The first table below looks at the demand 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 18 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Job Titles currently tracked.

Location
3 months to
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Penetration Tester
Rank 799 804 848
Rank change year-on-year
+5 +44
Permanent jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 118 79 75
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.097% 0.071% 0.060%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.10% 0.075% 0.063%
Number of salaries quoted 93 35 56
Average salary £60,000 £50,000 £45,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+20.00% +11.11%
90% offered a salary of more than £32,050 £37,500 £35,000
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £70,000 £72,500
UK excluding London average salary £55,000 £45,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+22.22% +12.50%
Job Titles Category
UK
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
114665 105124 119149
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 94.51% 94.68% 94.80%
Number of salaries quoted 92969 87480 102132
Average salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+5.88% -
90% offered a salary of more than £27,000 £26,500 £27,000
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £70,000 £67,500
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £38,325 £38,000
% change year-on-year
+4.37% +0.85%

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 18 April 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 18 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England -4 112 £60,000 +33.33% 22
London -21 50 £62,500 -10.71% 7
South East -25 19 £62,500 +38.88% 2
Hampshire -5 13 £65,000 +30.00% 1
East Midlands - 13 £60,000 -
City of London -6 12 £61,250 -2.00% 2
Leicester - 11 £60,000 -
Leicestershire - 11 £60,000 -
West Midlands +9 8 £55,000 +22.22% 5
North West +3 7 £32,500 -18.75% 1
Manchester +8 6 £32,500 - 1
Cambridge - 6 £31,000 -
Cambridgeshire - 6 £31,000 -
East of England - 6 £31,000 -
South West - 5 £55,000 -
Gloucestershire - 5 £55,000 -
Staffordshire +1 4 £41,750 - 3
Basingstoke -2 4 £65,000 +30.00% 1
Stoke-on-Trent -4 4 £41,750 - 3
Cheltenham - 4 £54,500 -
Berkshire -3 2 £52,500 +5.00%
Nottingham - 2 £55,000 -
Reading - 2 £52,500 -
Coventry - 2 £55,000 -
Nottinghamshire - 2 £55,000 -
Midlands - 2 £60,000 -
Birmingham +2 1 - - 1
Surrey -10 1 £55,000 +29.41% 1
West Yorkshire -41 1 £37,500 - 3
Yorkshire -49 1 £37,500 - 3

Penetration Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 April 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.

1 201 (87.01%) Penetration Testing
2 112 (48.48%) CEH
3 89 (38.53%) Security Testing
4 80 (34.63%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 78 (33.77%) Ethical Hacking
5 78 (33.77%) PCI DSS
6 59 (25.54%) Java
7 55 (23.81%) Wireless
8 54 (23.38%) Firewall
9 52 (22.51%) CISSP
10 48 (20.78%) Degree
11 46 (19.91%) GPEN
11 46 (19.91%) OSCP
12 44 (19.05%) Finance
12 44 (19.05%) .NET
13 42 (18.18%) Windows
14 41 (17.75%) VoIP
15 37 (16.02%) Open Source
16 36 (15.58%) PHP
17 34 (14.72%) Linux
17 34 (14.72%) Information Security
18 32 (13.85%) Security Cleared
19 30 (12.99%) GWAPT
19 30 (12.99%) CISMP
20 29 (12.55%) Python
20 29 (12.55%) UNIX
21 28 (12.12%) Ruby
21 28 (12.12%) OSCE
22 27 (11.69%) GCIH
23 24 (10.39%) SQL

Penetration Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 8 (3.46%) Apache
2 3 (1.30%) IIS
Applications
1 7 (3.03%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.43%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.87%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 55 (23.81%) Wireless
2 54 (23.38%) Firewall
3 41 (17.75%) VoIP
4 22 (9.52%) VPN
5 15 (6.49%) Network Security
6 7 (3.03%) Internet
6 7 (3.03%) Wireless Security
7 4 (1.73%) TCP/IP
8 3 (1.30%) Wireshark
9 2 (0.87%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (3.90%) SQL Server
2 3 (1.30%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 11 (4.76%) Metasploit
2 7 (3.03%) AppScan
3 1 (0.43%) Rational Performance Tester
General
1 44 (19.05%) Finance
2 15 (6.49%) Retail
3 6 (2.60%) Telecoms
4 4 (1.73%) Legal
5 3 (1.30%) Banking
6 2 (0.87%) Marketing
7 1 (0.43%) Publishing
7 1 (0.43%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 44 (19.05%) .NET
2 21 (9.09%) HTML
3 20 (8.66%) Web Services
4 18 (7.79%) XML
5 14 (6.06%) ASP.NET
6 13 (5.63%) Ajax
7 5 (2.16%) JSON
7 5 (2.16%) RESTful
8 1 (0.43%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 37 (16.02%) Open Source
2 14 (6.06%) Computer Science
3 13 (5.63%) Management Information System
4 9 (3.90%) Mobile App
5 8 (3.46%) PKI
6 5 (2.16%) Mobile Payment
7 4 (1.73%) AS400
8 3 (1.30%) Mathematics
9 2 (0.87%) Mobile Banking
9 2 (0.87%) CESG
9 2 (0.87%) Blackberry
10 1 (0.43%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 42 (18.18%) Windows
2 34 (14.72%) Linux
3 29 (12.55%) UNIX
4 10 (4.33%) Apple iOS
5 9 (3.90%) Android
6 5 (2.16%) Windows Server 2003
7 4 (1.73%) OS/390
7 4 (1.73%) Solaris
8 3 (1.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.43%) Windows NT
9 1 (0.43%) AIX
9 1 (0.43%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 201 (87.01%) Penetration Testing
2 89 (38.53%) Security Testing
3 80 (34.63%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 78 (33.77%) Ethical Hacking
5 34 (14.72%) Information Security
6 23 (9.96%) Information Management
7 21 (9.09%) Security Management
8 18 (7.79%) OWASP
9 17 (7.36%) ITIL
10 15 (6.49%) Manual Testing
11 14 (6.06%) Change Management
12 10 (4.33%) Risk Management
13 9 (3.90%) Web Development
14 7 (3.03%) Agile Software Development
14 7 (3.03%) Risk Assessment
15 6 (2.60%) Low Latency
15 6 (2.60%) Stakeholder Management
15 6 (2.60%) PRINCE2
15 6 (2.60%) PRINCE
15 6 (2.60%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 59 (25.54%) Java
2 36 (15.58%) PHP
3 29 (12.55%) Python
4 28 (12.12%) Ruby
5 24 (10.39%) SQL
6 23 (9.96%) C
7 18 (7.79%) C++
7 18 (7.79%) Perl
8 14 (6.06%) VB
9 12 (5.19%) C#
10 10 (4.33%) Objective-C
11 7 (3.03%) VB6
12 4 (1.73%) Bash Shell
13 3 (1.30%) VB.NET
14 2 (0.87%) T-SQL
15 1 (0.43%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 112 (48.48%) CEH
2 52 (22.51%) CISSP
3 48 (20.78%) Degree
4 46 (19.91%) GPEN
4 46 (19.91%) OSCP
5 32 (13.85%) Security Cleared
6 30 (12.99%) GWAPT
6 30 (12.99%) CISMP
7 28 (12.12%) OSCE
8 27 (11.69%) GCIH
9 19 (8.23%) CISA
9 19 (8.23%) GIAC
10 18 (7.79%) CHFI
11 17 (7.36%) CISM
12 9 (3.90%) SC Cleared
13 4 (1.73%) OSWP
14 1 (0.43%) CCNP
14 1 (0.43%) CCNA
14 1 (0.43%) Cisco Certification
14 1 (0.43%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 78 (33.77%) PCI DSS
2 23 (9.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 17 (7.36%) COBIT
3 17 (7.36%) QA
4 12 (5.19%) COSO
System Software
1 4 (1.73%) Hyper-V
1 4 (1.73%) VMware Infrastructure
1 4 (1.73%) Snort
2 3 (1.30%) Nmap
3 1 (0.43%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 9 (3.90%) WebInspect
2 4 (1.73%) Nessus
3 2 (0.87%) CORE IMPACT
4 1 (0.43%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 21 (9.09%) Microsoft
2 17 (7.36%) VMware
3 13 (5.63%) Oracle
4 8 (3.46%) HP
5 3 (1.30%) Red Hat
6 1 (0.43%) JD Edwards
6 1 (0.43%) Cisco
Basingstoke, Hampshire
ISL
Salary: £60000 - £70000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
London
2Source Talent
Salary: Up to £75,000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: From £25,000 to £35,000 per annum + flexible benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Rullion IT Plus
Salary: £40000 - £60000 per annum + excellent company benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Rullion IT Plus
Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum + excellent company benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Rullion IT Plus
Salary: £25000 - £35000 per annum + excellent company benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire
Rullion IT Plus
Salary: £55000 - £65000 per annum + bonus + 25 days holiday + benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £22000 - £25000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £18000 - £25000 per annum + bens, training + career prog
Posted: 3 days ago
West London
Software Personnel International Ltd
Salary: From £50,000 to £55,000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
E-synergy Solutions
Salary: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Guildford, Surrey
Oho Group Ltd.
Salary: Competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Claremont Consulting Limited
Salary: £60000 - £75000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 8 days ago
City of London
Deerfoot IT
Salary: £25000 per annum
Posted: 10 days ago
City of London
Computer Futures
Salary: £30000 - £80000 per annum
Posted: 16 days ago
Isleworth, Middlesex
Sky
Salary: Sky Benefits
Posted: 17 days ago
England
Computer Futures
Salary: £40000 - £55000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 22 days ago
England
Computer Futures
Posted: 24 days ago
England
Computer Futures
Posted: 24 days ago
England
Computer Futures
Posted: 25 days ago