The table below looks at the statistics for Penetration Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the South East region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Penetration Testing over the 3 months to 13 February 2016 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
13 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Penetration Testing
Rank 226 231 221
Rank change year-on-year
+5 -10
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 31 35 19
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.37% 0.37% 0.22%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.46% 0.48% 0.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 14 15
Average daily rate £425 £363 £429
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+17.24% -15.45%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £277 £290 £375
10% offered a daily rate of more than £504 £500 £530
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £388 £433
% change year-on-year
+9.67% -10.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
Average hourly rate £42.50 £47.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.52% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £46.25 £47.50 -
% change year-on-year
-2.63% -
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 South East region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
South East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
6728 7288 6385
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 79.68% 77.43% 74.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 4146 4014 3407
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £270 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £510
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 286 236 265
Average hourly rate £45.00 £30.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+50.00% +33.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £11.98
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £61.00 £47.50 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £27.79 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+43.93% +1.05%

Penetration Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Penetration Testing across the South East region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Penetration Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

Penetration Testing
Daily Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Penetration Testing across the South East region.

Penetration Testing Daily Rate Trend in the South East

Penetration Testing
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Penetration Testing across the South East region over the 3 months to 13 February 2016.

Penetration Testing Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

Penetration Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Penetration Testing across the South East region.

Penetration Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

Penetration Testing
Contract Job Locations in the South East

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 South East region over the 3 months to 13 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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
Hampshire +22 14 £450 -5.26% 5
Buckinghamshire +17 5 £505 - 3
Oxfordshire +5 4 £325 - 1
Berkshire +10 2 £538 +53.57% 9
Surrey -18 1 £425 +13.33% 6
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Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 13 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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 31 (34.83%) Information Security
2 24 (26.97%) PCI DSS
3 22 (24.72%) Cybersecurity
3 22 (24.72%) Management Information System
4 21 (23.60%) CEH
4 21 (23.60%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 20 (22.47%) Security Cleared
5 20 (22.47%) Windows
5 20 (22.47%) CISSP
6 17 (19.10%) SC Cleared
7 16 (17.98%) Intrusion Detection
7 16 (17.98%) OWASP
8 15 (16.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 15 (16.85%) ITIL
9 14 (15.73%) Risk Management
9 14 (15.73%) Finance
9 14 (15.73%) Vulnerability Management
10 13 (14.61%) Security Management
10 13 (14.61%) Microsoft
11 12 (13.48%) CREST Certified
12 11 (12.36%) Firewall
12 11 (12.36%) Ethical Hacking
12 11 (12.36%) Data Protection
12 11 (12.36%) SIEM
13 10 (11.24%) C
13 10 (11.24%) Security Operations
13 10 (11.24%) Windows Server
14 9 (10.11%) Security Operations Centre
14 9 (10.11%) Web Services
14 9 (10.11%) Linux

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 13 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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 7 (7.87%) IIS
2 5 (5.62%) SharePoint
2 5 (5.62%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 5 (5.62%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 5 (5.62%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (4.49%) MoSes
3 1 (1.12%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.12%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 16 (17.98%) Intrusion Detection
2 11 (12.36%) Firewall
3 9 (10.11%) WAN
4 8 (8.99%) VPN
5 7 (7.87%) LAN
6 6 (6.74%) DNS
6 6 (6.74%) FTP
7 5 (5.62%) Internet
7 5 (5.62%) IPsec
8 4 (4.49%) MPLS
8 4 (4.49%) Network Security
8 4 (4.49%) SMTP
8 4 (4.49%) VLAN
9 3 (3.37%) TCP/IP
10 2 (2.25%) ADSL
10 2 (2.25%) BGP
10 2 (2.25%) DHCP
10 2 (2.25%) ISDN
10 2 (2.25%) OSPF
10 2 (2.25%) PBX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (7.87%) SQL Server
2 6 (6.74%) SQL Server 2008
2 6 (6.74%) SQL Server 2012
3 5 (5.62%) InterSystems Cache
Development Applications
1 6 (6.74%) Git (software)
1 6 (6.74%) Team Foundation Server
2 5 (5.62%) Balsamiq Mockups
2 5 (5.62%) Jasmine
2 5 (5.62%) Selenium
2 5 (5.62%) SpecFlow
3 4 (4.49%) Metasploit
4 2 (2.25%) Oracle APEX
4 2 (2.25%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 1 (1.12%) NUnit
General
1 14 (15.73%) Finance
2 8 (8.99%) Military
3 7 (7.87%) Telecoms
4 3 (3.37%) Retail
5 2 (2.25%) Billing
5 2 (2.25%) Marketing
6 1 (1.12%) Electronics
6 1 (1.12%) Financial Institution
6 1 (1.12%) Manufacturing
6 1 (1.12%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 19 (21.35%) Analyst
2 18 (20.22%) Security Analyst
3 13 (14.61%) Security Manager
4 12 (13.48%) Architect
4 12 (13.48%) Penetration Tester
4 12 (13.48%) Tester
5 11 (12.36%) Security Architect
6 9 (10.11%) Consultant
6 9 (10.11%) Security Consultant
7 8 (8.99%) Developer
7 8 (8.99%) Lead Tester
8 7 (7.87%) .NET Developer
8 7 (7.87%) Security Engineer
8 7 (7.87%) Senior Analyst
8 7 (7.87%) Senior Security Analyst
9 6 (6.74%) Cybersecurity Analyst
9 6 (6.74%) Senior Manager
10 5 (5.62%) IT Security Analyst
10 5 (5.62%) IT Security Manager
10 5 (5.62%) ITIL Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (10.11%) Web Services
2 8 (8.99%) .NET
3 7 (7.87%) .NET Framework
3 7 (7.87%) ASP.NET
3 7 (7.87%) ASP.NET Web API
3 7 (7.87%) Entity Framework
3 7 (7.87%) jQuery
4 6 (6.74%) Ajax
4 6 (6.74%) Breeze.js
4 6 (6.74%) Durandal
4 6 (6.74%) KnockoutJS
4 6 (6.74%) React
4 6 (6.74%) Windows Identity Foundation
5 5 (5.62%) OAuth2
5 5 (5.62%) OpenID
5 5 (5.62%) SAML
6 1 (1.12%) 802.1X
6 1 (1.12%) CSS
6 1 (1.12%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 22 (24.72%) Management Information System
2 9 (10.11%) Security Operations Centre
3 8 (8.99%) Mainframe
4 6 (6.74%) PKI
4 6 (6.74%) Statistics
5 5 (5.62%) N-Tier
6 4 (4.49%) AS400
6 4 (4.49%) CESG
6 4 (4.49%) Cyberthreat
6 4 (4.49%) IBM Mainframe
7 3 (3.37%) Analytical Skills
7 3 (3.37%) Cryptography
8 2 (2.25%) Client/Server
9 1 (1.12%) CESG CLAS
9 1 (1.12%) Computer Science
9 1 (1.12%) Data Centre
9 1 (1.12%) Data Protection Act
9 1 (1.12%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
Operating Systems
1 20 (22.47%) Windows
2 10 (11.24%) Windows Server
3 9 (10.11%) Linux
4 5 (5.62%) AIX
4 5 (5.62%) Windows Server 2008
4 5 (5.62%) Windows Server 2012
5 4 (4.49%) CentOS
5 4 (4.49%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (34.83%) Information Security
2 22 (24.72%) Cybersecurity
3 21 (23.60%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 16 (17.98%) OWASP
5 15 (16.85%) ITIL
6 14 (15.73%) Risk Management
6 14 (15.73%) Vulnerability Management
7 13 (14.61%) Security Management
8 11 (12.36%) Data Protection
8 11 (12.36%) Ethical Hacking
8 11 (12.36%) SIEM
9 10 (11.24%) Security Operations
10 9 (10.11%) Security Architecture
11 8 (8.99%) Configuration Management
11 8 (8.99%) Risk Assessment
12 7 (7.87%) Web Development
13 6 (6.74%) IT Governance
13 6 (6.74%) Stakeholder Management
13 6 (6.74%) Trend Analysis
13 6 (6.74%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 10 (11.24%) C
2 9 (10.11%) PowerShell
3 7 (7.87%) C#
3 7 (7.87%) JavaScript
3 7 (7.87%) SQL
4 6 (6.74%) Python
4 6 (6.74%) TypeScript
5 5 (5.62%) T-SQL
6 4 (4.49%) C++
6 4 (4.49%) Perl
7 2 (2.25%) Java
7 2 (2.25%) PHP
Qualifications
1 21 (23.60%) CEH
2 20 (22.47%) CISSP
2 20 (22.47%) Security Cleared
3 17 (19.10%) SC Cleared
4 12 (13.48%) CREST Certified
5 5 (5.62%) CISM
6 3 (3.37%) AWS Certification
6 3 (3.37%) CESG Certified Professional
6 3 (3.37%) OSCP
6 3 (3.37%) RHCT
7 2 (2.25%) DV Cleared
7 2 (2.25%) GIAC
8 1 (1.12%) CISA
8 1 (1.12%) CISMP
8 1 (1.12%) CLAS
8 1 (1.12%) Cyber Scheme
8 1 (1.12%) Degree
8 1 (1.12%) IISP
8 1 (1.12%) ISSMP
8 1 (1.12%) MBCS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (26.97%) PCI DSS
2 15 (16.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (4.49%) ISO27002
3 4 (4.49%) RMADS
4 3 (3.37%) COBIT
5 1 (1.12%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 1 (1.12%) QA
5 1 (1.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (1.12%) SLA
System Software
1 8 (8.99%) Active Directory
2 4 (4.49%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 4 (4.49%) Puppet
2 2 (2.25%) McAfee ePO
2 2 (2.25%) Nessus
2 2 (2.25%) Nmap
2 2 (2.25%) OpenVAS
Vendors
1 13 (14.61%) Microsoft
2 9 (10.11%) IBM
3 8 (8.99%) Cisco
4 5 (5.62%) ArcSight
4 5 (5.62%) CheckPoint
4 5 (5.62%) HP
4 5 (5.62%) LogRhythm
4 5 (5.62%) NetIQ
4 5 (5.62%) Novell
4 5 (5.62%) Q1 Labs
4 5 (5.62%) Splunk
4 5 (5.62%) Symantec
4 5 (5.62%) Tripwire
5 4 (4.49%) Red Hat
5 4 (4.49%) VMware
6 3 (3.37%) SolarWinds
7 2 (2.25%) Intel Security
7 2 (2.25%) Oracle
7 2 (2.25%) Qualys
8 1 (1.12%) SAP
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