Period
to 18 June 2018

The median annual salary for a Security Specialist was £57,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 June 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
18 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 743 842 877
Rank change year-on-year +99 +35 +15
Permanent jobs requiring a Security Specialist 462 346 411
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.27% 0.20% 0.21%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.28% 0.21% 0.21%
Number of salaries quoted 356 278 322
UK median annual salary £57,500 £57,500 £59,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - -3.36% +8.18%
10th Percentile £41,625 £41,250 £40,500
90th Percentile £90,000 £86,250 £82,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £52,500
% change year-on-year +11.11% -14.29% +5.00%

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 165,559 165,529 192,856
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.32% 96.25% 96.60%
Number of salaries quoted 134,645 136,314 161,969
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 £26,500
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £76,250
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 18 June 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 18 June 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 +92 440 £57,500 - 18
London +43 247 £70,000 +10.67% 10
UK excluding London +65 211 £50,000 +11.11% 8
North of England +72 110 £50,000 +11.11% 3
Yorkshire +73 69 £45,000 -5.26% 2
North West +31 39 £57,500 +4.55% 1
South East 0 28 £45,000 -25.00% 4
Midlands -20 22 £44,000 -2.22% 1
East of England +1 19 £85,000 +47.83%
Scotland -17 16 £65,000 +36.84%
West Midlands -4 15 £45,000 +4.05% 1
South West +7 14 £39,028 -37.56%
East Midlands -9 7 £40,000 -11.11%
Wales -3 2 £55,000 +22.22%
North East -30 2 £36,000 -20.00%

Security Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 June 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.

1 195 (42.21%) Finance
2 165 (35.71%) Firewall
3 154 (33.33%) Cybersecurity
4 135 (29.22%) Information Security
5 128 (27.71%) CISSP
6 120 (25.97%) Network Security
7 106 (22.94%) Penetration Testing
8 101 (21.86%) PCI DSS
9 99 (21.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 87 (18.83%) Cisco
11 85 (18.40%) Fintech
12 82 (17.75%) CheckPoint
13 80 (17.32%) SIEM
14 70 (15.15%) Juniper
15 69 (14.94%) Cisco Certification
16 68 (14.72%) DNS
17 67 (14.50%) Cisco ASA
18 65 (14.07%) F5
19 63 (13.64%) VPN
19 63 (13.64%) CCNP
20 59 (12.77%) WAN
21 58 (12.55%) Microsoft Azure
22 57 (12.34%) Analytical Skills
22 57 (12.34%) Security Operations
23 56 (12.12%) NX-OS
23 56 (12.12%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
23 56 (12.12%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
23 56 (12.12%) Vulnerability Management
23 56 (12.12%) Cisco Nexus
23 56 (12.12%) 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 11 (2.38%) Elasticsearch
2 4 (0.87%) SharePoint
3 2 (0.43%) Confluence
3 2 (0.43%) IIS
3 2 (0.43%) MS Exchange
4 1 (0.22%) Apache
Applications
1 5 (1.08%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (0.65%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.43%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.43%) SOLIDWORKS
4 1 (0.22%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (0.87%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 58 (12.55%) Microsoft Azure
2 55 (11.90%) Amazon AWS
3 18 (3.90%) Cloud Computing
4 17 (3.68%) Office 365
5 8 (1.73%) Google Cloud Platform
6 5 (1.08%) SaaS
7 3 (0.65%) Azure Active Directory
8 2 (0.43%) IaaS
9 1 (0.22%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 165 (35.71%) Firewall
2 120 (25.97%) Network Security
3 68 (14.72%) DNS
4 67 (14.50%) Cisco ASA
5 63 (13.64%) VPN
6 59 (12.77%) WAN
7 56 (12.12%) Cisco IOS
7 56 (12.12%) Cisco Nexus
7 56 (12.12%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
7 56 (12.12%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
7 56 (12.12%) NX-OS
8 51 (11.04%) VPLS
9 39 (8.44%) BGP
9 39 (8.44%) MPLS
9 39 (8.44%) OSPF
10 38 (8.23%) NetScaler
11 36 (7.79%) Wireless
12 32 (6.93%) TCP/IP
13 31 (6.71%) DHCP
14 28 (6.06%) BIG-IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (2.60%) NoSQL
2 11 (2.38%) Amazon DynamoDB
3 3 (0.65%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (0.22%) Big Data
4 1 (0.22%) GIS
4 1 (0.22%) Maltego
4 1 (0.22%) RDBMS
4 1 (0.22%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.22%) SQL Server
4 1 (0.22%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.22%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 26 (5.63%) Sonatype Nexus
2 16 (3.46%) Metasploit
3 12 (2.60%) JIRA
4 7 (1.52%) AppScan
5 4 (0.87%) Burp Suite
6 1 (0.22%) Maven
6 1 (0.22%) Selenium
General
1 195 (42.21%) Finance
2 19 (4.11%) Retail
3 15 (3.25%) Legal
4 13 (2.81%) Banking
5 11 (2.38%) Telecoms
6 6 (1.30%) Law
6 6 (1.30%) Retail Banking
7 5 (1.08%) Marketing
8 4 (0.87%) Advertising
8 4 (0.87%) Automotive
8 4 (0.87%) Games
8 4 (0.87%) Investment Banking
9 3 (0.65%) Corporate Banking
10 2 (0.43%) Brand Awareness
10 2 (0.43%) Electronics
10 2 (0.43%) Manufacturing
11 1 (0.22%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.22%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.22%) French Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (3.25%) Web Services
2 13 (2.81%) Node.js
3 11 (2.38%) J2EE
4 10 (2.16%) OAuth
4 10 (2.16%) OAuth2
4 10 (2.16%) XACML
5 9 (1.95%) .NET
6 8 (1.73%) HTML
7 5 (1.08%) 802.1X
8 4 (0.87%) Hibernate
9 3 (0.65%) Spring
10 2 (0.43%) .NET Framework
10 2 (0.43%) AngularJS
10 2 (0.43%) HTML5
10 2 (0.43%) Java EE
10 2 (0.43%) LDAP
11 1 (0.22%) Middleware
11 1 (0.22%) ModSecurity
11 1 (0.22%) REST
11 1 (0.22%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 85 (18.40%) Fintech
2 57 (12.34%) Analytical Skills
3 44 (9.52%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 24 (5.19%) Cyber Defence
5 21 (4.55%) Management Information System
6 17 (3.68%) Computer Science
7 15 (3.25%) Cyberthreat
8 12 (2.60%) PKI
9 10 (2.16%) Data Centre
10 6 (1.30%) Security Operations Centre
11 5 (1.08%) Mobile App
11 5 (1.08%) Self-Motivation
12 4 (0.87%) Analytical Mindset
12 4 (0.87%) Data Protection Act
12 4 (0.87%) Infotainment
13 3 (0.65%) User Experience
13 3 (0.65%) Video Conferencing
14 2 (0.43%) N-Tier
15 1 (0.22%) Client/Server
15 1 (0.22%) Online Banking
Operating Systems
1 37 (8.01%) Windows
2 18 (3.90%) Linux
3 16 (3.46%) Unix
4 11 (2.38%) Windows Server
5 7 (1.52%) Mac OS X
6 3 (0.65%) FreeBSD
7 1 (0.22%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (0.22%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 154 (33.33%) Cybersecurity
2 135 (29.22%) Information Security
3 106 (22.94%) Penetration Testing
4 80 (17.32%) SIEM
5 57 (12.34%) Security Operations
6 56 (12.12%) Vulnerability Management
7 47 (10.17%) Creative Thinking
8 41 (8.87%) Security Architecture
8 41 (8.87%) Vulnerability Scanning
9 32 (6.93%) Problem-Solving
10 31 (6.71%) Cryptography
10 31 (6.71%) ITIL
11 30 (6.49%) Risk Management
12 28 (6.06%) OWASP
13 27 (5.84%) Patch Management
13 27 (5.84%) Security Testing
14 26 (5.63%) Agile Software Development
14 26 (5.63%) Mentoring
14 26 (5.63%) Multi-Factor Authentication
14 26 (5.63%) Two-Factor Authentication
Programming Languages
1 35 (7.58%) Java
2 34 (7.36%) Python
3 32 (6.93%) PowerShell
4 23 (4.98%) JavaScript
5 21 (4.55%) C#
6 19 (4.11%) SQL
7 14 (3.03%) C++
8 4 (0.87%) C
9 3 (0.65%) Bash Shell
10 1 (0.22%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 128 (27.71%) CISSP
2 69 (14.94%) Cisco Certification
3 63 (13.64%) CCNP
4 45 (9.74%) CISM
5 43 (9.31%) Degree
6 38 (8.23%) CCIE
7 25 (5.41%) CEH
8 21 (4.55%) OSCP
9 20 (4.33%) CISA
9 20 (4.33%) CREST Certified
9 20 (4.33%) CRISC
10 19 (4.11%) CCSE
11 18 (3.90%) CLAS
12 13 (2.81%) SANS
13 12 (2.60%) CSSLP
14 11 (2.38%) Computer Science Degree
14 11 (2.38%) GIAC
15 6 (1.30%) Security Cleared
16 5 (1.08%) CCNA
16 5 (1.08%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 101 (21.86%) PCI DSS
2 99 (21.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 13 (2.81%) COBIT
4 12 (2.60%) GDPR
5 11 (2.38%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 11 (2.38%) SLA
6 9 (1.95%) HIPAA
7 8 (1.73%) GCP
8 6 (1.30%) Cyber Essentials
9 5 (1.08%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 4 (0.87%) PA-DSS
10 4 (0.87%) SAS 70
11 3 (0.65%) QA
12 2 (0.43%) ISO 22301
12 2 (0.43%) SSAE 16
13 1 (0.22%) COSO
13 1 (0.22%) Data Quality
13 1 (0.22%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 1 (0.22%) ISAE 3402
13 1 (0.22%) NIST 800
System Software
1 49 (10.61%) VMware Infrastructure
2 28 (6.06%) Active Directory
3 26 (5.63%) XenApp
3 26 (5.63%) XenDesktop
4 18 (3.90%) XenServer
5 15 (3.25%) Docker
6 4 (0.87%) Firmware
7 2 (0.43%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.22%) Snort
Systems Management
1 36 (7.79%) Nessus
2 26 (5.63%) Puppet
2 26 (5.63%) Terraform
3 7 (1.52%) CSIRT
3 7 (1.52%) Network Intrusion Detection System
3 7 (1.52%) WebInspect
4 6 (1.30%) QRadar
5 4 (0.87%) Ansible
5 4 (0.87%) SCCM
5 4 (0.87%) Single Sign-On
6 3 (0.65%) Kubernetes
7 2 (0.43%) CASB
7 2 (0.43%) Host Intrusion Detection System
7 2 (0.43%) Tivoli
7 2 (0.43%) Tivoli Identity Manager
8 1 (0.22%) Computer Incident Response Team
8 1 (0.22%) FTK
8 1 (0.22%) Norton AntiVirus
8 1 (0.22%) RSA Archer
8 1 (0.22%) Trend Micro Deep Security
Vendors
1 87 (18.83%) Cisco
2 82 (17.75%) CheckPoint
3 70 (15.15%) Juniper
4 65 (14.07%) F5
5 49 (10.61%) Blue Coat
5 49 (10.61%) VMware
6 48 (10.39%) Imperva
7 46 (9.96%) Qualys
8 45 (9.74%) Microsoft
9 44 (9.52%) Infoblox
10 29 (6.28%) Zscaler
11 26 (5.63%) Citrix
11 26 (5.63%) Google
12 24 (5.19%) HP
13 21 (4.55%) McAfee
14 20 (4.33%) Foundstone
15 19 (4.11%) SolarWinds
16 17 (3.68%) WorldPay
17 15 (3.25%) Salesforce.com
18 12 (2.60%) Splunk