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 27 March 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.

3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN)
UK
Rank 582 635 627
Rank change year-on-year +53 -8  
Contract jobs citing GPEN 1 5 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.002% 0.009% 0.007%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.011% 0.045% 0.037%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 4
Median daily rate £400 £469 £245
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -14.66% +91.32%  
UK excluding London median daily rate - £469 £245
% change year-on-year - +91.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
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 9336 11096 10841
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.79% 20.84% 20.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 5942 6920 6146
Median daily rate £420 £405 £399
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.70% +1.40%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £255 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £563 £545
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 449 405 500
Median hourly rate £30.00 £37.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +66.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.43 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.00 £57.50 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £22.75
% change year-on-year -25.20% +75.82%  

GPEN
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing GPEN as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing GPEN.

Contractor hourly rate trend for GPEN in the UK

GPEN
Top 2 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 3 months to 27 March 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
England +45 1 £400 -14.66% 2
London - 1 £400 - 1

GPEN
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 6 (75.00%) CISSP
2 5 (62.50%) GIAC
2 5 (62.50%) Penetration Testing
2 5 (62.50%) OSCP
2 5 (62.50%) CREST Certified
3 4 (50.00%) Information Security
3 4 (50.00%) CISM
4 3 (37.50%) CHECK Team Member
4 3 (37.50%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 3 (37.50%) Security Testing
5 2 (25.00%) Network Security
5 2 (25.00%) Computer Security
5 2 (25.00%) EnCE
5 2 (25.00%) Computer Science
5 2 (25.00%) QA
5 2 (25.00%) OSCE
5 2 (25.00%) Cybersecurity
5 2 (25.00%) Mentoring
5 2 (25.00%) GREM
5 2 (25.00%) Open Source
5 2 (25.00%) SANS
5 2 (25.00%) ISAE 3402
5 2 (25.00%) Vulnerability Scanning
5 2 (25.00%) Burp Suite
5 2 (25.00%) Kali Linux
5 2 (25.00%) OSSTMM
5 2 (25.00%) Identity Access Management
5 2 (25.00%) CCFP
5 2 (25.00%) SSCP
5 2 (25.00%) Sarbanes-Oxley

GPEN
Top Related 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 2 (25.00%) IPv6
1 2 (25.00%) Network Security
Development Applications
1 2 (25.00%) Burp Suite
General
1 1 (12.50%) Finance
Job Titles
1 5 (62.50%) Penetration Tester
1 5 (62.50%) Tester
2 3 (37.50%) Analyst
3 2 (25.00%) Information Analyst
3 2 (25.00%) Information Security Analyst
3 2 (25.00%) Infrastructure Tester
3 2 (25.00%) Security Analyst
4 1 (12.50%) Consultant
4 1 (12.50%) Forensic Analyst
4 1 (12.50%) Forensic Consultant
4 1 (12.50%) Incident Analyst
4 1 (12.50%) Information Risk Analyst
4 1 (12.50%) Risk Analyst
4 1 (12.50%) Security Penetration Tester
4 1 (12.50%) Security Risk Analyst
4 1 (12.50%) Security Tester
Miscellaneous
1 2 (25.00%) Computer Science
1 2 (25.00%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 2 (25.00%) Kali Linux
1 2 (25.00%) Linux
1 2 (25.00%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (62.50%) Penetration Testing
2 4 (50.00%) Information Security
3 3 (37.50%) Security Testing
3 3 (37.50%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 2 (25.00%) Computer Security
4 2 (25.00%) Cybersecurity
4 2 (25.00%) Identity Access Management
4 2 (25.00%) Mentoring
4 2 (25.00%) Open Source
4 2 (25.00%) OSSTMM
4 2 (25.00%) Risk Management
4 2 (25.00%) Vulnerability Scanning
5 1 (12.50%) Asset Management
5 1 (12.50%) Data Protection
5 1 (12.50%) E-Commerce
5 1 (12.50%) Incident Management
5 1 (12.50%) Project Management
5 1 (12.50%) Risk Assessment
5 1 (12.50%) Security Operations
Qualifications
1 6 (75.00%) CISSP
2 5 (62.50%) CREST Certified
2 5 (62.50%) GIAC
2 5 (62.50%) OSCP
3 4 (50.00%) CISM
4 3 (37.50%) CHECK Team Member
5 2 (25.00%) CCFP
5 2 (25.00%) CEH
5 2 (25.00%) CISA
5 2 (25.00%) Degree
5 2 (25.00%) EnCE
5 2 (25.00%) GCFA
5 2 (25.00%) GCIA
5 2 (25.00%) GREM
5 2 (25.00%) OSCE
5 2 (25.00%) SANS
5 2 (25.00%) SSCP
6 1 (12.50%) GCIH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (25.00%) ISAE 3402
1 2 (25.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 2 (25.00%) QA
1 2 (25.00%) Sarbanes-Oxley
Systems Management
1 2 (25.00%) Nessus
2 1 (12.50%) EnCase
2 1 (12.50%) McAfee ePO
2 1 (12.50%) SCCM
Vendors
1 1 (12.50%) FireEye
1 1 (12.50%) Intel Security
1 1 (12.50%) Splunk