The median annual salary for a Penetration Tester was £60,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

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

Penetration Tester
UK
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 743 739 875
Rank change year-on-year -4 +136  
Permanent jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 140 184 100
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.16% 0.19% 0.090%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.17% 0.19% 0.093%
Number of salaries quoted 120 126 83
Median salary £60,000 £60,000 £52,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +14.28%  
90% offered a salary of more than £34,000 £43,250 £38,000
10% offered a salary of more than £85,000 £80,000 £85,000
UK excluding London median salary £60,000 £52,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year +14.28% +5.00%  

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 84418 95048 107138
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 95.97% 96.53% 96.59%
Number of salaries quoted 69006 80088 88313
Median salary £46,500 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -2.10% +5.55%  
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £74,000 £70,000 £71,500
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £41,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +2.40% +3.75%  

Penetration Tester
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Penetration Tester in the UK

Penetration Tester
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for Penetration Tester in the UK

Penetration Tester
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Penetration Tester over the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Salary histogram for Penetration Tester in the UK

Penetration Tester
Top 30 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 24 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 +10 129 £58,750 -2.08% 16
London +18 75 £62,500 - 5
South East +26 18 £47,500 +5.55% 7
West Midlands +17 11 £55,000 +4.76% 3
South West +8 9 £65,000 +18.18%
Oxfordshire +12 7 £46,250 -2.63% 3
Gloucestershire +4 7 £80,000 +42.22%
Berkshire +35 5 £75,000 +7.14% 1
Reading +33 5 £75,000 +7.14% 1
Worcestershire +4 5 £57,500 +9.52% 1
West Yorkshire 0 5 - -
Yorkshire -11 5 - -
Birmingham - 5 £50,000 - 2
Malvern - 5 £57,500 -
City of London +27 4 £55,000 -8.33%
Surrey +12 3 £70,000 +64.70% 2
Oxford +6 3 £47,500 - 2
Buckinghamshire - 3 £52,500 - 1
Tewkesbury - 3 £80,000 -
Milton Keynes - 3 £52,500 - 1
Cheltenham - 3 £70,000 -
Cardiff - 3 £75,000 -
South Wales - 3 £75,000 -
Wales - 3 £75,000 -
Guildford +13 2 £70,000 -
East of England +1 2 £36,250 -19.44%
Manchester -25 2 £61,250 +22.50%
North West -40 2 £61,250 +22.50%
Hertfordshire - 2 £36,250 -
Hampshire +14 1 £30,000 -58.62%

Penetration Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 June 2017, Penetration Tester 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 Tester in the job title.

1 172 (78.90%) Penetration Testing
2 113 (51.83%) Information Security
3 92 (42.20%) CREST Certified
4 90 (41.28%) Security Cleared
5 69 (31.65%) OSCP
6 57 (26.15%) CHECK Team Leader
6 57 (26.15%) CHECK Team Member
7 55 (25.23%) Windows
8 52 (23.85%) Ethical Hacking
9 49 (22.48%) Security Testing
10 47 (21.56%) Degree
11 44 (20.18%) Cybersecurity
12 42 (19.27%) Wireless
13 39 (17.89%) SC Cleared
14 37 (16.97%) C
15 36 (16.51%) Perl
16 35 (16.06%) Java
16 35 (16.06%) CEH
17 34 (15.60%) SCADA
18 32 (14.68%) Vulnerability Assessment
19 31 (14.22%) Social Engineering
20 29 (13.30%) Linux
20 29 (13.30%) Firewall
21 28 (12.84%) CISSP
21 28 (12.84%) Unix
21 28 (12.84%) Ruby
22 27 (12.39%) C++
22 27 (12.39%) Finance
23 26 (11.93%) Python
24 25 (11.47%) Reverse Engineering

Penetration Tester 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:

Business Applications
1 2 (0.92%) Payment Gateway
1 2 (0.92%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 12 (5.50%) Amazon AWS
1 12 (5.50%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (1.38%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 42 (19.27%) Wireless
2 29 (13.30%) Firewall
3 20 (9.17%) Network Security
4 17 (7.80%) Wireless Security
5 13 (5.96%) HTTP
6 9 (4.13%) Internet
6 9 (4.13%) Wireshark
7 7 (3.21%) TCP/IP
8 5 (2.29%) SMTP
9 3 (1.38%) VoIP
10 1 (0.46%) Ethernet
10 1 (0.46%) NFC
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.46%) GIS
Development Applications
1 17 (7.80%) Burp Suite
2 12 (5.50%) Eclipse
2 12 (5.50%) Metasploit
2 12 (5.50%) Xcode
3 3 (1.38%) AppScan
3 3 (1.38%) Paros
4 2 (0.92%) JMeter
4 2 (0.92%) LoadRunner
General
1 27 (12.39%) Finance
2 11 (5.05%) Publishing
3 9 (4.13%) Telecoms
4 5 (2.29%) Banking
5 4 (1.83%) Digital Economy
5 4 (1.83%) Legal
5 4 (1.83%) Retail
6 3 (1.38%) Aerospace
6 3 (1.38%) Automotive
7 2 (0.92%) Electronics
7 2 (0.92%) Games
7 2 (0.92%) Investment Banking
7 2 (0.92%) Manufacturing
7 2 (0.92%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (7.34%) .NET
2 5 (2.29%) Middleware
3 4 (1.83%) HTML
4 3 (1.38%) Web Services
5 2 (0.92%) ASP.NET Web API
5 2 (0.92%) HTML5
5 2 (0.92%) JSON
5 2 (0.92%) RESTful
5 2 (0.92%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 34 (15.60%) SCADA
2 18 (8.26%) Mobile App
3 12 (5.50%) CESG
4 8 (3.67%) Mainframe
4 8 (3.67%) Management Information System
5 7 (3.21%) Computer Science
6 5 (2.29%) Cyberthreat
6 5 (2.29%) Embedded Systems
6 5 (2.29%) iSeries
7 3 (1.38%) Data Centre
8 2 (0.92%) Driving Licence
8 2 (0.92%) iPad
9 1 (0.46%) Analytical Skills
9 1 (0.46%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 55 (25.23%) Windows
2 29 (13.30%) Linux
3 28 (12.84%) Unix
4 17 (7.80%) Android
4 17 (7.80%) Apple iOS
5 10 (4.59%) Kali Linux
6 5 (2.29%) Solaris
7 1 (0.46%) KNOPPIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 172 (78.90%) Penetration Testing
2 113 (51.83%) Information Security
3 52 (23.85%) Ethical Hacking
4 49 (22.48%) Security Testing
5 44 (20.18%) Cybersecurity
6 32 (14.68%) Vulnerability Assessment
7 31 (14.22%) Social Engineering
8 25 (11.47%) Reverse Engineering
9 24 (11.01%) Security Architecture
10 23 (10.55%) OWASP
11 20 (9.17%) Mentoring
12 19 (8.72%) SDLC
13 14 (6.42%) Threat Management
14 13 (5.96%) Agile Software Development
15 12 (5.50%) Continuous Delivery
16 11 (5.05%) Business Development
17 10 (4.59%) Secure Coding
18 9 (4.13%) Computer Forensics
18 9 (4.13%) Risk Management
19 8 (3.67%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 37 (16.97%) C
2 36 (16.51%) Perl
3 35 (16.06%) Java
4 28 (12.84%) Ruby
5 27 (12.39%) C++
6 26 (11.93%) Python
7 15 (6.88%) PHP
8 13 (5.96%) Bash Shell
8 13 (5.96%) SQL
9 3 (1.38%) C#
9 3 (1.38%) VB.NET
10 2 (0.92%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.46%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 92 (42.20%) CREST Certified
2 90 (41.28%) Security Cleared
3 69 (31.65%) OSCP
4 57 (26.15%) CHECK Team Leader
4 57 (26.15%) CHECK Team Member
5 47 (21.56%) Degree
6 39 (17.89%) SC Cleared
7 35 (16.06%) CEH
8 28 (12.84%) CISSP
9 23 (10.55%) OSCE
10 11 (5.05%) DV Cleared
10 11 (5.05%) GPEN
11 10 (4.59%) Tigerscheme
12 9 (4.13%) CISA
13 8 (3.67%) GIAC
14 6 (2.75%) ISTQB
15 5 (2.29%) CISM
15 5 (2.29%) Computer Science Degree
15 5 (2.29%) SANS
16 4 (1.83%) Cyber Scheme
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (3.21%) QA
2 3 (1.38%) PCI DSS
3 2 (0.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.46%) Cyber Essentials
4 1 (0.46%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
4 1 (0.46%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 5 (2.29%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 18 (8.26%) Nessus
2 11 (5.05%) Nmap
3 4 (1.83%) Defensics
3 4 (1.83%) OpenVAS
4 3 (1.38%) HP Fortify
4 3 (1.38%) Nexpose
4 3 (1.38%) WebInspect
5 1 (0.46%) Core Impact
Vendors
1 7 (3.21%) Qualys
2 5 (2.29%) VMware
3 4 (1.83%) Codenomicon
3 4 (1.83%) Coverity
4 3 (1.38%) Rapid7
5 2 (0.92%) Microsoft
5 2 (0.92%) SAP
6 1 (0.46%) Cisco
6 1 (0.46%) Fortinet
6 1 (0.46%) HP
6 1 (0.46%) Juniper
6 1 (0.46%) Nokia
6 1 (0.46%) Oracle
London
Ashdown IT
Salary: £75000 - £85000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Ashdown IT
Salary: £75000 - £85000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Oxfordshire
ReThink Recruitment
Posted: 2 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
EXCELerate
Salary: Up to £90,000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Worcester, Worcestershire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: 55,000 - 65000 + excellent benefits
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Lorien Resourcing
Salary: £32000 - £36000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Spring Technology
Salary: Various
Posted: 5 days ago
Chertsey, Surrey
Polar Recruitment
Salary: £40000 - £45000 per annum + Great benefits - see below.
Posted: Yesterday
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Adeptis Group
Salary: £70000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
South West London
Client Server
Salary: £30k to £55k + bonus + benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
England
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 9 days ago
London
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 9 days ago
Surrey
Talent Point
Salary: £35000 - £55000 per annum
Posted: 11 days ago
Reading
CPS Group Limited
Salary: £70000 - £80000 per annum + Home working
Posted: 24 days ago
London
Client Server
Salary: £60k to £75k + bonus + benefits
Posted: 12 days ago
Oxford
Michael Page Technology
Salary: £40000 - £55000 per annum + car, pension, certification
Posted: 13 days ago