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 July 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
29 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Testing
Rank 225 248 243
Rank change year-on-year
+23 -5
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 524 408 363
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 1.01% 0.83% 0.78%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.30% 1.08% 1.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 235 215 201
Average daily rate
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£360 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.76% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £226 £227 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £445
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £335
% change year-on-year
- -2.98%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 10 12
Average hourly rate £30.00 £37.65 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.31% +0.40%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.43 £30.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £45.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £36.00 £18.75
% change year-on-year
-16.66% +92.00%
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
40278 37760 34988
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 77.89% 76.47% 75.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 26689 23812 21696
Average daily rate £422 £410 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.92% -0.60%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1067 1098 1032
Average hourly rate £27.50 £25.00 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.00% -23.07%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.80 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.17 £45.00 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £26.98 £31.00
% change year-on-year
+11.21% -12.98%

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 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 29 July 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 29 July 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 +30 186 £425 +6.25% 46
South East -6 109 £375 +15.38% 37
North West +4 43 £406 +31.04% 27
South West -3 42 £350 +7.69% 20
Yorkshire +1 41 £325 +18.18% 15
West Midlands +8 27 £300 +3.44% 12
East of England +7 25 £269 -29.50% 15
East Midlands -14 14 £175 -40.67% 10
North East -20 14 £238 -34.02% 2
Midlands +11 13 - -
South Coast - 9 - -
Software Testing
UK

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 29 July 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.

1 367 (38.63%) Agile Software Development
2 270 (28.42%) SQL
3 266 (28.00%) ISEB
4 236 (24.84%) Finance
5 211 (22.21%) ISTQB
6 188 (19.79%) Test Automation
7 186 (19.58%) User Acceptance Testing
8 185 (19.47%) Test Scripting
9 162 (17.05%) QA
10 156 (16.42%) Java
11 140 (14.74%) Test Management
12 137 (14.42%) .NET
13 135 (14.21%) SDLC
14 132 (13.89%) Microsoft
15 127 (13.37%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
16 123 (12.95%) HP Quality Center
17 119 (12.53%) C#
18 118 (12.42%) Selenium
19 114 (12.00%) Scrum
20 112 (11.79%) Banking
21 109 (11.47%) Oracle
22 99 (10.42%) XML
23 98 (10.32%) BDD
24 96 (10.11%) Windows
24 96 (10.11%) HP
25 90 (9.47%) Waterfall
25 90 (9.47%) Analytical Skills
26 89 (9.37%) JIRA
27 87 (9.16%) Integration Testing
27 87 (9.16%) Regression Testing

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 29 July 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 (1.47%) CMS
2 10 (1.05%) Confluence
3 8 (0.84%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 8 (0.84%) BizTalk Server
3 8 (0.84%) WebLogic
3 8 (0.84%) SharePoint
4 6 (0.63%) Documentum
4 6 (0.63%) IIS
4 6 (0.63%) LiveLink
4 6 (0.63%) WebSphere
5 5 (0.53%) ATG Dynamo
5 5 (0.53%) MS Exchange
5 5 (0.53%) WordPress
6 4 (0.42%) JBoss
6 4 (0.42%) Apache
6 4 (0.42%) WebSphere Application Server
7 3 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2007
7 3 (0.32%) Drupal
7 3 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2010
8 2 (0.21%) Adobe Experience Manager
Applications
1 70 (7.37%) MS Excel
2 19 (2.00%) MS Office
3 9 (0.95%) MS Project
4 6 (0.63%) Spreadsheet
5 3 (0.32%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.21%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 9 (0.95%) Oracle EBS
2 7 (0.74%) Magento
3 6 (0.63%) MultiFonds
3 6 (0.63%) Summit
3 6 (0.63%) Oracle Payables
3 6 (0.63%) Oracle Receivables
4 4 (0.42%) SAP FI
5 3 (0.32%) SAP CO
5 3 (0.32%) SAP FI/CO
5 3 (0.32%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 3 (0.32%) TRIRIGA
6 2 (0.21%) Dynamics CRM
6 2 (0.21%) Markit EDM
7 1 (0.11%) Oracle Retail
7 1 (0.11%) Cognos TM1
7 1 (0.11%) SAP Retail
7 1 (0.11%) Dynamics AX
7 1 (0.11%) Line 500
7 1 (0.11%) Temenos T24
7 1 (0.11%) SAP MM
Cloud Services
1 5 (0.53%) Google Analytics
2 3 (0.32%) Cloud Computing
3 2 (0.21%) HP Helion
3 2 (0.21%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (0.21%) SaaS
3 2 (0.21%) PaaS
4 1 (0.11%) Office 365
4 1 (0.11%) SuccessFactors
4 1 (0.11%) Force.com
Communications & Networking
1 21 (2.21%) Internet
2 20 (2.11%) SAN
3 14 (1.47%) Firewall
4 12 (1.26%) LTE
5 11 (1.16%) ATM
5 11 (1.16%) GSM
6 10 (1.05%) TCP/IP
7 9 (0.95%) FCoE
7 9 (0.95%) Fibre Channel
7 9 (0.95%) iSCSI
8 8 (0.84%) 4G
8 8 (0.84%) UMTS
8 8 (0.84%) VoIP
8 8 (0.84%) 3G
8 8 (0.84%) Wireless
9 7 (0.74%) WAN
9 7 (0.74%) LAN
9 7 (0.74%) DAB
10 6 (0.63%) VoLTE
10 6 (0.63%) CDMA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 64 (6.74%) SQL Server
2 32 (3.37%) Relational Database
3 18 (1.89%) Oracle Database
4 17 (1.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 16 (1.68%) SQL Server 2012
6 14 (1.47%) Data Warehouse
7 11 (1.16%) MySQL
7 11 (1.16%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 11 (1.16%) SQL Server 2008
8 9 (0.95%) Data Mining
8 9 (0.95%) RDBMS
9 8 (0.84%) Oracle Reports
10 7 (0.74%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 7 (0.74%) SQL Server 2005
11 6 (0.63%) NoSQL
11 6 (0.63%) Hadoop
11 6 (0.63%) JasperReports
12 5 (0.53%) Big Data
12 5 (0.53%) SAP BW
13 4 (0.42%) DTS
Development Applications
1 118 (12.42%) Selenium
2 89 (9.37%) JIRA
3 86 (9.05%) Cucumber
4 67 (7.05%) SoapUI
5 61 (6.42%) HP UFT
6 54 (5.68%) Visual Studio
7 47 (4.95%) LoadRunner
8 44 (4.63%) Team Foundation Server
9 43 (4.53%) WebDriver
10 36 (3.79%) JMeter
11 32 (3.37%) Jenkins
12 30 (3.16%) JUnit
13 29 (3.05%) SpecFlow
14 26 (2.74%) Subversion
15 24 (2.53%) Git (software)
16 18 (1.89%) Maven
17 16 (1.68%) FitNesse
18 13 (1.37%) NUnit
18 13 (1.37%) Facilita Forecast
19 12 (1.26%) JBehave
General
1 236 (24.84%) Finance
2 112 (11.79%) Banking
3 64 (6.74%) Telecoms
4 52 (5.47%) Investment Banking
5 40 (4.21%) Retail
6 21 (2.21%) Legal
7 16 (1.68%) Games
8 13 (1.37%) Front Office
8 13 (1.37%) Publishing
9 12 (1.26%) Back Office
10 10 (1.05%) Manufacturing
10 10 (1.05%) Billing
11 8 (0.84%) General Ledger
11 8 (0.84%) Marketing
12 6 (0.63%) Retail Banking
12 6 (0.63%) Advertising
12 6 (0.63%) Electronics
13 5 (0.53%) Pharmaceutical
13 5 (0.53%) Financial Institution
14 4 (0.42%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 357 (37.58%) Analyst
2 302 (31.79%) Test Analyst
3 122 (12.84%) Tester
4 116 (12.21%) Developer
5 106 (11.16%) Test Manager
6 82 (8.63%) Test Leader
7 56 (5.89%) Test Engineer
8 55 (5.79%) Consultant
9 49 (5.16%) Senior Analyst
10 46 (4.84%) Test Consultant
11 41 (4.32%) Agile Test Analyst
12 34 (3.58%) Senior Test Analyst
13 32 (3.37%) Software Tester
14 29 (3.05%) Business Analyst
15 27 (2.84%) QA Analyst
15 27 (2.84%) Automation Analyst
16 25 (2.63%) Automation Test Analyst
17 22 (2.32%) AWS Developer
18 20 (2.11%) Technical Analyst
19 18 (1.89%) Technical Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 137 (14.42%) .NET
2 99 (10.42%) XML
3 83 (8.74%) Web Services
4 62 (6.53%) SOAP
5 57 (6.00%) HTML
6 36 (3.79%) Gherkin
7 32 (3.37%) ASP.NET
7 32 (3.37%) CSS
8 27 (2.84%) .NET Framework
9 19 (2.00%) Middleware
10 18 (1.89%) REST
11 14 (1.47%) J2EE
12 13 (1.37%) HTML5
13 12 (1.26%) JSON
13 12 (1.26%) Django
13 12 (1.26%) Spring
14 10 (1.05%) XML Messaging
15 9 (0.95%) Ajax
16 8 (0.84%) WCF
17 7 (0.74%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 90 (9.47%) Analytical Skills
2 36 (3.79%) Management Information System
3 30 (3.16%) Mobile App
4 25 (2.63%) New Media
5 21 (2.21%) Fixed Income
6 19 (2.00%) User Experience
7 17 (1.79%) Computer Science
7 17 (1.79%) Client/Server
8 13 (1.37%) NHS
8 13 (1.37%) Performance Metrics
8 13 (1.37%) Digital Media
9 12 (1.26%) Data Structures
9 12 (1.26%) Data Centre
9 12 (1.26%) Smart Meter
9 12 (1.26%) EPoS
10 11 (1.16%) Algorithms
10 11 (1.16%) SWIFT
11 9 (0.95%) Enterprise Software
12 8 (0.84%) MPEG
12 8 (0.84%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 96 (10.11%) Windows
2 79 (8.32%) Linux
3 65 (6.84%) UNIX
4 31 (3.26%) Android
5 24 (2.53%) Apple iOS
6 17 (1.79%) AIX
7 15 (1.58%) Windows 7
8 9 (0.95%) Windows XP
9 7 (0.74%) Windows Server 2008
10 5 (0.53%) Solaris
11 4 (0.42%) Windows Server 2003
11 4 (0.42%) Ubuntu
11 4 (0.42%) Windows Server 2012
12 3 (0.32%) Embedded Linux
13 2 (0.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 1 (0.11%) Oracle Linux
14 1 (0.11%) Tizen
14 1 (0.11%) Windows 8
14 1 (0.11%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 367 (38.63%) Agile Software Development
2 188 (19.79%) Test Automation
3 186 (19.58%) User Acceptance Testing
4 185 (19.47%) Test Scripting
5 140 (14.74%) Test Management
6 135 (14.21%) SDLC
7 114 (12.00%) Scrum
8 98 (10.32%) BDD
9 90 (9.47%) Waterfall
10 87 (9.16%) Integration Testing
10 87 (9.16%) Regression Testing
11 82 (8.63%) Manual Testing
12 78 (8.21%) Test Strategy
12 78 (8.21%) Automated Testing
13 77 (8.11%) Test Planning
14 75 (7.89%) TDD
15 60 (6.32%) Migration
16 56 (5.89%) Security Testing
17 55 (5.79%) System Integration Testing
18 53 (5.58%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 270 (28.42%) SQL
2 156 (16.42%) Java
3 119 (12.53%) C#
4 57 (6.00%) JavaScript
5 49 (5.16%) Python
6 32 (3.37%) T-SQL
6 32 (3.37%) C++
7 27 (2.84%) Perl
7 27 (2.84%) VB
8 26 (2.74%) Ruby
9 22 (2.32%) VB.NET
9 22 (2.32%) Shell Script
10 20 (2.11%) C
11 19 (2.00%) VBScript
12 18 (1.89%) VBA
13 12 (1.26%) PL/SQL
14 10 (1.05%) F#
15 8 (0.84%) Bash Shell
16 5 (0.53%) PHP
17 4 (0.42%) Scala
Qualifications
1 266 (28.00%) ISEB
2 211 (22.21%) ISTQB
3 127 (13.37%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 86 (9.05%) Security Cleared
5 67 (7.05%) Degree
6 56 (5.89%) SC Cleared
7 32 (3.37%) ISEB Practitioner
8 20 (2.11%) DV Cleared
9 13 (1.37%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 11 (1.16%) Microsoft Certification
11 9 (0.95%) MCSE
12 7 (0.74%) MCSA
12 7 (0.74%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 5 (0.53%) HND
13 5 (0.53%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 4 (0.42%) CISM
14 4 (0.42%) MCITP
15 3 (0.32%) CTC Cleared
15 3 (0.32%) CRISC
15 3 (0.32%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 162 (17.05%) QA
2 9 (0.95%) PCI DSS
3 7 (0.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.11%) ISO 8583
5 1 (0.11%) MiFID
5 1 (0.11%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 1 (0.11%) GCP
5 1 (0.11%) GxP
5 1 (0.11%) SLA
5 1 (0.11%) Solvency II
5 1 (0.11%) EMIR
5 1 (0.11%) Dodd-Frank
5 1 (0.11%) HL7
System Software
1 16 (1.68%) VMware Infrastructure
2 12 (1.26%) Active Directory
3 3 (0.32%) vSphere
4 2 (0.21%) Hyper-V
4 2 (0.21%) VMware ESX
5 1 (0.11%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (0.11%) Snort
5 1 (0.11%) Squid
5 1 (0.11%) Oracle RAC
5 1 (0.11%) Firmware
5 1 (0.11%) Varnish
Systems Management
1 123 (12.95%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (0.63%) Tivoli
2 6 (0.63%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
3 4 (0.42%) BMC PATROL
4 2 (0.21%) Netcool
4 2 (0.21%) McAfee ePO
4 2 (0.21%) Puppet
4 2 (0.21%) Cisco UCCE
5 1 (0.11%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
5 1 (0.11%) WebInspect
5 1 (0.11%) Data Guard
5 1 (0.11%) Vagrant
5 1 (0.11%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.11%) Ansible
Vendors
1 132 (13.89%) Microsoft
2 109 (11.47%) Oracle
3 96 (10.11%) HP
4 29 (3.05%) SAP
4 29 (3.05%) VMware
5 25 (2.63%) Citrix
6 19 (2.00%) IBM
7 15 (1.58%) Veritas
7 15 (1.58%) OpenText
8 12 (1.26%) Splunk
8 12 (1.26%) ATG
9 11 (1.16%) Cisco
9 11 (1.16%) Perforce
10 9 (0.95%) TIBCO
11 8 (0.84%) hybris
12 7 (0.74%) Atlassian
13 5 (0.53%) Google
13 5 (0.53%) Progress
13 5 (0.53%) Murex
14 4 (0.42%) Symbian
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