The median contractor rate for a Penetration Tester was £505 per day in advertised job vacancies in London during the 3 months to 27 June 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
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 417 385 431
Rank change year-on-year -32 +46  
Contract jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 7 42 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.034% 0.19% 0.013%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.035% 0.20% 0.014%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 32 3
Median daily rate £505 £500 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.00% +25.00%  
UK excluding London median daily rate - £500 £433
% change year-on-year - +15.60%  
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 19752 20748 21808
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in London 94.88% 95.27% 94.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 14071 15056 15231
Median daily rate £500 £463 £440
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.10% +5.11%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £315 £298 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £625 £601
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 251 228 364
Median hourly rate £19.82 £17.89 £19.61
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.81% -8.78%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.85 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £42.60 £52.17
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.14
% change year-on-year - +8.42%  

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
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 27 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
Docklands, London - 1 £575 -
Penetration Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 27 June 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 20 (90.91%) Penetration Testing
2 8 (36.36%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 7 (31.82%) Security Testing
3 7 (31.82%) OWASP
4 6 (27.27%) Finance
4 6 (27.27%) Ethical Hacking
5 5 (22.73%) Python
5 5 (22.73%) Linux
5 5 (22.73%) OSCP
5 5 (22.73%) CREST Certified
6 4 (18.18%) CHECK Team Member
6 4 (18.18%) Threat Management
6 4 (18.18%) Mobile App
7 3 (13.64%) Web Services
7 3 (13.64%) Windows
7 3 (13.64%) Java
7 3 (13.64%) Ruby
7 3 (13.64%) Test Automation
7 3 (13.64%) Static Code Analysis
8 2 (9.09%) Mentoring
8 2 (9.09%) Analytical Skills
8 2 (9.09%) MongoDB
8 2 (9.09%) Git (software)
8 2 (9.09%) nginx
8 2 (9.09%) Amazon AWS
8 2 (9.09%) Open Source
8 2 (9.09%) Continuous Integration
8 2 (9.09%) QA
8 2 (9.09%) PHP
8 2 (9.09%) OOP

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 2 (9.09%) nginx
Cloud Services
1 2 (9.09%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (9.09%) Firewall
2 1 (4.55%) HTTP
2 1 (4.55%) Network Security
2 1 (4.55%) Wireless
2 1 (4.55%) Wireless Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (9.09%) MongoDB
1 2 (9.09%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (4.55%) Blockchain
Development Applications
1 2 (9.09%) Git (software)
2 1 (4.55%) Burp Suite
2 1 (4.55%) CircleCI
2 1 (4.55%) Jenkins
2 1 (4.55%) Travis CI
General
1 6 (27.27%) Finance
2 1 (4.55%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (13.64%) Web Services
2 1 (4.55%) Elastic Stack
Miscellaneous
1 4 (18.18%) Mobile App
2 2 (9.09%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (9.09%) Cyber Kill Chain
3 1 (4.55%) Fintech
3 1 (4.55%) Greenfield Project
3 1 (4.55%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 5 (22.73%) Linux
2 3 (13.64%) Windows
3 2 (9.09%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (90.91%) Penetration Testing
2 8 (36.36%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 7 (31.82%) OWASP
3 7 (31.82%) Security Testing
4 6 (27.27%) Ethical Hacking
5 4 (18.18%) Threat Management
6 3 (13.64%) Static Code Analysis
6 3 (13.64%) Test Automation
7 2 (9.09%) Agile Software Development
7 2 (9.09%) Continuous Integration
7 2 (9.09%) Cryptography
7 2 (9.09%) Fuzz Testing
7 2 (9.09%) Information Security
7 2 (9.09%) Mentoring
7 2 (9.09%) MVC
7 2 (9.09%) OOP
7 2 (9.09%) Open Source
7 2 (9.09%) Secure Coding
7 2 (9.09%) Social Engineering
7 2 (9.09%) Static Program Analysis
Programming Languages
1 5 (22.73%) Python
2 3 (13.64%) Java
2 3 (13.64%) Ruby
3 2 (9.09%) C++
3 2 (9.09%) PHP
4 1 (4.55%) Perl
4 1 (4.55%) SQL
Qualifications
1 5 (22.73%) CREST Certified
1 5 (22.73%) OSCP
2 4 (18.18%) CHECK Team Member
3 2 (9.09%) CEH
3 2 (9.09%) CISSP
3 2 (9.09%) SANS
4 1 (4.55%) CHECK Team Leader
4 1 (4.55%) CISM
4 1 (4.55%) GIAC
4 1 (4.55%) GPEN
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (9.09%) QA
2 1 (4.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (4.55%) PCI DSS
Vendors
1 1 (4.55%) WorldPay