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 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 142 134 121
Rank change year-on-year
-8 -13
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 14 5 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.37% 0.16% 0.30%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.46% 0.21% 0.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 4 4
Average daily rate £425 £325 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+30.76% -4.41%
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £375 £405
% change year-on-year
+13.33% -7.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £50.00 - -
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 North West region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
3051 2405 2025
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 80.27% 76.40% 74.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 1872 1428 1031
Average daily rate £400 £385 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.89% +6.20%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 111 99 108
Average hourly rate £38.00 £32.50 £33.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.92% -1.51%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.50 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.30 £49.50 £46.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+45.45% -

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 5 February 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Testing within the North West 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
Manchester -15 6 £400 +23.07% 13
Merseyside - 5 - - 1
Cheshire - 1 - - 1
Penetration Testing
England

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 12 (52.17%) Information Security
2 10 (43.48%) CISSP
3 8 (34.78%) Stakeholder Management
4 7 (30.43%) Risk Management
5 6 (26.09%) CISM
5 6 (26.09%) Agile Software Development
5 6 (26.09%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 5 (21.74%) Android
6 5 (21.74%) Amazon AWS
6 5 (21.74%) Security Architecture
6 5 (21.74%) Apple iOS
6 5 (21.74%) Vulnerability Management
6 5 (21.74%) SQL
6 5 (21.74%) Windows
6 5 (21.74%) Mobile Device Management
7 4 (17.39%) Oracle
7 4 (17.39%) MS Excel
7 4 (17.39%) Microsoft
7 4 (17.39%) Firewall
7 4 (17.39%) OWASP
7 4 (17.39%) PCI DSS
7 4 (17.39%) FMCG
7 4 (17.39%) QA
8 3 (13.04%) Cisco ASA
8 3 (13.04%) Non-Functional Testing
8 3 (13.04%) Social Media
8 3 (13.04%) Kalman Filter
8 3 (13.04%) Finance
8 3 (13.04%) Vulnerability Assessment
8 3 (13.04%) Cisco

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

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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.

Applications
1 4 (17.39%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (4.35%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 5 (21.74%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (4.35%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 4 (17.39%) Firewall
2 3 (13.04%) Cisco ASA
3 2 (8.70%) SSL
4 1 (4.35%) Internet
4 1 (4.35%) Network Security
Development Applications
1 3 (13.04%) LoadRunner
2 1 (4.35%) HP UFT
2 1 (4.35%) Selenium
2 1 (4.35%) SpecFlow
General
1 3 (13.04%) Finance
2 2 (8.70%) Banking
2 2 (8.70%) Manufacturing
2 2 (8.70%) Retail
3 1 (4.35%) Electronics
3 1 (4.35%) Legal
3 1 (4.35%) Marketing
3 1 (4.35%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 8 (34.78%) Consultant
1 8 (34.78%) Security Consultant
2 4 (17.39%) Information Security Consultant
3 3 (13.04%) Analyst
3 3 (13.04%) Security Analyst
4 2 (8.70%) Ethical Hacker
4 2 (8.70%) IT Analyst
4 2 (8.70%) IT Security Analyst
4 2 (8.70%) Tester
5 1 (4.35%) CISSP Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) Head of Engineering
5 1 (4.35%) Information Security Specialist
5 1 (4.35%) IT Security Architect
5 1 (4.35%) Project Consultant
5 1 (4.35%) QA Manual Tester
5 1 (4.35%) Senior Manual Tester
5 1 (4.35%) Senior Penetration Tester
5 1 (4.35%) Senior QA Tester
5 1 (4.35%) Technical Leader
5 1 (4.35%) Technical Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (13.04%) Web Services
2 1 (4.35%) .NET
2 1 (4.35%) Gherkin
2 1 (4.35%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 4 (17.39%) FMCG
2 3 (13.04%) Social Media
3 2 (8.70%) PKI
4 1 (4.35%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (4.35%) Data Centre
4 1 (4.35%) Life Science
4 1 (4.35%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 5 (21.74%) Android
1 5 (21.74%) Apple iOS
1 5 (21.74%) Windows
2 1 (4.35%) Linux
2 1 (4.35%) Windows 10
2 1 (4.35%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (52.17%) Information Security
2 8 (34.78%) Stakeholder Management
3 7 (30.43%) Risk Management
4 6 (26.09%) Agile Software Development
5 5 (21.74%) Mobile Device Management
5 5 (21.74%) Security Architecture
5 5 (21.74%) Vulnerability Management
6 4 (17.39%) OWASP
7 3 (13.04%) ITIL
7 3 (13.04%) Kalman Filter
7 3 (13.04%) Non-Functional Testing
7 3 (13.04%) Vulnerability Assessment
8 2 (8.70%) Ethical Hacking
8 2 (8.70%) ITIL V3
8 2 (8.70%) PRINCE2
8 2 (8.70%) Security Testing
8 2 (8.70%) Service Delivery
8 2 (8.70%) Test Planning
8 2 (8.70%) Test Strategy
8 2 (8.70%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (21.74%) SQL
2 1 (4.35%) C#
Qualifications
1 10 (43.48%) CISSP
2 6 (26.09%) CISM
3 2 (8.70%) ISTQB
4 1 (4.35%) CESG Certified Professional
4 1 (4.35%) CISA
4 1 (4.35%) CISMP
4 1 (4.35%) CLAS
4 1 (4.35%) DBS Check
4 1 (4.35%) Degree
4 1 (4.35%) ISEB
4 1 (4.35%) ITIL Certification
4 1 (4.35%) SC Cleared
4 1 (4.35%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (26.09%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 4 (17.39%) PCI DSS
2 4 (17.39%) QA
System Software
1 2 (8.70%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (13.04%) SmoothWall
2 1 (4.35%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 4 (17.39%) Microsoft
1 4 (17.39%) Oracle
2 3 (13.04%) CheckPoint
2 3 (13.04%) Cisco
3 2 (8.70%) Citrix
3 2 (8.70%) Clearswift
3 2 (8.70%) HP
3 2 (8.70%) Kaspersky
3 2 (8.70%) VMware
4 1 (4.35%) Apple
4 1 (4.35%) IBM
4 1 (4.35%) SAP
4 1 (4.35%) Veracode