Period
to 23 November 2017

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 6 months to 23 November 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
Central London > City of London
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 224 215 242
Rank change year-on-year -9 +27 +29
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 24 26 30
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.34% 0.39% 0.33%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.38% 0.44% 0.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 15 24
City of London median daily rate £525 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.67% +5.88% -15.00%
10th Percentile £388 £355 £316
90th Percentile £636 £538 £546
Central London median daily rate £513 £438 £475
% change year-on-year +17.14% -7.89% -5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
City of London median hourly rate - - -
Central London 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 the City of London with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
City of London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 6308 5856 7591
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 88.36% 87.43% 83.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 5014 4674 6040
City of London median daily rate £513 £475 £465
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.89% +2.15% +3.33%
10th Percentile £325 £317 £288
90th Percentile £688 £675 £650
Central London median daily rate £500 £475 £460
% change year-on-year +5.26% +3.26% +2.79%
Number of hourly rates quoted 59 54 74
City of London median hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £21.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -5.33% +11.18%
10th Percentile £13.34 £13.58 £10.91
90th Percentile £32.07 £53.54 £45.15
Central London median hourly rate £20.50 £19.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year +7.89% -9.52% +16.67%

Penetration Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

Job postings citing Penetration Testing as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the City of London.

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

Penetration Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Penetration Testing in the City of London over the 6 months to 23 November 2017.

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

For the 6 months to 23 November 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 15 (62.50%) Information Security
2 10 (41.67%) Cybersecurity
3 8 (33.33%) Ethical Hacking
4 7 (29.17%) Cyberthreat
4 7 (29.17%) Finance
5 6 (25.00%) CISSP
5 6 (25.00%) CREST Certified
6 5 (20.83%) CISM
7 4 (16.67%) Legal
7 4 (16.67%) CHECK Team Member
7 4 (16.67%) Vulnerability Management
7 4 (16.67%) Test Scripting
7 4 (16.67%) Incident Management
8 3 (12.50%) Online Banking
8 3 (12.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 3 (12.50%) Business Analysis
8 3 (12.50%) CEH
8 3 (12.50%) Security Cleared
8 3 (12.50%) Stakeholder Engagement
8 3 (12.50%) BDD
8 3 (12.50%) Tableau
8 3 (12.50%) Malware Detection/Protection
8 3 (12.50%) Kali Linux
8 3 (12.50%) Threat Management
8 3 (12.50%) Banking
8 3 (12.50%) MS Visio
8 3 (12.50%) Internet
8 3 (12.50%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 3 (12.50%) Project Management
8 3 (12.50%) Microsoft Office

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 (8.33%) nginx
2 1 (4.17%) Tomcat
Applications
1 3 (12.50%) Microsoft Office
1 3 (12.50%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 2 (8.33%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (4.17%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 3 (12.50%) Internet
2 2 (8.33%) Firewall
3 1 (4.17%) Intrusion Detection
3 1 (4.17%) IPsec
3 1 (4.17%) SSL
3 1 (4.17%) VoIP
3 1 (4.17%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (12.50%) Maltego
2 1 (4.17%) MongoDB
2 1 (4.17%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 1 (4.17%) IDA Disassembler
General
1 7 (29.17%) Finance
2 4 (16.67%) Legal
3 3 (12.50%) Banking
4 1 (4.17%) Law
4 1 (4.17%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 7 (29.17%) Analyst
2 6 (25.00%) Penetration Tester
2 6 (25.00%) Tester
3 4 (16.67%) Information Analyst
3 4 (16.67%) Information Security Analyst
3 4 (16.67%) Security Analyst
4 3 (12.50%) Business Analyst
4 3 (12.50%) Data Analyst
4 3 (12.50%) Data Business Analyst
4 3 (12.50%) Legal Analyst
5 2 (8.33%) Consultant
5 2 (8.33%) Security Consultant
6 1 (4.17%) Development Manager
6 1 (4.17%) Information Security Consultant
6 1 (4.17%) IT Consultant
6 1 (4.17%) IT Security Consultant
6 1 (4.17%) Risk Manager
6 1 (4.17%) Security Engineer
6 1 (4.17%) Team Leader
6 1 (4.17%) Technical Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (8.33%) Web Services
2 1 (4.17%) .NET
2 1 (4.17%) REST
2 1 (4.17%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 7 (29.17%) Cyberthreat
2 3 (12.50%) Online Banking
3 2 (8.33%) Cyber Defence
3 2 (8.33%) Management Information System
4 1 (4.17%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (4.17%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 3 (12.50%) Kali Linux
2 2 (8.33%) Linux
2 2 (8.33%) Windows
3 1 (4.17%) Unix
3 1 (4.17%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (62.50%) Information Security
2 10 (41.67%) Cybersecurity
3 8 (33.33%) Ethical Hacking
4 4 (16.67%) Incident Management
4 4 (16.67%) Test Scripting
4 4 (16.67%) Vulnerability Management
5 3 (12.50%) BDD
5 3 (12.50%) Business Analysis
5 3 (12.50%) Malware Detection/Protection
5 3 (12.50%) Project Management
5 3 (12.50%) Stakeholder Engagement
5 3 (12.50%) Threat Management
6 2 (8.33%) Agile Software Development
6 2 (8.33%) Analytics
6 2 (8.33%) Computer Forensics
6 2 (8.33%) Identity Access Management
6 2 (8.33%) ITIL
6 2 (8.33%) OWASP
6 2 (8.33%) Risk Management
6 2 (8.33%) Security Architecture
Programming Languages
1 1 (4.17%) Assembly Language
1 1 (4.17%) C
1 1 (4.17%) C#
1 1 (4.17%) C++
1 1 (4.17%) Java
1 1 (4.17%) PHP
1 1 (4.17%) Python
1 1 (4.17%) Ruby
1 1 (4.17%) SQL
Qualifications
1 6 (25.00%) CISSP
1 6 (25.00%) CREST Certified
2 5 (20.83%) CISM
3 4 (16.67%) CHECK Team Member
4 3 (12.50%) CEH
4 3 (12.50%) Security Cleared
5 2 (8.33%) CHECK Team Leader
5 2 (8.33%) DV Cleared
5 2 (8.33%) SC Cleared
6 1 (4.17%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (4.17%) CISA
6 1 (4.17%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (12.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (8.33%) Cyber Essentials
2 2 (8.33%) GDPR
3 1 (4.17%) GAAP
3 1 (4.17%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 1 (4.17%) PMO
System Software
1 1 (4.17%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (12.50%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 1 (4.17%) HP Fortify
Vendors
1 3 (12.50%) Tableau
2 2 (8.33%) Microsoft
3 1 (4.17%) ArcSight
3 1 (4.17%) Cisco
3 1 (4.17%) HP
3 1 (4.17%) Oracle
3 1 (4.17%) Progress
3 1 (4.17%) Splunk
3 1 (4.17%) Sybase