Period
to 20 November 2017

The median annual salary for a Security Engineer was £51,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 November 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
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 434 389 480
Rank change year-on-year -45 +91 +38
Permanent jobs requiring a Security Engineer 1225 1474 1322
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.68% 0.79% 0.60%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.71% 0.82% 0.63%
Number of salaries quoted 930 1135 1126
UK median annual salary £51,500 £54,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -4.63% +8.00% +5.26%
10th Percentile £33,750 £35,000 £32,500
90th Percentile £78,750 £80,000 £70,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £46,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year +3.26% -3.16% +5.56%

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 172189 180467 210956
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.78% 96.48% 96.46%
Number of salaries quoted 138171 151048 175187
UK median annual salary £48,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +1.05% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £78,750 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,500
% change year-on-year - +4.94% +1.25%

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 20 November 2017.

Salary histogram for Security Engineer in the UK

Security Engineer
Top 14 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 20 November 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 -28 1185 £52,500 -3.67% 67
UK excluding London -10 720 £47,500 +3.26% 41
London -81 490 £60,000 - 28
South East -37 295 £50,000 - 16
East of England +81 141 £50,000 +4.17% 7
North of England +4 111 £47,500 +11.11% 10
South West +58 98 £45,000 -14.29% 3
North West +7 69 £47,500 +7.95% 8
Midlands +1 51 £43,750 - 3
West Midlands 0 46 £43,750 -2.78% 2
Yorkshire -7 42 £40,000 +5.26% 2
Wales +21 20 £47,500 +5.56% 2
Scotland -58 14 £34,750 -30.50%
East Midlands +23 3 £45,000 +5.88% 1

Security Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 November 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.

1 672 (54.86%) Firewall
2 456 (37.22%) Network Security
3 392 (32.00%) Cisco
4 355 (28.98%) SIEM
5 347 (28.33%) Cybersecurity
6 311 (25.39%) Linux
7 306 (24.98%) Information Security
8 302 (24.65%) Windows
9 292 (23.84%) CISSP
10 266 (21.71%) TCP/IP
11 245 (20.00%) CheckPoint
12 240 (19.59%) Cisco Certification
13 213 (17.39%) Security Operations
14 203 (16.57%) Finance
15 191 (15.59%) Security Architecture
16 177 (14.45%) Juniper
16 177 (14.45%) WAN
16 177 (14.45%) Palo Alto
17 172 (14.04%) ITIL
18 171 (13.96%) VPN
19 167 (13.63%) Penetration Testing
20 166 (13.55%) Cisco ASA
21 162 (13.22%) CISM
22 157 (12.82%) Microsoft
22 157 (12.82%) CCNP
23 156 (12.73%) LAN
24 148 (12.08%) Java
25 144 (11.76%) Degree
26 134 (10.94%) Active Directory
26 134 (10.94%) DNS

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 (1.88%) MS Exchange
2 18 (1.47%) Exchange Server 2010
3 13 (1.06%) Elasticsearch
4 12 (0.98%) JBoss
5 9 (0.73%) Exchange Server 2013
6 8 (0.65%) OpenStack
7 7 (0.57%) IIS
8 6 (0.49%) Apache
9 5 (0.41%) Apache Spark
10 3 (0.24%) SharePoint
11 2 (0.16%) Apache Pig
11 2 (0.16%) nginx
11 2 (0.16%) Tomcat
12 1 (0.082%) Apache Solr
12 1 (0.082%) Skype for Business
12 1 (0.082%) WordPress
Applications
1 7 (0.57%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (0.24%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.082%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (0.16%) R3 Corda
2 1 (0.082%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.082%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 120 (9.80%) Amazon AWS
2 84 (6.86%) Microsoft Azure
3 39 (3.18%) Office 365
4 29 (2.37%) SaaS
5 22 (1.80%) IaaS
6 11 (0.90%) Akamai
7 9 (0.73%) Google Cloud Platform
7 9 (0.73%) PaaS
8 8 (0.65%) Cloud Computing
8 8 (0.65%) Mimecast
9 2 (0.16%) Force.com
9 2 (0.16%) GitHub
9 2 (0.16%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 1 (0.082%) Amazon EC2
10 1 (0.082%) Amazon S3
10 1 (0.082%) AWS CloudFormation
10 1 (0.082%) npm
10 1 (0.082%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 672 (54.86%) Firewall
2 456 (37.22%) Network Security
3 266 (21.71%) TCP/IP
4 177 (14.45%) WAN
5 171 (13.96%) VPN
6 166 (13.55%) Cisco ASA
7 156 (12.73%) LAN
8 134 (10.94%) DNS
9 95 (7.76%) BGP
10 93 (7.59%) Intrusion Detection
11 86 (7.02%) IPsec
12 79 (6.45%) Wireless
13 75 (6.12%) DHCP
13 75 (6.12%) MPLS
14 70 (5.71%) OSPF
15 67 (5.47%) HTTP
16 52 (4.24%) SSL
17 51 (4.16%) Cisco IOS
18 43 (3.51%) NetScaler
19 40 (3.27%) DMZ
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (2.37%) SQL Server
2 24 (1.96%) MongoDB
3 16 (1.31%) MySQL
4 14 (1.14%) Big Data
5 9 (0.73%) Hadoop
5 9 (0.73%) Relational Database
5 9 (0.73%) SQL Server 2008
6 7 (0.57%) Blockchain
7 6 (0.49%) PostgreSQL
8 5 (0.41%) Apache Hive
8 5 (0.41%) RDBMS
9 4 (0.33%) GIS
9 4 (0.33%) NoSQL
10 3 (0.24%) Couchbase
10 3 (0.24%) HBase
10 3 (0.24%) InfluxDB
10 3 (0.24%) Neo4j
10 3 (0.24%) Redis
11 2 (0.16%) Impala
12 1 (0.082%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 9 (0.73%) Jenkins
2 5 (0.41%) Metasploit
3 3 (0.24%) Maven
3 3 (0.24%) TeamCity
4 2 (0.16%) FxCop
4 2 (0.16%) JIRA
4 2 (0.16%) Selenium
4 2 (0.16%) SonarQube
4 2 (0.16%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 1 (0.082%) Burp Suite
5 1 (0.082%) Gradle
5 1 (0.082%) Grunt
5 1 (0.082%) gulp
5 1 (0.082%) IDA Disassembler
5 1 (0.082%) OllyDbg
5 1 (0.082%) webpack
5 1 (0.082%) WinDbg
5 1 (0.082%) Xcode
General
1 203 (16.57%) Finance
2 84 (6.86%) Banking
3 62 (5.06%) Telecoms
4 24 (1.96%) Games
5 21 (1.71%) Electronics
5 21 (1.71%) Law
6 20 (1.63%) Legal
7 18 (1.47%) Retail
8 16 (1.31%) Marketing
9 15 (1.22%) German Language
9 15 (1.22%) Manufacturing
10 11 (0.90%) Digital Economy
11 9 (0.73%) Financial Institution
12 8 (0.65%) Advertising
12 8 (0.65%) French Language
13 7 (0.57%) Investment Banking
14 6 (0.49%) Automotive
15 4 (0.33%) Aerospace
16 2 (0.16%) Local Government
16 2 (0.16%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 58 (4.73%) Web Services
2 36 (2.94%) HTML
3 16 (1.31%) Node.js
4 14 (1.14%) CSS
4 14 (1.14%) SOAP
5 12 (0.98%) Middleware
5 12 (0.98%) RESTful
5 12 (0.98%) XML
6 11 (0.90%) .NET
6 11 (0.90%) 802.1X
6 11 (0.90%) JSON
6 11 (0.90%) Regular Expression
7 10 (0.82%) Ajax
7 10 (0.82%) J2EE
7 10 (0.82%) JSF
7 10 (0.82%) SVG
8 6 (0.49%) Elastic Stack
9 5 (0.41%) REST
10 4 (0.33%) Hibernate
11 3 (0.24%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 87 (7.10%) Data Centre
2 82 (6.69%) Computer Science
3 78 (6.37%) Analytical Skills
4 66 (5.39%) Management Information System
5 60 (4.90%) PKI
6 59 (4.82%) Data Protection Act
7 56 (4.57%) Security Operations Centre
8 46 (3.76%) CESG
9 39 (3.18%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 35 (2.86%) Algorithms
11 31 (2.53%) Cyberthreat
12 25 (2.04%) Java Card
13 21 (1.71%) Greenfield Project
14 16 (1.31%) CCTV
14 16 (1.31%) Cybercrime
15 15 (1.22%) Cyber Attack
15 15 (1.22%) Video Conferencing
16 13 (1.06%) iPad
17 12 (0.98%) Mobile App
18 11 (0.90%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 311 (25.39%) Linux
2 302 (24.65%) Windows
3 116 (9.47%) Windows Server
4 113 (9.22%) Unix
5 31 (2.53%) Windows Server 2008
6 18 (1.47%) Apple iOS
7 14 (1.14%) Windows Server 2012
8 13 (1.06%) Mac OS X
8 13 (1.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 13 (1.06%) Windows 7
9 9 (0.73%) Android
9 9 (0.73%) CentOS
9 9 (0.73%) Windows Server 2003
10 8 (0.65%) Mac OS
10 8 (0.65%) Solaris
10 8 (0.65%) Windows 2000
11 7 (0.57%) Kali Linux
12 5 (0.41%) Windows 10
13 3 (0.24%) Debian
13 3 (0.24%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 355 (28.98%) SIEM
2 347 (28.33%) Cybersecurity
3 306 (24.98%) Information Security
4 213 (17.39%) Security Operations
5 191 (15.59%) Security Architecture
6 172 (14.04%) ITIL
7 167 (13.63%) Penetration Testing
8 131 (10.69%) Vulnerability Management
9 97 (7.92%) Data Protection
10 87 (7.10%) Vulnerability Scanning
11 86 (7.02%) Kalman Filter
12 85 (6.94%) Agile Software Development
13 81 (6.61%) Data Loss Prevention
14 63 (5.14%) Network Monitoring
15 60 (4.90%) Incident Management
16 59 (4.82%) Change Management
17 56 (4.57%) DRM
17 56 (4.57%) Vulnerability Assessment
18 52 (4.24%) Identity Management
19 48 (3.92%) Cryptography
Programming Languages
1 148 (12.08%) Java
2 119 (9.71%) Python
3 74 (6.04%) C
4 50 (4.08%) C++
5 45 (3.67%) SQL
6 44 (3.59%) Perl
7 35 (2.86%) JavaScript
8 34 (2.78%) Ruby
9 30 (2.45%) PowerShell
10 26 (2.12%) C#
11 25 (2.04%) Bash Shell
12 14 (1.14%) PHP
13 13 (1.06%) Shell Script
14 10 (0.82%) Groovy
15 9 (0.73%) VBScript
16 8 (0.65%) Go
17 6 (0.49%) Lua
18 5 (0.41%) Korn
18 5 (0.41%) R
19 3 (0.24%) C-shell
Qualifications
1 292 (23.84%) CISSP
2 240 (19.59%) Cisco Certification
3 162 (13.22%) CISM
4 157 (12.82%) CCNP
5 144 (11.76%) Degree
6 121 (9.88%) CCNA
7 109 (8.90%) Security Cleared
8 92 (7.51%) CEH
9 91 (7.43%) SC Cleared
10 69 (5.63%) CISA
11 59 (4.82%) GIAC
12 56 (4.57%) SSCP
13 50 (4.08%) CCSA
13 50 (4.08%) SANS
14 48 (3.92%) DV Cleared
15 38 (3.10%) CCSE
16 35 (2.86%) CompTIA Security+
16 35 (2.86%) Computer Science Degree
16 35 (2.86%) Security+ Certification
17 31 (2.53%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 132 (10.78%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 58 (4.73%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
3 54 (4.41%) PCI DSS
4 38 (3.10%) SLA
5 20 (1.63%) GDPR
6 19 (1.55%) Cyber Essentials
7 15 (1.22%) QA
7 15 (1.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 14 (1.14%) PMO
9 9 (0.73%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 8 (0.65%) GPG13
11 4 (0.33%) ISO 9001
12 2 (0.16%) COBIT
12 2 (0.16%) RMADS
12 2 (0.16%) SSAE 16
13 1 (0.082%) FIPS 140-2
13 1 (0.082%) GCP
13 1 (0.082%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 1 (0.082%) JSP 440
System Software
1 134 (10.94%) Active Directory
2 73 (5.96%) VMware Infrastructure
3 36 (2.94%) vSphere
4 27 (2.20%) Snort
5 26 (2.12%) Hyper-V
6 17 (1.39%) ProxySG
7 14 (1.14%) VMware ESXi
8 12 (0.98%) Docker
9 11 (0.90%) Virtual Machines
10 9 (0.73%) iptables
11 6 (0.49%) Firmware
12 4 (0.33%) HDFS
12 4 (0.33%) pfSense
12 4 (0.33%) VMware NSX
12 4 (0.33%) VMware Server
13 3 (0.24%) vCloud
14 2 (0.16%) Apache Flume
14 2 (0.16%) KVM
14 2 (0.16%) VirtualBox
14 2 (0.16%) Xen
Systems Management
1 36 (2.94%) FortiGate
2 31 (2.53%) Nagios
3 23 (1.88%) Nessus
4 20 (1.63%) Kubernetes
5 18 (1.47%) Cacti
5 18 (1.47%) QRadar
6 17 (1.39%) vCenter Server
7 16 (1.31%) Puppet
7 16 (1.31%) SCOM
8 15 (1.22%) Ansible
9 13 (1.06%) McAfee ePO
9 13 (1.06%) Norton AntiVirus
10 10 (0.82%) CSIRT
10 10 (0.82%) RSA enVision
11 8 (0.65%) SELinux
12 7 (0.57%) Host Intrusion Detection System
12 7 (0.57%) RSA Archer
13 6 (0.49%) ArcSight ESM
13 6 (0.49%) Kibana
13 6 (0.49%) RSA Security Analytics
Vendors
1 392 (32.00%) Cisco
2 245 (20.00%) CheckPoint
3 177 (14.45%) Juniper
3 177 (14.45%) Palo Alto
4 157 (12.82%) Microsoft
5 122 (9.96%) F5
6 106 (8.65%) VMware
7 78 (6.37%) Splunk
8 72 (5.88%) Fortinet
9 57 (4.65%) Blue Coat
10 54 (4.41%) Citrix
11 42 (3.43%) LogRhythm
12 38 (3.10%) Symantec
13 36 (2.94%) Sophos
14 34 (2.78%) McAfee
14 34 (2.78%) Sourcefire
15 29 (2.37%) ArcSight
16 22 (1.80%) SolarWinds
17 19 (1.55%) AlienVault
18 17 (1.39%) Crossbeam