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 30 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
30 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Security Testing
Rank 479 523 526
Rank change year-on-year
+44 +3
Contract jobs citing Security Testing 126 64 73
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.22% 0.12% 0.13%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.29% 0.16% 0.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 86 43 43
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£375 £300 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £298 £238 £257
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £470 £420
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £300 £286
% change year-on-year
+25.00% +4.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Average hourly rate - £39.00 £55.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -29.09%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £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
42810 39105 41583
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 73.76% 74.07% 71.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 26917 24216 24104
Average daily rate £410 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.50% -
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 £365
% change year-on-year
+2.18% +0.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1174 1096 1554
Average hourly rate £24.00 £27.80 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.66% -7.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.25 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £46.00 £46.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £30.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year
-11.66% +3.44%

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 30 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 30 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 +24 108 £375 +25.00% 32
London +35 47 £375 -3.22% 7
South East +14 37 £370 -12.94% 6
Hampshire +1 19 £365 - 2
Scotland +1 16 £405 +24.61%
Edinburgh - 11 £415 -
Gosport - 11 £450 -
City of London +26 8 £400 - 1
Surrey +5 8 £298 -40.50% 3
North West -2 8 £323 -12.24% 4
Berkshire +10 6 £335 +123.33%
Manchester -9 6 £323 +7.50%
West Yorkshire -10 5 £350 +16.66% 2
Yorkshire -17 5 £350 +16.66% 2
Glasgow - 5 £400 -
East of England - 4 £375 - 9
West Midlands -18 3 - - 1
Ipswich - 3 £375 -
Suffolk - 3 £375 - 1
Leeds -5 2 £275 -8.33% 2
South West - 2 £338 - 3
Gloucestershire - 2 £338 - 1
Reading +23 1 £380 +153.33%
Chesterfield +15 1 - -
East Midlands +4 1 - -
Cheshire +3 1 £340 -21.83% 2
Derbyshire +1 1 - -
Buckinghamshire - 1 £375 -
Hertfordshire - 1 £500 - 2
North East - 1 £400 -

Security Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 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 81 (32.14%) Agile Software Development
2 56 (22.22%) UNIX
2 56 (22.22%) Linux
2 56 (22.22%) ISTQB
3 55 (21.83%) Java
3 55 (21.83%) Finance
4 47 (18.65%) Security Cleared
5 46 (18.25%) Selenium
5 46 (18.25%) Oracle
6 45 (17.86%) Penetration Testing
7 43 (17.06%) SC Cleared
7 43 (17.06%) Microsoft
7 43 (17.06%) HP
7 43 (17.06%) ISEB
8 42 (16.67%) .NET
9 40 (15.87%) SQL
9 40 (15.87%) Test Scripting
10 38 (15.08%) QA
10 38 (15.08%) Test Automation
11 35 (13.89%) Software Testing
11 35 (13.89%) Windows
12 34 (13.49%) Information Security
12 34 (13.49%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
13 32 (12.70%) JavaScript
13 32 (12.70%) Cisco
13 32 (12.70%) Performance Testing
14 30 (11.90%) MCITP
14 30 (11.90%) CISSP
15 28 (11.11%) HTML
16 27 (10.71%) Cisco Certification

Security Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 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 (6.75%) WebLogic
2 14 (5.56%) Tomcat
3 8 (3.17%) Apache
4 7 (2.78%) WebLogic Integration
5 4 (1.59%) Oracle Workflow
6 3 (1.19%) CMS
7 2 (0.79%) SharePoint
7 2 (0.79%) Adobe CQ
8 1 (0.40%) SharePoint 2013
8 1 (0.40%) WebSphere
8 1 (0.40%) nginx
8 1 (0.40%) SharePoint 2010
8 1 (0.40%) Node.js
8 1 (0.40%) Documentum
8 1 (0.40%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.40%) MQSeries
8 1 (0.40%) IIS
Applications
1 24 (9.52%) MS Excel
2 6 (2.38%) MS Project
3 4 (1.59%) MS Office
4 2 (0.79%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.79%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 8 (3.17%) SAP PM
2 7 (2.78%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 7 (2.78%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (0.79%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.79%) SaaS
1 2 (0.79%) PaaS
1 2 (0.79%) Amazon SQS
1 2 (0.79%) IaaS
2 1 (0.40%) Amazon EC2
2 1 (0.40%) Amazon S3
2 1 (0.40%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (0.40%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 17 (6.75%) Firewall
2 14 (5.56%) Network Security
3 12 (4.76%) DNS
4 10 (3.97%) Intrusion Detection
4 10 (3.97%) FTP
5 9 (3.57%) TCP/IP
6 8 (3.17%) Wireshark
7 7 (2.78%) Internet
8 6 (2.38%) SSL
9 5 (1.98%) HTTPS
9 5 (1.98%) Wireless
10 4 (1.59%) HTTP
10 4 (1.59%) ZigBee
11 2 (0.79%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
11 2 (0.79%) IPv6
11 2 (0.79%) LDAP
11 2 (0.79%) GPRS
11 2 (0.79%) 3GPP
11 2 (0.79%) UMTS
11 2 (0.79%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (7.14%) Big Data
2 17 (6.75%) Oracle Database
3 12 (4.76%) SQL Server
3 12 (4.76%) Data Warehouse
4 9 (3.57%) Relational Database
5 7 (2.78%) MS Access
6 5 (1.98%) Oracle Reports
7 3 (1.19%) Data Mining
7 3 (1.19%) NoSQL
7 3 (1.19%) PostgreSQL
8 2 (0.79%) Hadoop
8 2 (0.79%) MySQL
8 2 (0.79%) Oracle OWB
9 1 (0.40%) Oracle9i Database
9 1 (0.40%) RDBMS
9 1 (0.40%) Oracle Database 10g
9 1 (0.40%) SimpleDB
9 1 (0.40%) MongoDB
9 1 (0.40%) Redis
9 1 (0.40%) Couchbase
Development Applications
1 46 (18.25%) Selenium
2 15 (5.95%) WebDriver
3 13 (5.16%) JUnit
4 12 (4.76%) QuickTest Pro
4 12 (4.76%) Cucumber
5 11 (4.37%) JIRA
6 10 (3.97%) NUnit
6 10 (3.97%) Maven
6 10 (3.97%) Eclipse
7 7 (2.78%) JMeter
8 6 (2.38%) LoadRunner
8 6 (2.38%) TestNG
8 6 (2.38%) Git (software)
9 5 (1.98%) Visual Studio
9 5 (1.98%) Capybara
9 5 (1.98%) Jenkins
10 4 (1.59%) TestComplete
10 4 (1.59%) Team Foundation Server
10 4 (1.59%) SpecFlow
11 3 (1.19%) SoapUI
General
1 55 (21.83%) Finance
2 15 (5.95%) Banking
3 10 (3.97%) Telecoms
4 7 (2.78%) Retail
5 3 (1.19%) Billing
6 2 (0.79%) Legal
6 2 (0.79%) Financial Institution
6 2 (0.79%) Electronics
6 2 (0.79%) Advertising
6 2 (0.79%) Dutch Language
6 2 (0.79%) French Language
7 1 (0.40%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.40%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.40%) Retail Banking
7 1 (0.40%) Corporate Banking
7 1 (0.40%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 50 (19.84%) Analyst
2 42 (16.67%) Test Analyst
3 40 (15.87%) Tester
4 24 (9.52%) Test Leader
5 23 (9.13%) Test Manager
6 20 (7.94%) Developer
7 18 (7.14%) Architect
7 18 (7.14%) Security Specialist
7 18 (7.14%) Security Architect
8 16 (6.35%) Consultant
9 12 (4.76%) Security Consultant
10 11 (4.37%) Test Engineer
10 11 (4.37%) Security Manager
11 10 (3.97%) Security Analyst
11 10 (3.97%) QA Analyst
12 9 (3.57%) Test Specialist
13 8 (3.17%) QA Tester
13 8 (3.17%) QA Test Analyst
13 8 (3.17%) Senior Security Architect
13 8 (3.17%) Senior Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (16.67%) .NET
2 28 (11.11%) HTML
3 26 (10.32%) Web Services
4 25 (9.92%) ASP.NET
4 25 (9.92%) JSP
5 12 (4.76%) XML
6 8 (3.17%) Middleware
6 8 (3.17%) REST
7 6 (2.38%) JSON
7 6 (2.38%) SOAP
8 4 (1.59%) SAML
8 4 (1.59%) AngularJS
8 4 (1.59%) RESTful
9 2 (0.79%) XACML
9 2 (0.79%) OpenID
9 2 (0.79%) Semantic HTML
9 2 (0.79%) Gherkin
9 2 (0.79%) Ajax
9 2 (0.79%) Spring Security
9 2 (0.79%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 24 (9.52%) Open Source
2 20 (7.94%) Analytical Skills
3 19 (7.54%) Mobile App
4 14 (5.56%) Management Information System
5 12 (4.76%) GIS
5 12 (4.76%) Computer Science
6 9 (3.57%) Smart Meter
7 8 (3.17%) Enterprise Software
7 8 (3.17%) PKI
8 7 (2.78%) N-Tier
8 7 (2.78%) Cryptography
9 6 (2.38%) Data Protection Act
10 5 (1.98%) CESG
11 3 (1.19%) RMADS
11 3 (1.19%) iPhone
11 3 (1.19%) User Experience
11 3 (1.19%) iPad
12 1 (0.40%) Digital Media
12 1 (0.40%) Embedded Systems
12 1 (0.40%) EqualLogic
Operating Systems
1 56 (22.22%) UNIX
1 56 (22.22%) Linux
2 35 (13.89%) Windows
3 19 (7.54%) Apple iOS
4 10 (3.97%) Windows Server 2003
5 7 (2.78%) SUSE
5 7 (2.78%) Windows Server 2008
5 7 (2.78%) HPUX
6 6 (2.38%) Windows 2000
6 6 (2.38%) Windows XP
7 5 (1.98%) Android
8 4 (1.59%) Windows 7
9 3 (1.19%) Windows NT
9 3 (1.19%) Solaris
9 3 (1.19%) AIX
10 2 (0.79%) zOS
10 2 (0.79%) Mac OS
11 1 (0.40%) Windows Vista
11 1 (0.40%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 81 (32.14%) Agile Software Development
2 45 (17.86%) Penetration Testing
3 40 (15.87%) Test Scripting
4 38 (15.08%) Test Automation
5 35 (13.89%) Software Testing
6 34 (13.49%) Information Security
7 32 (12.70%) Performance Testing
8 26 (10.32%) Test Strategy
9 24 (9.52%) Information Assurance
10 22 (8.73%) Automated Testing
11 20 (7.94%) Load Testing
11 20 (7.94%) User Acceptance Testing
11 20 (7.94%) Security Architecture
12 17 (6.75%) Release Management
13 16 (6.35%) Scrum
13 16 (6.35%) OOP
13 16 (6.35%) OO
14 15 (5.95%) Vulnerability Assessment
15 14 (5.56%) Risk Management
15 14 (5.56%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 55 (21.83%) Java
2 40 (15.87%) SQL
3 32 (12.70%) JavaScript
4 23 (9.13%) C#
5 21 (8.33%) Python
5 21 (8.33%) PowerShell
6 15 (5.95%) VB
6 15 (5.95%) PHP
7 11 (4.37%) C++
7 11 (4.37%) Ruby
8 10 (3.97%) Perl
9 8 (3.17%) Groovy
10 7 (2.78%) VB.NET
10 7 (2.78%) FoxPro (VFP)
11 3 (1.19%) Shell Script
11 3 (1.19%) Bash Shell
12 2 (0.79%) VBA
12 2 (0.79%) PL/SQL
13 1 (0.40%) VBScript
13 1 (0.40%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 56 (22.22%) ISTQB
2 47 (18.65%) Security Cleared
3 43 (17.06%) SC Cleared
3 43 (17.06%) ISEB
4 34 (13.49%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 30 (11.90%) MCITP
5 30 (11.90%) CISSP
6 27 (10.71%) Cisco Certification
7 26 (10.32%) Degree
8 24 (9.52%) Microsoft Certification
9 22 (8.73%) DV Cleared
10 20 (7.94%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 16 (6.35%) CISM
12 13 (5.16%) ISEB Practitioner
12 13 (5.16%) CEH
13 12 (4.76%) CISA
14 3 (1.19%) Check Point Certification
15 2 (0.79%) PMP
15 2 (0.79%) PMI Certification
15 2 (0.79%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (15.08%) QA
2 17 (6.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 8 (3.17%) PCI DSS
4 5 (1.98%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 2 (0.79%) JSP 440
5 2 (0.79%) ISO/IEC 17799
5 2 (0.79%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.40%) WCAG
System Software
1 7 (2.78%) Nmap
2 6 (2.38%) Active Directory
3 3 (1.19%) Terminal Server
4 2 (0.79%) Firmware
5 1 (0.40%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.40%) Oracle RMAN
5 1 (0.40%) ProxySG
5 1 (0.40%) Snort
Systems Management
1 26 (10.32%) HP Quality Center
2 10 (3.97%) Nessus
3 6 (2.38%) CORE IMPACT
4 5 (1.98%) Puppet
5 3 (1.19%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (0.79%) WebInspect
6 2 (0.79%) Nagios
6 2 (0.79%) Capistrano
7 1 (0.40%) McAfee ePO
7 1 (0.40%) HAProxy
7 1 (0.40%) nmon
7 1 (0.40%) Salt
Vendors
1 46 (18.25%) Oracle
2 43 (17.06%) Microsoft
2 43 (17.06%) HP
3 32 (12.70%) Cisco
4 15 (5.95%) SAP
5 9 (3.57%) McAfee
5 9 (3.57%) CheckPoint
6 8 (3.17%) JBoss
6 8 (3.17%) IBM
7 7 (2.78%) TIBCO
8 6 (2.38%) Sophos
9 4 (1.59%) Sourcefire
9 4 (1.59%) F5
10 3 (1.19%) hybris
10 3 (1.19%) IronPort
11 2 (0.79%) Atlassian
11 2 (0.79%) Qualys
11 2 (0.79%) Barracuda Networks
11 2 (0.79%) webMethods
11 2 (0.79%) Tripwire
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