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 31 March 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
31 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Testing
Rank 238 228 230
Rank change year-on-year
-10 +2
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 424 438 342
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.85% 0.90% 0.81%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.11% 1.19% 1.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 217 255 209
Average daily rate
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£325 £338 £315
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.70% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £217 £175 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £323 £325 £303
% change year-on-year
-0.76% +7.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 14 19
Average hourly rate £35.00 £33.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% +10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.75 £15.00 £19.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.70 £38.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £33.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+6.06% +10.00%
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
38097 36662 31165
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 76.51% 75.49% 73.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 24143 22914 19112
Average daily rate £425 £408 £410
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.29% -0.60%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £580 £570 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £396 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+5.60% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1085 1077 1036
Average hourly rate £29.00 £27.00 £31.70
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.40% -14.82%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.40 £12.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £49.50 £51.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.20 £27.50 £32.00
% change year-on-year
+9.81% -14.06%

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 31 March 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 31 March 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 31 March 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 -25 143 £350 -9.67% 49
South East -18 122 £300 -11.11% 41
East of England +18 32 £290 -3.33% 11
North West +2 32 £328 +5.64% 20
Yorkshire -4 30 £388 +29.16% 25
South West -26 25 £425 +34.92% 10
West Midlands -11 13 £270 -22.85% 14
East Midlands -9 12 £343 +37.00% 10
Midlands - 5 £250 -
North East +10 4 £325 +22.64% 3
South Coast +4 4 - -
Software Testing
UK

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 31 March 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.

1 347 (41.46%) Agile Software Development
2 281 (33.57%) ISEB
3 249 (29.75%) SQL
4 229 (27.36%) ISTQB
5 193 (23.06%) Finance
6 185 (22.10%) Test Scripting
7 182 (21.74%) User Acceptance Testing
8 174 (20.79%) HP Quality Center
9 166 (19.83%) QA
10 158 (18.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 137 (16.37%) Java
12 129 (15.41%) Microsoft
13 125 (14.93%) Test Management
14 117 (13.98%) Selenium
14 117 (13.98%) XML
15 116 (13.86%) HP
16 115 (13.74%) Linux
17 113 (13.50%) Windows
17 113 (13.50%) Scrum
18 112 (13.38%) Test Automation
19 109 (13.02%) JIRA
20 104 (12.43%) Oracle
21 101 (12.07%) Security Cleared
22 100 (11.95%) .NET
23 97 (11.59%) TDD
24 95 (11.35%) Manual Testing
25 92 (10.99%) BDD
26 91 (10.87%) Banking
27 90 (10.75%) Waterfall
28 86 (10.27%) Integration Testing

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 31 March 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 (1.67%) SharePoint
2 13 (1.55%) BizTalk Server
2 13 (1.55%) CMS
3 9 (1.08%) WebLogic
3 9 (1.08%) IIS
4 7 (0.84%) JBoss
5 6 (0.72%) GlassFish
5 6 (0.72%) SharePoint 2010
5 6 (0.72%) Node.js
6 5 (0.60%) WebSphere
7 4 (0.48%) MS Exchange
7 4 (0.48%) Confluence
8 3 (0.36%) Documentum
8 3 (0.36%) MTS
8 3 (0.36%) Tomcat
9 2 (0.24%) Drupal
9 2 (0.24%) Lync
10 1 (0.12%) Exchange Server 2010
10 1 (0.12%) SharePoint 2013
10 1 (0.12%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 83 (9.92%) MS Excel
2 31 (3.70%) MS Office
3 8 (0.96%) MS Project
4 5 (0.60%) 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 (3.11%) Oracle EBS
2 12 (1.43%) Summit
3 6 (0.72%) Dynamics CRM
4 4 (0.48%) SAP FI
5 3 (0.36%) SAP BCA
5 3 (0.36%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 2 (0.24%) SAP Retail
6 2 (0.24%) Dynamics AX
6 2 (0.24%) SAP MM
6 2 (0.24%) SAP SD
6 2 (0.24%) Markit EDM
6 2 (0.24%) SAP HCM
6 2 (0.24%) Oracle Payables
6 2 (0.24%) Oracle Receivables
7 1 (0.12%) Hyperion Planning
7 1 (0.12%) Magento
7 1 (0.12%) Oracle Retail
7 1 (0.12%) Workday HCM
7 1 (0.12%) IntelliMatch
7 1 (0.12%) Oracle 11i
Cloud Services
1 7 (0.84%) SaaS
2 6 (0.72%) GitHub
3 3 (0.36%) Cloud Computing
3 3 (0.36%) Amazon EC2
3 3 (0.36%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (0.24%) AWS CloudFormation
4 2 (0.24%) Virtual Private Cloud
4 2 (0.24%) ElastiCache
4 2 (0.24%) Amazon ElastiCache
5 1 (0.12%) HP Helion
5 1 (0.12%) Amazon S3
5 1 (0.12%) Force.com
5 1 (0.12%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 43 (5.14%) SAN
2 32 (3.82%) Internet
3 16 (1.91%) HTTP
4 15 (1.79%) iSCSI
5 14 (1.67%) FCoE
5 14 (1.67%) Fibre Channel
6 11 (1.31%) TCP/IP
6 11 (1.31%) GSM
7 10 (1.19%) Wireless
8 9 (1.08%) HTTPS
8 9 (1.08%) UMTS
8 9 (1.08%) LTE
9 8 (0.96%) ATM
10 7 (0.84%) VoIP
10 7 (0.84%) 3G
10 7 (0.84%) GPRS
11 6 (0.72%) VoLTE
11 6 (0.72%) RTCP
11 6 (0.72%) RTP
11 6 (0.72%) 2G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (5.50%) Relational Database
2 45 (5.38%) SQL Server
3 30 (3.58%) Oracle Database
4 23 (2.75%) Data Warehouse
5 15 (1.79%) RDBMS
6 14 (1.67%) SQL Server 2012
7 13 (1.55%) MySQL
8 12 (1.43%) NoSQL
8 12 (1.43%) SAP BW
9 10 (1.19%) SQL Server 2008
9 10 (1.19%) MongoDB
10 7 (0.84%) Apache Cassandra
10 7 (0.84%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 7 (0.84%) Oracle Reports
11 6 (0.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 5 (0.60%) SQL Server 2005
12 5 (0.60%) Hadoop
12 5 (0.60%) Data Mining
13 4 (0.48%) DTS
13 4 (0.48%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 117 (13.98%) Selenium
2 109 (13.02%) JIRA
3 53 (6.33%) Team Foundation Server
4 47 (5.62%) QuickTest Pro
5 44 (5.26%) Git (software)
6 42 (5.02%) Cucumber
7 40 (4.78%) Visual Studio
8 35 (4.18%) LoadRunner
9 33 (3.94%) Eclipse
10 32 (3.82%) Jenkins
11 28 (3.35%) SpecFlow
11 28 (3.35%) WebDriver
12 24 (2.87%) SoapUI
13 22 (2.63%) JUnit
14 18 (2.15%) Maven
15 13 (1.55%) Subversion
16 12 (1.43%) Hudson
17 11 (1.31%) PHPUnit
18 9 (1.08%) Rational Functional Tester
19 8 (0.96%) LabVIEW
General
1 193 (23.06%) Finance
2 91 (10.87%) Banking
3 45 (5.38%) Investment Banking
4 40 (4.78%) Telecoms
5 24 (2.87%) Retail
6 12 (1.43%) Legal
7 11 (1.31%) Manufacturing
8 10 (1.19%) Back Office
9 9 (1.08%) Electronics
9 9 (1.08%) Games
9 9 (1.08%) General Ledger
10 8 (0.96%) Publishing
10 8 (0.96%) Billing
10 8 (0.96%) Marketing
11 7 (0.84%) Automotive
12 5 (0.60%) Front Office
13 4 (0.48%) Pharmaceutical
14 2 (0.24%) Financial Institution
14 2 (0.24%) Law
14 2 (0.24%) Wholesale Banking
Job Titles
1 330 (39.43%) Analyst
2 284 (33.93%) Test Analyst
3 115 (13.74%) Developer
4 110 (13.14%) Tester
5 78 (9.32%) Test Manager
6 69 (8.24%) Test Leader
7 58 (6.93%) Senior Analyst
8 52 (6.21%) Test Engineer
8 52 (6.21%) Senior Test Analyst
9 42 (5.02%) Consultant
10 29 (3.46%) Test Consultant
11 28 (3.35%) Agile Test Analyst
12 26 (3.11%) AWS Developer
12 26 (3.11%) Software Engineer
13 22 (2.63%) Software Tester
14 21 (2.51%) Automation Tester
15 19 (2.27%) Java Developer
15 19 (2.27%) Business Analyst
16 18 (2.15%) Technical Analyst
16 18 (2.15%) Technical Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 117 (13.98%) XML
2 100 (11.95%) .NET
3 74 (8.84%) HTML
4 60 (7.17%) Web Services
5 45 (5.38%) CSS
6 26 (3.11%) JSON
7 24 (2.87%) SOAP
8 23 (2.75%) Gherkin
9 22 (2.63%) REST
9 22 (2.63%) .NET Framework
10 17 (2.03%) Django
10 17 (2.03%) jQuery
10 17 (2.03%) ASP.NET
11 16 (1.91%) J2EE
11 16 (1.91%) XSLT
12 14 (1.67%) EJB
12 14 (1.67%) JSP
13 13 (1.55%) Middleware
14 11 (1.31%) XML Schema
15 10 (1.19%) Saxon XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 78 (9.32%) Analytical Skills
2 30 (3.58%) User Experience
3 25 (2.99%) Management Information System
4 18 (2.15%) Mobile App
5 16 (1.91%) Open Source
5 16 (1.91%) Digital Media
6 15 (1.79%) Enterprise Software
6 15 (1.79%) Computer Science
7 14 (1.67%) Client/Server
8 10 (1.19%) Derivative
8 10 (1.19%) New Media
9 8 (0.96%) EPoS
10 7 (0.84%) MPEG
10 7 (0.84%) Interest Rate Derivative
10 7 (0.84%) Fixed Income
10 7 (0.84%) Data Integration
11 6 (0.72%) SWIFT
11 6 (0.72%) STB
12 5 (0.60%) Device Driver
12 5 (0.60%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 115 (13.74%) Linux
2 113 (13.50%) Windows
3 69 (8.24%) UNIX
4 25 (2.99%) Android
5 24 (2.87%) Windows 7
5 24 (2.87%) Apple iOS
6 21 (2.51%) Windows XP
7 19 (2.27%) AIX
8 11 (1.31%) Windows Server 2008
9 10 (1.19%) Windows Server 2003
9 10 (1.19%) Ubuntu
10 4 (0.48%) Windows 2000
10 4 (0.48%) Windows Server 2012
11 3 (0.36%) Windows 8
12 2 (0.24%) Windows Mobile
12 2 (0.24%) Embedded Linux
12 2 (0.24%) Debian
12 2 (0.24%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 1 (0.12%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.12%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 347 (41.46%) Agile Software Development
2 185 (22.10%) Test Scripting
3 182 (21.74%) User Acceptance Testing
4 125 (14.93%) Test Management
5 113 (13.50%) Scrum
6 112 (13.38%) Test Automation
7 97 (11.59%) TDD
8 95 (11.35%) Manual Testing
9 92 (10.99%) BDD
10 90 (10.75%) Waterfall
11 86 (10.27%) Integration Testing
12 82 (9.80%) Regression Testing
13 76 (9.08%) Validation
14 73 (8.72%) Automated Testing
15 70 (8.36%) Test Planning
16 69 (8.24%) Test Strategy
17 68 (8.12%) Software Engineering
18 57 (6.81%) V-Model
19 46 (5.50%) Functional Testing
20 40 (4.78%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 249 (29.75%) SQL
2 137 (16.37%) Java
3 81 (9.68%) JavaScript
4 69 (8.24%) Python
5 61 (7.29%) C#
6 39 (4.66%) C++
6 39 (4.66%) VBA
7 33 (3.94%) Perl
8 32 (3.82%) C
9 26 (3.11%) Shell Script
10 24 (2.87%) PHP
11 23 (2.75%) T-SQL
11 23 (2.75%) Ruby
12 20 (2.39%) VB
13 19 (2.27%) Scala
14 17 (2.03%) VB.NET
14 17 (2.03%) VBScript
15 13 (1.55%) PL/SQL
16 11 (1.31%) XQuery
17 9 (1.08%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 281 (33.57%) ISEB
2 229 (27.36%) ISTQB
3 158 (18.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 101 (12.07%) Security Cleared
5 72 (8.60%) SC Cleared
6 52 (6.21%) Degree
7 33 (3.94%) DV Cleared
8 24 (2.87%) ISEB Practitioner
9 21 (2.51%) HND
10 6 (0.72%) Microsoft Certification
11 4 (0.48%) MCSE
11 4 (0.48%) CTC Cleared
11 4 (0.48%) MCITP
12 3 (0.36%) CRISC
12 3 (0.36%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 3 (0.36%) MCSA
12 3 (0.36%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 3 (0.36%) CISSP
12 3 (0.36%) MCTS
12 3 (0.36%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 166 (19.83%) QA
2 7 (0.84%) ISO 9001
2 7 (0.84%) ISO 14001
2 7 (0.84%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 2 (0.24%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 2 (0.24%) FATCA
5 1 (0.12%) HL7
5 1 (0.12%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.12%) DO-178B
5 1 (0.12%) Solvency II
5 1 (0.12%) GCP
5 1 (0.12%) GMP
5 1 (0.12%) SLA
5 1 (0.12%) ISO 8583
System Software
1 18 (2.15%) VMware Infrastructure
2 10 (1.19%) Active Directory
3 4 (0.48%) Hyper-V
4 3 (0.36%) XenApp
4 3 (0.36%) Firmware
4 3 (0.36%) VMware ESX
5 1 (0.12%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 1 (0.12%) XenDesktop
5 1 (0.12%) NFS
Systems Management
1 174 (20.79%) HP Quality Center
2 8 (0.96%) Tivoli
2 8 (0.96%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
3 4 (0.48%) Nessus
3 4 (0.48%) Nmap
4 3 (0.36%) McAfee ePO
5 2 (0.24%) Netcool
6 1 (0.12%) Backup Exec
6 1 (0.12%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 1 (0.12%) Puppet
6 1 (0.12%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 129 (15.41%) Microsoft
2 116 (13.86%) HP
3 104 (12.43%) Oracle
4 45 (5.38%) Citrix
5 37 (4.42%) SAP
6 23 (2.75%) VMware
7 18 (2.15%) Veritas
8 11 (1.31%) IBM
9 9 (1.08%) Salesforce.com
10 7 (0.84%) Business Objects
10 7 (0.84%) Murex
11 6 (0.72%) ATG
11 6 (0.72%) Perforce
11 6 (0.72%) Talend
12 5 (0.60%) Ektron
12 5 (0.60%) Calypso
12 5 (0.60%) Progress
12 5 (0.60%) Cisco
13 4 (0.48%) Reuters
13 4 (0.48%) hybris
London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: From £600 to £650 per day
Posted: 2 hours ago
Warwickshire
Connectus
Rate: £31.44 per hour
Posted: 18 hours ago
Staines, Middlesex
Experis Ltd
Rate: £230 - £260 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
West Midlands
X4 Group
Rate: £250 - 300 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
South West England
People Source
Rate: £325 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £400.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £250 - £280 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Sheffield
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 11 days ago
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £450.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 13 days ago
Bracknell
Interquest - ITQ Financial - Tunbridge Wells
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 17 days ago
City of London
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 19 days ago
Coventry
Interquest - IQ Telecom
Rate: £150 - £300 per day
Posted: 27 days ago
Derbyshire
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: Excellent Day Rate
Posted: 27 days ago
City of London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £380.00 - £425.00 per day
Posted: 27 days ago