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 9 December 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
9 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Testing
Rank 317 210 257
Rank change year-on-year
-107 +47
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 349 647 480
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.70% 1.17% 0.85%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.85% 1.45% 1.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 208 344 278
Median daily rate £350 £345 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.44% -1.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £262 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £450 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £330 £330
% change year-on-year
-1.51% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 17 10
Median hourly rate £41.25 £29.00 £35.15
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+42.24% -17.49%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.68 £20.00 £12.82
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £42.20 £53.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.25 £29.00 £35.15
% change year-on-year
+42.24% -17.49%

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
40912 44753 43508
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 82.54% 81.19% 77.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 27248 29020 28335
Median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% +1.19%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £297 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £385
% change year-on-year
+3.12% +3.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1078 1335 1207
Median hourly rate £29.50 £30.15 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.15% +20.60%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.35 £11.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.25 £34.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-11.02% +36.00%

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 9 December 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 9 December 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 9 December 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 -102 296 £350 - 142
London -36 107 £425 +6.25% 46
South East +8 78 £263 -25.00% 20
Scotland -28 47 £275 -9.83% 1
South West -34 38 £350 +0.71% 11
Hampshire +9 29 £338 -3.57% 6
East of England 0 27 £325 +17.11% 23
Oxfordshire +19 23 £200 -27.27% 3
Oxford - 22 £200 - 2
North West -26 18 £375 +7.14% 16
Erskine -5 15 £270 -11.47%
City of London -6 15 £500 +31.14% 16
Renfrewshire -7 15 £270 -11.47%
Glasgow -9 14 £195 -38.09%
Gloucestershire +11 12 £550 +30.95% 3
Wiltshire 0 12 £363 +7.40% 1
Edinburgh -9 12 £325 - 1
Hertfordshire +5 11 £413 +57.89% 8
West Midlands -24 10 £350 +16.66% 10
Swindon +14 9 £363 +11.53% 1
Berkshire -12 9 £363 -6.45% 4
Suffolk +4 8 £300 -
Yorkshire -5 8 £388 +6.16% 10
East Midlands -7 8 £330 -7.36% 3
Manchester -34 8 £425 +21.42% 10
Leeds +21 7 £399 +1.59% 6
West Yorkshire +16 7 £399 +33.58% 9
Ipswich +6 7 £300 -
Cheltenham +3 6 £550 +51.72% 1
Andover +7 5 £400 -5.88% 1

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 9 December 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.

1 374 (51.59%) Agile Software Development
2 207 (28.55%) SQL
3 205 (28.28%) ISTQB
4 201 (27.72%) Test Scripting
5 181 (24.97%) ISEB
6 175 (24.14%) Selenium
7 168 (23.17%) Scrum
8 159 (21.93%) Finance
9 148 (20.41%) Java
10 146 (20.14%) QA
11 136 (18.76%) BDD
12 134 (18.48%) JIRA
13 133 (18.34%) Security Cleared
14 125 (17.24%) Regression Testing
15 111 (15.31%) User Acceptance Testing
16 106 (14.62%) Oracle
17 102 (14.07%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
18 101 (13.93%) SDLC
19 100 (13.79%) Windows
20 98 (13.52%) C#
21 97 (13.38%) Microsoft
22 96 (13.24%) SC Cleared
23 93 (12.83%) Linux
24 91 (12.55%) .NET
25 90 (12.41%) Manual Testing
26 84 (11.59%) Test Automation
27 78 (10.76%) Functional Testing
28 77 (10.62%) Analytical Skills
29 73 (10.07%) Cucumber
30 71 (9.79%) Waterfall

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 36 (4.97%) SharePoint
2 14 (1.93%) Tomcat
3 12 (1.66%) Apache
4 9 (1.24%) CMS
4 9 (1.24%) Confluence
4 9 (1.24%) IIS
5 5 (0.69%) SAS
6 4 (0.55%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 4 (0.55%) Apache Spark
6 4 (0.55%) JBoss
7 3 (0.41%) ColdFusion
7 3 (0.41%) Oracle HTTP Server
8 2 (0.28%) Apache Pig
8 2 (0.28%) BizTalk Server
8 2 (0.28%) Elasticsearch
8 2 (0.28%) OpenStack
8 2 (0.28%) SharePoint 2013
8 2 (0.28%) WebSphere
9 1 (0.14%) GlassFish
9 1 (0.14%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 46 (6.34%) MS Excel
2 43 (5.93%) MS Office
3 7 (0.97%) Spreadsheet
4 5 (0.69%) Mingle
4 5 (0.69%) MS PowerPoint
5 3 (0.41%) MS Project
6 2 (0.28%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.14%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 21 (2.90%) Dynamics CRM
2 19 (2.62%) Oracle Applications
3 10 (1.38%) Oracle EBS
4 8 (1.10%) Oracle EBS R12
5 5 (0.69%) Oracle General Ledger
5 5 (0.69%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 4 (0.55%) Oracle Assets
6 4 (0.55%) Oracle Internet Expenses
6 4 (0.55%) Oracle iProcurement
6 4 (0.55%) Oracle Payables
6 4 (0.55%) Oracle Receivables
7 3 (0.41%) Oracle Financials
7 3 (0.41%) TRIRIGA
8 2 (0.28%) Dynamics AX
8 2 (0.28%) FLEXCUBE
8 2 (0.28%) SAP HCM
8 2 (0.28%) SAP HR
8 2 (0.28%) Sonata
8 2 (0.28%) Temenos T24
8 2 (0.28%) VisionPLUS
Cloud Services
1 26 (3.59%) Office 365
2 9 (1.24%) Amazon AWS
3 7 (0.97%) Microsoft Azure
4 6 (0.83%) GitHub
4 6 (0.83%) SuccessFactors
5 5 (0.69%) Google Cloud Platform
6 3 (0.41%) SaaS
7 2 (0.28%) Adobe Analytics
7 2 (0.28%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (0.28%) Google App Engine
7 2 (0.28%) IaaS
7 2 (0.28%) PaaS
7 2 (0.28%) Sumo Logic
8 1 (0.14%) Amazon EC2
8 1 (0.14%) Amazon ELB
8 1 (0.14%) Amazon S3
8 1 (0.14%) AWS Lambda
8 1 (0.14%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 17 (2.34%) Internet
2 15 (2.07%) HTTP
3 10 (1.38%) TCP/IP
4 9 (1.24%) Network Security
4 9 (1.24%) VoIP
5 7 (0.97%) Firewall
6 5 (0.69%) Ethernet
7 4 (0.55%) FTP
7 4 (0.55%) Intrusion Detection
7 4 (0.55%) LAN
7 4 (0.55%) VLAN
7 4 (0.55%) WAN
7 4 (0.55%) Wi-Fi
8 3 (0.41%) DNS
8 3 (0.41%) Multicast
8 3 (0.41%) Wireshark
9 2 (0.28%) 4G
9 2 (0.28%) SSL
9 2 (0.28%) Wireless
10 1 (0.14%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 66 (9.10%) SQL Server
2 37 (5.10%) Relational Database
3 28 (3.86%) Oracle Database
4 26 (3.59%) Oracle Reports
5 25 (3.45%) Data Warehouse
6 13 (1.79%) RDBMS
7 9 (1.24%) ObjectStore
8 8 (1.10%) Hadoop
8 8 (1.10%) Oracle Database 11g
9 7 (0.97%) MySQL
10 6 (0.83%) PostgreSQL
10 6 (0.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 5 (0.69%) Big Data
11 5 (0.69%) SQL Server 2005
11 5 (0.69%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 4 (0.55%) Apache Cassandra
12 4 (0.55%) NoSQL
12 4 (0.55%) Oracle BI EE
13 3 (0.41%) Spotfire
13 3 (0.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 175 (24.14%) Selenium
2 134 (18.48%) JIRA
3 73 (10.07%) Cucumber
4 60 (8.28%) WebDriver
5 58 (8.00%) Team Foundation Server
6 49 (6.76%) HP UFT
7 48 (6.62%) Git (software)
8 45 (6.21%) SpecFlow
9 41 (5.66%) Jenkins
10 37 (5.10%) Visual Studio
11 31 (4.28%) Subversion
12 30 (4.14%) SoapUI
13 25 (3.45%) Maven
14 24 (3.31%) LoadRunner
15 22 (3.03%) JMeter
16 21 (2.90%) JBehave
16 21 (2.90%) StarTeam
17 19 (2.62%) TeamCity
18 16 (2.21%) JIRA Agile
18 16 (2.21%) JUnit
General
1 159 (21.93%) Finance
2 45 (6.21%) Banking
3 32 (4.41%) Retail
4 27 (3.72%) Law
5 16 (2.21%) Telecoms
6 12 (1.66%) Front Office
6 12 (1.66%) Marketing
7 8 (1.10%) Manufacturing
8 7 (0.97%) Electronics
9 6 (0.83%) Investment Banking
9 6 (0.83%) Retail Banking
10 5 (0.69%) Financial Institution
10 5 (0.69%) Games
10 5 (0.69%) Pharmaceutical
11 4 (0.55%) Automotive
11 4 (0.55%) Back Office
12 3 (0.41%) Advertising
12 3 (0.41%) French Language
12 3 (0.41%) German Language
12 3 (0.41%) Legal
Job Titles
1 247 (34.07%) Analyst
2 209 (28.83%) Test Analyst
3 162 (22.34%) Tester
4 75 (10.34%) Developer
5 66 (9.10%) Test Engineer
6 52 (7.17%) Automation Tester
7 48 (6.62%) Software Tester
8 40 (5.52%) Test Leader
9 39 (5.38%) Test Manager
10 30 (4.14%) Automation Test Analyst
11 25 (3.45%) Software Test Engineer
12 23 (3.17%) Consultant
12 23 (3.17%) Senior Analyst
12 23 (3.17%) Senior Test Analyst
13 21 (2.90%) SQL Analyst
14 20 (2.76%) Scrum Master
15 19 (2.62%) Business Analyst
15 19 (2.62%) Financial Analyst
16 17 (2.34%) Infrastructure Analyst
17 15 (2.07%) Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 91 (12.55%) .NET
2 53 (7.31%) XML
3 46 (6.34%) HTML
4 44 (6.07%) Gherkin
5 42 (5.79%) Web Services
6 22 (3.03%) Velocity
7 20 (2.76%) CSS
8 18 (2.48%) SOAP
9 17 (2.34%) REST
10 15 (2.07%) RESTful
11 14 (1.93%) AngularJS
11 14 (1.93%) ASP.NET
11 14 (1.93%) HTML5
11 14 (1.93%) jQuery
11 14 (1.93%) JSON
11 14 (1.93%) Spring
12 12 (1.66%) Hibernate
13 9 (1.24%) Node.js
14 7 (0.97%) CSS3
14 7 (0.97%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 77 (10.62%) Analytical Skills
2 29 (4.00%) Computer Science
3 27 (3.72%) Management Information System
4 24 (3.31%) Mobile App
5 22 (3.03%) Clustering
6 16 (2.21%) Virtual Team
7 14 (1.93%) Fixed Income
8 13 (1.79%) User Experience
9 10 (1.38%) Client/Server
9 10 (1.38%) Equities
10 7 (0.97%) EPoS
10 7 (0.97%) Mathematics
10 7 (0.97%) Video Conferencing
11 6 (0.83%) Algorithms
11 6 (0.83%) Enterprise Software
12 5 (0.69%) AS400
12 5 (0.69%) e-Learning
12 5 (0.69%) Reinsurance
12 5 (0.69%) Statistics
13 4 (0.55%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 100 (13.79%) Windows
2 93 (12.83%) Linux
3 50 (6.90%) Unix
4 32 (4.41%) AIX
5 31 (4.28%) Windows XP
6 29 (4.00%) Windows 10
6 29 (4.00%) Windows Server 2008
7 28 (3.86%) Windows Server 2003
7 28 (3.86%) Windows Server 2012
8 27 (3.72%) Windows 7
9 26 (3.59%) Apple iOS
10 25 (3.45%) Android
11 12 (1.66%) Windows Server
12 10 (1.38%) HPUX
12 10 (1.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 10 (1.38%) Solaris
13 4 (0.55%) Ubuntu
14 2 (0.28%) CentOS
14 2 (0.28%) CoreOS
14 2 (0.28%) Fedora
Processes & Methodologies
1 374 (51.59%) Agile Software Development
2 201 (27.72%) Test Scripting
3 168 (23.17%) Scrum
4 136 (18.76%) BDD
5 125 (17.24%) Regression Testing
6 111 (15.31%) User Acceptance Testing
7 101 (13.93%) SDLC
8 90 (12.41%) Manual Testing
9 84 (11.59%) Test Automation
10 78 (10.76%) Functional Testing
11 71 (9.79%) Automated Testing
11 71 (9.79%) TDD
11 71 (9.79%) Waterfall
12 68 (9.38%) Defect Tracking
13 63 (8.69%) Test Strategy
14 61 (8.41%) Automation Testing
15 60 (8.28%) Migration
15 60 (8.28%) Software Engineering
16 57 (7.86%) Integration Testing
16 57 (7.86%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 207 (28.55%) SQL
2 148 (20.41%) Java
3 98 (13.52%) C#
4 71 (9.79%) Python
5 49 (6.76%) JavaScript
6 40 (5.52%) C++
7 33 (4.55%) F#
8 30 (4.14%) Ruby
9 24 (3.31%) C
9 24 (3.31%) Perl
10 23 (3.17%) PHP
10 23 (3.17%) VBScript
11 12 (1.66%) Bash Shell
12 10 (1.38%) PL/SQL
12 10 (1.38%) T-SQL
13 8 (1.10%) Shell Script
13 8 (1.10%) VB
14 6 (0.83%) PowerShell
15 5 (0.69%) VB.NET
16 4 (0.55%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 205 (28.28%) ISTQB
2 181 (24.97%) ISEB
3 133 (18.34%) Security Cleared
4 102 (14.07%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 96 (13.24%) SC Cleared
6 50 (6.90%) Degree
7 25 (3.45%) Microsoft Certification
8 24 (3.31%) MCSE
9 23 (3.17%) MCSA
9 23 (3.17%) MCTS
10 22 (3.03%) DV Cleared
10 22 (3.03%) MCITP
11 8 (1.10%) BPSS Clearance
11 8 (1.10%) ISEB Practitioner
12 5 (0.69%) DBS Check
12 5 (0.69%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 5 (0.69%) PhD
13 2 (0.28%) CCNA
13 2 (0.28%) CISM
13 2 (0.28%) Siebel Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 146 (20.14%) QA
2 13 (1.79%) Disclosure Scotland
3 9 (1.24%) SDET
4 5 (0.69%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.28%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 2 (0.28%) Basel III
5 2 (0.28%) COREP
5 2 (0.28%) GMP
5 2 (0.28%) SLA
5 2 (0.28%) WCAG
6 1 (0.14%) COBIT
6 1 (0.14%) Def Stans
6 1 (0.14%) GCP
6 1 (0.14%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.14%) ISO26262
6 1 (0.14%) SEPA
6 1 (0.14%) Solvency II
6 1 (0.14%) TickIT
System Software
1 37 (5.10%) Active Directory
2 27 (3.72%) Hyper-V
3 5 (0.69%) Docker
3 5 (0.69%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (0.55%) Snort
5 2 (0.28%) HDFS
5 2 (0.28%) VirtualBox
6 1 (0.14%) Firmware
6 1 (0.14%) Varnish
6 1 (0.14%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.14%) VMware ESX
6 1 (0.14%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 68 (9.38%) HP Quality Center
2 22 (3.03%) McAfee ePO
2 22 (3.03%) Netcool
3 5 (0.69%) HP SiteScope
3 5 (0.69%) Nagios
3 5 (0.69%) Opscode Chef
4 4 (0.55%) Kubernetes
5 3 (0.41%) Puppet
5 3 (0.41%) TeMIP
6 2 (0.28%) Ansible
6 2 (0.28%) Cisco IPCC
6 2 (0.28%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 2 (0.28%) OVPA
6 2 (0.28%) Salt
6 2 (0.28%) ZABBIX
7 1 (0.14%) SCCM
7 1 (0.14%) SCOM
7 1 (0.14%) WSUS
7 1 (0.14%) yum
Vendors
1 106 (14.62%) Oracle
2 97 (13.38%) Microsoft
3 68 (9.38%) HP
4 24 (3.31%) Citrix
5 22 (3.03%) Intel Security
5 22 (3.03%) Veritas
6 18 (2.48%) Atlassian
7 15 (2.07%) SAP
8 11 (1.52%) Red Hat
9 10 (1.38%) EMC
10 8 (1.10%) IBM
11 6 (0.83%) Cloudera
11 6 (0.83%) Xamarin
12 5 (0.69%) Canon
12 5 (0.69%) Google
12 5 (0.69%) Splunk
12 5 (0.69%) VMware
13 4 (0.55%) Guidewire
13 4 (0.55%) Sourcefire
14 3 (0.41%) Tektronix
London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 5 hours ago
London
Austin Fraser
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
Watford, Hertfordshire
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £Market Rates
Posted: 3 hours ago
West London
Talent Spa
Rate: £500 - 550 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
London
Reed Technology
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
onezeero.
Rate: £400 - £500 per day + pension + bonus
Posted: Yesterday
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £15 - £20 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Brightred Resourcing Limited
Rate: From £450 to £500 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Somerset
Spring Technology
Rate: £300 - £320 per day + + SC Clearance
Posted: 2 days ago
Belfast, County Antrim
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £10.00 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Bath, Avon
Syntax Consultancy Ltd
Rate: From £30 to £40 per hour 30-40 ph (DOE)
Posted: 4 days ago
Worthing, West Sussex
Sogeti
Rate: Competitive Day Rate
Posted: 15 days ago
West London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Andover
People Source Consulting
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 23 days ago
London
CPS Group Limited
Rate: £450 - £600 per day
Posted: 22 days ago