GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC)
UK

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 26 February 2024 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

6 months to
26 Feb 2024
Same period 2023 Same period 2022
Rank 782 961 1110
Rank change year-on-year +179 +149 -281
Permanent jobs citing GSEC 40 40 47
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.051% 0.036% 0.033%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.18% 0.12% 0.13%
Number of salaries quoted 33 30 36
10th Percentile £53,500 £65,000 £45,625
25th Percentile £66,250 £77,563 £48,625
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £75,000 £85,500 £63,750
Median % change year-on-year -12.28% +34.12% -8.93%
75th Percentile £90,000 £93,250 £65,313
90th Percentile - £103,750 £68,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,750 £85,000 £62,500
% change year-on-year -42.65% +36.00% +16.82%

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK

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.

Permanent vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 22,686 33,677 37,453
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 29.05% 30.50% 26.67%
Number of salaries quoted 14,960 15,584 17,944
10th Percentile £28,500 £31,277 £30,500
25th Percentile £39,085 £42,000 £41,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £57,500 £55,000
Median % change year-on-year -4.35% +4.55% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £77,500 £73,750
90th Percentile £90,000 £95,000 £92,425
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £50,845 £50,000
% change year-on-year -1.66% +1.69% +0.20%

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 26 February 2024.

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 26 February 2024. 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
Jobs
England +210 38 £75,000 -12.28% 7
London +167 28 £75,000 -14.29% 5
Work from Home +148 15 £75,000 -12.28% 2
UK excluding London +110 11 £48,750 -42.65% 2
South West +20 6 £66,250 -22.51%
South East +67 2 £45,000 -37.93% 1
Northern Ireland +31 2 £52,500 -
North of England +95 1 £37,500 -50.00% 1
North East - 1 £37,500 -

GSEC
Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same employment type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Cloud Services
1 21 (52.50%) Azure
2 12 (30.00%) AWS
3 6 (15.00%) Microsoft 365
3 6 (15.00%) PaaS
3 6 (15.00%) SaaS
4 5 (12.50%) Entra ID
5 4 (10.00%) AWS Direct Connect
5 4 (10.00%) Azure ExpressRoute
5 4 (10.00%) Azure Sentinel
5 4 (10.00%) Serverless
6 3 (7.50%) IaaS
7 1 (2.50%) WhatsApp
Communications & Networking
1 15 (37.50%) Firewall
2 8 (20.00%) Intrusion Detection
2 8 (20.00%) Network Security
3 6 (15.00%) Internet
4 4 (10.00%) SD-WAN
4 4 (10.00%) WAN
General
1 10 (25.00%) Legal
2 9 (22.50%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (22.50%) Social Skills
3 8 (20.00%) Documentation Skills
3 8 (20.00%) Finance
3 8 (20.00%) Law
4 4 (10.00%) Retail
5 3 (7.50%) Pharmaceutical
6 2 (5.00%) Banking
7 1 (2.50%) Presentation Skills
Job Titles
1 13 (32.50%) Analyst
2 12 (30.00%) Lead
2 12 (30.00%) Senior
3 11 (27.50%) Security Analyst
4 9 (22.50%) Security Engineer
5 7 (17.50%) Cybersecurity Analyst
6 6 (15.00%) IT Engineer
7 5 (12.50%) Senior Analyst
7 5 (12.50%) Senior Cybersecurity Analyst
7 5 (12.50%) Senior Security Analyst
7 5 (12.50%) Senior Security Engineer
8 4 (10.00%) Design Engineer
8 4 (10.00%) Infrastructure Design Engineer
8 4 (10.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 4 (10.00%) IT Infrastructure Engineer
8 4 (10.00%) IT Security Engineer
8 4 (10.00%) Security Specialist
8 4 (10.00%) Senior Design Engineer
8 4 (10.00%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
8 4 (10.00%) Senior IT Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 18 (45.00%) Security Posture
2 10 (25.00%) Management Information System
3 4 (10.00%) Onboarding
4 3 (7.50%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 9 (22.50%) Windows
2 6 (15.00%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (80.00%) Cybersecurity
2 15 (37.50%) Cloud Security
2 15 (37.50%) Information Security
3 13 (32.50%) Kalman Filter
3 13 (32.50%) Problem-Solving
3 13 (32.50%) Web Filtering
4 12 (30.00%) Incident Response
5 11 (27.50%) SIEM
5 11 (27.50%) Vulnerability Management
6 10 (25.00%) Security Operations
7 8 (20.00%) Business Continuity
7 8 (20.00%) Computer Science
7 8 (20.00%) Data Privacy
7 8 (20.00%) Disaster Recovery
7 8 (20.00%) Security Architecture
8 7 (17.50%) Collaborative Working
8 7 (17.50%) DevSecOps
9 6 (15.00%) Critical Thinking
9 6 (15.00%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
9 6 (15.00%) Threat Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 2 (5.00%) PowerShell
1 2 (5.00%) Python
Qualifications
1 30 (75.00%) CISSP
2 22 (55.00%) CEH
3 19 (47.50%) GIAC
4 11 (27.50%) SSCP
5 9 (22.50%) CompTIA Security+
6 6 (15.00%) Cisco Certification
6 6 (15.00%) CISM
6 6 (15.00%) Degree
6 6 (15.00%) OSCP
7 4 (10.00%) AWS Certification
7 4 (10.00%) AWS Certified Solutions Architect
7 4 (10.00%) CCSP
8 3 (7.50%) Azure Certification
9 2 (5.00%) CCNP
9 2 (5.00%) Computer Science Degree
9 2 (5.00%) GCFE
9 2 (5.00%) GCIA
9 2 (5.00%) GCIH
9 2 (5.00%) GISP
9 2 (5.00%) OSCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (27.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 9 (22.50%) GDPR
2 9 (22.50%) NIST
3 1 (2.50%) Cyber Essentials
3 1 (2.50%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 11 (27.50%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 5 (12.50%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 5 (12.50%) Microsoft
1 5 (12.50%) Palo Alto
2 4 (10.00%) F5
3 3 (7.50%) Oracle
3 3 (7.50%) Red Hat
4 2 (5.00%) Darktrace
4 2 (5.00%) Splunk
5 1 (2.50%) CrowdStrike
5 1 (2.50%) iManage
5 1 (2.50%) Intel