Period
to 18 August 2017

The median annual salary for a Security Specialist was £60,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 August 2017.

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

Security Specialist
UK
6 months to
18 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 815 798 904
Rank change year-on-year -17 +106 +30
Permanent jobs requiring a Security Specialist 378 482 417
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.21% 0.24% 0.19%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.22% 0.25% 0.20%
Number of salaries quoted 304 398 311
UK median annual salary £60,000 £59,500 £55,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +0.84% +8.18% -
10th Percentile £41,650 £39,850 £37,500
90th Percentile £89,250 £85,000 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £52,500 £47,500
% change year-on-year -14.29% +10.53% -5.00%

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in permanent job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

IT Job Roles
UK
Permanent job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 169742 190690 209586
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 95.90% 96.50% 96.47%
Number of salaries quoted 137115 160408 172505
UK median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.56% -
10th Percentile £27,500 £26,750 £26,250
90th Percentile £77,500 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -

Security Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Security Specialist in the UK

Security Specialist
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Security Specialist.

Salary trend for Security Specialist in the UK

Security Specialist
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Security Specialist over the 6 months to 18 August 2017.

Salary histogram for Security Specialist in the UK

Security Specialist
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 Specialist within the UK over the 6 months to 18 August 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 -23 352 £62,500 +5.04% 10
London +43 202 £65,000 - 5
UK excluding London -27 173 £45,000 -14.29% 6
North of England -39 49 £45,000 -25.00% 3
Midlands +38 41 £45,000 -11.76% 1
West Midlands +13 32 £44,000 -14.98% 1
South East +11 28 £60,000 +14.29%
East of England +13 19 £65,000 +30.00% 1
Yorkshire -2 17 £47,500 -5.00% 1
Wales +29 16 £45,000 +20.00%
North West -45 16 £55,000 -15.38% 2
North East - 16 £45,000 -
South West +9 13 £45,000 -5.26%
East Midlands +34 9 £50,000 -
Scotland +18 7 £60,000 +37.14% 1

Security Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 August 2017, Security Specialist job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads featuring Security Specialist in the job title.

1 236 (62.43%) Information Security
2 148 (39.15%) CISSP
3 128 (33.86%) Firewall
4 120 (31.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 105 (27.78%) CISM
6 83 (21.96%) Cybersecurity
7 82 (21.69%) PCI DSS
8 81 (21.43%) Finance
9 76 (20.11%) Degree
10 74 (19.58%) Risk Management
10 74 (19.58%) SIEM
11 71 (18.78%) Network Security
11 71 (18.78%) Management Information System
12 67 (17.72%) Cisco
13 66 (17.46%) CISA
14 65 (17.20%) Data Protection
15 61 (16.14%) Windows
16 56 (14.81%) Penetration Testing
17 52 (13.76%) Security Architecture
18 40 (10.58%) Linux
19 39 (10.32%) Vulnerability Management
19 39 (10.32%) Windows Server
20 38 (10.05%) Cyber Essentials
20 38 (10.05%) Data Protection Act
21 37 (9.79%) Active Directory
22 36 (9.52%) GDPR
23 35 (9.26%) Analytical Skills
23 35 (9.26%) Intrusion Detection
24 34 (8.99%) Computer Science
25 33 (8.73%) VMware

Security Specialist 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:

Application Platforms
1 12 (3.17%) SharePoint
2 5 (1.32%) MS Exchange
3 2 (0.53%) Apache
3 2 (0.53%) IIS
4 1 (0.26%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 19 (5.03%) Microsoft Excel
2 15 (3.97%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 12 (3.17%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 3 (0.79%) Sentinel
2 2 (0.53%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.26%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 16 (4.23%) Amazon AWS
2 10 (2.65%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (2.12%) Office 365
4 5 (1.32%) Cloud Computing
4 5 (1.32%) SaaS
5 4 (1.06%) Mimecast
6 1 (0.26%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 128 (33.86%) Firewall
2 71 (18.78%) Network Security
3 35 (9.26%) Intrusion Detection
4 24 (6.35%) Cisco ASA
5 21 (5.56%) Cisco IOS
6 18 (4.76%) DNS
6 18 (4.76%) LAN
6 18 (4.76%) VPN
7 17 (4.50%) DHCP
8 16 (4.23%) Internet
8 16 (4.23%) TCP/IP
9 13 (3.44%) iSCSI
10 12 (3.17%) WAN
11 11 (2.91%) BGP
11 11 (2.91%) OSPF
12 10 (2.65%) BIG-IP
12 10 (2.65%) Cisco Nexus
12 10 (2.65%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
12 10 (2.65%) VoIP
13 9 (2.38%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (1.59%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.53%) MySQL
2 2 (0.53%) NoSQL
2 2 (0.53%) Oracle Database
3 1 (0.26%) Big Data
3 1 (0.26%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 3 (0.79%) AppScan
1 3 (0.79%) Metasploit
General
1 81 (21.43%) Finance
2 28 (7.41%) Telecoms
3 22 (5.82%) Marketing
4 19 (5.03%) Electronics
4 19 (5.03%) Manufacturing
5 16 (4.23%) Legal
6 15 (3.97%) Law
7 13 (3.44%) Financial Institution
8 10 (2.65%) Banking
9 5 (1.32%) Retail
10 3 (0.79%) Advertising
11 2 (0.53%) Digital Economy
12 1 (0.26%) Aerospace
12 1 (0.26%) Automotive
12 1 (0.26%) Dutch Language
12 1 (0.26%) French Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (3.97%) Web Services
2 8 (2.12%) .NET
2 8 (2.12%) Middleware
3 3 (0.79%) J2EE
3 3 (0.79%) Node.js
3 3 (0.79%) SAML
3 3 (0.79%) XML
4 2 (0.53%) HTML
4 2 (0.53%) OAuth
4 2 (0.53%) OAuth2
4 2 (0.53%) XSL
5 1 (0.26%) Java EE
5 1 (0.26%) OpenID
5 1 (0.26%) SAP Basis
Miscellaneous
1 71 (18.78%) Management Information System
2 38 (10.05%) Data Protection Act
3 35 (9.26%) Analytical Skills
4 34 (8.99%) Computer Science
5 21 (5.56%) Cyber Defence
6 16 (4.23%) Data Centre
7 13 (3.44%) Mobile App
8 12 (3.17%) Fat Client
8 12 (3.17%) PKI
8 12 (3.17%) Thin Client
9 10 (2.65%) Cybercrime
10 9 (2.38%) Cyberthreat
11 7 (1.85%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 7 (1.85%) Hedge funds
12 5 (1.32%) Fintech
13 4 (1.06%) Clustering
14 3 (0.79%) NHS
14 3 (0.79%) Security Operations Centre
15 2 (0.53%) AS400
15 2 (0.53%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 61 (16.14%) Windows
2 40 (10.58%) Linux
3 39 (10.32%) Windows Server
4 15 (3.97%) Android
4 15 (3.97%) Apple iOS
5 13 (3.44%) Unix
6 7 (1.85%) Kali Linux
7 3 (0.79%) Windows 10
7 3 (0.79%) Windows Mobile
8 1 (0.26%) Solaris
8 1 (0.26%) Windows 7
8 1 (0.26%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 236 (62.43%) Information Security
2 83 (21.96%) Cybersecurity
3 74 (19.58%) Risk Management
3 74 (19.58%) SIEM
4 65 (17.20%) Data Protection
5 56 (14.81%) Penetration Testing
6 52 (13.76%) Security Architecture
7 39 (10.32%) Vulnerability Management
8 33 (8.73%) ISMS
8 33 (8.73%) ITIL
9 30 (7.94%) Security Management
10 29 (7.67%) Risk Assessment
10 29 (7.67%) Security Operations
11 27 (7.14%) Patch Management
11 27 (7.14%) Project Management
11 27 (7.14%) Service Delivery
12 25 (6.61%) Information Security Governance
13 24 (6.35%) Programme Management
13 24 (6.35%) Risk Analysis
14 22 (5.82%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 24 (6.35%) Java
2 22 (5.82%) Python
3 11 (2.91%) PowerShell
4 9 (2.38%) JavaScript
4 9 (2.38%) SQL
5 8 (2.12%) C#
6 7 (1.85%) Ruby
6 7 (1.85%) Scala
7 5 (1.32%) C
8 3 (0.79%) C++
8 3 (0.79%) VB
9 2 (0.53%) Perl
10 1 (0.26%) PHP
Qualifications
1 148 (39.15%) CISSP
2 105 (27.78%) CISM
3 76 (20.11%) Degree
4 66 (17.46%) CISA
5 29 (7.67%) Cisco Certification
6 23 (6.08%) CEH
7 21 (5.56%) CRISC
8 17 (4.50%) CCNA
8 17 (4.50%) CCNP
9 13 (3.44%) SSCP
10 11 (2.91%) CCSE
10 11 (2.91%) CISMP
11 9 (2.38%) CCSA
12 8 (2.12%) GIAC
12 8 (2.12%) GSEC
13 7 (1.85%) Computer Science Degree
13 7 (1.85%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
14 6 (1.59%) CompTIA Security+
14 6 (1.59%) Security+ Certification
15 5 (1.32%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 120 (31.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 82 (21.69%) PCI DSS
3 38 (10.05%) Cyber Essentials
4 36 (9.52%) GDPR
5 28 (7.41%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 10 (2.65%) COBIT
7 9 (2.38%) Data Quality
8 6 (1.59%) ISO 22301
9 5 (1.32%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 4 (1.06%) ISO 9001
10 4 (1.06%) SAS 70
11 2 (0.53%) QA
12 1 (0.26%) COSO
12 1 (0.26%) NIST 800
System Software
1 37 (9.79%) Active Directory
2 22 (5.82%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (3.70%) Snort
4 8 (2.12%) Hyper-V
5 6 (1.59%) pfSense
6 4 (1.06%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 14 (3.70%) Nessus
2 10 (2.65%) Nmap
3 7 (1.85%) EnCase
3 7 (1.85%) Nexpose
4 5 (1.32%) Norton AntiVirus
4 5 (1.32%) Opscode Chef
4 5 (1.32%) SCCM
4 5 (1.32%) SCOM
5 4 (1.06%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
6 3 (0.79%) Network Intrusion Detection System
6 3 (0.79%) QRadar
7 1 (0.26%) Ansible
7 1 (0.26%) FortiGate
7 1 (0.26%) HAProxy
7 1 (0.26%) Puppet
7 1 (0.26%) Tivoli
7 1 (0.26%) Tivoli Identity Manager
Vendors
1 67 (17.72%) Cisco
2 33 (8.73%) VMware
3 29 (7.67%) CheckPoint
4 25 (6.61%) Microsoft
5 22 (5.82%) SAP
6 21 (5.56%) F5
7 17 (4.50%) Palo Alto
8 16 (4.23%) Citrix
9 15 (3.97%) LogRhythm
10 13 (3.44%) Blue Coat
10 13 (3.44%) Qualys
11 11 (2.91%) Splunk
12 10 (2.65%) ArcSight
12 10 (2.65%) Symantec
13 9 (2.38%) Imperva
13 9 (2.38%) Infoblox
13 9 (2.38%) Juniper
14 7 (1.85%) HP
14 7 (1.85%) Rapid7
14 7 (1.85%) SolarWinds