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 30 January 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN)
Rank 867 849 884
Rank change year-on-year
-18 +35
Permanent jobs citing GPEN 11 44 1
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.010% 0.043% 0.001%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.038% 0.16% 0.003%
Number of salaries quoted 4 37 1
Average salary £48,125 £60,000 £64,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-19.79% -6.25%
UK excluding London average salary £48,750 £60,000 -
% change year-on-year
-18.75% -

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
29255 27965 30740
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 27.63% 27.26% 28.10%
Number of salaries quoted 23431 21963 25717
Average salary £45,000 £43,500 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+3.44% +2.35%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £67,500 £62,500 £65,000
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 30 January 2015 within the UK.

GPEN Salary Histogram in the UK

GPEN
Top 10 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 30 January 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
(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 -42 6 £48,125 -19.79%
Portsmouth - 2 £56,875 -
Sheffield - 2 - -
Hampshire - 2 £56,875 -
South Yorkshire - 2 - -
Yorkshire - 2 - -
South East - 2 £56,875 -
Leicestershire +3 1 £45,000 -25.00%
East Midlands -1 1 £45,000 -5.26%
London -10 1 £47,500 -38.70%

GPEN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, 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 15 (78.95%) Penetration Testing
2 13 (68.42%) Degree
2 13 (68.42%) GCIH
2 13 (68.42%) Information Security
3 10 (52.63%) CISSP
3 10 (52.63%) CEH
4 9 (47.37%) GIAC
4 9 (47.37%) OSCP
5 8 (42.11%) Firewall
6 7 (36.84%) CISM
6 7 (36.84%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 7 (36.84%) Computer Science
6 7 (36.84%) Reverse Engineering
6 7 (36.84%) GWAPT
7 6 (31.58%) Cyber Security
7 6 (31.58%) OSCE
7 6 (31.58%) Security Cleared
7 6 (31.58%) Management Information System
8 5 (26.32%) EnCE
8 5 (26.32%) GCIA
8 5 (26.32%) GCFA
8 5 (26.32%) Computer Forensics
8 5 (26.32%) Inversion of Control
9 4 (21.05%) Vulnerability Management
9 4 (21.05%) Security Testing
10 3 (15.79%) Wireless
10 3 (15.79%) Data Security
10 3 (15.79%) UNIX
10 3 (15.79%) Windows
10 3 (15.79%) Linux

GPEN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, 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 8 (42.11%) Firewall
2 3 (15.79%) Wireless
2 3 (15.79%) LDAP
2 3 (15.79%) FTP
2 3 (15.79%) HTTP
2 3 (15.79%) TCP/IP
2 3 (15.79%) Network Security
2 3 (15.79%) SSH
2 3 (15.79%) Intrusion Detection
2 3 (15.79%) Wireshark
2 3 (15.79%) tcpdump
3 1 (5.26%) VPN
3 1 (5.26%) VoIP
Development Applications
1 3 (15.79%) Metasploit
General
1 2 (10.53%) Advertising
2 1 (5.26%) Finance
2 1 (5.26%) Retail
Job Titles
1 7 (36.84%) Tester
1 7 (36.84%) Penetration Tester
2 5 (26.32%) Consultant
3 4 (21.05%) Analyst
3 4 (21.05%) Security Analyst
4 2 (10.53%) Security Engineer
4 2 (10.53%) IT Security Engineer
4 2 (10.53%) Ethical Hacker
5 1 (5.26%) Applications Consultant
5 1 (5.26%) Security Consultant
5 1 (5.26%) Test Team Leader
5 1 (5.26%) Team Leader
5 1 (5.26%) Graduate
5 1 (5.26%) Senior Security Engineer
5 1 (5.26%) Security Tester
5 1 (5.26%) Testing Consultant
5 1 (5.26%) Lead Tester
5 1 (5.26%) Cyber Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (15.79%) Regular Expression
2 1 (5.26%) XML
2 1 (5.26%) JSON
2 1 (5.26%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 7 (36.84%) Computer Science
2 6 (31.58%) Management Information System
3 5 (26.32%) Inversion of Control
4 2 (10.53%) Open Source
5 1 (5.26%) Cryptography
5 1 (5.26%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 3 (15.79%) UNIX
1 3 (15.79%) Windows
1 3 (15.79%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (78.95%) Penetration Testing
2 13 (68.42%) Information Security
3 7 (36.84%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 7 (36.84%) Reverse Engineering
4 6 (31.58%) Cyber Security
5 5 (26.32%) Computer Forensics
6 4 (21.05%) Vulnerability Management
6 4 (21.05%) Security Testing
7 3 (15.79%) Data Security
7 3 (15.79%) Ethical Hacking
7 3 (15.79%) SIEM
8 2 (10.53%) Security Architecture
8 2 (10.53%) Digital Forensics
8 2 (10.53%) Network Design
9 1 (5.26%) Service Management
9 1 (5.26%) Risk Assessment
9 1 (5.26%) E-Commerce
9 1 (5.26%) Manual Testing
9 1 (5.26%) Agile Software Development
Programming Languages
1 1 (5.26%) Java
Qualifications
1 13 (68.42%) Degree
1 13 (68.42%) GCIH
2 10 (52.63%) CISSP
2 10 (52.63%) CEH
3 9 (47.37%) GIAC
3 9 (47.37%) OSCP
4 7 (36.84%) CISM
4 7 (36.84%) GWAPT
5 6 (31.58%) OSCE
5 6 (31.58%) Security Cleared
6 5 (26.32%) EnCE
6 5 (26.32%) GCIA
6 5 (26.32%) GCFA
7 3 (15.79%) GSEC
8 2 (10.53%) CISA
9 1 (5.26%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (10.53%) PCI DSS
1 2 (10.53%) HIPAA
2 1 (5.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
Systems Management
1 3 (15.79%) Nessus
2 2 (10.53%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 2 (10.53%) Splunk
1 2 (10.53%) Sourcefire
1 2 (10.53%) Symantec
1 2 (10.53%) McAfee
1 2 (10.53%) Websense
1 2 (10.53%) Cisco
2 1 (5.26%) IBM
2 1 (5.26%) HP
2 1 (5.26%) Capita
2 1 (5.26%) Qualys
2 1 (5.26%) ArcSight
2 1 (5.26%) LogLogic