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 29 April 2016 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.

3 months to
29 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Testing
Rank 261 250 234
Rank change year-on-year
-11 -16
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 505 493 516
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.90% 0.88% 0.94%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.11% 1.12% 1.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 299 227 308
Average daily rate £340 £325 £333
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.61% -2.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £220 £209
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £472 £476
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £310 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.83% -4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 16 14
Average hourly rate £38.50 £35.00 £37.65
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.00% -7.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.00 £16.75 £23.46
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.90 £40.00 £40.70
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.50 £35.00 £37.25
% change year-on-year
+10.00% -6.04%

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
45554 43915 42300
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 81.54% 78.78% 77.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 30085 27355 26388
Average daily rate £438 £413 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £280 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1044 1272 1188
Average hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.35 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.82 £47.83 £52.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £30.50 £31.50
% change year-on-year
+18.03% -3.17%

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 29 April 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 29 April 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 29 April 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 -14 425 £350 +7.69% 165
London -43 137 £400 - 46
South East -14 98 £350 +16.66% 30
Scotland -7 64 £273 -16.07% 4
North West +5 49 £340 +6.25% 29
South West +26 46 £325 -18.75% 11
Edinburgh +1 34 £290 +10.47% 4
Hampshire +4 33 £350 -5.72% 7
Yorkshire +1 28 £319 -17.47% 22
City of London +46 24 £288 -17.85% 15
Wiltshire +17 23 £300 -34.78% 2
North East -7 23 £325 - 2
Tyne and Wear -14 20 £331 +1.92% 2
Cheshire +12 19 £450 -14.28% 4
West Yorkshire -8 19 £300 -22.82% 19
West Midlands -9 19 £280 +1.81% 9
Renfrewshire -20 19 £269 -17.38%
Erskine -23 19 £269 -17.38%
Manchester -5 18 £328 +19.09% 20
Newcastle upon Tyne -18 18 £331 +1.92% 2
Leeds -2 17 £300 -23.07% 10
Warrington +5 16 £450 -14.28%
Berkshire -3 16 £375 +44.23% 7
Kent -13 16 £210 -
Buckinghamshire +20 15 £388 +31.35% 6
Reading -4 15 £375 - 3
Milton Keynes +6 13 £388 +31.35% 3
East Midlands +6 13 £700 +112.12% 4
Winchester 0 13 £413 -
East of England -9 12 £388 +33.62% 9

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, 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.

1 445 (43.12%) Agile Software Development
2 351 (34.01%) SQL
3 318 (30.81%) ISTQB
4 264 (25.58%) ISEB
5 252 (24.42%) Finance
6 228 (22.09%) Test Scripting
7 212 (20.54%) QA
8 181 (17.54%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 180 (17.44%) Test Automation
10 171 (16.57%) JIRA
11 170 (16.47%) Java
12 164 (15.89%) Windows
13 156 (15.12%) Microsoft
14 153 (14.83%) Scrum
15 150 (14.53%) Selenium
15 150 (14.53%) User Acceptance Testing
16 147 (14.24%) SDLC
17 146 (14.15%) HP Quality Center
18 138 (13.37%) Functional Testing
19 129 (12.50%) Security Cleared
20 128 (12.40%) Waterfall
21 124 (12.02%) HP UFT
22 123 (11.92%) Linux
23 122 (11.82%) Oracle
23 122 (11.82%) Regression Testing
24 118 (11.43%) TDD
24 118 (11.43%) Automated Testing
25 115 (11.14%) SQL Server
25 115 (11.14%) C#
26 112 (10.85%) Defect Management

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, 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 33 (3.20%) JBoss
2 18 (1.74%) Elasticsearch
3 13 (1.26%) Apache
4 10 (0.97%) SharePoint
5 9 (0.87%) WebLogic
6 8 (0.78%) IIS
7 6 (0.58%) Confluence
7 6 (0.58%) SAS
8 5 (0.48%) BizTalk Server
8 5 (0.48%) MS Exchange
8 5 (0.48%) nginx
8 5 (0.48%) SharePoint 2013
8 5 (0.48%) Skype for Business
8 5 (0.48%) Tomcat
9 4 (0.39%) Apache Pig
9 4 (0.39%) Oracle HTTP Server
9 4 (0.39%) WebSphere
10 3 (0.29%) ATG Dynamo
10 3 (0.29%) CMS
11 1 (0.097%) FileNet
Applications
1 93 (9.01%) MS Excel
2 61 (5.91%) MS Office
3 21 (2.03%) MS Project
4 15 (1.45%) MS Visio
5 5 (0.48%) Mingle
6 4 (0.39%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.097%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.097%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 6 (0.58%) Dynamics AX
1 6 (0.58%) SAP FI
2 5 (0.48%) Dynamics CRM
3 4 (0.39%) Magento
3 4 (0.39%) Oracle ERP
3 4 (0.39%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 3 (0.29%) Oracle EBS R12
5 2 (0.19%) Markit EDM
5 2 (0.19%) Oracle Assets
5 2 (0.19%) Oracle EBS
5 2 (0.19%) Oracle Payables
5 2 (0.19%) Oracle Receivables
5 2 (0.19%) SAP BPC
5 2 (0.19%) SAP CO
5 2 (0.19%) SAP FI/CO
5 2 (0.19%) SAP HR
5 2 (0.19%) SimCorp Dimension
5 2 (0.19%) Temenos T24
6 1 (0.097%) MultiFonds
6 1 (0.097%) Oracle 11i
Cloud Services
1 9 (0.87%) Amazon AWS
2 8 (0.78%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (0.29%) Amazon EC2
3 3 (0.29%) Amazon ELB
3 3 (0.29%) Amazon S3
4 2 (0.19%) SaaS
5 1 (0.097%) GitHub
5 1 (0.097%) IaaS
5 1 (0.097%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 40 (3.88%) HTTP
2 25 (2.42%) Internet
3 17 (1.65%) TCP/IP
4 14 (1.36%) DNS
5 12 (1.16%) VPN
6 11 (1.07%) SAN
6 11 (1.07%) VLAN
7 9 (0.87%) BGP
7 9 (0.87%) DHCP
7 9 (0.87%) IPsec
7 9 (0.87%) IPv6
7 9 (0.87%) Software-Defined Networking
8 8 (0.78%) FCoE
8 8 (0.78%) Fibre Channel
8 8 (0.78%) iSCSI
9 7 (0.68%) SSL
10 6 (0.58%) Bluetooth
10 6 (0.58%) FTP
10 6 (0.58%) Remote Desktop
10 6 (0.58%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 115 (11.14%) SQL Server
2 64 (6.20%) Relational Database
3 37 (3.59%) Data Warehouse
4 34 (3.29%) NoSQL
5 33 (3.20%) Oracle Database
5 33 (3.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 30 (2.91%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 25 (2.42%) RDBMS
8 17 (1.65%) Data Mining
9 16 (1.55%) Oracle Reports
9 16 (1.55%) SQL Server 2012
10 14 (1.36%) MySQL
10 14 (1.36%) SQL Server 2008
11 13 (1.26%) PostgreSQL
12 10 (0.97%) DB2
13 9 (0.87%) SQL Server 2005
14 8 (0.78%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 7 (0.68%) Oracle BI EE
15 7 (0.68%) Oracle Database 11g
16 6 (0.58%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 171 (16.57%) JIRA
2 150 (14.53%) Selenium
3 124 (12.02%) HP UFT
4 84 (8.14%) Cucumber
5 57 (5.52%) WebDriver
6 54 (5.23%) Team Foundation Server
7 52 (5.04%) Subversion
8 42 (4.07%) TestDirector
9 41 (3.97%) LoadRunner
10 39 (3.78%) WinRunner
11 35 (3.39%) SoapUI
12 34 (3.29%) Visual Studio
13 32 (3.10%) Git (software)
14 31 (3.00%) SpecFlow
15 29 (2.81%) Jenkins
16 15 (1.45%) Toad
17 14 (1.36%) Capybara
17 14 (1.36%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
18 12 (1.16%) JUnit
19 11 (1.07%) TestComplete
General
1 252 (24.42%) Finance
2 109 (10.56%) Banking
3 73 (7.07%) Retail
4 35 (3.39%) Telecoms
5 31 (3.00%) Retail Banking
6 25 (2.42%) Marketing
7 23 (2.23%) Law
8 15 (1.45%) Games
9 13 (1.26%) Investment Banking
10 9 (0.87%) General Ledger
11 8 (0.78%) Electronics
12 7 (0.68%) Automotive
12 7 (0.68%) Manufacturing
13 5 (0.48%) Legal
13 5 (0.48%) Military
14 4 (0.39%) Advertising
14 4 (0.39%) Financial Institution
14 4 (0.39%) Front Office
14 4 (0.39%) Online Betting
15 3 (0.29%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 390 (37.79%) Analyst
2 364 (35.27%) Test Analyst
3 137 (13.28%) Tester
4 136 (13.18%) Developer
5 88 (8.53%) Test Engineer
6 76 (7.36%) Test Leader
7 67 (6.49%) Test Manager
8 45 (4.36%) Automation Test Analyst
9 34 (3.29%) Automation Tester
10 33 (3.20%) Senior Analyst
11 30 (2.91%) Consultant
11 30 (2.91%) Python Developer
11 30 (2.91%) Senior Test Analyst
12 25 (2.42%) Agile Test Analyst
12 25 (2.42%) Banking Analyst
12 25 (2.42%) Infrastructure Analyst
12 25 (2.42%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
12 25 (2.42%) SQL Analyst
12 25 (2.42%) SQL Developer
13 24 (2.33%) Test Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 110 (10.66%) XML
2 84 (8.14%) .NET
3 80 (7.75%) HTML
4 57 (5.52%) Web Services
5 44 (4.26%) CSS
6 38 (3.68%) SOAP
7 31 (3.00%) JSON
8 27 (2.62%) REST
8 27 (2.62%) RESTful
9 26 (2.52%) ASP.NET
10 25 (2.42%) .NET Framework
11 23 (2.23%) Spring
12 20 (1.94%) Gherkin
13 18 (1.74%) HTML5
13 18 (1.74%) Java EE
14 17 (1.65%) CSS3
14 17 (1.65%) Hibernate
15 14 (1.36%) Entity Framework
16 13 (1.26%) jQuery
17 12 (1.16%) ActiveMQ
Miscellaneous
1 111 (10.76%) Analytical Skills
2 35 (3.39%) Clustering
3 32 (3.10%) Computer Science
3 32 (3.10%) PDA
3 32 (3.10%) User Experience
4 31 (3.00%) Management Information System
5 23 (2.23%) Data Centre
5 23 (2.23%) Mobile App
6 14 (1.36%) Device Driver
6 14 (1.36%) Mainframe
7 13 (1.26%) Data Extraction
7 13 (1.26%) Smart Meter
8 11 (1.07%) Data Integration
8 11 (1.07%) Fixed Income
8 11 (1.07%) IPTV
8 11 (1.07%) NHS
8 11 (1.07%) SWIFT
9 10 (0.97%) Video Conferencing
10 9 (0.87%) Inversion of Control
10 9 (0.87%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 164 (15.89%) Windows
2 123 (11.92%) Linux
3 82 (7.95%) Unix
4 50 (4.84%) Windows 7
5 47 (4.55%) Windows Server 2003
5 47 (4.55%) Windows Server 2008
6 46 (4.46%) Windows XP
7 44 (4.26%) AIX
8 28 (2.71%) Android
8 28 (2.71%) Windows Server
9 22 (2.13%) Apple iOS
10 13 (1.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 12 (1.16%) Mac OS X
12 10 (0.97%) Ubuntu
12 10 (0.97%) Windows Server 2012
13 6 (0.58%) Embedded Linux
13 6 (0.58%) Windows 10
14 3 (0.29%) Solaris
15 2 (0.19%) Fedora
15 2 (0.19%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 445 (43.12%) Agile Software Development
2 228 (22.09%) Test Scripting
3 180 (17.44%) Test Automation
4 153 (14.83%) Scrum
5 150 (14.53%) User Acceptance Testing
6 147 (14.24%) SDLC
7 138 (13.37%) Functional Testing
8 128 (12.40%) Waterfall
9 122 (11.82%) Regression Testing
10 118 (11.43%) Automated Testing
10 118 (11.43%) TDD
11 112 (10.85%) Defect Management
12 107 (10.37%) Test Strategy
13 99 (9.59%) Test Management
14 93 (9.01%) BDD
15 83 (8.04%) Integration Testing
15 83 (8.04%) Manual Testing
15 83 (8.04%) Security Testing
16 81 (7.85%) Information Assurance
17 78 (7.56%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 351 (34.01%) SQL
2 170 (16.47%) Java
3 115 (11.14%) C#
4 93 (9.01%) Python
5 78 (7.56%) JavaScript
6 50 (4.84%) C++
7 44 (4.26%) Ruby
8 42 (4.07%) C
9 38 (3.68%) VB
10 32 (3.10%) Perl
11 29 (2.81%) VBScript
12 28 (2.71%) T-SQL
13 27 (2.62%) PowerShell
14 26 (2.52%) PL/SQL
15 16 (1.55%) PHP
16 15 (1.45%) Shell Script
17 14 (1.36%) VB.NET
18 9 (0.87%) VBA
19 8 (0.78%) Bash Shell
20 6 (0.58%) Embedded C++
Qualifications
1 318 (30.81%) ISTQB
2 264 (25.58%) ISEB
3 181 (17.54%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 129 (12.50%) Security Cleared
5 76 (7.36%) Degree
6 64 (6.20%) SC Cleared
7 47 (4.55%) Microsoft Certification
8 45 (4.36%) MCSE
9 44 (4.26%) MCSA
10 38 (3.68%) MCTS
11 36 (3.49%) MCITP
12 27 (2.62%) DV Cleared
13 17 (1.65%) ISEB Practitioner
14 14 (1.36%) BPSS Clearance
14 14 (1.36%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
15 6 (0.58%) MCSD
16 5 (0.48%) PRINCE2 Certification
17 4 (0.39%) HND
17 4 (0.39%) ITIL Certification
18 3 (0.29%) SAS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 212 (20.54%) QA
2 23 (2.23%) Disclosure Scotland
3 13 (1.26%) HL7
4 7 (0.68%) FATCA
5 6 (0.58%) ISO 9001
5 6 (0.58%) SLA
6 3 (0.29%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 3 (0.29%) Data Quality
6 3 (0.29%) DICOM
6 3 (0.29%) PCI DSS
7 2 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 2 (0.19%) SDET
8 1 (0.097%) GAAP
8 1 (0.097%) GMP
8 1 (0.097%) IEC 61508
8 1 (0.097%) Solvency II
System Software
1 48 (4.65%) Active Directory
2 45 (4.36%) Hyper-V
3 36 (3.49%) VMware ESX
4 33 (3.20%) VMware Infrastructure
5 4 (0.39%) vSphere
6 2 (0.19%) HDFS
6 2 (0.19%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.097%) Firmware
7 1 (0.097%) NFS
7 1 (0.097%) SRDF
Systems Management
1 146 (14.15%) HP Quality Center
2 35 (3.39%) McAfee ePO
2 35 (3.39%) Netcool
3 13 (1.26%) HP SiteScope
4 9 (0.87%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 3 (0.29%) Ansible
5 3 (0.29%) nmon
5 3 (0.29%) Opscode Chef
5 3 (0.29%) Puppet
5 3 (0.29%) yum
6 2 (0.19%) BMC PATROL
7 1 (0.097%) Oozie
7 1 (0.097%) SCCM
7 1 (0.097%) SCOM
7 1 (0.097%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 1 (0.097%) WMI
Vendors
1 156 (15.12%) Microsoft
2 122 (11.82%) Oracle
3 95 (9.21%) HP
4 62 (6.01%) VMware
5 52 (5.04%) Citrix
6 45 (4.36%) Veritas
7 41 (3.97%) SAP
8 35 (3.39%) Intel Security
9 16 (1.55%) IBM
10 14 (1.36%) Red Hat
11 10 (0.97%) Cognos
12 9 (0.87%) Rally
13 8 (0.78%) Cisco
13 8 (0.78%) Informatica
13 8 (0.78%) Kronos
14 7 (0.68%) RedGate
15 6 (0.58%) ATG
15 6 (0.58%) Atlassian
16 5 (0.48%) Murex
16 5 (0.48%) Perforce
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Coburg Banks IT
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
London
iKas International
Rate: £550 - £600 per day
Posted: 21 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £280 - £300 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Cheltenham
Capita Defence & Security Resourcing
Rate: £425 - £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Milton Keynes
Capita Defence & Security Resourcing
Rate: £400 - £550 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Pioneer Search
Rate: £400 - £550 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
West London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £450.00 - £490.00 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Reading
Progressive Recruitment
Rate: competitive
Posted: 8 days ago
Milton Keynes
People Source Consulting
Rate: £290 - £300 per day
Posted: 11 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
NCC Group
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 16 days ago
London
NCC Group
Rate: Up to £450 Per Day Maximum
Posted: 22 days ago