Period
to 23 May 2018

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 23 May 2018 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

Security Operations Centre
UK
6 months to
23 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 782 781 795
Rank change year-on-year -1 +14 +187
Permanent jobs citing Security Operations Centre 417 399 506
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.24% 0.24% 0.25%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.56% 0.55% 0.58%
Number of salaries quoted 298 311 393
UK median annual salary £55,000 £60,000 £57,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -8.33% +4.35% +27.78%
10th Percentile £36,829 £35,000 £37,500
90th Percentile £86,625 £87,500 £79,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £52,500 £57,500
% change year-on-year - -8.70% +27.78%

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 74,016 72,084 87,980
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 43.07% 42.61% 43.83%
Number of salaries quoted 57,741 58,056 71,208
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £48,750
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% -2.56% +7.14%
10th Percentile £27,750 £27,500 £27,000
90th Percentile £83,750 £80,000 £78,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £41,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +8.43% -2.35% +6.25%

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 23 May 2018.

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 23 May 2018. 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 -34 346 £55,000 -8.33% 24
UK excluding London -53 214 £52,500 - 17
London +17 186 £55,000 -12.00% 8
East of England +28 64 £47,500 -20.17% 2
Scotland +5 49 £55,000 +57.14%
South East -44 49 £52,500 -25.00% 6
Midlands -2 21 £70,000 +78.34% 2
East Midlands +23 15 £70,000 +204.35% 1
North of England -18 15 £50,448 +18.70% 2
North West -1 13 £52,396 +38.81% 2
Wales +6 6 £40,210 +0.52%
South West -52 6 £25,000 -37.50% 4
West Midlands -19 4 - - 1
Northern Ireland - 4 - - 1
North East - 2 £48,500 -

For the 6 months to 23 May 2018, 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.

1 417 (100.00%) Security Operations
2 286 (68.59%) SIEM
3 260 (62.35%) Cybersecurity
4 202 (48.44%) Firewall
5 158 (37.89%) Information Security
6 121 (29.02%) Network Security
7 119 (28.54%) Splunk
8 113 (27.10%) CISSP
9 109 (26.14%) Linux
10 97 (23.26%) Degree
11 95 (22.78%) Vulnerability Management
12 94 (22.54%) Threat Management
13 91 (21.82%) Data Loss Prevention
14 80 (19.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
15 79 (18.94%) QRadar
16 68 (16.31%) Windows
17 62 (14.87%) Analytical Skills
18 59 (14.15%) CISM
18 59 (14.15%) Security Monitoring
19 57 (13.67%) TCP/IP
20 55 (13.19%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
21 54 (12.95%) Incident Management
22 53 (12.71%) Management Information System
23 52 (12.47%) Qualys
24 51 (12.23%) Risk Management
25 49 (11.75%) PKI
25 49 (11.75%) CEH
26 48 (11.51%) Computer Science
26 48 (11.51%) Cyberattack
27 47 (11.27%) Analytics

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 24 (5.76%) Apache
2 12 (2.88%) Apache Spark
3 7 (1.68%) IIS
4 4 (0.96%) Elasticsearch
4 4 (0.96%) MS Exchange
5 2 (0.48%) Tomcat
5 2 (0.48%) WebLogic
Applications
1 3 (0.72%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (0.48%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 10 (2.40%) Amazon AWS
2 8 (1.92%) GitHub
2 8 (1.92%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (0.96%) SaaS
4 3 (0.72%) Cloud Computing
4 3 (0.72%) Google Cloud Platform
5 2 (0.48%) Amazon EC2
5 2 (0.48%) Amazon S3
5 2 (0.48%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 202 (48.44%) Firewall
2 121 (29.02%) Network Security
3 57 (13.67%) TCP/IP
4 24 (5.76%) Intrusion Detection
5 20 (4.80%) DNS
6 15 (3.60%) SNMP
7 13 (3.12%) HTTP
8 11 (2.64%) DHCP
8 11 (2.64%) Internet
9 10 (2.40%) ICMP
9 10 (2.40%) SMTP
9 10 (2.40%) VPN
10 9 (2.16%) Sourcefire
10 9 (2.16%) SSL
11 5 (1.20%) WAN
12 4 (0.96%) LAN
13 3 (0.72%) IPsec
13 3 (0.72%) OSPF
13 3 (0.72%) Wireless
14 2 (0.48%) BIG-IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (4.32%) Big Data
2 12 (2.88%) Hadoop
3 9 (2.16%) MySQL
4 4 (0.96%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 8 (1.92%) Jenkins
1 8 (1.92%) JIRA
2 4 (0.96%) Metasploit
General
1 27 (6.47%) Finance
2 16 (3.84%) Retail
3 15 (3.60%) Law
4 7 (1.68%) Military
5 3 (0.72%) French Language
6 2 (0.48%) Banking
6 2 (0.48%) Legal
6 2 (0.48%) Marketing
7 1 (0.24%) Back Office
7 1 (0.24%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.24%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 119 (28.54%) Analyst
2 97 (23.26%) Consultant
3 96 (23.02%) Security Consultant
4 91 (21.82%) Security Analyst
5 62 (14.87%) IT Consultant
5 62 (14.87%) IT Security Consultant
6 61 (14.63%) Security Engineer
7 56 (13.43%) Security Manager
8 42 (10.07%) SOC Analyst
9 36 (8.63%) Operations Analyst
9 36 (8.63%) Security Operations Analyst
10 34 (8.15%) Cybersecurity Consultant
11 33 (7.91%) Senior Consultant
12 32 (7.67%) Senior IT Consultant
12 32 (7.67%) Senior IT Security Consultant
12 32 (7.67%) Senior Security Consultant
13 30 (7.19%) SIEM Consultant
14 28 (6.71%) Operational Security Manager
14 28 (6.71%) Operations Manager
14 28 (6.71%) Security Operations Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (4.32%) Elastic Stack
2 8 (1.92%) HTML
3 5 (1.20%) CSS
3 5 (1.20%) XML
4 3 (0.72%) Regular Expression
5 1 (0.24%) Middleware
5 1 (0.24%) REST
5 1 (0.24%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 62 (14.87%) Analytical Skills
2 55 (13.19%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
3 53 (12.71%) Management Information System
4 49 (11.75%) PKI
5 48 (11.51%) Computer Science
5 48 (11.51%) Cyberattack
6 23 (5.52%) Self-Motivation
7 20 (4.80%) Data Centre
8 15 (3.60%) Cyberthreat
9 14 (3.36%) Enterprise Software
10 13 (3.12%) Cyber Kill Chain
11 10 (2.40%) Cybercrime
12 6 (1.44%) Greenfield Project
13 5 (1.20%) Data Protection Act
13 5 (1.20%) Public Cloud
14 3 (0.72%) Cyber Defence
14 3 (0.72%) Linux Command Line
15 2 (0.48%) CESG
15 2 (0.48%) NHS
15 2 (0.48%) PlayStation
Operating Systems
1 109 (26.14%) Linux
2 68 (16.31%) Windows
3 40 (9.59%) Unix
4 10 (2.40%) Mac OS X
5 9 (2.16%) FreeBSD
6 5 (1.20%) Kali Linux
6 5 (1.20%) VMS
6 5 (1.20%) Windows Server 2012
7 4 (0.96%) Solaris
8 1 (0.24%) IRIX
8 1 (0.24%) SUSE
8 1 (0.24%) Windows 2000
8 1 (0.24%) Windows Server
8 1 (0.24%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (0.24%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 417 (100.00%) Security Operations
2 286 (68.59%) SIEM
3 260 (62.35%) Cybersecurity
4 158 (37.89%) Information Security
5 95 (22.78%) Vulnerability Management
6 94 (22.54%) Threat Management
7 91 (21.82%) Data Loss Prevention
8 59 (14.15%) Security Monitoring
9 54 (12.95%) Incident Management
10 51 (12.23%) Risk Management
11 47 (11.27%) Analytics
12 46 (11.03%) Vulnerability Scanning
13 42 (10.07%) Security Architecture
13 42 (10.07%) Threat Intelligence
14 41 (9.83%) Identity Access Management
15 38 (9.11%) Penetration Testing
16 37 (8.87%) Continuous Improvement
17 36 (8.63%) Mentoring
18 34 (8.15%) Use Case
19 33 (7.91%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 37 (8.87%) Python
2 17 (4.08%) PowerShell
3 16 (3.84%) Bash Shell
4 12 (2.88%) Java
5 11 (2.64%) C
5 11 (2.64%) C#
6 10 (2.40%) VBA
7 9 (2.16%) SQL
8 5 (1.20%) JavaScript
9 3 (0.72%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.24%) C++
10 1 (0.24%) PHP
10 1 (0.24%) VB
Qualifications
1 113 (27.10%) CISSP
2 97 (23.26%) Degree
3 59 (14.15%) CISM
4 49 (11.75%) CEH
5 43 (10.31%) SANS
6 40 (9.59%) Cisco Certification
7 38 (9.11%) CISA
7 38 (9.11%) GIAC
8 37 (8.87%) Computer Science Degree
9 31 (7.43%) CCNA
10 29 (6.95%) GCIH
11 23 (5.52%) CCNP
11 23 (5.52%) CompTIA Security+
11 23 (5.52%) SSCP
12 14 (3.36%) GCIA
13 13 (3.12%) OSCP
14 12 (2.88%) GSEC
15 11 (2.64%) CCIE
15 11 (2.64%) CCSP
15 11 (2.64%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 80 (19.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 33 (7.91%) PCI DSS
3 29 (6.95%) GDPR
4 14 (3.36%) COBIT
5 13 (3.12%) GPG13
6 7 (1.68%) Cyber Essentials
6 7 (1.68%) SLA
7 6 (1.44%) SSAE 16
8 5 (1.20%) PMO
9 4 (0.96%) Government Security Classifications
10 3 (0.72%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 3 (0.72%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 2 (0.48%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 1 (0.24%) ISO 9001
12 1 (0.24%) QA
System Software
1 13 (3.12%) Snort
2 10 (2.40%) Virtual Machines
3 8 (1.92%) HDFS
4 6 (1.44%) Active Directory
5 4 (0.96%) VMware Infrastructure
6 3 (0.72%) Firmware
7 2 (0.48%) ProxySG
8 1 (0.24%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 79 (18.94%) QRadar
2 12 (2.88%) RSA enVision
3 10 (2.40%) RSA Security Analytics
4 9 (2.16%) CSIRT
4 9 (2.16%) Nessus
5 8 (1.92%) Juniper STRM
5 8 (1.92%) Suricata
6 6 (1.44%) EnCase
7 4 (0.96%) Host Intrusion Detection System
8 3 (0.72%) Nexpose
8 3 (0.72%) Nmap
9 2 (0.48%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
9 2 (0.48%) Computer Incident Response Team
9 2 (0.48%) Kibana
9 2 (0.48%) logstash
9 2 (0.48%) Trend Micro Deep Security
10 1 (0.24%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 119 (28.54%) Splunk
2 52 (12.47%) Qualys
3 41 (9.83%) ArcSight
4 37 (8.87%) LogRhythm
5 29 (6.95%) Cisco
5 29 (6.95%) Microsoft
6 18 (4.32%) CheckPoint
7 16 (3.84%) Juniper
8 15 (3.60%) Sophos
9 14 (3.36%) Palo Alto
10 13 (3.12%) AlienVault
11 12 (2.88%) Red Hat
12 11 (2.64%) VMware
13 10 (2.40%) Sun
14 8 (1.92%) FireEye
14 8 (1.92%) Fortinet
14 8 (1.92%) IBM
14 8 (1.92%) Intel
14 8 (1.92%) TippingPoint
15 6 (1.44%) F5