The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the City of London region that had Penetration Tester featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 20 February 2017 with a comparison to same period over 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3 months to
20 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Penetration Tester
London / City of London
Rank 147 149 192
Rank change year-on-year
+2 +43
Contract jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 3 1 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 0.10% 0.032% 0.039%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.11% 0.033% 0.040%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 1 2
Median daily rate £488 £500 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.50% +14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £478 £500 £368
10% offered a daily rate of more than £498 £500 £508
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £500 £438
% change year-on-year
-10.00% +14.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £42.50 -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised in the City of London region. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
City of London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
2816 3002 4957
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 95.04% 95.67% 95.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 2227 2369 3803
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.55%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £625 £601
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 49 75
Median hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £17.87
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.98% +11.93%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.38 £53.00 £27.37
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £16.74
% change year-on-year
-2.77% +7.55%

Penetration Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

The demand trend of IT contracts across the City of London region that featured Penetration Tester in the job title.

Penetration Tester Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

Penetration Tester
Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Penetration Tester across the City of London region.

Penetration Tester Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

Penetration Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 20 February 2017, Penetration Tester contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the City of London region featuring Penetration Tester in the job title.

1 9 (100.00%) Penetration Testing
2 6 (66.67%) CREST Certified
3 5 (55.56%) Windows
4 4 (44.44%) Linux
4 4 (44.44%) CEH
4 4 (44.44%) CHECK Team Member
5 3 (33.33%) SANS
5 3 (33.33%) OWASP
6 2 (22.22%) Static Code Analysis
6 2 (22.22%) Mobile App
6 2 (22.22%) Cybersecurity
6 2 (22.22%) Mentoring
6 2 (22.22%) Secure Coding
6 2 (22.22%) OSSTMM
6 2 (22.22%) Burp Suite
6 2 (22.22%) Kali Linux
6 2 (22.22%) GPEN
6 2 (22.22%) OSCP
6 2 (22.22%) OSCE
6 2 (22.22%) IPv6
6 2 (22.22%) Unix
6 2 (22.22%) Project Management
6 2 (22.22%) Firewall
6 2 (22.22%) Risk Management
6 2 (22.22%) Finance
6 2 (22.22%) GIAC
6 2 (22.22%) Degree
6 2 (22.22%) QA
6 2 (22.22%) Nessus
6 2 (22.22%) Computer Forensics

Penetration Tester Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills in the City of London 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 (11.11%) nginx
Cloud Services
1 1 (11.11%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (22.22%) Firewall
1 2 (22.22%) IPv6
2 1 (11.11%) HTTP
2 1 (11.11%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (11.11%) MongoDB
1 1 (11.11%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 2 (22.22%) Burp Suite
General
1 2 (22.22%) Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (11.11%) Elastic Stack
1 1 (11.11%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (22.22%) Mobile App
2 1 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (11.11%) Cyber Defence
2 1 (11.11%) Fintech
Operating Systems
1 5 (55.56%) Windows
2 4 (44.44%) Linux
3 2 (22.22%) Kali Linux
3 2 (22.22%) Unix
4 1 (11.11%) Android
4 1 (11.11%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (100.00%) Penetration Testing
2 3 (33.33%) OWASP
3 2 (22.22%) Computer Forensics
3 2 (22.22%) Cybersecurity
3 2 (22.22%) Ethical Hacking
3 2 (22.22%) Information Security
3 2 (22.22%) Mentoring
3 2 (22.22%) OSSTMM
3 2 (22.22%) Project Management
3 2 (22.22%) Risk Management
3 2 (22.22%) Secure Coding
3 2 (22.22%) Static Code Analysis
4 1 (11.11%) Agile Software Development
4 1 (11.11%) Continuous Integration
4 1 (11.11%) SDLC
4 1 (11.11%) Security Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Social Engineering
4 1 (11.11%) Static Program Analysis
4 1 (11.11%) Threat Modelling
4 1 (11.11%) Vulnerability Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (11.11%) Java
1 1 (11.11%) PHP
1 1 (11.11%) Python
1 1 (11.11%) Ruby
1 1 (11.11%) SQL
Qualifications
1 6 (66.67%) CREST Certified
2 4 (44.44%) CEH
2 4 (44.44%) CHECK Team Member
3 3 (33.33%) SANS
4 2 (22.22%) Degree
4 2 (22.22%) GIAC
4 2 (22.22%) GPEN
4 2 (22.22%) OSCE
4 2 (22.22%) OSCP
5 1 (11.11%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (11.11%) CHECK Team Leader
5 1 (11.11%) CISM
5 1 (11.11%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (22.22%) QA
2 1 (11.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
Systems Management
1 2 (22.22%) Nessus
Vendors
1 1 (11.11%) WorldPay