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 4 September 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
4 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Penetration Testing
Rank 156 128 124
Rank change year-on-year
-28 -4
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 13 8 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.30% 0.26% 0.28%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.38% 0.35% 0.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 1 0
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£350 £475 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-26.31% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £465 £403
% change year-on-year
-13.97% +15.52%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £45.00 £60.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
-25.00% +60.00%
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
3447 2264 2046
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 79.15% 73.91% 71.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 2119 1248 1034
Average daily rate £415 £375 £333
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.66% +12.78%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £263 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £525 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 136 101 110
Average hourly rate £40.00 £26.83 £22.54
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+49.08% +19.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.16 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.50 £67.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £26.98 £30.50
% change year-on-year
+20.48% -11.55%

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 4 September 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 4 September 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 -12 12 £350 - 4
Cheshire -13 1 £525 +10.52%
Penetration Testing
England

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 4 September 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 28 (80.00%) Cisco
1 28 (80.00%) CheckPoint
1 28 (80.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 28 (80.00%) Cisco ASA
2 27 (77.14%) SIEM
3 26 (74.29%) Kalman Filter
3 26 (74.29%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 26 (74.29%) Clearswift
3 26 (74.29%) Firewall
4 25 (71.43%) ITIL
4 25 (71.43%) SSL
4 25 (71.43%) PKI
4 25 (71.43%) Kaspersky
5 23 (65.71%) CISSP
6 22 (62.86%) CISM
7 21 (60.00%) ITIL Certification
7 21 (60.00%) CISMP
7 21 (60.00%) QA
8 20 (57.14%) Network Security
9 15 (42.86%) Migration
9 15 (42.86%) VMware
9 15 (42.86%) WAN
9 15 (42.86%) Service Delivery
9 15 (42.86%) Citrix
9 15 (42.86%) CCENT
9 15 (42.86%) Data Centre
10 14 (40.00%) Security Patching
11 12 (34.29%) Capacity Planning
12 5 (14.29%) VMware Infrastructure
12 5 (14.29%) Risk Management

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

For the 6 months to 4 September 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.

Cloud Services
1 1 (2.86%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 28 (80.00%) Cisco ASA
2 26 (74.29%) Firewall
3 25 (71.43%) SSL
4 20 (57.14%) Network Security
5 15 (42.86%) WAN
6 2 (5.71%) Intrusion Detection
6 2 (5.71%) Cisco Nexus
6 2 (5.71%) Cisco ISE
7 1 (2.86%) Internet
7 1 (2.86%) Wireless
Development Applications
1 1 (2.86%) JIRA
1 1 (2.86%) Selenium
1 1 (2.86%) SpecFlow
General
1 4 (11.43%) Finance
2 3 (8.57%) Manufacturing
3 1 (2.86%) Retail
3 1 (2.86%) Legal
Job Titles
1 26 (74.29%) Analyst
1 26 (74.29%) Security Analyst
2 16 (45.71%) Technical Analyst
3 7 (20.00%) Technical Security Analyst
4 3 (8.57%) Security Engineer
4 3 (8.57%) IT Security Analyst
5 2 (5.71%) Cisco Analyst
5 2 (5.71%) Tester
5 2 (5.71%) Cisco Engineer
5 2 (5.71%) Network Security Analyst
5 2 (5.71%) Cisco Security Engineer
5 2 (5.71%) Cisco Security Analyst
5 2 (5.71%) Network Analyst
6 1 (2.86%) Security Officer
6 1 (2.86%) Head of Security
6 1 (2.86%) QA Leader
6 1 (2.86%) Security Specialist
6 1 (2.86%) Security Architect
6 1 (2.86%) Architect
6 1 (2.86%) Information Security Officer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.86%) .NET
1 1 (2.86%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 25 (71.43%) PKI
2 15 (42.86%) Data Centre
3 3 (8.57%) Life Science
4 2 (5.71%) SCADA
4 2 (5.71%) Management Information System
4 2 (5.71%) CESG
4 2 (5.71%) CESG CLAS
5 1 (2.86%) BYOD
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (77.14%) SIEM
2 26 (74.29%) Kalman Filter
2 26 (74.29%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 25 (71.43%) ITIL
4 15 (42.86%) Service Delivery
4 15 (42.86%) Migration
5 14 (40.00%) Security Patching
6 12 (34.29%) Capacity Planning
7 5 (14.29%) Information Security
7 5 (14.29%) Risk Management
8 2 (5.71%) Risk Assessment
8 2 (5.71%) Ethical Hacking
8 2 (5.71%) Cyber Security
9 1 (2.86%) Automation Testing
9 1 (2.86%) SABSA
9 1 (2.86%) Network Design
9 1 (2.86%) SDLC
9 1 (2.86%) Social Engineering
9 1 (2.86%) Agile Software Development
9 1 (2.86%) Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (5.71%) C#
2 1 (2.86%) Java
2 1 (2.86%) Perl
2 1 (2.86%) Shell Script
2 1 (2.86%) Ruby
2 1 (2.86%) C
Qualifications
1 23 (65.71%) CISSP
2 22 (62.86%) CISM
3 21 (60.00%) ITIL Certification
3 21 (60.00%) CISMP
4 15 (42.86%) CCENT
5 2 (5.71%) CEH
6 1 (2.86%) CISA
6 1 (2.86%) ISEB
6 1 (2.86%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (80.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 21 (60.00%) QA
3 2 (5.71%) PCI DSS
4 1 (2.86%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 5 (14.29%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 2 (5.71%) MIMEsweeper
1 2 (5.71%) Cisco Prime
2 1 (2.86%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 28 (80.00%) Cisco
1 28 (80.00%) CheckPoint
2 26 (74.29%) Clearswift
3 25 (71.43%) Kaspersky
4 15 (42.86%) VMware
4 15 (42.86%) Citrix
5 1 (2.86%) Symantec
5 1 (2.86%) Websense
5 1 (2.86%) Rapid7