The median contractor rate for a Penetration Tester was £488 per day in advertised job vacancies in the City of London during the 3 months to 28 March 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
London / City of London
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 159 152 191
Rank change year-on-year -7 +39  
Contract jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 3 2 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.098% 0.060% 0.039%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.10% 0.063% 0.040%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 2 2
Median daily rate £488 £500 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.50% +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £478 £500 £368
10% offered a daily rate of more than £498 £500 £508
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £488 £459
% change year-on-year -9.74% +6.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

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

Contract IT Job Roles
City of London
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 2916 3192 4971
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 95.23% 95.17% 96.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 2268 2545 3747
Median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.55%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £305 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 45 78
Median hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £17.98
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.97% +11.20%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.38 £46.10 £26.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.63 £17.00
% change year-on-year -10.82% +15.44%  

Penetration Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the City of London that featured Penetration Tester in the job title.

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 28 March 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 8 (100.00%) Penetration Testing
2 6 (75.00%) CREST Certified
3 4 (50.00%) CHECK Team Member
3 4 (50.00%) CEH
3 4 (50.00%) Windows
3 4 (50.00%) Linux
4 3 (37.50%) SANS
4 3 (37.50%) OWASP
5 2 (25.00%) GPEN
5 2 (25.00%) OSCP
5 2 (25.00%) OSCE
5 2 (25.00%) Cybersecurity
5 2 (25.00%) Mentoring
5 2 (25.00%) Static Code Analysis
5 2 (25.00%) Burp Suite
5 2 (25.00%) Kali Linux
5 2 (25.00%) Secure Coding
5 2 (25.00%) OSSTMM
5 2 (25.00%) IPv6
5 2 (25.00%) Risk Management
5 2 (25.00%) Finance
5 2 (25.00%) GIAC
5 2 (25.00%) Project Management
5 2 (25.00%) Nessus
5 2 (25.00%) Computer Forensics
5 2 (25.00%) Ethical Hacking
5 2 (25.00%) Information Security
5 2 (25.00%) Degree
5 2 (25.00%) QA
6 1 (12.50%) Security Testing

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
Communications & Networking
1 2 (25.00%) IPv6
2 1 (12.50%) Firewall
2 1 (12.50%) HTTP
2 1 (12.50%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (12.50%) MongoDB
1 1 (12.50%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 2 (25.00%) Burp Suite
General
1 2 (25.00%) Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (12.50%) Elastic Stack
1 1 (12.50%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 1 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (12.50%) Cyber Defence
1 1 (12.50%) Fintech
1 1 (12.50%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 4 (50.00%) Linux
1 4 (50.00%) Windows
2 2 (25.00%) Kali Linux
3 1 (12.50%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (100.00%) Penetration Testing
2 3 (37.50%) OWASP
3 2 (25.00%) Computer Forensics
3 2 (25.00%) Cybersecurity
3 2 (25.00%) Ethical Hacking
3 2 (25.00%) Information Security
3 2 (25.00%) Mentoring
3 2 (25.00%) OSSTMM
3 2 (25.00%) Project Management
3 2 (25.00%) Risk Management
3 2 (25.00%) Secure Coding
3 2 (25.00%) Static Code Analysis
4 1 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
4 1 (12.50%) Continuous Integration
4 1 (12.50%) Fuzz Testing
4 1 (12.50%) Open Source
4 1 (12.50%) Security Testing
4 1 (12.50%) Static Program Analysis
4 1 (12.50%) Threat Modelling
4 1 (12.50%) Vulnerability Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (12.50%) Java
1 1 (12.50%) PHP
1 1 (12.50%) Python
1 1 (12.50%) Ruby
1 1 (12.50%) SQL
Qualifications
1 6 (75.00%) CREST Certified
2 4 (50.00%) CEH
2 4 (50.00%) CHECK Team Member
3 3 (37.50%) SANS
4 2 (25.00%) Degree
4 2 (25.00%) GIAC
4 2 (25.00%) GPEN
4 2 (25.00%) OSCE
4 2 (25.00%) OSCP
5 1 (12.50%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (12.50%) CHECK Team Leader
5 1 (12.50%) CISM
5 1 (12.50%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (25.00%) QA
2 1 (12.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
Systems Management
1 2 (25.00%) Nessus
Vendors
1 1 (12.50%) WorldPay