Period
to 20 February 2018

The median annual salary for a Security Specialist was £57,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 February 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
20 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 823 812 920
Rank change year-on-year -11 +108 -7
Permanent jobs requiring a Security Specialist 388 384 383
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.22% 0.22% 0.18%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.23% 0.23% 0.19%
Number of salaries quoted 280 301 268
UK median annual salary £57,500 £55,000 £55,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.55% - -
10th Percentile £37,500 £33,750 £37,500
90th Percentile £82,750 £77,500 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £47,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year -5.26% -5.00% -4.76%

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 170,110 168,598 202,590
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.24% 96.48% 96.64%
Number of salaries quoted 139,266 140,109 169,391
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £46,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +3.26% +2.22%
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,000 £26,750
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £75,125
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,000
% change year-on-year - +1.19% +5.00%

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 20 February 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 20 February 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 -3 378 £57,500 +4.55% 41
London +23 195 £65,000 - 17
UK excluding London -42 192 £45,000 -5.26% 26
North of England -4 62 £45,000 - 12
South East -3 54 £50,000 -4.76% 5
Yorkshire +20 33 £45,000 -10.00% 4
Midlands -18 33 £44,000 -7.37% 3
North West -17 29 £55,000 +25.00% 6
South West +10 19 £37,500 -34.78% 2
East Midlands +16 17 £40,000 -11.11%
West Midlands -33 16 £44,000 -12.00% 3
East of England +5 15 £85,000 +88.89% 2
Scotland -33 7 £60,000 +46.34% 2
Wales +3 1 £26,000 -44.57%
Northern Ireland - 1 - -

Security Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 February 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.

1 169 (43.56%) Information Security
2 145 (37.37%) Firewall
3 137 (35.31%) Finance
4 128 (32.99%) Cybersecurity
5 111 (28.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 108 (27.84%) Network Security
6 108 (27.84%) CISSP
7 89 (22.94%) PCI DSS
8 86 (22.16%) SIEM
9 75 (19.33%) Penetration Testing
10 71 (18.30%) Windows
11 65 (16.75%) Cisco
12 64 (16.49%) CheckPoint
13 59 (15.21%) Security Operations
14 52 (13.40%) Vulnerability Management
15 50 (12.89%) VPN
16 49 (12.63%) Microsoft
17 45 (11.60%) WAN
17 45 (11.60%) Cisco Certification
18 44 (11.34%) DNS
18 44 (11.34%) ITIL
19 42 (10.82%) Juniper
19 42 (10.82%) CISM
20 40 (10.31%) CCNP
20 40 (10.31%) Security Architecture
21 39 (10.05%) F5
22 37 (9.54%) Microsoft Azure
22 37 (9.54%) TCP/IP
22 37 (9.54%) Cisco ASA
23 36 (9.28%) Fintech

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 (1.29%) IIS
2 3 (0.77%) Apache
3 2 (0.52%) SharePoint
3 2 (0.52%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 5 (1.29%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.03%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (0.52%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.26%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (1.03%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 37 (9.54%) Microsoft Azure
2 22 (5.67%) Amazon AWS
3 18 (4.64%) Office 365
4 17 (4.38%) Cloud Computing
5 4 (1.03%) Google Cloud Platform
6 3 (0.77%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.26%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 145 (37.37%) Firewall
2 108 (27.84%) Network Security
3 50 (12.89%) VPN
4 45 (11.60%) WAN
5 44 (11.34%) DNS
6 37 (9.54%) Cisco ASA
6 37 (9.54%) TCP/IP
7 28 (7.22%) Wireless
8 27 (6.96%) VPLS
9 26 (6.70%) Cisco Nexus
10 24 (6.19%) DHCP
11 23 (5.93%) OSPF
12 22 (5.67%) MPLS
13 21 (5.41%) Intrusion Detection
14 20 (5.15%) Cisco IOS
14 20 (5.15%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
14 20 (5.15%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
14 20 (5.15%) LAN
14 20 (5.15%) NX-OS
15 19 (4.90%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (1.29%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.03%) NoSQL
3 2 (0.52%) Big Data
3 2 (0.52%) MySQL
3 2 (0.52%) RDBMS
3 2 (0.52%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.26%) Blockchain
4 1 (0.26%) Hadoop
4 1 (0.26%) Maltego
4 1 (0.26%) OLAP
4 1 (0.26%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 10 (2.58%) AppScan
2 9 (2.32%) Sonatype Nexus
3 8 (2.06%) JIRA
4 4 (1.03%) Burp Suite
5 2 (0.52%) Maven
5 2 (0.52%) Selenium
General
1 137 (35.31%) Finance
2 20 (5.15%) Retail
3 15 (3.87%) Legal
4 14 (3.61%) Law
5 10 (2.58%) Marketing
6 8 (2.06%) Telecoms
7 4 (1.03%) Automotive
8 3 (0.77%) Advertising
8 3 (0.77%) Banking
9 2 (0.52%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.26%) French Language
10 1 (0.26%) Games
10 1 (0.26%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (3.35%) J2EE
2 10 (2.58%) 802.1X
2 10 (2.58%) LDAP
2 10 (2.58%) OAuth2
3 8 (2.06%) .NET
3 8 (2.06%) Node.js
3 8 (2.06%) XACML
4 6 (1.55%) HTML
5 3 (0.77%) Web Services
6 2 (0.52%) ASP.NET
6 2 (0.52%) Hibernate
6 2 (0.52%) Java EE
6 2 (0.52%) Middleware
6 2 (0.52%) OAuth
6 2 (0.52%) REST
6 2 (0.52%) SAML
7 1 (0.26%) .NET Framework
7 1 (0.26%) CSS
7 1 (0.26%) ModSecurity
7 1 (0.26%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 36 (9.28%) Fintech
2 32 (8.25%) Analytical Skills
3 31 (7.99%) Management Information System
4 27 (6.96%) Cyber Defence
5 25 (6.44%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 20 (5.15%) PKI
7 19 (4.90%) Data Centre
8 18 (4.64%) Security Operations Centre
9 14 (3.61%) Cyberthreat
10 5 (1.29%) Cyberattack
10 5 (1.29%) Life Science
11 4 (1.03%) CESG
11 4 (1.03%) Infotainment
12 3 (0.77%) Cybercrime
12 3 (0.77%) Wiki
13 2 (0.52%) Analytical Mindset
13 2 (0.52%) CESG CLAS
13 2 (0.52%) Data Protection Act
13 2 (0.52%) Greenfield Project
13 2 (0.52%) Mobile Computing
Operating Systems
1 71 (18.30%) Windows
2 26 (6.70%) Unix
3 25 (6.44%) Linux
4 20 (5.15%) Windows Server
5 9 (2.32%) Android
6 5 (1.29%) Apple iOS
7 4 (1.03%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (0.26%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 169 (43.56%) Information Security
2 128 (32.99%) Cybersecurity
3 86 (22.16%) SIEM
4 75 (19.33%) Penetration Testing
5 59 (15.21%) Security Operations
6 52 (13.40%) Vulnerability Management
7 44 (11.34%) ITIL
8 40 (10.31%) Security Architecture
9 31 (7.99%) Risk Management
10 30 (7.73%) Vulnerability Assessment
11 29 (7.47%) OWASP
12 27 (6.96%) Vulnerability Scanning
13 26 (6.70%) ISMS
14 25 (6.44%) Creative Thinking
14 25 (6.44%) Ethical Hacking
14 25 (6.44%) Security Testing
15 23 (5.93%) Risk Assessment
16 22 (5.67%) Security Management
17 21 (5.41%) Threat Intelligence
18 20 (5.15%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 28 (7.22%) PowerShell
2 25 (6.44%) Java
3 21 (5.41%) Python
4 19 (4.90%) JavaScript
5 18 (4.64%) C#
6 16 (4.12%) SQL
7 12 (3.09%) Bash Shell
8 11 (2.84%) C++
9 2 (0.52%) C
10 1 (0.26%) VBA
Qualifications
1 108 (27.84%) CISSP
2 45 (11.60%) Cisco Certification
3 42 (10.82%) CISM
4 40 (10.31%) CCNP
5 22 (5.67%) Degree
5 22 (5.67%) SANS
6 19 (4.90%) CISA
7 16 (4.12%) CCIE
8 12 (3.09%) CCDP
9 11 (2.84%) CCNA
9 11 (2.84%) GIAC
10 10 (2.58%) CEH
11 9 (2.32%) CLAS
11 9 (2.32%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
11 9 (2.32%) Microsoft Certification
12 8 (2.06%) SSCP
13 7 (1.80%) CCSE
13 7 (1.80%) GCIA
13 7 (1.80%) GCIH
13 7 (1.80%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 111 (28.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 89 (22.94%) PCI DSS
3 25 (6.44%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
4 22 (5.67%) GDPR
5 18 (4.64%) Cyber Essentials
6 11 (2.84%) COBIT
7 10 (2.58%) SSAE 16
8 7 (1.80%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 6 (1.55%) PA-DSS
9 6 (1.55%) SAS 70
10 5 (1.29%) HIPAA
11 4 (1.03%) GCP
12 2 (0.52%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 2 (0.52%) ISO 22301
12 2 (0.52%) SLA
13 1 (0.26%) COSO
13 1 (0.26%) Data Quality
13 1 (0.26%) FISMA
13 1 (0.26%) GPG13
13 1 (0.26%) NIST 800
System Software
1 26 (6.70%) Active Directory
2 24 (6.19%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (2.58%) Firmware
4 9 (2.32%) XenApp
4 9 (2.32%) XenDesktop
5 7 (1.80%) XenServer
6 5 (1.29%) Docker
6 5 (1.29%) Virtual Machines
7 3 (0.77%) vSphere
8 2 (0.52%) Snort
8 2 (0.52%) Terminal Services
9 1 (0.26%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 21 (5.41%) Nessus
2 17 (4.38%) WebInspect
3 9 (2.32%) Puppet
3 9 (2.32%) Terraform
4 8 (2.06%) QRadar
5 5 (1.29%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
5 5 (1.29%) Single Sign-On
6 4 (1.03%) FortiGate
7 3 (0.77%) CSIRT
7 3 (0.77%) Kubernetes
7 3 (0.77%) SCCM
8 2 (0.52%) Ansible
8 2 (0.52%) Host Intrusion Detection System
8 2 (0.52%) Suricata
9 1 (0.26%) Computer Incident Response Team
9 1 (0.26%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 1 (0.26%) FTK
9 1 (0.26%) Nmap
9 1 (0.26%) RSA Archer
9 1 (0.26%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 65 (16.75%) Cisco
2 64 (16.49%) CheckPoint
3 49 (12.63%) Microsoft
4 42 (10.82%) Juniper
5 39 (10.05%) F5
6 27 (6.96%) VMware
7 26 (6.70%) Blue Coat
7 26 (6.70%) Qualys
8 23 (5.93%) HP
9 21 (5.41%) Imperva
10 17 (4.38%) Infoblox
11 14 (3.61%) Salesforce.com
12 13 (3.35%) Sophos
13 12 (3.09%) Citrix
14 11 (2.84%) Fortinet
14 11 (2.84%) McAfee
14 11 (2.84%) WorldPay
15 9 (2.32%) CyberArk
15 9 (2.32%) Google
16 8 (2.06%) Dell