The table below looks at the statistics for OSCE in IT jobs advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited OSCE over the 3 months to 20 October 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
20 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Offensive Security Certified Expert (OSCE)
Rank 879 884 879
Rank change year-on-year
+5 -5
Permanent jobs citing OSCE 16 2 1
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.014% 0.002% 0.001%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.052% 0.007% 0.003%
Number of salaries quoted 12 2 1
Average salary £50,000 £60,000 £55,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-16.66% +9.09%
UK excluding London average salary £50,000 £60,000 £55,000
% change year-on-year
-16.66% +9.09%

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
30956 28988 33362
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 27.15% 26.79% 28.96%
Number of salaries quoted 24456 23637 27790
Average salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+5.88% +1.19%
90% offered a salary of more than £26,500 £27,500 £27,000
10% offered a salary of more than £67,500 £65,000 £65,000
UK excluding London average salary £41,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+3.75% -

OSCE
Jobs Demand Trend

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

OSCE Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

OSCE
Salary Trend

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

OSCE Salary Trend in the UK

OSCE
Top 19 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing OSCE within the UK over the 3 months to 20 October 2014. 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 -4 12 £50,000 -16.66%
London - 5 £50,000 -
Edinburgh - 4 - -
Scotland - 4 - -
South East 0 3 £50,000 -16.66%
South West - 3 £50,000 -
North West - 3 £50,000 -
Manchester - 3 £50,000 -
Oxford - 2 £50,000 -
Reading - 2 £50,000 -
Slough - 2 £50,000 -
Swindon - 2 £50,000 -
Berkshire - 2 £50,000 -
Basingstoke - 2 £50,000 -
Hampshire - 2 £50,000 -
Oxfordshire - 2 £50,000 -
Wiltshire - 2 £50,000 -
Cheltenham - 1 £47,500 -
Gloucestershire - 1 £47,500 -

OSCE
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 October 2014, IT jobs within the UK citing OSCE 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 OSCE.

1 31 (100.00%) OSCP
2 23 (74.19%) Penetration Testing
3 21 (67.74%) Information Security
3 21 (67.74%) Linux
4 19 (61.29%) CEH
5 16 (51.61%) PCI DSS
6 14 (45.16%) CentOS
6 14 (45.16%) Retail
6 14 (45.16%) Ubuntu
7 13 (41.94%) Finance
7 13 (41.94%) CISSP
7 13 (41.94%) Firewall
8 12 (38.71%) Security Cleared
8 12 (38.71%) Windows
9 11 (35.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 10 (32.26%) Games
10 10 (32.26%) Debian
10 10 (32.26%) Shell Script
10 10 (32.26%) Banking
10 10 (32.26%) Test Management
10 10 (32.26%) SaaS
11 9 (29.03%) GWAPT
11 9 (29.03%) GPEN
11 9 (29.03%) GCIH
12 8 (25.81%) Vulnerability Assessment
12 8 (25.81%) Management Information System
12 8 (25.81%) SQL
12 8 (25.81%) tcpdump
13 5 (16.13%) VoIP
13 5 (16.13%) UNIX

OSCE
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 20 October 2014, IT jobs within the UK citing OSCE 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 OSCE. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (3.23%) Apache
Cloud Services
1 10 (32.26%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 13 (41.94%) Firewall
2 8 (25.81%) tcpdump
3 5 (16.13%) Wireless
3 5 (16.13%) VoIP
4 4 (12.90%) FTP
4 4 (12.90%) HTTP
4 4 (12.90%) TCP/IP
4 4 (12.90%) SSH
4 4 (12.90%) Intrusion Detection
4 4 (12.90%) Wireshark
4 4 (12.90%) Network Security
4 4 (12.90%) LDAP
5 3 (9.68%) VPN
6 1 (3.23%) Internet
Development Applications
1 4 (12.90%) Metasploit
2 1 (3.23%) AppScan
General
1 14 (45.16%) Retail
2 13 (41.94%) Finance
3 10 (32.26%) Games
3 10 (32.26%) Banking
Job Titles
1 18 (58.06%) Penetration Tester
1 18 (58.06%) Tester
2 13 (41.94%) Security Tester
3 12 (38.71%) Consultant
3 12 (38.71%) Security Consultant
4 5 (16.13%) Security Engineer
5 4 (12.90%) Senior Security Engineer
5 4 (12.90%) IT Security Manager
5 4 (12.90%) Security Manager
5 4 (12.90%) Security Analyst
5 4 (12.90%) Analyst
6 2 (6.45%) IT Consultant
6 2 (6.45%) Ethical Hacker
6 2 (6.45%) IT Security Consultant
7 1 (3.23%) Senior Penetration Tester
7 1 (3.23%) Penetration Test Consultant
7 1 (3.23%) Testing Consultant
7 1 (3.23%) Senior Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (12.90%) Regular Expression
Miscellaneous
1 8 (25.81%) Management Information System
2 4 (12.90%) Computer Science
2 4 (12.90%) Open Source
3 2 (6.45%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (3.23%) AS400
Operating Systems
1 21 (67.74%) Linux
2 14 (45.16%) Ubuntu
2 14 (45.16%) CentOS
3 12 (38.71%) Windows
4 10 (32.26%) Debian
5 5 (16.13%) UNIX
6 4 (12.90%) Windows Server 2008
6 4 (12.90%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (3.23%) Solaris
7 1 (3.23%) OS/390
7 1 (3.23%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (74.19%) Penetration Testing
2 21 (67.74%) Information Security
3 10 (32.26%) Test Management
4 8 (25.81%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 5 (16.13%) Data Security
6 4 (12.90%) Information Management
6 4 (12.90%) Security Architecture
6 4 (12.90%) SIEM
6 4 (12.90%) Security Testing
7 3 (9.68%) OWASP
7 3 (9.68%) Project Management
7 3 (9.68%) Supplier Management
8 2 (6.45%) Ethical Hacking
9 1 (3.23%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 10 (32.26%) Shell Script
2 8 (25.81%) SQL
3 4 (12.90%) Python
3 4 (12.90%) Perl
3 4 (12.90%) PHP
3 4 (12.90%) Ruby
3 4 (12.90%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 31 (100.00%) OSCP
2 19 (61.29%) CEH
3 13 (41.94%) CISSP
4 12 (38.71%) Security Cleared
5 9 (29.03%) GWAPT
5 9 (29.03%) GPEN
5 9 (29.03%) GCIH
6 5 (16.13%) CISA
6 5 (16.13%) CISM
6 5 (16.13%) CISMP
6 5 (16.13%) Degree
7 4 (12.90%) SC Cleared
7 4 (12.90%) GCIA
7 4 (12.90%) GSEC
7 4 (12.90%) CCNA
7 4 (12.90%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (51.61%) PCI DSS
2 11 (35.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (12.90%) HIPAA
4 1 (3.23%) COBIT
System Software
1 4 (12.90%) Snort
1 4 (12.90%) Nmap
Systems Management
1 4 (12.90%) Nessus
Vendors
1 4 (12.90%) Red Hat
1 4 (12.90%) Sophos
1 4 (12.90%) Imperva
2 2 (6.45%) Oracle