The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London with a requirement for Security Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Security Testing over the 3 months to 25 June 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.

Security Testing
London / City of London
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 154 161 187
Rank change year-on-year +7 +26  
Contract jobs citing Security Testing 9 5 15
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.27% 0.15% 0.26%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.31% 0.18% 0.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 5 14
Median daily rate £425 £425 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -15.00%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £405 £400
% change year-on-year - +1.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £52.50 - £52.99

Security 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 2887 2854 4724
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 88.15% 85.89% 81.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 2218 2339 3709
Median daily rate £500 £475 £470
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +1.06%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £335 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 23 57
Median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £24.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.26% -22.44%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.75 £12.50 £14.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.00 £35.20 £55.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

Security Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the City of London citing Security Testing as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Security Testing in the City of London

Security 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 Security Testing in the City of London.

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

Security Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Security Testing in the City of London over the 3 months to 25 June 2017.

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

For the 6 months to 25 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Security 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 Security Testing.

1 8 (61.54%) Agile Software Development
1 8 (61.54%) Test Automation
2 6 (46.15%) Java
2 6 (46.15%) Scrum
2 6 (46.15%) BDD
2 6 (46.15%) User Stories
3 5 (38.46%) Cucumber
3 5 (38.46%) API Testing
3 5 (38.46%) SDET
3 5 (38.46%) Advertising
3 5 (38.46%) Stakeholder Management
3 5 (38.46%) Games
3 5 (38.46%) JavaScript
3 5 (38.46%) SOAP
3 5 (38.46%) E-Commerce
3 5 (38.46%) Kanban
3 5 (38.46%) TDD
3 5 (38.46%) Selenium
3 5 (38.46%) Performance Testing
4 4 (30.77%) Finance
5 3 (23.08%) Amazon AWS
5 3 (23.08%) Splunk
5 3 (23.08%) SharePoint
5 3 (23.08%) Firewall
5 3 (23.08%) Ethical Hacking
6 2 (15.38%) Penetration Testing
6 2 (15.38%) Cost-Benefit Analysis
6 2 (15.38%) Computer Security
6 2 (15.38%) Information Assurance
6 2 (15.38%) Information Security

Security 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 3 (23.08%) SharePoint
2 1 (7.69%) nginx
Cloud Services
1 3 (23.08%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (23.08%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (15.38%) MongoDB
1 2 (15.38%) Relational Database
2 1 (7.69%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (7.69%) SQL Server
2 1 (7.69%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (7.69%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 5 (38.46%) Cucumber
1 5 (38.46%) Selenium
2 1 (7.69%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (7.69%) Visual Studio
General
1 5 (38.46%) Advertising
1 5 (38.46%) Games
2 4 (30.77%) Finance
Job Titles
1 5 (38.46%) Software Test Engineer
1 5 (38.46%) Test Engineer
2 4 (30.77%) Development Engineer
2 4 (30.77%) Java Engineer
2 4 (30.77%) Software Development Engineer
2 4 (30.77%) Software Engineer
2 4 (30.77%) Test Development Engineer
3 3 (23.08%) Java Software Engineer
4 2 (15.38%) Coordinator
4 2 (15.38%) Security Engineer
4 2 (15.38%) Test Automation Engineer
5 1 (7.69%) .NET Developer
5 1 (7.69%) Analyst
5 1 (7.69%) C# .NET Developer
5 1 (7.69%) C# Developer
5 1 (7.69%) Cybersecurity Analyst
5 1 (7.69%) Developer
5 1 (7.69%) JavaScript Engineer
5 1 (7.69%) Quality Engineer
5 1 (7.69%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (38.46%) SOAP
2 1 (7.69%) .NET
2 1 (7.69%) .NET Framework
2 1 (7.69%) Ajax
2 1 (7.69%) CSS
2 1 (7.69%) HTML
2 1 (7.69%) jQuery
2 1 (7.69%) React
2 1 (7.69%) RESTful
2 1 (7.69%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 1 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (7.69%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 2 (15.38%) Linux
2 1 (7.69%) Unix
2 1 (7.69%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (61.54%) Agile Software Development
1 8 (61.54%) Test Automation
2 6 (46.15%) BDD
2 6 (46.15%) Scrum
2 6 (46.15%) User Stories
3 5 (38.46%) API Testing
3 5 (38.46%) E-Commerce
3 5 (38.46%) Kanban
3 5 (38.46%) Performance Testing
3 5 (38.46%) SDET
3 5 (38.46%) Stakeholder Management
3 5 (38.46%) TDD
4 3 (23.08%) Ethical Hacking
5 2 (15.38%) Computer Security
5 2 (15.38%) Cost-Benefit Analysis
5 2 (15.38%) Information Assurance
5 2 (15.38%) Information Security
5 2 (15.38%) Malware Analysis
5 2 (15.38%) Penetration Testing
5 2 (15.38%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 6 (46.15%) Java
2 5 (38.46%) JavaScript
3 1 (7.69%) C#
3 1 (7.69%) PHP
3 1 (7.69%) Python
3 1 (7.69%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 1 (7.69%) BC Cleared
1 1 (7.69%) BPSS Clearance
1 1 (7.69%) CHECK Team Member
1 1 (7.69%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (7.69%) Disclosure Scotland
1 1 (7.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 1 (7.69%) QA
Systems Management
1 2 (15.38%) CSIRT
Vendors
1 3 (23.08%) Splunk
2 1 (7.69%) iManage
2 1 (7.69%) Microsoft
2 1 (7.69%) Xamarin