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 3 July 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
3 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Penetration Testing
Rank 437 512 476
Rank change year-on-year
+75 -36
Permanent jobs citing Penetration Testing 586 497 490
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.53% 0.42% 0.45%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.63% 0.51% 0.56%
Number of salaries quoted 451 400 296
Average salary £52,500 £50,000 £45,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+5.00% +11.11%
90% offered a salary of more than £37,500 £27,500 £32,500
10% offered a salary of more than £82,500 £72,500 £72,500
UK excluding London average salary £47,500 £43,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+9.19% +8.75%

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
93605 97685 87746
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 84.58% 82.72% 80.80%
Number of salaries quoted 76475 79074 72329
Average salary £50,000 £48,558 £45,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+2.96% +6.72%
90% offered a salary of more than £32,500 £31,500 £30,000
10% offered a salary of more than £75,000 £71,500 £72,500
UK excluding London average salary £44,500 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+4.70% +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 3 July 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 3 July 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 +51 551 £52,500 - 97
London +42 255 £55,000 - 34
South East +56 135 £52,500 +16.66% 14
City of London +25 45 £55,000 +8.91% 12
Yorkshire +15 39 £37,500 +16.27% 10
East of England +32 34 £46,750 -7.42% 3
Surrey +6 34 £53,750 +4.87% 6
Berkshire +5 32 £55,000 +100.00% 2
North West -6 27 £60,000 +71.42% 10
East Midlands +14 26 £40,000 -33.33% 2
Cheshire +12 22 £60,000 - 2
South West -30 21 £47,500 +5.55% 15
Cambridgeshire - 21 £47,500 - 2
Nottinghamshire - 21 £40,000 -
Cambridge - 21 £47,500 - 2
Slough +11 20 £53,000 +89.28%
Nottingham - 20 £40,000 -
Hampshire +5 18 £53,750 -10.41%
Guildford +19 17 £55,000 - 2
West Yorkshire -6 16 £40,000 +24.03% 7
Oxfordshire - 16 £37,500 -
North Yorkshire - 15 £37,500 -
Gloucestershire -14 12 £50,000 -9.90% 8
West Sussex +10 9 £45,000 +1.69% 1
Kent +6 9 £32,500 -38.09% 1
Leeds +5 9 £33,500 -4.28% 6
Cheltenham -2 9 £50,000 -23.07% 5
Buckinghamshire -8 9 £60,000 +33.33% 2
West Midlands -30 9 £55,000 -8.33% 8
Northern Ireland - 9 - -

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 July 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.

1 519 (47.22%) Information Security
2 322 (29.30%) Firewall
3 307 (27.93%) CISSP
4 249 (22.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 248 (22.57%) Windows
6 246 (22.38%) Finance
7 206 (18.74%) Degree
8 194 (17.65%) Network Security
9 189 (17.20%) Management Information System
10 187 (17.02%) PCI DSS
11 178 (16.20%) Linux
12 177 (16.11%) Cyber Security
13 174 (15.83%) Vulnerability Assessment
14 164 (14.92%) Security Testing
15 149 (13.56%) CISM
16 142 (12.92%) SIEM
17 139 (12.65%) Wireless
18 137 (12.47%) ITIL
19 136 (12.37%) Security Cleared
20 130 (11.83%) Ethical Hacking
21 124 (11.28%) Cisco
22 118 (10.74%) LAN
23 116 (10.56%) Java
24 107 (9.74%) Risk Management
25 105 (9.55%) WAN
26 99 (9.01%) Intrusion Detection
26 99 (9.01%) Security Architecture
27 98 (8.92%) SQL
28 96 (8.74%) CISA
29 95 (8.64%) TCP/IP

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 July 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 27 (2.46%) IIS
2 18 (1.64%) MS Exchange
2 18 (1.64%) CMS
3 13 (1.18%) SharePoint
4 12 (1.09%) Apache
5 6 (0.55%) Exchange Server 2010
5 6 (0.55%) OpenStack
6 4 (0.36%) Node.js
6 4 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2013
7 3 (0.27%) Lync
7 3 (0.27%) WordPress
7 3 (0.27%) Sitecore CMS
7 3 (0.27%) Drupal
7 3 (0.27%) SharePoint Server
7 3 (0.27%) WebSphere
8 2 (0.18%) Umbraco
8 2 (0.18%) SharePoint 2013
8 2 (0.18%) Elasticsearch
9 1 (0.091%) Eucalyptus
9 1 (0.091%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 45 (4.09%) MS Excel
2 21 (1.91%) MS Office
3 11 (1.00%) MS Visio
4 4 (0.36%) MS PowerPoint
5 2 (0.18%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 3 (0.27%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 3 (0.27%) Dynamics NAV
2 2 (0.18%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.091%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 25 (2.27%) Cloud Computing
2 23 (2.09%) Amazon AWS
3 16 (1.46%) IaaS
4 14 (1.27%) SaaS
5 12 (1.09%) Google Analytics
6 8 (0.73%) Office 365
7 7 (0.64%) Microsoft Azure
8 5 (0.45%) GitHub
8 5 (0.45%) Trello
9 3 (0.27%) Basecamp
9 3 (0.27%) PaaS
10 2 (0.18%) Heroku
11 1 (0.091%) Nimbula
11 1 (0.091%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 322 (29.30%) Firewall
2 194 (17.65%) Network Security
3 139 (12.65%) Wireless
4 118 (10.74%) LAN
5 105 (9.55%) WAN
6 99 (9.01%) Intrusion Detection
7 95 (8.64%) TCP/IP
8 73 (6.64%) VPN
9 55 (5.00%) Internet
10 54 (4.91%) Wireless Security
11 52 (4.73%) Cisco ASA
12 43 (3.91%) SSL
13 41 (3.73%) DNS
14 38 (3.46%) VLAN
15 31 (2.82%) Wireshark
15 31 (2.82%) HTTP
16 27 (2.46%) MPLS
17 23 (2.09%) VoIP
18 21 (1.91%) SAN
19 20 (1.82%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (2.00%) SQL Server
2 12 (1.09%) MySQL
2 12 (1.09%) Relational Database
3 9 (0.82%) Data Mining
4 7 (0.64%) Big Data
5 5 (0.45%) Couchbase
6 4 (0.36%) NoSQL
6 4 (0.36%) MongoDB
7 3 (0.27%) Apache Cassandra
7 3 (0.27%) Hadoop
8 2 (0.18%) Oracle Database 11g
8 2 (0.18%) SQL Server 2008
8 2 (0.18%) SQL Server 2012
8 2 (0.18%) Oracle Database
9 1 (0.091%) RDBMS
9 1 (0.091%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 1 (0.091%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 58 (5.28%) Metasploit
2 24 (2.18%) JIRA
3 11 (1.00%) Git (software)
3 11 (1.00%) Team Foundation Server
4 6 (0.55%) Bugzilla
4 6 (0.55%) Jenkins
4 6 (0.55%) Octopus Deploy
5 5 (0.45%) Subversion
5 5 (0.45%) LoadRunner
5 5 (0.45%) Selenium
6 4 (0.36%) JMeter
7 3 (0.27%) JBehave
7 3 (0.27%) Redmine
7 3 (0.27%) Bitbucket
7 3 (0.27%) webpack
7 3 (0.27%) gulp
7 3 (0.27%) Grunt
7 3 (0.27%) Bower
8 2 (0.18%) TestNG
8 2 (0.18%) TeamCity
General
1 246 (22.38%) Finance
2 83 (7.55%) Banking
3 40 (3.64%) Telecoms
4 37 (3.37%) Marketing
5 36 (3.28%) Retail
6 21 (1.91%) Legal
7 17 (1.55%) Investment Banking
8 14 (1.27%) Financial Institution
8 14 (1.27%) Back Office
9 12 (1.09%) Advertising
10 11 (1.00%) Law
11 10 (0.91%) Games
12 9 (0.82%) French Language
12 9 (0.82%) German Language
13 8 (0.73%) Manufacturing
14 5 (0.45%) Multimedia
14 5 (0.45%) Private Banking
15 4 (0.36%) Military
15 4 (0.36%) Aerospace
16 3 (0.27%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 223 (20.29%) Analyst
2 178 (16.20%) Tester
3 175 (15.92%) Security Analyst
4 171 (15.56%) Penetration Tester
5 165 (15.01%) Consultant
6 122 (11.10%) Security Engineer
7 117 (10.65%) Security Consultant
8 88 (8.01%) Security Manager
9 64 (5.82%) Network Engineer
10 54 (4.91%) Architect
11 50 (4.55%) Security Architect
12 47 (4.28%) Network Security Engineer
13 41 (3.73%) Security Specialist
13 41 (3.73%) Team Leader
14 39 (3.55%) IT Security Analyst
15 36 (3.28%) Information Security Analyst
15 36 (3.28%) Information Analyst
16 33 (3.00%) IT Security Consultant
16 33 (3.00%) IT Consultant
17 32 (2.91%) Senior Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 75 (6.82%) .NET
2 32 (2.91%) Web Services
3 26 (2.37%) ASP.NET
4 22 (2.00%) REST
5 16 (1.46%) HTML
6 12 (1.09%) XML
6 12 (1.09%) SOAP
7 11 (1.00%) OAuth
7 11 (1.00%) CSS
8 10 (0.91%) JSON
9 8 (0.73%) SAML
9 8 (0.73%) LAMP
10 5 (0.45%) WCF
10 5 (0.45%) .NET Framework
10 5 (0.45%) Ajax
10 5 (0.45%) RabbitMQ
11 4 (0.36%) HTML5
12 3 (0.27%) D3.js
12 3 (0.27%) Qt
12 3 (0.27%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 189 (17.20%) Management Information System
2 83 (7.55%) Computer Science
3 71 (6.46%) Analytical Skills
4 68 (6.19%) Mobile App
5 57 (5.19%) Data Centre
6 56 (5.10%) Cryptography
7 45 (4.09%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 38 (3.46%) PKI
9 24 (2.18%) CESG
10 18 (1.64%) User Experience
11 17 (1.55%) Mathematics
12 14 (1.27%) Blog
13 9 (0.82%) Embedded Systems
14 8 (0.73%) Visualisation
14 8 (0.73%) Client/Server
15 7 (0.64%) Inversion of Control
15 7 (0.64%) Algorithms
16 6 (0.55%) Social Media
16 6 (0.55%) Hedge funds
16 6 (0.55%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 248 (22.57%) Windows
2 178 (16.20%) Linux
3 78 (7.10%) UNIX
4 19 (1.73%) Solaris
5 16 (1.46%) Windows Server 2008
6 15 (1.36%) Windows Server 2012
7 12 (1.09%) Android
8 10 (0.91%) Windows 7
9 9 (0.82%) VMS
10 8 (0.73%) VxWorks
11 6 (0.55%) Windows 8
12 5 (0.45%) Apple iOS
13 4 (0.36%) Ubuntu
14 3 (0.27%) Debian
14 3 (0.27%) Mac OS X
15 2 (0.18%) CoreOS
16 1 (0.091%) Windows Phone
16 1 (0.091%) Windows Server 2003
16 1 (0.091%) SUSE
16 1 (0.091%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 519 (47.22%) Information Security
2 177 (16.11%) Cyber Security
3 174 (15.83%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 164 (14.92%) Security Testing
5 142 (12.92%) SIEM
6 137 (12.47%) ITIL
7 130 (11.83%) Ethical Hacking
8 107 (9.74%) Risk Management
9 99 (9.01%) Security Architecture
10 91 (8.28%) Vulnerability Management
11 86 (7.83%) OWASP
12 84 (7.64%) Malware Analysis
13 83 (7.55%) Incident Management
14 81 (7.37%) Reverse Engineering
15 79 (7.19%) Agile Software Development
15 79 (7.19%) Security Management
15 79 (7.19%) Kalman Filter
16 73 (6.64%) Project Management
17 72 (6.55%) Risk Assessment
18 61 (5.55%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 116 (10.56%) Java
2 98 (8.92%) SQL
3 93 (8.46%) C
4 86 (7.83%) Python
5 83 (7.55%) C#
6 75 (6.82%) PHP
7 68 (6.19%) C++
8 44 (4.00%) Perl
9 38 (3.46%) Ruby
10 30 (2.73%) Bash Shell
11 19 (1.73%) PowerShell
12 16 (1.46%) VB.NET
13 14 (1.27%) JavaScript
14 11 (1.00%) Objective-C
15 10 (0.91%) Shell Script
16 3 (0.27%) Lua
17 1 (0.091%) Go
Qualifications
1 307 (27.93%) CISSP
2 206 (18.74%) Degree
3 149 (13.56%) CISM
4 136 (12.37%) Security Cleared
5 96 (8.74%) CISA
6 95 (8.64%) CEH
7 81 (7.37%) SC Cleared
8 62 (5.64%) OSCP
9 60 (5.46%) Cisco Certification
10 42 (3.82%) CCNP
10 42 (3.82%) SSCP
11 36 (3.28%) GIAC
11 36 (3.28%) CCIE
11 36 (3.28%) OSCE
12 35 (3.18%) DV Cleared
13 30 (2.73%) GPEN
14 29 (2.64%) Microsoft Certification
15 22 (2.00%) GCIH
16 19 (1.73%) PCI QSA
17 18 (1.64%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 249 (22.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 187 (17.02%) PCI DSS
3 40 (3.64%) QA
4 32 (2.91%) COBIT
5 19 (1.73%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 19 (1.73%) ISO/IEC 17799
6 12 (1.09%) HIPAA
7 11 (1.00%) ISO 9001
8 8 (0.73%) SLA
9 2 (0.18%) WCAG
9 2 (0.18%) WAI
10 1 (0.091%) COSO
10 1 (0.091%) ARP4754
10 1 (0.091%) PMBOK
System Software
1 72 (6.55%) Active Directory
2 28 (2.55%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (1.64%) Snort
4 9 (0.82%) Hyper-V
4 9 (0.82%) vSphere
5 6 (0.55%) KVM
6 5 (0.45%) VMware ESX
7 4 (0.36%) VirtualBox
8 3 (0.27%) Apache ZooKeeper
8 3 (0.27%) Forefront TMG
8 3 (0.27%) UAG
8 3 (0.27%) Xen
8 3 (0.27%) Terminal Services
9 2 (0.18%) XenApp
9 2 (0.18%) VMware ESXi
10 1 (0.091%) vCloud
10 1 (0.091%) pfSense
10 1 (0.091%) MDaemon
10 1 (0.091%) XenServer
10 1 (0.091%) OpenSSH
Systems Management
1 61 (5.55%) Nessus
2 27 (2.46%) Nmap
3 20 (1.82%) Puppet
4 19 (1.73%) SCCM
5 17 (1.55%) FortiGate
5 17 (1.55%) Opscode Chef
6 13 (1.18%) CORE IMPACT
7 11 (1.00%) Ansible
7 11 (1.00%) Nagios
8 10 (0.91%) HP Quality Center
9 9 (0.82%) SCOM
10 5 (0.45%) ZABBIX
10 5 (0.45%) WSUS
10 5 (0.45%) HAProxy
11 4 (0.36%) McAfee ePO
11 4 (0.36%) Salt
12 3 (0.27%) Oracle Identity Management
12 3 (0.27%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
12 3 (0.27%) Vagrant
12 3 (0.27%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 124 (11.28%) Cisco
2 83 (7.55%) Microsoft
3 65 (5.91%) CheckPoint
4 53 (4.82%) Juniper
5 43 (3.91%) VMware
6 41 (3.73%) HP
7 37 (3.37%) Fortinet
8 31 (2.82%) F5
8 31 (2.82%) Splunk
9 22 (2.00%) Oracle
9 22 (2.00%) Citrix
10 20 (1.82%) McAfee
11 19 (1.73%) Sourcefire
12 17 (1.55%) Google
13 13 (1.18%) Qualys
14 12 (1.09%) Websense
15 10 (0.91%) Aruba
15 10 (0.91%) Trustwave
15 10 (0.91%) Rapid7
16 9 (0.82%) Symantec
London
LA International
Salary: £40000 - £55000 per annum + fantastic Benefits
Posted: 15 hours ago
South East
2Source Talent
Salary: £40,000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 16 hours ago
Yorkshire
The Bridge Ltd
Salary: From £50,000 to £65,000 per annum
Posted: 16 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
Sanderson
Salary: £30000 - £45000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 18 hours ago
City, London
Harris Global
Salary: £30000.00 - £55000.00 per annum + Benefits & Bonus
Posted: 18 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £28000 - £38000 per annum + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol, Avon
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £70000 - £95000 per annum + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol, Avon
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £150000 - £170000 per annum + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £18000 - £26000 per annum + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: Circa £30,000- 70,000 plus an outstanding package
Posted: Yesterday
Central London / West End
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: Circa £30,000- 70,000 plus an outstanding package
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Harrington Starr
Salary: £80000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Watford, Hertfordshire
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Posted: Yesterday
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Salary: £30000 - £65000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £49000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
TLP Consultancy Ltd.
Salary: £45000 - £55000 per annum + Excellent Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
London
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £25000 - £60000 per annum + amazing benefits
Posted: Yesterday
South West London
ETS Technical Selection Ltd
Salary: From £30,000 to £35,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: 45,000 to 55,000 + Bonus + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: 50,000 to 60,000 + Bonus + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday