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 22 May 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN)
Rank 605 580 541
Rank change year-on-year
-25 -39
Contract jobs citing GPEN 2 2 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.004% 0.004% 0.017%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.019% 0.020% 0.093%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 1 7
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£588 £250 £475
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+135.00% -47.36%
UK excluding London average daily rate £475 £250 -
% change year-on-year
+90.00% -
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
10329 10256 8594
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.07% 19.48% 18.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 5893 5990 4605
Average daily rate £388 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £525 £538
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 511 531 468
Average hourly rate £24.12 £20.00 £23.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.60% -13.04%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.25 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £42.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.12 £18.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+34.00% -20.00%

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 22 May 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 5 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 22 May 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 -27 1 £700 +180.00% 1
Northern Ireland - 1 £475 -
County Antrim - 1 £475 -
Belfast - 1 £475 -
London - 1 £700 - 1

GPEN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 5 (100.00%) CISSP
1 5 (100.00%) CEH
2 4 (80.00%) GIAC
2 4 (80.00%) Vulnerability Management
2 4 (80.00%) SSCP
2 4 (80.00%) CISA
2 4 (80.00%) CISM
2 4 (80.00%) Finance
2 4 (80.00%) Information Security
3 3 (60.00%) GSEC
3 3 (60.00%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 3 (60.00%) MCP
3 3 (60.00%) MS Excel
3 3 (60.00%) ISO/IEC 17799
3 3 (60.00%) Security+ Certification
3 3 (60.00%) ISACA
3 3 (60.00%) Retail
3 3 (60.00%) MS PowerPoint
3 3 (60.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (60.00%) COBIT
3 3 (60.00%) Security Cleared
4 2 (40.00%) Ethical Hacking
4 2 (40.00%) Penetration Testing
5 1 (20.00%) OPNET
5 1 (20.00%) Firewall
5 1 (20.00%) Management Information System
5 1 (20.00%) Wireless
5 1 (20.00%) GCIH
5 1 (20.00%) Banking
5 1 (20.00%) FTP

GPEN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 (60.00%) MS Excel
1 3 (60.00%) MS PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 1 (20.00%) Firewall
1 1 (20.00%) Wireless
1 1 (20.00%) FTP
1 1 (20.00%) HTTP
1 1 (20.00%) TCP/IP
1 1 (20.00%) DNS
1 1 (20.00%) SSL
1 1 (20.00%) Intrusion Detection
1 1 (20.00%) Wireshark
1 1 (20.00%) Wireless Security
General
1 4 (80.00%) Finance
2 3 (60.00%) Retail
3 1 (20.00%) Banking
3 1 (20.00%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 2 (40.00%) Consultant
1 2 (40.00%) Security Consultant
2 1 (20.00%) Information Security Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) Test Team Leader
2 1 (20.00%) Team Leader
2 1 (20.00%) Information Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) Security Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) Operations Consultant
Miscellaneous
1 1 (20.00%) Management Information System
1 1 (20.00%) Mobile App
1 1 (20.00%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
Operating Systems
1 1 (20.00%) UNIX
1 1 (20.00%) Windows
1 1 (20.00%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (80.00%) Vulnerability Management
1 4 (80.00%) Information Security
2 2 (40.00%) Ethical Hacking
2 2 (40.00%) Penetration Testing
3 1 (20.00%) Reverse Engineering
3 1 (20.00%) SIEM
3 1 (20.00%) Security Testing
Qualifications
1 5 (100.00%) CISSP
1 5 (100.00%) CEH
2 4 (80.00%) GIAC
2 4 (80.00%) SSCP
2 4 (80.00%) CISA
2 4 (80.00%) CISM
3 3 (60.00%) GSEC
3 3 (60.00%) MCP
3 3 (60.00%) Security+ Certification
3 3 (60.00%) ISACA
3 3 (60.00%) Security Cleared
4 1 (20.00%) GCIH
4 1 (20.00%) CCNA
4 1 (20.00%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (60.00%) Sarbanes-Oxley
1 3 (60.00%) ISO/IEC 17799
1 3 (60.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 3 (60.00%) COBIT
System Software
1 1 (20.00%) Snort
Systems Management
1 1 (20.00%) OPNET
Vendors
1 1 (20.00%) Cisco
1 1 (20.00%) ArcSight
1 1 (20.00%) LogLogic