Period
to 18 January 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for GCFA qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 6 months to 18 January 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA)
UK
6 months to
18 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 1056 1152 1136
Rank change year-on-year +96 -16 +94
Permanent jobs citing GCFA 49 42 60
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.032% 0.024% 0.034%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.13% 0.10% 0.13%
Number of salaries quoted 31 35 54
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £75,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - -33.33% +15.38%
10th Percentile £35,000 £43,300 £65,750
90th Percentile £130,000 £68,500 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £35,000 £50,000 £48,750
% change year-on-year -30.00% +2.56% -18.75%

GCFA is in the Academic Qualifications and Professional Certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK
Permanent vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 36,519 41,356 45,827
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.11% 23.78% 25.85%
Number of salaries quoted 26,706 32,035 36,421
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £81,125 £78,750 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +1.19%

GCFA
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for GCFA in the UK

GCFA
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for GCFA in the UK

GCFA
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing GCFA over the 6 months to 18 January 2019.

Salary histogram for GCFA in the UK

GCFA
Top 7 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing GCFA within the UK over the 6 months to 18 January 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 +94 47 £50,000 - 5
UK excluding London +59 35 £35,000 -30.00% 2
East of England +52 30 £35,000 -28.57% 1
London +48 17 £105,000 +81.82% 3
North West - 4 - -
North of England - 4 - -
Wales - 1 £57,500 -

For the 6 months to 18 January 2019, IT jobs citing GCFA 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 GCFA.

1 46 (93.88%) GREM
2 41 (83.67%) GCIH
3 40 (81.63%) GCFE
4 37 (75.51%) Cyberthreat
4 37 (75.51%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
4 37 (75.51%) Threat Intelligence
5 34 (69.39%) Cyber Intelligence
5 34 (69.39%) GCIA
6 33 (67.35%) CISSP
7 32 (65.31%) Information Security
7 32 (65.31%) CEH
7 32 (65.31%) Cybersecurity
8 30 (61.22%) SIEM
9 29 (59.18%) Problem-Solving
9 29 (59.18%) Security Operations
9 29 (59.18%) Retail
10 26 (53.06%) Firewall
10 26 (53.06%) Security Management
10 26 (53.06%) Analytics
10 26 (53.06%) Wireshark
11 25 (51.02%) Splunk
11 25 (51.02%) Analytical Skills
11 25 (51.02%) Security Operations Centre
11 25 (51.02%) Cyber Defence
11 25 (51.02%) GSEC
12 24 (48.98%) Risk Management
12 24 (48.98%) Information Management
12 24 (48.98%) Cisco Certification
12 24 (48.98%) CheckPoint
12 24 (48.98%) Symantec

GCFA
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:

Business Applications
1 4 (8.16%) Relativity
Cloud Services
1 4 (8.16%) Amazon AWS
1 4 (8.16%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 26 (53.06%) Firewall
1 26 (53.06%) Wireshark
2 7 (14.29%) Intrusion Detection
3 6 (12.24%) Network Security
3 6 (12.24%) Sourcefire
4 5 (10.20%) DNS
4 5 (10.20%) FTP
4 5 (10.20%) SMTP
4 5 (10.20%) SSL
5 1 (2.04%) VPN
General
1 29 (59.18%) Retail
2 4 (8.16%) Finance
2 4 (8.16%) Legal
3 1 (2.04%) Banking
3 1 (2.04%) Military
Job Titles
1 32 (65.31%) Analyst
2 7 (14.29%) Security Analyst
3 4 (8.16%) Consultant
3 4 (8.16%) Forensic Analyst
3 4 (8.16%) Information Analyst
3 4 (8.16%) Information Security Analyst
4 3 (6.12%) Senior Analyst
4 3 (6.12%) Senior Security Analyst
5 2 (4.08%) Senior Consultant
6 1 (2.04%) Cybersecurity Manager
6 1 (2.04%) Incident Manager
6 1 (2.04%) Information Security Engineer
6 1 (2.04%) Security Engineer
6 1 (2.04%) Security Manager
6 1 (2.04%) Security Specialist
6 1 (2.04%) Senior Data Warehouse Specialist
6 1 (2.04%) Senior Security Specialist
6 1 (2.04%) SOC Analyst
6 1 (2.04%) SOC Engineer
6 1 (2.04%) SOC Specialist
Miscellaneous
1 37 (75.51%) Cyberthreat
2 25 (51.02%) Analytical Skills
2 25 (51.02%) Cyber Defence
2 25 (51.02%) Security Operations Centre
3 24 (48.98%) Cyber Kill Chain
3 24 (48.98%) Self-Motivation
4 6 (12.24%) Cyberattack
5 4 (8.16%) Smartphone
6 2 (4.08%) Client/Server
6 2 (4.08%) Management Information System
7 1 (2.04%) Cybercrime
7 1 (2.04%) Online Banking
Operating Systems
1 6 (12.24%) Windows
2 5 (10.20%) Linux
2 5 (10.20%) Unix
3 4 (8.16%) AIX
4 1 (2.04%) Mac OS X
4 1 (2.04%) Windows Server
4 1 (2.04%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (75.51%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
1 37 (75.51%) Threat Intelligence
2 34 (69.39%) Cyber Intelligence
3 32 (65.31%) Cybersecurity
3 32 (65.31%) Information Security
4 30 (61.22%) SIEM
5 29 (59.18%) Problem-Solving
5 29 (59.18%) Security Operations
6 26 (53.06%) Analytics
6 26 (53.06%) Security Management
7 24 (48.98%) Data Loss Prevention
7 24 (48.98%) Event Correlation
7 24 (48.98%) Information Management
7 24 (48.98%) Risk Management
8 13 (26.53%) Malware Analysis
9 7 (14.29%) Incident Management
10 6 (12.24%) Data Security
10 6 (12.24%) Identity Access Management
10 6 (12.24%) Strategic Planning
10 6 (12.24%) Threat Management
Programming Languages
1 7 (14.29%) PowerShell
2 6 (12.24%) Python
3 4 (8.16%) Perl
4 2 (4.08%) Bash Shell
4 2 (4.08%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 46 (93.88%) GREM
2 41 (83.67%) GCIH
3 40 (81.63%) GCFE
4 34 (69.39%) GCIA
5 33 (67.35%) CISSP
6 32 (65.31%) CEH
7 25 (51.02%) GSEC
8 24 (48.98%) CCNA
8 24 (48.98%) Cisco Certification
9 12 (24.49%) CFCE
10 11 (22.45%) EnCE
11 6 (12.24%) GIAC
12 4 (8.16%) CHFI
13 2 (4.08%) SANS
14 1 (2.04%) CISM
14 1 (2.04%) GISP
14 1 (2.04%) GPEN
14 1 (2.04%) GWAPT
14 1 (2.04%) MCTS
14 1 (2.04%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (10.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 1 (2.04%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (2.04%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 24 (48.98%) RSA Security Analytics
1 24 (48.98%) Stealthwatch
2 7 (14.29%) EnCase
3 5 (10.20%) FTK
4 2 (4.08%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
4 2 (4.08%) CSIRT
5 1 (2.04%) McAfee ePO
5 1 (2.04%) SCCM
Vendors
1 25 (51.02%) Splunk
2 24 (48.98%) CheckPoint
2 24 (48.98%) Qualys
2 24 (48.98%) Symantec
3 5 (10.20%) Nuix
4 1 (2.04%) McAfee
4 1 (2.04%) Microsoft