Period
to 22 August 2019

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 22 August 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

CompTIA Security+
UK
6 months to
22 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 906 837 1063
Rank change year-on-year -69 +226 +75
Permanent jobs citing CompTIA Security+ 182 356 159
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.13% 0.21% 0.090%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.54% 0.89% 0.37%
Number of salaries quoted 107 234 104
UK median annual salary £55,000 £51,250 £49,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +7.32% +4.59% -10.91%
10th Percentile £36,250 £36,625 £30,563
90th Percentile £79,250 £72,500 £66,375
UK excluding London median annual salary £55,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +22.22% - -18.18%

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 33,565 40,028 43,338
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.71% 23.69% 24.58%
Number of salaries quoted 24,291 29,758 33,247
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +11.11% -
10th Percentile £26,500 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £82,500 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

CompTIA Security+
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for CompTIA Security+ in the UK

CompTIA Security+
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing CompTIA Security+.

Salary trend for CompTIA Security+ in the UK

CompTIA Security+
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing CompTIA Security+ over the 6 months to 22 August 2019.

Salary histogram for CompTIA Security+ in the UK

CompTIA Security+
Top 15 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 22 August 2019. 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 -75 179 £55,000 +4.76% 18
UK excluding London -64 116 £55,000 +22.22% 16
London +28 65 £52,500 -19.23% 5
South West +1 31 £55,000 +22.22% 3
North of England +25 28 £80,000 +77.78% 5
Midlands +35 27 £55,000 -8.33% 5
West Midlands +16 17 £55,000 -8.33% 4
East of England -7 17 £45,000 -9.09%
North West +22 11 £60,000 +33.33% 3
East Midlands +32 10 £60,000 +33.33% 1
South East +26 10 £45,250 +13.13%
North East - 10 - - 2
Yorkshire -8 7 £80,000 +3.23%
Wales +8 2 £43,750 +2.94% 2
Scotland +2 1 £47,500 +18.01% 1

For the 6 months to 22 August 2019, 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+.

1 128 (70.33%) CISSP
2 102 (56.04%) Windows
3 98 (53.85%) Cybersecurity
4 93 (51.10%) Azure
5 88 (48.35%) Microsoft Certification
6 75 (41.21%) Firewall
7 73 (40.11%) MCSE
8 72 (39.56%) Cisco Certification
9 65 (35.71%) Microsoft
10 63 (34.62%) GIAC
10 63 (34.62%) Office 365
11 62 (34.07%) Active Directory
12 61 (33.52%) Information Security
12 61 (33.52%) Degree
13 58 (31.87%) Ethical Hacking
14 57 (31.32%) Linux
14 57 (31.32%) Penetration Testing
15 56 (30.77%) Network+ Certification
16 55 (30.22%) SANS
17 54 (29.67%) SSCP
18 53 (29.12%) CCNA
19 51 (28.02%) Windows Server
20 49 (26.92%) CEH
21 48 (26.37%) MCSA
21 48 (26.37%) Microsoft Office
22 45 (24.73%) Azure Active Directory
23 44 (24.18%) C
24 43 (23.63%) Google
24 43 (23.63%) AWS
25 42 (23.08%) Problem-Solving

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 36 (19.78%) Apache Spark
1 36 (19.78%) Elasticsearch
1 36 (19.78%) OpenStack
2 1 (0.55%) IIS
2 1 (0.55%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 48 (26.37%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (2.20%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (2.20%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.55%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 93 (51.10%) Azure
2 63 (34.62%) Office 365
3 45 (24.73%) Azure Active Directory
4 43 (23.63%) AWS
5 36 (19.78%) GCP
5 36 (19.78%) OpenShift
6 7 (3.85%) Cloud Computing
6 7 (3.85%) IaaS
7 6 (3.30%) Mimecast
8 5 (2.75%) SaaS
9 2 (1.10%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 75 (41.21%) Firewall
2 40 (21.98%) TCP/IP
3 37 (20.33%) HTTPS
4 21 (11.54%) Network Security
5 12 (6.59%) Internet
6 8 (4.40%) Intrusion Detection
7 5 (2.75%) LAN
7 5 (2.75%) SAN
7 5 (2.75%) WAN
8 4 (2.20%) DNS
8 4 (2.20%) IP Telephony
8 4 (2.20%) IPv6
8 4 (2.20%) Wireless
9 3 (1.65%) HTTP
10 2 (1.10%) Broadband
10 2 (1.10%) MPLS
10 2 (1.10%) SMTP
10 2 (1.10%) VLAN
10 2 (1.10%) VPN
11 1 (0.55%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 37 (20.33%) Big Data
2 9 (4.95%) Azure SQL Database
2 9 (4.95%) Data Lake
3 1 (0.55%) Blockchain
3 1 (0.55%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 36 (19.78%) Bitbucket
1 36 (19.78%) Git (software)
1 36 (19.78%) git-flow
1 36 (19.78%) JIRA
2 4 (2.20%) Jenkins
2 4 (2.20%) JUnit
2 4 (2.20%) Subversion
2 4 (2.20%) Visual Studio
General
1 17 (9.34%) Finance
2 13 (7.14%) Games
3 10 (5.49%) Banking
4 3 (1.65%) Pharmaceutical
4 3 (1.65%) Public Sector
4 3 (1.65%) Retail
5 1 (0.55%) Advertising
5 1 (0.55%) Aerospace
5 1 (0.55%) Avionics
5 1 (0.55%) Legal
5 1 (0.55%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.55%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 58 (31.87%) Consultant
2 26 (14.29%) Analyst
2 26 (14.29%) Security Engineer
3 25 (13.74%) Security Consultant
4 21 (11.54%) Microsoft Consultant
5 20 (10.99%) Architect
6 19 (10.44%) Security Architect
7 17 (9.34%) Cloud Architect
8 15 (8.24%) Security Analyst
8 15 (8.24%) Security Officer
9 12 (6.59%) Automation Test Lead
9 12 (6.59%) Test Automation Consultant
9 12 (6.59%) Test Automation Engineer
9 12 (6.59%) Test Consultant
9 12 (6.59%) Test Engineer
9 12 (6.59%) Test Leader
10 11 (6.04%) C++ Consultant
10 11 (6.04%) Information Officer
10 11 (6.04%) Software Consultant
10 11 (6.04%) Windows Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (20.33%) .NET
2 36 (19.78%) AngularJS
2 36 (19.78%) ASP.NET
2 36 (19.78%) GraphQL
2 36 (19.78%) Kafka
2 36 (19.78%) Node.js
2 36 (19.78%) React
2 36 (19.78%) REST
2 36 (19.78%) Spring
2 36 (19.78%) Spring MVC
2 36 (19.78%) Vue.js
3 5 (2.75%) CSS
3 5 (2.75%) HTML
4 4 (2.20%) JSON
4 4 (2.20%) RESTful
4 4 (2.20%) Web Services
5 1 (0.55%) .NET Framework
5 1 (0.55%) ODBC
5 1 (0.55%) SailPoint
5 1 (0.55%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 28 (15.38%) Analytical Skills
2 24 (13.19%) Cyberattack
2 24 (13.19%) Management Information System
3 16 (8.79%) Cybercrime
4 12 (6.59%) Security Operations Centre
5 10 (5.49%) Self-Motivation
6 7 (3.85%) PKI
7 6 (3.30%) Cyberthreat
8 4 (2.20%) Blog
8 4 (2.20%) Podcast
8 4 (2.20%) Social Media
8 4 (2.20%) User Experience
9 2 (1.10%) Data Centre
9 2 (1.10%) Driving Licence
10 1 (0.55%) Data Structures
10 1 (0.55%) Enterprise Cloud
10 1 (0.55%) Enterprise Software
10 1 (0.55%) Enterprise Storage
10 1 (0.55%) iPhone
10 1 (0.55%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 102 (56.04%) Windows
2 57 (31.32%) Linux
3 51 (28.02%) Windows Server
4 38 (20.88%) Android
5 37 (20.33%) Apple iOS
6 33 (18.13%) Windows 10
7 9 (4.95%) Unix
7 9 (4.95%) Windows Server 2012
8 5 (2.75%) CentOS
9 4 (2.20%) Windows Server 2003
10 2 (1.10%) Windows 7
11 1 (0.55%) Fedora
11 1 (0.55%) Mac OS
11 1 (0.55%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.55%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 98 (53.85%) Cybersecurity
2 61 (33.52%) Information Security
3 58 (31.87%) Ethical Hacking
4 57 (31.32%) Penetration Testing
5 42 (23.08%) Problem-Solving
6 41 (22.53%) SIEM
7 36 (19.78%) API Design
7 36 (19.78%) Kanban
7 36 (19.78%) MVC
7 36 (19.78%) Reverse Engineering
7 36 (19.78%) Scrum
8 35 (19.23%) ITIL
8 35 (19.23%) Software Engineering
9 28 (15.38%) Identity Management
9 28 (15.38%) Kalman Filter
10 26 (14.29%) Analytics
10 26 (14.29%) Security Operations
11 22 (12.09%) Malware Analysis
12 20 (10.99%) Customer Requirements
13 18 (9.89%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 44 (24.18%) C
2 17 (9.34%) PowerShell
3 16 (8.79%) C#
3 16 (8.79%) C++
4 12 (6.59%) SQL
5 7 (3.85%) Python
6 6 (3.30%) Bash Shell
6 6 (3.30%) JavaScript
7 4 (2.20%) Java
8 1 (0.55%) PHP
Qualifications
1 128 (70.33%) CISSP
2 88 (48.35%) Microsoft Certification
3 73 (40.11%) MCSE
4 72 (39.56%) Cisco Certification
5 63 (34.62%) GIAC
6 61 (33.52%) Degree
7 56 (30.77%) Network+ Certification
8 55 (30.22%) SANS
9 54 (29.67%) SSCP
10 53 (29.12%) CCNA
11 49 (26.92%) CEH
12 48 (26.37%) MCSA
13 37 (20.33%) Linux+ Certification
14 31 (17.03%) CISM
15 30 (16.48%) Security Cleared
16 24 (13.19%) CISA
17 23 (12.64%) CCSP
18 18 (9.89%) (ISC)2 CCSP
19 14 (7.69%) A+ Certification
20 11 (6.04%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (10.99%) GDPR
2 15 (8.24%) Cyber Essentials
2 15 (8.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 11 (6.04%) PCI DSS
3 11 (6.04%) SLA
4 9 (4.95%) MiFID
5 5 (2.75%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 4 (2.20%) QA
7 3 (1.65%) NIST
8 1 (0.55%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 1 (0.55%) GPG13
8 1 (0.55%) ISO 31000
8 1 (0.55%) NCSC
System Software
1 62 (34.07%) Active Directory
2 38 (20.88%) Docker
3 5 (2.75%) Hyper-V
4 4 (2.20%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.55%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 1 (0.55%) NFS
5 1 (0.55%) Samba
5 1 (0.55%) Virtual Servers
5 1 (0.55%) VirtualBox
5 1 (0.55%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (0.55%) VMware Workstation
5 1 (0.55%) Xen
Systems Management
1 38 (20.88%) Kubernetes
2 35 (19.23%) Microsoft Intune
3 14 (7.69%) Single Sign-On
4 5 (2.75%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 5 (2.75%) SCCM
5 3 (1.65%) CSIRT
5 3 (1.65%) QRadar
6 2 (1.10%) CASB
7 1 (0.55%) Ansible
7 1 (0.55%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
7 1 (0.55%) Docker Swarm
7 1 (0.55%) FortiGate
7 1 (0.55%) Nagios
7 1 (0.55%) Norton AntiVirus
7 1 (0.55%) OpenNMS
7 1 (0.55%) Puppet
7 1 (0.55%) vCenter Server
7 1 (0.55%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 65 (35.71%) Microsoft
2 43 (23.63%) Google
3 26 (14.29%) Cisco
4 10 (5.49%) VMware
5 9 (4.95%) Databricks
6 7 (3.85%) CheckPoint
7 6 (3.30%) Dell
7 6 (3.30%) Fortinet
7 6 (3.30%) Palo Alto
8 5 (2.75%) Red Hat
8 5 (2.75%) Veeam
9 4 (2.20%) HP
10 3 (1.65%) Juniper
10 3 (1.65%) LogRhythm
10 3 (1.65%) McAfee
11 2 (1.10%) Apple
11 2 (1.10%) BeyondTrust
11 2 (1.10%) CyberArk
11 2 (1.10%) EMC
11 2 (1.10%) NetApp