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 average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Penetration Testing over the 3 months to 27 April 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
27 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Penetration Testing
Rank 138 128 124
Rank change year-on-year
-10 -4
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 5 13 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.16% 0.41% 0.087%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.21% 0.53% 0.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 9 2
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£360 £470 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-23.40% +17.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £332 £320 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £388 £476 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £450 £384
% change year-on-year
-11.11% +17.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 - -
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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 West region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2366 2445 1630
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 76.13% 76.96% 70.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 1529 1513 1007
Average daily rate £400 £375 £355
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +5.63%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £270 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £480
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £375 £362
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +3.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 98 107 61
Average hourly rate £35.00 £33.00 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% +3.12%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £12.50 £18.56
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £42.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.20 £31.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-2.58% -3.12%

Penetration Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Penetration Testing across the South West region as a proportion of the total demand within 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
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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Testing within the South West region over the 3 months to 27 April 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
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Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Devon - 3 - -
Bristol +1 2 £360 +15.20% 6
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England

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 27 April 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South West 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 8 (66.67%) Windows
2 5 (41.67%) CISSP
2 5 (41.67%) PCI DSS
2 5 (41.67%) Windows Server 2012
3 4 (33.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (33.33%) VMware
3 4 (33.33%) Telecoms
4 3 (25.00%) Finance
4 3 (25.00%) Windows Server 2003
4 3 (25.00%) Linux
4 3 (25.00%) ISEB
4 3 (25.00%) VPN
4 3 (25.00%) Windows Server 2008
4 3 (25.00%) Nessus
4 3 (25.00%) CEH
5 2 (16.67%) Intrusion Detection
5 2 (16.67%) Ethical Hacking
5 2 (16.67%) Content Management
5 2 (16.67%) Software Testing
5 2 (16.67%) ISTQB
5 2 (16.67%) Technical Architecture
5 2 (16.67%) Degree
5 2 (16.67%) Mathematics
5 2 (16.67%) QA
5 2 (16.67%) User Acceptance Testing
5 2 (16.67%) Performance Testing
5 2 (16.67%) IBM Mainframe
5 2 (16.67%) Lync
5 2 (16.67%) Vulnerability Management
5 2 (16.67%) People Management

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

For the 6 months to 27 April 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South West 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 2 (16.67%) Lync
Applications
1 2 (16.67%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 3 (25.00%) VPN
2 2 (16.67%) Firewall
2 2 (16.67%) Intrusion Detection
3 1 (8.33%) Network Security
Development Applications
1 1 (8.33%) Metasploit
General
1 4 (33.33%) Telecoms
2 3 (25.00%) Finance
3 1 (8.33%) Banking
3 1 (8.33%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 3 (25.00%) Test Manager
1 3 (25.00%) Wintel Engineer
2 2 (16.67%) Analyst
2 2 (16.67%) Tester
2 2 (16.67%) Senior Security Analyst
2 2 (16.67%) Senior Analyst
2 2 (16.67%) Security Analyst
2 2 (16.67%) Test Team Leader
2 2 (16.67%) Team Leader
3 1 (8.33%) Penetration Tester
3 1 (8.33%) Security Specialist
3 1 (8.33%) Security Engineer
3 1 (8.33%) Applications Manager
3 1 (8.33%) Security Manager
3 1 (8.33%) Software Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 2 (16.67%) Mainframe
1 2 (16.67%) Management Information System
1 2 (16.67%) AS400
1 2 (16.67%) Mathematics
1 2 (16.67%) IBM Mainframe
2 1 (8.33%) Open Source
2 1 (8.33%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 8 (66.67%) Windows
2 5 (41.67%) Windows Server 2012
3 3 (25.00%) Linux
3 3 (25.00%) Windows Server 2003
3 3 (25.00%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (16.67%) Disaster Recovery
1 2 (16.67%) Security Management
1 2 (16.67%) Business Continuity
1 2 (16.67%) Information Security
1 2 (16.67%) Content Management
1 2 (16.67%) Ethical Hacking
1 2 (16.67%) Software Testing
1 2 (16.67%) Technical Architecture
1 2 (16.67%) User Acceptance Testing
1 2 (16.67%) Performance Testing
1 2 (16.67%) Vulnerability Management
1 2 (16.67%) People Management
2 1 (8.33%) Cyber Security
2 1 (8.33%) Technical Analysis
2 1 (8.33%) Security Testing
2 1 (8.33%) Stakeholder Engagement
2 1 (8.33%) Test Strategy
2 1 (8.33%) Software Engineering
2 1 (8.33%) Risk Assessment
2 1 (8.33%) Data Security
Programming Languages
1 1 (8.33%) Python
1 1 (8.33%) Ruby
1 1 (8.33%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 5 (41.67%) CISSP
2 3 (25.00%) CEH
2 3 (25.00%) ISEB
3 2 (16.67%) ISTQB
3 2 (16.67%) Degree
4 1 (8.33%) DV Cleared
4 1 (8.33%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (41.67%) PCI DSS
2 2 (16.67%) QA
System Software
1 4 (33.33%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (25.00%) Nessus
2 1 (8.33%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (33.33%) VMware
2 2 (16.67%) IBM
2 2 (16.67%) Microsoft
2 2 (16.67%) Dell