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 5 December 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
5 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Penetration Testing
Rank 415 480 507
Rank change year-on-year
+65 +27
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 223 159 142
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.44% 0.29% 0.25%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.54% 0.36% 0.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 148 104 89
Median daily rate £450 £444 £490
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.40% -9.43%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £364 £325 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £557 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £450 £375
% change year-on-year
+5.55% +20.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Median hourly rate - - £47.50
UK excluding London median 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
41422 44386 44123
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 82.54% 81.14% 76.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 27610 28756 28711
Median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% +1.19%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £295 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £385
% change year-on-year
+3.12% +3.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1089 1336 1216
Median hourly rate £30.00 £31.44 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.58% +25.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £49.85
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.75 £34.95 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-12.01% +39.80%

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 5 December 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 5 December 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 +47 203 £450 +1.40% 79
London +14 88 £450 +5.88% 33
South East +13 54 £525 +16.66% 11
Hampshire +32 23 £500 +14.28%
West Midlands -4 15 £400 +48.14% 5
City of London +6 14 £463 +2.77% 5
Wales - 13 £538 -
South West +15 11 £430 -44.51% 8
North West +7 11 £463 -11.90% 9
South Wales - 11 £538 -
Buckinghamshire +15 10 £525 +3.96% 1
East of England +8 10 £588 +38.23% 4
Newport - 10 £538 -
Milton Keynes +17 9 £525 +3.96% 1
Manchester +8 9 - - 6
Surrey +8 8 £409 -18.15% 3
Hertfordshire +4 8 £588 +46.87% 3
Wiltshire -2 7 £450 +42.85% 1
Birmingham -4 7 £400 +48.14% 5
Welwyn Garden City - 7 £600 -
Tyne and Wear - 6 £325 - 1
North East - 6 £325 - 1
West Sussex +2 5 £400 -0.12%
Fareham - 5 £475 -
Southampton - 5 £363 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 5 £375 - 1
Swindon +3 4 - - 1
Guildford -3 4 £400 -15.78% 2
Thames Valley - 4 £575 -
Coventry - 4 £431 -

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 5 December 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.

1 151 (29.67%) Information Security
2 139 (27.31%) CISSP
3 129 (25.34%) OWASP
4 108 (21.22%) Firewall
5 100 (19.65%) Security Cleared
6 93 (18.27%) Linux
7 89 (17.49%) Ethical Hacking
8 88 (17.29%) Security Testing
8 88 (17.29%) Finance
8 88 (17.29%) Cybersecurity
9 86 (16.90%) Agile Software Development
10 83 (16.31%) CREST Certified
11 81 (15.91%) Microsoft
12 79 (15.52%) Risk Management
13 76 (14.93%) Continuous Integration
13 76 (14.93%) Vulnerability Management
14 73 (14.34%) CEH
15 68 (13.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
16 65 (12.77%) Amazon AWS
17 63 (12.38%) Python
17 63 (12.38%) Windows
18 62 (12.18%) SC Cleared
19 59 (11.59%) SIEM
20 58 (11.39%) Network Security
21 57 (11.20%) Cisco
22 54 (10.61%) Security Architecture
23 52 (10.22%) Java
24 50 (9.82%) Security Management
25 49 (9.63%) Management Information System
26 47 (9.23%) Jenkins

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 (5.70%) nginx
2 13 (2.55%) MS Exchange
3 10 (1.96%) Apache
4 9 (1.77%) Skype for Business
5 8 (1.57%) SharePoint
6 7 (1.38%) OpenStack
6 7 (1.38%) Tomcat
7 6 (1.18%) IIS
8 4 (0.79%) Apache Pig
9 3 (0.59%) CMS
9 3 (0.59%) SharePoint 2013
10 1 (0.20%) SAS
Applications
1 36 (7.07%) MS Excel
2 9 (1.77%) MS Office
3 5 (0.98%) MS PowerPoint
3 5 (0.98%) MS Project
4 3 (0.59%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (0.79%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.59%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.39%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.39%) Oracle Applications
3 2 (0.39%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.39%) Sentinel
4 1 (0.20%) Bankmaster
Cloud Services
1 65 (12.77%) Amazon AWS
2 21 (4.13%) IaaS
2 21 (4.13%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (0.79%) Amazon ELB
3 4 (0.79%) AWS CloudFormation
3 4 (0.79%) Office 365
3 4 (0.79%) Route 53
4 3 (0.59%) Amazon S3
4 3 (0.59%) Cloud Computing
4 3 (0.59%) GitHub
4 3 (0.59%) SaaS
5 2 (0.39%) Google Analytics
5 2 (0.39%) Heroku
6 1 (0.20%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.20%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (0.20%) PaaS
6 1 (0.20%) Slack
6 1 (0.20%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 108 (21.22%) Firewall
2 58 (11.39%) Network Security
3 30 (5.89%) VPN
4 29 (5.70%) Internet
5 28 (5.50%) Wireless
6 25 (4.91%) Intrusion Detection
7 23 (4.52%) Cisco ASA
7 23 (4.52%) TCP/IP
7 23 (4.52%) Wireshark
8 21 (4.13%) WAN
9 20 (3.93%) OSPF
10 19 (3.73%) DNS
10 19 (3.73%) LAN
11 18 (3.54%) FTP
11 18 (3.54%) SMTP
12 17 (3.34%) IPsec
13 16 (3.14%) BGP
14 11 (2.16%) Kerberos
15 10 (1.96%) Ethernet
16 9 (1.77%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 36 (7.07%) PostgreSQL
2 24 (4.72%) SQL Server
3 16 (3.14%) MongoDB
4 8 (1.57%) SQL Server 2008
5 7 (1.38%) MySQL
5 7 (1.38%) Oracle Database
6 6 (1.18%) Oracle Reports
7 5 (0.98%) SQL Server 2012
8 4 (0.79%) Amazon RDS
8 4 (0.79%) Big Data
8 4 (0.79%) Hadoop
8 4 (0.79%) MariaDB
9 3 (0.59%) InterSystems Cache
10 2 (0.39%) Data Lake
10 2 (0.39%) Mixpanel
10 2 (0.39%) NoSQL
10 2 (0.39%) Redis
10 2 (0.39%) Relational Database
10 2 (0.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 2 (0.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 47 (9.23%) Jenkins
2 28 (5.50%) Travis CI
3 20 (3.93%) CircleCI
4 19 (3.73%) Metasploit
5 18 (3.54%) Git (software)
6 15 (2.95%) Burp Suite
6 15 (2.95%) Selenium
7 10 (1.96%) JMeter
8 9 (1.77%) Visual Studio
9 8 (1.57%) Cucumber
10 5 (0.98%) JIRA
10 5 (0.98%) SpecFlow
11 4 (0.79%) AppScan
11 4 (0.79%) Jasmine
11 4 (0.79%) Oracle APEX
11 4 (0.79%) Team Foundation Server
11 4 (0.79%) Vagrant
12 3 (0.59%) Balsamiq Mockups
12 3 (0.59%) NUnit
13 2 (0.39%) TeamCity
General
1 88 (17.29%) Finance
2 29 (5.70%) Legal
3 17 (3.34%) Retail
4 12 (2.36%) Banking
5 11 (2.16%) Telecoms
6 6 (1.18%) Back Office
6 6 (1.18%) Manufacturing
6 6 (1.18%) Marketing
7 5 (0.98%) Advertising
7 5 (0.98%) Financial Institution
8 4 (0.79%) Electronics
8 4 (0.79%) Local Government
9 3 (0.59%) Military
10 2 (0.39%) Games
10 2 (0.39%) Law
11 1 (0.20%) Automotive
11 1 (0.20%) Italian Language
11 1 (0.20%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 107 (21.02%) Tester
2 103 (20.24%) Consultant
3 99 (19.45%) Penetration Tester
4 83 (16.31%) Security Consultant
5 69 (13.56%) Security Engineer
6 64 (12.57%) Analyst
7 52 (10.22%) Security Analyst
8 31 (6.09%) Network Engineer
9 26 (5.11%) Information Security Consultant
10 24 (4.72%) IT Consultant
11 23 (4.52%) Security Manager
12 21 (4.13%) Developer
12 21 (4.13%) IT Security Consultant
12 21 (4.13%) Security Tester
13 20 (3.93%) Network Security Engineer
14 19 (3.73%) Security Penetration Tester
15 17 (3.34%) Architect
16 16 (3.14%) Information Analyst
17 15 (2.95%) Security Specialist
17 15 (2.95%) Technical Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 46 (9.04%) Web Services
2 26 (5.11%) .NET
3 15 (2.95%) SAML
4 13 (2.55%) ASP.NET
5 10 (1.96%) Node.js
6 9 (1.77%) HTML
7 8 (1.57%) .NET Framework
7 8 (1.57%) HTML5
7 8 (1.57%) jQuery
8 7 (1.38%) ASP.NET Web API
8 7 (1.38%) Entity Framework
8 7 (1.38%) React
8 7 (1.38%) Spring
9 6 (1.18%) Ajax
9 6 (1.18%) KnockoutJS
10 5 (0.98%) Breeze.js
10 5 (0.98%) Durandal
10 5 (0.98%) Windows Identity Foundation
11 4 (0.79%) AngularJS
11 4 (0.79%) Oracle GoldenGate
Miscellaneous
1 49 (9.63%) Management Information System
2 30 (5.89%) Cryptography
3 21 (4.13%) Analytical Skills
4 19 (3.73%) Algorithms
5 16 (3.14%) CESG
5 16 (3.14%) Data Centre
6 15 (2.95%) PKI
7 14 (2.75%) Security Operations Centre
8 13 (2.55%) Mobile App
9 12 (2.36%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 10 (1.96%) Computer Science
11 9 (1.77%) Client/Server
11 9 (1.77%) CMDB
11 9 (1.77%) Embedded Systems
12 8 (1.57%) Video Conferencing
13 7 (1.38%) Data Protection Act
13 7 (1.38%) N-Tier
14 6 (1.18%) Cyberthreat
15 4 (0.79%) Fintech
16 3 (0.59%) Cyber Attack
Operating Systems
1 93 (18.27%) Linux
2 63 (12.38%) Windows
3 37 (7.27%) Unix
4 8 (1.57%) Android
4 8 (1.57%) Kali Linux
4 8 (1.57%) Windows Vista
5 7 (1.38%) CentOS
6 6 (1.18%) Apple iOS
6 6 (1.18%) Ubuntu
6 6 (1.18%) Windows Server
7 5 (0.98%) Solaris
8 4 (0.79%) Windows Server 2008
8 4 (0.79%) Windows Server 2012
9 2 (0.39%) Windows Server 2003
10 1 (0.20%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.20%) Windows 10
10 1 (0.20%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 151 (29.67%) Information Security
2 129 (25.34%) OWASP
3 89 (17.49%) Ethical Hacking
4 88 (17.29%) Cybersecurity
4 88 (17.29%) Security Testing
5 86 (16.90%) Agile Software Development
6 79 (15.52%) Risk Management
7 76 (14.93%) Continuous Integration
7 76 (14.93%) Vulnerability Management
8 59 (11.59%) SIEM
9 54 (10.61%) Security Architecture
10 50 (9.82%) Security Management
11 47 (9.23%) Social Engineering
12 46 (9.04%) Fuzz Testing
12 46 (9.04%) Open Source
13 45 (8.84%) Secure Coding
14 42 (8.25%) ITIL
14 42 (8.25%) Vulnerability Scanning
15 41 (8.06%) Vulnerability Assessment
16 38 (7.47%) Information Assurance
Programming Languages
1 63 (12.38%) Python
2 52 (10.22%) Java
3 35 (6.88%) Ruby
4 32 (6.29%) PHP
5 21 (4.13%) SQL
6 18 (3.54%) C#
6 18 (3.54%) Perl
7 16 (3.14%) PowerShell
8 15 (2.95%) JavaScript
9 13 (2.55%) C
10 12 (2.36%) Bash Shell
11 11 (2.16%) C++
12 7 (1.38%) TypeScript
13 6 (1.18%) T-SQL
14 3 (0.59%) VB
15 2 (0.39%) Assembly Language
16 1 (0.20%) PL/SQL
16 1 (0.20%) Shell Script
16 1 (0.20%) VB.NET
16 1 (0.20%) VB6
Qualifications
1 139 (27.31%) CISSP
2 100 (19.65%) Security Cleared
3 83 (16.31%) CREST Certified
4 73 (14.34%) CEH
5 62 (12.18%) SC Cleared
6 46 (9.04%) CISM
7 32 (6.29%) CHECK Team Member
8 29 (5.70%) CISA
9 25 (4.91%) SANS
10 21 (4.13%) Cisco Certification
10 21 (4.13%) Degree
11 20 (3.93%) CESG Certified Professional
12 19 (3.73%) GIAC
13 17 (3.34%) DV Cleared
14 16 (3.14%) OSCP
15 15 (2.95%) CCNP
16 14 (2.75%) CLAS
17 13 (2.55%) CompTIA Security+
17 13 (2.55%) Security+ Certification
18 12 (2.36%) CISMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 68 (13.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 45 (8.84%) PCI DSS
3 22 (4.32%) COBIT
4 15 (2.95%) Disclosure Scotland
5 14 (2.75%) QA
6 10 (1.96%) ISO27002
7 9 (1.77%) RMADS
8 7 (1.38%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 7 (1.38%) WAI
8 7 (1.38%) WCAG
9 4 (0.79%) Data Quality
10 3 (0.59%) GPG13
10 3 (0.59%) HIPAA
10 3 (0.59%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 2 (0.39%) ISAE 3402
11 2 (0.39%) SLA
11 2 (0.39%) SSAE 16
12 1 (0.20%) Government Security Classifications
12 1 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 17799
12 1 (0.20%) JSP 440
System Software
1 17 (3.34%) Active Directory
1 17 (3.34%) VMware Infrastructure
2 10 (1.96%) Docker
3 9 (1.77%) Sendmail
4 6 (1.18%) oVirt
4 6 (1.18%) VMware ESXi
5 4 (0.79%) Corosync
5 4 (0.79%) Firmware
5 4 (0.79%) Squid
5 4 (0.79%) Virtual Servers
6 3 (0.59%) NFS
7 2 (0.39%) BitLocker
7 2 (0.39%) Hyper-V
7 2 (0.39%) Virtual Machines
8 1 (0.20%) IAG
8 1 (0.20%) VMware ESX
8 1 (0.20%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 20 (3.93%) Nessus
2 19 (3.73%) Puppet
3 10 (1.96%) HP Fortify
4 8 (1.57%) Nmap
5 7 (1.38%) CA Single Sign-On
5 7 (1.38%) Norton AntiVirus
6 4 (0.79%) CA Spectrum
6 4 (0.79%) EnCase
6 4 (0.79%) Nagios
6 4 (0.79%) Pacemaker
7 3 (0.59%) Ansible
7 3 (0.59%) Opscode Chef
7 3 (0.59%) WebInspect
8 1 (0.20%) ArcSight ESM
8 1 (0.20%) Core Impact
8 1 (0.20%) Nexpose
8 1 (0.20%) SmoothWall
8 1 (0.20%) Tivoli
8 1 (0.20%) Tivoli Identity Manager
8 1 (0.20%) WSUS
Vendors
1 81 (15.91%) Microsoft
2 57 (11.20%) Cisco
3 43 (8.45%) CheckPoint
4 33 (6.48%) VMware
5 28 (5.50%) Oracle
6 26 (5.11%) HP
7 22 (4.32%) Citrix
8 20 (3.93%) Juniper
9 19 (3.73%) ArcSight
9 19 (3.73%) Splunk
10 16 (3.14%) CA
11 13 (2.55%) Symantec
12 12 (2.36%) F5
13 11 (2.16%) BMC
13 11 (2.16%) LogRhythm
13 11 (2.16%) Riverbed
14 10 (1.96%) Brocade
14 10 (1.96%) Dell
15 9 (1.77%) Intel Security
15 9 (1.77%) SolarWinds
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