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 1 October 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
1 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 82 110 87
Rank change year-on-year
+28 -23
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 41 8 26
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 1.50% 0.32% 1.01%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.99% 0.46% 1.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 7 5
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£313 £325 £308
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.84% +5.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £185 £262 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £390 £329 £321
UK excluding London average daily rate £336 £313 £300
% change year-on-year
+7.60% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 8
Average hourly rate £24.25 - £18.75
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.68 - £16.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £104.25 - £34.65
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.75 £11.50 £34.50
% change year-on-year
+193.47% -66.66%
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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
2064 1737 1747
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 75.60% 68.76% 67.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 1139 871 866
Average daily rate £375 £375 £345
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +8.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £275 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £460
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £365 £365
% change year-on-year
+2.73% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 50 78
Average hourly rate £32.50 £29.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.06% +28.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £9.25 £9.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £118.00 £36.00 £42.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.83 £30.00 £28.50
% change year-on-year
-10.56% +5.26%

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
Daily Rate Histogram in Scotland

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Testing across the Scotland region over the 3 months to 1 October 2014.

Software Testing Daily Rate Histogram 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
Hourly Rate Histogram in Scotland

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Testing across the Scotland region over the 3 months to 1 October 2014.

Software Testing Hourly Rate Histogram 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 1 October 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
Glasgow - 13 £338 -
Edinburgh +2 11 £255 -7.27% 3
Fife - 6 £185 -
West Dunbartonshire - 1 - -
North Lanarkshire - - - -
Aberdeen - - - - 1
Stirling - - - - 1
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Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, 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 23 (32.86%) Test Scripting
2 21 (30.00%) ISTQB
3 20 (28.57%) Automated Testing
3 20 (28.57%) Agile Software Development
4 19 (27.14%) Finance
4 19 (27.14%) SQL
4 19 (27.14%) Windows
5 17 (24.29%) Microsoft
6 15 (21.43%) QuickTest Pro
6 15 (21.43%) HP Quality Center
7 14 (20.00%) Security Cleared
7 14 (20.00%) User Acceptance Testing
7 14 (20.00%) Linux
8 13 (18.57%) Performance Testing
8 13 (18.57%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 12 (17.14%) Configuration Management
10 11 (15.71%) SC Cleared
11 10 (14.29%) Test Management
11 10 (14.29%) ISEB
11 10 (14.29%) Change Management
12 9 (12.86%) Regression Testing
12 9 (12.86%) HP
12 9 (12.86%) Security Testing
12 9 (12.86%) QA
12 9 (12.86%) Information Assurance
12 9 (12.86%) Test Strategy
13 8 (11.43%) Degree
13 8 (11.43%) Manual Testing
13 8 (11.43%) Relational Database
13 8 (11.43%) .NET

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, 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 2 (2.86%) Apache
2 1 (1.43%) CMS
2 1 (1.43%) WordPress
Applications
1 7 (10.00%) MS Office
1 7 (10.00%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (2.86%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (1.43%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (1.43%) Markit EDM
Communications & Networking
1 6 (8.57%) HTTP
2 2 (2.86%) SAN
2 2 (2.86%) TCP/IP
3 1 (1.43%) DNS
3 1 (1.43%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (11.43%) Relational Database
2 5 (7.14%) SQL Server
2 5 (7.14%) RDBMS
3 4 (5.71%) SQL Server 2008
3 4 (5.71%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (1.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (1.43%) MySQL
4 1 (1.43%) Oracle9i Database
4 1 (1.43%) Oracle Database 10g
4 1 (1.43%) Data Mining
4 1 (1.43%) DataStage
4 1 (1.43%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 15 (21.43%) QuickTest Pro
2 7 (10.00%) TestDirector
3 5 (7.14%) LoadRunner
3 5 (7.14%) WinRunner
4 4 (5.71%) Facilita Forecast
4 4 (5.71%) Visual Studio
5 2 (2.86%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (2.86%) JIRA
6 1 (1.43%) Subversion
6 1 (1.43%) Toad
6 1 (1.43%) Zephyr
6 1 (1.43%) Selenium
6 1 (1.43%) Cucumber
6 1 (1.43%) Git (software)
General
1 19 (27.14%) Finance
2 4 (5.71%) Pharmaceutical
2 4 (5.71%) Aerospace
2 4 (5.71%) Banking
3 2 (2.86%) Retail
4 1 (1.43%) Financial Institution
4 1 (1.43%) Back Office
4 1 (1.43%) Electronics
4 1 (1.43%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.43%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 23 (32.86%) Analyst
2 19 (27.14%) Test Analyst
3 13 (18.57%) Test Engineer
4 10 (14.29%) Developer
5 9 (12.86%) Test Manager
6 7 (10.00%) Software Engineer
7 6 (8.57%) Verification Engineer
7 6 (8.57%) Tester
8 4 (5.71%) Front-End Developer
8 4 (5.71%) Coordinator
8 4 (5.71%) Software Test Analyst
8 4 (5.71%) Performance Engineer
8 4 (5.71%) Software Tester
8 4 (5.71%) DBA
8 4 (5.71%) Support Analyst
9 3 (4.29%) SQL DBA
9 3 (4.29%) Test Specialist
9 3 (4.29%) Software Developer
9 3 (4.29%) Performance Test Engineer
10 2 (2.86%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (11.43%) .NET
2 7 (10.00%) Web Services
3 6 (8.57%) RESTful
3 6 (8.57%) JSON
3 6 (8.57%) XML
3 6 (8.57%) HTML
4 5 (7.14%) CSS
4 5 (7.14%) SOAP
5 4 (5.71%) CSS3
6 3 (4.29%) HTML5
7 2 (2.86%) jQuery
7 2 (2.86%) ASP.NET
7 2 (2.86%) Ruby on Rails
8 1 (1.43%) .NET Framework
8 1 (1.43%) JSP
8 1 (1.43%) XHTML
8 1 (1.43%) Backbone.js
Miscellaneous
1 5 (7.14%) Clustering
1 5 (7.14%) Analytical Skills
1 5 (7.14%) PDA
1 5 (7.14%) Open Source
2 4 (5.71%) Data Structures
2 4 (5.71%) Management Information System
3 2 (2.86%) Computer Science
3 2 (2.86%) FMCG
4 1 (1.43%) AS400
4 1 (1.43%) User Experience
4 1 (1.43%) Credit Risk
4 1 (1.43%) Blog
4 1 (1.43%) Mathematics
4 1 (1.43%) Physics
4 1 (1.43%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 19 (27.14%) Windows
2 14 (20.00%) Linux
3 7 (10.00%) Mac OS X
4 6 (8.57%) Windows Server 2008
4 6 (8.57%) Windows XP
4 6 (8.57%) UNIX
4 6 (8.57%) Windows Server 2003
5 5 (7.14%) AIX
5 5 (7.14%) Windows 7
6 1 (1.43%) Solaris
6 1 (1.43%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (32.86%) Test Scripting
2 20 (28.57%) Automated Testing
2 20 (28.57%) Agile Software Development
3 14 (20.00%) User Acceptance Testing
4 13 (18.57%) Performance Testing
5 12 (17.14%) Configuration Management
6 10 (14.29%) Test Management
6 10 (14.29%) Change Management
7 9 (12.86%) Regression Testing
7 9 (12.86%) Security Testing
7 9 (12.86%) Information Assurance
7 9 (12.86%) Test Strategy
8 8 (11.43%) Manual Testing
8 8 (11.43%) Scrum
9 7 (10.00%) Mentoring
9 7 (10.00%) Test Automation
10 6 (8.57%) Capacity Planning
10 6 (8.57%) Waterfall
10 6 (8.57%) System Testing
10 6 (8.57%) Resource Management
Programming Languages
1 19 (27.14%) SQL
2 8 (11.43%) JavaScript
3 6 (8.57%) Python
4 5 (7.14%) C#
5 4 (5.71%) C++
5 4 (5.71%) Java
5 4 (5.71%) Perl
5 4 (5.71%) VB
5 4 (5.71%) Ruby
6 2 (2.86%) VBA
6 2 (2.86%) Shell Script
7 1 (1.43%) VBScript
7 1 (1.43%) C
7 1 (1.43%) PHP
7 1 (1.43%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 21 (30.00%) ISTQB
2 14 (20.00%) Security Cleared
3 13 (18.57%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 11 (15.71%) SC Cleared
5 10 (14.29%) ISEB
6 8 (11.43%) Degree
7 5 (7.14%) MCTS
7 5 (7.14%) MCITP
7 5 (7.14%) MCSE
7 5 (7.14%) MCSA
7 5 (7.14%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (2.86%) DV Cleared
8 2 (2.86%) HNC
8 2 (2.86%) HND
8 2 (2.86%) ISEB Practitioner
9 1 (1.43%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (12.86%) QA
2 4 (5.71%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (7.14%) VMware ESX
1 5 (7.14%) Hyper-V
2 1 (1.43%) Oracle RMAN
2 1 (1.43%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 15 (21.43%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (7.14%) Netcool
2 5 (7.14%) McAfee ePO
3 1 (1.43%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 17 (24.29%) Microsoft
2 9 (12.86%) HP
3 7 (10.00%) Citrix
4 5 (7.14%) VMware
4 5 (7.14%) McAfee
4 5 (7.14%) Veritas
5 4 (5.71%) Oracle