Period
to 17 January 2019

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 January 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Security Operations (SecOps)
UK
6 months to
17 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 396 465 452
Rank change year-on-year +69 -13 +101
Permanent jobs citing Security Operations 1,149 1,076 1,189
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.76% 0.62% 0.67%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.83% 0.68% 0.73%
Number of salaries quoted 755 749 945
UK median annual salary £57,000 £60,000 £60,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -5.00% - +4.35%
10th Percentile £36,850 £35,000 £35,000
90th Percentile £85,000 £87,500 £84,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £53,450 £52,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year +1.81% +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 138,598 159,025 162,437
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 91.69% 91.81% 91.33%
Number of salaries quoted 109,286 127,729 134,362
UK median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% -
10th Percentile £30,000 £28,500 £27,651
90th Percentile £85,000 £80,000 £78,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

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 17 January 2019.

Salary histogram for Security Operations in the UK

Security Operations
Top 16 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 January 2019. 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 +74 1,066 £57,500 -0.86% 113
UK excluding London +152 746 £53,450 +1.81% 74
London -57 370 £67,500 +8.00% 45
East of England +155 213 £49,500 -7.48% 9
South East +10 206 £55,000 -5.17% 16
North of England +92 135 £52,500 +8.25% 20
Midlands +105 101 £53,750 -15.69% 17
West Midlands +93 74 £50,000 -20.00% 11
North West +69 71 £65,000 +30.00% 9
Yorkshire +44 57 £45,000 - 10
Scotland +22 45 £52,250 +4.50% 3
South West -3 36 £55,000 +42.86% 6
East Midlands +38 27 £71,250 -28.75% 6
North East +15 7 £40,000 -20.00% 1
Northern Ireland - 7 £45,000 -
Wales +13 3 £57,500 -20.69% 3

For the 6 months to 17 January 2019, 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.

1 619 (53.87%) Information Security
2 564 (49.09%) Cybersecurity
3 493 (42.91%) SIEM
4 439 (38.21%) Security Operations Centre
5 403 (35.07%) Firewall
6 395 (34.38%) CISSP
7 285 (24.80%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 250 (21.76%) Windows
9 240 (20.89%) Linux
9 240 (20.89%) Vulnerability Management
10 219 (19.06%) Risk Management
11 216 (18.80%) Management Information System
12 212 (18.45%) Incident Management
13 198 (17.23%) Microsoft
14 180 (15.67%) SANS
15 178 (15.49%) Network Security
16 168 (14.62%) CEH
17 167 (14.53%) Finance
17 167 (14.53%) Data Loss Prevention
18 161 (14.01%) Cisco Certification
19 160 (13.93%) Security Management
20 152 (13.23%) Cisco
21 150 (13.05%) Splunk
22 149 (12.97%) Penetration Testing
22 149 (12.97%) Degree
23 141 (12.27%) ITIL
24 140 (12.18%) CISM
24 140 (12.18%) Retail
25 139 (12.10%) SSCP
26 137 (11.92%) 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 26 (2.26%) ExpressionEngine
1 26 (2.26%) WordPress
2 18 (1.57%) IIS
3 16 (1.39%) SharePoint
4 14 (1.22%) Apache
5 9 (0.78%) Elasticsearch
6 6 (0.52%) Skype for Business
6 6 (0.52%) Tomcat
6 6 (0.52%) WebLogic
7 3 (0.26%) Apache Spark
7 3 (0.26%) SAS
7 3 (0.26%) SharePoint 2013
8 2 (0.17%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 38 (3.31%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (1.04%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.087%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.087%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 121 (10.53%) Amazon AWS
2 118 (10.27%) Microsoft Azure
3 47 (4.09%) SaaS
4 45 (3.92%) Office 365
5 39 (3.39%) IaaS
6 28 (2.44%) Google Cloud Platform
7 23 (2.00%) Cloud Computing
8 18 (1.57%) Mimecast
9 17 (1.48%) PaaS
10 5 (0.44%) GitHub
11 4 (0.35%) OpenDNS
12 3 (0.26%) Azure Active Directory
13 1 (0.087%) AWS Lambda
13 1 (0.087%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 403 (35.07%) Firewall
2 178 (15.49%) Network Security
3 122 (10.62%) Intrusion Detection
4 111 (9.66%) TCP/IP
5 95 (8.27%) Internet
6 75 (6.53%) VPN
7 62 (5.40%) Wireshark
8 53 (4.61%) SSL
9 48 (4.18%) LAN
10 40 (3.48%) WAN
11 39 (3.39%) DNS
12 35 (3.05%) Cisco ASA
13 34 (2.96%) HTTP
14 32 (2.79%) Wi-Fi
15 27 (2.35%) BGP
15 27 (2.35%) OSPF
16 25 (2.18%) Wireless
17 23 (2.00%) Sourcefire
17 23 (2.00%) VLAN
18 21 (1.83%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 52 (4.53%) Big Data
2 26 (2.26%) MongoDB
3 10 (0.87%) Hadoop
4 8 (0.70%) Data Warehouse
5 7 (0.61%) SQL Server
6 6 (0.52%) Geospatial Data
7 5 (0.44%) Data Lake
8 3 (0.26%) QlikView
8 3 (0.26%) SQL Server 2008
9 2 (0.17%) GIS
9 2 (0.17%) MySQL
9 2 (0.17%) PostgreSQL
10 1 (0.087%) Amazon Redshift
Development Applications
1 37 (3.22%) JIRA
2 15 (1.31%) Metasploit
3 8 (0.70%) Jenkins
4 4 (0.35%) Redmine
5 3 (0.26%) Bitbucket
6 1 (0.087%) AppScan
6 1 (0.087%) Burp Suite
6 1 (0.087%) Hudson
6 1 (0.087%) Paros
General
1 167 (14.53%) Finance
2 140 (12.18%) Retail
3 42 (3.66%) Banking
4 28 (2.44%) Telecoms
5 27 (2.35%) Legal
6 26 (2.26%) Publishing
7 16 (1.39%) Investment Banking
7 16 (1.39%) Military
8 14 (1.22%) Financial Institution
9 10 (0.87%) Manufacturing
10 8 (0.70%) Marketing
11 6 (0.52%) Advertising
11 6 (0.52%) Aerospace
12 4 (0.35%) Back Office
12 4 (0.35%) Law
13 3 (0.26%) Games
14 2 (0.17%) Electronics
14 2 (0.17%) Private Banking
Job Titles
1 371 (32.29%) Analyst
2 234 (20.37%) Security Analyst
3 231 (20.10%) Security Engineer
4 118 (10.27%) Security Manager
5 96 (8.36%) SOC Analyst
6 69 (6.01%) Senior Analyst
7 68 (5.92%) Cybersecurity Engineer
8 59 (5.13%) Consultant
8 59 (5.13%) IT Analyst
8 59 (5.13%) IT Security Analyst
9 53 (4.61%) Information Analyst
9 53 (4.61%) Information Security Analyst
10 49 (4.26%) Architect
11 47 (4.09%) Head of Security
11 47 (4.09%) Senior Security Analyst
12 45 (3.92%) Operations Engineer
13 44 (3.83%) Operations Analyst
13 44 (3.83%) Security Operations Analyst
13 44 (3.83%) Security Specialist
14 43 (3.74%) Security Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (2.96%) Node.js
2 15 (1.31%) Web Services
3 13 (1.13%) .NET
4 12 (1.04%) OAuth
4 12 (1.04%) OpenID
5 11 (0.96%) Elastic Stack
5 11 (0.96%) OAuth2
5 11 (0.96%) XACML
6 10 (0.87%) SOAP
7 9 (0.78%) HTML
7 9 (0.78%) JSON
8 5 (0.44%) ISPF
8 5 (0.44%) Middleware
8 5 (0.44%) XML
9 4 (0.35%) .NET Framework
9 4 (0.35%) AngularJS
9 4 (0.35%) REST
10 3 (0.26%) Regular Expression
10 3 (0.26%) SailPoint
11 2 (0.17%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 439 (38.21%) Security Operations Centre
2 216 (18.80%) Management Information System
3 124 (10.79%) Analytical Skills
4 120 (10.44%) Cyberthreat
5 81 (7.05%) Cyber Kill Chain
6 76 (6.61%) Self-Motivation
7 60 (5.22%) Cyberattack
8 57 (4.96%) Cyber Defence
8 57 (4.96%) Data Centre
9 49 (4.26%) PKI
10 47 (4.09%) Data Protection Act
11 45 (3.92%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
12 26 (2.26%) Hedge funds
13 24 (2.09%) Cybercrime
14 23 (2.00%) Fintech
14 23 (2.00%) Hybrid Cloud
15 16 (1.39%) Smart Meter
16 12 (1.04%) Life Science
17 10 (0.87%) Driving Licence
17 10 (0.87%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 250 (21.76%) Windows
2 240 (20.89%) Linux
3 64 (5.57%) Unix
4 26 (2.26%) Kali Linux
5 21 (1.83%) Windows Server
6 17 (1.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 10 (0.87%) Mac OS X
8 9 (0.78%) Mac OS
9 5 (0.44%) Android
9 5 (0.44%) Apple iOS
10 4 (0.35%) CentOS
11 3 (0.26%) Windows Server 2008
12 2 (0.17%) Solaris
13 1 (0.087%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 619 (53.87%) Information Security
2 564 (49.09%) Cybersecurity
3 493 (42.91%) SIEM
4 240 (20.89%) Vulnerability Management
5 219 (19.06%) Risk Management
6 212 (18.45%) Incident Management
7 167 (14.53%) Data Loss Prevention
8 160 (13.93%) Security Management
9 149 (12.97%) Penetration Testing
10 141 (12.27%) ITIL
11 137 (11.92%) Threat Intelligence
12 127 (11.05%) OWASP
13 117 (10.18%) Security Architecture
14 114 (9.92%) Analytics
15 112 (9.75%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
16 109 (9.49%) Problem-Solving
17 106 (9.23%) Vulnerability Assessment
18 96 (8.36%) Identity Access Management
19 85 (7.40%) Problem Management
20 83 (7.22%) Vulnerability Scanning
Programming Languages
1 73 (6.35%) Python
2 42 (3.66%) SQL
3 37 (3.22%) PowerShell
4 34 (2.96%) Bash Shell
5 28 (2.44%) Perl
6 26 (2.26%) Java
7 22 (1.91%) JavaScript
8 21 (1.83%) C
9 17 (1.48%) C#
10 13 (1.13%) Ruby
11 10 (0.87%) PHP
12 9 (0.78%) C++
12 9 (0.78%) VB
13 5 (0.44%) Go
13 5 (0.44%) JCL
13 5 (0.44%) REXX
13 5 (0.44%) VBA
14 3 (0.26%) Groovy
14 3 (0.26%) Shell Script
15 2 (0.17%) R
Qualifications
1 395 (34.38%) CISSP
2 180 (15.67%) SANS
3 168 (14.62%) CEH
4 161 (14.01%) Cisco Certification
5 149 (12.97%) Degree
6 140 (12.18%) CISM
7 139 (12.10%) SSCP
8 90 (7.83%) Security Cleared
9 84 (7.31%) CompTIA Security+
10 79 (6.88%) CCNA
11 76 (6.61%) (ISC)2 CCSP
12 74 (6.44%) GIAC
13 73 (6.35%) CCSP
14 71 (6.18%) CCNP
15 69 (6.01%) GCIA
16 61 (5.31%) GCIH
17 56 (4.87%) Computer Science Degree
17 56 (4.87%) Microsoft Certification
18 55 (4.79%) MCSE
19 53 (4.61%) CSSLP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 285 (24.80%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 116 (10.10%) GDPR
3 107 (9.31%) PCI DSS
4 55 (4.79%) Cyber Essentials
5 45 (3.92%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 36 (3.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 30 (2.61%) COBIT
7 30 (2.61%) SLA
8 20 (1.74%) QA
9 15 (1.31%) ISO/IEC 27005
10 14 (1.22%) GPG13
11 11 (0.96%) PMO
12 10 (0.87%) PA-DSS
12 10 (0.87%) SAS 70
13 7 (0.61%) ISO 9001
14 5 (0.44%) RMADS
14 5 (0.44%) Web Application Security Consortium
15 4 (0.35%) Government Security Classifications
15 4 (0.35%) HIPAA
15 4 (0.35%) ISO 22301
System Software
1 75 (6.53%) Active Directory
2 38 (3.31%) Snort
3 24 (2.09%) VMware Infrastructure
4 16 (1.39%) Virtual Machines
5 14 (1.22%) iptables
6 11 (0.96%) Docker
7 5 (0.44%) RACF
7 5 (0.44%) VMware ESXi
7 5 (0.44%) VMware NSX
8 4 (0.35%) NFS
8 4 (0.35%) Samba
9 3 (0.26%) HDFS
10 2 (0.17%) ProxySG
10 2 (0.17%) Squid
11 1 (0.087%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 61 (5.31%) QRadar
2 52 (4.53%) RSA Security Analytics
3 48 (4.18%) Nessus
4 28 (2.44%) CSIRT
5 24 (2.09%) Stealthwatch
6 18 (1.57%) AirWatch
7 17 (1.48%) Ansible
7 17 (1.48%) CASB
8 13 (1.13%) Suricata
9 12 (1.04%) EnCase
9 12 (1.04%) Norton AntiVirus
10 11 (0.96%) Nexpose
10 11 (0.96%) SCCM
11 10 (0.87%) Kubernetes
11 10 (0.87%) Puppet
12 9 (0.78%) FTK
12 9 (0.78%) Network Intrusion Detection System
13 8 (0.70%) Nmap
14 7 (0.61%) IBM BigFix
14 7 (0.61%) WSUS
Vendors
1 198 (17.23%) Microsoft
2 152 (13.23%) Cisco
3 150 (13.05%) Splunk
4 100 (8.70%) Symantec
5 99 (8.62%) Qualys
6 75 (6.53%) CheckPoint
7 65 (5.66%) Palo Alto
8 64 (5.57%) VMware
9 61 (5.31%) Red Hat
10 50 (4.35%) ArcSight
11 45 (3.92%) Oracle
12 39 (3.39%) Forcepoint
12 39 (3.39%) McAfee
12 39 (3.39%) ServiceNow
13 34 (2.96%) LogRhythm
14 27 (2.35%) Juniper
15 24 (2.09%) Blue Coat
16 23 (2.00%) CyberArk
17 22 (1.91%) Citrix
18 21 (1.83%) Google