The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London 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 29 March 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
London / City of London
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 156 142 182
Rank change year-on-year -14 +40  
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 6 17 9
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.20% 0.50% 0.18%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.23% 0.57% 0.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 14 8
Median daily rate £488 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.63% +5.55%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £478 £375 £385
10% offered a daily rate of more than £498 £518 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £408 £425 £438
% change year-on-year -4.11% -2.85%  
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 the City of London with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
City of London
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 2628 2969 4223
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 85.55% 87.71% 82.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 2060 2378 3263
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 £344 £325 £320
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 28 34
Median hourly rate £16.00 £20.00 £20.45
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% -2.17%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £13.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.35 £47.50 £92.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.75 £38.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.14% +28.33%  

Penetration Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the City of London 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 the City of London

Penetration Testing
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 Testing in the City of London.

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

For the 6 months to 29 March 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 City of London region with a requirement for Penetration Testing.

1 10 (50.00%) Information Security
2 9 (45.00%) CREST Certified
3 8 (40.00%) Finance
4 7 (35.00%) Cybersecurity
5 6 (30.00%) Windows
5 6 (30.00%) CHECK Team Member
6 5 (25.00%) Linux
6 5 (25.00%) Project Management
6 5 (25.00%) CEH
6 5 (25.00%) Degree
6 5 (25.00%) Secure Coding
6 5 (25.00%) OWASP
7 4 (20.00%) SC Cleared
7 4 (20.00%) Security Cleared
7 4 (20.00%) SANS
7 4 (20.00%) Mobile App
7 4 (20.00%) Cyber Defence
7 4 (20.00%) Computer Forensics
7 4 (20.00%) Risk Management
8 3 (15.00%) BPSS Clearance
8 3 (15.00%) Analytical Skills
8 3 (15.00%) SIEM
9 2 (10.00%) GPEN
9 2 (10.00%) OSCP
9 2 (10.00%) OSCE
9 2 (10.00%) Team Foundation Server
9 2 (10.00%) MongoDB
9 2 (10.00%) Vulnerability Management
9 2 (10.00%) Static Code Analysis
9 2 (10.00%) Office 365

Penetration Testing
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 2 (10.00%) MS Exchange
2 1 (5.00%) nginx
Business Applications
1 2 (10.00%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (10.00%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (10.00%) Azure Active Directory
1 2 (10.00%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (10.00%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (10.00%) DNS
1 2 (10.00%) HTTP
1 2 (10.00%) IPv6
2 1 (5.00%) Firewall
2 1 (5.00%) Intrusion Detection
2 1 (5.00%) Network Security
2 1 (5.00%) SSL
2 1 (5.00%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (10.00%) MongoDB
1 2 (10.00%) PostgreSQL
1 2 (10.00%) SQL Server
1 2 (10.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (5.00%) Redis
2 1 (5.00%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 2 (10.00%) Burp Suite
1 2 (10.00%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (5.00%) Git (software)
2 1 (5.00%) Jenkins
General
1 8 (40.00%) Finance
2 1 (5.00%) Financial Institution
2 1 (5.00%) Legal
Job Titles
1 8 (40.00%) Penetration Tester
1 8 (40.00%) Tester
2 3 (15.00%) Consultant
3 2 (10.00%) Analyst
3 2 (10.00%) CRM Consultant
3 2 (10.00%) Dynamics CRM Consultant
3 2 (10.00%) Infrastructure Consultant
3 2 (10.00%) Infrastructure Tester
3 2 (10.00%) Security Analyst
3 2 (10.00%) Team Leader
4 1 (5.00%) Cybersecurity Architect
4 1 (5.00%) Head of DevOps
4 1 (5.00%) Head of Digital
4 1 (5.00%) Head of Technical Operations
4 1 (5.00%) Information Assurance Consultant
4 1 (5.00%) Information Security Project Manager
4 1 (5.00%) IT Analyst
4 1 (5.00%) Microsoft CRM Consultant
4 1 (5.00%) Security Penetration Tester
4 1 (5.00%) Security Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (5.00%) .NET
1 1 (5.00%) Elastic Stack
1 1 (5.00%) Node.js
1 1 (5.00%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 4 (20.00%) Cyber Defence
1 4 (20.00%) Mobile App
2 3 (15.00%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (10.00%) CESG
3 2 (10.00%) Fintech
4 1 (5.00%) Cyberthreat
4 1 (5.00%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 6 (30.00%) Windows
2 5 (25.00%) Linux
3 2 (10.00%) Kali Linux
4 1 (5.00%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (50.00%) Information Security
2 7 (35.00%) Cybersecurity
3 5 (25.00%) OWASP
3 5 (25.00%) Project Management
3 5 (25.00%) Secure Coding
4 4 (20.00%) Computer Forensics
4 4 (20.00%) Risk Management
5 3 (15.00%) SIEM
6 2 (10.00%) Agile Software Development
6 2 (10.00%) Continuous Integration
6 2 (10.00%) CRM
6 2 (10.00%) Ethical Hacking
6 2 (10.00%) Mentoring
6 2 (10.00%) Open Source
6 2 (10.00%) OSSTMM
6 2 (10.00%) Static Code Analysis
6 2 (10.00%) Technical Architecture
6 2 (10.00%) Vulnerability Management
7 1 (5.00%) Coaching
7 1 (5.00%) Social Engineering
Programming Languages
1 2 (10.00%) Java
1 2 (10.00%) PowerShell
2 1 (5.00%) PHP
2 1 (5.00%) Python
2 1 (5.00%) Ruby
2 1 (5.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 9 (45.00%) CREST Certified
2 6 (30.00%) CHECK Team Member
3 5 (25.00%) CEH
3 5 (25.00%) Degree
4 4 (20.00%) SANS
4 4 (20.00%) SC Cleared
4 4 (20.00%) Security Cleared
5 3 (15.00%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (10.00%) CHECK Team Leader
6 2 (10.00%) CISM
6 2 (10.00%) CISSP
6 2 (10.00%) GIAC
6 2 (10.00%) GPEN
6 2 (10.00%) OSCE
6 2 (10.00%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (10.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 2 (10.00%) QA
2 1 (5.00%) Cyber Essentials
2 1 (5.00%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 2 (10.00%) Active Directory
2 1 (5.00%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 2 (10.00%) Nessus
2 1 (5.00%) Ansible
2 1 (5.00%) Puppet
Vendors
1 2 (10.00%) Microsoft
1 2 (10.00%) WorldPay
2 1 (5.00%) CyberArk
2 1 (5.00%) Oracle
2 1 (5.00%) SAP
2 1 (5.00%) Splunk
2 1 (5.00%) Symantec
2 1 (5.00%) VMware
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