The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Manchester 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 25 June 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
North West / Manchester
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 83 79 81
Rank change year-on-year -4 +2  
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 5 24 13
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 0.37% 1.36% 0.86%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.46% 1.64% 1.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 6 7
Median daily rate £369 £406 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.23% +25.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £324 £375 £315
10% offered a daily rate of more than £414 £468 £360
UK excluding London median daily rate £483 £475 £400
% change year-on-year +1.57% +18.75%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £60.00 - £45.00

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 Manchester with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Manchester
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 1095 1459 1158
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Manchester 80.16% 82.57% 76.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 628 878 687
Median daily rate £400 £400 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +10.34%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 20 33
Median hourly rate £19.50 £16.00 £16.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.87% -4.90%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.30 £11.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £41.80 £37.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

Penetration Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in Manchester

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Manchester 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 Manchester

Penetration Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Penetration Testing in Manchester

For the 6 months to 25 June 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 Manchester region with a requirement for Penetration Testing.

1 5 (62.50%) CISSP
2 4 (50.00%) Information Security
3 3 (37.50%) SQL
3 3 (37.50%) Stakeholder Management
3 3 (37.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (37.50%) PCI DSS
3 3 (37.50%) OWASP
3 3 (37.50%) Security Architecture
3 3 (37.50%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (25.00%) Cybersecurity
4 2 (25.00%) Banking
5 1 (12.50%) TCP/IP
5 1 (12.50%) Cisco
5 1 (12.50%) GSEC
5 1 (12.50%) Process Management
5 1 (12.50%) Disaster Recovery
5 1 (12.50%) Finance
5 1 (12.50%) Project Management
5 1 (12.50%) CISMP
5 1 (12.50%) Performance Testing
5 1 (12.50%) Integration Testing
5 1 (12.50%) Test Management
5 1 (12.50%) Network Security
5 1 (12.50%) Test Strategy
5 1 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
5 1 (12.50%) Reverse Engineering
5 1 (12.50%) Cisco ISE
5 1 (12.50%) TrustSec
5 1 (12.50%) Operational Acceptance Testing
5 1 (12.50%) SDLC

Penetration Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in Manchester 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:

Communications & Networking
1 1 (12.50%) Cisco ISE
1 1 (12.50%) Network Security
1 1 (12.50%) TCP/IP
General
1 2 (25.00%) Banking
2 1 (12.50%) Finance
Job Titles
1 3 (37.50%) Consultant
1 3 (37.50%) Information Security Consultant
1 3 (37.50%) Security Consultant
2 2 (25.00%) Test Manager
3 1 (12.50%) Applications Manager
3 1 (12.50%) Designer
3 1 (12.50%) Information Manager
3 1 (12.50%) Information Security Manager
3 1 (12.50%) Network Specialist
3 1 (12.50%) Penetration Tester
3 1 (12.50%) Project Consultant
3 1 (12.50%) Project Manager
3 1 (12.50%) Security Designer
3 1 (12.50%) Security Manager
3 1 (12.50%) Technical Specialist
3 1 (12.50%) Test Project Manager
3 1 (12.50%) Tester
Miscellaneous
1 3 (37.50%) Analytical Skills
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (50.00%) Information Security
2 3 (37.50%) OWASP
2 3 (37.50%) Security Architecture
2 3 (37.50%) Stakeholder Management
3 2 (25.00%) Cybersecurity
4 1 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
4 1 (12.50%) Defect Management
4 1 (12.50%) Disaster Recovery
4 1 (12.50%) Identity Access Management
4 1 (12.50%) Integration Testing
4 1 (12.50%) Operational Acceptance Testing
4 1 (12.50%) Performance Testing
4 1 (12.50%) Process Management
4 1 (12.50%) Project Management
4 1 (12.50%) Reverse Engineering
4 1 (12.50%) SDLC
4 1 (12.50%) Secure Coding
4 1 (12.50%) Test Management
4 1 (12.50%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 3 (37.50%) SQL
Qualifications
1 5 (62.50%) CISSP
2 1 (12.50%) CISMP
2 1 (12.50%) GSEC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (37.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 3 (37.50%) PCI DSS
Systems Management
1 1 (12.50%) TrustSec
Vendors
1 1 (12.50%) Cisco