Period
to 19 January 2018

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 19 January 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC)
UK
6 months to
19 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 1093 1091 1213
Rank change year-on-year -2 +122 +90
Permanent jobs citing GSEC 83 100 57
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.048% 0.057% 0.027%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.20% 0.22% 0.098%
Number of salaries quoted 59 96 30
UK median annual salary £60,000 £62,500 £52,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -4.00% +19.05% +5.00%
10th Percentile £35,000 £42,500 £45,000
90th Percentile £96,250 £72,500 £67,625
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,500 £48,500 £52,500
% change year-on-year +4.12% -7.62% -

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 40,946 45,462 57,874
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.52% 25.70% 27.71%
Number of salaries quoted 31,755 36,133 46,373
UK median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% - -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £77,500 £76,250 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,000
% change year-on-year - +1.19% +5.00%

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 19 January 2018.

Salary histogram for GSEC in the UK

GSEC
Top 12 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 19 January 2018. 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 -5 81 £60,000 -4.00% 14
London +10 51 £80,000 +23.08% 6
UK excluding London -2 31 £50,500 +4.12% 8
North of England - 10 £60,000 - 2
South East +5 9 £46,250 -15.91% 3
Yorkshire - 6 £62,500 -
East of England +9 5 £58,000 -10.77% 1
North East - 4 £28,000 - 1
Midlands +6 3 £28,000 -34.12% 2
South West -5 3 £45,000 -7.22%
West Midlands - 3 £28,000 - 2
Northern Ireland - 1 £42,500 -

For the 6 months to 19 January 2018, 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 62 (74.70%) CISSP
2 53 (63.86%) Information Security
3 47 (56.63%) GIAC
4 46 (55.42%) SIEM
5 41 (49.40%) Security Operations
6 38 (45.78%) Cybersecurity
7 30 (36.14%) CISM
8 29 (34.94%) GCIH
9 27 (32.53%) Firewall
10 26 (31.33%) Splunk
11 25 (30.12%) Degree
12 23 (27.71%) CISA
12 23 (27.71%) Threat Intelligence
13 22 (26.51%) Security Monitoring
13 22 (26.51%) Computer Science
13 22 (26.51%) Network Security
14 21 (25.30%) Analytical Skills
15 20 (24.10%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
15 20 (24.10%) CEH
15 20 (24.10%) Linux
16 19 (22.89%) Finance
17 18 (21.69%) Management Information System
17 18 (21.69%) Symantec
17 18 (21.69%) Nessus
17 18 (21.69%) GISF
17 18 (21.69%) GCIA
17 18 (21.69%) Incident Management
18 17 (20.48%) Banking
18 17 (20.48%) Risk Management
18 17 (20.48%) CyberArk

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 (8.43%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 5 (6.02%) Amazon AWS
1 5 (6.02%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (3.61%) Cloud Computing
3 2 (2.41%) GitHub
4 1 (1.20%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 27 (32.53%) Firewall
2 22 (26.51%) Network Security
3 6 (7.23%) Intrusion Detection
3 6 (7.23%) TCP/IP
4 2 (2.41%) DHCP
4 2 (2.41%) DNS
4 2 (2.41%) HTTP
4 2 (2.41%) ICMP
4 2 (2.41%) SNMP
5 1 (1.20%) BGP
5 1 (1.20%) Cisco ASA
5 1 (1.20%) Cisco Nexus
5 1 (1.20%) EIGRP
5 1 (1.20%) OSPF
5 1 (1.20%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.20%) Big Data
1 1 (1.20%) GIS
Development Applications
1 2 (2.41%) Jenkins
1 2 (2.41%) JIRA
1 2 (2.41%) Metasploit
General
1 19 (22.89%) Finance
2 17 (20.48%) Banking
3 10 (12.05%) Games
4 6 (7.23%) Legal
5 3 (3.61%) Marketing
5 3 (3.61%) Military
6 2 (2.41%) Advertising
6 2 (2.41%) Aerospace
6 2 (2.41%) Manufacturing
7 1 (1.20%) Retail
Job Titles
1 42 (50.60%) Analyst
2 22 (26.51%) Security Analyst
3 10 (12.05%) Security Manager
4 9 (10.84%) Architect
4 9 (10.84%) CISSP Analyst
4 9 (10.84%) Security Architect
5 8 (9.64%) Cybersecurity Analyst
5 8 (9.64%) Information Manager
5 8 (9.64%) Information Security Manager
6 7 (8.43%) Finance Manager
6 7 (8.43%) Senior Analyst
7 6 (7.23%) Operational Security Manager
7 6 (7.23%) Operations Manager
7 6 (7.23%) Security Engineer
7 6 (7.23%) Security Operations Manager
7 6 (7.23%) Senior Security Analyst
8 5 (6.02%) Consultant
8 5 (6.02%) Enterprise Architect
8 5 (6.02%) Head of Security
8 5 (6.02%) Security Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (16.87%) SailPoint
2 3 (3.61%) ModSecurity
3 1 (1.20%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 22 (26.51%) Computer Science
2 21 (25.30%) Analytical Skills
3 18 (21.69%) Management Information System
4 10 (12.05%) Cyberthreat
5 6 (7.23%) Security Operations Centre
6 3 (3.61%) Cyber Defence
6 3 (3.61%) Digital Media
7 2 (2.41%) Fintech
8 1 (1.20%) Cyberattack
8 1 (1.20%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 20 (24.10%) Linux
2 11 (13.25%) Windows
3 6 (7.23%) Unix
4 2 (2.41%) Kali Linux
4 2 (2.41%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 53 (63.86%) Information Security
2 46 (55.42%) SIEM
3 41 (49.40%) Security Operations
4 38 (45.78%) Cybersecurity
5 23 (27.71%) Threat Intelligence
6 22 (26.51%) Security Monitoring
7 20 (24.10%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
8 18 (21.69%) Incident Management
9 17 (20.48%) Risk Management
10 14 (16.87%) Security Architecture
11 13 (15.66%) Analytics
11 13 (15.66%) Threat Analysis
11 13 (15.66%) Vulnerability Management
12 12 (14.46%) Open Source
12 12 (14.46%) Vulnerability Scanning
13 11 (13.25%) Agile Software Development
13 11 (13.25%) ITIL
14 9 (10.84%) Malware Analysis
15 8 (9.64%) Continuous Improvement
15 8 (9.64%) Kalman Filter
Programming Languages
1 7 (8.43%) C
2 4 (4.82%) Python
3 3 (3.61%) Java
4 2 (2.41%) Bourne shell
4 2 (2.41%) Korn
4 2 (2.41%) Perl
4 2 (2.41%) PowerShell
4 2 (2.41%) Ruby
5 1 (1.20%) SQL
Qualifications
1 62 (74.70%) CISSP
2 47 (56.63%) GIAC
3 30 (36.14%) CISM
4 29 (34.94%) GCIH
5 25 (30.12%) Degree
6 23 (27.71%) CISA
7 20 (24.10%) CEH
8 18 (21.69%) GCIA
8 18 (21.69%) GISF
9 15 (18.07%) DV Cleared
9 15 (18.07%) SANS
9 15 (18.07%) SC Cleared
9 15 (18.07%) Security Cleared
10 10 (12.05%) Cisco Certification
11 8 (9.64%) CCNA
11 8 (9.64%) CompTIA Security+
11 8 (9.64%) Computer Science Degree
11 8 (9.64%) GCED
12 7 (8.43%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 5 (6.02%) CCENT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (6.02%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (3.61%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 2 (2.41%) GDPR
3 2 (2.41%) ISAE 3402
3 2 (2.41%) PCI DSS
4 1 (1.20%) COBIT
4 1 (1.20%) Cyber Essentials
4 1 (1.20%) HIPAA
4 1 (1.20%) NIST 800
4 1 (1.20%) QA
System Software
1 6 (7.23%) Firmware
2 2 (2.41%) Active Directory
2 2 (2.41%) Snort
Systems Management
1 18 (21.69%) Nessus
2 16 (19.28%) McAfee ePO
3 14 (16.87%) SCCM
4 10 (12.05%) Nexpose
5 8 (9.64%) Core Impact
5 8 (9.64%) OpenVAS
5 8 (9.64%) PowerBroker
5 8 (9.64%) QRadar
5 8 (9.64%) RSA Security Analytics
5 8 (9.64%) WSUS
6 4 (4.82%) Network Intrusion Detection System
7 3 (3.61%) Host Intrusion Detection System
8 2 (2.41%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
8 2 (2.41%) Computer Incident Response Team
8 2 (2.41%) EnCase
8 2 (2.41%) Nmap
9 1 (1.20%) Norton AntiVirus
9 1 (1.20%) Suricata
Vendors
1 26 (31.33%) Splunk
2 18 (21.69%) Symantec
3 17 (20.48%) CyberArk
4 16 (19.28%) McAfee
5 15 (18.07%) Palo Alto
6 14 (16.87%) Aveksa
7 13 (15.66%) LogRhythm
8 12 (14.46%) Qualys
9 11 (13.25%) ArcSight
10 9 (10.84%) AlienVault
11 8 (9.64%) Bomgar
11 8 (9.64%) SolarWinds
12 7 (8.43%) Microsoft
12 7 (8.43%) Sun
13 6 (7.23%) Cisco
14 2 (2.41%) Intel
14 2 (2.41%) Rapid7
15 1 (1.20%) Fujitsu
15 1 (1.20%) Sophos