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 3 March 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
3 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Penetration Testing
Rank 216 225 234
Rank change year-on-year
+9 +9
Permanent jobs citing Penetration Testing 35 12 16
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 0.51% 0.18% 0.21%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.61% 0.22% 0.26%
Number of salaries quoted 35 7 14
Average salary £52,500 £38,500 £37,350
Average salary % change year-on-year
+36.36% +3.07%
90% offered a salary of more than £40,500 £33,000 £34,700
10% offered a salary of more than £57,500 £42,000 £48,000
UK excluding London average salary £50,000 £50,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year
- +17.64%
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
5727 5529 6065
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 83.10% 82.86% 80.44%
Number of salaries quoted 4754 4573 5059
Average salary £40,000 £40,000 £37,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £60,000 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year
- +6.25%

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 3 March 2015.

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 3 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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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 +14 24 £57,500 +49.35% 12
Cheshire - 9 £45,000 -
Merseyside +10 1 £57,500 +27.77%
Penetration Testing
England

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 3 March 2015, 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 56 (60.87%) Information Security
2 50 (54.35%) Windows
3 34 (36.96%) Linux
4 33 (35.87%) Security Architecture
5 32 (34.78%) Finance
6 31 (33.70%) CISSP
7 27 (29.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 26 (28.26%) OSCP
9 25 (27.17%) OSCE
10 20 (21.74%) Network Design
11 18 (19.57%) UNIX
12 16 (17.39%) Security Management
13 15 (16.30%) Agile Software Development
13 15 (16.30%) Security Testing
14 12 (13.04%) PCI DSS
14 12 (13.04%) Management Information System
15 11 (11.96%) ISO/IEC 17799
15 11 (11.96%) Java
15 11 (11.96%) Risk Assessment
16 10 (10.87%) E-Commerce
16 10 (10.87%) HTML
16 10 (10.87%) Risk Management
17 9 (9.78%) CSS
17 9 (9.78%) Web Services
17 9 (9.78%) XML
17 9 (9.78%) C
17 9 (9.78%) C++
17 9 (9.78%) Network Security
17 9 (9.78%) JSON
18 8 (8.70%) Cyber Security

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

For the 6 months to 3 March 2015, 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 2 (2.17%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 9 (9.78%) Network Security
2 7 (7.61%) Firewall
3 4 (4.35%) Wireless
3 4 (4.35%) LAN
3 4 (4.35%) WLAN
4 2 (2.17%) Intrusion Detection
4 2 (2.17%) VPN
5 1 (1.09%) DNS
5 1 (1.09%) Internet
5 1 (1.09%) 3G
5 1 (1.09%) SS7
5 1 (1.09%) 2G
5 1 (1.09%) SSH
5 1 (1.09%) NGN
5 1 (1.09%) SIGTRAN
5 1 (1.09%) FTP
5 1 (1.09%) LTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.17%) Data Mining
1 2 (2.17%) Hadoop
1 2 (2.17%) NoSQL
1 2 (2.17%) Big Data
2 1 (1.09%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (1.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 1 (1.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (1.09%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (1.09%) MySQL
2 1 (1.09%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (1.09%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 32 (34.78%) Finance
2 6 (6.52%) Banking
3 5 (5.43%) Telecoms
4 4 (4.35%) Aerospace
5 2 (2.17%) Financial Institution
6 1 (1.09%) Marketing
6 1 (1.09%) Legal
6 1 (1.09%) Games
Job Titles
1 37 (40.22%) Tester
2 35 (38.04%) Consultant
3 30 (32.61%) Security Consultant
4 28 (30.43%) Penetration Tester
5 23 (25.00%) IT Security Consultant
5 23 (25.00%) IT Consultant
6 19 (20.65%) Security Engineer
7 8 (8.70%) Senior Tester
8 6 (6.52%) Senior Programme Manager
8 6 (6.52%) Programme Manager
8 6 (6.52%) Senior Project Manager
8 6 (6.52%) Project Manager
8 6 (6.52%) Senior Manager
9 5 (5.43%) Software Engineer
9 5 (5.43%) IT Programme Manager
9 5 (5.43%) IT Project Manager
9 5 (5.43%) Senior IT Programme Manager
9 5 (5.43%) Information Security Engineer
9 5 (5.43%) Senior IT Project Manager
10 4 (4.35%) Cyber Security Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (10.87%) HTML
2 9 (9.78%) CSS
2 9 (9.78%) Web Services
2 9 (9.78%) XML
2 9 (9.78%) JSON
3 7 (7.61%) HTML5
4 4 (4.35%) JSP
5 3 (3.26%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 12 (13.04%) Management Information System
2 4 (4.35%) CESG
2 4 (4.35%) SCADA
2 4 (4.35%) Telematics
2 4 (4.35%) Mobile App
3 1 (1.09%) Blackberry
3 1 (1.09%) iPad
3 1 (1.09%) Online Games
3 1 (1.09%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 50 (54.35%) Windows
2 34 (36.96%) Linux
3 18 (19.57%) UNIX
4 3 (3.26%) Android
4 3 (3.26%) Apple iOS
5 1 (1.09%) Windows Phone
5 1 (1.09%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 56 (60.87%) Information Security
2 33 (35.87%) Security Architecture
3 20 (21.74%) Network Design
4 16 (17.39%) Security Management
5 15 (16.30%) Agile Software Development
5 15 (16.30%) Security Testing
6 11 (11.96%) Risk Assessment
7 10 (10.87%) Risk Management
7 10 (10.87%) E-Commerce
8 8 (8.70%) Cyber Security
9 5 (5.43%) Network Management
9 5 (5.43%) Business Analysis
9 5 (5.43%) Project Management
9 5 (5.43%) PRINCE2
9 5 (5.43%) Stakeholder Management
9 5 (5.43%) Scrum
10 4 (4.35%) ITIL
10 4 (4.35%) Vulnerability Assessment
10 4 (4.35%) Requirements Analysis
10 4 (4.35%) Information Assurance
Programming Languages
1 11 (11.96%) Java
2 9 (9.78%) C
2 9 (9.78%) C++
3 5 (5.43%) SQL
4 3 (3.26%) PHP
5 1 (1.09%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 31 (33.70%) CISSP
2 26 (28.26%) OSCP
3 25 (27.17%) OSCE
4 6 (6.52%) Degree
5 5 (5.43%) PCI QSA
5 5 (5.43%) ISEB
5 5 (5.43%) PMP
5 5 (5.43%) PMI Certification
6 1 (1.09%) CISA
6 1 (1.09%) CISM
6 1 (1.09%) CCNA
6 1 (1.09%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (1.09%) Security Cleared
6 1 (1.09%) VCP4
6 1 (1.09%) CRISC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (29.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 12 (13.04%) PCI DSS
3 11 (11.96%) ISO/IEC 17799
4 6 (6.52%) PMBOK
5 4 (4.35%) JSP 440
6 3 (3.26%) QA
System Software
1 2 (2.17%) Snort
2 1 (1.09%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (1.09%) Webmin
Vendors
1 2 (2.17%) Sourcefire
2 1 (1.09%) VMware
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