The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for Penetration Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Penetration Testing over the 3 months to 29 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Penetration Testing
UK
3 months to
29 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 382 356 492
Rank change year-on-year -26 +136  
Permanent jobs citing Penetration Testing 704 831 580
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.79% 0.85% 0.52%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.88% 0.95% 0.59%
Number of salaries quoted 588 628 451
UK median annual salary £52,500 £57,500 £52,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -8.69% +9.52%  
10th Percentile £33,000 £36,250 £33,750
90th Percentile £82,000 £83,750 £78,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £45,500
% change year-on-year - +9.89%  

Penetration Testing is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Process & Methodology Skills
UK
Permanent job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 79789 87214 97872
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 89.72% 88.92% 88.07%
Number of salaries quoted 263898 300520 316679
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £50,000
10th Percentile £31,250 £31,000 £29,900
90th Percentile £81,250 £77,500 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £43,000
% change year-on-year - +4.65%  

Penetration Testing
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Penetration Testing in the UK

Penetration Testing
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for Penetration Testing in the UK

Penetration Testing
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Penetration Testing over the 3 months to 29 June 2017.

Salary histogram for Penetration Testing in the UK

Penetration Testing
Top 11 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 29 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 -17 665 £53,500 -6.95% 76
UK excluding London -10 389 £50,000 - 43
London -32 293 £60,000 -7.69% 35
South East +35 172 £50,000 -9.09% 13
North of England -19 94 £47,500 -13.63% 13
Midlands +43 66 £42,500 - 9
East of England -19 21 £50,000 +5.26% 4
Scotland +4 15 £37,500 -31.81% 3
South West -48 15 £47,500 +11.76% 1
Wales +5 5 £47,500 -17.39%
Isle of Man - 3 - -

For the 6 months to 29 June 2017, IT jobs citing Penetration Testing 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 Penetration Testing.

1 577 (47.84%) Information Security
2 451 (37.40%) Cybersecurity
3 367 (30.43%) Firewall
4 314 (26.04%) CISSP
5 307 (25.46%) Windows
6 306 (25.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 223 (18.49%) Network Security
8 219 (18.16%) SIEM
9 209 (17.33%) Security Cleared
10 201 (16.67%) CISM
11 190 (15.75%) Linux
12 186 (15.42%) Degree
13 184 (15.26%) PCI DSS
14 182 (15.09%) Finance
15 161 (13.35%) Vulnerability Assessment
16 158 (13.10%) Python
16 158 (13.10%) ITIL
17 157 (13.02%) CREST Certified
18 153 (12.69%) Vulnerability Scanning
19 150 (12.44%) Java
19 150 (12.44%) Risk Management
20 147 (12.19%) Ethical Hacking
21 143 (11.86%) Cisco
22 140 (11.61%) Vulnerability Management
23 138 (11.44%) Agile Software Development
24 136 (11.28%) C
24 136 (11.28%) Security Architecture
25 132 (10.95%) TCP/IP
26 130 (10.78%) Active Directory
27 124 (10.28%) Windows Server

Penetration Testing
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:

Application Platforms
1 28 (2.32%) MS Exchange
2 24 (1.99%) IIS
3 16 (1.33%) SharePoint
4 15 (1.24%) Exchange Server 2010
5 12 (1.00%) Skype for Business
6 8 (0.66%) CMS
6 8 (0.66%) Elasticsearch
6 8 (0.66%) Exchange Server 2013
7 5 (0.41%) Apache
7 5 (0.41%) OpenStack
8 3 (0.25%) nginx
8 3 (0.25%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 3 (0.25%) Tornado
9 1 (0.083%) Apache Pig
9 1 (0.083%) BizTalk Server
9 1 (0.083%) WordPress
Applications
1 14 (1.16%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (0.33%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.083%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.083%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (0.33%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 3 (0.25%) Oracle EBS R12
3 2 (0.17%) Bankmaster
3 2 (0.17%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.17%) Payment Gateway
3 2 (0.17%) Sentinel
4 1 (0.083%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 1 (0.083%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 78 (6.47%) Amazon AWS
2 39 (3.23%) SaaS
3 34 (2.82%) Microsoft Azure
4 19 (1.58%) AWS CloudFormation
5 17 (1.41%) PaaS
6 14 (1.16%) IaaS
6 14 (1.16%) Office 365
7 13 (1.08%) Amazon S3
8 12 (1.00%) Amazon ELB
9 10 (0.83%) Mimecast
10 9 (0.75%) Route 53
11 8 (0.66%) AWS Lambda
12 7 (0.58%) Cloud Computing
13 5 (0.41%) Google Cloud Platform
14 3 (0.25%) Amazon SQS
14 3 (0.25%) Google Compute Engine
15 2 (0.17%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 2 (0.17%) AWS CloudTrail
15 2 (0.17%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 1 (0.083%) AWS OpsWorks
Communications & Networking
1 367 (30.43%) Firewall
2 223 (18.49%) Network Security
3 132 (10.95%) TCP/IP
4 64 (5.31%) VPN
5 60 (4.98%) LAN
6 58 (4.81%) DNS
6 58 (4.81%) WAN
7 57 (4.73%) Internet
8 55 (4.56%) Wireless
9 45 (3.73%) VLAN
10 43 (3.57%) MPLS
11 41 (3.40%) Cisco ASA
12 40 (3.32%) DHCP
13 38 (3.15%) Intrusion Detection
14 35 (2.90%) HTTP
14 35 (2.90%) SS7
15 34 (2.82%) SAN
16 32 (2.65%) VoIP
17 28 (2.32%) Junos
18 24 (1.99%) Wireless Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (3.15%) SQL Server
2 16 (1.33%) Big Data
3 11 (0.91%) MySQL
4 10 (0.83%) Amazon RDS
5 9 (0.75%) MongoDB
6 8 (0.66%) Microsoft Analysis Services
6 8 (0.66%) SQL Server 2008
6 8 (0.66%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 8 (0.66%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 7 (0.58%) Oracle Database
8 5 (0.41%) Hadoop
8 5 (0.41%) PostgreSQL
8 5 (0.41%) SQL Server 2012
8 5 (0.41%) SQL Server 2014
9 4 (0.33%) GIS
9 4 (0.33%) SQL Server 2016
10 3 (0.25%) Looker
10 3 (0.25%) Redis
11 2 (0.17%) Maltego
11 2 (0.17%) Neo4j
Development Applications
1 33 (2.74%) Burp Suite
2 25 (2.07%) Metasploit
3 24 (1.99%) Jenkins
3 24 (1.99%) Selenium
4 23 (1.91%) Git (software)
5 15 (1.24%) AppScan
5 15 (1.24%) Paros
6 13 (1.08%) Eclipse
7 12 (1.00%) Vagrant
7 12 (1.00%) WebScarab
7 12 (1.00%) Xcode
8 11 (0.91%) WebDriver
9 8 (0.66%) Appium
9 8 (0.66%) Cucumber
9 8 (0.66%) FitNesse
9 8 (0.66%) Hudson
9 8 (0.66%) IDA Disassembler
9 8 (0.66%) JUnit
9 8 (0.66%) SoapUI
10 4 (0.33%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 182 (15.09%) Finance
2 95 (7.88%) Telecoms
3 51 (4.23%) Banking
4 41 (3.40%) Legal
5 28 (2.32%) Retail
6 23 (1.91%) Marketing
7 21 (1.74%) Military
8 19 (1.58%) Law
9 13 (1.08%) Digital Economy
9 13 (1.08%) Electronics
10 12 (1.00%) Automotive
10 12 (1.00%) Publishing
11 9 (0.75%) Financial Institution
11 9 (0.75%) Games
11 9 (0.75%) Investment Banking
12 8 (0.66%) Local Government
13 6 (0.50%) Aerospace
13 6 (0.50%) Manufacturing
14 5 (0.41%) Advertising
14 5 (0.41%) Corporate Banking
Job Titles
1 227 (18.82%) Analyst
2 206 (17.08%) Tester
3 176 (14.59%) Penetration Tester
3 176 (14.59%) Security Analyst
4 130 (10.78%) Consultant
5 128 (10.61%) Security Engineer
6 115 (9.54%) Security Consultant
7 113 (9.37%) Security Manager
8 91 (7.55%) Network Engineer
9 55 (4.56%) IT Engineer
10 53 (4.39%) Business Development Manager
10 53 (4.39%) Business Manager
10 53 (4.39%) Development Manager
11 52 (4.31%) Cybersecurity Analyst
11 52 (4.31%) Senior Tester
12 46 (3.81%) IT Analyst
12 46 (3.81%) Senior Penetration Tester
13 41 (3.40%) IT Security Engineer
14 40 (3.32%) Information Analyst
14 40 (3.32%) Security Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 50 (4.15%) Web Services
2 39 (3.23%) .NET
3 37 (3.07%) HTML
4 23 (1.91%) Node.js
5 18 (1.49%) Django
6 11 (0.91%) SAML
7 10 (0.83%) REST
8 9 (0.75%) SOAP
8 9 (0.75%) XML
9 8 (0.66%) Regular Expression
9 8 (0.66%) Serverless Framework
10 7 (0.58%) LAMP
11 6 (0.50%) Middleware
11 6 (0.50%) RESTful
12 5 (0.41%) ASP.NET
13 4 (0.33%) .NET Framework
13 4 (0.33%) Ajax
13 4 (0.33%) CGI
13 4 (0.33%) CSS
13 4 (0.33%) Elastic Stack
Miscellaneous
1 108 (8.96%) Management Information System
2 80 (6.63%) Computer Science
3 70 (5.80%) Data Protection Act
4 64 (5.31%) Data Centre
5 49 (4.06%) Mobile App
6 36 (2.99%) Analytical Skills
6 36 (2.99%) SCADA
7 35 (2.90%) Cyberthreat
7 35 (2.90%) Smartphone
8 26 (2.16%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 26 (2.16%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
9 21 (1.74%) Security Operations Centre
10 20 (1.66%) Cyber Defence
11 19 (1.58%) Cyber Attack
12 18 (1.49%) CESG
12 18 (1.49%) Greenfield Project
13 14 (1.16%) Client/Server
13 14 (1.16%) iPad
13 14 (1.16%) PKI
14 12 (1.00%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 307 (25.46%) Windows
2 190 (15.75%) Linux
3 124 (10.28%) Windows Server
4 92 (7.63%) Unix
5 75 (6.22%) Android
6 69 (5.72%) Apple iOS
7 50 (4.15%) Windows Server 2008
8 41 (3.40%) Windows Server 2012
9 37 (3.07%) Mac OS X
10 28 (2.32%) VxWorks
11 23 (1.91%) Solaris
12 18 (1.49%) Kali Linux
13 14 (1.16%) Windows Server 2003
14 8 (0.66%) Windows 7
15 6 (0.50%) CentOS
16 5 (0.41%) Ubuntu
17 2 (0.17%) Debian
17 2 (0.17%) FreeBSD
17 2 (0.17%) HPUX
17 2 (0.17%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 577 (47.84%) Information Security
2 451 (37.40%) Cybersecurity
3 219 (18.16%) SIEM
4 161 (13.35%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 158 (13.10%) ITIL
6 153 (12.69%) Vulnerability Scanning
7 150 (12.44%) Risk Management
8 147 (12.19%) Ethical Hacking
9 140 (11.61%) Vulnerability Management
10 138 (11.44%) Agile Software Development
11 136 (11.28%) Security Architecture
12 124 (10.28%) Security Operations
13 122 (10.12%) Security Testing
14 103 (8.54%) Data Protection
15 95 (7.88%) Network Design
16 81 (6.72%) Business Development
17 75 (6.22%) OWASP
18 72 (5.97%) Incident Management
19 69 (5.72%) Risk Assessment
20 64 (5.31%) Data Loss Prevention
Programming Languages
1 158 (13.10%) Python
2 150 (12.44%) Java
3 136 (11.28%) C
4 88 (7.30%) SQL
5 87 (7.21%) C++
6 80 (6.63%) Ruby
7 61 (5.06%) C#
8 54 (4.48%) Perl
9 50 (4.15%) PowerShell
10 46 (3.81%) JavaScript
11 40 (3.32%) Bash Shell
12 35 (2.90%) PHP
13 18 (1.49%) VB
14 10 (0.83%) Go
15 8 (0.66%) Groovy
16 4 (0.33%) VB.NET
16 4 (0.33%) VBScript
17 3 (0.25%) Ada
17 3 (0.25%) Scala
17 3 (0.25%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 314 (26.04%) CISSP
2 209 (17.33%) Security Cleared
3 201 (16.67%) CISM
4 186 (15.42%) Degree
5 157 (13.02%) CREST Certified
6 105 (8.71%) CEH
7 92 (7.63%) DV Cleared
8 83 (6.88%) OSCP
9 74 (6.14%) CISA
10 61 (5.06%) Cisco Certification
11 59 (4.89%) CHECK Team Member
12 55 (4.56%) SC Cleared
13 54 (4.48%) CHECK Team Leader
14 48 (3.98%) CCNP
15 42 (3.48%) GCIH
16 41 (3.40%) GIAC
17 40 (3.32%) CCNA
17 40 (3.32%) GPEN
18 31 (2.57%) SANS
19 28 (2.32%) GCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 306 (25.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 184 (15.26%) PCI DSS
3 80 (6.63%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
4 38 (3.15%) GDPR
5 34 (2.82%) Cyber Essentials
6 30 (2.49%) QA
7 20 (1.66%) COBIT
8 19 (1.58%) ISO/IEC 27005
9 15 (1.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 13 (1.08%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 12 (1.00%) SLA
12 11 (0.91%) NIST 800
13 7 (0.58%) HMG Security Policy Framework
14 6 (0.50%) GPG13
14 6 (0.50%) ISAE 3402
15 5 (0.41%) ISO 22301
15 5 (0.41%) ISO 31000
15 5 (0.41%) JSP 440
15 5 (0.41%) PA-DSS
16 4 (0.33%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 130 (10.78%) Active Directory
2 42 (3.48%) ProxySG
3 25 (2.07%) Hyper-V
4 22 (1.82%) Docker
5 19 (1.58%) VMware Infrastructure
6 9 (0.75%) Snort
6 9 (0.75%) VMware ESXi
7 8 (0.66%) Firmware
8 7 (0.58%) Virtual Machines
9 3 (0.25%) vSphere
9 3 (0.25%) Xen
10 2 (0.17%) VirtualBox
11 1 (0.083%) KVM
11 1 (0.083%) LXC
11 1 (0.083%) NFS
11 1 (0.083%) vCloud
11 1 (0.083%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 59 (4.89%) Nessus
2 28 (2.32%) Puppet
3 20 (1.66%) Nmap
4 18 (1.49%) EnCase
5 16 (1.33%) FTK
6 13 (1.08%) Ansible
6 13 (1.08%) SCCM
7 11 (0.91%) CSIRT
7 11 (0.91%) QRadar
8 9 (0.75%) Terraform
9 8 (0.66%) Opscode Chef
10 7 (0.58%) HP Fortify
10 7 (0.58%) RSA enVision
11 6 (0.50%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
11 6 (0.50%) McAfee ePO
12 5 (0.41%) Cisco CUCM
12 5 (0.41%) Defensics
12 5 (0.41%) Microsoft Clustering
12 5 (0.41%) Network Intrusion Detection System
12 5 (0.41%) OpenVAS
Vendors
1 143 (11.86%) Cisco
2 99 (8.21%) CheckPoint
3 75 (6.22%) Palo Alto
4 67 (5.56%) Microsoft
5 54 (4.48%) Juniper
6 50 (4.15%) VMware
7 47 (3.90%) Blue Coat
8 40 (3.32%) Splunk
9 39 (3.23%) ArcSight
9 39 (3.23%) HP
9 39 (3.23%) Qualys
10 30 (2.49%) Apple
11 22 (1.82%) Avaya
11 22 (1.82%) F5
12 20 (1.66%) Forcepoint
13 19 (1.58%) Red Hat
14 17 (1.41%) IBM
14 17 (1.41%) SolarWinds
15 16 (1.33%) Citrix
16 14 (1.16%) Oracle
Central London / West End
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: Excellent Benefits
Posted: 2 hours ago
City, London
Premier Group Recruitment
Salary: £35000 - £45000 per annum
Posted: 16 hours ago
Guildford, Surrey
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: UKP 70000 per year
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: UKP 70000 per year
Posted: Yesterday
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: UKP 70000 per year
Posted: Yesterday
London
Harris Global
Salary: From £55,000 to £60,000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 16 hours ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Big Wednesday Digital Ltd
Salary: £55000 - £125000 per annum + Negotiable
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Big Wednesday Digital Ltd
Salary: £75000 - £150000 per annum + Negotiable
Posted: Yesterday
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Big Wednesday Digital Ltd
Salary: £55000 - £125000 per annum + Negotiable
Posted: Yesterday
Worcester, Worcestershire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: 55,000 - 65000 + excellent benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Signet IT
Salary: Competitive Salary
Posted: 18 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Sky Betting and Gaming
Salary: Excellent + Free SkyQ + loads more!
Posted: 17 hours ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
EXCELerate
Salary: Up to £90,000 per annum
Posted: 23 hours ago
City, London
Oliver James Associates
Salary: £40000 - £60000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
Bulletproof
Salary: From £23,000 to £25,000 per annum dependent on experience
Posted: 2 days ago
London
The People Network
Salary: £55000 - £60000 per annum, Benefits up to 30% bonus, benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Salary: £30000.00 - £40000.00 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
London
onezeero.
Salary: £75000 - £100000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Central Employment
Salary: Competitive + car allowance or company car
Posted: 2 days ago
Staines, Middlesex
Bupa
Posted: 3 days ago
Batley, West Yorkshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £35000 - £50000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 18 hours ago
London
Verticality Ltd
Salary: £50000 - £65000 per annum, Benefits Bonus 7.5% Pension - Usual Bens
Posted: 2 days ago
Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire
Uniting Ambition
Salary: £25k - 65k per year + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Senitor Associates
Salary: £45000 - £80000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
South East London
Aim Hire Recruitment Ltd
Salary: From £40,000 to £50,000 per annum Excellent Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Redditch, Worcestershire
Spring Technology
Salary: £40000.00 - £45000.00 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Information Technology Services
Salary: £55k - 60k per year + Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Staines, Middlesex
Bupa
Posted: 3 days ago
Staines, Middlesex
Spring Technology
Salary: £52000.00 - £55000.00 per annum + Bonus + Benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Proprius Recruitment
Salary: From £60,000 to £75,000 per annum Benefits + Bonuses
Posted: 21 hours ago