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 10 February 2016 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
10 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Penetration Tester
Rank 596 599 570
Rank change year-on-year
+3 -29
Contract jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 30 13 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.058% 0.025% 0.036%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.062% 0.027% 0.038%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 11 13
Average daily rate £488 £438 £475
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.42% -7.89%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £378 £225 £400
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £480 £520
UK excluding London average daily rate £500 £438 £413
% change year-on-year
+14.28% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £42.50 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.50 - -

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
48618 48918 46871
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.51% 94.46% 94.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 31219 30411 27715
Average daily rate £413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £238 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1735 1925 2068
Average hourly rate £17.50 £16.84 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.95% -3.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -

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 10 February 2016.

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 20 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 10 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 +16 30 £488 +11.42% 62
London +15 13 £475 +72.72% 21
South West - 6 £550 - 8
Yorkshire - 4 - - 3
Leeds - 4 - - 3
West Yorkshire - 4 - - 3
South East +19 3 £524 - 16
West Midlands -14 3 £375 -14.28% 3
Gloucestershire - 3 £550 - 4
Wiltshire - 3 - -
Swindon - 3 - -
Buckinghamshire - 2 £523 - 1
City of London +34 1 £500 +14.28% 7
Birmingham -6 1 £400 -8.57% 3
Coventry - 1 £338 -
Warwickshire - 1 £375 -
Gloucester - 1 £500 -
Sheffield - 1 - -
Warwick - 1 £375 -
South Yorkshire - 1 - -

Penetration Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, 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 43 (82.69%) Penetration Testing
2 29 (55.77%) CREST Certified
3 21 (40.38%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 17 (32.69%) CEH
5 15 (28.85%) Linux
6 13 (25.00%) Cybersecurity
7 11 (21.15%) Vulnerability Management
7 11 (21.15%) Security Cleared
7 11 (21.15%) OWASP
7 11 (21.15%) Security Testing
7 11 (21.15%) Windows
8 10 (19.23%) Metasploit
9 9 (17.31%) Mobile App
9 9 (17.31%) Nessus
9 9 (17.31%) Wireless
10 8 (15.38%) Finance
11 7 (13.46%) Kali Linux
11 7 (13.46%) Ethical Hacking
12 6 (11.54%) Information Security
12 6 (11.54%) C
12 6 (11.54%) C++
13 5 (9.62%) Tigerscheme
14 4 (7.69%) CHECK Team Member
14 4 (7.69%) Java
14 4 (7.69%) Unix
14 4 (7.69%) Network Security
14 4 (7.69%) SC Cleared
14 4 (7.69%) DV Cleared
14 4 (7.69%) GWAPT
14 4 (7.69%) GPEN

Penetration Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, 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.

Communications & Networking
1 9 (17.31%) Wireless
2 4 (7.69%) Network Security
3 3 (5.77%) Firewall
4 2 (3.85%) LAN
4 2 (3.85%) Wireless Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (3.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 10 (19.23%) Metasploit
2 3 (5.77%) Burp Suite
3 1 (1.92%) sqlmap
General
1 8 (15.38%) Finance
2 3 (5.77%) Military
2 3 (5.77%) Telecoms
3 2 (3.85%) Banking
3 2 (3.85%) Retail
4 1 (1.92%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (3.85%) .NET
1 2 (3.85%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 9 (17.31%) Mobile App
2 1 (1.92%) Cyberthreat
Operating Systems
1 15 (28.85%) Linux
2 11 (21.15%) Windows
3 7 (13.46%) Kali Linux
4 4 (7.69%) Unix
5 3 (5.77%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 43 (82.69%) Penetration Testing
2 21 (40.38%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 13 (25.00%) Cybersecurity
4 11 (21.15%) OWASP
4 11 (21.15%) Security Testing
4 11 (21.15%) Vulnerability Management
5 7 (13.46%) Ethical Hacking
6 6 (11.54%) Information Security
7 3 (5.77%) Reverse Engineering
8 2 (3.85%) Automated Testing
8 2 (3.85%) Black-Box Testing
8 2 (3.85%) Manual Testing
8 2 (3.85%) Security Architecture
8 2 (3.85%) Software Engineering
9 1 (1.92%) GAP Analysis
9 1 (1.92%) PRINCE2
9 1 (1.92%) Risk Management
9 1 (1.92%) Social Engineering
9 1 (1.92%) Stakeholder Management
9 1 (1.92%) Threat Analysis
Programming Languages
1 6 (11.54%) C
1 6 (11.54%) C++
2 4 (7.69%) Java
3 1 (1.92%) Perl
3 1 (1.92%) VB
Qualifications
1 29 (55.77%) CREST Certified
2 17 (32.69%) CEH
3 11 (21.15%) Security Cleared
4 5 (9.62%) Tigerscheme
5 4 (7.69%) CHECK Team Member
5 4 (7.69%) DV Cleared
5 4 (7.69%) GPEN
5 4 (7.69%) GWAPT
5 4 (7.69%) OSCP
5 4 (7.69%) SC Cleared
6 3 (5.77%) CHECK Team Leader
6 3 (5.77%) CISSP
6 3 (5.77%) GIAC
6 3 (5.77%) SANS
7 2 (3.85%) Cyber Scheme
7 2 (3.85%) ISEB
7 2 (3.85%) ISTQB
8 1 (1.92%) Degree
8 1 (1.92%) OSCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.92%) PCI DSS
Systems Management
1 9 (17.31%) Nessus
2 1 (1.92%) Ettercap
2 1 (1.92%) Nmap
Vendors
1 1 (1.92%) Microsoft
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