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 8 February 2016 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
8 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Penetration Tester
Rank 790 851 812
Rank change year-on-year
+61 -39
Permanent jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 144 99 123
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.14% 0.093% 0.12%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.15% 0.096% 0.12%
Number of salaries quoted 119 85 90
Average salary £62,500 £55,000 £60,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+13.63% -8.33%
90% offered a salary of more than £42,500 £30,000 £42,500
10% offered a salary of more than £95,000 £75,000 £70,000
UK excluding London average salary £57,500 £57,500 £60,000
% change year-on-year
- -4.16%

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
97472 102743 99324
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 96.12% 96.45% 96.27%
Number of salaries quoted 81850 85177 79938
Average salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £26,500 £27,000
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £70,000 £70,000
UK excluding London average salary £42,000 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -

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 8 February 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 average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 8 February 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
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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 +30 123 £62,500 +8.69% 57
London +32 75 £63,750 +27.50% 23
North West +15 19 £95,000 +65.21% 8
South East +29 16 £57,500 +76.92% 15
Manchester +14 13 £95,000 +65.21% 8
City of London +65 8 £62,500 - 8
Yorkshire +11 7 £25,000 - 4
South West +4 6 £70,000 -3.44% 5
East of England - 6 £52,500 -
Surrey - 6 £57,500 - 2
Somerset - 5 - -
Merseyside - 5 - -
Street - 5 - -
Ipswich - 5 £52,500 -
Liverpool - 5 - -
Oxfordshire - 5 £78,750 -
Suffolk - 5 £52,500 -
West Yorkshire +15 3 £57,500 - 4
Reading +1 3 £65,000 +100.00% 4
Berkshire +1 3 £65,000 +100.00% 8
Glasgow - 3 - -
Scotland - 3 - - 1
Leeds +7 2 £62,500 - 4
M4 Corridor - 2 £75,000 -
Cheltenham +8 1 £70,000 -3.44% 3
Gloucestershire 0 1 £70,000 -3.44% 3
West Midlands -20 1 £40,000 -33.33% 2
Cambridgeshire - 1 - -
Birmingham - 1 £40,000 - 2
Cheshire - 1 £42,500 -

Penetration Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 8 February 2016, 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.

1 213 (86.94%) Penetration Testing
2 151 (61.63%) Information Security
3 113 (46.12%) CREST Certified
4 96 (39.18%) Windows
5 69 (28.16%) Wireless
6 67 (27.35%) Security Testing
7 64 (26.12%) Security Cleared
8 59 (24.08%) Cybersecurity
9 55 (22.45%) Network Security
10 52 (21.22%) Vulnerability Assessment
11 49 (20.00%) Unix
12 46 (18.78%) Java
13 45 (18.37%) Firewall
13 45 (18.37%) Nessus
14 44 (17.96%) SC Cleared
14 44 (17.96%) Linux
15 43 (17.55%) CHECK Team Member
16 41 (16.73%) TCP/IP
17 40 (16.33%) OSCP
18 39 (15.92%) Reverse Engineering
18 39 (15.92%) Mobile App
19 38 (15.51%) CHECK Team Leader
19 38 (15.51%) Degree
19 38 (15.51%) Ethical Hacking
20 36 (14.69%) Finance
21 35 (14.29%) CEH
22 34 (13.88%) Python
22 34 (13.88%) Social Engineering
23 33 (13.47%) Metasploit
23 33 (13.47%) ISO/IEC 27001

Penetration Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 8 February 2016, 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 1 (0.41%) JBoss
Applications
1 1 (0.41%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 5 (2.04%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 69 (28.16%) Wireless
2 55 (22.45%) Network Security
3 45 (18.37%) Firewall
4 41 (16.73%) TCP/IP
5 15 (6.12%) Wireless Security
6 14 (5.71%) LAN
6 14 (5.71%) WAN
7 8 (3.27%) VPN
8 5 (2.04%) VoIP
9 2 (0.82%) Internet
10 1 (0.41%) Cisco ASA
10 1 (0.41%) HTTPS
10 1 (0.41%) Wireshark
Development Applications
1 33 (13.47%) Metasploit
2 15 (6.12%) Burp Suite
3 2 (0.82%) AppScan
3 2 (0.82%) Paros
4 1 (0.41%) sqlmap
General
1 36 (14.69%) Finance
2 32 (13.06%) Banking
3 14 (5.71%) Publishing
4 11 (4.49%) Retail
5 8 (3.27%) Telecoms
6 7 (2.86%) Legal
7 4 (1.63%) Marketing
8 3 (1.22%) Games
9 2 (0.82%) German Language
10 1 (0.41%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (8.98%) Web Services
2 20 (8.16%) .NET
3 10 (4.08%) ASP.NET
4 5 (2.04%) HTML
4 5 (2.04%) JSP
5 2 (0.82%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 39 (15.92%) Mobile App
2 25 (10.20%) Management Information System
3 20 (8.16%) Blackberry
4 17 (6.94%) Analytical Skills
5 12 (4.90%) CESG
6 9 (3.67%) Cyberthreat
7 6 (2.45%) Client/Server
7 6 (2.45%) Computer Science
7 6 (2.45%) Embedded Systems
8 5 (2.04%) Blog
8 5 (2.04%) Security Operations Centre
9 4 (1.63%) Cyber Attack
10 1 (0.41%) Cryptography
10 1 (0.41%) Digital Media
10 1 (0.41%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 1 (0.41%) Driving Licence
10 1 (0.41%) iPad
10 1 (0.41%) Physics
10 1 (0.41%) SCADA
10 1 (0.41%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 96 (39.18%) Windows
2 49 (20.00%) Unix
3 44 (17.96%) Linux
4 20 (8.16%) Android
4 20 (8.16%) Apple iOS
5 13 (5.31%) Solaris
6 8 (3.27%) Kali Linux
7 5 (2.04%) Mac OS
8 1 (0.41%) KNOPPIX
8 1 (0.41%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 213 (86.94%) Penetration Testing
2 151 (61.63%) Information Security
3 67 (27.35%) Security Testing
4 59 (24.08%) Cybersecurity
5 52 (21.22%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 39 (15.92%) Reverse Engineering
7 38 (15.51%) Ethical Hacking
8 34 (13.88%) Social Engineering
9 27 (11.02%) Security Management
10 26 (10.61%) Risk Assessment
10 26 (10.61%) Security Architecture
11 25 (10.20%) OWASP
12 23 (9.39%) Vulnerability Management
13 22 (8.98%) Risk Management
13 22 (8.98%) SDLC
14 20 (8.16%) Network Design
14 20 (8.16%) Server Hardening
14 20 (8.16%) Time Management
15 12 (4.90%) Vulnerability Scanning
16 11 (4.49%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 46 (18.78%) Java
2 34 (13.88%) Python
3 30 (12.24%) C
4 28 (11.43%) C++
5 27 (11.02%) Perl
6 24 (9.80%) SQL
7 21 (8.57%) PHP
8 17 (6.94%) Ruby
9 13 (5.31%) C#
9 13 (5.31%) JavaScript
10 10 (4.08%) Bash Shell
11 3 (1.22%) PowerShell
11 3 (1.22%) VB.NET
12 2 (0.82%) VB
Qualifications
1 113 (46.12%) CREST Certified
2 64 (26.12%) Security Cleared
3 44 (17.96%) SC Cleared
4 43 (17.55%) CHECK Team Member
5 40 (16.33%) OSCP
6 38 (15.51%) CHECK Team Leader
6 38 (15.51%) Degree
7 35 (14.29%) CEH
8 18 (7.35%) CISSP
8 18 (7.35%) Tigerscheme
9 16 (6.53%) DV Cleared
9 16 (6.53%) GPEN
10 11 (4.49%) OSCE
11 9 (3.67%) CLAS
12 8 (3.27%) GWAPT
13 7 (2.86%) GIAC
14 6 (2.45%) CISA
15 4 (1.63%) GCIH
15 4 (1.63%) SANS
16 3 (1.22%) CISMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (13.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 22 (8.98%) ISO/IEC 17799
3 18 (7.35%) PCI DSS
4 15 (6.12%) QA
5 1 (0.41%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 1 (0.41%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 45 (18.37%) Nessus
2 25 (10.20%) Nmap
3 13 (5.31%) OpenVAS
4 10 (4.08%) CORE IMPACT
5 2 (0.82%) HP Fortify
5 2 (0.82%) WebInspect
6 1 (0.41%) Nexpose
Vendors
1 15 (6.12%) Microsoft
2 12 (4.90%) Qualys
3 8 (3.27%) Coverity
4 3 (1.22%) Cisco
5 2 (0.82%) Fortinet
5 2 (0.82%) Juniper
5 2 (0.82%) Nokia
6 1 (0.41%) Acunetix
6 1 (0.41%) CheckPoint
6 1 (0.41%) Netsparker
6 1 (0.41%) Sony
Leeds, West Yorkshire
KnownFour
Salary: £30000.00 - £80000.00 per annum + Reflective of Experience plus bens
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £55,000 - £80,000
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
City of London
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
City of London
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
Guildford, Surrey
McGregor Boyall
Salary: £40000 - £60000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Central London / West End
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £40,000 - £60,000
Posted: 3 days ago
London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: From £48,000 to £80,000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Guildford, Surrey
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: From £48,000 to £80,000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £50000 per annum + Training + Certifications
Posted: 6 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £30000 per annum + Training + Certs
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Salary: £45000 - £55000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
UK
Acumin
Salary: Unspecified Competitive salary with flexible benefits package
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Rark Solutions
Salary: £35000 - £80000 Per Annum Excellent Career Opportunity and Benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 7 days ago
London
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 7 days ago
Cheltenham
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 7 days ago
London
G2 Recruitment
Salary: Market related
Posted: 10 days ago
Berkshire
Computer Futures
Salary: £60000 - £75000 per annum + Bonus + Bens
Posted: 10 days ago
Reading
Computer Futures
Salary: £60000 - £75000 per annum + Bonus + Bens
Posted: 10 days ago
Middlesex
Computer Futures
Salary: £60000 - £75000 per annum + Bonus + Bens
Posted: 10 days ago
Berkshire
Computer Futures
Salary: £60000 - £75000 per annum + Bonus + Bens
Posted: 10 days ago
Middlesex
Computer Futures
Salary: £60000 - £75000 per annum + Bonus + Bens
Posted: 10 days ago
Reading
Computer Futures
Salary: £60000 - £75000 per annum + Bonus + Bens
Posted: 10 days ago
Newbury
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 10 days ago
Basingstoke
Computer Futures
Salary: £50000 - £70000 per annum + Bonus + Bens (DOE)
Posted: 13 days ago
Reading
Computer Futures
Salary: £50000 - £70000 per annum + Bonus + Bens (DOE)
Posted: 13 days ago
City of London
Computer Futures
Salary: £50000 - £70000 per annum + Bonus + Bens (DOE)
Posted: 13 days ago