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

Location
3 months to
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Penetration Testing
Rank 418 489 463
Rank change year-on-year
+71 -26
Permanent jobs citing Penetration Testing 621 523 516
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.57% 0.45% 0.47%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.67% 0.54% 0.59%
Number of salaries quoted 484 420 328
Average salary £50,000 £49,500 £45,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+1.01% +10.00%
90% offered a salary of more than £35,000 £27,500 £32,500
10% offered a salary of more than £75,000 £72,500 £74,500
UK excluding London average salary £45,000 £43,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+3.44% +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
92903 96809 88106
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 84.83% 82.75% 81.03%
Number of salaries quoted 76050 77958 72052
Average salary £50,000 £48,000 £47,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+4.16% +2.12%
90% offered a salary of more than £32,500 £31,500 £30,000
10% offered a salary of more than £75,000 £72,500 £72,500
UK excluding London average salary £45,000 £42,500 £40,995
% change year-on-year
+5.88% +3.67%

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 31 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 31 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 +52 585 £50,000 - 168
London +60 258 £55,000 -4.34% 41
South East +26 132 £50,000 +11.11% 37
Yorkshire +46 67 £37,500 +7.14% 19
City of London +28 52 £52,500 -8.69% 13
North West -12 36 £55,000 +15.78% 15
East of England +18 33 £47,500 +5.55% 14
Surrey +15 32 £55,000 +22.22% 6
West Yorkshire +18 29 £41,500 +18.57% 12
Berkshire +1 27 £55,000 +100.00% 11
South West -21 26 £47,500 +25.00% 28
North Yorkshire - 25 £37,500 -
Cheshire +11 23 £65,000 +8.33% 2
Oxfordshire - 21 £38,250 - 1
Leeds +26 19 £42,500 +21.42% 8
Cambridgeshire +28 17 £53,272 +121.96% 3
Cambridge +25 17 £53,272 - 2
Slough +9 17 £52,500 +87.50%
Gloucestershire -13 16 £50,000 +20.48% 12
Guildford +15 14 £55,000 +4.76% 3
West Sussex +15 13 £45,000 +1.69% 1
East Midlands +2 13 £40,000 -36.00% 3
Hampshire -2 13 £52,500 +15.38% 11
West Midlands -22 13 £55,000 +139.13% 9
Manchester -13 12 £45,750 +30.71% 11
Kent +8 11 £32,500 +4.00%
Birmingham 0 10 £56,250 +26.40% 6
Cheltenham -3 10 £50,000 -23.07% 6
South Yorkshire - 10 £44,500 - 3
Nottinghamshire - 10 £40,000 -

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 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.

1 576 (48.90%) Information Security
2 360 (30.56%) Firewall
3 326 (27.67%) CISSP
4 283 (24.02%) Finance
5 262 (22.24%) Windows
6 261 (22.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 219 (18.59%) Degree
8 211 (17.91%) Network Security
9 201 (17.06%) Cyber Security
10 198 (16.81%) Linux
11 197 (16.72%) Management Information System
12 194 (16.47%) PCI DSS
13 180 (15.28%) Vulnerability Assessment
14 165 (14.01%) SIEM
15 162 (13.75%) Security Testing
15 162 (13.75%) CISM
16 157 (13.33%) Security Cleared
17 149 (12.65%) Wireless
17 149 (12.65%) Ethical Hacking
18 148 (12.56%) ITIL
19 131 (11.12%) Cisco
20 127 (10.78%) Risk Management
21 121 (10.27%) Java
22 118 (10.02%) LAN
23 115 (9.76%) CEH
24 110 (9.34%) TCP/IP
25 109 (9.25%) C
26 108 (9.17%) Vulnerability Management
27 104 (8.83%) SQL
27 104 (8.83%) WAN

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 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 22 (1.87%) IIS
2 17 (1.44%) MS Exchange
2 17 (1.44%) CMS
3 13 (1.10%) Apache
3 13 (1.10%) SharePoint
4 7 (0.59%) Node.js
5 6 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2010
6 5 (0.42%) OpenStack
7 4 (0.34%) Exchange Server 2013
8 3 (0.25%) Lync
8 3 (0.25%) WordPress
8 3 (0.25%) Sitecore CMS
8 3 (0.25%) Drupal
8 3 (0.25%) SharePoint Server
8 3 (0.25%) WebSphere
9 2 (0.17%) Umbraco
9 2 (0.17%) SharePoint 2013
10 1 (0.085%) Eucalyptus
10 1 (0.085%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 45 (3.82%) MS Excel
2 25 (2.12%) MS Office
3 10 (0.85%) MS Visio
4 5 (0.42%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.085%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 5 (0.42%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 3 (0.25%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (0.17%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.085%) Teamcenter
4 1 (0.085%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 31 (2.63%) Cloud Computing
2 24 (2.04%) Amazon AWS
3 16 (1.36%) SaaS
4 13 (1.10%) IaaS
5 12 (1.02%) Office 365
5 12 (1.02%) Google Analytics
6 8 (0.68%) Microsoft Azure
7 5 (0.42%) Trello
7 5 (0.42%) GitHub
8 3 (0.25%) Basecamp
9 1 (0.085%) Nimbula
9 1 (0.085%) Mimecast
9 1 (0.085%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 360 (30.56%) Firewall
2 211 (17.91%) Network Security
3 149 (12.65%) Wireless
4 118 (10.02%) LAN
5 110 (9.34%) TCP/IP
6 104 (8.83%) WAN
7 99 (8.40%) Intrusion Detection
8 86 (7.30%) VPN
9 72 (6.11%) Internet
10 59 (5.01%) Cisco ASA
11 55 (4.67%) Wireless Security
12 46 (3.90%) DNS
13 40 (3.40%) SSL
14 35 (2.97%) VLAN
15 30 (2.55%) Wireshark
15 30 (2.55%) HTTP
16 24 (2.04%) MPLS
17 22 (1.87%) DHCP
17 22 (1.87%) VoIP
18 21 (1.78%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (1.27%) SQL Server
2 14 (1.19%) MySQL
3 11 (0.93%) Relational Database
4 7 (0.59%) Data Mining
5 5 (0.42%) MongoDB
5 5 (0.42%) Big Data
6 4 (0.34%) NoSQL
7 3 (0.25%) Couchbase
7 3 (0.25%) Hadoop
8 2 (0.17%) Oracle Database 11g
8 2 (0.17%) SQL Server 2008
8 2 (0.17%) Oracle Database
8 2 (0.17%) SQL Server 2012
8 2 (0.17%) Apache Cassandra
9 1 (0.085%) RDBMS
9 1 (0.085%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 1 (0.085%) Oracle Reports
9 1 (0.085%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 79 (6.71%) Metasploit
2 26 (2.21%) JIRA
3 11 (0.93%) Team Foundation Server
4 9 (0.76%) Git (software)
5 6 (0.51%) Bugzilla
6 5 (0.42%) Subversion
6 5 (0.42%) LoadRunner
6 5 (0.42%) Selenium
6 5 (0.42%) Jenkins
6 5 (0.42%) Octopus Deploy
7 4 (0.34%) JMeter
8 3 (0.25%) JBehave
8 3 (0.25%) Redmine
8 3 (0.25%) Bitbucket
8 3 (0.25%) Grunt
8 3 (0.25%) webpack
8 3 (0.25%) gulp
8 3 (0.25%) Bower
9 2 (0.17%) TestNG
9 2 (0.17%) TeamCity
General
1 283 (24.02%) Finance
2 101 (8.57%) Banking
3 47 (3.99%) Telecoms
4 42 (3.57%) Marketing
5 31 (2.63%) Retail
6 26 (2.21%) Legal
7 20 (1.70%) Investment Banking
8 17 (1.44%) Financial Institution
9 12 (1.02%) Law
10 10 (0.85%) Back Office
10 10 (0.85%) Manufacturing
10 10 (0.85%) Advertising
11 9 (0.76%) French Language
11 9 (0.76%) German Language
12 8 (0.68%) Games
13 7 (0.59%) Multimedia
13 7 (0.59%) Private Banking
14 5 (0.42%) Electronics
14 5 (0.42%) Aerospace
15 3 (0.25%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 276 (23.43%) Analyst
2 221 (18.76%) Security Analyst
3 173 (14.69%) Tester
3 173 (14.69%) Consultant
4 168 (14.26%) Penetration Tester
5 134 (11.38%) Security Engineer
6 117 (9.93%) Security Consultant
7 89 (7.56%) Security Manager
8 71 (6.03%) Network Engineer
9 55 (4.67%) Network Security Engineer
9 55 (4.67%) Architect
10 52 (4.41%) Security Architect
11 49 (4.16%) Team Leader
12 47 (3.99%) Security Specialist
13 41 (3.48%) Information Security Analyst
13 41 (3.48%) Information Analyst
14 36 (3.06%) Senior Analyst
14 36 (3.06%) IT Security Analyst
15 35 (2.97%) Senior Consultant
15 35 (2.97%) Security Officer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 65 (5.52%) .NET
2 28 (2.38%) Web Services
3 24 (2.04%) ASP.NET
4 22 (1.87%) HTML
4 22 (1.87%) 802.1X
5 17 (1.44%) REST
6 14 (1.19%) CSS
7 12 (1.02%) XML
8 10 (0.85%) SOAP
8 10 (0.85%) OAuth
9 9 (0.76%) HTML5
10 8 (0.68%) Ajax
10 8 (0.68%) JSON
11 7 (0.59%) SAML
12 6 (0.51%) jQuery
13 5 (0.42%) Ruby on Rails
13 5 (0.42%) LAMP
14 4 (0.34%) Django
14 4 (0.34%) Pylons
14 4 (0.34%) web2py
Miscellaneous
1 197 (16.72%) Management Information System
2 92 (7.81%) Analytical Skills
3 81 (6.88%) Computer Science
4 72 (6.11%) Mobile App
5 60 (5.09%) Data Centre
6 56 (4.75%) Cryptography
7 42 (3.57%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 41 (3.48%) PKI
9 27 (2.29%) CESG
10 19 (1.61%) Mathematics
10 19 (1.61%) User Experience
11 16 (1.36%) Blog
12 9 (0.76%) Visualisation
13 7 (0.59%) Data Protection Act
13 7 (0.59%) DTV
13 7 (0.59%) Client/Server
13 7 (0.59%) Embedded Systems
14 6 (0.51%) Algorithms
14 6 (0.51%) BYOD
14 6 (0.51%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 262 (22.24%) Windows
2 198 (16.81%) Linux
3 88 (7.47%) UNIX
4 22 (1.87%) Solaris
5 14 (1.19%) VxWorks
5 14 (1.19%) Android
5 14 (1.19%) Windows Server 2008
5 14 (1.19%) Windows Server 2012
6 9 (0.76%) Windows 7
6 9 (0.76%) Debian
6 9 (0.76%) VMS
7 7 (0.59%) Apple iOS
8 6 (0.51%) Windows 8
9 3 (0.25%) Mac OS X
10 2 (0.17%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.085%) SUSE
11 1 (0.085%) Windows Phone
11 1 (0.085%) Windows 2000 Server
11 1 (0.085%) CentOS
11 1 (0.085%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 576 (48.90%) Information Security
2 201 (17.06%) Cyber Security
3 180 (15.28%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 165 (14.01%) SIEM
5 162 (13.75%) Security Testing
6 149 (12.65%) Ethical Hacking
7 148 (12.56%) ITIL
8 127 (10.78%) Risk Management
9 108 (9.17%) Vulnerability Management
10 101 (8.57%) OWASP
11 100 (8.49%) Security Architecture
12 93 (7.89%) Malware Analysis
13 91 (7.72%) Kalman Filter
13 91 (7.72%) Reverse Engineering
13 91 (7.72%) Incident Management
13 91 (7.72%) Risk Assessment
14 84 (7.13%) Agile Software Development
15 79 (6.71%) Security Management
16 78 (6.62%) Project Management
17 65 (5.52%) Data Security
Programming Languages
1 121 (10.27%) Java
2 109 (9.25%) C
3 104 (8.83%) SQL
4 103 (8.74%) Python
5 85 (7.22%) PHP
6 83 (7.05%) C++
7 81 (6.88%) C#
8 52 (4.41%) Perl
9 40 (3.40%) Ruby
10 26 (2.21%) Bash Shell
11 19 (1.61%) PowerShell
12 18 (1.53%) JavaScript
13 16 (1.36%) VB.NET
14 10 (0.85%) Objective-C
15 6 (0.51%) Shell Script
16 3 (0.25%) Lua
17 1 (0.085%) VB
Qualifications
1 326 (27.67%) CISSP
2 219 (18.59%) Degree
3 162 (13.75%) CISM
4 157 (13.33%) Security Cleared
5 115 (9.76%) CEH
6 102 (8.66%) CISA
7 93 (7.89%) SC Cleared
8 72 (6.11%) OSCP
9 64 (5.43%) Cisco Certification
10 46 (3.90%) CCNP
10 46 (3.90%) DV Cleared
11 40 (3.40%) SSCP
12 39 (3.31%) GIAC
13 37 (3.14%) OSCE
14 34 (2.89%) CCIE
15 32 (2.72%) Microsoft Certification
16 30 (2.55%) GPEN
17 20 (1.70%) Security+ Certification
17 20 (1.70%) GCIH
18 19 (1.61%) PCI QSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 261 (22.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 194 (16.47%) PCI DSS
3 39 (3.31%) QA
4 30 (2.55%) COBIT
5 23 (1.95%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 15 (1.27%) ISO/IEC 17799
7 11 (0.93%) ISO 9001
7 11 (0.93%) HIPAA
8 7 (0.59%) SLA
9 2 (0.17%) WCAG
9 2 (0.17%) WAI
10 1 (0.085%) COSO
10 1 (0.085%) ARP4754
System Software
1 83 (7.05%) Active Directory
2 28 (2.38%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (1.36%) Snort
4 8 (0.68%) Hyper-V
4 8 (0.68%) vSphere
5 6 (0.51%) KVM
5 6 (0.51%) iptables
6 5 (0.42%) VMware ESX
7 4 (0.34%) VirtualBox
8 3 (0.25%) Forefront TMG
8 3 (0.25%) UAG
8 3 (0.25%) Xen
8 3 (0.25%) Terminal Services
9 2 (0.17%) XenApp
9 2 (0.17%) VMware ESXi
9 2 (0.17%) Apache ZooKeeper
10 1 (0.085%) vCloud
10 1 (0.085%) pfSense
10 1 (0.085%) MDaemon
10 1 (0.085%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 86 (7.30%) Nessus
2 33 (2.80%) Nmap
3 19 (1.61%) CORE IMPACT
4 17 (1.44%) FortiGate
4 17 (1.44%) SCCM
5 15 (1.27%) HP Quality Center
6 14 (1.19%) Puppet
7 10 (0.85%) Ansible
8 9 (0.76%) Opscode Chef
8 9 (0.76%) SCOM
8 9 (0.76%) Nagios
9 5 (0.42%) WSUS
10 4 (0.34%) ZABBIX
11 3 (0.25%) Zenoss
11 3 (0.25%) SolarWinds Orion
11 3 (0.25%) ZENworks
11 3 (0.25%) Norton AntiVirus
11 3 (0.25%) Vagrant
11 3 (0.25%) Oracle Identity Management
11 3 (0.25%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 131 (11.12%) Cisco
2 89 (7.56%) Microsoft
3 61 (5.18%) CheckPoint
4 50 (4.24%) Juniper
5 45 (3.82%) Fortinet
6 44 (3.74%) VMware
7 38 (3.23%) HP
8 33 (2.80%) F5
9 30 (2.55%) Splunk
10 23 (1.95%) Oracle
11 22 (1.87%) Citrix
12 19 (1.61%) McAfee
13 18 (1.53%) Google
13 18 (1.53%) Qualys
14 14 (1.19%) Sourcefire
15 12 (1.02%) Websense
16 10 (0.85%) Symantec
16 10 (0.85%) Aruba
16 10 (0.85%) Trustwave
16 10 (0.85%) Rapid7
Hull, North Humberside
Greywood Associates Limited
Salary: £40000 - £45000 per annum + bens
Posted: 5 hours ago
Yorkshire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Posted: 16 hours ago
Bristol, Somerset
Evolution Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Salary: Benefits + Salary Reviews
Posted: 16 hours ago
City, London
Experis Ltd
Salary: £55000.00 - £80000.00 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
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £35k - £70k plus outstanding package
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £35k - £70k plus outstanding package
Posted: Yesterday
London
Experis Ltd
Salary: £60000.00 - £90000.00 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Southampton, Hampshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Salary: £55000.00 - £65000.00 per annum + pension
Posted: Yesterday
Bournemouth, Dorset
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Salary: £30000.00 - £40000.00 per annum + Pension, Bonus
Posted: Yesterday
Poole, Dorset
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Salary: £25000.00 - £35000.00 per annum + Pension, Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Gloucestershire
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £45000 - £60000 per annum + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Circle Recruitment
Salary: £18000 - £26000 per annum + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Verwood, Dorset
Rainford Recruitment
Salary: £30000 per annum + plus benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Apollo Solutions
Salary: £55000 - £60000 per annum + Benefits, Bonus
Posted: 2 days ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
McGregor Boyall
Salary: £50000 - £55000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Ampersand Consulting
Salary: £55000 - £75000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Ampersand Consulting
Salary: £45000 - £65000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Hampshire
McGregor Boyall
Salary: £40000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago