The median annual salary for a Security Tester was £37,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 29 June 2017.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Security Tester
UK
3 months to
29 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 867 876 962
Rank change year-on-year +9 +86  
Permanent jobs requiring a Security Tester 22 64 20
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.025% 0.065% 0.018%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.026% 0.068% 0.019%
Number of salaries quoted 25 40 19
Median salary £37,500 £47,750 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -21.46% +12.35%  
90% offered a salary of more than £30,000 £29,750 £22,000
10% offered a salary of more than £48,000 £86,375 £58,750
UK excluding London median salary £37,500 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year -11.76% -  

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 85307 94661 107304
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 95.92% 96.51% 96.56%
Number of salaries quoted 283995 351566 402215
Median salary £47,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -1.05% +5.55%  
90% offered a salary of more than £26,250 £26,250 £25,500
10% offered a salary of more than £76,250 £72,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £40,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +4.93% +1.25%  

Security Tester
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Security Tester in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Security Tester in the UK

Security Tester
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for Security Tester in the UK

Security Tester
Salary Histogram

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

Salary histogram for Security Tester in the UK

Security Tester
Top 8 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Security Tester 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
UK excluding London 0 20 £37,500 -11.76% 3
England +6 14 £35,000 -22.22% 5
Scotland - 8 £37,500 -
South East +27 5 £30,000 -29.41% 3
Midlands +14 5 £30,000 -55.55%
South West 0 3 £30,000 -25.00%
London +13 2 £35,000 -51.72% 2
North of England -15 1 £62,500 -7.40%

Security Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 June 2017, Security 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 Security Tester in the job title.

1 34 (75.56%) Penetration Testing
2 28 (62.22%) Windows
3 26 (57.78%) Security Testing
4 23 (51.11%) CREST Certified
5 20 (44.44%) TCP/IP
5 20 (44.44%) C++
6 19 (42.22%) C
6 19 (42.22%) Java
7 18 (40.00%) Solaris
8 17 (37.78%) Python
8 17 (37.78%) Ruby
9 16 (35.56%) VB
9 16 (35.56%) Red Hat
10 13 (28.89%) Ethical Hacking
11 11 (24.44%) Information Security
12 10 (22.22%) Firewall
12 10 (22.22%) Degree
13 9 (20.00%) Wireless
14 8 (17.78%) SC Cleared
14 8 (17.78%) Security Cleared
14 8 (17.78%) OWASP
14 8 (17.78%) CHECK Team Member
15 7 (15.56%) Regulatory Compliance
15 7 (15.56%) Finance
16 6 (13.33%) QA
16 6 (13.33%) Test Automation
17 5 (11.11%) SQL
18 4 (8.89%) CISSP
18 4 (8.89%) Security Management
18 4 (8.89%) Linux

Security 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:

Application Platforms
1 2 (4.44%) SharePoint
2 1 (2.22%) Elasticsearch
Business Applications
1 2 (4.44%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (2.22%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 2 (4.44%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 20 (44.44%) TCP/IP
2 10 (22.22%) Firewall
3 9 (20.00%) Wireless
4 2 (4.44%) HTTP
4 2 (4.44%) SMTP
5 1 (2.22%) Internet
5 1 (2.22%) Network Security
5 1 (2.22%) Wireless Security
5 1 (2.22%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.22%) Neo4j
Development Applications
1 4 (8.89%) JIRA
2 3 (6.67%) Burp Suite
3 2 (4.44%) Metasploit
4 1 (2.22%) Jasmine
4 1 (2.22%) Selenium
4 1 (2.22%) WebDriver
General
1 7 (15.56%) Finance
2 2 (4.44%) Electronics
2 2 (4.44%) Manufacturing
2 2 (4.44%) Marketing
2 2 (4.44%) Pharmaceutical
2 2 (4.44%) Telecoms
3 1 (2.22%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (4.44%) .NET
1 2 (4.44%) Middleware
2 1 (2.22%) ASP.NET
2 1 (2.22%) ASP.NET Web API
2 1 (2.22%) HTML
2 1 (2.22%) HTML5
2 1 (2.22%) JSON
2 1 (2.22%) REST
2 1 (2.22%) RESTful
2 1 (2.22%) Web Services
2 1 (2.22%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (6.67%) Computer Science
2 2 (4.44%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (4.44%) Data Centre
2 2 (4.44%) iPad
2 2 (4.44%) iSeries
2 2 (4.44%) Management Information System
2 2 (4.44%) Mobile App
3 1 (2.22%) Embedded Systems
3 1 (2.22%) iPhone
3 1 (2.22%) SCADA
3 1 (2.22%) Security Operations Centre
3 1 (2.22%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 28 (62.22%) Windows
2 18 (40.00%) Solaris
3 4 (8.89%) Linux
4 2 (4.44%) Android
4 2 (4.44%) Apple iOS
4 2 (4.44%) Unix
5 1 (2.22%) KNOPPIX
5 1 (2.22%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (75.56%) Penetration Testing
2 26 (57.78%) Security Testing
3 13 (28.89%) Ethical Hacking
4 11 (24.44%) Information Security
5 8 (17.78%) OWASP
6 7 (15.56%) Regulatory Compliance
7 6 (13.33%) Test Automation
8 4 (8.89%) Cybersecurity
8 4 (8.89%) Security Management
9 3 (6.67%) Mathematics
9 3 (6.67%) Project Management
9 3 (6.67%) Security Architecture
9 3 (6.67%) SIEM
9 3 (6.67%) Social Engineering
9 3 (6.67%) Software Testing
9 3 (6.67%) Test Scripting
9 3 (6.67%) Vulnerability Assessment
10 2 (4.44%) Agile Software Development
10 2 (4.44%) Content Management
10 2 (4.44%) Cryptography
Programming Languages
1 20 (44.44%) C++
2 19 (42.22%) C
2 19 (42.22%) Java
3 17 (37.78%) Python
3 17 (37.78%) Ruby
4 16 (35.56%) VB
5 5 (11.11%) SQL
6 3 (6.67%) C#
7 2 (4.44%) JavaScript
8 1 (2.22%) Perl
8 1 (2.22%) PHP
8 1 (2.22%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 23 (51.11%) CREST Certified
2 10 (22.22%) Degree
3 8 (17.78%) CHECK Team Member
3 8 (17.78%) SC Cleared
3 8 (17.78%) Security Cleared
4 4 (8.89%) CHECK Team Leader
4 4 (8.89%) CISSP
4 4 (8.89%) OSCP
5 3 (6.67%) CEH
5 3 (6.67%) CISM
5 3 (6.67%) OSCE
6 2 (4.44%) GIAC
6 2 (4.44%) GPEN
7 1 (2.22%) CCNA
7 1 (2.22%) CISA
7 1 (2.22%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (2.22%) ISEB
7 1 (2.22%) ISTQB
7 1 (2.22%) SANS
7 1 (2.22%) Tigerscheme
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (13.33%) QA
2 2 (4.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (4.44%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 2 (4.44%) Active Directory
1 2 (4.44%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 2 (4.44%) Nessus
2 1 (2.22%) Core Impact
2 1 (2.22%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (2.22%) Nagios
2 1 (2.22%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 16 (35.56%) Red Hat
2 2 (4.44%) SAP
2 2 (4.44%) VMware
3 1 (2.22%) AppDynamics
3 1 (2.22%) Microsoft
3 1 (2.22%) New Relic
3 1 (2.22%) Oracle
3 1 (2.22%) Splunk
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