Period
to 25 September 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 25 September 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
25 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 943 662 952
Rank change year-on-year -281 +290 -136
Permanent jobs citing SSCP 85 27 147
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.070% 0.055% 0.10%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.32% 0.25% 0.45%
Number of salaries quoted 77 20 112
10th Percentile £43,100 " £36,250
25th Percentile £55,000 £45,000 £42,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £67,500 £62,500 £55,000
Median % change year-on-year +8.00% +13.64% +15.79%
75th Percentile £82,500 £76,063 £65,000
90th Percentile £95,000 £80,000 £70,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £61,000 £47,500 £55,000
% change year-on-year +28.42% -13.64% +22.22%

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 26,281 10,770 33,008
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.53% 22.04% 23.45%
Number of salaries quoted 14,747 8,215 24,384
10th Percentile £31,250 £31,250 £26,750
25th Percentile £40,500 £41,000 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year - +10.00% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £71,250 £66,250
90th Percentile £87,500 £87,500 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £48,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year -2.06% +7.78% -

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 25 September 2021.

Salary histogram for SSCP in the UK

SSCP
Top 13 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 25 September 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 -242 74 £67,500 +5.88% 26
London -191 45 £67,500 -6.90% 9
UK excluding London -224 31 £61,000 +28.42% 18
Work from Home -275 19 £75,000 +66.67% 2
South East - 13 £67,500 - 5
North of England -113 9 £70,421 +56.49% 7
North West -102 7 £70,421 +56.49% 3
South West -85 6 £82,711 +19.01% 1
Midlands - 4 £60,000 - 3
West Midlands - 4 £60,000 - 3
East of England - 4 £43,750 - 1
Scotland -101 3 £50,000 -20.00% 1
Yorkshire -93 2 £60,000 - 4

For the 6 months to 25 September 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 70 (82.35%) CISSP
2 64 (75.29%) Cybersecurity
3 62 (72.94%) Information Security
4 49 (57.65%) CISM
5 45 (52.94%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 41 (48.24%) Cisco Certification
7 36 (42.35%) GDPR
8 31 (36.47%) NIST
9 30 (35.29%) SIEM
10 29 (34.12%) CompTIA Security+
11 24 (28.24%) CISA
12 23 (27.06%) Management Information System
13 22 (25.88%) Degree
13 22 (25.88%) Analytical Skills
13 22 (25.88%) Problem-Solving
14 21 (24.71%) (ISC)2 CCSP
14 21 (24.71%) Penetration Testing
15 20 (23.53%) CCNA
15 20 (23.53%) Vulnerability Management
15 20 (23.53%) Cyber Essentials
16 19 (22.35%) Finance
17 18 (21.18%) CSSLP
18 17 (20.00%) Risk Management
19 16 (18.82%) Azure
19 16 (18.82%) Data Protection
19 16 (18.82%) Security Operations
19 16 (18.82%) NCSC
20 15 (17.65%) Disaster Recovery
21 14 (16.47%) Social Skills
22 13 (15.29%) Firewall

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:

Applications
1 5 (5.88%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 3 (3.53%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 16 (18.82%) Azure
2 12 (14.12%) AWS
3 11 (12.94%) Microsoft 365
4 7 (8.24%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (1.18%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (1.18%) Azure Key Vault
5 1 (1.18%) Azure Sentinel
5 1 (1.18%) GCP
5 1 (1.18%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 13 (15.29%) Firewall
2 9 (10.59%) TCP/IP
3 8 (9.41%) VPN
4 6 (7.06%) DNS
5 5 (5.88%) HTTP
5 5 (5.88%) SMTP
6 3 (3.53%) Internet
6 3 (3.53%) Intrusion Detection
6 3 (3.53%) LAN
6 3 (3.53%) Sourcefire
6 3 (3.53%) WAN
7 2 (2.35%) HTTPS
7 2 (2.35%) Network Security
8 1 (1.18%) DMZ
8 1 (1.18%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.18%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 4 (4.71%) Snyk
General
1 22 (25.88%) Analytical Skills
2 19 (22.35%) Finance
3 14 (16.47%) Social Skills
4 11 (12.94%) Legal
5 9 (10.59%) Law
6 5 (5.88%) Billing
7 4 (4.71%) Marketing
7 4 (4.71%) Pharmaceutical
7 4 (4.71%) Telecoms
8 2 (2.35%) Environmental Health
9 1 (1.18%) Banking
9 1 (1.18%) Inclusion and Diversity
9 1 (1.18%) Influencing Skills
9 1 (1.18%) Organisational Skills
9 1 (1.18%) Presentation Skills
9 1 (1.18%) Public Sector
9 1 (1.18%) Publishing
9 1 (1.18%) Retail
Job Titles
1 24 (28.24%) Analyst
2 18 (21.18%) Consultant
2 18 (21.18%) Security Analyst
3 17 (20.00%) Security Consultant
4 11 (12.94%) Security Specialist
5 10 (11.76%) Security Manager
6 8 (9.41%) Cybersecurity Consultant
6 8 (9.41%) Cybersecurity Specialist
6 8 (9.41%) Senior Consultant
6 8 (9.41%) Senior Security Consultant
7 7 (8.24%) IT Analyst
7 7 (8.24%) IT Security Analyst
8 6 (7.06%) Cybersecurity Analyst
8 6 (7.06%) IT Consultant
8 6 (7.06%) IT Security Consultant
8 6 (7.06%) Senior Cybersecurity Consultant
9 5 (5.88%) Information Manager
9 5 (5.88%) Information Security Manager
9 5 (5.88%) IT Manager
10 4 (4.71%) Infrastructure Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 23 (27.06%) Management Information System
2 10 (11.76%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
3 7 (8.24%) Cyber Defence
3 7 (8.24%) Security Operations Centre
4 5 (5.88%) Clustering
4 5 (5.88%) Self-Motivation
5 4 (4.71%) Cyberthreat
5 4 (4.71%) Public Cloud
6 3 (3.53%) Data Protection Act
7 1 (1.18%) Cloud Native
7 1 (1.18%) Cyberattack
7 1 (1.18%) Mobile App
7 1 (1.18%) Mobile Computing
7 1 (1.18%) PKI
7 1 (1.18%) SCADA
7 1 (1.18%) Smartphone
7 1 (1.18%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 7 (8.24%) Linux
2 5 (5.88%) Windows
3 1 (1.18%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 64 (75.29%) Cybersecurity
2 62 (72.94%) Information Security
3 30 (35.29%) SIEM
4 22 (25.88%) Problem-Solving
5 21 (24.71%) Penetration Testing
6 20 (23.53%) Vulnerability Management
7 17 (20.00%) Risk Management
8 16 (18.82%) Data Protection
8 16 (18.82%) Security Operations
9 15 (17.65%) Disaster Recovery
10 11 (12.94%) Malware Detection/Protection
11 10 (11.76%) Business Continuity
11 10 (11.76%) Security Architecture
11 10 (11.76%) Threat Intelligence
12 8 (9.41%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
12 8 (9.41%) Incident Management
12 8 (9.41%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 8 (9.41%) Vulnerability Scanning
13 7 (8.24%) Internal Audit
13 7 (8.24%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 6 (7.06%) PowerShell
2 5 (5.88%) Python
3 4 (4.71%) Bash Shell
3 4 (4.71%) JavaScript
4 2 (2.35%) SQL
5 1 (1.18%) C
5 1 (1.18%) Java
Qualifications
1 70 (82.35%) CISSP
2 49 (57.65%) CISM
3 41 (48.24%) Cisco Certification
4 29 (34.12%) CompTIA Security+
5 24 (28.24%) CISA
6 22 (25.88%) Degree
7 21 (24.71%) (ISC)2 CCSP
8 20 (23.53%) CCNA
9 18 (21.18%) CSSLP
10 13 (15.29%) CEH
11 10 (11.76%) CCSP
12 9 (10.59%) CCNP
13 8 (9.41%) Security Cleared
14 7 (8.24%) CISMP
14 7 (8.24%) DV Cleared
14 7 (8.24%) MCSE
14 7 (8.24%) Microsoft Certification
14 7 (8.24%) OSCP
15 6 (7.06%) CRISC
15 6 (7.06%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 45 (52.94%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 36 (42.35%) GDPR
3 31 (36.47%) NIST
4 20 (23.53%) Cyber Essentials
5 16 (18.82%) NCSC
6 12 (14.12%) PCI DSS
7 5 (5.88%) GRC
8 4 (4.71%) HIPAA
8 4 (4.71%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 4 (4.71%) SOC 2
9 3 (3.53%) IFRS
10 1 (1.18%) COBIT
System Software
1 5 (5.88%) Active Directory
2 4 (4.71%) Hyper-V
2 4 (4.71%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (3.53%) Firmware
4 1 (1.18%) Docker
Systems Management
1 8 (9.41%) CASB
2 4 (4.71%) SCCM
3 3 (3.53%) Nessus
3 3 (3.53%) QRadar
4 1 (1.18%) Ansible
4 1 (1.18%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 10 (11.76%) Microsoft
2 5 (5.88%) Google
2 5 (5.88%) Palo Alto
3 4 (4.71%) LogRhythm
3 4 (4.71%) Red Hat
3 4 (4.71%) Splunk
3 4 (4.71%) VMware
4 2 (2.35%) CheckPoint
4 2 (2.35%) Cisco
5 1 (1.18%) Alteryx
5 1 (1.18%) ArcSight
5 1 (1.18%) Darktrace
5 1 (1.18%) Oracle
5 1 (1.18%) Qualys
5 1 (1.18%) Rapid7