Period
to 14 April 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 14 April 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
14 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 267 223 226
Rank change year-on-year -44 +3 -14
Permanent jobs citing CISSP 976 1,704 2,299
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.17% 1.51% 1.54%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.64% 7.02% 6.26%
Number of salaries quoted 772 1,327 1,675
10th Percentile £41,250 £42,500 £41,250
25th Percentile £51,938 £51,250 £50,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £65,000 £62,500 £62,500
Median % change year-on-year +4.00% - +4.17%
75th Percentile £80,000 £78,750 £80,000
90th Percentile £92,500 £92,500 £95,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £60,000 £57,500 £58,000
% change year-on-year +4.35% -0.86% +4.26%

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 17,292 24,261 36,737
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.77% 21.45% 24.66%
Number of salaries quoted 11,706 18,267 26,851
10th Percentile £31,250 £28,000 £26,400
25th Percentile £41,250 £36,250 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £50,911 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +8.03% +1.82% +5.26%
75th Percentile £72,500 £67,500 £66,250
90th Percentile £86,250 £83,750 £81,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +6.38% +4.44% +3.45%

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 14 April 2021.

Salary histogram for CISSP in the UK

CISSP
Top 18 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 14 April 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 -38 910 £65,000 +4.00% 136
UK excluding London -44 492 £60,000 +4.35% 87
London -14 432 £70,000 - 55
South East -22 156 £60,000 -4.00% 26
Work from Home -72 141 £67,500 +5.88% 27
North of England +2 125 £57,500 +0.88% 21
Midlands -76 82 £67,500 +22.73% 13
West Midlands -61 69 £67,500 +22.73% 9
North West +4 68 £62,500 +13.64% 14
South West -29 53 £54,000 -1.82% 13
East of England +49 45 £77,500 +40.91% 7
North East +43 33 £55,000 -
Yorkshire -27 27 £60,000 - 7
Scotland -10 20 £63,250 +17.62% 6
East Midlands +7 10 £43,500 -33.08% 3
Wales +22 7 £56,250 +4.65%
Channel Islands - 5 £80,000 -
Northern Ireland +7 3 £42,500 -15.00% 1

For the 6 months to 14 April 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.

1 574 (58.81%) Information Security
2 543 (55.64%) CISM
3 536 (54.92%) Cybersecurity
4 347 (35.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 266 (27.25%) CISA
6 237 (24.28%) Azure
7 234 (23.98%) Firewall
8 231 (23.67%) Risk Management
9 229 (23.46%) Management Information System
10 225 (23.05%) NIST
11 202 (20.70%) Security Architecture
11 202 (20.70%) SIEM
12 201 (20.59%) Cisco Certification
13 187 (19.16%) Finance
14 175 (17.93%) Degree
15 162 (16.60%) Microsoft
16 157 (16.09%) Security Operations
17 154 (15.78%) AWS
18 141 (14.45%) GDPR
19 130 (13.32%) Penetration Testing
20 128 (13.11%) CEH
20 128 (13.11%) Analytical Skills
21 122 (12.50%) Network Security
22 118 (12.09%) ITIL
23 112 (11.48%) Windows
24 110 (11.27%) Security Cleared
24 110 (11.27%) Identity Access Management
25 109 (11.17%) CRISC
26 104 (10.66%) (ISC)2 CCSP
27 102 (10.45%) Security 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 26 (2.66%) IIS
2 11 (1.13%) SharePoint
3 10 (1.02%) Confluence
4 6 (0.61%) Apache Spark
5 3 (0.31%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.10%) Apache
6 1 (0.10%) MS Exchange
6 1 (0.10%) nginx
Applications
1 22 (2.25%) Microsoft Excel
2 16 (1.64%) MS Visio
3 15 (1.54%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 7 (0.72%) Microsoft Office
5 6 (0.61%) Gephi
Business Applications
1 7 (0.72%) Sentinel
2 3 (0.31%) NetSuite
3 2 (0.20%) Relativity
4 1 (0.10%) Distributed Ledger
4 1 (0.10%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 237 (24.28%) Azure
2 154 (15.78%) AWS
3 92 (9.43%) Microsoft 365
4 84 (8.61%) SaaS
5 51 (5.23%) PaaS
6 50 (5.12%) IaaS
7 45 (4.61%) GCP
8 38 (3.89%) Cloud Computing
9 27 (2.77%) Azure Active Directory
10 18 (1.84%) BPaaS
11 16 (1.64%) Amazon GuardDuty
12 12 (1.23%) Serverless
13 11 (1.13%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 9 (0.92%) Mimecast
15 5 (0.51%) Dynamics 365
15 5 (0.51%) IBM Cloud
16 3 (0.31%) Amazon CloudWatch
16 3 (0.31%) OpenShift
16 3 (0.31%) Power Platform
16 3 (0.31%) Sumo Logic
Communications & Networking
1 234 (23.98%) Firewall
2 122 (12.50%) Network Security
3 76 (7.79%) Intrusion Detection
4 49 (5.02%) VPN
5 45 (4.61%) DNS
6 38 (3.89%) TCP/IP
7 27 (2.77%) WAN
8 26 (2.66%) LAN
9 21 (2.15%) Internet
10 20 (2.05%) Cisco ASA
10 20 (2.05%) HTTP
11 18 (1.84%) WAAS
12 17 (1.74%) Wireless
13 13 (1.33%) SAN
14 12 (1.23%) Cisco Nexus
14 12 (1.23%) DHCP
15 11 (1.13%) Cisco Firepower
15 11 (1.13%) MPLS
16 10 (1.02%) SSL
16 10 (1.02%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (2.56%) Big Data
2 12 (1.23%) Blockchain
3 8 (0.82%) SQL Server
4 6 (0.61%) Apache Hive
4 6 (0.61%) Impala
5 5 (0.51%) Azure SQL Database
5 5 (0.51%) Data Warehouse
6 3 (0.31%) Amazon RDS
6 3 (0.31%) Oracle Database
6 3 (0.31%) Oracle Database 11g
7 2 (0.20%) DB2
7 2 (0.20%) GIS
7 2 (0.20%) SQL Server 2012
7 2 (0.20%) SQL Server 2014
8 1 (0.10%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 1 (0.10%) MariaDB
8 1 (0.10%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 16 (1.64%) JIRA
2 6 (0.61%) Bitbucket
2 6 (0.61%) Bitbucket Server
2 6 (0.61%) Git (software)
2 6 (0.61%) git-flow
3 4 (0.41%) Burp Suite
4 3 (0.31%) Metasploit
5 1 (0.10%) GitLab
5 1 (0.10%) IDA Disassembler
5 1 (0.10%) Jenkins
5 1 (0.10%) SonarQube
5 1 (0.10%) TeamCity
General
1 187 (19.16%) Finance
2 66 (6.76%) Legal
3 59 (6.05%) Banking
4 36 (3.69%) Law
5 26 (2.66%) Retail
6 25 (2.56%) Public Sector
7 20 (2.05%) Aerospace
8 16 (1.64%) Manufacturing
9 11 (1.13%) Military
10 10 (1.02%) Financial Institution
11 9 (0.92%) Telecoms
12 6 (0.61%) International Banking
12 6 (0.61%) Marketing
13 5 (0.51%) Games
14 4 (0.41%) Retail Banking
15 3 (0.31%) Mandarin Language
16 2 (0.20%) Advertising
16 2 (0.20%) Electronics
16 2 (0.20%) Investment Banking
16 2 (0.20%) Japanese Language
Job Titles
1 182 (18.65%) Analyst
2 154 (15.78%) Architect
3 147 (15.06%) Security Engineer
4 137 (14.04%) Consultant
5 132 (13.52%) Security Architect
6 124 (12.70%) Security Analyst
7 118 (12.09%) Security Manager
8 96 (9.84%) Security Consultant
9 66 (6.76%) Security Specialist
10 62 (6.35%) IT Analyst
11 49 (5.02%) Cybersecurity Engineer
12 47 (4.82%) Information Manager
12 47 (4.82%) Security Officer
13 46 (4.71%) Information Security Manager
13 46 (4.71%) IT Security Analyst
14 42 (4.30%) IT Manager
15 37 (3.79%) Cloud Architect
15 37 (3.79%) Cybersecurity Consultant
16 36 (3.69%) Information Specialist
17 35 (3.59%) Information Security Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (3.79%) OAuth
2 30 (3.07%) SAML
3 25 (2.56%) Web Services
4 23 (2.36%) Middleware
5 17 (1.74%) .NET
6 16 (1.64%) OpenID
7 10 (1.02%) React
8 9 (0.92%) LDAP
9 8 (0.82%) SailPoint
10 7 (0.72%) .NET Framework
11 6 (0.61%) Elastic Stack
11 6 (0.61%) Kafka
12 5 (0.51%) .NET Core
12 5 (0.51%) Regular Expression
12 5 (0.51%) RESTful
12 5 (0.51%) SOAP
12 5 (0.51%) XML
13 3 (0.31%) ASP.NET
13 3 (0.31%) J2EE
14 1 (0.10%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 229 (23.46%) Management Information System
2 128 (13.11%) Analytical Skills
3 58 (5.94%) Cyberthreat
4 29 (2.97%) Data Centre
5 26 (2.66%) Public Cloud
6 25 (2.56%) Self-Motivation
7 20 (2.05%) Enterprise Software
8 19 (1.95%) Analytical Mindset
8 19 (1.95%) Cyber Kill Chain
9 15 (1.54%) Cybercrime
10 14 (1.43%) Mobile App
11 13 (1.33%) Cloud Native
11 13 (1.33%) Hybrid Cloud
12 12 (1.23%) Data Protection Act
12 12 (1.23%) Security Operations Centre
13 10 (1.02%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
13 10 (1.02%) Enterprise Cloud
14 9 (0.92%) Cyber Defence
15 8 (0.82%) Virtual Team
16 7 (0.72%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 112 (11.48%) Windows
2 75 (7.68%) Linux
3 35 (3.59%) Windows Server
4 29 (2.97%) Unix
5 15 (1.54%) Windows Server 2012
6 11 (1.13%) Apple iOS
7 10 (1.02%) Android
8 8 (0.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 8 (0.82%) Windows Server 2016
9 7 (0.72%) Windows Server 2019
10 6 (0.61%) Windows 10
11 5 (0.51%) Mac OS
11 5 (0.51%) SUSE
12 3 (0.31%) Kali Linux
12 3 (0.31%) Mac OS X
12 3 (0.31%) Ubuntu
12 3 (0.31%) Windows Server 2008
13 2 (0.20%) CentOS
13 2 (0.20%) Debian
13 2 (0.20%) Fedora
Processes & Methodologies
1 574 (58.81%) Information Security
2 536 (54.92%) Cybersecurity
3 231 (23.67%) Risk Management
4 202 (20.70%) Security Architecture
4 202 (20.70%) SIEM
5 157 (16.09%) Security Operations
6 130 (13.32%) Penetration Testing
7 118 (12.09%) ITIL
8 110 (11.27%) Identity Access Management
9 102 (10.45%) Security Management
10 101 (10.35%) Vulnerability Management
11 88 (9.02%) Agile Software Development
12 86 (8.81%) Problem-Solving
13 84 (8.61%) Stakeholder Management
14 69 (7.07%) Vulnerability Assessment
15 67 (6.86%) Data Protection
15 67 (6.86%) TOGAF
16 66 (6.76%) Risk Assessment
17 65 (6.66%) Incident Management
18 64 (6.56%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 39 (4.00%) Python
2 31 (3.18%) PowerShell
3 30 (3.07%) C
4 25 (2.56%) SQL
5 11 (1.13%) Java
6 9 (0.92%) Bash Shell
7 8 (0.82%) C++
8 6 (0.61%) Perl
8 6 (0.61%) R
9 5 (0.51%) C#
9 5 (0.51%) VB.NET
9 5 (0.51%) VBA
9 5 (0.51%) VBScript
10 3 (0.31%) Ruby
10 3 (0.31%) VB
11 2 (0.20%) Go
11 2 (0.20%) JavaScript
12 1 (0.10%) PHP
Qualifications
1 543 (55.64%) CISM
2 266 (27.25%) CISA
3 201 (20.59%) Cisco Certification
4 175 (17.93%) Degree
5 128 (13.11%) CEH
6 110 (11.27%) Security Cleared
7 109 (11.17%) CRISC
8 104 (10.66%) (ISC)2 CCSP
9 96 (9.84%) SANS
10 76 (7.79%) GIAC
11 67 (6.86%) CCNA
11 67 (6.86%) CESG Certified Professional
12 63 (6.45%) SC Cleared
13 62 (6.35%) CompTIA Security+
13 62 (6.35%) SSCP
14 58 (5.94%) CCNP
15 52 (5.33%) OSCP
16 47 (4.82%) Microsoft Certification
17 42 (4.30%) DV Cleared
18 41 (4.20%) CSSLP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 347 (35.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 225 (23.05%) NIST
3 141 (14.45%) GDPR
4 92 (9.43%) PCI DSS
5 74 (7.58%) Cyber Essentials
6 72 (7.38%) GRC
7 71 (7.27%) COBIT
8 63 (6.45%) NCSC
9 27 (2.77%) RMADS
10 24 (2.46%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 19 (1.95%) HIPAA
12 18 (1.84%) 21 CFR Part 11
12 18 (1.84%) ITGC
13 17 (1.74%) ISO/IEC 27005
13 17 (1.74%) JSP 440
13 17 (1.74%) NIST 800
14 16 (1.64%) Sarbanes-Oxley
15 15 (1.54%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
16 14 (1.43%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
17 10 (1.02%) COSO
System Software
1 100 (10.25%) Active Directory
2 11 (1.13%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (1.02%) Docker
4 8 (0.82%) VMware ESXi
5 7 (0.72%) Virtual Machines
5 7 (0.72%) XenApp
5 7 (0.72%) XenDesktop
6 6 (0.61%) Apache Flume
7 5 (0.51%) Virtual Desktop
8 3 (0.31%) Hyper-V
9 2 (0.20%) NFS
9 2 (0.20%) Samba
9 2 (0.20%) VirtualBox
9 2 (0.20%) Xen
10 1 (0.10%) pfSense
10 1 (0.10%) Terminal Server
10 1 (0.10%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 33 (3.38%) Nessus
2 17 (1.74%) Kubernetes
3 16 (1.64%) QRadar
4 15 (1.54%) Single Sign-On
5 13 (1.33%) CASB
6 11 (1.13%) SCCM
7 10 (1.02%) Ansible
7 10 (1.02%) Terraform
8 9 (0.92%) CSIRT
8 9 (0.92%) SCOM
9 8 (0.82%) Puppet
10 6 (0.61%) EnCase
10 6 (0.61%) Kibana
10 6 (0.61%) Oozie
11 5 (0.51%) Microsoft Intune
11 5 (0.51%) RSA Archer
12 4 (0.41%) EMC NetWorker
13 3 (0.31%) Data Guard
14 2 (0.20%) OpenNMS
14 2 (0.20%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 162 (16.60%) Microsoft
2 63 (6.45%) Cisco
3 48 (4.92%) Splunk
4 32 (3.28%) Palo Alto
5 31 (3.18%) Oracle
6 30 (3.07%) CheckPoint
7 26 (2.66%) VMware
8 23 (2.36%) Google
9 18 (1.84%) AlienVault
9 18 (1.84%) Symantec
10 14 (1.43%) Citrix
10 14 (1.43%) SolarWinds
11 13 (1.33%) ForgeRock
11 13 (1.33%) LogRhythm
12 10 (1.02%) Forcepoint
12 10 (1.02%) ServiceNow
13 9 (0.92%) Fortinet
13 9 (0.92%) McAfee
14 8 (0.82%) Meraki
14 8 (0.82%) Rapid7