Period
to 15 October 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 15 October 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
15 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 353 215 237
Rank change year-on-year -138 +22 -38
Permanent jobs citing CISSP 1,147 762 2,043
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.92% 1.59% 1.48%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.25% 7.37% 6.41%
Number of salaries quoted 831 606 1,555
10th Percentile £42,500 £42,500 £42,500
25th Percentile £53,813 £50,000 £51,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £67,500 £65,000 £64,000
Median % change year-on-year +3.85% +1.56% +2.40%
75th Percentile £81,250 £85,000 £80,000
90th Percentile £92,500 £120,000 £93,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £60,000 £58,750 £58,500
% change year-on-year +2.13% +0.43% +1.74%

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 27,008 10,344 31,894
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.59% 21.59% 23.18%
Number of salaries quoted 15,101 7,951 23,698
10th Percentile £31,250 £31,250 £26,750
25th Percentile £40,371 £41,250 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year - +10.00% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £71,250 £66,500
90th Percentile £87,500 £87,500 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,575 £48,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year -1.91% +7.78% -

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 15 October 2021.

Salary histogram for CISSP in the UK

CISSP
Top 16 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 15 October 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 -134 1,020 £67,500 +3.85% 193
UK excluding London -91 559 £60,000 +2.13% 124
London -175 479 £72,500 - 85
Work from Home -83 274 £73,000 +39.05% 42
South East -45 222 £60,000 +8.20% 24
Midlands -100 98 £67,500 +22.73% 12
North of England -118 98 £60,275 +7.16% 40
South West -69 74 £60,000 - 20
West Midlands -91 68 £67,500 +22.73% 12
North West -95 62 £65,000 +15.56% 23
Scotland -79 40 £55,000 +15.21% 13
East of England -100 38 £60,000 -7.69% 12
Yorkshire -92 32 £55,000 - 13
East Midlands -57 26 £65,000 +39.04%
North East - 9 £62,500 - 4
Wales -49 5 £56,439 -13.50% 3

For the 6 months to 15 October 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.

1 713 (62.16%) CISM
2 698 (60.85%) Information Security
3 642 (55.97%) Cybersecurity
4 498 (43.42%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 365 (31.82%) Risk Management
6 324 (28.25%) Social Skills
7 307 (26.77%) CISA
8 293 (25.54%) NIST
9 289 (25.20%) Azure
10 248 (21.62%) Finance
11 227 (19.79%) Management Information System
12 220 (19.18%) Security Architecture
13 218 (19.01%) Cisco Certification
14 215 (18.74%) GDPR
15 212 (18.48%) Firewall
16 211 (18.40%) Degree
17 210 (18.31%) SIEM
18 187 (16.30%) AWS
19 183 (15.95%) Security Management
20 182 (15.87%) Security Operations
21 180 (15.69%) Microsoft
22 174 (15.17%) Agile Software Development
23 166 (14.47%) Security Cleared
24 165 (14.39%) Data Protection
25 160 (13.95%) Vulnerability Management
26 159 (13.86%) Penetration Testing
27 155 (13.51%) CEH
28 154 (13.43%) Cyber Essentials
29 146 (12.73%) ITIL
29 146 (12.73%) PCI DSS

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 33 (2.88%) IIS
2 17 (1.48%) Apache Spark
3 15 (1.31%) SharePoint
4 12 (1.05%) MTS
5 6 (0.52%) Apache
5 6 (0.52%) Apache Airflow
6 1 (0.087%) Confluence
6 1 (0.087%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 19 (1.66%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (0.70%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 8 (0.70%) MS Visio
3 5 (0.44%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.087%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 5 (0.44%) NetSuite
1 5 (0.44%) RESILIA
1 5 (0.44%) Sentinel
2 1 (0.087%) Distributed Ledger
2 1 (0.087%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 289 (25.20%) Azure
2 187 (16.30%) AWS
3 102 (8.89%) Microsoft 365
4 59 (5.14%) GCP
5 37 (3.23%) Serverless
6 31 (2.70%) SaaS
7 30 (2.62%) Cloud Computing
8 27 (2.35%) Azure Active Directory
9 26 (2.27%) Amazon EKS
9 26 (2.27%) Amazon SQS
10 24 (2.09%) Amazon EC2
10 24 (2.09%) Amazon S3
10 24 (2.09%) AWS CloudFormation
10 24 (2.09%) AWS Lambda
11 23 (2.01%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 23 (2.01%) Amazon EMR
11 23 (2.01%) AWS CloudTrail
12 22 (1.92%) Azure Functions
12 22 (1.92%) Azure Service Bus
13 21 (1.83%) Azure Synapse Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 212 (18.48%) Firewall
2 121 (10.55%) Network Security
3 50 (4.36%) WAN
4 42 (3.66%) Intrusion Detection
5 38 (3.31%) LAN
5 38 (3.31%) TCP/IP
6 37 (3.23%) DNS
7 34 (2.96%) VPN
8 29 (2.53%) Cisco IPT
9 27 (2.35%) Internet
10 24 (2.09%) DHCP
11 17 (1.48%) SAN
12 16 (1.39%) HTTP
13 15 (1.31%) Wi-Fi
14 14 (1.22%) DMZ
14 14 (1.22%) VLAN
15 12 (1.05%) OSPF
15 12 (1.05%) Wireless
16 11 (0.96%) BGP
16 11 (0.96%) Cisco ISE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (2.53%) Big Data
2 27 (2.35%) Amazon Redshift
2 27 (2.35%) Data Lake
3 26 (2.27%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 24 (2.09%) Amazon RDS
5 23 (2.01%) Amazon Athena
6 21 (1.83%) Electronic Patient Records
7 9 (0.78%) SQL Server
8 5 (0.44%) Blockchain
8 5 (0.44%) MySQL
9 3 (0.26%) GIS
9 3 (0.26%) NoSQL
9 3 (0.26%) Relational Database
10 2 (0.17%) Data Mining
10 2 (0.17%) Maltego
10 2 (0.17%) Oracle Database
10 2 (0.17%) Power BI
10 2 (0.17%) RDBMS
11 1 (0.087%) Azure SQL Database
11 1 (0.087%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 21 (1.83%) Burp Suite
2 17 (1.48%) kappa
3 9 (0.78%) JIRA
4 8 (0.70%) SonarQube
5 7 (0.61%) Rational DOORS
5 7 (0.61%) Visual Studio
6 3 (0.26%) Metasploit
7 2 (0.17%) Emacs
7 2 (0.17%) Jenkins
7 2 (0.17%) SoapUI
8 1 (0.087%) AppScan
8 1 (0.087%) Eclipse
8 1 (0.087%) GitLab
8 1 (0.087%) GoCD
8 1 (0.087%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 324 (28.25%) Social Skills
2 248 (21.62%) Finance
3 127 (11.07%) Analytical Skills
4 101 (8.81%) Legal
5 46 (4.01%) Telecoms
6 44 (3.84%) Public Sector
7 40 (3.49%) Banking
7 40 (3.49%) Law
8 39 (3.40%) Presentation Skills
9 37 (3.23%) Influencing Skills
10 30 (2.62%) Police
11 26 (2.27%) Inclusion and Diversity
12 24 (2.09%) Retail
13 19 (1.66%) Manufacturing
14 17 (1.48%) Marketing
15 14 (1.22%) Local Government
16 13 (1.13%) Military
17 12 (1.05%) French Language
17 12 (1.05%) Games
18 11 (0.96%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 188 (16.39%) Consultant
2 168 (14.65%) Architect
3 167 (14.56%) Security Manager
4 154 (13.43%) Security Architect
5 151 (13.16%) Security Consultant
6 150 (13.08%) Analyst
7 136 (11.86%) Security Engineer
8 122 (10.64%) Security Analyst
9 78 (6.80%) Information Manager
9 78 (6.80%) Information Security Manager
10 77 (6.71%) Cybersecurity Consultant
11 57 (4.97%) Head of Security
12 49 (4.27%) Information Analyst
13 48 (4.18%) Information Security Analyst
14 44 (3.84%) IT Analyst
14 44 (3.84%) Security Officer
15 42 (3.66%) Cloud Architect
16 41 (3.57%) Cloud Engineer
17 39 (3.40%) IT Security Analyst
18 38 (3.31%) Security Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (2.27%) Kafka
2 16 (1.39%) .NET
3 15 (1.31%) SAML
4 11 (0.96%) Web Services
5 9 (0.78%) OAuth
5 9 (0.78%) OpenID
6 6 (0.52%) ActiveMQ
7 5 (0.44%) ISPF
7 5 (0.44%) LDAP
7 5 (0.44%) Middleware
7 5 (0.44%) SailPoint
7 5 (0.44%) SOAP
8 3 (0.26%) GraphQL
8 3 (0.26%) J2EE
8 3 (0.26%) JWT
8 3 (0.26%) REST
9 2 (0.17%) .NET Framework
9 2 (0.17%) ASP.NET
9 2 (0.17%) ModSecurity
10 1 (0.087%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 227 (19.79%) Management Information System
2 76 (6.63%) Cyberthreat
3 38 (3.31%) Security Operations Centre
4 37 (3.23%) Data Protection Act
4 37 (3.23%) Public Cloud
5 33 (2.88%) Self-Motivation
6 32 (2.79%) Cyberattack
7 31 (2.70%) Data Centre
8 29 (2.53%) Smart Meter
9 28 (2.44%) Cyber Kill Chain
10 24 (2.09%) Cloud Native
11 22 (1.92%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
12 19 (1.66%) PKI
13 17 (1.48%) Driving Licence
14 13 (1.13%) CESG
15 12 (1.05%) Cyber Defence
15 12 (1.05%) Hybrid Cloud
15 12 (1.05%) Private Cloud
16 11 (0.96%) SCADA
16 11 (0.96%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 97 (8.46%) Windows
2 64 (5.58%) Linux
3 32 (2.79%) Windows Server
4 31 (2.70%) Unix
5 11 (0.96%) Mac OS
6 9 (0.78%) Solaris
7 7 (0.61%) Windows 7
8 6 (0.52%) Windows 10
9 5 (0.44%) Debian
10 4 (0.35%) Kali Linux
11 3 (0.26%) VMS
12 1 (0.087%) AIX
12 1 (0.087%) Android
12 1 (0.087%) Apple iOS
12 1 (0.087%) Windows Server 2012
12 1 (0.087%) Windows Server 2016
12 1 (0.087%) Windows Server 2019
12 1 (0.087%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 698 (60.85%) Information Security
2 642 (55.97%) Cybersecurity
3 365 (31.82%) Risk Management
4 220 (19.18%) Security Architecture
5 210 (18.31%) SIEM
6 183 (15.95%) Security Management
7 182 (15.87%) Security Operations
8 174 (15.17%) Agile Software Development
9 165 (14.39%) Data Protection
10 160 (13.95%) Vulnerability Management
11 159 (13.86%) Penetration Testing
12 146 (12.73%) ITIL
13 135 (11.77%) Risk Assessment
14 134 (11.68%) Continuous Improvement
15 112 (9.76%) ISMS
16 111 (9.68%) Information Security Management
17 110 (9.59%) TOGAF
18 103 (8.98%) Computer Science
19 101 (8.81%) Stakeholder Management
20 99 (8.63%) Regulatory Compliance
Programming Languages
1 70 (6.10%) Python
2 53 (4.62%) PowerShell
3 45 (3.92%) Java
4 34 (2.96%) C
5 32 (2.79%) Bash Shell
5 32 (2.79%) C#
6 27 (2.35%) Scala
7 19 (1.66%) Go
8 9 (0.78%) SQL
9 6 (0.52%) JavaScript
10 4 (0.35%) PHP
11 3 (0.26%) Perl
11 3 (0.26%) Rust
12 2 (0.17%) R
12 2 (0.17%) VBA
13 1 (0.087%) C++
13 1 (0.087%) VB.NET
13 1 (0.087%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 713 (62.16%) CISM
2 307 (26.77%) CISA
3 218 (19.01%) Cisco Certification
4 211 (18.40%) Degree
5 166 (14.47%) Security Cleared
6 155 (13.51%) CEH
7 135 (11.77%) (ISC)2 CCSP
8 111 (9.68%) CRISC
9 94 (8.20%) CompTIA Security+
10 92 (8.02%) SC Cleared
11 84 (7.32%) GIAC
12 80 (6.97%) SANS
13 78 (6.80%) CESG Certified Professional
14 69 (6.02%) CCSP
14 69 (6.02%) SSCP
15 61 (5.32%) CCNA
16 55 (4.80%) OSCP
17 43 (3.75%) CCNP
18 42 (3.66%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
19 41 (3.57%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 498 (43.42%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 293 (25.54%) NIST
3 215 (18.74%) GDPR
4 154 (13.43%) Cyber Essentials
5 146 (12.73%) PCI DSS
6 117 (10.20%) NCSC
7 83 (7.24%) GRC
8 80 (6.97%) COBIT
9 52 (4.53%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 44 (3.84%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 30 (2.62%) ISO/IEC 27005
12 28 (2.44%) JSP 440
12 28 (2.44%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 26 (2.27%) NIST 800
14 25 (2.18%) RMADS
15 19 (1.66%) ITGC
16 18 (1.57%) ISO 22301
17 15 (1.31%) HIPAA
18 12 (1.05%) HMG Security Policy Framework
18 12 (1.05%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 61 (5.32%) Active Directory
2 20 (1.74%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (0.61%) Firmware
3 7 (0.61%) ISA Server
4 5 (0.44%) Hyper-V
5 3 (0.26%) BitLocker
5 3 (0.26%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (0.17%) Docker
6 2 (0.17%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.087%) Forefront TMG
7 1 (0.087%) OpenAM
7 1 (0.087%) OpenIDM
7 1 (0.087%) pfSense
7 1 (0.087%) RACF
7 1 (0.087%) Terminal Server
7 1 (0.087%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 39 (3.40%) Nessus
2 32 (2.79%) Kubernetes
3 27 (2.35%) QRadar
4 16 (1.39%) Single Sign-On
5 13 (1.13%) CASB
5 13 (1.13%) Microsoft Intune
6 11 (0.96%) Ansible
6 11 (0.96%) Terraform
7 10 (0.87%) Kibana
8 7 (0.61%) Trend Micro Deep Security
9 6 (0.52%) Consul
9 6 (0.52%) CSIRT
9 6 (0.52%) Istio
10 4 (0.35%) SCCM
11 3 (0.26%) Active Directory Federation Services
11 3 (0.26%) McAfee ePO
12 2 (0.17%) FortiGate
12 2 (0.17%) HP Fortify
12 2 (0.17%) Nexpose
12 2 (0.17%) Puppet
Vendors
1 180 (15.69%) Microsoft
2 67 (5.84%) Cisco
3 46 (4.01%) Google
4 44 (3.84%) Splunk
5 30 (2.62%) VMware
6 27 (2.35%) Databricks
7 21 (1.83%) Palo Alto
8 20 (1.74%) Oracle
9 19 (1.66%) CheckPoint
9 19 (1.66%) ServiceNow
10 13 (1.13%) F5
11 12 (1.05%) AlienVault
11 12 (1.05%) LogRhythm
11 12 (1.05%) Okta
12 11 (0.96%) Apple
12 11 (0.96%) Qualys
13 10 (0.87%) Meraki
13 10 (0.87%) SolarWinds
14 9 (0.78%) OneTrust
14 9 (0.78%) Tripwire