Period
to 20 January 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for GCIH qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 6 months to 20 January 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH)
UK
6 months to
20 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 715 953 983
Rank change year-on-year +238 +30 -1
Permanent jobs citing GCIH 48 71 147
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.076% 0.057% 0.098%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.37% 0.26% 0.41%
Number of salaries quoted 45 52 79
Median annual salary £60,000 £56,250 £56,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.67% -0.44% +2.73%
10th Percentile £40,250 £45,200 £35,000
90th Percentile £89,000 £85,000 £82,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £55,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year -9.09% +22.22% -14.69%

GCIH 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 12,888 27,497 36,098
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.28% 21.93% 24.13%
Number of salaries quoted 9,428 20,717 26,783
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £31,250 £27,500 £26,250
90th Percentile £85,000 £82,500 £81,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £49,333 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +9.63% - +5.88%

GCIH
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing GCIH as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for GCIH in the UK

GCIH
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing GCIH.

Salary trend for GCIH in the UK

GCIH
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing GCIH over the 6 months to 20 January 2021.

Salary histogram for GCIH in the UK

GCIH
Top 13 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing GCIH within the UK over the 6 months to 20 January 2021. 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 +222 44 £55,000 -2.22% 9
London +221 23 £75,000 +20.00% 3
UK excluding London +170 22 £50,000 -9.09% 6
Midlands +71 8 £50,000 -9.09% 1
West Midlands +57 7 £50,000 -9.09% 1
South East +141 6 £52,500 -4.55% 3
Work from Home - 6 £52,500 - 2
Scotland - 3 - -
North of England +87 2 £50,000 -56.52% 1
South West +75 2 £65,000 +12.07%
Yorkshire - 2 £50,000 - 1
East of England +95 1 £53,500 -40.56% 1
East Midlands - 1 £85,000 -

For the 6 months to 20 January 2021, IT jobs citing GCIH 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 GCIH.

1 36 (75.00%) SIEM
2 35 (72.92%) Cybersecurity
3 29 (60.42%) Security Operations
4 25 (52.08%) CISSP
5 23 (47.92%) Firewall
6 21 (43.75%) Threat Intelligence
7 20 (41.67%) GCIA
8 19 (39.58%) GCFA
8 19 (39.58%) Vulnerability Management
9 18 (37.50%) Security Operations Centre
9 18 (37.50%) GIAC
10 16 (33.33%) Information Security
10 16 (33.33%) Windows
10 16 (33.33%) Microsoft
11 15 (31.25%) Python
11 15 (31.25%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
12 14 (29.17%) Linux
12 14 (29.17%) Finance
13 13 (27.08%) PowerShell
13 13 (27.08%) Azure
13 13 (27.08%) AWS
14 12 (25.00%) Splunk
14 12 (25.00%) Windows Server
14 12 (25.00%) CREST Certified
14 12 (25.00%) GSEC
15 11 (22.92%) Management Information System
15 11 (22.92%) Vulnerability Assessment
15 11 (22.92%) Penetration Testing
15 11 (22.92%) VPN
15 11 (22.92%) SANS

GCIH
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 1 (2.08%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (2.08%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (2.08%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 1 (2.08%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (10.42%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 13 (27.08%) AWS
1 13 (27.08%) Azure
2 2 (4.17%) GitHub
3 1 (2.08%) Amazon GuardDuty
3 1 (2.08%) GCP
3 1 (2.08%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 23 (47.92%) Firewall
2 11 (22.92%) VPN
3 10 (20.83%) Intrusion Detection
4 8 (16.67%) TCP/IP
5 6 (12.50%) DMZ
5 6 (12.50%) SSL
6 5 (10.42%) LAN
6 5 (10.42%) WAN
6 5 (10.42%) Wireshark
7 4 (8.33%) DNS
8 3 (6.25%) DHCP
8 3 (6.25%) HTTP
8 3 (6.25%) ICMP
8 3 (6.25%) Network Security
8 3 (6.25%) SNMP
9 1 (2.08%) FTP
9 1 (2.08%) IPv4
9 1 (2.08%) POP3
9 1 (2.08%) SMTP
9 1 (2.08%) SSH
Development Applications
1 4 (8.33%) Metasploit
2 2 (4.17%) Jenkins
2 2 (4.17%) JIRA
General
1 14 (29.17%) Finance
2 5 (10.42%) Banking
2 5 (10.42%) Investment Banking
3 2 (4.17%) Aerospace
3 2 (4.17%) Legal
3 2 (4.17%) Manufacturing
4 1 (2.08%) French Language
4 1 (2.08%) German Language
4 1 (2.08%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 29 (60.42%) Analyst
2 18 (37.50%) Security Analyst
3 11 (22.92%) Cybersecurity Analyst
3 11 (22.92%) Senior Analyst
4 9 (18.75%) SOC Analyst
5 7 (14.58%) Senior Security Analyst
5 7 (14.58%) SIEM Analyst
6 6 (12.50%) Information Analyst
6 6 (12.50%) Information Security Analyst
6 6 (12.50%) Senior Cybersecurity Analyst
7 5 (10.42%) Information Risk Analyst
7 5 (10.42%) Risk Analyst
7 5 (10.42%) Security Risk Analyst
7 5 (10.42%) Splunk Analyst
8 4 (8.33%) Incident Analyst
8 4 (8.33%) Incident Manager
8 4 (8.33%) Security Incident Analyst
8 4 (8.33%) Senior Incident Analyst
9 3 (6.25%) Consultant
9 3 (6.25%) Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (10.42%) Middleware
1 5 (10.42%) YAML
2 4 (8.33%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 18 (37.50%) Security Operations Centre
2 11 (22.92%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (22.92%) Management Information System
3 9 (18.75%) Cyber Kill Chain
3 9 (18.75%) Cyberthreat
4 5 (10.42%) Robotics
5 4 (8.33%) Cyberattack
6 3 (6.25%) FMCG
7 2 (4.17%) Cyber Defence
7 2 (4.17%) Public Cloud
8 1 (2.08%) Data Protection Act
8 1 (2.08%) Digital Media
8 1 (2.08%) Linux Command Line
8 1 (2.08%) PKI
8 1 (2.08%) PMI
8 1 (2.08%) Self-Motivation
8 1 (2.08%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 16 (33.33%) Windows
2 14 (29.17%) Linux
3 12 (25.00%) Windows Server
4 6 (12.50%) Unix
5 5 (10.42%) Mac OS X
5 5 (10.42%) Solaris
5 5 (10.42%) Windows XP
6 3 (6.25%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (75.00%) SIEM
2 35 (72.92%) Cybersecurity
3 29 (60.42%) Security Operations
4 21 (43.75%) Threat Intelligence
5 19 (39.58%) Vulnerability Management
6 16 (33.33%) Information Security
7 15 (31.25%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
8 11 (22.92%) Penetration Testing
8 11 (22.92%) Security Monitoring
8 11 (22.92%) Vulnerability Assessment
9 10 (20.83%) Incident Management
10 8 (16.67%) Malware Reverse Engineering
10 8 (16.67%) Reverse Engineering
11 7 (14.58%) DevOps
11 7 (14.58%) Use Case
12 6 (12.50%) Collaborative Working
12 6 (12.50%) Cyber Intelligence
12 6 (12.50%) Kalman Filter
12 6 (12.50%) Threat Modelling
13 5 (10.42%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 15 (31.25%) Python
2 13 (27.08%) PowerShell
3 5 (10.42%) Perl
4 4 (8.33%) Ruby
5 3 (6.25%) Bash Shell
5 3 (6.25%) Java
6 1 (2.08%) C
6 1 (2.08%) C++
Qualifications
1 25 (52.08%) CISSP
2 20 (41.67%) GCIA
3 19 (39.58%) GCFA
4 18 (37.50%) GIAC
5 12 (25.00%) CREST Certified
5 12 (25.00%) GSEC
6 11 (22.92%) SANS
7 10 (20.83%) OSCP
8 9 (18.75%) CISM
9 8 (16.67%) GREM
9 8 (16.67%) Security Cleared
10 7 (14.58%) CompTIA Security+
10 7 (14.58%) Degree
10 7 (14.58%) GCFE
10 7 (14.58%) SC Cleared
11 6 (12.50%) Cisco Certification
12 5 (10.42%) (ISC)2 CCSP
12 5 (10.42%) CCSP
12 5 (10.42%) SSCP
13 4 (8.33%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (14.58%) NIST
2 6 (12.50%) SLA
3 5 (10.42%) COBIT
4 4 (8.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (6.25%) GDPR
6 2 (4.17%) Cyber Essentials
6 2 (4.17%) PCI DSS
7 1 (2.08%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 1 (2.08%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 9 (18.75%) Active Directory
2 1 (2.08%) Snort
2 1 (2.08%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 6 (12.50%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
1 6 (12.50%) CSIRT
2 4 (8.33%) Computer Incident Response Team
3 2 (4.17%) Nessus
3 2 (4.17%) Network Intrusion Detection System
4 1 (2.08%) Host Intrusion Detection System
4 1 (2.08%) McAfee ePO
4 1 (2.08%) SCCM
Vendors
1 16 (33.33%) Microsoft
2 12 (25.00%) Splunk
3 8 (16.67%) Cisco
4 6 (12.50%) VMware
5 3 (6.25%) LogRhythm
5 3 (6.25%) Red Hat
6 1 (2.08%) Fortinet
6 1 (2.08%) Google
6 1 (2.08%) McAfee
6 1 (2.08%) Palo Alto
6 1 (2.08%) Rapid7
6 1 (2.08%) Sophos
6 1 (2.08%) Symantec
6 1 (2.08%) Tripwire