The table below looks at the statistics for Penetration Testing skills in IT jobs advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited Penetration Testing over the 3 months to 18 September 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
18 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Penetration Testing
Rank 216 212 235
Rank change year-on-year
-4 +23
Permanent jobs citing Penetration Testing 40 27 20
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 0.54% 0.40% 0.27%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.65% 0.50% 0.35%
Number of salaries quoted 36 23 18
Average salary £60,000 £57,500 £58,750
Average salary % change year-on-year
+4.34% -2.12%
90% offered a salary of more than £35,000 £35,000 £30,000
10% offered a salary of more than £75,000 £74,500 £65,000
UK excluding London average salary £45,000 £50,000 £40,150
% change year-on-year
-10.00% +24.53%
Penetration Testing
England

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

Processes & Methodologies Category
North West
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
6193 5371 5759
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 83.78% 79.32% 78.99%
Number of salaries quoted 5022 4552 4952
Average salary £40,000 £38,500 £37,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+3.89% +2.66%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,000 £27,000
10% offered a salary of more than £58,000 £57,500 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £41,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+2.40% +3.75%

Penetration Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of permanent IT jobs citing Penetration Testing across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Penetration Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Penetration Testing
Salary Trend in the North West

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

Penetration Testing Salary Trend in the North West

Penetration Testing
Salary Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing Penetration Testing across the North West region over the 3 months to 18 September 2014.

Penetration Testing Salary Histogram in the North West

Penetration Testing
Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Testing within the North West region over the 3 months to 18 September 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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
Manchester +1 26 £48,750 -23.52% 3
Cheshire -12 14 £60,000 +4.34% 1
Penetration Testing
England

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 18 September 2014, IT jobs across the North West region citing Penetration 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 IT job ads sampled that cited Penetration Testing.

1 21 (30.43%) Finance
2 20 (28.99%) Windows
3 18 (26.09%) Information Security
4 14 (20.29%) Apple iOS
4 14 (20.29%) Android
4 14 (20.29%) CISSP
5 12 (17.39%) Linux
6 11 (15.94%) PHP
6 11 (15.94%) Firewall
6 11 (15.94%) Security Testing
6 11 (15.94%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 11 (15.94%) Mobile App
7 10 (14.49%) Windows Phone
7 10 (14.49%) ITIL
8 9 (13.04%) SQL
8 9 (13.04%) Web Services
8 9 (13.04%) Network Security
8 9 (13.04%) Amazon AWS
8 9 (13.04%) SIEM
9 8 (11.59%) Kalman Filter
9 8 (11.59%) ISMS
9 8 (11.59%) EnCE
9 8 (11.59%) PCI DSS
10 7 (10.14%) C
10 7 (10.14%) C++
10 7 (10.14%) VPN
11 6 (8.70%) Java
11 6 (8.70%) UNIX
11 6 (8.70%) Hadoop
11 6 (8.70%) NoSQL

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

For the 6 months to 18 September 2014, IT jobs across the North West region citing Penetration 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 IT job ads sampled that cited Penetration Testing. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Cloud Services
1 9 (13.04%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 11 (15.94%) Firewall
2 9 (13.04%) Network Security
3 7 (10.14%) VPN
4 3 (4.35%) FTP
4 3 (4.35%) SSH
5 2 (2.90%) Internet
6 1 (1.45%) Wi-Fi
6 1 (1.45%) LAN
6 1 (1.45%) WAN
6 1 (1.45%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (8.70%) Hadoop
1 6 (8.70%) NoSQL
2 3 (4.35%) MySQL
3 1 (1.45%) RDBMS
3 1 (1.45%) Relational Database
General
1 21 (30.43%) Finance
2 5 (7.25%) Retail
3 4 (5.80%) Financial Institution
4 2 (2.90%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.45%) Law
Job Titles
1 29 (42.03%) Tester
1 29 (42.03%) Penetration Tester
2 25 (36.23%) Consultant
3 15 (21.74%) Security Tester
4 14 (20.29%) Security Consultant
5 10 (14.49%) Mobile Tester
6 8 (11.59%) Penetration Test Consultant
6 8 (11.59%) Testing Consultant
6 8 (11.59%) Analyst
6 8 (11.59%) Security Analyst
7 6 (8.70%) Information Analyst
7 6 (8.70%) Systems Administrator
7 6 (8.70%) Administrator
7 6 (8.70%) Linux Systems Administrator
7 6 (8.70%) Information Security Analyst
7 6 (8.70%) Linux Administrator
8 4 (5.80%) Web Analyst
8 4 (5.80%) IT Consultant
8 4 (5.80%) IT Security Consultant
9 3 (4.35%) Principal Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (13.04%) Web Services
2 3 (4.35%) LAMP
2 3 (4.35%) HTML
3 2 (2.90%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 11 (15.94%) Mobile App
2 3 (4.35%) Blackberry
3 1 (1.45%) Management Information System
3 1 (1.45%) Open Source
3 1 (1.45%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 20 (28.99%) Windows
2 14 (20.29%) Apple iOS
2 14 (20.29%) Android
3 12 (17.39%) Linux
4 10 (14.49%) Windows Phone
5 6 (8.70%) UNIX
6 3 (4.35%) CentOS
6 3 (4.35%) Ubuntu
6 3 (4.35%) Windows Mobile
7 1 (1.45%) AIX
7 1 (1.45%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (26.09%) Information Security
2 11 (15.94%) Security Testing
3 10 (14.49%) ITIL
4 9 (13.04%) SIEM
5 8 (11.59%) Kalman Filter
5 8 (11.59%) ISMS
6 6 (8.70%) Network Load Balancing
6 6 (8.70%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 5 (7.25%) Agile Software Development
8 4 (5.80%) Ethical Hacking
8 4 (5.80%) Web Development
8 4 (5.80%) Reverse Engineering
9 3 (4.35%) Risk Management
9 3 (4.35%) OWASP
9 3 (4.35%) Security Architecture
9 3 (4.35%) Load Balancing
9 3 (4.35%) Line Management
9 3 (4.35%) Analytics
10 2 (2.90%) Mentoring
10 2 (2.90%) Business Analysis
Programming Languages
1 11 (15.94%) PHP
2 9 (13.04%) SQL
3 7 (10.14%) C
3 7 (10.14%) C++
4 6 (8.70%) Java
5 3 (4.35%) Objective-C
6 2 (2.90%) Ruby
6 2 (2.90%) Python
Qualifications
1 14 (20.29%) CISSP
2 8 (11.59%) EnCE
3 4 (5.80%) OSCP
4 3 (4.35%) OSCE
5 2 (2.90%) CRISC
5 2 (2.90%) ISEB
5 2 (2.90%) PMP
5 2 (2.90%) PMI Certification
5 2 (2.90%) CISA
5 2 (2.90%) CISM
6 1 (1.45%) Security Cleared
6 1 (1.45%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (15.94%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 8 (11.59%) PCI DSS
3 1 (1.45%) ISO/IEC 17799
System Software
1 2 (2.90%) Nmap
2 1 (1.45%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 2 (2.90%) Nessus
1 2 (2.90%) CORE IMPACT
1 2 (2.90%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1 (1.45%) Cisco
1 1 (1.45%) Microsoft
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