The statistics below represent IT jobs advertised across the UK that had Penetration Tester featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the salaries offered over the 3 months to 23 February 2017 with a comparison to same period over 2 years.

3 months to
23 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Penetration Tester
UK
Rank 774 774 856
Rank change year-on-year
0 +82
Permanent jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 72 159 104
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.086% 0.16% 0.097%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.089% 0.16% 0.10%
Number of salaries quoted 39 123 85
Median salary £60,000 £62,500 £55,000
Median salary % change year-on-year
-4.00% +13.63%
90% offered a salary of more than £32,500 £43,700 £31,050
10% offered a salary of more than £77,000 £95,000 £75,000
UK excluding London median salary £47,500 £58,750 £57,500
% change year-on-year
-19.14% +2.17%

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
80883 98578 103250
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 96.35% 96.45% 96.69%
Number of salaries quoted 67143 82699 85275
Median salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £72,500 £70,000 £70,000
UK excluding London median salary £41,500 £42,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
-1.19% +5.00%

Penetration Tester
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of job ads that featured Penetration Tester in the job title.

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 23 February 2017 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 median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 23 February 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +23 70 £58,750 -6.00% 21
London +12 18 £64,000 +2.40% 9
South East +49 16 £61,250 +6.52% 2
Berkshire +40 12 £75,000 +76.47% 1
West Midlands +36 10 £47,750 +19.37% 1
South West +11 8 £40,000 -42.85% 3
Reading +48 7 £75,000 +76.47% 1
West Yorkshire +31 7 - - 1
Leeds +24 7 - - 1
Yorkshire +24 7 - - 1
East of England +20 5 £32,500 -38.09% 2
Birmingham +19 5 £58,750 +46.87% 1
Cheltenham +11 5 £40,000 -42.85%
Gloucestershire +2 5 £40,000 -42.85%
Bracknell - 5 - -
Hertfordshire - 4 £32,500 - 2
City of London +26 3 - - 2
Swindon - 3 - - 1
Wiltshire - 3 - - 1
Oxfordshire +10 2 £60,000 -23.80%
Buckinghamshire - 2 £47,500 - 1
Milton Keynes - 2 £47,500 - 1
Warwickshire - 2 £53,000 -
Scotland +17 1 - -
Cambridgeshire +6 1 - -
North West -30 1 £20,000 -78.94% 3
Manchester -38 1 £20,000 -78.94% 3
Leicestershire - 1 £47,500 -
Cardiff - 1 £75,000 -
Cambridge - 1 - -

Penetration Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 February 2017, Penetration Tester job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads featuring Penetration Tester in the job title.

1 162 (79.41%) Penetration Testing
2 116 (56.86%) CREST Certified
3 85 (41.67%) Security Cleared
4 82 (40.20%) Windows
5 78 (38.24%) Java
5 78 (38.24%) Information Security
6 75 (36.76%) Cybersecurity
7 74 (36.27%) C++
8 71 (34.80%) C
9 67 (32.84%) Python
10 63 (30.88%) OSCP
11 59 (28.92%) CHECK Team Leader
12 58 (28.43%) CEH
13 57 (27.94%) Vulnerability Assessment
13 57 (27.94%) CHECK Team Member
14 56 (27.45%) Nessus
15 55 (26.96%) Degree
16 53 (25.98%) Ethical Hacking
17 52 (25.49%) Perl
18 51 (25.00%) SC Cleared
19 49 (24.02%) Wireless
20 46 (22.55%) Security Testing
21 44 (21.57%) Linux
22 42 (20.59%) Nmap
23 41 (20.10%) Finance
24 39 (19.12%) Mobile App
25 35 (17.16%) Ruby
26 34 (16.67%) Telecoms
27 33 (16.18%) Social Engineering
28 31 (15.20%) Metasploit

Penetration Tester Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Business Applications
1 1 (0.49%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.49%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 49 (24.02%) Wireless
2 24 (11.76%) Firewall
2 24 (11.76%) Network Security
3 22 (10.78%) Wireless Security
4 19 (9.31%) TCP/IP
5 12 (5.88%) Broadband
5 12 (5.88%) LTE
6 10 (4.90%) HTTP
7 6 (2.94%) Internet
8 5 (2.45%) SMTP
9 3 (1.47%) VoIP
9 3 (1.47%) VPN
9 3 (1.47%) Wireshark
10 1 (0.49%) LAN
10 1 (0.49%) WAN
10 1 (0.49%) Wideband
Development Applications
1 31 (15.20%) Metasploit
2 14 (6.86%) Burp Suite
3 2 (0.98%) AppScan
3 2 (0.98%) JMeter
3 2 (0.98%) LoadRunner
General
1 41 (20.10%) Finance
2 34 (16.67%) Telecoms
3 16 (7.84%) Publishing
4 8 (3.92%) Retail
5 1 (0.49%) Aerospace
5 1 (0.49%) Automotive
5 1 (0.49%) Electronics
5 1 (0.49%) Games
5 1 (0.49%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.49%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (7.35%) .NET
2 6 (2.94%) .NET Framework
3 5 (2.45%) Elastic Stack
3 5 (2.45%) Middleware
4 3 (1.47%) 802.1X
4 3 (1.47%) Web Services
5 2 (0.98%) Ajax
5 2 (0.98%) HTML
5 2 (0.98%) J2EE
5 2 (0.98%) JNI
5 2 (0.98%) JSON
5 2 (0.98%) SOAP
5 2 (0.98%) XML
6 1 (0.49%) ASP.NET
6 1 (0.49%) CGI
Miscellaneous
1 39 (19.12%) Mobile App
2 29 (14.22%) CESG
3 24 (11.76%) Computer Science
4 9 (4.41%) Embedded Systems
4 9 (4.41%) Management Information System
5 5 (2.45%) Cyberthreat
5 5 (2.45%) iSeries
6 4 (1.96%) Driving Licence
6 4 (1.96%) iPad
7 3 (1.47%) Analytical Skills
8 2 (0.98%) Cyber Attack
8 2 (0.98%) Cyber Defence
8 2 (0.98%) Data Centre
9 1 (0.49%) Blog
9 1 (0.49%) Cybercrime
Operating Systems
1 82 (40.20%) Windows
2 44 (21.57%) Linux
3 28 (13.73%) Unix
4 13 (6.37%) Kali Linux
5 12 (5.88%) VxWorks
6 9 (4.41%) Solaris
7 2 (0.98%) AIX
7 2 (0.98%) Android
7 2 (0.98%) Mac OS X
8 1 (0.49%) Apple iOS
8 1 (0.49%) KNOPPIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 162 (79.41%) Penetration Testing
2 78 (38.24%) Information Security
3 75 (36.76%) Cybersecurity
4 57 (27.94%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 53 (25.98%) Ethical Hacking
6 46 (22.55%) Security Testing
7 33 (16.18%) Social Engineering
8 22 (10.78%) OWASP
9 21 (10.29%) Open Source
10 17 (8.33%) Static Code Analysis
11 16 (7.84%) Source Code Analysis
12 15 (7.35%) Reverse Engineering
13 14 (6.86%) Threat Modelling
14 13 (6.37%) Project Management
15 12 (5.88%) Vulnerability Scanning
16 10 (4.90%) Vulnerability Management
17 9 (4.41%) SDLC
18 8 (3.92%) Network Packet Capture
19 7 (3.43%) Remediation Plan
19 7 (3.43%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 78 (38.24%) Java
2 74 (36.27%) C++
3 71 (34.80%) C
4 67 (32.84%) Python
5 52 (25.49%) Perl
6 35 (17.16%) Ruby
7 31 (15.20%) PHP
8 24 (11.76%) Bash Shell
9 13 (6.37%) C#
10 9 (4.41%) VB.NET
11 8 (3.92%) SQL
12 5 (2.45%) PowerShell
13 4 (1.96%) JavaScript
13 4 (1.96%) Objective-C
13 4 (1.96%) VB
14 1 (0.49%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 116 (56.86%) CREST Certified
2 85 (41.67%) Security Cleared
3 63 (30.88%) OSCP
4 59 (28.92%) CHECK Team Leader
5 58 (28.43%) CEH
6 57 (27.94%) CHECK Team Member
7 55 (26.96%) Degree
8 51 (25.00%) SC Cleared
9 22 (10.78%) GPEN
10 21 (10.29%) Tigerscheme
11 18 (8.82%) CISSP
12 17 (8.33%) DV Cleared
12 17 (8.33%) GIAC
13 15 (7.35%) SANS
14 12 (5.88%) CISA
15 9 (4.41%) OSCE
16 5 (2.45%) CISM
17 4 (1.96%) GWAPT
17 4 (1.96%) OSWP
18 3 (1.47%) CPTE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (5.88%) QA
2 8 (3.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (1.96%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 5 (2.45%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 56 (27.45%) Nessus
2 42 (20.59%) Nmap
3 21 (10.29%) OpenVAS
4 4 (1.96%) Core Impact
4 4 (1.96%) Nexpose
5 2 (0.98%) HP Fortify
Vendors
1 25 (12.25%) Qualys
2 9 (4.41%) Coverity
3 5 (2.45%) VMware
4 4 (1.96%) Rapid7
5 3 (1.47%) Cisco
5 3 (1.47%) Fortinet
5 3 (1.47%) Juniper
5 3 (1.47%) Nokia
6 2 (0.98%) HP
6 2 (0.98%) IBM
7 1 (0.49%) Microsoft
7 1 (0.49%) Oracle
7 1 (0.49%) Red Hat
7 1 (0.49%) SAP
City, London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £80,000 - £90,000 (Plus excellent package)
Posted: Yesterday
London
Oscar
Salary: £50000 - £60000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Sopra Steria Recruitment
Salary: From £30,000 to £65,000 per annum Plus Bonus
Posted: Yesterday
Hertfordshire
Oscar
Salary: £25000 - £35000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Oscar
Salary: £50000 - £70000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
London
Sopra Steria Recruitment
Salary: From £75,000 to £95,000 per annum Plus Bonus
Posted: Yesterday
Swindon, Wiltshire
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Salary: £70000 - £90000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Maxfield Search & Selection
Salary: From £20,000 to £25,000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Oscar
Salary: £30000 - £50000 per annum + Car, Pension, PHI, Bonus
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Oscar
Salary: £40000 - £60000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Salary: Benefits + Bonus
Posted: Yesterday
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Maurice Nash
Salary: From £45,000 to £45,000 per annum c£45k + Bonus + Benefits Package
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 15 days ago
London
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 15 days ago
Hertfordshire
Modis International Ltd
Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum
Posted: 8 days ago
Manchester
Applause IT Ltd
Salary: £20000 - £25000 per annum + bens
Posted: 9 days ago
London
Modis International Ltd
Salary: £350 - £600 per day
Posted: 23 days ago
London
Modis International Ltd
Salary: £40000 - £90000 per annum
Posted: 23 days ago
Reading
Modis International Ltd
Salary: £35000 - £90000 per annum
Posted: 23 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Hargreaves Lansdown
Salary: Competitive
Posted: 27 days ago