Period
to 12 November 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 12 November 2018 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

Security Operations Centre
UK
6 months to
12 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 702 913 732
Rank change year-on-year +211 -181 +111
Permanent jobs citing Security Operations Centre 467 299 542
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.29% 0.17% 0.29%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.65% 0.38% 0.68%
Number of salaries quoted 314 225 437
UK median annual salary £55,000 £57,500 £60,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -4.35% -4.17% +14.29%
10th Percentile £37,150 £35,000 £36,000
90th Percentile £82,500 £90,000 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £54,500 £60,000 £55,000
% change year-on-year -9.17% +9.09% +10.00%

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 71,525 78,989 80,262
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 44.23% 44.37% 42.25%
Number of salaries quoted 55,600 59,533 65,894
UK median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £28,250 £27,500 £27,000
90th Percentile £86,250 £81,250 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +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 12 November 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 12 November 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 +154 397 £55,000 -4.35% 36
UK excluding London +200 332 £54,500 -9.17% 31
East of England +177 154 £47,500 -11.63% 1
London +19 118 £55,000 -4.35% 9
South East +38 84 £55,000 -8.33% 6
Scotland +33 44 £65,000 - 3
North of England +46 26 £57,500 +21.73% 7
North West +23 18 £62,500 - 3
Midlands +28 14 £48,750 -17.02% 10
East Midlands +16 9 £40,000 -34.96% 3
Yorkshire +35 8 £42,500 -4.43% 3
Northern Ireland - 8 £45,000 -
West Midlands +28 5 £65,000 +10.64% 7
South West -8 2 £50,000 -4.76% 3
Wales - 1 £40,210 - 1

For the 6 months to 12 November 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.

1 467 (100.00%) Security Operations
2 314 (67.24%) SIEM
3 265 (56.75%) Cybersecurity
4 239 (51.18%) Firewall
5 236 (50.54%) Information Security
6 155 (33.19%) Network Security
7 151 (32.33%) CISSP
8 122 (26.12%) Vulnerability Management
9 114 (24.41%) Splunk
10 113 (24.20%) Data Loss Prevention
11 110 (23.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
12 103 (22.06%) SANS
13 97 (20.77%) Identity Access Management
14 96 (20.56%) Incident Management
15 95 (20.34%) Qualys
16 92 (19.70%) Linux
16 92 (19.70%) SSCP
17 87 (18.63%) Windows
18 83 (17.77%) Risk Management
18 83 (17.77%) CEH
19 81 (17.34%) Security Management
20 80 (17.13%) Security Architecture
21 78 (16.70%) CISM
22 76 (16.27%) QRadar
22 76 (16.27%) Threat Management
23 74 (15.85%) Degree
24 70 (14.99%) Application Performance Monitoring
24 70 (14.99%) Performance Monitoring
25 68 (14.56%) Management Information System
25 68 (14.56%) Cisco Certification

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 11 (2.36%) Apache
2 10 (2.14%) SharePoint
3 8 (1.71%) Elasticsearch
3 8 (1.71%) IIS
4 6 (1.28%) ExpressionEngine
4 6 (1.28%) WordPress
5 4 (0.86%) SAS
5 4 (0.86%) SharePoint 2013
6 3 (0.64%) Apache Spark
7 2 (0.43%) MS Exchange
7 2 (0.43%) Tomcat
7 2 (0.43%) WebLogic
Applications
1 8 (1.71%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.43%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 47 (10.06%) Amazon AWS
2 37 (7.92%) Microsoft Azure
3 15 (3.21%) Office 365
4 14 (3.00%) SaaS
5 12 (2.57%) GitHub
6 11 (2.36%) Cloud Computing
7 8 (1.71%) Mimecast
8 7 (1.50%) Google Cloud Platform
9 6 (1.28%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 239 (51.18%) Firewall
2 155 (33.19%) Network Security
3 67 (14.35%) TCP/IP
4 37 (7.92%) Internet
5 32 (6.85%) DNS
6 28 (6.00%) HTTP
7 25 (5.35%) Wireshark
8 22 (4.71%) Intrusion Detection
8 22 (4.71%) SNMP
9 19 (4.07%) LAN
10 18 (3.85%) DHCP
10 18 (3.85%) ICMP
11 17 (3.64%) VPN
12 15 (3.21%) WAN
12 15 (3.21%) Wireless
13 14 (3.00%) Wi-Fi
14 13 (2.78%) SSL
15 9 (1.93%) Sourcefire
16 8 (1.71%) DKIM
16 8 (1.71%) DMARC
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (3.21%) Big Data
2 8 (1.71%) Hadoop
3 6 (1.28%) Data Lake
3 6 (1.28%) Geospatial Data
3 6 (1.28%) MongoDB
4 5 (1.07%) SQL Server
5 4 (0.86%) QlikView
6 3 (0.64%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 24 (5.14%) JIRA
2 12 (2.57%) Jenkins
2 12 (2.57%) Metasploit
3 1 (0.21%) Redmine
General
1 60 (12.85%) Retail
2 24 (5.14%) Finance
3 9 (1.93%) Banking
4 6 (1.28%) Legal
5 4 (0.86%) Publishing
6 3 (0.64%) French Language
7 2 (0.43%) Military
8 1 (0.21%) Advertising
8 1 (0.21%) Back Office
8 1 (0.21%) Law
8 1 (0.21%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 180 (38.54%) Analyst
2 89 (19.06%) Security Engineer
3 81 (17.34%) Security Analyst
4 71 (15.20%) SOC Analyst
5 58 (12.42%) Consultant
5 58 (12.42%) Security Consultant
6 41 (8.78%) IT Consultant
6 41 (8.78%) IT Security Consultant
6 41 (8.78%) Senior Analyst
7 36 (7.71%) Security Manager
8 28 (6.00%) Architect
9 27 (5.78%) Security Architect
10 25 (5.35%) Senior Consultant
10 25 (5.35%) Senior IT Consultant
10 25 (5.35%) Senior IT Security Consultant
10 25 (5.35%) Senior Security Analyst
10 25 (5.35%) Senior Security Consultant
11 24 (5.14%) Operations Analyst
11 24 (5.14%) Security Operations Analyst
12 20 (4.28%) Service Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (3.21%) Elastic Stack
2 6 (1.28%) ISPF
2 6 (1.28%) Node.js
3 5 (1.07%) OAuth
3 5 (1.07%) OAuth2
3 5 (1.07%) OpenID
3 5 (1.07%) XACML
4 3 (0.64%) Middleware
5 1 (0.21%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 68 (14.56%) Management Information System
2 67 (14.35%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
3 66 (14.13%) Analytical Skills
4 63 (13.49%) PKI
5 44 (9.42%) Cyberthreat
6 43 (9.21%) Self-Motivation
7 36 (7.71%) Cyber Kill Chain
8 30 (6.42%) Cyber Defence
9 29 (6.21%) Data Centre
10 27 (5.78%) Cyberattack
11 23 (4.93%) Computer Science
12 13 (2.78%) Data Protection Act
13 7 (1.50%) Enterprise Software
13 7 (1.50%) Linux Command Line
14 6 (1.28%) Mainframe
15 5 (1.07%) Cybercrime
16 4 (0.86%) Blog
16 4 (0.86%) CESG
16 4 (0.86%) PMI
16 4 (0.86%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 92 (19.70%) Linux
2 87 (18.63%) Windows
3 36 (7.71%) Unix
4 18 (3.85%) Kali Linux
4 18 (3.85%) Mac OS X
5 6 (1.28%) Windows Server
6 3 (0.64%) CentOS
6 3 (0.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 3 (0.64%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (0.43%) Solaris
8 1 (0.21%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 467 (100.00%) Security Operations
2 314 (67.24%) SIEM
3 265 (56.75%) Cybersecurity
4 236 (50.54%) Information Security
5 122 (26.12%) Vulnerability Management
6 113 (24.20%) Data Loss Prevention
7 97 (20.77%) Identity Access Management
8 96 (20.56%) Incident Management
9 83 (17.77%) Risk Management
10 81 (17.34%) Security Management
11 80 (17.13%) Security Architecture
12 76 (16.27%) Threat Management
13 70 (14.99%) Application Performance Monitoring
13 70 (14.99%) Performance Monitoring
14 66 (14.13%) Problem-Solving
15 63 (13.49%) Penetration Testing
16 60 (12.85%) Continuous Improvement
17 59 (12.63%) Threat Intelligence
18 58 (12.42%) Analytics
19 54 (11.56%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 43 (9.21%) Python
2 18 (3.85%) Java
2 18 (3.85%) Ruby
3 14 (3.00%) PHP
4 13 (2.78%) Bash Shell
5 12 (2.57%) Go
5 12 (2.57%) Perl
5 12 (2.57%) PowerShell
6 11 (2.36%) SQL
7 6 (1.28%) JavaScript
7 6 (1.28%) JCL
7 6 (1.28%) REXX
8 4 (0.86%) Shell Script
9 3 (0.64%) Assembly Language
10 2 (0.43%) C
10 2 (0.43%) R
Qualifications
1 151 (32.33%) CISSP
2 103 (22.06%) SANS
3 92 (19.70%) SSCP
4 83 (17.77%) CEH
5 78 (16.70%) CISM
6 74 (15.85%) Degree
7 68 (14.56%) Cisco Certification
8 62 (13.28%) CompTIA Security+
9 58 (12.42%) GCIA
10 55 (11.78%) GCIH
11 53 (11.35%) GIAC
12 52 (11.13%) CISA
13 51 (10.92%) CSSLP
14 45 (9.64%) GSEC
15 40 (8.57%) CCNA
16 34 (7.28%) GCFA
16 34 (7.28%) GCFE
16 34 (7.28%) GREM
17 23 (4.93%) (ISC)2 CCSP
17 23 (4.93%) CCSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 110 (23.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 52 (11.13%) GDPR
3 33 (7.07%) PCI DSS
4 19 (4.07%) Cyber Essentials
5 12 (2.57%) GPG13
6 9 (1.93%) SLA
7 7 (1.50%) Government Security Classifications
8 5 (1.07%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 3 (0.64%) COBIT
9 3 (0.64%) QA
9 3 (0.64%) RMADS
9 3 (0.64%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 2 (0.43%) JSP 440
System Software
1 25 (5.35%) Active Directory
2 18 (3.85%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (1.71%) Snort
4 6 (1.28%) RACF
5 3 (0.64%) HDFS
6 1 (0.21%) NFS
6 1 (0.21%) ProxySG
6 1 (0.21%) Samba
6 1 (0.21%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.21%) VMware NSX
6 1 (0.21%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 76 (16.27%) QRadar
2 24 (5.14%) RSA Security Analytics
2 24 (5.14%) Stealthwatch
3 14 (3.00%) Nessus
4 13 (2.78%) CSIRT
4 13 (2.78%) Nmap
5 7 (1.50%) EnCase
5 7 (1.50%) Kibana
6 6 (1.28%) zSecure
7 3 (0.64%) Grafana
7 3 (0.64%) Host Intrusion Detection System
7 3 (0.64%) Suricata
8 2 (0.43%) CASB
8 2 (0.43%) McAfee ePO
8 2 (0.43%) Network Intrusion Detection System
8 2 (0.43%) Trend Micro Deep Security
9 1 (0.21%) Ansible
9 1 (0.21%) Nagios
9 1 (0.21%) Puppet
9 1 (0.21%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 114 (24.41%) Splunk
2 95 (20.34%) Qualys
3 66 (14.13%) Microsoft
4 53 (11.35%) Symantec
5 45 (9.64%) CheckPoint
5 45 (9.64%) Cisco
6 22 (4.71%) Palo Alto
7 19 (4.07%) Fortinet
7 19 (4.07%) LogRhythm
7 19 (4.07%) VMware
8 18 (3.85%) Sophos
9 17 (3.64%) Red Hat
10 16 (3.43%) ArcSight
11 14 (3.00%) Oracle
12 13 (2.78%) Citrix
13 12 (2.57%) Netsparker
14 11 (2.36%) Forcepoint
15 10 (2.14%) Blue Coat
16 8 (1.71%) AlienVault
17 5 (1.07%) F5