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 25 February 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
25 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Penetration Tester
UK
Rank 565 592 612
Rank change year-on-year
+27 +20
Contract jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 37 35 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.083% 0.067% 0.029%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.087% 0.071% 0.030%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 17 13
Median daily rate £475 £500 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.00% +14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £408 £450 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £628 £550 £480
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £500 £438
% change year-on-year
-10.00% +14.28%
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
42412 49394 49726
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.74% 94.99% 94.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 27691 31806 30608
Median daily rate £425 £414 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.65% +3.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1526 1648 1931
Median hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.71% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £49.82 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
-2.77% +5.88%

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 25 February 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 17 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 25 February 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 +39 36 £475 -5.00% 31
South East +32 15 £440 -15.99% 3
London +23 14 £525 +7.69% 12
Buckinghamshire +10 11 £425 -18.66% 1
Milton Keynes - 6 £425 - 1
South West 0 5 £450 -10.00% 5
Wiltshire +4 4 £450 -4.00% 1
Salisbury - 4 £450 -
City of London +13 3 £488 -2.50% 3
North West +23 2 £325 -29.72% 4
Manchester +12 2 £325 -29.72% 4
Hampshire - 2 £531 -
Thames Valley - 1 £570 -
Reading - 1 - - 2
Newport Pagnell - 1 - -
Basingstoke - 1 £550 -
Berkshire - 1 - - 2

Penetration Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 February 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 79 (78.22%) Penetration Testing
2 54 (53.47%) CREST Certified
3 33 (32.67%) Ethical Hacking
4 30 (29.70%) Finance
5 20 (19.80%) OSCP
6 19 (18.81%) OWASP
6 19 (18.81%) CEH
6 19 (18.81%) SANS
7 18 (17.82%) Windows
7 18 (17.82%) Security Testing
8 17 (16.83%) Security Cleared
8 17 (16.83%) Linux
8 17 (16.83%) CISSP
9 14 (13.86%) Cybersecurity
10 13 (12.87%) Mobile App
10 13 (12.87%) CHECK Team Member
11 12 (11.88%) Vulnerability Assessment
12 11 (10.89%) CHECK Team Leader
13 9 (8.91%) Mac OS X
13 9 (8.91%) Python
13 9 (8.91%) Java
13 9 (8.91%) Metasploit
13 9 (8.91%) Secure Coding
14 8 (7.92%) SC Cleared
14 8 (7.92%) Nmap
14 8 (7.92%) Information Security
14 8 (7.92%) Retail
14 8 (7.92%) GPEN
15 7 (6.93%) GIAC
15 7 (6.93%) Nessus

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 1 (0.99%) nginx
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.97%) PaaS
2 2 (1.98%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.99%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 7 (6.93%) Wireshark
2 4 (3.96%) Network Security
3 3 (2.97%) Firewall
3 3 (2.97%) HTTP
4 2 (1.98%) DHCP
4 2 (1.98%) DNS
4 2 (1.98%) IPv6
4 2 (1.98%) Wireless
5 1 (0.99%) FTP
5 1 (0.99%) SSL
5 1 (0.99%) Wireless Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.99%) MongoDB
1 1 (0.99%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 9 (8.91%) Metasploit
2 4 (3.96%) Burp Suite
3 3 (2.97%) Jenkins
3 3 (2.97%) JIRA
3 3 (2.97%) Sonatype Nexus
4 1 (0.99%) AppScan
4 1 (0.99%) GDB
4 1 (0.99%) sqlmap
4 1 (0.99%) WinDbg
General
1 30 (29.70%) Finance
2 8 (7.92%) Retail
3 5 (4.95%) Financial Institution
4 4 (3.96%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (1.98%) OAuth
1 2 (1.98%) Web Services
2 1 (0.99%) .NET
2 1 (0.99%) ASP.NET
2 1 (0.99%) Elastic Stack
2 1 (0.99%) HTML
2 1 (0.99%) J2EE
2 1 (0.99%) jQuery
2 1 (0.99%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 13 (12.87%) Mobile App
2 4 (3.96%) Computer Science
3 3 (2.97%) Algorithms
3 3 (2.97%) CESG
4 2 (1.98%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (1.98%) Cyber Defence
4 2 (1.98%) Cyberthreat
5 1 (0.99%) Cyber Attack
5 1 (0.99%) Embedded Systems
5 1 (0.99%) Enterprise Cloud
5 1 (0.99%) Fintech
5 1 (0.99%) FMCG
5 1 (0.99%) Management Information System
5 1 (0.99%) Mobile Banking
Operating Systems
1 18 (17.82%) Windows
2 17 (16.83%) Linux
3 9 (8.91%) Mac OS X
4 7 (6.93%) Unix
5 6 (5.94%) Kali Linux
6 3 (2.97%) Android
7 2 (1.98%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 79 (78.22%) Penetration Testing
2 33 (32.67%) Ethical Hacking
3 19 (18.81%) OWASP
4 18 (17.82%) Security Testing
5 14 (13.86%) Cybersecurity
6 12 (11.88%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 9 (8.91%) Secure Coding
8 8 (7.92%) Information Security
9 6 (5.94%) Network Packet Analysis
9 6 (5.94%) Network Packet Capture
9 6 (5.94%) Social Engineering
10 5 (4.95%) Continuous Integration
10 5 (4.95%) Information Assurance
10 5 (4.95%) Risk Management
10 5 (4.95%) Security Architecture
11 4 (3.96%) Mentoring
11 4 (3.96%) Open Source
11 4 (3.96%) Threat Management
12 3 (2.97%) Computer Forensics
12 3 (2.97%) Vulnerability Scanning
Programming Languages
1 9 (8.91%) Java
1 9 (8.91%) Python
2 7 (6.93%) C++
3 4 (3.96%) SQL
4 3 (2.97%) C
4 3 (2.97%) Perl
4 3 (2.97%) Ruby
5 2 (1.98%) Bash Shell
5 2 (1.98%) C#
5 2 (1.98%) PHP
6 1 (0.99%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.99%) PowerShell
6 1 (0.99%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 54 (53.47%) CREST Certified
2 20 (19.80%) OSCP
3 19 (18.81%) CEH
3 19 (18.81%) SANS
4 17 (16.83%) CISSP
4 17 (16.83%) Security Cleared
5 13 (12.87%) CHECK Team Member
6 11 (10.89%) CHECK Team Leader
7 8 (7.92%) GPEN
7 8 (7.92%) SC Cleared
8 7 (6.93%) Degree
8 7 (6.93%) GIAC
9 6 (5.94%) DV Cleared
10 4 (3.96%) GWAPT
10 4 (3.96%) OSCE
11 3 (2.97%) CISM
12 2 (1.98%) BPSS Clearance
12 2 (1.98%) CISA
12 2 (1.98%) Tigerscheme
13 1 (0.99%) GXPN
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.97%) PCI DSS
2 2 (1.98%) Disclosure Scotland
2 2 (1.98%) QA
3 1 (0.99%) HIPAA
3 1 (0.99%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.99%) Sarbanes-Oxley
Systems Management
1 8 (7.92%) Nmap
2 7 (6.93%) Nessus
3 1 (0.99%) Core Impact
3 1 (0.99%) HP Fortify
3 1 (0.99%) Nexpose
3 1 (0.99%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 1 (0.99%) WorldPay
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