The table below looks at the statistics for Software Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the Scotland region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Software Testing over the 3 months to 26 January 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
26 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Testing
Rank 86 95 100
Rank change year-on-year
+9 +5
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 35 20 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 1.31% 0.88% 0.53%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.70% 1.23% 0.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 11 4
Average daily rate
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£365 £300 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+21.50% -20.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £329 £216 £277
10% offered a daily rate of more than £433 £350 £414
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £300 £325
% change year-on-year
+16.66% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 0
Average hourly rate £14.39 £11.75 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+22.44% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £21.75 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+65.51% -27.50%
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the Scotland region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Scotland
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2063 1630 1406
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 77.01% 71.62% 68.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 1147 819 752
Average daily rate £395 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.33% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £250 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £398 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.00% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 31 19
Average hourly rate £30.00 £32.50 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.69% +18.18%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.77 £11.39 £13.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £41.30 £52.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.25 £27.00 £31.50
% change year-on-year
-6.48% -14.28%

Software Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in Scotland

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Software Testing across the Scotland region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Software Testing Jobs Demand Trend in Scotland

Software Testing
Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Software Testing across the Scotland region.

Software Testing Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

Software Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Software Testing across the Scotland region.

Software Testing Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

Software Testing
Contract Job Locations in Scotland

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 Scotland region over the 3 months to 26 January 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
Glasgow +10 15 £433 +82.10% 1
Edinburgh -13 8 £370 +23.33% 2
Fife -5 2 - - 2
Stirling - - - -
Aberdeen - - - - 1
Dundee - - - - 1
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Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 26 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Scotland 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 29 (46.77%) SQL
2 23 (37.10%) ISTQB
2 23 (37.10%) HP Quality Center
3 22 (35.48%) Test Scripting
4 21 (33.87%) Windows
4 21 (33.87%) Microsoft
5 19 (30.65%) Agile Software Development
6 18 (29.03%) QuickTest Pro
6 18 (29.03%) SC Cleared
6 18 (29.03%) Security Cleared
7 16 (25.81%) Test Automation
7 16 (25.81%) Finance
8 15 (24.19%) Change Management
8 15 (24.19%) Windows Server 2003
8 15 (24.19%) Windows XP
8 15 (24.19%) Windows Server 2008
9 14 (22.58%) MCSE
9 14 (22.58%) Microsoft Certification
10 13 (20.97%) WinRunner
10 13 (20.97%) TestDirector
10 13 (20.97%) Citrix
10 13 (20.97%) VMware
10 13 (20.97%) PDA
10 13 (20.97%) Windows 7
11 12 (19.35%) Hyper-V
11 12 (19.35%) McAfee ePO
11 12 (19.35%) MCITP
11 12 (19.35%) MCTS
11 12 (19.35%) VMware ESX
11 12 (19.35%) Clustering

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 26 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Scotland 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 3 (4.84%) Apache
2 1 (1.61%) WordPress
2 1 (1.61%) nginx
Applications
1 4 (6.45%) MS Office
1 4 (6.45%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.61%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (3.23%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (1.61%) Agresso
Communications & Networking
1 4 (6.45%) TCP/IP
2 2 (3.23%) HTTPS
2 2 (3.23%) SSL
2 2 (3.23%) Wireshark
3 1 (1.61%) HTTP
3 1 (1.61%) SAN
3 1 (1.61%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (8.06%) SQL Server
2 4 (6.45%) SQL Server 2005
2 4 (6.45%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (3.23%) Oracle Database
3 2 (3.23%) Relational Database
3 2 (3.23%) Oracle Database 10g
3 2 (3.23%) Oracle Reports
3 2 (3.23%) Oracle9i Database
4 1 (1.61%) RDBMS
4 1 (1.61%) DataStage
4 1 (1.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (1.61%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 18 (29.03%) QuickTest Pro
2 13 (20.97%) WinRunner
2 13 (20.97%) TestDirector
3 2 (3.23%) Selenium
4 1 (1.61%) Cucumber
4 1 (1.61%) LoadRunner
General
1 16 (25.81%) Finance
2 4 (6.45%) Aerospace
2 4 (6.45%) Banking
2 4 (6.45%) Pharmaceutical
3 3 (4.84%) Back Office
4 1 (1.61%) Electronics
4 1 (1.61%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.61%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 25 (40.32%) Analyst
2 20 (32.26%) Test Analyst
3 10 (16.13%) Test Engineer
4 7 (11.29%) Business Architect
4 7 (11.29%) Architect
4 7 (11.29%) Tester
5 5 (8.06%) DBA
6 4 (6.45%) Support Analyst
6 4 (6.45%) Software Engineer
7 3 (4.84%) Developer
7 3 (4.84%) Software Developer
7 3 (4.84%) Test Manager
7 3 (4.84%) Agile Test Analyst
7 3 (4.84%) SQL DBA
8 2 (3.23%) Software Tester
8 2 (3.23%) Oracle DBA
8 2 (3.23%) Senior Software Engineer
8 2 (3.23%) Coordinator
9 1 (1.61%) Project Manager
9 1 (1.61%) Junior
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (11.29%) .NET
2 3 (4.84%) ASP.NET
3 2 (3.23%) JSP
3 2 (3.23%) Ruby on Rails
3 2 (3.23%) HTML
4 1 (1.61%) .NET Framework
4 1 (1.61%) JSON
4 1 (1.61%) RESTful
4 1 (1.61%) SOAP
4 1 (1.61%) Web Services
4 1 (1.61%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 13 (20.97%) PDA
2 12 (19.35%) Clustering
3 10 (16.13%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (4.84%) AS400
5 1 (1.61%) Mathematics
5 1 (1.61%) Physics
5 1 (1.61%) Open Source
5 1 (1.61%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 21 (33.87%) Windows
2 15 (24.19%) Windows Server 2003
2 15 (24.19%) Windows Server 2008
2 15 (24.19%) Windows XP
3 13 (20.97%) Windows 7
4 12 (19.35%) AIX
5 8 (12.90%) Linux
6 6 (9.68%) UNIX
7 2 (3.23%) Windows 2000
7 2 (3.23%) Solaris
8 1 (1.61%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (1.61%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (35.48%) Test Scripting
2 19 (30.65%) Agile Software Development
3 16 (25.81%) Test Automation
4 15 (24.19%) Change Management
5 10 (16.13%) User Acceptance Testing
6 9 (14.52%) Waterfall
7 7 (11.29%) Stakeholder Engagement
8 6 (9.68%) Test Strategy
8 6 (9.68%) Automated Testing
8 6 (9.68%) Test Management
8 6 (9.68%) Validation
9 5 (8.06%) Programme Management
9 5 (8.06%) Security Testing
9 5 (8.06%) Information Assurance
10 4 (6.45%) Database Security
10 4 (6.45%) Stakeholder Management
10 4 (6.45%) Regression Testing
10 4 (6.45%) Configuration Management
10 4 (6.45%) Project Management
11 3 (4.84%) Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 29 (46.77%) SQL
2 5 (8.06%) Python
3 4 (6.45%) Ruby
4 3 (4.84%) JavaScript
5 2 (3.23%) Perl
5 2 (3.23%) Java
5 2 (3.23%) PL/SQL
5 2 (3.23%) Shell Script
5 2 (3.23%) VB
6 1 (1.61%) VBA
6 1 (1.61%) PHP5
6 1 (1.61%) VBScript
6 1 (1.61%) PHP
6 1 (1.61%) C
6 1 (1.61%) C#
Qualifications
1 23 (37.10%) ISTQB
2 18 (29.03%) SC Cleared
2 18 (29.03%) Security Cleared
3 14 (22.58%) MCSE
3 14 (22.58%) Microsoft Certification
4 12 (19.35%) MCSA
4 12 (19.35%) MCTS
4 12 (19.35%) MCITP
5 10 (16.13%) ISEB
6 8 (12.90%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 5 (8.06%) Degree
8 3 (4.84%) DV Cleared
9 2 (3.23%) Cisco Certification
9 2 (3.23%) ISEB Practitioner
9 2 (3.23%) CCNP
9 2 (3.23%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (8.06%) QA
2 4 (6.45%) SLA
3 1 (1.61%) DICOM
System Software
1 12 (19.35%) VMware ESX
1 12 (19.35%) Hyper-V
2 5 (8.06%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (3.23%) Oracle RMAN
3 2 (3.23%) Nmap
4 1 (1.61%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 23 (37.10%) HP Quality Center
2 12 (19.35%) McAfee ePO
3 11 (17.74%) Netcool
4 2 (3.23%) Nessus
Vendors
1 21 (33.87%) Microsoft
2 13 (20.97%) Citrix
2 13 (20.97%) VMware
3 12 (19.35%) Veritas
3 12 (19.35%) McAfee
4 7 (11.29%) HP
5 4 (6.45%) Oracle