The table below looks at the statistics for the Security Tester role in IT jobs advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited Security Tester in their job title over the 3 months to 30 July 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
30 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Security Tester
Rank 903 882 872
Rank change year-on-year
-21 -10
Permanent jobs requiring a Security Tester 12 50 19
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.011% 0.043% 0.017%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.012% 0.045% 0.019%
Number of salaries quoted 11 46 6
Average salary £42,500 £50,000 £67,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
-15.00% -25.92%
90% offered a salary of more than £26,500 £24,000 £40,000
10% offered a salary of more than £57,500 £75,000 £73,750
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £47,500 £67,500
% change year-on-year
-10.52% -29.62%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in permanent jobs advertised across the UK. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of permanent jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
103370 110694 102634
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 94.33% 94.52% 94.35%
Number of salaries quoted 85496 90365 85012
Average salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +5.88%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,000 £26,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £67,500 £70,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £38,500
% change year-on-year
- +3.89%

Security Tester
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of permanent IT jobs citing Security Tester in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Security Tester Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Security Tester
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Security Tester within the UK.

Security Tester Salary Trend in the UK

Security Tester
Salary Histogram

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing Security Tester over the 3 months to 30 July 2015 within the UK.

Security Tester Salary Histogram in the UK

Security Tester
Top 12 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Security Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 30 July 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 -3 12 £42,500 -15.00% 5
Birmingham 0 4 £57,500 +139.58% 1
West Midlands -1 4 £57,500 +167.44% 1
Manchester +1 3 £26,500 -64.66% 2
North West -13 3 £26,500 -64.66% 2
East of England +7 2 £42,500 +77.08%
Ipswich - 2 £42,500 -
Sheffield - 2 £40,000 -
South Yorkshire - 2 £40,000 -
Suffolk - 2 £42,500 -
Yorkshire - 2 £40,000 - 1
London +28 1 - -

Security Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 July 2015, IT jobs within the UK that cited Security Tester in their job title 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 with Security Tester in their job title.

1 22 (61.11%) Penetration Testing
2 15 (41.67%) Information Security
3 14 (38.89%) Security Cleared
4 12 (33.33%) OSCP
5 11 (30.56%) Finance
6 10 (27.78%) Nessus
6 10 (27.78%) OWASP
7 9 (25.00%) Security Testing
7 9 (25.00%) Degree
7 9 (25.00%) Windows
7 9 (25.00%) OSCE
8 8 (22.22%) Open Source
8 8 (22.22%) Mobile App
9 7 (19.44%) Linux
10 6 (16.67%) SQL
10 6 (16.67%) CISSP
10 6 (16.67%) Nmap
10 6 (16.67%) Qualys
10 6 (16.67%) Security Architecture
11 5 (13.89%) CEH
11 5 (13.89%) ISO/IEC 27001
11 5 (13.89%) Banking
11 5 (13.89%) SaaS
11 5 (13.89%) Data Centre
12 4 (11.11%) GPEN
12 4 (11.11%) Retail
12 4 (11.11%) Games
12 4 (11.11%) C++
12 4 (11.11%) Java
12 4 (11.11%) Metasploit

Security Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 July 2015, IT jobs within the UK that cited Security Tester in their job title 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 with Security Tester in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (5.56%) JBoss
Business Applications
1 1 (2.78%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 5 (13.89%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.78%) HTTP
1 1 (2.78%) Internet
Development Applications
1 4 (11.11%) Metasploit
General
1 11 (30.56%) Finance
2 5 (13.89%) Banking
3 4 (11.11%) Retail
3 4 (11.11%) Games
4 1 (2.78%) Marketing
4 1 (2.78%) Legal
4 1 (2.78%) Manufacturing
4 1 (2.78%) Electronics
4 1 (2.78%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (5.56%) .NET
2 1 (2.78%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 8 (22.22%) Mobile App
2 5 (13.89%) Data Centre
3 2 (5.56%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (5.56%) Statistics
3 2 (5.56%) Mathematics
3 2 (5.56%) Physics
3 2 (5.56%) Computer Science
4 1 (2.78%) SCADA
4 1 (2.78%) DTV
4 1 (2.78%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 9 (25.00%) Windows
2 7 (19.44%) Linux
3 1 (2.78%) Android
3 1 (2.78%) Apple iOS
3 1 (2.78%) Windows Phone
3 1 (2.78%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (61.11%) Penetration Testing
2 15 (41.67%) Information Security
3 10 (27.78%) OWASP
4 9 (25.00%) Security Testing
5 8 (22.22%) Open Source
6 6 (16.67%) Security Architecture
7 4 (11.11%) Test Management
8 3 (8.33%) Cyber Security
9 2 (5.56%) Security Management
9 2 (5.56%) Analytics
9 2 (5.56%) Reverse Engineering
9 2 (5.56%) Software Engineering
9 2 (5.56%) Knowledge Management
9 2 (5.56%) Web Development
9 2 (5.56%) Ethical Hacking
9 2 (5.56%) Vulnerability Assessment
10 1 (2.78%) Programme Management
10 1 (2.78%) ITIL
10 1 (2.78%) Business Intelligence
10 1 (2.78%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 6 (16.67%) SQL
2 4 (11.11%) C++
2 4 (11.11%) Java
3 3 (8.33%) C
3 3 (8.33%) Python
4 1 (2.78%) Assembly Language
4 1 (2.78%) C#
Qualifications
1 14 (38.89%) Security Cleared
2 12 (33.33%) OSCP
3 9 (25.00%) OSCE
3 9 (25.00%) Degree
4 6 (16.67%) CISSP
5 5 (13.89%) CEH
6 4 (11.11%) GPEN
7 3 (8.33%) GIAC
8 2 (5.56%) SC Cleared
8 2 (5.56%) DV Cleared
9 1 (2.78%) CGEIT
9 1 (2.78%) CRISC
9 1 (2.78%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (13.89%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 4 (11.11%) PCI DSS
3 3 (8.33%) QA
4 1 (2.78%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (2.78%) COBIT
4 1 (2.78%) Solvency II
4 1 (2.78%) Val IT
Systems Management
1 10 (27.78%) Nessus
2 6 (16.67%) Nmap
3 2 (5.56%) CORE IMPACT
Vendors
1 6 (16.67%) Qualys
2 2 (5.56%) Intel
3 1 (2.78%) Sony
3 1 (2.78%) SAP
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