Period
to 1 December 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for SOC 2 skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited SOC 2 over the 6 months to 1 December 2021 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.

System and Organization Controls (SOC) 2
UK > England
6 months to
1 Dec 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 708 530 734
Rank change year-on-year -178 +204 +133
Contract jobs citing SOC 2 59 5 24
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.083% 0.016% 0.033%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 0.65% 0.14% 0.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 42 1 8
10th Percentile £420 " £442
25th Percentile £516 £675 £463
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £566 £700 £563
Median % change year-on-year -19.11% +24.44% +15.38%
75th Percentile £645 £725 £691
90th Percentile £748 " £756
UK median daily rate £573 £700 £550
% change year-on-year -18.21% +27.27% +10.00%

SOC 2 is in the Quality Assurance and Compliance 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 quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 9,088 3,684 8,349
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 12.75% 11.90% 11.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,154 2,427 5,387
10th Percentile £263 £280 £250
25th Percentile £400 £363 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £450
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
75th Percentile £600 £575 £550
90th Percentile £700 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 258 168 327
10th Percentile £11.36 £10.75 £11.08
25th Percentile £14.00 £14.00 £14.50
Median hourly rate £21.00 £22.66 £20.11
Median % change year-on-year -7.33% +12.71% -0.69%
75th Percentile £46.50 £45.00 £47.50
90th Percentile £65.00 £57.50 £53.75
UK median hourly rate £20.06 £22.66 £20.00
% change year-on-year -11.50% +13.30% -1.21%

SOC 2
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing SOC 2 as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for SOC 2 in England

SOC 2
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing SOC 2 in England.

Daily rate trend for SOC 2 in England

SOC 2
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing SOC 2 in England over the 6 months to 1 December 2021.

Daily rate histogram for SOC 2 in England

SOC 2
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 SOC 2 within the England region over the 6 months to 1 December 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
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -160 47 £575 -17.86% 16
East of England -52 4 £425 - 2
North of England - 4 £513 - 2
North West - 4 £513 - 2
East Midlands - 2 £775 -
Midlands - 2 £775 -
SOC 2
UK

For the 6 months to 1 December 2021, IT contractor jobs citing SOC 2 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 SOC 2.

1 32 (54.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 31 (52.54%) Azure
3 23 (38.98%) Cybersecurity
4 19 (32.20%) CISSP
5 18 (30.51%) Risk Management
5 18 (30.51%) Finance
5 18 (30.51%) PCI DSS
5 18 (30.51%) NIST
6 17 (28.81%) CISM
6 17 (28.81%) Information Security
7 13 (22.03%) Social Skills
8 11 (18.64%) CISA
8 11 (18.64%) GDPR
9 10 (16.95%) SOC 1
9 10 (16.95%) Microsoft 365
9 10 (16.95%) Firewall
9 10 (16.95%) Windows
9 10 (16.95%) Security Architecture
10 9 (15.25%) SQL Server
10 9 (15.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 8 (13.56%) SaaS
11 8 (13.56%) PaaS
11 8 (13.56%) IaaS
11 8 (13.56%) DevOps
12 7 (11.86%) Security Operations
12 7 (11.86%) GRC
12 7 (11.86%) AWS
12 7 (11.86%) PowerShell
12 7 (11.86%) Microsoft
12 7 (11.86%) Security Management

SOC 2
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:

Applications
1 1 (1.69%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 1 (1.69%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.69%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 31 (52.54%) Azure
2 10 (16.95%) Microsoft 365
3 8 (13.56%) IaaS
3 8 (13.56%) PaaS
3 8 (13.56%) SaaS
4 7 (11.86%) AWS
5 6 (10.17%) Azure Active Directory
6 4 (6.78%) GCP
6 4 (6.78%) Serverless
7 3 (5.08%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 1 (1.69%) Amazon Cognito
8 1 (1.69%) AWS CloudFormation
8 1 (1.69%) Azure Functions
8 1 (1.69%) Azure Logic Apps
8 1 (1.69%) Azure Sentinel
8 1 (1.69%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (1.69%) Cloud Functions
8 1 (1.69%) Power Automate
8 1 (1.69%) Zapier
Communications & Networking
1 10 (16.95%) Firewall
2 6 (10.17%) DNS
3 5 (8.47%) DHCP
3 5 (8.47%) TCP/IP
3 5 (8.47%) VLAN
4 3 (5.08%) VPN
5 1 (1.69%) Cisco IPT
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (15.25%) SQL Server
2 2 (3.39%) Azure SQL Database
2 2 (3.39%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 3 (5.08%) Selenium
2 2 (3.39%) SonarQube
3 1 (1.69%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 1 (1.69%) Git (software)
3 1 (1.69%) Jenkins
3 1 (1.69%) JMeter
3 1 (1.69%) Mercurial
3 1 (1.69%) Subversion
3 1 (1.69%) TeamCity
General
1 18 (30.51%) Finance
2 13 (22.03%) Social Skills
3 4 (6.78%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (5.08%) Banking
4 3 (5.08%) Influencing Skills
5 2 (3.39%) Legal
6 1 (1.69%) Documentation Skills
6 1 (1.69%) Front Office
6 1 (1.69%) Marketing
6 1 (1.69%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (1.69%) Public Sector
6 1 (1.69%) Retail
6 1 (1.69%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 12 (20.34%) Security Engineer
2 8 (13.56%) Consultant
3 7 (11.86%) Analyst
3 7 (11.86%) Cloud Engineer
4 6 (10.17%) Security Analyst
5 5 (8.47%) Administrator
5 5 (8.47%) Azure Administrator
5 5 (8.47%) Azure Engineer
5 5 (8.47%) Security Specialist
6 4 (6.78%) Architect
6 4 (6.78%) Cybersecurity Analyst
6 4 (6.78%) Data Protection Engineer
6 4 (6.78%) Security Consultant
7 3 (5.08%) Systems Administrator
8 2 (3.39%) Azure Architect
8 2 (3.39%) Cloud Architect
8 2 (3.39%) IT Consultant
8 2 (3.39%) Platform Engineer
8 2 (3.39%) Project Manager
8 2 (3.39%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (8.47%) Web Services
2 2 (3.39%) ARM Templates
3 1 (1.69%) JSON
3 1 (1.69%) Lambda Expressions
3 1 (1.69%) OAuth
3 1 (1.69%) OAuth2
3 1 (1.69%) OpenID
3 1 (1.69%) REST
3 1 (1.69%) Ruby on Rails
3 1 (1.69%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (6.78%) Cloud Native
1 4 (6.78%) Hybrid Cloud
1 4 (6.78%) Public Cloud
2 3 (5.08%) Data Centre
2 3 (5.08%) Management Information System
3 2 (3.39%) Virtual Team
4 1 (1.69%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 1 (1.69%) Legacy Systems
4 1 (1.69%) Linux Command Line
4 1 (1.69%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 10 (16.95%) Windows
2 3 (5.08%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (38.98%) Cybersecurity
2 18 (30.51%) Risk Management
3 17 (28.81%) Information Security
4 10 (16.95%) Security Architecture
5 8 (13.56%) DevOps
6 7 (11.86%) Migration
6 7 (11.86%) Risk Assessment
6 7 (11.86%) Security Management
6 7 (11.86%) Security Operations
7 5 (8.47%) Computer Science
7 5 (8.47%) Data Privacy
7 5 (8.47%) Data Security
7 5 (8.47%) Information Security Management
7 5 (8.47%) Internal Audit
7 5 (8.47%) OWASP
7 5 (8.47%) Penetration Testing
7 5 (8.47%) Vulnerability Management
8 4 (6.78%) Data Governance
8 4 (6.78%) Data Protection
8 4 (6.78%) Secure Coding
Programming Languages
1 7 (11.86%) PowerShell
2 3 (5.08%) Bash Shell
2 3 (5.08%) Python
3 2 (3.39%) SQL
4 1 (1.69%) C#
4 1 (1.69%) Java
4 1 (1.69%) JavaScript
4 1 (1.69%) Perl
4 1 (1.69%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 19 (32.20%) CISSP
2 17 (28.81%) CISM
3 11 (18.64%) CISA
4 6 (10.17%) Degree
5 5 (8.47%) (ISC)2 CCSP
5 5 (8.47%) Cisco Certification
5 5 (8.47%) CRISC
6 4 (6.78%) Computer Science Degree
7 3 (5.08%) CCSP
8 1 (1.69%) AWS Certification
8 1 (1.69%) ISO 27001 Lead Implementer
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (54.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 18 (30.51%) NIST
2 18 (30.51%) PCI DSS
3 11 (18.64%) GDPR
4 10 (16.95%) SOC 1
5 9 (15.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 7 (11.86%) GRC
7 6 (10.17%) HIPAA
8 4 (6.78%) Cyber Essentials
8 4 (6.78%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 3 (5.08%) ITGC
10 2 (3.39%) QA
11 1 (1.69%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 1 (1.69%) FedRAMP
11 1 (1.69%) FISMA
11 1 (1.69%) SLA
System Software
1 6 (10.17%) Active Directory
2 2 (3.39%) Squid
2 2 (3.39%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 4 (6.78%) RSA Archer
2 2 (3.39%) CSIRT
2 2 (3.39%) Microsoft Intune
2 2 (3.39%) Terraform
3 1 (1.69%) Ansible
3 1 (1.69%) HP SiteScope
3 1 (1.69%) Nagios
3 1 (1.69%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (1.69%) Puppet
3 1 (1.69%) Salt
Vendors
1 7 (11.86%) Microsoft
2 4 (6.78%) Google
3 2 (3.39%) Qualys
3 2 (3.39%) Veracode
4 1 (1.69%) Apiary
4 1 (1.69%) HubSpot
4 1 (1.69%) Marketo
4 1 (1.69%) MuleSoft
4 1 (1.69%) Okta
4 1 (1.69%) Oracle
4 1 (1.69%) Perforce
4 1 (1.69%) Refinitiv
4 1 (1.69%) Salesforce.com
4 1 (1.69%) ServiceNow