The median annual salary for a Penetration Tester was £61,250 in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 3 months to 22 March 2017.

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

3 months to
22 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Penetration Tester
England / South East
Rank 383 430 451
Rank change year-on-year +47 +21  
Permanent jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 17 27 9
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.11% 0.14% 0.044%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.12% 0.15% 0.046%
Number of salaries quoted 6 22 7
Median salary £61,250 £51,250 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +19.51% +2.50%  
90% offered a salary of more than £43,750 £42,500 £30,800
10% offered a salary of more than £75,000 £73,900 £60,000
UK excluding London median salary £41,250 £57,500 £57,500
% change year-on-year -28.26% -  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in permanent job vacancies advertised in the South East. 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
South East
Permanent job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 14300 18571 19699
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 96.60% 96.68% 96.99%
Number of salaries quoted 11905 15855 15931
Median salary £43,500 £43,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +1.16% +1.17%  
90% offered a salary of more than £25,500 £25,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £65,000 £62,500 £62,500
UK excluding London median salary £42,000 £41,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +1.20% +3.75%  

Penetration Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

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

Job vacancy trend for Penetration Tester in the South East

Penetration Tester
Salary Trend in the South East

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

Salary trend for Penetration Tester in the South East

Penetration Tester
Salary Histogram in the South East

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Penetration Tester in the South East over the 3 months to 22 March 2017.

Salary histogram for Penetration Tester in the South East

Penetration Tester
Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Tester within the South East region over the 3 months to 22 March 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
Berkshire +44 13 £68,750 +61.76% 4
Oxfordshire +4 3 £60,000 -22.58%
Buckinghamshire - 1 £47,500 -
Penetration Tester
England

Penetration Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 22 March 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 South East region featuring Penetration Tester in the job title.

1 32 (91.43%) Penetration Testing
2 23 (65.71%) C
2 23 (65.71%) C++
3 19 (54.29%) Nessus
3 19 (54.29%) Ethical Hacking
4 18 (51.43%) Nmap
4 18 (51.43%) Security Cleared
5 17 (48.57%) Java
5 17 (48.57%) Windows
5 17 (48.57%) Python
6 16 (45.71%) Telecoms
7 15 (42.86%) Finance
8 14 (40.00%) Perl
9 13 (37.14%) Information Security
9 13 (37.14%) CREST Certified
10 12 (34.29%) Bash Shell
10 12 (34.29%) Social Engineering
10 12 (34.29%) OpenVAS
10 12 (34.29%) Vulnerability Assessment
10 12 (34.29%) Qualys
10 12 (34.29%) Linux
11 11 (31.43%) Wireless
11 11 (31.43%) Degree
11 11 (31.43%) CEH
11 11 (31.43%) OSCP
11 11 (31.43%) Cybersecurity
12 10 (28.57%) OWASP
12 10 (28.57%) Source Code Analysis
12 10 (28.57%) Security Testing
12 10 (28.57%) TCP/IP

Penetration Tester Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills in the South East 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:

Cloud Services
1 1 (2.86%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 11 (31.43%) Wireless
2 10 (28.57%) TCP/IP
3 6 (17.14%) Firewall
3 6 (17.14%) HTTP
3 6 (17.14%) SMTP
4 5 (14.29%) Wireless Security
5 4 (11.43%) Broadband
5 4 (11.43%) LTE
6 1 (2.86%) Network Security
Development Applications
1 7 (20.00%) Metasploit
2 3 (8.57%) JMeter
2 3 (8.57%) LoadRunner
3 1 (2.86%) Burp Suite
General
1 16 (45.71%) Telecoms
2 15 (42.86%) Finance
3 1 (2.86%) Aerospace
3 1 (2.86%) Automotive
3 1 (2.86%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (17.14%) Middleware
2 1 (2.86%) HTML
2 1 (2.86%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 8 (22.86%) Embedded Systems
2 6 (17.14%) Cyberthreat
2 6 (17.14%) iSeries
2 6 (17.14%) Mobile App
3 5 (14.29%) Computer Science
4 1 (2.86%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 17 (48.57%) Windows
2 12 (34.29%) Linux
3 7 (20.00%) Kali Linux
4 6 (17.14%) Solaris
5 4 (11.43%) VxWorks
6 1 (2.86%) KNOPPIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (91.43%) Penetration Testing
2 19 (54.29%) Ethical Hacking
3 13 (37.14%) Information Security
4 12 (34.29%) Social Engineering
4 12 (34.29%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 11 (31.43%) Cybersecurity
6 10 (28.57%) OWASP
6 10 (28.57%) Security Testing
6 10 (28.57%) Source Code Analysis
7 6 (17.14%) Content Management
7 6 (17.14%) CRM
7 6 (17.14%) Project Management
7 6 (17.14%) SDLC
8 4 (11.43%) Business Development
8 4 (11.43%) Open Source
8 4 (11.43%) Presales
8 4 (11.43%) Risk Management
8 4 (11.43%) Static Code Analysis
9 3 (8.57%) Automated Testing
9 3 (8.57%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 23 (65.71%) C
1 23 (65.71%) C++
2 17 (48.57%) Java
2 17 (48.57%) Python
3 14 (40.00%) Perl
4 12 (34.29%) Bash Shell
5 2 (5.71%) Ruby
6 1 (2.86%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 18 (51.43%) Security Cleared
2 13 (37.14%) CREST Certified
3 11 (31.43%) CEH
3 11 (31.43%) Degree
3 11 (31.43%) OSCP
4 8 (22.86%) GIAC
4 8 (22.86%) GPEN
5 6 (17.14%) SC Cleared
6 5 (14.29%) DV Cleared
7 4 (11.43%) Tigerscheme
8 3 (8.57%) ISEB
8 3 (8.57%) ISTQB
8 3 (8.57%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 1 (2.86%) Cyber Scheme
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (17.14%) QA
System Software
1 6 (17.14%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 19 (54.29%) Nessus
2 18 (51.43%) Nmap
3 12 (34.29%) OpenVAS
4 1 (2.86%) Core Impact
Vendors
1 12 (34.29%) Qualys
2 8 (22.86%) Coverity
3 6 (17.14%) VMware
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