Period
to 29 July 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 29 July 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

System and Organization Controls (SOC) 2
UK
6 months to
29 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 931 738 1031
Rank change year-on-year -193 +293 +118
Permanent jobs citing SOC 2 64 54 85
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.057% 0.078% 0.059%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 0.39% 0.61% 0.42%
Number of salaries quoted 52 40 79
10th Percentile £42,250 £27,263 £56,250
25th Percentile £52,500 £55,000 £59,375
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £69,000 £72,500 £75,000
Median % change year-on-year -4.83% -3.33% +11.11%
75th Percentile £84,063 £82,500 £83,750
90th Percentile £95,000 £87,125 £114,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £55,000 £60,000 £65,000
% change year-on-year -8.33% -7.69% -13.33%

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 16,227 8,883 20,263
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.37% 12.87% 14.07%
Number of salaries quoted 10,068 6,848 15,052
10th Percentile £31,250 £30,000 £28,500
25th Percentile £40,500 £40,000 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £53,590 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +2.08% +5.00% -
75th Percentile £71,250 £70,000 £67,500
90th Percentile £87,500 £85,000 £83,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year - +5.56% -

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 29 July 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 29 July 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 -168 55 £68,750 -5.17% 16
London -131 30 £77,500 - 7
UK excluding London -108 25 £55,000 -8.33% 9
South East - 17 £52,500 - 3
Work from Home -240 14 £69,500 -10.32% 4
North of England -67 3 £55,000 -16.67% 2
West Midlands -72 3 £70,000 +16.67%
Midlands -89 3 £70,000 +16.67% 2
Yorkshire -69 2 £55,000 -3.51% 2
East of England -38 1 £65,000 - 2
North West -56 1 £40,000 -46.67%
South West - 1 £42,500 -

For the 6 months to 29 July 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 56 (87.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 32 (50.00%) Information Security
3 31 (48.44%) Social Skills
4 24 (37.50%) Azure
5 21 (32.81%) Cybersecurity
5 21 (32.81%) NIST
6 19 (29.69%) PCI DSS
7 18 (28.13%) OWASP
8 16 (25.00%) Vulnerability Management
8 16 (25.00%) Risk Management
9 15 (23.44%) SaaS
9 15 (23.44%) GDPR
10 13 (20.31%) AWS
11 12 (18.75%) DevOps
11 12 (18.75%) Public Cloud
11 12 (18.75%) Security Operations
11 12 (18.75%) Java
12 11 (17.19%) Business Continuity
13 10 (15.63%) Data Protection
13 10 (15.63%) COBIT
13 10 (15.63%) ISO 22301
13 10 (15.63%) GCP
13 10 (15.63%) PaaS
13 10 (15.63%) IaaS
13 10 (15.63%) Privileged Access Management
14 9 (14.06%) Problem-Solving
14 9 (14.06%) Time Management
14 9 (14.06%) PowerShell
14 9 (14.06%) TDD
14 9 (14.06%) ITIL

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 3 (4.69%) Elasticsearch
2 1 (1.56%) Confluence
2 1 (1.56%) Oracle SOA Suite
Business Applications
1 3 (4.69%) Sentinel
2 1 (1.56%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 24 (37.50%) Azure
2 15 (23.44%) SaaS
3 13 (20.31%) AWS
4 10 (15.63%) GCP
4 10 (15.63%) IaaS
4 10 (15.63%) PaaS
5 8 (12.50%) GitHub
6 6 (9.38%) Serverless
7 5 (7.81%) Power Platform
7 5 (7.81%) PowerApps
8 3 (4.69%) Azure Sentinel
8 3 (4.69%) Azure Service Bus
8 3 (4.69%) BrowserStack
8 3 (4.69%) Cloud Computing
8 3 (4.69%) Datadog
9 2 (3.13%) Azure Active Directory
9 2 (3.13%) Azure Key Vault
10 1 (1.56%) Amazon GuardDuty
10 1 (1.56%) AWS CloudFormation
10 1 (1.56%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 4 (6.25%) Internet
2 3 (4.69%) Network Security
3 2 (3.13%) Firewall
3 2 (3.13%) Intrusion Detection
3 2 (3.13%) VPN
4 1 (1.56%) VoIP
4 1 (1.56%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (4.69%) Azure SQL Database
1 3 (4.69%) Data Warehouse
1 3 (4.69%) PostgreSQL
1 3 (4.69%) Redis
2 2 (3.13%) Data Lake
2 2 (3.13%) OLAP
2 2 (3.13%) OLTP
2 2 (3.13%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 8 (12.50%) Git (software)
2 7 (10.94%) JIRA
3 3 (4.69%) Android Studio
3 3 (4.69%) Appium
3 3 (4.69%) CircleCI
3 3 (4.69%) git-flow
3 3 (4.69%) Travis CI
4 1 (1.56%) Jenkins
4 1 (1.56%) TeamCity
General
1 31 (48.44%) Social Skills
2 8 (12.50%) Finance
3 6 (9.38%) Presentation Skills
4 4 (6.25%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (6.25%) Legal
4 4 (6.25%) Marketing
5 3 (4.69%) Influencing Skills
5 3 (4.69%) Organisational Skills
5 3 (4.69%) Public Sector
5 3 (4.69%) Spanish Language
6 2 (3.13%) Games
7 1 (1.56%) Military
7 1 (1.56%) Public Speaking
7 1 (1.56%) Retail
7 1 (1.56%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 11 (17.19%) Security Engineer
2 7 (10.94%) Analyst
2 7 (10.94%) Security Manager
3 6 (9.38%) Architect
3 6 (9.38%) Cloud Architect
4 5 (7.81%) Auditor
4 5 (7.81%) Information Manager
4 5 (7.81%) Information Security Manager
4 5 (7.81%) IT Auditor
4 5 (7.81%) Junior
4 5 (7.81%) Junior Architect
5 4 (6.25%) C# Architect
5 4 (6.25%) Cloud Consultant
5 4 (6.25%) Cloud Engineer
5 4 (6.25%) Consultant
5 4 (6.25%) Java Architect
5 4 (6.25%) Junior Java Architect
5 4 (6.25%) Salesforce Architect
5 4 (6.25%) Security Analyst
5 4 (6.25%) Security Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (6.25%) WebRTC
2 3 (4.69%) OpenGL
2 3 (4.69%) REST
2 3 (4.69%) Unity (Game Engine)
2 3 (4.69%) Vulkan
3 2 (3.13%) .NET
3 2 (3.13%) .NET Core
3 2 (3.13%) .NET Framework
3 2 (3.13%) React
3 2 (3.13%) RESTful
3 2 (3.13%) Ruby on Rails
3 2 (3.13%) SOAP
3 2 (3.13%) Vue.js
3 2 (3.13%) Web Services
3 2 (3.13%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 12 (18.75%) Public Cloud
2 8 (12.50%) Management Information System
3 5 (7.81%) Cloud Native
3 5 (7.81%) Data Structures
4 3 (4.69%) Augmented Reality
4 3 (4.69%) Cyberthreat
4 3 (4.69%) NHS
4 3 (4.69%) Self-Motivation
4 3 (4.69%) Video\Live Streaming
5 1 (1.56%) Algorithms
5 1 (1.56%) Cyberattack
5 1 (1.56%) Hybrid Cloud
5 1 (1.56%) Legacy Code
5 1 (1.56%) Smart Meter
5 1 (1.56%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 5 (7.81%) Linux
2 4 (6.25%) Android
3 2 (3.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 2 (3.13%) SUSE
3 2 (3.13%) Windows
3 2 (3.13%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (50.00%) Information Security
2 21 (32.81%) Cybersecurity
3 18 (28.13%) OWASP
4 16 (25.00%) Risk Management
4 16 (25.00%) Vulnerability Management
5 12 (18.75%) DevOps
5 12 (18.75%) Security Operations
6 11 (17.19%) Business Continuity
7 10 (15.63%) Data Protection
7 10 (15.63%) Privileged Access Management
8 9 (14.06%) ITIL
8 9 (14.06%) Problem-Solving
8 9 (14.06%) TDD
8 9 (14.06%) Time Management
9 8 (12.50%) IT Audit
10 7 (10.94%) Cloud Operations
10 7 (10.94%) Computer Science
10 7 (10.94%) DevSecOps
10 7 (10.94%) Security Testing
10 7 (10.94%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 12 (18.75%) Java
2 9 (14.06%) PowerShell
3 8 (12.50%) C#
4 5 (7.81%) Apex Code
5 4 (6.25%) C++
5 4 (6.25%) Kotlin
5 4 (6.25%) Python
6 3 (4.69%) Bash Shell
6 3 (4.69%) Go
6 3 (4.69%) SQL
7 2 (3.13%) Ruby
8 1 (1.56%) Apple Swift
8 1 (1.56%) JavaScript
8 1 (1.56%) Objective-C
8 1 (1.56%) PHP
8 1 (1.56%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 8 (12.50%) Degree
2 6 (9.38%) CISA
2 6 (9.38%) CISSP
3 5 (7.81%) CISM
4 3 (4.69%) ISSAP
4 3 (4.69%) ISSEP
4 3 (4.69%) OSCE
4 3 (4.69%) OSCP
5 2 (3.13%) (ISC)2 CCSP
5 2 (3.13%) Cisco Certification
5 2 (3.13%) CRISC
5 2 (3.13%) ISACA
6 1 (1.56%) AWS Certification
6 1 (1.56%) CCSP
6 1 (1.56%) ISO 27001 Lead Implementer
6 1 (1.56%) SC Cleared
6 1 (1.56%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 56 (87.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 21 (32.81%) NIST
3 19 (29.69%) PCI DSS
4 15 (23.44%) GDPR
5 10 (15.63%) COBIT
5 10 (15.63%) ISO 22301
6 8 (12.50%) Cyber Essentials
7 5 (7.81%) GRC
7 5 (7.81%) QA
7 5 (7.81%) SOC 1
8 4 (6.25%) HIPAA
8 4 (6.25%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 2 (3.13%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 2 (3.13%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 2 (3.13%) ISO/IEC 27005
9 2 (3.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 1 (1.56%) FedRAMP
10 1 (1.56%) ISAE 3402
10 1 (1.56%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 6 (9.38%) Active Directory
2 4 (6.25%) Docker
3 2 (3.13%) Virtual Desktop
3 2 (3.13%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 6 (9.38%) Puppet
2 4 (6.25%) Kubernetes
2 4 (6.25%) Terraform
3 3 (4.69%) Consul
3 3 (4.69%) linkerd
3 3 (4.69%) Prometheus
4 1 (1.56%) Ansible
4 1 (1.56%) Nessus
4 1 (1.56%) Nmap
4 1 (1.56%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 6 (9.38%) Google
2 5 (7.81%) Salesforce.com
3 3 (4.69%) Microsoft
3 3 (4.69%) Oracle
3 3 (4.69%) Qualys
4 1 (1.56%) Atlassian