Period
to 20 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Security Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Security Testing over the 6 months to 20 November 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.

Security Testing
UK
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 672 598 576
Rank change year-on-year -74 -22 +67
Contract jobs citing Security Testing 207 299 326
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.20% 0.29% 0.29%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.24% 0.34% 0.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 131 170 215
UK median daily rate £500 £450 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.11% +12.50% +6.67%
10th Percentile £310 £317 £275
90th Percentile £638 £588 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £425 £375
% change year-on-year +17.65% +13.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 3
UK median hourly rate £57.50 £39.37 £60.98
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +46.05% -35.44% +10.87%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £52.50 £39.37 £60.74
% change year-on-year +33.35% -35.18% -

Security Testing is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 86424 87276 93513
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.51% 83.91% 81.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 57570 57725 60596
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £281 £263 £263
90th Percentile £630 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £385
% change year-on-year - +3.90% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2044 2323 2749
UK median hourly rate £23.63 £24.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.56% +6.67% +18.42%
10th Percentile £11.44 £11.26 £11.50
90th Percentile £49.75 £48.75 £47.71
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £24.50 £23.75
% change year-on-year -2.04% +3.16% +18.75%

Security Testing
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Security Testing as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Security Testing in the UK

Security Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Security Testing in the UK

Security Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Security Testing over the 6 months to 20 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Security Testing in the UK

Security Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Security Testing in the UK

Security Testing
Top 13 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Security Testing within the UK over the 6 months to 20 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 -44 203 £500 +13.31% 46
London -29 123 £500 +11.11% 14
UK excluding London -39 83 £500 +17.65% 34
South East -22 45 £513 +24.24% 12
North of England +36 15 £463 +15.63% 9
North West +20 12 £425 - 2
Midlands +10 9 £375 -23.08% 5
West Midlands +17 6 £475 -2.56% 5
South West +16 6 £575 +17.95% 5
East of England -19 5 £525 +27.27% 1
North East +58 3 £500 +21.95%
East Midlands -1 3 £375 -
Scotland -20 3 £401 +21.95% 1

For the 6 months to 20 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Security Testing 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 Security Testing.

1 86 (41.55%) Test Automation
2 76 (36.71%) Agile Software Development
3 65 (31.40%) Penetration Testing
4 56 (27.05%) Java
5 49 (23.67%) OWASP
6 39 (18.84%) CISSP
6 39 (18.84%) Information Security
7 36 (17.39%) Finance
7 36 (17.39%) Jenkins
8 34 (16.43%) JIRA
9 32 (15.46%) QA
9 32 (15.46%) Test Strategy
9 32 (15.46%) BDD
10 31 (14.98%) Continuous Delivery
11 30 (14.49%) Continuous Integration
12 28 (13.53%) Performance Testing
12 28 (13.53%) Security Cleared
12 28 (13.53%) Vulnerability Management
12 28 (13.53%) Scrum
13 27 (13.04%) Selenium
14 26 (12.56%) Open Source
14 26 (12.56%) Linux
15 25 (12.08%) Vulnerability Assessment
15 25 (12.08%) DevOps
16 24 (11.59%) Continuous Improvement
16 24 (11.59%) JavaScript
17 23 (11.11%) Banking
18 22 (10.63%) Cybersecurity
19 21 (10.14%) API Testing
19 21 (10.14%) Amazon AWS

Security Testing
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 18 (8.70%) Confluence
2 8 (3.86%) nginx
3 6 (2.90%) Apache Pig
4 4 (1.93%) IIS
5 2 (0.97%) CMS
5 2 (0.97%) SharePoint
6 1 (0.48%) Apache Spark
6 1 (0.48%) EPiServer
6 1 (0.48%) OpenStack
Applications
1 8 (3.86%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (2.90%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.48%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.48%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.48%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.48%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 21 (10.14%) Amazon AWS
2 10 (4.83%) GitHub
3 8 (3.86%) Microsoft Azure
4 5 (2.42%) BlazeMeter
5 3 (1.45%) Google Cloud Platform
5 3 (1.45%) OpenShift
6 1 (0.48%) BrowserStack
6 1 (0.48%) IaaS
6 1 (0.48%) PaaS
6 1 (0.48%) SaaS
6 1 (0.48%) Sauce Labs
6 1 (0.48%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 21 (10.14%) Firewall
2 11 (5.31%) Internet
3 10 (4.83%) Network Security
3 10 (4.83%) TCP/IP
4 7 (3.38%) Intrusion Detection
5 5 (2.42%) Kerberos
5 5 (2.42%) VPN
6 4 (1.93%) NAS
6 4 (1.93%) SAN
7 2 (0.97%) Cisco IOS
7 2 (0.97%) DNS
7 2 (0.97%) Intranet
7 2 (0.97%) IPsec
7 2 (0.97%) LAN
7 2 (0.97%) SSL
7 2 (0.97%) WAN
7 2 (0.97%) Wireless
8 1 (0.48%) 802.11
8 1 (0.48%) 802.15
8 1 (0.48%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (9.66%) Big Data
2 14 (6.76%) MongoDB
3 11 (5.31%) Hadoop
4 8 (3.86%) PostgreSQL
5 7 (3.38%) Apache Hive
6 5 (2.42%) Impala
7 3 (1.45%) HBase
7 3 (1.45%) NoSQL
7 3 (1.45%) SQL Server
8 1 (0.48%) Apache Cassandra
8 1 (0.48%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
8 1 (0.48%) MySQL
8 1 (0.48%) SQL Server 2008
8 1 (0.48%) SQL Server 2016
8 1 (0.48%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 36 (17.39%) Jenkins
2 34 (16.43%) JIRA
3 27 (13.04%) Selenium
4 20 (9.66%) Git (software)
5 18 (8.70%) JMeter
6 16 (7.73%) WebDriver
7 15 (7.25%) Cucumber
8 13 (6.28%) Burp Suite
9 9 (4.35%) GitLab
9 9 (4.35%) HP UFT
9 9 (4.35%) SoapUI
10 8 (3.86%) Ant
10 8 (3.86%) Gradle
10 8 (3.86%) Jasmine
10 8 (3.86%) Maven
10 8 (3.86%) Protractor
10 8 (3.86%) Visual Studio
11 7 (3.38%) CircleCI
11 7 (3.38%) Gatling
11 7 (3.38%) Travis CI
General
1 36 (17.39%) Finance
2 23 (11.11%) Banking
3 11 (5.31%) Telecoms
4 9 (4.35%) Legal
5 7 (3.38%) Manufacturing
6 5 (2.42%) Retail
7 3 (1.45%) Electronics
7 3 (1.45%) Marketing
7 3 (1.45%) Retail Banking
8 2 (0.97%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.48%) Games
9 1 (0.48%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.48%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 52 (25.12%) Analyst
2 36 (17.39%) Security Analyst
3 28 (13.53%) Tester
4 24 (11.59%) Architect
5 22 (10.63%) Application Security Analyst
6 20 (9.66%) Consultant
7 14 (6.76%) Security Consultant
8 12 (5.80%) Penetration Tester
8 12 (5.80%) Security Architect
8 12 (5.80%) Test Analyst
8 12 (5.80%) Test Engineer
9 11 (5.31%) Security Engineer
9 11 (5.31%) Test Architect
10 9 (4.35%) Java Engineer
11 8 (3.86%) Information Manager
11 8 (3.86%) QA Engineer
11 8 (3.86%) Security Manager
11 8 (3.86%) Test Automation Engineer
11 8 (3.86%) Test Manager
12 7 (3.38%) Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (10.14%) Web Services
2 19 (9.18%) Gherkin
3 13 (6.28%) RESTful
4 12 (5.80%) .NET
5 8 (3.86%) Elastic Stack
5 8 (3.86%) REST
6 6 (2.90%) Kafka
7 5 (2.42%) SAML
8 4 (1.93%) Taurus
9 3 (1.45%) SOAP
10 2 (0.97%) 802.1X
10 2 (0.97%) AngularJS
10 2 (0.97%) HTML
10 2 (0.97%) Java EE
10 2 (0.97%) JSON
10 2 (0.97%) Node.js
10 2 (0.97%) SailPoint
11 1 (0.48%) .NET Framework
11 1 (0.48%) Spring Security
11 1 (0.48%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 15 (7.25%) Management Information System
2 10 (4.83%) Cyberthreat
2 10 (4.83%) Wiki
3 8 (3.86%) Analytical Skills
3 8 (3.86%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 7 (3.38%) BYOD
5 6 (2.90%) Computer Science
5 6 (2.90%) PKI
6 4 (1.93%) Mobile App
6 4 (1.93%) Security Operations Centre
7 3 (1.45%) Cyber Attack
7 3 (1.45%) Virtual Team
8 2 (0.97%) CESG
8 2 (0.97%) Credit Risk
8 2 (0.97%) Market Risk
8 2 (0.97%) Public Cloud
8 2 (0.97%) User Experience
9 1 (0.48%) Client/Server
9 1 (0.48%) Life Science
9 1 (0.48%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 26 (12.56%) Linux
2 15 (7.25%) Unix
3 13 (6.28%) Windows
4 9 (4.35%) Android
5 7 (3.38%) Apple iOS
6 3 (1.45%) Kali Linux
7 2 (0.97%) Ubuntu
7 2 (0.97%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 86 (41.55%) Test Automation
2 76 (36.71%) Agile Software Development
3 65 (31.40%) Penetration Testing
4 49 (23.67%) OWASP
5 39 (18.84%) Information Security
6 32 (15.46%) BDD
6 32 (15.46%) Test Strategy
7 31 (14.98%) Continuous Delivery
8 30 (14.49%) Continuous Integration
9 28 (13.53%) Performance Testing
9 28 (13.53%) Scrum
9 28 (13.53%) Vulnerability Management
10 26 (12.56%) Open Source
11 25 (12.08%) DevOps
11 25 (12.08%) Vulnerability Assessment
12 24 (11.59%) Continuous Improvement
13 22 (10.63%) Cybersecurity
14 21 (10.14%) API Testing
15 20 (9.66%) ITIL
15 20 (9.66%) Security Architecture
Programming Languages
1 56 (27.05%) Java
2 24 (11.59%) JavaScript
3 21 (10.14%) Python
3 21 (10.14%) SQL
4 19 (9.18%) C#
5 12 (5.80%) Ruby
6 11 (5.31%) PHP
7 10 (4.83%) Scala
8 9 (4.35%) Groovy
9 2 (0.97%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.48%) C
10 1 (0.48%) COBOL
10 1 (0.48%) HiveQL
10 1 (0.48%) Objective-C
10 1 (0.48%) VB
Qualifications
1 39 (18.84%) CISSP
2 28 (13.53%) Security Cleared
3 16 (7.73%) SC Cleared
4 15 (7.25%) CEH
4 15 (7.25%) CRISC
5 14 (6.76%) CREST Certified
6 13 (6.28%) CISA
6 13 (6.28%) CISM
7 12 (5.80%) Degree
7 12 (5.80%) MCSE
7 12 (5.80%) Microsoft Certification
8 10 (4.83%) CASP
8 10 (4.83%) Cisco Certification
8 10 (4.83%) SSCP
9 9 (4.35%) CHECK Team Member
10 8 (3.86%) BPSS Clearance
10 8 (3.86%) CCSP
10 8 (3.86%) DV Cleared
11 7 (3.38%) ISTQB
12 6 (2.90%) GIAC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (15.46%) QA
2 16 (7.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 10 (4.83%) PCI DSS
4 8 (3.86%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 6 (2.90%) COBIT
6 4 (1.93%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 3 (1.45%) GDPR
7 3 (1.45%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 3 (1.45%) PSD2
8 2 (0.97%) Basel II
8 2 (0.97%) Basel III
8 2 (0.97%) COREP
8 2 (0.97%) CRD IV
9 1 (0.48%) CESG Infosec
9 1 (0.48%) Disclosure Scotland
9 1 (0.48%) PMO
System Software
1 4 (1.93%) Docker
2 2 (0.97%) Apache Flume
3 1 (0.48%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.48%) IAG
Systems Management
1 12 (5.80%) Nessus
2 11 (5.31%) HP Fortify
3 8 (3.86%) logstash
4 5 (2.42%) CA Single Sign-On
5 4 (1.93%) Ansible
6 2 (0.97%) EnCase
6 2 (0.97%) HP Quality Center
6 2 (0.97%) Nexpose
6 2 (0.97%) Nmap
7 1 (0.48%) Ambari
7 1 (0.48%) Hadoop YARN
7 1 (0.48%) IBM BigFix
7 1 (0.48%) Kibana
7 1 (0.48%) MIIS
7 1 (0.48%) Nagios
7 1 (0.48%) Oozie
7 1 (0.48%) Terraform
Vendors
1 21 (10.14%) Microsoft
2 16 (7.73%) HP
2 16 (7.73%) Splunk
3 11 (5.31%) Qualys
4 8 (3.86%) AlienVault
4 8 (3.86%) Atlassian
5 6 (2.90%) Cisco
5 6 (2.90%) SAP
6 5 (2.42%) CA
6 5 (2.42%) Oracle
6 5 (2.42%) Perforce
7 4 (1.93%) VMware
7 4 (1.93%) Xamarin
8 3 (1.45%) Google
8 3 (1.45%) Juniper
9 2 (0.97%) CheckPoint
9 2 (0.97%) F5
9 2 (0.97%) IBM
9 2 (0.97%) McAfee
9 2 (0.97%) Red Hat