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 28 March 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
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 121 134 146
Rank change year-on-year +13 +12  
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 11 26 10
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.43% 0.68% 0.27%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.52% 0.82% 0.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 11 4
Median daily rate £413 £450 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.33% +28.57%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £380 £350 £333
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £500 £490
UK excluding London median daily rate £408 £425 £438
% change year-on-year -4.11% -2.85%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £50.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £60.87 £34.81 £22.50
% change year-on-year +74.85% +54.72%  

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 2125 3167 2872
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 82.24% 82.32% 78.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 1345 1922 1563
Median daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £293 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £538 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 109 118 130
Median hourly rate £41.00 £37.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.33% -6.25%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £16.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.90 £50.00 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.50 £30.20
% change year-on-year -6.49% +27.48%  

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

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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 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Penetration Testing in the North West

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Penetration Testing in the North West

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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 28 March 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
Merseyside +5 6 £400 -
Manchester -2 3 £360 -25.77% 5
Cheshire +22 2 £488 +39.28% 2
Penetration Testing
England

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 March 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 18 (69.23%) Information Security
2 12 (46.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 12 (46.15%) CISSP
3 11 (42.31%) Web Services
3 11 (42.31%) COBIT
3 11 (42.31%) Microsoft Azure
3 11 (42.31%) Amazon AWS
4 10 (38.46%) Microsoft
5 9 (34.62%) Firewall
5 9 (34.62%) Cisco
5 9 (34.62%) MS Excel
5 9 (34.62%) CISMP
5 9 (34.62%) WebEx
5 9 (34.62%) ISO27002
5 9 (34.62%) Virtual Infrastructure
6 5 (19.23%) Cybersecurity
6 5 (19.23%) SIEM
6 5 (19.23%) Python
7 4 (15.38%) SQL
7 4 (15.38%) PCI DSS
8 3 (11.54%) Security Operations
9 2 (7.69%) Continuous Improvement
9 2 (7.69%) Test Strategy
9 2 (7.69%) Defect Management
9 2 (7.69%) PowerShell
9 2 (7.69%) OWASP
9 2 (7.69%) Integration Testing
9 2 (7.69%) Agile Software Development
9 2 (7.69%) Ruby
9 2 (7.69%) Ethical Hacking

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 (3.85%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 9 (34.62%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 11 (42.31%) Amazon AWS
1 11 (42.31%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (3.85%) Amazon EC2
2 1 (3.85%) Amazon ELB
2 1 (3.85%) AWS CloudFormation
2 1 (3.85%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (3.85%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 9 (34.62%) Firewall
1 9 (34.62%) WebEx
2 1 (3.85%) DNS
2 1 (3.85%) Network Security
2 1 (3.85%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.85%) Amazon RDS
General
1 2 (7.69%) Finance
2 1 (3.85%) Banking
Job Titles
1 12 (46.15%) Consultant
2 11 (42.31%) Security Consultant
3 10 (38.46%) IT Consultant
3 10 (38.46%) IT Security Consultant
4 4 (15.38%) Analyst
4 4 (15.38%) Designer
4 4 (15.38%) Security Analyst
4 4 (15.38%) Security Designer
5 3 (11.54%) SOC Analyst
6 2 (7.69%) Operations Analyst
6 2 (7.69%) Penetration Tester
6 2 (7.69%) Security Operations Analyst
6 2 (7.69%) Security Specialist
6 2 (7.69%) Senior Data Warehouse Specialist
6 2 (7.69%) Senior Security Specialist
6 2 (7.69%) Test Manager
6 2 (7.69%) Tester
7 1 (3.85%) Information Manager
7 1 (3.85%) Information Security Consultant
7 1 (3.85%) Information Security Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (42.31%) Web Services
2 1 (3.85%) AngularJS
2 1 (3.85%) Django
2 1 (3.85%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 1 (3.85%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (3.85%) Management Information System
1 1 (3.85%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 1 (3.85%) CentOS
1 1 (3.85%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (69.23%) Information Security
2 9 (34.62%) Virtual Infrastructure
3 5 (19.23%) Cybersecurity
3 5 (19.23%) SIEM
4 3 (11.54%) Security Operations
5 2 (7.69%) Agile Software Development
5 2 (7.69%) Continuous Improvement
5 2 (7.69%) Defect Management
5 2 (7.69%) Ethical Hacking
5 2 (7.69%) Integration Testing
5 2 (7.69%) OWASP
5 2 (7.69%) Stakeholder Management
5 2 (7.69%) Test Strategy
6 1 (3.85%) Configuration Management
6 1 (3.85%) Continuous Integration
6 1 (3.85%) Performance Testing
6 1 (3.85%) Protective Monitoring
6 1 (3.85%) Secure Coding
6 1 (3.85%) Use Case
6 1 (3.85%) Vulnerability Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (19.23%) Python
2 4 (15.38%) SQL
3 2 (7.69%) Java
3 2 (7.69%) PowerShell
3 2 (7.69%) Ruby
4 1 (3.85%) Bash Shell
4 1 (3.85%) Perl
Qualifications
1 12 (46.15%) CISSP
2 9 (34.62%) CISMP
3 1 (3.85%) CISA
3 1 (3.85%) CISM
3 1 (3.85%) Degree
3 1 (3.85%) SC Cleared
3 1 (3.85%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (46.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 11 (42.31%) COBIT
3 9 (34.62%) ISO27002
4 4 (15.38%) PCI DSS
5 1 (3.85%) GDPR
Systems Management
1 1 (3.85%) Ansible
1 1 (3.85%) Opscode Chef
1 1 (3.85%) Puppet
Vendors
1 10 (38.46%) Microsoft
2 9 (34.62%) Cisco
3 1 (3.85%) Red Hat
3 1 (3.85%) SaltStack