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 7 December 2016 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
7 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Penetration Testing
Rank 129 148 142
Rank change year-on-year
+19 -6
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 11 5 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.40% 0.16% 0.25%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.50% 0.19% 0.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 3 5
Median daily rate £430 £775 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-44.51% +72.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £346 £407 £395
10% offered a daily rate of more than £465 £775 £530
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £450 £375
% change year-on-year
+5.55% +20.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £47.50
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
2196 2584 2499
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 79.28% 80.55% 76.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 1490 1804 1691
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 £275 £285 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £385
% change year-on-year
+3.12% +3.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 143 109 123
Median hourly rate £38.00 £41.00 £33.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.31% +24.24%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.25 £20.63 £16.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £44.75 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.00 £35.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-11.42% +40.00%

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 7 December 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Testing within the South West region over the 3 months to 7 December 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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 +5 7 £450 +42.85% 1
Dorset +3 3 £350 -54.83%
Penetration Testing
England

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 7 December 2016, 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 13 (56.52%) Ethical Hacking
2 11 (47.83%) CISSP
3 9 (39.13%) CEH
3 9 (39.13%) Security Cleared
3 9 (39.13%) Cybersecurity
4 7 (30.43%) CREST Certified
4 7 (30.43%) Metasploit
4 7 (30.43%) Finance
4 7 (30.43%) Information Security
5 6 (26.09%) OWASP
5 6 (26.09%) SANS
6 5 (21.74%) Cyberthreat
6 5 (21.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 5 (21.74%) C++
6 5 (21.74%) Java
6 5 (21.74%) Unix
6 5 (21.74%) CISA
7 4 (17.39%) C
7 4 (17.39%) ITIL
7 4 (17.39%) Sun Certification
7 4 (17.39%) Linux
7 4 (17.39%) Wireshark
7 4 (17.39%) SC Cleared
7 4 (17.39%) DV Cleared
7 4 (17.39%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 4 (17.39%) Nmap
7 4 (17.39%) Reverse Engineering
7 4 (17.39%) Network Packet Analysis
7 4 (17.39%) Network Packet Capture
8 3 (13.04%) CHECK Team Leader

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:

Cloud Services
1 1 (4.35%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (4.35%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (4.35%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 4 (17.39%) Wireshark
2 3 (13.04%) Firewall
2 3 (13.04%) Wireless
3 2 (8.70%) LAN
3 2 (8.70%) WAN
4 1 (4.35%) DNS
4 1 (4.35%) Network Security
4 1 (4.35%) VPN
Development Applications
1 7 (30.43%) Metasploit
General
1 7 (30.43%) Finance
2 1 (4.35%) Banking
2 1 (4.35%) Retail
2 1 (4.35%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 12 (52.17%) Penetration Tester
1 12 (52.17%) Tester
2 3 (13.04%) Analyst
2 3 (13.04%) Consultant
2 3 (13.04%) Information Analyst
2 3 (13.04%) Information Security Analyst
2 3 (13.04%) Security Analyst
2 3 (13.04%) Security Consultant
2 3 (13.04%) Security Penetration Tester
3 2 (8.70%) Cybersecurity Specialist
3 2 (8.70%) Ethical Hacker
3 2 (8.70%) Governance Consultant
3 2 (8.70%) Information Governance Consultant
3 2 (8.70%) Information Security Consultant
3 2 (8.70%) Information Security Risk Consultant
3 2 (8.70%) Risk Consultant
3 2 (8.70%) Security Specialist
3 2 (8.70%) Security Tester
4 1 (4.35%) Security Manager
4 1 (4.35%) Security Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (4.35%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 5 (21.74%) Cyberthreat
2 2 (8.70%) CESG
2 2 (8.70%) Management Information System
3 1 (4.35%) Cyber Attack
3 1 (4.35%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 5 (21.74%) Unix
2 4 (17.39%) Linux
3 2 (8.70%) Kali Linux
4 1 (4.35%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (56.52%) Ethical Hacking
2 9 (39.13%) Cybersecurity
3 7 (30.43%) Information Security
4 6 (26.09%) OWASP
5 4 (17.39%) ITIL
5 4 (17.39%) Network Packet Analysis
5 4 (17.39%) Network Packet Capture
5 4 (17.39%) Reverse Engineering
5 4 (17.39%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 3 (13.04%) Data Protection
6 3 (13.04%) Vulnerability Management
7 2 (8.70%) Information Security Management
7 2 (8.70%) ISMS
7 2 (8.70%) IT Audit
7 2 (8.70%) ITIL V3
7 2 (8.70%) PRINCE2
7 2 (8.70%) Project Management
7 2 (8.70%) Security Management
7 2 (8.70%) SIEM
7 2 (8.70%) Social Engineering
Programming Languages
1 5 (21.74%) C++
1 5 (21.74%) Java
2 4 (17.39%) C
3 2 (8.70%) SQL
4 1 (4.35%) PHP
4 1 (4.35%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 11 (47.83%) CISSP
2 9 (39.13%) CEH
2 9 (39.13%) Security Cleared
3 7 (30.43%) CREST Certified
4 6 (26.09%) SANS
5 5 (21.74%) CISA
6 4 (17.39%) DV Cleared
6 4 (17.39%) SC Cleared
6 4 (17.39%) Sun Certification
7 3 (13.04%) CHECK Team Leader
7 3 (13.04%) CISM
7 3 (13.04%) GIAC
7 3 (13.04%) GPEN
7 3 (13.04%) GWAPT
8 2 (8.70%) CompTIA Security+
8 2 (8.70%) Degree
8 2 (8.70%) OSCP
8 2 (8.70%) Security+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (21.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (8.70%) COBIT
System Software
1 2 (8.70%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 4 (17.39%) Nmap
2 3 (13.04%) Nessus
Vendors
1 3 (13.04%) Microsoft