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 20 February 2017 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

3 months to
20 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Penetration Testing
UK
Rank 437 445 559
Rank change year-on-year
+8 +114
Permanent jobs citing Penetration Testing 492 644 438
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.58% 0.64% 0.41%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.65% 0.72% 0.47%
Number of salaries quoted 377 545 335
Median salary £60,000 £57,500 £52,500
Median salary % change year-on-year
+4.34% +9.52%
90% offered a salary of more than £40,000 £40,000 £35,232
10% offered a salary of more than £80,000 £85,000 £75,000
UK excluding London median salary £55,000 £52,500 £48,500
% change year-on-year
+4.76% +8.24%

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
75139 88872 92319
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 88.69% 88.15% 86.53%
Number of salaries quoted 61840 73780 75650
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 £32,500 £31,250
10% offered a salary of more than £77,500 £73,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year
- +5.88%

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 20 February 2017 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 20 February 2017. 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 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 +6 468 £60,000 +4.34% 74
London +34 254 £69,250 +6.53% 34
South East -15 71 £60,000 +9.09% 8
South West +10 39 £53,750 +2.38% 7
City of London +36 34 £60,000 - 4
Yorkshire +42 32 £40,000 +23.07% 6
West Midlands +22 28 £48,750 -18.75% 4
Gloucestershire -9 21 £50,000 -9.09% 2
West Yorkshire +37 20 £37,500 +15.38% 4
Leeds +36 20 £37,500 +15.38% 3
East of England +2 20 £57,500 +33.72% 3
North West -39 19 £53,750 -32.81% 9
Berkshire +48 18 £58,750 -26.56% 1
Birmingham +20 16 £47,500 -47.22% 3
Oxfordshire -12 16 £61,250 +11.36% 3
Scotland +29 13 £37,500 -25.00% 2
Hampshire +14 13 £60,000 +53.38%
Kent +13 13 £60,000 +10.09%
Edinburgh +10 13 £37,500 -25.00%
Canary Wharf - 13 £60,000 -
Southampton - 11 £60,000 -
Tunbridge Wells +27 10 £60,000 +14.28%
Dorset +35 8 £60,000 +76.47%
Reading +34 8 £56,250 -39.18% 1
Cheshire +21 8 £53,750 +7.50% 1
Hertfordshire +17 8 £65,000 +52.94% 1
East Sussex - 8 £60,000 - 1
Bournemouth - 8 £60,000 -
Eastbourne - 8 £60,000 -
Surrey +1 7 £45,000 -18.18% 1

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 February 2017, 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.

1 636 (46.73%) Information Security
2 568 (41.73%) Cybersecurity
3 442 (32.48%) CISSP
4 395 (29.02%) Firewall
5 353 (25.94%) Windows
6 331 (24.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 277 (20.35%) SIEM
8 270 (19.84%) CISM
9 263 (19.32%) Linux
9 263 (19.32%) Security Cleared
10 257 (18.88%) Vulnerability Scanning
11 254 (18.66%) Degree
12 253 (18.59%) Finance
13 239 (17.56%) Java
14 236 (17.34%) PCI DSS
15 227 (16.68%) C
16 218 (16.02%) CISA
17 215 (15.80%) CEH
18 214 (15.72%) Python
19 209 (15.36%) Risk Management
20 204 (14.99%) Agile Software Development
21 203 (14.92%) CREST Certified
22 201 (14.77%) Ethical Hacking
23 197 (14.47%) Vulnerability Management
24 191 (14.03%) Network Security
25 173 (12.71%) Vulnerability Assessment
26 171 (12.56%) Management Information System
27 169 (12.42%) C++
28 140 (10.29%) Security Testing
29 138 (10.14%) Data Protection

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 28 (2.06%) MS Exchange
2 27 (1.98%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 25 (1.84%) IIS
4 22 (1.62%) Elasticsearch
5 20 (1.47%) SharePoint
6 13 (0.96%) Apache Pig
7 8 (0.59%) Exchange Server 2010
7 8 (0.59%) OpenStack
8 6 (0.44%) Confluence
8 6 (0.44%) Skype for Business
9 5 (0.37%) Apache
10 4 (0.29%) Apache Spark
10 4 (0.29%) nginx
11 3 (0.22%) Cloud Foundry
12 2 (0.15%) Tornado
Applications
1 40 (2.94%) MS Excel
2 13 (0.96%) MS Office
3 4 (0.29%) MS Project
4 1 (0.073%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 27 (1.98%) Oracle EBS R12
2 16 (1.18%) Sentinel
3 14 (1.03%) Dynamics AX
4 7 (0.51%) assyst
4 7 (0.51%) Veritas eDiscovery
5 4 (0.29%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 2 (0.15%) Bankmaster
6 2 (0.15%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 58 (4.26%) Amazon AWS
2 35 (2.57%) SaaS
3 32 (2.35%) GitHub
4 29 (2.13%) Microsoft Azure
5 28 (2.06%) Office 365
6 23 (1.69%) PaaS
7 20 (1.47%) AWS CloudFormation
8 15 (1.10%) IaaS
9 14 (1.03%) Amazon S3
10 12 (0.88%) Amazon ELB
11 10 (0.73%) Route 53
12 9 (0.66%) IBM Cloud
13 8 (0.59%) Sumo Logic
14 7 (0.51%) AWS Lambda
14 7 (0.51%) Mimecast
15 5 (0.37%) Amazon EC2
15 5 (0.37%) Cloud Computing
16 4 (0.29%) Datadog
16 4 (0.29%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 3 (0.22%) Amazon CloudWatch
Communications & Networking
1 395 (29.02%) Firewall
2 191 (14.03%) Network Security
3 123 (9.04%) TCP/IP
4 63 (4.63%) VPN
5 57 (4.19%) Wireless
6 49 (3.60%) Intrusion Detection
7 48 (3.53%) Internet
8 46 (3.38%) HTTP
9 42 (3.09%) LAN
9 42 (3.09%) WAN
10 39 (2.87%) MPLS
11 34 (2.50%) DNS
11 34 (2.50%) SSL
12 29 (2.13%) Wireless Security
13 27 (1.98%) Cisco ASA
14 26 (1.91%) IPsec
15 24 (1.76%) VoIP
16 23 (1.69%) VLAN
17 21 (1.54%) DHCP
18 19 (1.40%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 45 (3.31%) SQL Server
2 42 (3.09%) Big Data
3 34 (2.50%) Oracle Database
4 22 (1.62%) MongoDB
5 18 (1.32%) MySQL
6 16 (1.18%) NoSQL
7 15 (1.10%) Hadoop
8 14 (1.03%) Amazon RDS
9 13 (0.96%) Apache Hive
10 10 (0.73%) Data Mining
11 7 (0.51%) PostgreSQL
12 6 (0.44%) Oracle Reports
13 5 (0.37%) Relational Database
14 4 (0.29%) Redis
14 4 (0.29%) SQLPlus
15 3 (0.22%) Apache Cassandra
16 2 (0.15%) Azure SQL Database
16 2 (0.15%) GIS
16 2 (0.15%) Neo4j
16 2 (0.15%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 46 (3.38%) Metasploit
2 44 (3.23%) Selenium
3 37 (2.72%) Jenkins
4 31 (2.28%) Burp Suite
5 26 (1.91%) JIRA
6 24 (1.76%) Cucumber
7 22 (1.62%) JUnit
8 20 (1.47%) Git (software)
9 17 (1.25%) WebDriver
10 14 (1.03%) Hudson
11 13 (0.96%) AppScan
12 12 (0.88%) JMeter
12 12 (0.88%) SoapUI
13 11 (0.81%) FitNesse
13 11 (0.81%) NUnit
13 11 (0.81%) Vagrant
14 10 (0.73%) Jasmine
15 8 (0.59%) Protractor
15 8 (0.59%) TestNG
16 7 (0.51%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 253 (18.59%) Finance
2 120 (8.82%) Telecoms
3 55 (4.04%) Retail
4 54 (3.97%) Legal
5 36 (2.65%) Banking
6 33 (2.42%) Publishing
7 25 (1.84%) Games
8 18 (1.32%) Marketing
9 16 (1.18%) Electronics
10 14 (1.03%) Military
11 9 (0.66%) Local Government
12 8 (0.59%) Financial Institution
12 8 (0.59%) Law
13 7 (0.51%) Automotive
13 7 (0.51%) Manufacturing
14 4 (0.29%) Advertising
14 4 (0.29%) Aerospace
15 3 (0.22%) Back Office
16 2 (0.15%) Corporate Banking
16 2 (0.15%) International Banking
Job Titles
1 302 (22.19%) Analyst
2 267 (19.62%) Security Analyst
3 200 (14.70%) Tester
4 188 (13.81%) Consultant
5 166 (12.20%) Penetration Tester
6 145 (10.65%) Security Manager
7 126 (9.26%) Security Consultant
8 83 (6.10%) Security Engineer
8 83 (6.10%) Security Specialist
9 78 (5.73%) Cybersecurity Analyst
9 78 (5.73%) IT Analyst
10 75 (5.51%) Architect
10 75 (5.51%) IT Security Analyst
11 72 (5.29%) Developer
12 66 (4.85%) Information Analyst
12 66 (4.85%) Information Security Analyst
13 61 (4.48%) Security Tester
14 58 (4.26%) Security Architect
15 52 (3.82%) Senior Analyst
16 51 (3.75%) IT Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 77 (5.66%) .NET
2 62 (4.56%) Web Services
3 47 (3.45%) HTML
4 32 (2.35%) Node.js
5 24 (1.76%) SAML
6 22 (1.62%) ASP.NET
6 22 (1.62%) Java EE
6 22 (1.62%) REST
6 22 (1.62%) SOAP
6 22 (1.62%) STL
7 21 (1.54%) .NET Framework
8 19 (1.40%) CSS
9 16 (1.18%) Middleware
9 16 (1.18%) Regular Expression
10 15 (1.10%) 802.1X
10 15 (1.10%) Elastic Stack
11 13 (0.96%) Django
11 13 (0.96%) HTML5
11 13 (0.96%) LAMP
11 13 (0.96%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 171 (12.56%) Management Information System
2 108 (7.94%) Computer Science
3 71 (5.22%) Data Centre
4 64 (4.70%) Data Protection Act
5 58 (4.26%) Mobile App
6 49 (3.60%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 43 (3.16%) Security Operations Centre
8 42 (3.09%) CESG
9 36 (2.65%) Analytical Skills
10 32 (2.35%) Enterprise Software
11 29 (2.13%) PKI
12 25 (1.84%) Cyber Defence
13 23 (1.69%) Algorithms
14 20 (1.47%) Cyberthreat
15 19 (1.40%) Fintech
16 16 (1.18%) Blog
17 15 (1.10%) Embedded Systems
18 14 (1.03%) Client/Server
18 14 (1.03%) Driving Licence
19 12 (0.88%) Cyber Attack
Operating Systems
1 353 (25.94%) Windows
2 263 (19.32%) Linux
3 129 (9.48%) Unix
4 84 (6.17%) Windows Server
5 79 (5.80%) Apple iOS
6 47 (3.45%) Mac OS X
7 46 (3.38%) Windows Server 2008
8 44 (3.23%) Android
9 40 (2.94%) Windows Server 2012
10 30 (2.20%) Windows Server 2003
11 25 (1.84%) VxWorks
12 24 (1.76%) Solaris
13 14 (1.03%) Kali Linux
14 9 (0.66%) Windows 7
15 8 (0.59%) AIX
16 6 (0.44%) Ubuntu
16 6 (0.44%) Windows 2000
17 5 (0.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 2 (0.15%) CentOS
18 2 (0.15%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 636 (46.73%) Information Security
2 568 (41.73%) Cybersecurity
3 277 (20.35%) SIEM
4 257 (18.88%) Vulnerability Scanning
5 209 (15.36%) Risk Management
6 204 (14.99%) Agile Software Development
7 201 (14.77%) Ethical Hacking
8 197 (14.47%) Vulnerability Management
9 173 (12.71%) Vulnerability Assessment
10 140 (10.29%) Security Testing
11 138 (10.14%) Data Protection
12 135 (9.92%) ITIL
13 132 (9.70%) Security Architecture
14 130 (9.55%) Security Operations
15 116 (8.52%) Security Management
16 106 (7.79%) OWASP
17 95 (6.98%) Open Source
18 94 (6.91%) Reverse Engineering
19 90 (6.61%) Information Assurance
20 84 (6.17%) Risk Assessment
Programming Languages
1 239 (17.56%) Java
2 227 (16.68%) C
3 214 (15.72%) Python
4 169 (12.42%) C++
5 120 (8.82%) C#
6 95 (6.98%) Ruby
7 90 (6.61%) SQL
8 83 (6.10%) JavaScript
9 78 (5.73%) PHP
10 75 (5.51%) Bash Shell
10 75 (5.51%) Perl
11 53 (3.89%) PowerShell
12 43 (3.16%) Go
13 32 (2.35%) Objective-C
14 23 (1.69%) VB.NET
15 22 (1.62%) VB
16 14 (1.03%) Scala
17 11 (0.81%) Groovy
18 7 (0.51%) T-SQL
19 6 (0.44%) R
Qualifications
1 442 (32.48%) CISSP
2 270 (19.84%) CISM
3 263 (19.32%) Security Cleared
4 254 (18.66%) Degree
5 218 (16.02%) CISA
6 215 (15.80%) CEH
7 203 (14.92%) CREST Certified
8 121 (8.89%) DV Cleared
9 115 (8.45%) GIAC
10 96 (7.05%) SANS
10 96 (7.05%) SC Cleared
11 95 (6.98%) OSCP
12 82 (6.02%) Cisco Certification
13 78 (5.73%) CHECK Team Leader
14 72 (5.29%) GPEN
15 59 (4.34%) Microsoft Certification
16 58 (4.26%) CHECK Team Member
17 55 (4.04%) CompTIA Security+
17 55 (4.04%) Security+ Certification
18 50 (3.67%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 331 (24.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 236 (17.34%) PCI DSS
3 53 (3.89%) GPG13
4 51 (3.75%) QA
5 48 (3.53%) SLA
6 38 (2.79%) COBIT
7 20 (1.47%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 18 (1.32%) RMADS
9 17 (1.25%) HIPAA
10 14 (1.03%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 11 (0.81%) SSAE 16
12 9 (0.66%) JSP 440
13 8 (0.59%) GDPR
14 5 (0.37%) ISAE 3402
15 4 (0.29%) ISO27002
15 4 (0.29%) MISRA
16 3 (0.22%) PA-DSS
17 2 (0.15%) FISMA
System Software
1 99 (7.27%) Active Directory
2 67 (4.92%) VMware Infrastructure
3 30 (2.20%) Docker
4 21 (1.54%) Firmware
5 20 (1.47%) Hyper-V
6 15 (1.10%) Virtual Servers
7 14 (1.03%) VMware ESX
8 12 (0.88%) Snort
9 10 (0.73%) vSphere
10 5 (0.37%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 5 (0.37%) NFS
10 5 (0.37%) Xen
11 3 (0.22%) Ceph
11 3 (0.22%) Virtual Machines
11 3 (0.22%) VMware ESXi
12 1 (0.073%) iptables
12 1 (0.073%) KVM
12 1 (0.073%) LXC
12 1 (0.073%) vCloud
12 1 (0.073%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 110 (8.08%) Nessus
2 72 (5.29%) Nmap
3 42 (3.09%) Puppet
4 41 (3.01%) QRadar
5 24 (1.76%) OpenVAS
6 19 (1.40%) Ansible
7 18 (1.32%) logstash
8 17 (1.25%) WSUS
9 14 (1.03%) CSIRT
9 14 (1.03%) Nagios
10 12 (0.88%) Opscode Chef
11 10 (0.73%) FortiGate
11 10 (0.73%) HAProxy
11 10 (0.73%) HP Fortify
11 10 (0.73%) Kibana
11 10 (0.73%) RSA enVision
11 10 (0.73%) Terraform
12 8 (0.59%) EnCase
12 8 (0.59%) WMI
13 7 (0.51%) BMC PATROL
Vendors
1 98 (7.20%) Cisco
2 84 (6.17%) VMware
3 83 (6.10%) Microsoft
4 67 (4.92%) Qualys
5 66 (4.85%) Oracle
6 52 (3.82%) CheckPoint
7 49 (3.60%) Splunk
8 45 (3.31%) Palo Alto
9 41 (3.01%) ArcSight
10 40 (2.94%) IBM
11 39 (2.87%) Apple
12 37 (2.72%) Sophos
13 35 (2.57%) Juniper
14 28 (2.06%) Salesforce.com
15 27 (1.98%) HP
16 26 (1.91%) LogRhythm
17 25 (1.84%) Intel Security
18 22 (1.62%) F5
19 19 (1.40%) SAP
20 17 (1.25%) AlienVault
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Rullion
Posted: 17 hours ago
Oxfordshire
set2recruit
Salary: Up to £80,000 per annum Bonus + pension + private medical + life assur
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Spencer Rose
Salary: Up to £100,000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: Up to £65,000 (DOE) plus attractive allowances, pension and personal b
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £80,000 (DOE) plus attractive allowances, pension and personal bonus
Posted: 4 days ago
Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey
Informatiq Consulting
Salary: £47000 - £55000 per annum + Pension + Bupa
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Stott & May
Salary: £60000 - £75000 per annum + bonus + benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
West London
Acumin
Salary: Up to £70,000 per annum + Generous Package
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Technology Sourcing Limited
Salary: £45000 - £70000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Oliver James Associates
Salary: £55000 - £65000 per annum + car, pension, bonus, benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Networking People
Salary: £30000 - £80000 per annum + Expenses + Car + Bonus + Benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Oscar
Salary: £50000 - £60000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Salary: £70000 - £80000 per annum + bonus and bonus
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Search Consultancy
Salary: £70000.00 - £80000.00 per annum + package
Posted: 6 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Adeptis Group
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: Up to £80,000 DOE
Posted: 4 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Posted: 4 days ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Salary: package
Posted: 4 days ago
Central London / West End
Harris Global
Salary: Up to £45,000 per annum + excellent benefits package!
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Interaction Recruitment PLC
Salary: £60k - 65k per year + £6000 car allowance + £7,000 bonus + benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Salary: Benefits + Bonus
Posted: 4 days ago
Oxfordshire
set2recruit
Salary: Up to £55,000 per annum Bonus + pension + private medical + life assur
Posted: 2 days ago
South East London
set2recruit
Salary: From £45,000 to £65,000 per annum £45k - £65k + bonus and benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Applause IT Innovation
Salary: £20000 - £25000 per annum + bens
Posted: 5 days ago
East London
Condeco Ltd
Salary: £45000 - £60000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Franklin Fitch Limited
Salary: From £50,000 to £75,000 per annum plus bonus and benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £60,000-70,000k base and strong package
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £60,000-70,000k base and strong package
Posted: 5 days ago
Greater Manchester
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £60,000-70,000k base and strong package
Posted: 5 days ago
Batley, West Yorkshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £35000 - £50000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago