Period
to 13 April 2021

The median annual salary for a Security Engineer was £60,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 13 April 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
13 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 348 338 381
Rank change year-on-year -10 +43 +75
Permanent jobs requiring a Security Engineer 686 1,020 1,212
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.83% 0.90% 0.81%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.89% 0.94% 0.85%
Number of salaries quoted 557 790 935
10th Percentile £38,750 £39,975 £37,500
25th Percentile £45,000 £49,000 £46,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £60,000 £60,000 £57,500
Median % change year-on-year - +4.35% +9.52%
75th Percentile £75,000 £77,500 £72,500
90th Percentile £92,305 £92,500 £83,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £52,250 £50,000
% change year-on-year +0.48% +4.50% -

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 77,346 108,572 142,944
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.13% 95.37% 96.02%
Number of salaries quoted 60,849 88,179 115,251
10th Percentile £31,500 £29,750 £28,500
25th Percentile £40,750 £37,750 £37,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £71,250 £68,750
90th Percentile £88,750 £87,500 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +2.27%

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 13 April 2021.

Salary histogram for Security Engineer in the UK

Security Engineer
Top 17 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 13 April 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 -19 628 £60,000 -4.00% 196
UK excluding London +28 349 £52,500 +0.48% 138
London -28 289 £65,000 -7.14% 69
Work from Home -54 145 £60,000 -2.04% 42
North of England +35 114 £52,500 +5.00% 44
South East +28 80 £57,500 +4.55% 26
North West +25 78 £47,000 -6.00% 27
Midlands +45 55 £55,000 - 24
South West +33 52 £44,500 -22.61% 11
West Midlands +46 43 £55,000 - 19
Yorkshire +13 34 £54,500 +3.81% 11
East of England +24 27 £60,000 +17.65% 22
East Midlands +5 12 £43,500 +12.26% 5
Scotland -15 12 £38,000 -15.56% 8
Wales +20 5 £45,000 -14.29% 2
Northern Ireland +4 4 £42,500 -15.00% 1
North East +12 2 £52,500 +5.00% 6

Security Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 13 April 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.

1 272 (39.65%) Firewall
2 254 (37.03%) Cybersecurity
3 229 (33.38%) Information Security
4 171 (24.93%) Network Security
5 170 (24.78%) Azure
5 170 (24.78%) Linux
6 154 (22.45%) SIEM
7 153 (22.30%) AWS
8 147 (21.43%) CISSP
9 133 (19.39%) Windows
10 123 (17.93%) Microsoft
11 119 (17.35%) Python
12 112 (16.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
13 99 (14.43%) OWASP
13 99 (14.43%) Agile Software Development
14 98 (14.29%) Cisco Certification
15 96 (13.99%) Management Information System
16 95 (13.85%) Cisco
17 93 (13.56%) DevOps
18 90 (13.12%) Active Directory
19 85 (12.39%) Security Operations
20 84 (12.24%) Vulnerability Management
20 84 (12.24%) Finance
21 81 (11.81%) Penetration Testing
22 80 (11.66%) Docker
23 79 (11.52%) WAN
24 76 (11.08%) LAN
24 76 (11.08%) Degree
25 72 (10.50%) Intrusion Detection
25 72 (10.50%) CISM

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 19 (2.77%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 10 (1.46%) Elasticsearch
3 7 (1.02%) Confluence
4 6 (0.87%) IIS
5 2 (0.29%) SharePoint
6 1 (0.15%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (0.15%) JBoss
6 1 (0.15%) MS Exchange
6 1 (0.15%) Tomcat
Applications
1 14 (2.04%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (1.02%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (1.02%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 4 (0.58%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 6 (0.87%) Sentinel
2 2 (0.29%) JDE OneWorld
3 1 (0.15%) SAP GRC
3 1 (0.15%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 170 (24.78%) Azure
2 153 (22.30%) AWS
3 59 (8.60%) Microsoft 365
4 51 (7.43%) IaaS
5 47 (6.85%) PaaS
6 46 (6.71%) SaaS
7 35 (5.10%) GCP
8 21 (3.06%) Azure Active Directory
9 16 (2.33%) Cloud Computing
9 16 (2.33%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 15 (2.19%) Amazon ECS
11 13 (1.90%) Power Platform
12 12 (1.75%) PowerApps
12 12 (1.75%) Serverless
13 11 (1.60%) Amazon GuardDuty
14 9 (1.31%) Amazon EC2
15 8 (1.17%) GitHub
16 5 (0.73%) Akamai
16 5 (0.73%) Amazon S3
16 5 (0.73%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 272 (39.65%) Firewall
2 171 (24.93%) Network Security
3 79 (11.52%) WAN
4 76 (11.08%) LAN
5 72 (10.50%) Intrusion Detection
6 63 (9.18%) TCP/IP
7 55 (8.02%) VPN
8 51 (7.43%) DNS
9 40 (5.83%) Cisco ASA
10 36 (5.25%) DHCP
10 36 (5.25%) Internet
11 23 (3.35%) VLAN
12 20 (2.92%) Wireless
13 16 (2.33%) Cisco ISE
13 16 (2.33%) Cisco Nexus
14 15 (2.19%) SD-WAN
14 15 (2.19%) SMTP
15 13 (1.90%) MPLS
15 13 (1.90%) WLAN
16 12 (1.75%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (1.46%) PostgreSQL
1 10 (1.46%) Redis
2 5 (0.73%) SQL Server
3 3 (0.44%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (0.44%) NoSQL
4 2 (0.29%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 2 (0.29%) Azure SQL Database
4 2 (0.29%) RDBMS
4 2 (0.29%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.15%) Amazon RDS
5 1 (0.15%) Big Data
5 1 (0.15%) MariaDB
5 1 (0.15%) OLAP
5 1 (0.15%) OLTP
5 1 (0.15%) Power BI
5 1 (0.15%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 20 (2.92%) Jenkins
2 10 (1.46%) Travis CI
3 9 (1.31%) JIRA
4 6 (0.87%) TeamCity
5 4 (0.58%) Git (software)
6 3 (0.44%) Ant
6 3 (0.44%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 3 (0.44%) IntelliJ
6 3 (0.44%) Visual Studio Code
7 2 (0.29%) Bitbucket
7 2 (0.29%) Gradle
7 2 (0.29%) Maven
7 2 (0.29%) Octopus Deploy
8 1 (0.15%) Bitbucket Server
8 1 (0.15%) Metasploit
General
1 84 (12.24%) Finance
2 41 (5.98%) Banking
3 32 (4.66%) Retail
4 30 (4.37%) Law
5 25 (3.64%) Telecoms
6 22 (3.21%) Manufacturing
7 20 (2.92%) Public Sector
8 18 (2.62%) Electronics
8 18 (2.62%) Marketing
9 17 (2.48%) Aerospace
10 15 (2.19%) Legal
11 9 (1.31%) Games
12 7 (1.02%) Military
12 7 (1.02%) Publishing
13 6 (0.87%) International Banking
14 4 (0.58%) Advertising
14 4 (0.58%) Investment Banking
15 3 (0.44%) Back Office
15 3 (0.44%) Financial Institution
15 3 (0.44%) Police
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 54 (7.87%) Web Services
2 23 (3.35%) OAuth
3 19 (2.77%) Elastic Stack
4 18 (2.62%) SAML
5 16 (2.33%) React
6 13 (1.90%) .NET
7 8 (1.17%) RESTful
8 7 (1.02%) OAuth2
8 7 (1.02%) OpenID
9 6 (0.87%) HTML
10 5 (0.73%) HTML5
10 5 (0.73%) Middleware
10 5 (0.73%) SOAP
10 5 (0.73%) XML
11 3 (0.44%) .NET Core
12 2 (0.29%) .NET Framework
12 2 (0.29%) AngularJS
12 2 (0.29%) HTML5 Canvas
12 2 (0.29%) Node.js
13 1 (0.15%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 96 (13.99%) Management Information System
2 28 (4.08%) PKI
3 26 (3.79%) Analytical Skills
4 24 (3.50%) Enterprise Software
5 19 (2.77%) Public Cloud
6 18 (2.62%) Cloud Native
6 18 (2.62%) Cyberthreat
6 18 (2.62%) Data Centre
7 14 (2.04%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 12 (1.75%) Mobile App
8 12 (1.75%) Self-Motivation
9 10 (1.46%) Greenfield Project
10 8 (1.17%) Cyber Defence
10 8 (1.17%) Cyberattack
11 7 (1.02%) Cyber Kill Chain
12 6 (0.87%) Linux Command Line
13 5 (0.73%) Anti-Piracy
13 5 (0.73%) FMCG
13 5 (0.73%) User Experience
14 4 (0.58%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 170 (24.78%) Linux
2 133 (19.39%) Windows
3 36 (5.25%) Windows Server
4 30 (4.37%) Unix
5 10 (1.46%) Android
6 9 (1.31%) Apple iOS
7 7 (1.02%) Windows 10
7 7 (1.02%) Windows Server 2012
8 5 (0.73%) Mac OS X
8 5 (0.73%) Windows 7
8 5 (0.73%) Windows Server 2016
9 4 (0.58%) VMS
9 4 (0.58%) Windows Server 2008
10 3 (0.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 2 (0.29%) Mac OS
11 2 (0.29%) MVS
11 2 (0.29%) SUSE
12 1 (0.15%) Check Point GAiA
12 1 (0.15%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 254 (37.03%) Cybersecurity
2 229 (33.38%) Information Security
3 154 (22.45%) SIEM
4 99 (14.43%) Agile Software Development
4 99 (14.43%) OWASP
5 93 (13.56%) DevOps
6 85 (12.39%) Security Operations
7 84 (12.24%) Vulnerability Management
8 81 (11.81%) Penetration Testing
9 71 (10.35%) DevSecOps
10 68 (9.91%) Security Architecture
11 65 (9.48%) Problem-Solving
12 62 (9.04%) Kalman Filter
12 62 (9.04%) Vulnerability Scanning
13 60 (8.75%) Software Engineering
14 59 (8.60%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 54 (7.87%) Data Loss Prevention
16 46 (6.71%) Configuration Management
17 45 (6.56%) ITIL
17 45 (6.56%) Security Management
Programming Languages
1 119 (17.35%) Python
2 68 (9.91%) Java
3 40 (5.83%) Go
4 38 (5.54%) Bash Shell
5 32 (4.66%) PowerShell
6 30 (4.37%) Perl
7 29 (4.23%) SQL
8 25 (3.64%) Ruby
9 23 (3.35%) C++
10 19 (2.77%) Shell Script
11 18 (2.62%) C#
12 15 (2.19%) JavaScript
13 13 (1.90%) C
14 10 (1.46%) TypeScript
15 5 (0.73%) Scala
16 2 (0.29%) ES6
16 2 (0.29%) Lua
17 1 (0.15%) PHP
17 1 (0.15%) Rust
Qualifications
1 147 (21.43%) CISSP
2 98 (14.29%) Cisco Certification
3 76 (11.08%) Degree
4 72 (10.50%) CISM
5 56 (8.16%) CEH
6 49 (7.14%) CCNP
7 46 (6.71%) Security Cleared
8 33 (4.81%) SC Cleared
9 32 (4.66%) CCNA
10 30 (4.37%) (ISC)2 CCSP
11 25 (3.64%) GIAC
11 25 (3.64%) Microsoft Certification
12 23 (3.35%) OSCP
13 22 (3.21%) CompTIA Security+
14 20 (2.92%) CISA
14 20 (2.92%) SSCP
15 19 (2.77%) CESG Certified Professional
15 19 (2.77%) Computer Science Degree
16 16 (2.33%) OSCE
17 15 (2.19%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 112 (16.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 70 (10.20%) NIST
3 68 (9.91%) GDPR
4 54 (7.87%) PCI DSS
5 19 (2.77%) Cyber Essentials
6 16 (2.33%) SOC 2
7 15 (2.19%) SOC 1
8 14 (2.04%) QA
9 11 (1.60%) COBIT
10 8 (1.17%) SLA
11 7 (1.02%) GRC
12 6 (0.87%) HIPAA
12 6 (0.87%) RMADS
13 5 (0.73%) NCSC
14 4 (0.58%) PMO
14 4 (0.58%) Sarbanes-Oxley
15 3 (0.44%) FedRAMP
15 3 (0.44%) ISO 9001
16 2 (0.29%) 21 CFR Part 11
16 2 (0.29%) NIST 800
System Software
1 90 (13.12%) Active Directory
2 80 (11.66%) Docker
3 21 (3.06%) KVM
4 15 (2.19%) VMware Infrastructure
5 11 (1.60%) BitLocker
6 6 (0.87%) Firmware
7 4 (0.58%) vSphere
8 3 (0.44%) pfSense
8 3 (0.44%) Virtual Machines
9 2 (0.29%) Hyper-V
9 2 (0.29%) ProxySG
9 2 (0.29%) Virtual Desktop
9 2 (0.29%) VMware Server
10 1 (0.15%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.15%) Snort
10 1 (0.15%) Virtual Servers
10 1 (0.15%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 67 (9.77%) Kubernetes
2 50 (7.29%) Terraform
3 46 (6.71%) Puppet
4 37 (5.39%) Nessus
5 24 (3.50%) Opscode Chef
6 21 (3.06%) Demisto
7 19 (2.77%) CFEngine
8 15 (2.19%) SCCM
9 11 (1.60%) Host Intrusion Detection System
9 11 (1.60%) Prometheus
10 10 (1.46%) Ansible
10 10 (1.46%) CASB
10 10 (1.46%) Consul
10 10 (1.46%) linkerd
10 10 (1.46%) Single Sign-On
11 8 (1.17%) FortiGate
11 8 (1.17%) Norton AntiVirus
12 5 (0.73%) CSIRT
13 4 (0.58%) Microsoft Intune
13 4 (0.58%) QRadar
Vendors
1 123 (17.93%) Microsoft
2 95 (13.85%) Cisco
3 47 (6.85%) Palo Alto
4 44 (6.41%) CheckPoint
5 38 (5.54%) Splunk
6 32 (4.66%) Oracle
6 32 (4.66%) VMware
7 30 (4.37%) Juniper
8 23 (3.35%) Fortinet
8 23 (3.35%) ServiceNow
9 20 (2.92%) ArcSight
9 20 (2.92%) CyberArk
10 19 (2.77%) SAP
11 17 (2.48%) Aruba
12 14 (2.04%) Meraki
13 13 (1.90%) Blue Coat
13 13 (1.90%) Qualys
14 12 (1.75%) F5
15 11 (1.60%) CrowdStrike
16 10 (1.46%) Symantec