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 25 June 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
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 497 468 483
Rank change year-on-year -29 +15  
Contract jobs citing Security Testing 90 186 154
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.19% 0.35% 0.27%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.23% 0.42% 0.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 48 118 91
Median daily rate £450 £450 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +9.75%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £360 £300 £317
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £600 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £405 £400
% change year-on-year - +1.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 3
Median hourly rate £52.50 - £52.99
UK excluding London median hourly rate £52.50 - £52.99

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 39103 44215 45229
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 84.49% 83.33% 80.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 25496 29340 29026
Median daily rate £450 £438 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £300 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1041 1070 1262
Median hourly rate £32.50 £27.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.18% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.58 £12.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £48.70 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

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 25 June 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 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 25 June 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 -29 85 £450 - 36
London -41 50 £450 -10.00% 22
South East +22 13 £405 -4.70% 5
City of London +7 9 £425 - 3
Tyne and Wear +80 8 £300 -26.82%
North East +72 8 £300 -26.82%
Newcastle upon Tyne +82 6 £300 -26.82%
North West +21 6 £444 +26.78% 1
Milton Keynes -8 5 £405 -22.85%
Buckinghamshire -12 5 £405 -16.92%
Scotland +28 4 £370 +0.33% 1
Yorkshire +24 4 - - 6
Glasgow 0 4 £370 -7.50% 1
West Yorkshire - 4 - - 6
Cheshire +26 2 - -
Berkshire +14 2 £353 -21.61%
Manchester +12 2 £338 - 1
Surrey +4 2 £445 +11.25% 4
Hampshire -2 2 - -
Hertfordshire -7 2 - -
East of England -11 2 - - 1
North Tyneside - 2 - -
Leeds - 2 - - 4
Welwyn Garden City - 2 - -
West Midlands +15 1 £475 +26.66%
Reading +12 1 £525 +23.52%
Kent 0 1 £530 +11.57%
Portsmouth -3 1 - -
Woking - 1 £365 - 1
Bradford - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 25 June 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 93 (41.33%) Agile Software Development
2 88 (39.11%) Test Automation
3 71 (31.56%) Java
4 64 (28.44%) Scrum
5 57 (25.33%) Performance Testing
6 56 (24.89%) Penetration Testing
7 52 (23.11%) Selenium
8 48 (21.33%) QA
9 45 (20.00%) User Stories
10 41 (18.22%) Gherkin
10 41 (18.22%) Security Cleared
11 40 (17.78%) Defect Management
11 40 (17.78%) Web Services
12 39 (17.33%) Risk Management
12 39 (17.33%) BDD
13 38 (16.89%) SoapUI
14 37 (16.44%) Software Engineering
15 36 (16.00%) Unit Testing
15 36 (16.00%) Kanban
16 35 (15.56%) Continuous Improvement
16 35 (15.56%) Usability Testing
16 35 (15.56%) Windows
17 34 (15.11%) Exploratory Testing
18 33 (14.67%) API Testing
18 33 (14.67%) Continuous Delivery
18 33 (14.67%) Groovy
18 33 (14.67%) Information Security
19 32 (14.22%) RESTful
19 32 (14.22%) Scala
20 29 (12.89%) Microsoft

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 (8.00%) Confluence
2 8 (3.56%) CMS
2 8 (3.56%) Sitecore CMS
3 6 (2.67%) SharePoint
4 3 (1.33%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 3 (1.33%) Umbraco
5 2 (0.89%) nginx
6 1 (0.44%) Apache
6 1 (0.44%) Apache Pig
6 1 (0.44%) Apache Spark
6 1 (0.44%) OpenStack
6 1 (0.44%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 10 (4.44%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.78%) MS Visio
3 3 (1.33%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.89%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.89%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (1.33%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 28 (12.44%) Amazon AWS
2 10 (4.44%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (2.67%) SaaS
4 3 (1.33%) IaaS
5 2 (0.89%) Office 365
5 2 (0.89%) PaaS
6 1 (0.44%) HP Helion
Communications & Networking
1 27 (12.00%) Firewall
2 25 (11.11%) Kerberos
3 15 (6.67%) Internet
4 11 (4.89%) Network Security
5 9 (4.00%) HTTP
6 6 (2.67%) VPN
7 5 (2.22%) LDAP
8 4 (1.78%) 2G
8 4 (1.78%) 3G
8 4 (1.78%) 4G
8 4 (1.78%) Diameter Protocol
8 4 (1.78%) LTE
8 4 (1.78%) MVNO
8 4 (1.78%) Radio Access Network
8 4 (1.78%) VoLTE
9 3 (1.33%) Intranet
10 2 (0.89%) SCCP
10 2 (0.89%) SSH
11 1 (0.44%) DNS
11 1 (0.44%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (3.11%) MongoDB
2 5 (2.22%) Hadoop
2 5 (2.22%) PostgreSQL
3 3 (1.33%) InfluxDB
4 2 (0.89%) Big Data
4 2 (0.89%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.44%) SQL Server
5 1 (0.44%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.44%) SQL Server 2016
5 1 (0.44%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 52 (23.11%) Selenium
2 38 (16.89%) SoapUI
3 25 (11.11%) JIRA
4 17 (7.56%) Visual Studio
5 16 (7.11%) Jenkins
6 14 (6.22%) Cucumber
7 9 (4.00%) AppScan
8 8 (3.56%) JMeter
9 7 (3.11%) WebDriver
10 5 (2.22%) Ant
10 5 (2.22%) Apache Ivy
10 5 (2.22%) Bitbucket
10 5 (2.22%) eggPlant
10 5 (2.22%) Git (software)
10 5 (2.22%) Gradle
10 5 (2.22%) Maven
11 4 (1.78%) TeamCity
12 3 (1.33%) NUnit
12 3 (1.33%) SpecFlow
13 2 (0.89%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 27 (12.00%) Finance
2 14 (6.22%) Banking
3 6 (2.67%) Advertising
3 6 (2.67%) Investment Banking
3 6 (2.67%) Retail
4 5 (2.22%) Games
4 5 (2.22%) Legal
5 2 (0.89%) Law
5 2 (0.89%) Spanish Language
6 1 (0.44%) Back Office
6 1 (0.44%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.44%) Publishing
6 1 (0.44%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 45 (20.00%) Tester
2 43 (19.11%) Analyst
3 31 (13.78%) Architect
4 30 (13.33%) Security Architect
5 29 (12.89%) Security Analyst
6 24 (10.67%) Consultant
7 23 (10.22%) Automation Tester
8 19 (8.44%) Security Consultant
8 19 (8.44%) Test Engineer
9 17 (7.56%) Security Engineer
10 13 (5.78%) Developer
10 13 (5.78%) Penetration Tester
10 13 (5.78%) Selenium Tester
11 12 (5.33%) Cybersecurity Architect
11 12 (5.33%) Java Automation Tester
11 12 (5.33%) Test Analyst
12 11 (4.89%) QA Tester
12 11 (4.89%) Selenium Automation Tester
13 10 (4.44%) Java Engineer
14 9 (4.00%) Application Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (18.22%) Gherkin
2 40 (17.78%) Web Services
3 32 (14.22%) RESTful
4 24 (10.67%) SAML
5 16 (7.11%) .NET
6 8 (3.56%) REST
6 8 (3.56%) SOAP
7 6 (2.67%) JSON
7 6 (2.67%) XML
8 5 (2.22%) J2EE
9 3 (1.33%) OAuth
9 3 (1.33%) Spring
9 3 (1.33%) Spring Security
10 2 (0.89%) .NET Framework
11 1 (0.44%) Ajax
11 1 (0.44%) AngularJS
11 1 (0.44%) CSS
11 1 (0.44%) HTML
11 1 (0.44%) jQuery
11 1 (0.44%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 12 (5.33%) Mobile App
2 11 (4.89%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (4.89%) Management Information System
3 9 (4.00%) Wiki
4 7 (3.11%) Data Centre
5 4 (1.78%) BYOD
6 3 (1.33%) Security Operations Centre
7 2 (0.89%) Computer Science
7 2 (0.89%) Data Protection Act
7 2 (0.89%) Greenfield Project
7 2 (0.89%) Public Cloud
7 2 (0.89%) Virtual Team
8 1 (0.44%) Client/Server
8 1 (0.44%) Cybercrime
8 1 (0.44%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 1 (0.44%) Fixed Income
8 1 (0.44%) PKI
8 1 (0.44%) Replication
8 1 (0.44%) Smartphone
8 1 (0.44%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 35 (15.56%) Windows
2 24 (10.67%) Unix
3 11 (4.89%) Linux
4 4 (1.78%) Android
4 4 (1.78%) Windows 7
4 4 (1.78%) Windows Server 2003
4 4 (1.78%) Windows XP
5 3 (1.33%) Apple iOS
5 3 (1.33%) Windows Mobile
6 1 (0.44%) Kali Linux
6 1 (0.44%) Mac OS
6 1 (0.44%) Mac OS X
6 1 (0.44%) Windows Server
6 1 (0.44%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (0.44%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 93 (41.33%) Agile Software Development
2 88 (39.11%) Test Automation
3 64 (28.44%) Scrum
4 57 (25.33%) Performance Testing
5 56 (24.89%) Penetration Testing
6 45 (20.00%) User Stories
7 40 (17.78%) Defect Management
8 39 (17.33%) BDD
8 39 (17.33%) Risk Management
9 37 (16.44%) Software Engineering
10 36 (16.00%) Kanban
10 36 (16.00%) Unit Testing
11 35 (15.56%) Continuous Improvement
11 35 (15.56%) Usability Testing
12 34 (15.11%) Exploratory Testing
13 33 (14.67%) API Testing
13 33 (14.67%) Continuous Delivery
13 33 (14.67%) Information Security
14 29 (12.89%) Security Architecture
15 28 (12.44%) OWASP
Programming Languages
1 71 (31.56%) Java
2 33 (14.67%) Groovy
3 32 (14.22%) Scala
4 20 (8.89%) C#
5 12 (5.33%) JavaScript
6 10 (4.44%) C++
6 10 (4.44%) Ruby
7 9 (4.00%) Python
8 7 (3.11%) SQL
9 5 (2.22%) C
10 2 (0.89%) PHP
11 1 (0.44%) Apple Swift
11 1 (0.44%) Go
11 1 (0.44%) Objective-C
11 1 (0.44%) Perl
11 1 (0.44%) VB
Qualifications
1 41 (18.22%) Security Cleared
2 28 (12.44%) OSCP
3 23 (10.22%) CEH
3 23 (10.22%) DV Cleared
4 21 (9.33%) CREST Certified
5 18 (8.00%) CISSP
6 17 (7.56%) SC Cleared
7 14 (6.22%) CESG Certified Professional
8 13 (5.78%) Degree
9 11 (4.89%) BPSS Clearance
10 9 (4.00%) ISTQB
11 8 (3.56%) CISM
11 8 (3.56%) ISEB
12 7 (3.11%) CISA
13 5 (2.22%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 3 (1.33%) CHECK Team Member
14 3 (1.33%) CRISC
14 3 (1.33%) SANS
15 2 (0.89%) (ISC)2 CCSP
15 2 (0.89%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 48 (21.33%) QA
2 20 (8.89%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 10 (4.44%) PCI DSS
4 5 (2.22%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
4 5 (2.22%) JSP 440
5 4 (1.78%) ISO 22301
5 4 (1.78%) ISO/IEC 27005
6 3 (1.33%) Web Application Security Consortium
7 2 (0.89%) Disclosure Scotland
7 2 (0.89%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 2 (0.89%) ISAE 3402
7 2 (0.89%) ISO 9000
7 2 (0.89%) PMO
7 2 (0.89%) SSAE 16
8 1 (0.44%) COBIT
8 1 (0.44%) GDPR
System Software
1 12 (5.33%) Docker
2 3 (1.33%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.44%) Apache Flume
3 1 (0.44%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 15 (6.67%) Kubernetes
2 14 (6.22%) HP Fortify
3 8 (3.56%) CA Single Sign-On
4 4 (1.78%) Ambari
5 3 (1.33%) collectd
5 3 (1.33%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
5 3 (1.33%) Grafana
5 3 (1.33%) HAProxy
5 3 (1.33%) Opscode Chef
5 3 (1.33%) ZABBIX
6 2 (0.89%) CSIRT
6 2 (0.89%) Puppet
7 1 (0.44%) Hadoop YARN
7 1 (0.44%) MIIS
7 1 (0.44%) Nagios
7 1 (0.44%) SCCM
Vendors
1 29 (12.89%) Microsoft
2 17 (7.56%) Google
3 16 (7.11%) Atlassian
4 11 (4.89%) HP
5 10 (4.44%) Splunk
6 8 (3.56%) CA
6 8 (3.56%) Sitecore
7 5 (2.22%) Xamarin
8 4 (1.78%) Palo Alto
8 4 (1.78%) Sophos
8 4 (1.78%) Symantec
9 3 (1.33%) Adobe
10 1 (0.44%) Bloomberg
10 1 (0.44%) GoldenSource
10 1 (0.44%) IBM
10 1 (0.44%) iManage
10 1 (0.44%) Informatica
10 1 (0.44%) LogRhythm
10 1 (0.44%) Oracle
10 1 (0.44%) VMware
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