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 22 August 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
22 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Security Tester
Rank 585 577 593
Rank change year-on-year
-8 +16
Contract jobs requiring a Security Tester 10 1 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.018% 0.002% 0.007%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.019% 0.002% 0.007%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 0 3
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£425 - £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 - £175
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £16.00
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
52042 49402 53772
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.34% 92.67% 92.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 31512 29330 30174
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £233 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2002 2126 2663
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.85% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.41
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.10%

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 22 August 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 19 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 22 August 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 -17 10 £425 - 1
South East - 5 £425 -
Hampshire - 5 £425 -
Basingstoke - 4 £425 -
London - 3 £400 - 1
East of England - 2 £338 -
Folkestone - - - -
Leicester - - - -
West Midlands - - - -
Manchester - - - -
Reading - - - -
Stoke-on-Trent - - - -
Berkshire - - - -
Cambridgeshire - - - -
Kent - - - -
Leicestershire - - - -
Staffordshire - - - -
East Midlands - - - -
North West - - - -

Security Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 August 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 14 (58.33%) Windows
2 13 (54.17%) Linux
3 11 (45.83%) Open Source
4 10 (41.67%) Bash Shell
4 10 (41.67%) Penetration Testing
4 10 (41.67%) Python
4 10 (41.67%) Microsoft
5 9 (37.50%) CISSP
5 9 (37.50%) Security Testing
6 8 (33.33%) Nmap
6 8 (33.33%) Nessus
7 7 (29.17%) Snort
7 7 (29.17%) Ruby
7 7 (29.17%) PCI DSS
7 7 (29.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 7 (29.17%) Red Hat
7 7 (29.17%) MS Excel
7 7 (29.17%) Apache
7 7 (29.17%) IIS
7 7 (29.17%) UNIX
7 7 (29.17%) PHP
7 7 (29.17%) MySQL
8 6 (25.00%) HP
8 6 (25.00%) Security Cleared
8 6 (25.00%) Vulnerability Assessment
9 5 (20.83%) HP Quality Center
9 5 (20.83%) SC Cleared
9 5 (20.83%) Technical Architecture
9 5 (20.83%) CORE IMPACT
9 5 (20.83%) Test Strategy

Security Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 August 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 7 (29.17%) Apache
1 7 (29.17%) IIS
Applications
1 7 (29.17%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 4 (16.67%) Firewall
1 4 (16.67%) Network Security
2 2 (8.33%) VPN
2 2 (8.33%) Wireless
3 1 (4.17%) SSH
3 1 (4.17%) IPsec
3 1 (4.17%) SSL
3 1 (4.17%) LAN
3 1 (4.17%) VoIP
3 1 (4.17%) WAN
3 1 (4.17%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (29.17%) MySQL
2 3 (12.50%) Big Data
2 3 (12.50%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 1 (4.17%) QADirector
1 1 (4.17%) Metasploit
General
1 1 (4.17%) Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (16.67%) .NET
2 3 (12.50%) HTML
2 3 (12.50%) ASP.NET
3 2 (8.33%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 11 (45.83%) Open Source
2 3 (12.50%) GIS
2 3 (12.50%) Mobile App
3 1 (4.17%) Computer Science
3 1 (4.17%) PKI
3 1 (4.17%) Cryptography
Operating Systems
1 14 (58.33%) Windows
2 13 (54.17%) Linux
3 7 (29.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 7 (29.17%) UNIX
4 5 (20.83%) Windows Server 2003
4 5 (20.83%) AIX
5 3 (12.50%) Windows 7
5 3 (12.50%) Windows NT
6 2 (8.33%) Apple iOS
7 1 (4.17%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (41.67%) Penetration Testing
2 9 (37.50%) Security Testing
3 6 (25.00%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 5 (20.83%) Technical Architecture
4 5 (20.83%) Test Strategy
4 5 (20.83%) Risk Assessment
5 4 (16.67%) Information Security
6 3 (12.50%) Test Automation
6 3 (12.50%) Data Security
6 3 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
7 1 (4.17%) OWASP
7 1 (4.17%) Incident Management
7 1 (4.17%) Automated Testing
7 1 (4.17%) Ethical Hacking
7 1 (4.17%) Vulnerability Management
7 1 (4.17%) Security Architecture
7 1 (4.17%) Web Design
7 1 (4.17%) Information Management
7 1 (4.17%) Identity Management
Programming Languages
1 10 (41.67%) Bash Shell
1 10 (41.67%) Python
2 7 (29.17%) Ruby
2 7 (29.17%) PHP
3 5 (20.83%) Java
4 4 (16.67%) C
4 4 (16.67%) Shell Script
5 3 (12.50%) SQL
5 3 (12.50%) VB
6 1 (4.17%) Objective-C
6 1 (4.17%) C++
Qualifications
1 9 (37.50%) CISSP
2 6 (25.00%) Security Cleared
3 5 (20.83%) SC Cleared
4 3 (12.50%) CEH
5 2 (8.33%) Degree
6 1 (4.17%) DV Cleared
6 1 (4.17%) CSSLP
6 1 (4.17%) CISMP
6 1 (4.17%) GPEN
6 1 (4.17%) OSCP
6 1 (4.17%) GIAC
6 1 (4.17%) CCSA
6 1 (4.17%) CISM
6 1 (4.17%) CCSE
6 1 (4.17%) Check Point Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (29.17%) PCI DSS
2 1 (4.17%) QA
System Software
1 8 (33.33%) Nmap
2 7 (29.17%) Snort
3 5 (20.83%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 8 (33.33%) Nessus
2 5 (20.83%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (20.83%) CORE IMPACT
3 2 (8.33%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 10 (41.67%) Microsoft
2 7 (29.17%) Red Hat
3 6 (25.00%) HP
4 5 (20.83%) Oracle
5 1 (4.17%) Qualys
5 1 (4.17%) Sourcefire
5 1 (4.17%) CheckPoint
5 1 (4.17%) Progress