Period
to 25 May 2018

The median annual salary for a Security Engineer was £55,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 25 May 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
25 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 434 422 402
Rank change year-on-year -12 -20 +92
Permanent jobs requiring a Security Engineer 1,216 1,229 1,551
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.70% 0.73% 0.77%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.73% 0.75% 0.80%
Number of salaries quoted 971 969 1,296
UK median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £52,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.76% - +7.97%
10th Percentile £35,000 £32,500 £36,250
90th Percentile £77,500 £80,000 £72,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £51,500 £47,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year +8.42% -5.00% +7.53%

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 167,574 163,030 193,904
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.37% 96.44% 96.59%
Number of salaries quoted 136,241 134,968 162,789
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 £26,500
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £76,250
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 25 May 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 25 May 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 -14 1,158 £55,000 +4.76% 248
UK excluding London -5 648 £51,500 +8.42% 173
London -11 545 £57,500 - 87
South East -84 244 £52,500 +5.00% 61
East of England +48 132 £60,000 +20.00% 26
North of England +15 113 £50,000 +11.11% 26
South West -6 82 £47,500 - 24
North West -14 70 £55,000 +15.79% 15
Yorkshire +37 42 £50,000 +33.33% 9
Midlands +1 41 £48,750 +8.33% 24
West Midlands +5 38 £47,500 +5.56% 9
Scotland -31 32 £28,000 -6.67% 8
Wales -2 4 £65,000 +44.44% 3
East Midlands 0 3 £52,500 -8.70% 14
North East -25 1 £29,000 -30.54% 2

Security Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 May 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.

1 563 (46.30%) Firewall
2 403 (33.14%) Network Security
3 380 (31.25%) Cybersecurity
4 368 (30.26%) Cisco
5 358 (29.44%) SIEM
6 315 (25.90%) Information Security
7 303 (24.92%) CISSP
8 288 (23.68%) Windows
9 274 (22.53%) Linux
10 235 (19.33%) Cisco Certification
11 222 (18.26%) Finance
12 203 (16.69%) Degree
13 199 (16.37%) Security Operations
14 193 (15.87%) Penetration Testing
15 187 (15.38%) Cisco ASA
16 184 (15.13%) VPN
17 176 (14.47%) CCNP
18 174 (14.31%) CheckPoint
19 173 (14.23%) TCP/IP
20 172 (14.14%) Microsoft
20 172 (14.14%) WAN
21 157 (12.91%) Vulnerability Management
22 156 (12.83%) LAN
23 138 (11.35%) F5
24 132 (10.86%) CISM
25 129 (10.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
26 126 (10.36%) Palo Alto
27 125 (10.28%) DNS
28 115 (9.46%) Python
28 115 (9.46%) Intrusion Detection

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 18 (1.48%) IIS
2 15 (1.23%) Apache
3 14 (1.15%) SharePoint
4 13 (1.07%) Apache Spark
5 11 (0.90%) MS Exchange
6 10 (0.82%) Tomcat
7 9 (0.74%) Confluence
7 9 (0.74%) Elasticsearch
8 6 (0.49%) JBoss
9 2 (0.16%) Exchange Server 2013
9 2 (0.16%) SharePoint 2013
9 2 (0.16%) WebLogic
10 1 (0.082%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 40 (3.29%) MS Visio
2 30 (2.47%) Microsoft Office
3 18 (1.48%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 8 (0.66%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 6 (0.49%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (0.25%) C-CURE
3 1 (0.082%) SunGard APT
Cloud Services
1 91 (7.48%) Amazon AWS
2 84 (6.91%) Microsoft Azure
3 46 (3.78%) Office 365
4 43 (3.54%) SaaS
5 35 (2.88%) Cloud Computing
6 23 (1.89%) Mimecast
7 17 (1.40%) Google Cloud Platform
8 15 (1.23%) Akamai
9 11 (0.90%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 11 (0.90%) AWS CloudTrail
10 10 (0.82%) GitHub
10 10 (0.82%) PaaS
11 8 (0.66%) IaaS
12 7 (0.58%) Azure Active Directory
12 7 (0.58%) OneDrive
13 2 (0.16%) Amazon EC2
13 2 (0.16%) Amazon S3
13 2 (0.16%) IBM Cloud
13 2 (0.16%) SoftLayer
14 1 (0.082%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 563 (46.30%) Firewall
2 403 (33.14%) Network Security
3 187 (15.38%) Cisco ASA
4 184 (15.13%) VPN
5 173 (14.23%) TCP/IP
6 172 (14.14%) WAN
7 156 (12.83%) LAN
8 125 (10.28%) DNS
9 115 (9.46%) Intrusion Detection
10 114 (9.38%) Wireless
11 100 (8.22%) IPsec
12 91 (7.48%) OSPF
13 83 (6.83%) DHCP
14 79 (6.50%) BGP
15 77 (6.33%) MPLS
16 76 (6.25%) Cisco Firepower
17 74 (6.09%) SSL
18 68 (5.59%) Cisco ISE
19 67 (5.51%) Cisco Nexus
20 60 (4.93%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (2.30%) Big Data
2 18 (1.48%) Hadoop
3 17 (1.40%) Data Warehouse
4 15 (1.23%) SQL Server
5 7 (0.58%) GIS
6 6 (0.49%) PostgreSQL
7 5 (0.41%) Apache Hive
7 5 (0.41%) Blockchain
7 5 (0.41%) HBase
7 5 (0.41%) Impala
8 4 (0.33%) Relational Database
9 3 (0.25%) MySQL
10 2 (0.16%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 2 (0.16%) Power BI
10 2 (0.16%) RDBMS
10 2 (0.16%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 1 (0.082%) dBASE
11 1 (0.082%) MongoDB
11 1 (0.082%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 38 (3.13%) Git (software)
2 37 (3.04%) Jenkins
3 20 (1.64%) JIRA
4 15 (1.23%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 12 (0.99%) Team Foundation Server
6 11 (0.90%) TeamCity
7 9 (0.74%) Metasploit
8 8 (0.66%) Sonatype Nexus
9 7 (0.58%) Subversion
10 6 (0.49%) Rational DOORS
10 6 (0.49%) SpecFlow
11 5 (0.41%) AppScan
12 2 (0.16%) Visual Studio Team System
13 1 (0.082%) Appium
13 1 (0.082%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 1 (0.082%) Calabash
13 1 (0.082%) GitLab
13 1 (0.082%) Maven
13 1 (0.082%) Selenium
13 1 (0.082%) SonarQube
General
1 222 (18.26%) Finance
2 58 (4.77%) Banking
3 38 (3.13%) Retail
4 24 (1.97%) Legal
5 21 (1.73%) Investment Banking
5 21 (1.73%) Law
6 20 (1.64%) Manufacturing
7 19 (1.56%) Telecoms
8 15 (1.23%) Games
9 8 (0.66%) Financial Institution
9 8 (0.66%) Marketing
10 6 (0.49%) Aerospace
10 6 (0.49%) Local Government
11 3 (0.25%) Front Office
12 2 (0.16%) Electronics
12 2 (0.16%) Multimedia
13 1 (0.082%) Advertising
13 1 (0.082%) French Language
13 1 (0.082%) German Language
13 1 (0.082%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 46 (3.78%) HTML
2 20 (1.64%) Web Services
3 18 (1.48%) XML
4 15 (1.23%) REST
5 12 (0.99%) LDAP
6 11 (0.90%) 802.1X
7 10 (0.82%) Elastic Stack
8 9 (0.74%) WCF
9 8 (0.66%) .NET
9 8 (0.66%) CSS
9 8 (0.66%) JSON
9 8 (0.66%) Middleware
10 7 (0.58%) jQuery
10 7 (0.58%) SailPoint
10 7 (0.58%) SAML
11 6 (0.49%) Gherkin
12 5 (0.41%) OAuth
12 5 (0.41%) STL
12 5 (0.41%) Yocto
13 4 (0.33%) SAP CAF
Miscellaneous
1 106 (8.72%) Analytical Skills
2 90 (7.40%) Data Centre
3 77 (6.33%) Management Information System
4 71 (5.84%) Computer Science
5 65 (5.35%) Cyberthreat
6 59 (4.85%) Security Operations Centre
7 45 (3.70%) PKI
8 42 (3.45%) Fintech
9 38 (3.13%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 30 (2.47%) Self-Motivation
11 28 (2.30%) Cyberattack
12 14 (1.15%) Data Protection Act
12 14 (1.15%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
13 12 (0.99%) Public Cloud
14 11 (0.90%) Algorithms
14 11 (0.90%) Cyber Kill Chain
15 10 (0.82%) Cyber Defence
15 10 (0.82%) Driving Licence
15 10 (0.82%) Mainframe
15 10 (0.82%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 288 (23.68%) Windows
2 274 (22.53%) Linux
3 90 (7.40%) Unix
4 76 (6.25%) Windows Server
5 27 (2.22%) Windows Server 2008
6 20 (1.64%) Windows Server 2012
7 13 (1.07%) Windows 10
8 12 (0.99%) Android
9 11 (0.90%) Windows 7
10 10 (0.82%) Kali Linux
11 9 (0.74%) Mac OS X
12 8 (0.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 5 (0.41%) CentOS
13 5 (0.41%) Embedded Linux
14 4 (0.33%) Solaris
14 4 (0.33%) Windows Server 2003
15 3 (0.25%) Check Point GAiA
15 3 (0.25%) Windows 2000
15 3 (0.25%) Windows 8
16 2 (0.16%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 380 (31.25%) Cybersecurity
2 358 (29.44%) SIEM
3 315 (25.90%) Information Security
4 199 (16.37%) Security Operations
5 193 (15.87%) Penetration Testing
6 157 (12.91%) Vulnerability Management
7 107 (8.80%) Security Architecture
8 106 (8.72%) ITIL
9 98 (8.06%) Agile Software Development
10 88 (7.24%) Problem-Solving
11 85 (6.99%) Kalman Filter
12 80 (6.58%) DevOps
13 78 (6.41%) OWASP
14 73 (6.00%) Security Testing
14 73 (6.00%) Threat Modelling
15 72 (5.92%) Security Management
16 70 (5.76%) Use Case
17 69 (5.67%) Data Loss Prevention
18 64 (5.26%) Network Management
19 62 (5.10%) Vulnerability Scanning
Programming Languages
1 115 (9.46%) Python
2 89 (7.32%) Java
3 60 (4.93%) C
4 58 (4.77%) PowerShell
5 51 (4.19%) C#
6 42 (3.45%) SQL
7 39 (3.21%) JavaScript
8 37 (3.04%) Perl
9 31 (2.55%) Bash Shell
9 31 (2.55%) C++
10 22 (1.81%) Go
11 17 (1.40%) Shell Script
12 14 (1.15%) Ruby
13 8 (0.66%) PHP
14 5 (0.41%) Java 8
14 5 (0.41%) Tcl
15 4 (0.33%) Embedded C
15 4 (0.33%) Embedded C++
16 2 (0.16%) T-SQL
17 1 (0.082%) R
Qualifications
1 303 (24.92%) CISSP
2 235 (19.33%) Cisco Certification
3 203 (16.69%) Degree
4 176 (14.47%) CCNP
5 132 (10.86%) CISM
6 112 (9.21%) CCNA
7 97 (7.98%) CEH
8 91 (7.48%) CISA
8 91 (7.48%) SANS
9 89 (7.32%) Security Cleared
10 85 (6.99%) GIAC
11 75 (6.17%) SSCP
12 73 (6.00%) CompTIA Security+
13 63 (5.18%) SC Cleared
14 58 (4.77%) Computer Science Degree
15 45 (3.70%) CSSLP
16 44 (3.62%) CCIE
17 34 (2.80%) CCSA
18 33 (2.71%) GSEC
19 31 (2.55%) GCIH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 129 (10.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 52 (4.28%) PCI DSS
3 40 (3.29%) GDPR
4 31 (2.55%) Cyber Essentials
5 26 (2.14%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 20 (1.64%) SLA
7 14 (1.15%) GCP
8 9 (0.74%) GPG13
9 6 (0.49%) PMO
10 5 (0.41%) HIPAA
10 5 (0.41%) RMADS
11 4 (0.33%) FIPS 140-2
11 4 (0.33%) ISO 31000
12 3 (0.25%) COBIT
12 3 (0.25%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 3 (0.25%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 3 (0.25%) QA
12 3 (0.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 2 (0.16%) ISO 22301
14 1 (0.082%) Data Quality
System Software
1 80 (6.58%) Active Directory
2 36 (2.96%) VMware Infrastructure
3 25 (2.06%) Firmware
4 23 (1.89%) Docker
4 23 (1.89%) Snort
5 19 (1.56%) ProxySG
6 13 (1.07%) HDFS
6 13 (1.07%) Virtual Machines
7 12 (0.99%) vSphere
8 11 (0.90%) VMware NSX
9 10 (0.82%) ACF2
9 10 (0.82%) RACF
10 7 (0.58%) VMware ESXi
11 5 (0.41%) Apache Flume
11 5 (0.41%) Hyper-V
12 3 (0.25%) VMware Workstation
13 2 (0.16%) DFS Replication
13 2 (0.16%) iptables
13 2 (0.16%) LXC
13 2 (0.16%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 42 (3.45%) Nessus
2 29 (2.38%) Cisco CUCM
2 29 (2.38%) Cisco Prime
3 24 (1.97%) Nagios
4 22 (1.81%) Puppet
4 22 (1.81%) Stealthwatch
5 16 (1.32%) QRadar
6 14 (1.15%) Ansible
6 14 (1.15%) CASB
6 14 (1.15%) Suricata
7 13 (1.07%) Cisco UCCX
7 13 (1.07%) EnCase
7 13 (1.07%) TrustSec
8 12 (0.99%) Kubernetes
8 12 (0.99%) Opscode Chef
9 10 (0.82%) Microsoft Intune
10 9 (0.74%) CSIRT
10 9 (0.74%) McAfee ePO
10 9 (0.74%) SCCM
11 8 (0.66%) Nmap
Vendors
1 368 (30.26%) Cisco
2 174 (14.31%) CheckPoint
3 172 (14.14%) Microsoft
4 138 (11.35%) F5
5 126 (10.36%) Palo Alto
6 98 (8.06%) Juniper
7 80 (6.58%) Fortinet
8 78 (6.41%) VMware
9 67 (5.51%) Splunk
10 61 (5.02%) Blue Coat
11 57 (4.69%) SolarWinds
12 49 (4.03%) Sophos
13 45 (3.70%) Citrix
14 42 (3.45%) Forcepoint
14 42 (3.45%) McAfee
15 38 (3.13%) Meraki
15 38 (3.13%) Qualys
16 32 (2.63%) Symantec
17 29 (2.38%) ArcSight
18 27 (2.22%) HP