The table below looks at the statistics for the Penetration Tester role in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Penetration Tester in their job title over the 3 months to 28 April 2016 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.

3 months to
28 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Penetration Tester
Rank 580 600 584
Rank change year-on-year
+20 -16
Contract jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 52 10 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.10% 0.020% 0.030%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.11% 0.021% 0.032%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 9 10
Average daily rate £475 £500 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.00% +11.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £439 £387
10% offered a daily rate of more than £518 £550 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £498 £515 £400
% change year-on-year
-3.39% +28.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
Penetration Tester
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised in the England 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
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
48675 47897 46873
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 95.03% 94.74% 94.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 32102 29497 29007
Average daily rate £425 £400 £398
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +0.62%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1382 1920 1942
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.40 £42.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.70 £17.45
% change year-on-year
+4.79% -4.29%

Penetration Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in England

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Penetration Tester in the job title across the England region as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Penetration Tester Jobs Demand Trend in England

Penetration Tester
Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Penetration Tester Daily Rate Trend in England

Penetration Tester
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Penetration Tester across the England region over the 3 months to 28 April 2016.

Penetration Tester Daily Rate Histogram in England

Penetration Tester
Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Penetration Tester across the England region.

Penetration Tester Hourly Rate Trend in England

Penetration Tester
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Tester within the England region over the 3 months to 28 April 2016. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +18 25 £460 -6.12% 13
South West - 7 £500 - 4
South East - 4 £503 - 20
Yorkshire - 3 £500 - 4
North West - 2 £463 - 4
East of England - 1 £400 - 1
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Penetration Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 28 April 2016, IT contractor jobs across the England region that cited Penetration Tester in their job title 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 with Penetration Tester in their job title.

1 57 (73.08%) Penetration Testing
2 40 (51.28%) CREST Certified
3 23 (29.49%) Security Testing
4 21 (26.92%) Cybersecurity
4 21 (26.92%) Linux
5 18 (23.08%) Ethical Hacking
6 17 (21.79%) CEH
7 16 (20.51%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 16 (20.51%) Information Security
8 14 (17.95%) Finance
8 14 (17.95%) Security Cleared
9 12 (15.38%) OWASP
9 12 (15.38%) Java
9 12 (15.38%) Windows
10 10 (12.82%) Metasploit
10 10 (12.82%) OSCP
11 9 (11.54%) Mobile App
11 9 (11.54%) Nessus
11 9 (11.54%) C++
11 9 (11.54%) Wireless
11 9 (11.54%) CHECK Team Member
12 8 (10.26%) Tigerscheme
12 8 (10.26%) C
13 7 (8.97%) CISSP
13 7 (8.97%) SC Cleared
13 7 (8.97%) Analytical Skills
13 7 (8.97%) Cyber Scheme
13 7 (8.97%) Kali Linux
13 7 (8.97%) SANS
14 6 (7.69%) GWAPT

Penetration Tester
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 28 April 2016, IT contractor jobs across the England region that cited Penetration Tester in their job title 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 with Penetration Tester in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Applications
1 1 (1.28%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.56%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (2.56%) Amazon S3
1 2 (2.56%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 9 (11.54%) Wireless
2 5 (6.41%) Network Security
3 3 (3.85%) Firewall
3 3 (3.85%) Wireless Security
4 2 (2.56%) LAN
5 1 (1.28%) DHCP
5 1 (1.28%) DNS
5 1 (1.28%) FTP
5 1 (1.28%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 10 (12.82%) Metasploit
2 3 (3.85%) Burp Suite
3 2 (2.56%) TestNG
4 1 (1.28%) Cucumber
4 1 (1.28%) Gatling
4 1 (1.28%) Git (software)
4 1 (1.28%) JIRA
4 1 (1.28%) JMeter
4 1 (1.28%) LoadRunner
4 1 (1.28%) Selenium
4 1 (1.28%) Subversion
General
1 14 (17.95%) Finance
2 3 (3.85%) Military
2 3 (3.85%) Telecoms
3 2 (2.56%) Banking
4 1 (1.28%) Legal
4 1 (1.28%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (1.28%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (7.69%) .NET
2 2 (2.56%) Web Services
3 1 (1.28%) ASP.NET
3 1 (1.28%) HTML
3 1 (1.28%) JSON
3 1 (1.28%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 9 (11.54%) Mobile App
2 7 (8.97%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (3.85%) CESG
3 3 (3.85%) Public Cloud
4 2 (2.56%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 2 (2.56%) SCADA
5 1 (1.28%) Cyberthreat
5 1 (1.28%) Digital Media
5 1 (1.28%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 21 (26.92%) Linux
2 12 (15.38%) Windows
3 7 (8.97%) Kali Linux
4 5 (6.41%) Unix
5 4 (5.13%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 57 (73.08%) Penetration Testing
2 23 (29.49%) Security Testing
3 21 (26.92%) Cybersecurity
4 18 (23.08%) Ethical Hacking
5 16 (20.51%) Information Security
5 16 (20.51%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 12 (15.38%) OWASP
7 5 (6.41%) Non-Functional Testing
8 4 (5.13%) Agile Software Development
8 4 (5.13%) Test Planning
8 4 (5.13%) Vulnerability Management
9 3 (3.85%) Black-Box Testing
9 3 (3.85%) Social Engineering
9 3 (3.85%) Stakeholder Management
10 2 (2.56%) Continuous Integration
10 2 (2.56%) Manual Testing
10 2 (2.56%) Reverse Engineering
10 2 (2.56%) Security Architecture
10 2 (2.56%) Test Automation
10 2 (2.56%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 12 (15.38%) Java
2 9 (11.54%) C++
3 8 (10.26%) C
4 5 (6.41%) JavaScript
4 5 (6.41%) Python
5 3 (3.85%) Perl
5 3 (3.85%) SQL
6 2 (2.56%) C#
6 2 (2.56%) Ruby
6 2 (2.56%) Shell Script
7 1 (1.28%) PHP
7 1 (1.28%) PowerShell
7 1 (1.28%) VB
7 1 (1.28%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 40 (51.28%) CREST Certified
2 17 (21.79%) CEH
3 14 (17.95%) Security Cleared
4 10 (12.82%) OSCP
5 9 (11.54%) CHECK Team Member
6 8 (10.26%) Tigerscheme
7 7 (8.97%) CISSP
7 7 (8.97%) Cyber Scheme
7 7 (8.97%) SANS
7 7 (8.97%) SC Cleared
8 6 (7.69%) GPEN
8 6 (7.69%) GWAPT
9 5 (6.41%) CHECK Team Leader
9 5 (6.41%) GIAC
10 3 (3.85%) CESG Certified Professional
10 3 (3.85%) CISA
10 3 (3.85%) CISM
10 3 (3.85%) ISEB
10 3 (3.85%) ISTQB
11 2 (2.56%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.56%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (1.28%) PCI DSS
Systems Management
1 9 (11.54%) Nessus
Vendors
1 2 (2.56%) Microsoft
2 1 (1.28%) Cisco
2 1 (1.28%) HP
2 1 (1.28%) SOASTA, Inc
2 1 (1.28%) VMware
London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £500 - £600 per day + Travel etc
Posted: 2 days ago
South East
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Thames Valley
Acumin Consulting
Rate: £520
Posted: 14 days ago
Hampshire
Enterprise Technology
Rate: £450 - 500 per day
Posted: 21 days ago