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 31 July 2015 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Penetration Testing
Rank 220 223 214
Rank change year-on-year
+3 -9
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 41 28 21
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.43% 0.30% 0.25%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.56% 0.41% 0.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 11 12
Average daily rate
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£450 £353 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+27.65% -6.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £225 £310
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £425 £495
UK excluding London average daily rate £450 £450 £393
% change year-on-year
- +14.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £45.00 £44.50 £48.75
% change year-on-year
+1.13% -8.72%
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
7350 6861 6112
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 77.10% 74.60% 72.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 4415 3767 3293
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £245 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £512 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 238 250 270
Average hourly rate £23.75 £25.00 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.00% -9.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.82 £13.00 £12.88
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £55.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.50 £26.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year
+15.09% -14.51%

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 31 July 2015.

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 31 July 2015. 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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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
Berkshire +11 12 £450 +2.85% 11
Buckinghamshire +8 11 £460 - 4
Surrey +6 11 £450 - 7
Hampshire -5 6 £383 - 11
Oxfordshire -23 1 £400 - 1
Kent - 1 £525 -
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England

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, 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 45 (46.88%) Information Security
2 37 (38.54%) CISSP
2 37 (38.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 33 (34.38%) Vulnerability Management
4 31 (32.29%) Security Testing
5 30 (31.25%) Firewall
6 26 (27.08%) Security Management
7 24 (25.00%) Cyber Security
8 23 (23.96%) Linux
8 23 (23.96%) PCI DSS
9 22 (22.92%) Windows
10 21 (21.88%) Management Information System
11 20 (20.83%) Security Cleared
12 18 (18.75%) Risk Management
12 18 (18.75%) Finance
13 17 (17.71%) OWASP
13 17 (17.71%) SC Cleared
14 16 (16.67%) CISM
14 16 (16.67%) Security Patching
15 15 (15.63%) Patch Management
15 15 (15.63%) Information Security Management
15 15 (15.63%) GIAC
16 14 (14.58%) PKI
17 13 (13.54%) XML
18 12 (12.50%) ITIL
18 12 (12.50%) UNIX
19 11 (11.46%) VMware
19 11 (11.46%) Data Protection Act
19 11 (11.46%) Data Protection
20 10 (10.42%) Performance Testing

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

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, 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 6 (6.25%) IIS
2 4 (4.17%) SharePoint
3 2 (2.08%) Apache
3 2 (2.08%) SharePoint 2013
4 1 (1.04%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (1.04%) MS Exchange
4 1 (1.04%) CMS
4 1 (1.04%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (1.04%) Drupal
4 1 (1.04%) Apache Solr
4 1 (1.04%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 1 (1.04%) MS Office
1 1 (1.04%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.04%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (1.04%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 30 (31.25%) Firewall
2 10 (10.42%) Intrusion Detection
3 8 (8.33%) TCP/IP
4 7 (7.29%) VPN
5 6 (6.25%) SSL
6 4 (4.17%) LAN
6 4 (4.17%) WAN
7 3 (3.13%) DNS
7 3 (3.13%) HTTP
7 3 (3.13%) Network Security
8 2 (2.08%) LDAP
8 2 (2.08%) Wireshark
8 2 (2.08%) tcpdump
8 2 (2.08%) SMTP
8 2 (2.08%) FTP
8 2 (2.08%) Internet
8 2 (2.08%) TACACS
8 2 (2.08%) Wireless
8 2 (2.08%) IPsec
9 1 (1.04%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (7.29%) Oracle Database
2 6 (6.25%) InterSystems Cache
2 6 (6.25%) SQL Server
2 6 (6.25%) SQL Server 2012
3 5 (5.21%) SQL Server 2005
3 5 (5.21%) Oracle Database 11g
4 3 (3.13%) SQL Server 2008
4 3 (3.13%) MySQL
5 1 (1.04%) DB2
5 1 (1.04%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 8 (8.33%) LoadRunner
2 2 (2.08%) SoapUI
2 2 (2.08%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 1 (1.04%) Octopus Deploy
3 1 (1.04%) NUnit
3 1 (1.04%) Subversion
3 1 (1.04%) Selenium
3 1 (1.04%) Metasploit
3 1 (1.04%) Git (software)
General
1 18 (18.75%) Finance
2 9 (9.38%) Legal
3 8 (8.33%) Telecoms
4 3 (3.13%) Retail
5 2 (2.08%) Military
5 2 (2.08%) Financial Institution
6 1 (1.04%) Automotive
6 1 (1.04%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 29 (30.21%) Consultant
1 29 (30.21%) Security Consultant
2 22 (22.92%) Analyst
3 16 (16.67%) Architect
4 15 (15.63%) Security Architect
5 11 (11.46%) Security Analyst
6 9 (9.38%) Developer
6 9 (9.38%) Test Analyst
7 8 (8.33%) Security Manager
8 6 (6.25%) .NET Developer
9 5 (5.21%) Senior Security Analyst
9 5 (5.21%) Senior Analyst
10 4 (4.17%) Project Manager
10 4 (4.17%) Security Engineer
11 3 (3.13%) Information Security Consultant
11 3 (3.13%) Test Manager
11 3 (3.13%) Cyber Security Manager
11 3 (3.13%) Security Project Manager
11 3 (3.13%) Wintel Engineer
12 2 (2.08%) Risk Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (13.54%) XML
2 10 (10.42%) XML Messaging
3 7 (7.29%) .NET
4 6 (6.25%) ASP.NET
4 6 (6.25%) Web Services
4 6 (6.25%) Ajax
4 6 (6.25%) .NET Framework
4 6 (6.25%) jQuery
5 5 (5.21%) Windows Identity Foundation
6 3 (3.13%) SOAP
6 3 (3.13%) XML-RPC
7 2 (2.08%) LAMP
8 1 (1.04%) Middleware
8 1 (1.04%) HTML
8 1 (1.04%) CSS
8 1 (1.04%) KnockoutJS
8 1 (1.04%) Sass
8 1 (1.04%) Breeze.js
8 1 (1.04%) Durandal
8 1 (1.04%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 21 (21.88%) Management Information System
2 14 (14.58%) PKI
3 11 (11.46%) Data Protection Act
4 9 (9.38%) Cryptography
5 6 (6.25%) Mainframe
5 6 (6.25%) AS400
5 6 (6.25%) N-Tier
5 6 (6.25%) IBM Mainframe
5 6 (6.25%) Smart Meter
6 4 (4.17%) Computer Science
7 3 (3.13%) Analytical Skills
8 2 (2.08%) Mathematics
8 2 (2.08%) NHS
8 2 (2.08%) W3C
8 2 (2.08%) CESG
9 1 (1.04%) Statistics
9 1 (1.04%) Mobile App
9 1 (1.04%) Algorithms
Operating Systems
1 23 (23.96%) Linux
2 22 (22.92%) Windows
3 12 (12.50%) UNIX
4 7 (7.29%) Windows Server 2003
5 6 (6.25%) Windows Server 2008
5 6 (6.25%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (2.08%) Solaris
7 1 (1.04%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (46.88%) Information Security
2 33 (34.38%) Vulnerability Management
3 31 (32.29%) Security Testing
4 26 (27.08%) Security Management
5 24 (25.00%) Cyber Security
6 18 (18.75%) Risk Management
7 17 (17.71%) OWASP
8 16 (16.67%) Security Patching
9 15 (15.63%) Patch Management
9 15 (15.63%) Information Security Management
10 12 (12.50%) ITIL
11 11 (11.46%) Data Protection
12 10 (10.42%) Performance Testing
12 10 (10.42%) Content Management
13 9 (9.38%) Stakeholder Management
13 9 (9.38%) Ethical Hacking
13 9 (9.38%) User Acceptance Testing
14 7 (7.29%) Security Architecture
14 7 (7.29%) Continuous Improvement
14 7 (7.29%) Agile Software Development
Programming Languages
1 10 (10.42%) SQL
1 10 (10.42%) Shell Script
2 7 (7.29%) C#
2 7 (7.29%) JavaScript
3 6 (6.25%) T-SQL
4 5 (5.21%) VB
5 4 (4.17%) C
6 3 (3.13%) PHP
6 3 (3.13%) C++
7 2 (2.08%) PL/SQL
7 2 (2.08%) PowerShell
8 1 (1.04%) XPath
8 1 (1.04%) Java
8 1 (1.04%) Python
8 1 (1.04%) Embedded C
8 1 (1.04%) Assembly Language
Qualifications
1 37 (38.54%) CISSP
2 20 (20.83%) Security Cleared
3 17 (17.71%) SC Cleared
4 16 (16.67%) CISM
5 15 (15.63%) GIAC
6 10 (10.42%) Degree
7 9 (9.38%) ISEB
8 8 (8.33%) CISA
9 6 (6.25%) DV Cleared
10 5 (5.21%) CRISC
11 3 (3.13%) ISTQB
12 2 (2.08%) CEH
13 1 (1.04%) MCTS
13 1 (1.04%) MCSE
13 1 (1.04%) Microsoft Certification
13 1 (1.04%) ITIL Certification
13 1 (1.04%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 1 (1.04%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (38.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 23 (23.96%) PCI DSS
3 5 (5.21%) COBIT
4 4 (4.17%) QA
System Software
1 6 (6.25%) Active Directory
1 6 (6.25%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (2.08%) Snort
3 1 (1.04%) Hyper-V
3 1 (1.04%) Varnish
3 1 (1.04%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 6 (6.25%) Nessus
2 2 (2.08%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (1.04%) Forefront Identity Manager
3 1 (1.04%) Icinga
3 1 (1.04%) Nagios
3 1 (1.04%) Nmap
3 1 (1.04%) SCCM
3 1 (1.04%) Cisco UCCE
Vendors
1 11 (11.46%) VMware
2 9 (9.38%) Microsoft
3 8 (8.33%) Oracle
4 6 (6.25%) Cisco
4 6 (6.25%) IBM
5 5 (5.21%) HP
6 2 (2.08%) Sourcefire
7 1 (1.04%) Fortinet
7 1 (1.04%) Coverity
7 1 (1.04%) F5
7 1 (1.04%) Splunk
7 1 (1.04%) Citrix
7 1 (1.04%) Apple
7 1 (1.04%) CheckPoint
7 1 (1.04%) Remedy
7 1 (1.04%) McAfee
7 1 (1.04%) Serena