The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in 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
UK / England
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 402 408 487
Rank change year-on-year +6 +79  
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 174 225 114
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.41% 0.45% 0.23%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.50% 0.54% 0.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 113 156 64
Median daily rate £450 £470 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.25% +10.58%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £359 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £598 £550 £568
UK excluding London median daily rate £408 £425 £425
% change year-on-year -4.11% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 2
Median hourly rate £60.87 £50.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.74% +122.22%  
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 England with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 34952 41419 38984
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 83.24% 82.90% 79.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 23201 27556 24587
Median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +2.94%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £580
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 871 989 1142
Median hourly rate £35.00 £36.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.77% +30.90%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.21 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £53.00 £49.50
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 England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in 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 England

Penetration Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Penetration Testing in England

Penetration Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Penetration Testing in England over the 3 months to 30 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Penetration Testing in England

Penetration Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Penetration Testing in England

Penetration Testing
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 Testing within the 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
London +30 96 £450 -10.00% 24
South West +4 23 £365 -18.88% 4
South East -7 20 £404 -5.00% 16
North West +17 12 £413 -8.33% 3
East of England +7 11 £550 +31.73% 2
Yorkshire +17 7 £400 -27.27% 5
West Midlands +16 6 £575 +24.32% 4
Penetration Testing
UK

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 England region with a requirement for Penetration Testing.

1 155 (42.70%) Information Security
2 101 (27.82%) Firewall
3 84 (23.14%) CISSP
3 84 (23.14%) Security Cleared
4 74 (20.39%) Linux
5 67 (18.46%) Risk Management
5 67 (18.46%) Agile Software Development
6 66 (18.18%) SC Cleared
7 65 (17.91%) Management Information System
8 60 (16.53%) Intrusion Detection
9 58 (15.98%) Windows
9 58 (15.98%) SIEM
10 57 (15.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
11 55 (15.15%) Amazon AWS
12 52 (14.33%) Microsoft
13 51 (14.05%) Vulnerability Assessment
13 51 (14.05%) Network Security
14 50 (13.77%) Java
15 49 (13.50%) OWASP
16 45 (12.40%) Security Management
16 45 (12.40%) Finance
16 45 (12.40%) Security Testing
16 45 (12.40%) Jenkins
17 44 (12.12%) Cybersecurity
18 43 (11.85%) Vulnerability Management
18 43 (11.85%) PCI DSS
19 41 (11.29%) Puppet
20 40 (11.02%) SSL
20 40 (11.02%) Cisco
21 39 (10.74%) TCP/IP

Penetration Testing
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 8 (2.20%) nginx
2 7 (1.93%) JBoss
3 6 (1.65%) MS Exchange
3 6 (1.65%) WebSphere
4 5 (1.38%) IIS
5 4 (1.10%) Apache
5 4 (1.10%) CMS
5 4 (1.10%) Umbraco
5 4 (1.10%) WebLogic
6 3 (0.83%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 3 (0.83%) Sitecore CMS
6 3 (0.83%) Tomcat
7 2 (0.55%) Jetty
7 2 (0.55%) Mongrel
8 1 (0.28%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.28%) EPiServer
Applications
1 21 (5.79%) MS Excel
2 10 (2.75%) MS Office
3 4 (1.10%) MS Project
3 4 (1.10%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.55%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 6 (1.65%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.55%) Temenos T24
3 1 (0.28%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.28%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 55 (15.15%) Amazon AWS
2 34 (9.37%) Microsoft Azure
3 18 (4.96%) IaaS
4 13 (3.58%) Cloud Computing
5 9 (2.48%) PaaS
6 8 (2.20%) Office 365
7 6 (1.65%) Amazon ELB
8 5 (1.38%) Amazon S3
8 5 (1.38%) AWS CloudFormation
8 5 (1.38%) Azure Active Directory
8 5 (1.38%) Route 53
9 4 (1.10%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 3 (0.83%) Amazon EC2
10 3 (0.83%) SaaS
11 2 (0.55%) Google App Engine
11 2 (0.55%) Google Cloud Platform
12 1 (0.28%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 101 (27.82%) Firewall
2 60 (16.53%) Intrusion Detection
3 51 (14.05%) Network Security
4 40 (11.02%) SSL
5 39 (10.74%) TCP/IP
6 28 (7.71%) HTTP
7 27 (7.44%) Wireless
8 26 (7.16%) DNS
9 25 (6.89%) Internet
10 23 (6.34%) VPN
11 13 (3.58%) Wireshark
12 12 (3.31%) LAN
12 12 (3.31%) WAN
13 11 (3.03%) DHCP
13 11 (3.03%) OSPF
13 11 (3.03%) WebEx
14 10 (2.75%) Cisco ASA
15 9 (2.48%) NetScaler
16 8 (2.20%) Ethernet
17 7 (1.93%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (7.16%) MongoDB
2 23 (6.34%) PostgreSQL
3 22 (6.06%) Redis
3 22 (6.06%) Relational Database
4 10 (2.75%) SQL Server
5 5 (1.38%) Amazon RDS
5 5 (1.38%) Oracle Database
5 5 (1.38%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.28%) Big Data
6 1 (0.28%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 45 (12.40%) Jenkins
2 26 (7.16%) Git (software)
3 10 (2.75%) Metasploit
4 7 (1.93%) JIRA
5 6 (1.65%) Burp Suite
6 5 (1.38%) Selenium
6 5 (1.38%) Sonatype Nexus
6 5 (1.38%) Team Foundation Server
6 5 (1.38%) Vagrant
7 3 (0.83%) Cucumber
7 3 (0.83%) JMeter
7 3 (0.83%) TeamCity
8 2 (0.55%) Travis CI
9 1 (0.28%) Appium
9 1 (0.28%) AppScan
9 1 (0.28%) Subversion
General
1 45 (12.40%) Finance
2 24 (6.61%) Legal
3 17 (4.68%) Retail
4 11 (3.03%) Banking
5 8 (2.20%) Law
6 5 (1.38%) Manufacturing
7 4 (1.10%) Telecoms
8 3 (0.83%) Back Office
8 3 (0.83%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.28%) Advertising
9 1 (0.28%) Automotive
9 1 (0.28%) Electronics
9 1 (0.28%) French Language
Job Titles
1 67 (18.46%) Consultant
2 60 (16.53%) Analyst
3 55 (15.15%) Security Analyst
4 52 (14.33%) Tester
5 51 (14.05%) Penetration Tester
6 47 (12.95%) Security Consultant
7 23 (6.34%) Network Engineer
8 21 (5.79%) Security Engineer
9 20 (5.51%) Architect
9 20 (5.51%) DevOps Engineer
10 16 (4.41%) Security Manager
11 15 (4.13%) Security Specialist
12 13 (3.58%) Information Security Consultant
12 13 (3.58%) IT Consultant
12 13 (3.58%) IT Security Consultant
13 12 (3.31%) Applications Consultant
13 12 (3.31%) Network Security Engineer
13 12 (3.31%) Security Architect
13 12 (3.31%) Security Officer
14 11 (3.03%) Information Security Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (6.89%) Web Services
2 23 (6.34%) Node.js
3 6 (1.65%) J2EE
4 5 (1.38%) .NET
4 5 (1.38%) Oracle GoldenGate
5 4 (1.10%) Middleware
5 4 (1.10%) OAuth
6 3 (0.83%) Gherkin
6 3 (0.83%) Spring
7 2 (0.55%) 802.1X
7 2 (0.55%) ASP.NET
7 2 (0.55%) SAML
7 2 (0.55%) Servlets
8 1 (0.28%) AngularJS
8 1 (0.28%) Django
8 1 (0.28%) Elastic Stack
8 1 (0.28%) LAMP
8 1 (0.28%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 65 (17.91%) Management Information System
2 27 (7.44%) Analytical Skills
3 21 (5.79%) Mobile App
4 19 (5.23%) Data Centre
5 15 (4.13%) Computer Science
6 8 (2.20%) CESG
6 8 (2.20%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 7 (1.93%) CMDB
7 7 (1.93%) Cyberthreat
8 5 (1.38%) Cyber Defence
8 5 (1.38%) PKI
8 5 (1.38%) Security Operations Centre
9 4 (1.10%) Data Protection Act
9 4 (1.10%) Smart Meter
10 3 (0.83%) BYOD
10 3 (0.83%) Clustering
10 3 (0.83%) Cyber Attack
10 3 (0.83%) Fintech
10 3 (0.83%) Public Cloud
11 2 (0.55%) Algorithms
Operating Systems
1 74 (20.39%) Linux
2 58 (15.98%) Windows
3 24 (6.61%) Unix
4 9 (2.48%) Mac OS X
5 7 (1.93%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 5 (1.38%) Kali Linux
7 4 (1.10%) SUSE
7 4 (1.10%) Windows Server
8 2 (0.55%) CentOS
8 2 (0.55%) Solaris
9 1 (0.28%) Android
9 1 (0.28%) Apple iOS
9 1 (0.28%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.28%) VMS
9 1 (0.28%) Windows 10
9 1 (0.28%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 155 (42.70%) Information Security
2 67 (18.46%) Agile Software Development
2 67 (18.46%) Risk Management
3 58 (15.98%) SIEM
4 51 (14.05%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 49 (13.50%) OWASP
6 45 (12.40%) Security Management
6 45 (12.40%) Security Testing
7 44 (12.12%) Cybersecurity
8 43 (11.85%) Vulnerability Management
9 38 (10.47%) DevOps
10 34 (9.37%) Risk Assessment
11 31 (8.54%) Configuration Management
11 31 (8.54%) Open Source
12 29 (7.99%) Ethical Hacking
13 27 (7.44%) Continuous Integration
13 27 (7.44%) ITIL
13 27 (7.44%) Security Architecture
14 18 (4.96%) Load Balancing
15 17 (4.68%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 50 (13.77%) Java
2 24 (6.61%) Python
3 15 (4.13%) PowerShell
4 10 (2.75%) Ruby
5 9 (2.48%) SQL
6 7 (1.93%) Bash Shell
6 7 (1.93%) C#
7 6 (1.65%) C++
8 5 (1.38%) C
8 5 (1.38%) Shell Script
9 4 (1.10%) Perl
10 3 (0.83%) JavaScript
11 1 (0.28%) PHP
11 1 (0.28%) Scala
Qualifications
1 84 (23.14%) CISSP
1 84 (23.14%) Security Cleared
2 66 (18.18%) SC Cleared
3 38 (10.47%) SANS
4 34 (9.37%) CISM
5 32 (8.82%) CREST Certified
6 29 (7.99%) Degree
7 26 (7.16%) CEH
8 25 (6.89%) OSCP
9 22 (6.06%) Cisco Certification
10 18 (4.96%) CISA
11 14 (3.86%) GIAC
12 13 (3.58%) CISMP
13 12 (3.31%) CHECK Team Member
14 11 (3.03%) CCSP
14 11 (3.03%) DV Cleared
15 10 (2.75%) (ISC)2 CCSP
15 10 (2.75%) CHECK Team Leader
16 9 (2.48%) CLAS
17 6 (1.65%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 57 (15.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 43 (11.85%) PCI DSS
3 17 (4.68%) ISO27002
4 14 (3.86%) COBIT
5 8 (2.20%) QA
6 5 (1.38%) Data Quality
6 5 (1.38%) ISO27005
6 5 (1.38%) RMADS
6 5 (1.38%) SLA
6 5 (1.38%) Web Application Security Consortium
7 4 (1.10%) GDPR
8 3 (0.83%) Cyber Essentials
8 3 (0.83%) ISO22301
8 3 (0.83%) WAI
8 3 (0.83%) WCAG
9 2 (0.55%) GPG13
10 1 (0.28%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 1 (0.28%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 1 (0.28%) ISO 9001
10 1 (0.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 17 (4.68%) VMware Infrastructure
2 16 (4.41%) Active Directory
3 11 (3.03%) Docker
4 9 (2.48%) vCloud
5 5 (1.38%) Corosync
5 5 (1.38%) Firmware
5 5 (1.38%) Squid
6 2 (0.55%) BitLocker
6 2 (0.55%) NFS
6 2 (0.55%) Xen
7 1 (0.28%) Sendmail
7 1 (0.28%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 41 (11.29%) Puppet
2 26 (7.16%) Ansible
3 10 (2.75%) McAfee ePO
4 8 (2.20%) Opscode Chef
5 6 (1.65%) Nessus
5 6 (1.65%) Nmap
5 6 (1.65%) Norton AntiVirus
6 5 (1.38%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
6 5 (1.38%) EnCase
6 5 (1.38%) Nagios
6 5 (1.38%) Pacemaker
7 4 (1.10%) CA Spectrum
7 4 (1.10%) Cobbler
7 4 (1.10%) Terraform
8 3 (0.83%) HP Fortify
8 3 (0.83%) Microsoft Clustering
9 2 (0.55%) CA Single Sign-On
10 1 (0.28%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 52 (14.33%) Microsoft
2 40 (11.02%) Cisco
3 31 (8.54%) CheckPoint
4 29 (7.99%) VMware
5 19 (5.23%) Dell
6 17 (4.68%) Intel Security
7 16 (4.41%) Symantec
8 13 (3.58%) Citrix
8 13 (3.58%) HP
8 13 (3.58%) Juniper
9 9 (2.48%) CA
9 9 (2.48%) LogRhythm
9 9 (2.48%) Rapid7
9 9 (2.48%) Red Hat
10 8 (2.20%) ArcSight
10 8 (2.20%) Oracle
10 8 (2.20%) Riverbed
10 8 (2.20%) Splunk
11 7 (1.93%) BMC
11 7 (1.93%) SolarWinds
Esher, Surrey
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Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
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Posted: 3 days ago
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Rate: £500.00 - £700.00 per day
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