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 3 months to 24 June 2017 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
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 577 620 635
Rank change year-on-year +43 +15  
Contract jobs citing GCIH 24 24 11
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.052% 0.045% 0.020%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.27% 0.20% 0.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 12 8
Median daily rate £456 £600 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -23.95% +29.72%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £380 £415
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £750 £548
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £600 £475
% change year-on-year -33.33% +26.31%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 8902 11739 10644
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.24% 21.83% 18.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 5326 7337 6185
Median daily rate £425 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 486 445 556
Median hourly rate £32.50 £28.50 £24.12
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.03% +18.15%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £12.64 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £49.13 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.21 £24.12
% change year-on-year +9.25% +25.22%  

GCIH
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing GCIH as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

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 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for GCIH in the UK

GCIH
Top 13 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 3 months to 24 June 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +50 24 £456 -23.95% 7
London +20 10 £463 -26.00% 4
South East +24 6 £388 -35.41% 2
South West - 6 £520 -
Bristol - 6 £520 -
City of London +3 5 £463 -7.50%
Hampshire +11 3 £400 -38.55% 2
Basingstoke -9 3 £400 -43.01%
Buckinghamshire -15 3 £388 -
East of England - 2 £300 -
Welwyn Garden City - 2 £300 -
Hertfordshire - 2 £300 -
Milton Keynes -13 1 £375 -

For the 6 months to 24 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing GCIH also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for GCIH.

1 26 (76.47%) CISSP
2 22 (64.71%) SIEM
3 20 (58.82%) GCIA
3 20 (58.82%) Firewall
4 18 (52.94%) Information Security
5 17 (50.00%) GIAC
6 16 (47.06%) Windows
7 15 (44.12%) TCP/IP
8 14 (41.18%) Intrusion Detection
8 14 (41.18%) SANS
9 12 (35.29%) ArcSight
9 12 (35.29%) Linux
10 11 (32.35%) Network Security
11 10 (29.41%) Security Cleared
11 10 (29.41%) Incident Management
11 10 (29.41%) ITIL
11 10 (29.41%) LogRhythm
12 9 (26.47%) Python
12 9 (26.47%) Unix
12 9 (26.47%) PCI DSS
12 9 (26.47%) DV Cleared
13 8 (23.53%) Splunk
13 8 (23.53%) Vulnerability Management
13 8 (23.53%) Degree
13 8 (23.53%) Finance
13 8 (23.53%) Security Operations
13 8 (23.53%) Cybersecurity
13 8 (23.53%) Coaching
14 7 (20.59%) Analytical Skills
14 7 (20.59%) Threat Intelligence

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:

Application Platforms
1 3 (8.82%) Apache
1 3 (8.82%) JBoss
1 3 (8.82%) Tomcat
2 2 (5.88%) SharePoint
3 1 (2.94%) IIS
3 1 (2.94%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 1 (2.94%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (2.94%) Microsoft Project
1 1 (2.94%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (2.94%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 4 (11.76%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 20 (58.82%) Firewall
2 15 (44.12%) TCP/IP
3 14 (41.18%) Intrusion Detection
4 11 (32.35%) Network Security
5 7 (20.59%) Internet
6 4 (11.76%) DNS
6 4 (11.76%) Wireless
7 3 (8.82%) DHCP
7 3 (8.82%) LDAP
7 3 (8.82%) VPN
8 2 (5.88%) ICMP
8 2 (5.88%) MPLS
8 2 (5.88%) SSH
8 2 (5.88%) SSL
8 2 (5.88%) TACACS
9 1 (2.94%) HTTP
General
1 8 (23.53%) Finance
2 3 (8.82%) Legal
3 2 (5.88%) Law
Job Titles
1 22 (64.71%) Analyst
2 19 (55.88%) Security Analyst
3 10 (29.41%) SOC Analyst
4 6 (17.65%) Cybersecurity Analyst
5 4 (11.76%) Incident Handler
5 4 (11.76%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 4 (11.76%) Security Incident Handler
6 3 (8.82%) Linux Engineer
7 2 (5.88%) Cybersecurity Specialist
7 2 (5.88%) Incident Manager
7 2 (5.88%) Operations Analyst
7 2 (5.88%) Security Operations Analyst
7 2 (5.88%) Security Specialist
7 2 (5.88%) Technical Analyst
7 2 (5.88%) Technical Security Analyst
7 2 (5.88%) Technical Security Specialist
7 2 (5.88%) Technical Specialist
8 1 (2.94%) Information Security Engineer
8 1 (2.94%) Security Engineer
8 1 (2.94%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.94%) .NET
1 1 (2.94%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 7 (20.59%) Analytical Skills
1 7 (20.59%) Management Information System
2 6 (17.65%) Computer Science
3 5 (14.71%) Data Centre
3 5 (14.71%) Security Operations Centre
4 4 (11.76%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (5.88%) Cyber Attack
5 2 (5.88%) iSeries
5 2 (5.88%) PKI
5 2 (5.88%) Tandem
6 1 (2.94%) Driving Licence
6 1 (2.94%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 16 (47.06%) Windows
2 12 (35.29%) Linux
3 9 (26.47%) Unix
4 4 (11.76%) Mac OS X
5 3 (8.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (5.88%) AIX
6 2 (5.88%) OpenVMS
6 2 (5.88%) Solaris
7 1 (2.94%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (2.94%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (2.94%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (64.71%) SIEM
2 18 (52.94%) Information Security
3 10 (29.41%) Incident Management
3 10 (29.41%) ITIL
4 8 (23.53%) Coaching
4 8 (23.53%) Cybersecurity
4 8 (23.53%) Security Operations
4 8 (23.53%) Vulnerability Management
5 7 (20.59%) Threat Intelligence
6 6 (17.65%) Computer Forensics
6 6 (17.65%) Security Architecture
7 5 (14.71%) Open Source
7 5 (14.71%) OSINT
7 5 (14.71%) Vulnerability Assessment
8 4 (11.76%) Computer Security
8 4 (11.76%) Digital Forensics
8 4 (11.76%) Kalman Filter
8 4 (11.76%) Network Design
8 4 (11.76%) Project Management
8 4 (11.76%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (26.47%) Python
2 5 (14.71%) PowerShell
3 3 (8.82%) C
3 3 (8.82%) Perl
3 3 (8.82%) SQL
4 2 (5.88%) Java
Qualifications
1 26 (76.47%) CISSP
2 20 (58.82%) GCIA
3 17 (50.00%) GIAC
4 14 (41.18%) SANS
5 10 (29.41%) Security Cleared
6 9 (26.47%) DV Cleared
7 8 (23.53%) Degree
8 6 (17.65%) Computer Science Degree
8 6 (17.65%) CREST Certified
8 6 (17.65%) SC Cleared
9 5 (14.71%) Cisco Certification
10 4 (11.76%) (ISC)2 CCSP
10 4 (11.76%) CCSP
10 4 (11.76%) CISM
10 4 (11.76%) CNA
10 4 (11.76%) Network+ Certification
10 4 (11.76%) Novell Certification
11 3 (8.82%) RHCSA
12 2 (5.88%) CEH
13 1 (2.94%) GCFA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (26.47%) PCI DSS
2 3 (8.82%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 2 (5.88%) COBIT
3 2 (5.88%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (5.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (2.94%) COSO
System Software
1 6 (17.65%) Snort
2 2 (5.88%) Active Directory
2 2 (5.88%) RACF
3 1 (2.94%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 6 (17.65%) Computer Incident Response Team
1 6 (17.65%) RSA enVision
2 4 (11.76%) CSIRT
2 4 (11.76%) Puppet
3 3 (8.82%) Red Hat Satellite
4 2 (5.88%) Host Intrusion Detection System
4 2 (5.88%) WSUS
5 1 (2.94%) BladeLogic
5 1 (2.94%) IBM BigFix
5 1 (2.94%) Network Intrusion Detection System
5 1 (2.94%) RSA Archer
5 1 (2.94%) RSA Security Analytics
5 1 (2.94%) SCCM
Vendors
1 12 (35.29%) ArcSight
2 10 (29.41%) LogRhythm
3 8 (23.53%) Splunk
4 5 (14.71%) HP
5 4 (11.76%) Qualys
6 3 (8.82%) Microsoft
6 3 (8.82%) NetWitness
6 3 (8.82%) Red Hat
7 2 (5.88%) Cisco
7 2 (5.88%) Fortinet
7 2 (5.88%) Rapid7
7 2 (5.88%) ServiceNow
7 2 (5.88%) Symantec
8 1 (2.94%) Citrix
8 1 (2.94%) Dell
8 1 (2.94%) FireEye
8 1 (2.94%) VMware