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 25 November 2014 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
25 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Penetration Testing
Rank 454 475 481
Rank change year-on-year
+21 +6
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 148 102 88
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.26% 0.20% 0.17%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.35% 0.27% 0.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 91 59 67
Average daily rate
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£490 £400 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+22.50% -5.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £325 £316
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £500 £710
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 0
Average hourly rate £47.50 £22.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+111.11% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £47.50 - -

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
41912 38210 37430
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 73.63% 73.73% 71.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 27230 23695 21813
Average daily rate £420 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £273 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £593 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £363 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.20% -2.02%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1178 1152 1466
Average hourly rate £24.50 £26.50 £29.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.54% -8.62%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.50 £45.00 £46.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £29.40 £29.00
% change year-on-year
-14.96% +1.37%

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 25 November 2014.

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 25 November 2014. 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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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 +1 134 £500 +25.00% 86
London +29 72 £500 +11.11% 33
South East -9 35 £363 -3.33% 15
Surrey - 15 £325 - 4
City of London +29 14 £500 +5.26% 18
East of England +2 13 £375 -16.66% 4
Staines - 11 - - 2
South West -25 8 £450 +2.85% 9
Suffolk - 8 £375 - 1
Ipswich - 8 £375 -
Berkshire +5 7 £290 -25.64% 3
Scotland -6 5 £350 -12.50% 5
West Midlands -16 5 - - 7
Swindon - 4 £475 - 1
Wiltshire - 4 £475 - 1
Kent - 4 £313 - 1
Birmingham -7 3 - - 5
Middlesex - 3 £500 -
Dorset - 3 £375 -
East Sussex -1 2 £400 +33.33%
Hampshire -26 2 £450 +20.00% 3
Cardiff - 2 £463 -
Wales - 2 £463 -
South Wales - 2 £463 -
Cambridge +2 1 - - 1
Warwickshire -5 1 - - 1
West Sussex -5 1 £290 -35.55% 2
Edinburgh -10 1 - - 2
North West -12 1 - - 11
Cambridgeshire -14 1 - - 1

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 November 2014, 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.

1 148 (49.83%) Information Security
2 116 (39.06%) CISSP
3 93 (31.31%) Firewall
4 89 (29.97%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 62 (20.88%) ITIL
6 60 (20.20%) Windows
7 59 (19.87%) Risk Management
8 56 (18.86%) PCI DSS
9 55 (18.52%) Vulnerability Assessment
10 53 (17.85%) Network Security
11 51 (17.17%) CEH
11 51 (17.17%) Management Information System
12 46 (15.49%) Security Testing
13 45 (15.15%) Vulnerability Management
13 45 (15.15%) Cisco
14 44 (14.81%) Finance
15 43 (14.48%) SIEM
16 41 (13.80%) Security Cleared
17 40 (13.47%) Incident Management
18 38 (12.79%) CISM
18 38 (12.79%) TCP/IP
18 38 (12.79%) Linux
19 37 (12.46%) SC Cleared
20 35 (11.78%) Microsoft
21 33 (11.11%) SSL
21 33 (11.11%) ISMS
22 32 (10.77%) Ethical Hacking
23 31 (10.44%) Intrusion Detection
23 31 (10.44%) Risk Assessment
23 31 (10.44%) Java

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 25 November 2014, 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 14 (4.71%) Apache
2 13 (4.38%) Tomcat
3 10 (3.37%) WebLogic
4 9 (3.03%) IIS
5 4 (1.35%) Node.js
6 2 (0.67%) Lync
7 1 (0.34%) WebSphere Application Server
7 1 (0.34%) OpenStack
7 1 (0.34%) WebSphere
Applications
1 18 (6.06%) MS Visio
2 15 (5.05%) MS Office
3 9 (3.03%) MS Excel
4 8 (2.69%) MS Project
5 6 (2.02%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 13 (4.38%) assyst
2 1 (0.34%) SAP CRM
2 1 (0.34%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.34%) Summit
2 1 (0.34%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 3 (1.01%) Cloud Computing
2 2 (0.67%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (0.67%) IaaS
3 1 (0.34%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 93 (31.31%) Firewall
2 53 (17.85%) Network Security
3 38 (12.79%) TCP/IP
4 33 (11.11%) SSL
5 31 (10.44%) Intrusion Detection
6 22 (7.41%) DNS
7 20 (6.73%) Internet
7 20 (6.73%) VPN
8 19 (6.40%) LDAP
8 19 (6.40%) Wireless
9 16 (5.39%) HTTP
10 14 (4.71%) DHCP
10 14 (4.71%) Intranet
11 12 (4.04%) Cisco ASA
12 10 (3.37%) FTP
13 8 (2.69%) Wireshark
13 8 (2.69%) SSH
13 8 (2.69%) LAN
13 8 (2.69%) WAN
13 8 (2.69%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (2.02%) Big Data
1 6 (2.02%) PostgreSQL
2 5 (1.68%) Relational Database
3 4 (1.35%) MongoDB
3 4 (1.35%) Redis
4 3 (1.01%) SQL Server
4 3 (1.01%) DB2
5 2 (0.67%) IDOL
6 1 (0.34%) MariaDB
6 1 (0.34%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 6 (2.02%) Git (software)
1 6 (2.02%) Jenkins
2 5 (1.68%) GDB
2 5 (1.68%) Metasploit
3 4 (1.35%) GCC
4 3 (1.01%) Cucumber
5 2 (0.67%) JIRA
6 1 (0.34%) TeamCity
6 1 (0.34%) QADirector
General
1 44 (14.81%) Finance
2 23 (7.74%) Law
3 11 (3.70%) Banking
4 9 (3.03%) Retail
5 7 (2.36%) Telecoms
6 6 (2.02%) Legal
6 6 (2.02%) Publishing
7 3 (1.01%) Financial Institution
7 3 (1.01%) Advertising
7 3 (1.01%) Electronics
8 2 (0.67%) Retail Banking
8 2 (0.67%) Automotive
8 2 (0.67%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.34%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.34%) Military
9 1 (0.34%) Games
9 1 (0.34%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.34%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.34%) Local Government
9 1 (0.34%) Dutch Language
Job Titles
1 90 (30.30%) Analyst
2 76 (25.59%) Security Analyst
3 50 (16.84%) Consultant
4 46 (15.49%) Security Consultant
5 39 (13.13%) Security Specialist
6 21 (7.07%) Information Analyst
6 21 (7.07%) Information Security Analyst
7 19 (6.40%) Test Manager
8 18 (6.06%) Security Engineer
9 17 (5.72%) Security Manager
10 16 (5.39%) Tester
11 15 (5.05%) Penetration Tester
12 14 (4.71%) Information Security Specialist
12 14 (4.71%) Information Specialist
12 14 (4.71%) Senior Security Analyst
12 14 (4.71%) IT Security Analyst
12 14 (4.71%) Senior Analyst
13 12 (4.04%) Product Specialist
13 12 (4.04%) Designer
13 12 (4.04%) Product Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (4.38%) .NET
2 8 (2.69%) Middleware
3 7 (2.36%) JSP
4 6 (2.02%) Web Services
5 4 (1.35%) REST
6 3 (1.01%) VXML
6 3 (1.01%) SOAP
7 1 (0.34%) SAML
7 1 (0.34%) WSH
7 1 (0.34%) WSDL
7 1 (0.34%) RabbitMQ
7 1 (0.34%) OpenID
7 1 (0.34%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 51 (17.17%) Management Information System
2 30 (10.10%) PKI
3 22 (7.41%) Computer Science
4 19 (6.40%) RMADS
5 17 (5.72%) CESG
5 17 (5.72%) Open Source
5 17 (5.72%) Analytical Skills
6 16 (5.39%) Data Protection Act
7 15 (5.05%) Cryptography
8 9 (3.03%) CESG CLAS
8 9 (3.03%) Smart Meter
9 8 (2.69%) Embedded Systems
9 8 (2.69%) Algorithms
9 8 (2.69%) IVR
10 5 (1.68%) Mobile App
10 5 (1.68%) SCADA
11 4 (1.35%) Mathematics
11 4 (1.35%) Enterprise Software
12 3 (1.01%) Client/Server
13 2 (0.67%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 60 (20.20%) Windows
2 38 (12.79%) Linux
3 29 (9.76%) UNIX
4 9 (3.03%) Solaris
4 9 (3.03%) Windows 7
5 6 (2.02%) Windows XP
6 4 (1.35%) Windows Server 2008
6 4 (1.35%) Apple iOS
7 3 (1.01%) AIX
8 2 (0.67%) Windows Vista
8 2 (0.67%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.67%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (0.34%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.34%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 148 (49.83%) Information Security
2 62 (20.88%) ITIL
3 59 (19.87%) Risk Management
4 55 (18.52%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 46 (15.49%) Security Testing
6 45 (15.15%) Vulnerability Management
7 43 (14.48%) SIEM
8 40 (13.47%) Incident Management
9 33 (11.11%) ISMS
10 32 (10.77%) Ethical Hacking
11 31 (10.44%) Risk Assessment
11 31 (10.44%) Data Protection
11 31 (10.44%) Change Control
12 30 (10.10%) Cyber Security
13 25 (8.42%) Business Continuity
13 25 (8.42%) Information Assurance
14 23 (7.74%) Security Management
15 21 (7.07%) Security Architecture
16 18 (6.06%) OWASP
16 18 (6.06%) Identity Management
Programming Languages
1 31 (10.44%) Java
2 17 (5.72%) Python
3 16 (5.39%) C++
4 14 (4.71%) Perl
5 13 (4.38%) C
6 10 (3.37%) SQL
7 8 (2.69%) Bash Shell
7 8 (2.69%) Shell Script
8 7 (2.36%) VB
8 7 (2.36%) PHP
9 6 (2.02%) Ruby
10 5 (1.68%) VC++
11 4 (1.35%) Korn
12 3 (1.01%) C#
13 2 (0.67%) PowerShell
14 1 (0.34%) Golang
Qualifications
1 116 (39.06%) CISSP
2 51 (17.17%) CEH
3 41 (13.80%) Security Cleared
4 38 (12.79%) CISM
5 37 (12.46%) SC Cleared
6 28 (9.43%) GIAC
7 25 (8.42%) Degree
8 22 (7.41%) Microsoft Certification
9 20 (6.73%) MCSE
10 19 (6.40%) CISA
11 16 (5.39%) Cisco Certification
12 14 (4.71%) CCNA
13 11 (3.70%) CRISC
14 9 (3.03%) SSCP
14 9 (3.03%) Check Point Certification
14 9 (3.03%) GPEN
14 9 (3.03%) DV Cleared
15 8 (2.69%) MCP
16 7 (2.36%) ISEB
16 7 (2.36%) GCIH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 89 (29.97%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 56 (18.86%) PCI DSS
3 15 (5.05%) QA
4 9 (3.03%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 9 (3.03%) SLA
5 7 (2.36%) JSP 440
6 6 (2.02%) COBIT
7 3 (1.01%) ISO/IEC 17799
8 1 (0.34%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.34%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 24 (8.08%) Active Directory
2 8 (2.69%) Snort
3 6 (2.02%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (1.35%) Xen
4 4 (1.35%) OpenSSH
4 4 (1.35%) Nmap
5 2 (0.67%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (0.67%) RACF
Systems Management
1 16 (5.39%) Nessus
2 10 (3.37%) HP Quality Center
3 8 (2.69%) SCCM
4 6 (2.02%) OPNET
5 5 (1.68%) Puppet
6 4 (1.35%) Ansible
6 4 (1.35%) Cisco IPCC
7 3 (1.01%) CORE IMPACT
8 2 (0.67%) ZENworks
9 1 (0.34%) Nagios
9 1 (0.34%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 1 (0.34%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 45 (15.15%) Cisco
2 35 (11.78%) Microsoft
3 23 (7.74%) McAfee
4 21 (7.07%) F5
4 21 (7.07%) Juniper
5 16 (5.39%) CheckPoint
5 16 (5.39%) HP
5 16 (5.39%) Oracle
6 13 (4.38%) Qualys
7 11 (3.70%) VMware
8 7 (2.36%) ArcSight
9 6 (2.02%) LogLogic
9 6 (2.02%) Sun
9 6 (2.02%) IBM
9 6 (2.02%) Sophos
10 5 (1.68%) Sourcefire
11 4 (1.35%) SolarWinds
11 4 (1.35%) Verint
11 4 (1.35%) Empirix
11 4 (1.35%) Genesys
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