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 October 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
22 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Penetration Testing
Rank 443 543 537
Rank change year-on-year
+100 -6
Permanent jobs citing Penetration Testing 568 394 399
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.50% 0.36% 0.35%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.62% 0.45% 0.44%
Number of salaries quoted 470 286 322
Average salary £55,000 £55,000 £46,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +19.56%
90% offered a salary of more than £35,000 £34,000 £32,700
10% offered a salary of more than £75,000 £72,500 £72,500
UK excluding London average salary £50,000 £55,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year
-9.09% +29.41%

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
92338 88528 90356
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 82.00% 81.52% 78.97%
Number of salaries quoted 74520 72722 76092
Average salary £48,000 £47,500 £45,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+1.05% +5.55%
90% offered a salary of more than £31,000 £30,000 £30,000
10% offered a salary of more than £72,500 £70,000 £72,500
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £42,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+1.19% +5.00%

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 October 2014 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 October 2014. 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 +91 542 £55,000 - 99
London +91 248 £60,000 +7.62% 33
South East -23 126 £47,500 -9.52% 23
South West +9 47 £47,500 +18.75% 15
Hampshire -19 46 £44,500 -30.19% 3
City of London +26 40 £66,250 +3.92% 12
East of England +13 35 £55,000 - 2
North West -12 33 £60,000 +4.34% 16
Gloucestershire +18 32 £47,500 +28.37% 6
Southampton +37 27 £42,500 +21.42% 2
Berkshire -26 26 £80,000 +97.53% 3
Surrey +5 21 £47,500 -7.76% 6
Yorkshire -20 20 £37,500 -51.61% 5
Kent +19 18 £47,500 +46.15% 3
Basingstoke +6 17 £44,500 -31.53% 1
Cheltenham - 17 £50,000 - 4
Manchester -1 16 £50,000 -20.00% 10
Cheshire -23 16 £68,750 +19.56% 5
West Midlands -24 14 £37,500 -3.22% 5
West Yorkshire -15 13 £37,500 +25.00% 4
Suffolk - 13 £55,000 - 1
Ipswich - 13 £55,000 -
Cambridgeshire -3 12 £41,500 -
Leeds -13 12 £37,500 +25.00% 4
Cambridge +10 11 £39,750 -
Bromley +9 11 £47,500 -13.63%
Maidenhead - 11 £80,000 -
Bristol -4 8 £50,000 -9.09% 5
Birmingham -6 7 £39,500 -7.05% 4
North Yorkshire -11 7 £38,000 -35.86%

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 October 2014, 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.

1 478 (44.10%) Information Security
2 301 (27.77%) Finance
3 294 (27.12%) CISSP
4 279 (25.74%) Windows
5 269 (24.82%) Firewall
6 239 (22.05%) Linux
7 234 (21.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 232 (21.40%) PCI DSS
9 198 (18.27%) Degree
10 181 (16.70%) Ethical Hacking
11 175 (16.14%) Vulnerability Assessment
12 160 (14.76%) Network Security
13 148 (13.65%) Security Testing
14 145 (13.38%) CEH
15 138 (12.73%) Management Information System
16 133 (12.27%) Risk Management
17 132 (12.18%) Microsoft
18 130 (11.99%) ITIL
18 130 (11.99%) SIEM
19 126 (11.62%) Security Cleared
20 121 (11.16%) Cyber Security
21 114 (10.52%) UNIX
22 104 (9.59%) WAN
23 102 (9.41%) LAN
24 100 (9.23%) Python
25 95 (8.76%) Vulnerability Management
26 94 (8.67%) CISM
27 93 (8.58%) VPN
28 92 (8.49%) CISA
28 92 (8.49%) Intrusion Detection

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 October 2014, 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 42 (3.87%) IIS
2 19 (1.75%) SharePoint
3 15 (1.38%) MS Exchange
4 12 (1.11%) Apache
5 10 (0.92%) Oracle Coherence
6 9 (0.83%) Tomcat
7 7 (0.65%) Lync
8 5 (0.46%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 4 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2003
10 3 (0.28%) nginx
10 3 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2010
10 3 (0.28%) WebSphere
10 3 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2007
11 2 (0.18%) ArcGIS
11 2 (0.18%) SharePoint Server
11 2 (0.18%) WordPress
11 2 (0.18%) OpenStack
11 2 (0.18%) Cloud Foundry
12 1 (0.092%) SharePoint 2010
12 1 (0.092%) Drupal
Applications
1 64 (5.90%) MS Excel
2 42 (3.87%) MS Office
3 10 (0.92%) MS Visio
3 10 (0.92%) MS PowerPoint
4 7 (0.65%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 12 (1.11%) assyst
2 7 (0.65%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (0.18%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.092%) Magento
4 1 (0.092%) Temenos T24
4 1 (0.092%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.092%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 26 (2.40%) SaaS
2 24 (2.21%) Amazon AWS
3 11 (1.01%) Office 365
4 8 (0.74%) Cloud Computing
4 8 (0.74%) Microsoft Azure
5 5 (0.46%) IaaS
6 2 (0.18%) PaaS
6 2 (0.18%) Heroku
6 2 (0.18%) Amazon SQS
6 2 (0.18%) Amazon EC2
6 2 (0.18%) Amazon S3
6 2 (0.18%) Amazon ELB
7 1 (0.092%) Amazon ElastiCache
7 1 (0.092%) ElastiCache
7 1 (0.092%) Rackspace Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 269 (24.82%) Firewall
2 160 (14.76%) Network Security
3 104 (9.59%) WAN
4 102 (9.41%) LAN
5 93 (8.58%) VPN
6 92 (8.49%) Intrusion Detection
7 86 (7.93%) TCP/IP
8 77 (7.10%) Internet
9 67 (6.18%) Wireless
10 45 (4.15%) DNS
11 36 (3.32%) Wireshark
12 34 (3.14%) VoIP
13 32 (2.95%) Cisco ASA
14 31 (2.86%) SAN
15 29 (2.68%) SSL
15 29 (2.68%) HTTP
16 23 (2.12%) NAS
17 22 (2.03%) OSPF
18 18 (1.66%) BGP
19 17 (1.57%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 35 (3.23%) SQL Server
2 27 (2.49%) MySQL
3 16 (1.48%) Relational Database
4 10 (0.92%) Oracle Database
5 9 (0.83%) NoSQL
6 7 (0.65%) Big Data
6 7 (0.65%) Hadoop
7 3 (0.28%) Amazon RDS
7 3 (0.28%) PostgreSQL
8 2 (0.18%) Apache Cassandra
9 1 (0.092%) Redis
9 1 (0.092%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 1 (0.092%) MongoDB
9 1 (0.092%) SQLPlus
9 1 (0.092%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 48 (4.43%) Metasploit
2 21 (1.94%) JIRA
3 20 (1.85%) LoadRunner
4 18 (1.66%) Selenium
5 15 (1.38%) Git (software)
6 14 (1.29%) Cucumber
7 11 (1.01%) QuickTest Pro
8 9 (0.83%) Selenium IDE
9 6 (0.55%) WebDriver
9 6 (0.55%) Jenkins
10 3 (0.28%) AppScan
10 3 (0.28%) Subversion
10 3 (0.28%) Visual Studio
11 2 (0.18%) Mercurial
12 1 (0.092%) Bitbucket
12 1 (0.092%) TestNG
12 1 (0.092%) Team Foundation Server
12 1 (0.092%) GDB
12 1 (0.092%) SoapUI
12 1 (0.092%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 301 (27.77%) Finance
2 39 (3.60%) Banking
3 36 (3.32%) Games
4 35 (3.23%) Retail
5 29 (2.68%) Telecoms
6 27 (2.49%) Legal
7 23 (2.12%) Law
8 20 (1.85%) Advertising
9 14 (1.29%) Marketing
10 11 (1.01%) Financial Institution
11 7 (0.65%) Military
12 6 (0.55%) Electronics
12 6 (0.55%) Aerospace
13 5 (0.46%) Pharmaceutical
14 4 (0.37%) Manufacturing
15 3 (0.28%) Local Government
15 3 (0.28%) French Language
16 2 (0.18%) Automotive
16 2 (0.18%) Arabic Language
17 1 (0.092%) iGaming
Job Titles
1 263 (24.26%) Analyst
2 258 (23.80%) Tester
3 238 (21.96%) Penetration Tester
4 233 (21.49%) Security Analyst
5 209 (19.28%) Consultant
6 169 (15.59%) Security Consultant
7 78 (7.20%) Information Analyst
8 77 (7.10%) Information Security Analyst
9 66 (6.09%) IT Security Analyst
10 56 (5.17%) Security Specialist
11 52 (4.80%) Security Tester
12 46 (4.24%) Security Engineer
13 44 (4.06%) Security Manager
14 40 (3.69%) Senior Tester
15 39 (3.60%) IT Consultant
16 36 (3.32%) Ethical Hacker
17 35 (3.23%) Architect
17 35 (3.23%) Senior Consultant
18 34 (3.14%) IT Security Consultant
18 34 (3.14%) Senior Penetration Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 85 (7.84%) .NET
2 38 (3.51%) Web Services
3 27 (2.49%) ASP.NET
4 21 (1.94%) Middleware
5 14 (1.29%) Gherkin
6 13 (1.20%) Ajax
7 11 (1.01%) Spring
7 11 (1.01%) JMS
8 10 (0.92%) HTML
8 10 (0.92%) Java SE
8 10 (0.92%) SailPoint
9 9 (0.83%) REST
9 9 (0.83%) XML
10 6 (0.55%) SAML
10 6 (0.55%) WSDL
10 6 (0.55%) JSON
11 5 (0.46%) OAuth
11 5 (0.46%) OpenID
11 5 (0.46%) SOAP
12 3 (0.28%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 138 (12.73%) Management Information System
2 65 (6.00%) Computer Science
3 64 (5.90%) Analytical Skills
4 44 (4.06%) Mobile App
5 34 (3.14%) Cryptography
6 26 (2.40%) Open Source
7 22 (2.03%) Mathematics
8 21 (1.94%) PKI
9 19 (1.75%) Clustering
10 16 (1.48%) Online Games
11 15 (1.38%) Blackberry
12 13 (1.20%) Embedded Systems
13 12 (1.11%) Performance Metrics
14 11 (1.01%) CESG
14 11 (1.01%) Data Protection Act
15 9 (0.83%) SCADA
16 7 (0.65%) Replication
17 6 (0.55%) Enterprise Software
18 5 (0.46%) iPhone
18 5 (0.46%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 279 (25.74%) Windows
2 239 (22.05%) Linux
3 114 (10.52%) UNIX
4 28 (2.58%) Solaris
5 23 (2.12%) Android
6 22 (2.03%) Apple iOS
7 21 (1.94%) Windows Server 2008
8 19 (1.75%) CentOS
9 15 (1.38%) Debian
10 14 (1.29%) AIX
11 13 (1.20%) Ubuntu
12 12 (1.11%) Windows Phone
12 12 (1.11%) Windows Server 2012
13 10 (0.92%) Windows Server 2003
14 9 (0.83%) Windows XP
15 7 (0.65%) Windows 7
16 6 (0.55%) Mac OS X
17 4 (0.37%) Windows Mobile
17 4 (0.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 4 (0.37%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 478 (44.10%) Information Security
2 181 (16.70%) Ethical Hacking
3 175 (16.14%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 148 (13.65%) Security Testing
5 133 (12.27%) Risk Management
6 130 (11.99%) ITIL
6 130 (11.99%) SIEM
7 121 (11.16%) Cyber Security
8 95 (8.76%) Vulnerability Management
9 80 (7.38%) Project Management
10 77 (7.10%) Security Management
11 71 (6.55%) Agile Software Development
12 70 (6.46%) Incident Management
12 70 (6.46%) E-Commerce
13 66 (6.09%) Security Architecture
14 60 (5.54%) Change Management
15 58 (5.35%) Stakeholder Management
16 50 (4.61%) OWASP
17 47 (4.34%) Kalman Filter
17 47 (4.34%) Risk Assessment
Programming Languages
1 100 (9.23%) Python
2 91 (8.39%) SQL
3 89 (8.21%) Java
4 69 (6.37%) C
5 68 (6.27%) PHP
6 53 (4.89%) C++
7 49 (4.52%) Ruby
8 39 (3.60%) Shell Script
9 34 (3.14%) Perl
10 33 (3.04%) C#
11 16 (1.48%) Objective-C
12 13 (1.20%) Bash Shell
13 12 (1.11%) T-SQL
14 7 (0.65%) VB.NET
15 6 (0.55%) PowerShell
16 4 (0.37%) JavaScript
17 2 (0.18%) VB
Qualifications
1 294 (27.12%) CISSP
2 198 (18.27%) Degree
3 145 (13.38%) CEH
4 126 (11.62%) Security Cleared
5 94 (8.67%) CISM
6 92 (8.49%) CISA
7 89 (8.21%) SC Cleared
8 78 (7.20%) PCI QSA
9 64 (5.90%) Cisco Certification
9 64 (5.90%) OSCP
10 59 (5.44%) GIAC
11 48 (4.43%) CCNA
12 41 (3.78%) Microsoft Certification
13 37 (3.41%) GPEN
14 35 (3.23%) MCSE
14 35 (3.23%) DV Cleared
15 31 (2.86%) ISEB
16 23 (2.12%) OSCE
17 22 (2.03%) CCNP
18 17 (1.57%) CISMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 234 (21.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 232 (21.40%) PCI DSS
3 40 (3.69%) COBIT
3 40 (3.69%) QA
4 38 (3.51%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 16 (1.48%) SLA
6 9 (0.83%) ISO/IEC 17799
7 4 (0.37%) BS7799
8 2 (0.18%) ISO 9001
8 2 (0.18%) HIPAA
9 1 (0.092%) WCAG
9 1 (0.092%) ISO 14001
9 1 (0.092%) 21 CFR Part 11
9 1 (0.092%) GAMP
System Software
1 63 (5.81%) Active Directory
2 42 (3.87%) VMware Infrastructure
3 30 (2.77%) Snort
4 26 (2.40%) Nmap
5 13 (1.20%) Hyper-V
6 7 (0.65%) XenApp
7 6 (0.55%) vSphere
7 6 (0.55%) XenDesktop
8 5 (0.46%) Xen
9 3 (0.28%) DFS Replication
9 3 (0.28%) VMware ESX
10 2 (0.18%) XenServer
10 2 (0.18%) Apache ZooKeeper
10 2 (0.18%) KVM
11 1 (0.092%) VirtualBox
11 1 (0.092%) UAG
11 1 (0.092%) Forefront TMG
11 1 (0.092%) Firmware
11 1 (0.092%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 42 (3.87%) Nessus
2 14 (1.29%) CORE IMPACT
3 12 (1.11%) WSUS
4 11 (1.01%) Puppet
5 6 (0.55%) Nagios
5 6 (0.55%) ZABBIX
5 6 (0.55%) Opscode Chef
6 5 (0.46%) HP Quality Center
7 4 (0.37%) WebInspect
8 3 (0.28%) Red Hat Spacewalk
8 3 (0.28%) McAfee ePO
8 3 (0.28%) OSSEC
9 2 (0.18%) Tivoli
9 2 (0.18%) HAProxy
9 2 (0.18%) Ansible
10 1 (0.092%) XenMobile
10 1 (0.092%) logstash
10 1 (0.092%) Vagrant
10 1 (0.092%) Oracle Identity Management
10 1 (0.092%) CFEngine
Vendors
1 132 (12.18%) Microsoft
2 88 (8.12%) Cisco
3 52 (4.80%) VMware
4 36 (3.32%) Oracle
5 33 (3.04%) Citrix
6 32 (2.95%) Qualys
7 30 (2.77%) Juniper
8 27 (2.49%) CheckPoint
9 17 (1.57%) HP
10 16 (1.48%) IBM
11 14 (1.29%) McAfee
11 14 (1.29%) F5
12 13 (1.20%) NetApp
13 12 (1.11%) LogRhythm
14 10 (0.92%) Red Hat
14 10 (0.92%) EMC
14 10 (0.92%) Splunk
14 10 (0.92%) LogLogic
15 9 (0.83%) Sourcefire
15 9 (0.83%) CA
North London
Spencer Rose
Salary: From £25,000 to £35,000 per annum excellent training opportunities and
Posted: 12 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: 21,000 + Benefits OTE 30,000
Posted: 12 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: 25,000 + Benefits OTE 35,000 - 40,000
Posted: 12 hours ago
City, London
Oliver James Associates
Salary: £10000 - £80000 per annum + Car, Bonus, Pension, Cash Pot
Posted: 12 hours ago
Uxbridge, Middlesex
Proprius Recruitment
Salary: Up to £60,000 per annum Plus Excellent Bonus & Benefits
Posted: 15 hours ago
West Midlands
Coburg Banks IT
Salary: £40000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits package / Pension
Posted: Yesterday
London
Lorien Resourcing
Salary: £55000 - £65000 per annum + Bonus + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
North West
Vertical IT
Salary: £35000 - £45000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
London
TEKsystems
Salary: £80000 - £120000 per annum + Bonus + Benifits
Posted: 2 days ago
Staines, Middlesex
Lorien Resourcing
Salary: £55000 - £70000 per annum + Plus a Strong Benifits Package
Posted: 2 days ago
East London
Oho Group Ltd.
Salary: £0 to £55 per annum - Car + Bonus + Healthcare + Pension etc
Posted: 2 days ago
Gloucestershire
TLP Consultancy Ltd.
Salary: £45000 - £50000 per annum + Excellent Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Cheshire
Rullion IT Plus
Salary: £45000 - £50000 per annum + car + bonus + benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
London
JM
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Networking People
Salary: Double OTE uncapped
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Networking People
Salary: Double OTE uncapped
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Networking People
Salary: + Double OTE
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Networking People
Salary: Double OTE
Posted: 5 days ago
London
2Source Talent
Salary: Up to £75,000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Timothy James Consulting Ltd
Salary: £60000 - £65000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago