The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Berkshire with a requirement for Penetration Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Penetration Testing over the 3 months to 22 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Penetration Testing
South East / Berkshire
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 97 113 110
Rank change year-on-year +16 -3  
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 6 7 7
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 0.33% 0.29% 0.28%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.40% 0.37% 0.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 5 7
Median daily rate £488 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.33% +5.88%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £405 £417 £299
10% offered a daily rate of more than £511 £488 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £490 £475 £400
% change year-on-year +3.15% +18.75%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £60.00 £19.63 £45.00
% change year-on-year +205.73% -56.38%  

Penetration Testing is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Berkshire with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Berkshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 1484 1899 1945
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Berkshire 81.23% 79.72% 78.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 705 1043 976
Median daily rate £425 £400 £398
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +0.62%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £250 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 59 72 72
Median hourly rate £18.00 £19.06 £21.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.53% -11.57%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.00 £13.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £32.00 £39.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.50 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +17.54% -5.00%  

Penetration Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in Berkshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Berkshire citing Penetration Testing as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Penetration Testing in Berkshire

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Penetration Testing in Berkshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for Penetration Testing in Berkshire

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Berkshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Penetration Testing in Berkshire over the 3 months to 22 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Penetration Testing in Berkshire

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Testing in Berkshire.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Penetration Testing in Berkshire

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Contract Job Locations in Berkshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Testing within the Berkshire region over the 3 months to 22 June 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Reading +17 1 £375 -16.66% 1
Windsor - 1 - -
Penetration Testing
South East

For the 6 months to 22 June 2017, IT contractor 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 contract ads across the Berkshire region with a requirement for Penetration Testing.

1 9 (64.29%) Information Security
2 6 (42.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 6 (42.86%) SIEM
3 5 (35.71%) CISSP
3 5 (35.71%) CISM
4 4 (28.57%) PRINCE2
4 4 (28.57%) Project Management
4 4 (28.57%) PMI
4 4 (28.57%) PMI Certification
4 4 (28.57%) Agile Software Development
4 4 (28.57%) CISA
4 4 (28.57%) Risk Management
4 4 (28.57%) OWASP
4 4 (28.57%) Vulnerability Scanning
5 3 (21.43%) ISO/IEC 27005
5 3 (21.43%) Finance
5 3 (21.43%) Risk Assessment
5 3 (21.43%) Investment Management
5 3 (21.43%) CRAMM
5 3 (21.43%) ISMS
5 3 (21.43%) Java
5 3 (21.43%) J2EE
6 2 (14.29%) Windows
6 2 (14.29%) Firewall
6 2 (14.29%) Linux
6 2 (14.29%) Knowledge Management
6 2 (14.29%) DV Cleared
6 2 (14.29%) Security Cleared
6 2 (14.29%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 2 (14.29%) Information Security Governance

Penetration Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in Berkshire 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 1 (7.14%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
1 1 (7.14%) Exchange Server 2003
1 1 (7.14%) Exchange Server 2010
1 1 (7.14%) MS Exchange
Communications & Networking
1 2 (14.29%) Firewall
1 2 (14.29%) Network Security
2 1 (7.14%) Cisco PIX
2 1 (7.14%) Internet
2 1 (7.14%) Intrusion Detection
2 1 (7.14%) NAS
2 1 (7.14%) SAN
2 1 (7.14%) SMTP
2 1 (7.14%) SSL
2 1 (7.14%) VPN
General
1 3 (21.43%) Finance
2 1 (7.14%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 5 (35.71%) Security Manager
2 4 (28.57%) Consultant
2 4 (28.57%) Information Security Manager
2 4 (28.57%) Information Security Project Manager
2 4 (28.57%) Project Manager
2 4 (28.57%) Security Consultant
2 4 (28.57%) Security Project Manager
3 3 (21.43%) Information Assurance Consultant
3 3 (21.43%) Information Manager
3 3 (21.43%) Information Security Consultant
4 1 (7.14%) Architect
4 1 (7.14%) Exchange Specialist
4 1 (7.14%) Messaging Specialist
4 1 (7.14%) Network Engineer
4 1 (7.14%) Penetration Tester
4 1 (7.14%) Security Architect
4 1 (7.14%) Telecoms Manager
4 1 (7.14%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (21.43%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 4 (28.57%) PMI
2 2 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (7.14%) CESG
3 1 (7.14%) Cyber Attack
3 1 (7.14%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 2 (14.29%) Linux
1 2 (14.29%) Windows
2 1 (7.14%) Solaris
2 1 (7.14%) Unix
2 1 (7.14%) Windows Server
2 1 (7.14%) Windows Server 2003
2 1 (7.14%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (64.29%) Information Security
2 6 (42.86%) SIEM
3 4 (28.57%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (28.57%) OWASP
3 4 (28.57%) PRINCE2
3 4 (28.57%) Project Management
3 4 (28.57%) Risk Management
3 4 (28.57%) Vulnerability Scanning
4 3 (21.43%) CRAMM
4 3 (21.43%) Investment Management
4 3 (21.43%) ISMS
4 3 (21.43%) Risk Assessment
5 2 (14.29%) Data Privacy
5 2 (14.29%) Information Security Governance
5 2 (14.29%) Knowledge Management
5 2 (14.29%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 1 (7.14%) Cryptography
6 1 (7.14%) Data Security
6 1 (7.14%) Incident Management
6 1 (7.14%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 3 (21.43%) Java
Qualifications
1 5 (35.71%) CISM
1 5 (35.71%) CISSP
2 4 (28.57%) CISA
2 4 (28.57%) PMI Certification
3 2 (14.29%) DV Cleared
3 2 (14.29%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
3 2 (14.29%) Security Cleared
4 1 (7.14%) CREST Certified
4 1 (7.14%) OSCP
4 1 (7.14%) SANS
4 1 (7.14%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (42.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (21.43%) ISO/IEC 27005
3 2 (14.29%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
4 1 (7.14%) PCI DSS
4 1 (7.14%) PMO
4 1 (7.14%) QA
4 1 (7.14%) SLA
4 1 (7.14%) Web Application Security Consortium
System Software
1 1 (7.14%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (7.14%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
Vendors
1 1 (7.14%) Blue Coat
1 1 (7.14%) CheckPoint
1 1 (7.14%) Cisco
1 1 (7.14%) Citrix
1 1 (7.14%) Juniper
1 1 (7.14%) Microsoft
1 1 (7.14%) SAP
1 1 (7.14%) Sourcefire
1 1 (7.14%) VMware