The table below looks at the statistics for Penetration Testing skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Penetration Testing over the 3 months to 31 July 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Penetration Testing
Rank 495 478 429
Rank change year-on-year
-17 -49
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 126 135 150
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.22% 0.25% 0.29%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.29% 0.32% 0.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 87 83 92
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£450 £450 £450
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £304 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £545 £539
UK excluding London average daily rate £450 £450 £393
% change year-on-year
- +14.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 2
Average hourly rate £45.00 £44.50 £48.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.13% -8.72%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £45.00 £44.50 £48.75
% change year-on-year
+1.13% -8.72%

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
44182 41616 38228
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 77.70% 76.15% 74.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 28632 25727 23174
Average daily rate £415 £400 £405
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.75% -1.23%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £275 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1181 1176 1105
Average hourly rate £30.00 £25.00 £30.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% -18.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.85 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.17 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.50 £26.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year
+15.09% -14.51%

Penetration Testing
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Penetration Testing within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within 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 31 July 2015.

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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 31 July 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 -35 118 £450 - 177
London -5 59 £450 +5.88% 40
South East +3 41 £450 +27.65% 39
City of London -18 14 £425 -2.85% 12
Berkshire +11 12 £450 +2.85% 11
Buckinghamshire +8 11 £460 - 4
Reading +7 11 £450 - 8
Surrey +6 11 £450 - 7
Milton Keynes +1 9 £450 - 2
East of England -3 7 £450 +4.65% 16
Hampshire -5 6 £383 - 11
Staines +7 5 £500 - 1
Manchester -11 4 £350 - 13
North West -33 4 £350 -24.32% 17
Basingstoke - 4 £385 - 1
South West -18 3 £385 -18.08% 28
Cardiff - 3 £463 -
South Wales - 3 £463 -
Hertfordshire - 3 £400 - 4
Wales - 3 £463 -
East Midlands 0 2 - - 1
Scotland -10 2 £450 - 1
Dorset - 2 £385 - 4
Leatherhead - 2 £450 -
Rickmansworth - 2 £400 -
Glasgow +5 1 - -
Northern Ireland -2 1 - -
Cambridgeshire -2 1 - - 4
County Antrim -3 1 - -
Belfast -3 1 - -

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Penetration Testing also 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 that cited Penetration Testing.

1 112 (40.29%) Information Security
2 108 (38.85%) Firewall
3 98 (35.25%) CISSP
4 90 (32.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 66 (23.74%) Vulnerability Management
6 57 (20.50%) CISM
6 57 (20.50%) Finance
7 51 (18.35%) ITIL
7 51 (18.35%) Windows
8 47 (16.91%) Cyber Security
9 46 (16.55%) SIEM
10 45 (16.19%) Cisco
11 43 (15.47%) Security Management
11 43 (15.47%) PKI
11 43 (15.47%) PCI DSS
12 42 (15.11%) Security Testing
12 42 (15.11%) Linux
13 41 (14.75%) Vulnerability Assessment
14 38 (13.67%) Management Information System
15 36 (12.95%) Microsoft
16 35 (12.59%) Risk Management
17 33 (11.87%) Intrusion Detection
18 32 (11.51%) OWASP
18 32 (11.51%) SSL
19 31 (11.15%) Security Cleared
20 30 (10.79%) Network Security
20 30 (10.79%) .NET
21 29 (10.43%) Kalman Filter
22 28 (10.07%) Security Patching
22 28 (10.07%) VMware

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Penetration Testing also 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 that cited Penetration Testing. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 9 (3.24%) IIS
2 5 (1.80%) SharePoint
3 4 (1.44%) MS Exchange
4 2 (0.72%) Apache
4 2 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2007
4 2 (0.72%) Drupal
4 2 (0.72%) Node.js
4 2 (0.72%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (0.36%) Apache Solr
5 1 (0.36%) Lync
5 1 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (0.36%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.36%) JBoss
5 1 (0.36%) FileNet
5 1 (0.36%) CMS
5 1 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 10 (3.60%) MS Excel
2 5 (1.80%) MS Office
3 4 (1.44%) MS Visio
3 4 (1.44%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (0.72%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (1.08%) Oracle Financials
2 1 (0.36%) SAP PP
2 1 (0.36%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (0.36%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (0.36%) SAP PM
2 1 (0.36%) SAP EWM
Cloud Services
1 5 (1.80%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (1.08%) Cloud Computing
3 2 (0.72%) SoftLayer
3 2 (0.72%) SaaS
4 1 (0.36%) PaaS
4 1 (0.36%) Office 365
4 1 (0.36%) IaaS
4 1 (0.36%) SuccessFactors
4 1 (0.36%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 108 (38.85%) Firewall
2 33 (11.87%) Intrusion Detection
3 32 (11.51%) SSL
4 30 (10.79%) Network Security
5 24 (8.63%) Cisco ASA
5 24 (8.63%) WAN
6 18 (6.47%) VPN
7 17 (6.12%) TCP/IP
8 15 (5.40%) Internet
9 14 (5.04%) Wireless
10 13 (4.68%) DNS
11 10 (3.60%) LAN
12 8 (2.88%) DHCP
12 8 (2.88%) Kerberos
13 7 (2.52%) HTTP
14 5 (1.80%) LDAP
15 4 (1.44%) Wireshark
15 4 (1.44%) Cisco IOS
16 3 (1.08%) IPsec
16 3 (1.08%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (3.60%) SQL Server
2 7 (2.52%) SQL Server 2012
2 7 (2.52%) Oracle Database
3 6 (2.16%) InterSystems Cache
4 5 (1.80%) SQL Server 2005
4 5 (1.80%) Oracle Database 11g
5 4 (1.44%) Relational Database
6 3 (1.08%) SQL Server 2008
6 3 (1.08%) MySQL
7 2 (0.72%) PostgreSQL
7 2 (0.72%) MongoDB
7 2 (0.72%) Redis
7 2 (0.72%) Big Data
8 1 (0.36%) DB2
8 1 (0.36%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 9 (3.24%) Visual Studio
1 9 (3.24%) LoadRunner
2 4 (1.44%) Selenium
3 3 (1.08%) Metasploit
3 3 (1.08%) Git (software)
3 3 (1.08%) SoapUI
3 3 (1.08%) JIRA
3 3 (1.08%) Jenkins
4 2 (0.72%) WebDriver
4 2 (0.72%) Subversion
4 2 (0.72%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 2 (0.72%) SpecFlow
5 1 (0.36%) Bitbucket
5 1 (0.36%) Gradle
5 1 (0.36%) Artifactory
5 1 (0.36%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.36%) TeamCity
5 1 (0.36%) Eclipse
5 1 (0.36%) Toad
5 1 (0.36%) TestDirector
General
1 57 (20.50%) Finance
2 13 (4.68%) Legal
2 13 (4.68%) Retail
3 11 (3.96%) Telecoms
3 11 (3.96%) Banking
4 5 (1.80%) Financial Institution
5 4 (1.44%) Manufacturing
5 4 (1.44%) Investment Banking
6 3 (1.08%) Advertising
6 3 (1.08%) Automotive
6 3 (1.08%) Games
7 2 (0.72%) Military
7 2 (0.72%) Law
7 2 (0.72%) Multimedia
7 2 (0.72%) Back Office
8 1 (0.36%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.36%) Publishing
8 1 (0.36%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.36%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 101 (36.33%) Analyst
2 77 (27.70%) Security Analyst
3 48 (17.27%) Consultant
3 48 (17.27%) Security Consultant
4 23 (8.27%) Security Manager
5 21 (7.55%) Architect
5 21 (7.55%) Tester
6 19 (6.83%) Security Architect
7 17 (6.12%) Penetration Tester
8 16 (5.76%) Project Manager
8 16 (5.76%) Test Analyst
9 15 (5.40%) Security Engineer
10 14 (5.04%) Security Specialist
11 13 (4.68%) Information Security Analyst
11 13 (4.68%) Information Analyst
11 13 (4.68%) Application Security Analyst
12 12 (4.32%) Technical Analyst
13 11 (3.96%) Developer
13 11 (3.96%) Senior Analyst
14 10 (3.60%) IT Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (10.79%) .NET
2 14 (5.04%) XML
3 11 (3.96%) Web Services
4 10 (3.60%) XML Messaging
5 9 (3.24%) HTML
5 9 (3.24%) SAML
6 8 (2.88%) ASP.NET
7 7 (2.52%) .NET Framework
7 7 (2.52%) jQuery
8 6 (2.16%) Ajax
8 6 (2.16%) CSS
9 5 (1.80%) Windows Identity Foundation
10 3 (1.08%) HTML5
10 3 (1.08%) SOAP
10 3 (1.08%) Middleware
10 3 (1.08%) XML-RPC
11 2 (0.72%) LAMP
11 2 (0.72%) RabbitMQ
11 2 (0.72%) ASP.NET MVC
11 2 (0.72%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 43 (15.47%) PKI
2 38 (13.67%) Management Information System
3 16 (5.76%) Data Centre
4 14 (5.04%) Data Protection Act
5 12 (4.32%) Cryptography
6 11 (3.96%) Smart Meter
6 11 (3.96%) Mainframe
7 10 (3.60%) Computer Science
8 9 (3.24%) Fixed Income
8 9 (3.24%) Analytical Skills
9 8 (2.88%) IBM Mainframe
9 8 (2.88%) AS400
10 7 (2.52%) SCADA
11 6 (2.16%) CESG
11 6 (2.16%) N-Tier
12 5 (1.80%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
13 4 (1.44%) CESG CLAS
14 3 (1.08%) RMADS
14 3 (1.08%) Mobile App
15 2 (0.72%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 51 (18.35%) Windows
2 42 (15.11%) Linux
3 26 (9.35%) UNIX
4 7 (2.52%) Solaris
4 7 (2.52%) Windows Server 2003
4 7 (2.52%) Windows Server 2008
5 6 (2.16%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (0.72%) AIX
7 1 (0.36%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 112 (40.29%) Information Security
2 66 (23.74%) Vulnerability Management
3 51 (18.35%) ITIL
4 47 (16.91%) Cyber Security
5 46 (16.55%) SIEM
6 43 (15.47%) Security Management
7 42 (15.11%) Security Testing
8 41 (14.75%) Vulnerability Assessment
9 35 (12.59%) Risk Management
10 32 (11.51%) OWASP
11 29 (10.43%) Kalman Filter
12 28 (10.07%) Security Patching
13 27 (9.71%) Information Security Management
13 27 (9.71%) Ethical Hacking
14 22 (7.91%) Patch Management
15 21 (7.55%) Data Protection
16 20 (7.19%) Agile Software Development
17 18 (6.47%) Stakeholder Management
18 17 (6.12%) Migration
19 16 (5.76%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 26 (9.35%) Java
2 23 (8.27%) C#
3 14 (5.04%) Shell Script
4 13 (4.68%) SQL
5 9 (3.24%) JavaScript
6 8 (2.88%) C
7 6 (2.16%) T-SQL
8 5 (1.80%) VB
9 3 (1.08%) Perl
9 3 (1.08%) PHP
9 3 (1.08%) C++
9 3 (1.08%) Ruby
9 3 (1.08%) PowerShell
10 2 (0.72%) Objective-C
10 2 (0.72%) PL/SQL
11 1 (0.36%) Python
11 1 (0.36%) Embedded C
11 1 (0.36%) Assembly Language
11 1 (0.36%) Go
11 1 (0.36%) XPath
Qualifications
1 98 (35.25%) CISSP
2 57 (20.50%) CISM
3 31 (11.15%) Security Cleared
4 28 (10.07%) CEH
5 23 (8.27%) CISA
5 23 (8.27%) Degree
5 23 (8.27%) SC Cleared
6 22 (7.91%) GIAC
7 20 (7.19%) CISMP
8 18 (6.47%) ITIL Certification
8 18 (6.47%) ISEB
9 15 (5.40%) CCENT
10 9 (3.24%) DV Cleared
11 8 (2.88%) ISTQB
12 7 (2.52%) PCI QSA
12 7 (2.52%) SSCP
13 5 (1.80%) CRISC
14 4 (1.44%) Cisco Certification
15 3 (1.08%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 3 (1.08%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 90 (32.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 43 (15.47%) PCI DSS
3 26 (9.35%) QA
4 9 (3.24%) COBIT
5 7 (2.52%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.72%) JSP 440
7 1 (0.36%) SLA
7 1 (0.36%) BS7799
System Software
1 15 (5.40%) Active Directory
2 11 (3.96%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (1.44%) Snort
4 2 (0.72%) Firmware
4 2 (0.72%) Hyper-V
4 2 (0.72%) Xen
5 1 (0.36%) vSphere
5 1 (0.36%) Varnish
5 1 (0.36%) vCloud
5 1 (0.36%) Squid
Systems Management
1 9 (3.24%) Nessus
2 8 (2.88%) CA Single Sign-On
3 4 (1.44%) Nagios
4 3 (1.08%) Tivoli
4 3 (1.08%) Nmap
4 3 (1.08%) Norton AntiVirus
4 3 (1.08%) HP Quality Center
5 2 (0.72%) CORE IMPACT
5 2 (0.72%) McAfee ePO
5 2 (0.72%) Puppet
5 2 (0.72%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
5 2 (0.72%) WSUS
5 2 (0.72%) SCCM
5 2 (0.72%) Ansible
6 1 (0.36%) Cisco Prime
6 1 (0.36%) Icinga
6 1 (0.36%) SCOM
6 1 (0.36%) Cisco UCCE
6 1 (0.36%) Business Desktop Deployment
6 1 (0.36%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 45 (16.19%) Cisco
2 36 (12.95%) Microsoft
3 28 (10.07%) VMware
4 25 (8.99%) CheckPoint
5 22 (7.91%) HP
6 20 (7.19%) Clearswift
7 19 (6.83%) Kaspersky
8 15 (5.40%) Oracle
9 13 (4.68%) Citrix
10 9 (3.24%) IBM
10 9 (3.24%) McAfee
11 8 (2.88%) CA
12 7 (2.52%) Qualys
12 7 (2.52%) Websense
12 7 (2.52%) Splunk
13 6 (2.16%) Remedy
13 6 (2.16%) Juniper
14 5 (1.80%) FireEye
15 4 (1.44%) ArcSight
15 4 (1.44%) Symantec
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