Security Testing
UK

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for Security Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Security Testing over the 6 months to 27 February 2024 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

6 months to
27 Feb 2024
Same period 2023 Same period 2022
Rank 664 464 450
Rank change year-on-year -200 -14 +104
Permanent jobs citing Security Testing 161 724 1,019
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.21% 0.65% 0.73%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.23% 0.68% 0.77%
Number of salaries quoted 141 281 365
10th Percentile £41,250 £43,750 £36,750
25th Percentile £48,750 £55,000 £46,775
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £65,000 £72,500 £60,000
Median % change year-on-year -10.34% +20.83% -
75th Percentile £82,500 £90,000 £80,000
90th Percentile £97,500 £106,250 £90,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £60,000 £57,500 £55,000
% change year-on-year +4.35% +4.55% -8.33%

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK

Security Testing is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

Permanent vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 69,675 106,100 133,005
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 88.77% 95.55% 95.14%
Number of salaries quoted 51,712 63,950 80,788
10th Percentile £29,500 £34,605 £32,949
25th Percentile £40,000 £45,750 £43,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £62,500 £60,000
Median % change year-on-year -12.00% +4.17% +9.09%
75th Percentile £75,000 £82,500 £78,750
90th Percentile £95,000 £100,000 £96,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £55,000 £51,569
% change year-on-year -9.09% +6.65% +7.66%

Security Testing
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Security Testing as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Security Testing in the UK

Security Testing
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Security Testing.

Salary trend for Security Testing in the UK

Security Testing
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Security Testing over the 6 months to 27 February 2024.

Salary histogram for Security Testing in the UK

Security Testing
Top 13 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Security Testing within the UK over the 6 months to 27 February 2024. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Jobs
England -163 152 £70,000 -6.67% 72
UK excluding London -78 82 £60,000 +4.35% 47
London -58 71 £75,000 -9.09% 23
Work from Home +32 49 £61,206 -9.32% 37
North of England +85 33 £61,206 -5.84% 17
North West +46 21 £62,500 -16.67% 16
West Midlands +42 15 £56,250 +2.27% 7
Midlands +28 15 £56,250 +7.14% 7
South East -20 14 £49,250 -10.45% 10
Yorkshire +101 12 £47,500 +14.30% 1
South West -11 11 £66,250 +38.34% 9
East of England +51 6 £72,500 -
Scotland -41 3 £65,000 +8.33% 4

Security Testing
Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same employment type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 6 (3.73%) Confluence
2 4 (2.48%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 3 (1.86%) Microsoft Exchange
Applications
1 4 (2.48%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.24%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.62%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 31 (19.25%) Azure
2 25 (15.53%) AWS
3 12 (7.45%) Microsoft 365
4 8 (4.97%) SaaS
5 5 (3.11%) Azure DevOps
5 5 (3.11%) GCP
5 5 (3.11%) IaaS
5 5 (3.11%) PaaS
6 4 (2.48%) Azure Sentinel
7 3 (1.86%) Azure Service Bus
7 3 (1.86%) Azure Synapse Analytics
7 3 (1.86%) Cloud Computing
7 3 (1.86%) Dynamics 365
7 3 (1.86%) Power Platform
7 3 (1.86%) PowerApps
8 2 (1.24%) GitHub
9 1 (0.62%) Amazon EKS
9 1 (0.62%) Entra ID
9 1 (0.62%) OpenShift
9 1 (0.62%) WhatsApp
Communications & Networking
1 41 (25.47%) Network Security
2 26 (16.15%) Firewall
3 9 (5.59%) Wireless
4 6 (3.73%) SD-WAN
4 6 (3.73%) WAN
5 5 (3.11%) HTTP
6 4 (2.48%) IPv4
7 3 (1.86%) 5G
7 3 (1.86%) TCP/IP
7 3 (1.86%) VPN
8 2 (1.24%) 3G
8 2 (1.24%) 4G
8 2 (1.24%) Diameter Protocol
8 2 (1.24%) HTTPS
8 2 (1.24%) Internet
8 2 (1.24%) Remote Desktop
8 2 (1.24%) SCTP
8 2 (1.24%) VoIP
8 2 (1.24%) WPA
9 1 (0.62%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (1.86%) Data Lake
2 2 (1.24%) PostgreSQL
2 2 (1.24%) SQL Server
3 1 (0.62%) GIS
3 1 (0.62%) MariaDB
3 1 (0.62%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 36 (22.36%) Burp Suite
2 28 (17.39%) Metasploit
3 7 (4.35%) IntelliJ
3 7 (4.35%) JUnit
3 7 (4.35%) Mockito
4 6 (3.73%) Jenkins
4 6 (3.73%) JIRA
5 3 (1.86%) Gradle
5 3 (1.86%) Selenium
6 2 (1.24%) GitLab
6 2 (1.24%) SoapUI
7 1 (0.62%) Artifactory
7 1 (0.62%) Cucumber
7 1 (0.62%) IDA Disassembler
7 1 (0.62%) SonarQube
General
1 55 (34.16%) Social Skills
2 43 (26.71%) Analytical Skills
3 21 (13.04%) Finance
4 12 (7.45%) Public Sector
5 8 (4.97%) Law
5 8 (4.97%) Legal
5 8 (4.97%) Marketing
6 6 (3.73%) Presentation Skills
6 6 (3.73%) Retail
7 5 (3.11%) Telecoms
8 4 (2.48%) Automotive
8 4 (2.48%) Inclusion and Diversity
9 2 (1.24%) Aeronautics
9 2 (1.24%) Documentation Skills
9 2 (1.24%) Manufacturing
9 2 (1.24%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.62%) Back Office
10 1 (0.62%) Electronics
10 1 (0.62%) Games
10 1 (0.62%) iGaming
Job Titles
1 55 (34.16%) Tester
2 51 (31.68%) Penetration Tester
3 28 (17.39%) Senior
4 19 (11.80%) Consultant
5 18 (11.18%) Security Consultant
6 15 (9.32%) Analyst
7 14 (8.70%) Lead
8 11 (6.83%) Security Tester
9 10 (6.21%) Architect
9 10 (6.21%) Security Manager
10 9 (5.59%) Security Analyst
10 9 (5.59%) Security Architect
10 9 (5.59%) Security Engineer
10 9 (5.59%) Security Penetration Tester
11 8 (4.97%) Information Manager
11 8 (4.97%) Information Security Manager
11 8 (4.97%) Senior Penetration Tester
11 8 (4.97%) Senior Tester
12 7 (4.35%) Cybersecurity Engineer
12 7 (4.35%) Information Security Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (2.48%) .NET
1 4 (2.48%) HTML
1 4 (2.48%) HTML5
1 4 (2.48%) WebSockets
2 3 (1.86%) REST
3 2 (1.24%) Web Services
4 1 (0.62%) .NET Core
4 1 (0.62%) EDI
4 1 (0.62%) Gherkin
4 1 (0.62%) GraphQL
4 1 (0.62%) Kafka
4 1 (0.62%) Next.js
4 1 (0.62%) Playwright
4 1 (0.62%) React
4 1 (0.62%) RESTful
4 1 (0.62%) Ruby on Rails
4 1 (0.62%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 20 (12.42%) Management Information System
2 11 (6.83%) Security Posture
3 10 (6.21%) Mobile App
4 8 (4.97%) Data Protection Act
4 8 (4.97%) Self-Motivation
5 7 (4.35%) Product Ownership
6 6 (3.73%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 5 (3.11%) Cybercrime
8 4 (2.48%) Cyber Threat
8 4 (2.48%) Enterprise Software
8 4 (2.48%) IoT
8 4 (2.48%) Operational Technology
9 3 (1.86%) Cyber Kill Chain
9 3 (1.86%) Cyberattack
9 3 (1.86%) Hybrid Cloud
9 3 (1.86%) NHS
9 3 (1.86%) Security Operations Centre
10 2 (1.24%) Embedded Systems
11 1 (0.62%) Smart Meter
11 1 (0.62%) STB
Operating Systems
1 37 (22.98%) Linux
2 28 (17.39%) Kali Linux
3 9 (5.59%) Windows
4 2 (1.24%) Mac OS X
5 1 (0.62%) Android
5 1 (0.62%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 84 (52.17%) Information Security
2 82 (50.93%) Cybersecurity
3 71 (44.10%) Application Security
3 71 (44.10%) Penetration Testing
4 52 (32.30%) Problem-Solving
5 44 (27.33%) Computer Science
6 41 (25.47%) Red Team
7 38 (23.60%) Vulnerability Scanning
8 30 (18.63%) Critical Thinking
8 30 (18.63%) Malware Analysis
8 30 (18.63%) Reverse Engineering
9 26 (16.15%) OWASP
9 26 (16.15%) Test Automation
10 21 (13.04%) Mentoring
11 20 (12.42%) Agile
12 18 (11.18%) Cloud Security
13 17 (10.56%) Incident Response
13 17 (10.56%) Vulnerability Management
14 16 (9.94%) Vulnerability Assessment
15 15 (9.32%) Security Operations
Programming Languages
1 10 (6.21%) SQL
2 8 (4.97%) Java
3 6 (3.73%) C#
3 6 (3.73%) JavaScript
4 5 (3.11%) Python
5 2 (1.24%) Go
5 2 (1.24%) Ruby
6 1 (0.62%) Bash
6 1 (0.62%) Bicep
6 1 (0.62%) Kotlin
6 1 (0.62%) Perl
6 1 (0.62%) PHP
6 1 (0.62%) Shell Script
6 1 (0.62%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 47 (29.19%) Degree
2 38 (23.60%) Computer Science Degree
3 25 (15.53%) CISSP
3 25 (15.53%) CREST Certified
4 19 (11.80%) Security Cleared
5 16 (9.94%) OSCP
6 14 (8.70%) CHECK Team Member
7 13 (8.07%) SC Cleared
8 12 (7.45%) CHECK Team Leader
9 11 (6.83%) Cyber Scheme
10 10 (6.21%) CISM
11 9 (5.59%) CISMP
12 7 (4.35%) (ISC)2 CCSP
12 7 (4.35%) CCSP
12 7 (4.35%) Cisco Certification
13 6 (3.73%) AWS Certification
13 6 (3.73%) CCSK
13 6 (3.73%) CEH
13 6 (3.73%) PCI QSA
13 6 (3.73%) Tigerscheme
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (16.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 27 (16.77%) NIST
2 17 (10.56%) GDPR
3 14 (8.70%) GRC
4 12 (7.45%) QA
5 11 (6.83%) PCI DSS
6 9 (5.59%) Cyber Essentials
6 9 (5.59%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 6 (3.73%) Actionable Recommendations
7 6 (3.73%) COBIT
7 6 (3.73%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 5 (3.11%) Accessibility
8 5 (3.11%) SOC 2
9 3 (1.86%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 1 (0.62%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 1 (0.62%) HIPAA
10 1 (0.62%) NCSC
10 1 (0.62%) NIST 800
10 1 (0.62%) Software Quality Assurance
10 1 (0.62%) WCAG
System Software
1 15 (9.32%) Docker
2 7 (4.35%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.62%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 14 (8.70%) Kubernetes
2 6 (3.73%) Single Sign-On
3 4 (2.48%) Ansible
4 3 (1.86%) HP Fortify
4 3 (1.86%) Terraform
5 2 (1.24%) Progress Chef
5 2 (1.24%) Puppet
6 1 (0.62%) Core Impact
6 1 (0.62%) Grafana
6 1 (0.62%) Istio
6 1 (0.62%) linkerd
6 1 (0.62%) Nessus
6 1 (0.62%) Nmap
6 1 (0.62%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 24 (14.91%) Microsoft
2 4 (2.48%) Adobe
2 4 (2.48%) MuleSoft
2 4 (2.48%) Salesforce
2 4 (2.48%) Splunk
2 4 (2.48%) Veracode
3 3 (1.86%) Checkmarx
3 3 (1.86%) ServiceNow
4 2 (1.24%) Barracuda Networks
4 2 (1.24%) Meraki
4 2 (1.24%) Red Hat
4 2 (1.24%) VMware
5 1 (0.62%) CyberArk
5 1 (0.62%) Hitachi
5 1 (0.62%) SAP
5 1 (0.62%) SonicWALL