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 30 May 2016 with a comparison to same period over 2 years.

3 months to
30 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Penetration Tester
Rank 737 856 888
Rank change year-on-year
+119 +32
Permanent jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 186 111 115
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.19% 0.10% 0.095%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.20% 0.11% 0.098%
Number of salaries quoted 136 90 92
Median salary £57,500 £50,000 £56,000
Median salary % change year-on-year
+15.00% -10.71%
90% offered a salary of more than £42,500 £26,500 £24,800
10% offered a salary of more than £78,750 £65,000 £70,000
UK excluding London median 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
94551 104274 117052
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 96.30% 96.45% 96.49%
Number of salaries quoted 79526 85540 95895
Median salary £46,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year
+3.33% -
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £26,500 £27,000
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £68,500 £70,000
UK excluding London median salary £41,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+3.75% -

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 30 May 2016 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 30 May 2016. 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 see detailed
statistics and trends)
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 +117 174 £57,500 +15.00% 41
London +70 92 £62,500 +13.63% 10
South East +49 30 £42,500 -19.81% 9
Surrey - 20 £42,500 - 2
South West +17 16 £57,500 +39.39% 6
Yorkshire +17 14 £70,000 +30.23% 4
West Yorkshire +24 13 £75,000 +50.00% 4
Leeds +8 12 £80,000 +68.42% 4
West Midlands -15 10 £57,500 +8.49% 3
North West +17 8 £50,000 +88.67% 4
Bristol +14 8 £57,500 +30.68% 2
Birmingham -6 7 £57,500 +9.52% 2
City of London +46 6 £62,500 +21.95% 2
Reading +17 6 £42,500 -10.52% 2
Berkshire +11 6 £42,500 -19.04% 3
Manchester +8 6 £50,000 +98.01% 3
Chertsey - 6 £42,500 -
Guildford - 6 - -
Gloucestershire 0 5 £57,500 +15.00% 4
Warwickshire - 3 - -
Oxfordshire - 3 £45,000 - 1
Wiltshire +4 2 £47,500 +18.75%
Swindon 0 2 £47,500 +18.75%
Nuneaton - 2 - -
Cheshire +31 1 £52,500 +5.00%
East of England +29 1 £45,000 +97.80% 2
Ipswich +21 1 £45,000 +5.88%
South Yorkshire +21 1 £55,000 -15.38%
Sheffield +17 1 £55,000 -15.38%
Warrington +13 1 £52,500 +5.00%

Penetration Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 May 2016, 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.

1 301 (85.51%) Penetration Testing
2 198 (56.25%) CREST Certified
3 181 (51.42%) Information Security
4 129 (36.65%) Security Testing
5 117 (33.24%) Cybersecurity
6 110 (31.25%) Wireless
7 108 (30.68%) Windows
8 97 (27.56%) Mobile App
9 89 (25.28%) Vulnerability Assessment
10 81 (23.01%) Java
11 76 (21.59%) Security Cleared
12 75 (21.31%) Python
13 67 (19.03%) Degree
14 63 (17.90%) Firewall
15 62 (17.61%) Ethical Hacking
15 62 (17.61%) Unix
16 61 (17.33%) Perl
16 61 (17.33%) OSCP
16 61 (17.33%) Social Engineering
17 60 (17.05%) TCP/IP
18 58 (16.48%) C++
18 58 (16.48%) Reverse Engineering
19 56 (15.91%) SC Cleared
19 56 (15.91%) OWASP
19 56 (15.91%) Network Security
19 56 (15.91%) Nessus
20 53 (15.06%) Ruby
21 52 (14.77%) Metasploit
22 51 (14.49%) CEH
22 51 (14.49%) C

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:

Application Platforms
1 2 (0.57%) JBoss
Applications
1 5 (1.42%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (0.57%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 4 (1.14%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 110 (31.25%) Wireless
2 63 (17.90%) Firewall
3 60 (17.05%) TCP/IP
4 56 (15.91%) Network Security
5 33 (9.38%) Wireless Security
6 24 (6.82%) LAN
6 24 (6.82%) WAN
7 13 (3.69%) Internet
8 6 (1.70%) Wi-Fi
9 3 (0.85%) Cisco ASA
9 3 (0.85%) VoIP
10 2 (0.57%) Bluetooth
10 2 (0.57%) DAB
10 2 (0.57%) Ethernet
10 2 (0.57%) HTTP
10 2 (0.57%) HTTPS
10 2 (0.57%) NFC
10 2 (0.57%) VPN
11 1 (0.28%) SSL
Development Applications
1 52 (14.77%) Metasploit
2 37 (10.51%) Burp Suite
3 6 (1.70%) sqlmap
4 5 (1.42%) AppScan
5 3 (0.85%) Paros
General
1 48 (13.64%) Banking
2 44 (12.50%) Finance
3 28 (7.95%) Publishing
4 11 (3.13%) Telecoms
5 8 (2.27%) Legal
6 4 (1.14%) Retail
7 3 (0.85%) Games
8 2 (0.57%) Automotive
8 2 (0.57%) Marketing
8 2 (0.57%) Military
9 1 (0.28%) Back Office
9 1 (0.28%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.28%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (9.09%) Web Services
2 30 (8.52%) .NET
3 20 (5.68%) 802.1X
4 10 (2.84%) ASP.NET
5 8 (2.27%) HTML
5 8 (2.27%) JSON
5 8 (2.27%) XML
6 7 (1.99%) HTML5
7 6 (1.70%) Ajax
7 6 (1.70%) SOAP
8 2 (0.57%) ASP.NET Web API
8 2 (0.57%) RESTful
9 1 (0.28%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 97 (27.56%) Mobile App
2 45 (12.78%) Management Information System
3 42 (11.93%) Analytical Skills
4 34 (9.66%) CESG
5 24 (6.82%) Blackberry
6 13 (3.69%) Security Operations Centre
7 12 (3.41%) Cyberthreat
8 11 (3.13%) Client/Server
9 8 (2.27%) Blog
9 8 (2.27%) Computer Science
9 8 (2.27%) SCADA
10 7 (1.99%) iPad
11 6 (1.70%) Cybercrime
12 5 (1.42%) Driving Licence
12 5 (1.42%) Embedded Systems
13 3 (0.85%) Data Centre
14 2 (0.57%) Internet of Things
14 2 (0.57%) Mainframe
14 2 (0.57%) Smartphone
15 1 (0.28%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
Operating Systems
1 108 (30.68%) Windows
2 62 (17.61%) Unix
3 48 (13.64%) Linux
4 28 (7.95%) Android
4 28 (7.95%) Apple iOS
5 13 (3.69%) Kali Linux
5 13 (3.69%) Solaris
6 2 (0.57%) KNOPPIX
7 1 (0.28%) AIX
7 1 (0.28%) HPUX
7 1 (0.28%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 301 (85.51%) Penetration Testing
2 181 (51.42%) Information Security
3 129 (36.65%) Security Testing
4 117 (33.24%) Cybersecurity
5 89 (25.28%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 62 (17.61%) Ethical Hacking
7 61 (17.33%) Social Engineering
8 58 (16.48%) Reverse Engineering
9 56 (15.91%) OWASP
10 41 (11.65%) Security Architecture
11 33 (9.38%) Risk Assessment
12 32 (9.09%) Risk Management
12 32 (9.09%) Time Management
13 31 (8.81%) Security Management
14 25 (7.10%) SDLC
15 24 (6.82%) Compliance Audit
15 24 (6.82%) Network Design
15 24 (6.82%) Server Hardening
15 24 (6.82%) Software Audit
16 19 (5.40%) Vulnerability Management
Programming Languages
1 81 (23.01%) Java
2 75 (21.31%) Python
3 61 (17.33%) Perl
4 58 (16.48%) C++
5 53 (15.06%) Ruby
6 51 (14.49%) C
7 49 (13.92%) PHP
8 32 (9.09%) Bash Shell
9 31 (8.81%) C#
10 26 (7.39%) PowerShell
10 26 (7.39%) SQL
11 12 (3.41%) VB.NET
12 6 (1.70%) VB
13 4 (1.14%) Shell Script
14 2 (0.57%) Objective-C
15 1 (0.28%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 198 (56.25%) CREST Certified
2 76 (21.59%) Security Cleared
3 67 (19.03%) Degree
4 61 (17.33%) OSCP
5 56 (15.91%) SC Cleared
6 51 (14.49%) CEH
7 46 (13.07%) CHECK Team Leader
7 46 (13.07%) CHECK Team Member
8 45 (12.78%) CISSP
9 41 (11.65%) Tigerscheme
10 30 (8.52%) GPEN
11 26 (7.39%) GIAC
12 17 (4.83%) CISM
12 17 (4.83%) OSCE
13 12 (3.41%) SANS
14 7 (1.99%) GWAPT
15 6 (1.70%) CISA
15 6 (1.70%) Cisco Certification
16 5 (1.42%) Cyber Scheme
16 5 (1.42%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (10.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 28 (7.95%) QA
3 27 (7.67%) ISO/IEC 17799
4 11 (3.13%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.57%) GPG13
6 1 (0.28%) COBIT
System Software
1 1 (0.28%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 56 (15.91%) Nessus
2 35 (9.94%) Nmap
3 10 (2.84%) HP Fortify
4 7 (1.99%) OpenVAS
5 5 (1.42%) WebInspect
6 3 (0.85%) Nexpose
7 2 (0.57%) CORE IMPACT
Vendors
1 23 (6.53%) Cisco
2 22 (6.25%) Fortinet
3 20 (5.68%) Juniper
3 20 (5.68%) Nokia
4 19 (5.40%) Microsoft
5 10 (2.84%) Qualys
6 7 (1.99%) Coverity
7 6 (1.70%) HP
8 3 (0.85%) CheckPoint
9 2 (0.57%) QNX
10 1 (0.28%) IBM
London
Senitor Associates
Salary: £30000 - £50000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, Yorkshire
Palm Mason
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £40,000 - £60,000
Posted: 5 days ago
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £40,000 - £60,000
Posted: 5 days ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £40,000 - £60,000
Posted: 5 days ago
City of London
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 11 days ago
UK
Oscar
Salary: £50000 - £70000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
England
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 11 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £50000 per annum + Training + Certifications
Posted: 6 days ago
Birmingham
Computer Futures
Salary: £55000 - £75000 per annum + Benefits and Bonuses
Posted: 17 days ago
London
Computer Futures
Salary: £55000 - £75000 per annum + Benefits and Bonuses
Posted: 17 days ago
Cheltenham
Computer Futures
Salary: £55000 - £75000 per annum + Benefits and Bonuses
Posted: 17 days ago
Manchester
Computer Futures
Salary: £55000 - £75000 per annum + Benefits and Bonuses
Posted: 17 days ago
Liverpool
Computer Futures
Salary: £55000 - £75000 per annum + Benefits and Bonuses
Posted: 17 days ago
Reading
Computer Futures
Salary: £55000 - £75000 per annum + Benefits and Bonuses
Posted: 17 days ago
Bristol
Computer Futures
Salary: £55000 - £75000 per annum + Benefits and Bonuses
Posted: 17 days ago
Milton Keynes
Computer Futures
Salary: £55000 - £75000 per annum + Benefits and Bonuses
Posted: 17 days ago
Newcastle upon Tyne
Computer Futures
Salary: £55000 - £75000 per annum + Benefits and Bonuses
Posted: 17 days ago
Leeds
Computer Futures
Salary: £55000 - £75000 per annum + Benefits and Bonuses
Posted: 17 days ago
Cambridge
Computer Futures
Salary: £55000 - £75000 per annum + Benefits and Bonuses
Posted: 17 days ago
Surrey
Computer Futures
Salary: £55000 - £75000 per annum + Benefits and Bonuses
Posted: 17 days ago
London
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 12 days ago
London
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 12 days ago
Wolverhampton
Computer Futures
Salary: £55000 - £75000 per annum + Bonus + Bens
Posted: 17 days ago
Bristol
Computer Futures
Salary: Varied Depending on Experience
Posted: 25 days ago
Cheltenham
Computer Futures
Salary: Varied Depending on Experience
Posted: 25 days ago
London
Computer Futures
Salary: Varied Depending on Experience
Posted: 25 days ago
Surrey
Computer Futures
Salary: £45000 - £70000 per annum + Varied Depending on Experience
Posted: 25 days ago
Birmingham
Computer Futures
Salary: Varied Depending on Experience
Posted: 25 days ago