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 22 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
22 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 266 254 269
Rank change year-on-year
-12 +15
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 380 345 376
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.72% 0.71% 0.70%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.98% 0.96% 0.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 194 212 195
Average daily rate
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£340 £338 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.74% +12.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £229 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+3.07% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 17 22
Average hourly rate £35.00 £27.50 £38.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+27.27% -29.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £11.00 £17.98
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.80 £42.50 £40.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.75 £11.38 £37.00
% change year-on-year
+196.70% -69.25%
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
38954 35940 38894
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 74.26% 74.48% 72.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 24704 22658 22956
Average daily rate £413 £402 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.54% +0.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £368 £363
% change year-on-year
+2.04% +1.37%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1103 1007 1440
Average hourly rate £23.50 £29.00 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-18.96% -9.37%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £50.00 £47.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-13.33% -

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 22 September 2014.

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 22 September 2014.

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 22 September 2014. 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 -10 136 £350 -4.10% 38
South East -22 81 £338 +4.65% 40
South West -23 33 £339 -3.90% 20
North West +4 28 £315 -3.07% 26
West Midlands +8 24 £290 -17.14% 8
East of England -30 22 £363 +7.40% 21
North East -16 19 £350 - 5
East Midlands +6 15 £285 +1.78% 4
Yorkshire +5 15 £355 +18.33% 17
South Coast +3 4 - -
Midlands -3 1 - - 1
Software Testing
UK

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 22 September 2014, 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.

1 325 (38.55%) ISEB
2 311 (36.89%) Agile Software Development
3 272 (32.27%) SQL
4 257 (30.49%) ISTQB
5 225 (26.69%) Test Scripting
6 212 (25.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 204 (24.20%) HP Quality Center
8 201 (23.84%) QA
9 182 (21.59%) User Acceptance Testing
10 157 (18.62%) Finance
11 149 (17.67%) Scrum
12 140 (16.61%) Security Cleared
13 136 (16.13%) HP
14 133 (15.78%) Oracle
15 131 (15.54%) Java
15 131 (15.54%) Selenium
16 124 (14.71%) Microsoft
17 123 (14.59%) Automated Testing
18 122 (14.47%) .NET
19 119 (14.12%) Test Automation
20 112 (13.29%) Windows
21 111 (13.17%) Analytical Skills
22 107 (12.69%) Test Strategy
23 105 (12.46%) SC Cleared
24 101 (11.98%) UNIX
25 93 (11.03%) XML
26 92 (10.91%) C#
27 91 (10.79%) Test Management
28 90 (10.68%) Integration Testing
28 90 (10.68%) BDD

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 22 September 2014, 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 15 (1.78%) SharePoint
2 8 (0.95%) CMS
3 7 (0.83%) WebLogic
4 5 (0.59%) Oracle Workflow
4 5 (0.59%) BizTalk Server
5 4 (0.47%) WebSphere
6 3 (0.36%) Documentum
6 3 (0.36%) Mule
7 2 (0.24%) Apache
7 2 (0.24%) SharePoint 2013
7 2 (0.24%) Tornado
8 1 (0.12%) Tomcat
8 1 (0.12%) MQSeries
8 1 (0.12%) IIS
8 1 (0.12%) SharePoint Server
8 1 (0.12%) Oracle Spatial
8 1 (0.12%) WordPress
8 1 (0.12%) EPiServer CMS
8 1 (0.12%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 1 (0.12%) SAS
Applications
1 69 (8.19%) MS Excel
2 37 (4.39%) MS Office
3 14 (1.66%) MS PowerPoint
4 11 (1.30%) MS Project
5 9 (1.07%) MS Visio
6 4 (0.47%) Spreadsheet
6 4 (0.47%) Mingle
7 2 (0.24%) PowerPivot
8 1 (0.12%) AutoCAD
8 1 (0.12%) Stata
8 1 (0.12%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 47 (5.58%) Oracle EBS
2 14 (1.66%) DELMIA
3 12 (1.42%) ENOVIA
4 10 (1.19%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 8 (0.95%) Dynamics CRM
6 4 (0.47%) JDE OneWorld
6 4 (0.47%) Dynamics GP
7 3 (0.36%) Oracle Payables
7 3 (0.36%) Oracle Receivables
8 2 (0.24%) Oracle Cash Management
8 2 (0.24%) Oracle General Ledger
8 2 (0.24%) Magento
8 2 (0.24%) Remedy ITSM
8 2 (0.24%) Oracle ERP
8 2 (0.24%) Oracle Applications
8 2 (0.24%) Summit
8 2 (0.24%) assyst
9 1 (0.12%) Dynamics NAV
9 1 (0.12%) Dynamics AX
9 1 (0.12%) Oracle Payroll
Cloud Services
1 12 (1.42%) Office 365
2 5 (0.59%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (0.36%) PaaS
4 2 (0.24%) Amazon SQS
4 2 (0.24%) Microsoft Azure
5 1 (0.12%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.12%) SaaS
5 1 (0.12%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 58 (6.88%) TCP/IP
2 43 (5.10%) HTTPS
3 36 (4.27%) DNS
4 31 (3.68%) HTTP
5 28 (3.32%) Internet
6 27 (3.20%) Wireshark
7 26 (3.08%) SSL
8 17 (2.02%) SAN
9 8 (0.95%) DVB
9 8 (0.95%) Firewall
10 7 (0.83%) 4G
10 7 (0.83%) Ethernet
11 6 (0.71%) Broadband
11 6 (0.71%) GSM
11 6 (0.71%) Network Security
11 6 (0.71%) 2G
12 5 (0.59%) VLAN
12 5 (0.59%) DAB
12 5 (0.59%) SNMP
12 5 (0.59%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 57 (6.76%) SQL Server
2 35 (4.15%) Relational Database
3 27 (3.20%) Data Warehouse
4 22 (2.61%) Oracle Reports
5 18 (2.14%) Oracle Database
6 13 (1.54%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 12 (1.42%) RDBMS
7 12 (1.42%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 10 (1.19%) Oracle BI EE
9 9 (1.07%) SQL Server 2008
10 8 (0.95%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 6 (0.71%) DB2
12 5 (0.59%) MySQL
12 5 (0.59%) QlikView
13 4 (0.47%) Oracle Database 11g
13 4 (0.47%) Big Data
13 4 (0.47%) SQL Server 2012
14 3 (0.36%) Amazon DynamoDB
14 3 (0.36%) PerformancePoint
14 3 (0.36%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 131 (15.54%) Selenium
2 87 (10.32%) QuickTest Pro
3 82 (9.73%) Team Foundation Server
4 71 (8.42%) JIRA
5 66 (7.83%) LoadRunner
6 49 (5.81%) Cucumber
7 48 (5.69%) Visual Studio
8 43 (5.10%) WebDriver
9 41 (4.86%) JUnit
10 38 (4.51%) SpecFlow
11 25 (2.97%) SoapUI
11 25 (2.97%) Jenkins
12 23 (2.73%) Subversion
13 20 (2.37%) FitNesse
14 19 (2.25%) TestDirector
15 15 (1.78%) Git (software)
15 15 (1.78%) MSTest
16 14 (1.66%) Toad
17 12 (1.42%) JMeter
17 12 (1.42%) NUnit
General
1 157 (18.62%) Finance
2 67 (7.95%) Banking
3 37 (4.39%) Telecoms
4 35 (4.15%) Manufacturing
5 24 (2.85%) Investment Banking
6 23 (2.73%) Automotive
6 23 (2.73%) Retail
7 22 (2.61%) Electronics
8 21 (2.49%) Back Office
8 21 (2.49%) Games
9 20 (2.37%) Marketing
10 12 (1.42%) Legal
11 11 (1.30%) Advertising
12 10 (1.19%) Front Office
13 9 (1.07%) General Ledger
14 5 (0.59%) Billing
15 4 (0.47%) Publishing
16 3 (0.36%) French Language
16 3 (0.36%) Multimedia
17 2 (0.24%) Arabic Language
Job Titles
1 353 (41.87%) Analyst
2 316 (37.49%) Test Analyst
3 167 (19.81%) Tester
4 74 (8.78%) Test Engineer
5 65 (7.71%) Test Leader
6 53 (6.29%) Developer
7 43 (5.10%) Test Manager
8 42 (4.98%) Senior Analyst
9 41 (4.86%) Senior Test Analyst
10 39 (4.63%) Agile Test Analyst
11 33 (3.91%) Software Tester
12 26 (3.08%) QA Analyst
13 25 (2.97%) Consultant
14 23 (2.73%) Software Engineer
15 21 (2.49%) QA Tester
15 21 (2.49%) Test Consultant
16 19 (2.25%) Systems Analyst
16 19 (2.25%) Automation Tester
17 18 (2.14%) Performance Tester
17 18 (2.14%) Performance Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 122 (14.47%) .NET
2 93 (11.03%) XML
3 74 (8.78%) Web Services
4 69 (8.19%) HTML
5 60 (7.12%) ASP.NET
6 44 (5.22%) JSP
7 43 (5.10%) SOAP
8 31 (3.68%) REST
9 24 (2.85%) Gherkin
10 19 (2.25%) CSS
11 18 (2.14%) WCF
12 16 (1.90%) WPF
13 14 (1.66%) JSON
14 10 (1.19%) OpenCL
15 9 (1.07%) jQuery
15 9 (1.07%) JPA
16 8 (0.95%) J2EE
17 7 (0.83%) XHTML
17 7 (0.83%) HTML5
18 6 (0.71%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 111 (13.17%) Analytical Skills
2 28 (3.32%) Open Source
3 27 (3.20%) Computer Science
4 25 (2.97%) User Experience
5 21 (2.49%) Mobile App
6 16 (1.90%) STB
7 15 (1.78%) MPEG
7 15 (1.78%) DTV
8 14 (1.66%) NHS
8 14 (1.66%) Management Information System
9 12 (1.42%) Client/Server
10 10 (1.19%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 10 (1.19%) Fixed Income
10 10 (1.19%) IPTV
10 10 (1.19%) Mathematics
11 7 (0.83%) IVR
11 7 (0.83%) Derivative
11 7 (0.83%) Data Integration
12 6 (0.71%) Smart Meter
12 6 (0.71%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 112 (13.29%) Windows
2 101 (11.98%) UNIX
3 88 (10.44%) Linux
4 49 (5.81%) Windows Server 2008
5 47 (5.58%) Windows XP
6 42 (4.98%) Windows 2000
7 41 (4.86%) Windows Server 2003
8 18 (2.14%) Windows 7
9 15 (1.78%) Android
10 11 (1.30%) Apple iOS
11 4 (0.47%) Solaris
12 3 (0.36%) AIX
12 3 (0.36%) Ubuntu
12 3 (0.36%) Embedded Linux
12 3 (0.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 2 (0.24%) openSUSE
14 1 (0.12%) Mac OS
14 1 (0.12%) CentOS
14 1 (0.12%) Windows Vista
14 1 (0.12%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 311 (36.89%) Agile Software Development
2 225 (26.69%) Test Scripting
3 182 (21.59%) User Acceptance Testing
4 149 (17.67%) Scrum
5 123 (14.59%) Automated Testing
6 119 (14.12%) Test Automation
7 107 (12.69%) Test Strategy
8 91 (10.79%) Test Management
9 90 (10.68%) Integration Testing
9 90 (10.68%) BDD
10 87 (10.32%) Regression Testing
11 78 (9.25%) Performance Testing
12 73 (8.66%) Validation
13 72 (8.54%) TDD
14 68 (8.07%) Manual Testing
14 68 (8.07%) Waterfall
15 64 (7.59%) Project Management
16 63 (7.47%) System Testing
17 51 (6.05%) Test Planning
18 46 (5.46%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 272 (32.27%) SQL
2 131 (15.54%) Java
3 92 (10.91%) C#
4 71 (8.42%) JavaScript
5 49 (5.81%) Python
6 38 (4.51%) C++
7 36 (4.27%) C
8 29 (3.44%) Ruby
9 27 (3.20%) VB
10 22 (2.61%) Perl
11 15 (1.78%) T-SQL
11 15 (1.78%) Bash Shell
12 14 (1.66%) PL/SQL
13 11 (1.30%) PHP
14 10 (1.19%) VBScript
15 9 (1.07%) Scala
16 7 (0.83%) VB.NET
16 7 (0.83%) VBA
17 5 (0.59%) Tcl
17 5 (0.59%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 325 (38.55%) ISEB
2 257 (30.49%) ISTQB
3 212 (25.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 140 (16.61%) Security Cleared
5 105 (12.46%) SC Cleared
6 44 (5.22%) Degree
7 40 (4.74%) DV Cleared
8 20 (2.37%) ISEB Practitioner
9 10 (1.19%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 10 (1.19%) Cisco Certification
10 9 (1.07%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 8 (0.95%) HND
12 7 (0.83%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 7 (0.83%) Microsoft Certification
13 6 (0.71%) MCSE
13 6 (0.71%) CCNP
13 6 (0.71%) CCNA
14 5 (0.59%) BC Cleared
14 5 (0.59%) APMP
15 4 (0.47%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 201 (23.84%) QA
2 4 (0.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 4 (0.47%) ISO 9001
2 4 (0.47%) SLA
3 3 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 3 (0.36%) TickIT
4 1 (0.12%) WCAG
4 1 (0.12%) P3O
System Software
1 20 (2.37%) Nmap
2 10 (1.19%) Active Directory
3 5 (0.59%) NDS
4 3 (0.36%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 3 (0.36%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.12%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.12%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (0.12%) NFS
5 1 (0.12%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 204 (24.20%) HP Quality Center
2 24 (2.85%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 20 (2.37%) Nessus
4 12 (1.42%) SCCM
5 3 (0.36%) Tivoli
5 3 (0.36%) Vagrant
5 3 (0.36%) Opscode Chef
5 3 (0.36%) nmon
6 2 (0.24%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
7 1 (0.12%) Puppet
7 1 (0.12%) Nagios
Vendors
1 136 (16.13%) HP
2 133 (15.78%) Oracle
3 124 (14.71%) Microsoft
4 56 (6.64%) SAP
5 14 (1.66%) Citrix
6 12 (1.42%) Cisco
7 11 (1.30%) Informatica
8 10 (1.19%) IBM
8 10 (1.19%) JBoss
8 10 (1.19%) ATG
9 9 (1.07%) hybris
10 7 (0.83%) Remedy
10 7 (0.83%) Siebel
10 7 (0.83%) Salesforce.com
10 7 (0.83%) JD Edwards
11 6 (0.71%) Murex
11 6 (0.71%) Charles River
12 5 (0.59%) VMware
12 5 (0.59%) Zend
12 5 (0.59%) Talend
Exeter
Templeton and Partners - SAP & UK Account
Rate: £325 - 350 per day
Posted: 2 hours ago
Richmond, Surrey
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £350 - £400 per day + Benefits
Posted: 4 hours ago
Bristol
Swan It Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £310 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
South West
Sanderson
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
West Yorkshire
Northern Recruitment Group
Rate: Up to £35,000 per annum 6 months fixed term
Posted: 4 days ago
Cambridge
Computer Futures
Rate: £35 - £40 per hour + competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
Gosport, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: market rates
Posted: 5 days ago
Essex
Executive Resource Group
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Posted: 5 days ago
Middlesex
Proteus Europe
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Sogeti
Posted: 7 days ago
London
Ripe4
Rate: £0 - £30,000 per year
Posted: 10 days ago
Cambridge
Computer Futures
Rate: £30 - £40 per hour + competitive
Posted: 11 days ago
London
Genomics England
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 11 days ago
London
Genomics England
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 11 days ago
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £55000.00 - £60000.00 per day
Posted: 12 days ago
South East England
Amoria Bond - UK
Posted: 14 days ago
Cambridge
Computer Futures
Rate: £30 - £40 per hour + competitive
Posted: 18 days ago
Bedfordshire
Computer Futures
Rate: £30 - £40 per annum
Posted: 18 days ago
City of London
Capita - ITMS
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 18 days ago