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 23 October 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
23 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Security Tester
Rank 874 861 864
Rank change year-on-year
-13 +3
Permanent jobs requiring a Security Tester 22 10 22
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.019% 0.009% 0.019%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.020% 0.010% 0.020%
Number of salaries quoted 12 7 20
Average salary £50,000 £55,000 £37,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
-9.09% +46.66%
90% offered a salary of more than £21,850 £50,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £54,500 £65,000 £65,000
UK excluding London average salary £31,250 £50,000 £35,000
% change year-on-year
-37.50% +42.85%

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
107888 101284 107679
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 94.54% 94.56% 95.26%
Number of salaries quoted 88197 84123 91717
Average salary £45,000 £43,500 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+3.44% +2.35%
90% offered a salary of more than £26,500 £27,000 £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 23 October 2014 within the UK.

Security Tester Salary Histogram in the UK

Security Tester
Top 14 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 23 October 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
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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 -2 22 £50,000 -9.09% 1
London -1 12 £50,000 -9.09%
West Midlands -20 4 £20,250 -59.50%
Stoke-on-Trent - 4 £20,250 -
Staffordshire - 4 £20,250 -
South East -14 2 £38,125 -23.75% 1
West Yorkshire -26 2 £25,000 -
Leeds -30 2 £25,000 -
Yorkshire -42 2 £25,000 -
Manchester - 2 £50,000 -
North West - 2 £50,000 -
City of London +17 1 - -
Folkestone - 1 £31,250 -
Kent - 1 £31,250 -

Security Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 October 2014, 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 52 (72.22%) Penetration Testing
2 30 (41.67%) PCI DSS
3 28 (38.89%) Information Security
4 27 (37.50%) Security Testing
5 25 (34.72%) .NET
6 24 (33.33%) Windows
6 24 (33.33%) CEH
6 24 (33.33%) OSCP
7 21 (29.17%) CISSP
8 19 (26.39%) Ethical Hacking
9 18 (25.00%) Vulnerability Assessment
9 18 (25.00%) Linux
9 18 (25.00%) PHP
10 16 (22.22%) Java
10 16 (22.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
11 15 (20.83%) Firewall
12 13 (18.06%) Degree
12 13 (18.06%) OSCE
12 13 (18.06%) Open Source
13 12 (16.67%) Android
13 12 (16.67%) Apple iOS
13 12 (16.67%) Windows Phone
13 12 (16.67%) Finance
14 11 (15.28%) Wireless
15 10 (13.89%) VoIP
15 10 (13.89%) CISMP
15 10 (13.89%) GPEN
15 10 (13.89%) Security Cleared
16 9 (12.50%) Ruby
16 9 (12.50%) Retail

Security Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 23 October 2014, 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 5 (6.94%) Apache
2 4 (5.56%) IIS
Applications
1 4 (5.56%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 8 (11.11%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 15 (20.83%) Firewall
2 11 (15.28%) Wireless
3 10 (13.89%) VoIP
4 9 (12.50%) VPN
5 4 (5.56%) LAN
5 4 (5.56%) WAN
5 4 (5.56%) TCP/IP
6 2 (2.78%) Wireshark
7 1 (1.39%) Internet
7 1 (1.39%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (5.56%) MySQL
2 1 (1.39%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.39%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 3 (4.17%) Metasploit
2 1 (1.39%) AppScan
2 1 (1.39%) SoapUI
General
1 12 (16.67%) Finance
2 9 (12.50%) Retail
3 8 (11.11%) Games
3 8 (11.11%) Banking
4 4 (5.56%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (34.72%) .NET
2 4 (5.56%) Web Services
3 1 (1.39%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 13 (18.06%) Open Source
2 8 (11.11%) Mobile App
3 3 (4.17%) Management Information System
4 2 (2.78%) Data Protection Act
5 1 (1.39%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.39%) Cryptography
5 1 (1.39%) AS400
Operating Systems
1 24 (33.33%) Windows
2 18 (25.00%) Linux
3 12 (16.67%) Android
3 12 (16.67%) Apple iOS
3 12 (16.67%) Windows Phone
4 8 (11.11%) Debian
4 8 (11.11%) Ubuntu
4 8 (11.11%) CentOS
5 4 (5.56%) AIX
5 4 (5.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (2.78%) UNIX
7 1 (1.39%) Solaris
7 1 (1.39%) OS/390
7 1 (1.39%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (72.22%) Penetration Testing
2 28 (38.89%) Information Security
3 27 (37.50%) Security Testing
4 19 (26.39%) Ethical Hacking
5 18 (25.00%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 8 (11.11%) Information Management
6 8 (11.11%) Test Management
7 7 (9.72%) Risk Management
8 6 (8.33%) OWASP
9 5 (6.94%) Mentoring
10 4 (5.56%) Project Management
10 4 (5.56%) Vulnerability Management
11 3 (4.17%) Security Architecture
11 3 (4.17%) SIEM
12 2 (2.78%) Risk Assessment
12 2 (2.78%) Test Strategy
12 2 (2.78%) Cyber Security
12 2 (2.78%) Data Protection
12 2 (2.78%) Technical Architecture
13 1 (1.39%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 18 (25.00%) PHP
2 16 (22.22%) Java
3 9 (12.50%) Ruby
3 9 (12.50%) Python
3 9 (12.50%) SQL
3 9 (12.50%) C
3 9 (12.50%) Objective-C
4 8 (11.11%) Shell Script
5 4 (5.56%) Bash Shell
6 1 (1.39%) T-SQL
6 1 (1.39%) VB
6 1 (1.39%) C#
Qualifications
1 24 (33.33%) CEH
1 24 (33.33%) OSCP
2 21 (29.17%) CISSP
3 13 (18.06%) Degree
3 13 (18.06%) OSCE
4 10 (13.89%) CISMP
4 10 (13.89%) GPEN
4 10 (13.89%) Security Cleared
5 9 (12.50%) GIAC
6 2 (2.78%) SC Cleared
7 1 (1.39%) GCIH
7 1 (1.39%) GWAPT
7 1 (1.39%) CISA
7 1 (1.39%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (41.67%) PCI DSS
2 16 (22.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (1.39%) COBIT
3 1 (1.39%) QA
System Software
1 5 (6.94%) Nmap
2 4 (5.56%) Snort
Systems Management
1 5 (6.94%) Nessus
2 2 (2.78%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (2.78%) CORE IMPACT
3 1 (1.39%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 4 (5.56%) Microsoft
1 4 (5.56%) Red Hat
2 3 (4.17%) LogRhythm
3 2 (2.78%) Oracle
4 1 (1.39%) Apple
4 1 (1.39%) CheckPoint
4 1 (1.39%) HP
4 1 (1.39%) Cisco