The table below looks at the statistics for Ethical Hacking skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Ethical Hacking over the 3 months to 20 August 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
20 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Ethical Hacking
Rank 576 568 590
Rank change year-on-year
-8 +22
Contract jobs citing Ethical Hacking 25 7 13
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.045% 0.013% 0.022%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.061% 0.018% 0.031%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 4 11
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£400 £319 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.49% +27.50%
UK excluding London average daily rate £525 £400 £200
% change year-on-year
+31.25% +100.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £40.00

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Processes & Methodologies Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
41079 38998 41722
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.15% 73.31% 70.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 25436 23913 24140
Average daily rate £405 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.25% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £270 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1126 1046 1483
Average hourly rate £23.00 £27.50 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.36% -11.29%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.11
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £46.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-16.66% -3.22%

Ethical Hacking
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Ethical Hacking within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Ethical Hacking Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Ethical Hacking
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Ethical Hacking within the UK.

Ethical Hacking Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Ethical Hacking
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Ethical Hacking within the UK over the 3 months to 20 August 2014.

Ethical Hacking Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Ethical Hacking
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Ethical Hacking within the UK.

Ethical Hacking Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Ethical Hacking
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Ethical Hacking within the UK over the 3 months to 20 August 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
England -10 24 £400 +25.49% 19
London +29 19 £400 +68.42% 11
South East +2 3 - - 2
South West - 2 £525 - 3
City of London - 2 £625 - 6
Berkshire - 2 - -
Hampshire - 1 - - 1
Kent - - - -
Leicestershire - - - -
Staffordshire - - - -
Surrey - - - - 1
West Sussex - - - -
West Yorkshire - - - -
Wiltshire - - - -
Yorkshire - - - -
East Midlands - - - -
North West - - - - 1
West Midlands - - - - 1
Scotland - - - -
Channel Islands - - - -
Buckinghamshire - - - -
Cheshire - - - -
Gloucestershire - - - - 2
Manchester - - - -
Reading - - - -
Reigate - - - -
Southampton - - - - 1
Stoke-on-Trent - - - -
Swindon - - - -
Aldershot - - - -

Ethical Hacking
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 August 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Ethical Hacking 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 Ethical Hacking.

1 23 (69.70%) CEH
2 21 (63.64%) CISSP
3 20 (60.61%) Penetration Testing
3 20 (60.61%) Information Security
4 16 (48.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 15 (45.45%) Firewall
5 15 (45.45%) GIAC
5 15 (45.45%) Cyber Security
6 14 (42.42%) Network Security
7 13 (39.39%) TCP/IP
7 13 (39.39%) Microsoft
8 12 (36.36%) ITIL
8 12 (36.36%) Information Assurance
8 12 (36.36%) Change Control
9 11 (33.33%) MCSE
9 11 (33.33%) Microsoft Certification
9 11 (33.33%) Internet
10 10 (30.30%) Intranet
10 10 (30.30%) assyst
11 9 (27.27%) ISMS
11 9 (27.27%) Law
12 6 (18.18%) Risk Management
12 6 (18.18%) Security Cleared
13 5 (15.15%) SC Cleared
13 5 (15.15%) Security Testing
13 5 (15.15%) Linux
13 5 (15.15%) Windows
13 5 (15.15%) SIEM
14 4 (12.12%) Finance
14 4 (12.12%) Business Continuity

Ethical Hacking
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 20 August 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Ethical Hacking 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 Ethical Hacking. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 3 (9.09%) SharePoint
2 1 (3.03%) Apache
2 1 (3.03%) IIS
Applications
1 1 (3.03%) MS Excel
1 1 (3.03%) MS Office
1 1 (3.03%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 10 (30.30%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.03%) SaaS
1 1 (3.03%) PaaS
1 1 (3.03%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 15 (45.45%) Firewall
2 14 (42.42%) Network Security
3 13 (39.39%) TCP/IP
4 11 (33.33%) Internet
5 10 (30.30%) Intranet
6 2 (6.06%) FTP
6 2 (6.06%) HTTP
6 2 (6.06%) DNS
6 2 (6.06%) Wireless
6 2 (6.06%) Wireshark
6 2 (6.06%) Intrusion Detection
7 1 (3.03%) tcpdump
7 1 (3.03%) SAN
7 1 (3.03%) SSL
7 1 (3.03%) VPN
7 1 (3.03%) LDAP
7 1 (3.03%) LAN
7 1 (3.03%) VoIP
7 1 (3.03%) WAN
7 1 (3.03%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (6.06%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (3.03%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 2 (6.06%) Cucumber
General
1 9 (27.27%) Law
2 4 (12.12%) Finance
3 1 (3.03%) Manufacturing
3 1 (3.03%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 11 (33.33%) Analyst
2 10 (30.30%) Security Analyst
3 9 (27.27%) Product Analyst
3 9 (27.27%) Security Specialist
3 9 (27.27%) Information Analyst
3 9 (27.27%) Information Security Analyst
3 9 (27.27%) Product Specialist
3 9 (27.27%) Information Security Specialist
3 9 (27.27%) Information Specialist
4 6 (18.18%) Consultant
5 5 (15.15%) Security Architect
5 5 (15.15%) Security Consultant
5 5 (15.15%) Architect
6 4 (12.12%) Information Security Consultant
6 4 (12.12%) Ethical Hacker
7 2 (6.06%) Tester
8 1 (3.03%) IT Security Analyst
8 1 (3.03%) Security Manager
8 1 (3.03%) Information Security Officer
8 1 (3.03%) Technical Security Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (3.03%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 3 (9.09%) Open Source
1 3 (9.09%) Management Information System
2 1 (3.03%) RMADS
2 1 (3.03%) Kindle
Operating Systems
1 5 (15.15%) Linux
1 5 (15.15%) Windows
2 1 (3.03%) Solaris
2 1 (3.03%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (60.61%) Penetration Testing
1 20 (60.61%) Information Security
2 15 (45.45%) Cyber Security
3 12 (36.36%) ITIL
3 12 (36.36%) Information Assurance
3 12 (36.36%) Change Control
4 9 (27.27%) ISMS
5 6 (18.18%) Risk Management
6 5 (15.15%) Security Testing
6 5 (15.15%) SIEM
7 4 (12.12%) Business Continuity
8 3 (9.09%) Incident Management
8 3 (9.09%) Disaster Recovery
8 3 (9.09%) Security Management
8 3 (9.09%) BCP
8 3 (9.09%) Continuous Improvement
8 3 (9.09%) Business Continuity Planning
9 2 (6.06%) Vulnerability Management
9 2 (6.06%) OWASP
9 2 (6.06%) Security Architecture
Programming Languages
1 3 (9.09%) PHP
2 2 (6.06%) SQL
2 2 (6.06%) Python
2 2 (6.06%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 23 (69.70%) CEH
2 21 (63.64%) CISSP
3 15 (45.45%) GIAC
4 11 (33.33%) MCSE
4 11 (33.33%) Microsoft Certification
5 6 (18.18%) Security Cleared
6 5 (15.15%) SC Cleared
7 4 (12.12%) CISMP
8 2 (6.06%) GPEN
8 2 (6.06%) OSCP
8 2 (6.06%) CCNA
8 2 (6.06%) Cisco Certification
8 2 (6.06%) Degree
9 1 (3.03%) GCIH
9 1 (3.03%) DV Cleared
9 1 (3.03%) Security+ Certification
9 1 (3.03%) SSCP
9 1 (3.03%) CISA
9 1 (3.03%) CISM
9 1 (3.03%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (48.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (3.03%) PCI DSS
2 1 (3.03%) ISO 9000
2 1 (3.03%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 2 (6.06%) Snort
Systems Management
1 3 (9.09%) Nessus
2 1 (3.03%) SCCM
2 1 (3.03%) OPNET
Vendors
1 13 (39.39%) Microsoft
2 1 (3.03%) Sourcefire
2 1 (3.03%) Qualys
2 1 (3.03%) ArcSight
2 1 (3.03%) LogLogic
2 1 (3.03%) VMware
2 1 (3.03%) Red Hat
2 1 (3.03%) McAfee
2 1 (3.03%) Cisco
2 1 (3.03%) HP
2 1 (3.03%) Citrix
2 1 (3.03%) Sun