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 23 August 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
23 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Testing
Rank 317 241 254
Rank change year-on-year
-76 +13
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 376 567 464
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.69% 0.99% 0.84%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.83% 1.23% 1.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 228 278 229
Median daily rate £334 £350 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.71% +6.13%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £244 £250 £228
10% offered a daily rate of more than £470 £521 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £338 £325
% change year-on-year
-3.70% +3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 4 16
Median hourly rate £14.85 £21.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-30.93% -38.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.46 £14.97 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.08 £32.80 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.68 £21.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
-31.74% -38.57%

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
45225 46165 43505
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 82.76% 80.22% 78.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 29864 29963 26945
Median daily rate £438 £420 £403
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% +4.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £288 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year
+2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1101 1251 1172
Median hourly rate £29.55 £30.00 £23.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.50% +27.65%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.00 £52.17 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.50 £32.50 £25.75
% change year-on-year
-3.07% +26.21%

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 23 August 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 23 August 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 23 August 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 -120 294 £350 -3.44% 159
London -93 98 £350 -17.64% 49
Scotland +37 63 £300 +1.69% 2
South East -42 58 £400 +6.66% 26
North West -3 35 £375 -5.95% 15
South West -8 28 £300 -13.54% 19
West Midlands -33 22 £300 -0.41% 17
Manchester -1 20 £370 -7.50% 8
Hampshire -22 20 £425 +23.63% 4
North East -39 19 £314 -30.27% 3
Wales +34 18 £350 +52.17% 2
Edinburgh -1 17 £245 -42.85%
Tyne and Wear -37 16 £318 -35.03% 3
South Wales - 16 £350 - 1
East of England +13 15 £300 +4.34% 12
Yorkshire -34 15 £338 +3.84% 10
Newcastle upon Tyne -37 15 £334 -31.71% 3
Berkshire +5 14 £413 +10.00% 3
Erskine - 14 £320 -
Renfrewshire - 14 £320 -
Glasgow +8 13 £280 -7.43% 1
Wiltshire +7 13 £350 -3.44% 5
Cardiff - 13 £350 - 1
Leeds -15 12 £325 +1.56% 3
West Yorkshire -18 12 £325 +1.56% 5
Andover -11 11 £410 +9.33%
Surrey +7 10 £358 -12.80% 6
Stirling - 10 - -
City of London +24 9 £438 -2.77% 16
Staffordshire +7 8 £300 +5.26% 3

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 August 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.

1 361 (42.22%) Agile Software Development
2 265 (30.99%) ISTQB
3 252 (29.47%) SQL
3 252 (29.47%) ISEB
4 215 (25.15%) Test Scripting
5 211 (24.68%) Finance
6 177 (20.70%) Java
7 162 (18.95%) Selenium
8 160 (18.71%) QA
9 155 (18.13%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 151 (17.66%) JIRA
11 150 (17.54%) Regression Testing
12 145 (16.96%) Scrum
13 140 (16.37%) Security Cleared
14 131 (15.32%) Windows
15 127 (14.85%) User Acceptance Testing
16 121 (14.15%) Microsoft
17 118 (13.80%) Linux
18 114 (13.33%) SDLC
19 110 (12.87%) Functional Testing
20 109 (12.75%) HP Quality Center
21 108 (12.63%) Test Automation
22 105 (12.28%) Oracle
23 104 (12.16%) BDD
24 100 (11.70%) Test Strategy
24 100 (11.70%) Analytical Skills
25 95 (11.11%) C#
26 93 (10.88%) Banking
26 93 (10.88%) Waterfall
27 91 (10.64%) HP

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 28 (3.27%) SharePoint
2 12 (1.40%) Confluence
3 9 (1.05%) Apache
4 7 (0.82%) CMS
4 7 (0.82%) Mule
5 6 (0.70%) JBoss
5 6 (0.70%) SAS
5 6 (0.70%) WebLogic
6 5 (0.58%) MS Exchange
6 5 (0.58%) SharePoint 2013
6 5 (0.58%) Skype for Business
7 4 (0.47%) Tomcat
8 3 (0.35%) ColdFusion
8 3 (0.35%) Oracle HTTP Server
9 2 (0.23%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 2 (0.23%) Apache Pig
9 2 (0.23%) FileNet
9 2 (0.23%) IIS
9 2 (0.23%) WebSphere
10 1 (0.12%) Apache Solr
Applications
1 67 (7.84%) MS Excel
2 54 (6.32%) MS Office
3 8 (0.94%) MS Project
4 7 (0.82%) Spreadsheet
5 6 (0.70%) Mingle
6 5 (0.58%) MS PowerPoint
7 4 (0.47%) MS Visio
8 1 (0.12%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 18 (2.11%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (1.05%) Oracle EBS
3 6 (0.70%) Oracle EBS R12
3 6 (0.70%) SAP FI
4 4 (0.47%) Magento
4 4 (0.47%) Oracle Applications
5 3 (0.35%) Maximo
5 3 (0.35%) TRIRIGA
6 2 (0.23%) Infor LN
6 2 (0.23%) Oracle Assets
6 2 (0.23%) Oracle Payables
6 2 (0.23%) Oracle Receivables
6 2 (0.23%) SAP CO
6 2 (0.23%) SAP FI/CO
6 2 (0.23%) SAP HR
6 2 (0.23%) Sonata
7 1 (0.12%) DELMIA
7 1 (0.12%) Dynamics AX
7 1 (0.12%) OpenText VIM for SAP
7 1 (0.12%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 11 (1.29%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (0.94%) Office 365
3 7 (0.82%) SuccessFactors
4 4 (0.47%) SaaS
5 3 (0.35%) Amazon AWS
6 2 (0.23%) Adobe Analytics
6 2 (0.23%) PaaS
7 1 (0.12%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.12%) IaaS
7 1 (0.12%) TestFlight
Communications & Networking
1 31 (3.63%) HTTP
2 17 (1.99%) TCP/IP
3 15 (1.75%) DNS
3 15 (1.75%) Internet
4 12 (1.40%) VLAN
4 12 (1.40%) VoIP
5 11 (1.29%) VPN
6 10 (1.17%) BGP
6 10 (1.17%) DHCP
6 10 (1.17%) IPsec
6 10 (1.17%) IPv6
6 10 (1.17%) SAN
6 10 (1.17%) Software-Defined Networking
7 8 (0.94%) FCoE
7 8 (0.94%) Fibre Channel
7 8 (0.94%) iSCSI
8 7 (0.82%) Wireshark
9 6 (0.70%) FTP
10 5 (0.58%) DVB
10 5 (0.58%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 63 (7.37%) SQL Server
2 39 (4.56%) Relational Database
3 27 (3.16%) Oracle Database
4 19 (2.22%) Data Warehouse
4 19 (2.22%) Oracle Database 11g
4 19 (2.22%) Oracle Reports
5 12 (1.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 11 (1.29%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 10 (1.17%) ObjectStore
8 9 (1.05%) MySQL
9 8 (0.94%) NoSQL
9 8 (0.94%) RDBMS
9 8 (0.94%) SQL Server 2008
10 7 (0.82%) MS Access
11 6 (0.70%) Data Mining
11 6 (0.70%) DB2
11 6 (0.70%) SQL Server 2012
11 6 (0.70%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 5 (0.58%) SQL Server 2005
13 4 (0.47%) Base SAS
Development Applications
1 162 (18.95%) Selenium
2 151 (17.66%) JIRA
3 88 (10.29%) HP UFT
4 64 (7.49%) Cucumber
5 47 (5.50%) WebDriver
6 46 (5.38%) Team Foundation Server
7 41 (4.80%) LoadRunner
8 34 (3.98%) SpecFlow
9 27 (3.16%) Git (software)
9 27 (3.16%) Visual Studio
10 26 (3.04%) Subversion
11 25 (2.92%) WinRunner
12 21 (2.46%) SoapUI
13 20 (2.34%) TestDirector
14 17 (1.99%) JMeter
15 15 (1.75%) Jenkins
16 10 (1.17%) TestComplete
16 10 (1.17%) WATIR
17 9 (1.05%) ERwin
17 9 (1.05%) Selenium IDE
General
1 211 (24.68%) Finance
2 93 (10.88%) Banking
3 53 (6.20%) Retail
4 31 (3.63%) Telecoms
5 29 (3.39%) Law
6 21 (2.46%) Marketing
7 16 (1.87%) Retail Banking
8 11 (1.29%) Games
9 9 (1.05%) Investment Banking
10 7 (0.82%) Front Office
11 6 (0.70%) Financial Institution
12 5 (0.58%) Online Betting
13 4 (0.47%) Military
13 4 (0.47%) Publishing
14 3 (0.35%) Advertising
14 3 (0.35%) Automotive
14 3 (0.35%) Back Office
14 3 (0.35%) Electronics
14 3 (0.35%) Manufacturing
15 2 (0.23%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 325 (38.01%) Analyst
2 276 (32.28%) Test Analyst
3 132 (15.44%) Tester
4 81 (9.47%) Test Engineer
5 68 (7.95%) Developer
6 60 (7.02%) Test Leader
7 50 (5.85%) Test Manager
8 41 (4.80%) Automation Tester
9 34 (3.98%) Consultant
10 33 (3.86%) Senior Analyst
11 29 (3.39%) Senior Test Analyst
12 27 (3.16%) Automation Test Analyst
12 27 (3.16%) Software Tester
13 25 (2.92%) Senior Test Engineer
14 21 (2.46%) Infrastructure Analyst
15 20 (2.34%) Business Analyst
15 20 (2.34%) Test Automation Engineer
16 19 (2.22%) .NET Developer
17 18 (2.11%) Java Developer
17 18 (2.11%) Test Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 85 (9.94%) .NET
2 68 (7.95%) XML
3 36 (4.21%) HTML
4 33 (3.86%) Web Services
5 30 (3.51%) CSS
6 22 (2.57%) Gherkin
7 17 (1.99%) SOAP
8 16 (1.87%) .NET Framework
8 16 (1.87%) JSON
9 15 (1.75%) ASP.NET
9 15 (1.75%) RESTful
10 10 (1.17%) ActiveMQ
10 10 (1.17%) Apache Camel
10 10 (1.17%) HTML5
11 9 (1.05%) Velocity
12 8 (0.94%) Behat
12 8 (0.94%) Flash
12 8 (0.94%) WPF
13 7 (0.82%) CSS3
13 7 (0.82%) JMS
Miscellaneous
1 100 (11.70%) Analytical Skills
2 24 (2.81%) Computer Science
3 22 (2.57%) User Experience
4 21 (2.46%) Clustering
4 21 (2.46%) Management Information System
4 21 (2.46%) Mobile App
5 16 (1.87%) Video Conferencing
6 13 (1.52%) PDA
7 12 (1.40%) Device Driver
7 12 (1.40%) Fixed Income
7 12 (1.40%) Performance Metrics
7 12 (1.40%) STB
8 11 (1.29%) Mainframe
9 10 (1.17%) IPTV
9 10 (1.17%) Public Cloud
10 9 (1.05%) Client/Server
10 9 (1.05%) Data Centre
10 9 (1.05%) Smart Meter
10 9 (1.05%) Virtual Team
11 7 (0.82%) Algorithms
Operating Systems
1 131 (15.32%) Windows
2 118 (13.80%) Linux
3 77 (9.01%) Unix
4 41 (4.80%) AIX
5 30 (3.51%) Windows XP
6 29 (3.39%) Windows Server 2008
7 28 (3.27%) Windows Server
8 27 (3.16%) Apple iOS
8 27 (3.16%) Windows Server 2003
9 26 (3.04%) Windows 7
10 25 (2.92%) Android
11 20 (2.34%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 19 (2.22%) Windows 10
13 17 (1.99%) Windows Server 2012
14 13 (1.52%) Solaris
15 11 (1.29%) HPUX
15 11 (1.29%) Ubuntu
16 4 (0.47%) Embedded Linux
17 2 (0.23%) Fedora
18 1 (0.12%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 361 (42.22%) Agile Software Development
2 215 (25.15%) Test Scripting
3 150 (17.54%) Regression Testing
4 145 (16.96%) Scrum
5 127 (14.85%) User Acceptance Testing
6 114 (13.33%) SDLC
7 110 (12.87%) Functional Testing
8 108 (12.63%) Test Automation
9 104 (12.16%) BDD
10 100 (11.70%) Test Strategy
11 93 (10.88%) Waterfall
12 89 (10.41%) Defect Management
13 77 (9.01%) Automated Testing
14 74 (8.65%) Integration Testing
15 69 (8.07%) Test Management
16 65 (7.60%) System Testing
17 57 (6.67%) Continuous Improvement
17 57 (6.67%) Test Planning
18 56 (6.55%) Manual Testing
19 53 (6.20%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 252 (29.47%) SQL
2 177 (20.70%) Java
3 95 (11.11%) C#
4 60 (7.02%) Python
5 46 (5.38%) C++
6 39 (4.56%) JavaScript
7 38 (4.44%) VBScript
8 36 (4.21%) C
8 36 (4.21%) Ruby
9 35 (4.09%) Perl
10 32 (3.74%) PHP
11 31 (3.63%) VB
12 24 (2.81%) PowerShell
13 18 (2.11%) PL/SQL
14 17 (1.99%) F#
15 14 (1.64%) VBA
16 13 (1.52%) T-SQL
17 12 (1.40%) VB.NET
18 7 (0.82%) Bash Shell
18 7 (0.82%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 265 (30.99%) ISTQB
2 252 (29.47%) ISEB
3 155 (18.13%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 140 (16.37%) Security Cleared
5 90 (10.53%) SC Cleared
6 79 (9.24%) Degree
7 35 (4.09%) Microsoft Certification
8 32 (3.74%) MCSE
9 29 (3.39%) MCSA
10 23 (2.69%) MCTS
11 21 (2.46%) MCITP
12 18 (2.11%) DV Cleared
13 15 (1.75%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
14 13 (1.52%) BPSS Clearance
15 11 (1.29%) ISEB Practitioner
16 7 (0.82%) DBS Check
17 6 (0.70%) MCSD
18 5 (0.58%) CCNA
18 5 (0.58%) Cisco Certification
19 4 (0.47%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 160 (18.71%) QA
2 11 (1.29%) Disclosure Scotland
3 6 (0.70%) SLA
4 5 (0.58%) SDET
5 3 (0.35%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 3 (0.35%) ISO 9001
6 2 (0.23%) Basel III
6 2 (0.23%) COREP
7 1 (0.12%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.12%) Def Stans
7 1 (0.12%) GAAP
7 1 (0.12%) GMP
7 1 (0.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.12%) SEPA
7 1 (0.12%) WCAG
System Software
1 37 (4.33%) Hyper-V
2 35 (4.09%) Active Directory
3 29 (3.39%) VMware Infrastructure
4 18 (2.11%) VMware ESX
5 6 (0.70%) Virtual Machines
6 3 (0.35%) vSphere
7 2 (0.23%) Docker
7 2 (0.23%) NFS
7 2 (0.23%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (0.23%) XenServer
8 1 (0.12%) Firmware
8 1 (0.12%) HDFS
8 1 (0.12%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.12%) Varnish
8 1 (0.12%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 109 (12.75%) HP Quality Center
2 21 (2.46%) McAfee ePO
2 21 (2.46%) Netcool
3 13 (1.52%) HP SiteScope
4 9 (1.05%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 3 (0.35%) yum
6 2 (0.23%) Cisco IPCC
6 2 (0.23%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (0.23%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 2 (0.23%) OVPA
6 2 (0.23%) Perfmon
6 2 (0.23%) Puppet
6 2 (0.23%) SCOrch
6 2 (0.23%) SCVMM
6 2 (0.23%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 1 (0.12%) Ansible
7 1 (0.12%) Nagios
7 1 (0.12%) Oozie
7 1 (0.12%) TeMIP
7 1 (0.12%) WMI
Vendors
1 121 (14.15%) Microsoft
2 105 (12.28%) Oracle
3 91 (10.64%) HP
4 42 (4.91%) VMware
5 30 (3.51%) Veritas
6 24 (2.81%) Citrix
6 24 (2.81%) Red Hat
7 22 (2.57%) SAP
8 21 (2.46%) Intel Security
9 13 (1.52%) Atlassian
10 11 (1.29%) EMC
10 11 (1.29%) Informatica
11 10 (1.17%) Rally
12 9 (1.05%) Cisco
13 8 (0.94%) IBM
14 5 (0.58%) Pega
14 5 (0.58%) ServiceNow
15 4 (0.47%) Sony
16 3 (0.35%) Apple
16 3 (0.35%) SunGard
Taunton, Somerset
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
London
Haysfm
Rate: £400.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Swansea, West Glamorgan
KEYRESOURCE
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
London
Salt
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
City, London
ANSON MCCADE
Rate: £400 - £600 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
Kent
Clearwater People Solutions
Rate: £20000 - £24000 Per Annum + benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
South East England
Amoria Bond
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
South East
Austin Fraser
Rate: £0.00 per day + Market Rates
Posted: 4 days ago
Bedford, Bedfordshire
Pimlico Banks Recruitment
Rate: Up to £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Forman IT
Posted: 6 days ago
Staffordshire
Canon
Posted: 8 days ago
Winchester, Hampshire
Polar Recruitment
Rate: £450 - £470 per day
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Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
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