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 4 September 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
4 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Penetration Testing
Rank 239 230 227
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -3
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 36 21 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.36% 0.23% 0.16%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.47% 0.31% 0.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 28 8 9
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£475 £410 £385
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.85% +6.49%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £315 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £508 £515
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £465 £403
% change year-on-year
-13.97% +15.52%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £45.00 £60.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
-25.00% +60.00%
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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
7592 6850 6365
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 76.66% 74.38% 72.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 4673 3872 3526
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £240 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 255 267 252
Average hourly rate £35.00 £22.00 £29.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+59.09% -25.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.60 £12.00 £12.88
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £26.98 £30.50
% change year-on-year
+20.48% -11.55%

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 4 September 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 4 September 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 +6 11 £475 +8.57% 2
Hampshire +6 11 £469 - 2
Buckinghamshire -5 9 £550 - 1
Surrey -1 8 £450 +16.88% 4
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Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 4 September 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 48 (52.75%) Information Security
2 37 (40.66%) CISSP
3 34 (37.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 31 (34.07%) Vulnerability Management
5 29 (31.87%) Security Testing
6 28 (30.77%) Firewall
7 26 (28.57%) Management Information System
8 25 (27.47%) Cyber Security
9 24 (26.37%) Windows
10 22 (24.18%) Security Management
11 18 (19.78%) PCI DSS
12 17 (18.68%) Finance
12 17 (18.68%) Risk Management
13 15 (16.48%) Information Security Management
13 15 (16.48%) GIAC
13 15 (16.48%) Security Cleared
13 15 (16.48%) OWASP
13 15 (16.48%) PKI
13 15 (16.48%) Patch Management
13 15 (16.48%) Security Patching
14 13 (14.29%) Linux
14 13 (14.29%) ITIL
14 13 (14.29%) Intrusion Detection
15 12 (13.19%) Security Architecture
15 12 (13.19%) SC Cleared
15 12 (13.19%) CISM
16 11 (12.09%) Degree
16 11 (12.09%) Data Protection Act
16 11 (12.09%) Data Protection
17 10 (10.99%) Ethical Hacking

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

For the 6 months to 4 September 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 (6.59%) IIS
2 4 (4.40%) SharePoint
3 3 (3.30%) Apache
4 2 (2.20%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (1.10%) CMS
Applications
1 1 (1.10%) MS Office
1 1 (1.10%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (3.30%) MoSes
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.10%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (1.10%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 28 (30.77%) Firewall
2 13 (14.29%) Intrusion Detection
3 8 (8.79%) VPN
3 8 (8.79%) SSL
4 6 (6.59%) TCP/IP
5 5 (5.49%) HTTP
6 4 (4.40%) LAN
6 4 (4.40%) WAN
7 3 (3.30%) SSH
7 3 (3.30%) Network Security
8 2 (2.20%) Wireshark
8 2 (2.20%) tcpdump
8 2 (2.20%) IPsec
8 2 (2.20%) Internet
8 2 (2.20%) TACACS
8 2 (2.20%) DNS
8 2 (2.20%) SMTP
8 2 (2.20%) FTP
8 2 (2.20%) LDAP
9 1 (1.10%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (7.69%) Oracle Database
2 6 (6.59%) InterSystems Cache
2 6 (6.59%) SQL Server
2 6 (6.59%) SQL Server 2012
3 5 (5.49%) SQL Server 2005
3 5 (5.49%) Oracle Database 11g
4 3 (3.30%) SQL Server 2008
4 3 (3.30%) DB2
5 2 (2.20%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (2.20%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 3 (3.30%) LoadRunner
2 2 (2.20%) SoapUI
2 2 (2.20%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 1 (1.10%) Octopus Deploy
3 1 (1.10%) NUnit
3 1 (1.10%) Subversion
3 1 (1.10%) Selenium
3 1 (1.10%) Metasploit
3 1 (1.10%) Git (software)
General
1 17 (18.68%) Finance
2 8 (8.79%) Legal
3 7 (7.69%) Telecoms
4 3 (3.30%) Financial Institution
5 2 (2.20%) Military
5 2 (2.20%) Retail
6 1 (1.10%) Marketing
6 1 (1.10%) Advertising
6 1 (1.10%) Publishing
6 1 (1.10%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 27 (29.67%) Consultant
1 27 (29.67%) Security Consultant
2 21 (23.08%) Architect
3 20 (21.98%) Security Architect
4 14 (15.38%) Analyst
5 12 (13.19%) Security Manager
6 8 (8.79%) Security Analyst
6 8 (8.79%) Developer
7 6 (6.59%) .NET Developer
8 5 (5.49%) Project Manager
9 4 (4.40%) Test Analyst
9 4 (4.40%) Senior Analyst
9 4 (4.40%) Information Security Consultant
9 4 (4.40%) Senior Security Analyst
9 4 (4.40%) Cyber Security Consultant
10 3 (3.30%) Cyber Security Manager
10 3 (3.30%) Security Project Manager
10 3 (3.30%) Wintel Engineer
10 3 (3.30%) Security Engineer
10 3 (3.30%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (9.89%) .NET
2 8 (8.79%) XML
3 6 (6.59%) ASP.NET
3 6 (6.59%) Ajax
3 6 (6.59%) .NET Framework
3 6 (6.59%) jQuery
3 6 (6.59%) Web Services
4 5 (5.49%) XML Messaging
4 5 (5.49%) Windows Identity Foundation
4 5 (5.49%) SOAP
5 3 (3.30%) Middleware
5 3 (3.30%) REST
5 3 (3.30%) XML-RPC
6 2 (2.20%) LAMP
7 1 (1.10%) KnockoutJS
7 1 (1.10%) Breeze.js
7 1 (1.10%) Durandal
Miscellaneous
1 26 (28.57%) Management Information System
2 15 (16.48%) PKI
3 11 (12.09%) Data Protection Act
4 8 (8.79%) Cryptography
5 6 (6.59%) N-Tier
5 6 (6.59%) Computer Science
6 5 (5.49%) Smart Meter
7 4 (4.40%) IBM Mainframe
7 4 (4.40%) AS400
7 4 (4.40%) Mainframe
8 3 (3.30%) Algorithms
9 2 (2.20%) Mobile App
9 2 (2.20%) Analytical Skills
9 2 (2.20%) Mathematics
9 2 (2.20%) CESG
9 2 (2.20%) NHS
9 2 (2.20%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 24 (26.37%) Windows
2 13 (14.29%) Linux
3 8 (8.79%) UNIX
4 6 (6.59%) Windows Server 2003
4 6 (6.59%) Windows Server 2008
5 5 (5.49%) Windows Server 2012
5 5 (5.49%) AIX
6 2 (2.20%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (52.75%) Information Security
2 31 (34.07%) Vulnerability Management
3 29 (31.87%) Security Testing
4 25 (27.47%) Cyber Security
5 22 (24.18%) Security Management
6 17 (18.68%) Risk Management
7 15 (16.48%) Information Security Management
7 15 (16.48%) Patch Management
7 15 (16.48%) Security Patching
7 15 (16.48%) OWASP
8 13 (14.29%) ITIL
9 12 (13.19%) Security Architecture
10 11 (12.09%) Data Protection
11 10 (10.99%) Stakeholder Management
11 10 (10.99%) Ethical Hacking
12 8 (8.79%) SIEM
13 7 (7.69%) SDLC
13 7 (7.69%) Content Management
13 7 (7.69%) PRINCE2
14 6 (6.59%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 9 (9.89%) SQL
2 7 (7.69%) C#
3 6 (6.59%) JavaScript
3 6 (6.59%) T-SQL
4 5 (5.49%) VB
4 5 (5.49%) Shell Script
5 4 (4.40%) C++
6 3 (3.30%) Java
6 3 (3.30%) C
7 2 (2.20%) PHP
7 2 (2.20%) PL/SQL
8 1 (1.10%) Python
8 1 (1.10%) Embedded C
8 1 (1.10%) Assembly Language
8 1 (1.10%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 37 (40.66%) CISSP
2 15 (16.48%) GIAC
2 15 (16.48%) Security Cleared
3 12 (13.19%) SC Cleared
3 12 (13.19%) CISM
4 11 (12.09%) Degree
5 6 (6.59%) DV Cleared
5 6 (6.59%) CEH
5 6 (6.59%) CISA
6 4 (4.40%) ISEB
6 4 (4.40%) CRISC
7 3 (3.30%) ISTQB
8 2 (2.20%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 1 (1.10%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 1 (1.10%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (1.10%) ISSMP
9 1 (1.10%) MBCS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (37.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 18 (19.78%) PCI DSS
3 5 (5.49%) COBIT
4 1 (1.10%) QA
System Software
1 4 (4.40%) Active Directory
1 4 (4.40%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (2.20%) Snort
3 1 (1.10%) Hyper-V
3 1 (1.10%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 6 (6.59%) Nessus
2 2 (2.20%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (1.10%) Forefront Identity Manager
3 1 (1.10%) Icinga
3 1 (1.10%) Nagios
3 1 (1.10%) Nmap
3 1 (1.10%) SCCM
3 1 (1.10%) Cisco UCCE
Vendors
1 10 (10.99%) Oracle
2 9 (9.89%) Microsoft
3 7 (7.69%) Cisco
4 6 (6.59%) VMware
5 4 (4.40%) IBM
6 3 (3.30%) HP
6 3 (3.30%) F5
7 2 (2.20%) Sourcefire
8 1 (1.10%) Coverity
8 1 (1.10%) Splunk
8 1 (1.10%) Apple
8 1 (1.10%) CheckPoint
8 1 (1.10%) Remedy
8 1 (1.10%) Serena