Period
to 14 April 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 14 April 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Cyber Essentials PLUS
UK
6 months to
14 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 761 911 1016
Rank change year-on-year +150 +105 +107
Permanent jobs citing Cyber Essentials PLUS 88 69 107
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.11% 0.061% 0.072%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 0.86% 0.49% 0.51%
Number of salaries quoted 81 60 90
10th Percentile £33,250 £35,250 "
25th Percentile £38,500 £46,250 £32,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £47,500 £60,250 £42,500
Median % change year-on-year -21.16% +41.76% -29.17%
75th Percentile £56,250 £77,500 £57,500
90th Percentile £73,750 £80,000 £62,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £43,000 £50,000 £35,000
% change year-on-year -14.00% +42.86% -39.13%

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 10,224 13,974 20,992
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.28% 12.35% 14.09%
Number of salaries quoted 7,148 10,868 15,439
10th Percentile £31,250 £28,750 £27,625
25th Percentile £40,994 £37,500 £37,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £52,500 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year - +5.00% -
75th Percentile £70,000 £70,000 £67,500
90th Percentile £85,000 £85,000 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - -

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 14 April 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 14 April 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 +173 86 £47,500 -26.92% 14
UK excluding London +134 56 £43,000 -14.00% 12
London +119 32 £52,500 -30.00% 4
South West +30 14 £39,000 -35.00% 3
Midlands +42 13 £50,000 -28.57% 1
Work from Home -116 13 £39,000 -33.62% 1
South East +96 11 £55,000 - 3
North of England +40 10 £31,500 -33.68% 2
West Midlands - 9 £50,000 - 1
Yorkshire -1 7 £31,500 -33.68%
East of England +62 6 £43,000 +43.33% 1
East Midlands +22 4 £37,500 -46.43%
Scotland - 2 £28,500 - 2
North East - 2 - -
North West +43 1 £47,500 -40.63% 2

For the 6 months to 14 April 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 88 (100.00%) Cyber Essentials
2 49 (55.68%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 46 (52.27%) Information Security
4 42 (47.73%) Windows
4 42 (47.73%) Cybersecurity
5 32 (36.36%) Active Directory
6 31 (35.23%) ITIL
6 31 (35.23%) Microsoft
7 27 (30.68%) Windows Server
8 24 (27.27%) Microsoft 365
8 24 (27.27%) Linux
8 24 (27.27%) Azure
9 23 (26.14%) Management Information System
10 22 (25.00%) Firewall
10 22 (25.00%) GDPR
11 21 (23.86%) VMware
11 21 (23.86%) DNS
11 21 (23.86%) VMware Infrastructure
12 20 (22.73%) ISMS
13 19 (21.59%) Disaster Recovery
13 19 (21.59%) Security Management
14 17 (19.32%) Information Security Management
14 17 (19.32%) Windows 10
15 15 (17.05%) Problem-Solving
15 15 (17.05%) CISSP
15 15 (17.05%) AWS
16 14 (15.91%) Antivirus Management
17 13 (14.77%) Infrastructure Engineering
17 13 (14.77%) PCI DSS
17 13 (14.77%) DHCP

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 11 (12.50%) SharePoint
2 6 (6.82%) MS Exchange
3 5 (5.68%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (1.14%) Confluence
4 1 (1.14%) IIS
4 1 (1.14%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 9 (10.23%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (1.14%) Dynamics GP
1 1 (1.14%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 24 (27.27%) Azure
1 24 (27.27%) Microsoft 365
2 15 (17.05%) AWS
3 9 (10.23%) IaaS
4 8 (9.09%) Google Workspace
4 8 (9.09%) PaaS
4 8 (9.09%) SaaS
5 7 (7.95%) Azure Active Directory
6 6 (6.82%) OneDrive
7 2 (2.27%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (1.14%) Dynamics 365
8 1 (1.14%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 22 (25.00%) Firewall
2 21 (23.86%) DNS
3 13 (14.77%) DHCP
4 9 (10.23%) Remote Desktop
4 9 (10.23%) SAN
5 8 (9.09%) FTP
6 7 (7.95%) Network Security
7 5 (5.68%) Intrusion Detection
7 5 (5.68%) SSL
7 5 (5.68%) VPN
7 5 (5.68%) WAN
7 5 (5.68%) Wireless
8 4 (4.55%) iSCSI
8 4 (4.55%) PBX
8 4 (4.55%) Wi-Fi
9 3 (3.41%) LAN
9 3 (3.41%) NAS
10 2 (2.27%) Internet
10 2 (2.27%) IP Telephony
10 2 (2.27%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (5.68%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.41%) SQL Server 2012
2 3 (3.41%) SQL Server 2014
2 3 (3.41%) SQL Server 2017
3 1 (1.14%) Amazon RDS
3 1 (1.14%) InfluxDB
3 1 (1.14%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 5 (5.68%) JIRA
General
1 13 (14.77%) Legal
2 10 (11.36%) Finance
2 10 (11.36%) Public Sector
3 4 (4.55%) Retail
4 2 (2.27%) Law
4 2 (2.27%) Marketing
4 2 (2.27%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 28 (31.82%) Analyst
2 15 (17.05%) Security Analyst
3 12 (13.64%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 11 (12.50%) Server Engineer
5 8 (9.09%) Information Analyst
5 8 (9.09%) Information Officer
5 8 (9.09%) Information Security Analyst
5 8 (9.09%) Information Security Officer
5 8 (9.09%) IT Manager
5 8 (9.09%) Security Manager
5 8 (9.09%) Security Officer
5 8 (9.09%) Server Analyst
6 7 (7.95%) Senior Server Engineer
7 6 (6.82%) Senior Analyst
8 5 (5.68%) Information Manager
8 5 (5.68%) Information Security Manager
8 5 (5.68%) Infrastructure Analyst
8 5 (5.68%) Senior Server Analyst
9 4 (4.55%) IT Engineer
9 4 (4.55%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (4.55%) Web Services
2 1 (1.14%) .NET
2 1 (1.14%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 23 (26.14%) Management Information System
2 8 (9.09%) Replication
3 6 (6.82%) Private Cloud
4 5 (5.68%) Self-Motivation
5 4 (4.55%) Clustering
5 4 (4.55%) Mobile App
6 3 (3.41%) Analytical Skills
6 3 (3.41%) Data Centre
7 2 (2.27%) BYOD
7 2 (2.27%) Cybercrime
7 2 (2.27%) Cyberthreat
7 2 (2.27%) Data Protection Act
7 2 (2.27%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 2 (2.27%) NHS
8 1 (1.14%) CMDB
8 1 (1.14%) Cyber Defence
8 1 (1.14%) Cyberattack
8 1 (1.14%) iPad
8 1 (1.14%) Smartphone
8 1 (1.14%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 42 (47.73%) Windows
2 27 (30.68%) Windows Server
3 24 (27.27%) Linux
4 17 (19.32%) Windows 10
5 9 (10.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 6 (6.82%) Windows 7
7 4 (4.55%) Mac OS
8 3 (3.41%) Ubuntu
8 3 (3.41%) Windows Server 2008
9 2 (2.27%) Unix
9 2 (2.27%) Windows Server 2012
9 2 (2.27%) Windows Server 2016
9 2 (2.27%) Windows Server 2019
10 1 (1.14%) Data ONTAP
10 1 (1.14%) HPUX
10 1 (1.14%) Solaris
10 1 (1.14%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (52.27%) Information Security
2 42 (47.73%) Cybersecurity
3 31 (35.23%) ITIL
4 20 (22.73%) ISMS
5 19 (21.59%) Disaster Recovery
5 19 (21.59%) Security Management
6 17 (19.32%) Information Security Management
7 15 (17.05%) Problem-Solving
8 14 (15.91%) Antivirus Management
9 13 (14.77%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 11 (12.50%) Business Continuity
11 10 (11.36%) Continuous Improvement
11 10 (11.36%) Penetration Testing
11 10 (11.36%) Vulnerability Management
12 9 (10.23%) E-Commerce
12 9 (10.23%) Mobile Device Management
12 9 (10.23%) Project Delivery
12 9 (10.23%) Service Delivery
12 9 (10.23%) SIEM
13 8 (9.09%) Server Management
Programming Languages
1 11 (12.50%) PowerShell
2 1 (1.14%) Bash Shell
2 1 (1.14%) Perl
2 1 (1.14%) Python
2 1 (1.14%) Shell Script
2 1 (1.14%) SQL
Qualifications
1 15 (17.05%) CISSP
2 12 (13.64%) CISM
3 10 (11.36%) ITIL Certification
4 8 (9.09%) CEH
4 8 (9.09%) MCSE
4 8 (9.09%) Microsoft Certification
5 7 (7.95%) CompTIA Security+
6 6 (6.82%) Cisco Certification
6 6 (6.82%) Degree
7 5 (5.68%) PCI QSA
8 4 (4.55%) CCNA
9 3 (3.41%) CCNP
9 3 (3.41%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 2 (2.27%) CISA
11 1 (1.14%) (ISC)2 CCSP
11 1 (1.14%) PMI Certification
11 1 (1.14%) PMP
11 1 (1.14%) SC Cleared
11 1 (1.14%) Security Cleared
11 1 (1.14%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 88 (100.00%) Cyber Essentials
2 49 (55.68%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 22 (25.00%) GDPR
4 13 (14.77%) PCI DSS
5 11 (12.50%) GRC
6 10 (11.36%) NIST
7 3 (3.41%) ISO 22301
7 3 (3.41%) ISO 9001
7 3 (3.41%) QA
7 3 (3.41%) SOC 2
8 2 (2.27%) Actionable Recommendations
8 2 (2.27%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 2 (2.27%) PMO
9 1 (1.14%) COBIT
9 1 (1.14%) Government Security Classifications
9 1 (1.14%) NCSC
9 1 (1.14%) NIST 800
9 1 (1.14%) SLA
System Software
1 32 (36.36%) Active Directory
2 21 (23.86%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (10.23%) VMware ESXi
4 8 (9.09%) Shibboleth
5 6 (6.82%) Hyper-V
6 3 (3.41%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (1.14%) BitLocker
7 1 (1.14%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (1.14%) vSphere
7 1 (1.14%) XenApp
7 1 (1.14%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 9 (10.23%) Single Sign-On
2 8 (9.09%) McAfee ePO
2 8 (9.09%) Microsoft Intune
2 8 (9.09%) SolarWinds Orion
3 5 (5.68%) PaperCut
4 4 (4.55%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
4 4 (4.55%) SCCM
4 4 (4.55%) SCDPM
5 3 (3.41%) Failover Clustering
5 3 (3.41%) Nessus
6 2 (2.27%) OpenVAS
7 1 (1.14%) Ansible
7 1 (1.14%) Avamar
7 1 (1.14%) CASB
7 1 (1.14%) Grafana
7 1 (1.14%) HAProxy
7 1 (1.14%) Kubernetes
7 1 (1.14%) SCOM
7 1 (1.14%) SCOrch
7 1 (1.14%) StackStorm
Vendors
1 31 (35.23%) Microsoft
2 21 (23.86%) VMware
3 10 (11.36%) Barracuda Networks
4 9 (10.23%) Cisco
4 9 (10.23%) Red Hat
5 8 (9.09%) Google
5 8 (9.09%) McAfee
5 8 (9.09%) SolarWinds
5 8 (9.09%) Sophos
6 5 (5.68%) HP
7 4 (4.55%) Sage
7 4 (4.55%) Veeam
8 3 (3.41%) Aruba
8 3 (3.41%) Citrix
8 3 (3.41%) Synology
8 3 (3.41%) Xero
9 1 (1.14%) Avaya
9 1 (1.14%) CommVault
9 1 (1.14%) NetApp
9 1 (1.14%) Oracle