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

Location
3 months to
2 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Penetration Testing
Rank 510 477 468
Rank change year-on-year
-33 -9
Permanent jobs citing Penetration Testing 430 484 473
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.40% 0.45% 0.44%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.48% 0.55% 0.55%
Number of salaries quoted 331 362 354
Average salary £52,500 £55,000 £48,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-4.54% +14.58%
90% offered a salary of more than £37,500 £35,000 £35,000
10% offered a salary of more than £75,000 £75,000 £67,500
UK excluding London average salary £50,000 £50,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year
- +17.64%

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
88683 88197 85657
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 82.84% 82.39% 80.06%
Number of salaries quoted 72219 69978 71435
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 £75,000 £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 2 March 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 2 March 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 -16 410 £52,500 -4.54% 128
London 0 182 £58,750 -6.00% 51
South East -43 80 £55,000 +10.00% 28
Yorkshire +32 39 £45,000 -10.00% 7
City of London -5 37 £67,500 +21.62% 18
North West +12 36 £52,500 +36.36% 14
East of England -1 35 £43,575 -13.71% 1
West Yorkshire +13 26 £48,750 -2.50% 4
Manchester +15 24 £57,500 +49.35% 13
Leeds +16 23 £50,000 - 4
Berkshire +1 23 £55,000 - 11
Cambridgeshire +14 20 £43,900 +41.61% 1
South West -13 18 £50,000 +31.57% 12
Cambridge +5 17 £43,450 +40.16% 1
Hampshire -23 17 £52,500 +14.13% 6
East Sussex -7 15 £47,500 - 1
Hertfordshire -6 13 £40,000 -20.79%
Surrey -10 12 £55,000 +30.95% 3
West Midlands -42 12 £47,500 -13.63% 8
South Yorkshire +6 10 £44,500 -34.07% 3
Cheshire - 10 £45,000 -
Sheffield -4 9 £44,500 -34.07% 3
Bexhill-On-Sea - 9 - -
Reading -8 8 £50,000 -9.09% 8
East Midlands +11 7 £43,000 -28.33% 4
Newbury +1 7 - - 1
Cheltenham -7 7 £58,750 +78.03% 4
Birmingham -15 7 £50,000 +11.11% 5
Gloucestershire -17 7 £58,750 +54.60% 7
Royston - 7 £31,500 -

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 March 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.

1 467 (45.16%) Information Security
2 277 (26.79%) CISSP
3 271 (26.21%) Firewall
4 264 (25.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 225 (21.76%) Windows
6 197 (19.05%) Finance
7 195 (18.86%) Linux
8 180 (17.41%) Network Security
9 171 (16.54%) Degree
10 165 (15.96%) PCI DSS
11 143 (13.83%) Management Information System
12 140 (13.54%) Risk Management
13 139 (13.44%) Security Testing
14 137 (13.25%) Cisco
15 131 (12.67%) LAN
15 131 (12.67%) Cyber Security
16 124 (11.99%) WAN
17 116 (11.22%) Security Architecture
18 113 (10.93%) Security Cleared
19 111 (10.74%) Ethical Hacking
20 109 (10.54%) Security Management
21 106 (10.25%) CISM
22 104 (10.06%) Vulnerability Assessment
23 98 (9.48%) VPN
24 96 (9.28%) ITIL
24 96 (9.28%) SIEM
25 94 (9.09%) Vulnerability Management
26 90 (8.70%) TCP/IP
27 87 (8.41%) Microsoft
28 84 (8.12%) Wireless

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 2 March 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 58 (5.61%) IIS
2 19 (1.84%) Apache
2 19 (1.84%) MS Exchange
3 12 (1.16%) Lync
4 9 (0.87%) Tomcat
5 6 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2010
5 6 (0.58%) OpenStack
5 6 (0.58%) SharePoint
5 6 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2007
6 5 (0.48%) WebSphere
6 5 (0.48%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 5 (0.48%) CMS
7 4 (0.39%) Exchange Server 2003
7 4 (0.39%) Elasticsearch
8 2 (0.19%) Oracle Coherence
8 2 (0.19%) Exchange Server 2013
9 1 (0.097%) MQSeries
Applications
1 48 (4.64%) MS Excel
2 9 (0.87%) MS Office
3 7 (0.68%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.19%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.097%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 14 (1.35%) Oracle EBS
2 4 (0.39%) Google Analytics
3 1 (0.097%) SAP CRM
3 1 (0.097%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.097%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 21 (2.03%) IaaS
2 19 (1.84%) Amazon AWS
3 12 (1.16%) SaaS
4 8 (0.77%) Microsoft Azure
4 8 (0.77%) Office 365
5 5 (0.48%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (0.19%) Amazon EC2
6 2 (0.19%) Amazon S3
6 2 (0.19%) PaaS
6 2 (0.19%) Heroku
6 2 (0.19%) Amazon SQS
6 2 (0.19%) Rackspace Cloud
6 2 (0.19%) Amazon ELB
Communications & Networking
1 271 (26.21%) Firewall
2 180 (17.41%) Network Security
3 131 (12.67%) LAN
4 124 (11.99%) WAN
5 98 (9.48%) VPN
6 90 (8.70%) TCP/IP
7 84 (8.12%) Wireless
8 63 (6.09%) Internet
9 60 (5.80%) Intrusion Detection
10 56 (5.42%) Cisco ASA
11 55 (5.32%) SSL
12 54 (5.22%) DNS
13 52 (5.03%) MPLS
14 43 (4.16%) HTTP
15 33 (3.19%) OSPF
15 33 (3.19%) HSRP
16 32 (3.09%) BGP
16 32 (3.09%) EIGRP
17 30 (2.90%) VLAN
17 30 (2.90%) VPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (3.87%) SQL Server
2 31 (3.00%) MySQL
3 14 (1.35%) Relational Database
4 9 (0.87%) NoSQL
5 6 (0.58%) Apache Cassandra
6 5 (0.48%) Big Data
6 5 (0.48%) Couchbase
6 5 (0.48%) PostgreSQL
7 4 (0.39%) Hadoop
8 2 (0.19%) Amazon RDS
8 2 (0.19%) Oracle Database
8 2 (0.19%) Data Mining
9 1 (0.097%) Oracle Reports
9 1 (0.097%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 1 (0.097%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 1 (0.097%) SQL Server 2008
9 1 (0.097%) SQL Server 2012
9 1 (0.097%) Redis
Development Applications
1 38 (3.68%) Metasploit
2 25 (2.42%) JIRA
3 11 (1.06%) Jenkins
4 9 (0.87%) Git (software)
5 8 (0.77%) LoadRunner
6 7 (0.68%) Selenium
7 6 (0.58%) QuickTest Pro
8 5 (0.48%) Cucumber
9 4 (0.39%) Visual Studio
9 4 (0.39%) Octopus Deploy
10 3 (0.29%) Selenium IDE
11 2 (0.19%) Bitbucket
11 2 (0.19%) Team Foundation Server
11 2 (0.19%) Mercurial
11 2 (0.19%) WebDriver
11 2 (0.19%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 1 (0.097%) AppScan
12 1 (0.097%) Oracle Forms
12 1 (0.097%) Ant
General
1 197 (19.05%) Finance
2 44 (4.26%) Telecoms
3 40 (3.87%) Banking
4 31 (3.00%) Retail
5 25 (2.42%) Marketing
6 20 (1.93%) Advertising
7 18 (1.74%) Games
8 15 (1.45%) Aerospace
9 13 (1.26%) Legal
10 11 (1.06%) Law
11 10 (0.97%) Back Office
12 7 (0.68%) Financial Institution
13 3 (0.29%) Manufacturing
13 3 (0.29%) French Language
13 3 (0.29%) Retail Banking
14 2 (0.19%) Local Government
14 2 (0.19%) Military
15 1 (0.097%) Avionics
15 1 (0.097%) Pharmaceutical
15 1 (0.097%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 214 (20.70%) Tester
2 195 (18.86%) Penetration Tester
3 184 (17.79%) Consultant
4 163 (15.76%) Analyst
5 143 (13.83%) Security Consultant
6 126 (12.19%) Security Analyst
7 83 (8.03%) Security Engineer
8 79 (7.64%) Security Manager
9 61 (5.90%) Network Engineer
10 48 (4.64%) Architect
11 43 (4.16%) IT Consultant
12 40 (3.87%) IT Security Consultant
13 39 (3.77%) Ethical Hacker
14 38 (3.68%) IT Security Analyst
15 37 (3.58%) Security Architect
16 36 (3.48%) Security Specialist
17 33 (3.19%) Senior Tester
18 30 (2.90%) Administrator
18 30 (2.90%) Security Tester
19 26 (2.51%) Senior Penetration Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 46 (4.45%) .NET
2 29 (2.80%) Web Services
3 26 (2.51%) REST
4 17 (1.64%) Middleware
5 16 (1.55%) HTML
6 14 (1.35%) CSS
6 14 (1.35%) SAML
7 13 (1.26%) OAuth
7 13 (1.26%) SailPoint
8 12 (1.16%) SOAP
9 11 (1.06%) JSON
10 10 (0.97%) XML
10 10 (0.97%) RabbitMQ
11 7 (0.68%) ASP.NET
11 7 (0.68%) HTML5
12 6 (0.58%) .NET Framework
12 6 (0.58%) JSP
13 5 (0.48%) LAMP
13 5 (0.48%) WCF
13 5 (0.48%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 143 (13.83%) Management Information System
2 67 (6.48%) Computer Science
3 48 (4.64%) Analytical Skills
4 46 (4.45%) Cryptography
5 38 (3.68%) Mobile App
6 29 (2.80%) Mathematics
7 25 (2.42%) Embedded Systems
8 20 (1.93%) PKI
9 17 (1.64%) Clustering
10 16 (1.55%) CESG
11 13 (1.26%) Blackberry
11 13 (1.26%) Performance Metrics
12 12 (1.16%) Open Source
13 11 (1.06%) Client/Server
13 11 (1.06%) Data Protection Act
14 10 (0.97%) Inversion of Control
14 10 (0.97%) Hedge funds
15 9 (0.87%) SCADA
16 7 (0.68%) Algorithms
17 6 (0.58%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 225 (21.76%) Windows
2 195 (18.86%) Linux
3 79 (7.64%) UNIX
4 25 (2.42%) Solaris
5 21 (2.03%) Windows Server 2008
6 17 (1.64%) Windows Server 2012
7 12 (1.16%) Android
8 11 (1.06%) Apple iOS
9 8 (0.77%) Windows Server 2003
10 7 (0.68%) Windows 7
10 7 (0.68%) Windows 8
11 6 (0.58%) CentOS
11 6 (0.58%) Windows XP
11 6 (0.58%) Mac OS X
12 5 (0.48%) Debian
13 4 (0.39%) AIX
13 4 (0.39%) Windows 2000 Server
13 4 (0.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 2 (0.19%) Ubuntu
14 2 (0.19%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 467 (45.16%) Information Security
2 140 (13.54%) Risk Management
3 139 (13.44%) Security Testing
4 131 (12.67%) Cyber Security
5 116 (11.22%) Security Architecture
6 111 (10.74%) Ethical Hacking
7 109 (10.54%) Security Management
8 104 (10.06%) Vulnerability Assessment
9 96 (9.28%) ITIL
9 96 (9.28%) SIEM
10 94 (9.09%) Vulnerability Management
11 77 (7.45%) Agile Software Development
12 69 (6.67%) Stakeholder Management
13 64 (6.19%) OWASP
14 58 (5.61%) Incident Management
15 52 (5.03%) Disaster Recovery
15 52 (5.03%) Project Management
16 47 (4.55%) Data Protection
17 46 (4.45%) Risk Assessment
18 44 (4.26%) Line Management
Programming Languages
1 80 (7.74%) Python
2 74 (7.16%) Java
3 61 (5.90%) SQL
4 60 (5.80%) C
5 43 (4.16%) C#
6 33 (3.19%) PHP
7 32 (3.09%) C++
8 25 (2.42%) Perl
9 21 (2.03%) Shell Script
10 20 (1.93%) Bash Shell
11 19 (1.84%) Ruby
12 14 (1.35%) PowerShell
13 8 (0.77%) JavaScript
14 2 (0.19%) Objective-C
15 1 (0.097%) Golang
15 1 (0.097%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 277 (26.79%) CISSP
2 171 (16.54%) Degree
3 113 (10.93%) Security Cleared
4 106 (10.25%) CISM
5 80 (7.74%) Cisco Certification
6 74 (7.16%) CISA
6 74 (7.16%) CEH
7 71 (6.87%) OSCP
8 65 (6.29%) SC Cleared
9 57 (5.51%) PCI QSA
10 45 (4.35%) CCNP
11 44 (4.26%) GIAC
12 43 (4.16%) OSCE
13 42 (4.06%) CCNA
14 25 (2.42%) GCIH
14 25 (2.42%) DV Cleared
15 21 (2.03%) Microsoft Certification
16 20 (1.93%) CCIE
17 18 (1.74%) GCFA
18 17 (1.64%) CRISC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 264 (25.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 165 (15.96%) PCI DSS
3 33 (3.19%) COBIT
3 33 (3.19%) QA
4 24 (2.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 23 (2.22%) ISO/IEC 17799
6 16 (1.55%) SLA
7 7 (0.68%) PMBOK
8 5 (0.48%) JSP 440
8 5 (0.48%) HIPAA
9 2 (0.19%) ISO 9001
10 1 (0.097%) 21 CFR Part 11
10 1 (0.097%) GAMP
10 1 (0.097%) CESG Infosec
10 1 (0.097%) ARP4754
System Software
1 49 (4.74%) Active Directory
2 45 (4.35%) VMware Infrastructure
3 30 (2.90%) Snort
4 19 (1.84%) Nmap
5 10 (0.97%) Hyper-V
5 10 (0.97%) VMware ESXi
6 8 (0.77%) Xen
7 7 (0.68%) vSphere
8 6 (0.58%) VMware ESX
8 6 (0.58%) DFS Replication
8 6 (0.58%) Apache ZooKeeper
9 4 (0.39%) KVM
9 4 (0.39%) XenServer
9 4 (0.39%) XenDesktop
10 3 (0.29%) Forefront TMG
10 3 (0.29%) UAG
11 1 (0.097%) LXC
11 1 (0.097%) VirtualBox
11 1 (0.097%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 48 (4.64%) Nessus
2 21 (2.03%) Opscode Chef
3 17 (1.64%) Puppet
4 16 (1.55%) Nagios
5 14 (1.35%) CORE IMPACT
6 10 (0.97%) HAProxy
7 6 (0.58%) HP Quality Center
7 6 (0.58%) McAfee ePO
7 6 (0.58%) ZABBIX
7 6 (0.58%) SCCM
8 5 (0.48%) Graphite
8 5 (0.48%) Ansible
9 4 (0.39%) logstash
9 4 (0.39%) Salt
9 4 (0.39%) WSUS
10 2 (0.19%) CFEngine
11 1 (0.097%) Webmin
11 1 (0.097%) XenMobile
11 1 (0.097%) collectd
11 1 (0.097%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 137 (13.25%) Cisco
2 87 (8.41%) Microsoft
3 61 (5.90%) VMware
4 52 (5.03%) CheckPoint
5 47 (4.55%) Juniper
6 39 (3.77%) Oracle
7 38 (3.68%) HP
8 30 (2.90%) Citrix
9 27 (2.61%) F5
10 16 (1.55%) Splunk
11 15 (1.45%) Websense
11 15 (1.45%) Sourcefire
12 14 (1.35%) McAfee
13 12 (1.16%) Apple
13 12 (1.16%) IBM
14 10 (0.97%) LogRhythm
15 9 (0.87%) Qualys
16 8 (0.77%) ArcSight
16 8 (0.77%) EMC
17 7 (0.68%) Fortinet
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FT Select
Salary: From £30,000 to £35,000 per annum plus benefits
Posted: 11 hours ago
City, London
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: 40,000 to 60,000 + Benefits
Posted: 12 hours ago
London
Zorba Consulting Limited
Salary: From £48,000 to £55,000 per annum + bonus + benefits
Posted: 17 hours ago
South West London
Premier IT
Salary: £24000 - £26000 per annum
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London
Ashdown IT
Salary: £50000 - £60000 per annum
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London
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Salary: From £60,000 to £80,000 per annum £60,000 to £60,000 (depending on exp
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London
2Source Talent
Salary: From £35,000 to £75,000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus
Posted: 3 days ago
UK
E-synergy Solutions
Salary: £55000 - £85000 per annum + + Travel + Expenses + Benefits
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CPS Group UK
Salary: £35000 - £45000 per annum + 20% bonus, pension, flexi-time
Posted: 3 days ago
Swindon, Wiltshire
CPS Group UK
Salary: £40000 - £52000 per annum + 20% bonus, pension, flexi-time
Posted: 3 days ago
UK
CPS Group UK
Salary: £45000 - £70000 per annum + great benefits
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City, London
Harrington Starr
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City, London
Talent International
Salary: £55000 - £70000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Harrington Starr
Salary: £50000 - £80000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
LA International
Salary: £40000 - £50000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Harris Global
Salary: Benifits + Bonus
Posted: 4 days ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Harris Global
Salary: Benifits + Bonus
Posted: 4 days ago
South East
Acumin
Salary: Up to £55,000 per annum
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