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 August 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
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 252 254 265
Rank change year-on-year
+2 +11
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 404 363 375
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.79% 0.75% 0.71%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.06% 1.02% 0.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 200 216 211
Average daily rate
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£338 £338 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +12.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £228 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £437 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
- +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 16 14
Average hourly rate £36.25 £32.00 £37.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.28% -13.51%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.40 £11.00 £25.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.25 £42.50 £40.70
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.25 £11.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+215.21% -67.14%
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
38157 35471 37978
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 74.55% 73.71% 71.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 24108 22248 22476
Average daily rate £413 £405 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.85% +1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £360
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1089 974 1367
Average hourly rate £23.00 £29.25 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-21.36% -10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.75 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.50 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.50 £30.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-15.00% -3.22%

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 August 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 August 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 August 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 +21 152 £350 -7.89% 29
South East -38 95 £330 +3.12% 29
South West -25 35 £349 -1.06% 15
North West 0 25 £310 +3.33% 27
West Midlands +10 24 £290 -17.14% 9
East of England -28 20 £363 +3.57% 12
East Midlands +8 17 £288 -0.86% 5
Yorkshire +4 15 £340 +3.03% 16
North East -9 14 £358 - 6
Midlands 0 2 - - 1
Software Testing
UK

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 29 August 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.

1 333 (38.68%) ISEB
2 276 (32.06%) SQL
3 269 (31.24%) ISTQB
4 225 (26.13%) Test Scripting
5 218 (25.32%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 210 (24.39%) QA
7 198 (23.00%) HP Quality Center
8 189 (21.95%) Agile Software Development
9 182 (21.14%) User Acceptance Testing
10 162 (18.82%) Finance
11 155 (18.00%) Scrum
12 140 (16.26%) HP
13 138 (16.03%) Microsoft
14 135 (15.68%) Security Cleared
14 135 (15.68%) Selenium
15 130 (15.10%) Oracle
16 128 (14.87%) Java
17 123 (14.29%) Test Automation
18 122 (14.17%) .NET
19 120 (13.94%) Automated Testing
20 116 (13.47%) Test Strategy
21 113 (13.12%) Windows
22 103 (11.96%) SC Cleared
23 102 (11.85%) UNIX
24 98 (11.38%) C#
25 94 (10.92%) Integration Testing
25 94 (10.92%) Test Management
25 94 (10.92%) BDD
26 91 (10.57%) Linux
27 88 (10.22%) Team Foundation Server

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 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 (2.67%) SharePoint
2 10 (1.16%) CMS
3 6 (0.70%) WebLogic
4 5 (0.58%) Oracle Workflow
4 5 (0.58%) WebSphere
4 5 (0.58%) BizTalk Server
5 3 (0.35%) Mule
5 3 (0.35%) SharePoint 2010
5 3 (0.35%) Apache
6 2 (0.23%) SharePoint 2013
6 2 (0.23%) Tornado
7 1 (0.12%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.12%) MQSeries
7 1 (0.12%) IIS
7 1 (0.12%) SharePoint Server
7 1 (0.12%) Oracle Spatial
7 1 (0.12%) EPiServer CMS
7 1 (0.12%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 1 (0.12%) WordPress
7 1 (0.12%) Oracle BPEL
Applications
1 75 (8.71%) MS Excel
2 42 (4.88%) MS Office
3 14 (1.63%) MS PowerPoint
4 11 (1.28%) MS Project
5 10 (1.16%) MS Visio
6 4 (0.46%) Mingle
7 3 (0.35%) Spreadsheet
8 2 (0.23%) Stata
8 2 (0.23%) PowerPivot
9 1 (0.12%) AutoCAD
9 1 (0.12%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 48 (5.57%) Oracle EBS
2 14 (1.63%) DELMIA
3 12 (1.39%) ENOVIA
4 9 (1.05%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 8 (0.93%) Dynamics GP
6 5 (0.58%) Dynamics CRM
7 4 (0.46%) JDE OneWorld
8 3 (0.35%) Oracle Payables
8 3 (0.35%) Oracle Receivables
9 2 (0.23%) Oracle Cash Management
9 2 (0.23%) SAP MM
9 2 (0.23%) Remedy ITSM
9 2 (0.23%) Oracle General Ledger
9 2 (0.23%) Magento
9 2 (0.23%) SAP SD
9 2 (0.23%) Oracle ERP
9 2 (0.23%) Oracle Applications
9 2 (0.23%) assyst
10 1 (0.12%) Dynamics NAV
10 1 (0.12%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 14 (1.63%) Office 365
2 5 (0.58%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (0.23%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (0.23%) PaaS
3 2 (0.23%) Amazon SQS
4 1 (0.12%) GitHub
4 1 (0.12%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.12%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 58 (6.74%) TCP/IP
2 43 (4.99%) HTTPS
3 37 (4.30%) DNS
4 34 (3.95%) HTTP
5 29 (3.37%) Internet
6 26 (3.02%) SSL
6 26 (3.02%) Wireshark
7 16 (1.86%) SAN
8 10 (1.16%) DVB
9 8 (0.93%) Firewall
10 7 (0.81%) 4G
11 6 (0.70%) Ethernet
11 6 (0.70%) Broadband
12 5 (0.58%) GSM
12 5 (0.58%) SNMP
12 5 (0.58%) IPv6
12 5 (0.58%) Network Security
12 5 (0.58%) 2G
12 5 (0.58%) VLAN
13 4 (0.46%) LTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 65 (7.55%) SQL Server
2 35 (4.07%) Relational Database
3 33 (3.83%) Data Warehouse
4 23 (2.67%) Oracle Reports
5 18 (2.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 17 (1.97%) Oracle Database
7 15 (1.74%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 12 (1.39%) RDBMS
8 12 (1.39%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 10 (1.16%) SQL Server 2008
10 9 (1.05%) Oracle BI EE
11 8 (0.93%) QlikView
12 7 (0.81%) PerformancePoint
12 7 (0.81%) MySQL
12 7 (0.81%) Data Mining
13 6 (0.70%) DB2
13 6 (0.70%) Big Data
14 5 (0.58%) SQL Server 2012
14 5 (0.58%) Oracle Database 11g
15 4 (0.46%) SQL Navigator
Development Applications
1 135 (15.68%) Selenium
2 88 (10.22%) Team Foundation Server
3 86 (9.99%) QuickTest Pro
4 72 (8.36%) JIRA
5 61 (7.08%) LoadRunner
6 54 (6.27%) Visual Studio
7 53 (6.16%) Cucumber
8 48 (5.57%) WebDriver
9 37 (4.30%) JUnit
10 36 (4.18%) SpecFlow
11 27 (3.14%) Jenkins
12 26 (3.02%) SoapUI
13 24 (2.79%) Subversion
14 20 (2.32%) TestDirector
15 18 (2.09%) FitNesse
16 14 (1.63%) Toad
16 14 (1.63%) Git (software)
17 13 (1.51%) JMeter
18 12 (1.39%) Bugzilla
19 11 (1.28%) MSTest
General
1 162 (18.82%) Finance
2 67 (7.78%) Banking
3 37 (4.30%) Telecoms
4 31 (3.60%) Manufacturing
5 26 (3.02%) Retail
5 26 (3.02%) Investment Banking
6 23 (2.67%) Automotive
7 20 (2.32%) Back Office
7 20 (2.32%) Electronics
8 19 (2.21%) Games
9 18 (2.09%) Marketing
10 11 (1.28%) Advertising
11 10 (1.16%) Legal
11 10 (1.16%) Front Office
12 9 (1.05%) General Ledger
13 7 (0.81%) Billing
14 4 (0.46%) Publishing
15 3 (0.35%) Multimedia
15 3 (0.35%) French Language
16 2 (0.23%) Arabic Language
Job Titles
1 364 (42.28%) Analyst
2 327 (37.98%) Test Analyst
3 167 (19.40%) Tester
4 73 (8.48%) Test Engineer
5 70 (8.13%) Test Leader
6 52 (6.04%) Developer
7 45 (5.23%) Senior Analyst
8 44 (5.11%) Senior Test Analyst
8 44 (5.11%) Test Manager
9 40 (4.65%) Agile Test Analyst
10 34 (3.95%) Software Tester
11 28 (3.25%) QA Analyst
12 25 (2.90%) Consultant
13 23 (2.67%) Software Engineer
14 20 (2.32%) QA Tester
15 19 (2.21%) Test Consultant
16 17 (1.97%) Systems Analyst
16 17 (1.97%) Automated Tester
17 16 (1.86%) Automation Tester
17 16 (1.86%) Applications Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 122 (14.17%) .NET
2 87 (10.10%) XML
3 76 (8.83%) Web Services
4 74 (8.59%) HTML
5 63 (7.32%) ASP.NET
6 47 (5.46%) SOAP
7 46 (5.34%) JSP
8 31 (3.60%) REST
9 26 (3.02%) Gherkin
10 21 (2.44%) CSS
11 19 (2.21%) WCF
12 18 (2.09%) WPF
13 14 (1.63%) JSON
14 12 (1.39%) MDX
15 11 (1.28%) OpenCL
16 9 (1.05%) jQuery
17 7 (0.81%) RESTful
17 7 (0.81%) HTML5
17 7 (0.81%) J2EE
17 7 (0.81%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 28 (3.25%) Open Source
2 26 (3.02%) Computer Science
3 21 (2.44%) Mobile App
4 18 (2.09%) NHS
4 18 (2.09%) STB
5 16 (1.86%) MPEG
6 14 (1.63%) DTV
7 12 (1.39%) Management Information System
8 11 (1.28%) Client/Server
8 11 (1.28%) IPTV
9 9 (1.05%) Mathematics
10 8 (0.93%) Derivative
11 7 (0.81%) Fixed Income
11 7 (0.81%) Data Integration
12 6 (0.70%) Smart Meter
12 6 (0.70%) Embedded Systems
12 6 (0.70%) Device Driver
12 6 (0.70%) Streaming Video
13 5 (0.58%) 3D Graphics
13 5 (0.58%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 113 (13.12%) Windows
2 102 (11.85%) UNIX
3 91 (10.57%) Linux
4 52 (6.04%) Windows Server 2008
5 48 (5.57%) Windows XP
6 43 (4.99%) Windows 2000
7 42 (4.88%) Windows Server 2003
8 21 (2.44%) Windows 7
9 16 (1.86%) Android
10 11 (1.28%) Apple iOS
11 4 (0.46%) Solaris
12 3 (0.35%) AIX
12 3 (0.35%) Ubuntu
12 3 (0.35%) Embedded Linux
12 3 (0.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 2 (0.23%) openSUSE
14 1 (0.12%) Windows Server 2012
14 1 (0.12%) CentOS
14 1 (0.12%) Windows Vista
14 1 (0.12%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 225 (26.13%) Test Scripting
2 189 (21.95%) Agile Software Development
3 182 (21.14%) User Acceptance Testing
4 155 (18.00%) Scrum
5 123 (14.29%) Test Automation
6 120 (13.94%) Automated Testing
7 116 (13.47%) Test Strategy
8 94 (10.92%) BDD
8 94 (10.92%) Test Management
8 94 (10.92%) Integration Testing
9 84 (9.76%) Regression Testing
10 75 (8.71%) TDD
11 72 (8.36%) Performance Testing
12 68 (7.90%) Waterfall
13 66 (7.67%) Validation
14 61 (7.08%) Project Management
15 59 (6.85%) System Testing
16 48 (5.57%) Manual Testing
17 47 (5.46%) User Stories
18 46 (5.34%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 276 (32.06%) SQL
2 128 (14.87%) Java
3 98 (11.38%) C#
4 73 (8.48%) JavaScript
5 47 (5.46%) Python
6 35 (4.07%) C++
7 32 (3.72%) Ruby
8 30 (3.48%) C
9 26 (3.02%) VB
10 21 (2.44%) Perl
11 18 (2.09%) T-SQL
12 16 (1.86%) Bash Shell
13 14 (1.63%) PL/SQL
14 12 (1.39%) PHP
15 10 (1.16%) VBScript
16 8 (0.93%) Scala
17 7 (0.81%) VB.NET
18 6 (0.70%) VBA
19 5 (0.58%) Tcl
19 5 (0.58%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 333 (38.68%) ISEB
2 269 (31.24%) ISTQB
3 218 (25.32%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 135 (15.68%) Security Cleared
5 103 (11.96%) SC Cleared
6 46 (5.34%) Degree
7 37 (4.30%) DV Cleared
8 23 (2.67%) ISEB Practitioner
9 10 (1.16%) Cisco Certification
9 10 (1.16%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 9 (1.05%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 7 (0.81%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 7 (0.81%) Microsoft Certification
12 6 (0.70%) CCNP
12 6 (0.70%) CCNA
12 6 (0.70%) MCSE
13 5 (0.58%) HND
13 5 (0.58%) APMP
14 4 (0.46%) BC Cleared
14 4 (0.46%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 210 (24.39%) QA
2 5 (0.58%) ISO 9001
3 4 (0.46%) SLA
4 3 (0.35%) TickIT
4 3 (0.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.12%) ISO 14001
6 1 (0.12%) ISO 8583
6 1 (0.12%) WCAG
6 1 (0.12%) P3O
6 1 (0.12%) CRD IV
6 1 (0.12%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 20 (2.32%) Nmap
2 14 (1.63%) Active Directory
3 5 (0.58%) NDS
4 3 (0.35%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 3 (0.35%) 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
1 198 (23.00%) HP Quality Center
2 24 (2.79%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 20 (2.32%) Nessus
4 14 (1.63%) SCCM
5 4 (0.46%) Vagrant
6 3 (0.35%) Opscode Chef
6 3 (0.35%) nmon
6 3 (0.35%) Tivoli
7 2 (0.23%) Puppet
7 2 (0.23%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
8 1 (0.12%) Nagios
Vendors
1 140 (16.26%) HP
2 138 (16.03%) Microsoft
3 130 (15.10%) Oracle
4 57 (6.62%) SAP
5 11 (1.28%) Cisco
5 11 (1.28%) IBM
5 11 (1.28%) Citrix
5 11 (1.28%) Informatica
6 10 (1.16%) ATG
7 9 (1.05%) hybris
7 9 (1.05%) Business Objects
8 8 (0.93%) Salesforce.com
8 8 (0.93%) Talend
8 8 (0.93%) Remedy
9 7 (0.81%) JD Edwards
9 7 (0.81%) Siebel
9 7 (0.81%) JBoss
10 6 (0.70%) Charles River
11 5 (0.58%) VMware
11 5 (0.58%) Zend
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