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 December 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 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 238 238 273
Rank change year-on-year
0 +35
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 478 400 333
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.88% 0.78% 0.68%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.18% 1.06% 0.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 283 196 173
Average daily rate
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£350 £320 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.37% -3.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £224 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £453 £413
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 13 21
Average hourly rate £30.00 £34.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.76% +51.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £16.20 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.80 £42.50 £36.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £33.88 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-11.43% +50.55%

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
40533 37796 34894
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.73% 73.83% 71.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 26554 23240 20514
Average daily rate £423 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.62% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £270 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £580 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £370 £365
% change year-on-year
+4.72% +1.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1096 1172 1415
Average hourly rate £24.00 £26.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.69% -13.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-7.40% -10.00%

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 December 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 December 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 December 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 -6 419 £350 +7.69% 111
London +31 160 £365 -2.01% 17
South East -24 100 £290 +4.50% 18
South West -1 48 £350 +7.69% 17
East of England +26 47 £325 -13.33% 12
City of London +12 35 £355 -11.25% 7
Scotland -1 30 £358 +19.36% 8
Hampshire -31 27 £324 +19.90% 7
Surrey +11 25 £190 -47.03% 4
North West -21 24 £350 +16.66% 16
Buckinghamshire -4 23 £290 +3.57%
Cambridgeshire +8 22 £300 +57.89% 2
Milton Keynes +5 21 £280 -0.88%
Wales -11 19 £294 +10.84% 3
South Wales -5 17 £288 +6.48% 1
Yorkshire -17 17 £318 +5.83% 11
West Yorkshire -19 15 £301 -2.03% 10
Manchester -4 14 £350 +17.15% 8
Devon -5 14 £338 +8.00% 3
Exeter +4 13 £338 - 3
East Midlands 0 12 £325 +1.56% 4
Gloucestershire -6 11 £494 +23.43% 2
Leeds -16 11 £301 -5.11% 7
Glasgow - 11 £410 - 1
Berkshire -16 10 £350 +29.62% 2
Hertfordshire - 10 £235 - 2
Edinburgh -20 9 £347 +15.75% 3
Lancashire - 9 £400 - 1
Cambridge +7 8 £350 - 2
Bristol -10 7 £400 +23.07% 4

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 December 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.

1 361 (39.32%) ISEB
2 359 (39.11%) Agile Software Development
3 296 (32.24%) SQL
3 296 (32.24%) ISTQB
4 255 (27.78%) HP Quality Center
5 242 (26.36%) Test Scripting
6 204 (22.22%) Finance
7 194 (21.13%) User Acceptance Testing
8 190 (20.70%) QA
9 184 (20.04%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 159 (17.32%) Selenium
11 156 (16.99%) Security Cleared
12 153 (16.67%) HP
13 149 (16.23%) Scrum
14 143 (15.58%) Java
15 140 (15.25%) Microsoft
16 136 (14.81%) JIRA
17 130 (14.16%) Windows
18 124 (13.51%) Automated Testing
19 120 (13.07%) Test Automation
20 119 (12.96%) Test Management
21 117 (12.75%) Oracle
22 116 (12.64%) SC Cleared
23 111 (12.09%) .NET
24 107 (11.66%) BDD
25 106 (11.55%) Linux
25 106 (11.55%) TDD
26 103 (11.22%) QuickTest Pro
27 101 (11.00%) Manual Testing
28 99 (10.78%) XML

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 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 35 (3.81%) SharePoint
2 15 (1.63%) CMS
3 14 (1.53%) BizTalk Server
4 9 (0.98%) JBoss
5 8 (0.87%) WebLogic
5 8 (0.87%) WebSphere
6 7 (0.76%) SharePoint 2010
7 6 (0.65%) GlassFish
8 5 (0.54%) Oracle Workflow
8 5 (0.54%) IIS
9 4 (0.44%) Apache
9 4 (0.44%) Node.js
10 3 (0.33%) MTS
10 3 (0.33%) Documentum
11 2 (0.22%) Tomcat
11 2 (0.22%) MQSeries
11 2 (0.22%) MS Exchange
11 2 (0.22%) Lync
11 2 (0.22%) Tornado
12 1 (0.11%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 77 (8.39%) MS Excel
2 51 (5.56%) MS Office
3 9 (0.98%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (0.54%) Spreadsheet
4 5 (0.54%) MS Project
5 3 (0.33%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.22%) PowerPivot
7 1 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.11%) Windchill
7 1 (0.11%) Doxygen
7 1 (0.11%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 27 (2.94%) Oracle EBS
2 15 (1.63%) Summit
3 11 (1.20%) Dynamics CRM
4 5 (0.54%) ENOVIA
4 5 (0.54%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 4 (0.44%) DELMIA
6 3 (0.33%) SAP FI
7 2 (0.22%) Oracle Financials
7 2 (0.22%) Oracle Applications
7 2 (0.22%) Dynamics AX
7 2 (0.22%) SAP HCM
7 2 (0.22%) Oracle Payables
7 2 (0.22%) Oracle Receivables
8 1 (0.11%) Hyperion Planning
8 1 (0.11%) Markit EDM
8 1 (0.11%) Workday HCM
8 1 (0.11%) IntelliMatch
8 1 (0.11%) LatentZero
8 1 (0.11%) SAP Retail
8 1 (0.11%) Oracle Payroll
Cloud Services
1 6 (0.65%) SaaS
1 6 (0.65%) GitHub
2 4 (0.44%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (0.44%) Cloud Computing
3 2 (0.22%) Office 365
4 1 (0.11%) Amazon EC2
4 1 (0.11%) Amazon S3
4 1 (0.11%) PaaS
4 1 (0.11%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 29 (3.16%) SAN
2 23 (2.51%) TCP/IP
3 22 (2.40%) Internet
4 17 (1.85%) HTTPS
5 16 (1.74%) Wireshark
6 13 (1.42%) SSL
7 11 (1.20%) HTTP
8 10 (1.09%) ATM
9 6 (0.65%) 3G
9 6 (0.65%) 2G
10 5 (0.54%) Wi-Fi
10 5 (0.54%) DNS
11 4 (0.44%) Firewall
11 4 (0.44%) 802.11
11 4 (0.44%) Bluetooth
11 4 (0.44%) GSM
11 4 (0.44%) Ethernet
11 4 (0.44%) VoIP
11 4 (0.44%) ZigBee
11 4 (0.44%) WPA2
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (4.36%) Relational Database
2 38 (4.14%) SQL Server
3 33 (3.59%) Oracle Database
4 23 (2.51%) Data Warehouse
5 16 (1.74%) Oracle Reports
6 15 (1.63%) RDBMS
7 12 (1.31%) MySQL
8 10 (1.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 8 (0.87%) SQL Server 2008
10 7 (0.76%) MongoDB
10 7 (0.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 6 (0.65%) Apache Cassandra
12 5 (0.54%) SQL Server 2005
12 5 (0.54%) SAP BW
13 4 (0.44%) DataStage
13 4 (0.44%) BusinessObjects
13 4 (0.44%) Data Mining
13 4 (0.44%) DB2
13 4 (0.44%) NoSQL
13 4 (0.44%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 159 (17.32%) Selenium
2 136 (14.81%) JIRA
3 103 (11.22%) QuickTest Pro
4 87 (9.48%) Team Foundation Server
5 58 (6.32%) WebDriver
6 53 (5.77%) Jenkins
7 47 (5.12%) Cucumber
8 45 (4.90%) JUnit
9 40 (4.36%) Visual Studio
10 35 (3.81%) LoadRunner
11 34 (3.70%) Subversion
12 31 (3.38%) Git (software)
13 29 (3.16%) SoapUI
13 29 (3.16%) Maven
14 28 (3.05%) SpecFlow
15 23 (2.51%) Eclipse
16 21 (2.29%) Bugzilla
17 20 (2.18%) JMeter
18 19 (2.07%) TestDirector
19 18 (1.96%) TestNG
General
1 204 (22.22%) Finance
2 79 (8.61%) Banking
3 34 (3.70%) Telecoms
4 22 (2.40%) Investment Banking
5 19 (2.07%) Retail
6 18 (1.96%) Games
7 17 (1.85%) Manufacturing
7 17 (1.85%) Back Office
8 16 (1.74%) Automotive
9 13 (1.42%) Electronics
9 13 (1.42%) Marketing
9 13 (1.42%) Legal
10 9 (0.98%) General Ledger
10 9 (0.98%) Advertising
11 7 (0.76%) Front Office
12 4 (0.44%) Aerospace
12 4 (0.44%) Pharmaceutical
12 4 (0.44%) French Language
13 3 (0.33%) Dutch Language
13 3 (0.33%) Wholesale Banking
Job Titles
1 386 (42.05%) Analyst
2 340 (37.04%) Test Analyst
3 177 (19.28%) Tester
4 74 (8.06%) Developer
5 72 (7.84%) Test Engineer
6 71 (7.73%) Test Manager
7 49 (5.34%) Test Leader
8 42 (4.58%) Senior Analyst
9 40 (4.36%) Agile Test Analyst
10 37 (4.03%) Automation Tester
10 37 (4.03%) Senior Test Analyst
11 31 (3.38%) Software Engineer
12 25 (2.72%) Consultant
12 25 (2.72%) Software Tester
13 21 (2.29%) QA Analyst
14 20 (2.18%) Test Consultant
14 20 (2.18%) QA Tester
14 20 (2.18%) Java Developer
15 17 (1.85%) Manual Tester
16 16 (1.74%) Senior Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 111 (12.09%) .NET
2 99 (10.78%) XML
3 81 (8.82%) HTML
4 70 (7.63%) Web Services
5 39 (4.25%) CSS
6 26 (2.83%) .NET Framework
7 24 (2.61%) JSP
8 23 (2.51%) ASP.NET
8 23 (2.51%) REST
9 20 (2.18%) JSON
10 19 (2.07%) jQuery
10 19 (2.07%) SOAP
11 18 (1.96%) Gherkin
12 14 (1.53%) JPA
13 13 (1.42%) EJB
14 10 (1.09%) J2EE
14 10 (1.09%) Middleware
14 10 (1.09%) Spring
14 10 (1.09%) Django
14 10 (1.09%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 81 (8.82%) Analytical Skills
2 33 (3.59%) Open Source
3 29 (3.16%) Client/Server
4 28 (3.05%) Computer Science
5 20 (2.18%) User Experience
6 18 (1.96%) Management Information System
7 15 (1.63%) AS400
8 14 (1.53%) PDA
9 13 (1.42%) Clustering
10 12 (1.31%) STB
10 12 (1.31%) Mobile App
10 12 (1.31%) Enterprise Software
11 11 (1.20%) MPEG
12 9 (0.98%) Derivative
12 9 (0.98%) Mathematics
12 9 (0.98%) Data Structures
13 8 (0.87%) New Media
14 7 (0.76%) Digital Media
14 7 (0.76%) Animation
14 7 (0.76%) DTV
Operating Systems
1 130 (14.16%) Windows
2 106 (11.55%) Linux
3 90 (9.80%) UNIX
4 48 (5.23%) Windows XP
5 39 (4.25%) Windows 7
6 31 (3.38%) Windows Server 2003
6 31 (3.38%) Windows Server 2008
7 16 (1.74%) Windows 2000
7 16 (1.74%) AIX
8 13 (1.42%) Apple iOS
9 12 (1.31%) Android
10 8 (0.87%) Ubuntu
11 3 (0.33%) Mac OS
11 3 (0.33%) Solaris
11 3 (0.33%) Windows 8
11 3 (0.33%) Windows Server 2012
12 2 (0.22%) Debian
12 2 (0.22%) openSUSE
12 2 (0.22%) Windows Mobile
13 1 (0.11%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 359 (39.11%) Agile Software Development
2 242 (26.36%) Test Scripting
3 194 (21.13%) User Acceptance Testing
4 149 (16.23%) Scrum
5 124 (13.51%) Automated Testing
6 120 (13.07%) Test Automation
7 119 (12.96%) Test Management
8 107 (11.66%) BDD
9 106 (11.55%) TDD
10 101 (11.00%) Manual Testing
11 98 (10.68%) Test Strategy
12 90 (9.80%) Integration Testing
13 87 (9.48%) Regression Testing
14 81 (8.82%) Waterfall
15 80 (8.71%) Validation
16 69 (7.52%) Test Planning
17 67 (7.30%) Project Management
18 66 (7.19%) Automation Testing
19 59 (6.43%) Software Engineering
20 56 (6.10%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 296 (32.24%) SQL
2 143 (15.58%) Java
3 82 (8.93%) JavaScript
4 71 (7.73%) C#
4 71 (7.73%) Python
5 34 (3.70%) C
6 33 (3.59%) C++
7 28 (3.05%) Ruby
8 25 (2.72%) Perl
8 25 (2.72%) VB
9 23 (2.51%) VBA
10 22 (2.40%) PHP
11 18 (1.96%) PL/SQL
11 18 (1.96%) Scala
12 17 (1.85%) VBScript
13 12 (1.31%) Bash Shell
13 12 (1.31%) Shell Script
14 9 (0.98%) VB.NET
14 9 (0.98%) T-SQL
15 6 (0.65%) JPQL
Qualifications
1 361 (39.32%) ISEB
2 296 (32.24%) ISTQB
3 184 (20.04%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 156 (16.99%) Security Cleared
5 116 (12.64%) SC Cleared
6 55 (5.99%) Degree
7 45 (4.90%) DV Cleared
8 32 (3.49%) ISEB Practitioner
9 21 (2.29%) Microsoft Certification
10 19 (2.07%) MCSE
11 18 (1.96%) HND
12 17 (1.85%) MCITP
13 14 (1.53%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
14 13 (1.42%) MCTS
14 13 (1.42%) MCSA
15 7 (0.76%) Cisco Certification
16 6 (0.65%) CCNP
16 6 (0.65%) CCNA
17 3 (0.33%) PMI Certification
17 3 (0.33%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 190 (20.70%) QA
2 15 (1.63%) ISO 9001
3 7 (0.76%) SLA
4 6 (0.65%) ISO 14001
4 6 (0.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 5 (0.54%) ISO 9000
6 3 (0.33%) TickIT
7 2 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.11%) DICOM
8 1 (0.11%) DO-178B
System Software
1 14 (1.53%) Hyper-V
2 13 (1.42%) VMware ESX
3 12 (1.31%) Nmap
4 11 (1.20%) VMware Infrastructure
5 7 (0.76%) Active Directory
6 3 (0.33%) Firmware
7 2 (0.22%) Oracle RMAN
7 2 (0.22%) XenApp
8 1 (0.11%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.11%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 255 (27.78%) HP Quality Center
2 13 (1.42%) McAfee ePO
2 13 (1.42%) Netcool
3 12 (1.31%) Nessus
4 9 (0.98%) Tivoli
4 9 (0.98%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
5 3 (0.33%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (0.22%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 2 (0.22%) HP SiteScope
6 2 (0.22%) Vagrant
6 2 (0.22%) SCCM
7 1 (0.11%) Puppet
7 1 (0.11%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 1 (0.11%) Nagios
Vendors
1 153 (16.67%) HP
2 140 (15.25%) Microsoft
3 117 (12.75%) Oracle
4 47 (5.12%) Citrix
5 39 (4.25%) SAP
6 21 (2.29%) VMware
7 18 (1.96%) Murex
8 16 (1.74%) Veritas
9 13 (1.42%) Salesforce.com
9 13 (1.42%) McAfee
9 13 (1.42%) Talend
10 12 (1.31%) IBM
11 9 (0.98%) Business Objects
11 9 (0.98%) Bloomberg
12 7 (0.76%) ATG
13 6 (0.65%) Open Text
13 6 (0.65%) hybris
14 5 (0.54%) Ektron
14 5 (0.54%) Reuters
14 5 (0.54%) Calypso
Isle of Man
Capita IT Professional Services
Posted: 4 days ago
Lincolnshire
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Rate: £250 - £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
NCC Group
Posted: 5 days ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £28 - £32 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
Essex
Aquent
Rate: From £300 to £450 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Roc Search
Rate: £300 - £310 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Conwy, Gwynedd
Supertemps
Posted: 9 days ago
Rickmansworth
Claremont Consulting Limited
Rate: £200 - £230 per day
Posted: 11 days ago
Glasgow
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £400.00 - £440 per day
Posted: 12 days ago
Bury
Applause IT Innovation
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 26 days ago