Period
to 21 November 2017

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 6 months to 21 November 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
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 862 863 874
Rank change year-on-year +1 +11 -1
Contract jobs citing GSEC 15 18 14
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.015% 0.017% 0.012%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.078% 0.083% 0.062%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 13 8
UK median daily rate £463 £435 £538
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.32% -19.07% +13.16%
10th Percentile £450 £351 £509
90th Percentile £542 £488 £633
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £435 £550
% change year-on-year +3.45% -20.91% +15.79%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
UK 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 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 19240 21636 22485
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.66% 20.66% 19.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 11789 13485 13553
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +2.56%
10th Percentile £220 £243 £244
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £385
% change year-on-year +3.23% +0.65% +5.48%
Number of hourly rates quoted 902 856 1079
UK median hourly rate £26.25 £26.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.96% +4.00% +31.58%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.13 £11.96
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £27.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year - +10.00% +31.58%

GSEC
Job Vacancy Trend

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

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
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing GSEC over the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for GSEC in the UK

GSEC
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 GSEC within the UK over the 6 months to 21 November 2017. 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 +14 15 £463 +6.32% 9
UK excluding London +25 13 £450 +3.45% 7
South East - 9 £450 - 2
West Midlands - 2 £475 - 1
Midlands - 2 £475 - 1
North of England +50 1 £530 +21.84% 4
North West +22 1 £530 +21.84% 3
South West -7 1 £475 -
London -29 1 - - 2

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 14 (93.33%) CISSP
2 11 (73.33%) GCIA
3 9 (60.00%) Active Directory
3 9 (60.00%) SQL
4 8 (53.33%) CyberArk
5 6 (40.00%) Information Security
6 5 (33.33%) Cybersecurity
6 5 (33.33%) PowerShell
7 4 (26.67%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 4 (26.67%) Analytical Skills
7 4 (26.67%) Malware Analysis
7 4 (26.67%) CISM
7 4 (26.67%) Risk Management
7 4 (26.67%) ITIL
7 4 (26.67%) SSL
7 4 (26.67%) Cyber Attack
8 3 (20.00%) Security Operations
8 3 (20.00%) Cisco Certification
8 3 (20.00%) Red Hat
8 3 (20.00%) Windows
8 3 (20.00%) Linux
8 3 (20.00%) Password Management
8 3 (20.00%) Security Management
8 3 (20.00%) Management Information System
8 3 (20.00%) Firewall
8 3 (20.00%) GIAC
8 3 (20.00%) VMware
8 3 (20.00%) Windows Server
8 3 (20.00%) SIEM
8 3 (20.00%) Open Source

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:

Cloud Services
1 1 (6.67%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (26.67%) SSL
2 3 (20.00%) Firewall
3 2 (13.33%) FTP
3 2 (13.33%) HTTP
3 2 (13.33%) Network Security
3 2 (13.33%) SMTP
3 2 (13.33%) VPN
4 1 (6.67%) ATM
4 1 (6.67%) DHCP
4 1 (6.67%) DNS
4 1 (6.67%) HTTPS
4 1 (6.67%) Intranet
4 1 (6.67%) Intrusion Detection
4 1 (6.67%) IPsec
4 1 (6.67%) SNMP
4 1 (6.67%) SSH
4 1 (6.67%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (13.33%) MySQL
1 2 (13.33%) Oracle Database
1 2 (13.33%) SQL Server
General
1 1 (6.67%) Finance
1 1 (6.67%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 8 (53.33%) Consultant
2 6 (40.00%) CyberArk Consultant
3 3 (20.00%) Architect
3 3 (20.00%) Cybersecurity Engineer
3 3 (20.00%) Security Engineer
4 2 (13.33%) Analyst
4 2 (13.33%) CyberArk Architect
4 2 (13.33%) Security Analyst
4 2 (13.33%) Security Consultant
5 1 (6.67%) CISSP Analyst
5 1 (6.67%) CISSP Architect
5 1 (6.67%) CISSP Consultant
5 1 (6.67%) Information Architect
5 1 (6.67%) Information Security Consultant
5 1 (6.67%) Network Analyst
5 1 (6.67%) Operations Analyst
5 1 (6.67%) Security Architect
5 1 (6.67%) Senior Analyst
5 1 (6.67%) Senior Security Analyst
5 1 (6.67%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (6.67%) 802.1X
1 1 (6.67%) JSON
1 1 (6.67%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 4 (26.67%) Analytical Skills
1 4 (26.67%) Cyber Attack
2 3 (20.00%) Management Information System
3 2 (13.33%) SCADA
4 1 (6.67%) CESG
4 1 (6.67%) CMDB
4 1 (6.67%) Cyber Defence
4 1 (6.67%) PKI
4 1 (6.67%) Public Cloud
4 1 (6.67%) Smartcard
4 1 (6.67%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 3 (20.00%) Linux
1 3 (20.00%) Windows
1 3 (20.00%) Windows Server
2 2 (13.33%) Unix
3 1 (6.67%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (40.00%) Information Security
2 5 (33.33%) Cybersecurity
3 4 (26.67%) ITIL
3 4 (26.67%) Malware Analysis
3 4 (26.67%) Risk Management
3 4 (26.67%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 3 (20.00%) Open Source
4 3 (20.00%) Password Management
4 3 (20.00%) Security Management
4 3 (20.00%) Security Operations
4 3 (20.00%) SIEM
5 2 (13.33%) Break/Fix
5 2 (13.33%) Data Analysis
5 2 (13.33%) Forensic Analysis
5 2 (13.33%) Incident Management
5 2 (13.33%) Malware Detection/Protection
5 2 (13.33%) Matrix Management
5 2 (13.33%) Network Virtualisation
5 2 (13.33%) Security Monitoring
5 2 (13.33%) Vulnerability Scanning
Programming Languages
1 9 (60.00%) SQL
2 5 (33.33%) PowerShell
3 1 (6.67%) COBOL
3 1 (6.67%) Java
3 1 (6.67%) Python
Qualifications
1 14 (93.33%) CISSP
2 11 (73.33%) GCIA
3 4 (26.67%) CISM
4 3 (20.00%) CEH
4 3 (20.00%) Cisco Certification
4 3 (20.00%) GIAC
5 2 (13.33%) CCIE
5 2 (13.33%) CCIE Security
5 2 (13.33%) CCNA
5 2 (13.33%) CCNP
5 2 (13.33%) Degree
6 1 (6.67%) (ISC)2 CCSP
6 1 (6.67%) CCSP
6 1 (6.67%) GCIH
6 1 (6.67%) GCUX
6 1 (6.67%) GCWN
6 1 (6.67%) GREM
6 1 (6.67%) MCSA
6 1 (6.67%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (6.67%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (6.67%) CESG Infosec
1 1 (6.67%) COBIT
1 1 (6.67%) HMG Security Policy Framework
1 1 (6.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 9 (60.00%) Active Directory
2 2 (13.33%) Snort
2 2 (13.33%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 2 (13.33%) Network Intrusion Detection System
2 1 (6.67%) Computer Incident Response Team
2 1 (6.67%) IBM BigFix
Vendors
1 8 (53.33%) CyberArk
2 3 (20.00%) Red Hat
2 3 (20.00%) VMware
3 2 (13.33%) ArcSight
3 2 (13.33%) Blue Coat
3 2 (13.33%) HP
3 2 (13.33%) Lancope
3 2 (13.33%) Oracle
4 1 (6.67%) FireEye
4 1 (6.67%) NetApp