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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Penetration Testing over the 3 months to 2 May 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
2 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Penetration Testing
Rank 124 136 134
Rank change year-on-year
+12 -2
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 36 22 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.89% 0.55% 0.28%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.10% 0.71% 0.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 11 7
Median daily rate £425 £338 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.92% -25.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £360 £325 £400
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £375 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £470 £400 £450
% change year-on-year
+17.50% -11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £50.00 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.81 £22.50 -
% change year-on-year
+54.72% -
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
3286 3104 2399
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 81.60% 78.11% 75.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 2030 1715 1253
Median daily rate £413 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £535
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 92 147 136
Median hourly rate £37.50 £37.00 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.35% +27.58%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £14.50 £12.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.91 £60.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £30.50 £31.50
% change year-on-year
+18.03% -3.17%

Penetration Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North West region citing Penetration Testing as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 2 May 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Testing within the North West region over the 3 months to 2 May 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +5 28 £438 +32.07% 6
Cheshire - 5 £350 -
Merseyside - 1 - - 1
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England

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 2 May 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Penetration Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for Penetration Testing.

1 28 (59.57%) Information Security
2 23 (48.94%) Firewall
3 20 (42.55%) Kalman Filter
4 18 (38.30%) Risk Management
5 16 (34.04%) CISSP
6 15 (31.91%) Finance
6 15 (31.91%) Security Operations
7 14 (29.79%) MS Excel
8 13 (27.66%) CISM
9 12 (25.53%) PKI
9 12 (25.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 11 (23.40%) Vulnerability Management
11 10 (21.28%) MS PowerPoint
11 10 (21.28%) Cryptography
11 10 (21.28%) Active Directory
12 9 (19.15%) PCI DSS
13 8 (17.02%) Agile Software Development
13 8 (17.02%) Stakeholder Management
13 8 (17.02%) Windows
13 8 (17.02%) CESG Certified Professional
13 8 (17.02%) CLAS
14 7 (14.89%) Vulnerability Assessment
15 6 (12.77%) OWASP
15 6 (12.77%) Android
15 6 (12.77%) Microsoft
15 6 (12.77%) Apple iOS
15 6 (12.77%) Amazon AWS
15 6 (12.77%) Mobile Device Management
16 5 (10.64%) SIEM
16 5 (10.64%) Email Filtering

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

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 2 (4.26%) OpenStack
Applications
1 14 (29.79%) MS Excel
2 10 (21.28%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (2.13%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 6 (12.77%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (8.51%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (2.13%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 23 (48.94%) Firewall
2 5 (10.64%) Cisco ASA
2 5 (10.64%) Intrusion Detection
2 5 (10.64%) SSL
3 4 (8.51%) Network Security
3 4 (8.51%) WAN
4 2 (4.26%) VPN
5 1 (2.13%) Wireless
Development Applications
1 2 (4.26%) LoadRunner
2 1 (2.13%) Cucumber
2 1 (2.13%) Gatling
2 1 (2.13%) Git (software)
2 1 (2.13%) Jenkins
2 1 (2.13%) JUnit
2 1 (2.13%) Octopus Deploy
2 1 (2.13%) Selenium
2 1 (2.13%) TeamCity
General
1 15 (31.91%) Finance
2 3 (6.38%) Banking
3 2 (4.26%) Manufacturing
4 1 (2.13%) Electronics
4 1 (2.13%) Legal
4 1 (2.13%) Marketing
4 1 (2.13%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 15 (31.91%) Security Manager
2 10 (21.28%) Consultant
2 10 (21.28%) IT Manager
2 10 (21.28%) IT Risk Manager
2 10 (21.28%) IT Security Manager
2 10 (21.28%) Risk Manager
3 9 (19.15%) Security Consultant
4 6 (12.77%) Analyst
4 6 (12.77%) Security Analyst
5 5 (10.64%) Ethical Hacker
5 5 (10.64%) Information Security Consultant
5 5 (10.64%) Network Security Manager
5 5 (10.64%) Security Assurance Manager
6 3 (6.38%) Security Hacker
7 2 (4.26%) ICT Assistant
7 2 (4.26%) ICT Manager
7 2 (4.26%) Malware Analyst
7 2 (4.26%) Network Manager
7 2 (4.26%) Security Specialist
8 1 (2.13%) ICT Network Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.38%) Web Services
2 1 (2.13%) .NET
2 1 (2.13%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 12 (25.53%) PKI
2 10 (21.28%) Cryptography
3 5 (10.64%) Data Centre
3 5 (10.64%) FMCG
4 3 (6.38%) Social Media
5 2 (4.26%) Public Cloud
6 1 (2.13%) Life Science
6 1 (2.13%) Management Information System
6 1 (2.13%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 8 (17.02%) Windows
2 6 (12.77%) Android
2 6 (12.77%) Apple iOS
3 5 (10.64%) Linux
4 2 (4.26%) Unix
4 2 (4.26%) Windows Server
4 2 (4.26%) Windows Server 2008
4 2 (4.26%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (2.13%) Windows 10
5 1 (2.13%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (59.57%) Information Security
2 20 (42.55%) Kalman Filter
3 18 (38.30%) Risk Management
4 15 (31.91%) Security Operations
5 11 (23.40%) Vulnerability Management
6 8 (17.02%) Agile Software Development
6 8 (17.02%) Stakeholder Management
7 7 (14.89%) Vulnerability Assessment
8 6 (12.77%) Mobile Device Management
8 6 (12.77%) OWASP
9 5 (10.64%) Email Filtering
9 5 (10.64%) Ethical Hacking
9 5 (10.64%) ITIL
9 5 (10.64%) Migration
9 5 (10.64%) SIEM
9 5 (10.64%) Threat Management
9 5 (10.64%) Web Filtering
10 4 (8.51%) Cybersecurity
10 4 (8.51%) Security Architecture
10 4 (8.51%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (10.64%) SQL
2 2 (4.26%) C#
3 1 (2.13%) Java
3 1 (2.13%) JavaScript
3 1 (2.13%) PowerShell
3 1 (2.13%) VB
3 1 (2.13%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 16 (34.04%) CISSP
2 13 (27.66%) CISM
3 8 (17.02%) CESG Certified Professional
3 8 (17.02%) CLAS
4 5 (10.64%) CCENT
4 5 (10.64%) CISMP
4 5 (10.64%) ITIL Certification
4 5 (10.64%) Security Cleared
5 3 (6.38%) CEH
5 3 (6.38%) GCIH
5 3 (6.38%) SC Cleared
6 2 (4.26%) ISTQB
7 1 (2.13%) DBS Check
7 1 (2.13%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (25.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 9 (19.15%) PCI DSS
3 3 (6.38%) JSP 440
3 3 (6.38%) QA
4 2 (4.26%) RMADS
System Software
1 10 (21.28%) Active Directory
2 1 (2.13%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 5 (10.64%) SmoothWall
Vendors
1 6 (12.77%) Microsoft
2 5 (10.64%) CheckPoint
2 5 (10.64%) Cisco
2 5 (10.64%) Clearswift
2 5 (10.64%) Kaspersky
3 2 (4.26%) Oracle
4 1 (2.13%) Apple
4 1 (2.13%) Citrix
4 1 (2.13%) SAP
4 1 (2.13%) VMware
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