Period
to 25 November 2017

The median annual salary for a Security Specialist was £60,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 25 November 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
6 months to
25 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 836 757 923
Rank change year-on-year -79 +166 0
Permanent jobs requiring a Security Specialist 356 496 377
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.20% 0.26% 0.17%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.21% 0.27% 0.18%
Number of salaries quoted 254 407 277
UK median annual salary £60,000 £60,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +20.00% -9.09%
10th Percentile £39,500 £37,500 £37,500
90th Percentile £82,500 £83,750 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,000 £50,000 £46,500
% change year-on-year -6.00% +7.53% -11.43%

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 171576 182627 210672
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.80% 96.49% 96.47%
Number of salaries quoted 137617 152768 175132
UK median annual salary £48,500 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.11% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £78,750 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £41,000
% change year-on-year - +3.66% +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 6 months to 25 November 2017.

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 25 November 2017. 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 -92 336 £60,000 - 22
UK excluding London -54 177 £47,000 -6.00% 14
London -23 176 £65,000 -5.80% 8
North of England -27 43 £45,000 -10.00% 6
South East +1 42 £50,000 - 2
Midlands +17 36 £44,000 -12.00% 2
West Midlands -12 24 £44,000 -12.00% 1
East of England +10 20 £65,000 +30.00% 2
South West +2 19 £38,750 -31.11% 2
North West -15 19 £50,000 -6.10% 1
Yorkshire -5 15 £45,000 -10.00% 4
East Midlands - 12 £40,000 - 1
Scotland -16 9 £60,000 +44.58%
North East - 9 £45,000 - 1
Wales +17 7 £45,000 +20.00%
Northern Ireland - 1 - -

Security Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 November 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.

1 223 (62.64%) Information Security
2 128 (35.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 121 (33.99%) CISSP
4 104 (29.21%) Cybersecurity
5 101 (28.37%) Firewall
5 101 (28.37%) Finance
6 85 (23.88%) CISM
7 80 (22.47%) PCI DSS
8 73 (20.51%) Network Security
9 70 (19.66%) Risk Management
9 70 (19.66%) Windows
9 70 (19.66%) SIEM
10 66 (18.54%) Management Information System
11 65 (18.26%) Penetration Testing
12 57 (16.01%) CISA
13 52 (14.61%) Degree
13 52 (14.61%) Security Architecture
14 46 (12.92%) ISMS
14 46 (12.92%) Cisco
15 39 (10.96%) ITIL
16 38 (10.67%) Risk Assessment
16 38 (10.67%) Cyber Essentials
17 37 (10.39%) Vulnerability Management
18 36 (10.11%) Data Protection
19 34 (9.55%) Security Operations
20 32 (8.99%) Linux
20 32 (8.99%) Active Directory
21 31 (8.71%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
22 30 (8.43%) GDPR
22 30 (8.43%) Microsoft

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 10 (2.81%) SharePoint
2 6 (1.69%) IIS
3 4 (1.12%) Apache
4 1 (0.28%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 17 (4.78%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 14 (3.93%) Microsoft Excel
2 14 (3.93%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (0.56%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 22 (6.18%) Amazon AWS
2 11 (3.09%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (1.40%) Office 365
3 5 (1.40%) SaaS
4 2 (0.56%) Mimecast
5 1 (0.28%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 101 (28.37%) Firewall
2 73 (20.51%) Network Security
3 27 (7.58%) Intrusion Detection
4 22 (6.18%) Cisco ASA
4 22 (6.18%) VPN
5 16 (4.49%) LAN
6 14 (3.93%) Internet
7 12 (3.37%) DHCP
7 12 (3.37%) DNS
7 12 (3.37%) TCP/IP
7 12 (3.37%) WAN
8 11 (3.09%) Cisco Nexus
8 11 (3.09%) VLAN
9 10 (2.81%) MPLS
10 8 (2.25%) LDAP
10 8 (2.25%) OSPF
11 7 (1.97%) iSCSI
11 7 (1.97%) SMS
12 6 (1.69%) Cisco IOS
12 6 (1.69%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (1.97%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.12%) MySQL
2 4 (1.12%) NoSQL
3 2 (0.56%) Big Data
3 2 (0.56%) RDBMS
3 2 (0.56%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.28%) Blockchain
4 1 (0.28%) Hadoop
4 1 (0.28%) OLAP
4 1 (0.28%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 8 (2.25%) AppScan
2 2 (0.56%) Maven
2 2 (0.56%) Metasploit
2 2 (0.56%) Selenium
General
1 101 (28.37%) Finance
2 28 (7.87%) Telecoms
3 27 (7.58%) Marketing
4 20 (5.62%) Legal
5 19 (5.34%) Electronics
5 19 (5.34%) Manufacturing
6 17 (4.78%) Retail
7 16 (4.49%) Law
8 7 (1.97%) Banking
9 6 (1.69%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.28%) Advertising
10 1 (0.28%) Aerospace
10 1 (0.28%) Automotive
10 1 (0.28%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (4.78%) Web Services
2 11 (3.09%) .NET
3 8 (2.25%) J2EE
4 7 (1.97%) Middleware
5 5 (1.40%) SAML
6 4 (1.12%) 802.1X
6 4 (1.12%) OAuth
6 4 (1.12%) OAuth2
7 2 (0.56%) ASP.NET
7 2 (0.56%) Hibernate
8 1 (0.28%) CSS
8 1 (0.28%) ModSecurity
8 1 (0.28%) OpenID
8 1 (0.28%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 66 (18.54%) Management Information System
2 24 (6.74%) Cyber Defence
3 21 (5.90%) Analytical Skills
4 19 (5.34%) Computer Science
5 18 (5.06%) PKI
6 15 (4.21%) Data Centre
6 15 (4.21%) Data Protection Act
7 11 (3.09%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 10 (2.81%) Cyberthreat
8 10 (2.81%) Security Operations Centre
9 9 (2.53%) Cybercrime
9 9 (2.53%) Mobile App
10 5 (1.40%) Cyber Attack
10 5 (1.40%) Hedge funds
10 5 (1.40%) Life Science
11 3 (0.84%) Greenfield Project
11 3 (0.84%) Wiki
12 2 (0.56%) AS400
12 2 (0.56%) Fintech
12 2 (0.56%) Mobile Computing
Operating Systems
1 70 (19.66%) Windows
2 32 (8.99%) Linux
3 27 (7.58%) Windows Server
4 19 (5.34%) Android
5 16 (4.49%) Unix
6 15 (4.21%) Apple iOS
7 6 (1.69%) Kali Linux
8 4 (1.12%) Windows Server 2008
9 2 (0.56%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 223 (62.64%) Information Security
2 104 (29.21%) Cybersecurity
3 70 (19.66%) Risk Management
3 70 (19.66%) SIEM
4 65 (18.26%) Penetration Testing
5 52 (14.61%) Security Architecture
6 46 (12.92%) ISMS
7 39 (10.96%) ITIL
8 38 (10.67%) Risk Assessment
9 37 (10.39%) Vulnerability Management
10 36 (10.11%) Data Protection
11 34 (9.55%) Security Operations
12 28 (7.87%) Security Testing
13 26 (7.30%) OWASP
14 25 (7.02%) Ethical Hacking
15 24 (6.74%) Security Management
16 22 (6.18%) Information Security Management
17 21 (5.90%) Vulnerability Scanning
18 20 (5.62%) Programme Management
18 20 (5.62%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 24 (6.74%) Java
2 20 (5.62%) Python
3 15 (4.21%) PowerShell
4 12 (3.37%) SQL
5 8 (2.25%) JavaScript
6 7 (1.97%) C#
7 6 (1.69%) Ruby
7 6 (1.69%) Scala
8 4 (1.12%) Bash Shell
9 2 (0.56%) C
9 2 (0.56%) Perl
9 2 (0.56%) VB
10 1 (0.28%) C++
Qualifications
1 121 (33.99%) CISSP
2 85 (23.88%) CISM
3 57 (16.01%) CISA
4 52 (14.61%) Degree
5 23 (6.46%) CEH
6 22 (6.18%) Cisco Certification
7 20 (5.62%) CRISC
8 15 (4.21%) CCNP
9 13 (3.65%) CCNA
10 11 (3.09%) GIAC
10 11 (3.09%) SANS
11 10 (2.81%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
12 9 (2.53%) CCSA
13 8 (2.25%) Microsoft Certification
14 7 (1.97%) Computer Science Degree
14 7 (1.97%) GCIA
14 7 (1.97%) GCIH
15 6 (1.69%) CCDP
15 6 (1.69%) GSEC
15 6 (1.69%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 128 (35.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 80 (22.47%) PCI DSS
3 38 (10.67%) Cyber Essentials
4 31 (8.71%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 30 (8.43%) GDPR
6 15 (4.21%) COBIT
7 9 (2.53%) Data Quality
8 7 (1.97%) ISO 22301
9 5 (1.40%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 5 (1.40%) SAS 70
10 4 (1.12%) SSAE 16
11 2 (0.56%) COSO
11 2 (0.56%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 2 (0.56%) ISO 9001
11 2 (0.56%) PA-DSS
11 2 (0.56%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 1 (0.28%) FISMA
12 1 (0.28%) GPG13
12 1 (0.28%) NIST 800
System Software
1 32 (8.99%) Active Directory
2 11 (3.09%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (1.97%) Snort
4 5 (1.40%) Hyper-V
4 5 (1.40%) Virtual Machines
5 4 (1.12%) Firmware
6 3 (0.84%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 9 (2.53%) Nessus
2 8 (2.25%) WebInspect
3 7 (1.97%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
3 7 (1.97%) Nmap
4 6 (1.69%) EnCase
4 6 (1.69%) Nexpose
4 6 (1.69%) QRadar
5 5 (1.40%) Norton AntiVirus
6 3 (0.84%) CSIRT
6 3 (0.84%) FortiGate
6 3 (0.84%) Network Intrusion Detection System
7 2 (0.56%) Host Intrusion Detection System
7 2 (0.56%) Opscode Chef
7 2 (0.56%) SCCM
7 2 (0.56%) SCOM
7 2 (0.56%) Suricata
8 1 (0.28%) HAProxy
8 1 (0.28%) Tivoli
8 1 (0.28%) Tivoli Identity Manager
Vendors
1 46 (12.92%) Cisco
2 30 (8.43%) Microsoft
3 22 (6.18%) CheckPoint
4 19 (5.34%) SAP
4 19 (5.34%) VMware
5 14 (3.93%) F5
6 13 (3.65%) HP
7 12 (3.37%) Palo Alto
8 11 (3.09%) Fortinet
8 11 (3.09%) Juniper
9 10 (2.81%) Oracle
10 9 (2.53%) Apple
11 8 (2.25%) IBM
11 8 (2.25%) Qualys
11 8 (2.25%) Sophos
12 7 (1.97%) LogRhythm
12 7 (1.97%) Symantec
13 6 (1.69%) Brocade
13 6 (1.69%) Citrix
13 6 (1.69%) Rapid7