Period
to 16 December 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for SANS qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 16 December 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

SANS Institute
UK > England
6 months to
16 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 746 758 818
Rank change year-on-year +12 +60 -27
Contract jobs citing SANS 99 103 58
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.10% 0.11% 0.056%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.56% 0.53% 0.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 69 68 35
England median daily rate £500 £453 £550
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.50% -17.73% +15.79%
10th Percentile £413 £370 £410
90th Percentile £678 £579 £630
UK median daily rate £500 £453 £550
% change year-on-year +10.50% -17.73% +18.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
England median hourly rate - £35.00 -
UK median hourly rate - £35.00 -

SANS is in the Academic Qualifications and Professional Certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
England
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 17704 19332 20862
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.75% 20.26% 20.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 10888 12096 12782
England median daily rate £435 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.35% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £230 £245 £250
90th Percentile £613 £600 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £420 £400
% change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% +1.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 814 778 998
England median hourly rate £25.00 £25.50 £23.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.96% +7.37% +25.00%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £49.75 £47.50 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £25.69 £25.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +0.75% +2.00% +31.58%

SANS
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing SANS as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for SANS in England

SANS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing SANS in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for SANS in England

SANS
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SANS in England over the 6 months to 16 December 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SANS in England

SANS
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SANS within the England region over the 6 months to 16 December 2017. 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
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -23 44 £563 +15.38% 12
South East -7 27 £500 -4.76%
North of England +23 12 £425 -5.56% 4
North West -21 11 £425 -5.56% 2
Midlands +29 8 £475 +11.76% 3
West Midlands +29 7 £475 +11.76% 3
South West -3 5 £588 +29.83%
East of England - 1 - - 1
Yorkshire - 1 - - 2
SANS
UK

For the 6 months to 16 December 2017, IT contractor jobs citing SANS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region with a requirement for SANS.

1 75 (75.76%) CISSP
2 72 (72.73%) Information Security
3 61 (61.62%) Cybersecurity
4 55 (55.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 40 (40.40%) Firewall
6 38 (38.38%) CISM
7 37 (37.37%) Windows
8 30 (30.30%) SIEM
9 28 (28.28%) Vulnerability Management
10 27 (27.27%) SSCP
11 26 (26.26%) Unix
11 26 (26.26%) Splunk
11 26 (26.26%) PCI DSS
12 25 (25.25%) Linux
12 25 (25.25%) GDPR
13 24 (24.24%) Finance
13 24 (24.24%) Degree
14 23 (23.23%) GIAC
15 22 (22.22%) Management Information System
15 22 (22.22%) Qualys
16 20 (20.20%) Data Protection
17 19 (19.19%) Amazon AWS
18 17 (17.17%) Computer Security
18 17 (17.17%) SAN
18 17 (17.17%) McAfee
19 16 (16.16%) COBIT
19 16 (16.16%) OWASP
19 16 (16.16%) Security Architecture
20 15 (15.15%) Mimecast
20 15 (15.15%) Cisco Certification

SANS
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 2 (2.02%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 1 (1.01%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 1 (1.01%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 19 (19.19%) Amazon AWS
2 15 (15.15%) Mimecast
3 11 (11.11%) Microsoft Azure
4 7 (7.07%) Cloud Computing
4 7 (7.07%) IaaS
5 3 (3.03%) SaaS
6 2 (2.02%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 40 (40.40%) Firewall
2 17 (17.17%) SAN
3 14 (14.14%) LAN
3 14 (14.14%) WAN
4 13 (13.13%) TCP/IP
5 12 (12.12%) Network Security
6 9 (9.09%) VoIP
6 9 (9.09%) VPN
7 7 (7.07%) Intrusion Detection
8 5 (5.05%) MPLS
8 5 (5.05%) SNMP
8 5 (5.05%) VLAN
9 2 (2.02%) Kerberos
9 2 (2.02%) LDAP
10 1 (1.01%) X.509
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (3.03%) Oracle Reports
2 2 (2.02%) Redis
3 1 (1.01%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 2 (2.02%) Metasploit
General
1 24 (24.24%) Finance
2 7 (7.07%) Legal
3 5 (5.05%) Telecoms
4 4 (4.04%) Retail
5 2 (2.02%) Banking
5 2 (2.02%) Law
6 1 (1.01%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 35 (35.35%) Analyst
2 33 (33.33%) Security Analyst
3 21 (21.21%) Information Analyst
3 21 (21.21%) Information Security Analyst
4 14 (14.14%) Architect
4 14 (14.14%) Consultant
5 13 (13.13%) Security Architect
6 12 (12.12%) Security Consultant
7 11 (11.11%) Cybersecurity Analyst
8 9 (9.09%) Security Specialist
9 8 (8.08%) CISSP Consultant
10 6 (6.06%) Cybersecurity Specialist
10 6 (6.06%) Security Manager
11 5 (5.05%) Cloud Specialist
11 5 (5.05%) Penetration Tester
11 5 (5.05%) Splunk Analyst
11 5 (5.05%) Tester
12 4 (4.04%) DevOps Specialist
12 4 (4.04%) Information Architect
12 4 (4.04%) Information Security Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (9.09%) Elastic Stack
2 3 (3.03%) Web Services
3 2 (2.02%) Regular Expression
3 2 (2.02%) SAML
4 1 (1.01%) COM
4 1 (1.01%) SailPoint
4 1 (1.01%) VML
Miscellaneous
1 22 (22.22%) Management Information System
2 10 (10.10%) Cyber Attack
2 10 (10.10%) PKI
3 5 (5.05%) Data Centre
4 4 (4.04%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (4.04%) Hybrid Cloud
5 3 (3.03%) Cyberthreat
5 3 (3.03%) Reinsurance
5 3 (3.03%) Security Operations Centre
6 2 (2.02%) Algorithms
6 2 (2.02%) CESG
6 2 (2.02%) N-Tier
7 1 (1.01%) Computer Science
7 1 (1.01%) Public Cloud
7 1 (1.01%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 37 (37.37%) Windows
2 26 (26.26%) Unix
3 25 (25.25%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 72 (72.73%) Information Security
2 61 (61.62%) Cybersecurity
3 30 (30.30%) SIEM
4 28 (28.28%) Vulnerability Management
5 20 (20.20%) Data Protection
6 17 (17.17%) Computer Security
7 16 (16.16%) OWASP
7 16 (16.16%) Security Architecture
8 15 (15.15%) Security Operations
9 14 (14.14%) Vulnerability Assessment
10 12 (12.12%) Data Privacy
10 12 (12.12%) Patch Management
11 11 (11.11%) Agile Software Development
11 11 (11.11%) Information Assurance
11 11 (11.11%) Penetration Testing
12 10 (10.10%) Risk Management
12 10 (10.10%) Vulnerability Scanning
13 9 (9.09%) Analytics
13 9 (9.09%) Case Management
13 9 (9.09%) Network Design
Programming Languages
1 11 (11.11%) Python
2 8 (8.08%) PowerShell
3 7 (7.07%) Perl
4 3 (3.03%) C
4 3 (3.03%) SQL
5 2 (2.02%) Shell Script
6 1 (1.01%) C++
6 1 (1.01%) Java
Qualifications
1 75 (75.76%) CISSP
2 38 (38.38%) CISM
3 27 (27.27%) SSCP
4 24 (24.24%) Degree
5 23 (23.23%) GIAC
6 15 (15.15%) Cisco Certification
7 14 (14.14%) GCIA
7 14 (14.14%) GCIH
8 10 (10.10%) Security Cleared
9 8 (8.08%) CCNP
9 8 (8.08%) CEH
10 7 (7.07%) (ISC)2 CCSP
10 7 (7.07%) CCNA
10 7 (7.07%) SC Cleared
11 6 (6.06%) CREST Certified
12 4 (4.04%) CLAS
12 4 (4.04%) Network+ Certification
12 4 (4.04%) Novell Certification
13 3 (3.03%) DV Cleared
13 3 (3.03%) ISSAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 55 (55.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 26 (26.26%) PCI DSS
3 25 (25.25%) GDPR
4 16 (16.16%) COBIT
5 13 (13.13%) NIST 800
6 9 (9.09%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 7 (7.07%) PA-DSS
8 5 (5.05%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 4 (4.04%) SAS 70
10 3 (3.03%) ISO/IEC 27005
11 2 (2.02%) Cyber Essentials
11 2 (2.02%) SLA
12 1 (1.01%) HIPAA
System Software
1 10 (10.10%) Virtual Machines
2 4 (4.04%) Active Directory
3 2 (2.02%) IAG
Systems Management
1 10 (10.10%) McAfee ePO
1 10 (10.10%) Nessus
2 9 (9.09%) Nmap
2 9 (9.09%) QRadar
3 8 (8.08%) Host Intrusion Detection System
4 7 (7.07%) Nexpose
5 5 (5.05%) CSIRT
6 2 (2.02%) Kibana
6 2 (2.02%) logstash
7 1 (1.01%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
7 1 (1.01%) SCCM
Vendors
1 26 (26.26%) Splunk
2 22 (22.22%) Qualys
3 17 (17.17%) McAfee
4 14 (14.14%) Tufin
5 11 (11.11%) Cisco
6 10 (10.10%) ArcSight
6 10 (10.10%) Blue Coat
6 10 (10.10%) CheckPoint
6 10 (10.10%) Dell
6 10 (10.10%) FireEye
7 9 (9.09%) Apple
8 8 (8.08%) Microsoft
8 8 (8.08%) Snow
9 7 (7.07%) Intel
9 7 (7.07%) Oracle
9 7 (7.07%) ServiceNow
10 5 (5.05%) AlienVault
11 3 (3.03%) Acunetix
11 3 (3.03%) IBM
11 3 (3.03%) Sun