Period
to 23 November 2017

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 23 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.

Penetration Testing
England > West Midlands
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 156 188 174
Rank change year-on-year +32 -14 -6
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 22 24 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.45% 0.39% 0.040%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.55% 0.47% 0.051%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 19 2
West Midlands median daily rate £475 £400 £270
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +18.75% +48.15% -40.00%
10th Percentile £381 £353 £146
90th Percentile £564 £575 £399
England median daily rate £490 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +8.89% - -2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
West Midlands median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £60.87 £35.00 -
% change year-on-year +73.91% - -

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 4015 5138 3901
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 82.92% 83.07% 78.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 2563 3080 2233
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +4.17%
10th Percentile £244 £250 £238
90th Percentile £550 £550 £531
England median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 143 138 178
West Midlands median hourly rate £25.00 £18.20 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +37.40% -9.03% -
10th Percentile £11.75 £10.75 £11.00
90th Percentile £48.75 £40.00 £43.75
England median hourly rate £24.00 £24.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year - +6.67% +18.42%

Penetration Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing Penetration Testing as a percentage 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

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Penetration Testing in the West Midlands

Penetration Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Penetration Testing in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 23 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Penetration Testing in the West Midlands

Penetration Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor 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 23 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
Warwickshire +12 12 £490 -10.91%
Birmingham +1 5 £400 - 1
Staffordshire +16 4 £394 -17.11%
Coventry +19 3 £500 +29.53%
Shropshire - 2 - -
Penetration Testing
England

For the 6 months to 23 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Penetration Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Penetration Testing.

1 10 (45.45%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (40.91%) Jenkins
3 7 (31.82%) Firewall
4 6 (27.27%) Java
4 6 (27.27%) Oracle
4 6 (27.27%) AIX
4 6 (27.27%) VPN
4 6 (27.27%) Cisco
4 6 (27.27%) IBM
4 6 (27.27%) AppScan
4 6 (27.27%) Oracle Utilities
4 6 (27.27%) Server Hardening
4 6 (27.27%) Security Operations
5 5 (22.73%) Security Testing
5 5 (22.73%) Continuous Integration
5 5 (22.73%) Test Automation
5 5 (22.73%) Security Architecture
6 4 (18.18%) Active Directory
6 4 (18.18%) LDAP
6 4 (18.18%) LAN
6 4 (18.18%) WAN
6 4 (18.18%) DHCP
6 4 (18.18%) Linux
6 4 (18.18%) Retail
6 4 (18.18%) Ruby
6 4 (18.18%) Logistics
6 4 (18.18%) Wi-Fi
6 4 (18.18%) Risk Management
6 4 (18.18%) Information Security
6 4 (18.18%) MongoDB

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 4 (18.18%) Liferay
2 3 (13.64%) nginx
Business Applications
1 6 (27.27%) Oracle Utilities
Cloud Services
1 3 (13.64%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 7 (31.82%) Firewall
2 6 (27.27%) VPN
3 4 (18.18%) DHCP
3 4 (18.18%) LAN
3 4 (18.18%) LDAP
3 4 (18.18%) WAN
3 4 (18.18%) Wi-Fi
4 3 (13.64%) Network Security
5 2 (9.09%) Cisco IOS
5 2 (9.09%) TCP/IP
5 2 (9.09%) Wireless
6 1 (4.55%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (18.18%) MongoDB
2 3 (13.64%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 9 (40.91%) Jenkins
2 6 (27.27%) AppScan
3 3 (13.64%) CircleCI
3 3 (13.64%) Travis CI
4 2 (9.09%) Cucumber
4 2 (9.09%) Selenium
5 1 (4.55%) Burp Suite
5 1 (4.55%) Git (software)
5 1 (4.55%) JMeter
5 1 (4.55%) JUnit
5 1 (4.55%) RSpec
5 1 (4.55%) WebDriver
General
1 4 (18.18%) Retail
2 1 (4.55%) Games
Job Titles
1 7 (31.82%) Consultant
1 7 (31.82%) Security Consultant
2 5 (22.73%) Analyst
3 4 (18.18%) Architect
3 4 (18.18%) Business IT Analyst
3 4 (18.18%) IT Analyst
3 4 (18.18%) Security Architect
4 3 (13.64%) Business Analyst
4 3 (13.64%) IT Business Analyst
4 3 (13.64%) Security Engineer
4 3 (13.64%) Tester
5 2 (9.09%) Active Directory Analyst
5 2 (9.09%) LAN/WAN Analyst
5 2 (9.09%) Network Engineer
5 2 (9.09%) Network Operations Engineer
5 2 (9.09%) Network Security Engineer
5 2 (9.09%) Operations Engineer
5 2 (9.09%) Penetration Tester
5 2 (9.09%) Project Analyst
5 2 (9.09%) Transformation Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (13.64%) Web Services
2 1 (4.55%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 4 (18.18%) FMCG
2 2 (9.09%) Computer Science
2 2 (9.09%) Cyber Attack
2 2 (9.09%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
2 2 (9.09%) Management Information System
2 2 (9.09%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 6 (27.27%) AIX
2 4 (18.18%) Linux
3 1 (4.55%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (45.45%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (27.27%) Security Operations
2 6 (27.27%) Server Hardening
3 5 (22.73%) Continuous Integration
3 5 (22.73%) Security Architecture
3 5 (22.73%) Security Testing
3 5 (22.73%) Test Automation
4 4 (18.18%) Information Security
4 4 (18.18%) Logistics
4 4 (18.18%) OWASP
4 4 (18.18%) Risk Management
4 4 (18.18%) Use Case
5 3 (13.64%) Continuous Delivery
5 3 (13.64%) Fuzz Testing
5 3 (13.64%) Open Source
5 3 (13.64%) Social Engineering
5 3 (13.64%) Static Code Analysis
5 3 (13.64%) Static Program Analysis
6 2 (9.09%) Kalman Filter
6 2 (9.09%) Vulnerability Management
Programming Languages
1 6 (27.27%) Java
2 4 (18.18%) Ruby
3 3 (13.64%) PHP
3 3 (13.64%) Python
4 1 (4.55%) Scala
Qualifications
1 3 (13.64%) CHECK Team Member
2 2 (9.09%) CCNA
2 2 (9.09%) CCNP
2 2 (9.09%) Cisco Certification
2 2 (9.09%) Computer Science Degree
2 2 (9.09%) Degree
2 2 (9.09%) MCP
2 2 (9.09%) MCSE
2 2 (9.09%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (9.09%) PCI DSS
1 2 (9.09%) QA
1 2 (9.09%) WCAG
2 1 (4.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (4.55%) WAI
System Software
1 4 (18.18%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 4 (18.18%) QRadar
Vendors
1 6 (27.27%) Cisco
1 6 (27.27%) IBM
1 6 (27.27%) Oracle
2 4 (18.18%) Black Duck
3 2 (9.09%) CheckPoint
3 2 (9.09%) Microsoft
3 2 (9.09%) Palo Alto
3 2 (9.09%) VMware