Period
to 29 October 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for GPEN qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 6 months to 29 October 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN)
UK
6 months to
29 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 663 1037 1116
Rank change year-on-year +374 +79 +67
Permanent jobs citing GPEN 25 32 53
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.050% 0.023% 0.032%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.24% 0.10% 0.14%
Number of salaries quoted 23 20 47
Median annual salary £70,000 £68,750 £60,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +1.82% +14.58% +14.29%
10th Percentile £61,250 £43,625 £39,950
90th Percentile £100,000 £110,000 £95,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £67,500 £55,000 £60,000
% change year-on-year +22.73% -8.33% +9.09%

GPEN 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 10,567 31,567 39,078
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.24% 22.92% 23.71%
Number of salaries quoted 7,932 23,191 28,903
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £31,250 £27,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £87,500 £82,500 £81,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +11.11% - +5.88%

GPEN
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for GPEN in the UK

GPEN
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for GPEN in the UK

GPEN
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing GPEN over the 6 months to 29 October 2020.

Salary histogram for GPEN in the UK

GPEN
Top 9 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing GPEN within the UK over the 6 months to 29 October 2020. 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 +359 22 £70,000 - 2
UK excluding London +318 14 £67,500 +22.73% 1
London +265 11 £72,500 -27.50% 1
East of England - 9 £70,000 -
Scotland - 3 £62,500 -
Work from Home +28 2 £73,750 - 1
South East +204 1 £75,000 +30.43%
North of England +168 1 £62,500 -7.41%
North West - 1 £62,500 -

For the 6 months to 29 October 2020, IT jobs citing GPEN 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 GPEN.

1 22 (88.00%) CISSP
2 21 (84.00%) Cybersecurity
3 16 (64.00%) AWS
4 15 (60.00%) OSCP
5 12 (48.00%) SIEM
5 12 (48.00%) NIST
5 12 (48.00%) Risk Management
6 11 (44.00%) Information Security
6 11 (44.00%) CEH
6 11 (44.00%) Vulnerability Management
7 10 (40.00%) Security Operations
7 10 (40.00%) Degree
7 10 (40.00%) Security Management
8 9 (36.00%) Management Information System
8 9 (36.00%) Information Security Management
8 9 (36.00%) ITIL
8 9 (36.00%) Postgraduate
8 9 (36.00%) Python
8 9 (36.00%) IBM
8 9 (36.00%) Perl
8 9 (36.00%) COBIT
8 9 (36.00%) GIAC
8 9 (36.00%) Network Security
8 9 (36.00%) SANS
8 9 (36.00%) Security Operations Centre
8 9 (36.00%) Threat Intelligence
8 9 (36.00%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
8 9 (36.00%) QRadar
8 9 (36.00%) Patch Management
8 9 (36.00%) Darktrace

GPEN
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:

Cloud Services
1 16 (64.00%) AWS
2 8 (32.00%) Azure
3 7 (28.00%) GCP
4 2 (8.00%) IaaS
4 2 (8.00%) PaaS
4 2 (8.00%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 9 (36.00%) Network Security
2 8 (32.00%) Firewall
3 5 (20.00%) Intrusion Detection
4 1 (4.00%) Wireless
General
1 6 (24.00%) Finance
2 1 (4.00%) Retail
2 1 (4.00%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 15 (60.00%) Security Engineer
2 9 (36.00%) Operations Engineer
2 9 (36.00%) Senior Security Engineer
3 6 (24.00%) Penetration Tester
3 6 (24.00%) Tester
4 5 (20.00%) Senior Operations Engineer
5 4 (16.00%) Cybersecurity Engineer
6 3 (12.00%) Architect
6 3 (12.00%) Security Architect
7 2 (8.00%) Cloud Architect
8 1 (4.00%) Consultant
8 1 (4.00%) Cybersecurity Consultant
8 1 (4.00%) IT Architect
8 1 (4.00%) IT Security Architect
8 1 (4.00%) Penetration Test Consultant
8 1 (4.00%) Security Consultant
8 1 (4.00%) Senior Penetration Tester
8 1 (4.00%) Senior Tester
8 1 (4.00%) Test Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (8.00%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 9 (36.00%) Management Information System
1 9 (36.00%) Security Operations Centre
2 2 (8.00%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
2 2 (8.00%) PKI
3 1 (4.00%) CESG
3 1 (4.00%) Cyberattack
3 1 (4.00%) Embedded Systems
3 1 (4.00%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 1 (4.00%) Kali Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (84.00%) Cybersecurity
2 12 (48.00%) Risk Management
2 12 (48.00%) SIEM
3 11 (44.00%) Information Security
3 11 (44.00%) Vulnerability Management
4 10 (40.00%) Security Management
4 10 (40.00%) Security Operations
5 9 (36.00%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
5 9 (36.00%) DevOps
5 9 (36.00%) Information Security Management
5 9 (36.00%) ITIL
5 9 (36.00%) Patch Management
5 9 (36.00%) Threat Intelligence
6 8 (32.00%) Penetration Testing
7 7 (28.00%) Kalman Filter
8 6 (24.00%) OWASP
8 6 (24.00%) Security Architecture
9 5 (20.00%) Computer Science
9 5 (20.00%) Computer Security
9 5 (20.00%) Ethical Hacking
Programming Languages
1 9 (36.00%) Bash Shell
1 9 (36.00%) Perl
1 9 (36.00%) Python
Qualifications
1 22 (88.00%) CISSP
2 15 (60.00%) OSCP
3 11 (44.00%) CEH
4 10 (40.00%) Degree
5 9 (36.00%) GIAC
5 9 (36.00%) Postgraduate
5 9 (36.00%) SANS
6 8 (32.00%) OSCE
7 7 (28.00%) (ISC)2 CCSP
7 7 (28.00%) CCSP
7 7 (28.00%) Cisco Certification
8 4 (16.00%) SSCP
9 3 (12.00%) CREST Certified
10 2 (8.00%) CCIE
10 2 (8.00%) CCNA
10 2 (8.00%) CISA
10 2 (8.00%) CISM
10 2 (8.00%) CSSLP
11 1 (4.00%) CRISC
11 1 (4.00%) GCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (48.00%) NIST
2 9 (36.00%) COBIT
3 3 (12.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (12.00%) PCI DSS
4 2 (8.00%) NCSC
System Software
1 5 (20.00%) Docker
Systems Management
1 9 (36.00%) QRadar
2 5 (20.00%) CSIRT
2 5 (20.00%) Kubernetes
2 5 (20.00%) Terraform
Vendors
1 9 (36.00%) Darktrace
1 9 (36.00%) IBM
1 9 (36.00%) LogRhythm
1 9 (36.00%) Splunk
2 2 (8.00%) Google
2 2 (8.00%) Microsoft