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 5 February 2016 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
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Penetration Testing
Rank 394 481 494
Rank change year-on-year
+87 +13
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 187 99 77
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.40% 0.21% 0.17%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.49% 0.28% 0.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 126 59 50
Average daily rate £425 £438 £433
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.85% +1.15%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £363 £290 £334
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £625 £567
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £375 £405
% change year-on-year
+13.33% -7.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 0
Average hourly rate £46.25 £47.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.63% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £46.25 £47.50 -
% change year-on-year
-2.63% -
Penetration Testing
UK

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
38364 35865 34140
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 81.30% 77.81% 77.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 25447 23262 21094
Average daily rate £425 £425 £401
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.98%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £288 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1104 964 1067
Average hourly rate £37.50 £26.00 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+44.23% -5.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.65 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.00 £46.00 £52.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+45.45% -

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 5 February 2016.

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 5 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 +39 88 £450 -14.28% 57
South East +5 35 £425 +36.00% 20
Yorkshire - 15 £410 - 8
North West -8 14 £425 +30.76% 16
South West +8 12 £420 -4.00% 17
East of England +2 6 £421 - 6
West Midlands -16 6 £425 -2.85% 10
North East - 6 £403 - 1
East Midlands - 5 £600 - 1
Penetration Testing
UK

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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.

1 148 (41.34%) Information Security
2 80 (22.35%) CISSP
3 76 (21.23%) Firewall
4 72 (20.11%) Finance
5 70 (19.55%) Linux
6 68 (18.99%) Windows
7 62 (17.32%) Security Cleared
8 61 (17.04%) Vulnerability Assessment
9 57 (15.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 56 (15.64%) Agile Software Development
11 53 (14.80%) PCI DSS
11 53 (14.80%) Vulnerability Management
11 53 (14.80%) Cybersecurity
12 51 (14.25%) OWASP
13 50 (13.97%) Risk Management
14 48 (13.41%) Intrusion Detection
15 43 (12.01%) SC Cleared
16 42 (11.73%) Management Information System
17 41 (11.45%) TCP/IP
17 41 (11.45%) CREST Certified
18 40 (11.17%) Ethical Hacking
19 39 (10.89%) CEH
19 39 (10.89%) Security Testing
19 39 (10.89%) SIEM
20 38 (10.61%) Security Architecture
21 37 (10.34%) Network Security
21 37 (10.34%) Cisco
21 37 (10.34%) Web Services
22 36 (10.06%) Java
22 36 (10.06%) Security Operations

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 19 (5.31%) Node.js
2 9 (2.51%) IIS
3 7 (1.96%) MS Exchange
4 6 (1.68%) SharePoint
5 5 (1.40%) SharePoint 2013
6 4 (1.12%) Confluence
7 3 (0.84%) Apache
8 2 (0.56%) NetWeaver
Applications
1 20 (5.59%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.28%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 9 (2.51%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (1.12%) MoSes
3 2 (0.56%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.28%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 29 (8.10%) Amazon AWS
2 12 (3.35%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (1.96%) IaaS
3 7 (1.96%) Office 365
3 7 (1.96%) PaaS
3 7 (1.96%) SaaS
4 3 (0.84%) Azure Active Directory
5 2 (0.56%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.28%) Sage Pay
Communications & Networking
1 76 (21.23%) Firewall
2 48 (13.41%) Intrusion Detection
3 41 (11.45%) TCP/IP
4 37 (10.34%) Network Security
5 29 (8.10%) VPN
5 29 (8.10%) WAN
6 28 (7.82%) Internet
7 27 (7.54%) LAN
8 26 (7.26%) SSL
9 21 (5.87%) HTTP
10 15 (4.19%) DNS
10 15 (4.19%) Wireless
11 12 (3.35%) MPLS
11 12 (3.35%) VLAN
11 12 (3.35%) VoIP
12 9 (2.51%) DHCP
13 8 (2.23%) Wi-Fi
14 7 (1.96%) FTP
14 7 (1.96%) MRTG
15 6 (1.68%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (5.03%) Relational Database
2 17 (4.75%) MongoDB
2 17 (4.75%) PostgreSQL
2 17 (4.75%) Redis
3 16 (4.47%) SQL Server
4 7 (1.96%) SQL Server 2012
5 6 (1.68%) SQL Server 2008
5 6 (1.68%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 5 (1.40%) InterSystems Cache
7 3 (0.84%) DB2
8 2 (0.56%) BusinessObjects
8 2 (0.56%) SAP BW
8 2 (0.56%) SAP HANA
9 1 (0.28%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 1 (0.28%) Big Data
9 1 (0.28%) SQL Server 2014
9 1 (0.28%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 26 (7.26%) Git (software)
2 23 (6.42%) Jenkins
2 23 (6.42%) Metasploit
3 11 (3.07%) Team Foundation Server
4 10 (2.79%) Selenium
5 8 (2.23%) SpecFlow
6 7 (1.96%) JIRA
7 6 (1.68%) Burp Suite
7 6 (1.68%) LoadRunner
8 5 (1.40%) Balsamiq Mockups
8 5 (1.40%) Jasmine
9 4 (1.12%) Cucumber
9 4 (1.12%) HP UFT
9 4 (1.12%) sqlmap
10 3 (0.84%) JMeter
10 3 (0.84%) NUnit
11 2 (0.56%) CruiseControl
11 2 (0.56%) MSTest
11 2 (0.56%) TeamCity
11 2 (0.56%) Visual Studio
General
1 72 (20.11%) Finance
2 23 (6.42%) Banking
3 22 (6.15%) Legal
4 15 (4.19%) Telecoms
5 12 (3.35%) Retail
6 8 (2.23%) Games
6 8 (2.23%) Military
7 7 (1.96%) Marketing
8 4 (1.12%) Financial Institution
8 4 (1.12%) Investment Banking
8 4 (1.12%) Retail Banking
9 3 (0.84%) Advertising
9 3 (0.84%) Local Government
9 3 (0.84%) Manufacturing
9 3 (0.84%) Publishing
10 2 (0.56%) Billing
10 2 (0.56%) Electronics
11 1 (0.28%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 72 (20.11%) Analyst
2 67 (18.72%) Security Analyst
3 62 (17.32%) Consultant
4 57 (15.92%) Tester
5 54 (15.08%) Security Consultant
6 43 (12.01%) Penetration Tester
7 30 (8.38%) Security Manager
8 27 (7.54%) Architect
9 25 (6.98%) Information Analyst
9 25 (6.98%) Information Security Analyst
9 25 (6.98%) Security Architect
10 24 (6.70%) Security Specialist
11 20 (5.59%) Information Security Consultant
12 17 (4.75%) DevOps Engineer
12 17 (4.75%) Security Engineer
13 14 (3.91%) IT Manager
13 14 (3.91%) IT Security Specialist
13 14 (3.91%) Network Engineer
14 13 (3.63%) Senior Analyst
14 13 (3.63%) Senior Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (10.34%) Web Services
2 30 (8.38%) .NET
3 16 (4.47%) Sensu
4 9 (2.51%) Ajax
4 9 (2.51%) RabbitMQ
5 8 (2.23%) .NET Framework
5 8 (2.23%) ASP.NET
5 8 (2.23%) jQuery
6 7 (1.96%) ASP.NET Web API
6 7 (1.96%) Entity Framework
6 7 (1.96%) SAML
7 6 (1.68%) Breeze.js
7 6 (1.68%) Durandal
7 6 (1.68%) KnockoutJS
7 6 (1.68%) React
7 6 (1.68%) SOAP
7 6 (1.68%) Windows Identity Foundation
8 5 (1.40%) OAuth2
8 5 (1.40%) OpenID
8 5 (1.40%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 42 (11.73%) Management Information System
2 26 (7.26%) Analytical Skills
3 18 (5.03%) Cryptography
4 16 (4.47%) PKI
5 15 (4.19%) Mobile App
6 13 (3.63%) CESG
6 13 (3.63%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 13 (3.63%) Mainframe
6 13 (3.63%) Security Operations Centre
7 11 (3.07%) Computer Science
8 7 (1.96%) Data Centre
8 7 (1.96%) Internet of Things
9 6 (1.68%) AS400
9 6 (1.68%) IBM Mainframe
9 6 (1.68%) Statistics
10 5 (1.40%) Cyberthreat
10 5 (1.40%) N-Tier
11 4 (1.12%) FMCG
11 4 (1.12%) Public Cloud
12 3 (0.84%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 70 (19.55%) Linux
2 68 (18.99%) Windows
3 32 (8.94%) Unix
4 14 (3.91%) Windows Server
5 9 (2.51%) Kali Linux
6 7 (1.96%) Ubuntu
7 6 (1.68%) Android
8 5 (1.40%) AIX
8 5 (1.40%) Apple iOS
8 5 (1.40%) Windows Server 2008
8 5 (1.40%) Windows Server 2012
9 4 (1.12%) CentOS
10 3 (0.84%) Mac OS X
11 2 (0.56%) VMS
12 1 (0.28%) Solaris
12 1 (0.28%) VxWorks
12 1 (0.28%) Windows 10
12 1 (0.28%) Windows Phone
12 1 (0.28%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 148 (41.34%) Information Security
2 61 (17.04%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 56 (15.64%) Agile Software Development
4 53 (14.80%) Cybersecurity
4 53 (14.80%) Vulnerability Management
5 51 (14.25%) OWASP
6 50 (13.97%) Risk Management
7 40 (11.17%) Ethical Hacking
8 39 (10.89%) Security Testing
8 39 (10.89%) SIEM
9 38 (10.61%) Security Architecture
10 36 (10.06%) Security Operations
11 35 (9.78%) Security Management
12 31 (8.66%) ITIL
12 31 (8.66%) Stakeholder Management
13 30 (8.38%) Continuous Integration
14 29 (8.10%) Data Protection
15 28 (7.82%) Disaster Recovery
16 26 (7.26%) Configuration Management
16 26 (7.26%) Information Assurance
Programming Languages
1 36 (10.06%) Java
2 30 (8.38%) PowerShell
3 27 (7.54%) C
3 27 (7.54%) Python
4 26 (7.26%) C++
5 25 (6.98%) Perl
6 18 (5.03%) C#
6 18 (5.03%) SQL
7 17 (4.75%) Ruby
8 14 (3.91%) JavaScript
9 7 (1.96%) Go
10 6 (1.68%) PHP
10 6 (1.68%) TypeScript
11 5 (1.40%) T-SQL
12 3 (0.84%) Shell Script
13 2 (0.56%) ABAP
13 2 (0.56%) VB.NET
14 1 (0.28%) Groovy
14 1 (0.28%) Scala
14 1 (0.28%) VB
Qualifications
1 80 (22.35%) CISSP
2 62 (17.32%) Security Cleared
3 43 (12.01%) SC Cleared
4 41 (11.45%) CREST Certified
5 39 (10.89%) CEH
6 27 (7.54%) CISM
7 17 (4.75%) Degree
8 15 (4.19%) OSCP
9 14 (3.91%) Cisco Certification
10 13 (3.63%) GIAC
10 13 (3.63%) SANS
11 11 (3.07%) CCNA
11 11 (3.07%) GWAPT
12 10 (2.79%) DV Cleared
12 10 (2.79%) ISEB
12 10 (2.79%) ISTQB
12 10 (2.79%) OSCE
13 8 (2.23%) CCNP
14 7 (1.96%) CISA
15 5 (1.40%) CCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 57 (15.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 53 (14.80%) PCI DSS
3 19 (5.31%) QA
4 12 (3.35%) RMADS
5 9 (2.51%) ISO27002
6 7 (1.96%) ISO27005
7 6 (1.68%) GPG13
7 6 (1.68%) WAI
7 6 (1.68%) WCAG
8 5 (1.40%) COBIT
9 3 (0.84%) Disclosure Scotland
9 3 (0.84%) ISO 9001
9 3 (0.84%) TickIT
10 2 (0.56%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 1 (0.28%) HIPAA
11 1 (0.28%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 1 (0.28%) SLA
System Software
1 22 (6.15%) Active Directory
2 10 (2.79%) Docker
3 5 (1.40%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (1.12%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (0.56%) Firmware
6 1 (0.28%) Sendmail
6 1 (0.28%) Xen
Systems Management
1 22 (6.15%) Nessus
2 21 (5.87%) Puppet
3 17 (4.75%) Ansible
4 13 (3.63%) Grafana
4 13 (3.63%) Kibana
4 13 (3.63%) logstash
4 13 (3.63%) Uchiwa
5 9 (2.51%) Opscode Chef
6 8 (2.23%) Nmap
7 7 (1.96%) Salt
8 5 (1.40%) Nagios
9 4 (1.12%) EnCase
9 4 (1.12%) Ettercap
10 3 (0.84%) HP Fortify
10 3 (0.84%) OpenVAS
10 3 (0.84%) SmoothWall
11 2 (0.56%) HP Quality Center
11 2 (0.56%) McAfee ePO
11 2 (0.56%) QRadar
11 2 (0.56%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 37 (10.34%) Cisco
2 34 (9.50%) Microsoft
3 28 (7.82%) VMware
4 16 (4.47%) CheckPoint
5 15 (4.19%) HP
6 14 (3.91%) IBM
7 11 (3.07%) Oracle
8 10 (2.79%) Splunk
9 8 (2.23%) SAP
9 8 (2.23%) Symantec
10 7 (1.96%) F5
10 7 (1.96%) Sitecore
11 6 (1.68%) LogRhythm
11 6 (1.68%) McAfee
12 5 (1.40%) ArcSight
12 5 (1.40%) NetIQ
12 5 (1.40%) Novell
12 5 (1.40%) Q1 Labs
12 5 (1.40%) Tripwire
13 4 (1.12%) Blue Coat
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