The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for Security Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Security Testing over the 3 months to 25 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.

Security Testing
England / North West
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 129 150 143
Rank change year-on-year +21 -7  
Contract jobs citing Security Testing 6 12 9
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.21% 0.32% 0.24%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.26% 0.39% 0.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 9 2
Median daily rate £444 £350 £313
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +26.78% +12.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £359 £270 £243
10% offered a daily rate of more than £529 £570 £383
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £405 £400
% change year-on-year - +1.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £52.50 - £52.99

Security 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 2349 3084 2925
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 81.00% 82.20% 78.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 1388 1942 1710
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 77 125
Median hourly rate £40.00 £29.25 £33.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.75% -12.68%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.58 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £53.00 £54.67
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

Security Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing Security Testing as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Security Testing in the North West

Security 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 Security Testing in the North West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Security Testing in the North West

Security Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Security Testing in the North West over the 3 months to 25 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Security Testing in the North West

Security 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 Security Testing in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Security Testing in the North West

Security 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 Security Testing within the North West region over the 3 months to 25 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
Cheshire +26 2 - -
Manchester +12 2 £338 - 1
Merseyside - 1 £550 -
Security Testing
England

For the 6 months to 25 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Security 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 Security Testing.

1 2 (22.22%) Risk Assessment
1 2 (22.22%) Information Security
1 2 (22.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 2 (22.22%) Project Planning
1 2 (22.22%) QA
1 2 (22.22%) 3G
1 2 (22.22%) Firewall
1 2 (22.22%) Identity Management
1 2 (22.22%) 2G
1 2 (22.22%) Knowledge Management
1 2 (22.22%) Unit Testing
1 2 (22.22%) OAuth
1 2 (22.22%) OWASP
1 2 (22.22%) LTE
1 2 (22.22%) Information Assurance
1 2 (22.22%) Test Automation
1 2 (22.22%) 4G
1 2 (22.22%) REST
1 2 (22.22%) Radio Access Network
1 2 (22.22%) MVNO
1 2 (22.22%) VoLTE
1 2 (22.22%) Coaching
1 2 (22.22%) Diameter Protocol
1 2 (22.22%) API Development
1 2 (22.22%) Stakeholder Engagement
1 2 (22.22%) HMG Security Policy Framework
1 2 (22.22%) Virtual Team
2 1 (11.11%) Cross-Browser Testing
2 1 (11.11%) CREST Certified
2 1 (11.11%) BDD

Security 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:

Communications & Networking
1 2 (22.22%) 2G
1 2 (22.22%) 3G
1 2 (22.22%) 4G
1 2 (22.22%) Diameter Protocol
1 2 (22.22%) Firewall
1 2 (22.22%) LTE
1 2 (22.22%) MVNO
1 2 (22.22%) Radio Access Network
1 2 (22.22%) VoLTE
Development Applications
1 1 (11.11%) Selenium
1 1 (11.11%) SoapUI
1 1 (11.11%) Visual Studio
Job Titles
1 4 (44.44%) Architect
1 4 (44.44%) Security Architect
2 2 (22.22%) Information Assurance Manager
2 2 (22.22%) Information Manager
2 2 (22.22%) Mobile Architect
3 1 (11.11%) Consultant
3 1 (11.11%) Java Consultant
3 1 (11.11%) QA Consultant
3 1 (11.11%) QA Tester
3 1 (11.11%) Senior Consultant
3 1 (11.11%) Senior Java Consultant
3 1 (11.11%) Senior Test Consultant
3 1 (11.11%) Service Manager
3 1 (11.11%) Test Consultant
3 1 (11.11%) Tester
3 1 (11.11%) Web Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (22.22%) OAuth
1 2 (22.22%) REST
2 1 (11.11%) .NET
2 1 (11.11%) AngularJS
2 1 (11.11%) Gherkin
2 1 (11.11%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (22.22%) Virtual Team
2 1 (11.11%) Management Information System
2 1 (11.11%) Mobile App
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (22.22%) API Development
1 2 (22.22%) Coaching
1 2 (22.22%) Identity Management
1 2 (22.22%) Information Assurance
1 2 (22.22%) Information Security
1 2 (22.22%) Knowledge Management
1 2 (22.22%) OWASP
1 2 (22.22%) Project Planning
1 2 (22.22%) Risk Assessment
1 2 (22.22%) Stakeholder Engagement
1 2 (22.22%) Test Automation
1 2 (22.22%) Unit Testing
2 1 (11.11%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (11.11%) Cross-Browser Testing
2 1 (11.11%) Defect Management
2 1 (11.11%) Document Management
2 1 (11.11%) Migration
2 1 (11.11%) Scrum
2 1 (11.11%) Software Engineering
2 1 (11.11%) Supplier Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (11.11%) C#
1 1 (11.11%) Java
1 1 (11.11%) Scala
Qualifications
1 1 (11.11%) CESG Certified Professional
1 1 (11.11%) CISSP
1 1 (11.11%) CLAS
1 1 (11.11%) CREST Certified
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (22.22%) HMG Security Policy Framework
1 2 (22.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 2 (22.22%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (11.11%) MIIS
Vendors
1 1 (11.11%) Microsoft
1 1 (11.11%) Xamarin