Period
to 20 November 2017

The median annual salary for a Security Specialist was £44,000 in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 6 months to 20 November 2017.

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

Security Specialist
England > West Midlands
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 303 282 315
Rank change year-on-year -21 +33 -43
Permanent jobs requiring a Security Specialist 26 55 15
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.26% 0.49% 0.14%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.27% 0.51% 0.14%
Number of salaries quoted 23 47 3
West Midlands median annual salary £44,000 £50,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -12.00% +11.11% -25.00%
England median annual salary £60,000 £60,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year - +20.00% -13.04%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands. 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
West Midlands
Permanent vacancies in the West Midlands with a recognized job title 9736 10875 10545
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.42% 96.15% 96.59%
Number of salaries quoted 7999 8616 8763
West Midlands median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000
10th Percentile £23,750 £23,500 £24,000
90th Percentile £63,750 £62,500 £62,500
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £46,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +3.26% +2.22%

Security Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

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

Job vacancy trend for Security Specialist in the West Midlands

Security Specialist
Salary Trend in the West Midlands

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

Salary trend for Security Specialist in the West Midlands

Security Specialist
Salary Histogram in the West Midlands

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Security Specialist in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 20 November 2017.

Salary histogram for Security Specialist in the West Midlands

Security Specialist
Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Security Specialist within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 20 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
Birmingham +14 14 £46,250 -11.90% 1
Worcestershire - 5 £42,500 -
Coventry +4 3 £43,750 -8.38%
Staffordshire -1 3 £60,000 +100.00%
Solihull -7 1 £44,000 -12.00% 1
Security Specialist
England

Security Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 20 November 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 across the West Midlands region featuring Security Specialist in the job title.

1 24 (92.31%) Information Security
2 14 (53.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 12 (46.15%) ISMS
3 12 (46.15%) Penetration Testing
4 10 (38.46%) Cyber Essentials
5 9 (34.62%) Network Security
6 8 (30.77%) Information Assurance
6 8 (30.77%) Business Continuity
6 8 (30.77%) Management Information System
6 8 (30.77%) PRINCE2
7 7 (26.92%) Cybersecurity
8 6 (23.08%) PCI DSS
8 6 (23.08%) Intrusion Detection
8 6 (23.08%) Security Testing
8 6 (23.08%) ITIL
8 6 (23.08%) Disaster Recovery
8 6 (23.08%) Vulnerability Management
9 5 (19.23%) Security Operations
9 5 (19.23%) Firewall
9 5 (19.23%) ITIL Certification
9 5 (19.23%) Risk Management
9 5 (19.23%) Identity Management
9 5 (19.23%) Incident Management
10 4 (15.38%) Data Protection
10 4 (15.38%) CISSP
11 3 (11.54%) Cybercrime
11 3 (11.54%) Compliance Audit
11 3 (11.54%) Security Monitoring
11 3 (11.54%) Network Intrusion Detection System
11 3 (11.54%) Disruptive Innovation

Security Specialist Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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:

Communications & Networking
1 9 (34.62%) Network Security
2 6 (23.08%) Intrusion Detection
3 5 (19.23%) Firewall
4 3 (11.54%) DMZ
4 3 (11.54%) Wireshark
5 2 (7.69%) TCP/IP
6 1 (3.85%) SMS
General
1 1 (3.85%) Games
1 1 (3.85%) Legal
1 1 (3.85%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (7.69%) .NET
1 2 (7.69%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 8 (30.77%) Management Information System
2 3 (11.54%) Cybercrime
3 2 (7.69%) Data Centre
3 2 (7.69%) Security Operations Centre
4 1 (3.85%) Data Protection Act
4 1 (3.85%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 2 (7.69%) Unix
1 2 (7.69%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (92.31%) Information Security
2 12 (46.15%) ISMS
2 12 (46.15%) Penetration Testing
3 8 (30.77%) Business Continuity
3 8 (30.77%) Information Assurance
3 8 (30.77%) PRINCE2
4 7 (26.92%) Cybersecurity
5 6 (23.08%) Disaster Recovery
5 6 (23.08%) ITIL
5 6 (23.08%) Security Testing
5 6 (23.08%) Vulnerability Management
6 5 (19.23%) Identity Management
6 5 (19.23%) Incident Management
6 5 (19.23%) Risk Management
6 5 (19.23%) Security Operations
7 4 (15.38%) Data Protection
8 3 (11.54%) Analytics
8 3 (11.54%) Compliance Audit
8 3 (11.54%) Disruptive Innovation
8 3 (11.54%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 1 (3.85%) SQL
Qualifications
1 5 (19.23%) ITIL Certification
2 4 (15.38%) CISSP
3 2 (7.69%) CCNA
3 2 (7.69%) CCNP
3 2 (7.69%) CEH
3 2 (7.69%) Cisco Certification
3 2 (7.69%) CISM
3 2 (7.69%) Degree
3 2 (7.69%) GCIA
3 2 (7.69%) GCIH
3 2 (7.69%) GIAC
3 2 (7.69%) Network+ Certification
3 2 (7.69%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (53.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 10 (38.46%) Cyber Essentials
3 6 (23.08%) PCI DSS
4 3 (11.54%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
5 1 (3.85%) GDPR
Systems Management
1 3 (11.54%) Network Intrusion Detection System
2 1 (3.85%) Nessus
2 1 (3.85%) Nmap