Period
to 14 November 2018

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 14 November 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA)
UK
6 months to
14 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 1080 1157 1158
Rank change year-on-year +77 +1 +110
Permanent jobs citing GCFA 55 46 58
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.034% 0.025% 0.031%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.14% 0.10% 0.12%
Number of salaries quoted 29 32 56
UK median annual salary £47,500 £57,500 £80,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -17.39% -28.13% +28.00%
10th Percentile £35,000 £41,250 £65,000
90th Percentile £86,500 £78,750 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £35,000 £49,000 £61,250
% change year-on-year -28.57% -20.00% +2.08%

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 38,820 43,826 50,019
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.73% 24.25% 26.35%
Number of salaries quoted 28,743 33,667 40,125
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £81,250 £77,500 £76,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +3.66%

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 14 November 2018.

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 14 November 2018. 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 +67 55 £47,500 -17.39% 2
UK excluding London +49 46 £35,000 -28.57% 1
East of England +64 37 £35,000 -28.57%
London +48 13 £70,000 +21.74% 1
North of England +26 9 £55,000 -24.14%
North West +18 9 £55,000 -24.14%

For the 6 months to 14 November 2018, 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 52 (94.55%) GREM
2 46 (83.64%) GCFE
3 40 (72.73%) Security Operations
4 38 (69.09%) SIEM
5 37 (67.27%) Cybersecurity
5 37 (67.27%) GCIH
6 36 (65.45%) Cyberthreat
7 35 (63.64%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
7 35 (63.64%) Threat Intelligence
8 34 (61.82%) Security Operations Centre
8 34 (61.82%) Cyber Intelligence
8 34 (61.82%) GCIA
9 33 (60.00%) CISSP
10 31 (56.36%) CEH
11 29 (52.73%) Information Security
12 28 (50.91%) Cyber Kill Chain
13 27 (49.09%) Cyber Defence
13 27 (49.09%) Problem-Solving
13 27 (49.09%) Retail
14 26 (47.27%) Firewall
14 26 (47.27%) Wireshark
15 25 (45.45%) Splunk
16 24 (43.64%) Analytics
16 24 (43.64%) Qualys
16 24 (43.64%) Data Loss Prevention
16 24 (43.64%) Event Correlation
16 24 (43.64%) RSA Security Analytics
16 24 (43.64%) Analytical Skills
16 24 (43.64%) Security Management
16 24 (43.64%) Risk Management

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 (7.27%) Relativity
Cloud Services
1 4 (7.27%) Amazon AWS
1 4 (7.27%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 26 (47.27%) Firewall
1 26 (47.27%) Wireshark
2 9 (16.36%) Network Security
3 7 (12.73%) TCP/IP
4 6 (10.91%) Intrusion Detection
4 6 (10.91%) Sourcefire
5 3 (5.45%) DNS
5 3 (5.45%) FTP
5 3 (5.45%) SMTP
5 3 (5.45%) SSL
6 1 (1.82%) Broadband
6 1 (1.82%) Internet
General
1 27 (49.09%) Retail
2 4 (7.27%) Legal
3 2 (3.64%) Finance
4 1 (1.82%) Banking
4 1 (1.82%) Law
4 1 (1.82%) Military
Job Titles
1 34 (61.82%) Analyst
2 7 (12.73%) Incident Engineer
2 7 (12.73%) Security Analyst
2 7 (12.73%) Security Engineer
3 4 (7.27%) Consultant
3 4 (7.27%) Forensic Analyst
3 4 (7.27%) Information Analyst
3 4 (7.27%) Information Security Analyst
3 4 (7.27%) Senior Data Warehouse Specialist
4 3 (5.45%) Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst
4 3 (5.45%) Cyberthreat Analyst
4 3 (5.45%) Security Specialist
4 3 (5.45%) Senior Analyst
4 3 (5.45%) Senior Security Analyst
4 3 (5.45%) Senior Security Specialist
4 3 (5.45%) SOC Specialist
4 3 (5.45%) Threat Intelligence Analyst
5 2 (3.64%) Senior Consultant
6 1 (1.82%) Junior
6 1 (1.82%) Threat Hunter
Miscellaneous
1 36 (65.45%) Cyberthreat
2 34 (61.82%) Security Operations Centre
3 28 (50.91%) Cyber Kill Chain
4 27 (49.09%) Cyber Defence
5 24 (43.64%) Analytical Skills
5 24 (43.64%) Self-Motivation
6 7 (12.73%) Cyberattack
7 4 (7.27%) Smartphone
8 2 (3.64%) Client/Server
9 1 (1.82%) Cybercrime
9 1 (1.82%) Online Banking
Operating Systems
1 17 (30.91%) Windows
2 15 (27.27%) Unix
3 9 (16.36%) Linux
4 4 (7.27%) AIX
5 1 (1.82%) Mac OS X
5 1 (1.82%) Windows Server
5 1 (1.82%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (72.73%) Security Operations
2 38 (69.09%) SIEM
3 37 (67.27%) Cybersecurity
4 35 (63.64%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
4 35 (63.64%) Threat Intelligence
5 34 (61.82%) Cyber Intelligence
6 29 (52.73%) Information Security
7 27 (49.09%) Problem-Solving
8 24 (43.64%) Analytics
8 24 (43.64%) Data Loss Prevention
8 24 (43.64%) Event Correlation
8 24 (43.64%) Information Management
8 24 (43.64%) Risk Management
8 24 (43.64%) Security Management
9 19 (34.55%) Malware Analysis
10 13 (23.64%) Identity Access Management
10 13 (23.64%) Reverse Engineering
11 11 (20.00%) Digital Forensics
12 8 (14.55%) Malware Reverse Engineering
13 7 (12.73%) Application Performance Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 8 (14.55%) Python
2 7 (12.73%) PowerShell
3 4 (7.27%) Perl
4 3 (5.45%) Assembly Language
4 3 (5.45%) Bash Shell
4 3 (5.45%) Ruby
5 2 (3.64%) C++
6 1 (1.82%) C#
6 1 (1.82%) VB
Qualifications
1 52 (94.55%) GREM
2 46 (83.64%) GCFE
3 37 (67.27%) GCIH
4 34 (61.82%) GCIA
5 33 (60.00%) CISSP
6 31 (56.36%) CEH
7 24 (43.64%) CCNA
7 24 (43.64%) Cisco Certification
7 24 (43.64%) GSEC
8 13 (23.64%) GIAC
9 8 (14.55%) CREST Certified
10 7 (12.73%) CFCE
11 6 (10.91%) EnCE
12 4 (7.27%) CHFI
13 3 (5.45%) CISA
13 3 (5.45%) Security Cleared
14 2 (3.64%) OSCP
15 1 (1.82%) GISP
15 1 (1.82%) GPEN
15 1 (1.82%) GXPN
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.45%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 1 (1.82%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (7.27%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 24 (43.64%) RSA Security Analytics
1 24 (43.64%) Stealthwatch
2 14 (25.45%) EnCase
3 5 (9.09%) FTK
4 2 (3.64%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
4 2 (3.64%) CSIRT
5 1 (1.82%) McAfee ePO
5 1 (1.82%) SCCM
Vendors
1 25 (45.45%) Splunk
2 24 (43.64%) CheckPoint
2 24 (43.64%) Qualys
2 24 (43.64%) Symantec
3 8 (14.55%) Microsoft
4 5 (9.09%) Nuix
5 1 (1.82%) McAfee