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 28 May 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Penetration Testing
UK
3 months to
28 May 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 404 358 490
Rank change year-on-year -46 +132  
Permanent jobs citing Penetration Testing 594 824 569
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.70% 0.83% 0.53%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.78% 0.93% 0.60%
Number of salaries quoted 500 606 438
Median salary £50,000 £57,500 £52,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -13.04% +9.52%  
90% offered a salary of more than £35,000 £40,000 £35,500
10% offered a salary of more than £80,000 £80,000 £70,000
UK excluding London median salary £47,500 £52,500 £46,000
% change year-on-year -9.52% +14.13%  

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 76220 88818 94836
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 89.67% 89.09% 87.73%
Number of salaries quoted 62239 73997 76987
Median salary £50,000 £50,000 £50,000
90% offered a salary of more than £32,500 £32,500 £31,500
10% offered a salary of more than £80,000 £75,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median salary £45,000 £45,000 £44,000
% change year-on-year - +2.27%  

Penetration Testing
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Penetration Testing as a proportion of all permanent or contract IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

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 28 May 2017.

Salary histogram for Penetration Testing in the UK

Penetration Testing
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 Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 28 May 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 -41 563 £52,500 -8.69% 74
London -34 257 £60,000 -4.00% 34
South East +47 143 £50,000 -4.76% 12
Oxfordshire +54 79 £50,000 -16.66% 3
West Midlands +39 47 £42,500 -10.52% 7
North West -55 45 £55,000 +4.51% 8
Manchester -36 37 £53,750 -2.27% 5
Yorkshire +21 36 £45,000 +5.88% 6
West Yorkshire +19 35 £45,000 -1.54% 4
Banbury +8 33 £50,000 +48.14% 2
City of London +4 26 £45,000 -25.00% 8
Surrey +18 25 £53,750 -2.27% 4
Leeds +21 24 £45,000 -3.04% 3
South West -45 17 £47,500 -5.00% 3
Oxford - 17 £35,000 -
Berkshire +24 15 £37,000 -35.65% 1
Buckinghamshire +8 14 £40,250 +10.27% 2
Scotland +15 13 £37,500 -31.81% 2
Warwickshire +27 12 £30,000 -36.84% 1
Leamington Spa +5 12 £30,000 -
East of England -5 12 £50,000 +5.26% 2
Gloucestershire -14 12 £47,500 -9.52% 1
Worcestershire - 12 £42,500 - 1
Edinburgh +8 11 £37,500 -30.23% 1
Staines - 11 £75,000 - 2
Hampshire +24 8 £45,000 -5.26% 2
Coventry -1 8 £42,500 -19.04%
Redditch - 8 £42,500 -
Cheltenham +8 7 £47,500 -5.00% 1
Birmingham +7 7 £50,000 -13.04% 3

For the 6 months to 28 May 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.

1 490 (45.71%) Information Security
2 386 (36.01%) Cybersecurity
3 320 (29.85%) Firewall
4 291 (27.15%) CISSP
5 271 (25.28%) Windows
6 255 (23.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 204 (19.03%) Network Security
8 196 (18.28%) Security Cleared
8 196 (18.28%) SIEM
9 187 (17.44%) CISM
10 174 (16.23%) Finance
11 170 (15.86%) Degree
12 159 (14.83%) Linux
13 152 (14.18%) Java
13 152 (14.18%) PCI DSS
14 150 (13.99%) Vulnerability Assessment
15 149 (13.90%) CREST Certified
16 146 (13.62%) Python
17 140 (13.06%) Ethical Hacking
18 137 (12.78%) C
19 133 (12.41%) Risk Management
20 129 (12.03%) Vulnerability Scanning
21 128 (11.94%) ITIL
22 126 (11.75%) Agile Software Development
23 119 (11.10%) Security Testing
24 109 (10.17%) Vulnerability Management
25 108 (10.07%) Cisco
26 107 (9.98%) Management Information System
26 107 (9.98%) CEH
27 101 (9.42%) TCP/IP

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 23 (2.15%) IIS
2 16 (1.49%) MS Exchange
2 16 (1.49%) SharePoint
3 11 (1.03%) Skype for Business
4 10 (0.93%) Elasticsearch
4 10 (0.93%) Exchange Server 2010
5 6 (0.56%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 4 (0.37%) Apache Spark
6 4 (0.37%) Confluence
6 4 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2013
7 3 (0.28%) Apache
7 3 (0.28%) Tornado
8 2 (0.19%) OpenStack
9 1 (0.093%) Apache Pig
9 1 (0.093%) BizTalk Server
9 1 (0.093%) CMS
9 1 (0.093%) nginx
Applications
1 12 (1.12%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (0.47%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.093%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.093%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.093%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 6 (0.56%) Oracle EBS R12
2 4 (0.37%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.19%) Bankmaster
3 2 (0.19%) Sentinel
4 1 (0.093%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.093%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 62 (5.78%) Amazon AWS
2 35 (3.26%) Microsoft Azure
3 30 (2.80%) SaaS
4 21 (1.96%) AWS CloudFormation
5 17 (1.59%) PaaS
6 15 (1.40%) Amazon S3
7 14 (1.31%) Amazon ELB
8 11 (1.03%) Office 365
8 11 (1.03%) Route 53
9 9 (0.84%) Mimecast
10 8 (0.75%) AWS Lambda
11 6 (0.56%) Cloud Computing
11 6 (0.56%) IaaS
12 4 (0.37%) Datadog
13 3 (0.28%) Amazon SQS
13 3 (0.28%) Google Cloud Platform
13 3 (0.28%) Sumo Logic
14 2 (0.19%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 2 (0.19%) AWS CloudTrail
14 2 (0.19%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 320 (29.85%) Firewall
2 204 (19.03%) Network Security
3 101 (9.42%) TCP/IP
4 52 (4.85%) VPN
5 47 (4.38%) Wireless
6 43 (4.01%) Internet
6 43 (4.01%) LAN
7 41 (3.82%) WAN
8 40 (3.73%) HTTP
9 37 (3.45%) DNS
9 37 (3.45%) Intrusion Detection
10 35 (3.26%) MPLS
11 32 (2.99%) VLAN
12 31 (2.89%) Cisco ASA
13 29 (2.71%) SAN
14 28 (2.61%) SS7
15 25 (2.33%) DHCP
16 23 (2.15%) VoIP
17 21 (1.96%) Junos
17 21 (1.96%) Wireless Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 35 (3.26%) SQL Server
2 19 (1.77%) Big Data
3 12 (1.12%) Amazon RDS
4 9 (0.84%) MySQL
4 9 (0.84%) Oracle Database
5 8 (0.75%) Microsoft Analysis Services
5 8 (0.75%) MongoDB
5 8 (0.75%) NoSQL
5 8 (0.75%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 8 (0.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 4 (0.37%) Data Mining
6 4 (0.37%) SQL Server 2008
6 4 (0.37%) SQLPlus
7 3 (0.28%) Hadoop
7 3 (0.28%) Oracle Reports
7 3 (0.28%) PostgreSQL
7 3 (0.28%) Relational Database
7 3 (0.28%) SQL Server 2012
7 3 (0.28%) SQL Server 2014
7 3 (0.28%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 28 (2.61%) Burp Suite
1 28 (2.61%) Selenium
2 26 (2.43%) Jenkins
2 26 (2.43%) Metasploit
3 17 (1.59%) Git (software)
4 15 (1.40%) AppScan
4 15 (1.40%) Eclipse
4 15 (1.40%) Paros
5 14 (1.31%) Vagrant
6 13 (1.21%) WebScarab
7 12 (1.12%) Hudson
7 12 (1.12%) WebDriver
7 12 (1.12%) Xcode
8 11 (1.03%) IDA Disassembler
9 10 (0.93%) JIRA
10 9 (0.84%) Cucumber
10 9 (0.84%) FitNesse
10 9 (0.84%) JUnit
10 9 (0.84%) SoapUI
11 8 (0.75%) Appium
General
1 174 (16.23%) Finance
2 83 (7.74%) Telecoms
3 33 (3.08%) Legal
4 30 (2.80%) Retail
5 29 (2.71%) Banking
6 23 (2.15%) Marketing
6 23 (2.15%) Military
7 14 (1.31%) Law
8 13 (1.21%) Electronics
8 13 (1.21%) Publishing
9 11 (1.03%) Automotive
9 11 (1.03%) Games
10 9 (0.84%) Digital Economy
10 9 (0.84%) Local Government
11 7 (0.65%) Investment Banking
11 7 (0.65%) Manufacturing
12 6 (0.56%) Advertising
13 5 (0.47%) Financial Institution
14 4 (0.37%) Back Office
15 2 (0.19%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 225 (20.99%) Analyst
2 184 (17.16%) Tester
3 175 (16.32%) Security Analyst
4 151 (14.09%) Penetration Tester
5 119 (11.10%) Consultant
6 105 (9.79%) Security Manager
7 93 (8.68%) Security Consultant
8 88 (8.21%) Security Engineer
9 72 (6.72%) Network Engineer
10 56 (5.22%) Cybersecurity Analyst
11 46 (4.29%) Information Analyst
11 46 (4.29%) Information Security Analyst
12 45 (4.20%) Senior Tester
13 39 (3.64%) IT Analyst
14 38 (3.54%) Developer
15 37 (3.45%) Senior Penetration Tester
16 36 (3.36%) Security Specialist
17 33 (3.08%) Network Security Engineer
18 32 (2.99%) Cybersecurity Consultant
18 32 (2.99%) SOC Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 51 (4.76%) Web Services
2 43 (4.01%) .NET
3 40 (3.73%) HTML
4 24 (2.24%) Node.js
5 15 (1.40%) SAML
6 14 (1.31%) Django
6 14 (1.31%) REST
7 11 (1.03%) Middleware
8 10 (0.93%) SOAP
9 9 (0.84%) Regular Expression
10 8 (0.75%) .NET Framework
10 8 (0.75%) Serverless Framework
10 8 (0.75%) XML
11 7 (0.65%) AngularJS
11 7 (0.65%) ASP.NET
12 5 (0.47%) Elastic Stack
12 5 (0.47%) HTML5
12 5 (0.47%) LAMP
13 4 (0.37%) Ajax
13 4 (0.37%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 107 (9.98%) Management Information System
2 74 (6.90%) Computer Science
3 47 (4.38%) Data Protection Act
4 44 (4.10%) Mobile App
5 43 (4.01%) Data Centre
6 39 (3.64%) Analytical Skills
7 30 (2.80%) Smartphone
8 26 (2.43%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 26 (2.43%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
8 26 (2.43%) SCADA
9 24 (2.24%) Cyberthreat
10 22 (2.05%) CESG
10 22 (2.05%) Security Operations Centre
11 19 (1.77%) Greenfield Project
12 17 (1.59%) Cyber Attack
13 16 (1.49%) Cyber Defence
14 15 (1.40%) Client/Server
14 15 (1.40%) Enterprise Software
15 13 (1.21%) PKI
16 11 (1.03%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 271 (25.28%) Windows
2 159 (14.83%) Linux
3 100 (9.33%) Windows Server
4 81 (7.56%) Unix
5 64 (5.97%) Android
6 63 (5.88%) Apple iOS
7 48 (4.48%) Windows Server 2008
8 42 (3.92%) Windows Server 2012
9 35 (3.26%) Mac OS X
10 28 (2.61%) VxWorks
11 26 (2.43%) Solaris
12 17 (1.59%) Windows Server 2003
13 15 (1.40%) Kali Linux
14 5 (0.47%) Ubuntu
15 4 (0.37%) CentOS
16 3 (0.28%) KNOPPIX
16 3 (0.28%) Windows 2000
16 3 (0.28%) Windows 7
17 2 (0.19%) FreeBSD
17 2 (0.19%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 490 (45.71%) Information Security
2 386 (36.01%) Cybersecurity
3 196 (18.28%) SIEM
4 150 (13.99%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 140 (13.06%) Ethical Hacking
6 133 (12.41%) Risk Management
7 129 (12.03%) Vulnerability Scanning
8 128 (11.94%) ITIL
9 126 (11.75%) Agile Software Development
10 119 (11.10%) Security Testing
11 109 (10.17%) Vulnerability Management
12 92 (8.58%) Security Architecture
13 91 (8.49%) Security Operations
14 84 (7.84%) Data Protection
15 73 (6.81%) Network Design
16 70 (6.53%) Incident Management
17 69 (6.44%) OWASP
18 60 (5.60%) Threat Management
19 58 (5.41%) Risk Assessment
20 56 (5.22%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 152 (14.18%) Java
2 146 (13.62%) Python
3 137 (12.78%) C
4 94 (8.77%) C++
5 82 (7.65%) SQL
6 74 (6.90%) Ruby
7 61 (5.69%) C#
8 56 (5.22%) PowerShell
9 48 (4.48%) Perl
10 47 (4.38%) JavaScript
11 43 (4.01%) Bash Shell
12 32 (2.99%) PHP
13 19 (1.77%) VB
14 12 (1.12%) Go
15 9 (0.84%) Groovy
16 5 (0.47%) T-SQL
17 4 (0.37%) TypeScript
18 2 (0.19%) PL/SQL
18 2 (0.19%) Scala
18 2 (0.19%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 291 (27.15%) CISSP
2 196 (18.28%) Security Cleared
3 187 (17.44%) CISM
4 170 (15.86%) Degree
5 149 (13.90%) CREST Certified
6 107 (9.98%) CEH
7 88 (8.21%) CISA
7 88 (8.21%) DV Cleared
8 82 (7.65%) OSCP
9 56 (5.22%) SC Cleared
10 55 (5.13%) CHECK Team Leader
10 55 (5.13%) Cisco Certification
11 50 (4.66%) CHECK Team Member
12 46 (4.29%) CCNP
12 46 (4.29%) GIAC
12 46 (4.29%) GPEN
13 38 (3.54%) SANS
14 36 (3.36%) GCIH
15 32 (2.99%) CCNA
16 28 (2.61%) Security+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 255 (23.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 152 (14.18%) PCI DSS
3 45 (4.20%) ISO/IEC 27002
4 39 (3.64%) QA
5 30 (2.80%) GDPR
6 26 (2.43%) COBIT
7 23 (2.15%) Cyber Essentials
8 13 (1.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 11 (1.03%) GPG13
10 8 (0.75%) ISO/IEC 27005
11 7 (0.65%) JSP 440
11 7 (0.65%) SLA
12 6 (0.56%) ISAE 3402
13 5 (0.47%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 5 (0.47%) PA-DSS
14 4 (0.37%) RMADS
15 3 (0.28%) SSAE 16
16 2 (0.19%) FISMA
16 2 (0.19%) HIPAA
16 2 (0.19%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 101 (9.42%) Active Directory
2 31 (2.89%) ProxySG
3 23 (2.15%) Docker
4 18 (1.68%) Hyper-V
5 11 (1.03%) VMware Infrastructure
6 9 (0.84%) Snort
7 8 (0.75%) VMware ESXi
8 5 (0.47%) Firmware
8 5 (0.47%) vSphere
9 4 (0.37%) Virtual Machines
10 2 (0.19%) Xen
11 1 (0.093%) KVM
11 1 (0.093%) NFS
11 1 (0.093%) vCloud
11 1 (0.093%) Virtual Servers
11 1 (0.093%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 53 (4.94%) Nessus
2 29 (2.71%) Puppet
3 18 (1.68%) EnCase
3 18 (1.68%) Nmap
4 15 (1.40%) FTK
4 15 (1.40%) QRadar
5 14 (1.31%) Ansible
6 12 (1.12%) SCCM
7 11 (1.03%) Terraform
8 10 (0.93%) CSIRT
9 8 (0.75%) HP Fortify
10 7 (0.65%) logstash
10 7 (0.65%) Nagios
10 7 (0.65%) RSA enVision
11 6 (0.56%) McAfee ePO
12 5 (0.47%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
12 5 (0.47%) Defensics
12 5 (0.47%) OpenVAS
13 4 (0.37%) Host Intrusion Detection System
13 4 (0.37%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 108 (10.07%) Cisco
2 80 (7.46%) CheckPoint
3 65 (6.06%) Palo Alto
4 58 (5.41%) Microsoft
5 44 (4.10%) Juniper
5 44 (4.10%) VMware
6 40 (3.73%) ArcSight
6 40 (3.73%) Splunk
7 36 (3.36%) Blue Coat
7 36 (3.36%) Qualys
8 27 (2.52%) HP
9 26 (2.43%) Apple
10 24 (2.24%) IBM
11 21 (1.96%) Avaya
12 20 (1.87%) F5
13 18 (1.68%) Oracle
13 18 (1.68%) Red Hat
14 16 (1.49%) Forcepoint
15 15 (1.40%) McAfee
15 15 (1.40%) SolarWinds
Oxfordshire
Harvey Nash plc
Salary: £45000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Lorien Resourcing
Salary: £32000 - £36000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Senitor Associates
Salary: £45000 - £80000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
South East London
Cloudscope
Salary: £25k - 35k per year + 125K OTE
Posted: 2 days ago
Portsmouth, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Salary: £45000 - £60000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Staines, Middlesex
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 2 days ago
East London
Adeptis Group
Salary: £60,000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Cloud Computing International
Salary: £40000 - £60000 per annum + Additional benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Worcester, Worcestershire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: 55,000 - 65000 + excellent benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
East Riding
Adeptis Group
Salary: £35000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Itecco
Salary: £45000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Senitor Associates
Salary: £50000 - £65000 per annum + Commission + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Cheadle, Cheshire
DCV Technologies
Salary: From £50,000 to £60,000 per annum £50,000 to £60,000
Posted: 5 days ago
Winchester, Hampshire
Networkers
Salary: £65000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Client Server
Salary: £50k to £55k + bonus + benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Search Consultancy
Salary: £70000.00 - £80000.00 per annum + package
Posted: 6 days ago
Braintree, Essex
Peopleworks
Salary: From £70,000 to £80,000 per annum Negotiable + Bonus + Share Options +
Posted: 6 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Head Resourcing
Salary: £40000 - £50000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
UK
ReThink Recruitment
Salary: £50000.00 - £70000.00 per annum + 10k bonus, £5k Car + bens
Posted: 3 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Linkpoint Resources
Salary: From £70,000 to £80,000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
London
onezeero.
Salary: £50000 - £60000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Premier IT
Salary: £40000 - £50000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Lorien Resourcing
Salary: Competitive Salary Package
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Lorien Resourcing
Salary: Competitive Salary Package
Posted: 3 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Harvey Nash plc
Salary: £45000 - £50000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Information Technology Services
Salary: £55k - 65k per year + Benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Asset Resourcing Ltd
Salary: £45000 - £48000 per annum + full benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Crewe, Cheshire
Adria Solutions Ltd
Salary: £50000 - £60000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
London
CPS Group UK
Salary: £50000 - £65000 per annum + Additional benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Net Talent
Salary: £25000 - £35000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago