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 30 January 2015 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Penetration Tester
Rank 571 537 510
Rank change year-on-year
-34 -27
Contract jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 12 16 29
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.024% 0.033% 0.065%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.025% 0.036% 0.070%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 13 24
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£438 £433 £473
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.15% -8.46%
UK excluding London average daily rate £438 £413 £416
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -0.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average 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
47189 44564 41455
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.47% 92.53% 92.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 29609 26528 23470
Average daily rate £400 £400 £378
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £228 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1818 1936 2419
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £18.40
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.71% -4.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.25 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.16 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-2.06% -5.71%

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 30 January 2015.

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 22 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 30 January 2015. 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 -22 12 £438 +1.15% 53
London -11 5 £275 -42.10% 18
West Midlands - 5 £438 - 2
City of London +7 1 £350 -30.00% 5
South East -4 1 - - 10
South West -16 1 £450 - 9
East Midlands - - - - 1
North West - - - - 6
Cheltenham - - - - 3
Leeds - - - - 2
Leicester - - - - 1
Manchester - - - - 6
Reading - - - - 1
Sheffield - - - - 1
Stoke-on-Trent - - - -
Berkshire - - - - 1
Gloucestershire - - - - 6
Leicestershire - - - - 1
South Yorkshire - - - - 1
Staffordshire - - - -
West Yorkshire - - - - 2
Yorkshire - - - - 3

Penetration Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, 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 19 (73.08%) Penetration Testing
2 13 (50.00%) CISSP
3 11 (42.31%) Windows
4 9 (34.62%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 9 (34.62%) Nessus
4 9 (34.62%) CEH
5 8 (30.77%) Linux
5 8 (30.77%) UNIX
5 8 (30.77%) Finance
6 7 (26.92%) Nmap
7 6 (23.08%) Information Security
7 6 (23.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 6 (23.08%) Metasploit
7 6 (23.08%) CISM
7 6 (23.08%) .NET
8 5 (19.23%) CISA
8 5 (19.23%) Shell Script
8 5 (19.23%) PCI DSS
8 5 (19.23%) Security Testing
8 5 (19.23%) Test Strategy
9 4 (15.38%) Vulnerability Management
9 4 (15.38%) SIEM
9 4 (15.38%) HP Quality Center
9 4 (15.38%) OSCP
9 4 (15.38%) Test Scripting
9 4 (15.38%) AIX
10 3 (11.54%) HP
10 3 (11.54%) TestDirector
10 3 (11.54%) Telecoms
10 3 (11.54%) Degree

Penetration Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, 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 2 (7.69%) Apache
1 2 (7.69%) Tomcat
1 2 (7.69%) IIS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (7.69%) Network Security
1 2 (7.69%) Wireless Security
1 2 (7.69%) Firewall
1 2 (7.69%) Wireless
2 1 (3.85%) VoIP
2 1 (3.85%) Wireshark
Development Applications
1 6 (23.08%) Metasploit
2 3 (11.54%) TestDirector
3 1 (3.85%) AppScan
General
1 8 (30.77%) Finance
2 3 (11.54%) Telecoms
3 1 (3.85%) Local Government
3 1 (3.85%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (23.08%) .NET
2 2 (7.69%) Middleware
3 1 (3.85%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 3 (11.54%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (7.69%) Mobile App
2 2 (7.69%) Computer Science
3 1 (3.85%) Blackberry
3 1 (3.85%) PKI
3 1 (3.85%) CESG
3 1 (3.85%) Cryptography
Operating Systems
1 11 (42.31%) Windows
2 8 (30.77%) Linux
2 8 (30.77%) UNIX
3 4 (15.38%) AIX
4 2 (7.69%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (73.08%) Penetration Testing
2 9 (34.62%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 6 (23.08%) Information Security
4 5 (19.23%) Security Testing
4 5 (19.23%) Test Strategy
5 4 (15.38%) Vulnerability Management
5 4 (15.38%) SIEM
5 4 (15.38%) Test Scripting
6 3 (11.54%) Use Case
7 2 (7.69%) Cyber Security
7 2 (7.69%) ITIL
8 1 (3.85%) Stakeholder Management
8 1 (3.85%) Manual Testing
8 1 (3.85%) Technical Architecture
8 1 (3.85%) Incident Management
8 1 (3.85%) Risk Assessment
Programming Languages
1 5 (19.23%) Shell Script
2 2 (7.69%) Ruby
2 2 (7.69%) Python
2 2 (7.69%) Java
2 2 (7.69%) Perl
3 1 (3.85%) SQL
3 1 (3.85%) C
3 1 (3.85%) C#
3 1 (3.85%) C++
Qualifications
1 13 (50.00%) CISSP
2 9 (34.62%) CEH
3 6 (23.08%) CISM
4 5 (19.23%) CISA
5 4 (15.38%) OSCP
6 3 (11.54%) Degree
6 3 (11.54%) SC Cleared
6 3 (11.54%) Security Cleared
7 2 (7.69%) GWAPT
7 2 (7.69%) MCITP
7 2 (7.69%) Cisco Certification
7 2 (7.69%) Microsoft Certification
7 2 (7.69%) CCNA
8 1 (3.85%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (23.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 5 (19.23%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 7 (26.92%) Nmap
2 1 (3.85%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (3.85%) Hyper-V
2 1 (3.85%) Snort
Systems Management
1 9 (34.62%) Nessus
2 4 (15.38%) HP Quality Center
3 3 (11.54%) WebInspect
3 3 (11.54%) CORE IMPACT
Vendors
1 3 (11.54%) HP
2 2 (7.69%) Juniper
2 2 (7.69%) Microsoft
3 1 (3.85%) Oracle
3 1 (3.85%) Cisco
3 1 (3.85%) VMware
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