Period
to 20 February 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for GCIH qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 20 February 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH)
UK
6 months to
20 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 847 802 825
Rank change year-on-year -45 +23 +28
Contract jobs citing GCIH 22 41 54
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.022% 0.043% 0.050%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.12% 0.21% 0.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 23 36
UK median daily rate £575 £420 £395
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +36.90% +6.33% +4.64%
10th Percentile £500 £338 £328
90th Percentile £650 £705 £561
UK excluding London median daily rate £600 £420 £380
% change year-on-year +42.86% +10.53% +52.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
UK median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

GCIH is in the Academic Qualifications and Professional Certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 19,034 19,727 22,261
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.74% 20.70% 20.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,669 12,489 13,569
UK median daily rate £435 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.35% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £225 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 856 903 1,004
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.09% - +44.74%
10th Percentile £12.25 £12.00 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.25 £50.00 £51.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.22 £27.50 £30.11
% change year-on-year -4.67% -8.65% +54.38%

GCIH
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing GCIH as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for GCIH in the UK

GCIH
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing GCIH.

Contractor daily rate trend for GCIH in the UK

GCIH
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing GCIH over the 6 months to 20 February 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for GCIH in the UK

GCIH
Top 6 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing GCIH within the UK over the 6 months to 20 February 2018. 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
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -62 21 £575 +36.90% 10
North of England +44 12 £600 +20.00%
UK excluding London -23 12 £600 +42.86% 4
London -32 9 £500 +17.65% 7
North West - 9 £600 -
Yorkshire -1 3 - -

For the 6 months to 20 February 2018, IT contractor jobs citing GCIH also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads with a requirement for GCIH.

1 21 (95.45%) GCIA
2 20 (90.91%) CISSP
3 18 (81.82%) Firewall
3 18 (81.82%) Information Security
4 17 (77.27%) Intrusion Detection
5 16 (72.73%) GIAC
6 15 (68.18%) Security Operations
7 13 (59.09%) Penetration Testing
7 13 (59.09%) Malware Analysis
8 12 (54.55%) Vulnerability Management
8 12 (54.55%) Cybersecurity
8 12 (54.55%) GSEC
8 12 (54.55%) Security Monitoring
9 11 (50.00%) Management Information System
10 10 (45.45%) Unix
10 10 (45.45%) Windows
10 10 (45.45%) SIEM
11 9 (40.91%) GCED
11 9 (40.91%) GREM
11 9 (40.91%) Data Protection
11 9 (40.91%) Reverse Engineering
11 9 (40.91%) Digital Forensics
11 9 (40.91%) Project Management
11 9 (40.91%) Risk Management
11 9 (40.91%) GCFA
11 9 (40.91%) Malware Reverse Engineering
11 9 (40.91%) Threat Intelligence
11 9 (40.91%) SFIA
12 8 (36.36%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
12 8 (36.36%) Remediation Plan

GCIH
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:

Communications & Networking
1 18 (81.82%) Firewall
2 17 (77.27%) Intrusion Detection
3 7 (31.82%) FTP
3 7 (31.82%) Intranet
3 7 (31.82%) TCP/IP
4 6 (27.27%) Network Security
5 3 (13.64%) HTTP
5 3 (13.64%) HTTPS
5 3 (13.64%) IPsec
6 1 (4.55%) Internet
6 1 (4.55%) tcpdump
6 1 (4.55%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (13.64%) MySQL
1 3 (13.64%) SQL Server
2 1 (4.55%) Hadoop
General
1 4 (18.18%) Finance
2 2 (9.09%) Legal
3 1 (4.55%) Dutch Language
3 1 (4.55%) French Language
Job Titles
1 11 (50.00%) Analyst
2 9 (40.91%) Security Analyst
3 7 (31.82%) Operations Analyst
3 7 (31.82%) Security Engineer
3 7 (31.82%) Security Operations Analyst
4 5 (22.73%) Senior Analyst
4 5 (22.73%) Senior Operations Analyst
4 5 (22.73%) Senior Security Analyst
5 4 (18.18%) Security Specialist
6 3 (13.64%) CISSP Engineer
6 3 (13.64%) CyberArk Engineer
6 3 (13.64%) Malware Analyst
6 3 (13.64%) Senior Data Warehouse Specialist
6 3 (13.64%) Senior Security Specialist
6 3 (13.64%) SIEM Analyst
6 3 (13.64%) SIEM Engineer
7 2 (9.09%) Cybersecurity Specialist
7 2 (9.09%) Incident Analyst
7 2 (9.09%) SOC Analyst
8 1 (4.55%) Junior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (31.82%) JSON
1 7 (31.82%) Node.js
2 2 (9.09%) Regular Expression
3 1 (4.55%) CSS
3 1 (4.55%) LDAP
3 1 (4.55%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 11 (50.00%) Management Information System
2 8 (36.36%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (31.82%) CESG
3 7 (31.82%) Cyberattack
4 3 (13.64%) Computer Science
4 3 (13.64%) Mobile App
5 1 (4.55%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 10 (45.45%) Unix
1 10 (45.45%) Windows
2 7 (31.82%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (81.82%) Information Security
2 15 (68.18%) Security Operations
3 13 (59.09%) Malware Analysis
3 13 (59.09%) Penetration Testing
4 12 (54.55%) Cybersecurity
4 12 (54.55%) Security Monitoring
4 12 (54.55%) Vulnerability Management
5 10 (45.45%) SIEM
6 9 (40.91%) Data Protection
6 9 (40.91%) Digital Forensics
6 9 (40.91%) Malware Reverse Engineering
6 9 (40.91%) Project Management
6 9 (40.91%) Reverse Engineering
6 9 (40.91%) Risk Management
6 9 (40.91%) SFIA
6 9 (40.91%) Threat Intelligence
7 8 (36.36%) Agile Software Development
7 8 (36.36%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
7 8 (36.36%) Data Analysis
7 8 (36.36%) Remediation Plan
Programming Languages
1 8 (36.36%) Python
2 7 (31.82%) COBOL
2 7 (31.82%) Java
3 1 (4.55%) C
3 1 (4.55%) SQL
Qualifications
1 21 (95.45%) GCIA
2 20 (90.91%) CISSP
3 16 (72.73%) GIAC
4 12 (54.55%) GSEC
5 9 (40.91%) GCED
5 9 (40.91%) GCFA
5 9 (40.91%) GREM
6 8 (36.36%) CEH
7 7 (31.82%) CISM
8 5 (22.73%) SANS
9 4 (18.18%) Degree
9 4 (18.18%) Network+ Certification
9 4 (18.18%) Novell Certification
10 3 (13.64%) CCNP
10 3 (13.64%) CISA
10 3 (13.64%) Cisco Certification
10 3 (13.64%) Computer Science Degree
10 3 (13.64%) Security Cleared
11 2 (9.09%) SC Cleared
12 1 (4.55%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (36.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 7 (31.82%) CESG Infosec
2 7 (31.82%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 3 (13.64%) PCI DSS
4 1 (4.55%) COBIT
4 1 (4.55%) NIST 800
System Software
1 1 (4.55%) Active Directory
1 1 (4.55%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 7 (31.82%) IBM BigFix
2 5 (22.73%) CSIRT
3 4 (18.18%) Host Intrusion Detection System
4 1 (4.55%) EnCase
Vendors
1 5 (22.73%) Qualys
2 3 (13.64%) CyberArk
2 3 (13.64%) Sun
3 1 (4.55%) ArcSight
3 1 (4.55%) CheckPoint
3 1 (4.55%) Citrix
3 1 (4.55%) F5
3 1 (4.55%) LogRhythm
3 1 (4.55%) Microsoft
3 1 (4.55%) Splunk
3 1 (4.55%) VMware
3 1 (4.55%) WorldPay