Period
to 18 April 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for SSCP qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 6 months to 18 April 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

(ISC)² Systems Security Certified Practitioner (ISC2 SSCP)
UK
6 months to
18 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 758 867 900
Rank change year-on-year +109 +33 +41
Permanent jobs citing SSCP 87 101 232
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.10% 0.092% 0.16%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.50% 0.43% 0.63%
Number of salaries quoted 72 77 143
10th Percentile £45,000 £36,750 £37,500
25th Percentile £49,375 £42,500 £42,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £58,000 £55,000 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year +5.45% +4.76% +5.00%
75th Percentile £68,188 £63,750 £68,125
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £54,250 £50,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +8.50% +11.11% -

SSCP 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 17,529 23,602 36,660
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.82% 21.45% 24.66%
Number of salaries quoted 11,844 17,784 26,753
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 £67,500 £66,250
90th Percentile £86,250 £83,750 £81,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,250 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.82% +5.00% +3.45%

SSCP
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for SSCP in the UK

SSCP
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for SSCP in the UK

SSCP
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing SSCP over the 6 months to 18 April 2021.

Salary histogram for SSCP in the UK

SSCP
Top 14 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing SSCP within the UK over the 6 months to 18 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 +110 85 £58,000 +5.45% 15
London +130 56 £58,000 -3.33% 4
UK excluding London +54 31 £54,250 +8.50% 12
South East +75 11 £58,497 -16.43% 1
Work from Home -115 11 £45,000 -47.06% 2
North of England +26 7 £45,000 - 3
East of England +44 5 £55,000 - 6
North West +35 4 £45,000 -7.69% 1
South West -2 4 £55,000 +37.50%
Yorkshire +3 3 £33,000 -10.81% 1
Midlands +26 2 £57,500 - 1
Scotland +2 1 - -
Wales - 1 £30,000 - 1
East Midlands - 1 £40,000 -

For the 6 months to 18 April 2021, IT jobs citing SSCP 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 SSCP.

1 62 (71.26%) CISSP
2 55 (63.22%) Cybersecurity
3 47 (54.02%) Information Security
4 46 (52.87%) CISM
5 43 (49.43%) Cisco Certification
6 40 (45.98%) GDPR
7 39 (44.83%) Analytical Skills
8 33 (37.93%) Problem-Solving
9 32 (36.78%) Management Information System
10 29 (33.33%) CSSLP
11 27 (31.03%) SIEM
11 27 (31.03%) Disaster Recovery
12 25 (28.74%) Firewall
13 24 (27.59%) Microsoft Certification
13 24 (27.59%) (ISC)2 CCSP
13 24 (27.59%) CompTIA Security+
14 23 (26.44%) Data Protection
14 23 (26.44%) Business Continuity
15 21 (24.14%) Microsoft
15 21 (24.14%) Azure
16 20 (22.99%) MCSE
16 20 (22.99%) ISO/IEC 27001
17 19 (21.84%) CEH
17 19 (21.84%) Linux
18 18 (20.69%) Windows
18 18 (20.69%) DNS
18 18 (20.69%) Cyber Essentials
19 17 (19.54%) Vulnerability Management
19 17 (19.54%) Big Data
20 16 (18.39%) CCNA

SSCP
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 6 (6.90%) Apache Spark
2 4 (4.60%) Exchange Server 2010
2 4 (4.60%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 8 (9.20%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (6.90%) Gephi
Cloud Services
1 21 (24.14%) Azure
2 10 (11.49%) Microsoft 365
3 9 (10.34%) AWS
4 5 (5.75%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (1.15%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 25 (28.74%) Firewall
2 18 (20.69%) DNS
3 9 (10.34%) HTTP
3 9 (10.34%) Network Security
4 7 (8.05%) Intrusion Detection
5 6 (6.90%) Ethernet
5 6 (6.90%) MPLS
5 6 (6.90%) SSL
5 6 (6.90%) TCP/IP
5 6 (6.90%) VPN
6 5 (5.75%) DHCP
7 4 (4.60%) Unified Communications
7 4 (4.60%) VoIP
8 2 (2.30%) SMTP
8 2 (2.30%) Sourcefire
9 1 (1.15%) ICMP
9 1 (1.15%) SNMP
9 1 (1.15%) WAN
9 1 (1.15%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (19.54%) Big Data
2 6 (6.90%) Apache Hive
2 6 (6.90%) Impala
3 4 (4.60%) Relational Database
3 4 (4.60%) SQL Server
3 4 (4.60%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (1.15%) Blockchain
Development Applications
1 7 (8.05%) JIRA
2 6 (6.90%) Bitbucket
2 6 (6.90%) Bitbucket Server
2 6 (6.90%) Git (software)
2 6 (6.90%) git-flow
3 5 (5.75%) Snyk
4 1 (1.15%) Jenkins
General
1 8 (9.20%) Legal
2 7 (8.05%) Finance
3 4 (4.60%) Law
4 1 (1.15%) Banking
4 1 (1.15%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 31 (35.63%) Analyst
2 19 (21.84%) Security Engineer
3 18 (20.69%) Security Analyst
4 12 (13.79%) Consultant
4 12 (13.79%) Cybersecurity Consultant
4 12 (13.79%) Security Consultant
5 11 (12.64%) Cybersecurity Analyst
6 9 (10.34%) Security Manager
7 8 (9.20%) IT Engineer
8 7 (8.05%) Cybersecurity Engineer
8 7 (8.05%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 6 (6.90%) Data Analyst
9 6 (6.90%) Data Science Analyst
9 6 (6.90%) Vulnerability Analyst
10 5 (5.75%) Network Engineer
10 5 (5.75%) Senior Analyst
10 5 (5.75%) Senior Cybersecurity Analyst
10 5 (5.75%) Senior Security Analyst
11 4 (4.60%) Cybersecurity Manager
11 4 (4.60%) IT Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (6.90%) Elastic Stack
1 6 (6.90%) Kafka
2 1 (1.15%) Ember.js
Miscellaneous
1 39 (44.83%) Analytical Skills
2 32 (36.78%) Management Information System
3 7 (8.05%) Cyberthreat
4 6 (6.90%) Analytical Mindset
4 6 (6.90%) Cyber Kill Chain
5 3 (3.45%) FMCG
6 2 (2.30%) Cyberattack
6 2 (2.30%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 2 (2.30%) Enterprise Storage
6 2 (2.30%) Security Operations Centre
7 1 (1.15%) CMDB
7 1 (1.15%) Cyber Defence
7 1 (1.15%) Data Centre
7 1 (1.15%) Data Structures
7 1 (1.15%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 19 (21.84%) Linux
2 18 (20.69%) Windows
3 4 (4.60%) Windows Server
4 3 (3.45%) Unix
5 2 (2.30%) CentOS
5 2 (2.30%) Fedora
5 2 (2.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 2 (2.30%) Ubuntu
6 1 (1.15%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (63.22%) Cybersecurity
2 47 (54.02%) Information Security
3 33 (37.93%) Problem-Solving
4 27 (31.03%) Disaster Recovery
4 27 (31.03%) SIEM
5 23 (26.44%) Business Continuity
5 23 (26.44%) Data Protection
6 17 (19.54%) Vulnerability Management
7 15 (17.24%) Penetration Testing
8 12 (13.79%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 10 (11.49%) Service Management
10 9 (10.34%) Remediation Plan
10 9 (10.34%) Risk Assessment
10 9 (10.34%) Security Management
11 8 (9.20%) ITSM
11 8 (9.20%) Security Monitoring
12 7 (8.05%) Cryptography
12 7 (8.05%) Ethical Hacking
12 7 (8.05%) ITIL
12 7 (8.05%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 11 (12.64%) Python
2 8 (9.20%) Bash Shell
2 8 (9.20%) C
3 6 (6.90%) Perl
3 6 (6.90%) R
4 2 (2.30%) PowerShell
5 1 (1.15%) Java
5 1 (1.15%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 62 (71.26%) CISSP
2 46 (52.87%) CISM
3 43 (49.43%) Cisco Certification
4 29 (33.33%) CSSLP
5 24 (27.59%) (ISC)2 CCSP
5 24 (27.59%) CompTIA Security+
5 24 (27.59%) Microsoft Certification
6 20 (22.99%) MCSE
7 19 (21.84%) CEH
8 16 (18.39%) CCNA
9 13 (14.94%) SANS
10 11 (12.64%) GIAC
11 10 (11.49%) Security Cleared
12 9 (10.34%) Degree
13 8 (9.20%) DV Cleared
13 8 (9.20%) Linux+ Certification
13 8 (9.20%) Network+ Certification
13 8 (9.20%) RHCSA
14 6 (6.90%) CCNP
14 6 (6.90%) OSCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 40 (45.98%) GDPR
2 20 (22.99%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 18 (20.69%) Cyber Essentials
4 13 (14.94%) NIST
5 12 (13.79%) NCSC
5 12 (13.79%) PCI DSS
6 1 (1.15%) COBIT
6 1 (1.15%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 1 (1.15%) ISO 22301
System Software
1 9 (10.34%) Active Directory
2 6 (6.90%) Apache Flume
3 4 (4.60%) Hyper-V
4 2 (2.30%) Docker
4 2 (2.30%) NFS
4 2 (2.30%) Samba
4 2 (2.30%) VirtualBox
4 2 (2.30%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (2.30%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (2.30%) Xen
5 1 (1.15%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 12 (13.79%) SCCM
2 6 (6.90%) Kibana
2 6 (6.90%) Oozie
3 4 (4.60%) Nessus
4 2 (2.30%) Ansible
4 2 (2.30%) Docker Swarm
4 2 (2.30%) Kubernetes
4 2 (2.30%) Nagios
4 2 (2.30%) Norton AntiVirus
4 2 (2.30%) OpenNMS
4 2 (2.30%) Puppet
4 2 (2.30%) vCenter Server
4 2 (2.30%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 21 (24.14%) Microsoft
2 9 (10.34%) Google
2 9 (10.34%) Oracle
3 8 (9.20%) Palo Alto
3 8 (9.20%) Splunk
4 7 (8.05%) Red Hat
5 6 (6.90%) BT
5 6 (6.90%) Cisco
5 6 (6.90%) VMware
6 3 (3.45%) SolarWinds
7 2 (2.30%) Carbon Black
7 2 (2.30%) Cloudera
7 2 (2.30%) Dell
7 2 (2.30%) EMC
7 2 (2.30%) Forcepoint
7 2 (2.30%) Hortonworks
7 2 (2.30%) NetApp
7 2 (2.30%) Proofpoint
7 2 (2.30%) Sophos
7 2 (2.30%) Symantec