Period
to 18 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Penetration Tester was £538 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 18 November 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.

Penetration Tester
UK > England
6 months to
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 787 765 823
Rank change year-on-year -22 +58 -1
Contract jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 44 108 42
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.047% 0.11% 0.040%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.049% 0.12% 0.042%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 78 32
England median daily rate £538 £525 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.38% +5.00% +11.11%
10th Percentile £414 £413 £353
90th Percentile £625 £665 £600
UK median daily rate £513 £525 £500
% change year-on-year -2.38% +5.00% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
England median hourly rate - £35.00 -
UK median hourly rate - £35.00 -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
England
Contract vacancies in England with a recognized job title 88968 93021 99725
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.78% 94.77% 94.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 59275 61281 64512
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £263 £256 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK median daily rate £448 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.29% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2638 3004 3828
England median hourly rate £18.66 £18.50 £17.89
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.84% +3.41% +8.42%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £46.75 £45.00
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%

Penetration Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings that featured Penetration Tester in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

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 6 months to 18 November 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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT 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 6 months to 18 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -41 36 £538 -2.27% 6
West Midlands +35 2 £525 +32.08%
Midlands +25 2 £525 +32.08%
South East +3 2 £550 - 3
East of England - 2 - -
North of England +64 1 £350 -
North West - 1 £350 -
Penetration Tester
UK

Penetration Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 18 November 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 37 (84.09%) Penetration Testing
2 22 (50.00%) CREST Certified
3 18 (40.91%) OWASP
4 17 (38.64%) Ethical Hacking
5 11 (25.00%) Security Testing
5 11 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
5 11 (25.00%) Python
5 11 (25.00%) CHECK Team Member
6 10 (22.73%) Information Security
7 9 (20.45%) Continuous Integration
7 9 (20.45%) Amazon AWS
7 9 (20.45%) MongoDB
8 8 (18.18%) Social Engineering
8 8 (18.18%) Fuzz Testing
8 8 (18.18%) Ruby
8 8 (18.18%) Vulnerability Assessment
8 8 (18.18%) Linux
8 8 (18.18%) Finance
9 7 (15.91%) PostgreSQL
9 7 (15.91%) Web Services
9 7 (15.91%) PHP
9 7 (15.91%) Test Automation
9 7 (15.91%) nginx
9 7 (15.91%) Static Program Analysis
9 7 (15.91%) Open Source
9 7 (15.91%) Static Code Analysis
10 6 (13.64%) Jenkins
10 6 (13.64%) Travis CI
10 6 (13.64%) Continuous Delivery
10 6 (13.64%) CircleCI

Penetration Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring 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 7 (15.91%) nginx
Applications
1 3 (6.82%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 9 (20.45%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (4.55%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.27%) Firewall
1 1 (2.27%) Multicast
1 1 (2.27%) Network Security
1 1 (2.27%) TCP/IP
1 1 (2.27%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (20.45%) MongoDB
2 7 (15.91%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 6 (13.64%) CircleCI
1 6 (13.64%) Jenkins
1 6 (13.64%) Travis CI
2 2 (4.55%) Burp Suite
2 2 (4.55%) Metasploit
3 1 (2.27%) AppScan
3 1 (2.27%) Paros
3 1 (2.27%) WebScarab
General
1 8 (18.18%) Finance
2 3 (6.82%) Legal
3 2 (4.55%) Banking
4 1 (2.27%) Law
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (15.91%) Web Services
2 2 (4.55%) ActiveMQ
3 1 (2.27%) .NET
3 1 (2.27%) CGI
3 1 (2.27%) HTML
3 1 (2.27%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (11.36%) Cyberthreat
2 1 (2.27%) Cyber Defence
2 1 (2.27%) Data Centre
2 1 (2.27%) Greenfield Project
2 1 (2.27%) Linux Command Line
2 1 (2.27%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 8 (18.18%) Linux
2 2 (4.55%) Windows
3 1 (2.27%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (84.09%) Penetration Testing
2 18 (40.91%) OWASP
3 17 (38.64%) Ethical Hacking
4 11 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
4 11 (25.00%) Security Testing
5 10 (22.73%) Information Security
6 9 (20.45%) Continuous Integration
7 8 (18.18%) Fuzz Testing
7 8 (18.18%) Social Engineering
7 8 (18.18%) Vulnerability Assessment
8 7 (15.91%) Open Source
8 7 (15.91%) Static Code Analysis
8 7 (15.91%) Static Program Analysis
8 7 (15.91%) Test Automation
9 6 (13.64%) Continuous Delivery
10 3 (6.82%) Analytics
10 3 (6.82%) Cybersecurity
10 3 (6.82%) Data Analytics
10 3 (6.82%) OSSTMM
10 3 (6.82%) Vulnerability Management
Programming Languages
1 11 (25.00%) Python
2 8 (18.18%) Ruby
3 7 (15.91%) PHP
4 5 (11.36%) Java
5 3 (6.82%) SQL
6 2 (4.55%) Bash Shell
6 2 (4.55%) C++
6 2 (4.55%) JavaScript
7 1 (2.27%) C
7 1 (2.27%) C#
7 1 (2.27%) Perl
7 1 (2.27%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 22 (50.00%) CREST Certified
2 11 (25.00%) CHECK Team Member
3 6 (13.64%) CISSP
4 5 (11.36%) SANS
4 5 (11.36%) SC Cleared
4 5 (11.36%) Security Cleared
5 4 (9.09%) CEH
6 2 (4.55%) Degree
6 2 (4.55%) DV Cleared
7 1 (2.27%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (2.27%) CHECK Team Leader
7 1 (2.27%) CISM
7 1 (2.27%) GPEN
7 1 (2.27%) OSCP
7 1 (2.27%) Tigerscheme
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (6.82%) Data Quality
2 2 (4.55%) Cyber Essentials
2 2 (4.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (4.55%) QA
3 1 (2.27%) GDPR
3 1 (2.27%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 1 (2.27%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 4 (9.09%) Nessus
2 3 (6.82%) Nmap
3 2 (4.55%) Puppet
3 2 (4.55%) Terraform
4 1 (2.27%) HP Fortify
Vendors
1 5 (11.36%) Microsoft
2 3 (6.82%) Mercator
2 3 (6.82%) Qualys