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 19 September 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Penetration Testing
Rank 456 500 538
Rank change year-on-year
+44 +38
Permanent jobs citing Penetration Testing 552 426 401
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.48% 0.40% 0.35%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.59% 0.49% 0.44%
Number of salaries quoted 452 300 324
Average salary £50,000 £55,000 £45,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-9.09% +22.22%
90% offered a salary of more than £31,500 £32,500 £29,000
10% offered a salary of more than £72,500 £72,500 £70,000
UK excluding London average salary £45,000 £50,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
-10.00% +25.00%

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
93849 86638 91621
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 81.98% 81.20% 79.06%
Number of salaries quoted 74909 71197 77439
Average salary £47,500 £47,500 £46,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +3.26%
90% offered a salary of more than £30,500 £30,000 £30,000
10% offered a salary of more than £72,500 £72,500 £72,500
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £41,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+2.40% +3.75%

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 19 September 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 19 September 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 +38 525 £50,000 -5.66% 59
London +60 248 £60,000 +4.34% 33
South East -64 112 £45,000 +7.14% 12
City of London +17 42 £65,000 +4.00% 14
North West -5 40 £60,000 +4.34% 3
Hampshire -49 37 £44,500 -19.09% 3
South West -26 35 £45,000 -11.76% 8
Berkshire -6 33 £80,000 +100.00% 4
East of England - 30 £45,000 - 1
Manchester +13 26 £47,500 -25.49% 2
Surrey +2 26 £45,000 +7.14% 4
Yorkshire -22 26 £35,750 -20.55% 2
Southampton +25 25 £42,500 +21.42% 2
Gloucestershire +11 21 £45,000 +12.50% 5
West Midlands -2 17 £29,750 -40.50%
West Yorkshire -21 17 £35,000 -22.22% 2
Newbury +12 15 £27,500 -26.66%
Kent +7 14 £45,000 +38.46%
Cheshire -9 14 £60,000 +4.34% 1
Cheltenham +2 13 £50,000 +25.00% 4
Bromley 0 13 £47,500 -13.63%
Basingstoke -23 11 £44,500 -6.31% 1
Ipswich - 11 £55,000 -
Suffolk - 11 £55,000 -
Leeds -22 10 £37,500 -16.66%
Maidenhead - 10 £81,250 - 1
Scotland -13 8 £39,000 +4.69%
Reading -13 7 £50,000 +28.20% 1
Bradford - 7 £35,000 -
North Yorkshire -16 6 £38,000 -35.86%

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 September 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.

1 467 (44.18%) Information Security
2 307 (29.04%) Finance
3 294 (27.81%) CISSP
4 277 (26.21%) Windows
5 254 (24.03%) Firewall
6 231 (21.85%) Linux
7 217 (20.53%) PCI DSS
8 214 (20.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 208 (19.68%) Degree
10 195 (18.45%) Vulnerability Assessment
11 185 (17.50%) Security Testing
12 181 (17.12%) Ethical Hacking
13 173 (16.37%) CEH
14 164 (15.52%) Network Security
15 149 (14.10%) Security Cleared
16 148 (14.00%) Management Information System
17 147 (13.91%) Microsoft
18 140 (13.25%) ITIL
19 137 (12.96%) SIEM
20 136 (12.87%) Risk Management
21 117 (11.07%) UNIX
22 105 (9.93%) Cyber Security
23 102 (9.65%) SQL
23 102 (9.65%) WAN
24 101 (9.56%) Intrusion Detection
25 100 (9.46%) LAN
26 97 (9.18%) CISM
27 95 (8.99%) Java
28 94 (8.89%) .NET
28 94 (8.89%) SC Cleared

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 29 (2.74%) IIS
2 24 (2.27%) SharePoint
3 14 (1.32%) Apache
4 10 (0.95%) MS Exchange
4 10 (0.95%) Oracle Coherence
5 9 (0.85%) Lync
6 7 (0.66%) Tomcat
7 4 (0.38%) nginx
8 3 (0.28%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 2 (0.19%) ArcGIS
9 2 (0.19%) Exchange Server 2003
9 2 (0.19%) SharePoint Server
9 2 (0.19%) WebSphere
9 2 (0.19%) OpenStack
9 2 (0.19%) WordPress
9 2 (0.19%) Cloud Foundry
10 1 (0.095%) CloudStack
10 1 (0.095%) SharePoint 2010
10 1 (0.095%) Drupal
10 1 (0.095%) GroupWise
Applications
1 83 (7.85%) MS Excel
2 43 (4.07%) MS Office
3 15 (1.42%) MS PowerPoint
4 9 (0.85%) MS Visio
5 7 (0.66%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 12 (1.14%) assyst
2 6 (0.57%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (0.19%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.095%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.095%) SAP CRM
4 1 (0.095%) Temenos T24
4 1 (0.095%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 27 (2.55%) SaaS
2 17 (1.61%) Amazon AWS
3 9 (0.85%) Office 365
4 4 (0.38%) Microsoft Azure
4 4 (0.38%) Cloud Computing
5 2 (0.19%) PaaS
5 2 (0.19%) Heroku
5 2 (0.19%) IaaS
6 1 (0.095%) Amazon ELB
6 1 (0.095%) ElastiCache
6 1 (0.095%) Amazon ElastiCache
6 1 (0.095%) Amazon SQS
6 1 (0.095%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.095%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 254 (24.03%) Firewall
2 164 (15.52%) Network Security
3 102 (9.65%) WAN
4 101 (9.56%) Intrusion Detection
5 100 (9.46%) LAN
6 87 (8.23%) VPN
7 79 (7.47%) Wireless
8 75 (7.10%) TCP/IP
9 69 (6.53%) Internet
10 42 (3.97%) DNS
11 41 (3.88%) Wireshark
12 38 (3.60%) VoIP
13 27 (2.55%) SAN
14 23 (2.18%) Wireless Security
14 23 (2.18%) Cisco ASA
15 21 (1.99%) SSL
15 21 (1.99%) HTTP
16 17 (1.61%) NAS
17 16 (1.51%) DHCP
17 16 (1.51%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 37 (3.50%) SQL Server
2 21 (1.99%) MySQL
3 15 (1.42%) Relational Database
4 11 (1.04%) Oracle Database
5 7 (0.66%) NoSQL
5 7 (0.66%) Big Data
6 6 (0.57%) Hadoop
7 3 (0.28%) PostgreSQL
8 2 (0.19%) MongoDB
8 2 (0.19%) Amazon RDS
9 1 (0.095%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 1 (0.095%) Apache Cassandra
9 1 (0.095%) DB2
9 1 (0.095%) RDBMS
9 1 (0.095%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 41 (3.88%) Metasploit
2 19 (1.80%) LoadRunner
3 17 (1.61%) JIRA
4 15 (1.42%) Selenium
5 14 (1.32%) Cucumber
6 12 (1.14%) Git (software)
7 8 (0.76%) QuickTest Pro
7 8 (0.76%) Selenium IDE
8 6 (0.57%) AppScan
9 5 (0.47%) WebDriver
10 4 (0.38%) Subversion
11 3 (0.28%) Visual Studio
12 2 (0.19%) JUnit
13 1 (0.095%) QADirector
13 1 (0.095%) Team Foundation Server
13 1 (0.095%) Mercurial
13 1 (0.095%) TestNG
13 1 (0.095%) GDB
13 1 (0.095%) SoapUI
13 1 (0.095%) Capybara
General
1 307 (29.04%) Finance
2 40 (3.78%) Legal
3 36 (3.41%) Retail
4 34 (3.22%) Games
5 32 (3.03%) Banking
6 27 (2.55%) Law
7 22 (2.08%) Telecoms
8 19 (1.80%) Advertising
9 17 (1.61%) Marketing
10 9 (0.85%) Military
10 9 (0.85%) Financial Institution
11 7 (0.66%) Electronics
12 4 (0.38%) Pharmaceutical
13 3 (0.28%) Local Government
14 2 (0.19%) Manufacturing
14 2 (0.19%) Aerospace
14 2 (0.19%) Automotive
14 2 (0.19%) Arabic Language
15 1 (0.095%) French Language
15 1 (0.095%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 290 (27.44%) Analyst
2 263 (24.88%) Security Analyst
3 240 (22.71%) Tester
4 218 (20.62%) Penetration Tester
5 211 (19.96%) Consultant
6 149 (14.10%) Security Consultant
7 88 (8.33%) Information Analyst
8 87 (8.23%) Information Security Analyst
9 80 (7.57%) IT Security Analyst
10 62 (5.87%) Security Specialist
11 55 (5.20%) Security Tester
12 40 (3.78%) Security Manager
12 40 (3.78%) Architect
13 38 (3.60%) Testing Consultant
14 36 (3.41%) IT Consultant
15 35 (3.31%) Security Engineer
16 34 (3.22%) Penetration Test Consultant
17 33 (3.12%) Team Leader
18 32 (3.03%) IT Security Consultant
19 30 (2.84%) Junior
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 94 (8.89%) .NET
2 36 (3.41%) Web Services
3 33 (3.12%) ASP.NET
4 14 (1.32%) Middleware
5 12 (1.14%) SailPoint
5 12 (1.14%) Ajax
6 11 (1.04%) Gherkin
7 10 (0.95%) Spring
7 10 (0.95%) Java SE
7 10 (0.95%) JMS
8 8 (0.76%) XML
9 7 (0.66%) HTML
10 4 (0.38%) WSDL
10 4 (0.38%) LAMP
11 3 (0.28%) OAuth
11 3 (0.28%) OpenID
11 3 (0.28%) REST
11 3 (0.28%) SAML
11 3 (0.28%) JSON
12 2 (0.19%) WSH
Miscellaneous
1 148 (14.00%) Management Information System
2 73 (6.91%) Analytical Skills
3 51 (4.82%) Computer Science
4 43 (4.07%) Mobile App
5 33 (3.12%) PKI
6 27 (2.55%) Open Source
7 25 (2.37%) Cryptography
8 17 (1.61%) Mathematics
8 17 (1.61%) Online Games
9 15 (1.42%) Clustering
10 10 (0.95%) Data Protection Act
10 10 (0.95%) Blackberry
11 9 (0.85%) SCADA
11 9 (0.85%) CESG
12 7 (0.66%) Embedded Systems
13 6 (0.57%) iPhone
14 5 (0.47%) iPad
14 5 (0.47%) Replication
15 4 (0.38%) CMDB
15 4 (0.38%) AS400
Operating Systems
1 277 (26.21%) Windows
2 231 (21.85%) Linux
3 117 (11.07%) UNIX
4 26 (2.46%) Solaris
5 24 (2.27%) Android
6 22 (2.08%) Apple iOS
7 19 (1.80%) Windows Server 2008
8 18 (1.70%) CentOS
9 15 (1.42%) Windows Server 2003
10 14 (1.32%) Debian
10 14 (1.32%) Ubuntu
10 14 (1.32%) AIX
11 12 (1.14%) Windows Phone
12 10 (0.95%) Windows XP
13 8 (0.76%) Windows 7
14 7 (0.66%) Windows Server 2012
15 5 (0.47%) Mac OS X
16 4 (0.38%) OS/390
17 3 (0.28%) Windows 2000 Server
17 3 (0.28%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 467 (44.18%) Information Security
2 195 (18.45%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 185 (17.50%) Security Testing
4 181 (17.12%) Ethical Hacking
5 140 (13.25%) ITIL
6 137 (12.96%) SIEM
7 136 (12.87%) Risk Management
8 105 (9.93%) Cyber Security
9 90 (8.51%) Project Management
10 84 (7.95%) Vulnerability Management
11 78 (7.38%) Security Management
12 72 (6.81%) Incident Management
13 70 (6.62%) E-Commerce
14 63 (5.96%) Change Management
15 60 (5.68%) Agile Software Development
16 54 (5.11%) Stakeholder Management
17 51 (4.82%) Risk Assessment
18 49 (4.64%) PRINCE2
18 49 (4.64%) Security Architecture
19 48 (4.54%) Kalman Filter
Programming Languages
1 102 (9.65%) SQL
2 95 (8.99%) Java
3 77 (7.28%) C
4 74 (7.00%) Python
5 66 (6.24%) PHP
6 59 (5.58%) C++
7 42 (3.97%) Ruby
8 35 (3.31%) Shell Script
9 33 (3.12%) Perl
10 24 (2.27%) C#
11 22 (2.08%) Objective-C
12 19 (1.80%) T-SQL
13 10 (0.95%) Bash Shell
14 7 (0.66%) VB.NET
15 6 (0.57%) PowerShell
15 6 (0.57%) VB
16 4 (0.38%) JavaScript
17 1 (0.095%) Assembly Language
Qualifications
1 294 (27.81%) CISSP
2 208 (19.68%) Degree
3 173 (16.37%) CEH
4 149 (14.10%) Security Cleared
5 97 (9.18%) CISM
6 94 (8.89%) SC Cleared
7 85 (8.04%) CISA
8 69 (6.53%) GIAC
9 66 (6.24%) OSCP
10 53 (5.01%) PCI QSA
11 51 (4.82%) Cisco Certification
12 48 (4.54%) Microsoft Certification
12 48 (4.54%) GPEN
13 42 (3.97%) MCSE
14 39 (3.69%) DV Cleared
15 36 (3.41%) ISEB
16 35 (3.31%) CCNA
17 27 (2.55%) CISMP
18 24 (2.27%) OSCE
19 21 (1.99%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 217 (20.53%) PCI DSS
2 214 (20.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 41 (3.88%) COBIT
4 38 (3.60%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 34 (3.22%) QA
6 11 (1.04%) ISO/IEC 17799
6 11 (1.04%) SLA
7 9 (0.85%) BS7799
8 4 (0.38%) ISO 9001
9 3 (0.28%) HIPAA
10 1 (0.095%) GPG13
10 1 (0.095%) JTAG
10 1 (0.095%) ISO 14001
10 1 (0.095%) WCAG
System Software
1 71 (6.72%) Active Directory
2 40 (3.78%) VMware Infrastructure
3 28 (2.65%) Snort
4 25 (2.37%) Hyper-V
5 22 (2.08%) Nmap
6 10 (0.95%) XenApp
7 8 (0.76%) Forefront TMG
7 8 (0.76%) UAG
8 5 (0.47%) XenDesktop
9 3 (0.28%) vSphere
10 2 (0.19%) Terminal Server
11 1 (0.095%) VMware Server
11 1 (0.095%) KVM
Systems Management
1 34 (3.22%) Nessus
2 12 (1.14%) WSUS
3 11 (1.04%) CORE IMPACT
4 7 (0.66%) Puppet
5 6 (0.57%) HP Quality Center
6 5 (0.47%) ZABBIX
7 4 (0.38%) WebInspect
8 3 (0.28%) OSSEC
8 3 (0.28%) Red Hat Spacewalk
9 2 (0.19%) Tivoli
9 2 (0.19%) Opscode Chef
10 1 (0.095%) XenMobile
10 1 (0.095%) Ansible
10 1 (0.095%) logstash
10 1 (0.095%) Nagios
10 1 (0.095%) Norton AntiVirus
10 1 (0.095%) WMI
10 1 (0.095%) SolarWinds Orion
10 1 (0.095%) SCCM
10 1 (0.095%) SCOM
Vendors
1 147 (13.91%) Microsoft
2 70 (6.62%) Cisco
3 50 (4.73%) VMware
4 38 (3.60%) Oracle
5 34 (3.22%) Qualys
6 28 (2.65%) Citrix
7 25 (2.37%) Juniper
8 22 (2.08%) CheckPoint
8 22 (2.08%) HP
9 18 (1.70%) IBM
10 13 (1.23%) LogRhythm
11 12 (1.14%) NetApp
12 11 (1.04%) McAfee
12 11 (1.04%) Sourcefire
13 10 (0.95%) Red Hat
14 9 (0.85%) CA
14 9 (0.85%) Dell
14 9 (0.85%) EMC
14 9 (0.85%) F5
14 9 (0.85%) Splunk
London
FIRST POINT IT RESOURCING
Salary: £35000 per annum
Posted: 8 hours ago
City, London
Hays Finance Technology
Salary: £80000.00 - £110000.00 per annum + bonus
Posted: 9 hours ago
London
2Source Talent
Salary: Up to £75,000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 10 hours ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Novate IT Ltd
Salary: £45000 to £50000 per annum - benefits
Posted: 10 hours ago
London
NST Ltd
Salary: Up to £35,000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 13 hours ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
set2recruit
Salary: From £60,000 to £70,000 per annum + Bonus and Benefits
Posted: 17 hours ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Salary: £50000 - £75000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
London
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Salary: £50000 - £75000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: From £50,000 to £75,000 per annum plus competitive package
Posted: Yesterday
London
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Salary: £60000 - £80000 per annum + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
London
Moonpig.com
Salary: Attractive Basic + Bonus + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
London
Clear Edge Consulting
Salary: From £53,000 to £60,000 per annum Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: 65000 - 75000
Posted: 2 days ago
Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
Dixons Retail
Salary: Competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
World Pay
Salary: Competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Talent International
Salary: £50000 - £85000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Connectus
Salary: £35000 - £40000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: From £35,000 to £65,000 per annum plus outstanding package
Posted: 2 days ago
North London
Spencer Rose
Salary: From £25,000 to £35,000 per annum training and certifications offered
Posted: 2 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Bright Executive Recruitment
Salary: £40000 - £60000 per annum + annual bonus
Posted: 3 days ago