Period
to 26 May 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 26 May 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
26 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 177 185 185
Rank change year-on-year +8 0 +11
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 41 20 48
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.70% 0.37% 0.62%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.82% 0.44% 0.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 11 16
North West median daily rate £500 £400 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +25.00% -5.88% +30.77%
10th Percentile £381 £306 £344
90th Percentile £645 £575 £525
England median daily rate £500 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +10.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 1
North West median hourly rate £92.50 - £50.00
England median hourly rate £39.00 £60.87 £46.25
% change year-on-year -35.93% +31.61% +105.56%

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 5,027 4,564 6,452
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 85.61% 83.32% 83.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,160 2,810 3,931
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £263 £245 £256
90th Percentile £575 £550 £560
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 245 200 232
North West median hourly rate £22.65 £35.50 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -36.20% +9.23% +48.33%
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.75 £13.00
90th Percentile £51.25 £53.00 £49.98
England median hourly rate £22.00 £25.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year -13.73% +8.51% +11.90%

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 26 May 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Penetration Testing in the North West over the 6 months to 26 May 2018.

Contractor hourly 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 26 May 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 19 £500 +45.99% 13
Cheshire -7 12 £500 +2.56% 2
Merseyside +21 8 £463 +15.63% 1
Lancashire - 1 - -
Penetration Testing
England

For the 6 months to 26 May 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 19 (46.34%) CISSP
1 19 (46.34%) Information Security
2 18 (43.90%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 15 (36.59%) Security Testing
4 13 (31.71%) Firewall
5 11 (26.83%) Network Security
6 10 (24.39%) Data Protection
6 10 (24.39%) Cybersecurity
6 10 (24.39%) Security Management
7 9 (21.95%) Agile Software Development
7 9 (21.95%) Analytical Skills
7 9 (21.95%) Security Operations
7 9 (21.95%) Security Monitoring
7 9 (21.95%) Open Source
8 8 (19.51%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
8 8 (19.51%) Vulnerability Scanning
8 8 (19.51%) Vulnerability Management
8 8 (19.51%) Intrusion Detection
8 8 (19.51%) Stakeholder Management
8 8 (19.51%) Threat Intelligence
9 7 (17.07%) Decision-Making
9 7 (17.07%) Management Information System
9 7 (17.07%) Risk Management
9 7 (17.07%) Finance
9 7 (17.07%) GSEC
9 7 (17.07%) GCFA
9 7 (17.07%) CESG
9 7 (17.07%) Information Security Management
9 7 (17.07%) Intranet
9 7 (17.07%) FTP

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%) MS Exchange
1 2 (4.88%) SharePoint
2 1 (2.44%) CMS
2 1 (2.44%) Exchange Server 2003
2 1 (2.44%) Exchange Server 2007
2 1 (2.44%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (2.44%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 1 (2.44%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 3 (7.32%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (4.88%) Office 365
3 1 (2.44%) BrowserStack
3 1 (2.44%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 13 (31.71%) Firewall
2 11 (26.83%) Network Security
3 8 (19.51%) Intrusion Detection
4 7 (17.07%) FTP
4 7 (17.07%) Intranet
5 3 (7.32%) LAN
5 3 (7.32%) MPLS
5 3 (7.32%) WAN
6 2 (4.88%) DNS
6 2 (4.88%) VLAN
6 2 (4.88%) VoIP
7 1 (2.44%) Cisco ASA
7 1 (2.44%) Cisco IOS
7 1 (2.44%) Cisco ISE
7 1 (2.44%) Cisco Nexus
7 1 (2.44%) Junos
7 1 (2.44%) Multicast
7 1 (2.44%) Remote Desktop
7 1 (2.44%) SSL
7 1 (2.44%) Structured Cabling
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (4.88%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (4.88%) Selenium
1 2 (4.88%) Team Foundation Server
1 2 (4.88%) Visual Studio Team System
2 1 (2.44%) Git (software)
2 1 (2.44%) Jenkins
2 1 (2.44%) JIRA
2 1 (2.44%) JMeter
2 1 (2.44%) JUnit
2 1 (2.44%) LoadRunner
2 1 (2.44%) SoapUI
2 1 (2.44%) Subversion
2 1 (2.44%) TestNG
2 1 (2.44%) WebDriver
General
1 7 (17.07%) Finance
2 2 (4.88%) Banking
2 2 (4.88%) Billing
2 2 (4.88%) Retail
3 1 (2.44%) Financial Institution
3 1 (2.44%) Legal
3 1 (2.44%) Multimedia
3 1 (2.44%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 9 (21.95%) Analyst
2 8 (19.51%) Consultant
2 8 (19.51%) Security Analyst
2 8 (19.51%) Security Consultant
3 5 (12.20%) Architect
3 5 (12.20%) Operations Analyst
3 5 (12.20%) Security Operations Analyst
3 5 (12.20%) Senior Analyst
3 5 (12.20%) Senior Operations Analyst
3 5 (12.20%) Senior Security Analyst
4 4 (9.76%) IT Manager
4 4 (9.76%) Security Manager
5 3 (7.32%) Information Analyst
5 3 (7.32%) Information Security Analyst
5 3 (7.32%) IT Security Manager
5 3 (7.32%) Network Engineer
5 3 (7.32%) Security Architect
5 3 (7.32%) Test Manager
6 2 (4.88%) IT Consultant
6 2 (4.88%) Network Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (17.07%) JSON
1 7 (17.07%) Node.js
2 1 (2.44%) CSS
2 1 (2.44%) SOAP
2 1 (2.44%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 9 (21.95%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (17.07%) CESG
2 7 (17.07%) Management Information System
3 5 (12.20%) Cyberattack
4 1 (2.44%) CCTV
4 1 (2.44%) Mobile App
4 1 (2.44%) Private Cloud
4 1 (2.44%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 6 (14.63%) Windows
2 3 (7.32%) Unix
3 2 (4.88%) Mac OS X
3 2 (4.88%) Windows Server
4 1 (2.44%) Linux
4 1 (2.44%) Windows 2000 Server
4 1 (2.44%) Windows 7
4 1 (2.44%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (2.44%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (46.34%) Information Security
2 15 (36.59%) Security Testing
3 10 (24.39%) Cybersecurity
3 10 (24.39%) Data Protection
3 10 (24.39%) Security Management
4 9 (21.95%) Agile Software Development
4 9 (21.95%) Open Source
4 9 (21.95%) Security Monitoring
4 9 (21.95%) Security Operations
5 8 (19.51%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
5 8 (19.51%) Stakeholder Management
5 8 (19.51%) Threat Intelligence
5 8 (19.51%) Vulnerability Management
5 8 (19.51%) Vulnerability Scanning
6 7 (17.07%) Decision-Making
6 7 (17.07%) Digital Forensics
6 7 (17.07%) Information Security Management
6 7 (17.07%) Malware Analysis
6 7 (17.07%) Risk Management
7 6 (14.63%) Malware Reverse Engineering
Programming Languages
1 7 (17.07%) COBOL
1 7 (17.07%) Java
1 7 (17.07%) Python
2 2 (4.88%) SQL
3 1 (2.44%) C
Qualifications
1 19 (46.34%) CISSP
2 7 (17.07%) GCFA
2 7 (17.07%) GSEC
3 6 (14.63%) Cisco Certification
3 6 (14.63%) CISM
3 6 (14.63%) GCED
3 6 (14.63%) GCIA
3 6 (14.63%) GCIH
3 6 (14.63%) GIAC
3 6 (14.63%) GREM
4 3 (7.32%) (ISC)2 CCSP
5 2 (4.88%) CCNA
6 1 (2.44%) CCNP
6 1 (2.44%) CEH
6 1 (2.44%) CISA
6 1 (2.44%) GISP
6 1 (2.44%) GPEN
6 1 (2.44%) GWAPT
6 1 (2.44%) ISEB
6 1 (2.44%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (43.90%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 7 (17.07%) CESG Infosec
2 7 (17.07%) HMG Security Policy Framework
2 7 (17.07%) PCI DSS
3 5 (12.20%) GDPR
4 1 (2.44%) COBIT
4 1 (2.44%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
4 1 (2.44%) QA
4 1 (2.44%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (7.32%) Active Directory
2 2 (4.88%) Hyper-V
3 1 (2.44%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 7 (17.07%) IBM BigFix
2 1 (2.44%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (2.44%) Norton AntiVirus
2 1 (2.44%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (2.44%) Puppet
Vendors
1 4 (9.76%) Microsoft
2 3 (7.32%) Cisco
3 2 (4.88%) IBM
3 2 (4.88%) Symantec
4 1 (2.44%) arcserve
4 1 (2.44%) Blue Coat
4 1 (2.44%) CheckPoint
4 1 (2.44%) Darktrace
4 1 (2.44%) Digital Shadows
4 1 (2.44%) Google
4 1 (2.44%) HP
4 1 (2.44%) Imperva
4 1 (2.44%) Juniper
4 1 (2.44%) Palo Alto
4 1 (2.44%) Sophos
4 1 (2.44%) Splunk
4 1 (2.44%) WatchGuard