Period
to 17 October 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 17 October 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA)
UK
6 months to
17 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 1058 1109 1161
Rank change year-on-year +51 +52 +47
Permanent jobs citing GCFA 12 62 40
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.009% 0.038% 0.023%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.038% 0.16% 0.093%
Number of salaries quoted 6 32 27
UK median annual salary £56,250 £55,000 £60,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.27% -8.33% -25.00%
10th Percentile £48,750 £35,000 £38,280
90th Percentile £78,125 £84,500 £78,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £56,250 £55,000 £66,250
% change year-on-year +2.27% -16.98% +8.16%

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 31,689 39,002 42,786
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.10% 23.71% 24.43%
Number of salaries quoted 23,131 28,878 32,875
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +6.38% +4.44%
10th Percentile £27,000 £26,250 £26,000
90th Percentile £82,500 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

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 17 October 2019.

Salary histogram for GCFA in the UK

GCFA
Top 6 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 17 October 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 +64 12 £56,250 +2.27%
UK excluding London +48 12 £56,250 +2.27%
South East - 7 £72,500 -
West Midlands - 4 £56,250 -
Midlands - 4 £56,250 -
East of England +13 1 - -

For the 6 months to 17 October 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 11 (91.67%) GCIH
1 11 (91.67%) Reverse Engineering
1 11 (91.67%) GREM
2 10 (83.33%) SIEM
2 10 (83.33%) GCIA
2 10 (83.33%) Python
3 9 (75.00%) Windows
3 9 (75.00%) Cybersecurity
3 9 (75.00%) Mentoring
3 9 (75.00%) Intrusion Detection
3 9 (75.00%) Security Operations
3 9 (75.00%) Security Operations Centre
4 8 (66.67%) Linux
4 8 (66.67%) TCP/IP
5 7 (58.33%) Information Security
5 7 (58.33%) Management Information System
5 7 (58.33%) Degree
5 7 (58.33%) Analytical Skills
5 7 (58.33%) Malware Analysis
6 6 (50.00%) Splunk
6 6 (50.00%) ArcSight
6 6 (50.00%) Digital Forensics
6 6 (50.00%) GCFE
6 6 (50.00%) Malware Reverse Engineering
7 5 (41.67%) SANS
7 5 (41.67%) Workshop Facilitation
7 5 (41.67%) Security Architecture
7 5 (41.67%) Computer Science
7 5 (41.67%) Ruby
7 5 (41.67%) DNS

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:

Communications & Networking
1 9 (75.00%) Intrusion Detection
2 8 (66.67%) TCP/IP
3 5 (41.67%) DNS
4 4 (33.33%) tcpdump
4 4 (33.33%) Wireshark
5 2 (16.67%) Firewall
6 1 (8.33%) HTTP
6 1 (8.33%) HTTPS
6 1 (8.33%) SMTP
General
1 2 (16.67%) Law
1 2 (16.67%) Legal
2 1 (8.33%) Retail
Job Titles
1 8 (66.67%) Analyst
2 4 (33.33%) Cybersecurity Analyst
2 4 (33.33%) Security Analyst
2 4 (33.33%) Senior Analyst
3 2 (16.67%) Security Engineer
3 2 (16.67%) SOC Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) Consultant
4 1 (8.33%) Cybersecurity Engineer
4 1 (8.33%) Incident Engineer
4 1 (8.33%) Presales Engineer
4 1 (8.33%) Security Consultant
4 1 (8.33%) Security Technical Consultant
4 1 (8.33%) Technical Consultant
4 1 (8.33%) Technical Security Consultant
Miscellaneous
1 9 (75.00%) Security Operations Centre
2 7 (58.33%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (58.33%) Management Information System
3 4 (33.33%) Cyberthreat
Operating Systems
1 9 (75.00%) Windows
2 8 (66.67%) Linux
3 1 (8.33%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (91.67%) Reverse Engineering
2 10 (83.33%) SIEM
3 9 (75.00%) Cybersecurity
3 9 (75.00%) Mentoring
3 9 (75.00%) Security Operations
4 7 (58.33%) Information Security
4 7 (58.33%) Malware Analysis
5 6 (50.00%) Digital Forensics
5 6 (50.00%) Malware Reverse Engineering
6 5 (41.67%) Computer Science
6 5 (41.67%) Security Architecture
6 5 (41.67%) Workshop Facilitation
7 4 (33.33%) Cyber Intelligence
7 4 (33.33%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
7 4 (33.33%) Open Source
7 4 (33.33%) Technical Leadership
7 4 (33.33%) Threat Intelligence
8 3 (25.00%) Forensic Analysis
9 2 (16.67%) Security Monitoring
9 2 (16.67%) Thought Leadership
Programming Languages
1 10 (83.33%) Python
2 5 (41.67%) Ruby
3 4 (33.33%) Bash Shell
3 4 (33.33%) PowerShell
4 1 (8.33%) JavaScript
4 1 (8.33%) Perl
4 1 (8.33%) SQL
Qualifications
1 11 (91.67%) GCIH
1 11 (91.67%) GREM
2 10 (83.33%) GCIA
3 7 (58.33%) Degree
4 6 (50.00%) GCFE
5 5 (41.67%) SANS
6 2 (16.67%) GIAC
7 1 (8.33%) CompTIA Security+
7 1 (8.33%) CREST Certified
7 1 (8.33%) EnCE
7 1 (8.33%) Network+ Certification
7 1 (8.33%) OSCP
7 1 (8.33%) Security Cleared
7 1 (8.33%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (8.33%) GDPR
1 1 (8.33%) NIST
Systems Management
1 4 (33.33%) CSIRT
2 3 (25.00%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
3 2 (16.67%) Network Intrusion Detection System
4 1 (8.33%) EnCase
Vendors
1 6 (50.00%) ArcSight
1 6 (50.00%) Splunk
2 1 (8.33%) Microsoft