Period
to 29 July 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 29 July 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC)
UK
6 months to
29 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 838 707 786
Rank change year-on-year -131 +79 +2
Permanent jobs citing GIAC 157 85 337
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.14% 0.12% 0.23%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.65% 0.56% 0.97%
Number of salaries quoted 90 69 271
10th Percentile £47,500 £35,846 £41,250
25th Percentile £58,750 £50,000 £48,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £70,000 £62,500 £65,000
Median % change year-on-year +12.00% -3.85% +8.33%
75th Percentile £77,500 £72,500 £80,000
90th Percentile £90,000 £85,000 £95,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £67,500 £54,500 £60,000
% change year-on-year +23.85% -9.17% +9.09%

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 24,207 15,214 34,792
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.44% 22.05% 24.16%
Number of salaries quoted 13,990 11,405 25,623
10th Percentile £31,250 £30,000 £26,400
25th Percentile £41,250 £38,000 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £70,000 £66,250
90th Percentile £87,500 £85,000 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +1.05% +5.56% -

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 29 July 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 29 July 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 -113 142 £70,000 +12.00% 18
UK excluding London -67 74 £67,500 +23.85% 9
London -122 64 £73,000 +12.31% 11
North of England -46 29 £70,000 +29.63% 3
North West -34 22 £70,000 +43.59% 2
South West -61 22 £57,500 +15.00%
Work from Home -229 18 £73,000 +39.05% 8
South East -80 13 £72,000 -4.00% 4
Yorkshire -72 5 £42,000 -31.15% 1
East of England -32 4 £55,000 +4.76%
West Midlands -68 3 £71,250 +35.71%
Midlands -85 3 £71,250 +35.71%
North East - 2 £63,750 -
Scotland - 2 - - 1
Wales -25 1 £56,439 -

For the 6 months to 29 July 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.

1 100 (63.69%) CISSP
2 94 (59.87%) Firewall
3 89 (56.69%) Cybersecurity
4 80 (50.96%) Azure
5 67 (42.68%) Information Security
6 63 (40.13%) AWS
7 59 (37.58%) Linux
8 58 (36.94%) Microsoft
9 49 (31.21%) Agile Software Development
10 48 (30.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 48 (30.57%) Network Security
11 43 (27.39%) Penetration Testing
11 43 (27.39%) SANS
12 42 (26.75%) Security Operations
13 41 (26.11%) DevOps
14 39 (24.84%) SIEM
15 38 (24.20%) Bash Shell
15 38 (24.20%) CEH
15 38 (24.20%) JIRA
15 38 (24.20%) CISM
15 38 (24.20%) Python
16 36 (22.93%) Software Testing
16 36 (22.93%) DevSecOps
17 35 (22.29%) Social Skills
17 35 (22.29%) Unix
18 33 (21.02%) Scrum
18 33 (21.02%) PowerShell
18 33 (21.02%) Cyber Intelligence
19 32 (20.38%) NIST
19 32 (20.38%) Data Science

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 26 (16.56%) Confluence
2 6 (3.82%) Apache Spark
3 1 (0.64%) IIS
Applications
1 6 (3.82%) Gephi
Business Applications
1 5 (3.18%) Sentinel
2 3 (1.91%) RESILIA
Cloud Services
1 80 (50.96%) Azure
2 63 (40.13%) AWS
3 13 (8.28%) GCP
4 12 (7.64%) Microsoft 365
5 10 (6.37%) Azure Sentinel
5 10 (6.37%) SaaS
6 6 (3.82%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.64%) Azure ExpressRoute
7 1 (0.64%) Azure Key Vault
7 1 (0.64%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.64%) IaaS
7 1 (0.64%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 94 (59.87%) Firewall
2 48 (30.57%) Network Security
3 32 (20.38%) VPN
4 26 (16.56%) IPv4
4 26 (16.56%) OSPF
4 26 (16.56%) VLAN
5 20 (12.74%) DNS
6 19 (12.10%) TCP/IP
7 13 (8.28%) DHCP
7 13 (8.28%) Intrusion Detection
8 12 (7.64%) HTTP
8 12 (7.64%) SSL
9 10 (6.37%) SMTP
10 6 (3.82%) Ethernet
10 6 (3.82%) MPLS
11 4 (2.55%) Unified Communications
12 3 (1.91%) Internet
13 2 (1.27%) Wireless
14 1 (0.64%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (5.73%) Big Data
2 7 (4.46%) SQL Server
3 6 (3.82%) Apache Hive
3 6 (3.82%) Impala
3 6 (3.82%) Oracle Database
3 6 (3.82%) RDBMS
3 6 (3.82%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.64%) Metadata
Development Applications
1 38 (24.20%) JIRA
2 32 (20.38%) Git (software)
3 26 (16.56%) Subversion
4 6 (3.82%) Bitbucket
4 6 (3.82%) Bitbucket Server
4 6 (3.82%) git-flow
4 6 (3.82%) SoapUI
General
1 35 (22.29%) Social Skills
2 29 (18.47%) Finance
3 23 (14.65%) Analytical Skills
4 16 (10.19%) Legal
5 12 (7.64%) Manufacturing
6 7 (4.46%) Presentation Skills
7 6 (3.82%) Banking
7 6 (3.82%) Influencing Skills
8 5 (3.18%) Aerospace
8 5 (3.18%) Games
8 5 (3.18%) Retail
9 3 (1.91%) Public Sector
10 2 (1.27%) Law
11 1 (0.64%) Automotive
11 1 (0.64%) Documentation Skills
11 1 (0.64%) Military
11 1 (0.64%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 38 (24.20%) Security Engineer
2 30 (19.11%) Architect
3 28 (17.83%) Linux Engineer
4 27 (17.20%) Analyst
5 24 (15.29%) Security Architect
6 15 (9.55%) Consultant
6 15 (9.55%) Security Consultant
7 13 (8.28%) Lead Systems Engineer
7 13 (8.28%) Linux Systems Engineer
7 13 (8.28%) Security Analyst
7 13 (8.28%) Systems Engineer
8 12 (7.64%) Technical Architect
9 11 (7.01%) Security Manager
10 10 (6.37%) Network Engineer
10 10 (6.37%) Network Security Engineer
11 9 (5.73%) Cybersecurity Consultant
12 8 (5.10%) Cybersecurity Engineer
12 8 (5.10%) IT Engineer
12 8 (5.10%) Security Technical Consultant
12 8 (5.10%) Technical Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (16.56%) Web Services
2 6 (3.82%) Elastic Stack
2 6 (3.82%) Kafka
2 6 (3.82%) SOAP
3 3 (1.91%) SailPoint
4 1 (0.64%) Regular Expression
Miscellaneous
1 30 (19.11%) Public Cloud
2 22 (14.01%) Management Information System
3 14 (8.92%) Cyber Kill Chain
4 12 (7.64%) Cyberthreat
5 9 (5.73%) Hybrid Cloud
6 7 (4.46%) Cloud Native
7 6 (3.82%) Analytical Mindset
7 6 (3.82%) Data Protection Act
7 6 (3.82%) Digital Media
8 5 (3.18%) Anti-Piracy
9 4 (2.55%) Data Centre
9 4 (2.55%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 3 (1.91%) Cyber Defence
10 3 (1.91%) Security Operations Centre
11 2 (1.27%) Enterprise Cloud
11 2 (1.27%) Enterprise Storage
11 2 (1.27%) Virtual Team
12 1 (0.64%) Blog
12 1 (0.64%) Podcast
12 1 (0.64%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 59 (37.58%) Linux
2 35 (22.29%) Unix
3 24 (15.29%) Windows
4 7 (4.46%) VMS
5 6 (3.82%) Solaris
5 6 (3.82%) Windows Server
6 3 (1.91%) Windows 10
6 3 (1.91%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (1.27%) CentOS
7 2 (1.27%) Fedora
7 2 (1.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 2 (1.27%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.64%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 89 (56.69%) Cybersecurity
2 67 (42.68%) Information Security
3 49 (31.21%) Agile Software Development
4 43 (27.39%) Penetration Testing
5 42 (26.75%) Security Operations
6 41 (26.11%) DevOps
7 39 (24.84%) SIEM
8 36 (22.93%) DevSecOps
8 36 (22.93%) Software Testing
9 33 (21.02%) Cyber Intelligence
9 33 (21.02%) Scrum
10 32 (20.38%) Data Science
10 32 (20.38%) Machine Learning
11 30 (19.11%) ITIL
12 29 (18.47%) Task Automation
12 29 (18.47%) Vulnerability Management
13 28 (17.83%) Configuration Management
13 28 (17.83%) Service Management
14 26 (16.56%) Infrastructure as Code
14 26 (16.56%) Scaled Agile Framework
Programming Languages
1 38 (24.20%) Bash Shell
1 38 (24.20%) Python
2 33 (21.02%) PowerShell
3 11 (7.01%) C
4 6 (3.82%) Perl
4 6 (3.82%) R
5 4 (2.55%) C++
Qualifications
1 100 (63.69%) CISSP
2 43 (27.39%) SANS
3 38 (24.20%) CEH
3 38 (24.20%) CISM
4 27 (17.20%) OSCP
5 26 (16.56%) RHCE
6 22 (14.01%) Cisco Certification
7 21 (13.38%) CompTIA Security+
7 21 (13.38%) Security Cleared
8 19 (12.10%) Degree
9 17 (10.83%) CISA
10 14 (8.92%) (ISC)2 CCSP
11 12 (7.64%) CCSP
12 10 (6.37%) GPEN
13 9 (5.73%) SSCP
14 8 (5.10%) CCNA
14 8 (5.10%) Linux+ Certification
14 8 (5.10%) MCSE
14 8 (5.10%) Microsoft Certification
14 8 (5.10%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 48 (30.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 32 (20.38%) NIST
3 21 (13.38%) GDPR
4 20 (12.74%) PCI DSS
5 9 (5.73%) COBIT
6 7 (4.46%) NIST 800
6 7 (4.46%) QA
7 5 (3.18%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 5 (3.18%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 4 (2.55%) Cyber Essentials
9 2 (1.27%) GRC
10 1 (0.64%) Actionable Recommendations
10 1 (0.64%) COSO
10 1 (0.64%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 31 (19.75%) VMware ESXi
2 28 (17.83%) Docker
2 28 (17.83%) VMware Infrastructure
3 19 (12.10%) Active Directory
4 6 (3.82%) Apache Flume
5 2 (1.27%) NFS
5 2 (1.27%) Samba
5 2 (1.27%) VirtualBox
5 2 (1.27%) Xen
Systems Management
1 28 (17.83%) Ansible
1 28 (17.83%) Puppet
2 7 (4.46%) Kubernetes
3 6 (3.82%) HP ALM
3 6 (3.82%) HP Fortify
3 6 (3.82%) Kibana
3 6 (3.82%) Oozie
3 6 (3.82%) WebInspect
4 5 (3.18%) EnCase
5 4 (2.55%) Consul
5 4 (2.55%) CSIRT
5 4 (2.55%) EMC NetWorker
5 4 (2.55%) Istio
5 4 (2.55%) Nessus
6 3 (1.91%) Active Directory Federation Services
7 2 (1.27%) Docker Swarm
7 2 (1.27%) Nagios
7 2 (1.27%) OpenNMS
7 2 (1.27%) vCenter Server
7 2 (1.27%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 58 (36.94%) Microsoft
2 32 (20.38%) Oracle
3 31 (19.75%) VMware
4 28 (17.83%) Red Hat
4 28 (17.83%) Splunk
5 17 (10.83%) Palo Alto
6 11 (7.01%) Qualys
7 10 (6.37%) Google
8 8 (5.10%) Cisco
9 7 (4.46%) ArcSight
10 6 (3.82%) Black Duck
10 6 (3.82%) BT
10 6 (3.82%) CheckPoint
10 6 (3.82%) HP
10 6 (3.82%) Micro Focus
10 6 (3.82%) Sonatype
10 6 (3.82%) Tripwire
11 5 (3.18%) McAfee
11 5 (3.18%) SolarWinds
11 5 (3.18%) Symantec