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 29 December 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
29 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Penetration Testing
Rank 456 472 466
Rank change year-on-year
+16 -6
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 135 92 89
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.25% 0.18% 0.18%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.34% 0.24% 0.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 85 54 72
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£500 £400 £445
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -10.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £261 £340 £346
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £520 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £400 £350
% change year-on-year
-18.75% +14.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 0
Average hourly rate £47.50 £22.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+111.11% -
UK excluding London average 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
40297 37796 34889
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.71% 73.83% 71.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 26364 23238 20512
Average daily rate £425 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £270 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £578 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £370 £365
% change year-on-year
+5.40% +1.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1094 1171 1415
Average hourly rate £24.00 £26.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.69% -13.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-7.40% -10.00%

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 29 December 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 29 December 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 +24 124 £500 +25.00% 62
London +38 64 £550 +22.22% 21
South East -10 34 £311 -23.14% 14
Surrey - 11 £500 - 9
City of London +5 10 £500 +5.26% 5
East of England -2 9 £375 -16.66% 1
South West -25 8 £450 +2.85% 9
Staines - 8 - - 3
Berkshire -1 5 £320 -20.98% 1
North West -5 5 £325 -4.41% 7
Manchester -11 5 £325 -4.41% 7
West Sussex - 5 £290 - 2
Kent - 5 £313 -
Birmingham -7 4 £438 +9.37% 1
Scotland -9 4 £350 -
Wiltshire -10 4 £475 -
West Midlands -17 4 £438 +9.37% 1
Suffolk - 4 £375 -
Swindon - 4 £475 -
Ipswich - 4 £375 -
Hampshire -27 3 £450 +20.00% 1
Dorset - 3 £375 - 1
Glasgow - 3 £350 -
East Sussex -3 2 £400 +33.33%
Middlesex - 2 £500 -
Guildford - 2 £500 - 4
Reading +16 1 - - 1
Cambridge -2 1 - -
Southampton -6 1 £450 +4.04%
Cambridgeshire -11 1 - -

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 December 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.

1 142 (47.33%) Information Security
2 107 (35.67%) CISSP
3 87 (29.00%) Firewall
4 85 (28.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 66 (22.00%) Windows
6 60 (20.00%) ITIL
7 55 (18.33%) Risk Management
8 53 (17.67%) PCI DSS
9 52 (17.33%) Network Security
10 50 (16.67%) Management Information System
11 49 (16.33%) Vulnerability Assessment
12 46 (15.33%) CEH
12 46 (15.33%) Linux
12 46 (15.33%) Vulnerability Management
13 45 (15.00%) Cisco
14 41 (13.67%) Security Cleared
15 40 (13.33%) Security Testing
15 40 (13.33%) SIEM
16 39 (13.00%) Incident Management
16 39 (13.00%) TCP/IP
17 36 (12.00%) Microsoft
17 36 (12.00%) Finance
17 36 (12.00%) SC Cleared
18 35 (11.67%) CISM
19 34 (11.33%) Risk Assessment
19 34 (11.33%) UNIX
19 34 (11.33%) Java
20 33 (11.00%) ISMS
21 32 (10.67%) Change Control
22 31 (10.33%) Data Protection

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 December 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 14 (4.67%) Apache
2 10 (3.33%) Tomcat
2 10 (3.33%) IIS
3 7 (2.33%) WebLogic
4 5 (1.67%) Node.js
5 2 (0.67%) OpenStack
5 2 (0.67%) Lync
6 1 (0.33%) WebSphere Application Server
6 1 (0.33%) JBoss
6 1 (0.33%) SharePoint
6 1 (0.33%) WebSphere
Applications
1 16 (5.33%) MS Office
2 13 (4.33%) MS Visio
3 7 (2.33%) MS Project
4 6 (2.00%) MS Excel
5 3 (1.00%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 13 (4.33%) assyst
2 1 (0.33%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (0.33%) Oracle 11i
2 1 (0.33%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.33%) SAP CRM
2 1 (0.33%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 4 (1.33%) Cloud Computing
2 3 (1.00%) IaaS
3 2 (0.67%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (0.67%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 87 (29.00%) Firewall
2 52 (17.33%) Network Security
3 39 (13.00%) TCP/IP
4 31 (10.33%) Intrusion Detection
5 29 (9.67%) SSL
6 22 (7.33%) DNS
7 20 (6.67%) LDAP
8 18 (6.00%) Internet
9 17 (5.67%) VPN
9 17 (5.67%) HTTP
9 17 (5.67%) Wireless
10 14 (4.67%) Intranet
10 14 (4.67%) DHCP
11 12 (4.00%) Cisco ASA
12 9 (3.00%) FTP
13 8 (2.67%) IP Telephony
13 8 (2.67%) Wireshark
14 7 (2.33%) SSH
14 7 (2.33%) SAN
15 6 (2.00%) LAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (3.67%) Relational Database
2 9 (3.00%) PostgreSQL
3 6 (2.00%) Big Data
4 5 (1.67%) MongoDB
4 5 (1.67%) Redis
4 5 (1.67%) Oracle Database
4 5 (1.67%) RDBMS
4 5 (1.67%) Oracle Database 10g
4 5 (1.67%) Oracle Reports
4 5 (1.67%) Data Warehouse
5 3 (1.00%) SQL Server
5 3 (1.00%) DB2
5 3 (1.00%) SQLPlus
5 3 (1.00%) Oracle Database 11g
6 2 (0.67%) MariaDB
7 1 (0.33%) Oracle BI Publisher
7 1 (0.33%) SQL Server 2008
7 1 (0.33%) Oracle Discoverer
Development Applications
1 8 (2.67%) Jenkins
2 7 (2.33%) Git (software)
3 5 (1.67%) Oracle Forms
3 5 (1.67%) GDB
4 4 (1.33%) GCC
5 3 (1.00%) Cucumber
5 3 (1.00%) Oracle APEX
6 2 (0.67%) Selenium
6 2 (0.67%) Metasploit
6 2 (0.67%) TeamCity
6 2 (0.67%) JIRA
6 2 (0.67%) WebDriver
6 2 (0.67%) SoapUI
General
1 36 (12.00%) Finance
2 23 (7.67%) Law
3 9 (3.00%) Banking
3 9 (3.00%) Retail
4 8 (2.67%) Publishing
4 8 (2.67%) Telecoms
5 6 (2.00%) Legal
6 3 (1.00%) Financial Institution
7 2 (0.67%) Electronics
7 2 (0.67%) Manufacturing
7 2 (0.67%) Advertising
7 2 (0.67%) Games
7 2 (0.67%) Retail Banking
7 2 (0.67%) Automotive
8 1 (0.33%) Corporate Banking
8 1 (0.33%) Marketing
8 1 (0.33%) Dutch Language
8 1 (0.33%) Military
8 1 (0.33%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.33%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 91 (30.33%) Analyst
2 75 (25.00%) Security Analyst
3 48 (16.00%) Consultant
4 44 (14.67%) Security Consultant
5 36 (12.00%) Security Specialist
6 19 (6.33%) Information Analyst
6 19 (6.33%) Information Security Analyst
7 17 (5.67%) Tester
8 14 (4.67%) Senior Analyst
8 14 (4.67%) Senior Security Analyst
8 14 (4.67%) IT Security Analyst
8 14 (4.67%) Penetration Tester
8 14 (4.67%) Security Engineer
9 13 (4.33%) Security Manager
9 13 (4.33%) Information Security Specialist
9 13 (4.33%) Information Specialist
10 12 (4.00%) Product Specialist
10 12 (4.00%) Product Analyst
10 12 (4.00%) Test Manager
11 11 (3.67%) Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (5.00%) .NET
2 7 (2.33%) JSP
2 7 (2.33%) Middleware
3 5 (1.67%) SOAP
3 5 (1.67%) Web Services
4 4 (1.33%) REST
5 3 (1.00%) ASP.NET
5 3 (1.00%) HTML
5 3 (1.00%) VXML
6 2 (0.67%) RabbitMQ
7 1 (0.33%) OAuth
7 1 (0.33%) OpenID
7 1 (0.33%) XML
7 1 (0.33%) WSH
7 1 (0.33%) WSDL
7 1 (0.33%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 50 (16.67%) Management Information System
2 24 (8.00%) PKI
3 21 (7.00%) Computer Science
4 17 (5.67%) RMADS
5 16 (5.33%) Data Protection Act
6 15 (5.00%) CESG
6 15 (5.00%) Analytical Skills
7 14 (4.67%) Cryptography
7 14 (4.67%) Open Source
8 9 (3.00%) CESG CLAS
8 9 (3.00%) Smart Meter
9 7 (2.33%) Embedded Systems
9 7 (2.33%) Algorithms
10 6 (2.00%) IVR
11 5 (1.67%) SCADA
11 5 (1.67%) Mobile App
12 4 (1.33%) Enterprise Software
12 4 (1.33%) Mathematics
13 3 (1.00%) Client/Server
14 2 (0.67%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 66 (22.00%) Windows
2 46 (15.33%) Linux
3 34 (11.33%) UNIX
4 9 (3.00%) Solaris
4 9 (3.00%) Windows 7
5 7 (2.33%) AIX
6 6 (2.00%) Windows XP
7 5 (1.67%) Windows Server 2003
7 5 (1.67%) Windows Server 2008
8 4 (1.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 4 (1.33%) Apple iOS
9 3 (1.00%) VMS
9 3 (1.00%) Windows NT
10 2 (0.67%) Windows Server 2012
11 1 (0.33%) Mac OS
11 1 (0.33%) Windows Vista
11 1 (0.33%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 142 (47.33%) Information Security
2 60 (20.00%) ITIL
3 55 (18.33%) Risk Management
4 49 (16.33%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 46 (15.33%) Vulnerability Management
6 40 (13.33%) SIEM
6 40 (13.33%) Security Testing
7 39 (13.00%) Incident Management
8 34 (11.33%) Risk Assessment
9 33 (11.00%) ISMS
10 32 (10.67%) Change Control
11 31 (10.33%) Data Protection
11 31 (10.33%) Ethical Hacking
12 28 (9.33%) Cyber Security
13 24 (8.00%) Information Assurance
14 22 (7.33%) Agile Software Development
15 21 (7.00%) Business Continuity
16 20 (6.67%) Security Management
17 19 (6.33%) Security Architecture
18 18 (6.00%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 34 (11.33%) Java
2 20 (6.67%) Python
3 19 (6.33%) SQL
4 15 (5.00%) C
5 13 (4.33%) C++
6 12 (4.00%) Shell Script
6 12 (4.00%) Perl
7 9 (3.00%) VB
7 9 (3.00%) Bash Shell
8 6 (2.00%) PHP
9 5 (1.67%) PL/SQL
9 5 (1.67%) VC++
9 5 (1.67%) Ruby
10 4 (1.33%) Korn
11 3 (1.00%) PowerShell
11 3 (1.00%) C#
12 2 (0.67%) Golang
12 2 (0.67%) Groovy
13 1 (0.33%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 107 (35.67%) CISSP
2 46 (15.33%) CEH
3 41 (13.67%) Security Cleared
4 36 (12.00%) SC Cleared
5 35 (11.67%) CISM
6 28 (9.33%) GIAC
7 23 (7.67%) Degree
7 23 (7.67%) Microsoft Certification
8 21 (7.00%) MCSE
9 18 (6.00%) Cisco Certification
9 18 (6.00%) CISA
10 15 (5.00%) CCNA
11 12 (4.00%) CRISC
12 9 (3.00%) GPEN
12 9 (3.00%) MCP
12 9 (3.00%) SSCP
12 9 (3.00%) Check Point Certification
12 9 (3.00%) DV Cleared
13 7 (2.33%) GCIH
13 7 (2.33%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 85 (28.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 53 (17.67%) PCI DSS
3 15 (5.00%) QA
4 9 (3.00%) SLA
5 8 (2.67%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 7 (2.33%) JSP 440
7 6 (2.00%) COBIT
8 2 (0.67%) ISO/IEC 17799
9 1 (0.33%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.33%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 24 (8.00%) Active Directory
2 8 (2.67%) Snort
3 7 (2.33%) Nmap
4 5 (1.67%) Xen
5 4 (1.33%) OpenSSH
6 3 (1.00%) Terminal Server
6 3 (1.00%) VMware Infrastructure
7 1 (0.33%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 19 (6.33%) Nessus
2 12 (4.00%) HP Quality Center
3 8 (2.67%) SCCM
4 6 (2.00%) Puppet
4 6 (2.00%) OPNET
4 6 (2.00%) Cisco IPCC
5 5 (1.67%) Ansible
6 4 (1.33%) Cisco CUCM
7 3 (1.00%) CORE IMPACT
8 2 (0.67%) Nagios
9 1 (0.33%) ZENworks
9 1 (0.33%) CiscoWorks
9 1 (0.33%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 1 (0.33%) WSUS
9 1 (0.33%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 45 (15.00%) Cisco
2 36 (12.00%) Microsoft
3 23 (7.67%) McAfee
4 21 (7.00%) Oracle
5 18 (6.00%) Juniper
6 17 (5.67%) HP
7 16 (5.33%) F5
8 14 (4.67%) Qualys
9 13 (4.33%) CheckPoint
10 9 (3.00%) VMware
11 8 (2.67%) ArcSight
12 6 (2.00%) LogLogic
12 6 (2.00%) SolarWinds
12 6 (2.00%) Sun
13 4 (1.33%) Red Hat
13 4 (1.33%) IBM
13 4 (1.33%) Remedy
14 3 (1.00%) Splunk
14 3 (1.00%) Sophos
15 2 (0.67%) Sourcefire
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