The table below looks at the statistics for the Penetration Tester role in IT jobs advertised for the South East 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 16 September 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
16 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Penetration Tester
Rank 429 398 430
Rank change year-on-year
-31 +32
Permanent jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 16 26 7
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the South East 0.073% 0.12% 0.031%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.077% 0.13% 0.032%
Number of salaries quoted 15 19 4
Average salary £47,500 £65,000 £51,250
Average salary % change year-on-year
-26.92% +26.82%
90% offered a salary of more than £31,250 £22,500 £41,600
10% offered a salary of more than £50,000 £65,000 £54,250
UK excluding London average salary £50,000 £57,500 £52,500
% change year-on-year
-13.04% +9.52%
Penetration Tester
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in permanent jobs advertised in the South East 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
South East
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
20786 19977 21785
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the South East 94.59% 95.07% 95.33%
Number of salaries quoted 16278 16494 18666
Average salary £41,500 £40,000 £40,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+3.75% -
90% offered a salary of more than £25,000 £25,000 £25,500
10% offered a salary of more than £60,500 £59,500 £60,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £39,800 £38,500
% change year-on-year
+0.50% +3.37%

Penetration Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

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

Penetration Tester Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

Penetration Tester
Salary Trend in the South East

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

Penetration Tester Salary Trend in the South East

Penetration Tester
Salary Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing Penetration Tester across the South East region over the 3 months to 16 September 2014.

Penetration Tester Salary Histogram in the South East

Penetration Tester
Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Tester within the South East region over the 3 months to 16 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
Berkshire +4 8 £50,000 +122.22%
Kent - 7 £31,250 -
Hampshire -24 2 £50,000 -23.07%
Oxfordshire - 2 £50,000 -
Surrey -4 1 - -
Penetration Tester
England

Penetration Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 16 September 2014, IT jobs across the South East 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 25 (64.10%) Penetration Testing
2 22 (56.41%) Linux
3 21 (53.85%) Windows
4 19 (48.72%) PCI DSS
5 15 (38.46%) PHP
6 14 (35.90%) CISSP
7 13 (33.33%) Java
7 13 (33.33%) Ethical Hacking
8 12 (30.77%) Ruby
8 12 (30.77%) SQL
9 11 (28.21%) Python
10 10 (25.64%) C
10 10 (25.64%) CEH
10 10 (25.64%) Vulnerability Assessment
10 10 (25.64%) Degree
11 9 (23.08%) Bash Shell
11 9 (23.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
12 8 (20.51%) Snort
12 8 (20.51%) AIX
12 8 (20.51%) .NET
12 8 (20.51%) MySQL
12 8 (20.51%) IIS
12 8 (20.51%) MS Excel
12 8 (20.51%) Apache
12 8 (20.51%) Microsoft
12 8 (20.51%) Red Hat
12 8 (20.51%) Open Source
12 8 (20.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 8 (20.51%) Security Cleared
13 6 (15.38%) OWASP

Penetration Tester
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 16 September 2014, IT jobs across the South East 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 8 (20.51%) IIS
1 8 (20.51%) Apache
Applications
1 8 (20.51%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 2 (5.13%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (12.82%) Wireless
2 4 (10.26%) Network Security
2 4 (10.26%) Firewall
3 1 (2.56%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (20.51%) MySQL
2 1 (2.56%) Oracle Reports
General
1 4 (10.26%) Retail
2 3 (7.69%) Finance
3 2 (5.13%) Games
3 2 (5.13%) Telecoms
3 2 (5.13%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (20.51%) .NET
2 2 (5.13%) ASP.NET
3 1 (2.56%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 8 (20.51%) Open Source
2 2 (5.13%) SCADA
3 1 (2.56%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (2.56%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 22 (56.41%) Linux
2 21 (53.85%) Windows
3 8 (20.51%) AIX
3 8 (20.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 4 (10.26%) UNIX
5 2 (5.13%) Debian
5 2 (5.13%) Ubuntu
5 2 (5.13%) Apple iOS
5 2 (5.13%) Windows Phone
5 2 (5.13%) Android
5 2 (5.13%) CentOS
6 1 (2.56%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (64.10%) Penetration Testing
2 13 (33.33%) Ethical Hacking
3 10 (25.64%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 6 (15.38%) OWASP
4 6 (15.38%) SIEM
5 5 (12.82%) Information Security
5 5 (12.82%) Security Testing
6 4 (10.26%) Reverse Engineering
6 4 (10.26%) E-Commerce
7 3 (7.69%) Online Security
8 2 (5.13%) Mentoring
8 2 (5.13%) Cyber Security
8 2 (5.13%) Test Management
9 1 (2.56%) Test Strategy
9 1 (2.56%) Technical Architecture
9 1 (2.56%) Stakeholder Management
9 1 (2.56%) Risk Assessment
Programming Languages
1 15 (38.46%) PHP
2 13 (33.33%) Java
3 12 (30.77%) Ruby
3 12 (30.77%) SQL
4 11 (28.21%) Python
5 10 (25.64%) C
6 9 (23.08%) Bash Shell
7 5 (12.82%) Shell Script
7 5 (12.82%) Perl
8 4 (10.26%) VB
9 3 (7.69%) C++
10 2 (5.13%) C#
Qualifications
1 14 (35.90%) CISSP
2 10 (25.64%) CEH
2 10 (25.64%) Degree
3 8 (20.51%) Security Cleared
4 2 (5.13%) GPEN
4 2 (5.13%) OSCP
4 2 (5.13%) OSCE
4 2 (5.13%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (48.72%) PCI DSS
2 9 (23.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 8 (20.51%) Snort
2 1 (2.56%) Nmap
2 1 (2.56%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 1 (2.56%) CORE IMPACT
1 1 (2.56%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (2.56%) Nessus
Vendors
1 8 (20.51%) Microsoft
1 8 (20.51%) Red Hat
2 6 (15.38%) LogRhythm
3 2 (5.13%) Oracle
4 1 (2.56%) Apple
4 1 (2.56%) CheckPoint
4 1 (2.56%) Cisco
4 1 (2.56%) HP