The median annual salary for a Penetration Tester was £47,500 in advertised job vacancies in the South East 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 / South East
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 374 408 462
Rank change year-on-year +34 +54  
Permanent jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 18 38 12
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.12% 0.21% 0.056%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.13% 0.21% 0.058%
Number of salaries quoted 16 21 12
Median salary £47,500 £45,000 £53,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.55% -15.88%  
90% offered a salary of more than £30,000 £42,500 £52,500
10% offered a salary of more than £75,000 £75,000 £55,000
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 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 14182 17817 20713
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 96.56% 96.93% 97.19%
Number of salaries quoted 11882 15144 16834
Median salary £43,000 £44,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -2.27% +3.52%  
90% offered a salary of more than £25,500 £26,075 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £65,000 £62,500 £62,500
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 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 23 June 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 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
Oxfordshire +14 7 £46,250 -2.63% 3
Berkshire +33 5 £75,000 +7.14% 1
Surrey +18 3 £70,000 +64.70% 2
Buckinghamshire - 3 £52,500 - 1
Kent +13 1 £30,000 -20.00%
Hampshire +5 1 £30,000 -58.62%
Penetration Tester
England

Penetration Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East

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 South East region featuring Penetration Tester in the job title.

1 27 (77.14%) Penetration Testing
2 17 (48.57%) Information Security
2 17 (48.57%) Security Cleared
3 16 (45.71%) CREST Certified
3 16 (45.71%) Degree
4 14 (40.00%) Social Engineering
4 14 (40.00%) Security Testing
5 13 (37.14%) Ethical Hacking
5 13 (37.14%) CEH
5 13 (37.14%) C++
6 12 (34.29%) C
6 12 (34.29%) OSCP
7 11 (31.43%) Wireless
7 11 (31.43%) Finance
8 10 (28.57%) Windows
8 10 (28.57%) SC Cleared
9 9 (25.71%) Mobile App
10 8 (22.86%) OWASP
10 8 (22.86%) Linux
10 8 (22.86%) Java
10 8 (22.86%) Perl
10 8 (22.86%) Nessus
11 7 (20.00%) Vulnerability Assessment
11 7 (20.00%) Nmap
11 7 (20.00%) Firewall
12 6 (17.14%) TCP/IP
12 6 (17.14%) Risk Management
12 6 (17.14%) Test Automation
13 5 (14.29%) iSeries
13 5 (14.29%) VMware ESXi

Penetration Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring 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:

Business Applications
1 1 (2.86%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 3 (8.57%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 11 (31.43%) Wireless
2 7 (20.00%) Firewall
3 6 (17.14%) TCP/IP
4 5 (14.29%) HTTP
4 5 (14.29%) Network Security
4 5 (14.29%) SMTP
4 5 (14.29%) Wireless Security
5 1 (2.86%) Internet
Development Applications
1 4 (11.43%) Metasploit
2 2 (5.71%) JMeter
2 2 (5.71%) LoadRunner
3 1 (2.86%) Burp Suite
General
1 11 (31.43%) Finance
2 4 (11.43%) Digital Economy
2 4 (11.43%) Telecoms
3 2 (5.71%) Aerospace
3 2 (5.71%) Automotive
3 2 (5.71%) Retail
4 1 (2.86%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (14.29%) Middleware
2 3 (8.57%) HTML
2 3 (8.57%) Web Services
3 2 (5.71%) .NET
4 1 (2.86%) ASP.NET Web API
4 1 (2.86%) HTML5
4 1 (2.86%) JSON
4 1 (2.86%) RESTful
4 1 (2.86%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 9 (25.71%) Mobile App
2 5 (14.29%) Embedded Systems
2 5 (14.29%) iSeries
3 4 (11.43%) Computer Science
3 4 (11.43%) Cyberthreat
4 1 (2.86%) CESG
4 1 (2.86%) Driving Licence
4 1 (2.86%) iPad
4 1 (2.86%) Management Information System
4 1 (2.86%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 10 (28.57%) Windows
2 8 (22.86%) Linux
3 5 (14.29%) Kali Linux
3 5 (14.29%) Solaris
4 3 (8.57%) Unix
5 1 (2.86%) Android
5 1 (2.86%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (77.14%) Penetration Testing
2 17 (48.57%) Information Security
3 14 (40.00%) Security Testing
3 14 (40.00%) Social Engineering
4 13 (37.14%) Ethical Hacking
5 8 (22.86%) OWASP
6 7 (20.00%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 6 (17.14%) Risk Management
7 6 (17.14%) Test Automation
8 5 (14.29%) Content Management
8 5 (14.29%) CRM
8 5 (14.29%) Project Management
8 5 (14.29%) SDLC
9 4 (11.43%) Business Development
9 4 (11.43%) Presales
9 4 (11.43%) Source Code Analysis
10 3 (8.57%) Cybersecurity
11 2 (5.71%) Mentoring
11 2 (5.71%) Performance Testing
11 2 (5.71%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 13 (37.14%) C++
2 12 (34.29%) C
3 8 (22.86%) Java
3 8 (22.86%) Perl
4 5 (14.29%) Python
5 4 (11.43%) Bash Shell
6 3 (8.57%) Ruby
7 2 (5.71%) Shell Script
7 2 (5.71%) VB.NET
8 1 (2.86%) C#
8 1 (2.86%) PHP
Qualifications
1 17 (48.57%) Security Cleared
2 16 (45.71%) CREST Certified
2 16 (45.71%) Degree
3 13 (37.14%) CEH
4 12 (34.29%) OSCP
5 10 (28.57%) SC Cleared
6 5 (14.29%) CHECK Team Member
6 5 (14.29%) DV Cleared
6 5 (14.29%) Tigerscheme
7 4 (11.43%) GIAC
7 4 (11.43%) GPEN
8 3 (8.57%) Computer Science Degree
8 3 (8.57%) Cyber Scheme
9 2 (5.71%) CHECK Team Leader
9 2 (5.71%) CISSP
9 2 (5.71%) ISEB
9 2 (5.71%) ISTQB
9 2 (5.71%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 1 (2.86%) CISM
10 1 (2.86%) CLAS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (14.29%) QA
2 2 (5.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (2.86%) Cyber Essentials
3 1 (2.86%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
3 1 (2.86%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 5 (14.29%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 8 (22.86%) Nessus
2 7 (20.00%) Nmap
3 4 (11.43%) Defensics
3 4 (11.43%) OpenVAS
Vendors
1 5 (14.29%) VMware
2 4 (11.43%) Codenomicon
2 4 (11.43%) Coverity
2 4 (11.43%) Qualys
Oxfordshire
ReThink Recruitment
Posted: 9 hours ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
EXCELerate
Salary: Up to £75,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Adeptis Group
Salary: £70000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Surrey
Talent Point
Salary: £35000 - £55000 per annum
Posted: 9 days ago
Chertsey, Surrey
Polar Recruitment
Salary: £40000 - £45000 per annum + Great benefits - see below.
Posted: 6 days ago
Reading
CPS Group Limited
Salary: £70000 - £80000 per annum + Home working
Posted: 22 days ago
Oxford
Michael Page Technology
Salary: £40000 - £55000 per annum + car, pension, certification
Posted: 11 days ago