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 24 October 2014 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
24 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 253 279 274
Rank change year-on-year
+26 -5
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 478 348 369
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.82% 0.66% 0.68%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.11% 0.89% 0.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 256 207 185
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£339 £325 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.23% +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £246 £228 £222
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £464 £410
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £310 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.06% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 15 34
Average hourly rate £36.25 £34.00 £27.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.61% +22.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.80 £11.75 £16.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.34 £42.50 £40.35
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £31.50 £27.75
% change year-on-year
+19.04% +13.51%

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
42997 38902 39217
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 73.67% 74.17% 71.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 27643 24141 22845
Average daily rate £413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £585 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £363 £370
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -2.02%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1190 1157 1447
Average hourly rate £24.00 £26.00 £28.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.69% -7.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.38 £29.00 £26.90
% change year-on-year
-12.50% +7.80%

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 24 October 2014.

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 24 October 2014.

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 24 October 2014. 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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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 +20 404 £345 +6.15% 164
London -7 147 £350 -0.42% 37
South East -7 91 £338 +8.87% 35
South West +4 43 £325 -35.00% 22
Wales +6 34 £325 +36.84% 2
City of London +7 33 £356 -5.00% 10
South Wales +15 31 £325 +25.00% 2
Scotland +8 27 £288 -4.16% 8
East of England -1 27 £363 +3.57% 12
North West -15 27 £350 +12.00% 20
Surrey 0 24 £355 -4.05% 5
Hampshire -15 22 £328 -2.96% 9
Newport - 21 £330 - 1
Buckinghamshire +3 19 £280 -0.88% 3
West Midlands -4 19 £290 -17.14% 5
Yorkshire +1 17 £335 +11.66% 23
Milton Keynes +4 16 £270 -4.42% 1
Devon - 16 £325 -
West Yorkshire -5 15 £338 +12.50% 10
North East -25 15 £330 - 3
Manchester -4 14 £350 +23.89% 15
Tyne and Wear -28 14 £330 - 2
Berkshire +1 13 £400 +33.33% 12
Exeter - 12 £331 -
Cambridge +13 11 £363 +3.57% 7
Cambridgeshire +2 11 £363 +16.00% 7
Cheshire +6 9 £310 +3.33% 3
Reading +5 9 £400 +29.03% 6
East Midlands +4 9 £360 +28.57% 6
Cardiff -1 9 £275 +3.77% 1

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 October 2014, 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.

1 389 (41.43%) ISEB
2 360 (38.34%) Agile Software Development
3 311 (33.12%) ISTQB
4 284 (30.24%) SQL
5 278 (29.61%) HP Quality Center
6 262 (27.90%) Test Scripting
7 222 (23.64%) QA
8 216 (23.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 210 (22.36%) Finance
10 194 (20.66%) User Acceptance Testing
11 180 (19.17%) Security Cleared
12 178 (18.96%) Scrum
13 174 (18.53%) Selenium
14 165 (17.57%) HP
15 155 (16.51%) Java
16 144 (15.34%) Automated Testing
17 133 (14.16%) Test Management
18 132 (14.06%) SC Cleared
18 132 (14.06%) .NET
19 130 (13.84%) Test Automation
20 129 (13.74%) Windows
21 125 (13.31%) Microsoft
22 123 (13.10%) Test Strategy
23 121 (12.89%) Oracle
24 120 (12.78%) JIRA
25 114 (12.14%) BDD
26 112 (11.93%) QuickTest Pro
27 107 (11.40%) Analytical Skills
28 103 (10.97%) C#
29 101 (10.76%) TDD

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 October 2014, 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 39 (4.15%) SharePoint
2 13 (1.38%) CMS
3 11 (1.17%) JBoss
4 6 (0.64%) WebLogic
4 6 (0.64%) Oracle Workflow
4 6 (0.64%) WebSphere
5 5 (0.53%) BizTalk Server
6 4 (0.43%) Node.js
6 4 (0.43%) Documentum
7 3 (0.32%) Apache
7 3 (0.32%) Mule
8 2 (0.21%) SharePoint Server
8 2 (0.21%) Tomcat
8 2 (0.21%) IIS
8 2 (0.21%) SharePoint 2013
8 2 (0.21%) Tornado
8 2 (0.21%) SharePoint 2010
9 1 (0.11%) EPiServer CMS
9 1 (0.11%) Oracle BPEL
9 1 (0.11%) Oracle Coherence
Applications
1 63 (6.71%) MS Excel
2 47 (5.01%) MS Office
3 15 (1.60%) MS Project
4 14 (1.49%) MS PowerPoint
5 9 (0.96%) MS Visio
6 5 (0.53%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.32%) Mingle
8 2 (0.21%) PowerPivot
9 1 (0.11%) AutoCAD
9 1 (0.11%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 40 (4.26%) Oracle EBS
2 12 (1.28%) DELMIA
2 12 (1.28%) Summit
2 12 (1.28%) ENOVIA
3 11 (1.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 10 (1.06%) Dynamics CRM
5 4 (0.43%) Dynamics AX
5 4 (0.43%) JDE OneWorld
6 3 (0.32%) Oracle Financials
7 2 (0.21%) SAP FI
7 2 (0.21%) assyst
7 2 (0.21%) Magento
7 2 (0.21%) Oracle Payables
7 2 (0.21%) Oracle Receivables
8 1 (0.11%) Oracle Cash Management
8 1 (0.11%) Markit EDM
8 1 (0.11%) Oracle Applications
8 1 (0.11%) Oracle Payroll
8 1 (0.11%) Cerner Millennium
8 1 (0.11%) Hyperion Planning
Cloud Services
1 6 (0.64%) Amazon AWS
2 5 (0.53%) Office 365
3 2 (0.21%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.11%) Amazon EC2
4 1 (0.11%) Amazon S3
4 1 (0.11%) SaaS
4 1 (0.11%) PaaS
4 1 (0.11%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 49 (5.22%) TCP/IP
2 36 (3.83%) HTTPS
3 25 (2.66%) HTTP
4 24 (2.56%) SSL
4 24 (2.56%) Wireshark
5 23 (2.45%) DNS
5 23 (2.45%) Internet
6 19 (2.02%) SAN
7 7 (0.75%) Ethernet
7 7 (0.75%) ATM
7 7 (0.75%) GSM
7 7 (0.75%) 4G
7 7 (0.75%) Firewall
8 6 (0.64%) 2G
8 6 (0.64%) DAB
8 6 (0.64%) 3G
9 5 (0.53%) DVB
9 5 (0.53%) UMTS
9 5 (0.53%) VoIP
9 5 (0.53%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 47 (5.01%) SQL Server
2 46 (4.90%) Relational Database
3 24 (2.56%) Data Warehouse
4 20 (2.13%) Oracle Reports
5 17 (1.81%) RDBMS
6 15 (1.60%) Oracle Database
7 13 (1.38%) SQL Server 2008
8 12 (1.28%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 9 (0.96%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 9 (0.96%) Oracle BI EE
9 9 (0.96%) MySQL
10 7 (0.75%) DB2
11 5 (0.53%) SAP BW
11 5 (0.53%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 5 (0.53%) MongoDB
11 5 (0.53%) QlikView
11 5 (0.53%) SQL Server 2012
12 4 (0.43%) SQL Server 2005
12 4 (0.43%) Apache Cassandra
12 4 (0.43%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 174 (18.53%) Selenium
2 120 (12.78%) JIRA
3 112 (11.93%) QuickTest Pro
4 93 (9.90%) Team Foundation Server
5 70 (7.45%) WebDriver
6 59 (6.28%) LoadRunner
7 58 (6.18%) JUnit
8 53 (5.64%) Cucumber
9 48 (5.11%) Jenkins
10 42 (4.47%) Visual Studio
11 40 (4.26%) Subversion
12 37 (3.94%) SpecFlow
13 33 (3.51%) Bugzilla
14 31 (3.30%) JMeter
15 30 (3.19%) SoapUI
16 27 (2.88%) TestNG
16 27 (2.88%) Maven
17 24 (2.56%) TestDirector
18 23 (2.45%) TortoiseSVN
19 22 (2.34%) FitNesse
General
1 210 (22.36%) Finance
2 78 (8.31%) Banking
3 42 (4.47%) Telecoms
4 34 (3.62%) Manufacturing
5 27 (2.88%) Investment Banking
6 23 (2.45%) Automotive
6 23 (2.45%) Retail
7 21 (2.24%) Electronics
8 20 (2.13%) Marketing
9 18 (1.92%) Back Office
9 18 (1.92%) Games
10 15 (1.60%) Legal
11 8 (0.85%) General Ledger
11 8 (0.85%) Advertising
12 7 (0.75%) Front Office
13 5 (0.53%) Billing
14 4 (0.43%) French Language
14 4 (0.43%) Pharmaceutical
14 4 (0.43%) Aerospace
15 3 (0.32%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 385 (41.00%) Analyst
2 348 (37.06%) Test Analyst
3 194 (20.66%) Tester
4 69 (7.35%) Test Engineer
5 66 (7.03%) Test Manager
6 64 (6.82%) Test Leader
7 62 (6.60%) Developer
8 44 (4.69%) Senior Analyst
9 42 (4.47%) Senior Test Analyst
9 42 (4.47%) Agile Test Analyst
10 38 (4.05%) Automation Tester
11 33 (3.51%) Software Tester
12 26 (2.77%) Software Engineer
13 25 (2.66%) QA Tester
14 24 (2.56%) Consultant
15 23 (2.45%) QA Analyst
16 20 (2.13%) Test Consultant
17 17 (1.81%) Java Developer
18 16 (1.70%) Systems Analyst
18 16 (1.70%) Applications Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 132 (14.06%) .NET
2 91 (9.69%) XML
3 83 (8.84%) HTML
4 79 (8.41%) Web Services
5 50 (5.32%) ASP.NET
6 38 (4.05%) JSP
7 34 (3.62%) CSS
8 30 (3.19%) .NET Framework
9 29 (3.09%) SOAP
10 28 (2.98%) Gherkin
11 27 (2.88%) REST
12 17 (1.81%) jQuery
13 15 (1.60%) JSON
14 12 (1.28%) HTML5
15 11 (1.17%) XHTML
16 9 (0.96%) Spring
16 9 (0.96%) RESTful
17 8 (0.85%) WCF
17 8 (0.85%) JPA
17 8 (0.85%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 107 (11.40%) Analytical Skills
2 47 (5.01%) Open Source
3 34 (3.62%) Client/Server
4 31 (3.30%) Computer Science
5 26 (2.77%) User Experience
6 19 (2.02%) Management Information System
7 15 (1.60%) Mobile App
8 14 (1.49%) DTV
9 12 (1.28%) Fixed Income
9 12 (1.28%) AS400
9 12 (1.28%) STB
9 12 (1.28%) Data Structures
10 11 (1.17%) Enterprise Software
10 11 (1.17%) MPEG
11 10 (1.06%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 10 (1.06%) NHS
12 9 (0.96%) Animation
12 9 (0.96%) Mathematics
12 9 (0.96%) IPTV
13 7 (0.75%) New Media
Operating Systems
1 129 (13.74%) Windows
2 99 (10.54%) UNIX
3 96 (10.22%) Linux
4 55 (5.86%) Windows XP
5 46 (4.90%) Windows Server 2008
6 42 (4.47%) Windows Server 2003
7 36 (3.83%) Windows 2000
8 29 (3.09%) Windows 7
9 14 (1.49%) Apple iOS
10 13 (1.38%) Android
11 8 (0.85%) AIX
12 6 (0.64%) Ubuntu
13 4 (0.43%) Solaris
14 3 (0.32%) Mac OS X
15 2 (0.21%) Debian
15 2 (0.21%) Windows Mobile
15 2 (0.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 2 (0.21%) Mac OS
15 2 (0.21%) openSUSE
15 2 (0.21%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 360 (38.34%) Agile Software Development
2 262 (27.90%) Test Scripting
3 194 (20.66%) User Acceptance Testing
4 178 (18.96%) Scrum
5 144 (15.34%) Automated Testing
6 133 (14.16%) Test Management
7 130 (13.84%) Test Automation
8 123 (13.10%) Test Strategy
9 114 (12.14%) BDD
10 101 (10.76%) TDD
11 94 (10.01%) Regression Testing
12 90 (9.58%) Integration Testing
13 88 (9.37%) Validation
14 87 (9.27%) Project Management
15 84 (8.95%) Manual Testing
16 80 (8.52%) Performance Testing
17 75 (7.99%) Automation Testing
18 73 (7.77%) Waterfall
19 61 (6.50%) System Testing
20 56 (5.96%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 284 (30.24%) SQL
2 155 (16.51%) Java
3 103 (10.97%) C#
4 88 (9.37%) JavaScript
5 56 (5.96%) Python
6 41 (4.37%) C++
7 32 (3.41%) C
8 31 (3.30%) VB
8 31 (3.30%) Ruby
9 27 (2.88%) Perl
10 16 (1.70%) PHP
10 16 (1.70%) PL/SQL
11 13 (1.38%) Scala
12 12 (1.28%) Bash Shell
12 12 (1.28%) VBA
13 9 (0.96%) Shell Script
13 9 (0.96%) VBScript
14 8 (0.85%) T-SQL
15 6 (0.64%) VB.NET
16 5 (0.53%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 389 (41.43%) ISEB
2 311 (33.12%) ISTQB
3 216 (23.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 180 (19.17%) Security Cleared
5 132 (14.06%) SC Cleared
6 56 (5.96%) Degree
7 48 (5.11%) DV Cleared
8 30 (3.19%) ISEB Practitioner
9 14 (1.49%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 12 (1.28%) Microsoft Certification
11 11 (1.17%) MCSE
12 10 (1.06%) Cisco Certification
13 9 (0.96%) HND
13 9 (0.96%) MCITP
14 6 (0.64%) CCNP
14 6 (0.64%) CCNA
15 5 (0.53%) MCSA
15 5 (0.53%) PMI Certification
15 5 (0.53%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 5 (0.53%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 222 (23.64%) QA
2 12 (1.28%) ISO 9001
3 8 (0.85%) SLA
4 6 (0.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 5 (0.53%) ISO 9000
6 3 (0.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 3 (0.32%) TickIT
6 3 (0.32%) ISO 14001
7 1 (0.11%) WCAG
7 1 (0.11%) DICOM
7 1 (0.11%) P3O
System Software
1 19 (2.02%) Nmap
2 11 (1.17%) Active Directory
3 5 (0.53%) VMware ESX
3 5 (0.53%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (0.53%) Hyper-V
4 3 (0.32%) Firmware
5 2 (0.21%) XenApp
5 2 (0.21%) NDS
6 1 (0.11%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.11%) Oracle RMAN
6 1 (0.11%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 278 (29.61%) HP Quality Center
2 19 (2.02%) Nessus
3 15 (1.60%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 8 (0.85%) SCCM
5 6 (0.64%) Tivoli
5 6 (0.64%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
6 5 (0.53%) Netcool
6 5 (0.53%) McAfee ePO
7 3 (0.32%) Opscode Chef
8 2 (0.21%) nmon
8 2 (0.21%) HP SiteScope
8 2 (0.21%) Vagrant
9 1 (0.11%) Puppet
9 1 (0.11%) Nagios
9 1 (0.11%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 165 (17.57%) HP
2 125 (13.31%) Microsoft
3 121 (12.89%) Oracle
4 55 (5.86%) SAP
5 25 (2.66%) Citrix
6 13 (1.38%) IBM
6 13 (1.38%) Murex
6 13 (1.38%) ATG
7 12 (1.28%) Informatica
8 11 (1.17%) Cisco
8 11 (1.17%) VMware
9 10 (1.06%) hybris
10 9 (0.96%) Bloomberg
11 8 (0.85%) Siebel
11 8 (0.85%) Business Objects
11 8 (0.85%) Veritas
12 7 (0.75%) Open Text
13 6 (0.64%) Charles River
13 6 (0.64%) JD Edwards
13 6 (0.64%) Talend
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Oho Group Ltd.
Rate: £200 to £300 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £400.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Cheltenham
Capita - ITMS
Rate: £425 - £475 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Shropshire
Zebra People
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Gosport
Interquest - IQ ESM
Rate: £350 - £445 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Experis Ltd
Posted: 4 days ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Posted: 5 days ago
Hampshire
Church International
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £50000.00 - £65000.00 per annum
Posted: 9 days ago
City of London
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 16 days ago
London
Genomics England
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 16 days ago
Cheltenham
Capita - ITMS
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 17 days ago
Leeds
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £270.00 - £300.00 per day
Posted: 18 days ago
West Yorkshire
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £300.00 - £340.00 per day
Posted: 23 days ago
High Wycombe
The People Network
Rate: £350 - £375 per day
Posted: 24 days ago
Newport
Templeton and Partners - SAP & UK Account
Rate: £325 - 350 per day
Posted: 26 days ago