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 23 September 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
23 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Penetration Testing
Rank 177 205 219
Rank change year-on-year
+28 +14
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 20 12 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 0.34% 0.17% 0.11%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.45% 0.22% 0.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 7 7
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.94% +11.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £383 £448 £355
10% offered a daily rate of more than £595 £493 £460
UK excluding London average daily rate £450 £403 £350
% change year-on-year
+11.80% +15.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £60.00 £37.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year
+60.00% -6.25%
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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
4472 5496 5951
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 76.34% 76.56% 75.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 3358 4067 4384
Average daily rate £450 £450 £450
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £315 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £600 £625
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £367 £363
% change year-on-year
+2.17% +1.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 45 66 93
Average hourly rate £21.75 £20.93 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.94% -32.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.07 £11.75 £16.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £52.50 £51.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.75 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-14.16% -

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 23 September 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 23 September 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 26 (63.41%) Firewall
2 20 (48.78%) Cisco
3 19 (46.34%) Business Continuity
3 19 (46.34%) Network Security
4 18 (43.90%) Juniper
5 17 (41.46%) BCP
5 17 (41.46%) Risk Assessment
5 17 (41.46%) Wireless
5 17 (41.46%) Business Continuity Planning
6 15 (36.59%) Security Architecture
6 15 (36.59%) F5
6 15 (36.59%) SSL
7 14 (34.15%) CISSP
7 14 (34.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 13 (31.71%) Information Security
8 13 (31.71%) VPN
9 11 (26.83%) Vulnerability Assessment
10 10 (24.39%) Reverse Proxy
11 9 (21.95%) ITIL
11 9 (21.95%) CEH
12 7 (17.07%) Risk Management
12 7 (17.07%) DNS
12 7 (17.07%) Active Directory
12 7 (17.07%) Security Cleared
13 6 (14.63%) Data Protection
13 6 (14.63%) SC Cleared
13 6 (14.63%) Management Information System
13 6 (14.63%) Incident Management
14 5 (12.20%) CESG
14 5 (12.20%) Blue Coat

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

For the 6 months to 23 September 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 2 (4.88%) WebLogic
1 2 (4.88%) Tomcat
Applications
1 2 (4.88%) MS Project
1 2 (4.88%) MS Office
1 2 (4.88%) MS Excel
1 2 (4.88%) MS Visio
1 2 (4.88%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (2.44%) assyst
Communications & Networking
1 26 (63.41%) Firewall
2 19 (46.34%) Network Security
3 17 (41.46%) Wireless
4 15 (36.59%) SSL
5 13 (31.71%) VPN
6 10 (24.39%) Reverse Proxy
7 7 (17.07%) DNS
8 5 (12.20%) DHCP
9 3 (7.32%) LDAP
9 3 (7.32%) Cisco ASA
10 2 (4.88%) Intrusion Detection
10 2 (4.88%) SAN
10 2 (4.88%) Intranet
10 2 (4.88%) LAN
10 2 (4.88%) VoIP
10 2 (4.88%) WAN
11 1 (2.44%) TCP/IP
11 1 (2.44%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (4.88%) IDOL
General
1 4 (9.76%) Finance
1 4 (9.76%) Retail
2 2 (4.88%) Advertising
3 1 (2.44%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 15 (36.59%) Security Engineer
2 13 (31.71%) Project Engineer
3 10 (24.39%) Analyst
3 10 (24.39%) Security Analyst
4 8 (19.51%) IT Security Engineer
5 5 (12.20%) Senior Security Analyst
5 5 (12.20%) Security Manager
5 5 (12.20%) Senior Analyst
6 3 (7.32%) Information Security Analyst
6 3 (7.32%) Information Analyst
6 3 (7.32%) Test Manager
6 3 (7.32%) Infrastructure Designer
6 3 (7.32%) Senior Information Analyst
6 3 (7.32%) Designer
6 3 (7.32%) Senior Information Security Analyst
7 2 (4.88%) IT Operations Manager
7 2 (4.88%) Tester
7 2 (4.88%) Operations Manager
7 2 (4.88%) Penetration Tester
8 1 (2.44%) Security Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.44%) HTML
1 1 (2.44%) .NET
1 1 (2.44%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 6 (14.63%) Management Information System
2 5 (12.20%) CESG
2 5 (12.20%) RMADS
3 4 (9.76%) Computer Science
4 3 (7.32%) CESG CLAS
4 3 (7.32%) PKI
5 2 (4.88%) Data Protection Act
5 2 (4.88%) Open Source
5 2 (4.88%) Mobile App
5 2 (4.88%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (2.44%) User Experience
6 1 (2.44%) Embedded Systems
Operating Systems
1 5 (12.20%) Windows
2 3 (7.32%) Linux
3 2 (4.88%) Apple iOS
4 1 (2.44%) UNIX
4 1 (2.44%) AIX
4 1 (2.44%) Windows NT
4 1 (2.44%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (2.44%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (46.34%) Business Continuity
2 17 (41.46%) Risk Assessment
2 17 (41.46%) BCP
2 17 (41.46%) Business Continuity Planning
3 15 (36.59%) Security Architecture
4 13 (31.71%) Information Security
5 11 (26.83%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 9 (21.95%) ITIL
7 7 (17.07%) Risk Management
8 6 (14.63%) Incident Management
8 6 (14.63%) Data Protection
9 4 (9.76%) Cyber Security
9 4 (9.76%) Technical Architecture
9 4 (9.76%) Risk Analysis
9 4 (9.76%) Service Delivery
10 3 (7.32%) TOGAF
10 3 (7.32%) Service Management
10 3 (7.32%) Information Assurance
10 3 (7.32%) ITIL V3
10 3 (7.32%) Change Control
Programming Languages
1 2 (4.88%) Java
1 2 (4.88%) C
2 1 (2.44%) C++
2 1 (2.44%) SQL
2 1 (2.44%) VB
2 1 (2.44%) Python
2 1 (2.44%) Shell Script
2 1 (2.44%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 14 (34.15%) CISSP
2 9 (21.95%) CEH
3 7 (17.07%) Security Cleared
4 6 (14.63%) SC Cleared
5 5 (12.20%) CISA
6 4 (9.76%) CISM
6 4 (9.76%) GIAC
7 2 (4.88%) Degree
8 1 (2.44%) Chartered Engineer
8 1 (2.44%) CRISC
8 1 (2.44%) GPEN
8 1 (2.44%) OSCP
8 1 (2.44%) GSEC
8 1 (2.44%) Security+ Certification
8 1 (2.44%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (2.44%) SSCP
8 1 (2.44%) MCP
8 1 (2.44%) HND
8 1 (2.44%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (34.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 4 (9.76%) PCI DSS
3 3 (7.32%) SLA
4 2 (4.88%) QA
5 1 (2.44%) ISO/IEC 17799
5 1 (2.44%) GPG13
5 1 (2.44%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (2.44%) COBIT
System Software
1 7 (17.07%) Active Directory
2 2 (4.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (2.44%) Terminal Server
3 1 (2.44%) Nmap
Systems Management
1 3 (7.32%) Nessus
2 1 (2.44%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (2.44%) CORE IMPACT
Vendors
1 20 (48.78%) Cisco
2 18 (43.90%) Juniper
3 15 (36.59%) F5
4 5 (12.20%) Ruckus Wireless
4 5 (12.20%) Websense
4 5 (12.20%) Blue Coat
4 5 (12.20%) Microsoft
5 3 (7.32%) HP
5 3 (7.32%) Oracle
6 2 (4.88%) IBM
6 2 (4.88%) VMware
7 1 (2.44%) Qualys
7 1 (2.44%) Splunk