The table below looks at the statistics for Penetration Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the South West region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Penetration Testing over the 3 months to 23 February 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
23 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Penetration Testing
England / South West
Rank 109 129 143
Rank change year-on-year
+20 +14
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 26 17 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.96% 0.57% 0.063%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.17% 0.69% 0.080%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 10 1
Median daily rate £450 £469 £418
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.00% +12.27%
UK excluding London median daily rate £453 £425 £375
% change year-on-year
+6.47% +13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £60.87 £46.25 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+31.61% +32.14%

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 West region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2228 2451 2498
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 82.55% 81.84% 78.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 1474 1670 1633
Median daily rate £400 £380 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.26% -5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £280 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year
+2.50% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 132 124 91
Median hourly rate £38.00 £42.50 £36.40
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.58% +16.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.10 £16.25 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £57.00 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £40.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-10.00% +45.45%

Penetration Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the South West 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 West

Penetration Testing
Daily Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Penetration Testing across the South West region.

Penetration Testing Daily Rate Trend in the South West

Penetration Testing
Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Penetration Testing across the South West region over the 3 months to 23 February 2017.

Penetration Testing Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

Penetration Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Penetration Testing across the South West region.

Penetration Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

Penetration Testing
Contract Job Locations in the South West

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 West region over the 3 months to 23 February 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
Bristol +17 15 £525 +40.93% 2
Wiltshire +1 8 £440 -6.13% 1
Devon +2 1 £600 -
Gloucestershire -2 1 £250 -52.38% 1
Penetration Testing
England

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 23 February 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 West region with a requirement for Penetration Testing.

1 21 (60.00%) Security Cleared
2 18 (51.43%) SC Cleared
3 17 (48.57%) Firewall
4 13 (37.14%) Microsoft
5 12 (34.29%) CISSP
6 11 (31.43%) SANS
7 10 (28.57%) Information Security
7 10 (28.57%) User Acceptance Testing
8 9 (25.71%) Ethical Hacking
8 9 (25.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 9 (25.71%) McAfee ePO
8 9 (25.71%) Intel Security
9 8 (22.86%) Linux
10 7 (20.00%) Internet
10 7 (20.00%) Metasploit
11 6 (17.14%) Amazon AWS
11 6 (17.14%) Information Security Management
11 6 (17.14%) Security Management
11 6 (17.14%) Finance
12 5 (14.29%) Migration
12 5 (14.29%) Wireless
12 5 (14.29%) Citrix
12 5 (14.29%) VPN
12 5 (14.29%) DNS
12 5 (14.29%) MS Office
12 5 (14.29%) Web Services
12 5 (14.29%) Windows
12 5 (14.29%) Wireshark
12 5 (14.29%) CEH
12 5 (14.29%) Nmap

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the South West 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 1 (2.86%) JBoss
1 1 (2.86%) Tomcat
Applications
1 5 (14.29%) MS Office
2 4 (11.43%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 6 (17.14%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (8.57%) Amazon ELB
2 3 (8.57%) Amazon S3
2 3 (8.57%) AWS CloudFormation
2 3 (8.57%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (8.57%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 17 (48.57%) Firewall
2 7 (20.00%) Internet
3 5 (14.29%) DNS
3 5 (14.29%) VPN
3 5 (14.29%) Wireless
3 5 (14.29%) Wireshark
4 4 (11.43%) LAN
4 4 (11.43%) NetScaler
4 4 (11.43%) SSL
4 4 (11.43%) TCP/IP
4 4 (11.43%) WAN
5 3 (8.57%) Intrusion Detection
6 2 (5.71%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (8.57%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 7 (20.00%) Metasploit
2 4 (11.43%) Jenkins
3 3 (8.57%) Vagrant
General
1 6 (17.14%) Finance
2 1 (2.86%) Banking
2 1 (2.86%) Retail
2 1 (2.86%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 10 (28.57%) Penetration Tester
1 10 (28.57%) Tester
2 7 (20.00%) Consultant
3 4 (11.43%) Architect
3 4 (11.43%) Security Engineer
3 4 (11.43%) Technical Architect
4 3 (8.57%) Analyst
4 3 (8.57%) DevOps Engineer
4 3 (8.57%) Information Analyst
4 3 (8.57%) Information Security Analyst
4 3 (8.57%) Information Security Engineer
4 3 (8.57%) Principal Consultant
4 3 (8.57%) Security Analyst
4 3 (8.57%) Security Consultant
5 2 (5.71%) AWS Engineer
5 2 (5.71%) IT Consultant
5 2 (5.71%) IT Security Consultant
5 2 (5.71%) Network Engineer
5 2 (5.71%) Senior Information Security Engineer
5 2 (5.71%) Senior Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (14.29%) Web Services
2 1 (2.86%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 4 (11.43%) Management Information System
2 2 (5.71%) CESG
2 2 (5.71%) Cyberthreat
3 1 (2.86%) Cyber Defence
Operating Systems
1 8 (22.86%) Linux
2 5 (14.29%) Windows
3 2 (5.71%) Kali Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (28.57%) Information Security
1 10 (28.57%) User Acceptance Testing
2 9 (25.71%) Ethical Hacking
3 6 (17.14%) Information Security Management
3 6 (17.14%) Security Management
4 5 (14.29%) Migration
4 5 (14.29%) Network Packet Analysis
4 5 (14.29%) Network Packet Capture
4 5 (14.29%) OWASP
4 5 (14.29%) Security Architecture
4 5 (14.29%) SIEM
4 5 (14.29%) Virtual Environments
5 4 (11.43%) Agile Software Development
5 4 (11.43%) Cybersecurity
5 4 (11.43%) Data Encryption
5 4 (11.43%) DevOps
5 4 (11.43%) Disaster Recovery
5 4 (11.43%) ITIL
5 4 (11.43%) Load Balancing
5 4 (11.43%) Network Segmentation
Programming Languages
1 3 (8.57%) Bash Shell
1 3 (8.57%) PowerShell
2 2 (5.71%) SQL
3 1 (2.86%) Java
3 1 (2.86%) Python
3 1 (2.86%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 21 (60.00%) Security Cleared
2 18 (51.43%) SC Cleared
3 12 (34.29%) CISSP
4 11 (31.43%) SANS
5 5 (14.29%) CEH
5 5 (14.29%) CREST Certified
6 3 (8.57%) CISA
6 3 (8.57%) GIAC
6 3 (8.57%) GPEN
6 3 (8.57%) GWAPT
7 2 (5.71%) AWS Certification
7 2 (5.71%) CHECK Team Leader
7 2 (5.71%) CISMP
7 2 (5.71%) Degree
7 2 (5.71%) GSEC
7 2 (5.71%) OSCP
8 1 (2.86%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (25.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (5.71%) COBIT
2 2 (5.71%) ISO27002
System Software
1 4 (11.43%) Active Directory
2 2 (5.71%) BitLocker
3 1 (2.86%) Docker
Systems Management
1 9 (25.71%) McAfee ePO
2 5 (14.29%) Nmap
3 4 (11.43%) Puppet
4 3 (8.57%) Terraform
5 2 (5.71%) Nessus
6 1 (2.86%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 13 (37.14%) Microsoft
2 9 (25.71%) Intel Security
3 5 (14.29%) Citrix
4 4 (11.43%) Aruba
4 4 (11.43%) CheckPoint
4 4 (11.43%) Juniper
5 2 (5.71%) Cisco