Period
to 12 December 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 12 December 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Security Operations (SecOps)
UK
6 months to
12 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 455 446 549
Rank change year-on-year -9 +103 +283
Permanent jobs citing Security Operations 1098 1260 1040
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.61% 0.68% 0.49%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.68% 0.76% 0.55%
Number of salaries quoted 781 992 821
UK median annual salary £60,000 £60,000 £56,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +6.19% +7.62%
10th Percentile £35,000 £36,000 £38,000
90th Percentile £87,500 £83,750 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £51,000
% change year-on-year +10.00% -1.96% +0.99%

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 161340 166576 190205
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 89.94% 89.44% 88.90%
Number of salaries quoted 127872 138128 157367
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 £28,178 £27,500
90th Percentile £80,000 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £44,500 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +4.71% - +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 12 December 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 12 December 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 -13 1038 £60,000 - 49
London +40 578 £62,500 -3.85% 24
UK excluding London -81 483 £55,000 +10.00% 26
South East +14 251 £60,000 +9.09% 6
North of England -38 68 £50,000 - 10
East of England -19 52 £55,000 +15.79% 5
South West -15 46 £42,500 -39.29% 2
Midlands -86 37 £58,000 +45.00% 2
North West -38 35 £52,500 -4.55%
West Midlands -70 34 £53,500 +7.00% 2
Scotland -34 28 £51,250 +13.89% 1
Yorkshire +10 25 £45,000 - 10
North East +2 8 £52,500 +16.67%
Wales +16 3 £63,750 +41.67%
East Midlands +7 2 £67,500 +125.00%

For the 6 months to 12 December 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.

1 604 (55.01%) Information Security
2 543 (49.45%) Cybersecurity
3 541 (49.27%) SIEM
4 526 (47.91%) CISSP
5 412 (37.52%) Firewall
6 359 (32.70%) CISM
7 337 (30.69%) Security Operations Centre
8 278 (25.32%) Network Security
9 272 (24.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 270 (24.59%) Finance
10 270 (24.59%) Vulnerability Management
11 267 (24.32%) Linux
12 266 (24.23%) Degree
13 249 (22.68%) Windows
14 203 (18.49%) Management Information System
15 197 (17.94%) ITIL
16 196 (17.85%) Security Architecture
17 182 (16.58%) TCP/IP
18 169 (15.39%) Penetration Testing
19 164 (14.94%) Data Protection
19 164 (14.94%) CISA
20 157 (14.30%) Incident Management
21 156 (14.21%) Computer Science
22 152 (13.84%) Security Monitoring
23 147 (13.39%) Banking
24 142 (12.93%) GIAC
25 140 (12.75%) Identity Access Management
26 128 (11.66%) Vulnerability Scanning
27 125 (11.38%) Threat Intelligence
28 124 (11.29%) Analytical Skills

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 (1.28%) SharePoint
2 11 (1.00%) Apache
2 11 (1.00%) IIS
3 5 (0.46%) Apache Spark
3 5 (0.46%) JBoss
3 5 (0.46%) OpenStack
4 4 (0.36%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.091%) Cloud Foundry
5 1 (0.091%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 24 (2.19%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (1.46%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.27%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.18%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (0.46%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (0.27%) assyst
2 3 (0.27%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 49 (4.46%) Amazon AWS
2 36 (3.28%) Microsoft Azure
3 32 (2.91%) SaaS
4 17 (1.55%) PaaS
5 12 (1.09%) IaaS
6 11 (1.00%) Office 365
7 7 (0.64%) Cloud Computing
8 5 (0.46%) Mimecast
9 3 (0.27%) Google Cloud Platform
9 3 (0.27%) IBM Cloud
9 3 (0.27%) SoftLayer
10 2 (0.18%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 2 (0.18%) Boomi
10 2 (0.18%) BPaaS
10 2 (0.18%) iPaaS
10 2 (0.18%) OpenShift
10 2 (0.18%) Serverless
11 1 (0.091%) AWS CloudTrail
11 1 (0.091%) AWS Lambda
11 1 (0.091%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 412 (37.52%) Firewall
2 278 (25.32%) Network Security
3 182 (16.58%) TCP/IP
4 96 (8.74%) Intrusion Detection
5 61 (5.56%) Internet
6 59 (5.37%) VPN
7 48 (4.37%) WAN
8 34 (3.10%) LAN
9 26 (2.37%) IPsec
10 25 (2.28%) VoIP
11 21 (1.91%) DNS
11 21 (1.91%) SSL
12 16 (1.46%) Cisco ASA
13 15 (1.37%) Ethernet
14 14 (1.28%) Wireless
15 13 (1.18%) NetScreen
16 12 (1.09%) HTTP
17 11 (1.00%) MPLS
17 11 (1.00%) VLAN
18 10 (0.91%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 35 (3.19%) Big Data
2 25 (2.28%) SQL Server
3 11 (1.00%) MySQL
4 5 (0.46%) Hadoop
5 3 (0.27%) GIS
6 2 (0.18%) MongoDB
7 1 (0.091%) Amazon RDS
7 1 (0.091%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 7 (0.64%) Metasploit
2 3 (0.27%) AppScan
2 3 (0.27%) Paros
3 2 (0.18%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 1 (0.091%) Burp Suite
4 1 (0.091%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.091%) TeamCity
General
1 270 (24.59%) Finance
2 147 (13.39%) Banking
3 60 (5.46%) Investment Banking
4 46 (4.19%) Law
4 46 (4.19%) Legal
5 45 (4.10%) Retail Banking
6 25 (2.28%) Telecoms
7 15 (1.37%) Retail
8 10 (0.91%) Digital Economy
8 10 (0.91%) Marketing
9 9 (0.82%) Financial Institution
10 6 (0.55%) Electronics
10 6 (0.55%) Manufacturing
11 5 (0.46%) Games
12 4 (0.36%) Military
12 4 (0.36%) Publishing
13 3 (0.27%) Corporate Banking
13 3 (0.27%) French Language
13 3 (0.27%) German Language
13 3 (0.27%) International Banking
Job Titles
1 411 (37.43%) Analyst
2 329 (29.96%) Security Analyst
3 216 (19.67%) Security Engineer
4 119 (10.84%) Security Manager
5 92 (8.38%) Consultant
6 89 (8.11%) SOC Analyst
7 85 (7.74%) Operations Analyst
7 85 (7.74%) Security Operations Analyst
8 81 (7.38%) Security Consultant
9 74 (6.74%) Operations Engineer
10 72 (6.56%) Cybersecurity Analyst
11 61 (5.56%) IT Analyst
12 59 (5.37%) IT Engineer
12 59 (5.37%) IT Security Engineer
13 55 (5.01%) Information Analyst
13 55 (5.01%) Information Security Analyst
14 54 (4.92%) IT Security Analyst
15 52 (4.74%) Operational Security Manager
15 52 (4.74%) Security Operations Manager
16 46 (4.19%) Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (2.37%) Web Services
2 25 (2.28%) .NET
3 20 (1.82%) SailPoint
4 7 (0.64%) Elastic Stack
5 4 (0.36%) Middleware
5 4 (0.36%) OAuth
5 4 (0.36%) SAML
5 4 (0.36%) SOAP
6 3 (0.27%) J2EE
6 3 (0.27%) JNI
7 2 (0.18%) PCRE
7 2 (0.18%) Regular Expression
7 2 (0.18%) XMPP
8 1 (0.091%) LAMP
8 1 (0.091%) Node.js
8 1 (0.091%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 337 (30.69%) Security Operations Centre
2 203 (18.49%) Management Information System
3 156 (14.21%) Computer Science
4 124 (11.29%) Analytical Skills
5 87 (7.92%) Cyberthreat
6 62 (5.65%) Data Protection Act
7 47 (4.28%) Data Centre
8 35 (3.19%) PKI
9 22 (2.00%) Cyber Attack
10 18 (1.64%) Greenfield Project
11 17 (1.55%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
12 15 (1.37%) Cyber Defence
13 13 (1.18%) Public Cloud
14 12 (1.09%) CESG
14 12 (1.09%) Cybercrime
15 10 (0.91%) Algorithms
16 9 (0.82%) Data Structures
16 9 (0.82%) Enterprise Software
16 9 (0.82%) Smart Meter
17 7 (0.64%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 267 (24.32%) Linux
2 249 (22.68%) Windows
3 80 (7.29%) Unix
4 74 (6.74%) Windows Server
5 16 (1.46%) Apple iOS
6 14 (1.28%) Android
7 11 (1.00%) Kali Linux
8 9 (0.82%) VMS
9 5 (0.46%) Mac OS X
10 4 (0.36%) FreeBSD
11 3 (0.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 2 (0.18%) CentOS
12 2 (0.18%) Ubuntu
12 2 (0.18%) Windows Server 2012
13 1 (0.091%) Debian
13 1 (0.091%) Solaris
13 1 (0.091%) Windows Server 2003
13 1 (0.091%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 604 (55.01%) Information Security
2 543 (49.45%) Cybersecurity
3 541 (49.27%) SIEM
4 270 (24.59%) Vulnerability Management
5 197 (17.94%) ITIL
6 196 (17.85%) Security Architecture
7 169 (15.39%) Penetration Testing
8 164 (14.94%) Data Protection
9 157 (14.30%) Incident Management
10 152 (13.84%) Security Monitoring
11 140 (12.75%) Identity Access Management
12 128 (11.66%) Vulnerability Scanning
13 125 (11.38%) Threat Intelligence
14 121 (11.02%) Risk Management
15 117 (10.66%) Vulnerability Assessment
16 111 (10.11%) Mentoring
17 106 (9.65%) Analytics
18 105 (9.56%) Security Management
19 96 (8.74%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
20 90 (8.20%) Data Loss Prevention
Programming Languages
1 63 (5.74%) Java
2 60 (5.46%) Python
3 44 (4.01%) C
4 27 (2.46%) Perl
5 22 (2.00%) PowerShell
5 22 (2.00%) Ruby
6 21 (1.91%) Bash Shell
7 19 (1.73%) C#
8 16 (1.46%) C++
9 15 (1.37%) SQL
10 10 (0.91%) PHP
11 5 (0.46%) Shell Script
12 3 (0.27%) Objective-C
13 2 (0.18%) JavaScript
14 1 (0.091%) AWK
14 1 (0.091%) C-shell
14 1 (0.091%) Korn
Qualifications
1 526 (47.91%) CISSP
2 359 (32.70%) CISM
3 266 (24.23%) Degree
4 164 (14.94%) CISA
5 142 (12.93%) GIAC
6 112 (10.20%) Security Cleared
7 103 (9.38%) GCIH
8 98 (8.93%) CEH
9 88 (8.01%) SANS
10 83 (7.56%) Computer Science Degree
11 75 (6.83%) SC Cleared
12 60 (5.46%) GCIA
13 55 (5.01%) CompTIA Security+
13 55 (5.01%) Security+ Certification
14 46 (4.19%) Cisco Certification
15 45 (4.10%) CBAP
16 42 (3.83%) CRISC
17 40 (3.64%) GSEC
18 38 (3.46%) CREST Certified
19 34 (3.10%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 272 (24.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 108 (9.84%) PCI DSS
3 85 (7.74%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
4 35 (3.19%) COBIT
5 32 (2.91%) GDPR
6 26 (2.37%) SLA
7 21 (1.91%) PMO
8 20 (1.82%) Cyber Essentials
9 12 (1.09%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 11 (1.00%) ISO 9001
11 9 (0.82%) GPG13
12 7 (0.64%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 7 (0.64%) SSAE 16
13 6 (0.55%) FISMA
13 6 (0.55%) ISO 22301
13 6 (0.55%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 6 (0.55%) ISO/IEC 27005
13 6 (0.55%) NIST 800
14 5 (0.46%) ISO 31000
14 5 (0.46%) QA
System Software
1 111 (10.11%) Active Directory
2 47 (4.28%) Virtual Machines
3 28 (2.55%) VMware Infrastructure
4 16 (1.46%) Snort
5 9 (0.82%) ProxySG
6 5 (0.46%) XenDesktop
7 4 (0.36%) Docker
7 4 (0.36%) Hyper-V
7 4 (0.36%) vSphere
7 4 (0.36%) XenApp
8 2 (0.18%) BitLocker
8 2 (0.18%) Firmware
8 2 (0.18%) HDFS
9 1 (0.091%) pfSense
9 1 (0.091%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (0.091%) VMware NSX
9 1 (0.091%) Xen
Systems Management
1 74 (6.74%) Nessus
2 72 (6.56%) QRadar
3 42 (3.83%) CSIRT
4 37 (3.37%) McAfee ePO
5 34 (3.10%) SCCM
6 31 (2.82%) FortiGate
7 18 (1.64%) OpenVAS
8 16 (1.46%) RSA Security Analytics
9 12 (1.09%) FTK
9 12 (1.09%) WSUS
10 11 (1.00%) Network Intrusion Detection System
11 9 (0.82%) Core Impact
11 9 (0.82%) Nexpose
11 9 (0.82%) PowerBroker
12 8 (0.73%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
12 8 (0.73%) Host Intrusion Detection System
13 6 (0.55%) Ansible
13 6 (0.55%) Norton AntiVirus
13 6 (0.55%) RSA enVision
14 5 (0.46%) Nagios
Vendors
1 118 (10.75%) Splunk
2 112 (10.20%) Palo Alto
3 98 (8.93%) Cisco
3 98 (8.93%) Microsoft
4 66 (6.01%) ArcSight
4 66 (6.01%) CheckPoint
5 64 (5.83%) Juniper
6 54 (4.92%) VMware
7 52 (4.74%) LogRhythm
8 50 (4.55%) McAfee
9 43 (3.92%) Oracle
10 36 (3.28%) CyberArk
11 35 (3.19%) Qualys
11 35 (3.19%) Symantec
12 29 (2.64%) Fortinet
13 28 (2.55%) BeyondTrust
13 28 (2.55%) SolarWinds
14 27 (2.46%) AlienVault
15 23 (2.09%) Blue Coat
16 22 (2.00%) F5