Period
to 25 May 2020

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 25 May 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC)
UK
6 months to
25 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 865 1036 1112
Rank change year-on-year +171 +76 -11
Permanent jobs citing GSEC 35 68 85
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.038% 0.047% 0.049%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.18% 0.19% 0.21%
Number of salaries quoted 27 52 55
Median annual salary £82,500 £62,500 £60,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +32.00% +4.17% -7.69%
10th Percentile £48,000 £42,500 £47,500
90th Percentile £96,250 £80,000 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £60,000 £47,500 £60,000
% change year-on-year +26.32% -20.83% -7.69%

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 19,807 35,849 41,148
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.48% 24.71% 23.66%
Number of salaries quoted 14,479 25,640 31,136
Median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £49,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% +2.04% +8.89%
10th Percentile £28,750 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £83,750 £81,250 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £44,500
% change year-on-year +5.56% +1.12% +5.95%

GSEC
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for GSEC in the UK

GSEC
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for GSEC in the UK

GSEC
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing GSEC over the 6 months to 25 May 2020.

Salary histogram for GSEC in the UK

GSEC
Top 11 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 25 May 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 +169 35 £82,500 +32.00%
UK excluding London +154 20 £60,000 +26.32%
London +119 15 £82,500 +10.00%
South East +118 10 £60,000 +33.33%
North of England +101 4 £50,000 -4.76%
Midlands +98 4 - -
West Midlands +81 4 - -
North West +73 2 - -
East of England +72 2 £62,500 +38.89%
Work from Home - 2 £92,500 -
Yorkshire - 2 £50,000 -

For the 6 months to 25 May 2020, IT jobs citing GSEC 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 GSEC.

1 26 (74.29%) CISSP
1 26 (74.29%) Information Security
1 26 (74.29%) Cybersecurity
2 21 (60.00%) SIEM
3 18 (51.43%) CEH
4 17 (48.57%) Management Information System
5 16 (45.71%) Firewall
6 15 (42.86%) Network Security
7 14 (40.00%) CISM
7 14 (40.00%) Threat Intelligence
8 13 (37.14%) Cisco Certification
9 12 (34.29%) Security Operations
10 11 (31.43%) (ISC)2 CCSP
11 10 (28.57%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
11 10 (28.57%) Windows
11 10 (28.57%) TCP/IP
12 9 (25.71%) CCSP
12 9 (25.71%) Security Monitoring
12 9 (25.71%) Vulnerability Scanning
13 8 (22.86%) Kalman Filter
13 8 (22.86%) CompTIA Security+
13 8 (22.86%) Web Filtering
13 8 (22.86%) Linux
13 8 (22.86%) GIAC
13 8 (22.86%) GCIH
13 8 (22.86%) ISMS
13 8 (22.86%) Qualys
14 7 (20.00%) ArcSight
14 7 (20.00%) Incident Management
14 7 (20.00%) SANS

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 1 (2.86%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 6 (17.14%) Azure
2 4 (11.43%) AWS
3 2 (5.71%) GitHub
3 2 (5.71%) SaaS
4 1 (2.86%) Amazon EC2
4 1 (2.86%) Amazon ELB
4 1 (2.86%) Amazon S3
4 1 (2.86%) AWS CloudFormation
4 1 (2.86%) AWS Lambda
4 1 (2.86%) GCP
4 1 (2.86%) IaaS
4 1 (2.86%) Office 365
4 1 (2.86%) PaaS
4 1 (2.86%) Serverless
4 1 (2.86%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 16 (45.71%) Firewall
2 15 (42.86%) Network Security
3 10 (28.57%) TCP/IP
4 5 (14.29%) Intrusion Detection
4 5 (14.29%) VPN
5 3 (8.57%) HTTP
5 3 (8.57%) Wireshark
6 2 (5.71%) HTTPS
6 2 (5.71%) IPsec
6 2 (5.71%) LAN
7 1 (2.86%) DNS
7 1 (2.86%) Internet
7 1 (2.86%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (5.71%) MySQL
1 2 (5.71%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.86%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 3 (8.57%) Metasploit
2 2 (5.71%) Burp Suite
2 2 (5.71%) Jenkins
2 2 (5.71%) JIRA
General
1 3 (8.57%) Finance
2 2 (5.71%) Legal
3 1 (2.86%) Banking
3 1 (2.86%) Military
3 1 (2.86%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 12 (34.29%) Analyst
2 8 (22.86%) Consultant
2 8 (22.86%) Cybersecurity Consultant
2 8 (22.86%) Security Consultant
2 8 (22.86%) Security Engineer
3 5 (14.29%) Security Analyst
4 4 (11.43%) Senior Analyst
5 3 (8.57%) SOC Analyst
6 2 (5.71%) Automation Engineer
6 2 (5.71%) CyberArk Engineer
6 2 (5.71%) Cybersecurity Analyst
6 2 (5.71%) Information Analyst
6 2 (5.71%) Information Security Analyst
6 2 (5.71%) Operations Engineer
6 2 (5.71%) Senior Consultant
6 2 (5.71%) Senior Cybersecurity Consultant
6 2 (5.71%) Senior Security Consultant
7 1 (2.86%) AWS Engineer
7 1 (2.86%) Cloud Engineer
7 1 (2.86%) Cybersecurity Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (5.71%) ModSecurity
Miscellaneous
1 17 (48.57%) Management Information System
2 4 (11.43%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (11.43%) Cyber Kill Chain
2 4 (11.43%) Greenfield Project
3 2 (5.71%) Analytical Mindset
3 2 (5.71%) Cyber Defence
3 2 (5.71%) Cyberthreat
4 1 (2.86%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 10 (28.57%) Windows
2 8 (22.86%) Linux
3 2 (5.71%) Unix
3 2 (5.71%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (74.29%) Cybersecurity
1 26 (74.29%) Information Security
2 21 (60.00%) SIEM
3 14 (40.00%) Threat Intelligence
4 12 (34.29%) Security Operations
5 10 (28.57%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
6 9 (25.71%) Security Monitoring
6 9 (25.71%) Vulnerability Scanning
7 8 (22.86%) ISMS
7 8 (22.86%) Kalman Filter
7 8 (22.86%) Web Filtering
8 7 (20.00%) Incident Management
8 7 (20.00%) Malware Analysis
9 6 (17.14%) Data Management
9 6 (17.14%) Email Filtering
9 6 (17.14%) Privileged Access Management
10 5 (14.29%) Continuous Improvement
10 5 (14.29%) Identity Access Management
10 5 (14.29%) Information Management
11 4 (11.43%) Penetration Testing
Programming Languages
1 2 (5.71%) Java
1 2 (5.71%) PowerShell
1 2 (5.71%) Python
1 2 (5.71%) SQL
Qualifications
1 26 (74.29%) CISSP
2 18 (51.43%) CEH
3 14 (40.00%) CISM
4 13 (37.14%) Cisco Certification
5 11 (31.43%) (ISC)2 CCSP
6 9 (25.71%) CCSP
7 8 (22.86%) CompTIA Security+
7 8 (22.86%) GCIH
7 8 (22.86%) GIAC
8 7 (20.00%) SANS
9 6 (17.14%) Security Cleared
9 6 (17.14%) SSCP
10 5 (14.29%) GCIA
11 4 (11.43%) SC Cleared
12 3 (8.57%) CCNP
12 3 (8.57%) Degree
13 2 (5.71%) CASP
13 2 (5.71%) Computer Science Degree
13 2 (5.71%) DV Cleared
14 1 (2.86%) GWAPT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (14.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 4 (11.43%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 3 (8.57%) NIST
4 2 (5.71%) Cyber Essentials
4 2 (5.71%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
4 2 (5.71%) GDPR
System Software
1 2 (5.71%) Active Directory
2 1 (2.86%) Hyper-V
2 1 (2.86%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 4 (11.43%) Nessus
2 2 (5.71%) Nmap
3 1 (2.86%) Ansible
3 1 (2.86%) QRadar
Vendors
1 8 (22.86%) Qualys
2 7 (20.00%) ArcSight
3 6 (17.14%) LogRhythm
4 4 (11.43%) Darktrace
5 3 (8.57%) Cisco
5 3 (8.57%) Microsoft
5 3 (8.57%) Splunk
6 2 (5.71%) Acunetix
6 2 (5.71%) Carbon Black
6 2 (5.71%) CyberArk
6 2 (5.71%) Juniper
6 2 (5.71%) McAfee
6 2 (5.71%) Rapid7
7 1 (2.86%) Google
7 1 (2.86%) IBM
7 1 (2.86%) VMware