Period
to 21 September 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East 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 6 months to 21 September 2020 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 > South East
6 months to
21 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 115 280 317
Rank change year-on-year +165 +37 +21
Contract jobs citing Security Testing 42 80 59
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South East 1.17% 0.56% 0.36%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.38% 0.64% 0.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 64 31
Median daily rate £540 £550 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.82% +10.00% +7.53%
10th Percentile £400 £376 £325
90th Percentile £675 £700 £700
England median daily rate £525 £500 £500
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Median hourly rate - £44.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +25.71% -33.33%
England median hourly rate £35.00 £44.80 £35.00
% change year-on-year -21.87% +27.99% -39.13%

Security 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 3,054 12,491 14,326
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 85.43% 87.11% 86.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,814 7,430 8,593
Median daily rate £465 £450 £433
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +4.05% +4.22%
10th Percentile £263 £275 £279
90th Percentile £631 £610 £588
England median daily rate £475 £475 £465
% change year-on-year - +2.15% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 185 474 523
Median hourly rate £31.61 £31.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.35% +26.00% +25.00%
10th Percentile £12.68 £13.05 £11.17
90th Percentile £57.50 £65.00 £51.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £24.70 £21.00
% change year-on-year +41.73% +17.60% -8.70%

Security Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

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

Job vacancy trend for Security Testing in the South East

Security Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Security Testing in the South East.

Daily rate trend for Security Testing in the South East

Security Testing
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Security Testing in the South East over the 6 months to 21 September 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Security Testing in the South East

Security Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Security Testing in the South East.

Hourly rate trend for Security Testing in the South East

Security 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 Security Testing within the South East region over the 6 months to 21 September 2020. 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 +106 22 £520 -5.45% 6
Berkshire +85 20 £521 -5.23% 5
Surrey +81 11 £540 -11.84%
Hampshire +74 3 - -
East Sussex +43 3 £763 +57.22% 1
Oxfordshire +50 1 £325 -45.83%
West Sussex +44 1 - - 1
Buckinghamshire +38 1 £470 -9.63% 1
Kent +30 1 £625 -1.96%
Security Testing
England

For the 6 months to 21 September 2020, IT contractor jobs citing Security 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 Security Testing.

1 20 (47.62%) Test Automation
2 18 (42.86%) Windows
3 16 (38.10%) DevOps
4 15 (35.71%) Microsoft
4 15 (35.71%) Agile Software Development
5 13 (30.95%) Penetration Testing
5 13 (30.95%) Linux
5 13 (30.95%) Information Security
6 12 (28.57%) Data Management
6 12 (28.57%) Analytics
7 11 (26.19%) IaaS
7 11 (26.19%) HDInsight
7 11 (26.19%) Power BI
7 11 (26.19%) Virtual Machines
7 11 (26.19%) Data Lake
7 11 (26.19%) Data-Driven Testing
7 11 (26.19%) Power Platform
7 11 (26.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 11 (26.19%) Azure
7 11 (26.19%) PaaS
7 11 (26.19%) Visual Studio
7 11 (26.19%) SQL
7 11 (26.19%) Business Intelligence
8 10 (23.81%) Finance
8 10 (23.81%) Informatica
8 10 (23.81%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 10 (23.81%) QA
8 10 (23.81%) Continuous Integration
8 10 (23.81%) Continuous Delivery
9 9 (21.43%) Task Automation

Security 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 5 (11.90%) Confluence
2 2 (4.76%) IIS
Applications
1 1 (2.38%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (2.38%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (2.38%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (7.14%) NetSuite
2 2 (4.76%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
3 1 (2.38%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 11 (26.19%) Azure
1 11 (26.19%) IaaS
1 11 (26.19%) PaaS
1 11 (26.19%) Power Platform
2 3 (7.14%) Boomi
Communications & Networking
1 4 (9.52%) Firewall
2 1 (2.38%) Internet
2 1 (2.38%) PPP
2 1 (2.38%) Unified Communications
2 1 (2.38%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (26.19%) Data Lake
1 11 (26.19%) HDInsight
1 11 (26.19%) Power BI
1 11 (26.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 9 (21.43%) Hadoop
3 1 (2.38%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 11 (26.19%) Visual Studio
2 8 (19.05%) JIRA
3 5 (11.90%) Selenium
4 3 (7.14%) SonarQube
General
1 10 (23.81%) Finance
2 1 (2.38%) Law
2 1 (2.38%) Legal
Job Titles
1 11 (26.19%) DevOps Engineer
2 9 (21.43%) Tester
3 7 (16.67%) Test Manager
4 5 (11.90%) Analyst
4 5 (11.90%) Security Analyst
4 5 (11.90%) Security Engineer
5 4 (9.52%) Penetration Tester
5 4 (9.52%) Technical Engineer
5 4 (9.52%) Test Engineer
5 4 (9.52%) Vulnerability Analyst
6 3 (7.14%) Applications Tester
6 3 (7.14%) Architect
6 3 (7.14%) Security Architect
6 3 (7.14%) Senior Tester
6 3 (7.14%) Testing Analyst
7 2 (4.76%) ERP Manager
7 2 (4.76%) Information Security Analyst
7 2 (4.76%) Linux Engineer
7 2 (4.76%) QA Engineer
7 2 (4.76%) Senior Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (11.90%) .NET
2 2 (4.76%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 6 (14.29%) Management Information System
2 3 (7.14%) Embedded Systems
2 3 (7.14%) Mobile App
2 3 (7.14%) Mobile Payment
2 3 (7.14%) Smartcard
3 2 (4.76%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (2.38%) Cyberthreat
4 1 (2.38%) Data Centre
4 1 (2.38%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 18 (42.86%) Windows
2 13 (30.95%) Linux
3 3 (7.14%) Unix
3 3 (7.14%) Windows 10
3 3 (7.14%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (47.62%) Test Automation
2 16 (38.10%) DevOps
3 15 (35.71%) Agile Software Development
4 13 (30.95%) Information Security
4 13 (30.95%) Penetration Testing
5 12 (28.57%) Analytics
5 12 (28.57%) Data Management
6 11 (26.19%) Business Intelligence
6 11 (26.19%) Data-Driven Testing
7 10 (23.81%) Continuous Delivery
7 10 (23.81%) Continuous Integration
8 9 (21.43%) OWASP
8 9 (21.43%) Scrum
8 9 (21.43%) Task Automation
8 9 (21.43%) Vulnerability Management
9 8 (19.05%) Security Architecture
10 7 (16.67%) Cybersecurity
10 7 (16.67%) Project Delivery
11 5 (11.90%) Functional Testing
11 5 (11.90%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 11 (26.19%) SQL
2 9 (21.43%) Shell Script
3 7 (16.67%) C
3 7 (16.67%) C++
3 7 (16.67%) Python
4 5 (11.90%) C#
4 5 (11.90%) Java
4 5 (11.90%) PHP
4 5 (11.90%) VB.NET
5 2 (4.76%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 5 (11.90%) CREST Certified
1 5 (11.90%) Security Cleared
2 4 (9.52%) OSCP
3 3 (7.14%) CISM
3 3 (7.14%) CISSP
3 3 (7.14%) Degree
4 2 (4.76%) CISA
4 2 (4.76%) IISP
4 2 (4.76%) SC Cleared
5 1 (2.38%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (2.38%) CRISC
5 1 (2.38%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (23.81%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 10 (23.81%) QA
2 9 (21.43%) NIST
3 7 (16.67%) GDPR
4 4 (9.52%) PCI DSS
5 3 (7.14%) GPG13
5 3 (7.14%) ISAE 3402
5 3 (7.14%) ISO 22301
5 3 (7.14%) ISO 31000
5 3 (7.14%) ISO 9001
5 3 (7.14%) ISO/IEC 27005
5 3 (7.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 11 (26.19%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 5 (11.90%) HP ALM
1 5 (11.90%) HP Fortify
2 3 (7.14%) IBM Guardium
2 3 (7.14%) Nessus
2 3 (7.14%) Trend Micro Deep Security
Vendors
1 15 (35.71%) Microsoft
2 10 (23.81%) Informatica
3 9 (21.43%) Oracle
4 8 (19.05%) Hortonworks
4 8 (19.05%) Qualys
5 6 (14.29%) Splunk
6 5 (11.90%) ArcSight
6 5 (11.90%) Black Duck
6 5 (11.90%) HP
6 5 (11.90%) Micro Focus
6 5 (11.90%) Sonatype
7 3 (7.14%) Barracuda Networks
7 3 (7.14%) Centrify
7 3 (7.14%) Cisco
7 3 (7.14%) Dell
7 3 (7.14%) IBM
7 3 (7.14%) McAfee
7 3 (7.14%) SolarWinds
7 3 (7.14%) Sun
7 3 (7.14%) VMware