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 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
North West / Manchester
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 87 85 93
Rank change year-on-year -2 +8  
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 3 17 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 0.23% 0.95% 0.49%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.28% 1.14% 0.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 9 3
Median daily rate £360 £485 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -25.77% +38.57%  
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 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 1067 1496 1285
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Manchester 80.89% 83.67% 78.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 685 907 688
Median daily rate £385 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.75% +3.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £295 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 24 26
Median hourly rate £40.00 £18.99 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +110.60% +8.52%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.50 £15.00 £11.32
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £39.50
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 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 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 Manchester region with a requirement for Penetration Testing.

1 12 (75.00%) Information Security
2 10 (62.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 10 (62.50%) Web Services
2 10 (62.50%) Microsoft
2 10 (62.50%) CISSP
2 10 (62.50%) Microsoft Azure
2 10 (62.50%) Amazon AWS
3 9 (56.25%) WebEx
3 9 (56.25%) ISO27002
3 9 (56.25%) Virtual Infrastructure
3 9 (56.25%) Firewall
3 9 (56.25%) MS Excel
3 9 (56.25%) Cisco
3 9 (56.25%) COBIT
3 9 (56.25%) CISMP
4 2 (12.50%) Cybersecurity
4 2 (12.50%) Python
4 2 (12.50%) PCI DSS
5 1 (6.25%) Stakeholder Management
5 1 (6.25%) Red Hat
5 1 (6.25%) Configuration Management
5 1 (6.25%) Linux
5 1 (6.25%) Java
5 1 (6.25%) Perl
5 1 (6.25%) SQL
5 1 (6.25%) Agile Software Development
5 1 (6.25%) Ethical Hacking
5 1 (6.25%) Performance Testing
5 1 (6.25%) Integration Testing
5 1 (6.25%) Ruby

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:

Applications
1 9 (56.25%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 10 (62.50%) Amazon AWS
1 10 (62.50%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (6.25%) Amazon EC2
2 1 (6.25%) Amazon ELB
2 1 (6.25%) AWS CloudFormation
2 1 (6.25%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 9 (56.25%) Firewall
1 9 (56.25%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (6.25%) Amazon RDS
Job Titles
1 10 (62.50%) Consultant
1 10 (62.50%) Security Consultant
2 9 (56.25%) IT Consultant
2 9 (56.25%) IT Security Consultant
3 4 (25.00%) Designer
3 4 (25.00%) Security Designer
4 2 (12.50%) Penetration Tester
4 2 (12.50%) Tester
5 1 (6.25%) Applications Manager
5 1 (6.25%) Developer
5 1 (6.25%) DevOps Engineer
5 1 (6.25%) Information Manager
5 1 (6.25%) Information Security Consultant
5 1 (6.25%) Information Security Manager
5 1 (6.25%) Linux DevOps Engineer
5 1 (6.25%) Linux Engineer
5 1 (6.25%) Linux/Unix DevOps
5 1 (6.25%) Project Consultant
5 1 (6.25%) Security Manager
5 1 (6.25%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (62.50%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 1 (6.25%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 1 (6.25%) CentOS
1 1 (6.25%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (75.00%) Information Security
2 9 (56.25%) Virtual Infrastructure
3 2 (12.50%) Cybersecurity
4 1 (6.25%) Agile Software Development
4 1 (6.25%) Configuration Management
4 1 (6.25%) Defect Management
4 1 (6.25%) DevOps
4 1 (6.25%) Ethical Hacking
4 1 (6.25%) Identity Access Management
4 1 (6.25%) Integration Testing
4 1 (6.25%) IT Strategy
4 1 (6.25%) OWASP
4 1 (6.25%) Performance Testing
4 1 (6.25%) Reverse Engineering
4 1 (6.25%) Secure Coding
4 1 (6.25%) Security Architecture
4 1 (6.25%) Stakeholder Management
4 1 (6.25%) Test Strategy
4 1 (6.25%) Vulnerability Scanning
Programming Languages
1 2 (12.50%) Python
2 1 (6.25%) Bash Shell
2 1 (6.25%) Java
2 1 (6.25%) Perl
2 1 (6.25%) Ruby
2 1 (6.25%) SQL
Qualifications
1 10 (62.50%) CISSP
2 9 (56.25%) CISMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (62.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 9 (56.25%) COBIT
2 9 (56.25%) ISO27002
3 2 (12.50%) PCI DSS
Systems Management
1 1 (6.25%) Ansible
1 1 (6.25%) Opscode Chef
1 1 (6.25%) Puppet
Vendors
1 10 (62.50%) Microsoft
2 9 (56.25%) Cisco
3 1 (6.25%) Red Hat
3 1 (6.25%) SaltStack