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

3 months to
29 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Penetration Testing
Rank 362 491 551
Rank change year-on-year
+129 +60
Permanent jobs citing Penetration Testing 817 583 491
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.83% 0.53% 0.41%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.95% 0.62% 0.48%
Number of salaries quoted 599 448 405
Median salary £57,500 £52,500 £52,750
Median salary % change year-on-year
+9.52% -0.47%
90% offered a salary of more than £40,000 £35,250 £30,000
10% offered a salary of more than £80,000 £70,000 £72,500
UK excluding London median salary £52,500 £47,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year
+10.52% -5.00%

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
86284 94752 102175
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 87.86% 86.37% 85.32%
Number of salaries quoted 71903 77013 83070
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 £31,500 £31,000
10% offered a salary of more than £75,000 £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 29 May 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 29 May 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 +119 779 £57,500 +9.52% 112
London +121 389 £62,500 +13.63% 45
South East +76 168 £52,500 -1.86% 24
North West +60 64 £52,500 - 9
South West +36 63 £50,000 +11.11% 13
Surrey +26 58 £55,000 - 7
City of London +59 53 £60,000 +2.12% 11
Manchester +43 49 £55,000 +22.22% 5
West Midlands +4 37 £47,500 -7.31% 5
Yorkshire +22 36 £43,750 +9.37% 7
Guildford +13 33 £55,000 - 2
Gloucestershire +26 30 £52,500 +5.00% 9
Oxfordshire +14 30 £60,000 +56.86% 2
West Yorkshire +20 26 £46,414 +10.50% 6
Berkshire +17 26 £57,500 +7.47% 4
Leeds +36 25 £46,414 +3.14% 5
Kent +22 25 £52,500 +68.00% 5
Bristol +32 23 £50,000 +17.64% 3
East of England +14 17 £47,500 +3.26% 6
Reading +32 16 £57,500 - 3
Scotland +12 13 £55,000 - 2
Cheltenham -7 13 £50,000 - 5
Bromley - 11 £58,750 -
Buckinghamshire +25 10 £36,500 -33.63% 3
Birmingham -9 10 £57,500 +9.52% 2
West Sussex - 10 £35,000 -
Tunbridge Wells +16 9 £52,500 +75.00%
Coventry -8 9 £52,500 +138.63%
North Yorkshire +4 8 £40,000 +6.66%
Hampshire -7 8 £47,500 -9.52% 1

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 May 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.

1 741 (49.90%) Information Security
2 468 (31.52%) Cybersecurity
3 393 (26.46%) CISSP
4 386 (25.99%) Windows
5 350 (23.57%) CREST Certified
6 337 (22.69%) Firewall
7 329 (22.15%) Security Cleared
8 327 (22.02%) Finance
9 308 (20.74%) Linux
10 300 (20.20%) Vulnerability Assessment
11 281 (18.92%) Degree
12 275 (18.52%) Java
13 274 (18.45%) Python
14 255 (17.17%) Network Security
15 250 (16.84%) Security Testing
16 243 (16.36%) SIEM
16 243 (16.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
17 242 (16.30%) C++
18 228 (15.35%) Management Information System
19 225 (15.15%) Risk Management
20 219 (14.75%) Ethical Hacking
21 208 (14.01%) CISM
22 200 (13.47%) CEH
23 195 (13.13%) Vulnerability Scanning
24 187 (12.59%) C
25 185 (12.46%) Unix
26 176 (11.85%) Nessus
27 175 (11.78%) Agile Software Development
28 168 (11.31%) C#
29 164 (11.04%) Intrusion Detection

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 (2.09%) Node.js
2 15 (1.01%) Apache Pig
3 13 (0.88%) nginx
4 7 (0.47%) Apache
4 7 (0.47%) Elasticsearch
5 6 (0.40%) Apache Spark
6 5 (0.34%) OpenStack
7 4 (0.27%) Confluence
7 4 (0.27%) IIS
7 4 (0.27%) SharePoint
8 3 (0.20%) Apache Solr
8 3 (0.20%) MS Exchange
8 3 (0.20%) SAS
9 2 (0.13%) Cloud Foundry
9 2 (0.13%) CMS
9 2 (0.13%) Eucalyptus
9 2 (0.13%) JBoss
9 2 (0.13%) Tomcat
9 2 (0.13%) uWSGI
9 2 (0.13%) WebSphere
Applications
1 37 (2.49%) MS Excel
2 14 (0.94%) MS Visio
3 11 (0.74%) MS PowerPoint
4 8 (0.54%) MS Office
5 1 (0.067%) MS Project
5 1 (0.067%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 11 (0.74%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (0.13%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 109 (7.34%) Amazon AWS
2 49 (3.30%) Microsoft Azure
3 32 (2.15%) SaaS
4 14 (0.94%) Office 365
5 9 (0.61%) Amazon ELB
5 9 (0.61%) Cloud Computing
6 7 (0.47%) PaaS
7 6 (0.40%) OpenShift
8 5 (0.34%) Amazon S3
8 5 (0.34%) Route 53
9 4 (0.27%) AWS CloudFormation
10 3 (0.20%) Datadog
11 2 (0.13%) Google Cloud Platform
11 2 (0.13%) Google Compute Engine
11 2 (0.13%) Nimbula
12 1 (0.067%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 1 (0.067%) Amazon EC2
12 1 (0.067%) Amazon Glacier
12 1 (0.067%) IaaS
12 1 (0.067%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 337 (22.69%) Firewall
2 255 (17.17%) Network Security
3 164 (11.04%) Intrusion Detection
4 149 (10.03%) TCP/IP
5 119 (8.01%) Wireless
6 99 (6.67%) VPN
7 93 (6.26%) Internet
8 70 (4.71%) WAN
9 54 (3.64%) LAN
10 53 (3.57%) DNS
11 51 (3.43%) HTTP
12 47 (3.16%) Cisco ASA
12 47 (3.16%) SSL
13 36 (2.42%) Wireless Security
14 31 (2.09%) MPLS
15 30 (2.02%) IPsec
16 27 (1.82%) DHCP
17 25 (1.68%) Wireshark
18 21 (1.41%) SNMP
19 20 (1.35%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (1.75%) Big Data
2 19 (1.28%) Hadoop
3 17 (1.14%) MongoDB
4 15 (1.01%) Apache Hive
4 15 (1.01%) PostgreSQL
5 11 (0.74%) Data Mining
6 9 (0.61%) Redis
6 9 (0.61%) Relational Database
7 7 (0.47%) MySQL
7 7 (0.47%) SQL Server
8 6 (0.40%) Crystal Reports
8 6 (0.40%) NoSQL
9 5 (0.34%) Amazon RDS
10 3 (0.20%) Parquet
10 3 (0.20%) SQLPlus
11 1 (0.067%) Azure SQL Database
11 1 (0.067%) QlikView
11 1 (0.067%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 115 (7.74%) Metasploit
2 60 (4.04%) Selenium
3 47 (3.16%) JIRA
4 39 (2.63%) Jenkins
5 36 (2.42%) Burp Suite
6 35 (2.36%) WebDriver
7 30 (2.02%) Cucumber
8 26 (1.75%) Git (software)
8 26 (1.75%) JUnit
9 23 (1.55%) AppScan
10 20 (1.35%) SoapUI
11 17 (1.14%) Hudson
11 17 (1.14%) TestNG
12 15 (1.01%) FitNesse
12 15 (1.01%) LoadRunner
13 14 (0.94%) SpecFlow
14 9 (0.61%) NUnit
15 7 (0.47%) Visual Studio
16 5 (0.34%) HP UFT
16 5 (0.34%) Vagrant
General
1 327 (22.02%) Finance
2 143 (9.63%) Telecoms
3 75 (5.05%) Banking
4 47 (3.16%) Legal
5 43 (2.90%) Publishing
6 29 (1.95%) Law
7 23 (1.55%) Retail
8 20 (1.35%) Financial Institution
9 18 (1.21%) Marketing
10 17 (1.14%) Electronics
11 13 (0.88%) Games
11 13 (0.88%) Manufacturing
12 8 (0.54%) Investment Banking
13 7 (0.47%) Billing
13 7 (0.47%) Local Government
14 6 (0.40%) Advertising
14 6 (0.40%) Military
15 5 (0.34%) Automotive
15 5 (0.34%) Back Office
16 4 (0.27%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 361 (24.31%) Tester
2 324 (21.82%) Analyst
3 300 (20.20%) Penetration Tester
4 286 (19.26%) Security Analyst
5 212 (14.28%) Consultant
6 181 (12.19%) Security Consultant
7 148 (9.97%) Security Manager
8 141 (9.49%) Security Engineer
9 100 (6.73%) Information Analyst
9 100 (6.73%) Information Security Analyst
10 91 (6.13%) Security Tester
11 82 (5.52%) Security Specialist
11 82 (5.52%) Senior Analyst
12 79 (5.32%) Senior Security Analyst
13 77 (5.19%) Security Penetration Tester
14 76 (5.12%) Architect
15 73 (4.92%) Cybersecurity Analyst
16 70 (4.71%) Security Architect
17 59 (3.97%) IT Manager
17 59 (3.97%) IT Security Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 127 (8.55%) .NET
2 62 (4.18%) Web Services
3 51 (3.43%) HTML
4 36 (2.42%) CSS
5 35 (2.36%) SOAP
6 33 (2.22%) ASP.NET
7 28 (1.89%) SAML
8 19 (1.28%) JSON
8 19 (1.28%) REST
9 17 (1.14%) Java EE
9 17 (1.14%) XML
10 16 (1.08%) HTML5
11 14 (0.94%) OAuth
12 13 (0.88%) STL
13 12 (0.81%) JDBC
13 12 (0.81%) Middleware
14 11 (0.74%) AngularJS
15 9 (0.61%) ASP.NET MVC
15 9 (0.61%) Sensu
16 6 (0.40%) OpenID
Miscellaneous
1 228 (15.35%) Management Information System
2 128 (8.62%) Analytical Skills
3 124 (8.35%) Mobile App
4 91 (6.13%) Computer Science
5 75 (5.05%) CESG
6 47 (3.16%) Cyberthreat
7 46 (3.10%) Security Operations Centre
8 41 (2.76%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 39 (2.63%) Blog
10 38 (2.56%) Embedded Systems
11 34 (2.29%) Cryptography
12 31 (2.09%) Data Centre
13 30 (2.02%) Client/Server
14 29 (1.95%) Cybercrime
15 26 (1.75%) Mainframe
16 24 (1.62%) Blackberry
17 23 (1.55%) PKI
18 21 (1.41%) Cyber Attack
19 20 (1.35%) Enterprise Software
20 19 (1.28%) Internet of Things
Operating Systems
1 386 (25.99%) Windows
2 308 (20.74%) Linux
3 185 (12.46%) Unix
4 82 (5.52%) Android
5 69 (4.65%) Apple iOS
6 40 (2.69%) Solaris
7 37 (2.49%) Kali Linux
8 35 (2.36%) Windows Server
9 34 (2.29%) VxWorks
10 11 (0.74%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 8 (0.54%) Windows Server 2008
11 8 (0.54%) Windows Server 2012
12 7 (0.47%) FreeBSD
12 7 (0.47%) Windows Server 2003
13 3 (0.20%) Debian
13 3 (0.20%) VMS
14 2 (0.13%) KNOPPIX
14 2 (0.13%) Mac OS X
14 2 (0.13%) Windows 10
14 2 (0.13%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 741 (49.90%) Information Security
2 468 (31.52%) Cybersecurity
3 300 (20.20%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 250 (16.84%) Security Testing
5 243 (16.36%) SIEM
6 225 (15.15%) Risk Management
7 219 (14.75%) Ethical Hacking
8 195 (13.13%) Vulnerability Scanning
9 175 (11.78%) Agile Software Development
10 135 (9.09%) ITIL
11 130 (8.75%) Reverse Engineering
12 124 (8.35%) Security Operations
13 120 (8.08%) OWASP
13 120 (8.08%) Security Architecture
14 115 (7.74%) Risk Assessment
15 114 (7.68%) Security Management
16 108 (7.27%) Vulnerability Management
17 101 (6.80%) Project Management
18 97 (6.53%) Data Protection
19 96 (6.46%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 275 (18.52%) Java
2 274 (18.45%) Python
3 242 (16.30%) C++
4 187 (12.59%) C
5 168 (11.31%) C#
6 162 (10.91%) Perl
7 146 (9.83%) PHP
8 143 (9.63%) Ruby
9 112 (7.54%) SQL
10 68 (4.58%) PowerShell
11 65 (4.38%) VB.NET
12 43 (2.90%) Objective-C
13 38 (2.56%) Bash Shell
14 27 (1.82%) JavaScript
15 20 (1.35%) Scala
16 15 (1.01%) Groovy
17 10 (0.67%) Shell Script
18 7 (0.47%) VB
19 5 (0.34%) VBScript
20 4 (0.27%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 393 (26.46%) CISSP
2 350 (23.57%) CREST Certified
3 329 (22.15%) Security Cleared
4 281 (18.92%) Degree
5 208 (14.01%) CISM
6 200 (13.47%) CEH
7 157 (10.57%) SC Cleared
8 139 (9.36%) OSCP
9 123 (8.28%) GIAC
10 117 (7.88%) DV Cleared
11 116 (7.81%) SANS
12 113 (7.61%) CHECK Team Leader
13 105 (7.07%) Cisco Certification
14 78 (5.25%) CCNA
15 74 (4.98%) CHECK Team Member
16 70 (4.71%) CISA
17 62 (4.18%) CCNP
18 49 (3.30%) SSCP
18 49 (3.30%) Tigerscheme
19 33 (2.22%) CRISC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 243 (16.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 154 (10.37%) PCI DSS
3 86 (5.79%) QA
4 62 (4.18%) COBIT
5 27 (1.82%) ISO/IEC 17799
6 22 (1.48%) ISO27002
7 12 (0.81%) HIPAA
8 11 (0.74%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 11 (0.74%) SLA
9 10 (0.67%) ISO 9001
10 4 (0.27%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 3 (0.20%) GPG13
11 3 (0.20%) MISRA
12 2 (0.13%) COSO
12 2 (0.13%) ISO22301
12 2 (0.13%) RMADS
13 1 (0.067%) FIPS 140-2
13 1 (0.067%) JSP 440
13 1 (0.067%) SAS 70
13 1 (0.067%) SDET
System Software
1 45 (3.03%) Active Directory
2 35 (2.36%) VMware Infrastructure
3 23 (1.55%) Xen
4 21 (1.41%) Docker
5 16 (1.08%) Snort
6 11 (0.74%) Hyper-V
7 9 (0.61%) Varnish
7 9 (0.61%) vCloud
8 8 (0.54%) Firmware
8 8 (0.54%) Forefront TMG
9 5 (0.34%) KVM
9 5 (0.34%) vSphere
10 3 (0.20%) VMware ESX
11 1 (0.067%) iptables
11 1 (0.067%) LXC
11 1 (0.067%) NFS
11 1 (0.067%) UAG
11 1 (0.067%) VirtualBox
11 1 (0.067%) VMware ESXi
11 1 (0.067%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 176 (11.85%) Nessus
2 82 (5.52%) Nmap
3 29 (1.95%) Puppet
4 24 (1.62%) Ansible
4 24 (1.62%) HP Fortify
5 23 (1.55%) OpenVAS
6 17 (1.14%) QRadar
7 15 (1.01%) Host Intrusion Detection System
8 11 (0.74%) EnCase
8 11 (0.74%) Nagios
8 11 (0.74%) Opscode Chef
8 11 (0.74%) WebInspect
9 10 (0.67%) Network Intrusion Detection System
10 9 (0.61%) Grafana
10 9 (0.61%) Kibana
10 9 (0.61%) logstash
10 9 (0.61%) Salt
10 9 (0.61%) Uchiwa
11 5 (0.34%) Nexpose
11 5 (0.34%) SCCM
Vendors
1 85 (5.72%) Cisco
2 78 (5.25%) Microsoft
3 75 (5.05%) CheckPoint
4 73 (4.92%) VMware
5 50 (3.37%) Juniper
6 45 (3.03%) Qualys
6 45 (3.03%) Splunk
7 41 (2.76%) IBM
8 32 (2.15%) Intel Security
8 32 (2.15%) Palo Alto
9 25 (1.68%) Coverity
10 21 (1.41%) ArcSight
11 20 (1.35%) F5
12 19 (1.28%) Veracode
13 18 (1.21%) Fortinet
13 18 (1.21%) Red Hat
14 17 (1.14%) Forcepoint
14 17 (1.14%) HP
15 16 (1.08%) LogRhythm
16 14 (0.94%) AlienVault
City, London
Harrington Starr
Salary: £65000 - £85000 per annum
Posted: 13 hours ago
City, London
Harrington Starr
Salary: £70000 - £85000 per annum
Posted: 13 hours ago
London
Senitor Associates
Salary: £100000 per annum + Bonus, pension etc
Posted: 2 days ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £60000 per annum + Many more benefits!
Posted: 2 days ago
UK
Acumin
Salary: Up to £110,000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Kent
Logic Engagements Ltd
Salary: £40000 - £45000 per annum + Bonus + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Senitor Associates
Salary: £30000 - £50000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Ashford, Kent
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Salary: From £45,000 to £45,000 per annum Up to £45k plus bens plus bonus
Posted: 2 days ago
Central London / West End
Harris Global
Salary: From £40,000 to £60,000 per annum Benefits + Bonus
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Robert Half
Salary: £55000 - £65000 per annum + Great Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Acumin
Salary: Up to £80,000 per annum package + bonus
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Lorien Resourcing
Salary: £32000 - £38000 per annum + Bonus + Benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
London
set2recruit
Salary: From £40,000 to £55,000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Salary: £30000.00 - £40000.00 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: UKP 78000 per year
Posted: 2 days ago
South East
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: UKP 78000 per year
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Hays Finance Technology
Salary: £45000.00 - £55000.00 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Cheshire
McGregor Boyall
Salary: £55000 - £70000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Folkestone, Kent
Harris Global
Salary: From £50,000 to £65,000 per annum Benefits + Bonus
Posted: 6 days ago
Central London / West End
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: 30,000 - 70,000 plus excellent benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £30000 - £70000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
London
The Bridge Ltd
Salary: Up to £55,000 per annum + Bonus and Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £40,000 - £60,000
Posted: 5 days ago
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: Very competitive salary and benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £40,000 - £60,000
Posted: 5 days ago
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £40,000 - £60,000
Posted: 5 days ago
East London
Opus Resourcing Ltd
Salary: £47000 - £55000 per annum + + 10% on Call + Bens + Bonus
Posted: 3 days ago
Godalming, Surrey
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: 30,000 to 50,000 + OTE
Posted: 5 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £50000 per annum + Training + Certifications
Posted: 5 days ago
London
set2recruit
Salary: Up to £60,000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago