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 20 April 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
20 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Penetration Tester
Rank 794 813 802
Rank change year-on-year
+19 -11
Permanent jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 114 116 81
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.10% 0.096% 0.073%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.11% 0.10% 0.077%
Number of salaries quoted 88 91 37
Average salary £53,000 £60,000 £50,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-11.66% +20.00%
90% offered a salary of more than £35,750 £41,250 £37,500
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £70,000 £71,000
UK excluding London average salary £52,500 £55,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year
-4.54% +22.22%

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
105077 114312 105347
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 94.63% 94.60% 94.73%
Number of salaries quoted 85966 92614 87650
Average salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +5.88%
90% offered a salary of more than £26,896 £27,000 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £67,500 £70,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £38,500
% change year-on-year
- +3.89%

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 20 April 2015 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 20 April 2015. 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 +25 108 £53,500 -10.83% 92
London +39 65 £55,000 -12.00% 31
South East +11 14 £53,000 -15.20% 11
City of London +18 11 £50,000 -18.36% 9
Berkshire +7 11 £52,500 - 6
South West -17 10 £40,000 -27.27% 16
Slough - 9 £53,500 -
West Midlands -7 7 £53,500 -2.72% 9
Birmingham - 6 £53,000 - 7
North West +7 5 £26,500 -18.46% 12
Yorkshire +4 5 £60,000 +60.00% 7
Manchester +3 5 £26,500 -18.46% 12
Reading +2 4 £50,000 -4.76% 6
Swindon - 4 £40,000 -
Wales - 4 £40,000 -
Wiltshire - 4 £40,000 -
East of England +36 3 £21,500 -30.64% 2
Leeds +11 3 £55,000 +46.66% 6
West Yorkshire +10 3 £55,000 +46.66% 6
Cheltenham +4 3 - - 8
Gloucestershire -12 3 - - 10
Hampshire -12 3 £55,000 -15.38% 2
Hertfordshire - 3 £21,500 -
South Wales - 3 £40,000 -
Cardiff - 3 £40,000 -
Watford - 3 £21,500 -
South Yorkshire - 2 £65,000 -
Stoke-on-Trent +5 1 £60,000 -
Staffordshire -3 1 £60,000 -
North Wales - 1 - -

Penetration Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 April 2015, 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.

1 177 (85.51%) Penetration Testing
2 95 (45.89%) Information Security
3 63 (30.43%) OSCP
4 51 (24.64%) Windows
5 48 (23.19%) CISSP
5 48 (23.19%) Security Testing
5 48 (23.19%) OSCE
6 43 (20.77%) Linux
6 43 (20.77%) Security Cleared
7 39 (18.84%) Security Architecture
8 38 (18.36%) Ethical Hacking
9 36 (17.39%) OWASP
10 30 (14.49%) Degree
11 29 (14.01%) CEH
11 29 (14.01%) Cyber Security
12 26 (12.56%) Nessus
13 23 (11.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
13 23 (11.11%) SQL
14 22 (10.63%) Vulnerability Assessment
14 22 (10.63%) PCI DSS
15 20 (9.66%) SC Cleared
15 20 (9.66%) Network Security
16 19 (9.18%) Wireless
17 18 (8.70%) Metasploit
18 17 (8.21%) Finance
19 16 (7.73%) Telecoms
19 16 (7.73%) Computer Science
20 13 (6.28%) Mobile App
21 12 (5.80%) ISMS
22 11 (5.31%) Nmap

Penetration Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 20 April 2015, 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.

Cloud Services
1 8 (3.86%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 20 (9.66%) Network Security
2 19 (9.18%) Wireless
3 10 (4.83%) Firewall
4 4 (1.93%) Wireshark
4 4 (1.93%) VPN
5 2 (0.97%) VoIP
5 2 (0.97%) Wireless Security
6 1 (0.48%) LTE
6 1 (0.48%) SIGTRAN
6 1 (0.48%) HTTP
6 1 (0.48%) 2G
6 1 (0.48%) NGN
6 1 (0.48%) Internet
6 1 (0.48%) 3G
6 1 (0.48%) SS7
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.48%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 18 (8.70%) Metasploit
2 1 (0.48%) LoadRunner
2 1 (0.48%) JMeter
General
1 17 (8.21%) Finance
2 16 (7.73%) Telecoms
3 11 (5.31%) Banking
4 7 (3.38%) Retail
5 4 (1.93%) Games
5 4 (1.93%) Military
6 3 (1.45%) Law
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (4.35%) .NET
2 8 (3.86%) ASP.NET
3 3 (1.45%) JSP
3 3 (1.45%) HTML
4 2 (0.97%) Web Services
5 1 (0.48%) Middleware
5 1 (0.48%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 16 (7.73%) Computer Science
2 13 (6.28%) Mobile App
3 7 (3.38%) Open Source
4 6 (2.90%) Management Information System
5 3 (1.45%) CESG
5 3 (1.45%) Blackberry
6 2 (0.97%) Statistics
6 2 (0.97%) Mathematics
6 2 (0.97%) Physics
6 2 (0.97%) Analytical Skills
7 1 (0.48%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 1 (0.48%) Cryptography
Operating Systems
1 51 (24.64%) Windows
2 43 (20.77%) Linux
3 6 (2.90%) Android
3 6 (2.90%) Apple iOS
4 3 (1.45%) Windows Phone
5 2 (0.97%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 177 (85.51%) Penetration Testing
2 95 (45.89%) Information Security
3 48 (23.19%) Security Testing
4 39 (18.84%) Security Architecture
5 38 (18.36%) Ethical Hacking
6 36 (17.39%) OWASP
7 29 (14.01%) Cyber Security
8 22 (10.63%) Vulnerability Assessment
9 12 (5.80%) ISMS
10 8 (3.86%) Computer Security
10 8 (3.86%) Stakeholder Management
11 7 (3.38%) Security Management
11 7 (3.38%) Reverse Engineering
11 7 (3.38%) Mentoring
12 6 (2.90%) Test Management
13 5 (2.42%) Risk Management
14 4 (1.93%) E-Commerce
14 4 (1.93%) Project Management
15 3 (1.45%) Validation
15 3 (1.45%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 23 (11.11%) SQL
2 11 (5.31%) Java
3 8 (3.86%) C
4 7 (3.38%) PHP
5 6 (2.90%) C++
6 5 (2.42%) C#
7 4 (1.93%) Python
8 3 (1.45%) JavaScript
9 2 (0.97%) PowerShell
10 1 (0.48%) Bash Shell
10 1 (0.48%) Perl
10 1 (0.48%) Assembly Language
Qualifications
1 63 (30.43%) OSCP
2 48 (23.19%) OSCE
2 48 (23.19%) CISSP
3 43 (20.77%) Security Cleared
4 30 (14.49%) Degree
5 29 (14.01%) CEH
6 20 (9.66%) SC Cleared
7 7 (3.38%) GPEN
8 4 (1.93%) GWAPT
9 3 (1.45%) CISM
9 3 (1.45%) GIAC
9 3 (1.45%) GCIH
10 2 (0.97%) DV Cleared
10 2 (0.97%) CISA
11 1 (0.48%) CCNA
11 1 (0.48%) Cisco Certification
11 1 (0.48%) CCFE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (11.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 22 (10.63%) PCI DSS
3 6 (2.90%) QA
4 2 (0.97%) HIPAA
System Software
1 1 (0.48%) Snort
Systems Management
1 26 (12.56%) Nessus
2 11 (5.31%) Nmap
3 7 (3.38%) CORE IMPACT
Vendors
1 8 (3.86%) Qualys
2 4 (1.93%) McAfee
3 2 (0.97%) Intel
4 1 (0.48%) Citrix
4 1 (0.48%) Juniper
4 1 (0.48%) Apple
4 1 (0.48%) CheckPoint
4 1 (0.48%) BT
4 1 (0.48%) Google
4 1 (0.48%) Fortinet
4 1 (0.48%) Coverity
4 1 (0.48%) Acunetix
4 1 (0.48%) Splunk
4 1 (0.48%) Cisco
North London
Intelletec
Salary: From £37,000 to £85,000 per annum £15,000 bonus, remote working, priva
Posted: 8 hours ago
Glasgow
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 12 hours ago
Reading
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 12 hours ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Posted: 3 days ago
West Midlands
Spencer Rose
Salary: From £45,000 to £75,000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Salary: £40000 - £55000 per annum + Car Allowance
Posted: 3 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Salary: £40000 - £55000 per annum + Car Allowance
Posted: 3 days ago
London
DCL Search & Selection
Salary: £50000 - £60000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Enfield, Middlesex
Spencer Rose
Salary: From £45,000 to £55,000 per annum remote working and training offered
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Salary: £40000 - £55000 per annum + Car Allowance
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Salary: £50000 - £55000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £18000 - £35000 per annum + bens, training + career prog
Posted: 4 days ago
England
Computer Futures
Salary: £60000 - £70000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
England
Computer Futures
Salary: £40000 - £90000 per annum + Bonus + Bens
Posted: 4 days ago
West Sussex
Computer Futures
Salary: £45000 - £85000 per annum + Bonus AND Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Surrey
Computer Futures
Salary: £45000 - £85000 per annum + Bonus AND Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Leeds
Computer Futures
Salary: £45000 - £80000 per annum + Bonus AND Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Milton Keynes
Computer Futures
Salary: £45000 - £85000 per annum + Bonus AND Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Reading
Computer Futures
Salary: £45000 - £85000 per annum + Bonus AND Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Gloucestershire
Computer Futures
Salary: £45000 - £85000 per annum + Bonus AND Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago