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 7 December 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
7 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Penetration Tester
Rank 567 616 616
Rank change year-on-year
+49 0
Contract jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 63 28 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.13% 0.051% 0.027%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.13% 0.053% 0.028%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 25 11
Median daily rate £455 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.00% +5.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £410 £363
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £680 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £500 £500
% change year-on-year
-10.00% -
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
47154 52548 52697
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.59% 94.79% 93.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 30883 33471 33311
Median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.03% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £260 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £580 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +2.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1660 2050 2167
Median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% +6.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £43.00 £37.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £15.85
% change year-on-year
-2.94% +7.25%

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 7 December 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 16 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 7 December 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 +54 58 £450 -10.00% 27
London +23 33 £525 +6.59% 8
South West +19 8 £453 -41.61% 3
Wiltshire - 7 £450 - 1
City of London +4 6 £463 -9.49% 3
South East +25 5 £550 +10.00% 3
Newport - 4 £500 -
Wales - 4 £500 -
Swindon - 4 - - 1
South Wales - 4 £500 -
West Midlands -17 3 £398 +6.00% 3
Thames Valley - 3 £600 -
Salisbury - 3 £450 -
Hampshire - 2 £550 -
Hounslow - 1 - -
Staffordshire - 1 £475 -

Penetration Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 7 December 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 65 (58.04%) CREST Certified
3 34 (30.36%) Ethical Hacking
4 30 (26.79%) Finance
5 22 (19.64%) Linux
5 22 (19.64%) Security Cleared
6 21 (18.75%) Cybersecurity
6 21 (18.75%) CEH
7 20 (17.86%) OWASP
8 18 (16.07%) Windows
8 18 (16.07%) CISSP
9 14 (12.50%) Security Testing
10 13 (11.61%) OSCP
10 13 (11.61%) Information Security
11 12 (10.71%) Vulnerability Assessment
11 12 (10.71%) CHECK Team Leader
11 12 (10.71%) CHECK Team Member
12 11 (9.82%) SANS
13 10 (8.93%) SC Cleared
13 10 (8.93%) Metasploit
14 9 (8.04%) Embedded Systems
14 9 (8.04%) Mobile App
14 9 (8.04%) Degree
14 9 (8.04%) GIAC
14 9 (8.04%) Mac OS X
15 8 (7.14%) Wireless
15 8 (7.14%) Retail
15 8 (7.14%) Nessus
15 8 (7.14%) Social Engineering
15 8 (7.14%) GPEN

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
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.68%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (0.89%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 8 (7.14%) Wireless
2 6 (5.36%) Wireshark
3 5 (4.46%) Firewall
4 4 (3.57%) Network Security
4 4 (3.57%) Wi-Fi
5 2 (1.79%) IPv6
6 1 (0.89%) HTTP
6 1 (0.89%) HTTPS
6 1 (0.89%) Skype
6 1 (0.89%) SSL
6 1 (0.89%) Wireless Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.79%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 10 (8.93%) Metasploit
2 4 (3.57%) Burp Suite
3 2 (1.79%) AppScan
3 2 (1.79%) CircleCI
3 2 (1.79%) Jenkins
3 2 (1.79%) Travis CI
4 1 (0.89%) GDB
4 1 (0.89%) sqlmap
4 1 (0.89%) WinDbg
General
1 30 (26.79%) Finance
2 8 (7.14%) Retail
3 5 (4.46%) Financial Institution
4 1 (0.89%) Banking
4 1 (0.89%) Italian Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (1.79%) .NET
1 2 (1.79%) Web Services
2 1 (0.89%) ASP.NET
2 1 (0.89%) HTML
2 1 (0.89%) jQuery
2 1 (0.89%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 9 (8.04%) Embedded Systems
1 9 (8.04%) Mobile App
2 4 (3.57%) Computer Science
3 3 (2.68%) Algorithms
3 3 (2.68%) CESG
3 3 (2.68%) Cyberthreat
4 2 (1.79%) Blackberry
4 2 (1.79%) Cryptography
4 2 (1.79%) Virtual Team
5 1 (0.89%) Cyber Attack
5 1 (0.89%) Enterprise Cloud
5 1 (0.89%) FMCG
5 1 (0.89%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 22 (19.64%) Linux
2 18 (16.07%) Windows
3 9 (8.04%) Mac OS X
4 7 (6.25%) Android
4 7 (6.25%) Kali Linux
5 5 (4.46%) Apple iOS
5 5 (4.46%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 96 (85.71%) Penetration Testing
2 34 (30.36%) Ethical Hacking
3 21 (18.75%) Cybersecurity
4 20 (17.86%) OWASP
5 14 (12.50%) Security Testing
6 13 (11.61%) Information Security
7 12 (10.71%) Vulnerability Assessment
8 8 (7.14%) Reverse Engineering
8 8 (7.14%) Secure Coding
8 8 (7.14%) Social Engineering
9 7 (6.25%) Open Source
10 6 (5.36%) Continuous Integration
10 6 (5.36%) Risk Management
10 6 (5.36%) Security Architecture
11 5 (4.46%) Computer Forensics
11 5 (4.46%) Network Packet Analysis
11 5 (4.46%) Network Packet Capture
11 5 (4.46%) Project Management
11 5 (4.46%) Vulnerability Scanning
12 4 (3.57%) Communications Security
Programming Languages
1 6 (5.36%) C++
1 6 (5.36%) Java
1 6 (5.36%) Python
2 5 (4.46%) C
2 5 (4.46%) PHP
2 5 (4.46%) Ruby
3 3 (2.68%) Perl
3 3 (2.68%) SQL
4 2 (1.79%) Assembly Language
5 1 (0.89%) Bash Shell
5 1 (0.89%) C#
5 1 (0.89%) JavaScript
5 1 (0.89%) PowerShell
5 1 (0.89%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 65 (58.04%) CREST Certified
2 22 (19.64%) Security Cleared
3 21 (18.75%) CEH
4 18 (16.07%) CISSP
5 13 (11.61%) OSCP
6 12 (10.71%) CHECK Team Leader
6 12 (10.71%) CHECK Team Member
7 11 (9.82%) SANS
8 10 (8.93%) SC Cleared
9 9 (8.04%) Degree
9 9 (8.04%) GIAC
10 8 (7.14%) DV Cleared
10 8 (7.14%) GPEN
11 5 (4.46%) OSCE
12 4 (3.57%) GWAPT
13 3 (2.68%) CISA
13 3 (2.68%) Cyber Scheme
14 2 (1.79%) BPSS Clearance
14 2 (1.79%) CISM
14 2 (1.79%) Tigerscheme
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.79%) Disclosure Scotland
1 2 (1.79%) QA
2 1 (0.89%) HIPAA
2 1 (0.89%) PCI DSS
2 1 (0.89%) Sarbanes-Oxley
Systems Management
1 8 (7.14%) Nessus
2 7 (6.25%) Nmap
3 2 (1.79%) HP Fortify
3 2 (1.79%) WebInspect
4 1 (0.89%) Core Impact
4 1 (0.89%) Nexpose
Vendors
1 1 (0.89%) Acunetix
1 1 (0.89%) Microsoft
1 1 (0.89%) Netsparker
1 1 (0.89%) Polycom
1 1 (0.89%) Qualys