Period
to 21 February 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 21 February 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
21 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 175 168 194
Rank change year-on-year -7 +26 +9
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 24 34 21
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.46% 0.62% 0.34%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.58% 0.76% 0.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 18 11
South West median daily rate £380 £440 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -13.64% -2.22% +2.86%
10th Percentile £329 £318 £325
90th Percentile £477 £565 £863
England median daily rate £500 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +11.11% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
South West median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £62.50 £60.87 £46.25
% change year-on-year +2.68% +31.61% -2.63%

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 4,172 4,492 4,987
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 80.29% 81.99% 81.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,585 3,006 3,423
South West median daily rate £400 £380 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33% -3.23%
10th Percentile £263 £235 £256
90th Percentile £575 £550 £514
England median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +4.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 176 279 247
South West median hourly rate £30.75 £37.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.00% -6.25% +33.33%
10th Percentile £11.80 £12.00 £14.13
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.75 £50.00
England median hourly rate £24.09 £25.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year -3.64% +6.38% +16.77%

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 February 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 21 February 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
Bristol -14 8 £365 -30.48% 7
Gloucestershire +19 7 £375 +50.00% 4
Wiltshire +1 4 £465 +3.22%
Somerset - 3 £350 -
Penetration Testing
England

For the 6 months to 21 February 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 16 (66.67%) Information Security
2 11 (45.83%) Risk Management
3 10 (41.67%) CISM
3 10 (41.67%) CISSP
3 10 (41.67%) Security Cleared
4 8 (33.33%) Cybersecurity
5 7 (29.17%) Information Security Management
5 7 (29.17%) Security Management
5 7 (29.17%) Legal
5 7 (29.17%) ISMS
5 7 (29.17%) PCI DSS
6 6 (25.00%) SC Cleared
6 6 (25.00%) Network Security
7 5 (20.83%) Windows
7 5 (20.83%) Telecoms
7 5 (20.83%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 5 (20.83%) Agile Software Development
7 5 (20.83%) CESG
7 5 (20.83%) CESG Certified Professional
8 4 (16.67%) CompTIA Security+
8 4 (16.67%) Radio Access Network
8 4 (16.67%) Data Analytics
8 4 (16.67%) Analytics
8 4 (16.67%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 4 (16.67%) VLAN
8 4 (16.67%) IT Governance
8 4 (16.67%) Degree
8 4 (16.67%) SIEM
8 4 (16.67%) ISACA
8 4 (16.67%) Management Information System

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 2 (8.33%) IIS
Cloud Services
1 2 (8.33%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 6 (25.00%) Network Security
2 4 (16.67%) Firewall
2 4 (16.67%) Radio Access Network
2 4 (16.67%) VLAN
3 1 (4.17%) Internet
Development Applications
1 2 (8.33%) Selenium
2 1 (4.17%) Visual Studio
General
1 7 (29.17%) Legal
2 5 (20.83%) Telecoms
3 2 (8.33%) Finance
4 1 (4.17%) Electronics
4 1 (4.17%) Manufacturing
4 1 (4.17%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 9 (37.50%) Analyst
2 7 (29.17%) Information Analyst
2 7 (29.17%) Information Security Analyst
2 7 (29.17%) Security Analyst
3 6 (25.00%) Consultant
3 6 (25.00%) Security Consultant
4 4 (16.67%) Analytics Consultant
4 4 (16.67%) Core Network Consultant
4 4 (16.67%) Data Analytics Consultant
4 4 (16.67%) Data Consultant
4 4 (16.67%) Network Consultant
4 4 (16.67%) Network Security Consultant
4 4 (16.67%) Security Manager
5 3 (12.50%) Security Assurance Manager
5 3 (12.50%) Technical Leader
6 2 (8.33%) Cybersecurity Consultant
6 2 (8.33%) Test Analyst
7 1 (4.17%) Automation Tester
7 1 (4.17%) QA Automation Tester
7 1 (4.17%) Web Applications Tester
Miscellaneous
1 5 (20.83%) CESG
2 4 (16.67%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
2 4 (16.67%) Management Information System
3 3 (12.50%) Mobile App
4 2 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 5 (20.83%) Windows
2 4 (16.67%) Linux
2 4 (16.67%) Unix
3 1 (4.17%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (66.67%) Information Security
2 11 (45.83%) Risk Management
3 8 (33.33%) Cybersecurity
4 7 (29.17%) Information Security Management
4 7 (29.17%) ISMS
4 7 (29.17%) Security Management
5 5 (20.83%) Agile Software Development
6 4 (16.67%) Analytics
6 4 (16.67%) Data Analytics
6 4 (16.67%) IT Governance
6 4 (16.67%) ITIL
6 4 (16.67%) Project Management
6 4 (16.67%) SIEM
7 3 (12.50%) Test Automation
7 3 (12.50%) Vulnerability Scanning
8 2 (8.33%) Manual Testing
8 2 (8.33%) Security Architecture
8 2 (8.33%) Supplier Management
9 1 (4.17%) Incident Management
9 1 (4.17%) Release Management
Qualifications
1 10 (41.67%) CISM
1 10 (41.67%) CISSP
1 10 (41.67%) Security Cleared
2 6 (25.00%) SC Cleared
3 5 (20.83%) CESG Certified Professional
4 4 (16.67%) CompTIA Security+
4 4 (16.67%) Degree
4 4 (16.67%) ISACA
5 3 (12.50%) DV Cleared
6 2 (8.33%) IISP
7 1 (4.17%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (29.17%) PCI DSS
2 5 (20.83%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (12.50%) QA
System Software
1 1 (4.17%) Virtual Machines
Vendors
1 1 (4.17%) Microsoft
1 1 (4.17%) SAP