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 28 August 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
28 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Penetration Testing
Rank 381 490 491
Rank change year-on-year
+109 +1
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 276 167 152
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.52% 0.29% 0.27%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.63% 0.36% 0.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 172 118 99
Median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.55% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £275 £375
10% offered a daily rate of more than £608 £558 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £494 £400 £450
% change year-on-year
+23.43% -11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Median hourly rate - £45.00 £60.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -25.00%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £45.00 £60.00
% change year-on-year
- -25.00%

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
44128 46836 44243
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 82.77% 80.32% 78.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 29130 30462 27410
Median daily rate £438 £425 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.94% +4.93%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £288 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £596 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1092 1273 1191
Median hourly rate £28.50 £31.44 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.35% +31.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.00 £52.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £33.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year
-9.09% +26.92%

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 28 August 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 28 August 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 +101 262 £475 +5.55% 204
London +44 128 £475 +3.03% 44
South East +23 54 £500 +8.10% 49
East of England +30 20 £425 +6.25% 15
Hampshire +20 17 £513 +32.25% 6
North West +17 17 £493 +40.71% 16
Yorkshire +9 16 £350 +34.61% 22
Manchester +4 13 £493 +40.71% 16
City of London +33 12 £398 -9.14% 8
West Yorkshire +16 12 £325 - 20
Buckinghamshire +16 12 £525 -4.54% 13
Milton Keynes +21 11 £525 +16.66% 10
South West +17 10 £450 +20.00% 23
Hertfordshire +11 9 £413 +3.12% 3
Wales +27 8 £600 +29.72%
South Wales +22 8 £600 +29.72%
West Midlands - 8 £550 - 17
Bedfordshire +6 7 £525 +75.00% 2
Surrey +2 7 £425 -5.55% 4
East Sussex - 7 £350 - 1
Newport - 7 - -
Gloucestershire - 6 £345 - 15
Leeds - 6 £375 - 15
East Midlands +4 5 £408 - 12
North East - 5 - - 2
Kent - 5 £550 - 3
Hove - 5 - -
Andover - 5 £350 -
Hemel Hempstead - 5 £425 - 1
Scotland +8 4 £475 +5.55%

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 August 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.

1 178 (34.23%) Information Security
2 137 (26.35%) CISSP
3 107 (20.58%) OWASP
4 106 (20.38%) Security Cleared
5 105 (20.19%) Firewall
6 100 (19.23%) Security Testing
7 97 (18.65%) Finance
8 96 (18.46%) Cybersecurity
9 80 (15.38%) CREST Certified
10 78 (15.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
11 76 (14.62%) Agile Software Development
11 76 (14.62%) Linux
12 72 (13.85%) Windows
12 72 (13.85%) CEH
13 69 (13.27%) Risk Management
13 69 (13.27%) Ethical Hacking
14 68 (13.08%) Python
15 66 (12.69%) CISM
16 63 (12.12%) SC Cleared
16 63 (12.12%) Vulnerability Management
17 62 (11.92%) Microsoft
18 61 (11.73%) Continuous Integration
19 55 (10.58%) Java
19 55 (10.58%) CESG Certified Professional
20 52 (10.00%) Security Architecture
20 52 (10.00%) Management Information System
21 51 (9.81%) PCI DSS
22 50 (9.62%) Vulnerability Assessment
22 50 (9.62%) Amazon AWS
22 50 (9.62%) Analytical Skills

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 29 (5.58%) nginx
2 20 (3.85%) Apache
3 14 (2.69%) MS Exchange
4 11 (2.12%) Moodle
4 11 (2.12%) SharePoint
5 10 (1.92%) IIS
6 7 (1.35%) OpenStack
6 7 (1.35%) Tomcat
7 6 (1.15%) SharePoint 2013
8 4 (0.77%) Apache Pig
9 3 (0.58%) Skype for Business
10 1 (0.19%) CMS
10 1 (0.19%) Confluence
10 1 (0.19%) SAS
10 1 (0.19%) uWSGI
Applications
1 34 (6.54%) MS Excel
2 13 (2.50%) MS PowerPoint
3 4 (0.77%) MS Office
4 2 (0.38%) MS Project
5 1 (0.19%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 14 (2.69%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.38%) Oracle Applications
2 2 (0.38%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.19%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.19%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 50 (9.62%) Amazon AWS
2 22 (4.23%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (1.54%) IaaS
4 7 (1.35%) Azure Active Directory
4 7 (1.35%) Office 365
5 3 (0.58%) Amazon ELB
5 3 (0.58%) Amazon S3
5 3 (0.58%) AWS CloudFormation
5 3 (0.58%) GitHub
5 3 (0.58%) Route 53
6 2 (0.38%) Google Analytics
6 2 (0.38%) Heroku
7 1 (0.19%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.19%) IBM Cloud
7 1 (0.19%) PaaS
7 1 (0.19%) SaaS
7 1 (0.19%) Slack
7 1 (0.19%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 105 (20.19%) Firewall
2 46 (8.85%) Network Security
3 40 (7.69%) Wireless
4 39 (7.50%) VPN
5 37 (7.12%) Internet
6 33 (6.35%) WAN
7 30 (5.77%) Intrusion Detection
8 27 (5.19%) TCP/IP
9 26 (5.00%) LAN
10 25 (4.81%) SSL
11 24 (4.62%) Cisco ASA
12 22 (4.23%) FTP
12 22 (4.23%) IPsec
13 20 (3.85%) DNS
14 19 (3.65%) SMTP
14 19 (3.65%) SSH
15 18 (3.46%) OSPF
16 15 (2.88%) BGP
17 12 (2.31%) HTTP
18 11 (2.12%) Wireless Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (8.85%) SQL Server
2 37 (7.12%) PostgreSQL
3 21 (4.04%) SQL Server 2008
4 17 (3.27%) MySQL
5 12 (2.31%) MongoDB
6 9 (1.73%) SQL Server 2012
7 8 (1.54%) DB2
7 8 (1.54%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 6 (1.15%) InterSystems Cache
8 6 (1.15%) Oracle Database
9 5 (0.96%) Oracle Reports
10 4 (0.77%) Big Data
10 4 (0.77%) Hadoop
10 4 (0.77%) MariaDB
10 4 (0.77%) Redis
10 4 (0.77%) Relational Database
11 3 (0.58%) Amazon RDS
11 3 (0.58%) NoSQL
12 2 (0.38%) Mixpanel
12 2 (0.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 42 (8.08%) Jenkins
2 27 (5.19%) Travis CI
3 20 (3.85%) CircleCI
4 14 (2.69%) Git (software)
5 13 (2.50%) Metasploit
6 12 (2.31%) AppScan
6 12 (2.31%) Selenium
7 8 (1.54%) SpecFlow
7 8 (1.54%) Team Foundation Server
8 7 (1.35%) Jasmine
9 6 (1.15%) Balsamiq Mockups
9 6 (1.15%) Burp Suite
9 6 (1.15%) JIRA
9 6 (1.15%) Visual Studio
10 5 (0.96%) JMeter
10 5 (0.96%) Oracle APEX
11 4 (0.77%) Vagrant
12 3 (0.58%) Cucumber
12 3 (0.58%) LoadRunner
12 3 (0.58%) NUnit
General
1 97 (18.65%) Finance
2 28 (5.38%) Legal
3 20 (3.85%) Banking
4 12 (2.31%) Telecoms
5 9 (1.73%) Retail
6 7 (1.35%) Marketing
7 6 (1.15%) Military
8 4 (0.77%) Advertising
8 4 (0.77%) Local Government
9 3 (0.58%) Back Office
9 3 (0.58%) Games
10 2 (0.38%) Manufacturing
11 1 (0.19%) Electronics
11 1 (0.19%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.19%) Italian Language
11 1 (0.19%) Law
11 1 (0.19%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 100 (19.23%) Tester
2 95 (18.27%) Penetration Tester
3 83 (15.96%) Consultant
4 71 (13.65%) Security Consultant
5 67 (12.88%) Analyst
6 64 (12.31%) Security Engineer
7 60 (11.54%) Security Analyst
8 51 (9.81%) Security Manager
9 34 (6.54%) Security Tester
10 33 (6.35%) Security Penetration Tester
11 31 (5.96%) Information Security Consultant
12 29 (5.58%) Developer
13 20 (3.85%) Architect
13 20 (3.85%) Information Analyst
13 20 (3.85%) Information Security Analyst
14 18 (3.46%) Security Specialist
15 17 (3.27%) IT Manager
15 17 (3.27%) IT Security Manager
16 16 (3.08%) Network Engineer
16 16 (3.08%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 48 (9.23%) Web Services
2 36 (6.92%) .NET
3 15 (2.88%) .NET Framework
4 13 (2.50%) ASP.NET
4 13 (2.50%) SAML
5 12 (2.31%) Node.js
6 11 (2.12%) ASP.NET Web API
6 11 (2.12%) Entity Framework
6 11 (2.12%) jQuery
7 10 (1.92%) Ajax
7 10 (1.92%) Middleware
7 10 (1.92%) React
8 9 (1.73%) HTML
8 9 (1.73%) HTML5
8 9 (1.73%) KnockoutJS
9 8 (1.54%) Breeze.js
9 8 (1.54%) Durandal
9 8 (1.54%) Windows Identity Foundation
10 4 (0.77%) Oracle GoldenGate
10 4 (0.77%) Sensu
Miscellaneous
1 52 (10.00%) Management Information System
2 50 (9.62%) Analytical Skills
3 41 (7.88%) CESG
4 39 (7.50%) Cryptography
5 32 (6.15%) PKI
6 21 (4.04%) Mobile App
7 14 (2.69%) Client/Server
7 14 (2.69%) Security Operations Centre
8 13 (2.50%) Data Centre
9 12 (2.31%) Algorithms
10 10 (1.92%) e-Learning
10 10 (1.92%) Embedded Systems
10 10 (1.92%) N-Tier
11 8 (1.54%) Data Protection Act
12 7 (1.35%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
13 6 (1.15%) NHS
14 5 (0.96%) Computer Science
14 5 (0.96%) Fintech
15 4 (0.77%) Cyberthreat
16 3 (0.58%) Cyber Attack
Operating Systems
1 76 (14.62%) Linux
2 72 (13.85%) Windows
3 45 (8.65%) Unix
4 12 (2.31%) Windows Vista
5 9 (1.73%) Windows Server
6 8 (1.54%) Android
7 7 (1.35%) Apple iOS
8 6 (1.15%) Kali Linux
8 6 (1.15%) Windows Server 2008
9 5 (0.96%) Solaris
9 5 (0.96%) Windows Server 2012
10 4 (0.77%) CentOS
10 4 (0.77%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.19%) Windows Mobile
11 1 (0.19%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 178 (34.23%) Information Security
2 107 (20.58%) OWASP
3 100 (19.23%) Security Testing
4 96 (18.46%) Cybersecurity
5 76 (14.62%) Agile Software Development
6 69 (13.27%) Ethical Hacking
6 69 (13.27%) Risk Management
7 63 (12.12%) Vulnerability Management
8 61 (11.73%) Continuous Integration
9 52 (10.00%) Security Architecture
10 50 (9.62%) Vulnerability Assessment
11 49 (9.42%) Security Operations
12 46 (8.85%) ITIL
12 46 (8.85%) Project Management
12 46 (8.85%) SIEM
13 45 (8.65%) Open Source
13 45 (8.65%) Vulnerability Scanning
14 44 (8.46%) Fuzz Testing
15 41 (7.88%) Social Engineering
16 37 (7.12%) Kalman Filter
Programming Languages
1 68 (13.08%) Python
2 55 (10.58%) Java
3 47 (9.04%) PHP
4 42 (8.08%) Ruby
5 35 (6.73%) C++
6 33 (6.35%) Perl
7 29 (5.58%) C
8 28 (5.38%) C#
9 25 (4.81%) JavaScript
10 21 (4.04%) PowerShell
11 20 (3.85%) SQL
12 12 (2.31%) Bash Shell
13 11 (2.12%) TypeScript
14 9 (1.73%) T-SQL
15 7 (1.35%) Shell Script
16 4 (0.77%) COBOL
17 2 (0.38%) Assembly Language
17 2 (0.38%) PL/SQL
17 2 (0.38%) VB
17 2 (0.38%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 137 (26.35%) CISSP
2 106 (20.38%) Security Cleared
3 80 (15.38%) CREST Certified
4 72 (13.85%) CEH
5 66 (12.69%) CISM
6 63 (12.12%) SC Cleared
7 55 (10.58%) CESG Certified Professional
8 40 (7.69%) CHECK Team Member
9 36 (6.92%) CISA
10 30 (5.77%) OSCP
11 24 (4.62%) Cyber Scheme
12 22 (4.23%) CLAS
13 21 (4.04%) Cisco Certification
14 19 (3.65%) Tigerscheme
15 17 (3.27%) Degree
16 15 (2.88%) CCNP
16 15 (2.88%) CompTIA Security+
16 15 (2.88%) Security+ Certification
17 14 (2.69%) DV Cleared
18 13 (2.50%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 78 (15.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 51 (9.81%) PCI DSS
3 17 (3.27%) COBIT
4 16 (3.08%) QA
5 13 (2.50%) RMADS
6 11 (2.12%) Disclosure Scotland
7 6 (1.15%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 5 (0.96%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 4 (0.77%) Data Quality
10 3 (0.58%) ISAE 3402
10 3 (0.58%) JSP 440
11 2 (0.38%) ISO/IEC 17799
11 2 (0.38%) ISO27002
11 2 (0.38%) SSAE 16
11 2 (0.38%) WAI
11 2 (0.38%) WCAG
12 1 (0.19%) GPG13
12 1 (0.19%) HIPAA
12 1 (0.19%) PA-DSS
12 1 (0.19%) SLA
System Software
1 35 (6.73%) Active Directory
2 13 (2.50%) Sendmail
3 10 (1.92%) Docker
3 10 (1.92%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (0.96%) oVirt
4 5 (0.96%) Virtual Servers
5 4 (0.77%) Corosync
5 4 (0.77%) Squid
5 4 (0.77%) VMware ESXi
6 3 (0.58%) Firmware
7 2 (0.38%) Hyper-V
7 2 (0.38%) NFS
7 2 (0.38%) VMware ESX
8 1 (0.19%) IAG
8 1 (0.19%) Snort
8 1 (0.19%) Virtual Desktop
8 1 (0.19%) Virtual Machines
8 1 (0.19%) VMware Server
8 1 (0.19%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 17 (3.27%) Nessus
2 16 (3.08%) Puppet
3 9 (1.73%) HP Fortify
4 8 (1.54%) SmoothWall
4 8 (1.54%) WebInspect
5 4 (0.77%) Ansible
5 4 (0.77%) Pacemaker
6 3 (0.58%) CA Single Sign-On
6 3 (0.58%) EnCase
6 3 (0.58%) Nagios
6 3 (0.58%) Nmap
7 2 (0.38%) Grafana
7 2 (0.38%) HAProxy
7 2 (0.38%) Kibana
7 2 (0.38%) logstash
7 2 (0.38%) Microsoft Clustering
7 2 (0.38%) Opscode Chef
7 2 (0.38%) Salt
7 2 (0.38%) Uchiwa
7 2 (0.38%) WSUS
Vendors
1 62 (11.92%) Microsoft
2 41 (7.88%) Cisco
3 40 (7.69%) Oracle
4 27 (5.19%) CheckPoint
5 23 (4.42%) VMware
6 18 (3.46%) Citrix
6 18 (3.46%) F5
7 15 (2.88%) Juniper
8 10 (1.92%) LogRhythm
9 9 (1.73%) HP
9 9 (1.73%) IBM
9 9 (1.73%) Veracode
10 8 (1.54%) Clearswift
10 8 (1.54%) Kaspersky
11 7 (1.35%) ArcSight
11 7 (1.35%) Fortinet
11 7 (1.35%) LogLogic
11 7 (1.35%) SAP
11 7 (1.35%) Splunk
12 6 (1.15%) Tripwire
London
Interaction Recruitment PLC
Rate: £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
West London
Proprius Recruitment
Rate: £550 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Swindon, Wiltshire
The People Network
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Southampton, Hampshire
83Zero
Rate: From £350 to £375 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Bedford, Bedfordshire
ReThink Recruitment
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Montash
Rate: £550 - £700 per day + Negotiable
Posted: 5 days ago
City of London
Energize Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Acumin Consulting
Rate: £550 per day
Posted: 19 days ago
London
Ministry of Justice
Rate: £58,113 per annum
Posted: 22 days ago