Period
to 17 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Security Tester was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 17 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.

Security Tester
UK
6 months to
17 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 865 860 876
Rank change year-on-year -5 +16 -7
Contract jobs requiring a Security Tester 13 34 17
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.013% 0.032% 0.015%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.013% 0.034% 0.016%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 18 13
UK median daily rate £500 £525 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.76% +31.25% -
10th Percentile £375 £450 £309
90th Percentile £575 £700 £503
UK excluding London median daily rate - £550 £325
% change year-on-year - +69.23% -21.21%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
UK median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

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 97472 100409 109082
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.81% 94.75% 94.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 64264 65451 69386
UK median daily rate £448 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.29% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2912 3320 4146
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.26 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.77 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +1.54% - +8.29%

Security Tester
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Security Tester in the UK

Security Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Security Tester in the UK

Security Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Security Tester over the 6 months to 17 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Security Tester in the UK

Security Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Security Tester in the UK

Security Tester
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 Security Tester within the UK over the 6 months to 17 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 -3 11 £500 -4.76% 5
London -14 7 £500 -16.67% 2
UK excluding London +23 5 - - 3
East of England - 4 - -
Scotland - 1 - -

Security Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 November 2017, Security 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 Security Tester in the job title.

1 6 (46.15%) Penetration Testing
2 5 (38.46%) Python
3 4 (30.77%) Law
3 4 (30.77%) Programme Delivery
3 4 (30.77%) Data Centre
4 3 (23.08%) CREST Certified
4 3 (23.08%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (23.08%) PowerShell
4 3 (23.08%) Test Automation
4 3 (23.08%) VirtualBox
4 3 (23.08%) Cybersecurity
4 3 (23.08%) VMware
4 3 (23.08%) Agile Software Development
4 3 (23.08%) VMS
4 3 (23.08%) CISSP
4 3 (23.08%) Internet
4 3 (23.08%) Perl
4 3 (23.08%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 3 (23.08%) Security Testing
5 2 (15.38%) Firewall
5 2 (15.38%) Kanban
5 2 (15.38%) SC Cleared
5 2 (15.38%) DV Cleared
5 2 (15.38%) Security Cleared
5 2 (15.38%) Degree
5 2 (15.38%) QA
5 2 (15.38%) ActiveMQ
5 2 (15.38%) Java
5 2 (15.38%) Scrum
5 2 (15.38%) DevOps

Security 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 2 (15.38%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (15.38%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 3 (23.08%) Internet
2 2 (15.38%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (15.38%) MongoDB
General
1 4 (30.77%) Law
2 1 (7.69%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (15.38%) ActiveMQ
Miscellaneous
1 4 (30.77%) Data Centre
2 1 (7.69%) Cyber Defence
2 1 (7.69%) Mobile App
2 1 (7.69%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 3 (23.08%) VMS
2 1 (7.69%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (46.15%) Penetration Testing
2 4 (30.77%) Programme Delivery
3 3 (23.08%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (23.08%) Cybersecurity
3 3 (23.08%) Security Testing
3 3 (23.08%) Test Automation
3 3 (23.08%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 2 (15.38%) API Testing
4 2 (15.38%) DevOps
4 2 (15.38%) Kanban
4 2 (15.38%) Microservices
4 2 (15.38%) Scrum
4 2 (15.38%) Server Building
5 1 (7.69%) Computer Forensics
5 1 (7.69%) Continuous Integration
5 1 (7.69%) Cryptography
5 1 (7.69%) Ethical Hacking
5 1 (7.69%) Information Security
5 1 (7.69%) Non-Functional Testing
5 1 (7.69%) OWASP
Programming Languages
1 5 (38.46%) Python
2 3 (23.08%) Perl
2 3 (23.08%) PowerShell
3 2 (15.38%) Bash Shell
3 2 (15.38%) Java
Qualifications
1 3 (23.08%) CISSP
1 3 (23.08%) CREST Certified
2 2 (15.38%) Degree
2 2 (15.38%) DV Cleared
2 2 (15.38%) SC Cleared
2 2 (15.38%) Security Cleared
3 1 (7.69%) BPSS Clearance
3 1 (7.69%) CEH
3 1 (7.69%) CHECK Team Member
3 1 (7.69%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (15.38%) QA
System Software
1 3 (23.08%) VirtualBox
1 3 (23.08%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 2 (15.38%) Puppet
1 2 (15.38%) Terraform
2 1 (7.69%) HP Fortify
2 1 (7.69%) Nessus
Vendors
1 3 (23.08%) VMware
2 1 (7.69%) Qualys
2 1 (7.69%) Splunk