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 22 May 2015 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Penetration Testing
Rank 465 489 424
Rank change year-on-year
+24 -65
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 142 93 125
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.26% 0.18% 0.27%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.34% 0.24% 0.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 90 53 91
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£425 £450 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.55% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £263 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £590 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £425 £375
% change year-on-year
-5.88% +13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 1
Average hourly rate £34.50 £28.99 £47.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+19.00% -38.96%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £34.50 £28.99 -
% change year-on-year
+19.00% -

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
41485 39369 34836
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 76.59% 74.79% 73.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 26264 24909 20841
Average daily rate £413 £400 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -3.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £555 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1203 1184 1052
Average hourly rate £29.00 £28.75 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.86% -10.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £47.50 £48.56
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
- -6.25%

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 May 2015.

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 22 May 2015. 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 +24 135 £425 -5.55% 133
South East +18 56 £425 - 33
London -3 42 £450 -2.70% 40
North West -4 22 £338 -27.02% 16
Manchester +5 20 £331 -26.38% 11
Surrey +15 16 £450 +5.88% 3
Hampshire +2 13 £393 -25.23% 4
Buckinghamshire +12 11 £400 - 6
Milton Keynes - 11 £400 - 5
Berkshire 0 8 £425 -34.61% 13
South West +10 7 £360 -23.40% 17
City of London +2 7 £450 - 11
Staines +9 6 £513 +20.58%
Reading +11 4 £325 -50.00% 7
Basingstoke +5 4 £383 -27.14% 1
Scotland -3 4 £300 -
West Midlands -11 4 £550 +37.50% 7
Brighton - 4 - -
East Sussex - 4 - -
East Midlands -8 3 - - 3
Oxfordshire -19 3 £335 -16.25% 3
Devon - 3 - -
Slough - 3 £500 - 1
Southampton - 3 £525 - 1
Exeter - 3 - -
East of England +6 2 £325 +30.00% 5
Andover +4 2 £425 -
Bristol -1 2 £360 +20.00% 5
Glasgow -5 2 £300 -
Cobham - 2 £448 -

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, 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 89 (36.18%) CISSP
2 83 (33.74%) Information Security
3 76 (30.89%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 74 (30.08%) Firewall
5 54 (21.95%) CISM
5 54 (21.95%) ITIL
6 49 (19.92%) Windows
7 47 (19.11%) Vulnerability Management
8 45 (18.29%) Linux
9 41 (16.67%) PCI DSS
10 40 (16.26%) SIEM
10 40 (16.26%) Vulnerability Assessment
11 39 (15.85%) Cisco
12 36 (14.63%) Microsoft
13 35 (14.23%) Finance
13 35 (14.23%) Security Cleared
13 35 (14.23%) PKI
14 34 (13.82%) Security Testing
15 31 (12.60%) Network Security
15 31 (12.60%) QA
16 30 (12.20%) Cyber Security
16 30 (12.20%) SSL
17 29 (11.79%) Kalman Filter
18 28 (11.38%) Risk Management
19 26 (10.57%) UNIX
19 26 (10.57%) .NET
20 24 (9.76%) Security Management
20 24 (9.76%) Management Information System
20 24 (9.76%) VMware
20 24 (9.76%) SC Cleared

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, 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 13 (5.28%) IIS
2 4 (1.63%) SharePoint
3 3 (1.22%) MS Exchange
4 2 (0.81%) Drupal
4 2 (0.81%) OpenStack
4 2 (0.81%) SharePoint 2013
4 2 (0.81%) JBoss
5 1 (0.41%) Apache
5 1 (0.41%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.41%) CMS
5 1 (0.41%) FileNet
5 1 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (0.41%) Lync
5 1 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (0.41%) Node.js
5 1 (0.41%) Apache Solr
5 1 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 9 (3.66%) MS Office
2 7 (2.85%) MS Excel
3 5 (2.03%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.41%) MS Project
4 1 (0.41%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.41%) SAP PP
1 1 (0.41%) Oracle 11i
1 1 (0.41%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (0.41%) Oracle ERP
1 1 (0.41%) Oracle Applications
1 1 (0.41%) SAP PM
1 1 (0.41%) SAP EWM
1 1 (0.41%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 7 (2.85%) Amazon AWS
2 5 (2.03%) Cloud Computing
3 4 (1.63%) PaaS
3 4 (1.63%) IaaS
4 3 (1.22%) SaaS
4 3 (1.22%) Microsoft Azure
5 1 (0.41%) SuccessFactors
5 1 (0.41%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 74 (30.08%) Firewall
2 31 (12.60%) Network Security
3 30 (12.20%) SSL
4 22 (8.94%) WAN
4 22 (8.94%) Cisco ASA
5 20 (8.13%) Intrusion Detection
6 19 (7.72%) TCP/IP
7 14 (5.69%) VPN
8 13 (5.28%) Wireless
9 12 (4.88%) Internet
9 12 (4.88%) DNS
10 8 (3.25%) LAN
11 7 (2.85%) HTTP
12 6 (2.44%) LDAP
12 6 (2.44%) DHCP
13 5 (2.03%) SAN
13 5 (2.03%) Wireshark
14 4 (1.63%) Cisco ICM
14 4 (1.63%) tcpdump
14 4 (1.63%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (4.07%) Oracle Database
2 9 (3.66%) SQL Server
3 8 (3.25%) Oracle Database 11g
3 8 (3.25%) Relational Database
4 7 (2.85%) SQL Server 2012
5 6 (2.44%) InterSystems Cache
6 5 (2.03%) RDBMS
6 5 (2.03%) Oracle Database 10g
6 5 (2.03%) Data Warehouse
6 5 (2.03%) Oracle Reports
6 5 (2.03%) SQL Server 2005
7 4 (1.63%) PostgreSQL
8 3 (1.22%) SQLPlus
8 3 (1.22%) MySQL
8 3 (1.22%) SQL Server 2008
9 2 (0.81%) Big Data
10 1 (0.41%) Oracle Discoverer
10 1 (0.41%) MariaDB
10 1 (0.41%) Oracle BI Publisher
10 1 (0.41%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 9 (3.66%) LoadRunner
2 6 (2.44%) Selenium
3 5 (2.03%) Oracle Forms
3 5 (2.03%) Visual Studio
3 5 (2.03%) JIRA
4 4 (1.63%) WebDriver
4 4 (1.63%) Jenkins
5 3 (1.22%) Cucumber
5 3 (1.22%) SoapUI
5 3 (1.22%) Git (software)
5 3 (1.22%) TeamCity
5 3 (1.22%) Metasploit
5 3 (1.22%) Oracle APEX
6 2 (0.81%) SpecFlow
6 2 (0.81%) Subversion
6 2 (0.81%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 1 (0.41%) TestDirector
7 1 (0.41%) Eclipse
7 1 (0.41%) JMeter
7 1 (0.41%) NUnit
General
1 35 (14.23%) Finance
2 7 (2.85%) Telecoms
2 7 (2.85%) Banking
2 7 (2.85%) Retail
3 5 (2.03%) Legal
3 5 (2.03%) Games
4 4 (1.63%) Manufacturing
4 4 (1.63%) Financial Institution
5 3 (1.22%) Automotive
5 3 (1.22%) Investment Banking
6 2 (0.81%) Military
6 2 (0.81%) Publishing
6 2 (0.81%) Back Office
7 1 (0.41%) Advertising
7 1 (0.41%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.41%) Electronics
7 1 (0.41%) Local Government
7 1 (0.41%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 91 (36.99%) Analyst
2 69 (28.05%) Security Analyst
3 39 (15.85%) Consultant
4 38 (15.45%) Security Consultant
5 20 (8.13%) Tester
6 17 (6.91%) Test Analyst
7 16 (6.50%) Security Engineer
7 16 (6.50%) IT Security Analyst
7 16 (6.50%) Architect
8 15 (6.10%) Penetration Tester
8 15 (6.10%) Security Architect
9 14 (5.69%) Security Manager
10 13 (5.28%) Developer
11 12 (4.88%) Technical Analyst
12 9 (3.66%) Security Specialist
13 7 (2.85%) Project Manager
13 7 (2.85%) Senior Analyst
13 7 (2.85%) .NET Developer
13 7 (2.85%) Senior Security Analyst
13 7 (2.85%) Security Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (10.57%) .NET
2 13 (5.28%) XML
3 12 (4.88%) Web Services
4 11 (4.47%) ASP.NET
5 8 (3.25%) XML Messaging
5 8 (3.25%) HTML
6 7 (2.85%) jQuery
6 7 (2.85%) .NET Framework
7 6 (2.44%) Ajax
8 5 (2.03%) SAML
8 5 (2.03%) Windows Identity Foundation
9 3 (1.22%) CSS
9 3 (1.22%) XML-RPC
10 2 (0.81%) ASP.NET MVC
10 2 (0.81%) HTML5
10 2 (0.81%) CSS3
10 2 (0.81%) LAMP
10 2 (0.81%) SOAP
11 1 (0.41%) Spring
11 1 (0.41%) JAX-RS
Miscellaneous
1 35 (14.23%) PKI
2 24 (9.76%) Management Information System
3 13 (5.28%) Smart Meter
4 12 (4.88%) Data Protection Act
5 11 (4.47%) Cryptography
6 6 (2.44%) IBM Mainframe
6 6 (2.44%) AS400
6 6 (2.44%) N-Tier
6 6 (2.44%) Mainframe
7 5 (2.03%) CESG
7 5 (2.03%) Computer Science
8 4 (1.63%) Statistics
8 4 (1.63%) Open Source
8 4 (1.63%) Fixed Income
9 3 (1.22%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 3 (1.22%) Analytical Skills
9 3 (1.22%) RMADS
10 2 (0.81%) Embedded Systems
10 2 (0.81%) Public Cloud
10 2 (0.81%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 49 (19.92%) Windows
2 45 (18.29%) Linux
3 26 (10.57%) UNIX
4 10 (4.07%) Windows Server 2003
5 8 (3.25%) Solaris
6 7 (2.85%) Windows Server 2008
7 6 (2.44%) Windows Server 2012
8 4 (1.63%) Windows 7
8 4 (1.63%) AIX
9 3 (1.22%) VMS
9 3 (1.22%) Windows NT
9 3 (1.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.41%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 83 (33.74%) Information Security
2 54 (21.95%) ITIL
3 47 (19.11%) Vulnerability Management
4 40 (16.26%) SIEM
4 40 (16.26%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 34 (13.82%) Security Testing
6 30 (12.20%) Cyber Security
7 29 (11.79%) Kalman Filter
8 28 (11.38%) Risk Management
9 24 (9.76%) Security Management
10 23 (9.35%) OWASP
11 20 (8.13%) Agile Software Development
11 20 (8.13%) Incident Management
12 19 (7.72%) Migration
13 17 (6.91%) User Acceptance Testing
14 16 (6.50%) Risk Assessment
15 15 (6.10%) Stakeholder Management
15 15 (6.10%) Data Protection
16 14 (5.69%) Service Delivery
16 14 (5.69%) Ethical Hacking
Programming Languages
1 23 (9.35%) SQL
2 18 (7.32%) Java
3 17 (6.91%) C#
4 13 (5.28%) Shell Script
5 9 (3.66%) JavaScript
6 8 (3.25%) VB
7 7 (2.85%) C
8 6 (2.44%) T-SQL
8 6 (2.44%) Python
9 5 (2.03%) PL/SQL
10 3 (1.22%) PHP
10 3 (1.22%) Bash Shell
10 3 (1.22%) PowerShell
11 2 (0.81%) Groovy
11 2 (0.81%) C++
12 1 (0.41%) Embedded C
12 1 (0.41%) Assembly Language
12 1 (0.41%) Objective-C
12 1 (0.41%) Go
12 1 (0.41%) XPath
Qualifications
1 89 (36.18%) CISSP
2 54 (21.95%) CISM
3 35 (14.23%) Security Cleared
4 24 (9.76%) SC Cleared
5 21 (8.54%) CEH
6 20 (8.13%) CISMP
7 18 (7.32%) ITIL Certification
8 17 (6.91%) CISA
9 15 (6.10%) ISEB
9 15 (6.10%) CCENT
10 14 (5.69%) GIAC
11 12 (4.88%) Degree
12 11 (4.47%) DV Cleared
12 11 (4.47%) CRISC
13 8 (3.25%) Cisco Certification
14 6 (2.44%) ISTQB
14 6 (2.44%) CCNA
15 5 (2.03%) Microsoft Certification
15 5 (2.03%) SSCP
15 5 (2.03%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 76 (30.89%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 41 (16.67%) PCI DSS
3 31 (12.60%) QA
4 5 (2.03%) COBIT
5 4 (1.63%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.81%) JSP 440
7 1 (0.41%) BS7799
7 1 (0.41%) SLA
System Software
1 14 (5.69%) Active Directory
2 8 (3.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (2.03%) Snort
4 3 (1.22%) Terminal Server
5 2 (0.81%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.41%) Firmware
6 1 (0.41%) Varnish
6 1 (0.41%) vSphere
6 1 (0.41%) vCloud
6 1 (0.41%) Xen
Systems Management
1 12 (4.88%) Nessus
2 6 (2.44%) Nmap
3 5 (2.03%) CORE IMPACT
3 5 (2.03%) SCCM
3 5 (2.03%) HP Quality Center
4 4 (1.63%) Cisco CUCM
4 4 (1.63%) Cisco IPCC
4 4 (1.63%) CA Single Sign-On
5 3 (1.22%) Nagios
5 3 (1.22%) WSUS
6 2 (0.81%) McAfee ePO
7 1 (0.41%) CiscoWorks
7 1 (0.41%) Norton AntiVirus
7 1 (0.41%) OPNET
7 1 (0.41%) WebInspect
7 1 (0.41%) FortiGate
7 1 (0.41%) Ansible
7 1 (0.41%) Icinga
7 1 (0.41%) Puppet
7 1 (0.41%) SCOM
Vendors
1 39 (15.85%) Cisco
2 36 (14.63%) Microsoft
3 24 (9.76%) VMware
4 21 (8.54%) CheckPoint
5 19 (7.72%) Kaspersky
5 19 (7.72%) Clearswift
5 19 (7.72%) HP
6 18 (7.32%) Oracle
7 13 (5.28%) Citrix
8 11 (4.47%) McAfee
9 10 (4.07%) Remedy
10 9 (3.66%) Qualys
11 7 (2.85%) Juniper
11 7 (2.85%) IBM
12 6 (2.44%) Websense
13 4 (1.63%) ArcSight
13 4 (1.63%) MobileIron
13 4 (1.63%) Sourcefire
13 4 (1.63%) CA
14 3 (1.22%) Red Hat
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