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 28 March 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
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 230 212 243
Rank change year-on-year -18 +31  
Contract jobs citing Security Testing 24 55 28
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.31% 0.59% 0.28%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.38% 0.73% 0.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 29 13
Median daily rate £450 £400 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +10.34%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £411 £350 £258
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £444 £518
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £400 £340
% change year-on-year +12.50% +17.64%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 4 0
Median hourly rate - £52.50 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £60.50 -

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 6397 7548 7900
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 81.64% 81.37% 79.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 3717 4640 4336
Median daily rate £425 £400 £394
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +1.52%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £275 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 238 272 286
Median hourly rate £30.00 £40.00 £33.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -25.00% +21.21%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.50 £13.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £60.62 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.50 £30.20
% change year-on-year -6.49% +27.48%  

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 28 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 28 March 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 +9 15 £483 -8.09% 2
Berkshire +24 5 £450 +15.38% 1
Surrey +1 2 - - 6
East Sussex - 1 - -
Middlesex - 1 - -
Security Testing
England

Security Testing
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 28 March 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 33 (45.21%) Security Cleared
2 31 (42.47%) Windows
3 27 (36.99%) Unix
4 26 (35.62%) Risk Management
5 24 (32.88%) OSCP
6 23 (31.51%) DV Cleared
6 23 (31.51%) CREST Certified
6 23 (31.51%) CEH
6 23 (31.51%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 22 (30.14%) Agile Software Development
8 20 (27.40%) Test Automation
9 19 (26.03%) Selenium
10 18 (24.66%) Java
11 16 (21.92%) Automated Testing
11 16 (21.92%) Cybersecurity
12 15 (20.55%) SC Cleared
12 15 (20.55%) Performance Testing
12 15 (20.55%) Groovy
12 15 (20.55%) Penetration Testing
12 15 (20.55%) Scrum
13 14 (19.18%) Firewall
14 13 (17.81%) Incident Management
14 13 (17.81%) Protective Monitoring
15 12 (16.44%) Splunk
15 12 (16.44%) BDD
15 12 (16.44%) WebDriver
15 12 (16.44%) Ruby
15 12 (16.44%) TDD
15 12 (16.44%) C++
15 12 (16.44%) Python

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 11 (15.07%) CMS
1 11 (15.07%) Sitecore CMS
2 4 (5.48%) Confluence
3 1 (1.37%) JBoss
3 1 (1.37%) OpenStack
Applications
1 4 (5.48%) MS Excel
1 4 (5.48%) MS Office
1 4 (5.48%) MS Project
1 4 (5.48%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 8 (10.96%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (9.59%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (4.11%) PaaS
4 1 (1.37%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 14 (19.18%) Firewall
2 11 (15.07%) HTTP
3 5 (6.85%) Intrusion Detection
3 5 (6.85%) Network Security
4 4 (5.48%) DHCP
4 4 (5.48%) DNS
4 4 (5.48%) Internet
4 4 (5.48%) Intranet
4 4 (5.48%) VPN
5 1 (1.37%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.37%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 19 (26.03%) Selenium
2 12 (16.44%) WebDriver
3 11 (15.07%) Ant
3 11 (15.07%) Apache Ivy
3 11 (15.07%) Bitbucket
3 11 (15.07%) eggPlant
3 11 (15.07%) Gradle
3 11 (15.07%) JMeter
3 11 (15.07%) Maven
4 10 (13.70%) JIRA
5 5 (6.85%) SoapUI
6 4 (5.48%) Jenkins
7 3 (4.11%) Sonatype Nexus
8 2 (2.74%) Cucumber
8 2 (2.74%) Git (software)
9 1 (1.37%) AppScan
9 1 (1.37%) Metasploit
9 1 (1.37%) Subversion
General
1 7 (9.59%) Legal
2 6 (8.22%) Retail
3 5 (6.85%) Banking
3 5 (6.85%) Finance
4 3 (4.11%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 17 (23.29%) Tester
2 13 (17.81%) Analyst
3 11 (15.07%) Developer
4 10 (13.70%) Consultant
4 10 (13.70%) Security Consultant
5 9 (12.33%) Developer in Test
5 9 (12.33%) Penetration Tester
5 9 (12.33%) Security Analyst
6 8 (10.96%) Architect
7 6 (8.22%) Security Architect
7 6 (8.22%) Test Manager
8 4 (5.48%) Cybersecurity Analyst
8 4 (5.48%) DV Cleared Technical Consultant
8 4 (5.48%) QA Tester
8 4 (5.48%) Security Penetration Tester
8 4 (5.48%) Security Technical Consultant
8 4 (5.48%) Security Tester
8 4 (5.48%) Technical Consultant
8 4 (5.48%) Technical Security Consultant
9 3 (4.11%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (15.07%) JSON
1 11 (15.07%) REST
1 11 (15.07%) XML
2 6 (8.22%) Web Services
3 4 (5.48%) Gherkin
3 4 (5.48%) RESTful
4 3 (4.11%) OAuth
5 1 (1.37%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 8 (10.96%) Management Information System
2 7 (9.59%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (9.59%) Mobile App
3 4 (5.48%) Data Centre
3 4 (5.48%) Replication
4 1 (1.37%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.37%) Data Protection Act
4 1 (1.37%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 31 (42.47%) Windows
2 27 (36.99%) Unix
3 4 (5.48%) Windows Server
3 4 (5.48%) Windows Server 2008
3 4 (5.48%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (35.62%) Risk Management
2 23 (31.51%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 22 (30.14%) Agile Software Development
4 20 (27.40%) Test Automation
5 16 (21.92%) Automated Testing
5 16 (21.92%) Cybersecurity
6 15 (20.55%) Penetration Testing
6 15 (20.55%) Performance Testing
6 15 (20.55%) Scrum
7 13 (17.81%) Incident Management
7 13 (17.81%) Protective Monitoring
8 12 (16.44%) BDD
8 12 (16.44%) Project Management
8 12 (16.44%) TDD
9 11 (15.07%) Content Management
9 11 (15.07%) Manual Testing
9 11 (15.07%) OO
9 11 (15.07%) OOP
9 11 (15.07%) Test Strategy
9 11 (15.07%) Visualisation
Programming Languages
1 18 (24.66%) Java
2 15 (20.55%) Groovy
3 12 (16.44%) C++
3 12 (16.44%) Python
3 12 (16.44%) Ruby
4 5 (6.85%) C
5 4 (5.48%) Scala
6 1 (1.37%) C#
6 1 (1.37%) JavaScript
6 1 (1.37%) SQL
Qualifications
1 33 (45.21%) Security Cleared
2 24 (32.88%) OSCP
3 23 (31.51%) CEH
3 23 (31.51%) CREST Certified
3 23 (31.51%) DV Cleared
4 15 (20.55%) SC Cleared
5 6 (8.22%) CISSP
5 6 (8.22%) SANS
6 5 (6.85%) CLAS
6 5 (6.85%) GIAC
7 2 (2.74%) Degree
8 1 (1.37%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (1.37%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (13.70%) PCI DSS
2 6 (8.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (6.85%) QA
4 1 (1.37%) Data Quality
4 1 (1.37%) ISO 9000
4 1 (1.37%) JSP 440
4 1 (1.37%) RMADS
4 1 (1.37%) Web Application Security Consortium
System Software
1 5 (6.85%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 4 (5.48%) Nagios
2 1 (1.37%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
2 1 (1.37%) HP Fortify
2 1 (1.37%) SCCM
2 1 (1.37%) SCOM
Vendors
1 12 (16.44%) Splunk
2 11 (15.07%) Sitecore
3 4 (5.48%) Atlassian
3 4 (5.48%) HP
3 4 (5.48%) Microsoft
4 2 (2.74%) Qualys
5 1 (1.37%) Capita
5 1 (1.37%) Intel Security