Period
to 24 September 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 24 September 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

CompTIA Security+
UK
6 months to
24 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 901 612 905
Rank change year-on-year -289 +293 -87
Permanent jobs citing CompTIA Security+ 141 90 191
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.12% 0.18% 0.14%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.53% 0.83% 0.58%
Number of salaries quoted 117 66 115
10th Percentile £32,500 £30,875 £37,500
25th Percentile £40,000 £41,500 £42,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £57,500 £50,000 £55,000
Median % change year-on-year +15.00% -9.09% +10.00%
75th Percentile £78,750 £57,188 £64,375
90th Percentile £82,500 £63,125 £71,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £43,500 £47,500 £55,000
% change year-on-year -8.42% -13.64% +22.22%

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 26,360 10,814 33,083
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.51% 22.03% 23.47%
Number of salaries quoted 14,821 8,236 24,447
10th Percentile £31,250 £31,250 £26,650
25th Percentile £40,500 £40,750 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year - +10.00% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £71,250 £66,250
90th Percentile £87,500 £87,500 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £48,314 £45,000
% change year-on-year -1.68% +7.36% -

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 24 September 2021.

Salary histogram for CompTIA Security+ in the UK

CompTIA Security+
Top 14 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 24 September 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 -284 118 £60,000 +20.00% 32
London -216 65 £75,000 +50.00% 7
UK excluding London -234 60 £43,500 -8.42% 30
Work from Home -268 31 £66,250 +26.19% 3
South East -148 16 £55,000 +43.79% 8
North of England -126 15 £55,000 +46.67% 9
South West -92 10 £41,750 -1.18% 1
North West -86 8 £65,000 +73.33% 2
Yorkshire -98 7 £40,000 +50.94% 6
East of England -86 6 £42,500 +37.10% 3
Scotland -92 6 £50,000 +5.26% 3
West Midlands -115 4 £32,500 -38.10% 3
Midlands -123 4 £32,500 -38.10% 4
Wales - 3 £30,000 - 2

For the 6 months to 24 September 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 85 (60.28%) CISSP
2 81 (57.45%) Cybersecurity
3 70 (49.65%) Information Security
4 51 (36.17%) CEH
5 47 (33.33%) Social Skills
6 46 (32.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 45 (31.91%) Firewall
8 43 (30.50%) SIEM
9 42 (29.79%) Microsoft
9 42 (29.79%) Network Security
10 41 (29.08%) CISM
11 40 (28.37%) Windows
12 35 (24.82%) Linux
13 34 (24.11%) CISA
14 31 (21.99%) Security Operations
15 29 (20.57%) Cisco Certification
15 29 (20.57%) SSCP
16 28 (19.86%) Degree
16 28 (19.86%) Azure
16 28 (19.86%) GDPR
17 27 (19.15%) SANS
17 27 (19.15%) Microsoft Certification
18 26 (18.44%) Vulnerability Management
19 25 (17.73%) Active Directory
19 25 (17.73%) Security Architecture
20 24 (17.02%) CCNA
21 23 (16.31%) Network+ Certification
21 23 (16.31%) Microsoft 365
22 22 (15.60%) NIST
23 21 (14.89%) Splunk

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 4 (2.84%) Skype for Business
2 3 (2.13%) IIS
3 2 (1.42%) SharePoint
Applications
1 8 (5.67%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (2.13%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (2.13%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (2.84%) Sentinel
2 3 (2.13%) RESILIA
Cloud Services
1 28 (19.86%) Azure
2 23 (16.31%) Microsoft 365
3 8 (5.67%) AWS
3 8 (5.67%) Cloud Computing
4 6 (4.26%) Akamai
4 6 (4.26%) PaaS
4 6 (4.26%) Serverless
5 5 (3.55%) Mimecast
5 5 (3.55%) SaaS
6 3 (2.13%) Azure Sentinel
7 2 (1.42%) Dynamics 365
7 2 (1.42%) IaaS
7 2 (1.42%) OneDrive
8 1 (0.71%) GCP
Communications & Networking
1 45 (31.91%) Firewall
2 42 (29.79%) Network Security
3 14 (9.93%) VPN
4 12 (8.51%) DNS
5 10 (7.09%) Intrusion Detection
5 10 (7.09%) TCP/IP
6 8 (5.67%) WAN
7 7 (4.96%) HTTP
8 5 (3.55%) SMTP
9 4 (2.84%) DHCP
9 4 (2.84%) HTTPS
9 4 (2.84%) Skype
9 4 (2.84%) VLAN
10 3 (2.13%) SAN
10 3 (2.13%) Sourcefire
10 3 (2.13%) Wi-Fi
11 2 (1.42%) LAN
11 2 (1.42%) MPLS
11 2 (1.42%) PBX
11 2 (1.42%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.71%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 4 (2.84%) Snyk
2 1 (0.71%) Burp Suite
2 1 (0.71%) GoCD
2 1 (0.71%) Jenkins
2 1 (0.71%) Metasploit
General
1 47 (33.33%) Social Skills
2 17 (12.06%) Finance
3 16 (11.35%) Analytical Skills
4 14 (9.93%) Presentation Skills
5 11 (7.80%) French Language
6 10 (7.09%) Legal
7 9 (6.38%) Law
8 8 (5.67%) Public Sector
9 5 (3.55%) Manufacturing
9 5 (3.55%) Marketing
10 3 (2.13%) Telecoms
11 2 (1.42%) Aerospace
11 2 (1.42%) Banking
11 2 (1.42%) Influencing Skills
11 2 (1.42%) Military
11 2 (1.42%) Organisational Skills
12 1 (0.71%) Documentation Skills
12 1 (0.71%) Electronics
12 1 (0.71%) Environmental Health
12 1 (0.71%) Portuguese Language
Job Titles
1 55 (39.01%) Analyst
2 36 (25.53%) Security Analyst
3 30 (21.28%) Security Engineer
4 28 (19.86%) IT Analyst
5 23 (16.31%) IT Security Analyst
6 18 (12.77%) Consultant
7 15 (10.64%) Security Consultant
8 9 (6.38%) Cybersecurity Analyst
8 9 (6.38%) Senior Security Engineer
8 9 (6.38%) SOC Analyst
9 8 (5.67%) IT Security Officer
9 8 (5.67%) Security Officer
10 7 (4.96%) IT Engineer
10 7 (4.96%) IT Support
11 6 (4.26%) Broadcast Engineer
11 6 (4.26%) Lead Architect
11 6 (4.26%) Senior Broadcast Engineer
11 6 (4.26%) Support Analyst
11 6 (4.26%) Technical Architect
11 6 (4.26%) Technical Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (2.13%) SAML
2 2 (1.42%) OAuth
2 2 (1.42%) Regular Expression
Miscellaneous
1 20 (14.18%) Management Information System
2 8 (5.67%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
2 8 (5.67%) Security Operations Centre
3 7 (4.96%) Cyberthreat
4 6 (4.26%) Virtual Team
5 5 (3.55%) Clustering
6 4 (2.84%) Self-Motivation
6 4 (2.84%) Social Media
7 3 (2.13%) Data Centre
7 3 (2.13%) Private Cloud
8 2 (1.42%) CESG
8 2 (1.42%) Device Driver
8 2 (1.42%) EPoS
8 2 (1.42%) Fat Client
8 2 (1.42%) Hybrid Cloud
8 2 (1.42%) Thin Client
9 1 (0.71%) Driving Licence
9 1 (0.71%) Equities
9 1 (0.71%) Fixed Income
9 1 (0.71%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 40 (28.37%) Windows
2 35 (24.82%) Linux
3 20 (14.18%) Windows Server
4 11 (7.80%) Mac OS
5 8 (5.67%) Unix
6 4 (2.84%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (1.42%) CentOS
7 2 (1.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 2 (1.42%) Ubuntu
7 2 (1.42%) Windows 10
7 2 (1.42%) Windows Server 2016
8 1 (0.71%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 81 (57.45%) Cybersecurity
2 70 (49.65%) Information Security
3 43 (30.50%) SIEM
4 31 (21.99%) Security Operations
5 26 (18.44%) Vulnerability Management
6 25 (17.73%) Security Architecture
7 20 (14.18%) Risk Management
8 18 (12.77%) ITIL
8 18 (12.77%) Penetration Testing
9 16 (11.35%) Asset Management
10 14 (9.93%) Computer Science
11 13 (9.22%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 13 (9.22%) Vulnerability Scanning
12 12 (8.51%) DevOps
12 12 (8.51%) Threat Intelligence
13 11 (7.80%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
13 11 (7.80%) Kalman Filter
13 11 (7.80%) Problem-Solving
14 10 (7.09%) Actionable Insight
14 10 (7.09%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 21 (14.89%) Python
2 13 (9.22%) PowerShell
3 10 (7.09%) Go
4 6 (4.26%) C
4 6 (4.26%) SQL
5 2 (1.42%) Bash Shell
5 2 (1.42%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.71%) Java
6 1 (0.71%) Perl
Qualifications
1 85 (60.28%) CISSP
2 51 (36.17%) CEH
3 41 (29.08%) CISM
4 34 (24.11%) CISA
5 29 (20.57%) Cisco Certification
5 29 (20.57%) SSCP
6 28 (19.86%) Degree
7 27 (19.15%) Microsoft Certification
7 27 (19.15%) SANS
8 24 (17.02%) CCNA
9 23 (16.31%) Network+ Certification
10 17 (12.06%) Security Cleared
11 16 (11.35%) MCSE
12 15 (10.64%) A+ Certification
13 14 (9.93%) GIAC
14 13 (9.22%) MCSA
14 13 (9.22%) SC Cleared
15 12 (8.51%) OSCP
16 10 (7.09%) CISMP
17 8 (5.67%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 46 (32.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 28 (19.86%) GDPR
3 22 (15.60%) NIST
4 13 (9.22%) Cyber Essentials
5 11 (7.80%) PCI DSS
6 9 (6.38%) COBIT
6 9 (6.38%) SLA
7 7 (4.96%) IASME
8 4 (2.84%) GLBA
8 4 (2.84%) NIST 800
8 4 (2.84%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 3 (2.13%) ISO 9001
10 2 (1.42%) ISO 22301
10 2 (1.42%) JSP 440
11 1 (0.71%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 1 (0.71%) GRC
11 1 (0.71%) HIPAA
11 1 (0.71%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 25 (17.73%) Active Directory
2 9 (6.38%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (2.84%) Hyper-V
4 3 (2.13%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (1.42%) Oracle RAC
5 2 (1.42%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 17 (12.06%) QRadar
2 10 (7.09%) Kibana
3 8 (5.67%) Nessus
4 6 (4.26%) SCCM
5 5 (3.55%) Active Directory Federation Services
5 5 (3.55%) CASB
6 4 (2.84%) Microsoft Intune
7 1 (0.71%) Ansible
7 1 (0.71%) Puppet
7 1 (0.71%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 42 (29.79%) Microsoft
2 21 (14.89%) Splunk
3 14 (9.93%) Cisco
4 9 (6.38%) VMware
5 5 (3.55%) LogRhythm
5 5 (3.55%) Varonis
6 4 (2.84%) Palo Alto
6 4 (2.84%) Qualys
6 4 (2.84%) Red Hat
7 3 (2.13%) ArcSight
7 3 (2.13%) Veeam
8 2 (1.42%) Aruba
8 2 (1.42%) CheckPoint
8 2 (1.42%) Dell
8 2 (1.42%) EMC
8 2 (1.42%) Forcepoint
8 2 (1.42%) Fortinet
8 2 (1.42%) HP
8 2 (1.42%) Mitel
8 2 (1.42%) Symantec