Period
to 18 November 2018

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 18 November 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Penetration Testing
England > West Midlands
6 months to
18 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 244 242 232
Rank change year-on-year -2 -10 +73
Permanent jobs citing Penetration Testing 45 84 114
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.54% 0.83% 0.99%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.59% 0.92% 1.09%
Number of salaries quoted 30 58 66
West Midlands median annual salary £42,000 £48,750 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -13.85% +2.63% -14.41%
10th Percentile £31,700 £27,500 £31,125
90th Percentile £61,750 £70,075 £62,500
England median annual salary £60,000 £55,000 £57,500
% change year-on-year +9.09% -4.35% +9.52%

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 7,603 9,180 10,470
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 90.75% 91.03% 90.74%
Number of salaries quoted 5,778 7,463 8,207
West Midlands median annual salary £45,000 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +12.50% - -
10th Percentile £26,000 £25,000 £25,000
90th Percentile £70,000 £65,000 £63,750
England median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%

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 18 November 2018.

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 18 November 2018. 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
Birmingham +4 25 £42,000 -16.00% 5
Coventry +15 9 £45,000 -14.29% 1
Warwickshire +36 3 £35,000 +16.67% 2
Staffordshire +13 2 £45,000 +2.27%
Worcestershire -14 2 - - 1
Herefordshire - 2 £58,000 -
Solihull - 1 £33,500 -
Penetration Testing
England

For the 6 months to 18 November 2018, 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 30 (66.67%) Information Security
2 25 (55.56%) CISSP
3 24 (53.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 24 (53.33%) GDPR
4 23 (51.11%) Risk Management
5 22 (48.89%) CISM
6 17 (37.78%) Microsoft
7 13 (28.89%) Data Protection
7 13 (28.89%) Microsoft Azure
8 12 (26.67%) ISMS
8 12 (26.67%) SharePoint
8 12 (26.67%) Disaster Recovery
8 12 (26.67%) Business Continuity
8 12 (26.67%) Office 365
8 12 (26.67%) Cybersecurity
8 12 (26.67%) Data Centre
9 11 (24.44%) Firewall
9 11 (24.44%) Degree
10 10 (22.22%) Security Testing
10 10 (22.22%) ITIL
11 9 (20.00%) DNS
11 9 (20.00%) Security Architecture
11 9 (20.00%) Mobile Device Management
12 8 (17.78%) SIEM
12 8 (17.78%) PCI DSS
13 7 (15.56%) IT Governance
14 6 (13.33%) OWASP
14 6 (13.33%) Linux
14 6 (13.33%) Management Information System
14 6 (13.33%) Agile Software Development

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 12 (26.67%) SharePoint
2 1 (2.22%) Elasticsearch
Cloud Services
1 13 (28.89%) Microsoft Azure
2 12 (26.67%) Office 365
3 1 (2.22%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (2.22%) Google Cloud Platform
3 1 (2.22%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 11 (24.44%) Firewall
2 9 (20.00%) DNS
3 5 (11.11%) VPN
4 4 (8.89%) Network Security
5 3 (6.67%) HTTP
6 2 (4.44%) Cisco ASA
6 2 (4.44%) Internet
6 2 (4.44%) LAN
7 1 (2.22%) Wi-Fi
7 1 (2.22%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.22%) Big Data
1 1 (2.22%) DB2
1 1 (2.22%) MongoDB
1 1 (2.22%) NoSQL
1 1 (2.22%) Redis
1 1 (2.22%) Relational Database
1 1 (2.22%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (2.22%) AppScan
1 1 (2.22%) Concordion
1 1 (2.22%) Cucumber
1 1 (2.22%) FitNesse
1 1 (2.22%) Git (software)
1 1 (2.22%) Selenium
1 1 (2.22%) SoapUI
General
1 4 (8.89%) Finance
2 3 (6.67%) Automotive
2 3 (6.67%) Law
2 3 (6.67%) Legal
2 3 (6.67%) Retail
3 1 (2.22%) Financial Institution
3 1 (2.22%) Military
3 1 (2.22%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 13 (28.89%) Security Manager
2 10 (22.22%) Analyst
2 10 (22.22%) IT Manager
2 10 (22.22%) IT Security Manager
2 10 (22.22%) Security Analyst
3 5 (11.11%) Information Analyst
3 5 (11.11%) Information Security Analyst
3 5 (11.11%) Security Specialist
3 5 (11.11%) Tester
4 4 (8.89%) Consultant
4 4 (8.89%) Security Consultant
4 4 (8.89%) Technical Security Specialist
4 4 (8.89%) Technical Specialist
5 3 (6.67%) Architect
5 3 (6.67%) Cybersecurity Consultant
5 3 (6.67%) Information Manager
5 3 (6.67%) Information Security Manager
5 3 (6.67%) IT Analyst
5 3 (6.67%) IT Security Analyst
5 3 (6.67%) Penetration Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.22%) Django
Miscellaneous
1 12 (26.67%) Data Centre
2 6 (13.33%) Management Information System
3 3 (6.67%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (4.44%) Blog
4 2 (4.44%) Computer Science
4 2 (4.44%) Cyberthreat
4 2 (4.44%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 2 (4.44%) Infotainment
4 2 (4.44%) User Experience
5 1 (2.22%) CESG
5 1 (2.22%) Cyberattack
5 1 (2.22%) Embedded Systems
5 1 (2.22%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (2.22%) Greenfield Project
5 1 (2.22%) Mobile App
5 1 (2.22%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 6 (13.33%) Linux
2 1 (2.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (2.22%) Windows
2 1 (2.22%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (66.67%) Information Security
2 23 (51.11%) Risk Management
3 13 (28.89%) Data Protection
4 12 (26.67%) Business Continuity
4 12 (26.67%) Cybersecurity
4 12 (26.67%) Disaster Recovery
4 12 (26.67%) ISMS
5 10 (22.22%) ITIL
5 10 (22.22%) Security Testing
6 9 (20.00%) Mobile Device Management
6 9 (20.00%) Security Architecture
7 8 (17.78%) SIEM
8 7 (15.56%) IT Governance
9 6 (13.33%) Agile Software Development
9 6 (13.33%) OWASP
9 6 (13.33%) Security Operations
10 5 (11.11%) Security Auditing
11 3 (6.67%) Compliance Audit
11 3 (6.67%) Creative Thinking
11 3 (6.67%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 3 (6.67%) Python
2 2 (4.44%) C
2 2 (4.44%) C++
3 1 (2.22%) Bash Shell
3 1 (2.22%) Java
Qualifications
1 25 (55.56%) CISSP
2 22 (48.89%) CISM
3 11 (24.44%) Degree
4 6 (13.33%) CEH
5 5 (11.11%) CISA
6 4 (8.89%) OSCP
6 4 (8.89%) SC Cleared
6 4 (8.89%) Security Cleared
7 3 (6.67%) DV Cleared
8 2 (4.44%) CREST Certified
8 2 (4.44%) SANS
9 1 (2.22%) CHECK Team Leader
9 1 (2.22%) CRISC
9 1 (2.22%) CSSLP
9 1 (2.22%) GXPN
9 1 (2.22%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
9 1 (2.22%) ISO 27001 Lead Implementer
9 1 (2.22%) OSCE
9 1 (2.22%) OSWP
9 1 (2.22%) Tigerscheme
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (53.33%) GDPR
1 24 (53.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 8 (17.78%) PCI DSS
3 6 (13.33%) Cyber Essentials
4 4 (8.89%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 2 (4.44%) QA
6 1 (2.22%) ISO 9001
6 1 (2.22%) Web Application Security Consortium
System Software
1 1 (2.22%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (2.22%) HP Fortify
1 1 (2.22%) McAfee ePO
1 1 (2.22%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 17 (37.78%) Microsoft
2 3 (6.67%) Cisco
3 2 (4.44%) IBM
3 2 (4.44%) QNX
4 1 (2.22%) Barracuda Networks
4 1 (2.22%) HP
4 1 (2.22%) McAfee
4 1 (2.22%) Oracle
4 1 (2.22%) Palo Alto
4 1 (2.22%) Qualys
4 1 (2.22%) Red Hat
4 1 (2.22%) Veracode