Period
to 20 January 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 20 January 2021 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

Security Operations Centre
UK
6 months to
20 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 619 697 718
Rank change year-on-year +78 +21 +133
Permanent jobs citing Security Operations Centre 144 337 428
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.23% 0.27% 0.29%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.59% 0.70% 0.72%
Number of salaries quoted 126 206 270
Median annual salary £53,250 £55,000 £55,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -3.18% - -4.35%
10th Percentile £31,250 £26,250 £36,250
90th Percentile £78,750 £83,750 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £55,000 £54,000
% change year-on-year -4.55% +1.85% +2.86%

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 24,417 48,266 59,193
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 38.41% 38.50% 39.57%
Number of salaries quoted 19,047 37,500 45,663
Median annual salary £55,000 £55,000 £52,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +4.76% +5.00%
10th Percentile £32,500 £30,000 £29,250
90th Percentile £95,000 £93,750 £87,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +7.78% - +4.65%

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 20 January 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 20 January 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 +73 122 £58,750 +6.82% 22
UK excluding London +39 80 £52,500 -4.55% 16
London +186 45 £70,000 - 6
Work from Home -46 25 £46,500 -7.00% 3
North of England +89 24 £41,250 -34.00% 6
South East +108 23 £52,500 +5.00% 4
North West +93 20 £45,000 +28.57% 3
East of England +84 15 £67,500 - 1
West Midlands +15 7 £48,250 -12.27% 3
Midlands +8 7 £48,250 -12.27% 4
Scotland +20 6 £49,500 +1.54%
South West +61 5 £55,000 +161.90% 1
Yorkshire +44 3 £37,500 -40.00% 3
North East +18 1 £42,500 +1.19%

For the 6 months to 20 January 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.

1 142 (98.61%) Security Operations
2 101 (70.14%) Cybersecurity
3 68 (47.22%) SIEM
4 54 (37.50%) Information Security
5 41 (28.47%) Threat Intelligence
6 39 (27.08%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
7 36 (25.00%) Microsoft
8 33 (22.92%) Vulnerability Management
8 33 (22.92%) Cyberthreat
9 32 (22.22%) Firewall
10 30 (20.83%) Azure
11 28 (19.44%) AWS
12 27 (18.75%) Management Information System
13 24 (16.67%) Python
13 24 (16.67%) NIST
14 23 (15.97%) Intrusion Detection
15 22 (15.28%) Incident Management
16 20 (13.89%) Security Cleared
16 20 (13.89%) Active Directory
16 20 (13.89%) CISSP
17 19 (13.19%) Security Management
17 19 (13.19%) Cyber Intelligence
18 18 (12.50%) GCIH
19 17 (11.81%) LogRhythm
19 17 (11.81%) Degree
19 17 (11.81%) GCFA
19 17 (11.81%) Risk Management
20 16 (11.11%) Perl
20 16 (11.11%) Windows
20 16 (11.11%) PowerShell

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 3 (2.08%) Confluence
2 1 (0.69%) SharePoint
Applications
1 4 (2.78%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.69%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.69%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 7 (4.86%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 30 (20.83%) Azure
2 28 (19.44%) AWS
3 10 (6.94%) GCP
3 10 (6.94%) Office 365
4 5 (3.47%) SaaS
5 3 (2.08%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (1.39%) Azure Active Directory
6 2 (1.39%) IaaS
7 1 (0.69%) Amazon GuardDuty
7 1 (0.69%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 32 (22.22%) Firewall
2 23 (15.97%) Intrusion Detection
3 13 (9.03%) Network Security
3 13 (9.03%) TCP/IP
4 11 (7.64%) VPN
5 10 (6.94%) Internet
6 7 (4.86%) DNS
6 7 (4.86%) SMTP
7 6 (4.17%) DMZ
7 6 (4.17%) HTTP
7 6 (4.17%) LAN
7 6 (4.17%) Wireshark
8 5 (3.47%) SSL
9 4 (2.78%) FTP
9 4 (2.78%) WAN
10 2 (1.39%) BGP
10 2 (1.39%) SSH
10 2 (1.39%) Wireless
10 2 (1.39%) Wireless Security
11 1 (0.69%) tcpdump
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.69%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 4 (2.78%) Metasploit
2 3 (2.08%) JIRA
2 3 (2.08%) Snyk
General
1 15 (10.42%) Finance
2 10 (6.94%) Aerospace
3 7 (4.86%) Legal
4 3 (2.08%) Banking
4 3 (2.08%) Manufacturing
4 3 (2.08%) Public Sector
5 2 (1.39%) Law
6 1 (0.69%) Marketing
6 1 (0.69%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 63 (43.75%) Analyst
2 43 (29.86%) Security Analyst
3 21 (14.58%) SOC Analyst
4 20 (13.89%) Senior Analyst
5 18 (12.50%) Cybersecurity Analyst
6 10 (6.94%) Security Manager
6 10 (6.94%) Senior Security Analyst
6 10 (6.94%) SOC Manager
7 8 (5.56%) Service Analyst
8 6 (4.17%) Security Engineer
8 6 (4.17%) Senior Security Engineer
8 6 (4.17%) Service Delivery Analyst
9 5 (3.47%) Consultant
9 5 (3.47%) Head of Operations
9 5 (3.47%) Head of Security
9 5 (3.47%) Incident Responder
9 5 (3.47%) Security Consultant
9 5 (3.47%) Security Specialist
9 5 (3.47%) Senior Cybersecurity Analyst
10 4 (2.78%) Security Incident Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (3.47%) Web Services
2 3 (2.08%) LDAP
3 2 (1.39%) 802.1X
4 1 (0.69%) .NET
4 1 (0.69%) Natural Language Processing
Miscellaneous
1 33 (22.92%) Cyberthreat
2 27 (18.75%) Management Information System
3 12 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
4 11 (7.64%) Cyber Kill Chain
5 9 (6.25%) Cyberattack
5 9 (6.25%) Data Centre
6 8 (5.56%) Cyber Defence
6 8 (5.56%) Public Cloud
7 6 (4.17%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 6 (4.17%) Social Media
8 5 (3.47%) Virtual Team
9 3 (2.08%) Analytical Mindset
9 3 (2.08%) Greenfield Project
9 3 (2.08%) NHS
10 2 (1.39%) Cybercrime
10 2 (1.39%) Internet of Things
10 2 (1.39%) PMI
11 1 (0.69%) Data Structures
11 1 (0.69%) Driving Licence
11 1 (0.69%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 16 (11.11%) Windows
2 14 (9.72%) Linux
3 8 (5.56%) Windows Server
4 4 (2.78%) Unix
5 1 (0.69%) Android
5 1 (0.69%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.69%) MVS
5 1 (0.69%) VMS
5 1 (0.69%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 142 (98.61%) Security Operations
2 101 (70.14%) Cybersecurity
3 68 (47.22%) SIEM
4 54 (37.50%) Information Security
5 41 (28.47%) Threat Intelligence
6 39 (27.08%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
7 33 (22.92%) Vulnerability Management
8 22 (15.28%) Incident Management
9 19 (13.19%) Cyber Intelligence
9 19 (13.19%) Security Management
10 17 (11.81%) Risk Management
11 15 (10.42%) Malware Analysis
12 14 (9.72%) Penetration Testing
13 13 (9.03%) Information Security Management
13 13 (9.03%) ITIL
14 11 (7.64%) Continuous Improvement
14 11 (7.64%) Protective Monitoring
14 11 (7.64%) Stakeholder Management
14 11 (7.64%) Threat Detection
15 10 (6.94%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 24 (16.67%) Python
2 16 (11.11%) Perl
2 16 (11.11%) PowerShell
3 8 (5.56%) C++
4 7 (4.86%) Bash Shell
5 5 (3.47%) SQL
6 4 (2.78%) Ruby
7 3 (2.08%) Java
7 3 (2.08%) JavaScript
8 2 (1.39%) C
9 1 (0.69%) C#
9 1 (0.69%) PHP
9 1 (0.69%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.69%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.69%) VBA
Qualifications
1 20 (13.89%) CISSP
1 20 (13.89%) Security Cleared
2 18 (12.50%) GCIH
3 17 (11.81%) Degree
3 17 (11.81%) GCFA
4 15 (10.42%) GIAC
5 13 (9.03%) CREST Certified
6 11 (7.64%) CISM
7 10 (6.94%) SC Cleared
8 9 (6.25%) GCIA
9 7 (4.86%) SANS
10 6 (4.17%) CEH
10 6 (4.17%) GREM
11 5 (3.47%) CISA
11 5 (3.47%) Cisco Certification
12 4 (2.78%) Computer Science Degree
12 4 (2.78%) GCFE
12 4 (2.78%) OSCP
12 4 (2.78%) Postgraduate
13 3 (2.08%) GPEN
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (16.67%) NIST
2 13 (9.03%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 11 (7.64%) COBIT
4 9 (6.25%) Cyber Essentials
5 8 (5.56%) NCSC
6 6 (4.17%) PCI DSS
7 5 (3.47%) NIST 800
8 4 (2.78%) SLA
9 3 (2.08%) GDPR
9 3 (2.08%) Government Security Classifications
10 2 (1.39%) JSP 440
11 1 (0.69%) FedRAMP
11 1 (0.69%) ISO 22301
11 1 (0.69%) ISO 9001
11 1 (0.69%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 1 (0.69%) QA
System Software
1 20 (13.89%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.69%) Snort
2 1 (0.69%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 9 (6.25%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
2 7 (4.86%) Computer Incident Response Team
2 7 (4.86%) Host Intrusion Detection System
3 5 (3.47%) CSIRT
3 5 (3.47%) QRadar
4 4 (2.78%) Nessus
5 3 (2.08%) OpenVAS
6 1 (0.69%) McAfee ePO
6 1 (0.69%) Network Intrusion Detection System
6 1 (0.69%) SolarWinds Orion
6 1 (0.69%) WSUS
Vendors
1 36 (25.00%) Microsoft
2 17 (11.81%) LogRhythm
3 14 (9.72%) Splunk
4 12 (8.33%) AlienVault
4 12 (8.33%) Cisco
4 12 (8.33%) Darktrace
5 9 (6.25%) Carbon Black
6 8 (5.56%) FireEye
7 7 (4.86%) Google
8 5 (3.47%) IBM
8 5 (3.47%) IronPort
8 5 (3.47%) NetWitness
9 4 (2.78%) CheckPoint
9 4 (2.78%) McAfee
9 4 (2.78%) Symantec
10 3 (2.08%) Blue Coat
10 3 (2.08%) Palo Alto
10 3 (2.08%) Qualys
10 3 (2.08%) Sophos
10 3 (2.08%) Twitter