Period
to 18 November 2017

The median annual salary for a Senior Penetration Tester was £87,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 November 2017.

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

Senior Penetration Tester
UK
6 months to
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 1103 1183 1280
Rank change year-on-year +80 +97 -2
Permanent jobs requiring a Senior Penetration Tester 74 39 34
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.041% 0.021% 0.016%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.043% 0.021% 0.016%
Number of salaries quoted 67 31 23
UK median annual salary £87,500 £85,000 £67,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.94% +25.93% +3.85%
10th Percentile £62,500 £62,500 £42,000
90th Percentile £96,250 £110,000 £90,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £70,000 £100,000 £65,000
% change year-on-year -30.00% +53.85% -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
UK
Permanent vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 171362 183209 211285
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.77% 96.48% 96.46%
Number of salaries quoted 137432 153366 175465
UK median annual salary £48,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +1.05% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £78,750 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,500
% change year-on-year - +4.94% +1.25%

Senior Penetration Tester
Job Vacancy Trend

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

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 6 months to 18 November 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 6 months to 18 November 2017. 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
Job
Vacancies
England +55 68 £87,500 +2.94% 3
London +40 50 £87,500 +25.00% 2
UK excluding London +46 13 £70,000 -30.00% 1
Yorkshire +33 5 £47,500 -
North of England +7 5 £47,500 -
Midlands +29 4 - -
West Midlands +19 4 - -
South East +17 4 £80,000 -20.00% 1

Senior Penetration Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 November 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 67 (90.54%) Penetration Testing
2 34 (45.95%) Information Security
3 32 (43.24%) CREST Certified
4 26 (35.14%) CHECK Team Leader
5 25 (33.78%) Security Cleared
6 20 (27.03%) Unix
6 20 (27.03%) Windows
6 20 (27.03%) Linux
6 20 (27.03%) Mentoring
7 18 (24.32%) Cybersecurity
7 18 (24.32%) Wireless
8 14 (18.92%) Apple iOS
8 14 (18.92%) Android
9 13 (17.57%) SCADA
10 11 (14.86%) Finance
10 11 (14.86%) Cyber Scheme
10 11 (14.86%) Tigerscheme
10 11 (14.86%) Social Engineering
11 10 (13.51%) CHECK Team Member
11 10 (13.51%) Python
11 10 (13.51%) Java
11 10 (13.51%) C
12 9 (12.16%) OSCP
13 8 (10.81%) Reverse Engineering
14 7 (9.46%) OWASP
14 7 (9.46%) Banking
14 7 (9.46%) Ethical Hacking
14 7 (9.46%) Mainframe
14 7 (9.46%) Firewall
15 6 (8.11%) Quality Management

Senior Penetration 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 4 (5.41%) OpenStack
Cloud Services
1 4 (5.41%) Amazon AWS
1 4 (5.41%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 18 (24.32%) Wireless
2 7 (9.46%) Firewall
3 4 (5.41%) 802.11
3 4 (5.41%) HTTP
3 4 (5.41%) SNMP
3 4 (5.41%) VPN
4 1 (1.35%) Internet
4 1 (1.35%) Network Security
4 1 (1.35%) VoIP
4 1 (1.35%) Wireless Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (4.05%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (1.35%) AppScan
1 1 (1.35%) Metasploit
1 1 (1.35%) Paros
General
1 11 (14.86%) Finance
2 7 (9.46%) Banking
3 6 (8.11%) Legal
4 5 (6.76%) Retail
5 1 (1.35%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (5.41%) 802.1X
2 3 (4.05%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 13 (17.57%) SCADA
2 7 (9.46%) Mainframe
3 1 (1.35%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (1.35%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 20 (27.03%) Linux
1 20 (27.03%) Unix
1 20 (27.03%) Windows
2 14 (18.92%) Android
2 14 (18.92%) Apple iOS
3 1 (1.35%) Kali Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 67 (90.54%) Penetration Testing
2 34 (45.95%) Information Security
3 20 (27.03%) Mentoring
4 18 (24.32%) Cybersecurity
5 11 (14.86%) Social Engineering
6 8 (10.81%) Reverse Engineering
7 7 (9.46%) Ethical Hacking
7 7 (9.46%) OWASP
8 6 (8.11%) QMS
8 6 (8.11%) Quality Management
8 6 (8.11%) Stakeholder Management
8 6 (8.11%) Vulnerability Management
9 5 (6.76%) Security Architecture
10 4 (5.41%) Open Source
10 4 (5.41%) Patch Management
10 4 (5.41%) Security Testing
11 3 (4.05%) Manual Testing
11 3 (4.05%) Security Auditing
11 3 (4.05%) Test Automation
12 1 (1.35%) Vulnerability Assessment
Programming Languages
1 10 (13.51%) C
1 10 (13.51%) Java
1 10 (13.51%) Python
2 6 (8.11%) C++
2 6 (8.11%) Shell Script
3 4 (5.41%) Bash Shell
3 4 (5.41%) C#
3 4 (5.41%) Lua
3 4 (5.41%) PowerShell
3 4 (5.41%) Ruby
3 4 (5.41%) SQL
Qualifications
1 32 (43.24%) CREST Certified
2 26 (35.14%) CHECK Team Leader
3 25 (33.78%) Security Cleared
4 11 (14.86%) Cyber Scheme
4 11 (14.86%) Tigerscheme
5 10 (13.51%) CHECK Team Member
6 9 (12.16%) OSCP
7 6 (8.11%) SANS
8 4 (5.41%) CEH
9 3 (4.05%) Degree
9 3 (4.05%) Master's Degree
10 1 (1.35%) CISA
10 1 (1.35%) CISM
10 1 (1.35%) CISMP
10 1 (1.35%) CISSP
10 1 (1.35%) GCIH
10 1 (1.35%) GPEN
10 1 (1.35%) GWAPT
10 1 (1.35%) OSCE
10 1 (1.35%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.35%) PCI DSS
Systems Management
1 1 (1.35%) HP Fortify
1 1 (1.35%) Nessus
1 1 (1.35%) Nmap
1 1 (1.35%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 3 (4.05%) Microsoft