The table below looks at the statistics for Penetration Testing skills in IT jobs advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited Penetration Testing over the 3 months to 29 July 2016 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

3 months to
29 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Penetration Testing
Rank 330 470 535
Rank change year-on-year
+140 +65
Permanent jobs citing Penetration Testing 878 615 525
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.90% 0.56% 0.45%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.02% 0.64% 0.52%
Number of salaries quoted 696 485 423
Median salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year
+10.00% -
90% offered a salary of more than £37,500 £35,000 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £77,500 £75,000 £72,500
UK excluding London median salary £50,000 £45,000 £43,500
% change year-on-year
+11.11% +3.44%

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
86057 95763 100141
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 87.87% 87.26% 85.38%
Number of salaries quoted 71845 78422 80737
Median salary £50,000 £50,000 £48,000
Median salary % change year-on-year
- +4.16%
90% offered a salary of more than £32,500 £32,000 £31,000
10% offered a salary of more than £77,500 £72,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median salary £45,000 £44,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year
+2.27% +3.52%

Penetration Testing
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of job ads citing Penetration Testing as a proportion of all IT jobs with a match in 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 29 July 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 median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 29 July 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 +138 833 £55,000 +10.00% 161
London +121 364 £65,000 +18.18% 43
South East +76 208 £55,000 +10.00% 38
Oxfordshire +32 70 £50,000 +30.71% 8
South West +52 68 £42,500 -10.52% 16
North West +41 62 £48,750 -11.36% 19
City of London +55 57 £65,000 +23.80% 10
Manchester +39 46 £52,500 +14.75% 18
Yorkshire +10 43 £50,000 +33.33% 15
West Midlands +22 39 £45,000 -20.00% 12
West Yorkshire +29 36 £50,000 +25.00% 11
Gloucestershire +22 36 £50,000 - 9
Surrey +26 33 £52,500 -4.54% 2
East of England +32 31 £47,500 - 9
Kent +36 29 £45,000 +38.46% 2
Leeds +33 29 £50,000 +17.64% 10
Berkshire +2 28 £57,500 +4.54% 5
Hampshire +15 27 £60,000 +14.28% 9
Reading +23 21 £57,500 -23.33% 4
Birmingham +1 18 £47,500 -17.39% 5
Cheltenham +2 15 £55,000 +10.00% 8
Banbury +2 15 £50,000 +21.21% 1
Hertfordshire +30 14 £47,500 -17.39% 1
Warwickshire - 14 £45,000 - 4
Scotland +19 13 £52,500 +23.52% 2
Southampton +8 12 £52,500 +23.52% 1
Edinburgh +15 11 £52,500 +23.52% 2
Guildford +8 11 £55,000 -
Dorset +23 10 £32,500 -
Bristol +20 10 £47,500 +34.75% 4

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 July 2016, IT jobs citing Penetration Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads with a requirement for Penetration Testing.

1 775 (46.19%) Information Security
2 597 (35.58%) Cybersecurity
3 487 (29.02%) CISSP
4 397 (23.66%) Windows
5 396 (23.60%) Finance
6 393 (23.42%) CREST Certified
7 380 (22.65%) Security Cleared
8 351 (20.92%) Python
9 350 (20.86%) Firewall
10 339 (20.20%) Vulnerability Assessment
11 337 (20.08%) Linux
12 324 (19.31%) Java
13 300 (17.88%) Degree
14 295 (17.58%) C++
15 287 (17.10%) SIEM
16 272 (16.21%) CEH
17 265 (15.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
18 264 (15.73%) CISM
19 250 (14.90%) Security Testing
20 245 (14.60%) Risk Management
21 240 (14.30%) Ethical Hacking
22 238 (14.18%) Network Security
23 236 (14.06%) Vulnerability Scanning
24 233 (13.89%) C
25 219 (13.05%) Agile Software Development
26 216 (12.87%) Management Information System
27 200 (11.92%) Nessus
28 196 (11.68%) OSCP
29 190 (11.32%) Unix
30 178 (10.61%) Security Operations

Penetration Testing
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 13 (0.77%) nginx
2 10 (0.60%) IIS
3 8 (0.48%) Apache Pig
3 8 (0.48%) Confluence
4 7 (0.42%) Apache
4 7 (0.42%) SharePoint
5 6 (0.36%) Apache Spark
5 6 (0.36%) Elasticsearch
5 6 (0.36%) OpenStack
6 5 (0.30%) CMS
6 5 (0.30%) MS Exchange
6 5 (0.30%) WebSphere
7 4 (0.24%) Drupal
8 3 (0.18%) Apache Solr
8 3 (0.18%) SAS
9 2 (0.12%) Cloud Foundry
9 2 (0.12%) Eucalyptus
9 2 (0.12%) Exchange Server 2010
9 2 (0.12%) JBoss
9 2 (0.12%) Umbraco
Applications
1 32 (1.91%) MS Excel
2 11 (0.66%) MS Visio
3 7 (0.42%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (0.24%) MS Office
5 3 (0.18%) MS Project
6 1 (0.060%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 12 (0.72%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 4 (0.24%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.060%) Magento
3 1 (0.060%) SAP BPC
3 1 (0.060%) SAP GRC
Cloud Services
1 89 (5.30%) Amazon AWS
2 47 (2.80%) Microsoft Azure
3 21 (1.25%) SaaS
4 15 (0.89%) Office 365
5 12 (0.72%) GitHub
6 9 (0.54%) PaaS
7 7 (0.42%) Amazon ELB
7 7 (0.42%) Mimecast
8 6 (0.36%) OpenShift
9 4 (0.24%) Cloud Computing
10 3 (0.18%) AWS CloudFormation
10 3 (0.18%) Datadog
11 2 (0.12%) Amazon S3
11 2 (0.12%) Google Cloud Platform
11 2 (0.12%) Google Compute Engine
11 2 (0.12%) Nimbula
11 2 (0.12%) Route 53
11 2 (0.12%) Trello
12 1 (0.060%) CloudFront
12 1 (0.060%) Heroku
Communications & Networking
1 350 (20.86%) Firewall
2 238 (14.18%) Network Security
3 146 (8.70%) Intrusion Detection
4 143 (8.52%) TCP/IP
5 127 (7.57%) Wireless
6 116 (6.91%) Internet
7 97 (5.78%) VPN
8 81 (4.83%) WAN
9 69 (4.11%) HTTP
10 68 (4.05%) LAN
11 66 (3.93%) SSL
12 58 (3.46%) DNS
13 46 (2.74%) MPLS
14 45 (2.68%) Cisco ASA
15 39 (2.32%) IPsec
16 38 (2.26%) Wireless Security
17 37 (2.21%) DHCP
18 30 (1.79%) VoIP
19 25 (1.49%) VLAN
20 23 (1.37%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 43 (2.56%) Big Data
2 23 (1.37%) MongoDB
3 20 (1.19%) PostgreSQL
4 16 (0.95%) MySQL
5 13 (0.77%) Relational Database
6 12 (0.72%) NoSQL
6 12 (0.72%) SQL Server
7 11 (0.66%) Hadoop
7 11 (0.66%) Redis
8 9 (0.54%) Data Mining
9 8 (0.48%) Apache Hive
10 6 (0.36%) Crystal Reports
11 3 (0.18%) DB2
11 3 (0.18%) Parquet
11 3 (0.18%) SQLPlus
12 2 (0.12%) Amazon RDS
12 2 (0.12%) RDBMS
12 2 (0.12%) Riak
13 1 (0.060%) QualityStage
13 1 (0.060%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 139 (8.28%) Metasploit
2 79 (4.71%) Selenium
3 66 (3.93%) Burp Suite
4 61 (3.64%) JIRA
5 44 (2.62%) WebDriver
6 43 (2.56%) Jenkins
7 37 (2.21%) Cucumber
8 36 (2.15%) Git (software)
9 30 (1.79%) JUnit
10 26 (1.55%) AppScan
11 25 (1.49%) SoapUI
12 20 (1.19%) LoadRunner
13 18 (1.07%) TestNG
14 16 (0.95%) FitNesse
15 15 (0.89%) SpecFlow
16 14 (0.83%) Hudson
17 12 (0.72%) NUnit
18 11 (0.66%) Visual Studio
19 9 (0.54%) Team Foundation Server
20 7 (0.42%) HP UFT
General
1 396 (23.60%) Finance
2 145 (8.64%) Telecoms
3 78 (4.65%) Banking
4 48 (2.86%) Publishing
5 41 (2.44%) Retail
6 35 (2.09%) Legal
7 22 (1.31%) Financial Institution
7 22 (1.31%) Law
8 20 (1.19%) Marketing
9 19 (1.13%) Manufacturing
10 17 (1.01%) Electronics
11 15 (0.89%) Games
12 14 (0.83%) Local Government
13 11 (0.66%) Aerospace
13 11 (0.66%) Investment Banking
14 9 (0.54%) Military
15 7 (0.42%) Back Office
15 7 (0.42%) Billing
16 6 (0.36%) Automotive
16 6 (0.36%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 378 (22.53%) Analyst
2 370 (22.05%) Tester
3 326 (19.43%) Security Analyst
4 305 (18.18%) Penetration Tester
5 272 (16.21%) Consultant
6 223 (13.29%) Security Consultant
7 155 (9.24%) Security Manager
8 127 (7.57%) Security Engineer
9 100 (5.96%) Information Analyst
9 100 (5.96%) Information Security Analyst
10 99 (5.90%) Security Specialist
11 95 (5.66%) Senior Analyst
12 87 (5.18%) Senior Security Analyst
13 81 (4.83%) Security Tester
14 77 (4.59%) Cybersecurity Analyst
15 71 (4.23%) Security Penetration Tester
16 70 (4.17%) Architect
17 62 (3.69%) IT Analyst
18 60 (3.58%) Security Architect
19 56 (3.34%) IT Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 144 (8.58%) .NET
2 63 (3.75%) HTML
3 48 (2.86%) Node.js
4 43 (2.56%) CSS
5 42 (2.50%) Web Services
6 37 (2.21%) SOAP
7 27 (1.61%) ASP.NET
7 27 (1.61%) SAML
8 25 (1.49%) HTML5
8 25 (1.49%) REST
9 23 (1.37%) AngularJS
10 20 (1.19%) JSON
11 17 (1.01%) Middleware
11 17 (1.01%) XML
12 13 (0.77%) JDBC
13 12 (0.72%) Java EE
13 12 (0.72%) OAuth
13 12 (0.72%) STL
14 10 (0.60%) .NET Framework
15 9 (0.54%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 216 (12.87%) Management Information System
2 172 (10.25%) Mobile App
3 108 (6.44%) Analytical Skills
4 96 (5.72%) Computer Science
5 83 (4.95%) Security Operations Centre
6 71 (4.23%) CESG
7 55 (3.28%) Cyberthreat
8 44 (2.62%) Cybercrime
9 42 (2.50%) Blog
9 42 (2.50%) Embedded Systems
10 41 (2.44%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 36 (2.15%) Data Centre
12 28 (1.67%) SCADA
13 26 (1.55%) Client/Server
14 25 (1.49%) Data Protection Act
14 25 (1.49%) PKI
15 22 (1.31%) Cryptography
16 21 (1.25%) Online Banking
17 19 (1.13%) Internet of Things
18 18 (1.07%) Cyber Attack
Operating Systems
1 397 (23.66%) Windows
2 337 (20.08%) Linux
3 190 (11.32%) Unix
4 58 (3.46%) Kali Linux
5 57 (3.40%) Android
6 43 (2.56%) Apple iOS
6 43 (2.56%) VxWorks
7 30 (1.79%) Windows Server
8 29 (1.73%) Solaris
9 25 (1.49%) Mac OS X
10 7 (0.42%) CentOS
11 6 (0.36%) AIX
11 6 (0.36%) Ubuntu
12 5 (0.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 4 (0.24%) Windows 7
13 4 (0.24%) Windows Server 2008
13 4 (0.24%) Windows Server 2012
14 3 (0.18%) Debian
15 2 (0.12%) Mesosphere
15 2 (0.12%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 775 (46.19%) Information Security
2 597 (35.58%) Cybersecurity
3 339 (20.20%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 287 (17.10%) SIEM
5 250 (14.90%) Security Testing
6 245 (14.60%) Risk Management
7 240 (14.30%) Ethical Hacking
8 236 (14.06%) Vulnerability Scanning
9 219 (13.05%) Agile Software Development
10 178 (10.61%) Security Operations
11 153 (9.12%) OWASP
12 127 (7.57%) Mentoring
13 126 (7.51%) ITIL
14 125 (7.45%) Project Management
15 108 (6.44%) Vulnerability Management
16 105 (6.26%) Reverse Engineering
16 105 (6.26%) Risk Assessment
17 103 (6.14%) Data Protection
18 88 (5.24%) Incident Management
19 86 (5.13%) Security Architecture
Programming Languages
1 351 (20.92%) Python
2 324 (19.31%) Java
3 295 (17.58%) C++
4 233 (13.89%) C
5 177 (10.55%) Perl
6 174 (10.37%) PHP
7 173 (10.31%) C#
8 167 (9.95%) Ruby
9 126 (7.51%) SQL
10 90 (5.36%) PowerShell
11 76 (4.53%) VB.NET
12 63 (3.75%) Objective-C
13 43 (2.56%) Bash Shell
14 39 (2.32%) JavaScript
15 29 (1.73%) Scala
16 17 (1.01%) Groovy
17 13 (0.77%) Go
17 13 (0.77%) Shell Script
17 13 (0.77%) VB
18 7 (0.42%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 487 (29.02%) CISSP
2 393 (23.42%) CREST Certified
3 380 (22.65%) Security Cleared
4 300 (17.88%) Degree
5 272 (16.21%) CEH
6 264 (15.73%) CISM
7 196 (11.68%) OSCP
8 174 (10.37%) SC Cleared
9 162 (9.65%) DV Cleared
10 145 (8.64%) GIAC
11 139 (8.28%) SANS
12 127 (7.57%) Cisco Certification
13 120 (7.15%) CISA
14 117 (6.97%) CHECK Team Leader
15 81 (4.83%) CCNA
16 78 (4.65%) CHECK Team Member
17 66 (3.93%) GPEN
18 63 (3.75%) CCNP
19 55 (3.28%) SSCP
20 53 (3.16%) Tigerscheme
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 265 (15.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 157 (9.36%) PCI DSS
3 98 (5.84%) QA
4 72 (4.29%) COBIT
5 16 (0.95%) SLA
6 11 (0.66%) ISO27002
7 10 (0.60%) ISO 9001
8 9 (0.54%) ISO/IEC 17799
9 8 (0.48%) GPG13
10 7 (0.42%) RMADS
11 6 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 5 (0.30%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 4 (0.24%) PA-DSS
14 3 (0.18%) MISRA
15 1 (0.060%) HIPAA
15 1 (0.060%) ISO22301
15 1 (0.060%) JSP 440
15 1 (0.060%) SDET
System Software
1 63 (3.75%) Active Directory
2 40 (2.38%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (1.19%) Docker
4 15 (0.89%) VMware ESX
5 12 (0.72%) Virtual Servers
6 11 (0.66%) Hyper-V
7 10 (0.60%) Varnish
8 9 (0.54%) Firmware
8 9 (0.54%) Snort
8 9 (0.54%) vCloud
9 8 (0.48%) Forefront TMG
9 8 (0.48%) Virtual Machines
9 8 (0.48%) vSphere
10 7 (0.42%) Xen
11 6 (0.36%) KVM
12 2 (0.12%) NFS
13 1 (0.060%) iptables
13 1 (0.060%) UAG
13 1 (0.060%) VMware ESXi
13 1 (0.060%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 200 (11.92%) Nessus
2 106 (6.32%) Nmap
3 32 (1.91%) HP Fortify
3 32 (1.91%) OpenVAS
3 32 (1.91%) Puppet
4 25 (1.49%) Ansible
5 16 (0.95%) Host Intrusion Detection System
5 16 (0.95%) QRadar
6 13 (0.77%) Nexpose
7 11 (0.66%) Nagios
7 11 (0.66%) Opscode Chef
7 11 (0.66%) Salt
7 11 (0.66%) WebInspect
8 10 (0.60%) Network Intrusion Detection System
9 9 (0.54%) Grafana
9 9 (0.54%) Kibana
9 9 (0.54%) logstash
9 9 (0.54%) Uchiwa
10 8 (0.48%) BMC PATROL
11 5 (0.30%) SCCM
Vendors
1 88 (5.24%) Cisco
2 87 (5.18%) CheckPoint
3 77 (4.59%) Microsoft
4 67 (3.99%) VMware
5 58 (3.46%) Juniper
5 58 (3.46%) Qualys
6 47 (2.80%) Splunk
7 37 (2.21%) Intel Security
8 32 (1.91%) Palo Alto
9 31 (1.85%) IBM
10 29 (1.73%) LogRhythm
11 27 (1.61%) Coverity
11 27 (1.61%) F5
12 26 (1.55%) HP
13 20 (1.19%) Fortinet
14 19 (1.13%) ArcSight
15 18 (1.07%) AlienVault
16 17 (1.01%) Veracode
17 15 (0.89%) Red Hat
17 15 (0.89%) SAP
Folkestone, Kent
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Salary: £35000 - £50000 per annum
Posted: 13 hours ago
West London
Advento Staffing Ltd
Salary: From £35,000 to £55,000 per annum plus performance-based bonuses
Posted: 13 hours ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £45000 per annum + Many more benefits!
Posted: 11 hours ago
North Yorkshire
TLP Consultancy Ltd.
Salary: £40000 per annum + Excellent benefits
Posted: 19 hours ago
City, London
Twenty Recruitment Group
Salary: From £70,000 to £80,000 per annum Plus bonus and benefits
Posted: 13 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Linkpoint Resources
Salary: From £45,000 to £50,000 per annum
Posted: 14 hours ago
Kent
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Salary: £45000 per annum + Plus Bonus and Benefits
Posted: 14 hours ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
TLP Consultancy Ltd.
Salary: £45000 - £50000 per annum + corporate benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Oxfordshire
DCL Search & Selection
Salary: £55000 - £60000 per annum
Posted: 14 hours ago
Oxfordshire
set2recruit
Salary: From £20,000 to £35,000 per annum
Posted: 21 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £80000 per annum + Pension + Gym + Certs
Posted: 11 hours ago
Hook, Hampshire
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £25000 - £45000 per annum
Posted: 13 hours ago
London
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £25000 - £45000 per annum
Posted: 13 hours ago
Central London / West End
Client Server
Salary: £75k to £90k + bonus + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
London
set2recruit
Salary: Up to £35,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
North West
Adeptis Group
Salary: From £40,000 to £50,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
South East London
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: 50K-55K + 40K commission + Excellent benefits
Posted: 20 hours ago
London
set2recruit
Salary: Up to £70,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Cloud Computing International
Salary: From £30,000 to £55,000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
KnownFour
Salary: £30000.00 - £55000.00 per annum + benefits package
Posted: 3 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
PwC
Salary: Competitive + Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Addleshaw Goddard
Posted: 2 days ago
Hertfordshire
KnownFour
Salary: £35000.00 - £45000.00 per annum + benefits package
Posted: 4 days ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Computer Recruiter Ltd
Salary: To £35K + Shares + Excellent Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Streamline Connections
Salary: £35000 - £45000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £45,000 - £75,000 + Package
Posted: 4 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £60,000 - £85,000 + Package
Posted: 4 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £60,000 - £85,000 + Package
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Eutopia Solutions Ltd
Salary: £40000 - £65000.00 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Linkpoint Resources
Salary: £50,000 per annum
Posted: 14 hours ago