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The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for SOC 2 skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited SOC 2 over the 6 months to 19 August 2022 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.

System and Organization Controls (SOC) 2
UK
6 months to
19 Aug 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 813 732 533
Rank change year-on-year -81 -199 +313
Contract jobs citing SOC 2 47 46 15
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.053% 0.061% 0.045%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 0.42% 0.50% 0.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 39 27 6
10th Percentile £363 £520 £395
25th Percentile £525 £570 £445
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £600 £600 £484
Median % change year-on-year - +24.03% +1.84%
75th Percentile £734 £650 £500
90th Percentile £800 £720 £551
UK excluding London median daily rate £675 £688 £585
% change year-on-year -1.82% +17.52% -6.40%

SOC 2 is in the Quality Assurance and Compliance category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 11,286 9,289 3,869
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.83% 12.41% 11.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,687 6,220 2,427
10th Percentile £300 £270 £263
25th Percentile £413 £375 £356
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £490 £470
Median % change year-on-year +7.14% +4.26% +4.44%
75th Percentile £638 £588 £575
90th Percentile £738 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £425 £431
% change year-on-year +11.76% -1.28% +1.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 262 346 170
10th Percentile £12.50 £11.31 £11.48
25th Percentile £16.25 £13.53 £16.50
Median hourly rate £23.75 £20.68 £22.91
Median % change year-on-year +14.87% -9.76% +6.98%
75th Percentile £53.75 £40.13 £45.00
90th Percentile £72.25 £62.42 £53.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £18.64 £22.50
% change year-on-year +12.68% -17.17% -1.75%

SOC 2
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing SOC 2 as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for SOC 2 in the UK

SOC 2
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing SOC 2.

Daily rate trend for SOC 2 in the UK

SOC 2
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing SOC 2 over the 6 months to 19 August 2022.

Daily rate histogram for SOC 2 in the UK

SOC 2
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 SOC 2 within the UK over the 6 months to 19 August 2022. 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
Jobs
England -77 39 £625 +3.31% 9
London -58 26 £625 +2.46% 8
Work from Home -66 20 £550 -9.28% 2
UK excluding London -22 12 £675 -1.82% 1
Midlands -27 6 £775 -
West Midlands - 6 £775 -
South East - 5 £375 -
North West -12 1 £725 +20.83%
North of England -19 1 £725 +20.83% 1

For the 6 months to 19 August 2022, IT contractor jobs citing SOC 2 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 SOC 2.

1 36 (76.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 24 (51.06%) Information Security
3 23 (48.94%) NIST
4 22 (46.81%) CISSP
4 22 (46.81%) CISM
5 20 (42.55%) Risk Management
6 19 (40.43%) Legal
6 19 (40.43%) Social Skills
7 18 (38.30%) GDPR
8 15 (31.91%) Finance
9 14 (29.79%) CRISC
9 14 (29.79%) Cybersecurity
10 13 (27.66%) PCI DSS
10 13 (27.66%) SOC 1
11 12 (25.53%) Agile
11 12 (25.53%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 11 (23.40%) Identity Access Management
13 10 (21.28%) AWS
14 9 (19.15%) GRC
14 9 (19.15%) Presentation Skills
15 8 (17.02%) CISA
15 8 (17.02%) Firewall
15 8 (17.02%) Automotive
16 7 (14.89%) GAP Analysis
16 7 (14.89%) ISMS
16 7 (14.89%) Systems Engineering
17 6 (12.77%) Data Loss Prevention
17 6 (12.77%) Renewable Energy
17 6 (12.77%) Application Security
17 6 (12.77%) Impact Assessments

SOC 2
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 (2.13%) Confluence
Applications
1 1 (2.13%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 10 (21.28%) AWS
2 4 (8.51%) Azure
3 2 (4.26%) Microsoft 365
3 2 (4.26%) SaaS
4 1 (2.13%) Azure Active Directory
4 1 (2.13%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (2.13%) IaaS
4 1 (2.13%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 8 (17.02%) Firewall
2 6 (12.77%) MQTT
3 4 (8.51%) Network Security
Development Applications
1 1 (2.13%) Bitbucket
1 1 (2.13%) JIRA
General
1 19 (40.43%) Legal
1 19 (40.43%) Social Skills
2 15 (31.91%) Finance
3 9 (19.15%) Presentation Skills
4 8 (17.02%) Automotive
5 6 (12.77%) Manufacturing
6 5 (10.64%) Banking
7 2 (4.26%) Telecoms
8 1 (2.13%) Analytical Skills
8 1 (2.13%) Influencing Skills
Job Titles
1 12 (25.53%) Consultant
2 11 (23.40%) Analyst
3 9 (19.15%) Security Consultant
4 8 (17.02%) Security Manager
5 7 (14.89%) Architect
5 7 (14.89%) Information Security Consultant
5 7 (14.89%) Risk Analyst
5 7 (14.89%) Solutions Architect
6 6 (12.77%) Risk Management Analyst
7 5 (10.64%) Risk Consultant
8 4 (8.51%) Information Security Manager
8 4 (8.51%) Security Analyst
9 3 (6.38%) Information Manager
9 3 (6.38%) Risk Manager
10 2 (4.26%) Compliance Analyst
10 2 (4.26%) Compliance Manager
10 2 (4.26%) Compliance Specialist
10 2 (4.26%) Governance Manager
10 2 (4.26%) Junior
10 2 (4.26%) Junior Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (12.77%) JSON
1 6 (12.77%) LDAP
1 6 (12.77%) OAuth
1 6 (12.77%) OpenID
1 6 (12.77%) SAML
1 6 (12.77%) XML
2 1 (2.13%) Oracle Fusion
2 1 (2.13%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 6 (12.77%) IoT
1 6 (12.77%) Renewable Energy
2 4 (8.51%) Cloud Native
2 4 (8.51%) Security Operations Centre
3 3 (6.38%) Cyberthreat
3 3 (6.38%) Management Information System
4 2 (4.26%) Cyberattack
5 1 (2.13%) Blockchain
5 1 (2.13%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 4 (8.51%) Linux
1 4 (8.51%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (51.06%) Information Security
2 20 (42.55%) Risk Management
3 14 (29.79%) Cybersecurity
4 12 (25.53%) Agile
5 11 (23.40%) Identity Access Management
6 7 (14.89%) GAP Analysis
6 7 (14.89%) ISMS
6 7 (14.89%) Systems Engineering
7 6 (12.77%) Application Security
7 6 (12.77%) Customer Service
7 6 (12.77%) Data Loss Prevention
7 6 (12.77%) Impact Assessments
8 5 (10.64%) Fintech
8 5 (10.64%) Internal Audit
8 5 (10.64%) ITIL
9 4 (8.51%) Data Architecture
9 4 (8.51%) Low Latency
9 4 (8.51%) Project Management
9 4 (8.51%) SDLC
9 4 (8.51%) Security Operations
Programming Languages
1 6 (12.77%) C
Qualifications
1 22 (46.81%) CISM
1 22 (46.81%) CISSP
2 14 (29.79%) CRISC
3 8 (17.02%) CISA
4 4 (8.51%) Degree
5 3 (6.38%) (ISC)2 CCSP
5 3 (6.38%) CCSP
5 3 (6.38%) CEH
5 3 (6.38%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (4.26%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (76.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 23 (48.94%) NIST
3 18 (38.30%) GDPR
4 13 (27.66%) PCI DSS
4 13 (27.66%) SOC 1
5 12 (25.53%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 9 (19.15%) GRC
7 5 (10.64%) COBIT
8 4 (8.51%) COSO
8 4 (8.51%) NIST 800
9 2 (4.26%) HIPAA
10 1 (2.13%) Cyber Essentials
10 1 (2.13%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 1 (2.13%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 4 (8.51%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 2 (4.26%) OneTrust
2 1 (2.13%) Atlassian
2 1 (2.13%) CyberArk
2 1 (2.13%) Microsoft
2 1 (2.13%) Okta
2 1 (2.13%) Oracle
2 1 (2.13%) Ping Identity
2 1 (2.13%) Salesforce.com
2 1 (2.13%) Workday