The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the England region that had Penetration Tester featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 19 January 2017 with a comparison to same period over 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
19 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Penetration Tester
UK / England
Rank 525 578 577
Rank change year-on-year
+53 -1
Contract jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 40 28 17
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.097% 0.060% 0.037%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.10% 0.063% 0.039%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 14 14
Median daily rate £450 £488 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.69% +11.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £383 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £613 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £500 £450
% change year-on-year
-10.00% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £42.50 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £42.50 -

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
39224 44183 43962
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 94.70% 94.93% 94.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 25749 28478 28133
Median daily rate £428 £423 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.18% +5.62%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £393 £380 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.28% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1333 1606 1775
Median hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.71% +6.06%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.09 £10.50 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £47.50 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.08
% change year-on-year
- +8.83%

Penetration Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in England

The demand trend of IT contracts across the England region that featured Penetration Tester in the job title.

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 19 January 2017.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Tester within the England region over the 3 months to 19 January 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +25 22 £475 - 14
South East +24 8 £425 -15.00% 7
South West +24 7 £450 - 8
North West - 2 £325 - 4
West Midlands -9 1 £475 +26.66% 3
Penetration Tester
UK

Penetration Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 19 January 2017, Penetration Tester contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region featuring Penetration Tester in the job title.

1 82 (81.19%) Penetration Testing
2 55 (54.46%) CREST Certified
3 32 (31.68%) Ethical Hacking
3 32 (31.68%) Finance
4 19 (18.81%) Linux
5 18 (17.82%) Windows
5 18 (17.82%) OSCP
6 17 (16.83%) Cybersecurity
6 17 (16.83%) CEH
7 16 (15.84%) Security Testing
8 15 (14.85%) OWASP
8 15 (14.85%) CISSP
9 14 (13.86%) Vulnerability Assessment
10 13 (12.87%) Security Cleared
10 13 (12.87%) SANS
11 12 (11.88%) Mobile App
11 12 (11.88%) CHECK Team Member
12 11 (10.89%) CHECK Team Leader
13 10 (9.90%) Metasploit
14 9 (8.91%) Mac OS X
15 8 (7.92%) Retail
15 8 (7.92%) Nessus
15 8 (7.92%) Information Security
15 8 (7.92%) SC Cleared
15 8 (7.92%) GPEN
16 7 (6.93%) Kali Linux
16 7 (6.93%) Open Source
16 7 (6.93%) GIAC
16 7 (6.93%) Nmap
16 7 (6.93%) Degree

Penetration Tester Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills in England 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 (1.98%) nginx
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.97%) Amazon AWS
1 3 (2.97%) PaaS
2 1 (0.99%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 6 (5.94%) Wireshark
2 4 (3.96%) Firewall
2 4 (3.96%) Network Security
3 3 (2.97%) Wireless
4 2 (1.98%) IPv6
5 1 (0.99%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.98%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 10 (9.90%) Metasploit
2 5 (4.95%) Burp Suite
2 5 (4.95%) Jenkins
3 3 (2.97%) JIRA
3 3 (2.97%) Sonatype Nexus
4 2 (1.98%) AppScan
4 2 (1.98%) CircleCI
4 2 (1.98%) Travis CI
5 1 (0.99%) GDB
5 1 (0.99%) sqlmap
5 1 (0.99%) WinDbg
General
1 32 (31.68%) Finance
2 8 (7.92%) Retail
3 5 (4.95%) Financial Institution
4 3 (2.97%) Banking
5 1 (0.99%) Italian Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (2.97%) Web Services
2 2 (1.98%) .NET
2 2 (1.98%) OAuth
3 1 (0.99%) ASP.NET
3 1 (0.99%) ELK Stack
3 1 (0.99%) HTML
3 1 (0.99%) J2EE
3 1 (0.99%) jQuery
3 1 (0.99%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 12 (11.88%) Mobile App
2 4 (3.96%) Computer Science
2 4 (3.96%) Embedded Systems
3 3 (2.97%) CESG
4 2 (1.98%) Cyber Defence
4 2 (1.98%) Cyberthreat
5 1 (0.99%) Cryptography
5 1 (0.99%) Cyber Attack
5 1 (0.99%) Enterprise Cloud
5 1 (0.99%) FMCG
5 1 (0.99%) Mobile Banking
Operating Systems
1 19 (18.81%) Linux
2 18 (17.82%) Windows
3 9 (8.91%) Mac OS X
4 7 (6.93%) Kali Linux
5 6 (5.94%) Unix
6 3 (2.97%) Android
7 2 (1.98%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 82 (81.19%) Penetration Testing
2 32 (31.68%) Ethical Hacking
3 17 (16.83%) Cybersecurity
4 16 (15.84%) Security Testing
5 15 (14.85%) OWASP
6 14 (13.86%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 8 (7.92%) Information Security
8 7 (6.93%) Open Source
9 5 (4.95%) Network Packet Analysis
9 5 (4.95%) Network Packet Capture
9 5 (4.95%) Risk Management
9 5 (4.95%) Secure Coding
9 5 (4.95%) Social Engineering
9 5 (4.95%) Vulnerability Scanning
10 4 (3.96%) Mentoring
10 4 (3.96%) OSSTMM
11 3 (2.97%) Agile Software Development
11 3 (2.97%) Computer Forensics
11 3 (2.97%) Process Improvement
11 3 (2.97%) Reverse Engineering
Programming Languages
1 6 (5.94%) Java
2 5 (4.95%) Python
3 4 (3.96%) C++
3 4 (3.96%) PHP
3 4 (3.96%) SQL
4 2 (1.98%) Ruby
5 1 (0.99%) Bash Shell
5 1 (0.99%) C
5 1 (0.99%) C#
5 1 (0.99%) JavaScript
5 1 (0.99%) PowerShell
5 1 (0.99%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 55 (54.46%) CREST Certified
2 18 (17.82%) OSCP
3 17 (16.83%) CEH
4 15 (14.85%) CISSP
5 13 (12.87%) SANS
5 13 (12.87%) Security Cleared
6 12 (11.88%) CHECK Team Member
7 11 (10.89%) CHECK Team Leader
8 8 (7.92%) GPEN
8 8 (7.92%) SC Cleared
9 7 (6.93%) Degree
9 7 (6.93%) GIAC
10 5 (4.95%) DV Cleared
10 5 (4.95%) OSCE
11 4 (3.96%) GWAPT
12 2 (1.98%) BPSS Clearance
12 2 (1.98%) CISA
12 2 (1.98%) CISM
12 2 (1.98%) Tigerscheme
13 1 (0.99%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.98%) QA
2 1 (0.99%) HIPAA
2 1 (0.99%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.99%) PCI DSS
2 1 (0.99%) Sarbanes-Oxley
Systems Management
1 8 (7.92%) Nessus
2 7 (6.93%) Nmap
3 2 (1.98%) HP Fortify
3 2 (1.98%) WebInspect
4 1 (0.99%) Core Impact
4 1 (0.99%) Nexpose
Vendors
1 1 (0.99%) Acunetix
1 1 (0.99%) Netsparker
1 1 (0.99%) Qualys