Security Engineer
UK

The median Security Engineer salary in the UK is £60,000 per year according to job vacancies posted during the 6 months to 2 March 2024.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

6 months to
2 Mar 2024
Same period 2023 Same period 2022
Rank 369 364 367
Rank change year-on-year -5 +3 -9
Permanent jobs requiring a Security Engineer 609 1,032 1,383
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.75% 0.92% 0.97%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.79% 0.98% 1.02%
Number of salaries quoted 512 723 846
10th Percentile £35,000 £38,155 £41,250
25th Percentile £42,500 £50,875 £48,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £60,000 £62,500 £64,600
Median % change year-on-year -4.00% -3.25% +7.67%
75th Percentile £73,750 £81,928 £80,000
90th Percentile £96,000 £97,500 £91,875
UK excluding London median annual salary £54,250 £59,526 £52,500
% change year-on-year -8.86% +13.38% +4.48%

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
UK

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.

Permanent vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 77,164 104,802 135,666
% of permanent jobs with a recognized job title 94.80% 93.58% 95.59%
Number of salaries quoted 57,734 65,779 84,694
10th Percentile £28,501 £32,750 £32,000
25th Percentile £39,085 £45,000 £42,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £60,000 £60,000
Median % change year-on-year -8.33% - +9.09%
75th Percentile £72,500 £82,500 £77,500
90th Percentile £92,500 £100,000 £95,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £52,750 £50,000
% change year-on-year -5.21% +5.50% +5.26%

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 2 March 2024.

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 2 March 2024. 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 -12 537 £60,000 -5.01% 309
UK excluding London +14 374 £54,250 -8.86% 192
Work from Home -20 264 £59,526 -0.40% 118
London +24 206 £72,500 - 140
South East +52 117 £45,000 -18.18% 44
North of England +52 102 £55,000 -7.60% 51
Midlands +34 57 £55,000 +15.79% 24
North West +22 52 £55,000 -7.60% 37
Yorkshire +88 41 £56,500 -5.08% 13
West Midlands +27 36 £46,500 -4.62% 13
Scotland -37 31 £59,526 - 19
East of England +36 25 £67,500 +28.57% 30
South West -25 22 £59,526 +10.75% 24
East Midlands +31 21 £58,750 +23.68% 11
Wales +10 15 £40,500 -26.36% 9
North East +11 9 £62,783 -27.21% 1
Northern Ireland +27 5 £90,000 +50.00% 2

Security Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities

For the 6 months to 2 March 2024, Security Engineer job roles required the following skills and capabilities 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.

1 322 (52.87%) Cybersecurity
2 251 (41.22%) Azure
3 164 (26.93%) Microsoft
4 157 (25.78%) Firewall
5 152 (24.96%) Cloud Security
6 135 (22.17%) Network Security
7 129 (21.18%) Python
8 124 (20.36%) AWS
9 123 (20.20%) Finance
10 120 (19.70%) Information Security
11 113 (18.56%) SIEM
12 105 (17.24%) DevOps
12 105 (17.24%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 102 (16.75%) Degree
14 101 (16.58%) Security Operations
15 99 (16.26%) Microsoft 365
15 99 (16.26%) PowerShell
16 92 (15.11%) Windows
17 91 (14.94%) CISSP
18 87 (14.29%) Problem-Solving
19 84 (13.79%) Vulnerability Management
20 83 (13.63%) Social Skills
21 82 (13.46%) Incident Response
22 80 (13.14%) Terraform
23 72 (11.82%) ISO/IEC 27001
24 70 (11.49%) Agile
25 66 (10.84%) NIST
25 66 (10.84%) Mentoring
26 64 (10.51%) Cisco
26 64 (10.51%) Infrastructure as Code

Security Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same employment type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 10 (1.64%) Microsoft Exchange
2 5 (0.82%) SharePoint
3 1 (0.16%) Apache
3 1 (0.16%) Confluence
3 1 (0.16%) Gunicorn
3 1 (0.16%) nginx
3 1 (0.16%) uWSGI
Applications
1 14 (2.30%) Microsoft Excel
2 9 (1.48%) Microsoft Office
3 5 (0.82%) Trello
4 2 (0.33%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (0.82%) C-CURE
2 1 (0.16%) SAP GRC
Cloud Services
1 251 (41.22%) Azure
2 124 (20.36%) AWS
3 99 (16.26%) Microsoft 365
4 55 (9.03%) GCP
5 50 (8.21%) Azure DevOps
5 50 (8.21%) PaaS
6 41 (6.73%) Cloud Computing
7 37 (6.08%) Entra ID
8 36 (5.91%) SaaS
9 31 (5.09%) Azure Sentinel
10 30 (4.93%) GitHub
11 24 (3.94%) Microsoft Purview
12 21 (3.45%) IaaS
13 15 (2.46%) Azure Key Vault
14 12 (1.97%) AWS KMS
14 12 (1.97%) Azure ExpressRoute
15 10 (1.64%) Azure AKS
16 9 (1.48%) Amazon EC2
16 9 (1.48%) Serverless
17 8 (1.31%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 157 (25.78%) Firewall
2 135 (22.17%) Network Security
3 52 (8.54%) LAN
3 52 (8.54%) WAN
4 41 (6.73%) VPN
5 34 (5.58%) Intrusion Detection
6 29 (4.76%) TCP/IP
7 23 (3.78%) DNS
8 22 (3.61%) SD-WAN
9 20 (3.28%) Wireless
10 19 (3.12%) Cisco Firepower
11 17 (2.79%) Wireshark
12 16 (2.63%) Cisco ISE
12 16 (2.63%) Internet
12 16 (2.63%) Wi-Fi
13 13 (2.13%) BGP
14 11 (1.81%) Cisco ASA
14 11 (1.81%) VLAN
15 10 (1.64%) Cisco Nexus
16 9 (1.48%) NGFW
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (1.15%) Power BI
2 3 (0.49%) SQL Server
3 2 (0.33%) Amazon RDS
3 2 (0.33%) GIS
3 2 (0.33%) Metadata
4 1 (0.16%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
4 1 (0.16%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (0.16%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 48 (7.88%) Jenkins
2 12 (1.97%) GitLab
3 11 (1.81%) Git
4 8 (1.31%) JIRA
5 4 (0.66%) Burp Suite
5 4 (0.66%) Sonatype Nexus
6 2 (0.33%) Bitbucket
6 2 (0.33%) MSI
7 1 (0.16%) Ant
7 1 (0.16%) Robot Framework
General
1 123 (20.20%) Finance
2 83 (13.63%) Social Skills
3 47 (7.72%) Banking
4 36 (5.91%) Inclusion and Diversity
5 30 (4.93%) Analytical Skills
6 24 (3.94%) Public Sector
7 16 (2.63%) Manufacturing
8 13 (2.13%) Electronics
8 13 (2.13%) Telecoms
9 10 (1.64%) Health Technology
9 10 (1.64%) Legal
9 10 (1.64%) Tech for Good
10 8 (1.31%) Law
11 7 (1.15%) Influencing Skills
12 6 (0.99%) Organisational Skills
13 5 (0.82%) Retail
14 4 (0.66%) Aerospace
14 4 (0.66%) Marketing
15 3 (0.49%) Financial Institution
15 3 (0.49%) Welsh Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (2.13%) web3js
2 10 (1.64%) HTML
2 10 (1.64%) JSON
3 9 (1.48%) YAML
4 7 (1.15%) OAuth
5 6 (0.99%) 802.1X
6 4 (0.66%) .NET
6 4 (0.66%) CSS
7 2 (0.33%) Django
7 2 (0.33%) Flask
7 2 (0.33%) Fluent Bit
7 2 (0.33%) JWT
7 2 (0.33%) Microsoft Graph
7 2 (0.33%) OAuth2
7 2 (0.33%) OpenID
7 2 (0.33%) Regular Expression
7 2 (0.33%) XMPP
8 1 (0.16%) .NET Core
8 1 (0.16%) Kafka
8 1 (0.16%) Pyramid
Miscellaneous
1 59 (9.69%) PKI
2 46 (7.55%) Public Cloud
3 42 (6.90%) Management Information System
4 33 (5.42%) Data Centre
5 30 (4.93%) Security Operations Centre
6 25 (4.11%) Private Cloud
7 24 (3.94%) Cyber Threat
8 22 (3.61%) Product Ownership
9 21 (3.45%) Operational Technology
10 20 (3.28%) Hybrid Cloud
11 19 (3.12%) CCTV
12 18 (2.96%) Security Posture
13 14 (2.30%) Blockchain
13 14 (2.30%) Cyberattack
14 13 (2.13%) Web3
15 12 (1.97%) Enterprise Software
16 10 (1.64%) Greenfield Project
17 9 (1.48%) SCADA
18 8 (1.31%) Virtual Team
19 7 (1.15%) Cybercrime
Operating Systems
1 92 (15.11%) Windows
2 31 (5.09%) Windows Server
3 25 (4.11%) Linux
4 14 (2.30%) Android
4 14 (2.30%) Apple iOS
5 10 (1.64%) Unix
6 8 (1.31%) Ubuntu
7 5 (0.82%) Debian
7 5 (0.82%) Windows Server 2019
8 4 (0.66%) Windows Server 2012
9 2 (0.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 2 (0.33%) Windows 10
10 1 (0.16%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 322 (52.87%) Cybersecurity
2 152 (24.96%) Cloud Security
3 120 (19.70%) Information Security
4 113 (18.56%) SIEM
5 105 (17.24%) DevOps
5 105 (17.24%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 101 (16.58%) Security Operations
7 87 (14.29%) Problem-Solving
8 84 (13.79%) Vulnerability Management
9 82 (13.46%) Incident Response
10 70 (11.49%) Agile
11 66 (10.84%) Mentoring
12 64 (10.51%) Infrastructure as Code
13 61 (10.02%) Coaching
14 56 (9.20%) ITIL
15 50 (8.21%) Roadmaps
16 46 (7.55%) Application Security
16 46 (7.55%) CI/CD
17 45 (7.39%) Analytics
18 44 (7.22%) Cryptography
Programming Languages
1 129 (21.18%) Python
2 99 (16.26%) PowerShell
3 35 (5.75%) Bash
4 20 (3.28%) Kusto Query Language
5 17 (2.79%) SQL
6 14 (2.30%) C#
7 11 (1.81%) JavaScript
8 9 (1.48%) C
8 9 (1.48%) Go
8 9 (1.48%) Java
9 8 (1.31%) C++
10 4 (0.66%) Ruby
11 3 (0.49%) Rust
12 2 (0.33%) Lua
12 2 (0.33%) Search Processing Language
13 1 (0.16%) Embedded C
13 1 (0.16%) Kotlin
13 1 (0.16%) MATLAB
13 1 (0.16%) Perl
13 1 (0.16%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 102 (16.75%) Degree
2 91 (14.94%) CISSP
3 63 (10.34%) Cisco Certification
4 60 (9.85%) Security Cleared
5 55 (9.03%) SC Cleared
6 43 (7.06%) CEH
7 42 (6.90%) CISM
8 28 (4.60%) (ISC)2 CCSP
8 28 (4.60%) CCSP
9 26 (4.27%) CCNA
10 21 (3.45%) CCNP
11 17 (2.79%) SANS
12 16 (2.63%) SSCP
13 15 (2.46%) Azure Certification
14 14 (2.30%) Computer Science Degree
15 13 (2.13%) GIAC
16 9 (1.48%) GSEC
16 9 (1.48%) Microsoft Certification
17 8 (1.31%) CCIE
17 8 (1.31%) ISSMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 72 (11.82%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 66 (10.84%) NIST
3 32 (5.25%) PCI DSS
4 28 (4.60%) GDPR
5 27 (4.43%) Data Quality
6 21 (3.45%) NCSC
7 15 (2.46%) Cyber Essentials
8 9 (1.48%) COBIT
9 8 (1.31%) SOC 2
10 7 (1.15%) QA
11 6 (0.99%) HIPAA
12 4 (0.66%) GRC
13 3 (0.49%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 3 (0.49%) SLA
14 2 (0.33%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
System Software
1 63 (10.34%) Active Directory
2 41 (6.73%) Docker
3 33 (5.42%) VMware Infrastructure
4 14 (2.30%) Virtual Desktop
5 11 (1.81%) Hyper-V
6 10 (1.64%) Embedded Firmware
6 10 (1.64%) Firmware
7 5 (0.82%) Virtual Machines
7 5 (0.82%) vSphere
8 2 (0.33%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.16%) BitLocker
9 1 (0.16%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 80 (13.14%) Terraform
2 49 (8.05%) Kubernetes
3 26 (4.27%) Microsoft Intune
4 19 (3.12%) Nessus
4 19 (3.12%) Single Sign-On
5 17 (2.79%) Ansible
5 17 (2.79%) CASB
6 15 (2.46%) Nmap
7 12 (1.97%) CA Single Sign-On
8 7 (1.15%) Cisco CUCM
8 7 (1.15%) Stealthwatch
9 6 (0.99%) SCCM
10 5 (0.82%) Istio
10 5 (0.82%) Progress Chef
10 5 (0.82%) Puppet
10 5 (0.82%) QRadar
11 4 (0.66%) CSIRT
11 4 (0.66%) DatAdvantage
11 4 (0.66%) vRealize
11 4 (0.66%) vRealize Orchestrator
Vendors
1 164 (26.93%) Microsoft
2 64 (10.51%) Cisco
3 51 (8.37%) VMware
4 41 (6.73%) Google
5 35 (5.75%) Palo Alto
6 34 (5.58%) Splunk
7 26 (4.27%) CheckPoint
8 25 (4.11%) ServiceNow
9 23 (3.78%) Qualys
10 20 (3.28%) Rapid7
11 15 (2.46%) Fortinet
12 14 (2.30%) Thycotic
13 13 (2.13%) CA
14 12 (1.97%) CyberArk
15 10 (1.64%) EMC
16 8 (1.31%) Alibaba
16 8 (1.31%) CrowdStrike
17 7 (1.15%) Citrix
17 7 (1.15%) Juniper
17 7 (1.15%) SolarWinds