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 3 months to 24 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
England / North West
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 130 126 133
Rank change year-on-year -4 +7  
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 5 29 21
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.17% 0.76% 0.56%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.21% 0.92% 0.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 7 10
Median daily rate £369 £425 £331
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -13.23% +28.30%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £324 £375 £323
10% offered a daily rate of more than £414 £461 £353
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 £19.63 £45.00
% change year-on-year +205.73% -56.38%  

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 the North West with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 2350 3136 2943
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 81.03% 82.31% 78.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 1388 1972 1711
Median daily rate £410 £415 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.20% +9.21%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 98 77 129
Median hourly rate £40.00 £29.25 £33.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.75% -11.36%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.58 £14.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £53.00 £57.75
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 the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West 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 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 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 3 months to 24 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
Manchester -9 5 £369 -9.23% 4
Penetration Testing
England

For the 6 months to 24 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 North West region with a requirement for Penetration Testing.

1 9 (52.94%) Information Security
2 7 (41.18%) CISSP
3 5 (29.41%) SQL
3 5 (29.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (29.41%) PCI DSS
3 5 (29.41%) SIEM
3 5 (29.41%) Cybersecurity
4 4 (23.53%) Stakeholder Management
5 3 (17.65%) Banking
5 3 (17.65%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (17.65%) Finance
5 3 (17.65%) OWASP
5 3 (17.65%) Security Architecture
5 3 (17.65%) Security Operations
6 2 (11.76%) Defect Management
6 2 (11.76%) Network Security
6 2 (11.76%) Integration Testing
6 2 (11.76%) COBIT
6 2 (11.76%) Continuous Improvement
6 2 (11.76%) Test Strategy
6 2 (11.76%) PowerShell
6 2 (11.76%) Python
6 2 (11.76%) TCP/IP
7 1 (5.88%) DNS
7 1 (5.88%) Cisco
7 1 (5.88%) Project Management
7 1 (5.88%) CISA
7 1 (5.88%) CISM
7 1 (5.88%) Process Management
7 1 (5.88%) Disaster Recovery

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 (5.88%) Elasticsearch
Cloud Services
1 1 (5.88%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (5.88%) Cloud Computing
1 1 (5.88%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 2 (11.76%) Network Security
1 2 (11.76%) TCP/IP
2 1 (5.88%) Cisco ISE
2 1 (5.88%) DNS
General
1 3 (17.65%) Banking
1 3 (17.65%) Finance
Job Titles
1 4 (23.53%) Analyst
1 4 (23.53%) Consultant
1 4 (23.53%) Security Analyst
1 4 (23.53%) Security Consultant
2 3 (17.65%) Information Security Consultant
2 3 (17.65%) SOC Analyst
2 3 (17.65%) Test Manager
3 2 (11.76%) Operations Analyst
3 2 (11.76%) Security Operations Analyst
3 2 (11.76%) Security Specialist
3 2 (11.76%) Senior Data Warehouse Specialist
3 2 (11.76%) Senior Security Specialist
4 1 (5.88%) Information Security Specialist
4 1 (5.88%) Information Specialist
4 1 (5.88%) IT Analyst
4 1 (5.88%) Project Consultant
4 1 (5.88%) Security Designer
4 1 (5.88%) Senior Information Security Specialist
4 1 (5.88%) SIEM Specialist
4 1 (5.88%) Test Project Manager
Miscellaneous
1 3 (17.65%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (5.88%) Management Information System
2 1 (5.88%) Security Operations Centre
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (52.94%) Information Security
2 5 (29.41%) Cybersecurity
2 5 (29.41%) SIEM
3 4 (23.53%) Stakeholder Management
4 3 (17.65%) OWASP
4 3 (17.65%) Security Architecture
4 3 (17.65%) Security Operations
5 2 (11.76%) Continuous Improvement
5 2 (11.76%) Defect Management
5 2 (11.76%) Integration Testing
5 2 (11.76%) Test Strategy
6 1 (5.88%) Agile Software Development
6 1 (5.88%) Identity Access Management
6 1 (5.88%) Operational Acceptance Testing
6 1 (5.88%) Performance Testing
6 1 (5.88%) Project Management
6 1 (5.88%) Protective Monitoring
6 1 (5.88%) SDLC
6 1 (5.88%) Secure Coding
6 1 (5.88%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (29.41%) SQL
2 2 (11.76%) PowerShell
2 2 (11.76%) Python
Qualifications
1 7 (41.18%) CISSP
2 1 (5.88%) CISA
2 1 (5.88%) CISM
2 1 (5.88%) CISMP
2 1 (5.88%) Degree
2 1 (5.88%) GSEC
2 1 (5.88%) SC Cleared
2 1 (5.88%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (29.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 5 (29.41%) PCI DSS
2 2 (11.76%) COBIT
3 1 (5.88%) GDPR
Systems Management
1 1 (5.88%) TrustSec
Vendors
1 1 (5.88%) Cisco