The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the South East 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 3 months to 25 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Penetration Testing
England / South East
Rank 298 311 361
Rank change year-on-year +13 +50  
Permanent jobs citing Penetration Testing 83 152 86
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.56% 0.79% 0.42%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.65% 0.91% 0.49%
Number of salaries quoted 53 114 55
Median salary £55,000 £52,500 £55,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.76% -4.54%  
90% offered a salary of more than £33,000 £38,510 £39,500
10% offered a salary of more than £69,500 £72,500 £65,000
UK excluding London median salary £50,000 £52,500 £48,000
% change year-on-year -4.76% +9.37%  

Penetration Testing is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies advertised in the South East with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Process & Methodology Skills
South East
Permanent job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 12854 16763 17632
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 86.02% 87.11% 85.79%
Number of salaries quoted 10540 14127 14050
Median salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.55%  
90% offered a salary of more than £31,000 £30,000 £30,000
10% offered a salary of more than £67,500 £67,500 £69,500
UK excluding London median salary £45,000 £45,000 £43,000
% change year-on-year - +4.65%  

Penetration Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South East citing Penetration Testing as a proportion of all permanent or contract IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Penetration Testing in the South East

Penetration Testing
Salary Trend in the South East

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

Salary trend for Penetration Testing in the South East

Penetration Testing
Salary Histogram in the South East

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Penetration Testing in the South East over the 3 months to 25 March 2017.

Salary histogram for Penetration Testing in the South East

Penetration Testing
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 Testing within the South East region over the 3 months to 25 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
Oxfordshire -2 26 £65,000 +8.33% 5
Berkshire +40 18 £52,500 +5.00% 2
Hampshire +16 13 £58,750 +50.19% 1
Buckinghamshire +26 10 £33,000 - 1
Surrey -7 10 £45,000 -18.18% 7
Kent 0 6 £60,000 +14.28%
East Sussex - 5 £60,000 -
M4 Corridor +1 4 £40,000 -46.66%
West Sussex +7 1 £47,500 +46.15%
Penetration Testing
England

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 25 March 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 South East region with a requirement for Penetration Testing.

1 98 (46.23%) Information Security
2 83 (39.15%) Windows
3 76 (35.85%) Finance
4 71 (33.49%) Cybersecurity
5 65 (30.66%) Security Cleared
6 62 (29.25%) Python
7 56 (26.42%) SIEM
8 54 (25.47%) Firewall
8 54 (25.47%) Ethical Hacking
9 53 (25.00%) GIAC
9 53 (25.00%) Telecoms
9 53 (25.00%) Security Operations
10 51 (24.06%) Risk Management
11 50 (23.58%) C
11 50 (23.58%) Vulnerability Assessment
11 50 (23.58%) Vulnerability Management
12 48 (22.64%) PCI DSS
13 46 (21.70%) Linux
14 45 (21.23%) Nessus
15 42 (19.81%) Java
15 42 (19.81%) DV Cleared
16 41 (19.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
17 39 (18.40%) C++
18 36 (16.98%) OWASP
18 36 (16.98%) Data Centre
19 35 (16.51%) CISSP
20 34 (16.04%) Degree
21 32 (15.09%) Technical Architecture
21 32 (15.09%) ITIL
22 30 (14.15%) CISA

Penetration Testing
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:

Application Platforms
1 23 (10.85%) IIS
2 3 (1.42%) OpenStack
3 2 (0.94%) Cloud Foundry
3 2 (0.94%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.47%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (0.47%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 21 (9.91%) MS Excel
2 4 (1.89%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 3 (1.42%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 23 (10.85%) SaaS
2 9 (4.25%) GitHub
3 8 (3.77%) Amazon AWS
4 7 (3.30%) Sumo Logic
5 3 (1.42%) Microsoft Azure
6 2 (0.94%) Office 365
7 1 (0.47%) Amazon ELB
7 1 (0.47%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.47%) Amazon SQS
7 1 (0.47%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.47%) IaaS
7 1 (0.47%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 54 (25.47%) Firewall
2 25 (11.79%) TCP/IP
3 19 (8.96%) Network Security
4 18 (8.49%) SSL
5 14 (6.60%) LAN
5 14 (6.60%) WAN
6 13 (6.13%) DHCP
6 13 (6.13%) DNS
6 13 (6.13%) ICMP
6 13 (6.13%) MPLS
7 12 (5.66%) ADSL
7 12 (5.66%) Ethernet
7 12 (5.66%) HSRP
7 12 (5.66%) IPsec
7 12 (5.66%) ISDN
7 12 (5.66%) PSTN
7 12 (5.66%) SNMP
7 12 (5.66%) X.25
8 11 (5.19%) Wireless
9 10 (4.72%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (5.19%) SQL Server
2 8 (3.77%) Microsoft Analysis Services
2 8 (3.77%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 8 (3.77%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (0.47%) Big Data
3 1 (0.47%) MySQL
3 1 (0.47%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (0.47%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 16 (7.55%) Metasploit
2 7 (3.30%) JMeter
3 6 (2.83%) Selenium
4 3 (1.42%) Eclipse
4 3 (1.42%) JBehave
4 3 (1.42%) LoadRunner
4 3 (1.42%) Protractor
4 3 (1.42%) VisualVM
5 2 (0.94%) HP UFT
5 2 (0.94%) JIRA
5 2 (0.94%) NUnit
5 2 (0.94%) TestNG
6 1 (0.47%) Ant
6 1 (0.47%) Burp Suite
6 1 (0.47%) Git (software)
6 1 (0.47%) Jenkins
6 1 (0.47%) LoadUI
6 1 (0.47%) Maven
6 1 (0.47%) SoapUI
6 1 (0.47%) Vagrant
General
1 76 (35.85%) Finance
2 53 (25.00%) Telecoms
3 8 (3.77%) Legal
4 5 (2.36%) Financial Institution
4 5 (2.36%) Marketing
5 3 (1.42%) Automotive
5 3 (1.42%) Electronics
5 3 (1.42%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.47%) Banking
6 1 (0.47%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 41 (19.34%) Analyst
2 39 (18.40%) Tester
3 32 (15.09%) Consultant
4 31 (14.62%) Security Analyst
4 31 (14.62%) Security Consultant
5 30 (14.15%) Penetration Tester
6 22 (10.38%) IT Analyst
7 21 (9.91%) Network Engineer
7 21 (9.91%) Senior Tester
8 18 (8.49%) Administrator
9 17 (8.02%) Senior Penetration Tester
10 15 (7.08%) Windows Administrator
11 13 (6.13%) Architect
11 13 (6.13%) Cybersecurity Consultant
11 13 (6.13%) Security Manager
11 13 (6.13%) Security Tester
12 12 (5.66%) IT Security Analyst
13 11 (5.19%) Cybersecurity Analyst
13 11 (5.19%) Developer
13 11 (5.19%) Senior Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (5.66%) 802.1X
2 8 (3.77%) HTML
3 6 (2.83%) Middleware
4 5 (2.36%) OAuth2
4 5 (2.36%) OpenID
4 5 (2.36%) Ruby on Rails
4 5 (2.36%) SAML
5 4 (1.89%) .NET
5 4 (1.89%) Ajax
5 4 (1.89%) XML
6 3 (1.42%) J2EE
6 3 (1.42%) XML Messaging
7 1 (0.47%) CSS
7 1 (0.47%) CSS3
7 1 (0.47%) HTML5
7 1 (0.47%) JDBC
Miscellaneous
1 36 (16.98%) Data Centre
2 29 (13.68%) Management Information System
3 16 (7.55%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
4 15 (7.08%) Computer Science
4 15 (7.08%) Enterprise Software
5 14 (6.60%) Driving Licence
6 12 (5.66%) Embedded Systems
6 12 (5.66%) Security Operations Centre
7 11 (5.19%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 8 (3.77%) Cyberthreat
9 7 (3.30%) Smartphone
10 6 (2.83%) Analytical Skills
10 6 (2.83%) iSeries
10 6 (2.83%) Mobile App
11 5 (2.36%) CESG
12 4 (1.89%) Blog
12 4 (1.89%) iPad
13 2 (0.94%) Data Protection Act
13 2 (0.94%) PMI
13 2 (0.94%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 83 (39.15%) Windows
2 46 (21.70%) Linux
3 24 (11.32%) Windows Server 2008
4 23 (10.85%) Unix
4 23 (10.85%) Windows Server 2012
5 21 (9.91%) VxWorks
6 15 (7.08%) Windows Server 2003
7 9 (4.25%) Windows Server
8 7 (3.30%) Kali Linux
9 6 (2.83%) Android
9 6 (2.83%) Solaris
10 2 (0.94%) Apple iOS
10 2 (0.94%) Mac OS
11 1 (0.47%) KNOPPIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 98 (46.23%) Information Security
2 71 (33.49%) Cybersecurity
3 56 (26.42%) SIEM
4 54 (25.47%) Ethical Hacking
5 53 (25.00%) Security Operations
6 51 (24.06%) Risk Management
7 50 (23.58%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 50 (23.58%) Vulnerability Management
8 36 (16.98%) OWASP
9 32 (15.09%) ITIL
9 32 (15.09%) Technical Architecture
10 30 (14.15%) Information Assurance
10 30 (14.15%) Line Management
11 27 (12.74%) Change Management
11 27 (12.74%) GAP Analysis
11 27 (12.74%) Source Code Analysis
12 26 (12.26%) B2B
13 24 (11.32%) Vulnerability Scanning
14 23 (10.85%) SDLC
14 23 (10.85%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 62 (29.25%) Python
2 50 (23.58%) C
3 42 (19.81%) Java
4 39 (18.40%) C++
5 26 (12.26%) Bash Shell
6 21 (9.91%) Perl
6 21 (9.91%) PowerShell
7 12 (5.66%) Ruby
7 12 (5.66%) SQL
8 9 (4.25%) JavaScript
9 8 (3.77%) Go
10 4 (1.89%) PHP
Qualifications
1 65 (30.66%) Security Cleared
2 53 (25.00%) GIAC
3 42 (19.81%) DV Cleared
4 35 (16.51%) CISSP
5 34 (16.04%) Degree
6 30 (14.15%) CISA
7 28 (13.21%) CISM
7 28 (13.21%) GCIH
8 25 (11.79%) CREST Certified
8 25 (11.79%) OSCP
9 22 (10.38%) CEH
10 16 (7.55%) GPEN
11 14 (6.60%) CompTIA Security+
11 14 (6.60%) MCSA
11 14 (6.60%) MCSE
11 14 (6.60%) Microsoft Certification
11 14 (6.60%) SANS
11 14 (6.60%) Security+ Certification
12 13 (6.13%) SC Cleared
13 7 (3.30%) GCFA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 48 (22.64%) PCI DSS
2 41 (19.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 16 (7.55%) COBIT
4 10 (4.72%) SSAE 16
5 8 (3.77%) QA
6 6 (2.83%) Cyber Essentials
7 5 (2.36%) HIPAA
7 5 (2.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 4 (1.89%) PMO
9 3 (1.42%) SLA
10 2 (0.94%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 2 (0.94%) ISO27002
11 1 (0.47%) GPG13
11 1 (0.47%) PA-DSS
System Software
1 28 (13.21%) Active Directory
2 18 (8.49%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (5.66%) Firmware
4 6 (2.83%) VMware ESX
5 3 (1.42%) Docker
6 1 (0.47%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.47%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 45 (21.23%) Nessus
2 29 (13.68%) Nmap
3 14 (6.60%) WSUS
4 13 (6.13%) OpenVAS
5 7 (3.30%) logstash
5 7 (3.30%) WMI
6 5 (2.36%) FortiGate
6 5 (2.36%) HAProxy
6 5 (2.36%) QRadar
7 1 (0.47%) Core Impact
7 1 (0.47%) McAfee ePO
7 1 (0.47%) Puppet
7 1 (0.47%) SolarWinds Orion
7 1 (0.47%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 29 (13.68%) Microsoft
1 29 (13.68%) Qualys
2 24 (11.32%) VMware
3 21 (9.91%) Cisco
4 14 (6.60%) TOWER Software
5 10 (4.72%) Coverity
6 9 (4.25%) Splunk
7 7 (3.30%) F5
7 7 (3.30%) Sophos
8 6 (2.83%) CheckPoint
8 6 (2.83%) Juniper
9 5 (2.36%) Vyatta
10 4 (1.89%) AlienVault
10 4 (1.89%) Blue Coat
11 3 (1.42%) AppDynamics
11 3 (1.42%) ArcSight
11 3 (1.42%) IBM
11 3 (1.42%) Intel Security
11 3 (1.42%) SAP
12 2 (0.94%) Apple
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