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 17 January 2017 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
17 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Penetration Testing
England / North West
Rank 118 141 135
Rank change year-on-year
+23 -6
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 18 12 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.68% 0.31% 0.16%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.84% 0.39% 0.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 1 4
Median daily rate £430 £625 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-31.20% +92.30%
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £425 £388
% change year-on-year
+11.76% +9.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £42.50 £47.50
% change year-on-year
- -10.52%

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
2153 3099 2367
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 81.93% 80.56% 76.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 1402 1888 1417
Median daily rate £405 £400 £378
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.25% +5.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £600 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £390
% change year-on-year
+2.50% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 107 101
Median hourly rate £35.00 £37.00 £26.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.40% +39.62%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £14.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £54.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.50 £39.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year
-11.53% +52.94%

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 17 January 2017.

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 17 January 2017. 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 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 +22 14 £343 - 7
Cheshire - 2 £420 -
Merseyside -1 1 £600 -
Penetration Testing
England

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 17 January 2017, 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 22 (73.33%) Information Security
2 20 (66.67%) CISSP
3 15 (50.00%) Web Services
3 15 (50.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 14 (46.67%) Amazon AWS
5 13 (43.33%) Firewall
6 12 (40.00%) Microsoft
7 11 (36.67%) MS Excel
8 10 (33.33%) Cisco
8 10 (33.33%) Microsoft Azure
8 10 (33.33%) CISMP
9 9 (30.00%) COBIT
9 9 (30.00%) WebEx
9 9 (30.00%) ISO27002
9 9 (30.00%) Virtual Infrastructure
10 7 (23.33%) Agile Software Development
11 6 (20.00%) PCI DSS
11 6 (20.00%) SIEM
12 5 (16.67%) Stakeholder Management
12 5 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
13 4 (13.33%) Security Architecture
13 4 (13.33%) Continuous Integration
14 3 (10.00%) JIRA
14 3 (10.00%) PKI
14 3 (10.00%) Ethical Hacking
14 3 (10.00%) Jenkins
14 3 (10.00%) Cybersecurity
14 3 (10.00%) CISM
14 3 (10.00%) Python
14 3 (10.00%) Security Operations

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 1 (3.33%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 11 (36.67%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 14 (46.67%) Amazon AWS
2 10 (33.33%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (10.00%) GitHub
4 1 (3.33%) Amazon EC2
4 1 (3.33%) Amazon ELB
4 1 (3.33%) AWS CloudFormation
4 1 (3.33%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 13 (43.33%) Firewall
2 9 (30.00%) WebEx
3 2 (6.67%) Intrusion Detection
3 2 (6.67%) Network Security
4 1 (3.33%) Cisco ASA
4 1 (3.33%) SSL
4 1 (3.33%) TCP/IP
4 1 (3.33%) WAN
4 1 (3.33%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.33%) Amazon RDS
1 1 (3.33%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 3 (10.00%) Jenkins
1 3 (10.00%) JIRA
General
1 2 (6.67%) Finance
2 1 (3.33%) Legal
2 1 (3.33%) Retail
Job Titles
1 16 (53.33%) Consultant
2 15 (50.00%) Security Consultant
3 14 (46.67%) IT Consultant
3 14 (46.67%) IT Security Consultant
4 4 (13.33%) Designer
4 4 (13.33%) Security Designer
5 3 (10.00%) Security Manager
6 2 (6.67%) Analyst
6 2 (6.67%) Penetration Tester
6 2 (6.67%) Project Consultant
6 2 (6.67%) Project Manager
6 2 (6.67%) Security Analyst
6 2 (6.67%) Security Specialist
6 2 (6.67%) Senior Data Warehouse Specialist
6 2 (6.67%) Senior Security Specialist
6 2 (6.67%) Test Manager
6 2 (6.67%) Tester
7 1 (3.33%) CRM Manager
7 1 (3.33%) Network Security Analyst
7 1 (3.33%) Network Security Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (50.00%) Web Services
2 1 (3.33%) AngularJS
2 1 (3.33%) Django
2 1 (3.33%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 5 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (10.00%) PKI
3 2 (6.67%) Management Information System
4 1 (3.33%) Computer Science
4 1 (3.33%) Data Centre
4 1 (3.33%) Data Protection Act
4 1 (3.33%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 2 (6.67%) Linux
2 1 (3.33%) CentOS
2 1 (3.33%) Unix
2 1 (3.33%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (73.33%) Information Security
2 9 (30.00%) Virtual Infrastructure
3 7 (23.33%) Agile Software Development
4 6 (20.00%) SIEM
5 5 (16.67%) Stakeholder Management
6 4 (13.33%) Continuous Integration
6 4 (13.33%) Security Architecture
7 3 (10.00%) Cybersecurity
7 3 (10.00%) Ethical Hacking
7 3 (10.00%) Security Operations
8 2 (6.67%) Defect Management
8 2 (6.67%) Integration Testing
8 2 (6.67%) ITIL
8 2 (6.67%) Kalman Filter
8 2 (6.67%) Migration
8 2 (6.67%) OWASP
8 2 (6.67%) PRINCE2
8 2 (6.67%) Test Strategy
8 2 (6.67%) Vulnerability Assessment
9 1 (3.33%) Server Hardening
Programming Languages
1 3 (10.00%) Python
2 2 (6.67%) Java
2 2 (6.67%) Ruby
2 2 (6.67%) SQL
3 1 (3.33%) Bash Shell
3 1 (3.33%) Perl
Qualifications
1 20 (66.67%) CISSP
2 10 (33.33%) CISMP
3 3 (10.00%) CISM
4 2 (6.67%) ITIL Certification
4 2 (6.67%) SC Cleared
4 2 (6.67%) Security Cleared
5 1 (3.33%) CASP
5 1 (3.33%) CCENT
5 1 (3.33%) CCIE
5 1 (3.33%) CCNA
5 1 (3.33%) CEH
5 1 (3.33%) CESG Certified Professional
5 1 (3.33%) CISA
5 1 (3.33%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (3.33%) CLAS
5 1 (3.33%) CSSLP
5 1 (3.33%) Degree
5 1 (3.33%) GCIH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (50.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 9 (30.00%) COBIT
2 9 (30.00%) ISO27002
3 6 (20.00%) PCI DSS
4 1 (3.33%) GDPR
4 1 (3.33%) ISO/IEC 17799
System Software
1 1 (3.33%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (3.33%) Ansible
1 1 (3.33%) Opscode Chef
1 1 (3.33%) Puppet
1 1 (3.33%) SmoothWall
Vendors
1 12 (40.00%) Microsoft
2 10 (33.33%) Cisco
3 2 (6.67%) IBM
4 1 (3.33%) CheckPoint
4 1 (3.33%) Clearswift
4 1 (3.33%) Kaspersky
4 1 (3.33%) Oracle
4 1 (3.33%) Red Hat
4 1 (3.33%) SaltStack