The first table below looks at the demand 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 25 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 South East 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
25 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Penetration Testing
Rank 210 209 222
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +13
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 28 21 17
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.31% 0.25% 0.17%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.42% 0.35% 0.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 12 12
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£353 £375 £245
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.00% +53.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £310 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £495 £370
UK excluding London average daily rate £450 £385 £325
% change year-on-year
+16.88% +18.46%
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
South East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
6664 5946 6806
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 72.64% 70.23% 68.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 3661 3169 3242
Average daily rate £375 £375 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +1.48%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 247 260 316
Average hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.09% -21.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.90 £13.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £42.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £31.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-14.51% -3.12%
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England

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 25 July 2014.

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 25 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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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
West Sussex - 10 £320 -
Berkshire +1 5 £438 +2.33% 2
Hampshire -21 5 - - 3
Buckinghamshire -8 3 - -
Surrey - 3 - - 5
Kent - - - - 2
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Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 25 July 2014, 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 26 (50.00%) Firewall
2 25 (48.08%) CISSP
3 24 (46.15%) Windows
4 23 (44.23%) Information Security
5 22 (42.31%) Linux
6 21 (40.38%) Microsoft
7 19 (36.54%) SAN
7 19 (36.54%) Vulnerability Management
8 18 (34.62%) Security Cleared
9 14 (26.92%) TCP/IP
10 13 (25.00%) MS Visio
11 12 (23.08%) CEH
11 12 (23.08%) Management Information System
11 12 (23.08%) DV Cleared
12 11 (21.15%) SC Cleared
12 11 (21.15%) Qualys
12 11 (21.15%) Incident Management
12 11 (21.15%) IIS
13 10 (19.23%) MS Office
13 10 (19.23%) ITIL
13 10 (19.23%) MCP
13 10 (19.23%) SQL
13 10 (19.23%) MCSE
13 10 (19.23%) Cisco Certification
13 10 (19.23%) Microsoft Certification
13 10 (19.23%) CCNA
13 10 (19.23%) Active Directory
13 10 (19.23%) McAfee
13 10 (19.23%) Wireless
13 10 (19.23%) Security Management

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

For the 6 months to 25 July 2014, 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 11 (21.15%) IIS
2 6 (11.54%) MS Exchange
2 6 (11.54%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 6 (11.54%) Exchange Server 2003
2 6 (11.54%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (7.69%) SharePoint
4 1 (1.92%) Apache
Applications
1 13 (25.00%) MS Visio
2 10 (19.23%) MS Office
3 6 (11.54%) MS Excel
4 2 (3.85%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (1.92%) SAP Oil and Gas
Communications & Networking
1 26 (50.00%) Firewall
2 19 (36.54%) SAN
3 14 (26.92%) TCP/IP
4 10 (19.23%) Wireless
5 7 (13.46%) SMTP
5 7 (13.46%) Internet
6 6 (11.54%) NAS
7 5 (9.62%) iSCSI
7 5 (9.62%) ICMP
8 4 (7.69%) SSL
8 4 (7.69%) SSH
8 4 (7.69%) VPN
8 4 (7.69%) ATM
9 3 (5.77%) Intrusion Detection
10 1 (1.92%) Wireshark
10 1 (1.92%) Network Security
10 1 (1.92%) LDAP
10 1 (1.92%) LAN
10 1 (1.92%) WAN
10 1 (1.92%) DNS
Development Applications
1 1 (1.92%) AppScan
General
1 4 (7.69%) Finance
2 3 (5.77%) Military
2 3 (5.77%) Retail
3 2 (3.85%) Banking
3 2 (3.85%) Manufacturing
3 2 (3.85%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.92%) Electronics
4 1 (1.92%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 25 (48.08%) Analyst
2 24 (46.15%) Security Analyst
3 12 (23.08%) IT Security Analyst
4 6 (11.54%) Consultant
5 4 (7.69%) Support Specialist
5 4 (7.69%) Blackberry Support
6 3 (5.77%) Data Manager
6 3 (5.77%) Security Engineer
6 3 (5.77%) Data Centre Manager
6 3 (5.77%) Service Manager
6 3 (5.77%) Security Consultant
6 3 (5.77%) CLAS Consultant
7 2 (3.85%) Designer
7 2 (3.85%) Junior
7 2 (3.85%) Infrastructure Analyst
7 2 (3.85%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 2 (3.85%) Security Designer
7 2 (3.85%) Security Operations Analyst
7 2 (3.85%) Security Specialist
7 2 (3.85%) Operations Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (9.62%) .NET
2 4 (7.69%) Middleware
3 1 (1.92%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 12 (23.08%) Management Information System
2 9 (17.31%) CESG
2 9 (17.31%) PKI
3 6 (11.54%) Cryptography
4 5 (9.62%) Blackberry
5 4 (7.69%) CMDB
6 3 (5.77%) Computer Science
6 3 (5.77%) CESG CLAS
7 1 (1.92%) DTV
7 1 (1.92%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 24 (46.15%) Windows
2 22 (42.31%) Linux
3 10 (19.23%) UNIX
4 7 (13.46%) Windows Server 2003
4 7 (13.46%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (3.85%) Windows 7
6 1 (1.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (1.92%) Windows XP
6 1 (1.92%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (44.23%) Information Security
2 19 (36.54%) Vulnerability Management
3 11 (21.15%) Incident Management
4 10 (19.23%) Security Management
4 10 (19.23%) ITIL
5 7 (13.46%) Data Security
6 6 (11.54%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 6 (11.54%) SIEM
7 4 (7.69%) Security Testing
7 4 (7.69%) Data Protection
7 4 (7.69%) Identity Management
8 3 (5.77%) Risk Management
8 3 (5.77%) Business Continuity
8 3 (5.77%) Risk Assessment
8 3 (5.77%) PRINCE2
8 3 (5.77%) Project Management
8 3 (5.77%) Service Management
8 3 (5.77%) Service Delivery
8 3 (5.77%) Computer Forensics
8 3 (5.77%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 10 (19.23%) SQL
2 5 (9.62%) C++
2 5 (9.62%) Java
3 3 (5.77%) C
4 2 (3.85%) VB
5 1 (1.92%) VB.NET
5 1 (1.92%) C#
5 1 (1.92%) PHP
Qualifications
1 25 (48.08%) CISSP
2 18 (34.62%) Security Cleared
3 12 (23.08%) DV Cleared
3 12 (23.08%) CEH
4 11 (21.15%) SC Cleared
5 10 (19.23%) MCP
5 10 (19.23%) MCSE
5 10 (19.23%) CCNA
5 10 (19.23%) Cisco Certification
5 10 (19.23%) Microsoft Certification
5 10 (19.23%) CISM
6 8 (15.38%) Degree
7 3 (5.77%) MBA
7 3 (5.77%) GIAC
7 3 (5.77%) CISA
8 2 (3.85%) GCIH
8 2 (3.85%) CGEIT
8 2 (3.85%) CRISC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (17.31%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 5 (9.62%) QA
2 5 (9.62%) PCI DSS
3 2 (3.85%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 10 (19.23%) Active Directory
2 6 (11.54%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (1.92%) Snort
Systems Management
1 10 (19.23%) Nessus
1 10 (19.23%) SCCM
2 1 (1.92%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.92%) Cisco IPCC
Vendors
1 21 (40.38%) Microsoft
2 11 (21.15%) Qualys
3 10 (19.23%) McAfee
4 8 (15.38%) HP
5 6 (11.54%) Citrix
5 6 (11.54%) VMware
6 5 (9.62%) Lumension
6 5 (9.62%) StorageTek
6 5 (9.62%) Sun
7 4 (7.69%) Nokia
7 4 (7.69%) Cisco
8 1 (1.92%) IBM
8 1 (1.92%) Oracle
8 1 (1.92%) SAP
8 1 (1.92%) Genesys
8 1 (1.92%) Empirix
8 1 (1.92%) Siemens
8 1 (1.92%) Red Hat
8 1 (1.92%) BT
8 1 (1.92%) Verint