The table below looks at the statistics for Software Testing skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Software Testing over the 3 months to 19 January 2017 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
19 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Software Testing
UK
Rank 310 222 249
Rank change year-on-year
-88 +27
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 313 534 445
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.70% 1.05% 0.88%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.85% 1.28% 1.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 172 314 250
Median daily rate £375 £340 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.29% -2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £619 £450 £451
UK excluding London median daily rate £334 £325 £348
% change year-on-year
+2.69% -6.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 14 16
Median hourly rate £42.50 £27.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+57.40% -22.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.88 £20.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.34 £44.25 £40.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.25 £29.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+42.24% -17.14%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Processes & Methodologies Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
36765 41589 39944
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 82.20% 81.75% 78.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 24383 26919 25819
Median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £293 £282
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £576
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £400 £390
% change year-on-year
+1.25% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 929 1211 1063
Median hourly rate £33.28 £37.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.25% +50.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.10 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.34 £55.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year
-12.50% +53.84%

Software Testing
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing Software Testing as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Software Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Software Testing
Daily Rate Trend

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

Software Testing Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Software Testing
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 19 January 2017.

Software Testing Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Software Testing
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Software Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Software Testing
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 19 January 2017.

Software Testing Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Software Testing
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 19 January 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -60 266 £375 +7.14% 139
London -8 102 £463 +15.62% 25
South East -7 46 £325 - 34
Scotland -13 35 £281 -12.34% 3
South West -23 33 £438 +25.00% 15
East of England +6 26 £325 - 17
Yorkshire +12 19 £331 +13.53% 13
Hampshire +8 19 £375 +25.00% 14
West Yorkshire +20 17 £331 +10.41% 11
Glasgow +8 17 - - 1
Leeds +22 16 £338 +0.74% 8
Hertfordshire +7 14 £375 - 6
West Midlands -18 13 £370 +17.92% 8
Gloucestershire +7 12 £500 +19.04% 2
East Midlands -4 12 £363 +87.09% 10
North West -10 12 £388 +10.71% 14
City of London -12 12 £475 +22.58% 9
Oxfordshire +2 11 £200 -27.27% 3
Wiltshire -3 9 £330 -5.71% 1
Edinburgh -9 8 £325 -7.14% 2
Oxford - 8 £200 - 2
Birmingham +2 7 £370 +35.77% 3
Manchester -21 7 £425 +21.42% 7
Swindon - 7 £330 -
West Sussex +7 6 £438 +34.61% 1
Bristol +3 6 £325 +44.44% 7
Essex -8 6 £325 - 2
Rickmansworth - 6 £313 -
Andover - 6 £400 - 1
Kent -5 5 £209 -40.35% 1

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 January 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Software Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Software Testing.

1 374 (55.08%) Agile Software Development
2 183 (26.95%) ISTQB
3 178 (26.22%) Scrum
4 169 (24.89%) Test Scripting
5 167 (24.59%) Selenium
6 163 (24.01%) SQL
7 159 (23.42%) ISEB
8 150 (22.09%) Finance
9 148 (21.80%) QA
10 132 (19.44%) JIRA
10 132 (19.44%) BDD
11 127 (18.70%) Java
12 109 (16.05%) Regression Testing
13 108 (15.91%) User Acceptance Testing
14 106 (15.61%) C#
14 106 (15.61%) Oracle
15 104 (15.32%) Security Cleared
16 102 (15.02%) SDLC
17 101 (14.87%) Manual Testing
18 97 (14.29%) Linux
19 95 (13.99%) Windows
20 93 (13.70%) Test Automation
21 90 (13.25%) .NET
22 88 (12.96%) Microsoft
23 86 (12.67%) Functional Testing
24 83 (12.22%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
25 82 (12.08%) Automated Testing
26 80 (11.78%) Cucumber
27 77 (11.34%) TDD
28 73 (10.75%) Software Engineering

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 32 (4.71%) SharePoint
2 22 (3.24%) Tomcat
3 17 (2.50%) Confluence
4 14 (2.06%) Apache
5 9 (1.33%) IIS
5 9 (1.33%) JBoss
6 8 (1.18%) CMS
7 6 (0.88%) Apache Spark
7 6 (0.88%) SAS
8 4 (0.59%) OpenStack
8 4 (0.59%) SharePoint 2010
9 3 (0.44%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 3 (0.44%) Oracle HTTP Server
10 2 (0.29%) Apache Pig
10 2 (0.29%) BizTalk Server
10 2 (0.29%) ColdFusion
10 2 (0.29%) Elasticsearch
10 2 (0.29%) SharePoint 2013
10 2 (0.29%) Skype for Business
10 2 (0.29%) WebSphere
Applications
1 48 (7.07%) MS Excel
2 32 (4.71%) MS Office
3 9 (1.33%) Spreadsheet
4 6 (0.88%) MS PowerPoint
5 3 (0.44%) Mingle
5 3 (0.44%) MS Project
6 2 (0.29%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 2 (0.29%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 20 (2.95%) Dynamics CRM
1 20 (2.95%) Oracle Applications
2 5 (0.74%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 4 (0.59%) Oracle Assets
3 4 (0.59%) Oracle EBS
3 4 (0.59%) Oracle EBS R12
3 4 (0.59%) Oracle General Ledger
3 4 (0.59%) Oracle Internet Expenses
3 4 (0.59%) Oracle iProcurement
3 4 (0.59%) Oracle Payables
3 4 (0.59%) Oracle Receivables
4 3 (0.44%) Dynamics AX
4 3 (0.44%) Oracle Financials
5 2 (0.29%) FLEXCUBE
5 2 (0.29%) Temenos T24
5 2 (0.29%) VisionPLUS
6 1 (0.15%) Oracle ERP
6 1 (0.15%) SAP FS
6 1 (0.15%) SAP HCM
6 1 (0.15%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 20 (2.95%) Office 365
2 10 (1.47%) Amazon AWS
2 10 (1.47%) GitHub
3 7 (1.03%) Google Cloud Platform
3 7 (1.03%) Microsoft Azure
4 4 (0.59%) IaaS
4 4 (0.59%) Sumo Logic
5 3 (0.44%) SaaS
6 2 (0.29%) Google App Engine
6 2 (0.29%) OneDrive
7 1 (0.15%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.15%) Amazon ELB
7 1 (0.15%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.15%) AWS Lambda
7 1 (0.15%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.15%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 14 (2.06%) Internet
2 13 (1.91%) HTTP
2 13 (1.91%) TCP/IP
3 10 (1.47%) Network Security
4 6 (0.88%) Ethernet
4 6 (0.88%) Firewall
5 5 (0.74%) DNS
5 5 (0.74%) Intrusion Detection
6 3 (0.44%) Multicast
6 3 (0.44%) VLAN
6 3 (0.44%) WAN
6 3 (0.44%) Wi-Fi
6 3 (0.44%) Wireshark
7 2 (0.29%) 4G
7 2 (0.29%) Bluetooth
7 2 (0.29%) FTP
7 2 (0.29%) LAN
7 2 (0.29%) Skype
7 2 (0.29%) Wireless
8 1 (0.15%) GPRS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 71 (10.46%) SQL Server
2 33 (4.86%) Relational Database
3 24 (3.53%) Data Warehouse
3 24 (3.53%) Oracle Reports
4 22 (3.24%) Oracle Database
5 12 (1.77%) RDBMS
6 10 (1.47%) Hadoop
7 9 (1.33%) MySQL
8 8 (1.18%) PostgreSQL
9 6 (0.88%) Apache Cassandra
9 6 (0.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 5 (0.74%) Big Data
10 5 (0.74%) MongoDB
10 5 (0.74%) SQL Server 2005
10 5 (0.74%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 4 (0.59%) HBase
11 4 (0.59%) NoSQL
11 4 (0.59%) Oracle Database 11g
11 4 (0.59%) Redis
11 4 (0.59%) Riak
Development Applications
1 167 (24.59%) Selenium
2 132 (19.44%) JIRA
3 80 (11.78%) Cucumber
4 62 (9.13%) WebDriver
5 57 (8.39%) Git (software)
5 57 (8.39%) Team Foundation Server
6 45 (6.63%) SpecFlow
7 44 (6.48%) Jenkins
8 42 (6.19%) Visual Studio
9 38 (5.60%) HP UFT
10 36 (5.30%) SoapUI
11 34 (5.01%) Maven
11 34 (5.01%) Subversion
12 30 (4.42%) JBehave
13 29 (4.27%) JUnit
13 29 (4.27%) TeamCity
14 21 (3.09%) LoadRunner
15 18 (2.65%) JMeter
16 16 (2.36%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 16 (2.36%) JIRA Agile
General
1 150 (22.09%) Finance
2 41 (6.04%) Banking
3 30 (4.42%) Law
3 30 (4.42%) Retail
4 18 (2.65%) Front Office
5 13 (1.91%) Telecoms
6 11 (1.62%) Electronics
6 11 (1.62%) Manufacturing
7 10 (1.47%) Marketing
8 7 (1.03%) Games
8 7 (1.03%) Investment Banking
9 6 (0.88%) Pharmaceutical
10 5 (0.74%) Legal
10 5 (0.74%) Retail Banking
11 4 (0.59%) Advertising
11 4 (0.59%) Aerospace
11 4 (0.59%) Automotive
11 4 (0.59%) Financial Institution
12 3 (0.44%) Back Office
13 2 (0.29%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 204 (30.04%) Analyst
2 174 (25.63%) Tester
3 160 (23.56%) Test Analyst
4 89 (13.11%) Developer
5 65 (9.57%) Test Engineer
6 55 (8.10%) Automation Tester
7 53 (7.81%) Software Tester
8 40 (5.89%) Test Leader
9 32 (4.71%) Test Manager
10 31 (4.57%) Automation Test Analyst
11 24 (3.53%) Business Analyst
11 24 (3.53%) Software Test Engineer
12 23 (3.39%) Senior Analyst
13 21 (3.09%) Java Developer
13 21 (3.09%) Senior Test Analyst
14 18 (2.65%) SQL Analyst
15 17 (2.50%) QA Tester
15 17 (2.50%) Scrum Master
16 16 (2.36%) Software Analyst
16 16 (2.36%) Software Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 90 (13.25%) .NET
2 56 (8.25%) XML
3 48 (7.07%) Gherkin
3 48 (7.07%) HTML
4 35 (5.15%) Web Services
5 25 (3.68%) Hibernate
6 23 (3.39%) REST
7 22 (3.24%) CSS
7 22 (3.24%) HTML5
7 22 (3.24%) RESTful
7 22 (3.24%) Spring
8 21 (3.09%) Velocity
9 19 (2.80%) AngularJS
9 19 (2.80%) jQuery
10 16 (2.36%) ASP.NET
10 16 (2.36%) SOAP
11 13 (1.91%) CSS3
12 11 (1.62%) Node.js
13 9 (1.33%) JSON
14 8 (1.18%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 52 (7.66%) Analytical Skills
2 33 (4.86%) Computer Science
3 32 (4.71%) Management Information System
4 22 (3.24%) Mobile App
5 20 (2.95%) Fixed Income
6 14 (2.06%) Clustering
6 14 (2.06%) Virtual Team
7 12 (1.77%) User Experience
8 10 (1.47%) Data Centre
9 9 (1.33%) Equities
10 8 (1.18%) Client/Server
11 7 (1.03%) EPoS
11 7 (1.03%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 7 (1.03%) Mathematics
12 6 (0.88%) Algorithms
13 5 (0.74%) e-Learning
13 5 (0.74%) Replication
13 5 (0.74%) Statistics
14 4 (0.59%) Embedded Systems
14 4 (0.59%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 97 (14.29%) Linux
2 95 (13.99%) Windows
3 38 (5.60%) Unix
4 24 (3.53%) Apple iOS
5 22 (3.24%) Windows Server 2008
5 22 (3.24%) Windows Server 2012
6 21 (3.09%) Android
6 21 (3.09%) Windows 7
7 19 (2.80%) Windows 10
7 19 (2.80%) Windows Server 2003
7 19 (2.80%) Windows XP
8 16 (2.36%) AIX
9 13 (1.91%) Windows Server
10 6 (0.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 4 (0.59%) CoreOS
11 4 (0.59%) Ubuntu
12 3 (0.44%) Tizen
13 2 (0.29%) CentOS
13 2 (0.29%) HPUX
13 2 (0.29%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 374 (55.08%) Agile Software Development
2 178 (26.22%) Scrum
3 169 (24.89%) Test Scripting
4 132 (19.44%) BDD
5 109 (16.05%) Regression Testing
6 108 (15.91%) User Acceptance Testing
7 102 (15.02%) SDLC
8 101 (14.87%) Manual Testing
9 93 (13.70%) Test Automation
10 86 (12.67%) Functional Testing
11 82 (12.08%) Automated Testing
12 77 (11.34%) TDD
13 73 (10.75%) Software Engineering
14 69 (10.16%) Waterfall
15 67 (9.87%) Automation Testing
15 67 (9.87%) Migration
16 59 (8.69%) Defect Tracking
17 57 (8.39%) Non-Functional Testing
18 56 (8.25%) Continuous Integration
18 56 (8.25%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 163 (24.01%) SQL
2 127 (18.70%) Java
3 106 (15.61%) C#
4 70 (10.31%) Python
5 55 (8.10%) JavaScript
6 47 (6.92%) C++
7 38 (5.60%) C
8 29 (4.27%) Ruby
9 27 (3.98%) F#
10 18 (2.65%) Perl
10 18 (2.65%) VBScript
11 15 (2.21%) PHP
12 13 (1.91%) Shell Script
13 11 (1.62%) Bash Shell
13 11 (1.62%) PowerShell
14 10 (1.47%) PL/SQL
15 9 (1.33%) T-SQL
16 7 (1.03%) VB
16 7 (1.03%) VB.NET
17 4 (0.59%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 183 (26.95%) ISTQB
2 159 (23.42%) ISEB
3 104 (15.32%) Security Cleared
4 83 (12.22%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 67 (9.87%) SC Cleared
6 51 (7.51%) Degree
7 26 (3.83%) DV Cleared
8 15 (2.21%) MCTS
8 15 (2.21%) Microsoft Certification
9 14 (2.06%) MCITP
9 14 (2.06%) MCSA
9 14 (2.06%) MCSE
10 9 (1.33%) BPSS Clearance
11 6 (0.88%) ISEB Practitioner
12 5 (0.74%) PhD
13 3 (0.44%) CHECK Team Member
13 3 (0.44%) CISM
13 3 (0.44%) CREST Certified
13 3 (0.44%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
14 2 (0.29%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 148 (21.80%) QA
2 13 (1.91%) SDET
3 11 (1.62%) Disclosure Scotland
4 8 (1.18%) SLA
5 6 (0.88%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.44%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 3 (0.44%) GMP
6 3 (0.44%) WCAG
7 1 (0.15%) COBIT
7 1 (0.15%) Def Stans
7 1 (0.15%) GCP
7 1 (0.15%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.15%) ISO26262
7 1 (0.15%) Solvency II
7 1 (0.15%) TickIT
System Software
1 26 (3.83%) Active Directory
2 16 (2.36%) Hyper-V
3 10 (1.47%) Docker
4 5 (0.74%) Snort
4 5 (0.74%) VMware Infrastructure
5 4 (0.59%) HDFS
5 4 (0.59%) VirtualBox
6 1 (0.15%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.15%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 56 (8.25%) HP Quality Center
2 14 (2.06%) McAfee ePO
2 14 (2.06%) Netcool
3 7 (1.03%) Nagios
3 7 (1.03%) Opscode Chef
4 6 (0.88%) Kubernetes
5 5 (0.74%) Puppet
6 4 (0.59%) Ansible
6 4 (0.59%) Salt
6 4 (0.59%) SCCM
6 4 (0.59%) ZABBIX
7 3 (0.44%) SCOM
7 3 (0.44%) TeMIP
7 3 (0.44%) WSUS
8 1 (0.15%) BladeLogic
8 1 (0.15%) ITRS Geneos
Vendors
1 106 (15.61%) Oracle
2 88 (12.96%) Microsoft
3 51 (7.51%) HP
4 21 (3.09%) Atlassian
5 16 (2.36%) Citrix
6 14 (2.06%) Intel Security
6 14 (2.06%) Veritas
7 12 (1.77%) SAP
8 9 (1.33%) VMware
9 8 (1.18%) IBM
9 8 (1.18%) Splunk
10 7 (1.03%) Xamarin
11 6 (0.88%) Cloudera
11 6 (0.88%) Google
11 6 (0.88%) Red Hat
12 5 (0.74%) Canon
12 5 (0.74%) EMC
12 5 (0.74%) Guidewire
12 5 (0.74%) Sourcefire
13 4 (0.59%) Rackspace
Northamptonshire
Oscar
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Experis Ltd
Posted: 4 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
Oscar
Rate: £180 - £280 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Hertfordshire
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: £325 - £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Up to £200 per day 6 month contract
Posted: 2 days ago
Eastleigh
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Rate: £30000 - £350000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Hatfield, Hertfordshire
Hays Talent Solutions
Rate: £275.00 - £300.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
NCC Group
Posted: 3 days ago
Belfast, County Antrim
Advanced
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City, London
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: £0.00 per annum
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Cambridge
People Source Consulting
Rate: £20000 - £25000 per annum
Posted: 16 days ago