The first table below looks at the demand 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 16 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications currently tracked.

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
16 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN)
Rank 599 546 -
Rank change year-on-year
-53 -
Contract jobs citing GPEN 4 6 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.007% 0.012% -
As % of the Qualifications category 0.036% 0.068% -
Number of daily rates quoted 2 6 0
Average daily rate £245 £475 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-48.42% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £245 - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
11153 8834 10500
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.40% 18.18% 17.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 6292 4675 5421
Average daily rate £375 £363 £395
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% -8.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £223 £218 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £530 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £355
% change year-on-year
+3.70% -4.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 552 493 576
Average hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.25 £12.44 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £48.40 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-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
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 14 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 16 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England -39 4 £245 -48.42% 4
London -42 1 - - 3
East of England - 1 £250 -
Hemel Hempstead - - - -
Leicester - - - - 1
Milton Keynes - - - -
Buckinghamshire - - - -
Hertfordshire - - - -
Leicestershire - - - - 1
City of London - - - - 1
East Midlands - - - - 1
Midlands - - - -
South East - - - -
West Midlands - - - -

GPEN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 April 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%) Firewall
2 3 (75.00%) GIAC
2 3 (75.00%) OSCP
3 2 (50.00%) Information Management
3 2 (50.00%) Ethical Hacking
3 2 (50.00%) CEH
3 2 (50.00%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 2 (50.00%) Penetration Testing
3 2 (50.00%) CISMP
3 2 (50.00%) Security Testing
3 2 (50.00%) SC Cleared
3 2 (50.00%) Security Cleared
3 2 (50.00%) Open Source
3 2 (50.00%) Wireless
3 2 (50.00%) .NET
3 2 (50.00%) VoIP
3 2 (50.00%) VPN
3 2 (50.00%) UNIX
4 1 (25.00%) Windows
4 1 (25.00%) Linux
4 1 (25.00%) MCSE
4 1 (25.00%) C
4 1 (25.00%) Java
4 1 (25.00%) Perl
4 1 (25.00%) PHP
4 1 (25.00%) SQL
4 1 (25.00%) CCNP
4 1 (25.00%) CCNA
4 1 (25.00%) Citrix

GPEN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 16 April 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 3 (75.00%) Firewall
2 2 (50.00%) Wireless
2 2 (50.00%) VoIP
2 2 (50.00%) VPN
3 1 (25.00%) Network Security
3 1 (25.00%) Intrusion Detection
Job Titles
1 2 (50.00%) Security Tester
1 2 (50.00%) Tester
1 2 (50.00%) Analyst
2 1 (25.00%) Security Analyst
2 1 (25.00%) Operations Analyst
2 1 (25.00%) Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (50.00%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 2 (50.00%) Open Source
2 1 (25.00%) Management Information System
2 1 (25.00%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 2 (50.00%) UNIX
2 1 (25.00%) Windows
2 1 (25.00%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (50.00%) Information Management
1 2 (50.00%) Ethical Hacking
1 2 (50.00%) Vulnerability Assessment
1 2 (50.00%) Penetration Testing
1 2 (50.00%) Security Testing
2 1 (25.00%) Change Management
2 1 (25.00%) ITIL
2 1 (25.00%) Information Security
2 1 (25.00%) Security Architecture
2 1 (25.00%) Vulnerability Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (25.00%) C
1 1 (25.00%) Java
1 1 (25.00%) Perl
1 1 (25.00%) PHP
1 1 (25.00%) SQL
1 1 (25.00%) Objective-C
1 1 (25.00%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 4 (100.00%) CISSP
2 3 (75.00%) GIAC
2 3 (75.00%) OSCP
3 2 (50.00%) CEH
3 2 (50.00%) CISMP
3 2 (50.00%) SC Cleared
3 2 (50.00%) Security Cleared
4 1 (25.00%) MCSE
4 1 (25.00%) CCNP
4 1 (25.00%) CCNA
4 1 (25.00%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (25.00%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (25.00%) RHCE
4 1 (25.00%) CISA
4 1 (25.00%) CISM
4 1 (25.00%) GSEC
4 1 (25.00%) GCIH
4 1 (25.00%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (25.00%) PCI DSS
Vendors
1 1 (25.00%) Citrix
1 1 (25.00%) McAfee