Period
to 18 November 2017

The median annual salary for a Penetration Tester was £72,500 in advertised job vacancies in London during the 6 months to 18 November 2017.

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

Penetration Tester
England > London
6 months to
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 721 723 844
Rank change year-on-year +2 +121 -64
Permanent jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 123 122 72
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in London 0.16% 0.16% 0.081%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.17% 0.17% 0.084%
Number of salaries quoted 114 89 63
London median annual salary £72,500 £65,000 £55,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.54% +18.18% -
10th Percentile £41,250 £43,500 £42,500
90th Percentile £96,250 £85,250 £89,500
England median annual salary £65,000 £55,000 £55,000
% change year-on-year +18.18% - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in London. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
London
Permanent vacancies in London with a recognized job title 70770 72897 85692
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.34% 95.96% 96.00%
Number of salaries quoted 55623 62964 72725
London median annual salary £60,000 £57,500 £55,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.35% +4.55% +4.76%
10th Percentile £33,000 £32,500 £32,000
90th Percentile £90,000 £87,500 £85,000
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £46,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +3.26% +2.22%

Penetration Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in London

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

Job vacancy trend for Penetration Tester in London

Penetration Tester
Salary Trend in London

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

Salary trend for Penetration Tester in London

Penetration Tester
Salary Histogram in London

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Penetration Tester in London over the 6 months to 18 November 2017.

Salary histogram for Penetration Tester in London

Penetration Tester
Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Tester within the London region over the 6 months to 18 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Central London +28 13 £90,000 +9.09%
East London - 4 £60,000 - 1
West London +18 3 £42,500 -19.05% 2
North London - 2 £42,500 -
Penetration Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 18 November 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 London region featuring Penetration Tester in the job title.

1 108 (87.80%) Penetration Testing
2 67 (54.47%) Information Security
3 55 (44.72%) CREST Certified
4 46 (37.40%) Security Cleared
5 38 (30.89%) Cybersecurity
6 35 (28.46%) Unix
6 35 (28.46%) Windows
7 33 (26.83%) CHECK Team Leader
8 31 (25.20%) OWASP
9 30 (24.39%) OSCP
9 30 (24.39%) Linux
10 27 (21.95%) Wireless
11 26 (21.14%) SCADA
12 24 (19.51%) Vulnerability Assessment
13 23 (18.70%) Android
14 22 (17.89%) Social Engineering
14 22 (17.89%) Apple iOS
15 21 (17.07%) Ethical Hacking
16 18 (14.63%) Reverse Engineering
16 18 (14.63%) Nessus
16 18 (14.63%) Burp Suite
17 16 (13.01%) Mentoring
17 16 (13.01%) CHECK Team Member
17 16 (13.01%) Finance
17 16 (13.01%) CISSP
17 16 (13.01%) Security Testing
18 15 (12.20%) Degree
18 15 (12.20%) CEH
18 15 (12.20%) Firewall
19 14 (11.38%) Python

Penetration Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in London 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 (0.81%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.81%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (0.81%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 27 (21.95%) Wireless
2 15 (12.20%) Firewall
3 13 (10.57%) Network Security
4 8 (6.50%) Internet
5 6 (4.88%) DNS
6 5 (4.07%) LAN
6 5 (4.07%) TCP/IP
6 5 (4.07%) VoIP
6 5 (4.07%) WAN
7 4 (3.25%) tcpdump
7 4 (3.25%) Wireshark
8 2 (1.63%) DHCP
9 1 (0.81%) Wireless Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.63%) GIS
Development Applications
1 18 (14.63%) Burp Suite
2 13 (10.57%) Metasploit
3 9 (7.32%) AppScan
4 8 (6.50%) Paros
5 3 (2.44%) WebScarab
6 1 (0.81%) Eclipse
6 1 (0.81%) sqlmap
6 1 (0.81%) Xcode
General
1 16 (13.01%) Finance
2 8 (6.50%) Banking
2 8 (6.50%) Telecoms
3 7 (5.69%) Retail
4 1 (0.81%) Financial Institution
4 1 (0.81%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (3.25%) .NET
2 2 (1.63%) HTML
2 2 (1.63%) XML
3 1 (0.81%) ASP.NET Web API
3 1 (0.81%) CGI
3 1 (0.81%) HTML5
3 1 (0.81%) J2EE
3 1 (0.81%) JNI
3 1 (0.81%) JSON
3 1 (0.81%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 26 (21.14%) SCADA
2 8 (6.50%) Mainframe
2 8 (6.50%) Mobile App
3 5 (4.07%) Management Information System
4 4 (3.25%) Computer Science
5 2 (1.63%) CESG
5 2 (1.63%) Embedded Systems
6 1 (0.81%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (0.81%) Blog
6 1 (0.81%) Cyberthreat
6 1 (0.81%) Data Centre
6 1 (0.81%) Data Protection Act
6 1 (0.81%) iPad
6 1 (0.81%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 35 (28.46%) Unix
1 35 (28.46%) Windows
2 30 (24.39%) Linux
3 23 (18.70%) Android
4 22 (17.89%) Apple iOS
5 6 (4.88%) Kali Linux
6 1 (0.81%) KNOPPIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 108 (87.80%) Penetration Testing
2 67 (54.47%) Information Security
3 38 (30.89%) Cybersecurity
4 31 (25.20%) OWASP
5 24 (19.51%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 22 (17.89%) Social Engineering
7 21 (17.07%) Ethical Hacking
8 18 (14.63%) Reverse Engineering
9 16 (13.01%) Mentoring
9 16 (13.01%) Security Testing
10 11 (8.94%) Open Source
11 10 (8.13%) Stakeholder Management
12 9 (7.32%) Security Architecture
13 7 (5.69%) Computer Forensics
13 7 (5.69%) Vulnerability Scanning
14 6 (4.88%) Process Improvement
14 6 (4.88%) Risk Assessment
14 6 (4.88%) Security Operations
15 5 (4.07%) Programme Delivery
15 5 (4.07%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 14 (11.38%) Python
2 13 (10.57%) Java
3 12 (9.76%) C++
4 9 (7.32%) C
4 9 (7.32%) SQL
5 7 (5.69%) Ruby
6 6 (4.88%) C#
7 5 (4.07%) Perl
8 4 (3.25%) Shell Script
9 3 (2.44%) PHP
10 2 (1.63%) VB.NET
11 1 (0.81%) JavaScript
11 1 (0.81%) Objective-C
11 1 (0.81%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 55 (44.72%) CREST Certified
2 46 (37.40%) Security Cleared
3 33 (26.83%) CHECK Team Leader
4 30 (24.39%) OSCP
5 16 (13.01%) CHECK Team Member
5 16 (13.01%) CISSP
6 15 (12.20%) CEH
6 15 (12.20%) Degree
7 13 (10.57%) OSCE
7 13 (10.57%) Tigerscheme
8 12 (9.76%) GPEN
9 11 (8.94%) Cyber Scheme
10 8 (6.50%) SANS
11 6 (4.88%) CISA
12 5 (4.07%) CISM
12 5 (4.07%) GCIH
12 5 (4.07%) GWAPT
12 5 (4.07%) GXPN
13 4 (3.25%) GIAC
14 3 (2.44%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (4.07%) PCI DSS
2 2 (1.63%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
3 1 (0.81%) GDPR
3 1 (0.81%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 2 (1.63%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 18 (14.63%) Nessus
2 13 (10.57%) Nmap
3 5 (4.07%) HP Fortify
3 5 (4.07%) WebInspect
4 2 (1.63%) Core Impact
4 2 (1.63%) Nexpose
Vendors
1 3 (2.44%) Microsoft