Period
to 24 September 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 24 September 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Cyber Essentials
UK
6 months to
24 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 528 552 772
Rank change year-on-year +24 +220 +5
Permanent jobs citing Cyber Essentials 645 150 329
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.53% 0.31% 0.23%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 3.50% 2.43% 1.67%
Number of salaries quoted 445 109 269
10th Percentile £34,545 £31,250 £32,500
25th Percentile £41,250 £42,500 £41,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £51,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +7.84% +2.00% -13.04%
75th Percentile £67,500 £68,750 £65,000
90th Percentile £77,500 £78,000 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £48,250 £47,500
% change year-on-year +8.81% +1.58% -13.64%

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 18,417 6,163 19,647
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.03% 12.56% 13.94%
Number of salaries quoted 11,277 4,833 14,650
10th Percentile £31,250 £31,250 £28,079
25th Percentile £40,500 £41,250 £37,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £53,500 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year -2.73% +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 £48,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year -2.06% +7.78% -

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 September 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 24 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 +21 570 £55,000 +7.84% 98
UK excluding London +68 475 £52,500 +8.81% 75
South East -14 173 £52,500 -16.00% 12
London -131 157 £62,500 +13.64% 32
North of England -50 109 £47,651 +19.13% 22
North West -17 82 £55,000 +22.22% 14
Work from Home -242 70 £66,250 +26.19% 11
South West -50 63 £52,500 -19.23% 17
Midlands -61 60 £60,000 -11.11% 10
Scotland -48 48 £47,500 +53.23% 8
West Midlands -71 39 £60,000 -11.11% 8
Yorkshire -93 24 £45,000 +33.33% 4
East Midlands -49 21 £60,000 +53.85% 2
East of England -80 17 £52,500 +7.69% 5
Wales -36 12 £25,000 -44.44% 1
North East -33 3 £57,500 +187.50% 4

For the 6 months to 24 September 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.

1 512 (79.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 395 (61.24%) Cybersecurity
3 297 (46.05%) Information Security
4 281 (43.57%) Social Skills
5 278 (43.10%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 255 (39.53%) NIST
7 221 (34.26%) GDPR
8 177 (27.44%) SIEM
9 176 (27.29%) Management Information System
10 163 (25.27%) Risk Management
11 162 (25.12%) Azure
12 161 (24.96%) Vulnerability Management
13 151 (23.41%) CISSP
14 149 (23.10%) Security Cleared
15 148 (22.95%) Windows
16 143 (22.17%) Microsoft
17 134 (20.78%) Data Protection
17 134 (20.78%) Police
18 130 (20.16%) Microsoft 365
19 128 (19.84%) Smart Meter
20 125 (19.38%) Security Testing
21 122 (18.91%) CISM
22 116 (17.98%) Security Management
23 115 (17.83%) Finance
24 114 (17.67%) Firewall
25 111 (17.21%) ISMS
26 108 (16.74%) Degree
27 104 (16.12%) PCI DSS
28 95 (14.73%) Identity Management
29 91 (14.11%) 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 38 (5.89%) SharePoint
2 26 (4.03%) MS Exchange
3 7 (1.09%) IIS
4 4 (0.62%) SAS
5 2 (0.31%) CMS
5 2 (0.31%) Elasticsearch
5 2 (0.31%) Exchange Server 2010
5 2 (0.31%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 22 (3.41%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (0.62%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (0.62%) SPSS
2 4 (0.62%) Stata
3 2 (0.31%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.16%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 6 (0.93%) Oracle EBS
1 6 (0.93%) Oracle ERP
2 2 (0.31%) NetSuite
3 1 (0.16%) AlphaBridge
3 1 (0.16%) Alphatax
3 1 (0.16%) Farmplan
3 1 (0.16%) KEYPrime
Cloud Services
1 162 (25.12%) Azure
2 130 (20.16%) Microsoft 365
3 71 (11.01%) AWS
4 40 (6.20%) SaaS
5 26 (4.03%) Cloud Computing
6 25 (3.88%) Azure Active Directory
7 20 (3.10%) OneDrive
8 18 (2.79%) IaaS
9 17 (2.64%) PaaS
10 10 (1.55%) GCP
10 10 (1.55%) Power Platform
11 6 (0.93%) Google Workspace
12 5 (0.78%) Dynamics 365
12 5 (0.78%) Mimecast
13 4 (0.62%) Azure Sentinel
14 3 (0.47%) Serverless
15 1 (0.16%) Azure Data Factory
15 1 (0.16%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 114 (17.67%) Firewall
2 39 (6.05%) Network Security
3 20 (3.10%) DNS
4 19 (2.95%) WAN
5 17 (2.64%) LAN
5 17 (2.64%) VPN
6 15 (2.33%) Intrusion Detection
7 14 (2.17%) VoIP
8 12 (1.86%) VLAN
9 11 (1.71%) iSCSI
10 10 (1.55%) TCP/IP
11 8 (1.24%) SD-WAN
11 8 (1.24%) Wi-Fi
12 7 (1.09%) BGP
12 7 (1.09%) Cisco ISE
12 7 (1.09%) DHCP
12 7 (1.09%) Remote Desktop
13 6 (0.93%) IP Telephony
13 6 (0.93%) OSPF
14 5 (0.78%) DMZ
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (2.64%) SQL Server
2 9 (1.40%) GIS
3 6 (0.93%) Geospatial Data
4 5 (0.78%) Power BI
5 4 (0.62%) PostgreSQL
5 4 (0.62%) Tableau
6 3 (0.47%) Amazon RDS
7 2 (0.31%) SQL Server 2008
8 1 (0.16%) Data Mining
8 1 (0.16%) MySQL
8 1 (0.16%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 4 (0.62%) Git (software)
2 3 (0.47%) JIRA
3 1 (0.16%) Burp Suite
3 1 (0.16%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 281 (43.57%) Social Skills
2 134 (20.78%) Police
3 115 (17.83%) Finance
4 69 (10.70%) Legal
5 62 (9.61%) Banking
6 49 (7.60%) Analytical Skills
7 43 (6.67%) Public Sector
8 28 (4.34%) Influencing Skills
9 19 (2.95%) Law
9 19 (2.95%) Telecoms
10 18 (2.79%) Marketing
11 14 (2.17%) Organisational Skills
12 11 (1.71%) Back Office
13 9 (1.40%) Games
13 9 (1.40%) Manufacturing
14 7 (1.09%) Presentation Skills
14 7 (1.09%) Retail
15 4 (0.62%) Aerospace
15 4 (0.62%) Electronics
16 3 (0.47%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 148 (22.95%) Consultant
2 108 (16.74%) Security Consultant
3 107 (16.59%) Analyst
4 83 (12.87%) Cybersecurity Consultant
5 80 (12.40%) Security Analyst
6 58 (8.99%) Architect
7 54 (8.37%) Security Architect
8 50 (7.75%) Security Manager
9 48 (7.44%) IT Manager
10 38 (5.89%) Information Analyst
10 38 (5.89%) Information Manager
10 38 (5.89%) Junior
11 37 (5.74%) Information Security Analyst
12 36 (5.58%) Information Security Manager
12 36 (5.58%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 33 (5.12%) Junior Consultant
13 33 (5.12%) Technical Consultant
14 32 (4.96%) Security Engineer
15 31 (4.81%) Head of Security
15 31 (4.81%) Junior Security Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (0.93%) .NET
1 6 (0.93%) .NET Core
1 6 (0.93%) OAuth
1 6 (0.93%) RESTful
2 4 (0.62%) ISPF
3 3 (0.47%) .NET Framework
3 3 (0.47%) Akka.NET
3 3 (0.47%) Blazor
3 3 (0.47%) Elastic Stack
3 3 (0.47%) jQuery
3 3 (0.47%) Razor View Engine
3 3 (0.47%) Twitter Bootstrap
3 3 (0.47%) WPF
4 2 (0.31%) Middleware
5 1 (0.16%) NLTK
5 1 (0.16%) NumPy
5 1 (0.16%) Pandas
5 1 (0.16%) SAML
5 1 (0.16%) scikit-learn
5 1 (0.16%) SciPy
Miscellaneous
1 176 (27.29%) Management Information System
2 128 (19.84%) Smart Meter
3 46 (7.13%) Self-Motivation
4 32 (4.96%) Data Centre
5 31 (4.81%) Driving Licence
6 15 (2.33%) Data Protection Act
6 15 (2.33%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 15 (2.33%) Enterprise Software
7 12 (1.86%) Replication
8 11 (1.71%) Public Cloud
9 10 (1.55%) Smartphone
10 9 (1.40%) Security Operations Centre
11 8 (1.24%) Cyberthreat
11 8 (1.24%) Enterprise Storage
11 8 (1.24%) Reinsurance
12 7 (1.09%) Private Cloud
13 6 (0.93%) Cloud Native
13 6 (0.93%) Cybercrime
13 6 (0.93%) iPhone
14 5 (0.78%) BYOD
Operating Systems
1 148 (22.95%) Windows
2 86 (13.33%) Windows Server
3 47 (7.29%) Linux
4 35 (5.43%) Windows 10
5 13 (2.02%) Windows Server 2019
6 12 (1.86%) Mac OS
7 9 (1.40%) Unix
8 8 (1.24%) Windows Server 2008
9 6 (0.93%) CentOS
9 6 (0.93%) Windows Server 2012
10 4 (0.62%) Android
10 4 (0.62%) VMS
11 2 (0.31%) Mac OS X
11 2 (0.31%) Windows 7
11 2 (0.31%) Windows Server 2016
12 1 (0.16%) HPUX
12 1 (0.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1 (0.16%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 395 (61.24%) Cybersecurity
2 297 (46.05%) Information Security
3 177 (27.44%) SIEM
4 163 (25.27%) Risk Management
5 161 (24.96%) Vulnerability Management
6 134 (20.78%) Data Protection
7 125 (19.38%) Security Testing
8 116 (17.98%) Security Management
9 111 (17.21%) ISMS
10 95 (14.73%) Identity Management
11 91 (14.11%) ITIL
12 81 (12.56%) Regulatory Compliance
13 80 (12.40%) Cyber Assurance
13 80 (12.40%) Fraud Detection
13 80 (12.40%) Threat Analysis
14 77 (11.94%) Project Management
15 73 (11.32%) Change Management
16 72 (11.16%) Continuous Improvement
17 71 (11.01%) Disaster Recovery
18 63 (9.77%) Penetration Testing
Programming Languages
1 19 (2.95%) C
2 15 (2.33%) PowerShell
3 9 (1.40%) SQL
4 6 (0.93%) C#
5 3 (0.47%) Java
5 3 (0.47%) PHP
5 3 (0.47%) Python
6 2 (0.31%) Bash Shell
6 2 (0.31%) JavaScript
6 2 (0.31%) Perl
7 1 (0.16%) Go
7 1 (0.16%) T-SQL
7 1 (0.16%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 151 (23.41%) CISSP
2 149 (23.10%) Security Cleared
3 122 (18.91%) CISM
4 108 (16.74%) Degree
5 53 (8.22%) SC Cleared
6 29 (4.50%) CISA
7 26 (4.03%) CEH
8 23 (3.57%) Cisco Certification
9 22 (3.41%) Computer Science Degree
10 21 (3.26%) Microsoft Certification
11 20 (3.10%) SSCP
12 14 (2.17%) CRISC
13 13 (2.02%) CompTIA Security+
14 12 (1.86%) CCNA
15 10 (1.55%) CCNP
15 10 (1.55%) FFIEC
16 9 (1.40%) (ISC)2 CCSP
17 8 (1.24%) HND
18 6 (0.93%) DV Cleared
18 6 (0.93%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 512 (79.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 278 (43.10%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
3 255 (39.53%) NIST
4 221 (34.26%) GDPR
5 104 (16.12%) PCI DSS
6 43 (6.67%) SLA
7 34 (5.27%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 27 (4.19%) GRC
9 22 (3.41%) NCSC
10 13 (2.02%) IASME
10 13 (2.02%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 11 (1.71%) NIST 800
12 10 (1.55%) PMO
13 9 (1.40%) ISO 22301
14 7 (1.09%) ISO 9001
14 7 (1.09%) ISO/IEC 20000
15 6 (0.93%) TickIT
16 5 (0.78%) SOC 2
17 4 (0.62%) COBIT
17 4 (0.62%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 86 (13.33%) Active Directory
2 63 (9.77%) VMware Infrastructure
3 26 (4.03%) Hyper-V
4 16 (2.48%) Virtual Servers
5 8 (1.24%) BitLocker
6 4 (0.62%) Microsoft App-V
6 4 (0.62%) vSphere
7 3 (0.47%) Virtual Desktop
8 2 (0.31%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.16%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 40 (6.20%) Microsoft Intune
2 25 (3.88%) SCCM
3 13 (2.02%) Nessus
4 9 (1.40%) Jamf Pro
5 4 (0.62%) IBM BigFix
5 4 (0.62%) QRadar
6 3 (0.47%) Kubernetes
6 3 (0.47%) Single Sign-On
7 2 (0.31%) DatAdvantage
7 2 (0.31%) Kibana
7 2 (0.31%) Terraform
8 1 (0.16%) Ansible
8 1 (0.16%) Cisco CME
8 1 (0.16%) Cisco Prime
8 1 (0.16%) Failover Clustering
8 1 (0.16%) Host Intrusion Detection System
8 1 (0.16%) John the Ripper
8 1 (0.16%) Nmap
8 1 (0.16%) Packer
8 1 (0.16%) WSUS
Vendors
1 143 (22.17%) Microsoft
2 87 (13.49%) VMware
3 39 (6.05%) Cisco
4 25 (3.88%) SAP
5 23 (3.57%) Google
5 23 (3.57%) Veeam
6 22 (3.41%) Citrix
7 16 (2.48%) Qualys
8 11 (1.71%) Dell Compellent
8 11 (1.71%) Oracle
8 11 (1.71%) Rapid7
9 8 (1.24%) arcserve
9 8 (1.24%) CheckPoint
9 8 (1.24%) Palo Alto
10 7 (1.09%) Aruba
10 7 (1.09%) Meraki
11 6 (0.93%) Darktrace
11 6 (0.93%) DevExpress
11 6 (0.93%) FireEye
11 6 (0.93%) LogRhythm