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 27 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Penetration Testing
UK
3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 436 416 527
Rank change year-on-year -20 +111  
Permanent jobs citing Penetration Testing 502 729 479
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.59% 0.70% 0.44%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.67% 0.80% 0.51%
Number of salaries quoted 400 588 367
Median salary £57,500 £57,500 £52,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +9.52%  
90% offered a salary of more than £37,522 £40,000 £35,139
10% offered a salary of more than £80,000 £80,000 £75,000
UK excluding London median salary £50,000 £52,500 £47,750
% change year-on-year -4.76% +9.94%  

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 75370 91581 93969
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 89.10% 88.56% 87.01%
Number of salaries quoted 61980 75773 76024
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 £77,500 £75,000 £75,000
UK excluding London median salary £45,000 £45,000 £43,000
% change year-on-year - +4.65%  

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 27 March 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 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 -26 473 £60,000 +4.34% 80
London +15 264 £63,750 -1.92% 27
South East +1 84 £55,000 +4.76% 19
West Midlands +25 32 £44,000 -23.47% 6
Oxfordshire +4 28 £65,000 +8.33% 6
South West -10 28 £52,500 - 7
City of London +35 25 £42,500 -30.61% 6
Yorkshire +29 25 £40,000 +23.07% 7
North West -39 24 £60,000 +9.09% 7
West Yorkshire +39 20 £40,000 +23.07% 7
Berkshire +46 18 £52,500 +5.00% 2
Scotland +36 18 £37,500 -25.00% 2
Leeds +24 17 £40,000 +23.07% 7
Edinburgh +20 17 £37,500 -25.00% 1
Gloucestershire -11 17 £47,500 -13.63% 3
East of England +16 15 £60,000 +39.53% 3
Hampshire +16 13 £58,750 +50.19% 2
Manchester -43 13 £60,000 -2.04% 5
Birmingham +16 12 £48,750 -15.21% 3
Reading +43 11 £50,000 -37.50% 1
Banbury +19 11 £50,000 - 3
Buckinghamshire +27 10 £33,000 - 1
Surrey -5 9 £45,000 -18.18% 7
Canary Wharf - 9 £58,750 -
Warwickshire +35 8 £46,250 -13.95%
Staines - 8 £45,000 - 2
Leamington Spa - 8 £46,250 -
Marlow - 8 £33,000 - 1
Coventry +16 7 £42,000 -32.80% 2
Hertfordshire +23 6 £63,750 +50.00% 1

Penetration Testing
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 March 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.

1 559 (47.53%) Information Security
2 450 (38.27%) Cybersecurity
3 371 (31.55%) CISSP
4 367 (31.21%) Firewall
5 290 (24.66%) Windows
6 279 (23.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 254 (21.60%) SIEM
8 248 (21.09%) CISM
9 217 (18.45%) Finance
10 215 (18.28%) Security Cleared
11 210 (17.86%) Degree
12 203 (17.26%) Vulnerability Scanning
13 188 (15.99%) Linux
14 187 (15.90%) PCI DSS
15 183 (15.56%) Network Security
15 183 (15.56%) Java
16 178 (15.14%) Vulnerability Management
17 176 (14.97%) Risk Management
18 173 (14.71%) CEH
19 172 (14.63%) Ethical Hacking
20 170 (14.46%) CISA
21 168 (14.29%) CREST Certified
22 155 (13.18%) Management Information System
23 147 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
24 146 (12.41%) C
25 145 (12.33%) Vulnerability Assessment
26 144 (12.24%) Python
27 129 (10.97%) ITIL
28 123 (10.46%) Security Testing
29 118 (10.03%) Security Operations

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 33 (2.81%) IIS
2 19 (1.62%) Elasticsearch
2 19 (1.62%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 18 (1.53%) SharePoint
4 14 (1.19%) MS Exchange
5 9 (0.77%) Skype for Business
6 8 (0.68%) Apache Pig
6 8 (0.68%) OpenStack
7 5 (0.43%) Apache
7 5 (0.43%) Confluence
8 4 (0.34%) Apache Spark
9 3 (0.26%) Cloud Foundry
9 3 (0.26%) Exchange Server 2010
9 3 (0.26%) nginx
9 3 (0.26%) Tornado
10 1 (0.085%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 43 (3.66%) MS Excel
2 12 (1.02%) MS Office
3 4 (0.34%) MS Project
4 1 (0.085%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 19 (1.62%) Oracle EBS R12
2 16 (1.36%) Sentinel
3 14 (1.19%) Dynamics AX
4 4 (0.34%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 3 (0.26%) Veritas eDiscovery
6 2 (0.17%) assyst
6 2 (0.17%) Bankmaster
7 1 (0.085%) Dynamics CRM
7 1 (0.085%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 44 (3.74%) Amazon AWS
2 38 (3.23%) SaaS
3 23 (1.96%) PaaS
4 22 (1.87%) Office 365
5 20 (1.70%) AWS CloudFormation
5 20 (1.70%) Microsoft Azure
6 14 (1.19%) IaaS
7 12 (1.02%) Amazon S3
8 11 (0.94%) Amazon ELB
9 10 (0.85%) Route 53
10 9 (0.77%) GitHub
11 8 (0.68%) AWS Lambda
12 7 (0.60%) IBM Cloud
13 6 (0.51%) Sumo Logic
14 5 (0.43%) Cloud Computing
15 4 (0.34%) Datadog
16 2 (0.17%) AWS CloudTrail
16 2 (0.17%) Google Cloud Platform
16 2 (0.17%) Mimecast
16 2 (0.17%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 367 (31.21%) Firewall
2 183 (15.56%) Network Security
3 110 (9.35%) TCP/IP
4 55 (4.68%) VPN
5 51 (4.34%) HTTP
6 44 (3.74%) Wireless
7 39 (3.32%) LAN
8 37 (3.15%) Intrusion Detection
8 37 (3.15%) WAN
9 35 (2.98%) MPLS
10 34 (2.89%) Internet
11 32 (2.72%) DNS
12 31 (2.64%) SSL
13 30 (2.55%) Cisco ASA
14 24 (2.04%) IPsec
15 22 (1.87%) DHCP
16 21 (1.79%) Wireless Security
17 19 (1.62%) Wireshark
18 18 (1.53%) VLAN
18 18 (1.53%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 37 (3.15%) SQL Server
2 34 (2.89%) Big Data
3 24 (2.04%) Oracle Database
4 18 (1.53%) MongoDB
5 14 (1.19%) MySQL
6 13 (1.11%) NoSQL
7 11 (0.94%) Amazon RDS
8 9 (0.77%) Data Mining
8 9 (0.77%) Hadoop
9 8 (0.68%) Apache Hive
9 8 (0.68%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 8 (0.68%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 8 (0.68%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 6 (0.51%) Oracle Reports
11 5 (0.43%) PostgreSQL
12 4 (0.34%) SQLPlus
13 3 (0.26%) Relational Database
14 2 (0.17%) GIS
14 2 (0.17%) Neo4j
15 1 (0.085%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 39 (3.32%) Selenium
2 33 (2.81%) Burp Suite
3 29 (2.47%) Jenkins
3 29 (2.47%) Metasploit
4 20 (1.70%) JIRA
5 17 (1.45%) Git (software)
6 16 (1.36%) Cucumber
7 15 (1.28%) JUnit
8 14 (1.19%) AppScan
8 14 (1.19%) WebDriver
9 12 (1.02%) Hudson
9 12 (1.02%) Paros
9 12 (1.02%) WebScarab
10 11 (0.94%) Vagrant
11 10 (0.85%) JMeter
11 10 (0.85%) SoapUI
12 9 (0.77%) FitNesse
13 8 (0.68%) NUnit
14 7 (0.60%) Appium
14 7 (0.60%) Jasmine
General
1 217 (18.45%) Finance
2 78 (6.63%) Telecoms
3 39 (3.32%) Retail
4 36 (3.06%) Banking
4 36 (3.06%) Legal
5 23 (1.96%) Military
6 22 (1.87%) Games
7 20 (1.70%) Marketing
8 16 (1.36%) Publishing
9 14 (1.19%) Electronics
10 11 (0.94%) Local Government
11 9 (0.77%) Law
12 8 (0.68%) Financial Institution
13 6 (0.51%) Advertising
13 6 (0.51%) Manufacturing
14 4 (0.34%) Back Office
15 3 (0.26%) Automotive
15 3 (0.26%) Investment Banking
16 2 (0.17%) Corporate Banking
16 2 (0.17%) International Banking
Job Titles
1 256 (21.77%) Analyst
2 210 (17.86%) Security Analyst
3 170 (14.46%) Tester
4 149 (12.67%) Consultant
5 137 (11.65%) Penetration Tester
6 121 (10.29%) Security Manager
7 103 (8.76%) Security Consultant
8 81 (6.89%) Security Engineer
9 65 (5.53%) Security Specialist
10 63 (5.36%) Cybersecurity Analyst
11 59 (5.02%) IT Analyst
12 55 (4.68%) Developer
12 55 (4.68%) Information Analyst
12 55 (4.68%) Information Security Analyst
13 49 (4.17%) IT Security Analyst
14 48 (4.08%) Architect
15 47 (4.00%) Network Engineer
16 42 (3.57%) Security Tester
17 41 (3.49%) Security Architect
18 37 (3.15%) Information Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 52 (4.42%) HTML
2 51 (4.34%) Web Services
3 50 (4.25%) .NET
4 29 (2.47%) Node.js
5 23 (1.96%) SAML
6 19 (1.62%) REST
7 16 (1.36%) ASP.NET
8 15 (1.28%) SOAP
9 14 (1.19%) 802.1X
9 14 (1.19%) CSS
9 14 (1.19%) Django
9 14 (1.19%) Middleware
9 14 (1.19%) Regular Expression
10 13 (1.11%) .NET Framework
10 13 (1.11%) Ruby on Rails
11 12 (1.02%) Elastic Stack
11 12 (1.02%) Java EE
11 12 (1.02%) LAMP
11 12 (1.02%) OpenID
11 12 (1.02%) STL
Miscellaneous
1 155 (13.18%) Management Information System
2 84 (7.14%) Computer Science
3 69 (5.87%) Data Centre
4 65 (5.53%) Data Protection Act
5 47 (4.00%) Mobile App
6 36 (3.06%) Analytical Skills
6 36 (3.06%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 36 (3.06%) Security Operations Centre
7 31 (2.64%) CESG
8 29 (2.47%) Enterprise Software
9 24 (2.04%) PKI
10 23 (1.96%) Cyber Defence
11 22 (1.87%) Cyberthreat
12 16 (1.36%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
12 16 (1.36%) Fintech
13 15 (1.28%) Driving Licence
14 13 (1.11%) Algorithms
14 13 (1.11%) Client/Server
14 13 (1.11%) Cyber Attack
15 11 (0.94%) Embedded Systems
Operating Systems
1 290 (24.66%) Windows
2 188 (15.99%) Linux
3 93 (7.91%) Unix
4 88 (7.48%) Windows Server
5 63 (5.36%) Apple iOS
6 51 (4.34%) Windows Server 2008
6 51 (4.34%) Windows Server 2012
7 41 (3.49%) Android
8 40 (3.40%) Mac OS X
9 33 (2.81%) Windows Server 2003
10 24 (2.04%) Solaris
11 21 (1.79%) VxWorks
12 14 (1.19%) Kali Linux
13 6 (0.51%) Windows 2000
14 5 (0.43%) Ubuntu
15 4 (0.34%) AIX
15 4 (0.34%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 4 (0.34%) Windows 7
16 3 (0.26%) CentOS
17 2 (0.17%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 559 (47.53%) Information Security
2 450 (38.27%) Cybersecurity
3 254 (21.60%) SIEM
4 203 (17.26%) Vulnerability Scanning
5 178 (15.14%) Vulnerability Management
6 176 (14.97%) Risk Management
7 172 (14.63%) Ethical Hacking
8 147 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
9 145 (12.33%) Vulnerability Assessment
10 129 (10.97%) ITIL
11 123 (10.46%) Security Testing
12 118 (10.03%) Security Operations
13 116 (9.86%) Data Protection
14 103 (8.76%) Security Architecture
15 93 (7.91%) Security Management
16 87 (7.40%) OWASP
17 79 (6.72%) Reverse Engineering
18 75 (6.38%) Incident Management
19 74 (6.29%) Information Assurance
20 69 (5.87%) Risk Assessment
Programming Languages
1 183 (15.56%) Java
2 146 (12.41%) C
3 144 (12.24%) Python
4 116 (9.86%) C++
5 97 (8.25%) C#
6 86 (7.31%) SQL
7 81 (6.89%) Ruby
8 74 (6.29%) JavaScript
9 60 (5.10%) Bash Shell
10 59 (5.02%) PowerShell
11 51 (4.34%) Perl
12 48 (4.08%) PHP
13 21 (1.79%) Go
14 17 (1.45%) VB
15 15 (1.28%) Objective-C
16 11 (0.94%) Scala
16 11 (0.94%) VB.NET
17 9 (0.77%) Groovy
18 4 (0.34%) T-SQL
18 4 (0.34%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 371 (31.55%) CISSP
2 248 (21.09%) CISM
3 215 (18.28%) Security Cleared
4 210 (17.86%) Degree
5 173 (14.71%) CEH
6 170 (14.46%) CISA
7 168 (14.29%) CREST Certified
8 104 (8.84%) GIAC
9 89 (7.57%) DV Cleared
10 80 (6.80%) CHECK Team Leader
11 79 (6.72%) SC Cleared
12 74 (6.29%) OSCP
13 71 (6.04%) SANS
14 67 (5.70%) Cisco Certification
14 67 (5.70%) GPEN
15 57 (4.85%) CHECK Team Member
16 55 (4.68%) GCIH
17 48 (4.08%) CompTIA Security+
17 48 (4.08%) Security+ Certification
18 43 (3.66%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 279 (23.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 187 (15.90%) PCI DSS
3 43 (3.66%) GPG13
4 39 (3.32%) QA
5 38 (3.23%) COBIT
5 38 (3.23%) Cyber Essentials
6 34 (2.89%) SLA
7 20 (1.70%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 18 (1.53%) RMADS
9 14 (1.19%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 13 (1.11%) GDPR
11 11 (0.94%) HIPAA
11 11 (0.94%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 9 (0.77%) ISO27002
12 9 (0.77%) SSAE 16
13 7 (0.60%) JSP 440
14 6 (0.51%) ISAE 3402
15 5 (0.43%) PA-DSS
16 4 (0.34%) PMO
17 2 (0.17%) FISMA
System Software
1 103 (8.76%) Active Directory
2 50 (4.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 28 (2.38%) Docker
4 19 (1.62%) Firmware
4 19 (1.62%) Hyper-V
5 13 (1.11%) VMware ESX
6 11 (0.94%) ProxySG
6 11 (0.94%) Snort
7 8 (0.68%) Virtual Servers
7 8 (0.68%) vSphere
8 3 (0.26%) Ceph
8 3 (0.26%) NFS
8 3 (0.26%) Virtual Machines
8 3 (0.26%) Xen
9 1 (0.085%) KVM
9 1 (0.085%) LXC
9 1 (0.085%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (0.085%) vCloud
9 1 (0.085%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.085%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 84 (7.14%) Nessus
2 39 (3.32%) Nmap
3 36 (3.06%) Puppet
4 33 (2.81%) QRadar
5 17 (1.45%) Ansible
6 16 (1.36%) WSUS
7 14 (1.19%) logstash
8 12 (1.02%) CSIRT
8 12 (1.02%) EnCase
8 12 (1.02%) OpenVAS
9 11 (0.94%) Nagios
10 10 (0.85%) FTK
10 10 (0.85%) HAProxy
10 10 (0.85%) Terraform
11 9 (0.77%) FortiGate
11 9 (0.77%) RSA enVision
12 8 (0.68%) Kibana
13 7 (0.60%) McAfee ePO
13 7 (0.60%) Opscode Chef
13 7 (0.60%) SCCM
Vendors
1 93 (7.91%) Cisco
2 84 (7.14%) Microsoft
3 68 (5.78%) VMware
4 64 (5.44%) CheckPoint
5 54 (4.59%) Qualys
6 52 (4.42%) Palo Alto
7 49 (4.17%) Oracle
8 44 (3.74%) ArcSight
8 44 (3.74%) Splunk
9 42 (3.57%) Juniper
10 34 (2.89%) IBM
11 31 (2.64%) Apple
12 24 (2.04%) F5
13 23 (1.96%) Intel Security
14 21 (1.79%) LogRhythm
15 20 (1.70%) HP
15 20 (1.70%) Salesforce.com
16 19 (1.62%) Sophos
17 16 (1.36%) Blue Coat
17 16 (1.36%) SAP
London
Sopra Steria Recruitment
Salary: From £30,000 to £75,000 per annum
Posted: 10 hours ago
London
Cloud Computing International
Salary: £45000 - £70000 per annum
Posted: 9 hours ago
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Sopra Steria Recruitment
Salary: From £30,000 to £35,000 per annum £70K OTE + car allowance + benefits
Posted: 10 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Sopra Steria Recruitment
Salary: From £45,000 to £55,000 per annum £100K+ OTE + car allowance + benefit
Posted: 10 hours ago
London
The North Starr
Salary: £75000 - £95000 per annum + bonus, benefits
Posted: 19 hours ago
London
Sopra Steria Recruitment
Salary: From £85,000 to £100,000 per annum plus bonus
Posted: 10 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
Auburn Rose
Salary: From £20,000 to £25,000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 9 hours ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Salary: £70000 - £85000 per annum + strongpackag
Posted: 9 hours ago
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: 40,000 - 70,000 plus benefits
Posted: 17 hours ago
Guildford, Surrey
set2recruit
Salary: From £45,000 to £70,000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Hertfordshire
Oscar
Salary: £25000 - £35000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey
Informatiq Consulting
Salary: £47000 - £55000 per annum + Pension + Bupa
Posted: Yesterday
Oxfordshire
set2recruit
Salary: Up to £80,000 per annum Bonus + pension + private medical + life assur
Posted: 3 days ago
Redditch, Worcestershire
Spring Technology
Salary: £40000.00 - £45000.00 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Swindon, Wiltshire
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Salary: £70000 - £90000 per annum
Posted: 3 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
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Parker Solutions Group
Salary: £50,000 per annum plus benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
West London
Empiric.com
Posted: 5 days ago
Guildford, Surrey
set2recruit
Salary: From £50,000 to £87,000 per annum plus benefits and car allowence
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Oscar
Salary: £40000 - £60000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Oscar
Salary: £50000 - £60000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
West London
Harris Global
Salary: From £50,000 to £55,000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Oscar
Salary: £50000 - £100000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Banbury, Oxfordshire
Cornucopia IT Resourcing
Salary: From £40,000 to £45,000 per annum PLUS 20% bonus + Pension + Private H
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Arrows Group
Salary: £80000.00 per annum
Posted: 19 hours ago
North West London
Franklin Fitch Limited
Salary: From £70,000 to £90,000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Salary: package
Posted: 4 days ago
South East
WestPoint Recruitment
Salary: £60000 - £100000 per annum + Exclusive Benefits
Posted: 5 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Oscar
Salary: £30000 - £50000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Itecco
Salary: £45000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago