The median contractor rate for a Penetration Tester was £475 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 3 months to 26 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Penetration Tester
UK / England
Rank 544 578 579
Rank change year-on-year +34 +1  
Contract jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 30 35 15
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.073% 0.071% 0.031%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.077% 0.075% 0.033%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 25 14
Median daily rate £475 £500 £480
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.00% +4.16%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £435 £376
10% offered a daily rate of more than £660 £514 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £494 £459
% change year-on-year -10.88% +7.62%  
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 England. 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
England
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 39117 46709 45844
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 94.82% 95.22% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 25478 30619 28162
Median daily rate £433 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.76% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £263 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1362 1457 1852
Median hourly rate £18.50 £18.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.33% +7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.32 £11.30 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £47.50 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +17.64%  

Penetration Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Penetration Tester in England

Penetration Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Penetration Tester in England

Penetration Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Penetration Tester in England over the 3 months to 26 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Penetration Tester in England

Penetration Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Penetration Tester in England

Penetration Tester
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Tester within the England region over the 3 months to 26 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
South East +39 15 £440 -15.78% 7
London +29 14 £488 -2.50% 7
North West +28 1 - - 5
Penetration Tester
UK

Penetration Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 26 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 England region featuring Penetration Tester in the job title.

1 55 (70.51%) Penetration Testing
2 38 (48.72%) CREST Certified
3 25 (32.05%) Ethical Hacking
4 20 (25.64%) OSCP
5 19 (24.36%) Security Testing
5 19 (24.36%) Finance
5 19 (24.36%) Windows
6 18 (23.08%) Security Cleared
7 17 (21.79%) SANS
8 16 (20.51%) Cybersecurity
8 16 (20.51%) Linux
9 14 (17.95%) Vulnerability Assessment
10 13 (16.67%) OWASP
10 13 (16.67%) CHECK Team Member
11 11 (14.10%) Mobile App
11 11 (14.10%) CEH
11 11 (14.10%) CISSP
12 9 (11.54%) CHECK Team Leader
13 8 (10.26%) Metasploit
13 8 (10.26%) Retail
13 8 (10.26%) Information Security
13 8 (10.26%) Mac OS X
13 8 (10.26%) Unix
13 8 (10.26%) Python
13 8 (10.26%) Java
14 7 (8.97%) SC Cleared
14 7 (8.97%) DV Cleared
15 6 (7.69%) Degree
15 6 (7.69%) C++
15 6 (7.69%) Risk Management

Penetration Tester Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills in 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 1 (1.28%) nginx
Cloud Services
1 3 (3.85%) PaaS
2 1 (1.28%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (6.41%) Wireshark
2 4 (5.13%) Network Security
3 3 (3.85%) HTTP
4 2 (2.56%) DHCP
4 2 (2.56%) DNS
4 2 (2.56%) Firewall
4 2 (2.56%) IPv6
5 1 (1.28%) FTP
5 1 (1.28%) SSL
5 1 (1.28%) Wireless
5 1 (1.28%) Wireless Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.28%) MongoDB
1 1 (1.28%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 8 (10.26%) Metasploit
2 3 (3.85%) Burp Suite
2 3 (3.85%) Jenkins
2 3 (3.85%) JIRA
2 3 (3.85%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 19 (24.36%) Finance
2 8 (10.26%) Retail
3 3 (3.85%) Banking
3 3 (3.85%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (2.56%) OAuth
1 2 (2.56%) Web Services
2 1 (1.28%) Elastic Stack
2 1 (1.28%) J2EE
2 1 (1.28%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 11 (14.10%) Mobile App
2 3 (3.85%) CESG
2 3 (3.85%) Computer Science
3 2 (2.56%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (2.56%) Cyber Defence
3 2 (2.56%) Cyberthreat
3 2 (2.56%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.28%) Cyber Attack
4 1 (1.28%) Embedded Systems
4 1 (1.28%) Fintech
4 1 (1.28%) Mobile Banking
Operating Systems
1 19 (24.36%) Windows
2 16 (20.51%) Linux
3 8 (10.26%) Mac OS X
3 8 (10.26%) Unix
4 5 (6.41%) Kali Linux
5 1 (1.28%) Android
5 1 (1.28%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (70.51%) Penetration Testing
2 25 (32.05%) Ethical Hacking
3 19 (24.36%) Security Testing
4 16 (20.51%) Cybersecurity
5 14 (17.95%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 13 (16.67%) OWASP
7 8 (10.26%) Information Security
8 6 (7.69%) Risk Management
9 5 (6.41%) Network Packet Analysis
9 5 (6.41%) Network Packet Capture
9 5 (6.41%) Social Engineering
10 4 (5.13%) Information Assurance
10 4 (5.13%) Mentoring
10 4 (5.13%) Secure Coding
10 4 (5.13%) Security Architecture
10 4 (5.13%) Test Strategy
10 4 (5.13%) Threat Management
11 3 (3.85%) Open Source
11 3 (3.85%) Project Management
11 3 (3.85%) Vulnerability Scanning
Programming Languages
1 8 (10.26%) Java
1 8 (10.26%) Python
2 6 (7.69%) C++
3 4 (5.13%) SQL
4 3 (3.85%) Perl
4 3 (3.85%) Ruby
5 2 (2.56%) C
6 1 (1.28%) Bash Shell
6 1 (1.28%) C#
6 1 (1.28%) PHP
6 1 (1.28%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 38 (48.72%) CREST Certified
2 20 (25.64%) OSCP
3 18 (23.08%) Security Cleared
4 17 (21.79%) SANS
5 13 (16.67%) CHECK Team Member
6 11 (14.10%) CEH
6 11 (14.10%) CISSP
7 9 (11.54%) CHECK Team Leader
8 7 (8.97%) DV Cleared
8 7 (8.97%) SC Cleared
9 6 (7.69%) Degree
10 5 (6.41%) GIAC
10 5 (6.41%) GPEN
11 3 (3.85%) CISM
12 2 (2.56%) BPSS Clearance
12 2 (2.56%) CISA
12 2 (2.56%) OSCE
12 2 (2.56%) Tigerscheme
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.56%) PCI DSS
1 2 (2.56%) QA
2 1 (1.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
Systems Management
1 5 (6.41%) Nessus
1 5 (6.41%) Nmap
Vendors
1 1 (1.28%) WorldPay