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 29 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Penetration Testing
Rank 467 482 541
Rank change year-on-year
+15 +59
Permanent jobs citing Penetration Testing 514 444 390
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.44% 0.42% 0.33%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.55% 0.52% 0.43%
Number of salaries quoted 415 301 317
Average salary £50,000 £50,000 £44,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +12.35%
90% offered a salary of more than £30,000 £33,500 £29,000
10% offered a salary of more than £72,500 £72,500 £70,000
UK excluding London average salary £45,000 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+5.88% +6.25%

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
93904 84659 90979
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 80.68% 79.59% 77.87%
Number of salaries quoted 74903 69182 77129
Average salary £47,500 £47,500 £46,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +2.15%
90% offered a salary of more than £30,500 £30,000 £30,000
10% offered a salary of more than £72,500 £72,500 £72,500
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £41,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+3.65% +2.50%

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 29 August 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 29 August 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
(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 +12 485 £50,000 - 60
London +61 221 £60,000 +4.34% 37
South East -87 109 £45,000 +12.50% 4
City of London +5 41 £60,000 -4.00% 18
North West +9 40 £60,000 +33.33% 4
Berkshire -10 35 £50,000 +25.00%
South West -16 32 £42,500 -19.81% 8
Surrey -11 31 £45,000 +12.50%
Hampshire -69 28 £44,500 +5.95% 3
Manchester +5 26 £47,500 -22.44% 4
Yorkshire -36 24 £35,000 -20.90% 2
East of England - 24 £45,000 - 1
Newbury +10 21 £27,500 -29.93%
Southampton - 19 £42,500 - 1
Gloucestershire +10 18 £42,500 +6.25% 5
West Midlands -10 17 £22,500 -55.00%
West Yorkshire -30 16 £35,000 -22.22% 1
Cheshire +1 14 £60,000 +140.00%
Bromley - 12 £45,000 - 1
Ipswich - 11 £55,000 -
Suffolk - 11 £55,000 -
Kent -1 10 £31,250 -3.84%
Scotland -13 10 £33,250 -35.12%
Cheltenham -3 9 £50,000 +25.00% 4
Bradford - 9 £35,000 -
Leicester +9 8 £62,500 - 1
Leicestershire +7 8 £62,500 - 1
East Midlands -12 8 £62,500 - 1
Reading -13 7 £50,000 +26.58%
Leeds -25 7 £37,500 -16.66%

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 August 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.

1 450 (44.87%) Information Security
2 298 (29.71%) Finance
3 284 (28.32%) CISSP
4 264 (26.32%) Windows
5 245 (24.43%) Firewall
6 224 (22.33%) Linux
7 210 (20.94%) PCI DSS
8 209 (20.84%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 207 (20.64%) Degree
10 205 (20.44%) Vulnerability Assessment
11 191 (19.04%) Security Testing
12 184 (18.34%) Ethical Hacking
12 184 (18.34%) CEH
13 155 (15.45%) Microsoft
14 154 (15.35%) Network Security
15 148 (14.76%) Security Cleared
16 143 (14.26%) Management Information System
17 134 (13.36%) ITIL
18 129 (12.86%) SIEM
19 119 (11.86%) UNIX
19 119 (11.86%) Risk Management
20 104 (10.37%) Java
21 103 (10.27%) Intrusion Detection
22 100 (9.97%) LAN
22 100 (9.97%) WAN
22 100 (9.97%) Cyber Security
23 97 (9.67%) SQL
24 96 (9.57%) CISM
25 95 (9.47%) MS Excel
26 91 (9.07%) .NET

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 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 25 (2.49%) SharePoint
2 16 (1.60%) IIS
3 13 (1.30%) Lync
4 12 (1.20%) Apache
5 8 (0.80%) Oracle Coherence
6 6 (0.60%) Tomcat
7 5 (0.50%) MS Exchange
8 4 (0.40%) WordPress
8 4 (0.40%) nginx
8 4 (0.40%) OpenStack
9 3 (0.30%) CloudStack
9 3 (0.30%) Drupal
10 2 (0.20%) Cloud Foundry
10 2 (0.20%) ArcGIS
10 2 (0.20%) SharePoint Server
10 2 (0.20%) WebSphere
11 1 (0.100%) GroupWise
11 1 (0.100%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 1 (0.100%) Exchange Server 2010
11 1 (0.100%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 95 (9.47%) MS Excel
2 42 (4.19%) MS Office
3 21 (2.09%) MS PowerPoint
4 7 (0.70%) MS Project
5 6 (0.60%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 12 (1.20%) assyst
2 2 (0.20%) Magento
3 1 (0.100%) Temenos T24
3 1 (0.100%) Oracle CRM
3 1 (0.100%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.100%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 26 (2.59%) SaaS
2 20 (1.99%) Amazon AWS
3 6 (0.60%) Cloud Computing
4 5 (0.50%) Microsoft Azure
4 5 (0.50%) Office 365
5 2 (0.20%) IaaS
5 2 (0.20%) Amazon S3
5 2 (0.20%) PaaS
5 2 (0.20%) Heroku
5 2 (0.20%) Amazon SQS
5 2 (0.20%) CloudFront
6 1 (0.100%) ElastiCache
6 1 (0.100%) Amazon ElastiCache
Communications & Networking
1 245 (24.43%) Firewall
2 154 (15.35%) Network Security
3 103 (10.27%) Intrusion Detection
4 100 (9.97%) LAN
4 100 (9.97%) WAN
5 79 (7.88%) Wireless
6 77 (7.68%) VPN
7 70 (6.98%) TCP/IP
8 66 (6.58%) Internet
9 42 (4.19%) DNS
10 41 (4.09%) Wireshark
11 39 (3.89%) VoIP
12 23 (2.29%) SAN
12 23 (2.29%) Wireless Security
13 19 (1.89%) HTTP
14 16 (1.60%) DHCP
15 15 (1.50%) SSL
15 15 (1.50%) tcpdump
16 14 (1.40%) NAS
16 14 (1.40%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 36 (3.59%) SQL Server
2 18 (1.79%) MySQL
3 14 (1.40%) Relational Database
4 9 (0.90%) Oracle Database
5 7 (0.70%) NoSQL
6 6 (0.60%) Hadoop
7 5 (0.50%) Big Data
8 4 (0.40%) PostgreSQL
9 2 (0.20%) MongoDB
10 1 (0.100%) Apache Cassandra
10 1 (0.100%) DB2
10 1 (0.100%) RDBMS
10 1 (0.100%) SQLPlus
10 1 (0.100%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 1 (0.100%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 37 (3.69%) Metasploit
2 20 (1.99%) LoadRunner
3 17 (1.69%) JIRA
4 14 (1.40%) Selenium
5 13 (1.30%) Cucumber
6 11 (1.10%) Git (software)
7 7 (0.70%) AppScan
8 6 (0.60%) QuickTest Pro
8 6 (0.60%) Selenium IDE
9 5 (0.50%) WebDriver
10 4 (0.40%) Subversion
11 2 (0.20%) JUnit
12 1 (0.100%) Visual Studio
12 1 (0.100%) Maven
12 1 (0.100%) QADirector
12 1 (0.100%) TestNG
12 1 (0.100%) Team Foundation Server
12 1 (0.100%) Mercurial
12 1 (0.100%) JBehave
12 1 (0.100%) Hudson
General
1 298 (29.71%) Finance
2 41 (4.09%) Legal
3 37 (3.69%) Retail
4 35 (3.49%) Games
5 31 (3.09%) Banking
6 27 (2.69%) Law
7 22 (2.19%) Telecoms
8 16 (1.60%) Marketing
9 15 (1.50%) Advertising
10 11 (1.10%) Military
11 9 (0.90%) Financial Institution
12 6 (0.60%) Electronics
13 4 (0.40%) Pharmaceutical
14 2 (0.20%) Aerospace
14 2 (0.20%) Arabic Language
14 2 (0.20%) Investment Banking
15 1 (0.100%) Local Government
15 1 (0.100%) Retail Banking
15 1 (0.100%) Corporate Banking
15 1 (0.100%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 284 (28.32%) Analyst
2 266 (26.52%) Security Analyst
3 241 (24.03%) Tester
4 215 (21.44%) Penetration Tester
5 193 (19.24%) Consultant
6 139 (13.86%) Security Consultant
7 93 (9.27%) Information Analyst
7 93 (9.27%) Information Security Analyst
8 85 (8.47%) IT Security Analyst
9 62 (6.18%) Security Specialist
10 54 (5.38%) Security Tester
11 35 (3.49%) Architect
12 34 (3.39%) Testing Consultant
13 30 (2.99%) Penetration Test Consultant
13 30 (2.99%) IT Consultant
14 29 (2.89%) Information Security Specialist
14 29 (2.89%) Information Specialist
15 28 (2.79%) Senior Consultant
15 28 (2.79%) Team Leader
15 28 (2.79%) IT Security Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 91 (9.07%) .NET
2 35 (3.49%) Web Services
3 33 (3.29%) ASP.NET
4 13 (1.30%) XML
4 13 (1.30%) Middleware
5 10 (1.00%) Ajax
6 9 (0.90%) Gherkin
7 8 (0.80%) Java SE
7 8 (0.80%) Spring
7 8 (0.80%) HTML
7 8 (0.80%) JMS
8 6 (0.60%) SailPoint
9 5 (0.50%) JSON
10 4 (0.40%) RESTful
10 4 (0.40%) REST
10 4 (0.40%) LAMP
11 3 (0.30%) WSDL
12 2 (0.20%) CSS
12 2 (0.20%) SOAP
12 2 (0.20%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 143 (14.26%) Management Information System
2 51 (5.08%) Computer Science
3 39 (3.89%) PKI
4 38 (3.79%) Mobile App
5 31 (3.09%) Open Source
6 25 (2.49%) Cryptography
7 18 (1.79%) Mathematics
8 17 (1.69%) Online Games
9 12 (1.20%) Clustering
10 10 (1.00%) Data Protection Act
11 8 (0.80%) CESG
12 7 (0.70%) SCADA
12 7 (0.70%) Blackberry
12 7 (0.70%) Embedded Systems
13 6 (0.60%) iPhone
14 5 (0.50%) iPad
15 4 (0.40%) CMDB
15 4 (0.40%) EFT
15 4 (0.40%) AS400
16 3 (0.30%) Streaming Video
Operating Systems
1 264 (26.32%) Windows
2 224 (22.33%) Linux
3 119 (11.86%) UNIX
4 25 (2.49%) Solaris
5 24 (2.39%) Android
5 24 (2.39%) Apple iOS
6 21 (2.09%) CentOS
7 16 (1.60%) Windows Server 2003
8 15 (1.50%) Windows Server 2008
8 15 (1.50%) Ubuntu
9 14 (1.40%) Debian
10 12 (1.20%) AIX
10 12 (1.20%) Windows Phone
11 10 (1.00%) Windows XP
12 5 (0.50%) Windows 7
13 4 (0.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 4 (0.40%) Windows Server 2012
13 4 (0.40%) OS/390
14 3 (0.30%) Windows Mobile
14 3 (0.30%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 450 (44.87%) Information Security
2 205 (20.44%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 191 (19.04%) Security Testing
4 184 (18.34%) Ethical Hacking
5 134 (13.36%) ITIL
6 129 (12.86%) SIEM
7 119 (11.86%) Risk Management
8 100 (9.97%) Cyber Security
9 88 (8.77%) Project Management
10 71 (7.08%) E-Commerce
11 68 (6.78%) Vulnerability Management
12 65 (6.48%) Security Management
13 58 (5.78%) Change Management
13 58 (5.78%) Incident Management
14 57 (5.68%) Risk Assessment
15 51 (5.08%) Kalman Filter
16 48 (4.79%) PRINCE2
17 45 (4.49%) Risk Analysis
18 44 (4.39%) Data Protection
19 43 (4.29%) Security Architecture
Programming Languages
1 104 (10.37%) Java
2 97 (9.67%) SQL
3 84 (8.37%) C
4 70 (6.98%) Python
5 69 (6.88%) PHP
6 63 (6.28%) C++
7 39 (3.89%) Ruby
8 35 (3.49%) Perl
9 34 (3.39%) Shell Script
10 24 (2.39%) Objective-C
11 23 (2.29%) C#
12 19 (1.89%) T-SQL
13 12 (1.20%) Bash Shell
14 7 (0.70%) VB.NET
15 6 (0.60%) VB
15 6 (0.60%) JavaScript
16 5 (0.50%) PowerShell
17 1 (0.100%) Assembly Language
Qualifications
1 284 (28.32%) CISSP
2 207 (20.64%) Degree
3 184 (18.34%) CEH
4 148 (14.76%) Security Cleared
5 96 (9.57%) CISM
6 89 (8.87%) SC Cleared
7 78 (7.78%) CISA
8 72 (7.18%) GIAC
9 67 (6.68%) OSCP
10 52 (5.18%) GPEN
11 50 (4.99%) Microsoft Certification
12 48 (4.79%) PCI QSA
13 45 (4.49%) MCSE
14 43 (4.29%) Cisco Certification
14 43 (4.29%) DV Cleared
15 38 (3.79%) ISEB
16 31 (3.09%) CISMP
17 27 (2.69%) CCNA
18 24 (2.39%) OSCE
19 20 (1.99%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 210 (20.94%) PCI DSS
2 209 (20.84%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 38 (3.79%) COBIT
4 37 (3.69%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 32 (3.19%) QA
6 11 (1.10%) ISO/IEC 17799
7 10 (1.00%) SLA
7 10 (1.00%) BS7799
8 4 (0.40%) ISO 9001
9 3 (0.30%) HIPAA
10 1 (0.100%) GPG13
10 1 (0.100%) JTAG
10 1 (0.100%) ISO 14001
10 1 (0.100%) WCAG
System Software
1 70 (6.98%) Active Directory
2 41 (4.09%) VMware Infrastructure
3 32 (3.19%) Hyper-V
4 24 (2.39%) Snort
5 18 (1.79%) Nmap
6 11 (1.10%) XenApp
7 10 (1.00%) Forefront TMG
7 10 (1.00%) UAG
8 3 (0.30%) KVM
9 2 (0.20%) Varnish
9 2 (0.20%) XenDesktop
9 2 (0.20%) vSphere
9 2 (0.20%) Terminal Server
10 1 (0.100%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 33 (3.29%) Nessus
2 9 (0.90%) CORE IMPACT
3 8 (0.80%) WSUS
4 7 (0.70%) Puppet
5 6 (0.60%) HP Quality Center
6 5 (0.50%) WebInspect
6 5 (0.50%) ZABBIX
7 3 (0.30%) OSSEC
7 3 (0.30%) Red Hat Spacewalk
8 2 (0.20%) Tivoli
8 2 (0.20%) Opscode Chef
9 1 (0.100%) Ansible
9 1 (0.100%) logstash
9 1 (0.100%) Nagios
9 1 (0.100%) Norton AntiVirus
9 1 (0.100%) Backup Exec
9 1 (0.100%) SCCM
9 1 (0.100%) Vagrant
9 1 (0.100%) Oracle Identity Management
9 1 (0.100%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 155 (15.45%) Microsoft
2 55 (5.48%) Cisco
3 52 (5.18%) VMware
4 35 (3.49%) Qualys
5 28 (2.79%) Oracle
6 25 (2.49%) HP
6 25 (2.49%) Citrix
7 21 (2.09%) Juniper
8 16 (1.60%) CheckPoint
9 15 (1.50%) LogRhythm
10 13 (1.30%) Sourcefire
10 13 (1.30%) IBM
11 10 (1.00%) NetApp
11 10 (1.00%) Red Hat
11 10 (1.00%) Splunk
12 9 (0.90%) McAfee
12 9 (0.90%) Dell
13 8 (0.80%) Symantec
13 8 (0.80%) LogLogic
14 6 (0.60%) F5
London
2Source Talent
Salary: Up to £75,000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 5 hours ago
City, London
Clear Edge Consulting
Salary: From £35,000 to £40,000 per annum
Posted: 11 hours ago
Skipton, North Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Salary: From £30,000 to £35,000 per annum
Posted: 12 hours ago
City, London
Trust In Soda
Salary: From £70,000 to £90,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Didcot, Oxfordshire
Randstad Technologies
Salary: £30000.00 - £35000.00 per annum + bonus and benefits
Posted: Yesterday
London
Talent International
Salary: £37000 - £55000 per annum + DOE - Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Novate IT Ltd
Salary: £45000 to £50000 per annum - benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: From £30,000 to £80,000 per annum + comprehensive package
Posted: Yesterday
London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: From £30,000 to £80,000 per annum + comprehensive package
Posted: Yesterday
London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: From £30,000 to £80,000 per annum + comprehensive package
Posted: Yesterday
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: From £30,000 to £80,000 per annum + comprehensive package
Posted: Yesterday
South West London
Tiro Partners
Salary: From £37,000 to £55,000 per annum Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
London
Lorien Resourcing
Salary: bonus and benefits
Posted: Yesterday
London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: From £35,000 to £65,000 per annum plus outstanding package
Posted: Yesterday
London
Broady Limited
Salary: From £55,000 to £65,000 per annum 55k to 65k + car allowance + min 18%
Posted: Yesterday
East London
Oho Group Ltd.
Salary: £0 to £55 per annum - Car + Bonus + Healthcare + Pension etc
Posted: Yesterday
London
Coal IT Services
Salary: From £50,000 to £56,000 per annum + Excellent Benefits + Bonus
Posted: 2 days ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Salary: £25000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
South Croydon, Surrey
Connectus
Salary: £55000 - £65000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Basingstoke, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Salary: £40000 - £49000 per annum + 25 days holiday, pension, medical
Posted: 2 days ago