Period
to 18 February 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 18 February 2018 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

Security Operations Centre
UK
6 months to
18 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 840 745 848
Rank change year-on-year -95 +103 +216
Permanent jobs citing Security Operations Centre 362 465 482
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.21% 0.27% 0.23%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.50% 0.66% 0.54%
Number of salaries quoted 238 370 409
UK median annual salary £55,000 £60,000 £55,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -8.33% +9.09% +10.00%
10th Percentile £31,250 £33,750 £38,750
90th Percentile £87,500 £85,000 £73,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £54,000 £52,500
% change year-on-year -2.78% +2.86% +5.00%

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 72,656 70,988 89,197
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 41.70% 40.65% 42.33%
Number of salaries quoted 57,054 58,029 71,630
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £48,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +4.17% +6.67%
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,500 £27,500
90th Percentile £82,500 £81,250 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £43,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +1.18% - +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 18 February 2018.

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 18 February 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 -94 332 £57,500 -4.17% 34
UK excluding London -91 190 £52,500 -2.78% 26
London 0 153 £57,500 -11.54% 9
South East -18 92 £53,750 -15.35% 5
East of England +4 34 £55,000 - 4
Scotland -30 23 £50,000 -
South West -19 16 £25,000 -50.00% 3
Midlands -29 14 £60,000 +60.00% 5
North of England -20 11 £48,500 -3.00% 8
West Midlands -25 9 £50,000 +29.03% 2
East Midlands +26 5 £80,000 +247.83% 3
North West -41 5 £62,500 +25.00% 1
North East - 4 £48,500 -
Yorkshire +13 2 £44,471 +23.53% 7

For the 6 months to 18 February 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.

1 359 (99.17%) Security Operations
2 226 (62.43%) SIEM
3 206 (56.91%) Cybersecurity
4 154 (42.54%) Information Security
5 138 (38.12%) Firewall
6 135 (37.29%) Linux
7 112 (30.94%) CISSP
8 97 (26.80%) Degree
9 89 (24.59%) TCP/IP
10 83 (22.93%) Windows
11 73 (20.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
12 71 (19.61%) Splunk
13 66 (18.23%) Network Security
13 66 (18.23%) Management Information System
14 59 (16.30%) Security Monitoring
15 58 (16.02%) CISM
16 57 (15.75%) Security Architecture
17 54 (14.92%) Analytical Skills
18 52 (14.36%) Analytics
19 51 (14.09%) Vulnerability Management
20 50 (13.81%) CEH
21 45 (12.43%) Open Source
22 44 (12.15%) SANS
23 42 (11.60%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
23 42 (11.60%) Threat Intelligence
24 41 (11.33%) Mentoring
24 41 (11.33%) Security Cleared
24 41 (11.33%) Unix
25 40 (11.05%) Incident Management
26 37 (10.22%) Cisco

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 12 (3.31%) Apache
2 6 (1.66%) IIS
3 2 (0.55%) Apache Spark
3 2 (0.55%) Elasticsearch
3 2 (0.55%) MS Exchange
4 1 (0.28%) Tomcat
4 1 (0.28%) WebLogic
Applications
1 3 (0.83%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.28%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.28%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (0.55%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 10 (2.76%) Amazon AWS
2 6 (1.66%) GitHub
2 6 (1.66%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (1.66%) SaaS
3 2 (0.55%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 138 (38.12%) Firewall
2 89 (24.59%) TCP/IP
3 66 (18.23%) Network Security
4 23 (6.35%) Intrusion Detection
5 16 (4.42%) DNS
6 12 (3.31%) Internet
7 11 (3.04%) SNMP
7 11 (3.04%) SSL
8 10 (2.76%) SMTP
9 9 (2.49%) HTTP
9 9 (2.49%) SMS
10 8 (2.21%) DHCP
10 8 (2.21%) VPN
11 6 (1.66%) ICMP
12 5 (1.38%) SAN
13 4 (1.10%) Cisco Nexus
13 4 (1.10%) NetScaler
14 3 (0.83%) IPsec
14 3 (0.83%) OSPF
15 2 (0.55%) NetScreen
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (5.52%) Big Data
2 10 (2.76%) MySQL
2 10 (2.76%) SQL Server
3 2 (0.55%) Apache Hive
3 2 (0.55%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 6 (1.66%) Jenkins
1 6 (1.66%) JIRA
2 5 (1.38%) Metasploit
General
1 27 (7.46%) Finance
2 10 (2.76%) Military
3 6 (1.66%) Law
4 5 (1.38%) Retail
5 4 (1.10%) Banking
5 4 (1.10%) Legal
6 3 (0.83%) Publishing
7 2 (0.55%) Digital Economy
7 2 (0.55%) Financial Institution
7 2 (0.55%) French Language
7 2 (0.55%) Marketing
8 1 (0.28%) Billing
8 1 (0.28%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 139 (38.40%) Analyst
2 95 (26.24%) Security Analyst
3 57 (15.75%) Security Engineer
4 54 (14.92%) Consultant
4 54 (14.92%) Security Consultant
5 51 (14.09%) SOC Analyst
6 35 (9.67%) Security Manager
7 24 (6.63%) IT Consultant
7 24 (6.63%) IT Security Consultant
7 24 (6.63%) SIEM Consultant
8 23 (6.35%) Senior Consultant
8 23 (6.35%) Senior Security Consultant
9 22 (6.08%) Architect
10 20 (5.52%) Cybersecurity Engineer
10 20 (5.52%) Security Architect
11 19 (5.25%) Operations Analyst
11 19 (5.25%) Security Operations Analyst
12 18 (4.97%) Operational Security Manager
12 18 (4.97%) Operations Manager
12 18 (4.97%) Security Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (2.76%) .NET
2 8 (2.21%) HTML
3 5 (1.38%) CSS
3 5 (1.38%) XML
4 2 (0.55%) Elastic Stack
4 2 (0.55%) Regular Expression
5 1 (0.28%) Middleware
5 1 (0.28%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 66 (18.23%) Management Information System
2 54 (14.92%) Analytical Skills
3 30 (8.29%) Computer Science
4 28 (7.73%) Cyberthreat
5 27 (7.46%) Cyberattack
6 26 (7.18%) Data Centre
7 14 (3.87%) Cyber Defence
8 12 (3.31%) PKI
9 10 (2.76%) Cyber Kill Chain
10 7 (1.93%) Enterprise Software
10 7 (1.93%) Greenfield Project
11 6 (1.66%) NHS
12 5 (1.38%) Blog
12 5 (1.38%) CESG
12 5 (1.38%) Public Cloud
13 4 (1.10%) Clustering
13 4 (1.10%) Replication
13 4 (1.10%) SCADA
14 3 (0.83%) CCTV
14 3 (0.83%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 135 (37.29%) Linux
2 83 (22.93%) Windows
3 41 (11.33%) Unix
4 10 (2.76%) FreeBSD
5 8 (2.21%) VMS
6 6 (1.66%) Mac OS X
7 5 (1.38%) Kali Linux
7 5 (1.38%) Windows Server 2012
8 4 (1.10%) Windows Server
9 3 (0.83%) Solaris
10 1 (0.28%) Windows 2000
10 1 (0.28%) Windows Server 2003
10 1 (0.28%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 359 (99.17%) Security Operations
2 226 (62.43%) SIEM
3 206 (56.91%) Cybersecurity
4 154 (42.54%) Information Security
5 59 (16.30%) Security Monitoring
6 57 (15.75%) Security Architecture
7 52 (14.36%) Analytics
8 51 (14.09%) Vulnerability Management
9 45 (12.43%) Open Source
10 42 (11.60%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
10 42 (11.60%) Threat Intelligence
11 41 (11.33%) Mentoring
12 40 (11.05%) Incident Management
13 36 (9.94%) ITIL
14 33 (9.12%) Identity Access Management
14 33 (9.12%) Penetration Testing
14 33 (9.12%) Threat Management
15 32 (8.84%) Malware Analysis
16 31 (8.56%) Continuous Improvement
17 30 (8.29%) Data Analytics
Programming Languages
1 29 (8.01%) Python
2 18 (4.97%) PowerShell
3 17 (4.70%) Java
4 16 (4.42%) Bash Shell
5 8 (2.21%) Shell Script
6 6 (1.66%) C
6 6 (1.66%) PHP
7 5 (1.38%) JavaScript
8 4 (1.10%) SQL
9 1 (0.28%) C#
9 1 (0.28%) C++
9 1 (0.28%) Perl
Qualifications
1 112 (30.94%) CISSP
2 97 (26.80%) Degree
3 58 (16.02%) CISM
4 50 (13.81%) CEH
5 44 (12.15%) SANS
6 41 (11.33%) Security Cleared
7 36 (9.94%) CISA
8 31 (8.56%) SC Cleared
9 28 (7.73%) Cisco Certification
10 26 (7.18%) CompTIA Security+
11 25 (6.91%) Computer Science Degree
12 23 (6.35%) GCIH
12 23 (6.35%) GIAC
13 22 (6.08%) GCIA
14 20 (5.52%) CCNA
15 17 (4.70%) CREST Certified
15 17 (4.70%) CRISC
15 17 (4.70%) SSCP
16 15 (4.14%) CCNP
17 13 (3.59%) CISMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 73 (20.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 20 (5.52%) PCI DSS
3 12 (3.31%) GDPR
4 11 (3.04%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 10 (2.76%) COBIT
5 10 (2.76%) SSAE 16
6 8 (2.21%) PMO
7 7 (1.93%) Government Security Classifications
8 6 (1.66%) FISMA
8 6 (1.66%) QA
9 5 (1.38%) GPG13
10 4 (1.10%) Cyber Essentials
10 4 (1.10%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 4 (1.10%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 4 (1.10%) SLA
11 2 (0.55%) ISO 9001
12 1 (0.28%) ISO 14001
12 1 (0.28%) ISO 22301
System Software
1 11 (3.04%) Active Directory
2 10 (2.76%) Snort
3 8 (2.21%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (1.10%) XenDesktop
5 3 (0.83%) Firmware
6 2 (0.55%) BitLocker
6 2 (0.55%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.28%) ProxySG
7 1 (0.28%) Xen
Systems Management
1 19 (5.25%) QRadar
2 15 (4.14%) Single Sign-On
3 13 (3.59%) RSA enVision
4 12 (3.31%) CSIRT
4 12 (3.31%) RSA Security Analytics
5 9 (2.49%) Juniper STRM
6 8 (2.21%) Nessus
7 4 (1.10%) Computer Incident Response Team
7 4 (1.10%) FortiGate
7 4 (1.10%) Host Intrusion Detection System
7 4 (1.10%) Kibana
7 4 (1.10%) logstash
7 4 (1.10%) McAfee ePO
7 4 (1.10%) NetBackup
7 4 (1.10%) Network Intrusion Detection System
7 4 (1.10%) Norton AntiVirus
8 2 (0.55%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
8 2 (0.55%) WSUS
Vendors
1 71 (19.61%) Splunk
2 37 (10.22%) Cisco
3 36 (9.94%) ArcSight
4 24 (6.63%) Microsoft
5 22 (6.08%) Juniper
6 21 (5.80%) CheckPoint
7 16 (4.42%) VMware
8 15 (4.14%) LogRhythm
9 14 (3.87%) AlienVault
9 14 (3.87%) F5
9 14 (3.87%) Sophos
10 13 (3.59%) Red Hat
11 11 (3.04%) McAfee
11 11 (3.04%) Palo Alto
12 10 (2.76%) Sun
13 9 (2.49%) IBM
14 8 (2.21%) Blue Coat
15 7 (1.93%) AVG
15 7 (1.93%) Kaspersky
16 5 (1.38%) Crossbeam