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 21 August 2014 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
21 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Penetration Testing
Rank 449 455 460
Rank change year-on-year
+6 +5
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 150 118 135
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.27% 0.22% 0.23%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.36% 0.31% 0.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 97 70 94
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£450 £459 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.90% +14.68%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £310 £222
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £541 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £450 £393 £295
% change year-on-year
+14.64% +33.05%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 2
Average hourly rate £60.00 £48.75 £38.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+23.07% +25.80%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £60.00 £48.75 £40.00
% change year-on-year
+23.07% +21.87%

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
41740 38461 41085
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.13% 73.30% 70.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 25873 23589 23801
Average daily rate £405 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.25% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £270 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1149 1035 1459
Average hourly rate £22.88 £27.80 £31.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-17.71% -11.04%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £46.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-16.66% -3.22%

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 21 August 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
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 21 August 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 +17 145 £450 -2.96% 63
London +22 78 £450 -4.25% 29
South East +8 25 £363 -5.84% 8
City of London +27 20 £475 - 14
South West -28 14 £470 -16.44% 7
North West +1 12 £463 - 7
East of England -18 12 £388 -13.88% 2
Manchester -10 8 - - 5
Surrey - 7 £385 - 4
Berkshire -1 6 £438 -2.77%
Somerset - 6 £475 - 1
Swindon - 5 £470 -
West Sussex - 5 £320 -
Wiltshire - 5 £470 -
Cambridgeshire -9 4 £460 +2.22%
Hampshire -10 4 - - 4
Cambridge -11 4 £460 -
Ipswich - 4 £375 - 1
Suffolk - 4 £375 - 1
Reading +4 2 - -
Milton Keynes +3 2 - -
Buckinghamshire -4 2 - -
Scotland -18 2 - - 1
East Midlands - 2 £450 - 1
Crawley - 2 £335 -
Cheshire +1 1 £475 -
Newbury - 1 £375 -
Wales - 1 £450 - 1
West Midlands - 1 £450 - 3
South Wales - 1 £450 - 1

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 August 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.

1 116 (47.74%) Information Security
2 91 (37.45%) CISSP
3 85 (34.98%) Firewall
4 53 (21.81%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 51 (20.99%) Windows
6 48 (19.75%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 45 (18.52%) Security Cleared
8 42 (17.28%) CEH
9 41 (16.87%) ITIL
9 41 (16.87%) Management Information System
10 40 (16.46%) Finance
11 39 (16.05%) Security Testing
12 37 (15.23%) Microsoft
13 36 (14.81%) Linux
13 36 (14.81%) Risk Management
13 36 (14.81%) Risk Assessment
13 36 (14.81%) PCI DSS
13 36 (14.81%) SC Cleared
14 34 (13.99%) Network Security
14 34 (13.99%) Vulnerability Management
15 32 (13.17%) Incident Management
16 31 (12.76%) Wireless
17 30 (12.35%) TCP/IP
17 30 (12.35%) Cisco
17 30 (12.35%) CISM
18 27 (11.11%) Security Management
18 27 (11.11%) Business Continuity
19 26 (10.70%) Degree
20 25 (10.29%) MS Visio
20 25 (10.29%) Security Architecture

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 21 August 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 (4.53%) IIS
2 7 (2.88%) Tomcat
2 7 (2.88%) WebLogic
3 4 (1.65%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.41%) CMS
4 1 (0.41%) Apache
Applications
1 25 (10.29%) MS Visio
2 16 (6.58%) MS Office
3 12 (4.94%) MS Excel
4 6 (2.47%) MS PowerPoint
5 4 (1.65%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 10 (4.12%) assyst
2 1 (0.41%) Magento
2 1 (0.41%) Oracle CRM
2 1 (0.41%) SAP CRM
2 1 (0.41%) Summit
2 1 (0.41%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 3 (1.23%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (0.41%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 85 (34.98%) Firewall
2 34 (13.99%) Network Security
3 31 (12.76%) Wireless
4 30 (12.35%) TCP/IP
5 24 (9.88%) SSL
6 22 (9.05%) VPN
7 17 (7.00%) Intrusion Detection
8 15 (6.17%) SAN
9 14 (5.76%) Internet
10 13 (5.35%) DNS
11 12 (4.94%) DHCP
12 11 (4.53%) Intranet
13 10 (4.12%) Reverse Proxy
14 7 (2.88%) IP Telephony
14 7 (2.88%) WAN
14 7 (2.88%) LAN
15 4 (1.65%) LDAP
15 4 (1.65%) ATM
15 4 (1.65%) FTP
15 4 (1.65%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (0.82%) Oracle Reports
1 2 (0.82%) Data Warehouse
1 2 (0.82%) IDOL
1 2 (0.82%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (0.41%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (0.41%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 4 (1.65%) Metasploit
1 4 (1.65%) GDB
2 2 (0.82%) Cucumber
3 1 (0.41%) WebDriver
3 1 (0.41%) LoadRunner
3 1 (0.41%) StarTeam
3 1 (0.41%) JIRA
3 1 (0.41%) QADirector
3 1 (0.41%) Selenium
General
1 40 (16.46%) Finance
2 14 (5.76%) Law
3 12 (4.94%) Banking
4 10 (4.12%) Retail
5 7 (2.88%) Electronics
6 6 (2.47%) Financial Institution
7 5 (2.06%) Telecoms
7 5 (2.06%) Legal
8 4 (1.65%) Military
9 3 (1.23%) Advertising
9 3 (1.23%) Retail Banking
10 2 (0.82%) Marketing
10 2 (0.82%) Manufacturing
11 1 (0.41%) Pharmaceutical
11 1 (0.41%) Dutch Language
11 1 (0.41%) Investment Banking
11 1 (0.41%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 76 (31.28%) Analyst
2 69 (28.40%) Security Analyst
3 29 (11.93%) Consultant
4 28 (11.52%) Tester
5 24 (9.88%) Security Consultant
5 24 (9.88%) Security Specialist
6 23 (9.47%) Security Engineer
6 23 (9.47%) Information Analyst
6 23 (9.47%) Information Security Analyst
7 22 (9.05%) Penetration Tester
8 21 (8.64%) Test Manager
9 16 (6.58%) IT Security Analyst
9 16 (6.58%) Security Manager
10 15 (6.17%) Project Engineer
11 12 (4.94%) Information Security Specialist
11 12 (4.94%) Information Specialist
12 10 (4.12%) Security Tester
12 10 (4.12%) Senior Analyst
13 9 (3.70%) Product Analyst
13 9 (3.70%) Senior Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (4.53%) .NET
2 7 (2.88%) JSP
3 5 (2.06%) Middleware
4 4 (1.65%) Web Services
5 3 (1.23%) ASP.NET
5 3 (1.23%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 41 (16.87%) Management Information System
2 16 (6.58%) PKI
2 16 (6.58%) Computer Science
3 15 (6.17%) Open Source
4 13 (5.35%) RMADS
5 11 (4.53%) CESG
6 10 (4.12%) Embedded Systems
7 7 (2.88%) IVR
7 7 (2.88%) Data Protection Act
8 6 (2.47%) CESG CLAS
9 5 (2.06%) Mobile App
10 4 (1.65%) CMDB
11 3 (1.23%) IBM Mainframe
11 3 (1.23%) Cryptography
11 3 (1.23%) AS400
11 3 (1.23%) Mainframe
12 2 (0.82%) GIS
12 2 (0.82%) STB
12 2 (0.82%) Smart Meter
13 1 (0.41%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 51 (20.99%) Windows
2 36 (14.81%) Linux
3 20 (8.23%) UNIX
4 19 (7.82%) Windows 7
5 9 (3.70%) Windows Server 2003
6 8 (3.29%) Apple iOS
7 6 (2.47%) Windows XP
7 6 (2.47%) AIX
8 4 (1.65%) Windows NT
8 4 (1.65%) Debian
9 3 (1.23%) Solaris
10 2 (0.82%) Windows Vista
10 2 (0.82%) Windows Server 2008
10 2 (0.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 2 (0.82%) Mac OS
11 1 (0.41%) VMS
11 1 (0.41%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.41%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 116 (47.74%) Information Security
2 48 (19.75%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 41 (16.87%) ITIL
4 39 (16.05%) Security Testing
5 36 (14.81%) Risk Management
5 36 (14.81%) Risk Assessment
6 34 (13.99%) Vulnerability Management
7 32 (13.17%) Incident Management
8 27 (11.11%) Business Continuity
8 27 (11.11%) Security Management
9 25 (10.29%) Security Architecture
9 25 (10.29%) SIEM
10 24 (9.88%) Data Protection
11 22 (9.05%) Information Assurance
12 21 (8.64%) Cyber Security
13 20 (8.23%) Ethical Hacking
14 17 (7.00%) ISMS
14 17 (7.00%) BCP
14 17 (7.00%) Business Continuity Planning
15 16 (6.58%) Change Control
Programming Languages
1 20 (8.23%) Java
2 17 (7.00%) C
3 15 (6.17%) SQL
3 15 (6.17%) Python
4 12 (4.94%) C++
5 9 (3.70%) Bash Shell
6 7 (2.88%) Shell Script
7 5 (2.06%) VB
8 4 (1.65%) Perl
8 4 (1.65%) Ruby
9 3 (1.23%) PHP
10 1 (0.41%) C#
10 1 (0.41%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 91 (37.45%) CISSP
2 45 (18.52%) Security Cleared
3 42 (17.28%) CEH
4 36 (14.81%) SC Cleared
5 30 (12.35%) CISM
6 26 (10.70%) Degree
7 22 (9.05%) Microsoft Certification
8 20 (8.23%) MCSE
9 18 (7.41%) GIAC
10 16 (6.58%) CISA
11 14 (5.76%) Cisco Certification
12 13 (5.35%) CCNA
13 11 (4.53%) DV Cleared
14 10 (4.12%) MCP
15 6 (2.47%) HND
15 6 (2.47%) Chartered Engineer
15 6 (2.47%) CRISC
16 5 (2.06%) GCIH
17 3 (1.23%) MBA
17 3 (1.23%) CGEIT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 53 (21.81%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 36 (14.81%) PCI DSS
3 8 (3.29%) QA
4 7 (2.88%) JSP 440
5 3 (1.23%) SLA
6 2 (0.82%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.82%) ISO/IEC 17799
7 1 (0.41%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.41%) ISO 14001
7 1 (0.41%) COBIT
7 1 (0.41%) GPG13
System Software
1 22 (9.05%) Active Directory
2 8 (3.29%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (2.88%) Nmap
4 6 (2.47%) Terminal Server
5 2 (0.82%) RACF
5 2 (0.82%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (0.82%) Snort
6 1 (0.41%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 19 (7.82%) Nessus
2 13 (5.35%) HP Quality Center
3 12 (4.94%) SCCM
4 9 (3.70%) CORE IMPACT
5 7 (2.88%) Cisco IPCC
6 2 (0.82%) ZENworks
6 2 (0.82%) Puppet
7 1 (0.41%) WebInspect
7 1 (0.41%) OPNET
7 1 (0.41%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 37 (15.23%) Microsoft
2 30 (12.35%) Cisco
3 23 (9.47%) F5
4 21 (8.64%) HP
4 21 (8.64%) Juniper
5 16 (6.58%) Oracle
5 16 (6.58%) McAfee
6 14 (5.76%) Qualys
7 9 (3.70%) VMware
7 9 (3.70%) IBM
8 8 (3.29%) Blue Coat
9 7 (2.88%) Websense
9 7 (2.88%) Verint
9 7 (2.88%) Ruckus Wireless
9 7 (2.88%) Genesys
9 7 (2.88%) Empirix
9 7 (2.88%) Siemens
10 6 (2.47%) Sophos
10 6 (2.47%) CheckPoint
11 4 (1.65%) Sourcefire
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