The median annual salary for a Penetration Tester was £55,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 27 March 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
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 787 765 841
Rank change year-on-year -22 +76  
Permanent jobs requiring a Penetration Tester 77 184 110
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.091% 0.18% 0.10%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.095% 0.18% 0.11%
Number of salaries quoted 47 139 86
Median salary £55,000 £57,500 £55,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -4.34% +4.54%  
90% offered a salary of more than £40,000 £42,500 £35,000
10% offered a salary of more than £85,000 £86,000 £75,000
UK excluding London median salary £41,250 £57,500 £57,500
% change year-on-year -28.26% -  

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 81427 99650 104367
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 96.26% 96.36% 96.63%
Number of salaries quoted 67614 83405 85224
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 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 27 March 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 27 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 +2 76 £53,750 -6.52% 36
London +15 31 £60,000 -4.00% 11
South East +59 17 £61,250 +22.50% 8
Berkshire +45 13 £68,750 +61.76% 3
West Midlands +31 8 £41,250 -28.26% 3
Reading +38 7 £75,000 +76.47% 2
South West +13 6 £40,000 -30.43% 4
West Yorkshire +36 5 - - 2
Yorkshire +20 5 - - 2
Birmingham +14 5 £58,750 +2.17% 3
Bracknell - 5 - -
City of London +38 4 £67,000 +7.20% 3
East of England +27 4 £35,000 -36.36% 2
Cheltenham +10 4 £40,000 -42.85% 1
Gloucestershire +2 4 £40,000 -30.43% 2
Oxfordshire +6 3 £60,000 -22.58%
Cambridgeshire +11 2 £55,000 -
North West -34 2 £45,000 -52.63% 5
Manchester -34 2 £45,000 -52.63% 4
Cambridge - 2 £55,000 -
Leeds - 2 - - 2
Swindon - 2 - - 1
Wiltshire - 2 - - 1
Hertfordshire - 2 £32,500 - 2
Wales - 1 £75,000 -
Leamington Spa - 1 - -
Milton Keynes - 1 £47,500 -
Buckinghamshire - 1 £47,500 -
South Wales - 1 £75,000 -
Warwickshire - 1 - -

Penetration Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 March 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.

1 137 (77.40%) Penetration Testing
2 97 (54.80%) CREST Certified
3 84 (47.46%) Security Cleared
4 79 (44.63%) Information Security
5 60 (33.90%) CHECK Team Leader
6 56 (31.64%) CHECK Team Member
6 56 (31.64%) SC Cleared
6 56 (31.64%) Cybersecurity
7 55 (31.07%) OSCP
8 52 (29.38%) Windows
9 47 (26.55%) Java
10 46 (25.99%) Degree
11 45 (25.42%) CEH
11 45 (25.42%) C
12 44 (24.86%) C++
13 43 (24.29%) Wireless
14 38 (21.47%) Ethical Hacking
15 37 (20.90%) Finance
16 35 (19.77%) Security Testing
16 35 (19.77%) Vulnerability Assessment
17 34 (19.21%) Nessus
18 33 (18.64%) Perl
18 33 (18.64%) Social Engineering
19 32 (18.08%) Python
20 29 (16.38%) Mobile App
21 26 (14.69%) Unix
21 26 (14.69%) Linux
22 25 (14.12%) Firewall
22 25 (14.12%) Ruby
23 24 (13.56%) CESG

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 1 (0.56%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.56%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (0.56%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (0.56%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 43 (24.29%) Wireless
2 25 (14.12%) Firewall
3 22 (12.43%) Wireless Security
4 20 (11.30%) Network Security
5 13 (7.34%) HTTP
6 10 (5.65%) TCP/IP
7 7 (3.95%) Wireshark
8 6 (3.39%) SMTP
9 3 (1.69%) Broadband
9 3 (1.69%) LTE
10 1 (0.56%) VoIP
10 1 (0.56%) VPN
Development Applications
1 19 (10.73%) Metasploit
2 13 (7.34%) Burp Suite
3 3 (1.69%) JMeter
3 3 (1.69%) LoadRunner
4 1 (0.56%) Eclipse
4 1 (0.56%) Xcode
General
1 37 (20.90%) Finance
2 13 (7.34%) Telecoms
3 10 (5.65%) Publishing
4 5 (2.82%) Retail
5 2 (1.13%) Games
6 1 (0.56%) Aerospace
6 1 (0.56%) Automotive
6 1 (0.56%) Electronics
6 1 (0.56%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.56%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (6.78%) .NET
2 6 (3.39%) Middleware
3 4 (2.26%) .NET Framework
3 4 (2.26%) Elastic Stack
4 2 (1.13%) 802.1X
4 2 (1.13%) J2EE
4 2 (1.13%) JNI
5 1 (0.56%) ASP.NET
5 1 (0.56%) CGI
5 1 (0.56%) HTML
5 1 (0.56%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 29 (16.38%) Mobile App
2 24 (13.56%) CESG
3 14 (7.91%) Computer Science
4 10 (5.65%) Management Information System
5 9 (5.08%) SCADA
6 6 (3.39%) Embedded Systems
6 6 (3.39%) iSeries
7 5 (2.82%) Cyberthreat
7 5 (2.82%) Driving Licence
7 5 (2.82%) iPad
8 2 (1.13%) Analytical Skills
8 2 (1.13%) Cyber Attack
8 2 (1.13%) Cyber Defence
9 1 (0.56%) Data Centre
9 1 (0.56%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 52 (29.38%) Windows
2 26 (14.69%) Linux
2 26 (14.69%) Unix
3 12 (6.78%) Kali Linux
4 7 (3.95%) Solaris
5 3 (1.69%) Android
5 3 (1.69%) VxWorks
6 2 (1.13%) Apple iOS
6 2 (1.13%) KNOPPIX
6 2 (1.13%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 137 (77.40%) Penetration Testing
2 79 (44.63%) Information Security
3 56 (31.64%) Cybersecurity
4 38 (21.47%) Ethical Hacking
5 35 (19.77%) Security Testing
5 35 (19.77%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 33 (18.64%) Social Engineering
7 18 (10.17%) Reverse Engineering
8 17 (9.60%) OWASP
9 15 (8.47%) Project Management
10 11 (6.21%) SDLC
10 11 (6.21%) Secure Coding
10 11 (6.21%) Threat Modelling
10 11 (6.21%) Vulnerability Management
11 10 (5.65%) Business Development
11 10 (5.65%) Vulnerability Scanning
12 8 (4.52%) Network Packet Capture
12 8 (4.52%) Source Code Analysis
13 7 (3.95%) Data Protection
13 7 (3.95%) Static Code Analysis
Programming Languages
1 47 (26.55%) Java
2 45 (25.42%) C
3 44 (24.86%) C++
4 33 (18.64%) Perl
5 32 (18.08%) Python
6 25 (14.12%) Ruby
7 24 (13.56%) PHP
8 15 (8.47%) Bash Shell
9 11 (6.21%) C#
10 8 (4.52%) SQL
10 8 (4.52%) VB.NET
11 3 (1.69%) JavaScript
11 3 (1.69%) PowerShell
12 2 (1.13%) Objective-C
13 1 (0.56%) Shell Script
13 1 (0.56%) VB
Qualifications
1 97 (54.80%) CREST Certified
2 84 (47.46%) Security Cleared
3 60 (33.90%) CHECK Team Leader
4 56 (31.64%) CHECK Team Member
4 56 (31.64%) SC Cleared
5 55 (31.07%) OSCP
6 46 (25.99%) Degree
7 45 (25.42%) CEH
8 17 (9.60%) CISSP
9 14 (7.91%) GPEN
9 14 (7.91%) Tigerscheme
10 13 (7.34%) GIAC
11 12 (6.78%) SANS
12 10 (5.65%) DV Cleared
13 9 (5.08%) CISA
14 7 (3.95%) ISTQB
15 6 (3.39%) OSCE
16 3 (1.69%) ISEB
16 3 (1.69%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
17 2 (1.13%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (3.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 6 (3.39%) QA
2 2 (1.13%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 6 (3.39%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 34 (19.21%) Nessus
2 20 (11.30%) Nmap
3 9 (5.08%) OpenVAS
4 5 (2.82%) Core Impact
5 4 (2.26%) Nexpose
Vendors
1 13 (7.34%) Qualys
2 6 (3.39%) Coverity
2 6 (3.39%) VMware
3 4 (2.26%) Rapid7
4 3 (1.69%) Cisco
4 3 (1.69%) Fortinet
4 3 (1.69%) Juniper
4 3 (1.69%) Nokia
5 2 (1.13%) Microsoft
6 1 (0.56%) Oracle
6 1 (0.56%) Red Hat
6 1 (0.56%) SAP
London
Sopra Steria Recruitment
Salary: From £30,000 to £75,000 per annum
Posted: 11 hours ago
Hampshire
Cloudscope
Salary: From £55 to £75,000 per annum
Posted: 21 hours ago
London
Sopra Steria Recruitment
Salary: From £85,000 to £100,000 per annum plus bonus
Posted: 11 hours ago
London
Cloud Computing International
Salary: £45000 - £70000 per annum
Posted: 11 hours ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Salary: £70000 - £85000 per annum + strongpackag
Posted: 10 hours ago
Guildford, Surrey
set2recruit
Salary: From £45,000 to £70,000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Oscar
Salary: £50000 - £60000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Hertfordshire
Modis International
Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Hertfordshire
Oscar
Salary: £25000 - £35000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Guildford, Surrey
set2recruit
Salary: From £50,000 to £87,000 per annum plus benefits and car allowence
Posted: 3 days ago
Swindon, Wiltshire
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Salary: £70000 - £90000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Oscar
Salary: £50000 - £100000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Cloudscope
Salary: From £55 to £75,000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Guildford
BAE SYSTEMS
Salary: Competitive + Benefits
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Oscar
Salary: £30000 - £50000 per annum + Car, Pension, PHI, Bonus
Posted: 5 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Maurice Nash
Salary: From £50,000 to £50,000 per annum c£50k + Bonus + Benefits Package
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £50,000 - £80,000 + excellent package
Posted: 6 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £50,000 - £80,000 + excellent package
Posted: 6 days ago
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £50,000 - £80,000 + excellent package
Posted: 6 days ago
Greater Manchester
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £50,000 - £80,000 + excellent package
Posted: 6 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £50,000 - £80,000 + excellent package
Posted: 6 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £50,000 - £80,000 + excellent package
Posted: 6 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £50,000 - £80,000 + excellent package
Posted: 6 days ago
Guildford, Surrey
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £50,000 - £80,000 + excellent package
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Oscar
Salary: £40000 - £60000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Modis International Ltd
Salary: £30000 - £75000 per annum
Posted: 10 days ago
Reading
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 26 days ago
Leeds
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 26 days ago
England
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 26 days ago
Cheltenham
Computer Futures
Salary: competitive
Posted: 26 days ago