The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in London 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 28 March 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
England / London
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 305 325 375
Rank change year-on-year +20 +50  
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 97 101 37
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.50% 0.45% 0.17%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.58% 0.53% 0.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 75 83 30
Median daily rate £450 £490 £449
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.16% +9.19%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £364 £375 £347
10% offered a daily rate of more than £597 £550 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £408 £425 £438
% change year-on-year -4.11% -2.85%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £60.87 £34.81 £22.50
% change year-on-year +74.85% +54.72%  

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 London with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
London
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 16603 18995 17642
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in London 85.16% 85.16% 81.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 11947 13727 12398
Median daily rate £485 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.10% +5.55%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £345 £325 £310
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £625 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 166 194 250
Median hourly rate £31.92 £22.12 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +44.33% +10.57%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.19 £12.15 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £52.50 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.50 £30.20
% change year-on-year -6.49% +27.48%  

Penetration Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in London 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 London

Penetration Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Penetration Testing in London

Penetration Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Penetration Testing in London over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Penetration Testing in London

Penetration Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Penetration Testing in London

Penetration Testing
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 Testing within the London region over the 3 months to 28 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 -19 6 £488 +2.63% 7
Docklands, London - 3 - -
Harrow +14 2 - -
Feltham - 1 - -
Penetration Testing
England

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 28 March 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 London region with a requirement for Penetration Testing.

1 86 (47.25%) Information Security
2 50 (27.47%) Linux
3 49 (26.92%) Intrusion Detection
4 43 (23.63%) Security Cleared
5 41 (22.53%) Network Security
6 39 (21.43%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 37 (20.33%) Windows
8 35 (19.23%) Management Information System
9 34 (18.68%) Java
9 34 (18.68%) SC Cleared
10 33 (18.13%) Amazon AWS
11 32 (17.58%) Jenkins
11 32 (17.58%) Agile Software Development
12 31 (17.03%) Firewall
13 30 (16.48%) TCP/IP
14 29 (15.93%) Risk Management
14 29 (15.93%) DevOps
14 29 (15.93%) Open Source
14 29 (15.93%) Puppet
15 27 (14.84%) SSL
15 27 (14.84%) HTTP
15 27 (14.84%) Security Testing
16 25 (13.74%) CISSP
16 25 (13.74%) Finance
16 25 (13.74%) Configuration Management
16 25 (13.74%) Ansible
17 23 (12.64%) MongoDB
17 23 (12.64%) Node.js
17 23 (12.64%) PostgreSQL
18 22 (12.09%) Security Management

Penetration Testing
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 8 (4.40%) nginx
2 4 (2.20%) MS Exchange
3 2 (1.10%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 2 (1.10%) Apache
3 2 (1.10%) CMS
3 2 (1.10%) IIS
3 2 (1.10%) Jetty
3 2 (1.10%) Mongrel
3 2 (1.10%) Sitecore CMS
3 2 (1.10%) Tomcat
3 2 (1.10%) Umbraco
3 2 (1.10%) WebSphere
Applications
1 2 (1.10%) MS Excel
1 2 (1.10%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (0.55%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 5 (2.75%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.10%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 33 (18.13%) Amazon AWS
2 14 (7.69%) Microsoft Azure
3 12 (6.59%) Cloud Computing
4 5 (2.75%) PaaS
5 4 (2.20%) Azure Active Directory
5 4 (2.20%) IaaS
5 4 (2.20%) Office 365
5 4 (2.20%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 3 (1.65%) SaaS
7 2 (1.10%) Amazon EC2
7 2 (1.10%) Google App Engine
7 2 (1.10%) Google Cloud Platform
8 1 (0.55%) Amazon ELB
8 1 (0.55%) Amazon S3
8 1 (0.55%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 49 (26.92%) Intrusion Detection
2 41 (22.53%) Network Security
3 31 (17.03%) Firewall
4 30 (16.48%) TCP/IP
5 27 (14.84%) HTTP
5 27 (14.84%) SSL
6 16 (8.79%) Wireless
7 14 (7.69%) Internet
8 13 (7.14%) DNS
9 8 (4.40%) DHCP
9 8 (4.40%) Wireshark
10 7 (3.85%) IPv6
11 6 (3.30%) Ethernet
11 6 (3.30%) OSPF
11 6 (3.30%) VPN
12 5 (2.75%) Cisco Nexus
12 5 (2.75%) IPv4
12 5 (2.75%) MRTG
12 5 (2.75%) NetScaler
13 4 (2.20%) NX-OS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (12.64%) MongoDB
1 23 (12.64%) PostgreSQL
2 22 (12.09%) Redis
2 22 (12.09%) Relational Database
3 5 (2.75%) Oracle Database
3 5 (2.75%) SQL Server
4 4 (2.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.55%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 32 (17.58%) Jenkins
2 21 (11.54%) Git (software)
3 4 (2.20%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (1.65%) Burp Suite
4 3 (1.65%) JIRA
5 2 (1.10%) Metasploit
5 2 (1.10%) Travis CI
6 1 (0.55%) Appium
6 1 (0.55%) AppScan
6 1 (0.55%) Selenium
6 1 (0.55%) Sonatype Nexus
6 1 (0.55%) Subversion
6 1 (0.55%) TeamCity
6 1 (0.55%) Vagrant
General
1 25 (13.74%) Finance
2 19 (10.44%) Legal
3 7 (3.85%) Banking
4 6 (3.30%) Retail
5 3 (1.65%) Financial Institution
5 3 (1.65%) Law
6 1 (0.55%) Advertising
6 1 (0.55%) Electronics
6 1 (0.55%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 43 (23.63%) Analyst
2 40 (21.98%) Security Analyst
3 34 (18.68%) Penetration Tester
3 34 (18.68%) Tester
4 17 (9.34%) Consultant
5 14 (7.69%) DevOps Engineer
6 13 (7.14%) Security Engineer
7 12 (6.59%) Security Officer
8 9 (4.95%) Network Engineer
8 9 (4.95%) Network Security Engineer
9 8 (4.40%) Security Consultant
10 7 (3.85%) Information Officer
10 7 (3.85%) Information Security Officer
10 7 (3.85%) Security Specialist
11 6 (3.30%) Ethical Hacker
11 6 (3.30%) Head of DevOps
11 6 (3.30%) Senior Penetration Tester
11 6 (3.30%) Senior Tester
11 6 (3.30%) Vulnerability Analyst
12 5 (2.75%) Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (12.64%) Node.js
2 8 (4.40%) Web Services
3 5 (2.75%) Oracle GoldenGate
4 4 (2.20%) .NET
5 2 (1.10%) ASP.NET
5 2 (1.10%) Gherkin
5 2 (1.10%) J2EE
5 2 (1.10%) SAML
5 2 (1.10%) Servlets
6 1 (0.55%) Elastic Stack
6 1 (0.55%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 35 (19.23%) Management Information System
2 18 (9.89%) Analytical Skills
3 16 (8.79%) Mobile App
4 12 (6.59%) Computer Science
5 8 (4.40%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 4 (2.20%) CESG
6 4 (2.20%) Cyber Defence
7 3 (1.65%) BYOD
7 3 (1.65%) Data Centre
7 3 (1.65%) Data Protection Act
7 3 (1.65%) Fintech
8 2 (1.10%) Cyber Attack
8 2 (1.10%) Cyberthreat
8 2 (1.10%) Public Cloud
9 1 (0.55%) Algorithms
9 1 (0.55%) Cybercrime
9 1 (0.55%) Hedge funds
9 1 (0.55%) Mobile Banking
9 1 (0.55%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 50 (27.47%) Linux
2 37 (20.33%) Windows
3 15 (8.24%) Unix
4 9 (4.95%) Mac OS X
5 3 (1.65%) Kali Linux
5 3 (1.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (0.55%) Android
6 1 (0.55%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.55%) VMS
6 1 (0.55%) Windows 10
6 1 (0.55%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 86 (47.25%) Information Security
2 39 (21.43%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 32 (17.58%) Agile Software Development
4 29 (15.93%) DevOps
4 29 (15.93%) Open Source
4 29 (15.93%) Risk Management
5 27 (14.84%) Security Testing
6 25 (13.74%) Configuration Management
7 22 (12.09%) Continuous Integration
7 22 (12.09%) Security Management
8 19 (10.44%) OWASP
9 18 (9.89%) Cybersecurity
9 18 (9.89%) SIEM
10 17 (9.34%) Risk Assessment
11 16 (8.79%) Security Architecture
12 13 (7.14%) Ethical Hacking
12 13 (7.14%) Software Delivery
13 12 (6.59%) Data Security
13 12 (6.59%) ITIL
14 11 (6.04%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 34 (18.68%) Java
2 12 (6.59%) Python
3 7 (3.85%) PowerShell
4 4 (2.20%) C++
4 4 (2.20%) Ruby
5 3 (1.65%) C#
5 3 (1.65%) SQL
6 2 (1.10%) JavaScript
7 1 (0.55%) Bash Shell
7 1 (0.55%) C
7 1 (0.55%) Perl
7 1 (0.55%) PHP
7 1 (0.55%) Scala
Qualifications
1 43 (23.63%) Security Cleared
2 34 (18.68%) SC Cleared
3 25 (13.74%) CISSP
4 22 (12.09%) Degree
5 20 (10.99%) CISM
5 20 (10.99%) SANS
6 19 (10.44%) CREST Certified
7 15 (8.24%) OSCP
8 14 (7.69%) Cisco Certification
9 11 (6.04%) CCSP
9 11 (6.04%) CEH
9 11 (6.04%) CHECK Team Member
10 10 (5.49%) (ISC)2 CCSP
11 9 (4.95%) GIAC
12 8 (4.40%) CHECK Team Leader
13 7 (3.85%) CISA
14 6 (3.30%) BPSS Clearance
15 5 (2.75%) CCSE
15 5 (2.75%) GPEN
15 5 (2.75%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (10.99%) PCI DSS
2 14 (7.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (3.30%) ISO27002
4 5 (2.75%) Data Quality
4 5 (2.75%) QA
5 4 (2.20%) Web Application Security Consortium
6 3 (1.65%) ISO22301
6 3 (1.65%) ISO27005
7 2 (1.10%) Cyber Essentials
7 2 (1.10%) GDPR
8 1 (0.55%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 9 (4.95%) Docker
1 9 (4.95%) vCloud
2 7 (3.85%) Active Directory
3 5 (2.75%) Corosync
3 5 (2.75%) Squid
3 5 (2.75%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (1.65%) Firmware
5 2 (1.10%) Xen
Systems Management
1 29 (15.93%) Puppet
2 25 (13.74%) Ansible
3 5 (2.75%) EnCase
3 5 (2.75%) Nagios
3 5 (2.75%) Pacemaker
4 4 (2.20%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
4 4 (2.20%) Nessus
5 3 (1.65%) HP Fortify
6 2 (1.10%) CA Single Sign-On
7 1 (0.55%) McAfee ePO
7 1 (0.55%) Nmap
7 1 (0.55%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.55%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 19 (10.44%) Dell
2 16 (8.79%) Microsoft
3 15 (8.24%) CheckPoint
4 14 (7.69%) Cisco
5 13 (7.14%) VMware
6 9 (4.95%) LogRhythm
6 9 (4.95%) Rapid7
6 9 (4.95%) Symantec
7 8 (4.40%) Riverbed
8 7 (3.85%) Oracle
8 7 (3.85%) Palo Alto
9 6 (3.30%) HP
10 5 (2.75%) Citrix
10 5 (2.75%) Infoblox
10 5 (2.75%) Qualys
11 3 (1.65%) Brocade
11 3 (1.65%) Red Hat
11 3 (1.65%) Ruckus Wireless
12 2 (1.10%) CA
12 2 (1.10%) Juniper
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