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 27 March 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
27 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Penetration Testing
Rank 458 487 411
Rank change year-on-year
+29 -76
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 114 76 104
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.23% 0.16% 0.25%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.31% 0.21% 0.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 64 49 77
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£425 £470 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.57% +17.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £300 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £568 £600 £505
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £470 £393
% change year-on-year
-9.57% +19.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 1
Average hourly rate £22.50 - £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 - -
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
37161 35673 30835
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 76.42% 75.44% 73.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 23489 22217 18883
Average daily rate £425 £408 £410
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.29% -0.60%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £396 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+5.60% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1070 1065 1029
Average hourly rate £29.00 £26.88 £31.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.90% -14.68%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.43 £12.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £50.00 £51.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.44 £27.50 £32.00
% change year-on-year
+14.32% -14.06%

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 27 March 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 27 March 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
South East -6 42 £425 -15.84% 23
London +10 38 £449 -10.25% 44
North West -9 11 £350 -26.31% 12
West Midlands 0 9 £438 -7.89% 10
East of England +11 7 £325 +30.00% 3
South West -13 6 £395 -15.95% 9
East Midlands -5 2 £300 - 3
North East +1 1 - -
Yorkshire - - - - 9
Penetration Testing
UK

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 81 (34.03%) CISSP
2 71 (29.83%) Information Security
3 63 (26.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 57 (23.95%) Firewall
5 56 (23.53%) Windows
6 51 (21.43%) ITIL
7 50 (21.01%) Linux
8 45 (18.91%) PCI DSS
9 40 (16.81%) CISM
9 40 (16.81%) Vulnerability Management
10 34 (14.29%) Vulnerability Assessment
11 33 (13.87%) Cisco
12 32 (13.45%) SIEM
12 32 (13.45%) Network Security
13 31 (13.03%) UNIX
14 30 (12.61%) Risk Management
14 30 (12.61%) Security Cleared
14 30 (12.61%) PKI
14 30 (12.61%) Security Testing
15 28 (11.76%) QA
16 27 (11.34%) Management Information System
16 27 (11.34%) SSL
17 26 (10.92%) Microsoft
17 26 (10.92%) Finance
18 25 (10.50%) CEH
18 25 (10.50%) Intrusion Detection
19 24 (10.08%) SC Cleared
20 23 (9.66%) Java
21 22 (9.24%) Cyber Security
22 21 (8.82%) User Acceptance Testing

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 8 (3.36%) IIS
2 7 (2.94%) Apache
3 4 (1.68%) Node.js
4 3 (1.26%) OpenStack
4 3 (1.26%) Lync
4 3 (1.26%) Tomcat
5 2 (0.84%) Drupal
6 1 (0.42%) Apache Solr
6 1 (0.42%) JBoss
6 1 (0.42%) SharePoint
6 1 (0.42%) MS Exchange
6 1 (0.42%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (0.42%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 10 (4.20%) MS Office
2 5 (2.10%) MS Excel
2 5 (2.10%) MS Visio
2 5 (2.10%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.42%) Oracle 11i
1 1 (0.42%) SAP PP
1 1 (0.42%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (0.42%) Oracle ERP
1 1 (0.42%) SAP PM
1 1 (0.42%) Oracle EBS R12
1 1 (0.42%) SAP EWM
Cloud Services
1 8 (3.36%) Cloud Computing
2 6 (2.52%) IaaS
3 5 (2.10%) PaaS
4 3 (1.26%) Microsoft Azure
4 3 (1.26%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (1.26%) SaaS
5 1 (0.42%) Office 365
5 1 (0.42%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 57 (23.95%) Firewall
2 32 (13.45%) Network Security
3 27 (11.34%) SSL
4 25 (10.50%) Intrusion Detection
5 19 (7.98%) TCP/IP
6 17 (7.14%) Wireless
7 16 (6.72%) WAN
8 14 (5.88%) VPN
8 14 (5.88%) Cisco ASA
9 13 (5.46%) LDAP
10 12 (5.04%) Internet
11 11 (4.62%) HTTP
12 10 (4.20%) LAN
12 10 (4.20%) DNS
13 6 (2.52%) IP Telephony
14 5 (2.10%) Wireshark
14 5 (2.10%) tcpdump
14 5 (2.10%) SAN
15 4 (1.68%) IPsec
15 4 (1.68%) Cisco ICM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (4.20%) Relational Database
2 7 (2.94%) PostgreSQL
3 6 (2.52%) Big Data
4 5 (2.10%) Oracle Database
4 5 (2.10%) RDBMS
4 5 (2.10%) Oracle Database 10g
4 5 (2.10%) Oracle Reports
4 5 (2.10%) Data Warehouse
5 4 (1.68%) MongoDB
5 4 (1.68%) Redis
6 3 (1.26%) SQLPlus
6 3 (1.26%) Oracle Database 11g
7 1 (0.42%) Oracle Discoverer
7 1 (0.42%) MySQL
7 1 (0.42%) SQL Server
7 1 (0.42%) DB2
7 1 (0.42%) MariaDB
7 1 (0.42%) Oracle BI Publisher
Development Applications
1 8 (3.36%) Jenkins
2 7 (2.94%) LoadRunner
3 6 (2.52%) Git (software)
4 5 (2.10%) GDB
4 5 (2.10%) Oracle Forms
5 3 (1.26%) Oracle APEX
5 3 (1.26%) Metasploit
5 3 (1.26%) TeamCity
5 3 (1.26%) Cucumber
6 2 (0.84%) SoapUI
6 2 (0.84%) WebDriver
6 2 (0.84%) Selenium
6 2 (0.84%) JIRA
7 1 (0.42%) TestDirector
7 1 (0.42%) Fiddler
General
1 26 (10.92%) Finance
2 10 (4.20%) Telecoms
3 6 (2.52%) Law
3 6 (2.52%) Publishing
3 6 (2.52%) Games
3 6 (2.52%) Banking
4 5 (2.10%) Manufacturing
4 5 (2.10%) Financial Institution
5 4 (1.68%) Retail
6 3 (1.26%) Automotive
6 3 (1.26%) Legal
7 2 (0.84%) Electronics
8 1 (0.42%) Back Office
8 1 (0.42%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.42%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.42%) Local Government
8 1 (0.42%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 81 (34.03%) Analyst
2 58 (24.37%) Security Analyst
3 41 (17.23%) Consultant
4 39 (16.39%) Security Consultant
5 23 (9.66%) Tester
6 19 (7.98%) Penetration Tester
7 17 (7.14%) Test Analyst
8 15 (6.30%) IT Security Analyst
9 13 (5.46%) Security Engineer
10 12 (5.04%) Security Specialist
11 9 (3.78%) Senior Security Analyst
11 9 (3.78%) Senior Analyst
12 8 (3.36%) Architect
12 8 (3.36%) Test Manager
12 8 (3.36%) Security Manager
13 7 (2.94%) Security Architect
13 7 (2.94%) IT Security Engineer
13 7 (2.94%) Security Tester
14 6 (2.52%) Information Security Consultant
14 6 (2.52%) IT Security Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (5.88%) .NET
2 8 (3.36%) XML
3 7 (2.94%) Web Services
4 6 (2.52%) XML Messaging
5 5 (2.10%) Middleware
5 5 (2.10%) HTML
6 4 (1.68%) ASP.NET
7 3 (1.26%) SOAP
8 2 (0.84%) SAML
8 2 (0.84%) REST
9 1 (0.42%) CSS3
9 1 (0.42%) Sass
9 1 (0.42%) ISPF
9 1 (0.42%) OAuth
9 1 (0.42%) ASP.NET MVC
9 1 (0.42%) OpenID
9 1 (0.42%) HTML5
9 1 (0.42%) RabbitMQ
9 1 (0.42%) WSDL
9 1 (0.42%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 30 (12.61%) PKI
2 27 (11.34%) Management Information System
3 13 (5.46%) Cryptography
3 13 (5.46%) Data Protection Act
4 12 (5.04%) Smart Meter
5 11 (4.62%) Computer Science
6 8 (3.36%) Analytical Skills
7 7 (2.94%) Open Source
7 7 (2.94%) CESG
8 5 (2.10%) Mainframe
8 5 (2.10%) AS400
8 5 (2.10%) IBM Mainframe
9 4 (1.68%) Statistics
10 3 (1.26%) RMADS
10 3 (1.26%) Client/Server
10 3 (1.26%) Algorithms
10 3 (1.26%) Mobile App
10 3 (1.26%) Enterprise Software
10 3 (1.26%) Mathematics
11 2 (0.84%) Embedded Systems
Operating Systems
1 56 (23.53%) Windows
2 50 (21.01%) Linux
3 31 (13.03%) UNIX
4 7 (2.94%) Windows Server 2003
5 6 (2.52%) Windows Server 2012
5 6 (2.52%) AIX
6 4 (1.68%) Solaris
6 4 (1.68%) Windows 7
6 4 (1.68%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (1.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 3 (1.26%) Windows NT
7 3 (1.26%) Windows XP
7 3 (1.26%) VMS
8 1 (0.42%) HPUX
8 1 (0.42%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 71 (29.83%) Information Security
2 51 (21.43%) ITIL
3 40 (16.81%) Vulnerability Management
4 34 (14.29%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 32 (13.45%) SIEM
6 30 (12.61%) Security Testing
6 30 (12.61%) Risk Management
7 22 (9.24%) Cyber Security
8 21 (8.82%) User Acceptance Testing
9 20 (8.40%) Change Control
10 19 (7.98%) Agile Software Development
10 19 (7.98%) Security Management
11 18 (7.56%) OWASP
11 18 (7.56%) Kalman Filter
12 16 (6.72%) Data Protection
12 16 (6.72%) Test Strategy
12 16 (6.72%) Stakeholder Management
12 16 (6.72%) Incident Management
13 15 (6.30%) Performance Testing
14 14 (5.88%) Risk Assessment
Programming Languages
1 23 (9.66%) Java
2 18 (7.56%) Shell Script
3 17 (7.14%) SQL
4 12 (5.04%) Python
4 12 (5.04%) C
5 9 (3.78%) C++
5 9 (3.78%) Bash Shell
6 8 (3.36%) VB
7 6 (2.52%) PHP
8 5 (2.10%) PL/SQL
8 5 (2.10%) Perl
8 5 (2.10%) C#
8 5 (2.10%) VC++
9 4 (1.68%) PowerShell
10 3 (1.26%) JavaScript
11 2 (0.84%) Groovy
12 1 (0.42%) Objective-C
12 1 (0.42%) Ruby
12 1 (0.42%) XPath
12 1 (0.42%) Golang
Qualifications
1 81 (34.03%) CISSP
2 40 (16.81%) CISM
3 30 (12.61%) Security Cleared
4 25 (10.50%) CEH
5 24 (10.08%) SC Cleared
6 18 (7.56%) CISA
7 17 (7.14%) Degree
7 17 (7.14%) ISEB
8 13 (5.46%) CRISC
9 11 (4.62%) CISMP
9 11 (4.62%) ITIL Certification
10 10 (4.20%) GIAC
10 10 (4.20%) CCENT
11 9 (3.78%) Cisco Certification
12 7 (2.94%) Microsoft Certification
12 7 (2.94%) MCSE
12 7 (2.94%) DV Cleared
12 7 (2.94%) ISTQB
13 6 (2.52%) MCP
13 6 (2.52%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 63 (26.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 45 (18.91%) PCI DSS
3 28 (11.76%) QA
4 3 (1.26%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 3 (1.26%) COBIT
5 1 (0.42%) ISO/IEC 17799
5 1 (0.42%) SLA
System Software
1 12 (5.04%) Active Directory
2 9 (3.78%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (2.10%) Snort
4 4 (1.68%) Xen
5 3 (1.26%) Terminal Server
6 1 (0.42%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.42%) Varnish
Systems Management
1 17 (7.14%) Nessus
2 11 (4.62%) HP Quality Center
3 9 (3.78%) Nmap
4 5 (2.10%) Puppet
4 5 (2.10%) SCCM
5 4 (1.68%) Ansible
5 4 (1.68%) Cisco CUCM
5 4 (1.68%) CORE IMPACT
5 4 (1.68%) Cisco IPCC
6 3 (1.26%) WSUS
7 2 (0.84%) McAfee ePO
8 1 (0.42%) WebInspect
8 1 (0.42%) CiscoWorks
8 1 (0.42%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 1 (0.42%) Nagios
8 1 (0.42%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 33 (13.87%) Cisco
2 26 (10.92%) Microsoft
3 21 (8.82%) VMware
4 20 (8.40%) HP
5 19 (7.98%) McAfee
6 16 (6.72%) CheckPoint
7 12 (5.04%) Oracle
8 10 (4.20%) Clearswift
8 10 (4.20%) Qualys
8 10 (4.20%) Kaspersky
9 9 (3.78%) F5
9 9 (3.78%) Juniper
10 8 (3.36%) Citrix
10 8 (3.36%) Remedy
11 6 (2.52%) IBM
11 6 (2.52%) SolarWinds
12 4 (1.68%) Sourcefire
12 4 (1.68%) MobileIron
13 3 (1.26%) SAP
13 3 (1.26%) Red Hat
City of London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £600 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
ComputerWorld Personnel Ltd
Rate: £400 - £410 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Hays IT
Posted: 5 days ago
Milton Keynes
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
IT Connections
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £400.00 - £495.00 per annum
Posted: 11 days ago
Manchester
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 11 days ago
West Midlands
CPS Group
Rate: £275 - £300 per day
Posted: 17 days ago
City of London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £400.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 24 days ago