Period
to 1 April 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for Penetration Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Penetration Testing over the 6 months to 1 April 2020 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.

Penetration Testing
England > West Midlands
6 months to
1 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 138 164 182
Rank change year-on-year +26 +18 -14
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 8 34 5
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.29% 0.69% 0.11%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.34% 0.79% 0.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 20 3
Median daily rate £351 £500 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -29.90% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £313 £411 £475
90th Percentile £451 £650 £565
England median daily rate £533 £520 £500
% change year-on-year +2.40% +4.00% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £26.90 £35.00 £62.50
% change year-on-year -23.14% -44.00% +2.68%

Penetration 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 advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
West Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 2,319 4,330 4,014
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 82.79% 87.25% 84.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,383 2,702 2,521
Median daily rate £445 £438 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.71% +5.42% +3.75%
10th Percentile £264 £282 £250
90th Percentile £588 £593 £575
England median daily rate £475 £475 £463
% change year-on-year - +2.70% +5.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 112 111 132
Median hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £21.65
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.57% -19.15% +14.28%
10th Percentile £11.78 £11.07 £11.18
90th Percentile £39.28 £45.00 £48.75
Median hourly rate £25.00 £24.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year +2.04% +4.26% -6.00%

Penetration Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing Penetration Testing as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for Penetration Testing in the West Midlands

Penetration Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Penetration Testing in the West Midlands.

Daily rate trend for Penetration Testing in the West Midlands

Penetration Testing
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Penetration Testing in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 1 April 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Penetration Testing in the West Midlands

Penetration Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Penetration Testing in the West Midlands.

Hourly rate trend for Penetration Testing in the West Midlands

Penetration Testing
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Testing within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 1 April 2020. 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
Shropshire - 6 £351 -
Birmingham +8 1 £550 +22.22%
Penetration Testing
England

For the 6 months to 1 April 2020, IT contractor jobs citing Penetration Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Penetration Testing.

1 7 (87.50%) Jenkins
2 6 (75.00%) Confluence
2 6 (75.00%) User Stories
2 6 (75.00%) Defect Management
2 6 (75.00%) Gatling
2 6 (75.00%) Scala
2 6 (75.00%) Git (software)
2 6 (75.00%) Test Automation
2 6 (75.00%) WebDriver
2 6 (75.00%) Cucumber
2 6 (75.00%) BDD
2 6 (75.00%) Node.js
2 6 (75.00%) CSS
2 6 (75.00%) DSL
2 6 (75.00%) HTML
2 6 (75.00%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (75.00%) TDD
2 6 (75.00%) JIRA
2 6 (75.00%) Robotics
2 6 (75.00%) Selenium
2 6 (75.00%) Performance Testing
2 6 (75.00%) Test Management
2 6 (75.00%) Continuous Integration
2 6 (75.00%) Groovy
2 6 (75.00%) BrowserStack
2 6 (75.00%) Acceptance Criteria
3 3 (37.50%) Continuous Improvement
4 2 (25.00%) DevOps
4 2 (25.00%) Linux
4 2 (25.00%) AWS

Penetration Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 6 (75.00%) Confluence
2 1 (12.50%) Apache
Cloud Services
1 6 (75.00%) BrowserStack
2 2 (25.00%) AWS
3 1 (12.50%) Amazon CloudWatch
3 1 (12.50%) Amazon EC2
3 1 (12.50%) Amazon S3
3 1 (12.50%) Azure
3 1 (12.50%) CloudFront
3 1 (12.50%) GitHub
3 1 (12.50%) Office 365
3 1 (12.50%) Route 53
3 1 (12.50%) SaaS
3 1 (12.50%) Slack
3 1 (12.50%) Trello
3 1 (12.50%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 6 (75.00%) DSL
2 1 (12.50%) DNS
2 1 (12.50%) Firewall
2 1 (12.50%) Internet
2 1 (12.50%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (12.50%) Amazon RDS
1 1 (12.50%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 7 (87.50%) Jenkins
2 6 (75.00%) Cucumber
2 6 (75.00%) Gatling
2 6 (75.00%) Git (software)
2 6 (75.00%) JIRA
2 6 (75.00%) Selenium
2 6 (75.00%) WebDriver
General
1 1 (12.50%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 4 (50.00%) Tester
2 3 (37.50%) Analyst
2 3 (37.50%) Automation Tester
3 2 (25.00%) Test Analyst
4 1 (12.50%) Cybersecurity Analyst
4 1 (12.50%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 1 (12.50%) Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (75.00%) CSS
1 6 (75.00%) HTML
1 6 (75.00%) Node.js
2 1 (12.50%) LAMP
2 1 (12.50%) LEMP Stack
2 1 (12.50%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 6 (75.00%) Robotics
2 1 (12.50%) Cyberthreat
2 1 (12.50%) Public Cloud
2 1 (12.50%) Shadow IT
Operating Systems
1 2 (25.00%) Linux
2 1 (12.50%) CentOS
2 1 (12.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (12.50%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (75.00%) Acceptance Criteria
1 6 (75.00%) Agile Software Development
1 6 (75.00%) BDD
1 6 (75.00%) Continuous Integration
1 6 (75.00%) Defect Management
1 6 (75.00%) Performance Testing
1 6 (75.00%) TDD
1 6 (75.00%) Test Automation
1 6 (75.00%) Test Management
1 6 (75.00%) User Stories
2 3 (37.50%) Continuous Improvement
3 2 (25.00%) DevOps
4 1 (12.50%) BCP
4 1 (12.50%) Configuration Management
4 1 (12.50%) Cybersecurity
4 1 (12.50%) Load Balancing
4 1 (12.50%) Microservices
4 1 (12.50%) Problem-Solving
4 1 (12.50%) Security Architecture
4 1 (12.50%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 6 (75.00%) Groovy
1 6 (75.00%) Scala
2 1 (12.50%) Bash Shell
2 1 (12.50%) Java
2 1 (12.50%) PHP
2 1 (12.50%) Python
System Software
1 1 (12.50%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 1 (12.50%) Ansible
1 1 (12.50%) HAProxy
Vendors
1 1 (12.50%) Nimble Storage
1 1 (12.50%) Veeam