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 27 January 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
27 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Penetration Testing
Rank 468 479 441
Rank change year-on-year
+11 -38
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 109 79 102
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.21% 0.16% 0.22%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.29% 0.22% 0.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 67 52 82
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£450 £438 £430
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% +1.74%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £340 £365
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £530 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £403 £375
% change year-on-year
-0.62% +7.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Average hourly rate £47.50 - -
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
38243 36175 32672
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 75.25% 74.28% 71.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 24566 22006 19405
Average daily rate £422 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.50% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £274 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £398 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.00% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1006 1114 1321
Average hourly rate £25.00 £26.50 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.66% -11.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.25 £27.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-8.18% -11.29%

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 27 January 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 27 January 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 +9 104 £444 +10.24% 116
London +8 49 £563 +18.42% 41
South East -5 33 £313 -22.83% 17
Surrey +9 16 £375 -29.24% 3
Staines - 13 - -
City of London +12 7 £450 -10.00% 13
Birmingham +3 7 £438 +9.37% 5
West Midlands -8 7 £438 - 6
South West -15 7 £438 +78.57% 15
Manchester -1 5 £325 -4.41% 14
North West -13 5 £325 -4.41% 16
Kent - 5 £313 - 2
Wiltshire -6 4 £438 -
Swindon - 4 £438 -
Hampshire -23 3 £475 +18.75% 2
Glasgow - 3 £350 -
East of England - 3 - - 4
Scotland - 3 £350 -
Berkshire -2 2 £350 -13.58% 4
Dorset - 2 - - 1
Guildford - 2 £438 - 1
Southampton -11 1 £475 +9.82%
Buckinghamshire -12 1 - - 1
Gloucestershire -22 1 - - 10
East Sussex - 1 £400 -
Cambridgeshire - 1 - - 4
Slough - 1 £350 - 1
Cambridge - 1 - - 2
Aylesbury - 1 - -
Basingstoke - - - -

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 January 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.

1 114 (44.02%) Information Security
2 94 (36.29%) CISSP
3 78 (30.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 63 (24.32%) Firewall
5 58 (22.39%) Windows
6 56 (21.62%) ITIL
7 49 (18.92%) Risk Management
7 49 (18.92%) PCI DSS
8 48 (18.53%) Vulnerability Management
9 47 (18.15%) Network Security
10 43 (16.60%) Linux
11 42 (16.22%) Cisco
12 41 (15.83%) Management Information System
13 37 (14.29%) Vulnerability Assessment
13 37 (14.29%) Security Testing
14 36 (13.90%) CISM
15 35 (13.51%) CEH
16 33 (12.74%) Java
16 33 (12.74%) Incident Management
17 32 (12.36%) Security Cleared
17 32 (12.36%) UNIX
18 31 (11.97%) ISMS
18 31 (11.97%) SIEM
19 30 (11.58%) Change Control
19 30 (11.58%) Microsoft
19 30 (11.58%) Finance
20 29 (11.20%) TCP/IP
21 27 (10.42%) SC Cleared
22 26 (10.04%) Data Protection
22 26 (10.04%) SSL

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 January 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 14 (5.41%) Apache
2 8 (3.09%) IIS
3 7 (2.70%) Tomcat
4 5 (1.93%) Node.js
5 4 (1.54%) WebLogic
6 3 (1.16%) OpenStack
7 2 (0.77%) Lync
8 1 (0.39%) WebSphere
8 1 (0.39%) WebSphere Application Server
8 1 (0.39%) SharePoint
8 1 (0.39%) JBoss
Applications
1 11 (4.25%) MS Office
2 5 (1.93%) MS Project
2 5 (1.93%) MS Visio
3 3 (1.16%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 9 (3.47%) assyst
2 1 (0.39%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (0.39%) Oracle 11i
2 1 (0.39%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.39%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 5 (1.93%) Cloud Computing
1 5 (1.93%) IaaS
2 4 (1.54%) PaaS
3 3 (1.16%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (0.39%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (0.39%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 63 (24.32%) Firewall
2 47 (18.15%) Network Security
3 29 (11.20%) TCP/IP
4 26 (10.04%) SSL
5 25 (9.65%) Intrusion Detection
6 20 (7.72%) LDAP
7 18 (6.95%) DNS
8 16 (6.18%) HTTP
9 15 (5.79%) Internet
10 14 (5.41%) Wireless
11 12 (4.63%) Cisco ASA
12 11 (4.25%) DHCP
13 10 (3.86%) VPN
14 9 (3.47%) Intranet
15 8 (3.09%) Wireshark
16 7 (2.70%) FTP
16 7 (2.70%) SSH
17 6 (2.32%) IP Telephony
18 5 (1.93%) LAN
18 5 (1.93%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (4.25%) Relational Database
2 9 (3.47%) PostgreSQL
3 6 (2.32%) Big Data
4 5 (1.93%) MongoDB
4 5 (1.93%) Oracle Database
4 5 (1.93%) Redis
4 5 (1.93%) Oracle Reports
4 5 (1.93%) Data Warehouse
4 5 (1.93%) RDBMS
4 5 (1.93%) Oracle Database 10g
5 3 (1.16%) Oracle Database 11g
5 3 (1.16%) DB2
5 3 (1.16%) SQLPlus
6 2 (0.77%) SQL Server
6 2 (0.77%) MariaDB
7 1 (0.39%) Oracle BI Publisher
7 1 (0.39%) Oracle Discoverer
Development Applications
1 9 (3.47%) Jenkins
2 7 (2.70%) Git (software)
3 5 (1.93%) GDB
3 5 (1.93%) Oracle Forms
4 4 (1.54%) GCC
4 4 (1.54%) Cucumber
5 3 (1.16%) Oracle APEX
5 3 (1.16%) TeamCity
6 2 (0.77%) SoapUI
6 2 (0.77%) WebDriver
6 2 (0.77%) Metasploit
6 2 (0.77%) Selenium
6 2 (0.77%) JIRA
7 1 (0.39%) Fiddler
General
1 30 (11.58%) Finance
2 16 (6.18%) Law
3 8 (3.09%) Publishing
4 7 (2.70%) Banking
4 7 (2.70%) Telecoms
5 4 (1.54%) Games
5 4 (1.54%) Legal
5 4 (1.54%) Retail
6 3 (1.16%) Financial Institution
6 3 (1.16%) Electronics
7 2 (0.77%) Automotive
8 1 (0.39%) Marketing
8 1 (0.39%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.39%) Corporate Banking
8 1 (0.39%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.39%) Local Government
8 1 (0.39%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.39%) Advertising
8 1 (0.39%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 75 (28.96%) Analyst
2 59 (22.78%) Security Analyst
3 48 (18.53%) Consultant
4 44 (16.99%) Security Consultant
5 33 (12.74%) Security Specialist
6 22 (8.49%) Tester
7 19 (7.34%) Penetration Tester
8 15 (5.79%) Senior Analyst
8 15 (5.79%) Senior Security Analyst
9 11 (4.25%) Designer
9 11 (4.25%) IT Security Analyst
9 11 (4.25%) Information Security Analyst
9 11 (4.25%) Information Analyst
10 10 (3.86%) Security Engineer
10 10 (3.86%) Testing Specialist
11 9 (3.47%) Information Security Specialist
11 9 (3.47%) Information Specialist
11 9 (3.47%) Architect
11 9 (3.47%) Security Architect
12 8 (3.09%) Product Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (6.95%) .NET
2 7 (2.70%) Middleware
3 6 (2.32%) Web Services
4 5 (1.93%) SOAP
5 4 (1.54%) REST
6 3 (1.16%) HTML
6 3 (1.16%) ASP.NET
6 3 (1.16%) VXML
7 2 (0.77%) RabbitMQ
8 1 (0.39%) OAuth
8 1 (0.39%) OpenID
8 1 (0.39%) XML
8 1 (0.39%) WSH
8 1 (0.39%) WSDL
8 1 (0.39%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 41 (15.83%) Management Information System
2 26 (10.04%) PKI
3 20 (7.72%) Computer Science
4 19 (7.34%) Cryptography
5 18 (6.95%) Data Protection Act
6 14 (5.41%) CESG
7 13 (5.02%) Smart Meter
8 11 (4.25%) Analytical Skills
9 10 (3.86%) RMADS
10 9 (3.47%) Open Source
10 9 (3.47%) CESG CLAS
11 7 (2.70%) Algorithms
12 5 (1.93%) SCADA
13 4 (1.54%) IVR
13 4 (1.54%) Embedded Systems
14 3 (1.16%) Statistics
14 3 (1.16%) Mathematics
14 3 (1.16%) Mobile App
14 3 (1.16%) Enterprise Software
14 3 (1.16%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 58 (22.39%) Windows
2 43 (16.60%) Linux
3 32 (12.36%) UNIX
4 9 (3.47%) Solaris
5 7 (2.70%) AIX
6 5 (1.93%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (1.16%) Windows 7
7 3 (1.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 3 (1.16%) VMS
7 3 (1.16%) Windows XP
7 3 (1.16%) Windows NT
7 3 (1.16%) Windows Server 2003
8 2 (0.77%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.39%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.39%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 114 (44.02%) Information Security
2 56 (21.62%) ITIL
3 49 (18.92%) Risk Management
4 48 (18.53%) Vulnerability Management
5 37 (14.29%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 37 (14.29%) Security Testing
6 33 (12.74%) Incident Management
7 31 (11.97%) ISMS
7 31 (11.97%) SIEM
8 30 (11.58%) Change Control
9 26 (10.04%) Data Protection
10 25 (9.65%) Ethical Hacking
11 23 (8.88%) Cyber Security
12 22 (8.49%) Security Management
13 21 (8.11%) Risk Assessment
14 20 (7.72%) Agile Software Development
15 18 (6.95%) Business Continuity
15 18 (6.95%) Information Security Management
15 18 (6.95%) OWASP
15 18 (6.95%) Information Assurance
Programming Languages
1 33 (12.74%) Java
2 18 (6.95%) Python
3 17 (6.56%) SQL
4 13 (5.02%) C
4 13 (5.02%) C++
5 12 (4.63%) Shell Script
5 12 (4.63%) Perl
6 9 (3.47%) Bash Shell
7 8 (3.09%) VB
8 6 (2.32%) PHP
9 5 (1.93%) PL/SQL
9 5 (1.93%) VC++
9 5 (1.93%) Ruby
10 4 (1.54%) Korn
10 4 (1.54%) C#
10 4 (1.54%) PowerShell
11 2 (0.77%) Golang
11 2 (0.77%) Groovy
12 1 (0.39%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 94 (36.29%) CISSP
2 36 (13.90%) CISM
3 35 (13.51%) CEH
4 32 (12.36%) Security Cleared
5 27 (10.42%) SC Cleared
6 22 (8.49%) GIAC
7 19 (7.34%) Degree
8 18 (6.95%) CISA
8 18 (6.95%) CRISC
9 16 (6.18%) Microsoft Certification
10 15 (5.79%) Cisco Certification
11 14 (5.41%) MCSE
12 12 (4.63%) CCNA
13 9 (3.47%) Check Point Certification
14 8 (3.09%) SSCP
15 7 (2.70%) GPEN
15 7 (2.70%) MCP
15 7 (2.70%) ISEB
16 6 (2.32%) GCIH
17 5 (1.93%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 78 (30.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 49 (18.92%) PCI DSS
3 13 (5.02%) QA
4 9 (3.47%) SLA
5 7 (2.70%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 6 (2.32%) COBIT
7 2 (0.77%) ISO/IEC 17799
System Software
1 17 (6.56%) Active Directory
2 8 (3.09%) Nmap
2 8 (3.09%) Snort
3 5 (1.93%) Xen
4 4 (1.54%) OpenSSH
5 3 (1.16%) Terminal Server
6 2 (0.77%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 17 (6.56%) Nessus
2 10 (3.86%) HP Quality Center
3 6 (2.32%) Puppet
4 5 (1.93%) SCCM
4 5 (1.93%) Ansible
4 5 (1.93%) OPNET
5 4 (1.54%) Cisco IPCC
5 4 (1.54%) Cisco CUCM
6 3 (1.16%) CORE IMPACT
7 2 (0.77%) Nagios
8 1 (0.39%) WSUS
8 1 (0.39%) FortiGate
8 1 (0.39%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 1 (0.39%) CiscoWorks
Vendors
1 42 (16.22%) Cisco
2 30 (11.58%) Microsoft
3 20 (7.72%) McAfee
4 18 (6.95%) Oracle
5 16 (6.18%) Juniper
6 15 (5.79%) HP
7 13 (5.02%) F5
7 13 (5.02%) CheckPoint
8 10 (3.86%) Qualys
9 8 (3.09%) VMware
9 8 (3.09%) ArcSight
10 6 (2.32%) SolarWinds
11 5 (1.93%) LogLogic
11 5 (1.93%) Sun
12 4 (1.54%) Remedy
13 3 (1.16%) Red Hat
14 2 (0.77%) Sourcefire
14 2 (0.77%) Dell
14 2 (0.77%) Sophos
14 2 (0.77%) MobileIron
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