Period
to 28 February 2020

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 28 February 2020 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
28 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 637 789 794
Rank change year-on-year +152 +5 -75
Contract jobs citing SANS 81 97 105
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.12% 0.098% 0.10%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.56% 0.50% 0.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 51 57 68
UK median daily rate £550 £525 £550
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.76% -4.55% +22.22%
10th Percentile £375 £357 £426
90th Percentile £688 £639 £688
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £500 £500
% change year-on-year +10.00% - +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
UK median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

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 14,504 19,257 19,267
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.47% 19.47% 18.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,914 11,521 11,777
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £258 £263 £225
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 653 901 853
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £31.00 £25.69
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.90% +20.67% -6.58%
10th Percentile £14.80 £12.57 £12.05
90th Percentile £57.00 £51.25 £50.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.64 £29.00 £26.34
% change year-on-year +19.43% +10.09% -4.21%

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 28 February 2020.

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 28 February 2020. 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 +121 78 £550 +4.76% 31
London +126 41 £500 -9.09% 13
UK excluding London +94 39 £550 +10.00% 20
South East +84 18 £550 +5.77% 1
South West +33 7 £675 - 2
North of England +65 6 £650 +36.84% 10
Yorkshire +60 6 £650 +1.56% 4
East of England +26 4 £323 -5.15% 1
Midlands +39 2 £556 +11.25% 4
West Midlands +38 2 £556 +5.95% 4
Scotland +25 1 £480 - 1
Northern Ireland - 1 £550 -

For the 6 months to 28 February 2020, 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 (64.20%) CISSP
1 52 (64.20%) Information Security
2 43 (53.09%) OWASP
3 32 (39.51%) Cybersecurity
3 32 (39.51%) GIAC
4 25 (30.86%) Firewall
5 22 (27.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 22 (27.16%) Security Architecture
6 20 (24.69%) TOGAF
6 20 (24.69%) CISM
6 20 (24.69%) Security Management
6 20 (24.69%) Management Information System
6 20 (24.69%) DevSecOps
6 20 (24.69%) NIST
7 19 (23.46%) Python
7 19 (23.46%) Agile Software Development
7 19 (23.46%) Degree
8 18 (22.22%) Vulnerability Management
9 17 (20.99%) Security Testing
10 16 (19.75%) AWS
10 16 (19.75%) Penetration Testing
10 16 (19.75%) GDPR
11 15 (18.52%) Computer Science
11 15 (18.52%) Data Protection
12 14 (17.28%) Azure
12 14 (17.28%) SIEM
12 14 (17.28%) CLAS
12 14 (17.28%) Risk Management
12 14 (17.28%) Finance
12 14 (17.28%) Ethical Hacking

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 (3.70%) Confluence
2 2 (2.47%) Apache Spark
2 2 (2.47%) Elasticsearch
2 2 (2.47%) OpenStack
Cloud Services
1 16 (19.75%) AWS
2 14 (17.28%) Azure
3 11 (13.58%) GCP
4 3 (3.70%) OpenShift
4 3 (3.70%) Serverless
5 1 (1.23%) Basecamp
Communications & Networking
1 25 (30.86%) Firewall
2 5 (6.17%) Network Security
3 4 (4.94%) DNS
4 3 (3.70%) Intrusion Detection
5 2 (2.47%) HTTPS
5 2 (2.47%) SAN
5 2 (2.47%) TCP/IP
6 1 (1.23%) Internet
6 1 (1.23%) SNMP
6 1 (1.23%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (4.94%) Big Data
2 3 (3.70%) Blockchain
Development Applications
1 9 (11.11%) Burp Suite
2 7 (8.64%) Jenkins
3 6 (7.41%) Bitbucket
3 6 (7.41%) Git (software)
4 5 (6.17%) JIRA
5 4 (4.94%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 4 (4.94%) GitLab
5 4 (4.94%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (2.47%) git-flow
General
1 14 (17.28%) Finance
2 13 (16.05%) Retail
3 9 (11.11%) Public Sector
4 8 (9.88%) Legal
5 3 (3.70%) Electronics
5 3 (3.70%) Manufacturing
5 3 (3.70%) Marketing
5 3 (3.70%) Telecoms
6 1 (1.23%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 28 (34.57%) Architect
2 25 (30.86%) Security Architect
3 16 (19.75%) Analyst
4 15 (18.52%) Security Engineer
5 9 (11.11%) DevSecOps Engineer
5 9 (11.11%) Security Analyst
6 6 (7.41%) Cybersecurity Analyst
6 6 (7.41%) Security Specialist
6 6 (7.41%) Senior Analyst
7 5 (6.17%) Cloud Architect
7 5 (6.17%) DevSecOps Architect
8 4 (4.94%) SOC Analyst
9 3 (3.70%) AWS Engineer
9 3 (3.70%) Consultant
9 3 (3.70%) IT Security Specialist
9 3 (3.70%) Security Consultant
9 3 (3.70%) Senior Cybersecurity Analyst
9 3 (3.70%) Senior Security Analyst
10 2 (2.47%) Applications Specialist
10 2 (2.47%) Information Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (6.17%) AngularJS
1 5 (6.17%) GraphQL
1 5 (6.17%) Kafka
1 5 (6.17%) Node.js
1 5 (6.17%) REST
1 5 (6.17%) Spring
2 3 (3.70%) .NET
2 3 (3.70%) Django
2 3 (3.70%) Middleware
2 3 (3.70%) React
2 3 (3.70%) SOAP
2 3 (3.70%) Web Services
3 2 (2.47%) ASP.NET
3 2 (2.47%) Spring MVC
3 2 (2.47%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 20 (24.69%) Management Information System
2 9 (11.11%) Data Protection Act
2 9 (11.11%) Public Cloud
3 5 (6.17%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (6.17%) Cyberattack
3 5 (6.17%) Freedom of Information
3 5 (6.17%) Freedom of Information Act
4 4 (4.94%) Enterprise Software
4 4 (4.94%) Self-Motivation
5 3 (3.70%) N-Tier
5 3 (3.70%) PKI
6 2 (2.47%) Enterprise Storage
6 2 (2.47%) Private Cloud
6 2 (2.47%) Security Operations Centre
7 1 (1.23%) e-Learning
7 1 (1.23%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 10 (12.35%) Windows
2 6 (7.41%) Linux
3 5 (6.17%) Windows 10
4 2 (2.47%) Android
4 2 (2.47%) Apple iOS
4 2 (2.47%) CentOS
4 2 (2.47%) Fedora
4 2 (2.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 2 (2.47%) Ubuntu
5 1 (1.23%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (64.20%) Information Security
2 43 (53.09%) OWASP
3 32 (39.51%) Cybersecurity
4 22 (27.16%) Security Architecture
5 20 (24.69%) DevSecOps
5 20 (24.69%) Security Management
5 20 (24.69%) TOGAF
6 19 (23.46%) Agile Software Development
7 18 (22.22%) Vulnerability Management
8 17 (20.99%) Security Testing
9 16 (19.75%) Penetration Testing
10 15 (18.52%) Computer Science
10 15 (18.52%) Data Protection
11 14 (17.28%) Ethical Hacking
11 14 (17.28%) Risk Management
11 14 (17.28%) SIEM
12 13 (16.05%) Patch Management
12 13 (16.05%) Vulnerability Scanning
13 12 (14.81%) Software Engineering
14 11 (13.58%) Security Patching
Programming Languages
1 19 (23.46%) Python
2 10 (12.35%) Java
3 8 (9.88%) PowerShell
4 7 (8.64%) C
4 7 (8.64%) Clojure
4 7 (8.64%) Scala
5 6 (7.41%) Bash Shell
6 3 (3.70%) JavaScript
6 3 (3.70%) Solidity
6 3 (3.70%) TypeScript
7 2 (2.47%) Perl
8 1 (1.23%) PHP
Qualifications
1 52 (64.20%) CISSP
2 32 (39.51%) GIAC
3 20 (24.69%) CISM
4 19 (23.46%) Degree
5 14 (17.28%) Cisco Certification
5 14 (17.28%) CLAS
5 14 (17.28%) TOGAF Certification
6 13 (16.05%) Computer Science Degree
7 9 (11.11%) (ISC)2 CCSP
7 9 (11.11%) CISA
7 9 (11.11%) CompTIA Security+
7 9 (11.11%) DV Cleared
7 9 (11.11%) Security Cleared
8 8 (9.88%) CCSP
8 8 (9.88%) CEH
9 7 (8.64%) SC Cleared
10 6 (7.41%) Microsoft Certification
10 6 (7.41%) SSCP
11 5 (6.17%) CCNA
11 5 (6.17%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (27.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 20 (24.69%) NIST
3 16 (19.75%) GDPR
4 12 (14.81%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 11 (13.58%) PCI DSS
6 6 (7.41%) HIPAA
6 6 (7.41%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 6 (7.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 4 (4.94%) COBIT
8 2 (2.47%) Cyber Essentials
8 2 (2.47%) Web Application Security Consortium
9 1 (1.23%) NCSC
9 1 (1.23%) NIST 800
9 1 (1.23%) PMO
System Software
1 7 (8.64%) Docker
2 3 (3.70%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (2.47%) Active Directory
3 2 (2.47%) NFS
3 2 (2.47%) Samba
3 2 (2.47%) VirtualBox
3 2 (2.47%) VMware ESXi
3 2 (2.47%) Xen
4 1 (1.23%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 9 (11.11%) Nessus
2 8 (9.88%) Kubernetes
3 6 (7.41%) Ansible
4 4 (4.94%) QRadar
4 4 (4.94%) Terraform
5 3 (3.70%) CSIRT
6 2 (2.47%) Docker Swarm
6 2 (2.47%) Nagios
6 2 (2.47%) OpenNMS
6 2 (2.47%) Puppet
6 2 (2.47%) vCenter Server
6 2 (2.47%) ZABBIX
7 1 (1.23%) CASB
7 1 (1.23%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
Vendors
1 10 (12.35%) Qualys
2 9 (11.11%) McAfee
2 9 (11.11%) Rapid7
3 8 (9.88%) Microsoft
4 3 (3.70%) Acunetix
4 3 (3.70%) Google
4 3 (3.70%) Netsparker
4 3 (3.70%) Salesforce.com
4 3 (3.70%) SAP
4 3 (3.70%) Splunk
4 3 (3.70%) Veracode
4 3 (3.70%) VMware
5 2 (2.47%) Cloudera
5 2 (2.47%) Dell
5 2 (2.47%) EMC
5 2 (2.47%) Hortonworks
5 2 (2.47%) NetApp
5 2 (2.47%) Red Hat
5 2 (2.47%) SolarWinds
6 1 (1.23%) Sun