Period
to 15 November 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West 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 6 months to 15 November 2018 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 > North West
6 months to
15 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 196 180 205
Rank change year-on-year -16 +25 +21
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 25 21 26
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.42% 0.37% 0.37%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.50% 0.44% 0.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 8 6
North West median daily rate £500 £388 £430
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +29.03% -9.88% +22.86%
10th Percentile £329 £321 £363
90th Percentile £622 £449 £581
England median daily rate £538 £500 £450
% change year-on-year +7.50% +11.11% +4.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
North West median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £46.50 £60.87 £35.00
% change year-on-year -23.61% +73.91% -

Penetration Testing is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
North West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 4,959 4,731 5,934
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 83.08% 82.25% 84.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,145 3,018 3,808
North West median daily rate £405 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.25% - -
10th Percentile £263 £263 £260
90th Percentile £575 £578 £556
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 284 203 181
North West median hourly rate £21.76 £27.00 £21.05
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -19.41% +28.30% -31.05%
10th Percentile £11.32 £11.73 £11.25
90th Percentile £51.18 £51.12 £53.00
England median hourly rate £22.00 £23.50 £22.84
% change year-on-year -6.38% +2.91% +3.80%

Penetration Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Penetration Testing as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for Penetration Testing in the North West

Penetration Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Penetration Testing in the North West

Penetration Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Penetration Testing in the North West over the 6 months to 15 November 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Penetration Testing in the North West

Penetration Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Penetration Testing in the North West

Penetration Testing
Contract Job Locations in the North West

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 North West region over the 6 months to 15 November 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -11 15 £456 +30.36% 12
Cheshire 0 10 £500 +25.00% 3
Penetration Testing
England

For the 6 months to 15 November 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Penetration Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the North West region with a requirement for Penetration Testing.

1 9 (36.00%) Firewall
2 8 (32.00%) Information Security
2 8 (32.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (28.00%) Intrusion Detection
3 7 (28.00%) Risk Management
3 7 (28.00%) CISSP
3 7 (28.00%) CheckPoint
3 7 (28.00%) Security Operations
4 6 (24.00%) Cybersecurity
4 6 (24.00%) Network Design
4 6 (24.00%) Blue Coat
5 5 (20.00%) Banking
5 5 (20.00%) Network Security
5 5 (20.00%) Windows
5 5 (20.00%) Finance
5 5 (20.00%) Vulnerability Management
5 5 (20.00%) F5
5 5 (20.00%) SIEM
6 4 (16.00%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 4 (16.00%) Compliance Audit
6 4 (16.00%) Software Audit
6 4 (16.00%) Server Hardening
6 4 (16.00%) Security Monitoring
6 4 (16.00%) Wi-Fi
6 4 (16.00%) Forcepoint
6 4 (16.00%) Web Services
6 4 (16.00%) SSL
6 4 (16.00%) Cisco
6 4 (16.00%) IronPort
6 4 (16.00%) Security Testing

Penetration Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 (4.00%) Apache
1 1 (4.00%) IIS
1 1 (4.00%) nginx
1 1 (4.00%) SharePoint
Cloud Services
1 3 (12.00%) IaaS
2 2 (8.00%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (8.00%) PaaS
2 2 (8.00%) SaaS
3 1 (4.00%) Amazon EC2
3 1 (4.00%) Amazon ElastiCache
3 1 (4.00%) Amazon S3
3 1 (4.00%) AWS CloudFormation
3 1 (4.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (4.00%) Route 53
3 1 (4.00%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 9 (36.00%) Firewall
2 7 (28.00%) Intrusion Detection
3 5 (20.00%) Network Security
4 4 (16.00%) SSL
4 4 (16.00%) Wi-Fi
5 3 (12.00%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
5 3 (12.00%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
5 3 (12.00%) TCP/IP
5 3 (12.00%) VLAN
6 2 (8.00%) BGP
6 2 (8.00%) BIG-IP
6 2 (8.00%) Cisco ASA
6 2 (8.00%) Cisco IOS
6 2 (8.00%) DMVPN
6 2 (8.00%) DNS
6 2 (8.00%) Internet
6 2 (8.00%) NX-OS
6 2 (8.00%) OSPF
6 2 (8.00%) Sourcefire
7 1 (4.00%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (8.00%) GIS
2 1 (4.00%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 2 (8.00%) Metasploit
2 1 (4.00%) Cucumber
2 1 (4.00%) GitLab
2 1 (4.00%) Jenkins
2 1 (4.00%) JIRA
2 1 (4.00%) Maven
2 1 (4.00%) Selenium
2 1 (4.00%) SpecFlow
2 1 (4.00%) Visual Studio Coded UI
General
1 5 (20.00%) Banking
1 5 (20.00%) Finance
2 3 (12.00%) Investment Banking
2 3 (12.00%) Law
2 3 (12.00%) Legal
3 2 (8.00%) Retail
Job Titles
1 8 (32.00%) Consultant
1 8 (32.00%) Security Consultant
2 4 (16.00%) Firewall Engineer
3 3 (12.00%) Network Engineer
3 3 (12.00%) Network Security Engineer
3 3 (12.00%) Security Engineer
4 2 (8.00%) Analyst
4 2 (8.00%) Cisco Engineer
4 2 (8.00%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 2 (8.00%) Cisco Security Engineer
5 1 (4.00%) AWS Consultant
5 1 (4.00%) Cybersecurity Consultant
5 1 (4.00%) Cybersecurity Specialist
5 1 (4.00%) DevOps Engineer
5 1 (4.00%) IT Technician
5 1 (4.00%) Lead Security Consultant
5 1 (4.00%) Operations Consultant
5 1 (4.00%) Security Technician
5 1 (4.00%) Senior DevOps Engineer
5 1 (4.00%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (16.00%) Web Services
2 1 (4.00%) Sensu
Miscellaneous
1 2 (8.00%) EFT
1 2 (8.00%) SCADA
1 2 (8.00%) Self-Motivation
2 1 (4.00%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (4.00%) Clustering
2 1 (4.00%) Data Centre
2 1 (4.00%) Management Information System
2 1 (4.00%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 5 (20.00%) Windows
2 3 (12.00%) Unix
3 2 (8.00%) Linux
3 2 (8.00%) Windows Server
4 1 (4.00%) Kali Linux
4 1 (4.00%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (32.00%) Information Security
2 7 (28.00%) Risk Management
2 7 (28.00%) Security Operations
3 6 (24.00%) Cybersecurity
3 6 (24.00%) Network Design
4 5 (20.00%) SIEM
4 5 (20.00%) Vulnerability Management
5 4 (16.00%) Compliance Audit
5 4 (16.00%) Security Monitoring
5 4 (16.00%) Security Testing
5 4 (16.00%) Server Hardening
5 4 (16.00%) Software Audit
6 3 (12.00%) Agile Software Development
6 3 (12.00%) Identity Access Management
6 3 (12.00%) ITIL
6 3 (12.00%) OWASP
6 3 (12.00%) Problem-Solving
6 3 (12.00%) SDLC
6 3 (12.00%) Wealth Management
7 2 (8.00%) Vulnerability Scanning
Programming Languages
1 1 (4.00%) Bash Shell
1 1 (4.00%) Java
1 1 (4.00%) Python
Qualifications
1 7 (28.00%) CISSP
2 3 (12.00%) CISM
2 3 (12.00%) CREST Certified
3 2 (8.00%) CCSA
3 2 (8.00%) CCSE
3 2 (8.00%) CEH
3 2 (8.00%) Degree
4 1 (4.00%) OSCP
4 1 (4.00%) SC Cleared
4 1 (4.00%) Security Cleared
4 1 (4.00%) Tigerscheme
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (32.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 4 (16.00%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
3 3 (12.00%) PCI DSS
4 2 (8.00%) COBIT
4 2 (8.00%) COSO
4 2 (8.00%) QA
5 1 (4.00%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (4.00%) GDPR
5 1 (4.00%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (12.00%) ProxySG
2 2 (8.00%) Active Directory
3 1 (4.00%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 2 (8.00%) QRadar
2 1 (4.00%) AirWatch
2 1 (4.00%) Foglight
2 1 (4.00%) Kibana
2 1 (4.00%) logstash
2 1 (4.00%) Microsoft Clustering
2 1 (4.00%) Nagios
2 1 (4.00%) Rundeck
Vendors
1 7 (28.00%) CheckPoint
2 6 (24.00%) Blue Coat
3 5 (20.00%) F5
4 4 (16.00%) Cisco
4 4 (16.00%) Forcepoint
4 4 (16.00%) IronPort
5 3 (12.00%) Juniper
5 3 (12.00%) McAfee
5 3 (12.00%) Sophos
6 2 (8.00%) HP
6 2 (8.00%) Meraki
6 2 (8.00%) Nokia
7 1 (4.00%) CommVault
7 1 (4.00%) CyberArk
7 1 (4.00%) IBM
7 1 (4.00%) NetApp
7 1 (4.00%) NetIQ
7 1 (4.00%) Nimble Storage
7 1 (4.00%) Palo Alto
7 1 (4.00%) Splunk