Period
to 27 February 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 27 February 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

CompTIA Security+
UK
6 months to
27 Feb 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 631 838 875
Rank change year-on-year +207 +37 +161
Permanent jobs citing CompTIA Security+ 175 189 248
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.24% 0.15% 0.16%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.16% 0.71% 0.67%
Number of salaries quoted 92 134 154
Median annual salary £52,500 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.00% +11.11%
10th Percentile £36,325 £36,400 £31,250
90th Percentile £80,000 £67,500 £82,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year - +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 15,090 26,713 36,877
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.32% 21.73% 24.40%
Number of salaries quoted 10,623 20,119 27,286
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £31,250 £27,500 £26,250
90th Percentile £85,000 £82,500 £81,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £49,773 £46,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +7.04% +3.33% +5.88%

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 27 February 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 27 February 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 +175 150 £52,500 - 27
UK excluding London +139 123 £50,000 - 17
London +177 47 £62,500 +13.64% 10
North of England +46 27 £45,000 -10.00% 3
East of England +96 23 £54,250 -1.36% 2
Scotland - 21 - -
South East +127 18 £47,500 +26.67% 9
North West +60 18 £43,750 -16.67% 3
South West +27 18 £55,000 +37.50%
Midlands +53 16 £50,000 -9.09% 3
West Midlands +42 16 £50,000 -9.09% 1
Work from Home - 11 £52,500 - 3
North East - 9 £45,000 -

For the 6 months to 27 February 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+.

1 101 (57.71%) Problem-Solving
2 97 (55.43%) Cybersecurity
3 92 (52.57%) Network+ Certification
4 77 (44.00%) A+ Certification
5 56 (32.00%) CISSP
5 56 (32.00%) Linux
6 52 (29.71%) Information Security
7 50 (28.57%) Linux+ Certification
8 49 (28.00%) Ethical Hacking
9 43 (24.57%) Penetration Testing
9 43 (24.57%) Data Security
10 42 (24.00%) Server+ Certification
11 41 (23.43%) CEH
12 40 (22.86%) Wireless
13 36 (20.57%) Vulnerability Management
14 34 (19.43%) Microsoft Certification
15 33 (18.86%) MCSE
16 30 (17.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
16 30 (17.14%) Security Operations
17 28 (16.00%) Management Information System
17 28 (16.00%) CISM
18 26 (14.86%) Microsoft
18 26 (14.86%) SSCP
19 24 (13.71%) Security Cleared
20 23 (13.14%) Legal
21 22 (12.57%) Firewall
21 22 (12.57%) Risk Assessment
22 19 (10.86%) Analytical Skills
22 19 (10.86%) NIST
23 18 (10.29%) Cisco Certification

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 (3.43%) Apache Spark
2 3 (1.71%) SharePoint
3 2 (1.14%) Exchange Server 2013
3 2 (1.14%) MS Exchange
3 2 (1.14%) SharePoint 2010
3 2 (1.14%) SharePoint 2013
3 2 (1.14%) Skype for Business
4 1 (0.57%) Confluence
4 1 (0.57%) WordPress
Applications
1 17 (9.71%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (3.43%) Gephi
3 1 (0.57%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.57%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 18 (10.29%) Microsoft 365
2 10 (5.71%) Azure
3 6 (3.43%) AWS
4 2 (1.14%) GCP
5 1 (0.57%) IaaS
5 1 (0.57%) PaaS
5 1 (0.57%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 40 (22.86%) Wireless
2 22 (12.57%) Firewall
3 14 (8.00%) Network Security
4 13 (7.43%) VPN
5 12 (6.86%) Intrusion Detection
6 7 (4.00%) DNS
6 7 (4.00%) SSL
7 6 (3.43%) Ethernet
7 6 (3.43%) HTTP
7 6 (3.43%) MPLS
8 5 (2.86%) Wireless Security
9 3 (1.71%) Internet
9 3 (1.71%) LAN
9 3 (1.71%) WAN
10 2 (1.14%) IPv4
10 2 (1.14%) SAN
10 2 (1.14%) Skype
10 2 (1.14%) TCP/IP
11 1 (0.57%) VLAN
11 1 (0.57%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (4.57%) Big Data
2 6 (3.43%) Apache Hive
2 6 (3.43%) Impala
3 2 (1.14%) SQL Server
3 2 (1.14%) SQL Server 2005
3 2 (1.14%) SQL Server 2019
Development Applications
1 7 (4.00%) Git (software)
1 7 (4.00%) JIRA
2 6 (3.43%) Bitbucket
2 6 (3.43%) Bitbucket Server
2 6 (3.43%) git-flow
3 3 (1.71%) Snyk
4 1 (0.57%) Burp Suite
4 1 (0.57%) Metasploit
4 1 (0.57%) SonarQube
4 1 (0.57%) Subversion
4 1 (0.57%) TeamCity
General
1 23 (13.14%) Legal
2 12 (6.86%) Aerospace
3 8 (4.57%) Military
4 6 (3.43%) Finance
5 2 (1.14%) Advertising
6 1 (0.57%) Banking
6 1 (0.57%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.57%) Law
6 1 (0.57%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 43 (24.57%) IT Engineer
2 42 (24.00%) IT Support
2 42 (24.00%) IT Support Engineer
2 42 (24.00%) Support Engineer
3 40 (22.86%) Analyst
4 35 (20.00%) Ethical Hacker
4 35 (20.00%) Trainee
5 28 (16.00%) Security Engineer
6 22 (12.57%) Security Analyst
7 11 (6.29%) Information Analyst
8 9 (5.14%) Principal Engineer
8 9 (5.14%) Principal Security Engineer
9 8 (4.57%) Cybersecurity Engineer
9 8 (4.57%) Information Security Analyst
9 8 (4.57%) IT Analyst
9 8 (4.57%) IT Security Analyst
9 8 (4.57%) SOC Analyst
10 7 (4.00%) Consultant
10 7 (4.00%) SIEM Analyst
11 6 (3.43%) Senior Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (3.43%) Elastic Stack
1 6 (3.43%) Kafka
2 5 (2.86%) Middleware
3 4 (2.29%) Web Services
4 1 (0.57%) LDAP
4 1 (0.57%) REST
4 1 (0.57%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 28 (16.00%) Management Information System
2 19 (10.86%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (3.43%) Analytical Mindset
3 6 (3.43%) Cyber Kill Chain
3 6 (3.43%) Cyberthreat
4 3 (1.71%) Self-Motivation
5 2 (1.14%) Cyberattack
5 2 (1.14%) EMC VNX
5 2 (1.14%) Enterprise Storage
5 2 (1.14%) Virtual Team
6 1 (0.57%) Data Structures
6 1 (0.57%) Driving Licence
6 1 (0.57%) PKI
6 1 (0.57%) Public Cloud
6 1 (0.57%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 56 (32.00%) Linux
2 11 (6.29%) Windows
3 3 (1.71%) Windows Server
4 2 (1.14%) CentOS
4 2 (1.14%) Fedora
4 2 (1.14%) Oracle Linux
4 2 (1.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 2 (1.14%) Ubuntu
4 2 (1.14%) Windows Server 2008
4 2 (1.14%) Windows Server 2016
5 1 (0.57%) Unix
5 1 (0.57%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 101 (57.71%) Problem-Solving
2 97 (55.43%) Cybersecurity
3 52 (29.71%) Information Security
4 49 (28.00%) Ethical Hacking
5 43 (24.57%) Data Security
5 43 (24.57%) Penetration Testing
6 36 (20.57%) Vulnerability Management
7 30 (17.14%) Security Operations
8 22 (12.57%) Risk Assessment
9 17 (9.71%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 16 (9.14%) ITIL
10 16 (9.14%) Mathematics
11 15 (8.57%) Stakeholder Management
12 14 (8.00%) Security Management
13 12 (6.86%) ISMS
14 11 (6.29%) Service Management
15 10 (5.71%) Threat Intelligence
16 9 (5.14%) Cyber Resilience
16 9 (5.14%) ITSM
16 9 (5.14%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 14 (8.00%) Python
2 10 (5.71%) PowerShell
3 9 (5.14%) Bash Shell
4 8 (4.57%) C
5 6 (3.43%) Perl
5 6 (3.43%) R
6 2 (1.14%) SQL
6 2 (1.14%) VB
6 2 (1.14%) VBScript
7 1 (0.57%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 92 (52.57%) Network+ Certification
2 77 (44.00%) A+ Certification
3 56 (32.00%) CISSP
4 50 (28.57%) Linux+ Certification
5 42 (24.00%) Server+ Certification
6 41 (23.43%) CEH
7 34 (19.43%) Microsoft Certification
8 33 (18.86%) MCSE
9 28 (16.00%) CISM
10 26 (14.86%) SSCP
11 24 (13.71%) Security Cleared
12 18 (10.29%) Cisco Certification
12 18 (10.29%) Degree
13 17 (9.71%) SANS
14 15 (8.57%) CCNA
14 15 (8.57%) CISMP
14 15 (8.57%) RHCSA
15 14 (8.00%) CESG Certified Professional
16 13 (7.43%) GIAC
16 13 (7.43%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (17.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 19 (10.86%) NIST
3 9 (5.14%) Cyber Essentials
4 7 (4.00%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
4 7 (4.00%) SLA
5 5 (2.86%) GDPR
6 4 (2.29%) PCI DSS
7 3 (1.71%) JSP 440
7 3 (1.71%) NIST 800
8 1 (0.57%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 8 (4.57%) VMware Infrastructure
2 6 (3.43%) Apache Flume
3 5 (2.86%) VMware ESXi
4 4 (2.29%) Active Directory
4 4 (2.29%) vSphere
4 4 (2.29%) XenApp
4 4 (2.29%) XenDesktop
5 3 (1.71%) Docker
5 3 (1.71%) Hyper-V
6 2 (1.14%) NFS
6 2 (1.14%) Samba
6 2 (1.14%) Virtual Machines
6 2 (1.14%) VirtualBox
6 2 (1.14%) Xen
7 1 (0.57%) BitLocker
7 1 (0.57%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.57%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (0.57%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 15 (8.57%) SCCM
2 6 (3.43%) Kibana
2 6 (3.43%) Oozie
3 4 (2.29%) Ansible
3 4 (2.29%) Nagios
4 3 (1.71%) Kubernetes
4 3 (1.71%) Puppet
5 2 (1.14%) BladeLogic
5 2 (1.14%) Docker Swarm
5 2 (1.14%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 2 (1.14%) Nessus
5 2 (1.14%) NetBackup
5 2 (1.14%) Norton AntiVirus
5 2 (1.14%) OpenNMS
5 2 (1.14%) SCOM
5 2 (1.14%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 2 (1.14%) vCenter Server
5 2 (1.14%) ZABBIX
6 1 (0.57%) QRadar
6 1 (0.57%) Terraform
Vendors
1 26 (14.86%) Microsoft
2 17 (9.71%) Red Hat
3 16 (9.14%) Palo Alto
4 12 (6.86%) Splunk
5 8 (4.57%) VMware
6 7 (4.00%) Barracuda Networks
7 6 (3.43%) BT
7 6 (3.43%) Dell
7 6 (3.43%) EMC
8 4 (2.29%) Citrix
8 4 (2.29%) NetApp
9 3 (1.71%) Oracle
10 2 (1.14%) 3PAR
10 2 (1.14%) Blue Coat
10 2 (1.14%) BMC
10 2 (1.14%) IBM
10 2 (1.14%) SolarWinds
10 2 (1.14%) Sophos
10 2 (1.14%) Symantec
10 2 (1.14%) Veeam