Period
to 23 June 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 23 June 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Security Operations (SecOps)
UK
6 months to
23 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 463 480 495
Rank change year-on-year +17 +15 +149
Permanent jobs citing Security Operations 1,101 1,011 1,183
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.63% 0.58% 0.59%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.70% 0.64% 0.65%
Number of salaries quoted 819 817 931
UK median annual salary £55,000 £60,000 £60,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -8.33% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £39,950 £37,000 £37,000
90th Percentile £86,250 £87,500 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £52,500 £55,000
% change year-on-year - -4.55% +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 157,709 156,756 180,769
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 90.73% 90.60% 89.97%
Number of salaries quoted 126,494 127,661 150,345
UK median annual salary £50,000 £48,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.17% +1.05% +1.06%
10th Percentile £29,000 £28,000 £27,500
90th Percentile £82,500 £78,750 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +2.41%

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 23 June 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 23 June 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 +7 1,001 £55,000 -8.33% 103
UK excluding London +10 538 £52,500 - 75
London +27 532 £60,000 -7.69% 34
East of England +101 157 £47,500 -5.00% 25
North of England +53 118 £50,000 -9.09% 15
South East -63 115 £56,250 +2.27% 10
North West +19 63 £52,500 +23.53% 3
Scotland +1 60 £65,000 +41.30% 3
Yorkshire +49 55 £50,000 -13.04% 10
Midlands -38 39 £65,000 +52.94% 10
South West -32 38 £55,000 +10.00% 9
West Midlands -37 20 £65,000 +52.94% 7
East Midlands +17 17 £70,000 -44.00% 3
Wales +13 8 £40,210 +14.88% 2
Northern Ireland - 4 - - 1

For the 6 months to 23 June 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.

1 581 (52.77%) SIEM
2 538 (48.86%) Information Security
3 535 (48.59%) Cybersecurity
4 478 (43.42%) Firewall
5 402 (36.51%) Security Operations Centre
6 353 (32.06%) CISSP
7 289 (26.25%) Network Security
8 256 (23.25%) Vulnerability Management
9 251 (22.80%) Windows
10 250 (22.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
11 238 (21.62%) Finance
12 228 (20.71%) CISM
13 227 (20.62%) Linux
14 214 (19.44%) Data Loss Prevention
15 188 (17.08%) Splunk
16 179 (16.26%) Incident Management
17 178 (16.17%) Degree
18 157 (14.26%) Management Information System
18 157 (14.26%) ITIL
19 149 (13.53%) Security Architecture
20 148 (13.44%) Penetration Testing
21 146 (13.26%) Analytical Skills
22 145 (13.17%) PCI DSS
23 143 (12.99%) Risk Management
24 138 (12.53%) SANS
25 134 (12.17%) Microsoft
26 130 (11.81%) TCP/IP
27 127 (11.53%) Cisco Certification
28 125 (11.35%) Vulnerability Scanning
28 125 (11.35%) Threat Intelligence

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 28 (2.54%) Apache
2 13 (1.18%) Apache Spark
3 11 (1.00%) Tomcat
4 10 (0.91%) IIS
5 9 (0.82%) JBoss
6 6 (0.54%) Elasticsearch
6 6 (0.54%) OpenStack
7 5 (0.45%) Oracle Workflow
8 3 (0.27%) MS Exchange
9 2 (0.18%) CMS
9 2 (0.18%) WebLogic
10 1 (0.091%) nginx
10 1 (0.091%) SharePoint
10 1 (0.091%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 25 (2.27%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.18%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.091%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.091%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.091%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (0.27%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.091%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 79 (7.18%) Microsoft Azure
2 69 (6.27%) Amazon AWS
3 59 (5.36%) Office 365
4 53 (4.81%) SaaS
5 31 (2.82%) Cloud Computing
6 25 (2.27%) Mimecast
7 12 (1.09%) Google Cloud Platform
7 12 (1.09%) PaaS
8 11 (1.00%) GitHub
9 10 (0.91%) IaaS
10 6 (0.54%) Azure Active Directory
11 5 (0.45%) Amazon EC2
11 5 (0.45%) Amazon S3
12 4 (0.36%) Serverless
13 2 (0.18%) AWS CloudFormation
13 2 (0.18%) AWS Lambda
13 2 (0.18%) Azure Data Factory
13 2 (0.18%) OpenShift
14 1 (0.091%) Amazon ELB
14 1 (0.091%) Amazon Kinesis
Communications & Networking
1 478 (43.42%) Firewall
2 289 (26.25%) Network Security
3 130 (11.81%) TCP/IP
4 108 (9.81%) Intrusion Detection
5 68 (6.18%) DNS
6 63 (5.72%) VPN
7 49 (4.45%) HTTP
8 44 (4.00%) SSL
9 33 (3.00%) Internet
10 31 (2.82%) IPsec
11 27 (2.45%) WAN
12 26 (2.36%) DMARC
12 26 (2.36%) VoIP
13 25 (2.27%) DKIM
13 25 (2.27%) Wireless
14 21 (1.91%) VLAN
15 19 (1.73%) Wireless Security
16 18 (1.63%) SNMP
16 18 (1.63%) VPLS
16 18 (1.63%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (2.36%) Big Data
2 13 (1.18%) Hadoop
3 10 (0.91%) MySQL
4 6 (0.54%) GIS
5 5 (0.45%) MongoDB
5 5 (0.45%) SQL Server
6 4 (0.36%) Apache Hive
7 3 (0.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 2 (0.18%) Amazon RDS
8 2 (0.18%) Amazon Redshift
8 2 (0.18%) Azure SQL Database
8 2 (0.18%) PostgreSQL
8 2 (0.18%) SQL Server 2008
8 2 (0.18%) SQL Server 2014
9 1 (0.091%) QlikView
9 1 (0.091%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 14 (1.27%) Jenkins
2 10 (0.91%) JIRA
3 6 (0.54%) Metasploit
4 2 (0.18%) TeamCity
5 1 (0.091%) Maven
5 1 (0.091%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 238 (21.62%) Finance
2 40 (3.63%) Law
3 39 (3.54%) Retail
4 38 (3.45%) Banking
5 24 (2.18%) Telecoms
6 22 (2.00%) Legal
7 12 (1.09%) Investment Banking
8 10 (0.91%) Manufacturing
9 8 (0.73%) French Language
10 6 (0.54%) Games
10 6 (0.54%) Marketing
10 6 (0.54%) Military
11 4 (0.36%) Financial Institution
11 4 (0.36%) German Language
11 4 (0.36%) Italian Language
11 4 (0.36%) Local Government
12 3 (0.27%) Brand Awareness
13 2 (0.18%) Back Office
14 1 (0.091%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 327 (29.70%) Analyst
2 262 (23.80%) Security Analyst
3 190 (17.26%) Security Engineer
4 151 (13.71%) Consultant
5 140 (12.72%) Security Manager
6 125 (11.35%) Security Consultant
7 96 (8.72%) Operations Analyst
7 96 (8.72%) Security Operations Analyst
8 89 (8.08%) SOC Analyst
9 64 (5.81%) IT Consultant
9 64 (5.81%) IT Security Consultant
10 62 (5.63%) Senior Analyst
11 58 (5.27%) Operational Security Manager
11 58 (5.27%) Security Operations Manager
12 57 (5.18%) Operations Manager
12 57 (5.18%) Security Specialist
13 56 (5.09%) Senior Consultant
14 53 (4.81%) Architect
15 50 (4.54%) Security Architect
15 50 (4.54%) Senior Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (1.73%) Elastic Stack
2 17 (1.54%) Web Services
3 14 (1.27%) Middleware
4 9 (0.82%) LDAP
5 8 (0.73%) HTML
6 6 (0.54%) SAML
7 5 (0.45%) CSS
7 5 (0.45%) XML
8 3 (0.27%) OAuth
9 2 (0.18%) Regular Expression
9 2 (0.18%) REST
9 2 (0.18%) RESTful
10 1 (0.091%) .NET
10 1 (0.091%) COM
10 1 (0.091%) JDBC
10 1 (0.091%) ODBC
10 1 (0.091%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 402 (36.51%) Security Operations Centre
2 157 (14.26%) Management Information System
3 146 (13.26%) Analytical Skills
4 112 (10.17%) Computer Science
5 108 (9.81%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 104 (9.45%) PKI
7 54 (4.90%) Self-Motivation
8 51 (4.63%) Cyberattack
9 50 (4.54%) Cyberthreat
10 48 (4.36%) Data Centre
11 41 (3.72%) Cyber Kill Chain
12 24 (2.18%) Cybercrime
13 23 (2.09%) Enterprise Software
14 21 (1.91%) Data Protection Act
15 16 (1.45%) Fintech
16 13 (1.18%) CESG
17 11 (1.00%) Smart Meter
18 10 (0.91%) Algorithms
18 10 (0.91%) Data Structures
18 10 (0.91%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 251 (22.80%) Windows
2 227 (20.62%) Linux
3 100 (9.08%) Unix
4 42 (3.81%) Windows Server
5 18 (1.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 12 (1.09%) Mac OS X
7 10 (0.91%) Windows Server 2012
8 7 (0.64%) Kali Linux
9 4 (0.36%) FreeBSD
9 4 (0.36%) Solaris
10 3 (0.27%) VMS
10 3 (0.27%) Windows Server 2008
11 1 (0.091%) Android
11 1 (0.091%) Apple iOS
11 1 (0.091%) IRIX
11 1 (0.091%) Mac OS
11 1 (0.091%) SUSE
11 1 (0.091%) Windows 10
11 1 (0.091%) Windows 2000
11 1 (0.091%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 581 (52.77%) SIEM
2 538 (48.86%) Information Security
3 535 (48.59%) Cybersecurity
4 256 (23.25%) Vulnerability Management
5 214 (19.44%) Data Loss Prevention
6 179 (16.26%) Incident Management
7 157 (14.26%) ITIL
8 149 (13.53%) Security Architecture
9 148 (13.44%) Penetration Testing
10 143 (12.99%) Risk Management
11 125 (11.35%) Threat Intelligence
11 125 (11.35%) Vulnerability Scanning
12 118 (10.72%) Threat Management
13 112 (10.17%) Security Monitoring
14 94 (8.54%) Continuous Improvement
15 92 (8.36%) Identity Access Management
16 87 (7.90%) Problem-Solving
16 87 (7.90%) Security Management
17 85 (7.72%) Malware Analysis
18 83 (7.54%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 88 (7.99%) Python
2 48 (4.36%) C
3 36 (3.27%) Bash Shell
4 31 (2.82%) PowerShell
5 26 (2.36%) C#
6 25 (2.27%) VBA
7 21 (1.91%) Java
7 21 (1.91%) Perl
7 21 (1.91%) SQL
8 11 (1.00%) JavaScript
8 11 (1.00%) Ruby
9 8 (0.73%) PHP
9 8 (0.73%) Shell Script
10 3 (0.27%) Assembly Language
10 3 (0.27%) C++
10 3 (0.27%) Go
11 2 (0.18%) Groovy
11 2 (0.18%) VBScript
12 1 (0.091%) VB
Qualifications
1 353 (32.06%) CISSP
2 228 (20.71%) CISM
3 178 (16.17%) Degree
4 138 (12.53%) SANS
5 127 (11.53%) Cisco Certification
6 118 (10.72%) GIAC
7 117 (10.63%) CISA
8 94 (8.54%) CCNA
9 92 (8.36%) GCIH
10 81 (7.36%) CEH
11 66 (5.99%) SSCP
12 65 (5.90%) Computer Science Degree
13 62 (5.63%) Security Cleared
14 61 (5.54%) CompTIA Security+
15 55 (5.00%) CCNP
16 49 (4.45%) CSSLP
17 45 (4.09%) GCIA
18 41 (3.72%) Microsoft Certification
19 35 (3.18%) MCSE
20 33 (3.00%) (ISC)2 CCSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 250 (22.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 145 (13.17%) PCI DSS
3 96 (8.72%) GDPR
4 50 (4.54%) COBIT
5 27 (2.45%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 20 (1.82%) SLA
7 15 (1.36%) GPG13
8 13 (1.18%) PMO
8 13 (1.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 12 (1.09%) ISO 9001
10 10 (0.91%) Cyber Essentials
11 9 (0.82%) IASME
12 7 (0.64%) QA
13 5 (0.45%) Government Security Classifications
14 3 (0.27%) COSO
14 3 (0.27%) PA-DSS
14 3 (0.27%) SAS 70
14 3 (0.27%) Web Application Security Consortium
15 2 (0.18%) ISAE 3402
15 2 (0.18%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 57 (5.18%) Active Directory
2 43 (3.91%) Virtual Machines
3 29 (2.63%) Snort
4 25 (2.27%) VMware Infrastructure
5 8 (0.73%) HDFS
6 6 (0.54%) Docker
6 6 (0.54%) Hyper-V
7 3 (0.27%) Firmware
7 3 (0.27%) iptables
7 3 (0.27%) vSphere
8 2 (0.18%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 112 (10.17%) QRadar
2 51 (4.63%) Nessus
3 25 (2.27%) CSIRT
4 19 (1.73%) RSA Security Analytics
5 11 (1.00%) CASB
6 9 (0.82%) Opscode Chef
6 9 (0.82%) OSSEC
6 9 (0.82%) Suricata
7 8 (0.73%) EnCase
7 8 (0.73%) FortiGate
8 7 (0.64%) Puppet
8 7 (0.64%) SCCM
9 6 (0.54%) Ansible
9 6 (0.54%) Host Intrusion Detection System
9 6 (0.54%) Nmap
10 5 (0.45%) Kubernetes
10 5 (0.45%) Nexpose
10 5 (0.45%) RSA enVision
11 4 (0.36%) Kibana
11 4 (0.36%) Red Hat Satellite
Vendors
1 188 (17.08%) Splunk
2 134 (12.17%) Microsoft
3 121 (10.99%) Qualys
4 74 (6.72%) Cisco
5 69 (6.27%) LogRhythm
6 62 (5.63%) CheckPoint
7 47 (4.27%) ArcSight
8 39 (3.54%) Red Hat
9 37 (3.36%) VMware
10 36 (3.27%) Juniper
11 34 (3.09%) Symantec
12 33 (3.00%) Palo Alto
13 28 (2.54%) Forcepoint
14 27 (2.45%) Oracle
15 26 (2.36%) Sophos
16 20 (1.82%) CyberArk
17 18 (1.63%) Salesforce.com
17 18 (1.63%) ServiceNow
18 15 (1.36%) Fortinet
19 14 (1.27%) AlienVault