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 22 September 2014 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
22 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Penetration Testing
Rank 221 230 237
Rank change year-on-year
+9 +7
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 28 12 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.30% 0.14% 0.18%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.41% 0.19% 0.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 7 8
Average daily rate
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£445 £375 £410
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.66% -8.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £318 £350 £206
10% offered a daily rate of more than £505 £473 £433
UK excluding London average daily rate £455 £385 £350
% change year-on-year
+18.18% +10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £60.00 £37.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year
+60.00% -6.25%
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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
6784 6217 7162
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 73.36% 71.44% 71.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 3803 3457 3422
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £260 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £368 £363
% change year-on-year
+2.04% +1.37%
Number of hourly rates quoted 269 251 318
Average hourly rate £21.50 £30.50 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-29.50% +1.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-13.33% -

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 22 September 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 22 September 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
Surrey - 12 £325 - 8
Berkshire +10 6 £500 +32.45% 3
Hampshire -16 4 - - 3
West Sussex - 3 £290 -
Kent - - - -
Oxfordshire - - - - 1
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Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 22 September 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 32 (56.14%) Information Security
2 26 (45.61%) CISSP
3 24 (42.11%) Vulnerability Management
4 21 (36.84%) Windows
5 20 (35.09%) Firewall
6 17 (29.82%) Management Information System
7 16 (28.07%) Linux
8 15 (26.32%) Microsoft
8 15 (26.32%) Security Management
8 15 (26.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 14 (24.56%) TCP/IP
10 13 (22.81%) SAN
10 13 (22.81%) ITIL
11 12 (21.05%) MS Visio
11 12 (21.05%) CEH
12 11 (19.30%) Incident Management
12 11 (19.30%) IIS
12 11 (19.30%) Qualys
12 11 (19.30%) PCI DSS
13 10 (17.54%) Security Cleared
13 10 (17.54%) SCCM
13 10 (17.54%) Coaching
13 10 (17.54%) MS Office
13 10 (17.54%) MCP
13 10 (17.54%) SQL
13 10 (17.54%) MCSE
13 10 (17.54%) CCNA
13 10 (17.54%) Active Directory
13 10 (17.54%) Cisco Certification
13 10 (17.54%) Microsoft Certification

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

For the 6 months to 22 September 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 (19.30%) IIS
2 5 (8.77%) Apache
3 4 (7.02%) Tomcat
3 4 (7.02%) SharePoint
3 4 (7.02%) WebLogic
Applications
1 12 (21.05%) MS Visio
2 10 (17.54%) MS Office
3 5 (8.77%) MS Excel
4 2 (3.51%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (1.75%) SAP Oil and Gas
Communications & Networking
1 20 (35.09%) Firewall
2 14 (24.56%) TCP/IP
3 13 (22.81%) SAN
4 10 (17.54%) Wireless
5 8 (14.04%) SSH
5 8 (14.04%) SSL
6 4 (7.02%) VPN
6 4 (7.02%) ATM
7 3 (5.26%) Intrusion Detection
8 1 (1.75%) Wireshark
8 1 (1.75%) Network Security
8 1 (1.75%) tcpdump
8 1 (1.75%) Internet
8 1 (1.75%) LAN
8 1 (1.75%) WAN
8 1 (1.75%) SMTP
8 1 (1.75%) DHCP
8 1 (1.75%) FTP
8 1 (1.75%) HTTP
8 1 (1.75%) DNS
Development Applications
1 4 (7.02%) GCC
General
1 4 (7.02%) Finance
2 3 (5.26%) Telecoms
2 3 (5.26%) Retail
3 2 (3.51%) Banking
3 2 (3.51%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.75%) Military
4 1 (1.75%) Electronics
4 1 (1.75%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 29 (50.88%) Analyst
2 28 (49.12%) Security Analyst
3 12 (21.05%) IT Security Analyst
4 6 (10.53%) Designer
4 6 (10.53%) Consultant
5 5 (8.77%) Security Consultant
6 3 (5.26%) Service Manager
6 3 (5.26%) Data Manager
6 3 (5.26%) Security Engineer
6 3 (5.26%) Data Centre Manager
7 2 (3.51%) Junior
7 2 (3.51%) Senior Security Analyst
7 2 (3.51%) Security Specialist
7 2 (3.51%) Operations Analyst
7 2 (3.51%) Security Designer
7 2 (3.51%) Junior Analyst
7 2 (3.51%) Architect
7 2 (3.51%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 2 (3.51%) Infrastructure Analyst
7 2 (3.51%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (7.02%) .NET
1 4 (7.02%) Middleware
2 3 (5.26%) VXML
3 1 (1.75%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 17 (29.82%) Management Information System
2 9 (15.79%) PKI
3 5 (8.77%) Data Protection Act
3 5 (8.77%) Cryptography
3 5 (8.77%) Smart Meter
3 5 (8.77%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (7.02%) CMDB
4 4 (7.02%) IVR
5 1 (1.75%) CESG
5 1 (1.75%) CESG CLAS
5 1 (1.75%) DTV
5 1 (1.75%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 21 (36.84%) Windows
2 16 (28.07%) Linux
3 5 (8.77%) Solaris
3 5 (8.77%) Windows Server 2008
4 4 (7.02%) UNIX
5 1 (1.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (1.75%) Windows 7
5 1 (1.75%) Windows XP
5 1 (1.75%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (56.14%) Information Security
2 24 (42.11%) Vulnerability Management
3 15 (26.32%) Security Management
4 13 (22.81%) ITIL
5 11 (19.30%) Incident Management
6 10 (17.54%) Coaching
7 8 (14.04%) Security Testing
8 7 (12.28%) Risk Management
8 7 (12.28%) Data Security
8 7 (12.28%) Data Protection
9 6 (10.53%) SIEM
10 5 (8.77%) Kalman Filter
10 5 (8.77%) Information Security Management
10 5 (8.77%) E-Commerce
10 5 (8.77%) Information Management
11 4 (7.02%) ISMS
11 4 (7.02%) Identity Management
11 4 (7.02%) Information Assurance
12 3 (5.26%) Root Cause Analysis
12 3 (5.26%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 10 (17.54%) SQL
2 8 (14.04%) Java
3 4 (7.02%) Perl
3 4 (7.02%) C++
3 4 (7.02%) Korn
4 2 (3.51%) VB
5 1 (1.75%) C
Qualifications
1 26 (45.61%) CISSP
2 12 (21.05%) CEH
3 10 (17.54%) Security Cleared
3 10 (17.54%) Cisco Certification
3 10 (17.54%) Microsoft Certification
3 10 (17.54%) MCP
3 10 (17.54%) MCSE
3 10 (17.54%) CCNA
4 9 (15.79%) CISM
5 7 (12.28%) DV Cleared
6 6 (10.53%) Degree
7 5 (8.77%) SC Cleared
8 4 (7.02%) CRISC
9 3 (5.26%) CISA
10 2 (3.51%) GIAC
11 1 (1.75%) GCIH
11 1 (1.75%) CGEIT
11 1 (1.75%) MBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (26.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 11 (19.30%) PCI DSS
3 2 (3.51%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 10 (17.54%) Active Directory
2 4 (7.02%) OpenSSH
3 1 (1.75%) Snort
Systems Management
1 10 (17.54%) Nessus
1 10 (17.54%) SCCM
Vendors
1 15 (26.32%) Microsoft
2 11 (19.30%) Qualys
3 10 (17.54%) McAfee
4 5 (8.77%) Oracle
5 4 (7.02%) Nokia
5 4 (7.02%) Cisco
6 2 (3.51%) HP
7 1 (1.75%) SAP
7 1 (1.75%) Red Hat
7 1 (1.75%) Tripwire
7 1 (1.75%) Sourcefire
7 1 (1.75%) F5
7 1 (1.75%) Splunk
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