The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the UK that had Penetration Tester featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 24 August 2016 with a comparison to same period over 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.

3 months to
24 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Penetration Tester
Rank 612 646 614
Rank change year-on-year
+34 -32
Contract jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 49 16 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.090% 0.027% 0.018%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.095% 0.029% 0.019%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 9 9
Median daily rate £525 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+23.52% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £400 £395
10% offered a daily rate of more than £700 £600 £505
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £463 £425
% change year-on-year
+13.51% +8.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median 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
51653 55417 52511
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.75% 94.81% 94.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 33657 35244 31733
Median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1646 2081 2055
Median hourly rate £17.00 £17.33 £16.72
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.90% +3.64%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.88 £11.00 £10.57
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.02 £38.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% +3.03%

Penetration Tester
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of IT contracts that featured Penetration Tester in the job title.

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 24 August 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 18 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 24 August 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +34 48 £525 +23.52% 144
London +29 33 £550 +29.41% 19
South East +19 5 £538 +16.21% 42
Hampshire +4 5 £538 +26.47% 5
South West - 3 £469 - 21
Basingstoke - 3 £525 - 2
Sheffield - 2 - -
South Yorkshire - 2 - -
Gloucestershire - 2 £450 - 13
Yorkshire - 2 - - 12
City of London +31 1 - - 3
Paddington - 1 - -
Cheltenham - 1 - - 13
South Wales - 1 £600 -
Birmingham - 1 £525 - 10
West Midlands - 1 £525 - 15
Bristol - 1 £488 - 8
Wales - 1 £600 -

Penetration Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 August 2016, Penetration Tester contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Penetration Tester in the job title.

1 96 (85.71%) Penetration Testing
2 60 (53.57%) CREST Certified
3 37 (33.04%) Cybersecurity
3 37 (33.04%) Information Security
3 37 (33.04%) Security Cleared
4 26 (23.21%) SC Cleared
4 26 (23.21%) Security Testing
4 26 (23.21%) OSCP
5 23 (20.54%) Cyber Scheme
5 23 (20.54%) CHECK Team Member
6 21 (18.75%) Analytical Skills
6 21 (18.75%) Java
7 20 (17.86%) Ethical Hacking
8 19 (16.96%) CEH
8 19 (16.96%) Tigerscheme
9 18 (16.07%) OWASP
10 17 (15.18%) Python
11 16 (14.29%) Finance
11 16 (14.29%) Vulnerability Assessment
11 16 (14.29%) CESG
11 16 (14.29%) CESG Certified Professional
12 15 (13.39%) Wireless
13 14 (12.50%) Ruby
14 13 (11.61%) CISSP
15 12 (10.71%) Perl
15 12 (10.71%) Mobile App
16 11 (9.82%) C++
17 10 (8.93%) C
17 10 (8.93%) .NET
17 10 (8.93%) Linux

Penetration Tester Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 2 (1.79%) nginx
2 1 (0.89%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 1 (0.89%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.79%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 15 (13.39%) Wireless
2 6 (5.36%) Firewall
3 4 (3.57%) SSL
3 4 (3.57%) Wi-Fi
4 3 (2.68%) HTTP
4 3 (2.68%) Intrusion Detection
4 3 (2.68%) Network Security
4 3 (2.68%) Wireless Security
5 2 (1.79%) HTTPS
5 2 (1.79%) Internet
5 2 (1.79%) SSH
6 1 (0.89%) DHCP
6 1 (0.89%) DNS
6 1 (0.89%) FTP
6 1 (0.89%) IPsec
6 1 (0.89%) LDAP
6 1 (0.89%) S/MIME
6 1 (0.89%) Skype
6 1 (0.89%) SNMP
6 1 (0.89%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.79%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (0.89%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 4 (3.57%) Metasploit
2 3 (2.68%) Burp Suite
3 2 (1.79%) CircleCI
3 2 (1.79%) Jenkins
3 2 (1.79%) TestNG
3 2 (1.79%) Travis CI
4 1 (0.89%) AppScan
4 1 (0.89%) Cucumber
4 1 (0.89%) Gatling
4 1 (0.89%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.89%) JIRA
4 1 (0.89%) JMeter
4 1 (0.89%) LoadRunner
4 1 (0.89%) Selenium
4 1 (0.89%) Subversion
General
1 16 (14.29%) Finance
2 1 (0.89%) Italian Language
2 1 (0.89%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (8.93%) .NET
2 2 (1.79%) Web Services
3 1 (0.89%) ASP.NET
3 1 (0.89%) HTML
3 1 (0.89%) JSON
3 1 (0.89%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 21 (18.75%) Analytical Skills
2 16 (14.29%) CESG
3 12 (10.71%) Mobile App
4 9 (8.04%) Embedded Systems
5 2 (1.79%) Blackberry
5 2 (1.79%) Cryptography
5 2 (1.79%) SCADA
5 2 (1.79%) Virtual Team
6 1 (0.89%) Computer Science
6 1 (0.89%) Cyberthreat
6 1 (0.89%) Digital Media
6 1 (0.89%) Management Information System
6 1 (0.89%) PKI
6 1 (0.89%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 10 (8.93%) Linux
2 6 (5.36%) Android
3 5 (4.46%) Apple iOS
3 5 (4.46%) Windows
4 4 (3.57%) Unix
5 2 (1.79%) Kali Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 96 (85.71%) Penetration Testing
2 37 (33.04%) Cybersecurity
2 37 (33.04%) Information Security
3 26 (23.21%) Security Testing
4 20 (17.86%) Ethical Hacking
5 18 (16.07%) OWASP
6 16 (14.29%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 10 (8.93%) Reverse Engineering
8 8 (7.14%) Social Engineering
9 6 (5.36%) Open Source
9 6 (5.36%) Security Architecture
10 5 (4.46%) Non-Functional Testing
11 4 (3.57%) Agile Software Development
11 4 (3.57%) Black-Box Testing
11 4 (3.57%) Communications Security
11 4 (3.57%) Test Planning
11 4 (3.57%) Time Management
11 4 (3.57%) Vulnerability Management
11 4 (3.57%) Vulnerability Scanning
12 3 (2.68%) Automated Testing
Programming Languages
1 21 (18.75%) Java
2 17 (15.18%) Python
3 14 (12.50%) Ruby
4 12 (10.71%) Perl
5 11 (9.82%) C++
6 10 (8.93%) C
7 8 (7.14%) PHP
8 5 (4.46%) JavaScript
9 4 (3.57%) C#
9 4 (3.57%) Shell Script
10 2 (1.79%) Assembly Language
10 2 (1.79%) PowerShell
10 2 (1.79%) SQL
11 1 (0.89%) Bash Shell
11 1 (0.89%) VB.NET
11 1 (0.89%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 60 (53.57%) CREST Certified
2 37 (33.04%) Security Cleared
3 26 (23.21%) OSCP
3 26 (23.21%) SC Cleared
4 23 (20.54%) CHECK Team Member
4 23 (20.54%) Cyber Scheme
5 19 (16.96%) CEH
5 19 (16.96%) Tigerscheme
6 16 (14.29%) CESG Certified Professional
7 13 (11.61%) CISSP
8 9 (8.04%) DV Cleared
9 8 (7.14%) CHECK Team Leader
10 6 (5.36%) CISA
11 4 (3.57%) CISM
11 4 (3.57%) Degree
11 4 (3.57%) SANS
12 3 (2.68%) GIAC
13 1 (0.89%) Cisco Certification
13 1 (0.89%) Microsoft Certification
13 1 (0.89%) Sun Certification
Systems Management
1 2 (1.79%) HP Fortify
1 2 (1.79%) Nessus
2 1 (0.89%) Nmap
2 1 (0.89%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 2 (1.79%) Microsoft
2 1 (0.89%) Acunetix
2 1 (0.89%) Cisco
2 1 (0.89%) HP
2 1 (0.89%) Netsparker
2 1 (0.89%) Polycom
2 1 (0.89%) Qualys
2 1 (0.89%) SOASTA, Inc
2 1 (0.89%) VMware
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