Period
to 21 November 2017

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 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.

GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN)
UK
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 873 870 884
Rank change year-on-year -3 +14 -14
Contract jobs citing GPEN 4 11 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.004% 0.011% 0.004%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.021% 0.051% 0.018%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 7 4
UK median daily rate £550 £450 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +22.22% +12.50% +60.00%
10th Percentile £438 £425 £350
90th Percentile £610 £497 £660
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
UK median hourly rate - £35.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £35.00 -

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 contract job vacancies with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 19240 21636 22485
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.66% 20.66% 19.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 11789 13485 13553
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +2.56%
10th Percentile £220 £243 £244
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £385
% change year-on-year +3.23% +0.65% +5.48%
Number of hourly rates quoted 902 856 1079
UK median hourly rate £26.25 £26.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.96% +4.00% +31.58%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.13 £11.96
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £27.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year - +10.00% +31.58%

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 Daily Rate Histogram

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

Contractor daily rate histogram 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

GPEN
Top 5 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing GPEN 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
UK excluding London +16 2 £500 - 2
England +7 2 £600 +33.33% 3
South East 0 1 £600 - 1
London -25 1 - - 1
Scotland - 1 £401 -

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 2 (50.00%) CISSP
1 2 (50.00%) Ethical Hacking
1 2 (50.00%) CEH
1 2 (50.00%) Penetration Testing
1 2 (50.00%) Security Testing
1 2 (50.00%) OSCP
1 2 (50.00%) CREST Certified
2 1 (25.00%) SANS
2 1 (25.00%) Mobile App
2 1 (25.00%) Cybersecurity
2 1 (25.00%) Threat Modelling
2 1 (25.00%) CHECK Team Leader
2 1 (25.00%) CHECK Team Member
2 1 (25.00%) Computer Security
2 1 (25.00%) Sitecore
2 1 (25.00%) Reverse Engineering
2 1 (25.00%) Open Source
2 1 (25.00%) ISACA
2 1 (25.00%) GWAPT
2 1 (25.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (25.00%) Degree
2 1 (25.00%) Computer Science
2 1 (25.00%) Java
2 1 (25.00%) SQL
2 1 (25.00%) .NET
2 1 (25.00%) VoIP
2 1 (25.00%) CISM
2 1 (25.00%) Firewall
2 1 (25.00%) Games
2 1 (25.00%) GIAC

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:

Communications & Networking
1 1 (25.00%) Firewall
1 1 (25.00%) VoIP
General
1 1 (25.00%) Games
Job Titles
1 2 (50.00%) Penetration Tester
1 2 (50.00%) Tester
2 1 (25.00%) Application Security Specialist
2 1 (25.00%) Applications Specialist
2 1 (25.00%) Security Engineer
2 1 (25.00%) Security Specialist
2 1 (25.00%) Senior Penetration Tester
2 1 (25.00%) Senior Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (25.00%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 1 (25.00%) Computer Science
1 1 (25.00%) Mobile App
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (50.00%) Ethical Hacking
1 2 (50.00%) Penetration Testing
1 2 (50.00%) Security Testing
2 1 (25.00%) Computer Security
2 1 (25.00%) Cybersecurity
2 1 (25.00%) Open Source
2 1 (25.00%) Reverse Engineering
2 1 (25.00%) Threat Modelling
Programming Languages
1 1 (25.00%) Java
1 1 (25.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (50.00%) CEH
1 2 (50.00%) CISSP
1 2 (50.00%) CREST Certified
1 2 (50.00%) OSCP
2 1 (25.00%) CHECK Team Leader
2 1 (25.00%) CHECK Team Member
2 1 (25.00%) CISM
2 1 (25.00%) Degree
2 1 (25.00%) GIAC
2 1 (25.00%) GWAPT
2 1 (25.00%) ISACA
2 1 (25.00%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (25.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
Vendors
1 1 (25.00%) Sitecore