Period
to 17 October 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 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
6 months to
17 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 831 744 819
Rank change year-on-year -87 +75 +4
Contract jobs citing SANS 60 121 86
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.058% 0.12% 0.081%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.31% 0.65% 0.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 83 45
UK median daily rate £563 £500 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +11.11% -3.74%
10th Percentile £425 £413 £340
90th Percentile £688 £645 £595
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £481 £450
% change year-on-year +14.29% +6.94% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
UK median hourly rate - - £52.50
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 19,198 18,588 22,554
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.61% 18.72% 21.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,366 11,299 14,005
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £250 £225 £240
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.13% +5.26% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 958 896 857
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.09% - +19.57%
10th Percentile £12.60 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £51.00 £50.00 £49.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.06 £30.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year -16.47% +9.09% +13.10%

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 October 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 14 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 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
England -66 56 £575 +15.00% 53
UK excluding London -50 32 £550 +14.29% 33
London -24 28 £600 +14.29% 21
Midlands -17 10 £513 - 4
South East -22 8 £600 +23.08% 3
West Midlands -12 7 £513 +7.89% 4
North of England -32 5 £675 +58.82% 12
East of England +1 4 - - 4
Yorkshire -9 4 £675 - 5
Scotland -30 4 £475 -13.64% 1
East Midlands - 3 £413 -
North East - 3 £675 -
North West -28 1 £500 +17.65% 7
South West -29 1 - - 9

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

1 52 (86.67%) CISSP
2 43 (71.67%) Cybersecurity
3 30 (50.00%) Information Security
4 24 (40.00%) CISM
5 20 (33.33%) SIEM
6 19 (31.67%) CEH
7 18 (30.00%) Windows
8 17 (28.33%) Security Architecture
9 16 (26.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 16 (26.67%) Degree
9 16 (26.67%) Analytical Skills
9 16 (26.67%) Python
10 15 (25.00%) Risk Management
10 15 (25.00%) GIAC
10 15 (25.00%) Security Cleared
11 14 (23.33%) Agile Software Development
12 13 (21.67%) Finance
12 13 (21.67%) Cisco Certification
13 12 (20.00%) Linux
13 12 (20.00%) ITIL
13 12 (20.00%) Unix
13 12 (20.00%) Firewall
13 12 (20.00%) CISA
13 12 (20.00%) CRISC
13 12 (20.00%) Security Operations
14 11 (18.33%) Network Security
14 11 (18.33%) Management Information System
15 10 (16.67%) CREST Certified
15 10 (16.67%) Data Loss Prevention
16 9 (15.00%) Security Operations Centre

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 3 (5.00%) Apache Pig
2 1 (1.67%) IBM Domino
2 1 (1.67%) MS Exchange
Cloud Services
1 6 (10.00%) Amazon AWS
2 5 (8.33%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (6.67%) IaaS
3 4 (6.67%) PaaS
3 4 (6.67%) SaaS
4 1 (1.67%) G Suite
4 1 (1.67%) Mimecast
4 1 (1.67%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 12 (20.00%) Firewall
2 11 (18.33%) Network Security
3 5 (8.33%) LAN
3 5 (8.33%) MPLS
3 5 (8.33%) SAN
3 5 (8.33%) SNMP
3 5 (8.33%) VLAN
3 5 (8.33%) WAN
4 4 (6.67%) Software-Defined Networking
4 4 (6.67%) SSL
4 4 (6.67%) TCP/IP
5 3 (5.00%) HTTP
6 2 (3.33%) DKIM
6 2 (3.33%) DMARC
6 2 (3.33%) DNS
7 1 (1.67%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (13.33%) Big Data
1 8 (13.33%) Hadoop
2 3 (5.00%) Apache Hive
2 3 (5.00%) MySQL
2 3 (5.00%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.67%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 3 (5.00%) Atlassian Bamboo
1 3 (5.00%) Bitbucket
1 3 (5.00%) CodeSonar
1 3 (5.00%) Git (software)
1 3 (5.00%) git-flow
1 3 (5.00%) JIRA
1 3 (5.00%) Robot Framework
1 3 (5.00%) Selenium
General
1 13 (21.67%) Finance
2 8 (13.33%) Legal
3 6 (10.00%) Retail
4 2 (3.33%) Italian Language
5 1 (1.67%) Banking
5 1 (1.67%) Law
5 1 (1.67%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 15 (25.00%) Architect
2 14 (23.33%) Security Architect
3 13 (21.67%) Analyst
4 9 (15.00%) Security Specialist
5 7 (11.67%) Security Analyst
6 5 (8.33%) SOC Analyst
7 4 (6.67%) Cybersecurity Specialist
7 4 (6.67%) Infrastructure Security Specialist
7 4 (6.67%) Infrastructure Specialist
7 4 (6.67%) Project Manager
7 4 (6.67%) Security Manager
8 3 (5.00%) Designer
8 3 (5.00%) IAM Project Manager
8 3 (5.00%) Penetration Tester
8 3 (5.00%) Risk Manager
8 3 (5.00%) Security Designer
8 3 (5.00%) Security Engineer
8 3 (5.00%) Software Engineer
8 3 (5.00%) Tester
9 2 (3.33%) Operations Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (8.33%) Kafka
2 4 (6.67%) ModSecurity
3 3 (5.00%) .NET
3 3 (5.00%) .NET Framework
3 3 (5.00%) ASP.NET
3 3 (5.00%) Django
3 3 (5.00%) Java EE
3 3 (5.00%) LAMP
3 3 (5.00%) Node.js
3 3 (5.00%) RabbitMQ
3 3 (5.00%) REST
3 3 (5.00%) SOAP
3 3 (5.00%) Spring MVC
3 3 (5.00%) STL
4 2 (3.33%) Regular Expression
4 2 (3.33%) SailPoint
5 1 (1.67%) JSON
5 1 (1.67%) LDAP
5 1 (1.67%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 16 (26.67%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (18.33%) Management Information System
3 9 (15.00%) Security Operations Centre
4 7 (11.67%) Computer Science
5 5 (8.33%) Cyberattack
6 4 (6.67%) Cyber Defence
6 4 (6.67%) Hybrid Cloud
7 2 (3.33%) Cyber Kill Chain
7 2 (3.33%) PKI
7 2 (3.33%) Self-Motivation
8 1 (1.67%) Smart Energy
8 1 (1.67%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 18 (30.00%) Windows
2 12 (20.00%) Linux
2 12 (20.00%) Unix
3 4 (6.67%) Apple iOS
3 4 (6.67%) Mac OS X
4 3 (5.00%) Android
5 2 (3.33%) AIX
5 2 (3.33%) Mac OS
5 2 (3.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 2 (3.33%) Solaris
6 1 (1.67%) CentOS
6 1 (1.67%) HPUX
6 1 (1.67%) Windows Server
6 1 (1.67%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 43 (71.67%) Cybersecurity
2 30 (50.00%) Information Security
3 20 (33.33%) SIEM
4 17 (28.33%) Security Architecture
5 15 (25.00%) Risk Management
6 14 (23.33%) Agile Software Development
7 12 (20.00%) ITIL
7 12 (20.00%) Security Operations
8 10 (16.67%) Data Loss Prevention
9 9 (15.00%) Penetration Testing
10 8 (13.33%) Ethical Hacking
10 8 (13.33%) Reverse Engineering
10 8 (13.33%) Security Management
10 8 (13.33%) Stakeholder Management
11 7 (11.67%) SDLC
12 6 (10.00%) Analytics
12 6 (10.00%) Continuous Improvement
12 6 (10.00%) Data Protection
12 6 (10.00%) Identity Management
12 6 (10.00%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 16 (26.67%) Python
2 9 (15.00%) PowerShell
3 8 (13.33%) Perl
4 6 (10.00%) Java
5 5 (8.33%) C
5 5 (8.33%) C++
6 4 (6.67%) JavaScript
7 3 (5.00%) Bash Shell
7 3 (5.00%) C#
7 3 (5.00%) Objective-C
7 3 (5.00%) PHP
8 2 (3.33%) Ruby
9 1 (1.67%) Shell Script
9 1 (1.67%) SQL
Qualifications
1 52 (86.67%) CISSP
2 24 (40.00%) CISM
3 19 (31.67%) CEH
4 16 (26.67%) Degree
5 15 (25.00%) GIAC
5 15 (25.00%) Security Cleared
6 13 (21.67%) Cisco Certification
7 12 (20.00%) CISA
7 12 (20.00%) CRISC
8 10 (16.67%) CREST Certified
9 9 (15.00%) CCNA
9 9 (15.00%) DV Cleared
9 9 (15.00%) GCIH
10 7 (11.67%) CCNP
11 6 (10.00%) CompTIA Security+
11 6 (10.00%) SSCP
12 5 (8.33%) ISSAP
12 5 (8.33%) ISSEP
12 5 (8.33%) MCSE
12 5 (8.33%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (26.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 7 (11.67%) COBIT
3 6 (10.00%) GDPR
4 2 (3.33%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (1.67%) ISAE 3402
5 1 (1.67%) ISO/IEC 27005
5 1 (1.67%) PCI DSS
5 1 (1.67%) PSD2
5 1 (1.67%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (5.00%) Docker
1 3 (5.00%) vSphere
2 2 (3.33%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 5 (8.33%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
2 3 (5.00%) Puppet
2 3 (5.00%) Salt
3 2 (3.33%) EnCase
3 2 (3.33%) FTK
3 2 (3.33%) SCCM
4 1 (1.67%) CASB
4 1 (1.67%) CSIRT
4 1 (1.67%) Norton AntiVirus
4 1 (1.67%) QRadar
Vendors
1 9 (15.00%) Splunk
2 8 (13.33%) Microsoft
3 6 (10.00%) ArcSight
3 6 (10.00%) Oracle
4 5 (8.33%) Cloudera
4 5 (8.33%) LogRhythm
5 4 (6.67%) Cisco
5 4 (6.67%) Red Hat
5 4 (6.67%) Symantec
6 2 (3.33%) CyberArk
6 2 (3.33%) Forcepoint
6 2 (3.33%) ForeScout
6 2 (3.33%) IBM
6 2 (3.33%) Ivanti
6 2 (3.33%) Remedy
6 2 (3.33%) Shavlik
6 2 (3.33%) Snow
7 1 (1.67%) hybris
7 1 (1.67%) IronPort
7 1 (1.67%) Proofpoint