The table below looks at the statistics for Security 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 Security Testing over the 3 months to 26 January 2015 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
26 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Security Testing
Rank 474 515 475
Rank change year-on-year
+41 -40
Contract jobs citing Security Testing 103 46 52
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.20% 0.095% 0.11%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.27% 0.13% 0.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 69 33 39
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£410 £425 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.64% +6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £325 £302
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £550 £510
UK excluding London average daily rate £348 £325 £400
% change year-on-year
+7.07% -18.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Average hourly rate - £14.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £9.50 -

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
38219 36146 32687
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 75.29% 74.26% 71.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 24558 22025 19397
Average daily rate £423 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.62% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £271 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £398 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.00% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1002 1117 1319
Average hourly rate £25.00 £26.50 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.66% -11.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.25 £27.00 £31.50
% change year-on-year
-6.48% -14.28%

Security Testing
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Security Testing within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within 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 26 January 2015.

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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Security Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 26 January 2015. 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 +28 99 £413 -2.07% 40
London +20 53 £424 -5.30% 21
South East 0 23 £425 - 2
Hampshire - 12 £463 - 1
City of London +7 10 £353 -27.69% 7
South West -18 9 £325 +8.33% 1
Surrey +6 8 £325 -
North West -1 6 £303 -25.30% 9
Wiltshire -8 4 £410 -
Scotland - 4 £348 - 2
West Midlands - 4 £288 -
Swindon - 4 £410 -
Glasgow - 3 £339 -
Leeds - 3 £416 - 2
Manchester - 3 £330 - 9
Yorkshire - 3 £416 - 3
West Yorkshire - 3 £416 - 2
Somerset - 3 £325 -
Berkshire - 3 £390 -
Southampton - 2 - -
East of England -3 1 £200 -38.46% 4
Essex - 1 £200 - 1
Lancashire - 1 £275 -
Slough - 1 £475 -
Brentwood - 1 £200 - 1
Bristol - 1 £225 -
Birmingham - 1 - -
Edinburgh - 1 £390 - 2
Exeter - - - -
Bournemouth - - - - 1

Security Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 January 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Security 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 Security Testing.

1 88 (36.36%) Agile Software Development
2 60 (24.79%) Java
3 56 (23.14%) UNIX
4 53 (21.90%) Linux
5 49 (20.25%) Selenium
6 45 (18.60%) Test Scripting
6 45 (18.60%) Microsoft
7 44 (18.18%) JavaScript
7 44 (18.18%) Information Security
8 41 (16.94%) .NET
8 41 (16.94%) ISTQB
9 40 (16.53%) Security Cleared
10 39 (16.12%) SQL
11 38 (15.70%) Test Automation
12 37 (15.29%) Penetration Testing
13 36 (14.88%) Python
14 35 (14.46%) Risk Management
14 35 (14.46%) SC Cleared
15 33 (13.64%) QA
15 33 (13.64%) Test Strategy
15 33 (13.64%) Cisco
15 33 (13.64%) HP
16 32 (13.22%) HTML
16 32 (13.22%) Software Testing
17 31 (12.81%) JSP
18 29 (11.98%) Windows
18 29 (11.98%) ASP.NET
18 29 (11.98%) C++
18 29 (11.98%) MS Excel
18 29 (11.98%) Finance

Security Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 26 January 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Security 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 Security Testing. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 6 (2.48%) IIS
1 6 (2.48%) Node.js
2 4 (1.65%) Oracle Workflow
2 4 (1.65%) nginx
2 4 (1.65%) Apache
3 3 (1.24%) Tomcat
3 3 (1.24%) WebLogic
4 1 (0.41%) SharePoint 2013
4 1 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (0.41%) Apache Solr
4 1 (0.41%) SharePoint 2010
4 1 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (0.41%) MQSeries
4 1 (0.41%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.41%) MS Exchange
4 1 (0.41%) Documentum
4 1 (0.41%) CMS
Applications
1 29 (11.98%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.41%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 12 (4.96%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 4 (1.65%) Amazon EC2
1 4 (1.65%) Amazon S3
1 4 (1.65%) Amazon AWS
1 4 (1.65%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 12 (4.96%) Network Security
2 9 (3.72%) HTTPS
3 8 (3.31%) TCP/IP
4 7 (2.89%) SSL
5 6 (2.48%) HTTP
6 5 (2.07%) Intrusion Detection
7 4 (1.65%) Wireless
7 4 (1.65%) Internet
7 4 (1.65%) Wireshark
8 3 (1.24%) Wireless Security
8 3 (1.24%) DNS
8 3 (1.24%) Firewall
9 2 (0.83%) DHCP
10 1 (0.41%) FTP
10 1 (0.41%) WAN
10 1 (0.41%) IPv4
10 1 (0.41%) IPv6
10 1 (0.41%) SAN
10 1 (0.41%) Intranet
10 1 (0.41%) Cisco ICM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (8.26%) Big Data
2 11 (4.55%) Oracle Reports
3 5 (2.07%) Data Warehouse
3 5 (2.07%) Hadoop
4 4 (1.65%) MongoDB
4 4 (1.65%) MySQL
4 4 (1.65%) Amazon RDS
4 4 (1.65%) Redis
5 3 (1.24%) Oracle Database
5 3 (1.24%) SQL Server
5 3 (1.24%) PostgreSQL
6 2 (0.83%) SimpleDB
6 2 (0.83%) NoSQL
6 2 (0.83%) Couchbase
6 2 (0.83%) Oracle9i Database
6 2 (0.83%) RDBMS
6 2 (0.83%) Oracle Database 10g
6 2 (0.83%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.41%) Oracle OWB
7 1 (0.41%) Voldemort
Development Applications
1 49 (20.25%) Selenium
2 27 (11.16%) WebDriver
3 26 (10.74%) Cucumber
4 21 (8.68%) JIRA
5 15 (6.20%) JMeter
6 13 (5.37%) LoadRunner
7 12 (4.96%) SoapUI
8 11 (4.55%) Team Foundation Server
9 9 (3.72%) Git (software)
9 9 (3.72%) SpecFlow
9 9 (3.72%) Capybara
10 8 (3.31%) Jenkins
10 8 (3.31%) QuickTest Pro
11 7 (2.89%) TeamCity
11 7 (2.89%) JBehave
12 6 (2.48%) Calabash
12 6 (2.48%) Fiddler
13 5 (2.07%) Visual Studio
13 5 (2.07%) Jasmine
13 5 (2.07%) Karma Test Runner
General
1 29 (11.98%) Finance
2 13 (5.37%) Banking
3 10 (4.13%) Telecoms
4 4 (1.65%) Retail
5 3 (1.24%) Billing
6 1 (0.41%) Corporate Banking
6 1 (0.41%) Dutch Language
6 1 (0.41%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 43 (17.77%) Analyst
2 36 (14.88%) Tester
3 35 (14.46%) Test Analyst
4 25 (10.33%) Test Manager
5 21 (8.68%) Consultant
5 21 (8.68%) Developer
5 21 (8.68%) Test Leader
6 18 (7.44%) Security Consultant
7 14 (5.79%) Test Engineer
8 12 (4.96%) Security Analyst
8 12 (4.96%) Architect
9 11 (4.55%) Software Developer
9 11 (4.55%) Test Specialist
9 11 (4.55%) Security Specialist
10 10 (4.13%) Automation Analyst
11 9 (3.72%) Automation Test Analyst
11 9 (3.72%) Security Architect
11 9 (3.72%) Security Manager
12 8 (3.31%) Automation Tester
13 6 (2.48%) Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (16.94%) .NET
2 32 (13.22%) HTML
3 31 (12.81%) JSP
4 29 (11.98%) ASP.NET
5 24 (9.92%) Web Services
6 19 (7.85%) XML
7 18 (7.44%) SOAP
8 14 (5.79%) REST
9 13 (5.37%) JSON
10 8 (3.31%) RESTful
11 6 (2.48%) .NET Framework
12 3 (1.24%) WCF
13 2 (0.83%) Application Packaging
13 2 (0.83%) Gherkin
13 2 (0.83%) AngularJS
13 2 (0.83%) Spring
13 2 (0.83%) Ruby on Rails
13 2 (0.83%) Middleware
13 2 (0.83%) ODBC
13 2 (0.83%) POSIX
Miscellaneous
1 21 (8.68%) PKI
2 20 (8.26%) Cryptography
2 20 (8.26%) Management Information System
3 18 (7.44%) Data Protection Act
3 18 (7.44%) Computer Science
4 14 (5.79%) Open Source
5 13 (5.37%) Smart Meter
6 12 (4.96%) Mobile App
7 9 (3.72%) Analytical Skills
8 7 (2.89%) Client/Server
9 5 (2.07%) Video on Demand
10 4 (1.65%) CESG
11 3 (1.24%) Reference Data
11 3 (1.24%) iPhone
11 3 (1.24%) GIS
11 3 (1.24%) iPad
11 3 (1.24%) User Experience
12 2 (0.83%) Statistics
13 1 (0.41%) RMADS
13 1 (0.41%) CESG CLAS
Operating Systems
1 56 (23.14%) UNIX
2 53 (21.90%) Linux
3 29 (11.98%) Windows
4 8 (3.31%) Windows Server 2008
4 8 (3.31%) Apple iOS
5 7 (2.89%) Windows Server 2003
6 6 (2.48%) Android
7 5 (2.07%) Windows XP
8 4 (1.65%) Windows Server 2012
8 4 (1.65%) Windows 2000
9 3 (1.24%) Solaris
10 1 (0.41%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 88 (36.36%) Agile Software Development
2 45 (18.60%) Test Scripting
3 44 (18.18%) Information Security
4 38 (15.70%) Test Automation
5 37 (15.29%) Penetration Testing
6 35 (14.46%) Risk Management
7 33 (13.64%) Test Strategy
8 32 (13.22%) Software Testing
9 28 (11.57%) Test Management
9 28 (11.57%) BDD
10 26 (10.74%) Knowledge Management
11 24 (9.92%) Automated Testing
12 22 (9.09%) Information Assurance
12 22 (9.09%) Vulnerability Management
13 21 (8.68%) Continuous Integration
13 21 (8.68%) Project Management
14 20 (8.26%) Manual Testing
15 19 (7.85%) Scrum
15 19 (7.85%) Automation Testing
16 18 (7.44%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 60 (24.79%) Java
2 44 (18.18%) JavaScript
3 39 (16.12%) SQL
4 36 (14.88%) Python
5 29 (11.98%) C++
6 25 (10.33%) PHP
7 24 (9.92%) Perl
8 20 (8.26%) Ruby
9 19 (7.85%) PowerShell
10 18 (7.44%) C#
11 10 (4.13%) C
11 10 (4.13%) Groovy
12 6 (2.48%) Bash Shell
13 3 (1.24%) PL/SQL
14 1 (0.41%) COBOL
14 1 (0.41%) F#
14 1 (0.41%) Scala
14 1 (0.41%) Erlang
14 1 (0.41%) Shell Script
14 1 (0.41%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 41 (16.94%) ISTQB
2 40 (16.53%) Security Cleared
3 35 (14.46%) SC Cleared
4 26 (10.74%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 25 (10.33%) MCITP
5 25 (10.33%) Degree
5 25 (10.33%) Cisco Certification
5 25 (10.33%) Microsoft Certification
6 24 (9.92%) ISEB
6 24 (9.92%) CISSP
6 24 (9.92%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 12 (4.96%) DV Cleared
8 11 (4.55%) CISA
8 11 (4.55%) CISM
9 6 (2.48%) ISEB Practitioner
9 6 (2.48%) CRISC
10 3 (1.24%) CEH
10 3 (1.24%) Check Point Certification
11 2 (0.83%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 2 (0.83%) CHFI
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (13.64%) QA
2 29 (11.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 20 (8.26%) PCI DSS
4 5 (2.07%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 3 (1.24%) ISO 9001
6 2 (0.83%) SLA
6 2 (0.83%) ISO/IEC 17799
6 2 (0.83%) COBIT
6 2 (0.83%) JSP 440
6 2 (0.83%) FATCA
7 1 (0.41%) HMG Infosec
7 1 (0.41%) 21 CFR Part 11
System Software
1 5 (2.07%) Nmap
2 4 (1.65%) Active Directory
3 2 (0.83%) Oracle RMAN
4 1 (0.41%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 1 (0.41%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.41%) XenApp
4 1 (0.41%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 16 (6.61%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (2.89%) Nessus
3 5 (2.07%) Puppet
4 4 (1.65%) Opscode Chef
4 4 (1.65%) HAProxy
5 2 (0.83%) Salt
6 1 (0.41%) CORE IMPACT
6 1 (0.41%) XenMobile
6 1 (0.41%) WebInspect
6 1 (0.41%) SCCM
6 1 (0.41%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 1 (0.41%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 45 (18.60%) Microsoft
2 33 (13.64%) HP
2 33 (13.64%) Cisco
3 28 (11.57%) Oracle
4 5 (2.07%) McAfee
5 4 (1.65%) CheckPoint
6 3 (1.24%) Tripwire
6 3 (1.24%) IBM
6 3 (1.24%) Sun
6 3 (1.24%) Murex
6 3 (1.24%) Qualys
6 3 (1.24%) Barracuda Networks
6 3 (1.24%) ArcSight
7 2 (0.83%) Percona
7 2 (0.83%) Actimize
7 2 (0.83%) NetApp
7 2 (0.83%) Sophos
7 2 (0.83%) ATG
7 2 (0.83%) VMware
8 1 (0.41%) Teradata
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