Period
to 22 October 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 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 6 months to 22 October 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Penetration Testing
England > West Midlands
6 months to
22 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 152 256 247
Rank change year-on-year +104 -9 +2
Permanent jobs citing Penetration Testing 116 48 87
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.60% 0.56% 0.88%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.73% 0.61% 0.96%
Number of salaries quoted 67 33 72
West Midlands median annual salary £60,000 £42,000 £46,250
Median salary % change year-on-year +42.86% -9.19% -2.63%
10th Percentile £41,250 £31,900 £27,500
90th Percentile £80,000 £59,750 £69,625
England median annual salary £60,000 £60,000 £55,000
% change year-on-year - +9.09% -4.35%

Penetration 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 advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
West Midlands
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 6,724 7,890 9,102
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 92.55% 91.25% 91.98%
Number of salaries quoted 5,393 6,033 7,439
West Midlands median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +12.50% -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,000 £25,500
90th Percentile £71,136 £67,500 £63,750
England median annual salary £52,500 £52,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year - +5.00% -

Penetration Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing Penetration Testing as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for Penetration Testing in the West Midlands

Penetration Testing
Salary Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Penetration Testing in the West Midlands.

Salary trend for Penetration Testing in the West Midlands

Penetration Testing
Salary Histogram in the West Midlands

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Penetration Testing in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 22 October 2019.

Salary histogram for Penetration Testing in the West Midlands

Penetration Testing
Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Penetration Testing within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 22 October 2019. 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
Coventry +39 39 £45,000 +12.50% 3
Warwickshire +12 28 £60,000 +65.52% 2
Worcestershire +8 17 £42,500 - 1
Birmingham +42 16 £73,750 +75.60% 3
Solihull -3 2 - - 2
Wolverhampton - 1 £51,000 -
Penetration Testing
England

For the 6 months to 22 October 2019, IT jobs citing Penetration Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Penetration Testing.

1 57 (49.14%) Information Security
2 46 (39.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 46 (39.66%) CISSP
3 40 (34.48%) CISM
4 29 (25.00%) Continuous Improvement
5 28 (24.14%) Cybersecurity
5 28 (24.14%) Agile Software Development
6 27 (23.28%) Degree
6 27 (23.28%) Security Cleared
7 25 (21.55%) Retail
8 24 (20.69%) PCI DSS
9 23 (19.83%) OSCP
10 21 (18.10%) Management Information System
10 21 (18.10%) Risk Management
11 19 (16.38%) ITIL
11 19 (16.38%) Linux
11 19 (16.38%) CREST Certified
12 18 (15.52%) SIEM
12 18 (15.52%) ISMS
12 18 (15.52%) Test Automation
13 16 (13.79%) SC Cleared
13 16 (13.79%) CISA
14 15 (12.93%) Tigerscheme
14 15 (12.93%) Threat Intelligence
15 14 (12.07%) Security Testing
15 14 (12.07%) OWASP
16 13 (11.21%) Data Security
16 13 (11.21%) Security Management
16 13 (11.21%) CRISC
16 13 (11.21%) Problem-Solving

Penetration Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 1 (0.86%) Apache
Applications
1 1 (0.86%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 5 (4.31%) Azure
2 3 (2.59%) AWS
3 1 (0.86%) Amazon CloudWatch
3 1 (0.86%) Amazon EC2
3 1 (0.86%) Amazon S3
3 1 (0.86%) CloudFront
3 1 (0.86%) Office 365
3 1 (0.86%) Route 53
3 1 (0.86%) Serverless
3 1 (0.86%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 10 (8.62%) HTTP
1 10 (8.62%) TCP/IP
2 9 (7.76%) Firewall
3 6 (5.17%) SAN
4 3 (2.59%) Intrusion Detection
5 2 (1.72%) Internet
5 2 (1.72%) tcpdump
5 2 (1.72%) Wireshark
6 1 (0.86%) Cisco IPT
6 1 (0.86%) DNS
6 1 (0.86%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (7.76%) MySQL
2 8 (6.90%) SQLite
3 1 (0.86%) Amazon RDS
3 1 (0.86%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 8 (6.90%) Git (software)
1 8 (6.90%) Protractor
1 8 (6.90%) Selenium
1 8 (6.90%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (0.86%) Bitbucket
2 1 (0.86%) Jenkins
General
1 25 (21.55%) Retail
2 12 (10.34%) Aerospace
3 11 (9.48%) Legal
4 5 (4.31%) Electronics
4 5 (4.31%) Finance
4 5 (4.31%) Military
5 4 (3.45%) Public Sector
6 2 (1.72%) Law
7 1 (0.86%) Back Office
7 1 (0.86%) Banking
Job Titles
1 26 (22.41%) Analyst
2 25 (21.55%) Penetration Tester
2 25 (21.55%) Tester
3 14 (12.07%) Information Analyst
3 14 (12.07%) Information Security Analyst
3 14 (12.07%) Security Analyst
4 13 (11.21%) Security Specialist
5 12 (10.34%) Senior Analyst
6 11 (9.48%) Information Security Specialist
6 11 (9.48%) Information Specialist
7 9 (7.76%) Information Manager
7 9 (7.76%) Information Security Manager
7 9 (7.76%) Security Manager
8 8 (6.90%) Security Engineer
9 7 (6.03%) Consultant
9 7 (6.03%) Senior Information Analyst
9 7 (6.03%) Senior Information Security Analyst
9 7 (6.03%) Senior Security Analyst
10 6 (5.17%) Security Consultant
10 6 (5.17%) Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (6.90%) AngularJS
1 8 (6.90%) Node.js
2 1 (0.86%) HTML
2 1 (0.86%) LAMP
2 1 (0.86%) LEMP Stack
2 1 (0.86%) OAuth
2 1 (0.86%) OAuth2
2 1 (0.86%) OpenID
2 1 (0.86%) RabbitMQ
2 1 (0.86%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 21 (18.10%) Management Information System
2 7 (6.03%) Greenfield Project
3 6 (5.17%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (5.17%) SWIFT
4 5 (4.31%) BYOD
4 5 (4.31%) Cyberattack
5 3 (2.59%) Cyber Kill Chain
5 3 (2.59%) Driving Licence
5 3 (2.59%) Security Operations Centre
6 2 (1.72%) Cyberthreat
6 2 (1.72%) Public Cloud
6 2 (1.72%) Virtual Team
7 1 (0.86%) Cyber Defence
7 1 (0.86%) Data Centre
7 1 (0.86%) FMCG
7 1 (0.86%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 19 (16.38%) Linux
2 10 (8.62%) Windows
3 9 (7.76%) Kali Linux
4 6 (5.17%) VMS
5 1 (0.86%) Android
5 1 (0.86%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.86%) CentOS
5 1 (0.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (0.86%) Ubuntu
5 1 (0.86%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 57 (49.14%) Information Security
2 29 (25.00%) Continuous Improvement
3 28 (24.14%) Agile Software Development
3 28 (24.14%) Cybersecurity
4 21 (18.10%) Risk Management
5 19 (16.38%) ITIL
6 18 (15.52%) ISMS
6 18 (15.52%) SIEM
6 18 (15.52%) Test Automation
7 15 (12.93%) Threat Intelligence
8 14 (12.07%) OWASP
8 14 (12.07%) Security Testing
9 13 (11.21%) Data Security
9 13 (11.21%) Problem-Solving
9 13 (11.21%) Security Management
10 12 (10.34%) Change Management
10 12 (10.34%) Waterfall
11 11 (9.48%) Architectural Design
11 11 (9.48%) Remediation Plan
11 11 (9.48%) Security Operations
Programming Languages
1 12 (10.34%) Python
2 9 (7.76%) SQL
3 8 (6.90%) C
4 3 (2.59%) Bash Shell
5 2 (1.72%) PowerShell
6 1 (0.86%) Go
6 1 (0.86%) Java
6 1 (0.86%) PHP
Qualifications
1 46 (39.66%) CISSP
2 40 (34.48%) CISM
3 27 (23.28%) Degree
3 27 (23.28%) Security Cleared
4 23 (19.83%) OSCP
5 19 (16.38%) CREST Certified
6 16 (13.79%) CISA
6 16 (13.79%) SC Cleared
7 15 (12.93%) Tigerscheme
8 13 (11.21%) CRISC
9 11 (9.48%) CHECK Team Leader
9 11 (9.48%) ISSMP
10 10 (8.62%) CEH
10 10 (8.62%) CHECK Team Member
11 9 (7.76%) Computer Science Degree
11 9 (7.76%) SANS
12 8 (6.90%) Cisco Certification
12 8 (6.90%) SSCP
13 7 (6.03%) DV Cleared
13 7 (6.03%) GSEC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 46 (39.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 24 (20.69%) PCI DSS
3 10 (8.62%) GDPR
4 7 (6.03%) QA
5 5 (4.31%) Cyber Essentials
5 5 (4.31%) NCSC
6 4 (3.45%) Data Quality
6 4 (3.45%) NIST
7 3 (2.59%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 1 (0.86%) COBIT
8 1 (0.86%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 1 (0.86%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (0.86%) Docker
1 1 (0.86%) Hyper-V
1 1 (0.86%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 6 (5.17%) CSIRT
2 2 (1.72%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
2 2 (1.72%) Network Intrusion Detection System
3 1 (0.86%) Ansible
3 1 (0.86%) HAProxy
3 1 (0.86%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 7 (6.03%) ArcSight
1 7 (6.03%) Darktrace
1 7 (6.03%) Qualys
2 6 (5.17%) Intel
3 4 (3.45%) Cisco
3 4 (3.45%) Juniper
3 4 (3.45%) LogRhythm
3 4 (3.45%) Splunk
4 2 (1.72%) Microsoft
5 1 (0.86%) Nimble Storage
5 1 (0.86%) Veeam
5 1 (0.86%) VMware