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 1 July 2015 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
1 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Testing
Rank 228 229 258
Rank change year-on-year
+1 +29
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 532 508 364
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.95% 0.94% 0.74%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.23% 1.24% 0.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 222 292 205
Average daily rate
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£338 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.84% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £216 £240 £243
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £320 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
-1.53% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 14 5
Average hourly rate £37.50 £37.65 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.39% +7.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.80 £17.25 £29.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £44.25 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £37.65 £35.00
% change year-on-year
-0.39% +7.57%

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
43377 40891 36780
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 77.51% 75.98% 74.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 27946 25555 22092
Average daily rate £413 £400 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -3.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £275 £273
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £365
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +2.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1169 1209 1083
Average hourly rate £28.50 £26.98 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.63% -10.08%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.50 £48.84
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £28.99 £30.50
% change year-on-year
+3.48% -4.95%

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 1 July 2015.

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 1 July 2015.

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 1 July 2015. 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 -17 477 £350 +7.69% 202
London +18 189 £410 +2.50% 46
South East -21 106 £348 +6.92% 50
Hampshire +10 49 £326 +0.15% 5
Scotland +12 43 £304 -16.20% 15
North West -2 38 £398 +28.22% 33
City of London -12 27 £450 +12.50% 18
Edinburgh +9 26 £280 -27.27% 10
East of England +5 25 £245 -42.35% 16
Yorkshire -6 25 £300 +9.09% 12
South West -35 25 £363 +11.53% 19
West Midlands +1 23 £295 +81.53% 10
Berkshire 0 23 £375 +66.66% 9
West Yorkshire -15 18 £295 +7.27% 7
Winchester +1 16 £313 +4.16% 2
East Midlands -5 16 £225 -25.39% 9
Buckinghamshire -4 14 £419 +42.55% 8
Leeds -11 14 £300 +9.09% 7
Manchester -3 13 £313 +2.45% 18
Essex 0 11 £230 -56.19% 4
South Coast - 11 - -
Basingstoke +10 10 £375 +9.48%
Midlands +7 10 - -
Glasgow +4 10 £350 +1.44%
Wiltshire +5 9 £363 - 5
Milton Keynes -2 9 £633 +131.05% 4
North East -19 9 £225 -35.71% 6
Lancashire +7 8 £331 -38.41% 4
Bristol -1 8 £375 +7.14% 4
Reading - 8 £400 - 7

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 July 2015, 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.

1 380 (37.70%) Agile Software Development
2 291 (28.87%) SQL
3 263 (26.09%) Finance
4 259 (25.69%) ISEB
5 220 (21.83%) ISTQB
6 211 (20.93%) Test Scripting
7 201 (19.94%) User Acceptance Testing
8 175 (17.36%) Test Automation
9 161 (15.97%) QA
9 161 (15.97%) Java
10 151 (14.98%) Microsoft
11 146 (14.48%) .NET
12 144 (14.29%) HP Quality Center
13 134 (13.29%) Windows
14 131 (13.00%) Test Management
14 131 (13.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 125 (12.40%) SDLC
16 123 (12.20%) Banking
17 107 (10.62%) Oracle
18 104 (10.32%) Linux
18 104 (10.32%) Selenium
19 103 (10.22%) XML
20 102 (10.12%) C#
21 101 (10.02%) Scrum
21 101 (10.02%) Security Cleared
22 99 (9.82%) HP
23 93 (9.23%) Regression Testing
23 93 (9.23%) JIRA
24 92 (9.13%) BDD
25 90 (8.93%) Analytical Skills

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 July 2015, 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 14 (1.39%) SharePoint
1 14 (1.39%) CMS
2 9 (0.89%) IIS
2 9 (0.89%) Confluence
3 6 (0.60%) BizTalk Server
3 6 (0.60%) JBoss
3 6 (0.60%) Documentum
4 5 (0.50%) LiveLink
4 5 (0.50%) WebSphere
5 4 (0.40%) ATG Dynamo
5 4 (0.40%) MS Exchange
5 4 (0.40%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 3 (0.30%) WordPress
6 3 (0.30%) WebLogic
6 3 (0.30%) Apache
6 3 (0.30%) Drupal
7 2 (0.20%) Exchange Server 2007
7 2 (0.20%) MTS
7 2 (0.20%) Tomcat
7 2 (0.20%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 78 (7.74%) MS Excel
2 31 (3.08%) MS Office
3 15 (1.49%) MS Project
4 4 (0.40%) Spreadsheet
5 3 (0.30%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.30%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 13 (1.29%) Oracle EBS
2 8 (0.79%) Summit
3 6 (0.60%) Magento
3 6 (0.60%) Oracle Payables
3 6 (0.60%) Oracle Receivables
4 3 (0.30%) SAP BCA
4 3 (0.30%) Markit EDM
4 3 (0.30%) MultiFonds
5 2 (0.20%) Dynamics CRM
5 2 (0.20%) SAP FI
6 1 (0.099%) SAP MM
6 1 (0.099%) Oracle Financials
6 1 (0.099%) SAP SD
6 1 (0.099%) SAP CO
6 1 (0.099%) SAP FI/CO
6 1 (0.099%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.099%) Line 500
6 1 (0.099%) Temenos T24
6 1 (0.099%) SAP Retail
6 1 (0.099%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 4 (0.40%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (0.30%) SaaS
2 3 (0.30%) Cloud Computing
3 2 (0.20%) Amazon EC2
3 2 (0.20%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (0.20%) PaaS
3 2 (0.20%) Amazon ElastiCache
3 2 (0.20%) HP Helion
3 2 (0.20%) AWS CloudFormation
3 2 (0.20%) Virtual Private Cloud
3 2 (0.20%) Google Analytics
4 1 (0.099%) Office 365
4 1 (0.099%) Force.com
Communications & Networking
1 37 (3.67%) SAN
2 29 (2.88%) Internet
3 21 (2.08%) iSCSI
3 21 (2.08%) FCoE
3 21 (2.08%) Fibre Channel
4 17 (1.69%) Firewall
5 15 (1.49%) TCP/IP
6 13 (1.29%) GSM
6 13 (1.29%) LTE
7 10 (0.99%) ATM
8 9 (0.89%) UMTS
8 9 (0.89%) 3G
8 9 (0.89%) 4G
8 9 (0.89%) Wireless
9 8 (0.79%) DAB
9 8 (0.79%) HTTP
9 8 (0.79%) VoIP
10 7 (0.69%) VPN
10 7 (0.69%) GPRS
11 6 (0.60%) CDMA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 69 (6.85%) SQL Server
2 33 (3.27%) Relational Database
3 23 (2.28%) Data Warehouse
4 19 (1.88%) SQL Server 2012
4 19 (1.88%) Oracle Database
5 16 (1.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 13 (1.29%) RDBMS
7 12 (1.19%) SQL Server 2008
8 11 (1.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 10 (0.99%) Data Mining
9 10 (0.99%) MySQL
9 10 (0.99%) NoSQL
10 8 (0.79%) Oracle Reports
11 7 (0.69%) SAP BW
11 7 (0.69%) SQL Server 2005
12 6 (0.60%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 6 (0.60%) JasperReports
13 5 (0.50%) Oracle Database 10g
13 5 (0.50%) Hadoop
14 4 (0.40%) DTS
Development Applications
1 104 (10.32%) Selenium
2 93 (9.23%) JIRA
3 66 (6.55%) Cucumber
4 63 (6.25%) HP UFT
5 48 (4.76%) Visual Studio
6 44 (4.37%) SoapUI
6 44 (4.37%) Team Foundation Server
7 43 (4.27%) LoadRunner
8 38 (3.77%) WebDriver
9 31 (3.08%) Git (software)
10 29 (2.88%) JUnit
11 27 (2.68%) Subversion
12 26 (2.58%) JMeter
13 25 (2.48%) Jenkins
14 20 (1.98%) SpecFlow
15 19 (1.88%) TestDirector
16 13 (1.29%) WinRunner
16 13 (1.29%) Eclipse
16 13 (1.29%) FitNesse
17 12 (1.19%) NUnit
General
1 263 (26.09%) Finance
2 123 (12.20%) Banking
3 63 (6.25%) Telecoms
4 53 (5.26%) Investment Banking
5 49 (4.86%) Retail
6 21 (2.08%) Legal
7 14 (1.39%) Back Office
8 12 (1.19%) Front Office
8 12 (1.19%) Games
8 12 (1.19%) Retail Banking
9 11 (1.09%) Manufacturing
10 10 (0.99%) Billing
11 9 (0.89%) Publishing
12 8 (0.79%) General Ledger
12 8 (0.79%) Marketing
13 7 (0.69%) Pharmaceutical
14 5 (0.50%) Electronics
14 5 (0.50%) Automotive
14 5 (0.50%) Advertising
15 4 (0.40%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 379 (37.60%) Analyst
2 316 (31.35%) Test Analyst
3 129 (12.80%) Developer
4 110 (10.91%) Tester
5 96 (9.52%) Test Manager
6 88 (8.73%) Test Leader
7 55 (5.46%) Test Engineer
8 52 (5.16%) Consultant
9 45 (4.46%) Senior Analyst
10 38 (3.77%) Test Consultant
10 38 (3.77%) Agile Test Analyst
11 35 (3.47%) Senior Test Analyst
12 32 (3.17%) Software Tester
13 29 (2.88%) Business Analyst
14 26 (2.58%) QA Analyst
15 23 (2.28%) AWS Developer
16 22 (2.18%) Architect
16 22 (2.18%) Software Engineer
17 21 (2.08%) Technical Analyst
18 20 (1.98%) Technical Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 146 (14.48%) .NET
2 103 (10.22%) XML
3 68 (6.75%) Web Services
4 58 (5.75%) HTML
5 51 (5.06%) SOAP
6 39 (3.87%) CSS
7 34 (3.37%) Gherkin
8 32 (3.17%) ASP.NET
9 28 (2.78%) .NET Framework
10 18 (1.79%) JSON
10 18 (1.79%) REST
11 16 (1.59%) Django
11 16 (1.59%) Middleware
12 15 (1.49%) J2EE
13 13 (1.29%) HTML5
14 11 (1.09%) Spring
15 10 (0.99%) XSLT
15 10 (0.99%) AngularJS
16 9 (0.89%) Sass
16 9 (0.89%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 90 (8.93%) Analytical Skills
2 34 (3.37%) Management Information System
3 29 (2.88%) Mobile App
4 22 (2.18%) User Experience
4 22 (2.18%) Fixed Income
5 19 (1.88%) New Media
6 16 (1.59%) Digital Media
7 15 (1.49%) Data Centre
8 14 (1.39%) PDA
9 13 (1.29%) Computer Science
9 13 (1.29%) Clustering
10 12 (1.19%) NHS
10 12 (1.19%) Smart Meter
11 11 (1.09%) SWIFT
11 11 (1.09%) Client/Server
12 10 (0.99%) EPoS
12 10 (0.99%) Device Driver
12 10 (0.99%) Enterprise Software
12 10 (0.99%) Algorithms
13 8 (0.79%) Credit Risk
Operating Systems
1 134 (13.29%) Windows
2 104 (10.32%) Linux
3 73 (7.24%) UNIX
4 41 (4.07%) AIX
5 35 (3.47%) Android
6 33 (3.27%) Windows 7
7 28 (2.78%) Apple iOS
8 24 (2.38%) Windows XP
9 23 (2.28%) Windows Server 2008
10 20 (1.98%) Windows Server 2003
11 9 (0.89%) Solaris
12 6 (0.60%) Ubuntu
13 5 (0.50%) Windows Server 2012
14 3 (0.30%) Embedded Linux
14 3 (0.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 1 (0.099%) CentOS
15 1 (0.099%) Oracle Linux
15 1 (0.099%) Tizen
15 1 (0.099%) Windows Phone 7
15 1 (0.099%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 380 (37.70%) Agile Software Development
2 211 (20.93%) Test Scripting
3 201 (19.94%) User Acceptance Testing
4 175 (17.36%) Test Automation
5 131 (13.00%) Test Management
6 125 (12.40%) SDLC
7 101 (10.02%) Scrum
8 93 (9.23%) Regression Testing
9 92 (9.13%) BDD
10 89 (8.83%) Waterfall
11 84 (8.33%) Manual Testing
12 82 (8.13%) Integration Testing
13 80 (7.94%) Test Planning
14 76 (7.54%) TDD
15 75 (7.44%) Test Strategy
16 71 (7.04%) Automated Testing
17 65 (6.45%) Security Testing
18 64 (6.35%) Validation
18 64 (6.35%) Migration
19 61 (6.05%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 291 (28.87%) SQL
2 161 (15.97%) Java
3 102 (10.12%) C#
4 69 (6.85%) JavaScript
5 55 (5.46%) Python
6 42 (4.17%) Perl
7 40 (3.97%) C++
8 30 (2.98%) T-SQL
9 27 (2.68%) C
10 25 (2.48%) Shell Script
11 24 (2.38%) VB
11 24 (2.38%) VBA
12 22 (2.18%) VB.NET
13 19 (1.88%) Ruby
14 16 (1.59%) VBScript
14 16 (1.59%) PL/SQL
15 10 (0.99%) F#
16 9 (0.89%) Bash Shell
16 9 (0.89%) PHP
17 8 (0.79%) Scala
Qualifications
1 259 (25.69%) ISEB
2 220 (21.83%) ISTQB
3 131 (13.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 101 (10.02%) Security Cleared
5 67 (6.65%) Degree
6 64 (6.35%) SC Cleared
7 27 (2.68%) ISEB Practitioner
8 23 (2.28%) DV Cleared
9 22 (2.18%) Microsoft Certification
10 20 (1.98%) MCSE
11 17 (1.69%) MCSA
12 15 (1.49%) MCITP
13 14 (1.39%) MCTS
14 9 (0.89%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
14 9 (0.89%) HND
14 9 (0.89%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 4 (0.40%) CISM
15 4 (0.40%) CTC Cleared
15 4 (0.40%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 3 (0.30%) CRISC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 161 (15.97%) QA
2 8 (0.79%) PCI DSS
3 7 (0.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.20%) FATCA
4 2 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 2 (0.20%) ISO 14001
4 2 (0.20%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 2 (0.20%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.099%) SLA
5 1 (0.099%) GCP
5 1 (0.099%) GMP
5 1 (0.099%) ISO 8583
5 1 (0.099%) HL7
5 1 (0.099%) DICOM
5 1 (0.099%) Solvency II
System Software
1 33 (3.27%) VMware Infrastructure
2 13 (1.29%) Hyper-V
2 13 (1.29%) VMware ESX
3 12 (1.19%) Active Directory
4 3 (0.30%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (0.20%) vSphere
6 1 (0.099%) Varnish
6 1 (0.099%) Snort
6 1 (0.099%) Squid
6 1 (0.099%) Oracle RAC
6 1 (0.099%) Firmware
6 1 (0.099%) NFS
Systems Management
1 144 (14.29%) HP Quality Center
2 13 (1.29%) McAfee ePO
3 11 (1.09%) Netcool
4 6 (0.60%) Tivoli
4 6 (0.60%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
5 4 (0.40%) BMC PATROL
6 3 (0.30%) Oracle RMAN
7 2 (0.20%) Puppet
7 2 (0.20%) CA LISA
7 2 (0.20%) Cisco UCCE
8 1 (0.099%) Ansible
8 1 (0.099%) Vagrant
8 1 (0.099%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (0.099%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
8 1 (0.099%) Nessus
8 1 (0.099%) Nmap
8 1 (0.099%) WebInspect
8 1 (0.099%) Data Guard
Vendors
1 151 (14.98%) Microsoft
2 107 (10.62%) Oracle
3 99 (9.82%) HP
4 55 (5.46%) VMware
5 41 (4.07%) Citrix
6 38 (3.77%) Veritas
7 28 (2.78%) SAP
8 23 (2.28%) IBM
9 13 (1.29%) McAfee
10 11 (1.09%) Perforce
10 11 (1.09%) Cisco
11 10 (0.99%) ATG
11 10 (0.99%) OpenText
12 8 (0.79%) Splunk
13 6 (0.60%) hybris
13 6 (0.60%) TIBCO
14 5 (0.50%) Progress
14 5 (0.50%) Atlassian
15 4 (0.40%) Symbian
15 4 (0.40%) Sybase
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