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 21 January 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
21 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Penetration Testing
England / South West
Rank 121 135 134
Rank change year-on-year
+14 -1
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 9 7 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.35% 0.23% 0.26%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.44% 0.29% 0.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 3 5
Median daily rate £450 £375 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% -11.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £398 £355 £392
10% offered a daily rate of more than £468 £411 £510
UK excluding London median daily rate £480 £425 £388
% change year-on-year
+12.94% +9.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £42.50 £47.50
% change year-on-year
- -10.52%

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
2029 2452 2316
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 79.94% 82.31% 75.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 1349 1722 1553
Median daily rate £400 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £273 £283 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £400 £393
% change year-on-year
+1.25% +1.91%
Number of hourly rates quoted 127 120 106
Median hourly rate £37.50 £42.00 £36.40
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.71% +15.38%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £25.00 £17.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £50.00 £46.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £25.25
% change year-on-year
-12.50% +58.41%

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
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 21 January 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
Wiltshire +9 8 £450 - 1
Penetration Testing
England

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 21 January 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 10 (55.56%) Ethical Hacking
1 10 (55.56%) CISSP
2 9 (50.00%) SANS
3 8 (44.44%) Metasploit
3 8 (44.44%) Security Cleared
4 7 (38.89%) Information Security
4 7 (38.89%) CREST Certified
5 6 (33.33%) SC Cleared
5 6 (33.33%) Finance
6 5 (27.78%) OWASP
6 5 (27.78%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 5 (27.78%) CEH
6 5 (27.78%) Nmap
6 5 (27.78%) Wireshark
6 5 (27.78%) Network Packet Analysis
6 5 (27.78%) Network Packet Capture
6 5 (27.78%) Cybersecurity
7 4 (22.22%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 4 (22.22%) Wireless
7 4 (22.22%) ITIL
7 4 (22.22%) Microsoft
7 4 (22.22%) Information Security Management
7 4 (22.22%) Security Management
8 3 (16.67%) Management Information System
8 3 (16.67%) Firewall
8 3 (16.67%) CISA
8 3 (16.67%) Linux
8 3 (16.67%) GIAC
8 3 (16.67%) Nessus
8 3 (16.67%) Data Protection

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:

Applications
1 1 (5.56%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 5 (27.78%) Wireshark
2 4 (22.22%) Wireless
3 3 (16.67%) Firewall
4 2 (11.11%) DNS
4 2 (11.11%) LAN
4 2 (11.11%) NetScaler
4 2 (11.11%) SSL
4 2 (11.11%) TCP/IP
4 2 (11.11%) VPN
4 2 (11.11%) WAN
5 1 (5.56%) Network Security
Development Applications
1 8 (44.44%) Metasploit
General
1 6 (33.33%) Finance
2 1 (5.56%) Banking
2 1 (5.56%) Retail
2 1 (5.56%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 12 (66.67%) Penetration Tester
1 12 (66.67%) Tester
2 3 (16.67%) Analyst
2 3 (16.67%) Information Analyst
2 3 (16.67%) Information Security Analyst
2 3 (16.67%) Security Analyst
2 3 (16.67%) Security Penetration Tester
3 2 (11.11%) Information Security Engineer
3 2 (11.11%) Security Engineer
3 2 (11.11%) Security Tester
4 1 (5.56%) Consultant
4 1 (5.56%) Ethical Hacker
4 1 (5.56%) Information Security Manager
4 1 (5.56%) Information Security Project Manager
4 1 (5.56%) Project Manager
4 1 (5.56%) Security Consultant
4 1 (5.56%) Security Manager
4 1 (5.56%) Security Project Manager
4 1 (5.56%) Security Specialist
4 1 (5.56%) Senior Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (5.56%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 3 (16.67%) Management Information System
2 2 (11.11%) CESG
2 2 (11.11%) Cyberthreat
3 1 (5.56%) Cyber Defence
3 1 (5.56%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 3 (16.67%) Linux
2 2 (11.11%) Kali Linux
2 2 (11.11%) Windows
3 1 (5.56%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (55.56%) Ethical Hacking
2 7 (38.89%) Information Security
3 5 (27.78%) Cybersecurity
3 5 (27.78%) Network Packet Analysis
3 5 (27.78%) Network Packet Capture
3 5 (27.78%) OWASP
4 4 (22.22%) Information Security Management
4 4 (22.22%) ITIL
4 4 (22.22%) Security Management
4 4 (22.22%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 3 (16.67%) Data Protection
5 3 (16.67%) Security Architecture
5 3 (16.67%) SIEM
6 2 (11.11%) Data Encryption
6 2 (11.11%) ISMS
6 2 (11.11%) ITIL V3
6 2 (11.11%) Mentoring
6 2 (11.11%) Network Segmentation
6 2 (11.11%) Regulatory Compliance
6 2 (11.11%) Social Engineering
Programming Languages
1 2 (11.11%) SQL
2 1 (5.56%) C++
2 1 (5.56%) Java
2 1 (5.56%) PHP
2 1 (5.56%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 10 (55.56%) CISSP
2 9 (50.00%) SANS
3 8 (44.44%) Security Cleared
4 7 (38.89%) CREST Certified
5 6 (33.33%) SC Cleared
6 5 (27.78%) CEH
7 3 (16.67%) CHECK Team Leader
7 3 (16.67%) CISA
7 3 (16.67%) GIAC
7 3 (16.67%) GPEN
7 3 (16.67%) GWAPT
8 2 (11.11%) Degree
8 2 (11.11%) OSCP
9 1 (5.56%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (27.78%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 2 (11.11%) Active Directory
1 2 (11.11%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 5 (27.78%) Nmap
2 3 (16.67%) Nessus
3 2 (11.11%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 4 (22.22%) Microsoft
2 2 (11.11%) Aruba
2 2 (11.11%) CheckPoint
2 2 (11.11%) Citrix
2 2 (11.11%) Intel Security
2 2 (11.11%) Juniper