The first table below looks at the demand 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 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category.

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 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 241 244 264
Rank change year-on-year
+3 +20
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 461 401 386
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.84% 0.79% 0.67%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.14% 1.08% 0.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 253 220 203
Average daily rate
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£325 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.14% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £228 £214
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £440 £485
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £330 £300
% change year-on-year
-1.51% +10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 12 20
Average hourly rate £36.00 £37.50 £27.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.00% +35.13%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £11.00 £15.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.50 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £18.75 £28.00
% change year-on-year
+92.00% -33.03%
Processes & Methodologies Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
40540 37166 40747
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.11% 72.91% 70.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 25134 22527 23434
Average daily rate £400 £403 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.62% +0.62%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £270 £268
10% offered a daily rate of more than £555 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1157 1072 1446
Average hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £30.56
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.66% -1.83%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.42
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £48.00 £46.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £31.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-14.51% -3.12%

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 July 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 July 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 July 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 +3 407 £325 -7.14% 174
London +31 156 £400 +4.57% 49
South East -31 92 £325 -7.14% 43
South West -9 48 £325 -7.80% 14
Hampshire -7 36 £325 -20.00% 8
City of London +26 34 £425 +7.59% 17
Scotland +11 34 £340 +18.26% 6
Berkshire -5 22 £375 +2.73% 15
West Midlands +3 20 £290 - 7
North West +4 19 £310 +3.33% 22
East of England -32 19 £381 +5.90% 14
Somerset 0 18 £325 - 3
Yorkshire -3 18 £275 -5.17% 19
Edinburgh -3 17 £260 - 2
East Midlands +6 16 £295 +5.35% 4
West Yorkshire 0 16 £275 -12.69% 8
Taunton -5 16 £300 -
Buckinghamshire -1 15 £276 -15.00% 2
Wales -11 15 £325 +20.81% 4
South Wales -14 13 £325 +22.52% 4
Coventry - 12 - - 3
Leeds +8 11 £275 -21.42% 7
Milton Keynes +2 11 £270 -16.92% 1
Slough +11 10 £215 - 1
Glasgow +4 10 £345 +20.00% 3
Manchester 0 10 £305 +1.66% 18
Gloucestershire -11 10 £375 +15.38% 2
Bristol -16 9 £350 -5.40% 5
Tyne and Wear -9 8 £360 - 2
North East -14 8 £360 - 3

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 July 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.

1 389 (39.45%) ISEB
2 328 (33.27%) ISTQB
3 292 (29.61%) SQL
4 289 (29.31%) Test Scripting
5 250 (25.35%) HP Quality Center
6 247 (25.05%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 243 (24.65%) QA
8 214 (21.70%) Scrum
9 211 (21.40%) Agile Software Development
10 201 (20.39%) User Acceptance Testing
11 197 (19.98%) Security Cleared
12 182 (18.46%) Selenium
13 179 (18.15%) Finance
14 178 (18.05%) Microsoft
15 166 (16.84%) HP
16 162 (16.43%) .NET
17 159 (16.13%) Automated Testing
18 158 (16.02%) Java
19 156 (15.82%) SC Cleared
20 155 (15.72%) Test Automation
21 141 (14.30%) Oracle
22 140 (14.20%) C#
23 137 (13.89%) Windows
24 131 (13.29%) BDD
24 131 (13.29%) Test Strategy
25 121 (12.27%) Test Management
26 118 (11.97%) UNIX
27 117 (11.87%) Team Foundation Server
28 104 (10.55%) JIRA
28 104 (10.55%) QuickTest Pro

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 July 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 44 (4.46%) SharePoint
2 8 (0.81%) CMS
2 8 (0.81%) BizTalk Server
2 8 (0.81%) WebLogic
3 5 (0.51%) SharePoint 2010
3 5 (0.51%) Apache Qpid
4 4 (0.41%) SharePoint Server
5 3 (0.30%) Tomcat
5 3 (0.30%) Apache
5 3 (0.30%) WebSphere
5 3 (0.30%) Mule
6 2 (0.20%) SharePoint 2013
6 2 (0.20%) WordPress
6 2 (0.20%) Oracle Workflow
6 2 (0.20%) Documentum
6 2 (0.20%) MS Exchange
6 2 (0.20%) IIS
6 2 (0.20%) Lotus Domino
7 1 (0.10%) SAS
7 1 (0.10%) MQSeries
Applications
1 89 (9.03%) MS Excel
2 52 (5.27%) MS Office
3 16 (1.62%) MS PowerPoint
4 13 (1.32%) MS Project
5 12 (1.22%) MS Visio
6 3 (0.30%) Spreadsheet
6 3 (0.30%) Mingle
7 2 (0.20%) Stata
8 1 (0.10%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.10%) Simulink
8 1 (0.10%) Stateflow
8 1 (0.10%) AutoCAD
8 1 (0.10%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 54 (5.48%) Oracle EBS
2 13 (1.32%) DELMIA
3 11 (1.12%) ENOVIA
4 9 (0.91%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 8 (0.81%) Dynamics GP
6 6 (0.61%) Dynamics CRM
7 4 (0.41%) JDE OneWorld
8 3 (0.30%) Oracle Financials
9 2 (0.20%) Oracle Payables
9 2 (0.20%) Oracle Receivables
9 2 (0.20%) Oracle Cash Management
9 2 (0.20%) Cerner Millennium
9 2 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
9 2 (0.20%) Oracle General Ledger
9 2 (0.20%) Magento
9 2 (0.20%) Oracle ERP
9 2 (0.20%) Oracle Applications
9 2 (0.20%) Summit
9 2 (0.20%) Front Arena
9 2 (0.20%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 12 (1.22%) Office 365
2 4 (0.41%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (0.30%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (0.20%) Amazon SQS
4 2 (0.20%) PaaS
5 1 (0.10%) SaaS
5 1 (0.10%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 60 (6.09%) TCP/IP
2 46 (4.67%) HTTPS
3 42 (4.26%) HTTP
4 37 (3.75%) DNS
5 28 (2.84%) SSL
6 27 (2.74%) Wireshark
7 26 (2.64%) Internet
8 17 (1.72%) SAN
9 11 (1.12%) DVB
10 8 (0.81%) Firewall
11 7 (0.71%) 4G
12 6 (0.61%) Broadband
13 5 (0.51%) Ethernet
13 5 (0.51%) IPv6
13 5 (0.51%) 2G
13 5 (0.51%) AMQP
13 5 (0.51%) Network Security
14 4 (0.41%) LTE
14 4 (0.41%) VLAN
14 4 (0.41%) 3G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 81 (8.22%) SQL Server
2 40 (4.06%) Relational Database
3 34 (3.45%) Data Warehouse
4 26 (2.64%) Oracle Reports
5 15 (1.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 15 (1.52%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 14 (1.42%) RDBMS
7 12 (1.22%) Oracle Database
7 12 (1.22%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 9 (0.91%) MySQL
8 9 (0.91%) Data Mining
8 9 (0.91%) PerformancePoint
8 9 (0.91%) QlikView
8 9 (0.91%) Oracle BI EE
9 8 (0.81%) SQL Server 2008
10 7 (0.71%) Big Data
10 7 (0.71%) NoSQL
11 6 (0.61%) MS Access
11 6 (0.61%) DB2
12 5 (0.51%) SAP BI
Development Applications
1 182 (18.46%) Selenium
2 117 (11.87%) Team Foundation Server
3 104 (10.55%) JIRA
3 104 (10.55%) QuickTest Pro
4 72 (7.30%) LoadRunner
5 71 (7.20%) Visual Studio
5 71 (7.20%) WebDriver
6 63 (6.39%) Cucumber
7 55 (5.58%) JUnit
8 41 (4.16%) Jenkins
8 41 (4.16%) JMeter
9 40 (4.06%) SpecFlow
10 36 (3.65%) Subversion
11 31 (3.14%) Bugzilla
12 29 (2.94%) TestDirector
12 29 (2.94%) SoapUI
13 25 (2.54%) TestNG
14 24 (2.43%) Maven
15 22 (2.23%) FitNesse
16 17 (1.72%) TortoiseSVN
General
1 179 (18.15%) Finance
2 73 (7.40%) Banking
3 46 (4.67%) Telecoms
4 32 (3.25%) Retail
5 28 (2.84%) Investment Banking
5 28 (2.84%) Manufacturing
6 24 (2.43%) Back Office
7 21 (2.13%) Electronics
7 21 (2.13%) Automotive
8 18 (1.83%) Games
9 16 (1.62%) Marketing
10 12 (1.22%) General Ledger
11 11 (1.12%) Billing
12 9 (0.91%) Front Office
13 8 (0.81%) Legal
13 8 (0.81%) Advertising
14 5 (0.51%) Publishing
15 3 (0.30%) Retail Banking
15 3 (0.30%) Multimedia
15 3 (0.30%) Military
Job Titles
1 410 (41.58%) Analyst
2 365 (37.02%) Test Analyst
3 195 (19.78%) Tester
4 91 (9.23%) Test Engineer
5 79 (8.01%) Test Leader
6 62 (6.29%) Test Manager
7 55 (5.58%) Developer
8 48 (4.87%) Senior Analyst
8 48 (4.87%) Software Tester
9 46 (4.67%) Senior Test Analyst
10 37 (3.75%) Agile Test Analyst
10 37 (3.75%) QA Analyst
11 30 (3.04%) Software Engineer
12 27 (2.74%) Consultant
13 26 (2.64%) QA Tester
14 20 (2.03%) Test Consultant
15 19 (1.93%) Performance Engineer
15 19 (1.93%) Automation Tester
16 18 (1.83%) Software Test Analyst
16 18 (1.83%) Automated Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 162 (16.43%) .NET
2 98 (9.94%) XML
3 87 (8.82%) Web Services
4 85 (8.62%) HTML
5 73 (7.40%) ASP.NET
6 62 (6.29%) SOAP
7 52 (5.27%) JSP
8 35 (3.55%) REST
9 34 (3.45%) Gherkin
10 26 (2.64%) CSS
11 24 (2.43%) WCF
12 23 (2.33%) .NET Framework
13 22 (2.23%) WPF
14 20 (2.03%) JSON
15 14 (1.42%) MDX
16 12 (1.22%) jQuery
17 10 (1.01%) HTML5
18 8 (0.81%) RESTful
19 7 (0.71%) Middleware
20 6 (0.61%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 59 (5.98%) Open Source
2 30 (3.04%) Computer Science
3 25 (2.54%) Mobile App
4 23 (2.33%) Client/Server
5 20 (2.03%) Management Information System
5 20 (2.03%) STB
6 18 (1.83%) NHS
7 16 (1.62%) MPEG
8 12 (1.22%) Enterprise Software
9 11 (1.12%) DTV
9 11 (1.12%) IPTV
10 9 (0.91%) PDA
11 8 (0.81%) Mathematics
11 8 (0.81%) Clustering
11 8 (0.81%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 7 (0.71%) Derivative
12 7 (0.71%) Fixed Income
12 7 (0.71%) Streaming Video
12 7 (0.71%) Data Integration
12 7 (0.71%) Embedded Systems
Operating Systems
1 137 (13.89%) Windows
2 118 (11.97%) UNIX
3 101 (10.24%) Linux
4 68 (6.90%) Windows Server 2008
5 60 (6.09%) Windows XP
6 59 (5.98%) Windows Server 2003
7 47 (4.77%) Windows 2000
8 33 (3.35%) Windows 7
9 18 (1.83%) Android
10 12 (1.22%) Apple iOS
11 8 (0.81%) AIX
12 7 (0.71%) Mac OS X
13 4 (0.41%) Solaris
14 3 (0.30%) Ubuntu
14 3 (0.30%) Embedded Linux
14 3 (0.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 3 (0.30%) Windows Server 2012
15 2 (0.20%) Windows Vista
16 1 (0.10%) CentOS
16 1 (0.10%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 289 (29.31%) Test Scripting
2 214 (21.70%) Scrum
3 211 (21.40%) Agile Software Development
4 201 (20.39%) User Acceptance Testing
5 159 (16.13%) Automated Testing
6 155 (15.72%) Test Automation
7 131 (13.29%) BDD
7 131 (13.29%) Test Strategy
8 121 (12.27%) Test Management
9 98 (9.94%) TDD
10 97 (9.84%) Performance Testing
11 96 (9.74%) Integration Testing
12 76 (7.71%) Project Management
13 71 (7.20%) Waterfall
14 65 (6.59%) Automation Testing
15 64 (6.49%) System Testing
16 62 (6.29%) Regression Testing
17 57 (5.78%) Validation
17 57 (5.78%) Stakeholder Management
18 56 (5.68%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 292 (29.61%) SQL
2 158 (16.02%) Java
3 140 (14.20%) C#
4 85 (8.62%) JavaScript
5 37 (3.75%) Python
6 34 (3.45%) C++
7 32 (3.25%) Ruby
8 29 (2.94%) VB
9 24 (2.43%) C
10 20 (2.03%) T-SQL
11 18 (1.83%) PHP
12 17 (1.72%) Perl
13 11 (1.12%) VBScript
14 10 (1.01%) PL/SQL
15 9 (0.91%) VBA
16 8 (0.81%) Bash Shell
17 7 (0.71%) VB.NET
17 7 (0.71%) Scala
18 5 (0.51%) Shell Script
19 4 (0.41%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 389 (39.45%) ISEB
2 328 (33.27%) ISTQB
3 247 (25.05%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 197 (19.98%) Security Cleared
5 156 (15.82%) SC Cleared
6 66 (6.69%) Degree
7 45 (4.56%) DV Cleared
8 21 (2.13%) ISEB Practitioner
9 13 (1.32%) Microsoft Certification
10 12 (1.22%) MCITP
10 12 (1.22%) MCSE
11 10 (1.01%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 10 (1.01%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 9 (0.91%) Cisco Certification
13 7 (0.71%) MCSA
13 7 (0.71%) HND
13 7 (0.71%) MCTS
13 7 (0.71%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 5 (0.51%) MCP
14 5 (0.51%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 243 (24.65%) QA
2 9 (0.91%) ISO 9001
3 6 (0.61%) TickIT
4 2 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.20%) ISO 14001
4 2 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.10%) ISO 9000
5 1 (0.10%) SLA
5 1 (0.10%) ISO 8583
5 1 (0.10%) WCAG
5 1 (0.10%) CRD IV
5 1 (0.10%) P3O
System Software
1 22 (2.23%) Nmap
2 17 (1.72%) Active Directory
3 8 (0.81%) Hyper-V
4 7 (0.71%) VMware ESX
5 5 (0.51%) NDS
6 3 (0.30%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 2 (0.20%) VMware Infrastructure
8 1 (0.10%) NFS
8 1 (0.10%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.10%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 250 (25.35%) HP Quality Center
2 25 (2.54%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 22 (2.23%) Nessus
4 15 (1.52%) SCCM
5 8 (0.81%) McAfee ePO
5 8 (0.81%) Netcool
6 3 (0.30%) nmon
7 2 (0.20%) Puppet
7 2 (0.20%) Vagrant
8 1 (0.10%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 1 (0.10%) Nagios
8 1 (0.10%) Tivoli
8 1 (0.10%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 178 (18.05%) Microsoft
2 166 (16.84%) HP
3 141 (14.30%) Oracle
4 57 (5.78%) SAP
5 28 (2.84%) Citrix
6 19 (1.93%) Informatica
7 12 (1.22%) ATG
7 12 (1.22%) Cisco
7 12 (1.22%) IBM
8 11 (1.12%) Business Objects
9 10 (1.01%) Salesforce.com
10 9 (0.91%) Remedy
10 9 (0.91%) hybris
11 8 (0.81%) McAfee
11 8 (0.81%) Veritas
12 7 (0.71%) JBoss
12 7 (0.71%) Siebel
12 7 (0.71%) JD Edwards
12 7 (0.71%) VMware
13 6 (0.61%) Talend
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Hays Finance Technology
Rate: £250.00 - £300.00 per annum
Posted: 4 hours ago
London
JM
Posted: 8 hours ago
Inverness, Inverness-Shire
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: market rates
Posted: 9 hours ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester
Reed Technology - UK Posting Account
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Berkshire
People Source
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
Cambridgeshire
Real Staffing
Rate: £25 - £35 per hour + competitive
Posted: 7 days ago
City of London
Quantica Technology - London
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 13 days ago
Cheltenham
Capita - ITMS
Rate: £300 - £360 per day
Posted: 15 days ago
Burnley
Kainos
Posted: 20 days ago
Glasgow
Cathcart Associates
Posted: 22 days ago
City of London
Huxley Associates
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 22 days ago
City of London
Capita - ITMS
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 23 days ago
Manchester
Quantica Technology - London
Rate: Excellent!
Posted: 27 days ago