Period
to 26 July 2017

The median annual salary for a Penetration Tester was £60,000 in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 26 July 2017.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Penetration Tester
UK > England
6 months to
26 Jul 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 917 895 1098
Rank change year-on-year -22 +203 -71
Permanent jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 247 343 195
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 0.15% 0.18% 0.094%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.15% 0.19% 0.097%
Number of salaries quoted 210 262 159
England median annual salary £60,000 £57,500 £52,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.35% +9.52% -6.25%
10th Percentile £33,000 £35,000 £33,750
90th Percentile £90,000 £87,500 £77,750
UK median annual salary £60,500 £57,500 £52,500
% change year-on-year +5.22% +9.52% -6.25%

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in permanent job vacancies advertised in England. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

IT Job Roles
England
Permanent job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 160394 183462 200536
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in England 95.98% 96.53% 96.59%
Number of salaries quoted 131344 155892 166148
England median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.56% -
10th Percentile £27,500 £26,750 £26,250
90th Percentile £78,750 £77,500 £75,000
UK median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year - +5.56% -

Penetration Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings that featured Penetration Tester in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Penetration Tester in England

Penetration Tester
Salary Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Penetration Tester in England.

Salary trend for Penetration Tester in England

Penetration Tester
Salary Histogram in England

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Penetration Tester in England over the 6 months to 26 July 2017.

Salary histogram for Penetration Tester in England

Penetration Tester
Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Tester within the England region over the 6 months to 26 July 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +17 129 £62,500 - 10
South East +54 50 £45,000 -10.00% 6
West Midlands +47 24 £55,000 -4.35% 1
Midlands +43 24 £55,000 -4.35% 1
North of England -36 14 £61,250 +11.36% 6
South West -4 13 £40,000 -30.43% 2
East of England +28 9 £35,000 -22.22%
Yorkshire -12 9 £70,000 - 2
North West -46 4 £61,250 +22.50% 3
North East - 1 £60,000 - 1
Penetration Tester
UK

Penetration Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 26 July 2017, Penetration Tester job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads across the England region featuring Penetration Tester in the job title.

1 203 (82.19%) Penetration Testing
2 123 (49.80%) Information Security
3 98 (39.68%) CREST Certified
4 97 (39.27%) Security Cleared
5 71 (28.74%) OSCP
6 59 (23.89%) CHECK Team Leader
7 57 (23.08%) Ethical Hacking
8 54 (21.86%) Windows
9 53 (21.46%) CHECK Team Member
10 49 (19.84%) Security Testing
10 49 (19.84%) Degree
11 48 (19.43%) Cybersecurity
12 44 (17.81%) SCADA
13 41 (16.60%) Java
14 40 (16.19%) Wireless
15 37 (14.98%) Vulnerability Assessment
15 37 (14.98%) SC Cleared
16 35 (14.17%) Perl
17 34 (13.77%) C
17 34 (13.77%) CEH
18 32 (12.96%) CISSP
19 31 (12.55%) OWASP
20 30 (12.15%) Unix
21 28 (11.34%) Linux
22 27 (10.93%) Ruby
22 27 (10.93%) Mentoring
22 27 (10.93%) Social Engineering
23 25 (10.12%) Network Security
23 25 (10.12%) Security Architecture
24 24 (9.72%) OSCE

Penetration Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 3 (1.21%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 12 (4.86%) Amazon AWS
1 12 (4.86%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (1.21%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 40 (16.19%) Wireless
2 25 (10.12%) Network Security
3 23 (9.31%) Firewall
4 17 (6.88%) Wireless Security
5 10 (4.05%) HTTP
6 9 (3.64%) Internet
6 9 (3.64%) Wireshark
7 8 (3.24%) TCP/IP
8 3 (1.21%) VoIP
9 2 (0.81%) SMTP
10 1 (0.40%) DHCP
10 1 (0.40%) DNS
10 1 (0.40%) Ethernet
10 1 (0.40%) NFC
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.40%) GIS
Development Applications
1 19 (7.69%) Burp Suite
2 12 (4.86%) Eclipse
2 12 (4.86%) Xcode
3 10 (4.05%) Metasploit
4 4 (1.62%) AppScan
4 4 (1.62%) Paros
5 2 (0.81%) JMeter
5 2 (0.81%) LoadRunner
6 1 (0.40%) WebScarab
General
1 17 (6.88%) Finance
2 11 (4.45%) Publishing
3 9 (3.64%) Banking
4 8 (3.24%) Telecoms
5 4 (1.62%) Digital Economy
6 3 (1.21%) Automotive
6 3 (1.21%) Legal
6 3 (1.21%) Marketing
6 3 (1.21%) Retail
7 2 (0.81%) Aerospace
7 2 (0.81%) Electronics
7 2 (0.81%) Games
7 2 (0.81%) Investment Banking
7 2 (0.81%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (6.88%) .NET
2 6 (2.43%) Node.js
3 5 (2.02%) HTML
4 3 (1.21%) ASP.NET Web API
4 3 (1.21%) HTML5
4 3 (1.21%) JSON
4 3 (1.21%) RESTful
4 3 (1.21%) Web Services
4 3 (1.21%) XML
5 2 (0.81%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 44 (17.81%) SCADA
2 21 (8.50%) Mobile App
3 9 (3.64%) CESG
4 8 (3.24%) Mainframe
5 7 (2.83%) Computer Science
5 7 (2.83%) Management Information System
6 5 (2.02%) Analytical Skills
7 4 (1.62%) Cyberthreat
7 4 (1.62%) Embedded Systems
8 3 (1.21%) Data Centre
9 2 (0.81%) Driving Licence
9 2 (0.81%) iPad
9 2 (0.81%) iSeries
10 1 (0.40%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 54 (21.86%) Windows
2 30 (12.15%) Unix
3 28 (11.34%) Linux
4 18 (7.29%) Android
4 18 (7.29%) Apple iOS
5 7 (2.83%) Kali Linux
6 2 (0.81%) Solaris
7 1 (0.40%) KNOPPIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 203 (82.19%) Penetration Testing
2 123 (49.80%) Information Security
3 57 (23.08%) Ethical Hacking
4 49 (19.84%) Security Testing
5 48 (19.43%) Cybersecurity
6 37 (14.98%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 31 (12.55%) OWASP
8 27 (10.93%) Mentoring
8 27 (10.93%) Social Engineering
9 25 (10.12%) Security Architecture
10 23 (9.31%) Reverse Engineering
11 15 (6.07%) SDLC
12 14 (5.67%) Threat Management
13 12 (4.86%) Agile Software Development
13 12 (4.86%) Computer Forensics
13 12 (4.86%) Continuous Delivery
14 11 (4.45%) Business Development
15 10 (4.05%) Risk Management
16 8 (3.24%) Customer Engagement
16 8 (3.24%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 41 (16.60%) Java
2 35 (14.17%) Perl
3 34 (13.77%) C
4 27 (10.93%) Ruby
5 24 (9.72%) Python
6 23 (9.31%) C++
7 16 (6.48%) PHP
8 12 (4.86%) Bash Shell
8 12 (4.86%) SQL
9 4 (1.62%) VB.NET
10 3 (1.21%) C#
11 2 (0.81%) Shell Script
12 1 (0.40%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 98 (39.68%) CREST Certified
2 97 (39.27%) Security Cleared
3 71 (28.74%) OSCP
4 59 (23.89%) CHECK Team Leader
5 53 (21.46%) CHECK Team Member
6 49 (19.84%) Degree
7 37 (14.98%) SC Cleared
8 34 (13.77%) CEH
9 32 (12.96%) CISSP
10 24 (9.72%) OSCE
11 13 (5.26%) DV Cleared
12 10 (4.05%) GPEN
13 9 (3.64%) CISA
13 9 (3.64%) CISM
14 8 (3.24%) Tigerscheme
15 7 (2.83%) GIAC
16 6 (2.43%) ISTQB
17 5 (2.02%) Computer Science Degree
18 3 (1.21%) Cyber Scheme
18 3 (1.21%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (1.62%) Cyber Essentials
1 4 (1.62%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
1 4 (1.62%) QA
2 3 (1.21%) PCI DSS
3 2 (0.81%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.81%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 2 (0.81%) VMware ESXi
2 1 (0.40%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 14 (5.67%) Nessus
2 10 (4.05%) Nmap
3 3 (1.21%) Defensics
3 3 (1.21%) HP Fortify
3 3 (1.21%) OpenVAS
3 3 (1.21%) WebInspect
4 2 (0.81%) Nexpose
5 1 (0.40%) Core Impact
Vendors
1 6 (2.43%) Splunk
2 5 (2.02%) Qualys
3 3 (1.21%) Codenomicon
3 3 (1.21%) Coverity
3 3 (1.21%) Microsoft
4 2 (0.81%) Rapid7
4 2 (0.81%) SAP
4 2 (0.81%) VMware
5 1 (0.40%) Cisco
5 1 (0.40%) Fortinet
5 1 (0.40%) Juniper
5 1 (0.40%) Nokia
5 1 (0.40%) Oracle
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
EXCELerate
Salary: Up to £90,000 per annum
Posted: 17 hours ago
London
onezeero.
Salary: £60000 - £100000 per annum + bonus and benefits inc car allowance
Posted: Yesterday
London
Client Server
Salary: £75k to £90k + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Client Server
Salary: £45k to £55k + benefits
Posted: 20 hours ago
London
Client Server
Salary: £45,000 to £55,000 + benefits
Posted: 21 hours ago
Central London / West End
Service Care Solutions Recruitment
Salary: From £50,000 to £50,000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: UKP 75000 per year
Posted: 5 days ago
Greater Manchester
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: UKP 75000 per year
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: UKP 75000 per year
Posted: 5 days ago
Cheltenham
Computer Futures
Salary: £60000 - £80000 per annum + competitive
Posted: 16 days ago
Manchester
Computer Futures
Salary: £60000 - £80000 per annum + competitive
Posted: 16 days ago
England
Computer Futures
Salary: £60000 - £80000 per annum + competitive
Posted: 16 days ago
London
Computer Futures
Salary: £60000 - £80000 per annum + competitive
Posted: 16 days ago
Birmingham
Computer Futures
Salary: £60000 - £80000 per annum + competitive
Posted: 16 days ago
Leeds
Computer Futures
Salary: £60000 - £80000 per annum + competitive
Posted: 16 days ago
Bristol
Computer Futures
Salary: £60000 - £80000 per annum + competitive
Posted: 16 days ago
Oxford
Michael Page Technology
Salary: £40000 - £55000 per annum + car, pension, certification
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Client Server
Salary: £30k to £55k + bonus + benefits
Posted: 7 days ago
London
G2 Recruitment Solutions
Posted: 16 days ago
Chertsey, Surrey
Synergize Consulting
Salary: From £40,000 to £45,000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Surrey
Talent Point
Salary: £35000.00 - £45000.00 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 13 days ago
Guildford
Talent Point
Salary: £35000.00 - £45000.00 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 13 days ago
Berkshire
Talent Point
Salary: £35000.00 - £45000.00 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 13 days ago
Leeds, Yorkshire
Sky Betting and Gaming
Posted: 14 days ago
London
Client Server
Salary: £45k to £55k + benefits
Posted: 15 days ago