Period
to 18 February 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for Digital Forensics skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Digital Forensics over the 6 months to 18 February 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Digital Forensics
UK
6 months to
18 Feb 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 1019 1101 1059
Rank change year-on-year +82 -42 +108
Permanent jobs citing Digital Forensics 116 105 131
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.077% 0.060% 0.075%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.084% 0.066% 0.082%
Number of salaries quoted 82 71 102
UK median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £55,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% -9.09% -12.00%
10th Percentile £32,554 £33,125 £27,500
90th Percentile £91,500 £115,000 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £50,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year -15.00% +25.00% -23.81%

Digital Forensics is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 138,154 159,988 159,473
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 91.75% 91.83% 91.32%
Number of salaries quoted 108,975 129,839 131,487
UK median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% -
10th Percentile £30,000 £28,750 £27,750
90th Percentile £85,000 £80,000 £78,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

Digital Forensics
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Digital Forensics as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Digital Forensics in the UK

Digital Forensics
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Digital Forensics.

Salary trend for Digital Forensics in the UK

Digital Forensics
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Digital Forensics over the 6 months to 18 February 2019.

Salary histogram for Digital Forensics in the UK

Digital Forensics
Top 11 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Digital Forensics within the UK over the 6 months to 18 February 2019. 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 +80 82 £52,500 +5.00% 31
London +44 48 £53,750 -10.42% 14
UK excluding London +62 39 £42,500 -15.00% 18
Midlands +41 14 £42,500 +60.38% 11
West Midlands +34 13 £41,250 +55.66% 10
North West +34 10 £40,000 -20.00%
North of England +28 10 £40,000 -20.00%
South East +35 7 £65,000 -18.75% 2
Scotland - 7 £39,446 - 1
East of England +32 1 £50,000 +2.04% 1
East Midlands - 1 £52,500 - 1

For the 6 months to 18 February 2019, IT jobs citing Digital Forensics 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 Digital Forensics.

1 82 (70.69%) Cybersecurity
2 42 (36.21%) Penetration Testing
3 40 (34.48%) Information Security
4 36 (31.03%) EnCase
5 35 (30.17%) Security Operations
6 34 (29.31%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
6 34 (29.31%) Threat Intelligence
7 29 (25.00%) CREST Certified
8 27 (23.28%) Ethical Hacking
9 26 (22.41%) CISSP
9 26 (22.41%) Cyberattack
10 24 (20.69%) Security Architecture
11 22 (18.97%) CESG Certified Professional
11 22 (18.97%) Malware Analysis
11 22 (18.97%) Virtual Team
11 22 (18.97%) FTK
12 21 (18.10%) Python
13 20 (17.24%) Linux
13 20 (17.24%) SIEM
14 19 (16.38%) Degree
15 18 (15.52%) Security Cleared
15 18 (15.52%) SANS
16 17 (14.66%) Incident Management
16 17 (14.66%) Nessus
16 17 (14.66%) Forensic Analysis
17 16 (13.79%) Vulnerability Assessment
17 16 (13.79%) Intrusion Detection
17 16 (13.79%) Windows
17 16 (13.79%) SQL
17 16 (13.79%) Kali Linux

Digital Forensics
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 7 (6.03%) SharePoint
2 1 (0.86%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 8 (6.90%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (3.45%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (3.45%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (1.72%) Relativity
2 1 (0.86%) Veritas eDiscovery
Cloud Services
1 14 (12.07%) Amazon AWS
2 9 (7.76%) Google Cloud Platform
3 7 (6.03%) Office 365
4 5 (4.31%) Microsoft Azure
5 2 (1.72%) Mimecast
5 2 (1.72%) OpenDNS
5 2 (1.72%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 16 (13.79%) Intrusion Detection
2 14 (12.07%) Firewall
3 11 (9.48%) Wireshark
4 9 (7.76%) Internet
4 9 (7.76%) Network Security
5 6 (5.17%) DHCP
5 6 (5.17%) DNS
5 6 (5.17%) TCP/IP
6 5 (4.31%) Sourcefire
7 4 (3.45%) VLAN
8 2 (1.72%) NAS
9 1 (0.86%) Remote Desktop
9 1 (0.86%) SAN
9 1 (0.86%) VPN
9 1 (0.86%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (4.31%) Data Mining
2 4 (3.45%) QlikView
3 2 (1.72%) Big Data
4 1 (0.86%) EDRMS
4 1 (0.86%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 12 (10.34%) Metasploit
General
1 13 (11.21%) Law
2 11 (9.48%) Finance
2 11 (9.48%) Legal
3 6 (5.17%) Military
4 5 (4.31%) Aerospace
5 4 (3.45%) Retail
6 3 (2.59%) Banking
7 2 (1.72%) Electronics
7 2 (1.72%) Manufacturing
7 2 (1.72%) Marketing
7 2 (1.72%) Telecoms
8 1 (0.86%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 24 (20.69%) Penetration Tester
1 24 (20.69%) Tester
2 23 (19.83%) Senior Penetration Tester
2 23 (19.83%) Senior Tester
3 20 (17.24%) Security Penetration Tester
3 20 (17.24%) Security Tester
4 18 (15.52%) Security Engineer
5 14 (12.07%) Analyst
6 12 (10.34%) Consultant
6 12 (10.34%) SIEM Engineer
7 11 (9.48%) Forensic Consultant
8 7 (6.03%) Forensic Manager
8 7 (6.03%) Malware Engineer
8 7 (6.03%) Operations Engineer
9 6 (5.17%) Associate Director
9 6 (5.17%) Digital Analyst
9 6 (5.17%) Forensic Analyst
9 6 (5.17%) Security Analyst
9 6 (5.17%) Senior Security Engineer
10 5 (4.31%) Incident Responder
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (7.76%) Web Services
2 4 (3.45%) Regular Expression
3 2 (1.72%) Middleware
4 1 (0.86%) HTML
4 1 (0.86%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 26 (22.41%) Cyberattack
2 22 (18.97%) Virtual Team
3 14 (12.07%) Cyberthreat
3 14 (12.07%) Management Information System
4 13 (11.21%) Analytical Skills
5 9 (7.76%) Cybercrime
6 5 (4.31%) Cyber Defence
6 5 (4.31%) Driving Licence
6 5 (4.31%) User Experience
7 4 (3.45%) Digital Media
7 4 (3.45%) Smartphone
8 3 (2.59%) Analytical Mindset
8 3 (2.59%) NHS
8 3 (2.59%) Security Operations Centre
8 3 (2.59%) Self-Motivation
8 3 (2.59%) Smart Meter
9 2 (1.72%) CESG
9 2 (1.72%) Mainframe
9 2 (1.72%) PKI
10 1 (0.86%) CCTV
Operating Systems
1 20 (17.24%) Linux
2 16 (13.79%) Kali Linux
2 16 (13.79%) Windows
3 12 (10.34%) Unix
4 3 (2.59%) VMS
5 2 (1.72%) Windows Server
6 1 (0.86%) Android
6 1 (0.86%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.86%) Mac OS X
6 1 (0.86%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 82 (70.69%) Cybersecurity
2 42 (36.21%) Penetration Testing
3 40 (34.48%) Information Security
4 35 (30.17%) Security Operations
5 34 (29.31%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
5 34 (29.31%) Threat Intelligence
6 27 (23.28%) Ethical Hacking
7 24 (20.69%) Security Architecture
8 22 (18.97%) Malware Analysis
9 20 (17.24%) SIEM
10 17 (14.66%) Forensic Analysis
10 17 (14.66%) Incident Management
11 16 (13.79%) Vulnerability Assessment
12 15 (12.93%) E-Discovery
13 13 (11.21%) Computer Forensics
14 10 (8.62%) Case Management
15 9 (7.76%) Agile Software Development
15 9 (7.76%) Data Loss Prevention
15 9 (7.76%) Identity Management
15 9 (7.76%) Patch Management
Programming Languages
1 21 (18.10%) Python
2 16 (13.79%) SQL
3 15 (12.93%) PowerShell
4 10 (8.62%) C
4 10 (8.62%) Perl
5 9 (7.76%) C#
5 9 (7.76%) C++
5 9 (7.76%) VB
6 4 (3.45%) R
7 3 (2.59%) Ruby
8 1 (0.86%) Java
8 1 (0.86%) PHP
8 1 (0.86%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 29 (25.00%) CREST Certified
2 26 (22.41%) CISSP
3 22 (18.97%) CESG Certified Professional
4 19 (16.38%) Degree
5 18 (15.52%) SANS
5 18 (15.52%) Security Cleared
6 16 (13.79%) SC Cleared
7 15 (12.93%) GIAC
8 10 (8.62%) GCIH
8 10 (8.62%) OSCP
9 8 (6.90%) CEH
9 8 (6.90%) CISM
10 7 (6.03%) Cisco Certification
10 7 (6.03%) DV Cleared
11 6 (5.17%) CISA
12 5 (4.31%) (ISC)2 CCSP
12 5 (4.31%) CCSP
12 5 (4.31%) CRISC
12 5 (4.31%) GCFE
12 5 (4.31%) GISP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (7.76%) ISO/IEC 17025
2 8 (6.90%) GDPR
3 3 (2.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (1.72%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.86%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.86%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.86%) SLA
System Software
1 9 (7.76%) Snort
2 4 (3.45%) Active Directory
3 2 (1.72%) Squid
4 1 (0.86%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.86%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (0.86%) Virtual Servers
4 1 (0.86%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.86%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 36 (31.03%) EnCase
2 22 (18.97%) FTK
3 17 (14.66%) Nessus
4 15 (12.93%) QRadar
5 9 (7.76%) Nexpose
5 9 (7.76%) Suricata
6 5 (4.31%) Puppet
7 3 (2.59%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
7 3 (2.59%) Nmap
7 3 (2.59%) OpenVAS
8 2 (1.72%) Host Intrusion Detection System
9 1 (0.86%) CSIRT
9 1 (0.86%) McAfee ePO
9 1 (0.86%) SCCM
Vendors
1 16 (13.79%) Splunk
2 15 (12.93%) McAfee
3 14 (12.07%) ArcSight
3 14 (12.07%) Cisco
3 14 (12.07%) NetWitness
3 14 (12.07%) Palo Alto
4 13 (11.21%) Cellebrite
4 13 (11.21%) Microsoft
5 12 (10.34%) LogRhythm
5 12 (10.34%) Nuix
5 12 (10.34%) Qualys
6 10 (8.62%) Google
7 9 (7.76%) Bomgar
7 9 (7.76%) CheckPoint
7 9 (7.76%) CyberArk
7 9 (7.76%) FireEye
7 9 (7.76%) Forcepoint
7 9 (7.76%) IBM
7 9 (7.76%) ServiceNow
7 9 (7.76%) Trend Micro