Period
to 26 November 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for Cyber Essentials skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Cyber Essentials over the 6 months to 26 November 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Cyber Essentials
UK
6 months to
26 Nov 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 522 737 740
Rank change year-on-year +215 +3 +185
Permanent jobs citing Cyber Essentials 187 340 450
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.34% 0.25% 0.28%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 2.89% 1.94% 2.08%
Number of salaries quoted 156 294 356
Median annual salary £50,000 £55,000 £57,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -9.09% -4.35% +1.77%
10th Percentile £36,875 £32,325 £32,500
90th Percentile £75,000 £78,200 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,250 £51,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year -5.39% +2.00% -6.54%

Cyber Essentials 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 6,467 17,526 21,633
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.77% 12.91% 13.43%
Number of salaries quoted 5,044 13,318 16,284
Median annual salary £54,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +8.00% - -
10th Percentile £31,000 £28,500 £27,575
90th Percentile £85,000 £82,500 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +11.11% - +5.88%

Cyber Essentials
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Cyber Essentials in the UK

Cyber Essentials
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for Cyber Essentials in the UK

Cyber Essentials
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Cyber Essentials over the 6 months to 26 November 2020.

Salary histogram for Cyber Essentials in the UK

Cyber Essentials
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 within the UK over the 6 months to 26 November 2020. 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 +212 178 £50,000 -9.09% 36
UK excluding London +193 123 £48,250 -5.39% 32
London +211 58 £52,500 -19.23% 6
North of England +121 36 £40,000 -5.88% 6
South East +172 31 £55,000 - 12
Yorkshire +97 25 £35,250 -23.37% 3
Work from Home +7 23 £52,500 -8.70% 7
South West +106 22 £45,250 -13.81% 3
Midlands +106 19 £65,000 +13.04% 7
West Midlands +78 12 £55,000 -
North West +100 11 £47,500 +15.15% 3
East of England +102 10 £45,000 -18.18% 2
East Midlands +85 7 £67,500 - 7
Scotland +76 4 £45,750 +30.70% 2
Wales +42 1 £45,000 +20.00%

For the 6 months to 26 November 2020, IT jobs citing Cyber Essentials 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.

1 135 (72.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 121 (64.71%) Information Security
3 100 (53.48%) Cybersecurity
4 85 (45.45%) GDPR
5 70 (37.43%) CISSP
6 68 (36.36%) Firewall
6 68 (36.36%) Management Information System
6 68 (36.36%) Data Protection
7 64 (34.22%) NIST
8 58 (31.02%) CISM
9 57 (30.48%) PCI DSS
10 49 (26.20%) Microsoft
11 44 (23.53%) SIEM
12 43 (22.99%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 39 (20.86%) Finance
14 36 (19.25%) Risk Management
14 36 (19.25%) Windows
14 36 (19.25%) Data Protection Act
15 35 (18.72%) Azure
16 33 (17.65%) Security Architecture
17 31 (16.58%) Degree
17 31 (16.58%) Penetration Testing
18 29 (15.51%) Legal
18 29 (15.51%) Office 365
19 28 (14.97%) Patch Management
19 28 (14.97%) ITIL
20 26 (13.90%) Security Cleared
21 25 (13.37%) Security Operations
21 25 (13.37%) Problem-Solving
22 24 (12.83%) Incident Management

Cyber Essentials
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 8 (4.28%) SharePoint
2 5 (2.67%) MS Exchange
3 2 (1.07%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (1.07%) IIS
4 1 (0.53%) OpenStack
4 1 (0.53%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 8 (4.28%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.07%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.53%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.53%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 1 (0.53%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 35 (18.72%) Azure
2 29 (15.51%) Office 365
3 19 (10.16%) SaaS
4 14 (7.49%) IaaS
5 13 (6.95%) AWS
5 13 (6.95%) PaaS
6 7 (3.74%) Azure Active Directory
7 6 (3.21%) OneDrive
8 5 (2.67%) Mimecast
9 2 (1.07%) Cloud Computing
10 1 (0.53%) GCP
10 1 (0.53%) IBM Cloud
10 1 (0.53%) Serverless
10 1 (0.53%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 68 (36.36%) Firewall
2 20 (10.70%) Network Security
3 16 (8.56%) Intrusion Detection
4 12 (6.42%) DNS
5 8 (4.28%) VPN
6 7 (3.74%) WAN
7 6 (3.21%) DHCP
8 5 (2.67%) LAN
8 5 (2.67%) Remote Desktop
9 4 (2.14%) VLAN
9 4 (2.14%) Wi-Fi
10 3 (1.60%) Wireless
11 2 (1.07%) RTP
11 2 (1.07%) SAN
11 2 (1.07%) SSL
11 2 (1.07%) Value-Added Service
12 1 (0.53%) Cisco Firepower
12 1 (0.53%) Internet
12 1 (0.53%) Skype
12 1 (0.53%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (1.60%) Big Data
2 2 (1.07%) SQL Server
3 1 (0.53%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (0.53%) SQL Server 2014
3 1 (0.53%) SQL Server 2017
General
1 39 (20.86%) Finance
2 29 (15.51%) Legal
3 18 (9.63%) Public Sector
4 10 (5.35%) Manufacturing
5 9 (4.81%) Marketing
6 7 (3.74%) Retail
7 6 (3.21%) Telecoms
8 5 (2.67%) Electronics
9 2 (1.07%) Advertising
9 2 (1.07%) Banking
9 2 (1.07%) French Language
9 2 (1.07%) German Language
9 2 (1.07%) Italian Language
9 2 (1.07%) Law
10 1 (0.53%) Aerospace
10 1 (0.53%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 36 (19.25%) Analyst
2 32 (17.11%) Security Analyst
3 29 (15.51%) Security Specialist
4 28 (14.97%) Consultant
5 25 (13.37%) Security Manager
6 21 (11.23%) Security Consultant
7 14 (7.49%) Information Manager
7 14 (7.49%) Information Security Manager
8 13 (6.95%) Information Security Consultant
8 13 (6.95%) Information Security Specialist
8 13 (6.95%) Information Specialist
9 11 (5.88%) Information Analyst
9 11 (5.88%) Information Security Analyst
9 11 (5.88%) Security Engineer
9 11 (5.88%) Senior Data Warehouse Specialist
9 11 (5.88%) Senior Security Specialist
10 10 (5.35%) IT Engineer
11 9 (4.81%) Architect
11 9 (4.81%) Cybersecurity Specialist
11 9 (4.81%) IT Security Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (0.53%) AngularJS
1 1 (0.53%) HTML
1 1 (0.53%) ModSecurity
1 1 (0.53%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 68 (36.36%) Management Information System
2 36 (19.25%) Data Protection Act
3 23 (12.30%) Cyberthreat
4 20 (10.70%) Cyberattack
5 12 (6.42%) Analytical Skills
6 9 (4.81%) Self-Motivation
7 7 (3.74%) Security Operations Centre
8 6 (3.21%) Data Centre
9 4 (2.14%) Blog
9 4 (2.14%) Public Cloud
10 3 (1.60%) Mobile App
10 3 (1.60%) Private Cloud
11 2 (1.07%) CMDB
11 2 (1.07%) Cyber Defence
11 2 (1.07%) NHS
11 2 (1.07%) PKI
11 2 (1.07%) Social Media
11 2 (1.07%) Virtual Team
12 1 (0.53%) Handset
12 1 (0.53%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 36 (19.25%) Windows
2 15 (8.02%) Linux
2 15 (8.02%) Windows Server
3 7 (3.74%) Windows 10
4 4 (2.14%) Mac OS
5 3 (1.60%) Windows 7
6 2 (1.07%) Android
7 1 (0.53%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.53%) MVS
7 1 (0.53%) Unix
7 1 (0.53%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (0.53%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 121 (64.71%) Information Security
2 100 (53.48%) Cybersecurity
3 68 (36.36%) Data Protection
4 44 (23.53%) SIEM
5 36 (19.25%) Risk Management
6 33 (17.65%) Security Architecture
7 31 (16.58%) Penetration Testing
8 28 (14.97%) ITIL
8 28 (14.97%) Patch Management
9 25 (13.37%) Problem-Solving
9 25 (13.37%) Security Operations
10 24 (12.83%) Incident Management
10 24 (12.83%) Security Management
11 23 (12.30%) ISMS
12 21 (11.23%) Vulnerability Assessment
13 20 (10.70%) Information Security Management
13 20 (10.70%) Internal Audit
13 20 (10.70%) OWASP
14 19 (10.16%) Agile Software Development
15 18 (9.63%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 10 (5.35%) PowerShell
2 1 (0.53%) C
2 1 (0.53%) C++
2 1 (0.53%) JavaScript
2 1 (0.53%) PHP
2 1 (0.53%) SQL
2 1 (0.53%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 70 (37.43%) CISSP
2 58 (31.02%) CISM
3 31 (16.58%) Degree
4 26 (13.90%) Security Cleared
5 24 (12.83%) CISA
6 20 (10.70%) Cisco Certification
7 18 (9.63%) SC Cleared
8 16 (8.56%) (ISC)2 CCSP
9 15 (8.02%) CEH
10 14 (7.49%) CCSP
11 11 (5.88%) OSCP
12 6 (3.21%) CRISC
12 6 (3.21%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
12 6 (3.21%) ISO 27001 Lead Implementer
13 5 (2.67%) CREST Certified
13 5 (2.67%) DBS Check
13 5 (2.67%) SSCP
14 3 (1.60%) CCNA
14 3 (1.60%) CompTIA Security+
14 3 (1.60%) ECSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 135 (72.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 85 (45.45%) GDPR
3 64 (34.22%) NIST
4 57 (30.48%) PCI DSS
5 43 (22.99%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 23 (12.30%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 17 (9.09%) NCSC
8 13 (6.95%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 8 (4.28%) ISO 22301
9 8 (4.28%) ISO 9001
10 6 (3.21%) COBIT
10 6 (3.21%) ISO/IEC 27005
11 5 (2.67%) Government Security Classifications
11 5 (2.67%) ISO 31000
12 3 (1.60%) NIST 800
13 2 (1.07%) IASME
13 2 (1.07%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 2 (1.07%) QA
13 2 (1.07%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 22 (11.76%) Active Directory
2 9 (4.81%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (1.60%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.53%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 10 (5.35%) Host Intrusion Detection System
2 5 (2.67%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
3 3 (1.60%) Computer Incident Response Team
4 2 (1.07%) CSIRT
4 2 (1.07%) Microsoft Intune
4 2 (1.07%) Nessus
4 2 (1.07%) PaperCut
4 2 (1.07%) SCCM
4 2 (1.07%) SolarWinds Orion
4 2 (1.07%) WSUS
5 1 (0.53%) CASB
5 1 (0.53%) QRadar
Vendors
1 49 (26.20%) Microsoft
2 12 (6.42%) Cisco
3 9 (4.81%) VMware
4 6 (3.21%) LogRhythm
4 6 (3.21%) SAP
5 5 (2.67%) AlienVault
5 5 (2.67%) OneTrust
5 5 (2.67%) Qualys
5 5 (2.67%) Sage
6 4 (2.14%) Splunk
7 3 (1.60%) Barracuda Networks
7 3 (1.60%) Oracle
7 3 (1.60%) Sophos
7 3 (1.60%) Veeam
7 3 (1.60%) Xero
8 2 (1.07%) Dell
8 2 (1.07%) Forcepoint
8 2 (1.07%) HP
8 2 (1.07%) IronPort
8 2 (1.07%) Trend Micro