The median annual salary for a Security Specialist was £62,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 28 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
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 691 693 731
Rank change year-on-year +2 +38  
Permanent jobs requiring a Security Specialist 184 245 233
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.21% 0.25% 0.21%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.22% 0.26% 0.22%
Number of salaries quoted 156 206 175
Median salary £62,500 £60,000 £55,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.16% +8.10%  
90% offered a salary of more than £42,500 £42,000 £37,350
10% offered a salary of more than £92,500 £85,000 £75,000
UK excluding London median salary £47,500 £52,500 £47,500
% change year-on-year -9.52% +10.52%  

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 85316 94967 105722
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 95.94% 96.52% 96.57%
Number of salaries quoted 284135 352965 396755
Median salary £47,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -1.05% +5.55%  
90% offered a salary of more than £26,250 £26,250 £25,500
10% offered a salary of more than £76,250 £72,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £41,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +3.65% +2.50%  

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 3 months to 28 June 2017.

Salary histogram for Security Specialist in the UK

Security Specialist
Top 10 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 28 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 -15 171 £63,250 +5.41% 20
London +42 111 £65,000 - 13
UK excluding London -31 72 £47,500 -9.52% 9
Midlands +19 22 £44,000 -13.72% 3
North of England -38 16 £47,500 -17.39% 2
Wales - 9 £45,000 - 2
South East +1 8 £61,250 +13.95% 2
East of England -11 8 £65,000 +34.02%
South West -7 6 £60,000 +41.17%
Scotland +18 3 £53,750 +53.57%

Security Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 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.

1 202 (55.65%) Information Security
2 160 (44.08%) CISSP
3 137 (37.74%) Firewall
4 100 (27.55%) CISM
5 98 (27.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 89 (24.52%) Finance
7 81 (22.31%) PCI DSS
8 78 (21.49%) SIEM
9 76 (20.94%) Network Security
10 73 (20.11%) Cybersecurity
11 66 (18.18%) Cisco
12 64 (17.63%) Risk Management
13 59 (16.25%) Degree
14 57 (15.70%) Windows
15 56 (15.43%) Data Protection
16 48 (13.22%) Management Information System
17 47 (12.95%) CISA
18 44 (12.12%) Security Architecture
19 43 (11.85%) Intrusion Detection
20 42 (11.57%) Data Protection Act
21 41 (11.29%) ITIL
21 41 (11.29%) Cisco Certification
22 40 (11.02%) Linux
22 40 (11.02%) Penetration Testing
23 38 (10.47%) Security Operations
24 35 (9.64%) Business Continuity
24 35 (9.64%) CheckPoint
25 34 (9.37%) Disaster Recovery
25 34 (9.37%) Windows Server
26 33 (9.09%) Analytical Skills

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 (1.38%) MS Exchange
2 4 (1.10%) IIS
3 2 (0.55%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.28%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 7 (1.93%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.55%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.28%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.28%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.28%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 7 (1.93%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (0.55%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.28%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.28%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 9 (2.48%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (2.20%) Amazon AWS
3 7 (1.93%) Office 365
4 5 (1.38%) Cloud Computing
5 3 (0.83%) SaaS
6 2 (0.55%) Mimecast
7 1 (0.28%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 137 (37.74%) Firewall
2 76 (20.94%) Network Security
3 43 (11.85%) Intrusion Detection
4 30 (8.26%) LAN
5 25 (6.89%) TCP/IP
6 24 (6.61%) WAN
7 21 (5.79%) Cisco ASA
7 21 (5.79%) Cisco IOS
7 21 (5.79%) Internet
8 20 (5.51%) VPN
9 17 (4.68%) DNS
10 15 (4.13%) DHCP
11 14 (3.86%) BGP
11 14 (3.86%) OSPF
12 13 (3.58%) BIG-IP
12 13 (3.58%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
13 12 (3.31%) DMVPN
13 12 (3.31%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
13 12 (3.31%) NetScreen
14 10 (2.75%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (1.93%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.10%) Relational Database
3 2 (0.55%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 1 (0.28%) Metasploit
General
1 89 (24.52%) Finance
2 19 (5.23%) Telecoms
3 18 (4.96%) Banking
4 15 (4.13%) Legal
5 13 (3.58%) Financial Institution
6 11 (3.03%) Marketing
7 8 (2.20%) Electronics
7 8 (2.20%) Retail
8 7 (1.93%) Manufacturing
9 3 (0.83%) Advertising
9 3 (0.83%) Law
10 2 (0.55%) 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 9 (2.48%) Middleware
2 8 (2.20%) Web Services
3 5 (1.38%) .NET
4 3 (0.83%) Node.js
4 3 (0.83%) XML
5 2 (0.55%) HTML
5 2 (0.55%) XSL
6 1 (0.28%) ASP.NET
6 1 (0.28%) Java EE
6 1 (0.28%) SAP Basis
Miscellaneous
1 48 (13.22%) Management Information System
2 42 (11.57%) Data Protection Act
3 33 (9.09%) Analytical Skills
4 30 (8.26%) Computer Science
5 18 (4.96%) Cyber Defence
6 16 (4.41%) Data Centre
7 15 (4.13%) Fat Client
7 15 (4.13%) Thin Client
8 10 (2.75%) Cyberthreat
8 10 (2.75%) PKI
9 9 (2.48%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 9 (2.48%) Security Operations Centre
10 8 (2.20%) Mobile App
11 7 (1.93%) Hedge funds
12 5 (1.38%) Client/Server
12 5 (1.38%) Cybercrime
12 5 (1.38%) Fintech
13 4 (1.10%) Clustering
14 3 (0.83%) NHS
15 2 (0.55%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 57 (15.70%) Windows
2 40 (11.02%) Linux
3 34 (9.37%) Windows Server
4 12 (3.31%) Unix
5 10 (2.75%) Android
6 9 (2.48%) Apple iOS
7 3 (0.83%) Kali Linux
7 3 (0.83%) Solaris
7 3 (0.83%) Windows 10
7 3 (0.83%) Windows 7
7 3 (0.83%) Windows Mobile
7 3 (0.83%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.55%) Windows 8
8 2 (0.55%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.28%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 202 (55.65%) Information Security
2 78 (21.49%) SIEM
3 73 (20.11%) Cybersecurity
4 64 (17.63%) Risk Management
5 56 (15.43%) Data Protection
6 44 (12.12%) Security Architecture
7 41 (11.29%) ITIL
8 40 (11.02%) Penetration Testing
9 38 (10.47%) Security Operations
10 35 (9.64%) Business Continuity
11 34 (9.37%) Disaster Recovery
12 33 (9.09%) Vulnerability Management
13 32 (8.82%) Risk Assessment
14 29 (7.99%) Continuous Improvement
15 26 (7.16%) Patch Management
15 26 (7.16%) Project Management
15 26 (7.16%) Risk Analysis
16 24 (6.61%) Service Delivery
16 24 (6.61%) Stakeholder Management
17 21 (5.79%) Security Management
Programming Languages
1 15 (4.13%) Java
2 14 (3.86%) Python
3 8 (2.20%) JavaScript
4 7 (1.93%) C#
5 5 (1.38%) PowerShell
5 5 (1.38%) SQL
6 4 (1.10%) C
6 4 (1.10%) Ruby
6 4 (1.10%) Scala
7 3 (0.83%) C++
8 1 (0.28%) Erlang
8 1 (0.28%) PHP
8 1 (0.28%) VB
Qualifications
1 160 (44.08%) CISSP
2 100 (27.55%) CISM
3 59 (16.25%) Degree
4 47 (12.95%) CISA
5 41 (11.29%) Cisco Certification
6 29 (7.99%) CCNP
7 25 (6.89%) CCNA
8 19 (5.23%) CEH
9 15 (4.13%) CCSE
10 13 (3.58%) CISMP
10 13 (3.58%) SSCP
11 12 (3.31%) CompTIA Security+
11 12 (3.31%) Security+ Certification
12 10 (2.75%) CRISC
12 10 (2.75%) GIAC
13 8 (2.20%) OSCP
14 7 (1.93%) CCSA
14 7 (1.93%) SANS
15 5 (1.38%) Security Cleared
16 4 (1.10%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 98 (27.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 81 (22.31%) PCI DSS
3 29 (7.99%) Cyber Essentials
4 28 (7.71%) GDPR
5 26 (7.16%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 7 (1.93%) Data Quality
7 6 (1.65%) COBIT
8 4 (1.10%) ISO 9001
9 3 (0.83%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 3 (0.83%) SAS 70
10 2 (0.55%) QA
11 1 (0.28%) COSO
11 1 (0.28%) GPG13
11 1 (0.28%) NIST 800
11 1 (0.28%) PMO
System Software
1 33 (9.09%) Active Directory
2 22 (6.06%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (3.31%) Hyper-V
4 9 (2.48%) Snort
5 6 (1.65%) pfSense
6 4 (1.10%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 14 (3.86%) Nessus
2 9 (2.48%) Nmap
2 9 (2.48%) SCCM
3 6 (1.65%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
4 5 (1.38%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 3 (0.83%) EnCase
5 3 (0.83%) Network Intrusion Detection System
5 3 (0.83%) Nexpose
5 3 (0.83%) Opscode Chef
5 3 (0.83%) SCOM
6 2 (0.55%) Norton AntiVirus
6 2 (0.55%) QRadar
7 1 (0.28%) Ansible
7 1 (0.28%) BladeLogic
7 1 (0.28%) FortiGate
7 1 (0.28%) HAProxy
7 1 (0.28%) Host Intrusion Detection System
7 1 (0.28%) IBM BigFix
7 1 (0.28%) Puppet
7 1 (0.28%) WSUS
Vendors
1 66 (18.18%) Cisco
2 35 (9.64%) CheckPoint
3 32 (8.82%) VMware
4 23 (6.34%) F5
4 23 (6.34%) Microsoft
5 21 (5.79%) Citrix
6 18 (4.96%) Blue Coat
7 14 (3.86%) Qualys
8 13 (3.58%) Palo Alto
8 13 (3.58%) Splunk
9 12 (3.31%) ArcSight
9 12 (3.31%) Imperva
9 12 (3.31%) Infoblox
9 12 (3.31%) LogRhythm
10 10 (2.75%) SAP
11 9 (2.48%) Forcepoint
11 9 (2.48%) HP
12 8 (2.20%) Juniper
12 8 (2.20%) SolarWinds
13 7 (1.93%) Symantec
London
Networking People
Salary: £50000 - £60000 per annum + bonus and benefits
Posted: 7 hours ago
London
Advantage XPO
Posted: 16 hours ago
Central London / West End
Harris Global
Salary: From £90,000 to £95,000 per annum
Posted: 16 hours ago
Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire
Uniting Ambition
Salary: £25k - 65k per year + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Staines, Middlesex
Bupa
Posted: 2 days ago
Redditch, Worcestershire
Spring Technology
Salary: £40000.00 - £45000.00 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
X4 Group
Salary: £40k - 45k per year
Posted: 6 days ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Empiric
Salary: From £50,000 to £55,000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
West London
Empiric
Salary: From £50,000 to £55,000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Leeds
Computer Futures
Salary: £30000 - £42000 per annum + competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Acumin
Salary: From £22,000 to £24,000 per annum + Generous Commission OTE £35,000
Posted: Yesterday
Coventry
CPS Group Limited
Salary: £39000 - £48500 per annum + Flexible benefits
Posted: 15 days ago
London
Computer Futures
Salary: £50000 - £65000 per annum + competitive
Posted: 7 days ago
Swansea, West Glamorgan
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Salary: £40000 - £50000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Client Server
Salary: £90k to £150k + bonus + benefits
Posted: 9 days ago
London
Ampersand Consulting
Salary: £75000 - £90000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Client Server
Salary: £90000 - £120000 per annum + bonus + benefits
Posted: 12 days ago
London
Client Server
Salary: £90k to £150k + bonus + benefits
Posted: 26 days ago