The table below looks at the statistics for Penetration Testing skills in IT jobs advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited Penetration Testing over the 3 months to 9 February 2016 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
9 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Penetration Testing
Rank 440 536 533
Rank change year-on-year
+96 -3
Permanent jobs citing Penetration Testing 643 443 470
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.63% 0.42% 0.45%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.73% 0.49% 0.53%
Number of salaries quoted 544 331 344
Average salary £57,000 £50,000 £55,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+14.00% -9.09%
90% offered a salary of more than £39,046 £35,000 £35,000
10% offered a salary of more than £85,000 £75,000 £75,000
UK excluding London average salary £54,000 £47,500 £50,500
% change year-on-year
+13.68% -5.94%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in permanent jobs advertised across the UK.

Processes & Methodologies Category
UK
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
87926 90823 89252
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 86.81% 85.21% 84.97%
Number of salaries quoted 72969 74606 71146
Average salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+5.26% -
90% offered a salary of more than £32,500 £31,500 £31,000
10% offered a salary of more than £75,000 £75,000 £72,500
UK excluding London average salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year
+5.88% -

Penetration Testing
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of permanent IT jobs citing Penetration Testing within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Penetration Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Penetration Testing
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Penetration Testing within the UK.

Penetration Testing Salary Trend in the UK

Penetration Testing
Salary Histogram

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing Penetration Testing over the 3 months to 9 February 2016 within the UK.

Penetration Testing Salary Histogram in the UK

Penetration Testing
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 Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 9 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 +112 596 £57,500 +15.00% 146
London +74 261 £65,000 +8.33% 60
South East +79 145 £55,000 +10.00% 24
North West +35 49 £72,500 +26.08% 17
South West +25 48 £52,500 +10.52% 20
East of England +2 48 £43,000 +7.50% 7
Surrey +49 47 £55,000 +15.78% 5
West Midlands +26 39 £60,000 +11.62% 9
Oxfordshire +29 38 £48,750 +44.44%
Manchester +21 33 £90,000 +56.52% 13
City of London +54 31 £52,500 -19.23% 12
Cambridgeshire +7 30 £43,000 +7.50% 4
Cambridge 0 27 £43,000 +7.50% 3
Gloucestershire +21 23 £55,000 +15.78% 15
Berkshire -1 22 £75,000 +25.00% 9
Reading +24 18 £92,500 - 5
Kent +22 17 £54,000 +2.85% 2
Cheltenham +17 16 £75,000 +15.38% 11
Bristol +18 15 £47,500 - 4
Hampshire +17 14 £42,500 -15.00% 3
Coventry - 13 £62,500 - 2
Yorkshire -9 12 £33,250 -26.11% 6
Scotland +8 11 £50,000 +4.16%
Basingstoke +19 9 £44,794 +19.45% 1
Birmingham 0 9 £90,000 +80.00% 4
West Yorkshire -13 9 £34,000 -24.44% 5
Staffordshire +10 8 £51,750 -13.75% 1
Liverpool +7 8 £47,000 -18.26% 2
Merseyside 0 8 £47,000 -18.26% 2
Cheshire +25 7 £50,000 +11.11% 1

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 9 February 2016, IT jobs within the UK citing Penetration Testing also 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 that cited Penetration Testing.

1 690 (53.16%) Information Security
2 414 (31.90%) Firewall
3 387 (29.82%) Cybersecurity
4 382 (29.43%) CISSP
5 353 (27.20%) Windows
6 320 (24.65%) Linux
7 294 (22.65%) Finance
8 281 (21.65%) Security Cleared
9 268 (20.65%) Ethical Hacking
10 247 (19.03%) C++
11 244 (18.80%) Vulnerability Assessment
12 243 (18.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
13 238 (18.34%) Java
14 228 (17.57%) Network Security
15 227 (17.49%) C
16 225 (17.33%) Management Information System
17 223 (17.18%) SIEM
18 220 (16.95%) CREST Certified
19 210 (16.18%) Degree
20 200 (15.41%) Reverse Engineering
21 195 (15.02%) TCP/IP
22 191 (14.71%) Telecoms
23 189 (14.56%) C#
24 188 (14.48%) Python
24 188 (14.48%) Risk Management
25 174 (13.41%) PCI DSS
26 161 (12.40%) CISM
27 160 (12.33%) Security Testing
28 158 (12.17%) SANS
29 156 (12.02%) GIAC

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 9 February 2016, IT jobs within the UK citing Penetration Testing also 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 that cited Penetration Testing. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 89 (6.86%) Apache Pig
2 13 (1.00%) Apache
2 13 (1.00%) IIS
3 11 (0.85%) MS Exchange
4 7 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2007
4 7 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2010
4 7 (0.54%) Node.js
5 3 (0.23%) Elasticsearch
5 3 (0.23%) nginx
5 3 (0.23%) uWSGI
6 2 (0.15%) Apache Spark
6 2 (0.15%) Confluence
7 1 (0.077%) OpenStack
7 1 (0.077%) SugarCRM
7 1 (0.077%) Tomcat
Applications
1 26 (2.00%) MS Excel
2 12 (0.92%) MS Office
3 9 (0.69%) MS PowerPoint
4 8 (0.62%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.15%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (0.15%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 62 (4.78%) Amazon AWS
2 55 (4.24%) SaaS
3 24 (1.85%) Cloud Computing
4 15 (1.16%) Microsoft Azure
5 5 (0.39%) IaaS
5 5 (0.39%) PaaS
6 4 (0.31%) Amazon ELB
6 4 (0.31%) Amazon S3
6 4 (0.31%) AWS CloudFormation
6 4 (0.31%) Route 53
7 2 (0.15%) Datadog
Communications & Networking
1 414 (31.90%) Firewall
2 228 (17.57%) Network Security
3 195 (15.02%) TCP/IP
4 120 (9.24%) Intrusion Detection
5 114 (8.78%) Wireless
6 96 (7.40%) Internet
7 91 (7.01%) VPN
8 61 (4.70%) WAN
9 59 (4.55%) LAN
10 33 (2.54%) DNS
11 25 (1.93%) Broadband
12 24 (1.85%) Wireshark
13 22 (1.69%) SSL
14 21 (1.62%) Wireless Security
15 17 (1.31%) VoIP
16 15 (1.16%) SMTP
16 15 (1.16%) VLAN
17 14 (1.08%) Cisco IOS
18 13 (1.00%) Cisco ASA
19 12 (0.92%) tcpdump
Database & Business Intelligence
1 99 (7.63%) Big Data
2 91 (7.01%) Hadoop
3 89 (6.86%) Apache Hive
4 22 (1.69%) SQL Server
5 9 (0.69%) MySQL
6 8 (0.62%) Data Mining
7 7 (0.54%) NoSQL
8 6 (0.46%) GIS
8 6 (0.46%) MongoDB
9 4 (0.31%) Amazon RDS
9 4 (0.31%) PostgreSQL
10 2 (0.15%) SQL Server 2005
10 2 (0.15%) SQL Server 2012
10 2 (0.15%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 89 (6.86%) Metasploit
2 29 (2.23%) Selenium
3 26 (2.00%) JIRA
4 19 (1.46%) SoapUI
5 18 (1.39%) Burp Suite
6 12 (0.92%) Cucumber
6 12 (0.92%) Hudson
6 12 (0.92%) Jenkins
7 11 (0.85%) JUnit
7 11 (0.85%) Team Foundation Server
7 11 (0.85%) Visual Studio
8 10 (0.77%) AppScan
8 10 (0.77%) WebDriver
9 7 (0.54%) FitNesse
9 7 (0.54%) Vagrant
10 6 (0.46%) LoadRunner
11 5 (0.39%) SpecFlow
12 4 (0.31%) TestNG
13 3 (0.23%) Git (software)
13 3 (0.23%) GitLab
General
1 294 (22.65%) Finance
2 191 (14.71%) Telecoms
3 119 (9.17%) Banking
4 93 (7.16%) Legal
5 42 (3.24%) Retail
6 23 (1.77%) Law
7 18 (1.39%) Publishing
8 14 (1.08%) Corporate Banking
8 14 (1.08%) Marketing
9 11 (0.85%) Electronics
10 10 (0.77%) Aerospace
11 8 (0.62%) Financial Institution
11 8 (0.62%) Games
12 7 (0.54%) Advertising
13 6 (0.46%) Local Government
13 6 (0.46%) Manufacturing
13 6 (0.46%) Military
14 4 (0.31%) Back Office
14 4 (0.31%) French Language
15 3 (0.23%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 286 (22.03%) Analyst
2 261 (20.11%) Tester
3 247 (19.03%) Security Analyst
4 216 (16.64%) Penetration Tester
5 195 (15.02%) Consultant
6 164 (12.63%) Security Consultant
7 124 (9.55%) Security Manager
8 90 (6.93%) Security Engineer
8 90 (6.93%) Security Penetration Tester
8 90 (6.93%) Security Tester
9 79 (6.09%) Information Analyst
9 79 (6.09%) Information Security Analyst
10 77 (5.93%) Software Engineer
11 76 (5.86%) Security Specialist
12 75 (5.78%) Cybersecurity Analyst
13 66 (5.08%) Senior Analyst
14 57 (4.39%) IT Manager
15 56 (4.31%) IT Security Manager
16 53 (4.08%) Senior Security Analyst
17 52 (4.01%) Senior Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 88 (6.78%) Java EE
2 85 (6.55%) STL
3 75 (5.78%) .NET
4 55 (4.24%) Web Services
5 26 (2.00%) HTML
6 25 (1.93%) REST
6 25 (1.93%) SOAP
7 18 (1.39%) ASP.NET
8 17 (1.31%) CSS
9 9 (0.69%) 802.1X
10 8 (0.62%) Django
10 8 (0.62%) JSON
10 8 (0.62%) OAuth
10 8 (0.62%) SAML
10 8 (0.62%) XML
11 7 (0.54%) HTML5
11 7 (0.54%) jQuery
12 6 (0.46%) Middleware
12 6 (0.46%) OpenID
12 6 (0.46%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 225 (17.33%) Management Information System
2 136 (10.48%) Analytical Skills
3 81 (6.24%) Cybercrime
4 70 (5.39%) Security Operations Centre
5 64 (4.93%) Computer Science
6 57 (4.39%) Cryptography
7 51 (3.93%) Cyberthreat
8 45 (3.47%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 44 (3.39%) Mobile App
10 42 (3.24%) CESG
11 34 (2.62%) Embedded Systems
11 34 (2.62%) Mainframe
12 24 (1.85%) Blog
12 24 (1.85%) PKI
13 22 (1.69%) Blackberry
14 15 (1.16%) CESG CLAS
14 15 (1.16%) Enterprise Software
15 14 (1.08%) Client/Server
16 13 (1.00%) AS400
16 13 (1.00%) IBM Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 353 (27.20%) Windows
2 320 (24.65%) Linux
3 150 (11.56%) Unix
4 146 (11.25%) Android
5 134 (10.32%) Apple iOS
6 47 (3.62%) Windows Server
7 36 (2.77%) VxWorks
8 34 (2.62%) Solaris
9 18 (1.39%) Windows Server 2012
10 17 (1.31%) Windows Server 2008
11 11 (0.85%) Kali Linux
12 9 (0.69%) VMS
13 8 (0.62%) FreeBSD
13 8 (0.62%) Windows Server 2003
14 7 (0.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 6 (0.46%) CentOS
16 5 (0.39%) Mac OS
17 4 (0.31%) AIX
18 3 (0.23%) Mac OS X
18 3 (0.23%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 690 (53.16%) Information Security
2 387 (29.82%) Cybersecurity
3 268 (20.65%) Ethical Hacking
4 244 (18.80%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 223 (17.18%) SIEM
6 200 (15.41%) Reverse Engineering
7 188 (14.48%) Risk Management
8 160 (12.33%) Security Testing
9 154 (11.86%) Security Management
10 152 (11.71%) Security Operations
11 146 (11.25%) ITIL
12 126 (9.71%) Vulnerability Scanning
13 124 (9.55%) Security Architecture
14 123 (9.48%) Software Engineering
15 122 (9.40%) Risk Assessment
15 122 (9.40%) Vulnerability Management
16 116 (8.94%) Agile Software Development
17 89 (6.86%) Mobile Development
18 88 (6.78%) Multithreading
19 87 (6.70%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 247 (19.03%) C++
2 238 (18.34%) Java
3 227 (17.49%) C
4 189 (14.56%) C#
5 188 (14.48%) Python
6 100 (7.70%) SQL
7 96 (7.40%) Objective-C
8 81 (6.24%) Perl
9 64 (4.93%) PHP
10 59 (4.55%) Ruby
11 41 (3.16%) PowerShell
12 36 (2.77%) JavaScript
13 33 (2.54%) Bash Shell
14 31 (2.39%) VB.NET
15 7 (0.54%) Groovy
16 6 (0.46%) Shell Script
17 2 (0.15%) AWK
17 2 (0.15%) Scala
17 2 (0.15%) T-SQL
17 2 (0.15%) VB
Qualifications
1 382 (29.43%) CISSP
2 281 (21.65%) Security Cleared
3 220 (16.95%) CREST Certified
4 210 (16.18%) Degree
5 161 (12.40%) CISM
6 158 (12.17%) SANS
7 156 (12.02%) GIAC
8 125 (9.63%) CEH
8 125 (9.63%) DV Cleared
9 124 (9.55%) Cisco Certification
10 111 (8.55%) CCNA
11 108 (8.32%) SSCP
12 103 (7.94%) MCSE
12 103 (7.94%) Microsoft Certification
13 100 (7.70%) SC Cleared
14 92 (7.09%) Linux+ Certification
15 87 (6.70%) CISA
16 78 (6.01%) OSCP
17 77 (5.93%) CHECK Team Leader
18 54 (4.16%) CHECK Team Member
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 243 (18.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 174 (13.41%) PCI DSS
3 49 (3.78%) COBIT
4 45 (3.47%) QA
5 25 (1.93%) ISO/IEC 17799
6 22 (1.69%) ISO27002
7 15 (1.16%) HIPAA
8 12 (0.92%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 12 (0.92%) SLA
9 8 (0.62%) ISO 9001
10 6 (0.46%) FIPS 140-2
10 6 (0.46%) ISO22301
11 5 (0.39%) GPG13
11 5 (0.39%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 5 (0.39%) JSP 440
12 4 (0.31%) ISAE 3402
13 2 (0.15%) COSO
13 2 (0.15%) PA-DSS
14 1 (0.077%) SAS 70
14 1 (0.077%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 54 (4.16%) Active Directory
2 34 (2.62%) Xen
3 28 (2.16%) VMware Infrastructure
4 12 (0.92%) Snort
5 6 (0.46%) VirtualBox
6 5 (0.39%) Firmware
6 5 (0.39%) VMware ESXi
7 4 (0.31%) Docker
7 4 (0.31%) LXC
8 3 (0.23%) vSphere
9 2 (0.15%) Hyper-V
10 1 (0.077%) KVM
Systems Management
1 136 (10.48%) Nessus
2 89 (6.86%) Nmap
3 22 (1.69%) OpenVAS
4 16 (1.23%) EnCase
4 16 (1.23%) HP Quality Center
5 11 (0.85%) CORE IMPACT
6 8 (0.62%) QRadar
7 7 (0.54%) Zenoss
8 6 (0.46%) Puppet
9 5 (0.39%) CiscoWorks
9 5 (0.39%) HP Fortify
10 4 (0.31%) SCCM
11 3 (0.23%) Ansible
11 3 (0.23%) Nexpose
11 3 (0.23%) SCOM
11 3 (0.23%) WebInspect
12 2 (0.15%) Nagios
12 2 (0.15%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
13 1 (0.077%) McAfee ePO
13 1 (0.077%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
Vendors
1 80 (6.16%) Microsoft
2 59 (4.55%) VMware
3 58 (4.47%) Cisco
4 40 (3.08%) Qualys
5 38 (2.93%) CheckPoint
6 37 (2.85%) IBM
7 30 (2.31%) Palo Alto
8 27 (2.08%) Coverity
9 26 (2.00%) Splunk
10 22 (1.69%) Intel Security
11 17 (1.31%) Forcepoint
12 15 (1.16%) Red Hat
13 10 (0.77%) LogRhythm
14 9 (0.69%) ArcSight
15 8 (0.62%) Juniper
15 8 (0.62%) SolarWinds
16 7 (0.54%) LogLogic
16 7 (0.54%) Veeam
17 6 (0.46%) Hyperion
17 6 (0.46%) Veracode
London
TEKsystems
Salary: £70000 - £80000 per annum + bonus and benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Gloucestershire
CPS Group UK
Salary: £35000 - £50000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Greywood Associates Limited
Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum + bens
Posted: Yesterday
Hull, North Humberside
Greywood Associates Limited
Salary: £40000 - £45000 per annum + bens
Posted: Yesterday
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Salary: £50000 - £60000 per annum + Pension
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: Yesterday
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £45,000 to £65,000 plus an excellent package
Posted: Yesterday
Guildford, Surrey
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £60,000 to £80,000 + excellent package
Posted: Yesterday
London
Streamline Connections
Salary: £65000.00 per annum + Pension
Posted: Yesterday
London
Harris Global
Salary: From £60,000 to £75,000 per annum Benefits & Bonus
Posted: Yesterday
London
Harris Global
Salary: From £70,000 to £100,000 per annum Benefits & Bonus
Posted: Yesterday
London
Harris Global
Salary: From £70,000 to £100,000 per annum Benefits & Bonus
Posted: Yesterday
London
Verticality Ltd
Salary: £50000 - £80000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
London
Clear Edge Consulting
Salary: From £85,000 to £95,000 per annum Bonus and Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Total Recruitment Specialists Limited / TRG / Total recruitment group
Salary: £35000 - £45000 Per Annum Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire
Uniting Ambition
Salary: £50k - 60k per year + Holidays, Bonus, Pension.
Posted: 3 days ago
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Posted: 3 days ago
Central London / West End
Senitor Associates
Salary: £50000 per annum + Bonus
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Oscar
Salary: £50000 - £70000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Oscar
Salary: £25000 - £40000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Oscar
Salary: £80000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
People Source Consulting
Salary: £70000 - £110000 per annum + inc benefits, + 20% bonus
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Alderbridge Network Recruitment
Salary: £65,000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Proprius Recruitment
Salary: From £75,000 to £95,000 per annum + Financial Benefits + Bonuses
Posted: 4 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
KnownFour
Salary: £30000.00 - £80000.00 per annum + Reflective of Experience plus bens
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £55,000 - £80,000
Posted: 4 days ago
Central London / West End
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £30,000 - £55,000
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Acumin
Salary: Up to £60,000 per annum Up to £60K + Package + Bonus
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Acumin
Salary: From £75,000 to £80,000 per annum To £80K base + Bonus + Package
Posted: 4 days ago
Surrey
Acumin
Salary: Up to £60,000 per annum Up to £60K + Package + Bonus
Posted: 4 days ago