The median annual salary for a Security Specialist was £57,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 29 April 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
29 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 695 753 773
Rank change year-on-year +58 +20  
Permanent jobs requiring a Security Specialist 186 216 214
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.21% 0.21% 0.19%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.22% 0.22% 0.20%
Number of salaries quoted 150 166 154
Median salary £57,500 £55,000 £57,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.54% -4.34%  
90% offered a salary of more than £40,000 £45,000 £40,450
10% offered a salary of more than £80,500 £80,000 £70,000
UK excluding London median salary £45,000 £52,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year -14.28% +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 83969 99568 107222
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 96.30% 96.34% 96.56%
Number of salaries quoted 69775 83625 87443
Median salary £45,000 £46,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -2.17% +2.22%  
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £72,500 £70,000 £70,000
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 29 April 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 29 April 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 +58 177 £57,500 +4.54% 22
London +59 94 £62,500 +4.16% 11
City of London +37 19 £62,500 +13.63% 2
West Midlands +19 16 £42,500 -19.04%
South East +41 13 £70,000 +33.33% 2
Yorkshire +15 13 £45,766 -0.50% 5
North West -28 12 £55,000 -12.00% 1
East Midlands +26 9 £45,000 -10.00% 1
Manchester -24 9 £55,000 -6.38% 1
Durham - 9 £45,000 -
North East - 9 £45,000 -
Wales - 8 £38,152 - 1
West Wales - 8 £38,152 - 1
Swansea - 8 £38,152 - 1
North Yorkshire +14 7 £57,500 +43.75% 1
Redditch - 7 £42,500 -
Worcestershire - 7 £42,500 -
York +22 6 £57,500 +43.75%
West Yorkshire +21 6 £44,031 -4.28% 4
East of England +9 6 £57,500 +33.72% 2
Berkshire +15 5 £90,000 +80.00%
Leeds +9 5 £44,031 -4.28% 4
South West +7 5 £57,000 +14.00%
Hampshire +19 4 £62,500 -
Reading +11 4 £112,500 +114.28%
Coventry +10 4 £50,000 -1.96%
Canary Wharf -12 4 £65,000 +18.18%
Northamptonshire - 4 £52,500 - 1
Colchester - 4 £57,500 -
Essex - 4 £57,500 -

Security Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 April 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.

1 177 (52.52%) Information Security
2 142 (42.14%) CISSP
3 134 (39.76%) Firewall
4 93 (27.60%) CISM
5 77 (22.85%) PCI DSS
6 73 (21.66%) Network Security
6 73 (21.66%) Cybersecurity
7 72 (21.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 71 (21.07%) Finance
9 68 (20.18%) SIEM
10 60 (17.80%) Risk Management
11 55 (16.32%) Data Protection
12 54 (16.02%) Cisco
13 51 (15.13%) Windows
14 45 (13.35%) Cisco Certification
15 43 (12.76%) Penetration Testing
16 41 (12.17%) Intrusion Detection
16 41 (12.17%) ITIL
17 39 (11.57%) Linux
17 39 (11.57%) Degree
18 38 (11.28%) CCNP
19 37 (10.98%) Security Operations
20 34 (10.09%) Microsoft
20 34 (10.09%) Active Directory
20 34 (10.09%) WAN
20 34 (10.09%) Internet
20 34 (10.09%) Data Protection Act
20 34 (10.09%) Risk Assessment
21 33 (9.79%) Continuous Improvement
22 32 (9.50%) Security Architecture

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 6 (1.78%) IIS
2 5 (1.48%) MS Exchange
3 2 (0.59%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (0.59%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (0.30%) SharePoint Server
4 1 (0.30%) WebLogic
4 1 (0.30%) WebSphere
Applications
1 3 (0.89%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.30%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.30%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (0.30%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (0.59%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.30%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 11 (3.26%) IaaS
2 8 (2.37%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (1.78%) Office 365
4 4 (1.19%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (0.30%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.30%) Mimecast
5 1 (0.30%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 134 (39.76%) Firewall
2 73 (21.66%) Network Security
3 41 (12.17%) Intrusion Detection
4 34 (10.09%) Internet
4 34 (10.09%) WAN
5 30 (8.90%) LAN
6 29 (8.61%) TCP/IP
7 25 (7.42%) DNS
8 23 (6.82%) DHCP
9 22 (6.53%) VPN
10 18 (5.34%) VLAN
11 17 (5.04%) Cisco ASA
12 16 (4.75%) Cisco IOS
13 13 (3.86%) BGP
13 13 (3.86%) BIG-IP
13 13 (3.86%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
13 13 (3.86%) OSPF
14 12 (3.56%) DMVPN
14 12 (3.56%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
14 12 (3.56%) NetScreen
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (2.67%) SQL Server
2 5 (1.48%) Relational Database
3 2 (0.59%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.30%) Big Data
4 1 (0.30%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (0.30%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 2 (0.59%) Burp Suite
General
1 71 (21.07%) Finance
2 29 (8.61%) Telecoms
3 23 (6.82%) Banking
4 14 (4.15%) Retail
5 9 (2.67%) Financial Institution
6 7 (2.08%) Legal
7 4 (1.19%) Electronics
8 3 (0.89%) Advertising
9 2 (0.59%) Law
9 2 (0.59%) Marketing
10 1 (0.30%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (2.08%) .NET
1 7 (2.08%) Node.js
2 4 (1.19%) ASP.NET
3 3 (0.89%) Middleware
3 3 (0.89%) XML
4 2 (0.59%) HTML
4 2 (0.59%) XSL
5 1 (0.30%) 802.1X
5 1 (0.30%) SailPoint
5 1 (0.30%) SAP Basis
Miscellaneous
1 34 (10.09%) Data Protection Act
2 32 (9.50%) Management Information System
3 23 (6.82%) Data Centre
4 18 (5.34%) Analytical Skills
5 17 (5.04%) Computer Science
5 17 (5.04%) Security Operations Centre
6 14 (4.15%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 12 (3.56%) Fat Client
7 12 (3.56%) NHS
7 12 (3.56%) Thin Client
8 9 (2.67%) Cyberthreat
8 9 (2.67%) Video Conferencing
9 6 (1.78%) Client/Server
9 6 (1.78%) Cyber Defence
10 5 (1.48%) Cyber Attack
10 5 (1.48%) Fintech
11 4 (1.19%) CESG
11 4 (1.19%) Mobile App
11 4 (1.19%) Smartphone
11 4 (1.19%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 51 (15.13%) Windows
2 39 (11.57%) Linux
3 22 (6.53%) Unix
4 21 (6.23%) Windows Server
5 7 (2.08%) Android
6 6 (1.78%) Windows Server 2012
7 5 (1.48%) Windows 7
8 4 (1.19%) Windows 10
8 4 (1.19%) Windows 8
8 4 (1.19%) Windows Server 2008
9 3 (0.89%) Apple iOS
9 3 (0.89%) Solaris
10 2 (0.59%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 177 (52.52%) Information Security
2 73 (21.66%) Cybersecurity
3 68 (20.18%) SIEM
4 60 (17.80%) Risk Management
5 55 (16.32%) Data Protection
6 43 (12.76%) Penetration Testing
7 41 (12.17%) ITIL
8 37 (10.98%) Security Operations
9 34 (10.09%) Risk Assessment
10 33 (9.79%) Continuous Improvement
11 32 (9.50%) Security Architecture
11 32 (9.50%) Stakeholder Management
12 30 (8.90%) Business Continuity
13 29 (8.61%) Vulnerability Management
14 27 (8.01%) Disaster Recovery
15 25 (7.42%) Security Management
15 25 (7.42%) Vulnerability Scanning
16 24 (7.12%) Vulnerability Assessment
17 20 (5.93%) Problem Management
17 20 (5.93%) Risk Analysis
Programming Languages
1 10 (2.97%) C++
1 10 (2.97%) Java
2 8 (2.37%) C
3 4 (1.19%) Go
3 4 (1.19%) Python
3 4 (1.19%) SQL
4 3 (0.89%) Erlang
4 3 (0.89%) PowerShell
5 2 (0.59%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.30%) PHP
6 1 (0.30%) Ruby
6 1 (0.30%) Scala
Qualifications
1 142 (42.14%) CISSP
2 93 (27.60%) CISM
3 45 (13.35%) Cisco Certification
4 39 (11.57%) Degree
5 38 (11.28%) CCNP
6 28 (8.31%) CCNA
7 24 (7.12%) CISA
8 20 (5.93%) CEH
9 19 (5.64%) SANS
10 17 (5.04%) GIAC
11 15 (4.45%) CCSE
12 12 (3.56%) SSCP
13 10 (2.97%) CompTIA Security+
13 10 (2.97%) Security+ Certification
14 9 (2.67%) CISMP
14 9 (2.67%) GCIA
14 9 (2.67%) GCIH
15 8 (2.37%) Network+ Certification
15 8 (2.37%) OSCP
16 6 (1.78%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 77 (22.85%) PCI DSS
2 72 (21.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 10 (2.97%) GDPR
4 7 (2.08%) Cyber Essentials
5 6 (1.78%) ISO27002
6 2 (0.59%) COBIT
6 2 (0.59%) QA
6 2 (0.59%) SAS 70
7 1 (0.30%) COSO
7 1 (0.30%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 1 (0.30%) GPG13
7 1 (0.30%) ISO22301
7 1 (0.30%) PMO
7 1 (0.30%) SLA
7 1 (0.30%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 34 (10.09%) Active Directory
2 17 (5.04%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (3.86%) Hyper-V
4 4 (1.19%) BitLocker
4 4 (1.19%) pfSense
4 4 (1.19%) Snort
5 1 (0.30%) Xen
Systems Management
1 11 (3.26%) SCCM
2 9 (2.67%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
2 9 (2.67%) Nessus
3 7 (2.08%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 6 (1.78%) Nmap
5 3 (0.89%) Opscode Chef
5 3 (0.89%) SCOM
6 2 (0.59%) Ansible
6 2 (0.59%) CSIRT
6 2 (0.59%) Host Intrusion Detection System
6 2 (0.59%) Network Intrusion Detection System
6 2 (0.59%) Puppet
6 2 (0.59%) QRadar
6 2 (0.59%) RSA Archer
7 1 (0.30%) BladeLogic
7 1 (0.30%) Cisco Prime
7 1 (0.30%) IBM BigFix
7 1 (0.30%) OpenVAS
7 1 (0.30%) WSUS
Vendors
1 54 (16.02%) Cisco
2 34 (10.09%) Microsoft
3 28 (8.31%) CheckPoint
4 27 (8.01%) VMware
5 23 (6.82%) F5
6 19 (5.64%) Citrix
7 18 (5.34%) Blue Coat
8 14 (4.15%) ArcSight
9 12 (3.56%) Imperva
9 12 (3.56%) Infoblox
10 11 (3.26%) HP
11 10 (2.97%) Qualys
12 9 (2.67%) Splunk
13 8 (2.37%) Juniper
13 8 (2.37%) Palo Alto
14 7 (2.08%) NetApp
15 6 (1.78%) Fortinet
15 6 (1.78%) Intel Security
16 5 (1.48%) Brocade
16 5 (1.48%) Oracle
London
Spencer Rose
Salary: From £60,000 to £70,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
London
Computer Futures
Salary: £55000 - £65000 per annum + Benefits and Bonus
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
ASDA
Salary: Market Salary + Bonus
Posted: 3 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Cloud Computing International
Salary: £35000 - £40000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester
Applause IT Ltd
Salary: £20000 - £25000 per annum + bens
Posted: 21 hours ago
Luton, Bedfordshire
Capital IT Resourcing LTD
Salary: £45000 - £60000 per annum + bonus, pension, share scheme, etc
Posted: 5 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Itecco
Salary: £45000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Harvey Nash plc
Salary: £45000 - £50000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Central London / West End
Client Server
Salary: £90k to £150k + bonus + benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Fenwick Ryan
Salary: £25000 - £32000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Swansea, West Glamorgan
CPS Group UK
Salary: £40000 - £50000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Client Server
Salary: £90k to £150k + bonus + benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Banbury, Oxfordshire
Lloyds Banking Group
Salary: £34000 - £40000 per annum + Package
Posted: 5 days ago
Hatfield, Hertfordshire
Computacenter
Salary: Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Chatham
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 23 days ago
London
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 23 days ago
London
Modis International Ltd
Posted: 19 days ago
London
Client Server
Salary: £90k to £120k + bonus + benefits
Posted: 11 days ago