Period
to 25 January 2022

The median annual salary for a Security Engineer was £62,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 25 January 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
25 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 333 324 394
Rank change year-on-year -9 +70 -11
Permanent jobs requiring a Security Engineer 1,311 605 980
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.01% 0.95% 0.78%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.10% 1.00% 0.82%
Number of salaries quoted 864 511 729
10th Percentile £40,000 £37,500 £36,250
25th Percentile £47,500 £45,000 £46,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £62,500 £60,000 £60,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.17% - +9.09%
75th Percentile £80,000 £75,000 £71,250
90th Percentile £90,000 £90,000 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £51,000
% change year-on-year - -1.96% +2.00%

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 119,629 60,698 119,437
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.16% 95.15% 95.56%
Number of salaries quoted 80,263 49,706 96,683
10th Percentile £31,891 £32,000 £28,750
25th Percentile £42,500 £41,250 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £57,500 £55,000 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year +4.55% +4.76% +5.00%
75th Percentile £77,500 £72,500 £70,000
90th Percentile £95,000 £87,500 £86,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +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 25 January 2022.

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 25 January 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 -4 1,229 £62,500 +4.17% 223
UK excluding London +31 692 £50,000 - 137
London -56 525 £70,000 +7.69% 96
South East +75 324 £55,000 - 25
Work from Home -53 273 £60,000 +9.09% 33
North of England -91 118 £52,500 +1.94% 37
South West +17 100 £48,000 +9.09% 13
North West -96 64 £52,500 +16.67% 22
Midlands -96 54 £57,483 +14.97% 34
Yorkshire -44 51 £52,500 -2.78% 15
East of England -68 51 £50,000 - 17
Scotland -34 42 £48,000 +6.67% 6
West Midlands -86 32 £63,750 +21.43% 26
East Midlands -52 22 £55,000 +29.41% 8
Wales -44 5 £35,000 +7.69% 5
North East - 3 £55,000 -

Security Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 January 2022, 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.

1 596 (45.46%) Cybersecurity
2 580 (44.24%) Python
3 503 (38.37%) Azure
4 473 (36.08%) AWS
5 416 (31.73%) DevOps
6 406 (30.97%) Firewall
7 405 (30.89%) Agile Software Development
8 386 (29.44%) Information Security
9 346 (26.39%) PowerShell
10 334 (25.48%) Analytics
11 332 (25.32%) Risk Management
12 314 (23.95%) Network Security
13 294 (22.43%) Microsoft
14 258 (19.68%) Java
15 254 (19.37%) CI/CD
16 250 (19.07%) SIEM
17 248 (18.92%) Continuous Improvement
18 239 (18.23%) CISSP
19 228 (17.39%) Data Lake
20 226 (17.24%) Security Operations
20 226 (17.24%) Bash
21 225 (17.16%) Cisco Certification
22 224 (17.09%) Windows
23 218 (16.63%) Serverless
23 218 (16.63%) Linux
23 218 (16.63%) Big Data
24 213 (16.25%) ETL
25 211 (16.09%) Databricks
26 189 (14.42%) Microsoft 365
27 184 (14.04%) Finance

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 36 (2.75%) Apache
2 35 (2.67%) Apache Airflow
3 30 (2.29%) Apache Spark
4 10 (0.76%) Confluence
4 10 (0.76%) IIS
5 6 (0.46%) Elasticsearch
6 4 (0.31%) SharePoint
7 2 (0.15%) MS Exchange
8 1 (0.076%) nginx
8 1 (0.076%) OpenStack
8 1 (0.076%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 27 (2.06%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (0.53%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.15%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.15%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 71 (5.42%) Sentinel
2 5 (0.38%) NetSuite
3 1 (0.076%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 503 (38.37%) Azure
2 473 (36.08%) AWS
3 218 (16.63%) Serverless
4 189 (14.42%) Microsoft 365
5 176 (13.42%) Azure Data Factory
6 143 (10.91%) Azure Monitor
7 119 (9.08%) AWS CloudTrail
8 118 (9.00%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 117 (8.92%) Amazon S3
10 115 (8.77%) AWS Lambda
11 107 (8.16%) GitHub
12 103 (7.86%) GitHub Actions
13 96 (7.32%) Power Platform
14 84 (6.41%) Azure Functions
14 84 (6.41%) Azure Service Bus
15 83 (6.33%) Azure Cosmos DB
15 83 (6.33%) Azure Event Grid
15 83 (6.33%) Azure Sentinel
15 83 (6.33%) Azure Synapse Analytics
15 83 (6.33%) GCP
Communications & Networking
1 406 (30.97%) Firewall
2 314 (23.95%) Network Security
3 121 (9.23%) Cisco IPT
4 114 (8.70%) VPN
5 83 (6.33%) Wireshark
6 72 (5.49%) WAN
7 70 (5.34%) DNS
8 65 (4.96%) Intrusion Detection
8 65 (4.96%) TCP/IP
9 52 (3.97%) LAN
10 50 (3.81%) SMS
11 49 (3.74%) BGP
12 38 (2.90%) VLAN
13 37 (2.82%) Wi-Fi
14 35 (2.67%) SSL
15 33 (2.52%) Internet
16 28 (2.14%) HTTP
17 27 (2.06%) Cisco ISE
18 25 (1.91%) Cisco ASA
19 24 (1.83%) DKIM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 228 (17.39%) Data Lake
2 218 (16.63%) Big Data
3 102 (7.78%) NoSQL
4 95 (7.25%) Power BI
5 94 (7.17%) MongoDB
6 93 (7.09%) Apache Cassandra
6 93 (7.09%) HDInsight
6 93 (7.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 55 (4.20%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 51 (3.89%) Amazon Redshift
9 50 (3.81%) Amazon Athena
9 50 (3.81%) Amazon RDS
9 50 (3.81%) Electronic Patient Records
10 15 (1.14%) Dremio
11 6 (0.46%) SQL Server
12 5 (0.38%) Data Mining
13 3 (0.23%) MySQL
13 3 (0.23%) RDBMS
13 3 (0.23%) Relational Database
14 2 (0.15%) Azure SQL Database
Development Applications
1 71 (5.42%) Jenkins
2 22 (1.68%) Burp Suite
3 15 (1.14%) Git (software)
3 15 (1.14%) kappa
4 14 (1.07%) JIRA
5 7 (0.53%) Bitbucket
5 7 (0.53%) SonarQube
6 6 (0.46%) IDA Disassembler
6 6 (0.46%) Metasploit
7 5 (0.38%) Artifactory
8 4 (0.31%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 4 (0.31%) Mercurial
8 4 (0.31%) TeamCity
9 3 (0.23%) Maven
9 3 (0.23%) Sonatype Nexus
10 2 (0.15%) Android Studio
10 2 (0.15%) GitLab
10 2 (0.15%) Gradle
10 2 (0.15%) Postman
10 2 (0.15%) Robot Framework
General
1 184 (14.04%) Finance
2 135 (10.30%) Social Skills
3 76 (5.80%) Analytical Skills
4 43 (3.28%) Telecoms
5 35 (2.67%) Inclusion and Diversity
6 29 (2.21%) Banking
7 27 (2.06%) Legal
7 27 (2.06%) Organisational Skills
8 25 (1.91%) Public Sector
9 24 (1.83%) Retail
10 20 (1.53%) Military
11 19 (1.45%) Law
11 19 (1.45%) Manufacturing
12 18 (1.37%) Electronics
13 15 (1.14%) Documentation Skills
13 15 (1.14%) Marketing
14 14 (1.07%) Games
15 11 (0.84%) Aerospace
16 10 (0.76%) Automotive
17 8 (0.61%) Presentation Skills
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 137 (10.45%) .NET
2 72 (5.49%) Kafka
3 60 (4.58%) JSON
4 59 (4.50%) XML
5 35 (2.67%) ActiveMQ
6 19 (1.45%) SAML
7 17 (1.30%) HTML
8 16 (1.22%) REST
9 14 (1.07%) React
10 13 (0.99%) Node.js
11 10 (0.76%) 802.1X
11 10 (0.76%) GraphQL
12 9 (0.69%) OpenID
12 9 (0.69%) Web Services
13 8 (0.61%) OAuth
14 7 (0.53%) JWT
15 6 (0.46%) OAuth2
15 6 (0.46%) YAML
16 5 (0.38%) HTML5
16 5 (0.38%) koa
Miscellaneous
1 93 (7.09%) Management Information System
2 56 (4.27%) Cloud Native
3 42 (3.20%) Cyberthreat
4 38 (2.90%) Data Centre
5 30 (2.29%) Cyberattack
5 30 (2.29%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 26 (1.98%) Public Cloud
7 25 (1.91%) PKI
8 22 (1.68%) Security Operations Centre
8 22 (1.68%) Self-Motivation
9 21 (1.60%) Cyber Defence
10 20 (1.53%) Hybrid Cloud
11 19 (1.45%) User Experience
12 12 (0.92%) Greenfield Project
13 11 (0.84%) Hedge funds
13 11 (0.84%) NHS
13 11 (0.84%) Virtual Team
14 8 (0.61%) Cybercrime
14 8 (0.61%) Video Conferencing
15 7 (0.53%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 224 (17.09%) Windows
2 218 (16.63%) Linux
3 60 (4.58%) Mac OS
4 41 (3.13%) Windows Server
5 30 (2.29%) Windows 10
6 27 (2.06%) Windows Server 2012
7 25 (1.91%) Unix
8 23 (1.75%) Windows Server 2016
9 18 (1.37%) Mac OS X
10 9 (0.69%) Kali Linux
11 6 (0.46%) Windows Server 2019
12 5 (0.38%) Android
12 5 (0.38%) VMS
12 5 (0.38%) Windows Server 2008
13 2 (0.15%) Apple iOS
13 2 (0.15%) OpenBSD
13 2 (0.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 1 (0.076%) Check Point GAiA
14 1 (0.076%) CoreOS
14 1 (0.076%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 596 (45.46%) Cybersecurity
2 416 (31.73%) DevOps
3 405 (30.89%) Agile Software Development
4 386 (29.44%) Information Security
5 334 (25.48%) Analytics
6 332 (25.32%) Risk Management
7 254 (19.37%) CI/CD
8 250 (19.07%) SIEM
9 248 (18.92%) Continuous Improvement
10 226 (17.24%) Security Operations
11 213 (16.25%) ETL
12 179 (13.65%) Threat Modelling
13 178 (13.58%) Continuous Integration
14 177 (13.50%) Data Analytics
15 167 (12.74%) SDLC
16 158 (12.05%) Data Security
17 147 (11.21%) Test Automation
18 143 (10.91%) Security Testing
19 140 (10.68%) Log Analytics
20 129 (9.84%) Kalman Filter
Programming Languages
1 580 (44.24%) Python
2 346 (26.39%) PowerShell
3 258 (19.68%) Java
4 226 (17.24%) Bash
5 176 (13.42%) C#
6 142 (10.83%) SQL
7 134 (10.22%) Scala
8 111 (8.47%) JavaScript
9 66 (5.03%) Ruby
10 59 (4.50%) C++
11 56 (4.27%) Perl
12 54 (4.12%) VB
13 30 (2.29%) Go
14 18 (1.37%) C
15 17 (1.30%) Shell Script
16 9 (0.69%) TypeScript
17 4 (0.31%) R
17 4 (0.31%) VBA
18 3 (0.23%) Ada
18 3 (0.23%) PHP
Qualifications
1 239 (18.23%) CISSP
2 225 (17.16%) Cisco Certification
3 143 (10.91%) Degree
4 140 (10.68%) (ISC)2 CCSP
5 134 (10.22%) Security Cleared
6 91 (6.94%) SC Cleared
7 80 (6.10%) SANS
8 75 (5.72%) CCNA
9 71 (5.42%) AWS Certification
10 59 (4.50%) GCIH
11 57 (4.35%) DV Cleared
12 55 (4.20%) GCIA
13 53 (4.04%) CompTIA Security+
13 53 (4.04%) GCFA
13 53 (4.04%) GCFE
14 50 (3.81%) CEH
15 46 (3.51%) CISM
16 42 (3.20%) Computer Science Degree
17 41 (3.13%) CCNP
18 29 (2.21%) CCSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 105 (8.01%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 72 (5.49%) NIST
3 51 (3.89%) GDPR
4 44 (3.36%) PCI DSS
5 28 (2.14%) Cyber Essentials
6 20 (1.53%) SLA
7 18 (1.37%) NCSC
8 15 (1.14%) QA
8 15 (1.14%) SOC 2
9 9 (0.69%) IASME
9 9 (0.69%) RMADS
10 8 (0.61%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 8 (0.61%) JSP 440
11 6 (0.46%) GRC
11 6 (0.46%) HIPAA
11 6 (0.46%) ISO 26262
11 6 (0.46%) NIST 800
12 5 (0.38%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 4 (0.31%) ISO 22301
14 3 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 27005
System Software
1 117 (8.92%) Docker
2 80 (6.10%) Active Directory
3 25 (1.91%) VMware Infrastructure
4 16 (1.22%) iptables
4 16 (1.22%) Snort
5 9 (0.69%) Firmware
5 9 (0.69%) vSphere
6 6 (0.46%) Hyper-V
6 6 (0.46%) ProxySG
7 3 (0.23%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (0.15%) KVM
8 2 (0.15%) Virtual Machines
9 1 (0.076%) BitLocker
9 1 (0.076%) LXC
9 1 (0.076%) Squid
9 1 (0.076%) vCloud
9 1 (0.076%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 146 (11.14%) Terraform
2 137 (10.45%) Kubernetes
3 49 (3.74%) Puppet
4 44 (3.36%) Ansible
5 21 (1.60%) Nessus
6 20 (1.53%) Single Sign-On
7 18 (1.37%) CASB
7 18 (1.37%) CSIRT
7 18 (1.37%) Microsoft Intune
8 17 (1.30%) Nmap
9 13 (0.99%) McAfee ePO
10 10 (0.76%) QRadar
11 7 (0.53%) FortiGate
12 6 (0.46%) DatAdvantage
12 6 (0.46%) Pingdom
12 6 (0.46%) SolarWinds Orion
12 6 (0.46%) vCenter Server
13 5 (0.38%) Norton AntiVirus
13 5 (0.38%) Opscode Chef
14 4 (0.31%) Istio
Vendors
1 294 (22.43%) Microsoft
2 211 (16.09%) Databricks
3 156 (11.90%) Cisco
4 133 (10.14%) Palo Alto
5 93 (7.09%) Palantir
6 86 (6.56%) CheckPoint
7 69 (5.26%) Fortinet
8 57 (4.35%) F5
8 57 (4.35%) Sophos
9 53 (4.04%) Juniper
10 52 (3.97%) McAfee
11 50 (3.81%) Google
11 50 (3.81%) TippingPoint
12 47 (3.59%) Meraki
13 43 (3.28%) Splunk
14 40 (3.05%) VMware
15 31 (2.36%) SolarWinds
16 24 (1.83%) Darktrace
16 24 (1.83%) Proofpoint
17 17 (1.30%) Zscaler