Period
to 11 December 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 11 December 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
11 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 217 175 177
Rank change year-on-year -42 +2 +42
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 17 23 24
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.26% 0.41% 0.43%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.31% 0.49% 0.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 8 12
South West median daily rate £472 £454 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.08% +0.78% +16.88%
10th Percentile £384 £338 £321
90th Percentile £528 £634 £521
England median daily rate £525 £500 £450
% change year-on-year +5.00% +11.11% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
South West median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £50.00 £60.87 £35.00
% change year-on-year -17.86% +73.91% -17.65%

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 5,562 4,680 4,634
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 85.98% 83.36% 82.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,555 2,932 3,121
South West median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £275 £253 £238
90th Percentile £575 £559 £550
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 222 201 292
South West median hourly rate £41.00 £33.00 £33.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +24.24% - -15.65%
10th Percentile £13.05 £11.72 £12.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £47.50
England median hourly rate £22.00 £24.69 £22.84
% change year-on-year -10.88% +8.10% +3.80%

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 11 December 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 11 December 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 -24 8 £489 +2.95% 2
Gloucestershire -8 4 - - 9
Dorset - 3 £455 -
Somerset -6 1 £495 +41.43% 2
Bristol -30 1 £375 - 1
Penetration Testing
England

For the 6 months to 11 December 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 (58.82%) Security Cleared
2 9 (52.94%) Security Testing
2 9 (52.94%) Cybersecurity
3 8 (47.06%) Software Engineering
3 8 (47.06%) Systems Engineering
4 7 (41.18%) Information Security
4 7 (41.18%) Cyber Kill Chain
4 7 (41.18%) Computer Science
4 7 (41.18%) Information Assurance
5 6 (35.29%) DV Cleared
5 6 (35.29%) Cyber Defence
5 6 (35.29%) Agile Software Development
5 6 (35.29%) Firmware
6 5 (29.41%) Management Information System
6 5 (29.41%) Cyber Assurance
6 5 (29.41%) Cyberthreat
6 5 (29.41%) SC Cleared
7 4 (23.53%) Continuous Improvement
7 4 (23.53%) CISSP
7 4 (23.53%) C++
7 4 (23.53%) C
7 4 (23.53%) Linux
7 4 (23.53%) Python
7 4 (23.53%) Systems Thinking
8 3 (17.65%) Embedded C
8 3 (17.65%) CISM
8 3 (17.65%) Embedded Linux
8 3 (17.65%) VHDL
8 3 (17.65%) Verilog
8 3 (17.65%) Software-Defined Radio

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 (5.88%) Apache Pig
Cloud Services
1 1 (5.88%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (5.88%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 3 (17.65%) Software-Defined Radio
2 1 (5.88%) Firewall
2 1 (5.88%) HTTP
2 1 (5.88%) Network Security
2 1 (5.88%) SMS
2 1 (5.88%) SSL
2 1 (5.88%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (5.88%) Apache Hive
1 1 (5.88%) Big Data
1 1 (5.88%) Hadoop
1 1 (5.88%) MySQL
1 1 (5.88%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (5.88%) Atlassian Bamboo
1 1 (5.88%) Bitbucket
1 1 (5.88%) CodeSonar
1 1 (5.88%) Git (software)
1 1 (5.88%) git-flow
1 1 (5.88%) JIRA
1 1 (5.88%) Robot Framework
1 1 (5.88%) Selenium
General
1 2 (11.76%) Finance
Job Titles
1 5 (29.41%) Systems Engineer
2 4 (23.53%) Consultant
2 4 (23.53%) Information Manager
2 4 (23.53%) Information Security Manager
2 4 (23.53%) Security Consultant
2 4 (23.53%) Security Manager
3 3 (17.65%) Information Security Consultant
4 2 (11.76%) Security Specialist
5 1 (5.88%) Communications Engineer
5 1 (5.88%) Cybersecurity Consultant
5 1 (5.88%) Cybersecurity Manager
5 1 (5.88%) IT Security Specialist
5 1 (5.88%) Lead Tester
5 1 (5.88%) Penetration Tester
5 1 (5.88%) RF Engineer
5 1 (5.88%) Senior Data Warehouse Specialist
5 1 (5.88%) Senior Security Specialist
5 1 (5.88%) Software Engineer
5 1 (5.88%) Team Leader
5 1 (5.88%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (5.88%) .NET
1 1 (5.88%) .NET Framework
1 1 (5.88%) ASP.NET
1 1 (5.88%) Django
1 1 (5.88%) Java EE
1 1 (5.88%) LAMP
1 1 (5.88%) Node.js
1 1 (5.88%) RabbitMQ
1 1 (5.88%) REST
1 1 (5.88%) SOAP
1 1 (5.88%) Spring MVC
1 1 (5.88%) STL
Miscellaneous
1 7 (41.18%) Cyber Kill Chain
2 6 (35.29%) Cyber Defence
3 5 (29.41%) Cyberthreat
3 5 (29.41%) Management Information System
4 3 (17.65%) Algorithms
4 3 (17.65%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
4 3 (17.65%) Verilog
4 3 (17.65%) VHDL
5 1 (5.88%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 4 (23.53%) Linux
2 3 (17.65%) Embedded Linux
3 1 (5.88%) Android
3 1 (5.88%) Apple iOS
3 1 (5.88%) Mac OS X
3 1 (5.88%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (52.94%) Cybersecurity
1 9 (52.94%) Security Testing
2 8 (47.06%) Software Engineering
2 8 (47.06%) Systems Engineering
3 7 (41.18%) Computer Science
3 7 (41.18%) Information Assurance
3 7 (41.18%) Information Security
4 6 (35.29%) Agile Software Development
5 5 (29.41%) Cyber Assurance
6 4 (23.53%) Continuous Improvement
6 4 (23.53%) Systems Thinking
7 3 (17.65%) Digital Signal Processing
7 3 (17.65%) Line Management
7 3 (17.65%) Signal Processing
8 2 (11.76%) Business Development
8 2 (11.76%) Computer Security
8 2 (11.76%) Image Processing
8 2 (11.76%) Kalman Filter
8 2 (11.76%) Risk Management
8 2 (11.76%) Stakeholder Engagement
Programming Languages
1 4 (23.53%) C
1 4 (23.53%) C++
1 4 (23.53%) Python
2 3 (17.65%) Embedded C
3 1 (5.88%) Bash Shell
3 1 (5.88%) C#
3 1 (5.88%) Java
3 1 (5.88%) JavaScript
3 1 (5.88%) Objective-C
3 1 (5.88%) PHP
3 1 (5.88%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 10 (58.82%) Security Cleared
2 6 (35.29%) DV Cleared
3 5 (29.41%) SC Cleared
4 4 (23.53%) CISSP
5 3 (17.65%) CISM
6 2 (11.76%) CREST Certified
7 1 (5.88%) CCNA
7 1 (5.88%) CCSAM
7 1 (5.88%) CCSAS
7 1 (5.88%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (5.88%) CompTIA Security+
7 1 (5.88%) Degree
7 1 (5.88%) GIAC
7 1 (5.88%) Linux+ Certification
7 1 (5.88%) MCSE
7 1 (5.88%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (5.88%) Network+ Certification
7 1 (5.88%) SANS
7 1 (5.88%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.88%) GDPR
1 1 (5.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 1 (5.88%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 6 (35.29%) Firmware
2 1 (5.88%) Docker
2 1 (5.88%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 1 (5.88%) Microsoft Intune
1 1 (5.88%) Puppet
1 1 (5.88%) Salt
Vendors
1 2 (11.76%) Microsoft
2 1 (5.88%) Cisco