Period
to 20 July 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 20 July 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
20 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 827 713 848
Rank change year-on-year -114 +135 -14
Contract jobs citing SANS 74 138 67
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.071% 0.14% 0.061%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.38% 0.74% 0.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 58 109 32
UK median daily rate £575 £450 £486
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +27.78% -7.46% +8.06%
10th Percentile £410 £400 £390
90th Percentile £708 £582 £601
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £450 £466
% change year-on-year +22.22% -3.49% +3.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
UK median hourly rate - - £70.00
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 19,573 18,772 23,679
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.79% 19.71% 21.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,615 11,533 14,808
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £403
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +5.59% +0.63%
10th Percentile £240 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £592 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.13% +5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 964 955 840
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.67% +7.14% +24.44%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.12 £12.25
90th Percentile £50.25 £52.50 £50.03
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.00 £31.50 £28.00
% change year-on-year -17.46% +12.50% +24.44%

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 20 July 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 13 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 20 July 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 -86 67 £584 +29.78% 34
London -67 38 £600 +33.33% 11
UK excluding London -79 36 £550 +22.22% 24
Midlands +3 15 £488 +2.63% 4
West Midlands -12 13 £488 +2.63% 2
Scotland -46 7 £555 -17.78%
East of England +1 6 £564 +25.28% 7
North of England -43 5 £675 +58.82% 4
Yorkshire - 5 £675 -
North East - 4 £675 -
South East -40 2 £600 +30.08% 4
East Midlands - 2 £413 - 2
South West -7 1 £563 +8.17% 4

For the 6 months to 20 July 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 60 (81.08%) CISSP
2 43 (58.11%) Information Security
3 42 (56.76%) Cybersecurity
4 24 (32.43%) Security Architecture
4 24 (32.43%) Firewall
5 23 (31.08%) Finance
5 23 (31.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 23 (31.08%) Analytical Skills
6 22 (29.73%) CEH
6 22 (29.73%) Windows
7 21 (28.38%) Unix
7 21 (28.38%) Python
7 21 (28.38%) CISM
7 21 (28.38%) SIEM
8 20 (27.03%) Amazon AWS
8 20 (27.03%) ITIL
8 20 (27.03%) Data Loss Prevention
9 19 (25.68%) Network Security
9 19 (25.68%) Security Operations
10 18 (24.32%) Risk Management
11 17 (22.97%) CISA
11 17 (22.97%) Management Information System
11 17 (22.97%) GIAC
11 17 (22.97%) Agile Software Development
12 15 (20.27%) Cisco Certification
12 15 (20.27%) Ethical Hacking
12 15 (20.27%) Degree
13 14 (18.92%) SDLC
13 14 (18.92%) Linux
14 13 (17.57%) Perl

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 1 (1.35%) Oracle SOA Suite
1 1 (1.35%) SharePoint
Cloud Services
1 20 (27.03%) Amazon AWS
2 9 (12.16%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (9.46%) IaaS
3 7 (9.46%) PaaS
3 7 (9.46%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 24 (32.43%) Firewall
2 19 (25.68%) Network Security
3 10 (13.51%) LAN
3 10 (13.51%) MPLS
3 10 (13.51%) SAN
3 10 (13.51%) SNMP
3 10 (13.51%) VLAN
3 10 (13.51%) WAN
4 7 (9.46%) Intrusion Detection
4 7 (9.46%) Software-Defined Networking
5 6 (8.11%) X.509
6 1 (1.35%) DNS
6 1 (1.35%) Kerberos
6 1 (1.35%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (5.41%) Big Data
1 4 (5.41%) Hadoop
2 3 (4.05%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (1.35%) NoSQL
3 1 (1.35%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (1.35%) CircleCI
1 1 (1.35%) IDA Disassembler
1 1 (1.35%) Jenkins
1 1 (1.35%) Travis CI
General
1 23 (31.08%) Finance
2 10 (13.51%) Legal
3 8 (10.81%) Banking
3 8 (10.81%) Retail
4 1 (1.35%) Italian Language
4 1 (1.35%) Law
4 1 (1.35%) Publishing
4 1 (1.35%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 16 (21.62%) Architect
1 16 (21.62%) Security Architect
2 11 (14.86%) Security Manager
3 10 (13.51%) Analyst
3 10 (13.51%) Project Manager
3 10 (13.51%) Security Specialist
4 9 (12.16%) Network Manager
4 9 (12.16%) Security Analyst
5 8 (10.81%) Network Project Manager
6 6 (8.11%) Application Security Specialist
6 6 (8.11%) Applications Specialist
6 6 (8.11%) AWS Specialist
6 6 (8.11%) Cloud Specialist
6 6 (8.11%) Senior Data Warehouse Specialist
6 6 (8.11%) Senior Security Specialist
7 5 (6.76%) Consultant
7 5 (6.76%) Security Consultant
7 5 (6.76%) Security Project Manager
8 4 (5.41%) Network Security Manager
8 4 (5.41%) Operations Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (9.46%) Web Services
2 4 (5.41%) Kafka
3 1 (1.35%) .NET
3 1 (1.35%) .NET Framework
3 1 (1.35%) JSON
3 1 (1.35%) LDAP
3 1 (1.35%) Regular Expression
3 1 (1.35%) SailPoint
3 1 (1.35%) SAML
3 1 (1.35%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 23 (31.08%) Analytical Skills
2 17 (22.97%) Management Information System
3 10 (13.51%) PKI
4 9 (12.16%) Security Operations Centre
5 7 (9.46%) Computer Science
6 6 (8.11%) Fintech
6 6 (8.11%) Hybrid Cloud
7 5 (6.76%) Self-Motivation
8 3 (4.05%) Cyber Kill Chain
9 2 (2.70%) Cyber Defence
9 2 (2.70%) Data Centre
9 2 (2.70%) Wiki
10 1 (1.35%) Algorithms
10 1 (1.35%) N-Tier
10 1 (1.35%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 22 (29.73%) Windows
2 21 (28.38%) Unix
3 14 (18.92%) Linux
4 2 (2.70%) AIX
4 2 (2.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 2 (2.70%) Solaris
5 1 (1.35%) Apple iOS
5 1 (1.35%) CentOS
5 1 (1.35%) HPUX
5 1 (1.35%) Mac OS
5 1 (1.35%) Mac OS X
5 1 (1.35%) Windows Server
5 1 (1.35%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 43 (58.11%) Information Security
2 42 (56.76%) Cybersecurity
3 24 (32.43%) Security Architecture
4 21 (28.38%) SIEM
5 20 (27.03%) Data Loss Prevention
5 20 (27.03%) ITIL
6 19 (25.68%) Security Operations
7 18 (24.32%) Risk Management
8 17 (22.97%) Agile Software Development
9 15 (20.27%) Ethical Hacking
10 14 (18.92%) SDLC
11 11 (14.86%) Data Protection
11 11 (14.86%) Identity Management
11 11 (14.86%) OWASP
12 10 (13.51%) Information Governance
12 10 (13.51%) Network Design
12 10 (13.51%) TOGAF
13 9 (12.16%) Network Segmentation
13 9 (12.16%) Problem-Solving
13 9 (12.16%) Security Hardening
Programming Languages
1 21 (28.38%) Python
2 13 (17.57%) Perl
3 12 (16.22%) PowerShell
4 3 (4.05%) Java
4 3 (4.05%) SQL
5 2 (2.70%) C
5 2 (2.70%) C++
5 2 (2.70%) Ruby
6 1 (1.35%) Bash Shell
6 1 (1.35%) C#
6 1 (1.35%) JavaScript
6 1 (1.35%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 60 (81.08%) CISSP
2 22 (29.73%) CEH
3 21 (28.38%) CISM
4 17 (22.97%) CISA
4 17 (22.97%) GIAC
5 15 (20.27%) Cisco Certification
5 15 (20.27%) Degree
6 13 (17.57%) CCNP
7 12 (16.22%) CCNA
8 10 (13.51%) OSCP
9 9 (12.16%) CSSLP
10 5 (6.76%) CRISC
10 5 (6.76%) GCIH
10 5 (6.76%) ISSAP
10 5 (6.76%) ISSEP
10 5 (6.76%) SC Cleared
10 5 (6.76%) Security Cleared
11 4 (5.41%) CISMP
11 4 (5.41%) CREST Certified
12 3 (4.05%) GCWN
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (31.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 11 (14.86%) GDPR
3 10 (13.51%) COBIT
4 4 (5.41%) SLA
5 3 (4.05%) PCI DSS
6 1 (1.35%) Cyber Essentials
6 1 (1.35%) GPG13
6 1 (1.35%) ISAE 3402
6 1 (1.35%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 1 (1.35%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 3 (4.05%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.35%) IAG
Systems Management
1 1 (1.35%) Ansible
1 1 (1.35%) CSIRT
1 1 (1.35%) Kubernetes
1 1 (1.35%) QRadar
1 1 (1.35%) SCCM
1 1 (1.35%) Single Sign-On
1 1 (1.35%) Terraform
Vendors
1 12 (16.22%) Oracle
2 8 (10.81%) Splunk
3 7 (9.46%) Cisco
3 7 (9.46%) Microsoft
4 6 (8.11%) ArcSight
5 5 (6.76%) Red Hat
6 4 (5.41%) Cloudera
6 4 (5.41%) hybris
7 3 (4.05%) Qualys
7 3 (4.05%) ScanSafe
8 2 (2.70%) Symantec
9 1 (1.35%) Adobe
9 1 (1.35%) CheckPoint
9 1 (1.35%) CyberArk
9 1 (1.35%) Forcepoint
9 1 (1.35%) HP
9 1 (1.35%) IBM
9 1 (1.35%) Ivanti
9 1 (1.35%) LogRhythm
9 1 (1.35%) Remedy