Period
to 11 April 2021

The median annual salary for a Security Researcher was £175,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 11 April 2021.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Security Researcher
UK
6 months to
11 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 846 978 1117
Rank change year-on-year +132 +139 +77
Permanent jobs requiring a Security Researcher 3 13 4
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.004% 0.011% 0.003%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.004% 0.012% 0.003%
Number of salaries quoted 3 10 3
10th Percentile £78,500 £42,125 £50,250
25th Percentile £110,000 £51,250 £58,125
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £175,000 £52,500 £72,500
Median % change year-on-year +233.33% -27.59% -13.43%
75th Percentile £187,500 £60,000 £84,375
90th Percentile " £96,375 £90,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £65,000 £60,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +8.33% +20.00% -41.18%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
UK
Permanent vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 77,171 108,316 142,889
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.18% 95.36% 96.00%
Number of salaries quoted 60,815 87,918 115,276
10th Percentile £31,500 £29,750 £28,500
25th Percentile £40,750 £37,529 £37,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £71,250 £68,750
90th Percentile £88,750 £87,500 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +2.27%

Security Researcher
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Security Researcher in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Security Researcher in the UK

Security Researcher
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Security Researcher.

Salary trend for Security Researcher in the UK

Security Researcher
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Security Researcher over the 6 months to 11 April 2021.

Salary histogram for Security Researcher in the UK

Security Researcher
Top 5 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Security Researcher within the UK over the 6 months to 11 April 2021. 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 +135 3 £175,000 +233.33% 1
London +124 2 £175,000 +233.33%
Work from Home - 2 £175,000 -
UK excluding London +106 1 £65,000 +8.33% 1
South East - 1 £65,000 -

Security Researcher Skill Set
Top 15 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 11 April 2021, Security Researcher job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads featuring Security Researcher in the job title.

1 2 (66.67%) Finance
1 2 (66.67%) Azure
1 2 (66.67%) AWS
1 2 (66.67%) GCP
1 2 (66.67%) OO
2 1 (33.33%) Firmware
2 1 (33.33%) Kubernetes
2 1 (33.33%) Systems Engineering
2 1 (33.33%) DevSecOps
2 1 (33.33%) Cybersecurity
2 1 (33.33%) Docker
2 1 (33.33%) SC Cleared
2 1 (33.33%) DV Cleared
2 1 (33.33%) Security Cleared
2 1 (33.33%) Reverse Engineering

Security Researcher Skill Set
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:

Cloud Services
1 2 (66.67%) AWS
1 2 (66.67%) Azure
1 2 (66.67%) GCP
General
1 2 (66.67%) Finance
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (66.67%) OO
2 1 (33.33%) Cybersecurity
2 1 (33.33%) DevSecOps
2 1 (33.33%) Reverse Engineering
2 1 (33.33%) Systems Engineering
Qualifications
1 1 (33.33%) DV Cleared
1 1 (33.33%) SC Cleared
1 1 (33.33%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 1 (33.33%) Docker
1 1 (33.33%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 1 (33.33%) Kubernetes