The statistics below represent IT jobs advertised across the UK that had Penetration Tester featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the salaries offered over the 3 months to 30 September 2016 with a comparison to same period over 2 years.

3 months to
30 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Penetration Tester
Rank 721 858 850
Rank change year-on-year
+137 -8
Permanent jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 192 117 137
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.20% 0.11% 0.12%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.21% 0.11% 0.12%
Number of salaries quoted 164 83 118
Median salary £55,000 £55,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year
- +10.00%
90% offered a salary of more than £45,000 £32,885 £30,000
10% offered a salary of more than £81,750 £70,000 £72,500
UK excluding London median salary £55,000 £57,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year
-4.34% +15.00%

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
91719 105001 110310
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 96.27% 96.26% 96.44%
Number of salaries quoted 76765 87557 89208
Median salary £47,000 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year
+4.44% -
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £26,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £72,500 £67,500 £70,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+6.25% -

Penetration Tester
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of job ads that featured Penetration Tester in the job title.

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 September 2016 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 median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 30 September 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +139 186 £55,000 - 77
London +77 67 £65,000 +18.18% 14
South East +77 50 £50,000 -28.57% 22
Oxfordshire +41 37 £50,000 - 6
Yorkshire +44 23 £55,000 +100.00% 4
Banbury - 22 £66,750 - 2
Leeds +58 21 £55,000 +120.00% 3
West Yorkshire +43 21 £55,000 +100.00% 3
East Midlands +23 14 £65,000 +88.81% 7
West Midlands -2 10 £52,500 -8.69% 9
South West -3 8 £51,250 -14.58% 8
Nottinghamshire - 8 £67,500 - 2
Nottingham - 8 £67,500 - 2
Gloucestershire -7 7 £51,250 -14.58% 5
Hampshire - 7 £70,000 - 3
Leicestershire -10 6 £45,000 +30.71% 2
Farnborough - 6 £71,250 - 1
Surrey +29 4 £47,500 -36.66% 2
North West +1 4 £52,500 -12.50% 7
Cheltenham -10 4 £50,000 -16.66% 5
Midlands - 4 £50,000 -
Warwickshire - 4 £52,500 - 2
Manchester -6 3 £50,000 -16.66% 7
Birmingham -28 3 £60,000 +4.34% 5
Stoke-on-Trent - 2 £45,000 -
Chertsey - 2 £42,500 -
Oxford - 2 £60,000 - 1
Staffordshire - 2 £45,000 - 1
City of London +46 1 £42,500 -10.52% 4
East of England +19 1 £50,000 - 4

Penetration Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 September 2016, Penetration Tester job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads featuring Penetration Tester in the job title.

1 304 (82.83%) Penetration Testing
2 243 (66.21%) CREST Certified
3 147 (40.05%) Information Security
4 139 (37.87%) OSCP
5 137 (37.33%) Cybersecurity
6 135 (36.78%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 134 (36.51%) Windows
8 126 (34.33%) Java
9 125 (34.06%) Python
10 120 (32.70%) C++
10 120 (32.70%) Security Cleared
11 111 (30.25%) Mobile App
11 111 (30.25%) C
12 108 (29.43%) CEH
13 107 (29.16%) Wireless
14 98 (26.70%) Ethical Hacking
15 96 (26.16%) Perl
16 93 (25.34%) Security Testing
17 92 (25.07%) GPEN
18 88 (23.98%) Linux
19 87 (23.71%) Nessus
20 76 (20.71%) Degree
21 74 (20.16%) Ruby
22 73 (19.89%) GIAC
23 72 (19.62%) CHECK Team Member
24 71 (19.35%) Nmap
25 69 (18.80%) OWASP
26 68 (18.53%) Tigerscheme
27 67 (18.26%) SC Cleared
28 64 (17.44%) CHECK Team Leader

Penetration Tester Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 1 (0.27%) JBoss
Applications
1 3 (0.82%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (1.09%) Payment Gateway
2 2 (0.54%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 3 (0.82%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 107 (29.16%) Wireless
2 53 (14.44%) Firewall
3 38 (10.35%) TCP/IP
4 32 (8.72%) Wireless Security
5 24 (6.54%) Internet
6 23 (6.27%) Network Security
7 13 (3.54%) Broadband
7 13 (3.54%) LTE
8 9 (2.45%) LAN
8 9 (2.45%) WAN
9 6 (1.63%) VPN
10 5 (1.36%) Wi-Fi
11 4 (1.09%) HTTP
12 3 (0.82%) Bluetooth
12 3 (0.82%) DAB
12 3 (0.82%) Ethernet
12 3 (0.82%) NFC
13 2 (0.54%) HTTPS
13 2 (0.54%) VoIP
14 1 (0.27%) SSL
Development Applications
1 62 (16.89%) Metasploit
2 49 (13.35%) Burp Suite
3 5 (1.36%) AppScan
4 3 (0.82%) HP UFT
4 3 (0.82%) LoadRunner
4 3 (0.82%) WinRunner
5 2 (0.54%) sqlmap
General
1 63 (17.17%) Finance
2 62 (16.89%) Telecoms
3 35 (9.54%) Publishing
4 8 (2.18%) Retail
5 7 (1.91%) Banking
6 5 (1.36%) Manufacturing
7 4 (1.09%) Legal
7 4 (1.09%) Marketing
8 3 (0.82%) Automotive
9 2 (0.54%) Aerospace
9 2 (0.54%) Back Office
9 2 (0.54%) Electronics
9 2 (0.54%) Investment Banking
10 1 (0.27%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (5.99%) .NET
2 13 (3.54%) HTML
3 11 (3.00%) HTML5
3 11 (3.00%) JSON
3 11 (3.00%) XML
4 10 (2.72%) 802.1X
5 9 (2.45%) .NET Framework
6 7 (1.91%) Ajax
6 7 (1.91%) SOAP
7 6 (1.63%) Web Services
8 4 (1.09%) ASP.NET Web API
8 4 (1.09%) RESTful
9 2 (0.54%) ASP.NET
9 2 (0.54%) ELK Stack
10 1 (0.27%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 111 (30.25%) Mobile App
2 53 (14.44%) CESG
3 22 (5.99%) Computer Science
4 21 (5.72%) Analytical Skills
4 21 (5.72%) Embedded Systems
5 18 (4.90%) Management Information System
6 14 (3.81%) Cyberthreat
7 10 (2.72%) Data Centre
8 7 (1.91%) SCADA
9 6 (1.63%) Blog
10 5 (1.36%) Driving Licence
11 4 (1.09%) Cybercrime
12 3 (0.82%) Internet of Things
12 3 (0.82%) Smartphone
13 2 (0.54%) iPad
14 1 (0.27%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
Operating Systems
1 134 (36.51%) Windows
2 88 (23.98%) Linux
3 45 (12.26%) Unix
4 17 (4.63%) Kali Linux
5 14 (3.81%) VxWorks
6 7 (1.91%) Android
6 7 (1.91%) Apple iOS
7 6 (1.63%) Solaris
8 5 (1.36%) AIX
9 1 (0.27%) HPUX
9 1 (0.27%) KNOPPIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 304 (82.83%) Penetration Testing
2 147 (40.05%) Information Security
3 137 (37.33%) Cybersecurity
4 135 (36.78%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 98 (26.70%) Ethical Hacking
6 93 (25.34%) Security Testing
7 69 (18.80%) OWASP
8 54 (14.71%) Social Engineering
9 38 (10.35%) Open Source
9 38 (10.35%) Reverse Engineering
10 27 (7.36%) Vulnerability Scanning
11 17 (4.63%) Static Code Analysis
12 16 (4.36%) Threat Modelling
13 15 (4.09%) Malware Analysis
13 15 (4.09%) Risk Management
13 15 (4.09%) Source Code Analysis
14 14 (3.81%) Data Protection
15 13 (3.54%) Project Management
16 12 (3.27%) Security Architecture
17 10 (2.72%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 126 (34.33%) Java
2 125 (34.06%) Python
3 120 (32.70%) C++
4 111 (30.25%) C
5 96 (26.16%) Perl
6 74 (20.16%) Ruby
7 55 (14.99%) PHP
8 42 (11.44%) Bash Shell
9 24 (6.54%) C#
10 17 (4.63%) PowerShell
11 16 (4.36%) SQL
12 12 (3.27%) VB
12 12 (3.27%) VB.NET
13 9 (2.45%) Objective-C
14 5 (1.36%) Shell Script
15 4 (1.09%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 243 (66.21%) CREST Certified
2 139 (37.87%) OSCP
3 120 (32.70%) Security Cleared
4 108 (29.43%) CEH
5 92 (25.07%) GPEN
6 76 (20.71%) Degree
7 73 (19.89%) GIAC
8 72 (19.62%) CHECK Team Member
9 68 (18.53%) Tigerscheme
10 67 (18.26%) SC Cleared
11 64 (17.44%) CHECK Team Leader
12 61 (16.62%) CISSP
13 32 (8.72%) SANS
14 29 (7.90%) DV Cleared
15 25 (6.81%) CISM
16 20 (5.45%) OSCE
17 19 (5.18%) GWAPT
18 17 (4.63%) Cisco Certification
19 16 (4.36%) CCNA
20 14 (3.81%) EC-Council LPT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (5.72%) QA
2 11 (3.00%) PCI DSS
3 10 (2.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
Systems Management
1 87 (23.71%) Nessus
2 71 (19.35%) Nmap
3 36 (9.81%) OpenVAS
4 10 (2.72%) HP Fortify
5 4 (1.09%) Nexpose
6 1 (0.27%) Core Impact
6 1 (0.27%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 36 (9.81%) Qualys
2 21 (5.72%) Coverity
3 10 (2.72%) Cisco
3 10 (2.72%) Fortinet
3 10 (2.72%) Juniper
3 10 (2.72%) Nokia
4 8 (2.18%) HP
5 6 (1.63%) Microsoft
6 4 (1.09%) Capita
6 4 (1.09%) IBM
7 3 (0.82%) QNX
8 2 (0.54%) ION Trading
8 2 (0.54%) SAP
Cheltenham
Computer Futures
Salary: £60000 - £85000 per annum + Bonus AND Benefits
Posted: 10 hours ago
Bicester
Computer Futures
Salary: £60000 - £85000 per annum + Bonus AND Benefits
Posted: 10 hours ago
Buckingham
Computer Futures
Salary: £60000 - £85000 per annum + Bonus AND Benefits
Posted: 10 hours ago
Oxford
Computer Futures
Salary: £60000 - £85000 per annum + Bonus AND Benefits
Posted: 10 hours ago
Milton Keynes
Computer Futures
Salary: £60000 - £85000 per annum + Bonus AND Benefits
Posted: 10 hours ago
Warwick
Computer Futures
Salary: £60000 - £85000 per annum + Bonus AND Benefits
Posted: 10 hours ago
High Wycombe
Computer Futures
Salary: £60000 - £85000 per annum + Bonus AND Benefits
Posted: 10 hours ago
Northampton
Computer Futures
Salary: £60000 - £85000 per annum + Bonus AND Benefits
Posted: 10 hours ago
Staffordshire
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £35000 - £80000 per annum + BENS, ETC
Posted: 4 hours ago
Oxfordshire
DCL Search & Selection
Salary: £70000 - £120000 per annum + Package
Posted: 4 hours ago
Guildford, Surrey
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £40,000 - £60,000 (with exceptional package)
Posted: Yesterday
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £40,000 - £60,000 (with exceptional package)
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £40,000 - £60,000 (with exceptional package)
Posted: Yesterday
City of London
Robert Walters UK
Salary: £75000 - £95000 per annum
Posted: 11 hours ago
City, London
Harrington Starr
Salary: £55000 - £65000 per annum + bonus, benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Acumin
Salary: Up to £100,000 per annum DOE
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Networking People
Posted: 3 days ago
Birmingham
Computer Futures
Salary: £55000 - £75000 per annum + Benefits and Bonuses
Posted: 4 days ago
UK
Acumin Consulting
Salary: £0 - £110,000 per year
Posted: 2 days ago
Northamptonshire
Computer Futures
Salary: £55000 - £75000 per annum + Bonus + Bens
Posted: 4 days ago
Warwickshire
Computer Futures
Salary: £55000 - £75000 per annum + Bonus + Bens
Posted: 4 days ago
Coventry
Computer Futures
Salary: £55000 - £75000 per annum + Bonus + Bens
Posted: 4 days ago
Leicester
Computer Futures
Salary: £55000 - £75000 per annum + Bonus + Bens
Posted: 4 days ago
Nottingham
Computer Futures
Salary: £55000 - £75000 per annum + Bonus + Bens
Posted: 4 days ago
Leicestershire
Computer Futures
Salary: £55000 - £75000 per annum + Bonus + Bens
Posted: 4 days ago
Northampton
Computer Futures
Salary: £55000 - £75000 per annum + Bonus + Bens
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Computer Futures
Salary: £50000 - £70000 per annum + Bonus + Bens (DOE)
Posted: 4 days ago
Basingstoke
Computer Futures
Salary: £50000 - £70000 per annum + Bonus + Bens (DOE)
Posted: 4 days ago
Reading
Computer Futures
Salary: £50000 - £70000 per annum + Bonus + Bens (DOE)
Posted: 4 days ago
London
set2recruit
Salary: £45000 - £70000 Per Annum
Posted: 3 days ago