Period
to 19 August 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for CREST Certified qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 6 months to 19 August 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

CREST Certification
UK
6 months to
19 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 849 877 914
Rank change year-on-year +28 +37 -118
Permanent jobs citing CREST Certified 246 307 302
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.17% 0.18% 0.17%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.73% 0.77% 0.69%
Number of salaries quoted 185 216 228
UK median annual salary £65,000 £62,500 £55,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.00% +13.64% -4.35%
10th Percentile £35,500 £43,750 £33,750
90th Percentile £90,000 £100,000 £86,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £65,000 £60,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +8.33% +33.33% -18.18%

CREST Certified 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 33,781 40,102 43,612
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.82% 23.73% 24.61%
Number of salaries quoted 24,455 29,764 33,534
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +11.11% -
10th Percentile £26,662 £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% -

CREST Certified
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing CREST Certified as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for CREST Certified in the UK

CREST Certified
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing CREST Certified.

Salary trend for CREST Certified in the UK

CREST Certified
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing CREST Certified over the 6 months to 19 August 2019.

Salary histogram for CREST Certified in the UK

CREST Certified
Top 15 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing CREST Certified within the UK over the 6 months to 19 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 +33 222 £65,000 +4.00% 40
UK excluding London +71 136 £65,000 +8.33% 24
London +28 84 £65,000 -3.70% 16
South East +24 54 £65,000 - 4
Midlands +64 35 £70,000 +27.27% 5
West Midlands +54 31 £70,000 +55.56% 5
North of England +26 24 £62,500 +11.11% 9
North West +10 16 £70,000 +16.67% 5
South West +6 10 £80,000 - 1
East of England +50 8 £75,000 +30.43% 5
Yorkshire +4 8 £55,000 +69.23% 4
Scotland +20 3 £50,000 -20.00%
Northern Ireland -19 2 £100,000 +50.94%
Wales - 2 £50,250 -
East Midlands - 2 £52,500 -

For the 6 months to 19 August 2019, IT jobs citing CREST Certified 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 CREST Certified.

1 169 (68.70%) Cybersecurity
2 161 (65.45%) Penetration Testing
3 108 (43.90%) OSCP
4 74 (30.08%) Security Cleared
5 68 (27.64%) Information Security
6 60 (24.39%) Security Testing
7 51 (20.73%) CHECK Team Member
8 50 (20.33%) Mobile App
9 49 (19.92%) Tigerscheme
10 48 (19.51%) CISSP
11 45 (18.29%) Firewall
12 43 (17.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
13 42 (17.07%) Linux
14 41 (16.67%) Open Source
15 39 (15.85%) SC Cleared
15 39 (15.85%) Python
16 38 (15.45%) Self-Motivation
17 37 (15.04%) CISM
18 36 (14.63%) Windows
19 35 (14.23%) Finance
19 35 (14.23%) GIAC
19 35 (14.23%) Degree
19 35 (14.23%) OSCE
20 34 (13.82%) Management Information System
21 30 (12.20%) Security Architecture
21 30 (12.20%) PCI DSS
22 29 (11.79%) SIEM
22 29 (11.79%) CHECK Team Leader
23 28 (11.38%) TCP/IP
24 27 (10.98%) OWASP

CREST Certified
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 7 (2.85%) IIS
Applications
1 2 (0.81%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 5 (2.03%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 9 (3.66%) Amazon AWS
1 9 (3.66%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (2.85%) Google Cloud Platform
3 6 (2.44%) IaaS
4 1 (0.41%) vREST
Communications & Networking
1 45 (18.29%) Firewall
2 28 (11.38%) TCP/IP
3 18 (7.32%) Network Security
4 14 (5.69%) Intrusion Detection
5 11 (4.47%) Wireless
6 8 (3.25%) HTTP
7 7 (2.85%) Internet
8 6 (2.44%) LAN
8 6 (2.44%) SMTP
8 6 (2.44%) WAN
9 2 (0.81%) DNS
9 2 (0.81%) VPN
9 2 (0.81%) Wireshark
10 1 (0.41%) NFC
Development Applications
1 14 (5.69%) Metasploit
2 12 (4.88%) Burp Suite
3 10 (4.07%) sqlmap
4 7 (2.85%) JIRA
4 7 (2.85%) SonarQube
4 7 (2.85%) Visual Studio
General
1 35 (14.23%) Finance
2 15 (6.10%) Aerospace
3 10 (4.07%) Games
4 9 (3.66%) Banking
4 9 (3.66%) Retail
5 8 (3.25%) Legal
5 8 (3.25%) Police
6 7 (2.85%) Back Office
7 6 (2.44%) Fire and Rescue
7 6 (2.44%) Telecoms
8 5 (2.03%) Marketing
8 5 (2.03%) Publishing
9 4 (1.63%) Electronics
9 4 (1.63%) Law
10 3 (1.22%) Advertising
10 3 (1.22%) Public Sector
11 1 (0.41%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.41%) Manufacturing
11 1 (0.41%) Military
Job Titles
1 114 (46.34%) Tester
2 113 (45.93%) Penetration Tester
3 58 (23.58%) Consultant
4 53 (21.54%) Security Consultant
5 33 (13.41%) Cybersecurity Consultant
6 25 (10.16%) Senior Penetration Tester
6 25 (10.16%) Senior Tester
7 17 (6.91%) Analyst
8 12 (4.88%) Security Tester
9 11 (4.47%) Architect
9 11 (4.47%) Security Architect
9 11 (4.47%) Security Penetration Tester
10 10 (4.07%) Security Specialist
11 8 (3.25%) Security Engineer
11 8 (3.25%) Security Manager
11 8 (3.25%) Senior Analyst
12 7 (2.85%) Incident Manager
12 7 (2.85%) Lead Tester
12 7 (2.85%) Security Analyst
12 7 (2.85%) Senior Security Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (3.25%) Web Services
2 5 (2.03%) .NET
2 5 (2.03%) ASP.NET
3 1 (0.41%) RESTful
3 1 (0.41%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 50 (20.33%) Mobile App
2 38 (15.45%) Self-Motivation
3 34 (13.82%) Management Information System
4 17 (6.91%) Analytical Skills
5 15 (6.10%) Security Operations Centre
6 14 (5.69%) PKI
7 13 (5.28%) Public Cloud
8 10 (4.07%) Driving Licence
9 7 (2.85%) Data Centre
9 7 (2.85%) SCADA
10 6 (2.44%) Client/Server
10 6 (2.44%) Enterprise Software
10 6 (2.44%) Fat Client
10 6 (2.44%) NHS
10 6 (2.44%) Thin Client
11 5 (2.03%) Cyber Defence
11 5 (2.03%) Cyberattack
12 4 (1.63%) CESG
12 4 (1.63%) Cyber Kill Chain
12 4 (1.63%) Mobile Wallet
Operating Systems
1 42 (17.07%) Linux
2 36 (14.63%) Windows
3 18 (7.32%) Android
4 10 (4.07%) Solaris
5 8 (3.25%) Apple iOS
5 8 (3.25%) Mac OS X
6 7 (2.85%) Windows Server
7 6 (2.44%) Kali Linux
8 2 (0.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (0.81%) Unix
8 2 (0.81%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 169 (68.70%) Cybersecurity
2 161 (65.45%) Penetration Testing
3 68 (27.64%) Information Security
4 60 (24.39%) Security Testing
5 41 (16.67%) Open Source
6 30 (12.20%) Security Architecture
7 29 (11.79%) SIEM
8 27 (10.98%) Computer Science
8 27 (10.98%) OWASP
9 26 (10.57%) Risk Management
10 25 (10.16%) Ethical Hacking
10 25 (10.16%) Vulnerability Assessment
11 23 (9.35%) TOGAF
12 21 (8.54%) ITIL
13 20 (8.13%) Cryptography
13 20 (8.13%) Security Operations
13 20 (8.13%) Service Delivery
14 19 (7.72%) Problem-Solving
14 19 (7.72%) Stakeholder Engagement
14 19 (7.72%) Vulnerability Scanning
Programming Languages
1 39 (15.85%) Python
2 20 (8.13%) Bash Shell
2 20 (8.13%) Java
3 17 (6.91%) C#
4 11 (4.47%) C
4 11 (4.47%) C++
4 11 (4.47%) VB
5 10 (4.07%) Perl
5 10 (4.07%) PowerShell
6 9 (3.66%) Ruby
7 7 (2.85%) PHP
8 2 (0.81%) SQL
9 1 (0.41%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 108 (43.90%) OSCP
2 74 (30.08%) Security Cleared
3 51 (20.73%) CHECK Team Member
4 49 (19.92%) Tigerscheme
5 48 (19.51%) CISSP
6 39 (15.85%) SC Cleared
7 37 (15.04%) CISM
8 35 (14.23%) Degree
8 35 (14.23%) GIAC
8 35 (14.23%) OSCE
9 29 (11.79%) CHECK Team Leader
10 25 (10.16%) CEH
10 25 (10.16%) SANS
11 24 (9.76%) Cyber Scheme
12 22 (8.94%) GPEN
13 20 (8.13%) Cisco Certification
14 19 (7.72%) CESG Certified Professional
15 18 (7.32%) CISA
16 14 (5.69%) Master's Degree
16 14 (5.69%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (17.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 30 (12.20%) PCI DSS
3 25 (10.16%) NIST
4 16 (6.50%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 14 (5.69%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 11 (4.47%) GDPR
6 11 (4.47%) ISO 22301
6 11 (4.47%) ISO 9001
7 8 (3.25%) NCSC
8 7 (2.85%) ISAE 3402
8 7 (2.85%) ISO 31000
8 7 (2.85%) ISO/IEC 27005
9 6 (2.44%) QA
10 5 (2.03%) COBIT
11 4 (1.63%) HIPAA
11 4 (1.63%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 4 (1.63%) ITGC
11 4 (1.63%) NIST 800
12 3 (1.22%) Actionable Recommendations
12 3 (1.22%) Cyber Essentials
System Software
1 7 (2.85%) ISA Server
2 2 (0.81%) Active Directory
2 2 (0.81%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 20 (8.13%) Nessus
2 14 (5.69%) Nmap
3 7 (2.85%) IBM Guardium
3 7 (2.85%) Trend Micro Deep Security
4 3 (1.22%) Network Intrusion Detection System
5 2 (0.81%) CSIRT
5 2 (0.81%) Host Intrusion Detection System
6 1 (0.41%) Nexpose
6 1 (0.41%) Red Hat Satellite
6 1 (0.41%) Single Sign-On
6 1 (0.41%) WSUS
Vendors
1 11 (4.47%) Microsoft
2 10 (4.07%) Cisco
3 8 (3.25%) McAfee
3 8 (3.25%) Qualys
3 8 (3.25%) Tripwire
4 7 (2.85%) ArcSight
4 7 (2.85%) Barracuda Networks
4 7 (2.85%) Centrify
4 7 (2.85%) Google
4 7 (2.85%) IBM
4 7 (2.85%) Imperva
4 7 (2.85%) Okta
4 7 (2.85%) Oracle
4 7 (2.85%) Splunk
4 7 (2.85%) Trend Micro
5 5 (2.03%) Sparx
6 4 (1.63%) Red Hat
7 2 (0.81%) Citrix
7 2 (0.81%) Symantec
7 2 (0.81%) VMware