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 3 months to 25 June 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
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 117 132 140
Rank change year-on-year +15 +8  
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 18 5 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.67% 0.17% 0.16%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.82% 0.22% 0.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 2 1
Median daily rate £538 £338 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +59.25% -12.33%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £483 £475 £400
% change year-on-year +1.57% +18.75%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £60.00 - £45.00

Penetration 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 West with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
South West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 2199 2324 2439
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 82.05% 78.81% 78.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 1401 1535 1657
Median daily rate £400 £385 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.89% -0.64%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £285 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £588 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 92 107 110
Median hourly rate £43.50 £35.50 £36.40
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.53% -2.47%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.00 £21.50 £16.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £47.50 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

Penetration Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South West citing Penetration Testing as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

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 3 months to 25 June 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 3 months to 25 June 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
Bristol +5 14 £538 +53.57% 1
Wiltshire +6 2 £582 -
Dorset - 2 - -
Penetration Testing
England

For the 6 months to 25 June 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 28 (68.29%) Firewall
2 26 (63.41%) Security Cleared
3 24 (58.54%) SC Cleared
4 21 (51.22%) User Acceptance Testing
5 20 (48.78%) Microsoft
6 15 (36.59%) McAfee
6 15 (36.59%) McAfee ePO
7 11 (26.83%) Amazon AWS
8 10 (24.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 10 (24.39%) Virtual Environments
9 9 (21.95%) Microsoft Office
9 9 (21.95%) VPN
9 9 (21.95%) Information Security
10 8 (19.51%) Wireless
10 8 (19.51%) DNS
10 8 (19.51%) LAN
10 8 (19.51%) WAN
10 8 (19.51%) Windows
10 8 (19.51%) Linux
11 7 (17.07%) Web Services
11 7 (17.07%) Internet
11 7 (17.07%) Load Balancing
11 7 (17.07%) Microsoft Azure
12 6 (14.63%) Cisco
12 6 (14.63%) Citrix
12 6 (14.63%) CISSP
12 6 (14.63%) Migration
13 5 (12.20%) Disaster Recovery
13 5 (12.20%) Security Management
13 5 (12.20%) Information Security Management

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 (4.88%) SharePoint
1 2 (4.88%) Tomcat
2 1 (2.44%) JBoss
Applications
1 9 (21.95%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (4.88%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 11 (26.83%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (17.07%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (7.32%) Amazon ELB
3 3 (7.32%) Amazon S3
3 3 (7.32%) AWS CloudFormation
3 3 (7.32%) Route 53
4 2 (4.88%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 28 (68.29%) Firewall
2 9 (21.95%) VPN
3 8 (19.51%) DNS
3 8 (19.51%) LAN
3 8 (19.51%) WAN
3 8 (19.51%) Wireless
4 7 (17.07%) Internet
5 5 (12.20%) NetScaler
5 5 (12.20%) SSL
5 5 (12.20%) TCP/IP
6 4 (9.76%) WebEx
7 3 (7.32%) Intrusion Detection
8 1 (2.44%) DHCP
8 1 (2.44%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (7.32%) Amazon RDS
2 1 (2.44%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 4 (9.76%) Jenkins
2 3 (7.32%) Vagrant
3 2 (4.88%) AppScan
3 2 (4.88%) Pylint
General
1 2 (4.88%) Finance
2 1 (2.44%) Military
Job Titles
1 16 (39.02%) Consultant
2 9 (21.95%) Principal Consultant
3 7 (17.07%) Architect
4 6 (14.63%) Security Engineer
5 5 (12.20%) Technical Architect
6 4 (9.76%) Information Security Engineer
6 4 (9.76%) Network Engineer
7 3 (7.32%) AWS Engineer
7 3 (7.32%) DevOps Engineer
7 3 (7.32%) Security Architect
7 3 (7.32%) Security Consultant
8 2 (4.88%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 2 (4.88%) Integration Engineer
8 2 (4.88%) IT Architect
8 2 (4.88%) IT Security Consultant
8 2 (4.88%) Network Integration Engineer
8 2 (4.88%) Security Analyst
8 2 (4.88%) Senior Information Security Engineer
8 2 (4.88%) Senior Security Engineer
8 2 (4.88%) Vulnerability Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (17.07%) Web Services
2 2 (4.88%) Flash
3 1 (2.44%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 4 (9.76%) Management Information System
2 2 (4.88%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (2.44%) Mobile App
3 1 (2.44%) PKI
3 1 (2.44%) RSA SecurID
Operating Systems
1 8 (19.51%) Linux
1 8 (19.51%) Windows
2 1 (2.44%) CentOS
2 1 (2.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (51.22%) User Acceptance Testing
2 10 (24.39%) Virtual Environments
3 9 (21.95%) Information Security
4 7 (17.07%) Load Balancing
5 6 (14.63%) Migration
6 5 (12.20%) Data Encryption
6 5 (12.20%) Disaster Recovery
6 5 (12.20%) Information Security Management
6 5 (12.20%) ISMS
6 5 (12.20%) Network Segmentation
6 5 (12.20%) Security Architecture
6 5 (12.20%) Security Management
6 5 (12.20%) SIEM
7 4 (9.76%) Agile Software Development
7 4 (9.76%) DevOps
7 4 (9.76%) Virtual Infrastructure
8 3 (7.32%) Configuration Management
8 3 (7.32%) Multi-Factor Authentication
8 3 (7.32%) Protective Monitoring
8 3 (7.32%) Vulnerability Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (7.32%) Bash Shell
1 3 (7.32%) PowerShell
2 1 (2.44%) Java
2 1 (2.44%) Python
2 1 (2.44%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 26 (63.41%) Security Cleared
2 24 (58.54%) SC Cleared
3 6 (14.63%) CISSP
4 5 (12.20%) SANS
5 4 (9.76%) CISMP
6 3 (7.32%) GSEC
7 2 (4.88%) AWS Certification
7 2 (4.88%) CEH
7 2 (4.88%) CISA
7 2 (4.88%) CISM
8 1 (2.44%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (24.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 4 (9.76%) COBIT
2 4 (9.76%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
3 2 (4.88%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 5 (12.20%) Active Directory
2 2 (4.88%) Docker
3 1 (2.44%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (2.44%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 15 (36.59%) McAfee ePO
2 5 (12.20%) Puppet
3 3 (7.32%) Terraform
4 1 (2.44%) Nessus
4 1 (2.44%) Nexpose
4 1 (2.44%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 20 (48.78%) Microsoft
2 15 (36.59%) McAfee
3 6 (14.63%) Cisco
3 6 (14.63%) Citrix
4 5 (12.20%) Aruba
4 5 (12.20%) CheckPoint
4 5 (12.20%) Juniper
5 2 (4.88%) Black Duck
5 2 (4.88%) HP
5 2 (4.88%) IBM
5 2 (4.88%) Remedy
5 2 (4.88%) Veracode
6 1 (2.44%) Becrypt
6 1 (2.44%) Oracle
6 1 (2.44%) Rapid7
6 1 (2.44%) VMware