Period
to 21 April 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 21 April 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC)
UK
6 months to
21 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 1130 1071 1262
Rank change year-on-year -59 +191 +24
Permanent jobs citing GSEC 73 103 41
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.041% 0.060% 0.020%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.18% 0.24% 0.072%
Number of salaries quoted 41 100 30
UK median annual salary £57,500 £63,750 £56,250
Median salary % change year-on-year -9.80% +13.33% +18.42%
10th Percentile £47,500 £41,603 £44,625
90th Percentile £70,000 £100,000 £90,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £57,500 £44,648 £50,000
% change year-on-year +28.79% -10.70% +5.26%

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 41,666 43,168 56,959
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.47% 25.20% 27.86%
Number of salaries quoted 31,865 34,011 45,711
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 £80,000 £76,250 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £44,000 £42,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year +4.76% -1.18% +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 21 April 2018.

Salary histogram for GSEC in the UK

GSEC
Top 6 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 21 April 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 -44 73 £57,500 -9.80% 4
UK excluding London -5 48 £57,500 +28.79% 2
South East +20 28 £60,000 +76.47% 1
London -75 25 £70,000 +7.69% 2
East of England -10 18 £51,250 -21.15%
South West -10 2 £44,000 -9.28%

For the 6 months to 21 April 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 59 (80.82%) CISSP
2 52 (71.23%) Information Security
3 40 (54.79%) Degree
4 39 (53.42%) Cybersecurity
5 36 (49.32%) GCIH
6 35 (47.95%) Firewall
6 35 (47.95%) SIEM
7 30 (41.10%) Computer Science
7 30 (41.10%) Security Operations
8 28 (38.36%) CEH
9 27 (36.99%) GCIA
10 26 (35.62%) Analytical Skills
11 23 (31.51%) SANS
11 23 (31.51%) Self-Motivation
12 20 (27.40%) Threat Intelligence
12 20 (27.40%) GIAC
13 19 (26.03%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
14 17 (23.29%) Risk Management
14 17 (23.29%) Cisco Certification
14 17 (23.29%) Intrusion Detection
15 16 (21.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
15 16 (21.92%) Splunk
16 15 (20.55%) Incident Management
16 15 (20.55%) CCNP
16 15 (20.55%) Management Information System
17 14 (19.18%) Threat Analysis
17 14 (19.18%) Threat Modelling
17 14 (19.18%) SSCP
18 13 (17.81%) Ethical Hacking
18 13 (17.81%) Secure Coding

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:

Cloud Services
1 12 (16.44%) Cloud Computing
2 8 (10.96%) GitHub
3 6 (8.22%) Amazon AWS
3 6 (8.22%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 35 (47.95%) Firewall
2 17 (23.29%) Intrusion Detection
3 12 (16.44%) TCP/IP
4 10 (13.70%) DNS
5 9 (12.33%) HTTP
6 8 (10.96%) DHCP
7 7 (9.59%) ICMP
7 7 (9.59%) SNMP
8 5 (6.85%) Network Security
9 3 (4.11%) Wireshark
10 2 (2.74%) HTTPS
10 2 (2.74%) IPsec
10 2 (2.74%) VLAN
10 2 (2.74%) VoIP
10 2 (2.74%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.74%) GIS
2 1 (1.37%) Big Data
2 1 (1.37%) Maltego
Development Applications
1 8 (10.96%) Jenkins
1 8 (10.96%) JIRA
General
1 8 (10.96%) Games
2 5 (6.85%) Finance
3 3 (4.11%) Marketing
3 3 (4.11%) Retail
4 2 (2.74%) Aerospace
4 2 (2.74%) Legal
4 2 (2.74%) Military
4 2 (2.74%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.37%) Banking
5 1 (1.37%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 28 (38.36%) Analyst
1 28 (38.36%) Security Engineer
2 15 (20.55%) Cybersecurity Engineer
3 14 (19.18%) Security Analyst
4 12 (16.44%) Security Officer
5 11 (15.07%) IT Security Officer
5 11 (15.07%) SIEM Engineer
5 11 (15.07%) Threat Intelligence Analyst
6 8 (10.96%) CISSP Analyst
7 3 (4.11%) Cybersecurity Analyst
7 3 (4.11%) Operations Analyst
7 3 (4.11%) Operations Engineer
7 3 (4.11%) Security Operations Analyst
8 2 (2.74%) Linux Engineer
8 2 (2.74%) Security Manager
8 2 (2.74%) Senior Analyst
8 2 (2.74%) Senior Security Analyst
8 2 (2.74%) Senior Security Engineer
8 2 (2.74%) Test Engineer
8 2 (2.74%) Web Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.37%) ModSecurity
Miscellaneous
1 30 (41.10%) Computer Science
2 26 (35.62%) Analytical Skills
3 23 (31.51%) Self-Motivation
4 15 (20.55%) Management Information System
5 13 (17.81%) Cyberthreat
6 9 (12.33%) Security Operations Centre
7 4 (5.48%) Cyber Kill Chain
8 3 (4.11%) Cyber Defence
9 2 (2.74%) Hybrid Cloud
10 1 (1.37%) Cyber Warfare
10 1 (1.37%) Cyberattack
10 1 (1.37%) Data Centre
10 1 (1.37%) Fintech
Operating Systems
1 11 (15.07%) Linux
2 7 (9.59%) Mac OS X
3 4 (5.48%) Unix
3 4 (5.48%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (71.23%) Information Security
2 39 (53.42%) Cybersecurity
3 35 (47.95%) SIEM
4 30 (41.10%) Security Operations
5 20 (27.40%) Threat Intelligence
6 19 (26.03%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
7 17 (23.29%) Risk Management
8 15 (20.55%) Incident Management
9 14 (19.18%) Threat Analysis
9 14 (19.18%) Threat Modelling
10 13 (17.81%) Ethical Hacking
10 13 (17.81%) Secure Coding
11 12 (16.44%) Technical Analysis
12 11 (15.07%) Continuous Improvement
12 11 (15.07%) Open Source
13 10 (13.70%) Agile Software Development
14 9 (12.33%) Identity Access Management
15 8 (10.96%) DevOps
16 7 (9.59%) Application Performance Monitoring
16 7 (9.59%) Security Architecture
Programming Languages
1 8 (10.96%) C
1 8 (10.96%) Java
1 8 (10.96%) Python
2 2 (2.74%) SQL
Qualifications
1 59 (80.82%) CISSP
2 40 (54.79%) Degree
3 36 (49.32%) GCIH
4 28 (38.36%) CEH
5 27 (36.99%) GCIA
6 23 (31.51%) SANS
7 20 (27.40%) GIAC
8 17 (23.29%) Cisco Certification
9 15 (20.55%) CCNP
10 14 (19.18%) SSCP
11 12 (16.44%) ISACA
12 7 (9.59%) Computer Science Degree
13 6 (8.22%) GCED
14 5 (6.85%) GCFA
15 4 (5.48%) CCNA
15 4 (5.48%) CompTIA Security+
15 4 (5.48%) GCFE
15 4 (5.48%) GREM
16 3 (4.11%) CISM
17 2 (2.74%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (21.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 11 (15.07%) ISAE 3402
3 3 (4.11%) GDPR
4 2 (2.74%) PCI DSS
5 1 (1.37%) Sarbanes-Oxley
Systems Management
1 4 (5.48%) Network Intrusion Detection System
2 3 (4.11%) RSA Security Analytics
3 2 (2.74%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
3 2 (2.74%) Computer Incident Response Team
3 2 (2.74%) Host Intrusion Detection System
Vendors
1 16 (21.92%) Splunk
2 9 (12.33%) Microsoft
3 6 (8.22%) ArcSight
4 5 (6.85%) LogRhythm
5 4 (5.48%) Cisco
6 3 (4.11%) Symantec
7 2 (2.74%) Oracle
7 2 (2.74%) Red Hat
7 2 (2.74%) White Clarke
8 1 (1.37%) Intel
8 1 (1.37%) Palantir
8 1 (1.37%) Qualys