Period
to 17 January 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for SANS qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 17 January 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
6 months to
17 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 770 742 810
Rank change year-on-year -28 +68 -22
Contract jobs citing SANS 126 123 62
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.13% 0.13% 0.058%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.66% 0.62% 0.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 82 79 37
UK median daily rate £550 £450 £550
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +22.22% -18.18% +21.82%
10th Percentile £413 £358 £393
90th Percentile £686 £575 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £450 £530
% change year-on-year +11.11% -15.09% +28.48%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
UK median hourly rate - £35.00 -
UK excluding London 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 with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 18,952 19,875 21,710
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.89% 20.42% 20.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,621 12,439 13,134
UK median daily rate £425 £423 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.59% +5.63% -
10th Percentile £225 £250 £250
90th Percentile £619 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 835 870 1,020
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £25.50 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.88% -5.56% +42.11%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £27.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year -7.41% -1.82% +41.03%

SANS
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for SANS in the UK

SANS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for SANS in the UK

SANS
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SANS over the 6 months to 17 January 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SANS in the UK

SANS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for SANS in the UK

SANS
Top 12 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SANS within the UK over the 6 months to 17 January 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
England -6 103 £550 +22.22% 36
UK excluding London -4 58 £500 +11.11% 17
London +5 57 £575 +17.95% 19
South East -13 26 £500 -3.85% 5
Scotland -13 15 £550 +10.00%
Midlands +14 8 £475 +11.76% 2
West Midlands +8 7 £475 +11.76% 2
North of England +9 3 £363 -19.44% 7
South West -2 3 £625 +38.89%
East of England - 3 - - 3
North West -22 2 £363 -19.44% 7
Yorkshire - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 17 January 2018, 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 with a requirement for SANS.

1 98 (77.78%) CISSP
2 78 (61.90%) Information Security
3 77 (61.11%) Cybersecurity
4 63 (50.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 39 (30.95%) SIEM
5 39 (30.95%) CISM
6 36 (28.57%) Firewall
7 35 (27.78%) GIAC
8 33 (26.19%) Finance
8 33 (26.19%) Unix
8 33 (26.19%) Windows
9 29 (23.02%) CEH
10 28 (22.22%) PCI DSS
10 28 (22.22%) Splunk
11 26 (20.63%) Linux
12 25 (19.84%) Management Information System
13 24 (19.05%) Data Protection
13 24 (19.05%) Degree
13 24 (19.05%) GDPR
14 23 (18.25%) Penetration Testing
14 23 (18.25%) Vulnerability Management
15 21 (16.67%) Network Security
15 21 (16.67%) Python
16 20 (15.87%) SAN
16 20 (15.87%) Agile Software Development
16 20 (15.87%) OWASP
17 19 (15.08%) COBIT
18 18 (14.29%) Amazon AWS
18 18 (14.29%) Threat Intelligence
19 17 (13.49%) CREST Certified

SANS
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 9 (7.14%) Apache Spark
2 2 (1.59%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 1 (0.79%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 1 (0.79%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 18 (14.29%) Amazon AWS
2 17 (13.49%) IaaS
3 12 (9.52%) Mimecast
4 11 (8.73%) Microsoft Azure
5 7 (5.56%) Cloud Computing
6 5 (3.97%) SaaS
7 4 (3.17%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 36 (28.57%) Firewall
2 21 (16.67%) Network Security
3 20 (15.87%) SAN
4 15 (11.90%) Intrusion Detection
5 11 (8.73%) DNS
6 6 (4.76%) LAN
6 6 (4.76%) WAN
7 5 (3.97%) MPLS
7 5 (3.97%) SNMP
7 5 (3.97%) TCP/IP
7 5 (3.97%) VLAN
8 4 (3.17%) LDAP
9 2 (1.59%) Kerberos
10 1 (0.79%) VoIP
10 1 (0.79%) VPN
10 1 (0.79%) X.509
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (7.94%) Big Data
2 9 (7.14%) Parquet
3 3 (2.38%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 9 (7.14%) Git (software)
1 9 (7.14%) JIRA
2 2 (1.59%) Metasploit
General
1 33 (26.19%) Finance
2 10 (7.94%) Legal
3 9 (7.14%) Telecoms
4 5 (3.97%) Retail
5 4 (3.17%) Law
6 2 (1.59%) Banking
7 1 (0.79%) Dutch Language
7 1 (0.79%) Electronics
7 1 (0.79%) French Language
7 1 (0.79%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.79%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 31 (24.60%) Analyst
2 29 (23.02%) Security Analyst
3 17 (13.49%) Consultant
3 17 (13.49%) Information Analyst
3 17 (13.49%) Information Security Analyst
4 16 (12.70%) Architect
5 15 (11.90%) Security Architect
5 15 (11.90%) Security Consultant
6 13 (10.32%) Security Manager
7 12 (9.52%) Cybersecurity Analyst
7 12 (9.52%) Security Engineer
8 10 (7.94%) Security Specialist
9 9 (7.14%) Splunk Engineer
10 8 (6.35%) CISSP Consultant
10 8 (6.35%) Java Engineer
10 8 (6.35%) Project Manager
10 8 (6.35%) Security Project Manager
11 7 (5.56%) Cybersecurity Specialist
12 6 (4.76%) Senior Analyst
12 6 (4.76%) Senior Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (11.11%) Regular Expression
2 9 (7.14%) Grok
2 9 (7.14%) Kafka
3 4 (3.17%) SailPoint
4 3 (2.38%) Web Services
5 2 (1.59%) SAML
6 1 (0.79%) COM
6 1 (0.79%) Elastic Stack
6 1 (0.79%) VML
Miscellaneous
1 25 (19.84%) Management Information System
2 12 (9.52%) Cyberattack
2 12 (9.52%) Cyberthreat
3 10 (7.94%) PKI
4 6 (4.76%) Data Centre
5 5 (3.97%) Analytical Skills
6 4 (3.17%) Computer Science
6 4 (3.17%) Hybrid Cloud
7 3 (2.38%) CESG
8 2 (1.59%) Algorithms
8 2 (1.59%) N-Tier
8 2 (1.59%) Reinsurance
8 2 (1.59%) Replication
8 2 (1.59%) Security Operations Centre
9 1 (0.79%) Public Cloud
9 1 (0.79%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 33 (26.19%) Unix
1 33 (26.19%) Windows
2 26 (20.63%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 78 (61.90%) Information Security
2 77 (61.11%) Cybersecurity
3 39 (30.95%) SIEM
4 24 (19.05%) Data Protection
5 23 (18.25%) Penetration Testing
5 23 (18.25%) Vulnerability Management
6 20 (15.87%) Agile Software Development
6 20 (15.87%) OWASP
7 18 (14.29%) Threat Intelligence
8 17 (13.49%) Security Operations
9 16 (12.70%) Risk Management
9 16 (12.70%) Security Architecture
10 15 (11.90%) SDLC
11 14 (11.11%) Malware Analysis
12 13 (10.32%) Computer Forensics
12 13 (10.32%) Computer Security
12 13 (10.32%) DevOps
12 13 (10.32%) Security Monitoring
13 12 (9.52%) Analytics
13 12 (9.52%) Vulnerability Scanning
Programming Languages
1 21 (16.67%) Python
2 16 (12.70%) Perl
3 10 (7.94%) Java
4 9 (7.14%) Bash Shell
4 9 (7.14%) PowerShell
5 3 (2.38%) C
5 3 (2.38%) SQL
6 1 (0.79%) C++
6 1 (0.79%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 98 (77.78%) CISSP
2 39 (30.95%) CISM
3 35 (27.78%) GIAC
4 29 (23.02%) CEH
5 24 (19.05%) Degree
6 17 (13.49%) CREST Certified
7 16 (12.70%) SSCP
8 15 (11.90%) Cisco Certification
9 13 (10.32%) Security Cleared
10 12 (9.52%) GCIH
11 11 (8.73%) GCIA
12 9 (7.14%) SC Cleared
13 8 (6.35%) CCNP
14 7 (5.56%) (ISC)2 CCSP
14 7 (5.56%) CCNA
15 4 (3.17%) CESG Certified Professional
15 4 (3.17%) CISA
15 4 (3.17%) Computer Science Degree
15 4 (3.17%) Network+ Certification
15 4 (3.17%) Novell Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 63 (50.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 28 (22.22%) PCI DSS
3 24 (19.05%) GDPR
4 19 (15.08%) COBIT
5 12 (9.52%) NIST 800
6 9 (7.14%) PA-DSS
6 9 (7.14%) QA
6 9 (7.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 7 (5.56%) ISO/IEC 27005
8 5 (3.97%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 4 (3.17%) SAS 70
10 2 (1.59%) SLA
11 1 (0.79%) HIPAA
System Software
1 7 (5.56%) Virtual Machines
2 6 (4.76%) Active Directory
3 2 (1.59%) IAG
4 1 (0.79%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 8 (6.35%) Ansible
1 8 (6.35%) Opscode Chef
1 8 (6.35%) Puppet
2 7 (5.56%) McAfee ePO
2 7 (5.56%) Nessus
3 6 (4.76%) CSIRT
3 6 (4.76%) Host Intrusion Detection System
4 4 (3.17%) SCCM
5 3 (2.38%) Nmap
6 2 (1.59%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
7 1 (0.79%) EnCase
7 1 (0.79%) Nexpose
7 1 (0.79%) QRadar
Vendors
1 28 (22.22%) Splunk
2 14 (11.11%) Qualys
3 11 (8.73%) Tufin
4 8 (6.35%) CheckPoint
4 8 (6.35%) Cisco
4 8 (6.35%) McAfee
5 7 (5.56%) ArcSight
5 7 (5.56%) Blue Coat
5 7 (5.56%) Dell
5 7 (5.56%) FireEye
5 7 (5.56%) Microsoft
5 7 (5.56%) Oracle
6 6 (4.76%) Acunetix
6 6 (4.76%) Symantec
7 5 (3.97%) CyberArk
7 5 (3.97%) Snow
8 4 (3.17%) ForeScout
8 4 (3.17%) Ivanti
9 3 (2.38%) Sun
10 2 (1.59%) Forcepoint