The first table below looks at the demand for the Penetration Tester role in IT contracts advertised for the London region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Penetration Tester in their job title over the 3 months to 18 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Job Titles advertised for the London region.

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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Penetration Tester
Rank 404 372 418
Rank change year-on-year
-32 +46
Contract jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 8 17 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.033% 0.079% 0.018%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.036% 0.085% 0.019%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 9 2
Average daily rate £500 £550 £625
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.09% -12.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £463 £445 £605
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £645
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £438 £313
% change year-on-year
-8.57% +40.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £47.50 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
Job Titles Category
London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
22398 20052 25960
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 92.58% 92.82% 92.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 15523 13588 16690
Average daily rate £425 £450 £448
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.55% +0.55%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+0.14% -0.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 404 410 583
Average hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.89% -2.56%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.31 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £17.45 £19.21
% change year-on-year
-2.57% -9.16%
Penetration Tester
England

Penetration Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in London

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Penetration Tester in the job title across the London region as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Penetration Tester Jobs Demand Trend in London

Penetration Tester
Daily Rate Trend in London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Penetration Tester across the London region.

Penetration Tester Daily Rate Trend in London

Penetration Tester
Contract Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Tester within the London region over the 3 months to 18 April 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
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Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
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Penetration Tester
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Penetration Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the London region that cited Penetration Tester in their job title 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 with Penetration Tester in their job title.

1 17 (94.44%) Penetration Testing
2 9 (50.00%) CEH
3 7 (38.89%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 6 (33.33%) Manual Testing
5 5 (27.78%) Ethical Hacking
6 4 (22.22%) CISSP
6 4 (22.22%) CISMP
6 4 (22.22%) E-Commerce
7 3 (16.67%) Information Security
7 3 (16.67%) SC Cleared
7 3 (16.67%) Security Cleared
8 2 (11.11%) OWASP
8 2 (11.11%) Security Testing
8 2 (11.11%) Shell Script
8 2 (11.11%) UNIX
8 2 (11.11%) Windows
8 2 (11.11%) Firewall
8 2 (11.11%) Management Information System
9 1 (5.56%) Risk Management
9 1 (5.56%) Finance
9 1 (5.56%) Debian
9 1 (5.56%) Risk Assessment
9 1 (5.56%) Linux
9 1 (5.56%) Python
9 1 (5.56%) TCP/IP
9 1 (5.56%) Java
9 1 (5.56%) Web Services
9 1 (5.56%) BS7799
9 1 (5.56%) Automated Testing
9 1 (5.56%) PKI

Penetration Tester
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the London region that cited Penetration Tester in their job title 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 with Penetration Tester in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Communications & Networking
1 2 (11.11%) Firewall
2 1 (5.56%) TCP/IP
2 1 (5.56%) Multicast
2 1 (5.56%) Network Security
Development Applications
1 1 (5.56%) GDB
General
1 1 (5.56%) Finance
1 1 (5.56%) Retail Banking
1 1 (5.56%) Banking
1 1 (5.56%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (5.56%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (11.11%) Management Information System
2 1 (5.56%) PKI
2 1 (5.56%) STB
Operating Systems
1 2 (11.11%) UNIX
1 2 (11.11%) Windows
2 1 (5.56%) Debian
2 1 (5.56%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (94.44%) Penetration Testing
2 7 (38.89%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 6 (33.33%) Manual Testing
4 5 (27.78%) Ethical Hacking
5 4 (22.22%) E-Commerce
6 3 (16.67%) Information Security
7 2 (11.11%) OWASP
7 2 (11.11%) Security Testing
8 1 (5.56%) Risk Management
8 1 (5.56%) Risk Assessment
8 1 (5.56%) Automated Testing
8 1 (5.56%) Reverse Engineering
8 1 (5.56%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 2 (11.11%) Shell Script
2 1 (5.56%) Python
2 1 (5.56%) Java
2 1 (5.56%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 9 (50.00%) CEH
2 4 (22.22%) CISSP
2 4 (22.22%) CISMP
3 3 (16.67%) SC Cleared
3 3 (16.67%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.56%) BS7799
System Software
1 1 (5.56%) Nmap
Systems Management
1 1 (5.56%) Nessus
1 1 (5.56%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 1 (5.56%) Qualys