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 29 May 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
29 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Penetration Tester
Rank 767 808 806
Rank change year-on-year
+41 -2
Permanent jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 106 111 79
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.10% 0.094% 0.072%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.11% 0.099% 0.076%
Number of salaries quoted 85 89 27
Average salary £52,500 £56,000 £50,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-6.25% +12.00%
90% offered a salary of more than £30,900 £25,000 £38,000
10% offered a salary of more than £65,000 £70,000 £73,000
UK excluding London average salary £50,000 £55,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year
-9.09% +22.22%

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
99881 111881 103430
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 94.56% 94.62% 94.62%
Number of salaries quoted 82152 91850 86081
Average salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +5.88%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,000 £27,500 £27,000
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £67,500 £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 29 May 2015 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 May 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
(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 +35 99 £52,500 -6.25% 68
London +66 52 £55,000 -8.33% 27
South East +10 13 £53,500 -17.69% 8
City of London +43 12 £51,250 +41.37% 6
Berkshire +19 12 £53,500 - 4
Slough - 10 £53,500 -
South West -18 9 £41,250 -25.67% 13
West Midlands -8 8 £53,500 +125.26% 4
North West +16 7 £26,500 -18.46% 6
Birmingham -13 7 £53,000 +120.83% 4
East of England +25 6 £22,750 -66.90% 2
Manchester +22 5 £26,500 -18.46% 6
Swindon +4 5 £40,000 +8.84%
Wiltshire -5 5 £40,000 +8.84%
Yorkshire +15 4 £57,500 +64.28% 6
Hertfordshire - 4 £21,500 -
Watford - 4 £21,500 -
Wales - 4 £40,000 - 1
West Yorkshire +14 3 £51,250 +46.42% 5
South Wales - 3 £40,000 -
Cardiff - 3 £40,000 -
Leeds +20 2 £45,000 +28.57% 5
Cheltenham +2 2 £50,000 -23.07% 6
Gloucestershire -12 2 £50,000 -17.35% 8
Cheshire - 2 £50,000 -
Suffolk - 2 £42,500 - 1
Ipswich - 2 £42,500 - 1
Warrington - 2 £50,000 -
Stoke-on-Trent +1 1 £60,000 +155.31%
Staffordshire 0 1 £60,000 +155.31%

Penetration Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 May 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.

1 169 (82.44%) Penetration Testing
2 95 (46.34%) Information Security
3 60 (29.27%) OSCP
4 48 (23.41%) Windows
5 47 (22.93%) Security Testing
5 47 (22.93%) Security Cleared
6 45 (21.95%) CISSP
7 44 (21.46%) OSCE
8 42 (20.49%) Linux
9 38 (18.54%) Security Architecture
10 36 (17.56%) OWASP
11 26 (12.68%) Cyber Security
12 25 (12.20%) Degree
12 25 (12.20%) SQL
13 24 (11.71%) Wireless
13 24 (11.71%) Nessus
13 24 (11.71%) Ethical Hacking
14 22 (10.73%) CEH
14 22 (10.73%) SC Cleared
15 21 (10.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
16 20 (9.76%) Network Security
16 20 (9.76%) Finance
16 20 (9.76%) Mobile App
16 20 (9.76%) Data Centre
17 17 (8.29%) PCI DSS
18 16 (7.80%) Metasploit
18 16 (7.80%) Telecoms
18 16 (7.80%) Java
19 14 (6.83%) Nmap
20 13 (6.34%) Vulnerability Assessment

Penetration Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 May 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.

Application Platforms
1 2 (0.98%) JBoss
Cloud Services
1 8 (3.90%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 24 (11.71%) Wireless
2 20 (9.76%) Network Security
3 7 (3.41%) Firewall
4 5 (2.44%) Wireless Security
5 4 (1.95%) Wireshark
6 2 (0.98%) LAN
6 2 (0.98%) VoIP
6 2 (0.98%) HTTP
6 2 (0.98%) Internet
7 1 (0.49%) TCP/IP
7 1 (0.49%) VPN
7 1 (0.49%) DNS
7 1 (0.49%) SMTP
7 1 (0.49%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.49%) Relational Database
1 1 (0.49%) RDBMS
1 1 (0.49%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 16 (7.80%) Metasploit
2 2 (0.98%) AppScan
3 1 (0.49%) JMeter
3 1 (0.49%) LoadRunner
General
1 20 (9.76%) Finance
2 16 (7.80%) Telecoms
3 9 (4.39%) Banking
4 6 (2.93%) Retail
5 4 (1.95%) Games
6 3 (1.46%) Military
7 1 (0.49%) Law
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (6.34%) .NET
2 10 (4.88%) ASP.NET
3 3 (1.46%) JSP
3 3 (1.46%) HTML
4 2 (0.98%) REST
4 2 (0.98%) JSON
4 2 (0.98%) Web Services
4 2 (0.98%) XML
5 1 (0.49%) Middleware
5 1 (0.49%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 20 (9.76%) Mobile App
1 20 (9.76%) Data Centre
2 8 (3.90%) Computer Science
3 6 (2.93%) Management Information System
4 4 (1.95%) CESG
4 4 (1.95%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (0.98%) Mathematics
5 2 (0.98%) Physics
5 2 (0.98%) Statistics
5 2 (0.98%) Blackberry
6 1 (0.49%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 1 (0.49%) Cryptography
Operating Systems
1 48 (23.41%) Windows
2 42 (20.49%) Linux
3 3 (1.46%) Android
3 3 (1.46%) Apple iOS
4 1 (0.49%) Windows Phone
4 1 (0.49%) Solaris
4 1 (0.49%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 169 (82.44%) Penetration Testing
2 95 (46.34%) Information Security
3 47 (22.93%) Security Testing
4 38 (18.54%) Security Architecture
5 36 (17.56%) OWASP
6 26 (12.68%) Cyber Security
7 24 (11.71%) Ethical Hacking
8 13 (6.34%) Vulnerability Assessment
9 10 (4.88%) ISMS
10 8 (3.90%) Security Management
10 8 (3.90%) Stakeholder Management
11 7 (3.41%) Open Source
12 6 (2.93%) Test Management
13 5 (2.44%) Reverse Engineering
14 4 (1.95%) Computer Security
14 4 (1.95%) Risk Management
14 4 (1.95%) Project Management
14 4 (1.95%) Mentoring
14 4 (1.95%) SDLC
14 4 (1.95%) Social Engineering
Programming Languages
1 25 (12.20%) SQL
2 16 (7.80%) Java
3 10 (4.88%) PHP
4 9 (4.39%) C
5 8 (3.90%) C++
6 7 (3.41%) Python
7 6 (2.93%) C#
8 5 (2.44%) JavaScript
9 3 (1.46%) Perl
10 2 (0.98%) PowerShell
11 1 (0.49%) Assembly Language
11 1 (0.49%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 60 (29.27%) OSCP
2 47 (22.93%) Security Cleared
3 45 (21.95%) CISSP
4 44 (21.46%) OSCE
5 25 (12.20%) Degree
6 22 (10.73%) CEH
6 22 (10.73%) SC Cleared
7 6 (2.93%) GPEN
8 2 (0.98%) DV Cleared
8 2 (0.98%) GIAC
9 1 (0.49%) CCFE
9 1 (0.49%) CISM
9 1 (0.49%) CCNA
9 1 (0.49%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (10.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 17 (8.29%) PCI DSS
3 7 (3.41%) QA
Systems Management
1 24 (11.71%) Nessus
2 14 (6.83%) Nmap
3 8 (3.90%) CORE IMPACT
Vendors
1 9 (4.39%) Qualys
2 4 (1.95%) McAfee
3 2 (0.98%) Acunetix
3 2 (0.98%) Intel
4 1 (0.49%) Citrix
4 1 (0.49%) Oracle
4 1 (0.49%) Splunk
Central London / West End
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £50,000- £60,000
Posted: 10 hours ago
City, London
Intelletec
Salary: From £40,000 to £80,000 per annum
Posted: 13 hours ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Salary: £60000 - £70000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 14 hours ago
Bangor, Gwynedd
Vertical IT
Salary: £40000 - £45000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol
Computer Futures
Salary: £40000 - £80000 per annum + Bonus, Benefits, Training
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Computer Futures
Salary: £40000 - £80000 per annum + Bonus, Benefits, Training
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds
Computer Futures
Salary: £40000 - £80000 per annum + Bonus, Benefits, Training
Posted: 2 days ago
Reading
Computer Futures
Salary: £40000 - £80000 per annum + Bonus, Benefits, Training
Posted: 2 days ago
London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £40,000-£60,000
Posted: 2 days ago
Ipswich, Suffolk
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Salary: £45000.00 - £50000.00 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
Yorkshire
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: Circa £40,000- 50,000 plus an outstanding package
Posted: 3 days ago
London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: Circa £40,000- 50,000 plus an outstanding package
Posted: 3 days ago
London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: Circa £30,000- 70,000 plus an outstanding package
Posted: 3 days ago
South West
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: Circa £30,000- 70,000 plus an outstanding package
Posted: 3 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Salary: £70000 - £100000 per annum + Bonus + Benifits
Posted: 3 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Capgemini
Posted: 3 days ago
Birmingham
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
Gloucestershire
Computer Futures
Salary: £40000 - £55000 per annum + Bonus AND Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago