Period
to 20 September 2018

The median contractor rate for a Penetration Tester was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 September 2018.

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
20 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 862 832 797
Rank change year-on-year -30 -35 +70
Contract jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 35 37 122
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.034% 0.037% 0.11%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.036% 0.039% 0.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 28 27 85
UK median daily rate £450 £510 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.76% +2.00% -
10th Percentile £320 £400 £418
90th Percentile £658 £635 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £463 £350 £525
% change year-on-year +32.14% -33.33% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
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 97,576 93,827 102,324
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.78% 94.94% 94.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 64,061 61,282 66,875
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £255
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +3.75% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,176 2,822 3,179
UK median hourly rate £17.87 £18.70 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.47% -1.58% +5.56%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.25
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £46.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year -2.78% -2.70% +5.71%

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 20 September 2018.

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 7 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 20 September 2018. 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 -38 31 £450 -11.76% 42
London -25 27 £450 -14.29% 19
UK excluding London -8 5 £463 +32.14% 26
South East -11 3 £575 - 11
North of England -18 1 £350 - 4
North West -19 1 £350 - 4
Wales - 1 - - 1

Penetration Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 September 2018, Penetration Tester contract jobs required the following IT skills 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 28 (80.00%) Penetration Testing
2 14 (40.00%) Ethical Hacking
3 11 (31.43%) CREST Certified
4 10 (28.57%) Amazon AWS
5 9 (25.71%) SC Cleared
5 9 (25.71%) Security Cleared
6 8 (22.86%) OSCP
6 8 (22.86%) Docker
6 8 (22.86%) Microsoft Azure
6 8 (22.86%) Kubernetes
7 7 (20.00%) Open Source
7 7 (20.00%) Hadoop
7 7 (20.00%) CESG
7 7 (20.00%) Nessus
8 6 (17.14%) Java
8 6 (17.14%) Reverse Engineering
8 6 (17.14%) Security Testing
8 6 (17.14%) Burp Suite
9 5 (14.29%) CHECK Team Member
9 5 (14.29%) Information Security
10 4 (11.43%) Finance
10 4 (11.43%) C
10 4 (11.43%) Python
10 4 (11.43%) Windows
10 4 (11.43%) Android
10 4 (11.43%) OWASP
10 4 (11.43%) CEH
10 4 (11.43%) Mobile App
10 4 (11.43%) Apple iOS
11 3 (8.57%) Fintech

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:

Cloud Services
1 10 (28.57%) Amazon AWS
2 8 (22.86%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (5.71%) IaaS
4 1 (2.86%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 2 (5.71%) Firewall
1 2 (5.71%) Internet
2 1 (2.86%) Network Security
2 1 (2.86%) Wireless
2 1 (2.86%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (20.00%) Hadoop
2 1 (2.86%) NonStop SQL
Development Applications
1 6 (17.14%) Burp Suite
2 1 (2.86%) Xcode
General
1 4 (11.43%) Finance
2 3 (8.57%) Banking
3 2 (5.71%) Legal
4 1 (2.86%) Automotive
4 1 (2.86%) Law
4 1 (2.86%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.86%) .NET
1 1 (2.86%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 7 (20.00%) CESG
2 4 (11.43%) Mobile App
3 3 (8.57%) Fintech
4 2 (5.71%) Cyber Defence
4 2 (5.71%) Public Cloud
5 1 (2.86%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (2.86%) Cloud Native
5 1 (2.86%) Cyberattack
5 1 (2.86%) Embedded Systems
5 1 (2.86%) EMV
Operating Systems
1 4 (11.43%) Android
1 4 (11.43%) Apple iOS
1 4 (11.43%) Windows
2 3 (8.57%) Linux
2 3 (8.57%) Unix
3 1 (2.86%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (80.00%) Penetration Testing
2 14 (40.00%) Ethical Hacking
3 7 (20.00%) Open Source
4 6 (17.14%) Reverse Engineering
4 6 (17.14%) Security Testing
5 5 (14.29%) Information Security
6 4 (11.43%) OWASP
7 3 (8.57%) Forensic Analysis
7 3 (8.57%) Malware Analysis
7 3 (8.57%) Remediation Plan
7 3 (8.57%) Stakeholder Management
7 3 (8.57%) Threat Modelling
8 2 (5.71%) Business Intelligence
8 2 (5.71%) Cryptography
8 2 (5.71%) Cybersecurity
8 2 (5.71%) Risk Analysis
8 2 (5.71%) SDLC
8 2 (5.71%) Technical Architecture
8 2 (5.71%) Vulnerability Assessment
9 1 (2.86%) Business Development
Programming Languages
1 6 (17.14%) Java
2 4 (11.43%) C
2 4 (11.43%) Python
3 3 (8.57%) C++
3 3 (8.57%) Ruby
4 2 (5.71%) Bash Shell
4 2 (5.71%) Perl
5 1 (2.86%) Apple Swift
5 1 (2.86%) C#
5 1 (2.86%) PHP
5 1 (2.86%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 11 (31.43%) CREST Certified
2 9 (25.71%) SC Cleared
2 9 (25.71%) Security Cleared
3 8 (22.86%) OSCP
4 5 (14.29%) CHECK Team Member
5 4 (11.43%) CEH
6 3 (8.57%) SANS
6 3 (8.57%) Tigerscheme
7 2 (5.71%) DV Cleared
8 1 (2.86%) CCSAM
8 1 (2.86%) CCSAS
8 1 (2.86%) CHECK Team Leader
8 1 (2.86%) CISSP
8 1 (2.86%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (5.71%) Cyber Essentials
2 1 (2.86%) GDPR
System Software
1 8 (22.86%) Docker
Systems Management
1 8 (22.86%) Kubernetes
2 7 (20.00%) Nessus
3 1 (2.86%) Nmap
Vendors
1 1 (2.86%) Google
1 1 (2.86%) Qualys
1 1 (2.86%) ServiceNow