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 3 months to 23 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
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Penetration Testing
England / West Midlands
Rank 111 123 113
Rank change year-on-year +12 -10  
Contract jobs citing Penetration Testing 5 7 9
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.22% 0.26% 0.37%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.27% 0.32% 0.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 4 7
Median daily rate £575 £463 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +24.32% +5.71%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £555 £406 £378
10% offered a daily rate of more than £595 £493 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £408 £425 £438
% change year-on-year -4.11% -2.85%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £60.87 £50.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +21.74% +122.22%  

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

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 1824 2198 1839
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 79.93% 82.51% 74.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 1167 1212 1042
Median daily rate £415 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.75% +3.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £523 £550 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £399
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.29%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 44 109
Median hourly rate £24.50 £18.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.11% -40.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £10.74 £13.06
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £35.00 £39.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £39.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.69% +30.00%  

Penetration Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

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

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 Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 23 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
Wolverhampton - 2 £575 -
Coventry -1 1 - - 2
Solihull - 1 - -
Penetration Testing
England

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 23 March 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 7 (36.84%) Firewall
2 6 (31.58%) Information Security
2 6 (31.58%) Cisco
3 5 (26.32%) CISSP
3 5 (26.32%) VPN
3 5 (26.32%) CISM
3 5 (26.32%) Continuous Improvement
4 4 (21.05%) Cybersecurity
4 4 (21.05%) Data Protection
4 4 (21.05%) PCI DSS
4 4 (21.05%) Cisco ASA
4 4 (21.05%) Juniper
4 4 (21.05%) OSPF
4 4 (21.05%) BGP
5 3 (15.79%) CISA
5 3 (15.79%) Linux
5 3 (15.79%) Agile Software Development
5 3 (15.79%) Network Design
5 3 (15.79%) Manufacturing
5 3 (15.79%) SC Cleared
5 3 (15.79%) Security Cleared
5 3 (15.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (15.79%) Data Centre
5 3 (15.79%) GPG13
5 3 (15.79%) Network Security
5 3 (15.79%) Junos
5 3 (15.79%) CHECK Team Member
5 3 (15.79%) CREST Certified
6 2 (10.53%) Virtual Environments
6 2 (10.53%) HMG Security Policy Framework

Penetration Testing
Top Related 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:

Business Applications
1 2 (10.53%) Dynamics AX
1 2 (10.53%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 2 (10.53%) Office 365
2 1 (5.26%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (5.26%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 7 (36.84%) Firewall
2 5 (26.32%) VPN
3 4 (21.05%) BGP
3 4 (21.05%) Cisco ASA
3 4 (21.05%) OSPF
4 3 (15.79%) Junos
4 3 (15.79%) Network Security
5 1 (5.26%) Cisco PIX
5 1 (5.26%) DHCP
5 1 (5.26%) DNS
5 1 (5.26%) DSL
5 1 (5.26%) Ethernet
5 1 (5.26%) FTP
5 1 (5.26%) Internet
5 1 (5.26%) Intrusion Detection
5 1 (5.26%) SMTP
5 1 (5.26%) SNMP
5 1 (5.26%) SSL
5 1 (5.26%) TCP/IP
5 1 (5.26%) Wi-Fi
Development Applications
1 1 (5.26%) Jenkins
1 1 (5.26%) Selenium
General
1 3 (15.79%) Manufacturing
2 1 (5.26%) Automotive
2 1 (5.26%) Legal
2 1 (5.26%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 5 (26.32%) Network Engineer
2 4 (21.05%) Cisco Engineer
2 4 (21.05%) Cisco Network Engineer
2 4 (21.05%) Juniper Engineer
3 3 (15.79%) Analyst
3 3 (15.79%) Penetration Tester
3 3 (15.79%) Tester
4 2 (10.53%) Architect
4 2 (10.53%) Information Manager
4 2 (10.53%) Information Security Manager
4 2 (10.53%) Network Architect
4 2 (10.53%) Network Security Architect
4 2 (10.53%) Security Architect
4 2 (10.53%) Security Manager
4 2 (10.53%) Security Specialist
4 2 (10.53%) Senior Data Warehouse Specialist
4 2 (10.53%) Senior Security Specialist
5 1 (5.26%) Cisco Security Architect
5 1 (5.26%) Cisco Security Engineer
5 1 (5.26%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (5.26%) 802.1X
1 1 (5.26%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 3 (15.79%) Data Centre
2 2 (10.53%) Data Protection Act
2 2 (10.53%) Management Information System
3 1 (5.26%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (5.26%) Computer Science
3 1 (5.26%) Cyberthreat
3 1 (5.26%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 3 (15.79%) Linux
2 1 (5.26%) Solaris
2 1 (5.26%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (31.58%) Information Security
2 5 (26.32%) Continuous Improvement
3 4 (21.05%) Cybersecurity
3 4 (21.05%) Data Protection
4 3 (15.79%) Agile Software Development
4 3 (15.79%) Network Design
5 2 (10.53%) CRM
5 2 (10.53%) E-Commerce
5 2 (10.53%) ERP
5 2 (10.53%) Information Assurance
5 2 (10.53%) Information Security Management
5 2 (10.53%) Integration Testing
5 2 (10.53%) ISMS
5 2 (10.53%) IT Governance
5 2 (10.53%) Performance Testing
5 2 (10.53%) Risk Assessment
5 2 (10.53%) Risk Management
5 2 (10.53%) Security Management
5 2 (10.53%) Supplier Management
5 2 (10.53%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 1 (5.26%) Python
1 1 (5.26%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 5 (26.32%) CISM
1 5 (26.32%) CISSP
2 3 (15.79%) CHECK Team Member
2 3 (15.79%) CISA
2 3 (15.79%) CREST Certified
2 3 (15.79%) SC Cleared
2 3 (15.79%) Security Cleared
3 2 (10.53%) CEH
3 2 (10.53%) CISMP
3 2 (10.53%) CRISC
4 1 (5.26%) Degree
4 1 (5.26%) ISEB
4 1 (5.26%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (21.05%) PCI DSS
2 3 (15.79%) GPG13
2 3 (15.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (10.53%) Cyber Essentials
3 2 (10.53%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
3 2 (10.53%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 2 (10.53%) RMADS
4 1 (5.26%) QA
4 1 (5.26%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (5.26%) Docker
1 1 (5.26%) Firmware
1 1 (5.26%) NFS
Systems Management
1 1 (5.26%) Opscode Chef
1 1 (5.26%) Puppet
Vendors
1 6 (31.58%) Cisco
2 4 (21.05%) Juniper
3 2 (10.53%) Blue Coat
3 2 (10.53%) CheckPoint
3 2 (10.53%) ServiceNow
4 1 (5.26%) Sourcefire