Period
to 21 August 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 21 August 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Security Operations (SecOps)
UK
6 months to
21 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 418 504 466
Rank change year-on-year +86 -38 +135
Permanent jobs citing Security Operations 1,212 986 1,250
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.72% 0.56% 0.63%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.79% 0.61% 0.70%
Number of salaries quoted 879 740 981
UK median annual salary £55,000 £62,500 £60,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -12.00% +4.17% +9.09%
10th Percentile £40,000 £37,500 £36,250
90th Percentile £82,500 £91,375 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £55,000 £55,000 £53,000
% change year-on-year - +3.77% +6.00%

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 153,945 161,370 178,990
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 91.10% 91.55% 90.82%
Number of salaries quoted 122,592 128,232 149,403
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £48,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +4.17% +1.05%
10th Percentile £29,000 £28,000 £27,500
90th Percentile £82,500 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £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 21 August 2018.

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 21 August 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 +60 1,107 £55,257 -11.59% 100
UK excluding London +116 676 £55,000 - 76
London -2 508 £62,500 -5.66% 29
East of England +188 241 £50,000 -7.83% 13
North of England +118 143 £52,500 -4.55% 22
South East -72 104 £55,000 -8.33% 17
North West +62 72 £55,000 +10.00% 8
Midlands +12 70 £55,257 +3.28% 8
Yorkshire +76 68 £50,000 -13.04% 14
Scotland +28 67 £65,000 - 3
West Midlands +18 43 £50,000 -6.54% 7
South West -5 36 £55,000 - 11
East Midlands +12 22 £52,500 -58.00% 1
Wales +9 8 £40,210 +14.88%
Northern Ireland - 8 £45,000 - 2
North East -15 3 £25,000 -54.55%

For the 6 months to 21 August 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.

1 672 (55.45%) SIEM
2 633 (52.23%) Information Security
3 600 (49.50%) Cybersecurity
4 505 (41.67%) Firewall
5 484 (39.93%) Security Operations Centre
6 386 (31.85%) CISSP
7 305 (25.17%) Vulnerability Management
8 303 (25.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 297 (24.50%) Network Security
10 244 (20.13%) Finance
11 243 (20.05%) Splunk
11 243 (20.05%) Data Loss Prevention
12 242 (19.97%) Windows
13 233 (19.22%) Linux
14 204 (16.83%) CISM
15 200 (16.50%) Incident Management
16 185 (15.26%) Risk Management
17 178 (14.69%) Microsoft
18 175 (14.44%) Degree
19 172 (14.19%) SANS
20 170 (14.03%) Management Information System
21 164 (13.53%) Qualys
22 157 (12.95%) Security Architecture
23 156 (12.87%) Analytical Skills
24 152 (12.54%) Penetration Testing
25 141 (11.63%) PCI DSS
26 137 (11.30%) QRadar
26 137 (11.30%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
27 136 (11.22%) Cisco Certification
28 135 (11.14%) Threat Management

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 19 (1.57%) Apache
2 12 (0.99%) Apache Spark
3 11 (0.91%) SharePoint
4 9 (0.74%) IIS
5 7 (0.58%) Elasticsearch
6 6 (0.50%) Tomcat
7 5 (0.41%) JBoss
8 2 (0.17%) CMS
8 2 (0.17%) MS Exchange
8 2 (0.17%) Oracle Workflow
8 2 (0.17%) SAS
8 2 (0.17%) SharePoint 2013
8 2 (0.17%) Skype for Business
9 1 (0.083%) nginx
9 1 (0.083%) WebLogic
Applications
1 36 (2.97%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (0.74%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (0.33%) MS Visio
4 3 (0.25%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.083%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 65 (5.36%) Amazon AWS
2 48 (3.96%) Microsoft Azure
3 43 (3.55%) SaaS
4 38 (3.14%) Office 365
5 27 (2.23%) Mimecast
6 15 (1.24%) Cloud Computing
7 10 (0.83%) GitHub
8 6 (0.50%) Google Cloud Platform
9 5 (0.41%) Amazon EC2
9 5 (0.41%) Amazon S3
10 4 (0.33%) PaaS
10 4 (0.33%) Serverless
11 3 (0.25%) Azure Active Directory
12 2 (0.17%) AWS CloudFormation
12 2 (0.17%) AWS Lambda
12 2 (0.17%) Azure Data Factory
12 2 (0.17%) Azure Functions
13 1 (0.083%) Amazon Kinesis
13 1 (0.083%) Datadog
13 1 (0.083%) Sumo Logic
Communications & Networking
1 505 (41.67%) Firewall
2 297 (24.50%) Network Security
3 131 (10.81%) Intrusion Detection
4 123 (10.15%) TCP/IP
5 65 (5.36%) VPN
6 48 (3.96%) DNS
6 48 (3.96%) SSL
7 45 (3.71%) Internet
8 38 (3.14%) Wireshark
9 35 (2.89%) HTTP
10 29 (2.39%) IPsec
11 28 (2.31%) DMARC
12 27 (2.23%) DKIM
13 21 (1.73%) WAN
14 19 (1.57%) Sourcefire
15 18 (1.49%) FTP
16 17 (1.40%) LAN
17 15 (1.24%) MPLS
17 15 (1.24%) Wireless
18 14 (1.16%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (2.56%) Big Data
2 14 (1.16%) Hadoop
3 5 (0.41%) GIS
3 5 (0.41%) SQL Server
4 3 (0.25%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (0.25%) QlikView
4 3 (0.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 2 (0.17%) Amazon RDS
5 2 (0.17%) Amazon Redshift
5 2 (0.17%) Apache Hive
5 2 (0.17%) Azure SQL Database
5 2 (0.17%) PostgreSQL
5 2 (0.17%) SQL Server 2008
5 2 (0.17%) SQL Server 2014
6 1 (0.083%) Data Lake
6 1 (0.083%) Geospatial Data
6 1 (0.083%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 16 (1.32%) JIRA
2 14 (1.16%) Jenkins
3 10 (0.83%) Metasploit
4 2 (0.17%) Maven
4 2 (0.17%) Sonatype Nexus
4 2 (0.17%) TeamCity
5 1 (0.083%) Burp Suite
General
1 244 (20.13%) Finance
2 88 (7.26%) Retail
3 60 (4.95%) Banking
4 36 (2.97%) Investment Banking
5 33 (2.72%) Law
6 32 (2.64%) Legal
7 13 (1.07%) Telecoms
8 11 (0.91%) Manufacturing
9 7 (0.58%) French Language
10 6 (0.50%) Local Government
11 5 (0.41%) Financial Institution
12 4 (0.33%) Back Office
12 4 (0.33%) German Language
12 4 (0.33%) Italian Language
12 4 (0.33%) Military
13 3 (0.25%) Brand Awareness
14 2 (0.17%) Aerospace
14 2 (0.17%) Games
14 2 (0.17%) Marketing
15 1 (0.083%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 348 (28.71%) Analyst
2 244 (20.13%) Security Analyst
3 198 (16.34%) Security Engineer
4 156 (12.87%) Security Manager
5 154 (12.71%) Consultant
6 130 (10.73%) Security Consultant
7 106 (8.75%) Operations Analyst
7 106 (8.75%) Security Operations Analyst
7 106 (8.75%) SOC Analyst
8 77 (6.35%) Senior Analyst
9 75 (6.19%) IT Consultant
9 75 (6.19%) IT Security Consultant
10 64 (5.28%) Senior Consultant
11 60 (4.95%) Operations Manager
11 60 (4.95%) Senior Security Analyst
12 57 (4.70%) Operational Security Manager
12 57 (4.70%) Security Operations Manager
13 47 (3.88%) Architect
14 46 (3.80%) Security Specialist
14 46 (3.80%) Senior Security Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (1.73%) Elastic Stack
2 8 (0.66%) Web Services
3 6 (0.50%) ISPF
3 6 (0.50%) LDAP
4 4 (0.33%) Middleware
5 3 (0.25%) .NET
5 3 (0.25%) SAML
6 2 (0.17%) REST
7 1 (0.083%) JDBC
7 1 (0.083%) Node.js
7 1 (0.083%) ODBC
7 1 (0.083%) Regular Expression
7 1 (0.083%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 484 (39.93%) Security Operations Centre
2 170 (14.03%) Management Information System
3 156 (12.87%) Analytical Skills
4 137 (11.30%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 134 (11.06%) PKI
6 105 (8.66%) Computer Science
7 73 (6.02%) Cyberthreat
8 66 (5.45%) Self-Motivation
9 56 (4.62%) Cyberattack
10 54 (4.46%) Cyber Kill Chain
11 48 (3.96%) Data Protection Act
12 47 (3.88%) Data Centre
13 30 (2.48%) Cybercrime
14 20 (1.65%) Enterprise Software
15 19 (1.57%) Cyber Defence
16 13 (1.07%) Fintech
17 12 (0.99%) Mainframe
18 11 (0.91%) Life Science
19 10 (0.83%) Algorithms
19 10 (0.83%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 242 (19.97%) Windows
2 233 (19.22%) Linux
3 105 (8.66%) Unix
4 30 (2.48%) Windows Server
5 15 (1.24%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 14 (1.16%) Kali Linux
7 11 (0.91%) Mac OS X
8 5 (0.41%) Solaris
8 5 (0.41%) Windows Server 2012
9 2 (0.17%) Mac OS
9 2 (0.17%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (0.083%) Android
10 1 (0.083%) Apple iOS
10 1 (0.083%) IRIX
10 1 (0.083%) SUSE
10 1 (0.083%) Windows 10
10 1 (0.083%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 672 (55.45%) SIEM
2 633 (52.23%) Information Security
3 600 (49.50%) Cybersecurity
4 305 (25.17%) Vulnerability Management
5 243 (20.05%) Data Loss Prevention
6 200 (16.50%) Incident Management
7 185 (15.26%) Risk Management
8 157 (12.95%) Security Architecture
9 152 (12.54%) Penetration Testing
10 135 (11.14%) Threat Management
11 133 (10.97%) ITIL
12 131 (10.81%) Threat Intelligence
13 123 (10.15%) Vulnerability Scanning
14 119 (9.82%) Identity Access Management
15 118 (9.74%) Problem-Solving
16 117 (9.65%) Security Management
17 104 (8.58%) Continuous Improvement
18 100 (8.25%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
19 90 (7.43%) Analytics
20 88 (7.26%) Malware Analysis
Programming Languages
1 89 (7.34%) Python
2 36 (2.97%) C
3 29 (2.39%) Perl
4 28 (2.31%) C#
4 28 (2.31%) VBA
5 24 (1.98%) Bash Shell
6 20 (1.65%) PowerShell
7 19 (1.57%) Java
8 18 (1.49%) Ruby
9 17 (1.40%) SQL
10 13 (1.07%) PHP
11 12 (0.99%) JavaScript
12 7 (0.58%) Go
13 6 (0.50%) JCL
13 6 (0.50%) REXX
14 4 (0.33%) Shell Script
15 3 (0.25%) Assembly Language
16 2 (0.17%) Groovy
16 2 (0.17%) R
16 2 (0.17%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 386 (31.85%) CISSP
2 204 (16.83%) CISM
3 175 (14.44%) Degree
4 172 (14.19%) SANS
5 136 (11.22%) Cisco Certification
6 123 (10.15%) CISA
7 106 (8.75%) CEH
8 105 (8.66%) GIAC
9 99 (8.17%) SSCP
10 97 (8.00%) CompTIA Security+
11 91 (7.51%) CCNA
12 80 (6.60%) Security Cleared
13 78 (6.44%) GCIH
14 77 (6.35%) CSSLP
15 75 (6.19%) CCNP
16 72 (5.94%) Computer Science Degree
17 53 (4.37%) GCIA
18 52 (4.29%) Microsoft Certification
19 50 (4.13%) MCSE
20 43 (3.55%) CCSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 303 (25.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 141 (11.63%) PCI DSS
3 117 (9.65%) GDPR
4 53 (4.37%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 38 (3.14%) COBIT
6 22 (1.82%) GPG13
7 20 (1.65%) Cyber Essentials
8 19 (1.57%) QA
9 13 (1.07%) SLA
10 12 (0.99%) IASME
11 8 (0.66%) PMO
12 7 (0.58%) ISO 9001
13 5 (0.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 4 (0.33%) Government Security Classifications
15 3 (0.25%) Web Application Security Consortium
16 2 (0.17%) ISAE 3402
16 2 (0.17%) RMADS
17 1 (0.083%) COSO
17 1 (0.083%) HIPAA
17 1 (0.083%) PA-DSS
System Software
1 56 (4.62%) Virtual Machines
2 53 (4.37%) Active Directory
3 28 (2.31%) VMware Infrastructure
4 27 (2.23%) Snort
5 9 (0.74%) HDFS
6 8 (0.66%) iptables
7 7 (0.58%) Docker
8 6 (0.50%) RACF
9 3 (0.25%) Hyper-V
10 2 (0.17%) vSphere
11 1 (0.083%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 137 (11.30%) QRadar
2 36 (2.97%) RSA Security Analytics
3 32 (2.64%) Nessus
4 16 (1.32%) CSIRT
5 13 (1.07%) EnCase
6 11 (0.91%) Nmap
7 9 (0.74%) OSSEC
7 9 (0.74%) Suricata
8 8 (0.66%) SCCM
8 8 (0.66%) Stealthwatch
9 7 (0.58%) FortiGate
9 7 (0.58%) Opscode Chef
10 6 (0.50%) Ansible
10 6 (0.50%) CASB
10 6 (0.50%) Host Intrusion Detection System
10 6 (0.50%) IBM BigFix
10 6 (0.50%) Kibana
10 6 (0.50%) Kubernetes
10 6 (0.50%) Norton AntiVirus
10 6 (0.50%) zSecure
Vendors
1 243 (20.05%) Splunk
2 178 (14.69%) Microsoft
3 164 (13.53%) Qualys
4 79 (6.52%) Cisco
5 75 (6.19%) LogRhythm
6 62 (5.12%) Symantec
7 54 (4.46%) Red Hat
8 52 (4.29%) VMware
9 50 (4.13%) ArcSight
10 44 (3.63%) CheckPoint
11 38 (3.14%) Oracle
12 34 (2.81%) Sophos
13 30 (2.48%) Forcepoint
14 26 (2.15%) Dell
14 26 (2.15%) Palo Alto
15 24 (1.98%) LogLogic
15 24 (1.98%) TIBCO
16 17 (1.40%) Juniper
17 16 (1.32%) CyberArk
18 15 (1.24%) ServiceNow