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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Penetration Testing over the 3 months to 23 July 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
23 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Penetration Testing
Rank 409 490 462
Rank change year-on-year
+81 -28
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 227 117 130
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.45% 0.23% 0.27%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.55% 0.28% 0.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 130 84 82
Median daily rate £489 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.61% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £325 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £525 £548
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £450 £450
% change year-on-year
+5.55% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £45.00 £44.50
% change year-on-year
- +1.13%
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
41428 41257 37860
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 82.98% 79.94% 78.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 27601 27254 23966
Median daily rate £450 £420 £403
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +4.34%
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 median daily rate £400 £385 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +2.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 944 1077 1095
Median hourly rate £28.00 £27.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.81% +10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.58 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.50 £52.17 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.50 £30.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-5.00% +9.09%

Penetration Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in England

The demand trend of contract jobs across the England region citing Penetration Testing as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 23 July 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Testing within the England region over the 3 months to 23 July 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +42 102 £500 +11.11% 42
South East -3 47 £475 +5.55% 36
North West +9 22 £388 +14.81% 13
East of England +27 12 £425 +6.25% 6
Yorkshire +14 12 £380 - 10
South West +14 10 £325 -15.58% 19
East Midlands +9 10 £573 - 3
West Midlands - 9 £550 - 14
North East - 5 - - 3
Penetration Testing
UK

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 23 July 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Penetration Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region with a requirement for Penetration Testing.

1 148 (33.94%) Information Security
2 102 (23.39%) CISSP
3 100 (22.94%) Firewall
4 92 (21.10%) Finance
5 84 (19.27%) Security Cleared
6 80 (18.35%) Cybersecurity
7 75 (17.20%) OWASP
8 67 (15.37%) Security Testing
9 64 (14.68%) CEH
10 63 (14.45%) CREST Certified
11 61 (13.99%) Ethical Hacking
12 59 (13.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
13 56 (12.84%) Agile Software Development
13 56 (12.84%) Risk Management
13 56 (12.84%) Windows
13 56 (12.84%) Linux
14 54 (12.39%) Vulnerability Management
15 53 (12.16%) CISM
16 52 (11.93%) Java
17 51 (11.70%) SC Cleared
17 51 (11.70%) Security Operations
18 49 (11.24%) Vulnerability Assessment
19 47 (10.78%) Microsoft
20 44 (10.09%) Unix
21 42 (9.63%) VPN
22 40 (9.17%) Python
23 39 (8.94%) Project Management
23 39 (8.94%) Security Architecture
23 39 (8.94%) Kalman Filter
24 38 (8.72%) Analytical Skills

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 10 (2.29%) MS Exchange
2 7 (1.61%) IIS
3 6 (1.38%) OpenStack
3 6 (1.38%) SharePoint
4 5 (1.15%) SharePoint 2013
5 4 (0.92%) Apache
5 4 (0.92%) Tomcat
6 3 (0.69%) Skype for Business
7 2 (0.46%) Apache Pig
7 2 (0.46%) Confluence
8 1 (0.23%) nginx
8 1 (0.23%) SAS
8 1 (0.23%) uWSGI
Applications
1 29 (6.65%) MS Excel
2 13 (2.98%) MS PowerPoint
3 3 (0.69%) MS Office
4 1 (0.23%) MS Project
4 1 (0.23%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 13 (2.98%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.23%) Payment Gateway
2 1 (0.23%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 28 (6.42%) Microsoft Azure
2 24 (5.50%) Amazon AWS
3 7 (1.61%) Azure Active Directory
3 7 (1.61%) Office 365
4 5 (1.15%) IaaS
5 4 (0.92%) Amazon S3
6 3 (0.69%) Amazon ELB
6 3 (0.69%) AWS CloudFormation
6 3 (0.69%) Route 53
7 2 (0.46%) Google Analytics
7 2 (0.46%) Heroku
8 1 (0.23%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.23%) PaaS
8 1 (0.23%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 100 (22.94%) Firewall
2 42 (9.63%) VPN
3 37 (8.49%) Internet
4 34 (7.80%) Intrusion Detection
5 30 (6.88%) SSL
5 30 (6.88%) Wireless
6 29 (6.65%) Network Security
6 29 (6.65%) WAN
7 25 (5.73%) TCP/IP
8 22 (5.05%) IPsec
8 22 (5.05%) LAN
9 18 (4.13%) Cisco ASA
9 18 (4.13%) FTP
9 18 (4.13%) HTTP
10 17 (3.90%) DNS
11 16 (3.67%) SMTP
11 16 (3.67%) SSH
12 15 (3.44%) OSPF
13 13 (2.98%) BGP
14 9 (2.06%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (6.88%) SQL Server
2 18 (4.13%) PostgreSQL
3 13 (2.98%) MongoDB
4 12 (2.75%) Relational Database
5 10 (2.29%) Redis
6 8 (1.83%) DB2
6 8 (1.83%) SQL Server 2008
6 8 (1.83%) SQL Server 2012
6 8 (1.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 6 (1.38%) MySQL
8 5 (1.15%) InterSystems Cache
9 4 (0.92%) MariaDB
9 4 (0.92%) Oracle Reports
10 3 (0.69%) Amazon RDS
10 3 (0.69%) NoSQL
11 2 (0.46%) Big Data
11 2 (0.46%) Hadoop
11 2 (0.46%) Mixpanel
12 1 (0.23%) Azure SQL Database
12 1 (0.23%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 22 (5.05%) Git (software)
2 21 (4.82%) Jenkins
3 11 (2.52%) Selenium
4 10 (2.29%) AppScan
4 10 (2.29%) Metasploit
5 6 (1.38%) Jasmine
5 6 (1.38%) Team Foundation Server
6 5 (1.15%) Balsamiq Mockups
6 5 (1.15%) Burp Suite
6 5 (1.15%) Cucumber
6 5 (1.15%) JIRA
6 5 (1.15%) SpecFlow
7 4 (0.92%) JMeter
7 4 (0.92%) Vagrant
7 4 (0.92%) Visual Studio
7 4 (0.92%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 2 (0.46%) Eclipse
8 2 (0.46%) Fiddler
8 2 (0.46%) LoadRunner
8 2 (0.46%) WebDriver
General
1 92 (21.10%) Finance
2 30 (6.88%) Legal
3 22 (5.05%) Banking
4 11 (2.52%) Telecoms
5 9 (2.06%) Military
6 7 (1.61%) Retail
7 5 (1.15%) Marketing
8 3 (0.69%) Games
9 2 (0.46%) Advertising
9 2 (0.46%) Back Office
9 2 (0.46%) Financial Institution
9 2 (0.46%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.46%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.23%) Electronics
10 1 (0.23%) Front Office
10 1 (0.23%) Investment Banking
10 1 (0.23%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 79 (18.12%) Tester
2 78 (17.89%) Analyst
3 74 (16.97%) Penetration Tester
4 68 (15.60%) Security Analyst
5 60 (13.76%) Consultant
6 47 (10.78%) Security Consultant
7 44 (10.09%) Security Manager
8 39 (8.94%) Security Engineer
9 22 (5.05%) Information Security Consultant
10 21 (4.82%) Security Penetration Tester
10 21 (4.82%) Security Tester
11 18 (4.13%) Architect
11 18 (4.13%) Information Analyst
11 18 (4.13%) Information Security Analyst
12 17 (3.90%) IT Manager
12 17 (3.90%) Network Engineer
12 17 (3.90%) Security Specialist
13 16 (3.67%) IT Security Manager
14 15 (3.44%) Risk Manager
15 14 (3.21%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (8.49%) .NET
2 20 (4.59%) Web Services
3 16 (3.67%) Node.js
4 12 (2.75%) .NET Framework
5 10 (2.29%) ASP.NET
5 10 (2.29%) HTML
5 10 (2.29%) Sensu
6 9 (2.06%) Ajax
6 9 (2.06%) HTML5
7 8 (1.83%) ASP.NET Web API
7 8 (1.83%) Entity Framework
7 8 (1.83%) jQuery
7 8 (1.83%) Middleware
7 8 (1.83%) SAML
8 7 (1.61%) React
9 6 (1.38%) KnockoutJS
10 5 (1.15%) Breeze.js
10 5 (1.15%) Durandal
10 5 (1.15%) Windows Identity Foundation
11 4 (0.92%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 38 (8.72%) Analytical Skills
2 35 (8.03%) Management Information System
3 32 (7.34%) Cryptography
4 30 (6.88%) CESG
4 30 (6.88%) PKI
5 19 (4.36%) Mobile App
6 14 (3.21%) Security Operations Centre
7 13 (2.98%) Data Centre
8 11 (2.52%) Client/Server
9 9 (2.06%) N-Tier
10 6 (1.38%) Algorithms
10 6 (1.38%) Embedded Systems
11 5 (1.15%) Data Protection Act
11 5 (1.15%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 5 (1.15%) Fintech
12 4 (0.92%) Cyber Attack
12 4 (0.92%) Cyberthreat
12 4 (0.92%) Public Cloud
13 3 (0.69%) Computer Science
13 3 (0.69%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 56 (12.84%) Linux
1 56 (12.84%) Windows
2 44 (10.09%) Unix
3 14 (3.21%) Windows Server
4 10 (2.29%) Windows Vista
5 8 (1.83%) Android
6 7 (1.61%) Apple iOS
6 7 (1.61%) Windows Server 2008
6 7 (1.61%) Windows Server 2012
7 6 (1.38%) Solaris
8 5 (1.15%) Kali Linux
9 4 (0.92%) CentOS
9 4 (0.92%) Ubuntu
10 1 (0.23%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 148 (33.94%) Information Security
2 80 (18.35%) Cybersecurity
3 75 (17.20%) OWASP
4 67 (15.37%) Security Testing
5 61 (13.99%) Ethical Hacking
6 56 (12.84%) Agile Software Development
6 56 (12.84%) Risk Management
7 54 (12.39%) Vulnerability Management
8 51 (11.70%) Security Operations
9 49 (11.24%) Vulnerability Assessment
10 39 (8.94%) Kalman Filter
10 39 (8.94%) Project Management
10 39 (8.94%) Security Architecture
11 37 (8.49%) SIEM
12 34 (7.80%) Continuous Integration
12 34 (7.80%) ITIL
13 31 (7.11%) Information Assurance
14 30 (6.88%) Security Management
15 28 (6.42%) Vulnerability Scanning
16 27 (6.19%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 52 (11.93%) Java
2 40 (9.17%) Python
3 38 (8.72%) C++
4 31 (7.11%) Perl
5 26 (5.96%) C
5 26 (5.96%) PowerShell
6 25 (5.73%) C#
7 22 (5.05%) JavaScript
8 21 (4.82%) Ruby
9 15 (3.44%) SQL
10 9 (2.06%) Bash Shell
11 8 (1.83%) TypeScript
12 6 (1.38%) T-SQL
13 5 (1.15%) PHP
13 5 (1.15%) Shell Script
14 4 (0.92%) COBOL
15 2 (0.46%) Assembly Language
15 2 (0.46%) Go
15 2 (0.46%) PL/SQL
15 2 (0.46%) Scala
Qualifications
1 102 (23.39%) CISSP
2 84 (19.27%) Security Cleared
3 64 (14.68%) CEH
4 63 (14.45%) CREST Certified
5 53 (12.16%) CISM
6 51 (11.70%) SC Cleared
7 38 (8.72%) CESG Certified Professional
8 27 (6.19%) CISA
9 17 (3.90%) Degree
9 17 (3.90%) OSCP
10 16 (3.67%) CLAS
10 16 (3.67%) DV Cleared
10 16 (3.67%) GIAC
11 15 (3.44%) Cyber Scheme
12 14 (3.21%) SANS
13 13 (2.98%) CHECK Team Member
13 13 (2.98%) CompTIA Security+
13 13 (2.98%) Security+ Certification
14 12 (2.75%) ITIL Certification
15 11 (2.52%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 59 (13.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 34 (7.80%) PCI DSS
3 17 (3.90%) QA
4 14 (3.21%) COBIT
4 14 (3.21%) RMADS
5 5 (1.15%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 5 (1.15%) JSP 440
6 4 (0.92%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 3 (0.69%) WAI
7 3 (0.69%) WCAG
8 2 (0.46%) Disclosure Scotland
8 2 (0.46%) GPG13
8 2 (0.46%) ISAE 3402
8 2 (0.46%) SSAE 16
9 1 (0.23%) ISO27002
9 1 (0.23%) PA-DSS
System Software
1 30 (6.88%) Active Directory
2 12 (2.75%) Docker
3 10 (2.29%) Sendmail
4 7 (1.61%) VMware Infrastructure
5 5 (1.15%) Virtual Servers
6 4 (0.92%) VMware ESXi
7 3 (0.69%) Firmware
8 2 (0.46%) NFS
8 2 (0.46%) oVirt
8 2 (0.46%) VMware ESX
9 1 (0.23%) Snort
9 1 (0.23%) Virtual Desktop
9 1 (0.23%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 18 (4.13%) Puppet
2 10 (2.29%) Ansible
3 9 (2.06%) HP Fortify
3 9 (2.06%) Nessus
4 8 (1.83%) Grafana
4 8 (1.83%) Kibana
4 8 (1.83%) logstash
4 8 (1.83%) Opscode Chef
4 8 (1.83%) Salt
4 8 (1.83%) Uchiwa
5 7 (1.61%) SmoothWall
5 7 (1.61%) WebInspect
6 3 (0.69%) CA Single Sign-On
6 3 (0.69%) Nagios
6 3 (0.69%) Nmap
7 2 (0.46%) EnCase
7 2 (0.46%) HAProxy
7 2 (0.46%) Microsoft Clustering
8 1 (0.23%) Host Intrusion Detection System
8 1 (0.23%) RSA Archer
Vendors
1 47 (10.78%) Microsoft
2 31 (7.11%) Cisco
3 26 (5.96%) Oracle
4 20 (4.59%) CheckPoint
4 20 (4.59%) VMware
5 14 (3.21%) Citrix
6 13 (2.98%) F5
7 8 (1.83%) HP
7 8 (1.83%) Juniper
7 8 (1.83%) Sitecore
7 8 (1.83%) Veracode
8 7 (1.61%) Clearswift
8 7 (1.61%) IBM
8 7 (1.61%) Kaspersky
8 7 (1.61%) SAP
9 5 (1.15%) Blue Coat
9 5 (1.15%) LogRhythm
9 5 (1.15%) Mercator
10 4 (0.92%) Red Hat
10 4 (0.92%) Symantec
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