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 19 September 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Penetration Testing
Rank 448 502 469
Rank change year-on-year
+54 -33
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 164 84 135
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.28% 0.16% 0.23%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.38% 0.21% 0.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 110 43 94
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£455 £463 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.62% +15.62%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £315 £231
10% offered a daily rate of more than £528 £570 £515
UK excluding London average daily rate £450 £385 £350
% change year-on-year
+16.88% +10.00%
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
42716 39097 41510
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.16% 74.10% 72.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 26685 24121 24021
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 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1186 1114 1519
Average hourly rate £24.00 £27.50 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.72% -11.29%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.57 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.50 £50.00 £45.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.25 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-12.50% -

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 19 September 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 19 September 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 +67 156 £450 -5.26% 59
London +58 92 £463 -2.63% 33
South East +19 25 £385 +2.66% 12
City of London +38 22 £500 +5.26% 14
East of England -10 14 £375 -23.07% 1
South West -37 12 £475 -15.55% 8
Surrey - 10 £325 - 4
Suffolk - 7 £375 -
Ipswich - 7 £375 -
Berkshire +8 6 £500 +32.45% 4
North West -3 6 £475 +35.71% 3
Somerset - 6 £475 -
West Midlands - 5 £450 -
Cambridgeshire +5 4 £460 -5.64%
Cambridge -2 4 £460 -
Hampshire -11 4 - - 3
Swindon - 4 £470 -
Wiltshire - 4 £470 -
Wales - 4 £463 - 3
South Wales - 4 £463 - 2
Cardiff - 4 £463 - 2
Manchester -11 3 - - 2
Birmingham - 3 £450 -
West Sussex - 3 £290 -
Scotland -14 2 - -
East Midlands - 2 £450 -
Cheshire +9 1 £475 +35.71% 1
Buckinghamshire -4 1 - -
Warwickshire - 1 - -
Coventry - 1 - -

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 September 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.

1 139 (51.67%) Information Security
2 105 (39.03%) CISSP
3 100 (37.17%) Firewall
4 71 (26.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 57 (21.19%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 54 (20.07%) Windows
7 51 (18.96%) ITIL
8 49 (18.22%) Management Information System
9 47 (17.47%) Risk Management
9 47 (17.47%) CEH
9 47 (17.47%) Network Security
10 46 (17.10%) Finance
11 43 (15.99%) PCI DSS
11 43 (15.99%) Security Cleared
12 42 (15.61%) Vulnerability Management
13 41 (15.24%) Security Testing
13 41 (15.24%) Incident Management
13 41 (15.24%) Cisco
13 41 (15.24%) Microsoft
14 40 (14.87%) Linux
15 36 (13.38%) CISM
15 36 (13.38%) Risk Assessment
16 35 (13.01%) SC Cleared
17 32 (11.90%) TCP/IP
18 31 (11.52%) SSL
18 31 (11.52%) Active Directory
18 31 (11.52%) Security Management
18 31 (11.52%) ISMS
19 30 (11.15%) Wireless
19 30 (11.15%) Business Continuity

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 (4.09%) WebLogic
1 11 (4.09%) IIS
1 11 (4.09%) Tomcat
2 8 (2.97%) Apache
3 4 (1.49%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.37%) CMS
4 1 (0.37%) Node.js
Applications
1 23 (8.55%) MS Visio
2 17 (6.32%) MS Office
3 12 (4.46%) MS Excel
4 6 (2.23%) MS PowerPoint
5 4 (1.49%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 13 (4.83%) assyst
2 1 (0.37%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.37%) Summit
2 1 (0.37%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.74%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (0.37%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 100 (37.17%) Firewall
2 47 (17.47%) Network Security
3 32 (11.90%) TCP/IP
4 31 (11.52%) SSL
5 30 (11.15%) Wireless
6 24 (8.92%) VPN
7 19 (7.06%) DNS
8 18 (6.69%) Intrusion Detection
9 16 (5.95%) DHCP
9 16 (5.95%) Internet
10 15 (5.58%) SAN
11 14 (5.20%) Intranet
12 11 (4.09%) LDAP
13 10 (3.72%) Cisco ASA
13 10 (3.72%) Reverse Proxy
13 10 (3.72%) SSH
14 6 (2.23%) HTTP
15 5 (1.86%) IP Telephony
15 5 (1.86%) LAN
15 5 (1.86%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (1.12%) PostgreSQL
2 2 (0.74%) DB2
2 2 (0.74%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.74%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (0.74%) IDOL
3 1 (0.37%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (0.37%) MongoDB
3 1 (0.37%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (0.37%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.37%) Redis
3 1 (0.37%) Big Data
3 1 (0.37%) MariaDB
Development Applications
1 4 (1.49%) GCC
1 4 (1.49%) GDB
2 3 (1.12%) Metasploit
3 2 (0.74%) Cucumber
4 1 (0.37%) QADirector
4 1 (0.37%) Selenium
4 1 (0.37%) JIRA
4 1 (0.37%) WebDriver
4 1 (0.37%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.37%) Jenkins
General
1 46 (17.10%) Finance
2 17 (6.32%) Law
3 12 (4.46%) Banking
4 10 (3.72%) Retail
5 7 (2.60%) Financial Institution
5 7 (2.60%) Electronics
6 6 (2.23%) Legal
7 4 (1.49%) Telecoms
8 3 (1.12%) Military
8 3 (1.12%) Advertising
9 2 (0.74%) Retail Banking
9 2 (0.74%) Automotive
9 2 (0.74%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.74%) Investment Banking
10 1 (0.37%) Local Government
10 1 (0.37%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.37%) Corporate Banking
10 1 (0.37%) Marketing
10 1 (0.37%) Dutch Language
Job Titles
1 89 (33.09%) Analyst
2 82 (30.48%) Security Analyst
3 33 (12.27%) Security Specialist
4 31 (11.52%) Consultant
5 27 (10.04%) Information Analyst
5 27 (10.04%) Information Security Analyst
6 26 (9.67%) Security Consultant
7 25 (9.29%) Tester
7 25 (9.29%) Security Engineer
8 23 (8.55%) Penetration Tester
9 19 (7.06%) IT Security Analyst
10 18 (6.69%) Test Manager
11 17 (6.32%) Security Manager
12 15 (5.58%) Project Engineer
12 15 (5.58%) Information Security Specialist
12 15 (5.58%) Information Specialist
13 14 (5.20%) Senior Analyst
14 13 (4.83%) Senior Security Analyst
14 13 (4.83%) Designer
15 12 (4.46%) Product Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (5.95%) .NET
2 7 (2.60%) JSP
3 6 (2.23%) Middleware
4 4 (1.49%) Web Services
5 3 (1.12%) VXML
5 3 (1.12%) ASP.NET
5 3 (1.12%) HTML
6 2 (0.74%) REST
6 2 (0.74%) SOAP
7 1 (0.37%) WSH
7 1 (0.37%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 49 (18.22%) Management Information System
2 22 (8.18%) Computer Science
3 21 (7.81%) PKI
4 19 (7.06%) Analytical Skills
4 19 (7.06%) RMADS
5 17 (6.32%) CESG
6 15 (5.58%) Open Source
7 11 (4.09%) CESG CLAS
8 10 (3.72%) Embedded Systems
9 9 (3.35%) IVR
9 9 (3.35%) Data Protection Act
10 6 (2.23%) Mobile App
11 5 (1.86%) Cryptography
12 4 (1.49%) SCADA
12 4 (1.49%) CMDB
13 3 (1.12%) AS400
13 3 (1.12%) Mainframe
13 3 (1.12%) IBM Mainframe
13 3 (1.12%) Smart Meter
14 2 (0.74%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 54 (20.07%) Windows
2 40 (14.87%) Linux
3 22 (8.18%) UNIX
4 15 (5.58%) Windows 7
5 8 (2.97%) Solaris
5 8 (2.97%) Windows Server 2003
6 7 (2.60%) AIX
6 7 (2.60%) Apple iOS
7 5 (1.86%) Windows Server 2008
8 4 (1.49%) Windows XP
8 4 (1.49%) Windows NT
8 4 (1.49%) Debian
9 2 (0.74%) Mac OS
9 2 (0.74%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 2 (0.74%) Windows Vista
10 1 (0.37%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.37%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 139 (51.67%) Information Security
2 57 (21.19%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 51 (18.96%) ITIL
4 47 (17.47%) Risk Management
5 42 (15.61%) Vulnerability Management
6 41 (15.24%) Security Testing
6 41 (15.24%) Incident Management
7 36 (13.38%) Risk Assessment
8 31 (11.52%) Security Management
8 31 (11.52%) ISMS
9 30 (11.15%) Business Continuity
10 29 (10.78%) Data Protection
11 28 (10.41%) Security Architecture
12 27 (10.04%) SIEM
13 26 (9.67%) Information Assurance
14 25 (9.29%) Cyber Security
15 23 (8.55%) Ethical Hacking
16 20 (7.43%) Change Control
17 19 (7.06%) Business Continuity Planning
17 19 (7.06%) BCP
Programming Languages
1 29 (10.78%) Java
2 17 (6.32%) Python
2 17 (6.32%) C
3 15 (5.58%) C++
3 15 (5.58%) SQL
4 9 (3.35%) Perl
4 9 (3.35%) Bash Shell
5 8 (2.97%) Shell Script
6 5 (1.86%) Ruby
6 5 (1.86%) VB
7 4 (1.49%) Korn
8 2 (0.74%) PHP
9 1 (0.37%) Objective-C
9 1 (0.37%) C#
9 1 (0.37%) PowerShell
9 1 (0.37%) Golang
Qualifications
1 105 (39.03%) CISSP
2 47 (17.47%) CEH
3 43 (15.99%) Security Cleared
4 36 (13.38%) CISM
5 35 (13.01%) SC Cleared
6 27 (10.04%) Degree
7 25 (9.29%) Microsoft Certification
8 23 (8.55%) MCSE
9 22 (8.18%) GIAC
10 17 (6.32%) CISA
11 13 (4.83%) Cisco Certification
11 13 (4.83%) CCNA
12 11 (4.09%) MCP
13 9 (3.35%) DV Cleared
14 6 (2.23%) CRISC
14 6 (2.23%) Chartered Engineer
14 6 (2.23%) HND
15 4 (1.49%) Check Point Certification
16 3 (1.12%) GCIH
16 3 (1.12%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 71 (26.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 43 (15.99%) PCI DSS
3 9 (3.35%) SLA
4 8 (2.97%) QA
5 7 (2.60%) JSP 440
6 3 (1.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 2 (0.74%) COBIT
7 2 (0.74%) ISO/IEC 17799
8 1 (0.37%) ISO 14001
8 1 (0.37%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.37%) GPG13
System Software
1 31 (11.52%) Active Directory
2 7 (2.60%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (2.23%) Terminal Server
3 6 (2.23%) Nmap
4 4 (1.49%) OpenSSH
5 2 (0.74%) RACF
5 2 (0.74%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (0.74%) Snort
6 1 (0.37%) Xen
Systems Management
1 21 (7.81%) Nessus
2 12 (4.46%) SCCM
3 11 (4.09%) HP Quality Center
4 9 (3.35%) CORE IMPACT
5 5 (1.86%) Cisco IPCC
6 3 (1.12%) Puppet
7 2 (0.74%) ZENworks
8 1 (0.37%) WebInspect
8 1 (0.37%) OPNET
8 1 (0.37%) Nagios
8 1 (0.37%) Ansible
Vendors
1 41 (15.24%) Cisco
1 41 (15.24%) Microsoft
2 27 (10.04%) Juniper
3 25 (9.29%) F5
4 21 (7.81%) Oracle
5 18 (6.69%) HP
6 16 (5.95%) McAfee
7 15 (5.58%) Qualys
8 9 (3.35%) VMware
8 9 (3.35%) CheckPoint
8 9 (3.35%) IBM
9 7 (2.60%) Blue Coat
9 7 (2.60%) Websense
9 7 (2.60%) Ruckus Wireless
10 6 (2.23%) Sophos
11 5 (1.86%) Siemens
11 5 (1.86%) Empirix
11 5 (1.86%) Genesys
11 5 (1.86%) Verint
12 4 (1.49%) Nokia
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