The median annual salary for a Security Specialist was £62,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 25 June 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
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 693 686 738
Rank change year-on-year -7 +52  
Permanent jobs requiring a Security Specialist 179 242 234
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.20% 0.25% 0.21%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.21% 0.26% 0.22%
Number of salaries quoted 154 199 176
Median salary £62,500 £60,000 £56,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.16% +6.19%  
90% offered a salary of more than £44,300 £44,000 £39,750
10% offered a salary of more than £90,000 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median salary £47,500 £52,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year -9.52% +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 84528 93714 106901
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 95.96% 96.53% 96.58%
Number of salaries quoted 69082 78988 88114
Median salary £46,500 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -2.10% +5.55%  
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £74,000 £70,000 £72,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £41,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +2.40% +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 25 June 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 25 June 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 -14 167 £63,250 +5.41% 18
London +36 108 £65,000 - 12
West Midlands +17 20 £43,875 -13.97% 2
City of London +27 14 £65,000 -10.34%
Redditch - 11 £42,500 - 1
Worcestershire - 11 £42,500 - 1
West Wales - 9 £45,000 - 1
Wales - 9 £45,000 - 2
Swansea - 9 £45,000 - 1
South East +9 8 £70,000 +33.33% 1
East of England +4 8 £65,000 +24.40%
Birmingham +4 7 £50,000 -4.76%
West Yorkshire +6 6 £47,500 +1.60% 3
South West +3 6 £60,000 +41.17%
Yorkshire -1 6 £47,500 -5.00% 3
Leeds -4 6 £47,500 +1.60% 3
Durham - 6 £45,000 -
North East - 6 £45,000 -
Bedfordshire +16 4 - -
Luton +10 4 - -
Berkshire 0 4 £70,000 +33.33%
Hertfordshire -3 4 £65,000 +62.50%
Somerset -4 4 £61,250 +48.48%
Canary Wharf - 4 £65,000 -
Manchester -40 3 £55,000 -15.38%
North West -60 3 £55,000 -15.38%
Hemel Hempstead - 3 £65,000 -
East Midlands +24 2 £55,000 -
Scotland +12 2 £53,750 +53.57%
Coventry -2 2 £46,875 -8.08% 1

Security Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 June 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.

1 199 (55.59%) Information Security
2 158 (44.13%) CISSP
3 138 (38.55%) Firewall
4 98 (27.37%) CISM
5 96 (26.82%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 88 (24.58%) Finance
7 80 (22.35%) PCI DSS
8 78 (21.79%) SIEM
9 76 (21.23%) Network Security
10 72 (20.11%) Cybersecurity
11 65 (18.16%) Cisco
12 64 (17.88%) Risk Management
13 58 (16.20%) Degree
13 58 (16.20%) Data Protection
14 57 (15.92%) Windows
15 48 (13.41%) Management Information System
16 45 (12.57%) CISA
17 44 (12.29%) Intrusion Detection
18 43 (12.01%) Data Protection Act
18 43 (12.01%) Security Architecture
19 42 (11.73%) Cisco Certification
20 41 (11.45%) ITIL
20 41 (11.45%) Penetration Testing
21 39 (10.89%) Linux
21 39 (10.89%) Security Operations
22 35 (9.78%) CheckPoint
22 35 (9.78%) Business Continuity
23 34 (9.50%) Disaster Recovery
23 34 (9.50%) Windows Server
24 32 (8.94%) Vulnerability Management

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 5 (1.40%) MS Exchange
2 4 (1.12%) IIS
3 2 (0.56%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.28%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 7 (1.96%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.56%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.28%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.28%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.28%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 6 (1.68%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (0.56%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.28%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.28%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 9 (2.51%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (1.96%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (1.96%) Office 365
3 5 (1.40%) Cloud Computing
4 3 (0.84%) SaaS
5 2 (0.56%) Mimecast
6 1 (0.28%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 138 (38.55%) Firewall
2 76 (21.23%) Network Security
3 44 (12.29%) Intrusion Detection
4 30 (8.38%) LAN
5 26 (7.26%) TCP/IP
6 24 (6.70%) WAN
7 21 (5.87%) Cisco IOS
7 21 (5.87%) Internet
8 20 (5.59%) Cisco ASA
8 20 (5.59%) VPN
9 17 (4.75%) DNS
10 15 (4.19%) DHCP
11 14 (3.91%) BGP
11 14 (3.91%) OSPF
12 13 (3.63%) BIG-IP
12 13 (3.63%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
13 12 (3.35%) DMVPN
13 12 (3.35%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
13 12 (3.35%) NetScreen
14 10 (2.79%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (1.96%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.12%) Relational Database
3 2 (0.56%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 1 (0.28%) Metasploit
General
1 88 (24.58%) Finance
2 20 (5.59%) Banking
2 20 (5.59%) Telecoms
3 14 (3.91%) Legal
4 13 (3.63%) Financial Institution
5 10 (2.79%) Marketing
6 9 (2.51%) Retail
7 7 (1.96%) Electronics
8 6 (1.68%) Manufacturing
9 3 (0.84%) Advertising
9 3 (0.84%) Law
10 2 (0.56%) Digital Economy
11 1 (0.28%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.28%) Dutch Language
11 1 (0.28%) French Language
11 1 (0.28%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (2.23%) Middleware
2 6 (1.68%) Web Services
3 5 (1.40%) .NET
4 3 (0.84%) Node.js
4 3 (0.84%) XML
5 2 (0.56%) HTML
5 2 (0.56%) XSL
6 1 (0.28%) ASP.NET
6 1 (0.28%) Java EE
6 1 (0.28%) SAP Basis
Miscellaneous
1 48 (13.41%) Management Information System
2 43 (12.01%) Data Protection Act
3 31 (8.66%) Analytical Skills
4 29 (8.10%) Computer Science
5 17 (4.75%) Cyber Defence
5 17 (4.75%) Data Centre
6 15 (4.19%) Fat Client
6 15 (4.19%) Thin Client
7 11 (3.07%) Security Operations Centre
8 10 (2.79%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 9 (2.51%) Cyberthreat
9 9 (2.51%) PKI
10 8 (2.23%) Mobile App
11 6 (1.68%) Client/Server
11 6 (1.68%) Hedge funds
12 5 (1.40%) Cybercrime
12 5 (1.40%) Fintech
13 4 (1.12%) Clustering
14 3 (0.84%) NHS
14 3 (0.84%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 57 (15.92%) Windows
2 39 (10.89%) Linux
3 34 (9.50%) Windows Server
4 12 (3.35%) Unix
5 10 (2.79%) Android
6 9 (2.51%) Apple iOS
7 3 (0.84%) Solaris
7 3 (0.84%) Windows 10
7 3 (0.84%) Windows 7
7 3 (0.84%) Windows Mobile
7 3 (0.84%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.56%) Kali Linux
8 2 (0.56%) Windows 8
8 2 (0.56%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.28%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 199 (55.59%) Information Security
2 78 (21.79%) SIEM
3 72 (20.11%) Cybersecurity
4 64 (17.88%) Risk Management
5 58 (16.20%) Data Protection
6 43 (12.01%) Security Architecture
7 41 (11.45%) ITIL
7 41 (11.45%) Penetration Testing
8 39 (10.89%) Security Operations
9 35 (9.78%) Business Continuity
10 34 (9.50%) Disaster Recovery
11 32 (8.94%) Vulnerability Management
12 29 (8.10%) Continuous Improvement
12 29 (8.10%) Risk Assessment
13 26 (7.26%) Patch Management
14 25 (6.98%) Project Management
15 24 (6.70%) Risk Analysis
16 23 (6.42%) Service Delivery
16 23 (6.42%) Stakeholder Management
17 21 (5.87%) Security Management
Programming Languages
1 14 (3.91%) Java
2 13 (3.63%) Python
3 7 (1.96%) JavaScript
4 6 (1.68%) C#
5 4 (1.12%) C
5 4 (1.12%) PowerShell
5 4 (1.12%) Ruby
5 4 (1.12%) Scala
5 4 (1.12%) SQL
6 3 (0.84%) C++
7 1 (0.28%) Erlang
7 1 (0.28%) PHP
7 1 (0.28%) VB
Qualifications
1 158 (44.13%) CISSP
2 98 (27.37%) CISM
3 58 (16.20%) Degree
4 45 (12.57%) CISA
5 42 (11.73%) Cisco Certification
6 30 (8.38%) CCNP
7 26 (7.26%) CCNA
8 20 (5.59%) CEH
9 15 (4.19%) CCSE
10 14 (3.91%) SSCP
11 13 (3.63%) CISMP
12 12 (3.35%) CompTIA Security+
12 12 (3.35%) Security+ Certification
13 11 (3.07%) GIAC
14 10 (2.79%) CRISC
15 8 (2.23%) OSCP
15 8 (2.23%) SANS
16 6 (1.68%) CCSA
17 5 (1.40%) Security Cleared
18 4 (1.12%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 96 (26.82%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 80 (22.35%) PCI DSS
3 28 (7.82%) Cyber Essentials
4 27 (7.54%) GDPR
5 25 (6.98%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 6 (1.68%) COBIT
6 6 (1.68%) Data Quality
7 4 (1.12%) ISO 9001
8 3 (0.84%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 3 (0.84%) SAS 70
9 2 (0.56%) QA
10 1 (0.28%) COSO
10 1 (0.28%) GPG13
10 1 (0.28%) NIST 800
10 1 (0.28%) PMO
System Software
1 32 (8.94%) Active Directory
2 22 (6.15%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (3.35%) Hyper-V
4 9 (2.51%) Snort
5 6 (1.68%) pfSense
6 4 (1.12%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 13 (3.63%) Nessus
2 9 (2.51%) SCCM
3 8 (2.23%) Nmap
4 6 (1.68%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
5 5 (1.40%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 4 (1.12%) Network Intrusion Detection System
7 3 (0.84%) Opscode Chef
7 3 (0.84%) SCOM
8 2 (0.56%) EnCase
8 2 (0.56%) Host Intrusion Detection System
8 2 (0.56%) Nexpose
8 2 (0.56%) QRadar
9 1 (0.28%) Ansible
9 1 (0.28%) BladeLogic
9 1 (0.28%) FortiGate
9 1 (0.28%) HAProxy
9 1 (0.28%) IBM BigFix
9 1 (0.28%) Norton AntiVirus
9 1 (0.28%) Puppet
9 1 (0.28%) WSUS
Vendors
1 65 (18.16%) Cisco
2 35 (9.78%) CheckPoint
3 32 (8.94%) VMware
4 23 (6.42%) F5
4 23 (6.42%) Microsoft
5 21 (5.87%) Citrix
6 18 (5.03%) Blue Coat
7 14 (3.91%) Qualys
8 13 (3.63%) Splunk
9 12 (3.35%) ArcSight
9 12 (3.35%) Imperva
9 12 (3.35%) Infoblox
9 12 (3.35%) Palo Alto
10 11 (3.07%) LogRhythm
11 9 (2.51%) Forcepoint
11 9 (2.51%) HP
11 9 (2.51%) SAP
12 8 (2.23%) Juniper
12 8 (2.23%) SolarWinds
13 6 (1.68%) Brocade
Redditch, Worcestershire
Spring Technology
Salary: £40000.00 - £45000.00 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
X4 Group
Salary: £40k - 45k per year
Posted: 3 days ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Empiric
Salary: From £50,000 to £55,000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
West London
Empiric
Salary: From £50,000 to £55,000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Leeds
Computer Futures
Salary: £30000 - £42000 per annum + competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Oscar
Salary: £40000 - £45000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Computer Futures
Salary: £50000 - £65000 per annum + competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
Swansea, West Glamorgan
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Salary: £40000 - £50000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Coventry
CPS Group Limited
Salary: £39000 - £48500 per annum + Flexible benefits
Posted: 12 days ago
Central London / West End
Harris Global
Salary: From £90,000 to £95,000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Central London / West End
Latcom Ltd
Salary: From £65,000 to £75,000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Central London / West End
Client Server
Salary: £90k to £150k + bonus + benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Client Server
Salary: £90k to £150k + bonus + benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Ampersand Consulting
Salary: £75000 - £90000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Client Server
Salary: £90000 - £120000 per annum + bonus + benefits
Posted: 9 days ago
London
Client Server
Salary: £90k to £150k + bonus + benefits
Posted: 23 days ago