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 24 July 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
24 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Testing
Rank 295 227 249
Rank change year-on-year
-68 +22
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 423 573 447
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.78% 1.01% 0.84%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.95% 1.26% 1.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 274 266 248
Median daily rate £350 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £230 £233
10% offered a daily rate of more than £466 £500 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £325 £323
% change year-on-year
- +0.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 12 13
Median hourly rate £37.50 £37.25 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.67% +3.47%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £37.25 £36.00
% change year-on-year
+0.67% +3.47%

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
44747 45474 41772
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 82.69% 79.85% 78.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 29561 29429 25946
Median daily rate £438 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £295 £282 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1036 1183 1168
Median hourly rate £28.50 £28.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +14.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.50 £52.17 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.63 £30.50 £26.98
% change year-on-year
-6.14% +13.06%

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 24 July 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 24 July 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 24 July 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 -90 339 £350 -2.77% 156
London -56 126 £375 -8.53% 41
Scotland +34 68 £300 +3.44% 4
South East -40 67 £400 +6.66% 26
South West -5 35 £310 -11.42% 12
North West -23 27 £333 -16.87% 17
Edinburgh -2 26 £280 - 2
Hampshire -23 24 £400 +18.51% 6
West Midlands -29 24 £326 +10.59% 16
North East -34 20 £324 +43.88% 2
Glasgow +14 18 £290 -14.70% 2
Yorkshire -19 18 £350 +7.69% 12
Berkshire -4 17 £400 +3.22% 1
Manchester -9 17 £370 -7.50% 10
Tyne and Wear -34 17 £324 +17.72% 2
East of England +9 16 £375 +39.53% 20
Newcastle upon Tyne -39 16 £325 +18.18% 2
Wales +23 15 £350 +12.90%
Wiltshire 0 15 £300 -17.24% 3
South Wales +24 14 £350 +12.90%
Renfrewshire -10 14 £320 -9.85%
Erskine -14 14 £320 -9.85%
Cardiff +26 13 £350 +12.90%
Leeds -17 12 £338 +3.84% 4
West Yorkshire -18 12 £338 +3.84% 8
Bristol -4 9 £375 +20.96% 4
Hertfordshire +19 8 £475 - 2
Buckinghamshire +4 8 £300 -20.00% 4
Andover -11 8 £398 +10.41%
Merseyside +1 7 £188 -60.52% 2

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 July 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.

1 397 (42.83%) Agile Software Development
2 293 (31.61%) ISTQB
3 288 (31.07%) SQL
4 266 (28.69%) ISEB
5 240 (25.89%) Finance
6 214 (23.09%) Test Scripting
7 184 (19.85%) Java
8 178 (19.20%) QA
9 171 (18.45%) JIRA
10 165 (17.80%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 159 (17.15%) Regression Testing
12 153 (16.50%) Security Cleared
13 151 (16.29%) Selenium
14 149 (16.07%) Scrum
15 146 (15.75%) Windows
16 138 (14.89%) User Acceptance Testing
17 131 (14.13%) SDLC
18 128 (13.81%) Test Automation
19 124 (13.38%) HP Quality Center
19 124 (13.38%) Microsoft
20 121 (13.05%) Linux
21 115 (12.41%) Oracle
21 115 (12.41%) Functional Testing
22 110 (11.87%) BDD
22 110 (11.87%) Analytical Skills
23 103 (11.11%) Banking
24 102 (11.00%) Test Strategy
25 101 (10.90%) HP UFT
26 99 (10.68%) C#
26 99 (10.68%) 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 19 (2.05%) SharePoint
2 13 (1.40%) Confluence
3 11 (1.19%) JBoss
4 10 (1.08%) Apache
5 7 (0.76%) Mule
6 6 (0.65%) SAS
6 6 (0.65%) WebLogic
7 5 (0.54%) CMS
7 5 (0.54%) MS Exchange
7 5 (0.54%) SharePoint 2013
7 5 (0.54%) Skype for Business
8 3 (0.32%) Apache Pig
8 3 (0.32%) ColdFusion
8 3 (0.32%) Elasticsearch
8 3 (0.32%) IIS
8 3 (0.32%) Oracle HTTP Server
8 3 (0.32%) Tomcat
9 2 (0.22%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 2 (0.22%) FileNet
10 1 (0.11%) OpenStack
Applications
1 68 (7.34%) MS Excel
2 55 (5.93%) MS Office
3 9 (0.97%) MS Project
4 7 (0.76%) Mingle
5 3 (0.32%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.11%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 9 (0.97%) Oracle EBS
2 8 (0.86%) Oracle EBS R12
3 6 (0.65%) SAP FI
4 5 (0.54%) Dynamics CRM
5 4 (0.43%) Magento
6 3 (0.32%) Maximo
6 3 (0.32%) TRIRIGA
7 2 (0.22%) Infor LN
7 2 (0.22%) Markit EDM
7 2 (0.22%) Oracle Assets
7 2 (0.22%) Oracle Payables
7 2 (0.22%) Oracle Receivables
7 2 (0.22%) SAP CO
7 2 (0.22%) SAP FI/CO
7 2 (0.22%) SAP HR
7 2 (0.22%) Sonata
8 1 (0.11%) IntelliMatch
8 1 (0.11%) ION MarketView
8 1 (0.11%) OpenText VIM for SAP
8 1 (0.11%) Oracle General Ledger
Cloud Services
1 9 (0.97%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (0.86%) Office 365
3 7 (0.76%) SuccessFactors
4 4 (0.43%) Amazon AWS
5 2 (0.22%) Adobe Analytics
5 2 (0.22%) SaaS
6 1 (0.11%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.11%) Amazon ELB
6 1 (0.11%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.11%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.11%) IaaS
6 1 (0.11%) PaaS
6 1 (0.11%) TestFlight
Communications & Networking
1 32 (3.45%) HTTP
2 21 (2.27%) Internet
3 16 (1.73%) DNS
4 15 (1.62%) TCP/IP
5 13 (1.40%) VLAN
6 12 (1.29%) VoIP
6 12 (1.29%) VPN
7 11 (1.19%) SAN
8 10 (1.08%) BGP
8 10 (1.08%) DHCP
8 10 (1.08%) IPsec
8 10 (1.08%) IPv6
8 10 (1.08%) Software-Defined Networking
9 8 (0.86%) FCoE
9 8 (0.86%) Fibre Channel
9 8 (0.86%) iSCSI
10 6 (0.65%) WAN
11 5 (0.54%) Broadband
11 5 (0.54%) FTP
11 5 (0.54%) LAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 74 (7.98%) SQL Server
2 45 (4.85%) Relational Database
3 29 (3.13%) Oracle Database
4 26 (2.80%) Data Warehouse
5 20 (2.16%) Oracle Reports
6 15 (1.62%) NoSQL
6 15 (1.62%) Oracle Database 11g
7 14 (1.51%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 11 (1.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 9 (0.97%) RDBMS
10 8 (0.86%) Data Mining
10 8 (0.86%) MySQL
10 8 (0.86%) SQL Server 2012
11 7 (0.76%) MS Access
11 7 (0.76%) SQL Server 2008
12 6 (0.65%) ObjectStore
12 6 (0.65%) Oracle BI EE
13 5 (0.54%) Big Data
14 4 (0.43%) Base SAS
14 4 (0.43%) Spotfire
Development Applications
1 171 (18.45%) JIRA
2 151 (16.29%) Selenium
3 101 (10.90%) HP UFT
4 74 (7.98%) Cucumber
5 53 (5.72%) WebDriver
6 48 (5.18%) LoadRunner
7 42 (4.53%) Team Foundation Server
8 34 (3.67%) WinRunner
9 31 (3.34%) SpecFlow
9 31 (3.34%) TestDirector
10 26 (2.80%) Subversion
10 26 (2.80%) Visual Studio
11 23 (2.48%) Git (software)
11 23 (2.48%) SoapUI
12 18 (1.94%) JMeter
13 16 (1.73%) Jenkins
14 13 (1.40%) TestComplete
15 12 (1.29%) WATIR
16 10 (1.08%) Facilita Forecast
17 9 (0.97%) Selenium IDE
General
1 240 (25.89%) Finance
2 103 (11.11%) Banking
3 59 (6.36%) Retail
4 31 (3.34%) Law
5 30 (3.24%) Telecoms
6 20 (2.16%) Retail Banking
7 18 (1.94%) Marketing
8 13 (1.40%) Games
9 12 (1.29%) Investment Banking
10 8 (0.86%) Front Office
11 6 (0.65%) Publishing
12 5 (0.54%) Financial Institution
12 5 (0.54%) Online Betting
13 4 (0.43%) Military
14 3 (0.32%) Advertising
14 3 (0.32%) Automotive
14 3 (0.32%) Back Office
14 3 (0.32%) Billing
14 3 (0.32%) Electronics
14 3 (0.32%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 354 (38.19%) Analyst
2 310 (33.44%) Test Analyst
3 129 (13.92%) Tester
4 88 (9.49%) Test Engineer
5 83 (8.95%) Developer
6 63 (6.80%) Test Leader
7 55 (5.93%) Test Manager
8 37 (3.99%) Automation Tester
9 32 (3.45%) Consultant
10 31 (3.34%) Senior Analyst
11 28 (3.02%) Automation Test Analyst
12 27 (2.91%) Infrastructure Analyst
12 27 (2.91%) Senior Test Analyst
12 27 (2.91%) Senior Test Engineer
13 24 (2.59%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
14 22 (2.37%) SQL Analyst
15 20 (2.16%) .NET Developer
15 20 (2.16%) Business Analyst
15 20 (2.16%) Digital Analyst
15 20 (2.16%) Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 80 (8.63%) .NET
2 74 (7.98%) XML
3 47 (5.07%) HTML
4 40 (4.31%) CSS
5 39 (4.21%) Web Services
6 23 (2.48%) .NET Framework
7 20 (2.16%) Gherkin
7 20 (2.16%) JSON
8 16 (1.73%) ASP.NET
8 16 (1.73%) SOAP
9 15 (1.62%) RESTful
10 14 (1.51%) HTML5
11 13 (1.40%) Spring
12 12 (1.29%) CSS3
13 11 (1.19%) REST
14 10 (1.08%) ActiveMQ
14 10 (1.08%) Apache Camel
14 10 (1.08%) Behat
14 10 (1.08%) J2EE
15 9 (0.97%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 110 (11.87%) Analytical Skills
2 31 (3.34%) Computer Science
3 30 (3.24%) Clustering
4 27 (2.91%) User Experience
5 23 (2.48%) Mobile App
6 22 (2.37%) Management Information System
7 21 (2.27%) PDA
8 20 (2.16%) Video Conferencing
9 15 (1.62%) Device Driver
10 14 (1.51%) IPTV
10 14 (1.51%) Performance Metrics
11 13 (1.40%) STB
12 12 (1.29%) Data Centre
13 11 (1.19%) Fixed Income
13 11 (1.19%) Mainframe
14 10 (1.08%) Public Cloud
14 10 (1.08%) Smart Meter
14 10 (1.08%) SWIFT
15 9 (0.97%) Inversion of Control
15 9 (0.97%) Mobile Banking
Operating Systems
1 146 (15.75%) Windows
2 121 (13.05%) Linux
3 81 (8.74%) Unix
4 48 (5.18%) AIX
5 40 (4.31%) Windows XP
6 39 (4.21%) Windows Server 2008
7 38 (4.10%) Windows 7
7 38 (4.10%) Windows Server 2003
8 26 (2.80%) Apple iOS
8 26 (2.80%) Windows Server
9 25 (2.70%) Android
10 19 (2.05%) Windows 10
11 16 (1.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 16 (1.73%) Windows Server 2012
12 11 (1.19%) Solaris
12 11 (1.19%) Ubuntu
13 9 (0.97%) HPUX
14 7 (0.76%) Embedded Linux
15 2 (0.22%) Fedora
15 2 (0.22%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 397 (42.83%) Agile Software Development
2 214 (23.09%) Test Scripting
3 159 (17.15%) Regression Testing
4 149 (16.07%) Scrum
5 138 (14.89%) User Acceptance Testing
6 131 (14.13%) SDLC
7 128 (13.81%) Test Automation
8 115 (12.41%) Functional Testing
9 110 (11.87%) BDD
10 102 (11.00%) Test Strategy
11 99 (10.68%) Waterfall
12 96 (10.36%) Defect Management
13 92 (9.92%) Automated Testing
14 86 (9.28%) Integration Testing
15 78 (8.41%) TDD
16 74 (7.98%) Test Management
17 67 (7.23%) System Testing
18 60 (6.47%) Manual Testing
18 60 (6.47%) Test Planning
19 59 (6.36%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 288 (31.07%) SQL
2 184 (19.85%) Java
3 99 (10.68%) C#
4 68 (7.34%) Python
5 62 (6.69%) JavaScript
6 50 (5.39%) C++
7 40 (4.31%) C
8 39 (4.21%) Ruby
9 36 (3.88%) Perl
10 35 (3.78%) VBScript
11 30 (3.24%) VB
12 28 (3.02%) PHP
13 22 (2.37%) PL/SQL
13 22 (2.37%) PowerShell
14 14 (1.51%) VBA
15 12 (1.29%) VB.NET
16 11 (1.19%) T-SQL
17 10 (1.08%) F#
18 7 (0.76%) Bash Shell
19 6 (0.65%) Embedded C++
Qualifications
1 293 (31.61%) ISTQB
2 266 (28.69%) ISEB
3 165 (17.80%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 153 (16.50%) Security Cleared
5 93 (10.03%) SC Cleared
6 85 (9.17%) Degree
7 44 (4.75%) Microsoft Certification
8 42 (4.53%) MCSE
9 39 (4.21%) MCSA
10 32 (3.45%) MCTS
11 30 (3.24%) MCITP
12 21 (2.27%) DV Cleared
13 16 (1.73%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
14 13 (1.40%) BPSS Clearance
15 11 (1.19%) ISEB Practitioner
16 6 (0.65%) CCNA
16 6 (0.65%) Cisco Certification
16 6 (0.65%) MCSD
17 5 (0.54%) HND
17 5 (0.54%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 178 (19.20%) QA
2 11 (1.19%) Disclosure Scotland
3 7 (0.76%) SLA
4 5 (0.54%) ISO 9001
4 5 (0.54%) SDET
5 4 (0.43%) Data Quality
6 3 (0.32%) 21 CFR Part 11
7 2 (0.22%) Basel III
7 2 (0.22%) COREP
8 1 (0.11%) DICOM
8 1 (0.11%) GAAP
8 1 (0.11%) GMP
8 1 (0.11%) HL7
8 1 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.11%) SEPA
System Software
1 46 (4.96%) Hyper-V
2 44 (4.75%) Active Directory
3 34 (3.67%) VMware Infrastructure
4 27 (2.91%) VMware ESX
5 7 (0.76%) Virtual Machines
6 3 (0.32%) vSphere
7 2 (0.22%) NFS
7 2 (0.22%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (0.22%) XenServer
8 1 (0.11%) Docker
8 1 (0.11%) Firmware
8 1 (0.11%) HDFS
8 1 (0.11%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.11%) Varnish
8 1 (0.11%) Virtual Desktop
8 1 (0.11%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 124 (13.38%) HP Quality Center
2 30 (3.24%) McAfee ePO
2 30 (3.24%) Netcool
3 15 (1.62%) HP SiteScope
4 9 (0.97%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 4 (0.43%) yum
6 2 (0.22%) Cisco IPCC
6 2 (0.22%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 2 (0.22%) OVPA
6 2 (0.22%) Perfmon
6 2 (0.22%) SCOrch
6 2 (0.22%) SCVMM
6 2 (0.22%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 1 (0.11%) Ansible
7 1 (0.11%) Oozie
7 1 (0.11%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.11%) Puppet
7 1 (0.11%) SCCM
7 1 (0.11%) SCOM
7 1 (0.11%) WMI
Vendors
1 124 (13.38%) Microsoft
2 115 (12.41%) Oracle
3 99 (10.68%) HP
4 53 (5.72%) VMware
5 40 (4.31%) Veritas
6 34 (3.67%) Citrix
7 30 (3.24%) Intel Security
8 24 (2.59%) SAP
9 20 (2.16%) Red Hat
10 14 (1.51%) Atlassian
11 12 (1.29%) Rally
12 11 (1.19%) Informatica
13 10 (1.08%) Cisco
14 8 (0.86%) IBM
15 7 (0.76%) EMC
16 6 (0.65%) ServiceNow
17 5 (0.54%) Charles River
17 5 (0.54%) Cognos
17 5 (0.54%) Pega
17 5 (0.54%) Siebel
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Harvey Nash plc
Posted: 5 days ago
Cheshire
Reed Technology
Rate: £310 - £410 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
East Sussex
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Wilmslow, Cheshire
Interaction Recruitment PLC
Rate: £420 per year
Posted: 4 days ago
Southport, Merseyside
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £300 to £325 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Leicester, Leicestershire
IBM Client Innovation Centre - Leicester
Rate: From £25,700 to £55,750 per annum
Posted: 17 days ago