%) Security Operations Centre
5 47 (3.44%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 35 (2.56%) Cyberthreat
7 32 (2.34%) PKI
8 22 (1.61%) Public Cloud
9 18 (1.32%) Private Cloud
10 16 (1.17%) e-Learning
11 15 (1.10%) Cyberattack
11 15 (1.10%) Linux Command Line
12 13 (0.95%) Driving Licence
13 10 (0.73%) Algorithms
13 10 (0.73%) Clustering
13 10 (0.73%) Replication
13 10 (0.73%) Self-Motivation
14 9 (0.66%) Cyber Defence
14 9 (0.66%) Greenfield Project
14 9 (0.66%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 515 (37.67%) Linux
2 330 (24.14%) Unix
3 273 (19.97%) Windows
4 58 (4.24%) Windows Server
5 24 (1.76%) Windows Server 2012
6 21 (1.54%) Windows Server 2008
7 13 (0.95%) Windows 10
8 10 (0.73%) Android
9 8 (0.59%) Kali Linux
10 5 (0.37%) CentOS
11 4 (0.29%) Apple iOS
11 4 (0.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 4 (0.29%) Windows 7
12 3 (0.22%) Mac OS X
13 2 (0.15%) Check Point GAiA
13 2 (0.15%) Mac OS
13 2 (0.15%) Windows Server 2003
14 1 (0.073%) Debian
14 1 (0.073%) Solaris
14 1 (0.073%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 375 (27.43%) Cybersecurity
2 347 (25.38%) Information Security
3 343 (25.09%) SIEM
4 282 (20.63%) Network Management
5 260 (19.02%) Service Delivery
6 244 (17.85%) Change Control
7 229 (16.75%) Product Management
8 220 (16.09%) Network Design
9 202 (14.78%) Penetration Testing
10 188 (13.75%) Security Operations
11 156 (11.41%) DevOps
12 141 (10.31%) Problem-Solving
13 132 (9.66%) Agile Software Development
14 106 (7.75%) Secure Coding
14 106 (7.75%) Vulnerability Scanning
15 91 (6.66%) Vulnerability Management
16 88 (6.44%) ITIL
17 86 (6.29%) Kalman Filter
18 79 (5.78%) Ethical Hacking
19 73 (5.34%) Security Architecture
Programming Languages
1 377 (27.58%) Python
2 275 (20.12%) Bash Shell
3 233 (17.04%) Perl
4 149 (10.90%) Java
5 101 (7.39%) PowerShell
6 82 (6.00%) JavaScript
7 72 (5.27%) C++
8 51 (3.73%) Go
9 40 (2.93%) C
10 36 (2.63%) SQL
11 25 (1.83%) Shell Script
12 18 (1.32%) Ruby
12 18 (1.32%) TypeScript
13 12 (0.88%) C#
14 9 (0.66%) Objective-C
15 6 (0.44%) RPG
15 6 (0.44%) VB.NET
16 5 (0.37%) Bourne shell
16 5 (0.37%) Korn
16 5 (0.37%) PHP
Qualifications
1 529 (38.70%) Cisco Certification
2 402 (29.41%) CCNP
3 379 (27.72%) CCNA
4 222 (16.24%) CISSP
5 134 (9.80%) Degree
6 86 (6.29%) CEH
7 77 (5.63%) CCSA
8 70 (5.12%) Security Cleared
9 55 (4.02%) CCSE
10 52 (3.80%) CISM
11 50 (3.66%) Computer Science Degree
12 44 (3.22%) Check Point Certification
13 42 (3.07%) Microsoft Certification
14 41 (3.00%) SC Cleared
15 37 (2.71%) CCSP
16 36 (2.63%) CISA
17 35 (2.56%) GIAC
17 35 (2.56%) MCSE
18 30 (2.19%) SANS
19 26 (1.90%) CompTIA Security+
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 381 (27.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 232 (16.97%) ISO 9001
3 61 (4.46%) PCI DSS
4 44 (3.22%) GDPR
5 39 (2.85%) NIST
5 39 (2.85%) SLA
6 34 (2.49%) COBIT
7 26 (1.90%) Cyber Essentials
8 17 (1.24%) QA
9 11 (0.80%) ISO/IEC 15288
10 9 (0.66%) MiFID
11 8 (0.59%) ISO 22301
11 8 (0.59%) RMADS
12 6 (0.44%) HIPAA
13 5 (0.37%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 5 (0.37%) NCSC
14 4 (0.29%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 4 (0.29%) NIST 800
14 4 (0.29%) Sarbanes-Oxley
15 2 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
System Software
1 78 (5.71%) Active Directory
2 75 (5.49%) VMware Infrastructure
3 44 (3.22%) Docker
4 31 (2.27%) Virtual Machines
5 11 (0.80%) Hyper-V
6 9 (0.66%) Firmware
7 8 (0.59%) VMware ESXi
7 8 (0.59%) vSphere
8 6 (0.44%) iptables
9 5 (0.37%) ProxySG
10 4 (0.29%) NFS
11 3 (0.22%) Snort
12 2 (0.15%) BitLocker
12 2 (0.15%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 2 (0.15%) Postfix
12 2 (0.15%) Samba
12 2 (0.15%) Virtual Servers
12 2 (0.15%) VMware NSX
12 2 (0.15%) VMware Server
13 1 (0.073%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 241 (17.63%) FortiGate
2 233 (17.04%) Nagios
3 69 (5.05%) Kubernetes
4 58 (4.24%) Ansible
4 58 (4.24%) Terraform
5 48 (3.51%) Puppet
6 46 (3.37%) Opscode Chef
7 36 (2.63%) Nessus
8 26 (1.90%) Cisco Prime
9 20 (1.46%) SCCM
10 19 (1.39%) Cisco CUCM
10 19 (1.39%) Cisco UCCX
11 18 (1.32%) Norton AntiVirus
12 14 (1.02%) QRadar
13 12 (0.88%) CASB
14 11 (0.80%) HP Quality Center
15 9 (0.66%) McAfee ePO
16 8 (0.59%) Stealthwatch
17 7 (0.51%) SCOrch
18 6 (0.44%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 598 (43.75%) Cisco
2 370 (27.07%) Palo Alto
3 298 (21.80%) Fortinet
4 231 (16.90%) CheckPoint
5 169 (12.36%) Microsoft
6 91 (6.66%) Splunk
7 90 (6.58%) VMware
8 88 (6.44%) Juniper
9 82 (6.00%) F5
10 76 (5.56%) Symantec
11 75 (5.49%) Google
12 72 (5.27%) CyberArk
13 58 (4.24%) ServiceNow
14 49 (3.58%) Qualys
15 41 (3.00%) Meraki
15 41 (3.00%) NetApp
16 39 (2.85%) SolarWinds
17 35 (2.56%) Blue Coat
17 35 (2.56%) HP
18 29 (2.12%) IBM