The table below looks at the statistics for Software Testing skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Software Testing over the 3 months to 10 February 2016 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
10 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Testing
Rank 236 254 235
Rank change year-on-year
+18 -19
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 523 442 437
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.02% 0.85% 0.88%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.25% 1.10% 1.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 309 246 232
Average daily rate £340 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.85% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £220 £189
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £350 £313
% change year-on-year
-7.14% +12.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 23 16
Average hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £28.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +22.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.00 £14.85 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £145.00 £40.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.50 £35.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year
+15.71% +45.83%

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
41792 40196 38042
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 81.24% 77.62% 76.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 27320 25624 23044
Average daily rate £425 £420 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.19% +5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £280 £273
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1199 1072 1163
Average hourly rate £40.00 £26.50 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+50.94% -3.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.00 £46.25 £52.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+45.45% -

Software Testing
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Software Testing within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within 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 10 February 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 10 February 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 10 February 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
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statistics and historical trends)
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
England +5 409 £350 - 209
London +6 121 £400 +14.28% 51
South East -6 91 £340 +9.67% 42
Scotland +38 80 £320 -14.09% 6
South West +36 73 £350 -12.50% 25
North West -4 44 £320 -20.00% 27
Edinburgh +20 42 £350 -5.40% 3
Manchester +6 37 £325 +0.77% 17
Hampshire -10 30 £350 -5.40% 7
Wales - 27 £315 - 1
South Wales - 26 £316 -
Cardiff - 25 £316 -
East of England -22 24 £325 +12.06% 12
Devon +11 22 £350 -15.15% 4
East Midlands -1 22 £250 -6.97% 6
Plymouth - 22 £350 - 2
Renfrewshire +4 18 £305 -14.82%
Erskine +3 18 £305 -14.82%
Yorkshire -22 18 £292 -24.95% 21
Berkshire +3 15 £375 - 15
City of London +22 14 £408 +16.50% 16
Essex +13 14 £338 -
Winchester -7 14 £400 +23.07%
West Midlands -6 13 £284 -11.32% 16
Reading 0 12 £381 +1.66% 11
West Yorkshire -13 12 £300 -22.82% 14
Surrey -14 12 £385 +69.23% 4
Glasgow +7 11 £305 -29.47% 3
Wiltshire +4 11 £350 +55.55% 5
Buckinghamshire +11 10 £300 +0.84% 5

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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.

1 496 (41.44%) Agile Software Development
2 403 (33.67%) SQL
3 352 (29.41%) ISTQB
4 326 (27.23%) ISEB
5 290 (24.23%) Finance
6 258 (21.55%) Test Scripting
7 244 (20.38%) QA
8 241 (20.13%) Test Automation
9 220 (18.38%) Microsoft
10 206 (17.21%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 197 (16.46%) Scrum
12 174 (14.54%) HP Quality Center
13 171 (14.29%) Windows
14 162 (13.53%) User Acceptance Testing
15 158 (13.20%) Functional Testing
16 152 (12.70%) Selenium
16 152 (12.70%) Oracle
17 150 (12.53%) JIRA
18 145 (12.11%) SDLC
18 145 (12.11%) TDD
19 143 (11.95%) Java
20 139 (11.61%) Security Cleared
21 137 (11.45%) Analytical Skills
22 134 (11.19%) Waterfall
23 131 (10.94%) HP UFT
24 129 (10.78%) XML
25 126 (10.53%) Defect Management
26 125 (10.44%) Automated Testing
27 123 (10.28%) SQL Server
28 119 (9.94%) Test Strategy

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 34 (2.84%) JBoss
2 24 (2.01%) IIS
3 18 (1.50%) Elasticsearch
4 13 (1.09%) WebSphere
5 12 (1.00%) BizTalk Server
6 10 (0.84%) Apache
6 10 (0.84%) SAS
7 9 (0.75%) WebLogic
8 6 (0.50%) Confluence
9 5 (0.42%) SharePoint
10 4 (0.33%) LiveLink
10 4 (0.33%) nginx
10 4 (0.33%) Tomcat
10 4 (0.33%) WebSphere Application Server
11 3 (0.25%) Apache Pig
11 3 (0.25%) ATG Dynamo
12 2 (0.17%) ArcGIS
12 2 (0.17%) CMS
12 2 (0.17%) Node.js
12 2 (0.17%) Oracle HTTP Server
Applications
1 93 (7.77%) MS Excel
2 55 (4.59%) MS Office
3 16 (1.34%) MS Project
4 13 (1.09%) MS Visio
5 5 (0.42%) Spreadsheet
6 3 (0.25%) Mingle
7 2 (0.17%) MS PowerPoint
8 1 (0.084%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 12 (1.00%) Dynamics AX
2 7 (0.58%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (0.58%) SAP FI
3 6 (0.50%) Oracle ERP
4 5 (0.42%) SAP CO
4 5 (0.42%) SAP FI/CO
5 4 (0.33%) Markit EDM
6 3 (0.25%) CODA-Financials
6 3 (0.25%) Oracle EBS
6 3 (0.25%) Oracle EBS R12
6 3 (0.25%) Payment Gateway
6 3 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
6 3 (0.25%) SAP BPC
6 3 (0.25%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 2 (0.17%) Cognos TM1
7 2 (0.17%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
7 2 (0.17%) SAP HR
7 2 (0.17%) SimCorp Dimension
7 2 (0.17%) Temenos T24
8 1 (0.084%) TradeThru
Cloud Services
1 11 (0.92%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (0.33%) Amazon EC2
3 3 (0.25%) Amazon ELB
3 3 (0.25%) Amazon S3
4 2 (0.17%) GitHub
4 2 (0.17%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (0.17%) Taleo
5 1 (0.084%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 35 (2.92%) HTTP
2 30 (2.51%) Internet
3 11 (0.92%) SSL
4 8 (0.67%) Bluetooth
4 8 (0.67%) SAN
5 6 (0.50%) TCP/IP
6 5 (0.42%) FTP
6 5 (0.42%) Remote Desktop
7 4 (0.33%) Intranet
7 4 (0.33%) LDAP
7 4 (0.33%) VLAN
8 3 (0.25%) DNS
8 3 (0.25%) FCoE
8 3 (0.25%) Fibre Channel
8 3 (0.25%) HTTPS
8 3 (0.25%) iSCSI
8 3 (0.25%) Wireless
9 2 (0.17%) NFC
9 2 (0.17%) Reverse Proxy
9 2 (0.17%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 123 (10.28%) SQL Server
2 59 (4.93%) Relational Database
3 54 (4.51%) Oracle Database
4 47 (3.93%) Data Warehouse
5 36 (3.01%) NoSQL
6 34 (2.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 32 (2.67%) RDBMS
8 25 (2.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 22 (1.84%) Oracle Reports
10 17 (1.42%) SQL Server 2012
11 16 (1.34%) Data Mining
12 14 (1.17%) PostgreSQL
13 10 (0.84%) DB2
13 10 (0.84%) MySQL
14 9 (0.75%) BusinessObjects
15 8 (0.67%) BODI
15 8 (0.67%) BusinessObjects XI
15 8 (0.67%) PowerCenter
15 8 (0.67%) SQL Server 2008
16 7 (0.58%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 152 (12.70%) Selenium
2 150 (12.53%) JIRA
3 131 (10.94%) HP UFT
4 98 (8.19%) Team Foundation Server
5 80 (6.68%) Cucumber
6 63 (5.26%) SoapUI
7 58 (4.85%) WebDriver
8 57 (4.76%) TestDirector
9 55 (4.59%) Subversion
10 53 (4.43%) WinRunner
11 45 (3.76%) Visual Studio
12 43 (3.59%) Jenkins
13 42 (3.51%) SpecFlow
14 39 (3.26%) Git (software)
15 27 (2.26%) LoadRunner
16 22 (1.84%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
17 21 (1.75%) Toad
18 19 (1.59%) JUnit
19 18 (1.50%) ERwin
20 14 (1.17%) Ant
General
1 290 (24.23%) Finance
2 109 (9.11%) Banking
3 88 (7.35%) Retail
4 52 (4.34%) Telecoms
5 42 (3.51%) Retail Banking
6 21 (1.75%) Legal
7 14 (1.17%) Electronics
8 12 (1.00%) Marketing
9 11 (0.92%) Games
9 11 (0.92%) General Ledger
10 10 (0.84%) Investment Banking
10 10 (0.84%) Manufacturing
11 8 (0.67%) Automotive
11 8 (0.67%) Law
12 7 (0.58%) Publishing
13 5 (0.42%) Aerospace
14 4 (0.33%) Billing
14 4 (0.33%) Front Office
14 4 (0.33%) Military
15 3 (0.25%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 449 (37.51%) Analyst
2 418 (34.92%) Test Analyst
3 187 (15.62%) Tester
4 170 (14.20%) Developer
5 91 (7.60%) Test Leader
6 90 (7.52%) Test Manager
7 66 (5.51%) Test Engineer
8 48 (4.01%) Automation Analyst
8 48 (4.01%) Automation Test Analyst
9 46 (3.84%) Consultant
10 41 (3.43%) Python Developer
11 37 (3.09%) Test Consultant
12 36 (3.01%) Senior Analyst
13 35 (2.92%) Senior Test Analyst
13 35 (2.92%) Software Tester
14 32 (2.67%) SQL Analyst
15 29 (2.42%) Architect
16 28 (2.34%) Infrastructure Analyst
16 28 (2.34%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
16 28 (2.34%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 129 (10.78%) XML
2 105 (8.77%) HTML
3 101 (8.44%) .NET
4 88 (7.35%) Web Services
5 70 (5.85%) SOAP
6 60 (5.01%) CSS
7 40 (3.34%) ASP.NET
8 33 (2.76%) REST
9 32 (2.67%) jQuery
9 32 (2.67%) JSON
10 31 (2.59%) .NET Framework
11 28 (2.34%) Gherkin
12 23 (1.92%) RESTful
13 21 (1.75%) Spring
14 20 (1.67%) XSLT
15 19 (1.59%) Django
15 19 (1.59%) Entity Framework
15 19 (1.59%) HTML5
16 17 (1.42%) AngularJS
16 17 (1.42%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 137 (11.45%) Analytical Skills
2 50 (4.18%) Clustering
3 46 (3.84%) PDA
3 46 (3.84%) User Experience
4 32 (2.67%) Management Information System
5 31 (2.59%) Computer Science
6 24 (2.01%) Mobile App
7 21 (1.75%) NHS
8 20 (1.67%) Client/Server
9 16 (1.34%) Data Centre
9 16 (1.34%) New Media
10 14 (1.17%) Device Driver
10 14 (1.17%) Statistics
11 13 (1.09%) Data Extraction
12 11 (0.92%) Data Integration
13 9 (0.75%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
13 9 (0.75%) Smart Meter
14 7 (0.58%) Data Structures
14 7 (0.58%) Performance Metrics
14 7 (0.58%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 171 (14.29%) Windows
2 103 (8.60%) Linux
3 92 (7.69%) Unix
4 64 (5.35%) Windows 7
5 60 (5.01%) Windows Server 2003
6 59 (4.93%) Windows XP
7 58 (4.85%) Windows Server 2008
8 50 (4.18%) AIX
9 48 (4.01%) Android
10 30 (2.51%) Apple iOS
11 22 (1.84%) Windows Server
12 11 (0.92%) Mac OS X
13 8 (0.67%) Windows Server 2012
14 7 (0.58%) Solaris
15 4 (0.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 4 (0.33%) Windows Mobile
16 3 (0.25%) Embedded Linux
17 2 (0.17%) Windows 10
18 1 (0.084%) Debian
18 1 (0.084%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 496 (41.44%) Agile Software Development
2 258 (21.55%) Test Scripting
3 241 (20.13%) Test Automation
4 197 (16.46%) Scrum
5 162 (13.53%) User Acceptance Testing
6 158 (13.20%) Functional Testing
7 145 (12.11%) SDLC
7 145 (12.11%) TDD
8 134 (11.19%) Waterfall
9 126 (10.53%) Defect Management
10 125 (10.44%) Automated Testing
11 119 (9.94%) Test Strategy
12 115 (9.61%) Regression Testing
13 112 (9.36%) BDD
13 112 (9.36%) Test Management
14 101 (8.44%) Security Testing
15 96 (8.02%) Non-Functional Testing
16 95 (7.94%) Manual Testing
17 91 (7.60%) Software Engineering
18 88 (7.35%) Information Assurance
Programming Languages
1 403 (33.67%) SQL
2 143 (11.95%) Java
3 105 (8.77%) C#
4 99 (8.27%) Python
5 86 (7.18%) JavaScript
6 58 (4.85%) C++
7 45 (3.76%) T-SQL
8 38 (3.17%) C
8 38 (3.17%) PL/SQL
9 32 (2.67%) Ruby
10 22 (1.84%) VB
11 20 (1.67%) Perl
12 17 (1.42%) VBScript
13 15 (1.25%) Shell Script
13 15 (1.25%) VB.NET
13 15 (1.25%) XPath
14 14 (1.17%) Groovy
15 9 (0.75%) PHP
15 9 (0.75%) PowerShell
16 6 (0.50%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 352 (29.41%) ISTQB
2 326 (27.23%) ISEB
3 206 (17.21%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 139 (11.61%) Security Cleared
5 92 (7.69%) SC Cleared
6 73 (6.10%) Degree
7 51 (4.26%) MCITP
7 51 (4.26%) MCSA
7 51 (4.26%) MCSE
7 51 (4.26%) MCTS
7 51 (4.26%) Microsoft Certification
8 37 (3.09%) ISEB Practitioner
9 29 (2.42%) DV Cleared
10 15 (1.25%) BPSS Clearance
11 10 (0.84%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 7 (0.58%) HND
12 7 (0.58%) ITIL Certification
13 5 (0.42%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 3 (0.25%) CTC Cleared
14 3 (0.25%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 244 (20.38%) QA
2 27 (2.26%) Disclosure Scotland
3 18 (1.50%) Data Quality
4 12 (1.00%) HL7
5 8 (0.67%) FATCA
6 6 (0.50%) SLA
7 5 (0.42%) PCI DSS
8 4 (0.33%) ISO 9001
9 3 (0.25%) GxP
10 2 (0.17%) DICOM
10 2 (0.17%) IEC 61508
10 2 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
11 1 (0.084%) Solvency II
System Software
1 61 (5.10%) Active Directory
2 47 (3.93%) Hyper-V
3 46 (3.84%) VMware ESX
4 19 (1.59%) VMware Infrastructure
5 3 (0.25%) Firmware
6 2 (0.17%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 2 (0.17%) Oracle RAC
7 1 (0.084%) HDFS
7 1 (0.084%) SRDF
7 1 (0.084%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 174 (14.54%) HP Quality Center
2 46 (3.84%) McAfee ePO
2 46 (3.84%) Netcool
3 13 (1.09%) HP SiteScope
4 5 (0.42%) nmon
5 3 (0.25%) BMC PATROL
5 3 (0.25%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 2 (0.17%) Ansible
6 2 (0.17%) Data Guard
6 2 (0.17%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (0.17%) Oracle RMAN
6 2 (0.17%) Puppet
7 1 (0.084%) EMC NetWorker
7 1 (0.084%) SCCM
7 1 (0.084%) yum
Vendors
1 220 (18.38%) Microsoft
2 152 (12.70%) Oracle
3 92 (7.69%) HP
4 71 (5.93%) Citrix
5 61 (5.10%) VMware
6 51 (4.26%) Veritas
7 46 (3.84%) Intel Security
8 36 (3.01%) SAP
9 35 (2.92%) Informatica
10 24 (2.01%) IBM
11 13 (1.09%) Cognos
12 10 (0.84%) Remedy
13 7 (0.58%) Kronos
13 7 (0.58%) PeopleSoft
14 6 (0.50%) Murex
14 6 (0.50%) Sun
15 5 (0.42%) OpenText
15 5 (0.42%) Red Gate
15 5 (0.42%) Talend
15 5 (0.42%) TIBCO
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Rate: £270 - £300 per day
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Rate: Up to £250 per day
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