Period
to 21 November 2017

The median annual salary for a Senior Security Specialist was £60,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

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

Senior Security Specialist
UK
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 1171 1194 1265
Rank change year-on-year +23 +71 +48
Permanent jobs requiring a Senior Security Specialist 35 49 36
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.019% 0.026% 0.017%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.020% 0.027% 0.017%
Number of salaries quoted 23 40 30
UK median annual salary £60,000 £60,000 £60,000
10th Percentile £42,030 £43,975 £41,162
90th Percentile £87,500 £85,000 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £52,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year - +5.00% +5.26%

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 173309 182267 209632
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.79% 96.49% 96.46%
Number of salaries quoted 139088 152628 174119
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 £40,500
% change year-on-year - +4.94% +1.25%

Senior Security Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Senior Security Specialist in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Senior Security Specialist in the UK

Senior Security Specialist
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Senior Security Specialist.

Salary trend for Senior Security Specialist in the UK

Senior Security Specialist
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Senior Security Specialist over the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

Salary histogram for Senior Security Specialist in the UK

Senior Security Specialist
Top 9 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Senior Security Specialist within the UK over the 6 months to 21 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 +11 30 £58,750 -2.08% 3
London +32 20 £63,750 -20.31% 1
UK excluding London +6 15 £52,500 - 2
South East +44 6 £52,500 -19.23% 1
Scotland -16 5 £60,000 +48.15%
Midlands +23 2 - -
Yorkshire +22 2 £43,825 -26.96% 1
North of England +10 2 £43,825 -26.96% 1
East Midlands - 2 - -

Senior Security Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 November 2017, Senior 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 Senior Security Specialist in the job title.

1 19 (54.29%) Information Security
2 15 (42.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 15 (42.86%) Cybersecurity
3 12 (34.29%) Windows
4 10 (28.57%) Finance
5 9 (25.71%) Security Architecture
5 9 (25.71%) Security Testing
5 9 (25.71%) Agile Software Development
5 9 (25.71%) CISSP
6 8 (22.86%) Linux
6 8 (22.86%) Firewall
6 8 (22.86%) ISMS
7 7 (20.00%) PCI DSS
7 7 (20.00%) Threat Modelling
8 6 (17.14%) Vulnerability Management
8 6 (17.14%) GDPR
8 6 (17.14%) Penetration Testing
8 6 (17.14%) Analytical Skills
8 6 (17.14%) CISM
8 6 (17.14%) Risk Management
8 6 (17.14%) Cisco
8 6 (17.14%) Microsoft
8 6 (17.14%) Sophos
9 5 (14.29%) Cisco Certification
9 5 (14.29%) ITIL
9 5 (14.29%) Python
9 5 (14.29%) Management Information System
9 5 (14.29%) Network Security
9 5 (14.29%) Data Protection
9 5 (14.29%) IT Strategy

Senior 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:

Applications
1 4 (11.43%) Microsoft Office
1 4 (11.43%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 4 (11.43%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (8.57%) SaaS
3 2 (5.71%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 8 (22.86%) Firewall
2 5 (14.29%) Network Security
3 4 (11.43%) Cisco ASA
3 4 (11.43%) LAN
4 3 (8.57%) BGP
4 3 (8.57%) OSPF
5 2 (5.71%) Internet
6 1 (2.86%) Cisco Nexus
6 1 (2.86%) MPLS
6 1 (2.86%) VLAN
6 1 (2.86%) VPN
6 1 (2.86%) WAN
6 1 (2.86%) WLAN
Development Applications
1 2 (5.71%) AppScan
General
1 10 (28.57%) Finance
2 2 (5.71%) Banking
2 2 (5.71%) Financial Institution
3 1 (2.86%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (5.71%) .NET
1 2 (5.71%) J2EE
1 2 (5.71%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 6 (17.14%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (14.29%) Management Information System
2 5 (14.29%) Security Operations Centre
3 3 (8.57%) Cyberthreat
3 3 (8.57%) Mobile App
4 2 (5.71%) Data Centre
5 1 (2.86%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 12 (34.29%) Windows
2 8 (22.86%) Linux
3 2 (5.71%) Android
3 2 (5.71%) Apple iOS
3 2 (5.71%) Unix
3 2 (5.71%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (54.29%) Information Security
2 15 (42.86%) Cybersecurity
3 9 (25.71%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (25.71%) Security Architecture
3 9 (25.71%) Security Testing
4 8 (22.86%) ISMS
5 7 (20.00%) Threat Modelling
6 6 (17.14%) Penetration Testing
6 6 (17.14%) Risk Management
6 6 (17.14%) Vulnerability Management
7 5 (14.29%) Data Protection
7 5 (14.29%) IT Strategy
7 5 (14.29%) ITIL
7 5 (14.29%) Security Operations
7 5 (14.29%) Vulnerability Scanning
8 4 (11.43%) Continuous Improvement
8 4 (11.43%) Internal Audit
8 4 (11.43%) Open Source
8 4 (11.43%) Root Cause Analysis
8 4 (11.43%) Vulnerability Assessment
Programming Languages
1 5 (14.29%) Python
2 4 (11.43%) Bash Shell
2 4 (11.43%) PowerShell
3 3 (8.57%) Java
4 1 (2.86%) C
4 1 (2.86%) C#
4 1 (2.86%) C++
4 1 (2.86%) Perl
Qualifications
1 9 (25.71%) CISSP
2 6 (17.14%) CISM
3 5 (14.29%) Cisco Certification
4 4 (11.43%) CISA
4 4 (11.43%) Degree
5 3 (8.57%) CCIE
5 3 (8.57%) CCNP
6 2 (5.71%) CCDA
6 2 (5.71%) CCNA
6 2 (5.71%) CREST Certified
6 2 (5.71%) Master's Degree
6 2 (5.71%) PCI QSA
6 2 (5.71%) SSCP
7 1 (2.86%) CEH
7 1 (2.86%) CISMP
7 1 (2.86%) CRISC
7 1 (2.86%) GIAC
7 1 (2.86%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (42.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 7 (20.00%) PCI DSS
3 6 (17.14%) GDPR
4 5 (14.29%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 4 (11.43%) SSAE 16
6 3 (8.57%) SAS 70
7 2 (5.71%) COBIT
8 1 (2.86%) Cyber Essentials
Systems Management
1 2 (5.71%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 6 (17.14%) Cisco
1 6 (17.14%) Microsoft
1 6 (17.14%) Sophos
2 4 (11.43%) CheckPoint
2 4 (11.43%) F5
3 3 (8.57%) Blue Coat
3 3 (8.57%) Fortinet
4 2 (5.71%) Apple
4 2 (5.71%) IBM
5 1 (2.86%) ArcSight
5 1 (2.86%) HP
5 1 (2.86%) Riverbed