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 22 July 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
22 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Security Testing
Rank 438 474 520
Rank change year-on-year
+36 +46
Contract jobs citing Security Testing 134 92 71
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.25% 0.18% 0.12%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.34% 0.25% 0.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 86 63 53
Average daily rate
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£350 £363 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.44% -14.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £268 £231 £305
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £510
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £325 £425
% change year-on-year
+1.53% -23.52%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 0
Average hourly rate £55.00 £32.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+69.23% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £55.00 £32.50 -
% change year-on-year
+69.23% -
Processes & Methodologies Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
39338 37094 40713
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.11% 72.94% 70.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 24409 22472 23326
Average daily rate £400 £405 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.23% +1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £270 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £560 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1122 1062 1420
Average hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.66% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £45.55 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £31.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-14.51% -

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 22 July 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 22 July 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 +24 119 £365 +0.68% 24
London +43 53 £400 - 13
South East +10 32 £365 -2.66% 4
Hampshire -1 18 £450 +20.00% 2
North West -4 18 £323 -20.37%
Scotland - 13 £350 - 1
Glasgow - 11 £350 - 1
City of London +15 10 £375 -21.05% 6
Manchester -3 10 £323 +4.03%
Gosport - 10 £450 -
Berkshire +2 8 £210 -52.00%
South West - 8 £294 - 1
Merseyside - 5 £355 -
Liverpool - 5 £355 -
East of England -22 3 £338 -20.58% 1
Essex - 3 £338 -
Surrey - 3 £298 - 2
West Midlands -10 2 £330 -17.50% 1
West Yorkshire -18 2 £500 +86.04% 3
Yorkshire -23 2 £500 +86.04% 3
Cheshire - 2 £340 -
Chesterfield +3 1 - -
Derbyshire -1 1 - -
East Midlands -4 1 - - 1
Devon - 1 - -
Buckinghamshire - 1 - -
Paignton - 1 - -
Edinburgh - 1 £270 -
Aberdeen - 1 - -
County Antrim - - - - 1

Security Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 July 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 51 (23.29%) Agile Software Development
2 50 (22.83%) ISTQB
3 49 (22.37%) ISEB
4 47 (21.46%) Finance
4 47 (21.46%) Selenium
5 43 (19.63%) Security Cleared
6 42 (19.18%) Linux
7 41 (18.72%) SQL
8 40 (18.26%) UNIX
8 40 (18.26%) QA
8 40 (18.26%) Performance Testing
9 39 (17.81%) SC Cleared
10 38 (17.35%) Penetration Testing
11 37 (16.89%) Test Scripting
11 37 (16.89%) Java
12 36 (16.44%) Oracle
13 35 (15.98%) Windows
13 35 (15.98%) Microsoft
13 35 (15.98%) HP
14 34 (15.53%) Automated Testing
15 33 (15.07%) Web Services
15 33 (15.07%) .NET
16 29 (13.24%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
17 28 (12.79%) Degree
18 27 (12.33%) Software Testing
19 26 (11.87%) User Acceptance Testing
19 26 (11.87%) Test Automation
19 26 (11.87%) CISSP
20 24 (10.96%) Firewall
20 24 (10.96%) MCITP

Security Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 July 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 18 (8.22%) WebLogic
2 15 (6.85%) Tomcat
3 9 (4.11%) Apache
3 9 (4.11%) WebLogic Integration
4 2 (0.91%) CMS
4 2 (0.91%) SharePoint
4 2 (0.91%) WebSphere
4 2 (0.91%) Adobe CQ
5 1 (0.46%) MQSeries
5 1 (0.46%) MS Exchange
5 1 (0.46%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.46%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 16 (7.31%) MS Excel
2 5 (2.28%) MS Project
3 4 (1.83%) MS Office
4 2 (0.91%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.91%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 9 (4.11%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 8 (3.65%) SAP PM
3 3 (1.37%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (0.91%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.91%) Amazon SQS
1 2 (0.91%) SaaS
1 2 (0.91%) PaaS
1 2 (0.91%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 24 (10.96%) Firewall
2 12 (5.48%) Internet
2 12 (5.48%) FTP
3 11 (5.02%) Network Security
3 11 (5.02%) DNS
4 9 (4.11%) Intrusion Detection
5 6 (2.74%) Wireless
5 6 (2.74%) VPN
6 5 (2.28%) Wireshark
6 5 (2.28%) TCP/IP
7 4 (1.83%) ZigBee
8 3 (1.37%) HTTP
9 2 (0.91%) SMTP
9 2 (0.91%) LDAP
9 2 (0.91%) HTTPS
9 2 (0.91%) SSL
9 2 (0.91%) IPv6
9 2 (0.91%) 3G
9 2 (0.91%) 802.15
9 2 (0.91%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (8.68%) SQL Server
2 17 (7.76%) Oracle Database
3 13 (5.94%) Relational Database
4 11 (5.02%) Data Warehouse
5 9 (4.11%) Big Data
5 9 (4.11%) MS Access
6 3 (1.37%) Data Mining
7 2 (0.91%) Oracle Reports
7 2 (0.91%) NoSQL
8 1 (0.46%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 1 (0.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 1 (0.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.46%) MySQL
8 1 (0.46%) OLAP
8 1 (0.46%) DTS
8 1 (0.46%) Oracle OWB
8 1 (0.46%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 47 (21.46%) Selenium
2 20 (9.13%) WebDriver
3 14 (6.39%) Maven
4 13 (5.94%) TestNG
4 13 (5.94%) QuickTest Pro
5 11 (5.02%) JIRA
6 10 (4.57%) Eclipse
6 10 (4.57%) JUnit
7 9 (4.11%) SoapUI
7 9 (4.11%) NUnit
8 6 (2.74%) Visual Studio
8 6 (2.74%) Team Foundation Server
8 6 (2.74%) Cucumber
9 5 (2.28%) SpecFlow
10 4 (1.83%) LoadRunner
10 4 (1.83%) Git (software)
10 4 (1.83%) TestComplete
11 3 (1.37%) Jenkins
11 3 (1.37%) Capybara
11 3 (1.37%) Metasploit
General
1 47 (21.46%) Finance
2 18 (8.22%) Telecoms
3 17 (7.76%) Banking
4 14 (6.39%) Retail
5 4 (1.83%) Electronics
5 4 (1.83%) Marketing
6 3 (1.37%) Manufacturing
7 2 (0.91%) Financial Institution
7 2 (0.91%) Advertising
7 2 (0.91%) Legal
7 2 (0.91%) French Language
8 1 (0.46%) Dutch Language
8 1 (0.46%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.46%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.46%) Billing
Job Titles
1 37 (16.89%) Analyst
2 36 (16.44%) Tester
3 31 (14.16%) Test Leader
4 29 (13.24%) Test Analyst
5 22 (10.05%) Test Manager
6 15 (6.85%) Consultant
7 14 (6.39%) Developer
7 14 (6.39%) Architect
8 13 (5.94%) Security Architect
8 13 (5.94%) Security Specialist
9 12 (5.48%) Security Manager
10 9 (4.11%) Security Analyst
11 8 (3.65%) QA Tester
11 8 (3.65%) Security Consultant
11 8 (3.65%) Security Tester
12 7 (3.20%) Senior Architect
12 7 (3.20%) UAT Tester
12 7 (3.20%) Senior Security Architect
12 7 (3.20%) Test Specialist
12 7 (3.20%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (15.07%) Web Services
1 33 (15.07%) .NET
2 18 (8.22%) HTML
3 17 (7.76%) JSP
4 16 (7.31%) ASP.NET
5 7 (3.20%) REST
5 7 (3.20%) XML
5 7 (3.20%) Middleware
6 6 (2.74%) SOAP
7 5 (2.28%) JSON
8 3 (1.37%) AngularJS
8 3 (1.37%) jQuery
8 3 (1.37%) SAML
9 2 (0.91%) JMX
9 2 (0.91%) JMS
9 2 (0.91%) J2EE
9 2 (0.91%) Spring
9 2 (0.91%) Ajax
9 2 (0.91%) Spring Security
9 2 (0.91%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 21 (9.59%) Open Source
2 17 (7.76%) Mobile App
3 11 (5.02%) GIS
3 11 (5.02%) Management Information System
4 9 (4.11%) N-Tier
5 8 (3.65%) Computer Science
5 8 (3.65%) Enterprise Software
6 7 (3.20%) CESG
7 6 (2.74%) PKI
7 6 (2.74%) RMADS
8 4 (1.83%) Statistics
8 4 (1.83%) Cryptography
8 4 (1.83%) Digital Media
9 3 (1.37%) Smart Meter
9 3 (1.37%) FMCG
9 3 (1.37%) IPTV
9 3 (1.37%) NHS
9 3 (1.37%) DTV
9 3 (1.37%) CESG CLAS
10 2 (0.91%) Firmware
Operating Systems
1 42 (19.18%) Linux
2 40 (18.26%) UNIX
3 35 (15.98%) Windows
4 18 (8.22%) Apple iOS
5 9 (4.11%) HPUX
5 9 (4.11%) SUSE
6 7 (3.20%) Windows Server 2003
7 4 (1.83%) Windows Server 2008
7 4 (1.83%) Windows 7
8 3 (1.37%) Android
8 3 (1.37%) AIX
8 3 (1.37%) Windows 2000
8 3 (1.37%) Windows NT
8 3 (1.37%) Windows XP
9 2 (0.91%) zOS
9 2 (0.91%) Solaris
9 2 (0.91%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.46%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 51 (23.29%) Agile Software Development
2 40 (18.26%) Performance Testing
3 38 (17.35%) Penetration Testing
4 37 (16.89%) Test Scripting
5 34 (15.53%) Automated Testing
6 27 (12.33%) Software Testing
7 26 (11.87%) User Acceptance Testing
7 26 (11.87%) Test Automation
8 24 (10.96%) Vulnerability Assessment
9 23 (10.50%) Load Testing
9 23 (10.50%) Scrum
10 22 (10.05%) Information Security
11 17 (7.76%) Release Management
11 17 (7.76%) Information Assurance
11 17 (7.76%) Risk Management
11 17 (7.76%) OO
12 16 (7.31%) BDD
12 16 (7.31%) Security Architecture
13 15 (6.85%) Test Strategy
13 15 (6.85%) OOP
Programming Languages
1 41 (18.72%) SQL
2 37 (16.89%) Java
3 23 (10.50%) C#
4 19 (8.68%) JavaScript
5 18 (8.22%) VB
6 15 (6.85%) PowerShell
7 9 (4.11%) Groovy
7 9 (4.11%) Python
7 9 (4.11%) FoxPro (VFP)
8 7 (3.20%) Ruby
8 7 (3.20%) PHP
8 7 (3.20%) VB.NET
9 3 (1.37%) C
9 3 (1.37%) Shell Script
10 2 (0.91%) Objective-C
10 2 (0.91%) C++
11 1 (0.46%) Bash Shell
11 1 (0.46%) VBA
11 1 (0.46%) VBScript
11 1 (0.46%) XQuery
Qualifications
1 50 (22.83%) ISTQB
2 49 (22.37%) ISEB
3 43 (19.63%) Security Cleared
4 39 (17.81%) SC Cleared
5 29 (13.24%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 28 (12.79%) Degree
7 26 (11.87%) CISSP
8 24 (10.96%) MCITP
9 21 (9.59%) Cisco Certification
10 19 (8.68%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 18 (8.22%) Microsoft Certification
12 17 (7.76%) DV Cleared
13 14 (6.39%) CEH
14 11 (5.02%) ISEB Practitioner
14 11 (5.02%) CISM
15 9 (4.11%) CISA
16 4 (1.83%) GIAC
17 3 (1.37%) GPEN
17 3 (1.37%) OSCP
17 3 (1.37%) CISMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 40 (18.26%) QA
2 15 (6.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (2.28%) PCI DSS
3 5 (2.28%) ISO/IEC 17799
4 4 (1.83%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 3 (1.37%) JSP 440
6 1 (0.46%) WCAG
System Software
1 7 (3.20%) Active Directory
2 5 (2.28%) Nmap
3 3 (1.37%) UAG
3 3 (1.37%) Terminal Server
4 1 (0.46%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.46%) Snort
4 1 (0.46%) MetaFrame
4 1 (0.46%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 23 (10.50%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (2.74%) Nessus
2 6 (2.74%) CORE IMPACT
3 4 (1.83%) Puppet
4 2 (0.91%) Nagios
4 2 (0.91%) WebInspect
4 2 (0.91%) Capistrano
4 2 (0.91%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.46%) nmon
5 1 (0.46%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 36 (16.44%) Oracle
2 35 (15.98%) Microsoft
2 35 (15.98%) HP
3 23 (10.50%) Cisco
4 17 (7.76%) SAP
5 9 (4.11%) TIBCO
6 8 (3.65%) CheckPoint
6 8 (3.65%) JBoss
6 8 (3.65%) hybris
7 7 (3.20%) IBM
8 5 (2.28%) McAfee
9 4 (1.83%) VMware
9 4 (1.83%) Sophos
9 4 (1.83%) Sourcefire
9 4 (1.83%) IronPort
9 4 (1.83%) F5
10 3 (1.37%) Citrix
10 3 (1.37%) Red Hat
10 3 (1.37%) Symantec
11 2 (0.91%) Adobe
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