Period
to 17 November 2017

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 November 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Penetration Testing
England > West Midlands
6 months to
17 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 240 226 309
Rank change year-on-year -14 +83 -17
Permanent jobs citing Penetration Testing 85 114 22
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.84% 0.99% 0.20%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.94% 1.11% 0.23%
Number of salaries quoted 59 66 14
West Midlands median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £55,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% -14.41% +50.00%
10th Percentile £27,500 £31,125 £42,925
90th Percentile £70,050 £62,500 £58,925
England median annual salary £55,000 £57,500 £52,500
% change year-on-year -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 9042 10303 9657
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 88.87% 89.10% 87.71%
Number of salaries quoted 7335 8059 7968
West Midlands median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000
10th Percentile £25,500 £25,000 £24,750
90th Percentile £65,000 £63,750 £64,500
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%

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 November 2017.

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 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
Birmingham -6 33 £50,000 -4.76%
Worcestershire +14 19 £55,000 +25.71%
Coventry +14 9 £52,500 +9.95%
Staffordshire +6 9 £44,000 +46.67%
Warwickshire -8 7 £30,000 -25.00% 1
Shropshire +4 5 £69,000 +112.31%
Sutton Coldfield - 1 £42,500 -
Penetration Testing
England

For the 6 months to 17 November 2017, IT jobs citing Penetration Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Penetration Testing.

1 39 (45.88%) Information Security
2 27 (31.76%) Management Information System
2 27 (31.76%) CISSP
2 27 (31.76%) Network Security
3 22 (25.88%) Cybersecurity
4 20 (23.53%) Firewall
4 20 (23.53%) Risk Management
4 20 (23.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 17 (20.00%) C
5 17 (20.00%) Degree
5 17 (20.00%) CREST Certified
6 16 (18.82%) Incident Management
7 15 (17.65%) Ethical Hacking
8 14 (16.47%) PCI DSS
9 13 (15.29%) Python
10 12 (14.12%) Security Architecture
11 11 (12.94%) Security Testing
11 11 (12.94%) Cisco
12 10 (11.76%) Risk Assessment
12 10 (11.76%) Intrusion Detection
12 10 (11.76%) SC Cleared
12 10 (11.76%) Security Cleared
12 10 (11.76%) OWASP
13 9 (10.59%) Open Source
13 9 (10.59%) SIEM
13 9 (10.59%) OSCP
13 9 (10.59%) Retail
13 9 (10.59%) Web Development
13 9 (10.59%) Finance
13 9 (10.59%) CISM

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 (7.06%) CMS
2 4 (4.71%) OpenStack
Cloud Services
1 5 (5.88%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (4.71%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.18%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (1.18%) IaaS
3 1 (1.18%) Office 365
3 1 (1.18%) PaaS
3 1 (1.18%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 27 (31.76%) Network Security
2 20 (23.53%) Firewall
3 10 (11.76%) Intrusion Detection
4 8 (9.41%) BGP
4 8 (9.41%) Cisco ASA
4 8 (9.41%) WAN
5 7 (8.24%) HTTP
5 7 (8.24%) LAN
5 7 (8.24%) TCP/IP
6 6 (7.06%) Cisco Nexus
6 6 (7.06%) Cisco Wireless
6 6 (7.06%) EIGRP
6 6 (7.06%) Unified Communications
6 6 (7.06%) Wireless
7 5 (5.88%) SNMP
8 4 (4.71%) 802.11
8 4 (4.71%) IPsec
8 4 (4.71%) VPLS
8 4 (4.71%) VPN
8 4 (4.71%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (3.53%) Hadoop
1 3 (3.53%) Looker
2 1 (1.18%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 6 (7.06%) Git (software)
2 4 (4.71%) Burp Suite
3 3 (3.53%) Fiddler
4 1 (1.18%) GDB
4 1 (1.18%) Metasploit
4 1 (1.18%) sqlmap
4 1 (1.18%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (1.18%) Visual Studio
General
1 9 (10.59%) Finance
1 9 (10.59%) Retail
2 3 (3.53%) Legal
3 1 (1.18%) Games
3 1 (1.18%) Law
3 1 (1.18%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.18%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 16 (18.82%) Tester
2 15 (17.65%) Penetration Tester
3 14 (16.47%) Security Specialist
4 12 (14.12%) Analyst
5 11 (12.94%) Security Analyst
6 9 (10.59%) Junior
6 9 (10.59%) Security Engineer
7 7 (8.24%) Developer
7 7 (8.24%) IT Security Specialist
8 6 (7.06%) Django Developer
8 6 (7.06%) Full Stack Developer
8 6 (7.06%) Full Stack Web Developer
8 6 (7.06%) Network Specialist
8 6 (7.06%) Python Developer
8 6 (7.06%) Python Web Developer
8 6 (7.06%) Python/Django Developer
8 6 (7.06%) Web Developer
9 5 (5.88%) Head of Security
9 5 (5.88%) IT Engineer
9 5 (5.88%) IT Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (7.06%) Django
2 5 (5.88%) .NET
2 5 (5.88%) ASP.NET
3 4 (4.71%) 802.1X
4 2 (2.35%) Middleware
5 1 (1.18%) OAuth
5 1 (1.18%) OpenID
Miscellaneous
1 27 (31.76%) Management Information System
2 6 (7.06%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (7.06%) Data Centre
2 6 (7.06%) Video Conferencing
3 4 (4.71%) iPad
4 3 (3.53%) Cybercrime
5 2 (2.35%) Cyber Attack
6 1 (1.18%) Clustering
6 1 (1.18%) Data Protection Act
6 1 (1.18%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 9 (10.59%) Linux
2 8 (9.41%) Windows
3 6 (7.06%) Kali Linux
4 4 (4.71%) Unix
5 1 (1.18%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (45.88%) Information Security
2 22 (25.88%) Cybersecurity
3 20 (23.53%) Risk Management
4 16 (18.82%) Incident Management
5 15 (17.65%) Ethical Hacking
6 12 (14.12%) Security Architecture
7 11 (12.94%) Security Testing
8 10 (11.76%) OWASP
8 10 (11.76%) Risk Assessment
9 9 (10.59%) Open Source
9 9 (10.59%) SIEM
9 9 (10.59%) Web Development
10 8 (9.41%) Agile Software Development
10 8 (9.41%) Information Assurance
10 8 (9.41%) Vulnerability Assessment
11 7 (8.24%) Data Protection
11 7 (8.24%) Time Management
12 6 (7.06%) ITIL
12 6 (7.06%) Kalman Filter
12 6 (7.06%) Vulnerability Management
Programming Languages
1 17 (20.00%) C
2 13 (15.29%) Python
3 9 (10.59%) C#
3 9 (10.59%) SQL
4 6 (7.06%) Java
5 4 (4.71%) Bash Shell
5 4 (4.71%) Lua
5 4 (4.71%) PowerShell
5 4 (4.71%) Ruby
6 3 (3.53%) JavaScript
6 3 (3.53%) Perl
7 2 (2.35%) C++
7 2 (2.35%) PHP
Qualifications
1 27 (31.76%) CISSP
2 17 (20.00%) CREST Certified
2 17 (20.00%) Degree
3 10 (11.76%) SC Cleared
3 10 (11.76%) Security Cleared
4 9 (10.59%) CISM
4 9 (10.59%) OSCP
5 7 (8.24%) CCNP
5 7 (8.24%) Cisco Certification
6 6 (7.06%) CEH
7 5 (5.88%) DV Cleared
8 4 (4.71%) CESG Certified Professional
8 4 (4.71%) CHECK Team Leader
8 4 (4.71%) CHECK Team Member
9 3 (3.53%) ISSEP
9 3 (3.53%) OSCE
10 2 (2.35%) CCNA
10 2 (2.35%) CLAS
10 2 (2.35%) GIAC
11 1 (1.18%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (23.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 14 (16.47%) PCI DSS
3 6 (7.06%) Cyber Essentials
3 6 (7.06%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 5 (5.88%) GDPR
4 5 (5.88%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 4 (4.71%) ISO/IEC 27005
5 4 (4.71%) NIST 800
6 3 (3.53%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 2 (2.35%) COBIT
7 2 (2.35%) GPG13
8 1 (1.18%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (3.53%) Virtual Machines
1 3 (3.53%) VMware ESXi
2 1 (1.18%) Docker
2 1 (1.18%) Snort
2 1 (1.18%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 6 (7.06%) Cisco CUCM
1 6 (7.06%) Nessus
2 3 (3.53%) HP Fortify
2 3 (3.53%) Network Intrusion Detection System
3 2 (2.35%) Nmap
3 2 (2.35%) QRadar
4 1 (1.18%) Kubernetes
4 1 (1.18%) McAfee ePO
4 1 (1.18%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 11 (12.94%) Cisco
2 8 (9.41%) CheckPoint
3 3 (3.53%) HP
3 3 (3.53%) NetApp
3 3 (3.53%) Veracode
3 3 (3.53%) VMware
4 2 (2.35%) Capita
5 1 (1.18%) AlienVault
5 1 (1.18%) ArcSight
5 1 (1.18%) Blue Coat
5 1 (1.18%) LogRhythm
5 1 (1.18%) McAfee
5 1 (1.18%) Microsoft
5 1 (1.18%) Palo Alto