Period
to 17 January 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 17 January 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Penetration Testing
England > West Midlands
6 months to
17 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 213 253 224
Rank change year-on-year +40 -29 +57
Permanent jobs citing Penetration Testing 59 66 106
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.76% 0.68% 1.00%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.83% 0.75% 1.09%
Number of salaries quoted 36 39 53
West Midlands median annual salary £45,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -10.00% +5.26% -17.39%
10th Percentile £32,125 £32,500 £27,750
90th Percentile £87,500 £70,000 £64,500
England median annual salary £60,000 £57,500 £60,000
% change year-on-year +4.35% -4.17% +9.09%

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 7,073 8,848 9,694
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 91.16% 90.80% 91.86%
Number of salaries quoted 5,303 7,018 7,606
West Midlands median annual salary £45,000 £41,000 £41,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +9.76% -1.20% +1.22%
10th Percentile £26,250 £25,000 £25,500
90th Percentile £70,250 £66,250 £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 17 January 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 17 January 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
Birmingham +6 25 £42,000 -25.33% 6
Coventry +32 13 £38,000 -27.62% 1
Worcestershire -6 11 £73,750 +13.46% 3
Herefordshire - 6 £71,000 -
Staffordshire +19 2 £45,000 -9.09%
Warwickshire +24 1 £35,000 -30.00% 3
Solihull +10 1 £33,500 -29.47% 1
Penetration Testing
England

For the 6 months to 17 January 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 27 (45.76%) Information Security
2 24 (40.68%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 23 (38.98%) Risk Management
3 23 (38.98%) CISSP
3 23 (38.98%) GDPR
4 18 (30.51%) Management Information System
5 17 (28.81%) CISM
5 17 (28.81%) Cybersecurity
6 15 (25.42%) Security Testing
7 14 (23.73%) Security Cleared
8 13 (22.03%) OWASP
8 13 (22.03%) Firewall
8 13 (22.03%) CREST Certified
9 12 (20.34%) Security Architecture
9 12 (20.34%) OSCP
9 12 (20.34%) Agile Software Development
10 11 (18.64%) CEH
10 11 (18.64%) SC Cleared
10 11 (18.64%) Microsoft
11 10 (16.95%) SIEM
11 10 (16.95%) Security Operations
12 9 (15.25%) SDLC
12 9 (15.25%) DV Cleared
12 9 (15.25%) ISMS
12 9 (15.25%) Data Protection
12 9 (15.25%) PCI DSS
12 9 (15.25%) Microsoft Azure
12 9 (15.25%) Resource Management
12 9 (15.25%) Network Security
12 9 (15.25%) Degree

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 6 (10.17%) SharePoint
Cloud Services
1 9 (15.25%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (10.17%) Office 365
3 3 (5.08%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (5.08%) Google Cloud Platform
4 1 (1.69%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 13 (22.03%) Firewall
2 9 (15.25%) Network Security
3 5 (8.47%) VPN
4 4 (6.78%) DNS
5 3 (5.08%) HTTP
5 3 (5.08%) TCP/IP
6 2 (3.39%) Cisco ASA
6 2 (3.39%) Cisco Firepower
6 2 (3.39%) Internet
6 2 (3.39%) LAN
6 2 (3.39%) Wireless
7 1 (1.69%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (5.08%) DB2
1 3 (5.08%) MongoDB
1 3 (5.08%) NoSQL
1 3 (5.08%) Redis
1 3 (5.08%) Relational Database
1 3 (5.08%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 3 (5.08%) Concordion
1 3 (5.08%) Cucumber
1 3 (5.08%) FitNesse
1 3 (5.08%) Selenium
1 3 (5.08%) SoapUI
2 1 (1.69%) AppScan
General
1 7 (11.86%) Finance
1 7 (11.86%) Retail
2 5 (8.47%) Financial Institution
3 4 (6.78%) Aerospace
3 4 (6.78%) Legal
4 3 (5.08%) Law
5 1 (1.69%) Automotive
5 1 (1.69%) Military
5 1 (1.69%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 13 (22.03%) Analyst
1 13 (22.03%) Security Analyst
2 12 (20.34%) Tester
3 9 (15.25%) Penetration Tester
4 8 (13.56%) Consultant
4 8 (13.56%) Information Analyst
4 8 (13.56%) Information Security Analyst
4 8 (13.56%) Security Consultant
5 7 (11.86%) Security Manager
6 6 (10.17%) IT Manager
6 6 (10.17%) IT Security Manager
7 4 (6.78%) Architect
7 4 (6.78%) Security Architect
7 4 (6.78%) Security Specialist
7 4 (6.78%) Security Tester
7 4 (6.78%) Senior Architect
7 4 (6.78%) Senior Security Architect
7 4 (6.78%) Technical Security Specialist
7 4 (6.78%) Technical Specialist
8 3 (5.08%) Team Leader
Miscellaneous
1 18 (30.51%) Management Information System
2 6 (10.17%) Data Centre
3 4 (6.78%) PKI
3 4 (6.78%) User Experience
4 3 (5.08%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (5.08%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (3.39%) BYOD
5 2 (3.39%) Cyberthreat
5 2 (3.39%) Data Protection Act
5 2 (3.39%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 1 (1.69%) CESG
6 1 (1.69%) Cyberattack
6 1 (1.69%) Driving Licence
6 1 (1.69%) Embedded Systems
6 1 (1.69%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 6 (10.17%) Linux
2 2 (3.39%) Windows
3 1 (1.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 1 (1.69%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (45.76%) Information Security
2 23 (38.98%) Risk Management
3 17 (28.81%) Cybersecurity
4 15 (25.42%) Security Testing
5 13 (22.03%) OWASP
6 12 (20.34%) Agile Software Development
6 12 (20.34%) Security Architecture
7 10 (16.95%) Security Operations
7 10 (16.95%) SIEM
8 9 (15.25%) Data Protection
8 9 (15.25%) ISMS
8 9 (15.25%) Resource Management
8 9 (15.25%) SDLC
9 7 (11.86%) Disaster Recovery
9 7 (11.86%) Mobile Device Management
10 6 (10.17%) Business Continuity
10 6 (10.17%) Continuous Delivery
10 6 (10.17%) Ethical Hacking
10 6 (10.17%) Mentoring
10 6 (10.17%) Threat Modelling
Programming Languages
1 5 (8.47%) Python
2 3 (5.08%) Java
3 2 (3.39%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 23 (38.98%) CISSP
2 17 (28.81%) CISM
3 14 (23.73%) Security Cleared
4 13 (22.03%) CREST Certified
5 12 (20.34%) OSCP
6 11 (18.64%) CEH
6 11 (18.64%) SC Cleared
7 9 (15.25%) Degree
7 9 (15.25%) DV Cleared
8 7 (11.86%) SANS
9 6 (10.17%) CISA
10 5 (8.47%) CHECK Team Leader
10 5 (8.47%) GWAPT
11 4 (6.78%) Cisco Certification
12 3 (5.08%) CHECK Team Member
12 3 (5.08%) Tigerscheme
13 2 (3.39%) (ISC)2 CCSP
13 2 (3.39%) CCNP
13 2 (3.39%) CCSP
14 1 (1.69%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (40.68%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 23 (38.98%) GDPR
3 9 (15.25%) PCI DSS
4 8 (13.56%) Cyber Essentials
5 5 (8.47%) ISO 9001
5 5 (8.47%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 5 (8.47%) Web Application Security Consortium
6 4 (6.78%) QA
7 1 (1.69%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
System Software
1 3 (5.08%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (1.69%) HP Fortify
1 1 (1.69%) McAfee ePO
1 1 (1.69%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 11 (18.64%) Microsoft
2 5 (8.47%) Cisco
3 4 (6.78%) IBM
4 3 (5.08%) Oracle
5 2 (3.39%) Meraki
6 1 (1.69%) Barracuda Networks
6 1 (1.69%) HP
6 1 (1.69%) McAfee
6 1 (1.69%) Palo Alto
6 1 (1.69%) Qualys
6 1 (1.69%) Red Hat
6 1 (1.69%) Veracode