Period
to 21 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Penetration Tester was £525 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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 Tester
UK
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 827 767 845
Rank change year-on-year -60 +78 +9
Contract jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 50 114 43
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.048% 0.11% 0.038%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.051% 0.11% 0.040%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 82 33
UK median daily rate £525 £525 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.00% +11.11%
10th Percentile £408 £413 £353
90th Percentile £635 £650 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £550 £500
% change year-on-year - +10.00% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
UK median hourly rate - £35.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £35.00 -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 97749 99240 107788
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.79% 94.76% 94.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 64477 64699 68564
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £393 £375
% change year-on-year +1.91% +4.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2920 3284 4118
UK median hourly rate £18.69 £18.03 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +0.17% +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

Penetration Tester
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Penetration Tester in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Penetration Tester in the UK

Penetration Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Penetration Tester in the UK

Penetration Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

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

Contractor daily rate histogram for Penetration Tester in the UK

Penetration Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Penetration Tester in the UK

Penetration Tester
Top 11 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Tester 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 -48 45 £550 +4.76% 31
London -52 36 £538 -2.27% 10
UK excluding London -2 12 £550 - 20
Wales +10 3 £500 -9.09%
South East -10 3 £550 - 11
West Midlands +20 2 £525 +20.34% 1
Midlands +18 2 £525 +20.34% 2
East of England - 2 - - 2
North of England +52 1 £350 - 3
North West - 1 £350 - 2
Scotland - 1 £401 -

Penetration Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 November 2017, Penetration Tester contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Penetration Tester in the job title.

1 39 (78.00%) Penetration Testing
2 23 (46.00%) CREST Certified
3 18 (36.00%) OWASP
3 18 (36.00%) Ethical Hacking
4 12 (24.00%) Security Testing
4 12 (24.00%) CHECK Team Member
5 11 (22.00%) Agile Software Development
5 11 (22.00%) Python
6 10 (20.00%) Information Security
7 9 (18.00%) Continuous Integration
7 9 (18.00%) Amazon AWS
7 9 (18.00%) MongoDB
8 8 (16.00%) Fuzz Testing
8 8 (16.00%) Social Engineering
8 8 (16.00%) Open Source
8 8 (16.00%) Ruby
8 8 (16.00%) Vulnerability Assessment
8 8 (16.00%) Finance
8 8 (16.00%) Linux
9 7 (14.00%) Web Services
9 7 (14.00%) PHP
9 7 (14.00%) CISSP
9 7 (14.00%) PostgreSQL
9 7 (14.00%) Test Automation
9 7 (14.00%) nginx
9 7 (14.00%) SC Cleared
9 7 (14.00%) Security Cleared
9 7 (14.00%) Static Code Analysis
9 7 (14.00%) Static Program Analysis
10 6 (12.00%) CircleCI

Penetration Tester Skill Set
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 7 (14.00%) nginx
Applications
1 3 (6.00%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 9 (18.00%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (4.00%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 3 (6.00%) Firewall
2 1 (2.00%) Multicast
2 1 (2.00%) Network Security
2 1 (2.00%) TCP/IP
2 1 (2.00%) VoIP
2 1 (2.00%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (18.00%) MongoDB
2 7 (14.00%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 6 (12.00%) CircleCI
1 6 (12.00%) Jenkins
1 6 (12.00%) Travis CI
2 2 (4.00%) Burp Suite
2 2 (4.00%) Metasploit
3 1 (2.00%) AppScan
3 1 (2.00%) Paros
3 1 (2.00%) WebScarab
General
1 8 (16.00%) Finance
2 3 (6.00%) Legal
3 2 (4.00%) Banking
4 1 (2.00%) Games
4 1 (2.00%) Law
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (14.00%) Web Services
2 2 (4.00%) ActiveMQ
3 1 (2.00%) .NET
3 1 (2.00%) CGI
3 1 (2.00%) HTML
3 1 (2.00%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (10.00%) Cyberthreat
2 2 (4.00%) Mobile App
3 1 (2.00%) Computer Science
3 1 (2.00%) Cyber Defence
3 1 (2.00%) Data Centre
3 1 (2.00%) Greenfield Project
3 1 (2.00%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 8 (16.00%) Linux
2 2 (4.00%) Windows
3 1 (2.00%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (78.00%) Penetration Testing
2 18 (36.00%) Ethical Hacking
2 18 (36.00%) OWASP
3 12 (24.00%) Security Testing
4 11 (22.00%) Agile Software Development
5 10 (20.00%) Information Security
6 9 (18.00%) Continuous Integration
7 8 (16.00%) Fuzz Testing
7 8 (16.00%) Open Source
7 8 (16.00%) Social Engineering
7 8 (16.00%) Vulnerability Assessment
8 7 (14.00%) Static Code Analysis
8 7 (14.00%) Static Program Analysis
8 7 (14.00%) Test Automation
9 6 (12.00%) Continuous Delivery
10 5 (10.00%) Cybersecurity
11 3 (6.00%) Analytics
11 3 (6.00%) Data Analytics
11 3 (6.00%) OSSTMM
11 3 (6.00%) Vulnerability Management
Programming Languages
1 11 (22.00%) Python
2 8 (16.00%) Ruby
3 7 (14.00%) PHP
4 5 (10.00%) Java
5 3 (6.00%) SQL
6 2 (4.00%) Bash Shell
6 2 (4.00%) C++
6 2 (4.00%) JavaScript
7 1 (2.00%) C
7 1 (2.00%) C#
7 1 (2.00%) Perl
7 1 (2.00%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 23 (46.00%) CREST Certified
2 12 (24.00%) CHECK Team Member
3 7 (14.00%) CISSP
3 7 (14.00%) SC Cleared
3 7 (14.00%) Security Cleared
4 5 (10.00%) CEH
4 5 (10.00%) SANS
5 3 (6.00%) Degree
6 2 (4.00%) CHECK Team Leader
6 2 (4.00%) DV Cleared
6 2 (4.00%) GPEN
6 2 (4.00%) OSCP
7 1 (2.00%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (2.00%) CISM
7 1 (2.00%) GIAC
7 1 (2.00%) Tigerscheme
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (6.00%) Data Quality
2 2 (4.00%) Cyber Essentials
2 2 (4.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (4.00%) QA
3 1 (2.00%) GDPR
3 1 (2.00%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 1 (2.00%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 4 (8.00%) Nessus
2 3 (6.00%) Nmap
3 2 (4.00%) Puppet
3 2 (4.00%) Terraform
4 1 (2.00%) HP Fortify
Vendors
1 5 (10.00%) Microsoft
2 3 (6.00%) Mercator
2 3 (6.00%) Qualys