Period
to 22 September 2018

The median annual salary for a Security Specialist was £55,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 22 September 2018.

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
22 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 816 856 774
Rank change year-on-year +40 -82 +161
Permanent jobs requiring a Security Specialist 349 341 509
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.21% 0.19% 0.26%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.22% 0.20% 0.27%
Number of salaries quoted 271 267 422
UK median annual salary £55,000 £60,000 £59,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -8.33% +1.69% +8.76%
10th Percentile £38,750 £41,250 £37,500
90th Percentile £82,500 £87,750 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £46,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +8.70% -8.00% +11.11%

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 159,903 169,601 187,341
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.04% 95.98% 96.58%
Number of salaries quoted 128,846 135,977 157,397
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,500 £26,750
90th Percentile £82,500 £78,750 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +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 22 September 2018.

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 22 September 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 +59 330 £55,000 -12.00% 18
UK excluding London +51 184 £50,000 +8.70% 4
London +11 161 £65,000 - 14
North of England +92 102 £50,000 +5.26% 1
Yorkshire +100 73 £46,250 -2.63% 1
North West +22 27 £55,000 -
Midlands +23 22 £40,000 -11.11% 1
West Midlands +27 21 £40,000 -9.09%
South East +6 17 £59,000 +15.12% 2
South West +13 16 £40,000 -
Scotland +2 13 £58,750 -2.08%
East of England +7 12 £80,000 +23.08%
Wales -3 2 £55,000 +22.22%
North East -22 2 £36,000 -20.00%
East Midlands +3 1 £47,500 -13.64% 1

Security Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 September 2018, Security Specialist 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 Specialist in the job title.

1 156 (44.70%) Information Security
2 122 (34.96%) Finance
3 115 (32.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 112 (32.09%) Firewall
5 105 (30.09%) Cybersecurity
6 95 (27.22%) CISSP
7 86 (24.64%) PCI DSS
8 83 (23.78%) Network Security
9 69 (19.77%) Penetration Testing
10 64 (18.34%) SIEM
11 58 (16.62%) Cisco
12 49 (14.04%) Security Operations
13 48 (13.75%) WAN
13 48 (13.75%) Cisco Certification
13 48 (13.75%) Risk Management
14 47 (13.47%) Analytical Skills
15 46 (13.18%) VPN
15 46 (13.18%) Degree
16 45 (12.89%) CheckPoint
17 44 (12.61%) Cisco ASA
18 43 (12.32%) Amazon AWS
18 43 (12.32%) GDPR
19 42 (12.03%) Microsoft Azure
19 42 (12.03%) Microsoft
20 41 (11.75%) Juniper
21 40 (11.46%) CCNP
21 40 (11.46%) DNS
21 40 (11.46%) CISM
22 39 (11.17%) Vulnerability Scanning
23 35 (10.03%) Cisco IOS

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 8 (2.29%) Elasticsearch
2 2 (0.57%) Confluence
2 2 (0.57%) MS Exchange
2 2 (0.57%) SharePoint
3 1 (0.29%) IIS
Applications
1 5 (1.43%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (1.15%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.15%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.57%) SOLIDWORKS
4 1 (0.29%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 43 (12.32%) Amazon AWS
2 42 (12.03%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (2.58%) SaaS
4 7 (2.01%) Office 365
5 5 (1.43%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (0.57%) IaaS
6 2 (0.57%) PaaS
7 1 (0.29%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 112 (32.09%) Firewall
2 83 (23.78%) Network Security
3 48 (13.75%) WAN
4 46 (13.18%) VPN
5 44 (12.61%) Cisco ASA
6 40 (11.46%) DNS
7 35 (10.03%) Cisco IOS
7 35 (10.03%) Cisco Nexus
7 35 (10.03%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
7 35 (10.03%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
7 35 (10.03%) NX-OS
8 32 (9.17%) VPLS
9 30 (8.60%) MPLS
10 29 (8.31%) NetScaler
11 26 (7.45%) BGP
11 26 (7.45%) OSPF
12 24 (6.88%) Intrusion Detection
13 23 (6.59%) Wireless
14 22 (6.30%) LAN
15 18 (5.16%) BIG-IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (2.29%) Amazon DynamoDB
1 8 (2.29%) NoSQL
2 4 (1.15%) Big Data
3 3 (0.86%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (0.57%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.29%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.29%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.29%) SQL Server
5 1 (0.29%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.29%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 15 (4.30%) Sonatype Nexus
2 14 (4.01%) Metasploit
3 2 (0.57%) JIRA
3 2 (0.57%) SonarQube
4 1 (0.29%) AppScan
4 1 (0.29%) Maven
4 1 (0.29%) Selenium
General
1 122 (34.96%) Finance
2 14 (4.01%) Legal
3 10 (2.87%) Banking
3 10 (2.87%) Telecoms
4 8 (2.29%) Games
5 6 (1.72%) Law
5 6 (1.72%) Retail
6 5 (1.43%) Marketing
7 3 (0.86%) Advertising
7 3 (0.86%) Brand Awareness
8 2 (0.57%) Automotive
8 2 (0.57%) Electronics
8 2 (0.57%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.57%) Pharmaceutical
8 2 (0.57%) Retail Banking
9 1 (0.29%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.29%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (3.72%) Web Services
2 5 (1.43%) .NET
3 4 (1.15%) Hibernate
4 3 (0.86%) Spring
5 2 (0.57%) 802.1X
5 2 (0.57%) AngularJS
5 2 (0.57%) HTML
5 2 (0.57%) HTML5
5 2 (0.57%) Middleware
5 2 (0.57%) Node.js
6 1 (0.29%) J2EE
6 1 (0.29%) Java EE
6 1 (0.29%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 47 (13.47%) Analytical Skills
2 35 (10.03%) Fintech
3 28 (8.02%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 24 (6.88%) Computer Science
5 21 (6.02%) Management Information System
6 13 (3.72%) Data Protection Act
7 12 (3.44%) Cyberthreat
8 11 (3.15%) Cyber Defence
8 11 (3.15%) PKI
9 8 (2.29%) Mobile App
10 6 (1.72%) Cyberattack
11 5 (1.43%) Self-Motivation
12 3 (0.86%) Security Operations Centre
12 3 (0.86%) Social Media
13 2 (0.57%) Analytical Mindset
13 2 (0.57%) N-Tier
13 2 (0.57%) Pharmacovigilance
13 2 (0.57%) Private Cloud
13 2 (0.57%) User Experience
13 2 (0.57%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 30 (8.60%) Windows
2 20 (5.73%) Linux
3 7 (2.01%) Unix
4 5 (1.43%) Mac OS X
4 5 (1.43%) Windows Server
4 5 (1.43%) Windows Server 2008
5 4 (1.15%) Windows 7
6 3 (0.86%) FreeBSD
7 1 (0.29%) AIX
7 1 (0.29%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 156 (44.70%) Information Security
2 105 (30.09%) Cybersecurity
3 69 (19.77%) Penetration Testing
4 64 (18.34%) SIEM
5 49 (14.04%) Security Operations
6 48 (13.75%) Risk Management
7 39 (11.17%) Vulnerability Scanning
8 34 (9.74%) Security Architecture
9 30 (8.60%) ITIL
9 30 (8.60%) Vulnerability Management
10 29 (8.31%) Data Protection
11 25 (7.16%) Problem-Solving
12 22 (6.30%) Agile Software Development
13 21 (6.02%) Cryptography
13 21 (6.02%) Security Testing
14 19 (5.44%) Mentoring
15 18 (5.16%) Threat Intelligence
16 17 (4.87%) Multi-Factor Authentication
16 17 (4.87%) Security Management
16 17 (4.87%) Two-Factor Authentication
Programming Languages
1 28 (8.02%) Python
2 24 (6.88%) PowerShell
3 19 (5.44%) Java
4 12 (3.44%) C
5 9 (2.58%) Perl
5 9 (2.58%) SQL
6 8 (2.29%) VBScript
7 6 (1.72%) JavaScript
8 5 (1.43%) Apple Swift
8 5 (1.43%) Kotlin
8 5 (1.43%) Objective-C
9 4 (1.15%) C#
10 3 (0.86%) C++
11 1 (0.29%) Java 8
11 1 (0.29%) PHP
11 1 (0.29%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 95 (27.22%) CISSP
2 48 (13.75%) Cisco Certification
3 46 (13.18%) Degree
4 40 (11.46%) CCNP
4 40 (11.46%) CISM
5 30 (8.60%) CEH
6 29 (8.31%) CCIE
7 23 (6.59%) GIAC
8 22 (6.30%) CISA
9 18 (5.16%) OSCP
10 17 (4.87%) Computer Science Degree
10 17 (4.87%) CREST Certified
11 15 (4.30%) CRISC
12 7 (2.01%) Security Cleared
13 6 (1.72%) CCNA
13 6 (1.72%) CCSE
13 6 (1.72%) CLAS
13 6 (1.72%) GCIH
14 5 (1.43%) GISP
14 5 (1.43%) GSLC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 115 (32.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 86 (24.64%) PCI DSS
3 43 (12.32%) GDPR
4 17 (4.87%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
4 17 (4.87%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 15 (4.30%) Cyber Essentials
6 13 (3.72%) SSAE 16
7 12 (3.44%) COBIT
8 10 (2.87%) SLA
9 8 (2.29%) NIST 800
9 8 (2.29%) SAS 70
10 6 (1.72%) ISAE 3402
10 6 (1.72%) QA
11 4 (1.15%) COSO
12 3 (0.86%) ISO 22301
13 2 (0.57%) PMO
14 1 (0.29%) HMG Security Policy Framework
14 1 (0.29%) RMADS
System Software
1 30 (8.60%) Active Directory
2 24 (6.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (4.30%) XenApp
3 15 (4.30%) XenDesktop
4 8 (2.29%) Docker
5 6 (1.72%) XenServer
6 2 (0.57%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.29%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 15 (4.30%) Puppet
1 15 (4.30%) Terraform
2 13 (3.72%) Nessus
3 5 (1.43%) Network Intrusion Detection System
4 4 (1.15%) Nmap
4 4 (1.15%) WSUS
5 3 (0.86%) Ansible
5 3 (0.86%) CSIRT
5 3 (0.86%) OpenVAS
5 3 (0.86%) SCCM
6 2 (0.57%) Host Intrusion Detection System
7 1 (0.29%) FortiGate
7 1 (0.29%) Tivoli
7 1 (0.29%) Tivoli Identity Manager
7 1 (0.29%) Trend Micro Deep Security
Vendors
1 58 (16.62%) Cisco
2 45 (12.89%) CheckPoint
3 42 (12.03%) Microsoft
4 41 (11.75%) Juniper
5 35 (10.03%) F5
6 24 (6.88%) VMware
7 22 (6.30%) Blue Coat
7 22 (6.30%) Qualys
8 21 (6.02%) Imperva
8 21 (6.02%) Infoblox
9 15 (4.30%) Citrix
9 15 (4.30%) Google
9 15 (4.30%) Zscaler
10 13 (3.72%) Splunk
11 10 (2.87%) HP
12 7 (2.01%) WorldPay
13 6 (1.72%) Foundstone
13 6 (1.72%) IBM
13 6 (1.72%) McAfee
13 6 (1.72%) SolarWinds