Period
to 19 September 2020

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 19 September 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

SANS Institute
UK
6 months to
19 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 587 843 686
Rank change year-on-year +256 -157 +255
Permanent jobs citing SANS 118 243 554
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.24% 0.17% 0.33%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.07% 0.73% 1.40%
Number of salaries quoted 86 206 387
Median annual salary £47,500 £61,082 £55,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -22.24% +11.06% -8.33%
10th Percentile £39,375 £41,250 £37,500
90th Percentile £75,000 £95,000 £86,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £62,500 £55,000 £55,000
% change year-on-year +13.64% - +12.82%

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.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK
Permanent vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 11,005 33,131 39,655
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.10% 23.44% 23.68%
Number of salaries quoted 8,059 24,048 29,426
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +8.70%
10th Percentile £31,250 £26,750 £26,250
90th Percentile £87,500 £82,500 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +11.11% - +5.88%

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 19 September 2020.

Salary histogram for SANS in the UK

SANS
Top 14 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 19 September 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +228 93 £47,500 -23.59% 12
London +198 56 £47,500 -36.67% 4
UK excluding London +272 53 £62,500 +13.64% 10
North of England +165 14 £41,250 -25.00% 3
Wales +51 14 - -
East of England +139 13 £70,000 +47.37%
North West +133 11 £37,500 +10.29% 1
Work from Home +68 11 £42,500 -31.63%
Midlands +128 7 £63,000 +20.00% 3
West Midlands +94 6 £63,000 +20.00%
South East +212 3 £58,750 +11.90% 1
Yorkshire +123 3 £62,500 +13.64% 1
Scotland - 2 £47,250 - 2
East Midlands +93 1 £72,500 -14.71% 3

For the 6 months to 19 September 2020, IT 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 permanent job ads with a requirement for SANS.

1 98 (83.05%) Cybersecurity
2 71 (60.17%) Security Operations
3 68 (57.63%) SIEM
4 67 (56.78%) Information Security
5 62 (52.54%) Finance
6 56 (47.46%) Firewall
6 56 (47.46%) Manufacturing
7 47 (39.83%) Active Directory
8 44 (37.29%) Microsoft
8 44 (37.29%) Office 365
9 42 (35.59%) Python
10 39 (33.05%) Splunk
10 39 (33.05%) Security Testing
11 36 (30.51%) LogRhythm
11 36 (30.51%) CISSP
11 36 (30.51%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
11 36 (30.51%) Threat Intelligence
12 35 (29.66%) QRadar
12 35 (29.66%) IBM
13 34 (28.81%) AWS
14 33 (27.97%) Bash Shell
14 33 (27.97%) Security Operations Centre
15 32 (27.12%) CREST Certified
15 32 (27.12%) Public Sector
15 32 (27.12%) Marketing
15 32 (27.12%) Internet
15 32 (27.12%) Penetration Testing
16 31 (26.27%) Cisco
16 31 (26.27%) Linux
17 30 (25.42%) Business Intelligence

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 (0.85%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 26 (22.03%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 14 (11.86%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 44 (37.29%) Office 365
2 34 (28.81%) AWS
3 24 (20.34%) Azure
4 14 (11.86%) Logic Apps
5 3 (2.54%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 1 (0.85%) Akamai
6 1 (0.85%) GCP
Communications & Networking
1 56 (47.46%) Firewall
2 32 (27.12%) Internet
3 18 (15.25%) TCP/IP
4 17 (14.41%) Wireshark
5 16 (13.56%) DNS
6 14 (11.86%) DKIM
6 14 (11.86%) DMARC
7 11 (9.32%) Intrusion Detection
8 7 (5.93%) Network Security
9 3 (2.54%) SAN
9 3 (2.54%) SNMP
9 3 (2.54%) tcpdump
9 3 (2.54%) VLAN
10 2 (1.69%) LAN
10 2 (1.69%) MPLS
10 2 (1.69%) WAN
11 1 (0.85%) DHCP
11 1 (0.85%) FTP
11 1 (0.85%) POP3
11 1 (0.85%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.85%) DB2
1 1 (0.85%) MongoDB
1 1 (0.85%) MySQL
1 1 (0.85%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 14 (11.86%) Metasploit
2 6 (5.08%) Git (software)
3 5 (4.24%) GitLab
4 3 (2.54%) Burp Suite
5 1 (0.85%) Bitbucket Server
5 1 (0.85%) Jenkins
5 1 (0.85%) Subversion
General
1 62 (52.54%) Finance
2 56 (47.46%) Manufacturing
3 32 (27.12%) Marketing
3 32 (27.12%) Public Sector
4 30 (25.42%) Electronics
4 30 (25.42%) Telecoms
5 5 (4.24%) Law
6 4 (3.39%) Legal
7 2 (1.69%) Banking
8 1 (0.85%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.85%) Retail
Job Titles
1 43 (36.44%) Security Engineer
2 30 (25.42%) Analyst
3 26 (22.03%) Operations Engineer
4 24 (20.34%) Security Analyst
5 10 (8.47%) Senior Security Engineer
6 9 (7.63%) Penetration Tester
6 9 (7.63%) Tester
7 7 (5.93%) Security Advisor
7 7 (5.93%) Senior Analyst
8 5 (4.24%) Architect
8 5 (4.24%) DevOps Engineer
8 5 (4.24%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 5 (4.24%) Security Architect
8 5 (4.24%) Senior DevOps
8 5 (4.24%) Senior DevOps Engineer
8 5 (4.24%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
8 5 (4.24%) Senior Operations Engineer
8 5 (4.24%) Splunk Engineer
9 4 (3.39%) Security Consultant
9 4 (3.39%) Senior Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (16.10%) Web Services
2 7 (5.93%) .NET
3 2 (1.69%) ADO
3 2 (1.69%) REST
4 1 (0.85%) OAuth
4 1 (0.85%) React
4 1 (0.85%) React Native
4 1 (0.85%) Regular Expression
4 1 (0.85%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 33 (27.97%) Security Operations Centre
2 23 (19.49%) Cyberthreat
2 23 (19.49%) Management Information System
3 15 (12.71%) Mobile App
4 12 (10.17%) Self-Motivation
5 8 (6.78%) Analytical Skills
6 7 (5.93%) Public Cloud
7 6 (5.08%) Cybercrime
8 4 (3.39%) Blog
9 3 (2.54%) Social Media
10 2 (1.69%) Cyber Kill Chain
10 2 (1.69%) Cyberattack
10 2 (1.69%) PKI
11 1 (0.85%) Cyber Defence
11 1 (0.85%) Data Centre
11 1 (0.85%) Data Protection Act
11 1 (0.85%) Driving Licence
11 1 (0.85%) Greenfield Project
11 1 (0.85%) Linux Command Line
11 1 (0.85%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 31 (26.27%) Linux
2 28 (23.73%) Windows
3 14 (11.86%) Kali Linux
4 3 (2.54%) Mac OS X
4 3 (2.54%) Ubuntu
4 3 (2.54%) Unix
4 3 (2.54%) Windows Server
5 1 (0.85%) Android
5 1 (0.85%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 98 (83.05%) Cybersecurity
2 71 (60.17%) Security Operations
3 68 (57.63%) SIEM
4 67 (56.78%) Information Security
5 39 (33.05%) Security Testing
6 36 (30.51%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
6 36 (30.51%) Threat Intelligence
7 32 (27.12%) Penetration Testing
8 30 (25.42%) Business Intelligence
8 30 (25.42%) Digital Marketing
8 30 (25.42%) Programme Management
9 29 (24.58%) Privileged Access Management
10 28 (23.73%) Identity Management
11 26 (22.03%) Data Privacy
12 23 (19.49%) Cyber Intelligence
13 22 (18.64%) Vulnerability Management
14 20 (16.95%) ITIL
14 20 (16.95%) Vulnerability Scanning
15 18 (15.25%) Malware Reverse Engineering
15 18 (15.25%) Reverse Engineering
Programming Languages
1 42 (35.59%) Python
2 33 (27.97%) Bash Shell
3 15 (12.71%) SQL
4 12 (10.17%) C++
5 10 (8.47%) PowerShell
6 9 (7.63%) Perl
7 6 (5.08%) Java
8 4 (3.39%) C#
8 4 (3.39%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.85%) C
9 1 (0.85%) Clojure
9 1 (0.85%) PHP
9 1 (0.85%) Scala
Qualifications
1 36 (30.51%) CISSP
2 32 (27.12%) CREST Certified
3 27 (22.88%) Degree
4 21 (17.80%) GCIH
5 20 (16.95%) Cisco Certification
6 19 (16.10%) GCIA
7 18 (15.25%) CCNP
8 14 (11.86%) CCNA
9 13 (11.02%) OSCP
10 12 (10.17%) SC Cleared
10 12 (10.17%) Security Cleared
11 11 (9.32%) GIAC
12 9 (7.63%) GPEN
12 9 (7.63%) Postgraduate
13 7 (5.93%) CompTIA Security+
14 6 (5.08%) CISM
14 6 (5.08%) CISMP
15 5 (4.24%) CEH
15 5 (4.24%) CISA
15 5 (4.24%) CRISC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (15.25%) NIST
2 14 (11.86%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 13 (11.02%) COBIT
4 4 (3.39%) AICPA
4 4 (3.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (3.39%) PCI DSS
5 2 (1.69%) GDPR
6 1 (0.85%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 47 (39.83%) Active Directory
2 14 (11.86%) Snort
3 7 (5.93%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 35 (29.66%) QRadar
2 6 (5.08%) CSIRT
3 5 (4.24%) Terraform
4 4 (3.39%) Network Intrusion Detection System
5 3 (2.54%) CASB
6 2 (1.69%) Nessus
7 1 (0.85%) Ansible
7 1 (0.85%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
7 1 (0.85%) Host Intrusion Detection System
7 1 (0.85%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.85%) Puppet
7 1 (0.85%) RSA Archer
7 1 (0.85%) SCCM
Vendors
1 44 (37.29%) Microsoft
2 39 (33.05%) Splunk
3 36 (30.51%) LogRhythm
4 35 (29.66%) IBM
5 31 (26.27%) Cisco
6 30 (25.42%) SAP
7 26 (22.03%) ArcSight
7 26 (22.03%) BeyondTrust
7 26 (22.03%) Bomgar
7 26 (22.03%) CheckPoint
7 26 (22.03%) CyberArk
7 26 (22.03%) NetWitness
7 26 (22.03%) Palo Alto
7 26 (22.03%) Thycotic
8 9 (7.63%) Darktrace
9 7 (5.93%) VMware
10 3 (2.54%) Red Hat
11 2 (1.69%) Oracle
11 2 (1.69%) Qualys
11 2 (1.69%) TOWER Software