Period
to 21 November 2017

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 21 November 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.

Penetration Testing
England > South West
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 187 182 215
Rank change year-on-year -5 +33 -32
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 23 21 9
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.41% 0.37% 0.14%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.50% 0.46% 0.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 9 5
South West median daily rate £450 £350 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +28.57% -9.09% -18.09%
10th Percentile £338 £297 £328
90th Percentile £683 £526 £863
England median daily rate £490 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +8.89% - -2.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
South West median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £60.87 £35.00 -
% change year-on-year +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 4592 4562 5205
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 81.33% 79.95% 79.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 2899 3072 3531
South West median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - -
10th Percentile £256 £240 £255
90th Percentile £559 £550 £525
England median daily rate £450 £425 £423
% change year-on-year +5.88% +0.47% +5.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 187 269 257
South West median hourly rate £35.00 £31.50 £39.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.11% -19.23% +47.17%
10th Percentile £12.23 £12.00 £14.13
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.50 £49.51
England median hourly rate £23.75 £24.42 £22.50
% change year-on-year -2.74% +8.53% +18.42%

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 21 November 2017.

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 21 November 2017. 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
Bristol 0 10 £450 +7.46% 3
Wiltshire -3 7 £465 -7.10% 2
Somerset - 3 £350 - 1
Gloucestershire +14 2 - - 3
Penetration Testing
England

For the 6 months to 21 November 2017, 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 West region with a requirement for Penetration Testing.

1 10 (43.48%) Windows
1 10 (43.48%) Risk Management
1 10 (43.48%) Cybersecurity
2 9 (39.13%) CISM
2 9 (39.13%) Linux
2 9 (39.13%) CISSP
2 9 (39.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 9 (39.13%) Security Cleared
3 8 (34.78%) SIEM
3 8 (34.78%) Firewall
3 8 (34.78%) Telecoms
4 7 (30.43%) Unix
4 7 (30.43%) Data Analytics
4 7 (30.43%) Analytics
4 7 (30.43%) Degree
5 6 (26.09%) VLAN
5 6 (26.09%) SC Cleared
5 6 (26.09%) Network Security
5 6 (26.09%) Radio Access Network
5 6 (26.09%) Security+ Certification
5 6 (26.09%) Information Security
5 6 (26.09%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 6 (26.09%) CompTIA Security+
6 4 (17.39%) Security Management
6 4 (17.39%) Agile Software Development
6 4 (17.39%) Test Automation
7 3 (13.04%) DV Cleared
7 3 (13.04%) QA
7 3 (13.04%) CESG
7 3 (13.04%) Finance

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:

Application Platforms
1 1 (4.35%) OpenStack
1 1 (4.35%) SharePoint
1 1 (4.35%) Tomcat
Cloud Services
1 2 (8.70%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (4.35%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (4.35%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 8 (34.78%) Firewall
2 6 (26.09%) Network Security
2 6 (26.09%) Radio Access Network
2 6 (26.09%) VLAN
3 1 (4.35%) Cisco ISE
3 1 (4.35%) DHCP
3 1 (4.35%) Diameter Protocol
3 1 (4.35%) iSCSI
3 1 (4.35%) ISUP
3 1 (4.35%) LAN
3 1 (4.35%) LDAP
3 1 (4.35%) MVNO
3 1 (4.35%) SIGTRAN
3 1 (4.35%) SS7
3 1 (4.35%) Value-Added Service
3 1 (4.35%) VoLTE
3 1 (4.35%) VoWiFi
3 1 (4.35%) VPN
3 1 (4.35%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (8.70%) DB2
2 1 (4.35%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (8.70%) Selenium
2 1 (4.35%) Visual Studio
General
1 8 (34.78%) Telecoms
2 3 (13.04%) Finance
3 2 (8.70%) Billing
3 2 (8.70%) Legal
Job Titles
1 8 (34.78%) Consultant
1 8 (34.78%) Security Consultant
2 6 (26.09%) Analytics Consultant
2 6 (26.09%) Core Network Consultant
2 6 (26.09%) Data Analytics Consultant
2 6 (26.09%) Data Consultant
2 6 (26.09%) Network Consultant
2 6 (26.09%) Network Security Consultant
3 5 (21.74%) Analyst
4 3 (13.04%) Security Engineer
4 3 (13.04%) Test Analyst
5 2 (8.70%) Information Analyst
5 2 (8.70%) Information Security Analyst
5 2 (8.70%) Mainframe Systems Engineer
5 2 (8.70%) Security Analyst
5 2 (8.70%) Security Assurance Manager
5 2 (8.70%) Security Manager
6 1 (4.35%) Head of IT Security
6 1 (4.35%) RACF Engineer
6 1 (4.35%) Security Technical Architect
Miscellaneous
1 6 (26.09%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
2 3 (13.04%) CESG
2 3 (13.04%) Mobile App
3 2 (8.70%) IBM Mainframe
3 2 (8.70%) Mainframe
3 2 (8.70%) Management Information System
4 1 (4.35%) Cyber Kill Chain
4 1 (4.35%) Derivative
4 1 (4.35%) PKI
4 1 (4.35%) RSA SecurID
Operating Systems
1 10 (43.48%) Windows
2 9 (39.13%) Linux
3 7 (30.43%) Unix
4 2 (8.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 2 (8.70%) Windows 10
4 2 (8.70%) zOS
5 1 (4.35%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (43.48%) Cybersecurity
1 10 (43.48%) Risk Management
2 8 (34.78%) SIEM
3 7 (30.43%) Analytics
3 7 (30.43%) Data Analytics
4 6 (26.09%) Information Security
5 4 (17.39%) Agile Software Development
5 4 (17.39%) Security Management
5 4 (17.39%) Test Automation
6 3 (13.04%) ITIL
7 2 (8.70%) Continuous Improvement
7 2 (8.70%) Ethical Hacking
7 2 (8.70%) High Availability
7 2 (8.70%) Information Security Management
7 2 (8.70%) ISMS
7 2 (8.70%) IT Governance
7 2 (8.70%) Manual Testing
7 2 (8.70%) Project Management
7 2 (8.70%) Vulnerability Management
8 1 (4.35%) Release Management
Qualifications
1 9 (39.13%) CISM
1 9 (39.13%) CISSP
1 9 (39.13%) Security Cleared
2 7 (30.43%) Degree
3 6 (26.09%) CompTIA Security+
3 6 (26.09%) SC Cleared
3 6 (26.09%) Security+ Certification
4 3 (13.04%) CESG Certified Professional
4 3 (13.04%) DV Cleared
5 2 (8.70%) ISACA
5 2 (8.70%) ISEB
6 1 (4.35%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (4.35%) CEH
6 1 (4.35%) CISA
6 1 (4.35%) ISTQB
6 1 (4.35%) MCSA
6 1 (4.35%) MCSE
6 1 (4.35%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (39.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (13.04%) PCI DSS
2 3 (13.04%) QA
System Software
1 3 (13.04%) Virtual Machines
2 2 (8.70%) RACF
2 2 (8.70%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (4.35%) Active Directory
3 1 (4.35%) Docker
3 1 (4.35%) VMware NSX
3 1 (4.35%) vSphere
3 1 (4.35%) XenApp
3 1 (4.35%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 2 (8.70%) Puppet
1 2 (8.70%) zSecure
2 1 (4.35%) Ansible
2 1 (4.35%) Nessus
2 1 (4.35%) Nexpose
2 1 (4.35%) Red Hat Satellite
2 1 (4.35%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 2 (8.70%) IBM
1 2 (8.70%) Microsoft
1 2 (8.70%) Oracle
1 2 (8.70%) VMware
2 1 (4.35%) Becrypt
2 1 (4.35%) Cisco
2 1 (4.35%) Citrix
2 1 (4.35%) Nokia
2 1 (4.35%) Rapid7
2 1 (4.35%) Red Hat
2 1 (4.35%) Tekelec