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 26 January 2015 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
26 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Penetration Tester
Rank 543 515 479
Rank change year-on-year
-28 -36
Contract jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 13 15 27
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.028% 0.034% 0.065%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.030% 0.036% 0.070%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 12 23
Average daily rate
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£438 £454 £470
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.58% -3.45%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £400 £383
10% offered a daily rate of more than £449 £500 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £438 £429 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.04% +31.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
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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
42688 41191 38318
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 92.41% 92.60% 92.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 27233 25100 22188
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £243 £230 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £563
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1682 1864 2310
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.71% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.25 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £39.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.16 £16.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-2.06% -8.33%

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 26 January 2015.

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 26 January 2015. 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
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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 -4 5 £275 -42.10% 14
West Midlands - 5 £438 - 1
South East -22 2 £475 +10.78% 8
South West -24 1 £450 - 7
Yorkshire - - - - 4
East Midlands - - - - 1
North West - - - - 6
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Penetration Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 26 January 2015, 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 19 (73.08%) Penetration Testing
2 13 (50.00%) CISSP
3 11 (42.31%) Windows
4 9 (34.62%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 9 (34.62%) Nessus
4 9 (34.62%) CEH
5 8 (30.77%) Linux
5 8 (30.77%) UNIX
5 8 (30.77%) Finance
6 7 (26.92%) Nmap
7 6 (23.08%) Information Security
7 6 (23.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 6 (23.08%) Metasploit
7 6 (23.08%) CISM
7 6 (23.08%) .NET
8 5 (19.23%) CISA
8 5 (19.23%) Shell Script
8 5 (19.23%) PCI DSS
8 5 (19.23%) Security Testing
8 5 (19.23%) Test Strategy
9 4 (15.38%) Vulnerability Management
9 4 (15.38%) SIEM
9 4 (15.38%) HP Quality Center
9 4 (15.38%) OSCP
9 4 (15.38%) Test Scripting
9 4 (15.38%) AIX
10 3 (11.54%) HP
10 3 (11.54%) TestDirector
10 3 (11.54%) Telecoms
10 3 (11.54%) Degree

Penetration Tester
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 26 January 2015, 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.

Application Platforms
1 2 (7.69%) IIS
1 2 (7.69%) Apache
1 2 (7.69%) Tomcat
Communications & Networking
1 2 (7.69%) Firewall
1 2 (7.69%) Wireless
1 2 (7.69%) Network Security
1 2 (7.69%) Wireless Security
2 1 (3.85%) Wireshark
2 1 (3.85%) VoIP
Development Applications
1 6 (23.08%) Metasploit
2 3 (11.54%) TestDirector
3 1 (3.85%) AppScan
General
1 8 (30.77%) Finance
2 3 (11.54%) Telecoms
3 1 (3.85%) Banking
3 1 (3.85%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (23.08%) .NET
2 2 (7.69%) Middleware
3 1 (3.85%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 3 (11.54%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (7.69%) Computer Science
2 2 (7.69%) Mobile App
3 1 (3.85%) Blackberry
3 1 (3.85%) CESG
3 1 (3.85%) Cryptography
3 1 (3.85%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 11 (42.31%) Windows
2 8 (30.77%) UNIX
2 8 (30.77%) Linux
3 4 (15.38%) AIX
4 2 (7.69%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (73.08%) Penetration Testing
2 9 (34.62%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 6 (23.08%) Information Security
4 5 (19.23%) Security Testing
4 5 (19.23%) Test Strategy
5 4 (15.38%) Vulnerability Management
5 4 (15.38%) SIEM
5 4 (15.38%) Test Scripting
6 3 (11.54%) Use Case
7 2 (7.69%) Cyber Security
7 2 (7.69%) ITIL
8 1 (3.85%) Stakeholder Management
8 1 (3.85%) Risk Assessment
8 1 (3.85%) Manual Testing
8 1 (3.85%) Incident Management
8 1 (3.85%) Technical Architecture
Programming Languages
1 5 (19.23%) Shell Script
2 2 (7.69%) Ruby
2 2 (7.69%) Python
2 2 (7.69%) Java
2 2 (7.69%) Perl
3 1 (3.85%) SQL
3 1 (3.85%) C
3 1 (3.85%) C#
3 1 (3.85%) C++
Qualifications
1 13 (50.00%) CISSP
2 9 (34.62%) CEH
3 6 (23.08%) CISM
4 5 (19.23%) CISA
5 4 (15.38%) OSCP
6 3 (11.54%) Security Cleared
6 3 (11.54%) Degree
6 3 (11.54%) SC Cleared
7 2 (7.69%) MCITP
7 2 (7.69%) CCNA
7 2 (7.69%) Cisco Certification
7 2 (7.69%) Microsoft Certification
7 2 (7.69%) GWAPT
8 1 (3.85%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (23.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 5 (19.23%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 7 (26.92%) Nmap
2 1 (3.85%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (3.85%) Hyper-V
2 1 (3.85%) Snort
Systems Management
1 9 (34.62%) Nessus
2 4 (15.38%) HP Quality Center
3 3 (11.54%) CORE IMPACT
3 3 (11.54%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 3 (11.54%) HP
2 2 (7.69%) Juniper
2 2 (7.69%) Microsoft
3 1 (3.85%) VMware
3 1 (3.85%) Oracle
3 1 (3.85%) Cisco