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 4 September 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
4 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Penetration Testing
Rank 408 477 498
Rank change year-on-year
+69 +21
Permanent jobs citing Penetration Testing 670 506 433
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.61% 0.44% 0.41%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.72% 0.54% 0.50%
Number of salaries quoted 532 412 297
Average salary £52,500 £50,000 £51,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+5.00% -2.91%
90% offered a salary of more than £37,500 £31,250 £33,500
10% offered a salary of more than £77,500 £70,250 £72,500
UK excluding London average salary £47,500 £45,000 £44,250
% change year-on-year
+5.55% +1.69%

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
92938 94397 86367
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 85.18% 82.76% 81.87%
Number of salaries quoted 76796 75339 70773
Average salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+5.26% -
90% offered a salary of more than £32,500 £31,000 £30,000
10% offered a salary of more than £75,000 £72,500 £72,500
UK excluding London average salary £45,000 £42,500 £41,500
% change year-on-year
+5.88% +2.40%

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 4 September 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 4 September 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
(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 +66 629 £52,500 +5.00% 88
London +48 279 £58,000 -3.33% 25
South East +25 128 £50,000 +11.11% 11
Yorkshire +58 70 £37,500 +7.14% 17
South West +1 49 £60,000 +33.33% 15
City of London +38 43 £55,000 -8.33% 9
North West -2 43 £57,000 -5.00% 5
Surrey +7 34 £55,000 +22.22% 4
Gloucestershire +4 33 £60,000 +37.14% 7
West Yorkshire +24 31 £37,500 +7.14% 7
Manchester +6 28 £47,500 -2.56% 4
East of England +3 28 £47,500 +5.55% 4
Leeds +23 23 £37,500 - 5
Oxfordshire +22 23 £39,000 -22.00%
Berkshire +4 23 £52,500 -19.23% 2
Cheltenham +3 21 £60,000 +20.00% 5
North Yorkshire +16 17 £37,500 -1.31%
Slough +12 17 £52,500 +5.00%
Sheffield - 17 £44,500 - 7
South Yorkshire - 17 £44,500 - 7
Scotland +17 16 £42,500 +8.97% 3
Hampshire +3 15 £57,500 +29.21% 2
Bristol +4 14 £52,500 +10.52% 5
Cheshire -6 14 £60,000 -
West Sussex +3 13 £45,000 +34.32%
West Midlands -7 13 £55,000 +144.44% 3
Guildford +11 12 £70,000 +27.27% 3
Edinburgh +6 12 £42,500 - 2
East Midlands +1 10 £53,500 -14.40% 6
Essex - 10 £47,500 -

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 September 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.

1 612 (48.61%) Information Security
2 407 (32.33%) Firewall
3 359 (28.51%) CISSP
4 323 (25.66%) Finance
5 297 (23.59%) Windows
6 262 (20.81%) Cyber Security
7 246 (19.54%) Linux
8 236 (18.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 231 (18.35%) Network Security
10 219 (17.39%) Degree
10 219 (17.39%) Management Information System
11 199 (15.81%) SIEM
12 198 (15.73%) Vulnerability Assessment
13 196 (15.57%) Ethical Hacking
14 176 (13.98%) CISM
15 171 (13.58%) Security Cleared
16 170 (13.50%) PCI DSS
17 155 (12.31%) Wireless
18 151 (11.99%) ITIL
19 147 (11.68%) C
20 144 (11.44%) Java
21 143 (11.36%) Banking
22 142 (11.28%) TCP/IP
22 142 (11.28%) Vulnerability Management
23 138 (10.96%) Security Testing
24 137 (10.88%) Reverse Engineering
25 132 (10.48%) Risk Management
26 127 (10.09%) Cisco
27 123 (9.77%) Python
28 117 (9.29%) C++

Penetration Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 4 September 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 28 (2.22%) Apache Pig
2 18 (1.43%) MS Exchange
3 14 (1.11%) IIS
4 13 (1.03%) Node.js
5 12 (0.95%) SharePoint
5 12 (0.95%) CMS
6 11 (0.87%) Apache
7 6 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2010
8 5 (0.40%) OpenStack
9 3 (0.24%) WordPress
9 3 (0.24%) Sitecore CMS
9 3 (0.24%) Drupal
9 3 (0.24%) SharePoint Server
10 2 (0.16%) Umbraco
10 2 (0.16%) SharePoint 2013
10 2 (0.16%) Exchange Server 2013
11 1 (0.079%) Eucalyptus
11 1 (0.079%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 40 (3.18%) MS Excel
2 27 (2.14%) MS Office
3 10 (0.79%) MS Visio
4 6 (0.48%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 6 (0.48%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 3 (0.24%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (0.16%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.079%) Teamcenter
4 1 (0.079%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 32 (2.54%) Cloud Computing
2 27 (2.14%) Amazon AWS
3 12 (0.95%) Office 365
4 10 (0.79%) SaaS
4 10 (0.79%) Microsoft Azure
5 9 (0.71%) IaaS
6 7 (0.56%) Google Analytics
7 5 (0.40%) GitHub
7 5 (0.40%) Trello
8 3 (0.24%) Basecamp
9 1 (0.079%) Nimbula
9 1 (0.079%) Mimecast
9 1 (0.079%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 407 (32.33%) Firewall
2 231 (18.35%) Network Security
3 155 (12.31%) Wireless
4 142 (11.28%) TCP/IP
5 95 (7.55%) Intrusion Detection
6 90 (7.15%) LAN
7 89 (7.07%) VPN
8 87 (6.91%) Internet
9 79 (6.27%) WAN
10 49 (3.89%) Wireless Security
11 48 (3.81%) Cisco ASA
12 46 (3.65%) DNS
13 34 (2.70%) SSL
13 34 (2.70%) VLAN
14 31 (2.46%) HTTP
15 30 (2.38%) VoIP
16 29 (2.30%) Wireshark
17 22 (1.75%) DHCP
18 21 (1.67%) SMTP
19 19 (1.51%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 33 (2.62%) Big Data
2 31 (2.46%) Hadoop
3 28 (2.22%) Apache Hive
4 14 (1.11%) SQL Server
5 12 (0.95%) MySQL
6 11 (0.87%) Relational Database
7 8 (0.64%) MongoDB
8 7 (0.56%) Data Mining
9 6 (0.48%) NoSQL
10 2 (0.16%) Oracle Database 11g
10 2 (0.16%) SQL Server 2008
10 2 (0.16%) SQL Server 2012
10 2 (0.16%) Couchbase
10 2 (0.16%) Oracle Database
11 1 (0.079%) RDBMS
11 1 (0.079%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 1 (0.079%) Oracle Reports
11 1 (0.079%) Data Warehouse
11 1 (0.079%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 93 (7.39%) Metasploit
2 30 (2.38%) JIRA
3 11 (0.87%) Team Foundation Server
4 9 (0.71%) Git (software)
5 6 (0.48%) Bugzilla
6 5 (0.40%) Subversion
6 5 (0.40%) LoadRunner
6 5 (0.40%) Selenium
6 5 (0.40%) Octopus Deploy
7 4 (0.32%) Jenkins
7 4 (0.32%) JMeter
7 4 (0.32%) AppScan
8 3 (0.24%) JBehave
8 3 (0.24%) Redmine
8 3 (0.24%) Bitbucket
8 3 (0.24%) Grunt
8 3 (0.24%) Bower
8 3 (0.24%) webpack
8 3 (0.24%) gulp
9 2 (0.16%) TestNG
General
1 323 (25.66%) Finance
2 143 (11.36%) Banking
3 81 (6.43%) Telecoms
4 48 (3.81%) Legal
5 42 (3.34%) Retail
6 38 (3.02%) Marketing
7 21 (1.67%) Investment Banking
8 18 (1.43%) Financial Institution
9 14 (1.11%) Corporate Banking
9 14 (1.11%) French Language
9 14 (1.11%) German Language
10 13 (1.03%) Manufacturing
11 11 (0.87%) Law
12 10 (0.79%) Back Office
13 8 (0.64%) Electronics
13 8 (0.64%) Advertising
14 7 (0.56%) Multimedia
14 7 (0.56%) Private Banking
15 5 (0.40%) Aerospace
16 4 (0.32%) Games
Job Titles
1 308 (24.46%) Analyst
2 239 (18.98%) Security Analyst
3 206 (16.36%) Consultant
4 174 (13.82%) Tester
5 169 (13.42%) Penetration Tester
6 140 (11.12%) Security Consultant
7 119 (9.45%) Security Engineer
8 84 (6.67%) Security Manager
9 71 (5.64%) Team Leader
10 65 (5.16%) Network Engineer
11 63 (5.00%) Senior Consultant
12 55 (4.37%) Architect
13 53 (4.21%) Network Security Engineer
13 53 (4.21%) Security Architect
14 46 (3.65%) Security Specialist
15 45 (3.57%) Senior Analyst
16 43 (3.42%) Information Analyst
16 43 (3.42%) Senior Security Consultant
16 43 (3.42%) Information Security Analyst
17 42 (3.34%) Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 59 (4.69%) .NET
2 28 (2.22%) STL
2 28 (2.22%) HTML
3 27 (2.14%) Java EE
4 26 (2.07%) ASP.NET
5 25 (1.99%) 802.1X
6 21 (1.67%) Web Services
7 19 (1.51%) CSS
8 15 (1.19%) HTML5
9 14 (1.11%) Ajax
10 13 (1.03%) REST
11 12 (0.95%) jQuery
11 12 (0.95%) XML
12 10 (0.79%) Ruby on Rails
12 10 (0.79%) Django
12 10 (0.79%) Pylons
12 10 (0.79%) web2py
12 10 (0.79%) Pyramid
13 9 (0.71%) SOAP
14 8 (0.64%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 219 (17.39%) Management Information System
2 117 (9.29%) Analytical Skills
3 81 (6.43%) Computer Science
4 58 (4.61%) Cryptography
5 57 (4.53%) Mobile App
5 57 (4.53%) Data Centre
6 44 (3.49%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 40 (3.18%) PKI
8 29 (2.30%) CESG
8 29 (2.30%) Cybercrime
9 17 (1.35%) User Experience
9 17 (1.35%) Mathematics
10 14 (1.11%) Blog
10 14 (1.11%) Visualisation
11 12 (0.95%) DTV
12 7 (0.56%) Enterprise Software
13 6 (0.48%) Mobile Banking
13 6 (0.48%) Mobile Payment
13 6 (0.48%) Social Media
13 6 (0.48%) Algorithms
Operating Systems
1 297 (23.59%) Windows
2 246 (19.54%) Linux
3 101 (8.02%) UNIX
4 49 (3.89%) Android
5 39 (3.10%) Apple iOS
6 21 (1.67%) Solaris
6 21 (1.67%) VxWorks
7 11 (0.87%) Windows Server 2008
7 11 (0.87%) Windows Server 2012
8 10 (0.79%) VMS
9 9 (0.71%) Debian
9 9 (0.71%) Windows 7
10 6 (0.48%) Windows 8
11 3 (0.24%) CentOS
12 2 (0.16%) Ubuntu
13 1 (0.079%) SUSE
13 1 (0.079%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.079%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 1 (0.079%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.079%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 612 (48.61%) Information Security
2 262 (20.81%) Cyber Security
3 199 (15.81%) SIEM
4 198 (15.73%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 196 (15.57%) Ethical Hacking
6 151 (11.99%) ITIL
7 142 (11.28%) Vulnerability Management
8 138 (10.96%) Security Testing
9 137 (10.88%) Reverse Engineering
10 132 (10.48%) Risk Management
11 114 (9.05%) Security Architecture
12 112 (8.90%) Malware Analysis
13 110 (8.74%) Risk Assessment
14 107 (8.50%) Incident Management
15 105 (8.34%) Kalman Filter
16 94 (7.47%) Security Management
17 87 (6.91%) OWASP
18 84 (6.67%) Project Management
19 77 (6.12%) Agile Software Development
20 76 (6.04%) Data Security
Programming Languages
1 147 (11.68%) C
2 144 (11.44%) Java
3 123 (9.77%) Python
4 117 (9.29%) C++
5 104 (8.26%) C#
6 103 (8.18%) SQL
7 85 (6.75%) PHP
8 65 (5.16%) Perl
9 48 (3.81%) Ruby
10 39 (3.10%) Objective-C
11 28 (2.22%) JavaScript
12 27 (2.14%) PowerShell
12 27 (2.14%) Bash Shell
13 16 (1.27%) VB.NET
14 7 (0.56%) Shell Script
15 4 (0.32%) VB
16 3 (0.24%) Lua
Qualifications
1 359 (28.51%) CISSP
2 219 (17.39%) Degree
3 176 (13.98%) CISM
4 171 (13.58%) Security Cleared
5 112 (8.90%) CISA
6 110 (8.74%) CEH
7 90 (7.15%) SC Cleared
8 84 (6.67%) Cisco Certification
9 82 (6.51%) GIAC
10 81 (6.43%) DV Cleared
11 72 (5.72%) OSCP
12 64 (5.08%) Microsoft Certification
12 64 (5.08%) SSCP
13 44 (3.49%) CCNP
13 44 (3.49%) MCSE
14 36 (2.86%) CCNA
15 33 (2.62%) GCIH
15 33 (2.62%) OSCE
16 30 (2.38%) GPEN
17 28 (2.22%) Linux+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 236 (18.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 170 (13.50%) PCI DSS
3 29 (2.30%) QA
4 24 (1.91%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 21 (1.67%) COBIT
6 10 (0.79%) ISO 9001
7 9 (0.71%) HIPAA
8 8 (0.64%) ISO/IEC 17799
9 6 (0.48%) SLA
10 2 (0.16%) WCAG
10 2 (0.16%) WAI
11 1 (0.079%) COSO
System Software
1 79 (6.27%) Active Directory
2 31 (2.46%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (1.19%) Snort
4 7 (0.56%) Hyper-V
4 7 (0.56%) vSphere
5 6 (0.48%) KVM
5 6 (0.48%) iptables
6 5 (0.40%) VMware ESX
7 4 (0.32%) VirtualBox
8 3 (0.24%) Xen
8 3 (0.24%) Terminal Services
9 2 (0.16%) XenApp
9 2 (0.16%) VMware ESXi
10 1 (0.079%) MDaemon
10 1 (0.079%) Apache ZooKeeper
10 1 (0.079%) vCloud
10 1 (0.079%) pfSense
10 1 (0.079%) XenServer
10 1 (0.079%) OpenSSH
Systems Management
1 106 (8.42%) Nessus
2 46 (3.65%) Nmap
3 25 (1.99%) CORE IMPACT
4 20 (1.59%) HP Quality Center
5 17 (1.35%) FortiGate
6 14 (1.11%) SCCM
7 13 (1.03%) Puppet
8 9 (0.71%) Ansible
8 9 (0.71%) SCOM
9 8 (0.64%) Nagios
9 8 (0.64%) Opscode Chef
10 7 (0.56%) CiscoWorks
11 5 (0.40%) WSUS
12 4 (0.32%) WebInspect
13 3 (0.24%) ZENworks
13 3 (0.24%) Norton AntiVirus
13 3 (0.24%) Zenoss
13 3 (0.24%) SolarWinds Orion
13 3 (0.24%) ZABBIX
13 3 (0.24%) Vagrant
Vendors
1 127 (10.09%) Cisco
2 88 (6.99%) Microsoft
3 59 (4.69%) CheckPoint
4 46 (3.65%) Fortinet
5 44 (3.49%) VMware
6 43 (3.42%) Juniper
7 32 (2.54%) Splunk
8 31 (2.46%) F5
9 29 (2.30%) HP
10 25 (1.99%) McAfee
11 23 (1.83%) Citrix
12 21 (1.67%) Qualys
13 18 (1.43%) Oracle
14 14 (1.11%) Websense
14 14 (1.11%) LogLogic
15 13 (1.03%) Google
16 12 (0.95%) Symantec
16 12 (0.95%) Sourcefire
16 12 (0.95%) IBM
17 10 (0.79%) Acunetix
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Integrity IT Solutions
Salary: From £45,000 to £70,000 per annum
Posted: 19 hours ago
Central London / West End
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £40,000 to £80,000
Posted: 19 hours ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Computer Futures
Salary: £65000 - £66000 per annum + competitive
Posted: 19 hours ago
London
Nicoll Curtin
Salary: £55000.00 - £60000.00 per annum + Bonus + Benefits
Posted: 20 hours ago
City, London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: Circa £30,000- 70,000 plus an outstanding package
Posted: 2 days ago
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: Circa £30,000- 70,000 plus an outstanding package
Posted: 2 days ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Salary: £30000 - £65000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Salary: £30000 - £65000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: 50-60K + 40K commission + Excellent benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Hull, North Humberside
Greywood Associates Limited
Salary: £40000 - £45000 per annum + bens
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Harris Global
Salary: £60000 - £65000 per annum + Benefits & Bonus
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Hays Finance Technology
Salary: £50000.00 - £60000.00 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
TLP Consultancy Ltd.
Salary: £45000 - £55000 per annum + Excellent Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Norwich, Norfolk
I4 Recruitment
Salary: £35k - 40k per year + package
Posted: 2 days ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Reed Technology
Salary: £32000 - £37000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Reed Technology
Salary: £38000 - £43000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Central London / West End
Coal IT Services
Salary: From £50,000 to £60,000 per annum + Bonus & Excellent Benefits Package
Posted: 2 days ago
London
EY
Salary: Competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Verticality Ltd
Salary: £42000 - £50000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago