The median contractor rate for a Penetration Tester was £488 per day in advertised job vacancies in London during the 3 months to 23 March 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.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Penetration Tester
England / London
Rank 388 406 401
Rank change year-on-year +18 -5  
Contract jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 14 13 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.073% 0.059% 0.038%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.077% 0.062% 0.040%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 9 7
Median daily rate £488 £450 £480
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.33% -6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £433 £320
10% offered a daily rate of more than £695 £500 £510
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £488 £438
% change year-on-year -9.74% +11.42%  
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 London. 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
London
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 18217 20900 19829
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in London 94.84% 95.03% 94.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 12944 14975 13682
Median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.55% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £643 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 235 282 362
Median hourly rate £23.00 £17.00 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +35.29% -12.82%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.70 £11.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £43.57 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +17.64%  

Penetration Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in London that featured Penetration Tester in the job title.

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 3 months to 23 March 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 3 months to 23 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
City of London +10 3 £488 -2.50% 3
Penetration Tester
England

Penetration Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 23 March 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 34 (80.95%) Penetration Testing
2 23 (54.76%) CREST Certified
3 14 (33.33%) Ethical Hacking
4 13 (30.95%) Linux
5 12 (28.57%) Windows
5 12 (28.57%) Finance
5 12 (28.57%) OSCP
6 10 (23.81%) Security Testing
7 9 (21.43%) Vulnerability Assessment
8 8 (19.05%) Retail
8 8 (19.05%) Mac OS X
8 8 (19.05%) Mobile App
8 8 (19.05%) CHECK Team Member
9 6 (14.29%) Information Security
9 6 (14.29%) OWASP
10 5 (11.90%) Degree
10 5 (11.90%) CEH
10 5 (11.90%) GIAC
10 5 (11.90%) CISSP
10 5 (11.90%) Python
10 5 (11.90%) SANS
10 5 (11.90%) GPEN
11 4 (9.52%) Cybersecurity
11 4 (9.52%) CHECK Team Leader
11 4 (9.52%) Threat Management
11 4 (9.52%) Java
11 4 (9.52%) Risk Management
12 3 (7.14%) CISM
12 3 (7.14%) Financial Institution
12 3 (7.14%) C++

Penetration Tester Skill Set
Top Related 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 1 (2.38%) nginx
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.38%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (2.38%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (7.14%) Network Security
2 2 (4.76%) IPv6
3 1 (2.38%) Firewall
3 1 (2.38%) HTTP
3 1 (2.38%) Wireless
3 1 (2.38%) Wireless Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.38%) MongoDB
1 1 (2.38%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 3 (7.14%) Burp Suite
2 1 (2.38%) Jenkins
2 1 (2.38%) JIRA
2 1 (2.38%) Metasploit
2 1 (2.38%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 12 (28.57%) Finance
2 8 (19.05%) Retail
3 3 (7.14%) Financial Institution
4 2 (4.76%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (4.76%) Web Services
2 1 (2.38%) Elastic Stack
2 1 (2.38%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 8 (19.05%) Mobile App
2 2 (4.76%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (4.76%) Computer Science
3 1 (2.38%) CESG
3 1 (2.38%) Cyber Attack
3 1 (2.38%) Cyber Defence
3 1 (2.38%) Fintech
3 1 (2.38%) Management Information System
3 1 (2.38%) Mobile Banking
Operating Systems
1 13 (30.95%) Linux
2 12 (28.57%) Windows
3 8 (19.05%) Mac OS X
4 3 (7.14%) Kali Linux
5 1 (2.38%) Android
5 1 (2.38%) Apple iOS
5 1 (2.38%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (80.95%) Penetration Testing
2 14 (33.33%) Ethical Hacking
3 10 (23.81%) Security Testing
4 9 (21.43%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 6 (14.29%) Information Security
5 6 (14.29%) OWASP
6 4 (9.52%) Cybersecurity
6 4 (9.52%) Risk Management
6 4 (9.52%) Threat Management
7 3 (7.14%) Computer Forensics
7 3 (7.14%) Open Source
7 3 (7.14%) Project Management
7 3 (7.14%) Secure Coding
7 3 (7.14%) Social Engineering
7 3 (7.14%) Vulnerability Scanning
8 2 (4.76%) Computer Security
8 2 (4.76%) Mentoring
8 2 (4.76%) OSSTMM
8 2 (4.76%) Static Code Analysis
9 1 (2.38%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 5 (11.90%) Python
2 4 (9.52%) Java
3 3 (7.14%) C++
4 2 (4.76%) Ruby
4 2 (4.76%) SQL
5 1 (2.38%) Perl
5 1 (2.38%) PHP
Qualifications
1 23 (54.76%) CREST Certified
2 12 (28.57%) OSCP
3 8 (19.05%) CHECK Team Member
4 5 (11.90%) CEH
4 5 (11.90%) CISSP
4 5 (11.90%) Degree
4 5 (11.90%) GIAC
4 5 (11.90%) GPEN
4 5 (11.90%) SANS
5 4 (9.52%) CHECK Team Leader
6 3 (7.14%) CISM
7 2 (4.76%) BPSS Clearance
7 2 (4.76%) CISA
7 2 (4.76%) OSCE
7 2 (4.76%) Tigerscheme
8 1 (2.38%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.76%) QA
2 1 (2.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (2.38%) PCI DSS
Systems Management
1 3 (7.14%) Nessus
Vendors
1 1 (2.38%) WorldPay