Period
to 13 April 2021

The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Security Operations Centre in permanent job vacancies. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Security Operations Centre over the 6 months to 13 April 2021 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

Security Operations Centre
UK
6 months to
13 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 683 674 746
Rank change year-on-year -9 +72 +90
Permanent jobs citing Security Operations Centre 155 318 397
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.19% 0.28% 0.27%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.47% 0.72% 0.68%
Number of salaries quoted 106 220 220
10th Percentile £31,250 £38,750 £35,000
25th Percentile £41,313 £45,000 £40,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £52,500 £53,250 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year -1.41% +1.43% -4.55%
75th Percentile £69,375 £63,750 £72,500
90th Percentile £78,750 £82,500 £93,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% -9.52%

Security Operations Centre is in the Generic IT Skills category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills.

All Generic IT Skills
UK
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills 32,873 43,933 58,678
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 39.58% 38.59% 39.41%
Number of salaries quoted 23,335 34,240 44,820
10th Percentile £32,500 £30,750 £29,250
25th Percentile £41,250 £39,750 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year - +4.76% +5.00%
75th Percentile £75,000 £75,000 £71,750
90th Percentile £95,000 £93,750 £87,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year - +5.56% -

Security Operations Centre
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Security Operations Centre in the UK

Security Operations Centre
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for Security Operations Centre in the UK

Security Operations Centre
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Security Operations Centre over the 6 months to 13 April 2021.

Salary histogram for Security Operations Centre in the UK

Security Operations Centre
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 Operations Centre within the UK over the 6 months to 13 April 2021. 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 -11 136 £52,500 -4.55% 30
UK excluding London -40 100 £52,500 +5.00% 20
Work from Home -78 46 £46,500 -15.45% 5
London +82 36 £62,500 -3.85% 10
East of England +65 27 £72,500 +45.00% 1
Midlands +10 23 £52,500 -4.55% 2
West Midlands +7 23 £52,500 -4.55% 2
South East +11 22 £56,250 +18.42% 8
North of England +30 16 £40,000 -14.44% 2
South West +24 8 £50,000 +138.10% 7
North West +23 8 £51,250 +13.89% 1
Yorkshire +3 7 £35,000 -44.00% 1
Scotland -20 4 £38,000 -15.56%
North East - 1 £42,500 -

For the 6 months to 13 April 2021, IT jobs citing Security Operations Centre also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads with a requirement for Security Operations Centre.

1 153 (98.71%) Security Operations
2 100 (64.52%) Cybersecurity
3 88 (56.77%) Information Security
4 87 (56.13%) SIEM
5 43 (27.74%) Firewall
5 43 (27.74%) Cyberthreat
6 38 (24.52%) Management Information System
7 37 (23.87%) Threat Intelligence
8 36 (23.23%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
9 32 (20.65%) Microsoft
10 29 (18.71%) Azure
11 27 (17.42%) Vulnerability Management
12 24 (15.48%) Splunk
13 21 (13.55%) Analytical Skills
14 20 (12.90%) LogRhythm
14 20 (12.90%) Data Centre
14 20 (12.90%) Network Security
15 19 (12.26%) Twitter
15 19 (12.26%) Finance
15 19 (12.26%) Vulnerability Assessment
15 19 (12.26%) Intrusion Detection
15 19 (12.26%) Cyber Intelligence
16 18 (11.61%) Cyberattack
16 18 (11.61%) Windows
16 18 (11.61%) Python
16 18 (11.61%) Security Cleared
16 18 (11.61%) Incident Management
17 17 (10.97%) AWS
17 17 (10.97%) Sun
17 17 (10.97%) Risk Management

Security Operations Centre
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 (1.29%) Confluence
Applications
1 1 (0.65%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (2.58%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 29 (18.71%) Azure
2 17 (10.97%) AWS
3 13 (8.39%) GCP
4 6 (3.87%) SaaS
5 4 (2.58%) GitHub
5 4 (2.58%) Microsoft 365
5 4 (2.58%) OpenShift
6 3 (1.94%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.65%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.65%) IaaS
7 1 (0.65%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 43 (27.74%) Firewall
2 20 (12.90%) Network Security
3 19 (12.26%) Intrusion Detection
4 11 (7.10%) DNS
4 11 (7.10%) HTTP
4 11 (7.10%) SMTP
5 10 (6.45%) FTP
5 10 (6.45%) SSL
5 10 (6.45%) TCP/IP
6 8 (5.16%) Internet
7 4 (2.58%) Cisco Nexus
7 4 (2.58%) LAN
7 4 (2.58%) Wireshark
8 3 (1.94%) VPN
8 3 (1.94%) WAN
9 2 (1.29%) BGP
9 2 (1.29%) Unified Communications
9 2 (1.29%) Wireless
9 2 (1.29%) Wireless Security
10 1 (0.65%) tcpdump
Development Applications
1 4 (2.58%) Jenkins
1 4 (2.58%) Metasploit
1 4 (2.58%) Sonatype Nexus
2 2 (1.29%) JIRA
2 2 (1.29%) Snyk
General
1 19 (12.26%) Finance
2 7 (4.52%) Legal
3 6 (3.87%) Aerospace
4 4 (2.58%) Public Sector
5 3 (1.94%) Law
5 3 (1.94%) Marketing
5 3 (1.94%) Retail
6 2 (1.29%) Banking
6 2 (1.29%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.65%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 97 (62.58%) Analyst
2 47 (30.32%) Security Analyst
3 41 (26.45%) SOC Analyst
4 18 (11.61%) Senior Analyst
5 16 (10.32%) Cybersecurity Analyst
6 11 (7.10%) Operations Analyst
6 11 (7.10%) Security Operations Analyst
7 9 (5.81%) Compliance Analyst
7 9 (5.81%) Vulnerability Analyst
8 8 (5.16%) Information Analyst
8 8 (5.16%) Information Security Analyst
9 7 (4.52%) Security Manager
10 6 (3.87%) IT Analyst
10 6 (3.87%) IT Security Analyst
11 5 (3.23%) SOC Engineer
11 5 (3.23%) SOC Manager
12 4 (2.58%) Consultant
12 4 (2.58%) Security Consultant
12 4 (2.58%) Security Specialist
12 4 (2.58%) SOC Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (6.45%) LDAP
2 5 (3.23%) Web Services
3 2 (1.29%) 802.1X
4 1 (0.65%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 43 (27.74%) Cyberthreat
2 38 (24.52%) Management Information System
3 21 (13.55%) Analytical Skills
4 20 (12.90%) Data Centre
5 18 (11.61%) Cyberattack
6 17 (10.97%) Greenfield Project
7 14 (9.03%) Public Cloud
8 10 (6.45%) Analytical Mindset
9 9 (5.81%) Mobile App
10 8 (5.16%) Cyber Defence
10 8 (5.16%) Cyber Kill Chain
11 7 (4.52%) Social Media
12 6 (3.87%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
13 5 (3.23%) Reinsurance
14 3 (1.94%) NHS
15 2 (1.29%) Hybrid Cloud
16 1 (0.65%) Cybercrime
16 1 (0.65%) Driving Licence
16 1 (0.65%) PKI
16 1 (0.65%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 18 (11.61%) Windows
2 13 (8.39%) Linux
3 5 (3.23%) Windows Server
4 3 (1.94%) Unix
5 2 (1.29%) Android
5 2 (1.29%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.65%) MVS
6 1 (0.65%) VMS
6 1 (0.65%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 153 (98.71%) Security Operations
2 100 (64.52%) Cybersecurity
3 88 (56.77%) Information Security
4 87 (56.13%) SIEM
5 37 (23.87%) Threat Intelligence
6 36 (23.23%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
7 27 (17.42%) Vulnerability Management
8 19 (12.26%) Cyber Intelligence
8 19 (12.26%) Vulnerability Assessment
9 18 (11.61%) Incident Management
10 17 (10.97%) Risk Management
11 16 (10.32%) Vulnerability Scanning
12 15 (9.68%) Penetration Testing
13 13 (8.39%) Continuous Improvement
13 13 (8.39%) Threat Detection
14 12 (7.74%) Due Diligence
15 11 (7.10%) Computer Security
15 11 (7.10%) Information Management
15 11 (7.10%) Network Packet Capture
15 11 (7.10%) Security Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 18 (11.61%) Python
2 13 (8.39%) Perl
3 11 (7.10%) PowerShell
4 9 (5.81%) C++
5 6 (3.87%) SQL
6 4 (2.58%) Ruby
7 3 (1.94%) Bash Shell
8 2 (1.29%) C#
8 2 (1.29%) VBScript
9 1 (0.65%) C
9 1 (0.65%) Java
9 1 (0.65%) JavaScript
9 1 (0.65%) PHP
9 1 (0.65%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.65%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.65%) VBA
Qualifications
1 18 (11.61%) Security Cleared
2 12 (7.74%) CISSP
3 11 (7.10%) Degree
4 10 (6.45%) Cisco Certification
4 10 (6.45%) GIAC
4 10 (6.45%) SC Cleared
5 9 (5.81%) CISA
5 9 (5.81%) GCIH
6 8 (5.16%) CEH
7 7 (4.52%) CISM
8 6 (3.87%) GCFA
8 6 (3.87%) GREM
9 5 (3.23%) CREST Certified
9 5 (3.23%) GCFE
10 4 (2.58%) (ISC)2 CCSP
11 3 (1.94%) Computer Science Degree
11 3 (1.94%) DBS Check
11 3 (1.94%) GCIA
11 3 (1.94%) Microsoft Certification
11 3 (1.94%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (10.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 12 (7.74%) PCI DSS
3 11 (7.10%) NIST
4 9 (5.81%) GDPR
5 8 (5.16%) Cyber Essentials
6 5 (3.23%) GRC
6 5 (3.23%) NCSC
7 4 (2.58%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 2 (1.29%) COBIT
8 2 (1.29%) Government Security Classifications
8 2 (1.29%) QA
9 1 (0.65%) FedRAMP
9 1 (0.65%) ISO 22301
9 1 (0.65%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.65%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 1 (0.65%) SLA
9 1 (0.65%) SOC 2
System Software
1 12 (7.74%) Active Directory
2 4 (2.58%) Docker
3 1 (0.65%) Snort
3 1 (0.65%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 11 (7.10%) Nessus
2 9 (5.81%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
3 7 (4.52%) Computer Incident Response Team
4 5 (3.23%) CSIRT
5 4 (2.58%) Ansible
5 4 (2.58%) Host Intrusion Detection System
5 4 (2.58%) Kubernetes
6 2 (1.29%) EMC NetWorker
6 2 (1.29%) OpenVAS
7 1 (0.65%) QRadar
Vendors
1 32 (20.65%) Microsoft
2 24 (15.48%) Splunk
3 20 (12.90%) LogRhythm
4 19 (12.26%) Twitter
5 17 (10.97%) Darktrace
5 17 (10.97%) Sun
6 16 (10.32%) AlienVault
6 16 (10.32%) FireEye
7 14 (9.03%) Carbon Black
8 13 (8.39%) CheckPoint
9 12 (7.74%) Cisco
9 12 (7.74%) McAfee
10 11 (7.10%) Qualys
11 10 (6.45%) Blue Coat
12 6 (3.87%) IronPort
12 6 (3.87%) NetWitness
12 6 (3.87%) Palo Alto
12 6 (3.87%) Symantec
13 5 (3.23%) Google
14 3 (1.94%) TOWER Software