The table below looks at the statistics for GCFA in IT jobs advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited GCFA over the 3 months to 4 September 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
4 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA)
Rank 864 905 868
Rank change year-on-year
+41 -37
Permanent jobs citing GCFA 40 4 9
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.037% 0.004% 0.009%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.13% 0.013% 0.032%
Number of salaries quoted 27 4 9
Average salary £67,500 £70,000 £60,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-3.57% +16.66%
90% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £70,000 £57,500
10% offered a salary of more than £92,000 £75,250 £75,000
UK excluding London average salary £67,500 - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in permanent jobs advertised across the UK.

Qualifications Category
UK
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
29721 30793 28509
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 27.24% 27.00% 27.02%
Number of salaries quoted 24107 23920 23183
Average salary £45,000 £44,500 £43,700
Average salary % change year-on-year
+1.12% +1.83%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £26,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £65,000 £65,000
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £41,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+2.40% +3.75%

GCFA
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of permanent IT jobs citing GCFA within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

GCFA Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

GCFA
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing GCFA within the UK.

GCFA Salary Trend in the UK

GCFA
Salary Histogram

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing GCFA over the 3 months to 4 September 2015 within the UK.

GCFA Salary Histogram in the UK

GCFA
Top 17 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing GCFA within the UK over the 3 months to 4 September 2015. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Average Salary
Last 3 Months
Average Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +45 40 £67,500 -3.57%
London +16 22 £67,500 -3.57%
South West - 8 £60,000 -
Gloucestershire - 8 £60,000 -
East Midlands - 5 £77,500 -
City of London - 4 £61,000 -
Northampton - 3 - -
Northamptonshire - 3 - -
South East - 3 £67,500 -
Nottinghamshire - 2 £77,500 -
Reading - 2 £78,750 -
Berkshire - 2 £78,750 -
Nottingham - 2 £77,500 -
Docklands, London - 1 £70,000 -
Sussex - 1 £60,000 -
Essex - 1 £60,000 -
East of England - 1 £60,000 -

GCFA
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 September 2015, IT jobs within the UK citing GCFA also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of IT job ads sampled that cited GCFA.

1 40 (76.92%) GIAC
2 33 (63.46%) GCIH
3 30 (57.69%) EnCE
4 28 (53.85%) Cyber Security
5 26 (50.00%) GREM
6 24 (46.15%) Reverse Engineering
7 23 (44.23%) Information Security
7 23 (44.23%) Penetration Testing
8 22 (42.31%) CISSP
9 21 (40.38%) UNIX
10 17 (32.69%) Degree
11 16 (30.77%) Security Cleared
11 16 (30.77%) SIEM
11 16 (30.77%) Ethical Hacking
12 15 (28.85%) Computer Forensics
13 14 (26.92%) CEH
14 13 (25.00%) GCIA
14 13 (25.00%) Perl
14 13 (25.00%) Linux
14 13 (25.00%) CISM
15 12 (23.08%) DV Cleared
16 11 (21.15%) GPEN
16 11 (21.15%) Firewall
16 11 (21.15%) TCP/IP
16 11 (21.15%) Windows
16 11 (21.15%) Finance
17 10 (19.23%) Agile Software Development
17 10 (19.23%) Vulnerability Management
18 9 (17.31%) Splunk
18 9 (17.31%) Legal

GCFA
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 4 September 2015, IT jobs within the UK citing GCFA also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of IT job ads sampled that cited GCFA. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Business Applications
1 3 (5.77%) Remedy ITSM
Communications & Networking
1 11 (21.15%) TCP/IP
1 11 (21.15%) Firewall
2 7 (13.46%) Wireless
3 4 (7.69%) Intrusion Detection
4 3 (5.77%) IPsec
4 3 (5.77%) SSL
5 1 (1.92%) Network Security
Development Applications
1 7 (13.46%) Metasploit
General
1 11 (21.15%) Finance
2 9 (17.31%) Legal
3 6 (11.54%) Banking
Job Titles
1 29 (55.77%) Analyst
2 13 (25.00%) Security Analyst
3 7 (13.46%) Security Manager
3 7 (13.46%) Forensic Analyst
4 6 (11.54%) Cyber Security Analyst
5 5 (9.62%) Consultant
5 5 (9.62%) Security Consultant
6 4 (7.69%) Security Specialist
6 4 (7.69%) Incident Manager
7 3 (5.77%) Security Operations Manager
7 3 (5.77%) Operations Manager
7 3 (5.77%) IT Security Specialist
7 3 (5.77%) Incident Analyst
8 2 (3.85%) Information Security Manager
8 2 (3.85%) Security Engineer
8 2 (3.85%) Information Manager
8 2 (3.85%) Cyber Security Consultant
8 2 (3.85%) Cyber Security Manager
9 1 (1.92%) Cyber Security Specialist
9 1 (1.92%) Senior Information Security Consultant
Miscellaneous
1 5 (9.62%) Management Information System
2 3 (5.77%) Cryptography
2 3 (5.77%) PKI
2 3 (5.77%) Smart Meter
2 3 (5.77%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (5.77%) Algorithms
2 3 (5.77%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
3 2 (3.85%) Inversion of Control
4 1 (1.92%) BYOD
4 1 (1.92%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 21 (40.38%) UNIX
2 13 (25.00%) Linux
3 11 (21.15%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (53.85%) Cyber Security
2 24 (46.15%) Reverse Engineering
3 23 (44.23%) Penetration Testing
3 23 (44.23%) Information Security
4 16 (30.77%) Ethical Hacking
4 16 (30.77%) SIEM
5 15 (28.85%) Computer Forensics
6 10 (19.23%) Agile Software Development
6 10 (19.23%) Vulnerability Management
7 8 (15.38%) Malware Analysis
7 8 (15.38%) Digital Forensics
7 8 (15.38%) Computer Security
8 7 (13.46%) SDLC
9 6 (11.54%) Technical Analysis
9 6 (11.54%) E-Discovery
10 5 (9.62%) Incident Management
10 5 (9.62%) Identity Management
11 4 (7.69%) Analytics
12 3 (5.77%) OpenUP
12 3 (5.77%) Malware Detection\Protection
Programming Languages
1 13 (25.00%) Perl
2 8 (15.38%) Python
3 7 (13.46%) C
3 7 (13.46%) C++
3 7 (13.46%) Java
4 6 (11.54%) PowerShell
4 6 (11.54%) Bash Shell
5 2 (3.85%) Ruby
6 1 (1.92%) Shell Script
6 1 (1.92%) PHP
6 1 (1.92%) SQL
Qualifications
1 40 (76.92%) GIAC
2 33 (63.46%) GCIH
3 30 (57.69%) EnCE
4 26 (50.00%) GREM
5 22 (42.31%) CISSP
6 17 (32.69%) Degree
7 16 (30.77%) Security Cleared
8 14 (26.92%) CEH
9 13 (25.00%) GCIA
9 13 (25.00%) CISM
10 12 (23.08%) DV Cleared
11 11 (21.15%) GPEN
12 6 (11.54%) SSCP
13 4 (7.69%) CISA
14 3 (5.77%) CFCE
14 3 (5.77%) CPIM
14 3 (5.77%) CRISC
14 3 (5.77%) ISACA
14 3 (5.77%) GCED
15 2 (3.85%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.92%) SLA
1 1 (1.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 1 (1.92%) PCI DSS
1 1 (1.92%) HIPAA
System Software
1 8 (15.38%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (1.92%) Snort
Vendors
1 9 (17.31%) Splunk
2 8 (15.38%) VMware
3 5 (9.62%) Qualys
4 4 (7.69%) ArcSight
5 3 (5.77%) HP
5 3 (5.77%) BMC
5 3 (5.77%) Remedy
6 2 (3.85%) FireEye
7 1 (1.92%) Intel
7 1 (1.92%) Cisco