The table below looks at the statistics for Penetration Testing skills in IT jobs advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited Penetration Testing over the 3 months to 6 December 2016 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

3 months to
6 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Penetration Testing
Rank 340 454 484
Rank change year-on-year
+114 +30
Permanent jobs citing Penetration Testing 812 608 603
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.88% 0.57% 0.53%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.00% 0.65% 0.62%
Number of salaries quoted 626 475 478
Median salary £60,000 £55,000 £55,000
Median salary % change year-on-year
+9.09% -
90% offered a salary of more than £40,000 £34,000 £34,000
10% offered a salary of more than £85,000 £80,000 £75,000
UK excluding London median salary £55,000 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year
+10.00% +5.26%

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
80857 93075 97015
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 88.10% 87.55% 85.70%
Number of salaries quoted 66648 76857 79740
Median salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year
- +5.26%
90% offered a salary of more than £32,500 £32,500 £31,000
10% offered a salary of more than £77,500 £72,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year
- +5.88%

Penetration Testing
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of job ads citing Penetration Testing as a proportion of all IT jobs with a match in 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 6 December 2016 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 median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 6 December 2016. 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 see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +135 770 £60,000 +9.09% 85
London +163 389 £65,000 +13.04% 35
South East +71 137 £60,000 +9.09% 12
Oxfordshire +53 72 £62,500 +56.25% 3
West Midlands +40 71 £47,500 -19.83% 6
South West +13 69 £50,000 - 8
Gloucestershire -4 48 £50,000 -16.66% 4
City of London +51 44 £66,250 -8.62% 6
Yorkshire +43 43 £50,000 +12.35% 6
Birmingham - 38 £52,500 - 6
West Yorkshire +49 32 £45,000 +28.57% 6
Banbury +17 32 £85,000 +112.50%
Leeds +43 30 £40,000 +14.28% 5
East of England -14 25 £50,000 - 4
North West -37 24 £50,000 -16.66% 11
Cheltenham -6 23 £55,000 -24.13% 4
Kent +5 20 £53,750 +2.38% 2
Hampshire +5 18 £60,000 +4.34%
Hertfordshire +19 16 £50,000 -34.21% 1
Berkshire +48 13 £61,250 -12.50% 4
Wiltshire +28 13 £55,000 -21.42% 1
Staffordshire +4 13 £40,000 +86.04%
Surrey -3 11 £55,000 - 3
Manchester -33 11 £60,000 -22.58% 10
Stoke-on-Trent 0 10 £40,000 +86.04%
Coventry -1 8 £47,500 -24.00%
Hemel Hempstead - 8 £50,000 - 1
Swindon +19 7 £50,000 -28.57% 1
East Midlands -2 7 £65,000 +128.07% 2
Reading +20 6 £53,000 -29.33% 3

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 6 December 2016, IT jobs citing Penetration Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads with a requirement for Penetration Testing.

1 841 (47.81%) Information Security
2 743 (42.24%) Cybersecurity
3 580 (32.97%) CISSP
4 460 (26.15%) Windows
5 442 (25.13%) Firewall
6 393 (22.34%) Security Cleared
7 385 (21.89%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 371 (21.09%) Linux
9 364 (20.69%) Finance
10 345 (19.61%) Python
11 343 (19.50%) CEH
12 338 (19.22%) Java
13 332 (18.87%) C
14 329 (18.70%) CREST Certified
15 328 (18.65%) SIEM
16 325 (18.48%) Vulnerability Scanning
17 323 (18.36%) Degree
18 315 (17.91%) PCI DSS
19 307 (17.45%) CISM
20 294 (16.71%) Ethical Hacking
21 290 (16.49%) C++
22 278 (15.80%) CISA
23 270 (15.35%) Vulnerability Assessment
24 261 (14.84%) Agile Software Development
25 247 (14.04%) Risk Management
26 229 (13.02%) Management Information System
27 221 (12.56%) Network Security
28 203 (11.54%) Vulnerability Management
29 197 (11.20%) Unix
30 188 (10.69%) OSCP

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 27 (1.53%) MS Exchange
2 26 (1.48%) IIS
3 25 (1.42%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 20 (1.14%) Apache Pig
5 17 (0.97%) SharePoint
6 15 (0.85%) Elasticsearch
7 10 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2010
8 9 (0.51%) Confluence
9 8 (0.45%) OpenStack
10 7 (0.40%) Apache
11 5 (0.28%) nginx
12 3 (0.17%) Cloud Foundry
12 3 (0.17%) CMS
12 3 (0.17%) Drupal
13 2 (0.11%) Umbraco
14 1 (0.057%) Apache Spark
14 1 (0.057%) Skype for Business
14 1 (0.057%) WebSphere
14 1 (0.057%) WordPress
Applications
1 34 (1.93%) MS Excel
2 7 (0.40%) MS Office
3 6 (0.34%) MS Project
4 2 (0.11%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.057%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 25 (1.42%) Oracle EBS R12
2 14 (0.80%) Dynamics AX
2 14 (0.80%) Sentinel
3 8 (0.45%) Veritas eDiscovery
4 7 (0.40%) assyst
4 7 (0.40%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 2 (0.11%) Payment Gateway
6 1 (0.057%) Dynamics CRM
6 1 (0.057%) Magento
6 1 (0.057%) SAP BPC
6 1 (0.057%) SAP ERP
6 1 (0.057%) SAP GRC
Cloud Services
1 50 (2.84%) GitHub
2 49 (2.79%) Amazon AWS
3 35 (1.99%) SaaS
4 27 (1.53%) Office 365
5 24 (1.36%) IBM Cloud
5 24 (1.36%) Microsoft Azure
6 17 (0.97%) PaaS
7 15 (0.85%) Mimecast
8 13 (0.74%) IaaS
9 6 (0.34%) Amazon EC2
10 5 (0.28%) AWS CloudFormation
10 5 (0.28%) Cloud Computing
10 5 (0.28%) Sumo Logic
11 4 (0.23%) Amazon S3
12 3 (0.17%) Heroku
12 3 (0.17%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 2 (0.11%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
13 2 (0.11%) Donky
13 2 (0.11%) Slack
13 2 (0.11%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 442 (25.13%) Firewall
2 221 (12.56%) Network Security
3 139 (7.90%) TCP/IP
4 112 (6.37%) Wireless
5 87 (4.95%) Internet
6 81 (4.60%) LAN
7 79 (4.49%) VPN
7 79 (4.49%) WAN
8 71 (4.04%) Intrusion Detection
9 65 (3.70%) MPLS
10 51 (2.90%) SSL
11 50 (2.84%) DNS
12 44 (2.50%) VoIP
13 42 (2.39%) HTTP
14 36 (2.05%) DHCP
14 36 (2.05%) Wireless Security
15 34 (1.93%) Wi-Fi
16 33 (1.88%) VLAN
17 32 (1.82%) IPsec
18 22 (1.25%) 4G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 66 (3.75%) Big Data
2 44 (2.50%) SQL Server
3 29 (1.65%) Oracle Database
4 28 (1.59%) MySQL
5 26 (1.48%) MongoDB
6 21 (1.19%) Hadoop
7 20 (1.14%) Apache Hive
8 17 (0.97%) NoSQL
9 11 (0.63%) PostgreSQL
10 10 (0.57%) Data Mining
10 10 (0.57%) Relational Database
11 5 (0.28%) Redis
12 3 (0.17%) Amazon RDS
12 3 (0.17%) Apache Cassandra
12 3 (0.17%) DB2
12 3 (0.17%) Oracle Reports
13 2 (0.11%) Azure SQL Database
13 2 (0.11%) RDBMS
13 2 (0.11%) Riak
13 2 (0.11%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 107 (6.08%) Metasploit
2 74 (4.21%) Burp Suite
3 65 (3.70%) Selenium
4 43 (2.44%) JIRA
5 35 (1.99%) Cucumber
6 31 (1.76%) Jenkins
7 30 (1.71%) JUnit
8 29 (1.65%) WebDriver
9 28 (1.59%) Git (software)
10 22 (1.25%) SoapUI
11 20 (1.14%) AppScan
12 15 (0.85%) FitNesse
13 14 (0.80%) Hudson
14 12 (0.68%) LoadRunner
15 11 (0.63%) NUnit
16 10 (0.57%) TestNG
17 9 (0.51%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 9 (0.51%) Bitbucket
17 9 (0.51%) JMeter
17 9 (0.51%) Subversion
General
1 364 (20.69%) Finance
2 172 (9.78%) Telecoms
3 77 (4.38%) Retail
4 71 (4.04%) Legal
5 54 (3.07%) Banking
6 50 (2.84%) Publishing
7 28 (1.59%) Games
8 19 (1.08%) Electronics
9 17 (0.97%) Marketing
10 15 (0.85%) Manufacturing
11 14 (0.80%) Aerospace
11 14 (0.80%) Law
12 11 (0.63%) Financial Institution
13 8 (0.45%) Back Office
13 8 (0.45%) Local Government
14 7 (0.40%) Automotive
14 7 (0.40%) Military
15 6 (0.34%) Pharmaceutical
16 4 (0.23%) Investment Banking
17 2 (0.11%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 400 (22.74%) Analyst
2 359 (20.41%) Security Analyst
3 300 (17.06%) Tester
4 267 (15.18%) Consultant
5 259 (14.72%) Penetration Tester
6 195 (11.09%) Security Consultant
7 154 (8.75%) Security Manager
8 119 (6.77%) Security Specialist
9 99 (5.63%) Cybersecurity Analyst
10 98 (5.57%) IT Analyst
10 98 (5.57%) Security Engineer
11 96 (5.46%) IT Security Analyst
12 90 (5.12%) Security Tester
13 89 (5.06%) Architect
13 89 (5.06%) Information Analyst
13 89 (5.06%) Information Security Analyst
14 84 (4.78%) Security Penetration Tester
15 83 (4.72%) Developer
15 83 (4.72%) Senior Analyst
16 74 (4.21%) Senior Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 129 (7.33%) .NET
2 58 (3.30%) HTML
3 53 (3.01%) Web Services
4 41 (2.33%) CSS
4 41 (2.33%) Node.js
5 32 (1.82%) Java EE
5 32 (1.82%) SOAP
5 32 (1.82%) STL
6 31 (1.76%) .NET Framework
7 26 (1.48%) ASP.NET
8 22 (1.25%) REST
9 18 (1.02%) HTML5
9 18 (1.02%) LAMP
10 17 (0.97%) jQuery
10 17 (0.97%) Ruby on Rails
11 15 (0.85%) AngularJS
12 14 (0.80%) 802.1X
12 14 (0.80%) Django
12 14 (0.80%) Middleware
12 14 (0.80%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 229 (13.02%) Management Information System
2 137 (7.79%) Computer Science
3 124 (7.05%) Mobile App
4 81 (4.60%) Data Centre
5 75 (4.26%) Security Operations Centre
6 59 (3.35%) Data Protection Act
7 55 (3.13%) CESG
7 55 (3.13%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 53 (3.01%) Cryptography
9 48 (2.73%) Cyberthreat
10 41 (2.33%) Analytical Skills
11 39 (2.22%) Cybercrime
11 39 (2.22%) PKI
12 36 (2.05%) Embedded Systems
13 29 (1.65%) Blog
13 29 (1.65%) Enterprise Software
14 25 (1.42%) Online Banking
15 22 (1.25%) Algorithms
16 20 (1.14%) Fintech
17 17 (0.97%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 460 (26.15%) Windows
2 371 (21.09%) Linux
3 197 (11.20%) Unix
4 78 (4.43%) Apple iOS
5 71 (4.04%) Windows Server
6 61 (3.47%) Mac OS X
7 56 (3.18%) Android
8 41 (2.33%) VxWorks
9 38 (2.16%) Kali Linux
10 34 (1.93%) Windows Server 2008
11 27 (1.53%) Windows Server 2012
12 19 (1.08%) Solaris
12 19 (1.08%) Windows Server 2003
13 17 (0.97%) AIX
14 12 (0.68%) Windows 7
15 11 (0.63%) Ubuntu
16 7 (0.40%) CentOS
17 4 (0.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 3 (0.17%) KNOPPIX
18 3 (0.17%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 841 (47.81%) Information Security
2 743 (42.24%) Cybersecurity
3 328 (18.65%) SIEM
4 325 (18.48%) Vulnerability Scanning
5 294 (16.71%) Ethical Hacking
6 270 (15.35%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 261 (14.84%) Agile Software Development
8 247 (14.04%) Risk Management
9 203 (11.54%) Vulnerability Management
10 180 (10.23%) Security Operations
11 172 (9.78%) Security Testing
12 161 (9.15%) Data Protection
13 154 (8.75%) Open Source
14 153 (8.70%) OWASP
15 150 (8.53%) ITIL
16 138 (7.85%) Security Architecture
17 130 (7.39%) Security Management
18 120 (6.82%) Software Engineering
19 112 (6.37%) Reverse Engineering
20 109 (6.20%) Risk Assessment
Programming Languages
1 345 (19.61%) Python
2 338 (19.22%) Java
3 332 (18.87%) C
4 290 (16.49%) C++
5 172 (9.78%) C#
6 146 (8.30%) PHP
7 136 (7.73%) Ruby
8 134 (7.62%) SQL
9 123 (6.99%) Perl
10 95 (5.40%) JavaScript
11 71 (4.04%) Bash Shell
12 65 (3.70%) Objective-C
13 61 (3.47%) PowerShell
14 58 (3.30%) VB.NET
15 53 (3.01%) Go
16 27 (1.53%) Scala
17 22 (1.25%) VB
18 15 (0.85%) Groovy
19 7 (0.40%) R
19 7 (0.40%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 580 (32.97%) CISSP
2 393 (22.34%) Security Cleared
3 343 (19.50%) CEH
4 329 (18.70%) CREST Certified
5 323 (18.36%) Degree
6 307 (17.45%) CISM
7 278 (15.80%) CISA
8 188 (10.69%) OSCP
9 187 (10.63%) DV Cleared
10 162 (9.21%) GIAC
11 149 (8.47%) SANS
11 149 (8.47%) SC Cleared
12 119 (6.77%) Cisco Certification
13 104 (5.91%) GPEN
14 94 (5.34%) CHECK Team Leader
15 86 (4.89%) CHECK Team Member
16 80 (4.55%) Microsoft Certification
17 79 (4.49%) CCNA
18 71 (4.04%) SSCP
19 66 (3.75%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 385 (21.89%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 315 (17.91%) PCI DSS
3 81 (4.60%) QA
4 65 (3.70%) COBIT
5 58 (3.30%) SLA
6 51 (2.90%) GPG13
7 23 (1.31%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 21 (1.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 20 (1.14%) RMADS
10 17 (0.97%) HIPAA
11 8 (0.45%) SSAE 16
12 6 (0.34%) JSP 440
13 5 (0.28%) ISO27002
13 5 (0.28%) MISRA
13 5 (0.28%) PA-DSS
14 1 (0.057%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 109 (6.20%) Active Directory
2 86 (4.89%) VMware Infrastructure
3 36 (2.05%) Virtual Servers
4 31 (1.76%) VMware ESX
5 20 (1.14%) Firmware
6 16 (0.91%) Docker
7 12 (0.68%) Hyper-V
8 11 (0.63%) Snort
8 11 (0.63%) vSphere
9 7 (0.40%) NFS
10 5 (0.28%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 3 (0.17%) Ceph
11 3 (0.17%) Virtual Machines
11 3 (0.17%) VMware ESXi
11 3 (0.17%) Xen
12 1 (0.057%) iptables
12 1 (0.057%) KVM
12 1 (0.057%) LXC
12 1 (0.057%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 182 (10.35%) Nessus
2 128 (7.28%) Nmap
3 46 (2.62%) OpenVAS
4 34 (1.93%) QRadar
5 27 (1.53%) Puppet
6 22 (1.25%) BMC PATROL
7 19 (1.08%) HP Fortify
8 18 (1.02%) WSUS
9 12 (0.68%) Ansible
9 12 (0.68%) Nexpose
10 11 (0.63%) logstash
11 10 (0.57%) HAProxy
11 10 (0.57%) Opscode Chef
12 9 (0.51%) FortiGate
12 9 (0.51%) Nagios
13 8 (0.45%) Salt
14 7 (0.40%) RSA enVision
15 6 (0.34%) CA Single Sign-On
15 6 (0.34%) Kibana
16 5 (0.28%) WMI
Vendors
1 98 (5.57%) VMware
2 93 (5.29%) Microsoft
3 91 (5.17%) Cisco
4 84 (4.78%) Qualys
5 77 (4.38%) Oracle
6 57 (3.24%) CheckPoint
7 42 (2.39%) Juniper
8 41 (2.33%) HP
8 41 (2.33%) IBM
9 39 (2.22%) Sophos
10 34 (1.93%) LogRhythm
10 34 (1.93%) Palo Alto
11 31 (1.76%) Apple
11 31 (1.76%) Mitel
12 28 (1.59%) Coverity
12 28 (1.59%) Splunk
13 26 (1.48%) Intel Security
13 26 (1.48%) Salesforce.com
14 23 (1.31%) F5
15 22 (1.25%) BMC
City, London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £60,000 - £80,000 (DOE) plus attractive allowances, pension and person
Posted: 1 hour ago
London
Oscar
Salary: £40000 - £60000 per annum
Posted: 4 hours ago
Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
Vadis People
Salary: circ £60,000 - £70,000
Posted: 4 hours ago
Kent
Adeptis Group
Salary: From £60,000 to £70,000 per annum
Posted: 5 hours ago
London
ReThink Recruitment
Salary: £25000 - £35000.00 per annum + bonus, package, paid training
Posted: 5 hours ago
London
Lorien Resourcing
Salary: £95000 - £100000 per annum + +Benefits +Bonus +Car Allowance
Posted: Yesterday
South West London
MI5
Salary: From £52,651 to £52,651 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Salary: £40000.00 - £50000.00 per annum
Posted: 22 hours ago
City, London
Salt
Salary: £70000 - £85000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Opus IT Consulting
Salary: £0.00 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
West London
Hanover IT Recruitment
Salary: From £40,000 to £45,000 per annum Annual bonuses
Posted: 22 hours ago
London
Lorien Resourcing
Salary: £65000 - £75000 per annum + + Car Allowance +Bonus
Posted: 23 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Peninsula
Salary: £30k - 50k per year + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
London
Oscar
Salary: £50000 - £60000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 3 days ago
North London
Ashdown IT
Salary: £70000 - £75000 per annum + Bonus + benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Swindon, Wiltshire
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Salary: £70000 - £90000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
London
DCL Search & Selection
Salary: £25000 - £55000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £30000 - £80000 per annum + Gym Membership, Pension Scheme
Posted: 4 days ago
Central London / West End
RICHARD WHEELER ASSOCIATES
Salary: From £35,000 to £60,000 per annum DoE (+ v strong Benefits)
Posted: 4 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £40,000 - £70,000 (with exceptional package)
Posted: 5 days ago
Guildford, Surrey
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £40,000 - £70,000 (with exceptional package)
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £40,000 - £70,000 (with exceptional package)
Posted: 5 days ago
London
First Point
Salary: £45000.00 - £55000.00 per annum + Bonus + Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Suffolk
Opus Resourcing Ltd
Salary: £50000 - £65000 per annum + Bens + Bonus to 10%
Posted: 4 hours ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £60,000 - £90,000 (with exceptional package)
Posted: 5 days ago
Guildford, Surrey
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £60,000 - £90,000 (with exceptional package)
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £60,000 - £90,000 (with exceptional package)
Posted: 5 days ago
Bristol, Avon
n-tier selection limited
Salary: £35000 - £45000 per annum + 25 days holiday, Pension plan.
Posted: 4 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Experis Ltd
Salary: £35000 - £45000 per annum
Posted: 23 hours ago