Period
to 21 November 2017

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 November 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
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 175 198 219
Rank change year-on-year +23 +21 -28
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 26 26 21
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.45% 0.38% 0.25%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.56% 0.45% 0.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 5 12
North West median daily rate £400 £435 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.05% +24.29% -24.32%
10th Percentile £323 £383 £313
90th Percentile £489 £583 £538
England median daily rate £490 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +8.89% - -2.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
North West median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £60.87 £35.00 -
% change year-on-year +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 4662 5717 6933
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 81.28% 83.84% 81.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 2977 3683 4206
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £263 £263 £255
90th Percentile £586 £556 £575
England median daily rate £450 £425 £423
% change year-on-year +5.88% +0.47% +5.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 204 166 282
North West median hourly rate £27.00 £22.42 £30.52
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.41% -26.53% +69.56%
10th Percentile £11.60 £12.13 £12.37
90th Percentile £53.00 £53.00 £52.47
England median hourly rate £23.75 £24.42 £22.50
% change year-on-year -2.74% +8.53% +18.42%

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 November 2017.

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 November 2017. 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 +20 15 £350 -28.93% 4
Cheshire - 6 £400 - 3
Merseyside +6 5 £425 -
Penetration Testing
England

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 12 (46.15%) Vulnerability Scanning
2 11 (42.31%) Network Security
3 8 (30.77%) Information Security
3 8 (30.77%) CISSP
4 7 (26.92%) Firewall
4 7 (26.92%) Security Testing
4 7 (26.92%) PCI DSS
5 6 (23.08%) SIEM
5 6 (23.08%) Continuous Improvement
5 6 (23.08%) Cybersecurity
5 6 (23.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 6 (23.08%) CheckPoint
5 6 (23.08%) Juniper
5 6 (23.08%) TCP/IP
5 6 (23.08%) Windows
5 6 (23.08%) ITIL
5 6 (23.08%) DHCP
5 6 (23.08%) DNS
6 5 (19.23%) Linux
6 5 (19.23%) MPLS
6 5 (19.23%) Active Directory
6 5 (19.23%) VLAN
6 5 (19.23%) Blue Coat
6 5 (19.23%) ProxySG
6 5 (19.23%) Network Design
6 5 (19.23%) Junos
6 5 (19.23%) Microsoft Azure
6 5 (19.23%) Palo Alto
6 5 (19.23%) DevOps
6 5 (19.23%) Windows Server

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:

Cloud Services
1 5 (19.23%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (15.38%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 11 (42.31%) Network Security
2 7 (26.92%) Firewall
3 6 (23.08%) DHCP
3 6 (23.08%) DNS
3 6 (23.08%) TCP/IP
4 5 (19.23%) Junos
4 5 (19.23%) MPLS
4 5 (19.23%) VLAN
5 2 (7.69%) SSL
5 2 (7.69%) VPN
6 1 (3.85%) FTP
6 1 (3.85%) Intranet
6 1 (3.85%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (7.69%) MongoDB
2 1 (3.85%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 2 (7.69%) Metasploit
2 1 (3.85%) JIRA
General
1 2 (7.69%) Finance
1 2 (7.69%) Legal
2 1 (3.85%) Banking
2 1 (3.85%) Law
2 1 (3.85%) Pharmaceutical
2 1 (3.85%) Retail
2 1 (3.85%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 6 (23.08%) Analyst
1 6 (23.08%) Consultant
1 6 (23.08%) Network Engineer
1 6 (23.08%) Security Analyst
2 5 (19.23%) Security Consultant
3 4 (15.38%) Network Security Engineer
3 4 (15.38%) Security Engineer
4 3 (11.54%) Applications Consultant
4 3 (11.54%) DevOps Engineer
4 3 (11.54%) Information Analyst
4 3 (11.54%) Information Security Analyst
5 2 (7.69%) IT Analyst
5 2 (7.69%) IT Security Analyst
5 2 (7.69%) Lead Network Engineer
6 1 (3.85%) AWS Consultant
6 1 (3.85%) Cybersecurity Engineer
6 1 (3.85%) Linux DevOps Engineer
6 1 (3.85%) Linux/Unix DevOps
6 1 (3.85%) Monitoring Analyst
6 1 (3.85%) Storage Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (11.54%) Web Services
2 1 (3.85%) JSON
2 1 (3.85%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 2 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
1 2 (7.69%) Cyberthreat
2 1 (3.85%) CESG
2 1 (3.85%) Cyber Attack
2 1 (3.85%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 6 (23.08%) Windows
2 5 (19.23%) Linux
2 5 (19.23%) Windows Server
3 3 (11.54%) CentOS
4 2 (7.69%) Kali Linux
4 2 (7.69%) Ubuntu
5 1 (3.85%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (46.15%) Vulnerability Scanning
2 8 (30.77%) Information Security
3 7 (26.92%) Security Testing
4 6 (23.08%) Continuous Improvement
4 6 (23.08%) Cybersecurity
4 6 (23.08%) ITIL
4 6 (23.08%) SIEM
5 5 (19.23%) DevOps
5 5 (19.23%) Network Design
6 4 (15.38%) Change Management
6 4 (15.38%) Open Source
6 4 (15.38%) OWASP
6 4 (15.38%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 3 (11.54%) Dynamic Code Analysis
7 3 (11.54%) Ethical Hacking
7 3 (11.54%) IT Strategy
7 3 (11.54%) Risk Assessment
7 3 (11.54%) Service Management
7 3 (11.54%) Static Code Analysis
7 3 (11.54%) Vulnerability Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (11.54%) Python
1 3 (11.54%) SQL
2 1 (3.85%) COBOL
2 1 (3.85%) Java
Qualifications
1 8 (30.77%) CISSP
2 2 (7.69%) CCNA
2 2 (7.69%) Cisco Certification
2 2 (7.69%) MCP
2 2 (7.69%) MCSA
2 2 (7.69%) MCSE
2 2 (7.69%) Microsoft Certification
3 1 (3.85%) CISM
3 1 (3.85%) CREST Certified
3 1 (3.85%) GCED
3 1 (3.85%) GCFA
3 1 (3.85%) GCIA
3 1 (3.85%) GCIH
3 1 (3.85%) GIAC
3 1 (3.85%) GREM
3 1 (3.85%) GSEC
3 1 (3.85%) ISEB
3 1 (3.85%) ISTQB
3 1 (3.85%) Tigerscheme
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (26.92%) PCI DSS
2 6 (23.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (11.54%) GDPR
4 1 (3.85%) CESG Infosec
4 1 (3.85%) COBIT
4 1 (3.85%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 5 (19.23%) Active Directory
1 5 (19.23%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 2 (7.69%) Nessus
1 2 (7.69%) Nexpose
1 2 (7.69%) Packer
1 2 (7.69%) Terraform
2 1 (3.85%) IBM BigFix
Vendors
1 6 (23.08%) CheckPoint
1 6 (23.08%) Juniper
2 5 (19.23%) Blue Coat
2 5 (19.23%) Palo Alto
3 2 (7.69%) Cisco
3 2 (7.69%) Imperva
3 2 (7.69%) Microsoft
3 2 (7.69%) Rapid7
3 2 (7.69%) Red Hat
3 2 (7.69%) Splunk