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 4 August 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
4 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Penetration Tester
Rank 811 738 818
Rank change year-on-year
-73 +80
Permanent jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 86 167 73
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.079% 0.14% 0.067%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.084% 0.15% 0.071%
Number of salaries quoted 70 138 40
Average salary £52,500 £51,250 £53,750
Average salary % change year-on-year
+2.43% -4.65%
90% offered a salary of more than £39,750 £27,500 £23,250
10% offered a salary of more than £76,000 £70,000 £75,000
UK excluding London average salary £50,000 £55,000 £51,250
% change year-on-year
-9.09% +7.31%

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
102980 110053 102274
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 94.31% 94.49% 94.32%
Number of salaries quoted 85256 89729 84642
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 £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 £38,500
% 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 4 August 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 4 August 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
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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 -64 82 £52,500 - 60
London -4 36 £52,500 +5.00% 9
South East +3 10 £58,750 +46.87% 7
City of London +34 9 £50,000 +81.81% 1
Yorkshire -2 8 £43,750 -12.50% 6
North West -18 7 £34,500 -44.80% 10
South West -19 7 £47,500 +23.37% 12
Berkshire +9 6 £52,500 +46.85% 1
Birmingham -6 6 £57,500 +139.58% 4
West Midlands -18 6 £57,500 +144.68% 6
East of England +7 5 £42,500 -38.18% 5
West Yorkshire +4 5 £47,500 -5.00% 5
Manchester -2 5 £26,500 -64.66% 9
Surrey +7 4 £75,000 - 2
Bristol -15 4 £43,750 -27.08% 3
Slough - 4 £52,500 -
Cheltenham +2 3 £47,500 -26.92% 5
Gloucestershire -6 3 £47,500 -26.92% 6
Suffolk - 3 £42,500 -
Ipswich - 3 £42,500 -
Staines - 3 £75,000 - 1
Leeds +9 2 £47,500 -13.63% 4
Cheshire -11 2 £50,000 -16.66%
Sheffield - 2 £40,000 - 1
South Yorkshire - 2 £40,000 - 1
Warrington - 2 £50,000 -
Paddington - 2 £52,500 -
Hertfordshire - 2 £21,500 - 2
Wetherby +1 1 - -
Bradford - 1 £57,500 - 1

Penetration Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 August 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.

1 162 (80.20%) Penetration Testing
2 87 (43.07%) Information Security
3 52 (25.74%) OSCP
4 51 (25.25%) Security Cleared
5 48 (23.76%) Security Testing
6 46 (22.77%) Windows
7 44 (21.78%) OWASP
8 38 (18.81%) Cyber Security
9 37 (18.32%) Linux
9 37 (18.32%) Wireless
10 36 (17.82%) CISSP
11 35 (17.33%) SQL
12 34 (16.83%) OSCE
13 31 (15.35%) Data Centre
14 28 (13.86%) SC Cleared
14 28 (13.86%) CEH
15 25 (12.38%) Nessus
15 25 (12.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
15 25 (12.38%) Finance
15 25 (12.38%) Mobile App
16 23 (11.39%) Degree
16 23 (11.39%) Security Architecture
17 20 (9.90%) Network Security
18 19 (9.41%) Ethical Hacking
18 19 (9.41%) Java
19 18 (8.91%) Nmap
20 16 (7.92%) Vulnerability Assessment
21 15 (7.43%) PCI DSS
21 15 (7.43%) C
22 14 (6.93%) .NET

Penetration Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 4 August 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 (0.99%) JBoss
Business Applications
1 1 (0.50%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 8 (3.96%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 37 (18.32%) Wireless
2 20 (9.90%) Network Security
3 13 (6.44%) Firewall
4 6 (2.97%) Wireless Security
4 6 (2.97%) Wireshark
5 5 (2.48%) HTTP
6 4 (1.98%) LAN
7 3 (1.49%) SMTP
7 3 (1.49%) TCP/IP
7 3 (1.49%) Internet
8 2 (0.99%) LDAP
8 2 (0.99%) tcpdump
8 2 (0.99%) FTP
8 2 (0.99%) VoIP
8 2 (0.99%) WAN
9 1 (0.50%) VPN
9 1 (0.50%) DNS
9 1 (0.50%) SSL
9 1 (0.50%) Intrusion Detection
9 1 (0.50%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.50%) RDBMS
1 1 (0.50%) Big Data
1 1 (0.50%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 12 (5.94%) Metasploit
2 2 (0.99%) AppScan
3 1 (0.50%) LoadRunner
3 1 (0.50%) JMeter
General
1 25 (12.38%) Finance
2 14 (6.93%) Telecoms
3 9 (4.46%) Banking
3 9 (4.46%) Retail
4 4 (1.98%) Games
5 1 (0.50%) Marketing
5 1 (0.50%) Electronics
5 1 (0.50%) Law
5 1 (0.50%) Legal
5 1 (0.50%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (6.93%) .NET
2 10 (4.95%) ASP.NET
3 3 (1.49%) JSP
3 3 (1.49%) HTML
4 2 (0.99%) JSON
4 2 (0.99%) REST
4 2 (0.99%) Web Services
4 2 (0.99%) XML
5 1 (0.50%) Middleware
5 1 (0.50%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 31 (15.35%) Data Centre
2 25 (12.38%) Mobile App
3 6 (2.97%) Management Information System
4 4 (1.98%) CESG
4 4 (1.98%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (1.98%) Computer Science
5 2 (0.99%) Cryptography
5 2 (0.99%) Statistics
5 2 (0.99%) Mathematics
5 2 (0.99%) Physics
6 1 (0.50%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 1 (0.50%) Blackberry
6 1 (0.50%) DTV
6 1 (0.50%) SCADA
6 1 (0.50%) Blog
Operating Systems
1 46 (22.77%) Windows
2 37 (18.32%) Linux
3 6 (2.97%) UNIX
4 2 (0.99%) Solaris
4 2 (0.99%) Android
4 2 (0.99%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.50%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 162 (80.20%) Penetration Testing
2 87 (43.07%) Information Security
3 48 (23.76%) Security Testing
4 44 (21.78%) OWASP
5 38 (18.81%) Cyber Security
6 23 (11.39%) Security Architecture
7 19 (9.41%) Ethical Hacking
8 16 (7.92%) Vulnerability Assessment
9 9 (4.46%) Open Source
10 8 (3.96%) ISMS
10 8 (3.96%) Security Management
11 7 (3.47%) Vulnerability Management
12 6 (2.97%) SDLC
12 6 (2.97%) Stakeholder Management
12 6 (2.97%) Test Management
12 6 (2.97%) Reverse Engineering
13 5 (2.48%) Information Assurance
13 5 (2.48%) Mentoring
14 4 (1.98%) SIEM
14 4 (1.98%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 35 (17.33%) SQL
2 19 (9.41%) Java
3 15 (7.43%) C
4 11 (5.45%) PHP
5 9 (4.46%) C++
6 7 (3.47%) Python
7 5 (2.48%) JavaScript
8 4 (1.98%) Perl
8 4 (1.98%) C#
9 1 (0.50%) VB
9 1 (0.50%) Assembly Language
9 1 (0.50%) Ruby
9 1 (0.50%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 52 (25.74%) OSCP
2 51 (25.25%) Security Cleared
3 36 (17.82%) CISSP
4 34 (16.83%) OSCE
5 28 (13.86%) CEH
5 28 (13.86%) SC Cleared
6 23 (11.39%) Degree
7 8 (3.96%) GPEN
8 7 (3.47%) DV Cleared
9 4 (1.98%) GIAC
10 3 (1.49%) PCI QSA
11 1 (0.50%) CCNA
11 1 (0.50%) Cisco Certification
11 1 (0.50%) CISM
11 1 (0.50%) CCFE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (12.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 15 (7.43%) PCI DSS
3 6 (2.97%) QA
System Software
1 2 (0.99%) Snort
Systems Management
1 25 (12.38%) Nessus
2 18 (8.91%) Nmap
3 6 (2.97%) CORE IMPACT
Vendors
1 11 (5.45%) Qualys
2 4 (1.98%) McAfee
3 3 (1.49%) Acunetix
4 2 (0.99%) F5
4 2 (0.99%) Intel
5 1 (0.50%) Citrix
5 1 (0.50%) Oracle
5 1 (0.50%) SAP
5 1 (0.50%) Splunk
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Cheltenham
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Bristol
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Manchester
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Salary: £40000 - £80000 per annum + Bonus, Benefits and Training
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Salary: competitive
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Hampshire
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