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 18 April 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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Penetration Tester
Rank 570 525 568
Rank change year-on-year
-45 +43
Contract jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 17 19 20
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.030% 0.040% 0.033%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.033% 0.043% 0.036%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 11 10
Average daily rate £463 £513 £431
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.75% +18.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £425 £259
10% offered a daily rate of more than £523 £550 £628
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £438 £313
% change year-on-year
-8.57% +40.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £47.50 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
51949 44129 56219
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.27% 92.47% 92.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 31578 25274 30920
Average daily rate £390 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.50% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £238 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+0.14% -0.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2083 2186 2628
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.87 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.04% -8.38%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.37
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £17.45 £19.21
% change year-on-year
-2.57% -9.16%

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 18 April 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 18 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England -89 17 £463 -9.75% 22
London -32 8 £500 -9.09% 7
Manchester - 4 £400 - 1
North West - 4 £400 - 1
City of London - 3 £500 - 2
West Midlands - 2 £333 - 5
South East -14 1 - - 2
South West - 1 £500 -
East of England - 1 - -
Surrey - 1 - - 1
West Yorkshire - - - - 3
Yorkshire - - - - 3
East Midlands - - - -
Midlands - - - -
Farnborough - - - -
Milton Keynes - - - -
Nottingham - - - -
Reading - - - -
Stoke-on-Trent - - - - 3
Berkshire - - - -
Buckinghamshire - - - -
Cambridgeshire - - - -
Gloucestershire - - - -
Hampshire - - - - 1
Lancashire - - - -
Leicestershire - - - -
Nottinghamshire - - - -
Staffordshire - - - - 3
Basingstoke - - - - 1
Birmingham - - - - 1

Penetration Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 27 (87.10%) Penetration Testing
2 12 (38.71%) CEH
2 12 (38.71%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 9 (29.03%) Security Cleared
4 8 (25.81%) SC Cleared
4 8 (25.81%) Ethical Hacking
5 7 (22.58%) Information Security
6 6 (19.35%) Manual Testing
7 5 (16.13%) Firewall
7 5 (16.13%) Nmap
7 5 (16.13%) Nessus
7 5 (16.13%) Java
7 5 (16.13%) UNIX
7 5 (16.13%) Windows
7 5 (16.13%) Linux
8 4 (12.90%) Shell Script
8 4 (12.90%) E-Commerce
8 4 (12.90%) CISSP
8 4 (12.90%) CISMP
8 4 (12.90%) Security Testing
9 3 (9.68%) Degree
9 3 (9.68%) Risk Assessment
9 3 (9.68%) Finance
9 3 (9.68%) .NET
9 3 (9.68%) C++
10 2 (6.45%) C
10 2 (6.45%) C#
10 2 (6.45%) PHP
10 2 (6.45%) SQL
10 2 (6.45%) Oracle

Penetration Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 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.

Communications & Networking
1 5 (16.13%) Firewall
2 1 (3.23%) Multicast
2 1 (3.23%) FWSM
2 1 (3.23%) Network Security
2 1 (3.23%) Cisco ASA
2 1 (3.23%) Cisco PIX
2 1 (3.23%) IntruShield
2 1 (3.23%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.23%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 1 (3.23%) GDB
1 1 (3.23%) Metasploit
General
1 3 (9.68%) Finance
2 1 (3.23%) Retail Banking
2 1 (3.23%) Banking
2 1 (3.23%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (9.68%) .NET
2 2 (6.45%) Web Services
3 1 (3.23%) ASP.NET
3 1 (3.23%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (6.45%) Management Information System
1 2 (6.45%) Computer Science
2 1 (3.23%) RIA
2 1 (3.23%) PKI
2 1 (3.23%) STB
Operating Systems
1 5 (16.13%) UNIX
1 5 (16.13%) Windows
1 5 (16.13%) Linux
2 2 (6.45%) AIX
2 2 (6.45%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (3.23%) Apple iOS
3 1 (3.23%) Windows 7
3 1 (3.23%) Android
3 1 (3.23%) Debian
3 1 (3.23%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (87.10%) Penetration Testing
2 12 (38.71%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 8 (25.81%) Ethical Hacking
4 7 (22.58%) Information Security
5 6 (19.35%) Manual Testing
6 4 (12.90%) E-Commerce
6 4 (12.90%) Security Testing
7 3 (9.68%) Risk Assessment
8 2 (6.45%) Automated Testing
8 2 (6.45%) Technical Architecture
8 2 (6.45%) OWASP
8 2 (6.45%) Reverse Engineering
8 2 (6.45%) Test Strategy
8 2 (6.45%) Cyber Security
9 1 (3.23%) Vulnerability Management
9 1 (3.23%) SIEM
9 1 (3.23%) Test Automation
9 1 (3.23%) Business Development
9 1 (3.23%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (16.13%) Java
2 4 (12.90%) Shell Script
3 3 (9.68%) C++
4 2 (6.45%) C
4 2 (6.45%) C#
4 2 (6.45%) PHP
4 2 (6.45%) SQL
4 2 (6.45%) VB.NET
4 2 (6.45%) Python
4 2 (6.45%) Bash Shell
5 1 (3.23%) Objective-C
5 1 (3.23%) VB
Qualifications
1 12 (38.71%) CEH
2 9 (29.03%) Security Cleared
3 8 (25.81%) SC Cleared
4 4 (12.90%) CISSP
4 4 (12.90%) CISMP
5 3 (9.68%) Degree
6 1 (3.23%) OSCP
6 1 (3.23%) OSCE
6 1 (3.23%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 1 (3.23%) BS7799
System Software
1 5 (16.13%) Nmap
2 2 (6.45%) Terminal Server
3 1 (3.23%) VirtualBox
3 1 (3.23%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (3.23%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 5 (16.13%) Nessus
2 2 (6.45%) WebInspect
2 2 (6.45%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (6.45%) CORE IMPACT
3 1 (3.23%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 2 (6.45%) Oracle
1 2 (6.45%) HP
1 2 (6.45%) Qualys
2 1 (3.23%) Splunk
2 1 (3.23%) ArcSight
2 1 (3.23%) VMware
2 1 (3.23%) CheckPoint
2 1 (3.23%) Cisco
2 1 (3.23%) Microsoft
2 1 (3.23%) McAfee
Wolverhampton, West Midlands (County)
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester
Computer Futures
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 22 days ago