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 21 January 2017 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
21 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Penetration Testing
UK
Rank 403 443 490
Rank change year-on-year
+40 +47
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 184 185 117
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.42% 0.36% 0.23%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.51% 0.45% 0.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 125 113 71
Median daily rate £475 £425 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.76% -10.52%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £360 £350 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £590 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £480 £425 £388
% change year-on-year
+12.94% +9.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 2
Median hourly rate - £42.50 £47.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -10.52%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £42.50 £47.50
% change year-on-year
- -10.52%

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
36177 41516 39910
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 82.16% 81.70% 78.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 23972 26915 25773
Median daily rate £450 £425 £423
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% +0.59%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £290 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £400 £393
% change year-on-year
+1.25% +1.91%
Number of hourly rates quoted 920 1195 1052
Median hourly rate £34.50 £38.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.38% +54.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.71 £55.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £25.25
% change year-on-year
-12.50% +58.41%

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 21 January 2017.

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 21 January 2017. 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 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 +16 175 £475 +11.76% 91
London +24 89 £475 - 35
South East +9 37 £513 +20.58% 13
North West +33 17 £430 -31.20% 9
Hampshire +11 16 £475 +8.57% 2
Manchester +29 13 £343 - 8
Buckinghamshire +13 13 £513 +1.48%
East of England -2 10 £538 +26.47% 4
City of London -4 10 £500 +2.56% 15
South West +14 9 £450 +20.00% 12
Milton Keynes +13 9 £500 -0.99%
West Midlands +9 9 £475 +18.75% 8
Wiltshire +9 8 £450 - 1
Hertfordshire +3 7 £538 - 3
Berkshire +18 5 £563 +25.00%
Welwyn Garden City -9 5 £600 - 1
Salisbury - 5 £450 -
Fareham - 5 £475 -
Yorkshire +7 4 £500 +21.95% 8
Birmingham 0 4 £400 +48.14% 5
Newport - 4 £663 -
Wales - 4 £663 -
South Wales - 4 £663 -
West Yorkshire +23 3 £500 - 8
Leeds +4 3 £500 - 5
Cambridgeshire - 3 - -
Reading +12 2 - -
Swindon +9 2 - -
Surrey +6 2 £419 -1.52% 6
Coventry -14 2 £503 +5.78%

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 January 2017, 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.

1 141 (30.26%) Information Security
2 104 (22.32%) CISSP
3 102 (21.89%) Linux
4 101 (21.67%) OWASP
5 98 (21.03%) Security Cleared
6 94 (20.17%) Firewall
7 89 (19.10%) Agile Software Development
8 82 (17.60%) Continuous Integration
9 81 (17.38%) Amazon AWS
10 79 (16.95%) Security Testing
10 79 (16.95%) Finance
11 73 (15.67%) Microsoft
11 73 (15.67%) Jenkins
12 72 (15.45%) Risk Management
12 72 (15.45%) SC Cleared
13 68 (14.59%) Java
14 67 (14.38%) Ethical Hacking
15 63 (13.52%) Network Security
15 63 (13.52%) Windows
16 62 (13.30%) CREST Certified
17 61 (13.09%) Cybersecurity
18 60 (12.88%) Vulnerability Management
19 58 (12.45%) Open Source
20 57 (12.23%) Python
21 55 (11.80%) Security Management
21 55 (11.80%) Management Information System
21 55 (11.80%) ISO/IEC 27001
21 55 (11.80%) SIEM
22 51 (10.94%) Cisco
23 50 (10.73%) PostgreSQL

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 36 (7.73%) nginx
2 13 (2.79%) MS Exchange
3 9 (1.93%) Apache
4 7 (1.50%) IIS
4 7 (1.50%) Tomcat
5 6 (1.29%) OpenStack
5 6 (1.29%) Skype for Business
6 5 (1.07%) SharePoint
7 3 (0.64%) CMS
8 2 (0.43%) Apache Pig
8 2 (0.43%) Jetty
8 2 (0.43%) Mongrel
8 2 (0.43%) WebSphere
9 1 (0.21%) SAS
9 1 (0.21%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 35 (7.51%) MS Excel
2 10 (2.15%) MS Office
3 6 (1.29%) MS PowerPoint
3 6 (1.29%) MS Project
4 4 (0.86%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 6 (1.29%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.43%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (0.43%) Oracle Applications
2 2 (0.43%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.43%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (0.43%) Sentinel
3 1 (0.21%) Bankmaster
Cloud Services
1 81 (17.38%) Amazon AWS
2 25 (5.36%) Microsoft Azure
3 21 (4.51%) IaaS
4 9 (1.93%) Cloud Computing
5 8 (1.72%) PaaS
6 7 (1.50%) Office 365
7 5 (1.07%) Azure Active Directory
8 4 (0.86%) SaaS
9 3 (0.64%) Amazon EC2
9 3 (0.64%) GitHub
10 2 (0.43%) Google App Engine
10 2 (0.43%) Google Cloud Platform
10 2 (0.43%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 1 (0.21%) Amazon ELB
11 1 (0.21%) AWS CloudFormation
11 1 (0.21%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 94 (20.17%) Firewall
2 63 (13.52%) Network Security
3 44 (9.44%) Intrusion Detection
3 44 (9.44%) TCP/IP
4 30 (6.44%) SSL
5 25 (5.36%) HTTP
5 25 (5.36%) Wireshark
6 22 (4.72%) DNS
6 22 (4.72%) VPN
7 20 (4.29%) Cisco ASA
8 17 (3.65%) Internet
8 17 (3.65%) OSPF
9 15 (3.22%) FTP
9 15 (3.22%) WAN
9 15 (3.22%) Wireless
10 14 (3.00%) LAN
11 13 (2.79%) SMTP
12 12 (2.58%) BGP
13 11 (2.36%) IPsec
13 11 (2.36%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 50 (10.73%) PostgreSQL
2 35 (7.51%) MongoDB
3 23 (4.94%) Redis
3 23 (4.94%) Relational Database
4 16 (3.43%) SQL Server
5 12 (2.58%) Oracle Database
6 5 (1.07%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 4 (0.86%) SQL Server 2008
8 3 (0.64%) Big Data
9 2 (0.43%) Data Lake
9 2 (0.43%) Hadoop
9 2 (0.43%) Oracle Reports
9 2 (0.43%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 1 (0.21%) Amazon RDS
10 1 (0.21%) Crystal Reports
10 1 (0.21%) InterSystems Cache
10 1 (0.21%) MySQL
10 1 (0.21%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 73 (15.67%) Jenkins
2 32 (6.87%) Git (software)
3 29 (6.22%) Travis CI
4 20 (4.29%) CircleCI
5 18 (3.86%) Metasploit
6 14 (3.00%) Burp Suite
7 12 (2.58%) Selenium
8 10 (2.15%) JIRA
9 8 (1.72%) JMeter
10 7 (1.50%) Cucumber
10 7 (1.50%) Team Foundation Server
10 7 (1.50%) Visual Studio
11 5 (1.07%) Sonatype Nexus
12 3 (0.64%) Oracle APEX
12 3 (0.64%) SpecFlow
13 2 (0.43%) AppScan
13 2 (0.43%) MSI
13 2 (0.43%) NUnit
13 2 (0.43%) TeamCity
13 2 (0.43%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 79 (16.95%) Finance
2 24 (5.15%) Legal
3 18 (3.86%) Retail
4 12 (2.58%) Banking
5 8 (1.72%) Telecoms
6 5 (1.07%) Advertising
6 5 (1.07%) Back Office
6 5 (1.07%) Financial Institution
6 5 (1.07%) Manufacturing
6 5 (1.07%) Marketing
7 4 (0.86%) Law
8 3 (0.64%) Electronics
8 3 (0.64%) Local Government
9 1 (0.21%) Automotive
9 1 (0.21%) Italian Language
9 1 (0.21%) Military
9 1 (0.21%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 96 (20.60%) Consultant
1 96 (20.60%) Tester
2 87 (18.67%) Penetration Tester
3 72 (15.45%) Security Consultant
4 54 (11.59%) Analyst
5 53 (11.37%) Security Engineer
6 43 (9.23%) Security Analyst
7 23 (4.94%) Network Engineer
8 21 (4.51%) IT Consultant
9 20 (4.29%) Developer
10 18 (3.86%) IT Security Consultant
10 18 (3.86%) Network Security Engineer
10 18 (3.86%) Security Manager
11 16 (3.43%) Architect
12 15 (3.22%) DevOps Engineer
12 15 (3.22%) Information Security Consultant
12 15 (3.22%) Security Specialist
12 15 (3.22%) Technical Consultant
13 14 (3.00%) Security Tester
14 12 (2.58%) Information Security Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 46 (9.87%) Web Services
2 29 (6.22%) Node.js
3 16 (3.43%) .NET
4 13 (2.79%) SAML
5 9 (1.93%) ASP.NET
5 9 (1.93%) Oracle GoldenGate
6 7 (1.50%) Spring
7 5 (1.07%) J2EE
7 5 (1.07%) Middleware
8 4 (0.86%) jQuery
8 4 (0.86%) OAuth
9 3 (0.64%) .NET Framework
9 3 (0.64%) Ajax
9 3 (0.64%) ASP.NET Web API
9 3 (0.64%) Breeze.js
9 3 (0.64%) Durandal
9 3 (0.64%) Entity Framework
9 3 (0.64%) KnockoutJS
9 3 (0.64%) React
9 3 (0.64%) Windows Identity Foundation
Miscellaneous
1 55 (11.80%) Management Information System
2 23 (4.94%) Analytical Skills
3 20 (4.29%) Cryptography
4 19 (4.08%) Mobile App
5 18 (3.86%) Data Centre
6 14 (3.00%) Algorithms
7 12 (2.58%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 10 (2.15%) CESG
9 9 (1.93%) CMDB
9 9 (1.93%) Security Operations Centre
10 8 (1.72%) Computer Science
11 6 (1.29%) PKI
11 6 (1.29%) Video Conferencing
12 5 (1.07%) Client/Server
12 5 (1.07%) Data Protection Act
13 4 (0.86%) Cyber Defence
13 4 (0.86%) Cyberthreat
13 4 (0.86%) Embedded Systems
14 2 (0.43%) Fintech
14 2 (0.43%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 102 (21.89%) Linux
2 63 (13.52%) Windows
3 35 (7.51%) Unix
4 7 (1.50%) CentOS
4 7 (1.50%) Kali Linux
5 6 (1.29%) Ubuntu
5 6 (1.29%) Windows Server
6 4 (0.86%) Windows Vista
7 3 (0.64%) Android
7 3 (0.64%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (0.64%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.43%) Apple iOS
8 2 (0.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (0.43%) Windows 10
8 2 (0.43%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (0.21%) Mac OS X
9 1 (0.21%) Solaris
9 1 (0.21%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 141 (30.26%) Information Security
2 101 (21.67%) OWASP
3 89 (19.10%) Agile Software Development
4 82 (17.60%) Continuous Integration
5 79 (16.95%) Security Testing
6 72 (15.45%) Risk Management
7 67 (14.38%) Ethical Hacking
8 61 (13.09%) Cybersecurity
9 60 (12.88%) Vulnerability Management
10 58 (12.45%) Open Source
11 55 (11.80%) Security Management
11 55 (11.80%) SIEM
12 46 (9.87%) Vulnerability Assessment
13 40 (8.58%) Security Architecture
14 37 (7.94%) DevOps
15 35 (7.51%) ITIL
15 35 (7.51%) Vulnerability Scanning
16 34 (7.30%) Secure Coding
17 33 (7.08%) Fuzz Testing
17 33 (7.08%) Social Engineering
Programming Languages
1 68 (14.59%) Java
2 57 (12.23%) Python
3 29 (6.22%) Ruby
4 28 (6.01%) PHP
5 15 (3.22%) SQL
6 14 (3.00%) PowerShell
7 12 (2.58%) Perl
8 8 (1.72%) C#
9 7 (1.50%) Bash Shell
10 5 (1.07%) C
11 4 (0.86%) C++
11 4 (0.86%) JavaScript
12 3 (0.64%) T-SQL
12 3 (0.64%) TypeScript
12 3 (0.64%) VB
13 1 (0.21%) Scala
13 1 (0.21%) Shell Script
13 1 (0.21%) VB.NET
13 1 (0.21%) VB6
Qualifications
1 104 (22.32%) CISSP
2 98 (21.03%) Security Cleared
3 72 (15.45%) SC Cleared
4 62 (13.30%) CREST Certified
5 47 (10.09%) CEH
6 34 (7.30%) CISM
7 30 (6.44%) CHECK Team Member
8 28 (6.01%) SANS
9 20 (4.29%) OSCP
10 18 (3.86%) CISA
10 18 (3.86%) Cisco Certification
10 18 (3.86%) Degree
11 17 (3.65%) CLAS
12 15 (3.22%) GIAC
13 14 (3.00%) CCNP
14 13 (2.79%) CESG Certified Professional
14 13 (2.79%) CISMP
15 11 (2.36%) BPSS Clearance
16 10 (2.15%) DV Cleared
17 9 (1.93%) CCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 55 (11.80%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 39 (8.37%) PCI DSS
3 14 (3.00%) COBIT
3 14 (3.00%) Disclosure Scotland
4 12 (2.58%) ISO27002
5 11 (2.36%) QA
6 9 (1.93%) Data Quality
7 7 (1.50%) WAI
7 7 (1.50%) WCAG
8 6 (1.29%) RMADS
9 5 (1.07%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 5 (1.07%) SLA
9 5 (1.07%) Web Application Security Consortium
10 4 (0.86%) GPG13
11 3 (0.64%) HIPAA
11 3 (0.64%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 1 (0.21%) GDPR
12 1 (0.21%) ISO 9001
12 1 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 17799
12 1 (0.21%) JSP 440
System Software
1 20 (4.29%) Active Directory
1 20 (4.29%) VMware Infrastructure
2 11 (2.36%) Docker
3 9 (1.93%) Corosync
3 9 (1.93%) Squid
3 9 (1.93%) vCloud
4 6 (1.29%) VMware ESXi
5 5 (1.07%) oVirt
5 5 (1.07%) Sendmail
6 4 (0.86%) Firmware
7 2 (0.43%) BitLocker
7 2 (0.43%) Hyper-V
7 2 (0.43%) NFS
7 2 (0.43%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (0.43%) Xen
8 1 (0.21%) IAG
8 1 (0.21%) VMware ESX
8 1 (0.21%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 42 (9.01%) Puppet
2 24 (5.15%) Ansible
3 16 (3.43%) Nessus
4 10 (2.15%) HP Fortify
5 9 (1.93%) Pacemaker
6 8 (1.72%) Nmap
7 7 (1.50%) CA Single Sign-On
7 7 (1.50%) Norton AntiVirus
8 6 (1.29%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
9 5 (1.07%) EnCase
9 5 (1.07%) Nagios
10 4 (0.86%) CA Spectrum
11 3 (0.64%) Opscode Chef
12 2 (0.43%) McAfee ePO
12 2 (0.43%) WebInspect
13 1 (0.21%) ArcSight ESM
13 1 (0.21%) Core Impact
13 1 (0.21%) Tivoli
13 1 (0.21%) Tivoli Identity Manager
13 1 (0.21%) WSUS
Vendors
1 73 (15.67%) Microsoft
2 51 (10.94%) Cisco
3 44 (9.44%) VMware
4 43 (9.23%) CheckPoint
5 26 (5.58%) HP
6 24 (5.15%) Oracle
7 21 (4.51%) Citrix
8 19 (4.08%) ArcSight
8 19 (4.08%) Splunk
9 17 (3.65%) Juniper
10 16 (3.43%) CA
10 16 (3.43%) Symantec
11 13 (2.79%) Dell
12 12 (2.58%) Riverbed
13 11 (2.36%) BMC
13 11 (2.36%) Intel Security
14 10 (2.15%) Palo Alto
15 9 (1.93%) F5
15 9 (1.93%) Red Hat
15 9 (1.93%) SolarWinds
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