The first table below looks at the demand 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 24 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category.

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
24 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Security Testing
Rank 502 458 506
Rank change year-on-year
-44 +48
Contract jobs citing Security Testing 85 80 74
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.16% 0.17% 0.12%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.21% 0.23% 0.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 61 55 30
Average daily rate £330 £363 £315
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.96% +15.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £238 £297
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £483 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £275 £315
% change year-on-year
+18.18% -12.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 11
Average hourly rate £37.49 £37.50 £57.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.02% -34.78%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.49 £37.50 £57.50
% change year-on-year
-0.02% -34.78%
Processes & Methodologies Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
40055 34550 41999
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 73.38% 72.44% 69.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 24990 20571 23942
Average daily rate £400 £408 £410
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.84% -0.60%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £575 £588
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £360 £370
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1138 1039 1411
Average hourly rate £30.00 £32.00 £27.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% +18.51%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £54.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.50 £32.00 £26.50
% change year-on-year
-1.56% +20.75%

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 24 April 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 24 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England -40 81 £330 -5.71% 16
London -9 36 £358 -10.62% 10
City of London +7 17 £263 -30.00% 1
South West +2 17 £325 -
North West - 13 £450 -
Bristol -1 11 £325 -
South East -7 5 £325 -13.33% 1
West Midlands - 5 £325 - 2
Manchester - 5 - -
Aberdeen +9 3 - -
Scotland -9 3 - -
East of England -25 3 £388 -13.88%
Suffolk - 2 £250 -
Surrey - 2 - -
Coventry - 2 £325 -
Ipswich - 2 £250 -
Buckinghamshire - 2 - -
West Yorkshire -33 1 £300 +20.00% 1
Yorkshire -34 1 £300 +20.00% 1
Essex - 1 £525 -
Gloucestershire - 1 £415 -
Guildford - 1 - -
Birmingham - 1 - -
Brentwood - - - -
Basildon - - - -
Basingstoke - - - -
Cambridge - - - -
Chatham - - - -
Cheltenham - - - -
Leatherhead - - - -

Security Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 35 (26.72%) Selenium
2 33 (25.19%) SQL
3 28 (21.37%) Automated Testing
4 27 (20.61%) Agile Software Development
4 27 (20.61%) Java
5 26 (19.85%) Finance
6 24 (18.32%) Telecoms
6 24 (18.32%) Risk Management
6 24 (18.32%) Web Services
6 24 (18.32%) Windows
7 23 (17.56%) ISEB
7 23 (17.56%) Performance Testing
8 22 (16.79%) Penetration Testing
9 21 (16.03%) Degree
10 20 (15.27%) Information Security
11 18 (13.74%) QA
11 18 (13.74%) Test Scripting
11 18 (13.74%) WebDriver
12 17 (12.98%) User Acceptance Testing
12 17 (12.98%) Python
12 17 (12.98%) Oracle
13 16 (12.21%) Banking
14 15 (11.45%) Load Testing
15 14 (10.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
15 14 (10.69%) Linux
16 13 (9.92%) E-Commerce
16 13 (9.92%) Internet
16 13 (9.92%) Retail
16 13 (9.92%) Test Automation
16 13 (9.92%) BDD

Security Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 6 (4.58%) WebLogic
2 4 (3.05%) Tomcat
2 4 (3.05%) CMS
2 4 (3.05%) Adobe CQ
3 3 (2.29%) MS Exchange
3 3 (2.29%) IIS
4 2 (1.53%) Apache
4 2 (1.53%) SharePoint
4 2 (1.53%) WebLogic Integration
5 1 (0.76%) WebSphere
5 1 (0.76%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 1 (0.76%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 8 (6.11%) SAP PM
1 8 (6.11%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 4 (3.05%) SaaS
2 2 (1.53%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 13 (9.92%) Internet
2 11 (8.40%) Firewall
3 6 (4.58%) VPN
4 4 (3.05%) Network Security
5 3 (2.29%) Wireless
6 2 (1.53%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
6 2 (1.53%) DNS
6 2 (1.53%) Broadband
6 2 (1.53%) VoIP
6 2 (1.53%) FTP
7 1 (0.76%) Wi-Fi
7 1 (0.76%) 3G
7 1 (0.76%) NGN
7 1 (0.76%) Wireless Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (8.40%) SQL Server
2 10 (7.63%) Oracle Database
2 10 (7.63%) Relational Database
3 7 (5.34%) Big Data
4 3 (2.29%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (1.53%) MS Access
5 2 (1.53%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.76%) MySQL
6 1 (0.76%) OLAP
6 1 (0.76%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.76%) DTS
6 1 (0.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.76%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 35 (26.72%) Selenium
2 18 (13.74%) WebDriver
3 11 (8.40%) TestNG
3 11 (8.40%) Maven
4 10 (7.63%) JIRA
5 9 (6.87%) Eclipse
5 9 (6.87%) SoapUI
6 6 (4.58%) Subversion
6 6 (4.58%) Git (software)
7 3 (2.29%) Cucumber
7 3 (2.29%) QuickTest Pro
7 3 (2.29%) LoadRunner
7 3 (2.29%) JMeter
7 3 (2.29%) SpecFlow
8 2 (1.53%) Capybara
8 2 (1.53%) Visual Studio
8 2 (1.53%) AppScan
8 2 (1.53%) Team Foundation Server
8 2 (1.53%) JBehave
8 2 (1.53%) TestComplete
General
1 26 (19.85%) Finance
2 24 (18.32%) Telecoms
3 16 (12.21%) Banking
4 13 (9.92%) Retail
5 8 (6.11%) Marketing
6 2 (1.53%) Manufacturing
6 2 (1.53%) Financial Institution
6 2 (1.53%) Electronics
7 1 (0.76%) Billing
7 1 (0.76%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.76%) Dutch Language
7 1 (0.76%) French Language
Job Titles
1 30 (22.90%) Tester
2 23 (17.56%) Analyst
3 18 (13.74%) Test Leader
4 13 (9.92%) Consultant
4 13 (9.92%) Security Analyst
5 11 (8.40%) Test Analyst
5 11 (8.40%) Developer
6 10 (7.63%) Test Manager
6 10 (7.63%) Senior Analyst
7 9 (6.87%) Architect
8 8 (6.11%) Security Consultant
8 8 (6.11%) Senior Risk Analyst
8 8 (6.11%) Security Risk Analyst
8 8 (6.11%) Risk Analyst
8 8 (6.11%) Senior Security Analyst
8 8 (6.11%) Security Tester
9 7 (5.34%) Security Manager
9 7 (5.34%) Security Architect
10 5 (3.82%) UAT Tester
11 4 (3.05%) Linux Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (18.32%) Web Services
2 11 (8.40%) .NET
3 7 (5.34%) ASP.NET
3 7 (5.34%) XML
3 7 (5.34%) SOAP
4 6 (4.58%) jQuery
5 5 (3.82%) Semantic HTML
6 4 (3.05%) REST
6 4 (3.05%) JSON
7 2 (1.53%) HTML
7 2 (1.53%) Spring
7 2 (1.53%) Middleware
7 2 (1.53%) CSS
7 2 (1.53%) JSP
7 2 (1.53%) Ajax
7 2 (1.53%) AngularJS
8 1 (0.76%) Razor View Engine
8 1 (0.76%) Backbone.js
8 1 (0.76%) J2EE
8 1 (0.76%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 11 (8.40%) Enterprise Software
2 10 (7.63%) Computer Science
3 8 (6.11%) Digital Media
4 6 (4.58%) FMCG
4 6 (4.58%) Open Source
4 6 (4.58%) Management Information System
5 5 (3.82%) RMADS
5 5 (3.82%) PKI
5 5 (3.82%) Mobile App
6 4 (3.05%) IPTV
6 4 (3.05%) CESG
6 4 (3.05%) NHS
7 3 (2.29%) CESG CLAS
7 3 (2.29%) Cryptography
7 3 (2.29%) Statistics
7 3 (2.29%) GIS
8 2 (1.53%) DTV
8 2 (1.53%) Data Protection Act
8 2 (1.53%) N-Tier
8 2 (1.53%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 24 (18.32%) Windows
2 14 (10.69%) Linux
3 11 (8.40%) UNIX
4 5 (3.82%) Windows Server 2003
5 4 (3.05%) Apple iOS
6 3 (2.29%) Windows 7
6 3 (2.29%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (1.53%) Mac OS
7 2 (1.53%) SUSE
7 2 (1.53%) Windows NT
7 2 (1.53%) AIX
7 2 (1.53%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (21.37%) Automated Testing
2 27 (20.61%) Agile Software Development
3 24 (18.32%) Risk Management
4 23 (17.56%) Performance Testing
5 22 (16.79%) Penetration Testing
6 20 (15.27%) Information Security
7 18 (13.74%) Test Scripting
8 17 (12.98%) User Acceptance Testing
9 15 (11.45%) Load Testing
10 13 (9.92%) Test Automation
10 13 (9.92%) E-Commerce
10 13 (9.92%) BDD
11 12 (9.16%) Vulnerability Assessment
11 12 (9.16%) Software Testing
12 11 (8.40%) Web Testing
12 11 (8.40%) Scrum
13 10 (7.63%) TDD
13 10 (7.63%) Quality Management
13 10 (7.63%) Continuous Integration
14 9 (6.87%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 33 (25.19%) SQL
2 27 (20.61%) Java
3 17 (12.98%) Python
4 11 (8.40%) C#
5 10 (7.63%) PHP
5 10 (7.63%) Ruby
6 9 (6.87%) Groovy
7 8 (6.11%) C
8 4 (3.05%) JavaScript
9 3 (2.29%) VB
10 2 (1.53%) FoxPro (VFP)
10 2 (1.53%) Shell Script
10 2 (1.53%) Objective-C
11 1 (0.76%) VB.NET
11 1 (0.76%) C++
Qualifications
1 23 (17.56%) ISEB
2 21 (16.03%) Degree
3 11 (8.40%) CISSP
4 9 (6.87%) Security Cleared
5 8 (6.11%) ISTQB
6 6 (4.58%) SC Cleared
7 3 (2.29%) CISA
7 3 (2.29%) GIAC
7 3 (2.29%) CEH
8 2 (1.53%) CISMP
8 2 (1.53%) ISEB Practitioner
8 2 (1.53%) CISM
8 2 (1.53%) GPEN
8 2 (1.53%) OSCP
9 1 (0.76%) BC Cleared
9 1 (0.76%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (13.74%) QA
2 14 (10.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 11 (8.40%) PCI DSS
4 4 (3.05%) ISO/IEC 17799
5 1 (0.76%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.76%) JSP 440
System Software
1 4 (3.05%) Nmap
2 3 (2.29%) UAG
3 2 (1.53%) Terminal Server
4 1 (0.76%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.76%) Active Directory
4 1 (0.76%) MetaFrame
Systems Management
1 5 (3.82%) Nessus
2 4 (3.05%) HP Quality Center
3 3 (2.29%) WebInspect
4 2 (1.53%) CORE IMPACT
4 2 (1.53%) Puppet
Vendors
1 17 (12.98%) Oracle
2 11 (8.40%) Microsoft
3 10 (7.63%) SAP
4 8 (6.11%) JBoss
4 8 (6.11%) hybris
5 6 (4.58%) VMware
6 4 (3.05%) Red Hat
6 4 (3.05%) HP
7 3 (2.29%) Adobe
7 3 (2.29%) Cisco
7 3 (2.29%) CheckPoint
7 3 (2.29%) Symantec
7 3 (2.29%) Qualys
7 3 (2.29%) Facebook
8 2 (1.53%) F5
8 2 (1.53%) Atlassian
8 2 (1.53%) CA
8 2 (1.53%) TIBCO
9 1 (0.76%) Salesforce.com
9 1 (0.76%) IronPort
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