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 25 June 2016 with a comparison to same period over 2 years.

3 months to
25 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Penetration Tester
Rank 740 863 879
Rank change year-on-year
+123 +16
Permanent jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 181 101 133
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.19% 0.091% 0.11%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.19% 0.095% 0.11%
Number of salaries quoted 123 84 99
Median salary £60,000 £52,500 £55,500
Median salary % change year-on-year
+14.28% -5.40%
90% offered a salary of more than £44,000 £38,250 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £80,000 £85,000 £70,000
UK excluding London median salary £52,500 £50,000 £55,000
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -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
93569 106792 116655
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 96.39% 96.49% 96.50%
Number of salaries quoted 78866 88051 95388
Median salary £47,000 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year
+4.44% -
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 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 25 June 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 25 June 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 +126 168 £60,000 +14.28% 43
London +75 82 £62,500 +13.63% 12
South East +79 38 £45,000 -15.88% 8
Yorkshire +37 21 £70,000 +55.55% 2
West Yorkshire +24 20 £70,000 +36.58% 1
Surrey - 20 £42,500 -
Leeds +36 19 £70,000 +55.55% 1
Oxfordshire - 11 £47,500 - 2
South West +17 9 £55,000 +22.22% 1
Chertsey - 8 £42,500 -
West Midlands -26 5 £52,500 -0.94% 5
Bristol - 5 £60,000 -
North West +16 4 £50,000 +88.67% 6
Hampshire +14 4 £72,500 +31.81% 3
Manchester +2 4 £50,000 +88.67% 6
Warwickshire - 4 £52,500 - 1
City of London +41 3 £60,000 +20.00% 3
Farnborough - 3 £72,500 - 1
Guildford - 3 - -
Wiltshire +20 2 £47,500 +18.75%
Reading +15 2 £70,000 +47.36% 1
Swindon +7 2 £47,500 +18.75%
Berkshire +3 2 £70,000 +30.84% 2
Gloucestershire -3 2 £56,250 +18.42% 1
Nuneaton - 2 - -
Oxford - 2 £47,500 -
East of England +33 1 £45,000 +87.50%
Sheffield +20 1 £55,000 +37.50%
Ipswich +19 1 £45,000 +5.88%
South Yorkshire +18 1 £55,000 +37.50%

Penetration Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 June 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.

1 305 (84.02%) Penetration Testing
2 217 (59.78%) CREST Certified
3 170 (46.83%) Information Security
4 131 (36.09%) Cybersecurity
5 120 (33.06%) Wireless
6 115 (31.68%) Security Testing
7 105 (28.93%) Mobile App
8 102 (28.10%) Windows
9 100 (27.55%) Vulnerability Assessment
10 87 (23.97%) Security Cleared
11 86 (23.69%) Python
12 85 (23.42%) Java
13 73 (20.11%) OSCP
14 69 (19.01%) Degree
14 69 (19.01%) C++
15 68 (18.73%) Perl
16 67 (18.46%) Firewall
17 65 (17.91%) Nessus
17 65 (17.91%) Ethical Hacking
18 64 (17.63%) CEH
19 63 (17.36%) SC Cleared
20 61 (16.80%) OWASP
20 61 (16.80%) Social Engineering
20 61 (16.80%) Ruby
21 60 (16.53%) C
22 58 (15.98%) Metasploit
23 57 (15.70%) Unix
24 55 (15.15%) Reverse Engineering
25 53 (14.60%) Linux
26 52 (14.33%) TCP/IP

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 (0.55%) JBoss
Applications
1 5 (1.38%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (0.55%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.28%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 120 (33.06%) Wireless
2 67 (18.46%) Firewall
3 52 (14.33%) TCP/IP
4 46 (12.67%) Network Security
5 37 (10.19%) Wireless Security
6 20 (5.51%) LAN
6 20 (5.51%) WAN
7 13 (3.58%) Internet
8 6 (1.65%) Wi-Fi
9 3 (0.83%) Cisco ASA
9 3 (0.83%) VoIP
10 2 (0.55%) Bluetooth
10 2 (0.55%) DAB
10 2 (0.55%) Ethernet
10 2 (0.55%) HTTP
10 2 (0.55%) HTTPS
10 2 (0.55%) NFC
10 2 (0.55%) VPN
11 1 (0.28%) Broadband
11 1 (0.28%) SSL
Development Applications
1 58 (15.98%) Metasploit
2 42 (11.57%) Burp Suite
3 6 (1.65%) sqlmap
4 5 (1.38%) AppScan
5 3 (0.83%) Paros
6 1 (0.28%) HP UFT
6 1 (0.28%) LoadRunner
6 1 (0.28%) WinRunner
General
1 49 (13.50%) Finance
2 39 (10.74%) Banking
3 31 (8.54%) Publishing
4 21 (5.79%) Telecoms
5 7 (1.93%) Legal
6 2 (0.55%) Automotive
6 2 (0.55%) Back Office
6 2 (0.55%) Investment Banking
6 2 (0.55%) Marketing
6 2 (0.55%) Military
7 1 (0.28%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.28%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.28%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (7.16%) Web Services
2 23 (6.34%) .NET
3 21 (5.79%) 802.1X
4 10 (2.75%) HTML
5 9 (2.48%) HTML5
6 8 (2.20%) ASP.NET
6 8 (2.20%) JSON
6 8 (2.20%) XML
7 6 (1.65%) Ajax
7 6 (1.65%) SOAP
8 2 (0.55%) ASP.NET Web API
8 2 (0.55%) RESTful
9 1 (0.28%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 105 (28.93%) Mobile App
2 40 (11.02%) Analytical Skills
3 39 (10.74%) Management Information System
4 38 (10.47%) CESG
5 18 (4.96%) Blackberry
5 18 (4.96%) Virtual Team
6 13 (3.58%) Cyberthreat
6 13 (3.58%) Security Operations Centre
7 11 (3.03%) Client/Server
8 9 (2.48%) Embedded Systems
9 8 (2.20%) SCADA
10 7 (1.93%) Computer Science
10 7 (1.93%) iPad
11 6 (1.65%) Blog
11 6 (1.65%) Cybercrime
11 6 (1.65%) Driving Licence
12 3 (0.83%) Data Centre
13 2 (0.55%) Internet of Things
13 2 (0.55%) Mainframe
13 2 (0.55%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 102 (28.10%) Windows
2 57 (15.70%) Unix
3 53 (14.60%) Linux
4 22 (6.06%) Android
4 22 (6.06%) Apple iOS
5 16 (4.41%) Kali Linux
6 8 (2.20%) Solaris
7 2 (0.55%) KNOPPIX
7 2 (0.55%) VxWorks
8 1 (0.28%) AIX
8 1 (0.28%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 305 (84.02%) Penetration Testing
2 170 (46.83%) Information Security
3 131 (36.09%) Cybersecurity
4 115 (31.68%) Security Testing
5 100 (27.55%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 65 (17.91%) Ethical Hacking
7 61 (16.80%) OWASP
7 61 (16.80%) Social Engineering
8 55 (15.15%) Reverse Engineering
9 34 (9.37%) Security Architecture
10 27 (7.44%) Risk Assessment
10 27 (7.44%) Risk Management
11 26 (7.16%) Time Management
12 25 (6.89%) Security Management
13 19 (5.23%) SDLC
14 18 (4.96%) Compliance Audit
14 18 (4.96%) Network Design
14 18 (4.96%) Server Hardening
14 18 (4.96%) Software Audit
15 16 (4.41%) Malware Analysis
Programming Languages
1 86 (23.69%) Python
2 85 (23.42%) Java
3 69 (19.01%) C++
4 68 (18.73%) Perl
5 61 (16.80%) Ruby
6 60 (16.53%) C
7 49 (13.50%) PHP
8 35 (9.64%) Bash Shell
9 27 (7.44%) C#
10 26 (7.16%) PowerShell
11 20 (5.51%) SQL
12 10 (2.75%) VB.NET
13 7 (1.93%) VB
14 4 (1.10%) Shell Script
15 3 (0.83%) Objective-C
16 1 (0.28%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 217 (59.78%) CREST Certified
2 87 (23.97%) Security Cleared
3 73 (20.11%) OSCP
4 69 (19.01%) Degree
5 64 (17.63%) CEH
6 63 (17.36%) SC Cleared
7 51 (14.05%) CISSP
8 50 (13.77%) CHECK Team Leader
9 47 (12.95%) Tigerscheme
10 46 (12.67%) CHECK Team Member
10 46 (12.67%) GPEN
11 38 (10.47%) GIAC
12 19 (5.23%) CISM
13 16 (4.41%) SANS
14 13 (3.58%) OSCE
15 10 (2.75%) DV Cleared
16 9 (2.48%) GWAPT
17 8 (2.20%) Cisco Certification
18 7 (1.93%) CISA
18 7 (1.93%) CLAS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (7.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 23 (6.34%) QA
3 21 (5.79%) ISO/IEC 17799
4 8 (2.20%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.55%) GPG13
6 1 (0.28%) COBIT
Systems Management
1 65 (17.91%) Nessus
2 45 (12.40%) Nmap
3 12 (3.31%) OpenVAS
4 10 (2.75%) HP Fortify
5 5 (1.38%) Nexpose
5 5 (1.38%) WebInspect
6 2 (0.55%) Core Impact
Vendors
1 24 (6.61%) Cisco
2 23 (6.34%) Fortinet
3 21 (5.79%) Juniper
3 21 (5.79%) Nokia
4 15 (4.13%) Microsoft
4 15 (4.13%) Qualys
5 10 (2.75%) Coverity
6 6 (1.65%) HP
7 3 (0.83%) CheckPoint
8 2 (0.55%) QNX
9 1 (0.28%) Capita
9 1 (0.28%) IBM
City of London
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: Yesterday
England
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: Yesterday
UK
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Salary: £45000 - £55000 per annum + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Yorkshire
DCL Search & Selection
Salary: £40000 - £60000 per annum
Posted: 22 hours ago
Manchester
Computer Futures
Salary: £55000 - £75000 per annum + Benefits and Bonuses
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Computer Futures
Salary: £55000 - £75000 per annum + Benefits and Bonuses
Posted: 5 days ago
Birmingham
Computer Futures
Salary: £55000 - £75000 per annum + Benefits and Bonuses
Posted: 5 days ago
Cheltenham
Computer Futures
Salary: £60000 - £80000 per annum + Bonus + Bens
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester
Computer Futures
Salary: £60000 - £80000 per annum + Bonus + Bens
Posted: 5 days ago
Birmingham
Computer Futures
Salary: £60000 - £80000 per annum + Bonus + Bens
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £40,000 - £60,000 (with exceptional package)
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Ashdown IT
Salary: £48000 - £60000 per annum + bonus
Posted: 2 days ago
England
Computer Futures
Salary: £40000 - £60000 per annum + Bonus + Bens
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Computer Futures
Salary: £40000 - £60000 per annum + Bonus + Bens
Posted: 5 days ago
Banbury, Oxfordshire
AAP3
Salary: £27000.00 - £60000.00 per annum + Attractive
Posted: Yesterday
UK
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Salary: £50000 - £51000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 5 days ago
England
Capita Resourcing Ltd
Salary: £50000 - £51000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
Newbury
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
Banbury, Oxfordshire
AAP3
Salary: £80000 - £90000 per annum + Attractive
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £80000 per annum + Pension + Gym + Certs
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
Nottingham
Computer Futures
Salary: £55000 - £75000 per annum + Bonus + Bens
Posted: 5 days ago
Warwickshire
Computer Futures
Salary: £55000 - £75000 per annum + Bonus + Bens
Posted: 5 days ago
Leicestershire
Computer Futures
Salary: £55000 - £75000 per annum + Bonus + Bens
Posted: 5 days ago
Northampton
Computer Futures
Salary: £55000 - £75000 per annum + Bonus + Bens
Posted: 5 days ago
Coventry
Computer Futures
Salary: £55000 - £75000 per annum + Bonus + Bens
Posted: 5 days ago
Wolverhampton
Computer Futures
Salary: £55000 - £75000 per annum + Bonus + Bens
Posted: 5 days ago