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 8 February 2016 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
8 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Penetration Testing
Rank 134 143 123
Rank change year-on-year
+9 -20
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 12 7 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.40% 0.22% 0.20%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.49% 0.29% 0.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 4 2
Average daily rate £420 £438 £245
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.00% +78.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £360 £420 £233
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £520 £257
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £400 £405
% change year-on-year
+6.25% -1.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £46.25 £47.50 -
% change year-on-year
-2.63% -
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 West region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2432 2428 1849
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 80.88% 75.08% 74.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 1711 1607 1163
Average daily rate £380 £410 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.31% +9.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £288 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £550 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 126 107 99
Average hourly rate £42.00 £36.40 £27.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% +34.81%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.63 £15.48 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.00 £46.50 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+45.45% -

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
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 8 February 2016.

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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Testing within the South West region over the 3 months to 8 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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
Wiltshire -1 6 - - 1
Gloucestershire +12 2 £550 - 12
Bristol - 2 £363 - 3
Devon - 1 - -
Penetration Testing
England

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 8 February 2016, 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 12 (60.00%) Information Security
2 10 (50.00%) Firewall
2 10 (50.00%) Finance
2 10 (50.00%) GWAPT
2 10 (50.00%) CREST Certified
3 9 (45.00%) CISSP
4 7 (35.00%) Internet
4 7 (35.00%) Agile Software Development
4 7 (35.00%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 7 (35.00%) Computer Science
4 7 (35.00%) Degree
4 7 (35.00%) OWASP
4 7 (35.00%) Security Architecture
4 7 (35.00%) SANS
4 7 (35.00%) Email Filtering
4 7 (35.00%) Web Filtering
4 7 (35.00%) OSCP
4 7 (35.00%) OSCE
4 7 (35.00%) Waterfall
4 7 (35.00%) SIEM
4 7 (35.00%) Internet of Things
4 7 (35.00%) Kalman Filter
4 7 (35.00%) Coaching
5 6 (30.00%) Risk Assessment
6 5 (25.00%) Ethical Hacking
7 4 (20.00%) Security Testing
7 4 (20.00%) Technical Architecture
7 4 (20.00%) Windows
7 4 (20.00%) Linux
8 3 (15.00%) Java

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

For the 6 months to 8 February 2016, 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.

Cloud Services
1 1 (5.00%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 10 (50.00%) Firewall
2 7 (35.00%) Internet
3 2 (10.00%) Intrusion Detection
3 2 (10.00%) VoIP
General
1 10 (50.00%) Finance
2 2 (10.00%) Telecoms
3 1 (5.00%) Banking
Job Titles
1 8 (40.00%) Tester
2 7 (35.00%) IT Security Specialist
2 7 (35.00%) Security Specialist
3 6 (30.00%) Architect
3 6 (30.00%) Security Architect
4 5 (25.00%) IT Architect
4 5 (25.00%) IT Security Architect
4 5 (25.00%) Penetration Tester
5 2 (10.00%) Consultant
5 2 (10.00%) Security Manager
6 1 (5.00%) Analyst
6 1 (5.00%) Applications Manager
6 1 (5.00%) Information Manager
6 1 (5.00%) Information Security Manager
6 1 (5.00%) Security Analyst
6 1 (5.00%) Security Tester
6 1 (5.00%) Senior Analyst
6 1 (5.00%) Senior Security Analyst
6 1 (5.00%) Solutions Architect
6 1 (5.00%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (5.00%) .NET
1 1 (5.00%) ASP.NET
1 1 (5.00%) Classic ASP
1 1 (5.00%) Java EE
1 1 (5.00%) SOAP
1 1 (5.00%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 7 (35.00%) Computer Science
1 7 (35.00%) Internet of Things
2 2 (10.00%) AS400
2 2 (10.00%) IBM Mainframe
2 2 (10.00%) Mainframe
2 2 (10.00%) Security Operations Centre
3 1 (5.00%) Management Information System
3 1 (5.00%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 4 (20.00%) Linux
1 4 (20.00%) Windows
2 2 (10.00%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (60.00%) Information Security
2 7 (35.00%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (35.00%) Coaching
2 7 (35.00%) Email Filtering
2 7 (35.00%) Kalman Filter
2 7 (35.00%) OWASP
2 7 (35.00%) Security Architecture
2 7 (35.00%) SIEM
2 7 (35.00%) Vulnerability Assessment
2 7 (35.00%) Waterfall
2 7 (35.00%) Web Filtering
3 6 (30.00%) Risk Assessment
4 5 (25.00%) Ethical Hacking
5 4 (20.00%) Security Testing
5 4 (20.00%) Technical Architecture
6 2 (10.00%) Content Management
6 2 (10.00%) Risk Management
6 2 (10.00%) Security Management
6 2 (10.00%) Security Operations
6 2 (10.00%) Vulnerability Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (15.00%) Java
2 2 (10.00%) C
2 2 (10.00%) C++
3 1 (5.00%) C#
3 1 (5.00%) PHP
3 1 (5.00%) Python
3 1 (5.00%) Ruby
3 1 (5.00%) SQL
3 1 (5.00%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 10 (50.00%) CREST Certified
1 10 (50.00%) GWAPT
2 9 (45.00%) CISSP
3 7 (35.00%) Degree
3 7 (35.00%) OSCE
3 7 (35.00%) OSCP
3 7 (35.00%) SANS
4 3 (15.00%) CEH
4 3 (15.00%) GIAC
4 3 (15.00%) GPEN
5 2 (10.00%) DV Cleared
5 2 (10.00%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (10.00%) ISO27002
1 2 (10.00%) PCI DSS
2 1 (5.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
Vendors
1 2 (10.00%) Cisco
1 2 (10.00%) IBM
1 2 (10.00%) VMware
2 1 (5.00%) F5