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 2 December 2016 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
2 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Penetration Testing
Rank 193 220 234
Rank change year-on-year
+27 +14
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 53 53 35
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.68% 0.56% 0.35%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.85% 0.70% 0.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 37 10
Median daily rate £525 £450 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% +24.13%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £393 £400 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £450 £375
% change year-on-year
+5.55% +20.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £47.50
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
6221 7604 7629
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 80.26% 79.69% 76.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 3695 4479 4277
Median daily rate £420 £400 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% +5.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £540 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £385
% change year-on-year
+3.12% +3.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 257 316 289
Median hourly rate £35.00 £37.09 £23.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.63% +56.16%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.25 £55.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £34.95 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-14.16% +39.80%

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 2 December 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Testing within the South East region over the 3 months to 2 December 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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 +34 23 £500 +14.28% 1
Buckinghamshire +25 10 £525 +16.66% 1
Surrey +4 8 £409 -18.15% 4
West Sussex +5 4 £400 -0.12%
Thames Valley - 4 £575 -
Berkshire +11 3 £563 +4.65% 5
Middlesex - 1 £550 -
Penetration Testing
England

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 2 December 2016, 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 45 (40.54%) Vulnerability Management
2 42 (37.84%) CISSP
3 37 (33.33%) Risk Management
3 37 (33.33%) Cybersecurity
4 31 (27.93%) Information Security
5 30 (27.03%) Security Cleared
6 29 (26.13%) Firewall
7 28 (25.23%) Windows
8 26 (23.42%) Microsoft
8 26 (23.42%) SIEM
9 25 (22.52%) Security Management
9 25 (22.52%) CEH
10 23 (20.72%) OWASP
11 22 (19.82%) Management Information System
11 22 (19.82%) VMware
11 22 (19.82%) ISO/IEC 27001
12 20 (18.02%) Security Testing
13 19 (17.12%) PCI DSS
13 19 (17.12%) Cryptography
13 19 (17.12%) Unix
14 18 (16.22%) ITIL
14 18 (16.22%) Finance
14 18 (16.22%) SC Cleared
14 18 (16.22%) IaaS
15 17 (15.32%) Security Hardening
15 17 (15.32%) Data Loss Prevention
15 17 (15.32%) Ethical Hacking
15 17 (15.32%) Service Management
16 16 (14.41%) Patch Management
16 16 (14.41%) User Stories

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 8 (7.21%) MS Exchange
2 4 (3.60%) Apache
2 4 (3.60%) Apache Pig
2 4 (3.60%) IIS
3 2 (1.80%) nginx
3 2 (1.80%) SharePoint
3 2 (1.80%) SharePoint 2013
4 1 (0.90%) OpenStack
Applications
1 12 (10.81%) MS Excel
2 3 (2.70%) MS Office
2 3 (2.70%) MS Project
2 3 (2.70%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (1.80%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (1.80%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 18 (16.22%) IaaS
2 4 (3.60%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (3.60%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 29 (26.13%) Firewall
2 15 (13.51%) FTP
2 15 (13.51%) SMTP
3 11 (9.91%) Wireless
4 10 (9.01%) IPsec
5 9 (8.11%) SSH
5 9 (8.11%) VPN
6 8 (7.21%) DNS
6 8 (7.21%) Internet
7 7 (6.31%) Network Security
8 5 (4.50%) Wireless Security
9 4 (3.60%) Kerberos
10 2 (1.80%) Cisco Wireless
10 2 (1.80%) LDAP
10 2 (1.80%) SSL
10 2 (1.80%) TCP/IP
11 1 (0.90%) Cisco Nexus
11 1 (0.90%) MPLS
11 1 (0.90%) OSPF
11 1 (0.90%) Spanning Tree
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (12.61%) SQL Server
2 5 (4.50%) SQL Server 2008
3 4 (3.60%) Big Data
3 4 (3.60%) Hadoop
4 3 (2.70%) Oracle Database
4 3 (2.70%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (1.80%) Data Lake
5 2 (1.80%) InterSystems Cache
5 2 (1.80%) MongoDB
5 2 (1.80%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.90%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 6 (5.41%) Metasploit
1 6 (5.41%) Selenium
2 4 (3.60%) Jenkins
2 4 (3.60%) SpecFlow
3 3 (2.70%) Burp Suite
3 3 (2.70%) Git (software)
3 3 (2.70%) Oracle APEX
4 2 (1.80%) Balsamiq Mockups
4 2 (1.80%) Cucumber
4 2 (1.80%) Jasmine
4 2 (1.80%) JMeter
4 2 (1.80%) MSI
4 2 (1.80%) NUnit
4 2 (1.80%) Rational DOORS
4 2 (1.80%) Visual Studio
4 2 (1.80%) WiX
5 1 (0.90%) CircleCI
5 1 (0.90%) GDB
5 1 (0.90%) Travis CI
5 1 (0.90%) WinDbg
General
1 18 (16.22%) Finance
2 8 (7.21%) Retail
3 7 (6.31%) Legal
4 3 (2.70%) Back Office
5 2 (1.80%) Military
5 2 (1.80%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 23 (20.72%) Consultant
2 19 (17.12%) Security Consultant
3 15 (13.51%) Tester
4 13 (11.71%) Penetration Tester
5 12 (10.81%) Analyst
6 11 (9.91%) Security Analyst
7 10 (9.01%) Security Manager
8 9 (8.11%) Information Security Consultant
9 8 (7.21%) Architect
9 8 (7.21%) Information Assurance Leader
10 6 (5.41%) Developer
10 6 (5.41%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 6 (5.41%) Project Manager
10 6 (5.41%) Security Project Manager
10 6 (5.41%) Security Tester
11 5 (4.50%) .NET Developer
11 5 (4.50%) Cybersecurity Manager
11 5 (4.50%) Linux Engineer
11 5 (4.50%) Security Architect
12 4 (3.60%) Technical Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (5.41%) .NET
1 6 (5.41%) ASP.NET
1 6 (5.41%) jQuery
1 6 (5.41%) SAML
1 6 (5.41%) Web Services
2 5 (4.50%) .NET Framework
2 5 (4.50%) Ajax
2 5 (4.50%) ASP.NET Web API
2 5 (4.50%) Entity Framework
3 4 (3.60%) Breeze.js
3 4 (3.60%) Durandal
3 4 (3.60%) KnockoutJS
3 4 (3.60%) React
3 4 (3.60%) Windows Identity Foundation
4 2 (1.80%) ASP.NET MVC
4 2 (1.80%) ASP.NET MVC 5
4 2 (1.80%) Express
4 2 (1.80%) Kendo UI
4 2 (1.80%) Spring
4 2 (1.80%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 22 (19.82%) Management Information System
2 19 (17.12%) Cryptography
3 13 (11.71%) CESG
4 9 (8.11%) Client/Server
5 7 (6.31%) CMDB
6 5 (4.50%) PKI
7 4 (3.60%) Computer Science
7 4 (3.60%) Data Protection Act
8 3 (2.70%) Analytical Skills
8 3 (2.70%) Embedded Systems
9 2 (1.80%) N-Tier
10 1 (0.90%) Cyber Attack
10 1 (0.90%) Enterprise Cloud
10 1 (0.90%) Fat Client
10 1 (0.90%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 28 (25.23%) Windows
2 19 (17.12%) Unix
3 12 (10.81%) Linux
4 8 (7.21%) Windows Vista
5 6 (5.41%) CentOS
5 6 (5.41%) Ubuntu
6 2 (1.80%) Windows Server
6 2 (1.80%) Windows Server 2008
6 2 (1.80%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.90%) Kali Linux
7 1 (0.90%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (40.54%) Vulnerability Management
2 37 (33.33%) Cybersecurity
2 37 (33.33%) Risk Management
3 31 (27.93%) Information Security
4 26 (23.42%) SIEM
5 25 (22.52%) Security Management
6 23 (20.72%) OWASP
7 20 (18.02%) Security Testing
8 18 (16.22%) ITIL
9 17 (15.32%) Data Loss Prevention
9 17 (15.32%) Ethical Hacking
9 17 (15.32%) Security Hardening
9 17 (15.32%) Service Management
10 16 (14.41%) Patch Management
10 16 (14.41%) User Stories
11 14 (12.61%) Information Assurance
12 12 (10.81%) Agile Software Development
12 12 (10.81%) ISMS
12 12 (10.81%) Risk Assessment
13 11 (9.91%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (7.21%) PowerShell
1 8 (7.21%) Python
2 6 (5.41%) C#
2 6 (5.41%) JavaScript
2 6 (5.41%) Perl
3 5 (4.50%) PHP
3 5 (4.50%) TypeScript
4 4 (3.60%) SQL
4 4 (3.60%) T-SQL
5 3 (2.70%) C
5 3 (2.70%) Java
6 2 (1.80%) VB
7 1 (0.90%) Bash Shell
7 1 (0.90%) C++
7 1 (0.90%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 42 (37.84%) CISSP
2 30 (27.03%) Security Cleared
3 25 (22.52%) CEH
4 18 (16.22%) SC Cleared
5 14 (12.61%) CESG Certified Professional
6 13 (11.71%) CISM
7 10 (9.01%) SANS
8 9 (8.11%) CISA
9 8 (7.21%) CREST Certified
10 6 (5.41%) APMP
10 6 (5.41%) CLAS
10 6 (5.41%) CompTIA Security+
10 6 (5.41%) Security+ Certification
11 5 (4.50%) Degree
11 5 (4.50%) GIAC
12 4 (3.60%) Cisco Certification
12 4 (3.60%) DV Cleared
12 4 (3.60%) OSCP
13 3 (2.70%) AWS Certification
13 3 (2.70%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (19.82%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 19 (17.12%) PCI DSS
3 7 (6.31%) RMADS
4 6 (5.41%) COBIT
5 3 (2.70%) HIPAA
5 3 (2.70%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (1.80%) ISAE 3402
6 2 (1.80%) QA
6 2 (1.80%) SSAE 16
6 2 (1.80%) WAI
6 2 (1.80%) WCAG
7 1 (0.90%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.90%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.90%) Government Security Classifications
7 1 (0.90%) JSP 440
System Software
1 13 (11.71%) VMware Infrastructure
2 9 (8.11%) Active Directory
2 9 (8.11%) Sendmail
3 6 (5.41%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (1.80%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.90%) Corosync
5 1 (0.90%) Docker
5 1 (0.90%) Squid
5 1 (0.90%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 7 (6.31%) Puppet
2 6 (5.41%) Norton AntiVirus
3 4 (3.60%) CA Spectrum
3 4 (3.60%) Nessus
4 1 (0.90%) Core Impact
4 1 (0.90%) HP Fortify
4 1 (0.90%) Nexpose
4 1 (0.90%) Nmap
4 1 (0.90%) Pacemaker
4 1 (0.90%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 26 (23.42%) Microsoft
2 22 (19.82%) VMware
3 13 (11.71%) Oracle
4 9 (8.11%) ArcSight
4 9 (8.11%) BMC
4 9 (8.11%) CheckPoint
4 9 (8.11%) Citrix
5 8 (7.21%) Splunk
6 7 (6.31%) CA
6 7 (6.31%) HP
6 7 (6.31%) Intel Security
6 7 (6.31%) SolarWinds
6 7 (6.31%) Symantec
7 6 (5.41%) Red Hat
8 4 (3.60%) Cisco
9 3 (2.70%) Juniper
10 2 (1.80%) Blue Coat
10 2 (1.80%) DevExpress
10 2 (1.80%) IBM
10 2 (1.80%) Remedy