Period
to 21 October 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 21 October 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
21 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 799 751 799
Rank change year-on-year -48 +48 +21
Contract jobs citing SANS 54 100 84
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.058% 0.11% 0.085%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.31% 0.58% 0.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 73 46
England median daily rate £588 £500 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.50% +11.11% -5.26%
10th Percentile £428 £413 £341
90th Percentile £688 £635 £595
UK median daily rate £575 £500 £450
% change year-on-year +15.00% +11.11% -5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
England median hourly rate - - £35.00
UK median hourly rate - - £52.50

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 17,332 17,242 20,645
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.53% 18.87% 20.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,281 10,540 12,861
England median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £250 £240 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £594
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 844 817 746
England median hourly rate £25.00 £26.00 £25.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.85% +0.97% +11.96%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £51.00 £49.75 £47.92
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £27.00
% change year-on-year -9.09% +1.85% +12.50%

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 21 October 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 21 October 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 -43 26 £600 +14.29% 22
Midlands -10 10 £513 - 4
South East -29 8 £600 +23.08%
West Midlands -12 7 £513 +7.89% 4
North of England -33 5 £675 +58.82% 10
East of England +12 4 - - 3
Yorkshire -17 4 £675 - 5
East Midlands - 3 £413 -
North East - 3 £675 -
North West -25 1 £500 +17.65% 5
South West -30 1 - - 10
SANS
UK

For the 6 months to 21 October 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 47 (87.04%) CISSP
2 41 (75.93%) Cybersecurity
3 30 (55.56%) Information Security
4 22 (40.74%) CISM
5 21 (38.89%) SIEM
6 17 (31.48%) CEH
6 17 (31.48%) Windows
7 16 (29.63%) GIAC
7 16 (29.63%) Degree
7 16 (29.63%) Security Architecture
8 15 (27.78%) Security Cleared
8 15 (27.78%) Risk Management
9 14 (25.93%) Python
9 14 (25.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 14 (25.93%) Analytical Skills
10 13 (24.07%) Firewall
10 13 (24.07%) Cisco Certification
11 12 (22.22%) CISA
11 12 (22.22%) Agile Software Development
11 12 (22.22%) CRISC
12 11 (20.37%) Network Security
12 11 (20.37%) Management Information System
12 11 (20.37%) Finance
12 11 (20.37%) Linux
13 10 (18.52%) Unix
13 10 (18.52%) ITIL
13 10 (18.52%) GCIH
13 10 (18.52%) Security Operations
13 10 (18.52%) Data Loss Prevention
14 9 (16.67%) Penetration Testing

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 3 (5.56%) Apache Pig
2 1 (1.85%) IBM Domino
2 1 (1.85%) MS Exchange
Cloud Services
1 3 (5.56%) Amazon AWS
1 3 (5.56%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (3.70%) IaaS
2 2 (3.70%) PaaS
2 2 (3.70%) SaaS
3 1 (1.85%) G Suite
3 1 (1.85%) Mimecast
3 1 (1.85%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 13 (24.07%) Firewall
2 11 (20.37%) Network Security
3 5 (9.26%) LAN
3 5 (9.26%) MPLS
3 5 (9.26%) SAN
3 5 (9.26%) SNMP
3 5 (9.26%) VLAN
3 5 (9.26%) WAN
4 4 (7.41%) SSL
4 4 (7.41%) TCP/IP
5 3 (5.56%) HTTP
6 2 (3.70%) DKIM
6 2 (3.70%) DMARC
6 2 (3.70%) DNS
6 2 (3.70%) Software-Defined Networking
7 1 (1.85%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (14.81%) Big Data
1 8 (14.81%) Hadoop
2 3 (5.56%) Apache Hive
2 3 (5.56%) MySQL
2 3 (5.56%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.85%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 3 (5.56%) Atlassian Bamboo
1 3 (5.56%) Bitbucket
1 3 (5.56%) CodeSonar
1 3 (5.56%) Git (software)
1 3 (5.56%) git-flow
1 3 (5.56%) JIRA
1 3 (5.56%) Robot Framework
1 3 (5.56%) Selenium
General
1 11 (20.37%) Finance
2 7 (12.96%) Legal
3 5 (9.26%) Retail
4 2 (3.70%) Italian Language
5 1 (1.85%) Banking
5 1 (1.85%) Law
5 1 (1.85%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 15 (27.78%) Architect
2 14 (25.93%) Analyst
2 14 (25.93%) Security Architect
3 8 (14.81%) Security Analyst
4 6 (11.11%) Security Specialist
5 5 (9.26%) SOC Analyst
6 4 (7.41%) Cybersecurity Specialist
6 4 (7.41%) Security Manager
7 3 (5.56%) Designer
7 3 (5.56%) Information Analyst
7 3 (5.56%) Information Security Analyst
7 3 (5.56%) Risk Manager
7 3 (5.56%) Security Designer
7 3 (5.56%) Software Engineer
8 2 (3.70%) Consultant
8 2 (3.70%) Infrastructure Specialist
8 2 (3.70%) Operations Analyst
8 2 (3.70%) Penetration Tester
8 2 (3.70%) Project Manager
8 2 (3.70%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (9.26%) Kafka
2 4 (7.41%) ModSecurity
3 3 (5.56%) .NET
3 3 (5.56%) .NET Framework
3 3 (5.56%) ASP.NET
3 3 (5.56%) Django
3 3 (5.56%) Java EE
3 3 (5.56%) LAMP
3 3 (5.56%) Node.js
3 3 (5.56%) RabbitMQ
3 3 (5.56%) REST
3 3 (5.56%) SOAP
3 3 (5.56%) Spring MVC
3 3 (5.56%) STL
4 2 (3.70%) Regular Expression
5 1 (1.85%) JSON
5 1 (1.85%) LDAP
5 1 (1.85%) SailPoint
5 1 (1.85%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 14 (25.93%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (20.37%) Management Information System
3 7 (12.96%) Computer Science
3 7 (12.96%) Security Operations Centre
4 5 (9.26%) Cyberattack
5 4 (7.41%) Cyber Defence
6 2 (3.70%) Cyber Kill Chain
6 2 (3.70%) Hybrid Cloud
6 2 (3.70%) PKI
6 2 (3.70%) Self-Motivation
7 1 (1.85%) Smart Energy
7 1 (1.85%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 17 (31.48%) Windows
2 11 (20.37%) Linux
3 10 (18.52%) Unix
4 4 (7.41%) Apple iOS
4 4 (7.41%) Mac OS X
5 3 (5.56%) Android
6 2 (3.70%) AIX
6 2 (3.70%) Mac OS
6 2 (3.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (3.70%) Solaris
7 1 (1.85%) CentOS
7 1 (1.85%) HPUX
7 1 (1.85%) Windows Server
7 1 (1.85%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (75.93%) Cybersecurity
2 30 (55.56%) Information Security
3 21 (38.89%) SIEM
4 16 (29.63%) Security Architecture
5 15 (27.78%) Risk Management
6 12 (22.22%) Agile Software Development
7 10 (18.52%) Data Loss Prevention
7 10 (18.52%) ITIL
7 10 (18.52%) Security Operations
8 9 (16.67%) Penetration Testing
9 8 (14.81%) Reverse Engineering
9 8 (14.81%) Security Management
10 7 (12.96%) Ethical Hacking
10 7 (12.96%) SDLC
10 7 (12.96%) Stakeholder Management
11 6 (11.11%) Analytics
11 6 (11.11%) Data Protection
11 6 (11.11%) Identity Management
12 5 (9.26%) Mathematics
12 5 (9.26%) Visualisation
Programming Languages
1 14 (25.93%) Python
2 9 (16.67%) PowerShell
3 8 (14.81%) Perl
4 5 (9.26%) C
4 5 (9.26%) C++
4 5 (9.26%) Java
5 4 (7.41%) JavaScript
6 3 (5.56%) Bash Shell
6 3 (5.56%) C#
6 3 (5.56%) Objective-C
6 3 (5.56%) PHP
7 2 (3.70%) Ruby
8 1 (1.85%) Shell Script
8 1 (1.85%) SQL
Qualifications
1 47 (87.04%) CISSP
2 22 (40.74%) CISM
3 17 (31.48%) CEH
4 16 (29.63%) Degree
4 16 (29.63%) GIAC
5 15 (27.78%) Security Cleared
6 13 (24.07%) Cisco Certification
7 12 (22.22%) CISA
7 12 (22.22%) CRISC
8 10 (18.52%) GCIH
9 9 (16.67%) CCNA
9 9 (16.67%) CREST Certified
9 9 (16.67%) DV Cleared
10 7 (12.96%) CCNP
11 6 (11.11%) CompTIA Security+
11 6 (11.11%) SSCP
12 5 (9.26%) ISSAP
12 5 (9.26%) ISSEP
12 5 (9.26%) MCSE
12 5 (9.26%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (25.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 6 (11.11%) GDPR
3 4 (7.41%) COBIT
4 2 (3.70%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (1.85%) ISAE 3402
5 1 (1.85%) ISO/IEC 27005
5 1 (1.85%) NIST 800
5 1 (1.85%) PCI DSS
5 1 (1.85%) PSD2
System Software
1 3 (5.56%) Docker
1 3 (5.56%) vSphere
2 2 (3.70%) Active Directory
3 1 (1.85%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 5 (9.26%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
2 3 (5.56%) Puppet
2 3 (5.56%) Salt
3 2 (3.70%) EnCase
3 2 (3.70%) FTK
4 1 (1.85%) CASB
4 1 (1.85%) CSIRT
4 1 (1.85%) Host Intrusion Detection System
4 1 (1.85%) McAfee ePO
4 1 (1.85%) Norton AntiVirus
4 1 (1.85%) QRadar
4 1 (1.85%) SCCM
Vendors
1 8 (14.81%) Microsoft
1 8 (14.81%) Splunk
2 6 (11.11%) ArcSight
2 6 (11.11%) Oracle
3 5 (9.26%) Cisco
3 5 (9.26%) Cloudera
3 5 (9.26%) LogRhythm
4 4 (7.41%) Red Hat
5 3 (5.56%) Symantec
6 2 (3.70%) CheckPoint
6 2 (3.70%) Forcepoint
6 2 (3.70%) IBM
6 2 (3.70%) Remedy
7 1 (1.85%) Adobe
7 1 (1.85%) Blue Coat
7 1 (1.85%) Citrix
7 1 (1.85%) CyberArk
7 1 (1.85%) Dell
7 1 (1.85%) McAfee
7 1 (1.85%) Sophos