Period
to 15 October 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for SOC 2 skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited SOC 2 over the 6 months to 15 October 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

System and Organization Controls (SOC) 2
UK
6 months to
15 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 959 666 1042
Rank change year-on-year -293 +376 +74
Permanent jobs citing SOC 2 85 26 59
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.068% 0.054% 0.043%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 0.45% 0.43% 0.31%
Number of salaries quoted 77 22 54
10th Percentile £43,250 £49,150 £40,375
25th Percentile £52,500 £56,250 £57,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £65,000 £75,000 £75,000
Median % change year-on-year -13.33% - +15.38%
75th Percentile £80,000 £85,000 £82,500
90th Percentile £95,000 £90,750 £88,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £60,000 £74,300 £65,000
% change year-on-year -19.25% +14.31% +56.63%

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 permanent job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
UK
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 19,091 5,983 19,138
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.26% 12.48% 13.91%
Number of salaries quoted 11,707 4,691 14,383
10th Percentile £31,250 £31,250 £28,500
25th Percentile £40,500 £41,250 £37,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £54,200 £53,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +1.31% +7.00% -
75th Percentile £71,250 £70,000 £67,500
90th Percentile £88,750 £85,000 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,000 £49,059 £45,000
% change year-on-year -4.20% +9.02% -

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
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for SOC 2 in the UK

SOC 2
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing SOC 2 over the 6 months to 15 October 2021.

Salary histogram for SOC 2 in the UK

SOC 2
Top 12 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing SOC 2 within the UK over the 6 months to 15 October 2021. 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 -267 72 £66,250 -11.67% 19
London -219 40 £70,000 -9.68% 8
UK excluding London -225 38 £60,000 -19.25% 11
South East -155 19 £52,500 -29.34% 4
Work from Home -263 14 £70,000 +55.56% 4
North of England -138 10 £57,500 -30.30% 6
Yorkshire - 7 £80,000 - 1
Northern Ireland - 4 £65,000 -
Wales - 4 £65,000 -
North West -104 2 £43,750 -46.97% 5
North East - 1 £57,500 -
South West - 1 £72,500 -

For the 6 months to 15 October 2021, IT 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 permanent job ads with a requirement for SOC 2.

1 78 (91.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 52 (61.18%) Information Security
3 38 (44.71%) Social Skills
4 32 (37.65%) NIST
5 30 (35.29%) Cybersecurity
6 23 (27.06%) Azure
7 22 (25.88%) Risk Management
8 20 (23.53%) PCI DSS
8 20 (23.53%) SOC 1
9 18 (21.18%) Analytics
10 17 (20.00%) Data Security
11 16 (18.82%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 16 (18.82%) GDPR
12 13 (15.29%) Banking
12 13 (15.29%) Vulnerability Management
12 13 (15.29%) OWASP
13 12 (14.12%) Trend Analysis
13 12 (14.12%) SANS
13 12 (14.12%) IT Audit
13 12 (14.12%) DevOps
13 12 (14.12%) GCIA
13 12 (14.12%) GSEC
13 12 (14.12%) GCIH
13 12 (14.12%) Back Office
13 12 (14.12%) COBIT
13 12 (14.12%) CISSP
13 12 (14.12%) SOC 3
14 11 (12.94%) Business Continuity
14 11 (12.94%) Analytical Skills
14 11 (12.94%) AWS

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 2 (2.35%) Confluence
2 1 (1.18%) Oracle SOA Suite
Business Applications
1 1 (1.18%) Oracle Receivables
1 1 (1.18%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 23 (27.06%) Azure
2 11 (12.94%) AWS
3 10 (11.76%) SaaS
4 9 (10.59%) GitHub
5 7 (8.24%) PaaS
6 6 (7.06%) IaaS
6 6 (7.06%) Mimecast
6 6 (7.06%) Serverless
7 4 (4.71%) GCP
7 4 (4.71%) Microsoft 365
8 3 (3.53%) BrowserStack
8 3 (3.53%) Datadog
8 3 (3.53%) GitHub Actions
9 1 (1.18%) Amazon GuardDuty
9 1 (1.18%) AWS CloudFormation
9 1 (1.18%) Azure Sentinel
9 1 (1.18%) Azure Service Bus
9 1 (1.18%) Power Platform
9 1 (1.18%) PowerApps
9 1 (1.18%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 10 (11.76%) Firewall
2 7 (8.24%) Network Security
2 7 (8.24%) VPN
3 6 (7.06%) VLAN
4 3 (3.53%) HTTP
5 2 (2.35%) Intrusion Detection
6 1 (1.18%) DHCP
6 1 (1.18%) DNS
6 1 (1.18%) LAN
6 1 (1.18%) SMTP
6 1 (1.18%) TCP/IP
6 1 (1.18%) VoIP
6 1 (1.18%) WAN
6 1 (1.18%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (4.71%) Data Lake
1 4 (4.71%) OLAP
1 4 (4.71%) OLTP
2 2 (2.35%) NoSQL
3 1 (1.18%) Azure SQL Database
3 1 (1.18%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.18%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 3 (3.53%) Android Studio
1 3 (3.53%) Appium
1 3 (3.53%) CircleCI
1 3 (3.53%) Git (software)
1 3 (3.53%) git-flow
2 2 (2.35%) JIRA
General
1 38 (44.71%) Social Skills
2 13 (15.29%) Banking
3 12 (14.12%) Back Office
4 11 (12.94%) Analytical Skills
5 8 (9.41%) Organisational Skills
6 7 (8.24%) Finance
7 6 (7.06%) Legal
8 5 (5.88%) Marketing
8 5 (5.88%) Telecoms
9 4 (4.71%) Influencing Skills
9 4 (4.71%) Pharmaceutical
10 3 (3.53%) Spanish Language
11 2 (2.35%) Advertising
11 2 (2.35%) Games
11 2 (2.35%) Presentation Skills
12 1 (1.18%) French Language
12 1 (1.18%) Law
12 1 (1.18%) Military
12 1 (1.18%) Retail
Job Titles
1 23 (27.06%) Security Manager
2 17 (20.00%) Analyst
2 17 (20.00%) Information Manager
2 17 (20.00%) Information Security Manager
3 14 (16.47%) Security Engineer
4 12 (14.12%) Security Analyst
5 7 (8.24%) Network Engineer
5 7 (8.24%) Network Security Engineer
6 6 (7.06%) Auditor
6 6 (7.06%) Cybersecurity Analyst
6 6 (7.06%) Information Analyst
6 6 (7.06%) Information Security Analyst
7 5 (5.88%) Azure Engineer
7 5 (5.88%) Data Engineer
7 5 (5.88%) IT Auditor
7 5 (5.88%) Risk Manager
7 5 (5.88%) Senior Data Engineer
7 5 (5.88%) Senior Manager
7 5 (5.88%) SOC Analyst
8 4 (4.71%) Senior Risk Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (4.71%) React
1 4 (4.71%) WebRTC
2 3 (3.53%) HTML
2 3 (3.53%) Node.js
2 3 (3.53%) OpenGL
2 3 (3.53%) REST
2 3 (3.53%) Unity (Game Engine)
2 3 (3.53%) Vulkan
3 1 (1.18%) Ruby on Rails
3 1 (1.18%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 10 (11.76%) Public Cloud
2 9 (10.59%) Management Information System
3 5 (5.88%) Self-Motivation
4 4 (4.71%) Data Structures
5 3 (3.53%) Augmented Reality
5 3 (3.53%) Mobile App
5 3 (3.53%) Video\Live Streaming
6 1 (1.18%) Algorithms
6 1 (1.18%) Cloud Native
6 1 (1.18%) Cyberattack
6 1 (1.18%) Data Centre
6 1 (1.18%) Data Protection Act
6 1 (1.18%) Greenfield Project
6 1 (1.18%) Legacy Code
6 1 (1.18%) NHS
6 1 (1.18%) Smart Meter
6 1 (1.18%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 4 (4.71%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (61.18%) Information Security
2 30 (35.29%) Cybersecurity
3 22 (25.88%) Risk Management
4 18 (21.18%) Analytics
5 17 (20.00%) Data Security
6 13 (15.29%) OWASP
6 13 (15.29%) Vulnerability Management
7 12 (14.12%) DevOps
7 12 (14.12%) IT Audit
7 12 (14.12%) Trend Analysis
8 11 (12.94%) Business Continuity
8 11 (12.94%) Data Protection
9 9 (10.59%) Security Architecture
10 8 (9.41%) Computer Science
10 8 (9.41%) Data Loss Prevention
10 8 (9.41%) Problem-Solving
10 8 (9.41%) Risk Assessment
10 8 (9.41%) Security Operations
11 7 (8.24%) Due Diligence
11 7 (8.24%) Privileged Access Management
Programming Languages
1 6 (7.06%) PowerShell
2 4 (4.71%) C++
2 4 (4.71%) Java
2 4 (4.71%) JavaScript
2 4 (4.71%) Kotlin
2 4 (4.71%) TypeScript
3 3 (3.53%) C#
3 3 (3.53%) SQL
4 1 (1.18%) Apple Swift
4 1 (1.18%) Objective-C
4 1 (1.18%) PHP
4 1 (1.18%) Python
4 1 (1.18%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 12 (14.12%) CISSP
1 12 (14.12%) GCIA
1 12 (14.12%) GCIH
1 12 (14.12%) GSEC
1 12 (14.12%) SANS
2 10 (11.76%) CISA
3 9 (10.59%) CISM
4 8 (9.41%) Degree
5 5 (5.88%) CRISC
6 4 (4.71%) Cisco Certification
6 4 (4.71%) SSCP
7 3 (3.53%) CCNA
7 3 (3.53%) CCNP
7 3 (3.53%) CCSA
7 3 (3.53%) Check Point Certification
7 3 (3.53%) ISACA
8 2 (2.35%) AWS Certification
9 1 (1.18%) (ISC)2 CCSP
9 1 (1.18%) SC Cleared
9 1 (1.18%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 78 (91.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 32 (37.65%) NIST
3 20 (23.53%) PCI DSS
3 20 (23.53%) SOC 1
4 16 (18.82%) GDPR
4 16 (18.82%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 12 (14.12%) COBIT
5 12 (14.12%) SOC 3
6 9 (10.59%) HIPAA
7 6 (7.06%) ISO 22301
8 5 (5.88%) ISO 9001
8 5 (5.88%) QA
9 2 (2.35%) Cyber Essentials
9 2 (2.35%) ISO/IEC 27005
10 1 (1.18%) NIST 800
System Software
1 3 (3.53%) Firmware
1 3 (3.53%) Hyper-V
2 2 (2.35%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 6 (7.06%) McAfee ePO
2 5 (5.88%) Single Sign-On
3 1 (1.18%) Ansible
3 1 (1.18%) Kubernetes
3 1 (1.18%) Nessus
3 1 (1.18%) Nmap
3 1 (1.18%) Puppet
3 1 (1.18%) Terraform
Vendors
1 6 (7.06%) CheckPoint
1 6 (7.06%) McAfee
1 6 (7.06%) Palo Alto
2 5 (5.88%) Microsoft
3 4 (4.71%) Google
4 3 (3.53%) Cisco
4 3 (3.53%) NetApp
4 3 (3.53%) Qualys
5 1 (1.18%) Atlassian
5 1 (1.18%) Oracle