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 March 2015 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 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Security Testing
Rank 467 522 486
Rank change year-on-year
+55 -36
Contract jobs citing Security Testing 111 53 57
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.21% 0.10% 0.12%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.27% 0.13% 0.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 73 42 40
Average daily rate
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£395 £363 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.96% -9.37%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £238 £319
10% offered a daily rate of more than £471 £500 £505
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £325 £463
% change year-on-year
+11.53% -29.72%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 1
Average hourly rate - £14.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -62.66%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £9.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year
- -74.66%

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
41243 39297 33632
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 76.22% 74.96% 73.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 25676 24119 20154
Average daily rate £420 £400 £401
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% -0.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £560 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £396 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+5.60% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1168 1115 1095
Average hourly rate £29.00 £27.00 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.40% -15.62%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.26 £12.21 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £50.00 £51.18
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.44 £27.50 £32.00
% change year-on-year
+14.32% -14.06%

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 March 2015.

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 March 2015. 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 +31 100 £400 +10.34% 29
London +18 40 £424 +1.49% 17
South East +13 33 £390 +20.00% 5
Hampshire - 19 £403 - 1
Yorkshire -2 9 £390 +30.00% 4
Scotland - 7 £353 - 1
North West -20 6 £325 -27.77% 2
Surrey -2 5 £350 -
West Yorkshire -8 5 £400 +33.33% 3
Southampton - 5 £450 -
Leeds - 5 £400 - 3
East of England +13 4 £200 -20.00% 1
Manchester -12 4 £330 - 2
South West -16 4 £401 +24.41%
North Yorkshire - 4 £210 - 1
City of London +7 3 £350 +3.70% 3
Wiltshire +2 3 £401 +7.00%
West Midlands -4 3 £298 -
Birmingham -7 3 £298 -
Brentwood - 3 £200 -
Edinburgh - 3 £375 -
Glasgow - 3 £330 -
Milton Keynes - 3 £400 - 4
Swindon - 3 £401 -
York - 3 £205 - 1
Buckinghamshire - 3 £400 - 4
Essex - 3 £200 -
Berkshire - 2 £383 -
Leatherhead - 2 £350 -
Bristol -4 1 - -

Security Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 March 2015, 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 85 (34.69%) Agile Software Development
2 58 (23.67%) ISTQB
3 56 (22.86%) Test Scripting
4 55 (22.45%) JavaScript
4 55 (22.45%) Microsoft
5 54 (22.04%) .NET
5 54 (22.04%) UNIX
6 51 (20.82%) Linux
7 48 (19.59%) HP
8 47 (19.18%) Selenium
8 47 (19.18%) Security Cleared
9 46 (18.78%) HTML
9 46 (18.78%) Java
10 45 (18.37%) SQL
11 44 (17.96%) SC Cleared
12 41 (16.73%) Software Testing
13 38 (15.51%) ISEB
14 37 (15.10%) Risk Management
14 37 (15.10%) BDD
15 36 (14.69%) Cisco
15 36 (14.69%) JSP
16 35 (14.29%) Cisco Certification
16 35 (14.29%) Microsoft Certification
16 35 (14.29%) MCITP
17 34 (13.88%) ASP.NET
17 34 (13.88%) MS Excel
17 34 (13.88%) Test Automation
17 34 (13.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
17 34 (13.88%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
18 33 (13.47%) QA

Security Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 March 2015, 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 (2.45%) IIS
1 6 (2.45%) Apache
2 5 (2.04%) Tomcat
2 5 (2.04%) Node.js
3 4 (1.63%) nginx
4 3 (1.22%) WebLogic
5 2 (0.82%) MS Exchange
5 2 (0.82%) WebLogic Integration
6 1 (0.41%) Oracle Workflow
6 1 (0.41%) Apache Solr
6 1 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (0.41%) MQSeries
6 1 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 34 (13.88%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 8 (3.27%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 4 (1.63%) Amazon EC2
1 4 (1.63%) Amazon S3
1 4 (1.63%) Amazon AWS
1 4 (1.63%) Route 53
1 4 (1.63%) Virtual Private Cloud
2 3 (1.22%) SaaS
3 2 (0.82%) Amazon CloudWatch
3 2 (0.82%) AWS CloudFormation
4 1 (0.41%) HP Helion
Communications & Networking
1 7 (2.86%) Internet
1 7 (2.86%) Firewall
1 7 (2.86%) TCP/IP
2 6 (2.45%) Wireless
2 6 (2.45%) Network Security
2 6 (2.45%) HTTPS
3 5 (2.04%) HTTP
3 5 (2.04%) Intrusion Detection
4 4 (1.63%) SSL
5 3 (1.22%) FTP
5 3 (1.22%) Wireless Security
5 3 (1.22%) DNS
6 1 (0.41%) VPN
6 1 (0.41%) iSCSI
6 1 (0.41%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
6 1 (0.41%) Cisco ICM
6 1 (0.41%) Wireshark
6 1 (0.41%) WAN
6 1 (0.41%) DHCP
6 1 (0.41%) IPv4
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (3.67%) Big Data
2 8 (3.27%) Oracle Reports
3 6 (2.45%) SQL Server
3 6 (2.45%) Oracle Database
4 4 (1.63%) Redis
4 4 (1.63%) Amazon RDS
4 4 (1.63%) MySQL
4 4 (1.63%) MongoDB
5 3 (1.22%) Hadoop
6 2 (0.82%) SimpleDB
6 2 (0.82%) NoSQL
6 2 (0.82%) Couchbase
6 2 (0.82%) Oracle9i Database
6 2 (0.82%) MS Access
6 2 (0.82%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (0.82%) RDBMS
6 2 (0.82%) Oracle Database 10g
6 2 (0.82%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.41%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 47 (19.18%) Selenium
2 24 (9.80%) WebDriver
3 23 (9.39%) Cucumber
4 19 (7.76%) SoapUI
5 18 (7.35%) JIRA
6 16 (6.53%) Team Foundation Server
7 15 (6.12%) SpecFlow
8 11 (4.49%) QuickTest Pro
8 11 (4.49%) LoadRunner
9 10 (4.08%) JMeter
9 10 (4.08%) Git (software)
10 7 (2.86%) JBehave
10 7 (2.86%) Jenkins
10 7 (2.86%) Calabash
11 6 (2.45%) Capybara
11 6 (2.45%) Fiddler
12 5 (2.04%) TeamCity
12 5 (2.04%) Visual Studio
13 4 (1.63%) Bugzilla
13 4 (1.63%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 33 (13.47%) Finance
2 13 (5.31%) Banking
2 13 (5.31%) Telecoms
3 7 (2.86%) Retail
4 1 (0.41%) Billing
4 1 (0.41%) Investment Banking
4 1 (0.41%) Corporate Banking
4 1 (0.41%) Automotive
4 1 (0.41%) Legal
4 1 (0.41%) Advertising
4 1 (0.41%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 45 (18.37%) Analyst
2 38 (15.51%) Tester
3 33 (13.47%) Test Analyst
4 25 (10.20%) Test Manager
5 22 (8.98%) Test Leader
6 20 (8.16%) Test Specialist
7 17 (6.94%) Consultant
8 15 (6.12%) Developer
8 15 (6.12%) Security Consultant
9 11 (4.49%) Security Analyst
9 11 (4.49%) Security Manager
10 9 (3.67%) Test Engineer
10 9 (3.67%) Architect
10 9 (3.67%) Automation Tester
11 8 (3.27%) Security Specialist
12 7 (2.86%) QA Engineer
12 7 (2.86%) Software Developer
12 7 (2.86%) Penetration Tester
13 6 (2.45%) Automation Test Analyst
13 6 (2.45%) Automation Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 54 (22.04%) .NET
2 46 (18.78%) HTML
3 36 (14.69%) JSP
4 34 (13.88%) ASP.NET
5 25 (10.20%) SOAP
6 23 (9.39%) XML
7 21 (8.57%) Web Services
8 15 (6.12%) JSON
9 12 (4.90%) REST
10 10 (4.08%) RESTful
11 9 (3.67%) .NET Framework
12 5 (2.04%) CSS
13 3 (1.22%) WCF
13 3 (1.22%) Gherkin
14 2 (0.82%) Application Packaging
14 2 (0.82%) Ruby on Rails
14 2 (0.82%) ODBC
14 2 (0.82%) POSIX
14 2 (0.82%) XML Messaging
15 1 (0.41%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 22 (8.98%) Management Information System
2 16 (6.53%) PKI
3 15 (6.12%) Cryptography
4 13 (5.31%) Data Protection Act
4 13 (5.31%) Computer Science
5 10 (4.08%) Analytical Skills
6 9 (3.67%) Mobile App
7 8 (3.27%) Smart Meter
8 7 (2.86%) Open Source
9 6 (2.45%) Client/Server
10 5 (2.04%) Video on Demand
11 4 (1.63%) W3C
11 4 (1.63%) CESG
12 3 (1.22%) Statistics
12 3 (1.22%) N-Tier
12 3 (1.22%) EPoS
12 3 (1.22%) Reference Data
13 2 (0.82%) User Experience
13 2 (0.82%) Data Structures
13 2 (0.82%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 54 (22.04%) UNIX
2 51 (20.82%) Linux
3 23 (9.39%) Windows
4 7 (2.86%) Apple iOS
5 6 (2.45%) Android
5 6 (2.45%) Windows Server 2008
6 5 (2.04%) Windows Server 2003
7 4 (1.63%) Windows Server 2012
8 3 (1.22%) Solaris
9 2 (0.82%) Windows XP
9 2 (0.82%) SUSE
9 2 (0.82%) HPUX
10 1 (0.41%) Windows 2000
10 1 (0.41%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 85 (34.69%) Agile Software Development
2 56 (22.86%) Test Scripting
3 41 (16.73%) Software Testing
4 37 (15.10%) Risk Management
4 37 (15.10%) BDD
5 34 (13.88%) Test Automation
6 32 (13.06%) Information Assurance
7 31 (12.65%) Test Management
7 31 (12.65%) Information Security
8 30 (12.24%) Penetration Testing
8 30 (12.24%) Knowledge Management
9 27 (11.02%) Automated Testing
9 27 (11.02%) Manual Testing
9 27 (11.02%) Test Strategy
10 24 (9.80%) Continuous Integration
10 24 (9.80%) Project Management
11 23 (9.39%) Scrum
12 21 (8.57%) Performance Testing
12 21 (8.57%) Vulnerability Management
13 19 (7.76%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 55 (22.45%) JavaScript
2 46 (18.78%) Java
3 45 (18.37%) SQL
4 27 (11.02%) PowerShell
5 23 (9.39%) C#
6 22 (8.98%) Python
7 19 (7.76%) C++
8 16 (6.53%) Perl
9 15 (6.12%) Ruby
10 13 (5.31%) PHP
11 12 (4.90%) Groovy
12 11 (4.49%) C
13 4 (1.63%) PL/SQL
13 4 (1.63%) Bash Shell
14 2 (0.82%) FoxPro (VFP)
14 2 (0.82%) Shell Script
14 2 (0.82%) VB
14 2 (0.82%) VBA
15 1 (0.41%) T-SQL
15 1 (0.41%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 58 (23.67%) ISTQB
2 47 (19.18%) Security Cleared
3 44 (17.96%) SC Cleared
4 38 (15.51%) ISEB
5 35 (14.29%) Cisco Certification
5 35 (14.29%) Microsoft Certification
5 35 (14.29%) MCITP
6 34 (13.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 34 (13.88%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 20 (8.16%) Degree
8 19 (7.76%) CISSP
9 11 (4.49%) DV Cleared
10 9 (3.67%) CISA
10 9 (3.67%) CISM
11 5 (2.04%) ISEB Practitioner
11 5 (2.04%) CRISC
12 4 (1.63%) GIAC
13 3 (1.22%) CEH
13 3 (1.22%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 2 (0.82%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (13.47%) QA
2 26 (10.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 17 (6.94%) PCI DSS
4 4 (1.63%) SLA
5 3 (1.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.82%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 2 (0.82%) COBIT
6 2 (0.82%) FATCA
6 2 (0.82%) JSP 440
7 1 (0.41%) ISO/IEC 17799
7 1 (0.41%) HMG Infosec
7 1 (0.41%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 5 (2.04%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.41%) Microsoft Virtual Server
2 1 (0.41%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.41%) XenApp
2 1 (0.41%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 18 (7.35%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (2.04%) Puppet
3 4 (1.63%) Opscode Chef
3 4 (1.63%) HAProxy
4 2 (0.82%) Salt
4 2 (0.82%) Oracle RMAN
4 2 (0.82%) Nessus
4 2 (0.82%) Nmap
5 1 (0.41%) SCCM
5 1 (0.41%) CORE IMPACT
5 1 (0.41%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 1 (0.41%) Backup Exec
5 1 (0.41%) XenMobile
5 1 (0.41%) Ansible
Vendors
1 55 (22.45%) Microsoft
2 48 (19.59%) HP
3 36 (14.69%) Cisco
4 25 (10.20%) Oracle
5 4 (1.63%) VMware
6 3 (1.22%) Murex
7 2 (0.82%) ATG
7 2 (0.82%) Percona
7 2 (0.82%) Citrix
7 2 (0.82%) NetApp
7 2 (0.82%) TIBCO
7 2 (0.82%) SAP
8 1 (0.41%) IBM
8 1 (0.41%) Dell
8 1 (0.41%) Sun
8 1 (0.41%) Tripwire
8 1 (0.41%) Actimize
8 1 (0.41%) Fortinet
8 1 (0.41%) Atlassian
8 1 (0.41%) Qualys
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