Period
to 29 October 2020

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 29 October 2020 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

Security Operations Centre
UK
6 months to
29 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 527 710 728
Rank change year-on-year +183 +18 +185
Permanent jobs citing Security Operations Centre 161 374 468
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.32% 0.27% 0.28%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.85% 0.70% 0.72%
Number of salaries quoted 119 225 342
Median annual salary £60,000 £52,500 £55,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +14.29% -4.55% -8.33%
10th Percentile £43,300 £26,250 £38,819
90th Percentile £81,250 £80,000 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £56,500 £46,000 £55,000
% change year-on-year +22.83% -16.36% -8.33%

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 18,957 53,596 65,149
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 38.11% 38.91% 39.54%
Number of salaries quoted 15,268 40,581 49,852
Median annual salary £57,500 £52,500 £52,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +9.52% - +5.00%
10th Percentile £32,500 £29,750 £28,750
90th Percentile £97,500 £90,000 £85,225
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +5.88%

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 29 October 2020.

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 29 October 2020. 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 +162 131 £61,500 +13.89% 16
UK excluding London +150 96 £56,500 +22.83% 16
London +228 54 £70,000 +16.67% 2
South East +168 24 £47,500 - 6
North of England +176 23 £63,500 -9.29% 6
North West +153 22 £63,500 -9.29% 3
East of England +103 14 £65,000 +30.00% 2
Scotland +94 14 £45,000 +60.71% 2
Work from Home +37 11 £57,500 +53.33%
Midlands +54 9 £60,000 +14.29%
West Midlands +51 9 £60,000 +14.29%
Wales +58 8 - -
South West +103 4 - -
Yorkshire +118 1 - - 3

For the 6 months to 29 October 2020, 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.

1 161 (100.00%) Security Operations
2 111 (68.94%) Cybersecurity
3 87 (54.04%) SIEM
4 68 (42.24%) Information Security
5 62 (38.51%) Threat Intelligence
6 60 (37.27%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
7 48 (29.81%) Firewall
8 47 (29.19%) Vulnerability Management
9 42 (26.09%) AWS
10 37 (22.98%) Cyberthreat
11 35 (21.74%) Python
12 34 (21.12%) Microsoft
12 34 (21.12%) Security Management
13 29 (18.01%) Azure
14 28 (17.39%) Management Information System
14 28 (17.39%) CISSP
15 27 (16.77%) Penetration Testing
16 26 (16.15%) Intrusion Detection
16 26 (16.15%) Degree
16 26 (16.15%) Windows
16 26 (16.15%) NIST
17 25 (15.53%) GCIH
18 24 (14.91%) Active Directory
18 24 (14.91%) Bash Shell
18 24 (14.91%) Cyber Intelligence
19 23 (14.29%) SANS
19 23 (14.29%) Security Cleared
19 23 (14.29%) Linux
19 23 (14.29%) Finance
20 22 (13.66%) Risk Management

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 1 (0.62%) SharePoint
Applications
1 5 (3.11%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.62%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.62%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 13 (8.07%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 42 (26.09%) AWS
2 29 (18.01%) Azure
3 22 (13.66%) Office 365
4 8 (4.97%) GCP
4 8 (4.97%) Logic Apps
5 5 (3.11%) IaaS
6 4 (2.48%) Cloud Computing
6 4 (2.48%) PaaS
7 1 (0.62%) Amazon GuardDuty
7 1 (0.62%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.62%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 48 (29.81%) Firewall
2 26 (16.15%) Intrusion Detection
3 22 (13.66%) TCP/IP
4 18 (11.18%) Wireshark
5 16 (9.94%) DNS
6 13 (8.07%) Internet
7 12 (7.45%) VPN
8 9 (5.59%) Wireless
9 8 (4.97%) DKIM
9 8 (4.97%) DMARC
9 8 (4.97%) LAN
9 8 (4.97%) Network Security
9 8 (4.97%) SMTP
10 7 (4.35%) HTTP
11 6 (3.73%) DMZ
12 5 (3.11%) WAN
13 4 (2.48%) tcpdump
13 4 (2.48%) Wireless Security
14 2 (1.24%) HTTPS
14 2 (1.24%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.62%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 8 (4.97%) Metasploit
General
1 23 (14.29%) Finance
2 11 (6.83%) Manufacturing
3 9 (5.59%) Aerospace
4 8 (4.97%) Legal
5 6 (3.73%) Law
6 4 (2.48%) Banking
6 4 (2.48%) Public Sector
7 1 (0.62%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.62%) Retail
Job Titles
1 61 (37.89%) Analyst
2 46 (28.57%) Security Analyst
3 26 (16.15%) Security Engineer
4 21 (13.04%) SOC Analyst
5 19 (11.80%) Senior Analyst
6 12 (7.45%) Cybersecurity Analyst
7 11 (6.83%) SOC Manager
8 10 (6.21%) Senior Security Analyst
8 10 (6.21%) SIEM Engineer
8 10 (6.21%) SOC Engineer
9 9 (5.59%) Operations Engineer
9 9 (5.59%) Security Manager
9 9 (5.59%) Senior Security Engineer
10 7 (4.35%) Junior
11 6 (3.73%) Operational Security Manager
11 6 (3.73%) Operations Manager
11 6 (3.73%) Security Operations Manager
11 6 (3.73%) Service Analyst
11 6 (3.73%) Service Delivery Analyst
11 6 (3.73%) Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (4.97%) Web Services
2 2 (1.24%) 802.1X
3 1 (0.62%) .NET
3 1 (0.62%) Natural Language Processing
Miscellaneous
1 37 (22.98%) Cyberthreat
2 28 (17.39%) Management Information System
3 15 (9.32%) Cyber Kill Chain
4 11 (6.83%) Data Centre
5 9 (5.59%) Cyberattack
6 8 (4.97%) Analytical Skills
6 8 (4.97%) Cyber Defence
6 8 (4.97%) Cybercrime
6 8 (4.97%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 7 (4.35%) Internet of Things
8 5 (3.11%) Virtual Team
9 3 (1.86%) Private Cloud
10 2 (1.24%) Greenfield Project
10 2 (1.24%) PMI
10 2 (1.24%) Social Media
11 1 (0.62%) CCTV
11 1 (0.62%) Linux Command Line
11 1 (0.62%) PKI
11 1 (0.62%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 26 (16.15%) Windows
2 23 (14.29%) Linux
3 8 (4.97%) Kali Linux
4 4 (2.48%) VMS
4 4 (2.48%) Windows Server
5 3 (1.86%) Unix
6 1 (0.62%) Android
6 1 (0.62%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.62%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 161 (100.00%) Security Operations
2 111 (68.94%) Cybersecurity
3 87 (54.04%) SIEM
4 68 (42.24%) Information Security
5 62 (38.51%) Threat Intelligence
6 60 (37.27%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
7 47 (29.19%) Vulnerability Management
8 34 (21.12%) Security Management
9 27 (16.77%) Penetration Testing
10 24 (14.91%) Cyber Intelligence
11 22 (13.66%) Risk Management
12 21 (13.04%) Incident Management
12 21 (13.04%) Information Security Management
12 21 (13.04%) ITIL
12 21 (13.04%) Vulnerability Scanning
13 20 (12.42%) Malware Analysis
14 16 (9.94%) Project Management
14 16 (9.94%) Stakeholder Management
15 15 (9.32%) Business Continuity
15 15 (9.32%) Security Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 35 (21.74%) Python
2 24 (14.91%) Bash Shell
3 22 (13.66%) PowerShell
4 16 (9.94%) Perl
5 14 (8.70%) SQL
6 6 (3.73%) C++
7 5 (3.11%) JavaScript
8 4 (2.48%) Java
9 2 (1.24%) C
10 1 (0.62%) C#
10 1 (0.62%) PHP
10 1 (0.62%) VB.NET
10 1 (0.62%) VBA
Qualifications
1 28 (17.39%) CISSP
2 26 (16.15%) Degree
3 25 (15.53%) GCIH
4 23 (14.29%) SANS
4 23 (14.29%) Security Cleared
5 22 (13.66%) GCIA
6 19 (11.80%) CREST Certified
7 15 (9.32%) SC Cleared
8 14 (8.70%) GCFA
9 11 (6.83%) CISM
10 10 (6.21%) GIAC
10 10 (6.21%) Postgraduate
11 9 (5.59%) BPSS Clearance
11 9 (5.59%) GPEN
12 7 (4.35%) Cisco Certification
12 7 (4.35%) MCSE
12 7 (4.35%) Microsoft Certification
13 6 (3.73%) CEH
14 5 (3.11%) CCNA
14 5 (3.11%) CompTIA Security+
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (16.15%) NIST
2 17 (10.56%) COBIT
3 10 (6.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 8 (4.97%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 7 (4.35%) PCI DSS
6 6 (3.73%) Cyber Essentials
7 5 (3.11%) NIST 800
7 5 (3.11%) SLA
8 4 (2.48%) NCSC
9 2 (1.24%) JSP 440
10 1 (0.62%) ISO 31000
10 1 (0.62%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 1 (0.62%) QA
System Software
1 24 (14.91%) Active Directory
2 9 (5.59%) Snort
3 1 (0.62%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 10 (6.21%) QRadar
2 8 (4.97%) CSIRT
3 6 (3.73%) Host Intrusion Detection System
4 5 (3.11%) Computer Incident Response Team
4 5 (3.11%) Network Intrusion Detection System
5 4 (2.48%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
5 4 (2.48%) Nessus
6 1 (0.62%) McAfee ePO
6 1 (0.62%) SCCM
6 1 (0.62%) SolarWinds Orion
6 1 (0.62%) WSUS
Vendors
1 34 (21.12%) Microsoft
2 14 (8.70%) Splunk
3 13 (8.07%) LogRhythm
4 12 (7.45%) Cisco
5 10 (6.21%) Darktrace
5 10 (6.21%) IBM
6 4 (2.48%) Google
7 3 (1.86%) Symantec
8 2 (1.24%) McAfee
8 2 (1.24%) Qualys
8 2 (1.24%) SolarWinds
8 2 (1.24%) Sophos
9 1 (0.62%) AlienVault
9 1 (0.62%) ArcSight
9 1 (0.62%) Carbon Black
9 1 (0.62%) FireEye
9 1 (0.62%) Meraki
9 1 (0.62%) NetWitness
9 1 (0.62%) Palo Alto
9 1 (0.62%) Rapid7