Period
to 21 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for Penetration Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Penetration Testing over the 6 months to 21 November 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Penetration Testing
England > North West
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 259 282 280
Rank change year-on-year +23 -2 +10
Permanent jobs citing Penetration Testing 105 85 88
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.79% 0.68% 0.68%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.88% 0.76% 0.76%
Number of salaries quoted 86 78 65
North West median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £55,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% -9.09% -2.22%
10th Percentile £41,250 £32,500 £32,500
90th Percentile £70,000 £75,000 £90,000
England median annual salary £55,000 £57,500 £52,500
% change year-on-year -4.35% +9.52% -

Penetration Testing is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
North West
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 11979 11171 11575
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 89.86% 89.81% 89.44%
Number of salaries quoted 9526 9316 9573
North West median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.25% - +1.27%
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £24,750
90th Percentile £65,000 £62,500 £60,000
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%

Penetration Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Penetration Testing as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for Penetration Testing in the North West

Penetration Testing
Salary Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Penetration Testing in the North West.

Salary trend for Penetration Testing in the North West

Penetration Testing
Salary Histogram in the North West

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Penetration Testing in the North West over the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

Salary histogram for Penetration Testing in the North West

Penetration Testing
Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Testing within the North West region over the 6 months to 21 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
Manchester -5 71 £53,000 -3.64% 4
Cheshire -19 20 £55,000 +10.00% 3
Lancashire +5 5 £50,000 +42.86%
Merseyside +18 4 £43,250 -30.80%
Penetration Testing
England

For the 6 months to 21 November 2017, IT 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 job ads across the North West region with a requirement for Penetration Testing.

1 70 (66.67%) Information Security
2 58 (55.24%) Cybersecurity
3 46 (43.81%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 34 (32.38%) PCI DSS
5 32 (30.48%) Network Security
6 31 (29.52%) Windows
7 30 (28.57%) SIEM
8 28 (26.67%) ITIL
8 28 (26.67%) Firewall
9 26 (24.76%) Cisco
9 26 (24.76%) Business Development
9 26 (24.76%) Vulnerability Scanning
10 25 (23.81%) DNS
11 24 (22.86%) Windows Server
12 22 (20.95%) Risk Management
12 22 (20.95%) Active Directory
12 22 (20.95%) CISSP
12 22 (20.95%) DHCP
13 21 (20.00%) CheckPoint
13 21 (20.00%) Change Management
14 20 (19.05%) Juniper
14 20 (19.05%) Palo Alto
15 19 (18.10%) Junos
15 19 (18.10%) MPLS
15 19 (18.10%) TCP/IP
15 19 (18.10%) Legal
15 19 (18.10%) Blue Coat
15 19 (18.10%) ProxySG
16 18 (17.14%) Network Design
17 17 (16.19%) VLAN

Penetration Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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:

Application Platforms
1 3 (2.86%) MS Exchange
2 1 (0.95%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (0.95%) IIS
Applications
1 1 (0.95%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 11 (10.48%) IaaS
1 11 (10.48%) SaaS
2 3 (2.86%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (2.86%) Office 365
3 2 (1.90%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (0.95%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 32 (30.48%) Network Security
2 28 (26.67%) Firewall
3 25 (23.81%) DNS
4 22 (20.95%) DHCP
5 19 (18.10%) Junos
5 19 (18.10%) MPLS
5 19 (18.10%) TCP/IP
6 17 (16.19%) VLAN
7 6 (5.71%) VPN
8 5 (4.76%) Cisco ASA
8 5 (4.76%) VoIP
9 4 (3.81%) Intrusion Detection
10 3 (2.86%) BIG-IP
10 3 (2.86%) Internet
10 3 (2.86%) LAN
10 3 (2.86%) WAN
10 3 (2.86%) Wireless
11 2 (1.90%) Remote Desktop
12 1 (0.95%) SAN
12 1 (0.95%) Wireless Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (3.81%) GIS
2 3 (2.86%) SQL Server
3 2 (1.90%) MySQL
4 1 (0.95%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (0.95%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 2 (1.90%) Jenkins
2 1 (0.95%) Burp Suite
2 1 (0.95%) Metasploit
General
1 19 (18.10%) Legal
2 12 (11.43%) Finance
3 6 (5.71%) Banking
4 5 (4.76%) Retail
5 4 (3.81%) Law
6 3 (2.86%) Corporate Banking
6 3 (2.86%) Financial Institution
6 3 (2.86%) Games
6 3 (2.86%) Investment Banking
7 2 (1.90%) Advertising
7 2 (1.90%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 24 (22.86%) Business Development Manager
1 24 (22.86%) Business Manager
1 24 (22.86%) Development Manager
2 22 (20.95%) Network Engineer
3 17 (16.19%) Security Manager
4 14 (13.33%) Security Engineer
5 12 (11.43%) Analyst
5 12 (11.43%) Security Analyst
6 11 (10.48%) Network Security Engineer
7 8 (7.62%) Information Manager
7 8 (7.62%) Information Security Manager
7 8 (7.62%) IT Manager
8 7 (6.67%) Cisco Engineer
8 7 (6.67%) Consultant
8 7 (6.67%) Security Consultant
9 6 (5.71%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 6 (5.71%) IT Analyst
9 6 (5.71%) IT Security Analyst
9 6 (5.71%) IT Security Manager
10 5 (4.76%) Active Directory Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (1.90%) .NET
1 2 (1.90%) Ajax
1 2 (1.90%) HTML
1 2 (1.90%) JSON
1 2 (1.90%) Laravel
1 2 (1.90%) Web Services
1 2 (1.90%) XML
2 1 (0.95%) 802.1X
2 1 (0.95%) ASP.NET
2 1 (0.95%) ASP.NET MVC
2 1 (0.95%) FreeSWITCH
2 1 (0.95%) J2EE
2 1 (0.95%) JNI
2 1 (0.95%) OLE
Miscellaneous
1 16 (15.24%) Data Centre
2 6 (5.71%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (4.76%) Data Protection Act
3 5 (4.76%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
3 5 (4.76%) Greenfield Project
3 5 (4.76%) Management Information System
4 3 (2.86%) Contactless
4 3 (2.86%) Mobile App
4 3 (2.86%) Online Games
4 3 (2.86%) Virtual Team
5 2 (1.90%) Cyberthreat
5 2 (1.90%) Mainframe
5 2 (1.90%) PKI
5 2 (1.90%) Private Cloud
6 1 (0.95%) Algorithms
6 1 (0.95%) Clustering
6 1 (0.95%) Cyber Attack
6 1 (0.95%) Cyber Defence
6 1 (0.95%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 31 (29.52%) Windows
2 24 (22.86%) Windows Server
3 9 (8.57%) Unix
4 8 (7.62%) Linux
5 2 (1.90%) Android
6 1 (0.95%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.95%) CentOS
6 1 (0.95%) KNOPPIX
6 1 (0.95%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 70 (66.67%) Information Security
2 58 (55.24%) Cybersecurity
3 30 (28.57%) SIEM
4 28 (26.67%) ITIL
5 26 (24.76%) Business Development
5 26 (24.76%) Vulnerability Scanning
6 22 (20.95%) Risk Management
7 21 (20.00%) Change Management
8 18 (17.14%) Network Design
9 12 (11.43%) Data Protection
10 11 (10.48%) Analytics
10 11 (10.48%) Service Management
11 9 (8.57%) ITSM
12 7 (6.67%) Ethical Hacking
12 7 (6.67%) Security Monitoring
12 7 (6.67%) Supplier Management
13 6 (5.71%) Business Continuity
13 6 (5.71%) Coaching
13 6 (5.71%) OWASP
13 6 (5.71%) Security Operations
Programming Languages
1 9 (8.57%) SQL
2 4 (3.81%) Python
3 3 (2.86%) C
4 2 (1.90%) C#
4 2 (1.90%) JavaScript
4 2 (1.90%) PHP
5 1 (0.95%) Java
5 1 (0.95%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 22 (20.95%) CISSP
2 13 (12.38%) CISM
3 12 (11.43%) CREST Certified
4 7 (6.67%) Cisco Certification
4 7 (6.67%) OSCP
5 6 (5.71%) CCNA
5 6 (5.71%) Tigerscheme
6 5 (4.76%) CEH
6 5 (4.76%) SANS
7 4 (3.81%) CISA
8 3 (2.86%) CRISC
8 3 (2.86%) GCIA
8 3 (2.86%) GCIH
8 3 (2.86%) SC Cleared
8 3 (2.86%) Security Cleared
9 2 (1.90%) CCNP
9 2 (1.90%) MCSE
9 2 (1.90%) Microsoft Certification
9 2 (1.90%) OSCE
10 1 (0.95%) GSEC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 46 (43.81%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 34 (32.38%) PCI DSS
3 12 (11.43%) GDPR
4 7 (6.67%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 4 (3.81%) ISO 22301
5 4 (3.81%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 3 (2.86%) SLA
7 2 (1.90%) HIPAA
8 1 (0.95%) COBIT
8 1 (0.95%) Cyber Essentials
8 1 (0.95%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 1 (0.95%) ISO/IEC 27005
System Software
1 22 (20.95%) Active Directory
2 19 (18.10%) ProxySG
3 6 (5.71%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (2.86%) Hyper-V
4 3 (2.86%) Snort
5 2 (1.90%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.95%) OpenSIPS
Systems Management
1 3 (2.86%) Nagios
1 3 (2.86%) Opscode Chef
1 3 (2.86%) Trend Micro Deep Security
2 2 (1.90%) Norton AntiVirus
2 2 (1.90%) Puppet
3 1 (0.95%) Core Impact
3 1 (0.95%) FortiGate
3 1 (0.95%) Microsoft Clustering
3 1 (0.95%) Nessus
Vendors
1 26 (24.76%) Cisco
2 21 (20.00%) CheckPoint
3 20 (19.05%) Juniper
3 20 (19.05%) Palo Alto
4 19 (18.10%) Blue Coat
5 7 (6.67%) Microsoft
5 7 (6.67%) VMware
6 5 (4.76%) Splunk
7 3 (2.86%) Capita
7 3 (2.86%) F5
7 3 (2.86%) McAfee
7 3 (2.86%) NetWitness
7 3 (2.86%) Sourcefire
7 3 (2.86%) Trend Micro
8 2 (1.90%) arcserve
8 2 (1.90%) Imperva
8 2 (1.90%) Sophos
8 2 (1.90%) Symantec
9 1 (0.95%) CyberArk
9 1 (0.95%) Google