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 2 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
2 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 261 272 270
Rank change year-on-year
+11 -2
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 454 359 396
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.78% 0.69% 0.70%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.06% 0.93% 0.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 229 226 201
Average daily rate
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£338 £325 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.84% +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £227 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £415
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £310 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.06% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 17 33
Average hourly rate £35.00 £27.50 £34.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+27.27% -19.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.23 £11.00 £16.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.68 £42.50 £40.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.75 £11.50 £34.25
% change year-on-year
+193.47% -66.42%

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
42787 38469 40705
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 73.71% 74.00% 72.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 26972 23861 23648
Average daily rate £413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £270 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £365 £363
% change year-on-year
+2.73% +0.68%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1173 1069 1523
Average hourly rate £24.00 £27.50 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.72% -8.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £46.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.38 £30.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year
-12.08% +3.44%

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 2 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 2 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 2 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 -20 368 £343 +5.38% 169
London -15 134 £350 -4.10% 36
South East -19 74 £350 +11.11% 41
Scotland +27 41 £313 -3.84% 5
South West -4 40 £334 -9.79% 22
Wales -3 34 £325 +30.65% 3
South Wales +16 32 £325 +25.00% 3
City of London +10 31 £400 +14.28% 11
North West -7 27 £320 -1.53% 24
Hampshire -26 24 £348 -0.71% 8
Newport - 23 £325 - 1
West Midlands -2 22 £290 -17.14% 11
East of England -19 22 £363 +11.53% 16
Surrey -1 18 £353 -11.87% 10
Yorkshire +3 15 £358 +19.16% 13
West Yorkshire +3 14 £358 +19.16% 9
North East -22 14 £330 - 1
East Midlands +8 13 £330 +17.85% 5
Berkshire +2 13 £400 +31.14% 14
Newcastle upon Tyne -26 13 £330 - 1
Tyne and Wear -28 13 £330 - 1
Glasgow - 13 £338 -
Bristol -13 12 £375 +1.35% 9
Devon -18 12 £331 - 1
Edinburgh +12 11 £255 -7.27% 3
Cheshire +9 11 £320 +6.66% 4
Manchester -15 11 £350 +7.69% 18
Cambridgeshire -6 10 £363 +16.00% 10
Leeds +2 9 £363 +20.83% 2
Cambridge +1 9 £363 +3.57% 9

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 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.

1 386 (40.46%) ISEB
2 372 (38.99%) Agile Software Development
3 324 (33.96%) ISTQB
4 279 (29.25%) SQL
5 274 (28.72%) Test Scripting
6 265 (27.78%) HP Quality Center
7 224 (23.48%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 220 (23.06%) QA
9 194 (20.34%) Scrum
10 193 (20.23%) Security Cleared
11 190 (19.92%) User Acceptance Testing
12 181 (18.97%) Finance
13 176 (18.45%) Selenium
14 165 (17.30%) Java
15 157 (16.46%) Automated Testing
16 156 (16.35%) .NET
17 154 (16.14%) HP
18 144 (15.09%) SC Cleared
19 133 (13.94%) Microsoft
20 132 (13.84%) Test Management
21 131 (13.73%) Test Automation
22 130 (13.63%) Oracle
23 128 (13.42%) Windows
24 126 (13.21%) C#
25 122 (12.79%) QuickTest Pro
26 121 (12.68%) Analytical Skills
26 121 (12.68%) Test Strategy
27 114 (11.95%) JIRA
28 112 (11.74%) BDD
29 111 (11.64%) Team Foundation Server

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 2 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 50 (5.24%) SharePoint
2 9 (0.94%) CMS
3 7 (0.73%) WebLogic
4 5 (0.52%) Oracle Workflow
4 5 (0.52%) BizTalk Server
4 5 (0.52%) Documentum
5 4 (0.42%) WebSphere
5 4 (0.42%) Apache
6 3 (0.31%) SharePoint Server
6 3 (0.31%) Mule
7 2 (0.21%) WordPress
7 2 (0.21%) SharePoint 2010
7 2 (0.21%) Tornado
7 2 (0.21%) SharePoint 2013
7 2 (0.21%) IIS
8 1 (0.10%) MQSeries
8 1 (0.10%) SAS
8 1 (0.10%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 1 (0.10%) Oracle Spatial
8 1 (0.10%) Oracle BPEL
Applications
1 67 (7.02%) MS Excel
2 45 (4.72%) MS Office
3 13 (1.36%) MS PowerPoint
3 13 (1.36%) MS Project
4 10 (1.05%) MS Visio
5 5 (0.52%) Spreadsheet
6 4 (0.42%) Mingle
7 2 (0.21%) PowerPivot
8 1 (0.10%) AutoCAD
8 1 (0.10%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 44 (4.61%) Oracle EBS
2 14 (1.47%) DELMIA
3 12 (1.26%) ENOVIA
4 10 (1.05%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 9 (0.94%) Dynamics CRM
6 8 (0.84%) Summit
7 4 (0.42%) JDE OneWorld
8 3 (0.31%) Dynamics AX
8 3 (0.31%) Oracle Financials
8 3 (0.31%) Oracle Payables
8 3 (0.31%) Oracle Receivables
9 2 (0.21%) Oracle General Ledger
9 2 (0.21%) Magento
9 2 (0.21%) Remedy ITSM
9 2 (0.21%) Oracle Cash Management
9 2 (0.21%) assyst
10 1 (0.10%) Oracle ERP
10 1 (0.10%) Oracle Applications
10 1 (0.10%) Oracle Payroll
10 1 (0.10%) SAP MM
Cloud Services
1 12 (1.26%) Office 365
2 5 (0.52%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (0.21%) PaaS
3 2 (0.21%) Amazon SQS
4 1 (0.10%) GitHub
4 1 (0.10%) SaaS
4 1 (0.10%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (0.10%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 59 (6.18%) TCP/IP
2 42 (4.40%) HTTPS
3 35 (3.67%) DNS
3 35 (3.67%) HTTP
4 27 (2.83%) Wireshark
5 24 (2.52%) Internet
5 24 (2.52%) SSL
6 19 (1.99%) SAN
7 8 (0.84%) Firewall
8 7 (0.73%) Ethernet
8 7 (0.73%) GSM
8 7 (0.73%) 4G
9 6 (0.63%) Network Security
9 6 (0.63%) 3G
9 6 (0.63%) DAB
9 6 (0.63%) 2G
10 5 (0.52%) Wi-Fi
10 5 (0.52%) VLAN
10 5 (0.52%) DVB
10 5 (0.52%) IPv6
Database & Business Intelligence
1 58 (6.08%) SQL Server
2 41 (4.30%) Relational Database
3 24 (2.52%) Data Warehouse
4 21 (2.20%) Oracle Reports
5 18 (1.89%) Oracle Database
6 16 (1.68%) RDBMS
7 14 (1.47%) SQL Server 2008
7 14 (1.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 12 (1.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 10 (1.05%) Oracle BI EE
10 8 (0.84%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 6 (0.63%) DB2
12 5 (0.52%) SQL Server 2005
12 5 (0.52%) MySQL
12 5 (0.52%) QlikView
13 4 (0.42%) Oracle Database 11g
13 4 (0.42%) SQL Server 2012
13 4 (0.42%) Data Mining
14 3 (0.31%) Star Schema
14 3 (0.31%) SQL Navigator
Development Applications
1 176 (18.45%) Selenium
2 122 (12.79%) QuickTest Pro
3 114 (11.95%) JIRA
4 111 (11.64%) Team Foundation Server
5 81 (8.49%) WebDriver
6 70 (7.34%) JUnit
7 68 (7.13%) LoadRunner
8 60 (6.29%) Jenkins
9 56 (5.87%) Cucumber
10 51 (5.35%) Subversion
11 47 (4.93%) Visual Studio
12 40 (4.19%) Bugzilla
13 38 (3.98%) JMeter
14 35 (3.67%) SpecFlow
15 34 (3.56%) Maven
16 32 (3.35%) TestNG
17 30 (3.14%) TortoiseSVN
18 27 (2.83%) SoapUI
19 26 (2.73%) TestDirector
20 23 (2.41%) Ant
General
1 181 (18.97%) Finance
2 69 (7.23%) Banking
3 41 (4.30%) Telecoms
4 34 (3.56%) Manufacturing
5 24 (2.52%) Games
6 23 (2.41%) Electronics
6 23 (2.41%) Automotive
6 23 (2.41%) Retail
7 21 (2.20%) Investment Banking
8 20 (2.10%) Marketing
8 20 (2.10%) Back Office
9 13 (1.36%) Legal
10 10 (1.05%) Advertising
11 8 (0.84%) Front Office
12 7 (0.73%) General Ledger
13 5 (0.52%) Billing
14 4 (0.42%) French Language
14 4 (0.42%) Pharmaceutical
14 4 (0.42%) Aerospace
14 4 (0.42%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 382 (40.04%) Analyst
2 346 (36.27%) Test Analyst
3 202 (21.17%) Tester
4 87 (9.12%) Test Engineer
5 63 (6.60%) Developer
6 60 (6.29%) Test Manager
7 58 (6.08%) Test Leader
8 43 (4.51%) Senior Analyst
9 42 (4.40%) Senior Test Analyst
10 40 (4.19%) Agile Test Analyst
11 39 (4.09%) Software Tester
12 32 (3.35%) Automation Tester
13 30 (3.14%) Software Engineer
14 28 (2.94%) QA Analyst
15 24 (2.52%) QA Tester
16 23 (2.41%) Consultant
17 22 (2.31%) Performance Engineer
18 19 (1.99%) Systems Analyst
19 18 (1.89%) Test Consultant
19 18 (1.89%) Test Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 156 (16.35%) .NET
2 94 (9.85%) XML
3 79 (8.28%) Web Services
4 78 (8.18%) HTML
5 61 (6.39%) ASP.NET
6 47 (4.93%) SOAP
7 43 (4.51%) JSP
8 38 (3.98%) .NET Framework
9 27 (2.83%) CSS
9 27 (2.83%) REST
10 26 (2.73%) Gherkin
11 18 (1.89%) JSON
12 16 (1.68%) WCF
13 14 (1.47%) WPF
14 11 (1.15%) jQuery
14 11 (1.15%) HTML5
14 11 (1.15%) RESTful
15 10 (1.05%) OpenCL
16 9 (0.94%) JPA
17 8 (0.84%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 121 (12.68%) Analytical Skills
2 58 (6.08%) Open Source
3 38 (3.98%) Client/Server
4 33 (3.46%) Computer Science
5 25 (2.62%) User Experience
6 21 (2.20%) Mobile App
7 19 (1.99%) Management Information System
8 18 (1.89%) Data Structures
9 14 (1.47%) DTV
10 13 (1.36%) STB
11 11 (1.15%) Fixed Income
11 11 (1.15%) MPEG
12 10 (1.05%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 10 (1.05%) NHS
12 10 (1.05%) AS400
13 9 (0.94%) IPTV
13 9 (0.94%) Mathematics
14 8 (0.84%) Enterprise Software
15 7 (0.73%) IVR
15 7 (0.73%) Data Integration
Operating Systems
1 128 (13.42%) Windows
2 105 (11.01%) UNIX
3 101 (10.59%) Linux
4 53 (5.56%) Windows Server 2008
5 52 (5.45%) Windows XP
6 47 (4.93%) Windows Server 2003
7 41 (4.30%) Windows 2000
8 24 (2.52%) Windows 7
9 14 (1.47%) Android
10 12 (1.26%) Apple iOS
11 8 (0.84%) AIX
12 7 (0.73%) Mac OS X
13 6 (0.63%) Solaris
14 3 (0.31%) Embedded Linux
14 3 (0.31%) Ubuntu
14 3 (0.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 2 (0.21%) openSUSE
15 2 (0.21%) Mac OS
16 1 (0.10%) Windows Server 2012
16 1 (0.10%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 372 (38.99%) Agile Software Development
2 274 (28.72%) Test Scripting
3 194 (20.34%) Scrum
4 190 (19.92%) User Acceptance Testing
5 157 (16.46%) Automated Testing
6 132 (13.84%) Test Management
7 131 (13.73%) Test Automation
8 121 (12.68%) Test Strategy
9 112 (11.74%) BDD
10 104 (10.90%) TDD
11 92 (9.64%) Project Management
12 91 (9.54%) Regression Testing
13 90 (9.43%) Performance Testing
14 88 (9.22%) Automation Testing
15 84 (8.81%) Integration Testing
16 83 (8.70%) Validation
17 75 (7.86%) Manual Testing
18 73 (7.65%) Waterfall
19 68 (7.13%) System Testing
20 57 (5.97%) Load Testing
Programming Languages
1 279 (29.25%) SQL
2 165 (17.30%) Java
3 126 (13.21%) C#
4 80 (8.39%) JavaScript
5 56 (5.87%) Python
6 40 (4.19%) C++
7 35 (3.67%) Ruby
8 34 (3.56%) C
9 30 (3.14%) VB
10 26 (2.73%) Perl
11 15 (1.57%) PL/SQL
12 14 (1.47%) Bash Shell
13 13 (1.36%) T-SQL
14 12 (1.26%) Scala
15 9 (0.94%) VBScript
15 9 (0.94%) PHP
16 8 (0.84%) VBA
17 7 (0.73%) Shell Script
18 6 (0.63%) VB.NET
19 5 (0.52%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 386 (40.46%) ISEB
2 324 (33.96%) ISTQB
3 224 (23.48%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 193 (20.23%) Security Cleared
5 144 (15.09%) SC Cleared
6 57 (5.97%) Degree
7 41 (4.30%) DV Cleared
8 32 (3.35%) ISEB Practitioner
9 14 (1.47%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 12 (1.26%) Microsoft Certification
11 11 (1.15%) MCSE
12 10 (1.05%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 10 (1.05%) HND
12 10 (1.05%) Cisco Certification
13 9 (0.94%) MCITP
14 8 (0.84%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 6 (0.63%) BC Cleared
15 6 (0.63%) PMI Certification
15 6 (0.63%) CCNP
15 6 (0.63%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 220 (23.06%) QA
2 10 (1.05%) ISO 9001
3 8 (0.84%) SLA
4 5 (0.52%) ISO 9000
5 4 (0.42%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 3 (0.31%) TickIT
6 3 (0.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.10%) ISO 14001
7 1 (0.10%) P3O
7 1 (0.10%) WCAG
System Software
1 19 (1.99%) Nmap
2 10 (1.05%) Active Directory
3 6 (0.63%) Hyper-V
4 5 (0.52%) VMware ESX
5 4 (0.42%) VMware Infrastructure
5 4 (0.42%) NDS
6 3 (0.31%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 2 (0.21%) XenApp
7 2 (0.21%) Firmware
8 1 (0.10%) Oracle RMAN
8 1 (0.10%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.10%) NFS
8 1 (0.10%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 265 (27.78%) HP Quality Center
2 23 (2.41%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 19 (1.99%) Nessus
4 10 (1.05%) SCCM
5 5 (0.52%) Netcool
5 5 (0.52%) McAfee ePO
6 3 (0.31%) Opscode Chef
6 3 (0.31%) nmon
7 2 (0.21%) Vagrant
7 2 (0.21%) HP SiteScope
7 2 (0.21%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
7 2 (0.21%) Tivoli
8 1 (0.10%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 1 (0.10%) Nagios
Vendors
1 154 (16.14%) HP
2 133 (13.94%) Microsoft
3 130 (13.63%) Oracle
4 55 (5.77%) SAP
5 21 (2.20%) Citrix
6 14 (1.47%) IBM
7 12 (1.26%) Informatica
8 11 (1.15%) Murex
8 11 (1.15%) Cisco
9 10 (1.05%) ATG
9 10 (1.05%) VMware
10 9 (0.94%) JBoss
10 9 (0.94%) hybris
11 8 (0.84%) Veritas
12 7 (0.73%) Bloomberg
12 7 (0.73%) JD Edwards
12 7 (0.73%) Siebel
13 6 (0.63%) Talend
13 6 (0.63%) Remedy
13 6 (0.63%) Charles River
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