The first table below looks at the demand 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 29 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category for the North West region.

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
29 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Penetration Testing
Rank 120 111 139
Rank change year-on-year
-9 +28
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 11 18 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.36% 0.66% 0.093%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.52% 0.94% 0.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 1 2
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£463 £450 £463
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.77% -2.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £453 £450 £393
10% offered a daily rate of more than £473 £450 £533
UK excluding London average daily rate £450 £393 £325
% change year-on-year
+14.64% +20.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £44.50 £48.75 -
% change year-on-year
-8.72% -
Processes & Methodologies Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2109 1921 2090
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 69.97% 70.89% 64.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 1134 960 1106
Average daily rate £375 £338 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% +2.27%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £463 £465
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 101 88 111
Average hourly rate £27.50 £20.75 £22.41
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+32.53% -7.40%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £10.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £45.00 £47.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £31.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-14.51% -3.12%
Penetration Testing
England

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 29 July 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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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 -8 7 - - 2
Cheshire -2 1 £475 - 2
Penetration Testing
England

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 29 July 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 13 (65.00%) Information Security
2 10 (50.00%) CISSP
2 10 (50.00%) Vulnerability Assessment
2 10 (50.00%) Security Testing
3 6 (30.00%) Open Source
3 6 (30.00%) Incident Management
3 6 (30.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (30.00%) UNIX
3 6 (30.00%) Firewall
3 6 (30.00%) Risk Assessment
4 5 (25.00%) Security Management
4 5 (25.00%) Windows
4 5 (25.00%) Web Services
4 5 (25.00%) ISO/IEC 17799
4 5 (25.00%) McAfee
4 5 (25.00%) Sophos
4 5 (25.00%) Enterprise Architecture
4 5 (25.00%) PKI
4 5 (25.00%) Network Design
5 4 (20.00%) QA
5 4 (20.00%) Risk Management
5 4 (20.00%) Finance
6 3 (15.00%) Identity Management
6 3 (15.00%) CheckPoint
6 3 (15.00%) Internet
6 3 (15.00%) Metasploit
6 3 (15.00%) CORE IMPACT
6 3 (15.00%) F5
6 3 (15.00%) SIEM
6 3 (15.00%) Sourcefire

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

For the 6 months to 29 July 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 (5.00%) CMS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (30.00%) Firewall
2 3 (15.00%) Intrusion Detection
2 3 (15.00%) Internet
3 2 (10.00%) LAN
3 2 (10.00%) WAN
3 2 (10.00%) IKE
3 2 (10.00%) Kerberos
3 2 (10.00%) VPN
3 2 (10.00%) IPsec
4 1 (5.00%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (5.00%) Wireless
4 1 (5.00%) VLAN
4 1 (5.00%) Cisco PIX
4 1 (5.00%) NetScaler
4 1 (5.00%) Structured Cabling
4 1 (5.00%) DNS
4 1 (5.00%) DMZ
4 1 (5.00%) DHCP
4 1 (5.00%) BGP
Development Applications
1 3 (15.00%) Metasploit
2 1 (5.00%) JIRA
General
1 4 (20.00%) Finance
2 1 (5.00%) Law
2 1 (5.00%) Legal
2 1 (5.00%) Banking
2 1 (5.00%) Retail
2 1 (5.00%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 10 (50.00%) Consultant
1 10 (50.00%) Security Consultant
2 3 (15.00%) Technical Consultant
2 3 (15.00%) Tester
2 3 (15.00%) Analyst
2 3 (15.00%) Security Specialist
2 3 (15.00%) Information Security Consultant
3 2 (10.00%) Security Architect
3 2 (10.00%) Security Engineer
3 2 (10.00%) IT Security Specialist
3 2 (10.00%) Security Technical Consultant
3 2 (10.00%) Architect
3 2 (10.00%) Analyst Programmer
3 2 (10.00%) Programmer
3 2 (10.00%) Technical Engineer
3 2 (10.00%) Penetration Tester
3 2 (10.00%) Security Analyst
3 2 (10.00%) Technical Analyst
3 2 (10.00%) Technical Specialist
4 1 (5.00%) IT Security Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (25.00%) Web Services
2 1 (5.00%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 6 (30.00%) Open Source
2 5 (25.00%) PKI
3 1 (5.00%) Firmware
3 1 (5.00%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 6 (30.00%) UNIX
2 5 (25.00%) Windows
3 1 (5.00%) Android
3 1 (5.00%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (65.00%) Information Security
2 10 (50.00%) Security Testing
2 10 (50.00%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 6 (30.00%) Risk Assessment
3 6 (30.00%) Incident Management
4 5 (25.00%) Enterprise Architecture
4 5 (25.00%) Security Management
4 5 (25.00%) Network Design
5 4 (20.00%) Risk Management
6 3 (15.00%) Identity Management
6 3 (15.00%) SIEM
7 2 (10.00%) ITIL
8 1 (5.00%) Project Management
8 1 (5.00%) Scrum
8 1 (5.00%) Agile Software Development
8 1 (5.00%) Ethical Hacking
8 1 (5.00%) Business Development
8 1 (5.00%) Load Balancing
8 1 (5.00%) Risk Analysis
8 1 (5.00%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 1 (5.00%) C
1 1 (5.00%) C++
1 1 (5.00%) Java
1 1 (5.00%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 10 (50.00%) CISSP
2 3 (15.00%) CEH
3 1 (5.00%) ISSAP
3 1 (5.00%) Degree
3 1 (5.00%) SC Cleared
3 1 (5.00%) Security Cleared
3 1 (5.00%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (5.00%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (30.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 5 (25.00%) ISO/IEC 17799
3 4 (20.00%) QA
4 1 (5.00%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 2 (10.00%) RACF
2 1 (5.00%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (15.00%) CORE IMPACT
Vendors
1 5 (25.00%) McAfee
1 5 (25.00%) Sophos
2 3 (15.00%) Sourcefire
2 3 (15.00%) IronPort
2 3 (15.00%) F5
2 3 (15.00%) CheckPoint
3 1 (5.00%) Blue Coat
3 1 (5.00%) Cisco
3 1 (5.00%) Juniper