The table below looks at the statistics for Penetration Testing skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Penetration Testing over the 3 months to 25 May 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
25 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Penetration Testing
Rank 410 496 533
Rank change year-on-year
+86 +37
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 241 142 93
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.45% 0.26% 0.18%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.55% 0.33% 0.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 147 90 53
Median daily rate £500 £425 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+17.64% -5.55%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £300 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £583 £550 £590
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £400 £425
% change year-on-year
+18.75% -5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 1
Median hourly rate £19.63 £34.50 £28.99
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-43.11% +19.00%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.63 £34.50 £28.99
% change year-on-year
-43.11% +19.00%

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
43989 42942 40972
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 81.91% 79.23% 77.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 29145 27166 25895
Median daily rate £438 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £280 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +2.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1025 1234 1230
Median hourly rate £28.50 £30.00 £28.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.00% +4.34%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.75 £12.35 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £47.71 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.75 £30.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+10.65% +1.66%

Penetration Testing
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing Penetration Testing as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 25 May 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 25 May 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +51 206 £500 +17.64% 107
London +50 94 £500 +11.11% 36
South East -25 40 £475 +11.76% 26
North West +3 36 £425 +25.92% 8
Manchester +5 31 £413 +24.52% 5
Wales +23 19 £400 -
South Wales +16 19 £400 -
Cardiff - 16 £300 -
Hampshire 0 10 £498 +26.75% 2
Berkshire -1 10 £470 +10.58% 5
City of London +48 9 £481 +6.94% 8
East Midlands +17 7 £580 -
East of England +13 7 £438 +34.61% 6
Buckinghamshire +8 7 £525 +31.25% 3
Nottinghamshire +7 6 £585 -
Milton Keynes -2 6 £525 +31.25% 2
West Midlands -5 6 £500 -9.09% 5
South West -7 6 £375 +4.16% 17
Surrey -21 6 £425 -5.55% 9
Nottingham - 6 £585 -
Kent -9 5 £475 -9.52% 4
Slough +9 4 £470 -6.00%
Basingstoke -16 4 £620 +62.09% 1
Wiltshire - 4 £400 -
Reading -11 3 £535 +64.61% 3
Warrington - 3 - -
Cheshire - 3 - - 1
Birmingham - 3 - - 2
Yorkshire - 3 £500 - 6
Essex - 3 £400 -

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 May 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Penetration Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Penetration Testing.

1 171 (39.31%) Information Security
2 103 (23.68%) Security Cleared
3 93 (21.38%) CISSP
4 90 (20.69%) Firewall
5 89 (20.46%) Finance
6 79 (18.16%) SC Cleared
7 71 (16.32%) Cybersecurity
7 71 (16.32%) CREST Certified
8 69 (15.86%) Windows
9 68 (15.63%) Linux
10 67 (15.40%) Risk Management
10 67 (15.40%) Agile Software Development
11 64 (14.71%) Security Testing
12 62 (14.25%) OWASP
12 62 (14.25%) Java
13 59 (13.56%) Vulnerability Assessment
14 57 (13.10%) ISO/IEC 27001
14 57 (13.10%) Security Operations
15 56 (12.87%) Ethical Hacking
16 54 (12.41%) CEH
16 54 (12.41%) Analytical Skills
17 52 (11.95%) Python
18 50 (11.49%) C++
19 49 (11.26%) Vulnerability Management
20 47 (10.80%) CESG Certified Professional
20 47 (10.80%) PCI DSS
21 46 (10.57%) Intrusion Detection
22 44 (10.11%) CESG
22 44 (10.11%) Unix
22 44 (10.11%) Management Information System

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 24 (5.52%) Node.js
2 11 (2.53%) Apache
2 11 (2.53%) Moodle
3 8 (1.84%) MS Exchange
4 7 (1.61%) IIS
5 6 (1.38%) SharePoint
6 4 (0.92%) Confluence
6 4 (0.92%) OpenStack
6 4 (0.92%) SharePoint 2013
7 1 (0.23%) nginx
7 1 (0.23%) SAS
7 1 (0.23%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.23%) uWSGI
Applications
1 29 (6.67%) MS Excel
2 13 (2.99%) MS PowerPoint
3 3 (0.69%) MS Office
4 2 (0.46%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.23%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 13 (2.99%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.23%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 32 (7.36%) Amazon AWS
2 27 (6.21%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (1.61%) Azure Active Directory
4 6 (1.38%) Office 365
5 1 (0.23%) Amazon S3
5 1 (0.23%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.23%) IaaS
5 1 (0.23%) PaaS
5 1 (0.23%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 90 (20.69%) Firewall
2 46 (10.57%) Intrusion Detection
3 40 (9.20%) SSL
4 33 (7.59%) TCP/IP
5 32 (7.36%) Network Security
5 32 (7.36%) VPN
6 29 (6.67%) HTTP
7 28 (6.44%) Internet
8 22 (5.06%) WAN
9 20 (4.60%) Wireless
10 18 (4.14%) IPsec
11 16 (3.68%) FTP
12 15 (3.45%) Cisco ASA
13 12 (2.76%) LAN
13 12 (2.76%) SSH
14 11 (2.53%) DNS
14 11 (2.53%) SMTP
15 8 (1.84%) BGP
15 8 (1.84%) MPLS
15 8 (1.84%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (6.44%) SQL Server
2 24 (5.52%) Relational Database
3 23 (5.29%) MongoDB
4 22 (5.06%) PostgreSQL
4 22 (5.06%) Redis
5 15 (3.45%) SQL Server 2008
6 11 (2.53%) MySQL
7 10 (2.30%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 8 (1.84%) DB2
9 5 (1.15%) SQL Server 2012
10 4 (0.92%) InterSystems Cache
11 1 (0.23%) NoSQL
11 1 (0.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 31 (7.13%) Git (software)
2 30 (6.90%) Jenkins
3 20 (4.60%) Metasploit
4 11 (2.53%) Selenium
5 10 (2.30%) AppScan
6 8 (1.84%) Team Foundation Server
7 7 (1.61%) JIRA
8 6 (1.38%) Burp Suite
8 6 (1.38%) Cucumber
8 6 (1.38%) SpecFlow
9 4 (0.92%) Balsamiq Mockups
9 4 (0.92%) Jasmine
9 4 (0.92%) JMeter
9 4 (0.92%) LoadRunner
9 4 (0.92%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 3 (0.69%) HP UFT
10 3 (0.69%) TeamCity
11 2 (0.46%) Gatling
11 2 (0.46%) NUnit
11 2 (0.46%) Visual Studio
General
1 89 (20.46%) Finance
2 24 (5.52%) Legal
3 22 (5.06%) Banking
4 14 (3.22%) Telecoms
5 10 (2.30%) Military
6 6 (1.38%) Retail
7 5 (1.15%) Games
8 3 (0.69%) Marketing
9 2 (0.46%) Billing
9 2 (0.46%) Financial Institution
9 2 (0.46%) Investment Banking
9 2 (0.46%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.23%) Advertising
10 1 (0.23%) Back Office
10 1 (0.23%) Front Office
10 1 (0.23%) Manufacturing
10 1 (0.23%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 91 (20.92%) Analyst
2 88 (20.23%) Tester
3 79 (18.16%) Security Analyst
4 78 (17.93%) Penetration Tester
5 66 (15.17%) Consultant
6 55 (12.64%) Security Consultant
7 38 (8.74%) Security Manager
8 30 (6.90%) Information Analyst
8 30 (6.90%) Information Security Analyst
9 26 (5.98%) Security Tester
10 24 (5.52%) Security Penetration Tester
11 23 (5.29%) Information Security Consultant
11 23 (5.29%) Security Engineer
12 22 (5.06%) DevOps Engineer
12 22 (5.06%) Security Specialist
13 18 (4.14%) Developer
14 15 (3.45%) IT Manager
15 14 (3.22%) Architect
15 14 (3.22%) IT Security Manager
15 14 (3.22%) Risk Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (8.28%) .NET
2 31 (7.13%) Web Services
3 22 (5.06%) Sensu
4 10 (2.30%) RabbitMQ
5 8 (1.84%) .NET Framework
5 8 (1.84%) Ajax
6 6 (1.38%) ASP.NET
6 6 (1.38%) Middleware
6 6 (1.38%) SAML
6 6 (1.38%) SOAP
7 5 (1.15%) ASP.NET Web API
7 5 (1.15%) Entity Framework
7 5 (1.15%) jQuery
7 5 (1.15%) REST
8 4 (0.92%) Breeze.js
8 4 (0.92%) Durandal
8 4 (0.92%) KnockoutJS
8 4 (0.92%) React
8 4 (0.92%) Windows Identity Foundation
9 3 (0.69%) OpenID
Miscellaneous
1 54 (12.41%) Analytical Skills
2 44 (10.11%) CESG
2 44 (10.11%) Management Information System
3 35 (8.05%) Cryptography
4 25 (5.75%) Mobile App
4 25 (5.75%) PKI
5 17 (3.91%) Security Operations Centre
6 10 (2.30%) Client/Server
6 10 (2.30%) e-Learning
7 8 (1.84%) Data Centre
7 8 (1.84%) Mainframe
8 6 (1.38%) AS400
8 6 (1.38%) IBM Mainframe
9 5 (1.15%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 5 (1.15%) NHS
10 4 (0.92%) Algorithms
10 4 (0.92%) Cyberthreat
10 4 (0.92%) FMCG
10 4 (0.92%) Internet of Things
10 4 (0.92%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 69 (15.86%) Windows
2 68 (15.63%) Linux
3 44 (10.11%) Unix
4 15 (3.45%) Windows Server
5 8 (1.84%) Windows Server 2008
6 7 (1.61%) Kali Linux
6 7 (1.61%) Windows Server 2012
6 7 (1.61%) Windows Vista
7 6 (1.38%) Android
7 6 (1.38%) Apple iOS
8 4 (0.92%) CentOS
8 4 (0.92%) Ubuntu
9 2 (0.46%) Mac OS X
9 2 (0.46%) Solaris
10 1 (0.23%) Windows Mobile
10 1 (0.23%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 171 (39.31%) Information Security
2 71 (16.32%) Cybersecurity
3 67 (15.40%) Agile Software Development
3 67 (15.40%) Risk Management
4 64 (14.71%) Security Testing
5 62 (14.25%) OWASP
6 59 (13.56%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 57 (13.10%) Security Operations
8 56 (12.87%) Ethical Hacking
9 49 (11.26%) Vulnerability Management
10 38 (8.74%) ITIL
11 37 (8.51%) Continuous Integration
12 35 (8.05%) Information Assurance
12 35 (8.05%) Kalman Filter
12 35 (8.05%) Security Architecture
13 34 (7.82%) Stakeholder Management
14 33 (7.59%) Security Management
15 32 (7.36%) SIEM
16 29 (6.67%) Open Source
17 28 (6.44%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 62 (14.25%) Java
2 52 (11.95%) Python
3 50 (11.49%) C++
4 43 (9.89%) Perl
5 34 (7.82%) PowerShell
6 33 (7.59%) Ruby
7 32 (7.36%) C
8 23 (5.29%) C#
9 18 (4.14%) PHP
10 16 (3.68%) JavaScript
10 16 (3.68%) SQL
11 9 (2.07%) Go
12 8 (1.84%) Shell Script
13 5 (1.15%) TypeScript
14 4 (0.92%) COBOL
14 4 (0.92%) T-SQL
15 3 (0.69%) Bash Shell
16 2 (0.46%) Scala
16 2 (0.46%) VB.NET
17 1 (0.23%) VB
Qualifications
1 103 (23.68%) Security Cleared
2 93 (21.38%) CISSP
3 79 (18.16%) SC Cleared
4 71 (16.32%) CREST Certified
5 54 (12.41%) CEH
6 47 (10.80%) CESG Certified Professional
7 40 (9.20%) CISM
8 35 (8.05%) OSCP
9 22 (5.06%) Cyber Scheme
10 21 (4.83%) CHECK Team Member
11 20 (4.60%) CISA
11 20 (4.60%) Tigerscheme
12 18 (4.14%) CLAS
13 17 (3.91%) Degree
13 17 (3.91%) SANS
14 15 (3.45%) GIAC
15 9 (2.07%) GWAPT
15 9 (2.07%) ISEB
15 9 (2.07%) ITIL Certification
16 8 (1.84%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 57 (13.10%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 47 (10.80%) PCI DSS
3 23 (5.29%) RMADS
4 19 (4.37%) QA
5 7 (1.61%) GPG13
5 7 (1.61%) ISO27005
5 7 (1.61%) WAI
5 7 (1.61%) WCAG
6 6 (1.38%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 6 (1.38%) ISO27002
7 5 (1.15%) COBIT
7 5 (1.15%) Disclosure Scotland
7 5 (1.15%) JSP 440
8 2 (0.46%) ISAE 3402
8 2 (0.46%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 1 (0.23%) HIPAA
9 1 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 17799
9 1 (0.23%) PA-DSS
9 1 (0.23%) SLA
System Software
1 29 (6.67%) Active Directory
2 14 (3.22%) Docker
3 7 (1.61%) Sendmail
4 4 (0.92%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (0.69%) VMware Infrastructure
6 1 (0.23%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.23%) Snort
6 1 (0.23%) VMware ESX
6 1 (0.23%) VMware Workstation
6 1 (0.23%) Xen
Systems Management
1 26 (5.98%) Puppet
2 22 (5.06%) Ansible
3 21 (4.83%) Nessus
4 18 (4.14%) Grafana
4 18 (4.14%) Kibana
4 18 (4.14%) logstash
4 18 (4.14%) Uchiwa
5 14 (3.22%) Opscode Chef
6 12 (2.76%) Salt
7 8 (1.84%) HP Fortify
8 7 (1.61%) SmoothWall
8 7 (1.61%) WebInspect
9 6 (1.38%) Nmap
10 4 (0.92%) OpenVAS
11 2 (0.46%) HAProxy
11 2 (0.46%) McAfee ePO
12 1 (0.23%) Cacti
12 1 (0.23%) Cisco CUCM
12 1 (0.23%) TrustSec
12 1 (0.23%) WSUS
Vendors
1 34 (7.82%) VMware
2 31 (7.13%) Microsoft
3 24 (5.52%) Cisco
4 18 (4.14%) CheckPoint
5 16 (3.68%) Oracle
6 15 (3.45%) IBM
7 13 (2.99%) HP
8 12 (2.76%) Sitecore
9 9 (2.07%) Citrix
9 9 (2.07%) F5
9 9 (2.07%) Splunk
10 8 (1.84%) Veracode
11 7 (1.61%) Clearswift
11 7 (1.61%) Kaspersky
11 7 (1.61%) Symantec
12 6 (1.38%) Qualys
12 6 (1.38%) SAP
13 5 (1.15%) Blue Coat
13 5 (1.15%) Intel Security
13 5 (1.15%) LogRhythm
London
BAE Systems Applied Intelligence Ltd
Posted: 10 hours ago
Bradford, West Yorkshire
Sopra Steria Recruitment
Rate: From £400 to £450 per day Market rates [negotiable]
Posted: 11 hours ago
Gloucestershire
Annapurna HR
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Middlesex
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £450 - £525 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Vivid Resourcing
Rate: £000 - £1 per day + Great Rates
Posted: 6 days ago