The first table below looks at the demand 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 22 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category.

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
22 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Penetration Testing
Rank 437 412 460
Rank change year-on-year
-25 +48
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 135 155 132
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.25% 0.30% 0.23%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.34% 0.42% 0.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 84 96 102
Average daily rate
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£450 £450 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +12.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £329 £325 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £543 £535 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £450 £380 £325
% change year-on-year
+18.42% +16.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 0
Average hourly rate £44.50 £48.75 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.72% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £44.50 £48.75 -
% change year-on-year
-8.72% -
Processes & Methodologies Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
39338 37094 40713
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.11% 72.94% 70.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 24409 22472 23326
Average daily rate £400 £405 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.23% +1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £270 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £560 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1122 1062 1420
Average hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.66% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £45.55 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £31.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-14.51% -

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 22 July 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
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 22 July 2014.

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 22 July 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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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 -26 130 £450 - 60
London -9 65 £450 -2.96% 27
South East +3 29 £358 -4.66% 7
City of London +16 24 £438 -7.89% 10
South West -21 13 £473 -14.09% 3
West Sussex - 10 £320 -
North West -17 9 £463 +2.77% 3
East of England -17 9 £430 +1.17% 7
Manchester -7 6 - - 3
Hampshire -12 6 £490 +30.66% 1
Berkshire 0 5 £438 -2.77% 2
Essex +3 4 £400 -
Wiltshire - 4 £470 -
Swindon - 4 £470 -
Crawley - 4 £351 -
Buckinghamshire -8 3 - -
Cambridgeshire -9 3 £460 +8.23% 1
Surrey - 3 - - 2
West Midlands - 3 £450 - 2
Birmingham - 3 £450 - 1
Reading +2 2 - - 1
Milton Keynes +1 2 - -
Ipswich - 2 - - 2
Scotland - 2 - - 8
Suffolk - 2 - - 2
Hounslow +9 1 £500 -5.66%
Cheshire -6 1 £475 -
Bristol -16 1 - - 1
Glasgow - 1 - - 3
Newbury - 1 £375 - 1

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 July 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 86 (36.75%) Information Security
2 80 (34.19%) Firewall
3 74 (31.62%) CISSP
4 68 (29.06%) Windows
5 54 (23.08%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 53 (22.65%) Security Cleared
7 43 (18.38%) SC Cleared
8 42 (17.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 40 (17.09%) CEH
10 39 (16.67%) Linux
10 39 (16.67%) Finance
11 38 (16.24%) Security Testing
12 37 (15.81%) Risk Assessment
13 36 (15.38%) Management Information System
14 35 (14.96%) Microsoft
15 32 (13.68%) UNIX
15 32 (13.68%) Wireless
16 31 (13.25%) Risk Management
17 30 (12.82%) Incident Management
17 30 (12.82%) PCI DSS
18 29 (12.39%) ITIL
18 29 (12.39%) Vulnerability Management
19 28 (11.97%) Java
19 28 (11.97%) MS Visio
19 28 (11.97%) HP
20 27 (11.54%) TCP/IP
21 26 (11.11%) Cisco
21 26 (11.11%) Windows 7
22 25 (10.68%) VPN
22 25 (10.68%) CISM

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 July 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 11 (4.70%) IIS
2 8 (3.42%) WebLogic
3 7 (2.99%) Tomcat
4 6 (2.56%) MS Exchange
4 6 (2.56%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 6 (2.56%) Exchange Server 2003
4 6 (2.56%) Exchange Server 2010
5 4 (1.71%) SharePoint
6 1 (0.43%) Apache
6 1 (0.43%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.43%) CMS
Applications
1 28 (11.97%) MS Visio
2 16 (6.84%) MS Office
3 14 (5.98%) MS Excel
4 6 (2.56%) MS PowerPoint
5 4 (1.71%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 3 (1.28%) assyst
2 2 (0.85%) Magento
2 2 (0.85%) Oracle CRM
3 1 (0.43%) SAP CRM
3 1 (0.43%) Summit
3 1 (0.43%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 3 (1.28%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (0.43%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 80 (34.19%) Firewall
2 32 (13.68%) Wireless
3 27 (11.54%) TCP/IP
4 25 (10.68%) VPN
5 23 (9.83%) Network Security
6 22 (9.40%) SSL
7 21 (8.97%) SAN
8 17 (7.26%) Intrusion Detection
9 14 (5.98%) DHCP
10 13 (5.56%) Internet
11 11 (4.70%) DNS
12 10 (4.27%) IP Telephony
13 8 (3.42%) Reverse Proxy
13 8 (3.42%) NAS
14 7 (2.99%) WAN
14 7 (2.99%) SMTP
14 7 (2.99%) LAN
15 5 (2.14%) iSCSI
15 5 (2.14%) ICMP
16 4 (1.71%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (1.28%) Oracle Reports
2 2 (0.85%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (0.85%) IDOL
3 1 (0.43%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (0.43%) Hadoop
3 1 (0.43%) NoSQL
3 1 (0.43%) Redis
Development Applications
1 4 (1.71%) Metasploit
1 4 (1.71%) GDB
2 3 (1.28%) StarTeam
3 2 (0.85%) LoadRunner
4 1 (0.43%) AppScan
4 1 (0.43%) WebDriver
4 1 (0.43%) Cucumber
4 1 (0.43%) JIRA
4 1 (0.43%) QADirector
4 1 (0.43%) Selenium
4 1 (0.43%) FindBugs
4 1 (0.43%) Eclipse
General
1 39 (16.67%) Finance
2 12 (5.13%) Banking
3 10 (4.27%) Retail
4 6 (2.56%) Law
4 6 (2.56%) Financial Institution
4 6 (2.56%) Electronics
5 5 (2.14%) Telecoms
5 5 (2.14%) Legal
6 3 (1.28%) Retail Banking
6 3 (1.28%) Marketing
6 3 (1.28%) Military
7 2 (0.85%) Manufacturing
7 2 (0.85%) Advertising
8 1 (0.43%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.43%) Local Government
8 1 (0.43%) Dutch Language
Job Titles
1 65 (27.78%) Analyst
2 59 (25.21%) Security Analyst
3 31 (13.25%) Tester
4 29 (12.39%) Consultant
5 25 (10.68%) Test Manager
6 24 (10.26%) Security Consultant
7 23 (9.83%) Penetration Tester
7 23 (9.83%) Security Engineer
8 20 (8.55%) IT Security Analyst
9 16 (6.84%) Security Manager
10 15 (6.41%) Information Security Analyst
10 15 (6.41%) Project Engineer
10 15 (6.41%) Information Analyst
11 14 (5.98%) Security Specialist
12 11 (4.70%) Security Tester
13 9 (3.85%) IT Security Engineer
14 8 (3.42%) Senior Security Consultant
14 8 (3.42%) Senior Consultant
15 7 (2.99%) Coordinator
15 7 (2.99%) Wintel Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (6.84%) .NET
2 8 (3.42%) JSP
3 7 (2.99%) Web Services
4 6 (2.56%) Middleware
5 3 (1.28%) ASP.NET
5 3 (1.28%) HTML
6 1 (0.43%) Spring
6 1 (0.43%) Spring Security
6 1 (0.43%) Django
6 1 (0.43%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 36 (15.38%) Management Information System
2 23 (9.83%) PKI
3 15 (6.41%) CESG
3 15 (6.41%) Computer Science
4 13 (5.56%) Open Source
5 11 (4.70%) Cryptography
6 10 (4.27%) RMADS
6 10 (4.27%) IVR
7 8 (3.42%) Embedded Systems
8 5 (2.14%) Mobile App
8 5 (2.14%) Data Protection Act
8 5 (2.14%) Blackberry
9 4 (1.71%) Device Driver
9 4 (1.71%) Statistics
9 4 (1.71%) CMDB
10 3 (1.28%) IBM Mainframe
10 3 (1.28%) CESG CLAS
10 3 (1.28%) AS400
10 3 (1.28%) Mainframe
11 2 (0.85%) GIS
Operating Systems
1 68 (29.06%) Windows
2 39 (16.67%) Linux
3 32 (13.68%) UNIX
4 26 (11.11%) Windows 7
5 19 (8.12%) Windows Server 2003
6 10 (4.27%) Windows XP
6 10 (4.27%) Windows Server 2008
7 8 (3.42%) Apple iOS
8 6 (2.56%) AIX
9 4 (1.71%) Windows NT
9 4 (1.71%) Debian
10 2 (0.85%) Windows Vista
10 2 (0.85%) Mac OS
10 2 (0.85%) VMS
11 1 (0.43%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.43%) Android
11 1 (0.43%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 86 (36.75%) Information Security
2 54 (23.08%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 38 (16.24%) Security Testing
4 37 (15.81%) Risk Assessment
5 31 (13.25%) Risk Management
6 30 (12.82%) Incident Management
7 29 (12.39%) ITIL
7 29 (12.39%) Vulnerability Management
8 25 (10.68%) Security Management
9 24 (10.26%) Business Continuity
10 23 (9.83%) Security Architecture
11 20 (8.55%) Performance Testing
11 20 (8.55%) Data Protection
12 19 (8.12%) Project Management
12 19 (8.12%) SIEM
13 16 (6.84%) Test Automation
13 16 (6.84%) BCP
13 16 (6.84%) User Acceptance Testing
14 15 (6.41%) Test Strategy
14 15 (6.41%) Business Continuity Planning
Programming Languages
1 28 (11.97%) Java
2 19 (8.12%) SQL
3 17 (7.26%) C
4 15 (6.41%) C++
5 12 (5.13%) Python
6 9 (3.85%) Bash Shell
7 8 (3.42%) PHP
8 7 (2.99%) Shell Script
9 5 (2.14%) VB
9 5 (2.14%) C#
10 4 (1.71%) VB.NET
11 2 (0.85%) Perl
11 2 (0.85%) Objective-C
11 2 (0.85%) Ruby
12 1 (0.43%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 74 (31.62%) CISSP
2 53 (22.65%) Security Cleared
3 43 (18.38%) SC Cleared
4 40 (17.09%) CEH
5 25 (10.68%) CISM
5 25 (10.68%) Degree
6 15 (6.41%) DV Cleared
7 14 (5.98%) Microsoft Certification
7 14 (5.98%) MCSE
8 12 (5.13%) Cisco Certification
8 12 (5.13%) GIAC
8 12 (5.13%) CISA
9 11 (4.70%) CCNA
10 10 (4.27%) MCP
11 5 (2.14%) HND
11 5 (2.14%) GCIH
11 5 (2.14%) Chartered Engineer
12 4 (1.71%) GPEN
13 3 (1.28%) OSCP
13 3 (1.28%) CGEIT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 42 (17.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 30 (12.82%) PCI DSS
3 13 (5.56%) QA
4 7 (2.99%) JSP 440
5 5 (2.14%) ISO/IEC 17799
6 2 (0.85%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.43%) ISO 14001
7 1 (0.43%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.43%) COBIT
7 1 (0.43%) GPG13
System Software
1 19 (8.12%) Active Directory
2 15 (6.41%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (2.99%) Nmap
4 6 (2.56%) Terminal Server
5 4 (1.71%) UAG
6 2 (0.85%) Hyper-V
6 2 (0.85%) RACF
6 2 (0.85%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (0.85%) Snort
Systems Management
1 18 (7.69%) Nessus
2 16 (6.84%) HP Quality Center
3 12 (5.13%) SCCM
4 10 (4.27%) Cisco IPCC
5 9 (3.85%) CORE IMPACT
6 3 (1.28%) Puppet
6 3 (1.28%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 2 (0.85%) ZENworks
8 1 (0.43%) OPNET
8 1 (0.43%) Nagios
8 1 (0.43%) Munin
8 1 (0.43%) WebInspect
8 1 (0.43%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 35 (14.96%) Microsoft
2 28 (11.97%) HP
3 26 (11.11%) Cisco
4 21 (8.97%) F5
5 19 (8.12%) VMware
5 19 (8.12%) Oracle
6 16 (6.84%) Juniper
7 14 (5.98%) McAfee
8 13 (5.56%) Qualys
9 11 (4.70%) Citrix
10 10 (4.27%) IBM
10 10 (4.27%) Genesys
10 10 (4.27%) Empirix
10 10 (4.27%) Siemens
10 10 (4.27%) Verint
11 8 (3.42%) Blue Coat
12 7 (2.99%) Websense
12 7 (2.99%) CheckPoint
12 7 (2.99%) Ruckus Wireless
13 6 (2.56%) Sun