Period
to 27 January 2021

The median annual salary for a Security Engineer was £60,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 27 January 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
27 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 317 374 380
Rank change year-on-year +57 +6 +83
Permanent jobs requiring a Security Engineer 624 982 1,238
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.96% 0.79% 0.83%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.00% 0.82% 0.86%
Number of salaries quoted 610 790 1,042
Median annual salary £60,000 £60,000 £56,250
Median salary % change year-on-year - +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £39,875 £36,250 £37,500
90th Percentile £90,000 £85,000 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £52,000 £52,500
% change year-on-year -3.85% -0.95% +5.00%

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 62,096 119,284 143,736
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.13% 95.56% 95.94%
Number of salaries quoted 50,358 96,575 116,321
Median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £32,000 £28,750 £28,000
90th Percentile £87,500 £86,250 £83,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%

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 27 January 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 27 January 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 +77 581 £60,000 - 186
UK excluding London +62 300 £50,000 -3.85% 139
London +63 281 £65,000 - 65
Work from Home -26 96 £55,000 -4.35% 46
North of England +100 94 £52,500 +5.00% 26
North West +69 70 £45,000 -10.00% 20
South East +68 66 £55,000 -5.17% 29
Midlands +84 55 £50,000 - 26
West Midlands +62 43 £52,500 +5.00% 14
South West +66 39 £47,500 -19.15% 16
East of England +55 29 £50,000 -1.96% 23
Yorkshire +59 23 £55,000 +10.00% 4
East Midlands +50 12 £42,500 - 11
Scotland +2 11 £46,000 +2.22% 9
Northern Ireland +18 5 £42,500 -20.93% 7
North East +16 1 £52,500 +5.00% 2
Wales +4 1 £32,500 -35.00% 3

Security Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 January 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.

1 290 (46.47%) Firewall
2 230 (36.86%) Cybersecurity
3 196 (31.41%) Information Security
4 168 (26.92%) Network Security
5 167 (26.76%) SIEM
6 156 (25.00%) AWS
7 155 (24.84%) Azure
8 145 (23.24%) CISSP
9 132 (21.15%) Windows
10 116 (18.59%) Python
11 113 (18.11%) Linux
12 109 (17.47%) Microsoft
13 106 (16.99%) DevOps
14 101 (16.19%) Cisco
15 94 (15.06%) Active Directory
15 94 (15.06%) Management Information System
16 93 (14.90%) ISO/IEC 27001
17 92 (14.74%) Finance
17 92 (14.74%) Cisco Certification
18 90 (14.42%) Penetration Testing
18 90 (14.42%) Security Architecture
19 89 (14.26%) OWASP
20 83 (13.30%) Intrusion Detection
21 82 (13.14%) LAN
22 80 (12.82%) Degree
23 79 (12.66%) Vulnerability Management
23 79 (12.66%) Security Operations
24 78 (12.50%) Kalman Filter
25 76 (12.18%) Problem-Solving
26 74 (11.86%) WAN

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 9 (1.44%) SharePoint
2 8 (1.28%) Confluence
3 6 (0.96%) Apache Spark
3 6 (0.96%) Elasticsearch
4 5 (0.80%) IIS
5 4 (0.64%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 1 (0.16%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (0.16%) JBoss
6 1 (0.16%) MS Exchange
6 1 (0.16%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.16%) TPMS
Applications
1 21 (3.37%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.16%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (0.64%) Sentinel
2 2 (0.32%) JDE OneWorld
3 1 (0.16%) SAP GRC
3 1 (0.16%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 156 (25.00%) AWS
2 155 (24.84%) Azure
3 60 (9.62%) Office 365
4 36 (5.77%) GCP
4 36 (5.77%) IaaS
5 32 (5.13%) SaaS
6 23 (3.69%) Amazon GuardDuty
7 21 (3.37%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 19 (3.04%) Azure Active Directory
8 19 (3.04%) PaaS
9 11 (1.76%) Amazon ECS
9 11 (1.76%) Mimecast
9 11 (1.76%) Serverless
10 9 (1.44%) AWS CloudTrail
11 7 (1.12%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 6 (0.96%) Cloud Computing
13 5 (0.80%) Akamai
13 5 (0.80%) Amazon EC2
13 5 (0.80%) Azure ExpressRoute
13 5 (0.80%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 290 (46.47%) Firewall
2 168 (26.92%) Network Security
3 83 (13.30%) Intrusion Detection
4 82 (13.14%) LAN
5 74 (11.86%) WAN
6 50 (8.01%) TCP/IP
7 48 (7.69%) VPN
8 39 (6.25%) Cisco ASA
9 34 (5.45%) DNS
10 25 (4.01%) Cisco Nexus
10 25 (4.01%) Wireless
11 24 (3.85%) Internet
12 19 (3.04%) DHCP
13 18 (2.88%) OSPF
14 17 (2.72%) Cisco ISE
14 17 (2.72%) VLAN
15 16 (2.56%) BGP
16 13 (2.08%) HTTP
16 13 (2.08%) MPLS
17 12 (1.92%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (0.96%) NoSQL
1 6 (0.96%) PostgreSQL
1 6 (0.96%) Redis
1 6 (0.96%) SQL Server
2 5 (0.80%) Data Lake
2 5 (0.80%) Dremio
3 3 (0.48%) Big Data
4 1 (0.16%) Amazon RDS
4 1 (0.16%) Hadoop
4 1 (0.16%) MariaDB
4 1 (0.16%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 20 (3.21%) Jenkins
2 14 (2.24%) JIRA
3 7 (1.12%) Git (software)
3 7 (1.12%) TeamCity
4 6 (0.96%) Travis CI
5 3 (0.48%) Ant
5 3 (0.48%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 3 (0.48%) Burp Suite
6 2 (0.32%) Gradle
6 2 (0.32%) Maven
6 2 (0.32%) Octopus Deploy
6 2 (0.32%) SonarQube
6 2 (0.32%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 1 (0.16%) Bitbucket
7 1 (0.16%) Bitbucket Server
7 1 (0.16%) Subversion
General
1 92 (14.74%) Finance
2 35 (5.61%) Retail
3 33 (5.29%) Banking
4 27 (4.33%) Telecoms
5 25 (4.01%) Aerospace
6 24 (3.85%) Law
7 19 (3.04%) Public Sector
8 18 (2.88%) Electronics
8 18 (2.88%) Manufacturing
9 17 (2.72%) Marketing
10 11 (1.76%) Publishing
11 9 (1.44%) Military
12 7 (1.12%) Games
13 6 (0.96%) Mandarin Language
14 5 (0.80%) Financial Institution
14 5 (0.80%) Investment Banking
14 5 (0.80%) Police
15 4 (0.64%) International Banking
16 3 (0.48%) Back Office
16 3 (0.48%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (5.13%) React
2 29 (4.65%) Web Services
3 24 (3.85%) OAuth
4 20 (3.21%) .NET
5 15 (2.40%) OAuth2
6 14 (2.24%) SAML
7 13 (2.08%) OpenID
7 13 (2.08%) RESTful
8 8 (1.28%) Regular Expression
9 6 (0.96%) Kafka
10 5 (0.80%) HTML
10 5 (0.80%) HTML5
10 5 (0.80%) REST
11 4 (0.64%) Elastic Stack
11 4 (0.64%) XML
12 3 (0.48%) Middleware
12 3 (0.48%) SOAP
13 2 (0.32%) JSON
13 2 (0.32%) LDAP
13 2 (0.32%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 94 (15.06%) Management Information System
2 35 (5.61%) Cyberthreat
3 32 (5.13%) PKI
4 22 (3.53%) Cloud Native
4 22 (3.53%) Mobile App
5 20 (3.21%) Analytical Skills
5 20 (3.21%) Data Centre
6 17 (2.72%) Public Cloud
7 13 (2.08%) Enterprise Software
8 11 (1.76%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 11 (1.76%) Self-Motivation
9 10 (1.60%) BYOD
10 9 (1.44%) Cyberattack
10 9 (1.44%) Linux Command Line
11 7 (1.12%) FMCG
12 6 (0.96%) SCADA
13 5 (0.80%) Greenfield Project
13 5 (0.80%) Security Operations Centre
14 4 (0.64%) Replication
14 4 (0.64%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 132 (21.15%) Windows
2 113 (18.11%) Linux
3 46 (7.37%) Windows Server
4 26 (4.17%) Unix
5 11 (1.76%) Windows 10
6 6 (0.96%) Android
7 4 (0.64%) Apple iOS
7 4 (0.64%) Windows Server 2012
8 3 (0.48%) Mac OS
8 3 (0.48%) Mac OS X
9 2 (0.32%) MVS
9 2 (0.32%) Windows Server 2008
9 2 (0.32%) Windows Server 2016
9 2 (0.32%) Windows Server 2019
10 1 (0.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.16%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 230 (36.86%) Cybersecurity
2 196 (31.41%) Information Security
3 167 (26.76%) SIEM
4 106 (16.99%) DevOps
5 90 (14.42%) Penetration Testing
5 90 (14.42%) Security Architecture
6 89 (14.26%) OWASP
7 79 (12.66%) Security Operations
7 79 (12.66%) Vulnerability Management
8 78 (12.50%) Kalman Filter
9 76 (12.18%) Problem-Solving
10 68 (10.90%) Agile Software Development
11 59 (9.46%) Vulnerability Scanning
12 57 (9.13%) Identity Access Management
13 51 (8.17%) DevSecOps
14 48 (7.69%) Security Monitoring
15 47 (7.53%) Security Testing
16 46 (7.37%) Infrastructure Engineering
17 42 (6.73%) Configuration Management
18 41 (6.57%) Computer Science
Programming Languages
1 116 (18.59%) Python
2 51 (8.17%) Java
3 37 (5.93%) Bash Shell
4 34 (5.45%) SQL
5 29 (4.65%) C++
6 24 (3.85%) PowerShell
7 23 (3.69%) Perl
8 21 (3.37%) Go
9 16 (2.56%) C
10 15 (2.40%) C#
11 13 (2.08%) TypeScript
12 12 (1.92%) JavaScript
13 8 (1.28%) Ruby
14 5 (0.80%) Scala
15 4 (0.64%) Shell Script
16 3 (0.48%) Lua
17 1 (0.16%) PHP
17 1 (0.16%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 145 (23.24%) CISSP
2 92 (14.74%) Cisco Certification
3 80 (12.82%) Degree
4 63 (10.10%) CISM
5 55 (8.81%) CEH
6 51 (8.17%) CCNP
7 38 (6.09%) CCNA
8 27 (4.33%) Microsoft Certification
9 25 (4.01%) CompTIA Security+
10 23 (3.69%) MCSE
11 20 (3.21%) OSCP
11 20 (3.21%) Security Cleared
11 20 (3.21%) SSCP
12 19 (3.04%) (ISC)2 CCSP
13 17 (2.72%) CESG Certified Professional
14 16 (2.56%) Computer Science Degree
14 16 (2.56%) OSCE
15 14 (2.24%) CISMP
15 14 (2.24%) GPEN
16 13 (2.08%) CCSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 93 (14.90%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 64 (10.26%) GDPR
3 62 (9.94%) NIST
4 58 (9.29%) PCI DSS
5 20 (3.21%) QA
6 14 (2.24%) Cyber Essentials
7 9 (1.44%) SLA
8 6 (0.96%) HIPAA
9 5 (0.80%) RMADS
10 3 (0.48%) COBIT
10 3 (0.48%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 3 (0.48%) NCSC
11 2 (0.32%) 21 CFR Part 11
11 2 (0.32%) ITGC
11 2 (0.32%) NIST 800
11 2 (0.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 1 (0.16%) ISO 26262
12 1 (0.16%) PA-DSS
12 1 (0.16%) PMO
System Software
1 94 (15.06%) Active Directory
2 64 (10.26%) Docker
3 16 (2.56%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (1.44%) BitLocker
4 9 (1.44%) Firmware
5 6 (0.96%) KVM
6 5 (0.80%) vSphere
7 4 (0.64%) Hyper-V
7 4 (0.64%) VMware ESXi
8 3 (0.48%) zsh
9 2 (0.32%) pfSense
10 1 (0.16%) ProxySG
10 1 (0.16%) Virtual Machines
10 1 (0.16%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 63 (10.10%) Kubernetes
2 52 (8.33%) Terraform
3 25 (4.01%) Microsoft Intune
4 24 (3.85%) Nessus
5 21 (3.37%) SCCM
6 17 (2.72%) Puppet
7 15 (2.40%) Norton AntiVirus
8 14 (2.24%) QRadar
9 12 (1.92%) CSIRT
10 10 (1.60%) Ansible
10 10 (1.60%) FortiGate
10 10 (1.60%) Host Intrusion Detection System
11 9 (1.44%) Single Sign-On
12 8 (1.28%) Opscode Chef
13 7 (1.12%) Jamf Pro
13 7 (1.12%) Prometheus
14 6 (0.96%) Consul
14 6 (0.96%) Demisto
14 6 (0.96%) linkerd
15 4 (0.64%) CFEngine
Vendors
1 109 (17.47%) Microsoft
2 101 (16.19%) Cisco
3 62 (9.94%) CheckPoint
4 61 (9.78%) Palo Alto
5 40 (6.41%) Splunk
5 40 (6.41%) VMware
6 28 (4.49%) Juniper
7 24 (3.85%) CyberArk
7 24 (3.85%) Oracle
8 20 (3.21%) Fortinet
8 20 (3.21%) IBM
8 20 (3.21%) McAfee
9 18 (2.88%) Aruba
9 18 (2.88%) F5
10 17 (2.72%) Meraki
10 17 (2.72%) SAP
11 16 (2.56%) Symantec
12 15 (2.40%) Blue Coat
13 13 (2.08%) FireEye
13 13 (2.08%) HP