SANS Institute
UK

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for SANS qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 6 months to 25 February 2024 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

6 months to
25 Feb 2024
Same period 2023 Same period 2022
Rank 761 816 898
Rank change year-on-year +55 +82 -194
Permanent jobs citing SANS 59 208 231
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.076% 0.19% 0.17%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.26% 0.62% 0.62%
Number of salaries quoted 41 101 132
10th Percentile £47,500 £47,500 £55,000
25th Percentile £55,500 £56,250 £65,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £58,000 £72,500 £72,500
Median % change year-on-year -20.00% - +0.69%
75th Percentile £73,750 £103,750 £100,000
90th Percentile £83,750 £115,000 £113,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £56,500 £61,250 £65,000
% change year-on-year -7.76% -5.77% -1.89%

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK

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 permanent job vacancies with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

Permanent vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 22,552 33,584 37,346
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 29.04% 30.32% 26.70%
Number of salaries quoted 14,851 15,672 18,048
10th Percentile £28,500 £31,250 £30,500
25th Percentile £39,085 £42,000 £41,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £57,500 £55,000
Median % change year-on-year -4.35% +4.55% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £77,500 £73,750
90th Percentile £90,000 £95,000 £91,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £50,845 £50,000
% change year-on-year -1.66% +1.69% -

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
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing SANS.

Salary trend for SANS in the UK

SANS
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing SANS over the 6 months to 25 February 2024.

Salary histogram for SANS in the UK

SANS
Top 13 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing SANS within the UK over the 6 months to 25 February 2024. 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Jobs
England +74 50 £57,500 -20.69% 24
Work from Home +108 33 £70,000 - 11
UK excluding London -9 30 £56,500 -7.76% 16
London +150 21 £72,500 -25.64% 5
North of England +71 17 £56,500 -11.37% 3
Yorkshire +114 11 £56,500 -
West Midlands +74 7 £58,000 -17.14% 1
Midlands +52 7 £58,000 -17.14% 2
North East +10 4 - - 1
South East +3 4 £52,500 -9.48% 2
North West +21 2 £62,500 -1.96% 2
East of England +45 1 - - 1
Scotland -16 1 - -

SANS
Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same employment type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Cloud Services
1 33 (55.93%) Azure
2 16 (27.12%) Microsoft 365
3 14 (23.73%) Azure DevOps
3 14 (23.73%) Azure Sentinel
3 14 (23.73%) Cloud Computing
3 14 (23.73%) Microsoft Purview
4 10 (16.95%) Entra ID
5 9 (15.25%) AWS
6 7 (11.86%) IaaS
6 7 (11.86%) PaaS
6 7 (11.86%) SaaS
7 6 (10.17%) Azure Service Fabric
8 2 (3.39%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 29 (49.15%) Firewall
2 21 (35.59%) LAN
2 21 (35.59%) Network Security
3 20 (33.90%) TCP/IP
4 18 (30.51%) WAN
5 16 (27.12%) Wireshark
6 4 (6.78%) VPN
7 2 (3.39%) HTTP
7 2 (3.39%) HTTPS
8 1 (1.69%) DHCP
8 1 (1.69%) DNS
8 1 (1.69%) Intrusion Detection
8 1 (1.69%) SAN
8 1 (1.69%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (10.17%) Azure SQL Database
2 2 (3.39%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 2 (3.39%) Burp Suite
1 2 (3.39%) SoapUI
General
1 17 (28.81%) Finance
2 15 (25.42%) Social Skills
3 6 (10.17%) Legal
4 4 (6.78%) Manufacturing
5 3 (5.08%) Law
5 3 (5.08%) Presentation Skills
5 3 (5.08%) Public Sector
6 2 (3.39%) Aeronautics
6 2 (3.39%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (3.39%) Automotive
6 2 (3.39%) Local Government
6 2 (3.39%) Retail
7 1 (1.69%) Advertising
7 1 (1.69%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 17 (28.81%) Analyst
1 17 (28.81%) Security Engineer
2 11 (18.64%) Information Security Engineer
3 10 (16.95%) Architect
3 10 (16.95%) Security Analyst
3 10 (16.95%) Security Architect
3 10 (16.95%) Senior
4 9 (15.25%) Lead
4 9 (15.25%) Team Leader
5 6 (10.17%) Information Architect
5 6 (10.17%) Information Security Architect
5 6 (10.17%) Senior Security Engineer
6 5 (8.47%) Consultant
6 5 (8.47%) Security Consultant
7 4 (6.78%) Cybersecurity Architect
7 4 (6.78%) Information Analyst
7 4 (6.78%) Information Security Analyst
7 4 (6.78%) Security Manager
8 3 (5.08%) Cybersecurity Analyst
8 3 (5.08%) Cybersecurity Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (13.56%) Web Services
2 6 (10.17%) REST
2 6 (10.17%) SOAP
3 1 (1.69%) React
Miscellaneous
1 27 (45.76%) Management Information System
2 14 (23.73%) Security Operations Centre
3 9 (15.25%) Cyber Threat
4 8 (13.56%) IoT
5 6 (10.17%) Distributed Systems
6 4 (6.78%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 3 (5.08%) Enterprise Software
7 3 (5.08%) Operational Technology
8 2 (3.39%) Cyber Defence
8 2 (3.39%) Cyberattack
8 2 (3.39%) Data Centre
8 2 (3.39%) Data Protection Act
8 2 (3.39%) Embedded Systems
8 2 (3.39%) Mobile App
8 2 (3.39%) NHS
8 2 (3.39%) PKI
8 2 (3.39%) Security Posture
9 1 (1.69%) Cyber Kill Chain
9 1 (1.69%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 22 (37.29%) Windows
2 14 (23.73%) Android
2 14 (23.73%) Apple iOS
3 4 (6.78%) Linux
4 2 (3.39%) Mac OS X
4 2 (3.39%) Unix
5 1 (1.69%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (74.58%) Cybersecurity
2 42 (71.19%) Information Security
3 30 (50.85%) SIEM
4 27 (45.76%) Security Management
5 23 (38.98%) Information Security Management
6 20 (33.90%) Regulatory Compliance
6 20 (33.90%) Roadmaps
6 20 (33.90%) Vulnerability Management
7 19 (32.20%) Data Loss Prevention
7 19 (32.20%) Identity Access Management
8 18 (30.51%) Cloud Security
9 16 (27.12%) Cryptography
9 16 (27.12%) Process Improvement
9 16 (27.12%) Security Operations
10 15 (25.42%) Application Security
11 14 (23.73%) Agile
11 14 (23.73%) Ethical Hacking
11 14 (23.73%) Key Management
11 14 (23.73%) Secrets Management
11 14 (23.73%) Zero Trust
Programming Languages
1 25 (42.37%) Python
2 21 (35.59%) PowerShell
3 6 (10.17%) SQL
4 5 (8.47%) Bash
5 2 (3.39%) C#
5 2 (3.39%) Go
5 2 (3.39%) Kusto Query Language
6 1 (1.69%) Java
6 1 (1.69%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 52 (88.14%) CISSP
2 26 (44.07%) CEH
2 26 (44.07%) GIAC
3 18 (30.51%) CISM
4 16 (27.12%) (ISC)2 CCSP
4 16 (27.12%) CCSP
4 16 (27.12%) Cisco Certification
5 14 (23.73%) SSCP
6 13 (22.03%) CISA
6 13 (22.03%) Degree
7 9 (15.25%) Computer Science Degree
8 8 (13.56%) OSCP
9 7 (11.86%) CompTIA Security+
9 7 (11.86%) CRISC
10 6 (10.17%) AWS Certification
10 6 (10.17%) Azure Certification
10 6 (10.17%) Master's Degree
10 6 (10.17%) SC Cleared
10 6 (10.17%) Security Cleared
11 5 (8.47%) GCIH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (50.85%) NIST
2 24 (40.68%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 24 (40.68%) PCI DSS
3 8 (13.56%) COBIT
3 8 (13.56%) GDPR
4 6 (10.17%) Web Application Security Consortium
5 4 (6.78%) HIPAA
5 4 (6.78%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 3 (5.08%) Cyber Essentials
6 3 (5.08%) GRC
6 3 (5.08%) NCSC
6 3 (5.08%) QA
7 2 (3.39%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 2 (3.39%) GLBA
7 2 (3.39%) IASME
7 2 (3.39%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (1.69%) NIST 800
System Software
1 14 (23.73%) Virtual Desktop
2 7 (11.86%) Active Directory
3 1 (1.69%) Hyper-V
3 1 (1.69%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 18 (30.51%) Microsoft Intune
2 14 (23.73%) Nmap
3 6 (10.17%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
4 2 (3.39%) CSIRT
5 1 (1.69%) Kubernetes
5 1 (1.69%) Terraform
Vendors
1 20 (33.90%) Microsoft
2 16 (27.12%) Qualys
3 14 (23.73%) Rapid7
3 14 (23.73%) Splunk
3 14 (23.73%) Thycotic
4 2 (3.39%) Google
4 2 (3.39%) Sophos
4 2 (3.39%) VMware