Period
to 21 January 2021

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 21 January 2021 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
21 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 221 228 197
Rank change year-on-year +7 -31 +22
Permanent jobs citing CISSP 912 1,874 2,666
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.43% 1.48% 1.77%
As % of the Qualifications category 7.07% 6.77% 7.32%
Number of salaries quoted 786 1,554 2,159
Median annual salary £65,000 £62,500 £62,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.00% - +4.17%
10th Percentile £41,750 £42,500 £41,000
90th Percentile £96,875 £93,750 £95,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £60,000 £57,500 £57,500
% change year-on-year +4.35% - +4.55%

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 12,902 27,674 36,426
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.24% 21.92% 24.16%
Number of salaries quoted 9,424 20,869 27,024
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £31,250 £27,500 £26,250
90th Percentile £85,000 £82,500 £81,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £49,127 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +9.17% - +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 21 January 2021.

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 21 January 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
England +6 858 £65,000 +4.00% 134
London +71 455 £72,500 +3.57% 44
UK excluding London -39 427 £60,000 +4.35% 102
South East -1 119 £60,000 -7.69% 32
North of England +41 118 £57,500 +4.55% 23
Work from Home -54 103 £67,500 +8.00% 23
North West +60 76 £55,000 - 14
Midlands -46 76 £55,000 +3.88% 14
West Midlands -55 56 £60,000 +14.29% 10
South West -8 44 £57,500 +4.55% 12
East of England +86 34 £63,750 +10.87% 9
Yorkshire -1 29 £62,500 +6.84% 2
Scotland +28 25 £48,450 -17.18% 9
East Midlands +46 20 £50,000 -13.04% 3
North East +32 16 £57,500 +27.78% 7
Wales +2 8 £62,500 +19.05% 1
Northern Ireland +16 5 £42,500 -22.73% 2

For the 6 months to 21 January 2021, 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.

1 593 (65.02%) Information Security
2 494 (54.17%) Cybersecurity
3 475 (52.08%) CISM
4 385 (42.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 252 (27.63%) Firewall
6 238 (26.10%) Management Information System
7 229 (25.11%) Cisco Certification
8 227 (24.89%) Risk Management
9 217 (23.79%) NIST
10 206 (22.59%) CISA
11 201 (22.04%) Finance
12 197 (21.60%) Azure
13 196 (21.49%) Security Architecture
13 196 (21.49%) SIEM
14 186 (20.39%) Degree
15 165 (18.09%) Identity Access Management
16 158 (17.32%) AWS
17 132 (14.47%) ITIL
18 130 (14.25%) Penetration Testing
19 127 (13.93%) Security Operations
20 126 (13.82%) Windows
21 121 (13.27%) GDPR
22 120 (13.16%) Network Security
23 117 (12.83%) Microsoft
24 112 (12.28%) CEH
25 109 (11.95%) CCNP
26 108 (11.84%) Security Management
27 104 (11.40%) Active Directory
28 103 (11.29%) CCNA
29 91 (9.98%) Stakeholder Management

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 7 (0.77%) Confluence
2 6 (0.66%) IIS
3 2 (0.22%) Apache
4 1 (0.11%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (0.11%) nginx
4 1 (0.11%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.11%) WebLogic
4 1 (0.11%) WebSphere
Applications
1 10 (1.10%) Microsoft Excel
1 10 (1.10%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 6 (0.66%) MS Visio
3 5 (0.55%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (0.22%) SAP R/3
2 1 (0.11%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (0.11%) Relativity
2 1 (0.11%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 197 (21.60%) Azure
2 158 (17.32%) AWS
3 71 (7.79%) Office 365
4 67 (7.35%) SaaS
5 66 (7.24%) IaaS
6 46 (5.04%) PaaS
7 42 (4.61%) GCP
8 23 (2.52%) Cloud Computing
9 20 (2.19%) Amazon GuardDuty
9 20 (2.19%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 17 (1.86%) Azure Active Directory
11 16 (1.75%) BPaaS
12 13 (1.43%) Mimecast
13 6 (0.66%) Serverless
14 5 (0.55%) AWS CloudFormation
15 4 (0.44%) IBM Cloud
16 3 (0.33%) Amazon Cognito
17 2 (0.22%) Amazon EC2
17 2 (0.22%) Power Platform
18 1 (0.11%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 252 (27.63%) Firewall
2 120 (13.16%) Network Security
3 90 (9.87%) Intrusion Detection
4 54 (5.92%) LAN
5 45 (4.93%) WAN
6 31 (3.40%) DNS
6 31 (3.40%) VPN
7 28 (3.07%) TCP/IP
7 28 (3.07%) Wireless
8 21 (2.30%) Cisco ASA
9 17 (1.86%) Cisco Nexus
10 16 (1.75%) HTTP
10 16 (1.75%) WAAS
11 15 (1.64%) Internet
12 12 (1.32%) Unified Communications
13 11 (1.21%) Cisco Firepower
13 11 (1.21%) Cisco ISE
13 11 (1.21%) HTTPS
14 10 (1.10%) SSL
15 9 (0.99%) Cisco IPT
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (2.52%) Big Data
2 8 (0.88%) Blockchain
3 5 (0.55%) GIS
4 2 (0.22%) Amazon RDS
4 2 (0.22%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (0.22%) Power BI
4 2 (0.22%) SQL Server
4 2 (0.22%) Tableau
5 1 (0.11%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 1 (0.11%) DB2
5 1 (0.11%) MariaDB
5 1 (0.11%) MySQL
5 1 (0.11%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.11%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 7 (0.77%) JIRA
2 3 (0.33%) Burp Suite
3 2 (0.22%) Metasploit
4 1 (0.11%) Jenkins
General
1 201 (22.04%) Finance
2 58 (6.36%) Banking
3 40 (4.39%) Law
4 38 (4.17%) Legal
5 36 (3.95%) Public Sector
6 25 (2.74%) Aerospace
6 25 (2.74%) Retail
7 23 (2.52%) Telecoms
8 19 (2.08%) Manufacturing
9 16 (1.75%) Military
10 12 (1.32%) Financial Institution
11 9 (0.99%) Marketing
12 6 (0.66%) Investment Banking
12 6 (0.66%) Mandarin Language
13 5 (0.55%) Retail Banking
14 4 (0.44%) International Banking
15 2 (0.22%) Advertising
15 2 (0.22%) German Language
15 2 (0.22%) Pharmaceutical
16 1 (0.11%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 162 (17.76%) Consultant
2 140 (15.35%) Security Engineer
3 137 (15.02%) Analyst
4 107 (11.73%) Security Manager
5 101 (11.07%) Security Analyst
6 97 (10.64%) Architect
7 82 (8.99%) Security Consultant
8 80 (8.77%) Security Architect
9 63 (6.91%) Security Specialist
10 53 (5.81%) Cybersecurity Engineer
11 50 (5.48%) Information Manager
12 49 (5.37%) Information Security Manager
13 45 (4.93%) Security Officer
14 41 (4.50%) IT Analyst
15 35 (3.84%) Cybersecurity Manager
15 35 (3.84%) Information Analyst
15 35 (3.84%) Information Security Analyst
16 33 (3.62%) IT Security Analyst
17 32 (3.51%) Information Security Officer
17 32 (3.51%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 68 (7.46%) OAuth
2 62 (6.80%) SAML
3 55 (6.03%) OpenID
4 20 (2.19%) .NET
4 20 (2.19%) SailPoint
5 19 (2.08%) React
6 18 (1.97%) .NET Framework
7 17 (1.86%) Middleware
8 12 (1.32%) Web Services
9 9 (0.99%) LDAP
10 5 (0.55%) YAML
11 4 (0.44%) OAuth2
12 3 (0.33%) Natural Language Processing
13 2 (0.22%) ModSecurity
14 1 (0.11%) Apache Flex
14 1 (0.11%) EJB
14 1 (0.11%) Elastic Stack
14 1 (0.11%) Ember.js
14 1 (0.11%) J2EE
14 1 (0.11%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 238 (26.10%) Management Information System
2 75 (8.22%) Cyberthreat
3 70 (7.68%) Analytical Skills
4 35 (3.84%) Mobile App
5 31 (3.40%) Self-Motivation
6 28 (3.07%) Data Centre
7 20 (2.19%) Data Protection Act
7 20 (2.19%) Security Operations Centre
8 18 (1.97%) Enterprise Software
9 17 (1.86%) Public Cloud
10 13 (1.43%) Cyber Kill Chain
11 10 (1.10%) Cybercrime
11 10 (1.10%) FMCG
11 10 (1.10%) PKI
12 9 (0.99%) Cyberattack
13 8 (0.88%) CESG
13 8 (0.88%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
13 8 (0.88%) Robotics
14 7 (0.77%) Analytical Mindset
14 7 (0.77%) Enterprise Cloud
Operating Systems
1 126 (13.82%) Windows
2 60 (6.58%) Windows Server
3 54 (5.92%) Linux
4 31 (3.40%) Unix
5 15 (1.64%) Windows Server 2012
6 8 (0.88%) Android
6 8 (0.88%) Apple iOS
7 7 (0.77%) Mac OS
7 7 (0.77%) Windows Server 2016
7 7 (0.77%) Windows Server 2019
8 5 (0.55%) Solaris
8 5 (0.55%) Windows XP
9 3 (0.33%) Ubuntu
9 3 (0.33%) Windows Server 2008
10 2 (0.22%) Kali Linux
10 2 (0.22%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.11%) Check Point GAiA
11 1 (0.11%) MVS
11 1 (0.11%) Windows 10
11 1 (0.11%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 593 (65.02%) Information Security
2 494 (54.17%) Cybersecurity
3 227 (24.89%) Risk Management
4 196 (21.49%) Security Architecture
4 196 (21.49%) SIEM
5 165 (18.09%) Identity Access Management
6 132 (14.47%) ITIL
7 130 (14.25%) Penetration Testing
8 127 (13.93%) Security Operations
9 108 (11.84%) Security Management
10 91 (9.98%) Stakeholder Management
11 89 (9.76%) Vulnerability Management
12 81 (8.88%) Vulnerability Assessment
13 73 (8.00%) OWASP
13 73 (8.00%) Threat Intelligence
14 72 (7.89%) Kalman Filter
14 72 (7.89%) Problem-Solving
15 63 (6.91%) DevOps
16 59 (6.47%) Data Protection
17 58 (6.36%) Computer Science
Programming Languages
1 50 (5.48%) Python
2 23 (2.52%) Java
2 23 (2.52%) PowerShell
3 22 (2.41%) C
4 20 (2.19%) SQL
5 8 (0.88%) Bash Shell
6 6 (0.66%) R
7 5 (0.55%) C++
8 4 (0.44%) Go
9 3 (0.33%) C#
9 3 (0.33%) Perl
10 2 (0.22%) Ruby
10 2 (0.22%) VB
11 1 (0.11%) JavaScript
11 1 (0.11%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 475 (52.08%) CISM
2 229 (25.11%) Cisco Certification
3 206 (22.59%) CISA
4 186 (20.39%) Degree
5 112 (12.28%) CEH
6 109 (11.95%) CCNP
7 103 (11.29%) CCNA
8 90 (9.87%) CRISC
9 87 (9.54%) (ISC)2 CCSP
10 82 (8.99%) Security Cleared
11 76 (8.33%) CESG Certified Professional
12 70 (7.68%) SC Cleared
13 54 (5.92%) CompTIA Security+
14 50 (5.48%) CCSP
15 46 (5.04%) OSCP
16 45 (4.93%) GIAC
16 45 (4.93%) SANS
17 37 (4.06%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
18 34 (3.73%) SSCP
19 29 (3.18%) ISO 27001 Lead Implementer
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 385 (42.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 217 (23.79%) NIST
3 121 (13.27%) GDPR
4 80 (8.77%) COBIT
5 77 (8.44%) PCI DSS
6 75 (8.22%) Cyber Essentials
7 55 (6.03%) NCSC
8 30 (3.29%) RMADS
9 28 (3.07%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 24 (2.63%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 20 (2.19%) ITGC
12 17 (1.86%) HIPAA
12 17 (1.86%) ISO 31000
13 16 (1.75%) 21 CFR Part 11
14 15 (1.64%) COSO
14 15 (1.64%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
14 15 (1.64%) ISO/IEC 27005
15 13 (1.43%) JSP 440
16 12 (1.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
17 7 (0.77%) SLA
System Software
1 104 (11.40%) Active Directory
2 16 (1.75%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (1.21%) Docker
4 8 (0.88%) VMware ESXi
5 6 (0.66%) XenApp
5 6 (0.66%) XenDesktop
6 1 (0.11%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.11%) NDS
6 1 (0.11%) NetIQ eDirectory
6 1 (0.11%) Tivoli Directory Server
6 1 (0.11%) vSphere
6 1 (0.11%) Xen
Systems Management
1 30 (3.29%) Microsoft Intune
2 29 (3.18%) Nessus
3 16 (1.75%) Terraform
4 15 (1.64%) CSIRT
5 12 (1.32%) CASB
6 11 (1.21%) SCCM
7 9 (0.99%) Kubernetes
7 9 (0.99%) QRadar
8 8 (0.88%) Single Sign-On
9 7 (0.77%) Ansible
9 7 (0.77%) SCOM
10 3 (0.33%) Nexpose
10 3 (0.33%) Norton AntiVirus
10 3 (0.33%) Opscode Chef
10 3 (0.33%) Puppet
11 2 (0.22%) CA Single Sign-On
11 2 (0.22%) Oracle Identity Manager
11 2 (0.22%) Tivoli
11 2 (0.22%) Tivoli Identity Manager
12 1 (0.11%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 117 (12.83%) Microsoft
2 70 (7.68%) Cisco
3 52 (5.70%) VMware
4 34 (3.73%) ForgeRock
5 33 (3.62%) Oracle
6 26 (2.85%) CheckPoint
6 26 (2.85%) Splunk
7 20 (2.19%) CyberArk
8 19 (2.08%) Palo Alto
9 15 (1.64%) Google
9 15 (1.64%) ServiceNow
10 13 (1.43%) Forcepoint
10 13 (1.43%) Rapid7
11 11 (1.21%) Citrix
12 10 (1.10%) SolarWinds
13 9 (0.99%) IBM
13 9 (0.99%) LogRhythm
14 7 (0.77%) AlienVault
14 7 (0.77%) SAP
14 7 (0.77%) Symantec