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 26 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
26 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Penetration Testing
Rank 133 123 128
Rank change year-on-year
-10 +5
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 34 22 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.87% 0.60% 0.20%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.06% 0.78% 0.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 11 4
Median daily rate £413 £338 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+22.22% -27.02%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £368 £325 £363
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £375 £493
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £400 £425
% change year-on-year
+18.75% -5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.63 £34.50 £28.99
% change year-on-year
-43.11% +19.00%
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
3202 2819 2276
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 81.83% 77.42% 75.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 1990 1623 1198
Median daily rate £425 £390 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.97% +0.64%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £525 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +2.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 68 133 112
Median hourly rate £36.00 £35.00 £31.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% +11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.00 £14.50 £13.73
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.20 £60.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+10.00% -

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 26 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 26 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 -4 29 £400 +20.75% 5
Cheshire - 3 - - 1
Merseyside - 1 - - 1
Penetration Testing
England

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 26 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 30 (62.50%) Information Security
2 26 (54.17%) Firewall
3 23 (47.92%) Kalman Filter
4 18 (37.50%) CISSP
5 17 (35.42%) Risk Management
6 16 (33.33%) Security Operations
7 15 (31.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 15 (31.25%) Finance
8 14 (29.17%) CISM
8 14 (29.17%) MS Excel
8 14 (29.17%) PKI
9 11 (22.92%) Active Directory
10 10 (20.83%) MS PowerPoint
10 10 (20.83%) Cryptography
10 10 (20.83%) PCI DSS
10 10 (20.83%) Vulnerability Management
10 10 (20.83%) CESG Certified Professional
11 8 (16.67%) Vulnerability Assessment
11 8 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
11 8 (16.67%) CLAS
12 7 (14.58%) SmoothWall
12 7 (14.58%) CISMP
12 7 (14.58%) CCENT
12 7 (14.58%) Kaspersky
12 7 (14.58%) Stakeholder Management
12 7 (14.58%) Cisco
12 7 (14.58%) Microsoft
12 7 (14.58%) Clearswift
13 6 (12.50%) CheckPoint
13 6 (12.50%) Windows

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 (4.17%) OpenStack
Applications
1 14 (29.17%) MS Excel
2 10 (20.83%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (2.08%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 6 (12.50%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (8.33%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (2.08%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 26 (54.17%) Firewall
2 6 (12.50%) Cisco ASA
2 6 (12.50%) Intrusion Detection
2 6 (12.50%) Network Security
2 6 (12.50%) SSL
3 4 (8.33%) WAN
4 2 (4.17%) VPN
5 1 (2.08%) Wireless
Development Applications
1 1 (2.08%) Cucumber
1 1 (2.08%) Gatling
1 1 (2.08%) Git (software)
1 1 (2.08%) Jenkins
1 1 (2.08%) JUnit
1 1 (2.08%) Octopus Deploy
1 1 (2.08%) Selenium
1 1 (2.08%) TeamCity
General
1 15 (31.25%) Finance
2 3 (6.25%) Banking
3 1 (2.08%) Legal
3 1 (2.08%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 17 (35.42%) Security Manager
2 10 (20.83%) IT Manager
2 10 (20.83%) IT Risk Manager
2 10 (20.83%) IT Security Manager
2 10 (20.83%) Risk Manager
3 9 (18.75%) Consultant
4 8 (16.67%) Analyst
4 8 (16.67%) Security Analyst
4 8 (16.67%) Security Consultant
5 7 (14.58%) Network Security Manager
6 5 (10.42%) Ethical Hacker
6 5 (10.42%) Security Assurance Manager
7 4 (8.33%) Information Security Consultant
8 3 (6.25%) ICT Assistant
8 3 (6.25%) ICT Manager
8 3 (6.25%) Security Hacker
9 2 (4.17%) Malware Analyst
9 2 (4.17%) Network Manager
9 2 (4.17%) Penetration Tester
9 2 (4.17%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.25%) Web Services
2 1 (2.08%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 14 (29.17%) PKI
2 10 (20.83%) Cryptography
3 4 (8.33%) Data Centre
3 4 (8.33%) FMCG
4 3 (6.25%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (6.25%) Social Media
5 2 (4.17%) CESG
5 2 (4.17%) Management Information System
5 2 (4.17%) Public Cloud
6 1 (2.08%) Life Science
6 1 (2.08%) Mainframe
6 1 (2.08%) Mobile App
6 1 (2.08%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 6 (12.50%) Windows
2 5 (10.42%) Linux
3 4 (8.33%) Android
3 4 (8.33%) Apple iOS
4 2 (4.17%) Unix
4 2 (4.17%) Windows Server
4 2 (4.17%) Windows Server 2008
4 2 (4.17%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (62.50%) Information Security
2 23 (47.92%) Kalman Filter
3 17 (35.42%) Risk Management
4 16 (33.33%) Security Operations
5 10 (20.83%) Vulnerability Management
6 8 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
6 8 (16.67%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 7 (14.58%) Stakeholder Management
8 6 (12.50%) Email Filtering
8 6 (12.50%) OWASP
8 6 (12.50%) SIEM
8 6 (12.50%) Threat Management
8 6 (12.50%) Web Filtering
9 5 (10.42%) Ethical Hacking
9 5 (10.42%) ITIL
10 4 (8.33%) Application Rationalisation
10 4 (8.33%) Migration
10 4 (8.33%) Mobile Device Management
10 4 (8.33%) Security Architecture
10 4 (8.33%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (10.42%) SQL
2 2 (4.17%) C#
3 1 (2.08%) Java
3 1 (2.08%) JavaScript
3 1 (2.08%) PowerShell
3 1 (2.08%) VB
3 1 (2.08%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 18 (37.50%) CISSP
2 14 (29.17%) CISM
3 10 (20.83%) CESG Certified Professional
4 8 (16.67%) CLAS
5 7 (14.58%) CCENT
5 7 (14.58%) CISMP
6 6 (12.50%) Security Cleared
7 5 (10.42%) ITIL Certification
8 4 (8.33%) CEH
8 4 (8.33%) GCIH
8 4 (8.33%) SC Cleared
9 2 (4.17%) CHECK Team Member
9 2 (4.17%) CREST Certified
9 2 (4.17%) Cyber Scheme
9 2 (4.17%) OSCP
9 2 (4.17%) Tigerscheme
10 1 (2.08%) CISA
10 1 (2.08%) Cisco Certification
10 1 (2.08%) DBS Check
10 1 (2.08%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (31.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 10 (20.83%) PCI DSS
3 3 (6.25%) JSP 440
4 2 (4.17%) QA
4 2 (4.17%) RMADS
System Software
1 11 (22.92%) Active Directory
2 1 (2.08%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 7 (14.58%) SmoothWall
Vendors
1 7 (14.58%) Cisco
1 7 (14.58%) Clearswift
1 7 (14.58%) Kaspersky
1 7 (14.58%) Microsoft
2 6 (12.50%) CheckPoint
3 1 (2.08%) Citrix
3 1 (2.08%) Qualys
3 1 (2.08%) VMware