The table below looks at the statistics for the Penetration Tester role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Penetration Tester in their job title over the 3 months to 5 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
5 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Penetration Tester
Rank 562 545 503
Rank change year-on-year
-17 -42
Contract jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 17 19 20
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.033% 0.038% 0.045%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.035% 0.041% 0.049%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 13 11
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£438 £500 £445
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-12.50% +12.35%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £305 £405 £415
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £525 £513
UK excluding London average daily rate £438 £413 £513
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -19.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
47948 46300 40780
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.44% 92.45% 92.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 29326 27479 23389
Average daily rate £400 £400 £395
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +1.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £242 £230 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1820 1938 2165
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.50 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.65 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.72 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-1.64% -2.85%

Penetration Tester
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Penetration Tester in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Penetration Tester Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Penetration Tester
Daily Rate Trend

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

Penetration Tester Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Penetration Tester
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Penetration Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 5 March 2015.

Penetration Tester Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Penetration Tester
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Penetration Tester Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Penetration Tester
Top 24 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 5 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 -15 14 £438 -12.50% 56
London -5 8 £480 -4.00% 22
West Midlands - 6 £438 - 4
Birmingham - 5 £438 - 3
City of London +7 2 £438 -12.50% 7
North West - - - - 9
South East - - - - 8
South West - - - - 8
Cheltenham - - - - 3
Leeds - - - - 2
Hook - - - -
Manchester - - - - 9
Reading - - - - 3
Slough - - - -
Stoke-on-Trent - - - - 1
Swindon - - - - 2
Berkshire - - - - 3
Gloucestershire - - - - 5
Hampshire - - - - 1
South Yorkshire - - - -
Staffordshire - - - - 1
West Yorkshire - - - - 2
Wiltshire - - - - 2
Yorkshire - - - - 2

Penetration Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 5 March 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Penetration Tester in their job title 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 with Penetration Tester in their job title.

1 21 (65.63%) Penetration Testing
2 11 (34.38%) CISSP
3 9 (28.13%) Finance
3 9 (28.13%) .NET
3 9 (28.13%) Windows
3 9 (28.13%) CEH
3 9 (28.13%) Nessus
4 8 (25.00%) Security Testing
4 8 (25.00%) UNIX
5 7 (21.88%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 7 (21.88%) Nmap
6 6 (18.75%) CISM
6 6 (18.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 6 (18.75%) Metasploit
6 6 (18.75%) Linux
6 6 (18.75%) Information Security
7 5 (15.63%) Shell Script
7 5 (15.63%) Java
7 5 (15.63%) PCI DSS
8 4 (12.50%) Manual Testing
8 4 (12.50%) AIX
8 4 (12.50%) SIEM
8 4 (12.50%) HP Quality Center
8 4 (12.50%) OSCP
8 4 (12.50%) Test Strategy
9 3 (9.38%) CORE IMPACT
9 3 (9.38%) HP
9 3 (9.38%) TestDirector
9 3 (9.38%) CISA
9 3 (9.38%) Test Scripting

Penetration Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 5 March 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Penetration Tester in their job title 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 with Penetration Tester in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (6.25%) Apache
1 2 (6.25%) Tomcat
1 2 (6.25%) IIS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (6.25%) Firewall
1 2 (6.25%) Wireless
1 2 (6.25%) Network Security
1 2 (6.25%) Wireless Security
2 1 (3.13%) VoIP
2 1 (3.13%) Wireshark
Development Applications
1 6 (18.75%) Metasploit
2 3 (9.38%) TestDirector
3 1 (3.13%) AppScan
General
1 9 (28.13%) Finance
2 3 (9.38%) Telecoms
3 1 (3.13%) Banking
3 1 (3.13%) Manufacturing
3 1 (3.13%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (28.13%) .NET
2 2 (6.25%) Middleware
3 1 (3.13%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 2 (6.25%) Computer Science
1 2 (6.25%) Mobile App
2 1 (3.13%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (3.13%) Blackberry
2 1 (3.13%) CESG
2 1 (3.13%) Cryptography
2 1 (3.13%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 9 (28.13%) Windows
2 8 (25.00%) UNIX
3 6 (18.75%) Linux
4 4 (12.50%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (65.63%) Penetration Testing
2 8 (25.00%) Security Testing
3 7 (21.88%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 6 (18.75%) Information Security
5 4 (12.50%) Manual Testing
5 4 (12.50%) SIEM
5 4 (12.50%) Test Strategy
6 3 (9.38%) Test Scripting
6 3 (9.38%) Use Case
7 2 (6.25%) Ethical Hacking
7 2 (6.25%) OWASP
7 2 (6.25%) ITIL
7 2 (6.25%) Vulnerability Management
7 2 (6.25%) Cyber Security
8 1 (3.13%) Risk Assessment
8 1 (3.13%) Technical Architecture
8 1 (3.13%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (15.63%) Shell Script
1 5 (15.63%) Java
2 1 (3.13%) SQL
2 1 (3.13%) C
2 1 (3.13%) C#
2 1 (3.13%) C++
Qualifications
1 11 (34.38%) CISSP
2 9 (28.13%) CEH
3 6 (18.75%) CISM
4 4 (12.50%) OSCP
5 3 (9.38%) CISA
5 3 (9.38%) Degree
5 3 (9.38%) SC Cleared
5 3 (9.38%) Security Cleared
6 2 (6.25%) GWAPT
7 1 (3.13%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (18.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 5 (15.63%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 7 (21.88%) Nmap
2 1 (3.13%) Hyper-V
2 1 (3.13%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (3.13%) Snort
Systems Management
1 9 (28.13%) Nessus
2 4 (12.50%) HP Quality Center
3 3 (9.38%) CORE IMPACT
3 3 (9.38%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 3 (9.38%) HP
2 2 (6.25%) Juniper
3 1 (3.13%) Oracle
3 1 (3.13%) Cisco
3 1 (3.13%) VMware
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Spencer Rose
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Posted: 6 days ago