Period
to 19 October 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 19 October 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Security Operations (SecOps)
UK
6 months to
19 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 493 456 557
Rank change year-on-year -37 +101 +259
Permanent jobs citing Security Operations 1007 1236 1048
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.58% 0.65% 0.48%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.64% 0.72% 0.54%
Number of salaries quoted 754 1000 847
UK median annual salary £62,500 £60,000 £55,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.17% +9.09% -
10th Percentile £40,000 £36,000 £37,000
90th Percentile £90,000 £82,500 £78,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +10.00% - -9.09%

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 157069 170641 194298
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 89.96% 89.19% 88.57%
Number of salaries quoted 123633 141993 159740
UK median annual salary £50,000 £49,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +1.01% +4.21% +5.56%
10th Percentile £28,750 £28,000 £27,500
90th Percentile £80,000 £78,750 £76,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £43,250 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +1.76% - +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 19 October 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 19 October 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 -23 972 £60,000 - 54
London +59 574 £65,000 - 28
UK excluding London -101 413 £55,000 +10.00% 29
South East -2 207 £60,000 +9.09% 8
North of England -36 53 £52,500 -4.55% 5
Midlands -64 47 £55,000 +2.33% 4
East of England -29 43 £50,000 +11.73% 7
South West +1 42 £46,250 -28.85% 2
West Midlands -85 40 £54,250 -7.66% 4
Yorkshire +28 31 £57,500 +2.68% 2
North West -35 21 £50,000 -9.09% 3
Scotland -34 20 £65,000 +36.84% 2
East Midlands +29 6 £67,500 +125.00%
Wales +13 2 £63,750 +41.67%
North East +5 1 £55,000 +22.22%

For the 6 months to 19 October 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.

1 570 (56.60%) Information Security
2 512 (50.84%) CISSP
3 494 (49.06%) SIEM
4 481 (47.77%) Cybersecurity
5 369 (36.64%) CISM
6 366 (36.35%) Firewall
7 295 (29.29%) Security Operations Centre
8 288 (28.60%) Finance
9 271 (26.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 262 (26.02%) Vulnerability Management
11 233 (23.14%) Network Security
11 233 (23.14%) Windows
12 207 (20.56%) ITIL
13 205 (20.36%) Linux
14 193 (19.17%) Degree
15 187 (18.57%) Management Information System
16 183 (18.17%) Security Architecture
17 176 (17.48%) TCP/IP
18 174 (17.28%) Data Protection
19 173 (17.18%) Penetration Testing
20 165 (16.39%) CISA
21 148 (14.70%) Banking
22 143 (14.20%) Identity Access Management
23 135 (13.41%) Risk Management
24 127 (12.61%) Incident Management
25 126 (12.51%) Active Directory
26 125 (12.41%) Vulnerability Scanning
26 125 (12.41%) Palo Alto
27 120 (11.92%) Computer Science
28 116 (11.52%) Cisco

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 14 (1.39%) SharePoint
2 6 (0.60%) OpenStack
3 3 (0.30%) IIS
4 1 (0.099%) Apache
4 1 (0.099%) Cloud Foundry
4 1 (0.099%) JBoss
4 1 (0.099%) Skype for Business
4 1 (0.099%) Tomcat
Applications
1 19 (1.89%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (1.59%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.30%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (0.30%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 7 (0.70%) Remedy ITSM
2 6 (0.60%) assyst
3 4 (0.40%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 41 (4.07%) Amazon AWS
2 26 (2.58%) Microsoft Azure
2 26 (2.58%) SaaS
3 12 (1.19%) Cloud Computing
4 10 (0.99%) IaaS
4 10 (0.99%) PaaS
5 4 (0.40%) IBM Cloud
5 4 (0.40%) SoftLayer
6 3 (0.30%) Boomi
6 3 (0.30%) BPaaS
6 3 (0.30%) iPaaS
6 3 (0.30%) Office 365
7 2 (0.20%) Mimecast
7 2 (0.20%) Serverless
7 2 (0.20%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 1 (0.099%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 1 (0.099%) AWS Lambda
8 1 (0.099%) GitHub
8 1 (0.099%) OpenDNS
8 1 (0.099%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 366 (36.35%) Firewall
2 233 (23.14%) Network Security
3 176 (17.48%) TCP/IP
4 78 (7.75%) Intrusion Detection
5 69 (6.85%) Internet
6 47 (4.67%) VPN
6 47 (4.67%) WAN
7 37 (3.67%) LAN
8 30 (2.98%) Cisco ASA
9 28 (2.78%) IPsec
10 26 (2.58%) VoIP
11 23 (2.28%) SSL
12 18 (1.79%) DNS
13 15 (1.49%) Wireless
14 13 (1.29%) NetScreen
15 12 (1.19%) HTTP
16 11 (1.09%) HTTPS
17 10 (0.99%) BGP
17 10 (0.99%) Ethernet
18 9 (0.89%) Reverse Proxy
Database & Business Intelligence
1 37 (3.67%) Big Data
2 25 (2.48%) SQL Server
3 5 (0.50%) Data Lake
3 5 (0.50%) Hadoop
3 5 (0.50%) MySQL
4 1 (0.099%) Amazon RDS
4 1 (0.099%) Cognos Impromptu
4 1 (0.099%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 5 (0.50%) AppScan
1 5 (0.50%) Metasploit
1 5 (0.50%) Paros
2 3 (0.30%) Jenkins
3 2 (0.20%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 1 (0.099%) TeamCity
General
1 288 (28.60%) Finance
2 148 (14.70%) Banking
3 58 (5.76%) Investment Banking
4 53 (5.26%) Retail
5 48 (4.77%) Legal
6 46 (4.57%) Retail Banking
7 28 (2.78%) Telecoms
8 26 (2.58%) Law
9 13 (1.29%) Digital Economy
10 12 (1.19%) Financial Institution
11 10 (0.99%) Marketing
12 9 (0.89%) Electronics
12 9 (0.89%) Manufacturing
13 4 (0.40%) Publishing
14 3 (0.30%) Corporate Banking
14 3 (0.30%) French Language
14 3 (0.30%) International Banking
14 3 (0.30%) Military
15 2 (0.20%) Aerospace
15 2 (0.20%) Games
Job Titles
1 367 (36.44%) Analyst
2 292 (29.00%) Security Analyst
3 194 (19.27%) Security Engineer
4 140 (13.90%) Security Manager
5 99 (9.83%) Consultant
6 96 (9.53%) SOC Analyst
7 90 (8.94%) Security Consultant
8 87 (8.64%) Operations Analyst
8 87 (8.64%) Security Operations Analyst
9 76 (7.55%) Operational Security Manager
9 76 (7.55%) Security Operations Manager
10 67 (6.65%) Operations Engineer
11 64 (6.36%) Cybersecurity Analyst
11 64 (6.36%) IT Analyst
11 64 (6.36%) IT Engineer
11 64 (6.36%) IT Security Engineer
12 58 (5.76%) IT Security Analyst
13 56 (5.56%) Operations Manager
14 48 (4.77%) Information Analyst
14 48 (4.77%) Information Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (3.08%) SailPoint
2 24 (2.38%) .NET
3 23 (2.28%) Web Services
4 4 (0.40%) SOAP
5 3 (0.30%) EDI
6 2 (0.20%) Middleware
7 1 (0.099%) boto
7 1 (0.099%) LAMP
7 1 (0.099%) Node.js
7 1 (0.099%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 295 (29.29%) Security Operations Centre
2 187 (18.57%) Management Information System
3 120 (11.92%) Computer Science
4 104 (10.33%) Analytical Skills
5 77 (7.65%) Cyberthreat
6 68 (6.75%) Data Protection Act
7 38 (3.77%) PKI
8 29 (2.88%) Data Centre
9 17 (1.69%) Algorithms
9 17 (1.69%) Cyber Attack
10 16 (1.59%) Cyber Defence
10 16 (1.59%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 15 (1.49%) CESG
11 15 (1.49%) Clustering
12 11 (1.09%) Public Cloud
13 10 (0.99%) Cybercrime
14 9 (0.89%) Data Structures
14 9 (0.89%) Greenfield Project
15 8 (0.79%) Mobile App
15 8 (0.79%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 233 (23.14%) Windows
2 205 (20.36%) Linux
3 92 (9.14%) Windows Server
4 79 (7.85%) Unix
5 25 (2.48%) Apple iOS
6 14 (1.39%) Android
7 12 (1.19%) Kali Linux
7 12 (1.19%) Mac OS X
8 7 (0.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 7 (0.70%) VMS
9 6 (0.60%) CentOS
9 6 (0.60%) Ubuntu
10 5 (0.50%) Debian
11 1 (0.099%) Solaris
11 1 (0.099%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 570 (56.60%) Information Security
2 494 (49.06%) SIEM
3 481 (47.77%) Cybersecurity
4 262 (26.02%) Vulnerability Management
5 207 (20.56%) ITIL
6 183 (18.17%) Security Architecture
7 174 (17.28%) Data Protection
8 173 (17.18%) Penetration Testing
9 143 (14.20%) Identity Access Management
10 135 (13.41%) Risk Management
11 127 (12.61%) Incident Management
12 125 (12.41%) Vulnerability Scanning
13 111 (11.02%) Security Monitoring
14 107 (10.63%) Mentoring
15 91 (9.04%) Analytics
16 89 (8.84%) Threat Intelligence
17 88 (8.74%) Security Management
17 88 (8.74%) Vulnerability Assessment
18 86 (8.54%) Kalman Filter
19 79 (7.85%) Agile Software Development
Programming Languages
1 66 (6.55%) Java
2 48 (4.77%) Python
3 18 (1.79%) C#
3 18 (1.79%) Perl
4 16 (1.59%) Ruby
5 14 (1.39%) SQL
6 13 (1.29%) C
6 13 (1.29%) PowerShell
7 12 (1.19%) Bash Shell
8 9 (0.89%) C++
9 8 (0.79%) PHP
10 6 (0.60%) JavaScript
11 5 (0.50%) C-shell
11 5 (0.50%) Korn
11 5 (0.50%) R
11 5 (0.50%) Scala
12 3 (0.30%) Shell Script
13 1 (0.099%) AWK
Qualifications
1 512 (50.84%) CISSP
2 369 (36.64%) CISM
3 193 (19.17%) Degree
4 165 (16.39%) CISA
5 113 (11.22%) Security Cleared
6 109 (10.82%) GIAC
7 101 (10.03%) CEH
8 89 (8.84%) SC Cleared
9 84 (8.34%) GCIH
10 77 (7.65%) SANS
11 65 (6.45%) Computer Science Degree
12 54 (5.36%) GCIA
13 46 (4.57%) GSEC
14 45 (4.47%) CBAP
14 45 (4.47%) CRISC
15 42 (4.17%) CREST Certified
16 35 (3.48%) Cisco Certification
17 30 (2.98%) DV Cleared
17 30 (2.98%) GISF
18 29 (2.88%) CompTIA Security+
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 271 (26.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 114 (11.32%) PCI DSS
3 101 (10.03%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
4 31 (3.08%) GDPR
5 28 (2.78%) SLA
6 25 (2.48%) COBIT
7 18 (1.79%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 13 (1.29%) ISO 9001
9 12 (1.19%) Cyber Essentials
10 11 (1.09%) ISO 22301
11 9 (0.89%) ISO/IEC 27005
11 9 (0.89%) PMO
12 8 (0.79%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 6 (0.60%) FISMA
13 6 (0.60%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 6 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 6 (0.60%) NIST 800
14 5 (0.50%) HIPAA
15 2 (0.20%) QA
15 2 (0.20%) RMADS
System Software
1 126 (12.51%) Active Directory
2 35 (3.48%) Virtual Machines
3 24 (2.38%) VMware Infrastructure
4 17 (1.69%) ProxySG
5 14 (1.39%) Snort
6 6 (0.60%) vSphere
6 6 (0.60%) XenApp
7 5 (0.50%) pfSense
7 5 (0.50%) XenDesktop
8 2 (0.20%) BitLocker
8 2 (0.20%) Docker
8 2 (0.20%) Firmware
9 1 (0.099%) Hyper-V
9 1 (0.099%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (0.099%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (0.099%) VMware NSX
9 1 (0.099%) Xen
Systems Management
1 66 (6.55%) Nessus
2 60 (5.96%) QRadar
3 38 (3.77%) McAfee ePO
4 34 (3.38%) SCCM
5 33 (3.28%) CSIRT
5 33 (3.28%) FortiGate
6 16 (1.59%) Network Intrusion Detection System
7 15 (1.49%) WSUS
8 14 (1.39%) OpenVAS
9 13 (1.29%) RSA Security Analytics
10 12 (1.19%) Core Impact
10 12 (1.19%) FTK
10 12 (1.19%) Nexpose
10 12 (1.19%) PowerBroker
11 9 (0.89%) Nmap
12 8 (0.79%) Host Intrusion Detection System
13 7 (0.70%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
13 7 (0.70%) SCOM
14 6 (0.60%) Nagios
15 5 (0.50%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 125 (12.41%) Palo Alto
2 116 (11.52%) Cisco
3 105 (10.43%) Splunk
4 93 (9.24%) CheckPoint
5 77 (7.65%) Juniper
6 71 (7.05%) Microsoft
7 68 (6.75%) ArcSight
8 66 (6.55%) LogRhythm
9 46 (4.57%) McAfee
10 44 (4.37%) Symantec
11 43 (4.27%) CyberArk
11 43 (4.27%) VMware
12 35 (3.48%) SolarWinds
13 31 (3.08%) Fortinet
13 31 (3.08%) Oracle
14 30 (2.98%) Aveksa
15 29 (2.88%) Qualys
16 28 (2.78%) Blue Coat
17 26 (2.58%) F5
18 22 (2.18%) AlienVault