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 29 April 2016 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.

3 months to
29 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Testing
Rank 273 259 236
Rank change year-on-year
-14 -23
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 425 426 461
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.83% 0.84% 0.93%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.02% 1.07% 1.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 262 199 270
Average daily rate £350 £325 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -1.51%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £219 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £475 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £310 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.83% -4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 13 12
Average hourly rate £40.25 £35.00 £37.65
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+15.00% -7.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.25 £19.40 £26.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.30 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.50 £35.00 £37.25
% change year-on-year
+10.00% -6.04%
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
41811 39981 38714
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 81.63% 78.99% 77.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 27954 25305 24543
Average daily rate £445 £420 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.07% +4.87%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £285 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £570
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 913 1164 1124
Average hourly rate £32.50 £29.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.06% -3.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.75 £12.36 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.00 £47.83 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £30.50 £31.50
% change year-on-year
+18.03% -3.17%

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 29 April 2016.

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 29 April 2016.

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 29 April 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 -43 137 £400 - 46
South East -14 98 £350 +16.66% 30
North West +5 49 £340 +6.25% 29
South West +26 46 £325 -18.75% 11
Yorkshire +1 28 £319 -17.47% 22
North East -7 23 £325 - 2
West Midlands -9 19 £280 +1.81% 9
East Midlands +6 13 £700 +112.12% 4
East of England -9 12 £388 +33.62% 9
Midlands -9 3 £325 +30.00% 1
Software Testing
UK

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, 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.

1 390 (46.54%) Agile Software Development
2 275 (32.82%) SQL
3 255 (30.43%) ISTQB
4 249 (29.71%) ISEB
5 209 (24.94%) Finance
6 203 (24.22%) QA
7 177 (21.12%) Test Scripting
8 158 (18.85%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 152 (18.14%) JIRA
10 140 (16.71%) Java
11 130 (15.51%) Selenium
12 129 (15.39%) SDLC
13 124 (14.80%) Functional Testing
13 124 (14.80%) Test Automation
14 123 (14.68%) User Acceptance Testing
15 118 (14.08%) Scrum
16 116 (13.84%) Regression Testing
17 113 (13.48%) Waterfall
18 111 (13.25%) Automated Testing
19 110 (13.13%) TDD
20 109 (13.01%) Windows
21 108 (12.89%) C#
22 107 (12.77%) Microsoft
23 105 (12.53%) SQL Server
24 103 (12.29%) Oracle
25 98 (11.69%) Linux
25 98 (11.69%) HP Quality Center
26 94 (11.22%) Test Strategy
26 94 (11.22%) HP
27 93 (11.10%) Banking

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, 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 17 (2.03%) Elasticsearch
1 17 (2.03%) JBoss
2 9 (1.07%) WebLogic
3 8 (0.95%) Apache
3 8 (0.95%) SharePoint
4 6 (0.72%) SAS
5 5 (0.60%) BizTalk Server
5 5 (0.60%) MS Exchange
5 5 (0.60%) SharePoint 2013
5 5 (0.60%) Skype for Business
5 5 (0.60%) Tomcat
6 4 (0.48%) Oracle HTTP Server
7 3 (0.36%) Apache Pig
7 3 (0.36%) ATG Dynamo
7 3 (0.36%) CMS
7 3 (0.36%) Confluence
8 2 (0.24%) WebSphere
9 1 (0.12%) ColdFusion
9 1 (0.12%) FileNet
9 1 (0.12%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 72 (8.59%) MS Excel
2 54 (6.44%) MS Office
3 8 (0.95%) MS Project
4 5 (0.60%) Mingle
5 3 (0.36%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.24%) MS Visio
7 1 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.12%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 6 (0.72%) Dynamics AX
1 6 (0.72%) SAP FI
2 5 (0.60%) Dynamics CRM
3 4 (0.48%) Magento
3 4 (0.48%) Oracle ERP
3 4 (0.48%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 3 (0.36%) Oracle EBS R12
5 2 (0.24%) Oracle Assets
5 2 (0.24%) Oracle EBS
5 2 (0.24%) Oracle Payables
5 2 (0.24%) Oracle Receivables
5 2 (0.24%) SAP BPC
5 2 (0.24%) SAP CO
5 2 (0.24%) SAP FI/CO
5 2 (0.24%) SAP HR
5 2 (0.24%) SimCorp Dimension
5 2 (0.24%) Temenos T24
6 1 (0.12%) Maximo
6 1 (0.12%) MultiFonds
6 1 (0.12%) Oracle 11i
Cloud Services
1 6 (0.72%) Amazon AWS
1 6 (0.72%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (0.24%) SaaS
3 1 (0.12%) GitHub
3 1 (0.12%) IaaS
3 1 (0.12%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 24 (2.86%) Internet
2 23 (2.74%) HTTP
3 13 (1.55%) TCP/IP
4 12 (1.43%) VPN
5 11 (1.31%) DNS
5 11 (1.31%) VLAN
6 9 (1.07%) BGP
6 9 (1.07%) DHCP
6 9 (1.07%) IPsec
6 9 (1.07%) IPv6
6 9 (1.07%) SAN
6 9 (1.07%) Software-Defined Networking
7 8 (0.95%) FCoE
7 8 (0.95%) Fibre Channel
7 8 (0.95%) iSCSI
8 6 (0.72%) Bluetooth
8 6 (0.72%) Remote Desktop
9 5 (0.60%) Broadband
9 5 (0.60%) WAN
9 5 (0.60%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 105 (12.53%) SQL Server
2 53 (6.32%) Relational Database
3 32 (3.82%) NoSQL
3 32 (3.82%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 29 (3.46%) Oracle Database
4 29 (3.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 27 (3.22%) Data Warehouse
6 20 (2.39%) RDBMS
7 16 (1.91%) SQL Server 2012
8 15 (1.79%) Data Mining
9 14 (1.67%) SQL Server 2008
10 13 (1.55%) Oracle Reports
11 12 (1.43%) PostgreSQL
12 11 (1.31%) MySQL
13 9 (1.07%) SQL Server 2005
14 8 (0.95%) DB2
14 8 (0.95%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 7 (0.84%) Oracle BI EE
15 7 (0.84%) Oracle Database 11g
16 6 (0.72%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 152 (18.14%) JIRA
2 130 (15.51%) Selenium
3 86 (10.26%) HP UFT
4 80 (9.55%) Cucumber
5 54 (6.44%) WebDriver
6 49 (5.85%) Subversion
7 47 (5.61%) Team Foundation Server
8 39 (4.65%) LoadRunner
9 31 (3.70%) SpecFlow
10 30 (3.58%) Visual Studio
11 29 (3.46%) Git (software)
11 29 (3.46%) Jenkins
12 19 (2.27%) SoapUI
13 15 (1.79%) Toad
14 14 (1.67%) Capybara
15 12 (1.43%) JUnit
15 12 (1.43%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
16 11 (1.31%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 11 (1.31%) TestComplete
17 10 (1.19%) Gradle
General
1 209 (24.94%) Finance
2 93 (11.10%) Banking
3 64 (7.64%) Retail
4 34 (4.06%) Telecoms
5 25 (2.98%) Marketing
6 23 (2.74%) Retail Banking
7 14 (1.67%) Games
8 13 (1.55%) Investment Banking
9 8 (0.95%) Electronics
10 7 (0.84%) Automotive
10 7 (0.84%) Law
11 6 (0.72%) Manufacturing
12 5 (0.60%) Legal
12 5 (0.60%) Military
13 4 (0.48%) Advertising
13 4 (0.48%) Financial Institution
14 3 (0.36%) Aerospace
14 3 (0.36%) Billing
14 3 (0.36%) General Ledger
14 3 (0.36%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 304 (36.28%) Analyst
2 289 (34.49%) Test Analyst
3 116 (13.84%) Developer
4 107 (12.77%) Tester
5 79 (9.43%) Test Engineer
6 64 (7.64%) Test Leader
7 57 (6.80%) Test Manager
8 43 (5.13%) Automation Test Analyst
9 33 (3.94%) Automation Tester
10 29 (3.46%) Python Developer
11 27 (3.22%) Consultant
11 27 (3.22%) Senior Analyst
12 25 (2.98%) Agile Test Analyst
12 25 (2.98%) Senior Test Analyst
12 25 (2.98%) SQL Analyst
13 23 (2.74%) Banking Analyst
13 23 (2.74%) QA Engineer
13 23 (2.74%) SQL Developer
14 22 (2.63%) Selenium Test Analyst
15 21 (2.51%) Test Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 84 (10.02%) XML
2 77 (9.19%) .NET
3 61 (7.28%) HTML
4 33 (3.94%) CSS
5 25 (2.98%) REST
6 23 (2.74%) Web Services
7 22 (2.63%) .NET Framework
7 22 (2.63%) SOAP
8 21 (2.51%) ASP.NET
9 20 (2.39%) Gherkin
9 20 (2.39%) Spring
10 17 (2.03%) Hibernate
10 17 (2.03%) JSON
11 13 (1.55%) RESTful
12 12 (1.43%) HTML5
13 11 (1.31%) ActiveMQ
13 11 (1.31%) Apache Camel
13 11 (1.31%) CSS3
13 11 (1.31%) Entity Framework
14 10 (1.19%) NHibernate
Miscellaneous
1 90 (10.74%) Analytical Skills
2 31 (3.70%) Computer Science
3 28 (3.34%) Management Information System
4 25 (2.98%) User Experience
5 22 (2.63%) Mobile App
6 14 (1.67%) Device Driver
7 13 (1.55%) Smart Meter
8 11 (1.31%) Data Centre
8 11 (1.31%) Fixed Income
8 11 (1.31%) SWIFT
9 10 (1.19%) Data Integration
10 9 (1.07%) Inversion of Control
10 9 (1.07%) Performance Metrics
10 9 (1.07%) Public Cloud
11 8 (0.95%) Mainframe
11 8 (0.95%) STB
12 7 (0.84%) Algorithms
12 7 (0.84%) Client/Server
13 6 (0.72%) Data Extraction
13 6 (0.72%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 109 (13.01%) Windows
2 98 (11.69%) Linux
3 68 (8.11%) Unix
4 24 (2.86%) Android
4 24 (2.86%) Windows Server
5 21 (2.51%) Apple iOS
6 12 (1.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 10 (1.19%) Ubuntu
7 10 (1.19%) Windows Server 2012
8 9 (1.07%) AIX
9 6 (0.72%) Embedded Linux
9 6 (0.72%) Windows 10
10 5 (0.60%) Windows 7
11 3 (0.36%) Solaris
11 3 (0.36%) Windows Server 2003
11 3 (0.36%) Windows Server 2008
12 2 (0.24%) Fedora
12 2 (0.24%) Windows Mobile
13 1 (0.12%) Debian
13 1 (0.12%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 390 (46.54%) Agile Software Development
2 177 (21.12%) Test Scripting
3 129 (15.39%) SDLC
4 124 (14.80%) Functional Testing
4 124 (14.80%) Test Automation
5 123 (14.68%) User Acceptance Testing
6 118 (14.08%) Scrum
7 116 (13.84%) Regression Testing
8 113 (13.48%) Waterfall
9 111 (13.25%) Automated Testing
10 110 (13.13%) TDD
11 94 (11.22%) Test Strategy
12 93 (11.10%) Defect Management
13 85 (10.14%) BDD
14 83 (9.90%) Test Management
15 72 (8.59%) Manual Testing
16 71 (8.47%) Integration Testing
17 66 (7.88%) Security Testing
17 66 (7.88%) Software Engineering
18 65 (7.76%) Information Assurance
Programming Languages
1 275 (32.82%) SQL
2 140 (16.71%) Java
3 108 (12.89%) C#
4 80 (9.55%) Python
5 61 (7.28%) JavaScript
6 49 (5.85%) C++
7 43 (5.13%) Ruby
8 41 (4.89%) C
9 33 (3.94%) VB
10 29 (3.46%) VBScript
11 28 (3.34%) T-SQL
12 27 (3.22%) PowerShell
13 26 (3.10%) PL/SQL
14 22 (2.63%) Perl
15 14 (1.67%) VB.NET
16 12 (1.43%) Shell Script
17 11 (1.31%) PHP
18 9 (1.07%) VBA
19 7 (0.84%) Bash Shell
20 6 (0.72%) Embedded C++
Qualifications
1 255 (30.43%) ISTQB
2 249 (29.71%) ISEB
3 158 (18.85%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 88 (10.50%) Security Cleared
5 72 (8.59%) Degree
6 48 (5.73%) SC Cleared
7 27 (3.22%) DV Cleared
8 17 (2.03%) ISEB Practitioner
9 14 (1.67%) BPSS Clearance
9 14 (1.67%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 9 (1.07%) Microsoft Certification
11 7 (0.84%) MCSE
12 6 (0.72%) MCSA
12 6 (0.72%) MCSD
13 5 (0.60%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 4 (0.48%) HND
14 4 (0.48%) ITIL Certification
15 3 (0.36%) OCP
15 3 (0.36%) Oracle Certification
15 3 (0.36%) SAS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 203 (24.22%) QA
2 9 (1.07%) Disclosure Scotland
3 6 (0.72%) ISO 9001
4 5 (0.60%) SLA
5 3 (0.36%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 3 (0.36%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.36%) DICOM
5 3 (0.36%) HL7
5 3 (0.36%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (0.24%) SDET
7 1 (0.12%) FATCA
7 1 (0.12%) GAAP
7 1 (0.12%) GMP
7 1 (0.12%) IEC 61508
7 1 (0.12%) Solvency II
System Software
1 17 (2.03%) VMware Infrastructure
2 10 (1.19%) Hyper-V
3 4 (0.48%) vSphere
4 2 (0.24%) Active Directory
4 2 (0.24%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 1 (0.12%) Firmware
5 1 (0.12%) HDFS
5 1 (0.12%) NFS
5 1 (0.12%) SRDF
5 1 (0.12%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 98 (11.69%) HP Quality Center
2 13 (1.55%) HP SiteScope
3 9 (1.07%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 3 (0.36%) Ansible
4 3 (0.36%) nmon
4 3 (0.36%) Opscode Chef
4 3 (0.36%) Puppet
4 3 (0.36%) yum
5 2 (0.24%) BMC PATROL
6 1 (0.12%) Oozie
6 1 (0.12%) SCCM
6 1 (0.12%) SCOM
6 1 (0.12%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 1 (0.12%) WMI
Vendors
1 107 (12.77%) Microsoft
2 103 (12.29%) Oracle
3 94 (11.22%) HP
4 41 (4.89%) SAP
5 21 (2.51%) VMware
6 17 (2.03%) Citrix
7 14 (1.67%) IBM
8 13 (1.55%) Red Hat
9 10 (1.19%) Cognos
10 9 (1.07%) Rally
11 8 (0.95%) Cisco
11 8 (0.95%) Informatica
11 8 (0.95%) Kronos
11 8 (0.95%) Veritas
12 7 (0.84%) RedGate
13 6 (0.72%) ATG
13 6 (0.72%) Atlassian
14 5 (0.60%) Murex
14 5 (0.60%) Perforce
14 5 (0.60%) Remedy
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Coburg Banks IT
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
London
iKas International
Rate: £550 - £600 per day
Posted: 21 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £280 - £300 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Cheltenham
Capita Defence & Security Resourcing
Rate: £425 - £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Milton Keynes
Capita Defence & Security Resourcing
Rate: £400 - £550 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Pioneer Search
Rate: £400 - £550 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
West London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £450.00 - £490.00 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Reading
Progressive Recruitment
Rate: competitive
Posted: 8 days ago
Milton Keynes
People Source Consulting
Rate: £290 - £300 per day
Posted: 11 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
NCC Group
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 16 days ago
London
NCC Group
Rate: Up to £450 Per Day Maximum
Posted: 22 days ago