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 July 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
29 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Penetration Testing
Rank 471 453 401
Rank change year-on-year
-18 -52
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 124 130 149
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.24% 0.26% 0.32%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.31% 0.34% 0.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 86 83 95
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£450 £450 £450
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £326 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £545 £536
UK excluding London average daily rate £450 £450 £385
% change year-on-year
- +16.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Average hourly rate - £60.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +60.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £45.00 £44.50 £48.75
% change year-on-year
+1.13% -8.72%
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
40278 37760 34988
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 77.89% 76.47% 75.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 26689 23812 21696
Average daily rate £422 £410 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.92% -0.60%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1067 1098 1032
Average hourly rate £27.50 £25.00 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.00% -23.07%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.80 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.17 £45.00 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £26.98 £31.00
% change year-on-year
+11.21% -12.98%

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 July 2015.

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 July 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 +3 61 £450 - 40
South East -2 47 £450 +27.65% 39
East of England -2 6 £438 +1.74% 14
South West -7 3 £385 -18.08% 28
North West -26 3 - - 17
East Midlands -11 2 - - 4
Yorkshire - 1 - - 17
Midlands - 1 - -
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Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 29 July 2015, 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.

1 105 (40.86%) Information Security
2 103 (40.08%) Firewall
3 94 (36.58%) CISSP
4 85 (33.07%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 62 (24.12%) Vulnerability Management
6 55 (21.40%) CISM
7 52 (20.23%) Finance
8 50 (19.46%) ITIL
9 45 (17.51%) Windows
10 44 (17.12%) SIEM
10 44 (17.12%) Cyber Security
11 43 (16.73%) PKI
12 42 (16.34%) PCI DSS
12 42 (16.34%) Cisco
13 41 (15.95%) Security Management
14 40 (15.56%) Linux
14 40 (15.56%) Security Testing
15 39 (15.18%) Vulnerability Assessment
16 35 (13.62%) Management Information System
16 35 (13.62%) Microsoft
17 33 (12.84%) Risk Management
18 32 (12.45%) OWASP
19 31 (12.06%) Intrusion Detection
19 31 (12.06%) SSL
20 29 (11.28%) Network Security
20 29 (11.28%) Kalman Filter
21 28 (10.89%) Security Patching
21 28 (10.89%) .NET
21 28 (10.89%) VMware
22 27 (10.51%) Security Cleared

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 29 July 2015, 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 6 (2.33%) IIS
2 5 (1.95%) SharePoint
3 4 (1.56%) MS Exchange
4 2 (0.78%) Exchange Server 2007
4 2 (0.78%) Drupal
4 2 (0.78%) Apache
4 2 (0.78%) Node.js
4 2 (0.78%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (0.39%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (0.39%) Apache Solr
5 1 (0.39%) Lync
5 1 (0.39%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (0.39%) CMS
5 1 (0.39%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 10 (3.89%) MS Excel
2 5 (1.95%) MS Office
3 4 (1.56%) MS Visio
3 4 (1.56%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (0.78%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (1.17%) Oracle Financials
2 1 (0.39%) SAP PP
2 1 (0.39%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (0.39%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (0.39%) SAP PM
2 1 (0.39%) SAP EWM
Cloud Services
1 5 (1.95%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (1.17%) Cloud Computing
3 2 (0.78%) SoftLayer
3 2 (0.78%) SaaS
4 1 (0.39%) PaaS
4 1 (0.39%) Office 365
4 1 (0.39%) IaaS
4 1 (0.39%) SuccessFactors
4 1 (0.39%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 103 (40.08%) Firewall
2 31 (12.06%) Intrusion Detection
2 31 (12.06%) SSL
3 29 (11.28%) Network Security
4 24 (9.34%) WAN
5 23 (8.95%) Cisco ASA
6 18 (7.00%) VPN
7 16 (6.23%) TCP/IP
8 15 (5.84%) Internet
9 14 (5.45%) Wireless
10 12 (4.67%) DNS
11 10 (3.89%) LAN
12 8 (3.11%) DHCP
12 8 (3.11%) Kerberos
13 6 (2.33%) HTTP
14 5 (1.95%) LDAP
15 4 (1.56%) Cisco IOS
16 3 (1.17%) IPsec
16 3 (1.17%) Wireshark
17 2 (0.78%) Reverse Proxy
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (3.50%) SQL Server
2 7 (2.72%) Oracle Database
3 6 (2.33%) SQL Server 2012
3 6 (2.33%) InterSystems Cache
4 5 (1.95%) SQL Server 2005
4 5 (1.95%) Oracle Database 11g
5 4 (1.56%) Relational Database
6 3 (1.17%) SQL Server 2008
6 3 (1.17%) MySQL
7 2 (0.78%) PostgreSQL
7 2 (0.78%) MongoDB
7 2 (0.78%) Redis
8 1 (0.39%) Big Data
8 1 (0.39%) DB2
Development Applications
1 9 (3.50%) LoadRunner
2 8 (3.11%) Visual Studio
3 3 (1.17%) Selenium
3 3 (1.17%) Git (software)
4 2 (0.78%) SoapUI
4 2 (0.78%) Jenkins
4 2 (0.78%) JIRA
4 2 (0.78%) Metasploit
4 2 (0.78%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 1 (0.39%) Toad
5 1 (0.39%) TestDirector
5 1 (0.39%) TeamCity
5 1 (0.39%) NUnit
5 1 (0.39%) Subversion
5 1 (0.39%) Octopus Deploy
5 1 (0.39%) SpecFlow
5 1 (0.39%) Bitbucket
5 1 (0.39%) WebDriver
General
1 52 (20.23%) Finance
2 13 (5.06%) Legal
2 13 (5.06%) Retail
3 11 (4.28%) Telecoms
3 11 (4.28%) Banking
4 5 (1.95%) Financial Institution
5 4 (1.56%) Manufacturing
5 4 (1.56%) Investment Banking
6 3 (1.17%) Advertising
6 3 (1.17%) Games
6 3 (1.17%) Automotive
7 2 (0.78%) Law
7 2 (0.78%) Military
7 2 (0.78%) Multimedia
8 1 (0.39%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.39%) Spanish Language
8 1 (0.39%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 97 (37.74%) Analyst
2 74 (28.79%) Security Analyst
3 46 (17.90%) Consultant
3 46 (17.90%) Security Consultant
4 21 (8.17%) Architect
5 20 (7.78%) Security Manager
6 19 (7.39%) Security Architect
7 18 (7.00%) Tester
8 16 (6.23%) Test Analyst
9 14 (5.45%) Penetration Tester
10 13 (5.06%) Security Specialist
10 13 (5.06%) Application Security Analyst
11 12 (4.67%) Information Analyst
11 12 (4.67%) Technical Analyst
11 12 (4.67%) Information Security Analyst
12 11 (4.28%) Security Engineer
12 11 (4.28%) Project Manager
13 10 (3.89%) Developer
13 10 (3.89%) Senior Analyst
13 10 (3.89%) Senior Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (10.89%) .NET
2 14 (5.45%) XML
3 10 (3.89%) Web Services
3 10 (3.89%) XML Messaging
4 9 (3.50%) SAML
5 8 (3.11%) HTML
6 7 (2.72%) ASP.NET
7 6 (2.33%) Ajax
7 6 (2.33%) .NET Framework
7 6 (2.33%) jQuery
8 5 (1.95%) CSS
8 5 (1.95%) Windows Identity Foundation
9 3 (1.17%) SOAP
9 3 (1.17%) Middleware
9 3 (1.17%) XML-RPC
10 2 (0.78%) LAMP
10 2 (0.78%) Regular Expression
10 2 (0.78%) HTML5
10 2 (0.78%) RabbitMQ
10 2 (0.78%) Sensu
Miscellaneous
1 43 (16.73%) PKI
2 35 (13.62%) Management Information System
3 16 (6.23%) Data Centre
4 12 (4.67%) Cryptography
4 12 (4.67%) Data Protection Act
5 11 (4.28%) Smart Meter
6 10 (3.89%) Mainframe
7 9 (3.50%) Fixed Income
7 9 (3.50%) Computer Science
7 9 (3.50%) Analytical Skills
8 8 (3.11%) IBM Mainframe
8 8 (3.11%) AS400
9 6 (2.33%) N-Tier
9 6 (2.33%) SCADA
10 5 (1.95%) CESG
11 4 (1.56%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
12 3 (1.17%) RMADS
12 3 (1.17%) CESG CLAS
13 2 (0.78%) Mathematics
13 2 (0.78%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 45 (17.51%) Windows
2 40 (15.56%) Linux
3 25 (9.73%) UNIX
4 7 (2.72%) Solaris
4 7 (2.72%) Windows Server 2003
4 7 (2.72%) Windows Server 2008
5 6 (2.33%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (0.78%) AIX
7 1 (0.39%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 105 (40.86%) Information Security
2 62 (24.12%) Vulnerability Management
3 50 (19.46%) ITIL
4 44 (17.12%) SIEM
4 44 (17.12%) Cyber Security
5 41 (15.95%) Security Management
6 40 (15.56%) Security Testing
7 39 (15.18%) Vulnerability Assessment
8 33 (12.84%) Risk Management
9 32 (12.45%) OWASP
10 29 (11.28%) Kalman Filter
11 28 (10.89%) Security Patching
12 25 (9.73%) Information Security Management
12 25 (9.73%) Ethical Hacking
13 21 (8.17%) Patch Management
14 19 (7.39%) Data Protection
15 17 (6.61%) Migration
16 16 (6.23%) Stakeholder Management
16 16 (6.23%) Service Delivery
16 16 (6.23%) Security Architecture
Programming Languages
1 24 (9.34%) Java
2 22 (8.56%) C#
3 14 (5.45%) Shell Script
4 13 (5.06%) SQL
5 9 (3.50%) JavaScript
6 7 (2.72%) C
7 6 (2.33%) T-SQL
8 5 (1.95%) VB
9 3 (1.17%) Perl
9 3 (1.17%) PHP
9 3 (1.17%) C++
9 3 (1.17%) Ruby
9 3 (1.17%) PowerShell
10 2 (0.78%) Objective-C
10 2 (0.78%) PL/SQL
11 1 (0.39%) Python
11 1 (0.39%) Embedded C
11 1 (0.39%) Assembly Language
11 1 (0.39%) Go
11 1 (0.39%) XPath
Qualifications
1 94 (36.58%) CISSP
2 55 (21.40%) CISM
3 27 (10.51%) Security Cleared
4 26 (10.12%) CEH
5 23 (8.95%) CISA
6 21 (8.17%) Degree
6 21 (8.17%) GIAC
7 20 (7.78%) SC Cleared
7 20 (7.78%) CISMP
8 18 (7.00%) ITIL Certification
8 18 (7.00%) ISEB
9 15 (5.84%) CCENT
10 9 (3.50%) DV Cleared
11 8 (3.11%) ISTQB
12 6 (2.33%) PCI QSA
12 6 (2.33%) SSCP
13 5 (1.95%) CRISC
14 3 (1.17%) Cisco Certification
14 3 (1.17%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 2 (0.78%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 85 (33.07%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 42 (16.34%) PCI DSS
3 26 (10.12%) QA
4 8 (3.11%) COBIT
5 7 (2.72%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.39%) SLA
6 1 (0.39%) BS7799
System Software
1 15 (5.84%) Active Directory
2 11 (4.28%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (1.17%) Snort
4 2 (0.78%) Firmware
4 2 (0.78%) Hyper-V
4 2 (0.78%) Xen
5 1 (0.39%) Varnish
5 1 (0.39%) Squid
Systems Management
1 9 (3.50%) Nessus
2 8 (3.11%) CA Single Sign-On
3 3 (1.17%) Norton AntiVirus
3 3 (1.17%) Tivoli
3 3 (1.17%) Nagios
3 3 (1.17%) Nmap
3 3 (1.17%) HP Quality Center
4 2 (0.78%) Ansible
4 2 (0.78%) McAfee ePO
4 2 (0.78%) Puppet
4 2 (0.78%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
4 2 (0.78%) WSUS
4 2 (0.78%) SCCM
5 1 (0.39%) Cisco UCCE
5 1 (0.39%) WebInspect
5 1 (0.39%) NetBackup
5 1 (0.39%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.39%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 1 (0.39%) Icinga
5 1 (0.39%) CORE IMPACT
Vendors
1 42 (16.34%) Cisco
2 35 (13.62%) Microsoft
3 28 (10.89%) VMware
4 24 (9.34%) CheckPoint
5 22 (8.56%) HP
6 19 (7.39%) Kaspersky
6 19 (7.39%) Clearswift
7 15 (5.84%) Oracle
8 13 (5.06%) Citrix
9 9 (3.50%) IBM
9 9 (3.50%) McAfee
10 8 (3.11%) CA
11 7 (2.72%) Websense
11 7 (2.72%) Qualys
11 7 (2.72%) Splunk
12 6 (2.33%) Remedy
12 6 (2.33%) Juniper
13 5 (1.95%) FireEye
14 4 (1.56%) Symantec
14 4 (1.56%) Sourcefire
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