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 17 January 2017 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
17 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Penetration Tester
UK
Rank 554 592 595
Rank change year-on-year
+38 +3
Contract jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 41 26 17
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.092% 0.052% 0.034%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.097% 0.055% 0.036%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 14 14
Median daily rate £455 £488 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% +11.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £360 £383 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £613 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £500 £450
% change year-on-year
-10.00% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £42.50 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £42.50 -

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
42409 47285 47247
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.74% 94.77% 94.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 27591 30033 29769
Median daily rate £425 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.40% +3.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £393 £380 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.28% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1510 1731 1882
Median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +6.06%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.61 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £46.50 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.32 £17.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
-1.02% +9.37%

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 17 January 2017.

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 19 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 17 January 2017. 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 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 +27 39 £450 -7.69% 34
London +19 23 £475 - 14
South West - 7 £450 - 6
South East +17 6 £425 -15.00% 5
Buckinghamshire +6 6 £425 -18.66%
Wiltshire - 6 £450 - 1
City of London - 5 £475 - 7
Salisbury - 4 £450 -
Swindon - 2 - -
Manchester - 2 £325 - 4
Milton Keynes - 2 £425 -
North West - 2 £325 - 4
West Midlands -9 1 £475 +26.66% 2
South Wales - 1 £600 -
Staffordshire - 1 £475 -
Wales - 1 £600 -
Hounslow - 1 - -
Newport Pagnell - 1 - -
Newport - 1 £600 -

Penetration Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 January 2017, 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 87 (82.86%) Penetration Testing
2 55 (52.38%) CREST Certified
3 36 (34.29%) Ethical Hacking
4 32 (30.48%) Finance
5 20 (19.05%) Linux
5 20 (19.05%) OWASP
6 19 (18.10%) CEH
7 18 (17.14%) CISSP
7 18 (17.14%) Security Testing
7 18 (17.14%) Cybersecurity
8 17 (16.19%) OSCP
8 17 (16.19%) Windows
9 15 (14.29%) Security Cleared
10 14 (13.33%) SANS
11 13 (12.38%) Vulnerability Assessment
12 12 (11.43%) Mobile App
12 12 (11.43%) CHECK Team Member
13 11 (10.48%) CHECK Team Leader
13 11 (10.48%) Metasploit
14 10 (9.52%) SC Cleared
15 9 (8.57%) Secure Coding
15 9 (8.57%) Mac OS X
16 8 (7.62%) Nmap
16 8 (7.62%) Retail
16 8 (7.62%) Nessus
16 8 (7.62%) Information Security
16 8 (7.62%) GPEN
17 7 (6.67%) Open Source
17 7 (6.67%) Kali Linux
17 7 (6.67%) GIAC

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 (1.90%) nginx
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.86%) Amazon AWS
1 3 (2.86%) PaaS
2 1 (0.95%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 7 (6.67%) Wireshark
2 4 (3.81%) Firewall
2 4 (3.81%) Network Security
3 3 (2.86%) Wireless
4 2 (1.90%) IPv6
5 1 (0.95%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.90%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 11 (10.48%) Metasploit
2 5 (4.76%) Burp Suite
2 5 (4.76%) Jenkins
3 3 (2.86%) JIRA
3 3 (2.86%) Sonatype Nexus
4 2 (1.90%) AppScan
4 2 (1.90%) CircleCI
4 2 (1.90%) Travis CI
5 1 (0.95%) GDB
5 1 (0.95%) sqlmap
5 1 (0.95%) WinDbg
General
1 32 (30.48%) Finance
2 8 (7.62%) Retail
3 5 (4.76%) Financial Institution
4 3 (2.86%) Banking
5 1 (0.95%) Italian Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (2.86%) Web Services
2 2 (1.90%) .NET
2 2 (1.90%) OAuth
3 1 (0.95%) ASP.NET
3 1 (0.95%) ELK Stack
3 1 (0.95%) HTML
3 1 (0.95%) jQuery
3 1 (0.95%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 12 (11.43%) Mobile App
2 4 (3.81%) Computer Science
2 4 (3.81%) Embedded Systems
3 3 (2.86%) Algorithms
3 3 (2.86%) CESG
3 3 (2.86%) Cyberthreat
4 2 (1.90%) Cyber Defence
5 1 (0.95%) Cryptography
5 1 (0.95%) Cyber Attack
5 1 (0.95%) Enterprise Cloud
5 1 (0.95%) FMCG
5 1 (0.95%) Mobile Banking
Operating Systems
1 20 (19.05%) Linux
2 17 (16.19%) Windows
3 9 (8.57%) Mac OS X
4 7 (6.67%) Kali Linux
5 6 (5.71%) Unix
6 3 (2.86%) Android
7 2 (1.90%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 87 (82.86%) Penetration Testing
2 36 (34.29%) Ethical Hacking
3 20 (19.05%) OWASP
4 18 (17.14%) Cybersecurity
4 18 (17.14%) Security Testing
5 13 (12.38%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 9 (8.57%) Secure Coding
7 8 (7.62%) Information Security
8 7 (6.67%) Open Source
9 6 (5.71%) Continuous Integration
9 6 (5.71%) Network Packet Analysis
9 6 (5.71%) Network Packet Capture
9 6 (5.71%) Social Engineering
10 5 (4.76%) Vulnerability Scanning
11 4 (3.81%) Mentoring
11 4 (3.81%) OSSTMM
11 4 (3.81%) Reverse Engineering
11 4 (3.81%) Risk Management
12 3 (2.86%) Agile Software Development
12 3 (2.86%) Computer Forensics
Programming Languages
1 6 (5.71%) Java
2 5 (4.76%) C++
2 5 (4.76%) Python
3 4 (3.81%) PHP
3 4 (3.81%) SQL
4 2 (1.90%) C
4 2 (1.90%) Ruby
5 1 (0.95%) Bash Shell
5 1 (0.95%) C#
5 1 (0.95%) JavaScript
5 1 (0.95%) PowerShell
5 1 (0.95%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 55 (52.38%) CREST Certified
2 19 (18.10%) CEH
3 18 (17.14%) CISSP
4 17 (16.19%) OSCP
5 15 (14.29%) Security Cleared
6 14 (13.33%) SANS
7 12 (11.43%) CHECK Team Member
8 11 (10.48%) CHECK Team Leader
9 10 (9.52%) SC Cleared
10 8 (7.62%) GPEN
11 7 (6.67%) Degree
11 7 (6.67%) GIAC
12 5 (4.76%) DV Cleared
12 5 (4.76%) OSCE
13 4 (3.81%) GWAPT
14 2 (1.90%) BPSS Clearance
14 2 (1.90%) CISA
14 2 (1.90%) CISM
14 2 (1.90%) Tigerscheme
15 1 (0.95%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.90%) Disclosure Scotland
1 2 (1.90%) QA
2 1 (0.95%) HIPAA
2 1 (0.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.95%) PCI DSS
2 1 (0.95%) Sarbanes-Oxley
Systems Management
1 8 (7.62%) Nessus
1 8 (7.62%) Nmap
2 2 (1.90%) HP Fortify
2 2 (1.90%) WebInspect
3 1 (0.95%) Core Impact
3 1 (0.95%) Nexpose
Vendors
1 1 (0.95%) Acunetix
1 1 (0.95%) Netsparker
1 1 (0.95%) Qualys