The table below looks at the statistics for GPEN in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited GPEN over the 3 months to 31 March 2015 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
31 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN)
Rank 585 585 545
Rank change year-on-year
0 -40
Contract jobs citing GPEN 4 3 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.007% 0.006% 0.011%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.037% 0.029% 0.059%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 2 5
Average daily rate
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£245 £245 £475
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -48.42%
UK excluding London average daily rate £245 £245 -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

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

Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10761 10322 8405
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.58% 19.37% 18.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 6135 5726 4445
Average daily rate £395 £375 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.33% +2.73%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £233 £220 £212
10% offered a daily rate of more than £543 £530 £530
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £335
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +4.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 486 524 479
Average hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.25 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £42.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -28.00%

GPEN
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing GPEN within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

GPEN Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

GPEN
Daily Rate Trend

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

GPEN Daily Rate Trend in the UK

GPEN
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing GPEN within the UK over the 3 months to 31 March 2015.

GPEN Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

GPEN
Hourly Rate Trend

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

GPEN Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

GPEN
Top 15 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing GPEN within the UK over the 3 months to 31 March 2015. 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 -6 4 £245 - 2
London +5 1 £700 - 1
Maidenhead - - - - 1
Portsmouth - - - -
St Asaph - - - - 1
Berkshire - - - - 1
Denbighshire - - - - 1
Derbyshire - - - -
Hampshire - - - -
City of London - - - - 1
East Midlands - - - -
North Wales - - - - 1
South East - - - - 1
Wales - - - - 1
Chesterfield - - - -

GPEN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 March 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing GPEN 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 GPEN.

1 10 (100.00%) CISSP
1 10 (100.00%) CEH
2 9 (90.00%) SSCP
2 9 (90.00%) GIAC
2 9 (90.00%) Information Security
3 8 (80.00%) Vulnerability Management
4 7 (70.00%) Penetration Testing
5 6 (60.00%) Ethical Hacking
6 5 (50.00%) CISA
6 5 (50.00%) CISM
6 5 (50.00%) Firewall
6 5 (50.00%) Management Information System
6 5 (50.00%) OPNET
6 5 (50.00%) Cisco Certification
6 5 (50.00%) UNIX
6 5 (50.00%) Windows
6 5 (50.00%) Linux
6 5 (50.00%) FTP
6 5 (50.00%) HTTP
6 5 (50.00%) TCP/IP
6 5 (50.00%) DNS
6 5 (50.00%) SSL
6 5 (50.00%) Cisco
6 5 (50.00%) Sun
6 5 (50.00%) CCNA
6 5 (50.00%) GCIH
6 5 (50.00%) Snort
6 5 (50.00%) Intrusion Detection
6 5 (50.00%) Mentoring
6 5 (50.00%) Wireshark

GPEN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 March 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing GPEN 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 GPEN. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Applications
1 3 (30.00%) MS Excel
1 3 (30.00%) MS PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 5 (50.00%) FTP
1 5 (50.00%) HTTP
1 5 (50.00%) TCP/IP
1 5 (50.00%) DNS
1 5 (50.00%) SSL
1 5 (50.00%) Firewall
1 5 (50.00%) Intrusion Detection
1 5 (50.00%) Wireshark
2 1 (10.00%) Wireless Security
2 1 (10.00%) Wireless
General
1 4 (40.00%) Finance
2 3 (30.00%) Retail
3 1 (10.00%) Investment Banking
3 1 (10.00%) Banking
Job Titles
1 6 (60.00%) Analyst
2 2 (20.00%) Consultant
2 2 (20.00%) Security Consultant
3 1 (10.00%) Security Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Test Team Leader
3 1 (10.00%) Team Leader
3 1 (10.00%) Information Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Information Security Consultant
3 1 (10.00%) Information Security Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 5 (50.00%) Management Information System
2 1 (10.00%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 5 (50.00%) UNIX
1 5 (50.00%) Windows
1 5 (50.00%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (90.00%) Information Security
2 8 (80.00%) Vulnerability Management
3 7 (70.00%) Penetration Testing
4 6 (60.00%) Ethical Hacking
5 5 (50.00%) Reverse Engineering
5 5 (50.00%) SIEM
5 5 (50.00%) Mentoring
6 1 (10.00%) Change Control
6 1 (10.00%) Security Testing
6 1 (10.00%) Data Protection
6 1 (10.00%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 1 (10.00%) ETL
6 1 (10.00%) Risk Assessment
Qualifications
1 10 (100.00%) CISSP
1 10 (100.00%) CEH
2 9 (90.00%) GIAC
2 9 (90.00%) SSCP
3 5 (50.00%) CISA
3 5 (50.00%) CISM
3 5 (50.00%) Cisco Certification
3 5 (50.00%) CCNA
3 5 (50.00%) GCIH
4 4 (40.00%) GSEC
4 4 (40.00%) MCP
5 3 (30.00%) Security+ Certification
5 3 (30.00%) Security Cleared
5 3 (30.00%) ISACA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (40.00%) ISO/IEC 17799
1 4 (40.00%) Sarbanes-Oxley
1 4 (40.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 4 (40.00%) COBIT
System Software
1 5 (50.00%) Snort
Systems Management
1 5 (50.00%) OPNET
Vendors
1 5 (50.00%) Cisco
1 5 (50.00%) Sun
1 5 (50.00%) ArcSight
1 5 (50.00%) LogLogic