The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for GPEN qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 3 months to 26 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN)
UK
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 866 887 966
Rank change year-on-year +21 +79  
Permanent jobs citing GPEN 8 46 18
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.009% 0.047% 0.016%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.036% 0.18% 0.059%
Number of salaries quoted 7 37 13
Median salary £40,000 £62,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -36.00% +31.57%  
90% offered a salary of more than £37,500 £47,500 £40,000
10% offered a salary of more than £75,000 £102,500 £105,000
UK excluding London median salary £37,500 £52,500 £47,500
% change year-on-year -28.57% +10.52%  

GPEN is in the academic qualifications and professional certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in permanent job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Permanent job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 21989 25899 30478
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 24.59% 26.68% 27.50%
Number of salaries quoted 17158 20956 24185
Median salary £45,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -5.26% +5.55%  
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £27,000
10% offered a salary of more than £75,000 £70,000 £72,500
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £42,500 £41,500
% change year-on-year - +2.40%  

GPEN
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing GPEN as a proportion of all permanent or contract IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

Job vacancy trend for GPEN in the UK

GPEN
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing GPEN.

Salary trend for GPEN in the UK

GPEN
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing GPEN over the 3 months to 26 June 2017.

Salary histogram for GPEN in the UK

GPEN
Top 7 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing GPEN within the UK over the 3 months to 26 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
England 0 8 £40,000 -36.00%
London +9 6 £45,000 -37.93%
South East +48 1 - -
Oxfordshire +1 1 - -
Gloucestershire -5 1 £37,500 -33.33%
South West -10 1 £37,500 -31.81%
Cheltenham - 1 £37,500 -

For the 6 months to 26 June 2017, IT jobs citing GPEN also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads with a requirement for GPEN.

1 39 (81.25%) Penetration Testing
2 32 (66.67%) Cybersecurity
3 27 (56.25%) GIAC
4 24 (50.00%) CEH
5 21 (43.75%) Java
6 20 (41.67%) CREST Certified
7 19 (39.58%) Ethical Hacking
8 18 (37.50%) CISSP
8 18 (37.50%) Firewall
8 18 (37.50%) GCIH
9 17 (35.42%) Vulnerability Assessment
10 15 (31.25%) OSCP
10 15 (31.25%) SQL
11 14 (29.17%) Degree
12 13 (27.08%) Security Testing
12 13 (27.08%) Security Cleared
12 13 (27.08%) C#
12 13 (27.08%) CHECK Team Leader
13 12 (25.00%) Finance
13 12 (25.00%) Information Security
13 12 (25.00%) Reverse Engineering
14 11 (22.92%) Digital Forensics
14 11 (22.92%) CHFI
14 11 (22.92%) Military
14 11 (22.92%) CISA
14 11 (22.92%) GCIA
14 11 (22.92%) HTML
14 11 (22.92%) JavaScript
14 11 (22.92%) Linux
14 11 (22.92%) GAWN

GPEN
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 (6.25%) Oracle SOA Suite
Business Applications
1 3 (6.25%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.08%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (2.08%) Office 365
1 1 (2.08%) Sumo Logic
Communications & Networking
1 18 (37.50%) Firewall
2 6 (12.50%) Wireless
3 4 (8.33%) Wireshark
4 3 (6.25%) Internet
4 3 (6.25%) Network Security
4 3 (6.25%) VoIP
5 2 (4.17%) Wireless Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (6.25%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 6 (12.50%) Metasploit
2 3 (6.25%) AppScan
2 3 (6.25%) Paros
3 1 (2.08%) Burp Suite
General
1 12 (25.00%) Finance
2 11 (22.92%) Military
3 8 (16.67%) Telecoms
4 2 (4.17%) Electronics
4 2 (4.17%) Legal
Job Titles
1 14 (29.17%) Consultant
1 14 (29.17%) Security Consultant
2 11 (22.92%) Cybersecurity Consultant
2 11 (22.92%) Penetration Tester
2 11 (22.92%) Tester
3 9 (18.75%) Forensic Consultant
3 9 (18.75%) Security Incident Consultant
4 7 (14.58%) Senior Penetration Tester
4 7 (14.58%) Senior Tester
4 7 (14.58%) Team Leader
5 5 (10.42%) Architect
6 4 (8.33%) Analyst
6 4 (8.33%) Security Analyst
6 4 (8.33%) Security Architect
6 4 (8.33%) Test Leader
7 3 (6.25%) Information Architect
7 3 (6.25%) Information Security Architect
7 3 (6.25%) Senior Manager
7 3 (6.25%) Senior Test Manager
7 3 (6.25%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (22.92%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 8 (16.67%) Computer Science
2 6 (12.50%) Management Information System
3 5 (10.42%) Cyberthreat
4 4 (8.33%) Embedded Systems
4 4 (8.33%) Mobile App
5 3 (6.25%) iPad
6 2 (4.17%) Security Operations Centre
7 1 (2.08%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 11 (22.92%) Linux
2 9 (18.75%) Windows
3 7 (14.58%) Kali Linux
4 6 (12.50%) Android
5 5 (10.42%) Apple iOS
6 3 (6.25%) Mac OS X
7 2 (4.17%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (81.25%) Penetration Testing
2 32 (66.67%) Cybersecurity
3 19 (39.58%) Ethical Hacking
4 17 (35.42%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 13 (27.08%) Security Testing
6 12 (25.00%) Information Security
6 12 (25.00%) Reverse Engineering
7 11 (22.92%) Digital Forensics
8 9 (18.75%) Data Protection
8 9 (18.75%) Malware Analysis
9 8 (16.67%) OWASP
10 6 (12.50%) Security Architecture
10 6 (12.50%) Test Automation
11 5 (10.42%) E-Commerce
11 5 (10.42%) Security Operations
11 5 (10.42%) SIEM
11 5 (10.42%) Vulnerability Scanning
12 4 (8.33%) Security Auditing
12 4 (8.33%) Security Monitoring
12 4 (8.33%) Source Code Analysis
Programming Languages
1 21 (43.75%) Java
2 15 (31.25%) SQL
3 13 (27.08%) C#
4 11 (22.92%) JavaScript
5 9 (18.75%) C
6 7 (14.58%) Python
7 6 (12.50%) C++
8 5 (10.42%) Bash Shell
9 4 (8.33%) Perl
10 1 (2.08%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 27 (56.25%) GIAC
2 24 (50.00%) CEH
3 20 (41.67%) CREST Certified
4 18 (37.50%) CISSP
4 18 (37.50%) GCIH
5 15 (31.25%) OSCP
6 14 (29.17%) Degree
7 13 (27.08%) CHECK Team Leader
7 13 (27.08%) Security Cleared
8 11 (22.92%) CHFI
8 11 (22.92%) CISA
8 11 (22.92%) GAWN
8 11 (22.92%) GCIA
9 10 (20.83%) SANS
10 9 (18.75%) CHECK Team Member
11 8 (16.67%) CISM
11 8 (16.67%) Tigerscheme
12 7 (14.58%) GCFA
12 7 (14.58%) GWAPT
12 7 (14.58%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (6.25%) PCI DSS
2 2 (4.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (2.08%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 3 (6.25%) Snort
Systems Management
1 8 (16.67%) Nessus
2 7 (14.58%) Nmap
3 4 (8.33%) Defensics
3 4 (8.33%) OpenVAS
4 3 (6.25%) HP Fortify
4 3 (6.25%) RSA enVision
4 3 (6.25%) WebInspect
5 2 (4.17%) EnCase
6 1 (2.08%) logstash
6 1 (2.08%) WMI
Vendors
1 4 (8.33%) Codenomicon
1 4 (8.33%) Coverity
1 4 (8.33%) Oracle
1 4 (8.33%) Qualys
1 4 (8.33%) Salesforce.com
2 3 (6.25%) ArcSight
2 3 (6.25%) LogLogic
2 3 (6.25%) NetWitness
3 2 (4.17%) Microsoft
4 1 (2.08%) CheckPoint
4 1 (2.08%) Cisco
4 1 (2.08%) Sophos
4 1 (2.08%) Splunk