Period
to 21 February 2018

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 21 February 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Security Operations (SecOps)
UK
6 months to
21 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 465 448 532
Rank change year-on-year -17 +84 +217
Permanent jobs citing Security Operations 1,078 1,167 1,027
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.61% 0.66% 0.49%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.68% 0.74% 0.56%
Number of salaries quoted 753 941 812
UK median annual salary £57,500 £60,000 £57,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -4.17% +4.35% +4.55%
10th Percentile £36,250 £35,000 £40,000
90th Percentile £87,500 £85,000 £76,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £52,500
% change year-on-year +5.00% -4.76% -

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 158,507 157,483 185,033
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 89.90% 89.53% 88.83%
Number of salaries quoted 128,664 129,785 153,181
UK median annual salary £50,000 £48,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.09% +2.11% +5.56%
10th Percentile £29,000 £28,250 £27,500
90th Percentile £81,250 £79,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%

Security Operations
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Security Operations in the UK

Security Operations
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Security Operations.

Salary trend for Security Operations in the UK

Security Operations
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Security Operations over the 6 months to 21 February 2018.

Salary histogram for Security Operations in the UK

Security Operations
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 within the UK over the 6 months to 21 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 -23 998 £57,500 -4.17% 120
London +42 518 £60,000 -7.69% 47
UK excluding London -75 504 £52,500 +5.00% 76
South East -39 230 £58,000 +5.45% 17
North of England -22 81 £48,500 -0.51% 17
East of England +14 77 £50,000 -6.98% 15
South West -7 48 £38,500 -30.00% 10
Yorkshire +21 37 £45,000 +9.09% 10
North West -39 37 £50,000 - 7
Scotland -49 34 £52,500 +14.13% 2
Midlands -59 33 £65,000 +73.33% 14
West Midlands -75 25 £65,000 +73.33% 7
East Midlands -4 7 £60,000 +100.00% 7
North East -25 7 £50,000 +11.11%
Wales +6 2 £72,500 +81.25% 1

For the 6 months to 21 February 2018, 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.

1 551 (51.11%) Information Security
2 533 (49.44%) SIEM
3 532 (49.35%) Cybersecurity
4 463 (42.95%) CISSP
5 418 (38.78%) Firewall
6 363 (33.67%) Security Operations Centre
7 305 (28.29%) CISM
8 284 (26.35%) Network Security
9 281 (26.07%) Linux
10 268 (24.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
11 255 (23.65%) Windows
12 248 (23.01%) Degree
13 221 (20.50%) Vulnerability Management
14 205 (19.02%) Finance
15 200 (18.55%) Management Information System
16 178 (16.51%) TCP/IP
17 176 (16.33%) Incident Management
18 174 (16.14%) Security Architecture
19 173 (16.05%) ITIL
20 167 (15.49%) GIAC
21 157 (14.56%) CISA
22 147 (13.64%) Security Monitoring
23 146 (13.54%) Threat Intelligence
24 143 (13.27%) Penetration Testing
25 135 (12.52%) Vulnerability Assessment
26 131 (12.15%) Microsoft
27 129 (11.97%) Computer Science
27 129 (11.97%) PCI DSS
28 120 (11.13%) Data Loss Prevention
29 117 (10.85%) Security Management

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 23 (2.13%) Apache
2 11 (1.02%) IIS
3 9 (0.83%) JBoss
3 9 (0.83%) Tomcat
4 7 (0.65%) Apache Spark
5 6 (0.56%) OpenStack
6 3 (0.28%) Elasticsearch
6 3 (0.28%) Oracle Workflow
7 2 (0.19%) MS Exchange
7 2 (0.19%) Skype for Business
8 1 (0.093%) Cloud Foundry
8 1 (0.093%) SharePoint
8 1 (0.093%) SharePoint 2013
8 1 (0.093%) WebLogic
Applications
1 29 (2.69%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (0.65%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.28%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.19%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (0.19%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 6 (0.56%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (0.28%) assyst
3 1 (0.093%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 67 (6.22%) Microsoft Azure
2 66 (6.12%) Amazon AWS
3 48 (4.45%) SaaS
4 47 (4.36%) Office 365
5 24 (2.23%) Cloud Computing
5 24 (2.23%) PaaS
6 19 (1.76%) IaaS
7 13 (1.21%) Mimecast
8 12 (1.11%) Google Cloud Platform
9 6 (0.56%) GitHub
10 5 (0.46%) OpenShift
11 3 (0.28%) Azure Active Directory
12 2 (0.19%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 2 (0.19%) Serverless
13 1 (0.093%) Amazon ElastiCache
13 1 (0.093%) AWS CloudTrail
13 1 (0.093%) OneDrive
13 1 (0.093%) SoftLayer
13 1 (0.093%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 1 (0.093%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 418 (38.78%) Firewall
2 284 (26.35%) Network Security
3 178 (16.51%) TCP/IP
4 90 (8.35%) Intrusion Detection
5 62 (5.75%) VPN
6 51 (4.73%) DNS
7 44 (4.08%) WAN
8 37 (3.43%) HTTP
9 35 (3.25%) Internet
10 29 (2.69%) VoIP
11 27 (2.50%) IPsec
12 25 (2.32%) VLAN
13 23 (2.13%) Wireless
14 22 (2.04%) LAN
15 20 (1.86%) SSL
16 19 (1.76%) DHCP
16 19 (1.76%) HTTPS
17 18 (1.67%) SMTP
18 16 (1.48%) DWDM
18 16 (1.48%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (2.69%) Big Data
2 23 (2.13%) MySQL
3 14 (1.30%) SQL Server
4 9 (0.83%) MongoDB
5 7 (0.65%) Hadoop
6 4 (0.37%) GIS
7 2 (0.19%) Apache Hive
8 1 (0.093%) Amazon RDS
8 1 (0.093%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 8 (0.74%) Metasploit
2 7 (0.65%) Jenkins
3 6 (0.56%) JIRA
4 1 (0.093%) Burp Suite
4 1 (0.093%) TeamCity
General
1 205 (19.02%) Finance
2 55 (5.10%) Banking
3 47 (4.36%) Law
4 33 (3.06%) Legal
5 31 (2.88%) Telecoms
6 24 (2.23%) Investment Banking
7 13 (1.21%) Retail
8 12 (1.11%) Marketing
8 12 (1.11%) Retail Banking
9 10 (0.93%) Military
10 9 (0.83%) Games
11 6 (0.56%) Digital Economy
12 5 (0.46%) Financial Institution
13 3 (0.28%) Electronics
13 3 (0.28%) French Language
13 3 (0.28%) German Language
13 3 (0.28%) Manufacturing
13 3 (0.28%) Publishing
14 2 (0.19%) Billing
15 1 (0.093%) International Banking
Job Titles
1 374 (34.69%) Analyst
2 304 (28.20%) Security Analyst
3 191 (17.72%) Security Engineer
4 108 (10.02%) Security Manager
5 106 (9.83%) Consultant
6 92 (8.53%) Security Consultant
7 82 (7.61%) SOC Analyst
8 70 (6.49%) Operations Analyst
8 70 (6.49%) Security Operations Analyst
9 59 (5.47%) Architect
9 59 (5.47%) Information Analyst
9 59 (5.47%) Security Specialist
10 58 (5.38%) Information Security Analyst
11 53 (4.92%) Security Architect
12 52 (4.82%) IT Analyst
13 46 (4.27%) IT Security Analyst
14 41 (3.80%) Senior Analyst
15 40 (3.71%) Cybersecurity Manager
16 38 (3.53%) Operational Security Manager
16 38 (3.53%) Security Operations Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (1.95%) Web Services
2 15 (1.39%) .NET
3 14 (1.30%) Middleware
4 9 (0.83%) Elastic Stack
5 8 (0.74%) HTML
5 8 (0.74%) OAuth
5 8 (0.74%) SAML
6 7 (0.65%) LDAP
7 5 (0.46%) CSS
7 5 (0.46%) XML
8 4 (0.37%) Regular Expression
8 4 (0.37%) SailPoint
9 3 (0.28%) J2EE
9 3 (0.28%) JNI
9 3 (0.28%) RESTful
10 2 (0.19%) PCRE
11 1 (0.093%) COM
11 1 (0.093%) Node.js
11 1 (0.093%) SOAP
11 1 (0.093%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 363 (33.67%) Security Operations Centre
2 200 (18.55%) Management Information System
3 129 (11.97%) Computer Science
4 116 (10.76%) Analytical Skills
5 86 (7.98%) Cyberthreat
6 66 (6.12%) Data Centre
7 40 (3.71%) PKI
8 37 (3.43%) Data Protection Act
9 36 (3.34%) Cyberattack
10 25 (2.32%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 25 (2.32%) Greenfield Project
11 20 (1.86%) Cyber Defence
12 17 (1.58%) CESG
13 16 (1.48%) Cyber Kill Chain
14 15 (1.39%) Smart Meter
15 13 (1.21%) Enterprise Software
16 11 (1.02%) Fintech
17 10 (0.93%) Algorithms
18 9 (0.83%) Data Structures
18 9 (0.83%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 281 (26.07%) Linux
2 255 (23.65%) Windows
3 85 (7.88%) Unix
4 48 (4.45%) Windows Server
5 13 (1.21%) VMS
6 10 (0.93%) FreeBSD
6 10 (0.93%) Mac OS X
7 8 (0.74%) Kali Linux
8 7 (0.65%) Apple iOS
8 7 (0.65%) Windows Server 2012
9 6 (0.56%) Android
9 6 (0.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 3 (0.28%) Solaris
11 2 (0.19%) Windows Server 2003
11 2 (0.19%) Windows Server 2008
12 1 (0.093%) CentOS
12 1 (0.093%) Ubuntu
12 1 (0.093%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 551 (51.11%) Information Security
2 533 (49.44%) SIEM
3 532 (49.35%) Cybersecurity
4 221 (20.50%) Vulnerability Management
5 176 (16.33%) Incident Management
6 174 (16.14%) Security Architecture
7 173 (16.05%) ITIL
8 147 (13.64%) Security Monitoring
9 146 (13.54%) Threat Intelligence
10 143 (13.27%) Penetration Testing
11 135 (12.52%) Vulnerability Assessment
12 120 (11.13%) Data Loss Prevention
13 117 (10.85%) Security Management
14 109 (10.11%) Risk Management
15 107 (9.93%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
15 107 (9.93%) Identity Access Management
16 106 (9.83%) Vulnerability Scanning
17 92 (8.53%) Analytics
18 85 (7.88%) Data Protection
19 75 (6.96%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 57 (5.29%) Python
2 56 (5.19%) C
3 35 (3.25%) Java
4 34 (3.15%) Bash Shell
5 27 (2.50%) PowerShell
6 20 (1.86%) Ruby
7 18 (1.67%) Perl
8 17 (1.58%) SQL
9 13 (1.21%) C++
10 10 (0.93%) PHP
10 10 (0.93%) Shell Script
11 7 (0.65%) C#
12 6 (0.56%) JavaScript
13 3 (0.28%) Objective-C
14 1 (0.093%) AWK
14 1 (0.093%) Go
Qualifications
1 463 (42.95%) CISSP
2 305 (28.29%) CISM
3 248 (23.01%) Degree
4 167 (15.49%) GIAC
5 157 (14.56%) CISA
6 110 (10.20%) GCIH
7 109 (10.11%) SANS
8 101 (9.37%) Security Cleared
9 92 (8.53%) CEH
10 75 (6.96%) Cisco Certification
11 70 (6.49%) CompTIA Security+
12 59 (5.47%) GCIA
13 57 (5.29%) Computer Science Degree
14 54 (5.01%) SSCP
15 50 (4.64%) SC Cleared
16 49 (4.55%) CCNA
17 39 (3.62%) CRISC
18 36 (3.34%) CSSLP
19 33 (3.06%) GSEC
20 27 (2.50%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 268 (24.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 129 (11.97%) PCI DSS
3 51 (4.73%) COBIT
4 46 (4.27%) GDPR
4 46 (4.27%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 28 (2.60%) PMO
6 21 (1.95%) SLA
7 18 (1.67%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 16 (1.48%) Cyber Essentials
9 14 (1.30%) ISO 9001
10 12 (1.11%) GPG13
11 10 (0.93%) SSAE 16
12 8 (0.74%) QA
13 7 (0.65%) Government Security Classifications
13 7 (0.65%) ISO 31000
14 6 (0.56%) COSO
14 6 (0.56%) FISMA
14 6 (0.56%) PA-DSS
14 6 (0.56%) SAS 70
15 4 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 80 (7.42%) Active Directory
2 51 (4.73%) Virtual Machines
3 32 (2.97%) VMware Infrastructure
4 23 (2.13%) Snort
5 7 (0.65%) Docker
5 7 (0.65%) Hyper-V
6 5 (0.46%) Firmware
6 5 (0.46%) XenDesktop
7 4 (0.37%) vSphere
8 3 (0.28%) XenApp
9 2 (0.19%) BitLocker
9 2 (0.19%) HDFS
10 1 (0.093%) ProxySG
10 1 (0.093%) Virtual Servers
10 1 (0.093%) Xen
Systems Management
1 77 (7.14%) Nessus
2 70 (6.49%) QRadar
3 41 (3.80%) CSIRT
4 23 (2.13%) SCCM
5 19 (1.76%) McAfee ePO
6 17 (1.58%) RSA Security Analytics
7 15 (1.39%) Single Sign-On
8 14 (1.30%) RSA enVision
9 13 (1.21%) OpenVAS
10 11 (1.02%) Ansible
11 10 (0.93%) FortiGate
12 9 (0.83%) Juniper STRM
12 9 (0.83%) Network Intrusion Detection System
13 8 (0.74%) Opscode Chef
13 8 (0.74%) Puppet
14 7 (0.65%) Norton AntiVirus
15 6 (0.56%) Computer Incident Response Team
15 6 (0.56%) Host Intrusion Detection System
15 6 (0.56%) Kubernetes
15 6 (0.56%) Suricata
Vendors
1 131 (12.15%) Microsoft
2 116 (10.76%) Splunk
3 86 (7.98%) Cisco
4 61 (5.66%) CheckPoint
5 60 (5.57%) Palo Alto
6 55 (5.10%) Juniper
7 53 (4.92%) ArcSight
8 50 (4.64%) Oracle
8 50 (4.64%) VMware
9 41 (3.80%) Qualys
10 38 (3.53%) LogRhythm
11 37 (3.43%) McAfee
12 30 (2.78%) BeyondTrust
13 29 (2.69%) Sophos
14 27 (2.50%) Symantec
15 24 (2.23%) CyberArk
15 24 (2.23%) Red Hat
16 22 (2.04%) F5
17 21 (1.95%) AlienVault
18 20 (1.86%) Salesforce.com