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 30 April 2016 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.

3 months to
30 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Penetration Testing
Rank 441 484 516
Rank change year-on-year
+43 +32
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 223 147 102
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.40% 0.26% 0.19%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.49% 0.33% 0.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 145 85 59
Average daily rate £500 £450 £470
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% -4.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £319 £308 £308
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £572 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £470 £400 £450
% change year-on-year
+17.50% -11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 0
Average hourly rate £34.81 £22.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+54.72% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £34.81 £22.50 -
% change year-on-year
+54.72% -

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
45575 43990 42356
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 81.54% 78.77% 77.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 30098 27401 26461
Average daily rate £438 £413 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £280 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1047 1276 1199
Average hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.36 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.82 £47.83 £52.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £30.75 £31.50
% change year-on-year
+17.07% -2.38%

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 30 April 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
Hourly Rate Histogram

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

Penetration Testing Hourly Rate Histogram 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 30 April 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 +26 195 £500 +11.73% 96
London +37 89 £525 +12.90% 41
South East -34 38 £475 +8.57% 23
North West +3 30 £425 +25.92% 8
Manchester -6 22 £450 +35.84% 7
Wales +17 15 £300 - 2
South Wales +5 15 £300 - 2
South West +18 14 £488 +35.41% 6
Cardiff - 14 £300 - 1
Hampshire +2 13 £349 -17.94% 3
City of London +41 9 £500 +11.11% 8
Berkshire +10 9 £485 -3.00%
Wiltshire - 9 £450 -
Basingstoke -2 7 £560 +45.45% 1
West Midlands -5 7 £450 -18.18% 8
East of England +4 6 £400 +23.07% 1
Surrey -23 6 £425 -2.85% 4
Kent - 5 £475 -
Cheshire - 5 £350 -
Warrington - 5 £350 -
Fareham - 5 £200 -
Buckinghamshire +9 4 £525 +31.25% 9
Milton Keynes 0 4 £525 +31.25% 2
Swindon - 4 £469 -
Yorkshire - 4 £500 - 3
Slough +10 3 £470 -6.00%
Reading -13 3 £616 -
North East -30 3 £313 - 1
Tyne and Wear -33 3 £313 - 1
Newcastle upon Tyne -34 3 £313 - 1

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 April 2016, 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.

1 158 (38.63%) Information Security
2 97 (23.72%) Security Cleared
3 85 (20.78%) Firewall
3 85 (20.78%) Finance
4 77 (18.83%) Linux
5 74 (18.09%) Windows
6 70 (17.11%) CISSP
6 70 (17.11%) SC Cleared
7 69 (16.87%) Cybersecurity
8 65 (15.89%) Risk Management
9 63 (15.40%) Agile Software Development
10 59 (14.43%) Java
11 57 (13.94%) CREST Certified
12 54 (13.20%) Security Operations
12 54 (13.20%) Security Testing
13 53 (12.96%) OWASP
13 53 (12.96%) Vulnerability Assessment
14 52 (12.71%) Ethical Hacking
14 52 (12.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
15 47 (11.49%) Intrusion Detection
15 47 (11.49%) C++
16 46 (11.25%) PCI DSS
16 46 (11.25%) Vulnerability Management
17 45 (11.00%) Python
18 44 (10.76%) Unix
18 44 (10.76%) CEH
19 42 (10.27%) Analytical Skills
20 41 (10.02%) Management Information System
21 39 (9.54%) ITIL
21 39 (9.54%) Perl

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 April 2016, 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 26 (6.36%) Node.js
2 11 (2.69%) Apache
2 11 (2.69%) Moodle
3 8 (1.96%) IIS
3 8 (1.96%) SharePoint
4 5 (1.22%) MS Exchange
4 5 (1.22%) SharePoint 2013
5 4 (0.98%) Confluence
5 4 (0.98%) OpenStack
6 1 (0.24%) nginx
6 1 (0.24%) SAS
6 1 (0.24%) uWSGI
Applications
1 29 (7.09%) MS Excel
2 13 (3.18%) MS PowerPoint
3 2 (0.49%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.24%) MS Office
4 1 (0.24%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 11 (2.69%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.49%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 35 (8.56%) Amazon AWS
2 24 (5.87%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (1.47%) Office 365
4 4 (0.98%) Azure Active Directory
5 3 (0.73%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.24%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.24%) IaaS
6 1 (0.24%) PaaS
6 1 (0.24%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 85 (20.78%) Firewall
2 47 (11.49%) Intrusion Detection
3 38 (9.29%) TCP/IP
4 35 (8.56%) SSL
5 32 (7.82%) VPN
6 31 (7.58%) HTTP
7 30 (7.33%) Network Security
8 24 (5.87%) WAN
9 22 (5.38%) Internet
10 18 (4.40%) LAN
11 15 (3.67%) IPsec
11 15 (3.67%) Wireless
12 13 (3.18%) FTP
13 12 (2.93%) DNS
14 9 (2.20%) SSH
15 8 (1.96%) Cisco ASA
15 8 (1.96%) MPLS
15 8 (1.96%) SMTP
16 7 (1.71%) DHCP
16 7 (1.71%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (6.85%) SQL Server
2 26 (6.36%) Relational Database
3 25 (6.11%) MongoDB
4 24 (5.87%) PostgreSQL
4 24 (5.87%) Redis
5 16 (3.91%) SQL Server 2008
6 11 (2.69%) MySQL
7 8 (1.96%) DB2
8 7 (1.71%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 6 (1.47%) SQL Server 2012
10 5 (1.22%) InterSystems Cache
11 1 (0.24%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 1 (0.24%) Big Data
11 1 (0.24%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 35 (8.56%) Git (software)
2 31 (7.58%) Jenkins
3 21 (5.13%) Metasploit
4 11 (2.69%) Selenium
4 11 (2.69%) Team Foundation Server
5 10 (2.44%) AppScan
6 7 (1.71%) SpecFlow
7 6 (1.47%) JIRA
7 6 (1.47%) LoadRunner
8 5 (1.22%) Balsamiq Mockups
8 5 (1.22%) Burp Suite
8 5 (1.22%) Cucumber
8 5 (1.22%) Jasmine
9 4 (0.98%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 3 (0.73%) HP UFT
10 3 (0.73%) JMeter
10 3 (0.73%) NUnit
10 3 (0.73%) TeamCity
11 2 (0.49%) MSTest
11 2 (0.49%) WebDriver
General
1 85 (20.78%) Finance
2 24 (5.87%) Legal
3 18 (4.40%) Telecoms
4 17 (4.16%) Banking
5 11 (2.69%) Military
6 6 (1.47%) Marketing
7 5 (1.22%) Games
7 5 (1.22%) Retail
8 2 (0.49%) Billing
8 2 (0.49%) Electronics
8 2 (0.49%) Investment Banking
8 2 (0.49%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.24%) Advertising
9 1 (0.24%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.24%) Front Office
9 1 (0.24%) Local Government
9 1 (0.24%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.24%) Publishing
9 1 (0.24%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 94 (22.98%) Analyst
2 81 (19.80%) Security Analyst
3 76 (18.58%) Tester
4 66 (16.14%) Consultant
4 66 (16.14%) Penetration Tester
5 59 (14.43%) Security Consultant
6 29 (7.09%) Information Analyst
6 29 (7.09%) Information Security Analyst
7 27 (6.60%) Security Manager
8 24 (5.87%) DevOps Engineer
9 23 (5.62%) Information Security Consultant
10 22 (5.38%) Developer
10 22 (5.38%) Security Specialist
11 21 (5.13%) Security Tester
12 19 (4.65%) Security Engineer
13 18 (4.40%) IT Manager
13 18 (4.40%) Security Penetration Tester
14 17 (4.16%) IT Security Manager
15 13 (3.18%) Cybersecurity Consultant
16 12 (2.93%) IT Security Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (9.05%) .NET
2 34 (8.31%) Web Services
3 23 (5.62%) Sensu
4 11 (2.69%) RabbitMQ
5 10 (2.44%) .NET Framework
6 9 (2.20%) Ajax
7 8 (1.96%) ASP.NET
8 7 (1.71%) ASP.NET Web API
8 7 (1.71%) Entity Framework
8 7 (1.71%) jQuery
8 7 (1.71%) SAML
9 6 (1.47%) Breeze.js
9 6 (1.47%) Durandal
9 6 (1.47%) KnockoutJS
9 6 (1.47%) Middleware
9 6 (1.47%) React
9 6 (1.47%) SOAP
9 6 (1.47%) Windows Identity Foundation
10 5 (1.22%) OpenID
10 5 (1.22%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 42 (10.27%) Analytical Skills
2 41 (10.02%) Management Information System
3 34 (8.31%) Cryptography
4 27 (6.60%) CESG
5 18 (4.40%) Security Operations Centre
6 17 (4.16%) Mobile App
6 17 (4.16%) PKI
7 10 (2.44%) e-Learning
8 8 (1.96%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 8 (1.96%) Mainframe
9 7 (1.71%) Client/Server
9 7 (1.71%) Data Centre
10 6 (1.47%) AS400
10 6 (1.47%) IBM Mainframe
11 5 (1.22%) Cyberthreat
11 5 (1.22%) FMCG
11 5 (1.22%) NHS
11 5 (1.22%) N-Tier
12 4 (0.98%) Algorithms
12 4 (0.98%) Internet of Things
Operating Systems
1 77 (18.83%) Linux
2 74 (18.09%) Windows
3 44 (10.76%) Unix
4 17 (4.16%) Windows Server
5 10 (2.44%) Windows Server 2008
6 9 (2.20%) Windows Server 2012
7 8 (1.96%) Android
8 7 (1.71%) Apple iOS
8 7 (1.71%) Kali Linux
9 4 (0.98%) CentOS
9 4 (0.98%) Ubuntu
9 4 (0.98%) Windows Vista
10 2 (0.49%) Mac OS X
10 2 (0.49%) Solaris
11 1 (0.24%) VMS
11 1 (0.24%) Windows 10
11 1 (0.24%) Windows Mobile
11 1 (0.24%) Windows Phone
11 1 (0.24%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 158 (38.63%) Information Security
2 69 (16.87%) Cybersecurity
3 65 (15.89%) Risk Management
4 63 (15.40%) Agile Software Development
5 54 (13.20%) Security Operations
5 54 (13.20%) Security Testing
6 53 (12.96%) OWASP
6 53 (12.96%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 52 (12.71%) Ethical Hacking
8 46 (11.25%) Vulnerability Management
9 39 (9.54%) ITIL
10 37 (9.05%) Continuous Integration
11 35 (8.56%) Stakeholder Management
12 33 (8.07%) Configuration Management
12 33 (8.07%) SIEM
13 32 (7.82%) Security Management
14 27 (6.60%) Information Assurance
14 27 (6.60%) Open Source
15 26 (6.36%) Vulnerability Scanning
16 25 (6.11%) Kalman Filter
Programming Languages
1 59 (14.43%) Java
2 47 (11.49%) C++
3 45 (11.00%) Python
4 39 (9.54%) Perl
5 35 (8.56%) PowerShell
6 32 (7.82%) C
7 28 (6.85%) Ruby
8 24 (5.87%) C#
9 18 (4.40%) JavaScript
9 18 (4.40%) SQL
10 16 (3.91%) PHP
11 9 (2.20%) Go
12 7 (1.71%) Shell Script
13 6 (1.47%) TypeScript
14 5 (1.22%) T-SQL
15 4 (0.98%) COBOL
16 2 (0.49%) Bash Shell
16 2 (0.49%) Scala
16 2 (0.49%) VB
16 2 (0.49%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 97 (23.72%) Security Cleared
2 70 (17.11%) CISSP
2 70 (17.11%) SC Cleared
3 57 (13.94%) CREST Certified
4 44 (10.76%) CEH
5 32 (7.82%) CISM
6 23 (5.62%) CESG Certified Professional
6 23 (5.62%) OSCP
7 17 (4.16%) CISA
8 16 (3.91%) SANS
9 15 (3.67%) GIAC
10 14 (3.42%) CLAS
11 13 (3.18%) Cyber Scheme
11 13 (3.18%) Degree
12 11 (2.69%) CHECK Team Member
13 10 (2.44%) GWAPT
13 10 (2.44%) ISTQB
13 10 (2.44%) Tigerscheme
14 9 (2.20%) Cisco Certification
15 8 (1.96%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 52 (12.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 46 (11.25%) PCI DSS
3 21 (5.13%) RMADS
4 18 (4.40%) QA
5 7 (1.71%) GPG13
5 7 (1.71%) ISO27005
5 7 (1.71%) WAI
5 7 (1.71%) WCAG
6 6 (1.47%) COBIT
6 6 (1.47%) ISO27002
7 5 (1.22%) Disclosure Scotland
7 5 (1.22%) JSP 440
8 3 (0.73%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 2 (0.49%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 2 (0.49%) ISAE 3402
10 1 (0.24%) HIPAA
10 1 (0.24%) ISO 9001
10 1 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 17799
10 1 (0.24%) SLA
10 1 (0.24%) TickIT
System Software
1 25 (6.11%) Active Directory
2 15 (3.67%) Docker
3 4 (0.98%) Sendmail
3 4 (0.98%) VMware ESXi
4 3 (0.73%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.24%) Snort
5 1 (0.24%) VMware ESX
5 1 (0.24%) VMware Workstation
5 1 (0.24%) Xen
Systems Management
1 28 (6.85%) Puppet
2 26 (6.36%) Nessus
3 24 (5.87%) Ansible
4 18 (4.40%) Grafana
4 18 (4.40%) Kibana
4 18 (4.40%) logstash
4 18 (4.40%) Uchiwa
5 14 (3.42%) Opscode Chef
6 12 (2.93%) Salt
7 7 (1.71%) HP Fortify
7 7 (1.71%) Nmap
7 7 (1.71%) WebInspect
8 5 (1.22%) OpenVAS
9 2 (0.49%) HAProxy
9 2 (0.49%) McAfee ePO
9 2 (0.49%) RSA Archer
10 1 (0.24%) Cacti
10 1 (0.24%) HP Quality Center
10 1 (0.24%) Nagios
10 1 (0.24%) WSUS
Vendors
1 36 (8.80%) VMware
2 32 (7.82%) Microsoft
3 21 (5.13%) Cisco
4 16 (3.91%) IBM
5 15 (3.67%) Oracle
6 14 (3.42%) CheckPoint
6 14 (3.42%) HP
7 12 (2.93%) Sitecore
8 11 (2.69%) F5
9 10 (2.44%) Splunk
10 8 (1.96%) Symantec
10 8 (1.96%) Veracode
11 6 (1.47%) Citrix
11 6 (1.47%) LogRhythm
11 6 (1.47%) Qualys
12 5 (1.22%) ArcSight
12 5 (1.22%) Blue Coat
12 5 (1.22%) Novell
12 5 (1.22%) Q1 Labs
12 5 (1.22%) Tripwire
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