Period
to 13 April 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for GIAC qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 6 months to 13 April 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC)
UK
6 months to
13 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 712 793 765
Rank change year-on-year +81 -28 -18
Permanent jobs citing GIAC 126 192 376
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.15% 0.17% 0.25%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.73% 0.79% 1.02%
Number of salaries quoted 69 147 288
10th Percentile £47,500 £45,000 £41,250
25th Percentile £50,000 £51,250 £50,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £62,500 £65,000 £65,000
Median % change year-on-year -3.85% - +18.18%
75th Percentile £70,000 £79,125 £83,750
90th Percentile £82,500 £86,000 £99,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £60,000 £55,000 £57,500
% change year-on-year +9.09% -4.35% +15.00%

GIAC 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 17,258 24,425 36,696
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.78% 21.46% 24.65%
Number of salaries quoted 11,686 18,392 26,841
10th Percentile £31,250 £28,000 £26,500
25th Percentile £41,250 £36,250 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £50,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +8.91% +1.00% +5.26%
75th Percentile £72,500 £67,500 £66,250
90th Percentile £86,250 £83,750 £81,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +6.38% +4.44% +3.45%

GIAC
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for GIAC in the UK

GIAC
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for GIAC in the UK

GIAC
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing GIAC over the 6 months to 13 April 2021.

Salary histogram for GIAC in the UK

GIAC
Top 15 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing GIAC within the UK over the 6 months to 13 April 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 +47 116 £63,750 -1.92% 20
UK excluding London +67 68 £60,000 +9.09% 10
London +74 44 £65,000 -7.14% 11
North of England +45 29 £70,000 +21.74% 3
North West +47 23 £70,000 +27.27% 3
South West +30 19 £55,000 +15.79%
Work from Home -111 11 £52,500 -43.24% 3
South East +44 10 £52,500 -25.00% 1
East of England +51 4 £55,000 - 1
Yorkshire -6 4 £70,000 +14.75%
Scotland - 3 £33,250 - 1
Midlands +33 2 £50,000 -4.76% 3
West Midlands +18 2 £50,000 -4.76% 2
North East +16 2 £52,500 +16.67%
Northern Ireland - 1 £60,000 - 1

For the 6 months to 13 April 2021, IT jobs citing GIAC 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 GIAC.

1 76 (60.32%) CISSP
2 66 (52.38%) Firewall
3 65 (51.59%) Cybersecurity
4 48 (38.10%) Azure
5 46 (36.51%) Linux
6 44 (34.92%) Python
7 42 (33.33%) Microsoft
8 41 (32.54%) SANS
9 40 (31.75%) AWS
10 38 (30.16%) Information Security
10 38 (30.16%) Agile Software Development
11 37 (29.37%) Security Operations
12 35 (27.78%) Penetration Testing
13 34 (26.98%) PowerShell
14 33 (26.19%) Bash Shell
14 33 (26.19%) SIEM
15 31 (24.60%) VPN
15 31 (24.60%) Web Services
15 31 (24.60%) DevOps
15 31 (24.60%) Cyber Intelligence
16 30 (23.81%) Scrum
16 30 (23.81%) Git (software)
16 30 (23.81%) JIRA
17 29 (23.02%) Machine Learning
17 29 (23.02%) Data Science
18 28 (22.22%) Public Cloud
19 27 (21.43%) Task Automation
19 27 (21.43%) Software Testing
19 27 (21.43%) VMware Infrastructure
19 27 (21.43%) VMware

GIAC
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:

Application Platforms
1 24 (19.05%) Confluence
2 6 (4.76%) Apache Spark
3 1 (0.79%) IIS
Applications
1 6 (4.76%) Gephi
Business Applications
1 4 (3.17%) Sentinel
2 1 (0.79%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 48 (38.10%) Azure
2 40 (31.75%) AWS
3 4 (3.17%) GCP
3 4 (3.17%) SaaS
4 3 (2.38%) Microsoft 365
5 1 (0.79%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.79%) IaaS
5 1 (0.79%) IBM Cloud
5 1 (0.79%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 66 (52.38%) Firewall
2 31 (24.60%) VPN
3 24 (19.05%) IPv4
3 24 (19.05%) OSPF
3 24 (19.05%) VLAN
4 23 (18.25%) Network Security
5 13 (10.32%) Intrusion Detection
6 12 (9.52%) TCP/IP
7 11 (8.73%) DNS
8 9 (7.14%) Wireless
9 6 (4.76%) Ethernet
9 6 (4.76%) HTTP
9 6 (4.76%) MPLS
9 6 (4.76%) SSL
10 5 (3.97%) DHCP
10 5 (3.97%) Intranet
10 5 (3.97%) SMTP
11 4 (3.17%) Unified Communications
12 2 (1.59%) DMARC
13 1 (0.79%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (6.35%) Big Data
2 6 (4.76%) Apache Hive
2 6 (4.76%) Impala
3 1 (0.79%) GIS
3 1 (0.79%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 30 (23.81%) Git (software)
1 30 (23.81%) JIRA
2 24 (19.05%) Subversion
3 6 (4.76%) Bitbucket
3 6 (4.76%) Bitbucket Server
3 6 (4.76%) git-flow
3 6 (4.76%) Metasploit
4 2 (1.59%) Burp Suite
5 1 (0.79%) SonarQube
5 1 (0.79%) TeamCity
General
1 15 (11.90%) Legal
2 13 (10.32%) Finance
3 6 (4.76%) Aerospace
3 6 (4.76%) Games
3 6 (4.76%) Manufacturing
4 5 (3.97%) Retail
5 2 (1.59%) Banking
6 1 (0.79%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 26 (20.63%) Linux Engineer
2 25 (19.84%) Analyst
2 25 (19.84%) Security Engineer
3 15 (11.90%) Architect
3 15 (11.90%) Security Architect
4 14 (11.11%) Lead Systems Engineer
4 14 (11.11%) Linux Systems Engineer
4 14 (11.11%) Systems Engineer
5 11 (8.73%) IT Engineer
5 11 (8.73%) IT Security Engineer
6 10 (7.94%) Security Manager
7 9 (7.14%) Security Analyst
8 8 (6.35%) Consultant
8 8 (6.35%) Penetration Tester
8 8 (6.35%) Security Consultant
8 8 (6.35%) Tester
9 7 (5.56%) Information Security Engineer
10 6 (4.76%) Cloud Architect
10 6 (4.76%) Operational Security Manager
10 6 (4.76%) Security Operations Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (24.60%) Web Services
2 6 (4.76%) Elastic Stack
2 6 (4.76%) Kafka
3 1 (0.79%) .NET
3 1 (0.79%) AngularJS
3 1 (0.79%) Regular Expression
3 1 (0.79%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 28 (22.22%) Public Cloud
2 20 (15.87%) Management Information System
3 16 (12.70%) Analytical Skills
4 14 (11.11%) Cyberthreat
5 13 (10.32%) Cyber Kill Chain
6 10 (7.94%) Security Operations Centre
7 6 (4.76%) Analytical Mindset
7 6 (4.76%) Cyber Defence
8 5 (3.97%) Anti-Piracy
9 4 (3.17%) Data Centre
9 4 (3.17%) Hybrid Cloud
10 2 (1.59%) Cyberattack
10 2 (1.59%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 2 (1.59%) Enterprise Cloud
10 2 (1.59%) Enterprise Storage
10 2 (1.59%) FMCG
10 2 (1.59%) PKI
10 2 (1.59%) Self-Motivation
11 1 (0.79%) Mobile App
11 1 (0.79%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 46 (36.51%) Linux
2 26 (20.63%) Unix
3 22 (17.46%) Windows
4 5 (3.97%) Windows Server
5 4 (3.17%) VMS
6 3 (2.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 2 (1.59%) CentOS
7 2 (1.59%) Fedora
7 2 (1.59%) Mac OS X
7 2 (1.59%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.79%) Android
8 1 (0.79%) Apple iOS
8 1 (0.79%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 65 (51.59%) Cybersecurity
2 38 (30.16%) Agile Software Development
2 38 (30.16%) Information Security
3 37 (29.37%) Security Operations
4 35 (27.78%) Penetration Testing
5 33 (26.19%) SIEM
6 31 (24.60%) Cyber Intelligence
6 31 (24.60%) DevOps
7 30 (23.81%) Scrum
8 29 (23.02%) Data Science
8 29 (23.02%) Machine Learning
9 27 (21.43%) ITIL
9 27 (21.43%) Software Testing
9 27 (21.43%) Task Automation
10 26 (20.63%) Configuration Management
10 26 (20.63%) DevSecOps
10 26 (20.63%) Service Management
11 24 (19.05%) Infrastructure as Code
11 24 (19.05%) Scaled Agile Framework
12 23 (18.25%) Site Reliability Engineering
Programming Languages
1 44 (34.92%) Python
2 34 (26.98%) PowerShell
3 33 (26.19%) Bash Shell
4 11 (8.73%) C
4 11 (8.73%) Perl
5 7 (5.56%) Ruby
6 6 (4.76%) R
7 4 (3.17%) C++
8 2 (1.59%) Java
9 1 (0.79%) C#
9 1 (0.79%) JavaScript
9 1 (0.79%) PHP
9 1 (0.79%) SQL
Qualifications
1 76 (60.32%) CISSP
2 41 (32.54%) SANS
3 25 (19.84%) CEH
4 24 (19.05%) RHCE
5 23 (18.25%) CISM
6 22 (17.46%) OSCP
7 17 (13.49%) Degree
8 16 (12.70%) GCIH
9 15 (11.90%) Cisco Certification
10 13 (10.32%) CompTIA Security+
10 13 (10.32%) GCFA
10 13 (10.32%) GPEN
10 13 (10.32%) Security Cleared
11 11 (8.73%) GREM
11 11 (8.73%) SSCP
12 10 (7.94%) GCIA
13 9 (7.14%) CCNA
13 9 (7.14%) GCFE
13 9 (7.14%) Network+ Certification
14 8 (6.35%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (15.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 13 (10.32%) NIST
3 8 (6.35%) PCI DSS
4 5 (3.97%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 2 (1.59%) COBIT
5 2 (1.59%) Cyber Essentials
5 2 (1.59%) GDPR
6 1 (0.79%) GRC
6 1 (0.79%) PA-DSS
6 1 (0.79%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 27 (21.43%) VMware Infrastructure
2 26 (20.63%) Docker
2 26 (20.63%) VMware ESXi
3 9 (7.14%) Active Directory
4 6 (4.76%) Apache Flume
5 2 (1.59%) NFS
5 2 (1.59%) Samba
5 2 (1.59%) VirtualBox
5 2 (1.59%) Xen
6 1 (0.79%) Snort
Systems Management
1 26 (20.63%) Ansible
1 26 (20.63%) Puppet
2 8 (6.35%) Nessus
3 6 (4.76%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
3 6 (4.76%) Kibana
3 6 (4.76%) Oozie
4 5 (3.97%) CSIRT
4 5 (3.97%) EnCase
5 4 (3.17%) Computer Incident Response Team
5 4 (3.17%) EMC NetWorker
6 3 (2.38%) Kubernetes
7 2 (1.59%) Demisto
7 2 (1.59%) Docker Swarm
7 2 (1.59%) Nagios
7 2 (1.59%) Nexpose
7 2 (1.59%) Norton AntiVirus
7 2 (1.59%) OpenNMS
7 2 (1.59%) vCenter Server
7 2 (1.59%) ZABBIX
8 1 (0.79%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 42 (33.33%) Microsoft
2 27 (21.43%) Red Hat
2 27 (21.43%) VMware
3 24 (19.05%) Oracle
4 22 (17.46%) Splunk
5 12 (9.52%) Palo Alto
6 9 (7.14%) Cisco
7 7 (5.56%) Symantec
8 6 (4.76%) BT
8 6 (4.76%) CheckPoint
8 6 (4.76%) Qualys
9 5 (3.97%) AlienVault
9 5 (3.97%) Google
9 5 (3.97%) McAfee
9 5 (3.97%) SolarWinds
10 4 (3.17%) CrowdStrike
11 3 (2.38%) Carbon Black
11 3 (2.38%) Forcepoint
11 3 (2.38%) Juniper
12 2 (1.59%) NetApp