Period
to 6 May 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for CompTIA Security+ qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 6 months to 6 May 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

CompTIA Security+
UK
6 months to
6 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 597 811 930
Rank change year-on-year +214 +119 +81
Permanent jobs citing CompTIA Security+ 297 135 185
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.34% 0.13% 0.13%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.62% 0.62% 0.51%
Number of salaries quoted 102 105 111
10th Percentile £34,100 £33,500 £35,500
25th Percentile £41,250 £42,500 £41,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £54,500 £52,500 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year +3.81% - +5.00%
75th Percentile £62,500 £57,500 £62,500
90th Percentile £80,000 £67,500 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £54,000 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +8.00% - +11.11%

CompTIA Security+ 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 18,338 21,894 36,442
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.82% 21.43% 24.80%
Number of salaries quoted 12,207 16,467 26,398
10th Percentile £31,250 £28,712 £26,250
25th Percentile £41,250 £37,000 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% +5.26%
75th Percentile £72,500 £68,750 £66,250
90th Percentile £86,250 £83,750 £81,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +2.27%

CompTIA Security+
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing CompTIA Security+ as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for CompTIA Security+ in the UK

CompTIA Security+
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing CompTIA Security+.

Salary trend for CompTIA Security+ in the UK

CompTIA Security+
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing CompTIA Security+ over the 6 months to 6 May 2021.

Salary histogram for CompTIA Security+ in the UK

CompTIA Security+
Top 13 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing CompTIA Security+ within the UK over the 6 months to 6 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
England +187 236 £54,000 -1.82% 15
UK excluding London +186 214 £54,000 +8.00% 15
London +96 59 £56,250 -2.17% 3
North of England +45 52 £54,000 +8.00% 3
Scotland +34 40 - - 3
South West -4 40 £55,000 +37.50% 2
East of England +56 33 £43,750 -20.45% 4
North West +46 31 £54,000 +2.86% 2
Midlands +22 28 £51,250 -6.82%
West Midlands +3 28 £51,250 -6.82%
Work from Home - 22 £57,500 -
South East +72 21 £55,000 +22.22% 3
North East - 21 £45,000 - 1

For the 6 months to 6 May 2021, IT jobs citing CompTIA Security+ 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 CompTIA Security+.

1 202 (68.01%) Problem-Solving
2 201 (67.68%) Network+ Certification
3 185 (62.29%) A+ Certification
4 145 (48.82%) Cybersecurity
5 133 (44.78%) Linux
6 110 (37.04%) Linux+ Certification
7 102 (34.34%) Server+ Certification
8 99 (33.33%) Penetration Testing
9 89 (29.97%) Ethical Hacking
10 84 (28.28%) Data Security
11 79 (26.60%) Wireless
12 70 (23.57%) CISSP
13 64 (21.55%) Information Security
14 52 (17.51%) CEH
15 41 (13.80%) Vulnerability Management
15 41 (13.80%) Microsoft Certification
16 40 (13.47%) CISM
17 35 (11.78%) Microsoft
18 32 (10.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
19 31 (10.44%) MCSE
19 31 (10.44%) Firewall
19 31 (10.44%) Social Skills
20 28 (9.43%) Management Information System
20 28 (9.43%) Legal
20 28 (9.43%) Windows
20 28 (9.43%) SSCP
21 27 (9.09%) Security Cleared
22 25 (8.42%) Degree
22 25 (8.42%) Cisco Certification
22 25 (8.42%) SANS

CompTIA Security+
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 6 (2.02%) Apache Spark
2 3 (1.01%) IIS
2 3 (1.01%) MS Exchange
3 2 (0.67%) Exchange Server 2013
3 2 (0.67%) SharePoint
3 2 (0.67%) SharePoint 2010
3 2 (0.67%) SharePoint 2013
3 2 (0.67%) Skype for Business
4 1 (0.34%) Confluence
Applications
1 13 (4.38%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (2.02%) Gephi
3 4 (1.35%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (1.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 19 (6.40%) Azure
2 14 (4.71%) Microsoft 365
3 9 (3.03%) AWS
4 6 (2.02%) Cloud Computing
5 5 (1.68%) Azure Sentinel
6 4 (1.35%) SaaS
7 2 (0.67%) GCP
8 1 (0.34%) Akamai
8 1 (0.34%) Azure Active Directory
8 1 (0.34%) IaaS
8 1 (0.34%) PaaS
8 1 (0.34%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 79 (26.60%) Wireless
2 31 (10.44%) Firewall
3 19 (6.40%) Network Security
4 15 (5.05%) DNS
5 14 (4.71%) Intrusion Detection
6 8 (2.69%) VPN
7 6 (2.02%) Ethernet
7 6 (2.02%) HTTP
7 6 (2.02%) MPLS
7 6 (2.02%) SSL
8 5 (1.68%) SAN
9 3 (1.01%) LAN
9 3 (1.01%) TCP/IP
9 3 (1.01%) WAN
10 2 (0.67%) IPv4
10 2 (0.67%) Skype
11 1 (0.34%) Internet
11 1 (0.34%) IPv6
11 1 (0.34%) OSPF
11 1 (0.34%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (2.69%) Big Data
2 6 (2.02%) Apache Hive
2 6 (2.02%) Impala
3 3 (1.01%) SQL Server
4 2 (0.67%) SQL Server 2005
4 2 (0.67%) SQL Server 2019
Development Applications
1 7 (2.36%) Git (software)
1 7 (2.36%) JIRA
1 7 (2.36%) Snyk
2 6 (2.02%) Bitbucket
2 6 (2.02%) Bitbucket Server
2 6 (2.02%) git-flow
3 1 (0.34%) Burp Suite
3 1 (0.34%) Metasploit
3 1 (0.34%) SonarQube
3 1 (0.34%) Subversion
3 1 (0.34%) TeamCity
General
1 31 (10.44%) Social Skills
2 28 (9.43%) Legal
3 18 (6.06%) Analytical Skills
4 12 (4.04%) Aerospace
5 11 (3.70%) Finance
6 8 (2.69%) Military
7 3 (1.01%) French Language
7 3 (1.01%) Influencing Skills
8 2 (0.67%) Advertising
8 2 (0.67%) Presentation Skills
9 1 (0.34%) Law
9 1 (0.34%) Marketing
9 1 (0.34%) Portuguese Language
Job Titles
1 108 (36.36%) IT Engineer
2 104 (35.02%) IT Support
3 103 (34.68%) IT Support Engineer
3 103 (34.68%) Support Engineer
4 79 (26.60%) Ethical Hacker
4 79 (26.60%) Trainee
5 61 (20.54%) Analyst
6 36 (12.12%) Security Analyst
7 23 (7.74%) Security Engineer
8 20 (6.73%) IT Analyst
9 19 (6.40%) IT Security Analyst
10 15 (5.05%) Information Analyst
11 11 (3.70%) Cybersecurity Engineer
12 10 (3.37%) Information Security Analyst
13 8 (2.69%) Senior Analyst
14 7 (2.36%) Consultant
14 7 (2.36%) Principal Engineer
14 7 (2.36%) Principal Security Engineer
15 6 (2.02%) Data Analyst
15 6 (2.02%) Senior Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (2.02%) Elastic Stack
1 6 (2.02%) Kafka
2 4 (1.35%) Middleware
2 4 (1.35%) Regular Expression
2 4 (1.35%) Web Services
3 3 (1.01%) SAML
4 1 (0.34%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 28 (9.43%) Management Information System
2 7 (2.36%) Cyber Kill Chain
2 7 (2.36%) Cyberthreat
3 6 (2.02%) Analytical Mindset
4 3 (1.01%) Data Centre
4 3 (1.01%) Private Cloud
4 3 (1.01%) Virtual Team
5 2 (0.67%) Cyberattack
5 2 (0.67%) EMC VNX
5 2 (0.67%) Enterprise Storage
5 2 (0.67%) Hedge funds
5 2 (0.67%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (0.34%) Data Structures
6 1 (0.34%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 1 (0.34%) Driving Licence
6 1 (0.34%) Public Cloud
6 1 (0.34%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 133 (44.78%) Linux
2 28 (9.43%) Windows
3 13 (4.38%) Windows Server
4 5 (1.68%) Unix
5 3 (1.01%) Windows Server 2016
6 2 (0.67%) CentOS
6 2 (0.67%) Fedora
6 2 (0.67%) Mac OS
6 2 (0.67%) Oracle Linux
6 2 (0.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (0.67%) Ubuntu
6 2 (0.67%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (0.34%) Windows 10
7 1 (0.34%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 202 (68.01%) Problem-Solving
2 145 (48.82%) Cybersecurity
3 99 (33.33%) Penetration Testing
4 89 (29.97%) Ethical Hacking
5 84 (28.28%) Data Security
6 64 (21.55%) Information Security
7 41 (13.80%) Vulnerability Management
8 24 (8.08%) Security Operations
8 24 (8.08%) SIEM
9 16 (5.39%) Security Management
10 14 (4.71%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 14 (4.71%) Mathematics
10 14 (4.71%) Risk Assessment
10 14 (4.71%) Security Monitoring
11 13 (4.38%) ITIL
11 13 (4.38%) Kalman Filter
12 12 (4.04%) DevOps
12 12 (4.04%) Security Architecture
13 11 (3.70%) Remediation Plan
13 11 (3.70%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 16 (5.39%) Python
2 14 (4.71%) PowerShell
3 11 (3.70%) C
4 9 (3.03%) Bash Shell
5 6 (2.02%) Perl
5 6 (2.02%) R
6 5 (1.68%) SQL
7 2 (0.67%) Go
7 2 (0.67%) VB
7 2 (0.67%) VBScript
8 1 (0.34%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 201 (67.68%) Network+ Certification
2 185 (62.29%) A+ Certification
3 110 (37.04%) Linux+ Certification
4 102 (34.34%) Server+ Certification
5 70 (23.57%) CISSP
6 52 (17.51%) CEH
7 41 (13.80%) Microsoft Certification
8 40 (13.47%) CISM
9 31 (10.44%) MCSE
10 28 (9.43%) SSCP
11 27 (9.09%) Security Cleared
12 25 (8.42%) Cisco Certification
12 25 (8.42%) Degree
12 25 (8.42%) SANS
13 21 (7.07%) CCNA
14 18 (6.06%) CISA
15 15 (5.05%) CISMP
15 15 (5.05%) MCSA
16 14 (4.71%) CESG Certified Professional
16 14 (4.71%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (10.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 19 (6.40%) Cyber Essentials
3 12 (4.04%) NIST
4 9 (3.03%) SLA
5 7 (2.36%) NIST 800
6 6 (2.02%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 5 (1.68%) JSP 440
8 4 (1.35%) GDPR
9 3 (1.01%) PCI DSS
10 2 (0.67%) COBIT
10 2 (0.67%) IASME
System Software
1 21 (7.07%) Active Directory
2 11 (3.70%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (2.02%) Apache Flume
4 5 (1.68%) VMware ESXi
5 4 (1.35%) vSphere
5 4 (1.35%) XenApp
5 4 (1.35%) XenDesktop
6 3 (1.01%) Docker
6 3 (1.01%) Hyper-V
7 2 (0.67%) NFS
7 2 (0.67%) Samba
7 2 (0.67%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (0.67%) VirtualBox
7 2 (0.67%) Xen
8 1 (0.34%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 8 (2.69%) Kibana
1 8 (2.69%) SCCM
2 7 (2.36%) QRadar
3 6 (2.02%) Oozie
4 5 (1.68%) Puppet
5 4 (1.35%) Nagios
6 3 (1.01%) Ansible
6 3 (1.01%) Kubernetes
6 3 (1.01%) Single Sign-On
7 2 (0.67%) BladeLogic
7 2 (0.67%) Docker Swarm
7 2 (0.67%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 2 (0.67%) NetBackup
7 2 (0.67%) Norton AntiVirus
7 2 (0.67%) OpenNMS
7 2 (0.67%) SCOM
7 2 (0.67%) Terraform
7 2 (0.67%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 2 (0.67%) vCenter Server
7 2 (0.67%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 35 (11.78%) Microsoft
2 17 (5.72%) Splunk
3 11 (3.70%) VMware
4 10 (3.37%) Red Hat
5 8 (2.69%) Palo Alto
6 6 (2.02%) Barracuda Networks
6 6 (2.02%) BT
6 6 (2.02%) Dell
6 6 (2.02%) EMC
6 6 (2.02%) Veeam
7 5 (1.68%) LogRhythm
8 4 (1.35%) ArcSight
8 4 (1.35%) Citrix
8 4 (1.35%) NetApp
9 3 (1.01%) Oracle
10 2 (0.67%) 3PAR
10 2 (0.67%) BMC
10 2 (0.67%) IBM
10 2 (0.67%) Sophos
10 2 (0.67%) Symantec