The table below looks at the statistics for Software Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the City of London region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Software Testing over the 3 months to 24 December 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 161 173 172
Rank change year-on-year
+12 -1
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 35 29 28
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 0.63% 0.44% 0.47%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.80% 0.57% 0.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 28 21 20
Average daily rate
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£355 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-11.25% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £289 £317
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £525 £483
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 2
Average hourly rate - £42.50 £26.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +58.87%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £33.88 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-11.43% +50.55%
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London

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the City of London region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
City of London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
4349 5125 4535
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 77.80% 77.07% 75.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 3440 3769 3440
Average daily rate £450 £450 £450
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £300 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £613 £608
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £370 £365
% change year-on-year
+4.72% +1.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 56 88
Average hourly rate £19.00 £23.50 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-19.14% -32.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.75 £13.50 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.63 £52.82 £107.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-7.40% -10.00%

Software Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Software Testing across the City of London region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Software Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

Software Testing
Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Software Testing across the City of London region.

Software Testing Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

Software Testing
Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Testing across the City of London region over the 3 months to 24 December 2014.

Software Testing Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

Software Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Software Testing across the City of London region.

Software Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the City of London region citing Software Testing also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Software Testing.

1 27 (41.54%) Agile Software Development
2 25 (38.46%) SQL
2 25 (38.46%) ISEB
3 20 (30.77%) JIRA
4 19 (29.23%) Selenium
5 17 (26.15%) QA
6 16 (24.62%) BDD
6 16 (24.62%) Finance
7 15 (23.08%) Banking
7 15 (23.08%) HP Quality Center
8 14 (21.54%) ISTQB
9 13 (20.00%) TDD
9 13 (20.00%) Test Scripting
9 13 (20.00%) Cucumber
10 12 (18.46%) Test Automation
10 12 (18.46%) HP
11 11 (16.92%) Java
11 11 (16.92%) Web Services
11 11 (16.92%) Test Management
11 11 (16.92%) WebDriver
12 10 (15.38%) Waterfall
12 10 (15.38%) User Acceptance Testing
12 10 (15.38%) V-Model
12 10 (15.38%) XML
12 10 (15.38%) Microsoft
12 10 (15.38%) Murex
13 9 (13.85%) .NET
13 9 (13.85%) ISEB Practitioner
13 9 (13.85%) Degree
14 8 (12.31%) Derivative

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the City of London by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the City of London region citing Software Testing also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Software Testing. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 3 (4.62%) IIS
2 1 (1.54%) WebSphere
Applications
1 4 (6.15%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.54%) MS Visio
2 1 (1.54%) MS Project
2 1 (1.54%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (3.08%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.54%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (4.62%) HTTP
1 3 (4.62%) HTTPS
2 2 (3.08%) Firewall
3 1 (1.54%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (9.23%) SQL Server
2 5 (7.69%) MongoDB
2 5 (7.69%) Apache Cassandra
3 2 (3.08%) Relational Database
4 1 (1.54%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (1.54%) OLAP
4 1 (1.54%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.54%) RDBMS
4 1 (1.54%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (1.54%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (1.54%) BusinessObjects XI
Development Applications
1 20 (30.77%) JIRA
2 19 (29.23%) Selenium
3 13 (20.00%) Cucumber
4 11 (16.92%) WebDriver
5 8 (12.31%) Jenkins
6 7 (10.77%) Git (software)
6 7 (10.77%) QuickTest Pro
7 6 (9.23%) JUnit
7 6 (9.23%) Hudson
8 5 (7.69%) SoapUI
8 5 (7.69%) JBehave
8 5 (7.69%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 5 (7.69%) TestNG
8 5 (7.69%) FitNesse
9 4 (6.15%) SpecFlow
10 3 (4.62%) Fiddler
11 2 (3.08%) Team Foundation Server
12 1 (1.54%) Sahi
12 1 (1.54%) WATIR
12 1 (1.54%) Visual Studio
General
1 16 (24.62%) Finance
2 15 (23.08%) Banking
3 8 (12.31%) Investment Banking
4 7 (10.77%) Front Office
5 4 (6.15%) Retail
6 3 (4.62%) Advertising
7 2 (3.08%) Legal
8 1 (1.54%) Marketing
8 1 (1.54%) Games
8 1 (1.54%) Back Office
8 1 (1.54%) Law
Job Titles
1 23 (35.38%) Analyst
2 18 (27.69%) Test Analyst
3 14 (21.54%) Tester
4 11 (16.92%) Test Manager
5 5 (7.69%) Contracts Manager
6 4 (6.15%) Senior Analyst
6 4 (6.15%) Senior Test Analyst
7 3 (4.62%) Automation Tester
7 3 (4.62%) Test Leader
7 3 (4.62%) QA Tester
7 3 (4.62%) Applications Support
8 2 (3.08%) Business Analyst
8 2 (3.08%) Support Engineer
8 2 (3.08%) Software Engineer
8 2 (3.08%) Developer
8 2 (3.08%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 2 (3.08%) Performance Tester
8 2 (3.08%) Software Tester
8 2 (3.08%) Senior QA Tester
8 2 (3.08%) Senior Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (16.92%) Web Services
2 10 (15.38%) XML
3 9 (13.85%) .NET
4 4 (6.15%) JSON
5 3 (4.62%) RESTful
5 3 (4.62%) .NET Framework
5 3 (4.62%) HTML
5 3 (4.62%) FIXML
5 3 (4.62%) FpML
6 2 (3.08%) Middleware
7 1 (1.54%) Spring
7 1 (1.54%) SOAP
7 1 (1.54%) Flash
7 1 (1.54%) REST
7 1 (1.54%) Gherkin
7 1 (1.54%) Velocity
7 1 (1.54%) Guice
Miscellaneous
1 8 (12.31%) Derivative
2 6 (9.23%) Open Source
3 5 (7.69%) Interest Rate Derivative
4 4 (6.15%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 4 (6.15%) Fixed Income
4 4 (6.15%) Computer Science
5 3 (4.62%) Video on Demand
6 2 (3.08%) iPad
6 2 (3.08%) Market Risk
6 2 (3.08%) iPhone
6 2 (3.08%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (1.54%) Client/Server
7 1 (1.54%) Mobile App
7 1 (1.54%) Spread Betting
Operating Systems
1 5 (7.69%) Windows
2 3 (4.62%) Linux
2 3 (4.62%) UNIX
3 1 (1.54%) Android
3 1 (1.54%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (41.54%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (24.62%) BDD
3 13 (20.00%) Test Scripting
3 13 (20.00%) TDD
4 12 (18.46%) Test Automation
5 11 (16.92%) Test Management
6 10 (15.38%) V-Model
6 10 (15.38%) User Acceptance Testing
6 10 (15.38%) Waterfall
7 8 (12.31%) Test Strategy
7 8 (12.31%) Continuous Integration
7 8 (12.31%) Scrum
7 8 (12.31%) Regression Testing
8 7 (10.77%) Performance Testing
9 6 (9.23%) E-Commerce
10 5 (7.69%) Project Management
10 5 (7.69%) Asset Management
10 5 (7.69%) Use Case
10 5 (7.69%) ATDD
10 5 (7.69%) Feature Driven Development
Programming Languages
1 25 (38.46%) SQL
2 11 (16.92%) Java
3 8 (12.31%) C#
4 5 (7.69%) Groovy
4 5 (7.69%) Scala
5 3 (4.62%) C++
5 3 (4.62%) C
6 2 (3.08%) PHP
6 2 (3.08%) VB
6 2 (3.08%) JavaScript
6 2 (3.08%) Ruby
7 1 (1.54%) Perl
7 1 (1.54%) Python
Qualifications
1 25 (38.46%) ISEB
2 14 (21.54%) ISTQB
3 9 (13.85%) Degree
3 9 (13.85%) ISEB Practitioner
4 7 (10.77%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 3 (4.62%) Security Cleared
6 2 (3.08%) DV Cleared
7 1 (1.54%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 1 (1.54%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (26.15%) QA
2 2 (3.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 3 (4.62%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 15 (23.08%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 12 (18.46%) HP
2 10 (15.38%) Microsoft
2 10 (15.38%) Murex
3 5 (7.69%) Calypso
4 3 (4.62%) Bloomberg
4 3 (4.62%) Charles River
4 3 (4.62%) Demandware
5 2 (3.08%) Intershop
5 2 (3.08%) Oracle
5 2 (3.08%) Citrix
5 2 (3.08%) Cisco
6 1 (1.54%) Apple
6 1 (1.54%) Reuters
6 1 (1.54%) Business Objects
6 1 (1.54%) Siebel
6 1 (1.54%) hybris
6 1 (1.54%) SOASTA, Inc
6 1 (1.54%) Metastorm
6 1 (1.54%) ATG