The first table below looks at the demand for the Penetration Tester role in IT jobs advertised across the UK. 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 29 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Job Titles currently tracked.

Location
3 months to
29 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Penetration Tester
Rank 742 792 851
Rank change year-on-year
+50 +59
Permanent jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 165 77 53
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.14% 0.071% 0.045%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.15% 0.075% 0.047%
Number of salaries quoted 136 41 39
Average salary £50,000 £55,000 £50,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-9.09% +10.00%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £30,000 £30,000
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £77,000 £62,500
UK excluding London average salary £57,500 £50,000 £53,750
% change year-on-year
+15.00% -6.97%
Job Titles Category
UK
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
110361 102490 112133
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 94.41% 94.27% 95.11%
Number of salaries quoted 90061 84895 96093
Average salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+5.88% -
90% offered a salary of more than £26,500 £26,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £70,000 £67,500
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £38,500 £38,500
% change year-on-year
+3.89% -

Penetration Tester
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Penetration Tester Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Penetration Tester
Salary Trend

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

Penetration Tester Salary Trend in the UK

Penetration Tester
Salary Histogram

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing Penetration Tester over the 3 months to 29 July 2014 within the UK.

Penetration Tester Salary Histogram in the UK

Penetration Tester
Top 30 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 29 July 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 +49 163 £50,000 -4.76% 26
London +15 66 £50,000 -23.07% 13
South East +9 25 £40,000 -23.80% 5
North West +14 22 £62,500 +38.88% 2
East Midlands +19 20 £62,500 - 1
Manchester +20 14 £75,000 - 1
South West +1 13 £38,500 - 2
City of London +6 12 £27,500 -64.51% 8
West Midlands +8 9 £23,500 -53.00% 1
Leicestershire 0 9 £62,500 - 1
Stoke-on-Trent +6 8 £22,500 -55.00%
Staffordshire +1 8 £22,500 -55.00%
Leicester -1 8 £62,500 - 1
Cheshire -3 8 £60,000 +50.00% 1
Buckinghamshire - 8 £40,000 -
Kent - 7 £31,250 - 2
Folkestone - 7 £31,250 - 2
Basingstoke +1 5 £65,000 -1.88%
Hampshire -2 5 £65,000 -
Yorkshire -55 5 £50,000 -
Milton Keynes - 5 - -
Berkshire +3 4 £47,500 +111.11% 1
Reading -4 4 £47,500 +111.11% 1
Swindon - 4 £36,750 -
Bristol - 4 £60,000 - 1
Wiltshire - 4 £36,750 -
Gloucestershire - 3 £65,000 -
Cheltenham - 3 £65,000 -
West Yorkshire -52 2 £50,000 -
Essex - 2 £68,750 -

Penetration Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 July 2014, IT jobs within the UK 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.

1 223 (81.09%) Penetration Testing
2 109 (39.64%) CEH
3 99 (36.00%) Ethical Hacking
4 83 (30.18%) Security Testing
5 77 (28.00%) Information Security
5 77 (28.00%) CISSP
6 74 (26.91%) PCI DSS
7 72 (26.18%) Vulnerability Assessment
8 63 (22.91%) Java
9 60 (21.82%) .NET
10 56 (20.36%) Windows
11 53 (19.27%) Finance
12 52 (18.91%) Linux
13 48 (17.45%) Wireless
14 45 (16.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
15 44 (16.00%) Security Cleared
16 43 (15.64%) Degree
17 38 (13.82%) Firewall
17 38 (13.82%) PHP
18 36 (13.09%) C
19 35 (12.73%) SQL
20 34 (12.36%) Python
20 34 (12.36%) OSCP
21 33 (12.00%) GPEN
22 31 (11.27%) Ruby
23 28 (10.18%) Open Source
24 26 (9.45%) VoIP
25 25 (9.09%) Metasploit
26 24 (8.73%) CISMP
27 22 (8.00%) Cyber Security

Penetration Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 July 2014, IT jobs within the UK 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 14 (5.09%) Apache
2 9 (3.27%) IIS
3 1 (0.36%) Tomcat
3 1 (0.36%) WebSphere
Applications
1 12 (4.36%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 7 (2.55%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 48 (17.45%) Wireless
2 38 (13.82%) Firewall
3 26 (9.45%) VoIP
4 21 (7.64%) Network Security
5 17 (6.18%) VPN
6 12 (4.36%) Wireless Security
7 8 (2.91%) Internet
8 6 (2.18%) Wireshark
9 3 (1.09%) HTTP
10 2 (0.73%) TCP/IP
11 1 (0.36%) HTTPS
11 1 (0.36%) SSL
11 1 (0.36%) Intrusion Detection
11 1 (0.36%) Multicast
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (2.91%) MySQL
2 4 (1.45%) SQL Server
3 1 (0.36%) DB2
3 1 (0.36%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (0.36%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 25 (9.09%) Metasploit
2 9 (3.27%) AppScan
3 1 (0.36%) QADirector
3 1 (0.36%) GDB
3 1 (0.36%) SoapUI
General
1 53 (19.27%) Finance
2 18 (6.55%) Retail
3 9 (3.27%) Telecoms
4 8 (2.91%) Banking
5 5 (1.82%) Games
6 3 (1.09%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.36%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.36%) Military
7 1 (0.36%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 60 (21.82%) .NET
2 7 (2.55%) HTML
3 6 (2.18%) ASP.NET
3 6 (2.18%) XML
4 5 (1.82%) Web Services
4 5 (1.82%) JSON
4 5 (1.82%) RESTful
5 2 (0.73%) Gherkin
6 1 (0.36%) WebSphere MQ
6 1 (0.36%) Middleware
6 1 (0.36%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 28 (10.18%) Open Source
2 22 (8.00%) Management Information System
3 16 (5.82%) Computer Science
4 12 (4.36%) Mobile App
5 5 (1.82%) Mobile Payment
5 5 (1.82%) AS400
6 4 (1.45%) PKI
7 2 (0.73%) Cryptography
7 2 (0.73%) CESG
8 1 (0.36%) STB
8 1 (0.36%) Blackberry
8 1 (0.36%) Data Protection Act
8 1 (0.36%) Mathematics
8 1 (0.36%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 56 (20.36%) Windows
2 52 (18.91%) Linux
3 20 (7.27%) UNIX
4 18 (6.55%) Android
4 18 (6.55%) Apple iOS
5 12 (4.36%) Windows Phone
6 9 (3.27%) AIX
6 9 (3.27%) Solaris
7 8 (2.91%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 7 (2.55%) Windows Server 2003
9 6 (2.18%) Debian
10 5 (1.82%) Ubuntu
10 5 (1.82%) CentOS
10 5 (1.82%) OS/390
11 1 (0.36%) Windows 7
11 1 (0.36%) Windows Mobile
11 1 (0.36%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 223 (81.09%) Penetration Testing
2 99 (36.00%) Ethical Hacking
3 83 (30.18%) Security Testing
4 77 (28.00%) Information Security
5 72 (26.18%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 22 (8.00%) Cyber Security
7 16 (5.82%) Information Management
8 15 (5.45%) Risk Assessment
8 15 (5.45%) OWASP
9 13 (4.73%) Project Management
10 10 (3.64%) Risk Management
10 10 (3.64%) SIEM
11 9 (3.27%) Reverse Engineering
12 6 (2.18%) Information Assurance
12 6 (2.18%) Vulnerability Management
12 6 (2.18%) Security Management
12 6 (2.18%) Agile Software Development
12 6 (2.18%) Manual Testing
13 5 (1.82%) Test Management
13 5 (1.82%) Computer Forensics
Programming Languages
1 63 (22.91%) Java
2 38 (13.82%) PHP
3 36 (13.09%) C
4 35 (12.73%) SQL
5 34 (12.36%) Python
6 31 (11.27%) Ruby
7 22 (8.00%) C++
8 18 (6.55%) Objective-C
9 17 (6.18%) C#
10 12 (4.36%) VB
11 11 (4.00%) Bash Shell
12 8 (2.91%) Shell Script
13 7 (2.55%) Perl
14 4 (1.45%) T-SQL
14 4 (1.45%) VB6
15 1 (0.36%) PowerShell
15 1 (0.36%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 109 (39.64%) CEH
2 77 (28.00%) CISSP
3 44 (16.00%) Security Cleared
4 43 (15.64%) Degree
5 34 (12.36%) OSCP
6 33 (12.00%) GPEN
7 24 (8.73%) CISMP
8 20 (7.27%) GIAC
9 15 (5.45%) OSCE
10 14 (5.09%) SC Cleared
11 12 (4.36%) CISA
12 8 (2.91%) CISM
13 7 (2.55%) GCIH
13 7 (2.55%) GWAPT
14 3 (1.09%) CCNA
14 3 (1.09%) Cisco Certification
15 2 (0.73%) Microsoft Certification
15 2 (0.73%) MCITP
15 2 (0.73%) CSSLP
16 1 (0.36%) PCI QSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 74 (26.91%) PCI DSS
2 45 (16.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 10 (3.64%) QA
4 5 (1.82%) COBIT
5 1 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 17799
System Software
1 8 (2.91%) Snort
2 6 (2.18%) Nmap
3 4 (1.45%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (1.45%) Hyper-V
4 2 (0.73%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 10 (3.64%) Nessus
2 7 (2.55%) WebInspect
3 6 (2.18%) CORE IMPACT
4 4 (1.45%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 16 (5.82%) Microsoft
2 8 (2.91%) Oracle
2 8 (2.91%) Red Hat
3 7 (2.55%) LogRhythm
4 5 (1.82%) VMware
4 5 (1.82%) HP
5 2 (0.73%) Progress
6 1 (0.36%) Cisco
6 1 (0.36%) JBoss
6 1 (0.36%) EMC
6 1 (0.36%) Hitachi
6 1 (0.36%) NetApp
6 1 (0.36%) F5
6 1 (0.36%) Apple
6 1 (0.36%) CheckPoint
London
Networking People
Salary: Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
South West
Vertical IT
Salary: £25000 - £30000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Vertical IT
Salary: £25000 - £30000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
East London
Oho Group Ltd.
Salary: £0 to £55 per annum - Car + Bonus + Healthcare + Pension etc
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Rullion IT Plus
Salary: £70000 - £75000 per annum + car + bonus + benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Knutsford, Cheshire
Rullion IT Plus
Salary: £50000 - £55000 per annum + bonus + benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester
Computer Futures
Salary: £60000 - £90000 per annum + Bonus AND Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
City of London
Computer Futures
Salary: £40000 - £60000 per annum + Bonus AND Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
England
Computer Futures
Salary: £40000 - £85000 per annum + bonus and benefits (DOE)
Posted: 4 days ago
City of London
Computer Futures
Salary: £50000 - £60000 per annum + Bonus and Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
City of London
Computer Futures
Salary: £60000 - £90000 per annum + Bonus AND Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Bristol
Computer Futures
Salary: £50000 - £65000 per annum + Bonus AND Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Leicester
Computer Futures
Salary: £50000 - £70000 per annum + Bonus And Benfits
Posted: 4 days ago
Guildford, Surrey
Oho Group Ltd.
Salary: £0 to £55000 per annum - car allowance, health plan, company pension
Posted: 4 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £18000 - £30000 per annum + bens, training + career prog
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Experis Ltd
Salary: £45000.00 - £65000.00 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Salary: £25000.00 - £30000.00 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: From £35,000 to £70,000 per annum plus outstanding package
Posted: 6 days ago
Guildford, Surrey
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: From £35,000 to £70,000 per annum plus outstanding package
Posted: 6 days ago
Birmingham
Three People
Salary: £55000 - £65000 per annum + package
Posted: 7 days ago