The table below looks at the statistics for Penetration Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Penetration Testing over the 3 months to 21 February 2017 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
21 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Penetration Testing
England / West Midlands
Rank 118 120 104
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -16
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 5 5 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.21% 0.19% 0.36%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.26% 0.24% 0.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 3 5
Median daily rate £550 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+22.22% +2.85%
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £375
% change year-on-year
+5.88% +13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £60.87 £46.25 £47.50
% change year-on-year
+31.61% -2.63%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
1906 2121 1592
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 79.45% 81.86% 72.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 1214 1205 921
Median daily rate £425 £410 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.65% +9.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year
+2.50% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 68 47 102
Median hourly rate £26.00 £20.00 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+30.00% -23.07%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.30 £11.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £58.00 £39.00 £37.89
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.75 £40.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-10.62% +45.45%

Penetration Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

The demand trend of contract jobs across the West Midlands region citing Penetration Testing as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Penetration Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

Penetration Testing
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Penetration Testing across the West Midlands region.

Penetration Testing Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Penetration Testing
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Penetration Testing across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 21 February 2017.

Penetration Testing Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Penetration Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Penetration Testing across the West Midlands region.

Penetration Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Penetration Testing
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Testing within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 21 February 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Wolverhampton - 2 £575 -
Birmingham +1 1 £275 -38.88% 2
Solihull - 1 - -
Penetration Testing
England

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 21 February 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Penetration Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Penetration Testing.

1 7 (33.33%) Cisco
1 7 (33.33%) Firewall
2 6 (28.57%) Information Security
3 5 (23.81%) CISM
3 5 (23.81%) CISSP
3 5 (23.81%) Juniper
3 5 (23.81%) VPN
3 5 (23.81%) Continuous Improvement
3 5 (23.81%) Cybersecurity
4 4 (19.05%) GPG13
4 4 (19.05%) Linux
4 4 (19.05%) OSPF
4 4 (19.05%) BGP
4 4 (19.05%) Agile Software Development
4 4 (19.05%) Data Protection
4 4 (19.05%) PCI DSS
4 4 (19.05%) Security Cleared
4 4 (19.05%) Cisco ASA
5 3 (14.29%) Network Security
5 3 (14.29%) SC Cleared
5 3 (14.29%) Unit Testing
5 3 (14.29%) Integration Testing
5 3 (14.29%) Test Scripting
5 3 (14.29%) Junos
5 3 (14.29%) Network Design
5 3 (14.29%) Data Analysis
5 3 (14.29%) ISTQB
5 3 (14.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (14.29%) CISA
5 3 (14.29%) Management Information System

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 2 (9.52%) CMS
2 1 (4.76%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (4.76%) MS Excel
1 1 (4.76%) MS Office
1 1 (4.76%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (9.52%) Dynamics AX
1 2 (9.52%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 2 (9.52%) Office 365
2 1 (4.76%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (4.76%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 7 (33.33%) Firewall
2 5 (23.81%) VPN
3 4 (19.05%) BGP
3 4 (19.05%) Cisco ASA
3 4 (19.05%) OSPF
4 3 (14.29%) Junos
4 3 (14.29%) Network Security
5 2 (9.52%) TCP/IP
6 1 (4.76%) Cisco PIX
6 1 (4.76%) DHCP
6 1 (4.76%) DNS
6 1 (4.76%) DSL
6 1 (4.76%) Ethernet
6 1 (4.76%) FTP
6 1 (4.76%) Internet
6 1 (4.76%) IPsec
6 1 (4.76%) SMTP
6 1 (4.76%) SNMP
6 1 (4.76%) SSL
6 1 (4.76%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.76%) MySQL
1 1 (4.76%) Oracle Reports
1 1 (4.76%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (9.52%) Visual Studio
1 2 (9.52%) Visual Studio Team System
2 1 (4.76%) Jenkins
2 1 (4.76%) Selenium
General
1 2 (9.52%) Manufacturing
2 1 (4.76%) Automotive
2 1 (4.76%) Legal
2 1 (4.76%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 5 (23.81%) Network Engineer
1 5 (23.81%) Tester
2 4 (19.05%) Cisco Engineer
2 4 (19.05%) Cisco Network Engineer
2 4 (19.05%) Juniper Engineer
3 3 (14.29%) Analyst
3 3 (14.29%) Penetration Tester
4 2 (9.52%) Agile Tester
4 2 (9.52%) Architect
4 2 (9.52%) Information Manager
4 2 (9.52%) Information Security Manager
4 2 (9.52%) Network Architect
4 2 (9.52%) Security Architect
4 2 (9.52%) Security Engineer
4 2 (9.52%) Security Manager
4 2 (9.52%) Security Specialist
4 2 (9.52%) Senior Agile Tester
4 2 (9.52%) Senior Data Warehouse Specialist
4 2 (9.52%) Senior Security Specialist
4 2 (9.52%) Senior Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (9.52%) .NET
2 1 (4.76%) 802.1X
2 1 (4.76%) LAMP
2 1 (4.76%) Regular Expression
Miscellaneous
1 3 (14.29%) Data Centre
1 3 (14.29%) Management Information System
2 2 (9.52%) Data Protection Act
3 1 (4.76%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (4.76%) Cyberthreat
3 1 (4.76%) PKI
3 1 (4.76%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 4 (19.05%) Linux
2 2 (9.52%) Solaris
2 2 (9.52%) Windows
3 1 (4.76%) Unix
3 1 (4.76%) Windows 2000
3 1 (4.76%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (4.76%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (4.76%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (28.57%) Information Security
2 5 (23.81%) Continuous Improvement
2 5 (23.81%) Cybersecurity
3 4 (19.05%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (19.05%) Data Protection
4 3 (14.29%) Data Analysis
4 3 (14.29%) Information Assurance
4 3 (14.29%) Integration Testing
4 3 (14.29%) Network Design
4 3 (14.29%) Non-Functional Testing
4 3 (14.29%) Security Monitoring
4 3 (14.29%) SIEM
4 3 (14.29%) Test Scripting
4 3 (14.29%) Unit Testing
5 2 (9.52%) Contract Management
5 2 (9.52%) Exploratory Testing
5 2 (9.52%) Server Hardening
5 2 (9.52%) Test Strategy
5 2 (9.52%) Virtual Environments
5 2 (9.52%) Vulnerability Scanning
Programming Languages
1 3 (14.29%) SQL
2 1 (4.76%) Python
2 1 (4.76%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 5 (23.81%) CISM
1 5 (23.81%) CISSP
2 4 (19.05%) Security Cleared
3 3 (14.29%) CHECK Team Member
3 3 (14.29%) CISA
3 3 (14.29%) CREST Certified
3 3 (14.29%) ISEB
3 3 (14.29%) ISTQB
3 3 (14.29%) SC Cleared
4 2 (9.52%) CEH
4 2 (9.52%) CISMP
4 2 (9.52%) CRISC
5 1 (4.76%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (19.05%) GPG13
1 4 (19.05%) PCI DSS
2 3 (14.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (9.52%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 2 (9.52%) RMADS
4 1 (4.76%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (4.76%) QA
System Software
1 1 (4.76%) Docker
1 1 (4.76%) Firmware
1 1 (4.76%) Hyper-V
1 1 (4.76%) NFS
1 1 (4.76%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (4.76%) ArcSight ESM
1 1 (4.76%) Opscode Chef
1 1 (4.76%) Puppet
Vendors
1 7 (33.33%) Cisco
2 5 (23.81%) Juniper
3 3 (14.29%) CheckPoint
4 2 (9.52%) Blue Coat
4 2 (9.52%) Microsoft
4 2 (9.52%) ServiceNow
5 1 (4.76%) ArcSight
5 1 (4.76%) Crossbeam
5 1 (4.76%) F5
5 1 (4.76%) Oracle
5 1 (4.76%) Palo Alto
5 1 (4.76%) Sourcefire
5 1 (4.76%) Splunk
5 1 (4.76%) VMware