Period
to 4 April 2020

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 4 April 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

CompTIA Security+
UK
6 months to
4 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 809 925 1006
Rank change year-on-year +116 +81 +22
Permanent jobs citing CompTIA Security+ 175 204 199
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.15% 0.14% 0.11%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.70% 0.56% 0.47%
Number of salaries quoted 119 118 171
Median annual salary £50,000 £52,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -3.85% +9.47% +2.70%
10th Percentile £36,000 £31,250 £31,250
90th Percentile £67,500 £85,375 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,750 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +8.33% - -

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 24,976 36,359 42,029
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.42% 24.54% 23.73%
Number of salaries quoted 18,387 26,262 32,347
Median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £28,000 £26,750 £26,250
90th Percentile £82,500 £81,250 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £46,620 £45,000 £43,000
% change year-on-year +3.60% +4.65% +3.61%

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 4 April 2020.

Salary histogram for CompTIA Security+ in the UK

CompTIA Security+
Top 12 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 4 April 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 +115 170 £52,500 - 17
UK excluding London +96 118 £48,750 +8.33% 13
London +54 54 £55,000 +4.76% 4
North of England +84 39 £48,750 -37.10% 2
South West +63 36 £40,000 -17.95% 5
North West +67 24 £52,500 -36.36%
West Midlands +44 17 £55,000 +22.22% 1
Midlands +26 17 £55,000 - 1
Yorkshire +49 15 £45,000 -40.98% 2
South East +45 15 £45,000 +11.80% 3
East of England +58 8 £55,000 +124.49% 2
Wales +1 3 £47,500 +11.76%

For the 6 months to 4 April 2020, 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+.

1 102 (58.29%) Cybersecurity
2 88 (50.29%) CISSP
3 65 (37.14%) Network+ Certification
4 61 (34.86%) Information Security
5 57 (32.57%) Microsoft
6 52 (29.71%) SSCP
6 52 (29.71%) Security Cleared
6 52 (29.71%) SIEM
7 49 (28.00%) Cisco Certification
8 47 (26.86%) Azure
9 46 (26.29%) Firewall
10 44 (25.14%) Agile Software Development
10 44 (25.14%) Analytical Skills
11 43 (24.57%) Windows
12 41 (23.43%) Linux
13 40 (22.86%) Penetration Testing
14 39 (22.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
15 38 (21.71%) Office 365
16 36 (20.57%) CISM
17 35 (20.00%) Risk Management
17 35 (20.00%) Active Directory
17 35 (20.00%) Security Operations
18 34 (19.43%) Big Data
18 34 (19.43%) Microsoft Certification
19 33 (18.86%) CCNA
19 33 (18.86%) SANS
20 32 (18.29%) Management Information System
20 32 (18.29%) CEH
20 32 (18.29%) SC Cleared
21 31 (17.71%) MCSE

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 9 (5.14%) Apache Spark
2 6 (3.43%) Elasticsearch
2 6 (3.43%) OpenStack
3 3 (1.71%) Exchange Server 2013
3 3 (1.71%) MS Exchange
4 1 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 16 (9.14%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.14%) Gephi
2 2 (1.14%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.57%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.57%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 47 (26.86%) Azure
2 38 (21.71%) Office 365
3 30 (17.14%) Cloud Computing
4 24 (13.71%) AWS
5 19 (10.86%) Azure Active Directory
6 6 (3.43%) GCP
6 6 (3.43%) OpenShift
7 2 (1.14%) SaaS
8 1 (0.57%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 1 (0.57%) IaaS
8 1 (0.57%) PaaS
8 1 (0.57%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 46 (26.29%) Firewall
2 28 (16.00%) Network Security
3 17 (9.71%) TCP/IP
4 10 (5.71%) Intrusion Detection
5 8 (4.57%) DNS
5 8 (4.57%) LAN
6 7 (4.00%) VPN
7 6 (3.43%) HTTPS
8 5 (2.86%) SSL
9 4 (2.29%) HTTP
10 3 (1.71%) Ethernet
10 3 (1.71%) Internet
10 3 (1.71%) MPLS
10 3 (1.71%) WAN
10 3 (1.71%) Wireshark
11 2 (1.14%) SAN
11 2 (1.14%) Wireless
12 1 (0.57%) DHCP
12 1 (0.57%) SMTP
12 1 (0.57%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (19.43%) Big Data
2 9 (5.14%) Azure SQL Database
2 9 (5.14%) Data Lake
3 3 (1.71%) Apache Hive
3 3 (1.71%) Impala
4 1 (0.57%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.57%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 9 (5.14%) Bitbucket
1 9 (5.14%) Git (software)
1 9 (5.14%) git-flow
1 9 (5.14%) JIRA
2 4 (2.29%) Metasploit
3 3 (1.71%) Bitbucket Server
4 1 (0.57%) Burp Suite
General
1 29 (16.57%) Legal
2 22 (12.57%) Finance
3 12 (6.86%) Law
4 7 (4.00%) Public Sector
5 6 (3.43%) Telecoms
6 5 (2.86%) Advertising
6 5 (2.86%) Electronics
6 5 (2.86%) Manufacturing
6 5 (2.86%) Marketing
7 3 (1.71%) Military
8 2 (1.14%) Games
8 2 (1.14%) Retail
9 1 (0.57%) Banking
9 1 (0.57%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.57%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 54 (30.86%) Analyst
2 44 (25.14%) Security Analyst
3 29 (16.57%) Consultant
4 20 (11.43%) Security Consultant
5 17 (9.71%) Cybersecurity Analyst
6 16 (9.14%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 15 (8.57%) Information Analyst
7 15 (8.57%) Information Security Analyst
8 14 (8.00%) Security Manager
9 13 (7.43%) Cybersecurity Consultant
10 12 (6.86%) Platform Engineer
11 11 (6.29%) Security Engineer
12 9 (5.14%) Architect
12 9 (5.14%) Cloud Architect
12 9 (5.14%) Security Architect
13 8 (4.57%) Cybersecurity Manager
13 8 (4.57%) Ethical Hacker
13 8 (4.57%) Operational Security Manager
13 8 (4.57%) Operations Manager
13 8 (4.57%) Security Operations Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (5.14%) Kafka
2 6 (3.43%) .NET
2 6 (3.43%) AngularJS
2 6 (3.43%) ASP.NET
2 6 (3.43%) GraphQL
2 6 (3.43%) Node.js
2 6 (3.43%) React
2 6 (3.43%) REST
2 6 (3.43%) Spring
2 6 (3.43%) Spring MVC
2 6 (3.43%) Vue.js
3 3 (1.71%) Elastic Stack
4 2 (1.14%) ModSecurity
5 1 (0.57%) ODBC
5 1 (0.57%) POSIX
Miscellaneous
1 44 (25.14%) Analytical Skills
2 32 (18.29%) Management Information System
3 24 (13.71%) Mobile Computing
4 18 (10.29%) Cyberthreat
5 16 (9.14%) Enterprise Storage
6 11 (6.29%) Cyber Kill Chain
7 10 (5.71%) Cyberattack
7 10 (5.71%) Security Operations Centre
8 3 (1.71%) Analytical Mindset
8 3 (1.71%) BYOD
8 3 (1.71%) Driving Licence
8 3 (1.71%) Mainframe
9 2 (1.14%) Self-Motivation
10 1 (0.57%) Data Centre
10 1 (0.57%) Enterprise Software
10 1 (0.57%) Greenfield Project
10 1 (0.57%) Hedge funds
10 1 (0.57%) PKI
10 1 (0.57%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 43 (24.57%) Windows
2 41 (23.43%) Linux
3 18 (10.29%) Windows 10
4 17 (9.71%) CentOS
4 17 (9.71%) Ubuntu
5 16 (9.14%) Fedora
5 16 (9.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 15 (8.57%) Windows Server
7 7 (4.00%) Android
7 7 (4.00%) Unix
8 6 (3.43%) Apple iOS
9 2 (1.14%) Kali Linux
9 2 (1.14%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.57%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 102 (58.29%) Cybersecurity
2 61 (34.86%) Information Security
3 52 (29.71%) SIEM
4 44 (25.14%) Agile Software Development
5 40 (22.86%) Penetration Testing
6 35 (20.00%) Risk Management
6 35 (20.00%) Security Operations
7 30 (17.14%) ITIL
7 30 (17.14%) Security Architecture
8 24 (13.71%) Kalman Filter
9 22 (12.57%) Test Automation
9 22 (12.57%) Web Filtering
10 21 (12.00%) Ethical Hacking
11 20 (11.43%) Problem-Solving
11 20 (11.43%) Service Delivery
12 19 (10.86%) Configuration Management
12 19 (10.86%) Data Protection
13 18 (10.29%) Service Management
13 18 (10.29%) Threat Intelligence
14 17 (9.71%) Task Automation
Programming Languages
1 25 (14.29%) C
2 22 (12.57%) Python
3 19 (10.86%) Bash Shell
4 18 (10.29%) PowerShell
5 12 (6.86%) SQL
6 6 (3.43%) Java
7 5 (2.86%) Perl
8 3 (1.71%) R
Qualifications
1 88 (50.29%) CISSP
2 65 (37.14%) Network+ Certification
3 52 (29.71%) Security Cleared
3 52 (29.71%) SSCP
4 49 (28.00%) Cisco Certification
5 36 (20.57%) CISM
6 34 (19.43%) Microsoft Certification
7 33 (18.86%) CCNA
7 33 (18.86%) SANS
8 32 (18.29%) CEH
8 32 (18.29%) SC Cleared
9 31 (17.71%) CRISC
9 31 (17.71%) MCSE
10 29 (16.57%) CISMP
10 29 (16.57%) GIAC
11 25 (14.29%) Degree
11 25 (14.29%) Linux+ Certification
12 20 (11.43%) CISA
13 19 (10.86%) DV Cleared
14 16 (9.14%) CCSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 39 (22.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 27 (15.43%) GDPR
3 14 (8.00%) NIST
3 14 (8.00%) PCI DSS
4 12 (6.86%) Cyber Essentials
5 9 (5.14%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 7 (4.00%) NIST 800
7 6 (3.43%) NCSC
8 5 (2.86%) HIPAA
9 2 (1.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 1 (0.57%) COBIT
10 1 (0.57%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 1 (0.57%) SLA
System Software
1 35 (20.00%) Active Directory
2 23 (13.14%) Docker
3 18 (10.29%) VMware Infrastructure
4 16 (9.14%) NFS
4 16 (9.14%) Samba
4 16 (9.14%) VirtualBox
4 16 (9.14%) VMware ESXi
4 16 (9.14%) Xen
5 3 (1.71%) Apache Flume
6 1 (0.57%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.57%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 23 (13.14%) Kubernetes
2 18 (10.29%) Microsoft Intune
3 17 (9.71%) Ansible
4 16 (9.14%) Docker Swarm
4 16 (9.14%) Nagios
4 16 (9.14%) OpenNMS
4 16 (9.14%) Puppet
4 16 (9.14%) vCenter Server
4 16 (9.14%) ZABBIX
5 9 (5.14%) Single Sign-On
6 5 (2.86%) FortiGate
7 3 (1.71%) Oozie
7 3 (1.71%) QRadar
8 2 (1.14%) CASB
8 2 (1.14%) Kibana
9 1 (0.57%) CSIRT
9 1 (0.57%) McAfee ePO
9 1 (0.57%) SolarWinds Orion
9 1 (0.57%) Terraform
9 1 (0.57%) WSUS
Vendors
1 57 (32.57%) Microsoft
2 20 (11.43%) SolarWinds
3 19 (10.86%) VMware
4 18 (10.29%) Dell
5 17 (9.71%) EMC
6 16 (9.14%) Cloudera
6 16 (9.14%) Hortonworks
6 16 (9.14%) NetApp
6 16 (9.14%) Red Hat
7 9 (5.14%) Databricks
8 8 (4.57%) Cisco
9 7 (4.00%) LogRhythm
10 6 (3.43%) Google
10 6 (3.43%) Splunk
11 5 (2.86%) Fortinet
11 5 (2.86%) SAP
12 4 (2.29%) Sophos
13 2 (1.14%) BT
13 2 (1.14%) McAfee
13 2 (1.14%) Oracle