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 28 August 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Testing
Rank 222 253 262
Rank change year-on-year
+31 +9
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 537 402 362
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 1.01% 0.80% 0.75%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.29% 1.04% 1.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 270 197 216
Average daily rate
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£363 £336 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.80% -0.37%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £249 £227 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £450 £437
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+6.15% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 12 16
Average hourly rate £20.00 £36.25 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-44.82% +13.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.26 £30.40 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.60 £42.25 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £36.25 £11.50
% change year-on-year
-44.82% +215.21%
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
41497 38505 36269
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 78.08% 76.52% 75.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 27539 24264 22731
Average daily rate £425 £413 £410
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.03% +0.60%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £292 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1118 1078 1016
Average hourly rate £31.22 £23.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+35.73% -23.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.82 £12.50 £12.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £46.30 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £25.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+30.00% -16.66%

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 28 August 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 28 August 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 28 August 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 +38 185 £425 +21.42% 44
South East -12 105 £375 +15.38% 46
South West +4 49 £325 -6.81% 16
North West -9 48 £475 +53.22% 40
Yorkshire +3 47 £393 +15.44% 9
North East -6 32 £493 +36.80% 2
West Midlands 0 24 £301 +3.87% 10
East of England +4 20 £288 -20.68% 17
East Midlands -10 13 £175 -39.13% 8
Midlands +13 12 - -
South Coast +1 4 - -
Software Testing
UK

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 28 August 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.

1 396 (40.37%) Agile Software Development
2 265 (27.01%) ISEB
3 262 (26.71%) SQL
4 259 (26.40%) Finance
5 227 (23.14%) ISTQB
6 209 (21.30%) Test Automation
7 182 (18.55%) Test Scripting
8 177 (18.04%) User Acceptance Testing
9 169 (17.23%) QA
10 159 (16.21%) Java
11 140 (14.27%) Microsoft
12 139 (14.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 137 (13.97%) SDLC
14 134 (13.66%) .NET
15 125 (12.74%) Test Management
16 120 (12.23%) Selenium
17 118 (12.03%) Oracle
18 117 (11.93%) Scrum
19 116 (11.82%) C#
20 114 (11.62%) Banking
20 114 (11.62%) HP Quality Center
21 106 (10.81%) BDD
22 97 (9.89%) JIRA
23 95 (9.68%) Security Cleared
23 95 (9.68%) HP
24 94 (9.58%) Regression Testing
24 94 (9.58%) Cucumber
24 94 (9.58%) Analytical Skills
24 94 (9.58%) Test Strategy
25 93 (9.48%) XML

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 (1.43%) CMS
2 12 (1.22%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 10 (1.02%) WebLogic
4 9 (0.92%) Confluence
5 8 (0.82%) BizTalk Server
5 8 (0.82%) WebSphere
6 7 (0.71%) SharePoint
6 7 (0.71%) SAS
7 6 (0.61%) MS Exchange
7 6 (0.61%) Documentum
7 6 (0.61%) IIS
7 6 (0.61%) JBoss
7 6 (0.61%) LiveLink
8 5 (0.51%) WordPress
9 4 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2010
9 4 (0.41%) ATG Dynamo
9 4 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2007
9 4 (0.41%) Apache
9 4 (0.41%) WebSphere Application Server
10 3 (0.31%) Drupal
Applications
1 63 (6.42%) MS Excel
2 20 (2.04%) MS Office
3 6 (0.61%) MS Project
3 6 (0.61%) Spreadsheet
4 3 (0.31%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.10%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 6 (0.61%) MultiFonds
1 6 (0.61%) Magento
1 6 (0.61%) Oracle Payables
1 6 (0.61%) Oracle Receivables
2 5 (0.51%) SAP FI
3 4 (0.41%) Summit
4 3 (0.31%) SAP CO
4 3 (0.31%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 3 (0.31%) Dynamics CRM
4 3 (0.31%) SAP FI/CO
4 3 (0.31%) TRIRIGA
5 2 (0.20%) Markit EDM
5 2 (0.20%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 2 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.20%) Temenos T24
6 1 (0.10%) Oracle EBS R12
6 1 (0.10%) Cognos TM1
6 1 (0.10%) SAP Retail
6 1 (0.10%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.10%) Line 500
Cloud Services
1 6 (0.61%) Amazon AWS
2 5 (0.51%) Google Analytics
3 3 (0.31%) Cloud Computing
4 2 (0.20%) PaaS
4 2 (0.20%) Taleo
4 2 (0.20%) HP Helion
5 1 (0.10%) Office 365
5 1 (0.10%) SuccessFactors
5 1 (0.10%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 21 (2.14%) Internet
2 20 (2.04%) SAN
3 15 (1.53%) Firewall
4 11 (1.12%) TCP/IP
5 10 (1.02%) ATM
6 9 (0.92%) LTE
7 8 (0.82%) GSM
7 8 (0.82%) HTTP
8 7 (0.71%) 3G
8 7 (0.71%) Wireless
8 7 (0.71%) FCoE
8 7 (0.71%) Fibre Channel
8 7 (0.71%) 4G
8 7 (0.71%) DAB
8 7 (0.71%) iSCSI
9 6 (0.61%) Wi-Fi
9 6 (0.61%) VPN
9 6 (0.61%) WAN
9 6 (0.61%) VoIP
9 6 (0.61%) LAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 66 (6.73%) SQL Server
2 30 (3.06%) Relational Database
3 26 (2.65%) Oracle Database
4 16 (1.63%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 16 (1.63%) Data Warehouse
5 13 (1.33%) SQL Server 2012
6 12 (1.22%) Oracle Reports
7 11 (1.12%) MySQL
8 10 (1.02%) RDBMS
8 10 (1.02%) Data Mining
8 10 (1.02%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 9 (0.92%) SQL Server 2008
9 9 (0.92%) NoSQL
10 7 (0.71%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 7 (0.71%) DB2
11 6 (0.61%) JasperReports
12 5 (0.51%) SQL Server 2005
12 5 (0.51%) Hadoop
12 5 (0.51%) Big Data
13 4 (0.41%) DTS
Development Applications
1 120 (12.23%) Selenium
2 97 (9.89%) JIRA
3 94 (9.58%) Cucumber
4 78 (7.95%) SoapUI
5 60 (6.12%) HP UFT
6 56 (5.71%) Visual Studio
7 50 (5.10%) Team Foundation Server
8 49 (4.99%) LoadRunner
9 44 (4.49%) WebDriver
10 42 (4.28%) Jenkins
11 34 (3.47%) JMeter
12 31 (3.16%) JUnit
12 31 (3.16%) SpecFlow
13 26 (2.65%) Subversion
14 22 (2.24%) Git (software)
15 17 (1.73%) Maven
16 16 (1.63%) FitNesse
17 13 (1.33%) NUnit
17 13 (1.33%) Facilita Forecast
18 12 (1.22%) JBehave
General
1 259 (26.40%) Finance
2 114 (11.62%) Banking
3 73 (7.44%) Telecoms
4 48 (4.89%) Investment Banking
5 42 (4.28%) Retail
6 21 (2.14%) Legal
7 14 (1.43%) Front Office
7 14 (1.43%) Games
8 12 (1.22%) Publishing
9 10 (1.02%) Back Office
10 9 (0.92%) Marketing
11 8 (0.82%) General Ledger
12 7 (0.71%) Billing
12 7 (0.71%) Advertising
13 6 (0.61%) Financial Institution
13 6 (0.61%) Manufacturing
13 6 (0.61%) Retail Banking
14 5 (0.51%) Electronics
15 3 (0.31%) Automotive
16 2 (0.20%) Law
Job Titles
1 352 (35.88%) Analyst
2 299 (30.48%) Test Analyst
3 133 (13.56%) Tester
4 121 (12.33%) Developer
5 113 (11.52%) Test Manager
6 87 (8.87%) Test Leader
7 52 (5.30%) Consultant
7 52 (5.30%) Test Engineer
8 45 (4.59%) Senior Analyst
8 45 (4.59%) Test Consultant
9 39 (3.98%) Agile Test Analyst
10 32 (3.26%) Software Tester
11 30 (3.06%) Business Analyst
12 29 (2.96%) Senior Test Analyst
13 27 (2.75%) Automation Analyst
14 25 (2.55%) Automation Test Analyst
15 24 (2.45%) QA Analyst
16 18 (1.83%) QA Tester
16 18 (1.83%) Technical Analyst
16 18 (1.83%) AWS Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 134 (13.66%) .NET
2 93 (9.48%) XML
3 84 (8.56%) Web Services
4 70 (7.14%) SOAP
5 59 (6.01%) HTML
6 43 (4.38%) Gherkin
7 35 (3.57%) CSS
8 31 (3.16%) ASP.NET
9 24 (2.45%) REST
10 23 (2.34%) .NET Framework
11 20 (2.04%) Middleware
12 15 (1.53%) Spring
12 15 (1.53%) HTML5
13 14 (1.43%) J2EE
14 11 (1.12%) AngularJS
14 11 (1.12%) JSON
14 11 (1.12%) Django
15 9 (0.92%) Ajax
15 9 (0.92%) XML Messaging
16 8 (0.82%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 94 (9.58%) Analytical Skills
2 38 (3.87%) Management Information System
3 30 (3.06%) New Media
4 25 (2.55%) Mobile App
5 20 (2.04%) User Experience
6 19 (1.94%) Fixed Income
7 18 (1.83%) Computer Science
7 18 (1.83%) Client/Server
8 15 (1.53%) NHS
9 14 (1.43%) EPoS
9 14 (1.43%) Smart Meter
10 13 (1.33%) Performance Metrics
11 11 (1.12%) Data Structures
11 11 (1.12%) Algorithms
11 11 (1.12%) Data Centre
11 11 (1.12%) SWIFT
11 11 (1.12%) Digital Media
12 9 (0.92%) STB
12 9 (0.92%) Derivative
12 9 (0.92%) MPEG
Operating Systems
1 92 (9.38%) Windows
2 68 (6.93%) UNIX
3 67 (6.83%) Linux
4 29 (2.96%) Android
5 22 (2.24%) Apple iOS
6 11 (1.12%) AIX
7 8 (0.82%) Windows 7
8 6 (0.61%) Windows Server 2008
8 6 (0.61%) Windows Server 2012
8 6 (0.61%) Solaris
8 6 (0.61%) Windows XP
9 3 (0.31%) Ubuntu
9 3 (0.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 2 (0.20%) Embedded Linux
10 2 (0.20%) Windows Server 2003
11 1 (0.10%) Windows Mobile
11 1 (0.10%) CentOS
11 1 (0.10%) Oracle Linux
11 1 (0.10%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 396 (40.37%) Agile Software Development
2 209 (21.30%) Test Automation
3 182 (18.55%) Test Scripting
4 177 (18.04%) User Acceptance Testing
5 137 (13.97%) SDLC
6 125 (12.74%) Test Management
7 117 (11.93%) Scrum
8 106 (10.81%) BDD
9 94 (9.58%) Test Strategy
9 94 (9.58%) Regression Testing
10 88 (8.97%) Waterfall
11 83 (8.46%) Automated Testing
12 82 (8.36%) TDD
12 82 (8.36%) Manual Testing
13 72 (7.34%) Integration Testing
14 69 (7.03%) Test Planning
15 62 (6.32%) Security Testing
16 60 (6.12%) Migration
17 57 (5.81%) Performance Testing
17 57 (5.81%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 262 (26.71%) SQL
2 159 (16.21%) Java
3 116 (11.82%) C#
4 68 (6.93%) JavaScript
5 62 (6.32%) Python
6 46 (4.69%) C++
7 30 (3.06%) T-SQL
7 30 (3.06%) Ruby
8 25 (2.55%) Perl
9 23 (2.34%) VB
10 20 (2.04%) VB.NET
10 20 (2.04%) C
11 19 (1.94%) Shell Script
12 17 (1.73%) VBScript
13 15 (1.53%) PL/SQL
14 11 (1.12%) VBA
15 10 (1.02%) F#
16 9 (0.92%) Bash Shell
17 6 (0.61%) Groovy
18 4 (0.41%) Scala
Qualifications
1 265 (27.01%) ISEB
2 227 (23.14%) ISTQB
3 139 (14.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 95 (9.68%) Security Cleared
5 69 (7.03%) Degree
6 60 (6.12%) SC Cleared
7 32 (3.26%) ISEB Practitioner
8 30 (3.06%) DV Cleared
9 17 (1.73%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 10 (1.02%) Microsoft Certification
11 8 (0.82%) MCSE
12 6 (0.61%) MCSA
12 6 (0.61%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 6 (0.61%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 4 (0.41%) HP AIS
13 4 (0.41%) Cisco Certification
13 4 (0.41%) CISM
13 4 (0.41%) CCNA
14 3 (0.31%) CISSP
14 3 (0.31%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 169 (17.23%) QA
2 10 (1.02%) PCI DSS
3 7 (0.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.31%) SLA
5 2 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 2 (0.20%) MiFID
5 2 (0.20%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.20%) EMIR
5 2 (0.20%) Dodd-Frank
6 1 (0.10%) IEC 61508
6 1 (0.10%) HL7
6 1 (0.10%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.10%) GxP
System Software
1 16 (1.63%) VMware Infrastructure
2 12 (1.22%) Active Directory
3 4 (0.41%) vSphere
4 3 (0.31%) Firmware
5 2 (0.20%) Oracle RAC
6 1 (0.10%) Varnish
6 1 (0.10%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.10%) Snort
6 1 (0.10%) Squid
Systems Management
1 114 (11.62%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (0.51%) Tivoli
2 5 (0.51%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
3 4 (0.41%) BMC PATROL
4 2 (0.20%) Puppet
4 2 (0.20%) Data Guard
4 2 (0.20%) Cisco UCCE
5 1 (0.10%) Oracle RMAN
5 1 (0.10%) WebInspect
5 1 (0.10%) Netcool
5 1 (0.10%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 1 (0.10%) Vagrant
5 1 (0.10%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.10%) Ansible
5 1 (0.10%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 140 (14.27%) Microsoft
2 118 (12.03%) Oracle
3 95 (9.68%) HP
4 27 (2.75%) VMware
5 25 (2.55%) SAP
6 18 (1.83%) Citrix
7 16 (1.63%) IBM
8 15 (1.53%) OpenText
9 13 (1.33%) Splunk
10 12 (1.22%) Cisco
11 11 (1.12%) Veritas
11 11 (1.12%) Perforce
12 10 (1.02%) ATG
12 10 (1.02%) Informatica
13 9 (0.92%) TIBCO
14 7 (0.71%) hybris
14 7 (0.71%) Atlassian
15 6 (0.61%) Talend
15 6 (0.61%) Murex
16 5 (0.51%) Progress
Yorkshire
Reed Technology
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Exeter, Devon
Reed Technology
Rate: £300 - £330 per day + +
Posted: Yesterday
Nottinghamshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: Excellent Day Rate
Posted: 2 days ago
Nottinghamshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: Excellent Day Rate
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £400 - £425 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester
Progressive Recruitment
Rate: £250 - £251 per day + competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne And Wear
Square One Resources
Rate: market rates
Posted: 2 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Computer People
Rate: £300.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Kent
Proactive Appointments
Rate: £200 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
North London
Ideal Training
Rate: Excellent Daily Rate Negotiable
Posted: 3 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Computer People
Rate: £300.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Engage PSG
Rate: £300 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Bolton
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + DOE
Posted: 5 days ago
London
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £350.00 - £375.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Macclesfield
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + DOE
Posted: 5 days ago
Slough, Berkshire
Premier IT
Rate: £180 - £200 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Energize Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Posted: 10 days ago
Manchester
Computer Futures
Rate: £250 - £300 per day + DOE
Posted: 12 days ago
Stockport
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + DOE
Posted: 13 days ago
Warrington
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + DOE
Posted: 16 days ago