Period
to 7 August 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for CISSP qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 6 months to 7 August 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

(ISC)² Certified Information Systems Security Professional (ISC2 CISSP)
UK
6 months to
7 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 230 235 200
Rank change year-on-year +5 -35 +35
Permanent jobs citing CISSP 972 2,070 3,033
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.49% 1.45% 1.77%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.77% 6.04% 7.46%
Number of salaries quoted 785 1,661 2,359
Median annual salary £65,000 £65,000 £62,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +4.00% -
10th Percentile £43,164 £42,500 £41,250
90th Percentile £102,500 £93,750 £93,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £60,000 £60,000 £58,500
% change year-on-year - +2.56% +6.36%

CISSP is in the Academic Qualifications and Professional Certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK
Permanent vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 14,363 34,285 40,630
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.08% 23.98% 23.73%
Number of salaries quoted 10,380 24,897 30,188
Median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% - +11.11%
10th Percentile £30,000 £26,500 £26,250
90th Percentile £85,000 £82,500 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%

CISSP
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing CISSP as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for CISSP in the UK

CISSP
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing CISSP.

Salary trend for CISSP in the UK

CISSP
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing CISSP over the 6 months to 7 August 2020.

Salary histogram for CISSP in the UK

CISSP
Top 17 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing CISSP within the UK over the 6 months to 7 August 2020. 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
England +15 916 £65,000 - 81
London +50 512 £70,000 -6.67% 33
UK excluding London +3 443 £60,000 - 58
South East +36 134 £58,000 -10.77% 7
Midlands +31 87 £57,000 -0.87% 10
North of England +28 85 £60,000 +2.56% 15
West Midlands +39 82 £55,750 -3.04% 8
North West +45 61 £60,000 -4.00% 9
South West +41 61 £65,000 +18.18% 13
Work from Home +22 41 £55,000 -10.20% 11
Scotland +80 37 £47,575 -18.68% 5
East of England -11 34 £65,000 +1.56% 3
Yorkshire +51 23 £60,000 +4.35% 6
East Midlands +44 5 £66,250 +15.22% 2
Wales +16 3 £52,500 +5.00% 3
Northern Ireland +20 2 £50,000 +37.93% 2
North East +16 1 £65,000 +24.40%

For the 6 months to 7 August 2020, IT jobs citing CISSP 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 with a requirement for CISSP.

1 683 (70.27%) Information Security
2 534 (54.94%) CISM
3 508 (52.26%) Cybersecurity
4 435 (44.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 258 (26.54%) Finance
6 257 (26.44%) CISA
7 239 (24.59%) Risk Management
8 226 (23.25%) Cisco Certification
9 222 (22.84%) Firewall
10 213 (21.91%) SIEM
11 196 (20.16%) Management Information System
12 194 (19.96%) Degree
13 184 (18.93%) NIST
14 179 (18.42%) Azure
14 179 (18.42%) Security Architecture
15 169 (17.39%) Security Operations
16 160 (16.46%) AWS
17 147 (15.12%) GDPR
18 141 (14.51%) Security Management
19 140 (14.40%) ITIL
20 138 (14.20%) Security Cleared
21 137 (14.09%) Identity Access Management
22 116 (11.93%) CCNA
22 116 (11.93%) Vulnerability Management
23 115 (11.83%) PCI DSS
24 112 (11.52%) Windows
25 109 (11.21%) CRISC
26 103 (10.60%) Penetration Testing
27 102 (10.49%) SC Cleared
27 102 (10.49%) CCNP

CISSP
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 32 (3.29%) IIS
2 5 (0.51%) SharePoint
3 2 (0.21%) Apache Spark
4 1 (0.10%) Confluence
4 1 (0.10%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (0.10%) JBoss
4 1 (0.10%) MS Exchange
4 1 (0.10%) Tomcat
4 1 (0.10%) WebLogic
4 1 (0.10%) WebSphere
Applications
1 23 (2.37%) Microsoft Excel
2 21 (2.16%) Microsoft Office
3 9 (0.93%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.31%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.21%) Gephi
Business Applications
1 3 (0.31%) Sentinel
2 2 (0.21%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 179 (18.42%) Azure
2 160 (16.46%) AWS
3 84 (8.64%) Office 365
4 27 (2.78%) SaaS
5 24 (2.47%) IaaS
6 20 (2.06%) PaaS
7 15 (1.54%) Azure Active Directory
8 14 (1.44%) Mimecast
9 11 (1.13%) Serverless
10 10 (1.03%) Amazon GuardDuty
10 10 (1.03%) Cloud Computing
11 9 (0.93%) AWS CloudFormation
11 9 (0.93%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 8 (0.82%) Amazon EC2
12 8 (0.82%) Amazon S3
12 8 (0.82%) AWS Lambda
12 8 (0.82%) OpenShift
13 7 (0.72%) GCP
14 4 (0.41%) G Suite
15 2 (0.21%) Apigee
Communications & Networking
1 222 (22.84%) Firewall
2 70 (7.20%) Intrusion Detection
3 58 (5.97%) Network Security
4 38 (3.91%) TCP/IP
5 30 (3.09%) LAN
5 30 (3.09%) VPN
6 29 (2.98%) Internet
7 27 (2.78%) DNS
8 23 (2.37%) WAN
9 17 (1.75%) Wireless
10 13 (1.34%) HTTP
10 13 (1.34%) Wi-Fi
11 12 (1.23%) SSL
12 10 (1.03%) DHCP
13 9 (0.93%) MPLS
14 8 (0.82%) SAN
15 7 (0.72%) DMZ
15 7 (0.72%) SCCP
15 7 (0.72%) Wireshark
16 6 (0.62%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (0.72%) Data Lake
2 6 (0.62%) Azure SQL Database
2 6 (0.62%) Big Data
3 3 (0.31%) SQL Server
4 2 (0.21%) Apache Hive
4 2 (0.21%) Impala
5 1 (0.10%) Amazon RDS
5 1 (0.10%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.10%) DB2
5 1 (0.10%) Informix
5 1 (0.10%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.10%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.10%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 8 (0.82%) Git (software)
2 6 (0.62%) Burp Suite
3 5 (0.51%) GitLab
3 5 (0.51%) Jenkins
3 5 (0.51%) JIRA
4 3 (0.31%) Bitbucket Server
4 3 (0.31%) Metasploit
5 2 (0.21%) Bitbucket
5 2 (0.21%) git-flow
5 2 (0.21%) WinDbg
6 1 (0.10%) Sonatype Nexus
6 1 (0.10%) Subversion
6 1 (0.10%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 258 (26.54%) Finance
2 83 (8.54%) Legal
3 60 (6.17%) Law
4 41 (4.22%) Public Sector
5 39 (4.01%) Banking
6 30 (3.09%) Telecoms
7 17 (1.75%) Retail
8 10 (1.03%) Marketing
9 8 (0.82%) Games
10 7 (0.72%) Back Office
10 7 (0.72%) Manufacturing
11 6 (0.62%) Aerospace
12 5 (0.51%) Advertising
12 5 (0.51%) Pharmaceutical
13 4 (0.41%) Local Government
13 4 (0.41%) Military
14 3 (0.31%) Financial Institution
14 3 (0.31%) Investment Banking
14 3 (0.31%) Police
15 2 (0.21%) Mandarin Language
Job Titles
1 203 (20.88%) Analyst
2 169 (17.39%) Security Analyst
3 159 (16.36%) Consultant
4 134 (13.79%) Security Engineer
5 131 (13.48%) Security Manager
6 101 (10.39%) Security Consultant
7 92 (9.47%) Information Analyst
8 91 (9.36%) Information Security Analyst
9 81 (8.33%) Architect
10 77 (7.92%) Security Architect
11 52 (5.35%) Cybersecurity Consultant
12 50 (5.14%) Security Specialist
13 47 (4.84%) Security Officer
14 45 (4.63%) Information Security Manager
15 43 (4.42%) Cybersecurity Manager
16 40 (4.12%) Information Manager
17 38 (3.91%) Information Security Engineer
18 37 (3.81%) IT Manager
18 37 (3.81%) Senior Analyst
19 36 (3.70%) Senior Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 83 (8.54%) SAML
2 80 (8.23%) OAuth
3 77 (7.92%) SailPoint
4 72 (7.41%) OpenID
5 12 (1.23%) .NET
6 11 (1.13%) Web Services
7 10 (1.03%) LDAP
8 9 (0.93%) .NET Framework
9 8 (0.82%) Regular Expression
10 5 (0.51%) Middleware
11 4 (0.41%) Kafka
11 4 (0.41%) ModSecurity
12 3 (0.31%) Node.js
12 3 (0.31%) OAuth2
12 3 (0.31%) YAML
13 2 (0.21%) Elastic Stack
13 2 (0.21%) TensorFlow
14 1 (0.10%) Itk
14 1 (0.10%) REST
14 1 (0.10%) XACML
Miscellaneous
1 196 (20.16%) Management Information System
2 80 (8.23%) Cyberthreat
3 75 (7.72%) Analytical Skills
4 40 (4.12%) Public Cloud
5 37 (3.81%) Security Operations Centre
6 28 (2.88%) Cyberattack
7 24 (2.47%) PKI
8 21 (2.16%) Data Centre
8 21 (2.16%) Mobile App
9 20 (2.06%) Data Protection Act
9 20 (2.06%) Self-Motivation
10 19 (1.95%) CESG
11 17 (1.75%) Cyber Kill Chain
12 12 (1.23%) Cyber Defence
13 11 (1.13%) User Experience
14 10 (1.03%) BYOD
15 9 (0.93%) Cybercrime
16 7 (0.72%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
16 7 (0.72%) Life Science
17 6 (0.62%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 112 (11.52%) Windows
2 85 (8.74%) Linux
3 35 (3.60%) Windows Server
4 33 (3.40%) Unix
5 12 (1.23%) Windows 10
6 7 (0.72%) Windows Server 2012
7 6 (0.62%) Ubuntu
8 5 (0.51%) Android
8 5 (0.51%) Apple iOS
9 4 (0.41%) CentOS
9 4 (0.41%) Fedora
9 4 (0.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 4 (0.41%) Windows 7
9 4 (0.41%) Windows Server 2008
10 3 (0.31%) Mac OS X
10 3 (0.31%) Solaris
10 3 (0.31%) Windows XP
11 1 (0.10%) AIX
11 1 (0.10%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 683 (70.27%) Information Security
2 508 (52.26%) Cybersecurity
3 239 (24.59%) Risk Management
4 213 (21.91%) SIEM
5 179 (18.42%) Security Architecture
6 169 (17.39%) Security Operations
7 141 (14.51%) Security Management
8 140 (14.40%) ITIL
9 137 (14.09%) Identity Access Management
10 116 (11.93%) Vulnerability Management
11 103 (10.60%) Penetration Testing
12 96 (9.88%) Data Protection
13 92 (9.47%) Information Assurance
14 81 (8.33%) Agile Software Development
15 80 (8.23%) Information Security Management
15 80 (8.23%) Risk Assessment
16 75 (7.72%) ISMS
17 72 (7.41%) Threat Intelligence
18 69 (7.10%) Incident Management
19 67 (6.89%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 76 (7.82%) Python
2 61 (6.28%) SQL
3 58 (5.97%) PowerShell
4 56 (5.76%) Bash Shell
5 54 (5.56%) Perl
6 27 (2.78%) C
7 23 (2.37%) Java
8 12 (1.23%) C#
9 7 (0.72%) Ruby
10 4 (0.41%) JavaScript
10 4 (0.41%) R
11 3 (0.31%) PHP
12 2 (0.21%) Julia
12 2 (0.21%) MATLAB
12 2 (0.21%) Scala
12 2 (0.21%) VBScript
13 1 (0.10%) C++
13 1 (0.10%) Go
Qualifications
1 534 (54.94%) CISM
2 257 (26.44%) CISA
3 226 (23.25%) Cisco Certification
4 194 (19.96%) Degree
5 138 (14.20%) Security Cleared
6 116 (11.93%) CCNA
7 109 (11.21%) CRISC
8 102 (10.49%) CCNP
8 102 (10.49%) SC Cleared
9 94 (9.67%) (ISC)2 CCSP
10 93 (9.57%) CEH
11 77 (7.92%) CESG Certified Professional
12 62 (6.38%) CompTIA Security+
13 59 (6.07%) SANS
14 58 (5.97%) CCSP
15 56 (5.76%) GIAC
16 46 (4.73%) DV Cleared
17 36 (3.70%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
18 33 (3.40%) SSCP
19 32 (3.29%) IISP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 435 (44.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 184 (18.93%) NIST
3 147 (15.12%) GDPR
4 115 (11.83%) PCI DSS
5 66 (6.79%) Cyber Essentials
6 47 (4.84%) COBIT
7 40 (4.12%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 38 (3.91%) JSP 440
8 38 (3.91%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 35 (3.60%) NCSC
10 23 (2.37%) RMADS
11 21 (2.16%) ISO 31000
12 20 (2.06%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 19 (1.95%) ISO 22301
14 18 (1.85%) SLA
15 15 (1.54%) ISO/IEC 27005
16 11 (1.13%) NIST 800
17 10 (1.03%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
18 4 (0.41%) ITGC
18 4 (0.41%) QA
System Software
1 77 (7.92%) Active Directory
2 18 (1.85%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (1.65%) Docker
4 4 (0.41%) NFS
4 4 (0.41%) Samba
4 4 (0.41%) VirtualBox
4 4 (0.41%) VMware ESXi
4 4 (0.41%) Xen
5 2 (0.21%) Apache Flume
5 2 (0.21%) Hyper-V
5 2 (0.21%) ProxySG
5 2 (0.21%) vSphere
6 1 (0.10%) BitLocker
6 1 (0.10%) NDS
6 1 (0.10%) Snort
6 1 (0.10%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 40 (4.12%) Nessus
2 23 (2.37%) QRadar
3 20 (2.06%) Kubernetes
4 14 (1.44%) Microsoft Intune
4 14 (1.44%) Terraform
5 13 (1.34%) CSIRT
6 12 (1.23%) Ansible
6 12 (1.23%) Single Sign-On
7 8 (0.82%) CASB
7 8 (0.82%) Puppet
8 7 (0.72%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
9 5 (0.51%) McAfee ePO
10 4 (0.41%) Docker Swarm
10 4 (0.41%) Host Intrusion Detection System
10 4 (0.41%) Nagios
10 4 (0.41%) OpenNMS
10 4 (0.41%) Opscode Chef
10 4 (0.41%) vCenter Server
10 4 (0.41%) ZABBIX
11 3 (0.31%) Nmap
Vendors
1 97 (9.98%) Microsoft
2 85 (8.74%) CyberArk
3 83 (8.54%) Splunk
4 57 (5.86%) ForgeRock
5 49 (5.04%) Cisco
6 43 (4.42%) ArcSight
7 39 (4.01%) Qualys
8 35 (3.60%) VMware
9 34 (3.50%) Aveksa
9 34 (3.50%) Sun
10 26 (2.67%) LogRhythm
11 25 (2.57%) Citrix
12 19 (1.95%) McAfee
13 18 (1.85%) Palo Alto
14 17 (1.75%) Meraki
15 13 (1.34%) CheckPoint
16 12 (1.23%) Sophos
17 10 (1.03%) Darktrace
18 9 (0.93%) IBM
18 9 (0.93%) Zscaler