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 2 July 2016 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

3 months to
2 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Penetration Testing
Rank 348 477 542
Rank change year-on-year
+129 +65
Permanent jobs citing Penetration Testing 836 586 506
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.86% 0.53% 0.42%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.98% 0.61% 0.49%
Number of salaries quoted 633 450 407
Median salary £57,500 £52,500 £51,500
Median salary % change year-on-year
+9.52% +1.94%
90% offered a salary of more than £38,677 £37,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £80,000 £82,500 £72,500
UK excluding London median salary £50,250 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year
+5.78% +5.55%

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
85581 96051 102613
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 87.87% 86.90% 85.49%
Number of salaries quoted 71557 78493 83081
Median salary £50,000 £50,000 £48,000
Median salary % change year-on-year
- +4.16%
90% offered a salary of more than £32,500 £32,000 £31,500
10% offered a salary of more than £77,500 £72,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median salary £45,000 £44,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year
+2.27% +3.52%

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 2 July 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 2 July 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 +138 791 £57,500 +9.52% 122
London +106 375 £65,000 +18.18% 44
South East +74 177 £55,000 +4.76% 20
North West +62 65 £57,500 +6.97% 14
South West +63 62 £42,500 -10.52% 10
City of London +72 58 £60,000 +9.09% 8
Surrey +44 47 £55,000 - 2
Manchester +38 47 £60,000 -2.04% 11
Oxfordshire +18 47 £55,000 +46.66% 4
Yorkshire +38 43 £50,000 +33.33% 6
Gloucestershire +21 33 £50,000 - 7
West Yorkshire +45 32 £50,000 +25.00% 4
West Midlands +11 32 £41,750 -21.22% 10
East of England +36 28 £47,500 +3.26% 8
Leeds +33 28 £70,000 +108.95% 2
Berkshire +3 28 £57,500 +4.54% 2
Guildford +17 24 £55,000 -
Kent +29 22 £45,000 +38.46% 2
Reading +27 21 £57,500 -2.12% 1
Hampshire +2 15 £61,250 +16.66% 8
Cheltenham -5 15 £50,000 - 6
Scotland +12 14 £53,750 +26.47% 2
Hertfordshire +39 11 £42,500 +26.86% 1
Bristol +36 11 £42,500 - 1
Dorset +17 10 £32,500 - 1
Banbury -1 10 £43,000 +1.17% 3
Hemel Hempstead - 10 £42,500 -
Liverpool - 10 £43,500 -
Merseyside - 10 £43,500 -
Buckinghamshire +27 9 £36,500 -39.16%

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 July 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.

1 765 (47.96%) Information Security
2 542 (33.98%) Cybersecurity
3 450 (28.21%) CISSP
4 388 (24.33%) Windows
5 377 (23.64%) CREST Certified
6 370 (23.20%) Finance
7 353 (22.13%) Firewall
8 352 (22.07%) Security Cleared
9 331 (20.75%) Vulnerability Assessment
10 322 (20.19%) Linux
11 319 (20.00%) Python
12 296 (18.56%) Java
13 293 (18.37%) Degree
14 271 (16.99%) SIEM
15 265 (16.61%) C++
16 254 (15.92%) Security Testing
17 247 (15.49%) Network Security
18 244 (15.30%) ISO/IEC 27001
19 235 (14.73%) Ethical Hacking
20 232 (14.55%) CEH
21 231 (14.48%) Management Information System
22 229 (14.36%) CISM
23 228 (14.29%) Risk Management
24 224 (14.04%) Vulnerability Scanning
25 203 (12.73%) C
26 198 (12.41%) Agile Software Development
27 186 (11.66%) Nessus
28 179 (11.22%) Unix
29 173 (10.85%) C#
30 169 (10.60%) Perl

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 13 (0.82%) nginx
2 11 (0.69%) Apache Pig
3 8 (0.50%) Apache
3 8 (0.50%) Confluence
3 8 (0.50%) IIS
4 7 (0.44%) Elasticsearch
5 6 (0.38%) Apache Spark
5 6 (0.38%) OpenStack
6 5 (0.31%) SharePoint
6 5 (0.31%) WebSphere
7 4 (0.25%) CMS
8 3 (0.19%) Apache Solr
8 3 (0.19%) Drupal
8 3 (0.19%) MS Exchange
8 3 (0.19%) SAS
9 2 (0.13%) Cloud Foundry
9 2 (0.13%) Eucalyptus
9 2 (0.13%) JBoss
9 2 (0.13%) Tomcat
10 1 (0.063%) uWSGI
Applications
1 33 (2.07%) MS Excel
2 11 (0.69%) MS Visio
3 7 (0.44%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (0.25%) MS Office
5 3 (0.19%) MS Project
6 1 (0.063%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 10 (0.63%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (0.13%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.063%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 98 (6.14%) Amazon AWS
2 49 (3.07%) Microsoft Azure
3 19 (1.19%) SaaS
4 15 (0.94%) Office 365
5 8 (0.50%) PaaS
6 7 (0.44%) Amazon ELB
7 6 (0.38%) OpenShift
8 4 (0.25%) Cloud Computing
9 3 (0.19%) Datadog
9 3 (0.19%) Mimecast
10 2 (0.13%) Amazon S3
10 2 (0.13%) AWS CloudFormation
10 2 (0.13%) Google Cloud Platform
10 2 (0.13%) Google Compute Engine
10 2 (0.13%) Nimbula
10 2 (0.13%) Route 53
11 1 (0.063%) Amazon EC2
11 1 (0.063%) GitHub
11 1 (0.063%) Heroku
11 1 (0.063%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 353 (22.13%) Firewall
2 247 (15.49%) Network Security
3 156 (9.78%) Intrusion Detection
4 145 (9.09%) TCP/IP
5 134 (8.40%) Wireless
6 107 (6.71%) Internet
7 99 (6.21%) VPN
8 71 (4.45%) WAN
9 62 (3.89%) HTTP
10 60 (3.76%) SSL
11 57 (3.57%) LAN
12 54 (3.39%) DNS
13 49 (3.07%) Cisco ASA
14 40 (2.51%) Wireless Security
15 36 (2.26%) IPsec
16 33 (2.07%) MPLS
17 28 (1.76%) DHCP
18 24 (1.50%) Wireshark
19 23 (1.44%) LDAP
19 23 (1.44%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (2.38%) Big Data
2 22 (1.38%) MongoDB
3 14 (0.88%) Hadoop
3 14 (0.88%) PostgreSQL
4 11 (0.69%) Apache Hive
4 11 (0.69%) Data Mining
4 11 (0.69%) MySQL
4 11 (0.69%) Relational Database
5 10 (0.63%) NoSQL
6 9 (0.56%) Redis
6 9 (0.56%) SQL Server
7 6 (0.38%) Crystal Reports
8 3 (0.19%) Parquet
8 3 (0.19%) SQLPlus
9 2 (0.13%) Amazon RDS
10 1 (0.063%) Apache Cassandra
10 1 (0.063%) Azure SQL Database
10 1 (0.063%) QlikView
10 1 (0.063%) QualityStage
10 1 (0.063%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 130 (8.15%) Metasploit
2 77 (4.83%) Selenium
3 58 (3.64%) JIRA
4 54 (3.39%) Burp Suite
5 43 (2.70%) Jenkins
6 42 (2.63%) WebDriver
7 38 (2.38%) Cucumber
8 32 (2.01%) Git (software)
9 31 (1.94%) JUnit
10 27 (1.69%) SoapUI
11 23 (1.44%) AppScan
12 19 (1.19%) LoadRunner
12 19 (1.19%) TestNG
13 17 (1.07%) FitNesse
14 16 (1.00%) Hudson
14 16 (1.00%) SpecFlow
15 11 (0.69%) NUnit
15 11 (0.69%) Visual Studio
16 9 (0.56%) Team Foundation Server
17 6 (0.38%) gulp
General
1 370 (23.20%) Finance
2 147 (9.22%) Telecoms
3 80 (5.02%) Banking
4 46 (2.88%) Publishing
5 33 (2.07%) Legal
6 31 (1.94%) Law
7 23 (1.44%) Financial Institution
8 19 (1.19%) Retail
9 18 (1.13%) Marketing
10 16 (1.00%) Manufacturing
11 15 (0.94%) Electronics
12 14 (0.88%) Local Government
13 12 (0.75%) Games
14 11 (0.69%) Investment Banking
15 9 (0.56%) Aerospace
16 8 (0.50%) Back Office
16 8 (0.50%) Military
17 7 (0.44%) Billing
18 5 (0.31%) Automotive
18 5 (0.31%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 372 (23.32%) Tester
2 364 (22.82%) Analyst
3 318 (19.94%) Security Analyst
4 303 (19.00%) Penetration Tester
5 247 (15.49%) Consultant
6 203 (12.73%) Security Consultant
7 151 (9.47%) Security Manager
8 133 (8.34%) Security Engineer
9 99 (6.21%) Information Analyst
9 99 (6.21%) Information Security Analyst
10 96 (6.02%) Senior Analyst
11 91 (5.71%) Security Specialist
11 91 (5.71%) Senior Security Analyst
12 84 (5.27%) Security Tester
13 75 (4.70%) Architect
14 74 (4.64%) Cybersecurity Analyst
15 71 (4.45%) Security Penetration Tester
16 67 (4.20%) Security Architect
17 58 (3.64%) IT Analyst
18 55 (3.45%) Senior Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 140 (8.78%) .NET
2 59 (3.70%) HTML
3 54 (3.39%) Web Services
4 43 (2.70%) Node.js
5 40 (2.51%) SOAP
6 39 (2.45%) CSS
7 35 (2.19%) ASP.NET
8 29 (1.82%) SAML
9 26 (1.63%) REST
10 20 (1.25%) JSON
11 19 (1.19%) AngularJS
11 19 (1.19%) HTML5
12 17 (1.07%) XML
13 14 (0.88%) Java EE
13 14 (0.88%) JDBC
13 14 (0.88%) OAuth
14 13 (0.82%) Middleware
15 12 (0.75%) STL
16 10 (0.63%) ASP.NET MVC
17 9 (0.56%) Sensu
Miscellaneous
1 231 (14.48%) Management Information System
2 156 (9.78%) Mobile App
3 124 (7.77%) Analytical Skills
4 89 (5.58%) Computer Science
5 76 (4.76%) CESG
6 75 (4.70%) Security Operations Centre
7 51 (3.20%) Cyberthreat
8 47 (2.95%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 39 (2.45%) Blog
10 36 (2.26%) Embedded Systems
11 34 (2.13%) Cybercrime
12 32 (2.01%) Data Centre
13 31 (1.94%) Client/Server
14 26 (1.63%) Cryptography
14 26 (1.63%) SCADA
15 24 (1.50%) Mainframe
16 22 (1.38%) PKI
17 21 (1.32%) Cyber Attack
17 21 (1.32%) Data Protection Act
17 21 (1.32%) Internet of Things
Operating Systems
1 388 (24.33%) Windows
2 322 (20.19%) Linux
3 179 (11.22%) Unix
4 68 (4.26%) Android
5 54 (3.39%) Apple iOS
6 50 (3.13%) Kali Linux
7 39 (2.45%) VxWorks
8 34 (2.13%) Solaris
9 33 (2.07%) Windows Server
10 20 (1.25%) Mac OS X
11 9 (0.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 6 (0.38%) Windows Server 2008
12 6 (0.38%) Windows Server 2012
13 5 (0.31%) FreeBSD
13 5 (0.31%) Windows Server 2003
14 4 (0.25%) AIX
15 3 (0.19%) CentOS
15 3 (0.19%) Debian
15 3 (0.19%) VMS
16 2 (0.13%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 765 (47.96%) Information Security
2 542 (33.98%) Cybersecurity
3 331 (20.75%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 271 (16.99%) SIEM
5 254 (15.92%) Security Testing
6 235 (14.73%) Ethical Hacking
7 228 (14.29%) Risk Management
8 224 (14.04%) Vulnerability Scanning
9 198 (12.41%) Agile Software Development
10 157 (9.84%) Security Operations
11 132 (8.28%) ITIL
11 132 (8.28%) OWASP
12 119 (7.46%) Mentoring
13 115 (7.21%) Reverse Engineering
14 112 (7.02%) Project Management
15 110 (6.90%) Vulnerability Management
16 109 (6.83%) Risk Assessment
17 103 (6.46%) Security Architecture
18 97 (6.08%) Security Management
19 95 (5.96%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 319 (20.00%) Python
2 296 (18.56%) Java
3 265 (16.61%) C++
4 203 (12.73%) C
5 173 (10.85%) C#
6 169 (10.60%) Perl
7 165 (10.34%) Ruby
8 162 (10.16%) PHP
9 116 (7.27%) SQL
10 86 (5.39%) PowerShell
11 68 (4.26%) VB.NET
12 58 (3.64%) Objective-C
13 40 (2.51%) Bash Shell
14 35 (2.19%) JavaScript
15 25 (1.57%) Scala
16 19 (1.19%) Groovy
17 11 (0.69%) Shell Script
17 11 (0.69%) VB
18 7 (0.44%) VBScript
19 5 (0.31%) Apple Swift
Qualifications
1 450 (28.21%) CISSP
2 377 (23.64%) CREST Certified
3 352 (22.07%) Security Cleared
4 293 (18.37%) Degree
5 232 (14.55%) CEH
6 229 (14.36%) CISM
7 167 (10.47%) SC Cleared
8 160 (10.03%) OSCP
9 140 (8.78%) SANS
10 130 (8.15%) GIAC
11 128 (8.03%) DV Cleared
12 127 (7.96%) Cisco Certification
13 117 (7.34%) CHECK Team Leader
14 85 (5.33%) CCNA
15 83 (5.20%) CISA
16 77 (4.83%) CHECK Team Member
17 66 (4.14%) CCNP
18 54 (3.39%) SSCP
19 53 (3.32%) Tigerscheme
20 49 (3.07%) GPEN
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 244 (15.30%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 151 (9.47%) PCI DSS
3 89 (5.58%) QA
4 75 (4.70%) COBIT
5 22 (1.38%) ISO27002
6 18 (1.13%) ISO/IEC 17799
7 11 (0.69%) SLA
8 10 (0.63%) ISO 9001
9 8 (0.50%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 5 (0.31%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 5 (0.31%) RMADS
11 4 (0.25%) GPG13
11 4 (0.25%) HIPAA
12 3 (0.19%) MISRA
13 2 (0.13%) COSO
13 2 (0.13%) PA-DSS
14 1 (0.063%) ISO22301
14 1 (0.063%) JSP 440
14 1 (0.063%) SDET
System Software
1 62 (3.89%) Active Directory
2 30 (1.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 19 (1.19%) Docker
4 13 (0.82%) Snort
5 11 (0.69%) Hyper-V
6 10 (0.63%) Varnish
7 9 (0.56%) Firmware
7 9 (0.56%) vCloud
7 9 (0.56%) Virtual Machines
7 9 (0.56%) Xen
8 8 (0.50%) Forefront TMG
9 7 (0.44%) vSphere
10 6 (0.38%) KVM
11 4 (0.25%) VMware ESX
12 2 (0.13%) NFS
13 1 (0.063%) iptables
13 1 (0.063%) UAG
13 1 (0.063%) Virtual Servers
13 1 (0.063%) VMware ESXi
13 1 (0.063%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 186 (11.66%) Nessus
2 97 (6.08%) Nmap
3 29 (1.82%) HP Fortify
3 29 (1.82%) Puppet
4 26 (1.63%) OpenVAS
5 24 (1.50%) Ansible
6 17 (1.07%) QRadar
7 16 (1.00%) Host Intrusion Detection System
8 11 (0.69%) Nagios
8 11 (0.69%) Nexpose
8 11 (0.69%) Opscode Chef
8 11 (0.69%) WebInspect
9 10 (0.63%) Network Intrusion Detection System
9 10 (0.63%) Salt
10 9 (0.56%) EnCase
10 9 (0.56%) Grafana
10 9 (0.56%) Kibana
10 9 (0.56%) logstash
10 9 (0.56%) Uchiwa
11 5 (0.31%) SCCM
Vendors
1 88 (5.52%) Cisco
2 85 (5.33%) CheckPoint
3 78 (4.89%) Microsoft
4 69 (4.33%) VMware
5 60 (3.76%) Juniper
6 51 (3.20%) Qualys
7 50 (3.13%) Splunk
8 41 (2.57%) IBM
9 40 (2.51%) Intel Security
10 35 (2.19%) Palo Alto
11 25 (1.57%) F5
12 23 (1.44%) Coverity
13 21 (1.32%) ArcSight
13 21 (1.32%) HP
13 21 (1.32%) LogRhythm
14 20 (1.25%) Fortinet
15 16 (1.00%) AlienVault
15 16 (1.00%) Red Hat
15 16 (1.00%) Veracode
16 12 (0.75%) Forcepoint
City, London
Harrington Starr
Salary: £65000 - £85000 per annum
Posted: 1 hour ago
City, London
Harrington Starr
Salary: £70000 - £85000 per annum
Posted: 1 hour ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
IT Connections
Salary: to £47,000 + Good Benefits
Posted: 18 hours ago
UK
Empiric.com
Salary: From £50,000 to £65,000 per annum
Posted: 19 hours ago
Kent
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Salary: £45000 per annum + Plus Bonus and Benefits
Posted: 18 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
NCC Group
Salary: Salary, Pension, Holidays
Posted: Yesterday
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Jonothan Bosworth
Salary: £45000 - £55000 Per Annum Home Based
Posted: 2 days ago
Central London / West End
RICHARD WHEELER ASSOCIATES
Salary: From £85,000 to £100,000 per annum + Bonuses & benefits
Posted: 20 hours ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £30,000 - £70,000
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol Area
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £30,000 - £70,000
Posted: Yesterday
Greater Manchester
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £30,000 - £70,000
Posted: Yesterday
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £30,000 - £70,000
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £30,000 - £70,000
Posted: Yesterday
Redhill, Surrey
Pentasia Ltd
Salary: Unspecified Competitive
Posted: 17 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Streamline Connections
Salary: £30000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 19 hours ago
UK
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Salary: £50000 - £51000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Yorkshire
DCL Search & Selection
Salary: £40000 - £60000 per annum
Posted: 20 hours ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Salary: £30000 - £65000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Salary: £45000 - £55000 per annum
Posted: 18 hours ago
London
Nicoll Curtin
Salary: £50000 - £70000 per annum + Bonus + Excellent benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Nicoll Curtin
Salary: £50000 - £65000 per annum + Bonus + Excellent benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Harvey Nash plc
Salary: £25000 - £30000 per annum
Posted: 19 hours ago
Folkestone, Kent
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Salary: £35000 - £50000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Posted: Yesterday
Cheshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Salary: £45000.00 - £55000.00 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Lorien Resourcing
Salary: £30000 - £37000 per annum + Bonus + Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Harris Global
Salary: From £50,000 to £85,000 per annum Benefits + Bonus (market leading)
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Hays Finance Technology
Salary: £60000.00 - £70000.00 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Lorien Resourcing
Salary: £100000 - £120000 per annum + Car Allow + Bonus + Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £45000 per annum + Many more benefits!
Posted: 4 days ago