Period
to 6 May 2021

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 6 May 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Cyber Essentials
UK
6 months to
6 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 585 665 719
Rank change year-on-year +80 +54 +161
Permanent jobs citing Cyber Essentials 314 290 414
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.36% 0.28% 0.28%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 2.88% 2.29% 1.99%
Number of salaries quoted 274 248 327
10th Percentile £35,725 £35,250 £32,500
25th Percentile £42,500 £42,500 £38,875
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £53,000 £51,518 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year +2.88% -1.87% -8.70%
75th Percentile £67,500 £70,000 £68,750
90th Percentile £77,500 £79,300 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +17.65% -26.09%

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 10,911 12,659 20,813
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.39% 12.39% 14.17%
Number of salaries quoted 7,544 9,809 15,208
10th Percentile £31,250 £29,000 £27,625
25th Percentile £40,586 £37,500 £37,500
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 £46,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +2.15% +3.33% -

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 6 May 2021.

Salary histogram for Cyber Essentials in the UK

Cyber Essentials
Top 16 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 6 May 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 +116 295 £55,000 +4.76% 51
UK excluding London +85 189 £50,000 - 45
London +99 116 £62,500 -3.85% 11
Work from Home -116 60 £58,250 +22.63% 6
Midlands +36 51 £55,000 +3.77% 5
South East +54 46 £53,000 +2.88% 10
North of England +23 35 £45,000 -7.22% 16
South West -7 27 £40,750 -14.59% 6
West Midlands +4 26 £55,000 +15.79% 3
East Midlands +22 25 £55,000 +3.77% 2
Yorkshire -4 17 £33,250 -30.00% 4
East of England +16 16 £48,750 -4.41% 3
North West +30 15 £60,000 +21.83% 12
Scotland +5 14 £45,000 +28.57% 3
North East +9 3 £57,500 +1.32%
Wales +21 1 - - 2

For the 6 months to 6 May 2021, 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.

1 240 (76.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 184 (58.60%) Information Security
3 163 (51.91%) Cybersecurity
4 102 (32.48%) NIST
5 98 (31.21%) GDPR
6 89 (28.34%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 83 (26.43%) Windows
7 83 (26.43%) PCI DSS
8 79 (25.16%) Azure
9 77 (24.52%) CISSP
10 73 (23.25%) Management Information System
11 70 (22.29%) CISM
12 63 (20.06%) Microsoft
13 61 (19.43%) Social Skills
14 60 (19.11%) Firewall
14 60 (19.11%) SIEM
15 59 (18.79%) Penetration Testing
16 53 (16.88%) Microsoft 365
17 52 (16.56%) Security Management
17 52 (16.56%) Active Directory
18 51 (16.24%) ITIL
19 50 (15.92%) Finance
20 46 (14.65%) AWS
21 43 (13.69%) Windows Server
22 42 (13.38%) Data Protection
22 42 (13.38%) Information Security Management
22 42 (13.38%) VMware
23 41 (13.06%) Legal
24 39 (12.42%) ISMS
25 38 (12.10%) Risk 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 16 (5.10%) SharePoint
2 8 (2.55%) MS Exchange
3 6 (1.91%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (0.64%) CMS
5 1 (0.32%) Confluence
5 1 (0.32%) IIS
5 1 (0.32%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 8 (2.55%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.64%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.32%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.32%) Dynamics GP
Cloud Services
1 79 (25.16%) Azure
2 53 (16.88%) Microsoft 365
3 46 (14.65%) AWS
4 21 (6.69%) SaaS
5 13 (4.14%) PaaS
6 12 (3.82%) IaaS
7 9 (2.87%) Azure Active Directory
8 8 (2.55%) Cloud Computing
8 8 (2.55%) Google Workspace
8 8 (2.55%) OneDrive
9 6 (1.91%) Mimecast
10 1 (0.32%) Dynamics 365
10 1 (0.32%) GCP
Communications & Networking
1 60 (19.11%) Firewall
2 35 (11.15%) DNS
2 35 (11.15%) Network Security
3 21 (6.69%) DHCP
4 14 (4.46%) Intrusion Detection
5 11 (3.50%) Remote Desktop
6 10 (3.18%) SAN
7 8 (2.55%) FTP
8 7 (2.23%) WAN
9 6 (1.91%) SSL
9 6 (1.91%) VoIP
9 6 (1.91%) Wi-Fi
9 6 (1.91%) Wireless
10 5 (1.59%) TCP/IP
10 5 (1.59%) VPN
11 4 (1.27%) iSCSI
11 4 (1.27%) LAN
11 4 (1.27%) PBX
11 4 (1.27%) Value-Added Service
11 4 (1.27%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (2.87%) Big Data
2 8 (2.55%) SQL Server
3 2 (0.64%) GIS
3 2 (0.64%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (0.64%) SQL Server 2014
3 2 (0.64%) SQL Server 2017
4 1 (0.32%) Amazon RDS
4 1 (0.32%) InfluxDB
4 1 (0.32%) MongoDB
4 1 (0.32%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 9 (2.87%) Burp Suite
2 5 (1.59%) JIRA
General
1 61 (19.43%) Social Skills
2 50 (15.92%) Finance
3 41 (13.06%) Legal
4 23 (7.32%) Retail
5 19 (6.05%) Public Sector
6 13 (4.14%) Analytical Skills
6 13 (4.14%) Influencing Skills
7 8 (2.55%) Law
8 7 (2.23%) Telecoms
9 6 (1.91%) Marketing
10 4 (1.27%) Presentation Skills
11 3 (0.96%) Organisational Skills
12 2 (0.64%) Advertising
12 2 (0.64%) Aerospace
12 2 (0.64%) Banking
12 2 (0.64%) Electronics
12 2 (0.64%) Games
12 2 (0.64%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 86 (27.39%) Analyst
2 67 (21.34%) Security Analyst
3 37 (11.78%) Security Manager
4 34 (10.83%) Security Specialist
5 33 (10.51%) Information Analyst
5 33 (10.51%) Information Security Analyst
6 28 (8.92%) IT Manager
7 26 (8.28%) Consultant
8 24 (7.64%) Security Engineer
9 21 (6.69%) Security Consultant
10 19 (6.05%) Information Officer
10 19 (6.05%) Information Security Officer
10 19 (6.05%) Security Officer
11 18 (5.73%) Information Manager
11 18 (5.73%) Information Security Manager
11 18 (5.73%) IT Security Manager
12 16 (5.10%) Information Security Specialist
12 16 (5.10%) Information Specialist
12 16 (5.10%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 16 (5.10%) IT Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (2.55%) Web Services
2 2 (0.64%) ISPF
3 1 (0.32%) .NET
3 1 (0.32%) ModSecurity
3 1 (0.32%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 73 (23.25%) Management Information System
2 17 (5.41%) Data Protection Act
3 16 (5.10%) Cyberthreat
4 12 (3.82%) Self-Motivation
5 9 (2.87%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 7 (2.23%) Replication
7 6 (1.91%) Public Cloud
8 5 (1.59%) CMDB
8 5 (1.59%) Private Cloud
8 5 (1.59%) Security Operations Centre
8 5 (1.59%) Social Media
9 4 (1.27%) Clustering
9 4 (1.27%) Housing Association
10 3 (0.96%) Cloud Native
10 3 (0.96%) Cybercrime
10 3 (0.96%) Data Centre
10 3 (0.96%) NHS
10 3 (0.96%) Smartphone
11 2 (0.64%) BYOD
11 2 (0.64%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 83 (26.43%) Windows
2 43 (13.69%) Windows Server
3 32 (10.19%) Linux
4 18 (5.73%) Windows 10
5 10 (3.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 10 (3.18%) Windows Server 2016
6 9 (2.87%) Windows Server 2012
7 7 (2.23%) Windows 7
8 6 (1.91%) Mac OS
8 6 (1.91%) Unix
9 5 (1.59%) Windows Server 2019
10 4 (1.27%) Ubuntu
10 4 (1.27%) Windows Server 2008
11 1 (0.32%) CentOS
11 1 (0.32%) Data ONTAP
11 1 (0.32%) HPUX
11 1 (0.32%) Solaris
11 1 (0.32%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 184 (58.60%) Information Security
2 163 (51.91%) Cybersecurity
3 60 (19.11%) SIEM
4 59 (18.79%) Penetration Testing
5 52 (16.56%) Security Management
6 51 (16.24%) ITIL
7 42 (13.38%) Data Protection
7 42 (13.38%) Information Security Management
8 39 (12.42%) ISMS
9 38 (12.10%) Risk Management
10 37 (11.78%) Security Operations
11 34 (10.83%) OWASP
12 33 (10.51%) Incident Management
13 32 (10.19%) Vulnerability Management
14 31 (9.87%) Disaster Recovery
15 26 (8.28%) Continuous Improvement
15 26 (8.28%) Problem-Solving
15 26 (8.28%) Vulnerability Assessment
16 22 (7.01%) Project Management
17 21 (6.69%) Business Continuity
Programming Languages
1 23 (7.32%) PowerShell
2 4 (1.27%) SQL
3 2 (0.64%) Bash Shell
4 1 (0.32%) C
4 1 (0.32%) Perl
4 1 (0.32%) Python
4 1 (0.32%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 77 (24.52%) CISSP
2 70 (22.29%) CISM
3 30 (9.55%) Degree
4 22 (7.01%) CISA
4 22 (7.01%) SSCP
5 21 (6.69%) CEH
6 19 (6.05%) CompTIA Security+
7 16 (5.10%) Cisco Certification
8 15 (4.78%) Microsoft Certification
8 15 (4.78%) Security Cleared
9 12 (3.82%) CRISC
10 10 (3.18%) CCNA
10 10 (3.18%) ITIL Certification
10 10 (3.18%) PCI QSA
11 8 (2.55%) MCSE
12 7 (2.23%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
13 6 (1.91%) CCNP
13 6 (1.91%) ISO 27001 Lead Implementer
14 5 (1.59%) (ISC)2 CCSP
15 4 (1.27%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 240 (76.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 102 (32.48%) NIST
3 98 (31.21%) GDPR
4 89 (28.34%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
5 83 (26.43%) PCI DSS
6 23 (7.32%) NCSC
7 22 (7.01%) GRC
8 14 (4.46%) COBIT
9 12 (3.82%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 8 (2.55%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 7 (2.23%) NIST 800
11 7 (2.23%) SOC 2
12 6 (1.91%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 5 (1.59%) SLA
14 4 (1.27%) ISO 22301
14 4 (1.27%) PMO
15 3 (0.96%) ISO 9001
16 2 (0.64%) Actionable Recommendations
16 2 (0.64%) QA
17 1 (0.32%) Government Security Classifications
System Software
1 52 (16.56%) Active Directory
2 30 (9.55%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (2.87%) Hyper-V
3 9 (2.87%) VMware ESXi
4 8 (2.55%) Shibboleth
5 3 (0.96%) Virtual Desktop
6 2 (0.64%) BitLocker
7 1 (0.32%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.32%) vSphere
7 1 (0.32%) XenApp
7 1 (0.32%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 17 (5.41%) Microsoft Intune
2 13 (4.14%) Nessus
3 9 (2.87%) SCCM
3 9 (2.87%) Single Sign-On
4 8 (2.55%) McAfee ePO
4 8 (2.55%) SolarWinds Orion
5 6 (1.91%) Host Intrusion Detection System
6 5 (1.59%) OpenVAS
6 5 (1.59%) PaperCut
7 4 (1.27%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 4 (1.27%) SCDPM
8 3 (0.96%) Failover Clustering
9 2 (0.64%) Ansible
9 2 (0.64%) Jamf Pro
9 2 (0.64%) Kubernetes
10 1 (0.32%) Grafana
10 1 (0.32%) HAProxy
10 1 (0.32%) Packer
10 1 (0.32%) SCOrch
10 1 (0.32%) Terraform
Vendors
1 63 (20.06%) Microsoft
2 42 (13.38%) VMware
3 31 (9.87%) Cisco
4 15 (4.78%) Sophos
5 11 (3.50%) OneTrust
6 10 (3.18%) Oracle
6 10 (3.18%) Red Hat
7 9 (2.87%) Barracuda Networks
7 9 (2.87%) Google
8 8 (2.55%) McAfee
8 8 (2.55%) SolarWinds
9 7 (2.23%) Veeam
10 6 (1.91%) Darktrace
11 5 (1.59%) Aruba
11 5 (1.59%) CheckPoint
11 5 (1.59%) HP
11 5 (1.59%) Meraki
12 4 (1.27%) Citrix
12 4 (1.27%) LogRhythm
12 4 (1.27%) Rapid7