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 3 months to 22 March 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.

3 months to
22 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Security Testing
UK
Rank 455 462 517
Rank change year-on-year +7 +55  
Contract jobs citing Security Testing 131 169 95
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.29% 0.32% 0.18%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.35% 0.39% 0.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 63 98 61
Median daily rate £475 £400 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +18.75% +5.26%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £280 £223
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £502 £477
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £400 £340
% change year-on-year +12.50% +17.64%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 15 0
Median hourly rate - £60.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £60.00 -

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

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 36922 43751 41629
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 83.12% 82.86% 79.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 24340 28690 25778
Median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.31%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £409 £400 £398
% change year-on-year +2.25% +0.62%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 929 1113 1192
Median hourly rate £35.00 £37.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.66% +36.36%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £55.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £39.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.69% +30.00%  

Security Testing
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Security Testing as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

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 3 months to 22 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Security Testing.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Security Testing in the UK

Security Testing
Top 30 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 3 months to 22 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +27 120 £475 +18.75% 59
London +18 59 £500 +17.64% 23
South East -1 28 £450 +12.50% 18
Buckinghamshire - 16 £483 - 4
North East +6 13 £350 - 1
Tyne and Wear +1 13 £350 - 1
Newcastle upon Tyne -1 13 £350 - 1
Milton Keynes - 9 £483 - 4
Berkshire +25 8 £450 +28.57% 3
Scotland +24 7 £425 +25.07%
Bracknell +6 5 £450 -
West Midlands +20 4 £475 +69.64% 2
Yorkshire +9 4 £325 -18.75% 4
Glasgow +2 4 £426 +46.72%
West Yorkshire +21 3 - - 4
North West +17 3 £600 +50.00% 3
Leeds +10 3 - - 4
Manchester +2 3 £600 +45.45% 3
City of London -4 3 £425 -5.55% 3
East of England -7 3 - - 1
Cardiff +15 2 £513 +46.42%
South Wales +13 2 £513 +46.42%
Wales +10 2 £513 +46.42%
Midlands +8 2 - -
Nottingham +5 2 - -
Nottinghamshire +5 2 - -
Welwyn Garden City 0 2 - -
Surrey -2 2 - - 9
East Midlands -2 2 - - 2
Hertfordshire -7 2 - - 1

Security Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 March 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.

1 111 (40.07%) Agile Software Development
2 87 (31.41%) Java
3 82 (29.60%) Selenium
4 73 (26.35%) Scrum
5 71 (25.63%) Performance Testing
6 64 (23.10%) Automated Testing
6 64 (23.10%) Security Cleared
7 62 (22.38%) Test Automation
8 60 (21.66%) Penetration Testing
9 54 (19.49%) Risk Management
10 53 (19.13%) QA
10 53 (19.13%) BDD
11 52 (18.77%) Cybersecurity
12 51 (18.41%) Gherkin
13 48 (17.33%) Unit Testing
14 47 (16.97%) Defect Management
14 47 (16.97%) Windows
15 45 (16.25%) Software Engineering
15 45 (16.25%) Usability Testing
16 44 (15.88%) Continuous Improvement
17 43 (15.52%) Security Architecture
18 42 (15.16%) User Stories
19 41 (14.80%) Open Source
19 41 (14.80%) Amazon AWS
19 41 (14.80%) SoapUI
19 41 (14.80%) Vulnerability Assessment
20 40 (14.44%) CEH
20 40 (14.44%) Web Services
20 40 (14.44%) OSCP
20 40 (14.44%) Continuous Integration

Security Testing
Top Related 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 19 (6.86%) Confluence
2 16 (5.78%) CMS
3 12 (4.33%) Sitecore CMS
4 4 (1.44%) Apache Spark
4 4 (1.44%) Drupal
5 3 (1.08%) SharePoint
6 2 (0.72%) JBoss
7 1 (0.36%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 1 (0.36%) IIS
7 1 (0.36%) nginx
7 1 (0.36%) OpenStack
7 1 (0.36%) Skype for Business
7 1 (0.36%) Umbraco
7 1 (0.36%) WordPress
Applications
1 12 (4.33%) MS Excel
2 11 (3.97%) MS Visio
3 10 (3.61%) MS Office
4 4 (1.44%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 3 (1.08%) Dynamics CRM
1 3 (1.08%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.36%) FLEXCUBE
2 1 (0.36%) Temenos T24
2 1 (0.36%) VisionPLUS
Cloud Services
1 41 (14.80%) Amazon AWS
2 17 (6.14%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (2.17%) PaaS
4 5 (1.81%) SaaS
5 2 (0.72%) Cloud Computing
5 2 (0.72%) IaaS
6 1 (0.36%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.36%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 33 (11.91%) Firewall
2 19 (6.86%) Kerberos
3 14 (5.05%) HTTP
4 11 (3.97%) Network Security
4 11 (3.97%) VPN
5 8 (2.89%) 2G
5 8 (2.89%) 3G
5 8 (2.89%) 4G
5 8 (2.89%) Diameter Protocol
5 8 (2.89%) LTE
5 8 (2.89%) MVNO
5 8 (2.89%) Radio Access Network
6 7 (2.53%) VoLTE
7 6 (2.17%) Internet
7 6 (2.17%) LDAP
8 5 (1.81%) Intrusion Detection
9 4 (1.44%) DHCP
9 4 (1.44%) DNS
9 4 (1.44%) Intranet
9 4 (1.44%) SCCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (2.89%) Hadoop
2 5 (1.81%) PostgreSQL
3 4 (1.44%) Big Data
3 4 (1.44%) InfluxDB
4 3 (1.08%) Relational Database
4 3 (1.08%) SQL Server
5 2 (0.72%) Apache Hive
5 2 (0.72%) Impala
5 2 (0.72%) MongoDB
5 2 (0.72%) Sqoop
6 1 (0.36%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 82 (29.60%) Selenium
2 41 (14.80%) SoapUI
3 39 (14.08%) JIRA
4 23 (8.30%) Jenkins
5 22 (7.94%) JMeter
6 21 (7.58%) Cucumber
7 18 (6.50%) WebDriver
8 12 (4.33%) Maven
9 11 (3.97%) Ant
9 11 (3.97%) Apache Ivy
9 11 (3.97%) Bitbucket
9 11 (3.97%) eggPlant
9 11 (3.97%) Gradle
10 9 (3.25%) Visual Studio
11 8 (2.89%) Git (software)
11 8 (2.89%) JUnit
12 7 (2.53%) LoadRunner
13 5 (1.81%) Robot Framework
14 4 (1.44%) Burp Suite
14 4 (1.44%) Protractor
General
1 27 (9.75%) Finance
2 12 (4.33%) Banking
3 10 (3.61%) Legal
4 8 (2.89%) Retail
5 6 (2.17%) Marketing
6 4 (1.44%) Advertising
6 4 (1.44%) Games
6 4 (1.44%) Telecoms
7 3 (1.08%) Back Office
7 3 (1.08%) Electronics
7 3 (1.08%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.72%) Investment Banking
8 2 (0.72%) Law
Job Titles
1 68 (24.55%) Tester
2 47 (16.97%) Architect
3 44 (15.88%) Analyst
4 37 (13.36%) Consultant
4 37 (13.36%) Security Architect
5 32 (11.55%) Security Consultant
6 30 (10.83%) Automation Tester
7 26 (9.39%) Security Analyst
8 24 (8.66%) Developer
9 22 (7.94%) Penetration Tester
10 20 (7.22%) Developer in Test
10 20 (7.22%) Selenium Tester
11 19 (6.86%) Test Engineer
12 18 (6.50%) Selenium Automation Tester
13 17 (6.14%) Cybersecurity Architect
13 17 (6.14%) Java Automation Tester
14 15 (5.42%) Test Analyst
15 14 (5.05%) QA Tester
16 11 (3.97%) QA Engineer
17 9 (3.25%) Security Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 51 (18.41%) Gherkin
2 40 (14.44%) Web Services
3 35 (12.64%) RESTful
4 17 (6.14%) SAML
5 14 (5.05%) .NET
6 13 (4.69%) XML
7 12 (4.33%) REST
8 11 (3.97%) JSON
9 6 (2.17%) AngularJS
10 5 (1.81%) HTML
10 5 (1.81%) SOAP
11 4 (1.44%) CSS
11 4 (1.44%) OAuth
11 4 (1.44%) Spring
12 3 (1.08%) ASP.NET
12 3 (1.08%) Chai
12 3 (1.08%) J2EE
13 2 (0.72%) .NET Framework
13 2 (0.72%) Kafka
14 1 (0.36%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 17 (6.14%) Mobile App
2 16 (5.78%) Analytical Skills
3 14 (5.05%) Management Information System
4 9 (3.25%) Data Protection Act
5 8 (2.89%) Data Centre
6 7 (2.53%) Algorithms
7 6 (2.17%) Computer Science
8 5 (1.81%) CESG
9 4 (1.44%) Replication
10 3 (1.08%) BYOD
10 3 (1.08%) CESG CLAS
10 3 (1.08%) Public Cloud
11 2 (0.72%) SCADA
12 1 (0.36%) Fintech
12 1 (0.36%) FMCG
12 1 (0.36%) iPad
12 1 (0.36%) iPhone
12 1 (0.36%) Mainframe
12 1 (0.36%) Mobile Banking
12 1 (0.36%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 47 (16.97%) Windows
2 34 (12.27%) Unix
3 8 (2.89%) Linux
4 6 (2.17%) Windows Server
5 4 (1.44%) Android
5 4 (1.44%) Apple iOS
5 4 (1.44%) Windows Server 2008
5 4 (1.44%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (0.72%) Windows 7
6 2 (0.72%) Windows Mobile
6 2 (0.72%) Windows Server 2003
6 2 (0.72%) Windows XP
7 1 (0.36%) Mac OS
7 1 (0.36%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 111 (40.07%) Agile Software Development
2 73 (26.35%) Scrum
3 71 (25.63%) Performance Testing
4 64 (23.10%) Automated Testing
5 62 (22.38%) Test Automation
6 60 (21.66%) Penetration Testing
7 54 (19.49%) Risk Management
8 53 (19.13%) BDD
9 52 (18.77%) Cybersecurity
10 48 (17.33%) Unit Testing
11 47 (16.97%) Defect Management
12 45 (16.25%) Software Engineering
12 45 (16.25%) Usability Testing
13 44 (15.88%) Continuous Improvement
14 43 (15.52%) Security Architecture
15 42 (15.16%) User Stories
16 41 (14.80%) Open Source
16 41 (14.80%) Vulnerability Assessment
17 40 (14.44%) Continuous Delivery
17 40 (14.44%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 87 (31.41%) Java
2 40 (14.44%) Groovy
3 36 (13.00%) Scala
4 22 (7.94%) Python
5 17 (6.14%) C++
6 15 (5.42%) Ruby
7 13 (4.69%) JavaScript
8 12 (4.33%) SQL
9 8 (2.89%) C
10 6 (2.17%) C#
11 2 (0.72%) Perl
11 2 (0.72%) R
11 2 (0.72%) XPath
11 2 (0.72%) XQuery
12 1 (0.36%) Apple Swift
12 1 (0.36%) Objective-C
12 1 (0.36%) PHP
Qualifications
1 64 (23.10%) Security Cleared
2 40 (14.44%) CEH
2 40 (14.44%) OSCP
3 38 (13.72%) CREST Certified
4 37 (13.36%) SC Cleared
5 35 (12.64%) DV Cleared
6 34 (12.27%) CISSP
7 19 (6.86%) Degree
8 14 (5.05%) CESG Certified Professional
8 14 (5.05%) CISM
9 10 (3.61%) SANS
10 9 (3.25%) ISTQB
11 8 (2.89%) CISA
11 8 (2.89%) CLAS
11 8 (2.89%) GIAC
12 7 (2.53%) BPSS Clearance
12 7 (2.53%) ISEB
13 3 (1.08%) GPEN
13 3 (1.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 2 (0.72%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 53 (19.13%) QA
2 25 (9.03%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 20 (7.22%) PCI DSS
4 5 (1.81%) RMADS
4 5 (1.81%) Web Application Security Consortium
5 4 (1.44%) Disclosure Scotland
5 4 (1.44%) ISO27002
6 3 (1.08%) ISO22301
6 3 (1.08%) ISO27005
6 3 (1.08%) JSP 440
7 2 (0.72%) BS7799
7 2 (0.72%) ISO 9000
7 2 (0.72%) SDET
8 1 (0.36%) COBIT
8 1 (0.36%) Data Quality
8 1 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 12 (4.33%) Docker
2 8 (2.89%) Active Directory
3 2 (0.72%) Apache Flume
3 2 (0.72%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (0.72%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 16 (5.78%) Kubernetes
2 6 (2.17%) Ambari
3 5 (1.81%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
3 5 (1.81%) HP Fortify
4 4 (1.44%) collectd
4 4 (1.44%) Grafana
4 4 (1.44%) HAProxy
4 4 (1.44%) Nagios
4 4 (1.44%) ZABBIX
5 2 (0.72%) Hadoop YARN
5 2 (0.72%) Nessus
5 2 (0.72%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (0.72%) SCCM
6 1 (0.36%) CSIRT
6 1 (0.36%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (0.36%) Nmap
6 1 (0.36%) SCOM
Vendors
1 22 (7.94%) Microsoft
2 18 (6.50%) Atlassian
2 18 (6.50%) Google
3 13 (4.69%) Splunk
4 12 (4.33%) Sitecore
5 8 (2.89%) HP
6 3 (1.08%) Palo Alto
6 3 (1.08%) Qualys
6 3 (1.08%) SAP
7 2 (0.72%) LogRhythm
7 2 (0.72%) Sophos
7 2 (0.72%) Symantec
7 2 (0.72%) VMware
7 2 (0.72%) Xamarin
8 1 (0.36%) AppSense
8 1 (0.36%) Brocade
8 1 (0.36%) Calypso
8 1 (0.36%) Capita
8 1 (0.36%) Fortinet
8 1 (0.36%) Intel Security
Leeds, West Yorkshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Neg
Posted: Yesterday
Newcastle, County Down
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Neg
Posted: 2 days ago
Milton Keynes
aap3
Rate: Attractive based on experience
Posted: 7 days ago
City, London
JM
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
AMS contingency
Posted: 12 days ago
London
People Source Consulting
Rate: £650 - £700 per day
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