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 29 January 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
29 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Penetration Testing
Rank 486 478 479
Rank change year-on-year
-8 +1
Permanent jobs citing Penetration Testing 434 457 463
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.42% 0.44% 0.42%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.50% 0.53% 0.52%
Number of salaries quoted 324 328 357
Average salary £50,000 £55,000 £50,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-9.09% +10.00%
90% offered a salary of more than £35,000 £35,000 £35,000
10% offered a salary of more than £75,000 £75,000 £70,000
UK excluding London average salary £47,500 £53,000 £42,250
% change year-on-year
-10.37% +25.44%

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
86105 85797 88471
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 82.69% 82.28% 80.11%
Number of salaries quoted 70901 68441 74950
Average salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +5.55%
90% offered a salary of more than £31,500 £30,500 £30,000
10% offered a salary of more than £72,500 £70,000 £75,000
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year
- +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 29 January 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 29 January 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 +5 413 £50,000 -9.09% 120
London -1 176 £60,000 +4.34% 44
South East -59 70 £50,000 -9.09% 20
North West +29 46 £57,500 +43.75% 16
East of England +7 44 £40,000 -20.79% 5
Manchester +24 37 £57,500 +46.49% 14
City of London +16 37 £72,500 +29.46% 13
Yorkshire +14 32 £45,000 -10.00% 9
West Yorkshire +9 24 £45,000 -10.00% 7
South West -14 24 £47,500 +25.00% 14
Leeds +26 23 £45,000 -10.00% 7
Cambridgeshire +10 22 £40,000 +29.03% 4
Cambridge +11 21 £40,000 +29.03% 2
Berkshire -25 18 £62,500 +13.63% 4
Hertfordshire -10 17 £40,000 -20.79% 1
East Sussex -3 16 £47,500 -
Hampshire -57 13 £49,375 -1.25% 4
Newbury -4 11 - -
Gloucestershire -10 11 £47,500 +25.00% 9
Leicestershire +26 10 £43,000 -31.20% 3
East Midlands -4 10 £43,000 -28.33% 3
Royston - 10 £36,250 -
Bexhill-On-Sea - 10 - -
Surrey -10 9 £47,500 -13.63% 4
Buckinghamshire +8 7 £60,000 - 1
Cheshire +6 7 £45,000 -3.22% 2
South Yorkshire +3 6 £35,500 -45.38% 1
Kent +3 5 £52,500 +75.00% 2
Milton Keynes -2 5 £60,000 - 1
Sheffield -3 5 £35,500 -45.38% 1

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 January 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.

1 433 (43.04%) Information Security
2 264 (26.24%) Firewall
3 260 (25.84%) CISSP
4 243 (24.16%) Windows
5 241 (23.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 221 (21.97%) Linux
7 209 (20.78%) Finance
8 169 (16.80%) Network Security
9 155 (15.41%) Degree
10 150 (14.91%) PCI DSS
11 129 (12.82%) Cisco
12 128 (12.72%) Management Information System
13 125 (12.43%) Risk Management
14 123 (12.23%) Ethical Hacking
15 122 (12.13%) Security Testing
16 118 (11.73%) LAN
17 116 (11.53%) Cyber Security
18 115 (11.43%) Security Architecture
19 112 (11.13%) WAN
20 106 (10.54%) Vulnerability Management
21 104 (10.34%) Microsoft
21 104 (10.34%) Vulnerability Assessment
22 101 (10.04%) Security Cleared
23 99 (9.84%) SIEM
24 97 (9.64%) ITIL
24 97 (9.64%) Security Management
25 90 (8.95%) VPN
26 88 (8.75%) TCP/IP
27 82 (8.15%) Python
28 81 (8.05%) CISM

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 January 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 61 (6.06%) IIS
2 20 (1.99%) MS Exchange
3 19 (1.89%) Apache
4 11 (1.09%) Tomcat
5 9 (0.89%) Lync
6 8 (0.80%) SharePoint
7 6 (0.60%) Exchange Server 2010
7 6 (0.60%) OpenStack
7 6 (0.60%) Exchange Server 2007
8 5 (0.50%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 4 (0.40%) Elasticsearch
9 4 (0.40%) Oracle Coherence
9 4 (0.40%) WebSphere
9 4 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2003
10 2 (0.20%) ArcGIS
10 2 (0.20%) SharePoint Server
11 1 (0.099%) Drupal
11 1 (0.099%) WordPress
11 1 (0.099%) CMS
11 1 (0.099%) MQSeries
Applications
1 45 (4.47%) MS Excel
2 16 (1.59%) MS Office
3 10 (0.99%) MS Visio
4 3 (0.30%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.099%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 14 (1.39%) Oracle EBS
2 5 (0.50%) assyst
3 2 (0.20%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.099%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.099%) SAP CRM
4 1 (0.099%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 22 (2.19%) Amazon AWS
2 17 (1.69%) IaaS
3 12 (1.19%) SaaS
4 10 (0.99%) Office 365
5 7 (0.70%) Cloud Computing
5 7 (0.70%) Microsoft Azure
6 2 (0.20%) Amazon EC2
6 2 (0.20%) Amazon S3
6 2 (0.20%) Amazon SQS
6 2 (0.20%) Amazon ELB
6 2 (0.20%) Rackspace Cloud
7 1 (0.099%) PaaS
7 1 (0.099%) Heroku
Communications & Networking
1 264 (26.24%) Firewall
2 169 (16.80%) Network Security
3 118 (11.73%) LAN
4 112 (11.13%) WAN
5 90 (8.95%) VPN
6 88 (8.75%) TCP/IP
7 68 (6.76%) Wireless
8 63 (6.26%) Internet
9 58 (5.77%) Intrusion Detection
10 54 (5.37%) SSL
11 50 (4.97%) DNS
12 45 (4.47%) HTTP
12 45 (4.47%) Cisco ASA
13 44 (4.37%) MPLS
14 33 (3.28%) SAN
15 31 (3.08%) OSPF
16 30 (2.98%) BGP
17 29 (2.88%) EIGRP
17 29 (2.88%) HTTPS
18 28 (2.78%) HSRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 45 (4.47%) SQL Server
2 34 (3.38%) MySQL
3 16 (1.59%) Relational Database
4 9 (0.89%) NoSQL
5 7 (0.70%) Big Data
6 6 (0.60%) Apache Cassandra
7 5 (0.50%) PostgreSQL
8 4 (0.40%) Hadoop
8 4 (0.40%) Oracle Database
8 4 (0.40%) Couchbase
9 2 (0.20%) Amazon RDS
9 2 (0.20%) Data Mining
10 1 (0.099%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 1 (0.099%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 1 (0.099%) Oracle Reports
10 1 (0.099%) Redis
10 1 (0.099%) SQL Server 2012
10 1 (0.099%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 36 (3.58%) Metasploit
2 25 (2.49%) JIRA
3 13 (1.29%) Git (software)
4 12 (1.19%) LoadRunner
5 11 (1.09%) Selenium
5 11 (1.09%) Jenkins
6 9 (0.89%) QuickTest Pro
7 8 (0.80%) Cucumber
8 6 (0.60%) Selenium IDE
9 4 (0.40%) Octopus Deploy
9 4 (0.40%) Visual Studio
10 3 (0.30%) Mercurial
11 2 (0.20%) WebDriver
11 2 (0.20%) Team Foundation Server
11 2 (0.20%) Bitbucket
11 2 (0.20%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 1 (0.099%) Subversion
12 1 (0.099%) AppScan
12 1 (0.099%) Oracle Forms
General
1 209 (20.78%) Finance
2 46 (4.57%) Telecoms
3 39 (3.88%) Banking
4 37 (3.68%) Retail
5 24 (2.39%) Games
6 20 (1.99%) Marketing
7 18 (1.79%) Advertising
8 16 (1.59%) Aerospace
9 15 (1.49%) Law
10 11 (1.09%) Legal
11 10 (0.99%) Back Office
12 9 (0.89%) Financial Institution
13 6 (0.60%) Military
14 5 (0.50%) Pharmaceutical
15 4 (0.40%) Electronics
15 4 (0.40%) Manufacturing
16 3 (0.30%) Local Government
16 3 (0.30%) French Language
17 2 (0.20%) Automotive
17 2 (0.20%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 209 (20.78%) Tester
2 195 (19.38%) Consultant
3 188 (18.69%) Penetration Tester
4 166 (16.50%) Analyst
5 156 (15.51%) Security Consultant
6 128 (12.72%) Security Analyst
7 65 (6.46%) Security Engineer
7 65 (6.46%) Security Manager
8 54 (5.37%) Network Engineer
9 52 (5.17%) Architect
10 51 (5.07%) IT Consultant
11 47 (4.67%) Ethical Hacker
11 47 (4.67%) IT Security Consultant
12 41 (4.08%) Security Architect
13 39 (3.88%) Security Specialist
14 37 (3.68%) IT Security Analyst
15 32 (3.18%) Information Analyst
15 32 (3.18%) Senior Tester
16 31 (3.08%) Information Security Analyst
17 30 (2.98%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 45 (4.47%) .NET
2 26 (2.58%) Web Services
3 22 (2.19%) REST
3 22 (2.19%) Middleware
4 17 (1.69%) HTML
5 14 (1.39%) SailPoint
6 13 (1.29%) JSON
6 13 (1.29%) CSS
6 13 (1.29%) XML
7 12 (1.19%) SAML
8 11 (1.09%) SOAP
8 11 (1.09%) ASP.NET
8 11 (1.09%) OAuth
9 10 (0.99%) RabbitMQ
10 8 (0.80%) Gherkin
11 7 (0.70%) HTML5
12 6 (0.60%) JSP
12 6 (0.60%) LAMP
13 5 (0.50%) Spring
13 5 (0.50%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 128 (12.72%) Management Information System
2 59 (5.86%) Computer Science
3 54 (5.37%) Analytical Skills
4 42 (4.17%) Cryptography
5 33 (3.28%) Mobile App
6 27 (2.68%) Mathematics
7 24 (2.39%) Embedded Systems
8 22 (2.19%) Clustering
9 17 (1.69%) PKI
10 16 (1.59%) CESG
11 14 (1.39%) Blackberry
12 13 (1.29%) Open Source
13 12 (1.19%) Performance Metrics
13 12 (1.19%) SCADA
14 11 (1.09%) Data Protection Act
15 10 (0.99%) Client/Server
16 8 (0.80%) Replication
17 7 (0.70%) NHS
17 7 (0.70%) Algorithms
18 6 (0.60%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 243 (24.16%) Windows
2 221 (21.97%) Linux
3 79 (7.85%) UNIX
4 27 (2.68%) Solaris
5 22 (2.19%) Windows Server 2008
6 18 (1.79%) Windows Server 2012
7 13 (1.29%) Android
8 12 (1.19%) CentOS
8 12 (1.19%) Apple iOS
9 10 (0.99%) Windows Server 2003
9 10 (0.99%) Debian
10 8 (0.80%) Windows XP
11 7 (0.70%) Windows 8
11 7 (0.70%) Windows 7
12 6 (0.60%) AIX
12 6 (0.60%) Ubuntu
13 4 (0.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 4 (0.40%) Windows 2000 Server
13 4 (0.40%) Mac OS X
14 3 (0.30%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 433 (43.04%) Information Security
2 125 (12.43%) Risk Management
3 123 (12.23%) Ethical Hacking
4 122 (12.13%) Security Testing
5 116 (11.53%) Cyber Security
6 115 (11.43%) Security Architecture
7 106 (10.54%) Vulnerability Management
8 104 (10.34%) Vulnerability Assessment
9 99 (9.84%) SIEM
10 97 (9.64%) ITIL
10 97 (9.64%) Security Management
11 71 (7.06%) Agile Software Development
12 62 (6.16%) Stakeholder Management
13 58 (5.77%) Project Management
14 57 (5.67%) Incident Management
15 51 (5.07%) Change Management
15 51 (5.07%) Disaster Recovery
16 42 (4.17%) Risk Assessment
17 41 (4.08%) Line Management
17 41 (4.08%) OWASP
Programming Languages
1 82 (8.15%) Python
2 66 (6.56%) Java
3 59 (5.86%) C
4 55 (5.47%) SQL
5 39 (3.88%) C#
6 34 (3.38%) PHP
7 31 (3.08%) Shell Script
8 28 (2.78%) C++
9 26 (2.58%) Perl
9 26 (2.58%) Ruby
10 14 (1.39%) Bash Shell
11 8 (0.80%) PowerShell
12 7 (0.70%) JavaScript
13 4 (0.40%) Objective-C
14 1 (0.099%) VB.NET
14 1 (0.099%) Golang
Qualifications
1 260 (25.84%) CISSP
2 155 (15.41%) Degree
3 101 (10.04%) Security Cleared
4 81 (8.05%) CISM
5 79 (7.85%) CEH
6 78 (7.75%) Cisco Certification
7 74 (7.36%) CISA
8 69 (6.86%) OSCP
9 67 (6.66%) SC Cleared
10 65 (6.46%) PCI QSA
11 50 (4.97%) GIAC
12 47 (4.67%) CCNA
13 45 (4.47%) OSCE
14 39 (3.88%) CCNP
15 29 (2.88%) Microsoft Certification
16 28 (2.78%) DV Cleared
17 22 (2.19%) GCIH
17 22 (2.19%) MCSE
18 18 (1.79%) ISEB
19 16 (1.59%) GPEN
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 241 (23.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 150 (14.91%) PCI DSS
3 28 (2.78%) QA
4 27 (2.68%) COBIT
5 26 (2.58%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 17 (1.69%) ISO/IEC 17799
6 17 (1.69%) SLA
7 5 (0.50%) JSP 440
8 3 (0.30%) HIPAA
9 1 (0.099%) CESG Infosec
9 1 (0.099%) 21 CFR Part 11
9 1 (0.099%) GAMP
System Software
1 52 (5.17%) VMware Infrastructure
2 47 (4.67%) Active Directory
3 32 (3.18%) Snort
4 16 (1.59%) Nmap
5 10 (0.99%) VMware ESXi
6 9 (0.89%) vSphere
6 9 (0.89%) Hyper-V
7 8 (0.80%) Xen
8 6 (0.60%) DFS Replication
8 6 (0.60%) XenDesktop
8 6 (0.60%) Apache ZooKeeper
8 6 (0.60%) VMware ESX
9 4 (0.40%) XenApp
9 4 (0.40%) XenServer
9 4 (0.40%) KVM
10 1 (0.099%) Firmware
10 1 (0.099%) LXC
10 1 (0.099%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 45 (4.47%) Nessus
2 20 (1.99%) Opscode Chef
3 18 (1.79%) Puppet
4 16 (1.59%) Nagios
5 11 (1.09%) CORE IMPACT
6 10 (0.99%) HAProxy
7 7 (0.70%) ZABBIX
8 6 (0.60%) McAfee ePO
9 5 (0.50%) WSUS
9 5 (0.50%) Ansible
9 5 (0.50%) Graphite
10 4 (0.40%) Salt
10 4 (0.40%) logstash
11 3 (0.30%) SCCM
12 2 (0.20%) HP Quality Center
12 2 (0.20%) Webmin
12 2 (0.20%) CFEngine
12 2 (0.20%) Tivoli
13 1 (0.099%) WebInspect
13 1 (0.099%) WMI
Vendors
1 129 (12.82%) Cisco
2 104 (10.34%) Microsoft
3 67 (6.66%) VMware
4 51 (5.07%) CheckPoint
5 46 (4.57%) Juniper
6 40 (3.98%) Oracle
7 36 (3.58%) Citrix
8 32 (3.18%) HP
9 28 (2.78%) F5
10 17 (1.69%) IBM
11 16 (1.59%) Websense
12 15 (1.49%) McAfee
13 14 (1.39%) Sourcefire
14 13 (1.29%) Splunk
15 11 (1.09%) Qualys
15 11 (1.09%) NetApp
15 11 (1.09%) EMC
16 10 (0.99%) LogRhythm
16 10 (0.99%) Apple
17 8 (0.80%) ArcSight
Cheshire
Proprius Recruitment
Salary: From £45,000 to £60,000 per annum + Banking Bens
Posted: 2 hours ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Connectus
Salary: £55000 per annum
Posted: 4 hours ago
Yorkshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Salary: £40000 - £45000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 5 hours ago
North London
Spencer Rose
Salary: Up to £55,000 per annum
Posted: 6 hours ago
Crawley, West Sussex
Proprius Recruitment
Salary: From £36,000 to £45,000 per annum Plus Excellent Benefits
Posted: 20 hours ago
Watford, Hertfordshire
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Posted: 23 hours ago
Staines, Middlesex
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: Yesterday
South East
EXCELerate
Salary: From £50,000 to £90,000 per annum circa £60k plus corporate benefits a
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: From £55,000 to £70,000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Slough, Berkshire
Digitech Resourcing Ltd
Salary: Up to £60,000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Technology Sourcing Limited
Salary: Unspecified Compretitive Salary offered
Posted: 2 days ago
London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: Up to £60,000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: Up to £60,000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Guildford, Surrey
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: Up to £60,000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Harris Global
Salary: £50000 per annum + Benifits + Bonus
Posted: 2 days ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Harris Global
Salary: £45000 - £50000 per annum + Benifits + Bonus
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Aimia
Salary: competitive + bonus + benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Verticality Ltd
Salary: £42000 - £47000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
London
2Source Talent
Salary: From £35,000 to £75,000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus
Posted: 2 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Salary: £60000 - £70000 per annum + bonus and benefits
Posted: 2 days ago