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 27 June 2016 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
27 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Testing
Rank 277 228 228
Rank change year-on-year
-49 0
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 454 540 520
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.84% 0.98% 0.97%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.02% 1.23% 1.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 296 227 298
Median daily rate £350 £345 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.44% +6.15%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £210 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £500 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £316 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.76% -2.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 18 15
Median hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £37.80
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -0.79%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.78 £18.46 £18.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.00 £43.00 £44.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £37.80
% change year-on-year
- -0.79%

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
44382 43894 42128
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 82.21% 79.60% 78.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 29500 28277 26434
Median daily rate £438 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £285 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £572
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +2.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1050 1174 1216
Median hourly rate £28.00 £29.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.44% +5.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.58 £12.36 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.00 £50.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.50 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-5.00% -

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 27 June 2016.

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 27 June 2016.

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 27 June 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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 -60 375 £368 +5.00% 146
London -45 148 £375 -8.53% 46
South East -28 75 £400 +10.34% 30
Scotland +6 67 £280 -7.81% 5
North West -12 34 £350 -11.94% 23
South West +11 32 £325 -10.34% 8
Hampshire -6 31 £388 +19.23% 7
Edinburgh -12 28 £271 -3.12% 5
West Midlands -22 22 £340 +15.25% 8
North East -43 21 £325 +44.44% 2
Yorkshire -8 19 £348 +15.83% 15
Berkshire -9 19 £400 - 1
Tyne and Wear -47 18 £325 +18.18% 2
East of England +8 17 £450 +83.67% 7
Newcastle upon Tyne -47 16 £325 +18.18% 2
Glasgow +6 15 £313 -10.71%
Wiltshire +1 15 £300 -14.28%
Erskine -25 15 £283 -16.76%
Renfrewshire -26 15 £283 -16.76%
Manchester -14 14 £340 +4.61% 12
Hertfordshire +28 13 £463 - 2
City of London +21 13 £325 -16.12% 11
Winchester -3 12 £450 +45.16% 2
Leeds -7 12 £300 - 9
West Yorkshire -8 12 £300 - 14
Reading -1 10 £375 -6.25% 1
Buckinghamshire +10 9 £300 -28.35% 3
South Wales +21 8 £350 +12.90%
Wales +20 8 £350 +12.90%
Cardiff +8 8 £350 +12.90%

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 June 2016, 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.

1 417 (43.66%) Agile Software Development
2 309 (32.36%) SQL
3 307 (32.15%) ISTQB
4 274 (28.69%) ISEB
5 243 (25.45%) Finance
6 221 (23.14%) Test Scripting
7 185 (19.37%) QA
8 179 (18.74%) Java
9 176 (18.43%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 167 (17.49%) JIRA
11 154 (16.13%) Scrum
12 147 (15.39%) User Acceptance Testing
13 144 (15.08%) Test Automation
13 144 (15.08%) Windows
14 143 (14.97%) Microsoft
15 142 (14.87%) Selenium
16 138 (14.45%) SDLC
16 138 (14.45%) Regression Testing
17 134 (14.03%) Security Cleared
18 123 (12.88%) HP Quality Center
19 117 (12.25%) Oracle
20 115 (12.04%) Linux
21 112 (11.73%) Functional Testing
22 110 (11.52%) Test Strategy
22 110 (11.52%) Waterfall
22 110 (11.52%) C#
23 107 (11.20%) Analytical Skills
24 106 (11.10%) BDD
24 106 (11.10%) HP
24 106 (11.10%) Banking

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 17 (1.78%) JBoss
1 17 (1.78%) SharePoint
2 14 (1.47%) Apache
3 11 (1.15%) Confluence
4 7 (0.73%) Mule
5 6 (0.63%) SAS
5 6 (0.63%) WebLogic
6 5 (0.52%) MS Exchange
6 5 (0.52%) nginx
6 5 (0.52%) SharePoint 2013
6 5 (0.52%) Skype for Business
7 4 (0.42%) IIS
7 4 (0.42%) Oracle HTTP Server
7 4 (0.42%) Tomcat
8 3 (0.31%) Apache Pig
8 3 (0.31%) BizTalk Server
8 3 (0.31%) CMS
8 3 (0.31%) ColdFusion
8 3 (0.31%) Elasticsearch
9 2 (0.21%) FileNet
Applications
1 79 (8.27%) MS Excel
2 59 (6.18%) MS Office
3 20 (2.09%) MS Project
4 15 (1.57%) MS Visio
5 5 (0.52%) Mingle
6 1 (0.10%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.10%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 7 (0.73%) Oracle EBS
2 6 (0.63%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.63%) Oracle EBS R12
2 6 (0.63%) SAP FI
3 5 (0.52%) Magento
4 3 (0.31%) Maximo
5 2 (0.21%) Dynamics AX
5 2 (0.21%) Infor LN
5 2 (0.21%) Markit EDM
5 2 (0.21%) Oracle Assets
5 2 (0.21%) Oracle Payables
5 2 (0.21%) Oracle Receivables
5 2 (0.21%) SAP CO
5 2 (0.21%) SAP FI/CO
5 2 (0.21%) SAP HR
6 1 (0.10%) IntelliMatch
6 1 (0.10%) Lorenzo
6 1 (0.10%) OpenText VIM for SAP
6 1 (0.10%) Sonata
6 1 (0.10%) TRIRIGA
Cloud Services
1 9 (0.94%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (0.52%) Office 365
2 5 (0.52%) SuccessFactors
3 4 (0.42%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (0.21%) SaaS
5 1 (0.10%) Amazon EC2
5 1 (0.10%) Amazon ELB
5 1 (0.10%) Amazon S3
5 1 (0.10%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.10%) IaaS
5 1 (0.10%) PaaS
5 1 (0.10%) TestFlight
Communications & Networking
1 36 (3.77%) HTTP
2 24 (2.51%) Internet
3 17 (1.78%) TCP/IP
4 16 (1.68%) DNS
5 15 (1.57%) VLAN
6 13 (1.36%) VPN
7 11 (1.15%) SAN
8 10 (1.05%) BGP
8 10 (1.05%) DHCP
8 10 (1.05%) IPsec
8 10 (1.05%) IPv6
8 10 (1.05%) Software-Defined Networking
9 8 (0.84%) FCoE
9 8 (0.84%) Fibre Channel
9 8 (0.84%) iSCSI
10 6 (0.63%) WAN
10 6 (0.63%) Wireshark
11 5 (0.52%) Broadband
11 5 (0.52%) DVB
11 5 (0.52%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 86 (9.01%) SQL Server
2 47 (4.92%) Relational Database
3 31 (3.25%) Data Warehouse
4 27 (2.83%) Oracle Database
5 26 (2.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 24 (2.51%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 18 (1.88%) Oracle Reports
8 17 (1.78%) NoSQL
9 15 (1.57%) SQL Server 2012
10 12 (1.26%) Oracle Database 11g
10 12 (1.26%) RDBMS
11 10 (1.05%) Data Mining
11 10 (1.05%) MySQL
12 9 (0.94%) SQL Server 2008
13 8 (0.84%) DB2
13 8 (0.84%) Oracle BI EE
14 7 (0.73%) MS Access
15 6 (0.63%) PostgreSQL
16 5 (0.52%) Big Data
16 5 (0.52%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 167 (17.49%) JIRA
2 142 (14.87%) Selenium
3 103 (10.79%) HP UFT
4 72 (7.54%) Cucumber
5 49 (5.13%) LoadRunner
5 49 (5.13%) WebDriver
6 43 (4.50%) Team Foundation Server
7 35 (3.66%) WinRunner
8 34 (3.56%) TestDirector
9 29 (3.04%) SpecFlow
9 29 (3.04%) Visual Studio
10 27 (2.83%) Subversion
11 25 (2.62%) SoapUI
12 21 (2.20%) Git (software)
13 18 (1.88%) Jenkins
14 13 (1.36%) TestComplete
15 12 (1.26%) JMeter
15 12 (1.26%) WATIR
16 10 (1.05%) Facilita Forecast
17 9 (0.94%) Selenium IDE
General
1 243 (25.45%) Finance
2 106 (11.10%) Banking
3 67 (7.02%) Retail
4 32 (3.35%) Telecoms
5 30 (3.14%) Law
6 25 (2.62%) Retail Banking
7 18 (1.88%) Marketing
8 16 (1.68%) Games
9 12 (1.26%) Investment Banking
10 7 (0.73%) Publishing
11 6 (0.63%) Front Office
12 5 (0.52%) Financial Institution
12 5 (0.52%) Manufacturing
12 5 (0.52%) Online Betting
13 4 (0.42%) Automotive
13 4 (0.42%) Military
14 3 (0.31%) Advertising
14 3 (0.31%) Billing
14 3 (0.31%) Electronics
15 2 (0.21%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 364 (38.12%) Analyst
2 324 (33.93%) Test Analyst
3 125 (13.09%) Tester
4 101 (10.58%) Developer
5 93 (9.74%) Test Engineer
6 63 (6.60%) Test Leader
7 59 (6.18%) Test Manager
8 38 (3.98%) Automation Tester
9 36 (3.77%) Automation Test Analyst
10 32 (3.35%) Consultant
11 26 (2.72%) Senior Analyst
12 25 (2.62%) Agile Test Analyst
12 25 (2.62%) Infrastructure Analyst
12 25 (2.62%) Senior Test Engineer
13 23 (2.41%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
13 23 (2.41%) Java Developer
14 22 (2.30%) .NET Developer
14 22 (2.30%) Senior Test Analyst
14 22 (2.30%) SQL Analyst
14 22 (2.30%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 96 (10.05%) XML
2 83 (8.69%) .NET
3 63 (6.60%) HTML
4 44 (4.61%) CSS
5 42 (4.40%) Web Services
6 25 (2.62%) .NET Framework
6 25 (2.62%) RESTful
6 25 (2.62%) SOAP
7 23 (2.41%) ASP.NET
8 21 (2.20%) JSON
9 18 (1.88%) HTML5
10 16 (1.68%) CSS3
10 16 (1.68%) Spring
11 15 (1.57%) Gherkin
12 12 (1.26%) REST
13 11 (1.15%) ActiveMQ
13 11 (1.15%) Apache Camel
13 11 (1.15%) Hibernate
14 10 (1.05%) Behat
15 9 (0.94%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 107 (11.20%) Analytical Skills
2 33 (3.46%) Clustering
3 32 (3.35%) User Experience
4 27 (2.83%) Computer Science
5 26 (2.72%) PDA
6 23 (2.41%) Mobile App
7 22 (2.30%) Management Information System
8 18 (1.88%) Data Centre
9 15 (1.57%) Device Driver
9 15 (1.57%) IPTV
10 14 (1.47%) Video Conferencing
11 13 (1.36%) Smart Meter
12 12 (1.26%) Data Integration
12 12 (1.26%) Mainframe
12 12 (1.26%) STB
13 11 (1.15%) Fixed Income
13 11 (1.15%) NHS
14 10 (1.05%) Mobile Banking
14 10 (1.05%) Performance Metrics
14 10 (1.05%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 144 (15.08%) Windows
2 115 (12.04%) Linux
3 85 (8.90%) Unix
4 45 (4.71%) AIX
5 42 (4.40%) Windows Server 2008
6 41 (4.29%) Windows 7
6 41 (4.29%) Windows Server 2003
6 41 (4.29%) Windows XP
7 26 (2.72%) Windows Server
8 24 (2.51%) Apple iOS
9 23 (2.41%) Android
10 14 (1.47%) Windows 10
10 14 (1.47%) Windows Server 2012
11 13 (1.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 11 (1.15%) Ubuntu
13 7 (0.73%) Embedded Linux
13 7 (0.73%) Mac OS X
14 5 (0.52%) Solaris
15 3 (0.31%) HPUX
16 2 (0.21%) Fedora
Processes & Methodologies
1 417 (43.66%) Agile Software Development
2 221 (23.14%) Test Scripting
3 154 (16.13%) Scrum
4 147 (15.39%) User Acceptance Testing
5 144 (15.08%) Test Automation
6 138 (14.45%) Regression Testing
6 138 (14.45%) SDLC
7 112 (11.73%) Functional Testing
8 110 (11.52%) Test Strategy
8 110 (11.52%) Waterfall
9 106 (11.10%) BDD
10 103 (10.79%) Automated Testing
11 100 (10.47%) Defect Management
12 87 (9.11%) TDD
13 86 (9.01%) Test Management
14 82 (8.59%) Integration Testing
15 71 (7.43%) Security Testing
16 70 (7.33%) System Testing
17 67 (7.02%) Information Assurance
18 65 (6.81%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 309 (32.36%) SQL
2 179 (18.74%) Java
3 110 (11.52%) C#
4 72 (7.54%) JavaScript
5 62 (6.49%) Python
6 53 (5.55%) C++
7 44 (4.61%) C
8 40 (4.19%) Ruby
9 34 (3.56%) VB
10 33 (3.46%) VBScript
11 31 (3.25%) Perl
12 25 (2.62%) PHP
13 24 (2.51%) PL/SQL
13 24 (2.51%) PowerShell
14 20 (2.09%) T-SQL
15 15 (1.57%) VB.NET
16 12 (1.26%) VBA
17 7 (0.73%) Bash Shell
18 6 (0.63%) Embedded C++
18 6 (0.63%) F#
Qualifications
1 307 (32.15%) ISTQB
2 274 (28.69%) ISEB
3 176 (18.43%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 134 (14.03%) Security Cleared
5 82 (8.59%) Degree
6 72 (7.54%) SC Cleared
7 47 (4.92%) Microsoft Certification
8 45 (4.71%) MCSE
9 42 (4.40%) MCSA
10 35 (3.66%) MCTS
11 33 (3.46%) MCITP
12 21 (2.20%) DV Cleared
13 18 (1.88%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
14 17 (1.78%) ISEB Practitioner
15 12 (1.26%) BPSS Clearance
16 6 (0.63%) MCSD
17 5 (0.52%) CCNA
17 5 (0.52%) Cisco Certification
17 5 (0.52%) ITIL Certification
18 4 (0.42%) SAS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 185 (19.37%) QA
2 15 (1.57%) Disclosure Scotland
3 13 (1.36%) HL7
4 6 (0.63%) SLA
5 5 (0.52%) ISO 9001
5 5 (0.52%) SDET
6 4 (0.42%) Data Quality
7 3 (0.31%) 21 CFR Part 11
7 3 (0.31%) DICOM
8 1 (0.10%) Basel III
8 1 (0.10%) COREP
8 1 (0.10%) FATCA
8 1 (0.10%) GAAP
8 1 (0.10%) GMP
8 1 (0.10%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.10%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.10%) SEPA
8 1 (0.10%) Solvency II
System Software
1 47 (4.92%) Hyper-V
2 45 (4.71%) Active Directory
3 35 (3.66%) VMware Infrastructure
4 32 (3.35%) VMware ESX
5 10 (1.05%) Virtual Machines
6 3 (0.31%) vSphere
7 2 (0.21%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 2 (0.21%) NFS
7 2 (0.21%) Virtual Servers
7 2 (0.21%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (0.21%) XenServer
8 1 (0.10%) Docker
8 1 (0.10%) HDFS
8 1 (0.10%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 123 (12.88%) HP Quality Center
2 33 (3.46%) McAfee ePO
2 33 (3.46%) Netcool
3 12 (1.26%) HP SiteScope
4 9 (0.94%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 3 (0.31%) yum
6 2 (0.21%) Cisco IPCC
6 2 (0.21%) Perfmon
6 2 (0.21%) SCOrch
6 2 (0.21%) SCVMM
6 2 (0.21%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 1 (0.10%) Ansible
7 1 (0.10%) Oozie
7 1 (0.10%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.10%) Puppet
7 1 (0.10%) SCCM
7 1 (0.10%) SCOM
7 1 (0.10%) WMI
Vendors
1 143 (14.97%) Microsoft
2 117 (12.25%) Oracle
3 106 (11.10%) HP
4 58 (6.07%) VMware
5 43 (4.50%) Veritas
6 38 (3.98%) Citrix
7 33 (3.46%) Intel Security
8 28 (2.93%) SAP
9 17 (1.78%) Red Hat
10 12 (1.26%) Atlassian
10 12 (1.26%) Rally
11 11 (1.15%) Informatica
12 8 (0.84%) Cisco
12 8 (0.84%) IBM
13 7 (0.73%) Kronos
14 6 (0.63%) ServiceNow
15 5 (0.52%) Charles River
15 5 (0.52%) Cognos
15 5 (0.52%) Pega
15 5 (0.52%) Perforce
London
Venn Group
Rate: £200 - £250 Per Day
Posted: 7 hours ago
London
Preferred Choice
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
Loughborough, Leicestershire
Rebel Recruitment
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
Ipswich, Suffolk
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 14 hours ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Harvey Nash plc
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Vesta Consulting
Posted: 5 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Intelletec
Rate: From £300 to £300 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Simon James IT
Rate: £0 - £400 per day
Posted: 8 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Scottish Government
Rate: From £46,424 to £54,458 per annum Fixed Term Contract (23 months)
Posted: 5 days ago
Liverpool,United Kingdom
Tata Consultancy services
Rate: £0 per year
Posted: 17 days ago