Period
to 7 May 2021

The median annual salary for a SOC Manager was £77,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 7 May 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 Manager
UK
6 months to
7 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 865 893 1101
Rank change year-on-year +28 +208 +68
Permanent jobs requiring a SOC Manager 14 33 14
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.016% 0.033% 0.010%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.017% 0.034% 0.010%
Number of salaries quoted 12 21 14
10th Percentile £61,875 £55,000 £55,125
25th Percentile £69,375 £56,250 £62,563
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £77,500 £60,000 £70,000
Median % change year-on-year +29.17% -14.29% -
75th Percentile £91,250 £73,750 £74,688
90th Percentile £113,000 £100,000 £94,125
UK excluding London median annual salary £76,250 £60,000 £70,000
% change year-on-year +27.08% -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 82,157 96,193 140,051
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.82% 95.32% 96.03%
Number of salaries quoted 63,604 78,080 112,390
10th Percentile £31,500 £30,000 £28,500
25th Percentile £41,125 £38,750 £37,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £71,250 £68,750
90th Percentile £88,750 £87,500 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £46,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +3.26% +2.22% -

SOC Manager
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for SOC Manager in the UK

SOC Manager
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for SOC Manager in the UK

SOC Manager
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing SOC Manager over the 6 months to 7 May 2021.

Salary histogram for SOC Manager in the UK

SOC Manager
Top 9 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing SOC Manager within the UK over the 6 months to 7 May 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 +67 14 £77,500 +26.53% 2
UK excluding London +27 9 £76,250 +27.08% 2
London +72 5 £100,000 +60.00%
North of England +8 4 £75,000 +28.76%
North West +33 2 £70,000 +20.17%
East of England +29 2 £83,750 +4.69% 1
South West - 2 £63,750 - 1
North East - 2 £77,500 -
South East +39 1 £70,000 -6.67%

SOC Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 7 May 2021, SOC Manager 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 Manager in the job title.

1 10 (71.43%) Security Operations
2 9 (64.29%) SIEM
3 8 (57.14%) Cybersecurity
4 7 (50.00%) Security Operations Centre
5 6 (42.86%) Social Skills
6 5 (35.71%) Security Monitoring
6 5 (35.71%) Vulnerability Management
6 5 (35.71%) Information Security
6 5 (35.71%) Firewall
7 4 (28.57%) CISM
7 4 (28.57%) Risk Management
7 4 (28.57%) Finance
7 4 (28.57%) CISSP
7 4 (28.57%) CEH
7 4 (28.57%) Threat Intelligence
7 4 (28.57%) Cyberattack
7 4 (28.57%) Line Management
8 3 (21.43%) Mentoring
8 3 (21.43%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
8 3 (21.43%) Intrusion Detection
8 3 (21.43%) Penetration Testing
8 3 (21.43%) Wireless Security
8 3 (21.43%) Windows
8 3 (21.43%) Wireless
8 3 (21.43%) Security Management
9 2 (14.29%) Manufacturing
9 2 (14.29%) LAN
9 2 (14.29%) WAN
9 2 (14.29%) CISA
9 2 (14.29%) Disaster Recovery

SOC Manager 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 1 (7.14%) IIS
Cloud Services
1 2 (14.29%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (7.14%) AWS
2 1 (7.14%) Azure
Communications & Networking
1 5 (35.71%) Firewall
2 3 (21.43%) Intrusion Detection
2 3 (21.43%) Wireless
2 3 (21.43%) Wireless Security
3 2 (14.29%) HTTP
3 2 (14.29%) HTTPS
3 2 (14.29%) LAN
3 2 (14.29%) Network Security
3 2 (14.29%) TCP/IP
3 2 (14.29%) VPN
3 2 (14.29%) WAN
General
1 6 (42.86%) Social Skills
2 4 (28.57%) Finance
3 2 (14.29%) Influencing Skills
3 2 (14.29%) Manufacturing
4 1 (7.14%) Law
4 1 (7.14%) Organisational Skills
4 1 (7.14%) Public Sector
4 1 (7.14%) Publishing
4 1 (7.14%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (14.29%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 7 (50.00%) Security Operations Centre
2 4 (28.57%) Cyberattack
3 2 (14.29%) Cyber Kill Chain
3 2 (14.29%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 1 (7.14%) Blog
4 1 (7.14%) Cyber Defence
4 1 (7.14%) Driving Licence
4 1 (7.14%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 3 (21.43%) Windows
2 2 (14.29%) Linux
3 1 (7.14%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (71.43%) Security Operations
2 9 (64.29%) SIEM
3 8 (57.14%) Cybersecurity
4 5 (35.71%) Information Security
4 5 (35.71%) Security Monitoring
4 5 (35.71%) Vulnerability Management
5 4 (28.57%) Line Management
5 4 (28.57%) Risk Management
5 4 (28.57%) Threat Intelligence
6 3 (21.43%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
6 3 (21.43%) Mentoring
6 3 (21.43%) Penetration Testing
6 3 (21.43%) Security Management
7 2 (14.29%) Continuous Improvement
7 2 (14.29%) Disaster Recovery
7 2 (14.29%) Ethical Hacking
7 2 (14.29%) High Availability
7 2 (14.29%) Incident Management
7 2 (14.29%) Resource Management
7 2 (14.29%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (14.29%) Java
1 2 (14.29%) JavaScript
1 2 (14.29%) Python
1 2 (14.29%) SQL
Qualifications
1 4 (28.57%) CEH
1 4 (28.57%) CISM
1 4 (28.57%) CISSP
2 2 (14.29%) CCSA
2 2 (14.29%) CISA
2 2 (14.29%) Computer Science Degree
2 2 (14.29%) Degree
2 2 (14.29%) MBCS
2 2 (14.29%) MCSE
2 2 (14.29%) Microsoft Certification
2 2 (14.29%) OSCP
2 2 (14.29%) RHCSA
3 1 (7.14%) CREST Certified
3 1 (7.14%) DBS Check
3 1 (7.14%) EC-Council LPT
3 1 (7.14%) ECSA
3 1 (7.14%) IISP
3 1 (7.14%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (14.29%) ISO/IEC 20000
1 2 (14.29%) NCSC
2 1 (7.14%) ISO 22301
2 1 (7.14%) ISO 9001
2 1 (7.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 2 (14.29%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 2 (14.29%) QRadar
Vendors
1 2 (14.29%) AlienVault
1 2 (14.29%) Cisco
1 2 (14.29%) LogRhythm
2 1 (7.14%) Sage
2 1 (7.14%) Siemens
2 1 (7.14%) Splunk