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 22 May 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Penetration Testing
Rank 441 497 469
Rank change year-on-year
+56 -28
Permanent jobs citing Penetration Testing 563 490 489
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.53% 0.42% 0.45%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.63% 0.51% 0.56%
Number of salaries quoted 435 402 292
Average salary £52,500 £53,000 £46,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-0.94% +15.21%
90% offered a salary of more than £35,500 £30,000 £32,500
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £75,000 £70,000
UK excluding London average salary £46,000 £50,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year
-8.00% +11.11%

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
89248 96221 87010
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 83.53% 81.95% 79.97%
Number of salaries quoted 72491 78159 71532
Average salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+5.26% +5.55%
90% offered a salary of more than £32,000 £31,500 £30,000
10% offered a salary of more than £75,000 £70,000 £72,500
UK excluding London average salary £44,485 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+4.66% +6.25%

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 22 May 2015 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 22 May 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
(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 +56 535 £52,500 -0.94% 145
London +61 253 £55,000 -2.65% 47
South East +25 118 £53,500 +13.82% 37
City of London +38 56 £55,000 +10.00% 13
East Midlands +27 33 £40,000 -33.33% 4
Surrey +1 32 £55,000 +10.00% 4
South West -28 31 £45,000 -14.28% 18
East of England +27 30 £46,000 -8.91% 3
Yorkshire +12 30 £40,000 +14.28% 12
Berkshire +22 29 £53,500 +92.79% 15
Nottinghamshire +29 26 £40,000 -27.27% 1
Nottingham +15 26 £40,000 -27.27% 1
Hampshire +8 24 £55,000 +17.02% 5
West Midlands -11 21 £51,250 -14.58% 7
Slough +23 20 £52,500 +87.50% 1
North West -7 18 £52,500 +36.36% 16
Guildford +19 17 £55,000 -
Cambridge - 17 £46,000 - 1
Cambridgeshire - 17 £46,000 - 2
Wiltshire +7 15 £45,000 +50.00%
West Yorkshire +8 14 £41,750 +19.28% 10
Cheshire +7 13 £52,500 +133.33% 4
Wales +8 10 £37,500 +22.95%
Coventry -1 10 £22,000 -60.00%
Buckinghamshire -3 10 £55,000 -8.33% 6
Gloucestershire -29 10 £50,000 -9.09% 9
Cheltenham +2 9 £50,000 -23.07% 7
Northern Ireland -1 9 - - 1
North Yorkshire - 9 £37,500 -
County Antrim - 9 - - 1

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, 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.

1 448 (45.03%) Information Security
2 309 (31.06%) Firewall
3 282 (28.34%) CISSP
4 234 (23.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 212 (21.31%) Windows
6 201 (20.20%) Finance
7 184 (18.49%) Network Security
8 180 (18.09%) Management Information System
9 175 (17.59%) Degree
10 173 (17.39%) Linux
11 161 (16.18%) Security Testing
12 150 (15.08%) LAN
13 148 (14.87%) PCI DSS
13 148 (14.87%) Vulnerability Assessment
14 142 (14.27%) Cyber Security
15 136 (13.67%) Wireless
16 135 (13.57%) CISM
16 135 (13.57%) WAN
17 134 (13.47%) ITIL
18 129 (12.96%) Cisco
19 125 (12.56%) Security Cleared
20 115 (11.56%) Security Architecture
21 114 (11.46%) SIEM
22 113 (11.36%) Ethical Hacking
23 105 (10.55%) Risk Management
24 99 (9.95%) Vulnerability Management
25 92 (9.25%) VPN
25 92 (9.25%) SQL
26 91 (9.15%) TCP/IP
27 90 (9.05%) Intrusion Detection

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, 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 31 (3.12%) IIS
2 18 (1.81%) MS Exchange
3 16 (1.61%) Apache
4 15 (1.51%) CMS
5 13 (1.31%) SharePoint
6 8 (0.80%) Lync
7 7 (0.70%) Exchange Server 2010
8 4 (0.40%) OpenStack
8 4 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2013
8 4 (0.40%) Elasticsearch
9 3 (0.30%) WebSphere
10 2 (0.20%) Umbraco
10 2 (0.20%) Exchange Server 2007
10 2 (0.20%) SharePoint 2013
11 1 (0.10%) Eucalyptus
11 1 (0.10%) Tomcat
11 1 (0.10%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 52 (5.23%) MS Excel
2 12 (1.21%) MS Office
3 5 (0.50%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.20%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (0.20%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 5 (0.50%) Oracle EBS
2 3 (0.30%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.10%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.10%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 24 (2.41%) IaaS
2 17 (1.71%) Amazon AWS
3 15 (1.51%) Cloud Computing
4 14 (1.41%) SaaS
5 12 (1.21%) Google Analytics
6 4 (0.40%) Microsoft Azure
7 3 (0.30%) PaaS
8 2 (0.20%) Trello
8 2 (0.20%) GitHub
8 2 (0.20%) Heroku
9 1 (0.10%) Mimecast
9 1 (0.10%) Nimbula
Communications & Networking
1 309 (31.06%) Firewall
2 184 (18.49%) Network Security
3 150 (15.08%) LAN
4 136 (13.67%) Wireless
5 135 (13.57%) WAN
6 92 (9.25%) VPN
7 91 (9.15%) TCP/IP
8 90 (9.05%) Intrusion Detection
9 55 (5.53%) Cisco ASA
10 52 (5.23%) SSL
11 51 (5.13%) Internet
12 45 (4.52%) Wireless Security
12 45 (4.52%) VLAN
12 45 (4.52%) MPLS
13 41 (4.12%) DNS
14 32 (3.22%) Wireshark
15 31 (3.12%) HTTP
16 30 (3.02%) HSRP
16 30 (3.02%) OSPF
17 29 (2.91%) BGP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (2.91%) SQL Server
2 18 (1.81%) Relational Database
3 16 (1.61%) MySQL
4 7 (0.70%) NoSQL
5 6 (0.60%) Couchbase
6 5 (0.50%) Hadoop
6 5 (0.50%) Apache Cassandra
6 5 (0.50%) Data Mining
7 3 (0.30%) Big Data
8 2 (0.20%) Oracle Database 11g
8 2 (0.20%) Oracle Database
8 2 (0.20%) SQL Server 2012
8 2 (0.20%) SQL Server 2008
9 1 (0.10%) RDBMS
9 1 (0.10%) Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.10%) PostgreSQL
9 1 (0.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 42 (4.22%) Metasploit
2 19 (1.91%) JIRA
3 11 (1.11%) Team Foundation Server
4 8 (0.80%) Jenkins
5 7 (0.70%) Octopus Deploy
6 5 (0.50%) LoadRunner
6 5 (0.50%) Selenium
7 4 (0.40%) Git (software)
8 3 (0.30%) JBehave
8 3 (0.30%) Bugzilla
8 3 (0.30%) JMeter
9 2 (0.20%) AppScan
9 2 (0.20%) TestNG
9 2 (0.20%) TeamCity
10 1 (0.10%) Yeoman
10 1 (0.10%) Ant
10 1 (0.10%) Subversion
General
1 201 (20.20%) Finance
2 47 (4.72%) Banking
3 42 (4.22%) Telecoms
4 39 (3.92%) Retail
5 29 (2.91%) Marketing
6 18 (1.81%) Back Office
7 15 (1.51%) Legal
8 12 (1.21%) Advertising
9 11 (1.11%) Law
10 10 (1.01%) Games
11 4 (0.40%) Military
12 3 (0.30%) Aerospace
12 3 (0.30%) Automotive
12 3 (0.30%) Financial Institution
13 2 (0.20%) Local Government
13 2 (0.20%) Retail Banking
13 2 (0.20%) French Language
13 2 (0.20%) German Language
13 2 (0.20%) Manufacturing
14 1 (0.10%) Avionics
Job Titles
1 195 (19.60%) Analyst
2 184 (18.49%) Tester
3 174 (17.49%) Penetration Tester
4 162 (16.28%) Consultant
5 153 (15.38%) Security Analyst
6 115 (11.56%) Security Consultant
7 91 (9.15%) Security Engineer
8 77 (7.74%) Security Manager
9 69 (6.93%) Network Engineer
10 44 (4.42%) Architect
11 38 (3.82%) IT Consultant
11 38 (3.82%) Network Security Engineer
11 38 (3.82%) IT Security Consultant
12 37 (3.72%) IT Security Analyst
13 36 (3.62%) Security Architect
14 35 (3.52%) Security Specialist
15 34 (3.42%) Team Leader
15 34 (3.42%) Senior Network Engineer
16 33 (3.32%) Information Analyst
16 33 (3.32%) Information Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 64 (6.43%) .NET
2 29 (2.91%) Web Services
3 24 (2.41%) ASP.NET
4 22 (2.21%) REST
5 12 (1.21%) HTML
6 11 (1.11%) OAuth
6 11 (1.11%) SAML
7 9 (0.90%) RabbitMQ
7 9 (0.90%) XML
8 8 (0.80%) CSS
8 8 (0.80%) SOAP
9 7 (0.70%) .NET Framework
9 7 (0.70%) JSON
10 6 (0.60%) WCF
10 6 (0.60%) LAMP
11 5 (0.50%) SailPoint
12 4 (0.40%) Middleware
13 3 (0.30%) XML Messaging
14 2 (0.20%) Spring
14 2 (0.20%) ISPF
Miscellaneous
1 180 (18.09%) Management Information System
2 59 (5.93%) Computer Science
3 56 (5.63%) Mobile App
4 55 (5.53%) Analytical Skills
5 41 (4.12%) Cryptography
6 38 (3.82%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 28 (2.81%) PKI
8 19 (1.91%) Open Source
9 18 (1.81%) CESG
10 16 (1.61%) User Experience
11 15 (1.51%) Mathematics
12 11 (1.11%) Client/Server
13 10 (1.01%) Data Protection Act
14 9 (0.90%) Inversion of Control
14 9 (0.90%) Performance Metrics
15 8 (0.80%) Embedded Systems
15 8 (0.80%) Visualisation
16 7 (0.70%) NHS
17 6 (0.60%) Blog
17 6 (0.60%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 212 (21.31%) Windows
2 173 (17.39%) Linux
3 55 (5.53%) UNIX
4 21 (2.11%) Solaris
5 16 (1.61%) Windows Server 2008
6 13 (1.31%) Windows Server 2012
7 10 (1.01%) Windows 7
8 8 (0.80%) VMS
8 8 (0.80%) Android
9 6 (0.60%) Windows 8
10 4 (0.40%) Ubuntu
10 4 (0.40%) Apple iOS
11 3 (0.30%) Windows Server 2003
11 3 (0.30%) Debian
12 2 (0.20%) VxWorks
12 2 (0.20%) Windows XP
12 2 (0.20%) Mac OS X
12 2 (0.20%) CoreOS
12 2 (0.20%) Windows Phone
12 2 (0.20%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 448 (45.03%) Information Security
2 161 (16.18%) Security Testing
3 148 (14.87%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 142 (14.27%) Cyber Security
5 134 (13.47%) ITIL
6 115 (11.56%) Security Architecture
7 114 (11.46%) SIEM
8 113 (11.36%) Ethical Hacking
9 105 (10.55%) Risk Management
10 99 (9.95%) Vulnerability Management
11 83 (8.34%) Security Management
12 72 (7.24%) Incident Management
12 72 (7.24%) Reverse Engineering
12 72 (7.24%) Malware Analysis
13 70 (7.04%) OWASP
14 69 (6.93%) Agile Software Development
14 69 (6.93%) Kalman Filter
15 65 (6.53%) Project Management
16 64 (6.43%) Disaster Recovery
17 62 (6.23%) Risk Assessment
Programming Languages
1 92 (9.25%) SQL
2 90 (9.05%) Java
3 64 (6.43%) C#
4 56 (5.63%) Python
5 54 (5.43%) C
6 50 (5.03%) PHP
7 42 (4.22%) C++
8 34 (3.42%) Perl
9 25 (2.51%) Ruby
9 25 (2.51%) Bash Shell
10 15 (1.51%) PowerShell
11 12 (1.21%) Shell Script
12 10 (1.01%) JavaScript
13 5 (0.50%) VB.NET
14 2 (0.20%) Objective-C
15 1 (0.10%) Go
Qualifications
1 282 (28.34%) CISSP
2 175 (17.59%) Degree
3 135 (13.57%) CISM
4 125 (12.56%) Security Cleared
5 84 (8.44%) CEH
6 77 (7.74%) CISA
7 72 (7.24%) OSCP
8 70 (7.04%) SC Cleared
9 67 (6.73%) Cisco Certification
10 53 (5.33%) CCNP
11 48 (4.82%) OSCE
12 39 (3.92%) GIAC
13 36 (3.62%) SSCP
13 36 (3.62%) CCIE
14 29 (2.91%) Microsoft Certification
15 27 (2.71%) GPEN
16 25 (2.51%) GCIH
17 24 (2.41%) DV Cleared
18 20 (2.01%) PCI QSA
19 18 (1.81%) Security+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 234 (23.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 148 (14.87%) PCI DSS
3 34 (3.42%) COBIT
3 34 (3.42%) QA
4 18 (1.81%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 14 (1.41%) ISO/IEC 17799
6 13 (1.31%) HIPAA
7 12 (1.21%) SLA
8 10 (1.01%) ISO 9001
9 2 (0.20%) WCAG
9 2 (0.20%) WAI
10 1 (0.10%) COSO
10 1 (0.10%) ARP4754
10 1 (0.10%) PMBOK
System Software
1 65 (6.53%) Active Directory
2 30 (3.02%) VMware Infrastructure
3 21 (2.11%) Snort
4 8 (0.80%) VMware ESXi
5 7 (0.70%) Hyper-V
6 6 (0.60%) vSphere
7 5 (0.50%) Apache ZooKeeper
8 4 (0.40%) VMware ESX
9 3 (0.30%) Forefront TMG
9 3 (0.30%) UAG
9 3 (0.30%) KVM
10 2 (0.20%) Terminal Services
10 2 (0.20%) XenApp
10 2 (0.20%) DFS Replication
11 1 (0.10%) XenServer
11 1 (0.10%) OpenSSH
11 1 (0.10%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 40 (4.02%) Nessus
2 19 (1.91%) Opscode Chef
2 19 (1.91%) SCCM
3 16 (1.61%) Nmap
3 16 (1.61%) Puppet
4 13 (1.31%) Nagios
5 11 (1.11%) FortiGate
6 10 (1.01%) CORE IMPACT
7 9 (0.90%) HAProxy
7 9 (0.90%) SCOM
8 7 (0.70%) Ansible
9 6 (0.60%) HP Quality Center
10 5 (0.50%) ZABBIX
10 5 (0.50%) Salt
11 4 (0.40%) logstash
11 4 (0.40%) McAfee ePO
12 3 (0.30%) SolarWinds Orion
12 3 (0.30%) Oracle Identity Management
12 3 (0.30%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
12 3 (0.30%) ZENworks
Vendors
1 129 (12.96%) Cisco
2 76 (7.64%) Microsoft
3 68 (6.83%) CheckPoint
4 58 (5.83%) Juniper
5 45 (4.52%) VMware
6 44 (4.42%) HP
7 31 (3.12%) F5
8 27 (2.71%) Oracle
9 24 (2.41%) Splunk
10 22 (2.21%) Fortinet
11 20 (2.01%) Sourcefire
12 17 (1.71%) Citrix
13 16 (1.61%) Websense
14 14 (1.41%) Google
14 14 (1.41%) McAfee
15 12 (1.21%) LogRhythm
16 10 (1.01%) Qualys
16 10 (1.01%) Aruba
17 9 (0.90%) Rapid7
17 9 (0.90%) Symantec
Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £35000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 21 hours ago
London
Ampersand Consulting
Salary: £40000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 22 hours ago
London
Ampersand Consulting
Salary: £75000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 22 hours ago
Hounslow, Middlesex
JM
Salary: £20000 - £25000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Verticality Ltd
Salary: £42000 - £47000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Cheshire
Rullion IT Plus
Salary: £60000 - £70000 per annum + car + bonus + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
ThinkForex
Salary: 50K to 60K GBP per annum + bonus and benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Sentinel IT LLP
Posted: Yesterday
London
TEKsystems
Salary: bonus and benefits
Posted: Yesterday
London
Harvey Nash plc
Salary: £40000 - £44000 per annum + pension, 30 days holiday
Posted: Yesterday
Ipswich, Suffolk
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Salary: £45000.00 - £50000.00 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Cheshire
Proprius Recruitment
Salary: From £60,000 to £80,000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
City, Leeds
Computer Futures
Salary: Competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
People Source Consulting
Salary: £80000 - £110000 per annum + 20% bonus, 30 days holiday
Posted: 3 days ago
Woking, Surrey
Harrington Starr
Posted: 3 days ago
South West
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: Circa £30,000- 70,000 plus an outstanding package
Posted: 4 days ago
London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: Circa £30,000- 70,000 plus an outstanding package
Posted: 4 days ago
Cheshire
Proprius Recruitment
Salary: From £80,000 to £90,000 per annum Pro Rata
Posted: 4 days ago
Cheshire
Proprius Recruitment
Salary: From £30,000 to £40,000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: Circa £40,000-£55,000
Posted: 4 days ago