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 2 September 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
2 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 245 256 266
Rank change year-on-year
+11 +10
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 458 393 404
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.81% 0.74% 0.70%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.09% 1.00% 0.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 227 239 216
Average daily rate
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£330 £334 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.12% +11.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £232 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £435 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
- +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 16 21
Average hourly rate £35.00 £32.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+9.37% -8.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.75 £11.00 £16.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.75 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.25 £11.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+215.21% -67.14%

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
42045 39415 41397
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.46% 73.73% 71.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 26091 24205 23959
Average daily rate £410 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.50% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £360
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1165 1093 1499
Average hourly rate £25.00 £29.00 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.79% -6.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.45 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £30.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-11.66% -3.22%

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 2 September 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 2 September 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 2 September 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 +3 399 £335 -2.89% 172
London +18 148 £350 -7.28% 31
South East -26 96 £330 +3.12% 42
Scotland +21 37 £294 -9.61% 9
South West -24 34 £349 -1.06% 19
Hampshire -14 31 £375 -3.22% 10
City of London +23 29 £400 - 5
North West +5 25 £310 +3.33% 27
West Midlands +2 24 £290 -17.14% 13
Berkshire -7 21 £378 +21.77% 8
Surrey +3 19 £345 -13.75% 12
East of England -25 19 £363 +3.57% 13
East Midlands +10 16 £295 +1.72% 3
West Yorkshire +7 15 £340 +3.03% 4
Yorkshire +3 15 £340 +3.03% 16
North East -6 15 £358 - 7
Manchester -2 14 £325 +8.33% 25
Wales -10 14 £325 +21.26% 7
Tyne and Wear -12 14 £358 - 7
Newcastle upon Tyne -12 14 £358 - 6
Buckinghamshire -2 13 £269 -11.66% 2
Edinburgh -4 12 £265 - 6
South Wales -5 12 £325 +23.80% 6
Milton Keynes -7 11 £268 -12.07% 1
Slough +11 10 £233 - 1
Glasgow -11 10 £338 +17.39%
Coventry - 10 £250 -
Bristol -16 9 £375 +1.35% 8
Cheshire - 9 £310 -
Leeds +5 8 £363 +6.61% 3

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 September 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.

1 363 (37.15%) ISEB
2 314 (32.14%) ISTQB
3 300 (30.71%) SQL
4 283 (28.97%) Test Scripting
5 237 (24.26%) HP Quality Center
6 234 (23.95%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 225 (23.03%) QA
8 202 (20.68%) Agile Software Development
9 200 (20.47%) User Acceptance Testing
10 188 (19.24%) Scrum
11 184 (18.83%) Finance
12 176 (18.01%) Security Cleared
13 164 (16.79%) Microsoft
14 160 (16.38%) Selenium
15 152 (15.56%) HP
15 152 (15.56%) Automated Testing
16 150 (15.35%) Java
17 145 (14.84%) .NET
18 137 (14.02%) Oracle
18 137 (14.02%) Test Automation
19 136 (13.92%) Windows
20 135 (13.82%) SC Cleared
21 125 (12.79%) C#
22 123 (12.59%) Test Strategy
23 122 (12.49%) Test Management
24 111 (11.36%) BDD
24 111 (11.36%) UNIX
25 110 (11.26%) Team Foundation Server
26 106 (10.85%) Linux
26 106 (10.85%) QuickTest Pro

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 2 September 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 45 (4.61%) SharePoint
2 11 (1.13%) CMS
3 6 (0.61%) WebLogic
3 6 (0.61%) BizTalk Server
4 5 (0.51%) Apache
4 5 (0.51%) Oracle Workflow
4 5 (0.51%) WebSphere
4 5 (0.51%) SharePoint 2010
5 3 (0.31%) Mule
5 3 (0.31%) Documentum
5 3 (0.31%) SharePoint Server
6 2 (0.20%) WordPress
6 2 (0.20%) SharePoint 2013
6 2 (0.20%) Tornado
7 1 (0.10%) EPiServer CMS
7 1 (0.10%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 1 (0.10%) SAS
7 1 (0.10%) Oracle BPEL
7 1 (0.10%) Jetty
7 1 (0.10%) Oracle Spatial
Applications
1 85 (8.70%) MS Excel
2 51 (5.22%) MS Office
3 14 (1.43%) MS PowerPoint
4 13 (1.33%) MS Project
5 12 (1.23%) MS Visio
6 4 (0.41%) Mingle
7 3 (0.31%) Spreadsheet
8 2 (0.20%) Stata
8 2 (0.20%) PowerPivot
9 1 (0.10%) AutoCAD
9 1 (0.10%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 48 (4.91%) Oracle EBS
2 14 (1.43%) DELMIA
3 12 (1.23%) ENOVIA
4 10 (1.02%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 8 (0.82%) Dynamics GP
6 7 (0.72%) Dynamics CRM
7 4 (0.41%) JDE OneWorld
8 3 (0.31%) Oracle Financials
8 3 (0.31%) Oracle Payables
8 3 (0.31%) Oracle Receivables
9 2 (0.20%) Oracle Cash Management
9 2 (0.20%) Oracle General Ledger
9 2 (0.20%) Magento
9 2 (0.20%) Dynamics AX
9 2 (0.20%) SAP MM
9 2 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
9 2 (0.20%) SAP SD
9 2 (0.20%) Oracle ERP
9 2 (0.20%) Oracle Applications
9 2 (0.20%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 14 (1.43%) Office 365
2 5 (0.51%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (0.20%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (0.20%) PaaS
3 2 (0.20%) Amazon SQS
4 1 (0.10%) GitHub
4 1 (0.10%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.10%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 60 (6.14%) TCP/IP
2 44 (4.50%) HTTPS
3 40 (4.09%) HTTP
4 39 (3.99%) DNS
5 29 (2.97%) Internet
6 27 (2.76%) Wireshark
7 26 (2.66%) SSL
8 20 (2.05%) SAN
9 10 (1.02%) DVB
10 9 (0.92%) Firewall
11 7 (0.72%) 2G
11 7 (0.72%) 4G
12 6 (0.61%) Network Security
12 6 (0.61%) 3G
12 6 (0.61%) Ethernet
12 6 (0.61%) GSM
12 6 (0.61%) Broadband
13 5 (0.51%) UMTS
13 5 (0.51%) SNMP
13 5 (0.51%) IPv6
Database & Business Intelligence
1 71 (7.27%) SQL Server
2 43 (4.40%) Relational Database
3 32 (3.28%) Data Warehouse
4 22 (2.25%) Oracle Reports
5 18 (1.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 17 (1.74%) Oracle Database
6 17 (1.74%) RDBMS
7 15 (1.54%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 15 (1.54%) SQL Server 2008
8 12 (1.23%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 9 (0.92%) Oracle BI EE
10 8 (0.82%) MySQL
11 7 (0.72%) PerformancePoint
11 7 (0.72%) QlikView
11 7 (0.72%) Data Mining
12 6 (0.61%) DB2
12 6 (0.61%) SQL Server 2005
13 5 (0.51%) Oracle Database 11g
13 5 (0.51%) Big Data
13 5 (0.51%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 160 (16.38%) Selenium
2 110 (11.26%) Team Foundation Server
3 106 (10.85%) QuickTest Pro
4 94 (9.62%) JIRA
5 71 (7.27%) LoadRunner
6 68 (6.96%) WebDriver
7 61 (6.24%) Visual Studio
8 57 (5.83%) JUnit
9 54 (5.53%) Cucumber
10 46 (4.71%) Jenkins
11 42 (4.30%) Subversion
12 37 (3.79%) SpecFlow
13 30 (3.07%) TestDirector
13 30 (3.07%) JMeter
14 29 (2.97%) Bugzilla
15 26 (2.66%) Maven
15 26 (2.66%) SoapUI
16 25 (2.56%) TestNG
17 18 (1.84%) FitNesse
18 17 (1.74%) TortoiseSVN
General
1 184 (18.83%) Finance
2 69 (7.06%) Banking
3 39 (3.99%) Telecoms
4 32 (3.28%) Manufacturing
5 28 (2.87%) Retail
6 26 (2.66%) Investment Banking
7 23 (2.35%) Games
7 23 (2.35%) Electronics
8 22 (2.25%) Automotive
9 21 (2.15%) Back Office
10 19 (1.94%) Marketing
11 13 (1.33%) Advertising
12 11 (1.13%) Front Office
13 10 (1.02%) Legal
14 9 (0.92%) General Ledger
15 6 (0.61%) Billing
16 4 (0.41%) French Language
16 4 (0.41%) Publishing
16 4 (0.41%) Pharmaceutical
16 4 (0.41%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 397 (40.63%) Analyst
2 355 (36.34%) Test Analyst
3 192 (19.65%) Tester
4 93 (9.52%) Test Engineer
5 74 (7.57%) Test Leader
6 63 (6.45%) Developer
7 51 (5.22%) Test Manager
8 46 (4.71%) Senior Analyst
9 45 (4.61%) Senior Test Analyst
10 40 (4.09%) Software Tester
10 40 (4.09%) Agile Test Analyst
11 31 (3.17%) Software Engineer
12 29 (2.97%) QA Analyst
13 27 (2.76%) Consultant
14 24 (2.46%) QA Tester
15 22 (2.25%) Automation Tester
16 20 (2.05%) Test Consultant
16 20 (2.05%) Performance Engineer
17 19 (1.94%) Test Specialist
18 18 (1.84%) Automated Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 145 (14.84%) .NET
2 95 (9.72%) XML
3 83 (8.50%) Web Services
4 82 (8.39%) HTML
5 65 (6.65%) ASP.NET
6 52 (5.32%) SOAP
7 46 (4.71%) JSP
8 31 (3.17%) REST
9 28 (2.87%) CSS
10 27 (2.76%) Gherkin
11 20 (2.05%) JSON
11 20 (2.05%) .NET Framework
12 19 (1.94%) WCF
13 18 (1.84%) WPF
14 13 (1.33%) RESTful
15 12 (1.23%) MDX
16 11 (1.13%) jQuery
16 11 (1.13%) HTML5
16 11 (1.13%) OpenCL
17 8 (0.82%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 50 (5.12%) Open Source
2 28 (2.87%) Computer Science
3 26 (2.66%) Client/Server
4 20 (2.05%) Mobile App
5 18 (1.84%) NHS
5 18 (1.84%) STB
6 17 (1.74%) Management Information System
7 16 (1.64%) MPEG
8 15 (1.54%) DTV
9 10 (1.02%) IPTV
9 10 (1.02%) Mathematics
10 9 (0.92%) PDA
11 8 (0.82%) Derivative
12 7 (0.72%) Clustering
12 7 (0.72%) Fixed Income
12 7 (0.72%) AS400
12 7 (0.72%) Data Integration
13 6 (0.61%) Enterprise Software
13 6 (0.61%) Embedded Systems
13 6 (0.61%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 136 (13.92%) Windows
2 111 (11.36%) UNIX
3 106 (10.85%) Linux
4 62 (6.35%) Windows Server 2008
5 58 (5.94%) Windows XP
6 52 (5.32%) Windows Server 2003
7 43 (4.40%) Windows 2000
8 31 (3.17%) Windows 7
9 14 (1.43%) Android
10 10 (1.02%) AIX
10 10 (1.02%) Apple iOS
11 7 (0.72%) Mac OS X
12 5 (0.51%) Solaris
13 3 (0.31%) Ubuntu
13 3 (0.31%) Embedded Linux
13 3 (0.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 2 (0.20%) openSUSE
15 1 (0.10%) CentOS
15 1 (0.10%) Windows Vista
15 1 (0.10%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 283 (28.97%) Test Scripting
2 202 (20.68%) Agile Software Development
3 200 (20.47%) User Acceptance Testing
4 188 (19.24%) Scrum
5 152 (15.56%) Automated Testing
6 137 (14.02%) Test Automation
7 123 (12.59%) Test Strategy
8 122 (12.49%) Test Management
9 111 (11.36%) BDD
10 97 (9.93%) Integration Testing
10 97 (9.93%) Regression Testing
11 96 (9.83%) TDD
12 90 (9.21%) Performance Testing
13 76 (7.78%) Manual Testing
14 75 (7.68%) Waterfall
15 72 (7.37%) Validation
16 71 (7.27%) Project Management
17 69 (7.06%) Automation Testing
18 68 (6.96%) System Testing
19 56 (5.73%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 300 (30.71%) SQL
2 150 (15.35%) Java
3 125 (12.79%) C#
4 82 (8.39%) JavaScript
5 56 (5.73%) Python
6 39 (3.99%) C++
7 37 (3.79%) Ruby
8 31 (3.17%) VB
9 30 (3.07%) C
10 25 (2.56%) Perl
11 18 (1.84%) T-SQL
12 16 (1.64%) Bash Shell
13 14 (1.43%) PL/SQL
14 13 (1.33%) PHP
15 11 (1.13%) VBScript
15 11 (1.13%) Scala
16 9 (0.92%) VBA
17 7 (0.72%) Shell Script
17 7 (0.72%) VB.NET
18 5 (0.51%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 363 (37.15%) ISEB
2 314 (32.14%) ISTQB
3 234 (23.95%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 176 (18.01%) Security Cleared
5 135 (13.82%) SC Cleared
6 54 (5.53%) Degree
7 40 (4.09%) DV Cleared
8 24 (2.46%) ISEB Practitioner
9 14 (1.43%) Microsoft Certification
10 13 (1.33%) MCSE
11 11 (1.13%) MCITP
12 10 (1.02%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 10 (1.02%) Cisco Certification
13 9 (0.92%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
14 8 (0.82%) HND
14 8 (0.82%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 7 (0.72%) MCSA
15 7 (0.72%) MCTS
16 6 (0.61%) CCNP
16 6 (0.61%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 225 (23.03%) QA
2 8 (0.82%) SLA
3 5 (0.51%) ISO 9001
4 4 (0.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.31%) TickIT
6 2 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.10%) ISO 9000
7 1 (0.10%) ISO 14001
7 1 (0.10%) ISO 8583
7 1 (0.10%) WCAG
7 1 (0.10%) P3O
7 1 (0.10%) CRD IV
System Software
1 20 (2.05%) Nmap
2 14 (1.43%) Active Directory
3 8 (0.82%) Hyper-V
4 7 (0.72%) VMware ESX
5 5 (0.51%) NDS
5 5 (0.51%) VMware Infrastructure
6 3 (0.31%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.10%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.10%) NFS
7 1 (0.10%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 237 (24.26%) HP Quality Center
2 25 (2.56%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 20 (2.05%) Nessus
4 14 (1.43%) SCCM
5 7 (0.72%) Netcool
5 7 (0.72%) McAfee ePO
6 4 (0.41%) Vagrant
7 3 (0.31%) Opscode Chef
7 3 (0.31%) nmon
7 3 (0.31%) Tivoli
8 2 (0.20%) Puppet
8 2 (0.20%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
9 1 (0.10%) Nagios
Vendors
1 164 (16.79%) Microsoft
2 152 (15.56%) HP
3 137 (14.02%) Oracle
4 59 (6.04%) SAP
5 21 (2.15%) Citrix
6 14 (1.43%) Informatica
6 14 (1.43%) IBM
7 12 (1.23%) VMware
8 11 (1.13%) Cisco
9 10 (1.02%) Veritas
9 10 (1.02%) ATG
10 9 (0.92%) hybris
10 9 (0.92%) Talend
10 9 (0.92%) Salesforce.com
11 8 (0.82%) Business Objects
12 7 (0.72%) Siebel
12 7 (0.72%) JBoss
12 7 (0.72%) JD Edwards
12 7 (0.72%) Remedy
12 7 (0.72%) McAfee
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Posted: 19 hours ago
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Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
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Posted: Yesterday
West Sussex
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
Newport, Gwent
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Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Newport, Gwent
LA International
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Bedfordshire
Computer Futures
Rate: £30 - £40 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Real Staffing
Rate: £450 - £500 per day + competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Sanderson
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
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Hot Rec
Rate: £19k - 24k per year
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Yorkshire and the Humber
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