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 27 May 2016 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
27 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Penetration Testing
Rank 154 192 192
Rank change year-on-year
+38 0
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 10 8 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 0.30% 0.15% 0.25%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.35% 0.18% 0.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 7 5
Median daily rate £463 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.77% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £365 £385 £328
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £510 £490
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £400 £425
% change year-on-year
+18.75% -5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.63 £34.50 £28.99
% change year-on-year
-43.11% +19.00%
Penetration Testing
London

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
2874 4371 4788
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 84.95% 80.22% 80.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 2355 3440 3602
Median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.70% +2.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £325 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £615 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +2.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 42 41
Median hourly rate £19.00 £25.00 £21.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-24.00% +16.95%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.50 £12.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.50 £95.00 £53.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+10.00% -

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 27 May 2016.

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 27 May 2016, 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 11 (47.83%) Information Security
2 10 (43.48%) Finance
3 7 (30.43%) Firewall
4 6 (26.09%) Project Management
4 6 (26.09%) OWASP
5 5 (21.74%) CISSP
5 5 (21.74%) Disaster Recovery
6 4 (17.39%) Asset Management
6 4 (17.39%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 4 (17.39%) Business Analysis
6 4 (17.39%) C++
6 4 (17.39%) Java
6 4 (17.39%) Unix
6 4 (17.39%) Linux
6 4 (17.39%) Python
6 4 (17.39%) Security Testing
6 4 (17.39%) Portfolio Management
6 4 (17.39%) Change Control
6 4 (17.39%) Root Cause Analysis
6 4 (17.39%) Cybersecurity
6 4 (17.39%) Analytical Skills
7 3 (13.04%) Patch Management
7 3 (13.04%) CREST Certified
7 3 (13.04%) Vulnerability Management
7 3 (13.04%) Data Protection
7 3 (13.04%) VPN
7 3 (13.04%) Windows
7 3 (13.04%) DB2
7 3 (13.04%) Perl
7 3 (13.04%) C

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 1 (4.35%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 1 (4.35%) MS Office
1 1 (4.35%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (4.35%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (4.35%) Azure Active Directory
1 1 (4.35%) IaaS
1 1 (4.35%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (4.35%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 7 (30.43%) Firewall
2 3 (13.04%) IPsec
2 3 (13.04%) VPN
3 2 (8.70%) DHCP
3 2 (8.70%) Internet
3 2 (8.70%) Intrusion Detection
3 2 (8.70%) Kerberos
3 2 (8.70%) SSH
3 2 (8.70%) SSL
4 1 (4.35%) BGP
4 1 (4.35%) DMZ
4 1 (4.35%) EIGRP
4 1 (4.35%) Frame Relay
4 1 (4.35%) IPv4
4 1 (4.35%) IPv6
4 1 (4.35%) MPLS
4 1 (4.35%) OSPF
4 1 (4.35%) SAN
4 1 (4.35%) TACACS
4 1 (4.35%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (13.04%) DB2
2 1 (4.35%) SQL Server
2 1 (4.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 1 (4.35%) Burp Suite
1 1 (4.35%) Metasploit
1 1 (4.35%) Visual Studio
General
1 10 (43.48%) Finance
2 2 (8.70%) Banking
2 2 (8.70%) Investment Banking
3 1 (4.35%) Front Office
3 1 (4.35%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 8 (34.78%) Analyst
2 5 (21.74%) Security Analyst
3 3 (13.04%) Application Security Analyst
3 3 (13.04%) Business Analyst
3 3 (13.04%) Consultant
3 3 (13.04%) Security Engineer
3 3 (13.04%) Security Specialist
3 3 (13.04%) Senior Data Warehouse Specialist
3 3 (13.04%) Senior Security Specialist
4 2 (8.70%) Applications Manager
4 2 (8.70%) Asset Management Analyst
4 2 (8.70%) Asset Management Business Analyst
4 2 (8.70%) Compliance Specialist
4 2 (8.70%) Cybersecurity Specialist
4 2 (8.70%) Linux Engineer
4 2 (8.70%) Penetration Tester
4 2 (8.70%) Product Owner
4 2 (8.70%) Security Compliance Specialist
4 2 (8.70%) Security Consultant
4 2 (8.70%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (8.70%) .NET
2 1 (4.35%) 802.1X
2 1 (4.35%) Apache Flex
2 1 (4.35%) Middleware
2 1 (4.35%) REST
2 1 (4.35%) SAML
2 1 (4.35%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 4 (17.39%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (8.70%) Client/Server
2 2 (8.70%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
2 2 (8.70%) Management Information System
3 1 (4.35%) Algorithms
3 1 (4.35%) CESG
3 1 (4.35%) Cryptography
3 1 (4.35%) Fintech
3 1 (4.35%) Mobile App
3 1 (4.35%) PKI
3 1 (4.35%) SCADA
3 1 (4.35%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 4 (17.39%) Linux
1 4 (17.39%) Unix
2 3 (13.04%) Windows
3 1 (4.35%) Kali Linux
3 1 (4.35%) Solaris
3 1 (4.35%) Windows Server
3 1 (4.35%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (47.83%) Information Security
2 6 (26.09%) OWASP
2 6 (26.09%) Project Management
3 5 (21.74%) Disaster Recovery
4 4 (17.39%) Asset Management
4 4 (17.39%) Business Analysis
4 4 (17.39%) Change Control
4 4 (17.39%) Cybersecurity
4 4 (17.39%) Portfolio Management
4 4 (17.39%) Root Cause Analysis
4 4 (17.39%) Security Testing
4 4 (17.39%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 3 (13.04%) Data Protection
5 3 (13.04%) Ethical Hacking
5 3 (13.04%) Patch Management
5 3 (13.04%) Vulnerability Management
6 2 (8.70%) Identity Management
6 2 (8.70%) Network Design
6 2 (8.70%) TOGAF
6 2 (8.70%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 4 (17.39%) C++
1 4 (17.39%) Java
1 4 (17.39%) Python
2 3 (13.04%) C
2 3 (13.04%) Perl
3 2 (8.70%) C#
3 2 (8.70%) Ruby
4 1 (4.35%) Bash Shell
4 1 (4.35%) Korn
4 1 (4.35%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 5 (21.74%) CISSP
2 3 (13.04%) CCNP
2 3 (13.04%) CEH
2 3 (13.04%) Cisco Certification
2 3 (13.04%) CISM
2 3 (13.04%) CREST Certified
3 2 (8.70%) CCDP
3 2 (8.70%) CHECK Team Member
3 2 (8.70%) OSCP
3 2 (8.70%) SANS
3 2 (8.70%) Security Cleared
4 1 (4.35%) CCSP
4 1 (4.35%) CESG Certified Professional
4 1 (4.35%) CHECK Team Leader
4 1 (4.35%) CISA
4 1 (4.35%) CRISC
4 1 (4.35%) DV Cleared
4 1 (4.35%) ISEB
4 1 (4.35%) ISTQB
4 1 (4.35%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (13.04%) QA
2 1 (4.35%) COBIT
2 1 (4.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (4.35%) PCI DSS
2 1 (4.35%) RMADS
System Software
1 1 (4.35%) Active Directory
1 1 (4.35%) Sendmail
1 1 (4.35%) Snort
1 1 (4.35%) VMware ESX
1 1 (4.35%) VMware Infrastructure
1 1 (4.35%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 1 (4.35%) CA Single Sign-On
1 1 (4.35%) Cisco CUCM
1 1 (4.35%) Cisco Prime
1 1 (4.35%) HP Fortify
1 1 (4.35%) Nessus
1 1 (4.35%) TrustSec
Vendors
1 3 (13.04%) Oracle
2 2 (8.70%) Citrix
2 2 (8.70%) F5
2 2 (8.70%) Microsoft
2 2 (8.70%) Sybase
2 2 (8.70%) VMware
3 1 (4.35%) Avaya
3 1 (4.35%) CA
3 1 (4.35%) CheckPoint
3 1 (4.35%) Cisco
3 1 (4.35%) EMC
3 1 (4.35%) Forcepoint
3 1 (4.35%) HP
3 1 (4.35%) IBM
3 1 (4.35%) Nokia
3 1 (4.35%) Palo Alto
3 1 (4.35%) SolarWinds
3 1 (4.35%) WorldPay