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 28 August 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Penetration Testing
Rank 457 469 479
Rank change year-on-year
+12 +10
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 169 149 109
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.29% 0.27% 0.21%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.37% 0.35% 0.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 117 96 65
Average daily rate
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£450 £455 £470
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.09% -3.19%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £375 £308
10% offered a daily rate of more than £558 £538 £546
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £460 £400
% change year-on-year
-13.04% +15.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 1
Average hourly rate £45.00 £60.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-25.00% +60.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £45.00 £60.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
-25.00% +60.00%

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
45650 42374 39473
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 77.94% 76.20% 74.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 29733 26205 24236
Average daily rate £425 £410 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.65% +2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1234 1151 1099
Average hourly rate £31.44 £23.50 £29.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+33.78% -18.96%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.00 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £25.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+30.00% -16.66%

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 28 August 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 28 August 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 +1 156 £450 - 114
London +15 78 £461 +2.44% 30
South East -3 38 £463 +23.33% 19
City of London -2 15 £438 -10.25% 8
Yorkshire - 14 £260 - 14
Manchester -14 12 £350 - 11
North West -29 12 £350 -26.31% 12
Berkshire +3 11 £475 +8.57% 7
Reading +2 11 £475 - 3
Surrey +1 11 £450 +16.88% 3
South Yorkshire - 11 £275 - 4
Sheffield - 11 £275 - 4
Hampshire -2 10 £388 - 3
Buckinghamshire -4 9 £550 - 3
East of England 0 8 £400 - 8
Milton Keynes -3 7 £450 - 2
Basingstoke - 6 £473 - 1
Scotland -2 5 £450 - 5
Wales -2 4 £463 -
South Wales -7 4 £463 -
South West -19 4 £375 -20.63% 17
Portsmouth - 4 £375 -
Staines - 4 £500 -
Wiltshire -3 3 £365 -22.34% 1
Cardiff -10 3 £463 -
Paddington - 3 £558 -
Bedfordshire - 3 £300 -
Hertfordshire - 3 £400 - 3
Glasgow +4 2 £580 -
Epsom -3 2 - -

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 August 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.

1 136 (43.04%) Firewall
2 119 (37.66%) Information Security
3 105 (33.23%) CISSP
4 92 (29.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 72 (22.78%) Vulnerability Management
6 69 (21.84%) Finance
7 63 (19.94%) Cisco
8 60 (18.99%) ITIL
9 57 (18.04%) CISM
10 56 (17.72%) SIEM
11 54 (17.09%) Windows
12 52 (16.46%) PKI
13 48 (15.19%) Cyber Security
14 46 (14.56%) Vulnerability Assessment
14 46 (14.56%) Management Information System
15 45 (14.24%) Security Testing
16 44 (13.92%) SSL
17 42 (13.29%) Risk Management
18 41 (12.97%) Security Management
19 40 (12.66%) PCI DSS
20 39 (12.34%) Kalman Filter
21 38 (12.03%) Intrusion Detection
22 37 (11.71%) Network Security
22 37 (11.71%) WAN
23 35 (11.08%) Linux
24 34 (10.76%) Microsoft
25 33 (10.44%) CheckPoint
25 33 (10.44%) Security Cleared
25 33 (10.44%) Cisco ASA
26 31 (9.81%) VPN

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 11 (3.48%) IIS
2 5 (1.58%) Apache
2 5 (1.58%) SharePoint
3 4 (1.27%) MS Exchange
4 2 (0.63%) Node.js
4 2 (0.63%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (0.32%) FileNet
5 1 (0.32%) CMS
5 1 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2003
5 1 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (0.32%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.32%) JBoss
Applications
1 10 (3.16%) MS Excel
2 7 (2.22%) MS Office
3 4 (1.27%) MS Visio
3 4 (1.27%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (0.63%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (1.27%) Oracle Financials
2 2 (0.63%) MoSes
3 1 (0.32%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 4 (1.27%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (0.63%) SoftLayer
3 1 (0.32%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.32%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.32%) SaaS
3 1 (0.32%) PaaS
3 1 (0.32%) IaaS
3 1 (0.32%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 136 (43.04%) Firewall
2 44 (13.92%) SSL
3 38 (12.03%) Intrusion Detection
4 37 (11.71%) WAN
4 37 (11.71%) Network Security
5 33 (10.44%) Cisco ASA
6 31 (9.81%) VPN
7 29 (9.18%) TCP/IP
8 22 (6.96%) Internet
9 21 (6.65%) LAN
10 14 (4.43%) Wireless
11 13 (4.11%) VLAN
12 12 (3.80%) MPLS
12 12 (3.80%) DNS
13 11 (3.48%) Wi-Fi
13 11 (3.48%) VoIP
14 10 (3.16%) HTTP
15 8 (2.53%) Kerberos
16 7 (2.22%) DHCP
17 5 (1.58%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (3.16%) SQL Server
2 7 (2.22%) SQL Server 2012
2 7 (2.22%) Oracle Database
3 6 (1.90%) InterSystems Cache
4 5 (1.58%) SQL Server 2005
4 5 (1.58%) Oracle Database 11g
4 5 (1.58%) DB2
5 4 (1.27%) Relational Database
6 3 (0.95%) SQL Server 2008
7 2 (0.63%) MongoDB
7 2 (0.63%) Redis
7 2 (0.63%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (0.63%) PostgreSQL
7 2 (0.63%) MySQL
8 1 (0.32%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 9 (2.85%) Visual Studio
2 5 (1.58%) Metasploit
3 4 (1.27%) Selenium
3 4 (1.27%) LoadRunner
4 3 (0.95%) JIRA
4 3 (0.95%) Git (software)
4 3 (0.95%) SoapUI
4 3 (0.95%) Jenkins
5 2 (0.63%) SpecFlow
5 2 (0.63%) WebDriver
5 2 (0.63%) Subversion
5 2 (0.63%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 2 (0.63%) Toad
6 1 (0.32%) TestDirector
6 1 (0.32%) Eclipse
6 1 (0.32%) ReSharper
6 1 (0.32%) JMeter
6 1 (0.32%) NUnit
6 1 (0.32%) TeamCity
6 1 (0.32%) Balsamiq Mockups
General
1 69 (21.84%) Finance
2 19 (6.01%) Banking
3 15 (4.75%) Legal
4 14 (4.43%) Retail
5 10 (3.16%) Telecoms
6 7 (2.22%) Financial Institution
7 6 (1.90%) Manufacturing
8 5 (1.58%) Investment Banking
9 4 (1.27%) Retail Banking
10 3 (0.95%) Advertising
10 3 (0.95%) Publishing
10 3 (0.95%) Games
11 2 (0.63%) Military
11 2 (0.63%) Law
11 2 (0.63%) Multimedia
12 1 (0.32%) Marketing
12 1 (0.32%) Spanish Language
12 1 (0.32%) Local Government
12 1 (0.32%) Back Office
12 1 (0.32%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 101 (31.96%) Analyst
2 84 (26.58%) Security Analyst
3 49 (15.51%) Consultant
3 49 (15.51%) Security Consultant
4 30 (9.49%) Security Manager
5 29 (9.18%) Architect
6 27 (8.54%) Security Architect
7 25 (7.91%) Tester
8 23 (7.28%) Project Manager
9 20 (6.33%) Penetration Tester
10 17 (5.38%) Security Specialist
11 16 (5.06%) Technical Analyst
12 15 (4.75%) Security Engineer
12 15 (4.75%) Senior Analyst
13 14 (4.43%) Security Project Manager
14 13 (4.11%) Senior Security Analyst
14 13 (4.11%) Application Security Analyst
15 11 (3.48%) Test Manager
16 10 (3.16%) IT Consultant
16 10 (3.16%) IT Security Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (9.81%) .NET
2 15 (4.75%) Web Services
3 9 (2.85%) XML
4 8 (2.53%) SAML
5 7 (2.22%) Middleware
5 7 (2.22%) ASP.NET
5 7 (2.22%) HTML
5 7 (2.22%) SOAP
5 7 (2.22%) .NET Framework
5 7 (2.22%) jQuery
6 6 (1.90%) Ajax
7 5 (1.58%) REST
7 5 (1.58%) Windows Identity Foundation
7 5 (1.58%) XML Messaging
7 5 (1.58%) CSS
8 3 (0.95%) XML-RPC
9 2 (0.63%) HTML5
9 2 (0.63%) RabbitMQ
9 2 (0.63%) LAMP
9 2 (0.63%) Regular Expression
Miscellaneous
1 52 (16.46%) PKI
2 46 (14.56%) Management Information System
3 17 (5.38%) Data Centre
4 16 (5.06%) Computer Science
5 12 (3.80%) Data Protection Act
5 12 (3.80%) Mainframe
6 11 (3.48%) Cryptography
7 9 (2.85%) IBM Mainframe
7 9 (2.85%) Analytical Skills
7 9 (2.85%) Smart Meter
7 9 (2.85%) AS400
7 9 (2.85%) Fixed Income
8 8 (2.53%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 7 (2.22%) CESG
9 7 (2.22%) SCADA
10 6 (1.90%) N-Tier
11 5 (1.58%) CESG CLAS
11 5 (1.58%) Algorithms
12 4 (1.27%) Mobile App
13 3 (0.95%) RMADS
Operating Systems
1 54 (17.09%) Windows
2 35 (11.08%) Linux
3 26 (8.23%) UNIX
4 7 (2.22%) Solaris
4 7 (2.22%) Windows Server 2008
5 6 (1.90%) Windows Server 2003
5 6 (1.90%) AIX
6 5 (1.58%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 119 (37.66%) Information Security
2 72 (22.78%) Vulnerability Management
3 60 (18.99%) ITIL
4 56 (17.72%) SIEM
5 48 (15.19%) Cyber Security
6 46 (14.56%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 45 (14.24%) Security Testing
8 42 (13.29%) Risk Management
9 41 (12.97%) Security Management
10 39 (12.34%) Kalman Filter
11 30 (9.49%) OWASP
12 29 (9.18%) Security Patching
12 29 (9.18%) Ethical Hacking
13 27 (8.54%) Information Security Management
14 23 (7.28%) Security Architecture
15 22 (6.96%) Patch Management
15 22 (6.96%) Service Delivery
16 21 (6.65%) Project Management
16 21 (6.65%) Stakeholder Management
17 19 (6.01%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 27 (8.54%) Java
2 23 (7.28%) C#
3 11 (3.48%) SQL
4 10 (3.16%) C
5 9 (2.85%) Shell Script
6 7 (2.22%) C++
6 7 (2.22%) JavaScript
7 6 (1.90%) T-SQL
8 5 (1.58%) VB
9 3 (0.95%) Perl
9 3 (0.95%) PHP
9 3 (0.95%) Ruby
10 2 (0.63%) PowerShell
10 2 (0.63%) PL/SQL
11 1 (0.32%) VB.NET
11 1 (0.32%) Python
11 1 (0.32%) Embedded C
11 1 (0.32%) Assembly Language
11 1 (0.32%) Go
11 1 (0.32%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 105 (33.23%) CISSP
2 57 (18.04%) CISM
3 33 (10.44%) Security Cleared
4 30 (9.49%) CEH
5 29 (9.18%) Degree
6 25 (7.91%) ITIL Certification
7 23 (7.28%) SC Cleared
7 23 (7.28%) CISMP
8 20 (6.33%) GIAC
8 20 (6.33%) CISA
9 15 (4.75%) ISEB
9 15 (4.75%) CCENT
10 9 (2.85%) DV Cleared
11 8 (2.53%) ISTQB
12 7 (2.22%) Cisco Certification
13 6 (1.90%) CCNA
14 5 (1.58%) SSCP
14 5 (1.58%) PCI QSA
15 4 (1.27%) OSCP
15 4 (1.27%) CRISC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 92 (29.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 40 (12.66%) PCI DSS
3 27 (8.54%) QA
4 9 (2.85%) COBIT
5 7 (2.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 3 (0.95%) SLA
7 2 (0.63%) JSP 440
8 1 (0.32%) BS7799
8 1 (0.32%) TickIT
8 1 (0.32%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 15 (4.75%) Active Directory
1 15 (4.75%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (1.27%) Snort
3 2 (0.63%) Firmware
3 2 (0.63%) Xen
4 1 (0.32%) Squid
4 1 (0.32%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.32%) vSphere
4 1 (0.32%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 12 (3.80%) Nessus
2 8 (2.53%) CA Single Sign-On
3 6 (1.90%) HP Quality Center
4 4 (1.27%) CORE IMPACT
4 4 (1.27%) Nagios
5 3 (0.95%) Tivoli
5 3 (0.95%) Norton AntiVirus
5 3 (0.95%) Nmap
6 2 (0.63%) MIMEsweeper
6 2 (0.63%) SCCM
6 2 (0.63%) McAfee ePO
6 2 (0.63%) Puppet
6 2 (0.63%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
6 2 (0.63%) Ansible
6 2 (0.63%) Cisco Prime
7 1 (0.32%) Icinga
7 1 (0.32%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.32%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 1 (0.32%) SCOM
7 1 (0.32%) Cisco UCCE
Vendors
1 63 (19.94%) Cisco
2 34 (10.76%) Microsoft
3 33 (10.44%) CheckPoint
4 30 (9.49%) VMware
5 26 (8.23%) Clearswift
6 25 (7.91%) Kaspersky
7 22 (6.96%) HP
8 19 (6.01%) Oracle
9 15 (4.75%) Citrix
10 11 (3.48%) IBM
11 9 (2.85%) McAfee
12 8 (2.53%) CA
13 7 (2.22%) Qualys
13 7 (2.22%) Splunk
13 7 (2.22%) Websense
14 5 (1.58%) Remedy
14 5 (1.58%) F5
14 5 (1.58%) FireEye
15 4 (1.27%) Sourcefire
15 4 (1.27%) ArcSight
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