Period
to 28 July 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 28 July 2021 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

Security Operations Centre
UK
6 months to
28 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 795 549 770
Rank change year-on-year -246 +221 +18
Permanent jobs citing Security Operations Centre 200 249 358
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.18% 0.36% 0.25%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.45% 1.01% 0.71%
Number of salaries quoted 132 184 233
10th Percentile £31,250 £41,250 £26,400
25th Percentile £43,438 £45,000 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £52,500 £49,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +7.14% -2.00% -9.09%
75th Percentile £70,625 £63,750 £70,000
90th Percentile £82,375 £80,000 £82,400
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +16.67% - -16.67%

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 44,239 24,658 50,681
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 39.17% 35.47% 35.19%
Number of salaries quoted 26,825 19,623 38,762
10th Percentile £32,500 £31,986 £30,000
25th Percentile £42,500 £41,250 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £57,500 £55,000 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year +4.55% +4.76% -
75th Percentile £78,750 £76,250 £72,500
90th Percentile £97,500 £96,250 £90,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +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 28 July 2021.

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 28 July 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 -188 170 £55,000 +4.76% 30
UK excluding London -184 135 £52,500 +16.67% 22
Work from Home -191 53 £52,500 -16.00% 1
Midlands -43 48 £52,500 -12.50% 4
London -135 47 £62,500 -7.41% 10
East of England -35 25 £55,000 -15.38% 5
West Midlands -72 25 £52,500 -12.50% 1
South East -135 24 £53,750 +19.44%
East Midlands -24 23 £22,950 - 3
North of England -74 18 £51,500 +14.44% 11
Yorkshire -47 10 £35,000 -44.00% 6
Scotland -95 10 £40,250 -10.56% 2
South West -62 7 £53,500 -
North West -67 6 £54,500 +21.11% 5
Northern Ireland - 3 £25,000 -
North East - 2 £60,275 -

For the 6 months to 28 July 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.

1 200 (100.00%) Security Operations
2 112 (56.00%) Information Security
3 103 (51.50%) SIEM
4 97 (48.50%) Social Skills
5 93 (46.50%) Cybersecurity
6 48 (24.00%) Firewall
7 47 (23.50%) Azure
8 46 (23.00%) Analytical Skills
8 46 (23.00%) Management Information System
9 42 (21.00%) Vulnerability Management
9 42 (21.00%) Threat Intelligence
10 41 (20.50%) Incident Management
11 33 (16.50%) AWS
11 33 (16.50%) Splunk
12 31 (15.50%) Finance
13 29 (14.50%) Microsoft
13 29 (14.50%) CISSP
13 29 (14.50%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
14 27 (13.50%) Retail
14 27 (13.50%) Data Centre
15 25 (12.50%) Windows
15 25 (12.50%) Cyberthreat
15 25 (12.50%) Decision-Making
16 24 (12.00%) Linux
16 24 (12.00%) Cisco Certification
16 24 (12.00%) DNA
17 23 (11.50%) Facilities Management
17 23 (11.50%) Line Management
17 23 (11.50%) Security Monitoring
18 22 (11.00%) Degree

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:

Applications
1 18 (9.00%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (6.50%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.50%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (1.50%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 47 (23.50%) Azure
2 33 (16.50%) AWS
3 16 (8.00%) GCP
4 11 (5.50%) GitHub
4 11 (5.50%) IaaS
4 11 (5.50%) OpenShift
5 8 (4.00%) Azure Sentinel
6 7 (3.50%) SaaS
7 6 (3.00%) Azure Functions
7 6 (3.00%) Cloud Computing
7 6 (3.00%) Microsoft 365
7 6 (3.00%) Serverless
8 5 (2.50%) PaaS
9 4 (2.00%) Azure Active Directory
10 3 (1.50%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 1 (0.50%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 48 (24.00%) Firewall
2 21 (10.50%) Intrusion Detection
3 17 (8.50%) Network Security
4 11 (5.50%) Cisco Nexus
5 6 (3.00%) DNS
5 6 (3.00%) HTTP
5 6 (3.00%) SMTP
6 5 (2.50%) FTP
6 5 (2.50%) SSL
6 5 (2.50%) Wireless
6 5 (2.50%) Wireless Security
7 2 (1.00%) LAN
7 2 (1.00%) TCP/IP
7 2 (1.00%) Unified Communications
8 1 (0.50%) Cisco IPT
8 1 (0.50%) Internet
8 1 (0.50%) RTP
8 1 (0.50%) Sourcefire
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (3.00%) Azure SQL Database
1 6 (3.00%) Redis
Development Applications
1 11 (5.50%) Jenkins
1 11 (5.50%) Sonatype Nexus
2 2 (1.00%) JIRA
General
1 97 (48.50%) Social Skills
2 46 (23.00%) Analytical Skills
3 31 (15.50%) Finance
4 27 (13.50%) Retail
5 18 (9.00%) Organisational Skills
6 8 (4.00%) Law
7 5 (2.50%) Military
8 4 (2.00%) Banking
8 4 (2.00%) Financial Institution
8 4 (2.00%) Manufacturing
9 3 (1.50%) Influencing Skills
9 3 (1.50%) Legal
9 3 (1.50%) Marketing
9 3 (1.50%) Public Sector
10 1 (0.50%) Games
Job Titles
1 102 (51.00%) Analyst
2 48 (24.00%) Security Analyst
3 36 (18.00%) SOC Analyst
4 20 (10.00%) Cybersecurity Analyst
4 20 (10.00%) Senior Analyst
5 16 (8.00%) SOC Engineer
6 14 (7.00%) Security Engineer
7 11 (5.50%) Security Manager
8 9 (4.50%) Senior Security Analyst
8 9 (4.50%) SOC Manager
9 8 (4.00%) Compliance Analyst
9 8 (4.00%) IT Analyst
9 8 (4.00%) IT Security Analyst
9 8 (4.00%) Senior Cybersecurity Analyst
9 8 (4.00%) Senior Security Engineer
9 8 (4.00%) Vulnerability Analyst
10 7 (3.50%) Information Analyst
10 7 (3.50%) Information Security Analyst
10 7 (3.50%) SIEM Analyst
11 6 (3.00%) Operations Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (2.50%) LDAP
2 1 (0.50%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 46 (23.00%) Management Information System
2 27 (13.50%) Data Centre
3 25 (12.50%) Cyberthreat
4 21 (10.50%) Public Cloud
5 19 (9.50%) Greenfield Project
6 18 (9.00%) CCTV
7 13 (6.50%) Cyberattack
8 9 (4.50%) Self-Motivation
9 8 (4.00%) Cyber Defence
9 8 (4.00%) Mobile App
10 6 (3.00%) Social Media
11 5 (2.50%) Analytical Mindset
11 5 (2.50%) Hybrid Cloud
12 4 (2.00%) Reinsurance
13 3 (1.50%) Cyber Kill Chain
14 2 (1.00%) Blog
14 2 (1.00%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
15 1 (0.50%) Cybercrime
15 1 (0.50%) Internet of Things
15 1 (0.50%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 25 (12.50%) Windows
2 24 (12.00%) Linux
3 7 (3.50%) Windows Server
4 5 (2.50%) Unix
5 1 (0.50%) Android
5 1 (0.50%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.50%) Mac OS
5 1 (0.50%) OpenBSD
Processes & Methodologies
1 200 (100.00%) Security Operations
2 112 (56.00%) Information Security
3 103 (51.50%) SIEM
4 93 (46.50%) Cybersecurity
5 42 (21.00%) Threat Intelligence
5 42 (21.00%) Vulnerability Management
6 41 (20.50%) Incident Management
7 29 (14.50%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
8 25 (12.50%) Decision-Making
9 24 (12.00%) DNA
10 23 (11.50%) Facilities Management
10 23 (11.50%) Line Management
10 23 (11.50%) Security Monitoring
11 18 (9.00%) Collaborative Working
11 18 (9.00%) DevOps
12 17 (8.50%) Identity Access Management
12 17 (8.50%) Vulnerability Scanning
13 16 (8.00%) Agile Software Development
13 16 (8.00%) Problem-Solving
13 16 (8.00%) Threat Detection
Programming Languages
1 16 (8.00%) Python
2 10 (5.00%) SQL
3 6 (3.00%) PowerShell
4 5 (2.50%) JavaScript
5 4 (2.00%) Bash Shell
5 4 (2.00%) VBScript
6 3 (1.50%) Java
7 2 (1.00%) C#
8 1 (0.50%) C
8 1 (0.50%) C++
8 1 (0.50%) Go
Qualifications
1 29 (14.50%) CISSP
2 24 (12.00%) Cisco Certification
3 22 (11.00%) Degree
4 17 (8.50%) Security Cleared
5 15 (7.50%) SC Cleared
6 13 (6.50%) CISM
7 12 (6.00%) (ISC)2 CCSP
8 11 (5.50%) CISA
9 6 (3.00%) CEH
10 3 (1.50%) GIAC
10 3 (1.50%) SANS
11 2 (1.00%) CCSP
11 2 (1.00%) CompTIA Security+
11 2 (1.00%) CRISC
11 2 (1.00%) ITIL Certification
11 2 (1.00%) MCSE
11 2 (1.00%) Microsoft Certification
11 2 (1.00%) OSCP
12 1 (0.50%) CCNA
12 1 (0.50%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (10.50%) GDPR
2 16 (8.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 16 (8.00%) NIST
2 16 (8.00%) PCI DSS
3 9 (4.50%) Cyber Essentials
4 8 (4.00%) NCSC
5 4 (2.00%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 3 (1.50%) COBIT
6 3 (1.50%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 3 (1.50%) GRC
7 1 (0.50%) ITGC
7 1 (0.50%) QA
System Software
1 12 (6.00%) Docker
2 7 (3.50%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 17 (8.50%) Ansible
2 11 (5.50%) Kubernetes
3 10 (5.00%) Nessus
4 9 (4.50%) QRadar
5 6 (3.00%) Opscode Chef
5 6 (3.00%) Puppet
5 6 (3.00%) systemd
6 2 (1.00%) EMC NetWorker
7 1 (0.50%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
7 1 (0.50%) Computer Incident Response Team
7 1 (0.50%) CSIRT
7 1 (0.50%) SCCM
Vendors
1 33 (16.50%) Splunk
2 29 (14.50%) Microsoft
3 19 (9.50%) Sun
4 18 (9.00%) LogRhythm
5 10 (5.00%) Qualys
6 7 (3.50%) AlienVault
6 7 (3.50%) CheckPoint
6 7 (3.50%) Cisco
6 7 (3.50%) McAfee
7 6 (3.00%) ArcSight
7 6 (3.00%) Darktrace
7 6 (3.00%) FireEye
8 5 (2.50%) Blue Coat
8 5 (2.50%) Carbon Black
9 4 (2.00%) Citrix
9 4 (2.00%) Palo Alto
9 4 (2.00%) Symantec
10 3 (1.50%) CrowdStrike
10 3 (1.50%) SolarWinds
10 3 (1.50%) TOWER Software