The median annual salary for a Senior Penetration Tester was £75,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 27 March 2017.

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

3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Senior Penetration Tester
UK
Rank 846 925 944
Rank change year-on-year +79 +19  
Permanent jobs requiring a Senior Penetration Tester 18 24 7
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.021% 0.023% 0.006%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.022% 0.024% 0.007%
Number of salaries quoted 11 12 6
Median salary £75,000 £67,500 £66,250
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.11% +1.88%  
90% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £57,750 £50,000
10% offered a salary of more than £85,000 £80,000 £92,500
UK excluding London median salary £65,000 £62,500 £51,250
% change year-on-year +4.00% +21.95%  

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 81427 99650 104367
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 96.26% 96.36% 96.63%
Number of salaries quoted 67614 83405 85224
Median salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £72,500 £70,000 £70,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,000 £41,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +1.20% +3.75%  

Senior Penetration Tester
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Senior Penetration Tester in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Senior Penetration Tester in the UK

Senior Penetration Tester
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for Senior Penetration Tester in the UK

Senior Penetration Tester
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Senior Penetration Tester over the 3 months to 27 March 2017.

Salary histogram for Senior Penetration Tester in the UK

Senior Penetration 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 Senior Penetration Tester 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 +95 18 £75,000 +11.11% 3
South East - 9 £60,000 - 2
London +75 8 £85,000 +21.42%
Reading - 5 £75,000 -
Berkshire - 5 £75,000 -
Oxfordshire - 3 £60,000 -
Milton Keynes - 1 £47,500 -
Buckinghamshire - 1 £47,500 -

Senior Penetration Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 March 2017, Senior Penetration 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 Senior Penetration Tester in the job title.

1 26 (89.66%) Penetration Testing
2 18 (62.07%) Security Cleared
3 11 (37.93%) CHECK Team Leader
3 11 (37.93%) CREST Certified
4 10 (34.48%) C++
4 10 (34.48%) Java
4 10 (34.48%) C
5 9 (31.03%) Windows
5 9 (31.03%) Python
5 9 (31.03%) Security Testing
5 9 (31.03%) OSCP
5 9 (31.03%) Nessus
5 9 (31.03%) Ethical Hacking
6 8 (27.59%) Vulnerability Assessment
6 8 (27.59%) Nmap
6 8 (27.59%) GPEN
6 8 (27.59%) Linux
6 8 (27.59%) Information Security
6 8 (27.59%) Telecoms
6 8 (27.59%) Finance
6 8 (27.59%) GIAC
6 8 (27.59%) Source Code Analysis
7 6 (20.69%) Mobile App
7 6 (20.69%) SC Cleared
8 5 (17.24%) Wireless Security
8 5 (17.24%) OWASP
8 5 (17.24%) Coverity
8 5 (17.24%) Bash Shell
8 5 (17.24%) Business Development
8 5 (17.24%) Qualys

Senior Penetration Tester Skill Set
Top Related 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:

Communications & Networking
1 5 (17.24%) Wireless
1 5 (17.24%) Wireless Security
2 3 (10.34%) Broadband
2 3 (10.34%) LTE
3 1 (3.45%) TCP/IP
Development Applications
1 3 (10.34%) JMeter
1 3 (10.34%) LoadRunner
1 3 (10.34%) Metasploit
General
1 8 (27.59%) Finance
1 8 (27.59%) Telecoms
2 2 (6.90%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (3.45%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 6 (20.69%) Mobile App
2 5 (17.24%) Cyberthreat
2 5 (17.24%) Embedded Systems
3 4 (13.79%) SCADA
4 2 (6.90%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 9 (31.03%) Windows
2 8 (27.59%) Linux
3 5 (17.24%) Kali Linux
4 3 (10.34%) VxWorks
5 1 (3.45%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (89.66%) Penetration Testing
2 9 (31.03%) Ethical Hacking
2 9 (31.03%) Security Testing
3 8 (27.59%) Information Security
3 8 (27.59%) Source Code Analysis
3 8 (27.59%) Vulnerability Assessment
4 5 (17.24%) Business Development
4 5 (17.24%) Cybersecurity
4 5 (17.24%) OWASP
4 5 (17.24%) Presales
4 5 (17.24%) Social Engineering
5 4 (13.79%) Mentoring
5 4 (13.79%) Risk Management
6 3 (10.34%) Automated Testing
6 3 (10.34%) Open Source
6 3 (10.34%) Performance Testing
6 3 (10.34%) Software Testing
6 3 (10.34%) Static Code Analysis
6 3 (10.34%) Test Automation
7 2 (6.90%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 10 (34.48%) C
1 10 (34.48%) C++
1 10 (34.48%) Java
2 9 (31.03%) Python
3 5 (17.24%) Bash Shell
3 5 (17.24%) Perl
4 1 (3.45%) C#
4 1 (3.45%) PHP
4 1 (3.45%) Ruby
4 1 (3.45%) VB
4 1 (3.45%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 18 (62.07%) Security Cleared
2 11 (37.93%) CHECK Team Leader
2 11 (37.93%) CREST Certified
3 9 (31.03%) OSCP
4 8 (27.59%) GIAC
4 8 (27.59%) GPEN
5 6 (20.69%) SC Cleared
6 5 (17.24%) CEH
6 5 (17.24%) Tigerscheme
7 4 (13.79%) Degree
8 3 (10.34%) DV Cleared
8 3 (10.34%) ISEB
8 3 (10.34%) ISTQB
8 3 (10.34%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 2 (6.90%) CISSP
10 1 (3.45%) CHECK Team Member
10 1 (3.45%) SANS
Systems Management
1 9 (31.03%) Nessus
2 8 (27.59%) Nmap
3 5 (17.24%) OpenVAS
Vendors
1 5 (17.24%) Coverity
1 5 (17.24%) Qualys
2 1 (3.45%) Red Hat
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