The table below looks at the statistics for the Security Tester role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Security Tester in their job title over the 3 months to 24 December 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
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Security Tester
Rank 580 563 544
Rank change year-on-year
-17 -19
Contract jobs requiring a Security Tester 12 7 17
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.022% 0.014% 0.035%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.024% 0.015% 0.038%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 6 14
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£343 £325 £478
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.38% -31.93%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £247 £325 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £441 £429 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
49935 47333 45284
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.07% 92.46% 92.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 31866 28484 25556
Average daily rate £400 £400 £378
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2011 2083 2584
Average hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.57% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £37.77 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-5.88% -5.55%

Security Tester
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Security Tester in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Security Tester Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Security Tester
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Security Tester within the UK.

Security Tester Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Security Tester
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Security Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 24 December 2014.

Security Tester Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Security Tester
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Security Tester within the UK.

Security Tester Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Security Tester
Top 15 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Security Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 24 December 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 -23 12 £343 +5.38% 2
South East -26 6 £343 -20.11%
Hampshire -18 3 £475 +10.78%
London +15 2 £249 - 2
West Midlands - 1 £438 -
Manchester - - - -
Stoke-on-Trent - - - -
Leeds - - - -
Leicester - - - -
Leicestershire - - - -
Staffordshire - - - -
West Yorkshire - - - -
Yorkshire - - - -
East Midlands - - - -
North West - - - -

Security Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Security Tester in their job title 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 with Security Tester in their job title.

1 10 (55.56%) Windows
2 8 (44.44%) Security Cleared
2 8 (44.44%) SC Cleared
3 7 (38.89%) HP Quality Center
3 7 (38.89%) UNIX
3 7 (38.89%) Linux
3 7 (38.89%) Nessus
3 7 (38.89%) Nmap
4 6 (33.33%) HP
5 5 (27.78%) .NET
5 5 (27.78%) Security Testing
5 5 (27.78%) Network Security
6 4 (22.22%) Software Testing
6 4 (22.22%) ISTQB
6 4 (22.22%) Oracle
6 4 (22.22%) HTML
6 4 (22.22%) ASP.NET
6 4 (22.22%) TCP/IP
6 4 (22.22%) SSL
6 4 (22.22%) Windows Server 2003
6 4 (22.22%) Validation
7 3 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
7 3 (16.67%) Oracle EBS
7 3 (16.67%) Workflow
7 3 (16.67%) HTTPS
7 3 (16.67%) Windows XP
7 3 (16.67%) AIX
7 3 (16.67%) JSP
7 3 (16.67%) Windows 2000
7 3 (16.67%) Java

Security Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Security Tester in their job title 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 with Security Tester in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (5.56%) IIS
1 1 (5.56%) Apache
Applications
1 1 (5.56%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (16.67%) Oracle EBS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (27.78%) Network Security
2 4 (22.22%) TCP/IP
2 4 (22.22%) SSL
3 3 (16.67%) HTTPS
3 3 (16.67%) Wireshark
4 1 (5.56%) Firewall
4 1 (5.56%) Wireless
4 1 (5.56%) IPsec
4 1 (5.56%) SSH
4 1 (5.56%) VPN
4 1 (5.56%) LAN
4 1 (5.56%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (11.11%) Data Warehouse
1 2 (11.11%) Big Data
2 1 (5.56%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 2 (11.11%) JIRA
2 1 (5.56%) Selenium
2 1 (5.56%) Metasploit
2 1 (5.56%) Cucumber
2 1 (5.56%) NeoLoad
2 1 (5.56%) TestDirector
2 1 (5.56%) QuickTest Pro
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (27.78%) .NET
2 4 (22.22%) ASP.NET
2 4 (22.22%) HTML
3 3 (16.67%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 3 (16.67%) Open Source
2 2 (11.11%) Mobile App
2 2 (11.11%) GIS
3 1 (5.56%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 10 (55.56%) Windows
2 7 (38.89%) Linux
2 7 (38.89%) UNIX
3 4 (22.22%) Windows Server 2003
4 3 (16.67%) Windows Server 2008
4 3 (16.67%) Windows 2000
4 3 (16.67%) AIX
4 3 (16.67%) Windows XP
5 1 (5.56%) Windows NT
5 1 (5.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (5.56%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (27.78%) Security Testing
2 4 (22.22%) Software Testing
2 4 (22.22%) Validation
3 3 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (16.67%) Penetration Testing
3 3 (16.67%) Test Scripting
3 3 (16.67%) Test Automation
3 3 (16.67%) Test Strategy
3 3 (16.67%) Workflow
4 2 (11.11%) Functional Testing
4 2 (11.11%) Incident Management
4 2 (11.11%) Technical Architecture
4 2 (11.11%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 2 (11.11%) Risk Assessment
4 2 (11.11%) Data Security
5 1 (5.56%) OO
5 1 (5.56%) Automated Testing
5 1 (5.56%) Use Case
5 1 (5.56%) Performance Testing
5 1 (5.56%) Load Testing
Programming Languages
1 3 (16.67%) Java
1 3 (16.67%) JavaScript
2 2 (11.11%) Python
2 2 (11.11%) Shell Script
2 2 (11.11%) Bash Shell
3 1 (5.56%) C
3 1 (5.56%) Ruby
3 1 (5.56%) PHP
3 1 (5.56%) SQL
3 1 (5.56%) VB
Qualifications
1 8 (44.44%) SC Cleared
1 8 (44.44%) Security Cleared
2 4 (22.22%) ISTQB
3 3 (16.67%) DV Cleared
3 3 (16.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (11.11%) CISSP
5 1 (5.56%) Check Point Certification
5 1 (5.56%) CCSA
5 1 (5.56%) CCSE
5 1 (5.56%) CEH
5 1 (5.56%) ISEB
5 1 (5.56%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.56%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 7 (38.89%) Nmap
2 1 (5.56%) Terminal Server
2 1 (5.56%) Snort
Systems Management
1 7 (38.89%) Nessus
1 7 (38.89%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (11.11%) CORE IMPACT
3 1 (5.56%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 6 (33.33%) HP
2 4 (22.22%) Oracle
3 2 (11.11%) Microsoft
4 1 (5.56%) Red Hat
4 1 (5.56%) CheckPoint
4 1 (5.56%) Sourcefire