The table below looks at the statistics 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 2 September 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
2 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Penetration Tester
Rank 425 419 411
Rank change year-on-year
-6 -8
Contract jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 8 5 12
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.033% 0.021% 0.047%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.036% 0.022% 0.051%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 4 11
Average daily rate
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£438 £413 £515
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% -19.90%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £383 £450
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £478 £540
UK excluding London average daily rate £463 £425 -
% change year-on-year
+8.82% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
Penetration Tester
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised in the London region. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
22279 22522 23553
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 92.56% 92.61% 92.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 15699 15363 16156
Average daily rate £450 £425 £438
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% -2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £270 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £605 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 314 420 457
Average hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.71% -10.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.15 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.24 £17.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+1.41% -

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
Daily Rate Histogram in London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Penetration Tester across the London region over the 3 months to 2 September 2015.

Penetration Tester Daily Rate Histogram 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 2 September 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
City of London - 2 £438 - 3
Penetration Tester
England

Penetration Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 2 September 2015, 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 9 (81.82%) Penetration Testing
2 5 (45.45%) CEH
3 4 (36.36%) Ethical Hacking
3 4 (36.36%) Finance
3 4 (36.36%) Cyber Security
4 3 (27.27%) CORE IMPACT
4 3 (27.27%) Metasploit
4 3 (27.27%) Social Engineering
4 3 (27.27%) GIAC
4 3 (27.27%) Telecoms
4 3 (27.27%) Retail
4 3 (27.27%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 3 (27.27%) Internet
4 3 (27.27%) Shell Script
5 2 (18.18%) Mainframe
5 2 (18.18%) HP
5 2 (18.18%) CISSP
5 2 (18.18%) TestDirector
5 2 (18.18%) Firewall
5 2 (18.18%) C
5 2 (18.18%) C#
5 2 (18.18%) Java
5 2 (18.18%) Perl
5 2 (18.18%) SAP
5 2 (18.18%) Web Services
5 2 (18.18%) XML
5 2 (18.18%) Wireless
5 2 (18.18%) Tandem
5 2 (18.18%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 2 (18.18%) HP Quality Center

Penetration Tester
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 2 September 2015, 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.

Applications
1 1 (9.09%) Spreadsheet
Communications & Networking
1 3 (27.27%) Internet
2 2 (18.18%) Firewall
2 2 (18.18%) Wireless
3 1 (9.09%) LAN
3 1 (9.09%) WAN
Development Applications
1 3 (27.27%) Metasploit
2 2 (18.18%) TestDirector
General
1 4 (36.36%) Finance
2 3 (27.27%) Retail
2 3 (27.27%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (18.18%) Web Services
1 2 (18.18%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (18.18%) Mainframe
1 2 (18.18%) Tandem
1 2 (18.18%) SCADA
1 2 (18.18%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
2 1 (9.09%) Data Centre
2 1 (9.09%) Cryptography
2 1 (9.09%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 1 (9.09%) UNIX
1 1 (9.09%) Windows
1 1 (9.09%) AIX
1 1 (9.09%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (81.82%) Penetration Testing
2 4 (36.36%) Ethical Hacking
2 4 (36.36%) Cyber Security
3 3 (27.27%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 3 (27.27%) Social Engineering
4 2 (18.18%) Continuous Improvement
4 2 (18.18%) Line Management
4 2 (18.18%) Use Case
4 2 (18.18%) Test Scripting
4 2 (18.18%) Open Source
5 1 (9.09%) Security Architecture
5 1 (9.09%) Waterfall
5 1 (9.09%) RUP
5 1 (9.09%) Disaster Recovery
5 1 (9.09%) Risk Management
5 1 (9.09%) Unified Process
5 1 (9.09%) Business Continuity
5 1 (9.09%) Information Security
5 1 (9.09%) Agile Software Development
Programming Languages
1 3 (27.27%) Shell Script
2 2 (18.18%) Ruby
2 2 (18.18%) C
2 2 (18.18%) C#
2 2 (18.18%) Java
2 2 (18.18%) Perl
Qualifications
1 5 (45.45%) CEH
2 3 (27.27%) GIAC
3 2 (18.18%) CISSP
3 2 (18.18%) OSCP
4 1 (9.09%) SC Cleared
4 1 (9.09%) Security Cleared
Systems Management
1 3 (27.27%) CORE IMPACT
2 2 (18.18%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (9.09%) Nessus
3 1 (9.09%) Nmap
3 1 (9.09%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 2 (18.18%) SAP
1 2 (18.18%) HP