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 19 September 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Penetration Tester
Rank 767 817 851
Rank change year-on-year
+50 +34
Permanent jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 135 59 50
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.12% 0.055% 0.043%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.12% 0.059% 0.045%
Number of salaries quoted 116 45 41
Average salary £50,000 £55,000 £47,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
-9.09% +15.78%
90% offered a salary of more than £30,000 £22,500 £35,000
10% offered a salary of more than £71,750 £65,000 £62,500
UK excluding London average salary £50,000 £57,500 £51,250
% change year-on-year
-13.04% +12.19%

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
108127 100585 110257
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 94.45% 94.27% 95.15%
Number of salaries quoted 87510 83697 93999
Average salary £45,000 £43,000 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+4.65% +1.17%
90% offered a salary of more than £26,500 £26,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £67,500 £70,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £38,000
% change year-on-year
- +5.26%

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 19 September 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 19 September 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 +55 132 £50,000 -9.09% 17
London +29 73 £50,000 +33.33% 12
North West +1 25 £60,000 +4.34%
South East -26 16 £47,500 -26.92% 1
Manchester +13 14 £63,750 -15.00%
Cheshire -5 11 £60,000 +4.34%
Berkshire +5 8 £50,000 +122.22%
Reading -1 8 £48,750 +116.66%
Kent - 7 £31,250 -
Folkestone - 7 £31,250 -
East Midlands +4 6 £62,500 -
Yorkshire -31 6 £50,000 +11.11% 2
City of London +10 5 £55,000 -29.03% 4
South West -24 4 £38,750 - 2
Leicester +9 3 £62,500 -
Leicestershire +8 3 £62,500 -
Stoke-on-Trent +6 3 £21,500 -57.00%
West Midlands -10 3 £21,500 -57.00%
Staffordshire -13 3 £21,500 -57.00%
West Yorkshire -34 3 £50,000 +11.11% 1
Basingstoke -7 2 £50,000 -23.07%
Hampshire -26 2 £50,000 -23.07%
Leeds -30 2 £55,000 +22.22%
Oxford - 2 £50,000 -
Knutsford - 2 £62,500 -
Oxfordshire - 2 £50,000 -
Swindon - 2 £50,000 -
Slough - 2 £50,000 -
Wiltshire - 2 £50,000 -
Surrey +1 1 - -

Penetration Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 September 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.

1 218 (81.95%) Penetration Testing
2 98 (36.84%) CEH
3 94 (35.34%) Ethical Hacking
4 93 (34.96%) Information Security
5 70 (26.32%) CISSP
6 65 (24.44%) PCI DSS
7 61 (22.93%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 61 (22.93%) Finance
8 58 (21.80%) Windows
9 57 (21.43%) Linux
10 55 (20.68%) Security Testing
11 51 (19.17%) Java
12 48 (18.05%) .NET
13 45 (16.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
13 45 (16.92%) Security Cleared
14 43 (16.17%) Degree
15 37 (13.91%) Python
16 36 (13.53%) Wireless
16 36 (13.53%) Ruby
17 34 (12.78%) OSCP
18 32 (12.03%) SQL
19 30 (11.28%) PHP
20 28 (10.53%) C
20 28 (10.53%) Firewall
21 26 (9.77%) Metasploit
21 26 (9.77%) Cyber Security
22 24 (9.02%) GPEN
23 22 (8.27%) Management Information System
24 20 (7.52%) Retail
24 20 (7.52%) C++

Penetration Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 (4.89%) Apache
2 9 (3.38%) IIS
3 1 (0.38%) Tomcat
3 1 (0.38%) WebSphere
Applications
1 11 (4.14%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 11 (4.14%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 36 (13.53%) Wireless
2 28 (10.53%) Firewall
3 17 (6.39%) Network Security
4 14 (5.26%) VoIP
5 10 (3.76%) VPN
5 10 (3.76%) Wireless Security
6 6 (2.26%) Internet
6 6 (2.26%) TCP/IP
7 4 (1.50%) LAN
7 4 (1.50%) WAN
8 3 (1.13%) Wireshark
9 2 (0.75%) HTTP
10 1 (0.38%) HTTPS
10 1 (0.38%) SSL
10 1 (0.38%) Multicast
10 1 (0.38%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (3.01%) MySQL
2 2 (0.75%) SQL Server
3 1 (0.38%) DB2
3 1 (0.38%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (0.38%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 26 (9.77%) Metasploit
2 6 (2.26%) AppScan
3 1 (0.38%) QADirector
3 1 (0.38%) GDB
3 1 (0.38%) SoapUI
General
1 61 (22.93%) Finance
2 20 (7.52%) Retail
3 17 (6.39%) Banking
4 10 (3.76%) Games
5 5 (1.88%) Financial Institution
6 4 (1.50%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.38%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 48 (18.05%) .NET
2 5 (1.88%) HTML
3 4 (1.50%) ASP.NET
3 4 (1.50%) Web Services
4 2 (0.75%) Gherkin
5 1 (0.38%) XML
5 1 (0.38%) WebSphere MQ
5 1 (0.38%) Middleware
5 1 (0.38%) JSON
5 1 (0.38%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 22 (8.27%) Management Information System
2 18 (6.77%) Open Source
3 14 (5.26%) Mobile App
4 13 (4.89%) Computer Science
5 7 (2.63%) Analytical Skills
6 5 (1.88%) Blackberry
7 4 (1.50%) AS400
8 3 (1.13%) PKI
9 2 (0.75%) Cryptography
9 2 (0.75%) SCADA
10 1 (0.38%) Data Protection Act
10 1 (0.38%) CESG
10 1 (0.38%) STB
Operating Systems
1 58 (21.80%) Windows
2 57 (21.43%) Linux
3 17 (6.39%) Android
3 17 (6.39%) Apple iOS
4 15 (5.64%) UNIX
5 12 (4.51%) Windows Phone
6 11 (4.14%) Debian
6 11 (4.14%) Solaris
7 10 (3.76%) Ubuntu
7 10 (3.76%) CentOS
8 9 (3.38%) AIX
9 8 (3.01%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 6 (2.26%) Windows Server 2003
11 4 (1.50%) OS/390
12 3 (1.13%) Windows Mobile
13 1 (0.38%) Windows 7
13 1 (0.38%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 218 (81.95%) Penetration Testing
2 94 (35.34%) Ethical Hacking
3 93 (34.96%) Information Security
4 61 (22.93%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 55 (20.68%) Security Testing
6 26 (9.77%) Cyber Security
7 19 (7.14%) Project Management
8 18 (6.77%) OWASP
9 14 (5.26%) Risk Management
10 13 (4.89%) Vulnerability Management
11 11 (4.14%) Reverse Engineering
11 11 (4.14%) Risk Assessment
12 10 (3.76%) Test Management
13 9 (3.38%) Information Management
13 9 (3.38%) SIEM
14 7 (2.63%) Security Architecture
15 6 (2.26%) Mentoring
15 6 (2.26%) Information Assurance
16 5 (1.88%) Coaching
17 4 (1.50%) Data Privacy
Programming Languages
1 51 (19.17%) Java
2 37 (13.91%) Python
3 36 (13.53%) Ruby
4 32 (12.03%) SQL
5 30 (11.28%) PHP
6 28 (10.53%) C
7 20 (7.52%) C++
8 18 (6.77%) C#
9 15 (5.64%) Shell Script
10 13 (4.89%) Objective-C
11 11 (4.14%) Bash Shell
12 10 (3.76%) Perl
13 9 (3.38%) VB
14 3 (1.13%) VB6
15 2 (0.75%) T-SQL
16 1 (0.38%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 98 (36.84%) CEH
2 70 (26.32%) CISSP
3 45 (16.92%) Security Cleared
4 43 (16.17%) Degree
5 34 (12.78%) OSCP
6 24 (9.02%) GPEN
7 20 (7.52%) OSCE
8 14 (5.26%) CISMP
9 13 (4.89%) CISA
9 13 (4.89%) SC Cleared
10 12 (4.51%) GIAC
11 7 (2.63%) CISM
12 6 (2.26%) Cisco Certification
12 6 (2.26%) CCNA
13 5 (1.88%) Microsoft Certification
13 5 (1.88%) MCITP
14 4 (1.50%) GCIH
14 4 (1.50%) GWAPT
15 2 (0.75%) CSSLP
16 1 (0.38%) PCI QSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 65 (24.44%) PCI DSS
2 45 (16.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (1.88%) QA
4 4 (1.50%) COBIT
5 1 (0.38%) ISO/IEC 17799
System Software
1 8 (3.01%) Snort
2 6 (2.26%) Nmap
3 3 (1.13%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (1.13%) Hyper-V
4 2 (0.75%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 11 (4.14%) Nessus
2 6 (2.26%) CORE IMPACT
3 5 (1.88%) WebInspect
4 4 (1.50%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 17 (6.39%) Microsoft
2 8 (3.01%) Red Hat
3 7 (2.63%) LogRhythm
3 7 (2.63%) Oracle
4 5 (1.88%) HP
5 3 (1.13%) VMware
6 2 (0.75%) Progress
7 1 (0.38%) Cisco
7 1 (0.38%) JBoss
7 1 (0.38%) EMC
7 1 (0.38%) Hitachi
7 1 (0.38%) NetApp
7 1 (0.38%) F5
7 1 (0.38%) Apple
7 1 (0.38%) CheckPoint
London
2Source Talent
Salary: Up to £75,000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 12 hours ago
Bristol
Computer Futures
Salary: £45000 - £60000 per annum + Bonus AND Benefits
Posted: 12 hours ago
Newquay
Computer Futures
Salary: £45000 - £55000 per annum + Bonus AND Benefits
Posted: 13 hours ago
City of London
Computer Futures
Salary: £40000 - £60000 per annum + Bonus and Benefits
Posted: 13 hours ago
Uxbridge
Computer Futures
Salary: £40000 - £60000 per annum + Bonus AND Benefits
Posted: 13 hours ago
Brighton
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 15 hours ago
London
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 19 hours ago
London
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Salary: £60000 - £80000 per annum + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
North London
Spencer Rose
Salary: From £25,000 to £35,000 per annum training and certifications offered
Posted: 2 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Salary: £80000 - £100000 per annum + bonus and benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Salary: £70000 - £100000 per annum + Bonus + Benifits
Posted: 4 days ago
Wetherby, West Yorkshire
RandomStorm Limited
Posted: 8 days ago
City of London
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 10 days ago
Sheffield
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 21 days ago
City of London
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 21 days ago
London Arena
OHO Group
Salary: £0 - £55 per annum, Benefits: Car + Bonus + Healthcare + Pension etc
Posted: 22 days ago