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 24 July 2016 with a comparison to same period over 2 years.

3 months to
24 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Penetration Tester
Rank 748 878 822
Rank change year-on-year
+130 -56
Permanent jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 183 87 165
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.19% 0.079% 0.14%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.19% 0.082% 0.15%
Number of salaries quoted 135 69 133
Median salary £55,000 £52,500 £55,000
Median salary % change year-on-year
+4.76% -4.54%
90% offered a salary of more than £42,500 £40,000 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £80,000 £77,000 £70,000
UK excluding London median salary £52,500 £50,000 £57,500
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -13.04%

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
94514 106216 111227
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 96.41% 96.32% 96.48%
Number of salaries quoted 79535 87575 90644
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 £70,000 £70,000
UK excluding London median salary £41,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+3.75% -

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 24 July 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 24 July 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 +138 171 £52,500 - 80
London +80 74 £60,000 +14.28% 16
South East +71 46 £50,000 -9.09% 24
Oxfordshire - 23 £50,000 - 8
Yorkshire +46 21 £70,000 +55.55% 5
West Yorkshire +31 20 £70,000 +51.35% 5
Leeds +43 19 £70,000 +51.35% 5
Surrey +43 15 £42,500 -43.33% 2
Chertsey - 9 £42,500 -
West Midlands -1 8 £52,500 -6.66% 7
South West +19 6 £52,500 +10.52% 10
Hampshire - 6 £72,500 - 4
Warwickshire - 5 £52,500 - 3
Farnborough - 5 £72,500 - 1
Banbury - 5 £85,000 - 2
Gloucestershire +2 4 £52,500 +10.52% 7
Oxford - 4 £47,500 - 2
East Midlands - 3 £70,000 - 3
City of London +60 2 £57,500 +15.00% 3
North West +19 2 £50,000 +17.64% 8
Wiltshire +16 2 £47,500 +18.75%
Swindon +8 2 £47,500 +18.75%
Manchester -5 2 £50,000 +88.67% 8
Nottinghamshire - 2 £70,000 -
Worcestershire - 2 £52,500 -
Worcester - 2 £52,500 -
Nottingham - 2 £70,000 -
Nuneaton - 2 - -
East of England +29 1 £45,000 +5.88% 2
Sheffield +20 1 £55,000 +37.50%

Penetration Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 July 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.

1 303 (81.89%) Penetration Testing
2 232 (62.70%) CREST Certified
3 157 (42.43%) Information Security
4 142 (38.38%) Cybersecurity
5 116 (31.35%) Wireless
6 110 (29.73%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 110 (29.73%) Mobile App
7 105 (28.38%) Security Testing
8 100 (27.03%) Windows
9 98 (26.49%) OSCP
10 95 (25.68%) Security Cleared
11 94 (25.41%) Python
12 93 (25.14%) Java
13 81 (21.89%) C++
14 80 (21.62%) CEH
15 75 (20.27%) Perl
16 71 (19.19%) C
16 71 (19.19%) Nessus
17 70 (18.92%) OWASP
18 69 (18.65%) Ethical Hacking
18 69 (18.65%) GPEN
19 67 (18.11%) Degree
19 67 (18.11%) Firewall
20 66 (17.84%) Ruby
21 63 (17.03%) Linux
22 62 (16.76%) SC Cleared
23 60 (16.22%) Metasploit
23 60 (16.22%) CISSP
24 59 (15.95%) Social Engineering
25 55 (14.86%) Nmap

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 5 (1.35%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (1.08%) Payment Gateway
2 1 (0.27%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.27%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 116 (31.35%) Wireless
2 67 (18.11%) Firewall
3 45 (12.16%) TCP/IP
4 36 (9.73%) Wireless Security
5 31 (8.38%) Network Security
6 17 (4.59%) Internet
6 17 (4.59%) LAN
6 17 (4.59%) WAN
7 6 (1.62%) Wi-Fi
8 3 (0.81%) Broadband
8 3 (0.81%) Cisco ASA
8 3 (0.81%) LTE
8 3 (0.81%) VoIP
8 3 (0.81%) VPN
9 2 (0.54%) Bluetooth
9 2 (0.54%) DAB
9 2 (0.54%) Ethernet
9 2 (0.54%) HTTP
9 2 (0.54%) HTTPS
9 2 (0.54%) NFC
Development Applications
1 60 (16.22%) Metasploit
2 45 (12.16%) Burp Suite
3 5 (1.35%) AppScan
3 5 (1.35%) sqlmap
4 3 (0.81%) HP UFT
4 3 (0.81%) LoadRunner
4 3 (0.81%) Paros
4 3 (0.81%) WinRunner
General
1 53 (14.32%) Finance
2 31 (8.38%) Publishing
2 31 (8.38%) Telecoms
3 28 (7.57%) Banking
4 5 (1.35%) Legal
5 3 (0.81%) Marketing
6 2 (0.54%) Automotive
6 2 (0.54%) Back Office
6 2 (0.54%) Investment Banking
6 2 (0.54%) Manufacturing
6 2 (0.54%) Military
7 1 (0.27%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.27%) Electronics
7 1 (0.27%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (5.95%) 802.1X
2 21 (5.68%) .NET
3 18 (4.86%) Web Services
4 12 (3.24%) HTML
5 11 (2.97%) HTML5
6 10 (2.70%) JSON
6 10 (2.70%) XML
7 6 (1.62%) Ajax
7 6 (1.62%) ASP.NET
7 6 (1.62%) SOAP
8 4 (1.08%) ASP.NET Web API
8 4 (1.08%) RESTful
9 1 (0.27%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 110 (29.73%) Mobile App
2 43 (11.62%) CESG
3 36 (9.73%) Analytical Skills
4 34 (9.19%) Management Information System
5 13 (3.51%) Cyberthreat
5 13 (3.51%) Embedded Systems
6 11 (2.97%) Security Operations Centre
7 10 (2.70%) Blackberry
7 10 (2.70%) Virtual Team
8 9 (2.43%) Client/Server
9 8 (2.16%) SCADA
10 7 (1.89%) Computer Science
10 7 (1.89%) iPad
11 6 (1.62%) Cybercrime
11 6 (1.62%) Driving Licence
12 4 (1.08%) Blog
13 3 (0.81%) Data Centre
14 2 (0.54%) Internet of Things
14 2 (0.54%) Mainframe
14 2 (0.54%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 100 (27.03%) Windows
2 63 (17.03%) Linux
3 49 (13.24%) Unix
4 16 (4.32%) Android
4 16 (4.32%) Apple iOS
4 16 (4.32%) Kali Linux
5 5 (1.35%) Solaris
6 4 (1.08%) VxWorks
7 2 (0.54%) KNOPPIX
8 1 (0.27%) AIX
8 1 (0.27%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 303 (81.89%) Penetration Testing
2 157 (42.43%) Information Security
3 142 (38.38%) Cybersecurity
4 110 (29.73%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 105 (28.38%) Security Testing
6 70 (18.92%) OWASP
7 69 (18.65%) Ethical Hacking
8 59 (15.95%) Social Engineering
9 47 (12.70%) Reverse Engineering
10 26 (7.03%) Risk Management
11 24 (6.49%) Security Architecture
12 18 (4.86%) Malware Analysis
12 18 (4.86%) Open Source
12 18 (4.86%) Time Management
13 17 (4.59%) Risk Assessment
14 16 (4.32%) Security Management
14 16 (4.32%) Vulnerability Scanning
15 14 (3.78%) Data Protection
16 13 (3.51%) Security Operations
16 13 (3.51%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 94 (25.41%) Python
2 93 (25.14%) Java
3 81 (21.89%) C++
4 75 (20.27%) Perl
5 71 (19.19%) C
6 66 (17.84%) Ruby
7 50 (13.51%) PHP
8 38 (10.27%) Bash Shell
9 27 (7.30%) PowerShell
10 24 (6.49%) C#
11 17 (4.59%) SQL
12 11 (2.97%) VB.NET
13 8 (2.16%) VB
14 4 (1.08%) Objective-C
14 4 (1.08%) Shell Script
15 2 (0.54%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 232 (62.70%) CREST Certified
2 98 (26.49%) OSCP
3 95 (25.68%) Security Cleared
4 80 (21.62%) CEH
5 69 (18.65%) GPEN
6 67 (18.11%) Degree
7 62 (16.76%) SC Cleared
8 60 (16.22%) CISSP
9 53 (14.32%) GIAC
10 51 (13.78%) Tigerscheme
11 46 (12.43%) CHECK Team Leader
12 45 (12.16%) CHECK Team Member
13 22 (5.95%) CISM
14 21 (5.68%) SANS
15 16 (4.32%) DV Cleared
16 13 (3.51%) Cisco Certification
16 13 (3.51%) GWAPT
16 13 (3.51%) OSCE
17 10 (2.70%) CCNA
18 9 (2.43%) CLAS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (5.68%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 21 (5.68%) QA
2 12 (3.24%) ISO/IEC 17799
3 11 (2.97%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.54%) GPG13
5 1 (0.27%) COBIT
Systems Management
1 71 (19.19%) Nessus
2 55 (14.86%) Nmap
3 18 (4.86%) OpenVAS
4 10 (2.70%) HP Fortify
5 6 (1.62%) Nexpose
6 5 (1.35%) WebInspect
7 2 (0.54%) Core Impact
Vendors
1 25 (6.76%) Cisco
2 24 (6.49%) Fortinet
3 22 (5.95%) Juniper
3 22 (5.95%) Nokia
4 21 (5.68%) Qualys
5 13 (3.51%) Coverity
6 12 (3.24%) Microsoft
7 6 (1.62%) HP
8 3 (0.81%) CheckPoint
9 2 (0.54%) ION Trading
9 2 (0.54%) QNX
10 1 (0.27%) Capita
10 1 (0.27%) IBM
10 1 (0.27%) SAP
London
Pontoon
Salary: Bonus + Shares + Bens
Posted: 2 days ago
Basingstoke, Hampshire
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £48,000- £60,000
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £48,000- £60,000
Posted: 3 days ago
Greater Manchester
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £48,000- £60,000
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Pontoon
Salary: Bonus + Shares + Bens
Posted: 2 days ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Salary: £30000 - £65000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £80000 per annum + Pension + Gym + Certs
Posted: Yesterday
London
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
Manchester
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
Leicestershire
Ampersand Consulting
Salary: £28850 - £40000 per annum + bonus + benefits + OT
Posted: 3 days ago
Oxfordshire
DCL Search & Selection
Salary: £55000 - £60000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
West Midlands (County)
Jagger Talent
Salary: From £50,000 to £55,000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Midlands
Metaskil Limited
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Maxfield Search & Selection
Salary: From £25,000 to £30,000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, Yorkshire
Code IT Recruitment Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Senitor Associates
Salary: £30000 - £50000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol Area
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £30,000 - £70,000
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £30,000 - £70,000
Posted: 3 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £30,000 - £70,000
Posted: 3 days ago
Greater Manchester
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £30,000 - £70,000
Posted: 3 days ago
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £30,000 - £70,000
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Networking People
Salary: £30000 - £75000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Guildford, Surrey
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £40,000 - £60,000 (with exceptional package)
Posted: 5 days ago
London
JCW Search Ltd
Posted: 5 days ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Jonothan Bosworth
Salary: £50000 - £60000 Per Annum Home Based
Posted: 4 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Salary: £55000 - £65000 per annum + bonus and benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £40,000 - £75,000
Posted: 6 days ago
Basingstoke, Hampshire
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £40,000 - £75,000
Posted: 6 days ago
Greater Manchester
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £40,000 - £75,000
Posted: 6 days ago
Bristol
Computer Futures
Salary: £60000 - £80000 per annum + Bonus + Bens
Posted: 12 days ago