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 18 September 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
18 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN)
Rank 610 581 603
Rank change year-on-year
-29 +22
Contract jobs citing GPEN 3 3 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.005% 0.006% 0.009%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.027% 0.033% 0.049%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 2 1
Average daily rate
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£431 £540 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-20.13% +54.28%
UK excluding London average daily rate - - £350
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 Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
11049 8997 10181
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.20% 17.31% 17.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 6157 5026 5263
Average daily rate £378 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £225 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £545 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 462 430 615
Average hourly rate £20.00 £18.55 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.81% -15.68%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.81 £11.50 £12.49
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £42.50 £40.45
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -27.08%

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
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 8 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 18 September 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
London -5 2 £431 -20.13%
England -31 2 £431 -20.13% 2
City of London - 1 £488 -
East Midlands - - - - 1
Scotland - - - -
Leicestershire - - - -
Edinburgh - - - -
Leicester - - - -

GPEN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 September 2014, 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 4 (100.00%) CISSP
2 3 (75.00%) CISA
2 3 (75.00%) CISM
2 3 (75.00%) Information Security
2 3 (75.00%) CEH
2 3 (75.00%) Penetration Testing
3 2 (50.00%) SIEM
3 2 (50.00%) OSCP
3 2 (50.00%) Vulnerability Management
3 2 (50.00%) CCNA
3 2 (50.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (50.00%) GIAC
3 2 (50.00%) GSEC
3 2 (50.00%) GCIH
3 2 (50.00%) SSCP
3 2 (50.00%) Cisco Certification
3 2 (50.00%) UNIX
3 2 (50.00%) Windows
3 2 (50.00%) Linux
4 1 (25.00%) MCSE
4 1 (25.00%) ETL
4 1 (25.00%) ISO/IEC 17799
4 1 (25.00%) FTP
4 1 (25.00%) HTTP
4 1 (25.00%) TCP/IP
4 1 (25.00%) DNS
4 1 (25.00%) SSL
4 1 (25.00%) Cisco
4 1 (25.00%) Sun
4 1 (25.00%) CCNP

GPEN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 September 2014, 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.

Communications & Networking
1 1 (25.00%) FTP
1 1 (25.00%) HTTP
1 1 (25.00%) TCP/IP
1 1 (25.00%) DNS
1 1 (25.00%) SSL
1 1 (25.00%) Firewall
1 1 (25.00%) Intrusion Detection
1 1 (25.00%) Wireshark
General
1 1 (25.00%) Retail
Job Titles
1 2 (50.00%) Security Engineer
2 1 (25.00%) Security Manager
2 1 (25.00%) IT Security Engineer
2 1 (25.00%) Security Project Manager
2 1 (25.00%) Project Manager
2 1 (25.00%) Analyst
2 1 (25.00%) Security Analyst
2 1 (25.00%) Security Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (25.00%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 1 (25.00%) Management Information System
1 1 (25.00%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 2 (50.00%) UNIX
1 2 (50.00%) Windows
1 2 (50.00%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (75.00%) Penetration Testing
1 3 (75.00%) Information Security
2 2 (50.00%) SIEM
2 2 (50.00%) Vulnerability Management
3 1 (25.00%) Mentoring
3 1 (25.00%) Change Control
3 1 (25.00%) Ethical Hacking
3 1 (25.00%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 1 (25.00%) Security Testing
3 1 (25.00%) Data Protection
3 1 (25.00%) Reverse Engineering
3 1 (25.00%) Security Architecture
3 1 (25.00%) ITIL
3 1 (25.00%) PRINCE2
3 1 (25.00%) ETL
3 1 (25.00%) Change Management
3 1 (25.00%) Risk Assessment
Programming Languages
1 1 (25.00%) Perl
1 1 (25.00%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 4 (100.00%) CISSP
2 3 (75.00%) CISA
2 3 (75.00%) CISM
2 3 (75.00%) CEH
3 2 (50.00%) GIAC
3 2 (50.00%) GSEC
3 2 (50.00%) GCIH
3 2 (50.00%) Cisco Certification
3 2 (50.00%) CCNA
3 2 (50.00%) SSCP
3 2 (50.00%) OSCP
4 1 (25.00%) OSCE
4 1 (25.00%) MCP
4 1 (25.00%) MCSE
4 1 (25.00%) CCNP
4 1 (25.00%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (25.00%) RHCE
4 1 (25.00%) CISMP
4 1 (25.00%) Degree
4 1 (25.00%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (50.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (25.00%) COBIT
2 1 (25.00%) PCI DSS
2 1 (25.00%) ISO/IEC 17799
2 1 (25.00%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 1 (25.00%) Snort
Systems Management
1 1 (25.00%) OPNET
Vendors
1 1 (25.00%) Cisco
1 1 (25.00%) Sun
1 1 (25.00%) McAfee
1 1 (25.00%) ArcSight
1 1 (25.00%) LogLogic