Period
to 18 May 2021

The median annual salary for a Security Specialist was £65,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 May 2021.

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 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 702 655 818
Rank change year-on-year -47 +163 -39
Permanent jobs requiring a Security Specialist 192 263 301
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.21% 0.28% 0.21%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.23% 0.29% 0.22%
Number of salaries quoted 153 229 241
10th Percentile £46,250 £42,500 £42,000
25th Percentile £54,473 £48,750 £47,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £65,000 £60,000 £58,500
Median % change year-on-year +8.33% +2.56% -0.43%
75th Percentile £75,000 £80,000 £75,000
90th Percentile £77,500 £90,000 £78,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £59,408 £56,000 £52,500
% change year-on-year +6.08% +6.67% +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 83,903 91,012 139,679
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.75% 95.32% 96.02%
Number of salaries quoted 63,977 73,977 112,208
10th Percentile £31,500 £30,000 £28,500
25th Percentile £41,250 £38,750 £37,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £72,500 £68,750
90th Percentile £88,750 £87,500 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £47,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +1.06% +4.44% -

Security Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Security Specialist in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Security Specialist in the UK

Security Specialist
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Security Specialist.

Salary trend for Security Specialist in the UK

Security Specialist
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Security Specialist over the 6 months to 18 May 2021.

Salary histogram for Security Specialist in the UK

Security Specialist
Top 16 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 May 2021. 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 -35 177 £65,000 +8.33% 22
UK excluding London -7 95 £59,408 +6.08% 14
London +18 89 £67,500 -3.57% 8
Work from Home -152 32 £70,000 - 2
South East +21 27 £60,000 -4.00% 4
Midlands -6 18 £47,500 -5.00% 3
North of England -50 14 £50,000 -9.09%
East of England +26 13 £75,000 +20.97% 2
East Midlands +3 12 £45,000 -11.33% 2
South West -13 10 £65,000 -27.78% 5
Yorkshire -42 10 £50,000 -9.09%
Scotland -14 9 £49,500 -45.00%
West Midlands -12 6 £62,500 +31.58% 1
Wales - 4 £62,500 -
North West -3 3 £58,815 +17.63%
North East -3 1 £60,000 +9.09%

Security Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 May 2021, 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.

1 116 (60.42%) Information Security
2 88 (45.83%) Cybersecurity
3 75 (39.06%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 65 (33.85%) CISSP
5 56 (29.17%) Risk Management
6 54 (28.13%) Finance
6 54 (28.13%) GDPR
7 53 (27.60%) PCI DSS
8 51 (26.56%) CISM
9 46 (23.96%) Management Information System
10 44 (22.92%) Azure
11 43 (22.40%) Firewall
12 42 (21.88%) NIST
12 42 (21.88%) Social Skills
13 36 (18.75%) Security Operations
14 35 (18.23%) Cyber Essentials
15 34 (17.71%) Penetration Testing
16 33 (17.19%) GRC
17 32 (16.67%) CISA
17 32 (16.67%) Data Protection
18 31 (16.15%) AWS
19 28 (14.58%) ITIL
19 28 (14.58%) Microsoft
20 27 (14.06%) Cyberthreat
21 26 (13.54%) Agile Software Development
22 25 (13.02%) Security Management
22 25 (13.02%) Microsoft 365
22 25 (13.02%) Threat Modelling
23 24 (12.50%) Degree
24 23 (11.98%) COBIT

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 3 (1.56%) Confluence
2 2 (1.04%) MS Exchange
3 1 (0.52%) SharePoint
Applications
1 20 (10.42%) Microsoft Excel
2 15 (7.81%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 15 (7.81%) MS Visio
3 2 (1.04%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 7 (3.65%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 44 (22.92%) Azure
2 31 (16.15%) AWS
3 25 (13.02%) Microsoft 365
4 13 (6.77%) SaaS
5 9 (4.69%) PaaS
6 7 (3.65%) Azure Sentinel
6 7 (3.65%) IaaS
7 6 (3.13%) GCP
8 5 (2.60%) Cloud Computing
9 4 (2.08%) Azure Active Directory
9 4 (2.08%) BPaaS
10 2 (1.04%) Mimecast
11 1 (0.52%) Power Platform
11 1 (0.52%) Sumo Logic
Communications & Networking
1 43 (22.40%) Firewall
2 14 (7.29%) Network Security
3 7 (3.65%) Cisco ASA
3 7 (3.65%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
3 7 (3.65%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
4 5 (2.60%) DNS
4 5 (2.60%) Intrusion Detection
4 5 (2.60%) TCP/IP
5 4 (2.08%) WAAS
6 3 (1.56%) LAN
6 3 (1.56%) NAS
6 3 (1.56%) SAN
6 3 (1.56%) WAN
7 2 (1.04%) Unified Communications
7 2 (1.04%) Wireless
8 1 (0.52%) IPv6
8 1 (0.52%) SSL
8 1 (0.52%) VLAN
8 1 (0.52%) VPN
8 1 (0.52%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.04%) Big Data
1 2 (1.04%) MongoDB
1 2 (1.04%) MySQL
1 2 (1.04%) PostgreSQL
1 2 (1.04%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.52%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 14 (7.29%) Burp Suite
2 9 (4.69%) Git (software)
3 4 (2.08%) Jenkins
4 3 (1.56%) JIRA
5 2 (1.04%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 2 (1.04%) Bitbucket
5 2 (1.04%) Visual Studio Team System
6 1 (0.52%) Emacs
General
1 54 (28.13%) Finance
2 42 (21.88%) Social Skills
3 19 (9.90%) Banking
4 18 (9.38%) Retail
5 17 (8.85%) Public Sector
6 14 (7.29%) Analytical Skills
7 12 (6.25%) Marketing
8 11 (5.73%) Electronics
8 11 (5.73%) Manufacturing
8 11 (5.73%) Telecoms
9 9 (4.69%) Aerospace
10 7 (3.65%) Legal
11 5 (2.60%) Financial Institution
12 4 (2.08%) Retail Banking
13 2 (1.04%) Investment Banking
13 2 (1.04%) Military
14 1 (0.52%) Automotive
14 1 (0.52%) Billing
14 1 (0.52%) French Language
14 1 (0.52%) Law
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (10.42%) Middleware
2 5 (2.60%) Web Services
3 4 (2.08%) .NET
3 4 (2.08%) .NET Core
3 4 (2.08%) AngularJS
3 4 (2.08%) Node.js
3 4 (2.08%) Spring
3 4 (2.08%) Spring Boot
3 4 (2.08%) Vue.js
4 2 (1.04%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 46 (23.96%) Management Information System
2 27 (14.06%) Cyberthreat
3 14 (7.29%) Data Protection Act
4 4 (2.08%) Enterprise Software
4 4 (2.08%) Greenfield Project
4 4 (2.08%) Hybrid Cloud
4 4 (2.08%) Mobile App
4 4 (2.08%) Security Operations Centre
5 3 (1.56%) Analytical Mindset
6 2 (1.04%) CESG
6 2 (1.04%) Data Centre
6 2 (1.04%) Enterprise Cloud
6 2 (1.04%) Freedom of Information
6 2 (1.04%) Freedom of Information Act
6 2 (1.04%) Public Cloud
6 2 (1.04%) Self-Motivation
7 1 (0.52%) Cyber Defence
7 1 (0.52%) PKI
7 1 (0.52%) SCADA
7 1 (0.52%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 13 (6.77%) Linux
2 11 (5.73%) Windows
3 10 (5.21%) Unix
4 4 (2.08%) Windows Server
5 3 (1.56%) Windows Server 2019
6 2 (1.04%) Windows 10
7 1 (0.52%) Android
7 1 (0.52%) Kali Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 116 (60.42%) Information Security
2 88 (45.83%) Cybersecurity
3 56 (29.17%) Risk Management
4 36 (18.75%) Security Operations
5 34 (17.71%) Penetration Testing
6 32 (16.67%) Data Protection
7 28 (14.58%) ITIL
8 26 (13.54%) Agile Software Development
9 25 (13.02%) Security Management
9 25 (13.02%) Threat Modelling
10 23 (11.98%) Decision-Making
11 22 (11.46%) OWASP
12 21 (10.94%) Continuous Improvement
12 21 (10.94%) Security Architecture
12 21 (10.94%) Security Testing
12 21 (10.94%) Stakeholder Management
12 21 (10.94%) Vulnerability Management
13 20 (10.42%) SIEM
14 19 (9.90%) Internal Audit
15 18 (9.38%) Information Security Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (4.17%) PowerShell
2 6 (3.13%) SQL
3 5 (2.60%) Python
4 4 (2.08%) C#
5 3 (1.56%) JavaScript
5 3 (1.56%) Kotlin
6 1 (0.52%) Bash Shell
6 1 (0.52%) C
6 1 (0.52%) Java
6 1 (0.52%) Lua
6 1 (0.52%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 65 (33.85%) CISSP
2 51 (26.56%) CISM
3 32 (16.67%) CISA
4 24 (12.50%) Degree
5 15 (7.81%) CRISC
6 8 (4.17%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
7 7 (3.65%) SSCP
8 6 (3.13%) A+ Certification
9 5 (2.60%) Cisco Certification
10 4 (2.08%) CEH
10 4 (2.08%) ISACA
10 4 (2.08%) MCITP
10 4 (2.08%) Microsoft Certification
10 4 (2.08%) OSCP
10 4 (2.08%) Security Cleared
11 3 (1.56%) CSPO
11 3 (1.56%) CSSLP
11 3 (1.56%) GIAC
11 3 (1.56%) ISSAP
11 3 (1.56%) PCI QSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 75 (39.06%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 54 (28.13%) GDPR
3 53 (27.60%) PCI DSS
4 42 (21.88%) NIST
5 35 (18.23%) Cyber Essentials
6 33 (17.19%) GRC
7 23 (11.98%) COBIT
8 11 (5.73%) NCSC
9 8 (4.17%) RMADS
9 8 (4.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 5 (2.60%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 5 (2.60%) HIPAA
10 5 (2.60%) SLA
11 4 (2.08%) 21 CFR Part 11
11 4 (2.08%) ITGC
12 3 (1.56%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 3 (1.56%) JSP 440
13 2 (1.04%) NIST 800
14 1 (0.52%) Data Quality
System Software
1 19 (9.90%) Active Directory
2 8 (4.17%) Docker
3 4 (2.08%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (1.56%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 8 (4.17%) Kubernetes
2 5 (2.60%) Terraform
3 2 (1.04%) EMC NetWorker
3 2 (1.04%) Microsoft Intune
4 1 (0.52%) CASB
4 1 (0.52%) Jamf Pro
4 1 (0.52%) QRadar
4 1 (0.52%) SCCM
4 1 (0.52%) SCVMM
4 1 (0.52%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 28 (14.58%) Microsoft
2 16 (8.33%) Cisco
2 16 (8.33%) ServiceNow
3 13 (6.77%) SAP
4 9 (4.69%) CheckPoint
5 8 (4.17%) Apple
5 8 (4.17%) F5
5 8 (4.17%) Splunk
6 7 (3.65%) OneTrust
6 7 (3.65%) Zscaler
7 4 (2.08%) Google
7 4 (2.08%) Oracle
7 4 (2.08%) VMware
8 3 (1.56%) Citrix
8 3 (1.56%) Qualys
8 3 (1.56%) Rapid7
8 3 (1.56%) Sophos
8 3 (1.56%) Veeam
8 3 (1.56%) WatchGuard
9 2 (1.04%) LogRhythm