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 1 October 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
1 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Penetration Testing
Rank 455 510 475
Rank change year-on-year
+55 -35
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 163 80 124
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.28% 0.15% 0.22%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.39% 0.21% 0.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 112 42 85
Average daily rate
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£450 £459 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.90% +31.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £303 £233
10% offered a daily rate of more than £548 £549 £700
UK excluding London average daily rate £450 £400 £350
% change year-on-year
+12.50% +14.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 2
Average hourly rate £60.00 £37.50 £38.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+60.00% -3.22%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £60.00 £37.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year
+60.00% -6.25%

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
42151 38998 41410
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 73.68% 74.02% 72.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 26532 24183 24007
Average daily rate £413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £269
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £365 £365
% change year-on-year
+2.73% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1155 1087 1536
Average hourly rate £24.00 £27.80 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.66% -7.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £46.00 £46.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.83 £30.00 £28.50
% change year-on-year
-10.56% +5.26%

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 1 October 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 1 October 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 +64 156 £450 -2.70% 61
London +51 88 £475 - 28
South East +7 29 £385 -4.93% 10
City of London +39 19 £500 +5.26% 11
East of England -11 15 £375 -23.07% 4
Surrey - 15 £325 - 1
South West -24 10 £475 +5.55% 11
Suffolk - 9 £375 - 2
Ipswich - 9 £375 - 1
Berkshire +19 7 £395 -2.46% 3
Somerset 0 6 £475 +35.71%
North West -6 6 £475 +35.71% 2
West Midlands -11 6 £450 +33.33%
Staines - 5 - - 1
Cambridgeshire +2 4 £460 -5.64% 1
Cambridge -1 4 £460 - 1
Birmingham -3 4 £450 +38.46%
Cardiff - 4 £463 - 2
Wales - 4 £463 - 3
South Wales - 4 £463 - 2
Hampshire -10 3 £450 - 4
Manchester -13 3 - -
Scotland -7 2 - - 2
Glasgow - 2 - - 1
Swindon - 2 £385 -
East Midlands - 2 £450 - 1
Wiltshire - 2 £385 -
West Sussex +6 1 £290 -35.55%
Cheshire +5 1 £475 +35.71% 2
Warwickshire -7 1 - -

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 October 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.

1 147 (52.31%) Information Security
2 108 (38.43%) CISSP
3 101 (35.94%) Firewall
4 75 (26.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 59 (21.00%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 56 (19.93%) ITIL
7 54 (19.22%) Windows
8 53 (18.86%) Management Information System
9 52 (18.51%) Risk Management
10 51 (18.15%) Network Security
11 49 (17.44%) PCI DSS
12 47 (16.73%) Finance
13 46 (16.37%) CEH
13 46 (16.37%) Cisco
14 45 (16.01%) Security Testing
15 43 (15.30%) Incident Management
15 43 (15.30%) Microsoft
16 42 (14.95%) Vulnerability Management
17 41 (14.59%) Security Cleared
17 41 (14.59%) Linux
18 38 (13.52%) Risk Assessment
19 37 (13.17%) CISM
20 34 (12.10%) SC Cleared
21 33 (11.74%) ISMS
21 33 (11.74%) SSL
21 33 (11.74%) TCP/IP
22 32 (11.39%) Security Management
23 31 (11.03%) Active Directory
23 31 (11.03%) Java
23 31 (11.03%) Data Protection

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 October 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 (3.91%) WebLogic
1 11 (3.91%) IIS
1 11 (3.91%) Tomcat
2 10 (3.56%) Apache
3 2 (0.71%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.36%) Node.js
4 1 (0.36%) CMS
Applications
1 22 (7.83%) MS Visio
2 17 (6.05%) MS Office
3 12 (4.27%) MS Excel
4 6 (2.14%) MS PowerPoint
5 4 (1.42%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 13 (4.63%) assyst
2 1 (0.36%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.36%) SAP CRM
2 1 (0.36%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.71%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (0.36%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 101 (35.94%) Firewall
2 51 (18.15%) Network Security
3 33 (11.74%) SSL
3 33 (11.74%) TCP/IP
4 30 (10.68%) Wireless
5 24 (8.54%) VPN
6 20 (7.12%) DNS
7 19 (6.76%) Intrusion Detection
8 17 (6.05%) Internet
9 16 (5.69%) DHCP
10 15 (5.34%) SAN
11 14 (4.98%) Intranet
12 12 (4.27%) LDAP
13 10 (3.56%) SSH
13 10 (3.56%) Reverse Proxy
13 10 (3.56%) Cisco ASA
14 7 (2.49%) HTTP
15 6 (2.14%) LAN
15 6 (2.14%) WAN
16 5 (1.78%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (1.07%) PostgreSQL
2 2 (0.71%) IDOL
2 2 (0.71%) DB2
2 2 (0.71%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.71%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (0.36%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (0.36%) MongoDB
3 1 (0.36%) Redis
3 1 (0.36%) Big Data
3 1 (0.36%) MariaDB
3 1 (0.36%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.36%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 4 (1.42%) GCC
1 4 (1.42%) GDB
2 3 (1.07%) Metasploit
3 2 (0.71%) Cucumber
4 1 (0.36%) JIRA
4 1 (0.36%) QADirector
4 1 (0.36%) Selenium
4 1 (0.36%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.36%) WebDriver
4 1 (0.36%) Jenkins
General
1 47 (16.73%) Finance
2 17 (6.05%) Law
3 11 (3.91%) Banking
4 10 (3.56%) Retail
5 7 (2.49%) Financial Institution
5 7 (2.49%) Electronics
6 6 (2.14%) Legal
7 4 (1.42%) Telecoms
8 3 (1.07%) Advertising
9 2 (0.71%) Military
9 2 (0.71%) Automotive
9 2 (0.71%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.71%) Investment Banking
9 2 (0.71%) Marketing
10 1 (0.36%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.36%) Corporate Banking
10 1 (0.36%) Dutch Language
10 1 (0.36%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.36%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 88 (31.32%) Analyst
2 80 (28.47%) Security Analyst
3 37 (13.17%) Security Specialist
3 37 (13.17%) Consultant
4 32 (11.39%) Security Consultant
5 27 (9.61%) Information Analyst
5 27 (9.61%) Information Security Analyst
6 25 (8.90%) Security Engineer
7 24 (8.54%) Tester
8 22 (7.83%) Penetration Tester
9 19 (6.76%) IT Security Analyst
10 17 (6.05%) Security Manager
11 16 (5.69%) Test Manager
12 15 (5.34%) Project Engineer
13 14 (4.98%) Information Security Specialist
13 14 (4.98%) Information Specialist
13 14 (4.98%) Senior Analyst
14 13 (4.63%) Senior Security Analyst
14 13 (4.63%) Designer
15 12 (4.27%) Product Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (6.41%) .NET
2 7 (2.49%) JSP
3 6 (2.14%) Web Services
3 6 (2.14%) Middleware
4 3 (1.07%) VXML
4 3 (1.07%) ASP.NET
4 3 (1.07%) HTML
5 2 (0.71%) SOAP
5 2 (0.71%) REST
6 1 (0.36%) RabbitMQ
6 1 (0.36%) WSH
Miscellaneous
1 53 (18.86%) Management Information System
2 25 (8.90%) PKI
3 21 (7.47%) Computer Science
4 20 (7.12%) Analytical Skills
5 19 (6.76%) RMADS
6 17 (6.05%) CESG
7 15 (5.34%) Open Source
8 12 (4.27%) Data Protection Act
9 10 (3.56%) CESG CLAS
9 10 (3.56%) Embedded Systems
10 9 (3.20%) Algorithms
11 8 (2.85%) IVR
11 8 (2.85%) Cryptography
12 6 (2.14%) Mobile App
12 6 (2.14%) Smart Meter
13 4 (1.42%) SCADA
14 3 (1.07%) IBM Mainframe
14 3 (1.07%) Mainframe
14 3 (1.07%) AS400
15 2 (0.71%) GIS
Operating Systems
1 54 (19.22%) Windows
2 41 (14.59%) Linux
3 24 (8.54%) UNIX
4 14 (4.98%) Windows 7
5 9 (3.20%) Solaris
6 8 (2.85%) Windows Server 2003
7 7 (2.49%) Apple iOS
7 7 (2.49%) AIX
8 5 (1.78%) Windows Server 2008
9 4 (1.42%) Debian
9 4 (1.42%) Windows XP
9 4 (1.42%) Windows NT
10 2 (0.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 2 (0.71%) Mac OS
10 2 (0.71%) Windows Vista
11 1 (0.36%) Android
11 1 (0.36%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 147 (52.31%) Information Security
2 59 (21.00%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 56 (19.93%) ITIL
4 52 (18.51%) Risk Management
5 45 (16.01%) Security Testing
6 43 (15.30%) Incident Management
7 42 (14.95%) Vulnerability Management
8 38 (13.52%) Risk Assessment
9 33 (11.74%) ISMS
10 32 (11.39%) Security Management
11 31 (11.03%) Data Protection
12 30 (10.68%) SIEM
12 30 (10.68%) Business Continuity
13 28 (9.96%) Security Architecture
14 27 (9.61%) Information Assurance
15 25 (8.90%) Cyber Security
16 24 (8.54%) Ethical Hacking
16 24 (8.54%) Change Control
17 20 (7.12%) Business Continuity Planning
17 20 (7.12%) BCP
Programming Languages
1 31 (11.03%) Java
2 17 (6.05%) C++
2 17 (6.05%) Python
3 16 (5.69%) C
4 15 (5.34%) SQL
5 9 (3.20%) Bash Shell
5 9 (3.20%) Perl
6 8 (2.85%) Shell Script
7 5 (1.78%) VB
7 5 (1.78%) Ruby
8 4 (1.42%) Korn
9 2 (0.71%) PHP
10 1 (0.36%) PowerShell
10 1 (0.36%) Golang
10 1 (0.36%) C#
10 1 (0.36%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 108 (38.43%) CISSP
2 46 (16.37%) CEH
3 41 (14.59%) Security Cleared
4 37 (13.17%) CISM
5 34 (12.10%) SC Cleared
6 26 (9.25%) Degree
7 25 (8.90%) Microsoft Certification
8 23 (8.19%) MCSE
9 21 (7.47%) GIAC
10 18 (6.41%) CISA
11 13 (4.63%) CCNA
11 13 (4.63%) Cisco Certification
12 11 (3.91%) MCP
13 9 (3.20%) CRISC
13 9 (3.20%) DV Cleared
14 7 (2.49%) Check Point Certification
15 6 (2.14%) HND
15 6 (2.14%) Chartered Engineer
16 3 (1.07%) GPEN
16 3 (1.07%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 75 (26.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 49 (17.44%) PCI DSS
3 10 (3.56%) QA
4 9 (3.20%) SLA
5 7 (2.49%) JSP 440
6 4 (1.42%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 3 (1.07%) COBIT
8 2 (0.71%) ISO/IEC 17799
9 1 (0.36%) GPG13
9 1 (0.36%) ISO 14001
9 1 (0.36%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 31 (11.03%) Active Directory
2 7 (2.49%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (2.14%) Nmap
3 6 (2.14%) Terminal Server
4 4 (1.42%) OpenSSH
5 3 (1.07%) Snort
6 2 (0.71%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (0.71%) RACF
7 1 (0.36%) Xen
Systems Management
1 21 (7.47%) Nessus
2 12 (4.27%) SCCM
3 10 (3.56%) HP Quality Center
4 9 (3.20%) CORE IMPACT
5 4 (1.42%) Cisco IPCC
6 3 (1.07%) Puppet
7 2 (0.71%) ZENworks
8 1 (0.36%) Ansible
8 1 (0.36%) Nagios
8 1 (0.36%) WebInspect
8 1 (0.36%) OPNET
Vendors
1 46 (16.37%) Cisco
2 43 (15.30%) Microsoft
3 27 (9.61%) F5
3 27 (9.61%) Juniper
4 21 (7.47%) Oracle
5 17 (6.05%) HP
6 16 (5.69%) Qualys
6 16 (5.69%) McAfee
7 12 (4.27%) CheckPoint
8 9 (3.20%) IBM
8 9 (3.20%) VMware
9 7 (2.49%) Ruckus Wireless
9 7 (2.49%) Websense
9 7 (2.49%) Blue Coat
10 6 (2.14%) Sophos
11 5 (1.78%) Sourcefire
12 4 (1.42%) Empirix
12 4 (1.42%) Nokia
12 4 (1.42%) Siemens
12 4 (1.42%) Genesys
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