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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 22 May 2022 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

Security Operations Centre
UK
6 months to
22 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 969 733 637
Rank change year-on-year -236 -96 +141
Permanent jobs citing Security Operations Centre 247 169 284
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.15% 0.18% 0.31%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.33% 0.48% 0.85%
Number of salaries quoted 188 121 200
10th Percentile £40,700 £31,250 £41,250
25th Percentile £50,000 £41,500 £45,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £65,000 £52,500 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year +23.81% - +5.00%
75th Percentile £77,500 £70,000 £63,000
90th Percentile £95,000 £77,500 £76,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £62,500 £52,500 £47,500
% change year-on-year +19.05% +10.53% -

Security Operations Centre is in the General and Transferable 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 Skills
UK
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills 74,363 35,237 33,407
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 45.52% 38.28% 35.91%
Number of salaries quoted 32,508 23,747 26,317
10th Percentile £34,000 £32,500 £31,250
25th Percentile £45,000 £42,500 £41,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £62,000 £57,500 £55,000
Median % change year-on-year +7.83% +4.55% +1.85%
75th Percentile £82,500 £77,500 £76,250
90th Percentile £101,400 £95,000 £95,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £49,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year +7.14% +3.16% +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 22 May 2022.

Salary histogram for Security Operations Centre in the UK

Security Operations Centre
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 Operations Centre within the UK over the 6 months to 22 May 2022. 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 -201 225 £65,000 +23.81% 48
UK excluding London -130 137 £62,500 +19.05% 40
Work from Home -235 111 £70,000 +33.33% 11
London -233 82 £75,000 +20.00% 11
North of England -44 51 £65,000 +52.94% 9
North West -29 42 £65,000 +10.64% 6
West Midlands -55 27 £58,500 +11.43% 5
Midlands -76 27 £58,500 +11.43% 7
East of England -79 22 £58,000 -20.00% 7
South East -97 17 £62,500 +19.05% 9
South West -32 9 £65,000 +30.00% 4
Scotland -50 9 - - 2
Yorkshire -55 9 £56,776 +62.22% 3
Wales - 1 £37,500 - 1
Northern Ireland - 1 £41,000 - 1

For the 6 months to 22 May 2022, 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.

1 247 (100.00%) Security Operations
2 183 (74.09%) Cybersecurity
3 154 (62.35%) SIEM
4 133 (53.85%) Information Security
5 75 (30.36%) Vulnerability Management
6 64 (25.91%) Social Skills
7 63 (25.51%) NIST
8 61 (24.70%) Azure
9 57 (23.08%) CISSP
10 53 (21.46%) Cyberthreat
11 50 (20.24%) Security Management
11 50 (20.24%) SOAR
12 48 (19.43%) Management Information System
12 48 (19.43%) Microsoft
13 46 (18.62%) Threat Intelligence
14 45 (18.22%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
15 44 (17.81%) Intrusion Detection
15 44 (17.81%) Network Security
16 43 (17.41%) Firewall
17 41 (16.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
18 38 (15.38%) AWS
18 38 (15.38%) Security Cleared
18 38 (15.38%) Finance
18 38 (15.38%) Analytical Skills
18 38 (15.38%) CSOC
19 37 (14.98%) Security Monitoring
19 37 (14.98%) Incident Management
20 36 (14.57%) Degree
21 35 (14.17%) Data Loss Prevention
21 35 (14.17%) Splunk

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 5 (2.02%) MS Exchange
2 4 (1.62%) Apache Spark
2 4 (1.62%) SharePoint
3 2 (0.81%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (0.40%) IIS
Applications
1 3 (1.21%) Microsoft Excel
1 3 (1.21%) Microsoft Office
1 3 (1.21%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 20 (8.10%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 61 (24.70%) Azure
2 38 (15.38%) AWS
3 24 (9.72%) Azure Sentinel
4 21 (8.50%) Microsoft 365
5 12 (4.86%) SaaS
6 8 (3.24%) GCP
6 8 (3.24%) Power Platform
7 7 (2.83%) Azure Functions
7 7 (2.83%) IaaS
7 7 (2.83%) Serverless
8 6 (2.43%) Azure Active Directory
8 6 (2.43%) Azure Logic Apps
8 6 (2.43%) PaaS
9 5 (2.02%) Amazon GuardDuty
10 4 (1.62%) Mimecast
11 3 (1.21%) Cloud Computing
11 3 (1.21%) Google Workspace
12 2 (0.81%) Azure ExpressRoute
13 1 (0.40%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 44 (17.81%) Intrusion Detection
1 44 (17.81%) Network Security
2 43 (17.41%) Firewall
3 27 (10.93%) TCP/IP
4 23 (9.31%) LAN
4 23 (9.31%) WAN
5 10 (4.05%) Internet
6 6 (2.43%) Intranet
6 6 (2.43%) VPN
7 3 (1.21%) Remote Desktop
7 3 (1.21%) SSH
7 3 (1.21%) SSL
7 3 (1.21%) Wireless
8 2 (0.81%) DNS
8 2 (0.81%) HTTP
8 2 (0.81%) HTTPS
8 2 (0.81%) tcpdump
8 2 (0.81%) Wi-Fi
8 2 (0.81%) Wireshark
9 1 (0.40%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (4.86%) Big Data
2 8 (3.24%) Power BI
3 5 (2.02%) SQL Server
4 2 (0.81%) Data Lake
4 2 (0.81%) MongoDB
4 2 (0.81%) MySQL
4 2 (0.81%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.40%) DTS
5 1 (0.40%) Hadoop
5 1 (0.40%) Metadata
Development Applications
1 4 (1.62%) Metasploit
2 2 (0.81%) JIRA
2 2 (0.81%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.40%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 64 (25.91%) Social Skills
2 38 (15.38%) Analytical Skills
2 38 (15.38%) Finance
3 18 (7.29%) Public Sector
4 17 (6.88%) Presentation Skills
5 15 (6.07%) Legal
5 15 (6.07%) Retail
6 11 (4.45%) Banking
7 10 (4.05%) Telecoms
8 7 (2.83%) Marketing
9 6 (2.43%) Investment Banking
9 6 (2.43%) Law
10 5 (2.02%) Organisational Skills
11 4 (1.62%) Automotive
11 4 (1.62%) Digital Economy
11 4 (1.62%) Documentation Skills
12 2 (0.81%) Manufacturing
13 1 (0.40%) Electronics
13 1 (0.40%) Games
13 1 (0.40%) Military
Job Titles
1 62 (25.10%) Analyst
2 53 (21.46%) Security Manager
3 37 (14.98%) Security Engineer
4 36 (14.57%) Security Analyst
5 21 (8.50%) Operational Security Manager
5 21 (8.50%) Operations Manager
5 21 (8.50%) Security Operations Manager
6 20 (8.10%) Architect
6 20 (8.10%) SOC Analyst
7 18 (7.29%) IT Manager
8 17 (6.88%) Cybersecurity Analyst
8 17 (6.88%) IT Security Manager
9 15 (6.07%) Cybersecurity Manager
9 15 (6.07%) Operations Analyst
9 15 (6.07%) Security Operations Analyst
10 13 (5.26%) Cybersecurity Engineer
11 11 (4.45%) Security Architect
11 11 (4.45%) Senior Security Engineer
12 10 (4.05%) SOC Manager
13 9 (3.64%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (2.83%) Elastic Stack
2 4 (1.62%) AngularJS
2 4 (1.62%) Regular Expression
2 4 (1.62%) SailPoint
2 4 (1.62%) Twitter Bootstrap
3 3 (1.21%) COM
3 3 (1.21%) LAMP
3 3 (1.21%) Middleware
4 2 (0.81%) Kafka
5 1 (0.40%) REST
5 1 (0.40%) WML
Miscellaneous
1 53 (21.46%) Cyberthreat
2 48 (19.43%) Management Information System
3 38 (15.38%) CSOC
4 27 (10.93%) Cyber Defence
5 25 (10.12%) Cyberattack
6 17 (6.88%) Cyber Kill Chain
7 15 (6.07%) Data Centre
8 12 (4.86%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 8 (3.24%) Enterprise Software
9 8 (3.24%) Virtual Team
10 6 (2.43%) Public Cloud
11 5 (2.02%) PKI
12 4 (1.62%) e-Learning
13 2 (0.81%) Greenfield Project
13 2 (0.81%) IoT
13 2 (0.81%) Social Media
14 1 (0.40%) Enterprise Cloud
14 1 (0.40%) Equities
14 1 (0.40%) NHS
14 1 (0.40%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 23 (9.31%) Windows
2 15 (6.07%) Linux
3 12 (4.86%) Unix
4 4 (1.62%) Kali Linux
5 3 (1.21%) Mac OS
5 3 (1.21%) Windows Server
6 2 (0.81%) Mac OS X
7 1 (0.40%) AIX
7 1 (0.40%) Windows 10
7 1 (0.40%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 247 (100.00%) Security Operations
2 183 (74.09%) Cybersecurity
3 154 (62.35%) SIEM
4 133 (53.85%) Information Security
5 75 (30.36%) Vulnerability Management
6 50 (20.24%) Security Management
6 50 (20.24%) SOAR
7 46 (18.62%) Threat Intelligence
8 45 (18.22%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
9 37 (14.98%) Incident Management
9 37 (14.98%) Security Monitoring
10 35 (14.17%) Data Loss Prevention
10 35 (14.17%) MITRE ATT&CK
11 31 (12.55%) Risk Management
12 28 (11.34%) Use Case
13 27 (10.93%) ITIL
14 26 (10.53%) Mentoring
14 26 (10.53%) Threat Detection
14 26 (10.53%) Vulnerability Scanning
15 23 (9.31%) Security Architecture
Programming Languages
1 24 (9.72%) PowerShell
2 21 (8.50%) Python
3 7 (2.83%) SQL
4 6 (2.43%) C
5 5 (2.02%) Bash
6 4 (1.62%) JavaScript
6 4 (1.62%) Perl
7 2 (0.81%) Go
7 2 (0.81%) Java
8 1 (0.40%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 57 (23.08%) CISSP
2 38 (15.38%) Security Cleared
3 36 (14.57%) Degree
4 33 (13.36%) CISM
5 25 (10.12%) SC Cleared
6 19 (7.69%) CEH
7 15 (6.07%) CompTIA Security+
8 13 (5.26%) GCIH
8 13 (5.26%) GIAC
8 13 (5.26%) SANS
9 12 (4.86%) Cisco Certification
10 11 (4.45%) CISA
11 10 (4.05%) OSCP
12 9 (3.64%) GCIA
13 8 (3.24%) Microsoft Certification
14 7 (2.83%) CCNP
15 5 (2.02%) GSEC
15 5 (2.02%) Master's Degree
16 4 (1.62%) CREST Certified
17 3 (1.21%) (ISC)2 CCSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 63 (25.51%) NIST
2 41 (16.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 22 (8.91%) GDPR
4 20 (8.10%) Cyber Essentials
5 15 (6.07%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
5 15 (6.07%) QA
6 11 (4.45%) PCI DSS
7 6 (2.43%) GRC
7 6 (2.43%) SLA
8 5 (2.02%) NCSC
9 2 (0.81%) SOC 2
10 1 (0.40%) COBIT
10 1 (0.40%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 9 (3.64%) Active Directory
2 4 (1.62%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (0.81%) Snort
4 1 (0.40%) Docker
4 1 (0.40%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 15 (6.07%) CSIRT
2 4 (1.62%) CASB
2 4 (1.62%) QRadar
3 3 (1.21%) Backup Exec
3 3 (1.21%) Computer Incident Response Team
3 3 (1.21%) Kubernetes
3 3 (1.21%) Nessus
4 2 (0.81%) EnCase
4 2 (0.81%) FTK
4 2 (0.81%) Kibana
4 2 (0.81%) logstash
5 1 (0.40%) Cacti
5 1 (0.40%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
5 1 (0.40%) FortiGate
5 1 (0.40%) HP Fortify
5 1 (0.40%) Puppet
Vendors
1 48 (19.43%) Microsoft
2 35 (14.17%) Splunk
3 27 (10.93%) Cisco
4 15 (6.07%) Rapid7
5 11 (4.45%) Sophos
6 10 (4.05%) Darktrace
7 8 (3.24%) Palo Alto
8 7 (2.83%) FireEye
8 7 (2.83%) Juniper
8 7 (2.83%) LogRhythm
8 7 (2.83%) Meraki
8 7 (2.83%) Qualys
8 7 (2.83%) ServiceNow
9 6 (2.43%) McAfee
9 6 (2.43%) SolarWinds
10 5 (2.02%) CrowdStrike
10 5 (2.02%) HP
11 4 (1.62%) CyberArk
11 4 (1.62%) IronPort
11 4 (1.62%) VMware