The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for GPEN qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 29 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.

GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN)
UK
3 months to
29 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank - 647 640
Contract jobs citing GPEN 0 2 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK - 0.004% 0.007%
As % of the Qualifications category - 0.017% 0.038%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 2 4
UK median daily rate - £473 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +18.12%  
UK excluding London median daily rate - - £475
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
UK median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

GPEN is in the academic qualifications and professional certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 9023 11739 10605
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.15% 21.86% 18.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 11468 16146 12734
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56%  
10th Percentile £248 £245 £225
90th Percentile £593 £600 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1188 1038 1097
UK median hourly rate £32.50 £28.00 £24.12
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.07% +16.08%  
10th Percentile £12.88 £12.43 £12.50
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.92 £51.17
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £28.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +16.07% +24.44%  

GPEN
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for GPEN in the UK

GPEN
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for GPEN in the UK

GPEN
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for GPEN in the UK

For the 6 months to 29 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing GPEN 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 GPEN.

1 1 (100.00%) E-Commerce
1 1 (100.00%) CISSP
1 1 (100.00%) Management Information System
1 1 (100.00%) GIAC
1 1 (100.00%) Vulnerability Assessment
1 1 (100.00%) Penetration Testing
1 1 (100.00%) Security Testing
1 1 (100.00%) Data Protection
1 1 (100.00%) OSCP
1 1 (100.00%) Cybersecurity
1 1 (100.00%) CHECK Team Member
1 1 (100.00%) CREST Certified

GPEN
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:

Job Titles
1 1 (100.00%) Penetration Tester
1 1 (100.00%) Security Penetration Tester
1 1 (100.00%) Security Tester
1 1 (100.00%) Tester
Miscellaneous
1 1 (100.00%) Management Information System
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (100.00%) Cybersecurity
1 1 (100.00%) Data Protection
1 1 (100.00%) E-Commerce
1 1 (100.00%) Penetration Testing
1 1 (100.00%) Security Testing
1 1 (100.00%) Vulnerability Assessment
Qualifications
1 1 (100.00%) CHECK Team Member
1 1 (100.00%) CISSP
1 1 (100.00%) CREST Certified
1 1 (100.00%) GIAC
1 1 (100.00%) OSCP