The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for GSEC qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 28 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 Security Essentials Certification (GSEC)
UK
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 607 645 643
Rank change year-on-year +38 -2  
Contract jobs citing GSEC 3 6 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.006% 0.011% 0.004%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.033% 0.051% 0.019%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 4 1
Median daily rate £518 £418 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +23.95% -20.47%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £518 £418 -
% change year-on-year +23.95% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

GSEC 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 9020 11793 10440
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.15% 21.90% 18.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 5388 7367 6105
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 489 454 537
Median hourly rate £32.50 £28.25 £24.23
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.04% +16.59%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £12.56 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £28.50 £24.12
% change year-on-year +15.78% +18.15%  

GSEC
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for GSEC in the UK

GSEC
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for GSEC in the UK

GSEC
Top 5 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing GSEC within the UK over the 3 months to 28 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 +34 3 £518 +23.95% 7
North West +22 1 - -
Manchester +13 1 - -
Bristol - 1 - - 1
South West - 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 28 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing GSEC 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 GSEC.

1 6 (85.71%) CISSP
2 4 (57.14%) Penetration Testing
2 4 (57.14%) CISMP
3 3 (42.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (42.86%) COBIT
3 3 (42.86%) Information Security
3 3 (42.86%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (42.86%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (42.86%) Web Services
3 3 (42.86%) Linux
3 3 (42.86%) Cisco
3 3 (42.86%) Microsoft
3 3 (42.86%) Firewall
3 3 (42.86%) WebEx
3 3 (42.86%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
3 3 (42.86%) Virtual Infrastructure
4 2 (28.57%) LXC
4 2 (28.57%) OpenStack
4 2 (28.57%) Go
4 2 (28.57%) SABSA
4 2 (28.57%) KVM
4 2 (28.57%) Docker
4 2 (28.57%) Data Privacy
4 2 (28.57%) Bioinformatics
4 2 (28.57%) Computer Science Degree
4 2 (28.57%) Data Security
4 2 (28.57%) CISA
4 2 (28.57%) CISM
4 2 (28.57%) Extreme Programming
4 2 (28.57%) C

GSEC
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 2 (28.57%) OpenStack
Cloud Services
1 3 (42.86%) Amazon AWS
1 3 (42.86%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 3 (42.86%) Firewall
1 3 (42.86%) WebEx
2 1 (14.29%) DNS
2 1 (14.29%) HTTP
2 1 (14.29%) IPsec
2 1 (14.29%) SMTP
2 1 (14.29%) SSL
2 1 (14.29%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (14.29%) Apache Cassandra
1 1 (14.29%) CouchDB
1 1 (14.29%) MariaDB
1 1 (14.29%) MongoDB
1 1 (14.29%) MySQL
1 1 (14.29%) Neo4j
1 1 (14.29%) PostgreSQL
1 1 (14.29%) Relational Database
Job Titles
1 2 (28.57%) Consultant
1 2 (28.57%) Developer
1 2 (28.57%) IT Consultant
1 2 (28.57%) IT Security Consultant
1 2 (28.57%) Principal Developer
1 2 (28.57%) Principal Software Developer
1 2 (28.57%) Security Consultant
1 2 (28.57%) Software Developer
2 1 (14.29%) Architect
2 1 (14.29%) Cybersecurity Engineer
2 1 (14.29%) Designer
2 1 (14.29%) IT Architect
2 1 (14.29%) IT Security Architect
2 1 (14.29%) Security Architect
2 1 (14.29%) Security Designer
2 1 (14.29%) Security Engineer
2 1 (14.29%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (42.86%) Web Services
2 2 (28.57%) POSIX
3 1 (14.29%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 2 (28.57%) Computer Science
1 2 (28.57%) e-Health
2 1 (14.29%) CMDB
2 1 (14.29%) Cyber Defence
2 1 (14.29%) PKI
2 1 (14.29%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 3 (42.86%) Linux
2 1 (14.29%) Debian
2 1 (14.29%) Windows
2 1 (14.29%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (57.14%) Penetration Testing
2 3 (42.86%) Information Security
2 3 (42.86%) Virtual Infrastructure
3 2 (28.57%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (28.57%) Bioinformatics
3 2 (28.57%) Data Management
3 2 (28.57%) Data Privacy
3 2 (28.57%) Data Security
3 2 (28.57%) Extreme Programming
3 2 (28.57%) Health Informatics
3 2 (28.57%) Informatics
3 2 (28.57%) Mathematics
3 2 (28.57%) Open Source
3 2 (28.57%) Physics
3 2 (28.57%) SABSA
4 1 (14.29%) Cybersecurity
4 1 (14.29%) Data Analysis
4 1 (14.29%) ITIL
4 1 (14.29%) ITIL V3
4 1 (14.29%) Statistics
Programming Languages
1 2 (28.57%) C
1 2 (28.57%) C++
1 2 (28.57%) Go
1 2 (28.57%) Haskell
1 2 (28.57%) Java
1 2 (28.57%) Perl
1 2 (28.57%) Python
1 2 (28.57%) R
1 2 (28.57%) Ruby
2 1 (14.29%) Scala
Qualifications
1 6 (85.71%) CISSP
2 4 (57.14%) CISMP
3 2 (28.57%) CISA
3 2 (28.57%) CISM
3 2 (28.57%) Computer Science Degree
3 2 (28.57%) Degree
4 1 (14.29%) GCUX
4 1 (14.29%) GCWN
4 1 (14.29%) MCSA
4 1 (14.29%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (42.86%) COBIT
1 3 (42.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 3 (42.86%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 2 (28.57%) Docker
1 2 (28.57%) KVM
1 2 (28.57%) LXC
1 2 (28.57%) Xen
2 1 (14.29%) Slurm Workload Manager
Systems Management
1 1 (14.29%) Mesos
Vendors
1 3 (42.86%) Cisco
1 3 (42.86%) Microsoft
2 1 (14.29%) NetApp
2 1 (14.29%) Pegasus
2 1 (14.29%) Red Hat
2 1 (14.29%) VMware