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 average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Penetration Testing over the 3 months to 28 November 2014 with a comparison to the same period in 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.

Location
3 months to
28 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Penetration Testing
Rank 192 221 194
Rank change year-on-year
+29 -27
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 11 9 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 0.19% 0.13% 0.094%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.24% 0.17% 0.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 4 6
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£500 £456 £478
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.58% -4.45%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £460 £411 £375
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £514 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £47.50 - -
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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
4559 5435 4802
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 77.69% 76.91% 75.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 3564 4025 3624
Average daily rate £450 £450 £450
90% offered a daily rate of more than £310 £313 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £613 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £363 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.89% -2.02%
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 70 80
Average hourly rate £18.00 £21.50 £27.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.27% -20.37%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.10 £11.50 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.80 £45.00 £53.38
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £29.75
% change year-on-year
-9.09% -7.56%

Penetration Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Penetration Testing across the City of London region as a proportion of the total demand within 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 28 November 2014.

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 28 November 2014, IT contractor jobs across the City of London region citing Penetration Testing also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Penetration Testing.

1 16 (50.00%) CISSP
1 16 (50.00%) Firewall
1 16 (50.00%) Information Security
2 14 (43.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 13 (40.63%) Risk Assessment
3 13 (40.63%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 10 (31.25%) CEH
4 10 (31.25%) Business Continuity
4 10 (31.25%) Network Security
4 10 (31.25%) Cisco
5 9 (28.13%) VPN
5 9 (28.13%) ITIL
5 9 (28.13%) Juniper
6 8 (25.00%) BCP
6 8 (25.00%) Wireless
6 8 (25.00%) Business Continuity Planning
7 6 (18.75%) Security Architecture
7 6 (18.75%) F5
7 6 (18.75%) Active Directory
7 6 (18.75%) DNS
7 6 (18.75%) SSL
7 6 (18.75%) Incident Management
7 6 (18.75%) Data Protection
7 6 (18.75%) Reverse Proxy
8 5 (15.63%) Computer Science
8 5 (15.63%) GIAC
8 5 (15.63%) CESG
8 5 (15.63%) Windows
8 5 (15.63%) Risk Management
8 5 (15.63%) CISM

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the City of London by Category

For the 6 months to 28 November 2014, IT contractor jobs across the City of London region citing Penetration Testing also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Penetration Testing. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 4 (12.50%) Tomcat
2 2 (6.25%) Apache
2 2 (6.25%) WebLogic
2 2 (6.25%) IIS
Applications
1 2 (6.25%) MS Excel
1 2 (6.25%) MS Visio
1 2 (6.25%) MS Project
1 2 (6.25%) MS Office
1 2 (6.25%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (3.13%) assyst
Communications & Networking
1 16 (50.00%) Firewall
2 10 (31.25%) Network Security
3 9 (28.13%) VPN
4 8 (25.00%) Wireless
5 6 (18.75%) DNS
5 6 (18.75%) SSL
5 6 (18.75%) Reverse Proxy
6 4 (12.50%) DHCP
7 3 (9.38%) Cisco ASA
7 3 (9.38%) LDAP
8 2 (6.25%) Intranet
8 2 (6.25%) Intrusion Detection
9 1 (3.13%) Wireless Security
9 1 (3.13%) LAN
9 1 (3.13%) VoIP
9 1 (3.13%) WAN
9 1 (3.13%) TCP/IP
9 1 (3.13%) Internet
9 1 (3.13%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.13%) IDOL
General
1 4 (12.50%) Finance
2 3 (9.38%) Retail
3 2 (6.25%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 9 (28.13%) Analyst
1 9 (28.13%) Security Analyst
2 5 (15.63%) Security Manager
2 5 (15.63%) Security Engineer
3 4 (12.50%) Senior Security Analyst
3 4 (12.50%) Project Engineer
3 4 (12.50%) Senior Analyst
3 4 (12.50%) IT Security Engineer
4 3 (9.38%) Designer
4 3 (9.38%) Infrastructure Designer
4 3 (9.38%) Penetration Tester
4 3 (9.38%) Consultant
4 3 (9.38%) Test Manager
4 3 (9.38%) Tester
5 2 (6.25%) Senior Information Security Analyst
5 2 (6.25%) Security Consultant
5 2 (6.25%) Information Security Consultant
5 2 (6.25%) Information Security Analyst
5 2 (6.25%) Information Analyst
5 2 (6.25%) Senior Information Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (6.25%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 5 (15.63%) Computer Science
1 5 (15.63%) CESG
2 4 (12.50%) RMADS
3 3 (9.38%) Management Information System
3 3 (9.38%) CESG CLAS
3 3 (9.38%) Mobile App
4 2 (6.25%) PKI
4 2 (6.25%) Open Source
5 1 (3.13%) Data Protection Act
5 1 (3.13%) PMI
5 1 (3.13%) User Experience
5 1 (3.13%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 5 (15.63%) Windows
2 2 (6.25%) Apple iOS
2 2 (6.25%) Linux
2 2 (6.25%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (50.00%) Information Security
2 13 (40.63%) Risk Assessment
2 13 (40.63%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 10 (31.25%) Business Continuity
4 9 (28.13%) ITIL
5 8 (25.00%) BCP
5 8 (25.00%) Business Continuity Planning
6 6 (18.75%) Security Architecture
6 6 (18.75%) Incident Management
6 6 (18.75%) Data Protection
7 5 (15.63%) Risk Management
7 5 (15.63%) Change Control
7 5 (15.63%) Vulnerability Management
7 5 (15.63%) Cyber Security
8 4 (12.50%) Service Delivery
9 3 (9.38%) ISMS
9 3 (9.38%) Risk Analysis
9 3 (9.38%) Security Testing
9 3 (9.38%) Technical Architecture
9 3 (9.38%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (6.25%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 16 (50.00%) CISSP
2 10 (31.25%) CEH
3 5 (15.63%) GIAC
3 5 (15.63%) CISM
4 4 (12.50%) CISA
4 4 (12.50%) SC Cleared
4 4 (12.50%) Security Cleared
5 3 (9.38%) Degree
6 2 (6.25%) GWAPT
6 2 (6.25%) GPEN
6 2 (6.25%) SSCP
6 2 (6.25%) MCP
6 2 (6.25%) GSEC
7 1 (3.13%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (3.13%) PMP
7 1 (3.13%) PMI Certification
7 1 (3.13%) MCSE
7 1 (3.13%) Security+ Certification
7 1 (3.13%) OSCP
7 1 (3.13%) CRISC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (43.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 4 (12.50%) PCI DSS
3 3 (9.38%) SLA
4 2 (6.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 2 (6.25%) ISO/IEC 17799
4 2 (6.25%) COBIT
4 2 (6.25%) QA
System Software
1 6 (18.75%) Active Directory
2 2 (6.25%) Nmap
3 1 (3.13%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 4 (12.50%) Nessus
Vendors
1 10 (31.25%) Cisco
2 9 (28.13%) Juniper
3 6 (18.75%) F5
4 3 (9.38%) Microsoft
5 2 (6.25%) IBM
5 2 (6.25%) Oracle
6 1 (3.13%) Qualys
6 1 (3.13%) VMware
6 1 (3.13%) HP
6 1 (3.13%) Splunk