Period
to

The median annual salary for a Security Engineer was £65,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 August 2022.

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 Aug 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 421 399 281
Rank change year-on-year -22 -118 +57
Permanent jobs requiring a Security Engineer 1,357 900 707
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.82% 0.78% 1.16%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.89% 0.85% 1.23%
Number of salaries quoted 804 748 578
10th Percentile £41,250 £38,750 £39,100
25th Percentile £51,250 £48,000 £46,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £65,000 £62,500 £60,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.00% +4.17% -
75th Percentile £80,000 £80,000 £78,438
90th Percentile £95,000 £92,500 £90,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £57,500 £55,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +4.55% +10.00% -

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 151,882 105,886 57,689
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 91.97% 91.61% 94.85%
Number of salaries quoted 82,840 74,171 47,147
10th Percentile £32,500 £31,500 £31,250
25th Percentile £43,750 £41,250 £40,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £60,000 £55,000 £55,000
Median % change year-on-year +9.09% - +10.00%
75th Percentile £78,750 £75,000 £72,500
90th Percentile £95,000 £91,250 £87,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £47,500 £47,500
% change year-on-year +10.53% - +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 August 2022.

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 18 August 2022. 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
Jobs
England -48 1,088 £65,000 - 158
Work from Home -34 613 £67,500 +5.88% 55
London -55 589 £72,500 +3.57% 67
UK excluding London -14 574 £57,500 +4.55% 103
South East -41 146 £67,500 +8.00% 19
North of England -59 105 £63,750 +37.10% 30
South West +17 97 £48,500 +0.52% 7
Scotland -11 66 £60,000 +16.50% 10
Midlands -41 66 £57,500 -8.00% 21
North West -48 62 £65,000 +30.00% 16
East of England -51 58 £50,000 -4.76% 12
West Midlands -34 51 £57,500 +3.37% 8
Yorkshire -21 39 £53,750 +19.44% 10
Wales +12 33 £51,000 +20.00% 2
East Midlands -27 11 £55,000 -31.57% 13
Northern Ireland - 9 £50,000 - 1
North East 0 4 £43,750 -12.50% 4

Security Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 August 2022, Security Engineer job roles required the following 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.

1 552 (40.68%) Cybersecurity
2 535 (39.43%) AWS
3 463 (34.12%) Python
4 455 (33.53%) Azure
5 393 (28.96%) Firewall
6 337 (24.83%) Information Security
7 330 (24.32%) Finance
8 324 (23.88%) SIEM
9 304 (22.40%) Network Security
10 302 (22.25%) Agile
11 296 (21.81%) DevOps
12 264 (19.45%) Linux
13 261 (19.23%) Windows
14 260 (19.16%) Social Skills
15 238 (17.54%) Microsoft
16 234 (17.24%) Security Operations
17 215 (15.84%) Java
18 211 (15.55%) Incident Response
19 207 (15.25%) Application Security
20 205 (15.11%) Bash
21 199 (14.66%) PowerShell
22 198 (14.59%) CI/CD
23 195 (14.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
24 188 (13.85%) Security Cleared
25 178 (13.12%) Infrastructure as Code
26 169 (12.45%) Kubernetes
27 163 (12.01%) Terraform
28 162 (11.94%) Docker
28 162 (11.94%) Penetration Testing
29 161 (11.86%) Software Engineering

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 20 (1.47%) Apache
2 18 (1.33%) Confluence
3 15 (1.11%) MS Exchange
4 9 (0.66%) Apache Spark
4 9 (0.66%) IIS
5 6 (0.44%) SharePoint
6 5 (0.37%) Ethereum
6 5 (0.37%) nginx
6 5 (0.37%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 2 (0.15%) GlassFish
7 2 (0.15%) WebLogic
8 1 (0.074%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 14 (1.03%) Microsoft Excel
2 12 (0.88%) Microsoft Office
3 10 (0.74%) MS Visio
4 9 (0.66%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (0.37%) Distributed Ledger
2 2 (0.15%) R3 Corda
3 1 (0.074%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 535 (39.43%) AWS
2 455 (33.53%) Azure
3 141 (10.39%) Microsoft 365
4 137 (10.10%) GCP
5 90 (6.63%) Serverless
6 83 (6.12%) SaaS
7 81 (5.97%) GitHub
8 68 (5.01%) Azure Sentinel
9 66 (4.86%) Azure DevOps
10 63 (4.64%) Azure Active Directory
11 58 (4.27%) Azure Data Factory
12 54 (3.98%) IaaS
13 51 (3.76%) Cloud Computing
14 49 (3.61%) Azure AKS
15 46 (3.39%) Azure Cosmos DB
15 46 (3.39%) Azure Monitor
15 46 (3.39%) Azure Service Bus
16 45 (3.32%) GitHub Actions
17 44 (3.24%) Azure Event Grid
17 44 (3.24%) Azure Synapse Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 393 (28.96%) Firewall
2 304 (22.40%) Network Security
3 93 (6.85%) VPN
4 87 (6.41%) DNS
4 87 (6.41%) Intrusion Detection
5 66 (4.86%) WAN
6 61 (4.50%) LAN
6 61 (4.50%) TCP/IP
7 57 (4.20%) Wireless
8 56 (4.13%) Internet
9 30 (2.21%) SSL
10 28 (2.06%) HTTP
11 26 (1.92%) DHCP
11 26 (1.92%) Wireless Security
12 20 (1.47%) HTTPS
12 20 (1.47%) Wireshark
13 19 (1.40%) Cisco ASA
14 17 (1.25%) Cisco ISE
14 17 (1.25%) Software-Defined Networking
15 14 (1.03%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 71 (5.23%) Big Data
2 58 (4.27%) Data Lake
3 38 (2.80%) NoSQL
4 20 (1.47%) SQL Server
5 19 (1.40%) Apache Cassandra
6 17 (1.25%) Metadata
7 15 (1.11%) Power BI
8 14 (1.03%) HDInsight
8 14 (1.03%) MongoDB
8 14 (1.03%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 7 (0.52%) Elasticsearch
9 7 (0.52%) MySQL
10 5 (0.37%) Amazon RDS
10 5 (0.37%) DataStage
10 5 (0.37%) DB2
10 5 (0.37%) Hadoop
10 5 (0.37%) HBase
10 5 (0.37%) IBM InfoSphere
10 5 (0.37%) Redis
11 2 (0.15%) DynamoDB
Development Applications
1 50 (3.68%) Git (software)
2 49 (3.61%) Jenkins
3 39 (2.87%) Burp Suite
3 39 (2.87%) GitLab
4 37 (2.73%) JIRA
5 28 (2.06%) SonarQube
6 22 (1.62%) Bitbucket
6 22 (1.62%) Mercurial
7 19 (1.40%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 19 (1.40%) TeamCity
8 17 (1.25%) IDA Disassembler
9 16 (1.18%) Android Studio
9 16 (1.18%) Xcode
10 15 (1.11%) Apktool
10 15 (1.11%) Cycript
10 15 (1.11%) Cydia Substrate
10 15 (1.11%) jadx
10 15 (1.11%) Radare
11 12 (0.88%) Metasploit
12 6 (0.44%) sqlmap
General
1 330 (24.32%) Finance
2 260 (19.16%) Social Skills
3 135 (9.95%) Inclusion and Diversity
4 117 (8.62%) Banking
5 73 (5.38%) Analytical Skills
6 72 (5.31%) Law
7 63 (4.64%) Retail
8 39 (2.87%) Legal
9 30 (2.21%) Public Sector
10 29 (2.14%) Financial Institution
11 28 (2.06%) Games
12 26 (1.92%) Documentation Skills
13 24 (1.77%) Investment Banking
14 22 (1.62%) Marketing
15 21 (1.55%) Telecoms
16 14 (1.03%) Advertising
16 14 (1.03%) Automotive
17 13 (0.96%) Aerospace
17 13 (0.96%) Military
18 9 (0.66%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 92 (6.78%) Node.js
2 89 (6.56%) .NET
3 88 (6.48%) React
4 57 (4.20%) SAML
5 36 (2.65%) OAuth
6 30 (2.21%) LDAP
7 23 (1.69%) HTML
8 21 (1.55%) CSS
9 20 (1.47%) OAuth2
10 18 (1.33%) TensorFlow
11 16 (1.18%) REST
12 15 (1.11%) Web Services
13 14 (1.03%) Elastic Stack
14 13 (0.96%) web3js
15 11 (0.81%) GraphQL
15 11 (0.81%) OpenID
16 10 (0.74%) Mason
17 9 (0.66%) Kafka
17 9 (0.66%) Spring
17 9 (0.66%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 108 (7.96%) Cyberattack
2 102 (7.52%) Management Information System
3 72 (5.31%) Mobile App
4 71 (5.23%) Cyber Defence
4 71 (5.23%) Data Centre
5 64 (4.72%) Cloud Native
6 51 (3.76%) Security Operations Centre
7 47 (3.46%) Cyberthreat
7 47 (3.46%) PKI
8 46 (3.39%) Public Cloud
9 45 (3.32%) Algorithms
10 33 (2.43%) Cybercrime
11 32 (2.36%) Self-Motivation
12 31 (2.28%) Hybrid Cloud
13 26 (1.92%) Blog
14 20 (1.47%) Greenfield Project
14 20 (1.47%) Virtual Team
15 19 (1.40%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
15 19 (1.40%) YARA
16 15 (1.11%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 264 (19.45%) Linux
2 261 (19.23%) Windows
3 82 (6.04%) Windows Server
4 40 (2.95%) Unix
5 34 (2.51%) Android
6 28 (2.06%) Windows 10
7 18 (1.33%) CentOS
7 18 (1.33%) Windows Server 2012
8 12 (0.88%) Kali Linux
8 12 (0.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 11 (0.81%) Apple iOS
10 10 (0.74%) Mac OS
10 10 (0.74%) Ubuntu
11 6 (0.44%) Windows Server 2016
12 4 (0.29%) Debian
12 4 (0.29%) Windows Server 2019
13 3 (0.22%) Mac OS X
14 2 (0.15%) AIX
14 2 (0.15%) Oracle Linux
15 1 (0.074%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 552 (40.68%) Cybersecurity
2 337 (24.83%) Information Security
3 324 (23.88%) SIEM
4 302 (22.25%) Agile
5 296 (21.81%) DevOps
6 234 (17.24%) Security Operations
7 211 (15.55%) Incident Response
8 207 (15.25%) Application Security
9 198 (14.59%) CI/CD
10 178 (13.12%) Infrastructure as Code
11 162 (11.94%) Penetration Testing
12 161 (11.86%) Software Engineering
13 151 (11.13%) Vulnerability Management
14 147 (10.83%) Threat Intelligence
15 146 (10.76%) Threat Modelling
16 137 (10.10%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
17 132 (9.73%) Continuous Improvement
18 131 (9.65%) Problem-Solving
18 131 (9.65%) SDLC
19 129 (9.51%) DevSecOps
Programming Languages
1 463 (34.12%) Python
2 215 (15.84%) Java
3 205 (15.11%) Bash
4 199 (14.66%) PowerShell
5 128 (9.43%) JavaScript
6 109 (8.03%) Go
7 71 (5.23%) C++
8 55 (4.05%) C#
9 47 (3.46%) SQL
10 45 (3.32%) Scala
11 38 (2.80%) C
12 36 (2.65%) Perl
13 26 (1.92%) Kotlin
13 26 (1.92%) TypeScript
14 24 (1.77%) Objective-C
15 21 (1.55%) Ruby
16 15 (1.11%) Apple Swift
17 11 (0.81%) Rust
18 9 (0.66%) PHP
18 9 (0.66%) Solidity
Qualifications
1 188 (13.85%) Security Cleared
2 156 (11.50%) CISSP
3 147 (10.83%) SC Cleared
4 123 (9.06%) Degree
5 119 (8.77%) Cisco Certification
6 81 (5.97%) AWS Certification
7 71 (5.23%) CEH
8 47 (3.46%) (ISC)2 CCSP
8 47 (3.46%) DV Cleared
9 41 (3.02%) Azure Certification
10 36 (2.65%) CCNA
11 34 (2.51%) CISM
12 32 (2.36%) OSCP
13 31 (2.28%) CCSP
14 29 (2.14%) GIAC
15 28 (2.06%) CCNP
16 26 (1.92%) Computer Science Degree
17 21 (1.55%) CompTIA Security+
18 20 (1.47%) CCIE
19 19 (1.40%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 195 (14.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 123 (9.06%) NIST
3 96 (7.07%) GDPR
4 52 (3.83%) PCI DSS
5 46 (3.39%) Cyber Essentials
6 39 (2.87%) NCSC
7 27 (1.99%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 24 (1.77%) SOC 2
9 23 (1.69%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 22 (1.62%) SLA
11 17 (1.25%) RMADS
12 16 (1.18%) HIPAA
13 11 (0.81%) QA
14 8 (0.59%) FISMA
14 8 (0.59%) HITRUST
14 8 (0.59%) NIST 800
14 8 (0.59%) Sarbanes-Oxley
15 6 (0.44%) COBIT
15 6 (0.44%) GRC
15 6 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27005
System Software
1 162 (11.94%) Docker
2 145 (10.69%) Active Directory
3 34 (2.51%) VMware Infrastructure
4 13 (0.96%) Virtual Servers
5 11 (0.81%) VMware Workstation
6 10 (0.74%) ProxySG
7 7 (0.52%) Hyper-V
8 5 (0.37%) VMware Server
9 4 (0.29%) OpenSSH
10 3 (0.22%) BitLocker
10 3 (0.22%) Firmware
10 3 (0.22%) iptables
10 3 (0.22%) Snort
10 3 (0.22%) Virtual Machines
10 3 (0.22%) VMware ESXi
11 2 (0.15%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 2 (0.15%) NFS
11 2 (0.15%) Squid
12 1 (0.074%) vSphere
12 1 (0.074%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 169 (12.45%) Kubernetes
2 163 (12.01%) Terraform
3 81 (5.97%) Ansible
4 36 (2.65%) Single Sign-On
5 32 (2.36%) Microsoft Intune
6 31 (2.28%) Puppet
7 25 (1.84%) Nessus
7 25 (1.84%) WSUS
8 20 (1.47%) CASB
9 18 (1.33%) FortiGate
10 17 (1.25%) Nexpose
10 17 (1.25%) Opscode Chef
11 16 (1.18%) SCCM
12 11 (0.81%) Prometheus
13 9 (0.66%) Backup Exec
13 9 (0.66%) CSIRT
13 9 (0.66%) Grafana
13 9 (0.66%) N-central
14 8 (0.59%) Norton AntiVirus
14 8 (0.59%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 238 (17.54%) Microsoft
2 140 (10.32%) Cisco
3 98 (7.22%) Google
4 96 (7.07%) Palo Alto
5 87 (6.41%) Splunk
6 58 (4.27%) Databricks
6 58 (4.27%) VMware
7 57 (4.20%) CheckPoint
8 41 (3.02%) Darktrace
9 40 (2.95%) F5
10 32 (2.36%) Sophos
11 31 (2.28%) CrowdStrike
11 31 (2.28%) Fortinet
12 30 (2.21%) SolarWinds
13 29 (2.14%) Red Hat
13 29 (2.14%) Twitter
14 27 (1.99%) Meraki
15 25 (1.84%) Veeam
16 23 (1.69%) Citrix
17 20 (1.47%) Juniper