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 29 August 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
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Security Testing
Rank 469 500 520
Rank change year-on-year
+31 +20
Contract jobs citing Security Testing 137 79 71
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.24% 0.15% 0.12%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.33% 0.20% 0.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 84 55 49
Average daily rate
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£375 £350 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £225 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £480
UK excluding London average daily rate £339 £300 £375
% change year-on-year
+12.91% -20.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 0
Average hourly rate £55.00 £35.75 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+53.84% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £55.00 £32.50 -
% change year-on-year
+69.23% -

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
41951 38607 41075
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.17% 73.26% 70.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 26010 23715 23830
Average daily rate £410 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.50% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £273 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £360
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1162 1053 1463
Average hourly rate £23.50 £28.00 £31.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.07% -11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £48.84 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.50 £30.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-15.00% -3.22%

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 29 August 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 29 August 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 +27 121 £375 +3.44% 10
London +48 55 £400 - 3
South East +5 33 £365 -8.75% 2
Hampshire +1 20 £365 -2.66% 1
North West -4 15 £323 -13.42% 2
Scotland -5 13 £350 +7.69% 1
Manchester -6 12 £323 +4.03% 1
Glasgow - 10 £350 - 1
Gosport - 10 £450 -
City of London +11 9 £400 -15.78% 1
South West - 6 £319 - 1
Berkshire +8 5 £318 -36.50%
Surrey 0 5 £298 -40.50% 1
West Yorkshire -12 5 £350 +16.66% 1
Yorkshire -13 5 £350 +16.66% 2
West Midlands -12 3 £330 -17.50%
East of England -26 3 £375 -11.76%
Cheshire -1 2 £340 -21.83%
Suffolk -10 2 £375 -
Leeds -19 2 £275 -8.33% 1
Ipswich - 2 £375 -
Edinburgh - 2 £270 -
Chesterfield +8 1 - -
Aberdeen +7 1 - -
Reading +6 1 £380 -24.00%
Derbyshire +1 1 - -
East Midlands 0 1 - -
Merseyside - 1 £260 -
Devon - 1 - -
Essex - 1 £375 -

Security Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 August 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 60 (23.62%) ISTQB
2 57 (22.44%) Agile Software Development
3 56 (22.05%) Selenium
4 55 (21.65%) Finance
4 55 (21.65%) ISEB
5 53 (20.87%) Linux
6 50 (19.69%) Security Cleared
7 48 (18.90%) UNIX
8 47 (18.50%) Test Scripting
9 46 (18.11%) SQL
9 46 (18.11%) Oracle
10 44 (17.32%) HP
10 44 (17.32%) Microsoft
10 44 (17.32%) Performance Testing
10 44 (17.32%) SC Cleared
10 44 (17.32%) QA
11 41 (16.14%) Java
12 40 (15.75%) .NET
13 38 (14.96%) Penetration Testing
14 37 (14.57%) Windows
15 35 (13.78%) Automated Testing
15 35 (13.78%) Software Testing
15 35 (13.78%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
16 33 (12.99%) Test Automation
16 33 (12.99%) Web Services
17 31 (12.20%) Cisco
18 30 (11.81%) Degree
19 29 (11.42%) MCITP
19 29 (11.42%) User Acceptance Testing
19 29 (11.42%) JavaScript

Security Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 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 (7.09%) WebLogic
2 16 (6.30%) Tomcat
3 10 (3.94%) Apache
4 9 (3.54%) WebLogic Integration
5 4 (1.57%) Oracle Workflow
6 3 (1.18%) CMS
6 3 (1.18%) SharePoint
7 2 (0.79%) 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%) MS Exchange
8 1 (0.39%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.39%) MQSeries
8 1 (0.39%) IIS
Applications
1 20 (7.87%) MS Excel
2 6 (2.36%) MS Project
3 4 (1.57%) MS Office
4 2 (0.79%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.79%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 9 (3.54%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 8 (3.15%) SAP PM
3 7 (2.76%) Oracle EBS
4 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 (0.39%) Amazon EC2
2 1 (0.39%) Amazon S3
2 1 (0.39%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (0.39%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 18 (7.09%) Firewall
2 15 (5.91%) Network Security
3 12 (4.72%) DNS
3 12 (4.72%) Internet
3 12 (4.72%) FTP
4 10 (3.94%) Intrusion Detection
5 9 (3.54%) TCP/IP
6 8 (3.15%) Wireshark
7 6 (2.36%) SSL
8 5 (1.97%) HTTPS
9 4 (1.57%) Wireless
9 4 (1.57%) ZigBee
9 4 (1.57%) HTTP
10 2 (0.79%) IPv6
10 2 (0.79%) LDAP
10 2 (0.79%) GPRS
10 2 (0.79%) 3GPP
10 2 (0.79%) UMTS
10 2 (0.79%) WAN
10 2 (0.79%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (7.87%) SQL Server
2 18 (7.09%) Oracle Database
3 14 (5.51%) Relational Database
3 14 (5.51%) Data Warehouse
4 11 (4.33%) Big Data
5 9 (3.54%) MS Access
6 5 (1.97%) Oracle Reports
7 3 (1.18%) Data Mining
7 3 (1.18%) NoSQL
7 3 (1.18%) PostgreSQL
8 2 (0.79%) Oracle OWB
8 2 (0.79%) MySQL
9 1 (0.39%) OLAP
9 1 (0.39%) RDBMS
9 1 (0.39%) DTS
9 1 (0.39%) Redis
9 1 (0.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 1 (0.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 1 (0.39%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 1 (0.39%) SimpleDB
Development Applications
1 56 (22.05%) Selenium
2 24 (9.45%) WebDriver
3 16 (6.30%) Maven
4 13 (5.12%) JIRA
4 13 (5.12%) QuickTest Pro
4 13 (5.12%) TestNG
5 12 (4.72%) Cucumber
5 12 (4.72%) JUnit
6 10 (3.94%) Eclipse
6 10 (3.94%) NUnit
7 9 (3.54%) SoapUI
8 7 (2.76%) Visual Studio
9 6 (2.36%) JMeter
9 6 (2.36%) Git (software)
9 6 (2.36%) Team Foundation Server
9 6 (2.36%) SpecFlow
10 5 (1.97%) Capybara
10 5 (1.97%) Jenkins
10 5 (1.97%) LoadRunner
11 4 (1.57%) TestComplete
General
1 55 (21.65%) Finance
2 17 (6.69%) Banking
2 17 (6.69%) Telecoms
3 13 (5.12%) Retail
4 4 (1.57%) Billing
4 4 (1.57%) Electronics
5 3 (1.18%) Manufacturing
5 3 (1.18%) Marketing
6 2 (0.79%) Dutch Language
6 2 (0.79%) French Language
6 2 (0.79%) Advertising
6 2 (0.79%) Financial Institution
6 2 (0.79%) Legal
7 1 (0.39%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.39%) Retail Banking
7 1 (0.39%) Corporate Banking
Job Titles
1 49 (19.29%) Analyst
2 41 (16.14%) Test Analyst
3 40 (15.75%) Tester
4 35 (13.78%) Test Leader
5 25 (9.84%) Test Manager
6 17 (6.69%) Architect
6 17 (6.69%) Developer
7 16 (6.30%) Consultant
7 16 (6.30%) Security Specialist
7 16 (6.30%) Security Architect
8 11 (4.33%) Security Manager
9 10 (3.94%) Security Analyst
10 9 (3.54%) Security Consultant
10 9 (3.54%) Test Engineer
11 8 (3.15%) Test Specialist
11 8 (3.15%) QA Tester
11 8 (3.15%) QA Analyst
11 8 (3.15%) UAT Tester
11 8 (3.15%) Senior Security Architect
11 8 (3.15%) Senior Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (15.75%) .NET
2 33 (12.99%) Web Services
3 27 (10.63%) HTML
4 24 (9.45%) ASP.NET
4 24 (9.45%) JSP
5 11 (4.33%) XML
6 8 (3.15%) Middleware
6 8 (3.15%) REST
7 6 (2.36%) JSON
7 6 (2.36%) SOAP
8 4 (1.57%) SAML
8 4 (1.57%) AngularJS
8 4 (1.57%) 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 26 (10.24%) Open Source
2 20 (7.87%) Mobile App
3 14 (5.51%) GIS
3 14 (5.51%) Management Information System
4 9 (3.54%) N-Tier
4 9 (3.54%) Computer Science
5 8 (3.15%) Enterprise Software
6 7 (2.76%) CESG
7 6 (2.36%) RMADS
8 5 (1.97%) Smart Meter
8 5 (1.97%) PKI
9 4 (1.57%) Data Protection Act
10 3 (1.18%) CESG CLAS
10 3 (1.18%) Cryptography
10 3 (1.18%) DTV
10 3 (1.18%) Digital Media
11 2 (0.79%) Client/Server
11 2 (0.79%) FMCG
11 2 (0.79%) IPTV
11 2 (0.79%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 53 (20.87%) Linux
2 48 (18.90%) UNIX
3 37 (14.57%) Windows
4 20 (7.87%) Apple iOS
5 10 (3.94%) Windows Server 2003
6 9 (3.54%) SUSE
6 9 (3.54%) HPUX
7 7 (2.76%) Windows Server 2008
8 6 (2.36%) Windows 2000
8 6 (2.36%) Windows XP
9 4 (1.57%) Android
9 4 (1.57%) Windows 7
10 3 (1.18%) Windows NT
10 3 (1.18%) AIX
11 2 (0.79%) Solaris
11 2 (0.79%) zOS
11 2 (0.79%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.39%) Windows Vista
12 1 (0.39%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 57 (22.44%) Agile Software Development
2 47 (18.50%) Test Scripting
3 44 (17.32%) Performance Testing
4 38 (14.96%) Penetration Testing
5 35 (13.78%) Automated Testing
5 35 (13.78%) Software Testing
6 33 (12.99%) Test Automation
7 29 (11.42%) User Acceptance Testing
8 26 (10.24%) Load Testing
9 25 (9.84%) Information Security
9 25 (9.84%) Test Strategy
10 23 (9.06%) Scrum
11 22 (8.66%) Information Assurance
12 20 (7.87%) BDD
13 19 (7.48%) Security Architecture
13 19 (7.48%) Release Management
14 18 (7.09%) OO
15 16 (6.30%) OOP
15 16 (6.30%) Vulnerability Assessment
16 14 (5.51%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 46 (18.11%) SQL
2 41 (16.14%) Java
3 29 (11.42%) JavaScript
4 24 (9.45%) C#
5 20 (7.87%) PowerShell
6 18 (7.09%) VB
7 11 (4.33%) Python
7 11 (4.33%) Ruby
8 9 (3.54%) Groovy
8 9 (3.54%) FoxPro (VFP)
9 7 (2.76%) VB.NET
9 7 (2.76%) PHP
10 3 (1.18%) Shell Script
10 3 (1.18%) Bash Shell
11 2 (0.79%) VBA
11 2 (0.79%) C++
12 1 (0.39%) COBOL
12 1 (0.39%) VBScript
12 1 (0.39%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.39%) XQuery
Qualifications
1 60 (23.62%) ISTQB
2 55 (21.65%) ISEB
3 50 (19.69%) Security Cleared
4 44 (17.32%) SC Cleared
5 35 (13.78%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 30 (11.81%) Degree
7 29 (11.42%) MCITP
8 27 (10.63%) CISSP
9 26 (10.24%) Cisco Certification
10 23 (9.06%) Microsoft Certification
10 23 (9.06%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 21 (8.27%) DV Cleared
12 14 (5.51%) CISM
12 14 (5.51%) ISEB Practitioner
13 13 (5.12%) CEH
14 11 (4.33%) CISA
15 2 (0.79%) MCSE
15 2 (0.79%) CCNA
15 2 (0.79%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 2 (0.79%) Check Point Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 44 (17.32%) QA
2 15 (5.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 8 (3.15%) PCI DSS
4 5 (1.97%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 3 (1.18%) JSP 440
5 3 (1.18%) ISO/IEC 17799
6 2 (0.79%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.39%) WCAG
System Software
1 7 (2.76%) Active Directory
1 7 (2.76%) Nmap
2 3 (1.18%) Terminal Server
3 1 (0.39%) ProxySG
3 1 (0.39%) Snort
3 1 (0.39%) MetaFrame
3 1 (0.39%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 28 (11.02%) HP Quality Center
2 9 (3.54%) Nessus
3 6 (2.36%) CORE IMPACT
4 5 (1.97%) Puppet
5 3 (1.18%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (0.79%) WebInspect
6 2 (0.79%) Nagios
6 2 (0.79%) Capistrano
7 1 (0.39%) McAfee ePO
7 1 (0.39%) HAProxy
7 1 (0.39%) nmon
7 1 (0.39%) Salt
Vendors
1 46 (18.11%) Oracle
2 44 (17.32%) Microsoft
2 44 (17.32%) HP
3 31 (12.20%) Cisco
4 17 (6.69%) SAP
5 9 (3.54%) McAfee
5 9 (3.54%) TIBCO
6 8 (3.15%) hybris
6 8 (3.15%) JBoss
6 8 (3.15%) IBM
6 8 (3.15%) CheckPoint
7 6 (2.36%) Sophos
8 4 (1.57%) Sourcefire
8 4 (1.57%) IronPort
8 4 (1.57%) F5
9 3 (1.18%) Citrix
10 2 (0.79%) Cognizant
10 2 (0.79%) Adobe
10 2 (0.79%) Sun
10 2 (0.79%) Atlassian
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