The table below looks at the statistics for Penetration Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the City of London region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Penetration Testing over the 3 months to 25 February 2017 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 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
25 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Penetration Testing
London / City of London
Rank 138 146 179
Rank change year-on-year
+8 +33
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 10 13 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 0.34% 0.41% 0.19%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.40% 0.47% 0.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 9 6
Median daily rate £500 £475 £538
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.26% -11.62%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £415 £395 £375
10% offered a daily rate of more than £608 £500 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £375
% change year-on-year
+5.88% +13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £60.87 £46.25 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+31.61% +32.14%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the City of London region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
City of London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2475 2787 4253
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 84.85% 86.90% 82.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 1964 2211 3314
Median daily rate £500 £485 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.09% +7.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £345 £325 £313
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £408 £400 £400
% change year-on-year
+1.87% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 28 32
Median hourly rate £21.75 £22.00 £20.45
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.13% +7.60%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £13.00 £12.95
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £80.00 £53.00 £45.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £40.00 £27.79
% change year-on-year
-10.00% +43.93%

Penetration Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

The demand trend of contract jobs across the City of London region citing Penetration Testing as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Penetration Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

Penetration Testing
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 Testing across the City of London region.

Penetration Testing Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

Penetration Testing
Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Penetration Testing across the City of London region over the 3 months to 25 February 2017.

Penetration Testing Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 25 February 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Penetration Testing also mentioned the following 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 with a requirement for Penetration Testing.

1 9 (39.13%) Finance
1 9 (39.13%) Information Security
1 9 (39.13%) CREST Certified
2 7 (30.43%) Windows
3 6 (26.09%) Linux
3 6 (26.09%) Cybersecurity
3 6 (26.09%) CHECK Team Member
4 5 (21.74%) Secure Coding
4 5 (21.74%) Mobile App
4 5 (21.74%) Degree
4 5 (21.74%) OWASP
4 5 (21.74%) Project Management
4 5 (21.74%) CEH
5 4 (17.39%) Computer Forensics
5 4 (17.39%) Risk Management
5 4 (17.39%) Cyber Defence
5 4 (17.39%) SANS
6 3 (13.04%) Java
6 3 (13.04%) Python
6 3 (13.04%) Ethical Hacking
6 3 (13.04%) PostgreSQL
6 3 (13.04%) SC Cleared
6 3 (13.04%) Security Cleared
6 3 (13.04%) Continuous Integration
6 3 (13.04%) SIEM
6 3 (13.04%) BPSS Clearance
6 3 (13.04%) DevOps
6 3 (13.04%) Analytical Skills
7 2 (8.70%) Mentoring
7 2 (8.70%) Node.js

Penetration Testing
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 2 (8.70%) MS Exchange
1 2 (8.70%) nginx
2 1 (4.35%) Apache
2 1 (4.35%) OpenStack
2 1 (4.35%) Tomcat
Business Applications
1 2 (8.70%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (8.70%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (8.70%) Azure Active Directory
1 2 (8.70%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (8.70%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (8.70%) DNS
1 2 (8.70%) Firewall
1 2 (8.70%) HTTP
1 2 (8.70%) IPv6
2 1 (4.35%) Intrusion Detection
2 1 (4.35%) Network Security
2 1 (4.35%) Reverse Proxy
2 1 (4.35%) SSL
2 1 (4.35%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (13.04%) PostgreSQL
2 2 (8.70%) MongoDB
2 2 (8.70%) SQL Server
2 2 (8.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (4.35%) Redis
3 1 (4.35%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 2 (8.70%) Burp Suite
1 2 (8.70%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (4.35%) Git (software)
2 1 (4.35%) Jenkins
2 1 (4.35%) Travis CI
General
1 9 (39.13%) Finance
2 1 (4.35%) Legal
Job Titles
1 9 (39.13%) Penetration Tester
1 9 (39.13%) Tester
2 4 (17.39%) Consultant
3 2 (8.70%) Analyst
3 2 (8.70%) CRM Consultant
3 2 (8.70%) Dynamics CRM Consultant
3 2 (8.70%) Infrastructure Consultant
3 2 (8.70%) Infrastructure Tester
3 2 (8.70%) Security Analyst
3 2 (8.70%) Security Consultant
3 2 (8.70%) Security Penetration Tester
3 2 (8.70%) Security Specialist
3 2 (8.70%) Security Tester
3 2 (8.70%) Team Leader
4 1 (4.35%) Ethical Hacker
4 1 (4.35%) Head of DevOps
4 1 (4.35%) Head of Digital
4 1 (4.35%) Head of Operations
4 1 (4.35%) Head of Technical Operations
4 1 (4.35%) Security Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (8.70%) Node.js
2 1 (4.35%) .NET
2 1 (4.35%) Elastic Stack
2 1 (4.35%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 5 (21.74%) Mobile App
2 4 (17.39%) Cyber Defence
3 3 (13.04%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (8.70%) Fintech
5 1 (4.35%) CESG
Operating Systems
1 7 (30.43%) Windows
2 6 (26.09%) Linux
3 2 (8.70%) Kali Linux
3 2 (8.70%) Unix
4 1 (4.35%) Android
4 1 (4.35%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (39.13%) Information Security
2 6 (26.09%) Cybersecurity
3 5 (21.74%) OWASP
3 5 (21.74%) Project Management
3 5 (21.74%) Secure Coding
4 4 (17.39%) Computer Forensics
4 4 (17.39%) Risk Management
5 3 (13.04%) Continuous Integration
5 3 (13.04%) DevOps
5 3 (13.04%) Ethical Hacking
5 3 (13.04%) SIEM
6 2 (8.70%) Agile Software Development
6 2 (8.70%) CRM
6 2 (8.70%) Mentoring
6 2 (8.70%) Open Source
6 2 (8.70%) OSSTMM
6 2 (8.70%) Static Code Analysis
6 2 (8.70%) Technical Architecture
6 2 (8.70%) Vulnerability Management
7 1 (4.35%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (13.04%) Java
1 3 (13.04%) Python
2 2 (8.70%) PowerShell
3 1 (4.35%) Bash Shell
3 1 (4.35%) Perl
3 1 (4.35%) PHP
3 1 (4.35%) Ruby
3 1 (4.35%) SQL
Qualifications
1 9 (39.13%) CREST Certified
2 6 (26.09%) CHECK Team Member
3 5 (21.74%) CEH
3 5 (21.74%) Degree
4 4 (17.39%) SANS
5 3 (13.04%) BPSS Clearance
5 3 (13.04%) SC Cleared
5 3 (13.04%) Security Cleared
6 2 (8.70%) CHECK Team Leader
6 2 (8.70%) CISM
6 2 (8.70%) CISSP
6 2 (8.70%) GIAC
6 2 (8.70%) GPEN
6 2 (8.70%) OSCE
6 2 (8.70%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (8.70%) QA
2 1 (4.35%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (4.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (4.35%) ISO27002
System Software
1 2 (8.70%) Active Directory
2 1 (4.35%) oVirt
2 1 (4.35%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 2 (8.70%) Nessus
2 1 (4.35%) Ansible
2 1 (4.35%) Puppet
Vendors
1 2 (8.70%) Microsoft
1 2 (8.70%) WorldPay
2 1 (4.35%) CyberArk
2 1 (4.35%) Splunk
2 1 (4.35%) Symantec
2 1 (4.35%) VMware