The table below looks at the statistics for GPEN in IT jobs advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited GPEN over the 3 months to 24 December 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN)
Rank 872 845 893
Rank change year-on-year
-27 +48
Permanent jobs citing GPEN 8 34 1
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.007% 0.032% 0.001%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.026% 0.12% 0.003%
Number of salaries quoted 2 29 1
Average salary £33,750 £60,000 £64,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-43.75% -6.25%
UK excluding London average salary £45,000 £60,000 -
% change year-on-year
-25.00% -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in permanent jobs advertised across the UK.

Qualifications Category
UK
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
30716 29211 32279
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 27.80% 27.10% 28.33%
Number of salaries quoted 24600 23037 27108
Average salary £45,000 £42,750 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+5.26% +0.58%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £27,000
10% offered a salary of more than £67,500 £62,500 £66,000
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+6.25% -

GPEN
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of permanent IT jobs citing GPEN within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

GPEN Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

GPEN
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing GPEN within the UK.

GPEN Salary Trend in the UK

GPEN
Salary Histogram

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing GPEN over the 3 months to 24 December 2014 within the UK.

GPEN Salary Histogram in the UK

GPEN
Top 7 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing GPEN within the UK over the 3 months to 24 December 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
England -32 4 £33,750 -43.75%
Sheffield - 2 - -
South Yorkshire - 2 - -
Yorkshire - 2 - -
Leicestershire +11 1 £45,000 -28.00%
East Midlands +6 1 £45,000 -5.26%
London -15 1 £22,500 -70.96%

GPEN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT jobs within the UK citing GPEN 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 GPEN.

1 21 (80.77%) Penetration Testing
2 16 (61.54%) CEH
2 16 (61.54%) OSCP
3 13 (50.00%) Information Security
4 12 (46.15%) GIAC
4 12 (46.15%) Degree
5 11 (42.31%) CISSP
5 11 (42.31%) GCIH
6 10 (38.46%) Firewall
6 10 (38.46%) Ethical Hacking
7 8 (30.77%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 8 (30.77%) Security Testing
7 8 (30.77%) GWAPT
8 7 (26.92%) CISM
8 7 (26.92%) Computer Science
8 7 (26.92%) OSCE
9 6 (23.08%) Java
9 6 (23.08%) Management Information System
9 6 (23.08%) Wireless
9 6 (23.08%) Wireshark
9 6 (23.08%) PCI DSS
9 6 (23.08%) Reverse Engineering
10 5 (19.23%) UNIX
10 5 (19.23%) Windows
10 5 (19.23%) Linux
10 5 (19.23%) GSEC
10 5 (19.23%) Network Security
10 5 (19.23%) Security Cleared
10 5 (19.23%) Open Source
11 4 (15.38%) C

GPEN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT jobs within the UK citing GPEN 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 GPEN. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Communications & Networking
1 10 (38.46%) Firewall
2 6 (23.08%) Wireless
2 6 (23.08%) Wireshark
3 5 (19.23%) Network Security
4 4 (15.38%) tcpdump
4 4 (15.38%) SSH
4 4 (15.38%) Intrusion Detection
4 4 (15.38%) LDAP
4 4 (15.38%) VoIP
4 4 (15.38%) FTP
4 4 (15.38%) HTTP
4 4 (15.38%) TCP/IP
4 4 (15.38%) VPN
5 1 (3.85%) Internet
5 1 (3.85%) WAN
5 1 (3.85%) LAN
Development Applications
1 3 (11.54%) Metasploit
General
1 4 (15.38%) Finance
2 1 (3.85%) Retail
Job Titles
1 14 (53.85%) Tester
1 14 (53.85%) Penetration Tester
2 6 (23.08%) Ethical Hacker
3 5 (19.23%) Security Analyst
3 5 (19.23%) Analyst
3 5 (19.23%) Consultant
4 4 (15.38%) Security Tester
5 1 (3.85%) Testing Consultant
5 1 (3.85%) Lead Tester
5 1 (3.85%) Information Specialist
5 1 (3.85%) Test Team Leader
5 1 (3.85%) Team Leader
5 1 (3.85%) Information Security Specialist
5 1 (3.85%) Applications Consultant
5 1 (3.85%) Security Consultant
5 1 (3.85%) Senior Analyst
5 1 (3.85%) Security Specialist
5 1 (3.85%) Security Engineer
5 1 (3.85%) Senior Security Analyst
5 1 (3.85%) Graduate
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (15.38%) Regular Expression
2 3 (11.54%) .NET
3 2 (7.69%) XML
3 2 (7.69%) JSON
3 2 (7.69%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 7 (26.92%) Computer Science
2 6 (23.08%) Management Information System
3 5 (19.23%) Open Source
4 4 (15.38%) Inversion of Control
5 2 (7.69%) Mobile App
5 2 (7.69%) Cryptography
Operating Systems
1 5 (19.23%) UNIX
1 5 (19.23%) Windows
1 5 (19.23%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (80.77%) Penetration Testing
2 13 (50.00%) Information Security
3 10 (38.46%) Ethical Hacking
4 8 (30.77%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 8 (30.77%) Security Testing
5 6 (23.08%) Reverse Engineering
6 4 (15.38%) Cyber Security
6 4 (15.38%) Computer Forensics
6 4 (15.38%) Data Security
7 3 (11.54%) Information Management
7 3 (11.54%) Manual Testing
7 3 (11.54%) Vulnerability Management
8 2 (7.69%) Digital Forensics
8 2 (7.69%) Network Design
8 2 (7.69%) Service Management
8 2 (7.69%) Agile Software Development
8 2 (7.69%) Risk Assessment
9 1 (3.85%) E-Commerce
9 1 (3.85%) Mobile Commerce
9 1 (3.85%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 6 (23.08%) Java
2 4 (15.38%) C
3 3 (11.54%) PHP
3 3 (11.54%) Objective-C
4 1 (3.85%) Python
4 1 (3.85%) C++
4 1 (3.85%) Perl
Qualifications
1 16 (61.54%) CEH
1 16 (61.54%) OSCP
2 12 (46.15%) Degree
2 12 (46.15%) GIAC
3 11 (42.31%) GCIH
3 11 (42.31%) CISSP
4 8 (30.77%) GWAPT
5 7 (26.92%) OSCE
5 7 (26.92%) CISM
6 5 (19.23%) GSEC
6 5 (19.23%) Security Cleared
7 4 (15.38%) GCFA
7 4 (15.38%) GCIA
7 4 (15.38%) EnCE
8 3 (11.54%) CISMP
8 3 (11.54%) CISA
9 1 (3.85%) MCSE
9 1 (3.85%) CCNP
9 1 (3.85%) CCNA
9 1 (3.85%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (23.08%) PCI DSS
2 2 (7.69%) HIPAA
2 2 (7.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 2 (7.69%) Nmap
Systems Management
1 2 (7.69%) Nessus
Vendors
1 1 (3.85%) Capita
1 1 (3.85%) Qualys