The median annual salary for a Penetration Tester was £55,000 in advertised job vacancies in England during the 3 months to 30 April 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
3 months to
30 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 734 758 833
Rank change year-on-year +24 +75  
Permanent jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 96 175 114
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 0.12% 0.18% 0.11%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.12% 0.19% 0.11%
Number of salaries quoted 74 135 91
Median salary £55,000 £57,500 £52,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -4.34% +9.52%  
90% offered a salary of more than £35,750 £42,500 £31,600
10% offered a salary of more than £85,000 £80,000 £67,000
UK excluding London median salary £47,500 £55,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year -13.63% +10.00%  

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 77613 93636 100158
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in England 96.32% 96.39% 96.60%
Number of salaries quoted 65018 79446 82470
Median salary £46,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -3.15% +5.55%  
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £72,500 £70,000 £70,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £41,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +2.40% +3.75%  

Penetration Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England that featured Penetration Tester in the job title.

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 3 months to 30 April 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 3 months to 30 April 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +15 53 £60,000 -4.00% 9
South East +60 16 £55,000 +25.71% 2
West Midlands +23 6 £50,000 -13.04% 4
Yorkshire +16 6 - - 1
East of England - 6 £35,000 - 1
South West +9 5 £60,000 +4.34% 4
North West -42 2 £45,000 -12.19% 3
Penetration Tester
UK

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

For the 6 months to 30 April 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.

1 132 (78.57%) Penetration Testing
2 82 (48.81%) Information Security
3 79 (47.02%) CREST Certified
4 74 (44.05%) Security Cleared
5 65 (38.69%) OSCP
6 47 (27.98%) CHECK Team Leader
7 45 (26.79%) SC Cleared
8 42 (25.00%) Degree
8 42 (25.00%) CHECK Team Member
9 41 (24.40%) C
9 41 (24.40%) Windows
10 40 (23.81%) Java
11 39 (23.21%) Wireless
12 38 (22.62%) Perl
12 38 (22.62%) Security Testing
13 37 (22.02%) Ethical Hacking
14 35 (20.83%) CEH
15 34 (20.24%) C++
15 34 (20.24%) Cybersecurity
16 33 (19.64%) Finance
17 32 (19.05%) Python
17 32 (19.05%) Ruby
18 27 (16.07%) Vulnerability Assessment
18 27 (16.07%) Social Engineering
19 24 (14.29%) PHP
19 24 (14.29%) Firewall
20 23 (13.69%) CISSP
21 22 (13.10%) Unix
21 22 (13.10%) Wireless Security
22 20 (11.90%) Mobile App

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 1 (0.60%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 8 (4.76%) Amazon AWS
1 8 (4.76%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 39 (23.21%) Wireless
2 24 (14.29%) Firewall
3 22 (13.10%) Wireless Security
4 17 (10.12%) Network Security
5 12 (7.14%) HTTP
6 10 (5.95%) Wireshark
7 6 (3.57%) SMTP
7 6 (3.57%) TCP/IP
8 3 (1.79%) Internet
9 1 (0.60%) Ethernet
9 1 (0.60%) NFC
9 1 (0.60%) VoIP
9 1 (0.60%) VPN
Development Applications
1 12 (7.14%) Burp Suite
2 9 (5.36%) Metasploit
3 8 (4.76%) Eclipse
3 8 (4.76%) Xcode
4 4 (2.38%) JMeter
4 4 (2.38%) LoadRunner
General
1 33 (19.64%) Finance
2 13 (7.74%) Publishing
3 5 (2.98%) Telecoms
4 4 (2.38%) Retail
5 2 (1.19%) Banking
5 2 (1.19%) Games
5 2 (1.19%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.60%) Automotive
6 1 (0.60%) Electronics
6 1 (0.60%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.60%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (8.33%) .NET
2 6 (3.57%) Middleware
3 2 (1.19%) Elastic Stack
4 1 (0.60%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 20 (11.90%) Mobile App
2 19 (11.31%) CESG
3 17 (10.12%) SCADA
4 7 (4.17%) Computer Science
5 6 (3.57%) iSeries
5 6 (3.57%) Management Information System
6 5 (2.98%) Driving Licence
7 4 (2.38%) Cyberthreat
7 4 (2.38%) Embedded Systems
8 3 (1.79%) iPad
9 1 (0.60%) Cyber Defence
9 1 (0.60%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 41 (24.40%) Windows
2 22 (13.10%) Unix
3 19 (11.31%) Linux
4 11 (6.55%) Kali Linux
5 9 (5.36%) Apple iOS
6 8 (4.76%) Android
7 6 (3.57%) Solaris
8 2 (1.19%) KNOPPIX
9 1 (0.60%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 132 (78.57%) Penetration Testing
2 82 (48.81%) Information Security
3 38 (22.62%) Security Testing
4 37 (22.02%) Ethical Hacking
5 34 (20.24%) Cybersecurity
6 27 (16.07%) Social Engineering
6 27 (16.07%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 18 (10.71%) SDLC
8 17 (10.12%) Reverse Engineering
9 12 (7.14%) Project Management
10 11 (6.55%) Business Development
10 11 (6.55%) OWASP
10 11 (6.55%) Secure Coding
10 11 (6.55%) Security Architecture
11 10 (5.95%) Threat Management
12 9 (5.36%) Mentoring
13 8 (4.76%) Agile Software Development
13 8 (4.76%) Continuous Delivery
13 8 (4.76%) Vulnerability Management
14 7 (4.17%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 41 (24.40%) C
2 40 (23.81%) Java
3 38 (22.62%) Perl
4 34 (20.24%) C++
5 32 (19.05%) Python
5 32 (19.05%) Ruby
6 24 (14.29%) PHP
7 11 (6.55%) Bash Shell
8 7 (4.17%) C#
8 7 (4.17%) SQL
9 4 (2.38%) VB.NET
10 3 (1.79%) JavaScript
11 1 (0.60%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 79 (47.02%) CREST Certified
2 74 (44.05%) Security Cleared
3 65 (38.69%) OSCP
4 47 (27.98%) CHECK Team Leader
5 45 (26.79%) SC Cleared
6 42 (25.00%) CHECK Team Member
6 42 (25.00%) Degree
7 35 (20.83%) CEH
8 23 (13.69%) CISSP
9 11 (6.55%) DV Cleared
9 11 (6.55%) OSCE
10 9 (5.36%) CISA
10 9 (5.36%) GPEN
10 9 (5.36%) SANS
10 9 (5.36%) Tigerscheme
11 8 (4.76%) GIAC
11 8 (4.76%) ISTQB
12 4 (2.38%) ISEB
12 4 (2.38%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
13 2 (1.19%) OSWP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (4.76%) QA
2 3 (1.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.60%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 6 (3.57%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 19 (11.31%) Nessus
2 9 (5.36%) Nmap
3 4 (2.38%) Defensics
3 4 (2.38%) Nexpose
3 4 (2.38%) OpenVAS
4 3 (1.79%) Core Impact
Vendors
1 8 (4.76%) Qualys
2 6 (3.57%) VMware
3 4 (2.38%) Codenomicon
3 4 (2.38%) Coverity
3 4 (2.38%) Rapid7
4 2 (1.19%) Microsoft
5 1 (0.60%) Cisco
5 1 (0.60%) Fortinet
5 1 (0.60%) Juniper
5 1 (0.60%) Nokia
5 1 (0.60%) Oracle
5 1 (0.60%) SAP
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