The table below looks at the statistics for the Penetration Tester role in IT jobs advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited Penetration Tester in their job title over the 3 months to 28 August 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Penetration Tester
Rank 787 738 801
Rank change year-on-year
-49 +63
Permanent jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 97 151 56
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in England 0.095% 0.14% 0.056%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.10% 0.15% 0.060%
Number of salaries quoted 74 129 36
Average salary £55,000 £50,000 £53,750
Average salary % change year-on-year
+10.00% -6.97%
90% offered a salary of more than £35,348 £30,000 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £75,000 £71,000 £71,250
UK excluding London average salary £56,250 £50,000 £55,000
% change year-on-year
+12.50% -9.09%
Penetration Tester
UK

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in permanent jobs advertised in the England region. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of permanent jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
England
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
96305 101240 93715
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in England 94.20% 94.50% 94.25%
Number of salaries quoted 81010 82636 78466
Average salary £45,000 £45,000 £43,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +3.44%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,000 £26,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £70,000 £70,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £39,000
% change year-on-year
- +2.56%

Penetration Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in England

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of permanent IT jobs citing Penetration Tester in the job title across the England region as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Penetration Tester Jobs Demand Trend in England

Penetration Tester
Salary Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Penetration Tester across the England region.

Penetration Tester Salary Trend in England

Penetration Tester
Salary Histogram in England

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing Penetration Tester across the England region over the 3 months to 28 August 2015.

Penetration Tester Salary Histogram in England

Penetration Tester
Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Tester within the England region over the 3 months to 28 August 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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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Average Salary
Last 3 Months
Average Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -22 42 £55,000 +10.00% 6
Yorkshire +16 10 £40,000 -20.00% 4
South East +2 10 £71,250 +50.00% 5
South West -17 9 £50,000 +29.03% 5
North West -15 8 £34,500 -42.50% 5
West Midlands -2 6 £57,500 +155.55% 1
East Midlands -14 4 £34,425 -44.92% 4
East of England - 4 £47,500 - 3
Penetration Tester
UK

Penetration Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, IT jobs across the England region that cited Penetration Tester in their job title mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of IT job ads sampled with Penetration Tester in their job title.

1 154 (78.17%) Penetration Testing
2 89 (45.18%) Information Security
3 53 (26.90%) Windows
4 49 (24.87%) OSCP
5 46 (23.35%) Linux
6 45 (22.84%) Cyber Security
6 45 (22.84%) Security Testing
7 43 (21.83%) Security Cleared
8 39 (19.80%) OWASP
9 36 (18.27%) SQL
9 36 (18.27%) Wireless
10 35 (17.77%) CISSP
11 31 (15.74%) OSCE
11 31 (15.74%) Data Centre
12 28 (14.21%) Nessus
12 28 (14.21%) CEH
13 25 (12.69%) Security Architecture
13 25 (12.69%) SC Cleared
14 24 (12.18%) Java
15 23 (11.68%) Finance
16 22 (11.17%) Degree
17 20 (10.15%) Vulnerability Assessment
17 20 (10.15%) Ethical Hacking
18 19 (9.64%) Nmap
18 19 (9.64%) Network Security
19 18 (9.14%) Mobile App
19 18 (9.14%) Firewall
20 17 (8.63%) .NET
20 17 (8.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
21 16 (8.12%) C

Penetration Tester
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, IT jobs across the England region that cited Penetration Tester in their job title mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of IT job ads sampled with Penetration Tester in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (1.02%) JBoss
Business Applications
1 1 (0.51%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.02%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 36 (18.27%) Wireless
2 19 (9.64%) Network Security
3 18 (9.14%) Firewall
4 5 (2.54%) Wireshark
4 5 (2.54%) VoIP
5 4 (2.03%) LAN
5 4 (2.03%) HTTP
5 4 (2.03%) TCP/IP
6 3 (1.52%) VPN
6 3 (1.52%) Internet
6 3 (1.52%) SMTP
7 2 (1.02%) FTP
7 2 (1.02%) LDAP
7 2 (1.02%) WAN
7 2 (1.02%) Wireless Security
7 2 (1.02%) tcpdump
8 1 (0.51%) DNS
8 1 (0.51%) HTTPS
8 1 (0.51%) SSL
8 1 (0.51%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.51%) RDBMS
1 1 (0.51%) Big Data
1 1 (0.51%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 15 (7.61%) Metasploit
2 4 (2.03%) AppScan
3 2 (1.02%) Paros
4 1 (0.51%) LoadRunner
4 1 (0.51%) JMeter
General
1 23 (11.68%) Finance
2 15 (7.61%) Telecoms
3 9 (4.57%) Retail
4 8 (4.06%) Banking
5 2 (1.02%) Games
5 2 (1.02%) Marketing
6 1 (0.51%) German Language
6 1 (0.51%) Electronics
6 1 (0.51%) Law
6 1 (0.51%) Legal
6 1 (0.51%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (8.63%) .NET
2 13 (6.60%) ASP.NET
3 5 (2.54%) JSP
3 5 (2.54%) HTML
4 3 (1.52%) Web Services
5 2 (1.02%) XML
5 2 (1.02%) JSON
5 2 (1.02%) REST
6 1 (0.51%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 31 (15.74%) Data Centre
2 18 (9.14%) Mobile App
3 5 (2.54%) Management Information System
4 4 (2.03%) CESG
4 4 (2.03%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (1.52%) Computer Science
6 2 (1.02%) Cryptography
7 1 (0.51%) Statistics
7 1 (0.51%) SCADA
7 1 (0.51%) Mathematics
7 1 (0.51%) Physics
7 1 (0.51%) Blog
7 1 (0.51%) Digital Media
7 1 (0.51%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 1 (0.51%) DTV
7 1 (0.51%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
Operating Systems
1 53 (26.90%) Windows
2 46 (23.35%) Linux
3 10 (5.08%) UNIX
4 2 (1.02%) Solaris
4 2 (1.02%) Android
4 2 (1.02%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.51%) Windows Phone
5 1 (0.51%) Mac OS
5 1 (0.51%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 154 (78.17%) Penetration Testing
2 89 (45.18%) Information Security
3 45 (22.84%) Security Testing
3 45 (22.84%) Cyber Security
4 39 (19.80%) OWASP
5 25 (12.69%) Security Architecture
6 20 (10.15%) Ethical Hacking
6 20 (10.15%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 11 (5.58%) Security Management
8 10 (5.08%) Open Source
9 7 (3.55%) SDLC
9 7 (3.55%) Vulnerability Management
9 7 (3.55%) Information Assurance
10 5 (2.54%) Reverse Engineering
10 5 (2.54%) Risk Management
10 5 (2.54%) E-Commerce
11 4 (2.03%) Stakeholder Management
11 4 (2.03%) ISMS
11 4 (2.03%) SIEM
12 3 (1.52%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 36 (18.27%) SQL
2 24 (12.18%) Java
3 16 (8.12%) C
4 14 (7.11%) PHP
5 10 (5.08%) C++
5 10 (5.08%) JavaScript
6 7 (3.55%) Perl
7 5 (2.54%) Python
8 4 (2.03%) VB
9 3 (1.52%) C#
10 1 (0.51%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 49 (24.87%) OSCP
2 43 (21.83%) Security Cleared
3 35 (17.77%) CISSP
4 31 (15.74%) OSCE
5 28 (14.21%) CEH
6 25 (12.69%) SC Cleared
7 22 (11.17%) Degree
8 8 (4.06%) DV Cleared
8 8 (4.06%) GPEN
9 6 (3.05%) PCI QSA
10 3 (1.52%) CISMP
10 3 (1.52%) GIAC
11 2 (1.02%) GCIH
11 2 (1.02%) CISA
11 2 (1.02%) CISM
11 2 (1.02%) GWAPT
12 1 (0.51%) CRISC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (8.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 10 (5.08%) PCI DSS
3 5 (2.54%) QA
4 1 (0.51%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 2 (1.02%) Snort
Systems Management
1 28 (14.21%) Nessus
2 19 (9.64%) Nmap
3 8 (4.06%) CORE IMPACT
4 2 (1.02%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 9 (4.57%) Qualys
2 4 (2.03%) Acunetix
3 2 (1.02%) F5
3 2 (1.02%) McAfee
4 1 (0.51%) Splunk
4 1 (0.51%) Oracle
4 1 (0.51%) SAP
4 1 (0.51%) Intel
4 1 (0.51%) Citrix
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