Period
to 22 September 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South West 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 22 September 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 West
6 months to
22 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 189 168 190
Rank change year-on-year -21 +22 +21
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 19 31 18
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.33% 0.57% 0.31%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.38% 0.68% 0.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 15 6
South West median daily rate £472 £538 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.19% +34.38% -31.03%
10th Percentile £416 £385 £274
90th Percentile £530 £699 £528
England median daily rate £525 £489 £488
% change year-on-year +7.42% +0.26% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 0 0
South West median hourly rate £39.00 - -
England median hourly rate £39.00 £60.87 £35.00
% change year-on-year -35.93% +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 West with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
South West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 4,959 4,556 4,792
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 85.09% 83.17% 81.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,072 2,882 3,179
South West median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £275 £256 £245
90th Percentile £575 £538 £550
England median daily rate £465 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 231 183 269
South West median hourly rate £41.85 £38.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.69% +10.00% -5.41%
10th Percentile £11.45 £12.79 £12.67
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £47.50
England median hourly rate £20.90 £23.14 £22.84
% change year-on-year -9.70% +1.31% +3.82%

Penetration Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

Job postings citing Penetration Testing as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South West.

Job vacancy trend for Penetration Testing in the South West

Penetration Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Penetration Testing in the South West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Penetration Testing in the South West

Penetration Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Penetration Testing in the South West over the 6 months to 22 September 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Penetration Testing in the South West

Penetration Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Testing in the South West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Penetration Testing in the South West

Penetration Testing
Contract Job Locations in the South West

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 West region over the 6 months to 22 September 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
Wiltshire -1 9 £489 -15.98% 5
Somerset - 6 £495 -
Dorset 0 3 £450 -
Penetration Testing
England

For the 6 months to 22 September 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 West region with a requirement for Penetration Testing.

1 10 (52.63%) Security Cleared
2 9 (47.37%) Information Security
3 8 (42.11%) Management Information System
4 7 (36.84%) SIEM
4 7 (36.84%) Security Testing
4 7 (36.84%) SC Cleared
5 6 (31.58%) Degree
5 6 (31.58%) Cybersecurity
5 6 (31.58%) ITIL
6 5 (26.32%) CISSP
6 5 (26.32%) Linux
6 5 (26.32%) Firewall
6 5 (26.32%) Information Assurance
6 5 (26.32%) Office 365
6 5 (26.32%) Ethical Hacking
6 5 (26.32%) Software Engineering
6 5 (26.32%) Computer Science
6 5 (26.32%) Cyber Kill Chain
6 5 (26.32%) Availability Management
7 4 (21.05%) Problem-Solving
7 4 (21.05%) Security Patching
7 4 (21.05%) Cyber Defence
7 4 (21.05%) Agile Software Development
7 4 (21.05%) Protective Monitoring
7 4 (21.05%) Analytical Skills
7 4 (21.05%) Service Management
7 4 (21.05%) Firmware
8 3 (15.79%) Microsoft
8 3 (15.79%) CISM
8 3 (15.79%) Mentoring

Penetration Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South West 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:

Applications
1 1 (5.26%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 5 (26.32%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 5 (26.32%) Firewall
2 2 (10.53%) Network Security
3 1 (5.26%) SMS
3 1 (5.26%) SSL
3 1 (5.26%) VPN
Job Titles
1 6 (31.58%) Consultant
1 6 (31.58%) Security Consultant
2 5 (26.32%) Administrator
2 5 (26.32%) Security Manager
2 5 (26.32%) Systems Administrator
3 4 (21.05%) Information Manager
3 4 (21.05%) Information Security Consultant
3 4 (21.05%) Information Security Manager
4 1 (5.26%) CISSP Consultant
4 1 (5.26%) Cybersecurity Consultant
4 1 (5.26%) Cybersecurity Manager
4 1 (5.26%) Governance Consultant
4 1 (5.26%) Information Governance Consultant
4 1 (5.26%) IT Security Specialist
4 1 (5.26%) Security Administrator
4 1 (5.26%) Security Analyst
4 1 (5.26%) Security Assurance Manager
4 1 (5.26%) Security Specialist
4 1 (5.26%) Senior Systems Administrator
4 1 (5.26%) Systems Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 8 (42.11%) Management Information System
2 5 (26.32%) Computer Science
2 5 (26.32%) Cyber Kill Chain
3 4 (21.05%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (21.05%) Cyber Defence
4 3 (15.79%) Cyberthreat
5 2 (10.53%) CESG
6 1 (5.26%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 5 (26.32%) Linux
2 2 (10.53%) Windows
2 2 (10.53%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (47.37%) Information Security
2 7 (36.84%) Security Testing
2 7 (36.84%) SIEM
3 6 (31.58%) Cybersecurity
3 6 (31.58%) ITIL
4 5 (26.32%) Availability Management
4 5 (26.32%) Ethical Hacking
4 5 (26.32%) Information Assurance
4 5 (26.32%) Software Engineering
5 4 (21.05%) Agile Software Development
5 4 (21.05%) Problem-Solving
5 4 (21.05%) Protective Monitoring
5 4 (21.05%) Security Patching
5 4 (21.05%) Service Management
6 3 (15.79%) Continuous Improvement
6 3 (15.79%) Cyber Assurance
6 3 (15.79%) Data Protection
6 3 (15.79%) Mentoring
6 3 (15.79%) Process Improvement
7 2 (10.53%) Line Management
Qualifications
1 10 (52.63%) Security Cleared
2 7 (36.84%) SC Cleared
3 6 (31.58%) Degree
4 5 (26.32%) CISSP
5 3 (15.79%) CISM
5 3 (15.79%) CREST Certified
6 2 (10.53%) CESG Certified Professional
6 2 (10.53%) DV Cleared
7 1 (5.26%) MCP
7 1 (5.26%) MCSE
7 1 (5.26%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (5.26%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (15.79%) GDPR
1 3 (15.79%) PCI DSS
2 1 (5.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (5.26%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
2 1 (5.26%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (21.05%) Firmware
2 1 (5.26%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 2 (10.53%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 3 (15.79%) Microsoft
2 2 (10.53%) Cisco