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 1 October 2014 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
1 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Penetration Tester
Rank 573 555 569
Rank change year-on-year
-18 +14
Contract jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 7 7 12
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.013% 0.015% 0.023%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.015% 0.016% 0.024%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 3 6
Average daily rate
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£450 £540 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-16.66% +27.05%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £468 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £540 £470
UK excluding London average daily rate £525 £381 £388
% change year-on-year
+37.70% -1.61%
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
47033 44604 49140
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 90.46% 92.69% 93.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 29411 27456 28065
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £235 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1867 1914 2465
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.10%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -8.57%

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 1 October 2014.

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 1 October 2014. 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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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 +8 6 £450 -16.66% 11
South East - 1 £525 - 1
South West - - - - 3
West Midlands - - - -
Yorkshire - - - - 1
East Midlands - - - -
North West - - - -
Penetration Tester
UK

Penetration Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, 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 22 (73.33%) Penetration Testing
2 18 (60.00%) Windows
2 18 (60.00%) Linux
3 16 (53.33%) Python
4 14 (46.67%) Bash Shell
4 14 (46.67%) CISSP
5 13 (43.33%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 12 (40.00%) Microsoft
7 11 (36.67%) PCI DSS
8 10 (33.33%) UNIX
8 10 (33.33%) Finance
9 9 (30.00%) Ruby
10 7 (23.33%) Snort
10 7 (23.33%) Shell Script
10 7 (23.33%) Apache
10 7 (23.33%) MS Excel
10 7 (23.33%) Red Hat
10 7 (23.33%) MySQL
10 7 (23.33%) IIS
10 7 (23.33%) PHP
10 7 (23.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 7 (23.33%) Open Source
11 6 (20.00%) Test Strategy
11 6 (20.00%) Java
11 6 (20.00%) HP
11 6 (20.00%) Nmap
11 6 (20.00%) Information Security
11 6 (20.00%) Nessus
12 5 (16.67%) Technical Architecture
12 5 (16.67%) CISM

Penetration Tester
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, 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 7 (23.33%) Apache
1 7 (23.33%) IIS
Applications
1 7 (23.33%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 4 (13.33%) Multicast
2 2 (6.67%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (23.33%) MySQL
2 1 (3.33%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 4 (13.33%) GDB
2 1 (3.33%) QADirector
General
1 10 (33.33%) Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (16.67%) .NET
2 3 (10.00%) HTML
2 3 (10.00%) ASP.NET
3 1 (3.33%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 7 (23.33%) Open Source
2 2 (6.67%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (6.67%) STB
2 2 (6.67%) Management Information System
3 1 (3.33%) Cryptography
3 1 (3.33%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 18 (60.00%) Windows
1 18 (60.00%) Linux
2 10 (33.33%) UNIX
3 7 (23.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 5 (16.67%) AIX
4 5 (16.67%) Windows Server 2003
5 4 (13.33%) Debian
6 3 (10.00%) Windows NT
6 3 (10.00%) Windows 7
7 2 (6.67%) Solaris
8 1 (3.33%) Apple iOS
8 1 (3.33%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (73.33%) Penetration Testing
2 13 (43.33%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 6 (20.00%) Test Strategy
3 6 (20.00%) Information Security
4 5 (16.67%) Technical Architecture
4 5 (16.67%) Risk Assessment
5 4 (13.33%) Reverse Engineering
5 4 (13.33%) Test Automation
5 4 (13.33%) Security Testing
5 4 (13.33%) SIEM
6 3 (10.00%) Vulnerability Management
7 2 (6.67%) Manual Testing
8 1 (3.33%) Stakeholder Management
8 1 (3.33%) Identity Management
8 1 (3.33%) Web Design
8 1 (3.33%) Incident Management
8 1 (3.33%) Security Architecture
8 1 (3.33%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 16 (53.33%) Python
2 14 (46.67%) Bash Shell
3 9 (30.00%) Ruby
4 7 (23.33%) Shell Script
4 7 (23.33%) PHP
5 6 (20.00%) Java
6 4 (13.33%) C
7 3 (10.00%) SQL
7 3 (10.00%) VB
8 2 (6.67%) Perl
9 1 (3.33%) Objective-C
9 1 (3.33%) C++
Qualifications
1 14 (46.67%) CISSP
2 5 (16.67%) CISM
3 4 (13.33%) CEH
4 3 (10.00%) SC Cleared
4 3 (10.00%) Security Cleared
5 2 (6.67%) CCNA
5 2 (6.67%) Cisco Certification
5 2 (6.67%) Microsoft Certification
5 2 (6.67%) MCITP
5 2 (6.67%) Degree
5 2 (6.67%) CISA
6 1 (3.33%) CSSLP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (36.67%) PCI DSS
2 4 (13.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (3.33%) QA
System Software
1 7 (23.33%) Snort
2 6 (20.00%) Nmap
3 5 (16.67%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 6 (20.00%) Nessus
2 5 (16.67%) CORE IMPACT
2 5 (16.67%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (3.33%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 12 (40.00%) Microsoft
2 7 (23.33%) Red Hat
3 6 (20.00%) HP
4 5 (16.67%) Oracle
5 1 (3.33%) Progress