Period
to 24 November 2017

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 6 months to 24 November 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN)
UK
6 months to
24 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 1184 1091 1286
Rank change year-on-year -93 +195 -7
Permanent jobs citing GPEN 27 131 37
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.015% 0.069% 0.017%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.062% 0.26% 0.062%
Number of salaries quoted 21 122 20
UK median annual salary £50,000 £62,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -20.00% +25.00% -4.76%
10th Percentile £39,250 £42,500 £28,032
90th Percentile £100,000 £85,000 £88,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £58,750 £52,500 £51,250
% change year-on-year +11.90% +2.44% -18.00%

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 permanent job vacancies with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK
Permanent vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 43206 49488 60078
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.99% 26.15% 27.46%
Number of salaries quoted 33198 39694 48014
UK median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% - +1.12%
10th Percentile £26,000 £26,250 £25,969
90th Percentile £77,500 £76,250 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £41,000
% change year-on-year - +3.66% +2.50%

GPEN
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing GPEN as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

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 6 months to 24 November 2017.

Salary histogram for GPEN in the UK

GPEN
Top 6 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 6 months to 24 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
England -61 25 £50,000 -20.00% 2
London -32 23 £50,000 -33.33% 1
UK excluding London -11 2 £58,750 +11.90% 1
Yorkshire +25 1 £55,000 -
North of England +15 1 £55,000 -4.35% 1
East of England - 1 £62,500 -

For the 6 months to 24 November 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 22 (81.48%) Penetration Testing
2 14 (51.85%) CISSP
3 13 (48.15%) GIAC
3 13 (48.15%) OSCP
3 13 (48.15%) Cybersecurity
4 12 (44.44%) Metasploit
4 12 (44.44%) Firewall
4 12 (44.44%) CREST Certified
5 11 (40.74%) Python
5 11 (40.74%) CEH
6 10 (37.04%) Nessus
6 10 (37.04%) Ruby
6 10 (37.04%) Degree
6 10 (37.04%) OWASP
6 10 (37.04%) Information Security
7 9 (33.33%) CISM
7 9 (33.33%) C++
7 9 (33.33%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 9 (33.33%) Nmap
7 9 (33.33%) OSCE
7 9 (33.33%) Burp Suite
8 8 (29.63%) GXPN
8 8 (29.63%) Reverse Engineering
8 8 (29.63%) Java
8 8 (29.63%) CISA
9 7 (25.93%) Perl
9 7 (25.93%) Linux
9 7 (25.93%) Vulnerability Management
9 7 (25.93%) Security Testing
10 6 (22.22%) Computer Science

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:

Cloud Services
1 1 (3.70%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 12 (44.44%) Firewall
2 6 (22.22%) Wireless
3 4 (14.81%) Internet
3 4 (14.81%) Network Security
4 3 (11.11%) VoIP
5 2 (7.41%) TCP/IP
6 1 (3.70%) 802.15
6 1 (3.70%) Bluetooth
6 1 (3.70%) Cisco Nexus
6 1 (3.70%) DNS
6 1 (3.70%) HTTP
6 1 (3.70%) HTTPS
6 1 (3.70%) Intrusion Detection
6 1 (3.70%) Modbus
6 1 (3.70%) SMS
6 1 (3.70%) Wireshark
6 1 (3.70%) WLAN
6 1 (3.70%) ZigBee
Development Applications
1 12 (44.44%) Metasploit
2 9 (33.33%) Burp Suite
3 4 (14.81%) AppScan
3 4 (14.81%) Paros
4 1 (3.70%) WebScarab
General
1 5 (18.52%) Finance
2 4 (14.81%) Telecoms
3 2 (7.41%) Games
4 1 (3.70%) Dutch Language
4 1 (3.70%) Law
Job Titles
1 12 (44.44%) Penetration Tester
1 12 (44.44%) Tester
2 7 (25.93%) Team Leader
3 5 (18.52%) Consultant
3 5 (18.52%) Security Consultant
4 3 (11.11%) Analyst
4 3 (11.11%) Junior
4 3 (11.11%) Junior Penetration Tester
4 3 (11.11%) Junior Tester
4 3 (11.11%) Lead Tester
4 3 (11.11%) Test Consultant
5 2 (7.41%) CISSP Analyst
5 2 (7.41%) Security Penetration Tester
5 2 (7.41%) Security Tester
5 2 (7.41%) Vulnerability Analyst
6 1 (3.70%) Applications Architect
6 1 (3.70%) Security Architect
6 1 (3.70%) Security Manager
6 1 (3.70%) Security Researcher
6 1 (3.70%) Senior Security Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (7.41%) HTML
1 2 (7.41%) XML
2 1 (3.70%) .NET
2 1 (3.70%) 802.1X
2 1 (3.70%) Ajax
2 1 (3.70%) CGI
2 1 (3.70%) JSON
2 1 (3.70%) POSIX
2 1 (3.70%) REST
2 1 (3.70%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 6 (22.22%) Computer Science
2 3 (11.11%) Mobile App
3 2 (7.41%) iPad
3 2 (7.41%) Management Information System
4 1 (3.70%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (3.70%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 7 (25.93%) Linux
2 6 (22.22%) Windows
3 5 (18.52%) Unix
4 4 (14.81%) Kali Linux
5 3 (11.11%) Android
5 3 (11.11%) Apple iOS
6 1 (3.70%) KNOPPIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (81.48%) Penetration Testing
2 13 (48.15%) Cybersecurity
3 10 (37.04%) Information Security
3 10 (37.04%) OWASP
4 9 (33.33%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 8 (29.63%) Reverse Engineering
6 7 (25.93%) Security Testing
6 7 (25.93%) Vulnerability Management
7 6 (22.22%) Computer Security
7 6 (22.22%) Open Source
7 6 (22.22%) Social Engineering
8 4 (14.81%) Risk Management
8 4 (14.81%) Security Operations
9 3 (11.11%) Programme Delivery
9 3 (11.11%) Project Management
9 3 (11.11%) Security Architecture
9 3 (11.11%) Stakeholder Management
9 3 (11.11%) Validation
9 3 (11.11%) Vulnerability Scanning
10 2 (7.41%) Task Automation
Programming Languages
1 11 (40.74%) Python
2 10 (37.04%) Ruby
3 9 (33.33%) C++
4 8 (29.63%) Java
5 7 (25.93%) Perl
6 6 (22.22%) C
6 6 (22.22%) C#
7 3 (11.11%) SQL
8 2 (7.41%) JavaScript
9 1 (3.70%) Objective-C
9 1 (3.70%) PHP
Qualifications
1 14 (51.85%) CISSP
2 13 (48.15%) GIAC
2 13 (48.15%) OSCP
3 12 (44.44%) CREST Certified
4 11 (40.74%) CEH
5 10 (37.04%) Degree
6 9 (33.33%) CISM
6 9 (33.33%) OSCE
7 8 (29.63%) CISA
7 8 (29.63%) GXPN
8 6 (22.22%) GWAPT
8 6 (22.22%) SANS
9 5 (18.52%) CHECK Team Leader
9 5 (18.52%) GCIH
10 4 (14.81%) Computer Science Degree
10 4 (14.81%) Master's Degree
11 3 (11.11%) GSEC
12 2 (7.41%) Cisco Certification
13 1 (3.70%) CCNA
13 1 (3.70%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (11.11%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 1 (3.70%) Snort
Systems Management
1 10 (37.04%) Nessus
2 9 (33.33%) Nmap
3 3 (11.11%) HP Fortify
3 3 (11.11%) WebInspect
4 2 (7.41%) Nexpose
5 1 (3.70%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
5 1 (3.70%) Core Impact
5 1 (3.70%) CSIRT
5 1 (3.70%) RSA enVision
Vendors
1 2 (7.41%) Cisco
1 2 (7.41%) Microsoft
1 2 (7.41%) Qualys
2 1 (3.70%) ArcSight
2 1 (3.70%) CheckPoint
2 1 (3.70%) LogLogic
2 1 (3.70%) NetWitness
2 1 (3.70%) Oracle
2 1 (3.70%) Salesforce.com