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 20 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
20 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Penetration Tester
Rank 743 800 835
Rank change year-on-year
+57 +35
Permanent jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 160 64 48
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.14% 0.059% 0.040%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.15% 0.062% 0.042%
Number of salaries quoted 133 37 38
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 £30,000 £22,500 £34,900
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £75,000 £62,500
UK excluding London average salary £50,000 £55,000 £52,500
% change year-on-year
-9.09% +4.76%

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
108942 102831 113237
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 94.39% 94.24% 95.16%
Number of salaries quoted 88146 85231 96833
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 £27,000
10% offered a salary of more than £69,000 £70,000 £67,500
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £39,000 £38,500
% change year-on-year
+2.56% +1.29%

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 20 August 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 20 August 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 +84 158 £50,000 -6.97% 23
London +48 77 £50,000 -4.76% 14
North West +10 25 £60,000 -4.00% 2
South East -3 23 £47,500 -26.92% 1
East Midlands +2 19 £62,500 - 1
Manchester +6 14 £75,000 - 2
Cheshire - 11 £60,000 -
City of London +5 10 £36,250 -53.22% 6
Leicestershire +7 8 £62,500 - 1
Leicester +8 7 £62,500 - 1
Reading +3 7 £47,500 +111.11%
Berkshire -7 7 £50,000 +122.22%
Folkestone - 7 £31,250 -
Kent - 7 £31,250 -
South West -5 6 £42,500 - 2
Buckinghamshire - 6 £41,250 -
Yorkshire -39 5 £50,000 +11.11%
Stoke-on-Trent +10 4 £22,500 -55.00%
West Midlands +2 4 £22,500 -55.00% 1
Basingstoke -6 4 £57,500 -11.53%
Staffordshire -9 4 £22,500 -55.00%
Hampshire -17 4 £57,500 -11.53%
Milton Keynes - 4 - -
Swindon - 3 £50,000 -
Wiltshire - 3 £50,000 -
West Yorkshire -36 2 £50,000 +11.11%
Oxfordshire - 2 £50,000 -
Slough - 2 £50,000 -
Knutsford - 2 £62,500 -
Oxford - 2 £50,000 -

Penetration Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 August 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.

1 217 (81.27%) Penetration Testing
2 105 (39.33%) CEH
3 95 (35.58%) Ethical Hacking
4 81 (30.34%) Information Security
5 75 (28.09%) PCI DSS
6 74 (27.72%) CISSP
7 72 (26.97%) Security Testing
8 67 (25.09%) Vulnerability Assessment
9 62 (23.22%) Finance
10 58 (21.72%) Java
11 55 (20.60%) .NET
11 55 (20.60%) Windows
12 54 (20.22%) Linux
13 50 (18.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
14 46 (17.23%) Security Cleared
15 41 (15.36%) Wireless
16 39 (14.61%) Degree
17 36 (13.48%) Python
17 36 (13.48%) OSCP
18 35 (13.11%) PHP
19 34 (12.73%) SQL
19 34 (12.73%) Ruby
20 32 (11.99%) Firewall
21 31 (11.61%) C
22 29 (10.86%) GPEN
23 26 (9.74%) Metasploit
24 23 (8.61%) Open Source
24 23 (8.61%) Management Information System
25 21 (7.87%) Retail
25 21 (7.87%) C++

Penetration Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 20 August 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 13 (4.87%) Apache
2 9 (3.37%) IIS
3 1 (0.37%) Tomcat
3 1 (0.37%) WebSphere
Applications
1 11 (4.12%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 12 (4.49%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 41 (15.36%) Wireless
2 32 (11.99%) Firewall
3 21 (7.87%) VoIP
4 17 (6.37%) Network Security
5 14 (5.24%) VPN
6 11 (4.12%) Wireless Security
7 6 (2.25%) Internet
8 5 (1.87%) Wireshark
9 3 (1.12%) HTTP
9 3 (1.12%) TCP/IP
10 1 (0.37%) WAN
10 1 (0.37%) LAN
10 1 (0.37%) HTTPS
10 1 (0.37%) SSL
10 1 (0.37%) Intrusion Detection
10 1 (0.37%) Multicast
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (3.00%) MySQL
2 4 (1.50%) SQL Server
3 1 (0.37%) DB2
3 1 (0.37%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (0.37%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 26 (9.74%) Metasploit
2 7 (2.62%) AppScan
3 1 (0.37%) QADirector
3 1 (0.37%) GDB
3 1 (0.37%) SoapUI
General
1 62 (23.22%) Finance
2 21 (7.87%) Retail
3 14 (5.24%) Banking
4 10 (3.75%) Games
5 7 (2.62%) Telecoms
6 5 (1.87%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.37%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.37%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 55 (20.60%) .NET
2 6 (2.25%) ASP.NET
2 6 (2.25%) HTML
3 4 (1.50%) JSON
3 4 (1.50%) RESTful
3 4 (1.50%) Web Services
3 4 (1.50%) XML
4 2 (0.75%) Gherkin
5 1 (0.37%) WebSphere MQ
5 1 (0.37%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 23 (8.61%) Management Information System
1 23 (8.61%) Open Source
2 13 (4.87%) Mobile App
2 13 (4.87%) Computer Science
3 4 (1.50%) AS400
4 3 (1.12%) Blackberry
4 3 (1.12%) PKI
4 3 (1.12%) Mobile Payment
5 2 (0.75%) Cryptography
6 1 (0.37%) Data Protection Act
6 1 (0.37%) SCADA
6 1 (0.37%) CESG
6 1 (0.37%) STB
Operating Systems
1 55 (20.60%) Windows
2 54 (20.22%) Linux
3 18 (6.74%) Android
3 18 (6.74%) Apple iOS
4 15 (5.62%) UNIX
5 12 (4.49%) Windows Phone
6 11 (4.12%) Debian
7 10 (3.75%) Ubuntu
7 10 (3.75%) CentOS
8 9 (3.37%) AIX
8 9 (3.37%) Solaris
9 8 (3.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 6 (2.25%) Windows Server 2003
11 4 (1.50%) OS/390
12 3 (1.12%) Windows Mobile
13 1 (0.37%) Windows NT
13 1 (0.37%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 217 (81.27%) Penetration Testing
2 95 (35.58%) Ethical Hacking
3 81 (30.34%) Information Security
4 72 (26.97%) Security Testing
5 67 (25.09%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 21 (7.87%) Cyber Security
7 17 (6.37%) Project Management
8 16 (5.99%) OWASP
9 14 (5.24%) Risk Assessment
10 13 (4.87%) Information Management
11 11 (4.12%) Risk Management
12 10 (3.75%) Test Management
12 10 (3.75%) SIEM
13 9 (3.37%) Reverse Engineering
14 8 (3.00%) Vulnerability Management
15 6 (2.25%) Information Assurance
16 5 (1.87%) Security Management
16 5 (1.87%) Agile Software Development
16 5 (1.87%) Security Architecture
17 4 (1.50%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 58 (21.72%) Java
2 36 (13.48%) Python
3 35 (13.11%) PHP
4 34 (12.73%) SQL
4 34 (12.73%) Ruby
5 31 (11.61%) C
6 21 (7.87%) C++
7 18 (6.74%) C#
8 17 (6.37%) Objective-C
9 14 (5.24%) Shell Script
10 11 (4.12%) Bash Shell
11 10 (3.75%) VB
12 7 (2.62%) Perl
13 4 (1.50%) T-SQL
13 4 (1.50%) VB6
14 1 (0.37%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 105 (39.33%) CEH
2 74 (27.72%) CISSP
3 46 (17.23%) Security Cleared
4 39 (14.61%) Degree
5 36 (13.48%) OSCP
6 29 (10.86%) GPEN
7 20 (7.49%) CISMP
8 19 (7.12%) OSCE
9 16 (5.99%) GIAC
10 13 (4.87%) SC Cleared
11 11 (4.12%) CISA
12 7 (2.62%) CISM
13 5 (1.87%) GCIH
13 5 (1.87%) GWAPT
14 4 (1.50%) CCNA
14 4 (1.50%) Cisco Certification
15 3 (1.12%) Microsoft Certification
15 3 (1.12%) MCITP
16 2 (0.75%) CSSLP
17 1 (0.37%) PCI QSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 75 (28.09%) PCI DSS
2 50 (18.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (2.62%) QA
4 4 (1.50%) COBIT
5 1 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 17799
System Software
1 8 (3.00%) Snort
2 5 (1.87%) Nmap
3 3 (1.12%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (1.12%) Hyper-V
4 2 (0.75%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 9 (3.37%) Nessus
2 6 (2.25%) WebInspect
2 6 (2.25%) CORE IMPACT
3 4 (1.50%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 15 (5.62%) Microsoft
2 8 (3.00%) Red Hat
3 7 (2.62%) LogRhythm
3 7 (2.62%) Oracle
4 5 (1.87%) HP
5 3 (1.12%) VMware
6 2 (0.75%) Progress
7 1 (0.37%) Cisco
7 1 (0.37%) JBoss
7 1 (0.37%) EMC
7 1 (0.37%) Hitachi
7 1 (0.37%) NetApp
7 1 (0.37%) F5
7 1 (0.37%) Apple
7 1 (0.37%) CheckPoint
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Salary: £25000 - £30000 per annum
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South West
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Salary: £25000 - £30000 per annum
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Manchester
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Salary: £50000 - £60000 per annum
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England
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Salary: £40000 - £85000 per annum + bonus and benefits (DOE)
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City of London
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Salary: £40000 - £60000 per annum + Bonus AND Benefits
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Manchester
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Salary: £60000 - £90000 per annum + Bonus AND Benefits
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Bristol
Computer Futures
Salary: £50000 - £65000 per annum + Bonus AND Benefits
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City of London
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Salary: competitive
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Leicester
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City of London
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