Period
to 26 September 2018

The median annual salary for a Security Engineer was £55,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 26 September 2018.

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
26 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 386 443 392
Rank change year-on-year +57 -51 +98
Permanent jobs requiring a Security Engineer 1,341 1,186 1,509
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.80% 0.67% 0.78%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.83% 0.70% 0.81%
Number of salaries quoted 1,023 901 1,206
UK median annual salary £55,000 £53,000 £52,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.77% +0.95% +5.00%
10th Percentile £36,000 £33,750 £36,000
90th Percentile £77,500 £78,750 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £47,500 £47,500
% change year-on-year +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 160,740 170,518 186,152
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.02% 95.98% 96.57%
Number of salaries quoted 129,501 136,544 156,426
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,500 £26,750
90th Percentile £82,500 £78,750 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +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 26 September 2018.

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 26 September 2018. 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 +46 1,273 £55,000 +1.85% 244
UK excluding London +44 730 £52,500 +10.53% 188
London +79 580 £65,000 +8.33% 75
East of England +102 210 £52,500 +5.00% 22
South East -56 210 £55,000 +4.76% 60
North of England +34 121 £55,000 +22.22% 30
South West +20 100 £45,500 -4.21% 28
North West +29 85 £59,000 +24.21% 19
Midlands +39 54 £55,000 +45.70% 30
Yorkshire +29 36 £48,750 +30.00% 10
Scotland +18 28 £45,000 -7.69% 10
West Midlands +17 28 £55,000 +45.70% 15
East Midlands +28 26 £55,000 +22.22% 15
Wales -9 6 £60,000 +26.32% 8
Northern Ireland +6 5 £62,500 +56.25% 1

Security Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 September 2018, 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.

1 607 (45.26%) Firewall
2 465 (34.68%) Cybersecurity
3 415 (30.95%) Network Security
4 407 (30.35%) Information Security
5 391 (29.16%) SIEM
6 387 (28.86%) Windows
7 376 (28.04%) Cisco
8 363 (27.07%) CISSP
9 351 (26.17%) Linux
10 319 (23.79%) Finance
11 309 (23.04%) Cisco Certification
12 232 (17.30%) CCNP
13 217 (16.18%) Degree
14 212 (15.81%) TCP/IP
15 211 (15.73%) VPN
16 203 (15.14%) Security Operations
17 187 (13.94%) WAN
18 185 (13.80%) Security Architecture
19 181 (13.50%) Cisco ASA
20 180 (13.42%) Penetration Testing
21 178 (13.27%) Python
22 170 (12.68%) Vulnerability Management
23 160 (11.93%) Microsoft
24 157 (11.71%) CheckPoint
25 156 (11.63%) CCNA
26 154 (11.48%) Intrusion Detection
27 153 (11.41%) Infrastructure Engineering
28 152 (11.33%) LAN
29 142 (10.59%) CISM
30 140 (10.44%) Amazon AWS

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 23 (1.72%) Apache
2 22 (1.64%) Apache Spark
3 20 (1.49%) IIS
4 19 (1.42%) Elasticsearch
5 14 (1.04%) Confluence
6 10 (0.75%) SharePoint
7 9 (0.67%) OpenStack
7 9 (0.67%) Tomcat
8 5 (0.37%) MS Exchange
9 4 (0.30%) nginx
9 4 (0.30%) Skype for Business
10 3 (0.22%) GlassFish
11 2 (0.15%) JBoss
12 1 (0.075%) Alfresco
12 1 (0.075%) Exchange Server 2013
12 1 (0.075%) Joomla!
Applications
1 33 (2.46%) Microsoft Office
2 27 (2.01%) MS Visio
3 12 (0.89%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.075%) OrCAD
4 1 (0.075%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (0.15%) C-CURE
2 1 (0.075%) SunGard APT
Cloud Services
1 140 (10.44%) Amazon AWS
2 103 (7.68%) Microsoft Azure
3 71 (5.29%) Office 365
4 31 (2.31%) Mimecast
5 29 (2.16%) Cloud Computing
6 26 (1.94%) SaaS
7 14 (1.04%) Google Cloud Platform
8 12 (0.89%) GitHub
9 11 (0.82%) IaaS
10 10 (0.75%) G Suite
11 9 (0.67%) PaaS
12 7 (0.52%) Serverless
13 6 (0.45%) AWS CloudFormation
14 5 (0.37%) Azure Active Directory
15 4 (0.30%) Akamai
15 4 (0.30%) Amazon EC2
15 4 (0.30%) Amazon S3
15 4 (0.30%) OneDrive
16 2 (0.15%) Google Drive
17 1 (0.075%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 607 (45.26%) Firewall
2 415 (30.95%) Network Security
3 212 (15.81%) TCP/IP
4 211 (15.73%) VPN
5 187 (13.94%) WAN
6 181 (13.50%) Cisco ASA
7 154 (11.48%) Intrusion Detection
8 152 (11.33%) LAN
9 138 (10.29%) Wireless
10 109 (8.13%) DNS
11 96 (7.16%) Cisco Nexus
12 91 (6.79%) Cisco Firepower
12 91 (6.79%) MPLS
13 89 (6.64%) Cisco ISE
14 81 (6.04%) IPsec
15 74 (5.52%) SSL
16 67 (5.00%) OSPF
17 62 (4.62%) BGP
18 57 (4.25%) VLAN
18 57 (4.25%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 57 (4.25%) Big Data
2 44 (3.28%) Hadoop
3 26 (1.94%) SQL Server
4 13 (0.97%) Data Warehouse
5 8 (0.60%) Apache Hive
5 8 (0.60%) HBase
5 8 (0.60%) Impala
5 8 (0.60%) PostgreSQL
6 7 (0.52%) Blockchain
6 7 (0.52%) NoSQL
7 6 (0.45%) MySQL
8 5 (0.37%) GIS
8 5 (0.37%) Redis
9 4 (0.30%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 2 (0.15%) Power BI
10 2 (0.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 1 (0.075%) DB2
11 1 (0.075%) dBASE
11 1 (0.075%) Neo4j
11 1 (0.075%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 30 (2.24%) Jenkins
2 28 (2.09%) Metasploit
3 23 (1.72%) JIRA
4 18 (1.34%) Git (software)
5 12 (0.89%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 11 (0.82%) Rational DOORS
7 8 (0.60%) Subversion
8 6 (0.45%) AppScan
8 6 (0.45%) Sonatype Nexus
8 6 (0.45%) Visual Studio
9 3 (0.22%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 3 (0.22%) SonarQube
10 2 (0.15%) Maven
10 2 (0.15%) SpecFlow
10 2 (0.15%) Team Foundation Server
10 2 (0.15%) TeamCity
11 1 (0.075%) Burp Suite
11 1 (0.075%) FxCop
11 1 (0.075%) GitLab
11 1 (0.075%) Hudson
General
1 319 (23.79%) Finance
2 86 (6.41%) Retail
3 75 (5.59%) Banking
4 40 (2.98%) Telecoms
5 38 (2.83%) Investment Banking
6 18 (1.34%) Manufacturing
7 14 (1.04%) Financial Institution
7 14 (1.04%) Games
7 14 (1.04%) Legal
8 12 (0.89%) Law
9 11 (0.82%) Advertising
10 6 (0.45%) Marketing
11 4 (0.30%) Electronics
12 3 (0.22%) Aerospace
12 3 (0.22%) Automotive
12 3 (0.22%) Front Office
13 2 (0.15%) Billing
13 2 (0.15%) Military
13 2 (0.15%) Pharmaceutical
14 1 (0.075%) Online Betting
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (1.94%) .NET
2 22 (1.64%) HTML
3 19 (1.42%) LDAP
4 17 (1.27%) AngularJS
5 16 (1.19%) 802.1X
6 15 (1.12%) CSS
6 15 (1.12%) Elastic Stack
7 14 (1.04%) Web Services
8 12 (0.89%) REST
8 12 (0.89%) SAML
8 12 (0.89%) XML
9 9 (0.67%) JSON
10 7 (0.52%) HTML5
11 6 (0.45%) .NET Framework
11 6 (0.45%) OAuth
12 5 (0.37%) RESTful
12 5 (0.37%) WCF
13 4 (0.30%) Kafka
13 4 (0.30%) RabbitMQ
13 4 (0.30%) Regular Expression
Miscellaneous
1 120 (8.95%) Computer Science
2 95 (7.08%) Management Information System
3 88 (6.56%) Analytical Skills
3 88 (6.56%) Data Centre
4 80 (5.97%) Security Operations Centre
5 57 (4.25%) PKI
6 43 (3.21%) Cyberthreat
7 40 (2.98%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 39 (2.91%) Data Protection Act
8 39 (2.91%) Self-Motivation
9 32 (2.39%) Cyberattack
10 23 (1.72%) Fintech
11 21 (1.57%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
12 20 (1.49%) Public Cloud
13 17 (1.27%) Mobile App
14 16 (1.19%) Hedge funds
14 16 (1.19%) NHS
15 14 (1.04%) Hybrid Cloud
16 13 (0.97%) Cyber Kill Chain
17 11 (0.82%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 387 (28.86%) Windows
2 351 (26.17%) Linux
3 83 (6.19%) Windows Server
4 72 (5.37%) Unix
5 30 (2.24%) Windows Server 2012
6 27 (2.01%) Windows Server 2008
7 24 (1.79%) Kali Linux
7 24 (1.79%) Mac OS X
8 17 (1.27%) Solaris
8 17 (1.27%) Windows 7
9 13 (0.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 7 (0.52%) Apple iOS
11 6 (0.45%) Windows 10
12 5 (0.37%) Android
12 5 (0.37%) CentOS
13 4 (0.30%) Embedded Linux
13 4 (0.30%) VMS
14 2 (0.15%) Mac OS
14 2 (0.15%) Ubuntu
15 1 (0.075%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 465 (34.68%) Cybersecurity
2 407 (30.35%) Information Security
3 391 (29.16%) SIEM
4 203 (15.14%) Security Operations
5 185 (13.80%) Security Architecture
6 180 (13.42%) Penetration Testing
7 170 (12.68%) Vulnerability Management
8 153 (11.41%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 137 (10.22%) Agile Software Development
10 120 (8.95%) Vulnerability Scanning
11 119 (8.87%) Data Loss Prevention
12 102 (7.61%) DevOps
13 101 (7.53%) Problem-Solving
14 100 (7.46%) ITIL
15 85 (6.34%) Kalman Filter
16 80 (5.97%) Identity Access Management
16 80 (5.97%) Risk Management
17 77 (5.74%) Continuous Improvement
18 71 (5.29%) Software Engineering
19 65 (4.85%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 178 (13.27%) Python
2 120 (8.95%) Java
3 74 (5.52%) Perl
4 70 (5.22%) C
5 64 (4.77%) SQL
6 61 (4.55%) PowerShell
7 53 (3.95%) JavaScript
8 51 (3.80%) C++
9 50 (3.73%) Bash Shell
10 36 (2.68%) Go
11 30 (2.24%) C#
12 28 (2.09%) Ruby
13 18 (1.34%) PHP
14 15 (1.12%) TypeScript
15 14 (1.04%) Shell Script
16 11 (0.82%) VBA
17 9 (0.67%) VBScript
18 8 (0.60%) Embedded C
18 8 (0.60%) Embedded C++
19 6 (0.45%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 363 (27.07%) CISSP
2 309 (23.04%) Cisco Certification
3 232 (17.30%) CCNP
4 217 (16.18%) Degree
5 156 (11.63%) CCNA
6 142 (10.59%) CISM
7 126 (9.40%) Security Cleared
8 118 (8.80%) CEH
9 100 (7.46%) CISA
10 98 (7.31%) GIAC
11 96 (7.16%) Computer Science Degree
12 93 (6.94%) SSCP
13 92 (6.86%) CompTIA Security+
14 83 (6.19%) SANS
15 74 (5.52%) SC Cleared
16 57 (4.25%) CCIE
17 44 (3.28%) CCDP
17 44 (3.28%) CSSLP
18 28 (2.09%) OSCP
19 25 (1.86%) GCIH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 129 (9.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 70 (5.22%) PCI DSS
3 49 (3.65%) GDPR
4 48 (3.58%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 33 (2.46%) SLA
6 21 (1.57%) Cyber Essentials
7 17 (1.27%) FISMA
8 12 (0.89%) GPG13
9 10 (0.75%) PMO
9 10 (0.75%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 5 (0.37%) QA
11 4 (0.30%) COBIT
11 4 (0.30%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 4 (0.30%) RMADS
11 4 (0.30%) SAS 70
12 2 (0.15%) ISO 9001
13 1 (0.075%) FINRA
13 1 (0.075%) HIPAA
13 1 (0.075%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 93 (6.94%) Active Directory
2 60 (4.47%) Docker
2 60 (4.47%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (1.49%) iptables
4 19 (1.42%) HDFS
5 18 (1.34%) ProxySG
6 16 (1.19%) Firmware
6 16 (1.19%) Hyper-V
7 14 (1.04%) Snort
8 10 (0.75%) Virtual Machines
9 8 (0.60%) Apache Flume
10 7 (0.52%) vSphere
11 5 (0.37%) ACF2
11 5 (0.37%) RACF
11 5 (0.37%) VMware Workstation
12 4 (0.30%) KVM
12 4 (0.30%) VMware ESXi
13 3 (0.22%) VMware NSX
14 2 (0.15%) Virtual Servers
14 2 (0.15%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 64 (4.77%) Nessus
2 49 (3.65%) Cisco Prime
3 45 (3.36%) Kubernetes
4 44 (3.28%) Nagios
5 40 (2.98%) QRadar
6 38 (2.83%) Norton AntiVirus
7 36 (2.68%) Stealthwatch
8 24 (1.79%) Cisco CUCM
9 23 (1.72%) Ansible
9 23 (1.72%) Nmap
10 21 (1.57%) McAfee ePO
11 20 (1.49%) Puppet
12 16 (1.19%) Opscode Chef
12 16 (1.19%) TrustSec
13 15 (1.12%) EnCase
14 14 (1.04%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
15 13 (0.97%) Kibana
15 13 (0.97%) SCCM
16 12 (0.89%) Cacti
16 12 (0.89%) CASB
Vendors
1 376 (28.04%) Cisco
2 160 (11.93%) Microsoft
3 157 (11.71%) CheckPoint
4 132 (9.84%) Palo Alto
5 130 (9.69%) Juniper
6 121 (9.02%) F5
7 96 (7.16%) Splunk
8 92 (6.86%) VMware
9 83 (6.19%) SolarWinds
10 77 (5.74%) Fortinet
11 74 (5.52%) Symantec
12 70 (5.22%) Meraki
13 64 (4.77%) Sophos
14 49 (3.65%) Forcepoint
15 47 (3.50%) McAfee
16 43 (3.21%) Blue Coat
17 42 (3.13%) Citrix
18 35 (2.61%) ArcSight
19 30 (2.24%) Qualys
20 29 (2.16%) LogRhythm