Period
to 23 October 2017

The median annual salary for a Security Specialist was £60,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 October 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
23 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 846 753 937
Rank change year-on-year -93 +184 -4
Permanent jobs requiring a Security Specialist 344 505 388
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.20% 0.27% 0.18%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.20% 0.28% 0.18%
Number of salaries quoted 260 419 278
UK median annual salary £60,000 £60,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +20.00% -9.09%
10th Percentile £41,250 £37,500 £36,600
90th Percentile £86,250 £85,000 £80,150
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £51,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year -6.86% +13.33% -14.29%

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 168119 182893 211044
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.77% 96.45% 96.48%
Number of salaries quoted 134641 153253 174947
UK median annual salary £48,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +1.05% +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 £40,000
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -

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 23 October 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 23 October 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 -57 322 £60,000 - 19
London -30 176 £65,000 -7.14% 11
UK excluding London -61 165 £47,500 -6.86% 10
South East +6 38 £52,500 -4.55% 4
North of England -41 34 £45,000 -25.00% 1
Midlands +3 33 £45,000 -10.00% 1
West Midlands -18 27 £44,000 -12.87%
East of England +6 21 £65,000 +30.00% 1
South West +18 20 £40,000 -25.58% 1
North West -11 15 £52,500 -16.00%
Yorkshire -13 10 £43,750 -12.50% 1
Wales +18 9 £45,000 +20.00% 1
Scotland -10 9 £60,000 +48.15%
North East - 9 £45,000 -
East Midlands +39 6 £55,000 - 1
Northern Ireland - 1 - - 1

Security Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 October 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.

1 217 (63.08%) Information Security
2 131 (38.08%) CISSP
3 117 (34.01%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 112 (32.56%) Firewall
5 103 (29.94%) Cybersecurity
6 93 (27.03%) CISM
7 89 (25.87%) Finance
8 79 (22.97%) SIEM
9 75 (21.80%) Risk Management
10 74 (21.51%) PCI DSS
11 73 (21.22%) Windows
12 68 (19.77%) Management Information System
12 68 (19.77%) Network Security
13 67 (19.48%) Degree
14 66 (19.19%) CISA
15 61 (17.73%) Penetration Testing
16 52 (15.12%) Security Architecture
17 49 (14.24%) Data Protection
18 46 (13.37%) Cisco
19 40 (11.63%) Cyber Essentials
20 39 (11.34%) ISMS
21 38 (11.05%) Active Directory
22 36 (10.47%) Vulnerability Management
23 35 (10.17%) GDPR
23 35 (10.17%) Windows Server
24 34 (9.88%) Intrusion Detection
25 33 (9.59%) Linux
25 33 (9.59%) Security Operations
26 29 (8.43%) ITIL
27 28 (8.14%) Telecoms

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 (2.91%) SharePoint
2 6 (1.74%) IIS
3 4 (1.16%) Apache
4 2 (0.58%) MS Exchange
5 1 (0.29%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 18 (5.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 17 (4.94%) Microsoft Excel
3 15 (4.36%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 3 (0.87%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 21 (6.10%) Amazon AWS
2 12 (3.49%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (2.03%) Office 365
4 5 (1.45%) Cloud Computing
4 5 (1.45%) SaaS
5 3 (0.87%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 112 (32.56%) Firewall
2 68 (19.77%) Network Security
3 34 (9.88%) Intrusion Detection
4 20 (5.81%) VPN
5 19 (5.52%) LAN
6 18 (5.23%) Cisco ASA
7 16 (4.65%) TCP/IP
8 13 (3.78%) DHCP
8 13 (3.78%) DNS
8 13 (3.78%) WAN
9 11 (3.20%) Cisco Nexus
10 10 (2.91%) Internet
10 10 (2.91%) iSCSI
11 9 (2.62%) VLAN
12 8 (2.33%) Cisco IOS
12 8 (2.33%) MPLS
12 8 (2.33%) OSPF
13 7 (2.03%) SMS
13 7 (2.03%) VoIP
13 7 (2.03%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (2.33%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.16%) MySQL
2 4 (1.16%) NoSQL
3 2 (0.58%) Big Data
3 2 (0.58%) RDBMS
3 2 (0.58%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.29%) Hadoop
4 1 (0.29%) OLAP
4 1 (0.29%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 8 (2.33%) AppScan
2 3 (0.87%) Metasploit
3 2 (0.58%) Maven
3 2 (0.58%) Selenium
General
1 89 (25.87%) Finance
2 28 (8.14%) Telecoms
3 22 (6.40%) Marketing
4 19 (5.52%) Electronics
4 19 (5.52%) Manufacturing
5 17 (4.94%) Law
6 15 (4.36%) Legal
7 13 (3.78%) Retail
8 10 (2.91%) Financial Institution
9 9 (2.62%) Banking
10 1 (0.29%) Advertising
10 1 (0.29%) Aerospace
10 1 (0.29%) Automotive
10 1 (0.29%) Dutch Language
10 1 (0.29%) French Language
10 1 (0.29%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (5.23%) Web Services
2 12 (3.49%) .NET
3 10 (2.91%) Middleware
4 8 (2.33%) J2EE
5 5 (1.45%) SAML
6 4 (1.16%) OAuth
6 4 (1.16%) OAuth2
7 2 (0.58%) ASP.NET
7 2 (0.58%) Hibernate
8 1 (0.29%) CSS
8 1 (0.29%) Java EE
8 1 (0.29%) ModSecurity
8 1 (0.29%) OpenID
8 1 (0.29%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 68 (19.77%) Management Information System
2 28 (8.14%) Analytical Skills
2 28 (8.14%) Computer Science
3 24 (6.98%) Data Protection Act
4 21 (6.10%) Cyber Defence
5 14 (4.07%) PKI
6 11 (3.20%) Cybercrime
7 10 (2.91%) Cyberthreat
7 10 (2.91%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 10 (2.91%) Mobile App
8 8 (2.33%) Data Centre
9 7 (2.03%) Hedge funds
10 5 (1.45%) Cyber Attack
10 5 (1.45%) Life Science
10 5 (1.45%) Security Operations Centre
11 4 (1.16%) Clustering
12 3 (0.87%) Fat Client
12 3 (0.87%) Thin Client
12 3 (0.87%) Wiki
13 2 (0.58%) CESG
Operating Systems
1 73 (21.22%) Windows
2 35 (10.17%) Windows Server
3 33 (9.59%) Linux
4 18 (5.23%) Android
4 18 (5.23%) Apple iOS
5 12 (3.49%) Unix
6 7 (2.03%) Kali Linux
7 4 (1.16%) Windows Server 2008
8 3 (0.87%) Windows 10
8 3 (0.87%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 217 (63.08%) Information Security
2 103 (29.94%) Cybersecurity
3 79 (22.97%) SIEM
4 75 (21.80%) Risk Management
5 61 (17.73%) Penetration Testing
6 52 (15.12%) Security Architecture
7 49 (14.24%) Data Protection
8 39 (11.34%) ISMS
9 36 (10.47%) Vulnerability Management
10 33 (9.59%) Security Operations
11 29 (8.43%) ITIL
12 28 (8.14%) Risk Assessment
13 26 (7.56%) Service Delivery
14 25 (7.27%) Patch Management
14 25 (7.27%) Security Testing
15 24 (6.98%) Agile Software Development
15 24 (6.98%) Project Management
16 23 (6.69%) Kalman Filter
16 23 (6.69%) OWASP
17 22 (6.40%) Security Management
Programming Languages
1 26 (7.56%) Java
2 20 (5.81%) Python
3 14 (4.07%) PowerShell
4 11 (3.20%) SQL
5 9 (2.62%) C#
5 9 (2.62%) JavaScript
6 7 (2.03%) Ruby
6 7 (2.03%) Scala
7 3 (0.87%) VB
8 2 (0.58%) Perl
9 1 (0.29%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.29%) C
9 1 (0.29%) C++
Qualifications
1 131 (38.08%) CISSP
2 93 (27.03%) CISM
3 67 (19.48%) Degree
4 66 (19.19%) CISA
5 22 (6.40%) CRISC
6 21 (6.10%) CEH
7 18 (5.23%) Cisco Certification
8 13 (3.78%) CCNA
9 10 (2.91%) GIAC
10 9 (2.62%) CCNP
10 9 (2.62%) CCSA
10 9 (2.62%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
11 8 (2.33%) Computer Science Degree
12 7 (2.03%) GSEC
13 6 (1.74%) CISMP
13 6 (1.74%) SSCP
14 5 (1.45%) GCIA
14 5 (1.45%) GCIH
14 5 (1.45%) ITIL Certification
14 5 (1.45%) Security+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 117 (34.01%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 74 (21.51%) PCI DSS
3 40 (11.63%) Cyber Essentials
4 35 (10.17%) GDPR
5 18 (5.23%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 15 (4.36%) COBIT
7 9 (2.62%) Data Quality
8 7 (2.03%) ISO 22301
9 5 (1.45%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 4 (1.16%) ISO 9001
11 3 (0.87%) SAS 70
12 2 (0.58%) COSO
12 2 (0.58%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 1 (0.29%) FISMA
13 1 (0.29%) GPG13
13 1 (0.29%) NIST 800
13 1 (0.29%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 38 (11.05%) Active Directory
2 10 (2.91%) Snort
3 9 (2.62%) VMware Infrastructure
4 8 (2.33%) Hyper-V
5 5 (1.45%) Virtual Machines
6 3 (0.87%) vSphere
7 2 (0.58%) pfSense
Systems Management
1 11 (3.20%) Nessus
2 8 (2.33%) Nmap
3 7 (2.03%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
3 7 (2.03%) EnCase
3 7 (2.03%) Nexpose
4 6 (1.74%) QRadar
5 5 (1.45%) Norton AntiVirus
6 3 (0.87%) CSIRT
6 3 (0.87%) FortiGate
6 3 (0.87%) Network Intrusion Detection System
6 3 (0.87%) Opscode Chef
6 3 (0.87%) SCCM
6 3 (0.87%) SCOM
6 3 (0.87%) Suricata
6 3 (0.87%) WebInspect
7 1 (0.29%) HAProxy
7 1 (0.29%) Tivoli
7 1 (0.29%) Tivoli Identity Manager
Vendors
1 46 (13.37%) Cisco
2 27 (7.85%) CheckPoint
3 26 (7.56%) Microsoft
4 20 (5.81%) VMware
5 19 (5.52%) Palo Alto
5 19 (5.52%) SAP
6 13 (3.78%) LogRhythm
7 11 (3.20%) F5
7 11 (3.20%) Juniper
8 10 (2.91%) Oracle
8 10 (2.91%) Qualys
9 9 (2.62%) Apple
9 9 (2.62%) Fortinet
10 8 (2.33%) IBM
10 8 (2.33%) Symantec
11 7 (2.03%) Forcepoint
11 7 (2.03%) Rapid7
11 7 (2.03%) Splunk
12 6 (1.74%) ArcSight
12 6 (1.74%) CyberArk