The median annual salary for a Security Specialist was £55,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 22 March 2017.

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

3 months to
22 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Security Specialist
UK
Rank 693 767 757
Rank change year-on-year +74 -10  
Permanent jobs requiring a Security Specialist 172 174 204
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.21% 0.17% 0.19%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.21% 0.18% 0.20%
Number of salaries quoted 131 123 142
Median salary £55,000 £55,000 £52,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +4.76%  
90% offered a salary of more than £37,500 £43,000 £41,500
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £80,000 £67,500
UK excluding London median salary £45,000 £52,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year -14.28% +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 80774 98602 101550
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 96.28% 96.35% 96.62%
Number of salaries quoted 66963 82534 82926
Median salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £72,500 £70,000 £70,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,000 £41,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +1.20% +3.75%  

Security Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Security Specialist in the job title.

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 3 months to 22 March 2017.

Salary histogram for Security Specialist in the UK

Security Specialist
Top 30 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 3 months to 22 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +104 166 £57,500 +2.22% 23
London +74 91 £60,000 - 14
South East +51 17 £60,000 +9.09% 3
City of London +50 15 £60,000 +9.09% 4
West Midlands +31 13 £42,500 -19.04%
East Midlands - 13 £45,000 -
Yorkshire +36 11 £44,031 -11.93% 2
North West -29 8 £55,000 -11.29% 2
North East - 8 £45,000 -
Northamptonshire - 8 £45,000 -
Durham - 8 £45,000 -
Surrey +55 7 £58,750 -16.07% 1
North Yorkshire - 7 £57,500 -
York - 6 £57,500 -
Northampton - 6 £45,000 -
Berkshire +32 5 £112,500 +104.54% 1
East of England +18 5 £57,500 +33.72%
Birmingham +14 5 £31,250 -32.43%
Manchester -32 5 £55,000 - 2
Reading +38 4 £112,500 +150.00%
West Yorkshire +21 4 £44,031 -7.30% 2
Essex +16 4 £57,500 +25.00%
Colchester +1 4 £57,500 +25.00%
West Drayton - 4 £35,000 -
West Wales - 4 £31,304 -
Swansea - 4 £31,304 -
Wales - 4 £31,304 -
Hampshire +24 3 £62,500 -10.71%
Leeds +22 3 £44,031 -7.30% 2
Cheshire - 3 £60,000 -

Security Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 March 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.

1 211 (57.18%) Information Security
2 155 (42.01%) CISSP
3 134 (36.31%) Firewall
4 109 (29.54%) CISM
5 103 (27.91%) PCI DSS
6 101 (27.37%) Cybersecurity
7 88 (23.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 82 (22.22%) SIEM
9 79 (21.41%) Network Security
10 74 (20.05%) Finance
11 67 (18.16%) Penetration Testing
12 66 (17.89%) Risk Management
13 53 (14.36%) Windows
13 53 (14.36%) Data Protection
14 48 (13.01%) Risk Assessment
14 48 (13.01%) ITIL
15 43 (11.65%) Vulnerability Assessment
15 43 (11.65%) Linux
15 43 (11.65%) Cisco
15 43 (11.65%) Security Operations
16 42 (11.38%) Cisco Certification
17 41 (11.11%) Microsoft
17 41 (11.11%) Intrusion Detection
17 41 (11.11%) Degree
17 41 (11.11%) Security Architecture
18 40 (10.84%) TCP/IP
19 39 (10.57%) CISA
20 38 (10.30%) Stakeholder Management
20 38 (10.30%) Continuous Improvement
21 37 (10.03%) Internet

Security Specialist Skill Set
Top Related 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 11 (2.98%) IIS
2 5 (1.36%) MS Exchange
3 3 (0.81%) OpenStack
4 2 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (0.54%) WebLogic
4 2 (0.54%) WebSphere
5 1 (0.27%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (0.27%) SharePoint
Applications
1 14 (3.79%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.27%) MS Office
2 1 (0.27%) MS Project
2 1 (0.27%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (0.81%) assyst
2 1 (0.27%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 17 (4.61%) IaaS
2 10 (2.71%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (1.90%) Amazon AWS
4 5 (1.36%) Office 365
5 4 (1.08%) Cloud Computing
6 3 (0.81%) PaaS
7 1 (0.27%) Mimecast
7 1 (0.27%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 134 (36.31%) Firewall
2 79 (21.41%) Network Security
3 41 (11.11%) Intrusion Detection
4 40 (10.84%) TCP/IP
5 37 (10.03%) Internet
6 31 (8.40%) WAN
7 25 (6.78%) DNS
7 25 (6.78%) LAN
7 25 (6.78%) VPN
8 23 (6.23%) DHCP
9 21 (5.69%) VLAN
10 18 (4.88%) Cisco ASA
11 12 (3.25%) BGP
11 12 (3.25%) BIG-IP
11 12 (3.25%) Cisco IOS
11 12 (3.25%) DMVPN
11 12 (3.25%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
11 12 (3.25%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
11 12 (3.25%) NetScreen
11 12 (3.25%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (2.17%) SQL Server
2 6 (1.63%) Relational Database
3 5 (1.36%) Big Data
4 4 (1.08%) MongoDB
5 2 (0.54%) Oracle Database
5 2 (0.54%) Oracle Reports
5 2 (0.54%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 6 (1.63%) Burp Suite
2 1 (0.27%) AppScan
2 1 (0.27%) Metasploit
General
1 74 (20.05%) Finance
2 33 (8.94%) Telecoms
3 27 (7.32%) Banking
4 20 (5.42%) Retail
5 9 (2.44%) Financial Institution
6 5 (1.36%) Legal
7 4 (1.08%) Electronics
7 4 (1.08%) Marketing
8 2 (0.54%) Advertising
8 2 (0.54%) Law
9 1 (0.27%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (2.17%) Node.js
2 7 (1.90%) .NET
2 7 (1.90%) ASP.NET
2 7 (1.90%) Middleware
3 4 (1.08%) 802.1X
3 4 (1.08%) AngularJS
3 4 (1.08%) RabbitMQ
4 3 (0.81%) OpenDaylight
5 2 (0.54%) HTML
5 2 (0.54%) SailPoint
5 2 (0.54%) XML
5 2 (0.54%) XSL
6 1 (0.27%) OAuth
6 1 (0.27%) OpenID
6 1 (0.27%) SAML
6 1 (0.27%) SOAP
6 1 (0.27%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 32 (8.67%) Management Information System
2 28 (7.59%) Data Protection Act
3 24 (6.50%) Data Centre
4 23 (6.23%) Security Operations Centre
5 18 (4.88%) Computer Science
6 17 (4.61%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 16 (4.34%) PKI
8 14 (3.79%) Analytical Skills
9 12 (3.25%) Fat Client
9 12 (3.25%) NHS
9 12 (3.25%) Thin Client
10 11 (2.98%) Cyberthreat
11 9 (2.44%) Cyber Attack
11 9 (2.44%) Video Conferencing
12 6 (1.63%) Client/Server
13 4 (1.08%) CESG
13 4 (1.08%) Fintech
13 4 (1.08%) Mainframe
13 4 (1.08%) Smartphone
13 4 (1.08%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 53 (14.36%) Windows
2 43 (11.65%) Linux
3 31 (8.40%) Unix
4 18 (4.88%) Windows Server
5 6 (1.63%) Android
5 6 (1.63%) Windows Server 2012
6 5 (1.36%) AIX
6 5 (1.36%) Windows 7
7 4 (1.08%) Windows 10
7 4 (1.08%) Windows 8
7 4 (1.08%) Windows Server 2008
8 3 (0.81%) Solaris
9 2 (0.54%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 211 (57.18%) Information Security
2 101 (27.37%) Cybersecurity
3 82 (22.22%) SIEM
4 67 (18.16%) Penetration Testing
5 66 (17.89%) Risk Management
6 53 (14.36%) Data Protection
7 48 (13.01%) ITIL
7 48 (13.01%) Risk Assessment
8 43 (11.65%) Security Operations
8 43 (11.65%) Vulnerability Assessment
9 41 (11.11%) Security Architecture
10 38 (10.30%) Continuous Improvement
10 38 (10.30%) Stakeholder Management
11 33 (8.94%) Business Continuity
12 32 (8.67%) Vulnerability Scanning
13 29 (7.86%) Disaster Recovery
14 27 (7.32%) Security Management
15 26 (7.05%) Vulnerability Management
16 21 (5.69%) Threat Detection
16 21 (5.69%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 10 (2.71%) C++
2 7 (1.90%) C
2 7 (1.90%) JavaScript
2 7 (1.90%) SQL
3 6 (1.63%) Java
4 4 (1.08%) Erlang
4 4 (1.08%) Go
5 2 (0.54%) PowerShell
5 2 (0.54%) Python
6 1 (0.27%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 155 (42.01%) CISSP
2 109 (29.54%) CISM
3 42 (11.38%) Cisco Certification
4 41 (11.11%) Degree
5 39 (10.57%) CISA
6 35 (9.49%) CCNP
7 26 (7.05%) CCNA
7 26 (7.05%) SANS
8 22 (5.96%) CEH
9 19 (5.15%) GIAC
10 15 (4.07%) CCSE
10 15 (4.07%) Security Cleared
11 12 (3.25%) SSCP
12 11 (2.98%) CompTIA Security+
12 11 (2.98%) Security+ Certification
13 10 (2.71%) SC Cleared
14 9 (2.44%) GCIA
14 9 (2.44%) GCIH
15 8 (2.17%) CISMP
15 8 (2.17%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 103 (27.91%) PCI DSS
2 88 (23.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 9 (2.44%) GPG13
4 4 (1.08%) GDPR
4 4 (1.08%) ISO27002
5 3 (0.81%) COBIT
5 3 (0.81%) HIPAA
5 3 (0.81%) SSAE 16
6 2 (0.54%) QA
6 2 (0.54%) SAS 70
7 1 (0.27%) COSO
7 1 (0.27%) Cyber Essentials
7 1 (0.27%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 1 (0.27%) ISO22301
7 1 (0.27%) PMO
7 1 (0.27%) SLA
System Software
1 30 (8.13%) Active Directory
2 17 (4.61%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (3.25%) Hyper-V
4 4 (1.08%) Firmware
5 3 (0.81%) Ceph
6 1 (0.27%) Xen
Systems Management
1 16 (4.34%) Nessus
2 12 (3.25%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
3 10 (2.71%) SCCM
4 7 (1.90%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 7 (1.90%) Nmap
5 5 (1.36%) CSIRT
5 5 (1.36%) RSA Archer
6 2 (0.54%) Host Intrusion Detection System
6 2 (0.54%) Network Intrusion Detection System
6 2 (0.54%) QRadar
6 2 (0.54%) SCOM
6 2 (0.54%) WSUS
7 1 (0.27%) Ansible
7 1 (0.27%) BladeLogic
7 1 (0.27%) Cisco Prime
7 1 (0.27%) IBM BigFix
7 1 (0.27%) OpenVAS
7 1 (0.27%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.27%) Puppet
7 1 (0.27%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 43 (11.65%) Cisco
2 41 (11.11%) Microsoft
3 25 (6.78%) CheckPoint
3 25 (6.78%) VMware
4 23 (6.23%) ArcSight
5 20 (5.42%) Blue Coat
5 20 (5.42%) Citrix
6 19 (5.15%) F5
7 14 (3.79%) Qualys
8 12 (3.25%) Imperva
8 12 (3.25%) Infoblox
9 11 (2.98%) HP
10 10 (2.71%) Splunk
11 7 (1.90%) Intel Security
11 7 (1.90%) Juniper
11 7 (1.90%) NetApp
12 6 (1.63%) IBM
13 5 (1.36%) Forcepoint
13 5 (1.36%) Intel
13 5 (1.36%) Oracle
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