Period
to 17 April 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for OSCE qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 6 months to 17 April 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Offensive Security Certified Expert (OSCE)
UK
6 months to
17 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 828 920 1061
Rank change year-on-year +92 +141 +128
Permanent jobs citing OSCE 35 42 51
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.042% 0.038% 0.034%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.20% 0.18% 0.14%
Number of salaries quoted 26 29 42
10th Percentile £48,750 £47,000 £32,625
25th Percentile £61,250 £60,000 £35,625
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £90,000 £65,000 £58,750
Median % change year-on-year +38.46% +10.64% -2.08%
75th Percentile £95,000 £95,000 £72,500
90th Percentile " " £87,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £53,500 £63,750 £45,000
% change year-on-year -16.08% +41.67% -25.00%

OSCE 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 17,521 23,819 36,706
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.82% 21.44% 24.69%
Number of salaries quoted 11,841 17,935 26,804
10th Percentile £31,250 £28,000 £26,250
25th Percentile £41,250 £36,250 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £51,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +6.80% +3.00% +5.26%
75th Percentile £72,500 £67,525 £66,250
90th Percentile £86,250 £83,750 £81,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +2.86%

OSCE
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for OSCE in the UK

OSCE
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for OSCE in the UK

OSCE
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing OSCE over the 6 months to 17 April 2021.

Salary histogram for OSCE in the UK

OSCE
Top 8 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing OSCE within the UK over the 6 months to 17 April 2021. 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 +133 35 £90,000 +12.50% 3
London +114 32 £90,000 +9.09% 1
Work from Home -143 8 £90,000 - 1
UK excluding London +106 3 £53,500 -16.08% 2
North of England +43 1 £70,000 -39.13%
South West +8 1 £52,500 -19.23%
Yorkshire - 1 £70,000 -
East of England - 1 £53,500 -

For the 6 months to 17 April 2021, IT jobs citing OSCE 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 OSCE.

1 26 (74.29%) OWASP
2 25 (71.43%) Cybersecurity
3 24 (68.57%) OSCP
4 23 (65.71%) Information Security
4 23 (65.71%) Penetration Testing
5 21 (60.00%) AWS
5 21 (60.00%) Docker
5 21 (60.00%) Terraform
6 18 (51.43%) Linux
6 18 (51.43%) CISSP
7 16 (45.71%) Fintech
7 16 (45.71%) DevSecOps
8 14 (40.00%) Firewall
8 14 (40.00%) DevOps
8 14 (40.00%) GCP
8 14 (40.00%) Kubernetes
8 14 (40.00%) Azure
8 14 (40.00%) NIST
9 13 (37.14%) GDPR
9 13 (37.14%) GPEN
10 12 (34.29%) Ethical Hacking
11 11 (31.43%) OSWP
11 11 (31.43%) Vulnerability Management
12 10 (28.57%) Security Operations
13 9 (25.71%) Travis CI
13 9 (25.71%) Consul
13 9 (25.71%) Prometheus
13 9 (25.71%) Security Monitoring
13 9 (25.71%) Threat Intelligence
13 9 (25.71%) SOC 2

OSCE
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 9 (25.71%) Elasticsearch
2 2 (5.71%) Confluence
Cloud Services
1 21 (60.00%) AWS
2 14 (40.00%) Azure
2 14 (40.00%) GCP
3 7 (20.00%) Microsoft 365
Communications & Networking
1 14 (40.00%) Firewall
2 7 (20.00%) IPsec
2 7 (20.00%) VPN
3 5 (14.29%) Intranet
3 5 (14.29%) Intrusion Detection
3 5 (14.29%) Network Security
3 5 (14.29%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (25.71%) PostgreSQL
1 9 (25.71%) Redis
Development Applications
1 9 (25.71%) Travis CI
2 2 (5.71%) JIRA
3 1 (2.86%) Burp Suite
3 1 (2.86%) Metasploit
General
1 3 (8.57%) Banking
1 3 (8.57%) Law
2 2 (5.71%) Finance
Job Titles
1 15 (42.86%) Security Engineer
2 12 (34.29%) Penetration Tester
2 12 (34.29%) Tester
3 9 (25.71%) Cloud Engineer
3 9 (25.71%) DevSecOps Engineer
4 7 (20.00%) AWS Engineer
4 7 (20.00%) AWS Software Engineer
4 7 (20.00%) Cloud Software Engineer
4 7 (20.00%) Ethical Hacker
4 7 (20.00%) Java Engineer
4 7 (20.00%) Java Software Engineer
4 7 (20.00%) Python Engineer
4 7 (20.00%) Python Software Engineer
4 7 (20.00%) Software Engineer
5 5 (14.29%) Consultant
6 4 (11.43%) Cybersecurity Consultant
6 4 (11.43%) Security Consultant
7 3 (8.57%) Lead Tester
8 2 (5.71%) Cloud Developer
8 2 (5.71%) Technical Specialist
Miscellaneous
1 7 (20.00%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
1 7 (20.00%) PKI
1 7 (20.00%) Public Cloud
2 3 (8.57%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (5.71%) Cyberthreat
3 2 (5.71%) Management Information System
3 2 (5.71%) Virtual Team
4 1 (2.86%) Cloud Native
4 1 (2.86%) Cyber Defence
4 1 (2.86%) Cyber Kill Chain
4 1 (2.86%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 18 (51.43%) Linux
2 7 (20.00%) Mac OS
2 7 (20.00%) Unix
3 2 (5.71%) Windows
4 1 (2.86%) Kali Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (74.29%) OWASP
2 25 (71.43%) Cybersecurity
3 23 (65.71%) Information Security
3 23 (65.71%) Penetration Testing
4 16 (45.71%) DevSecOps
4 16 (45.71%) Fintech
5 14 (40.00%) DevOps
6 12 (34.29%) Ethical Hacking
7 11 (31.43%) Vulnerability Management
8 10 (28.57%) Security Operations
9 9 (25.71%) BDD
9 9 (25.71%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
9 9 (25.71%) Pair Programming
9 9 (25.71%) Security Architecture
9 9 (25.71%) Security Monitoring
9 9 (25.71%) Security Testing
9 9 (25.71%) Software Engineering
9 9 (25.71%) TDD
9 9 (25.71%) Threat Intelligence
10 7 (20.00%) Risk Assessment
Programming Languages
1 9 (25.71%) Bash Shell
1 9 (25.71%) Go
1 9 (25.71%) Java
1 9 (25.71%) Python
Qualifications
1 24 (68.57%) OSCP
2 18 (51.43%) CISSP
3 13 (37.14%) GPEN
4 11 (31.43%) OSWP
5 9 (25.71%) CCSP
5 9 (25.71%) Cisco Certification
5 9 (25.71%) SANS
6 7 (20.00%) CEH
6 7 (20.00%) CEPT
6 7 (20.00%) EC-Council LPT
6 7 (20.00%) GXPN
7 6 (17.14%) CISM
7 6 (17.14%) SSCP
8 5 (14.29%) (ISC)2 CCSP
8 5 (14.29%) GIAC
9 4 (11.43%) CCIE
9 4 (11.43%) CCIE Security
9 4 (11.43%) CCNA
9 4 (11.43%) CCNP
9 4 (11.43%) CSSLP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (40.00%) NIST
2 13 (37.14%) GDPR
3 9 (25.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 9 (25.71%) PCI DSS
3 9 (25.71%) SOC 1
3 9 (25.71%) SOC 2
System Software
1 21 (60.00%) Docker
Systems Management
1 21 (60.00%) Terraform
2 14 (40.00%) Kubernetes
3 9 (25.71%) Consul
3 9 (25.71%) linkerd
3 9 (25.71%) Prometheus
4 6 (17.14%) Nessus
5 5 (14.29%) CSIRT
6 1 (2.86%) Nmap
Vendors
1 2 (5.71%) Atlassian
1 2 (5.71%) Microsoft
1 2 (5.71%) Qualys