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 31 October 2014 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
31 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Penetration Testing
Rank 334 375 373
Rank change year-on-year
+41 -2
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 81 48 27
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.33% 0.19% 0.11%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.43% 0.24% 0.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 60 27 25
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£500 £450 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £300 £310
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £531 £800
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £400 £350
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +14.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £22.50 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £40.00
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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
19024 19638 18030
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 77.45% 77.75% 75.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 13887 13776 12360
Average daily rate £450 £450 £450
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £613 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £363 £368
% change year-on-year
+4.68% -1.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 246 240 294
Average hourly rate £22.50 £21.75 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% -29.83%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.25 £13.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.50 £55.00 £51.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-9.09% -

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 31 October 2014.

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 31 October 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
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IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
City of London +27 17 £500 +9.58% 20
Bromley - - - -
Sidcup - - - -
South Croydon - - - -
Uxbridge - - - -
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Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 31 October 2014, 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 70 (48.95%) Information Security
2 60 (41.96%) Firewall
3 58 (40.56%) CISSP
4 49 (34.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 45 (31.47%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 32 (22.38%) ITIL
7 31 (21.68%) Network Security
8 30 (20.98%) CEH
8 30 (20.98%) Cisco
8 30 (20.98%) Finance
9 25 (17.48%) PCI DSS
10 23 (16.08%) ISMS
10 23 (16.08%) Microsoft
11 21 (14.69%) Juniper
11 21 (14.69%) SSL
11 21 (14.69%) Security Testing
11 21 (14.69%) Ethical Hacking
11 21 (14.69%) Cyber Security
12 20 (13.99%) F5
12 20 (13.99%) SIEM
12 20 (13.99%) Change Control
12 20 (13.99%) Risk Assessment
12 20 (13.99%) CISM
13 19 (13.29%) Risk Management
13 19 (13.29%) VPN
14 18 (12.59%) Active Directory
14 18 (12.59%) UNIX
14 18 (12.59%) GIAC
14 18 (12.59%) Business Continuity
14 18 (12.59%) Incident Management

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 31 October 2014, 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 10 (6.99%) Apache
2 9 (6.29%) Tomcat
3 6 (4.20%) WebLogic
4 4 (2.80%) Node.js
5 3 (2.10%) IIS
6 1 (0.70%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.70%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 7 (4.90%) MS Office
1 7 (4.90%) MS Excel
2 6 (4.20%) MS Visio
3 4 (2.80%) MS PowerPoint
3 4 (2.80%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 13 (9.09%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.10%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (0.70%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 60 (41.96%) Firewall
2 31 (21.68%) Network Security
3 21 (14.69%) SSL
4 19 (13.29%) VPN
5 17 (11.89%) TCP/IP
6 15 (10.49%) Wireless
6 15 (10.49%) DNS
7 14 (9.79%) Intranet
8 13 (9.09%) Internet
8 13 (9.09%) Intrusion Detection
9 12 (8.39%) LDAP
10 10 (6.99%) DHCP
10 10 (6.99%) Reverse Proxy
11 9 (6.29%) Cisco ASA
12 7 (4.90%) HTTP
13 3 (2.10%) WAN
13 3 (2.10%) LAN
13 3 (2.10%) SSH
14 2 (1.40%) Wireless Security
14 2 (1.40%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (4.20%) PostgreSQL
2 5 (3.50%) Relational Database
3 4 (2.80%) MongoDB
3 4 (2.80%) Redis
4 3 (2.10%) DB2
5 2 (1.40%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (1.40%) IDOL
6 1 (0.70%) SQL Server
6 1 (0.70%) Big Data
6 1 (0.70%) MariaDB
Development Applications
1 5 (3.50%) Git (software)
1 5 (3.50%) Jenkins
2 2 (1.40%) Cucumber
General
1 30 (20.98%) Finance
2 16 (11.19%) Law
3 10 (6.99%) Banking
4 7 (4.90%) Retail
5 5 (3.50%) Legal
5 5 (3.50%) Financial Institution
6 3 (2.10%) Telecoms
6 3 (2.10%) Advertising
7 2 (1.40%) Investment Banking
7 2 (1.40%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.70%) Corporate Banking
8 1 (0.70%) Dutch Language
Job Titles
1 45 (31.47%) Analyst
2 42 (29.37%) Security Analyst
3 24 (16.78%) Security Specialist
4 20 (13.99%) Information Analyst
4 20 (13.99%) Information Security Analyst
5 14 (9.79%) Security Manager
5 14 (9.79%) Security Engineer
5 14 (9.79%) Consultant
6 13 (9.09%) Tester
6 13 (9.09%) Penetration Tester
6 13 (9.09%) Information Security Specialist
6 13 (9.09%) Information Specialist
7 12 (8.39%) Product Specialist
7 12 (8.39%) Product Analyst
7 12 (8.39%) Security Consultant
8 10 (6.99%) Project Engineer
9 9 (6.29%) Test Manager
10 8 (5.59%) IT Security Engineer
11 6 (4.20%) Infrastructure Designer
11 6 (4.20%) Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (7.69%) .NET
2 7 (4.90%) Middleware
3 4 (2.80%) REST
3 4 (2.80%) Web Services
4 3 (2.10%) SOAP
5 2 (1.40%) HTML
5 2 (1.40%) ASP.NET
6 1 (0.70%) WSH
6 1 (0.70%) WSDL
6 1 (0.70%) SAML
6 1 (0.70%) OAuth
6 1 (0.70%) OpenID
6 1 (0.70%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 14 (9.79%) Computer Science
2 13 (9.09%) CESG
3 11 (7.69%) Management Information System
3 11 (7.69%) Open Source
4 10 (6.99%) RMADS
5 9 (6.29%) PKI
6 8 (5.59%) CESG CLAS
7 7 (4.90%) Mobile App
7 7 (4.90%) Analytical Skills
7 7 (4.90%) Algorithms
8 3 (2.10%) Cryptography
9 2 (1.40%) GIS
9 2 (1.40%) Data Protection Act
9 2 (1.40%) Visualisation
10 1 (0.70%) Mathematics
10 1 (0.70%) Enterprise Software
10 1 (0.70%) User Experience
10 1 (0.70%) PMI
10 1 (0.70%) Data Conversion
10 1 (0.70%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 18 (12.59%) UNIX
2 16 (11.19%) Windows
3 14 (9.79%) Linux
4 5 (3.50%) Apple iOS
5 4 (2.80%) AIX
6 3 (2.10%) Solaris
6 3 (2.10%) Windows 7
7 2 (1.40%) Windows Server 2003
7 2 (1.40%) Windows Vista
8 1 (0.70%) Mac OS
8 1 (0.70%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 70 (48.95%) Information Security
2 45 (31.47%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 32 (22.38%) ITIL
4 23 (16.08%) ISMS
5 21 (14.69%) Security Testing
5 21 (14.69%) Ethical Hacking
5 21 (14.69%) Cyber Security
6 20 (13.99%) Risk Assessment
6 20 (13.99%) SIEM
6 20 (13.99%) Change Control
7 19 (13.29%) Risk Management
8 18 (12.59%) Business Continuity
8 18 (12.59%) Incident Management
9 17 (11.89%) Security Architecture
10 16 (11.19%) Data Protection
11 15 (10.49%) Vulnerability Management
11 15 (10.49%) Agile Software Development
12 14 (9.79%) BCP
12 14 (9.79%) Information Assurance
12 14 (9.79%) Business Continuity Planning
Programming Languages
1 16 (11.19%) Java
2 8 (5.59%) Python
3 7 (4.90%) C++
4 5 (3.50%) Perl
4 5 (3.50%) Shell Script
4 5 (3.50%) Ruby
5 4 (2.80%) SQL
5 4 (2.80%) Bash Shell
6 2 (1.40%) VB
6 2 (1.40%) PHP
6 2 (1.40%) C
7 1 (0.70%) PowerShell
7 1 (0.70%) Golang
Qualifications
1 58 (40.56%) CISSP
2 30 (20.98%) CEH
3 20 (13.99%) CISM
4 18 (12.59%) GIAC
4 18 (12.59%) Security Cleared
5 17 (11.89%) SC Cleared
6 15 (10.49%) Microsoft Certification
7 13 (9.09%) MCSE
8 12 (8.39%) CISA
8 12 (8.39%) Degree
9 4 (2.80%) GWAPT
10 3 (2.10%) CRISC
11 2 (1.40%) GPEN
11 2 (1.40%) OSCP
11 2 (1.40%) MCITP
11 2 (1.40%) CCNA
11 2 (1.40%) Cisco Certification
11 2 (1.40%) SSCP
12 1 (0.70%) MCP
12 1 (0.70%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 49 (34.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 25 (17.48%) PCI DSS
3 8 (5.59%) SLA
4 4 (2.80%) QA
5 2 (1.40%) COBIT
6 1 (0.70%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.70%) ISO/IEC 17799
6 1 (0.70%) GPG13
System Software
1 18 (12.59%) Active Directory
2 4 (2.80%) Nmap
2 4 (2.80%) Xen
2 4 (2.80%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (1.40%) Terminal Server
3 2 (1.40%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 9 (6.29%) Nessus
2 5 (3.50%) Puppet
3 4 (2.80%) Ansible
4 2 (1.40%) SCCM
4 2 (1.40%) HP Quality Center
4 2 (1.40%) CORE IMPACT
4 2 (1.40%) ZENworks
5 1 (0.70%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 1 (0.70%) Nagios
Vendors
1 30 (20.98%) Cisco
2 23 (16.08%) Microsoft
3 21 (14.69%) Juniper
4 20 (13.99%) F5
5 13 (9.09%) Oracle
6 8 (5.59%) VMware
7 6 (4.20%) HP
7 6 (4.20%) IBM
8 4 (2.80%) Qualys
9 3 (2.10%) McAfee
10 2 (1.40%) Websense
10 2 (1.40%) Blue Coat
10 2 (1.40%) Splunk
10 2 (1.40%) Ruckus Wireless
11 1 (0.70%) ArcSight
11 1 (0.70%) AlgoSec
11 1 (0.70%) Atlassian
11 1 (0.70%) SolarWinds
11 1 (0.70%) Tufin
11 1 (0.70%) Sybase