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

Location
3 months to
21 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Penetration Testing
Rank 461 520 465
Rank change year-on-year
+59 -55
Permanent jobs citing Penetration Testing 532 487 493
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.48% 0.40% 0.44%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.57% 0.49% 0.55%
Number of salaries quoted 409 389 321
Average salary £52,500 £55,000 £47,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
-4.54% +15.78%
90% offered a salary of more than £37,500 £37,750 £35,000
10% offered a salary of more than £72,500 £75,000 £66,500
UK excluding London average salary £47,500 £50,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year
-5.94% +12.22%

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
92626 99355 89014
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 83.23% 82.06% 80.16%
Number of salaries quoted 74985 79810 73029
Average salary £50,000 £47,500 £46,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+5.26% +3.26%
90% offered a salary of more than £32,000 £30,500 £30,000
10% offered a salary of more than £75,000 £70,000 £72,500
UK excluding London average salary £44,000 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+3.52% +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 21 April 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 21 April 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
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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 +56 512 £52,500 -4.54% 149
London +48 237 £57,500 -0.86% 51
South East +9 108 £54,250 +20.55% 29
City of London +14 55 £67,500 +35.00% 13
East of England +43 37 £43,900 -13.06% 5
Yorkshire +24 34 £44,500 +11.25% 10
South West -15 33 £45,000 -14.28% 18
Berkshire +20 28 £53,500 -2.72% 11
Hampshire -6 28 £55,000 +22.22% 7
Surrey -8 25 £55,000 +22.22% 3
North West +14 24 £52,500 +16.66% 19
West Midlands -9 24 £50,000 -9.09% 12
Cambridgeshire +33 23 £43,900 +41.61% 3
Cambridge +24 21 £43,900 +41.61% 2
East Midlands +8 19 £40,000 -33.33% 3
Slough +18 16 £52,500 - 2
West Yorkshire +9 16 £48,750 +21.87% 7
Cheshire +21 15 £52,500 -22.22%
Wiltshire - 15 £45,000 -
Nottinghamshire +16 14 £40,000 -27.27%
Nottingham +7 14 £40,000 -27.27%
South Yorkshire - 13 £44,500 - 2
Leeds +20 12 £50,000 +11.11% 7
Coventry -3 12 £22,000 -60.00% 1
Sheffield - 12 £44,500 - 2
Gloucestershire -34 10 £45,000 -15.09% 10
East Sussex - 10 £47,500 -
Guildford +18 9 £55,000 +15.78%
Cheltenham +5 9 £45,000 -15.09% 7
Birmingham -7 9 £52,500 +16.66% 8

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 April 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.

1 451 (45.05%) Information Security
2 303 (30.27%) Firewall
3 270 (26.97%) CISSP
4 261 (26.07%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 229 (22.88%) Windows
6 200 (19.98%) Network Security
7 197 (19.68%) Finance
8 182 (18.18%) Degree
9 175 (17.48%) Linux
10 166 (16.58%) Management Information System
11 150 (14.99%) Security Testing
12 142 (14.19%) LAN
13 138 (13.79%) PCI DSS
14 136 (13.59%) Cisco
15 134 (13.39%) Cyber Security
16 128 (12.79%) Security Architecture
17 127 (12.69%) WAN
18 126 (12.59%) Vulnerability Assessment
19 119 (11.89%) CISM
19 119 (11.89%) ITIL
20 118 (11.79%) Wireless
20 118 (11.79%) Security Cleared
21 114 (11.39%) Risk Management
22 106 (10.59%) Ethical Hacking
23 105 (10.49%) SIEM
24 97 (9.69%) Security Management
25 95 (9.49%) Vulnerability Management
26 93 (9.29%) VPN
27 86 (8.59%) TCP/IP
28 84 (8.39%) Microsoft

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 21 April 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 42 (4.20%) IIS
2 16 (1.60%) Apache
3 13 (1.30%) MS Exchange
3 13 (1.30%) CMS
4 9 (0.90%) Lync
5 5 (0.50%) Exchange Server 2010
5 5 (0.50%) SharePoint
6 4 (0.40%) Elasticsearch
6 4 (0.40%) OpenStack
6 4 (0.40%) WebSphere
7 3 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2007
7 3 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2013
7 3 (0.30%) Tomcat
8 1 (0.100%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 45 (4.50%) MS Excel
2 4 (0.40%) MS Office
3 2 (0.20%) MS Project
4 1 (0.100%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 12 (1.20%) Google Analytics
2 7 (0.70%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.100%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.100%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.100%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 26 (2.60%) IaaS
2 21 (2.10%) Amazon AWS
3 14 (1.40%) SaaS
4 10 (1.00%) Cloud Computing
5 5 (0.50%) Microsoft Azure
6 3 (0.30%) PaaS
7 2 (0.20%) Heroku
8 1 (0.100%) Rackspace Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 303 (30.27%) Firewall
2 200 (19.98%) Network Security
3 142 (14.19%) LAN
4 127 (12.69%) WAN
5 118 (11.79%) Wireless
6 93 (9.29%) VPN
7 86 (8.59%) TCP/IP
8 78 (7.79%) Intrusion Detection
9 56 (5.59%) SSL
10 55 (5.49%) MPLS
11 54 (5.39%) Cisco ASA
12 52 (5.19%) Internet
13 45 (4.50%) DNS
14 44 (4.40%) VLAN
15 35 (3.50%) HTTP
16 33 (3.30%) Wireless Security
16 33 (3.30%) HSRP
17 32 (3.20%) OSPF
18 31 (3.10%) BGP
18 31 (3.10%) VPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 36 (3.60%) SQL Server
2 20 (2.00%) MySQL
3 14 (1.40%) Relational Database
4 8 (0.80%) NoSQL
5 6 (0.60%) Couchbase
5 6 (0.60%) Hadoop
5 6 (0.60%) Apache Cassandra
6 4 (0.40%) Data Mining
7 3 (0.30%) PostgreSQL
7 3 (0.30%) Big Data
8 1 (0.100%) SQL Server 2012
8 1 (0.100%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 1 (0.100%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.100%) SQL Server 2008
8 1 (0.100%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 32 (3.20%) Metasploit
2 19 (1.90%) JIRA
3 9 (0.90%) Jenkins
4 5 (0.50%) LoadRunner
4 5 (0.50%) Octopus Deploy
5 4 (0.40%) Selenium
5 4 (0.40%) Git (software)
5 4 (0.40%) Team Foundation Server
6 3 (0.30%) JBehave
6 3 (0.30%) JMeter
7 2 (0.20%) Visual Studio
7 2 (0.20%) QuickTest Pro
8 1 (0.100%) Ant
8 1 (0.100%) Oracle Forms
8 1 (0.100%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 1 (0.100%) Cucumber
8 1 (0.100%) Bitbucket
8 1 (0.100%) Yeoman
8 1 (0.100%) Mercurial
General
1 197 (19.68%) Finance
2 48 (4.80%) Telecoms
3 43 (4.30%) Banking
4 36 (3.60%) Retail
5 31 (3.10%) Marketing
6 17 (1.70%) Back Office
7 16 (1.60%) Legal
8 15 (1.50%) Law
8 15 (1.50%) Advertising
9 12 (1.20%) Games
10 11 (1.10%) Aerospace
11 6 (0.60%) Financial Institution
12 4 (0.40%) Military
13 3 (0.30%) Retail Banking
13 3 (0.30%) Automotive
14 2 (0.20%) Manufacturing
15 1 (0.100%) Electronics
15 1 (0.100%) Avionics
15 1 (0.100%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 196 (19.58%) Tester
2 177 (17.68%) Penetration Tester
3 162 (16.18%) Consultant
4 158 (15.78%) Analyst
5 126 (12.59%) Security Analyst
6 120 (11.99%) Security Consultant
7 94 (9.39%) Security Engineer
8 81 (8.09%) Security Manager
9 67 (6.69%) Network Engineer
10 48 (4.80%) Architect
11 44 (4.40%) Security Specialist
12 40 (4.00%) Security Architect
13 39 (3.90%) IT Security Consultant
13 39 (3.90%) IT Security Analyst
13 39 (3.90%) IT Consultant
14 32 (3.20%) Administrator
14 32 (3.20%) Team Leader
15 31 (3.10%) Senior Network Engineer
16 30 (3.00%) Network Security Engineer
17 28 (2.80%) Security Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 52 (5.19%) .NET
2 32 (3.20%) Web Services
3 25 (2.50%) REST
4 17 (1.70%) HTML
5 15 (1.50%) SAML
5 15 (1.50%) ASP.NET
5 15 (1.50%) OAuth
6 14 (1.40%) CSS
7 11 (1.10%) XML
8 10 (1.00%) Middleware
8 10 (1.00%) JSON
8 10 (1.00%) RabbitMQ
9 8 (0.80%) SOAP
10 7 (0.70%) .NET Framework
10 7 (0.70%) LAMP
11 6 (0.60%) SailPoint
11 6 (0.60%) WCF
11 6 (0.60%) HTML5
12 5 (0.50%) JSP
13 3 (0.30%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 166 (16.58%) Management Information System
2 74 (7.39%) Computer Science
3 50 (5.00%) Mobile App
4 49 (4.90%) Cryptography
5 47 (4.70%) Analytical Skills
6 27 (2.70%) PKI
6 27 (2.70%) Mathematics
7 20 (2.00%) Embedded Systems
8 17 (1.70%) Open Source
9 16 (1.60%) CESG
10 14 (1.40%) Client/Server
11 12 (1.20%) User Experience
12 10 (1.00%) Performance Metrics
12 10 (1.00%) Clustering
12 10 (1.00%) Inversion of Control
13 9 (0.90%) Data Protection Act
14 8 (0.80%) SCADA
15 7 (0.70%) Smart Meter
15 7 (0.70%) Hedge funds
16 6 (0.60%) BYOD
Operating Systems
1 229 (22.88%) Windows
2 175 (17.48%) Linux
3 72 (7.19%) UNIX
4 19 (1.90%) Solaris
5 14 (1.40%) Windows Server 2008
6 12 (1.20%) Windows Server 2012
7 9 (0.90%) Android
8 8 (0.80%) Windows 7
9 7 (0.70%) Apple iOS
10 6 (0.60%) Windows 8
10 6 (0.60%) Debian
10 6 (0.60%) VMS
11 5 (0.50%) Windows Server 2003
11 5 (0.50%) CentOS
12 4 (0.40%) Ubuntu
13 3 (0.30%) Windows Phone
14 2 (0.20%) CoreOS
14 2 (0.20%) Mac OS X
14 2 (0.20%) Windows XP
15 1 (0.100%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 451 (45.05%) Information Security
2 150 (14.99%) Security Testing
3 134 (13.39%) Cyber Security
4 128 (12.79%) Security Architecture
5 126 (12.59%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 119 (11.89%) ITIL
7 114 (11.39%) Risk Management
8 106 (10.59%) Ethical Hacking
9 105 (10.49%) SIEM
10 97 (9.69%) Security Management
11 95 (9.49%) Vulnerability Management
12 72 (7.19%) OWASP
13 71 (7.09%) Agile Software Development
14 62 (6.19%) Reverse Engineering
15 60 (5.99%) Incident Management
16 59 (5.89%) Stakeholder Management
17 58 (5.79%) Risk Assessment
17 58 (5.79%) Kalman Filter
18 56 (5.59%) Disaster Recovery
19 55 (5.49%) Malware Analysis
Programming Languages
1 83 (8.29%) SQL
2 73 (7.29%) Java
3 62 (6.19%) C
4 57 (5.69%) Python
5 54 (5.39%) C#
6 37 (3.70%) PHP
7 35 (3.50%) C++
8 25 (2.50%) Perl
9 23 (2.30%) Bash Shell
10 18 (1.80%) Ruby
11 12 (1.20%) PowerShell
11 12 (1.20%) Shell Script
12 8 (0.80%) JavaScript
13 3 (0.30%) VB.NET
14 1 (0.100%) Objective-C
14 1 (0.100%) Golang
Qualifications
1 270 (26.97%) CISSP
2 182 (18.18%) Degree
3 119 (11.89%) CISM
4 118 (11.79%) Security Cleared
5 80 (7.99%) CEH
6 76 (7.59%) OSCP
7 69 (6.89%) Cisco Certification
8 67 (6.69%) SC Cleared
8 67 (6.69%) CISA
9 54 (5.39%) OSCE
9 54 (5.39%) CCNP
10 38 (3.80%) GIAC
11 32 (3.20%) CCIE
12 30 (3.00%) Microsoft Certification
13 26 (2.60%) PCI QSA
14 25 (2.50%) GCIH
15 24 (2.40%) GPEN
16 20 (2.00%) SSCP
17 19 (1.90%) CCNA
17 19 (1.90%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 261 (26.07%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 138 (13.79%) PCI DSS
3 34 (3.40%) COBIT
4 25 (2.50%) QA
4 25 (2.50%) ISO/IEC 17799
5 19 (1.90%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 12 (1.20%) SLA
6 12 (1.20%) HIPAA
7 7 (0.70%) ISO 9001
8 5 (0.50%) JSP 440
9 2 (0.20%) PMBOK
10 1 (0.100%) FISMA
10 1 (0.100%) COSO
10 1 (0.100%) ARP4754
10 1 (0.100%) CESG Infosec
System Software
1 55 (5.49%) Active Directory
2 37 (3.70%) VMware Infrastructure
3 25 (2.50%) Snort
4 10 (1.00%) VMware ESXi
5 8 (0.80%) Hyper-V
6 6 (0.60%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 6 (0.60%) vSphere
7 4 (0.40%) VMware ESX
8 3 (0.30%) Forefront TMG
8 3 (0.30%) UAG
8 3 (0.30%) KVM
8 3 (0.30%) XenServer
8 3 (0.30%) DFS Replication
8 3 (0.30%) Xen
9 1 (0.100%) Terminal Services
9 1 (0.100%) XenApp
9 1 (0.100%) LXC
9 1 (0.100%) iptables
Systems Management
1 38 (3.80%) Nessus
2 21 (2.10%) Opscode Chef
3 17 (1.70%) Puppet
3 17 (1.70%) Nagios
4 14 (1.40%) Nmap
4 14 (1.40%) SCCM
5 13 (1.30%) CORE IMPACT
6 10 (1.00%) HAProxy
7 8 (0.80%) Ansible
8 6 (0.60%) HP Quality Center
8 6 (0.60%) McAfee ePO
8 6 (0.60%) ZABBIX
9 5 (0.50%) SCOM
9 5 (0.50%) FortiGate
10 4 (0.40%) logstash
10 4 (0.40%) Salt
11 3 (0.30%) Graphite
12 2 (0.20%) Munin
12 2 (0.20%) SolarWinds Orion
12 2 (0.20%) OpenView
Vendors
1 136 (13.59%) Cisco
2 84 (8.39%) Microsoft
3 66 (6.59%) CheckPoint
4 58 (5.79%) Juniper
5 54 (5.39%) VMware
6 45 (4.50%) HP
7 33 (3.30%) F5
8 26 (2.60%) Oracle
9 25 (2.50%) Citrix
10 21 (2.10%) Splunk
11 19 (1.90%) Websense
12 18 (1.80%) Sourcefire
13 17 (1.70%) McAfee
14 14 (1.40%) LogRhythm
15 13 (1.30%) Google
15 13 (1.30%) Fortinet
16 10 (1.00%) Apple
17 9 (0.90%) Qualys
18 8 (0.80%) Barracuda Networks
18 8 (0.80%) Aruba
Central London / West End
Spencer Rose
Salary: From £36,000 to £45,000 per annum good bonus and benefits offered
Posted: 1 hour ago
North London
Intelletec
Salary: From £37,000 to £85,000 per annum £15,000 bonus, remote working, priva
Posted: 15 hours ago
North London
Intelletec
Salary: From £37,000 to £85,000 per annum bonus up to £15,000, remote working,
Posted: 15 hours ago
Sutton, Surrey
Reed Business Information Ltd
Salary: From £45,000 to £55,000 per annum + 29 days + share ops scheme + pensi
Posted: 15 hours ago
City, London
Montash
Salary: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Intapeople
Salary: £20000 - £35000 per annum, Benefits healthcare, pension, bonus
Posted: 16 hours ago
Basingstoke, Hampshire
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Salary: £45000 - £65000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 17 hours ago
Salford, Lancashire
FT Select
Salary: From £40,000 to £50,000 per annum + Corporate benefiits
Posted: 22 hours ago
London
Exposed Solutions
Salary: £30000 - £50000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Posted: 3 days ago
Slough, Berkshire
Sanderson
Salary: £35000 - £60000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Slough, Berkshire
Sanderson
Salary: £50000 - £80000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
IT Connections
Salary: £45,000 to £50,000
Posted: 3 days ago
West Midlands
Spencer Rose
Salary: From £45,000 to £75,000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Basingstoke, Hampshire
Talent International
Salary: £50000 - £60000 per annum + BONUS, PENSION
Posted: 3 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Salary: £40000 - £55000 per annum + Car Allowance
Posted: 3 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Salary: £40000 - £55000 per annum + Car Allowance
Posted: 3 days ago
London
DCL Search & Selection
Salary: £50000 - £60000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Basingstoke, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Salary: £6000 - £45000 per annum + Bonus, Pension, Medical
Posted: 3 days ago
Enfield, Middlesex
Spencer Rose
Salary: From £45,000 to £55,000 per annum remote working and training offered
Posted: 3 days ago