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 5 May 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
5 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Penetration Tester
Rank 589 626 600
Rank change year-on-year
+37 -26
Contract jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 64 14 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.12% 0.025% 0.029%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.12% 0.026% 0.031%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 12 11
Median daily rate £493 £490 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.51% +8.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £313 £400
10% offered a daily rate of more than £524 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £498 £515 £425
% change year-on-year
-3.39% +21.17%
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
52698 52839 51404
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.88% 94.71% 94.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 34350 32058 31435
Median daily rate £425 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1506 2120 2116
Median hourly rate £17.50 £17.46 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.22% -0.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.10 £42.50 £41.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £16.70 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+7.78% -1.76%

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 5 May 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 23 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 5 May 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 +19 54 £488 -2.50% 53
London +22 27 £475 -3.06% 14
South West - 5 £494 - 4
City of London +39 4 £460 -12.38% 2
Manchester - 4 £463 - 3
South East - 4 £503 - 18
North West - 4 £463 - 3
Swindon - 3 £469 -
Yorkshire - 3 £500 - 3
Wiltshire - 3 £469 -
South Yorkshire - 3 £500 -
Hampshire - 3 £498 - 1
Gloucester - 2 £500 -
Gloucestershire - 2 £500 - 3
East of England - 1 £400 - 1
Wales - 1 £600 - 1
Thames Valley - 1 £520 -
South Wales - 1 £600 - 1
Sheffield - 1 £500 -
Cambridgeshire - 1 £400 - 1
Gosport - 1 £425 -
Cambridge - 1 £400 - 1
Basingstoke - 1 £508 -

Penetration Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 5 May 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 71 (77.17%) Penetration Testing
2 50 (54.35%) CREST Certified
3 28 (30.43%) Security Testing
4 27 (29.35%) Cybersecurity
4 27 (29.35%) Information Security
5 23 (25.00%) Security Cleared
6 21 (22.83%) Ethical Hacking
7 20 (21.74%) OSCP
7 20 (21.74%) Linux
8 19 (20.65%) CEH
9 18 (19.57%) CHECK Team Member
10 17 (18.48%) Tigerscheme
10 17 (18.48%) Vulnerability Assessment
10 17 (18.48%) SC Cleared
10 17 (18.48%) Finance
11 16 (17.39%) Cyber Scheme
11 16 (17.39%) Analytical Skills
12 14 (15.22%) OWASP
13 13 (14.13%) Java
14 12 (13.04%) CESG
14 12 (13.04%) Mobile App
14 12 (13.04%) CESG Certified Professional
15 11 (11.96%) Metasploit
15 11 (11.96%) Wireless
15 11 (11.96%) Windows
16 10 (10.87%) C++
16 10 (10.87%) CISSP
16 10 (10.87%) Nessus
17 9 (9.78%) C
18 7 (7.61%) Python

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:

Applications
1 1 (1.09%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.17%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (2.17%) Amazon S3
1 2 (2.17%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 11 (11.96%) Wireless
2 4 (4.35%) Firewall
2 4 (4.35%) Network Security
2 4 (4.35%) Wireless Security
3 3 (3.26%) Intrusion Detection
4 2 (2.17%) LAN
5 1 (1.09%) DHCP
5 1 (1.09%) DNS
5 1 (1.09%) FTP
5 1 (1.09%) HTTP
5 1 (1.09%) Internet
5 1 (1.09%) IPsec
5 1 (1.09%) S/MIME
5 1 (1.09%) SSH
5 1 (1.09%) SSL
5 1 (1.09%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 11 (11.96%) Metasploit
2 4 (4.35%) Burp Suite
3 2 (2.17%) TestNG
4 1 (1.09%) Cucumber
4 1 (1.09%) Gatling
4 1 (1.09%) Git (software)
4 1 (1.09%) JIRA
4 1 (1.09%) JMeter
4 1 (1.09%) LoadRunner
4 1 (1.09%) Selenium
4 1 (1.09%) Subversion
General
1 17 (18.48%) Finance
2 3 (3.26%) Military
2 3 (3.26%) Telecoms
3 2 (2.17%) Banking
4 1 (1.09%) Legal
4 1 (1.09%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (1.09%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (6.52%) .NET
2 2 (2.17%) Web Services
3 1 (1.09%) ASP.NET
3 1 (1.09%) HTML
3 1 (1.09%) JSON
3 1 (1.09%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 16 (17.39%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (13.04%) CESG
2 12 (13.04%) Mobile App
3 3 (3.26%) Public Cloud
4 2 (2.17%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 2 (2.17%) SCADA
5 1 (1.09%) Cyberthreat
5 1 (1.09%) Digital Media
5 1 (1.09%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.09%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 20 (21.74%) Linux
2 11 (11.96%) Windows
3 7 (7.61%) Kali Linux
4 4 (4.35%) Unix
4 4 (4.35%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 71 (77.17%) Penetration Testing
2 28 (30.43%) Security Testing
3 27 (29.35%) Cybersecurity
3 27 (29.35%) Information Security
4 21 (22.83%) Ethical Hacking
5 17 (18.48%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 14 (15.22%) OWASP
7 5 (5.43%) Agile Software Development
7 5 (5.43%) Non-Functional Testing
8 4 (4.35%) Social Engineering
8 4 (4.35%) Test Planning
8 4 (4.35%) Vulnerability Management
9 3 (3.26%) Automated Testing
9 3 (3.26%) Black-Box Testing
9 3 (3.26%) Continuous Integration
9 3 (3.26%) Reverse Engineering
9 3 (3.26%) Security Architecture
9 3 (3.26%) Stakeholder Management
10 2 (2.17%) Software Engineering
10 2 (2.17%) Vulnerability Scanning
Programming Languages
1 13 (14.13%) Java
2 10 (10.87%) C++
3 9 (9.78%) C
4 7 (7.61%) Python
5 5 (5.43%) JavaScript
6 4 (4.35%) Perl
6 4 (4.35%) Ruby
7 3 (3.26%) C#
7 3 (3.26%) Shell Script
7 3 (3.26%) SQL
8 2 (2.17%) PHP
9 1 (1.09%) PowerShell
9 1 (1.09%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 50 (54.35%) CREST Certified
2 23 (25.00%) Security Cleared
3 20 (21.74%) OSCP
4 19 (20.65%) CEH
5 18 (19.57%) CHECK Team Member
6 17 (18.48%) SC Cleared
6 17 (18.48%) Tigerscheme
7 16 (17.39%) Cyber Scheme
8 12 (13.04%) CESG Certified Professional
9 10 (10.87%) CISSP
10 7 (7.61%) SANS
11 6 (6.52%) CHECK Team Leader
11 6 (6.52%) GPEN
11 6 (6.52%) GWAPT
12 5 (5.43%) GIAC
13 4 (4.35%) CISA
13 4 (4.35%) CISM
14 3 (3.26%) ISEB
14 3 (3.26%) ISTQB
15 2 (2.17%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.17%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (1.09%) PCI DSS
Systems Management
1 10 (10.87%) Nessus
2 1 (1.09%) HP Fortify
2 1 (1.09%) Nmap
Vendors
1 2 (2.17%) Microsoft
2 1 (1.09%) Cisco
2 1 (1.09%) HP
2 1 (1.09%) SOASTA, Inc
2 1 (1.09%) VMware
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