Penetration Tester Contracts

Penetration Tester
UK

The median Penetration Tester daily rate in the UK is £600 according to job vacancies posted during the 6 months to 25 February 2024.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

6 months to
25 Feb 2024
Same period 2023 Same period 2022
Rank 491 700 832
Rank change year-on-year +209 +132 -210
Contract jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 109 52 23
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.25% 0.079% 0.026%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.27% 0.083% 0.027%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 37 18
10th Percentile £440 £408 £360
25th Percentile £500 £471 £453
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £600 £600 £534
Median % change year-on-year - +12.41% +18.61%
75th Percentile £713 £700 £597
90th Percentile £760 £753 £735
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £473 £525
% change year-on-year +16.40% -10.00% +5.00%

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
UK

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.

Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 40,775 62,333 85,527
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.99% 94.62% 95.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 26,847 43,372 60,085
10th Percentile £275 £310 £308
25th Percentile £409 £425 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £550 £525
Median % change year-on-year -4.55% +4.76% +10.53%
75th Percentile £638 £650 £625
90th Percentile £738 £750 £713
UK excluding London median daily rate £488 £500 £463
% change year-on-year -2.50% +8.11% +8.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,327 1,661 2,119
10th Percentile £13.15 £14.09 £12.36
25th Percentile £16.30 £18.25 £15.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £39.00 £22.09
Median % change year-on-year -10.26% +76.55% -3.96%
75th Percentile £60.00 £65.00 £47.98
90th Percentile £71.90 £74.50 £62.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £36.00 £18.70
% change year-on-year -2.78% +92.51% -1.58%

Penetration Tester
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Penetration Tester in the UK

Penetration Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Penetration Tester.

Daily rate trend for Penetration Tester in the UK

Penetration Tester
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Penetration Tester over the 6 months to 25 February 2024.

Daily rate histogram for Penetration Tester in the UK

Penetration Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Penetration Tester.

Hourly rate trend for Penetration Tester in the UK

Penetration Tester
Top 10 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 25 February 2024. 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
Jobs
England +199 106 £613 -2.00% 25
UK excluding London +153 93 £550 +16.40% 13
Work from Home +211 92 £500 -15.79% 16
South East - 86 - - 4
London +102 10 £625 - 9
South West +29 4 £675 +12.50% 2
Midlands +49 2 £475 +5.56% 1
West Midlands +39 1 £500 +11.11% 1
East Midlands - 1 £450 -
North of England - 1 - - 2

Penetration Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities

For the 6 months to 25 February 2024, Penetration Tester contract job roles required the following skills and capabilities in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads featuring Penetration Tester in the job title.

1 100 (91.74%) Security Cleared
2 99 (90.83%) Penetration Testing
2 99 (90.83%) CREST Certified
3 94 (86.24%) Cybersecurity
4 92 (84.40%) OSCP
4 92 (84.40%) OWASP
5 91 (83.49%) Security Testing
6 90 (82.57%) Mobile App
7 89 (81.65%) Application Security
7 89 (81.65%) GPEN
7 89 (81.65%) Stakeholder Management
7 89 (81.65%) GIAC
8 88 (80.73%) Web Services
8 88 (80.73%) MITRE ATT&CK
8 88 (80.73%) SANS
9 87 (79.82%) NCSC
9 87 (79.82%) PCI DSS
10 86 (78.90%) SaaS
10 86 (78.90%) PaaS
10 86 (78.90%) IaaS
10 86 (78.90%) Broadband
10 86 (78.90%) Law
10 86 (78.90%) GDPR
10 86 (78.90%) Virgin Media
10 86 (78.90%) 5G
10 86 (78.90%) Organisational Skills
11 12 (11.01%) SC Cleared
12 10 (9.17%) CHECK Team Leader
13 7 (6.42%) CHECK Team Member
14 6 (5.50%) Windows

Penetration Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same employment type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Cloud Services
1 86 (78.90%) IaaS
1 86 (78.90%) PaaS
1 86 (78.90%) SaaS
2 5 (4.59%) AWS
3 1 (0.92%) GCP
Communications & Networking
1 86 (78.90%) 5G
1 86 (78.90%) Broadband
2 2 (1.83%) HTTP
2 2 (1.83%) HTTPS
2 2 (1.83%) Network Security
2 2 (1.83%) Wireless
Development Applications
1 3 (2.75%) Burp Suite
1 3 (2.75%) SoapUI
General
1 86 (78.90%) Law
1 86 (78.90%) Organisational Skills
2 3 (2.75%) Public Sector
3 2 (1.83%) Aeronautics
3 2 (1.83%) Automotive
3 2 (1.83%) Finance
4 1 (0.92%) Aerospace
4 1 (0.92%) Social Skills
4 1 (0.92%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 88 (80.73%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 90 (82.57%) Mobile App
2 3 (2.75%) Embedded Systems
2 3 (2.75%) Operational Technology
3 2 (1.83%) IoT
4 1 (0.92%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 6 (5.50%) Windows
2 5 (4.59%) Linux
3 3 (2.75%) Mac OS X
4 1 (0.92%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 99 (90.83%) Penetration Testing
2 94 (86.24%) Cybersecurity
3 92 (84.40%) OWASP
4 91 (83.49%) Security Testing
5 89 (81.65%) Application Security
5 89 (81.65%) Stakeholder Management
6 88 (80.73%) MITRE ATT&CK
7 5 (4.59%) Red Team
8 4 (3.67%) Computer Science
8 4 (3.67%) Offensive Security
8 4 (3.67%) Social Engineering
9 3 (2.75%) Black-Box Testing
9 3 (2.75%) Incident Response
9 3 (2.75%) Malware Analysis
9 3 (2.75%) Vulnerability Assessment
9 3 (2.75%) White-Box Testing
10 2 (1.83%) Cloud Security
10 2 (1.83%) Cryptography
10 2 (1.83%) Ethical Hacking
10 2 (1.83%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 4 (3.67%) C#
1 4 (3.67%) Go
1 4 (3.67%) Python
2 1 (0.92%) C++
2 1 (0.92%) Java
Qualifications
1 100 (91.74%) Security Cleared
2 99 (90.83%) CREST Certified
3 92 (84.40%) OSCP
4 89 (81.65%) GIAC
4 89 (81.65%) GPEN
5 88 (80.73%) SANS
6 12 (11.01%) SC Cleared
7 10 (9.17%) CHECK Team Leader
8 7 (6.42%) CHECK Team Member
9 4 (3.67%) Computer Science Degree
9 4 (3.67%) Degree
10 2 (1.83%) CEH
10 2 (1.83%) OSCE
10 2 (1.83%) OSWP
11 1 (0.92%) CCNA
11 1 (0.92%) Cisco Certification
11 1 (0.92%) CISM
11 1 (0.92%) Cyber Scheme
11 1 (0.92%) DV Cleared
11 1 (0.92%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 87 (79.82%) NCSC
1 87 (79.82%) PCI DSS
2 86 (78.90%) GDPR
3 4 (3.67%) NIST
4 2 (1.83%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.92%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.92%) QA
Vendors
1 86 (78.90%) Virgin Media
2 1 (0.92%) Cisco
2 1 (0.92%) Microsoft