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 11 February 2016 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
11 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Penetration Testing
Rank 435 507 502
Rank change year-on-year
+72 -5
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 193 105 86
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.38% 0.20% 0.17%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.46% 0.26% 0.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 130 59 59
Average daily rate £431 £438 £463
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.42% -5.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £370 £290 £340
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £600 £546
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £388 £429
% change year-on-year
+9.67% -9.62%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 0
Average hourly rate £46.25 £47.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.63% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £46.25 £47.50 -
% change year-on-year
-2.63% -

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
41792 40196 38042
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 81.24% 77.62% 76.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 27320 25624 23044
Average daily rate £425 £420 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.19% +5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £280 £273
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1199 1072 1163
Average hourly rate £40.00 £26.50 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+50.94% -3.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.00 £46.25 £52.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+45.45% -

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 11 February 2016.

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 11 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 +86 190 £431 -1.42% 145
London +50 87 £450 -10.00% 59
South East +17 36 £425 +17.24% 24
Hampshire +20 19 £413 -13.15% 5
North West -7 15 £450 +38.46% 17
Yorkshire - 15 £410 - 9
South West +16 14 £420 +0.59% 16
City of London +40 13 £455 -9.00% 14
Basingstoke +8 9 £488 -7.14% 3
Sheffield - 8 £410 -
South Yorkshire - 8 £410 -
Manchester -13 7 £450 +38.46% 12
East of England +4 6 £421 - 8
Wiltshire +1 6 - - 1
West Midlands -15 6 £425 -2.85% 9
North East - 6 £403 - 2
Newcastle upon Tyne - 6 £403 - 2
Andover - 6 £413 -
Tyne and Wear - 6 £403 - 2
Buckinghamshire +18 5 £505 - 3
West Yorkshire - 5 £550 - 8
Merseyside - 5 - - 2
East Midlands - 5 £600 - 1
Oxfordshire +8 4 £325 -
Nottinghamshire - 4 £650 - 1
Leeds - 4 - - 8
Nottingham - 4 £650 - 1
Milton Keynes - 4 £505 - 3
Bedfordshire - 4 £421 -
Gloucestershire +13 3 £550 - 11

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, 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.

1 149 (41.05%) Information Security
2 79 (21.76%) CISSP
3 75 (20.66%) Linux
4 74 (20.39%) Finance
5 71 (19.56%) Firewall
5 71 (19.56%) Windows
6 65 (17.91%) Security Cleared
7 62 (17.08%) Vulnerability Assessment
8 58 (15.98%) Agile Software Development
8 58 (15.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 54 (14.88%) Cybersecurity
10 53 (14.60%) OWASP
11 52 (14.33%) PCI DSS
11 52 (14.33%) Vulnerability Management
12 51 (14.05%) Risk Management
13 49 (13.50%) Intrusion Detection
14 45 (12.40%) SC Cleared
15 42 (11.57%) Ethical Hacking
15 42 (11.57%) CREST Certified
16 41 (11.29%) Management Information System
17 39 (10.74%) CEH
17 39 (10.74%) Security Testing
17 39 (10.74%) SIEM
18 38 (10.47%) Security Architecture
19 37 (10.19%) Java
19 37 (10.19%) TCP/IP
20 36 (9.92%) Network Security
20 36 (9.92%) Security Operations
21 35 (9.64%) Web Services
21 35 (9.64%) Security Management

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, 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 20 (5.51%) Node.js
2 9 (2.48%) IIS
3 7 (1.93%) MS Exchange
3 7 (1.93%) SharePoint
4 5 (1.38%) SharePoint 2013
5 4 (1.10%) Confluence
6 2 (0.55%) Apache
6 2 (0.55%) NetWeaver
Applications
1 21 (5.79%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.28%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 9 (2.48%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (1.10%) MoSes
3 2 (0.55%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 31 (8.54%) Amazon AWS
2 14 (3.86%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (1.93%) IaaS
3 7 (1.93%) Office 365
3 7 (1.93%) PaaS
3 7 (1.93%) SaaS
4 3 (0.83%) Azure Active Directory
5 2 (0.55%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.28%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.28%) Sage Pay
Communications & Networking
1 71 (19.56%) Firewall
2 49 (13.50%) Intrusion Detection
3 37 (10.19%) TCP/IP
4 36 (9.92%) Network Security
5 28 (7.71%) Internet
6 26 (7.16%) SSL
6 26 (7.16%) WAN
7 25 (6.89%) VPN
8 24 (6.61%) LAN
9 21 (5.79%) HTTP
10 15 (4.13%) Wireless
11 14 (3.86%) DNS
12 8 (2.20%) DHCP
12 8 (2.20%) MPLS
12 8 (2.20%) VLAN
12 8 (2.20%) VoIP
13 7 (1.93%) FTP
13 7 (1.93%) IPsec
13 7 (1.93%) MRTG
13 7 (1.93%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (5.23%) Relational Database
2 18 (4.96%) MongoDB
2 18 (4.96%) PostgreSQL
2 18 (4.96%) Redis
3 16 (4.41%) SQL Server
4 7 (1.93%) SQL Server 2012
5 6 (1.65%) SQL Server 2008
5 6 (1.65%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 5 (1.38%) InterSystems Cache
7 2 (0.55%) BusinessObjects
7 2 (0.55%) DB2
7 2 (0.55%) SAP BW
7 2 (0.55%) SAP HANA
8 1 (0.28%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 1 (0.28%) Big Data
8 1 (0.28%) SQL Server 2014
8 1 (0.28%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 27 (7.44%) Git (software)
2 24 (6.61%) Jenkins
3 22 (6.06%) Metasploit
4 11 (3.03%) Team Foundation Server
5 10 (2.75%) Selenium
6 8 (2.20%) SpecFlow
7 7 (1.93%) JIRA
8 6 (1.65%) Burp Suite
8 6 (1.65%) LoadRunner
9 5 (1.38%) Balsamiq Mockups
9 5 (1.38%) Jasmine
10 4 (1.10%) Cucumber
10 4 (1.10%) HP UFT
10 4 (1.10%) sqlmap
11 3 (0.83%) JMeter
11 3 (0.83%) NUnit
12 2 (0.55%) CruiseControl
12 2 (0.55%) MSTest
12 2 (0.55%) Visual Studio
12 2 (0.55%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 74 (20.39%) Finance
2 24 (6.61%) Banking
3 21 (5.79%) Legal
4 15 (4.13%) Telecoms
5 12 (3.31%) Retail
6 9 (2.48%) Military
7 8 (2.20%) Games
7 8 (2.20%) Marketing
8 4 (1.10%) Investment Banking
8 4 (1.10%) Retail Banking
9 3 (0.83%) Advertising
9 3 (0.83%) Financial Institution
9 3 (0.83%) Local Government
9 3 (0.83%) Manufacturing
9 3 (0.83%) Publishing
10 2 (0.55%) Billing
10 2 (0.55%) Electronics
11 1 (0.28%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 76 (20.94%) Analyst
2 69 (19.01%) Security Analyst
3 61 (16.80%) Consultant
4 57 (15.70%) Tester
5 53 (14.60%) Security Consultant
6 43 (11.85%) Penetration Tester
7 31 (8.54%) Security Manager
8 27 (7.44%) Architect
9 25 (6.89%) Information Analyst
9 25 (6.89%) Information Security Analyst
9 25 (6.89%) Security Architect
10 24 (6.61%) Security Specialist
11 20 (5.51%) Information Security Consultant
12 18 (4.96%) DevOps Engineer
12 18 (4.96%) Security Engineer
13 14 (3.86%) IT Manager
13 14 (3.86%) IT Security Specialist
14 13 (3.58%) Network Engineer
14 13 (3.58%) Senior Analyst
14 13 (3.58%) Senior Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (9.64%) Web Services
2 30 (8.26%) .NET
3 17 (4.68%) Sensu
4 9 (2.48%) Ajax
4 9 (2.48%) RabbitMQ
5 8 (2.20%) .NET Framework
5 8 (2.20%) ASP.NET
5 8 (2.20%) jQuery
6 7 (1.93%) ASP.NET Web API
6 7 (1.93%) Entity Framework
6 7 (1.93%) SAML
7 6 (1.65%) Breeze.js
7 6 (1.65%) Durandal
7 6 (1.65%) KnockoutJS
7 6 (1.65%) React
7 6 (1.65%) Windows Identity Foundation
8 5 (1.38%) OAuth2
8 5 (1.38%) OpenID
8 5 (1.38%) SOAP
9 4 (1.10%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 41 (11.29%) Management Information System
2 26 (7.16%) Analytical Skills
3 19 (5.23%) Cryptography
4 15 (4.13%) Mobile App
4 15 (4.13%) PKI
5 13 (3.58%) CESG
5 13 (3.58%) Mainframe
5 13 (3.58%) Security Operations Centre
6 12 (3.31%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 10 (2.75%) Computer Science
8 7 (1.93%) Data Centre
8 7 (1.93%) Internet of Things
9 6 (1.65%) AS400
9 6 (1.65%) Cyberthreat
9 6 (1.65%) IBM Mainframe
9 6 (1.65%) Statistics
10 5 (1.38%) N-Tier
10 5 (1.38%) Public Cloud
11 4 (1.10%) FMCG
12 3 (0.83%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 75 (20.66%) Linux
2 71 (19.56%) Windows
3 33 (9.09%) Unix
4 16 (4.41%) Windows Server
5 9 (2.48%) Kali Linux
6 7 (1.93%) Ubuntu
7 6 (1.65%) Android
8 5 (1.38%) AIX
8 5 (1.38%) Apple iOS
8 5 (1.38%) Windows Server 2008
8 5 (1.38%) Windows Server 2012
9 4 (1.10%) CentOS
10 3 (0.83%) Mac OS X
11 2 (0.55%) VMS
12 1 (0.28%) Solaris
12 1 (0.28%) VxWorks
12 1 (0.28%) Windows 10
12 1 (0.28%) Windows Phone
12 1 (0.28%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 149 (41.05%) Information Security
2 62 (17.08%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 58 (15.98%) Agile Software Development
4 54 (14.88%) Cybersecurity
5 53 (14.60%) OWASP
6 52 (14.33%) Vulnerability Management
7 51 (14.05%) Risk Management
8 42 (11.57%) Ethical Hacking
9 39 (10.74%) Security Testing
9 39 (10.74%) SIEM
10 38 (10.47%) Security Architecture
11 36 (9.92%) Security Operations
12 35 (9.64%) Security Management
13 32 (8.82%) Continuous Integration
13 32 (8.82%) ITIL
14 29 (7.99%) Data Protection
15 28 (7.71%) Stakeholder Management
16 27 (7.44%) Configuration Management
17 26 (7.16%) Information Assurance
18 25 (6.89%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 37 (10.19%) Java
2 31 (8.54%) PowerShell
3 28 (7.71%) C
3 28 (7.71%) Python
4 27 (7.44%) C++
5 26 (7.16%) Perl
6 19 (5.23%) SQL
7 18 (4.96%) C#
7 18 (4.96%) Ruby
8 14 (3.86%) JavaScript
9 7 (1.93%) Go
10 6 (1.65%) PHP
10 6 (1.65%) TypeScript
11 5 (1.38%) T-SQL
12 3 (0.83%) Shell Script
13 2 (0.55%) ABAP
13 2 (0.55%) VB.NET
14 1 (0.28%) Groovy
14 1 (0.28%) Scala
14 1 (0.28%) VB
Qualifications
1 79 (21.76%) CISSP
2 65 (17.91%) Security Cleared
3 45 (12.40%) SC Cleared
4 42 (11.57%) CREST Certified
5 39 (10.74%) CEH
6 28 (7.71%) CISM
7 16 (4.41%) Degree
8 15 (4.13%) OSCP
9 14 (3.86%) GIAC
10 13 (3.58%) SANS
11 12 (3.31%) Cisco Certification
12 11 (3.03%) DV Cleared
12 11 (3.03%) GWAPT
13 10 (2.75%) ISTQB
13 10 (2.75%) OSCE
14 9 (2.48%) CCNA
14 9 (2.48%) ISEB
15 8 (2.20%) CCNP
15 8 (2.20%) CISA
16 5 (1.38%) CCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 58 (15.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 52 (14.33%) PCI DSS
3 19 (5.23%) QA
4 12 (3.31%) RMADS
5 9 (2.48%) ISO27002
6 7 (1.93%) ISO27005
7 6 (1.65%) COBIT
7 6 (1.65%) GPG13
7 6 (1.65%) WAI
7 6 (1.65%) WCAG
8 4 (1.10%) Disclosure Scotland
9 3 (0.83%) ISO 9001
9 3 (0.83%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 3 (0.83%) TickIT
10 1 (0.28%) HIPAA
10 1 (0.28%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 1 (0.28%) SLA
System Software
1 21 (5.79%) Active Directory
2 11 (3.03%) Docker
3 5 (1.38%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (1.10%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (0.55%) Firmware
6 1 (0.28%) Sendmail
6 1 (0.28%) Xen
Systems Management
1 23 (6.34%) Nessus
2 22 (6.06%) Puppet
3 18 (4.96%) Ansible
4 14 (3.86%) Grafana
4 14 (3.86%) Kibana
4 14 (3.86%) logstash
4 14 (3.86%) Uchiwa
5 10 (2.75%) Opscode Chef
6 9 (2.48%) Nmap
7 8 (2.20%) Salt
8 5 (1.38%) Nagios
9 4 (1.10%) EnCase
9 4 (1.10%) Ettercap
9 4 (1.10%) OpenVAS
10 3 (0.83%) HP Fortify
10 3 (0.83%) HP Quality Center
10 3 (0.83%) SmoothWall
11 2 (0.55%) McAfee ePO
11 2 (0.55%) QRadar
11 2 (0.55%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 34 (9.37%) Microsoft
2 32 (8.82%) Cisco
3 29 (7.99%) VMware
4 16 (4.41%) CheckPoint
5 15 (4.13%) HP
5 15 (4.13%) IBM
6 10 (2.75%) Splunk
7 9 (2.48%) Oracle
8 8 (2.20%) Sitecore
8 8 (2.20%) Symantec
9 7 (1.93%) SAP
10 6 (1.65%) F5
10 6 (1.65%) LogRhythm
11 5 (1.38%) ArcSight
11 5 (1.38%) Intel Security
11 5 (1.38%) NetIQ
11 5 (1.38%) Novell
11 5 (1.38%) Q1 Labs
11 5 (1.38%) Qualys
11 5 (1.38%) Tripwire
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