Period
to 15 November 2019

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 15 November 2019 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
15 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 650 791 759
Rank change year-on-year +141 -32 +30
Contract jobs citing SANS 116 61 97
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.15% 0.064% 0.10%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.74% 0.34% 0.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 65 37 69
England median daily rate £575 £575 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +15.00% +11.11%
10th Percentile £377 £394 £413
90th Percentile £725 £688 £650
UK median daily rate £550 £550 £525
% change year-on-year - +4.76% +16.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 0 0
England median hourly rate £42.50 - -
UK median hourly rate £42.50 - -

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 15,668 17,847 17,907
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 20.44% 18.74% 18.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,658 10,575 10,982
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +0.59%
10th Percentile £263 £256 £231
90th Percentile £650 £625 £600
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 736 864 847
England median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £25.69
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.00% -2.69% +2.76%
10th Percentile £14.44 £12.83 £12.00
90th Percentile £60.00 £51.00 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £26.50
% change year-on-year +40.00% -5.66% +1.92%

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 15 November 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SANS in England

SANS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing SANS in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend 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 15 November 2019. 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 +117 57 £550 -8.33% 11
South East +54 20 £550 -4.35% 4
South West +13 19 £681 - 1
North of England +32 8 £638 -5.56% 1
East of England +46 7 £390 - 1
Yorkshire +30 7 £650 -3.70%
West Midlands +39 4 £525 +2.44% 4
Midlands +32 4 £525 +5.00% 4
North West +26 1 £225 -55.00% 1
SANS
UK

For the 6 months to 15 November 2019, IT contractor jobs citing SANS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region with a requirement for SANS.

1 61 (52.59%) CISSP
1 61 (52.59%) Information Security
2 53 (45.69%) OWASP
3 52 (44.83%) Cybersecurity
4 42 (36.21%) GIAC
5 40 (34.48%) SIEM
6 35 (30.17%) Security Architecture
6 35 (30.17%) NIST
7 32 (27.59%) Firewall
8 30 (25.86%) Finance
9 29 (25.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 28 (24.14%) Management Information System
11 26 (22.41%) Cisco Certification
12 25 (21.55%) CISM
12 25 (21.55%) Penetration Testing
12 25 (21.55%) Vulnerability Management
13 24 (20.69%) TOGAF
13 24 (20.69%) Security Management
14 23 (19.83%) Degree
14 23 (19.83%) Burp Suite
15 22 (18.97%) AWS
16 21 (18.10%) Azure
16 21 (18.10%) Security Testing
17 20 (17.24%) Risk Management
18 19 (16.38%) Windows
18 19 (16.38%) Agile Software Development
18 19 (16.38%) Threat Intelligence
19 18 (15.52%) Ethical Hacking
19 18 (15.52%) CEH
20 16 (13.79%) Nessus

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 7 (6.03%) Confluence
2 1 (0.86%) Apache Spark
2 1 (0.86%) Elasticsearch
2 1 (0.86%) OpenStack
Applications
1 2 (1.72%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.86%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.86%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 22 (18.97%) AWS
2 21 (18.10%) Azure
3 7 (6.03%) OpenShift
4 3 (2.59%) SaaS
5 2 (1.72%) Basecamp
5 2 (1.72%) IaaS
5 2 (1.72%) PaaS
6 1 (0.86%) GCP
6 1 (0.86%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 32 (27.59%) Firewall
2 13 (11.21%) Intrusion Detection
3 9 (7.76%) TCP/IP
4 8 (6.90%) Cisco ASA
4 8 (6.90%) Wireshark
5 7 (6.03%) Internet
6 6 (5.17%) Network Security
7 5 (4.31%) DNS
7 5 (4.31%) SAN
8 3 (2.59%) LAN
8 3 (2.59%) MPLS
8 3 (2.59%) SNMP
8 3 (2.59%) WAN
9 2 (1.72%) IPsec
9 2 (1.72%) Software-Defined Networking
9 2 (1.72%) SSL
9 2 (1.72%) VLAN
9 2 (1.72%) VPN
10 1 (0.86%) DMVPN
10 1 (0.86%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.72%) Big Data
2 1 (0.86%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (0.86%) RDBMS
2 1 (0.86%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 23 (19.83%) Burp Suite
2 7 (6.03%) Jenkins
2 7 (6.03%) JIRA
3 5 (4.31%) AppScan
4 4 (3.45%) Bitbucket
4 4 (3.45%) Git (software)
4 4 (3.45%) Metasploit
5 3 (2.59%) Visual Studio
6 2 (1.72%) SoapUI
7 1 (0.86%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 1 (0.86%) git-flow
7 1 (0.86%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 30 (25.86%) Finance
2 14 (12.07%) Retail
3 7 (6.03%) Law
3 7 (6.03%) Legal
4 6 (5.17%) Public Sector
5 5 (4.31%) Telecoms
6 4 (3.45%) Electronics
6 4 (3.45%) Manufacturing
6 4 (3.45%) Marketing
7 2 (1.72%) Banking
8 1 (0.86%) Arabic Language
8 1 (0.86%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.86%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.86%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 36 (31.03%) Architect
2 34 (29.31%) Security Architect
3 27 (23.28%) Analyst
4 19 (16.38%) Security Analyst
5 12 (10.34%) Security Engineer
6 11 (9.48%) Tester
7 9 (7.76%) SOC Analyst
8 7 (6.03%) Security Tester
9 6 (5.17%) Penetration Tester
9 6 (5.17%) Security Specialist
9 6 (5.17%) Senior Analyst
10 5 (4.31%) Cloud Architect
10 5 (4.31%) Cybersecurity Analyst
10 5 (4.31%) DevSecOps Architect
10 5 (4.31%) IT Manager
10 5 (4.31%) IT Risk Manager
10 5 (4.31%) Risk Manager
11 4 (3.45%) Application Security Specialist
11 4 (3.45%) CISSP Architect
11 4 (3.45%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (12.07%) .NET
2 9 (7.76%) Web Services
3 4 (3.45%) ASP.NET
3 4 (3.45%) Middleware
4 3 (2.59%) .NET Core
4 3 (2.59%) .NET Framework
4 3 (2.59%) Ajax
4 3 (2.59%) HTML
4 3 (2.59%) JSON
4 3 (2.59%) RESTful
4 3 (2.59%) XML
5 2 (1.72%) Spring
6 1 (0.86%) Elastic Stack
6 1 (0.86%) GraphQL
6 1 (0.86%) Node.js
6 1 (0.86%) React
6 1 (0.86%) REST
6 1 (0.86%) Spring MVC
6 1 (0.86%) Struts
6 1 (0.86%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 28 (24.14%) Management Information System
2 11 (9.48%) Public Cloud
3 8 (6.90%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (5.17%) PKI
5 5 (4.31%) Cyberattack
5 5 (4.31%) Self-Motivation
6 4 (3.45%) Data Centre
6 4 (3.45%) Driving Licence
6 4 (3.45%) Enterprise Software
6 4 (3.45%) Grid Computing
6 4 (3.45%) Security Operations Centre
7 3 (2.59%) Data Protection Act
7 3 (2.59%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 2 (1.72%) Freedom of Information
8 2 (1.72%) Freedom of Information Act
8 2 (1.72%) Hybrid Cloud
8 2 (1.72%) Private Cloud
9 1 (0.86%) e-Learning
Operating Systems
1 19 (16.38%) Windows
2 14 (12.07%) Linux
3 8 (6.90%) Windows 10
4 7 (6.03%) Unix
5 5 (4.31%) Android
5 5 (4.31%) Apple iOS
6 3 (2.59%) Kali Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 61 (52.59%) Information Security
2 53 (45.69%) OWASP
3 52 (44.83%) Cybersecurity
4 40 (34.48%) SIEM
5 35 (30.17%) Security Architecture
6 25 (21.55%) Penetration Testing
6 25 (21.55%) Vulnerability Management
7 24 (20.69%) Security Management
7 24 (20.69%) TOGAF
8 21 (18.10%) Security Testing
9 20 (17.24%) Risk Management
10 19 (16.38%) Agile Software Development
10 19 (16.38%) Threat Intelligence
11 18 (15.52%) Ethical Hacking
12 16 (13.79%) SDLC
12 16 (13.79%) Security Operations
13 13 (11.21%) Computer Science
13 13 (11.21%) Continuous Improvement
13 13 (11.21%) SABSA
14 12 (10.34%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 16 (13.79%) C
2 14 (12.07%) Python
3 11 (9.48%) Java
4 9 (7.76%) C++
5 8 (6.90%) C#
6 6 (5.17%) Perl
6 6 (5.17%) PowerShell
7 5 (4.31%) PHP
8 4 (3.45%) JavaScript
9 3 (2.59%) Objective-C
9 3 (2.59%) Shell Script
10 2 (1.72%) SQL
11 1 (0.86%) Go
Qualifications
1 61 (52.59%) CISSP
2 42 (36.21%) GIAC
3 26 (22.41%) Cisco Certification
4 25 (21.55%) CISM
5 23 (19.83%) Degree
6 18 (15.52%) CEH
7 13 (11.21%) CLAS
7 13 (11.21%) OSCP
8 12 (10.34%) CCNA
8 12 (10.34%) TOGAF Certification
9 11 (9.48%) Computer Science Degree
9 11 (9.48%) CREST Certified
10 10 (8.62%) (ISC)2 CCSP
10 10 (8.62%) CISA
11 9 (7.76%) Security Cleared
12 8 (6.90%) CCSP
12 8 (6.90%) SC Cleared
13 7 (6.03%) DV Cleared
13 7 (6.03%) GWAPT
13 7 (6.03%) OSCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (30.17%) NIST
2 29 (25.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 14 (12.07%) COBIT
4 13 (11.21%) PCI DSS
5 12 (10.34%) GDPR
5 12 (10.34%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 9 (7.76%) HIPAA
6 9 (7.76%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 5 (4.31%) Cyber Essentials
8 4 (3.45%) Web Application Security Consortium
9 2 (1.72%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 1 (0.86%) ISO 31000
10 1 (0.86%) NIST 800
10 1 (0.86%) PMO
System Software
1 8 (6.90%) Docker
2 2 (1.72%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 16 (13.79%) Nessus
2 7 (6.03%) Kubernetes
2 7 (6.03%) Nmap
3 4 (3.45%) WebInspect
4 3 (2.59%) McAfee ePO
4 3 (2.59%) Single Sign-On
5 2 (1.72%) CSIRT
5 2 (1.72%) HP Fortify
5 2 (1.72%) Puppet
5 2 (1.72%) QRadar
6 1 (0.86%) CASB
6 1 (0.86%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
6 1 (0.86%) Terraform
Vendors
1 15 (12.93%) Microsoft
2 13 (11.21%) Cisco
3 12 (10.34%) McAfee
3 12 (10.34%) Rapid7
4 11 (9.48%) ArcSight
4 11 (9.48%) Qualys
5 7 (6.03%) Acunetix
6 5 (4.31%) IBM
6 5 (4.31%) Splunk
6 5 (4.31%) Veracode
7 4 (3.45%) HP
7 4 (3.45%) SAP
8 3 (2.59%) Darktrace
8 3 (2.59%) LogRhythm
8 3 (2.59%) Mercator
8 3 (2.59%) Netsparker
8 3 (2.59%) Salesforce.com
9 2 (1.72%) CheckPoint
9 2 (1.72%) Juniper
9 2 (1.72%) Palo Alto