Period
to 20 November 2017

The median annual salary for a Penetration Test Consultant was £45,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 November 2017.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Penetration Testing Consultant
UK
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 1177 1197 1286
Rank change year-on-year +20 +89 +34
Permanent jobs requiring a Penetration Test Consultant 12 22 25
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.007% 0.012% 0.011%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.007% 0.012% 0.012%
Number of salaries quoted 11 17 18
UK median annual salary £45,000 £80,000 £70,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -43.75% +14.29% +43.59%
UK excluding London median annual salary - £60,000 £70,000
% change year-on-year - -14.29% +43.59%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
UK
Permanent vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 172189 180467 210956
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.78% 96.48% 96.46%
Number of salaries quoted 138171 151048 175187
UK median annual salary £48,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +1.05% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £78,750 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,500
% change year-on-year - +4.94% +1.25%

Penetration Test Consultant
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Penetration Test Consultant in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

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
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 6 months to 20 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 +41 12 £45,000 -25.00% 2
London -6 7 £45,000 -40.98%
UK excluding London +26 1 - - 2
South West - 1 - - 1

Penetration Test Consultant Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 November 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 12 (100.00%) Information Security
1 12 (100.00%) Penetration Testing
2 11 (91.67%) Social Engineering
2 11 (91.67%) Wireless
2 11 (91.67%) Vulnerability Assessment
2 11 (91.67%) Python
2 11 (91.67%) TCP/IP
2 11 (91.67%) Active Directory
3 7 (58.33%) DNS
3 7 (58.33%) CGI
3 7 (58.33%) Microsoft
3 7 (58.33%) C#
3 7 (58.33%) C++
3 7 (58.33%) HTML
3 7 (58.33%) Java
3 7 (58.33%) JavaScript
3 7 (58.33%) Perl
3 7 (58.33%) .NET
3 7 (58.33%) XML
3 7 (58.33%) DHCP
3 7 (58.33%) Risk Assessment
3 7 (58.33%) Multicast
3 7 (58.33%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
3 7 (58.33%) Process Improvement
3 7 (58.33%) Open Source
3 7 (58.33%) OWASP
3 7 (58.33%) Network Security
4 5 (41.67%) Burp Suite
4 5 (41.67%) Computer Science Degree
4 5 (41.67%) Computer Security

Penetration Test Consultant Skill Set
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:

Communications & Networking
1 11 (91.67%) TCP/IP
1 11 (91.67%) Wireless
2 7 (58.33%) DHCP
2 7 (58.33%) DNS
2 7 (58.33%) Multicast
2 7 (58.33%) Network Security
3 5 (41.67%) Firewall
Development Applications
1 5 (41.67%) Burp Suite
2 4 (33.33%) Metasploit
3 1 (8.33%) AppScan
3 1 (8.33%) Paros
3 1 (8.33%) WebScarab
General
1 4 (33.33%) Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (58.33%) .NET
1 7 (58.33%) CGI
1 7 (58.33%) HTML
1 7 (58.33%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (41.67%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 5 (41.67%) Unix
2 4 (33.33%) Kali Linux
2 4 (33.33%) Linux
2 4 (33.33%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (100.00%) Information Security
1 12 (100.00%) Penetration Testing
2 11 (91.67%) Social Engineering
2 11 (91.67%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 7 (58.33%) Open Source
3 7 (58.33%) OWASP
3 7 (58.33%) Process Improvement
3 7 (58.33%) Risk Assessment
4 5 (41.67%) Computer Security
4 5 (41.67%) Cybersecurity
5 4 (33.33%) Business Development
5 4 (33.33%) OSINT
5 4 (33.33%) Service Delivery
6 1 (8.33%) Coaching
6 1 (8.33%) Disaster Recovery
6 1 (8.33%) Ethical Hacking
6 1 (8.33%) Mentoring
6 1 (8.33%) Patch Management
6 1 (8.33%) Project Management
6 1 (8.33%) Regulatory Compliance
Programming Languages
1 11 (91.67%) Python
2 7 (58.33%) C#
2 7 (58.33%) C++
2 7 (58.33%) Java
2 7 (58.33%) JavaScript
2 7 (58.33%) Perl
3 4 (33.33%) Bash Shell
3 4 (33.33%) C
3 4 (33.33%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 5 (41.67%) Computer Science Degree
1 5 (41.67%) Degree
1 5 (41.67%) SC Cleared
1 5 (41.67%) Security Cleared
2 4 (33.33%) CREST Certified
3 1 (8.33%) CEH
3 1 (8.33%) CHECK Team Member
3 1 (8.33%) GIAC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (58.33%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 11 (91.67%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 5 (41.67%) Nessus
2 4 (33.33%) Nmap
Vendors
1 7 (58.33%) Microsoft
2 4 (33.33%) Citrix