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 3 months to 27 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 / South East
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 242 239 201
Rank change year-on-year -3 -38  
Contract jobs citing Security Testing 13 31 62
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.17% 0.34% 0.67%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.20% 0.42% 0.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 27 44
Median daily rate £405 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.70% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £291 £300 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £527 £510 £508
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £405 £400
% change year-on-year - +1.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 2
Median hourly rate £52.50 - £45.00
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 South East with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
South East
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 6434 7379 7520
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 82.97% 82.05% 80.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 3763 4510 4350
Median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £288 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £538 £513
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 238 273 254
Median hourly rate £29.92 £32.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.50% +28.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £12.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £52.50 £47.79
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 South East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South East 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 South East

Security 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 Security Testing in the South East.

Contractor daily rate trend for Security Testing in the South East

Security Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Security Testing in the South East over the 3 months to 27 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Security Testing in the South East

Security 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 Security Testing in the South East.

Contractor 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 3 months to 27 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
Buckinghamshire -13 5 £405 -16.92%
Berkshire +19 2 £353 -21.61%
Surrey +8 2 £445 -1.11% 6
Hampshire +1 2 - -
Kent -2 1 £530 +11.57%
Middlesex - 1 - -
Security Testing
England

For the 6 months to 27 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 South East region with a requirement for Security Testing.

1 19 (48.72%) Windows
1 19 (48.72%) Security Cleared
2 17 (43.59%) Unix
3 16 (41.03%) Risk Management
4 14 (35.90%) CEH
4 14 (35.90%) OSCP
5 13 (33.33%) CREST Certified
5 13 (33.33%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 13 (33.33%) DV Cleared
6 11 (28.21%) Test Automation
7 10 (25.64%) Agile Software Development
8 8 (20.51%) Incident Management
8 8 (20.51%) Java
8 8 (20.51%) Test Strategy
8 8 (20.51%) Security Architecture
8 8 (20.51%) Protective Monitoring
9 7 (17.95%) Project Management
9 7 (17.95%) Scrum
9 7 (17.95%) Penetration Testing
10 6 (15.38%) SC Cleared
10 6 (15.38%) Network Security
11 5 (12.82%) Firewall
11 5 (12.82%) OO
11 5 (12.82%) HTTP
11 5 (12.82%) C++
11 5 (12.82%) OWASP
11 5 (12.82%) Cybersecurity
12 4 (10.26%) Apache Ivy
12 4 (10.26%) eggPlant
12 4 (10.26%) Bitbucket

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 4 (10.26%) CMS
1 4 (10.26%) Sitecore CMS
2 1 (2.56%) Apache
2 1 (2.56%) Apache Pig
2 1 (2.56%) OpenStack
Applications
1 1 (2.56%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 2 (5.13%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (5.13%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (5.13%) SaaS
2 1 (2.56%) HP Helion
2 1 (2.56%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (15.38%) Network Security
2 5 (12.82%) Firewall
2 5 (12.82%) HTTP
3 2 (5.13%) Internet
3 2 (5.13%) VPN
4 1 (2.56%) DHCP
4 1 (2.56%) DNS
4 1 (2.56%) Intranet
4 1 (2.56%) Intrusion Detection
4 1 (2.56%) Software-Defined Networking
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.56%) Big Data
1 1 (2.56%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 4 (10.26%) Ant
1 4 (10.26%) Apache Ivy
1 4 (10.26%) Bitbucket
1 4 (10.26%) eggPlant
1 4 (10.26%) Gradle
1 4 (10.26%) JMeter
1 4 (10.26%) Maven
1 4 (10.26%) Selenium
1 4 (10.26%) WebDriver
2 2 (5.13%) SoapUI
3 1 (2.56%) AppScan
3 1 (2.56%) Gatling
3 1 (2.56%) Visual Studio
General
1 4 (10.26%) Finance
2 2 (5.13%) Banking
2 2 (5.13%) Legal
2 2 (5.13%) Retail
2 2 (5.13%) Spanish Language
3 1 (2.56%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 8 (20.51%) Tester
2 7 (17.95%) Analyst
2 7 (17.95%) Consultant
2 7 (17.95%) Penetration Tester
3 6 (15.38%) Developer
3 6 (15.38%) Security Analyst
3 6 (15.38%) Security Consultant
4 4 (10.26%) Developer in Test
4 4 (10.26%) Network Consultant
4 4 (10.26%) Network Security Consultant
4 4 (10.26%) Security Penetration Tester
4 4 (10.26%) Security Tester
5 3 (7.69%) Architect
5 3 (7.69%) Security Architect
5 3 (7.69%) Test Manager
6 2 (5.13%) Java Developer
6 2 (5.13%) Technical Analyst
6 2 (5.13%) Test Engineer
7 1 (2.56%) Network Administrator
7 1 (2.56%) Technical Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (10.26%) JSON
1 4 (10.26%) REST
1 4 (10.26%) XML
2 3 (7.69%) Spring Security
3 2 (5.13%) SOAP
3 2 (5.13%) Spring
3 2 (5.13%) Web Services
4 1 (2.56%) J2EE
4 1 (2.56%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 4 (10.26%) Management Information System
2 2 (5.13%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (2.56%) BYOD
3 1 (2.56%) Cybercrime
3 1 (2.56%) Data Centre
3 1 (2.56%) iSeries
3 1 (2.56%) Mobile App
3 1 (2.56%) Replication
3 1 (2.56%) Smart Energy
3 1 (2.56%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 19 (48.72%) Windows
2 17 (43.59%) Unix
3 1 (2.56%) Linux
3 1 (2.56%) Windows Server
3 1 (2.56%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (2.56%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (41.03%) Risk Management
2 13 (33.33%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 11 (28.21%) Test Automation
4 10 (25.64%) Agile Software Development
5 8 (20.51%) Incident Management
5 8 (20.51%) Protective Monitoring
5 8 (20.51%) Security Architecture
5 8 (20.51%) Test Strategy
6 7 (17.95%) Penetration Testing
6 7 (17.95%) Project Management
6 7 (17.95%) Scrum
7 5 (12.82%) Cybersecurity
7 5 (12.82%) OO
7 5 (12.82%) OWASP
8 4 (10.26%) BDD
8 4 (10.26%) Content Management
8 4 (10.26%) Information Assurance
8 4 (10.26%) Manual Testing
8 4 (10.26%) Performance Testing
8 4 (10.26%) Visualisation
Programming Languages
1 8 (20.51%) Java
2 5 (12.82%) C++
3 4 (10.26%) Groovy
3 4 (10.26%) Python
3 4 (10.26%) Ruby
4 2 (5.13%) C#
5 1 (2.56%) C
5 1 (2.56%) SQL
5 1 (2.56%) VB
Qualifications
1 19 (48.72%) Security Cleared
2 14 (35.90%) CEH
2 14 (35.90%) OSCP
3 13 (33.33%) CREST Certified
3 13 (33.33%) DV Cleared
4 6 (15.38%) SC Cleared
5 2 (5.13%) CISSP
6 1 (2.56%) (ISC)2 CCSP
6 1 (2.56%) CCSP
6 1 (2.56%) CISA
6 1 (2.56%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (2.56%) CISM
6 1 (2.56%) CRISC
6 1 (2.56%) Degree
6 1 (2.56%) ISEB
6 1 (2.56%) ISTQB
6 1 (2.56%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (2.56%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (5.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 2 (5.13%) PCI DSS
2 1 (2.56%) GDPR
2 1 (2.56%) ISAE 3402
2 1 (2.56%) ISO 22301
2 1 (2.56%) ISO 9000
2 1 (2.56%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
2 1 (2.56%) ISO/IEC 27005
2 1 (2.56%) JSP 440
2 1 (2.56%) QA
2 1 (2.56%) SSAE 16
2 1 (2.56%) Web Application Security Consortium
System Software
1 1 (2.56%) Active Directory
1 1 (2.56%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (2.56%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
1 1 (2.56%) HP Fortify
1 1 (2.56%) Nagios
Vendors
1 4 (10.26%) Sitecore
1 4 (10.26%) Splunk
2 1 (2.56%) ArcSight
2 1 (2.56%) HP
2 1 (2.56%) VMware