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 1 October 2014 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
1 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Penetration Testing
Rank 135 111 114
Rank change year-on-year
-24 +3
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 10 4 19
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.30% 0.17% 0.61%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.41% 0.24% 0.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 4 15
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£475 £450 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.55% +12.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £420 £298 £297
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £568 £715
UK excluding London average daily rate £450 £400 £350
% change year-on-year
+12.50% +14.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £60.00 £37.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year
+60.00% -6.25%
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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
2443 1656 2129
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 73.81% 72.06% 68.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 1636 1128 1253
Average daily rate £388 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £253 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £477
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £365 £365
% change year-on-year
+2.73% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 83 88 151
Average hourly rate £32.50 £27.50 £29.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.18% -5.17%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.50 £11.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.83 £30.00 £28.50
% change year-on-year
-10.56% +5.26%

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 1 October 2014.

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 1 October 2014. 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
Somerset 0 6 £475 +35.71%
Wiltshire - 2 £385 -
Bristol - - - - 3
Dorset - - - - 1
Gloucestershire - - - - 5
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Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, 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 11 (64.71%) Information Security
2 8 (47.06%) Risk Assessment
2 8 (47.06%) Management Information System
2 8 (47.06%) Risk Management
3 7 (41.18%) JSP
3 7 (41.18%) Windows
3 7 (41.18%) Configuration Management
3 7 (41.18%) JSP 440
3 7 (41.18%) RMADS
4 5 (29.41%) SC Cleared
4 5 (29.41%) Security Cleared
4 5 (29.41%) HP
5 4 (23.53%) MS Visio
5 4 (23.53%) Genesys
5 4 (23.53%) Empirix
5 4 (23.53%) Siemens
5 4 (23.53%) Cisco IPCC
5 4 (23.53%) VMware
5 4 (23.53%) Disaster Recovery
5 4 (23.53%) System Testing
5 4 (23.53%) PCI DSS
5 4 (23.53%) Test Automation
5 4 (23.53%) Windows 7
5 4 (23.53%) HP Quality Center
5 4 (23.53%) Waterfall
5 4 (23.53%) Vulnerability Management
5 4 (23.53%) Verint
5 4 (23.53%) IP Telephony
5 4 (23.53%) IVR
5 4 (23.53%) WFM

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

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, 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.

Applications
1 4 (23.53%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (5.88%) Summit
Communications & Networking
1 4 (23.53%) IP Telephony
2 3 (17.65%) Intrusion Detection
2 3 (17.65%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (5.88%) SQL Server 2008
1 1 (5.88%) SQL Server
General
1 3 (17.65%) Finance
2 2 (11.76%) Financial Institution
3 1 (5.88%) Telecoms
3 1 (5.88%) Military
Job Titles
1 7 (41.18%) Coordinator
2 4 (23.53%) Analyst
2 4 (23.53%) Test Manager
3 3 (17.65%) Security Analyst
3 3 (17.65%) Senior Analyst
4 2 (11.76%) Consultant
4 2 (11.76%) Senior Security Analyst
5 1 (5.88%) IT Security Analyst
5 1 (5.88%) .NET Developer
5 1 (5.88%) Security Consultant
5 1 (5.88%) Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (41.18%) JSP
2 1 (5.88%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 8 (47.06%) Management Information System
2 7 (41.18%) RMADS
3 4 (23.53%) IVR
4 3 (17.65%) IBM Mainframe
4 3 (17.65%) AS400
4 3 (17.65%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 7 (41.18%) Windows
2 4 (23.53%) Windows 7
3 3 (17.65%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (64.71%) Information Security
2 8 (47.06%) Risk Assessment
2 8 (47.06%) Risk Management
3 7 (41.18%) Configuration Management
4 4 (23.53%) Disaster Recovery
4 4 (23.53%) System Testing
4 4 (23.53%) Test Automation
4 4 (23.53%) Waterfall
4 4 (23.53%) Vulnerability Management
4 4 (23.53%) WFM
4 4 (23.53%) Matrix Management
4 4 (23.53%) User Acceptance Testing
4 4 (23.53%) Performance Testing
5 3 (17.65%) Technical Architecture
5 3 (17.65%) Content Management
5 3 (17.65%) Security Management
6 1 (5.88%) Ethical Hacking
6 1 (5.88%) Database Security
Programming Languages
1 1 (5.88%) SQL
Qualifications
1 5 (29.41%) SC Cleared
1 5 (29.41%) Security Cleared
2 3 (17.65%) CISSP
3 2 (11.76%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (41.18%) JSP 440
2 4 (23.53%) PCI DSS
3 1 (5.88%) ISO 14001
3 1 (5.88%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 3 (17.65%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 4 (23.53%) Cisco IPCC
1 4 (23.53%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (29.41%) HP
2 4 (23.53%) Genesys
2 4 (23.53%) Empirix
2 4 (23.53%) Siemens
2 4 (23.53%) VMware
2 4 (23.53%) Verint
3 3 (17.65%) IBM
4 1 (5.88%) Citrix