The first table below looks at the demand 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 29 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Job Titles 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
29 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Penetration Tester
Rank 575 544 547
Rank change year-on-year
-31 +3
Contract jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 14 19 22
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.026% 0.037% 0.038%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.028% 0.040% 0.041%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 13 19
Average daily rate
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£425 £515 £420
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-17.47% +22.61%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £274 £470 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £485 £628 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 - £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £60.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £60.00 -
Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
50442 47321 53607
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.35% 92.54% 92.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 30616 27723 29887
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £235 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £563
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 1989 2134 2724
Average hourly rate £16.56 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.37% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.80 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.10%

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 29 July 2014.

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 30 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 29 July 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
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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 -12 14 £425 -17.47% 26
South East - 8 £425 - 5
Hampshire - 8 £425 -
Basingstoke - 7 £425 -
London -15 5 £400 -22.33% 13
City of London +25 2 £356 -20.83% 8
Essex - 1 £300 -
East of England - 1 £300 -
Basildon - - - -
Gloucestershire - - - -
East Midlands - - - - 1
North West - - - - 2
South West - - - - 2
West Midlands - - - - 1
Scotland - - - - 6
Kent - - - - 2
Leicestershire - - - - 1
Staffordshire - - - -
Surrey - - - - 2
West Yorkshire - - - -
Wiltshire - - - -
Yorkshire - - - -
Manchester - - - - 1
Milton Keynes - - - -
Reading - - - - 1
Stoke-on-Trent - - - -
Swindon - - - -
Wetherby - - - -
Berkshire - - - - 1
Buckinghamshire - - - -

Penetration Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 July 2014, 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 22 (68.75%) Penetration Testing
2 17 (53.13%) Windows
2 17 (53.13%) Linux
3 14 (43.75%) Python
3 14 (43.75%) Bash Shell
4 12 (37.50%) UNIX
5 10 (31.25%) CISSP
5 10 (31.25%) Microsoft
5 10 (31.25%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 9 (28.13%) Security Cleared
6 9 (28.13%) PCI DSS
7 8 (25.00%) SC Cleared
7 8 (25.00%) Nmap
7 8 (25.00%) Nessus
7 8 (25.00%) Shell Script
8 7 (21.88%) Red Hat
8 7 (21.88%) MS Excel
8 7 (21.88%) IIS
8 7 (21.88%) PHP
8 7 (21.88%) MySQL
8 7 (21.88%) CEH
8 7 (21.88%) Snort
8 7 (21.88%) Apache
8 7 (21.88%) Ruby
8 7 (21.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 7 (21.88%) Open Source
9 6 (18.75%) Risk Assessment
9 6 (18.75%) Information Security
9 6 (18.75%) Java
9 6 (18.75%) HP

Penetration Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 July 2014, 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 7 (21.88%) IIS
1 7 (21.88%) Apache
Applications
1 7 (21.88%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 4 (12.50%) Multicast
2 3 (9.38%) Firewall
3 2 (6.25%) Network Security
4 1 (3.13%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (21.88%) MySQL
2 1 (3.13%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 4 (12.50%) GDB
2 1 (3.13%) QADirector
2 1 (3.13%) Metasploit
General
1 5 (15.63%) Finance
2 1 (3.13%) Banking
2 1 (3.13%) Retail
2 1 (3.13%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (12.50%) .NET
2 3 (9.38%) ASP.NET
2 3 (9.38%) HTML
3 2 (6.25%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 7 (21.88%) Open Source
2 3 (9.38%) Management Information System
3 2 (6.25%) STB
4 1 (3.13%) Cryptography
4 1 (3.13%) PKI
4 1 (3.13%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 17 (53.13%) Windows
1 17 (53.13%) Linux
2 12 (37.50%) UNIX
3 7 (21.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 5 (15.63%) Windows Server 2003
4 5 (15.63%) AIX
5 4 (12.50%) Debian
6 3 (9.38%) Windows 7
6 3 (9.38%) Windows NT
7 1 (3.13%) Apple iOS
7 1 (3.13%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (68.75%) Penetration Testing
2 10 (31.25%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 6 (18.75%) Risk Assessment
3 6 (18.75%) Information Security
4 5 (15.63%) Technical Architecture
4 5 (15.63%) Test Strategy
5 4 (12.50%) Security Testing
5 4 (12.50%) Reverse Engineering
5 4 (12.50%) Test Automation
5 4 (12.50%) Ethical Hacking
6 2 (6.25%) Manual Testing
6 2 (6.25%) SIEM
7 1 (3.13%) Vulnerability Management
7 1 (3.13%) Security Architecture
7 1 (3.13%) Identity Management
7 1 (3.13%) Risk Management
7 1 (3.13%) Web Design
7 1 (3.13%) Business Development
7 1 (3.13%) Automated Testing
7 1 (3.13%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 14 (43.75%) Python
1 14 (43.75%) Bash Shell
2 8 (25.00%) Shell Script
3 7 (21.88%) Ruby
3 7 (21.88%) PHP
4 6 (18.75%) Java
5 4 (12.50%) C
6 3 (9.38%) SQL
6 3 (9.38%) VB
7 1 (3.13%) C++
7 1 (3.13%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 10 (31.25%) CISSP
2 9 (28.13%) Security Cleared
3 8 (25.00%) SC Cleared
4 7 (21.88%) CEH
5 3 (9.38%) CISM
6 2 (6.25%) Degree
7 1 (3.13%) DV Cleared
7 1 (3.13%) CSSLP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (28.13%) PCI DSS
2 2 (6.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (3.13%) QA
3 1 (3.13%) BS7799
System Software
1 8 (25.00%) Nmap
2 7 (21.88%) Snort
3 5 (15.63%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 8 (25.00%) Nessus
2 5 (15.63%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (15.63%) CORE IMPACT
3 2 (6.25%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 10 (31.25%) Microsoft
2 7 (21.88%) Red Hat
3 6 (18.75%) HP
4 5 (15.63%) Oracle
5 1 (3.13%) Progress
5 1 (3.13%) Qualys
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