Period
to 15 May 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London with a requirement for Cyber Essentials skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Cyber Essentials over the 6 months to 15 May 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Cyber Essentials
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
15 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 480 538 639
Rank change year-on-year +58 +101 +129
Permanent jobs citing Cyber Essentials 196 160 234
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.39% 0.30% 0.28%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 3.11% 2.31% 1.93%
Number of salaries quoted 172 131 181
10th Percentile £33,250 £30,000 "
25th Percentile £40,000 £42,500 £32,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £50,000 £42,500
Median % change year-on-year - +17.65% -26.09%
75th Percentile £60,901 £57,250 £57,500
90th Percentile £68,750 £72,500 £67,500
UK median annual salary £55,000 £51,000 £52,295
% change year-on-year +7.84% -2.48% -9.05%

Cyber Essentials is in the Quality Assurance and Compliance category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
UK excluding London
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 6,303 6,917 12,145
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 12.62% 12.93% 14.79%
Number of salaries quoted 4,358 5,374 8,757
10th Percentile £28,500 £26,750 £25,500
25th Percentile £36,250 £34,000 £32,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
Median % change year-on-year - +5.56% -
75th Percentile £60,839 £60,000 £57,500
90th Percentile £71,413 £75,000 £70,000
UK median annual salary £52,500 £52,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year - +5.00% -

Cyber Essentials
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing Cyber Essentials as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for Cyber Essentials in the UK excluding London

Cyber Essentials
Salary Trend in the UK excluding London

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Cyber Essentials in the UK excluding London.

Salary trend for Cyber Essentials in the UK excluding London

Cyber Essentials
Salary Histogram in the UK excluding London

Salary distribution for jobs citing Cyber Essentials in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 15 May 2021.

Salary histogram for Cyber Essentials in the UK excluding London

Cyber Essentials
Job Locations in the UK excluding London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Cyber Essentials within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 15 May 2021. 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Midlands +16 51 £55,000 +3.77% 5
South East +42 47 £53,000 +2.88% 12
North of England +8 41 £45,000 -7.22% 24
West Midlands 0 26 £57,500 +21.05% 2
East Midlands +20 25 £55,000 +3.77% 3
South West -25 25 £40,750 -14.59% 9
North West +26 19 £57,500 +18.56% 17
Yorkshire -11 19 £38,175 -19.63% 7
East of England +10 17 £52,500 +2.94% 4
Scotland -3 15 £45,000 +22.45% 4
North East +3 3 £57,500 +1.32%
Wales +15 1 - - 5
Cyber Essentials
UK

For the 6 months to 15 May 2021, IT jobs citing Cyber Essentials also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads across the UK excluding London region with a requirement for Cyber Essentials.

1 154 (78.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 106 (54.08%) Information Security
3 99 (50.51%) Cybersecurity
4 72 (36.73%) GDPR
5 63 (32.14%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 62 (31.63%) NIST
7 56 (28.57%) Windows
7 56 (28.57%) Azure
8 54 (27.55%) PCI DSS
9 52 (26.53%) CISSP
10 51 (26.02%) Management Information System
11 46 (23.47%) Microsoft
12 43 (21.94%) Social Skills
13 40 (20.41%) SIEM
13 40 (20.41%) CISM
14 37 (18.88%) Microsoft 365
15 36 (18.37%) Security Management
16 34 (17.35%) ITIL
17 33 (16.84%) Firewall
17 33 (16.84%) Legal
18 32 (16.33%) Active Directory
19 31 (15.82%) VMware
20 30 (15.31%) Information Security Management
20 30 (15.31%) Windows Server
21 28 (14.29%) Data Protection
22 26 (13.27%) Finance
22 26 (13.27%) ISMS
22 26 (13.27%) Security Operations
23 25 (12.76%) Problem-Solving
24 24 (12.24%) DNS

Cyber Essentials
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London 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 11 (5.61%) SharePoint
2 8 (4.08%) MS Exchange
3 6 (3.06%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (0.51%) Confluence
4 1 (0.51%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 4 (2.04%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 56 (28.57%) Azure
2 37 (18.88%) Microsoft 365
3 20 (10.20%) AWS
4 15 (7.65%) SaaS
5 9 (4.59%) OneDrive
6 8 (4.08%) Azure Active Directory
6 8 (4.08%) Google Workspace
6 8 (4.08%) PaaS
7 6 (3.06%) IaaS
8 3 (1.53%) Mimecast
9 2 (1.02%) Cloud Computing
10 1 (0.51%) Azure Sentinel
Communications & Networking
1 33 (16.84%) Firewall
2 24 (12.24%) DNS
3 17 (8.67%) DHCP
4 15 (7.65%) Network Security
5 10 (5.10%) Remote Desktop
5 10 (5.10%) SAN
6 8 (4.08%) FTP
6 8 (4.08%) VoIP
7 6 (3.06%) TCP/IP
8 5 (2.55%) Wi-Fi
8 5 (2.55%) Wireless
9 4 (2.04%) PBX
9 4 (2.04%) Value-Added Service
10 3 (1.53%) Cisco ISE
10 3 (1.53%) DMZ
10 3 (1.53%) HSRP
10 3 (1.53%) LAN
10 3 (1.53%) SD-WAN
10 3 (1.53%) Spanning Tree
10 3 (1.53%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (3.57%) Big Data
2 3 (1.53%) SQL Server
3 1 (0.51%) GIS
3 1 (0.51%) InfluxDB
3 1 (0.51%) MongoDB
3 1 (0.51%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 1 (0.51%) JIRA
General
1 43 (21.94%) Social Skills
2 33 (16.84%) Legal
3 26 (13.27%) Finance
4 20 (10.20%) Public Sector
5 18 (9.18%) Retail
6 13 (6.63%) Influencing Skills
7 8 (4.08%) Analytical Skills
7 8 (4.08%) Telecoms
8 5 (2.55%) Law
9 4 (2.04%) Marketing
10 3 (1.53%) Banking
10 3 (1.53%) Manufacturing
11 2 (1.02%) Advertising
11 2 (1.02%) Aerospace
11 2 (1.02%) Electronics
11 2 (1.02%) Organisational Skills
12 1 (0.51%) Documentation Skills
12 1 (0.51%) Games
12 1 (0.51%) Presentation Skills
Job Titles
1 48 (24.49%) Analyst
2 29 (14.80%) Security Analyst
3 27 (13.78%) Consultant
4 23 (11.73%) Security Manager
5 22 (11.22%) IT Manager
6 20 (10.20%) Security Consultant
7 17 (8.67%) Security Engineer
8 16 (8.16%) Information Analyst
8 16 (8.16%) Information Security Analyst
8 16 (8.16%) Security Specialist
9 15 (7.65%) IT Security Manager
10 14 (7.14%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 13 (6.63%) Information Officer
11 13 (6.63%) Information Security Officer
11 13 (6.63%) Information Security Specialist
11 13 (6.63%) Information Specialist
11 13 (6.63%) Security Officer
12 10 (5.10%) Cybersecurity Consultant
12 10 (5.10%) Senior Data Warehouse Specialist
12 10 (5.10%) Senior Security Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (2.04%) Web Services
2 3 (1.53%) ISPF
3 1 (0.51%) .NET
3 1 (0.51%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 51 (26.02%) Management Information System
2 15 (7.65%) Data Protection Act
3 10 (5.10%) Cyberthreat
3 10 (5.10%) Self-Motivation
4 5 (2.55%) Private Cloud
4 5 (2.55%) Security Operations Centre
4 5 (2.55%) Social Media
5 4 (2.04%) CMDB
5 4 (2.04%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 4 (2.04%) Housing Association
6 3 (1.53%) Cloud Native
6 3 (1.53%) Cybercrime
6 3 (1.53%) Driving Licence
6 3 (1.53%) Smartphone
7 2 (1.02%) BYOD
7 2 (1.02%) Cyberattack
7 2 (1.02%) Greenfield Project
8 1 (0.51%) Cyber Defence
8 1 (0.51%) Linux Command Line
8 1 (0.51%) Microsoft Licensing
Operating Systems
1 56 (28.57%) Windows
2 30 (15.31%) Windows Server
3 22 (11.22%) Linux
4 13 (6.63%) Windows 10
5 10 (5.10%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 8 (4.08%) Unix
6 8 (4.08%) Windows Server 2016
7 7 (3.57%) Windows 7
7 7 (3.57%) Windows Server 2012
8 4 (2.04%) Windows Server 2019
9 3 (1.53%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.51%) CentOS
10 1 (0.51%) Data ONTAP
10 1 (0.51%) HPUX
10 1 (0.51%) Solaris
10 1 (0.51%) Ubuntu
10 1 (0.51%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 106 (54.08%) Information Security
2 99 (50.51%) Cybersecurity
3 40 (20.41%) SIEM
4 36 (18.37%) Security Management
5 34 (17.35%) ITIL
6 30 (15.31%) Information Security Management
7 28 (14.29%) Data Protection
8 26 (13.27%) ISMS
8 26 (13.27%) Security Operations
9 25 (12.76%) Problem-Solving
10 23 (11.73%) Penetration Testing
11 21 (10.71%) Disaster Recovery
11 21 (10.71%) Risk Management
12 19 (9.69%) Vulnerability Assessment
13 16 (8.16%) Data Security
14 15 (7.65%) Ethical Hacking
14 15 (7.65%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 15 (7.65%) Internal Audit
14 15 (7.65%) Security Architecture
15 14 (7.14%) Patch Management
Programming Languages
1 12 (6.12%) PowerShell
2 3 (1.53%) C
3 2 (1.02%) Bash Shell
4 1 (0.51%) Perl
4 1 (0.51%) Python
4 1 (0.51%) Shell Script
4 1 (0.51%) SQL
Qualifications
1 52 (26.53%) CISSP
2 40 (20.41%) CISM
3 19 (9.69%) Degree
4 17 (8.67%) Security Cleared
5 13 (6.63%) CEH
6 9 (4.59%) Microsoft Certification
7 8 (4.08%) CISA
7 8 (4.08%) Cisco Certification
7 8 (4.08%) MCSE
8 7 (3.57%) CompTIA Security+
8 7 (3.57%) PCI QSA
8 7 (3.57%) SC Cleared
8 7 (3.57%) SSCP
9 6 (3.06%) CCNA
9 6 (3.06%) ITIL Certification
10 3 (1.53%) CCNP
10 3 (1.53%) CRISC
10 3 (1.53%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 2 (1.02%) (ISC)2 CCSP
11 2 (1.02%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 154 (78.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 72 (36.73%) GDPR
3 63 (32.14%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
4 62 (31.63%) NIST
5 54 (27.55%) PCI DSS
6 16 (8.16%) GRC
7 15 (7.65%) NCSC
8 11 (5.61%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 9 (4.59%) COBIT
10 4 (2.04%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 4 (2.04%) NIST 800
10 4 (2.04%) PMO
11 3 (1.53%) SLA
12 2 (1.02%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 1 (0.51%) Actionable Recommendations
13 1 (0.51%) Government Security Classifications
13 1 (0.51%) IASME
13 1 (0.51%) ISO 22301
13 1 (0.51%) QA
System Software
1 32 (16.33%) Active Directory
2 20 (10.20%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (4.59%) VMware ESXi
4 8 (4.08%) Shibboleth
5 2 (1.02%) Virtual Desktop
5 2 (1.02%) vSphere
6 1 (0.51%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.51%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 8 (4.08%) McAfee ePO
1 8 (4.08%) Single Sign-On
1 8 (4.08%) SolarWinds Orion
2 7 (3.57%) Microsoft Intune
3 6 (3.06%) SCCM
4 5 (2.55%) Host Intrusion Detection System
4 5 (2.55%) Nessus
4 5 (2.55%) PaperCut
5 3 (1.53%) Jamf Pro
6 2 (1.02%) Ansible
6 2 (1.02%) OpenVAS
7 1 (0.51%) Avamar
7 1 (0.51%) Grafana
7 1 (0.51%) HAProxy
7 1 (0.51%) Nagios
7 1 (0.51%) Packer
7 1 (0.51%) Red Hat Satellite
7 1 (0.51%) StackStorm
7 1 (0.51%) Terraform
Vendors
1 46 (23.47%) Microsoft
2 31 (15.82%) VMware
3 14 (7.14%) Sophos
4 11 (5.61%) Cisco
5 10 (5.10%) OneTrust
5 10 (5.10%) Red Hat
6 8 (4.08%) Google
6 8 (4.08%) McAfee
6 8 (4.08%) Oracle
6 8 (4.08%) SolarWinds
7 6 (3.06%) Rapid7
8 5 (2.55%) Barracuda Networks
9 4 (2.04%) CheckPoint
9 4 (2.04%) Darktrace
9 4 (2.04%) FireEye
9 4 (2.04%) IronPort
9 4 (2.04%) LogRhythm
9 4 (2.04%) Meraki
9 4 (2.04%) NetWitness
9 4 (2.04%) Veeam