Period
to 18 January 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 18 January 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
18 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 329 252 289
Rank change year-on-year -77 +37 +24
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 44 94 91
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.27% 0.61% 0.50%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.32% 0.74% 0.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 28 60 74
South East median daily rate £500 £525 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.76% +16.67% +38.46%
10th Percentile £366 £362 £322
90th Percentile £579 £601 £594
England median daily rate £500 £450 £430
% change year-on-year +11.11% +4.65% -4.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
South East median hourly rate - £35.00 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -17.65% -10.53%
England median hourly rate £62.50 £35.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year +78.57% -17.65% -10.53%

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 13,657 12,727 14,741
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 82.82% 82.29% 80.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,255 7,617 8,830
South East median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
10th Percentile £265 £250 £252
90th Percentile £578 £575 £538
England median daily rate £450 £431 £425
% change year-on-year +4.53% +1.29% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 409 510 621
South East median hourly rate £25.00 £23.59 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.98% -21.37% +62.16%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.06 £12.00
90th Percentile £50.25 £49.50 £52.50
England median hourly rate £23.75 £25.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -5.00% +8.70% +15.00%

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 18 January 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 18 January 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 -28 23 £500 -6.98% 14
Berkshire -10 16 £500 +8.11% 6
Hampshire -27 9 £525 +5.00% 5
Surrey -29 9 £513 +22.46% 14
Buckinghamshire -43 6 £533 +1.43% 4
Middlesex +3 2 - -
Penetration Testing
England

For the 6 months to 18 January 2018, 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 South East region with a requirement for Penetration Testing.

1 15 (34.09%) Information Security
2 12 (27.27%) Linux
2 12 (27.27%) Firewall
2 12 (27.27%) Cybersecurity
3 11 (25.00%) Vulnerability Management
4 10 (22.73%) Windows
4 10 (22.73%) CISSP
5 9 (20.45%) Risk Management
6 8 (18.18%) Security Testing
6 8 (18.18%) SIEM
7 7 (15.91%) OWASP
7 7 (15.91%) Degree
8 6 (13.64%) Agile Software Development
8 6 (13.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 6 (13.64%) ITIL
8 6 (13.64%) Threat Modelling
9 5 (11.36%) Cyberthreat
9 5 (11.36%) Test Automation
9 5 (11.36%) SANS
9 5 (11.36%) Collaborative Working
9 5 (11.36%) Java
9 5 (11.36%) Unix
9 5 (11.36%) Scrum
9 5 (11.36%) Vulnerability Assessment
10 4 (9.09%) Retail
10 4 (9.09%) Problem Management
10 4 (9.09%) System Testing
10 4 (9.09%) Network Security
10 4 (9.09%) Telecoms
10 4 (9.09%) Security Management

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:

Cloud Services
1 3 (6.82%) Cloud Computing
1 3 (6.82%) IaaS
2 1 (2.27%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (2.27%) AWS OpsWorks
2 1 (2.27%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (2.27%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 12 (27.27%) Firewall
2 4 (9.09%) Network Security
3 3 (6.82%) SCCP
3 3 (6.82%) TCP/IP
4 2 (4.55%) 3GPP
4 2 (4.55%) ATM
4 2 (4.55%) BGP
4 2 (4.55%) Broadband
4 2 (4.55%) Internet
4 2 (4.55%) MPLS
4 2 (4.55%) OSPF
5 1 (2.27%) IPsec
5 1 (2.27%) Reverse Proxy
5 1 (2.27%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (4.55%) Big Data
2 1 (2.27%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 3 (6.82%) Cucumber
1 3 (6.82%) Gatling
1 3 (6.82%) Git (software)
1 3 (6.82%) Jenkins
1 3 (6.82%) JMeter
1 3 (6.82%) LoadRunner
1 3 (6.82%) Maven
1 3 (6.82%) Selenium
1 3 (6.82%) SoapUI
2 2 (4.55%) Metasploit
General
1 4 (9.09%) Retail
1 4 (9.09%) Telecoms
2 3 (6.82%) Legal
3 2 (4.55%) Finance
Job Titles
1 9 (20.45%) Consultant
1 9 (20.45%) Security Consultant
2 8 (18.18%) Analyst
2 8 (18.18%) Architect
2 8 (18.18%) Security Architect
3 7 (15.91%) Security Analyst
4 6 (13.64%) Security Manager
5 5 (11.36%) Information Security Consultant
5 5 (11.36%) Technical Manager
5 5 (11.36%) Tester
6 3 (6.82%) Automation Tester
6 3 (6.82%) Incident Analyst
6 3 (6.82%) Project Manager
6 3 (6.82%) Security Project Manager
6 3 (6.82%) Senior Architect
6 3 (6.82%) Senior Security Architect
7 2 (4.55%) Cybersecurity Manager
7 2 (4.55%) IT Analyst
7 2 (4.55%) Security Incident Analyst
7 2 (4.55%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (4.55%) .NET
2 1 (2.27%) Node.js
2 1 (2.27%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 5 (11.36%) Cyberthreat
2 3 (6.82%) Computer Science
2 3 (6.82%) Cyberattack
2 3 (6.82%) Management Information System
2 3 (6.82%) Virtual Team
3 2 (4.55%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (4.55%) PKI
4 1 (2.27%) CMDB
4 1 (2.27%) Cyber Defence
4 1 (2.27%) Linux Command Line
4 1 (2.27%) Mobile App
4 1 (2.27%) SCADA
4 1 (2.27%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 12 (27.27%) Linux
2 10 (22.73%) Windows
3 5 (11.36%) Unix
4 2 (4.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 2 (4.55%) Solaris
5 1 (2.27%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (34.09%) Information Security
2 12 (27.27%) Cybersecurity
3 11 (25.00%) Vulnerability Management
4 9 (20.45%) Risk Management
5 8 (18.18%) Security Testing
5 8 (18.18%) SIEM
6 7 (15.91%) OWASP
7 6 (13.64%) Agile Software Development
7 6 (13.64%) ITIL
7 6 (13.64%) Threat Modelling
8 5 (11.36%) Collaborative Working
8 5 (11.36%) Scrum
8 5 (11.36%) Test Automation
8 5 (11.36%) Vulnerability Assessment
9 4 (9.09%) Continuous Improvement
9 4 (9.09%) Problem Management
9 4 (9.09%) Security Management
9 4 (9.09%) Security Operations
9 4 (9.09%) System Testing
9 4 (9.09%) Threat Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 5 (11.36%) Java
2 3 (6.82%) Groovy
2 3 (6.82%) JavaScript
2 3 (6.82%) PHP
2 3 (6.82%) Ruby
3 2 (4.55%) Bash Shell
3 2 (4.55%) C
3 2 (4.55%) C#
3 2 (4.55%) C++
3 2 (4.55%) Perl
3 2 (4.55%) Python
3 2 (4.55%) Shell Script
3 2 (4.55%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 10 (22.73%) CISSP
2 7 (15.91%) Degree
3 5 (11.36%) SANS
4 4 (9.09%) CLAS
4 4 (9.09%) CREST Certified
5 3 (6.82%) (ISC)2 CCSP
5 3 (6.82%) Cisco Certification
5 3 (6.82%) CISM
5 3 (6.82%) Computer Science Degree
5 3 (6.82%) GIAC
5 3 (6.82%) Security Cleared
6 2 (4.55%) OSCP
7 1 (2.27%) CCSP
7 1 (2.27%) PCI QSA
7 1 (2.27%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 1 (2.27%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (13.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (6.82%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
3 1 (2.27%) GDPR
3 1 (2.27%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 3 (6.82%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (2.27%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (2.27%) Ansible
1 1 (2.27%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
1 1 (2.27%) CSIRT
1 1 (2.27%) Norton AntiVirus
1 1 (2.27%) Opscode Chef
1 1 (2.27%) Puppet
Vendors
1 4 (9.09%) Citrix
2 3 (6.82%) VMware
3 2 (4.55%) Red Hat
4 1 (2.27%) ArcSight
4 1 (2.27%) BMC
4 1 (2.27%) CA
4 1 (2.27%) CheckPoint
4 1 (2.27%) Cisco
4 1 (2.27%) HP
4 1 (2.27%) McAfee
4 1 (2.27%) SolarWinds
4 1 (2.27%) Splunk
4 1 (2.27%) Symantec