The table below looks at the statistics for Penetration Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the Manchester region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Penetration Testing over the 3 months to 8 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
8 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Penetration Testing
Rank 99 85 76
Rank change year-on-year
-14 -9
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 8 5 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 0.44% 0.35% 0.35%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.54% 0.46% 0.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 4 2
Average daily rate £450 £325 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+38.46% -4.41%
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £400 £405
% change year-on-year
+6.25% -1.23%
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
North West

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

Processes & Methodologies Category
Manchester
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
1494 1096 862
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 81.95% 77.24% 76.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 879 675 460
Average daily rate £375 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £265 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £532 £497
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 32 33
Average hourly rate £29.50 £17.50 £17.15
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+68.57% +2.04%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £11.50 £10.08
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £24.00 £48.70
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+45.45% -

Penetration Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

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

Penetration Testing Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

Penetration Testing
Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Penetration Testing Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 8 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Manchester 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 7 (50.00%) Information Security
2 6 (42.86%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (35.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (35.71%) CISSP
3 5 (35.71%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (28.57%) OWASP
4 4 (28.57%) Microsoft
4 4 (28.57%) Oracle
4 4 (28.57%) SQL
4 4 (28.57%) MS Excel
4 4 (28.57%) Stakeholder Management
5 3 (21.43%) Finance
5 3 (21.43%) Firewall
5 3 (21.43%) LoadRunner
5 3 (21.43%) CheckPoint
5 3 (21.43%) Web Services
5 3 (21.43%) ITIL
5 3 (21.43%) Cisco
5 3 (21.43%) PCI DSS
5 3 (21.43%) Cisco ASA
5 3 (21.43%) QA
5 3 (21.43%) Ethical Hacking
5 3 (21.43%) Security Architecture
5 3 (21.43%) Social Media
5 3 (21.43%) Non-Functional Testing
5 3 (21.43%) Kalman Filter
5 3 (21.43%) SmoothWall
6 2 (14.29%) Threat Management
6 2 (14.29%) Test Planning
6 2 (14.29%) Test Strategy

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 8 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Manchester 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.

Applications
1 4 (28.57%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 5 (35.71%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (7.14%) Amazon S3
2 1 (7.14%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 3 (21.43%) Cisco ASA
1 3 (21.43%) Firewall
2 2 (14.29%) SSL
3 1 (7.14%) Network Security
Development Applications
1 3 (21.43%) LoadRunner
2 1 (7.14%) HP UFT
2 1 (7.14%) Selenium
2 1 (7.14%) SpecFlow
General
1 3 (21.43%) Finance
2 2 (14.29%) Banking
3 1 (7.14%) Manufacturing
3 1 (7.14%) Retail
Job Titles
1 3 (21.43%) Analyst
1 3 (21.43%) Consultant
1 3 (21.43%) Ethical Hacker
1 3 (21.43%) Security Analyst
1 3 (21.43%) Security Consultant
2 2 (14.29%) IT Analyst
2 2 (14.29%) IT Security Analyst
2 2 (14.29%) Security Hacker
2 2 (14.29%) Tester
3 1 (7.14%) CISSP Analyst
3 1 (7.14%) IT Consultant
3 1 (7.14%) Performance Tester
3 1 (7.14%) Project Consultant
3 1 (7.14%) QA Manual Tester
3 1 (7.14%) Senior Manual Tester
3 1 (7.14%) Senior Penetration Tester
3 1 (7.14%) Senior QA Tester
3 1 (7.14%) Technical Security Analyst
3 1 (7.14%) Test Leader
3 1 (7.14%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (21.43%) Web Services
2 1 (7.14%) .NET
2 1 (7.14%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 3 (21.43%) Social Media
2 2 (14.29%) PKI
3 1 (7.14%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (7.14%) Life Science
3 1 (7.14%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 1 (7.14%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (50.00%) Information Security
2 6 (42.86%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (28.57%) OWASP
3 4 (28.57%) Stakeholder Management
4 3 (21.43%) Ethical Hacking
4 3 (21.43%) ITIL
4 3 (21.43%) Kalman Filter
4 3 (21.43%) Non-Functional Testing
4 3 (21.43%) Security Architecture
5 2 (14.29%) ITIL V3
5 2 (14.29%) Operational Acceptance Testing
5 2 (14.29%) PRINCE2
5 2 (14.29%) Security Patching
5 2 (14.29%) Service Delivery
5 2 (14.29%) SIEM
5 2 (14.29%) Test Planning
5 2 (14.29%) Test Strategy
5 2 (14.29%) Threat Management
5 2 (14.29%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 1 (7.14%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (28.57%) SQL
2 1 (7.14%) C#
Qualifications
1 5 (35.71%) CISSP
2 2 (14.29%) ISTQB
3 1 (7.14%) CESG Certified Professional
3 1 (7.14%) CISM
3 1 (7.14%) CISMP
3 1 (7.14%) CLAS
3 1 (7.14%) DBS Check
3 1 (7.14%) ISEB
3 1 (7.14%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (35.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (21.43%) PCI DSS
2 3 (21.43%) QA
System Software
1 2 (14.29%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (21.43%) SmoothWall
Vendors
1 4 (28.57%) Microsoft
1 4 (28.57%) Oracle
2 3 (21.43%) CheckPoint
2 3 (21.43%) Cisco
3 2 (14.29%) Citrix
3 2 (14.29%) Clearswift
3 2 (14.29%) Kaspersky
3 2 (14.29%) VMware
4 1 (7.14%) HP
4 1 (7.14%) IBM