Security Officer
UK

The median Security Officer salary in the UK is £54,000 per year according to job vacancies posted during the 6 months to 20 February 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
20 Feb 2024
Same period 2023 Same period 2022
Rank 775 917 980
Rank change year-on-year +142 +63 -268
Permanent jobs requiring a Security Officer 51 105 151
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.065% 0.095% 0.11%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.069% 0.10% 0.12%
Number of salaries quoted 44 75 118
10th Percentile £36,250 £38,339 £39,775
25th Percentile £38,188 £42,798 £45,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £54,000 £70,000 £55,000
Median % change year-on-year -22.86% +27.27% -8.33%
75th Percentile £99,000 £87,500 £70,000
90th Percentile £145,000 £110,000 £87,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £49,250 £52,500
% change year-on-year +1.52% -6.19% +16.67%

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 73,958 103,999 130,968
% of permanent jobs with a recognized job title 94.93% 94.39% 95.56%
Number of salaries quoted 55,845 65,598 82,588
10th Percentile £28,500 £32,500 £32,000
25th Percentile £39,250 £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 £73,750 £82,500 £77,500
90th Percentile £92,500 £100,000 £95,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £52,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year -4.76% +5.00% +5.26%

Security Officer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Security Officer in the UK

Security Officer
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for Security Officer in the UK

Security Officer
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Security Officer over the 6 months to 20 February 2024.

Salary histogram for Security Officer in the UK

Security Officer
Top 15 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 20 February 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 +142 46 £57,500 -20.69% 33
UK excluding London +76 28 £50,000 +1.52% 36
London +177 18 £97,500 +14.71% 7
Work from Home +100 18 £42,000 -43.24% 8
Midlands +48 7 £46,900 -33.00% 4
West Midlands +81 6 £36,300 -49.93% 2
South East +65 6 £96,500 +113.52% 11
South West +35 6 £50,000 -1.96% 4
North of England +89 5 £46,000 -10.24% 6
North West +51 3 £42,000 -1.18% 5
Wales +3 2 - - 2
Northern Ireland - 2 £33,000 - 2
Yorkshire +99 1 - - 1
East Midlands +8 1 £65,000 +4.00% 2
North East -2 1 £80,000 +45.45%

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

For the 6 months to 20 February 2024, Security Officer 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 Officer in the job title.

1 45 (88.24%) Information Security
2 35 (68.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 26 (50.98%) Cybersecurity
4 20 (39.22%) CISSP
4 20 (39.22%) CISM
4 20 (39.22%) Security Management
5 19 (37.25%) Management Information System
6 17 (33.33%) Risk Management
6 17 (33.33%) Information Security Management
6 17 (33.33%) Social Skills
7 16 (31.37%) Cyber Essentials
7 16 (31.37%) Finance
8 15 (29.41%) NIST
9 14 (27.45%) GDPR
10 11 (21.57%) Data Protection
11 10 (19.61%) CISA
11 10 (19.61%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 9 (17.65%) NCSC
12 9 (17.65%) PCI DSS
13 8 (15.69%) ISMS
13 8 (15.69%) Microsoft
14 7 (13.73%) Risk Assessment
14 7 (13.73%) Firewall
14 7 (13.73%) Degree
14 7 (13.73%) Public Sector
14 7 (13.73%) Incident Response
14 7 (13.73%) Security Posture
15 6 (11.76%) Inclusion and Diversity
15 6 (11.76%) GRC
15 6 (11.76%) Cyber Resilience

Security Officer 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 2 (3.92%) Microsoft Exchange
Applications
1 1 (1.96%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 4 (7.84%) WhatsApp
2 3 (5.88%) Azure
2 3 (5.88%) SaaS
3 2 (3.92%) Microsoft 365
Communications & Networking
1 7 (13.73%) Firewall
2 3 (5.88%) Cisco IPT
2 3 (5.88%) LAN
2 3 (5.88%) WAN
3 2 (3.92%) Network Security
4 1 (1.96%) Internet
4 1 (1.96%) Intranet
4 1 (1.96%) PPP
4 1 (1.96%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.96%) Big Data
General
1 17 (33.33%) Social Skills
2 16 (31.37%) Finance
3 7 (13.73%) Public Sector
4 6 (11.76%) Inclusion and Diversity
4 6 (11.76%) Law
5 4 (7.84%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (7.84%) Legal
5 4 (7.84%) Telecoms
6 3 (5.88%) Advertising
6 3 (5.88%) Banking
6 3 (5.88%) Military
7 2 (3.92%) Presentation Skills
8 1 (1.96%) Influencing Skills
8 1 (1.96%) Organisational Skills
8 1 (1.96%) Tech for Good
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (5.88%) ModSecurity
2 2 (3.92%) EDI
3 1 (1.96%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 19 (37.25%) Management Information System
2 7 (13.73%) Security Posture
3 4 (7.84%) SCADA
4 3 (5.88%) Hybrid Cloud
4 3 (5.88%) Security Operations Centre
5 2 (3.92%) Cyber Security Posture
5 2 (3.92%) Cyberattack
5 2 (3.92%) Operational Technology
5 2 (3.92%) Virtual Team
6 1 (1.96%) BYOD
6 1 (1.96%) CSOC
6 1 (1.96%) Cyber Threat
6 1 (1.96%) Data Centre
6 1 (1.96%) Data Protection Act
6 1 (1.96%) e-Learning
6 1 (1.96%) Greenfield Project
6 1 (1.96%) NHS
6 1 (1.96%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (1.96%) Social Media
6 1 (1.96%) SWIFT Messaging Network
Operating Systems
1 2 (3.92%) Windows
2 1 (1.96%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (88.24%) Information Security
2 26 (50.98%) Cybersecurity
3 20 (39.22%) Security Management
4 17 (33.33%) Information Security Management
4 17 (33.33%) Risk Management
5 11 (21.57%) Data Protection
6 8 (15.69%) ISMS
7 7 (13.73%) Incident Response
7 7 (13.73%) Risk Assessment
8 6 (11.76%) Cyber Resilience
8 6 (11.76%) Due Diligence
8 6 (11.76%) Penetration Testing
8 6 (11.76%) Project Management
8 6 (11.76%) Service Delivery
9 5 (9.80%) Cyber Intelligence
9 5 (9.80%) ITIL
9 5 (9.80%) Logistics
9 5 (9.80%) SIEM
9 5 (9.80%) Stakeholder Management
10 4 (7.84%) Regulatory Compliance
Programming Languages
1 4 (7.84%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 20 (39.22%) CISM
1 20 (39.22%) CISSP
2 10 (19.61%) CISA
3 7 (13.73%) Degree
4 6 (11.76%) CRISC
5 4 (7.84%) CompTIA Security+
5 4 (7.84%) Security Cleared
6 3 (5.88%) SC Cleared
7 2 (3.92%) DBS Check
7 2 (3.92%) ISACA
7 2 (3.92%) Network+ Certification
8 1 (1.96%) CASP
8 1 (1.96%) CEH
8 1 (1.96%) CISMP
8 1 (1.96%) CompTIA CySA+
8 1 (1.96%) GIAC
8 1 (1.96%) Master's Degree
8 1 (1.96%) OSCP
8 1 (1.96%) SANS
8 1 (1.96%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (68.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 16 (31.37%) Cyber Essentials
3 15 (29.41%) NIST
4 14 (27.45%) GDPR
5 10 (19.61%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 9 (17.65%) NCSC
6 9 (17.65%) PCI DSS
7 6 (11.76%) GRC
8 5 (9.80%) COBIT
9 4 (7.84%) ISA99
10 3 (5.88%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 3 (5.88%) SOC 2
11 2 (3.92%) FISMA
11 2 (3.92%) GLBA
11 2 (3.92%) HIPAA
11 2 (3.92%) ISO 14001
11 2 (3.92%) ISO 9001
11 2 (3.92%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 1 (1.96%) Dodd-Frank
12 1 (1.96%) EMIR
System Software
1 3 (5.88%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 2 (3.92%) CASB
Vendors
1 8 (15.69%) Microsoft
2 2 (3.92%) Cisco
3 1 (1.96%) Citrix
3 1 (1.96%) Dell
3 1 (1.96%) Palo Alto