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 26 June 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
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 395 425 507
Rank change year-on-year +30 +82  
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 197 203 129
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.46% 0.42% 0.25%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.54% 0.50% 0.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 121 119 88
Median daily rate £500 £500 £449
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +11.42%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £375 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £583 £630 £533
UK excluding London median daily rate £483 £475 £400
% change year-on-year +1.57% +18.75%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Median hourly rate £60.44 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £60.00 - £45.00

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 36558 40684 41140
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 84.69% 83.47% 80.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 24009 27323 26926
Median daily rate £450 £450 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +8.43%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £300 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £590
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 945 955 1136
Median hourly rate £32.50 £27.50 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.18% +5.76%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.58 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £49.46 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

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 26 June 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 26 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 +10 103 £513 -2.38% 30
South East +20 30 £500 +5.26% 14
South West +18 18 £538 +59.25%
West Midlands +33 17 £439 -12.25% 6
East of England -1 16 £588 +38.23% 4
North East +69 5 £320 - 1
North West 0 5 £369 -13.23% 7
East Midlands -14 3 £450 -20.35%
Yorkshire +17 1 - - 3
Midlands - 1 £500 - 7
Penetration Testing
UK

For the 6 months to 26 June 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.

1 143 (38.75%) Information Security
2 105 (28.46%) Agile Software Development
3 86 (23.31%) Linux
4 84 (22.76%) Firewall
5 81 (21.95%) Security Cleared
6 80 (21.68%) CISSP
7 74 (20.05%) Java
8 68 (18.43%) Network Security
9 67 (18.16%) Management Information System
10 64 (17.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
11 63 (17.07%) SC Cleared
12 57 (15.45%) OWASP
13 54 (14.63%) Puppet
13 54 (14.63%) Windows
14 51 (13.82%) Amazon AWS
15 49 (13.28%) Configuration Management
16 47 (12.74%) PCI DSS
16 47 (12.74%) Security Testing
16 47 (12.74%) Intrusion Detection
17 45 (12.20%) Cybersecurity
18 44 (11.92%) SIEM
18 44 (11.92%) Microsoft
19 43 (11.65%) Finance
20 42 (11.38%) TCP/IP
21 41 (11.11%) Security Monitoring
22 40 (10.84%) Risk Assessment
22 40 (10.84%) CISM
22 40 (10.84%) Risk Management
23 39 (10.57%) Internet
24 38 (10.30%) Jenkins

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 (2.17%) Liferay
2 7 (1.90%) JBoss
3 6 (1.63%) WebSphere
4 5 (1.36%) Apache
5 4 (1.08%) CMS
5 4 (1.08%) IIS
5 4 (1.08%) nginx
5 4 (1.08%) Tomcat
5 4 (1.08%) Umbraco
5 4 (1.08%) WebLogic
6 3 (0.81%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 3 (0.81%) Sitecore CMS
7 2 (0.54%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 2 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2003
7 2 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2010
7 2 (0.54%) Jetty
7 2 (0.54%) Mongrel
7 2 (0.54%) MS Exchange
7 2 (0.54%) SharePoint
8 1 (0.27%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 9 (2.44%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.54%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 11 (2.98%) Oracle Utilities
2 2 (0.54%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (0.54%) Temenos T24
3 1 (0.27%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.27%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.27%) Oracle ERP
3 1 (0.27%) Oracle Financials
3 1 (0.27%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 51 (13.82%) Amazon AWS
2 27 (7.32%) IaaS
3 19 (5.15%) Microsoft Azure
4 13 (3.52%) PaaS
5 10 (2.71%) Cloud Computing
6 6 (1.63%) Amazon ELB
6 6 (1.63%) Amazon S3
7 5 (1.36%) AWS CloudFormation
7 5 (1.36%) Route 53
7 5 (1.36%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 4 (1.08%) Office 365
8 4 (1.08%) SaaS
9 3 (0.81%) OpenShift
10 2 (0.54%) Amazon EC2
10 2 (0.54%) Google App Engine
10 2 (0.54%) Google Cloud Platform
10 2 (0.54%) IBM Cloud
11 1 (0.27%) Amazon SQS
11 1 (0.27%) Dynamics 365
11 1 (0.27%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 84 (22.76%) Firewall
2 68 (18.43%) Network Security
3 47 (12.74%) Intrusion Detection
4 42 (11.38%) TCP/IP
5 39 (10.57%) Internet
6 33 (8.94%) HTTP
7 30 (8.13%) SSL
8 27 (7.32%) Wireless
9 21 (5.69%) VPN
10 20 (5.42%) DNS
11 19 (5.15%) LAN
11 19 (5.15%) WAN
12 16 (4.34%) IPsec
13 13 (3.52%) HTTPS
14 12 (3.25%) DHCP
15 9 (2.44%) Kerberos
16 8 (2.17%) LDAP
17 7 (1.90%) NetScaler
18 6 (1.63%) Cisco Nexus
18 6 (1.63%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (4.07%) MongoDB
1 15 (4.07%) PostgreSQL
1 15 (4.07%) Relational Database
2 13 (3.52%) Redis
3 5 (1.36%) Amazon RDS
4 4 (1.08%) SQL Server
5 3 (0.81%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (0.54%) Big Data
6 2 (0.54%) RDBMS
7 1 (0.27%) Blockchain
7 1 (0.27%) Hadoop
7 1 (0.27%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 38 (10.30%) Jenkins
2 16 (4.34%) Git (software)
3 13 (3.52%) AppScan
4 8 (2.17%) Visual Studio
5 6 (1.63%) Selenium
5 6 (1.63%) Vagrant
6 5 (1.36%) Cucumber
6 5 (1.36%) JIRA
6 5 (1.36%) JUnit
6 5 (1.36%) RSpec
6 5 (1.36%) WebDriver
7 4 (1.08%) IDA Disassembler
8 3 (0.81%) Metasploit
8 3 (0.81%) OllyDbg
8 3 (0.81%) Travis CI
9 2 (0.54%) Pylint
9 2 (0.54%) SoapUI
10 1 (0.27%) Appium
10 1 (0.27%) Burp Suite
10 1 (0.27%) NeoLoad
General
1 43 (11.65%) Finance
2 20 (5.42%) Banking
3 19 (5.15%) Legal
4 17 (4.61%) Law
5 14 (3.79%) Retail
6 5 (1.36%) Games
7 3 (0.81%) Financial Institution
7 3 (0.81%) Manufacturing
7 3 (0.81%) Telecoms
8 2 (0.54%) Spanish Language
9 1 (0.27%) Automotive
9 1 (0.27%) Electronics
9 1 (0.27%) French Language
9 1 (0.27%) Marketing
9 1 (0.27%) Military
Job Titles
1 81 (21.95%) Consultant
2 70 (18.97%) Analyst
3 61 (16.53%) Security Analyst
3 61 (16.53%) Security Consultant
4 35 (9.49%) Security Engineer
5 28 (7.59%) Architect
6 25 (6.78%) Tester
7 24 (6.50%) Penetration Tester
8 23 (6.23%) Information Security Consultant
9 21 (5.69%) Security Architect
10 18 (4.88%) DevOps Engineer
11 17 (4.61%) Security Manager
12 16 (4.34%) Applications Consultant
13 14 (3.79%) Technical Consultant
14 13 (3.52%) Security Technical Consultant
14 13 (3.52%) Technical Security Consultant
15 12 (3.25%) Application Security Analyst
15 12 (3.25%) Information Analyst
15 12 (3.25%) Information Security Analyst
15 12 (3.25%) Information Security Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (4.34%) .NET
1 16 (4.34%) Web Services
2 14 (3.79%) Node.js
3 9 (2.44%) SAML
4 6 (1.63%) J2EE
5 3 (0.81%) ASP.NET
5 3 (0.81%) Gherkin
5 3 (0.81%) Middleware
6 2 (0.54%) .NET Framework
6 2 (0.54%) Flash
6 2 (0.54%) Java EE
6 2 (0.54%) Servlets
6 2 (0.54%) SOAP
6 2 (0.54%) Spring
6 2 (0.54%) Spring Security
7 1 (0.27%) Elastic Stack
7 1 (0.27%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 67 (18.16%) Management Information System
2 36 (9.76%) Analytical Skills
3 22 (5.96%) Data Centre
4 20 (5.42%) Cyberthreat
5 16 (4.34%) Computer Science
6 12 (3.25%) Mobile App
6 12 (3.25%) PKI
7 9 (2.44%) Public Cloud
7 9 (2.44%) Wiki
8 7 (1.90%) CESG
9 5 (1.36%) Data Protection Act
9 5 (1.36%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 5 (1.36%) Security Operations Centre
10 4 (1.08%) BYOD
10 4 (1.08%) PMI
10 4 (1.08%) Smart Meter
11 3 (0.81%) Fintech
11 3 (0.81%) Greenfield Project
12 2 (0.54%) Cyber Attack
12 2 (0.54%) Cyber Defence
Operating Systems
1 86 (23.31%) Linux
2 54 (14.63%) Windows
3 18 (4.88%) Unix
4 14 (3.79%) Mac OS X
5 11 (2.98%) AIX
6 8 (2.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 4 (1.08%) SUSE
7 4 (1.08%) VMS
7 4 (1.08%) Windows Server
8 3 (0.81%) Android
8 3 (0.81%) Kali Linux
9 2 (0.54%) Apple iOS
9 2 (0.54%) Solaris
9 2 (0.54%) Windows 10
9 2 (0.54%) Windows Server 2003
9 2 (0.54%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (0.27%) CentOS
10 1 (0.27%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 143 (38.75%) Information Security
2 105 (28.46%) Agile Software Development
3 57 (15.45%) OWASP
4 49 (13.28%) Configuration Management
5 47 (12.74%) Security Testing
6 45 (12.20%) Cybersecurity
7 44 (11.92%) SIEM
8 41 (11.11%) Security Monitoring
9 40 (10.84%) Risk Assessment
9 40 (10.84%) Risk Management
10 38 (10.30%) User Acceptance Testing
10 38 (10.30%) Vulnerability Assessment
11 35 (9.49%) DevOps
12 32 (8.67%) Cryptography
12 32 (8.67%) ITIL
13 31 (8.40%) Project Management
13 31 (8.40%) Security Operations
14 29 (7.86%) SDLC
15 27 (7.32%) Ethical Hacking
15 27 (7.32%) Malware Analysis
Programming Languages
1 74 (20.05%) Java
2 34 (9.21%) Python
3 28 (7.59%) Ruby
4 20 (5.42%) Bash Shell
5 15 (4.07%) C#
6 14 (3.79%) PowerShell
7 13 (3.52%) C-shell
7 13 (3.52%) Korn
8 12 (3.25%) SQL
9 8 (2.17%) C++
10 7 (1.90%) Perl
11 6 (1.63%) C
11 6 (1.63%) JavaScript
11 6 (1.63%) Scala
12 5 (1.36%) PHP
12 5 (1.36%) Shell Script
13 4 (1.08%) Assembly Language
14 2 (0.54%) COBOL
15 1 (0.27%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 81 (21.95%) Security Cleared
2 80 (21.68%) CISSP
3 63 (17.07%) SC Cleared
4 40 (10.84%) CISM
5 38 (10.30%) SANS
6 29 (7.86%) CREST Certified
7 27 (7.32%) CEH
8 24 (6.50%) Cisco Certification
9 23 (6.23%) Degree
10 21 (5.69%) CISA
11 18 (4.88%) GIAC
12 15 (4.07%) CCSP
13 14 (3.79%) (ISC)2 CCSP
13 14 (3.79%) Computer Science Degree
14 12 (3.25%) MAPM
14 12 (3.25%) OSCP
15 10 (2.71%) DV Cleared
16 6 (1.63%) CCNP
17 5 (1.36%) CISMP
18 4 (1.08%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 64 (17.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 47 (12.74%) PCI DSS
3 14 (3.79%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
4 13 (3.52%) COBIT
4 13 (3.52%) NIST 800
5 11 (2.98%) QA
6 10 (2.71%) GDPR
7 8 (2.17%) ISO/IEC 27005
8 6 (1.63%) Cyber Essentials
9 5 (1.36%) ISO 22301
9 5 (1.36%) WCAG
10 4 (1.08%) RMADS
11 3 (0.81%) SLA
11 3 (0.81%) Web Application Security Consortium
12 2 (0.54%) ISAE 3402
12 2 (0.54%) PMO
12 2 (0.54%) SSAE 16
13 1 (0.27%) GPG13
13 1 (0.27%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 1 (0.27%) ISO 31000
System Software
1 13 (3.52%) VMware Infrastructure
2 11 (2.98%) Active Directory
3 8 (2.17%) Docker
4 3 (0.81%) VirtualBox
5 2 (0.54%) Firmware
5 2 (0.54%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (0.54%) Xen
6 1 (0.27%) BitLocker
6 1 (0.27%) vCloud
6 1 (0.27%) Virtual Servers
6 1 (0.27%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 54 (14.63%) Puppet
2 34 (9.21%) Opscode Chef
3 17 (4.61%) Ansible
4 16 (4.34%) McAfee ePO
5 12 (3.25%) HP Fortify
6 9 (2.44%) CA Single Sign-On
7 8 (2.17%) EnCase
8 5 (1.36%) Nagios
8 5 (1.36%) Terraform
9 4 (1.08%) Cobbler
10 3 (0.81%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
10 3 (0.81%) Nessus
11 2 (0.54%) BMC PATROL
11 2 (0.54%) Microsoft Clustering
12 1 (0.27%) Nexpose
12 1 (0.27%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 1 (0.27%) TrustSec
Vendors
1 44 (11.92%) Microsoft
2 21 (5.69%) Cisco
3 20 (5.42%) Oracle
4 17 (4.61%) CheckPoint
5 16 (4.34%) Dell
5 16 (4.34%) McAfee
6 15 (4.07%) Citrix
6 15 (4.07%) VMware
7 14 (3.79%) HP
8 13 (3.52%) Rapid7
9 12 (3.25%) IBM
9 12 (3.25%) LogRhythm
10 10 (2.71%) Black Duck
10 10 (2.71%) Juniper
11 9 (2.44%) CA
12 8 (2.17%) ArcSight
12 8 (2.17%) Splunk
13 7 (1.90%) Aruba
13 7 (1.90%) Red Hat
14 5 (1.36%) Symantec
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