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 18 January 2017 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

3 months to
18 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Penetration Testing
UK
Rank 406 439 527
Rank change year-on-year
+33 +88
Permanent jobs citing Penetration Testing 558 620 473
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.66% 0.62% 0.46%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.75% 0.71% 0.53%
Number of salaries quoted 402 524 362
Median salary £60,000 £55,750 £50,688
Median salary % change year-on-year
+7.62% +9.98%
90% offered a salary of more than £40,000 £34,000 £35,000
10% offered a salary of more than £80,000 £85,000 £75,000
UK excluding London median salary £55,000 £55,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year
- +15.78%

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
74108 87810 88690
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 88.15% 87.70% 86.04%
Number of salaries quoted 61013 73052 73139
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 £76,000 £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 18 January 2017 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 18 January 2017. 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 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 +32 536 £60,000 +7.38% 82
London +84 265 £65,000 +8.33% 32
South East -13 87 £60,000 +8.35% 10
South West +29 52 £51,250 +2.50% 13
West Midlands +28 52 £45,000 -28.00% 4
City of London +48 46 £62,500 - 10
Yorkshire +53 39 £42,500 +25.00% 8
Gloucestershire -2 35 £50,000 -20.00%
Oxfordshire +23 31 £60,000 +41.17% 2
Birmingham +14 31 £42,500 -22.72% 3
West Yorkshire +42 26 £42,500 +25.00% 8
Leeds +50 24 £37,500 -25.00% 5
East of England -12 19 £57,500 +29.21% 5
North West -42 18 £50,000 -28.57% 8
Kent +3 16 £60,000 +14.28% 1
Berkshire +30 15 £60,000 -20.00%
Hampshire +8 15 £60,000 +47.02% 2
Canary Wharf - 12 £45,000 -
Cheltenham -7 11 £55,000 -21.42%
Southampton - 11 £60,000 - 1
Tunbridge Wells +25 10 £60,000 +14.28%
Hertfordshire - 9 £62,500 - 4
Wiltshire +34 8 £50,000 -28.57% 1
Swindon +23 8 £50,000 -28.57%
Coventry +4 8 £47,500 -24.00%
Manchester -52 8 £47,000 -43.03% 8
Cheshire +15 7 £50,000 -
Surrey -5 7 £45,000 -21.05% 4
Gloucester -9 7 £50,000 +36.98%
Dorset +28 6 £60,000 +76.47%

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 January 2017, 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.

1 723 (47.01%) Information Security
2 630 (40.96%) Cybersecurity
3 484 (31.47%) CISSP
4 407 (26.46%) Firewall
5 400 (26.01%) Windows
6 347 (22.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 324 (21.07%) Security Cleared
8 305 (19.83%) Linux
9 299 (19.44%) SIEM
10 292 (18.99%) Vulnerability Scanning
11 291 (18.92%) C
12 290 (18.86%) Degree
13 289 (18.79%) Finance
14 287 (18.66%) CEH
15 283 (18.40%) Java
16 278 (18.08%) CISM
17 271 (17.62%) PCI DSS
18 268 (17.43%) CISA
19 261 (16.97%) CREST Certified
20 255 (16.58%) Python
21 243 (15.80%) Ethical Hacking
22 225 (14.63%) Agile Software Development
23 224 (14.56%) C++
24 217 (14.11%) Risk Management
25 208 (13.52%) Vulnerability Assessment
26 206 (13.39%) Network Security
27 203 (13.20%) Vulnerability Management
28 197 (12.81%) Management Information System
29 171 (11.12%) Unix
30 157 (10.21%) DV Cleared

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 31 (2.02%) MS Exchange
2 29 (1.89%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 23 (1.50%) IIS
4 18 (1.17%) Elasticsearch
4 18 (1.17%) SharePoint
5 17 (1.11%) Apache Pig
6 11 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2010
7 9 (0.59%) Confluence
8 8 (0.52%) OpenStack
9 6 (0.39%) Apache
10 5 (0.33%) nginx
11 4 (0.26%) Apache Spark
12 3 (0.20%) Cloud Foundry
13 2 (0.13%) Skype for Business
14 1 (0.065%) CMS
14 1 (0.065%) Drupal
14 1 (0.065%) Umbraco
Applications
1 36 (2.34%) MS Excel
2 10 (0.65%) MS Office
3 4 (0.26%) MS Project
4 1 (0.065%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.065%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 29 (1.89%) Oracle EBS R12
2 15 (0.98%) Sentinel
3 14 (0.91%) Dynamics AX
4 8 (0.52%) Veritas eDiscovery
5 7 (0.46%) assyst
6 6 (0.39%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 1 (0.065%) Bankmaster
7 1 (0.065%) Dynamics CRM
7 1 (0.065%) Payment Gateway
7 1 (0.065%) SAP BPC
7 1 (0.065%) SAP ERP
7 1 (0.065%) SAP GRC
Cloud Services
1 55 (3.58%) Amazon AWS
2 44 (2.86%) GitHub
3 34 (2.21%) SaaS
4 27 (1.76%) Microsoft Azure
4 27 (1.76%) Office 365
5 21 (1.37%) IBM Cloud
6 19 (1.24%) PaaS
7 14 (0.91%) AWS CloudFormation
7 14 (0.91%) IaaS
8 12 (0.78%) Amazon S3
9 10 (0.65%) Mimecast
10 9 (0.59%) Amazon ELB
11 8 (0.52%) Route 53
11 8 (0.52%) Sumo Logic
12 6 (0.39%) Amazon EC2
12 6 (0.39%) Cloud Computing
13 4 (0.26%) Datadog
14 3 (0.20%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 2 (0.13%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
15 2 (0.13%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 407 (26.46%) Firewall
2 206 (13.39%) Network Security
3 124 (8.06%) TCP/IP
4 87 (5.66%) Wireless
5 69 (4.49%) VPN
6 61 (3.97%) Internet
6 61 (3.97%) LAN
6 61 (3.97%) WAN
7 60 (3.90%) MPLS
8 54 (3.51%) Intrusion Detection
9 50 (3.25%) DNS
10 43 (2.80%) HTTP
11 38 (2.47%) VoIP
12 37 (2.41%) DHCP
13 36 (2.34%) SSL
14 33 (2.15%) Wireless Security
15 31 (2.02%) Wi-Fi
16 28 (1.82%) IPsec
16 28 (1.82%) VLAN
17 24 (1.56%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 48 (3.12%) SQL Server
2 47 (3.06%) Big Data
3 35 (2.28%) Oracle Database
4 26 (1.69%) MongoDB
5 25 (1.63%) MySQL
6 19 (1.24%) NoSQL
7 18 (1.17%) Hadoop
8 17 (1.11%) Apache Hive
9 11 (0.72%) Amazon RDS
9 11 (0.72%) Data Mining
10 10 (0.65%) Relational Database
11 9 (0.59%) PostgreSQL
12 6 (0.39%) Oracle Reports
13 5 (0.33%) Redis
14 4 (0.26%) SQLPlus
15 2 (0.13%) Apache Cassandra
15 2 (0.13%) Azure SQL Database
15 2 (0.13%) RDBMS
15 2 (0.13%) Riak
15 2 (0.13%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 69 (4.49%) Metasploit
2 49 (3.19%) Burp Suite
3 46 (2.99%) Selenium
4 36 (2.34%) JIRA
5 33 (2.15%) Jenkins
6 24 (1.56%) Git (software)
7 23 (1.50%) Cucumber
8 22 (1.43%) JUnit
9 18 (1.17%) WebDriver
10 15 (0.98%) AppScan
11 12 (0.78%) Hudson
11 12 (0.78%) JMeter
11 12 (0.78%) NUnit
12 10 (0.65%) FitNesse
12 10 (0.65%) SoapUI
13 9 (0.59%) Jasmine
13 9 (0.59%) Vagrant
14 8 (0.52%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 8 (0.52%) Bitbucket
14 8 (0.52%) TestNG
General
1 289 (18.79%) Finance
2 144 (9.36%) Telecoms
3 76 (4.94%) Retail
4 65 (4.23%) Legal
5 43 (2.80%) Publishing
6 39 (2.54%) Banking
7 28 (1.82%) Games
8 21 (1.37%) Marketing
9 17 (1.11%) Electronics
10 11 (0.72%) Manufacturing
11 10 (0.65%) Automotive
12 9 (0.59%) Law
13 8 (0.52%) Financial Institution
14 7 (0.46%) Local Government
15 6 (0.39%) Aerospace
16 4 (0.26%) Back Office
16 4 (0.26%) Military
17 2 (0.13%) Advertising
18 1 (0.065%) Corporate Banking
18 1 (0.065%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 345 (22.43%) Analyst
2 309 (20.09%) Security Analyst
3 245 (15.93%) Tester
4 215 (13.98%) Penetration Tester
5 202 (13.13%) Consultant
6 136 (8.84%) Security Manager
7 132 (8.58%) Security Consultant
8 94 (6.11%) IT Analyst
9 92 (5.98%) IT Security Analyst
9 92 (5.98%) Security Specialist
10 90 (5.85%) Architect
11 89 (5.79%) Cybersecurity Analyst
12 88 (5.72%) Security Engineer
13 82 (5.33%) Developer
14 77 (5.01%) Information Analyst
14 77 (5.01%) Information Security Analyst
15 70 (4.55%) Security Architect
15 70 (4.55%) Security Tester
16 62 (4.03%) Security Penetration Tester
17 60 (3.90%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 99 (6.44%) .NET
2 60 (3.90%) Web Services
3 51 (3.32%) HTML
4 36 (2.34%) Node.js
5 33 (2.15%) CSS
6 29 (1.89%) Java EE
6 29 (1.89%) STL
7 28 (1.82%) .NET Framework
8 24 (1.56%) ASP.NET
9 21 (1.37%) SOAP
10 19 (1.24%) REST
11 18 (1.17%) HTML5
11 18 (1.17%) LAMP
12 17 (1.11%) Ruby on Rails
12 17 (1.11%) SAML
13 16 (1.04%) jQuery
13 16 (1.04%) Middleware
14 15 (0.98%) 802.1X
15 14 (0.91%) XML
16 13 (0.85%) Django
Miscellaneous
1 197 (12.81%) Management Information System
2 129 (8.39%) Computer Science
3 84 (5.46%) Data Centre
4 80 (5.20%) Mobile App
5 62 (4.03%) Cryptography
6 56 (3.64%) Data Protection Act
7 55 (3.58%) CESG
8 49 (3.19%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 43 (2.80%) Security Operations Centre
10 40 (2.60%) Analytical Skills
11 33 (2.15%) PKI
12 30 (1.95%) Cyberthreat
13 29 (1.89%) Cyber Defence
14 28 (1.82%) Enterprise Software
15 23 (1.50%) Algorithms
15 23 (1.50%) Embedded Systems
16 21 (1.37%) Blog
17 20 (1.30%) Fintech
18 18 (1.17%) Cybercrime
19 13 (0.85%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 400 (26.01%) Windows
2 305 (19.83%) Linux
3 171 (11.12%) Unix
4 79 (5.14%) Windows Server
5 75 (4.88%) Apple iOS
6 49 (3.19%) Android
7 44 (2.86%) Windows Server 2008
8 43 (2.80%) Mac OS X
9 37 (2.41%) Windows Server 2012
10 30 (1.95%) VxWorks
11 27 (1.76%) Windows Server 2003
12 25 (1.63%) Solaris
13 22 (1.43%) Kali Linux
14 12 (0.78%) AIX
14 12 (0.78%) Windows 7
15 9 (0.59%) Ubuntu
16 6 (0.39%) Windows 2000
17 5 (0.33%) CentOS
17 5 (0.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 3 (0.20%) KNOPPIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 723 (47.01%) Information Security
2 630 (40.96%) Cybersecurity
3 299 (19.44%) SIEM
4 292 (18.99%) Vulnerability Scanning
5 243 (15.80%) Ethical Hacking
6 225 (14.63%) Agile Software Development
7 217 (14.11%) Risk Management
8 208 (13.52%) Vulnerability Assessment
9 203 (13.20%) Vulnerability Management
10 152 (9.88%) Data Protection
10 152 (9.88%) Security Testing
11 136 (8.84%) ITIL
11 136 (8.84%) Security Architecture
12 134 (8.71%) Security Operations
13 130 (8.45%) OWASP
14 125 (8.13%) Open Source
15 119 (7.74%) Security Management
16 117 (7.61%) Reverse Engineering
17 110 (7.15%) Software Engineering
18 106 (6.89%) Risk Assessment
Programming Languages
1 291 (18.92%) C
2 283 (18.40%) Java
3 255 (16.58%) Python
4 224 (14.56%) C++
5 137 (8.91%) C#
6 110 (7.15%) SQL
7 108 (7.02%) PHP
8 104 (6.76%) Ruby
9 95 (6.18%) Perl
10 92 (5.98%) JavaScript
11 73 (4.75%) Bash Shell
12 52 (3.38%) Go
13 47 (3.06%) PowerShell
14 43 (2.80%) Objective-C
15 40 (2.60%) VB.NET
16 24 (1.56%) VB
17 21 (1.37%) Scala
18 9 (0.59%) Groovy
19 8 (0.52%) T-SQL
20 7 (0.46%) R
Qualifications
1 484 (31.47%) CISSP
2 324 (21.07%) Security Cleared
3 290 (18.86%) Degree
4 287 (18.66%) CEH
5 278 (18.08%) CISM
6 268 (17.43%) CISA
7 261 (16.97%) CREST Certified
8 157 (10.21%) DV Cleared
9 147 (9.56%) OSCP
10 139 (9.04%) GIAC
11 121 (7.87%) SC Cleared
12 113 (7.35%) SANS
13 92 (5.98%) Cisco Certification
14 87 (5.66%) CHECK Team Leader
14 87 (5.66%) GPEN
15 76 (4.94%) CHECK Team Member
16 72 (4.68%) Microsoft Certification
17 64 (4.16%) CCNA
18 61 (3.97%) SSCP
19 58 (3.77%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 347 (22.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 271 (17.62%) PCI DSS
3 62 (4.03%) QA
4 58 (3.77%) GPG13
5 56 (3.64%) SLA
6 47 (3.06%) COBIT
7 20 (1.30%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 19 (1.24%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 17 (1.11%) HIPAA
9 17 (1.11%) RMADS
10 11 (0.72%) SSAE 16
11 8 (0.52%) JSP 440
12 5 (0.33%) MISRA
13 3 (0.20%) GDPR
14 2 (0.13%) ISO27002
15 1 (0.065%) FISMA
15 1 (0.065%) ISAE 3402
15 1 (0.065%) ISO 9001
15 1 (0.065%) PA-DSS
System Software
1 96 (6.24%) Active Directory
2 86 (5.59%) VMware Infrastructure
3 31 (2.02%) Virtual Servers
4 30 (1.95%) VMware ESX
5 25 (1.63%) Docker
6 21 (1.37%) Firmware
7 17 (1.11%) Hyper-V
8 12 (0.78%) vSphere
9 10 (0.65%) Snort
10 7 (0.46%) NFS
11 5 (0.33%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 4 (0.26%) Xen
13 3 (0.20%) Ceph
13 3 (0.20%) VMware ESXi
14 2 (0.13%) vCloud
14 2 (0.13%) Virtual Machines
15 1 (0.065%) iptables
15 1 (0.065%) KVM
15 1 (0.065%) LXC
15 1 (0.065%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 138 (8.97%) Nessus
2 92 (5.98%) Nmap
3 40 (2.60%) QRadar
4 37 (2.41%) Puppet
5 32 (2.08%) OpenVAS
6 19 (1.24%) BMC PATROL
7 17 (1.11%) WSUS
8 16 (1.04%) Ansible
9 15 (0.98%) CSIRT
9 15 (0.98%) logstash
10 14 (0.91%) HP Fortify
11 12 (0.78%) Nagios
12 11 (0.72%) Opscode Chef
13 10 (0.65%) FortiGate
13 10 (0.65%) HAProxy
14 8 (0.52%) Terraform
14 8 (0.52%) WMI
15 7 (0.46%) Kibana
15 7 (0.46%) RSA enVision
15 7 (0.46%) Salt
Vendors
1 104 (6.76%) VMware
2 91 (5.92%) Cisco
3 84 (5.46%) Microsoft
4 83 (5.40%) Oracle
5 73 (4.75%) Qualys
6 47 (3.06%) CheckPoint
7 45 (2.93%) IBM
8 39 (2.54%) Splunk
9 37 (2.41%) Sophos
10 36 (2.34%) HP
11 35 (2.28%) Juniper
11 35 (2.28%) Palo Alto
12 33 (2.15%) ArcSight
13 32 (2.08%) Apple
14 30 (1.95%) Salesforce.com
15 27 (1.76%) LogRhythm
15 27 (1.76%) Mitel
16 23 (1.50%) SAP
17 21 (1.37%) F5
17 21 (1.37%) Intel Security
UK
Cloud Computing International
Salary: From £35,000 to £55,000 per annum
Posted: 8 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Salary: £45000 - £70000 per annum + Good benefits
Posted: 11 hours ago
Hertfordshire
Oscar
Salary: £25000 - £35000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: Circa £50,000- 80,000 plus an outstanding package
Posted: Yesterday
London
DCL Search & Selection
Salary: £70000 - £75000 per annum + Package
Posted: 9 hours ago
Bristol Area
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £60,000-70,000k base and strong package
Posted: 17 hours ago
Greater Manchester
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £60,000-70,000k base and strong package
Posted: 17 hours ago
City, London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £60,000-70,000k base and strong package
Posted: 17 hours ago
Edinburgh & Lothians
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £60,000-70,000k base and strong package
Posted: 17 hours ago
London
Oscar
Salary: £40000 - £60000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
London
Oscar
Salary: £50000 - £60000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Oscar
Salary: £50000 - £70000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol, Avon
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Salary: £45000 - £70000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus
Posted: 7 hours ago
City, London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £40,000 - £60,000
Posted: Yesterday
Guildford, Surrey
set2recruit
Salary: From £50,000 to £87,000 per annum plus benefits and car allowence
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Oscar
Salary: £30000 - £50000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol, Avon
n-tier selection limited
Salary: £35000 - £45000 per annum + 25 days holiday, Pension plan.
Posted: Yesterday
London
TEKsystems
Salary: £65000 - £75000 per annum + bonus and benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Computershare Investor Services
Salary: + Progression Opportunities
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Adeptis Group
Salary: £40000 - £50000 per annum + Bens
Posted: 2 days ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Reed Technology
Salary: £40000 - £45000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 8 hours ago
City, London
Oliver James Associates
Salary: £50000 - £60000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Guildford, Surrey
set2recruit
Salary: From £45,000 to £70,000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Oscar
Salary: £30000 - £50000 per annum + Car, Pension, PHI, Bonus
Posted: Yesterday
Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
Vadis People
Salary: circ £60,000 - £70,000
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Senitor Associates
Salary: £50000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 5 days ago
Oxfordshire
set2recruit
Salary: Up to £80,000 per annum Bonus + pension + private medical + life assur
Posted: 5 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Experis Ltd
Salary: £40000 - £55000 per annum + Standard Corporate Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Greater Manchester
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £40,000 - £75,000
Posted: 5 days ago
Bristol Area
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £40,000 - £75,000
Posted: 5 days ago