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 19 September 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 168 191 189
Rank change year-on-year
+23 -2
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 31 36 31
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 0.53% 0.50% 0.40%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.69% 0.65% 0.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 28 23
Average daily rate
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£400 £369 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.47% -7.81%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £246 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £503 £483 £498
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+3.07% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 2
Average hourly rate £35.00 £27.50 £16.63
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+27.27% +65.41%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.75 £11.38 £36.50
% change year-on-year
+196.70% -68.83%
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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
4478 5509 5854
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 76.07% 76.51% 75.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 3363 4079 4310
Average daily rate £450 £450 £450
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £315 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £600 £618
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 71 93
Average hourly rate £21.88 £21.50 £31.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.74% -31.74%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.47 £13.00 £16.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £55.00 £51.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.25 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-12.50% -

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 19 September 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 19 September 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 33 (49.25%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (38.81%) SQL
3 23 (34.33%) Finance
4 22 (32.84%) Selenium
5 18 (26.87%) QA
6 17 (25.37%) JIRA
6 17 (25.37%) Scrum
7 16 (23.88%) HP Quality Center
8 15 (22.39%) Test Automation
8 15 (22.39%) TDD
8 15 (22.39%) Microsoft
9 14 (20.90%) ISEB
9 14 (20.90%) Banking
10 13 (19.40%) C#
10 13 (19.40%) Test Scripting
11 11 (16.42%) Web Services
11 11 (16.42%) XML
12 10 (14.93%) .NET
12 10 (14.93%) User Acceptance Testing
12 10 (14.93%) System Testing
12 10 (14.93%) Integration Testing
12 10 (14.93%) BDD
13 9 (13.43%) Cucumber
13 9 (13.43%) ISTQB
13 9 (13.43%) Regression Testing
13 9 (13.43%) SQL Server
13 9 (13.43%) MS Excel
14 8 (11.94%) Oracle
14 8 (11.94%) Java
14 8 (11.94%) E-Commerce

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

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 2 (2.99%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.49%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 9 (13.43%) MS Excel
2 5 (7.46%) MS Visio
2 5 (7.46%) MS Office
3 4 (5.97%) MS Project
4 1 (1.49%) Mingle
4 1 (1.49%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (1.49%) AutoCAD
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.49%) PaaS
1 1 (1.49%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (1.49%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (5.97%) Internet
2 2 (2.99%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (13.43%) SQL Server
2 6 (8.96%) Relational Database
3 4 (5.97%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (4.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 3 (4.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 3 (4.48%) RDBMS
4 3 (4.48%) Star Schema
4 3 (4.48%) DB2
5 2 (2.99%) MySQL
5 2 (2.99%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 2 (2.99%) SQL Server 2008
5 2 (2.99%) PerformancePoint
6 1 (1.49%) Big Data
6 1 (1.49%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 22 (32.84%) Selenium
2 17 (25.37%) JIRA
3 9 (13.43%) Cucumber
4 7 (10.45%) FitNesse
4 7 (10.45%) QuickTest Pro
5 5 (7.46%) JMeter
5 5 (7.46%) NUnit
6 4 (5.97%) Visual Studio
6 4 (5.97%) Bugzilla
6 4 (5.97%) Team Foundation Server
6 4 (5.97%) WebDriver
7 3 (4.48%) SoapUI
7 3 (4.48%) SpecFlow
7 3 (4.48%) TestDirector
8 2 (2.99%) Toad
8 2 (2.99%) Fiddler
8 2 (2.99%) LoadUI
8 2 (2.99%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 2 (2.99%) Zephyr
8 2 (2.99%) Calabash
General
1 23 (34.33%) Finance
2 14 (20.90%) Banking
3 8 (11.94%) Investment Banking
4 4 (5.97%) Front Office
4 4 (5.97%) Back Office
4 4 (5.97%) Advertising
5 3 (4.48%) Retail
6 2 (2.99%) Electronics
7 1 (1.49%) Marketing
7 1 (1.49%) Law
7 1 (1.49%) Games
Job Titles
1 25 (37.31%) Analyst
2 23 (34.33%) Test Analyst
3 20 (29.85%) Tester
4 10 (14.93%) Software Tester
5 5 (7.46%) Test Manager
5 5 (7.46%) Developer
6 4 (5.97%) Test Consultant
6 4 (5.97%) Consultant
6 4 (5.97%) Automation Tester
6 4 (5.97%) Automated Tester
7 3 (4.48%) Applications Support
7 3 (4.48%) QA Tester
8 2 (2.99%) Test Engineer
8 2 (2.99%) QA Analyst
8 2 (2.99%) Senior Consultant
8 2 (2.99%) Desktop Support
8 2 (2.99%) Software Engineer
8 2 (2.99%) Business Intelligence Developer
8 2 (2.99%) Senior Test Consultant
9 1 (1.49%) Testing Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (16.42%) Web Services
1 11 (16.42%) XML
2 10 (14.93%) .NET
3 5 (7.46%) JSON
4 3 (4.48%) REST
4 3 (4.48%) SOAP
5 2 (2.99%) HTML
5 2 (2.99%) ASP.NET
5 2 (2.99%) FIXML
5 2 (2.99%) FpML
5 2 (2.99%) MDX
6 1 (1.49%) OpenCL
6 1 (1.49%) DirectCompute
6 1 (1.49%) Guice
6 1 (1.49%) Velocity
6 1 (1.49%) Spring
6 1 (1.49%) SAML
6 1 (1.49%) Flash
6 1 (1.49%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 7 (10.45%) Fixed Income
2 6 (8.96%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 4 (5.97%) Derivative
3 4 (5.97%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (4.48%) Data Conversion
4 3 (4.48%) Data Integration
4 3 (4.48%) Computer Science
5 2 (2.99%) Device Driver
5 2 (2.99%) iPhone
5 2 (2.99%) Mobile App
5 2 (2.99%) iPad
5 2 (2.99%) Open Source
6 1 (1.49%) Digital Media
6 1 (1.49%) CUDA
6 1 (1.49%) User Experience
6 1 (1.49%) Equity Derivative
6 1 (1.49%) Spread Betting
6 1 (1.49%) Streaming Video
6 1 (1.49%) E-Learning
6 1 (1.49%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 4 (5.97%) Windows
2 2 (2.99%) Linux
2 2 (2.99%) Android
2 2 (2.99%) Apple iOS
3 1 (1.49%) Windows 7
3 1 (1.49%) Embedded Linux
3 1 (1.49%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (49.25%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (25.37%) Scrum
3 15 (22.39%) Test Automation
3 15 (22.39%) TDD
4 13 (19.40%) Test Scripting
5 10 (14.93%) User Acceptance Testing
5 10 (14.93%) System Testing
5 10 (14.93%) Integration Testing
5 10 (14.93%) BDD
6 9 (13.43%) Regression Testing
7 8 (11.94%) E-Commerce
7 8 (11.94%) Performance Testing
8 7 (10.45%) Continuous Integration
8 7 (10.45%) Test Management
8 7 (10.45%) Project Management
9 6 (8.96%) Validation
9 6 (8.96%) Migration
9 6 (8.96%) Stakeholder Management
9 6 (8.96%) Unit Testing
9 6 (8.96%) Data Migration
Programming Languages
1 26 (38.81%) SQL
2 13 (19.40%) C#
3 8 (11.94%) Java
4 3 (4.48%) JavaScript
4 3 (4.48%) C
4 3 (4.48%) PL/SQL
5 2 (2.99%) VB
5 2 (2.99%) C++
5 2 (2.99%) Python
5 2 (2.99%) Ruby
6 1 (1.49%) Jython
6 1 (1.49%) Perl
6 1 (1.49%) PHP
6 1 (1.49%) VBA
Qualifications
1 14 (20.90%) ISEB
2 9 (13.43%) ISTQB
3 6 (8.96%) Security Cleared
4 5 (7.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 5 (7.46%) Degree
5 3 (4.48%) DV Cleared
6 2 (2.99%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 1 (1.49%) SC Cleared
7 1 (1.49%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 1 (1.49%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (26.87%) QA
System Software
1 2 (2.99%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 16 (23.88%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (2.99%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 1 (1.49%) SCCM
Vendors
1 15 (22.39%) Microsoft
2 8 (11.94%) Oracle
3 7 (10.45%) HP
4 5 (7.46%) Charles River
5 3 (4.48%) Teradata
5 3 (4.48%) Informatica
6 2 (2.99%) Murex
6 2 (2.99%) Intershop
6 2 (2.99%) Demandware
7 1 (1.49%) Vermilion
7 1 (1.49%) SOASTA, Inc
7 1 (1.49%) Intel
7 1 (1.49%) Citrix
7 1 (1.49%) Reuters
7 1 (1.49%) Bloomberg
7 1 (1.49%) Apple
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