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

Location
3 months to
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Penetration Testing
Rank 449 507 526
Rank change year-on-year
+58 +19
Permanent jobs citing Penetration Testing 544 422 415
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.49% 0.39% 0.36%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.60% 0.48% 0.46%
Number of salaries quoted 428 310 324
Average salary £55,000 £56,500 £50,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-2.65% +13.00%
90% offered a salary of more than £35,000 £35,000 £35,500
10% offered a salary of more than £75,000 £75,000 £70,000
UK excluding London average salary £48,000 £55,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year
-12.72% +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
90932 88246 90704
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 82.30% 81.87% 79.61%
Number of salaries quoted 74972 70714 77273
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 £30,000 £30,000
10% offered a salary of more than £72,500 £70,000 £74,000
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 24 December 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 24 December 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 +48 519 £55,000 -4.34% 66
London +47 216 £62,500 +8.69% 22
South East -22 108 £50,000 -11.11% 15
North West +28 61 £52,500 +14.75% 7
East of England +11 49 £55,000 - 1
City of London +31 47 £72,500 +29.46% 5
Manchester +16 38 £50,000 +26.58% 7
South West +5 35 £47,500 +28.37% 9
Cambridgeshire +17 25 £40,000 -27.27%
Gloucestershire -1 25 £47,500 +28.37% 7
Cambridge +21 24 £40,000 -27.27%
Yorkshire -3 22 £35,000 -56.25% 5
Hampshire -33 22 £45,000 -30.76% 2
Cheshire +16 21 £62,500 +8.69%
Kent +9 18 £53,750 +79.16%
West Yorkshire +15 17 £32,500 -35.00% 4
Leeds +10 17 £32,500 -35.00% 4
East Sussex +8 17 £56,250 -
Berkshire -32 16 £68,000 +23.63% 1
Surrey +5 15 £61,250 +18.93% 9
Hertfordshire -8 14 £53,750 -2.27% 1
East Midlands +11 12 £42,500 -32.00% 2
Bexhill-On-Sea - 12 - -
Southampton +12 10 £47,500 +35.71% 1
Suffolk - 10 £55,000 -
Leicestershire +19 9 £42,500 -32.00% 2
Ipswich - 9 £55,000 -
Guildford -11 8 £57,500 +15.00% 4
Sidcup - 8 £50,688 -
Buckinghamshire +3 7 £60,000 - 1

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 December 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.

1 456 (41.80%) Information Security
2 297 (27.22%) Windows
3 292 (26.76%) Firewall
4 291 (26.67%) CISSP
5 267 (24.47%) Finance
6 257 (23.56%) Linux
7 245 (22.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 184 (16.87%) Network Security
9 179 (16.41%) Degree
10 169 (15.49%) PCI DSS
11 160 (14.67%) Ethical Hacking
12 138 (12.65%) Risk Management
13 133 (12.19%) Microsoft
13 133 (12.19%) Vulnerability Assessment
14 130 (11.92%) Management Information System
15 127 (11.64%) LAN
16 126 (11.55%) ITIL
17 122 (11.18%) WAN
17 122 (11.18%) Cisco
17 122 (11.18%) SIEM
18 121 (11.09%) Cyber Security
19 115 (10.54%) CEH
19 115 (10.54%) Security Cleared
20 113 (10.36%) Security Testing
21 108 (9.90%) Security Management
21 108 (9.90%) Vulnerability Management
22 106 (9.72%) Security Architecture
23 105 (9.62%) TCP/IP
24 102 (9.35%) Python
25 101 (9.26%) VPN

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 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 58 (5.32%) IIS
2 17 (1.56%) MS Exchange
3 16 (1.47%) Apache
4 13 (1.19%) SharePoint
5 11 (1.01%) Tomcat
6 9 (0.82%) Lync
7 8 (0.73%) Oracle Coherence
8 5 (0.46%) Exchange Server 2007
8 5 (0.46%) Exchange Server 2010
8 5 (0.46%) OpenStack
8 5 (0.46%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 4 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2003
9 4 (0.37%) WebSphere
10 3 (0.27%) nginx
11 2 (0.18%) WordPress
11 2 (0.18%) Elasticsearch
11 2 (0.18%) Cloud Foundry
11 2 (0.18%) SharePoint Server
11 2 (0.18%) ArcGIS
12 1 (0.092%) MQSeries
Applications
1 66 (6.05%) MS Excel
2 33 (3.02%) MS Office
3 9 (0.82%) MS Visio
4 7 (0.64%) MS PowerPoint
5 4 (0.37%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 13 (1.19%) Oracle EBS
2 12 (1.10%) assyst
3 2 (0.18%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.092%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.092%) Magento
4 1 (0.092%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.092%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 26 (2.38%) Amazon AWS
2 22 (2.02%) SaaS
3 16 (1.47%) IaaS
4 10 (0.92%) Office 365
5 9 (0.82%) Microsoft Azure
5 9 (0.82%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (0.18%) Amazon EC2
6 2 (0.18%) Amazon S3
6 2 (0.18%) PaaS
6 2 (0.18%) Heroku
6 2 (0.18%) Amazon SQS
6 2 (0.18%) Rackspace Cloud
6 2 (0.18%) Amazon ELB
7 1 (0.092%) ElastiCache
7 1 (0.092%) Amazon ElastiCache
Communications & Networking
1 292 (26.76%) Firewall
2 184 (16.87%) Network Security
3 127 (11.64%) LAN
4 122 (11.18%) WAN
5 105 (9.62%) TCP/IP
6 101 (9.26%) VPN
7 81 (7.42%) Internet
8 76 (6.97%) Intrusion Detection
9 67 (6.14%) Wireless
10 60 (5.50%) DNS
11 46 (4.22%) SSL
12 45 (4.12%) HTTP
13 44 (4.03%) Cisco ASA
14 39 (3.57%) MPLS
15 34 (3.12%) SAN
16 31 (2.84%) OSPF
16 31 (2.84%) Wireshark
17 30 (2.75%) BGP
18 28 (2.57%) NAS
19 27 (2.47%) EIGRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (3.85%) SQL Server
2 34 (3.12%) MySQL
3 18 (1.65%) Relational Database
4 9 (0.82%) NoSQL
5 8 (0.73%) Oracle Database
6 7 (0.64%) Big Data
7 5 (0.46%) Apache Cassandra
7 5 (0.46%) Hadoop
7 5 (0.46%) PostgreSQL
8 3 (0.27%) Amazon RDS
9 1 (0.092%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 1 (0.092%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 1 (0.092%) SQL Server 2008
9 1 (0.092%) MongoDB
9 1 (0.092%) Oracle Reports
9 1 (0.092%) SQLPlus
9 1 (0.092%) Redis
9 1 (0.092%) SQL Server 2012
9 1 (0.092%) Couchbase
9 1 (0.092%) Amazon DynamoDB
Development Applications
1 36 (3.30%) Metasploit
2 27 (2.47%) JIRA
3 17 (1.56%) LoadRunner
4 16 (1.47%) Selenium
4 16 (1.47%) Git (software)
5 13 (1.19%) Cucumber
6 12 (1.10%) QuickTest Pro
7 10 (0.92%) Jenkins
8 9 (0.82%) Selenium IDE
9 4 (0.37%) WebDriver
9 4 (0.37%) Visual Studio
10 3 (0.27%) Subversion
10 3 (0.27%) Mercurial
11 2 (0.18%) Bitbucket
11 2 (0.18%) Octopus Deploy
11 2 (0.18%) Team Foundation Server
11 2 (0.18%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 1 (0.092%) AppScan
12 1 (0.092%) Oracle Forms
General
1 267 (24.47%) Finance
2 45 (4.12%) Telecoms
3 41 (3.76%) Banking
4 36 (3.30%) Retail
5 30 (2.75%) Games
6 25 (2.29%) Law
7 20 (1.83%) Advertising
8 17 (1.56%) Legal
9 16 (1.47%) Aerospace
9 16 (1.47%) Marketing
10 11 (1.01%) Financial Institution
11 6 (0.55%) Back Office
12 5 (0.46%) Electronics
12 5 (0.46%) Pharmaceutical
12 5 (0.46%) Military
13 4 (0.37%) Manufacturing
14 3 (0.27%) Local Government
14 3 (0.27%) French Language
15 2 (0.18%) Automotive
16 1 (0.092%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 245 (22.46%) Tester
2 223 (20.44%) Penetration Tester
3 210 (19.25%) Consultant
4 206 (18.88%) Analyst
5 173 (15.86%) Security Consultant
6 171 (15.67%) Security Analyst
7 67 (6.14%) Security Manager
8 59 (5.41%) Security Engineer
9 58 (5.32%) Network Engineer
10 55 (5.04%) Architect
11 54 (4.95%) Information Analyst
12 53 (4.86%) Information Security Analyst
13 49 (4.49%) Security Specialist
13 49 (4.49%) IT Consultant
13 49 (4.49%) Security Tester
14 47 (4.31%) Ethical Hacker
15 45 (4.12%) IT Security Consultant
16 43 (3.94%) Security Architect
17 42 (3.85%) IT Security Analyst
18 33 (3.02%) Senior Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 55 (5.04%) .NET
2 31 (2.84%) Web Services
3 28 (2.57%) Middleware
4 17 (1.56%) REST
5 16 (1.47%) HTML
6 14 (1.28%) ASP.NET
6 14 (1.28%) Gherkin
7 13 (1.19%) SailPoint
7 13 (1.19%) XML
8 12 (1.10%) JSON
9 11 (1.01%) SAML
10 10 (0.92%) CSS
10 10 (0.92%) OAuth
11 9 (0.82%) Spring
11 9 (0.82%) Ajax
11 9 (0.82%) Java SE
11 9 (0.82%) JMS
12 8 (0.73%) SOAP
13 7 (0.64%) HTML5
13 7 (0.64%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 130 (11.92%) Management Information System
2 66 (6.05%) Analytical Skills
3 63 (5.77%) Computer Science
4 45 (4.12%) Mobile App
5 41 (3.76%) Cryptography
6 28 (2.57%) Mathematics
7 24 (2.20%) Clustering
7 24 (2.20%) Embedded Systems
8 18 (1.65%) CESG
8 18 (1.65%) PKI
9 17 (1.56%) Open Source
10 14 (1.28%) Blackberry
10 14 (1.28%) Performance Metrics
11 13 (1.19%) SCADA
12 12 (1.10%) Data Protection Act
13 8 (0.73%) Client/Server
13 8 (0.73%) Replication
14 7 (0.64%) Online Games
15 6 (0.55%) Hedge funds
15 6 (0.55%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 297 (27.22%) Windows
2 257 (23.56%) Linux
3 99 (9.07%) UNIX
4 37 (3.39%) Solaris
5 24 (2.20%) Windows Server 2008
6 23 (2.11%) Android
7 22 (2.02%) Apple iOS
8 18 (1.65%) CentOS
9 15 (1.37%) Debian
9 15 (1.37%) Windows Server 2012
10 12 (1.10%) Windows Phone
10 12 (1.10%) AIX
10 12 (1.10%) Windows Server 2003
11 10 (0.92%) Windows XP
11 10 (0.92%) Ubuntu
12 9 (0.82%) Windows 7
13 7 (0.64%) Windows 8
14 5 (0.46%) Mac OS X
15 4 (0.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 4 (0.37%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 456 (41.80%) Information Security
2 160 (14.67%) Ethical Hacking
3 138 (12.65%) Risk Management
4 133 (12.19%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 126 (11.55%) ITIL
6 122 (11.18%) SIEM
7 121 (11.09%) Cyber Security
8 113 (10.36%) Security Testing
9 108 (9.90%) Vulnerability Management
9 108 (9.90%) Security Management
10 106 (9.72%) Security Architecture
11 78 (7.15%) Agile Software Development
12 71 (6.51%) Stakeholder Management
13 67 (6.14%) Project Management
14 66 (6.05%) Incident Management
15 57 (5.22%) Change Management
16 49 (4.49%) E-Commerce
17 46 (4.22%) Disaster Recovery
18 45 (4.12%) Line Management
19 44 (4.03%) Kalman Filter
Programming Languages
1 102 (9.35%) Python
2 71 (6.51%) Java
3 67 (6.14%) SQL
4 61 (5.59%) C
5 53 (4.86%) PHP
6 39 (3.57%) C#
7 38 (3.48%) Ruby
8 36 (3.30%) C++
9 34 (3.12%) Shell Script
10 28 (2.57%) Perl
11 10 (0.92%) Bash Shell
12 7 (0.64%) Objective-C
12 7 (0.64%) PowerShell
13 3 (0.27%) VB.NET
13 3 (0.27%) JavaScript
14 1 (0.092%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 291 (26.67%) CISSP
2 179 (16.41%) Degree
3 115 (10.54%) Security Cleared
3 115 (10.54%) CEH
4 88 (8.07%) CISA
5 85 (7.79%) CISM
6 79 (7.24%) Cisco Certification
7 76 (6.97%) SC Cleared
8 71 (6.51%) PCI QSA
9 67 (6.14%) OSCP
10 58 (5.32%) GIAC
11 51 (4.67%) CCNA
12 42 (3.85%) Microsoft Certification
13 40 (3.67%) OSCE
14 38 (3.48%) CCNP
15 33 (3.02%) MCSE
16 28 (2.57%) DV Cleared
17 23 (2.11%) ISEB
18 21 (1.92%) GCIH
18 21 (1.92%) GPEN
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 245 (22.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 169 (15.49%) PCI DSS
3 35 (3.21%) COBIT
4 33 (3.02%) QA
5 32 (2.93%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 20 (1.83%) SLA
7 12 (1.10%) ISO/IEC 17799
8 5 (0.46%) JSP 440
9 2 (0.18%) HIPAA
10 1 (0.092%) ISO 14001
10 1 (0.092%) 21 CFR Part 11
10 1 (0.092%) GAMP
10 1 (0.092%) ISO 9001
10 1 (0.092%) CESG Infosec
System Software
1 58 (5.32%) VMware Infrastructure
2 56 (5.13%) Active Directory
3 32 (2.93%) Snort
4 20 (1.83%) Nmap
5 10 (0.92%) VMware ESXi
6 8 (0.73%) vSphere
6 8 (0.73%) Xen
7 7 (0.64%) Hyper-V
7 7 (0.64%) XenApp
8 6 (0.55%) XenDesktop
9 5 (0.46%) DFS Replication
9 5 (0.46%) VMware ESX
9 5 (0.46%) Apache ZooKeeper
10 4 (0.37%) KVM
10 4 (0.37%) XenServer
11 1 (0.092%) Firmware
11 1 (0.092%) LXC
11 1 (0.092%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 41 (3.76%) Nessus
2 17 (1.56%) Puppet
3 14 (1.28%) Nagios
3 14 (1.28%) Opscode Chef
4 12 (1.10%) WSUS
5 8 (0.73%) CORE IMPACT
5 8 (0.73%) ZABBIX
6 7 (0.64%) HAProxy
7 5 (0.46%) Graphite
8 4 (0.37%) Webmin
8 4 (0.37%) Ansible
9 3 (0.27%) logstash
9 3 (0.27%) Red Hat Spacewalk
9 3 (0.27%) HP Quality Center
9 3 (0.27%) OSSEC
9 3 (0.27%) McAfee ePO
10 2 (0.18%) Tivoli
10 2 (0.18%) CFEngine
11 1 (0.092%) Vagrant
11 1 (0.092%) Salt
Vendors
1 133 (12.19%) Microsoft
2 122 (11.18%) Cisco
3 71 (6.51%) VMware
4 50 (4.58%) CheckPoint
5 45 (4.12%) Juniper
6 44 (4.03%) Oracle
7 41 (3.76%) Citrix
8 29 (2.66%) HP
9 25 (2.29%) F5
10 23 (2.11%) Qualys
11 17 (1.56%) IBM
12 16 (1.47%) LogRhythm
13 13 (1.19%) NetApp
13 13 (1.19%) Websense
14 12 (1.10%) Sourcefire
15 11 (1.01%) EMC
15 11 (1.01%) McAfee
16 9 (0.82%) Splunk
16 9 (0.82%) CA
17 8 (0.73%) Red Hat
Rawdon, Leeds
EMIS
Salary: Up to £45,000pa dependent on level of experience (+ excellent benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: Up to £60,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Guildford, Surrey
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: Up to £60,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: From £40,000 to £65,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: Up to £60,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: Up to £60,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Guildford, Surrey
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: Up to £60,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Guildford, Surrey
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: From £40,000 to £60,000 per annum plus outstanding package
Posted: Yesterday
Gloucestershire
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: From £60,000 to £90,000 per annum plus outstanding package
Posted: Yesterday
London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: From £60,000 to £90,000 per annum plus outstanding package
Posted: Yesterday
Gloucestershire
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: From £60,000 to £90,000 per annum plus outstanding package
Posted: Yesterday
London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: From £60,000 to £90,000 per annum plus outstanding package
Posted: Yesterday
London
Mortimer Spinks
Salary: £60000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Guildford, Surrey
Oho Group Ltd.
Salary: £0 - £55 per annum, Benefits Car + Bonus + Healthcare + Pension etc
Posted: Yesterday
London
TEKsystems
Salary: £70000 - £90000 per annum + Bonus + Benifits
Posted: Yesterday
Staines, Middlesex
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 2 days ago
South East London
Corporate Project Solutions
Salary: From £40,000 to £50,000 per annum Pension (or cash), bonus, £5k benefi
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London
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Salary: £65000 - £75000 per annum + Benefits
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London
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Salary: £60000 - £70000 per annum + Benefits
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Salary: £55000 per annum
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