The table below looks at the statistics for Penetration Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Penetration Testing over the 3 months to 22 May 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Penetration Testing
Rank 126 122 118
Rank change year-on-year
-4 -4
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 22 6 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.60% 0.20% 0.25%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.79% 0.28% 0.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 4 1
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£338 £463 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-27.02% +2.77%
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £425 £375
% change year-on-year
-5.88% +13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £34.50 £28.99 -
% change year-on-year
+19.00% -
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 North West region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2778 2180 1710
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 75.69% 72.09% 72.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 1589 1153 840
Average daily rate £400 £388 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +10.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £226
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 132 110 83
Average hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% +42.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.92 £13.67 £13.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £60.00 £45.00 £51.39
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
- -6.25%

Penetration Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

Penetration Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Penetration Testing
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Penetration Testing Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Penetration Testing
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Penetration Testing across the North West region over the 3 months to 22 May 2015.

Penetration Testing Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Penetration Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Penetration Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Penetration Testing
Contract Job Locations in the North West

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 North West region over the 3 months to 22 May 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
Manchester +5 20 £331 -26.38% 11
Lancashire - 1 £550 -
Penetration Testing
England

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 21 (80.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 20 (76.92%) Vulnerability Assessment
2 20 (76.92%) QA
2 20 (76.92%) SIEM
3 19 (73.08%) Cisco ASA
3 19 (73.08%) Kaspersky
3 19 (73.08%) Kalman Filter
3 19 (73.08%) PKI
3 19 (73.08%) CheckPoint
3 19 (73.08%) Clearswift
3 19 (73.08%) Firewall
3 19 (73.08%) SSL
3 19 (73.08%) Cisco
4 18 (69.23%) CISSP
4 18 (69.23%) ITIL
5 17 (65.38%) ITIL Certification
5 17 (65.38%) CISM
5 17 (65.38%) CISMP
6 16 (61.54%) Network Security
7 15 (57.69%) CCENT
8 13 (50.00%) Migration
8 13 (50.00%) WAN
9 11 (42.31%) VMware
9 11 (42.31%) Service Delivery
9 11 (42.31%) Citrix
10 10 (38.46%) Capacity Planning
11 5 (19.23%) User Acceptance Testing
12 4 (15.38%) Unit Testing
12 4 (15.38%) Oracle Database
12 4 (15.38%) Relational Database

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 1 (3.85%) JBoss
Applications
1 3 (11.54%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (3.85%) Oracle 11i
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.85%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 19 (73.08%) Cisco ASA
1 19 (73.08%) Firewall
1 19 (73.08%) SSL
2 16 (61.54%) Network Security
3 13 (50.00%) WAN
4 1 (3.85%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (15.38%) Oracle Database
1 4 (15.38%) Relational Database
1 4 (15.38%) RDBMS
1 4 (15.38%) Oracle Database 10g
1 4 (15.38%) Oracle Reports
1 4 (15.38%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (11.54%) PostgreSQL
2 3 (11.54%) SQLPlus
2 3 (11.54%) Oracle Database 11g
3 1 (3.85%) Oracle Discoverer
3 1 (3.85%) Oracle BI Publisher
Development Applications
1 4 (15.38%) Oracle Forms
2 3 (11.54%) Oracle APEX
3 1 (3.85%) JIRA
3 1 (3.85%) Selenium
3 1 (3.85%) SpecFlow
General
1 1 (3.85%) Finance
1 1 (3.85%) Legal
1 1 (3.85%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 17 (65.38%) Analyst
1 17 (65.38%) Security Analyst
2 12 (46.15%) Technical Analyst
3 6 (23.08%) Technical Security Analyst
4 2 (7.69%) Developer
4 2 (7.69%) Systems Integrator
4 2 (7.69%) Network Security Analyst
4 2 (7.69%) Network Analyst
4 2 (7.69%) Oracle Developer
4 2 (7.69%) Systems Developer
5 1 (3.85%) Security Engineer
5 1 (3.85%) Senior Tester
5 1 (3.85%) IT Security Analyst
5 1 (3.85%) Information Security Officer
5 1 (3.85%) Consultant
5 1 (3.85%) Network Engineer
5 1 (3.85%) Network Security Engineer
5 1 (3.85%) Security Consultant
5 1 (3.85%) Tester
5 1 (3.85%) Security Officer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (3.85%) Web Services
1 1 (3.85%) XML
1 1 (3.85%) .NET
1 1 (3.85%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 19 (73.08%) PKI
2 1 (3.85%) Management Information System
2 1 (3.85%) Life Science
2 1 (3.85%) BYOD
Operating Systems
1 3 (11.54%) Linux
1 3 (11.54%) VMS
1 3 (11.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (3.85%) Windows
2 1 (3.85%) HPUX
2 1 (3.85%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (76.92%) Vulnerability Assessment
1 20 (76.92%) SIEM
2 19 (73.08%) Kalman Filter
3 18 (69.23%) ITIL
4 13 (50.00%) Migration
5 11 (42.31%) Service Delivery
6 10 (38.46%) Capacity Planning
7 5 (19.23%) User Acceptance Testing
8 4 (15.38%) Unit Testing
8 4 (15.38%) Agile Software Development
9 3 (11.54%) RAD
10 2 (7.69%) Scrum
10 2 (7.69%) Information Security
11 1 (3.85%) Business Continuity
11 1 (3.85%) Ethical Hacking
11 1 (3.85%) Network Design
11 1 (3.85%) Risk Management
11 1 (3.85%) Business Intelligence
11 1 (3.85%) Manual Testing
11 1 (3.85%) Stress Testing
Programming Languages
1 4 (15.38%) PL/SQL
1 4 (15.38%) SQL
2 1 (3.85%) Shell Script
2 1 (3.85%) C#
2 1 (3.85%) Java
2 1 (3.85%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 18 (69.23%) CISSP
2 17 (65.38%) ITIL Certification
2 17 (65.38%) CISM
2 17 (65.38%) CISMP
3 15 (57.69%) CCENT
4 1 (3.85%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (80.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 20 (76.92%) QA
3 1 (3.85%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 1 (3.85%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (3.85%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 19 (73.08%) Kaspersky
1 19 (73.08%) CheckPoint
1 19 (73.08%) Clearswift
1 19 (73.08%) Cisco
2 11 (42.31%) VMware
2 11 (42.31%) Citrix
3 4 (15.38%) Oracle
4 3 (11.54%) HP
4 3 (11.54%) Red Hat
5 1 (3.85%) Symantec
5 1 (3.85%) Websense
5 1 (3.85%) Rapid7