Security Operations Centre Analyst
UK

The median Security Operations Centre Analyst salary in the UK is £54,000 per year according to job vacancies posted during the 6 months to 21 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
21 Feb 2024
Same period 2023 Same period 2022
Rank 681 895 991
Rank change year-on-year +214 +96 -267
Permanent jobs requiring a SOC Analyst 142 123 165
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.18% 0.11% 0.12%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.19% 0.12% 0.13%
Number of salaries quoted 102 99 110
10th Percentile £37,500 £31,250 £31,250
25th Percentile £41,250 £40,625 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £54,000 £52,500 £55,000
Median % change year-on-year +2.86% -4.55% +4.76%
75th Percentile £60,938 £63,750 £60,000
90th Percentile £66,250 £69,800 £65,125
UK excluding London median annual salary £54,000 £50,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +8.00% +11.11% -10.00%

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 74,040 104,650 131,712
% of permanent jobs with a recognized job title 94.93% 94.41% 95.56%
Number of salaries quoted 55,838 66,214 83,200
10th Percentile £28,500 £32,500 £32,000
25th Percentile £39,280 £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%

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 21 February 2024.

Salary histogram for SOC Analyst in the UK

SOC Analyst
Top 14 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 21 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 +229 126 £54,000 +2.86% 31
UK excluding London +132 107 £54,000 +8.00% 28
Work from Home +168 55 £52,500 - 11
London +209 33 £55,000 -8.33% 3
South East +93 32 £53,750 +2.38% 5
North of England +107 31 £60,000 +84.62% 10
Yorkshire +123 27 £60,000 +84.62% 7
East of England +49 16 £50,750 +12.78% 2
Wales +15 13 - -
West Midlands +67 8 £42,000 +1.20% 4
Midlands +66 8 £42,000 -2.89% 4
South West +17 5 - - 7
North West +55 4 £50,000 -21.57%
Scotland -15 2 £36,500 -22.34%

SOC Analyst Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities

For the 6 months to 21 February 2024, SOC Analyst 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 SOC Analyst in the job title.

1 117 (82.39%) SIEM
2 104 (73.24%) Cybersecurity
3 101 (71.13%) Security Operations
4 71 (50.00%) Incident Response
5 69 (48.59%) Security Operations Centre
6 57 (40.14%) Social Skills
7 55 (38.73%) Security Cleared
8 53 (37.32%) Firewall
9 49 (34.51%) Splunk
10 45 (31.69%) Problem-Solving
11 38 (26.76%) Analytical Skills
12 37 (26.06%) Threat Intelligence
12 37 (26.06%) Microsoft
13 34 (23.94%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
14 33 (23.24%) Information Security
15 31 (21.83%) Azure
15 31 (21.83%) Cyber Threat
16 28 (19.72%) SOAR
16 28 (19.72%) SC Cleared
16 28 (19.72%) Windows
17 27 (19.01%) IBM
18 25 (17.61%) Vulnerability Assessment
18 25 (17.61%) Microsoft 365
19 23 (16.20%) Kalman Filter
19 23 (16.20%) Linux
20 22 (15.49%) CISSP
21 21 (14.79%) TCP/IP
21 21 (14.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
22 19 (13.38%) Degree
22 19 (13.38%) Intrusion Detection

SOC Analyst 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:

Application Platforms
1 2 (1.41%) MS Project Server
2 1 (0.70%) Microsoft Exchange
Applications
1 6 (4.23%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (2.11%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (2.11%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (1.41%) Microsoft Project
Cloud Services
1 31 (21.83%) Azure
2 25 (17.61%) Microsoft 365
3 18 (12.68%) Azure Sentinel
4 8 (5.63%) AWS
5 5 (3.52%) IaaS
5 5 (3.52%) SaaS
6 2 (1.41%) Entra ID
7 1 (0.70%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 53 (37.32%) Firewall
2 21 (14.79%) TCP/IP
3 19 (13.38%) Intrusion Detection
4 18 (12.68%) HTTP
4 18 (12.68%) Internet
4 18 (12.68%) Network Security
4 18 (12.68%) SMTP
5 17 (11.97%) VPN
6 15 (10.56%) LAN
6 15 (10.56%) WAN
7 14 (9.86%) FTP
8 13 (9.15%) Sourcefire
9 5 (3.52%) DNS
10 2 (1.41%) DMZ
10 2 (1.41%) tcpdump
10 2 (1.41%) Wireshark
11 1 (0.70%) DHCP
11 1 (0.70%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.70%) Power BI
1 1 (0.70%) SQL Server
General
1 57 (40.14%) Social Skills
2 38 (26.76%) Analytical Skills
3 14 (9.86%) Games
4 11 (7.75%) Finance
4 11 (7.75%) Public Sector
5 10 (7.04%) Telecoms
6 8 (5.63%) Law
7 6 (4.23%) Pharmaceutical
8 4 (2.82%) Legal
9 2 (1.41%) Aerospace
9 2 (1.41%) Banking
9 2 (1.41%) Manufacturing
9 2 (1.41%) Police
10 1 (0.70%) Documentation Skills
10 1 (0.70%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.70%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (9.86%) LDAP
2 1 (0.70%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 69 (48.59%) Security Operations Centre
2 31 (21.83%) Cyber Threat
3 19 (13.38%) Analytical Mindset
3 19 (13.38%) Management Information System
4 12 (8.45%) Client/Server
4 12 (8.45%) PKI
5 6 (4.23%) Cyberattack
6 5 (3.52%) Cyber Kill Chain
7 4 (2.82%) Greenfield Project
7 4 (2.82%) Security Posture
8 3 (2.11%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 3 (2.11%) Driving Licence
8 3 (2.11%) Onboarding
9 2 (1.41%) Data Centre
9 2 (1.41%) Linux Command Line
9 2 (1.41%) Operational Technology
9 2 (1.41%) SCADA
10 1 (0.70%) Anti-Spyware
10 1 (0.70%) IoT
10 1 (0.70%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 28 (19.72%) Windows
2 23 (16.20%) Linux
3 4 (2.82%) Mac OS X
4 1 (0.70%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 117 (82.39%) SIEM
2 104 (73.24%) Cybersecurity
3 101 (71.13%) Security Operations
4 71 (50.00%) Incident Response
5 45 (31.69%) Problem-Solving
6 37 (26.06%) Threat Intelligence
7 34 (23.94%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
8 33 (23.24%) Information Security
9 28 (19.72%) SOAR
10 25 (17.61%) Vulnerability Assessment
11 23 (16.20%) Kalman Filter
12 17 (11.97%) Actionable Insight
12 17 (11.97%) Vulnerability Management
13 16 (11.27%) Use Case
14 15 (10.56%) Time Management
15 14 (9.86%) Blue Team
15 14 (9.86%) Data Loss Prevention
16 13 (9.15%) Compliance Audit
16 13 (9.15%) Threat Detection
16 13 (9.15%) Two-Factor Authentication
Programming Languages
1 7 (4.93%) Python
2 2 (1.41%) SQL
3 1 (0.70%) Bash
3 1 (0.70%) Kusto Query Language
3 1 (0.70%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 55 (38.73%) Security Cleared
2 28 (19.72%) SC Cleared
3 22 (15.49%) CISSP
4 19 (13.38%) Degree
5 18 (12.68%) CompTIA Security+
6 9 (6.34%) Computer Science Degree
7 7 (4.93%) Network+ Certification
8 6 (4.23%) DV Cleared
9 4 (2.82%) CompTIA CySA+
9 4 (2.82%) GIAC
10 3 (2.11%) GCFA
10 3 (2.11%) GCFE
10 3 (2.11%) GCIA
10 3 (2.11%) GCIH
11 2 (1.41%) AWS Certification
11 2 (1.41%) CASP
11 2 (1.41%) CEH
11 2 (1.41%) CREST Certified
11 2 (1.41%) GCED
11 2 (1.41%) GISP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (14.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 11 (7.75%) NIST
3 5 (3.52%) Cyber Essentials
3 5 (3.52%) PCI DSS
4 3 (2.11%) ISO 9001
4 3 (2.11%) ISO/IEC 17025
5 2 (1.41%) ISO 31000
5 2 (1.41%) QA
6 1 (0.70%) GDPR
6 1 (0.70%) GRC
System Software
1 8 (5.63%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.70%) Virtual Machines
2 1 (0.70%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 15 (10.56%) QRadar
2 13 (9.15%) FortiGate
3 6 (4.23%) CSIRT
4 3 (2.11%) EnCase
5 2 (1.41%) CASB
5 2 (1.41%) Host Intrusion Detection System
Vendors
1 49 (34.51%) Splunk
2 37 (26.06%) Microsoft
3 27 (19.01%) IBM
4 13 (9.15%) ArcSight
4 13 (9.15%) CheckPoint
4 13 (9.15%) Cisco
4 13 (9.15%) F5
4 13 (9.15%) Juniper
4 13 (9.15%) TippingPoint
4 13 (9.15%) Trend Micro
5 5 (3.52%) LogRhythm
5 5 (3.52%) McAfee
6 3 (2.11%) Sun
7 2 (1.41%) CrowdStrike
7 2 (1.41%) Darktrace
8 1 (0.70%) Oracle
8 1 (0.70%) Qualys
8 1 (0.70%) VMware