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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Penetration Testing over the 3 months to 22 January 2017 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
22 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Penetration Testing
England / South East
Rank 204 211 222
Rank change year-on-year
+7 +11
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 36 42 31
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.50% 0.50% 0.33%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.63% 0.63% 0.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 31 12
Median daily rate £500 £425 £311
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+17.64% +36.54%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £437 £350 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £505 £498
UK excluding London median daily rate £480 £425 £400
% change year-on-year
+12.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Median hourly rate - £42.50 £47.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -10.52%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £42.50 £47.50
% change year-on-year
- -10.52%

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
5742 6683 7230
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 80.25% 80.03% 78.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 3378 4020 3991
Median daily rate £425 £400 £395
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +1.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £275 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £565 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £400 £393
% change year-on-year
+1.25% +1.91%
Number of hourly rates quoted 205 292 239
Median hourly rate £38.50 £44.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.48% +78.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £60.62 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year
-12.50% +53.84%

Penetration Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

The demand trend of contract jobs across the South East 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 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 22 January 2017.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Testing within the South East region over the 3 months to 22 January 2017. 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 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
Hampshire +11 16 £475 +8.57% 2
Buckinghamshire +9 12 £500 -0.99%
Berkshire +14 5 £563 +25.00%
Surrey +15 2 £419 -2.10% 6
West Sussex - 1 - - 1
Penetration Testing
England

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 22 January 2017, 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 South East region with a requirement for Penetration Testing.

1 32 (34.04%) Vulnerability Management
2 31 (32.98%) Risk Management
3 29 (30.85%) Firewall
3 29 (30.85%) CISSP
4 26 (27.66%) SIEM
5 24 (25.53%) Cybersecurity
5 24 (25.53%) Security Cleared
6 23 (24.47%) Windows
7 22 (23.40%) Security Management
7 22 (23.40%) VMware
8 21 (22.34%) Information Security
9 20 (21.28%) Security Testing
9 20 (21.28%) CEH
10 19 (20.21%) Finance
10 19 (20.21%) Microsoft
11 17 (18.09%) Service Management
11 17 (18.09%) Security Hardening
11 17 (18.09%) User Stories
11 17 (18.09%) Data Loss Prevention
12 16 (17.02%) IaaS
12 16 (17.02%) Management Information System
12 16 (17.02%) PCI DSS
12 16 (17.02%) OWASP
13 15 (15.96%) Unix
13 15 (15.96%) Event Correlation
14 14 (14.89%) ITIL
14 14 (14.89%) SC Cleared
14 14 (14.89%) Ethical Hacking
15 13 (13.83%) Agile Software Development
15 13 (13.83%) Cryptography

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the South East 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 4 (4.26%) MS Exchange
2 2 (2.13%) Apache
2 2 (2.13%) Apache Pig
2 2 (2.13%) IIS
2 2 (2.13%) nginx
3 1 (1.06%) OpenStack
Applications
1 10 (10.64%) MS Excel
2 4 (4.26%) MS Office
2 4 (4.26%) MS Project
2 4 (4.26%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (2.13%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 16 (17.02%) IaaS
2 4 (4.26%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (4.26%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (4.26%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 29 (30.85%) Firewall
2 11 (11.70%) FTP
2 11 (11.70%) SMTP
3 9 (9.57%) VPN
4 8 (8.51%) DNS
4 8 (8.51%) Network Security
5 6 (6.38%) IPsec
6 5 (5.32%) SSH
6 5 (5.32%) Wireless
7 4 (4.26%) Internet
7 4 (4.26%) Kerberos
8 2 (2.13%) Cisco Wireless
8 2 (2.13%) LDAP
8 2 (2.13%) SSL
8 2 (2.13%) TCP/IP
9 1 (1.06%) Cisco ASA
9 1 (1.06%) Cisco Nexus
9 1 (1.06%) Intrusion Detection
9 1 (1.06%) Spanning Tree
9 1 (1.06%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (7.45%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.19%) MongoDB
2 3 (3.19%) Oracle Database
3 2 (2.13%) Big Data
3 2 (2.13%) Data Lake
3 2 (2.13%) Hadoop
3 2 (2.13%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (2.13%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (1.06%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 9 (9.57%) Jenkins
2 6 (6.38%) Metasploit
3 5 (5.32%) Selenium
4 4 (4.26%) Burp Suite
4 4 (4.26%) JIRA
4 4 (4.26%) Sonatype Nexus
5 3 (3.19%) Cucumber
5 3 (3.19%) Git (software)
5 3 (3.19%) JMeter
6 2 (2.13%) MSI
6 2 (2.13%) NUnit
6 2 (2.13%) Oracle APEX
6 2 (2.13%) Rational DOORS
6 2 (2.13%) SpecFlow
6 2 (2.13%) Visual Studio
6 2 (2.13%) WiX
7 1 (1.06%) CircleCI
7 1 (1.06%) GDB
7 1 (1.06%) Travis CI
7 1 (1.06%) WinDbg
General
1 19 (20.21%) Finance
2 7 (7.45%) Retail
3 6 (6.38%) Legal
4 3 (3.19%) Back Office
4 3 (3.19%) Banking
5 1 (1.06%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 20 (21.28%) Tester
2 19 (20.21%) Consultant
3 17 (18.09%) Penetration Tester
4 14 (14.89%) Security Consultant
5 9 (9.57%) Architect
6 8 (8.51%) Analyst
7 7 (7.45%) Security Analyst
7 7 (7.45%) Security Tester
8 6 (6.38%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 6 (6.38%) Security Architect
9 5 (5.32%) Developer
9 5 (5.32%) Information Assurance Leader
9 5 (5.32%) Linux Engineer
9 5 (5.32%) Security Penetration Tester
9 5 (5.32%) Security Technical Consultant
9 5 (5.32%) Technical Consultant
9 5 (5.32%) Technical Security Consultant
10 4 (4.26%) DV Cleared Technical Consultant
10 4 (4.26%) Windows Engineer
10 4 (4.26%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (4.26%) SAML
2 3 (3.19%) .NET
2 3 (3.19%) ASP.NET
2 3 (3.19%) jQuery
2 3 (3.19%) OAuth
2 3 (3.19%) Spring
2 3 (3.19%) Web Services
3 2 (2.13%) .NET Framework
3 2 (2.13%) Ajax
3 2 (2.13%) ASP.NET MVC
3 2 (2.13%) ASP.NET MVC 5
3 2 (2.13%) Entity Framework
3 2 (2.13%) Express
3 2 (2.13%) J2EE
3 2 (2.13%) Kendo UI
3 2 (2.13%) KnockoutJS
3 2 (2.13%) React
3 2 (2.13%) WCF
3 2 (2.13%) Windows Identity Foundation
3 2 (2.13%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 16 (17.02%) Management Information System
2 13 (13.83%) Cryptography
3 7 (7.45%) CESG
3 7 (7.45%) CMDB
4 5 (5.32%) Client/Server
5 4 (4.26%) Computer Science
5 4 (4.26%) Mobile App
6 3 (3.19%) Analytical Skills
6 3 (3.19%) Embedded Systems
6 3 (3.19%) PKI
7 2 (2.13%) Data Protection Act
8 1 (1.06%) Enterprise Cloud
8 1 (1.06%) Fat Client
8 1 (1.06%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 23 (24.47%) Windows
2 15 (15.96%) Unix
3 12 (12.77%) Linux
4 6 (6.38%) CentOS
4 6 (6.38%) Ubuntu
5 4 (4.26%) Windows Vista
6 1 (1.06%) Kali Linux
6 1 (1.06%) Mac OS X
6 1 (1.06%) Windows Server
6 1 (1.06%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (1.06%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (34.04%) Vulnerability Management
2 31 (32.98%) Risk Management
3 26 (27.66%) SIEM
4 24 (25.53%) Cybersecurity
5 22 (23.40%) Security Management
6 21 (22.34%) Information Security
7 20 (21.28%) Security Testing
8 17 (18.09%) Data Loss Prevention
8 17 (18.09%) Security Hardening
8 17 (18.09%) Service Management
8 17 (18.09%) User Stories
9 16 (17.02%) OWASP
10 15 (15.96%) Event Correlation
11 14 (14.89%) Ethical Hacking
11 14 (14.89%) ITIL
12 13 (13.83%) Agile Software Development
13 12 (12.77%) Patch Management
13 12 (12.77%) Scrum
14 10 (10.64%) Vulnerability Assessment
15 8 (8.51%) Information Assurance
Programming Languages
1 8 (8.51%) Python
2 7 (7.45%) PowerShell
3 6 (6.38%) Java
3 6 (6.38%) Perl
4 4 (4.26%) PHP
5 3 (3.19%) C
5 3 (3.19%) C#
5 3 (3.19%) JavaScript
6 2 (2.13%) SQL
6 2 (2.13%) T-SQL
6 2 (2.13%) TypeScript
6 2 (2.13%) VB
7 1 (1.06%) Bash Shell
7 1 (1.06%) C++
7 1 (1.06%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 29 (30.85%) CISSP
2 24 (25.53%) Security Cleared
3 20 (21.28%) CEH
4 14 (14.89%) SC Cleared
5 11 (11.70%) SANS
6 10 (10.64%) CREST Certified
7 8 (8.51%) CESG Certified Professional
8 7 (7.45%) CISM
9 6 (6.38%) CLAS
9 6 (6.38%) DV Cleared
9 6 (6.38%) OSCP
10 5 (5.32%) Degree
10 5 (5.32%) GIAC
11 4 (4.26%) CISA
11 4 (4.26%) Cisco Certification
12 3 (3.19%) AWS Certification
12 3 (3.19%) CCNP
12 3 (3.19%) RHCT
13 2 (2.13%) GCFA
13 2 (2.13%) GCIH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (17.02%) PCI DSS
2 12 (12.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (4.26%) RMADS
4 3 (3.19%) HIPAA
4 3 (3.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 3 (3.19%) WAI
4 3 (3.19%) WCAG
5 1 (1.06%) COBIT
5 1 (1.06%) Data Quality
5 1 (1.06%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (1.06%) Government Security Classifications
5 1 (1.06%) JSP 440
5 1 (1.06%) QA
5 1 (1.06%) Web Application Security Consortium
System Software
1 12 (12.77%) VMware Infrastructure
2 6 (6.38%) VMware ESXi
3 5 (5.32%) Active Directory
3 5 (5.32%) Sendmail
4 2 (2.13%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (1.06%) Corosync
5 1 (1.06%) Docker
5 1 (1.06%) Squid
5 1 (1.06%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 7 (7.45%) Puppet
2 6 (6.38%) Norton AntiVirus
3 4 (4.26%) CA Spectrum
4 2 (2.13%) Nessus
5 1 (1.06%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
5 1 (1.06%) Core Impact
5 1 (1.06%) HP Fortify
5 1 (1.06%) Nexpose
5 1 (1.06%) Nmap
5 1 (1.06%) Pacemaker
5 1 (1.06%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 22 (23.40%) VMware
2 19 (20.21%) Microsoft
3 9 (9.57%) ArcSight
3 9 (9.57%) BMC
3 9 (9.57%) CheckPoint
4 8 (8.51%) Oracle
4 8 (8.51%) Splunk
5 7 (7.45%) CA
5 7 (7.45%) HP
5 7 (7.45%) Intel Security
5 7 (7.45%) SolarWinds
5 7 (7.45%) Symantec
6 6 (6.38%) Red Hat
7 5 (5.32%) Citrix
8 4 (4.26%) Cisco
9 3 (3.19%) Juniper
10 2 (2.13%) Aruba
10 2 (2.13%) Blue Coat
10 2 (2.13%) IBM
10 2 (2.13%) Sourcefire