The table below looks at the statistics for Penetration Testing skills 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 Testing over the 3 months to 5 February 2016 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
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Penetration Testing
Rank 323 362 370
Rank change year-on-year
+39 +8
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 88 43 37
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.42% 0.21% 0.17%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.50% 0.26% 0.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 65 33 28
Average daily rate £450 £525 £500
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-14.28% +5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £350 £400
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £625 £608
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £375 £405
% change year-on-year
+13.33% -7.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £46.25 £47.50 -
% change year-on-year
-2.63% -
Penetration Testing
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the London region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
17610 16725 17372
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 83.27% 80.29% 80.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 12571 11968 11925
Average daily rate £475 £450 £438
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.55% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £313 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 222 195 238
Average hourly rate £22.50 £21.50 £23.67
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.65% -9.16%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £14.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £49.00 £77.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+45.45% -

Penetration Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in London

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Penetration Testing across the London region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Penetration Testing Jobs Demand Trend in London

Penetration Testing
Daily Rate Trend in London

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

Penetration Testing Daily Rate Trend in London

Penetration Testing
Daily Rate Histogram in London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Penetration Testing across the London region over the 3 months to 5 February 2016.

Penetration Testing Daily Rate Histogram in London

Penetration Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Penetration Testing across the London region.

Penetration Testing Hourly Rate Trend in London

Penetration Testing
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 Testing within the London region over the 3 months to 5 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 +44 13 £455 +1.11% 12
Harrow - 1 £325 -
Penetration Testing
England

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the London 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 68 (41.98%) Information Security
2 43 (26.54%) Linux
3 37 (22.84%) Firewall
4 34 (20.99%) CISSP
4 34 (20.99%) Security Cleared
5 33 (20.37%) Finance
6 30 (18.52%) Windows
7 28 (17.28%) Unix
7 28 (17.28%) Network Security
8 27 (16.67%) Intrusion Detection
9 26 (16.05%) Agile Software Development
9 26 (16.05%) Cybersecurity
10 24 (14.81%) Vulnerability Management
10 24 (14.81%) TCP/IP
11 23 (14.20%) Java
11 23 (14.20%) Security Testing
11 23 (14.20%) SC Cleared
12 22 (13.58%) Vulnerability Assessment
13 21 (12.96%) Legal
13 21 (12.96%) Web Services
14 20 (12.35%) Amazon AWS
14 20 (12.35%) Analytical Skills
15 19 (11.73%) Information Assurance
15 19 (11.73%) Banking
16 18 (11.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
16 18 (11.11%) Risk Analysis
16 18 (11.11%) HTTP
16 18 (11.11%) SSL
16 18 (11.11%) Continuous Integration
16 18 (11.11%) Security Operations

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the London 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 15 (9.26%) Node.js
2 7 (4.32%) MS Exchange
3 3 (1.85%) Apache
4 2 (1.23%) IIS
5 1 (0.62%) SharePoint
Applications
1 11 (6.79%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.62%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (2.47%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.62%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 20 (12.35%) Amazon AWS
2 8 (4.94%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (4.32%) Office 365
3 7 (4.32%) SaaS
4 6 (3.70%) IaaS
4 6 (3.70%) PaaS
5 3 (1.85%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (0.62%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.62%) Sage Pay
Communications & Networking
1 37 (22.84%) Firewall
2 28 (17.28%) Network Security
3 27 (16.67%) Intrusion Detection
4 24 (14.81%) TCP/IP
5 18 (11.11%) HTTP
5 18 (11.11%) SSL
6 13 (8.02%) Internet
7 12 (7.41%) VPN
8 9 (5.56%) DNS
8 9 (5.56%) Wireless
9 8 (4.94%) LAN
9 8 (4.94%) WAN
10 7 (4.32%) DHCP
11 5 (3.09%) MRTG
11 5 (3.09%) OSPF
12 4 (2.47%) Ethernet
12 4 (2.47%) IPv4
12 4 (2.47%) IPv6
12 4 (2.47%) SSH
12 4 (2.47%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (9.26%) Relational Database
2 14 (8.64%) MongoDB
2 14 (8.64%) PostgreSQL
2 14 (8.64%) Redis
3 7 (4.32%) SQL Server
4 4 (2.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 3 (1.85%) DB2
6 1 (0.62%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 1 (0.62%) Big Data
6 1 (0.62%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.62%) SQL Server 2014
6 1 (0.62%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 14 (8.64%) Git (software)
1 14 (8.64%) Jenkins
2 13 (8.02%) Metasploit
3 6 (3.70%) Burp Suite
4 4 (2.47%) sqlmap
5 3 (1.85%) JIRA
5 3 (1.85%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (1.23%) AppScan
6 2 (1.23%) Visual Studio
7 1 (0.62%) Toad
General
1 33 (20.37%) Finance
2 21 (12.96%) Legal
3 19 (11.73%) Banking
4 8 (4.94%) Games
5 6 (3.70%) Retail
6 5 (3.09%) Telecoms
7 4 (2.47%) Investment Banking
7 4 (2.47%) Retail Banking
8 3 (1.85%) Advertising
8 3 (1.85%) Financial Institution
8 3 (1.85%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 37 (22.84%) Analyst
2 34 (20.99%) Security Analyst
3 29 (17.90%) Consultant
4 26 (16.05%) Security Consultant
5 21 (12.96%) Tester
6 19 (11.73%) Information Analyst
6 19 (11.73%) Information Security Analyst
7 18 (11.11%) Penetration Tester
8 14 (8.64%) DevOps Engineer
9 12 (7.41%) Security Manager
10 11 (6.79%) Project Manager
10 11 (6.79%) Security Specialist
11 9 (5.56%) IT Manager
12 8 (4.94%) Information Security Consultant
12 8 (4.94%) Security Engineer
12 8 (4.94%) Security Penetration Tester
13 7 (4.32%) IT Security Manager
13 7 (4.32%) Security Tester
13 7 (4.32%) Test Manager
14 6 (3.70%) Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (12.96%) Web Services
2 13 (8.02%) Sensu
3 10 (6.17%) .NET
4 9 (5.56%) RabbitMQ
5 5 (3.09%) REST
5 5 (3.09%) SOAP
6 3 (1.85%) Ajax
6 3 (1.85%) Middleware
7 2 (1.23%) HTML
7 2 (1.23%) HTML5
7 2 (1.23%) SAML
7 2 (1.23%) WCF
8 1 (0.62%) .NET Framework
8 1 (0.62%) AngularJS
8 1 (0.62%) CSS
8 1 (0.62%) jQuery
8 1 (0.62%) JSON
8 1 (0.62%) RESTful
8 1 (0.62%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 20 (12.35%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (8.02%) Mobile App
3 12 (7.41%) Cryptography
3 12 (7.41%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 10 (6.17%) Management Information System
5 4 (2.47%) PKI
6 3 (1.85%) Algorithms
6 3 (1.85%) Computer Science
6 3 (1.85%) Data Centre
6 3 (1.85%) Mainframe
6 3 (1.85%) Online Games
6 3 (1.85%) Private Cloud
6 3 (1.85%) Public Cloud
7 2 (1.23%) CESG
8 1 (0.62%) Blog
8 1 (0.62%) Client/Server
8 1 (0.62%) Fat Client
8 1 (0.62%) Tandem
8 1 (0.62%) Thin Client
8 1 (0.62%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 43 (26.54%) Linux
2 30 (18.52%) Windows
3 28 (17.28%) Unix
4 8 (4.94%) Kali Linux
5 3 (1.85%) Ubuntu
6 2 (1.23%) VMS
6 2 (1.23%) Windows Server
7 1 (0.62%) Android
7 1 (0.62%) VxWorks
7 1 (0.62%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 68 (41.98%) Information Security
2 26 (16.05%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (16.05%) Cybersecurity
3 24 (14.81%) Vulnerability Management
4 23 (14.20%) Security Testing
5 22 (13.58%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 19 (11.73%) Information Assurance
7 18 (11.11%) Continuous Integration
7 18 (11.11%) Risk Analysis
7 18 (11.11%) Security Operations
8 16 (9.88%) Open Source
9 15 (9.26%) Configuration Management
9 15 (9.26%) OWASP
9 15 (9.26%) Security Architecture
9 15 (9.26%) Security Management
10 14 (8.64%) DevOps
11 13 (8.02%) Disaster Recovery
11 13 (8.02%) Project Management
11 13 (8.02%) Risk Management
11 13 (8.02%) Software Delivery
Programming Languages
1 23 (14.20%) Java
2 17 (10.49%) C++
3 16 (9.88%) PowerShell
4 14 (8.64%) Perl
5 13 (8.02%) Python
6 12 (7.41%) C
7 10 (6.17%) Ruby
8 7 (4.32%) Go
9 4 (2.47%) C#
9 4 (2.47%) JavaScript
10 3 (1.85%) SQL
11 2 (1.23%) PHP
12 1 (0.62%) VB
12 1 (0.62%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 34 (20.99%) CISSP
1 34 (20.99%) Security Cleared
2 23 (14.20%) SC Cleared
3 14 (8.64%) CEH
4 12 (7.41%) CISM
5 11 (6.79%) CREST Certified
6 8 (4.94%) GIAC
7 6 (3.70%) Cisco Certification
7 6 (3.70%) Degree
7 6 (3.70%) DV Cleared
7 6 (3.70%) ISEB
7 6 (3.70%) SANS
8 5 (3.09%) CCNP
8 5 (3.09%) CISA
8 5 (3.09%) ISTQB
8 5 (3.09%) OSCP
9 3 (1.85%) CCSA
9 3 (1.85%) CCSE
9 3 (1.85%) GCIA
9 3 (1.85%) GCIH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (11.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 10 (6.17%) PCI DSS
3 5 (3.09%) QA
4 3 (1.85%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (1.85%) ISO27002
5 2 (1.23%) COBIT
6 1 (0.62%) HIPAA
6 1 (0.62%) RMADS
System Software
1 13 (8.02%) Active Directory
2 7 (4.32%) Docker
3 2 (1.23%) Firmware
4 1 (0.62%) Sendmail
4 1 (0.62%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.62%) Xen
Systems Management
1 14 (8.64%) Ansible
1 14 (8.64%) Puppet
2 12 (7.41%) Nessus
3 10 (6.17%) Grafana
3 10 (6.17%) Kibana
3 10 (6.17%) logstash
3 10 (6.17%) Uchiwa
4 6 (3.70%) Nmap
4 6 (3.70%) Opscode Chef
5 5 (3.09%) Nagios
6 4 (2.47%) EnCase
6 4 (2.47%) Ettercap
6 4 (2.47%) Salt
7 3 (1.85%) HP Fortify
8 2 (1.23%) HP Quality Center
9 1 (0.62%) CA Single Sign-On
9 1 (0.62%) CiscoWorks
9 1 (0.62%) CORE IMPACT
9 1 (0.62%) OpenVAS
9 1 (0.62%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 17 (10.49%) Microsoft
2 15 (9.26%) VMware
3 14 (8.64%) Cisco
4 6 (3.70%) CheckPoint
5 5 (3.09%) HP
5 5 (3.09%) Oracle
6 4 (2.47%) Infoblox
6 4 (2.47%) Riverbed
6 4 (2.47%) SAP
6 4 (2.47%) Sitecore
7 3 (1.85%) F5
8 2 (1.23%) IBM
8 2 (1.23%) Juniper
8 2 (1.23%) McAfee
9 1 (0.62%) Blue Coat
9 1 (0.62%) CA
9 1 (0.62%) Citrix
9 1 (0.62%) Progress
9 1 (0.62%) Symantec
9 1 (0.62%) Websense
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