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 17 January 2017 with a comparison to same period over 2 years.

3 months to
17 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Penetration Tester
UK
Rank 775 801 858
Rank change year-on-year
+26 +57
Permanent jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 83 119 95
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.099% 0.12% 0.092%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.10% 0.13% 0.095%
Number of salaries quoted 45 104 88
Median salary £60,000 £61,250 £53,750
Median salary % change year-on-year
-2.04% +13.95%
90% offered a salary of more than £37,000 £42,800 £30,000
10% offered a salary of more than £84,000 £95,000 £75,000
UK excluding London median salary £50,000 £57,500 £55,000
% change year-on-year
-13.04% +4.54%

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
81076 94889 99493
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 96.44% 96.44% 96.68%
Number of salaries quoted 67322 79646 82693
Median salary £45,344 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year
+0.76% -
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £75,000 £70,000 £70,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £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 17 January 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 17 January 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 +22 79 £60,000 -5.88% 38
London +35 29 £68,750 +5.76% 14
West Yorkshire +39 16 £50,000 -6.97% 1
Yorkshire +37 16 £50,000 -6.97% 1
Leeds +35 13 £57,500 +15.00% 1
South East +60 11 £60,000 - 5
West Midlands +11 8 £46,500 +16.25% 3
South West +14 7 £40,000 +73.91% 6
Berkshire +46 5 £75,000 +15.38% 2
City of London +32 5 £85,000 +38.77% 6
Oxfordshire +29 4 £60,000 -23.80%
East of England +19 4 £32,500 -26.96% 1
Swindon - 4 £50,000 -
Wiltshire - 4 £50,000 - 1
Cheltenham 0 3 £37,500 -46.42% 1
Gloucestershire -20 3 £37,500 -46.42% 1
Bracknell - 3 - -
Hertfordshire - 3 £32,500 - 1
Reading +30 2 £75,000 +15.38% 2
Birmingham +4 2 - - 3
Staffordshire - 2 £57,500 -
Milton Keynes - 2 £47,500 -
Banbury - 2 £74,250 -
Buckinghamshire - 2 £47,500 -
Scotland +15 1 - - 1
Cambridgeshire +6 1 - -
Edinburgh - 1 - - 1
East Midlands - 1 £47,500 -
Leicestershire - 1 £47,500 -
Warwickshire - 1 £53,000 -

Penetration Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 January 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.

1 215 (79.34%) Penetration Testing
2 180 (66.42%) CREST Certified
3 114 (42.07%) Security Cleared
4 111 (40.96%) OSCP
4 111 (40.96%) Windows
5 110 (40.59%) Information Security
6 109 (40.22%) Java
7 102 (37.64%) C++
8 97 (35.79%) C
9 91 (33.58%) Cybersecurity
10 86 (31.73%) Python
10 86 (31.73%) Vulnerability Assessment
11 81 (29.89%) CEH
12 80 (29.52%) Ethical Hacking
13 77 (28.41%) CHECK Team Member
14 74 (27.31%) CHECK Team Leader
15 71 (26.20%) Degree
16 69 (25.46%) Perl
17 68 (25.09%) Nessus
17 68 (25.09%) SC Cleared
18 67 (24.72%) Wireless
19 64 (23.62%) Linux
20 59 (21.77%) Mobile App
21 57 (21.03%) Finance
22 54 (19.93%) Nmap
22 54 (19.93%) GPEN
22 54 (19.93%) Security Testing
23 49 (18.08%) Ruby
23 49 (18.08%) PHP
24 46 (16.97%) Social Engineering

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 3 (1.11%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.37%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 3 (1.11%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 67 (24.72%) Wireless
2 35 (12.92%) Network Security
3 28 (10.33%) Firewall
4 23 (8.49%) Wireless Security
5 20 (7.38%) TCP/IP
6 12 (4.43%) Broadband
6 12 (4.43%) Internet
6 12 (4.43%) LTE
7 8 (2.95%) HTTP
8 6 (2.21%) VPN
9 3 (1.11%) SMTP
9 3 (1.11%) VoIP
9 3 (1.11%) Wireshark
10 1 (0.37%) Bluetooth
10 1 (0.37%) DAB
10 1 (0.37%) Ethernet
10 1 (0.37%) LAN
10 1 (0.37%) NFC
10 1 (0.37%) WAN
10 1 (0.37%) Wideband
Development Applications
1 42 (15.50%) Metasploit
2 30 (11.07%) Burp Suite
3 4 (1.48%) AppScan
4 3 (1.11%) LoadRunner
5 2 (0.74%) JMeter
6 1 (0.37%) HP UFT
6 1 (0.37%) WinRunner
General
1 57 (21.03%) Finance
2 44 (16.24%) Telecoms
3 24 (8.86%) Publishing
4 11 (4.06%) Retail
5 5 (1.85%) Manufacturing
6 3 (1.11%) Electronics
6 3 (1.11%) Marketing
7 2 (0.74%) Aerospace
7 2 (0.74%) Automotive
7 2 (0.74%) Banking
8 1 (0.37%) Back Office
8 1 (0.37%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (9.23%) .NET
2 12 (4.43%) .NET Framework
3 6 (2.21%) ELK Stack
4 4 (1.48%) 802.1X
5 3 (1.11%) HTML
5 3 (1.11%) JSON
5 3 (1.11%) Middleware
5 3 (1.11%) Web Services
5 3 (1.11%) XML
6 2 (0.74%) Ajax
6 2 (0.74%) J2EE
6 2 (0.74%) JNI
6 2 (0.74%) SOAP
7 1 (0.37%) ASP.NET
7 1 (0.37%) ASP.NET Web API
7 1 (0.37%) CGI
7 1 (0.37%) HTML5
7 1 (0.37%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 59 (21.77%) Mobile App
2 43 (15.87%) CESG
3 30 (11.07%) Computer Science
4 14 (5.17%) Embedded Systems
5 11 (4.06%) Management Information System
6 10 (3.69%) Cyberthreat
7 9 (3.32%) Data Centre
8 6 (2.21%) Analytical Skills
9 5 (1.85%) Blog
10 4 (1.48%) Driving Licence
10 4 (1.48%) iPad
11 3 (1.11%) iSeries
12 2 (0.74%) Cyber Attack
12 2 (0.74%) Cyber Defence
12 2 (0.74%) Cybercrime
12 2 (0.74%) SCADA
13 1 (0.37%) Internet of Things
13 1 (0.37%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 111 (40.96%) Windows
2 64 (23.62%) Linux
3 43 (15.87%) Unix
4 15 (5.54%) Kali Linux
5 12 (4.43%) VxWorks
6 9 (3.32%) Solaris
7 4 (1.48%) AIX
7 4 (1.48%) Android
8 3 (1.11%) Apple iOS
9 2 (0.74%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.37%) KNOPPIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 215 (79.34%) Penetration Testing
2 110 (40.59%) Information Security
3 91 (33.58%) Cybersecurity
4 86 (31.73%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 80 (29.52%) Ethical Hacking
6 54 (19.93%) Security Testing
7 46 (16.97%) Social Engineering
8 33 (12.18%) OWASP
9 30 (11.07%) Reverse Engineering
10 29 (10.70%) Open Source
11 24 (8.86%) Threat Modelling
12 23 (8.49%) Vulnerability Scanning
13 18 (6.64%) Static Code Analysis
14 17 (6.27%) Project Management
15 15 (5.54%) Source Code Analysis
16 12 (4.43%) Network Packet Capture
16 12 (4.43%) Vulnerability Management
17 11 (4.06%) Remediation Plan
18 10 (3.69%) SIEM
19 8 (2.95%) Agile Software Development
Programming Languages
1 109 (40.22%) Java
2 102 (37.64%) C++
3 97 (35.79%) C
4 86 (31.73%) Python
5 69 (25.46%) Perl
6 49 (18.08%) PHP
6 49 (18.08%) Ruby
7 30 (11.07%) Bash Shell
8 26 (9.59%) C#
9 16 (5.90%) VB.NET
10 15 (5.54%) SQL
11 9 (3.32%) Objective-C
12 7 (2.58%) PowerShell
12 7 (2.58%) VB
13 5 (1.85%) JavaScript
14 3 (1.11%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 180 (66.42%) CREST Certified
2 114 (42.07%) Security Cleared
3 111 (40.96%) OSCP
4 81 (29.89%) CEH
5 77 (28.41%) CHECK Team Member
6 74 (27.31%) CHECK Team Leader
7 71 (26.20%) Degree
8 68 (25.09%) SC Cleared
9 54 (19.93%) GPEN
10 42 (15.50%) GIAC
11 40 (14.76%) Tigerscheme
12 27 (9.96%) CISSP
12 27 (9.96%) SANS
13 21 (7.75%) DV Cleared
14 16 (5.90%) CISA
14 16 (5.90%) OSCE
15 10 (3.69%) GWAPT
16 7 (2.58%) Cisco Certification
16 7 (2.58%) CISM
16 7 (2.58%) OSWP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (5.54%) QA
2 10 (3.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (2.58%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 3 (1.11%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 68 (25.09%) Nessus
2 54 (19.93%) Nmap
3 27 (9.96%) OpenVAS
4 4 (1.48%) Core Impact
4 4 (1.48%) HP Fortify
5 1 (0.37%) Nexpose
Vendors
1 28 (10.33%) Qualys
2 14 (5.17%) Coverity
3 4 (1.48%) Cisco
3 4 (1.48%) Fortinet
3 4 (1.48%) HP
3 4 (1.48%) IBM
3 4 (1.48%) Juniper
3 4 (1.48%) Nokia
4 3 (1.11%) Capita
4 3 (1.11%) SAP
4 3 (1.11%) VMware
5 1 (0.37%) ION Trading
5 1 (0.37%) QNX
5 1 (0.37%) Rapid7
5 1 (0.37%) Red Hat
London
Oscar
Salary: £50000 - £60000 per annum
Posted: 5 hours ago
Hertfordshire
Oscar
Salary: £25000 - £35000 per annum
Posted: 5 hours ago
City, London
Oscar
Salary: £50000 - £70000 per annum
Posted: 5 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Oscar
Salary: £30000 - £50000 per annum + Car, Pension, PHI, Bonus
Posted: 1 hour ago
London
Oscar
Salary: £40000 - £60000 per annum
Posted: 5 hours ago
Guildford
BAE SYSTEMS
Salary: Competitive + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Guildford, Surrey
set2recruit
Salary: From £45,000 to £70,000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £40,000 - £75,000
Posted: 3 days ago
Greater Manchester
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £40,000 - £75,000
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol Area
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £40,000 - £75,000
Posted: 3 days ago
Edinburgh & Lothians
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £40,000 - £75,000
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Intelletec
Salary: From £50,000 to £100,000 per annum bonus and benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Energize Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Salary: £85000 - £120000 per annum + negotiable
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Senitor Associates
Salary: £50000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Spring Technology
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 6 days ago
Manchester
CPS Group Limited
Salary: £70000 - £80000 per annum + Home working
Posted: 11 days ago
Birmingham
CPS Group Limited
Salary: £70000 - £80000 per annum + Home working
Posted: 11 days ago
Reading
CPS Group Limited
Salary: £70000 - £80000 per annum + Home working
Posted: 11 days ago
Greater Manchester
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £40,000 to £65,000 DOE
Posted: 6 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £40,000 to £65,000 DOE
Posted: 6 days ago
City of London
Modis International Ltd
Posted: 11 days ago
Bristol
CPS Group Limited
Salary: £30000 - £70000 per annum
Posted: 12 days ago
Corsham
CPS Group Limited
Salary: £30000 - £70000 per annum
Posted: 12 days ago
London
Lorien Resourcing
Salary: £28000 - £32000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: Up to £110,000 DOE
Posted: 6 days ago
City of London
Modis International Ltd
Posted: 11 days ago
UK
CGI
Salary: £35000 - £80000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 5 days ago
Bristol, Avon
People Source Consulting
Salary: £44000 - £50000 per annum + bonus + great benefits
Posted: 5 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Spring Technology
Posted: 5 days ago