Security Specialist
UK

The median Security Specialist salary in the UK is £58,750 per year according to job vacancies posted during the 6 months to 24 February 2024.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

6 months to
24 Feb 2024
Same period 2023 Same period 2022
Rank 656 791 887
Rank change year-on-year +135 +96 -251
Permanent jobs requiring a Security Specialist 163 232 257
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.21% 0.21% 0.18%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.22% 0.22% 0.19%
Number of salaries quoted 132 182 147
10th Percentile £45,000 £45,125 £41,250
25th Percentile £47,500 £55,554 £46,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £58,750 £68,000 £64,500
Median % change year-on-year -13.60% +5.43% +3.20%
75th Percentile £70,000 £83,750 £81,875
90th Percentile £77,500 £110,000 £90,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,950 £55,000 £60,000
% change year-on-year -7.36% -8.33% -4.00%

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
UK

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.

Permanent vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 73,901 104,956 133,572
% of permanent jobs with a recognized job title 94.90% 94.28% 95.56%
Number of salaries quoted 55,574 66,112 84,152
10th Percentile £28,500 £32,750 £32,000
25th Percentile £39,488 £45,000 £42,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £60,000 £60,000
Median % change year-on-year -8.33% - +9.09%
75th Percentile £73,750 £82,500 £77,500
90th Percentile £92,500 £100,000 £95,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £52,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year -4.76% +5.00% +5.26%

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 24 February 2024.

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 24 February 2024. 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
Jobs
England +143 153 £57,500 -17.86% 43
UK excluding London +130 127 £50,950 -7.36% 24
South East +102 43 £50,500 +8.18% 6
London +117 39 £75,000 - 18
South West +51 36 £65,000 +1.40% 1
North of England +82 30 £50,000 -24.24% 10
Work from Home +68 28 £52,500 -22.79% 20
North West +73 27 £50,000 -24.24% 7
Scotland -29 7 £67,500 +22.73% 1
East of England +49 6 £62,500 - 3
Yorkshire +90 3 £35,000 -62.67% 3
Midlands +42 2 - - 3
Wales +11 2 £47,500 +5.56%
East Midlands - 2 - -
Northern Ireland - 1 £35,000 -

Security Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities

For the 6 months to 24 February 2024, Security Specialist job roles required the following skills and capabilities 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 (71.17%) Cybersecurity
2 58 (35.58%) NIST
3 49 (30.06%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 41 (25.15%) Degree
5 38 (23.31%) Firewall
6 37 (22.70%) SIEM
7 36 (22.09%) Information Security
8 34 (20.86%) GRC
8 34 (20.86%) Incident Response
9 33 (20.25%) Security Cleared
10 31 (19.02%) Def Stans
11 28 (17.18%) Risk Assessment
12 27 (16.56%) Social Skills
13 25 (15.34%) Risk Management
13 25 (15.34%) Linux
13 25 (15.34%) Vulnerability Management
14 23 (14.11%) Windows
14 23 (14.11%) Finance
14 23 (14.11%) Master's Degree
14 23 (14.11%) Problem-Solving
15 22 (13.50%) Penetration Testing
15 22 (13.50%) PKI
15 22 (13.50%) Vulnerability Scanning
16 21 (12.88%) Security Architecture
16 21 (12.88%) Azure
17 20 (12.27%) Cryptography
18 19 (11.66%) Microsoft
18 19 (11.66%) Cyberattack
19 18 (11.04%) HMG Security Policy Framework
19 18 (11.04%) SABSA

Security Specialist Skill Set
Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same employment type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Cloud Services
1 21 (12.88%) Azure
2 17 (10.43%) AWS
3 10 (6.13%) Microsoft 365
4 4 (2.45%) Azure Sentinel
4 4 (2.45%) Serverless
5 2 (1.23%) Microsoft Purview
6 1 (0.61%) GitHub
6 1 (0.61%) OCI
6 1 (0.61%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 38 (23.31%) Firewall
2 9 (5.52%) Intrusion Detection
3 6 (3.68%) Network Security
4 3 (1.84%) Cisco ASA
4 3 (1.84%) LAN
4 3 (1.84%) TCP/IP
4 3 (1.84%) WAN
4 3 (1.84%) Wireshark
5 2 (1.23%) Internet
5 2 (1.23%) X.509
6 1 (0.61%) HTTP
6 1 (0.61%) tcpdump
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.61%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 2 (1.23%) Burp Suite
2 1 (0.61%) Jenkins
2 1 (0.61%) SonarQube
General
1 27 (16.56%) Social Skills
2 23 (14.11%) Finance
3 18 (11.04%) Public Sector
4 14 (8.59%) Analytical Skills
5 10 (6.13%) Manufacturing
6 8 (4.91%) Banking
7 7 (4.29%) Legal
7 7 (4.29%) Retail
8 5 (3.07%) Law
9 4 (2.45%) Military
9 4 (2.45%) Presentation Skills
10 3 (1.84%) Marketing
10 3 (1.84%) Multimedia
11 2 (1.23%) Automotive
11 2 (1.23%) Documentation Skills
11 2 (1.23%) Organisational Skills
11 2 (1.23%) Telecoms
12 1 (0.61%) Advertising
12 1 (0.61%) Aerospace
12 1 (0.61%) Influencing Skills
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (1.23%) Sass
2 1 (0.61%) JSON
2 1 (0.61%) LDAP
2 1 (0.61%) Regular Expression
Miscellaneous
1 22 (13.50%) PKI
2 19 (11.66%) Cyberattack
3 14 (8.59%) Operational Technology
4 13 (7.98%) Cyber Threat
5 12 (7.36%) Management Information System
6 9 (5.52%) Industrial Internet of Things
7 6 (3.68%) Security Operations Centre
8 5 (3.07%) Mainframe
8 5 (3.07%) Security Posture
9 4 (2.45%) Onboarding
10 3 (1.84%) Smart Energy
11 2 (1.23%) Algorithms
11 2 (1.23%) Cyber Kill Chain
11 2 (1.23%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 2 (1.23%) Greenfield Project
11 2 (1.23%) Self-Motivation
12 1 (0.61%) Cybercrime
12 1 (0.61%) Enterprise Software
12 1 (0.61%) Product Ownership
12 1 (0.61%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 25 (15.34%) Linux
2 23 (14.11%) Windows
3 9 (5.52%) Unix
4 7 (4.29%) Windows Server
5 4 (2.45%) Kali Linux
5 4 (2.45%) Ubuntu
5 4 (2.45%) Windows 10
5 4 (2.45%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 116 (71.17%) Cybersecurity
2 37 (22.70%) SIEM
3 36 (22.09%) Information Security
4 34 (20.86%) Incident Response
5 28 (17.18%) Risk Assessment
6 25 (15.34%) Risk Management
6 25 (15.34%) Vulnerability Management
7 23 (14.11%) Problem-Solving
8 22 (13.50%) Penetration Testing
8 22 (13.50%) Vulnerability Scanning
9 21 (12.88%) Security Architecture
10 20 (12.27%) Cryptography
11 18 (11.04%) Enterprise Architecture
11 18 (11.04%) Identity Management
11 18 (11.04%) SABSA
11 18 (11.04%) TOGAF
12 15 (9.20%) Security Operations
13 13 (7.98%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
13 13 (7.98%) OWASP
13 13 (7.98%) Threat Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 2 (1.23%) PowerShell
2 1 (0.61%) Python
Qualifications
1 41 (25.15%) Degree
2 33 (20.25%) Security Cleared
3 23 (14.11%) Master's Degree
4 18 (11.04%) CISSP
5 10 (6.13%) OSCP
6 8 (4.91%) CISA
7 7 (4.29%) CEH
7 7 (4.29%) CISM
8 5 (3.07%) Computer Science Degree
9 4 (2.45%) AWS Certification
9 4 (2.45%) AWS Certified Solutions Architect
9 4 (2.45%) Cisco Certification
9 4 (2.45%) CISMP
9 4 (2.45%) GSEC
10 3 (1.84%) CCNA
10 3 (1.84%) CCNP
10 3 (1.84%) CompTIA Security+
11 2 (1.23%) Postgraduate
11 2 (1.23%) SC Cleared
11 2 (1.23%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 58 (35.58%) NIST
2 49 (30.06%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 34 (20.86%) GRC
4 31 (19.02%) Def Stans
5 18 (11.04%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 13 (7.98%) Cyber Essentials
7 9 (5.52%) GDPR
8 4 (2.45%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 4 (2.45%) PCI DSS
9 3 (1.84%) NCSC
9 3 (1.84%) NIST 800
10 2 (1.23%) COBIT
10 2 (1.23%) HIPAA
10 2 (1.23%) ISO 22301
10 2 (1.23%) ISO 31000
10 2 (1.23%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 2 (1.23%) TickIT
11 1 (0.61%) SLA
System Software
1 14 (8.59%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (2.45%) Terminal Services
3 3 (1.84%) Active Directory
3 3 (1.84%) Docker
4 1 (0.61%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.61%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 8 (4.91%) SCCM
2 4 (2.45%) Microsoft Intune
3 3 (1.84%) Ansible
3 3 (1.84%) FortiGate
3 3 (1.84%) SELinux
4 2 (1.23%) Kubernetes
5 1 (0.61%) CASB
5 1 (0.61%) Progress Chef
5 1 (0.61%) Puppet
5 1 (0.61%) Terraform
Vendors
1 19 (11.66%) Microsoft
2 14 (8.59%) VMware
3 11 (6.75%) Qualys
4 8 (4.91%) Cisco
5 3 (1.84%) Dell
5 3 (1.84%) HP
5 3 (1.84%) LogRhythm
5 3 (1.84%) Palo Alto
6 2 (1.23%) Forcepoint
6 2 (1.23%) ServiceNow
6 2 (1.23%) Varonis
7 1 (0.61%) CA
7 1 (0.61%) CrowdStrike
7 1 (0.61%) Meraki
7 1 (0.61%) Oracle
7 1 (0.61%) Sonatype
7 1 (0.61%) Splunk
7 1 (0.61%) Sun
7 1 (0.61%) Trustwave