Period
to 22 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for Security Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Security Testing over the 6 months to 22 November 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.

Security Testing
UK > England
6 months to
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 651 597 585
Rank change year-on-year -54 -12 +30
Contract jobs citing Security Testing 203 276 289
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.21% 0.28% 0.28%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.25% 0.33% 0.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 130 152 192
England median daily rate £500 £441 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.31% +10.31% +6.67%
10th Percentile £309 £325 £276
90th Percentile £639 £586 £575
UK median daily rate £500 £450 £400
% change year-on-year +11.11% +12.50% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 2
England median hourly rate £57.50 £39.37 £60.74
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +46.05% -35.18% -
10th Percentile £52.25 £39.37 £60.32
90th Percentile £62.75 £39.37 £60.96
UK median hourly rate £57.50 £39.37 £60.98
% change year-on-year +46.05% -35.44% +10.87%

Security Testing is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 80305 82432 84439
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 84.63% 84.16% 81.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 54036 54950 55644
England median daily rate £450 £425 £423
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +0.47% +5.75%
10th Percentile £288 £265 £263
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +2.91% +3.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1882 2137 2504
England median hourly rate £24.00 £24.43 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.76% +8.58% +18.42%
10th Percentile £11.43 £11.50 £11.26
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.75 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £23.63 £24.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -1.56% +6.67% +18.42%

Security Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Security Testing as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Security Testing in England

Security Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Security Testing in England

Security Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Security Testing in England over the 6 months to 22 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Security Testing in England

Security Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Security Testing in England

Security 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 Security Testing within the England region over the 6 months to 22 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 -42 124 £488 +8.33% 12
South East -20 44 £525 +27.27% 14
North of England +47 15 £463 +15.63% 13
North West +10 12 £425 - 5
Midlands +14 9 £375 -23.08% 4
West Midlands +20 6 £475 -2.56% 4
South West +12 6 £575 +17.95% 5
East of England -15 5 £525 +27.27% 1
North East +64 3 £500 +21.95% 1
East Midlands -7 3 £375 -
Security Testing
UK

For the 6 months to 22 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Security 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 Security Testing.

1 85 (41.87%) Test Automation
2 75 (36.95%) Agile Software Development
3 62 (30.54%) Penetration Testing
4 55 (27.09%) Java
5 47 (23.15%) OWASP
6 37 (18.23%) CISSP
6 37 (18.23%) Information Security
7 36 (17.73%) Finance
7 36 (17.73%) Jenkins
8 34 (16.75%) JIRA
9 33 (16.26%) QA
10 32 (15.76%) BDD
11 31 (15.27%) Test Strategy
11 31 (15.27%) Continuous Delivery
12 28 (13.79%) Performance Testing
12 28 (13.79%) Continuous Integration
12 28 (13.79%) Scrum
13 27 (13.30%) Selenium
13 27 (13.30%) Security Cleared
13 27 (13.30%) Vulnerability Management
14 25 (12.32%) DevOps
14 25 (12.32%) Open Source
14 25 (12.32%) Vulnerability Assessment
15 24 (11.82%) Linux
15 24 (11.82%) Continuous Improvement
16 23 (11.33%) JavaScript
16 23 (11.33%) Banking
17 22 (10.84%) Web Services
18 21 (10.34%) Python
18 21 (10.34%) Cybersecurity

Security 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 18 (8.87%) Confluence
2 8 (3.94%) nginx
3 6 (2.96%) Apache Pig
4 4 (1.97%) IIS
5 2 (0.99%) CMS
5 2 (0.99%) SharePoint
6 1 (0.49%) Apache Spark
6 1 (0.49%) EPiServer
6 1 (0.49%) OpenStack
Applications
1 8 (3.94%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (2.96%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.49%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.49%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.49%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 21 (10.34%) Amazon AWS
2 10 (4.93%) GitHub
3 9 (4.43%) Microsoft Azure
4 5 (2.46%) BlazeMeter
5 3 (1.48%) Google Cloud Platform
5 3 (1.48%) OpenShift
6 1 (0.49%) BrowserStack
6 1 (0.49%) IaaS
6 1 (0.49%) PaaS
6 1 (0.49%) SaaS
6 1 (0.49%) Sauce Labs
6 1 (0.49%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 18 (8.87%) Firewall
2 10 (4.93%) Internet
3 9 (4.43%) Network Security
3 9 (4.43%) TCP/IP
4 7 (3.45%) Intrusion Detection
5 4 (1.97%) Kerberos
5 4 (1.97%) NAS
5 4 (1.97%) SAN
5 4 (1.97%) VPN
6 2 (0.99%) Cisco IOS
6 2 (0.99%) DNS
6 2 (0.99%) Intranet
6 2 (0.99%) LAN
6 2 (0.99%) WAN
6 2 (0.99%) Wireless
7 1 (0.49%) IPsec
7 1 (0.49%) LTE
7 1 (0.49%) TETRA
7 1 (0.49%) Wireshark
7 1 (0.49%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (9.85%) Big Data
2 14 (6.90%) MongoDB
3 11 (5.42%) Hadoop
4 8 (3.94%) PostgreSQL
5 7 (3.45%) Apache Hive
6 5 (2.46%) Impala
7 3 (1.48%) HBase
7 3 (1.48%) NoSQL
7 3 (1.48%) SQL Server
8 1 (0.49%) Apache Cassandra
8 1 (0.49%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
8 1 (0.49%) MySQL
8 1 (0.49%) SQL Server 2008
8 1 (0.49%) SQL Server 2016
8 1 (0.49%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 36 (17.73%) Jenkins
2 34 (16.75%) JIRA
3 27 (13.30%) Selenium
4 21 (10.34%) Git (software)
5 17 (8.37%) JMeter
6 16 (7.88%) WebDriver
7 15 (7.39%) Cucumber
8 13 (6.40%) Burp Suite
9 9 (4.43%) GitLab
9 9 (4.43%) HP UFT
9 9 (4.43%) SoapUI
10 8 (3.94%) Ant
10 8 (3.94%) Gradle
10 8 (3.94%) Jasmine
10 8 (3.94%) Maven
10 8 (3.94%) Protractor
11 7 (3.45%) CircleCI
11 7 (3.45%) Travis CI
12 6 (2.96%) NUnit
12 6 (2.96%) TeamCity
General
1 36 (17.73%) Finance
2 23 (11.33%) Banking
3 11 (5.42%) Telecoms
4 9 (4.43%) Legal
5 7 (3.45%) Manufacturing
6 6 (2.96%) Retail
7 3 (1.48%) Electronics
7 3 (1.48%) Marketing
7 3 (1.48%) Retail Banking
8 2 (0.99%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.49%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.49%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 51 (25.12%) Analyst
2 34 (16.75%) Security Analyst
3 27 (13.30%) Tester
4 23 (11.33%) Architect
5 21 (10.34%) Application Security Analyst
6 20 (9.85%) Consultant
7 14 (6.90%) Security Consultant
8 12 (5.91%) Test Analyst
8 12 (5.91%) Test Engineer
9 11 (5.42%) Penetration Tester
9 11 (5.42%) Security Architect
9 11 (5.42%) Security Engineer
9 11 (5.42%) Test Architect
10 9 (4.43%) Java Engineer
11 8 (3.94%) Information Manager
11 8 (3.94%) QA Engineer
11 8 (3.94%) Security Manager
11 8 (3.94%) Test Automation Engineer
11 8 (3.94%) Test Manager
12 7 (3.45%) Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (10.84%) Web Services
2 19 (9.36%) Gherkin
3 13 (6.40%) RESTful
4 12 (5.91%) .NET
5 9 (4.43%) REST
6 8 (3.94%) Elastic Stack
7 6 (2.96%) Kafka
8 4 (1.97%) SAML
8 4 (1.97%) Taurus
9 3 (1.48%) SOAP
10 2 (0.99%) 802.1X
10 2 (0.99%) AngularJS
10 2 (0.99%) Java EE
10 2 (0.99%) JSON
10 2 (0.99%) Node.js
10 2 (0.99%) SailPoint
11 1 (0.49%) ASP.NET Web API
11 1 (0.49%) Cascading
11 1 (0.49%) WebdriverIO
11 1 (0.49%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 15 (7.39%) Management Information System
2 10 (4.93%) Cyberthreat
3 9 (4.43%) Analytical Skills
3 9 (4.43%) Wiki
4 7 (3.45%) BYOD
4 7 (3.45%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 5 (2.46%) Computer Science
5 5 (2.46%) PKI
6 4 (1.97%) Cyber Attack
6 4 (1.97%) Security Operations Centre
7 3 (1.48%) Mobile App
7 3 (1.48%) Virtual Team
8 2 (0.99%) CESG
8 2 (0.99%) Credit Risk
8 2 (0.99%) Market Risk
8 2 (0.99%) Public Cloud
9 1 (0.49%) Client/Server
9 1 (0.49%) iSeries
9 1 (0.49%) Smart Meter
9 1 (0.49%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 24 (11.82%) Linux
2 15 (7.39%) Unix
3 13 (6.40%) Windows
4 9 (4.43%) Android
5 7 (3.45%) Apple iOS
6 3 (1.48%) Kali Linux
7 2 (0.99%) Ubuntu
7 2 (0.99%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 85 (41.87%) Test Automation
2 75 (36.95%) Agile Software Development
3 62 (30.54%) Penetration Testing
4 47 (23.15%) OWASP
5 37 (18.23%) Information Security
6 32 (15.76%) BDD
7 31 (15.27%) Continuous Delivery
7 31 (15.27%) Test Strategy
8 28 (13.79%) Continuous Integration
8 28 (13.79%) Performance Testing
8 28 (13.79%) Scrum
9 27 (13.30%) Vulnerability Management
10 25 (12.32%) DevOps
10 25 (12.32%) Open Source
10 25 (12.32%) Vulnerability Assessment
11 24 (11.82%) Continuous Improvement
12 21 (10.34%) API Testing
12 21 (10.34%) Cybersecurity
13 20 (9.85%) Security Architecture
14 19 (9.36%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 55 (27.09%) Java
2 23 (11.33%) JavaScript
3 21 (10.34%) Python
4 20 (9.85%) SQL
5 18 (8.87%) C#
6 12 (5.91%) Ruby
7 11 (5.42%) PHP
8 10 (4.93%) Scala
9 9 (4.43%) Groovy
10 2 (0.99%) PL/SQL
11 1 (0.49%) C
11 1 (0.49%) COBOL
11 1 (0.49%) HiveQL
11 1 (0.49%) Objective-C
11 1 (0.49%) VB
Qualifications
1 37 (18.23%) CISSP
2 27 (13.30%) Security Cleared
3 16 (7.88%) SC Cleared
4 15 (7.39%) CRISC
5 13 (6.40%) CEH
5 13 (6.40%) CISM
5 13 (6.40%) CREST Certified
6 12 (5.91%) CISA
6 12 (5.91%) MCSE
6 12 (5.91%) Microsoft Certification
7 11 (5.42%) Degree
8 10 (4.93%) CASP
8 10 (4.93%) Cisco Certification
8 10 (4.93%) SSCP
9 8 (3.94%) BPSS Clearance
9 8 (3.94%) CCSP
9 8 (3.94%) CHECK Team Member
9 8 (3.94%) DV Cleared
10 7 (3.45%) ISTQB
11 5 (2.46%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (16.26%) QA
2 15 (7.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 10 (4.93%) PCI DSS
4 7 (3.45%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 6 (2.96%) COBIT
6 4 (1.97%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 3 (1.48%) GDPR
7 3 (1.48%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 3 (1.48%) PSD2
8 2 (0.99%) Basel II
8 2 (0.99%) Basel III
8 2 (0.99%) COREP
8 2 (0.99%) CRD IV
9 1 (0.49%) CESG Infosec
9 1 (0.49%) Disclosure Scotland
9 1 (0.49%) PMO
System Software
1 4 (1.97%) Docker
2 2 (0.99%) Apache Flume
3 1 (0.49%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.49%) IAG
Systems Management
1 12 (5.91%) Nessus
2 10 (4.93%) HP Fortify
3 8 (3.94%) logstash
4 4 (1.97%) Ansible
4 4 (1.97%) CA Single Sign-On
5 2 (0.99%) EnCase
5 2 (0.99%) HP Quality Center
5 2 (0.99%) Kibana
5 2 (0.99%) Nexpose
5 2 (0.99%) Nmap
6 1 (0.49%) Ambari
6 1 (0.49%) Hadoop YARN
6 1 (0.49%) IBM BigFix
6 1 (0.49%) MIIS
6 1 (0.49%) Nagios
6 1 (0.49%) Oozie
6 1 (0.49%) Terraform
Vendors
1 19 (9.36%) Microsoft
2 16 (7.88%) Splunk
3 15 (7.39%) HP
4 11 (5.42%) Qualys
5 8 (3.94%) AlienVault
5 8 (3.94%) Atlassian
6 6 (2.96%) Cisco
6 6 (2.96%) SAP
7 5 (2.46%) Oracle
7 5 (2.46%) Perforce
8 4 (1.97%) CA
8 4 (1.97%) Xamarin
9 3 (1.48%) Google
9 3 (1.48%) Juniper
9 3 (1.48%) VMware
10 2 (0.99%) CheckPoint
10 2 (0.99%) IBM
10 2 (0.99%) Imperva
10 2 (0.99%) McAfee
10 2 (0.99%) Red Hat