The median annual salary for a Penetration Test Consultant was £45,000 in advertised job vacancies 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 Testing Consultant
UK
Rank 857 938 944
Rank change year-on-year +81 +6  
Permanent jobs requiring a Penetration Test Consultant 8 3 17
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.010% 0.003% 0.016%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.010% 0.003% 0.017%
Number of salaries quoted 8 0 12
Median salary £45,000 - £55,000
UK excluding London median salary £80,000 - £47,500

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in permanent job vacancies. 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
UK
Permanent job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 80774 98602 101550
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 96.28% 96.35% 96.62%
Number of salaries quoted 66963 82534 82926
Median salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £72,500 £70,000 £70,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,000 £41,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +1.20% +3.75%  

Penetration Test Consultant
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Penetration Test Consultant in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Penetration Test Consultant in the UK

Penetration Test Consultant
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for Penetration Test Consultant in the UK

Penetration Test Consultant
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Penetration Test Consultant over the 3 months to 22 March 2017.

Salary histogram for Penetration Test Consultant in the UK

Penetration Test Consultant
Top 4 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Test Consultant within the UK 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
England +113 8 £45,000 -
London +75 7 £45,000 -
Northamptonshire - 1 £80,000 -
East Midlands - 1 £80,000 -

Penetration Test Consultant Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 March 2017, Penetration Test Consultant 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 featuring Penetration Test Consultant in the job title.

1 21 (100.00%) Penetration Testing
2 14 (66.67%) Cybersecurity
3 13 (61.90%) CEH
4 11 (52.38%) Information Security
5 10 (47.62%) CREST Certified
6 9 (42.86%) CISSP
7 8 (38.10%) Nessus
7 8 (38.10%) Ethical Hacking
7 8 (38.10%) SANS
7 8 (38.10%) Vulnerability Management
7 8 (38.10%) Cyber Defence
8 7 (33.33%) Burp Suite
9 6 (28.57%) Vulnerability Scanning
9 6 (28.57%) Degree
9 6 (28.57%) Network Security
9 6 (28.57%) IBM
9 6 (28.57%) AppScan
9 6 (28.57%) WebScarab
9 6 (28.57%) Paros
10 4 (19.05%) Business Development
11 3 (14.29%) Records Management
11 3 (14.29%) IISP
11 3 (14.29%) Local Government
11 3 (14.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
11 3 (14.29%) IIS
11 3 (14.29%) CISM
12 2 (9.52%) CESG
12 2 (9.52%) GIAC
12 2 (9.52%) Nmap
12 2 (9.52%) GPEN

Penetration Test Consultant Skill Set
Top Related 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 (14.29%) IIS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (28.57%) Network Security
2 2 (9.52%) Wireshark
Development Applications
1 7 (33.33%) Burp Suite
2 6 (28.57%) AppScan
2 6 (28.57%) Paros
2 6 (28.57%) WebScarab
General
1 3 (14.29%) Local Government
2 1 (4.76%) Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (4.76%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 8 (38.10%) Cyber Defence
2 2 (9.52%) CESG
2 2 (9.52%) Computer Science
2 2 (9.52%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 1 (4.76%) Kali Linux
1 1 (4.76%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (100.00%) Penetration Testing
2 14 (66.67%) Cybersecurity
3 11 (52.38%) Information Security
4 8 (38.10%) Ethical Hacking
4 8 (38.10%) Vulnerability Management
5 6 (28.57%) Vulnerability Scanning
6 4 (19.05%) Business Development
7 3 (14.29%) Records Management
8 2 (9.52%) Coaching
8 2 (9.52%) Mathematics
8 2 (9.52%) Physics
8 2 (9.52%) Security Testing
9 1 (4.76%) Mentoring
9 1 (4.76%) Network Packet Capture
9 1 (4.76%) Remediation Plan
9 1 (4.76%) Risk Management
9 1 (4.76%) Vulnerability Assessment
Programming Languages
1 1 (4.76%) C
1 1 (4.76%) C#
1 1 (4.76%) C++
1 1 (4.76%) Java
1 1 (4.76%) JavaScript
1 1 (4.76%) Perl
1 1 (4.76%) Ruby
1 1 (4.76%) SQL
Qualifications
1 13 (61.90%) CEH
2 10 (47.62%) CREST Certified
3 9 (42.86%) CISSP
4 8 (38.10%) SANS
5 6 (28.57%) Degree
6 3 (14.29%) CISM
6 3 (14.29%) IISP
7 2 (9.52%) CHECK Team Member
7 2 (9.52%) GIAC
7 2 (9.52%) GPEN
7 2 (9.52%) OSCP
8 1 (4.76%) CHECK Team Leader
8 1 (4.76%) DV Cleared
8 1 (4.76%) SC Cleared
8 1 (4.76%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (14.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
Systems Management
1 8 (38.10%) Nessus
2 2 (9.52%) Nmap
Vendors
1 6 (28.57%) IBM