Period
to 18 August 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 18 August 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC)
UK
6 months to
18 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 1078 1060 1222
Rank change year-on-year -18 +162 +53
Permanent jobs citing GSEC 91 133 46
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.053% 0.075% 0.023%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.23% 0.31% 0.086%
Number of salaries quoted 53 126 39
UK median annual salary £65,000 £80,000 £62,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -18.75% +28.00% +25.00%
10th Percentile £43,750 £50,000 £45,000
90th Percentile £80,000 £131,250 £86,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £57,500 £49,250 £57,500
% change year-on-year +16.75% -14.35% +15.00%

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 40,319 43,524 53,226
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.68% 24.55% 26.93%
Number of salaries quoted 29,976 33,464 43,009
UK median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.11% - -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £75,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +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 18 August 2018.

Salary histogram for GSEC in the UK

GSEC
Top 9 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 18 August 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 +3 91 £65,000 -18.75% 10
UK excluding London +75 61 £57,500 +16.75% 5
East of England +41 40 £50,000 -27.80% 2
London -44 29 £75,000 -6.25% 5
South East +5 18 £65,000 +75.68%
North of England +24 2 - - 2
North West +12 2 - -
Midlands - 1 £40,000 - 1
West Midlands - 1 £40,000 - 1

For the 6 months to 18 August 2018, 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 64 (70.33%) Firewall
2 60 (65.93%) CEH
3 57 (62.64%) CISSP
4 53 (58.24%) SIEM
5 52 (57.14%) Information Security
6 45 (49.45%) Cisco Certification
7 38 (41.76%) Cybersecurity
8 35 (38.46%) Splunk
9 32 (35.16%) GCIA
9 32 (35.16%) GCIH
10 31 (34.07%) Analytical Skills
11 30 (32.97%) Degree
12 29 (31.87%) Security Operations
12 29 (31.87%) Self-Motivation
13 26 (28.57%) CCNP
13 26 (28.57%) SSCP
13 26 (28.57%) Finance
14 24 (26.37%) Risk Management
14 24 (26.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
15 22 (24.18%) GIAC
15 22 (24.18%) CheckPoint
15 22 (24.18%) Problem-Solving
15 22 (24.18%) Technical Analysis
16 21 (23.08%) Analytics
16 21 (23.08%) Security Operations Centre
16 21 (23.08%) CCNA
17 20 (21.98%) Windows
17 20 (21.98%) Threat Intelligence
18 19 (20.88%) Cyberthreat
18 19 (20.88%) Cyber Threat Intelligence

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:

Application Platforms
1 3 (3.30%) Apache
1 3 (3.30%) IIS
Cloud Services
1 16 (17.58%) Microsoft Azure
2 15 (16.48%) Amazon AWS
3 9 (9.89%) GitHub
4 8 (8.79%) Cloud Computing
5 3 (3.30%) Google Cloud Platform
6 1 (1.10%) IaaS
6 1 (1.10%) Office 365
6 1 (1.10%) PaaS
6 1 (1.10%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 64 (70.33%) Firewall
2 15 (16.48%) TCP/IP
3 14 (15.38%) Network Security
4 13 (14.29%) Wireshark
5 12 (13.19%) DHCP
5 12 (13.19%) DNS
6 11 (12.09%) HTTP
6 11 (12.09%) ICMP
6 11 (12.09%) Intrusion Detection
6 11 (12.09%) SNMP
7 3 (3.30%) Internet
7 3 (3.30%) VPN
7 3 (3.30%) Wireless
8 2 (2.20%) BGP
8 2 (2.20%) EIGRP
8 2 (2.20%) OSPF
9 1 (1.10%) ATM
9 1 (1.10%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (6.59%) Big Data
1 6 (6.59%) Data Lake
1 6 (6.59%) RDBMS
1 6 (6.59%) Relational Database
2 1 (1.10%) GIS
2 1 (1.10%) Maltego
Development Applications
1 9 (9.89%) Jenkins
1 9 (9.89%) JIRA
2 2 (2.20%) Metasploit
3 1 (1.10%) SonarQube
General
1 26 (28.57%) Finance
2 15 (16.48%) Retail
3 13 (14.29%) Law
4 12 (13.19%) Legal
5 6 (6.59%) Banking
5 6 (6.59%) Financial Institution
5 6 (6.59%) Investment Banking
6 2 (2.20%) Marketing
7 1 (1.10%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 47 (51.65%) Analyst
2 32 (35.16%) Security Analyst
3 23 (25.27%) Security Engineer
4 13 (14.29%) IT Analyst
4 13 (14.29%) IT Security Analyst
5 12 (13.19%) Cisco Analyst
5 12 (13.19%) Cisco Security Analyst
6 10 (10.99%) Cybersecurity Engineer
6 10 (10.99%) SIEM Engineer
7 6 (6.59%) SIEM Analyst
8 5 (5.49%) IT Security Officer
8 5 (5.49%) Operations Analyst
8 5 (5.49%) Security Officer
8 5 (5.49%) Security Operations Analyst
8 5 (5.49%) SOC Analyst
9 4 (4.40%) Enterprise Security Architect
9 4 (4.40%) Firewall Analyst
9 4 (4.40%) Incident Analyst
9 4 (4.40%) Security Architect
9 4 (4.40%) Web Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (7.69%) Web Services
2 6 (6.59%) RESTful
3 3 (3.30%) Elastic Stack
Miscellaneous
1 31 (34.07%) Analytical Skills
2 29 (31.87%) Self-Motivation
3 21 (23.08%) Security Operations Centre
4 19 (20.88%) Computer Science
4 19 (20.88%) Cyberthreat
5 17 (18.68%) Cyber Kill Chain
6 11 (12.09%) Management Information System
7 8 (8.79%) Cyber Defence
8 6 (6.59%) Hedge funds
9 4 (4.40%) Enterprise Software
10 3 (3.30%) Data Centre
10 3 (3.30%) Linux Command Line
11 1 (1.10%) Algorithms
11 1 (1.10%) Cyber Warfare
11 1 (1.10%) Cyberattack
11 1 (1.10%) Greenfield Project
11 1 (1.10%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 20 (21.98%) Windows
2 16 (17.58%) Linux
3 14 (15.38%) Windows Server
4 11 (12.09%) Mac OS X
5 8 (8.79%) Unix
6 5 (5.49%) Kali Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 53 (58.24%) SIEM
2 52 (57.14%) Information Security
3 38 (41.76%) Cybersecurity
4 29 (31.87%) Security Operations
5 24 (26.37%) Risk Management
6 22 (24.18%) Problem-Solving
6 22 (24.18%) Technical Analysis
7 21 (23.08%) Analytics
8 20 (21.98%) Threat Intelligence
9 19 (20.88%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
10 13 (14.29%) Data Loss Prevention
10 13 (14.29%) Event Correlation
10 13 (14.29%) Security Management
11 12 (13.19%) DevOps
11 12 (13.19%) Information Management
11 12 (13.19%) Threat Modelling
12 11 (12.09%) Agile Software Development
12 11 (12.09%) Incident Management
12 11 (12.09%) Security Architecture
13 10 (10.99%) Ethical Hacking
Programming Languages
1 19 (20.88%) Python
2 18 (19.78%) Java
3 7 (7.69%) C++
3 7 (7.69%) JavaScript
4 6 (6.59%) Perl
5 5 (5.49%) PowerShell
6 3 (3.30%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 60 (65.93%) CEH
2 57 (62.64%) CISSP
3 45 (49.45%) Cisco Certification
4 32 (35.16%) GCIA
4 32 (35.16%) GCIH
5 30 (32.97%) Degree
6 26 (28.57%) CCNP
6 26 (28.57%) SSCP
7 22 (24.18%) GIAC
8 21 (23.08%) CCNA
9 16 (17.58%) SANS
10 14 (15.38%) GREM
11 13 (14.29%) GCFA
11 13 (14.29%) GCFE
12 12 (13.19%) CCIE
12 12 (13.19%) Computer Science Degree
13 7 (7.69%) CISM
14 6 (6.59%) (ISC)2 CCSP
14 6 (6.59%) CompTIA Security+
14 6 (6.59%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (26.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 14 (15.38%) Cyber Essentials
3 5 (5.49%) ISAE 3402
4 3 (3.30%) GDPR
4 3 (3.30%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 4 (4.40%) Active Directory
2 2 (2.20%) Snort
Systems Management
1 13 (14.29%) RSA Security Analytics
2 8 (8.79%) Stealthwatch
3 3 (3.30%) QRadar
4 2 (2.20%) CASB
4 2 (2.20%) EnCase
4 2 (2.20%) Nessus
4 2 (2.20%) Nexpose
4 2 (2.20%) Nmap
4 2 (2.20%) Suricata
5 1 (1.10%) Network Intrusion Detection System
5 1 (1.10%) OpenVAS
5 1 (1.10%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 35 (38.46%) Splunk
2 22 (24.18%) CheckPoint
3 19 (20.88%) Cisco
4 18 (19.78%) Microsoft
5 15 (16.48%) Symantec
6 11 (12.09%) LogRhythm
7 10 (10.99%) ArcSight
8 9 (9.89%) Qualys
9 6 (6.59%) Sybase
10 4 (4.40%) Red Hat
11 3 (3.30%) AlienVault
12 2 (2.20%) CyberArk
12 2 (2.20%) Rapid7
12 2 (2.20%) Sophos
13 1 (1.10%) Palantir