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 23 January 2015 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
23 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Testing
Rank 164 167 158
Rank change year-on-year
+3 -9
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 27 35 29
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 0.53% 0.58% 0.51%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.68% 0.75% 0.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 28 23
Average daily rate
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£355 £413 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-13.93% +10.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £291 £277 £257
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £525 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £300 £325
% change year-on-year
+16.66% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Average hourly rate - £42.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +88.88%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.50 £21.00 £30.75
% change year-on-year
+69.04% -31.70%
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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
3981 4663 4281
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 78.54% 77.52% 75.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 3119 3416 3272
Average daily rate £450 £450 £450
90% offered a daily rate of more than £323 £300 £313
10% offered a daily rate of more than £613 £625 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £395 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+5.40% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 50 77
Average hourly rate £20.45 £23.50 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.00% -32.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £14.40 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.50 £77.50 £135.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.50 £27.50 £31.50
% change year-on-year
-7.27% -12.69%

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 23 January 2015.

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 23 January 2015, 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 24 (40.68%) SQL
1 24 (40.68%) ISEB
2 22 (37.29%) Agile Software Development
3 18 (30.51%) JIRA
4 17 (28.81%) Selenium
5 15 (25.42%) BDD
6 14 (23.73%) ISTQB
7 13 (22.03%) QA
7 13 (22.03%) HP Quality Center
7 13 (22.03%) Finance
7 13 (22.03%) Banking
8 12 (20.34%) XML
8 12 (20.34%) Test Scripting
9 11 (18.64%) Test Automation
9 11 (18.64%) V-Model
9 11 (18.64%) Waterfall
9 11 (18.64%) WebDriver
9 11 (18.64%) Cucumber
9 11 (18.64%) Java
9 11 (18.64%) HP
9 11 (18.64%) TDD
10 10 (16.95%) Murex
10 10 (16.95%) Test Management
10 10 (16.95%) User Acceptance Testing
11 9 (15.25%) Continuous Integration
11 9 (15.25%) Degree
11 9 (15.25%) Microsoft
11 9 (15.25%) .NET
11 9 (15.25%) ISEB Practitioner
12 8 (13.56%) Derivative

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

For the 6 months to 23 January 2015, 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 4 (6.78%) IIS
2 1 (1.69%) Node.js
2 1 (1.69%) WebSphere
Applications
1 3 (5.08%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.69%) MS Visio
2 1 (1.69%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (3.39%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.69%) ElastiCache
1 1 (1.69%) Amazon ElastiCache
1 1 (1.69%) Amazon EC2
1 1 (1.69%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (6.78%) HTTP
1 4 (6.78%) HTTPS
2 2 (3.39%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (10.17%) SQL Server
2 5 (8.47%) MongoDB
2 5 (8.47%) Apache Cassandra
3 1 (1.69%) Redis
3 1 (1.69%) NoSQL
3 1 (1.69%) Relational Database
3 1 (1.69%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (1.69%) MarkLogic
3 1 (1.69%) BusinessObjects XI
3 1 (1.69%) RDBMS
3 1 (1.69%) OLAP
3 1 (1.69%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (1.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 18 (30.51%) JIRA
2 17 (28.81%) Selenium
3 11 (18.64%) WebDriver
3 11 (18.64%) Cucumber
4 8 (13.56%) Git (software)
4 8 (13.56%) Jenkins
5 6 (10.17%) JUnit
5 6 (10.17%) QuickTest Pro
5 6 (10.17%) Hudson
6 5 (8.47%) SoapUI
6 5 (8.47%) TestNG
6 5 (8.47%) JBehave
6 5 (8.47%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 4 (6.78%) Fiddler
7 4 (6.78%) SpecFlow
8 3 (5.08%) FitNesse
9 2 (3.39%) Team Foundation Server
10 1 (1.69%) Behat
10 1 (1.69%) PHPUnit
10 1 (1.69%) Sahi
General
1 13 (22.03%) Finance
1 13 (22.03%) Banking
2 7 (11.86%) Front Office
2 7 (11.86%) Investment Banking
3 3 (5.08%) Advertising
3 3 (5.08%) Retail
4 2 (3.39%) Legal
5 1 (1.69%) Law
5 1 (1.69%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.69%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 20 (33.90%) Analyst
2 16 (27.12%) Test Analyst
3 11 (18.64%) Tester
4 10 (16.95%) Test Manager
5 5 (8.47%) Contracts Manager
6 4 (6.78%) Senior Test Analyst
6 4 (6.78%) Senior Analyst
7 3 (5.08%) Test Leader
7 3 (5.08%) Applications Support
7 3 (5.08%) Developer
8 2 (3.39%) Senior QA Tester
8 2 (3.39%) Senior Tester
8 2 (3.39%) QA Tester
8 2 (3.39%) Software Engineer
8 2 (3.39%) Support Engineer
8 2 (3.39%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 2 (3.39%) Performance Tester
8 2 (3.39%) Business Analyst
8 2 (3.39%) Automation Tester
8 2 (3.39%) Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (20.34%) XML
2 9 (15.25%) .NET
3 8 (13.56%) Web Services
4 4 (6.78%) HTML
4 4 (6.78%) .NET Framework
4 4 (6.78%) JSON
4 4 (6.78%) RESTful
5 3 (5.08%) FIXML
5 3 (5.08%) FpML
6 2 (3.39%) Middleware
7 1 (1.69%) Gherkin
7 1 (1.69%) REST
7 1 (1.69%) Guice
7 1 (1.69%) XML Schema
7 1 (1.69%) CSS
7 1 (1.69%) SOAP
7 1 (1.69%) Flash
7 1 (1.69%) XSL
7 1 (1.69%) XSLT
7 1 (1.69%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 8 (13.56%) Derivative
1 8 (13.56%) Open Source
2 5 (8.47%) Interest Rate Derivative
3 4 (6.78%) Computer Science
3 4 (6.78%) Video on Demand
4 3 (5.08%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 3 (5.08%) Fixed Income
5 2 (3.39%) Market Risk
5 2 (3.39%) iPhone
5 2 (3.39%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (3.39%) iPad
6 1 (1.69%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (1.69%) Spread Betting
6 1 (1.69%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 5 (8.47%) Windows
2 4 (6.78%) UNIX
3 3 (5.08%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (37.29%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (25.42%) BDD
3 12 (20.34%) Test Scripting
4 11 (18.64%) Test Automation
4 11 (18.64%) V-Model
4 11 (18.64%) Waterfall
4 11 (18.64%) TDD
5 10 (16.95%) Test Management
5 10 (16.95%) User Acceptance Testing
6 9 (15.25%) Continuous Integration
7 8 (13.56%) Regression Testing
7 8 (13.56%) Test Strategy
8 7 (11.86%) Performance Testing
9 6 (10.17%) Scrum
9 6 (10.17%) E-Commerce
10 5 (8.47%) ATDD
10 5 (8.47%) Feature Driven Development
10 5 (8.47%) Use Case
10 5 (8.47%) Project Management
10 5 (8.47%) Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 24 (40.68%) SQL
2 11 (18.64%) Java
3 7 (11.86%) C#
4 6 (10.17%) Scala
5 5 (8.47%) Groovy
6 4 (6.78%) C++
6 4 (6.78%) JavaScript
6 4 (6.78%) C
7 2 (3.39%) Ruby
7 2 (3.39%) PHP
7 2 (3.39%) VB
8 1 (1.69%) XQuery
8 1 (1.69%) Perl
8 1 (1.69%) Python
Qualifications
1 24 (40.68%) ISEB
2 14 (23.73%) ISTQB
3 9 (15.25%) Degree
3 9 (15.25%) ISEB Practitioner
4 8 (13.56%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (3.39%) DV Cleared
5 2 (3.39%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (22.03%) QA
2 2 (3.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 2 (3.39%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 13 (22.03%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 11 (18.64%) HP
2 10 (16.95%) Murex
3 9 (15.25%) Microsoft
4 5 (8.47%) Calypso
5 3 (5.08%) Demandware
5 3 (5.08%) Charles River
6 2 (3.39%) Intershop
6 2 (3.39%) Oracle
6 2 (3.39%) Bloomberg
6 2 (3.39%) Citrix
6 2 (3.39%) Cisco
7 1 (1.69%) hybris
7 1 (1.69%) Siebel
7 1 (1.69%) Business Objects
7 1 (1.69%) Metastorm
7 1 (1.69%) ATG
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