Period
to 27 September 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for Cyber Essentials PLUS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Cyber Essentials PLUS over the 6 months to 27 September 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Cyber Essentials PLUS
UK
6 months to
27 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 755 660 1028
Rank change year-on-year -95 +368 +72
Permanent jobs citing Cyber Essentials PLUS 276 24 75
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.23% 0.050% 0.053%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 1.50% 0.40% 0.38%
Number of salaries quoted 119 19 70
10th Percentile £36,250 £40,544 £32,500
25th Percentile £41,250 £48,000 £39,813
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £52,500 £65,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year -19.23% +30.00% -13.04%
75th Percentile £63,875 £77,500 £68,438
90th Percentile £75,000 £88,500 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £65,000 £41,500
% change year-on-year -19.23% +56.63% -27.83%

Cyber Essentials PLUS is in the Quality Assurance and Compliance category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
UK
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 18,389 6,001 19,574
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.06% 12.59% 13.94%
Number of salaries quoted 11,259 4,708 14,607
10th Percentile £31,250 £31,250 £28,125
25th Percentile £40,500 £41,250 £37,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £53,261 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year -3.16% +10.00% -
75th Percentile £71,250 £70,000 £67,500
90th Percentile £87,500 £86,250 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £49,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year -3.06% +8.89% -

Cyber Essentials PLUS
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Cyber Essentials PLUS as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Cyber Essentials PLUS in the UK

Cyber Essentials PLUS
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Cyber Essentials PLUS.

Salary trend for Cyber Essentials PLUS in the UK

Cyber Essentials PLUS
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Cyber Essentials PLUS over the 6 months to 27 September 2021.

Salary histogram for Cyber Essentials PLUS in the UK

Cyber Essentials PLUS
Top 15 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Cyber Essentials PLUS within the UK over the 6 months to 27 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 -94 248 £55,000 -15.38% 46
UK excluding London -43 216 £52,500 -19.23% 35
North of England -66 65 £45,000 +38.46% 10
South East -115 63 £55,000 -31.25% 5
London -202 61 £61,500 -1.60% 14
North West - 51 £60,000 - 8
South West -68 37 £52,500 -19.23% 6
Work from Home -257 31 £55,000 -0.25% 4
Scotland - 27 £52,500 - 3
Midlands -113 15 £55,000 +12.24% 7
West Midlands -92 13 £85,000 +73.47% 5
Yorkshire -93 11 £45,000 +38.46% 2
East of England - 11 £49,000 - 4
North East - 3 £57,500 -
East Midlands - 2 £38,242 - 2

For the 6 months to 27 September 2021, IT jobs citing Cyber Essentials PLUS 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 Cyber Essentials PLUS.

1 276 (100.00%) Cyber Essentials
2 242 (87.68%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 207 (75.00%) Cybersecurity
4 161 (58.33%) Social Skills
5 159 (57.61%) NIST
6 140 (50.72%) GDPR
7 134 (48.55%) Police
8 128 (46.38%) Smart Meter
9 114 (41.30%) SIEM
9 114 (41.30%) Vulnerability Management
10 103 (37.32%) Data Protection
11 101 (36.59%) Security Testing
11 101 (36.59%) Risk Management
12 93 (33.70%) Security Cleared
13 80 (28.99%) Cyber Assurance
13 80 (28.99%) Fraud Detection
13 80 (28.99%) Regulatory Compliance
13 80 (28.99%) Threat Analysis
13 80 (28.99%) Identity Management
14 78 (28.26%) Management Information System
15 75 (27.17%) Security Management
16 72 (26.09%) ISMS
17 62 (22.46%) Information Security
18 61 (22.10%) Change Management
19 59 (21.38%) Finance
20 55 (19.93%) Azure
21 48 (17.39%) Microsoft
21 48 (17.39%) Banking
22 43 (15.58%) CISSP
22 43 (15.58%) Windows

Cyber Essentials PLUS
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 14 (5.07%) SharePoint
2 6 (2.17%) IIS
3 3 (1.09%) MS Exchange
4 2 (0.72%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 5 (1.81%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.72%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.36%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 6 (2.17%) Oracle EBS
1 6 (2.17%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (0.36%) AlphaBridge
2 1 (0.36%) Alphatax
2 1 (0.36%) Farmplan
2 1 (0.36%) KEYPrime
Cloud Services
1 55 (19.93%) Azure
2 38 (13.77%) Microsoft 365
3 25 (9.06%) SaaS
4 20 (7.25%) Azure Active Directory
5 12 (4.35%) AWS
6 10 (3.62%) PaaS
7 8 (2.90%) IaaS
7 8 (2.90%) OneDrive
8 6 (2.17%) GCP
9 4 (1.45%) Cloud Computing
9 4 (1.45%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 36 (13.04%) Firewall
2 11 (3.99%) DNS
3 10 (3.62%) WAN
4 9 (3.26%) LAN
4 9 (3.26%) Network Security
5 8 (2.90%) Intrusion Detection
6 7 (2.54%) Cisco ISE
6 7 (2.54%) Remote Desktop
6 7 (2.54%) VLAN
7 6 (2.17%) IP Telephony
7 6 (2.17%) VoIP
8 3 (1.09%) VPN
9 2 (0.72%) Internet
9 2 (0.72%) Skype
9 2 (0.72%) SSL
9 2 (0.72%) Unified Communications
10 1 (0.36%) Cisco ASA
10 1 (0.36%) Cisco Nexus
10 1 (0.36%) Software-Defined Networking
10 1 (0.36%) Structured Cabling
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (2.54%) SQL Server
2 6 (2.17%) Geospatial Data
2 6 (2.17%) GIS
3 4 (1.45%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (0.36%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 3 (1.09%) Git (software)
2 1 (0.36%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 161 (58.33%) Social Skills
2 134 (48.55%) Police
3 59 (21.38%) Finance
4 48 (17.39%) Banking
5 22 (7.97%) Legal
6 20 (7.25%) Analytical Skills
7 10 (3.62%) Public Sector
8 5 (1.81%) Law
9 4 (1.45%) Aerospace
10 2 (0.72%) Marketing
10 2 (0.72%) Presentation Skills
10 2 (0.72%) Publishing
10 2 (0.72%) Telecoms
11 1 (0.36%) Electronics
11 1 (0.36%) Manufacturing
11 1 (0.36%) Military
11 1 (0.36%) Organisational Skills
11 1 (0.36%) Pharmaceutical
11 1 (0.36%) Retail
Job Titles
1 89 (32.25%) Consultant
2 88 (31.88%) Security Consultant
3 83 (30.07%) Cybersecurity Consultant
4 49 (17.75%) Architect
5 48 (17.39%) Security Architect
6 40 (14.49%) Analyst
7 30 (10.87%) Security Analyst
8 29 (10.51%) Junior
8 29 (10.51%) Junior Consultant
8 29 (10.51%) Junior Security Consultant
9 16 (5.80%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 15 (5.43%) IT Manager
11 14 (5.07%) IT Engineer
11 14 (5.07%) Security Manager
12 13 (4.71%) Information Analyst
13 12 (4.35%) Information Security Analyst
14 11 (3.99%) Azure Engineer
14 11 (3.99%) Information Manager
15 9 (3.26%) Information Security Manager
16 8 (2.90%) Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (2.17%) .NET
1 6 (2.17%) .NET Core
1 6 (2.17%) RESTful
2 4 (1.45%) OAuth
3 3 (1.09%) .NET Framework
3 3 (1.09%) Akka.NET
3 3 (1.09%) Blazor
3 3 (1.09%) jQuery
3 3 (1.09%) Razor View Engine
3 3 (1.09%) Twitter Bootstrap
3 3 (1.09%) WPF
4 1 (0.36%) Elastic Stack
4 1 (0.36%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 128 (46.38%) Smart Meter
2 78 (28.26%) Management Information System
3 11 (3.99%) Self-Motivation
4 9 (3.26%) Data Protection Act
4 9 (3.26%) Public Cloud
5 8 (2.90%) Reinsurance
6 6 (2.17%) iPhone
6 6 (2.17%) Private Cloud
7 5 (1.81%) Cloud Native
7 5 (1.81%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 4 (1.45%) Algorithms
8 4 (1.45%) Enterprise Software
8 4 (1.45%) Greenfield Project
9 3 (1.09%) Cybercrime
9 3 (1.09%) Cyberthreat
9 3 (1.09%) Driving Licence
9 3 (1.09%) Hybrid Cloud
9 3 (1.09%) Security Operations Centre
10 2 (0.72%) Data Centre
10 2 (0.72%) Freedom of Information
Operating Systems
1 43 (15.58%) Windows
2 24 (8.70%) Windows Server
3 18 (6.52%) Windows 10
4 9 (3.26%) Linux
5 8 (2.90%) Mac OS
6 6 (2.17%) Windows Server 2019
7 5 (1.81%) CentOS
8 4 (1.45%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.36%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 207 (75.00%) Cybersecurity
2 114 (41.30%) SIEM
2 114 (41.30%) Vulnerability Management
3 103 (37.32%) Data Protection
4 101 (36.59%) Risk Management
4 101 (36.59%) Security Testing
5 80 (28.99%) Cyber Assurance
5 80 (28.99%) Fraud Detection
5 80 (28.99%) Identity Management
5 80 (28.99%) Regulatory Compliance
5 80 (28.99%) Threat Analysis
6 75 (27.17%) Security Management
7 72 (26.09%) ISMS
8 62 (22.46%) Information Security
9 61 (22.10%) Change Management
10 31 (11.23%) ITIL
11 30 (10.87%) Continuous Improvement
12 24 (8.70%) Problem-Solving
13 22 (7.97%) Disaster Recovery
14 20 (7.25%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 7 (2.54%) PowerShell
2 6 (2.17%) C#
3 3 (1.09%) C
4 2 (0.72%) Java
5 1 (0.36%) PHP
Qualifications
1 93 (33.70%) Security Cleared
2 43 (15.58%) CISSP
3 39 (14.13%) CISM
4 33 (11.96%) Degree
5 6 (2.17%) SC Cleared
6 3 (1.09%) CCSA
6 3 (1.09%) CEH
6 3 (1.09%) CRISC
6 3 (1.09%) ITIL Certification
6 3 (1.09%) JNCIA
7 2 (0.72%) CCNA
7 2 (0.72%) Cisco Certification
8 1 (0.36%) APMG
8 1 (0.36%) AWS Certification
8 1 (0.36%) DV Cleared
8 1 (0.36%) GCIA
8 1 (0.36%) GCIH
8 1 (0.36%) MCSE
8 1 (0.36%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (0.36%) PCI QSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 276 (100.00%) Cyber Essentials
2 242 (87.68%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 159 (57.61%) NIST
4 140 (50.72%) GDPR
5 20 (7.25%) PCI DSS
6 15 (5.43%) SLA
7 8 (2.90%) ISO 22301
7 8 (2.90%) NIST 800
8 6 (2.17%) TickIT
9 5 (1.81%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 4 (1.45%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 4 (1.45%) PMO
11 2 (0.72%) GRC
12 1 (0.36%) Actionable Recommendations
12 1 (0.36%) NCSC
12 1 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 23 (8.33%) Active Directory
2 8 (2.90%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (1.81%) Virtual Servers
4 4 (1.45%) Hyper-V
5 2 (0.72%) BitLocker
6 1 (0.36%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.36%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 19 (6.88%) Microsoft Intune
2 6 (2.17%) Nessus
3 5 (1.81%) Jamf Pro
4 3 (1.09%) SCCM
5 2 (0.72%) Kubernetes
6 1 (0.36%) Cisco CME
6 1 (0.36%) Cisco Prime
6 1 (0.36%) John the Ripper
6 1 (0.36%) Nmap
6 1 (0.36%) QRadar
6 1 (0.36%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 48 (17.39%) Microsoft
2 19 (6.88%) VMware
3 10 (3.62%) Cisco
3 10 (3.62%) Veeam
4 8 (2.90%) Citrix
5 6 (2.17%) Darktrace
5 6 (2.17%) DevExpress
5 6 (2.17%) Oracle
5 6 (2.17%) Rapid7
6 5 (1.81%) Red Hat
7 4 (1.45%) LogRhythm
7 4 (1.45%) Qualys
8 3 (1.09%) Xamarin
9 2 (0.72%) Meraki
9 2 (0.72%) WatchGuard
10 1 (0.36%) CheckPoint
10 1 (0.36%) Sage
10 1 (0.36%) SAP
10 1 (0.36%) SonicWALL
10 1 (0.36%) Splunk