Period
to 18 July 2018

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 18 July 2018 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
18 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 791 698 824
Rank change year-on-year -93 +126 -22
Contract jobs citing SANS 69 121 62
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.073% 0.14% 0.061%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.39% 0.70% 0.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 56 101 30
England median daily rate £578 £450 £486
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +28.33% -7.46% +8.06%
10th Percentile £410 £400 £380
90th Percentile £716 £575 £600
UK median daily rate £569 £450 £486
% change year-on-year +26.39% -7.46% +8.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
England median hourly rate - - -
UK median hourly rate - - £70.00

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 17,765 17,316 21,734
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.82% 19.79% 21.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,551 10,622 13,746
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £250 £260 £250
90th Percentile £638 £600 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £403
% change year-on-year +5.88% +5.59% +0.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 864 880 737
England median hourly rate £25.00 £29.92 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.44% +8.80% +23.99%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £12.22
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.50 £50.10
UK median hourly rate £24.55 £30.00 £28.00
% change year-on-year -18.17% +7.14% +24.44%

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 18 July 2018.

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 18 July 2018. 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 -46 38 £600 +33.33% 10
Midlands +7 15 £488 +2.63% 4
West Midlands -10 13 £488 +2.63% 3
East of England +5 7 £548 +21.67% 7
North of England -45 5 £675 +58.82% 4
Yorkshire - 5 £675 -
North East - 4 £675 -
South East -32 3 £575 +27.78% 5
East Midlands - 2 £413 - 1
South West -8 1 £563 +8.17% 5
SANS
UK

For the 6 months to 18 July 2018, 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 55 (79.71%) CISSP
2 45 (65.22%) Information Security
3 38 (55.07%) Cybersecurity
4 24 (34.78%) Security Architecture
5 23 (33.33%) Firewall
6 22 (31.88%) SIEM
7 20 (28.99%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 20 (28.99%) Analytical Skills
7 20 (28.99%) Windows
7 20 (28.99%) Data Loss Prevention
8 19 (27.54%) Unix
8 19 (27.54%) Finance
8 19 (27.54%) CEH
8 19 (27.54%) Network Security
9 18 (26.09%) Risk Management
9 18 (26.09%) CISA
9 18 (26.09%) CISM
9 18 (26.09%) GIAC
9 18 (26.09%) Python
10 17 (24.64%) ITIL
10 17 (24.64%) Management Information System
10 17 (24.64%) Amazon AWS
11 16 (23.19%) Degree
11 16 (23.19%) Security Operations
12 15 (21.74%) Cisco Certification
12 15 (21.74%) Ethical Hacking
12 15 (21.74%) Agile Software Development
13 14 (20.29%) SDLC
14 13 (18.84%) CCNP
14 13 (18.84%) Perl

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 1 (1.45%) Oracle SOA Suite
1 1 (1.45%) SharePoint
Cloud Services
1 17 (24.64%) Amazon AWS
2 6 (8.70%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (5.80%) IaaS
3 4 (5.80%) PaaS
3 4 (5.80%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 23 (33.33%) Firewall
2 19 (27.54%) Network Security
3 11 (15.94%) SAN
4 10 (14.49%) LAN
4 10 (14.49%) MPLS
4 10 (14.49%) SNMP
4 10 (14.49%) VLAN
4 10 (14.49%) WAN
5 7 (10.14%) Intrusion Detection
6 6 (8.70%) X.509
7 4 (5.80%) Software-Defined Networking
8 1 (1.45%) DNS
8 1 (1.45%) Kerberos
8 1 (1.45%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (5.80%) Big Data
1 4 (5.80%) Hadoop
2 3 (4.35%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (1.45%) NoSQL
3 1 (1.45%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (1.45%) CircleCI
1 1 (1.45%) IDA Disassembler
1 1 (1.45%) Jenkins
1 1 (1.45%) Travis CI
General
1 19 (27.54%) Finance
2 11 (15.94%) Legal
3 8 (11.59%) Banking
3 8 (11.59%) Retail
4 2 (2.90%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.45%) Italian Language
5 1 (1.45%) Law
5 1 (1.45%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 16 (23.19%) Architect
1 16 (23.19%) Security Architect
2 10 (14.49%) Security Manager
3 9 (13.04%) Analyst
4 8 (11.59%) Security Analyst
4 8 (11.59%) Security Specialist
5 6 (8.70%) Application Security Specialist
5 6 (8.70%) Applications Specialist
5 6 (8.70%) AWS Specialist
5 6 (8.70%) Cloud Specialist
5 6 (8.70%) Consultant
5 6 (8.70%) Network Manager
5 6 (8.70%) Project Manager
5 6 (8.70%) Security Consultant
5 6 (8.70%) Senior Data Warehouse Specialist
5 6 (8.70%) Senior Security Specialist
6 5 (7.25%) Network Project Manager
7 4 (5.80%) Network Security Manager
7 4 (5.80%) Security Project Manager
7 4 (5.80%) Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (10.14%) Web Services
2 4 (5.80%) Kafka
3 2 (2.90%) Regular Expression
4 1 (1.45%) .NET
4 1 (1.45%) .NET Framework
4 1 (1.45%) JSON
4 1 (1.45%) LDAP
4 1 (1.45%) SailPoint
4 1 (1.45%) SAML
4 1 (1.45%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 20 (28.99%) Analytical Skills
2 17 (24.64%) Management Information System
3 10 (14.49%) PKI
4 8 (11.59%) Computer Science
5 6 (8.70%) Fintech
5 6 (8.70%) Security Operations Centre
6 5 (7.25%) Self-Motivation
7 3 (4.35%) Cyber Kill Chain
7 3 (4.35%) Hybrid Cloud
8 2 (2.90%) Cyber Defence
8 2 (2.90%) Data Centre
9 1 (1.45%) Algorithms
9 1 (1.45%) N-Tier
9 1 (1.45%) SCADA
9 1 (1.45%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 20 (28.99%) Windows
2 19 (27.54%) Unix
3 11 (15.94%) Linux
4 2 (2.90%) AIX
4 2 (2.90%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 2 (2.90%) Solaris
5 1 (1.45%) Apple iOS
5 1 (1.45%) CentOS
5 1 (1.45%) HPUX
5 1 (1.45%) Mac OS
5 1 (1.45%) Mac OS X
5 1 (1.45%) Windows Server
5 1 (1.45%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (65.22%) Information Security
2 38 (55.07%) Cybersecurity
3 24 (34.78%) Security Architecture
4 22 (31.88%) SIEM
5 20 (28.99%) Data Loss Prevention
6 18 (26.09%) Risk Management
7 17 (24.64%) ITIL
8 16 (23.19%) Security Operations
9 15 (21.74%) Agile Software Development
9 15 (21.74%) Ethical Hacking
10 14 (20.29%) SDLC
11 11 (15.94%) Data Protection
11 11 (15.94%) Identity Management
11 11 (15.94%) OWASP
12 10 (14.49%) Information Governance
12 10 (14.49%) Network Design
12 10 (14.49%) Problem-Solving
13 9 (13.04%) Penetration Testing
13 9 (13.04%) Security Hardening
14 8 (11.59%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 18 (26.09%) Python
2 13 (18.84%) Perl
3 12 (17.39%) PowerShell
4 3 (4.35%) Java
4 3 (4.35%) SQL
5 2 (2.90%) C
5 2 (2.90%) C++
5 2 (2.90%) Ruby
6 1 (1.45%) Bash Shell
6 1 (1.45%) C#
6 1 (1.45%) JavaScript
6 1 (1.45%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 55 (79.71%) CISSP
2 19 (27.54%) CEH
3 18 (26.09%) CISA
3 18 (26.09%) CISM
3 18 (26.09%) GIAC
4 16 (23.19%) Degree
5 15 (21.74%) Cisco Certification
6 13 (18.84%) CCNP
7 12 (17.39%) CCNA
8 10 (14.49%) OSCP
9 9 (13.04%) CSSLP
10 6 (8.70%) CRISC
11 5 (7.25%) GCIH
11 5 (7.25%) ISSAP
11 5 (7.25%) ISSEP
11 5 (7.25%) SC Cleared
11 5 (7.25%) Security Cleared
12 4 (5.80%) CISMP
12 4 (5.80%) Computer Science Degree
12 4 (5.80%) CREST Certified
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (28.99%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 11 (15.94%) GDPR
3 6 (8.70%) COBIT
4 4 (5.80%) SLA
5 3 (4.35%) PCI DSS
6 1 (1.45%) Cyber Essentials
6 1 (1.45%) GPG13
6 1 (1.45%) ISAE 3402
6 1 (1.45%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 1 (1.45%) ISO/IEC 27005
6 1 (1.45%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 3 (4.35%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.45%) IAG
Systems Management
1 1 (1.45%) Ansible
1 1 (1.45%) CSIRT
1 1 (1.45%) Kubernetes
1 1 (1.45%) QRadar
1 1 (1.45%) SCCM
1 1 (1.45%) Single Sign-On
1 1 (1.45%) Terraform
Vendors
1 12 (17.39%) Oracle
2 8 (11.59%) Splunk
3 7 (10.14%) ArcSight
3 7 (10.14%) Microsoft
4 6 (8.70%) Cisco
5 5 (7.25%) Red Hat
6 4 (5.80%) Cloudera
6 4 (5.80%) hybris
7 2 (2.90%) Qualys
7 2 (2.90%) ScanSafe
7 2 (2.90%) Symantec
8 1 (1.45%) Adobe
8 1 (1.45%) CheckPoint
8 1 (1.45%) CyberArk
8 1 (1.45%) Forcepoint
8 1 (1.45%) HP
8 1 (1.45%) IBM
8 1 (1.45%) Ivanti
8 1 (1.45%) LogRhythm
8 1 (1.45%) Remedy