Period
to 18 August 2017

The median annual salary for a Security Engineer was £52,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 August 2017.

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 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 446 392 483
Rank change year-on-year -54 +91 +33
Permanent jobs requiring a Security Engineer 1184 1563 1266
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.67% 0.79% 0.58%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.70% 0.82% 0.60%
Number of salaries quoted 906 1264 1077
UK median annual salary £52,500 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.00% +5.26%
10th Percentile £33,750 £36,250 £32,500
90th Percentile £78,750 £73,750 £71,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £48,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year -1.04% +6.67% -

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in permanent job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

IT Job Roles
UK
Permanent job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 169742 190690 209586
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 95.90% 96.50% 96.47%
Number of salaries quoted 137115 160408 172505
UK median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.56% -
10th Percentile £27,500 £26,750 £26,250
90th Percentile £77,500 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year - +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 18 August 2017.

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 18 August 2017. 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 -51 1137 £54,000 +2.86% 69
UK excluding London -11 701 £47,500 -1.04% 51
London -73 478 £60,000 +4.35% 20
South East -10 315 £50,000 - 25
North of England -15 106 £47,500 +5.56% 10
East of England +63 105 £50,000 +11.11% 8
South West +51 90 £50,000 -9.09% 2
North West +7 77 £50,000 +11.11% 5
Midlands +17 42 £43,750 -5.41% 4
West Midlands +11 41 £43,125 -6.25% 2
Yorkshire -13 29 £38,000 -15.56% 5
Wales +14 27 £47,500 +26.67%
Scotland -10 21 £43,500 -13.00% 2
Northern Ireland - 2 £35,000 -
East Midlands +20 1 £60,000 +42.86% 2

Security Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 August 2017, Security Engineer job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads featuring Security Engineer in the job title.

1 731 (61.74%) Firewall
2 490 (41.39%) Network Security
3 474 (40.03%) Cisco
4 346 (29.22%) CheckPoint
5 336 (28.38%) Linux
6 329 (27.79%) Windows
7 322 (27.20%) SIEM
7 322 (27.20%) Cybersecurity
8 314 (26.52%) Information Security
9 272 (22.97%) Cisco Certification
10 264 (22.30%) TCP/IP
11 263 (22.21%) Palo Alto
12 243 (20.52%) Juniper
13 238 (20.10%) CISSP
14 206 (17.40%) ITIL
15 202 (17.06%) VPN
16 193 (16.30%) Finance
17 191 (16.13%) WAN
18 190 (16.05%) Security Operations
19 188 (15.88%) CCNP
20 186 (15.71%) Cisco ASA
21 166 (14.02%) F5
22 163 (13.77%) Penetration Testing
23 162 (13.68%) CISM
24 155 (13.09%) LAN
25 150 (12.67%) Active Directory
26 140 (11.82%) Python
27 138 (11.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
28 133 (11.23%) Windows Server
29 132 (11.15%) Security Architecture

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 23 (1.94%) MS Exchange
2 17 (1.44%) IIS
3 13 (1.10%) Exchange Server 2010
4 12 (1.01%) Apache
5 11 (0.93%) OpenStack
5 11 (0.93%) Tomcat
6 10 (0.84%) WebLogic
7 8 (0.68%) SharePoint
8 7 (0.59%) Exchange Server 2013
9 4 (0.34%) Elasticsearch
9 4 (0.34%) JBoss
10 3 (0.25%) Apache Spark
11 2 (0.17%) Apache Pig
11 2 (0.17%) CICS
11 2 (0.17%) Drupal
11 2 (0.17%) MQSeries
11 2 (0.17%) SAS
11 2 (0.17%) WordPress
12 1 (0.084%) IBM Notes
12 1 (0.084%) WebSphere
Applications
1 21 (1.77%) MS Visio
2 17 (1.44%) Microsoft Office
3 16 (1.35%) Microsoft Excel
4 14 (1.18%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.084%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 1 (0.084%) R3 Corda
Cloud Services
1 99 (8.36%) Amazon AWS
2 64 (5.41%) Microsoft Azure
3 28 (2.36%) Office 365
4 21 (1.77%) SaaS
5 17 (1.44%) Google Cloud Platform
6 12 (1.01%) IaaS
7 9 (0.76%) PaaS
8 8 (0.68%) Force.com
9 6 (0.51%) Akamai
10 5 (0.42%) Cloud Computing
10 5 (0.42%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 4 (0.34%) Amazon EC2
11 4 (0.34%) Amazon S3
11 4 (0.34%) AWS CloudFormation
11 4 (0.34%) Route 53
12 2 (0.17%) GitHub
12 2 (0.17%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 731 (61.74%) Firewall
2 490 (41.39%) Network Security
3 264 (22.30%) TCP/IP
4 202 (17.06%) VPN
5 191 (16.13%) WAN
6 186 (15.71%) Cisco ASA
7 155 (13.09%) LAN
8 125 (10.56%) DNS
9 105 (8.87%) Wireless
10 92 (7.77%) MPLS
11 87 (7.35%) BGP
12 75 (6.33%) Intrusion Detection
13 72 (6.08%) Internet
14 69 (5.83%) OSPF
14 69 (5.83%) SSL
15 64 (5.41%) DHCP
16 62 (5.24%) VLAN
17 60 (5.07%) IPsec
18 52 (4.39%) HTTP
19 40 (3.38%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (2.28%) SQL Server
2 17 (1.44%) Big Data
3 10 (0.84%) MongoDB
4 8 (0.68%) SQL Server 2008
5 7 (0.59%) Blockchain
6 6 (0.51%) Couchbase
6 6 (0.51%) GIS
6 6 (0.51%) Hadoop
6 6 (0.51%) InfluxDB
6 6 (0.51%) Neo4j
7 4 (0.34%) MySQL
8 3 (0.25%) Apache Hive
8 3 (0.25%) PostgreSQL
8 3 (0.25%) Redis
9 2 (0.17%) Data Lake
9 2 (0.17%) DB2
9 2 (0.17%) Maltego
9 2 (0.17%) NoSQL
9 2 (0.17%) Relational Database
10 1 (0.084%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 11 (0.93%) Jenkins
2 3 (0.25%) JIRA
2 3 (0.25%) Metasploit
2 3 (0.25%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 2 (0.17%) Rational DOORS
4 1 (0.084%) Burp Suite
4 1 (0.084%) FxCop
4 1 (0.084%) Paros
4 1 (0.084%) StyleCop
4 1 (0.084%) Subversion
4 1 (0.084%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.084%) WebScarab
4 1 (0.084%) Xcode
General
1 193 (16.30%) Finance
2 90 (7.60%) Banking
3 59 (4.98%) Telecoms
4 40 (3.38%) Digital Economy
5 34 (2.87%) German Language
6 26 (2.20%) Marketing
7 21 (1.77%) French Language
7 21 (1.77%) Games
8 20 (1.69%) Legal
9 18 (1.52%) Electronics
9 18 (1.52%) Law
10 13 (1.10%) Manufacturing
11 10 (0.84%) Advertising
12 9 (0.76%) Retail
13 6 (0.51%) Investment Banking
14 3 (0.25%) Automotive
14 3 (0.25%) Financial Institution
15 2 (0.17%) Local Government
15 2 (0.17%) Pharmaceutical
15 2 (0.17%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 52 (4.39%) Web Services
2 19 (1.60%) HTML
3 18 (1.52%) 802.1X
4 11 (0.93%) Middleware
4 11 (0.93%) Node.js
5 9 (0.76%) .NET
5 9 (0.76%) Regular Expression
6 8 (0.68%) XML
7 7 (0.59%) SOAP
8 6 (0.51%) CSS
9 5 (0.42%) SailPoint
10 4 (0.34%) Ajax
10 4 (0.34%) J2EE
10 4 (0.34%) JSF
10 4 (0.34%) JSON
10 4 (0.34%) RESTful
10 4 (0.34%) SVG
11 2 (0.17%) .NET Framework
11 2 (0.17%) ActiveX
11 2 (0.17%) ISPF
Miscellaneous
1 81 (6.84%) Data Centre
2 79 (6.67%) Analytical Skills
3 70 (5.91%) Computer Science
4 65 (5.49%) PKI
5 63 (5.32%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 63 (5.32%) Security Operations Centre
6 60 (5.07%) Management Information System
7 50 (4.22%) Data Protection Act
8 34 (2.87%) Cyberthreat
9 33 (2.79%) CESG
10 27 (2.28%) Cyber Attack
11 20 (1.69%) iPad
12 15 (1.27%) Algorithms
13 14 (1.18%) CCTV
13 14 (1.18%) Fintech
13 14 (1.18%) Greenfield Project
14 12 (1.01%) Cybercrime
15 10 (0.84%) Cyber Defence
15 10 (0.84%) Video Conferencing
16 9 (0.76%) Java Card
Operating Systems
1 336 (28.38%) Linux
2 329 (27.79%) Windows
3 133 (11.23%) Windows Server
4 130 (10.98%) Unix
5 51 (4.31%) Windows Server 2008
6 41 (3.46%) CentOS
7 27 (2.28%) Apple iOS
7 27 (2.28%) Windows Server 2003
8 26 (2.20%) Solaris
8 26 (2.20%) Windows Server 2012
9 24 (2.03%) Windows 2000
10 19 (1.60%) Mac OS X
11 17 (1.44%) Android
11 17 (1.44%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
11 17 (1.44%) Ubuntu
12 15 (1.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 10 (0.84%) Windows 7
14 9 (0.76%) Mac OS
15 8 (0.68%) Kali Linux
16 6 (0.51%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 322 (27.20%) Cybersecurity
1 322 (27.20%) SIEM
2 314 (26.52%) Information Security
3 206 (17.40%) ITIL
4 190 (16.05%) Security Operations
5 163 (13.77%) Penetration Testing
6 132 (11.15%) Security Architecture
7 121 (10.22%) Vulnerability Management
8 95 (8.02%) Kalman Filter
9 91 (7.69%) Vulnerability Scanning
10 88 (7.43%) Data Protection
11 81 (6.84%) Agile Software Development
12 77 (6.50%) Change Management
13 76 (6.42%) Identity Management
14 64 (5.41%) Data Loss Prevention
15 61 (5.15%) Mentoring
16 60 (5.07%) Network Design
17 58 (4.90%) Presales
18 56 (4.73%) Risk Management
19 54 (4.56%) Network Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 140 (11.82%) Python
2 117 (9.88%) Java
3 79 (6.67%) Perl
4 55 (4.65%) C
5 46 (3.89%) SQL
6 41 (3.46%) C++
6 41 (3.46%) JavaScript
7 39 (3.29%) Ruby
8 32 (2.70%) C#
9 31 (2.62%) PowerShell
10 22 (1.86%) Bash Shell
11 15 (1.27%) PHP
12 12 (1.01%) Go
13 10 (0.84%) Korn
14 9 (0.76%) VBScript
15 7 (0.59%) Bourne shell
16 5 (0.42%) Scala
16 5 (0.42%) Shell Script
17 4 (0.34%) Groovy
17 4 (0.34%) VB
Qualifications
1 272 (22.97%) Cisco Certification
2 238 (20.10%) CISSP
3 188 (15.88%) CCNP
4 162 (13.68%) CISM
5 124 (10.47%) Degree
6 122 (10.30%) CCNA
7 91 (7.69%) Security Cleared
8 76 (6.42%) SC Cleared
9 62 (5.24%) CEH
10 60 (5.07%) CISA
11 45 (3.80%) CCSA
12 44 (3.72%) CCSE
13 36 (3.04%) CCIE
14 35 (2.96%) Computer Science Degree
15 33 (2.79%) DV Cleared
16 30 (2.53%) GIAC
17 28 (2.36%) JNCIS
18 26 (2.20%) CCSP
19 25 (2.11%) RHCA
19 25 (2.11%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 138 (11.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 64 (5.41%) SLA
3 60 (5.07%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
4 57 (4.81%) PCI DSS
5 28 (2.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 15 (1.27%) QA
7 13 (1.10%) Cyber Essentials
8 10 (0.84%) PMO
9 9 (0.76%) GDPR
10 8 (0.68%) SSAE 16
11 7 (0.59%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 4 (0.34%) ISO 9001
13 3 (0.25%) GPG13
13 3 (0.25%) JSP 440
14 2 (0.17%) GCP
15 1 (0.084%) FIPS 140-2
15 1 (0.084%) FISMA
15 1 (0.084%) HMG Security Policy Framework
15 1 (0.084%) RMADS
System Software
1 150 (12.67%) Active Directory
2 49 (4.14%) ProxySG
3 44 (3.72%) VMware Infrastructure
4 36 (3.04%) Snort
5 31 (2.62%) vSphere
6 17 (1.44%) iptables
7 16 (1.35%) Docker
8 14 (1.18%) Hyper-V
9 12 (1.01%) Firmware
9 12 (1.01%) VMware ESXi
10 8 (0.68%) pfSense
11 7 (0.59%) Virtual Machines
12 5 (0.42%) Terminal Services
13 4 (0.34%) VMware Server
14 2 (0.17%) Job Entry Subsystem
14 2 (0.17%) LXC
14 2 (0.17%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 2 (0.17%) RACF
14 2 (0.17%) Time Sharing Option
14 2 (0.17%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 41 (3.46%) FortiGate
2 40 (3.38%) Nessus
3 27 (2.28%) Kubernetes
4 24 (2.03%) Nagios
5 22 (1.86%) Ansible
6 20 (1.69%) McAfee ePO
6 20 (1.69%) Puppet
7 17 (1.44%) SELinux
8 12 (1.01%) SCOM
9 10 (0.84%) CSIRT
9 10 (0.84%) Opscode Chef
9 10 (0.84%) SCCM
10 8 (0.68%) QRadar
10 8 (0.68%) vCenter Server
11 7 (0.59%) Cisco Prime
12 6 (0.51%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
12 6 (0.51%) Host Intrusion Detection System
13 5 (0.42%) Mesos
13 5 (0.42%) Network Intrusion Detection System
13 5 (0.42%) PowerBroker
Vendors
1 474 (40.03%) Cisco
2 346 (29.22%) CheckPoint
3 263 (22.21%) Palo Alto
4 243 (20.52%) Juniper
5 166 (14.02%) F5
6 130 (10.98%) Blue Coat
7 121 (10.22%) Microsoft
8 102 (8.61%) Splunk
9 85 (7.18%) Fortinet
10 84 (7.09%) VMware
11 59 (4.98%) Sourcefire
12 57 (4.81%) McAfee
13 51 (4.31%) LogRhythm
14 46 (3.89%) Citrix
15 42 (3.55%) Red Hat
16 31 (2.62%) HP
17 30 (2.53%) AlienVault
18 29 (2.45%) Riverbed
19 26 (2.20%) ArcSight
19 26 (2.20%) Crossbeam