Period
to 19 September 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 19 September 2018 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

Security Operations Centre
UK
6 months to
19 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 727 921 757
Rank change year-on-year +194 -164 +137
Permanent jobs citing Security Operations Centre 478 287 544
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.29% 0.16% 0.28%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.65% 0.36% 0.66%
Number of salaries quoted 366 207 426
UK median annual salary £55,000 £60,000 £60,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -8.33% - +20.00%
10th Percentile £38,819 £37,500 £36,250
90th Percentile £82,500 £90,000 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £55,000 £60,000 £55,000
% change year-on-year -8.33% +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 73,363 78,916 82,945
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 43.81% 44.48% 42.76%
Number of salaries quoted 56,684 59,451 68,030
UK median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £28,000 £27,500 £27,000
90th Percentile £85,000 £82,000 £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 19 September 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 19 September 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 +137 395 £55,000 -8.33% 38
UK excluding London +155 296 £55,000 -8.33% 34
London +91 173 £55,000 -8.33% 6
East of England +134 129 £49,500 -22.66% 8
Scotland +50 59 £65,000 - 1
South East +2 54 £55,000 -8.33% 16
North of England +46 23 £55,000 - 4
North West +23 18 £62,500 +4.17% 1
Midlands +21 16 £52,500 -10.64% 3
East Midlands +16 14 £70,000 +204.35%
Northern Ireland - 9 £45,000 - 1
Wales +14 6 £40,210 +0.52%
Yorkshire +16 5 £37,500 -31.82% 3
West Midlands +16 2 £45,000 -28.00% 3
South West -31 1 £50,000 -9.09% 1

For the 6 months to 19 September 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.

1 478 (100.00%) Security Operations
2 344 (71.97%) SIEM
3 302 (63.18%) Cybersecurity
4 259 (54.18%) Firewall
5 204 (42.68%) Information Security
6 195 (40.79%) Network Security
7 149 (31.17%) Splunk
8 140 (29.29%) Vulnerability Management
9 139 (29.08%) Data Loss Prevention
9 139 (29.08%) CISSP
10 128 (26.78%) QRadar
11 122 (25.52%) Qualys
12 116 (24.27%) Threat Management
13 106 (22.18%) PKI
14 103 (21.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
14 103 (21.55%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
15 94 (19.67%) SANS
16 89 (18.62%) Risk Management
17 83 (17.36%) Identity Access Management
18 82 (17.15%) Incident Management
19 80 (16.74%) Degree
19 80 (16.74%) Linux
20 68 (14.23%) Security Architecture
20 68 (14.23%) Windows
20 68 (14.23%) CISM
21 66 (13.81%) SSCP
21 66 (13.81%) Vulnerability Scanning
22 63 (13.18%) GIAC
23 61 (12.76%) Penetration Testing
24 60 (12.55%) Performance Monitoring

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 14 (2.93%) Apache
2 11 (2.30%) Apache Spark
3 8 (1.67%) SharePoint
4 6 (1.26%) Elasticsearch
5 3 (0.63%) IIS
6 2 (0.42%) MS Exchange
6 2 (0.42%) SAS
6 2 (0.42%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 6 (1.26%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.21%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 21 (4.39%) Amazon AWS
2 11 (2.30%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (1.88%) GitHub
3 9 (1.88%) Office 365
3 9 (1.88%) SaaS
4 8 (1.67%) Mimecast
5 5 (1.05%) Cloud Computing
6 3 (0.63%) Google Cloud Platform
7 2 (0.42%) Amazon EC2
7 2 (0.42%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 259 (54.18%) Firewall
2 195 (40.79%) Network Security
3 59 (12.34%) TCP/IP
4 22 (4.60%) Internet
4 22 (4.60%) Intrusion Detection
5 21 (4.39%) DNS
6 20 (4.18%) HTTP
7 19 (3.97%) VPN
8 17 (3.56%) Sourcefire
9 12 (2.51%) SSL
9 12 (2.51%) Wireshark
10 11 (2.30%) DHCP
10 11 (2.30%) ICMP
10 11 (2.30%) SNMP
11 10 (2.09%) WAN
12 8 (1.67%) DKIM
12 8 (1.67%) DMARC
12 8 (1.67%) LAN
13 7 (1.46%) MPLS
13 7 (1.46%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (4.18%) Big Data
2 13 (2.72%) Hadoop
3 4 (0.84%) Geospatial Data
4 2 (0.42%) QlikView
5 1 (0.21%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 16 (3.35%) JIRA
2 9 (1.88%) Jenkins
3 8 (1.67%) Metasploit
General
1 44 (9.21%) Retail
2 18 (3.77%) Finance
3 7 (1.46%) Law
4 3 (0.63%) French Language
5 2 (0.42%) Banking
5 2 (0.42%) Legal
6 1 (0.21%) Advertising
6 1 (0.21%) Back Office
6 1 (0.21%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.21%) Marketing
6 1 (0.21%) Military
Job Titles
1 161 (33.68%) Analyst
2 104 (21.76%) Consultant
3 103 (21.55%) Security Consultant
4 83 (17.36%) Security Analyst
5 78 (16.32%) Security Engineer
6 72 (15.06%) SOC Analyst
7 67 (14.02%) IT Consultant
7 67 (14.02%) IT Security Consultant
8 42 (8.79%) Senior Analyst
9 38 (7.95%) Senior Consultant
10 37 (7.74%) Operations Analyst
10 37 (7.74%) Security Manager
10 37 (7.74%) Security Operations Analyst
10 37 (7.74%) Senior IT Consultant
10 37 (7.74%) Senior IT Security Consultant
10 37 (7.74%) Senior Security Consultant
11 35 (7.32%) Cybersecurity Consultant
12 29 (6.07%) Managing Consultant
13 28 (5.86%) Senior Security Analyst
14 24 (5.02%) Security Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (4.81%) Elastic Stack
2 6 (1.26%) ISPF
3 1 (0.21%) OAuth
3 1 (0.21%) OAuth2
3 1 (0.21%) OpenID
3 1 (0.21%) Regular Expression
3 1 (0.21%) XACML
Miscellaneous
1 106 (22.18%) PKI
2 103 (21.55%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
3 59 (12.34%) Analytical Skills
4 56 (11.72%) Management Information System
5 40 (8.37%) Computer Science
6 33 (6.90%) Self-Motivation
7 32 (6.69%) Cyberattack
8 31 (6.49%) Data Centre
9 24 (5.02%) Cyberthreat
10 18 (3.77%) Cyber Kill Chain
11 12 (2.51%) Cyber Defence
12 8 (1.67%) Enterprise Software
13 7 (1.46%) Cybercrime
14 6 (1.26%) Data Protection Act
14 6 (1.26%) Mainframe
15 4 (0.84%) Blog
15 4 (0.84%) NHS
15 4 (0.84%) PMI
15 4 (0.84%) Public Cloud
16 3 (0.63%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 80 (16.74%) Linux
2 68 (14.23%) Windows
3 42 (8.79%) Unix
4 11 (2.30%) Kali Linux
4 11 (2.30%) Mac OS X
5 3 (0.63%) Solaris
6 1 (0.21%) IRIX
6 1 (0.21%) Mac OS
6 1 (0.21%) SUSE
6 1 (0.21%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 478 (100.00%) Security Operations
2 344 (71.97%) SIEM
3 302 (63.18%) Cybersecurity
4 204 (42.68%) Information Security
5 140 (29.29%) Vulnerability Management
6 139 (29.08%) Data Loss Prevention
7 116 (24.27%) Threat Management
8 89 (18.62%) Risk Management
9 83 (17.36%) Identity Access Management
10 82 (17.15%) Incident Management
11 68 (14.23%) Security Architecture
12 66 (13.81%) Vulnerability Scanning
13 61 (12.76%) Penetration Testing
14 60 (12.55%) Application Performance Monitoring
14 60 (12.55%) Continuous Improvement
14 60 (12.55%) Performance Monitoring
15 57 (11.92%) Security Management
15 57 (11.92%) Use Case
16 48 (10.04%) Event Correlation
16 48 (10.04%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 39 (8.16%) Python
2 14 (2.93%) Ruby
3 12 (2.51%) Java
3 12 (2.51%) SQL
4 10 (2.09%) PHP
5 9 (1.88%) Bash Shell
5 9 (1.88%) PowerShell
6 8 (1.67%) Go
6 8 (1.67%) Perl
7 6 (1.26%) C
7 6 (1.26%) C#
7 6 (1.26%) JavaScript
7 6 (1.26%) JCL
7 6 (1.26%) REXX
7 6 (1.26%) VBA
8 4 (0.84%) Shell Script
9 3 (0.63%) Assembly Language
10 2 (0.42%) R
11 1 (0.21%) VB
Qualifications
1 139 (29.08%) CISSP
2 94 (19.67%) SANS
3 80 (16.74%) Degree
4 68 (14.23%) CISM
5 66 (13.81%) SSCP
6 63 (13.18%) GIAC
7 58 (12.13%) CEH
8 55 (11.51%) CISA
9 52 (10.88%) CompTIA Security+
10 50 (10.46%) Cisco Certification
11 49 (10.25%) GCIH
12 47 (9.83%) CSSLP
13 37 (7.74%) GCIA
14 30 (6.28%) CCNA
15 28 (5.86%) Computer Science Degree
16 26 (5.44%) CCNP
17 25 (5.23%) GREM
17 25 (5.23%) GSEC
18 24 (5.02%) GCFA
18 24 (5.02%) GCFE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 103 (21.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 49 (10.25%) GDPR
3 32 (6.69%) PCI DSS
4 22 (4.60%) GPG13
5 9 (1.88%) Cyber Essentials
6 8 (1.67%) COBIT
7 4 (0.84%) Government Security Classifications
7 4 (0.84%) SLA
8 3 (0.63%) QA
9 2 (0.42%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 2 (0.42%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 19 (3.97%) Active Directory
2 18 (3.77%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (3.14%) Snort
4 11 (2.30%) HDFS
5 6 (1.26%) RACF
5 6 (1.26%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.21%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 128 (26.78%) QRadar
2 13 (2.72%) Nessus
3 12 (2.51%) Nmap
4 11 (2.30%) RSA Security Analytics
4 11 (2.30%) Stealthwatch
4 11 (2.30%) Suricata
5 10 (2.09%) EnCase
6 9 (1.88%) CSIRT
7 6 (1.26%) Host Intrusion Detection System
7 6 (1.26%) Kibana
7 6 (1.26%) zSecure
8 3 (0.63%) Nexpose
9 2 (0.42%) logstash
9 2 (0.42%) McAfee ePO
9 2 (0.42%) Trend Micro Deep Security
10 1 (0.21%) CASB
10 1 (0.21%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
10 1 (0.21%) Computer Incident Response Team
Vendors
1 149 (31.17%) Splunk
2 122 (25.52%) Qualys
3 57 (11.92%) Microsoft
4 32 (6.69%) LogRhythm
5 27 (5.65%) ArcSight
5 27 (5.65%) Symantec
6 26 (5.44%) Sophos
7 24 (5.02%) Cisco
8 18 (3.77%) VMware
9 17 (3.56%) CheckPoint
9 17 (3.56%) Red Hat
10 16 (3.35%) AlienVault
10 16 (3.35%) Palo Alto
11 12 (2.51%) Fortinet
12 11 (2.30%) FireEye
12 11 (2.30%) TippingPoint
13 9 (1.88%) Citrix
13 9 (1.88%) Forcepoint
14 8 (1.67%) McAfee
14 8 (1.67%) Netsparker