Period
to 3 March 2021

The median annual salary for a SOC Analyst was £50,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 3 March 2021.

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

Security Operations Centre Analyst
UK
6 months to
3 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 716 788 996
Rank change year-on-year +72 +208 +22
Permanent jobs requiring a SOC Analyst 96 222 127
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.13% 0.18% 0.085%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.14% 0.19% 0.089%
Number of salaries quoted 103 141 96
Median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £32,500 £26,250 £25,000
90th Percentile £65,000 £66,250 £66,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +9.76%

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 70,984 116,630 143,307
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.79% 95.46% 95.96%
Number of salaries quoted 56,610 94,492 116,127
Median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £31,750 £29,000 £28,250
90th Percentile £87,500 £87,500 £84,672
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%

SOC Analyst
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured SOC Analyst in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for SOC Analyst in the UK

SOC Analyst
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing SOC Analyst.

Salary trend for SOC Analyst in the UK

SOC Analyst
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing SOC Analyst over the 6 months to 3 March 2021.

Salary histogram for SOC Analyst in the UK

SOC Analyst
Top 15 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing SOC Analyst within the UK over the 6 months to 3 March 2021. 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 +97 84 £52,500 +5.00% 14
UK excluding London +54 68 £50,000 +5.26% 9
Work from Home -72 29 £50,000 +100.00% 2
London +150 22 £60,000 +14.29% 6
Midlands +35 22 £46,500 +3.33% 3
West Midlands +38 21 £46,500 -2.11% 3
East of England +102 18 £57,500 +76.92% 1
North of England +33 10 £50,000 +3.09% 2
South East +94 9 £35,000 -33.33% 2
Scotland +23 6 £56,500 +54.79% 1
North West +40 5 £50,000 +53.85% 1
North East +19 4 £52,500 -
South West +21 3 £55,000 +57.14%
East Midlands +27 1 - -
Yorkshire +11 1 £40,000 -33.33% 1

SOC Analyst Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 March 2021, SOC Analyst 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 SOC Analyst in the job title.

1 71 (73.96%) SIEM
2 59 (61.46%) Security Operations
3 55 (57.29%) Information Security
4 48 (50.00%) Cybersecurity
5 38 (39.58%) Security Operations Centre
6 34 (35.42%) Firewall
7 27 (28.13%) Splunk
8 26 (27.08%) LogRhythm
9 20 (20.83%) CISSP
10 19 (19.79%) Finance
11 18 (18.75%) Microsoft
11 18 (18.75%) Cyberthreat
12 17 (17.71%) Security Cleared
12 17 (17.71%) SC Cleared
13 16 (16.67%) Management Information System
13 16 (16.67%) Threat Intelligence
14 14 (14.58%) SANS
14 14 (14.58%) Threat Detection
14 14 (14.58%) Network Security
15 13 (13.54%) HTTP
15 13 (13.54%) DNS
15 13 (13.54%) Analytical Skills
16 12 (12.50%) Data Centre
16 12 (12.50%) CREST Certified
16 12 (12.50%) Greenfield Project
16 12 (12.50%) NIST
16 12 (12.50%) Sun
16 12 (12.50%) CheckPoint
16 12 (12.50%) CEH
16 12 (12.50%) Azure

SOC Analyst 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:

Business Applications
1 4 (4.17%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 12 (12.50%) Azure
2 6 (6.25%) AWS
3 2 (2.08%) AWS CloudTrail
3 2 (2.08%) GCP
3 2 (2.08%) Sumo Logic
3 2 (2.08%) Virtual Private Cloud
4 1 (1.04%) OpenDNS
Communications & Networking
1 34 (35.42%) Firewall
2 14 (14.58%) Network Security
3 13 (13.54%) DNS
3 13 (13.54%) HTTP
4 11 (11.46%) Intrusion Detection
4 11 (11.46%) SMTP
5 9 (9.38%) FTP
5 9 (9.38%) SSL
6 7 (7.29%) TCP/IP
7 6 (6.25%) Wireshark
8 3 (3.13%) VPN
9 2 (2.08%) Internet
9 2 (2.08%) LAN
9 2 (2.08%) tcpdump
10 1 (1.04%) DMZ
10 1 (1.04%) Unified Communications
Development Applications
1 2 (2.08%) Metasploit
2 1 (1.04%) Burp Suite
2 1 (1.04%) IDA Disassembler
General
1 19 (19.79%) Finance
2 1 (1.04%) Aerospace
2 1 (1.04%) Banking
2 1 (1.04%) Law
2 1 (1.04%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (9.38%) LDAP
2 5 (5.21%) Middleware
3 2 (2.08%) Web Services
4 1 (1.04%) .NET
4 1 (1.04%) Regular Expression
Miscellaneous
1 38 (39.58%) Security Operations Centre
2 18 (18.75%) Cyberthreat
3 16 (16.67%) Management Information System
4 13 (13.54%) Analytical Skills
5 12 (12.50%) Data Centre
5 12 (12.50%) Greenfield Project
6 10 (10.42%) Cyberattack
7 9 (9.38%) Analytical Mindset
8 4 (4.17%) Cyber Kill Chain
9 3 (3.13%) Cyber Defence
9 3 (3.13%) Virtual Team
10 2 (2.08%) Blog
10 2 (2.08%) BYOD
10 2 (2.08%) Data Protection Act
10 2 (2.08%) Public Cloud
11 1 (1.04%) Cybercrime
11 1 (1.04%) FMCG
11 1 (1.04%) Internet of Things
11 1 (1.04%) Reinsurance
Operating Systems
1 8 (8.33%) Linux
2 6 (6.25%) Windows
3 2 (2.08%) Apple iOS
4 1 (1.04%) Kali Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 71 (73.96%) SIEM
2 59 (61.46%) Security Operations
3 55 (57.29%) Information Security
4 48 (50.00%) Cybersecurity
5 16 (16.67%) Threat Intelligence
6 14 (14.58%) Threat Detection
7 11 (11.46%) Malware Analysis
8 10 (10.42%) Analytics
8 10 (10.42%) Information Management
8 10 (10.42%) Network Packet Capture
9 9 (9.38%) Penetration Testing
9 9 (9.38%) Security Management
9 9 (9.38%) Vulnerability Assessment
10 8 (8.33%) Information Security Management
10 8 (8.33%) Service Delivery
10 8 (8.33%) Vulnerability Management
11 7 (7.29%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
11 7 (7.29%) Kalman Filter
12 6 (6.25%) Mentoring
12 6 (6.25%) Security Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 11 (11.46%) PowerShell
2 9 (9.38%) Python
3 3 (3.13%) Bash Shell
3 3 (3.13%) SQL
4 2 (2.08%) C
4 2 (2.08%) C#
4 2 (2.08%) JavaScript
4 2 (2.08%) Perl
4 2 (2.08%) PHP
5 1 (1.04%) C++
5 1 (1.04%) VB
5 1 (1.04%) VB.NET
5 1 (1.04%) VBA
Qualifications
1 20 (20.83%) CISSP
2 17 (17.71%) SC Cleared
2 17 (17.71%) Security Cleared
3 14 (14.58%) SANS
4 12 (12.50%) CEH
4 12 (12.50%) CREST Certified
5 9 (9.38%) GCIH
6 8 (8.33%) CompTIA Security+
6 8 (8.33%) GCIA
7 7 (7.29%) CISM
7 7 (7.29%) GCFA
7 7 (7.29%) GIAC
7 7 (7.29%) OSCP
8 5 (5.21%) Degree
8 5 (5.21%) SSCP
9 4 (4.17%) CISMP
10 1 (1.04%) BPSS Clearance
10 1 (1.04%) CCSA
10 1 (1.04%) ECSA
10 1 (1.04%) GREM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (12.50%) NIST
2 8 (8.33%) SLA
3 5 (5.21%) COBIT
3 5 (5.21%) NIST 800
4 2 (2.08%) GDPR
4 2 (2.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (2.08%) PCI DSS
5 1 (1.04%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 1 (1.04%) Snort
1 1 (1.04%) Squid
1 1 (1.04%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 7 (7.29%) QRadar
2 3 (3.13%) Nessus
2 3 (3.13%) Network Intrusion Detection System
3 1 (1.04%) CSIRT
3 1 (1.04%) DatAdvantage
3 1 (1.04%) Nexpose
3 1 (1.04%) Suricata
Vendors
1 27 (28.13%) Splunk
2 26 (27.08%) LogRhythm
3 18 (18.75%) Microsoft
4 12 (12.50%) CheckPoint
4 12 (12.50%) Sun
5 11 (11.46%) AlienVault
6 10 (10.42%) Blue Coat
6 10 (10.42%) Darktrace
6 10 (10.42%) FireEye
7 9 (9.38%) McAfee
7 9 (9.38%) Twitter
8 8 (8.33%) Carbon Black
9 3 (3.13%) Qualys
10 2 (2.08%) ArcSight
10 2 (2.08%) Cisco
10 2 (2.08%) CrowdStrike
10 2 (2.08%) Forcepoint
10 2 (2.08%) Google
10 2 (2.08%) Palo Alto
10 2 (2.08%) Symantec