Period
to 27 October 2020

The median annual salary for a Security Engineer was £61,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 27 October 2020.

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 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 269 339 395
Rank change year-on-year +70 +56 +63
Permanent jobs requiring a Security Engineer 591 1,271 1,310
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.19% 0.93% 0.80%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.26% 0.98% 0.84%
Number of salaries quoted 559 842 1,048
Median annual salary £61,500 £57,250 £57,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +7.42% -0.43% +8.49%
10th Percentile £41,250 £33,500 £36,750
90th Percentile £93,750 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £52,500
% change year-on-year - -4.76% +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 47,009 130,029 156,843
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.00% 95.65% 95.88%
Number of salaries quoted 38,866 103,851 126,202
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +3.89%
10th Percentile £32,500 £28,000 £27,500
90th Percentile £87,625 £85,000 £82,500
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 October 2020.

Salary histogram for Security Engineer in the UK

Security Engineer
Top 16 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 October 2020. 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 +87 565 £62,000 +6.90% 149
London +140 296 £70,000 +7.69% 56
UK excluding London +19 273 £50,000 - 99
South East +69 70 £55,000 -5.17% 19
Work from Home +40 67 £59,500 -0.83% 37
North of England -12 62 £57,500 +21.05% 25
Midlands +132 60 £50,000 - 14
North West +112 43 £60,000 +20.00% 12
West Midlands +93 40 £52,500 +5.00% 5
East of England +49 36 £47,500 +4.40% 20
South West +117 30 £49,500 -3.41% 15
East Midlands +94 20 £43,500 +5.45% 9
Yorkshire -24 19 £52,500 +16.67% 13
Scotland +54 14 £46,250 +6.32% 4
Northern Ireland +19 2 £60,000 +20.00%
Wales +12 2 £41,500 -17.00% 2

Security Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 October 2020, 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.

1 257 (43.49%) Firewall
2 231 (39.09%) Cybersecurity
3 188 (31.81%) Azure
4 164 (27.75%) Network Security
5 163 (27.58%) AWS
6 157 (26.57%) Information Security
7 154 (26.06%) SIEM
8 133 (22.50%) Finance
9 121 (20.47%) DevOps
10 118 (19.97%) Security Operations
11 117 (19.80%) Python
12 115 (19.46%) Cisco
13 111 (18.78%) Windows
14 108 (18.27%) Microsoft
15 107 (18.10%) CISSP
16 100 (16.92%) Active Directory
17 96 (16.24%) Office 365
18 86 (14.55%) Palo Alto
19 82 (13.87%) Security Architecture
20 79 (13.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
21 76 (12.86%) Vulnerability Management
22 74 (12.52%) Problem-Solving
22 74 (12.52%) Cisco Certification
23 73 (12.35%) CheckPoint
23 73 (12.35%) Agile Software Development
24 68 (11.51%) OWASP
25 66 (11.17%) Penetration Testing
26 63 (10.66%) WAN
27 61 (10.32%) LAN
27 61 (10.32%) Kalman Filter

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 10 (1.69%) SharePoint
2 9 (1.52%) Apache Spark
3 4 (0.68%) Confluence
4 3 (0.51%) Elasticsearch
4 3 (0.51%) IIS
5 1 (0.17%) ColdFusion
5 1 (0.17%) TPMS
Applications
1 36 (6.09%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 4 (0.68%) Sentinel
2 1 (0.17%) SAP GRC
2 1 (0.17%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 188 (31.81%) Azure
2 163 (27.58%) AWS
3 96 (16.24%) Office 365
4 46 (7.78%) IaaS
5 31 (5.25%) Azure Active Directory
5 31 (5.25%) GCP
6 28 (4.74%) Amazon GuardDuty
7 24 (4.06%) Serverless
8 20 (3.38%) SaaS
9 19 (3.21%) PaaS
10 17 (2.88%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 15 (2.54%) Azure Functions
12 12 (2.03%) AWS CloudTrail
13 9 (1.52%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 9 (1.52%) Azure ExpressRoute
13 9 (1.52%) Mimecast
14 6 (1.02%) Apigee
14 6 (1.02%) Power Platform
15 5 (0.85%) AWS Lambda
15 5 (0.85%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 257 (43.49%) Firewall
2 164 (27.75%) Network Security
3 63 (10.66%) WAN
4 61 (10.32%) LAN
5 53 (8.97%) Internet
6 50 (8.46%) Intrusion Detection
6 50 (8.46%) VPN
7 37 (6.26%) DNS
8 35 (5.92%) TCP/IP
9 28 (4.74%) Cisco ASA
10 23 (3.89%) Cisco Nexus
10 23 (3.89%) Wireless
11 21 (3.55%) VLAN
12 19 (3.21%) OSPF
13 18 (3.05%) BGP
14 15 (2.54%) HTTP
15 14 (2.37%) MPLS
16 13 (2.20%) DHCP
16 13 (2.20%) EIGRP
17 11 (1.86%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (4.23%) SQL Server
2 15 (2.54%) Data Lake
3 6 (1.02%) Big Data
3 6 (1.02%) NoSQL
4 3 (0.51%) PostgreSQL
4 3 (0.51%) Redis
5 2 (0.34%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.17%) Hadoop
6 1 (0.17%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 16 (2.71%) TeamCity
2 15 (2.54%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 14 (2.37%) Octopus Deploy
4 12 (2.03%) Git (software)
5 10 (1.69%) Jenkins
6 8 (1.35%) JIRA
7 3 (0.51%) Burp Suite
7 3 (0.51%) Travis CI
8 2 (0.34%) SonarQube
8 2 (0.34%) VSS/SourceSafe
9 1 (0.17%) Ant
9 1 (0.17%) SoapUI
9 1 (0.17%) Subversion
9 1 (0.17%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 133 (22.50%) Finance
2 48 (8.12%) Banking
3 34 (5.75%) Retail
4 33 (5.58%) Telecoms
5 32 (5.41%) Public Sector
6 30 (5.08%) Electronics
7 29 (4.91%) Manufacturing
8 28 (4.74%) Marketing
9 20 (3.38%) Aerospace
10 15 (2.54%) Investment Banking
10 15 (2.54%) Law
11 6 (1.02%) Police
12 5 (0.85%) Publishing
13 4 (0.68%) German Language
13 4 (0.68%) Legal
13 4 (0.68%) Mandarin Language
14 3 (0.51%) Financial Institution
14 3 (0.51%) Military
15 2 (0.34%) Games
16 1 (0.17%) Automotive
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (5.08%) React
2 26 (4.40%) .NET
3 11 (1.86%) OAuth
4 10 (1.69%) OAuth2
5 9 (1.52%) 802.1X
5 9 (1.52%) Kafka
5 9 (1.52%) OpenID
5 9 (1.52%) RESTful
5 9 (1.52%) SAML
5 9 (1.52%) Web Services
6 7 (1.18%) Regular Expression
7 4 (0.68%) REST
8 3 (0.51%) LDAP
9 1 (0.17%) .NET Framework
9 1 (0.17%) AngularJS
9 1 (0.17%) Apache Flex
9 1 (0.17%) Django
9 1 (0.17%) EDI
9 1 (0.17%) JSON
9 1 (0.17%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 58 (9.81%) Management Information System
2 50 (8.46%) Cloud Native
3 30 (5.08%) Cyberthreat
4 26 (4.40%) Security Operations Centre
5 25 (4.23%) Mobile App
6 24 (4.06%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 21 (3.55%) Public Cloud
8 19 (3.21%) PKI
9 17 (2.88%) Analytical Skills
9 17 (2.88%) Data Centre
10 11 (1.86%) BYOD
11 9 (1.52%) Internet of Things
12 8 (1.35%) Cyberattack
13 7 (1.18%) SCADA
14 5 (0.85%) Greenfield Project
15 4 (0.68%) Enterprise Software
15 4 (0.68%) Replication
16 3 (0.51%) FMCG
16 3 (0.51%) Linux Command Line
16 3 (0.51%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 111 (18.78%) Windows
2 56 (9.48%) Linux
3 52 (8.80%) Windows Server
4 28 (4.74%) Unix
5 15 (2.54%) Windows 10
6 6 (1.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 4 (0.68%) Windows Server 2016
8 3 (0.51%) Android
9 2 (0.34%) Windows Server 2008
9 2 (0.34%) Windows Server 2012
10 1 (0.17%) Apple iOS
10 1 (0.17%) CentOS
10 1 (0.17%) Debian
10 1 (0.17%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.17%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.17%) MVS
10 1 (0.17%) Windows 7
10 1 (0.17%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 231 (39.09%) Cybersecurity
2 157 (26.57%) Information Security
3 154 (26.06%) SIEM
4 121 (20.47%) DevOps
5 118 (19.97%) Security Operations
6 82 (13.87%) Security Architecture
7 76 (12.86%) Vulnerability Management
8 74 (12.52%) Problem-Solving
9 73 (12.35%) Agile Software Development
10 68 (11.51%) OWASP
11 66 (11.17%) Penetration Testing
12 61 (10.32%) DevSecOps
12 61 (10.32%) Kalman Filter
13 49 (8.29%) Identity Access Management
14 44 (7.45%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 36 (6.09%) Data Protection
16 35 (5.92%) Fintech
16 35 (5.92%) Patch Management
17 34 (5.75%) Secure Coding
17 34 (5.75%) Web Filtering
Programming Languages
1 117 (19.80%) Python
2 46 (7.78%) PowerShell
3 38 (6.43%) Java
4 37 (6.26%) Perl
5 35 (5.92%) Bash Shell
6 33 (5.58%) C++
7 20 (3.38%) SQL
8 19 (3.21%) JavaScript
9 15 (2.54%) C
9 15 (2.54%) C#
10 12 (2.03%) Go
10 12 (2.03%) TypeScript
11 8 (1.35%) Scala
12 6 (1.02%) PHP
12 6 (1.02%) R
13 2 (0.34%) Ruby
14 1 (0.17%) Groovy
14 1 (0.17%) Lua
14 1 (0.17%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 107 (18.10%) CISSP
2 74 (12.52%) Cisco Certification
3 52 (8.80%) Degree
4 44 (7.45%) CCNP
5 43 (7.28%) CISM
6 34 (5.75%) SANS
7 32 (5.41%) CCNA
8 27 (4.57%) Microsoft Certification
9 26 (4.40%) CEH
10 23 (3.89%) MCSE
10 23 (3.89%) Security Cleared
11 16 (2.71%) SSCP
12 15 (2.54%) CompTIA Security+
12 15 (2.54%) GPEN
13 12 (2.03%) SC Cleared
14 11 (1.86%) RHCE
14 11 (1.86%) RHCSA
15 10 (1.69%) (ISC)2 CCSP
15 10 (1.69%) OSCP
15 10 (1.69%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 79 (13.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 61 (10.32%) NIST
3 53 (8.97%) GDPR
3 53 (8.97%) PCI DSS
4 13 (2.20%) QA
5 12 (2.03%) COBIT
6 10 (1.69%) SLA
7 8 (1.35%) Cyber Essentials
7 8 (1.35%) NIST 800
8 7 (1.18%) PMO
9 5 (0.85%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 4 (0.68%) NCSC
11 3 (0.51%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 3 (0.51%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 1 (0.17%) ISO 26262
12 1 (0.17%) PA-DSS
System Software
1 100 (16.92%) Active Directory
2 38 (6.43%) Docker
3 14 (2.37%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (1.02%) Hyper-V
5 5 (0.85%) BitLocker
5 5 (0.85%) Firmware
6 4 (0.68%) vSphere
7 3 (0.51%) VMware ESXi
7 3 (0.51%) zsh
8 2 (0.34%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 2 (0.34%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (0.17%) Snort
9 1 (0.17%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 53 (8.97%) Kubernetes
2 34 (5.75%) Terraform
3 32 (5.41%) QRadar
4 28 (4.74%) Microsoft Intune
5 19 (3.21%) SCCM
6 16 (2.71%) Nessus
7 13 (2.20%) FortiGate
8 12 (2.03%) Ansible
9 10 (1.69%) Norton AntiVirus
9 10 (1.69%) WSUS
10 9 (1.52%) Jamf Pro
11 8 (1.35%) CSIRT
11 8 (1.35%) Istio
12 7 (1.18%) Puppet
13 6 (1.02%) Single Sign-On
14 5 (0.85%) linkerd
15 4 (0.68%) Host Intrusion Detection System
16 3 (0.51%) Consul
16 3 (0.51%) Prometheus
17 2 (0.34%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
Vendors
1 115 (19.46%) Cisco
2 108 (18.27%) Microsoft
3 86 (14.55%) Palo Alto
4 73 (12.35%) CheckPoint
5 49 (8.29%) Splunk
6 41 (6.94%) VMware
7 37 (6.26%) IBM
8 32 (5.41%) LogRhythm
9 28 (4.74%) SAP
10 23 (3.89%) ArcSight
10 23 (3.89%) BeyondTrust
10 23 (3.89%) Bomgar
10 23 (3.89%) CyberArk
10 23 (3.89%) Juniper
10 23 (3.89%) Meraki
10 23 (3.89%) NetWitness
10 23 (3.89%) Thycotic
11 21 (3.55%) McAfee
12 20 (3.38%) F5
13 18 (3.05%) Red Hat