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 23 September 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
23 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Security Testing
Rank 479 516 527
Rank change year-on-year
+37 +11
Contract jobs citing Security Testing 135 62 76
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.23% 0.12% 0.13%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.32% 0.16% 0.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 88 44 46
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£375 £300 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -20.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £299 £229 £264
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £358 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+19.16% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 1
Average hourly rate £55.00 £39.00 £55.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+41.02% -29.09%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £55.00 - £55.00

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
42763 39046 42056
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 73.99% 74.08% 71.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 26736 24118 24356
Average daily rate £413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £367 £363
% change year-on-year
+2.17% +1.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1175 1083 1556
Average hourly rate £23.66 £27.50 £30.20
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.98% -8.94%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.50 £46.00 £46.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.75 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-14.16% -

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 23 September 2014.

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 23 September 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 +37 116 £375 +25.00% 37
London +41 51 £375 -6.25% 9
South East +22 38 £370 -15.42% 11
Hampshire +5 19 £365 - 4
Scotland 0 15 £400 +23.07%
Gosport - 11 £450 - 1
North West +8 10 £323 -25.86% 5
City of London +17 9 £388 -3.12% 3
Edinburgh - 9 £415 -
Surrey +2 8 £298 -40.50% 6
Manchester -3 8 £323 - 1
Berkshire +15 6 £318 +111.66%
Glasgow - 6 £375 -
Yorkshire -9 5 £350 +16.66% 2
West Yorkshire -18 5 £350 +16.66% 2
South West - 4 £319 - 1
East of England - 4 £375 - 5
West Midlands -13 3 - - 4
Suffolk - 3 £375 -
Ipswich - 3 £375 -
Leeds -13 2 £275 -8.33% 2
Gloucestershire - 2 £338 - 1
Chesterfield +14 1 - -
Reading +10 1 £380 +153.33%
Cheshire +5 1 £340 -21.83% 1
Derbyshire +4 1 - -
East Midlands +1 1 - -
Wales - 1 £275 -
Buckinghamshire - 1 £375 -
Hertfordshire - 1 £500 - 2

Security Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 September 2014, 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 84 (32.81%) Agile Software Development
2 59 (23.05%) ISTQB
3 58 (22.66%) Linux
4 56 (21.88%) UNIX
5 54 (21.09%) Finance
6 53 (20.70%) Java
7 51 (19.92%) Selenium
8 49 (19.14%) Security Cleared
9 47 (18.36%) ISEB
10 45 (17.58%) Microsoft
10 45 (17.58%) Oracle
10 45 (17.58%) SC Cleared
11 44 (17.19%) Penetration Testing
12 43 (16.80%) SQL
12 43 (16.80%) HP
13 42 (16.41%) .NET
13 42 (16.41%) QA
14 41 (16.02%) Test Scripting
15 38 (14.84%) Windows
16 36 (14.06%) Performance Testing
17 35 (13.67%) Software Testing
17 35 (13.67%) Test Automation
18 34 (13.28%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
19 33 (12.89%) Information Security
20 32 (12.50%) JavaScript
20 32 (12.50%) Cisco
21 30 (11.72%) CISSP
21 30 (11.72%) MCITP
22 29 (11.33%) Degree
23 28 (10.94%) HTML

Security Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 23 September 2014, 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 17 (6.64%) WebLogic
2 14 (5.47%) Tomcat
3 8 (3.13%) Apache
4 7 (2.73%) WebLogic Integration
5 4 (1.56%) Oracle Workflow
6 3 (1.17%) CMS
7 2 (0.78%) SharePoint
7 2 (0.78%) Adobe CQ
8 1 (0.39%) SharePoint 2013
8 1 (0.39%) WebSphere
8 1 (0.39%) nginx
8 1 (0.39%) SharePoint 2010
8 1 (0.39%) Node.js
8 1 (0.39%) Documentum
8 1 (0.39%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.39%) MQSeries
8 1 (0.39%) IIS
Applications
1 24 (9.38%) MS Excel
2 6 (2.34%) MS Project
3 4 (1.56%) MS Office
4 2 (0.78%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.78%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 8 (3.13%) SAP PM
1 8 (3.13%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 7 (2.73%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (0.78%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.78%) SaaS
1 2 (0.78%) PaaS
1 2 (0.78%) Amazon SQS
1 2 (0.78%) IaaS
2 1 (0.39%) Amazon EC2
2 1 (0.39%) Amazon S3
2 1 (0.39%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (0.39%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 17 (6.64%) Firewall
2 14 (5.47%) Network Security
3 12 (4.69%) DNS
4 10 (3.91%) Intrusion Detection
4 10 (3.91%) FTP
5 9 (3.52%) TCP/IP
5 9 (3.52%) Internet
6 8 (3.13%) Wireshark
7 6 (2.34%) SSL
8 5 (1.95%) HTTPS
8 5 (1.95%) Wireless
9 4 (1.56%) HTTP
9 4 (1.56%) ZigBee
10 2 (0.78%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
10 2 (0.78%) IPv6
10 2 (0.78%) LDAP
10 2 (0.78%) GPRS
10 2 (0.78%) 3GPP
10 2 (0.78%) UMTS
10 2 (0.78%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (6.25%) Big Data
1 16 (6.25%) Oracle Database
2 14 (5.47%) SQL Server
3 12 (4.69%) Data Warehouse
4 11 (4.30%) Relational Database
5 7 (2.73%) MS Access
6 5 (1.95%) Oracle Reports
7 3 (1.17%) PostgreSQL
7 3 (1.17%) Data Mining
7 3 (1.17%) NoSQL
8 2 (0.78%) Hadoop
8 2 (0.78%) MySQL
8 2 (0.78%) Oracle OWB
9 1 (0.39%) SimpleDB
9 1 (0.39%) MongoDB
9 1 (0.39%) Redis
9 1 (0.39%) RDBMS
9 1 (0.39%) Couchbase
9 1 (0.39%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 51 (19.92%) Selenium
2 18 (7.03%) WebDriver
3 13 (5.08%) JUnit
4 12 (4.69%) QuickTest Pro
4 12 (4.69%) Cucumber
5 11 (4.30%) JIRA
6 10 (3.91%) NUnit
6 10 (3.91%) Maven
6 10 (3.91%) Eclipse
7 7 (2.73%) Visual Studio
8 6 (2.34%) JMeter
8 6 (2.34%) SpecFlow
8 6 (2.34%) TestNG
8 6 (2.34%) Git (software)
8 6 (2.34%) Team Foundation Server
9 5 (1.95%) SoapUI
9 5 (1.95%) LoadRunner
9 5 (1.95%) Capybara
9 5 (1.95%) Jenkins
10 4 (1.56%) TestComplete
General
1 54 (21.09%) Finance
2 16 (6.25%) Banking
3 13 (5.08%) Telecoms
4 10 (3.91%) Retail
5 3 (1.17%) Billing
5 3 (1.17%) Electronics
6 2 (0.78%) Financial Institution
6 2 (0.78%) Marketing
6 2 (0.78%) Dutch Language
6 2 (0.78%) French Language
6 2 (0.78%) Legal
6 2 (0.78%) Manufacturing
6 2 (0.78%) Advertising
7 1 (0.39%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.39%) Retail Banking
7 1 (0.39%) Corporate Banking
Job Titles
1 51 (19.92%) Analyst
2 43 (16.80%) Test Analyst
3 38 (14.84%) Tester
4 26 (10.16%) Test Leader
5 23 (8.98%) Test Manager
6 20 (7.81%) Developer
7 18 (7.03%) Architect
7 18 (7.03%) Consultant
7 18 (7.03%) Security Specialist
7 18 (7.03%) Security Architect
8 12 (4.69%) Security Consultant
8 12 (4.69%) Security Manager
9 10 (3.91%) Security Analyst
9 10 (3.91%) QA Analyst
9 10 (3.91%) Test Engineer
10 9 (3.52%) Test Specialist
11 8 (3.13%) QA Tester
11 8 (3.13%) QA Test Analyst
11 8 (3.13%) Senior Security Architect
11 8 (3.13%) Senior Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (16.41%) .NET
2 28 (10.94%) Web Services
2 28 (10.94%) HTML
3 25 (9.77%) ASP.NET
3 25 (9.77%) JSP
4 12 (4.69%) XML
5 8 (3.13%) Middleware
5 8 (3.13%) REST
6 6 (2.34%) JSON
6 6 (2.34%) SOAP
7 4 (1.56%) SAML
7 4 (1.56%) AngularJS
7 4 (1.56%) RESTful
8 2 (0.78%) XACML
8 2 (0.78%) OpenID
8 2 (0.78%) Semantic HTML
8 2 (0.78%) Gherkin
8 2 (0.78%) Ajax
8 2 (0.78%) Spring Security
8 2 (0.78%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 24 (9.38%) Open Source
1 24 (9.38%) Analytical Skills
2 19 (7.42%) Mobile App
3 17 (6.64%) Management Information System
4 12 (4.69%) GIS
5 11 (4.30%) Computer Science
6 9 (3.52%) Smart Meter
7 8 (3.13%) Enterprise Software
7 8 (3.13%) PKI
7 8 (3.13%) Data Protection Act
8 7 (2.73%) CESG
8 7 (2.73%) N-Tier
8 7 (2.73%) Cryptography
9 5 (1.95%) RMADS
10 3 (1.17%) iPhone
10 3 (1.17%) User Experience
10 3 (1.17%) iPad
10 3 (1.17%) CESG CLAS
11 2 (0.78%) Firmware
11 2 (0.78%) DTV
Operating Systems
1 58 (22.66%) Linux
2 56 (21.88%) UNIX
3 38 (14.84%) Windows
4 19 (7.42%) Apple iOS
5 10 (3.91%) Windows Server 2003
6 7 (2.73%) SUSE
6 7 (2.73%) Windows Server 2008
6 7 (2.73%) HPUX
7 6 (2.34%) Windows 2000
7 6 (2.34%) Windows XP
8 5 (1.95%) Android
9 4 (1.56%) Windows 7
10 3 (1.17%) Windows NT
10 3 (1.17%) AIX
11 2 (0.78%) Solaris
11 2 (0.78%) zOS
11 2 (0.78%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.39%) Windows Vista
12 1 (0.39%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 84 (32.81%) Agile Software Development
2 44 (17.19%) Penetration Testing
3 41 (16.02%) Test Scripting
4 36 (14.06%) Performance Testing
5 35 (13.67%) Software Testing
5 35 (13.67%) Test Automation
6 33 (12.89%) Information Security
7 26 (10.16%) Automated Testing
8 25 (9.77%) Test Strategy
9 23 (8.98%) Information Assurance
10 22 (8.59%) Load Testing
11 21 (8.20%) User Acceptance Testing
11 21 (8.20%) Scrum
12 20 (7.81%) Security Architecture
13 17 (6.64%) OO
13 17 (6.64%) Release Management
14 16 (6.25%) OOP
14 16 (6.25%) Risk Management
14 16 (6.25%) BDD
15 15 (5.86%) Vulnerability Assessment
Programming Languages
1 53 (20.70%) Java
2 43 (16.80%) SQL
3 32 (12.50%) JavaScript
4 25 (9.77%) C#
5 21 (8.20%) PowerShell
6 19 (7.42%) Python
7 15 (5.86%) VB
7 15 (5.86%) PHP
8 11 (4.30%) Ruby
9 9 (3.52%) C++
10 8 (3.13%) Perl
10 8 (3.13%) Groovy
11 7 (2.73%) VB.NET
11 7 (2.73%) FoxPro (VFP)
12 3 (1.17%) Shell Script
12 3 (1.17%) Bash Shell
13 2 (0.78%) VBA
14 1 (0.39%) XQuery
14 1 (0.39%) C
14 1 (0.39%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 59 (23.05%) ISTQB
2 49 (19.14%) Security Cleared
3 47 (18.36%) ISEB
4 45 (17.58%) SC Cleared
5 34 (13.28%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 30 (11.72%) CISSP
6 30 (11.72%) MCITP
7 29 (11.33%) Degree
8 27 (10.55%) Cisco Certification
9 24 (9.38%) Microsoft Certification
10 22 (8.59%) DV Cleared
10 22 (8.59%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 16 (6.25%) CISM
12 13 (5.08%) CEH
13 12 (4.69%) ISEB Practitioner
13 12 (4.69%) CISA
14 3 (1.17%) Check Point Certification
15 2 (0.78%) PMP
15 2 (0.78%) PMI Certification
15 2 (0.78%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 42 (16.41%) QA
2 17 (6.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 10 (3.91%) PCI DSS
4 5 (1.95%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 2 (0.78%) JSP 440
5 2 (0.78%) ISO/IEC 17799
5 2 (0.78%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.39%) WCAG
System Software
1 7 (2.73%) Nmap
2 6 (2.34%) Active Directory
3 3 (1.17%) Terminal Server
4 1 (0.39%) ProxySG
4 1 (0.39%) Snort
4 1 (0.39%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 26 (10.16%) HP Quality Center
2 10 (3.91%) Nessus
3 6 (2.34%) CORE IMPACT
4 5 (1.95%) Puppet
5 3 (1.17%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (0.78%) WebInspect
6 2 (0.78%) Nagios
6 2 (0.78%) Capistrano
7 1 (0.39%) McAfee ePO
7 1 (0.39%) HAProxy
7 1 (0.39%) nmon
7 1 (0.39%) Salt
Vendors
1 45 (17.58%) Oracle
1 45 (17.58%) Microsoft
2 43 (16.80%) HP
3 32 (12.50%) Cisco
4 16 (6.25%) SAP
5 9 (3.52%) CheckPoint
5 9 (3.52%) McAfee
6 8 (3.13%) JBoss
6 8 (3.13%) IBM
7 7 (2.73%) TIBCO
8 6 (2.34%) Sophos
9 5 (1.95%) hybris
10 4 (1.56%) Sourcefire
10 4 (1.56%) F5
11 3 (1.17%) IronPort
12 2 (0.78%) Atlassian
12 2 (0.78%) Qualys
12 2 (0.78%) Barracuda Networks
12 2 (0.78%) Tripwire
12 2 (0.78%) ArcSight
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