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 17 April 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
17 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Penetration Testing
Rank 462 502 450
Rank change year-on-year
+40 -52
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 131 97 114
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.23% 0.17% 0.23%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.31% 0.23% 0.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 72 60 82
Average daily rate
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£425 £470 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.57% +10.58%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £321 £324 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £580 £600 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £450 £375
% change year-on-year
-11.11% +20.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 1
Average hourly rate £22.50 - £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 - -

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
42607 42090 35753
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 76.23% 74.66% 73.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 26554 26094 21361
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 £280 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £393 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+4.66% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1209 1182 1111
Average hourly rate £29.00 £27.50 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.45% -14.06%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.28 £12.31 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.70 £52.50 £53.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.44 £30.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
+4.80% -6.25%

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 17 April 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 17 April 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 +34 123 £425 -10.52% 145
South East +6 46 £425 -19.04% 27
London +10 39 £450 -10.00% 49
North West -5 19 £344 -25.67% 19
Surrey +14 17 £425 -19.81% 3
Manchester +8 17 £338 -28.94% 19
Hampshire 0 13 £450 -14.28% 7
City of London +16 8 £525 +5.00% 12
East of England +22 7 £325 +30.00% 5
West Midlands -13 6 £550 +126.80% 12
Berkshire +9 5 £500 -23.07% 10
South West -2 5 £360 -23.40% 18
Staines +7 4 - -
Basingstoke +2 4 £385 -26.66% 2
Buckinghamshire +1 4 £400 +33.33% 4
Scotland -2 4 £300 -8.53% 1
Milton Keynes -4 4 £400 +33.33% 4
Southampton - 4 £500 - 2
East Sussex - 4 - -
Brighton - 4 - -
Essex - 3 - -
Slough - 3 £500 - 2
East Midlands +6 2 £300 - 3
Bristol -1 2 £360 +10.76% 6
Glasgow -4 2 £300 -
Coventry - 2 - - 1
Oxfordshire - 2 £270 - 2
Cambridgeshire - 2 £325 - 3
Reading +5 1 - - 8
Northern Ireland -4 1 £475 +35.71% 2

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 89 (35.74%) CISSP
2 72 (28.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 70 (28.11%) Information Security
4 62 (24.90%) Firewall
5 58 (23.29%) ITIL
5 58 (23.29%) Windows
6 51 (20.48%) Linux
7 46 (18.47%) CISM
8 41 (16.47%) PCI DSS
9 40 (16.06%) Vulnerability Assessment
10 39 (15.66%) SIEM
11 38 (15.26%) Vulnerability Management
12 37 (14.86%) Security Cleared
13 35 (14.06%) Cisco
14 33 (13.25%) SSL
14 33 (13.25%) Finance
15 30 (12.05%) Microsoft
15 30 (12.05%) Network Security
15 30 (12.05%) QA
16 29 (11.65%) PKI
16 29 (11.65%) Intrusion Detection
17 28 (11.24%) CEH
17 28 (11.24%) SC Cleared
18 27 (10.84%) Security Testing
18 27 (10.84%) Risk Management
18 27 (10.84%) UNIX
19 25 (10.04%) VMware
19 25 (10.04%) Cyber Security
20 24 (9.64%) Kalman Filter
20 24 (9.64%) SQL

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 16 (6.43%) IIS
2 4 (1.61%) Apache
2 4 (1.61%) Node.js
3 3 (1.20%) OpenStack
3 3 (1.20%) Lync
3 3 (1.20%) Tomcat
3 3 (1.20%) SharePoint
4 2 (0.80%) Drupal
4 2 (0.80%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (0.40%) WebSphere Application Server
5 1 (0.40%) Apache Solr
5 1 (0.40%) JBoss
5 1 (0.40%) MS Exchange
5 1 (0.40%) CMS
5 1 (0.40%) WebSphere
5 1 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 10 (4.02%) MS Office
2 6 (2.41%) MS Excel
3 5 (2.01%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.80%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.40%) Oracle 11i
1 1 (0.40%) SAP PP
1 1 (0.40%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (0.40%) Oracle ERP
1 1 (0.40%) SAP PM
1 1 (0.40%) Oracle EBS R12
1 1 (0.40%) SAP EWM
Cloud Services
1 11 (4.42%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (2.81%) Cloud Computing
3 5 (2.01%) PaaS
3 5 (2.01%) IaaS
4 4 (1.61%) Microsoft Azure
5 3 (1.20%) SaaS
6 1 (0.40%) SuccessFactors
6 1 (0.40%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 62 (24.90%) Firewall
2 33 (13.25%) SSL
3 30 (12.05%) Network Security
4 29 (11.65%) Intrusion Detection
5 19 (7.63%) Cisco ASA
5 19 (7.63%) WAN
5 19 (7.63%) TCP/IP
6 15 (6.02%) Wireless
7 13 (5.22%) VPN
7 13 (5.22%) LDAP
8 11 (4.42%) HTTP
8 11 (4.42%) DNS
9 8 (3.21%) Internet
9 8 (3.21%) LAN
10 6 (2.41%) Wireshark
11 5 (2.01%) SAN
11 5 (2.01%) FTP
11 5 (2.01%) IP Telephony
12 4 (1.61%) DHCP
12 4 (1.61%) Cisco ICM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (4.02%) Oracle Database
1 10 (4.02%) Relational Database
2 8 (3.21%) Oracle Database 11g
3 7 (2.81%) Big Data
3 7 (2.81%) PostgreSQL
4 6 (2.41%) SQL Server
5 5 (2.01%) Oracle Reports
5 5 (2.01%) Data Warehouse
5 5 (2.01%) InterSystems Cache
5 5 (2.01%) SQL Server 2005
5 5 (2.01%) RDBMS
5 5 (2.01%) Oracle Database 10g
5 5 (2.01%) SQL Server 2012
6 4 (1.61%) MongoDB
6 4 (1.61%) Redis
7 3 (1.20%) SQLPlus
7 3 (1.20%) MySQL
8 2 (0.80%) SQL Server 2008
9 1 (0.40%) MariaDB
9 1 (0.40%) Oracle BI Publisher
Development Applications
1 8 (3.21%) LoadRunner
1 8 (3.21%) Jenkins
2 6 (2.41%) Git (software)
3 5 (2.01%) GDB
3 5 (2.01%) Oracle Forms
4 4 (1.61%) JIRA
4 4 (1.61%) Selenium
4 4 (1.61%) TeamCity
5 3 (1.20%) Metasploit
5 3 (1.20%) Oracle APEX
5 3 (1.20%) WebDriver
5 3 (1.20%) Cucumber
6 2 (0.80%) SoapUI
6 2 (0.80%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 1 (0.40%) Fiddler
7 1 (0.40%) TestDirector
7 1 (0.40%) SpecFlow
7 1 (0.40%) Bitbucket
7 1 (0.40%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 33 (13.25%) Finance
2 9 (3.61%) Telecoms
3 8 (3.21%) Publishing
4 6 (2.41%) Games
4 6 (2.41%) Banking
4 6 (2.41%) Law
5 5 (2.01%) Financial Institution
6 4 (1.61%) Manufacturing
7 3 (1.20%) Automotive
7 3 (1.20%) Retail
7 3 (1.20%) Legal
8 2 (0.80%) Electronics
9 1 (0.40%) Back Office
9 1 (0.40%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.40%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.40%) Local Government
9 1 (0.40%) Retail Banking
9 1 (0.40%) Spanish Language
9 1 (0.40%) Military
Job Titles
1 89 (35.74%) Analyst
2 67 (26.91%) Security Analyst
3 37 (14.86%) Consultant
4 36 (14.46%) Security Consultant
5 24 (9.64%) Tester
6 18 (7.23%) Penetration Tester
7 15 (6.02%) Security Engineer
7 15 (6.02%) IT Security Analyst
7 15 (6.02%) Test Analyst
8 11 (4.42%) Architect
8 11 (4.42%) Senior Analyst
8 11 (4.42%) Senior Security Analyst
9 10 (4.02%) Security Architect
9 10 (4.02%) Technical Analyst
10 9 (3.61%) Test Manager
10 9 (3.61%) Developer
10 9 (3.61%) Security Manager
11 8 (3.21%) Security Specialist
12 7 (2.81%) IT Security Engineer
12 7 (2.81%) Security Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (7.23%) .NET
2 11 (4.42%) XML
3 10 (4.02%) Web Services
4 9 (3.61%) ASP.NET
5 7 (2.81%) XML Messaging
6 6 (2.41%) HTML
7 5 (2.01%) .NET Framework
7 5 (2.01%) jQuery
7 5 (2.01%) Ajax
7 5 (2.01%) Windows Identity Foundation
8 4 (1.61%) Middleware
9 2 (0.80%) XML-RPC
9 2 (0.80%) SOAP
9 2 (0.80%) SAML
10 1 (0.40%) WSDL
10 1 (0.40%) CSS
10 1 (0.40%) OAuth
10 1 (0.40%) ASP.NET MVC
10 1 (0.40%) OpenID
10 1 (0.40%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 29 (11.65%) PKI
2 23 (9.24%) Management Information System
3 12 (4.82%) Computer Science
4 10 (4.02%) Cryptography
4 10 (4.02%) Data Protection Act
5 9 (3.61%) Smart Meter
6 8 (3.21%) Analytical Skills
7 7 (2.81%) Open Source
8 5 (2.01%) IBM Mainframe
8 5 (2.01%) Mainframe
8 5 (2.01%) CESG
8 5 (2.01%) AS400
8 5 (2.01%) N-Tier
9 4 (1.61%) Statistics
10 3 (1.20%) RMADS
10 3 (1.20%) Mathematics
11 2 (0.80%) Embedded Systems
11 2 (0.80%) Mobile App
11 2 (0.80%) Enterprise Software
11 2 (0.80%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 58 (23.29%) Windows
2 51 (20.48%) Linux
3 27 (10.84%) UNIX
4 9 (3.61%) Windows Server 2003
5 8 (3.21%) Windows Server 2012
6 6 (2.41%) Windows Server 2008
6 6 (2.41%) AIX
7 4 (1.61%) Windows 7
8 3 (1.20%) Windows NT
8 3 (1.20%) VMS
8 3 (1.20%) Solaris
8 3 (1.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.40%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.40%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 70 (28.11%) Information Security
2 58 (23.29%) ITIL
3 40 (16.06%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 39 (15.66%) SIEM
5 38 (15.26%) Vulnerability Management
6 27 (10.84%) Security Testing
6 27 (10.84%) Risk Management
7 25 (10.04%) Cyber Security
8 24 (9.64%) Kalman Filter
9 22 (8.84%) Agile Software Development
10 18 (7.23%) User Acceptance Testing
10 18 (7.23%) Risk Assessment
11 17 (6.83%) Incident Management
11 17 (6.83%) Change Control
11 17 (6.83%) OWASP
12 16 (6.43%) Migration
13 15 (6.02%) Stakeholder Management
13 15 (6.02%) Security Management
14 14 (5.62%) Business Continuity
15 13 (5.22%) Ethical Hacking
Programming Languages
1 24 (9.64%) SQL
2 21 (8.43%) Java
3 19 (7.63%) Shell Script
4 13 (5.22%) VB
5 12 (4.82%) Python
5 12 (4.82%) C
6 11 (4.42%) C#
7 9 (3.61%) Bash Shell
8 8 (3.21%) JavaScript
9 6 (2.41%) C++
9 6 (2.41%) PHP
10 5 (2.01%) PL/SQL
10 5 (2.01%) T-SQL
10 5 (2.01%) Perl
10 5 (2.01%) VC++
11 4 (1.61%) PowerShell
12 2 (0.80%) Groovy
13 1 (0.40%) Objective-C
13 1 (0.40%) Ruby
13 1 (0.40%) XPath
Qualifications
1 89 (35.74%) CISSP
2 46 (18.47%) CISM
3 37 (14.86%) Security Cleared
4 28 (11.24%) SC Cleared
4 28 (11.24%) CEH
5 18 (7.23%) Degree
6 17 (6.83%) CISMP
6 17 (6.83%) ITIL Certification
7 15 (6.02%) CISA
7 15 (6.02%) ISEB
8 14 (5.62%) CCENT
9 13 (5.22%) GIAC
10 11 (4.42%) CRISC
11 10 (4.02%) Cisco Certification
12 8 (3.21%) CCNA
13 7 (2.81%) MCSE
13 7 (2.81%) Microsoft Certification
13 7 (2.81%) SSCP
13 7 (2.81%) ISTQB
13 7 (2.81%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 72 (28.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 41 (16.47%) PCI DSS
3 30 (12.05%) QA
4 6 (2.41%) COBIT
5 5 (2.01%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.80%) JSP 440
7 1 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 17799
7 1 (0.40%) SLA
System Software
1 12 (4.82%) Active Directory
2 9 (3.61%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (2.41%) Snort
4 4 (1.61%) Xen
5 3 (1.20%) Terminal Server
6 2 (0.80%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.40%) Varnish
Systems Management
1 15 (6.02%) Nessus
2 8 (3.21%) HP Quality Center
3 7 (2.81%) Nmap
4 5 (2.01%) CORE IMPACT
4 5 (2.01%) SCCM
4 5 (2.01%) Puppet
5 4 (1.61%) Cisco CUCM
5 4 (1.61%) Ansible
5 4 (1.61%) Cisco IPCC
6 3 (1.20%) WSUS
7 2 (0.80%) McAfee ePO
7 2 (0.80%) OPNET
7 2 (0.80%) Nagios
8 1 (0.40%) Norton AntiVirus
8 1 (0.40%) CiscoWorks
8 1 (0.40%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 1 (0.40%) WebInspect
8 1 (0.40%) Icinga
8 1 (0.40%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 35 (14.06%) Cisco
2 30 (12.05%) Microsoft
3 25 (10.04%) VMware
4 22 (8.84%) McAfee
5 18 (7.23%) CheckPoint
5 18 (7.23%) HP
6 16 (6.43%) Oracle
6 16 (6.43%) Clearswift
6 16 (6.43%) Kaspersky
7 11 (4.42%) Citrix
8 9 (3.61%) Qualys
9 8 (3.21%) Remedy
9 8 (3.21%) Juniper
10 6 (2.41%) IBM
10 6 (2.41%) SolarWinds
11 5 (2.01%) F5
11 5 (2.01%) ArcSight
12 4 (1.61%) MobileIron
12 4 (1.61%) Sourcefire
12 4 (1.61%) Websense
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LA International
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Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Hudson IT
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
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City of London
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Rate: £400.00 - £500.00 per day
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London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £400 - £800 per day
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City, London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £275 - £300 per day
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Hampshire
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 11 days ago
City of London
Bridge Noble
Rate: £500 - £700 per day + experience dependant
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Manchester
Computer Futures
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Milton Keynes
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
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