The median contractor rate for a Penetration Tester was £510 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 3 months to 22 June 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
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 583 573 618
Rank change year-on-year -10 +45  
Contract jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 7 64 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.016% 0.13% 0.008%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.017% 0.14% 0.008%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 49 4
Median daily rate £510 £500 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.00% +25.00%  
UK excluding London median daily rate - £500 £433
% change year-on-year - +15.60%  
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 40770 47086 48496
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 94.72% 95.05% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 26583 31109 30993
Median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £263 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £373
% change year-on-year - +7.38%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1252 1361 1876
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.45 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.28% +9.06%  

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 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 3 months to 22 June 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
London -23 7 £510 +2.00% 5
Penetration Tester
UK

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

For the 6 months to 22 June 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 25 (64.10%) Penetration Testing
2 14 (35.90%) Security Testing
3 11 (28.21%) Security Cleared
3 11 (28.21%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 11 (28.21%) OSCP
3 11 (28.21%) CREST Certified
4 10 (25.64%) Windows
5 9 (23.08%) Ethical Hacking
6 8 (20.51%) OWASP
6 8 (20.51%) Python
6 8 (20.51%) Java
6 8 (20.51%) Finance
7 7 (17.95%) Unix
7 7 (17.95%) DV Cleared
7 7 (17.95%) SANS
8 6 (15.38%) CHECK Team Member
8 6 (15.38%) CEH
8 6 (15.38%) C++
9 5 (12.82%) Mobile App
9 5 (12.82%) Cybersecurity
10 4 (10.26%) Security Architecture
10 4 (10.26%) CHECK Team Leader
10 4 (10.26%) Test Strategy
10 4 (10.26%) Threat Management
10 4 (10.26%) Information Assurance
10 4 (10.26%) Information Security
10 4 (10.26%) Linux
11 3 (7.69%) HTTP
11 3 (7.69%) Perl
11 3 (7.69%) Ruby

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 1 (2.56%) nginx
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.56%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (7.69%) HTTP
2 2 (5.13%) DHCP
2 2 (5.13%) DNS
2 2 (5.13%) Firewall
2 2 (5.13%) Network Security
3 1 (2.56%) FTP
3 1 (2.56%) SSL
3 1 (2.56%) Wireless
3 1 (2.56%) Wireless Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.56%) Blockchain
1 1 (2.56%) MongoDB
1 1 (2.56%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 2 (5.13%) Git (software)
2 1 (2.56%) Burp Suite
General
1 8 (20.51%) Finance
2 1 (2.56%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (5.13%) Web Services
2 1 (2.56%) Elastic Stack
2 1 (2.56%) J2EE
2 1 (2.56%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 5 (12.82%) Mobile App
2 2 (5.13%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (5.13%) Cyber Kill Chain
2 2 (5.13%) Management Information System
3 1 (2.56%) Computer Science
3 1 (2.56%) Embedded Systems
3 1 (2.56%) Fintech
3 1 (2.56%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 10 (25.64%) Windows
2 7 (17.95%) Unix
3 4 (10.26%) Linux
4 2 (5.13%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (64.10%) Penetration Testing
2 14 (35.90%) Security Testing
3 11 (28.21%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 9 (23.08%) Ethical Hacking
5 8 (20.51%) OWASP
6 5 (12.82%) Cybersecurity
7 4 (10.26%) Information Assurance
7 4 (10.26%) Information Security
7 4 (10.26%) Security Architecture
7 4 (10.26%) Test Strategy
7 4 (10.26%) Threat Management
8 3 (7.69%) Cryptography
8 3 (7.69%) Risk Management
8 3 (7.69%) Secure Coding
9 2 (5.13%) Mentoring
9 2 (5.13%) MVC
9 2 (5.13%) Protective Monitoring
9 2 (5.13%) Reverse Engineering
9 2 (5.13%) Static Code Analysis
9 2 (5.13%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 8 (20.51%) Java
1 8 (20.51%) Python
2 6 (15.38%) C++
3 3 (7.69%) Perl
3 3 (7.69%) Ruby
4 2 (5.13%) C
5 1 (2.56%) Bash Shell
5 1 (2.56%) C#
5 1 (2.56%) PHP
5 1 (2.56%) Shell Script
5 1 (2.56%) SQL
Qualifications
1 11 (28.21%) CREST Certified
1 11 (28.21%) OSCP
1 11 (28.21%) Security Cleared
2 7 (17.95%) DV Cleared
2 7 (17.95%) SANS
3 6 (15.38%) CEH
3 6 (15.38%) CHECK Team Member
4 4 (10.26%) CHECK Team Leader
5 2 (5.13%) CISSP
5 2 (5.13%) SC Cleared
6 1 (2.56%) CISM
6 1 (2.56%) Degree
6 1 (2.56%) GIAC
6 1 (2.56%) GPEN
6 1 (2.56%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (5.13%) PCI DSS
1 2 (5.13%) QA
2 1 (2.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
Vendors
1 1 (2.56%) WorldPay