Period
to 24 September 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for GSEC qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 6 months to 24 September 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC)
UK
6 months to
24 Sep 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 1028 1169 1261
Rank change year-on-year +141 +92 +74
Permanent jobs citing GSEC 136 66 52
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.078% 0.034% 0.024%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.32% 0.13% 0.086%
Number of salaries quoted 126 56 34
UK median annual salary £80,000 £62,500 £52,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +28.00% +19.05% +8.25%
10th Percentile £39,250 £45,000 £43,000
90th Percentile £131,250 £85,000 £68,375
UK excluding London median annual salary £53,500 £55,000 £52,500
% change year-on-year -2.73% +4.76% +8.25%

GSEC 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 42362 50911 60418
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.30% 26.41% 27.42%
Number of salaries quoted 32548 41070 48331
UK median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000
10th Percentile £26,000 £26,250 £25,500
90th Percentile £77,500 £76,250 £73,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -

GSEC
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing GSEC as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for GSEC in the UK

GSEC
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing GSEC.

Salary trend for GSEC in the UK

GSEC
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing GSEC over the 6 months to 24 September 2017.

Salary histogram for GSEC in the UK

GSEC
Top 13 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing GSEC within the UK over the 6 months to 24 September 2017. 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 +113 134 £80,000 +28.00% 2
London +91 104 £82,500 +24.53%
UK excluding London +61 31 £53,500 -2.73% 2
South East +54 11 £37,000 -35.65% 1
North of England +14 9 £60,000 +62.16%
Yorkshire +19 4 £60,000 +62.16%
South West +13 4 £57,500 +18.56% 1
North East - 4 £28,000 -
Midlands - 3 £28,000 -
West Midlands - 3 £28,000 -
East of England - 3 £62,500 -
Northern Ireland - 1 £42,500 -
North West - 1 £32,500 -

For the 6 months to 24 September 2017, IT jobs citing GSEC also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads with a requirement for GSEC.

1 108 (79.41%) SIEM
2 99 (72.79%) CISSP
3 90 (66.18%) GIAC
3 90 (66.18%) Information Security
4 78 (57.35%) Nessus
4 78 (57.35%) Symantec
5 74 (54.41%) CISM
5 74 (54.41%) CyberArk
6 71 (52.21%) Finance
7 70 (51.47%) Palo Alto
8 65 (47.79%) CISA
9 64 (47.06%) Splunk
10 62 (45.59%) Linux
11 58 (42.65%) GISF
12 57 (41.91%) Banking
12 57 (41.91%) McAfee
12 57 (41.91%) McAfee ePO
12 57 (41.91%) Security Operations
13 53 (38.97%) CEH
14 52 (38.24%) SCCM
15 50 (36.76%) Vulnerability Management
15 50 (36.76%) SailPoint
15 50 (36.76%) Aveksa
16 49 (36.03%) LogRhythm
17 48 (35.29%) Qualys
18 46 (33.82%) Nexpose
19 45 (33.09%) Analytics
20 44 (32.35%) Security Monitoring
21 43 (31.62%) Firewall
21 43 (31.62%) Incident Management

GSEC
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 7 (5.15%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 3 (2.21%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 5 (3.68%) Amazon AWS
1 5 (3.68%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (2.21%) Mimecast
3 1 (0.74%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 43 (31.62%) Firewall
2 39 (28.68%) Network Security
3 14 (10.29%) DHCP
3 14 (10.29%) DNS
4 13 (9.56%) Intrusion Detection
5 12 (8.82%) BGP
5 12 (8.82%) EIGRP
5 12 (8.82%) OSPF
6 11 (8.09%) Internet
6 11 (8.09%) IPsec
6 11 (8.09%) SSL
6 11 (8.09%) VPN
6 11 (8.09%) Wireless
7 9 (6.62%) Cisco ASA
8 2 (1.47%) TCP/IP
9 1 (0.74%) Cisco Nexus
9 1 (0.74%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (2.21%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 16 (11.76%) Metasploit
General
1 71 (52.21%) Finance
2 57 (41.91%) Banking
3 20 (14.71%) Legal
4 4 (2.94%) Law
5 3 (2.21%) Games
6 2 (1.47%) Advertising
7 1 (0.74%) Marketing
7 1 (0.74%) Military
7 1 (0.74%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 47 (34.56%) Analyst
2 36 (26.47%) Security Analyst
3 27 (19.85%) Security Manager
4 25 (18.38%) Finance Manager
5 22 (16.18%) Information Manager
5 22 (16.18%) Information Security Manager
6 21 (15.44%) Head of Information
6 21 (15.44%) Head of Information Security
6 21 (15.44%) Head of Security
7 20 (14.71%) Head of Finance
8 16 (11.76%) Technical Manager
9 15 (11.03%) Network Security Analyst
10 14 (10.29%) Network Analyst
10 14 (10.29%) Technical Leader
11 13 (9.56%) Cisco Analyst
11 13 (9.56%) Cisco Network Analyst
11 13 (9.56%) Cisco Security Analyst
12 10 (7.35%) Operational Security Manager
12 10 (7.35%) Security Operations Manager
13 9 (6.62%) Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 50 (36.76%) SailPoint
2 1 (0.74%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 19 (13.97%) Management Information System
2 12 (8.82%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (8.82%) Security Operations Centre
3 10 (7.35%) Computer Science
4 3 (2.21%) Cyber Attack
4 3 (2.21%) Data Centre
4 3 (2.21%) Digital Media
5 2 (1.47%) Fintech
6 1 (0.74%) Cyberthreat
Operating Systems
1 62 (45.59%) Linux
2 23 (16.91%) Windows
3 21 (15.44%) Kali Linux
4 9 (6.62%) Unix
5 3 (2.21%) Windows 10
5 3 (2.21%) Windows Server
6 2 (1.47%) CentOS
6 2 (1.47%) Windows Server 2008
6 2 (1.47%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 108 (79.41%) SIEM
2 90 (66.18%) Information Security
3 57 (41.91%) Security Operations
4 50 (36.76%) Vulnerability Management
5 45 (33.09%) Analytics
6 44 (32.35%) Security Monitoring
7 43 (31.62%) Incident Management
8 32 (23.53%) Vulnerability Scanning
9 30 (22.06%) Performance Management
10 29 (21.32%) Security Architecture
11 28 (20.59%) Cybersecurity
12 27 (19.85%) Privileged Access Management
13 21 (15.44%) Forensic Analysis
13 21 (15.44%) Kalman Filter
13 21 (15.44%) Open Source
14 15 (11.03%) Malware Analysis
14 15 (11.03%) Web Filtering
15 13 (9.56%) Network Management
16 12 (8.82%) ITIL
16 12 (8.82%) Penetration Testing
Programming Languages
1 23 (16.91%) PowerShell
2 12 (8.82%) Python
3 11 (8.09%) SQL
4 9 (6.62%) Perl
5 7 (5.15%) Bourne shell
5 7 (5.15%) Korn
5 7 (5.15%) Ruby
6 3 (2.21%) VB
7 2 (1.47%) C
7 2 (1.47%) PHP
8 1 (0.74%) Java
Qualifications
1 99 (72.79%) CISSP
2 90 (66.18%) GIAC
3 74 (54.41%) CISM
4 65 (47.79%) CISA
5 58 (42.65%) GISF
6 53 (38.97%) CEH
7 24 (17.65%) GCIH
8 21 (15.44%) DV Cleared
8 21 (15.44%) Security Cleared
9 20 (14.71%) SC Cleared
10 17 (12.50%) Cisco Certification
11 16 (11.76%) SANS
12 15 (11.03%) CCNA
13 14 (10.29%) GCIA
14 10 (7.35%) CompTIA Security+
14 10 (7.35%) Security+ Certification
15 9 (6.62%) Degree
15 9 (6.62%) GCED
16 7 (5.15%) Computer Science Degree
16 7 (5.15%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (4.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (1.47%) Cyber Essentials
2 2 (1.47%) GDPR
2 2 (1.47%) PCI DSS
2 2 (1.47%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (0.74%) COBIT
3 1 (0.74%) HIPAA
3 1 (0.74%) NIST 800
3 1 (0.74%) QA
System Software
1 16 (11.76%) Snort
2 10 (7.35%) Active Directory
3 4 (2.94%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 78 (57.35%) Nessus
2 57 (41.91%) McAfee ePO
3 52 (38.24%) SCCM
4 46 (33.82%) Nexpose
5 25 (18.38%) Core Impact
5 25 (18.38%) OpenVAS
5 25 (18.38%) PowerBroker
5 25 (18.38%) QRadar
5 25 (18.38%) RSA Security Analytics
5 25 (18.38%) WSUS
6 21 (15.44%) EnCase
6 21 (15.44%) Nmap
7 7 (5.15%) Norton AntiVirus
8 5 (3.68%) Network Intrusion Detection System
9 3 (2.21%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
10 1 (0.74%) Host Intrusion Detection System
Vendors
1 78 (57.35%) Symantec
2 74 (54.41%) CyberArk
3 70 (51.47%) Palo Alto
4 64 (47.06%) Splunk
5 57 (41.91%) McAfee
6 50 (36.76%) Aveksa
7 49 (36.03%) LogRhythm
8 48 (35.29%) Qualys
9 40 (29.41%) AlienVault
10 28 (20.59%) ArcSight
11 26 (19.12%) Cisco
12 25 (18.38%) Bomgar
12 25 (18.38%) SolarWinds
13 21 (15.44%) Rapid7
14 15 (11.03%) Sophos
15 8 (5.88%) Microsoft
16 7 (5.15%) Sun
17 3 (2.21%) Proofpoint
18 2 (1.47%) Red Hat
19 1 (0.74%) CheckPoint