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

Location
3 months to
31 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Penetration Tester
Rank 793 757 833
Rank change year-on-year
-36 +76
Permanent jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 107 153 59
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.097% 0.13% 0.056%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.10% 0.14% 0.059%
Number of salaries quoted 79 130 37
Average salary £55,000 £50,000 £55,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+10.00% -9.09%
90% offered a salary of more than £34,425 £30,000 £22,500
10% offered a salary of more than £75,000 £70,750 £70,500
UK excluding London average salary £55,000 £50,000 £55,000
% change year-on-year
+10.00% -9.09%

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
104280 108595 100152
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 94.20% 94.52% 94.28%
Number of salaries quoted 86823 87800 83027
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 £70,000 £70,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £39,000
% change year-on-year
- +2.56%

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 31 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 31 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 -36 99 £55,000 +10.00% 27
London -29 43 £55,000 +10.00% 3
Yorkshire +8 10 £40,000 -20.00% 4
South East +1 10 £71,250 +50.00% 5
South West -1 9 £50,000 +29.03% 3
Manchester -3 8 £34,500 -54.00% 3
North West -9 8 £34,500 -42.50% 4
City of London +16 7 £48,750 +77.27% 2
West Midlands -13 6 £57,500 +155.55% 1
Birmingham - 6 £57,500 - 1
Leicestershire +10 5 £34,425 -44.92% 2
West Yorkshire +7 5 £30,000 -40.00% 3
Surrey +6 5 £75,000 -
East Midlands -15 5 £34,425 -44.92% 3
Bristol - 5 £50,000 - 2
Cheltenham - 4 £53,750 - 1
Staines - 4 £75,000 -
Gloucestershire - 4 £53,750 - 1
East of England - 4 £47,500 - 3
Berkshire +4 3 £52,500 +5.00% 3
Leicester +4 3 £44,393 -28.97% 1
Hertfordshire - 3 - - 2
Sheffield - 3 £40,000 - 1
South Yorkshire - 3 £40,000 - 1
Leeds +12 2 £36,250 -34.09% 3
Wetherby -1 2 - -
Slough -5 2 £52,500 +5.00%
Middlesex - 2 £66,250 -
Paddington - 2 £52,500 -
Suffolk - 1 £47,500 -

Penetration Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 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.

1 166 (77.93%) Penetration Testing
2 96 (45.07%) Information Security
3 55 (25.82%) Windows
4 52 (24.41%) Cyber Security
5 50 (23.47%) OSCP
6 48 (22.54%) Security Testing
7 47 (22.07%) Security Cleared
7 47 (22.07%) Linux
8 43 (20.19%) Wireless
9 40 (18.78%) SQL
10 39 (18.31%) OWASP
11 36 (16.90%) CISSP
12 31 (14.55%) OSCE
12 31 (14.55%) Data Centre
13 30 (14.08%) SC Cleared
13 30 (14.08%) CEH
14 28 (13.15%) Nessus
15 26 (12.21%) Mobile App
16 25 (11.74%) Security Architecture
17 24 (11.27%) Java
18 23 (10.80%) Finance
19 22 (10.33%) Ethical Hacking
19 22 (10.33%) Vulnerability Assessment
20 21 (9.86%) Degree
21 20 (9.39%) Firewall
22 19 (8.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
22 19 (8.92%) Nmap
22 19 (8.92%) Network Security
23 17 (7.98%) .NET
24 16 (7.51%) C

Penetration Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 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 (0.94%) JBoss
Business Applications
1 1 (0.47%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.94%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 43 (20.19%) Wireless
2 20 (9.39%) Firewall
3 19 (8.92%) Network Security
4 5 (2.35%) Wireless Security
4 5 (2.35%) VoIP
5 4 (1.88%) LAN
5 4 (1.88%) HTTP
5 4 (1.88%) TCP/IP
5 4 (1.88%) VPN
5 4 (1.88%) Wireshark
6 3 (1.41%) Internet
6 3 (1.41%) SMTP
7 2 (0.94%) FTP
7 2 (0.94%) LDAP
7 2 (0.94%) WAN
7 2 (0.94%) tcpdump
8 1 (0.47%) DNS
8 1 (0.47%) HTTPS
8 1 (0.47%) SSL
8 1 (0.47%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.47%) RDBMS
1 1 (0.47%) Big Data
1 1 (0.47%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 16 (7.51%) Metasploit
2 4 (1.88%) AppScan
3 2 (0.94%) Paros
4 1 (0.47%) LoadRunner
4 1 (0.47%) JMeter
General
1 23 (10.80%) Finance
2 15 (7.04%) Telecoms
3 10 (4.69%) Retail
4 8 (3.76%) Banking
5 2 (0.94%) Games
5 2 (0.94%) Marketing
6 1 (0.47%) German Language
6 1 (0.47%) Electronics
6 1 (0.47%) Law
6 1 (0.47%) Legal
6 1 (0.47%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (7.98%) .NET
2 13 (6.10%) ASP.NET
3 5 (2.35%) JSP
3 5 (2.35%) HTML
4 3 (1.41%) Web Services
5 2 (0.94%) XML
5 2 (0.94%) JSON
5 2 (0.94%) REST
6 1 (0.47%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 31 (14.55%) Data Centre
2 26 (12.21%) Mobile App
3 5 (2.35%) Management Information System
3 5 (2.35%) CESG
4 4 (1.88%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (1.41%) Computer Science
6 2 (0.94%) Cryptography
7 1 (0.47%) Statistics
7 1 (0.47%) SCADA
7 1 (0.47%) Mathematics
7 1 (0.47%) Physics
7 1 (0.47%) Blog
7 1 (0.47%) Digital Media
7 1 (0.47%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 1 (0.47%) DTV
7 1 (0.47%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
Operating Systems
1 55 (25.82%) Windows
2 47 (22.07%) Linux
3 10 (4.69%) UNIX
4 2 (0.94%) Solaris
4 2 (0.94%) Android
4 2 (0.94%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.47%) Windows Phone
5 1 (0.47%) Mac OS
5 1 (0.47%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 166 (77.93%) Penetration Testing
2 96 (45.07%) Information Security
3 52 (24.41%) Cyber Security
4 48 (22.54%) Security Testing
5 39 (18.31%) OWASP
6 25 (11.74%) Security Architecture
7 22 (10.33%) Ethical Hacking
7 22 (10.33%) Vulnerability Assessment
8 11 (5.16%) Security Management
9 10 (4.69%) Open Source
10 8 (3.76%) Vulnerability Management
10 8 (3.76%) Information Assurance
11 7 (3.29%) E-Commerce
11 7 (3.29%) SDLC
11 7 (3.29%) Mentoring
12 5 (2.35%) Risk Management
12 5 (2.35%) Reverse Engineering
13 4 (1.88%) ISMS
13 4 (1.88%) Stakeholder Management
13 4 (1.88%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 40 (18.78%) SQL
2 24 (11.27%) Java
3 16 (7.51%) C
4 14 (6.57%) PHP
5 11 (5.16%) JavaScript
6 10 (4.69%) C++
7 7 (3.29%) Perl
8 5 (2.35%) Python
9 4 (1.88%) VB
10 3 (1.41%) C#
11 1 (0.47%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 50 (23.47%) OSCP
2 47 (22.07%) Security Cleared
3 36 (16.90%) CISSP
4 31 (14.55%) OSCE
5 30 (14.08%) SC Cleared
5 30 (14.08%) CEH
6 21 (9.86%) Degree
7 9 (4.23%) GPEN
8 8 (3.76%) DV Cleared
9 6 (2.82%) PCI QSA
10 4 (1.88%) GIAC
11 3 (1.41%) CISMP
12 2 (0.94%) GCIH
12 2 (0.94%) CISA
12 2 (0.94%) CISM
12 2 (0.94%) GWAPT
13 1 (0.47%) CRISC
13 1 (0.47%) CCFE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (8.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 14 (6.57%) PCI DSS
3 5 (2.35%) QA
4 1 (0.47%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 2 (0.94%) Snort
Systems Management
1 28 (13.15%) Nessus
2 19 (8.92%) Nmap
3 9 (4.23%) CORE IMPACT
4 2 (0.94%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 9 (4.23%) Qualys
2 4 (1.88%) Acunetix
3 2 (0.94%) F5
3 2 (0.94%) McAfee
4 1 (0.47%) Splunk
4 1 (0.47%) Oracle
4 1 (0.47%) SAP
4 1 (0.47%) Intel
4 1 (0.47%) Citrix
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