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 26 September 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
26 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Testing
Rank 310 218 271
Rank change year-on-year
-92 +53
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 381 638 444
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.71% 1.12% 0.77%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.85% 1.38% 0.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 226 320 228
Median daily rate £350 £350 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.94%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £267 £234
10% offered a daily rate of more than £473 £500 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £340 £338
% change year-on-year
-4.41% +0.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 7 17
Median hourly rate £18.15 £37.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-50.95% +5.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.68 £13.53 £13.23
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.75 £40.80 £38.68
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.85 £37.00 £33.75
% change year-on-year
-59.86% +9.62%

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
44605 46363 44678
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 83.11% 81.03% 77.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 29540 30319 27925
Median daily rate £440 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.52% +3.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £288 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £595 £580 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1156 1285 1224
Median hourly rate £30.50 £32.00 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.68% +33.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.58 £12.50 £12.51
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £49.57 £53.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £33.64 £26.00
% change year-on-year
-3.38% +29.38%

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 26 September 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 26 September 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 26 September 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 -117 299 £350 - 128
London -81 89 £425 +3.03% 36
South East -15 68 £363 +3.57% 19
Scotland -5 52 £275 -9.83% 3
South West +2 39 £294 -9.69% 14
North West -9 33 £375 -6.25% 17
Wales +37 27 £390 +27.86% 1
Hampshire -11 26 £350 -6.66% 7
West Midlands -20 26 £323 +6.61% 10
East of England +1 22 £350 +12.90% 17
Renfrewshire -13 18 £308 -8.88%
Erskine -17 18 £308 -8.88%
South Wales +30 17 £350 +14.75%
Gloucestershire +14 15 £294 -30.11% 3
Manchester -17 15 £400 +33.33% 13
Edinburgh -4 13 £245 -30.00% 1
Wiltshire +18 12 £363 +7.40% 1
Surrey +12 11 £350 - 6
City of London +7 11 £450 +7.46% 12
Staffordshire +7 11 £313 +4.16%
Berkshire +4 11 £405 +1.25% 1
North East -59 11 £275 -27.86% 2
Cardiff +23 9 £350 +16.66%
West Yorkshire -4 9 £275 -35.29% 6
Yorkshire -30 9 £275 -21.42% 10
Tyne and Wear -62 9 £275 -21.42% 2
Andover 0 8 £423 +12.66% 1
Leeds -7 8 £275 -38.88% 4
Newcastle upon Tyne -61 8 £255 -27.14% 2
West Wales - 8 £500 - 1

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 September 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.

1 395 (47.71%) Agile Software Development
2 255 (30.80%) ISTQB
3 250 (30.19%) SQL
4 231 (27.90%) ISEB
5 220 (26.57%) Test Scripting
6 188 (22.71%) Selenium
7 186 (22.46%) Finance
8 183 (22.10%) Java
9 181 (21.86%) Scrum
10 165 (19.93%) JIRA
11 164 (19.81%) QA
12 153 (18.48%) Security Cleared
13 141 (17.03%) Regression Testing
14 139 (16.79%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 123 (14.86%) BDD
16 122 (14.73%) User Acceptance Testing
17 117 (14.13%) Windows
18 112 (13.53%) Oracle
19 108 (13.04%) Functional Testing
20 107 (12.92%) Linux
20 107 (12.92%) Microsoft
21 106 (12.80%) HP Quality Center
22 104 (12.56%) SC Cleared
23 102 (12.32%) Analytical Skills
24 99 (11.96%) SDLC
25 98 (11.84%) Test Automation
26 96 (11.59%) HP
27 95 (11.47%) Waterfall
28 94 (11.35%) C#
29 87 (10.51%) 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 33 (3.99%) SharePoint
2 14 (1.69%) Apache
3 13 (1.57%) Confluence
4 9 (1.09%) Tomcat
5 7 (0.85%) Mule
6 6 (0.72%) JBoss
6 6 (0.72%) WebLogic
7 5 (0.60%) CMS
8 4 (0.48%) ColdFusion
8 4 (0.48%) Oracle HTTP Server
8 4 (0.48%) SAS
9 3 (0.36%) Apache Pig
9 3 (0.36%) IIS
10 2 (0.24%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 2 (0.24%) Apache Spark
10 2 (0.24%) FileNet
11 1 (0.12%) BizTalk Server
11 1 (0.12%) CICS
11 1 (0.12%) Documentum
11 1 (0.12%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 59 (7.13%) MS Excel
2 51 (6.16%) MS Office
3 7 (0.85%) MS Project
3 7 (0.85%) Spreadsheet
4 6 (0.72%) Mingle
5 5 (0.60%) MS PowerPoint
6 4 (0.48%) MS Visio
7 1 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.12%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 21 (2.54%) Dynamics CRM
2 13 (1.57%) Oracle Applications
3 12 (1.45%) Oracle EBS
4 8 (0.97%) Oracle EBS R12
5 5 (0.60%) Oracle Assets
5 5 (0.60%) Oracle Payables
5 5 (0.60%) Oracle Receivables
6 4 (0.48%) Magento
6 4 (0.48%) Oracle General Ledger
7 3 (0.36%) Maximo
7 3 (0.36%) Oracle Internet Expenses
7 3 (0.36%) Oracle iProcurement
7 3 (0.36%) SAP FI
7 3 (0.36%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 3 (0.36%) TRIRIGA
8 2 (0.24%) Dynamics AX
8 2 (0.24%) Oracle Financials
8 2 (0.24%) SAP CO
8 2 (0.24%) SAP FI/CO
8 2 (0.24%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 18 (2.17%) Office 365
2 9 (1.09%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (0.72%) SuccessFactors
4 4 (0.48%) SaaS
5 3 (0.36%) Amazon AWS
6 2 (0.24%) Adobe Analytics
6 2 (0.24%) GitHub
6 2 (0.24%) PaaS
7 1 (0.12%) AWS Lambda
7 1 (0.12%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.12%) Google Cloud Platform
7 1 (0.12%) TestFlight
Communications & Networking
1 25 (3.02%) HTTP
2 16 (1.93%) Internet
3 12 (1.45%) TCP/IP
4 10 (1.21%) VLAN
4 10 (1.21%) VoIP
5 9 (1.09%) DNS
6 6 (0.72%) Wireshark
7 5 (0.60%) DVB
7 5 (0.60%) Firewall
7 5 (0.60%) SAN
7 5 (0.60%) VPN
7 5 (0.60%) ZigBee
8 4 (0.48%) BGP
8 4 (0.48%) DHCP
8 4 (0.48%) FCoE
8 4 (0.48%) Fibre Channel
8 4 (0.48%) IPsec
8 4 (0.48%) iSCSI
8 4 (0.48%) Network Security
8 4 (0.48%) Software-Defined Networking
Database & Business Intelligence
1 64 (7.73%) SQL Server
2 32 (3.86%) Relational Database
3 26 (3.14%) Oracle Reports
4 22 (2.66%) Oracle Database
5 18 (2.17%) Data Warehouse
6 12 (1.45%) Oracle Database 11g
7 10 (1.21%) ObjectStore
8 9 (1.09%) NoSQL
9 8 (0.97%) RDBMS
10 7 (0.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 5 (0.60%) Big Data
11 5 (0.60%) MS Access
11 5 (0.60%) MySQL
11 5 (0.60%) Spotfire
11 5 (0.60%) SQL Server 2005
11 5 (0.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 4 (0.48%) DB2
12 4 (0.48%) Hadoop
12 4 (0.48%) SQL Server 2012
12 4 (0.48%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 188 (22.71%) Selenium
2 165 (19.93%) JIRA
3 82 (9.90%) HP UFT
4 76 (9.18%) Cucumber
5 59 (7.13%) Team Foundation Server
6 53 (6.40%) WebDriver
7 39 (4.71%) Git (software)
7 39 (4.71%) LoadRunner
7 39 (4.71%) SpecFlow
8 34 (4.11%) Visual Studio
9 28 (3.38%) Subversion
10 27 (3.26%) Jenkins
11 25 (3.02%) SoapUI
12 22 (2.66%) JMeter
13 19 (2.29%) WinRunner
14 17 (2.05%) JIRA Agile
15 16 (1.93%) StarTeam
16 14 (1.69%) TestDirector
17 13 (1.57%) Maven
18 12 (1.45%) JUnit
General
1 186 (22.46%) Finance
2 87 (10.51%) Banking
3 46 (5.56%) Retail
4 27 (3.26%) Law
5 22 (2.66%) Telecoms
6 14 (1.69%) Retail Banking
7 13 (1.57%) Marketing
8 10 (1.21%) Investment Banking
9 8 (0.97%) Games
10 6 (0.72%) Front Office
10 6 (0.72%) Manufacturing
11 5 (0.60%) Financial Institution
12 4 (0.48%) Publishing
13 3 (0.36%) Advertising
13 3 (0.36%) Back Office
13 3 (0.36%) Electronics
14 2 (0.24%) Aerospace
14 2 (0.24%) Automotive
14 2 (0.24%) Corporate Banking
14 2 (0.24%) French Language
Job Titles
1 306 (36.96%) Analyst
2 260 (31.40%) Test Analyst
3 147 (17.75%) Tester
4 87 (10.51%) Test Engineer
5 73 (8.82%) Developer
6 61 (7.37%) Test Leader
7 54 (6.52%) Automation Tester
8 44 (5.31%) Test Manager
9 33 (3.99%) Software Tester
10 30 (3.62%) Automation Test Analyst
11 29 (3.50%) Consultant
12 28 (3.38%) Senior Analyst
13 25 (3.02%) Senior Test Analyst
14 22 (2.66%) Business Analyst
14 22 (2.66%) Test Automation Engineer
15 21 (2.54%) Infrastructure Analyst
15 21 (2.54%) Scrum Master
16 20 (2.42%) Financial Analyst
16 20 (2.42%) Software Test Engineer
17 18 (2.17%) Senior Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 85 (10.27%) .NET
2 66 (7.97%) XML
3 44 (5.31%) HTML
4 36 (4.35%) Web Services
5 28 (3.38%) CSS
6 27 (3.26%) Gherkin
7 21 (2.54%) Velocity
8 18 (2.17%) SOAP
9 16 (1.93%) RESTful
10 14 (1.69%) .NET Framework
10 14 (1.69%) JSON
11 13 (1.57%) ASP.NET
11 13 (1.57%) REST
12 11 (1.33%) ActiveMQ
12 11 (1.33%) Apache Camel
13 10 (1.21%) HTML5
14 9 (1.09%) AngularJS
14 9 (1.09%) jQuery
15 8 (0.97%) Spring
15 8 (0.97%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 102 (12.32%) Analytical Skills
2 24 (2.90%) Clustering
2 24 (2.90%) Computer Science
3 23 (2.78%) Mobile App
3 23 (2.78%) User Experience
4 20 (2.42%) Management Information System
5 18 (2.17%) Virtual Team
6 13 (1.57%) Video Conferencing
7 12 (1.45%) Performance Metrics
7 12 (1.45%) STB
8 10 (1.21%) Fixed Income
9 9 (1.09%) Client/Server
9 9 (1.09%) Equities
9 9 (1.09%) PDA
10 7 (0.85%) Algorithms
10 7 (0.85%) Data Centre
10 7 (0.85%) Data Integration
10 7 (0.85%) IPTV
10 7 (0.85%) Mathematics
10 7 (0.85%) MPEG
Operating Systems
1 117 (14.13%) Windows
2 107 (12.92%) Linux
3 76 (9.18%) Unix
4 39 (4.71%) AIX
5 35 (4.23%) Windows XP
6 32 (3.86%) Windows Server 2008
7 31 (3.74%) Windows Server 2003
8 29 (3.50%) Windows 7
9 28 (3.38%) Apple iOS
10 27 (3.26%) Android
11 25 (3.02%) Windows 10
12 23 (2.78%) Windows Server 2012
13 21 (2.54%) Windows Server
14 15 (1.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 13 (1.57%) Solaris
16 11 (1.33%) HPUX
17 7 (0.85%) Ubuntu
18 3 (0.36%) Fedora
19 2 (0.24%) CentOS
20 1 (0.12%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 395 (47.71%) Agile Software Development
2 220 (26.57%) Test Scripting
3 181 (21.86%) Scrum
4 141 (17.03%) Regression Testing
5 123 (14.86%) BDD
6 122 (14.73%) User Acceptance Testing
7 108 (13.04%) Functional Testing
8 99 (11.96%) SDLC
9 98 (11.84%) Test Automation
10 95 (11.47%) Waterfall
11 87 (10.51%) Test Strategy
12 85 (10.27%) Automated Testing
13 84 (10.14%) Defect Management
14 71 (8.57%) Integration Testing
15 69 (8.33%) Manual Testing
16 65 (7.85%) Defect Tracking
17 61 (7.37%) TDD
17 61 (7.37%) User Stories
18 60 (7.25%) Continuous Improvement
19 54 (6.52%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 250 (30.19%) SQL
2 183 (22.10%) Java
3 94 (11.35%) C#
4 68 (8.21%) Python
5 47 (5.68%) JavaScript
6 44 (5.31%) C++
7 40 (4.83%) Ruby
8 37 (4.47%) VBScript
9 30 (3.62%) Perl
10 29 (3.50%) C
11 28 (3.38%) PHP
12 26 (3.14%) F#
13 18 (2.17%) VB
14 16 (1.93%) PowerShell
15 14 (1.69%) VB.NET
16 13 (1.57%) PL/SQL
17 10 (1.21%) Bash Shell
17 10 (1.21%) T-SQL
17 10 (1.21%) VBA
18 7 (0.85%) Scala
Qualifications
1 255 (30.80%) ISTQB
2 231 (27.90%) ISEB
3 153 (18.48%) Security Cleared
4 139 (16.79%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 104 (12.56%) SC Cleared
6 79 (9.54%) Degree
7 32 (3.86%) Microsoft Certification
8 29 (3.50%) MCSE
9 27 (3.26%) MCSA
10 26 (3.14%) MCTS
11 24 (2.90%) MCITP
12 22 (2.66%) DV Cleared
13 13 (1.57%) BPSS Clearance
13 13 (1.57%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
14 11 (1.33%) ISEB Practitioner
15 7 (0.85%) DBS Check
16 5 (0.60%) CCNA
16 5 (0.60%) Cisco Certification
16 5 (0.60%) PhD
17 4 (0.48%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 164 (19.81%) QA
2 12 (1.45%) Disclosure Scotland
3 11 (1.33%) SDET
4 5 (0.60%) SLA
5 2 (0.24%) Basel III
5 2 (0.24%) COREP
6 1 (0.12%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 1 (0.12%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.12%) Def Stans
6 1 (0.12%) GAAP
6 1 (0.12%) GCP
6 1 (0.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.12%) SEPA
6 1 (0.12%) WCAG
System Software
1 39 (4.71%) Active Directory
2 36 (4.35%) Hyper-V
3 16 (1.93%) VMware Infrastructure
4 12 (1.45%) VMware ESX
5 5 (0.60%) Virtual Machines
6 2 (0.24%) Docker
6 2 (0.24%) NFS
6 2 (0.24%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (0.24%) XenServer
7 1 (0.12%) Firmware
7 1 (0.12%) HDFS
7 1 (0.12%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.12%) Varnish
7 1 (0.12%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 106 (12.80%) HP Quality Center
2 24 (2.90%) McAfee ePO
2 24 (2.90%) Netcool
3 13 (1.57%) HP SiteScope
4 3 (0.36%) Nagios
4 3 (0.36%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 3 (0.36%) TeMIP
5 2 (0.24%) Cisco IPCC
5 2 (0.24%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (0.24%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
5 2 (0.24%) OVPA
5 2 (0.24%) Perfmon
5 2 (0.24%) SCOrch
5 2 (0.24%) SCVMM
5 2 (0.24%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 2 (0.24%) yum
6 1 (0.12%) Oozie
6 1 (0.12%) Puppet
6 1 (0.12%) SCCM
6 1 (0.12%) SCOM
Vendors
1 112 (13.53%) Oracle
2 107 (12.92%) Microsoft
3 96 (11.59%) HP
4 29 (3.50%) Veritas
5 27 (3.26%) Citrix
6 24 (2.90%) Intel Security
7 23 (2.78%) VMware
8 19 (2.29%) Red Hat
9 18 (2.17%) SAP
10 17 (2.05%) Atlassian
11 11 (1.33%) EMC
12 8 (0.97%) IBM
12 8 (0.97%) Rally
13 6 (0.72%) Cisco
13 6 (0.72%) ServiceNow
14 5 (0.60%) Canon
15 4 (0.48%) Informatica
15 4 (0.48%) Pega
15 4 (0.48%) Sony
16 3 (0.36%) CA
London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Ipswich, Suffolk
Experis Ltd
Rate: £250.00 - £295.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Hertfordshire
Volt
Rate: £500.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Croydon, Surrey
onezeero.
Rate: £90 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
South West
People Source Consulting
Rate: £550.00 - £600.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £375 - £475 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
North West London
Reuben Chase
Rate: Unspecified Competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Reed Technology
Rate: £400 - £475 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Southend-On-Sea, Essex
Hivedome Ltd
Rate: From £250 to £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Salford, Lancashire
Reed Technology
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Hampshire
People Source Consulting
Rate: £350 - £375 per day
Posted: 13 days ago
Leicester, Leicestershire
IBM Client Innovation Centre - Leicester
Rate: From £25,700 to £55,750 per annum
Posted: 24 days ago