Period
to 2 June 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 2 June 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
2 Jun 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 564 718 797
Rank change year-on-year +154 +79 -72
Contract jobs citing SANS 44 124 97
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.097% 0.14% 0.095%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.41% 0.72% 0.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 76 75
Median daily rate £538 £525 £550
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.38% -4.55% +22.22%
10th Percentile £375 £413 £413
90th Percentile £718 £731 £692
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £520 £513
% change year-on-year -3.85% +1.46% +13.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 0
Median hourly rate - £42.50 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £42.50 -

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 10,677 17,128 19,459
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.46% 18.90% 19.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,290 10,367 11,655
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £238
90th Percentile £638 £650 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £440 £413
% change year-on-year +2.27% +6.67% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 523 790 855
Median hourly rate £35.00 £33.40 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.79% +33.60% -16.67%
10th Percentile £15.75 £13.00 £12.50
90th Percentile £57.00 £53.75 £50.15
Median hourly rate £35.00 £32.50 £26.00
% change year-on-year +7.69% +25.00% -13.33%

SANS
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for SANS in the UK

SANS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing SANS.

Daily rate trend for SANS in the UK

SANS
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing SANS over the 6 months to 2 June 2020.

Daily rate histogram for SANS in the UK

SANS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing SANS.

Hourly rate trend for SANS in the UK

SANS
Top 9 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 2 June 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 +156 44 £538 +2.38% 10
London +153 30 £544 -9.38% 4
UK excluding London +137 14 £500 -3.85% 7
East of England +58 6 £323 -5.15%
South East +112 5 £463 -11.06%
South West +40 2 £600 -17.24%
Midlands +75 1 £538 +2.38% 1
West Midlands +60 1 £538 +2.38% 1
Work from Home - 1 £538 -

For the 6 months to 2 June 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 28 (63.64%) OWASP
2 22 (50.00%) Python
3 18 (40.91%) Information Security
4 17 (38.64%) CISSP
5 15 (34.09%) Cybersecurity
5 15 (34.09%) DevSecOps
6 14 (31.82%) Firewall
7 13 (29.55%) Security Testing
7 13 (29.55%) DevOps
7 13 (29.55%) GCP
8 12 (27.27%) Penetration Testing
8 12 (27.27%) Java
9 11 (25.00%) Software Engineering
9 11 (25.00%) Security Operations
10 10 (22.73%) PowerShell
10 10 (22.73%) Azure
10 10 (22.73%) Open Source
10 10 (22.73%) Bash Shell
10 10 (22.73%) Security Architecture
10 10 (22.73%) GIAC
10 10 (22.73%) NIST
11 9 (20.45%) Agile Software Development
11 9 (20.45%) VMware
11 9 (20.45%) AWS
11 9 (20.45%) VMware Infrastructure
11 9 (20.45%) Vulnerability Scanning
12 8 (18.18%) Scala
12 8 (18.18%) Jenkins
12 8 (18.18%) CISM
13 7 (15.91%) Finance

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:

Applications
1 1 (2.27%) InVision
1 1 (2.27%) Sketch
Cloud Services
1 13 (29.55%) GCP
2 10 (22.73%) Azure
3 9 (20.45%) AWS
4 3 (6.82%) Office 365
4 3 (6.82%) Serverless
5 1 (2.27%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 14 (31.82%) Firewall
2 7 (15.91%) Network Security
3 3 (6.82%) Internet
4 1 (2.27%) DNS
4 1 (2.27%) Wireless
4 1 (2.27%) Wireless Security
4 1 (2.27%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (6.82%) Blockchain
2 2 (4.55%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 8 (18.18%) Jenkins
2 5 (11.36%) Git (software)
3 4 (9.09%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 4 (9.09%) Bitbucket
3 4 (9.09%) GitLab
3 4 (9.09%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (2.27%) AppScan
4 1 (2.27%) Cypress.io
4 1 (2.27%) Gradle
4 1 (2.27%) Maven
4 1 (2.27%) Metasploit
4 1 (2.27%) Paros
4 1 (2.27%) PostCSS
4 1 (2.27%) Selenium
4 1 (2.27%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 7 (15.91%) Finance
2 3 (6.82%) Public Sector
3 2 (4.55%) Legal
4 1 (2.27%) Banking
4 1 (2.27%) Retail
Job Titles
1 14 (31.82%) Security Engineer
2 10 (22.73%) DevSecOps Engineer
3 7 (15.91%) Architect
4 6 (13.64%) Analyst
4 6 (13.64%) Security Analyst
4 6 (13.64%) Security Architect
5 4 (9.09%) Consultant
5 4 (9.09%) IT Security Specialist
5 4 (9.09%) Security Consultant
5 4 (9.09%) Security Specialist
6 3 (6.82%) AWS Engineer
6 3 (6.82%) Azure Engineer
6 3 (6.82%) Cybersecurity Analyst
6 3 (6.82%) Office 365 Engineer
6 3 (6.82%) Security Technical Consultant
6 3 (6.82%) Senior Security Engineer
6 3 (6.82%) Senior Windows Engineer
6 3 (6.82%) Technical Consultant
6 3 (6.82%) Technical Security Consultant
6 3 (6.82%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (11.36%) Node.js
2 4 (9.09%) AngularJS
2 4 (9.09%) GraphQL
2 4 (9.09%) Spring
3 3 (6.82%) Django
3 3 (6.82%) Kafka
3 3 (6.82%) REST
3 3 (6.82%) SOAP
3 3 (6.82%) Web Services
4 2 (4.55%) React
5 1 (2.27%) CSS
5 1 (2.27%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 6 (13.64%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (11.36%) Data Protection Act
2 5 (11.36%) Management Information System
2 5 (11.36%) Security Operations Centre
3 3 (6.82%) Blog
3 3 (6.82%) Cyberattack
3 3 (6.82%) Freedom of Information
3 3 (6.82%) Freedom of Information Act
3 3 (6.82%) N-Tier
3 3 (6.82%) PKI
4 2 (4.55%) Enterprise Storage
4 2 (4.55%) Greenfield Project
4 2 (4.55%) Mobile App
4 2 (4.55%) SWIFT
5 1 (2.27%) Cyber Kill Chain
5 1 (2.27%) Cyberthreat
5 1 (2.27%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 6 (13.64%) Linux
1 6 (13.64%) Windows
2 2 (4.55%) CentOS
2 2 (4.55%) Fedora
2 2 (4.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 2 (4.55%) Ubuntu
3 1 (2.27%) Android
3 1 (2.27%) Apple iOS
3 1 (2.27%) Kali Linux
3 1 (2.27%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (63.64%) OWASP
2 18 (40.91%) Information Security
3 15 (34.09%) Cybersecurity
3 15 (34.09%) DevSecOps
4 13 (29.55%) DevOps
4 13 (29.55%) Security Testing
5 12 (27.27%) Penetration Testing
6 11 (25.00%) Security Operations
6 11 (25.00%) Software Engineering
7 10 (22.73%) Open Source
7 10 (22.73%) Security Architecture
8 9 (20.45%) Agile Software Development
8 9 (20.45%) Vulnerability Scanning
9 7 (15.91%) ITIL
9 7 (15.91%) SIEM
10 6 (13.64%) Configuration Management
10 6 (13.64%) Critical Thinking
10 6 (13.64%) Information Security Management
10 6 (13.64%) SDLC
10 6 (13.64%) Security Management
Programming Languages
1 22 (50.00%) Python
2 12 (27.27%) Java
3 10 (22.73%) Bash Shell
3 10 (22.73%) PowerShell
4 8 (18.18%) Scala
5 7 (15.91%) Clojure
6 5 (11.36%) JavaScript
7 4 (9.09%) TypeScript
8 3 (6.82%) Shell Script
8 3 (6.82%) Solidity
9 2 (4.55%) C
10 1 (2.27%) ES6
10 1 (2.27%) ES7
10 1 (2.27%) Kotlin
10 1 (2.27%) SQL
Qualifications
1 17 (38.64%) CISSP
2 10 (22.73%) GIAC
3 8 (18.18%) CISM
4 6 (13.64%) CEH
5 5 (11.36%) Cisco Certification
5 5 (11.36%) CompTIA Security+
5 5 (11.36%) SSCP
6 4 (9.09%) CESG Certified Professional
6 4 (9.09%) Degree
7 3 (6.82%) (ISC)2 CCSP
7 3 (6.82%) DV Cleared
7 3 (6.82%) Security Cleared
8 2 (4.55%) CISA
8 2 (4.55%) CREST Certified
8 2 (4.55%) GCED
8 2 (4.55%) GSEC
8 2 (4.55%) Linux+ Certification
8 2 (4.55%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (4.55%) Network+ Certification
8 2 (4.55%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (22.73%) NIST
2 4 (9.09%) GDPR
2 4 (9.09%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 3 (6.82%) AICPA
3 3 (6.82%) COBIT
3 3 (6.82%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (2.27%) Cyber Essentials
4 1 (2.27%) NCSC
4 1 (2.27%) PCI DSS
4 1 (2.27%) WCAG
4 1 (2.27%) Web Application Security Consortium
System Software
1 9 (20.45%) VMware Infrastructure
2 5 (11.36%) Docker
3 4 (9.09%) VMware NSX
4 2 (4.55%) NFS
4 2 (4.55%) Samba
4 2 (4.55%) VirtualBox
4 2 (4.55%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (4.55%) Xen
5 1 (2.27%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 7 (15.91%) Ansible
1 7 (15.91%) Kubernetes
2 5 (11.36%) Terraform
3 2 (4.55%) CSIRT
3 2 (4.55%) Docker Swarm
3 2 (4.55%) Nagios
3 2 (4.55%) OpenNMS
3 2 (4.55%) Puppet
3 2 (4.55%) QRadar
3 2 (4.55%) vCenter Server
3 2 (4.55%) ZABBIX
4 1 (2.27%) HP Fortify
4 1 (2.27%) Nessus
4 1 (2.27%) Nmap
4 1 (2.27%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 9 (20.45%) VMware
2 7 (15.91%) Microsoft
3 3 (6.82%) Cisco
4 2 (4.55%) Cloudera
4 2 (4.55%) Dell
4 2 (4.55%) EMC
4 2 (4.55%) Hortonworks
4 2 (4.55%) NetApp
4 2 (4.55%) Qualys
4 2 (4.55%) Red Hat
4 2 (4.55%) SolarWinds
4 2 (4.55%) Splunk
5 1 (2.27%) ArcSight
5 1 (2.27%) BT
5 1 (2.27%) Oracle