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 25 June 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
25 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Penetration Testing
Rank 132 137 126
Rank change year-on-year
+5 -11
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 28 13 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.75% 0.35% 0.32%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.92% 0.45% 0.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 7 4
Median daily rate £425 £325 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+30.76% -27.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £315 £363
10% offered a daily rate of more than £461 £360 £485
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £400 £400
% change year-on-year
+18.75% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £45.00 £28.99
% change year-on-year
- +55.22%
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
3042 2861 2359
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 81.08% 76.93% 75.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 1920 1678 1260
Median daily rate £415 £380 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.21% -1.93%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £540 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 69 124 100
Median hourly rate £32.50 £33.00 £28.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.51% +17.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.57 £14.50 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £50.08 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.50 £30.00 £29.50
% change year-on-year
-5.00% +1.69%

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 25 June 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 25 June 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 +2 24 £406 +25.00% 7
Merseyside - 3 - - 1
Penetration Testing
England

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 25 June 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 33 (61.11%) Information Security
2 28 (51.85%) Firewall
3 25 (46.30%) Kalman Filter
4 21 (38.89%) CISSP
5 17 (31.48%) Risk Management
5 17 (31.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 17 (31.48%) Security Operations
6 15 (27.78%) PKI
6 15 (27.78%) Finance
6 15 (27.78%) CISM
7 14 (25.93%) MS Excel
8 11 (20.37%) Active Directory
8 11 (20.37%) PCI DSS
8 11 (20.37%) Vulnerability Management
9 10 (18.52%) CESG Certified Professional
9 10 (18.52%) MS PowerPoint
9 10 (18.52%) Cryptography
10 9 (16.67%) Microsoft
11 8 (14.81%) Agile Software Development
11 8 (14.81%) Vulnerability Assessment
11 8 (14.81%) Intrusion Detection
11 8 (14.81%) CLAS
11 8 (14.81%) SIEM
12 7 (12.96%) SmoothWall
12 7 (12.96%) Email Filtering
12 7 (12.96%) Web Filtering
12 7 (12.96%) CISMP
12 7 (12.96%) CCENT
12 7 (12.96%) Kaspersky
12 7 (12.96%) Stakeholder Management

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 (3.70%) OpenStack
Applications
1 14 (25.93%) MS Excel
2 10 (18.52%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (1.85%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 6 (11.11%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (7.41%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (1.85%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 28 (51.85%) Firewall
2 8 (14.81%) Intrusion Detection
3 6 (11.11%) Cisco ASA
3 6 (11.11%) Network Security
3 6 (11.11%) SSL
3 6 (11.11%) WAN
4 2 (3.70%) LAN
4 2 (3.70%) SAN
4 2 (3.70%) VPN
5 1 (1.85%) Wireless
Development Applications
1 1 (1.85%) Cucumber
1 1 (1.85%) Gatling
1 1 (1.85%) Git (software)
1 1 (1.85%) Jenkins
1 1 (1.85%) JUnit
1 1 (1.85%) Octopus Deploy
1 1 (1.85%) Selenium
1 1 (1.85%) TeamCity
General
1 15 (27.78%) Finance
2 3 (5.56%) Banking
2 3 (5.56%) Legal
3 1 (1.85%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 17 (31.48%) Security Manager
2 11 (20.37%) Analyst
2 11 (20.37%) Security Analyst
3 10 (18.52%) IT Manager
3 10 (18.52%) IT Risk Manager
3 10 (18.52%) IT Security Manager
3 10 (18.52%) Risk Manager
4 9 (16.67%) Consultant
5 8 (14.81%) Security Consultant
6 7 (12.96%) Network Security Manager
7 5 (9.26%) Ethical Hacker
7 5 (9.26%) Security Assurance Manager
8 4 (7.41%) Architect
8 4 (7.41%) Information Security Consultant
9 3 (5.56%) AWS Architect
9 3 (5.56%) ICT Assistant
9 3 (5.56%) ICT Manager
9 3 (5.56%) Security Hacker
10 2 (3.70%) Malware Analyst
10 2 (3.70%) Penetration Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (7.41%) .NET
2 3 (5.56%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 15 (27.78%) PKI
2 10 (18.52%) Cryptography
3 4 (7.41%) Data Centre
3 4 (7.41%) FMCG
4 3 (5.56%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (5.56%) Management Information System
4 3 (5.56%) Social Media
5 2 (3.70%) CESG
5 2 (3.70%) Public Cloud
6 1 (1.85%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 1 (1.85%) Life Science
6 1 (1.85%) Mainframe
6 1 (1.85%) Mobile App
6 1 (1.85%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 6 (11.11%) Windows
2 5 (9.26%) Linux
3 4 (7.41%) Android
3 4 (7.41%) Apple iOS
4 2 (3.70%) Unix
4 2 (3.70%) Windows Server
4 2 (3.70%) Windows Server 2008
4 2 (3.70%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (61.11%) Information Security
2 25 (46.30%) Kalman Filter
3 17 (31.48%) Risk Management
3 17 (31.48%) Security Operations
4 11 (20.37%) Vulnerability Management
5 8 (14.81%) Agile Software Development
5 8 (14.81%) SIEM
5 8 (14.81%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 7 (12.96%) Email Filtering
6 7 (12.96%) Stakeholder Management
6 7 (12.96%) Web Filtering
7 6 (11.11%) OWASP
7 6 (11.11%) Threat Management
8 5 (9.26%) Ethical Hacking
8 5 (9.26%) ITIL
9 4 (7.41%) Application Rationalisation
9 4 (7.41%) Migration
9 4 (7.41%) Mobile Device Management
9 4 (7.41%) Security Architecture
9 4 (7.41%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (9.26%) SQL
2 2 (3.70%) C#
3 1 (1.85%) Java
3 1 (1.85%) JavaScript
3 1 (1.85%) PowerShell
3 1 (1.85%) VB
3 1 (1.85%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 21 (38.89%) CISSP
2 15 (27.78%) CISM
3 10 (18.52%) CESG Certified Professional
4 8 (14.81%) CLAS
5 7 (12.96%) CCENT
5 7 (12.96%) CISMP
6 6 (11.11%) Security Cleared
7 5 (9.26%) CEH
7 5 (9.26%) GCIH
7 5 (9.26%) ITIL Certification
8 4 (7.41%) SC Cleared
9 3 (5.56%) AWS Certification
9 3 (5.56%) CISA
10 2 (3.70%) CHECK Team Member
10 2 (3.70%) CREST Certified
10 2 (3.70%) Cyber Scheme
10 2 (3.70%) GSNA
10 2 (3.70%) OSCP
10 2 (3.70%) SANS
10 2 (3.70%) Tigerscheme
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (31.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 11 (20.37%) PCI DSS
3 3 (5.56%) JSP 440
4 2 (3.70%) QA
4 2 (3.70%) RMADS
System Software
1 11 (20.37%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.85%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 7 (12.96%) SmoothWall
Vendors
1 9 (16.67%) Microsoft
2 7 (12.96%) Cisco
2 7 (12.96%) Clearswift
2 7 (12.96%) Kaspersky
3 6 (11.11%) CheckPoint
4 2 (3.70%) LogRhythm
5 1 (1.85%) Citrix
5 1 (1.85%) Qualys
5 1 (1.85%) VMware