The table below looks at the statistics for Security Testing skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Security Testing over the 3 months to 4 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
4 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Security Testing
Rank 446 504 530
Rank change year-on-year
+58 +26
Contract jobs citing Security Testing 205 132 91
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.37% 0.24% 0.17%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.45% 0.30% 0.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 142 77 67
Median daily rate £405 £400 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.25% +21.21%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £301 £257 £239
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £560
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.56% +20.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 2 2
Median hourly rate £60.49 £45.00 £37.49
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+34.42% +20.03%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £60.49 £45.00 £37.49
% change year-on-year
+34.42% +20.03%

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
45369 44062 42291
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 81.62% 78.90% 77.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 29987 27471 26430
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 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1041 1287 1211
Median hourly rate £33.50 £29.82 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.34% -0.60%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.73 £12.36 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.50 £47.88 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £30.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year
+18.03% -1.61%

Security Testing
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing Security Testing as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Security Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Security Testing
Daily Rate Trend

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

Security Testing Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Security Testing
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Security Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 4 May 2016.

Security Testing Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Security Testing
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Security Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Security 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 Security Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 4 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 +27 167 £425 +6.25% 40
London +23 78 £495 +16.47% 19
South East -9 42 £405 +1.25% 5
North West +11 21 £350 +7.69% 6
Scotland -9 15 £400 +21.21% 1
Manchester 0 13 £400 - 6
Hampshire -9 13 £409 +2.18%
Surrey -5 11 £400 -6.43% 2
Glasgow +13 10 £400 +21.21%
West Midlands -2 10 £328 +23.58% 3
City of London +45 9 £438 -7.89% 3
Berkshire - 8 £350 - 2
Wales +8 7 £500 -
Yorkshire -3 7 £400 +29.03% 3
Gosport -6 7 £405 -
South Yorkshire - 7 £400 -
Cardiff - 7 £500 -
South Wales - 7 £500 -
West Sussex -15 6 £391 +7.93% 1
Leatherhead -17 6 £400 +14.28%
Edinburgh -8 5 £345 +32.69% 1
Sheffield - 5 £400 -
Crawley -4 4 £308 -15.17%
East of England +7 3 £500 +150.00% 2
Buckinghamshire +6 3 £488 +21.87%
Birmingham +1 3 £375 +41.50%
Coventry - 3 £280 - 2
Midlands - 3 £500 -
Slough - 3 - -
Hertfordshire - 3 £500 - 1

Security Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 May 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Security 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 Security Testing.

1 116 (32.04%) Agile Software Development
2 98 (27.07%) Finance
2 98 (27.07%) Information Assurance
3 81 (22.38%) Software Testing
4 73 (20.17%) Information Security
5 66 (18.23%) Java
6 65 (17.96%) Test Scripting
7 64 (17.68%) ISTQB
8 63 (17.40%) Linux
9 60 (16.57%) Penetration Testing
10 57 (15.75%) Security Cleared
11 56 (15.47%) ISEB
12 54 (14.92%) CISSP
13 52 (14.36%) SC Cleared
14 51 (14.09%) Performance Testing
15 49 (13.54%) Microsoft
16 48 (13.26%) BDD
17 47 (12.98%) JavaScript
17 47 (12.98%) Banking
17 47 (12.98%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
18 46 (12.71%) SQL
19 45 (12.43%) HP
20 43 (11.88%) .NET
21 41 (11.33%) Unix
22 40 (11.05%) Selenium
23 37 (10.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
23 37 (10.22%) Risk Management
23 37 (10.22%) Non-Functional Testing
24 36 (9.94%) Waterfall
25 35 (9.67%) CISM

Security 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 15 (4.14%) IIS
2 11 (3.04%) JBoss
2 11 (3.04%) OpenStack
3 5 (1.38%) MS Exchange
3 5 (1.38%) WebSphere
4 4 (1.10%) MQSeries
5 3 (0.83%) Apache
6 2 (0.55%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 2 (0.55%) BizTalk Server
6 2 (0.55%) CMS
6 2 (0.55%) concrete5
6 2 (0.55%) Drupal
6 2 (0.55%) Exchange Server 2010
6 2 (0.55%) ExpressionEngine
6 2 (0.55%) Joomla!
6 2 (0.55%) Node.js
6 2 (0.55%) Sitecore CMS
6 2 (0.55%) Umbraco
6 2 (0.55%) WordPress
7 1 (0.28%) Apache Pig
Applications
1 22 (6.08%) MS Excel
2 3 (0.83%) MS Office
3 2 (0.55%) 3ds Max
3 2 (0.55%) Acrobat
3 2 (0.55%) Adobe Illustrator
3 2 (0.55%) GIMP
3 2 (0.55%) MS PowerPoint
3 2 (0.55%) Photoshop
4 1 (0.28%) MS Project
4 1 (0.28%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.28%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (1.38%) Magento
2 1 (0.28%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.28%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.28%) Orchard Housing
2 1 (0.28%) PeopleSoft HRMS
2 1 (0.28%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 18 (4.97%) Microsoft Azure
2 16 (4.42%) Amazon AWS
3 10 (2.76%) IaaS
3 10 (2.76%) PaaS
3 10 (2.76%) SaaS
4 2 (0.55%) MailChimp
4 2 (0.55%) SuccessFactors
5 1 (0.28%) Amazon S3
5 1 (0.28%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.28%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 31 (8.56%) Firewall
2 14 (3.87%) Network Security
3 11 (3.04%) TCP/IP
4 10 (2.76%) HTTP
4 10 (2.76%) VPN
5 8 (2.21%) DNS
5 8 (2.21%) Internet
5 8 (2.21%) Wireless
6 7 (1.93%) IPsec
7 4 (1.10%) LDAP
7 4 (1.10%) SSH
8 3 (0.83%) 802.15
8 3 (0.83%) DHCP
8 3 (0.83%) FTP
8 3 (0.83%) Intrusion Detection
8 3 (0.83%) LAN
8 3 (0.83%) SMTP
8 3 (0.83%) WAN
8 3 (0.83%) Wireless Security
8 3 (0.83%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (3.31%) Data Warehouse
2 10 (2.76%) SQL Server
3 9 (2.49%) Oracle Database
4 8 (2.21%) Data Mining
5 5 (1.38%) DB2
6 3 (0.83%) MySQL
6 3 (0.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 2 (0.55%) MongoDB
8 1 (0.28%) Apache Hive
8 1 (0.28%) Big Data
8 1 (0.28%) Hadoop
8 1 (0.28%) HBase
8 1 (0.28%) NoSQL
8 1 (0.28%) SQL Server 2014
8 1 (0.28%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 40 (11.05%) Selenium
2 27 (7.46%) Cucumber
3 23 (6.35%) Jenkins
3 23 (6.35%) JIRA
4 22 (6.08%) WebDriver
5 16 (4.42%) JMeter
6 15 (4.14%) Burp Suite
7 14 (3.87%) Git (software)
7 14 (3.87%) Metasploit
7 14 (3.87%) Team Foundation Server
8 12 (3.31%) Ant
8 12 (3.31%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 12 (3.31%) Bitbucket
8 12 (3.31%) Gradle
8 12 (3.31%) Maven
8 12 (3.31%) SoapUI
9 11 (3.04%) LoadRunner
9 11 (3.04%) Visual Studio
10 10 (2.76%) AppScan
11 5 (1.38%) Spock
General
1 98 (27.07%) Finance
2 47 (12.98%) Banking
3 33 (9.12%) Retail
4 19 (5.25%) Retail Banking
5 15 (4.14%) Telecoms
6 7 (1.93%) General Ledger
7 5 (1.38%) Front Office
8 2 (0.55%) Corporate Banking
8 2 (0.55%) Financial Institution
8 2 (0.55%) Law
8 2 (0.55%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.28%) Electronics
9 1 (0.28%) Legal
9 1 (0.28%) Marketing
9 1 (0.28%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 90 (24.86%) Analyst
2 73 (20.17%) Test Analyst
3 53 (14.64%) Tester
4 52 (14.36%) Consultant
5 33 (9.12%) Security Consultant
6 29 (8.01%) Test Manager
7 28 (7.73%) Penetration Tester
8 23 (6.35%) Architect
9 22 (6.08%) Security Architect
10 20 (5.52%) Security Specialist
11 18 (4.97%) Developer
12 16 (4.42%) Security Analyst
13 15 (4.14%) Security Manager
13 15 (4.14%) Security Tester
13 15 (4.14%) Test Specialist
14 14 (3.87%) Automation Test Analyst
15 13 (3.59%) Security Engineer
16 12 (3.31%) Programme Manager
17 11 (3.04%) Banking Analyst
17 11 (3.04%) Information Assurance Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (11.88%) .NET
2 29 (8.01%) HTML
3 25 (6.91%) Web Services
4 24 (6.63%) XML
5 22 (6.08%) SOAP
6 18 (4.97%) ASP.NET
7 9 (2.49%) Middleware
8 8 (2.21%) XML Messaging
9 7 (1.93%) REST
10 6 (1.66%) .NET Framework
10 6 (1.66%) Gherkin
10 6 (1.66%) jQuery
10 6 (1.66%) JSP
11 4 (1.10%) JSTS
12 3 (0.83%) 802.1X
12 3 (0.83%) AngularJS
12 3 (0.83%) Java EE
12 3 (0.83%) JMS
12 3 (0.83%) JMX
12 3 (0.83%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 34 (9.39%) Management Information System
2 22 (6.08%) Analytical Skills
3 13 (3.59%) Cryptography
3 13 (3.59%) Mobile App
4 11 (3.04%) CESG
4 11 (3.04%) Client/Server
4 11 (3.04%) Embedded Systems
4 11 (3.04%) Smartcard
5 9 (2.49%) Driving Licence
6 8 (2.21%) Data Extraction
6 8 (2.21%) User Experience
7 7 (1.93%) Computer Science
8 6 (1.66%) Data Centre
9 5 (1.38%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 5 (1.38%) Mathematics
9 5 (1.38%) Mobile Banking
10 4 (1.10%) Enterprise Software
10 4 (1.10%) EPoS
10 4 (1.10%) Public Cloud
10 4 (1.10%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 63 (17.40%) Linux
2 41 (11.33%) Unix
3 29 (8.01%) Windows
4 8 (2.21%) Apple iOS
5 7 (1.93%) Windows Server
6 6 (1.66%) Android
7 3 (0.83%) Kali Linux
7 3 (0.83%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (0.83%) Windows Server 2012
7 3 (0.83%) Windows Vista
8 2 (0.55%) CentOS
8 2 (0.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (0.55%) Solaris
9 1 (0.28%) AIX
9 1 (0.28%) VMS
9 1 (0.28%) Windows Mobile
9 1 (0.28%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 116 (32.04%) Agile Software Development
2 98 (27.07%) Information Assurance
3 81 (22.38%) Software Testing
4 73 (20.17%) Information Security
5 65 (17.96%) Test Scripting
6 60 (16.57%) Penetration Testing
7 51 (14.09%) Performance Testing
8 48 (13.26%) BDD
9 37 (10.22%) Non-Functional Testing
9 37 (10.22%) Risk Management
10 36 (9.94%) Waterfall
11 35 (9.67%) TDD
12 33 (9.12%) OWASP
13 30 (8.29%) Continuous Integration
14 28 (7.73%) Project Management
15 26 (7.18%) Analytics
15 26 (7.18%) Defect Management
15 26 (7.18%) Stakeholder Management
15 26 (7.18%) Test Strategy
16 25 (6.91%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 66 (18.23%) Java
2 47 (12.98%) JavaScript
3 46 (12.71%) SQL
4 20 (5.52%) C#
5 19 (5.25%) PowerShell
6 18 (4.97%) Python
7 17 (4.70%) Ruby
8 14 (3.87%) C++
9 13 (3.59%) C
9 13 (3.59%) Shell Script
10 10 (2.76%) Perl
11 9 (2.49%) PHP
11 9 (2.49%) VBScript
12 6 (1.66%) PL/SQL
13 3 (0.83%) Bash Shell
13 3 (0.83%) COBOL
13 3 (0.83%) VB
14 2 (0.55%) ActionScript
14 2 (0.55%) Groovy
14 2 (0.55%) Scala
Qualifications
1 64 (17.68%) ISTQB
2 57 (15.75%) Security Cleared
3 56 (15.47%) ISEB
4 54 (14.92%) CISSP
5 52 (14.36%) SC Cleared
6 47 (12.98%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 35 (9.67%) CISM
8 25 (6.91%) Degree
9 19 (5.25%) Cisco Certification
9 19 (5.25%) CREST Certified
9 19 (5.25%) MCITP
9 19 (5.25%) Microsoft Certification
10 18 (4.97%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 17 (4.70%) CEH
11 17 (4.70%) CISA
12 9 (2.49%) DV Cleared
12 9 (2.49%) IISP
13 6 (1.66%) GIAC
14 5 (1.38%) OSCP
15 4 (1.10%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (10.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 33 (9.12%) QA
3 21 (5.80%) PCI DSS
4 14 (3.87%) RMADS
5 13 (3.59%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 11 (3.04%) ISO27005
7 9 (2.49%) COBIT
8 8 (2.21%) ISAE 3402
8 8 (2.21%) ISO 9001
8 8 (2.21%) JSP 440
9 7 (1.93%) FATCA
10 5 (1.38%) Basel II
10 5 (1.38%) COREP
10 5 (1.38%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 4 (1.10%) WCAG
12 3 (0.83%) Basel III
12 3 (0.83%) BS25999
12 3 (0.83%) CRD IV
12 3 (0.83%) Disclosure Scotland
12 3 (0.83%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 17 (4.70%) VMware Infrastructure
2 8 (2.21%) Active Directory
3 3 (0.83%) Sendmail
4 2 (0.55%) VMware ESX
4 2 (0.55%) vSphere
5 1 (0.28%) HDFS
5 1 (0.28%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.28%) NFS
5 1 (0.28%) RACF
Systems Management
1 27 (7.46%) HP Quality Center
2 14 (3.87%) Opscode Chef
2 14 (3.87%) Puppet
3 12 (3.31%) Nessus
4 11 (3.04%) Ansible
5 6 (1.66%) HP Fortify
6 5 (1.38%) WebInspect
7 3 (0.83%) Capistrano
7 3 (0.83%) Nagios
7 3 (0.83%) SCCM
7 3 (0.83%) SELinux
8 2 (0.55%) Backup Exec
8 2 (0.55%) Nmap
9 1 (0.28%) SCOM
9 1 (0.28%) WMI
Vendors
1 49 (13.54%) Microsoft
2 45 (12.43%) HP
3 34 (9.39%) Cisco
4 29 (8.01%) Oracle
5 20 (5.52%) VMware
6 16 (4.42%) Atlassian
7 13 (3.59%) IBM
8 11 (3.04%) Sun
9 10 (2.76%) Qualys
10 9 (2.49%) Intel Security
11 8 (2.21%) ArcSight
11 8 (2.21%) Barracuda Networks
11 8 (2.21%) Tripwire
12 7 (1.93%) Citrix
12 7 (1.93%) Veracode
13 5 (1.38%) Sybase
14 3 (0.83%) CheckPoint
14 3 (0.83%) SAP
15 2 (0.55%) Adobe
15 2 (0.55%) Red Hat
London
Opilio Recruitment
Rate: £250 - 300 per day
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