Period
to 21 February 2019

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 21 February 2019 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

Security Operations Centre
UK
6 months to
21 Feb 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 708 844 748
Rank change year-on-year +136 -96 +87
Permanent jobs citing Security Operations Centre 402 366 472
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.27% 0.21% 0.27%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.63% 0.52% 0.68%
Number of salaries quoted 231 241 377
UK median annual salary £52,500 £55,000 £60,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -4.55% -8.33% +9.09%
10th Percentile £35,000 £31,250 £33,750
90th Percentile £85,000 £87,500 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £52,500 £55,000
% change year-on-year -9.52% -4.55% +4.76%

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 63,367 70,924 69,471
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 41.89% 40.22% 39.49%
Number of salaries quoted 48,434 55,571 56,561
UK median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% - +4.09%
10th Percentile £30,000 £28,250 £27,500
90th Percentile £87,500 £82,500 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £43,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +3.45% +2.35% -

Security Operations Centre
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Security Operations Centre in the UK

Security Operations Centre
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for Security Operations Centre in the UK

Security Operations Centre
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Security Operations Centre over the 6 months to 21 February 2019.

Salary histogram for Security Operations Centre in the UK

Security Operations Centre
Top 16 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 21 February 2019. 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 +107 362 £52,500 -8.70% 44
UK excluding London +174 304 £47,500 -9.52% 36
East of England +121 103 £35,000 -36.36% 7
South East +42 98 £55,000 +2.33% 3
London -44 78 £57,500 - 11
North of England +101 55 £42,500 -12.37% 9
Yorkshire +66 33 £40,000 -10.05% 3
Midlands +40 20 £65,000 +8.33% 11
North West +31 19 £52,500 -16.00% 6
Scotland +1 15 £22,500 -55.00% 2
West Midlands +45 13 £65,000 +30.00% 8
South West +3 8 £50,000 +100.00% 3
East Midlands +36 7 £40,000 -50.00% 3
Northern Ireland - 4 £45,000 -
North East +21 3 £40,000 -17.53%
Wales - 1 £57,500 - 1

For the 6 months to 21 February 2019, 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.

1 402 (100.00%) Security Operations
2 209 (51.99%) SIEM
3 202 (50.25%) Cybersecurity
4 196 (48.76%) Firewall
5 195 (48.51%) Information Security
6 139 (34.58%) CISSP
7 105 (26.12%) Cisco Certification
8 99 (24.63%) Incident Management
9 98 (24.38%) CEH
10 97 (24.13%) Linux
11 96 (23.88%) Network Security
12 89 (22.14%) Vulnerability Management
13 87 (21.64%) Windows
14 80 (19.90%) ISO/IEC 27001
14 80 (19.90%) SANS
15 78 (19.40%) CISM
16 77 (19.15%) OWASP
17 76 (18.91%) Cisco
18 70 (17.41%) Amazon AWS
19 69 (17.16%) CCNA
19 69 (17.16%) Management Information System
20 68 (16.92%) Internet
21 67 (16.67%) Microsoft Azure
21 67 (16.67%) Analytics
22 65 (16.17%) SSCP
23 64 (15.92%) Threat Intelligence
24 59 (14.68%) Risk Management
25 58 (14.43%) Customer Engagement
26 56 (13.93%) Palo Alto
27 55 (13.68%) Analytical Skills

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 27 (6.72%) ExpressionEngine
1 27 (6.72%) WordPress
2 15 (3.73%) Apache
3 13 (3.23%) IIS
4 8 (1.99%) Tomcat
4 8 (1.99%) WebLogic
5 7 (1.74%) Elasticsearch
6 3 (0.75%) SAS
6 3 (0.75%) SharePoint
6 3 (0.75%) SharePoint 2013
7 2 (0.50%) Apache Spark
7 2 (0.50%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 2 (0.50%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (0.50%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 70 (17.41%) Amazon AWS
2 67 (16.67%) Microsoft Azure
3 37 (9.20%) IaaS
4 31 (7.71%) SaaS
5 10 (2.49%) Office 365
5 10 (2.49%) PaaS
6 9 (2.24%) Cloud Computing
7 6 (1.49%) Google Cloud Platform
8 5 (1.24%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 196 (48.76%) Firewall
2 96 (23.88%) Network Security
3 68 (16.92%) Internet
4 55 (13.68%) SSL
5 49 (12.19%) TCP/IP
6 42 (10.45%) VPN
7 37 (9.20%) Cisco ASA
8 36 (8.96%) BGP
8 36 (8.96%) OSPF
9 34 (8.46%) VLAN
10 32 (7.96%) EIGRP
11 31 (7.71%) DNS
12 30 (7.46%) Cisco Firepower
12 30 (7.46%) Cisco ISE
13 29 (7.21%) LAN
14 25 (6.22%) Intrusion Detection
15 24 (5.97%) WAN
16 20 (4.98%) Wi-Fi
17 19 (4.73%) Wireless
18 18 (4.48%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (6.72%) MongoDB
2 12 (2.99%) Big Data
3 9 (2.24%) Hadoop
4 5 (1.24%) Data Lake
4 5 (1.24%) Geospatial Data
4 5 (1.24%) SQL Server
5 3 (0.75%) QlikView
5 3 (0.75%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 20 (4.98%) JIRA
2 5 (1.24%) Jenkins
2 5 (1.24%) Metasploit
3 4 (1.00%) Redmine
General
1 45 (11.19%) Retail
2 37 (9.20%) Finance
3 24 (5.97%) Publishing
4 16 (3.98%) Banking
5 11 (2.74%) Legal
6 5 (1.24%) Telecoms
7 2 (0.50%) Advertising
7 2 (0.50%) Military
8 1 (0.25%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.25%) Electronics
8 1 (0.25%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.25%) Law
8 1 (0.25%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.25%) Marketing
8 1 (0.25%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 147 (36.57%) Analyst
2 74 (18.41%) Security Engineer
3 68 (16.92%) Security Analyst
4 54 (13.43%) Security Manager
5 43 (10.70%) SOC Analyst
6 41 (10.20%) Senior Analyst
7 40 (9.95%) Network Engineer
8 31 (7.71%) Incident Manager
9 28 (6.97%) Security Incident Manager
10 24 (5.97%) Senior Security Analyst
11 21 (5.22%) Cybersecurity Analyst
12 20 (4.98%) Architect
13 19 (4.73%) Head of Security
14 18 (4.48%) Head of Operations
15 16 (3.98%) Security Architect
15 16 (3.98%) Senior Cybersecurity Analyst
16 14 (3.48%) Infrastructure Engineer
16 14 (3.48%) Infrastructure Security Engineer
16 14 (3.48%) IT Analyst
16 14 (3.48%) IT Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (6.72%) Node.js
2 11 (2.74%) OAuth
2 11 (2.74%) OAuth2
2 11 (2.74%) OpenID
2 11 (2.74%) XACML
3 9 (2.24%) Elastic Stack
4 3 (0.75%) JSON
4 3 (0.75%) LDAP
4 3 (0.75%) Middleware
4 3 (0.75%) Regular Expression
4 3 (0.75%) REST
5 1 (0.25%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 69 (17.16%) Management Information System
2 55 (13.68%) Analytical Skills
3 41 (10.20%) Cyber Defence
4 37 (9.20%) Cyberthreat
5 33 (8.21%) Cyber Kill Chain
6 26 (6.47%) Self-Motivation
7 21 (5.22%) Cyberattack
8 17 (4.23%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 14 (3.48%) Data Protection Act
10 13 (3.23%) Data Centre
11 8 (1.99%) e-Learning
11 8 (1.99%) Linux Command Line
12 5 (1.24%) Enterprise Software
13 4 (1.00%) Cybercrime
14 3 (0.75%) CESG
14 3 (0.75%) Public Cloud
15 2 (0.50%) Blog
16 1 (0.25%) PKI
16 1 (0.25%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 97 (24.13%) Linux
2 87 (21.64%) Windows
3 18 (4.48%) Unix
4 10 (2.49%) Kali Linux
4 10 (2.49%) Mac OS X
5 5 (1.24%) Windows Server
6 3 (0.75%) CentOS
6 3 (0.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 3 (0.75%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 402 (100.00%) Security Operations
2 209 (51.99%) SIEM
3 202 (50.25%) Cybersecurity
4 195 (48.51%) Information Security
5 99 (24.63%) Incident Management
6 89 (22.14%) Vulnerability Management
7 77 (19.15%) OWASP
8 67 (16.67%) Analytics
9 64 (15.92%) Threat Intelligence
10 59 (14.68%) Risk Management
11 58 (14.43%) Customer Engagement
12 55 (13.68%) Security Management
13 52 (12.94%) Identity Access Management
14 49 (12.19%) Problem Management
15 47 (11.69%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
15 47 (11.69%) Problem-Solving
16 44 (10.95%) ITIL
17 40 (9.95%) Penetration Testing
18 39 (9.70%) Logistics
19 37 (9.20%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 22 (5.47%) Python
2 16 (3.98%) SQL
3 14 (3.48%) Bash Shell
3 14 (3.48%) PowerShell
4 13 (3.23%) Java
5 9 (2.24%) C
6 8 (1.99%) Perl
7 6 (1.49%) JavaScript
8 5 (1.24%) Go
8 5 (1.24%) PHP
8 5 (1.24%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 139 (34.58%) CISSP
2 105 (26.12%) Cisco Certification
3 98 (24.38%) CEH
4 80 (19.90%) SANS
5 78 (19.40%) CISM
6 69 (17.16%) CCNA
7 65 (16.17%) SSCP
8 54 (13.43%) Degree
9 44 (10.95%) CCNP
10 37 (9.20%) GCIA
11 35 (8.71%) CompTIA Security+
12 33 (8.21%) GCIH
13 31 (7.71%) (ISC)2 CCSP
13 31 (7.71%) CCSP
13 31 (7.71%) GSEC
14 30 (7.46%) JNCIS
15 25 (6.22%) GIAC
16 24 (5.97%) Security Cleared
17 22 (5.47%) OSCP
18 19 (4.73%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 80 (19.90%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 41 (10.20%) GDPR
3 31 (7.71%) Cyber Essentials
4 25 (6.22%) PCI DSS
5 19 (4.73%) SLA
6 7 (1.74%) GPG13
6 7 (1.74%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 7 (1.74%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 3 (0.75%) COBIT
7 3 (0.75%) Government Security Classifications
7 3 (0.75%) RMADS
8 2 (0.50%) JSP 440
8 2 (0.50%) NIST 800
8 2 (0.50%) QA
System Software
1 29 (7.21%) Active Directory
2 8 (1.99%) Snort
3 4 (1.00%) NFS
3 4 (1.00%) ProxySG
3 4 (1.00%) Samba
3 4 (1.00%) VMware ESXi
3 4 (1.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (1.00%) VMware NSX
4 2 (0.50%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 30 (7.46%) AirWatch
2 18 (4.48%) RSA Security Analytics
3 17 (4.23%) CSIRT
3 17 (4.23%) QRadar
4 16 (3.98%) Stealthwatch
5 6 (1.49%) Nessus
6 5 (1.24%) Nmap
6 5 (1.24%) Proventia
7 4 (1.00%) Ansible
7 4 (1.00%) Nagios
7 4 (1.00%) Puppet
7 4 (1.00%) vCenter Server
8 3 (0.75%) Grafana
8 3 (0.75%) Kibana
8 3 (0.75%) RSA enVision
9 2 (0.50%) CASB
9 2 (0.50%) Computer Incident Response Team
9 2 (0.50%) Nexpose
9 2 (0.50%) PowerBroker
9 2 (0.50%) Suricata
Vendors
1 76 (18.91%) Cisco
2 56 (13.93%) Palo Alto
3 50 (12.44%) Splunk
4 46 (11.44%) CheckPoint
5 44 (10.95%) Symantec
6 36 (8.96%) Juniper
6 36 (8.96%) Microsoft
7 32 (7.96%) Qualys
8 30 (7.46%) ForeScout
9 22 (5.47%) Oracle
10 20 (4.98%) Fortinet
11 19 (4.73%) Blue Coat
12 18 (4.48%) Citrix
13 17 (4.23%) ArcSight
14 14 (3.48%) LogRhythm
15 11 (2.74%) F5
16 9 (2.24%) FireEye
16 9 (2.24%) Red Hat
17 8 (1.99%) Forcepoint
17 8 (1.99%) McAfee