The first table below looks at the demand 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 18 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category.

Location
3 months to
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Penetration Testing
Rank 503 454 537
Rank change year-on-year
-49 +83
Permanent jobs citing Penetration Testing 487 493 424
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.40% 0.44% 0.34%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.50% 0.56% 0.44%
Number of salaries quoted 389 321 317
Average salary £55,000 £47,500 £44,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+15.78% +7.95%
90% offered a salary of more than £37,750 £35,000 £34,000
10% offered a salary of more than £75,000 £66,500 £72,500
UK excluding London average salary £50,500 £45,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+12.22% +12.50%
Processes & Methodologies Category
UK
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
97509 87535 96223
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 80.37% 78.84% 76.56%
Number of salaries quoted 78334 71800 81781
Average salary £47,500 £45,000 £47,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+5.55% -5.26%
90% offered a salary of more than £30,000 £30,000 £30,000
10% offered a salary of more than £72,500 £75,000 £70,000
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,500
% change year-on-year
+6.25% -1.23%

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 18 April 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 18 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England -36 465 £55,000 +18.27% 62
London +22 225 £58,000 -3.33% 25
South East -58 101 £45,000 - 5
City of London +24 67 £50,000 -16.66% 6
Surrey +26 48 £45,000 - 2
South West -14 36 £52,500 +15.38% 6
Hampshire -22 29 £45,000 - 2
Gloucestershire +15 28 £53,000 +15.21% 3
East of England -18 26 £50,500 +6.31% 2
East Midlands -9 20 £60,000 +46.34% 2
Reigate - 20 £45,000 -
West Midlands +15 19 £55,000 +57.14% 7
North West 0 18 £45,000 +12.50% 5
Manchester +3 16 £45,000 +12.50% 3
Leicestershire +2 16 £60,000 +122.22% 1
Southampton -4 14 £43,750 -2.77% 1
West Yorkshire -38 14 £40,000 -27.27% 6
Yorkshire -64 14 £40,000 +1.26% 6
Leicester - 14 £60,000 -
Hertfordshire +17 12 £50,500 -1.46%
Watford - 11 £50,500 -
Berkshire -24 9 £55,000 +10.00% 1
Redhill - 9 £45,000 -
Buckinghamshire +3 8 £60,000 +14.28%
Cambridge -4 8 £31,000 -36.08%
Cambridgeshire -6 8 £31,000 -36.08%
Cheltenham - 8 £53,000 - 1
Staffordshire +4 7 £65,000 - 5
Guildford 0 7 £47,500 -26.92% 2
Stoke-on-Trent -1 7 £65,000 - 4

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 April 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.

1 378 (40.69%) Information Security
2 252 (27.13%) CISSP
3 242 (26.05%) Firewall
4 229 (24.65%) Finance
5 212 (22.82%) Security Testing
6 191 (20.56%) CEH
7 187 (20.13%) Degree
8 183 (19.70%) Linux
9 175 (18.84%) Windows
10 168 (18.08%) Vulnerability Assessment
11 167 (17.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
12 161 (17.33%) Ethical Hacking
13 156 (16.79%) PCI DSS
14 140 (15.07%) Java
15 138 (14.85%) Microsoft
16 123 (13.24%) Risk Management
17 109 (11.73%) Network Security
18 108 (11.63%) UNIX
19 107 (11.52%) Security Cleared
20 106 (11.41%) Management Information System
21 96 (10.33%) Security Management
22 94 (10.12%) MS Excel
23 91 (9.80%) CISM
24 90 (9.69%) ITIL
25 87 (9.36%) GIAC
26 82 (8.83%) TCP/IP
27 81 (8.72%) Wireless
28 79 (8.50%) Python
29 77 (8.29%) SIEM
30 75 (8.07%) SQL

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 24 (2.58%) Apache
2 19 (2.05%) SharePoint
3 17 (1.83%) WordPress
4 15 (1.61%) Lync
5 10 (1.08%) nginx
5 10 (1.08%) uWSGI
6 6 (0.65%) Oracle Workflow
6 6 (0.65%) Tomcat
7 5 (0.54%) IIS
8 4 (0.43%) CMS
8 4 (0.43%) SAS
8 4 (0.43%) Drupal
8 4 (0.43%) TYPO3
8 4 (0.43%) Joomla!
8 4 (0.43%) OpenStack
8 4 (0.43%) CloudStack
9 3 (0.32%) MS Exchange
10 2 (0.22%) GroupWise
10 2 (0.22%) Exchange Server 2010
11 1 (0.11%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 94 (10.12%) MS Excel
2 27 (2.91%) MS PowerPoint
3 24 (2.58%) MS Office
4 15 (1.61%) MS Visio
5 5 (0.54%) Photoshop
5 5 (0.54%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 9 (0.97%) Google Analytics
2 7 (0.75%) Oracle BPM
2 7 (0.75%) Magento
3 2 (0.22%) Oracle CRM
4 1 (0.11%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 21 (2.26%) SaaS
2 6 (0.65%) Amazon AWS
2 6 (0.65%) Cloud Computing
3 4 (0.43%) Amazon S3
3 4 (0.43%) CloudFront
3 4 (0.43%) Amazon SQS
4 3 (0.32%) Office 365
5 2 (0.22%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 242 (26.05%) Firewall
2 109 (11.73%) Network Security
3 82 (8.83%) TCP/IP
4 81 (8.72%) Wireless
5 73 (7.86%) Intrusion Detection
6 65 (7.00%) WAN
7 63 (6.78%) LAN
8 57 (6.14%) Internet
9 56 (6.03%) VoIP
10 55 (5.92%) Wireshark
11 53 (5.71%) VPN
12 47 (5.06%) DNS
13 32 (3.44%) DHCP
14 25 (2.69%) SSL
15 24 (2.58%) HTTP
16 23 (2.48%) Cisco IOS
17 22 (2.37%) SAN
17 22 (2.37%) tcpdump
18 21 (2.26%) Cisco ASA
19 20 (2.15%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 44 (4.74%) MySQL
2 36 (3.88%) SQL Server
3 16 (1.72%) Apache Cassandra
3 16 (1.72%) NoSQL
3 16 (1.72%) Riak
4 12 (1.29%) PostgreSQL
5 8 (0.86%) Relational Database
6 5 (0.54%) Oracle Database
6 5 (0.54%) Oracle Database 11g
7 1 (0.11%) DB2
7 1 (0.11%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 35 (3.77%) Metasploit
2 18 (1.94%) LoadRunner
3 12 (1.29%) Git (software)
4 9 (0.97%) AppScan
5 8 (0.86%) QuickTest Pro
5 8 (0.86%) JIRA
6 7 (0.75%) Subversion
6 7 (0.75%) Selenium
7 4 (0.43%) Cucumber
8 3 (0.32%) TeamCity
9 2 (0.22%) Rational Performance Tester
9 2 (0.22%) WebDriver
10 1 (0.11%) Jenkins
10 1 (0.11%) Capybara
10 1 (0.11%) Hudson
10 1 (0.11%) SoapUI
10 1 (0.11%) Talend Open Studio
10 1 (0.11%) Sahi
10 1 (0.11%) JBehave
10 1 (0.11%) Maven
General
1 229 (24.65%) Finance
2 49 (5.27%) Legal
3 47 (5.06%) Telecoms
4 34 (3.66%) Law
5 25 (2.69%) Retail
6 24 (2.58%) Banking
7 20 (2.15%) Marketing
8 15 (1.61%) Games
9 12 (1.29%) Investment Banking
10 11 (1.18%) Military
11 9 (0.97%) Financial Institution
12 7 (0.75%) Advertising
12 7 (0.75%) Electronics
13 3 (0.32%) iGaming
13 3 (0.32%) French Language
14 2 (0.22%) Publishing
15 1 (0.11%) Arabic Language
Job Titles
1 244 (26.26%) Tester
2 201 (21.64%) Penetration Tester
3 184 (19.81%) Analyst
4 160 (17.22%) Security Analyst
5 156 (16.79%) Consultant
6 100 (10.76%) Security Consultant
7 82 (8.83%) Security Specialist
8 64 (6.89%) Information Analyst
8 64 (6.89%) Information Security Analyst
9 59 (6.35%) Security Tester
10 48 (5.17%) IT Security Analyst
11 47 (5.06%) Architect
12 40 (4.31%) Security Manager
13 34 (3.66%) Penetration Test Consultant
13 34 (3.66%) Senior Tester
14 32 (3.44%) Security Engineer
15 31 (3.34%) Senior Analyst
15 31 (3.34%) Senior Penetration Tester
16 29 (3.12%) IT Consultant
16 29 (3.12%) Information Security Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 73 (7.86%) .NET
2 55 (5.92%) HTML
3 41 (4.41%) Web Services
4 35 (3.77%) XML
5 30 (3.23%) CSS
6 28 (3.01%) ASP.NET
7 26 (2.80%) Ajax
8 19 (2.05%) SOAP
9 18 (1.94%) REST
10 15 (1.61%) jQuery
11 10 (1.08%) Hibernate
11 10 (1.08%) Django
11 10 (1.08%) JAX-WS
11 10 (1.08%) JPA
11 10 (1.08%) JTA
11 10 (1.08%) Pylons
12 9 (0.97%) RESTful
12 9 (0.97%) JSON
13 5 (0.54%) HTML5
13 5 (0.54%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 106 (11.41%) Management Information System
2 61 (6.57%) Computer Science
3 47 (5.06%) Open Source
4 46 (4.95%) PKI
5 30 (3.23%) Enterprise Software
6 24 (2.58%) Mobile App
7 14 (1.51%) Cryptography
8 11 (1.18%) Hedge funds
8 11 (1.18%) Online Games
9 10 (1.08%) Mainframe
9 10 (1.08%) RIA
9 10 (1.08%) Mathematics
10 8 (0.86%) CLARiiON
10 8 (0.86%) Data Protection Act
10 8 (0.86%) Social Network
11 7 (0.75%) Mobile Payment
12 6 (0.65%) Credit Risk
12 6 (0.65%) Statistics
13 5 (0.54%) New Media
13 5 (0.54%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 183 (19.70%) Linux
2 175 (18.84%) Windows
3 108 (11.63%) UNIX
4 30 (3.23%) Android
5 28 (3.01%) Apple iOS
5 28 (3.01%) Solaris
6 24 (2.58%) Windows Server 2003
7 19 (2.05%) Windows Server 2008
8 12 (1.29%) Mac OS X
9 11 (1.18%) Windows XP
10 9 (0.97%) Windows Server 2012
11 8 (0.86%) SUSE
11 8 (0.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 7 (0.75%) CentOS
13 4 (0.43%) OS/390
13 4 (0.43%) Ubuntu
13 4 (0.43%) Windows 7
13 4 (0.43%) Mac OS
13 4 (0.43%) SELinux
14 3 (0.32%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 378 (40.69%) Information Security
2 212 (22.82%) Security Testing
3 168 (18.08%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 161 (17.33%) Ethical Hacking
5 123 (13.24%) Risk Management
6 96 (10.33%) Security Management
7 90 (9.69%) ITIL
8 77 (8.29%) SIEM
9 72 (7.75%) Project Management
10 59 (6.35%) Risk Assessment
11 58 (6.24%) Security Architecture
12 49 (5.27%) Computer Forensics
12 49 (5.27%) Agile Software Development
13 46 (4.95%) OWASP
14 44 (4.74%) Manual Testing
15 40 (4.31%) Change Management
15 40 (4.31%) Cyber Security
16 36 (3.88%) E-Commerce
17 32 (3.44%) Data Protection
17 32 (3.44%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 140 (15.07%) Java
2 79 (8.50%) Python
3 75 (8.07%) SQL
4 74 (7.97%) Perl
5 68 (7.32%) C++
6 67 (7.21%) PHP
7 57 (6.14%) C
8 45 (4.84%) Ruby
9 26 (2.80%) JavaScript
10 23 (2.48%) C#
11 20 (2.15%) Shell Script
12 17 (1.83%) T-SQL
13 16 (1.72%) Objective-C
14 14 (1.51%) VB
15 13 (1.40%) Bash Shell
16 5 (0.54%) PowerShell
16 5 (0.54%) VBScript
16 5 (0.54%) Assembly Language
17 3 (0.32%) ActionScript
17 3 (0.32%) PowerHouse
Qualifications
1 252 (27.13%) CISSP
2 191 (20.56%) CEH
3 187 (20.13%) Degree
4 107 (11.52%) Security Cleared
5 91 (9.80%) CISM
6 87 (9.36%) GIAC
7 70 (7.53%) OSCP
8 63 (6.78%) GPEN
9 54 (5.81%) CISA
10 44 (4.74%) Cisco Certification
11 42 (4.52%) SC Cleared
11 42 (4.52%) GCIH
12 41 (4.41%) CISMP
13 38 (4.09%) DV Cleared
14 31 (3.34%) GWAPT
15 30 (3.23%) OSCE
16 29 (3.12%) ISEB
17 24 (2.58%) Microsoft Certification
18 23 (2.48%) CCNP
19 21 (2.26%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 167 (17.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 156 (16.79%) PCI DSS
3 66 (7.10%) QA
4 26 (2.80%) COBIT
5 14 (1.51%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 13 (1.40%) COSO
7 12 (1.29%) ISO/IEC 17799
8 10 (1.08%) BS7799
9 5 (0.54%) JTAG
9 5 (0.54%) ISO 9001
10 4 (0.43%) SLA
10 4 (0.43%) HMG Infosec
10 4 (0.43%) JSP 440
11 1 (0.11%) GPG13
11 1 (0.11%) HIPAA
11 1 (0.11%) BS25999
System Software
1 50 (5.38%) VMware Infrastructure
2 33 (3.55%) Hyper-V
3 26 (2.80%) Active Directory
4 23 (2.48%) Snort
5 16 (1.72%) Nmap
6 12 (1.29%) VMware Workstation
7 9 (0.97%) Forefront TMG
7 9 (0.97%) UAG
7 9 (0.97%) XenApp
8 8 (0.86%) VMware ESX
9 5 (0.54%) vSphere
10 4 (0.43%) Varnish
10 4 (0.43%) KVM
11 2 (0.22%) VMware ESXi
12 1 (0.11%) VMware Server
12 1 (0.11%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 36 (3.88%) Nessus
2 12 (1.29%) HP Quality Center
2 12 (1.29%) CORE IMPACT
3 10 (1.08%) WebInspect
3 10 (1.08%) Vagrant
3 10 (1.08%) Ansible
4 8 (0.86%) CiscoWorks
4 8 (0.86%) SolarWinds Orion
4 8 (0.86%) Cacti
4 8 (0.86%) McAfee ePO
4 8 (0.86%) Cisco CUCM
5 7 (0.75%) FortiGate
6 4 (0.43%) NetBackup
7 2 (0.22%) Norton AntiVirus
7 2 (0.22%) OSSEC
7 2 (0.22%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 1 (0.11%) ZABBIX
8 1 (0.11%) Backup Exec
8 1 (0.11%) SCCM
8 1 (0.11%) SCOM
Vendors
1 138 (14.85%) Microsoft
2 74 (7.97%) VMware
3 69 (7.43%) Cisco
4 46 (4.95%) Oracle
5 44 (4.74%) HP
6 40 (4.31%) CheckPoint
7 27 (2.91%) Juniper
8 23 (2.48%) Citrix
9 20 (2.15%) Qualys
10 17 (1.83%) JBoss
11 15 (1.61%) F5
11 15 (1.61%) Red Hat
11 15 (1.61%) IBM
12 14 (1.51%) Sourcefire
12 14 (1.51%) SolarWinds
13 13 (1.40%) LogRhythm
14 12 (1.29%) McAfee
14 12 (1.29%) EMC
15 11 (1.18%) Remedy
16 10 (1.08%) Symantec
City, London
Bridge Noble
Salary: £65000 - £80000 per annum + excellent share options
Posted: 19 hours ago
London
Burns Sheehan
Salary: £70000 - £85000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 23 hours ago
London
DCL Search & Selection
Salary: £65k - 70k per year + Bonus + Healthcare
Posted: Yesterday
Newbury, Berkshire
FT Select
Salary: From £45,000 to £48,000 per annum plus car and bens
Posted: Yesterday
Bournemouth, Dorset
Circle Recruitment
Salary: excellent
Posted: Yesterday
Gloucestershire
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: From £60,000 to £85,000 per annum plus outstanding package
Posted: Yesterday
London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: From £60,000 to £85,000 per annum plus outstanding package
Posted: Yesterday
Guildford, Surrey
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: From £60,000 to £85,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Bradford, West Yorkshire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Salary: £28000 - £32000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Applause IT Innovation
Salary: £28000 - £35000 per annum + commission (OTE £50K)
Posted: Yesterday
London
Opilio Recruitment
Salary: £40000 - £70000 Per Annum
Posted: Yesterday
London
2Source Talent
Salary: Up to £75,000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
London
Computer People
Salary: £40000.00 - £45000.00 per annum + Benefits & Bonus
Posted: 2 days ago
London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: From £25,000 to £35,000 per annum + flexible benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Connectus
Salary: £47000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Connectus
Salary: £75000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Enderby, Leicestershire
Easy Web recruitment - Next Retail
Salary: Competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire
Uniting Ambition
Salary: £20k - 25k per year
Posted: 2 days ago
Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Salary: Up to £65,000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Other
Vodafone
Posted: 2 days ago