The table below looks at the statistics for Software Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Software Testing over the 3 months to 20 April 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
20 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Testing
Rank 251 224 230
Rank change year-on-year
-27 +6
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 427 491 358
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.84% 0.96% 0.83%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.10% 1.27% 1.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 211 293 223
Average daily rate
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£325 £330 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.51% +1.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £190 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £482 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £303
% change year-on-year
- +7.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 11 18
Average hourly rate £35.00 £37.50 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% +25.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.75 £26.00 £19.63
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £38.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £37.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-5.40% +23.33%
Software Testing
UK

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

Processes & Methodologies Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
38794 38552 31986
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 76.59% 75.22% 74.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 24564 24328 19575
Average daily rate £423 £405 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.32% -1.81%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £585 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £393 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+4.66% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1114 1125 1014
Average hourly rate £29.00 £27.50 £31.70
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.45% -13.24%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £12.31 £13.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £50.00 £54.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.44 £30.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
+4.80% -6.25%

Software Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in England

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

Software Testing Jobs Demand Trend in England

Software Testing
Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Software Testing Daily Rate Trend in England

Software Testing
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Testing across the England region over the 3 months to 20 April 2015.

Software Testing Daily Rate Histogram in England

Software Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Software Testing Hourly Rate Trend in England

Software Testing
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Testing across the England region over the 3 months to 20 April 2015.

Software Testing Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Software Testing
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Testing within the England region over the 3 months to 20 April 2015. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -22 160 £400 +2.17% 53
South East -21 113 £310 -8.14% 38
North West -5 33 £325 +4.83% 15
East of England +35 30 £290 -20.00% 11
Yorkshire -10 27 £388 +21.09% 9
South West -41 24 £425 +30.76% 19
West Midlands -10 14 £275 -18.51% 16
East Midlands -8 12 £343 +37.00% 7
Midlands - 6 £250 -
South Coast - 6 - -
North East -2 1 £325 -7.14% 2
Software Testing
UK

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 20 April 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England 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.

1 339 (40.99%) Agile Software Development
2 247 (29.87%) ISEB
3 237 (28.66%) SQL
4 212 (25.63%) ISTQB
5 187 (22.61%) Finance
6 178 (21.52%) Test Scripting
7 166 (20.07%) User Acceptance Testing
8 153 (18.50%) QA
9 151 (18.26%) HP Quality Center
10 146 (17.65%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 136 (16.44%) Microsoft
12 131 (15.84%) Java
13 121 (14.63%) Test Automation
14 120 (14.51%) Test Management
15 114 (13.78%) Windows
16 113 (13.66%) Linux
16 113 (13.66%) HP
17 111 (13.42%) .NET
18 110 (13.30%) XML
18 110 (13.30%) Scrum
19 109 (13.18%) Selenium
20 104 (12.58%) Oracle
21 100 (12.09%) JIRA
22 96 (11.61%) Security Cleared
23 90 (10.88%) Manual Testing
24 88 (10.64%) Banking
25 85 (10.28%) MS Excel
26 84 (10.16%) TDD
27 82 (9.92%) BDD
28 80 (9.67%) Waterfall

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 20 April 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England 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 14 (1.69%) SharePoint
2 13 (1.57%) BizTalk Server
2 13 (1.57%) CMS
3 8 (0.97%) WebLogic
3 8 (0.97%) IIS
4 6 (0.73%) SharePoint 2010
4 6 (0.73%) GlassFish
4 6 (0.73%) JBoss
5 5 (0.60%) MS Exchange
5 5 (0.60%) Confluence
6 4 (0.48%) WebSphere
7 3 (0.36%) MTS
7 3 (0.36%) Documentum
8 2 (0.24%) Node.js
8 2 (0.24%) Lync
8 2 (0.24%) Drupal
8 2 (0.24%) ATG Dynamo
9 1 (0.12%) SAP EP
9 1 (0.12%) LiveLink
9 1 (0.12%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 85 (10.28%) MS Excel
2 32 (3.87%) MS Office
3 5 (0.60%) MS Project
4 3 (0.36%) MS PowerPoint
5 2 (0.24%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (0.24%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.12%) Windchill
6 1 (0.12%) Doxygen
6 1 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 26 (3.14%) Oracle EBS
2 9 (1.09%) Summit
3 6 (0.73%) Dynamics CRM
4 3 (0.36%) MultiFonds
4 3 (0.36%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 3 (0.36%) SAP BCA
5 2 (0.24%) Oracle Payables
5 2 (0.24%) Oracle Receivables
5 2 (0.24%) Markit EDM
5 2 (0.24%) SAP HCM
5 2 (0.24%) Magento
5 2 (0.24%) SAP FI
5 2 (0.24%) SAP MM
5 2 (0.24%) SAP SD
5 2 (0.24%) SAP Retail
6 1 (0.12%) Oracle HRMS
6 1 (0.12%) Oracle Applications
6 1 (0.12%) LatentZero
6 1 (0.12%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.12%) Oracle 11i
Cloud Services
1 7 (0.85%) SaaS
2 6 (0.73%) GitHub
3 3 (0.36%) Cloud Computing
4 2 (0.24%) Amazon ElastiCache
4 2 (0.24%) FinancialForce.com
4 2 (0.24%) AWS CloudFormation
4 2 (0.24%) Virtual Private Cloud
4 2 (0.24%) Amazon EC2
4 2 (0.24%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (0.12%) Force.com
5 1 (0.12%) Google Apps
5 1 (0.12%) HP Helion
Communications & Networking
1 45 (5.44%) SAN
2 29 (3.51%) Internet
3 17 (2.06%) iSCSI
4 16 (1.93%) FCoE
4 16 (1.93%) Fibre Channel
4 16 (1.93%) HTTP
5 11 (1.33%) TCP/IP
5 11 (1.33%) GSM
6 10 (1.21%) LTE
7 9 (1.09%) Wireless
7 9 (1.09%) UMTS
7 9 (1.09%) HTTPS
8 8 (0.97%) VoIP
8 8 (0.97%) 3G
9 7 (0.85%) ATM
9 7 (0.85%) GPRS
10 6 (0.73%) VoLTE
10 6 (0.73%) CDMA
10 6 (0.73%) RTCP
10 6 (0.73%) RTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 50 (6.05%) SQL Server
2 39 (4.72%) Relational Database
3 30 (3.63%) Oracle Database
4 22 (2.66%) Data Warehouse
5 18 (2.18%) SQL Server 2012
6 14 (1.69%) RDBMS
7 11 (1.33%) NoSQL
8 10 (1.21%) SQL Server 2008
9 9 (1.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 8 (0.97%) MySQL
10 8 (0.97%) SAP BW
11 7 (0.85%) Oracle Reports
12 6 (0.73%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 5 (0.60%) SQL Server 2005
13 5 (0.60%) MongoDB
14 4 (0.48%) Hadoop
14 4 (0.48%) Data Mining
14 4 (0.48%) DTS
15 3 (0.36%) Oracle OWB
15 3 (0.36%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 109 (13.18%) Selenium
2 100 (12.09%) JIRA
3 53 (6.41%) Team Foundation Server
4 42 (5.08%) QuickTest Pro
5 41 (4.96%) Cucumber
5 41 (4.96%) Git (software)
6 35 (4.23%) Visual Studio
7 34 (4.11%) Eclipse
8 33 (3.99%) LoadRunner
9 28 (3.39%) Jenkins
10 27 (3.26%) WebDriver
11 25 (3.02%) SpecFlow
12 21 (2.54%) JUnit
13 19 (2.30%) SoapUI
14 17 (2.06%) Maven
15 16 (1.93%) Subversion
16 10 (1.21%) PHPUnit
17 8 (0.97%) FitNesse
17 8 (0.97%) Rational Functional Tester
17 8 (0.97%) LabVIEW
General
1 187 (22.61%) Finance
2 88 (10.64%) Banking
3 46 (5.56%) Investment Banking
4 41 (4.96%) Telecoms
5 24 (2.90%) Retail
6 13 (1.57%) Legal
6 13 (1.57%) General Ledger
7 10 (1.21%) Marketing
7 10 (1.21%) Back Office
7 10 (1.21%) Manufacturing
7 10 (1.21%) Games
8 9 (1.09%) Electronics
8 9 (1.09%) Billing
9 8 (0.97%) Publishing
10 7 (0.85%) Front Office
11 5 (0.60%) Automotive
12 4 (0.48%) Pharmaceutical
13 3 (0.36%) Retail Banking
13 3 (0.36%) Financial Institution
14 2 (0.24%) Wholesale Banking
Job Titles
1 318 (38.45%) Analyst
2 266 (32.16%) Test Analyst
3 115 (13.91%) Developer
4 106 (12.82%) Tester
5 76 (9.19%) Test Manager
6 64 (7.74%) Test Leader
7 54 (6.53%) Test Engineer
8 53 (6.41%) Senior Analyst
9 46 (5.56%) Senior Test Analyst
10 43 (5.20%) Consultant
11 31 (3.75%) Test Consultant
11 31 (3.75%) Agile Test Analyst
12 28 (3.39%) AWS Developer
13 27 (3.26%) Software Engineer
14 25 (3.02%) Business Analyst
15 23 (2.78%) Software Tester
16 17 (2.06%) QA Analyst
16 17 (2.06%) Technical Analyst
16 17 (2.06%) Technical Test Analyst
16 17 (2.06%) Automation Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 111 (13.42%) .NET
2 110 (13.30%) XML
3 64 (7.74%) HTML
4 57 (6.89%) Web Services
5 40 (4.84%) CSS
6 30 (3.63%) SOAP
7 28 (3.39%) JSON
8 26 (3.14%) Gherkin
8 26 (3.14%) .NET Framework
9 25 (3.02%) ASP.NET
10 17 (2.06%) Django
11 16 (1.93%) XSLT
11 16 (1.93%) J2EE
12 15 (1.81%) REST
13 14 (1.69%) EJB
13 14 (1.69%) JSP
14 13 (1.57%) Middleware
14 13 (1.57%) Ajax
15 11 (1.33%) XML Schema
15 11 (1.33%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 68 (8.22%) Analytical Skills
2 27 (3.26%) User Experience
3 26 (3.14%) Management Information System
4 20 (2.42%) Mobile App
5 17 (2.06%) Open Source
6 15 (1.81%) Digital Media
7 13 (1.57%) New Media
8 12 (1.45%) Computer Science
9 11 (1.33%) Client/Server
9 11 (1.33%) Derivative
9 11 (1.33%) Enterprise Software
10 9 (1.09%) MPEG
11 8 (0.97%) Data Integration
11 8 (0.97%) EPoS
11 8 (0.97%) STB
12 7 (0.85%) Fixed Income
12 7 (0.85%) Interest Rate Derivative
13 6 (0.73%) SWIFT
13 6 (0.73%) Credit Risk
13 6 (0.73%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 114 (13.78%) Windows
2 113 (13.66%) Linux
3 65 (7.86%) UNIX
4 26 (3.14%) Android
5 24 (2.90%) Apple iOS
6 22 (2.66%) AIX
7 21 (2.54%) Windows 7
8 16 (1.93%) Windows XP
9 9 (1.09%) Ubuntu
9 9 (1.09%) Windows Server 2008
10 8 (0.97%) Windows Server 2003
11 4 (0.48%) Windows Server 2012
11 4 (0.48%) Windows 2000
12 3 (0.36%) Windows 8
13 2 (0.24%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 2 (0.24%) Solaris
13 2 (0.24%) Embedded Linux
14 1 (0.12%) CentOS
14 1 (0.12%) Mac OS
14 1 (0.12%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 339 (40.99%) Agile Software Development
2 178 (21.52%) Test Scripting
3 166 (20.07%) User Acceptance Testing
4 121 (14.63%) Test Automation
5 120 (14.51%) Test Management
6 110 (13.30%) Scrum
7 90 (10.88%) Manual Testing
8 84 (10.16%) TDD
9 82 (9.92%) BDD
10 80 (9.67%) Waterfall
10 80 (9.67%) Regression Testing
11 76 (9.19%) Integration Testing
12 74 (8.95%) Test Planning
13 70 (8.46%) Validation
14 69 (8.34%) Automated Testing
15 64 (7.74%) Software Engineering
16 62 (7.50%) Test Strategy
17 46 (5.56%) V-Model
18 45 (5.44%) Functional Testing
19 40 (4.84%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 237 (28.66%) SQL
2 131 (15.84%) Java
3 77 (9.31%) C#
4 72 (8.71%) JavaScript
5 70 (8.46%) Python
6 38 (4.59%) VBA
7 37 (4.47%) C++
7 37 (4.47%) Perl
8 31 (3.75%) C
9 27 (3.26%) T-SQL
9 27 (3.26%) Shell Script
10 22 (2.66%) VB.NET
11 20 (2.42%) VB
12 19 (2.30%) VBScript
12 19 (2.30%) Ruby
13 15 (1.81%) Scala
14 14 (1.69%) PHP
15 13 (1.57%) PL/SQL
16 11 (1.33%) XQuery
17 9 (1.09%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 247 (29.87%) ISEB
2 212 (25.63%) ISTQB
3 146 (17.65%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 96 (11.61%) Security Cleared
5 68 (8.22%) SC Cleared
6 56 (6.77%) Degree
7 31 (3.75%) DV Cleared
8 21 (2.54%) HND
9 18 (2.18%) ISEB Practitioner
10 6 (0.73%) Microsoft Certification
11 4 (0.48%) CTC Cleared
11 4 (0.48%) MCSE
11 4 (0.48%) MCITP
12 3 (0.36%) MCTS
12 3 (0.36%) ITIL Certification
12 3 (0.36%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 3 (0.36%) CISSP
12 3 (0.36%) CISA
12 3 (0.36%) CISM
12 3 (0.36%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 153 (18.50%) QA
2 6 (0.73%) ISO 9001
2 6 (0.73%) ISO 14001
3 5 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 2 (0.24%) FATCA
5 2 (0.24%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.24%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 1 (0.12%) ISO 8583
6 1 (0.12%) GCP
6 1 (0.12%) GMP
6 1 (0.12%) SLA
6 1 (0.12%) HL7
6 1 (0.12%) Solvency II
6 1 (0.12%) DO-178B
System Software
1 21 (2.54%) VMware Infrastructure
2 8 (0.97%) Active Directory
3 4 (0.48%) Hyper-V
4 3 (0.36%) VMware ESX
5 1 (0.12%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 1 (0.12%) Firmware
5 1 (0.12%) NFS
5 1 (0.12%) XenApp
5 1 (0.12%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 151 (18.26%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (0.85%) Tivoli
2 7 (0.85%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
3 4 (0.48%) Nmap
3 4 (0.48%) Nessus
4 3 (0.36%) McAfee ePO
5 2 (0.24%) Netcool
6 1 (0.12%) Backup Exec
6 1 (0.12%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 136 (16.44%) Microsoft
2 113 (13.66%) HP
3 104 (12.58%) Oracle
4 43 (5.20%) Citrix
5 29 (3.51%) SAP
6 28 (3.39%) VMware
7 21 (2.54%) Veritas
8 16 (1.93%) IBM
9 9 (1.09%) Salesforce.com
10 7 (0.85%) Perforce
10 7 (0.85%) Ektron
11 6 (0.73%) Talend
11 6 (0.73%) Cisco
11 6 (0.73%) ATG
12 5 (0.60%) Calypso
12 5 (0.60%) Murex
12 5 (0.60%) Progress
13 4 (0.48%) hybris
13 4 (0.48%) TIBCO
13 4 (0.48%) Reuters
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
City, London
Austin Fraser
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 13 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: 18 hours ago
Winchester, Hampshire
Connectus
Rate: £40 per hour
Posted: 19 hours ago
Winchester, Hampshire
Hays Talent Solutions
Rate: £35.00 - £40.00 per hour
Posted: 20 hours ago
Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire
Executive Resource Group
Rate: From £275 to £300 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Berkshire
Austin Fraser
Rate: NEG
Posted: 4 days ago
Halifax, West Yorkshire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Rate: up to 280 per day DOE
Posted: 4 days ago
Guildford, Surrey
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £35000 - £42750 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Connectus
Rate: £345 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Up to £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Basingstoke
Interquest - IQ ESM
Rate: £100 - £119 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
Coventry
Interquest - IQ Telecom
Rate: £150 - £300 per day
Posted: 13 days ago