The first table below looks at the demand 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 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category for the England region.

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
29 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 232 250 258
Rank change year-on-year
+18 +8
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 413 358 373
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.84% 0.77% 0.70%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.12% 1.05% 0.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 218 197 210
Average daily rate
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£325 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.14% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £228 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £323 £330 £300
% change year-on-year
-2.27% +10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 11 16
Average hourly rate £36.75 £40.00 £34.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.12% +16.78%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £11.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.25 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.00 £11.50 £28.00
% change year-on-year
+186.95% -58.92%
Processes & Methodologies Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
36713 34180 37700
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 74.42% 73.32% 71.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 23128 21211 22153
Average daily rate £405 £413 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.75% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £273 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1078 983 1363
Average hourly rate £24.00 £32.00 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-25.00% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.51 £13.47 £13.89
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.05 £50.00 £47.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £31.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-14.51% -3.12%
Software Testing
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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 July 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 29 July 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 29 July 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 +26 155 £400 +3.89% 39
South East -27 94 £325 -7.14% 34
South West -16 49 £325 -7.80% 19
North West +8 21 £310 +3.33% 19
West Midlands +7 21 £290 - 7
Yorkshire +1 18 £275 -1.78% 22
East of England -42 18 £381 +8.92% 8
East Midlands 0 17 £295 -1.83% 4
North East -12 8 £360 - 4
Midlands 0 1 - -
Software Testing
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Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 29 July 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.

1 347 (40.07%) ISEB
2 277 (31.99%) SQL
2 277 (31.99%) ISTQB
3 234 (27.02%) Test Scripting
4 229 (26.44%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 219 (25.29%) QA
6 207 (23.90%) HP Quality Center
7 192 (22.17%) Agile Software Development
8 182 (21.02%) User Acceptance Testing
9 172 (19.86%) Scrum
10 161 (18.59%) Finance
11 153 (17.67%) Microsoft
11 153 (17.67%) Selenium
12 151 (17.44%) Security Cleared
13 147 (16.97%) HP
14 142 (16.40%) .NET
15 135 (15.59%) Test Automation
16 132 (15.24%) Java
17 131 (15.13%) Oracle
17 131 (15.13%) Automated Testing
18 125 (14.43%) Test Strategy
19 121 (13.97%) SC Cleared
20 115 (13.28%) C#
21 113 (13.05%) Windows
21 113 (13.05%) BDD
22 109 (12.59%) UNIX
23 97 (11.20%) Team Foundation Server
24 93 (10.74%) XML
25 90 (10.39%) Test Management
26 89 (10.28%) Integration Testing

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 29 July 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 23 (2.66%) SharePoint
2 7 (0.81%) CMS
3 6 (0.69%) WebLogic
4 5 (0.58%) BizTalk Server
5 4 (0.46%) Apache Qpid
5 4 (0.46%) WebSphere
5 4 (0.46%) SharePoint 2010
6 3 (0.35%) Mule
6 3 (0.35%) Apache
7 2 (0.23%) Tomcat
7 2 (0.23%) Oracle Workflow
7 2 (0.23%) MS Exchange
7 2 (0.23%) SharePoint 2013
8 1 (0.12%) Exchange Server 2013
8 1 (0.12%) Exchange Server 2010
8 1 (0.12%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 1 (0.12%) SAS
8 1 (0.12%) Oracle BPEL
8 1 (0.12%) Jetty
8 1 (0.12%) WordPress
Applications
1 77 (8.89%) MS Excel
2 46 (5.31%) MS Office
3 16 (1.85%) MS PowerPoint
4 12 (1.39%) MS Project
5 11 (1.27%) MS Visio
6 4 (0.46%) Mingle
7 3 (0.35%) Spreadsheet
8 2 (0.23%) Stata
9 1 (0.12%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.12%) AutoCAD
9 1 (0.12%) Simulink
9 1 (0.12%) Stateflow
9 1 (0.12%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 53 (6.12%) Oracle EBS
2 14 (1.62%) DELMIA
3 12 (1.39%) ENOVIA
4 9 (1.04%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 8 (0.92%) Dynamics GP
6 4 (0.46%) Dynamics CRM
6 4 (0.46%) JDE OneWorld
7 2 (0.23%) SAP HR
7 2 (0.23%) SAP SD
7 2 (0.23%) Oracle ERP
7 2 (0.23%) Oracle Applications
7 2 (0.23%) assyst
7 2 (0.23%) SAP MM
7 2 (0.23%) Front Arena
7 2 (0.23%) Remedy ITSM
7 2 (0.23%) Cerner Millennium
7 2 (0.23%) Oracle General Ledger
7 2 (0.23%) Magento
7 2 (0.23%) Oracle Payables
7 2 (0.23%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 12 (1.39%) Office 365
2 4 (0.46%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (0.35%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (0.23%) PaaS
4 2 (0.23%) Amazon SQS
5 1 (0.12%) SaaS
5 1 (0.12%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 58 (6.70%) TCP/IP
2 45 (5.20%) HTTPS
3 36 (4.16%) DNS
3 36 (4.16%) HTTP
4 28 (3.23%) SSL
5 27 (3.12%) Internet
5 27 (3.12%) Wireshark
6 15 (1.73%) SAN
7 11 (1.27%) DVB
8 8 (0.92%) Firewall
9 7 (0.81%) 4G
10 6 (0.69%) Broadband
11 5 (0.58%) GSM
11 5 (0.58%) Ethernet
11 5 (0.58%) IPv6
11 5 (0.58%) 2G
11 5 (0.58%) Network Security
12 4 (0.46%) LTE
12 4 (0.46%) AMQP
12 4 (0.46%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 75 (8.66%) SQL Server
2 34 (3.93%) Data Warehouse
3 33 (3.81%) Relational Database
4 26 (3.00%) Oracle Reports
5 15 (1.73%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 15 (1.73%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 12 (1.39%) Oracle Database
6 12 (1.39%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 10 (1.15%) RDBMS
8 9 (1.04%) Oracle BI EE
8 9 (1.04%) QlikView
8 9 (1.04%) PerformancePoint
9 8 (0.92%) MySQL
9 8 (0.92%) Data Mining
10 7 (0.81%) SQL Server 2008
10 7 (0.81%) Big Data
11 6 (0.69%) NoSQL
11 6 (0.69%) MS Access
12 5 (0.58%) DB2
12 5 (0.58%) SAP BI
Development Applications
1 153 (17.67%) Selenium
2 97 (11.20%) Team Foundation Server
3 85 (9.82%) QuickTest Pro
4 84 (9.70%) JIRA
5 65 (7.51%) Visual Studio
6 64 (7.39%) LoadRunner
7 61 (7.04%) Cucumber
8 51 (5.89%) WebDriver
9 38 (4.39%) SpecFlow
10 36 (4.16%) JUnit
11 28 (3.23%) SoapUI
12 24 (2.77%) JMeter
13 23 (2.66%) Jenkins
14 22 (2.54%) FitNesse
15 18 (2.08%) TestDirector
16 17 (1.96%) Subversion
17 13 (1.50%) Eclipse
17 13 (1.50%) Bugzilla
18 11 (1.27%) NUnit
18 11 (1.27%) MSTest
General
1 161 (18.59%) Finance
2 70 (8.08%) Banking
3 45 (5.20%) Telecoms
4 31 (3.58%) Retail
5 29 (3.35%) Manufacturing
6 28 (3.23%) Investment Banking
7 23 (2.66%) Back Office
8 22 (2.54%) Automotive
9 21 (2.42%) Electronics
10 16 (1.85%) Games
10 16 (1.85%) Marketing
11 13 (1.50%) General Ledger
12 11 (1.27%) Billing
13 9 (1.04%) Legal
14 8 (0.92%) Advertising
14 8 (0.92%) Front Office
15 5 (0.58%) Publishing
16 3 (0.35%) Military
16 3 (0.35%) Multimedia
16 3 (0.35%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 378 (43.65%) Analyst
2 340 (39.26%) Test Analyst
3 167 (19.28%) Tester
4 75 (8.66%) Test Engineer
4 75 (8.66%) Test Leader
5 47 (5.43%) Test Manager
6 46 (5.31%) Developer
7 45 (5.20%) Senior Analyst
8 43 (4.97%) Senior Test Analyst
9 42 (4.85%) Software Tester
10 36 (4.16%) QA Analyst
10 36 (4.16%) Agile Test Analyst
11 27 (3.12%) Consultant
12 23 (2.66%) Software Engineer
12 23 (2.66%) QA Tester
13 20 (2.31%) Test Consultant
14 17 (1.96%) Technical Analyst
14 17 (1.96%) Automated Tester
15 16 (1.85%) Automation Tester
16 15 (1.73%) Software Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 142 (16.40%) .NET
2 93 (10.74%) XML
3 79 (9.12%) Web Services
3 79 (9.12%) HTML
4 70 (8.08%) ASP.NET
5 56 (6.47%) SOAP
6 51 (5.89%) JSP
7 35 (4.04%) REST
8 33 (3.81%) Gherkin
9 23 (2.66%) WCF
10 22 (2.54%) WPF
11 21 (2.42%) CSS
12 14 (1.62%) JSON
12 14 (1.62%) MDX
13 9 (1.04%) jQuery
14 7 (0.81%) Middleware
15 6 (0.69%) .NET Framework
15 6 (0.69%) HTML5
16 5 (0.58%) OpenCL
16 5 (0.58%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 37 (4.27%) Open Source
2 28 (3.23%) Computer Science
3 24 (2.77%) Mobile App
4 20 (2.31%) STB
5 18 (2.08%) NHS
6 16 (1.85%) MPEG
7 12 (1.39%) DTV
7 12 (1.39%) Management Information System
8 11 (1.27%) IPTV
8 11 (1.27%) Enterprise Software
9 8 (0.92%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 8 (0.92%) Client/Server
10 7 (0.81%) Derivative
10 7 (0.81%) IVR
10 7 (0.81%) Streaming Video
10 7 (0.81%) Fixed Income
10 7 (0.81%) Embedded Systems
10 7 (0.81%) Mathematics
10 7 (0.81%) Data Integration
11 6 (0.69%) New Media
Operating Systems
1 113 (13.05%) Windows
2 109 (12.59%) UNIX
3 88 (10.16%) Linux
4 56 (6.47%) Windows Server 2008
5 47 (5.43%) Windows XP
6 46 (5.31%) Windows Server 2003
7 45 (5.20%) Windows 2000
8 21 (2.42%) Windows 7
9 18 (2.08%) Android
10 12 (1.39%) Apple iOS
11 4 (0.46%) Solaris
12 3 (0.35%) Ubuntu
12 3 (0.35%) Embedded Linux
12 3 (0.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 2 (0.23%) Windows Server 2012
14 1 (0.12%) BlackBerry OS
14 1 (0.12%) CentOS
14 1 (0.12%) Windows Vista
14 1 (0.12%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 234 (27.02%) Test Scripting
2 192 (22.17%) Agile Software Development
3 182 (21.02%) User Acceptance Testing
4 172 (19.86%) Scrum
5 135 (15.59%) Test Automation
6 131 (15.13%) Automated Testing
7 125 (14.43%) Test Strategy
8 113 (13.05%) BDD
9 90 (10.39%) Test Management
10 89 (10.28%) Integration Testing
11 75 (8.66%) TDD
12 74 (8.55%) Performance Testing
13 64 (7.39%) Project Management
14 62 (7.16%) Waterfall
15 59 (6.81%) Validation
16 58 (6.70%) System Testing
17 54 (6.24%) Regression Testing
18 51 (5.89%) Migration
19 48 (5.54%) Stakeholder Management
20 47 (5.43%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 277 (31.99%) SQL
2 132 (15.24%) Java
3 115 (13.28%) C#
4 79 (9.12%) JavaScript
5 34 (3.93%) Python
6 31 (3.58%) Ruby
7 29 (3.35%) C++
8 26 (3.00%) VB
9 24 (2.77%) C
10 19 (2.19%) T-SQL
11 17 (1.96%) PHP
12 15 (1.73%) Perl
13 11 (1.27%) PL/SQL
13 11 (1.27%) VBScript
14 8 (0.92%) Bash Shell
15 7 (0.81%) VBA
15 7 (0.81%) VB.NET
16 6 (0.69%) Scala
17 5 (0.58%) Shell Script
18 4 (0.46%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 347 (40.07%) ISEB
2 277 (31.99%) ISTQB
3 229 (26.44%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 151 (17.44%) Security Cleared
5 121 (13.97%) SC Cleared
6 59 (6.81%) Degree
7 40 (4.62%) DV Cleared
8 21 (2.42%) ISEB Practitioner
9 10 (1.15%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 10 (1.15%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 9 (1.04%) Cisco Certification
11 6 (0.69%) Microsoft Certification
11 6 (0.69%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 5 (0.58%) CCNP
12 5 (0.58%) CCNA
12 5 (0.58%) MCP
12 5 (0.58%) HND
12 5 (0.58%) MCSE
12 5 (0.58%) APMP
12 5 (0.58%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 219 (25.29%) QA
2 8 (0.92%) ISO 9001
3 6 (0.69%) TickIT
4 2 (0.23%) SLA
4 2 (0.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 2 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.12%) WCAG
5 1 (0.12%) P3O
5 1 (0.12%) CRD IV
5 1 (0.12%) ISO 14001
5 1 (0.12%) ISO 8583
5 1 (0.12%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 22 (2.54%) Nmap
2 16 (1.85%) Active Directory
3 5 (0.58%) NDS
4 3 (0.35%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 1 (0.12%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.12%) NFS
5 1 (0.12%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 207 (23.90%) HP Quality Center
2 24 (2.77%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 22 (2.54%) Nessus
4 15 (1.73%) SCCM
5 3 (0.35%) nmon
6 2 (0.23%) Puppet
6 2 (0.23%) Vagrant
7 1 (0.12%) Tivoli
7 1 (0.12%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 1 (0.12%) Nagios
Vendors
1 153 (17.67%) Microsoft
2 147 (16.97%) HP
3 131 (15.13%) Oracle
4 58 (6.70%) SAP
5 17 (1.96%) Citrix
6 16 (1.85%) Informatica
7 12 (1.39%) Cisco
8 11 (1.27%) ATG
9 10 (1.15%) IBM
9 10 (1.15%) Salesforce.com
10 9 (1.04%) Remedy
10 9 (1.04%) hybris
11 8 (0.92%) Business Objects
12 7 (0.81%) Siebel
12 7 (0.81%) JD Edwards
13 6 (0.69%) Talend
13 6 (0.69%) Zend
14 5 (0.58%) PeopleSoft
14 5 (0.58%) JBoss
15 4 (0.46%) Red Hat
West Yorkshire
Northern Recruitment Group
Rate: From £32,000 to £35,000 per annum Salary per rota, 6 months fixed term
Posted: 13 hours ago
London
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 16 hours ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Harvey Nash plc
Posted: Yesterday
London
Ideal Training
Rate: Excellent Daily Rate Negotiable
Posted: Yesterday
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £300.00 - £320.00 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Hydrogen Group
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 4 days ago
London
JM
Posted: 5 days ago
Cambridgeshire
Real Staffing
Rate: £25 - £35 per hour + competitive
Posted: 12 days ago
City of London
Quantica Technology - London
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 18 days ago
Cheltenham
Capita - ITMS
Rate: £300 - £360 per day
Posted: 20 days ago
Burnley
Kainos
Posted: 25 days ago
City of London
Huxley Associates
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 27 days ago