The table below looks at the statistics for Penetration Testing skills 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 Testing over the 3 months to 29 August 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
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Penetration Testing
Rank 436 462 436
Rank change year-on-year
+26 -26
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 148 103 135
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.29% 0.21% 0.25%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.39% 0.29% 0.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 95 63 96
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£450 £475 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.26% +18.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £325 £234
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £548 £504
UK excluding London average daily rate £455 £400 £350
% change year-on-year
+13.75% +14.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 1
Average hourly rate £60.00 £37.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+60.00% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £60.00 £37.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year
+60.00% -6.25%
Penetration Testing
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the England region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
38157 35471 37978
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 74.55% 73.71% 71.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 24108 22248 22476
Average daily rate £413 £405 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.85% +1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £360
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1089 974 1367
Average hourly rate £23.00 £29.25 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-21.36% -10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.75 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.50 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.50 £30.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-15.00% -3.22%

Penetration Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in England

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Penetration Testing across the England region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Penetration Testing Jobs Demand Trend in England

Penetration Testing
Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Penetration Testing Daily Rate Trend in England

Penetration Testing
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Penetration Testing across the England region over the 3 months to 29 August 2014.

Penetration Testing Daily Rate Histogram in England

Penetration Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Penetration Testing Hourly Rate Trend in England

Penetration Testing
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 Testing within the England region over the 3 months to 29 August 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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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 +43 85 £450 -5.26% 37
South East -6 23 £375 -5.06% 4
South West -27 13 £473 -16.00% 8
East of England -20 11 £400 -11.11% 1
North West -12 10 £475 - 4
West Midlands - 3 £450 -
East Midlands - 2 £450 - 1
Midlands - - - -
Yorkshire - - - - 2
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Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the England region citing Penetration Testing also 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 that cited Penetration Testing.

1 123 (50.83%) Information Security
2 96 (39.67%) CISSP
3 92 (38.02%) Firewall
4 63 (26.03%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 53 (21.90%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 47 (19.42%) Windows
7 44 (18.18%) ITIL
8 41 (16.94%) CEH
8 41 (16.94%) Finance
9 40 (16.53%) Security Cleared
10 39 (16.12%) PCI DSS
10 39 (16.12%) Management Information System
10 39 (16.12%) Risk Management
10 39 (16.12%) Microsoft
11 38 (15.70%) Vulnerability Management
11 38 (15.70%) Security Testing
12 37 (15.29%) Linux
12 37 (15.29%) Risk Assessment
13 36 (14.88%) Incident Management
13 36 (14.88%) Cisco
13 36 (14.88%) Network Security
14 32 (13.22%) SC Cleared
15 31 (12.81%) CISM
16 29 (11.98%) Wireless
17 27 (11.16%) Security Management
17 27 (11.16%) Active Directory
18 26 (10.74%) Juniper
18 26 (10.74%) TCP/IP
18 26 (10.74%) Data Protection
19 25 (10.33%) Degree

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the England region citing Penetration Testing also 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 that cited Penetration Testing. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 11 (4.55%) IIS
2 7 (2.89%) Tomcat
2 7 (2.89%) WebLogic
3 4 (1.65%) SharePoint
4 3 (1.24%) Apache
5 1 (0.41%) CMS
Applications
1 25 (10.33%) MS Visio
2 16 (6.61%) MS Office
3 12 (4.96%) MS Excel
4 6 (2.48%) MS PowerPoint
5 4 (1.65%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 12 (4.96%) assyst
2 1 (0.41%) Magento
2 1 (0.41%) Summit
2 1 (0.41%) Oracle CRM
2 1 (0.41%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.83%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (0.41%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 92 (38.02%) Firewall
2 36 (14.88%) Network Security
3 29 (11.98%) Wireless
4 26 (10.74%) TCP/IP
5 24 (9.92%) SSL
6 23 (9.50%) VPN
7 16 (6.61%) DNS
7 16 (6.61%) Internet
7 16 (6.61%) Intrusion Detection
8 15 (6.20%) SAN
9 13 (5.37%) Intranet
10 11 (4.55%) DHCP
11 10 (4.13%) Reverse Proxy
12 9 (3.72%) LDAP
13 8 (3.31%) Cisco ASA
14 7 (2.89%) IP Telephony
15 6 (2.48%) WAN
15 6 (2.48%) LAN
16 5 (2.07%) SSH
17 4 (1.65%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (0.83%) SQL Server
1 2 (0.83%) Data Warehouse
1 2 (0.83%) PostgreSQL
1 2 (0.83%) IDOL
2 1 (0.41%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (0.41%) Big Data
2 1 (0.41%) DB2
2 1 (0.41%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 4 (1.65%) GDB
1 4 (1.65%) Metasploit
2 2 (0.83%) Cucumber
3 1 (0.41%) QADirector
3 1 (0.41%) JIRA
General
1 41 (16.94%) Finance
2 16 (6.61%) Law
3 12 (4.96%) Banking
4 9 (3.72%) Retail
5 7 (2.89%) Financial Institution
5 7 (2.89%) Electronics
6 5 (2.07%) Legal
7 4 (1.65%) Telecoms
7 4 (1.65%) Military
8 3 (1.24%) Advertising
9 2 (0.83%) Investment Banking
9 2 (0.83%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.83%) Marketing
9 2 (0.83%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.41%) Dutch Language
10 1 (0.41%) Corporate Banking
10 1 (0.41%) Automotive
10 1 (0.41%) Local Government
10 1 (0.41%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 82 (33.88%) Analyst
2 74 (30.58%) Security Analyst
3 30 (12.40%) Consultant
4 28 (11.57%) Security Specialist
5 26 (10.74%) Security Consultant
6 25 (10.33%) Information Analyst
6 25 (10.33%) Information Security Analyst
7 23 (9.50%) Tester
8 22 (9.09%) Security Engineer
9 21 (8.68%) Penetration Tester
10 19 (7.85%) Test Manager
11 17 (7.02%) Security Manager
12 15 (6.20%) Project Engineer
12 15 (6.20%) IT Security Analyst
13 14 (5.79%) Information Security Specialist
13 14 (5.79%) Information Specialist
14 11 (4.55%) Product Specialist
14 11 (4.55%) Product Analyst
15 9 (3.72%) Security Tester
15 9 (3.72%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (5.37%) .NET
2 7 (2.89%) JSP
3 5 (2.07%) Middleware
3 5 (2.07%) Web Services
4 3 (1.24%) ASP.NET
4 3 (1.24%) HTML
5 1 (0.41%) REST
5 1 (0.41%) WSH
5 1 (0.41%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 39 (16.12%) Management Information System
2 21 (8.68%) Computer Science
3 18 (7.44%) PKI
4 16 (6.61%) CESG
4 16 (6.61%) RMADS
5 14 (5.79%) Open Source
6 10 (4.13%) CESG CLAS
6 10 (4.13%) Embedded Systems
7 7 (2.89%) Data Protection Act
7 7 (2.89%) IVR
8 5 (2.07%) Mobile App
9 4 (1.65%) Cryptography
9 4 (1.65%) CMDB
10 3 (1.24%) IBM Mainframe
10 3 (1.24%) AS400
10 3 (1.24%) Mainframe
11 2 (0.83%) GIS
11 2 (0.83%) STB
11 2 (0.83%) Smart Meter
12 1 (0.41%) Data Conversion
Operating Systems
1 47 (19.42%) Windows
2 37 (15.29%) Linux
3 21 (8.68%) UNIX
4 14 (5.79%) Windows 7
5 8 (3.31%) Apple iOS
6 7 (2.89%) Windows Server 2003
6 7 (2.89%) AIX
7 4 (1.65%) Solaris
7 4 (1.65%) Windows NT
7 4 (1.65%) Debian
8 2 (0.83%) Mac OS
8 2 (0.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (0.83%) Windows Vista
9 1 (0.41%) Android
9 1 (0.41%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.41%) Mac OS X
9 1 (0.41%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 123 (50.83%) Information Security
2 53 (21.90%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 44 (18.18%) ITIL
4 39 (16.12%) Risk Management
5 38 (15.70%) Vulnerability Management
5 38 (15.70%) Security Testing
6 37 (15.29%) Risk Assessment
7 36 (14.88%) Incident Management
8 27 (11.16%) Security Management
9 26 (10.74%) Data Protection
10 25 (10.33%) SIEM
10 25 (10.33%) Security Architecture
10 25 (10.33%) Business Continuity
11 24 (9.92%) Cyber Security
12 23 (9.50%) Information Assurance
12 23 (9.50%) ISMS
13 22 (9.09%) Ethical Hacking
14 18 (7.44%) BCP
14 18 (7.44%) Change Control
14 18 (7.44%) Business Continuity Planning
Programming Languages
1 21 (8.68%) Java
2 17 (7.02%) C
3 16 (6.61%) SQL
3 16 (6.61%) Python
4 14 (5.79%) C++
5 9 (3.72%) Bash Shell
6 8 (3.31%) Shell Script
7 5 (2.07%) Ruby
7 5 (2.07%) VB
7 5 (2.07%) Perl
8 3 (1.24%) PHP
9 1 (0.41%) PowerShell
9 1 (0.41%) Objective-C
9 1 (0.41%) C#
Qualifications
1 96 (39.67%) CISSP
2 41 (16.94%) CEH
3 40 (16.53%) Security Cleared
4 32 (13.22%) SC Cleared
5 31 (12.81%) CISM
6 25 (10.33%) Degree
7 24 (9.92%) Microsoft Certification
8 22 (9.09%) MCSE
9 18 (7.44%) GIAC
10 16 (6.61%) CISA
11 13 (5.37%) Cisco Certification
12 12 (4.96%) CCNA
13 11 (4.55%) DV Cleared
14 10 (4.13%) MCP
15 6 (2.48%) HND
15 6 (2.48%) CRISC
15 6 (2.48%) Chartered Engineer
16 4 (1.65%) GCIH
17 3 (1.24%) CGEIT
17 3 (1.24%) MBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 63 (26.03%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 39 (16.12%) PCI DSS
3 8 (3.31%) QA
4 7 (2.89%) JSP 440
4 7 (2.89%) SLA
5 2 (0.83%) ISO/IEC 17799
5 2 (0.83%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.41%) COBIT
6 1 (0.41%) GPG13
6 1 (0.41%) ISO 14001
6 1 (0.41%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 27 (11.16%) Active Directory
2 7 (2.89%) VMware Infrastructure
2 7 (2.89%) Nmap
3 6 (2.48%) Terminal Server
4 2 (0.83%) RACF
4 2 (0.83%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (0.41%) Snort
Systems Management
1 20 (8.26%) Nessus
2 13 (5.37%) HP Quality Center
3 12 (4.96%) SCCM
4 9 (3.72%) CORE IMPACT
5 7 (2.89%) Cisco IPCC
6 2 (0.83%) ZENworks
6 2 (0.83%) Puppet
7 1 (0.41%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 39 (16.12%) Microsoft
2 36 (14.88%) Cisco
3 26 (10.74%) Juniper
4 25 (10.33%) F5
5 21 (8.68%) HP
6 17 (7.02%) Oracle
7 16 (6.61%) McAfee
8 14 (5.79%) Qualys
9 9 (3.72%) IBM
10 8 (3.31%) Blue Coat
10 8 (3.31%) VMware
11 7 (2.89%) Verint
11 7 (2.89%) Ruckus Wireless
11 7 (2.89%) Empirix
11 7 (2.89%) Genesys
11 7 (2.89%) Siemens
11 7 (2.89%) Websense
12 6 (2.48%) CheckPoint
12 6 (2.48%) Sophos
13 4 (1.65%) Nokia
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