Period
to 21 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Penetration Tester was £538 per day in advertised job vacancies in London during the 6 months to 21 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
England > London
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 598 546 588
Rank change year-on-year -52 +42 +15
Contract jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 36 69 22
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.076% 0.15% 0.047%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.081% 0.16% 0.050%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 49 16
London median daily rate £538 £550 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.27% +22.22% -
10th Percentile £431 £423 £350
90th Percentile £638 £700 £600
England median daily rate £550 £525 £500
% change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
London median hourly rate - - -
England 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 London. 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
London
Contract vacancies in London with a recognized job title 44629 42675 44230
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.82% 94.99% 95.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 32318 30339 31174
London median daily rate £495 £460 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.61% +2.22% +5.88%
10th Percentile £300 £288 £268
90th Percentile £663 £638 £638
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 553 554 685
London median hourly rate £20.44 £19.77 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.38% +4.04% +8.57%
10th Percentile £12.50 £11.50 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.83 £50.00 £47.83
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year - +2.78% +9.09%

Penetration Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in London

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

Job vacancy trend for Penetration Tester in London

Penetration Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Penetration Tester in London

Penetration Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Penetration Tester in London over the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Penetration Tester in London

Penetration Tester
Contract Job Locations in London

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 London region over the 6 months to 21 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
Central London +5 8 £550 +15.79% 2
West London -16 3 £500 -9.09% 2
Penetration Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 21 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 London region featuring Penetration Tester in the job title.

1 30 (83.33%) Penetration Testing
2 19 (52.78%) CREST Certified
3 14 (38.89%) OWASP
4 13 (36.11%) Ethical Hacking
5 9 (25.00%) Security Testing
5 9 (25.00%) Python
5 9 (25.00%) CHECK Team Member
6 8 (22.22%) Finance
6 8 (22.22%) Information Security
6 8 (22.22%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 8 (22.22%) Agile Software Development
7 7 (19.44%) Amazon AWS
7 7 (19.44%) MongoDB
8 6 (16.67%) Social Engineering
8 6 (16.67%) Fuzz Testing
8 6 (16.67%) Ruby
8 6 (16.67%) Continuous Integration
8 6 (16.67%) CISSP
9 5 (13.89%) Web Services
9 5 (13.89%) Java
9 5 (13.89%) PHP
9 5 (13.89%) Linux
9 5 (13.89%) Test Automation
9 5 (13.89%) nginx
9 5 (13.89%) SC Cleared
9 5 (13.89%) Security Cleared
9 5 (13.89%) PostgreSQL
9 5 (13.89%) Static Program Analysis
9 5 (13.89%) Cyberthreat
9 5 (13.89%) Open Source

Penetration Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in London 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 5 (13.89%) nginx
Applications
1 3 (8.33%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 7 (19.44%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (5.56%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.78%) Firewall
1 1 (2.78%) Multicast
1 1 (2.78%) Network Security
1 1 (2.78%) TCP/IP
1 1 (2.78%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (19.44%) MongoDB
2 5 (13.89%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 4 (11.11%) CircleCI
1 4 (11.11%) Jenkins
1 4 (11.11%) Travis CI
2 2 (5.56%) Metasploit
3 1 (2.78%) AppScan
3 1 (2.78%) Burp Suite
3 1 (2.78%) Paros
3 1 (2.78%) WebScarab
General
1 8 (22.22%) Finance
2 3 (8.33%) Legal
3 2 (5.56%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (13.89%) Web Services
2 2 (5.56%) ActiveMQ
3 1 (2.78%) .NET
3 1 (2.78%) CGI
3 1 (2.78%) HTML
3 1 (2.78%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (13.89%) Cyberthreat
2 1 (2.78%) Cyber Defence
2 1 (2.78%) Greenfield Project
2 1 (2.78%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 5 (13.89%) Linux
2 1 (2.78%) Unix
2 1 (2.78%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (83.33%) Penetration Testing
2 14 (38.89%) OWASP
3 13 (36.11%) Ethical Hacking
4 9 (25.00%) Security Testing
5 8 (22.22%) Agile Software Development
5 8 (22.22%) Information Security
5 8 (22.22%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 6 (16.67%) Continuous Integration
6 6 (16.67%) Fuzz Testing
6 6 (16.67%) Social Engineering
7 5 (13.89%) Open Source
7 5 (13.89%) Static Code Analysis
7 5 (13.89%) Static Program Analysis
7 5 (13.89%) Test Automation
8 4 (11.11%) Continuous Delivery
9 3 (8.33%) Analytics
9 3 (8.33%) Cybersecurity
9 3 (8.33%) Data Analytics
9 3 (8.33%) OSSTMM
9 3 (8.33%) Vulnerability Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (25.00%) Python
2 6 (16.67%) Ruby
3 5 (13.89%) Java
3 5 (13.89%) PHP
4 3 (8.33%) SQL
5 2 (5.56%) Bash Shell
5 2 (5.56%) C++
5 2 (5.56%) JavaScript
6 1 (2.78%) C
6 1 (2.78%) C#
6 1 (2.78%) Perl
6 1 (2.78%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 19 (52.78%) CREST Certified
2 9 (25.00%) CHECK Team Member
3 6 (16.67%) CISSP
4 5 (13.89%) SC Cleared
4 5 (13.89%) Security Cleared
5 3 (8.33%) CEH
5 3 (8.33%) SANS
6 2 (5.56%) Degree
6 2 (5.56%) DV Cleared
7 1 (2.78%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (2.78%) CHECK Team Leader
7 1 (2.78%) CISM
7 1 (2.78%) GPEN
7 1 (2.78%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (8.33%) Data Quality
2 2 (5.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (5.56%) QA
3 1 (2.78%) Cyber Essentials
3 1 (2.78%) GDPR
3 1 (2.78%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 1 (2.78%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 2 (5.56%) Nessus
1 2 (5.56%) Nmap
1 2 (5.56%) Puppet
1 2 (5.56%) Terraform
2 1 (2.78%) HP Fortify
Vendors
1 4 (11.11%) Microsoft
2 3 (8.33%) Mercator
3 2 (5.56%) Qualys