Security Hardening
UK

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for Security Hardening skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Security Hardening over the 6 months to 4 March 2024 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

6 months to
4 Mar 2024
Same period 2023 Same period 2022
Rank 762 962 1102
Rank change year-on-year +200 +140 -263
Permanent jobs citing Security Hardening 76 71 50
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.093% 0.064% 0.035%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.11% 0.067% 0.037%
Number of salaries quoted 54 54 28
10th Percentile £38,750 - £35,500
25th Percentile £43,983 £31,250 £42,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £64,000 £32,500 £48,750
Median % change year-on-year +96.92% -33.33% -9.30%
75th Percentile £80,000 £40,000 £66,750
90th Percentile £99,125 £77,750 £83,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £51,250 £40,000 £56,250
% change year-on-year +28.13% -28.89% +44.23%

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK

Security Hardening is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

Permanent vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 72,159 106,312 135,286
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 88.20% 95.60% 95.17%
Number of salaries quoted 53,246 63,311 81,825
10th Percentile £29,440 £34,500 £33,000
25th Percentile £40,000 £45,639 £43,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £62,500 £60,000
Median % change year-on-year -12.00% +4.17% +9.09%
75th Percentile £75,000 £82,500 £78,750
90th Percentile £95,000 £100,000 £96,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £55,000 £52,000
% change year-on-year -9.09% +5.77% +9.47%

Security Hardening
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Security Hardening as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Security Hardening in the UK

Security Hardening
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Security Hardening.

Salary trend for Security Hardening in the UK

Security Hardening
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Security Hardening over the 6 months to 4 March 2024.

Salary histogram for Security Hardening in the UK

Security Hardening
Top 13 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Security Hardening within the UK over the 6 months to 4 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 +197 73 £60,000 +84.62% 18
UK excluding London +108 50 £51,250 +28.13% 11
Work from Home +128 30 £78,000 +140.00% 9
London +167 23 £80,000 +146.15% 6
South East +83 23 £47,500 +34.18% 1
East of England +53 13 £65,000 -21.21% 2
South West +32 13 £60,000 +100.00% 7
North of England +98 5 £36,000 -47.83% 1
North East - 4 £36,000 -
Scotland - 2 - -
Midlands +65 1 £43,227 -47.60% 2
West Midlands +55 1 £43,227 -47.60% 2
Yorkshire - 1 - - 1

Security Hardening
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 7 (9.21%) Microsoft Exchange
2 3 (3.95%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.32%) IIS
Applications
1 6 (7.89%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (3.95%) 1Password
Business Applications
1 6 (7.89%) SAP PLM
1 6 (7.89%) Teamcenter
2 2 (2.63%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 35 (46.05%) Azure
2 24 (31.58%) AWS
3 16 (21.05%) Amazon S3
4 11 (14.47%) GCP
5 10 (13.16%) IaaS
6 9 (11.84%) SaaS
7 8 (10.53%) Entra ID
7 8 (10.53%) PaaS
8 6 (7.89%) Amazon EC2
8 6 (7.89%) Amazon EKS
8 6 (7.89%) AWS Lambda
8 6 (7.89%) Microsoft 365
8 6 (7.89%) Power Platform
8 6 (7.89%) Serverless
9 5 (6.58%) Mimecast
10 3 (3.95%) Azure Monitor
11 2 (2.63%) Nutanix
12 1 (1.32%) OCI
12 1 (1.32%) WhatsApp
Communications & Networking
1 24 (31.58%) Firewall
2 23 (30.26%) DNS
3 17 (22.37%) TCP/IP
4 11 (14.47%) Network Security
5 10 (13.16%) Internet
5 10 (13.16%) SNMP
5 10 (13.16%) tcpdump
6 9 (11.84%) VPN
7 6 (7.89%) BGP
7 6 (7.89%) IPsec
7 6 (7.89%) OSPF
8 5 (6.58%) WAN
9 4 (5.26%) NAS
10 3 (3.95%) 4G
10 3 (3.95%) 5G
10 3 (3.95%) DHCP
10 3 (3.95%) LAN
10 3 (3.95%) SD-WAN
10 3 (3.95%) SSL
11 2 (2.63%) VSAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (13.16%) Elasticsearch
1 10 (13.16%) MongoDB
1 10 (13.16%) MySQL
2 6 (7.89%) Power BI
3 3 (3.95%) InfluxDB
4 2 (2.63%) Dremio
4 2 (2.63%) MariaDB
5 1 (1.32%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 22 (28.95%) Jenkins
2 13 (17.11%) Git
3 6 (7.89%) Artifactory
3 6 (7.89%) Cucumber
3 6 (7.89%) JIRA
3 6 (7.89%) SonarQube
3 6 (7.89%) TeamCity
4 3 (3.95%) GitLab
General
1 26 (34.21%) Social Skills
2 16 (21.05%) Analytical Skills
3 14 (18.42%) Finance
4 10 (13.16%) Telecoms
5 7 (9.21%) Public Sector
6 6 (7.89%) Aerospace
7 3 (3.95%) Inclusion and Diversity
8 2 (2.63%) Banking
9 1 (1.32%) Military
9 1 (1.32%) Organisational Skills
9 1 (1.32%) Police
Job Titles
1 21 (27.63%) Senior
2 16 (21.05%) DevOps Engineer
2 16 (21.05%) Linux Engineer
3 12 (15.79%) Analyst
3 12 (15.79%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 11 (14.47%) Security Analyst
5 10 (13.16%) Senior DevOps
5 10 (13.16%) Senior DevOps Engineer
6 9 (11.84%) Linux DevOps Engineer
6 9 (11.84%) Linux/Unix DevOps
6 9 (11.84%) Senior Linux Engineer
7 7 (9.21%) Senior Analyst
8 6 (7.89%) Engineering Manager
8 6 (7.89%) Implementation Manager
8 6 (7.89%) Senior Security Analyst
9 5 (6.58%) Information Analyst
9 5 (6.58%) Information Security Analyst
9 5 (6.58%) Linux Infrastructure Engineer
10 4 (5.26%) ICT Officer
10 4 (5.26%) IT Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (18.42%) Elastic Stack
2 10 (13.16%) YAML
3 6 (7.89%) CSS
3 6 (7.89%) HTML
3 6 (7.89%) JSON
3 6 (7.89%) Middleware
3 6 (7.89%) REST
3 6 (7.89%) Web Services
4 5 (6.58%) RabbitMQ
5 1 (1.32%) SAML
5 1 (1.32%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 16 (21.05%) Clustering
2 10 (13.16%) Data Centre
3 8 (10.53%) Management Information System
4 7 (9.21%) Security Posture
5 6 (7.89%) Distributed Systems
5 6 (7.89%) Insider Threat
5 6 (7.89%) Operational Technology
5 6 (7.89%) Replication
6 5 (6.58%) Greenfield Project
6 5 (6.58%) PKI
6 5 (6.58%) Security Operations Centre
7 3 (3.95%) Virtual Team
8 2 (2.63%) CMDB
8 2 (2.63%) Data Protection Act
8 2 (2.63%) Onboarding
8 2 (2.63%) Smartcard
9 1 (1.32%) Enterprise Software
9 1 (1.32%) Linux Command Line
9 1 (1.32%) Private Cloud
9 1 (1.32%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 39 (51.32%) Linux
2 31 (40.79%) Windows
3 16 (21.05%) Windows Server
4 10 (13.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 6 (7.89%) Oracle Linux
5 6 (7.89%) VMS
6 4 (5.26%) Solaris
7 3 (3.95%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (2.63%) Ubuntu
8 2 (2.63%) Unix
8 2 (2.63%) Windows 10
8 2 (2.63%) Windows 7
8 2 (2.63%) Windows Server 2019
9 1 (1.32%) Debian
9 1 (1.32%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (42.11%) Agile
2 27 (35.53%) Cybersecurity
2 27 (35.53%) High Availability
3 22 (28.95%) Continuous Improvement
3 22 (28.95%) Infrastructure as Code
4 21 (27.63%) CI/CD
4 21 (27.63%) DevOps
5 16 (21.05%) Disaster Recovery
5 16 (21.05%) ITIL
5 16 (21.05%) Test Automation
6 15 (19.74%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 15 (19.74%) Performance Tuning
7 14 (18.42%) Containerisation
7 14 (18.42%) Deployment Automation
7 14 (18.42%) Information Security
7 14 (18.42%) Problem-Solving
8 13 (17.11%) Continuous Deployment
9 12 (15.79%) Security Management
9 12 (15.79%) Threat Intelligence
9 12 (15.79%) Vulnerability Management
Programming Languages
1 25 (32.89%) PowerShell
2 23 (30.26%) Python
3 17 (22.37%) Bash
4 16 (21.05%) Perl
5 12 (15.79%) C#
6 7 (9.21%) SQL
7 6 (7.89%) Groovy
7 6 (7.89%) Java
7 6 (7.89%) Shell Script
7 6 (7.89%) VBA
8 5 (6.58%) C
Qualifications
1 12 (15.79%) Degree
2 11 (14.47%) Security Cleared
3 8 (10.53%) SC Cleared
4 6 (7.89%) DBS Check
4 6 (7.89%) ITIL Certification
5 4 (5.26%) Computer Science Degree
5 4 (5.26%) DV Cleared
6 3 (3.95%) Microsoft Certification
7 2 (2.63%) CCNA
7 2 (2.63%) Cisco Certification
7 2 (2.63%) Network+ Certification
8 1 (1.32%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (1.32%) CISSP
8 1 (1.32%) CompTIA Security+
8 1 (1.32%) GIAC
8 1 (1.32%) ISACA
8 1 (1.32%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 1 (1.32%) JNCIA
8 1 (1.32%) Master's Degree
8 1 (1.32%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (14.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 7 (9.21%) Cyber Essentials
2 7 (9.21%) PCI DSS
3 6 (7.89%) COBIT
3 6 (7.89%) NIST
3 6 (7.89%) QA
4 4 (5.26%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
5 3 (3.95%) NCSC
System Software
1 23 (30.26%) Active Directory
2 20 (26.32%) Docker
3 15 (19.74%) VMware ESXi
3 15 (19.74%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (7.89%) Virtual Servers
4 6 (7.89%) vSphere
5 4 (5.26%) Hyper-V
5 4 (5.26%) Virtual Desktop
6 3 (3.95%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (2.63%) Ceph
8 1 (1.32%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 25 (32.89%) Ansible
2 24 (31.58%) Terraform
3 16 (21.05%) Kubernetes
4 15 (19.74%) Grafana
5 13 (17.11%) vCenter Server
6 11 (14.47%) Puppet
7 10 (13.16%) Nagios
8 9 (11.84%) Graphite
8 9 (11.84%) HAProxy
9 7 (9.21%) Packer
10 4 (5.26%) Microsoft Intune
11 3 (3.95%) Nessus
11 3 (3.95%) Prometheus
11 3 (3.95%) SolarWinds Orion
11 3 (3.95%) WSUS
12 2 (2.63%) Active Directory Federation Services
12 2 (2.63%) Kibana
13 1 (1.32%) Check_MK
13 1 (1.32%) Jamf Pro
13 1 (1.32%) SCCM
Vendors
1 20 (26.32%) VMware
2 15 (19.74%) Microsoft
3 12 (15.79%) Oracle
4 11 (14.47%) Cisco
5 8 (10.53%) Red Hat
6 7 (9.21%) Splunk
7 6 (7.89%) Atlassian
7 6 (7.89%) SAP
7 6 (7.89%) Serena
8 5 (6.58%) AppDynamics
8 5 (6.58%) IBM
8 5 (6.58%) Juniper
9 4 (5.26%) Dell
9 4 (5.26%) EMC
10 3 (3.95%) SolarWinds
11 2 (2.63%) Apple
11 2 (2.63%) BMC
11 2 (2.63%) Fortinet
11 2 (2.63%) HP
11 2 (2.63%) Veeam