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The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for Security Operations skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Security Operations over the 6 months to 17 August 2022 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Security Operations (SecOps)
UK
6 months to
17 Aug 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 329 383 287
Rank change year-on-year +54 -96 +81
Permanent jobs citing Security Operations 1,854 946 691
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.11% 0.82% 1.12%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.16% 0.86% 1.20%
Number of salaries quoted 1,060 686 515
10th Percentile £41,800 £37,625 £41,000
25th Percentile £52,500 £50,000 £45,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £67,500 £62,500 £55,000
Median % change year-on-year +8.00% +13.64% -8.33%
75th Percentile £85,000 £80,000 £72,500
90th Percentile £100,000 £93,125 £90,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £62,500 £55,000 £51,250
% change year-on-year +13.64% +7.32% +2.50%

Security Operations is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 160,150 109,369 57,584
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 96.19% 94.69% 93.64%
Number of salaries quoted 83,502 73,898 46,767
10th Percentile £33,750 £32,500 £32,500
25th Percentile £45,000 £42,000 £41,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £60,000 £55,000 £55,000
Median % change year-on-year +9.09% - +4.76%
75th Percentile £80,000 £75,000 £73,750
90th Percentile £97,290 £92,500 £90,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% +5.56%

Security Operations
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Security Operations as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Security Operations in the UK

Security Operations
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Security Operations.

Salary trend for Security Operations in the UK

Security Operations
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Security Operations over the 6 months to 17 August 2022.

Salary histogram for Security Operations in the UK

Security Operations
Top 17 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Security Operations within the UK over the 6 months to 17 August 2022. 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
Jobs
England +61 1,627 £67,500 +8.00% 122
UK excluding London +66 923 £62,500 +13.64% 85
London +15 759 £75,000 +7.14% 49
Work from Home -48 670 £65,000 +4.00% 32
North of England +90 271 £65,000 +13.04% 21
North West +92 199 £65,000 +4.00% 13
East of England +39 197 £62,500 -15.25% 8
South East +5 174 £53,750 -6.52% 18
Midlands -73 108 £67,500 +28.57% 16
West Midlands -14 94 £68,750 +30.95% 13
Scotland -2 91 £65,000 +52.94% 7
South West +12 74 £57,384 +31.92% 8
Yorkshire -2 70 £60,285 +33.97% 8
Wales -14 13 £48,250 +7.22% 6
East Midlands -42 11 £57,563 +35.44% 3
North East -10 6 £88,750 +47.92%
Northern Ireland -14 1 £57,500 +130.00% 1

For the 6 months to 17 August 2022, IT jobs citing Security Operations 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.

1 1,007 (54.31%) Information Security
2 998 (53.83%) Cybersecurity
3 583 (31.45%) SIEM
4 582 (31.39%) Azure
5 573 (30.91%) Social Skills
6 554 (29.88%) Finance
7 506 (27.29%) Incident Response
8 486 (26.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 442 (23.84%) AWS
10 390 (21.04%) CISSP
11 357 (19.26%) Security Operations Centre
12 347 (18.72%) Microsoft
13 335 (18.07%) DevOps
14 311 (16.77%) Agile
15 306 (16.50%) Firewall
16 302 (16.29%) Cyber Essentials
17 293 (15.80%) Vulnerability Management
18 271 (14.62%) Management Information System
19 258 (13.92%) NIST
20 255 (13.75%) Threat Intelligence
21 254 (13.70%) Python
22 250 (13.48%) CISM
23 247 (13.32%) Incident Management
23 247 (13.32%) Inclusion and Diversity
24 229 (12.35%) Public Sector
24 229 (12.35%) Problem-Solving
25 228 (12.30%) Risk Management
26 227 (12.24%) Manufacturing
27 222 (11.97%) Degree
28 216 (11.65%) Windows

Security Operations
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 25 (1.35%) SharePoint
2 19 (1.02%) IIS
2 19 (1.02%) MS Exchange
3 14 (0.76%) CMS
4 9 (0.49%) Sitecore CMS
5 4 (0.22%) Apache Spark
5 4 (0.22%) Cloud Foundry
5 4 (0.22%) Ethereum
6 2 (0.11%) Confluence
7 1 (0.054%) Apache
7 1 (0.054%) nginx
7 1 (0.054%) Tomcat
Applications
1 25 (1.35%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (0.54%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (0.32%) MS Visio
4 4 (0.22%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (0.22%) SAP S/4HANA
2 3 (0.16%) Distributed Ledger
3 1 (0.054%) R3 Corda
3 1 (0.054%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.054%) Veritas eDiscovery
Cloud Services
1 582 (31.39%) Azure
2 442 (23.84%) AWS
3 196 (10.57%) GCP
4 165 (8.90%) Microsoft 365
5 135 (7.28%) SaaS
6 106 (5.72%) Serverless
7 100 (5.39%) Azure Sentinel
8 83 (4.48%) IaaS
9 73 (3.94%) PaaS
10 60 (3.24%) AWS Lambda
11 58 (3.13%) Azure DevOps
12 52 (2.80%) AWS CloudFormation
13 46 (2.48%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 45 (2.43%) Cloud Computing
15 44 (2.37%) AWS CodePipeline
15 44 (2.37%) AWS KMS
15 44 (2.37%) AWS Step Functions
16 40 (2.16%) Cloud Composer
16 40 (2.16%) Google Kubernetes Engine
16 40 (2.16%) Vertex AI
Communications & Networking
1 306 (16.50%) Firewall
2 212 (11.43%) Network Security
3 181 (9.76%) Intrusion Detection
4 61 (3.29%) DNS
4 61 (3.29%) Internet
5 59 (3.18%) TCP/IP
6 49 (2.64%) Wireshark
7 48 (2.59%) WAN
8 47 (2.54%) DHCP
9 40 (2.16%) HTTP
9 40 (2.16%) SSL
10 38 (2.05%) VPN
11 20 (1.08%) SAN
11 20 (1.08%) SNMP
12 18 (0.97%) LAN
13 14 (0.76%) Broadband
13 14 (0.76%) Ethernet
14 13 (0.70%) MPLS
14 13 (0.70%) SSH
15 10 (0.54%) Cisco IPT
Database & Business Intelligence
1 44 (2.37%) Amazon Athena
2 38 (2.05%) NoSQL
3 31 (1.67%) Apache Cassandra
4 29 (1.56%) Big Data
5 28 (1.51%) CouchDB
6 24 (1.29%) Power BI
7 14 (0.76%) PostgreSQL
7 14 (0.76%) SQL Server
7 14 (0.76%) Tableau
8 13 (0.70%) Data Lake
9 11 (0.59%) Elasticsearch
9 11 (0.59%) MySQL
10 7 (0.38%) Data Warehouse
11 6 (0.32%) Amazon RDS
11 6 (0.32%) MongoDB
12 5 (0.27%) Amazon Aurora
13 4 (0.22%) SAP HANA
14 2 (0.11%) Azure SQL Database
14 2 (0.11%) Microsoft Analysis Services
15 1 (0.054%) DTS
Development Applications
1 69 (3.72%) Git (software)
2 40 (2.16%) JIRA
3 20 (1.08%) Jenkins
4 12 (0.65%) Bower
5 10 (0.54%) Bitbucket
5 10 (0.54%) Octopus Deploy
5 10 (0.54%) TeamCity
6 9 (0.49%) Eclipse
6 9 (0.49%) Visual Studio
7 8 (0.43%) GitLab
8 5 (0.27%) Metasploit
9 4 (0.22%) webpack
10 3 (0.16%) MSBuild
11 1 (0.054%) Cucumber
11 1 (0.054%) Cypress.io
11 1 (0.054%) Gatling
11 1 (0.054%) Maven
11 1 (0.054%) Mockito
11 1 (0.054%) Team Foundation Server
11 1 (0.054%) Travis CI
General
1 573 (30.91%) Social Skills
2 554 (29.88%) Finance
3 247 (13.32%) Inclusion and Diversity
4 229 (12.35%) Public Sector
5 227 (12.24%) Manufacturing
6 163 (8.79%) Analytical Skills
7 125 (6.74%) Legal
8 96 (5.18%) Banking
9 75 (4.05%) Law
10 70 (3.78%) Retail
11 56 (3.02%) Presentation Skills
12 49 (2.64%) Telecoms
13 34 (1.83%) Games
14 33 (1.78%) Marketing
15 26 (1.40%) Automotive
16 25 (1.35%) Organisational Skills
17 23 (1.24%) Financial Institution
17 23 (1.24%) Investment Banking
18 18 (0.97%) Aviation
19 15 (0.81%) Documentation Skills
Job Titles
1 490 (26.43%) Analyst
2 413 (22.28%) Security Analyst
3 237 (12.78%) Security Engineer
4 231 (12.46%) Security Manager
5 184 (9.92%) Information Analyst
5 184 (9.92%) Information Security Analyst
6 146 (7.87%) Architect
7 122 (6.58%) Consultant
8 118 (6.36%) Security Architect
9 116 (6.26%) Cloud Engineer
10 99 (5.34%) Information Manager
10 99 (5.34%) Information Security Manager
11 96 (5.18%) Operations Analyst
11 96 (5.18%) Security Operations Analyst
12 95 (5.12%) Security Consultant
13 76 (4.10%) Developer
14 75 (4.05%) Operational Security Manager
14 75 (4.05%) Security Operations Manager
15 72 (3.88%) Operations Manager
16 71 (3.83%) Cybersecurity Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 63 (3.40%) Node.js
2 62 (3.34%) REST
3 35 (1.89%) .NET
4 30 (1.62%) AngularJS
4 30 (1.62%) React
5 29 (1.56%) RabbitMQ
6 27 (1.46%) JSON
7 22 (1.19%) Web Services
8 21 (1.13%) HTML
9 19 (1.02%) CSS
10 17 (0.92%) Jest
11 16 (0.86%) ASP.NET
11 16 (0.86%) Enzyme
11 16 (0.86%) Redux
11 16 (0.86%) XML
12 15 (0.81%) OAuth
13 14 (0.76%) Elastic Stack
13 14 (0.76%) gRPC
13 14 (0.76%) SOAP
14 13 (0.70%) OpenID
Miscellaneous
1 357 (19.26%) Security Operations Centre
2 271 (14.62%) Management Information System
3 165 (8.90%) Life Science
4 135 (7.28%) Cyberthreat
5 95 (5.12%) Data Centre
6 76 (4.10%) Cyberattack
7 66 (3.56%) CSOC
8 64 (3.45%) Algorithms
9 55 (2.97%) Cyber Defence
10 54 (2.91%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 46 (2.48%) Cyber Kill Chain
12 45 (2.43%) Linux Command Line
13 43 (2.32%) User Experience
14 40 (2.16%) IoT
15 38 (2.05%) Public Cloud
16 32 (1.73%) Insider Threat
16 32 (1.73%) Self-Motivation
16 32 (1.73%) Social Media
17 30 (1.62%) Enterprise Cloud
18 28 (1.51%) Legacy Systems
Operating Systems
1 216 (11.65%) Windows
2 163 (8.79%) Linux
3 54 (2.91%) Unix
4 46 (2.48%) Windows Server
5 17 (0.92%) Windows Server 2019
6 14 (0.76%) Windows Server 2012
7 9 (0.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 8 (0.43%) CentOS
9 5 (0.27%) Android
10 4 (0.22%) Kali Linux
10 4 (0.22%) Mac OS
10 4 (0.22%) Mac OS X
10 4 (0.22%) Ubuntu
11 3 (0.16%) VMS
11 3 (0.16%) Windows 10
12 2 (0.11%) Apple iOS
13 1 (0.054%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,007 (54.31%) Information Security
2 998 (53.83%) Cybersecurity
3 583 (31.45%) SIEM
4 506 (27.29%) Incident Response
5 335 (18.07%) DevOps
6 311 (16.77%) Agile
7 293 (15.80%) Vulnerability Management
8 255 (13.75%) Threat Intelligence
9 247 (13.32%) Incident Management
10 229 (12.35%) Problem-Solving
11 228 (12.30%) Risk Management
12 206 (11.11%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
13 192 (10.36%) Security Architecture
14 178 (9.60%) Innovative Thinking
15 177 (9.55%) Analytics
16 168 (9.06%) CI/CD
17 163 (8.79%) Penetration Testing
18 154 (8.31%) Project Management
18 154 (8.31%) Threat Modelling
19 150 (8.09%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 254 (13.70%) Python
2 150 (8.09%) PowerShell
3 104 (5.61%) Bash
4 79 (4.26%) Go
5 64 (3.45%) SQL
6 54 (2.91%) Ruby
7 49 (2.64%) Java
8 44 (2.37%) JavaScript
9 25 (1.35%) C#
10 19 (1.02%) PHP
11 17 (0.92%) TypeScript
12 16 (0.86%) C
13 15 (0.81%) Perl
13 15 (0.81%) Scala
14 5 (0.27%) C++
15 4 (0.22%) ES6
15 4 (0.22%) Groovy
16 3 (0.16%) Kotlin
17 1 (0.054%) Korn
17 1 (0.054%) Rust
Qualifications
1 390 (21.04%) CISSP
2 250 (13.48%) CISM
3 222 (11.97%) Degree
4 117 (6.31%) Security Cleared
5 97 (5.23%) CompTIA Security+
6 92 (4.96%) AWS Certification
7 82 (4.42%) CISA
8 77 (4.15%) Cisco Certification
9 64 (3.45%) SC Cleared
10 59 (3.18%) CEH
11 57 (3.07%) (ISC)2 CCSP
12 55 (2.97%) SANS
13 39 (2.10%) OSCP
14 38 (2.05%) GIAC
15 37 (2.00%) GCIH
16 29 (1.56%) ISACA
17 25 (1.35%) CRISC
18 24 (1.29%) GCIA
19 22 (1.19%) CCSP
20 19 (1.02%) CISMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 486 (26.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 302 (16.29%) Cyber Essentials
3 258 (13.92%) NIST
4 215 (11.60%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
5 200 (10.79%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 173 (9.33%) PCI DSS
7 169 (9.12%) GDPR
8 117 (6.31%) GRC
9 38 (2.05%) COBIT
10 36 (1.94%) NCSC
11 31 (1.67%) QA
12 19 (1.02%) SOC 2
13 18 (0.97%) ISO/IEC 27005
14 17 (0.92%) SLA
15 14 (0.76%) AUTOSAR
16 10 (0.54%) NIST 800
17 7 (0.38%) Sarbanes-Oxley
18 6 (0.32%) ITGC
19 5 (0.27%) GxP
19 5 (0.27%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 64 (3.45%) Active Directory
2 40 (2.16%) Docker
3 23 (1.24%) VMware Infrastructure
4 17 (0.92%) VMware ESXi
5 8 (0.43%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 8 (0.43%) Virtual Machines
5 8 (0.43%) Virtual Servers
6 5 (0.27%) BitLocker
7 4 (0.22%) OpenSSH
8 1 (0.054%) Firmware
8 1 (0.054%) Hyper-V
8 1 (0.054%) Snort
8 1 (0.054%) Virtual Desktop
8 1 (0.054%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 123 (6.63%) Terraform
2 63 (3.40%) Kubernetes
3 50 (2.70%) QRadar
4 45 (2.43%) CASB
5 40 (2.16%) Ansible
6 36 (1.94%) Single Sign-On
7 27 (1.46%) CSIRT
7 27 (1.46%) Microsoft Intune
8 21 (1.13%) Nessus
8 21 (1.13%) vCenter Server
9 18 (0.97%) SCCM
10 16 (0.86%) Opscode Chef
10 16 (0.86%) SolarWinds Orion
11 14 (0.76%) Kibana
11 14 (0.76%) Puppet
12 10 (0.54%) RSA Archer
13 9 (0.49%) Trend Micro Deep Security
14 8 (0.43%) Nagios
15 6 (0.32%) Graphite
15 6 (0.32%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 347 (18.72%) Microsoft
2 181 (9.76%) Splunk
3 126 (6.80%) Google
4 83 (4.48%) ServiceNow
5 79 (4.26%) Cisco
6 43 (2.32%) VMware
7 41 (2.21%) Qualys
8 37 (2.00%) LogRhythm
9 32 (1.73%) CrowdStrike
10 31 (1.67%) Darktrace
11 30 (1.62%) SolarWinds
11 30 (1.62%) Zscaler
12 28 (1.51%) Intel
13 27 (1.46%) Palo Alto
13 27 (1.46%) Rapid7
14 24 (1.29%) Hitachi
15 23 (1.24%) CyberArk
15 23 (1.24%) FIS
15 23 (1.24%) IBM
16 19 (1.02%) CheckPoint