Period
to 21 October 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 21 October 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
21 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 302 319 279
Rank change year-on-year +17 -40 +21
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 76 48 104
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.47% 0.30% 0.61%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.54% 0.35% 0.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 27 75
South East median daily rate £600 £500 £488
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +20.00% +2.56% +8.33%
England median daily rate £525 £500 £463
% change year-on-year +5.00% +8.11% +2.78%
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% -
England median hourly rate £46.50 £60.87 £35.00
% change year-on-year -23.61% +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 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 14,025 13,671 14,234
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 85.96% 84.19% 83.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,435 8,167 8,640
South East median daily rate £435 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.35% +6.25% +3.23%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £252
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
England median daily rate £473 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.00% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 493 464 582
South East median hourly rate £27.00 £22.25 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.35% -1.11% -1.45%
10th Percentile £11.85 £11.25 £12.00
90th Percentile £51.25 £49.85 £50.00
England median hourly rate £21.00 £24.82 £22.50
% change year-on-year -15.39% +10.31% +3.97%

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 21 October 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 21 October 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 +6 27 £600 +16.22% 5
Hampshire -14 22 £413 -19.51% 7
West Sussex +8 17 - - 2
Berkshire +7 17 £588 +20.51% 2
Surrey -11 10 £563 +12.50% 4
Buckinghamshire +5 5 £525 -2.96% 2
Oxfordshire - 5 £600 - 1
Penetration Testing
England

For the 6 months to 21 October 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 33 (43.42%) Information Security
2 25 (32.89%) CISSP
3 23 (30.26%) Management Information System
4 21 (27.63%) PowerShell
5 19 (25.00%) Cybersecurity
5 19 (25.00%) Degree
6 18 (23.68%) CEH
6 18 (23.68%) Linux
7 16 (21.05%) Windows
7 16 (21.05%) Agile Software Development
7 16 (21.05%) Kalman Filter
8 15 (19.74%) Computer Science
8 15 (19.74%) Risk Management
8 15 (19.74%) Firewall
9 14 (18.42%) CISA
9 14 (18.42%) Network Security
10 13 (17.11%) Mimecast
10 13 (17.11%) Patch Management
10 13 (17.11%) CompTIA Security+
10 13 (17.11%) Host Intrusion Detection System
10 13 (17.11%) Network Intrusion Detection System
10 13 (17.11%) Proofpoint
10 13 (17.11%) GIAC
10 13 (17.11%) Computer Science Degree
10 13 (17.11%) Self-Motivation
11 12 (15.79%) Solaris
12 11 (14.47%) CISM
12 11 (14.47%) Internet
12 11 (14.47%) DevOps
13 10 (13.16%) Microsoft Azure

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 (9.21%) SharePoint
2 6 (7.89%) IIS
3 5 (6.58%) SharePoint 2013
4 1 (1.32%) BizTalk Server
4 1 (1.32%) Confluence
4 1 (1.32%) WebSphere
Applications
1 5 (6.58%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.32%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (1.32%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (1.32%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 13 (17.11%) Mimecast
2 10 (13.16%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (11.84%) Amazon AWS
4 5 (6.58%) Office 365
5 4 (5.26%) GitHub
5 4 (5.26%) Google Cloud Platform
5 4 (5.26%) PaaS
6 2 (2.63%) Akamai
7 1 (1.32%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (1.32%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 15 (19.74%) Firewall
2 14 (18.42%) Network Security
3 11 (14.47%) Internet
4 7 (9.21%) SSL
4 7 (9.21%) TCP/IP
5 6 (7.89%) BGP
5 6 (7.89%) DNS
5 6 (7.89%) MPLS
5 6 (7.89%) OSPF
6 5 (6.58%) IPsec
6 5 (6.58%) Kerberos
6 5 (6.58%) VPN
6 5 (6.58%) Wireshark
7 3 (3.95%) Cisco ISE
7 3 (3.95%) LAN
8 2 (2.63%) SCCP
8 2 (2.63%) WAN
8 2 (2.63%) Wi-Fi
9 1 (1.32%) BIG-IP
9 1 (1.32%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (7.89%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.32%) DB2
2 1 (1.32%) NonStop SQL
Development Applications
1 5 (6.58%) Fiddler
1 5 (6.58%) GitLab
1 5 (6.58%) Team Foundation Server
1 5 (6.58%) Visual Studio
2 3 (3.95%) Metasploit
2 3 (3.95%) Octopus Deploy
2 3 (3.95%) TeamCity
3 1 (1.32%) Jenkins
3 1 (1.32%) JIRA
General
1 9 (11.84%) Finance
2 5 (6.58%) Aerospace
2 5 (6.58%) Manufacturing
3 4 (5.26%) Banking
3 4 (5.26%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.32%) Automotive
4 1 (1.32%) Financial Institution
4 1 (1.32%) Legal
4 1 (1.32%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 28 (36.84%) Analyst
2 25 (32.89%) Security Analyst
3 14 (18.42%) Cybersecurity Analyst
4 11 (14.47%) Architect
5 10 (13.16%) Security Architect
6 9 (11.84%) Consultant
7 8 (10.53%) Security Manager
8 7 (9.21%) Incident Analyst
8 7 (9.21%) IT Analyst
8 7 (9.21%) IT Security Analyst
8 7 (9.21%) Security Consultant
8 7 (9.21%) Security Incident Analyst
8 7 (9.21%) Test Manager
9 5 (6.58%) Administrator
9 5 (6.58%) SharePoint Administrator
9 5 (6.58%) Solutions Architect
10 4 (5.26%) Information Architect
10 4 (5.26%) Information Manager
10 4 (5.26%) Information Security Consultant
10 4 (5.26%) Information Security Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (6.58%) OAuth
1 5 (6.58%) OAuth2
2 4 (5.26%) SAML
3 1 (1.32%) 802.1X
3 1 (1.32%) OpenID
3 1 (1.32%) Spring Security
Miscellaneous
1 23 (30.26%) Management Information System
2 15 (19.74%) Computer Science
3 13 (17.11%) Self-Motivation
4 10 (13.16%) PKI
5 6 (7.89%) Analytical Skills
6 4 (5.26%) Hybrid Cloud
6 4 (5.26%) Mobile App
6 4 (5.26%) SCADA
7 3 (3.95%) Data Centre
8 2 (2.63%) Cyberthreat
8 2 (2.63%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 2 (2.63%) Fintech
9 1 (1.32%) Cyber Defence
9 1 (1.32%) Cyberattack
9 1 (1.32%) Mainframe
9 1 (1.32%) RSA SecurID
Operating Systems
1 18 (23.68%) Linux
2 16 (21.05%) Windows
3 12 (15.79%) Solaris
4 5 (6.58%) AIX
5 1 (1.32%) Unix
5 1 (1.32%) Windows Server
5 1 (1.32%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (1.32%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (1.32%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (43.42%) Information Security
2 19 (25.00%) Cybersecurity
3 16 (21.05%) Agile Software Development
3 16 (21.05%) Kalman Filter
4 15 (19.74%) Risk Management
5 13 (17.11%) Patch Management
6 11 (14.47%) DevOps
7 10 (13.16%) Ethical Hacking
7 10 (13.16%) Security Architecture
8 8 (10.53%) Continuous Integration
8 8 (10.53%) Test Strategy
9 7 (9.21%) Incident Management
9 7 (9.21%) Malware Analysis
9 7 (9.21%) Performance Testing
9 7 (9.21%) Problem-Solving
9 7 (9.21%) Vulnerability Assessment
10 6 (7.89%) Computer Security
10 6 (7.89%) Cryptography
10 6 (7.89%) Scrum
10 6 (7.89%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 21 (27.63%) PowerShell
2 6 (7.89%) Bash Shell
2 6 (7.89%) Perl
2 6 (7.89%) Python
2 6 (7.89%) Ruby
3 3 (3.95%) C#
4 1 (1.32%) C
4 1 (1.32%) C++
4 1 (1.32%) Java
4 1 (1.32%) PHP
4 1 (1.32%) SQL
Qualifications
1 25 (32.89%) CISSP
2 19 (25.00%) Degree
3 18 (23.68%) CEH
4 14 (18.42%) CISA
5 13 (17.11%) CompTIA Security+
5 13 (17.11%) Computer Science Degree
5 13 (17.11%) GIAC
6 11 (14.47%) CISM
7 9 (11.84%) Security Cleared
8 7 (9.21%) SC Cleared
9 2 (2.63%) (ISC)2 CCSP
9 2 (2.63%) CCSP
9 2 (2.63%) Cisco Certification
9 2 (2.63%) MCSE
9 2 (2.63%) Microsoft Certification
10 1 (1.32%) BPSS Clearance
10 1 (1.32%) DV Cleared
10 1 (1.32%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (10.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 5 (6.58%) GDPR
2 5 (6.58%) QA
3 2 (2.63%) Cyber Essentials
3 2 (2.63%) PCI DSS
3 2 (2.63%) PMO
3 2 (2.63%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (1.32%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 9 (11.84%) Active Directory
2 4 (5.26%) Virtual Desktop
3 3 (3.95%) Docker
Systems Management
1 13 (17.11%) Host Intrusion Detection System
1 13 (17.11%) Network Intrusion Detection System
2 7 (9.21%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
2 7 (9.21%) CSIRT
3 4 (5.26%) QRadar
4 3 (3.95%) Kubernetes
5 2 (2.63%) McAfee ePO
5 2 (2.63%) SCCM
6 1 (1.32%) SCOM
Vendors
1 13 (17.11%) Proofpoint
2 9 (11.84%) Microsoft
3 7 (9.21%) McAfee
3 7 (9.21%) Palo Alto
4 5 (6.58%) ArcSight
4 5 (6.58%) IBM
4 5 (6.58%) Trend Micro
5 4 (5.26%) Cisco
6 2 (2.63%) Aruba
6 2 (2.63%) CheckPoint
6 2 (2.63%) Lancope
6 2 (2.63%) Qualys
6 2 (2.63%) Rackspace
6 2 (2.63%) Splunk
6 2 (2.63%) VMware
7 1 (1.32%) F5
7 1 (1.32%) Intel
7 1 (1.32%) Juniper
7 1 (1.32%) SolarWinds
7 1 (1.32%) Virgin Media