The table below looks at the statistics 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 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
Penetration Tester
Rank 785 764 822
Rank change year-on-year
-21 +58
Permanent jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 93 129 63
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.088% 0.13% 0.058%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.093% 0.13% 0.061%
Number of salaries quoted 81 95 39
Average salary £57,500 £60,000 £50,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-4.16% +20.00%
90% offered a salary of more than £30,000 £36,400 £36,650
10% offered a salary of more than £75,000 £68,500 £70,000
UK excluding London average salary £57,500 £60,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year
-4.16% +60.00%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in permanent jobs advertised across the UK. 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
UK
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
100365 96995 104060
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 94.79% 94.55% 95.11%
Number of salaries quoted 83553 78307 89163
Average salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +5.88%
90% offered a salary of more than £26,500 £27,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £65,000 £70,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £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 30 January 2015 within the UK.

Penetration Tester Salary Histogram in the UK

Penetration Tester
Top 22 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 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
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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 -33 88 £57,500 -4.16% 53
London +5 43 £48,750 -22.00% 18
Manchester +12 25 £57,500 - 6
North West +8 25 £57,500 -4.16% 6
Leicestershire +14 5 £45,000 -28.00% 1
East Midlands +10 5 £45,000 -25.00% 1
Yorkshire -6 5 - - 3
Reading -2 3 £32,500 -50.00% 1
Berkshire -15 3 £32,500 -50.00% 1
South East -57 3 £32,500 -48.00% 10
South Yorkshire - 3 - - 1
Leicester +17 2 £36,250 -42.00% 1
Leeds +1 2 - - 2
West Yorkshire -4 2 - - 2
City of London -5 2 £62,500 - 5
South West -13 2 £72,500 +163.63% 9
Cheltenham - 2 £72,500 - 3
Gloucestershire - 2 £72,500 - 6
Sheffield - 2 - - 1
Stoke-on-Trent +1 1 £60,000 -
Staffordshire +1 1 £60,000 -
West Midlands -20 1 £60,000 - 2

Penetration Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, 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.

1 190 (90.05%) Penetration Testing
2 100 (47.39%) Information Security
3 71 (33.65%) Ethical Hacking
4 53 (25.12%) OSCP
5 49 (23.22%) CISSP
6 41 (19.43%) Security Testing
7 39 (18.48%) Windows
8 38 (18.01%) Linux
8 38 (18.01%) OSCE
9 37 (17.54%) CEH
10 34 (16.11%) Degree
11 31 (14.69%) Vulnerability Assessment
11 31 (14.69%) Security Architecture
12 29 (13.74%) Security Cleared
13 24 (11.37%) Metasploit
14 22 (10.43%) Nessus
15 20 (9.48%) Banking
16 18 (8.53%) Computer Science
16 18 (8.53%) Cyber Security
17 17 (8.06%) SC Cleared
18 16 (7.58%) Risk Management
18 16 (7.58%) Finance
19 14 (6.64%) SQL
19 14 (6.64%) PCI DSS
20 13 (6.16%) Computer Security
20 13 (6.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
21 12 (5.69%) Network Security
21 12 (5.69%) OWASP
21 12 (5.69%) Wireless
21 12 (5.69%) Vulnerability Management

Penetration Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, 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.

Cloud Services
1 4 (1.90%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 12 (5.69%) Network Security
1 12 (5.69%) Wireless
2 10 (4.74%) Firewall
3 4 (1.90%) WAN
3 4 (1.90%) TCP/IP
3 4 (1.90%) LAN
4 3 (1.42%) VPN
5 2 (0.95%) Wireshark
6 1 (0.47%) LTE
6 1 (0.47%) SIGTRAN
6 1 (0.47%) NGN
6 1 (0.47%) VoIP
6 1 (0.47%) 3G
6 1 (0.47%) SS7
6 1 (0.47%) 2G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.47%) Relational Database
1 1 (0.47%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 24 (11.37%) Metasploit
General
1 20 (9.48%) Banking
2 16 (7.58%) Finance
3 7 (3.32%) Retail
3 7 (3.32%) Telecoms
4 4 (1.90%) Games
4 4 (1.90%) Military
5 2 (0.95%) Financial Institution
5 2 (0.95%) Law
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (1.42%) .NET
2 1 (0.47%) REST
2 1 (0.47%) RESTful
2 1 (0.47%) JSON
2 1 (0.47%) ASP.NET
2 1 (0.47%) XML
2 1 (0.47%) Middleware
2 1 (0.47%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 18 (8.53%) Computer Science
2 9 (4.27%) Blackberry
3 8 (3.79%) Mobile App
4 4 (1.90%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (1.42%) Open Source
5 3 (1.42%) Management Information System
6 2 (0.95%) Cryptography
6 2 (0.95%) SCADA
7 1 (0.47%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.47%) CESG
7 1 (0.47%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 39 (18.48%) Windows
2 38 (18.01%) Linux
3 11 (5.21%) Apple iOS
3 11 (5.21%) Android
4 4 (1.90%) Debian
4 4 (1.90%) Ubuntu
4 4 (1.90%) CentOS
5 3 (1.42%) Windows Mobile
5 3 (1.42%) Solaris
6 2 (0.95%) UNIX
6 2 (0.95%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 190 (90.05%) Penetration Testing
2 100 (47.39%) Information Security
3 71 (33.65%) Ethical Hacking
4 41 (19.43%) Security Testing
5 31 (14.69%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 31 (14.69%) Security Architecture
6 18 (8.53%) Cyber Security
7 16 (7.58%) Risk Management
8 13 (6.16%) Computer Security
9 12 (5.69%) OWASP
9 12 (5.69%) Vulnerability Management
10 10 (4.74%) Reverse Engineering
11 8 (3.79%) Project Management
12 4 (1.90%) Security Management
12 4 (1.90%) Test Management
12 4 (1.90%) ISMS
13 3 (1.42%) Mentoring
13 3 (1.42%) E-Commerce
14 2 (0.95%) Validation
14 2 (0.95%) Network Design
Programming Languages
1 14 (6.64%) SQL
2 10 (4.74%) Java
3 8 (3.79%) Ruby
4 7 (3.32%) Python
5 6 (2.84%) Perl
5 6 (2.84%) C
5 6 (2.84%) C#
5 6 (2.84%) C++
5 6 (2.84%) Shell Script
6 3 (1.42%) Objective-C
7 1 (0.47%) Bash Shell
7 1 (0.47%) PowerShell
7 1 (0.47%) PHP
Qualifications
1 53 (25.12%) OSCP
2 49 (23.22%) CISSP
3 38 (18.01%) OSCE
4 37 (17.54%) CEH
5 34 (16.11%) Degree
6 29 (13.74%) Security Cleared
7 17 (8.06%) SC Cleared
8 7 (3.32%) GPEN
9 6 (2.84%) CISA
10 4 (1.90%) CCNA
10 4 (1.90%) Cisco Certification
10 4 (1.90%) GWAPT
11 3 (1.42%) GCIH
11 3 (1.42%) MCITP
11 3 (1.42%) Microsoft Certification
11 3 (1.42%) CISM
12 2 (0.95%) GIAC
12 2 (0.95%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (6.64%) PCI DSS
2 13 (6.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (1.90%) QA
4 2 (0.95%) HIPAA
System Software
1 4 (1.90%) Nmap
2 1 (0.47%) Snort
Systems Management
1 22 (10.43%) Nessus
2 3 (1.42%) CORE IMPACT
Vendors
1 3 (1.42%) Microsoft
2 2 (0.95%) Qualys
3 1 (0.47%) Coverity
3 1 (0.47%) Google
3 1 (0.47%) Fortinet
3 1 (0.47%) Juniper
3 1 (0.47%) Apple
3 1 (0.47%) CheckPoint
3 1 (0.47%) Cisco
3 1 (0.47%) BT
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