The median annual salary for a Penetration Tester was £62,500 in advertised job vacancies in London during the 3 months to 23 June 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
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 539 547 640
Rank change year-on-year +8 +93  
Permanent jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 76 85 48
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in London 0.21% 0.21% 0.11%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.22% 0.22% 0.11%
Number of salaries quoted 71 67 34
Median salary £62,500 £62,500 £55,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +13.63%  
90% offered a salary of more than £34,000 £52,500 £42,500
10% offered a salary of more than £92,500 £82,500 £85,000
UK excluding London median salary £60,000 £52,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year +14.28% +5.00%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in permanent job vacancies advertised in London. 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
London
Permanent job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 34741 38396 43056
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in London 94.86% 95.95% 95.89%
Number of salaries quoted 28207 33382 36386
Median salary £57,500 £55,000 £55,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.54% -  
90% offered a salary of more than £32,500 £32,500 £32,500
10% offered a salary of more than £82,500 £80,000 £80,000
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 London

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

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 3 months to 23 June 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 3 months to 23 June 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
City of London +24 4 £55,000 -8.33%
Penetration Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 23 June 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 96 (89.72%) Penetration Testing
2 70 (65.42%) Information Security
3 57 (53.27%) Security Cleared
4 39 (36.45%) CREST Certified
5 35 (32.71%) OSCP
6 33 (30.84%) SCADA
7 32 (29.91%) CHECK Team Leader
8 30 (28.04%) Security Testing
9 28 (26.17%) CHECK Team Member
10 26 (24.30%) Cybersecurity
11 24 (22.43%) Ethical Hacking
12 23 (21.50%) Windows
13 22 (20.56%) Degree
14 20 (18.69%) Security Architecture
15 19 (17.76%) CISSP
16 17 (15.89%) Python
16 17 (15.89%) Java
16 17 (15.89%) Perl
16 17 (15.89%) Reverse Engineering
16 17 (15.89%) OSCE
17 16 (14.95%) Apple iOS
17 16 (14.95%) Mentoring
17 16 (14.95%) SC Cleared
17 16 (14.95%) Android
18 15 (14.02%) C
19 14 (13.08%) .NET
19 14 (13.08%) Network Security
19 14 (13.08%) Ruby
19 14 (13.08%) Threat Management
20 13 (12.15%) Vulnerability Assessment

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 (0.93%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 12 (11.21%) Amazon AWS
1 12 (11.21%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 14 (13.08%) Network Security
2 9 (8.41%) Wireless
3 6 (5.61%) Internet
4 4 (3.74%) Firewall
5 3 (2.80%) VoIP
5 3 (2.80%) Wireless Security
6 1 (0.93%) TCP/IP
6 1 (0.93%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.93%) GIS
Development Applications
1 12 (11.21%) Eclipse
1 12 (11.21%) Xcode
2 4 (3.74%) Metasploit
3 3 (2.80%) AppScan
3 3 (2.80%) Burp Suite
3 3 (2.80%) Paros
General
1 5 (4.67%) Banking
2 4 (3.74%) Finance
3 3 (2.80%) Telecoms
4 2 (1.87%) Investment Banking
4 2 (1.87%) Publishing
5 1 (0.93%) Legal
5 1 (0.93%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (13.08%) .NET
2 1 (0.93%) ASP.NET Web API
2 1 (0.93%) HTML
2 1 (0.93%) HTML5
2 1 (0.93%) JSON
2 1 (0.93%) RESTful
2 1 (0.93%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 33 (30.84%) SCADA
2 9 (8.41%) CESG
3 7 (6.54%) Mobile App
4 4 (3.74%) Mainframe
4 4 (3.74%) Management Information System
5 2 (1.87%) Computer Science
6 1 (0.93%) Cyberthreat
6 1 (0.93%) Data Centre
6 1 (0.93%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 23 (21.50%) Windows
2 16 (14.95%) Android
2 16 (14.95%) Apple iOS
3 11 (10.28%) Linux
4 9 (8.41%) Unix
5 3 (2.80%) Kali Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 96 (89.72%) Penetration Testing
2 70 (65.42%) Information Security
3 30 (28.04%) Security Testing
4 26 (24.30%) Cybersecurity
5 24 (22.43%) Ethical Hacking
6 20 (18.69%) Security Architecture
7 17 (15.89%) Reverse Engineering
8 16 (14.95%) Mentoring
9 14 (13.08%) Threat Management
10 13 (12.15%) Vulnerability Assessment
11 12 (11.21%) Agile Software Development
11 12 (11.21%) Continuous Delivery
11 12 (11.21%) SDLC
12 10 (9.35%) Secure Coding
13 9 (8.41%) Computer Forensics
13 9 (8.41%) OWASP
14 6 (5.61%) Business Development
15 5 (4.67%) Social Engineering
16 4 (3.74%) Security Operations
16 4 (3.74%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 17 (15.89%) Java
1 17 (15.89%) Perl
1 17 (15.89%) Python
2 15 (14.02%) C
3 14 (13.08%) Ruby
4 6 (5.61%) SQL
5 5 (4.67%) PHP
6 4 (3.74%) C++
7 2 (1.87%) C#
8 1 (0.93%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 57 (53.27%) Security Cleared
2 39 (36.45%) CREST Certified
3 35 (32.71%) OSCP
4 32 (29.91%) CHECK Team Leader
5 28 (26.17%) CHECK Team Member
6 22 (20.56%) Degree
7 19 (17.76%) CISSP
8 17 (15.89%) OSCE
9 16 (14.95%) SC Cleared
10 7 (6.54%) CEH
11 6 (5.61%) GPEN
12 5 (4.67%) DV Cleared
13 4 (3.74%) CISA
13 4 (3.74%) CISM
13 4 (3.74%) ISTQB
14 3 (2.80%) GCIH
14 3 (2.80%) GIAC
14 3 (2.80%) GWAPT
15 2 (1.87%) CISMP
15 2 (1.87%) OSWP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.80%) PCI DSS
2 2 (1.87%) QA
Systems Management
1 4 (3.74%) Nessus
2 3 (2.80%) HP Fortify
2 3 (2.80%) Nmap
2 3 (2.80%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 1 (0.93%) Microsoft
London
Ashdown IT
Salary: £75000 - £85000 per annum
Posted: 11 hours ago
London
Lorien Resourcing
Salary: £32000 - £36000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
South West London
Client Server
Salary: £30k to £55k + bonus + benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 8 days ago
London
Client Server
Salary: £60k to £75k + bonus + benefits
Posted: 11 days ago