Period
to 23 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Penetration Tester was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies in the City of London during the 6 months to 23 November 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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 Tester
Central London > City of London
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 240 234 267
Rank change year-on-year -6 +33 +35
Contract jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 8 7 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.11% 0.10% 0.055%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.12% 0.11% 0.058%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 4 5
City of London median daily rate £550 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +18.92% +2.78% -10.00%
10th Percentile £475 £424 £403
90th Percentile £640 £523 £511
Central London median daily rate £550 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +15.79% +2.70% -7.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
City of London median hourly rate - - -
Central London median hourly rate - - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
City of London
Contract vacancies in the City of London with a recognized job title 6743 6393 8621
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.45% 95.45% 95.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 5331 5074 6774
City of London median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +2.86%
10th Percentile £313 £313 £275
90th Percentile £688 £663 £650
Central London median daily rate £500 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 92 78 126
City of London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.38 £18.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.60% -7.33% +7.14%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.50 £10.25
90th Percentile £30.64 £48.12 £39.38
Central London median hourly rate £18.10 £17.08 £18.00
% change year-on-year +5.96% -5.10% +5.88%

Penetration Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

Job postings that featured Penetration Tester in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the City of London.

Job vacancy trend for Penetration Tester in the City of London

Penetration Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Penetration Tester in the City of London.

Contractor daily rate trend for Penetration Tester in the City of London

Penetration Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 23 November 2017, Penetration Tester contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the City of London region featuring Penetration Tester in the job title.

1 7 (87.50%) CREST Certified
2 6 (75.00%) Penetration Testing
3 4 (50.00%) Cyberthreat
4 3 (37.50%) Information Security
4 3 (37.50%) Ethical Hacking
4 3 (37.50%) CHECK Team Member
5 2 (25.00%) Finance
5 2 (25.00%) Fuzz Testing
6 1 (12.50%) Static Code Analysis
6 1 (12.50%) Cybersecurity
6 1 (12.50%) Social Engineering
6 1 (12.50%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (12.50%) Secure Coding
6 1 (12.50%) Identity Access Management
6 1 (12.50%) CHECK Team Leader
6 1 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
6 1 (12.50%) Cryptography
6 1 (12.50%) Computer Forensics
6 1 (12.50%) PHP
6 1 (12.50%) Web Services
6 1 (12.50%) Linux
6 1 (12.50%) Python
6 1 (12.50%) CISSP
6 1 (12.50%) Project Management
6 1 (12.50%) Ruby
6 1 (12.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (12.50%) Degree
6 1 (12.50%) Security Testing
6 1 (12.50%) Continuous Integration
6 1 (12.50%) Data Protection

Penetration Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of London 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 (12.50%) nginx
Cloud Services
1 1 (12.50%) Amazon AWS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (12.50%) MongoDB
1 1 (12.50%) PostgreSQL
General
1 2 (25.00%) Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (12.50%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 4 (50.00%) Cyberthreat
2 1 (12.50%) Cyber Defence
2 1 (12.50%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 1 (12.50%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (75.00%) Penetration Testing
2 3 (37.50%) Ethical Hacking
2 3 (37.50%) Information Security
3 2 (25.00%) Fuzz Testing
4 1 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
4 1 (12.50%) Computer Forensics
4 1 (12.50%) Continuous Integration
4 1 (12.50%) Cryptography
4 1 (12.50%) Cybersecurity
4 1 (12.50%) Data Protection
4 1 (12.50%) Identity Access Management
4 1 (12.50%) Open Source
4 1 (12.50%) OWASP
4 1 (12.50%) Project Management
4 1 (12.50%) Secure Coding
4 1 (12.50%) Security Testing
4 1 (12.50%) Social Engineering
4 1 (12.50%) Static Code Analysis
4 1 (12.50%) Static Program Analysis
4 1 (12.50%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 1 (12.50%) PHP
1 1 (12.50%) Python
1 1 (12.50%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 7 (87.50%) CREST Certified
2 3 (37.50%) CHECK Team Member
3 1 (12.50%) BPSS Clearance
3 1 (12.50%) CHECK Team Leader
3 1 (12.50%) CISSP
3 1 (12.50%) Degree
3 1 (12.50%) SC Cleared
3 1 (12.50%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (12.50%) Cyber Essentials
1 1 (12.50%) GDPR
1 1 (12.50%) ISO/IEC 27001