Period
to 20 March 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 20 March 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

CompTIA Security+
UK
6 months to
20 Mar 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 902 989 1012
Rank change year-on-year +87 +23 +147
Permanent jobs citing CompTIA Security+ 220 197 181
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.15% 0.11% 0.11%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.61% 0.47% 0.41%
Number of salaries quoted 125 165 163
UK median annual salary £52,500 £47,500 £46,250
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.53% +2.70% -19.57%
10th Percentile £31,250 £31,250 £27,500
90th Percentile £87,750 £75,750 £64,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000

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 36,359 41,888 43,716
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.47% 23.79% 25.41%
Number of salaries quoted 26,383 32,328 34,448
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £26,594 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £81,200 £80,000 £76,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,000
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% -1.18%

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 20 March 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 20 March 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 +119 203 £52,500 +5.00% 22
UK excluding London +118 140 £45,000 - 12
London +27 75 £52,500 +5.00% 11
Midlands +64 33 £55,000 -8.33% 2
South East +64 32 £42,500 +12.21% 5
North of England +49 30 £75,000 +14.50% 3
West Midlands +44 24 £45,000 -26.53% 1
South West +18 18 £47,500 +5.56%
East of England +55 15 £38,000 -17.84% 1
North East - 13 - -
Yorkshire +23 11 £76,250 +1.67% 2
Scotland +7 10 £25,500 -8.93%
East Midlands +39 9 £76,500 +80.00% 1
North West +46 6 £60,000 +100.00% 1
Wales - 2 £37,500 - 1

For the 6 months to 20 March 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+.

1 159 (72.27%) CISSP
2 113 (51.36%) Cybersecurity
3 107 (48.64%) Information Security
4 93 (42.27%) Windows
5 83 (37.73%) CEH
6 82 (37.27%) Degree
6 82 (37.27%) Firewall
7 80 (36.36%) SIEM
8 70 (31.82%) Microsoft
9 67 (30.45%) Linux
9 67 (30.45%) ITIL
10 63 (28.64%) Management Information System
10 63 (28.64%) SSCP
11 62 (28.18%) Microsoft Certification
12 61 (27.73%) Cisco Certification
13 60 (27.27%) GIAC
14 58 (26.36%) Security Operations
15 57 (25.91%) CCNA
16 56 (25.45%) Network+ Certification
17 51 (23.18%) CISM
18 47 (21.36%) TCP/IP
19 45 (20.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
19 45 (20.45%) Active Directory
19 45 (20.45%) SANS
20 44 (20.00%) MCSE
21 42 (19.09%) VMware
21 42 (19.09%) Windows Server
22 41 (18.64%) Microsoft Azure
23 39 (17.73%) MCSA
24 37 (16.82%) Finance

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 10 (4.55%) MS Exchange
2 9 (4.09%) IIS
3 6 (2.73%) Apache Pig
4 5 (2.27%) Apache
5 4 (1.82%) Elasticsearch
5 4 (1.82%) OpenStack
6 1 (0.45%) Confluence
6 1 (0.45%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 19 (8.64%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 41 (18.64%) Microsoft Azure
2 27 (12.27%) Office 365
3 24 (10.91%) Amazon AWS
4 23 (10.45%) IaaS
4 23 (10.45%) PaaS
5 20 (9.09%) Azure Active Directory
6 10 (4.55%) Google Cloud Platform
7 6 (2.73%) Cloud Computing
8 5 (2.27%) Mimecast
9 4 (1.82%) GitHub
9 4 (1.82%) SaaS
10 1 (0.45%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 82 (37.27%) Firewall
2 47 (21.36%) TCP/IP
3 33 (15.00%) Network Security
4 19 (8.64%) DNS
4 19 (8.64%) SNMP
5 18 (8.18%) VPN
6 17 (7.73%) HTTP
7 12 (5.45%) FCoE
7 12 (5.45%) VLAN
8 11 (5.00%) Internet
9 10 (4.55%) DHCP
9 10 (4.55%) MPLS
10 7 (3.18%) BGP
10 7 (3.18%) OSPF
10 7 (3.18%) Wireless
11 6 (2.73%) Cisco ASA
11 6 (2.73%) EIGRP
11 6 (2.73%) Intrusion Detection
11 6 (2.73%) SSL
12 5 (2.27%) ICMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (9.55%) Big Data
2 10 (4.55%) Hadoop
3 9 (4.09%) SQL Server
4 6 (2.73%) Apache Hive
4 6 (2.73%) MySQL
5 3 (1.36%) SQL Server 2014
6 2 (0.91%) Azure SQL Database
6 2 (0.91%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 19 (8.64%) JIRA
2 12 (5.45%) Redmine
3 10 (4.55%) Git (software)
4 6 (2.73%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 6 (2.73%) Bitbucket
4 6 (2.73%) CodeSonar
4 6 (2.73%) git-flow
4 6 (2.73%) Robot Framework
4 6 (2.73%) Selenium
5 4 (1.82%) Metasploit
General
1 37 (16.82%) Finance
2 17 (7.73%) Publishing
3 7 (3.18%) Games
3 7 (3.18%) Legal
4 6 (2.73%) Retail
5 5 (2.27%) Banking
6 3 (1.36%) Military
7 2 (0.91%) Law
Job Titles
1 51 (23.18%) Analyst
2 47 (21.36%) Security Engineer
3 45 (20.45%) Architect
4 32 (14.55%) Security Analyst
5 24 (10.91%) Security Architect
6 15 (6.82%) Solutions Architect
7 14 (6.36%) Cloud Architect
8 13 (5.91%) Consultant
8 13 (5.91%) IT Analyst
9 12 (5.45%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 12 (5.45%) IT Security Analyst
9 12 (5.45%) Security Consultant
10 11 (5.00%) Microsoft Engineer
11 10 (4.55%) Cybersecurity Engineer
12 9 (4.09%) Information Architect
12 9 (4.09%) Information Security Architect
13 8 (3.64%) Cybersecurity Analyst
13 8 (3.64%) Platform Engineer
14 7 (3.18%) Information Security Analyst
14 7 (3.18%) Security Officer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (5.00%) .NET
1 11 (5.00%) .NET Framework
2 10 (4.55%) REST
3 7 (3.18%) Java EE
3 7 (3.18%) STL
4 6 (2.73%) ASP.NET
4 6 (2.73%) Django
4 6 (2.73%) LAMP
4 6 (2.73%) Node.js
4 6 (2.73%) RabbitMQ
4 6 (2.73%) SOAP
4 6 (2.73%) Spring MVC
4 6 (2.73%) WCF
5 5 (2.27%) Elastic Stack
6 4 (1.82%) JSON
6 4 (1.82%) Protocol Buffers
6 4 (1.82%) RESTful
6 4 (1.82%) XML
7 2 (0.91%) COM
8 1 (0.45%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 63 (28.64%) Management Information System
2 29 (13.18%) Security Operations Centre
3 26 (11.82%) Self-Motivation
4 23 (10.45%) Data Centre
5 22 (10.00%) Analytical Skills
6 17 (7.73%) CMDB
7 14 (6.36%) Cyberthreat
8 11 (5.00%) Linux Command Line
9 10 (4.55%) Client/Server
9 10 (4.55%) Cyberattack
10 9 (4.09%) Enterprise Cloud
11 8 (3.64%) Data Protection Act
12 7 (3.18%) CESG
12 7 (3.18%) Cyber Defence
13 6 (2.73%) Cyber Kill Chain
14 5 (2.27%) Enterprise Software
15 4 (1.82%) Fintech
15 4 (1.82%) Hybrid Cloud
15 4 (1.82%) PKI
16 2 (0.91%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 93 (42.27%) Windows
2 67 (30.45%) Linux
3 42 (19.09%) Windows Server
4 30 (13.64%) Windows 10
5 23 (10.45%) Apple iOS
6 19 (8.64%) Android
7 15 (6.82%) Mac OS X
8 13 (5.91%) Unix
9 9 (4.09%) Kali Linux
9 9 (4.09%) Windows Server 2012
10 5 (2.27%) Mac OS
10 5 (2.27%) Windows 7
11 3 (1.36%) CentOS
11 3 (1.36%) Fedora
11 3 (1.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 3 (1.36%) Ubuntu
12 1 (0.45%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 113 (51.36%) Cybersecurity
2 107 (48.64%) Information Security
3 80 (36.36%) SIEM
4 67 (30.45%) ITIL
5 58 (26.36%) Security Operations
6 37 (16.82%) Problem-Solving
7 35 (15.91%) Software Engineering
8 34 (15.45%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 33 (15.00%) Data Protection
10 31 (14.09%) Computer Science
10 31 (14.09%) Vulnerability Management
11 30 (13.64%) Agile Software Development
11 30 (13.64%) Service Management
12 29 (13.18%) Analytics
13 28 (12.73%) Continuous Improvement
14 27 (12.27%) Project Management
14 27 (12.27%) Service Delivery
15 26 (11.82%) Due Diligence
16 25 (11.36%) Mentoring
17 21 (9.55%) Security Architecture
Programming Languages
1 35 (15.91%) PowerShell
2 30 (13.64%) Python
3 26 (11.82%) Bash Shell
4 21 (9.55%) C
5 12 (5.45%) Java
6 10 (4.55%) JavaScript
6 10 (4.55%) PHP
7 9 (4.09%) Perl
8 8 (3.64%) Go
8 8 (3.64%) Korn
8 8 (3.64%) Ruby
9 7 (3.18%) C#
9 7 (3.18%) C++
9 7 (3.18%) Objective-C
10 6 (2.73%) SQL
11 4 (1.82%) VBScript
12 1 (0.45%) VB
Qualifications
1 159 (72.27%) CISSP
2 83 (37.73%) CEH
3 82 (37.27%) Degree
4 63 (28.64%) SSCP
5 62 (28.18%) Microsoft Certification
6 61 (27.73%) Cisco Certification
7 60 (27.27%) GIAC
8 57 (25.91%) CCNA
9 56 (25.45%) Network+ Certification
10 51 (23.18%) CISM
11 45 (20.45%) SANS
12 44 (20.00%) MCSE
13 39 (17.73%) MCSA
14 30 (13.64%) Computer Science Degree
15 27 (12.27%) CISA
16 26 (11.82%) Security Cleared
17 22 (10.00%) DV Cleared
17 22 (10.00%) Linux+ Certification
18 20 (9.09%) A+ Certification
19 18 (8.18%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 45 (20.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 23 (10.45%) GDPR
3 17 (7.73%) GPG13
3 17 (7.73%) SLA
4 10 (4.55%) QA
5 9 (4.09%) Cyber Essentials
6 7 (3.18%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 6 (2.73%) COBIT
7 6 (2.73%) PCI DSS
8 3 (1.36%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 3 (1.36%) ISO 31000
9 2 (0.91%) NIST 800
10 1 (0.45%) RMADS
System Software
1 45 (20.45%) Active Directory
2 23 (10.45%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (6.82%) VMware ESXi
4 14 (6.36%) NFS
4 14 (6.36%) Samba
5 13 (5.91%) Docker
6 12 (5.45%) VMware NSX
7 6 (2.73%) vSphere
8 3 (1.36%) VirtualBox
8 3 (1.36%) Xen
9 1 (0.45%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 21 (9.55%) Puppet
2 16 (7.27%) Nagios
3 15 (6.82%) Ansible
3 15 (6.82%) vCenter Server
4 10 (4.55%) CASB
5 9 (4.09%) Norton AntiVirus
6 7 (3.18%) Kubernetes
6 7 (3.18%) Microsoft Intune
6 7 (3.18%) QRadar
7 6 (2.73%) FortiGate
7 6 (2.73%) Salt
7 6 (2.73%) WSUS
8 5 (2.27%) CSIRT
8 5 (2.27%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 4 (1.82%) IBM BigFix
9 4 (1.82%) Nessus
9 4 (1.82%) Nmap
9 4 (1.82%) SCCM
10 3 (1.36%) OpenNMS
10 3 (1.36%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 70 (31.82%) Microsoft
2 42 (19.09%) VMware
3 34 (15.45%) Cisco
4 31 (14.09%) EMC
4 31 (14.09%) NetApp
5 29 (13.18%) CheckPoint
6 25 (11.36%) Citrix
7 16 (7.27%) Google
7 16 (7.27%) SolarWinds
8 10 (4.55%) Splunk
8 10 (4.55%) Symantec
9 9 (4.09%) McAfee
10 8 (3.64%) Darktrace
10 8 (3.64%) SonicWALL
11 7 (3.18%) Fortinet
11 7 (3.18%) Palo Alto
11 7 (3.18%) Sophos
12 6 (2.73%) Cognizant
13 5 (2.27%) Oracle
13 5 (2.27%) SAP