Period
to 26 May 2020

The median annual salary for a Security Engineer was £62,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 26 May 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
26 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 319 356 440
Rank change year-on-year +37 +84 -19
Permanent jobs requiring a Security Engineer 863 1,249 1,218
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.94% 0.87% 0.70%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.99% 0.90% 0.73%
Number of salaries quoted 736 933 1,019
Median annual salary £62,500 £60,000 £55,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.17% +9.09% +4.76%
10th Percentile £41,250 £37,500 £35,000
90th Percentile £92,500 £85,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £52,500 £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 87,162 138,305 167,516
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.23% 96.02% 96.38%
Number of salaries quoted 69,950 109,815 136,158
Median annual salary £52,907 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.81% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £30,000 £28,313 £27,500
90th Percentile £87,500 £85,000 £80,000
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 26 May 2020.

Salary histogram for Security Engineer in the UK

Security Engineer
Top 17 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 26 May 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 +47 811 £62,500 +4.17% 78
London +83 456 £70,000 +7.69% 31
UK excluding London -13 392 £50,000 -4.76% 47
South East +47 115 £52,500 -4.55% 7
North of England +1 113 £50,000 - 20
North West +82 79 £50,000 -4.76% 10
Work from Home +52 71 £55,000 -8.33% 11
East of England +23 54 £51,000 -2.86% 9
Midlands +82 47 £55,000 - 6
Scotland +48 32 £45,000 -10.00% 1
East Midlands +57 31 £45,000 -25.00% 3
Yorkshire -26 29 £57,500 +15.00% 10
South West +52 24 £55,000 -2.65% 4
West Midlands +56 16 £59,500 +3.48% 3
Wales -9 6 £48,750 -2.50% 1
North East +17 5 £50,000 +25.00%
Northern Ireland +22 3 £50,000 -9.09%

Security Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 May 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.

1 350 (40.56%) Cybersecurity
2 313 (36.27%) Information Security
3 277 (32.10%) Firewall
4 237 (27.46%) SIEM
5 219 (25.38%) Network Security
6 210 (24.33%) Finance
7 192 (22.25%) Security Operations
8 179 (20.74%) Python
9 178 (20.63%) CISSP
10 162 (18.77%) Azure
11 161 (18.66%) Cisco
12 153 (17.73%) DevOps
13 150 (17.38%) AWS
14 144 (16.69%) Linux
15 132 (15.30%) Cisco Certification
16 130 (15.06%) Windows
17 107 (12.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
18 94 (10.89%) Security Architecture
19 93 (10.78%) Vulnerability Management
20 90 (10.43%) PowerShell
21 89 (10.31%) CISM
22 86 (9.97%) Security Management
22 86 (9.97%) OWASP
23 85 (9.85%) PCI DSS
24 83 (9.62%) Microsoft
24 83 (9.62%) Active Directory
25 82 (9.50%) Agile Software Development
26 80 (9.27%) CheckPoint
27 79 (9.15%) Degree
28 76 (8.81%) Palo Alto

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 17 (1.97%) Apache Spark
2 10 (1.16%) Elasticsearch
3 7 (0.81%) IIS
4 3 (0.35%) Drupal
4 3 (0.35%) SharePoint
5 2 (0.23%) Apache Airflow
6 1 (0.12%) Apache
6 1 (0.12%) BizTalk Server
6 1 (0.12%) Confluence
6 1 (0.12%) MS Exchange
6 1 (0.12%) nginx
6 1 (0.12%) WordPress
Applications
1 17 (1.97%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (0.46%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.35%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 162 (18.77%) Azure
2 150 (17.38%) AWS
3 67 (7.76%) Office 365
4 46 (5.33%) IaaS
5 43 (4.98%) GCP
6 35 (4.06%) Serverless
7 32 (3.71%) SaaS
8 27 (3.13%) PaaS
9 25 (2.90%) Azure Active Directory
10 19 (2.20%) AWS CloudFormation
11 18 (2.09%) Azure Functions
12 15 (1.74%) AWS Lambda
13 14 (1.62%) Amazon GuardDuty
13 14 (1.62%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 10 (1.16%) Akamai
14 10 (1.16%) Amazon S3
15 9 (1.04%) Amazon EC2
15 9 (1.04%) AWS CloudTrail
16 7 (0.81%) Dropbox
16 7 (0.81%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 277 (32.10%) Firewall
2 219 (25.38%) Network Security
3 70 (8.11%) WAN
4 66 (7.65%) VPN
5 65 (7.53%) TCP/IP
6 62 (7.18%) Intrusion Detection
7 59 (6.84%) LAN
8 57 (6.60%) Internet
9 44 (5.10%) Wireless
10 43 (4.98%) DNS
11 40 (4.63%) BGP
12 38 (4.40%) HTTP
13 34 (3.94%) Cisco ASA
14 31 (3.59%) OSPF
15 29 (3.36%) IPsec
16 25 (2.90%) DHCP
17 24 (2.78%) Cisco ISE
18 23 (2.67%) Cisco Nexus
18 23 (2.67%) Wireshark
19 20 (2.32%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (2.78%) SQL Server
2 18 (2.09%) MySQL
2 18 (2.09%) PostgreSQL
3 11 (1.27%) Big Data
4 8 (0.93%) MongoDB
5 7 (0.81%) NoSQL
6 6 (0.70%) Data Lake
7 4 (0.46%) Relational Database
8 3 (0.35%) Hadoop
8 3 (0.35%) SQL Server 2012
9 2 (0.23%) Blockchain
9 2 (0.23%) SQL Server 2008
10 1 (0.12%) Amazon RDS
10 1 (0.12%) Apache Cassandra
10 1 (0.12%) DB2
10 1 (0.12%) Oracle Reports
10 1 (0.12%) SQL Server 2014
10 1 (0.12%) SQL Server 2017
Development Applications
1 19 (2.20%) Jenkins
2 17 (1.97%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 16 (1.85%) Git (software)
3 16 (1.85%) Octopus Deploy
3 16 (1.85%) TeamCity
4 7 (0.81%) WinDbg
5 6 (0.70%) Burp Suite
6 5 (0.58%) JIRA
6 5 (0.58%) Metasploit
7 4 (0.46%) Bitbucket
8 3 (0.35%) AppScan
8 3 (0.35%) CircleCI
8 3 (0.35%) Team Foundation Server
9 2 (0.23%) IDA Disassembler
9 2 (0.23%) Selenium
10 1 (0.12%) Bitbucket Server
10 1 (0.12%) Fiddler
10 1 (0.12%) git-flow
10 1 (0.12%) Subversion
10 1 (0.12%) WiX
General
1 210 (24.33%) Finance
2 63 (7.30%) Banking
3 35 (4.06%) Retail
4 25 (2.90%) Public Sector
5 20 (2.32%) Telecoms
6 19 (2.20%) Law
7 15 (1.74%) Games
8 11 (1.27%) Electronics
8 11 (1.27%) Legal
9 10 (1.16%) Investment Banking
10 8 (0.93%) Manufacturing
10 8 (0.93%) Marketing
11 6 (0.70%) Back Office
12 4 (0.46%) Digital Economy
13 3 (0.35%) Advertising
13 3 (0.35%) German Language
13 3 (0.35%) Publishing
14 2 (0.23%) Financial Institution
15 1 (0.12%) French Language
15 1 (0.12%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (3.82%) .NET
2 20 (2.32%) SailPoint
3 19 (2.20%) SAML
4 15 (1.74%) Kafka
4 15 (1.74%) LDAP
5 13 (1.51%) Web Services
6 10 (1.16%) CSS
6 10 (1.16%) OAuth
7 9 (1.04%) HTML
8 8 (0.93%) 802.1X
8 8 (0.93%) Elastic Stack
8 8 (0.93%) React
9 7 (0.81%) Laravel
9 7 (0.81%) RabbitMQ
10 6 (0.70%) ASP.NET
10 6 (0.70%) jQuery
11 5 (0.58%) Node.js
11 5 (0.58%) REST
11 5 (0.58%) XHTML
12 4 (0.46%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 72 (8.34%) Management Information System
2 67 (7.76%) Analytical Skills
3 63 (7.30%) Security Operations Centre
4 43 (4.98%) Data Centre
5 40 (4.63%) Cloud Native
6 36 (4.17%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 32 (3.71%) Cyberthreat
8 29 (3.36%) Public Cloud
9 28 (3.24%) Cyberattack
9 28 (3.24%) PKI
10 24 (2.78%) User Experience
11 12 (1.39%) Virtual Team
12 11 (1.27%) Cyber Kill Chain
12 11 (1.27%) Mobile App
13 8 (0.93%) Algorithms
13 8 (0.93%) Greenfield Project
13 8 (0.93%) Replication
13 8 (0.93%) Self-Motivation
14 7 (0.81%) Handset
14 7 (0.81%) Online Banking
Operating Systems
1 144 (16.69%) Linux
2 130 (15.06%) Windows
3 37 (4.29%) Windows Server
4 35 (4.06%) Unix
5 21 (2.43%) Windows Server 2012
6 13 (1.51%) Android
7 12 (1.39%) Windows 10
8 8 (0.93%) Apple iOS
9 6 (0.70%) Kali Linux
10 4 (0.46%) Windows Server 2016
11 3 (0.35%) Mac OS
11 3 (0.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 3 (0.35%) Windows Server 2008
12 2 (0.23%) Windows 7
13 1 (0.12%) AIX
13 1 (0.12%) Solaris
13 1 (0.12%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 350 (40.56%) Cybersecurity
2 313 (36.27%) Information Security
3 237 (27.46%) SIEM
4 192 (22.25%) Security Operations
5 153 (17.73%) DevOps
6 94 (10.89%) Security Architecture
7 93 (10.78%) Vulnerability Management
8 86 (9.97%) OWASP
8 86 (9.97%) Security Management
9 82 (9.50%) Agile Software Development
10 75 (8.69%) Penetration Testing
11 73 (8.46%) Fintech
12 69 (8.00%) DevSecOps
12 69 (8.00%) Threat Modelling
13 61 (7.07%) Problem-Solving
13 61 (7.07%) Vulnerability Scanning
14 60 (6.95%) Security Testing
15 58 (6.72%) Identity Access Management
15 58 (6.72%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 55 (6.37%) Vulnerability Assessment
Programming Languages
1 179 (20.74%) Python
2 90 (10.43%) PowerShell
3 72 (8.34%) Java
4 67 (7.76%) Bash Shell
5 42 (4.87%) SQL
6 35 (4.06%) Go
6 35 (4.06%) Perl
7 29 (3.36%) JavaScript
8 26 (3.01%) C++
9 19 (2.20%) PHP
10 18 (2.09%) C
11 14 (1.62%) C#
12 12 (1.39%) Ruby
12 12 (1.39%) Scala
13 10 (1.16%) Kotlin
14 8 (0.93%) Shell Script
14 8 (0.93%) VBScript
15 4 (0.46%) Clojure
16 2 (0.23%) Groovy
17 1 (0.12%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 178 (20.63%) CISSP
2 132 (15.30%) Cisco Certification
3 89 (10.31%) CISM
4 79 (9.15%) Degree
5 68 (7.88%) CCNP
6 63 (7.30%) CCNA
7 37 (4.29%) CCSP
7 37 (4.29%) Security Cleared
8 33 (3.82%) SANS
9 31 (3.59%) CISA
10 29 (3.36%) CEH
11 21 (2.43%) (ISC)2 CCSP
12 20 (2.32%) CCSA
12 20 (2.32%) Microsoft Certification
12 20 (2.32%) SC Cleared
13 19 (2.20%) MCSE
14 18 (2.09%) Computer Science Degree
14 18 (2.09%) SSCP
15 15 (1.74%) AWS Certification
15 15 (1.74%) GIAC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 107 (12.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 85 (9.85%) PCI DSS
3 60 (6.95%) NIST
4 56 (6.49%) GDPR
5 31 (3.59%) SLA
6 30 (3.48%) COBIT
7 26 (3.01%) Cyber Essentials
8 19 (2.20%) QA
9 18 (2.09%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 11 (1.27%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 8 (0.93%) NCSC
12 7 (0.81%) NIST 800
13 5 (0.58%) AICPA
14 2 (0.23%) RMADS
15 1 (0.12%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
15 1 (0.12%) Def Stans
15 1 (0.12%) GPG13
15 1 (0.12%) PSD2
System Software
1 83 (9.62%) Active Directory
2 54 (6.26%) Docker
3 35 (4.06%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (1.04%) Virtual Servers
5 8 (0.93%) Hyper-V
6 6 (0.70%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 3 (0.35%) VMware ESXi
7 3 (0.35%) vSphere
7 3 (0.35%) XenApp
8 2 (0.23%) LXC
8 2 (0.23%) Snort
9 1 (0.12%) Apache ZooKeeper
9 1 (0.12%) Virtual Machines
9 1 (0.12%) VMware NSX
9 1 (0.12%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 75 (8.69%) Kubernetes
2 63 (7.30%) Terraform
3 40 (4.63%) Ansible
4 37 (4.29%) Nessus
5 18 (2.09%) FortiGate
6 15 (1.74%) Single Sign-On
7 14 (1.62%) HP Fortify
8 13 (1.51%) QRadar
9 9 (1.04%) WebInspect
10 8 (0.93%) Nmap
11 7 (0.81%) Microsoft Intune
12 5 (0.58%) CA Single Sign-On
12 5 (0.58%) Kibana
12 5 (0.58%) Kubeflow
12 5 (0.58%) WSUS
13 4 (0.46%) CASB
13 4 (0.46%) Puppet
13 4 (0.46%) Stealthwatch
14 3 (0.35%) Host Intrusion Detection System
14 3 (0.35%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 161 (18.66%) Cisco
2 83 (9.62%) Microsoft
3 80 (9.27%) CheckPoint
4 76 (8.81%) Palo Alto
5 57 (6.60%) VMware
6 52 (6.03%) Splunk
7 49 (5.68%) CyberArk
8 45 (5.21%) Qualys
9 37 (4.29%) ArcSight
10 36 (4.17%) Juniper
11 31 (3.59%) Fortinet
12 29 (3.36%) McAfee
12 29 (3.36%) Sophos
13 26 (3.01%) HP
14 25 (2.90%) F5
14 25 (2.90%) Meraki
15 22 (2.55%) IBM
16 21 (2.43%) Google
16 21 (2.43%) Zscaler
17 20 (2.32%) Citrix