Period
to 18 November 2017

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 November 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA)
UK
6 months to
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 1132 1162 1260
Rank change year-on-year +30 +98 +32
Permanent jobs citing GCFA 45 60 54
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.025% 0.032% 0.025%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.10% 0.12% 0.090%
Number of salaries quoted 32 58 39
UK median annual salary £57,500 £77,500 £65,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -25.81% +19.23% -10.34%
10th Percentile £41,250 £65,000 £45,000
90th Percentile £78,625 £85,000 £93,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £49,000 £62,500 £60,000
% change year-on-year -21.60% +4.17% -

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 43053 49751 60118
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.06% 26.20% 27.45%
Number of salaries quoted 33093 39924 48041
UK median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% - +2.27%
10th Percentile £26,000 £26,250 £25,750
90th Percentile £77,500 £76,250 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £41,000
% change year-on-year - +3.66% +2.50%

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 November 2017.

Salary histogram for GCFA in the UK

GCFA
Top 10 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 November 2017. 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 +13 45 £57,500 -23.33%
UK excluding London +79 24 £49,000 -21.60%
London -30 21 £57,500 -28.13%
South East +41 12 £60,000 -7.69%
East of England - 6 £49,000 -
Midlands - 4 - -
West Midlands - 4 - -
South West -10 1 £35,700 -42.88%
North West - 1 £72,500 -
North of England - 1 £72,500 -

For the 6 months to 18 November 2017, IT jobs citing GCFA also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads with a requirement for GCFA.

1 29 (64.44%) GCIH
2 23 (51.11%) Cybersecurity
2 23 (51.11%) Malware Analysis
3 20 (44.44%) GIAC
4 19 (42.22%) CREST Certified
4 19 (42.22%) GCFE
5 16 (35.56%) Digital Forensics
5 16 (35.56%) Information Security
6 15 (33.33%) SIEM
7 14 (31.11%) EnCase
7 14 (31.11%) Forensic Analysis
8 13 (28.89%) GREM
9 12 (26.67%) Security Operations
9 12 (26.67%) Legal
9 12 (26.67%) Degree
9 12 (26.67%) Computer Science
10 11 (24.44%) TCP/IP
10 11 (24.44%) SANS
11 10 (22.22%) Vulnerability Scanning
11 10 (22.22%) Security Cleared
11 10 (22.22%) GCIA
12 9 (20.00%) Linux
12 9 (20.00%) Cybercrime
12 9 (20.00%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
12 9 (20.00%) Threat Intelligence
13 8 (17.78%) Python
13 8 (17.78%) Windows
14 7 (15.56%) Presales
14 7 (15.56%) Analytics
14 7 (15.56%) Reverse Engineering

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:

Applications
1 5 (11.11%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (8.89%) InfoPath
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.22%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 11 (24.44%) TCP/IP
2 5 (11.11%) Intrusion Detection
3 4 (8.89%) Internet
3 4 (8.89%) Network Security
4 3 (6.67%) Wireshark
5 1 (2.22%) DNS
5 1 (2.22%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.22%) PostgreSQL
General
1 12 (26.67%) Legal
2 5 (11.11%) Manufacturing
3 4 (8.89%) Finance
4 3 (6.67%) Banking
4 3 (6.67%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 22 (48.89%) Analyst
2 16 (35.56%) Security Analyst
3 15 (33.33%) Consultant
4 13 (28.89%) Cybersecurity Analyst
5 10 (22.22%) SOC Analyst
6 7 (15.56%) Senior Analyst
6 7 (15.56%) Senior Security Analyst
7 6 (13.33%) Cybersecurity Consultant
7 6 (13.33%) Forensic Investigator
7 6 (13.33%) Security Consultant
7 6 (13.33%) Senior Cybersecurity Analyst
8 5 (11.11%) Forensic Consultant
8 5 (11.11%) Operations Analyst
8 5 (11.11%) Security Incident Consultant
8 5 (11.11%) Security Operations Analyst
9 4 (8.89%) Digital Analyst
9 4 (8.89%) Forensic Analyst
9 4 (8.89%) Principal Security Analyst
10 3 (6.67%) Senior Operations Analyst
11 1 (2.22%) Malware Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 12 (26.67%) Computer Science
2 9 (20.00%) Cybercrime
3 6 (13.33%) Cyber Attack
3 6 (13.33%) Security Operations Centre
4 4 (8.89%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (8.89%) Cyberthreat
4 4 (8.89%) Virtual Team
5 3 (6.67%) Cyber Kill Chain
5 3 (6.67%) Life Science
5 3 (6.67%) Management Information System
5 3 (6.67%) Online Banking
6 2 (4.44%) Fintech
7 1 (2.22%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 9 (20.00%) Linux
2 8 (17.78%) Windows
3 6 (13.33%) Unix
4 5 (11.11%) Mac OS
5 1 (2.22%) CentOS
5 1 (2.22%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (51.11%) Cybersecurity
1 23 (51.11%) Malware Analysis
2 16 (35.56%) Digital Forensics
2 16 (35.56%) Information Security
3 15 (33.33%) SIEM
4 14 (31.11%) Forensic Analysis
5 12 (26.67%) Security Operations
6 10 (22.22%) Vulnerability Scanning
7 9 (20.00%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
7 9 (20.00%) Threat Intelligence
8 7 (15.56%) Analytics
8 7 (15.56%) Memory Management
8 7 (15.56%) Presales
8 7 (15.56%) Reverse Engineering
9 6 (13.33%) Behavioural Analytics
9 6 (13.33%) Continuous Improvement
9 6 (13.33%) ITIL
9 6 (13.33%) ITIL V3
9 6 (13.33%) Service Management
9 6 (13.33%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (17.78%) Python
2 5 (11.11%) Perl
3 4 (8.89%) PowerShell
4 3 (6.67%) Bash Shell
4 3 (6.67%) Ruby
5 1 (2.22%) Java
Qualifications
1 29 (64.44%) GCIH
2 20 (44.44%) GIAC
3 19 (42.22%) CREST Certified
3 19 (42.22%) GCFE
4 13 (28.89%) GREM
5 12 (26.67%) Degree
6 11 (24.44%) SANS
7 10 (22.22%) GCIA
7 10 (22.22%) Security Cleared
8 7 (15.56%) GCED
9 6 (13.33%) CISSP
9 6 (13.33%) GSEC
9 6 (13.33%) SC Cleared
10 4 (8.89%) CISM
10 4 (8.89%) Computer Science Degree
10 4 (8.89%) EnCE
11 3 (6.67%) CFCE
11 3 (6.67%) OSCP
12 1 (2.22%) GPEN
12 1 (2.22%) GWAPT
Systems Management
1 14 (31.11%) EnCase
2 4 (8.89%) CSIRT
2 4 (8.89%) FTK
3 3 (6.67%) WMI
4 1 (2.22%) QRadar
Vendors
1 6 (13.33%) Microsoft
2 4 (8.89%) Cellebrite
3 2 (4.44%) Intel
4 1 (2.22%) ArcSight
4 1 (2.22%) CheckPoint
4 1 (2.22%) Cisco
4 1 (2.22%) Google
4 1 (2.22%) Oracle
4 1 (2.22%) Salesforce.com
4 1 (2.22%) Splunk
4 1 (2.22%) Twitter