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 27 August 2014 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
27 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Penetration Testing
Rank 126 120 139
Rank change year-on-year
-6 +19
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 10 11 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.32% 0.38% 0.060%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.45% 0.54% 0.094%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 1
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£475 - £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £460 £393 £350
% change year-on-year
+17.19% +12.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £60.00 £37.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year
+60.00% -6.25%
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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
2205 2035 2136
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 71.50% 70.39% 64.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 1217 1034 1139
Average daily rate £365 £333 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.77% -1.48%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £238 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £475 £463
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £360
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 99 99 108
Average hourly rate £25.00 £19.50 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+28.20% -40.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £10.50 £13.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £67.00 £50.00 £49.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-16.66% -3.22%

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
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 27 August 2014. 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 -4 7 - - 4
Cheshire -3 1 £475 -
Penetration Testing
England

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 27 August 2014, 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 11 (61.11%) Information Security
2 9 (50.00%) CISSP
3 8 (44.44%) Security Testing
4 7 (38.89%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 7 (38.89%) Incident Management
4 7 (38.89%) Open Source
5 6 (33.33%) McAfee
5 6 (33.33%) Sophos
5 6 (33.33%) Firewall
6 5 (27.78%) Finance
6 5 (27.78%) PKI
7 4 (22.22%) QA
7 4 (22.22%) Risk Management
8 3 (16.67%) Risk Assessment
8 3 (16.67%) Identity Management
8 3 (16.67%) CheckPoint
8 3 (16.67%) Internet
8 3 (16.67%) UNIX
8 3 (16.67%) Metasploit
8 3 (16.67%) CORE IMPACT
8 3 (16.67%) F5
8 3 (16.67%) SIEM
8 3 (16.67%) Sourcefire
8 3 (16.67%) IronPort
8 3 (16.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 3 (16.67%) Intrusion Detection
8 3 (16.67%) CEH
9 2 (11.11%) Network Design
9 2 (11.11%) Enterprise Architecture
9 2 (11.11%) Windows

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

For the 6 months to 27 August 2014, 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 (5.56%) CMS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (33.33%) Firewall
2 3 (16.67%) Intrusion Detection
2 3 (16.67%) Internet
3 2 (11.11%) LAN
3 2 (11.11%) WAN
3 2 (11.11%) IKE
3 2 (11.11%) Kerberos
3 2 (11.11%) VPN
3 2 (11.11%) IPsec
4 1 (5.56%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (5.56%) Wireless
4 1 (5.56%) VLAN
4 1 (5.56%) Cisco PIX
4 1 (5.56%) NetScaler
4 1 (5.56%) Structured Cabling
4 1 (5.56%) DNS
4 1 (5.56%) DMZ
4 1 (5.56%) DHCP
4 1 (5.56%) BGP
Development Applications
1 3 (16.67%) Metasploit
2 1 (5.56%) JIRA
General
1 5 (27.78%) Finance
2 1 (5.56%) Law
2 1 (5.56%) Legal
2 1 (5.56%) Banking
2 1 (5.56%) Retail
2 1 (5.56%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 9 (50.00%) Consultant
1 9 (50.00%) Security Consultant
2 4 (22.22%) Information Security Consultant
3 3 (16.67%) Security Specialist
3 3 (16.67%) Technical Consultant
3 3 (16.67%) Tester
3 3 (16.67%) Analyst
4 2 (11.11%) Analyst Programmer
4 2 (11.11%) Programmer
4 2 (11.11%) Technical Engineer
4 2 (11.11%) Penetration Tester
4 2 (11.11%) Security Analyst
4 2 (11.11%) Technical Analyst
4 2 (11.11%) Technical Specialist
4 2 (11.11%) Security Engineer
4 2 (11.11%) IT Security Specialist
4 2 (11.11%) Security Technical Consultant
5 1 (5.56%) Security Manager
5 1 (5.56%) Information Security Risk Manager
5 1 (5.56%) Information Security Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (11.11%) Web Services
2 1 (5.56%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 7 (38.89%) Open Source
2 5 (27.78%) PKI
3 1 (5.56%) Firmware
3 1 (5.56%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 3 (16.67%) UNIX
2 2 (11.11%) Windows
3 1 (5.56%) Android
3 1 (5.56%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (61.11%) Information Security
2 8 (44.44%) Security Testing
3 7 (38.89%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 7 (38.89%) Incident Management
4 4 (22.22%) Risk Management
5 3 (16.67%) Identity Management
5 3 (16.67%) Risk Assessment
5 3 (16.67%) SIEM
6 2 (11.11%) Network Design
6 2 (11.11%) Security Management
6 2 (11.11%) ITIL
6 2 (11.11%) Enterprise Architecture
7 1 (5.56%) Business Development
7 1 (5.56%) Load Balancing
7 1 (5.56%) Risk Analysis
7 1 (5.56%) User Acceptance Testing
7 1 (5.56%) Performance Testing
7 1 (5.56%) Stress Testing
7 1 (5.56%) Project Management
7 1 (5.56%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 1 (5.56%) C
1 1 (5.56%) C++
1 1 (5.56%) Java
1 1 (5.56%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 9 (50.00%) CISSP
2 3 (16.67%) CEH
3 1 (5.56%) ISSAP
3 1 (5.56%) Degree
3 1 (5.56%) SC Cleared
3 1 (5.56%) Security Cleared
3 1 (5.56%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (5.56%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (22.22%) QA
2 3 (16.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (11.11%) ISO/IEC 17799
4 1 (5.56%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 2 (11.11%) RACF
2 1 (5.56%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (16.67%) CORE IMPACT
Vendors
1 6 (33.33%) McAfee
1 6 (33.33%) Sophos
2 3 (16.67%) Sourcefire
2 3 (16.67%) IronPort
2 3 (16.67%) F5
2 3 (16.67%) CheckPoint
3 1 (5.56%) Blue Coat
3 1 (5.56%) Cisco
3 1 (5.56%) Juniper