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 20 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
20 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN)
Rank 871 852 -
Rank change year-on-year
-19 -
Permanent jobs citing GPEN 32 12 0
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.028% 0.011% -
As % of the Qualifications category 0.10% 0.041% -
Number of salaries quoted 16 9 0
Average salary £60,000 £22,500 -
Average salary % change year-on-year
+166.66% -
UK excluding London average salary £62,500 £22,500 -
% change year-on-year
+177.77% -

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
31234 29580 33891
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 27.06% 27.11% 28.48%
Number of salaries quoted 24200 23976 28787
Average salary £44,000 £44,000 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +3.52%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,000 £27,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £65,000 £65,000 £65,000
UK excluding London average salary £41,500 £41,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+1.21% +2.50%

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 20 August 2014 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 20 August 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 -2 24 £60,000 +166.66%
London -6 12 £30,000 -13.04%
Leicestershire - 11 £62,500 -
East Midlands - 11 £62,500 -
Leicester - 9 £62,500 -
City of London -3 4 - -
Edinburgh - 4 - -
Scotland - 4 - -
South East -6 1 £40,000 +77.77%
Buckinghamshire - 1 £40,000 -

GPEN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 August 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 54 (88.52%) Penetration Testing
2 48 (78.69%) OSCP
3 42 (68.85%) CEH
3 42 (68.85%) CISSP
4 35 (57.38%) Security Testing
5 34 (55.74%) Firewall
6 32 (52.46%) GIAC
7 31 (50.82%) Vulnerability Assessment
8 30 (49.18%) PCI DSS
8 30 (49.18%) Ethical Hacking
8 30 (49.18%) Wireless
8 30 (49.18%) Java
9 29 (47.54%) VoIP
10 28 (45.90%) CISMP
10 28 (45.90%) C
11 25 (40.98%) Information Security
11 25 (40.98%) Open Source
12 23 (37.70%) VPN
13 22 (36.07%) Degree
14 21 (34.43%) Management Information System
14 21 (34.43%) Information Management
15 20 (32.79%) PHP
15 20 (32.79%) .NET
15 20 (32.79%) Objective-C
16 18 (29.51%) CISM
17 16 (26.23%) CISA
17 16 (26.23%) UNIX
18 15 (24.59%) Windows
19 13 (21.31%) GCIH
19 13 (21.31%) OSCE

GPEN
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 20 August 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.

Application Platforms
1 4 (6.56%) Apache
2 1 (1.64%) GroupWise
Applications
1 1 (1.64%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 34 (55.74%) Firewall
2 30 (49.18%) Wireless
3 29 (47.54%) VoIP
4 23 (37.70%) VPN
5 12 (19.67%) Wireshark
6 11 (18.03%) Internet
7 8 (13.11%) Network Security
8 7 (11.48%) WAN
8 7 (11.48%) LAN
9 5 (8.20%) LDAP
9 5 (8.20%) HTTP
10 4 (6.56%) SSH
10 4 (6.56%) Intrusion Detection
10 4 (6.56%) FTP
10 4 (6.56%) tcpdump
10 4 (6.56%) TCP/IP
11 2 (3.28%) Ethernet
12 1 (1.64%) SMTP
12 1 (1.64%) DHCP
12 1 (1.64%) SNMP
Development Applications
1 8 (13.11%) Metasploit
2 4 (6.56%) AppScan
General
1 11 (18.03%) Finance
2 7 (11.48%) Retail
3 2 (3.28%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.64%) Advertising
4 1 (1.64%) Arabic Language
4 1 (1.64%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 31 (50.82%) Tester
2 29 (47.54%) Penetration Tester
3 18 (29.51%) Security Tester
4 9 (14.75%) Security Analyst
4 9 (14.75%) Analyst
5 8 (13.11%) Security Specialist
5 8 (13.11%) Information Specialist
5 8 (13.11%) Ethical Hacker
5 8 (13.11%) Information Security Specialist
6 7 (11.48%) Consultant
6 7 (11.48%) Security Consultant
7 5 (8.20%) Applications Consultant
7 5 (8.20%) Testing Consultant
8 4 (6.56%) IT Security Manager
8 4 (6.56%) Security Manager
8 4 (6.56%) Team Leader
8 4 (6.56%) Test Team Leader
9 3 (4.92%) Security Engineer
10 2 (3.28%) Test Engineer
10 2 (3.28%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (32.79%) .NET
2 4 (6.56%) Regular Expression
3 2 (3.28%) XML
3 2 (3.28%) JSON
3 2 (3.28%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 25 (40.98%) Open Source
2 21 (34.43%) Management Information System
3 12 (19.67%) Cryptography
3 12 (19.67%) Computer Science
4 4 (6.56%) AS400
5 2 (3.28%) Mobile App
6 1 (1.64%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 16 (26.23%) UNIX
2 15 (24.59%) Windows
3 11 (18.03%) Linux
4 4 (6.56%) OS/390
4 4 (6.56%) Windows Server 2003
4 4 (6.56%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 54 (88.52%) Penetration Testing
2 35 (57.38%) Security Testing
3 31 (50.82%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 30 (49.18%) Ethical Hacking
5 25 (40.98%) Information Security
6 21 (34.43%) Information Management
7 10 (16.39%) Project Management
8 8 (13.11%) Data Security
9 7 (11.48%) OWASP
9 7 (11.48%) Vulnerability Management
10 4 (6.56%) Technical Analysis
10 4 (6.56%) Risk Management
10 4 (6.56%) ITIL
11 3 (4.92%) Manual Testing
11 3 (4.92%) Supplier Management
12 2 (3.28%) Cyber Security
12 2 (3.28%) Service Management
12 2 (3.28%) Risk Assessment
12 2 (3.28%) Security Management
12 2 (3.28%) Agile Software Development
Programming Languages
1 30 (49.18%) Java
2 28 (45.90%) C
3 20 (32.79%) PHP
3 20 (32.79%) Objective-C
4 8 (13.11%) C++
5 7 (11.48%) Perl
5 7 (11.48%) Python
6 4 (6.56%) SQL
7 1 (1.64%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 48 (78.69%) OSCP
2 42 (68.85%) CISSP
2 42 (68.85%) CEH
3 32 (52.46%) GIAC
4 28 (45.90%) CISMP
5 22 (36.07%) Degree
6 18 (29.51%) CISM
7 16 (26.23%) CISA
8 13 (21.31%) GCIH
8 13 (21.31%) OSCE
8 13 (21.31%) GWAPT
9 11 (18.03%) GSEC
10 10 (16.39%) CCNA
10 10 (16.39%) Cisco Certification
11 9 (14.75%) CCNP
12 7 (11.48%) MCSE
12 7 (11.48%) Microsoft Certification
12 7 (11.48%) RHCE
13 4 (6.56%) GCIA
13 4 (6.56%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (49.18%) PCI DSS
2 7 (11.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (6.56%) COBIT
System Software
1 9 (14.75%) Nmap
2 2 (3.28%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 2 (3.28%) Nessus
Vendors
1 5 (8.20%) Capita
2 4 (6.56%) Oracle
3 2 (3.28%) VMware
4 1 (1.64%) Microsoft
4 1 (1.64%) CheckPoint