The table below looks at the statistics for Penetration Testing skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Penetration Testing over the 3 months to 30 July 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
30 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Penetration Testing
Rank 423 535 505
Rank change year-on-year
+112 -30
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 248 128 133
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.46% 0.22% 0.24%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.56% 0.28% 0.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 138 89 83
Median daily rate £500 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £352 £325 £304
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £550 £545
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £450 £450
% change year-on-year
+5.55% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 2
Median hourly rate - £45.00 £44.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +1.13%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £45.00 £44.50
% change year-on-year
- +1.13%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Processes & Methodologies Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
44547 45656 42956
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 82.75% 79.99% 78.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 29462 29606 26622
Median daily rate £438 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £295 £280 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1037 1202 1216
Median hourly rate £29.00 £30.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% +20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.36 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.16 £52.17 £48.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £30.50 £26.50
% change year-on-year
-1.63% +15.09%

Penetration Testing
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing Penetration Testing as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Penetration Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Penetration Testing
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Penetration Testing within the UK.

Penetration Testing Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Penetration Testing
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Penetration Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 30 July 2016.

Penetration Testing Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Penetration Testing
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Penetration Testing within the UK.

Penetration Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 30 July 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 +113 229 £500 +11.11% 159
London +40 102 £500 +11.11% 41
South East +19 48 £475 +5.55% 38
North West +19 22 £388 - 19
Manchester +5 18 £388 - 18
Yorkshire +11 13 £380 - 15
Hampshire +9 13 £475 +24.18% 9
East of England +26 11 £425 -2.85% 9
City of London +44 10 £450 +5.88% 7
South West +12 10 £325 -15.58% 16
East Midlands +9 10 £573 - 5
Buckinghamshire +7 10 £525 +14.13% 9
Wales +24 9 £600 +29.72% 2
South Wales +16 9 £600 +29.72% 2
West Yorkshire +12 9 £325 - 11
West Midlands - 9 £550 - 12
Milton Keynes +10 8 £525 +16.66% 5
East Sussex - 8 £350 - 1
Gloucestershire +4 6 £283 - 9
Nottinghamshire +1 6 £585 - 1
Nottingham - 6 £585 - 1
Hove - 6 - -
Hertfordshire +18 5 £369 -7.81% 1
Kent +11 5 £550 +4.76% 2
Surrey -13 5 £425 -5.55% 2
North East - 5 - - 1
Andover - 5 £350 - 1
Cheltenham +9 4 - - 8
Berkshire -14 4 £450 - 5
Newport - 4 - -

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 July 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Penetration Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Penetration Testing.

1 159 (33.76%) Information Security
2 116 (24.63%) CISSP
3 106 (22.51%) Firewall
4 99 (21.02%) Security Cleared
5 93 (19.75%) Finance
6 90 (19.11%) Cybersecurity
7 80 (16.99%) CREST Certified
8 78 (16.56%) OWASP
9 73 (15.50%) Security Testing
10 70 (14.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 70 (14.86%) CEH
11 67 (14.23%) Windows
11 67 (14.23%) Ethical Hacking
12 64 (13.59%) Risk Management
13 61 (12.95%) Agile Software Development
13 61 (12.95%) SC Cleared
14 59 (12.53%) Vulnerability Management
15 58 (12.31%) CISM
15 58 (12.31%) Java
16 56 (11.89%) Linux
17 52 (11.04%) Vulnerability Assessment
17 52 (11.04%) Security Operations
18 50 (10.62%) CESG Certified Professional
19 48 (10.19%) Microsoft
20 47 (9.98%) Security Architecture
21 46 (9.77%) Python
21 46 (9.77%) Project Management
22 45 (9.55%) Management Information System
23 43 (9.13%) Unix
23 43 (9.13%) VPN

Penetration Testing
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 15 (3.18%) Apache
2 11 (2.34%) Moodle
2 11 (2.34%) MS Exchange
3 7 (1.49%) IIS
3 7 (1.49%) SharePoint
4 6 (1.27%) OpenStack
5 5 (1.06%) SharePoint 2013
6 4 (0.85%) Tomcat
7 3 (0.64%) Skype for Business
8 2 (0.42%) Apache Pig
8 2 (0.42%) Confluence
9 1 (0.21%) nginx
9 1 (0.21%) SAS
9 1 (0.21%) uWSGI
Applications
1 30 (6.37%) MS Excel
2 13 (2.76%) MS PowerPoint
3 3 (0.64%) MS Office
4 1 (0.21%) MS Project
4 1 (0.21%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 13 (2.76%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.21%) Payment Gateway
2 1 (0.21%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 26 (5.52%) Microsoft Azure
2 25 (5.31%) Amazon AWS
3 7 (1.49%) Azure Active Directory
3 7 (1.49%) IaaS
3 7 (1.49%) Office 365
4 4 (0.85%) Amazon S3
5 3 (0.64%) Amazon ELB
5 3 (0.64%) AWS CloudFormation
5 3 (0.64%) Route 53
6 2 (0.42%) Google Analytics
6 2 (0.42%) Heroku
7 1 (0.21%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.21%) PaaS
7 1 (0.21%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 106 (22.51%) Firewall
2 43 (9.13%) VPN
3 38 (8.07%) Wireless
4 36 (7.64%) Internet
5 35 (7.43%) Intrusion Detection
6 33 (7.01%) Network Security
7 31 (6.58%) WAN
8 29 (6.16%) SSL
9 24 (5.10%) LAN
9 24 (5.10%) TCP/IP
10 23 (4.88%) IPsec
11 19 (4.03%) Cisco ASA
11 19 (4.03%) FTP
12 18 (3.82%) DNS
13 17 (3.61%) SSH
14 16 (3.40%) HTTP
14 16 (3.40%) OSPF
14 16 (3.40%) SMTP
15 14 (2.97%) BGP
16 11 (2.34%) Wireless Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (8.49%) SQL Server
2 18 (3.82%) SQL Server 2008
3 17 (3.61%) MySQL
4 16 (3.40%) PostgreSQL
5 11 (2.34%) MongoDB
6 10 (2.12%) Relational Database
7 8 (1.70%) DB2
7 8 (1.70%) Redis
7 8 (1.70%) SQL Server 2012
7 8 (1.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 5 (1.06%) InterSystems Cache
8 5 (1.06%) Oracle Reports
9 4 (0.85%) MariaDB
10 3 (0.64%) Amazon RDS
10 3 (0.64%) NoSQL
11 2 (0.42%) Big Data
11 2 (0.42%) Hadoop
11 2 (0.42%) Mixpanel
12 1 (0.21%) Azure SQL Database
12 1 (0.21%) GIS
Development Applications
1 20 (4.25%) Git (software)
2 19 (4.03%) Jenkins
3 12 (2.55%) Metasploit
4 11 (2.34%) AppScan
4 11 (2.34%) Selenium
5 7 (1.49%) Team Foundation Server
6 6 (1.27%) Burp Suite
6 6 (1.27%) Jasmine
7 5 (1.06%) Balsamiq Mockups
7 5 (1.06%) Cucumber
7 5 (1.06%) JIRA
7 5 (1.06%) JMeter
7 5 (1.06%) SpecFlow
8 4 (0.85%) Vagrant
8 4 (0.85%) VSS/SourceSafe
9 3 (0.64%) LoadRunner
9 3 (0.64%) Visual Studio
10 2 (0.42%) Eclipse
10 2 (0.42%) Fiddler
10 2 (0.42%) Oracle APEX
General
1 93 (19.75%) Finance
2 24 (5.10%) Legal
3 22 (4.67%) Banking
4 12 (2.55%) Telecoms
5 9 (1.91%) Military
6 8 (1.70%) Retail
7 5 (1.06%) Marketing
8 4 (0.85%) Games
9 2 (0.42%) Advertising
9 2 (0.42%) Back Office
9 2 (0.42%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.42%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.21%) Electronics
10 1 (0.21%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.21%) Front Office
10 1 (0.21%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 95 (20.17%) Tester
2 89 (18.90%) Penetration Tester
3 68 (14.44%) Consultant
4 66 (14.01%) Analyst
5 58 (12.31%) Security Analyst
6 54 (11.46%) Security Consultant
7 49 (10.40%) Security Manager
8 44 (9.34%) Security Engineer
9 31 (6.58%) Security Penetration Tester
9 31 (6.58%) Security Tester
10 25 (5.31%) Information Security Consultant
11 24 (5.10%) Developer
12 21 (4.46%) Architect
13 18 (3.82%) IT Manager
13 18 (3.82%) Network Engineer
14 17 (3.61%) IT Security Manager
14 17 (3.61%) Security Specialist
15 15 (3.18%) Information Analyst
15 15 (3.18%) Information Security Analyst
15 15 (3.18%) Risk Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (7.22%) .NET
2 20 (4.25%) Web Services
3 14 (2.97%) Node.js
4 12 (2.55%) .NET Framework
5 10 (2.12%) ASP.NET
5 10 (2.12%) HTML
6 9 (1.91%) Ajax
6 9 (1.91%) HTML5
7 8 (1.70%) ASP.NET Web API
7 8 (1.70%) Entity Framework
7 8 (1.70%) jQuery
7 8 (1.70%) Middleware
7 8 (1.70%) Sensu
8 7 (1.49%) React
8 7 (1.49%) SAML
9 6 (1.27%) KnockoutJS
10 5 (1.06%) Breeze.js
10 5 (1.06%) Durandal
10 5 (1.06%) Windows Identity Foundation
11 4 (0.85%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 45 (9.55%) Management Information System
2 43 (9.13%) Analytical Skills
3 41 (8.70%) CESG
4 35 (7.43%) Cryptography
5 32 (6.79%) PKI
6 23 (4.88%) Mobile App
7 14 (2.97%) Data Centre
7 14 (2.97%) Security Operations Centre
8 11 (2.34%) Client/Server
9 10 (2.12%) Algorithms
9 10 (2.12%) e-Learning
10 9 (1.91%) N-Tier
11 6 (1.27%) Embedded Systems
12 5 (1.06%) Cyberthreat
12 5 (1.06%) Data Protection Act
12 5 (1.06%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
12 5 (1.06%) Fintech
12 5 (1.06%) NHS
13 4 (0.85%) Computer Science
13 4 (0.85%) Cyber Attack
Operating Systems
1 67 (14.23%) Windows
2 56 (11.89%) Linux
3 43 (9.13%) Unix
4 14 (2.97%) Windows Server
5 10 (2.12%) Windows Vista
6 8 (1.70%) Android
6 8 (1.70%) Windows Server 2008
7 7 (1.49%) Apple iOS
7 7 (1.49%) Windows Server 2012
8 6 (1.27%) Solaris
9 5 (1.06%) Kali Linux
10 4 (0.85%) CentOS
10 4 (0.85%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.21%) Windows Mobile
11 1 (0.21%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 159 (33.76%) Information Security
2 90 (19.11%) Cybersecurity
3 78 (16.56%) OWASP
4 73 (15.50%) Security Testing
5 67 (14.23%) Ethical Hacking
6 64 (13.59%) Risk Management
7 61 (12.95%) Agile Software Development
8 59 (12.53%) Vulnerability Management
9 52 (11.04%) Security Operations
9 52 (11.04%) Vulnerability Assessment
10 47 (9.98%) Security Architecture
11 46 (9.77%) Project Management
12 42 (8.92%) ITIL
13 40 (8.49%) Kalman Filter
13 40 (8.49%) SIEM
14 36 (7.64%) Continuous Integration
15 30 (6.37%) Information Assurance
15 30 (6.37%) Security Management
16 28 (5.94%) Vulnerability Scanning
16 28 (5.94%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 58 (12.31%) Java
2 46 (9.77%) Python
3 41 (8.70%) C++
4 34 (7.22%) Perl
5 30 (6.37%) C
6 26 (5.52%) C#
7 24 (5.10%) Ruby
8 23 (4.88%) JavaScript
8 23 (4.88%) PowerShell
9 20 (4.25%) PHP
10 17 (3.61%) SQL
11 9 (1.91%) Bash Shell
12 8 (1.70%) TypeScript
13 6 (1.27%) Shell Script
13 6 (1.27%) T-SQL
14 4 (0.85%) COBOL
15 2 (0.42%) Assembly Language
15 2 (0.42%) Go
15 2 (0.42%) PL/SQL
15 2 (0.42%) Scala
Qualifications
1 116 (24.63%) CISSP
2 99 (21.02%) Security Cleared
3 80 (16.99%) CREST Certified
4 70 (14.86%) CEH
5 61 (12.95%) SC Cleared
6 58 (12.31%) CISM
7 50 (10.62%) CESG Certified Professional
8 36 (7.64%) CISA
9 30 (6.37%) OSCP
10 24 (5.10%) Cyber Scheme
11 22 (4.67%) CHECK Team Member
12 19 (4.03%) CLAS
12 19 (4.03%) Tigerscheme
13 17 (3.61%) Degree
14 15 (3.18%) CompTIA Security+
14 15 (3.18%) DV Cleared
14 15 (3.18%) GIAC
14 15 (3.18%) Security+ Certification
15 13 (2.76%) SANS
16 12 (2.55%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 70 (14.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 38 (8.07%) PCI DSS
3 18 (3.82%) QA
4 16 (3.40%) COBIT
5 15 (3.18%) RMADS
6 6 (1.27%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 5 (1.06%) Disclosure Scotland
7 5 (1.06%) JSP 440
8 4 (0.85%) ISAE 3402
8 4 (0.85%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 3 (0.64%) GPG13
9 3 (0.64%) WAI
9 3 (0.64%) WCAG
10 2 (0.42%) ISO/IEC 17799
10 2 (0.42%) SSAE 16
11 1 (0.21%) PA-DSS
System Software
1 31 (6.58%) Active Directory
2 10 (2.12%) Docker
2 10 (2.12%) Sendmail
3 9 (1.91%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (1.06%) Virtual Servers
5 4 (0.85%) VMware ESXi
6 3 (0.64%) Firmware
7 2 (0.42%) NFS
7 2 (0.42%) oVirt
7 2 (0.42%) VMware ESX
8 1 (0.21%) Hyper-V
8 1 (0.21%) Snort
8 1 (0.21%) Virtual Desktop
8 1 (0.21%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 16 (3.40%) Puppet
2 11 (2.34%) Nessus
3 8 (1.70%) Ansible
4 7 (1.49%) HP Fortify
4 7 (1.49%) SmoothWall
4 7 (1.49%) WebInspect
5 6 (1.27%) Grafana
5 6 (1.27%) Kibana
5 6 (1.27%) logstash
5 6 (1.27%) Opscode Chef
5 6 (1.27%) Salt
5 6 (1.27%) Uchiwa
6 4 (0.85%) Nmap
7 3 (0.64%) Nagios
8 2 (0.42%) CA Single Sign-On
8 2 (0.42%) EnCase
8 2 (0.42%) HAProxy
8 2 (0.42%) Microsoft Clustering
9 1 (0.21%) OpenVAS
9 1 (0.21%) TrustSec
Vendors
1 48 (10.19%) Microsoft
2 33 (7.01%) Cisco
3 27 (5.73%) Oracle
4 21 (4.46%) CheckPoint
5 20 (4.25%) VMware
6 14 (2.97%) Citrix
7 13 (2.76%) F5
8 9 (1.91%) Veracode
9 8 (1.70%) HP
9 8 (1.70%) IBM
9 8 (1.70%) Juniper
10 7 (1.49%) Clearswift
10 7 (1.49%) Kaspersky
10 7 (1.49%) SAP
11 6 (1.27%) Sitecore
12 5 (1.06%) Blue Coat
12 5 (1.06%) LogRhythm
12 5 (1.06%) Mercator
13 4 (0.85%) Splunk
13 4 (0.85%) Symantec
Bristol, Avon
CPS Group UK
Rate: £400 - £575 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
G2 Recruitment Solutions
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Rate: £500.00 - £600.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
G2 Recruitment Solutions
Posted: Yesterday
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 3 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £250 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Bedford, Bedfordshire
ReThink Recruitment
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Montash Associates
Rate: £550 - £700 per day + Negotiable
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Computer People
Rate: £300.00 - £350.00 per day + REMOTE
Posted: 3 days ago
Andover, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Croydon
TDA Group
Rate: £450 - £500 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £200.00 - £300.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago