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 4 May 2016 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

3 months to
4 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Penetration Testing
Rank 390 502 552
Rank change year-on-year
+112 +50
Permanent jobs citing Penetration Testing 801 546 501
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.78% 0.50% 0.42%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.89% 0.58% 0.49%
Number of salaries quoted 604 421 409
Median salary £57,500 £52,500 £55,000
Median salary % change year-on-year
+9.52% -4.54%
90% offered a salary of more than £40,000 £37,500 £33,700
10% offered a salary of more than £80,000 £72,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median salary £52,500 £47,500 £50,500
% change year-on-year
+10.52% -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
89989 94751 101767
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 87.69% 85.95% 85.27%
Number of salaries quoted 74863 76541 82078
Median salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year
- +5.26%
90% offered a salary of more than £32,500 £32,000 £30,500
10% offered a salary of more than £75,000 £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 4 May 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 4 May 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 +118 762 £57,500 +9.52% 99
London +105 400 £63,750 +13.33% 41
South East +55 155 £52,500 -4.54% 21
North West +66 63 £55,000 +4.76% 9
Surrey +20 60 £55,000 - 1
South West +25 56 £52,500 +16.66% 10
City of London +41 52 £60,000 -9.43% 8
Manchester +43 44 £55,000 +27.90% 8
West Midlands -9 36 £50,000 +2.56% 9
Yorkshire +15 34 £40,000 -10.11% 2
Guildford +17 33 £55,000 - 1
Gloucestershire +18 28 £53,750 +19.44% 8
Kent +23 26 £52,500 -4.54%
West Yorkshire +14 24 £34,400 -25.62% 2
Leeds +26 23 £39,700 -20.60% 2
East of England +3 22 £45,000 +2.38% 2
Bristol +24 21 £50,000 +17.64% 1
Oxfordshire +16 19 £70,000 +83.00% 7
Berkshire +11 18 £57,500 +7.47% 1
Tunbridge Wells - 16 £52,500 -
Merseyside - 14 £43,500 - 1
Cheltenham +3 13 £50,000 +11.11% 6
Hampshire -7 13 £41,625 -24.31% 3
Bromley - 13 £58,500 -
Scotland +11 12 £55,000 - 1
Liverpool - 12 £43,500 - 1
Coventry +5 11 £55,000 +150.00% 3
North Yorkshire +14 10 £41,250 +3.12%
Reading +7 10 £57,500 +6.97%
Birmingham -13 10 £57,500 +9.52% 2

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 May 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.

1 752 (52.01%) Information Security
2 429 (29.67%) Cybersecurity
3 392 (27.11%) Windows
4 379 (26.21%) CISSP
5 358 (24.76%) Firewall
6 342 (23.65%) CREST Certified
7 326 (22.54%) Linux
8 319 (22.06%) Security Cleared
9 304 (21.02%) Finance
10 294 (20.33%) Vulnerability Assessment
11 265 (18.33%) Degree
12 263 (18.19%) Network Security
13 259 (17.91%) Java
14 253 (17.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
15 251 (17.36%) Python
16 233 (16.11%) C++
17 231 (15.98%) SIEM
18 227 (15.70%) Security Testing
19 226 (15.63%) Management Information System
19 226 (15.63%) Risk Management
20 221 (15.28%) Ethical Hacking
21 192 (13.28%) CISM
22 189 (13.07%) C
23 187 (12.93%) Unix
24 178 (12.31%) Vulnerability Scanning
25 169 (11.69%) C#
26 168 (11.62%) CEH
27 166 (11.48%) PCI DSS
28 159 (11.00%) Intrusion Detection
29 157 (10.86%) Agile Software Development

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 30 (2.07%) Apache Pig
2 28 (1.94%) Node.js
3 12 (0.83%) nginx
4 8 (0.55%) Apache
5 7 (0.48%) Elasticsearch
6 6 (0.41%) Apache Spark
7 5 (0.35%) IIS
7 5 (0.35%) OpenStack
8 4 (0.28%) MS Exchange
9 3 (0.21%) Apache Solr
9 3 (0.21%) Confluence
9 3 (0.21%) SAS
9 3 (0.21%) uWSGI
10 2 (0.14%) Cloud Foundry
10 2 (0.14%) Tomcat
11 1 (0.069%) CMS
11 1 (0.069%) Exchange Server 2007
11 1 (0.069%) JBoss
11 1 (0.069%) SharePoint
11 1 (0.069%) SugarCRM
Applications
1 34 (2.35%) MS Excel
2 13 (0.90%) MS Visio
3 10 (0.69%) MS Office
3 10 (0.69%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.069%) MS Project
4 1 (0.069%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 9 (0.62%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (0.14%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 109 (7.54%) Amazon AWS
2 44 (3.04%) Microsoft Azure
3 40 (2.77%) SaaS
4 14 (0.97%) Office 365
5 12 (0.83%) Cloud Computing
6 7 (0.48%) Amazon ELB
6 7 (0.48%) PaaS
7 6 (0.41%) OpenShift
8 5 (0.35%) Amazon S3
8 5 (0.35%) Route 53
9 4 (0.28%) AWS CloudFormation
10 3 (0.21%) Datadog
11 2 (0.14%) Google Cloud Platform
11 2 (0.14%) Google Compute Engine
12 1 (0.069%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 1 (0.069%) Amazon EC2
12 1 (0.069%) Amazon Glacier
12 1 (0.069%) CloudFront
12 1 (0.069%) IaaS
12 1 (0.069%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 358 (24.76%) Firewall
2 263 (18.19%) Network Security
3 159 (11.00%) Intrusion Detection
4 156 (10.79%) TCP/IP
5 123 (8.51%) Wireless
6 99 (6.85%) VPN
7 90 (6.22%) Internet
8 69 (4.77%) WAN
9 58 (4.01%) LAN
10 48 (3.32%) DNS
11 42 (2.90%) HTTP
12 39 (2.70%) Cisco ASA
12 39 (2.70%) SSL
13 37 (2.56%) Wireless Security
14 30 (2.07%) MPLS
15 25 (1.73%) DHCP
15 25 (1.73%) IPsec
16 24 (1.66%) VoIP
16 24 (1.66%) Wireshark
17 21 (1.45%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (2.77%) Big Data
2 35 (2.42%) Hadoop
3 30 (2.07%) Apache Hive
4 15 (1.04%) MongoDB
5 14 (0.97%) PostgreSQL
6 12 (0.83%) Data Mining
7 9 (0.62%) SQL Server
8 8 (0.55%) MySQL
8 8 (0.55%) Redis
8 8 (0.55%) Relational Database
9 6 (0.41%) Crystal Reports
9 6 (0.41%) NoSQL
10 5 (0.35%) Amazon RDS
11 3 (0.21%) Parquet
11 3 (0.21%) SQLPlus
12 1 (0.069%) GIS
12 1 (0.069%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 102 (7.05%) Metasploit
2 56 (3.87%) Selenium
3 43 (2.97%) JIRA
4 35 (2.42%) Burp Suite
5 34 (2.35%) Jenkins
5 34 (2.35%) WebDriver
6 26 (1.80%) Cucumber
7 23 (1.59%) JUnit
8 22 (1.52%) Git (software)
9 17 (1.18%) AppScan
9 17 (1.18%) Hudson
9 17 (1.18%) SoapUI
10 15 (1.04%) TestNG
11 14 (0.97%) FitNesse
12 13 (0.90%) SpecFlow
13 12 (0.83%) LoadRunner
14 8 (0.55%) NUnit
15 6 (0.41%) HP UFT
15 6 (0.41%) Vagrant
16 5 (0.35%) GitLab
General
1 304 (21.02%) Finance
2 149 (10.30%) Telecoms
3 81 (5.60%) Banking
4 54 (3.73%) Legal
5 38 (2.63%) Publishing
6 30 (2.07%) Law
7 21 (1.45%) Retail
8 19 (1.31%) Financial Institution
9 17 (1.18%) Marketing
10 15 (1.04%) Electronics
11 11 (0.76%) Manufacturing
12 7 (0.48%) Billing
12 7 (0.48%) Games
12 7 (0.48%) Investment Banking
13 6 (0.41%) Advertising
13 6 (0.41%) Military
14 5 (0.35%) Back Office
14 5 (0.35%) Local Government
15 4 (0.28%) Aerospace
16 3 (0.21%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 348 (24.07%) Tester
2 301 (20.82%) Analyst
3 292 (20.19%) Penetration Tester
4 260 (17.98%) Security Analyst
5 207 (14.32%) Consultant
6 177 (12.24%) Security Consultant
7 145 (10.03%) Security Engineer
7 145 (10.03%) Security Manager
8 100 (6.92%) Security Tester
9 94 (6.50%) Information Analyst
9 94 (6.50%) Information Security Analyst
10 85 (5.88%) Security Penetration Tester
11 82 (5.67%) Security Specialist
12 75 (5.19%) Senior Analyst
13 72 (4.98%) Senior Security Analyst
14 67 (4.63%) Architect
14 67 (4.63%) Cybersecurity Analyst
15 64 (4.43%) Security Architect
16 61 (4.22%) IT Manager
16 61 (4.22%) IT Security Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 118 (8.16%) .NET
2 60 (4.15%) Web Services
3 45 (3.11%) HTML
4 33 (2.28%) CSS
5 30 (2.07%) Java EE
5 30 (2.07%) SOAP
6 29 (2.01%) ASP.NET
7 26 (1.80%) STL
8 25 (1.73%) SAML
9 19 (1.31%) REST
10 17 (1.18%) JSON
11 15 (1.04%) XML
12 12 (0.83%) OAuth
13 11 (0.76%) 802.1X
13 11 (0.76%) HTML5
14 10 (0.69%) JDBC
15 9 (0.62%) Middleware
16 8 (0.55%) Sensu
17 7 (0.48%) ASP.NET MVC
18 6 (0.41%) OpenID
Miscellaneous
1 226 (15.63%) Management Information System
2 122 (8.44%) Analytical Skills
3 105 (7.26%) Mobile App
4 93 (6.43%) Computer Science
5 67 (4.63%) CESG
6 49 (3.39%) Cyberthreat
7 44 (3.04%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 42 (2.90%) Security Operations Centre
9 41 (2.84%) Cybercrime
10 40 (2.77%) Cryptography
11 37 (2.56%) Embedded Systems
12 35 (2.42%) Blog
13 30 (2.07%) Mainframe
14 29 (2.01%) Client/Server
15 26 (1.80%) Blackberry
16 23 (1.59%) Data Centre
17 22 (1.52%) PKI
18 20 (1.38%) Cyber Attack
18 20 (1.38%) Enterprise Software
19 19 (1.31%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 392 (27.11%) Windows
2 326 (22.54%) Linux
3 187 (12.93%) Unix
4 88 (6.09%) Android
5 81 (5.60%) Apple iOS
6 41 (2.84%) Solaris
7 37 (2.56%) Windows Server
8 33 (2.28%) Kali Linux
9 27 (1.87%) VxWorks
10 11 (0.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 10 (0.69%) Windows Server 2008
11 10 (0.69%) Windows Server 2012
12 7 (0.48%) FreeBSD
12 7 (0.48%) Windows Server 2003
13 4 (0.28%) VMS
14 3 (0.21%) Debian
14 3 (0.21%) Mac OS
14 3 (0.21%) Mac OS X
15 2 (0.14%) Ubuntu
15 2 (0.14%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 752 (52.01%) Information Security
2 429 (29.67%) Cybersecurity
3 294 (20.33%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 231 (15.98%) SIEM
5 227 (15.70%) Security Testing
6 226 (15.63%) Risk Management
7 221 (15.28%) Ethical Hacking
8 178 (12.31%) Vulnerability Scanning
9 157 (10.86%) Agile Software Development
10 130 (8.99%) ITIL
10 130 (8.99%) Reverse Engineering
11 128 (8.85%) Security Architecture
12 120 (8.30%) Security Operations
13 118 (8.16%) Security Management
14 113 (7.81%) Risk Assessment
15 111 (7.68%) Vulnerability Management
16 101 (6.98%) OWASP
17 100 (6.92%) Data Protection
18 94 (6.50%) Project Management
19 89 (6.15%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 259 (17.91%) Java
2 251 (17.36%) Python
3 233 (16.11%) C++
4 189 (13.07%) C
5 169 (11.69%) C#
6 143 (9.89%) Perl
7 138 (9.54%) PHP
8 129 (8.92%) Ruby
9 106 (7.33%) SQL
10 63 (4.36%) PowerShell
11 62 (4.29%) VB.NET
12 48 (3.32%) Objective-C
13 35 (2.42%) Bash Shell
14 28 (1.94%) JavaScript
15 19 (1.31%) Scala
16 13 (0.90%) Groovy
17 9 (0.62%) Shell Script
18 4 (0.28%) VB
18 4 (0.28%) VBScript
19 3 (0.21%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 379 (26.21%) CISSP
2 342 (23.65%) CREST Certified
3 319 (22.06%) Security Cleared
4 265 (18.33%) Degree
5 192 (13.28%) CISM
6 168 (11.62%) CEH
7 150 (10.37%) SC Cleared
8 126 (8.71%) OSCP
9 118 (8.16%) GIAC
10 115 (7.95%) SANS
11 108 (7.47%) Cisco Certification
12 106 (7.33%) DV Cleared
13 105 (7.26%) CHECK Team Leader
14 85 (5.88%) CCNA
15 68 (4.70%) CHECK Team Member
16 65 (4.50%) CISA
17 57 (3.94%) CCNP
17 57 (3.94%) SSCP
18 44 (3.04%) Tigerscheme
19 40 (2.77%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 253 (17.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 166 (11.48%) PCI DSS
3 76 (5.26%) QA
4 57 (3.94%) COBIT
5 29 (2.01%) ISO/IEC 17799
6 22 (1.52%) ISO27002
7 15 (1.04%) SLA
8 14 (0.97%) HIPAA
9 11 (0.76%) ISO 9001
9 11 (0.76%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 5 (0.35%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 4 (0.28%) FIPS 140-2
12 3 (0.21%) MISRA
13 2 (0.14%) COSO
13 2 (0.14%) ISAE 3402
13 2 (0.14%) ISO22301
14 1 (0.069%) GPG13
14 1 (0.069%) SAS 70
14 1 (0.069%) SDET
14 1 (0.069%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 46 (3.18%) Active Directory
2 34 (2.35%) VMware Infrastructure
3 31 (2.14%) Xen
4 20 (1.38%) Docker
5 13 (0.90%) Snort
6 10 (0.69%) Firmware
7 8 (0.55%) Hyper-V
8 7 (0.48%) Varnish
8 7 (0.48%) vCloud
9 6 (0.41%) Forefront TMG
10 5 (0.35%) KVM
10 5 (0.35%) vSphere
11 4 (0.28%) LXC
11 4 (0.28%) VirtualBox
12 3 (0.21%) VMware ESX
12 3 (0.21%) VMware ESXi
13 1 (0.069%) iptables
13 1 (0.069%) NFS
13 1 (0.069%) UAG
13 1 (0.069%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 156 (10.79%) Nessus
2 71 (4.91%) Nmap
3 28 (1.94%) Puppet
4 24 (1.66%) Ansible
5 19 (1.31%) OpenVAS
6 18 (1.24%) HP Fortify
7 15 (1.04%) QRadar
8 11 (0.76%) EnCase
8 11 (0.76%) Nagios
9 10 (0.69%) Opscode Chef
10 9 (0.62%) WebInspect
11 8 (0.55%) Grafana
11 8 (0.55%) Kibana
11 8 (0.55%) logstash
11 8 (0.55%) Salt
11 8 (0.55%) Uchiwa
12 5 (0.35%) Nexpose
13 4 (0.28%) CORE IMPACT
14 3 (0.21%) Fluentd
14 3 (0.21%) SCCM
Vendors
1 80 (5.53%) Cisco
2 77 (5.33%) Microsoft
3 74 (5.12%) VMware
4 65 (4.50%) CheckPoint
5 39 (2.70%) Juniper
6 38 (2.63%) Splunk
7 37 (2.56%) Qualys
8 35 (2.42%) IBM
9 30 (2.07%) Palo Alto
10 29 (2.01%) Intel Security
11 21 (1.45%) Coverity
12 19 (1.31%) ArcSight
13 18 (1.24%) Red Hat
14 17 (1.18%) F5
14 17 (1.18%) Forcepoint
15 15 (1.04%) Fortinet
16 14 (0.97%) AlienVault
16 14 (0.97%) LogRhythm
17 13 (0.90%) HP
17 13 (0.90%) SolarWinds
Manchester, Lancashire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £70000 per annum
Posted: 12 hours ago
London
Apollo Solutions
Salary: £90 - £120 per annum + Package
Posted: 12 hours ago
London
Testing Circle Ltd
Salary: £45000 - £75000 per annum + travel + benefits
Posted: 12 hours ago
City, London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £60,000 - £80,000 (Plus Excellent Package)
Posted: 13 hours ago
Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey
Think IT Recruitment
Salary: £50000 - £55000 per annum + Benefits and Bonus
Posted: 13 hours ago
London
Acumin
Salary: Up to £80,000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 16 hours ago
East London
Opus Resourcing Ltd
Salary: £47000 - £55000 per annum + + 10% on Call + Bens + Bonus
Posted: 17 hours ago
Banbury, Oxfordshire
ReThink Recruitment
Salary: £20000 - £30000.00 per annum + Paid Training, Bonus, Pension
Posted: 18 hours ago
London
E-synergy Solutions
Salary: £65000 - £80000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 18 hours ago
City, London
Big Wednesday Digital Ltd
Salary: Negotiable
Posted: 20 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Parity Professionals
Salary: £30k - £55k per annum + 25% Research Time and Benefits
Posted: 22 hours ago
North London
Ticketmaster UK
Salary: Competitive
Posted: 22 hours ago
Central London / West End
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: 30,000 - 70,000 plus excellent benefits
Posted: Yesterday
London
TEKsystems
Salary: £60000 - £90000 per annum + bonus and benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Warwickshire
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £30000 - £60000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Bentley Whitaker
Salary: From £40,000 to £50,000 per annum and good bens
Posted: Yesterday
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Novate IT Ltd
Salary: £45000 - £55000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Iress
Posted: Yesterday
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Cambridge Assessment
Salary: Competitive plus benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Salary: £30000 - £65000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
London
Hays Finance Technology
Salary: £45000.00 - £55000.00 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
London
Networking People
Salary: £50000 - £65000 per annum + Bonus + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol, Avon
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Salary: £30000 - £45000 per annum + benefts
Posted: Yesterday
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Go Partnership.
Salary: From £35,000 to £37,000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
London
The Bridge Ltd
Salary: Up to £55,000 per annum + Bonus and Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £80000 per annum + Pension + Gym + Certs
Posted: Yesterday
Edinburgh
Sainsbury's Bank
Salary: Excellent Salary +Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
London
ReThink Recruitment
Salary: £40000.00 - £60000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
United Kingdom
Capgemini UK
Posted: 3 days ago
United Kingdom
Pertemps ERP
Salary: £65k-£80k D.O.E
Posted: 4 days ago