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 27 March 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.

3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH)
UK
Rank 573 604 625
Rank change year-on-year +31 +21  
Contract jobs citing GCIH 10 36 6
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.022% 0.068% 0.011%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.11% 0.32% 0.055%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 21 3
Median daily rate £415 £393 £550
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.73% -28.63%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £391 £325 £430
10% offered a daily rate of more than £480 £470 £620
UK excluding London median daily rate £391 £385 £475
% change year-on-year +1.62% -18.94%  
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 9336 11096 10841
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.79% 20.84% 20.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 5942 6920 6146
Median daily rate £420 £405 £399
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.70% +1.40%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £255 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £563 £545
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 449 405 500
Median hourly rate £30.00 £37.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +66.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.43 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.00 £57.50 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £22.75
% change year-on-year -25.20% +75.82%  

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 27 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for GCIH in the UK

GCIH
Top 9 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 27 March 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 +23 10 £415 +5.73% 6
London +29 6 £450 - 3
South East -7 2 £391 +16.79%
West Midlands - 2 - - 1
Fleet +22 1 £395 +17.91%
Hampshire +7 1 £395 +17.91%
Buckinghamshire -11 1 £388 -
Coventry - 1 - -
Shropshire - 1 - -

GCIH
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 (74.29%) Firewall
2 25 (71.43%) Information Security
3 24 (68.57%) GIAC
3 24 (68.57%) SIEM
4 23 (65.71%) Intrusion Detection
5 21 (60.00%) CISSP
6 19 (54.29%) Linux
7 18 (51.43%) Security Operations
8 17 (48.57%) Cybersecurity
8 17 (48.57%) Windows
9 16 (45.71%) Management Information System
9 16 (45.71%) Incident Management
9 16 (45.71%) Data Centre
10 15 (42.86%) Unix
10 15 (42.86%) TCP/IP
11 12 (34.29%) GCIA
11 12 (34.29%) ITIL
11 12 (34.29%) SQL
12 11 (31.43%) PCI DSS
13 10 (28.57%) DNS
13 10 (28.57%) CISM
13 10 (28.57%) Internet
13 10 (28.57%) Analytical Skills
13 10 (28.57%) SANS
13 10 (28.57%) Security Operations Centre
14 9 (25.71%) Cisco Certification
14 9 (25.71%) CEH
15 8 (22.86%) Information Assurance
15 8 (22.86%) Network Security
15 8 (22.86%) Python

GCIH
Top Related 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 4 (11.43%) IIS
2 3 (8.57%) Apache
2 3 (8.57%) JBoss
2 3 (8.57%) Tomcat
3 2 (5.71%) SharePoint
4 1 (2.86%) MS Exchange
Cloud Services
1 7 (20.00%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 26 (74.29%) Firewall
2 23 (65.71%) Intrusion Detection
3 15 (42.86%) TCP/IP
4 10 (28.57%) DNS
4 10 (28.57%) Internet
5 8 (22.86%) Network Security
6 7 (20.00%) MPLS
7 6 (17.14%) DHCP
7 6 (17.14%) VPN
8 3 (8.57%) HSRP
8 3 (8.57%) ICMP
8 3 (8.57%) IPsec
8 3 (8.57%) LDAP
8 3 (8.57%) Wireless
9 2 (5.71%) SSL
9 2 (5.71%) TACACS
10 1 (2.86%) ADSL
10 1 (2.86%) Ethernet
10 1 (2.86%) ISDN
10 1 (2.86%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (14.29%) Big Data
General
1 7 (20.00%) Finance
2 6 (17.14%) Financial Institution
2 6 (17.14%) Legal
2 6 (17.14%) Retail
3 2 (5.71%) Law
4 1 (2.86%) Banking
4 1 (2.86%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 17 (48.57%) Analyst
2 14 (40.00%) Security Analyst
3 12 (34.29%) Cybersecurity Analyst
4 5 (14.29%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 4 (11.43%) Incident Analyst
6 3 (8.57%) CISSP Engineer
6 3 (8.57%) Incident Handler
6 3 (8.57%) Linux Engineer
6 3 (8.57%) Security Engineer
6 3 (8.57%) SIEM Engineer
6 3 (8.57%) SOC Analyst
6 3 (8.57%) Windows Engineer
7 2 (5.71%) Cisco Engineer
7 2 (5.71%) Cisco Security Engineer
7 2 (5.71%) Consultant
7 2 (5.71%) Firewall Engineer
7 2 (5.71%) Incident Manager
7 2 (5.71%) Operations Engineer
8 1 (2.86%) Network Engineer
8 1 (2.86%) Senior Security Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (5.71%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 16 (45.71%) Data Centre
1 16 (45.71%) Management Information System
2 10 (28.57%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (28.57%) Security Operations Centre
3 7 (20.00%) Driving Licence
3 7 (20.00%) Enterprise Software
4 6 (17.14%) Equities
4 6 (17.14%) Fixed Income
5 5 (14.29%) Linux Command Line
6 3 (8.57%) Computer Science
7 2 (5.71%) iSeries
7 2 (5.71%) Tandem
8 1 (2.86%) Cyberthreat
Operating Systems
1 19 (54.29%) Linux
2 17 (48.57%) Windows
3 15 (42.86%) Unix
4 4 (11.43%) Windows Server 2003
4 4 (11.43%) Windows Server 2008
4 4 (11.43%) Windows Server 2012
5 3 (8.57%) Mac OS X
5 3 (8.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (5.71%) OpenVMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (71.43%) Information Security
2 24 (68.57%) SIEM
3 18 (51.43%) Security Operations
4 17 (48.57%) Cybersecurity
5 16 (45.71%) Incident Management
6 12 (34.29%) ITIL
7 8 (22.86%) Identity Access Management
7 8 (22.86%) Information Assurance
8 7 (20.00%) Change Management
8 7 (20.00%) Forensic Analysis
8 7 (20.00%) Malware Analysis
8 7 (20.00%) Project Management
8 7 (20.00%) Security Monitoring
8 7 (20.00%) Server Hardening
8 7 (20.00%) Vulnerability Management
9 6 (17.14%) Asset Management
9 6 (17.14%) Computer Security
9 6 (17.14%) Data Analysis
9 6 (17.14%) Problem Management
9 6 (17.14%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 12 (34.29%) SQL
2 8 (22.86%) Python
3 4 (11.43%) Perl
3 4 (11.43%) PowerShell
4 2 (5.71%) C
5 1 (2.86%) C#
5 1 (2.86%) C++
5 1 (2.86%) Java
5 1 (2.86%) Shell Script
5 1 (2.86%) VB
Qualifications
1 24 (68.57%) GIAC
2 21 (60.00%) CISSP
3 12 (34.29%) GCIA
4 10 (28.57%) CISM
4 10 (28.57%) SANS
5 9 (25.71%) CEH
5 9 (25.71%) Cisco Certification
6 7 (20.00%) Security Cleared
7 6 (17.14%) CCNA
7 6 (17.14%) CCSA
7 6 (17.14%) CNA
7 6 (17.14%) GCFA
7 6 (17.14%) MCP
7 6 (17.14%) Network+ Certification
7 6 (17.14%) Novell Certification
7 6 (17.14%) SC Cleared
8 3 (8.57%) (ISC)2 CCSP
8 3 (8.57%) CCSP
8 3 (8.57%) Degree
8 3 (8.57%) RHCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (31.43%) PCI DSS
2 7 (20.00%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (2.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (2.86%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 6 (17.14%) Active Directory
2 4 (11.43%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (5.71%) RACF
4 1 (2.86%) Snort
Systems Management
1 7 (20.00%) Puppet
2 6 (17.14%) Host Intrusion Detection System
2 6 (17.14%) Network Intrusion Detection System
3 4 (11.43%) WSUS
4 3 (8.57%) Red Hat Satellite
5 1 (2.86%) Computer Incident Response Team
5 1 (2.86%) EnCase
5 1 (2.86%) McAfee ePO
5 1 (2.86%) Nessus
5 1 (2.86%) RSA Archer
5 1 (2.86%) RSA enVision
5 1 (2.86%) RSA Security Analytics
Vendors
1 6 (17.14%) Sun
2 5 (14.29%) HP
2 5 (14.29%) LogRhythm
3 4 (11.43%) VMware
4 3 (8.57%) Cisco
4 3 (8.57%) F5
4 3 (8.57%) Red Hat
5 2 (5.71%) ArcSight
5 2 (5.71%) FireEye
5 2 (5.71%) Rapid7
5 2 (5.71%) ServiceNow
5 2 (5.71%) Splunk
6 1 (2.86%) Citrix
6 1 (2.86%) Dell
6 1 (2.86%) Intel Security
6 1 (2.86%) Microsoft
6 1 (2.86%) NetWitness