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 17 September 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
17 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Penetration Testing
Rank 422 476 448
Rank change year-on-year
+54 -28
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 153 77 132
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.30% 0.16% 0.25%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.40% 0.21% 0.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 102 40 95
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£455 £469 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.93% +17.18%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £323 £233
10% offered a daily rate of more than £548 £575 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £450 £380 £350
% change year-on-year
+18.42% +8.57%
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%
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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
38289 35908 38956
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 74.49% 74.49% 72.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 24309 22565 22981
Average daily rate £413 £401 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.99% +0.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £269
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1079 1022 1423
Average hourly rate £23.50 £29.00 £31.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-18.96% -7.93%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £50.00 £45.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.75 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-14.16% -

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 17 September 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 17 September 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 +54 89 £469 -1.31% 37
South East +12 25 £385 +2.66% 13
East of England -10 14 £375 -23.07% 2
South West -15 12 £475 -15.55% 10
North West -2 6 £475 +35.71% 4
West Midlands - 5 £450 - 2
East Midlands - 2 £450 - 2
Midlands - - - -
Yorkshire - - - - 2
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Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 17 September 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.

1 131 (51.37%) Information Security
2 102 (40.00%) CISSP
3 94 (36.86%) Firewall
4 69 (27.06%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 54 (21.18%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 50 (19.61%) Windows
7 46 (18.04%) ITIL
8 45 (17.65%) CEH
8 45 (17.65%) Finance
9 42 (16.47%) Management Information System
9 42 (16.47%) Network Security
9 42 (16.47%) PCI DSS
10 41 (16.08%) Security Testing
10 41 (16.08%) Risk Management
10 41 (16.08%) Microsoft
11 40 (15.69%) Vulnerability Management
12 39 (15.29%) Security Cleared
12 39 (15.29%) Cisco
13 38 (14.90%) Linux
14 36 (14.12%) Risk Assessment
14 36 (14.12%) Incident Management
15 35 (13.73%) CISM
16 32 (12.55%) SC Cleared
17 30 (11.76%) Wireless
17 30 (11.76%) Active Directory
18 29 (11.37%) SSL
18 29 (11.37%) Data Protection
19 28 (10.98%) Java
20 27 (10.59%) TCP/IP
20 27 (10.59%) Security Management

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 17 September 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 (4.31%) WebLogic
1 11 (4.31%) IIS
1 11 (4.31%) Tomcat
2 8 (3.14%) Apache
3 4 (1.57%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.39%) CMS
Applications
1 23 (9.02%) MS Visio
2 17 (6.67%) MS Office
3 12 (4.71%) MS Excel
4 6 (2.35%) MS PowerPoint
5 4 (1.57%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 13 (5.10%) assyst
2 1 (0.39%) SAP CRM
2 1 (0.39%) Summit
2 1 (0.39%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.78%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (0.39%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 94 (36.86%) Firewall
2 42 (16.47%) Network Security
3 30 (11.76%) Wireless
4 29 (11.37%) SSL
5 27 (10.59%) TCP/IP
6 24 (9.41%) VPN
7 17 (6.67%) DNS
8 16 (6.27%) Internet
8 16 (6.27%) Intrusion Detection
9 15 (5.88%) SAN
10 14 (5.49%) Intranet
11 12 (4.71%) DHCP
12 10 (3.92%) LDAP
12 10 (3.92%) SSH
12 10 (3.92%) Reverse Proxy
13 9 (3.53%) Cisco ASA
14 5 (1.96%) IP Telephony
14 5 (1.96%) LAN
14 5 (1.96%) WAN
15 4 (1.57%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (0.78%) Data Warehouse
1 2 (0.78%) DB2
1 2 (0.78%) SQL Server
1 2 (0.78%) PostgreSQL
1 2 (0.78%) IDOL
2 1 (0.39%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (0.39%) Big Data
2 1 (0.39%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 4 (1.57%) GCC
1 4 (1.57%) GDB
2 3 (1.18%) Metasploit
3 2 (0.78%) Cucumber
4 1 (0.39%) QADirector
4 1 (0.39%) JIRA
General
1 45 (17.65%) Finance
2 17 (6.67%) Law
3 12 (4.71%) Banking
4 10 (3.92%) Retail
5 7 (2.75%) Financial Institution
5 7 (2.75%) Electronics
6 6 (2.35%) Legal
7 4 (1.57%) Telecoms
8 3 (1.18%) Advertising
8 3 (1.18%) Military
9 2 (0.78%) Retail Banking
9 2 (0.78%) Investment Banking
9 2 (0.78%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.78%) Automotive
10 1 (0.39%) Marketing
10 1 (0.39%) Dutch Language
10 1 (0.39%) Local Government
10 1 (0.39%) Corporate Banking
10 1 (0.39%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 85 (33.33%) Analyst
2 78 (30.59%) Security Analyst
3 33 (12.94%) Security Specialist
4 30 (11.76%) Consultant
5 27 (10.59%) Information Analyst
5 27 (10.59%) Information Security Analyst
6 26 (10.20%) Security Consultant
7 24 (9.41%) Tester
8 23 (9.02%) Security Engineer
9 22 (8.63%) Penetration Tester
10 18 (7.06%) Test Manager
11 17 (6.67%) Security Manager
12 15 (5.88%) IT Security Analyst
12 15 (5.88%) Project Engineer
12 15 (5.88%) Information Security Specialist
12 15 (5.88%) Information Specialist
13 12 (4.71%) Product Analyst
13 12 (4.71%) Designer
13 12 (4.71%) Product Specialist
14 10 (3.92%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (6.27%) .NET
2 7 (2.75%) JSP
3 6 (2.35%) Middleware
4 4 (1.57%) Web Services
5 3 (1.18%) ASP.NET
5 3 (1.18%) HTML
5 3 (1.18%) VXML
6 2 (0.78%) SOAP
6 2 (0.78%) REST
7 1 (0.39%) WSH
Miscellaneous
1 42 (16.47%) Management Information System
2 21 (8.24%) PKI
2 21 (8.24%) Computer Science
3 19 (7.45%) Analytical Skills
4 17 (6.67%) RMADS
5 16 (6.27%) CESG
6 14 (5.49%) Open Source
7 10 (3.92%) CESG CLAS
7 10 (3.92%) Embedded Systems
8 9 (3.53%) Data Protection Act
8 9 (3.53%) IVR
9 6 (2.35%) Mobile App
10 5 (1.96%) Cryptography
11 4 (1.57%) CMDB
12 3 (1.18%) IBM Mainframe
12 3 (1.18%) Smart Meter
12 3 (1.18%) AS400
12 3 (1.18%) Mainframe
13 2 (0.78%) GIS
13 2 (0.78%) STB
Operating Systems
1 50 (19.61%) Windows
2 38 (14.90%) Linux
3 21 (8.24%) UNIX
4 12 (4.71%) Windows 7
5 8 (3.14%) Solaris
6 7 (2.75%) Apple iOS
6 7 (2.75%) AIX
6 7 (2.75%) Windows Server 2003
7 5 (1.96%) Windows Server 2008
8 4 (1.57%) Windows NT
8 4 (1.57%) Debian
9 2 (0.78%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 2 (0.78%) Mac OS
9 2 (0.78%) Windows Vista
10 1 (0.39%) Android
10 1 (0.39%) Windows XP
10 1 (0.39%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 131 (51.37%) Information Security
2 54 (21.18%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 46 (18.04%) ITIL
4 41 (16.08%) Security Testing
4 41 (16.08%) Risk Management
5 40 (15.69%) Vulnerability Management
6 36 (14.12%) Risk Assessment
6 36 (14.12%) Incident Management
7 29 (11.37%) Data Protection
8 27 (10.59%) Security Management
8 27 (10.59%) Security Architecture
9 26 (10.20%) ISMS
10 25 (9.80%) Business Continuity
10 25 (9.80%) SIEM
10 25 (9.80%) Information Assurance
11 24 (9.41%) Cyber Security
12 22 (8.63%) Ethical Hacking
13 20 (7.84%) Change Control
14 19 (7.45%) BCP
14 19 (7.45%) Business Continuity Planning
Programming Languages
1 28 (10.98%) Java
2 17 (6.67%) Python
2 17 (6.67%) C
3 15 (5.88%) C++
3 15 (5.88%) SQL
4 9 (3.53%) Bash Shell
4 9 (3.53%) Perl
5 8 (3.14%) Shell Script
6 5 (1.96%) Ruby
6 5 (1.96%) VB
7 4 (1.57%) Korn
8 2 (0.78%) PHP
9 1 (0.39%) PowerShell
9 1 (0.39%) Objective-C
9 1 (0.39%) C#
Qualifications
1 102 (40.00%) CISSP
2 45 (17.65%) CEH
3 39 (15.29%) Security Cleared
4 35 (13.73%) CISM
5 32 (12.55%) SC Cleared
6 26 (10.20%) Degree
7 25 (9.80%) Microsoft Certification
8 23 (9.02%) MCSE
9 20 (7.84%) GIAC
10 17 (6.67%) CISA
11 12 (4.71%) CCNA
11 12 (4.71%) Cisco Certification
12 11 (4.31%) MCP
13 9 (3.53%) DV Cleared
14 6 (2.35%) HND
14 6 (2.35%) CRISC
14 6 (2.35%) Chartered Engineer
15 4 (1.57%) Check Point Certification
16 2 (0.78%) SSCP
16 2 (0.78%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 69 (27.06%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 42 (16.47%) PCI DSS
3 8 (3.14%) SLA
3 8 (3.14%) QA
4 7 (2.75%) JSP 440
5 3 (1.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.78%) ISO/IEC 17799
6 2 (0.78%) COBIT
7 1 (0.39%) GPG13
7 1 (0.39%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.39%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 30 (11.76%) Active Directory
2 7 (2.75%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (2.35%) Terminal Server
3 6 (2.35%) Nmap
4 4 (1.57%) OpenSSH
5 2 (0.78%) RACF
5 2 (0.78%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.39%) Snort
Systems Management
1 21 (8.24%) Nessus
2 12 (4.71%) SCCM
3 11 (4.31%) HP Quality Center
4 9 (3.53%) CORE IMPACT
5 5 (1.96%) Cisco IPCC
6 2 (0.78%) ZENworks
6 2 (0.78%) Puppet
7 1 (0.39%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 41 (16.08%) Microsoft
2 39 (15.29%) Cisco
3 26 (10.20%) Juniper
4 25 (9.80%) F5
5 21 (8.24%) Oracle
6 18 (7.06%) HP
7 16 (6.27%) McAfee
8 15 (5.88%) Qualys
9 9 (3.53%) IBM
9 9 (3.53%) CheckPoint
10 8 (3.14%) VMware
11 7 (2.75%) Ruckus Wireless
11 7 (2.75%) Blue Coat
11 7 (2.75%) Websense
12 6 (2.35%) Sophos
13 5 (1.96%) Verint
13 5 (1.96%) Empirix
13 5 (1.96%) Siemens
13 5 (1.96%) Genesys
14 4 (1.57%) Nokia
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