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 28 September 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
28 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Penetration Testing
Rank 143 154 138
Rank change year-on-year
+11 -16
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 12 14 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.34% 0.31% 0.19%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.41% 0.38% 0.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 9 1
Median daily rate £488 £350 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+39.28% -26.31%
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 - £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
2953 3685 2402
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 83.09% 81.96% 75.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 1879 2303 1381
Median daily rate £405 £425 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.70% +13.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £288 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 94 142 112
Median hourly rate £24.00 £37.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-35.13% +23.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.58 £14.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £60.92 £56.97 £78.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £33.64 £26.25
% change year-on-year
-3.38% +28.15%

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 28 September 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 28 September 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 -13 10 £550 +57.14% 8
Merseyside - 1 - -
Penetration Testing
England

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 September 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 25 (64.10%) CISSP
2 23 (58.97%) Information Security
3 21 (53.85%) Firewall
4 19 (48.72%) Kalman Filter
5 17 (43.59%) PKI
5 17 (43.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 14 (35.90%) CISM
7 13 (33.33%) PCI DSS
8 12 (30.77%) SIEM
8 12 (30.77%) Security Operations
9 11 (28.21%) Intrusion Detection
10 9 (23.08%) Vulnerability Assessment
10 9 (23.08%) Email Filtering
10 9 (23.08%) Web Filtering
10 9 (23.08%) Vulnerability Management
11 8 (20.51%) Analytical Skills
11 8 (20.51%) SmoothWall
11 8 (20.51%) CESG Certified Professional
11 8 (20.51%) Network Security
11 8 (20.51%) CCENT
11 8 (20.51%) Kaspersky
11 8 (20.51%) CISMP
11 8 (20.51%) Clearswift
11 8 (20.51%) Cisco
12 7 (17.95%) WAN
12 7 (17.95%) SSL
12 7 (17.95%) ITIL Certification
12 7 (17.95%) CheckPoint
12 7 (17.95%) ITIL
12 7 (17.95%) GCIH

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 1 (2.56%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 3 (7.69%) MS Excel
2 1 (2.56%) MS Office
2 1 (2.56%) MS PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 4 (10.26%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (7.69%) GitHub
3 1 (2.56%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 21 (53.85%) Firewall
2 11 (28.21%) Intrusion Detection
3 8 (20.51%) Network Security
4 7 (17.95%) Cisco ASA
4 7 (17.95%) SSL
4 7 (17.95%) WAN
5 2 (5.13%) LAN
5 2 (5.13%) SAN
6 1 (2.56%) TCP/IP
6 1 (2.56%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.56%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 3 (7.69%) Jenkins
1 3 (7.69%) JIRA
2 1 (2.56%) Octopus Deploy
2 1 (2.56%) TeamCity
General
1 4 (10.26%) Finance
2 3 (7.69%) Legal
3 1 (2.56%) Banking
3 1 (2.56%) Manufacturing
3 1 (2.56%) Retail
Job Titles
1 14 (35.90%) Analyst
1 14 (35.90%) Security Analyst
2 10 (25.64%) Security Manager
3 8 (20.51%) Network Security Manager
4 6 (15.38%) Consultant
4 6 (15.38%) Security Consultant
5 5 (12.82%) IT Consultant
5 5 (12.82%) IT Security Consultant
6 3 (7.69%) Architect
6 3 (7.69%) AWS Architect
6 3 (7.69%) ICT Assistant
6 3 (7.69%) ICT Manager
7 2 (5.13%) IT Manager
7 2 (5.13%) IT Security Manager
7 2 (5.13%) Malware Analyst
7 2 (5.13%) Network Manager
7 2 (5.13%) Penetration Tester
7 2 (5.13%) Project Consultant
7 2 (5.13%) Project Manager
7 2 (5.13%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (10.26%) .NET
1 4 (10.26%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 17 (43.59%) PKI
2 8 (20.51%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (12.82%) Data Centre
3 5 (12.82%) Management Information System
4 2 (5.13%) CESG
5 1 (2.56%) Computer Science
5 1 (2.56%) Cryptography
5 1 (2.56%) Data Protection Act
5 1 (2.56%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 1 (2.56%) Life Science
5 1 (2.56%) Mainframe
5 1 (2.56%) Security Operations Centre
5 1 (2.56%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 1 (2.56%) Linux
1 1 (2.56%) Unix
1 1 (2.56%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (58.97%) Information Security
2 19 (48.72%) Kalman Filter
3 12 (30.77%) Security Operations
3 12 (30.77%) SIEM
4 9 (23.08%) Email Filtering
4 9 (23.08%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 9 (23.08%) Vulnerability Management
4 9 (23.08%) Web Filtering
5 7 (17.95%) ITIL
5 7 (17.95%) Threat Management
6 6 (15.38%) Migration
7 5 (12.82%) Agile Software Development
7 5 (12.82%) Application Rationalisation
7 5 (12.82%) Stakeholder Management
8 4 (10.26%) Risk Management
8 4 (10.26%) Security Architecture
9 3 (7.69%) Continuous Integration
9 3 (7.69%) Incident Management
9 3 (7.69%) ITIL V3
10 2 (5.13%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 1 (2.56%) C#
1 1 (2.56%) PowerShell
1 1 (2.56%) SQL
1 1 (2.56%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 25 (64.10%) CISSP
2 14 (35.90%) CISM
3 8 (20.51%) CCENT
3 8 (20.51%) CESG Certified Professional
3 8 (20.51%) CISMP
4 7 (17.95%) CEH
4 7 (17.95%) GCIH
4 7 (17.95%) ITIL Certification
5 6 (15.38%) CLAS
6 3 (7.69%) AWS Certification
6 3 (7.69%) CISA
6 3 (7.69%) SC Cleared
6 3 (7.69%) Security Cleared
7 2 (5.13%) CCNA
7 2 (5.13%) Cisco Certification
7 2 (5.13%) CREST Certified
7 2 (5.13%) GSEC
7 2 (5.13%) GSLC
7 2 (5.13%) GSNA
7 2 (5.13%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (43.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 13 (33.33%) PCI DSS
3 2 (5.13%) QA
4 1 (2.56%) ISO/IEC 17799
System Software
1 3 (7.69%) Active Directory
2 1 (2.56%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 8 (20.51%) SmoothWall
Vendors
1 8 (20.51%) Cisco
1 8 (20.51%) Clearswift
1 8 (20.51%) Kaspersky
2 7 (17.95%) CheckPoint
3 6 (15.38%) Microsoft
4 2 (5.13%) IBM
4 2 (5.13%) LogRhythm
5 1 (2.56%) Citrix
5 1 (2.56%) Oracle
5 1 (2.56%) Qualys
5 1 (2.56%) VMware