Period
to 14 December 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 14 December 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
14 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 862 849 835
Rank change year-on-year -13 -14 +48
Contract jobs citing GCIH 41 39 54
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.039% 0.038% 0.052%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.20% 0.20% 0.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 18 26
UK median daily rate £588 £475 £423
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +23.68% +12.43% +1.20%
10th Percentile £497 £395 £338
90th Percentile £663 £558 £725
UK excluding London median daily rate £625 £465 £423
% change year-on-year +34.41% +10.06% +11.18%
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 20,024 19,460 21,239
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.09% 18.85% 20.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,907 11,970 13,304
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £256 £225 £240
90th Percentile £625 £610 £599
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £395
% change year-on-year +6.25% +1.27% +1.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 966 888 855
UK median hourly rate £26.50 £25.60 £25.88
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.54% -1.08% +3.50%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £12.21
90th Percentile £51.13 £49.75 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.69 £26.87 £27.00
% change year-on-year -0.64% -0.50% +7.48%

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 14 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for GCIH in the UK

GCIH
Top 8 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 14 December 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 +5 40 £588 +23.68% 11
London +16 28 £588 +23.68% 4
UK excluding London -28 12 £625 +34.41% 7
South West - 7 £638 -
South East -8 3 - -
North of England -14 2 £498 -6.13% 5
North West -13 1 £498 -6.13% 4
Yorkshire -16 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 14 December 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 36 (87.80%) Cybersecurity
2 29 (70.73%) Information Security
3 28 (68.29%) CISSP
4 26 (63.41%) SIEM
5 19 (46.34%) Degree
6 16 (39.02%) Stakeholder Management
6 16 (39.02%) Darktrace
7 15 (36.59%) CISA
7 15 (36.59%) CISM
7 15 (36.59%) Management Information System
8 14 (34.15%) Microsoft Azure
8 14 (34.15%) GCFA
9 13 (31.71%) Active Directory
9 13 (31.71%) Azure Active Directory
9 13 (31.71%) Identity Access Management
10 12 (29.27%) Security Operations
10 12 (29.27%) Mimecast
10 12 (29.27%) Self-Motivation
10 12 (29.27%) Thycotic
10 12 (29.27%) CASB
10 12 (29.27%) Data Loss Prevention
10 12 (29.27%) Windows
11 10 (24.39%) Linux
11 10 (24.39%) PhD
11 10 (24.39%) Root Cause Analysis
11 10 (24.39%) GREM
11 10 (24.39%) Cyberattack
12 9 (21.95%) EnCE
12 9 (21.95%) Security Cleared
12 9 (21.95%) Computer Forensics

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:

Business Applications
1 1 (2.44%) Veritas eDiscovery
Cloud Services
1 14 (34.15%) Microsoft Azure
2 13 (31.71%) Azure Active Directory
3 12 (29.27%) Mimecast
4 2 (4.88%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (4.88%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 8 (19.51%) Firewall
2 5 (12.20%) Intrusion Detection
3 4 (9.76%) TCP/IP
4 2 (4.88%) NetScaler
4 2 (4.88%) Network Security
5 1 (2.44%) DMZ
5 1 (2.44%) HTTP
5 1 (2.44%) HTTPS
5 1 (2.44%) Internet
5 1 (2.44%) IPsec
5 1 (2.44%) VoIP
5 1 (2.44%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.44%) MySQL
1 1 (2.44%) NoSQL
1 1 (2.44%) SQL Server
General
1 4 (9.76%) Finance
1 4 (9.76%) Legal
2 2 (4.88%) Electronics
3 1 (2.44%) Banking
3 1 (2.44%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 19 (46.34%) Analyst
2 15 (36.59%) Security Analyst
3 8 (19.51%) Cybersecurity Analyst
4 7 (17.07%) Cybersecurity Specialist
4 7 (17.07%) Security Specialist
5 6 (14.63%) Senior Analyst
5 6 (14.63%) Senior Security Analyst
6 5 (12.20%) SOC Analyst
7 4 (9.76%) IT Analyst
7 4 (9.76%) IT Security Analyst
7 4 (9.76%) Security Engineer
7 4 (9.76%) Senior Cybersecurity Analyst
7 4 (9.76%) SOC Manager
8 2 (4.88%) Consultant
8 2 (4.88%) Developer
8 2 (4.88%) Incident Engineer
8 2 (4.88%) Security Consultant
8 2 (4.88%) Senior IT Security Analyst
9 1 (2.44%) Information Analyst
9 1 (2.44%) Information Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.44%) JSON
1 1 (2.44%) Regular Expression
1 1 (2.44%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 15 (36.59%) Management Information System
2 12 (29.27%) Self-Motivation
3 10 (24.39%) Cyberattack
4 8 (19.51%) Security Operations Centre
5 4 (9.76%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (9.76%) Cyber Defence
6 3 (7.32%) Cybercrime
6 3 (7.32%) Cyberthreat
7 1 (2.44%) Algorithms
7 1 (2.44%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 12 (29.27%) Windows
2 10 (24.39%) Linux
3 5 (12.20%) Unix
4 4 (9.76%) Solaris
5 1 (2.44%) AIX
5 1 (2.44%) CentOS
5 1 (2.44%) HPUX
5 1 (2.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (2.44%) Windows Server
5 1 (2.44%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (87.80%) Cybersecurity
2 29 (70.73%) Information Security
3 26 (63.41%) SIEM
4 16 (39.02%) Stakeholder Management
5 13 (31.71%) Identity Access Management
6 12 (29.27%) Data Loss Prevention
6 12 (29.27%) Security Operations
7 10 (24.39%) Root Cause Analysis
8 9 (21.95%) Computer Forensics
9 7 (17.07%) Computer Science
10 6 (14.63%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
10 6 (14.63%) Incident Management
10 6 (14.63%) Threat Intelligence
11 5 (12.20%) Agile Software Development
11 5 (12.20%) Penetration Testing
11 5 (12.20%) Performance Metrics
11 5 (12.20%) Vulnerability Management
12 4 (9.76%) Analytics
13 3 (7.32%) E-Discovery
13 3 (7.32%) Security Architecture
Programming Languages
1 1 (2.44%) JavaScript
1 1 (2.44%) Perl
1 1 (2.44%) Python
1 1 (2.44%) SQL
Qualifications
1 28 (68.29%) CISSP
2 19 (46.34%) Degree
3 15 (36.59%) CISA
3 15 (36.59%) CISM
4 14 (34.15%) GCFA
5 10 (24.39%) GREM
5 10 (24.39%) PhD
6 9 (21.95%) CEH
6 9 (21.95%) EnCE
6 9 (21.95%) Security Cleared
7 8 (19.51%) GCIA
7 8 (19.51%) SANS
8 7 (17.07%) Computer Science Degree
8 7 (17.07%) CREST Certified
8 7 (17.07%) SC Cleared
9 6 (14.63%) GIAC
10 4 (9.76%) Cisco Certification
11 3 (7.32%) GSEC
12 2 (4.88%) CCIE
12 2 (4.88%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 2 (4.88%) NIST 800
1 2 (4.88%) QA
1 2 (4.88%) SLA
System Software
1 13 (31.71%) Active Directory
2 2 (4.88%) Snort
2 2 (4.88%) Squid
2 2 (4.88%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (2.44%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 12 (29.27%) CASB
2 6 (14.63%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
3 5 (12.20%) EnCase
3 5 (12.20%) FTK
4 4 (9.76%) McAfee ePO
5 2 (4.88%) Host Intrusion Detection System
6 1 (2.44%) CSIRT
6 1 (2.44%) QRadar
6 1 (2.44%) RSA Archer
6 1 (2.44%) RSA Security Analytics
Vendors
1 16 (39.02%) Darktrace
2 12 (29.27%) Thycotic
3 6 (14.63%) LogRhythm
3 6 (14.63%) McAfee
4 4 (9.76%) CheckPoint
4 4 (9.76%) FireEye
5 3 (7.32%) ArcSight
5 3 (7.32%) Microsoft
5 3 (7.32%) Splunk
6 2 (4.88%) Blue Coat
6 2 (4.88%) Cisco
6 2 (4.88%) Dell
6 2 (4.88%) F5
6 2 (4.88%) Huawei
7 1 (2.44%) AlienVault
7 1 (2.44%) CyberArk
7 1 (2.44%) Oracle
7 1 (2.44%) Red Hat
7 1 (2.44%) Symantec