Period
to 24 January 2022

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 24 January 2022 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Cyber Essentials
UK
6 months to
24 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 492 554 704
Rank change year-on-year +62 +150 +29
Permanent jobs citing Cyber Essentials 746 228 346
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.58% 0.36% 0.28%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 3.71% 2.84% 2.08%
Number of salaries quoted 424 180 305
10th Percentile £34,000 £33,475 £34,250
25th Percentile £41,500 £41,500 £41,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £52,500 £49,000 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year +7.14% -6.67% -4.55%
75th Percentile £64,188 £65,625 £68,750
90th Percentile £78,750 £76,375 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £51,000
% change year-on-year - -6.86% +7.37%

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 20,081 8,027 16,643
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.60% 12.74% 13.23%
Number of salaries quoted 12,302 5,993 12,883
10th Percentile £31,000 £31,250 £28,750
25th Percentile £40,750 £41,250 £36,438
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% - +5.00%
75th Percentile £72,500 £69,000 £68,750
90th Percentile £90,000 £83,750 £83,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year - +5.56% -

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 24 January 2022.

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 24 January 2022. 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
Jobs
England +20 631 £55,000 +11.68% 117
UK excluding London +36 510 £47,500 - 105
London -87 206 £60,000 +20.00% 23
Work from Home -130 124 £60,000 +14.29% 20
South East -47 115 £52,500 -4.55% 25
North of England -42 111 £45,000 +12.50% 30
Midlands -31 92 £54,500 -0.91% 19
South West -11 77 £47,500 +10.47% 11
Scotland +5 75 £47,500 +7.95% 9
North West -35 71 £47,500 -29.63% 16
West Midlands -9 68 £55,000 +2.33% 11
Yorkshire -76 35 £45,000 +28.57% 9
East Midlands -49 24 £43,000 -33.85% 8
East of England -88 24 £49,683 -20.51% 8
Wales -31 16 £25,000 - 3
North East - 5 £40,000 - 5

For the 6 months to 24 January 2022, 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.

1 600 (80.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 444 (59.52%) Cybersecurity
3 390 (52.28%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
4 371 (49.73%) GDPR
5 363 (48.66%) Social Skills
6 362 (48.53%) NIST
7 278 (37.27%) SIEM
8 267 (35.79%) Vulnerability Management
8 267 (35.79%) Information Security
9 252 (33.78%) Security Testing
10 245 (32.84%) Police
11 237 (31.77%) Smart Meter
12 232 (31.10%) Finance
13 199 (26.68%) Banking
14 186 (24.93%) Azure
15 185 (24.80%) Microsoft 365
16 169 (22.65%) Microsoft
17 158 (21.18%) Windows
18 146 (19.57%) Management Information System
19 138 (18.50%) Active Directory
20 135 (18.10%) CISSP
20 135 (18.10%) Risk Management
21 132 (17.69%) Firewall
22 118 (15.82%) Data Protection
23 114 (15.28%) Security Cleared
24 105 (14.08%) PCI DSS
25 103 (13.81%) Degree
26 97 (13.00%) Windows Server
27 95 (12.73%) CISM
28 86 (11.53%) ITIL

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 29 (3.89%) SharePoint
2 24 (3.22%) MS Exchange
3 11 (1.47%) IIS
4 4 (0.54%) SAS
5 2 (0.27%) Apache
5 2 (0.27%) nginx
5 2 (0.27%) OpenStack
6 1 (0.13%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.13%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (0.13%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 34 (4.56%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (0.54%) Microsoft Project
2 4 (0.54%) MS Visio
2 4 (0.54%) SPSS
2 4 (0.54%) Stata
3 2 (0.27%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.13%) Acrobat
4 1 (0.13%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.13%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 6 (0.80%) Oracle EBS
1 6 (0.80%) Oracle ERP
2 5 (0.67%) Elite 3E
3 2 (0.27%) Maximo
4 1 (0.13%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.13%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 186 (24.93%) Azure
2 185 (24.80%) Microsoft 365
3 65 (8.71%) AWS
4 57 (7.64%) Azure Active Directory
5 32 (4.29%) SaaS
6 28 (3.75%) IaaS
7 20 (2.68%) Google Workspace
8 14 (1.88%) Cloud Computing
8 14 (1.88%) Mimecast
8 14 (1.88%) PaaS
9 13 (1.74%) GCP
9 13 (1.74%) OneDrive
10 7 (0.94%) Power Platform
11 4 (0.54%) Dynamics 365
11 4 (0.54%) Power Automate
12 3 (0.40%) Azure Key Vault
12 3 (0.40%) Azure Monitor
12 3 (0.40%) Azure Sentinel
12 3 (0.40%) Azure Storage
12 3 (0.40%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 132 (17.69%) Firewall
2 29 (3.89%) Network Security
3 26 (3.49%) DNS
4 25 (3.35%) LAN
4 25 (3.35%) WAN
5 20 (2.68%) TCP/IP
6 17 (2.28%) Intrusion Detection
6 17 (2.28%) VPN
7 14 (1.88%) DHCP
8 11 (1.47%) iSCSI
9 9 (1.21%) SD-WAN
10 8 (1.07%) Wi-Fi
11 7 (0.94%) VLAN
11 7 (0.94%) VoIP
12 6 (0.80%) IP Telephony
12 6 (0.80%) Remote Desktop
13 5 (0.67%) BGP
13 5 (0.67%) Wireless
14 4 (0.54%) Cisco ASA
14 4 (0.54%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (2.95%) SQL Server
2 8 (1.07%) GIS
3 6 (0.80%) Geospatial Data
3 6 (0.80%) Power BI
4 5 (0.67%) Amazon RDS
4 5 (0.67%) Azure SQL Database
4 5 (0.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 4 (0.54%) Data Lake
5 4 (0.54%) PostgreSQL
5 4 (0.54%) SQL Server 2019
5 4 (0.54%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 4 (0.54%) Tableau
6 2 (0.27%) Big Data
6 2 (0.27%) MS Access
7 1 (0.13%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.13%) Data Mining
7 1 (0.13%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.13%) SQL Server 2008
7 1 (0.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 7 (0.94%) Git (software)
2 4 (0.54%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 4 (0.54%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 2 (0.27%) GitLab
4 1 (0.13%) Burp Suite
4 1 (0.13%) Log4j
General
1 363 (48.66%) Social Skills
2 245 (32.84%) Police
3 232 (31.10%) Finance
4 199 (26.68%) Banking
5 80 (10.72%) Legal
6 55 (7.37%) Public Sector
7 47 (6.30%) Analytical Skills
8 36 (4.83%) Manufacturing
9 23 (3.08%) Law
10 21 (2.82%) Retail
11 19 (2.55%) Presentation Skills
12 18 (2.41%) Telecoms
13 17 (2.28%) Back Office
13 17 (2.28%) Organisational Skills
14 13 (1.74%) Influencing Skills
15 8 (1.07%) Marketing
16 4 (0.54%) Electronics
17 3 (0.40%) Games
17 3 (0.40%) Inclusion and Diversity
17 3 (0.40%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 208 (27.88%) Architect
2 204 (27.35%) Security Architect
3 132 (17.69%) Analyst
4 105 (14.08%) Security Analyst
5 94 (12.60%) Consultant
6 77 (10.32%) Security Consultant
7 64 (8.58%) Cybersecurity Consultant
8 46 (6.17%) Security Manager
9 36 (4.83%) Information Analyst
10 35 (4.69%) IT Manager
11 34 (4.56%) Information Manager
11 34 (4.56%) Information Security Analyst
12 33 (4.42%) Information Security Manager
12 33 (4.42%) IT Analyst
13 32 (4.29%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 28 (3.75%) Security Engineer
15 27 (3.62%) IT Engineer
15 27 (3.62%) IT Security Analyst
16 24 (3.22%) Junior
17 22 (2.95%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (0.94%) .NET
1 7 (0.94%) OAuth
1 7 (0.94%) RESTful
2 6 (0.80%) .NET Core
2 6 (0.80%) SAML
3 4 (0.54%) Akka.NET
3 4 (0.54%) Elastic Stack
4 3 (0.40%) .NET Framework
4 3 (0.40%) Blazor
4 3 (0.40%) jQuery
4 3 (0.40%) Razor View Engine
4 3 (0.40%) Twitter Bootstrap
4 3 (0.40%) WPF
5 2 (0.27%) ISPF
5 2 (0.27%) JSON Web Signature
5 2 (0.27%) LAMP
5 2 (0.27%) LDAP
5 2 (0.27%) OpenID
6 1 (0.13%) AngularJS
6 1 (0.13%) Pandas
Miscellaneous
1 237 (31.77%) Smart Meter
2 146 (19.57%) Management Information System
3 40 (5.36%) Data Centre
4 33 (4.42%) Data Protection Act
4 33 (4.42%) Self-Motivation
5 17 (2.28%) Driving Licence
6 16 (2.14%) Enterprise Software
7 14 (1.88%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 12 (1.61%) Cyberthreat
8 12 (1.61%) Private Cloud
9 11 (1.47%) iPhone
9 11 (1.47%) Replication
10 10 (1.34%) Cyberattack
11 9 (1.21%) Smartphone
12 8 (1.07%) Freedom of Information
12 8 (1.07%) NHS
13 7 (0.94%) Freedom of Information Act
13 7 (0.94%) Reinsurance
14 6 (0.80%) Enterprise Storage
14 6 (0.80%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 158 (21.18%) Windows
2 97 (13.00%) Windows Server
3 37 (4.96%) Linux
4 35 (4.69%) Windows 10
5 19 (2.55%) Mac OS
6 12 (1.61%) Windows Server 2019
7 9 (1.21%) Android
8 7 (0.94%) Windows Server 2012
9 5 (0.67%) VMS
9 5 (0.67%) Windows Server 2008
10 4 (0.54%) Apple iOS
11 2 (0.27%) CentOS
11 2 (0.27%) Mac OS X
11 2 (0.27%) Ubuntu
11 2 (0.27%) Windows Server 2016
12 1 (0.13%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 444 (59.52%) Cybersecurity
2 278 (37.27%) SIEM
3 267 (35.79%) Information Security
3 267 (35.79%) Vulnerability Management
4 252 (33.78%) Security Testing
5 135 (18.10%) Risk Management
6 118 (15.82%) Data Protection
7 86 (11.53%) ITIL
8 85 (11.39%) ISMS
9 81 (10.86%) Security Management
10 76 (10.19%) Penetration Testing
11 69 (9.25%) Regulatory Compliance
12 66 (8.85%) OWASP
13 65 (8.71%) Identity Management
14 58 (7.77%) Continuous Improvement
15 55 (7.37%) Disaster Recovery
15 55 (7.37%) Service Delivery
16 50 (6.70%) Change Management
17 49 (6.57%) Agile Software Development
17 49 (6.57%) Threat Analysis
Programming Languages
1 25 (3.35%) SQL
2 15 (2.01%) PowerShell
3 7 (0.94%) C
3 7 (0.94%) C#
4 5 (0.67%) Python
5 3 (0.40%) Java
6 2 (0.27%) Bash
6 2 (0.27%) JavaScript
7 1 (0.13%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
7 1 (0.13%) Perl
7 1 (0.13%) PHP
7 1 (0.13%) R
7 1 (0.13%) T-SQL
7 1 (0.13%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 135 (18.10%) CISSP
2 114 (15.28%) Security Cleared
3 103 (13.81%) Degree
4 95 (12.73%) CISM
5 46 (6.17%) SC Cleared
6 20 (2.68%) CEH
7 18 (2.41%) CISA
7 18 (2.41%) Computer Science Degree
8 17 (2.28%) CRISC
9 16 (2.14%) DBS Check
10 15 (2.01%) Microsoft Certification
11 13 (1.74%) FFIEC
12 12 (1.61%) Cisco Certification
12 12 (1.61%) GIAC
13 10 (1.34%) ITIL Certification
14 8 (1.07%) HND
14 8 (1.07%) PCI QSA
15 7 (0.94%) CISMP
15 7 (0.94%) GSNA
15 7 (0.94%) IRCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 600 (80.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 390 (52.28%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
3 371 (49.73%) GDPR
4 362 (48.53%) NIST
5 105 (14.08%) PCI DSS
6 45 (6.03%) NCSC
7 36 (4.83%) SLA
8 22 (2.95%) GRC
9 16 (2.14%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 13 (1.74%) COBIT
10 13 (1.74%) IASME
11 11 (1.47%) ISO 22301
12 9 (1.21%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 8 (1.07%) HIPAA
14 7 (0.94%) COSO
14 7 (0.94%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 7 (0.94%) TickIT
15 6 (0.80%) ISO 9001
16 5 (0.67%) Actionable Recommendations
17 3 (0.40%) NIST 800
System Software
1 138 (18.50%) Active Directory
2 48 (6.43%) VMware Infrastructure
3 26 (3.49%) Hyper-V
4 21 (2.82%) BitLocker
5 14 (1.88%) Virtual Servers
6 7 (0.94%) Snort
7 4 (0.54%) Microsoft App-V
7 4 (0.54%) Virtual Desktop
8 3 (0.40%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 2 (0.27%) iptables
9 2 (0.27%) KVM
10 1 (0.13%) Docker
10 1 (0.13%) vSphere
10 1 (0.13%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 45 (6.03%) Microsoft Intune
2 28 (3.75%) SCCM
3 17 (2.28%) Nessus
4 6 (0.80%) Single Sign-On
5 5 (0.67%) CSIRT
6 4 (0.54%) Cisco CME
6 4 (0.54%) Cisco Prime
6 4 (0.54%) IBM BigFix
6 4 (0.54%) Jamf Pro
7 3 (0.40%) Host Intrusion Detection System
8 2 (0.27%) Ansible
8 2 (0.27%) FortiGate
8 2 (0.27%) Proxmox
8 2 (0.27%) Puppet
9 1 (0.13%) Backup Exec
9 1 (0.13%) Kibana
9 1 (0.13%) NetBackup
9 1 (0.13%) Nmap
9 1 (0.13%) Norton AntiVirus
9 1 (0.13%) WSUS
Vendors
1 169 (22.65%) Microsoft
2 71 (9.52%) VMware
3 44 (5.90%) Cisco
4 29 (3.89%) Qualys
5 28 (3.75%) Google
6 20 (2.68%) Citrix
7 17 (2.28%) AlienVault
7 17 (2.28%) Oracle
8 15 (2.01%) SAP
8 15 (2.01%) Veeam
9 14 (1.88%) NEC
9 14 (1.88%) Northgate
10 13 (1.74%) LogRhythm
11 11 (1.47%) Dell Compellent
12 10 (1.34%) Sophos
13 9 (1.21%) CheckPoint
13 9 (1.21%) Darktrace
13 9 (1.21%) Symantec
14 7 (0.94%) DevExpress
14 7 (0.94%) Meraki