Period
to 16 August 2017

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 16 August 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Security Operations (SecOps)
UK
6 months to
16 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 497 472 593
Rank change year-on-year -25 +121 +223
Permanent jobs citing Security Operations 985 1240 943
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.56% 0.63% 0.43%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.62% 0.70% 0.49%
Number of salaries quoted 742 975 741
UK median annual salary £62,500 £60,000 £55,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.17% +9.09% -
10th Percentile £37,500 £36,250 £35,000
90th Percentile £90,000 £80,450 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £55,000 £52,750 £51,250
% change year-on-year +4.27% +2.93% +2.50%

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

Process & Methodology Skills
UK
Permanent job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 158870 176361 191387
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 89.92% 89.05% 88.08%
Number of salaries quoted 126186 147044 156131
UK median annual salary £50,000 £49,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.04% +3.16% +5.56%
10th Percentile £28,533 £27,500 £27,500
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £76,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,500

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 16 August 2017.

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 16 August 2017. 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 -25 945 £62,500 +4.17% 55
London +51 546 £67,500 +8.00% 22
UK excluding London -88 434 £55,000 +4.27% 36
South East +52 188 £60,000 - 19
Midlands -73 65 £48,750 -18.75% 2
North of England -44 61 £55,000 +10.00% 2
West Midlands -79 55 £44,000 -26.67% 1
South West -39 46 £55,000 -15.38% 6
East of England -34 39 £55,000 +15.79% 4
North West -34 31 £50,000 - 1
Scotland -13 29 £65,000 +58.54% 3
Yorkshire -27 29 £57,500 +27.78% 1
East Midlands +18 10 £125,000 +208.64% 1
Wales +6 7 £35,000 -22.22%
North East +27 1 £55,000 -2.22%

For the 6 months to 16 August 2017, IT jobs citing Security Operations also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads with a requirement for Security Operations.

1 552 (56.04%) Information Security
2 471 (47.82%) SIEM
3 452 (45.89%) CISSP
4 442 (44.87%) Cybersecurity
5 345 (35.03%) Firewall
6 320 (32.49%) CISM
7 308 (31.27%) Security Operations Centre
8 280 (28.43%) Finance
9 262 (26.60%) Vulnerability Management
10 237 (24.06%) Windows
11 236 (23.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
12 224 (22.74%) Network Security
13 218 (22.13%) ITIL
14 195 (19.80%) Linux
15 175 (17.77%) Security Architecture
16 168 (17.06%) Management Information System
17 162 (16.45%) Degree
18 159 (16.14%) Risk Management
19 156 (15.84%) TCP/IP
20 143 (14.52%) Penetration Testing
20 143 (14.52%) Data Protection
21 140 (14.21%) Security Monitoring
22 134 (13.60%) CISA
23 132 (13.40%) Palo Alto
24 131 (13.30%) Banking
25 125 (12.69%) Cisco
26 121 (12.28%) PCI DSS
27 119 (12.08%) Incident Management
28 117 (11.88%) CheckPoint
29 114 (11.57%) Mentoring

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 21 (2.13%) SharePoint
2 11 (1.12%) IIS
3 9 (0.91%) Apache
3 9 (0.91%) Tomcat
3 9 (0.91%) WebLogic
4 6 (0.61%) OpenStack
5 3 (0.30%) Skype for Business
6 2 (0.20%) Apache Spark
6 2 (0.20%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 26 (2.64%) Microsoft Excel
2 24 (2.44%) Microsoft Office
3 17 (1.73%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 13 (1.32%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.20%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.10%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 8 (0.81%) assyst
2 2 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.10%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 38 (3.86%) Amazon AWS
2 24 (2.44%) Microsoft Azure
3 22 (2.23%) SaaS
4 17 (1.73%) Cloud Computing
5 15 (1.52%) IaaS
6 8 (0.81%) PaaS
7 6 (0.61%) AWS CloudFormation
7 6 (0.61%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 5 (0.51%) GitHub
8 5 (0.51%) Office 365
9 2 (0.20%) Mimecast
9 2 (0.20%) OneDrive
9 2 (0.20%) Yammer
10 1 (0.10%) Amazon ELB
10 1 (0.10%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
10 1 (0.10%) AWS Lambda
10 1 (0.10%) Boomi
10 1 (0.10%) BPaaS
10 1 (0.10%) IBM Cloud
10 1 (0.10%) iPaaS
Communications & Networking
1 345 (35.03%) Firewall
2 224 (22.74%) Network Security
3 156 (15.84%) TCP/IP
4 90 (9.14%) Intrusion Detection
5 80 (8.12%) Internet
6 60 (6.09%) WAN
7 54 (5.48%) LAN
8 49 (4.97%) VPN
9 37 (3.76%) SSL
10 34 (3.45%) DNS
11 30 (3.05%) Cisco ASA
12 21 (2.13%) IPsec
12 21 (2.13%) Wireshark
13 19 (1.93%) BGP
14 17 (1.73%) VoIP
15 15 (1.52%) Wireless
16 14 (1.42%) VLAN
17 13 (1.32%) HTTP
17 13 (1.32%) HTTPS
18 11 (1.12%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 37 (3.76%) Big Data
2 17 (1.73%) SQL Server
3 7 (0.71%) Hadoop
4 6 (0.61%) Cognos Impromptu
5 5 (0.51%) Data Lake
6 4 (0.41%) GIS
6 4 (0.41%) RDBMS
6 4 (0.41%) Relational Database
7 2 (0.20%) MySQL
8 1 (0.10%) Amazon RDS
8 1 (0.10%) Amazon Redshift
8 1 (0.10%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 11 (1.12%) Jenkins
2 7 (0.71%) Metasploit
3 5 (0.51%) AppScan
3 5 (0.51%) Paros
4 2 (0.20%) Burp Suite
4 2 (0.20%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 1 (0.10%) TeamCity
General
1 280 (28.43%) Finance
2 131 (13.30%) Banking
3 46 (4.67%) Retail
4 37 (3.76%) Investment Banking
5 35 (3.55%) Legal
5 35 (3.55%) Retail Banking
6 24 (2.44%) Telecoms
7 19 (1.93%) Digital Economy
8 16 (1.62%) Law
9 8 (0.81%) Financial Institution
10 6 (0.61%) Electronics
10 6 (0.61%) Local Government
10 6 (0.61%) Manufacturing
10 6 (0.61%) Marketing
11 4 (0.41%) Military
12 3 (0.30%) Advertising
12 3 (0.30%) Corporate Banking
13 2 (0.20%) Aerospace
13 2 (0.20%) Games
13 2 (0.20%) International Banking
Job Titles
1 329 (33.40%) Analyst
2 255 (25.89%) Security Analyst
3 189 (19.19%) Security Engineer
4 171 (17.36%) Security Manager
5 104 (10.56%) SOC Analyst
6 103 (10.46%) Consultant
7 95 (9.64%) Operational Security Manager
7 95 (9.64%) Security Consultant
7 95 (9.64%) Security Operations Manager
8 90 (9.14%) Operations Analyst
8 90 (9.14%) Security Operations Analyst
9 77 (7.82%) Operations Manager
10 62 (6.29%) Operations Engineer
11 61 (6.19%) Cybersecurity Analyst
12 58 (5.89%) IT Manager
13 54 (5.48%) IT Engineer
13 54 (5.48%) IT Security Engineer
13 54 (5.48%) IT Security Manager
14 52 (5.28%) Senior Analyst
15 48 (4.87%) IT Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (3.45%) SailPoint
2 27 (2.74%) .NET
3 23 (2.34%) Web Services
4 5 (0.51%) boto
5 4 (0.41%) JSON
6 3 (0.30%) EDI
6 3 (0.30%) SOAP
7 2 (0.20%) Regular Expression
8 1 (0.10%) Kafka
8 1 (0.10%) LAMP
8 1 (0.10%) REST
8 1 (0.10%) Software Packaging
8 1 (0.10%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 308 (31.27%) Security Operations Centre
2 168 (17.06%) Management Information System
3 106 (10.76%) Analytical Skills
4 88 (8.93%) Computer Science
5 64 (6.50%) Cyberthreat
6 54 (5.48%) Data Protection Act
7 38 (3.86%) PKI
8 34 (3.45%) Cyber Attack
9 28 (2.84%) Data Centre
10 13 (1.32%) CESG
10 13 (1.32%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 12 (1.22%) SCADA
12 11 (1.12%) Cybercrime
13 10 (1.02%) Clustering
13 10 (1.02%) Cyber Defence
14 9 (0.91%) Cloud Native
14 9 (0.91%) Public Cloud
15 8 (0.81%) Algorithms
15 8 (0.81%) Freedom of Information
15 8 (0.81%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 237 (24.06%) Windows
2 195 (19.80%) Linux
3 108 (10.96%) Unix
4 79 (8.02%) Windows Server
5 22 (2.23%) Apple iOS
6 13 (1.32%) Android
7 10 (1.02%) Kali Linux
7 10 (1.02%) Mac OS X
7 10 (1.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 5 (0.51%) CentOS
8 5 (0.51%) Debian
8 5 (0.51%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.10%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 552 (56.04%) Information Security
2 471 (47.82%) SIEM
3 442 (44.87%) Cybersecurity
4 262 (26.60%) Vulnerability Management
5 218 (22.13%) ITIL
6 175 (17.77%) Security Architecture
7 159 (16.14%) Risk Management
8 143 (14.52%) Data Protection
8 143 (14.52%) Penetration Testing
9 140 (14.21%) Security Monitoring
10 119 (12.08%) Incident Management
11 114 (11.57%) Mentoring
12 113 (11.47%) Identity Access Management
13 110 (11.17%) Vulnerability Scanning
14 97 (9.85%) Vulnerability Assessment
15 93 (9.44%) Analytics
16 90 (9.14%) Security Management
17 88 (8.93%) Kalman Filter
17 88 (8.93%) Stakeholder Management
18 80 (8.12%) Threat Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 64 (6.50%) Java
2 53 (5.38%) Python
3 25 (2.54%) Perl
4 24 (2.44%) SQL
5 23 (2.34%) Ruby
6 18 (1.83%) C#
7 17 (1.73%) C
8 15 (1.52%) PowerShell
9 13 (1.32%) Bash Shell
10 10 (1.02%) PHP
11 7 (0.71%) JavaScript
12 6 (0.61%) C++
13 5 (0.51%) C-shell
13 5 (0.51%) Korn
13 5 (0.51%) R
13 5 (0.51%) Scala
Qualifications
1 452 (45.89%) CISSP
2 320 (32.49%) CISM
3 162 (16.45%) Degree
4 134 (13.60%) CISA
5 113 (11.47%) Security Cleared
6 111 (11.27%) CEH
7 100 (10.15%) GIAC
8 95 (9.64%) SANS
9 90 (9.14%) SC Cleared
10 86 (8.73%) GCIH
11 71 (7.21%) GCIA
12 59 (5.99%) GSEC
13 51 (5.18%) Computer Science Degree
14 44 (4.47%) Cisco Certification
15 38 (3.86%) CREST Certified
16 33 (3.35%) DV Cleared
17 32 (3.25%) CBAP
18 31 (3.15%) GISF
19 25 (2.54%) CCNA
19 25 (2.54%) GCED
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 236 (23.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 121 (12.28%) PCI DSS
3 97 (9.85%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
4 35 (3.55%) SLA
5 28 (2.84%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 23 (2.34%) COBIT
7 20 (2.03%) GDPR
8 16 (1.62%) ISO 9001
9 14 (1.42%) ISO 22301
10 13 (1.32%) Cyber Essentials
11 10 (1.02%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 8 (0.81%) ISO/IEC 27005
13 7 (0.71%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 7 (0.71%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 6 (0.61%) NIST 800
14 6 (0.61%) PMO
15 5 (0.51%) HIPAA
16 2 (0.20%) BS25999
16 2 (0.20%) FIPS 140-2
17 1 (0.10%) RMADS
System Software
1 98 (9.95%) Active Directory
2 34 (3.45%) ProxySG
3 29 (2.94%) Snort
4 18 (1.83%) Virtual Machines
5 17 (1.73%) VMware Infrastructure
6 8 (0.81%) vSphere
7 6 (0.61%) Docker
8 5 (0.51%) pfSense
8 5 (0.51%) XenApp
9 2 (0.20%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 2 (0.20%) Virtual Servers
10 1 (0.10%) LXC
10 1 (0.10%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 68 (6.90%) Nessus
2 44 (4.47%) QRadar
3 43 (4.37%) McAfee ePO
4 38 (3.86%) CSIRT
4 38 (3.86%) Network Intrusion Detection System
5 36 (3.65%) SCCM
6 30 (3.05%) FortiGate
7 19 (1.93%) Nmap
8 16 (1.62%) Host Intrusion Detection System
9 13 (1.32%) WSUS
10 11 (1.12%) Puppet
11 9 (0.91%) Nexpose
12 8 (0.81%) Core Impact
12 8 (0.81%) OpenVAS
12 8 (0.81%) PowerBroker
12 8 (0.81%) RSA Security Analytics
13 7 (0.71%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
14 6 (0.61%) Ansible
14 6 (0.61%) FTK
14 6 (0.61%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 132 (13.40%) Palo Alto
2 125 (12.69%) Cisco
3 117 (11.88%) CheckPoint
4 105 (10.66%) Splunk
5 83 (8.43%) Juniper
6 81 (8.22%) ArcSight
7 72 (7.31%) Microsoft
8 71 (7.21%) LogRhythm
9 64 (6.50%) McAfee
10 45 (4.57%) CyberArk
10 45 (4.57%) Symantec
11 42 (4.26%) Blue Coat
12 37 (3.76%) Fortinet
13 34 (3.45%) F5
13 34 (3.45%) VMware
14 32 (3.25%) HP
15 31 (3.15%) Aveksa
15 31 (3.15%) SolarWinds
16 23 (2.34%) Qualys
17 18 (1.83%) Oracle