Period
to 21 February 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 21 February 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
21 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 155 186 208
Rank change year-on-year +31 +22 -7
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 41 24 25
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.76% 0.41% 0.31%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.91% 0.48% 0.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 9 11
North West median daily rate £500 £425 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.65% -5.56% +38.46%
10th Percentile £370 £307 £313
90th Percentile £650 £580 £538
England median daily rate £500 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +11.11% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
North West median hourly rate - - £50.00
England median hourly rate £62.50 £60.87 £46.25
% change year-on-year +2.68% +31.61% -2.63%

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 4,489 4,994 6,637
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 83.42% 84.30% 81.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,903 3,238 4,057
North West median daily rate £413 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.13% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £256 £261 £250
90th Percentile £600 £575 £563
England median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +4.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 224 168 278
North West median hourly rate £23.17 £27.50 £30.15
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.74% -8.79% +48.19%
10th Percentile £11.83 £12.93 £13.00
90th Percentile £56.75 £51.50 £50.80
England median hourly rate £24.09 £25.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year -3.64% +6.38% +16.77%

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 21 February 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram 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 21 February 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 +9 18 £600 +75.18% 6
Cheshire +6 14 £500 +2.56% 1
Merseyside +18 8 £475 -20.83%
Penetration Testing
England

For the 6 months to 21 February 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 21 (51.22%) Security Testing
2 20 (48.78%) CISSP
3 18 (43.90%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 16 (39.02%) Information Security
5 14 (34.15%) Open Source
6 12 (29.27%) Firewall
7 11 (26.83%) Security Management
7 11 (26.83%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 11 (26.83%) Vulnerability Scanning
8 10 (24.39%) Security Operations
8 10 (24.39%) Vulnerability Management
8 10 (24.39%) Cybersecurity
8 10 (24.39%) Data Protection
8 10 (24.39%) PCI DSS
8 10 (24.39%) Python
9 9 (21.95%) Agile Software Development
9 9 (21.95%) Threat Intelligence
9 9 (21.95%) Analytical Skills
9 9 (21.95%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
9 9 (21.95%) Security Monitoring
10 8 (19.51%) Malware Analysis
10 8 (19.51%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 8 (19.51%) IBM BigFix
10 8 (19.51%) Node.js
10 8 (19.51%) GSEC
10 8 (19.51%) GCFA
10 8 (19.51%) CESG
10 8 (19.51%) Intrusion Detection
10 8 (19.51%) Digital Forensics
10 8 (19.51%) Network Security

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 2 (4.88%) SharePoint
2 1 (2.44%) CMS
Cloud Services
1 6 (14.63%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (9.76%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (2.44%) BrowserStack
3 1 (2.44%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 12 (29.27%) Firewall
2 8 (19.51%) FTP
2 8 (19.51%) Intranet
2 8 (19.51%) Intrusion Detection
2 8 (19.51%) Network Security
3 1 (2.44%) DHCP
3 1 (2.44%) DNS
3 1 (2.44%) Junos
3 1 (2.44%) MPLS
3 1 (2.44%) Structured Cabling
3 1 (2.44%) TCP/IP
3 1 (2.44%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (4.88%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 2 (4.88%) Metasploit
2 1 (2.44%) Git (software)
2 1 (2.44%) JIRA
2 1 (2.44%) JUnit
2 1 (2.44%) Selenium
2 1 (2.44%) Subversion
2 1 (2.44%) TestNG
2 1 (2.44%) WebDriver
General
1 5 (12.20%) Finance
2 2 (4.88%) Retail
3 1 (2.44%) Banking
3 1 (2.44%) Legal
3 1 (2.44%) Multimedia
3 1 (2.44%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 11 (26.83%) Analyst
1 11 (26.83%) Security Analyst
2 9 (21.95%) Consultant
2 9 (21.95%) Security Consultant
3 6 (14.63%) Operations Analyst
3 6 (14.63%) Security Operations Analyst
3 6 (14.63%) Senior Analyst
3 6 (14.63%) Senior Operations Analyst
3 6 (14.63%) Senior Security Analyst
4 5 (12.20%) Applications Consultant
4 5 (12.20%) Information Analyst
4 5 (12.20%) Information Security Analyst
4 5 (12.20%) Security Manager
5 4 (9.76%) Architect
5 4 (9.76%) DevOps Engineer
5 4 (9.76%) IT Manager
5 4 (9.76%) IT Security Manager
6 2 (4.88%) CISSP Consultant
6 2 (4.88%) Malware Analyst
6 2 (4.88%) SIEM Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (19.51%) JSON
1 8 (19.51%) Node.js
2 4 (9.76%) Web Services
3 1 (2.44%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 9 (21.95%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (19.51%) CESG
2 8 (19.51%) Management Information System
3 6 (14.63%) Cyberattack
4 1 (2.44%) CCTV
4 1 (2.44%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 6 (14.63%) Linux
2 4 (9.76%) CentOS
2 4 (9.76%) Windows
3 2 (4.88%) Kali Linux
3 2 (4.88%) Mac OS X
3 2 (4.88%) Ubuntu
3 2 (4.88%) Unix
4 1 (2.44%) Windows 10
4 1 (2.44%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (51.22%) Security Testing
2 16 (39.02%) Information Security
3 14 (34.15%) Open Source
4 11 (26.83%) Security Management
4 11 (26.83%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 11 (26.83%) Vulnerability Scanning
5 10 (24.39%) Cybersecurity
5 10 (24.39%) Data Protection
5 10 (24.39%) Security Operations
5 10 (24.39%) Vulnerability Management
6 9 (21.95%) Agile Software Development
6 9 (21.95%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
6 9 (21.95%) Security Monitoring
6 9 (21.95%) Threat Intelligence
7 8 (19.51%) Digital Forensics
7 8 (19.51%) Information Security Management
7 8 (19.51%) Malware Analysis
7 8 (19.51%) Stakeholder Management
8 7 (17.07%) Reverse Engineering
8 7 (17.07%) SFIA
Programming Languages
1 10 (24.39%) Python
2 8 (19.51%) COBOL
2 8 (19.51%) Java
3 2 (4.88%) SQL
Qualifications
1 20 (48.78%) CISSP
2 8 (19.51%) GCFA
2 8 (19.51%) GSEC
3 7 (17.07%) GCED
3 7 (17.07%) GCIA
3 7 (17.07%) GCIH
3 7 (17.07%) GIAC
3 7 (17.07%) GREM
4 5 (12.20%) CISM
5 3 (7.32%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (4.88%) (ISC)2 CCSP
7 1 (2.44%) CCNA
7 1 (2.44%) CEH
7 1 (2.44%) CISA
7 1 (2.44%) EnCE
7 1 (2.44%) GISP
7 1 (2.44%) GPEN
7 1 (2.44%) GWAPT
7 1 (2.44%) ISEB
7 1 (2.44%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (43.90%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 10 (24.39%) PCI DSS
3 8 (19.51%) CESG Infosec
3 8 (19.51%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 5 (12.20%) GDPR
5 2 (4.88%) COBIT
System Software
1 1 (2.44%) Active Directory
1 1 (2.44%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 8 (19.51%) IBM BigFix
2 3 (7.32%) Packer
2 3 (7.32%) Terraform
3 2 (4.88%) Nessus
3 2 (4.88%) Nexpose
4 1 (2.44%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 3 (7.32%) Microsoft
2 2 (4.88%) Cisco
2 2 (4.88%) Imperva
2 2 (4.88%) Rapid7
2 2 (4.88%) Red Hat
2 2 (4.88%) Splunk
2 2 (4.88%) Symantec
3 1 (2.44%) Blue Coat
3 1 (2.44%) CheckPoint
3 1 (2.44%) Darktrace
3 1 (2.44%) Digital Shadows
3 1 (2.44%) IBM
3 1 (2.44%) Juniper
3 1 (2.44%) Palo Alto