The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham 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 28 April 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
West Midlands / Birmingham
3 months to
28 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 55 60 -
Rank change year-on-year +5 -  
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 1 3 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 0.17% 0.39% -
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.21% 0.49% -
Number of daily rates quoted 1 1 0
Median daily rate £525 £450 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.66% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £404 £470 £400
% change year-on-year -14.09% +17.50%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £60.87 £34.81 £22.50
% change year-on-year +74.85% +54.72%  

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 Birmingham with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Birmingham
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 487 613 613
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Birmingham 80.36% 79.92% 75.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 324 397 413
Median daily rate £425 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.33% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £245 £258
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +3.75% +2.56%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 21 13
Median hourly rate £13.81 £35.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -60.53% +133.33%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.05 £10.73 £9.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.00 £42.50 £23.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.00 £36.00 £30.20
% change year-on-year +2.77% +19.20%  

Penetration Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in Birmingham

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Birmingham 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 Birmingham

Penetration Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Penetration Testing in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 28 April 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 Birmingham region with a requirement for Penetration Testing.

1 4 (100.00%) Firewall
2 3 (75.00%) OSPF
2 3 (75.00%) BGP
2 3 (75.00%) VPN
2 3 (75.00%) Cisco
3 2 (50.00%) Juniper
3 2 (50.00%) Linux
3 2 (50.00%) Cisco ASA
3 2 (50.00%) Junos
3 2 (50.00%) High Availability
3 2 (50.00%) Network Design
4 1 (25.00%) Service Design
4 1 (25.00%) Intrusion Detection
4 1 (25.00%) Network Security
4 1 (25.00%) IaaS
4 1 (25.00%) Jenkins
4 1 (25.00%) Ansible
4 1 (25.00%) Docker
4 1 (25.00%) DevOps
4 1 (25.00%) Microservices
4 1 (25.00%) Server Hardening
4 1 (25.00%) Data Centre
4 1 (25.00%) 802.1X
4 1 (25.00%) Git (software)
4 1 (25.00%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (25.00%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (25.00%) Open Source
4 1 (25.00%) Capacity Planning
4 1 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
4 1 (25.00%) DSL

Penetration Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in Birmingham 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:

Cloud Services
1 1 (25.00%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (25.00%) IaaS
1 1 (25.00%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 4 (100.00%) Firewall
2 3 (75.00%) BGP
2 3 (75.00%) OSPF
2 3 (75.00%) VPN
3 2 (50.00%) Cisco ASA
3 2 (50.00%) Junos
4 1 (25.00%) DHCP
4 1 (25.00%) DNS
4 1 (25.00%) DSL
4 1 (25.00%) Ethernet
4 1 (25.00%) FTP
4 1 (25.00%) Internet
4 1 (25.00%) Intrusion Detection
4 1 (25.00%) IPsec
4 1 (25.00%) Network Security
4 1 (25.00%) SMTP
4 1 (25.00%) SNMP
4 1 (25.00%) SSL
4 1 (25.00%) TCP/IP
4 1 (25.00%) Wi-Fi
Development Applications
1 1 (25.00%) Git (software)
1 1 (25.00%) Jenkins
General
1 1 (25.00%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 3 (75.00%) Network Engineer
2 2 (50.00%) Cisco Engineer
2 2 (50.00%) Cisco Network Engineer
2 2 (50.00%) Juniper Engineer
3 1 (25.00%) DevOps Engineer
3 1 (25.00%) Senior DevOps
3 1 (25.00%) Senior DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (25.00%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 1 (25.00%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 2 (50.00%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (50.00%) High Availability
1 2 (50.00%) Network Design
2 1 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (25.00%) Capacity Planning
2 1 (25.00%) Change Management
2 1 (25.00%) DevOps
2 1 (25.00%) Disaster Recovery
2 1 (25.00%) Information Security
2 1 (25.00%) Microservices
2 1 (25.00%) Open Source
2 1 (25.00%) Scrum
2 1 (25.00%) Server Hardening
2 1 (25.00%) Service Delivery
2 1 (25.00%) Service Design
Programming Languages
1 1 (25.00%) Java
1 1 (25.00%) PHP
System Software
1 1 (25.00%) Docker
1 1 (25.00%) Firmware
1 1 (25.00%) NFS
Systems Management
1 1 (25.00%) Ansible
Vendors
1 3 (75.00%) Cisco
2 2 (50.00%) Juniper
3 1 (25.00%) Microsoft