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 salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited Penetration Testing over the 3 months to 6 May 2016 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

3 months to
6 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Penetration Testing
Rank 170 235 235
Rank change year-on-year
+65 0
Permanent jobs citing Penetration Testing 63 20 20
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 1.11% 0.31% 0.28%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.29% 0.36% 0.33%
Number of salaries quoted 47 19 18
Median salary £55,000 £52,500 £42,000
Median salary % change year-on-year
+4.76% +25.00%
90% offered a salary of more than £40,000 £40,500 £27,750
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £52,500 £77,500
UK excluding London median salary £52,500 £47,500 £50,500
% change year-on-year
+10.52% -5.94%
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
4893 5632 6020
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 86.49% 87.64% 85.50%
Number of salaries quoted 4143 4482 4848
Median salary £42,500 £40,000 £38,500
Median salary % change year-on-year
+6.25% +3.89%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £55,000 £57,500
UK excluding London median salary £45,000 £44,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year
+2.27% +3.52%

Penetration Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of job ads across the North West region citing Penetration Testing as a proportion of all IT jobs with a match in 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 6 May 2016.

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 median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Testing within the North West region over the 3 months to 6 May 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +38 45 £55,000 +27.90% 7
Merseyside - 12 £43,500 - 1
Cheshire +19 3 £51,250 -2.38%
Penetration Testing
England

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 6 May 2016, IT 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 job ads across the North West region with a requirement for Penetration Testing.

1 67 (59.82%) Information Security
2 53 (47.32%) Network Security
3 49 (43.75%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 37 (33.04%) Vulnerability Scanning
5 33 (29.46%) SIEM
5 33 (29.46%) Cybersecurity
6 31 (27.68%) Windows
7 29 (25.89%) Ethical Hacking
8 26 (23.21%) .NET
8 26 (23.21%) C#
8 26 (23.21%) CREST Certified
9 25 (22.32%) TCP/IP
9 25 (22.32%) Reverse Engineering
9 25 (22.32%) Degree
10 24 (21.43%) Security Testing
10 24 (21.43%) Risk Assessment
11 23 (20.54%) Banking
11 23 (20.54%) Security Cleared
12 22 (19.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
12 22 (19.64%) Management Information System
13 21 (18.75%) Firewall
13 21 (18.75%) Project Management
13 21 (18.75%) C++
13 21 (18.75%) VB.NET
13 21 (18.75%) ITIL
14 20 (17.86%) CISSP
14 20 (17.86%) CHECK Team Leader
15 19 (16.96%) Blog
16 18 (16.07%) QA
16 18 (16.07%) PHP

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the North West 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:

Applications
1 1 (0.89%) MS Excel
1 1 (0.89%) MS Office
1 1 (0.89%) MS PowerPoint
1 1 (0.89%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.79%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (0.89%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (0.89%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 53 (47.32%) Network Security
2 25 (22.32%) TCP/IP
3 21 (18.75%) Firewall
4 17 (15.18%) DNS
5 16 (14.29%) DHCP
5 16 (14.29%) Wireless
6 13 (11.61%) VLAN
7 12 (10.71%) Junos
7 12 (10.71%) MPLS
8 10 (8.93%) VPN
9 9 (8.04%) Intrusion Detection
10 6 (5.36%) Internet
11 5 (4.46%) BIG-IP
11 5 (4.46%) Cisco ASA
12 4 (3.57%) HTTPS
12 4 (3.57%) VoIP
13 3 (2.68%) Wireshark
14 2 (1.79%) LAN
15 1 (0.89%) IPv4
15 1 (0.89%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.89%) Hadoop
1 1 (0.89%) NoSQL
1 1 (0.89%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (1.79%) Selenium
1 2 (1.79%) SpecFlow
1 2 (1.79%) sqlmap
1 2 (1.79%) WebDriver
2 1 (0.89%) AppScan
2 1 (0.89%) Burp Suite
2 1 (0.89%) Metasploit
General
1 23 (20.54%) Banking
2 18 (16.07%) Finance
3 4 (3.57%) Law
3 4 (3.57%) Retail
4 3 (2.68%) Legal
5 1 (0.89%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 37 (33.04%) Tester
2 34 (30.36%) Penetration Tester
3 23 (20.54%) Consultant
3 23 (20.54%) Security Consultant
4 17 (15.18%) Security Manager
5 15 (13.39%) Security Tester
6 14 (12.50%) Security Penetration Tester
7 13 (11.61%) Analyst
7 13 (11.61%) Applications Tester
7 13 (11.61%) Security Analyst
7 13 (11.61%) Security Specialist
7 13 (11.61%) Senior Consultant
7 13 (11.61%) Senior Security Consultant
8 12 (10.71%) Senior Manager
9 11 (9.82%) Mobile Tester
10 10 (8.93%) Cybersecurity Specialist
11 7 (6.25%) Senior Data Warehouse Specialist
11 7 (6.25%) Senior Security Specialist
12 6 (5.36%) IT Security Specialist
13 5 (4.46%) Network Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (23.21%) .NET
2 14 (12.50%) Web Services
3 7 (6.25%) ASP.NET
4 2 (1.79%) Gherkin
5 1 (0.89%) 802.1X
5 1 (0.89%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 22 (19.64%) Management Information System
2 19 (16.96%) Blog
3 16 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
4 13 (11.61%) Blackberry
5 10 (8.93%) Security Operations Centre
6 9 (8.04%) Client/Server
7 5 (4.46%) Mobile App
8 3 (2.68%) Cyberthreat
9 2 (1.79%) CESG
9 2 (1.79%) CESG CLAS
9 2 (1.79%) Data Centre
9 2 (1.79%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 2 (1.79%) iPad
10 1 (0.89%) AS400
10 1 (0.89%) BYOD
10 1 (0.89%) Cryptography
10 1 (0.89%) IBM Mainframe
10 1 (0.89%) Mainframe
10 1 (0.89%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 31 (27.68%) Windows
2 15 (13.39%) Android
3 14 (12.50%) Windows Server
4 13 (11.61%) Apple iOS
4 13 (11.61%) Unix
5 8 (7.14%) Linux
6 3 (2.68%) Solaris
7 1 (0.89%) CentOS
7 1 (0.89%) Kali Linux
7 1 (0.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.89%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 67 (59.82%) Information Security
2 49 (43.75%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 37 (33.04%) Vulnerability Scanning
4 33 (29.46%) Cybersecurity
4 33 (29.46%) SIEM
5 29 (25.89%) Ethical Hacking
6 25 (22.32%) Reverse Engineering
7 24 (21.43%) Risk Assessment
7 24 (21.43%) Security Testing
8 21 (18.75%) ITIL
8 21 (18.75%) Project Management
9 18 (16.07%) Security Operations
10 17 (15.18%) Business Development
10 17 (15.18%) Security Management
11 16 (14.29%) Change Management
11 16 (14.29%) Mentoring
11 16 (14.29%) Network Design
12 15 (13.39%) SDLC
12 15 (13.39%) Social Engineering
12 15 (13.39%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 26 (23.21%) C#
2 21 (18.75%) C++
2 21 (18.75%) VB.NET
3 18 (16.07%) PHP
4 17 (15.18%) Java
4 17 (15.18%) Objective-C
5 5 (4.46%) SQL
6 4 (3.57%) Python
7 2 (1.79%) Perl
8 1 (0.89%) C
8 1 (0.89%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.89%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 26 (23.21%) CREST Certified
2 25 (22.32%) Degree
3 23 (20.54%) Security Cleared
4 20 (17.86%) CHECK Team Leader
4 20 (17.86%) CISSP
5 11 (9.82%) CISM
6 8 (7.14%) Tigerscheme
7 7 (6.25%) CEH
8 6 (5.36%) Cyber Scheme
9 4 (3.57%) CISA
9 4 (3.57%) OSCP
9 4 (3.57%) SC Cleared
10 3 (2.68%) GCIA
10 3 (2.68%) GCIH
10 3 (2.68%) SANS
11 2 (1.79%) CHECK Team Member
11 2 (1.79%) GSNA
11 2 (1.79%) ISEB
11 2 (1.79%) MCSE
11 2 (1.79%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (19.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 18 (16.07%) QA
3 13 (11.61%) ISO/IEC 17799
4 11 (9.82%) PCI DSS
5 4 (3.57%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (1.79%) COBIT
6 2 (1.79%) ISO22301
6 2 (1.79%) SLA
7 1 (0.89%) ISO27002
System Software
1 13 (11.61%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.89%) NFS
2 1 (0.89%) vCloud
2 1 (0.89%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 5 (4.46%) Nessus
1 5 (4.46%) Nmap
2 4 (3.57%) Nagios
Vendors
1 13 (11.61%) CheckPoint
1 13 (11.61%) Juniper
2 12 (10.71%) Intel Security
3 7 (6.25%) VMware
4 6 (5.36%) Cisco
5 5 (4.46%) F5
6 3 (2.68%) IBM
6 3 (2.68%) Qualys
7 2 (1.79%) Imperva
7 2 (1.79%) Splunk
8 1 (0.89%) Citrix
8 1 (0.89%) HP
8 1 (0.89%) Microsoft
8 1 (0.89%) Red Hat
8 1 (0.89%) Veeam
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