Period
to 27 February 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 27 February 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Cyber Essentials
UK
6 months to
27 Feb 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 560 714 709
Rank change year-on-year +154 -5 +234
Permanent jobs citing Cyber Essentials 252 318 440
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.34% 0.26% 0.29%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 2.84% 2.06% 2.09%
Number of salaries quoted 242 292 357
Median annual salary £50,000 £55,000 £57,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -9.09% -4.35% -0.86%
10th Percentile £35,350 £35,250 £32,500
90th Percentile £80,000 £79,000 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £51,000 £46,321
% change year-on-year -6.86% +10.10% -19.44%

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 8,870 15,418 21,048
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.95% 12.54% 13.92%
Number of salaries quoted 6,396 12,049 15,617
Median annual salary £52,500 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.00% -
10th Percentile £31,000 £28,500 £27,500
90th Percentile £85,000 £83,750 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +4.65%

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 27 February 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 27 February 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 +153 243 £52,500 -4.55% 58
UK excluding London +118 162 £47,500 -6.86% 42
London +156 83 £62,500 -3.85% 17
Work from Home -51 52 £54,500 +14.74% 11
South East +109 37 £55,000 - 9
North of England +77 37 £42,500 -15.00% 14
Midlands +60 35 £55,000 -0.45% 11
South West +45 28 £39,000 -25.71% 6
Yorkshire +46 21 £32,500 -31.58% 4
East Midlands +44 21 £51,250 -24.07% 6
East of England +57 17 £45,000 -13.04% 1
North West +72 15 £67,500 +33.66% 9
West Midlands +39 14 £55,000 +15.79% 5
Scotland +37 8 £44,000 +13.54% 1
Wales +29 1 - -
North East +12 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 27 February 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.

1 179 (71.03%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 155 (61.51%) Information Security
3 127 (50.40%) Cybersecurity
4 110 (43.65%) GDPR
5 104 (41.27%) NIST
6 83 (32.94%) Management Information System
7 82 (32.54%) CISSP
8 78 (30.95%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 70 (27.78%) CISM
10 63 (25.00%) Data Protection
11 62 (24.60%) Firewall
12 61 (24.21%) PCI DSS
13 60 (23.81%) Azure
14 59 (23.41%) Windows
15 58 (23.02%) Microsoft
16 55 (21.83%) SIEM
17 51 (20.24%) ITIL
18 48 (19.05%) Security Management
19 46 (18.25%) Active Directory
20 45 (17.86%) Finance
21 43 (17.06%) Microsoft 365
22 42 (16.67%) Information Security Management
23 41 (16.27%) Data Protection Act
24 36 (14.29%) Legal
25 34 (13.49%) Network Security
26 33 (13.10%) Windows Server
26 33 (13.10%) Degree
27 32 (12.70%) Patch Management
28 31 (12.30%) ISMS
29 30 (11.90%) AWS

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 13 (5.16%) SharePoint
2 5 (1.98%) Exchange Server 2010
2 5 (1.98%) MS Exchange
3 1 (0.40%) Confluence
3 1 (0.40%) IIS
Applications
1 6 (2.38%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.79%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.40%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.40%) Dynamics GP
1 1 (0.40%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 1 (0.40%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 60 (23.81%) Azure
2 43 (17.06%) Microsoft 365
3 30 (11.90%) AWS
4 21 (8.33%) SaaS
5 18 (7.14%) IaaS
6 15 (5.95%) PaaS
7 11 (4.37%) Azure Active Directory
8 9 (3.57%) OneDrive
9 8 (3.17%) G Suite
10 7 (2.78%) Mimecast
11 2 (0.79%) Cloud Computing
12 1 (0.40%) Dynamics 365
12 1 (0.40%) GCP
12 1 (0.40%) IBM Cloud
12 1 (0.40%) Serverless
12 1 (0.40%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 62 (24.60%) Firewall
2 34 (13.49%) Network Security
3 27 (10.71%) DNS
4 21 (8.33%) DHCP
5 18 (7.14%) Intrusion Detection
6 11 (4.37%) Remote Desktop
7 9 (3.57%) SAN
8 8 (3.17%) FTP
9 7 (2.78%) WAN
10 6 (2.38%) VPN
10 6 (2.38%) Wireless
11 5 (1.98%) LAN
11 5 (1.98%) SSL
11 5 (1.98%) Wi-Fi
12 4 (1.59%) iSCSI
12 4 (1.59%) NAS
12 4 (1.59%) Value-Added Service
13 3 (1.19%) PBX
13 3 (1.19%) VLAN
14 2 (0.79%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (3.57%) Big Data
2 3 (1.19%) SQL Server
2 3 (1.19%) SQL Server 2012
2 3 (1.19%) SQL Server 2014
2 3 (1.19%) SQL Server 2017
3 1 (0.40%) Amazon RDS
3 1 (0.40%) GIS
3 1 (0.40%) InfluxDB
3 1 (0.40%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 6 (2.38%) Burp Suite
2 5 (1.98%) JIRA
General
1 45 (17.86%) Finance
2 36 (14.29%) Legal
3 26 (10.32%) Retail
4 20 (7.94%) Public Sector
5 8 (3.17%) Telecoms
6 7 (2.78%) Marketing
7 5 (1.98%) Electronics
7 5 (1.98%) Manufacturing
8 3 (1.19%) Advertising
8 3 (1.19%) Law
9 2 (0.79%) French Language
9 2 (0.79%) German Language
9 2 (0.79%) Italian Language
10 1 (0.40%) Aerospace
10 1 (0.40%) Banking
Job Titles
1 61 (24.21%) Analyst
2 44 (17.46%) Security Analyst
3 39 (15.48%) Security Specialist
4 26 (10.32%) Consultant
5 24 (9.52%) Security Manager
6 22 (8.73%) Information Analyst
6 22 (8.73%) Information Security Analyst
7 20 (7.94%) Information Security Specialist
7 20 (7.94%) Information Specialist
7 20 (7.94%) Security Consultant
8 19 (7.54%) Senior Data Warehouse Specialist
8 19 (7.54%) Senior Security Specialist
9 16 (6.35%) Architect
10 14 (5.56%) IT Manager
10 14 (5.56%) Security Engineer
11 13 (5.16%) Information Officer
11 13 (5.16%) Information Security Officer
11 13 (5.16%) Security Officer
12 12 (4.76%) IT Engineer
12 12 (4.76%) Senior Information Security Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (3.17%) Web Services
2 1 (0.40%) .NET
2 1 (0.40%) ModSecurity
2 1 (0.40%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 83 (32.94%) Management Information System
2 41 (16.27%) Data Protection Act
3 23 (9.13%) Cyberthreat
4 12 (4.76%) Cyberattack
5 9 (3.57%) Self-Motivation
6 8 (3.17%) Analytical Skills
6 8 (3.17%) Security Operations Centre
7 7 (2.78%) Replication
8 6 (2.38%) Data Centre
8 6 (2.38%) Private Cloud
8 6 (2.38%) Social Media
9 5 (1.98%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 5 (1.98%) Public Cloud
10 4 (1.59%) Clustering
10 4 (1.59%) NHS
11 3 (1.19%) CMDB
11 3 (1.19%) Mobile App
12 2 (0.79%) Linux Command Line
12 2 (0.79%) PKI
12 2 (0.79%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 59 (23.41%) Windows
2 33 (13.10%) Windows Server
3 28 (11.11%) Linux
4 16 (6.35%) Windows 10
5 9 (3.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 7 (2.78%) Windows Server 2012
7 6 (2.38%) Windows Server 2016
8 5 (1.98%) Windows 7
9 4 (1.59%) Mac OS
10 3 (1.19%) Ubuntu
10 3 (1.19%) Windows Server 2008
10 3 (1.19%) Windows Server 2019
11 2 (0.79%) Unix
12 1 (0.40%) Android
12 1 (0.40%) Apple iOS
12 1 (0.40%) Data ONTAP
12 1 (0.40%) MVS
12 1 (0.40%) Solaris
12 1 (0.40%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 155 (61.51%) Information Security
2 127 (50.40%) Cybersecurity
3 63 (25.00%) Data Protection
4 55 (21.83%) SIEM
5 51 (20.24%) ITIL
6 48 (19.05%) Security Management
7 42 (16.67%) Information Security Management
8 32 (12.70%) Patch Management
9 31 (12.30%) ISMS
10 30 (11.90%) Penetration Testing
11 29 (11.51%) OWASP
11 29 (11.51%) Security Architecture
12 28 (11.11%) Antivirus Management
12 28 (11.11%) Risk Management
12 28 (11.11%) Vulnerability Assessment
13 27 (10.71%) Disaster Recovery
13 27 (10.71%) Security Operations
14 25 (9.92%) Privileged Access Management
15 23 (9.13%) Incident Management
16 22 (8.73%) Internal Audit
Programming Languages
1 20 (7.94%) PowerShell
2 2 (0.79%) Bash Shell
3 1 (0.40%) Perl
3 1 (0.40%) Python
3 1 (0.40%) Shell Script
3 1 (0.40%) SQL
3 1 (0.40%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 82 (32.54%) CISSP
2 70 (27.78%) CISM
3 33 (13.10%) Degree
4 30 (11.90%) CISA
5 29 (11.51%) Cisco Certification
6 19 (7.54%) CEH
6 19 (7.54%) Security Cleared
7 18 (7.14%) (ISC)2 CCSP
8 14 (5.56%) CCSP
9 12 (4.76%) SSCP
10 11 (4.37%) PCI QSA
11 10 (3.97%) CRISC
11 10 (3.97%) ITIL Certification
11 10 (3.97%) Microsoft Certification
12 9 (3.57%) CCNA
12 9 (3.57%) CompTIA Security+
12 9 (3.57%) MCSE
13 8 (3.17%) ISO 27001 Lead Implementer
14 7 (2.78%) SC Cleared
15 6 (2.38%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 179 (71.03%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 110 (43.65%) GDPR
3 104 (41.27%) NIST
4 78 (30.95%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
5 61 (24.21%) PCI DSS
6 21 (8.33%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 15 (5.95%) NCSC
8 14 (5.56%) COBIT
9 11 (4.37%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 8 (3.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 3 (1.19%) Government Security Classifications
11 3 (1.19%) ISO 22301
11 3 (1.19%) ISO 9001
11 3 (1.19%) NIST 800
11 3 (1.19%) QA
12 2 (0.79%) Actionable Recommendations
12 2 (0.79%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 1 (0.40%) ITGC
13 1 (0.40%) PMO
System Software
1 46 (18.25%) Active Directory
2 26 (10.32%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (3.57%) VMware ESXi
4 8 (3.17%) Shibboleth
5 6 (2.38%) Hyper-V
6 3 (1.19%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (0.40%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.40%) XenApp
7 1 (0.40%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 9 (3.57%) Host Intrusion Detection System
1 9 (3.57%) Microsoft Intune
1 9 (3.57%) Single Sign-On
2 8 (3.17%) McAfee ePO
2 8 (3.17%) SolarWinds Orion
3 7 (2.78%) Nessus
4 5 (1.98%) PaperCut
5 4 (1.59%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 4 (1.59%) SCDPM
6 3 (1.19%) Failover Clustering
6 3 (1.19%) OpenVAS
6 3 (1.19%) SCCM
7 2 (0.79%) Computer Incident Response Team
7 2 (0.79%) CSIRT
8 1 (0.40%) Avamar
8 1 (0.40%) CASB
8 1 (0.40%) Nagios
8 1 (0.40%) Red Hat Satellite
8 1 (0.40%) SCOM
8 1 (0.40%) StackStorm
Vendors
1 58 (23.02%) Microsoft
2 30 (11.90%) VMware
3 22 (8.73%) Cisco
4 13 (5.16%) OneTrust
4 13 (5.16%) Sophos
5 10 (3.97%) Barracuda Networks
5 10 (3.97%) Oracle
6 9 (3.57%) Red Hat
7 8 (3.17%) Google
7 8 (3.17%) McAfee
7 8 (3.17%) SolarWinds
8 6 (2.38%) LogRhythm
8 6 (2.38%) SAP
8 6 (2.38%) Veeam
9 5 (1.98%) Darktrace
9 5 (1.98%) FireEye
9 5 (1.98%) HP
9 5 (1.98%) IronPort
9 5 (1.98%) NetWitness
10 3 (1.19%) Aruba