Period
to 21 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Ethical Hacking skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Ethical Hacking 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.

Ethical Hacking
UK
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 795 730 824
Rank change year-on-year -65 +94 0
Contract jobs citing Ethical Hacking 82 151 64
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.080% 0.14% 0.056%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.094% 0.17% 0.069%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 83 43
UK median daily rate £525 £525 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +10.53% +18.75%
10th Percentile £358 £409 £350
90th Percentile £670 £635 £596
UK excluding London median daily rate £513 £510 £450
% change year-on-year +0.49% +13.33% +80.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 3
UK median hourly rate - £35.00 £57.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -39.13% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £35.00 £57.50
% change year-on-year - -39.13% -

Ethical Hacking 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 with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 87132 87864 92880
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.49% 83.90% 81.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 58048 58076 60168
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £281 £263 £263
90th Percentile £630 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £385
% change year-on-year - +3.90% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2060 2332 2734
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £24.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.08% +6.67% +18.42%
10th Percentile £11.49 £11.31 £11.50
90th Percentile £49.75 £48.75 £47.71
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £24.50 £23.75
% change year-on-year -2.04% +3.16% +18.75%

Ethical Hacking
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Ethical Hacking as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Ethical Hacking in the UK

Ethical Hacking
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Ethical Hacking.

Contractor daily rate trend for Ethical Hacking in the UK

Ethical Hacking
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Ethical Hacking over the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Ethical Hacking in the UK

Ethical Hacking
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Ethical Hacking.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Ethical Hacking in the UK

Ethical Hacking
Top 12 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Ethical Hacking within the UK 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
England -29 80 £525 - 19
London -13 60 £525 -4.55% 5
UK excluding London -60 18 £513 +0.49% 15
South East -40 7 £550 +10.00% 4
North of England +53 4 - - 3
North West +24 3 - - 3
South West -14 3 - - 4
West Midlands +21 2 £488 -11.36% 2
Midlands +17 2 £488 -11.36% 2
Yorkshire +22 1 - -
East of England -8 1 - - 1
Scotland -13 1 £401 -23.71%

For the 6 months to 21 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Ethical Hacking also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Ethical Hacking.

1 52 (63.41%) Penetration Testing
2 34 (41.46%) Cybersecurity
3 30 (36.59%) Agile Software Development
4 24 (29.27%) Information Security
5 23 (28.05%) Vulnerability Management
5 23 (28.05%) Cyberthreat
6 21 (25.61%) Linux
7 20 (24.39%) Business Analysis
7 20 (24.39%) Incident Management
7 20 (24.39%) CREST Certified
7 20 (24.39%) Security Cleared
8 18 (21.95%) OWASP
8 18 (21.95%) BDD
8 18 (21.95%) Splunk
8 18 (21.95%) Malware Detection/Protection
8 18 (21.95%) Threat Management
9 17 (20.73%) Finance
10 16 (19.51%) Amazon AWS
10 16 (19.51%) Security Testing
11 15 (18.29%) DV Cleared
11 15 (18.29%) Analytics
11 15 (18.29%) CEH
12 14 (17.07%) CISSP
12 14 (17.07%) Python
13 13 (15.85%) Management Information System
13 13 (15.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
14 12 (14.63%) Security Operations
15 11 (13.41%) Burp Suite
15 11 (13.41%) Nessus
15 11 (13.41%) User Acceptance Testing

Ethical Hacking
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 5 (6.10%) nginx
2 2 (2.44%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (2.44%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (2.44%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 16 (19.51%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (2.44%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (2.44%) Office 365
3 1 (1.22%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 9 (10.98%) TCP/IP
2 5 (6.10%) Firewall
3 2 (2.44%) Network Security
4 1 (1.22%) 802.11
4 1 (1.22%) Bluetooth
4 1 (1.22%) CDMA
4 1 (1.22%) GSM
4 1 (1.22%) HTTP
4 1 (1.22%) HTTPS
4 1 (1.22%) Intrusion Detection
4 1 (1.22%) IPsec
4 1 (1.22%) LTE
4 1 (1.22%) SCCP
4 1 (1.22%) TETRA
4 1 (1.22%) VoIP
4 1 (1.22%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (1.22%) X.509
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (6.10%) MongoDB
1 5 (6.10%) PostgreSQL
2 2 (2.44%) DB2
2 2 (2.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (1.22%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 11 (13.41%) Burp Suite
2 4 (4.88%) CircleCI
2 4 (4.88%) Jenkins
2 4 (4.88%) Travis CI
General
1 17 (20.73%) Finance
2 10 (12.20%) Banking
3 5 (6.10%) Telecoms
4 4 (4.88%) Electronics
4 4 (4.88%) Manufacturing
4 4 (4.88%) Marketing
5 1 (1.22%) Games
Job Titles
1 21 (25.61%) Analyst
2 18 (21.95%) Penetration Tester
2 18 (21.95%) Tester
3 16 (19.51%) Business Analyst
4 13 (15.85%) Consultant
4 13 (15.85%) Security Consultant
4 13 (15.85%) Security Engineer
5 12 (14.63%) Data Business Analyst
6 11 (13.41%) Data Analyst
7 9 (10.98%) Security Analyst
8 7 (8.54%) Cybersecurity Consultant
9 6 (7.32%) Security Specialist
10 5 (6.10%) Banking Business Analyst
10 5 (6.10%) Cybersecurity Analyst
10 5 (6.10%) Cybersecurity Specialist
10 5 (6.10%) Operations Engineer
10 5 (6.10%) Senior Penetration Tester
10 5 (6.10%) Senior Tester
11 4 (4.88%) Banking Analyst
11 4 (4.88%) Ethical Hacker
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (10.98%) Web Services
2 8 (9.76%) Elastic Stack
3 1 (1.22%) 802.1X
3 1 (1.22%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 23 (28.05%) Cyberthreat
2 13 (15.85%) Management Information System
3 7 (8.54%) BYOD
4 3 (3.66%) Linux Command Line
5 2 (2.44%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (2.44%) Computer Science
5 2 (2.44%) Data Protection Act
5 2 (2.44%) IBM Mainframe
5 2 (2.44%) Mainframe
5 2 (2.44%) Mobile App
5 2 (2.44%) PKI
5 2 (2.44%) Security Operations Centre
6 1 (1.22%) CESG
6 1 (1.22%) Greenfield Project
6 1 (1.22%) Public Cloud
6 1 (1.22%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 21 (25.61%) Linux
2 8 (9.76%) Unix
3 4 (4.88%) Windows
4 3 (3.66%) CentOS
5 2 (2.44%) zOS
6 1 (1.22%) Kali Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (63.41%) Penetration Testing
2 34 (41.46%) Cybersecurity
3 30 (36.59%) Agile Software Development
4 24 (29.27%) Information Security
5 23 (28.05%) Vulnerability Management
6 20 (24.39%) Business Analysis
6 20 (24.39%) Incident Management
7 18 (21.95%) BDD
7 18 (21.95%) Malware Detection/Protection
7 18 (21.95%) OWASP
7 18 (21.95%) Threat Management
8 16 (19.51%) Security Testing
9 15 (18.29%) Analytics
10 12 (14.63%) Security Operations
11 11 (13.41%) Test Strategy
11 11 (13.41%) User Acceptance Testing
12 10 (12.20%) Business Process Mapping
12 10 (12.20%) SDLC
13 9 (10.98%) Open Source
13 9 (10.98%) Security Architecture
Programming Languages
1 14 (17.07%) Python
2 9 (10.98%) Java
3 6 (7.32%) Ruby
4 5 (6.10%) PHP
5 4 (4.88%) Shell Script
6 3 (3.66%) PowerShell
6 3 (3.66%) SQL
7 1 (1.22%) Bash Shell
7 1 (1.22%) C
7 1 (1.22%) C++
7 1 (1.22%) C-shell
7 1 (1.22%) Korn
Qualifications
1 20 (24.39%) CREST Certified
1 20 (24.39%) Security Cleared
2 15 (18.29%) CEH
2 15 (18.29%) DV Cleared
3 14 (17.07%) CISSP
4 9 (10.98%) Cisco Certification
5 8 (9.76%) CCSP
5 8 (9.76%) CHECK Team Member
6 6 (7.32%) Degree
6 6 (7.32%) SANS
7 5 (6.10%) CISM
7 5 (6.10%) OSCP
7 5 (6.10%) SC Cleared
8 3 (3.66%) CHECK Team Leader
8 3 (3.66%) GIAC
9 2 (2.44%) GPEN
9 2 (2.44%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 1 (1.22%) (ISC)2 CCSP
10 1 (1.22%) CLAS
10 1 (1.22%) CSSLP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (15.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 7 (8.54%) PCI DSS
3 6 (7.32%) Cyber Essentials
4 4 (4.88%) GDPR
5 2 (2.44%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
5 2 (2.44%) Data Quality
5 2 (2.44%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (1.22%) GAAP
6 1 (1.22%) PMO
System Software
1 2 (2.44%) ProxySG
1 2 (2.44%) RACF
1 2 (2.44%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 11 (13.41%) Nessus
2 8 (9.76%) logstash
3 3 (3.66%) Nmap
4 2 (2.44%) Opscode Chef
4 2 (2.44%) Packer
4 2 (2.44%) Puppet
4 2 (2.44%) Terraform
4 2 (2.44%) zSecure
5 1 (1.22%) Host Intrusion Detection System
5 1 (1.22%) HP Fortify
5 1 (1.22%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 18 (21.95%) Splunk
2 10 (12.20%) ArcSight
3 9 (10.98%) Qualys
4 8 (9.76%) AlienVault
5 6 (7.32%) Microsoft
6 4 (4.88%) SAP
7 2 (2.44%) Blue Coat
7 2 (2.44%) CyberArk
7 2 (2.44%) FireEye
7 2 (2.44%) IBM
7 2 (2.44%) Tableau
8 1 (1.22%) CheckPoint
8 1 (1.22%) Cisco
8 1 (1.22%) McAfee
8 1 (1.22%) Progress
8 1 (1.22%) Sophos
8 1 (1.22%) Symantec
8 1 (1.22%) Trend Micro