Period
to 18 October 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 18 October 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC)
UK
6 months to
18 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 904 641 815
Rank change year-on-year -263 +174 -119
Permanent jobs citing GIAC 130 52 283
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.10% 0.11% 0.21%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.48% 0.50% 0.89%
Number of salaries quoted 89 40 213
10th Percentile £50,000 £35,846 £41,250
25th Percentile £62,500 £47,188 £48,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £73,000 £55,750 £65,000
Median % change year-on-year +30.94% -14.23% +8.33%
75th Percentile £85,000 £67,500 £80,000
90th Percentile £101,500 £76,375 £90,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £61,250 £58,750 £65,000
% change year-on-year +4.26% -9.62% +23.81%

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 27,063 10,333 31,720
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.60% 21.56% 23.10%
Number of salaries quoted 15,095 7,944 23,584
10th Percentile £31,250 £31,250 £26,918
25th Percentile £40,500 £41,250 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year - +10.00% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £71,250 £66,500
90th Percentile £87,500 £87,500 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,000 £48,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year -1.03% +7.78% -

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 18 October 2021.

Salary histogram for GIAC in the UK

GIAC
Top 14 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 18 October 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 -243 112 £73,000 +32.73% 17
London -217 63 £73,000 +35.81% 11
UK excluding London -220 51 £61,250 +4.26% 7
Work from Home -269 32 £73,000 +28.07% 5
South East -142 16 £69,000 +2.22% 2
North of England -123 15 £44,670 -28.53% 3
South West -87 11 £75,000 +15.38%
North West -96 9 £52,920 -15.33% 1
Midlands -110 6 £67,500 +31.71%
West Midlands -113 6 £67,500 +35.00%
Yorkshire - 5 £42,000 - 2
Scotland -89 2 - - 1
North East - 1 £75,000 -
Wales - 1 £56,439 -

For the 6 months to 18 October 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 84 (64.62%) CISSP
2 82 (63.08%) Cybersecurity
3 66 (50.77%) Information Security
4 64 (49.23%) Azure
5 61 (46.92%) AWS
6 59 (45.38%) Firewall
7 44 (33.85%) Microsoft
8 40 (30.77%) SIEM
9 38 (29.23%) Network Security
10 37 (28.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 37 (28.46%) Linux
10 37 (28.46%) NIST
11 34 (26.15%) Risk Management
12 33 (25.38%) Finance
12 33 (25.38%) SANS
13 31 (23.85%) Social Skills
13 31 (23.85%) Unix
13 31 (23.85%) Vulnerability Management
14 30 (23.08%) DevSecOps
15 29 (22.31%) CISM
15 29 (22.31%) Python
15 29 (22.31%) CEH
15 29 (22.31%) Security Architecture
16 27 (20.77%) OSCP
16 27 (20.77%) Agile Software Development
17 26 (20.00%) Oracle
17 26 (20.00%) Security Operations
18 25 (19.23%) DevOps
18 25 (19.23%) Security Testing
19 24 (18.46%) CompTIA Security+

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 15 (11.54%) Confluence
Business Applications
1 5 (3.85%) RESILIA
2 4 (3.08%) NetSuite
3 1 (0.77%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 64 (49.23%) Azure
2 61 (46.92%) AWS
3 17 (13.08%) Microsoft 365
4 15 (11.54%) GCP
5 11 (8.46%) SaaS
6 7 (5.38%) Azure Active Directory
6 7 (5.38%) Azure Sentinel
7 5 (3.85%) IaaS
7 5 (3.85%) PaaS
8 4 (3.08%) Amazon Cognito
8 4 (3.08%) Amazon SQS
8 4 (3.08%) AWS KMS
9 1 (0.77%) Amazon GuardDuty
9 1 (0.77%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 1 (0.77%) Azure Key Vault
9 1 (0.77%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 59 (45.38%) Firewall
2 38 (29.23%) Network Security
3 16 (12.31%) TCP/IP
4 15 (11.54%) IPv4
4 15 (11.54%) OSPF
4 15 (11.54%) VLAN
4 15 (11.54%) VPN
5 12 (9.23%) Intrusion Detection
6 11 (8.46%) DNS
6 11 (8.46%) HTTP
7 8 (6.15%) Internet
8 7 (5.38%) DHCP
9 6 (4.62%) SMTP
9 6 (4.62%) SSL
10 4 (3.08%) MQTT
11 3 (2.31%) Broadband
11 3 (2.31%) Wireshark
12 1 (0.77%) VSAT
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (6.15%) Oracle Database
1 8 (6.15%) RDBMS
1 8 (6.15%) Relational Database
1 8 (6.15%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.08%) Amazon DynamoDB
2 4 (3.08%) NoSQL
3 1 (0.77%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 21 (16.15%) JIRA
2 15 (11.54%) Git (software)
2 15 (11.54%) Subversion
3 8 (6.15%) SoapUI
4 6 (4.62%) Burp Suite
5 4 (3.08%) Metasploit
General
1 33 (25.38%) Finance
2 31 (23.85%) Social Skills
3 11 (8.46%) Banking
4 10 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
5 9 (6.92%) Presentation Skills
6 7 (5.38%) Influencing Skills
7 6 (4.62%) Manufacturing
7 6 (4.62%) Public Sector
8 5 (3.85%) Law
9 4 (3.08%) Organisational Skills
9 4 (3.08%) Retail
9 4 (3.08%) Telecoms
10 1 (0.77%) Aerospace
10 1 (0.77%) Legal
Job Titles
1 30 (23.08%) Architect
2 29 (22.31%) Security Engineer
3 25 (19.23%) Analyst
4 24 (18.46%) Security Architect
5 18 (13.85%) Security Analyst
6 15 (11.54%) Linux Engineer
6 15 (11.54%) Technical Architect
7 14 (10.77%) Consultant
7 14 (10.77%) Security Consultant
8 11 (8.46%) Cybersecurity Consultant
9 10 (7.69%) Cybersecurity Engineer
10 9 (6.92%) Lead Architect
10 9 (6.92%) Principal Architect
10 9 (6.92%) Principal Security Architect
10 9 (6.92%) Principal Technical Architect
10 9 (6.92%) Security Technical Architect
10 9 (6.92%) Senior Analyst
11 8 (6.15%) Cybersecurity Analyst
12 7 (5.38%) Security Manager
12 7 (5.38%) Senior Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (14.62%) Web Services
2 8 (6.15%) SOAP
3 4 (3.08%) GraphQL
3 4 (3.08%) JWT
3 4 (3.08%) Kafka
3 4 (3.08%) OpenID
3 4 (3.08%) SAML
4 3 (2.31%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 23 (17.69%) Management Information System
2 19 (14.62%) Public Cloud
3 10 (7.69%) Cloud Native
4 8 (6.15%) Data Protection Act
5 7 (5.38%) Cyberthreat
5 7 (5.38%) Hybrid Cloud
6 6 (4.62%) Digital Media
7 5 (3.85%) Cyber Kill Chain
7 5 (3.85%) Cyberattack
7 5 (3.85%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 5 (3.85%) Security Operations Centre
8 4 (3.08%) PKI
8 4 (3.08%) Self-Motivation
9 2 (1.54%) SCADA
10 1 (0.77%) Blog
10 1 (0.77%) Greenfield Project
10 1 (0.77%) Linux Command Line
10 1 (0.77%) Mobile Computing
10 1 (0.77%) Podcast
10 1 (0.77%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 37 (28.46%) Linux
2 31 (23.85%) Unix
3 21 (16.15%) Windows
4 8 (6.15%) Solaris
5 5 (3.85%) Windows Server
6 4 (3.08%) VMS
7 3 (2.31%) Windows 10
7 3 (2.31%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.77%) Kali Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 82 (63.08%) Cybersecurity
2 66 (50.77%) Information Security
3 40 (30.77%) SIEM
4 34 (26.15%) Risk Management
5 31 (23.85%) Vulnerability Management
6 30 (23.08%) DevSecOps
7 29 (22.31%) Security Architecture
8 27 (20.77%) Agile Software Development
9 26 (20.00%) Security Operations
10 25 (19.23%) DevOps
10 25 (19.23%) Security Testing
11 23 (17.69%) Penetration Testing
12 22 (16.92%) Software Testing
13 21 (16.15%) OWASP
14 20 (15.38%) Threat Modelling
15 18 (13.85%) Cyber Intelligence
15 18 (13.85%) Security Management
15 18 (13.85%) Threat Intelligence
16 17 (13.08%) Identity Access Management
17 16 (12.31%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 29 (22.31%) Python
2 19 (14.62%) Bash Shell
2 19 (14.62%) PowerShell
3 6 (4.62%) Go
4 4 (3.08%) C
4 4 (3.08%) C++
5 3 (2.31%) C#
5 3 (2.31%) Java
5 3 (2.31%) PHP
5 3 (2.31%) Rust
Qualifications
1 84 (64.62%) CISSP
2 33 (25.38%) SANS
3 29 (22.31%) CEH
3 29 (22.31%) CISM
4 27 (20.77%) OSCP
5 24 (18.46%) CompTIA Security+
6 20 (15.38%) Cisco Certification
7 19 (14.62%) (ISC)2 CCSP
8 16 (12.31%) CCSP
9 15 (11.54%) CISA
9 15 (11.54%) Degree
9 15 (11.54%) RHCE
10 12 (9.23%) Security Cleared
11 11 (8.46%) CREST Certified
11 11 (8.46%) SC Cleared
12 10 (7.69%) GSEC
13 9 (6.92%) GISP
14 8 (6.15%) GCIH
14 8 (6.15%) OSCE
14 8 (6.15%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (28.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 37 (28.46%) NIST
2 22 (16.92%) GDPR
3 18 (13.85%) PCI DSS
4 14 (10.77%) COBIT
5 11 (8.46%) NIST 800
6 9 (6.92%) QA
7 6 (4.62%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 5 (3.85%) Cyber Essentials
9 3 (2.31%) Actionable Recommendations
9 3 (2.31%) COSO
9 3 (2.31%) GRC
10 1 (0.77%) GPG13
System Software
1 19 (14.62%) VMware ESXi
2 15 (11.54%) Docker
2 15 (11.54%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (9.23%) Active Directory
4 4 (3.08%) Firmware
5 3 (2.31%) Snort
6 2 (1.54%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 15 (11.54%) Ansible
1 15 (11.54%) Kubernetes
1 15 (11.54%) Puppet
2 10 (7.69%) Nessus
3 7 (5.38%) HP ALM
3 7 (5.38%) HP Fortify
3 7 (5.38%) WebInspect
4 6 (4.62%) Consul
4 6 (4.62%) Istio
5 4 (3.08%) QRadar
6 3 (2.31%) Active Directory Federation Services
6 3 (2.31%) Nexpose
6 3 (2.31%) Nmap
7 2 (1.54%) EnCase
7 2 (1.54%) FTK
Vendors
1 44 (33.85%) Microsoft
2 26 (20.00%) Oracle
3 19 (14.62%) VMware
4 16 (12.31%) Splunk
5 15 (11.54%) Red Hat
6 13 (10.00%) Google
7 9 (6.92%) ArcSight
8 8 (6.15%) Tripwire
9 7 (5.38%) Black Duck
9 7 (5.38%) HP
9 7 (5.38%) Micro Focus
9 7 (5.38%) Qualys
9 7 (5.38%) Sonatype
10 6 (4.62%) Cisco
11 5 (3.85%) Palo Alto
12 4 (3.08%) Okta
13 3 (2.31%) CyberArk
13 3 (2.31%) ForgeRock
13 3 (2.31%) Openreach
14 2 (1.54%) Cellebrite