Period
to 17 December 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East 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 17 December 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 > South East
6 months to
17 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 299 324 254
Rank change year-on-year +25 -70 +58
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 89 53 110
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.53% 0.32% 0.68%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.61% 0.37% 0.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 49 29 76
South East median daily rate £550 £500 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.00% -4.76% +10.53%
10th Percentile £370 £369 £373
90th Percentile £615 £625 £600
England median daily rate £525 £500 £475
% change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 1
South East median hourly rate - £60.44 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +72.67% -17.65%
England median hourly rate £50.00 £60.87 £35.00
% change year-on-year -17.86% +73.91% -17.65%

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 South East with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
South East
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 14,646 14,195 13,506
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 86.74% 84.49% 83.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,809 8,538 8,088
South East median daily rate £438 £425 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +4.94% +2.27%
10th Percentile £277 £263 £250
90th Percentile £588 £575 £569
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 484 461 565
South East median hourly rate £25.00 £23.14 £24.30
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.04% -4.77% -4.84%
10th Percentile £11.80 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £52.05 £50.25 £50.00
England median hourly rate £22.10 £25.00 £23.10
% change year-on-year -11.61% +8.25% +4.98%

Penetration Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing Penetration Testing as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South East.

Job vacancy trend for Penetration Testing in the South East

Penetration Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Penetration Testing in the South East.

Contractor daily rate trend for Penetration Testing in the South East

Penetration Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Penetration Testing in the South East over the 6 months to 17 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Penetration Testing in the South East

Penetration Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Penetration Testing in the South East

Penetration Testing
Contract Job Locations in the South East

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 South East region over the 6 months to 17 December 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
Thames Valley +20 23 £600 +20.00% 9
Hampshire -17 23 £440 -16.19% 6
Surrey 0 21 £525 +5.00% 5
West Sussex +5 20 £400 -
Berkshire -5 12 £525 +5.00% 4
Oxfordshire - 6 £600 - 3
Buckinghamshire +18 5 £525 -1.41% 2
Middlesex +14 2 £500 -
Penetration Testing
England

For the 6 months to 17 December 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 South East region with a requirement for Penetration Testing.

1 40 (44.94%) Information Security
2 29 (32.58%) CISSP
3 26 (29.21%) Management Information System
4 25 (28.09%) PowerShell
5 24 (26.97%) Degree
5 24 (26.97%) Agile Software Development
6 22 (24.72%) Cybersecurity
7 21 (23.60%) Firewall
8 20 (22.47%) CEH
9 19 (21.35%) Computer Science
9 19 (21.35%) Kalman Filter
9 19 (21.35%) Patch Management
10 17 (19.10%) CISA
11 16 (17.98%) GIAC
11 16 (17.98%) Linux
11 16 (17.98%) Proofpoint
11 16 (17.98%) Mimecast
11 16 (17.98%) CompTIA Security+
11 16 (17.98%) Host Intrusion Detection System
11 16 (17.98%) Network Intrusion Detection System
11 16 (17.98%) Computer Science Degree
11 16 (17.98%) Self-Motivation
12 15 (16.85%) DevOps
12 15 (16.85%) Security Architecture
12 15 (16.85%) Windows
13 14 (15.73%) Microsoft
13 14 (15.73%) Continuous Integration
14 13 (14.61%) Microsoft Azure
15 12 (13.48%) Network Security
15 12 (13.48%) Performance Testing

Penetration Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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 7 (7.87%) IIS
1 7 (7.87%) SharePoint
2 6 (6.74%) Confluence
2 6 (6.74%) SharePoint 2013
3 1 (1.12%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (1.12%) WebSphere
Applications
1 6 (6.74%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.12%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.12%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (1.12%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (1.12%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 16 (17.98%) Mimecast
2 13 (14.61%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (10.11%) GitHub
4 7 (7.87%) Amazon AWS
5 5 (5.62%) BrowserStack
5 5 (5.62%) Office 365
6 4 (4.49%) Google Cloud Platform
6 4 (4.49%) PaaS
7 3 (3.37%) SaaS
8 2 (2.25%) Akamai
8 2 (2.25%) IaaS
9 1 (1.12%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 21 (23.60%) Firewall
2 12 (13.48%) Network Security
3 11 (12.36%) Internet
4 10 (11.24%) DNS
4 10 (11.24%) SSL
5 9 (10.11%) TCP/IP
6 8 (8.99%) Wireshark
7 7 (7.87%) VPN
8 6 (6.74%) BGP
8 6 (6.74%) Kerberos
8 6 (6.74%) MPLS
8 6 (6.74%) OSPF
9 5 (5.62%) IPsec
10 4 (4.49%) Cisco ISE
10 4 (4.49%) DHCP
10 4 (4.49%) Junos
11 3 (3.37%) Cisco Nexus
11 3 (3.37%) NetScaler
11 3 (3.37%) WAN
12 2 (2.25%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (12.36%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.37%) EDRMS
3 1 (1.12%) DB2
3 1 (1.12%) NonStop SQL
Development Applications
1 9 (10.11%) Jenkins
2 7 (7.87%) Visual Studio Team System
3 6 (6.74%) Fiddler
3 6 (6.74%) JIRA
3 6 (6.74%) Team Foundation Server
3 6 (6.74%) Visual Studio
4 5 (5.62%) Cucumber
4 5 (5.62%) GitLab
4 5 (5.62%) JMeter
4 5 (5.62%) JUnit
4 5 (5.62%) Maven
4 5 (5.62%) Selenium
4 5 (5.62%) SoapUI
4 5 (5.62%) SonarQube
5 4 (4.49%) Metasploit
6 3 (3.37%) Git (software)
6 3 (3.37%) Octopus Deploy
6 3 (3.37%) TeamCity
General
1 11 (12.36%) Finance
2 6 (6.74%) Telecoms
3 5 (5.62%) Manufacturing
4 4 (4.49%) Aerospace
5 3 (3.37%) Banking
6 2 (2.25%) Advertising
7 1 (1.12%) Automotive
7 1 (1.12%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 33 (37.08%) Analyst
2 29 (32.58%) Security Analyst
3 17 (19.10%) Cybersecurity Analyst
4 10 (11.24%) IT Analyst
4 10 (11.24%) IT Security Analyst
4 10 (11.24%) Security Manager
5 9 (10.11%) Consultant
5 9 (10.11%) Tester
6 7 (7.87%) Architect
6 7 (7.87%) Incident Analyst
6 7 (7.87%) Information Security Manager
6 7 (7.87%) Security Architect
6 7 (7.87%) Security Consultant
6 7 (7.87%) Security Incident Analyst
7 6 (6.74%) Administrator
7 6 (6.74%) Information Manager
7 6 (6.74%) Project Manager
7 6 (6.74%) SharePoint Administrator
8 5 (5.62%) QA Tester
8 5 (5.62%) Security Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (5.62%) Gherkin
1 5 (5.62%) OAuth
1 5 (5.62%) OAuth2
1 5 (5.62%) Web Services
2 4 (4.49%) SAML
3 1 (1.12%) Middleware
3 1 (1.12%) OpenID
3 1 (1.12%) Spring Security
Miscellaneous
1 26 (29.21%) Management Information System
2 16 (17.98%) Self-Motivation
3 8 (8.99%) PKI
4 7 (7.87%) Analytical Skills
5 5 (5.62%) Data Centre
6 4 (4.49%) Hybrid Cloud
6 4 (4.49%) Mobile App
7 3 (3.37%) CMDB
8 2 (2.25%) Clustering
8 2 (2.25%) Cyberthreat
8 2 (2.25%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 2 (2.25%) Reference Data
8 2 (2.25%) RSA SecurID
9 1 (1.12%) Cyber Defence
9 1 (1.12%) Cyberattack
9 1 (1.12%) Mainframe
9 1 (1.12%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 16 (17.98%) Linux
2 15 (16.85%) Windows
3 8 (8.99%) Solaris
4 3 (3.37%) CentOS
4 3 (3.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 3 (3.37%) Windows Server
5 2 (2.25%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (1.12%) AIX
6 1 (1.12%) Unix
6 1 (1.12%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (1.12%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (44.94%) Information Security
2 24 (26.97%) Agile Software Development
3 22 (24.72%) Cybersecurity
4 19 (21.35%) Computer Science
4 19 (21.35%) Kalman Filter
4 19 (21.35%) Patch Management
5 15 (16.85%) DevOps
5 15 (16.85%) Security Architecture
6 14 (15.73%) Continuous Integration
7 12 (13.48%) Performance Testing
7 12 (13.48%) Scrum
8 10 (11.24%) Migration
9 9 (10.11%) Open Source
9 9 (10.11%) Risk Management
9 9 (10.11%) Vulnerability Assessment
10 8 (8.99%) Identity Access Management
10 8 (8.99%) Identity Management
10 8 (8.99%) OWASP
10 8 (8.99%) Security Management
11 7 (7.87%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 25 (28.09%) PowerShell
2 6 (6.74%) Bash Shell
2 6 (6.74%) Java
2 6 (6.74%) Perl
2 6 (6.74%) Python
2 6 (6.74%) Ruby
3 2 (2.25%) SQL
4 1 (1.12%) C
4 1 (1.12%) C#
4 1 (1.12%) C++
4 1 (1.12%) PHP
Qualifications
1 29 (32.58%) CISSP
2 24 (26.97%) Degree
3 20 (22.47%) CEH
4 17 (19.10%) CISA
5 16 (17.98%) CompTIA Security+
5 16 (17.98%) Computer Science Degree
5 16 (17.98%) GIAC
6 11 (12.36%) Security Cleared
7 9 (10.11%) CISM
8 7 (7.87%) SC Cleared
9 4 (4.49%) DV Cleared
10 3 (3.37%) MCSE
10 3 (3.37%) Microsoft Certification
11 2 (2.25%) BPSS Clearance
11 2 (2.25%) CCNP
11 2 (2.25%) Cisco Certification
12 1 (1.12%) DBS Check
12 1 (1.12%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (12.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 11 (12.36%) QA
2 8 (8.99%) GDPR
3 1 (1.12%) Cyber Essentials
3 1 (1.12%) PCI DSS
3 1 (1.12%) PMO
3 1 (1.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 8 (8.99%) Docker
2 7 (7.87%) Active Directory
3 4 (4.49%) Virtual Desktop
4 3 (3.37%) XenDesktop
5 1 (1.12%) Hyper-V
5 1 (1.12%) Virtual Servers
5 1 (1.12%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (1.12%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 16 (17.98%) Host Intrusion Detection System
1 16 (17.98%) Network Intrusion Detection System
2 7 (7.87%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
2 7 (7.87%) CSIRT
3 4 (4.49%) QRadar
4 3 (3.37%) Ansible
4 3 (3.37%) Kubernetes
4 3 (3.37%) Packer
4 3 (3.37%) Puppet
4 3 (3.37%) Terraform
5 2 (2.25%) McAfee ePO
5 2 (2.25%) SCCM
5 2 (2.25%) SCOM
5 2 (2.25%) Stealthwatch
6 1 (1.12%) Nagios
6 1 (1.12%) Nessus
6 1 (1.12%) Nmap
6 1 (1.12%) Red Hat Satellite
6 1 (1.12%) WSUS
Vendors
1 16 (17.98%) Proofpoint
2 14 (15.73%) Microsoft
3 12 (13.48%) Cisco
4 6 (6.74%) McAfee
4 6 (6.74%) Trend Micro
4 6 (6.74%) VMware
5 5 (5.62%) Atlassian
5 5 (5.62%) Juniper
6 4 (4.49%) Aruba
6 4 (4.49%) Red Hat
7 3 (3.37%) CA
7 3 (3.37%) Citrix
7 3 (3.37%) Palo Alto
7 3 (3.37%) ServiceNow
8 2 (2.25%) CheckPoint
8 2 (2.25%) Meraki
8 2 (2.25%) Qualys
8 2 (2.25%) SolarWinds
8 2 (2.25%) Splunk
9 1 (1.12%) ArcSight