Period
to 10 December 2018

The median annual salary for a Security Officer was £55,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 10 December 2018.

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

Security Officer
UK
6 months to
10 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 874 894 925
Rank change year-on-year +20 +31 +74
Permanent jobs requiring a Security Officer 261 301 312
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.16% 0.17% 0.17%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.17% 0.18% 0.17%
Number of salaries quoted 216 272 263
UK median annual salary £55,000 £60,000 £60,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -8.33% - +20.00%
10th Percentile £35,929 £36,525 £36,250
90th Percentile £95,000 £95,000 £95,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £55,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +22.22% - -

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 153,459 171,422 178,550
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.85% 96.03% 96.58%
Number of salaries quoted 123,266 137,855 149,075
UK median annual salary £50,000 £48,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.09% +2.11% +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,500 £27,000
90th Percentile £82,500 £78,750 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +3.66%

Security Officer
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Security Officer in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Security Officer in the UK

Security Officer
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Security Officer.

Salary trend for Security Officer in the UK

Security Officer
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Security Officer over the 6 months to 10 December 2018.

Salary histogram for Security Officer in the UK

Security Officer
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 Officer within the UK over the 6 months to 10 December 2018. 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 +8 249 £55,000 -8.33% 26
UK excluding London +90 161 £55,000 +22.22% 20
London +8 96 £65,000 -3.70% 9
South East +64 63 £60,000 -4.00% 6
South West +34 41 £50,000 +11.11% 3
North of England -2 32 £50,000 +25.00% 6
North West +8 18 £50,000 +25.00% 2
Midlands +20 13 £39,498 -21.01% 2
West Midlands +34 12 £39,498 -36.80% 2
Yorkshire +19 12 £40,000 - 3
Wales +13 8 £38,000 -10.59% 2
East of England +16 4 £45,000 -3.23%
North East -2 2 £31,500 -18.39% 1
East Midlands -4 1 £67,500 +42.11%

Security Officer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 10 December 2018, Security Officer 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 Officer in the job title.

1 227 (86.97%) Information Security
2 140 (53.64%) CISSP
3 133 (50.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 116 (44.44%) CISM
5 107 (41.00%) Cybersecurity
6 101 (38.70%) Risk Management
7 92 (35.25%) GDPR
8 78 (29.89%) CISA
9 77 (29.50%) Finance
10 62 (23.75%) Management Information System
11 54 (20.69%) PCI DSS
12 53 (20.31%) ITIL
13 45 (17.24%) SIEM
14 43 (16.48%) Penetration Testing
15 42 (16.09%) Legal
15 42 (16.09%) Data Protection
16 38 (14.56%) ISMS
16 38 (14.56%) Data Privacy
16 38 (14.56%) Windows
17 37 (14.18%) Business Continuity
17 37 (14.18%) CEH
18 35 (13.41%) Vulnerability Assessment
18 35 (13.41%) Security Management
19 33 (12.64%) Firewall
19 33 (12.64%) Linux
20 32 (12.26%) SSCP
21 30 (11.49%) Data Loss Prevention
22 29 (11.11%) Information Security Management
23 28 (10.73%) Remediation Plan
24 27 (10.34%) Stakeholder Management

Security Officer 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 2 (0.77%) SharePoint
Applications
1 8 (3.07%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.77%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.77%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.38%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.38%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 6 (2.30%) assyst
2 4 (1.53%) Infor M3
2 4 (1.53%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 7 (2.68%) SaaS
2 6 (2.30%) Office 365
3 4 (1.53%) IaaS
3 4 (1.53%) PaaS
4 3 (1.15%) Microsoft Azure
5 2 (0.77%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 33 (12.64%) Firewall
2 23 (8.81%) TCP/IP
3 14 (5.36%) Broadband
4 6 (2.30%) Internet
5 3 (1.15%) Network Security
5 3 (1.15%) VPN
6 2 (0.77%) DNS
6 2 (0.77%) SMS
7 1 (0.38%) Intranet
7 1 (0.38%) Intrusion Detection
7 1 (0.38%) LAN
7 1 (0.38%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.38%) Big Data
General
1 77 (29.50%) Finance
2 42 (16.09%) Legal
3 26 (9.96%) Telecoms
4 9 (3.45%) Banking
5 7 (2.68%) Pharmaceutical
6 6 (2.30%) Marketing
6 6 (2.30%) Retail
7 5 (1.92%) Electronics
7 5 (1.92%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.77%) Law
9 1 (0.38%) Advertising
9 1 (0.38%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (8.81%) Elastic Stack
2 1 (0.38%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 62 (23.75%) Management Information System
2 24 (9.20%) Analytical Skills
3 11 (4.21%) Data Protection Act
4 9 (3.45%) CESG
4 9 (3.45%) Cyberthreat
4 9 (3.45%) Data Centre
5 8 (3.07%) Self-Motivation
6 7 (2.68%) Life Science
7 4 (1.53%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 4 (1.53%) Fintech
7 4 (1.53%) Freedom of Information
7 4 (1.53%) Video Conferencing
8 3 (1.15%) Greenfield Project
8 3 (1.15%) Security Operations Centre
9 2 (0.77%) Online Banking
9 2 (0.77%) SWIFT
10 1 (0.38%) NHS
10 1 (0.38%) PKI
10 1 (0.38%) Public Cloud
10 1 (0.38%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 38 (14.56%) Windows
2 33 (12.64%) Linux
3 4 (1.53%) Apple iOS
4 2 (0.77%) Windows Server
5 1 (0.38%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 227 (86.97%) Information Security
2 107 (41.00%) Cybersecurity
3 101 (38.70%) Risk Management
4 53 (20.31%) ITIL
5 45 (17.24%) SIEM
6 43 (16.48%) Penetration Testing
7 42 (16.09%) Data Protection
8 38 (14.56%) Data Privacy
8 38 (14.56%) ISMS
9 37 (14.18%) Business Continuity
10 35 (13.41%) Security Management
10 35 (13.41%) Vulnerability Assessment
11 30 (11.49%) Data Loss Prevention
12 29 (11.11%) Information Security Management
13 28 (10.73%) Remediation Plan
14 27 (10.34%) Information Assurance
14 27 (10.34%) Internal Audit
14 27 (10.34%) Stakeholder Management
15 24 (9.20%) Data Encryption
16 23 (8.81%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 1 (0.38%) C
1 1 (0.38%) Perl
1 1 (0.38%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 140 (53.64%) CISSP
2 116 (44.44%) CISM
3 78 (29.89%) CISA
4 37 (14.18%) CEH
5 32 (12.26%) SSCP
6 26 (9.96%) Degree
7 17 (6.51%) Security Cleared
8 15 (5.75%) CRISC
8 15 (5.75%) SC Cleared
9 8 (3.07%) CESG Certified Professional
10 7 (2.68%) Computer Science Degree
11 6 (2.30%) CompTIA Security+
11 6 (2.30%) ITIL Certification
12 4 (1.53%) ISO 27001 Lead Implementer
13 2 (0.77%) DV Cleared
13 2 (0.77%) ISACA
13 2 (0.77%) OSCP
14 1 (0.38%) Cisco Certification
14 1 (0.38%) DBS Check
14 1 (0.38%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 133 (50.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 92 (35.25%) GDPR
3 54 (20.69%) PCI DSS
4 23 (8.81%) MiFID
5 21 (8.05%) Cyber Essentials
6 18 (6.90%) COBIT
7 9 (3.45%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 9 (3.45%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 8 (3.07%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 8 (3.07%) QA
9 7 (2.68%) RMADS
10 6 (2.30%) COSO
10 6 (2.30%) ISO 22301
11 4 (1.53%) ISO 9001
12 3 (1.15%) ISO 14001
12 3 (1.15%) JSP 440
12 3 (1.15%) SLA
13 2 (0.77%) ISO/IEC 27005
14 1 (0.38%) HMG Security Policy Framework
14 1 (0.38%) ISAE 3402
System Software
1 23 (8.81%) Snort
2 2 (0.77%) Active Directory
2 2 (0.77%) Docker
3 1 (0.38%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 23 (8.81%) OSSEC
2 3 (1.15%) WSUS
3 1 (0.38%) AirWatch
3 1 (0.38%) Nessus
3 1 (0.38%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 13 (4.98%) Microsoft
2 5 (1.92%) Cisco
2 5 (1.92%) SAP
3 4 (1.53%) Apple
4 2 (0.77%) McAfee
5 1 (0.38%) CA
5 1 (0.38%) Dell
5 1 (0.38%) HP
5 1 (0.38%) SolarWinds
5 1 (0.38%) VMware