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 30 June 2016 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
30 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Penetration Tester
Rank 553 618 566
Rank change year-on-year
+65 -52
Contract jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 58 4 22
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.12% 0.008% 0.045%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.12% 0.008% 0.047%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 4 19
Median daily rate £500 £400 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -5.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £400 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £700 £470 £460
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £433 £425
% change year-on-year
+15.60% +1.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -
Penetration Tester
UK

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
46674 48291 46317
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 94.89% 94.80% 94.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 30793 30976 28892
Median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
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 median daily rate £396 £365 £350
% change year-on-year
+8.49% +4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1388 1837 1891
Median hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.50 £40.00 £39.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £16.14 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+8.42% -2.18%

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 30 June 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Tester within the England region over the 3 months to 30 June 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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 +52 42 £500 +25.00% 12
South East +10 3 £508 +1.50% 7
Yorkshire - 3 £500 - 2
North West - 2 - - 5
East of England - 1 £400 -
Penetration Tester
UK

Penetration Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 30 June 2016, 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 76 (79.17%) Penetration Testing
2 52 (54.17%) CREST Certified
3 25 (26.04%) Security Cleared
3 25 (26.04%) Security Testing
4 23 (23.96%) Ethical Hacking
4 23 (23.96%) Cybersecurity
5 22 (22.92%) Information Security
6 20 (20.83%) CEH
7 19 (19.79%) Java
8 16 (16.67%) Linux
9 14 (14.58%) Vulnerability Assessment
9 14 (14.58%) OWASP
9 14 (14.58%) OSCP
9 14 (14.58%) Cyber Scheme
10 13 (13.54%) CHECK Team Member
10 13 (13.54%) SC Cleared
10 13 (13.54%) Finance
11 12 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
11 12 (12.50%) Tigerscheme
12 11 (11.46%) Python
13 10 (10.42%) .NET
13 10 (10.42%) Windows
13 10 (10.42%) Wireless
14 9 (9.38%) CISSP
14 9 (9.38%) C++
14 9 (9.38%) DV Cleared
14 9 (9.38%) Social Engineering
14 9 (9.38%) Mobile App
15 8 (8.33%) Reverse Engineering
15 8 (8.33%) Ruby

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:

Applications
1 1 (1.04%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.08%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (2.08%) Amazon S3
1 2 (2.08%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 10 (10.42%) Wireless
2 4 (4.17%) Network Security
2 4 (4.17%) Wi-Fi
3 3 (3.13%) HTTP
3 3 (3.13%) SSL
4 2 (2.08%) Firewall
4 2 (2.08%) HTTPS
4 2 (2.08%) Wireless Security
5 1 (1.04%) DHCP
5 1 (1.04%) DNS
5 1 (1.04%) FTP
5 1 (1.04%) Internet
5 1 (1.04%) LDAP
5 1 (1.04%) SNMP
5 1 (1.04%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.04%) NoSQL
1 1 (1.04%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 4 (4.17%) Metasploit
2 2 (2.08%) Burp Suite
2 2 (2.08%) TestNG
3 1 (1.04%) Cucumber
3 1 (1.04%) Gatling
3 1 (1.04%) Git (software)
3 1 (1.04%) JIRA
3 1 (1.04%) JMeter
3 1 (1.04%) LoadRunner
3 1 (1.04%) Selenium
3 1 (1.04%) Subversion
General
1 13 (13.54%) Finance
2 2 (2.08%) Banking
2 2 (2.08%) Military
3 1 (1.04%) Legal
3 1 (1.04%) Pharmaceutical
3 1 (1.04%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (10.42%) .NET
2 2 (2.08%) Web Services
3 1 (1.04%) ASP.NET
3 1 (1.04%) HTML
3 1 (1.04%) JSON
3 1 (1.04%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 12 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (9.38%) Mobile App
3 7 (7.29%) CESG
4 5 (5.21%) Embedded Systems
5 3 (3.13%) Public Cloud
6 2 (2.08%) Blackberry
6 2 (2.08%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 2 (2.08%) SCADA
6 2 (2.08%) Virtual Team
7 1 (1.04%) Cryptography
7 1 (1.04%) Digital Media
7 1 (1.04%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 16 (16.67%) Linux
2 10 (10.42%) Windows
3 6 (6.25%) Android
4 5 (5.21%) Apple iOS
5 4 (4.17%) Unix
5 4 (4.17%) Windows Server
6 3 (3.13%) Kali Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 76 (79.17%) Penetration Testing
2 25 (26.04%) Security Testing
3 23 (23.96%) Cybersecurity
3 23 (23.96%) Ethical Hacking
4 22 (22.92%) Information Security
5 14 (14.58%) OWASP
5 14 (14.58%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 9 (9.38%) Social Engineering
7 8 (8.33%) Reverse Engineering
8 7 (7.29%) Security Architecture
9 6 (6.25%) Black-Box Testing
10 5 (5.21%) Agile Software Development
10 5 (5.21%) Non-Functional Testing
11 4 (4.17%) Test Planning
11 4 (4.17%) Time Management
12 3 (3.13%) Communications Security
12 3 (3.13%) Continuous Integration
12 3 (3.13%) Security Management
12 3 (3.13%) Vulnerability Management
12 3 (3.13%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 19 (19.79%) Java
2 11 (11.46%) Python
3 9 (9.38%) C++
4 8 (8.33%) Perl
4 8 (8.33%) Ruby
5 7 (7.29%) C
6 5 (5.21%) JavaScript
7 4 (4.17%) SQL
8 3 (3.13%) C#
8 3 (3.13%) Shell Script
9 2 (2.08%) Assembly Language
9 2 (2.08%) PHP
9 2 (2.08%) PowerShell
10 1 (1.04%) Bash Shell
10 1 (1.04%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 52 (54.17%) CREST Certified
2 25 (26.04%) Security Cleared
3 20 (20.83%) CEH
4 14 (14.58%) Cyber Scheme
4 14 (14.58%) OSCP
5 13 (13.54%) CHECK Team Member
5 13 (13.54%) SC Cleared
6 12 (12.50%) Tigerscheme
7 9 (9.38%) CISSP
7 9 (9.38%) DV Cleared
8 8 (8.33%) GIAC
9 7 (7.29%) CESG Certified Professional
10 6 (6.25%) CHECK Team Leader
10 6 (6.25%) GPEN
11 5 (5.21%) GWAPT
11 5 (5.21%) SANS
12 4 (4.17%) CISM
13 3 (3.13%) CISA
14 2 (2.08%) ISEB
14 2 (2.08%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.08%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (1.04%) PCI DSS
Systems Management
1 3 (3.13%) Nessus
2 1 (1.04%) HP Fortify
Vendors
1 1 (1.04%) Cisco
1 1 (1.04%) HP
1 1 (1.04%) Microsoft
1 1 (1.04%) SOASTA, Inc
1 1 (1.04%) VMware