The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the East of England 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 30 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
England / East of England
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 114 121 124
Rank change year-on-year +7 +3  
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 11 7 7
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 0.52% 0.28% 0.26%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.63% 0.35% 0.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 4 1
Median daily rate £550 £418 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +31.73% +28.46%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £408 £425 £425
% change year-on-year -4.11% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Median hourly rate - - £22.50
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 East of England with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
East of England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 1755 2014 2075
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the East of England 82.47% 80.11% 78.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 1084 1193 1206
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £300 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £555 £550 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 106 126 161
Median hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £32.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +17.18%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.86 £15.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.20 £50.39 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.75 £38.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -5.92% +26.66%  

Penetration Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the East of England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the East of England 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 East of England

Penetration Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the East of England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Penetration Testing in the East of England.

Contractor daily rate trend for Penetration Testing in the East of England

Penetration Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the East of England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Testing in the East of England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Penetration Testing in the East of England

Penetration Testing
Contract Job Locations in the East of England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Testing within the East of England region over the 3 months to 30 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Hertfordshire +8 8 - -
Suffolk 0 2 - -
Norfolk - 1 £550 - 1
Penetration Testing
England

For the 6 months to 30 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 East of England region with a requirement for Penetration Testing.

1 13 (56.52%) Data Centre
2 12 (52.17%) Information Security
3 10 (43.48%) Agile Software Development
4 9 (39.13%) Risk Management
5 8 (34.78%) Risk Assessment
5 8 (34.78%) OWASP
6 7 (30.43%) Windows
7 6 (26.09%) Management Information System
7 6 (26.09%) Waterfall
7 6 (26.09%) Continuous Delivery
8 5 (21.74%) Analytical Skills
8 5 (21.74%) Law
9 4 (17.39%) SQL Server
9 4 (17.39%) Microsoft
9 4 (17.39%) Active Directory
9 4 (17.39%) Middleware
9 4 (17.39%) CEH
9 4 (17.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 4 (17.39%) Retail
10 3 (13.04%) Stakeholder Management
10 3 (13.04%) Clustering
10 3 (13.04%) Load Balancing
10 3 (13.04%) Scalability Testing
10 3 (13.04%) CISSP
10 3 (13.04%) SAN
10 3 (13.04%) IIS
10 3 (13.04%) Linux
10 3 (13.04%) Project Management
10 3 (13.04%) CREST Certified
10 3 (13.04%) Microsoft Clustering

Penetration Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in the East of England 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 (13.04%) IIS
2 1 (4.35%) MS Exchange
Business Applications
1 1 (4.35%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (8.70%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (8.70%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (4.35%) Amazon ELB
2 1 (4.35%) Amazon S3
2 1 (4.35%) AWS CloudFormation
2 1 (4.35%) Azure Active Directory
2 1 (4.35%) Office 365
2 1 (4.35%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 3 (13.04%) NAS
1 3 (13.04%) SAN
2 2 (8.70%) Firewall
2 2 (8.70%) LAN
2 2 (8.70%) WAN
3 1 (4.35%) DNS
3 1 (4.35%) Internet
3 1 (4.35%) Intrusion Detection
3 1 (4.35%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (17.39%) SQL Server
2 1 (4.35%) Amazon RDS
2 1 (4.35%) Big Data
2 1 (4.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 2 (8.70%) Git (software)
1 2 (8.70%) TeamCity
2 1 (4.35%) Jenkins
2 1 (4.35%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (4.35%) Vagrant
General
1 5 (21.74%) Law
2 4 (17.39%) Retail
3 1 (4.35%) French Language
3 1 (4.35%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 12 (52.17%) Consultant
2 10 (43.48%) Security Consultant
3 9 (39.13%) Applications Consultant
4 5 (21.74%) Information Security Consultant
4 5 (21.74%) Security Technical Consultant
4 5 (21.74%) Technical Consultant
4 5 (21.74%) Technical Security Consultant
5 3 (13.04%) Architect
5 3 (13.04%) Security Specialist
5 3 (13.04%) Technical Architect
6 2 (8.70%) Project Manager
6 2 (8.70%) Security Management Consultant
6 2 (8.70%) Security Manager
6 2 (8.70%) Security Project Manager
6 2 (8.70%) Solutions Architect
6 2 (8.70%) Technical Security Specialist
6 2 (8.70%) Technical Solutions Architect
6 2 (8.70%) Technical Specialist
6 2 (8.70%) Test Engineer
6 2 (8.70%) Vulnerability Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (17.39%) Middleware
2 1 (4.35%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 13 (56.52%) Data Centre
2 6 (26.09%) Management Information System
3 5 (21.74%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (13.04%) Clustering
5 1 (4.35%) Mobile App
5 1 (4.35%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 7 (30.43%) Windows
2 3 (13.04%) Linux
2 3 (13.04%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (52.17%) Information Security
2 10 (43.48%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (39.13%) Risk Management
4 8 (34.78%) OWASP
4 8 (34.78%) Risk Assessment
5 6 (26.09%) Continuous Delivery
5 6 (26.09%) Waterfall
6 3 (13.04%) Agile Project Management
6 3 (13.04%) High Availability
6 3 (13.04%) Load Balancing
6 3 (13.04%) Performance Engineering
6 3 (13.04%) Project Management
6 3 (13.04%) Scalability Testing
6 3 (13.04%) Secure Coding
6 3 (13.04%) SIEM
6 3 (13.04%) Stakeholder Management
6 3 (13.04%) Vulnerability Management
6 3 (13.04%) Vulnerability Scanning
7 2 (8.70%) Benchmarking
7 2 (8.70%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 2 (8.70%) C
1 2 (8.70%) C#
1 2 (8.70%) PowerShell
1 2 (8.70%) Python
2 1 (4.35%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 4 (17.39%) CEH
2 3 (13.04%) CISSP
2 3 (13.04%) CREST Certified
2 3 (13.04%) OSCP
3 1 (4.35%) AWS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (17.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (4.35%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 4 (17.39%) Active Directory
2 2 (8.70%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (13.04%) Microsoft Clustering
2 1 (4.35%) Puppet
2 1 (4.35%) Terraform
Vendors
1 4 (17.39%) Microsoft
2 2 (8.70%) Citrix
2 2 (8.70%) VMware