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

Penetration Testing
UK
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 435 425 557
Rank change year-on-year -10 +132  
Permanent jobs citing Penetration Testing 506 733 480
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 405 594 367
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 75940 92082 94020
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 89.12% 88.56% 87.01%
Number of salaries quoted 62461 76226 76084
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 28 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 28 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 -16 477 £58,750 +2.17% 83
London +7 266 £63,750 -1.92% 29
South East -8 86 £53,750 +2.38% 18
West Midlands +33 32 £44,000 -22.80% 7
Oxfordshire +6 29 £62,500 +4.16% 5
South West -5 29 £51,250 -2.38% 7
Yorkshire +39 25 £40,000 +23.07% 8
City of London +19 24 £42,500 -32.00% 7
North West -43 23 £60,000 +9.09% 7
West Yorkshire +33 20 £40,000 +23.07% 8
Berkshire +45 18 £52,500 +5.00% 1
Scotland +37 18 £37,500 -25.00% 2
Gloucestershire -8 18 £47,500 -13.63% 3
Leeds +26 17 £40,000 +23.07% 7
Edinburgh +23 17 £37,500 -25.00% 1
East of England +9 15 £60,000 +39.53% 3
Hampshire +12 14 £57,500 +46.99% 2
Manchester -46 13 £60,000 - 5
Banbury +18 12 £50,000 - 2
Birmingham +12 12 £48,750 -15.21% 3
Reading +38 11 £50,000 -37.50% 1
Buckinghamshire +22 10 £33,000 - 1
Surrey +5 9 £45,000 -18.18% 8
Canary Wharf - 9 £58,750 -
Warwickshire +33 8 £46,250 -13.95%
Staines - 8 £45,000 - 2
Leamington Spa - 8 £46,250 -
Marlow - 8 £33,000 - 1
Coventry +22 7 £42,000 -32.80% 2
Hertfordshire +21 6 £63,750 +50.00% 1

For the 6 months to 28 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 (47.61%) Information Security
2 449 (38.25%) Cybersecurity
3 371 (31.60%) CISSP
4 368 (31.35%) Firewall
5 291 (24.79%) Windows
6 278 (23.68%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 253 (21.55%) SIEM
8 247 (21.04%) CISM
9 217 (18.48%) Finance
10 216 (18.40%) Security Cleared
11 211 (17.97%) Degree
12 201 (17.12%) Vulnerability Scanning
13 189 (16.10%) Linux
14 187 (15.93%) PCI DSS
15 186 (15.84%) Network Security
16 183 (15.59%) Java
17 177 (15.08%) Risk Management
17 177 (15.08%) Vulnerability Management
18 173 (14.74%) Ethical Hacking
19 172 (14.65%) CEH
20 169 (14.40%) CISA
20 169 (14.40%) CREST Certified
21 155 (13.20%) Management Information System
22 147 (12.52%) C
23 145 (12.35%) Python
23 145 (12.35%) Vulnerability Assessment
24 144 (12.27%) Agile Software Development
25 129 (10.99%) ITIL
26 121 (10.31%) Security Testing
27 119 (10.14%) 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 17 (1.45%) 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 45 (3.83%) Amazon AWS
2 38 (3.24%) SaaS
3 23 (1.96%) PaaS
4 22 (1.87%) Office 365
5 21 (1.79%) Microsoft Azure
6 20 (1.70%) AWS CloudFormation
7 14 (1.19%) IaaS
8 12 (1.02%) Amazon S3
9 11 (0.94%) Amazon ELB
10 10 (0.85%) Route 53
11 9 (0.77%) GitHub
12 8 (0.68%) AWS Lambda
13 7 (0.60%) IBM Cloud
14 6 (0.51%) Sumo Logic
15 5 (0.43%) Cloud Computing
16 4 (0.34%) Datadog
17 2 (0.17%) Amazon CloudWatch
17 2 (0.17%) AWS CloudTrail
17 2 (0.17%) Google Cloud Platform
17 2 (0.17%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 368 (31.35%) Firewall
2 186 (15.84%) Network Security
3 109 (9.28%) TCP/IP
4 55 (4.68%) VPN
5 48 (4.09%) HTTP
6 45 (3.83%) Wireless
7 39 (3.32%) LAN
8 37 (3.15%) Intrusion Detection
8 37 (3.15%) WAN
9 35 (2.98%) MPLS
10 34 (2.90%) Internet
11 32 (2.73%) DNS
12 31 (2.64%) SSL
13 30 (2.56%) 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 36 (3.07%) SQL Server
2 34 (2.90%) 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%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 38 (3.24%) Selenium
2 33 (2.81%) Burp Suite
3 30 (2.56%) Metasploit
4 28 (2.39%) Jenkins
5 20 (1.70%) JIRA
6 16 (1.36%) Cucumber
7 15 (1.28%) JUnit
8 14 (1.19%) AppScan
8 14 (1.19%) Git (software)
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 (18.48%) Finance
2 78 (6.64%) Telecoms
3 39 (3.32%) Retail
4 37 (3.15%) Legal
5 36 (3.07%) Banking
6 23 (1.96%) Military
7 22 (1.87%) Games
8 20 (1.70%) Marketing
9 16 (1.36%) Publishing
10 15 (1.28%) Electronics
11 11 (0.94%) Local Government
12 9 (0.77%) Law
13 8 (0.68%) Financial Institution
14 6 (0.51%) Advertising
14 6 (0.51%) Manufacturing
15 4 (0.34%) Back Office
16 3 (0.26%) Automotive
16 3 (0.26%) Investment Banking
17 2 (0.17%) Corporate Banking
17 2 (0.17%) International Banking
Job Titles
1 255 (21.72%) Analyst
2 209 (17.80%) Security Analyst
3 169 (14.40%) Tester
4 150 (12.78%) Consultant
5 136 (11.58%) Penetration Tester
6 120 (10.22%) Security Manager
7 104 (8.86%) Security Consultant
8 82 (6.98%) Security Engineer
9 65 (5.54%) Security Specialist
10 62 (5.28%) Cybersecurity Analyst
11 57 (4.86%) IT Analyst
12 55 (4.68%) Information Analyst
12 55 (4.68%) Information Security Analyst
13 53 (4.51%) Developer
14 48 (4.09%) Architect
15 47 (4.00%) IT Security Analyst
15 47 (4.00%) Network Engineer
16 41 (3.49%) Security Architect
16 41 (3.49%) Security Tester
17 37 (3.15%) Information Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 49 (4.17%) HTML
1 49 (4.17%) Web Services
2 48 (4.09%) .NET
3 28 (2.39%) Node.js
4 23 (1.96%) SAML
5 19 (1.62%) REST
6 16 (1.36%) ASP.NET
7 15 (1.28%) SOAP
8 14 (1.19%) 802.1X
8 14 (1.19%) Django
8 14 (1.19%) Middleware
8 14 (1.19%) Regular Expression
9 13 (1.11%) Ruby on Rails
10 12 (1.02%) .NET Framework
10 12 (1.02%) Elastic Stack
10 12 (1.02%) Java EE
10 12 (1.02%) LAMP
10 12 (1.02%) OpenID
10 12 (1.02%) STL
11 11 (0.94%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 155 (13.20%) Management Information System
2 83 (7.07%) Computer Science
3 70 (5.96%) Data Centre
4 64 (5.45%) Data Protection Act
5 45 (3.83%) Mobile App
6 36 (3.07%) Analytical Skills
6 36 (3.07%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 36 (3.07%) Security Operations Centre
7 30 (2.56%) CESG
8 29 (2.47%) Enterprise Software
9 23 (1.96%) Cyber Defence
9 23 (1.96%) PKI
10 22 (1.87%) Cyberthreat
11 16 (1.36%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
11 16 (1.36%) Fintech
12 15 (1.28%) Driving Licence
13 13 (1.11%) Algorithms
13 13 (1.11%) Client/Server
13 13 (1.11%) Cyber Attack
14 11 (0.94%) Embedded Systems
Operating Systems
1 291 (24.79%) Windows
2 189 (16.10%) Linux
3 92 (7.84%) Unix
4 87 (7.41%) Windows Server
5 63 (5.37%) Apple iOS
6 51 (4.34%) Windows Server 2008
6 51 (4.34%) Windows Server 2012
7 42 (3.58%) Android
8 40 (3.41%) 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%) Ubuntu
13 6 (0.51%) Windows 2000
14 4 (0.34%) AIX
14 4 (0.34%) CentOS
14 4 (0.34%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 4 (0.34%) Windows 7
15 2 (0.17%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 559 (47.61%) Information Security
2 449 (38.25%) Cybersecurity
3 253 (21.55%) SIEM
4 201 (17.12%) Vulnerability Scanning
5 177 (15.08%) Risk Management
5 177 (15.08%) Vulnerability Management
6 173 (14.74%) Ethical Hacking
7 145 (12.35%) Vulnerability Assessment
8 144 (12.27%) Agile Software Development
9 129 (10.99%) ITIL
10 121 (10.31%) Security Testing
11 119 (10.14%) Security Operations
12 115 (9.80%) Data Protection
13 104 (8.86%) Security Architecture
14 93 (7.92%) Security Management
15 86 (7.33%) OWASP
16 80 (6.81%) Reverse Engineering
17 75 (6.39%) Incident Management
18 74 (6.30%) Information Assurance
19 68 (5.79%) Risk Assessment
Programming Languages
1 183 (15.59%) Java
2 147 (12.52%) C
3 145 (12.35%) Python
4 116 (9.88%) C++
5 95 (8.09%) C#
6 86 (7.33%) SQL
7 82 (6.98%) Ruby
8 71 (6.05%) JavaScript
9 60 (5.11%) Bash Shell
10 59 (5.03%) PowerShell
11 52 (4.43%) Perl
12 47 (4.00%) PHP
13 21 (1.79%) Go
14 17 (1.45%) VB
15 15 (1.28%) Objective-C
16 10 (0.85%) Scala
16 10 (0.85%) VB.NET
17 9 (0.77%) Groovy
18 4 (0.34%) T-SQL
18 4 (0.34%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 371 (31.60%) CISSP
2 247 (21.04%) CISM
3 216 (18.40%) Security Cleared
4 211 (17.97%) Degree
5 172 (14.65%) CEH
6 169 (14.40%) CISA
6 169 (14.40%) CREST Certified
7 105 (8.94%) GIAC
8 90 (7.67%) DV Cleared
9 79 (6.73%) CHECK Team Leader
9 79 (6.73%) SC Cleared
10 75 (6.39%) OSCP
11 71 (6.05%) SANS
12 68 (5.79%) GPEN
13 67 (5.71%) Cisco Certification
14 57 (4.86%) CHECK Team Member
15 56 (4.77%) GCIH
16 48 (4.09%) CompTIA Security+
16 48 (4.09%) Security+ Certification
17 43 (3.66%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 278 (23.68%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 187 (15.93%) PCI DSS
3 43 (3.66%) GPG13
4 39 (3.32%) COBIT
5 38 (3.24%) Cyber Essentials
5 38 (3.24%) QA
6 33 (2.81%) SLA
7 20 (1.70%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 18 (1.53%) RMADS
9 14 (1.19%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 14 (1.19%) GDPR
10 12 (1.02%) HIPAA
10 12 (1.02%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 10 (0.85%) 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
1 102 (8.69%) Active Directory
2 50 (4.26%) VMware Infrastructure
3 28 (2.39%) 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%) iptables
9 1 (0.085%) KVM
9 1 (0.085%) LXC
9 1 (0.085%) vCloud
9 1 (0.085%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.085%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 84 (7.16%) Nessus
2 39 (3.32%) Nmap
3 36 (3.07%) Puppet
4 33 (2.81%) QRadar
5 17 (1.45%) Ansible
6 16 (1.36%) WSUS
7 14 (1.19%) EnCase
7 14 (1.19%) logstash
8 12 (1.02%) CSIRT
8 12 (1.02%) OpenVAS
9 11 (0.94%) FTK
9 11 (0.94%) Nagios
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 (7.92%) Cisco
2 82 (6.98%) Microsoft
3 68 (5.79%) VMware
4 64 (5.45%) CheckPoint
5 54 (4.60%) Qualys
6 52 (4.43%) Palo Alto
7 49 (4.17%) Oracle
8 44 (3.75%) ArcSight
8 44 (3.75%) Splunk
9 42 (3.58%) Juniper
10 34 (2.90%) IBM
11 30 (2.56%) 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
KnownFour
Salary: £45000 - £60000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 11 hours ago
Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire
Uniting Ambition
Salary: £25k - 65k per year + Benefits
Posted: 11 hours ago
Central London / West End
Harris Global
Salary: Up to £45,000 per annum + excellent benefits package!
Posted: 12 hours ago
London
Sopra Steria Recruitment
Salary: From £30,000 to £75,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Stott & May
Salary: £90000 - £105000 per annum + bonus + benefits
Posted: 6 hours ago
London
Cloud Computing International
Salary: £45000 - £70000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Sopra Steria Recruitment
Salary: From £30,000 to £35,000 per annum £70K OTE + car allowance + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Sopra Steria Recruitment
Salary: From £45,000 to £55,000 per annum £100K+ OTE + car allowance + benefit
Posted: Yesterday
Portsmouth, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Salary: £40000 - £50000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 11 hours ago
London
The North Starr
Salary: £75000 - £95000 per annum + bonus, benefits
Posted: Yesterday
London
Sopra Steria Recruitment
Salary: From £85,000 to £100,000 per annum plus bonus
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol, Avon
Auburn Rose
Salary: From £20,000 to £25,000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Batley, West Yorkshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £35000 - £50000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 hours ago
Woking, Surrey
Informatiq Consulting
Posted: 11 hours ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Salary: £70000 - £85000 per annum + strongpackag
Posted: Yesterday
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: 40,000 - 70,000 plus benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Guildford, Surrey
set2recruit
Salary: From £45,000 to £70,000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Hertfordshire
Oscar
Salary: £25000 - £35000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey
Informatiq Consulting
Salary: £47000 - £55000 per annum + Pension + Bupa
Posted: 2 days ago
Oxfordshire
set2recruit
Salary: Up to £80,000 per annum Bonus + pension + private medical + life assur
Posted: 4 days ago
Redditch, Worcestershire
Spring Technology
Salary: £40000.00 - £45000.00 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Swindon, Wiltshire
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Salary: £70000 - £90000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Maurice Nash
Salary: From £50,000 to £50,000 per annum c£50k + Bonus + Benefits Package
Posted: 4 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Parker Solutions Group
Salary: £50,000 per annum plus benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
West London
Empiric.com
Posted: 6 days ago
Guildford, Surrey
set2recruit
Salary: From £50,000 to £87,000 per annum plus benefits and car allowence
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Oscar
Salary: £40000 - £60000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Oscar
Salary: £50000 - £60000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
West London
Harris Global
Salary: From £50,000 to £55,000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Oscar
Salary: £50000 - £100000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago