Period
to 15 February 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 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 6 months to 15 February 2019 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
North West > Cheshire
6 months to
15 Feb 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 77 79 85
Rank change year-on-year +2 +6 +20
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 15 14 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 1.26% 1.07% 0.24%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.46% 1.25% 0.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 9 4
Cheshire median daily rate £500 £500 £488
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.56% -7.14%
10th Percentile £359 £370 £323
90th Percentile £525 £545 £575
North West median daily rate £500 £500 £425
% change year-on-year - +17.65% -5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Cheshire median hourly rate - - -
North West median hourly rate - - -

Penetration Testing is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Cheshire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 1,028 1,122 1,062
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 86.03% 85.78% 85.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 649 793 771
Cheshire median daily rate £400 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.61% +3.75% -5.88%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £213
90th Percentile £550 £625 £600
North West median daily rate £425 £410 £400
% change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 50 39 38
Cheshire median hourly rate £18.30 £19.00 £20.81
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.68% -8.71% +17.12%
10th Percentile £17.43 £11.09 £13.93
90th Percentile £45.25 £38.75 £44.11
North West median hourly rate £24.75 £24.28 £25.00
% change year-on-year +1.94% -2.88% -17.08%

Penetration Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

Job postings citing Penetration Testing as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Cheshire.

Job vacancy trend for Penetration Testing in Cheshire

Penetration Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Penetration Testing in Cheshire

Penetration Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Penetration Testing in Cheshire over the 6 months to 15 February 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Penetration Testing in Cheshire

Penetration Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Penetration Testing in Cheshire

Penetration Testing
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

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 Cheshire region over the 6 months to 15 February 2019. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Knutsford - 10 £400 -
Warrington +2 1 £338 -36.32%
Penetration Testing
North West

For the 6 months to 15 February 2019, IT contractor jobs citing Penetration Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Cheshire region with a requirement for Penetration Testing.

1 13 (86.67%) Risk Management
2 9 (60.00%) Law
2 9 (60.00%) Banking
2 9 (60.00%) Network Design
2 9 (60.00%) Investment Banking
2 9 (60.00%) Wealth Management
2 9 (60.00%) Security Monitoring
2 9 (60.00%) Compliance Audit
2 9 (60.00%) Software Audit
3 8 (53.33%) Server Hardening
4 7 (46.67%) SDLC
4 7 (46.67%) Security Operations
4 7 (46.67%) Degree
4 7 (46.67%) Security Testing
4 7 (46.67%) CISM
4 7 (46.67%) GIS
4 7 (46.67%) CISSP
4 7 (46.67%) Web Services
5 6 (40.00%) Information Security
5 6 (40.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 5 (33.33%) IaaS
6 5 (33.33%) Firewall
7 4 (26.67%) Cybersecurity
7 4 (26.67%) Identity Access Management
7 4 (26.67%) Intrusion Detection
7 4 (26.67%) SaaS
7 4 (26.67%) PaaS
8 2 (13.33%) Security Architecture
8 2 (13.33%) Project Planning
8 2 (13.33%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)

Penetration Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheshire 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 (6.67%) SharePoint
Cloud Services
1 5 (33.33%) IaaS
2 4 (26.67%) PaaS
2 4 (26.67%) SaaS
3 1 (6.67%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 5 (33.33%) Firewall
2 4 (26.67%) Intrusion Detection
3 1 (6.67%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
3 1 (6.67%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
3 1 (6.67%) IPsec
3 1 (6.67%) MPLS
3 1 (6.67%) SAN
3 1 (6.67%) SSL
3 1 (6.67%) VLAN
3 1 (6.67%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (46.67%) GIS
General
1 9 (60.00%) Banking
1 9 (60.00%) Investment Banking
1 9 (60.00%) Law
2 1 (6.67%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 7 (46.67%) Consultant
1 7 (46.67%) Security Consultant
2 4 (26.67%) Cybersecurity Specialist
2 4 (26.67%) Security Specialist
3 2 (13.33%) Architect
3 2 (13.33%) Junior
3 2 (13.33%) Junior Consultant
3 2 (13.33%) Junior Security Consultant
3 2 (13.33%) Lead Security Consultant
3 2 (13.33%) Security Architect
3 2 (13.33%) Security Solutions Architect
3 2 (13.33%) Solutions Architect
4 1 (6.67%) Contracts Manager
4 1 (6.67%) Implementation Manager
4 1 (6.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 1 (6.67%) Network Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (46.67%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 1 (6.67%) Clustering
1 1 (6.67%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 1 (6.67%) Windows
1 1 (6.67%) Windows Server
1 1 (6.67%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (86.67%) Risk Management
2 9 (60.00%) Compliance Audit
2 9 (60.00%) Network Design
2 9 (60.00%) Security Monitoring
2 9 (60.00%) Software Audit
2 9 (60.00%) Wealth Management
3 8 (53.33%) Server Hardening
4 7 (46.67%) SDLC
4 7 (46.67%) Security Operations
4 7 (46.67%) Security Testing
5 6 (40.00%) Information Security
6 4 (26.67%) Cybersecurity
6 4 (26.67%) Identity Access Management
7 2 (13.33%) Decision-Making
7 2 (13.33%) Problem-Solving
7 2 (13.33%) Project Planning
7 2 (13.33%) Security Architecture
7 2 (13.33%) Stakeholder Management
8 1 (6.67%) BCP
8 1 (6.67%) Network Management
Qualifications
1 7 (46.67%) CISM
1 7 (46.67%) CISSP
1 7 (46.67%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (40.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (13.33%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 1 (6.67%) Active Directory
1 1 (6.67%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (6.67%) AirWatch
1 1 (6.67%) Foglight
1 1 (6.67%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 1 (6.67%) Blue Coat
1 1 (6.67%) Brocade
1 1 (6.67%) CommVault
1 1 (6.67%) F5
1 1 (6.67%) HP
1 1 (6.67%) McAfee
1 1 (6.67%) NetApp
1 1 (6.67%) NetIQ
1 1 (6.67%) Nimble Storage
1 1 (6.67%) SolarWinds
1 1 (6.67%) TippingPoint
1 1 (6.67%) VMware