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 21 November 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
21 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 259 277 275
Rank change year-on-year
+18 -2
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 453 356 352
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.79% 0.68% 0.69%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.08% 0.93% 0.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 257 189 176
Average daily rate
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£340 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.61% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £234 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £468 £475 £410
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £310 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.83% -4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 14 30
Average hourly rate £35.15 £37.00 £24.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.00% +52.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.43 £11.63 £14.34
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £42.50 £40.05
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.15 £34.00 £24.25
% change year-on-year
+3.38% +40.20%

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
42039 38339 36744
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 73.68% 73.76% 71.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 27231 23808 21445
Average daily rate £420 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £270 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £363 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.20% -2.02%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1169 1158 1415
Average hourly rate £25.00 £26.80 £28.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.71% -4.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £45.00 £46.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year
-16.66% +3.44%

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 21 November 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 21 November 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 21 November 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 +17 391 £345 - 184
London -2 145 £375 +2.73% 45
South East -1 93 £290 -10.07% 31
South West -3 45 £331 -1.85% 24
Wales -2 34 £325 +80.55% 1
City of London +1 32 £363 -7.05% 21
South Wales +4 31 £325 +22.64% 1
East of England +3 31 £350 -1.75% 18
Surrey +4 25 £345 -4.16% 8
North West -21 21 £335 +11.66% 18
Newport - 21 £330 -
Hampshire -29 20 £341 +12.80% 7
Yorkshire -7 19 £315 +9.56% 25
Buckinghamshire 0 18 £280 -
Scotland -12 18 £288 +4.54% 6
Milton Keynes +2 16 £275 -1.78%
West Yorkshire +1 16 £288 - 12
Berkshire +3 15 £390 +39.28% 9
East Midlands +7 14 £360 +28.57% 10
Devon -12 14 £325 +8.33% 2
Manchester -9 13 £350 +45.83% 14
Cambridgeshire -2 12 £350 +16.66% 11
Exeter -5 11 £331 - 2
Leeds -5 11 £286 -0.43% 11
Cambridge +13 10 £345 -1.42% 11
Gloucestershire -6 10 £450 +12.50% 9
Newcastle upon Tyne - 10 £290 - 3
North East - 10 £290 - 3
Tyne and Wear - 10 £290 - 3
Reading +15 9 £390 +25.80% 2

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 November 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.

1 375 (40.67%) ISEB
2 356 (38.61%) Agile Software Development
3 303 (32.86%) ISTQB
4 285 (30.91%) SQL
5 263 (28.52%) HP Quality Center
6 240 (26.03%) Test Scripting
7 208 (22.56%) Finance
8 204 (22.13%) QA
9 195 (21.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 177 (19.20%) User Acceptance Testing
11 173 (18.76%) Selenium
12 171 (18.55%) Scrum
13 170 (18.44%) Security Cleared
14 160 (17.35%) Java
15 156 (16.92%) HP
16 138 (14.97%) Automated Testing
17 129 (13.99%) JIRA
18 128 (13.88%) Test Automation
19 125 (13.56%) Test Management
20 123 (13.34%) SC Cleared
20 123 (13.34%) Microsoft
21 121 (13.12%) Windows
22 117 (12.69%) Oracle
23 116 (12.58%) .NET
23 116 (12.58%) BDD
24 112 (12.15%) Test Strategy
25 107 (11.61%) TDD
26 105 (11.39%) QuickTest Pro
27 100 (10.85%) C#
28 97 (10.52%) XML

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 35 (3.80%) SharePoint
2 13 (1.41%) CMS
3 10 (1.08%) JBoss
4 7 (0.76%) BizTalk Server
5 6 (0.65%) WebSphere
5 6 (0.65%) WebLogic
6 5 (0.54%) Oracle Workflow
7 4 (0.43%) Node.js
8 3 (0.33%) Documentum
8 3 (0.33%) GlassFish
8 3 (0.33%) IIS
8 3 (0.33%) Apache
8 3 (0.33%) MTS
9 2 (0.22%) Tomcat
9 2 (0.22%) MQSeries
9 2 (0.22%) MS Exchange
9 2 (0.22%) Mule
9 2 (0.22%) Lync
9 2 (0.22%) SharePoint 2010
9 2 (0.22%) Tornado
Applications
1 64 (6.94%) MS Excel
2 47 (5.10%) MS Office
3 13 (1.41%) MS PowerPoint
4 11 (1.19%) MS Project
5 8 (0.87%) MS Visio
6 6 (0.65%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.33%) Mingle
8 2 (0.22%) PowerPivot
9 1 (0.11%) AutoCAD
9 1 (0.11%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 30 (3.25%) Oracle EBS
2 12 (1.30%) Summit
3 11 (1.19%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 9 (0.98%) Dynamics CRM
4 9 (0.98%) ENOVIA
5 8 (0.87%) DELMIA
6 3 (0.33%) Dynamics AX
6 3 (0.33%) JDE OneWorld
6 3 (0.33%) Oracle Financials
6 3 (0.33%) SAP FI
7 2 (0.22%) Magento
8 1 (0.11%) Oracle Payables
8 1 (0.11%) Oracle Receivables
8 1 (0.11%) Cerner Millennium
8 1 (0.11%) Hyperion Planning
8 1 (0.11%) SAP MM
8 1 (0.11%) Endur
8 1 (0.11%) SAP SD
8 1 (0.11%) SAP Retail
8 1 (0.11%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 5 (0.54%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (0.43%) SaaS
2 4 (0.43%) Cloud Computing
2 4 (0.43%) GitHub
3 3 (0.33%) Office 365
4 1 (0.11%) Amazon EC2
4 1 (0.11%) Amazon S3
4 1 (0.11%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 29 (3.15%) TCP/IP
2 27 (2.93%) Internet
3 22 (2.39%) HTTPS
3 22 (2.39%) SAN
4 18 (1.95%) SSL
4 18 (1.95%) Wireshark
5 15 (1.63%) DNS
6 14 (1.52%) HTTP
7 7 (0.76%) ATM
7 7 (0.76%) GSM
8 6 (0.65%) 3G
8 6 (0.65%) DAB
8 6 (0.65%) Firewall
8 6 (0.65%) Wi-Fi
8 6 (0.65%) 2G
8 6 (0.65%) 4G
9 5 (0.54%) UMTS
9 5 (0.54%) VoIP
10 4 (0.43%) GPRS
10 4 (0.43%) Bluetooth
Database & Business Intelligence
1 43 (4.66%) SQL Server
1 43 (4.66%) Relational Database
2 24 (2.60%) Data Warehouse
3 20 (2.17%) Oracle Database
4 16 (1.74%) Oracle Reports
4 16 (1.74%) RDBMS
5 13 (1.41%) SQL Server 2008
6 11 (1.19%) MySQL
7 10 (1.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 7 (0.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 6 (0.65%) DB2
10 5 (0.54%) SAP BW
10 5 (0.54%) MongoDB
11 4 (0.43%) Apache Cassandra
11 4 (0.43%) NoSQL
11 4 (0.43%) SQL Server 2005
11 4 (0.43%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 4 (0.43%) Oracle BI EE
11 4 (0.43%) DataStage
11 4 (0.43%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 173 (18.76%) Selenium
2 129 (13.99%) JIRA
3 105 (11.39%) QuickTest Pro
4 82 (8.89%) Team Foundation Server
5 70 (7.59%) WebDriver
6 57 (6.18%) JUnit
7 53 (5.75%) LoadRunner
8 51 (5.53%) Cucumber
9 50 (5.42%) Jenkins
10 39 (4.23%) Subversion
11 37 (4.01%) Visual Studio
11 37 (4.01%) SpecFlow
12 32 (3.47%) Maven
12 32 (3.47%) Bugzilla
13 30 (3.25%) JMeter
14 29 (3.15%) SoapUI
15 27 (2.93%) TestNG
16 23 (2.49%) TortoiseSVN
17 20 (2.17%) Git (software)
17 20 (2.17%) TestDirector
General
1 208 (22.56%) Finance
2 86 (9.33%) Banking
3 44 (4.77%) Telecoms
4 30 (3.25%) Manufacturing
5 29 (3.15%) Investment Banking
6 23 (2.49%) Retail
7 21 (2.28%) Games
7 21 (2.28%) Marketing
8 20 (2.17%) Electronics
9 19 (2.06%) Automotive
10 18 (1.95%) Back Office
11 13 (1.41%) Legal
12 11 (1.19%) General Ledger
13 9 (0.98%) Advertising
14 5 (0.54%) Front Office
15 4 (0.43%) Pharmaceutical
15 4 (0.43%) Aerospace
15 4 (0.43%) Publishing
15 4 (0.43%) Billing
15 4 (0.43%) French Language
Job Titles
1 385 (41.76%) Analyst
2 342 (37.09%) Test Analyst
3 177 (19.20%) Tester
4 75 (8.13%) Test Engineer
5 73 (7.92%) Test Manager
6 70 (7.59%) Developer
7 52 (5.64%) Test Leader
8 42 (4.56%) Senior Analyst
9 41 (4.45%) Agile Test Analyst
10 38 (4.12%) Senior Test Analyst
11 35 (3.80%) Automation Tester
12 28 (3.04%) Software Engineer
13 27 (2.93%) Software Tester
14 25 (2.71%) Consultant
15 24 (2.60%) QA Analyst
16 22 (2.39%) Test Consultant
17 19 (2.06%) QA Tester
17 19 (2.06%) Java Developer
18 18 (1.95%) Technical Analyst
19 16 (1.74%) Senior Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 116 (12.58%) .NET
2 97 (10.52%) XML
3 79 (8.57%) HTML
4 74 (8.03%) Web Services
5 38 (4.12%) CSS
6 32 (3.47%) ASP.NET
7 31 (3.36%) .NET Framework
8 28 (3.04%) Gherkin
9 27 (2.93%) JSP
10 26 (2.82%) SOAP
10 26 (2.82%) REST
11 20 (2.17%) jQuery
12 19 (2.06%) JSON
13 11 (1.19%) JPA
13 11 (1.19%) XHTML
14 10 (1.08%) EJB
14 10 (1.08%) HTML5
14 10 (1.08%) Django
14 10 (1.08%) Spring
15 9 (0.98%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 97 (10.52%) Analytical Skills
2 44 (4.77%) Open Source
3 35 (3.80%) Client/Server
4 32 (3.47%) Computer Science
5 25 (2.71%) User Experience
6 21 (2.28%) Management Information System
7 16 (1.74%) Mobile App
8 14 (1.52%) DTV
9 13 (1.41%) Enterprise Software
10 12 (1.30%) Data Structures
10 12 (1.30%) AS400
11 11 (1.19%) Fixed Income
11 11 (1.19%) Mathematics
12 10 (1.08%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 9 (0.98%) Animation
13 9 (0.98%) STB
13 9 (0.98%) Data Integration
14 8 (0.87%) New Media
14 8 (0.87%) MPEG
14 8 (0.87%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 121 (13.12%) Windows
2 95 (10.30%) Linux
3 93 (10.09%) UNIX
4 45 (4.88%) Windows XP
5 32 (3.47%) Windows Server 2008
6 31 (3.36%) Windows Server 2003
7 28 (3.04%) Windows 7
8 23 (2.49%) Windows 2000
9 12 (1.30%) Android
9 12 (1.30%) Apple iOS
10 10 (1.08%) AIX
11 8 (0.87%) Ubuntu
12 4 (0.43%) Windows Server 2012
13 2 (0.22%) Windows 8
13 2 (0.22%) Windows Mobile
13 2 (0.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 2 (0.22%) Mac OS
13 2 (0.22%) openSUSE
13 2 (0.22%) Solaris
13 2 (0.22%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 356 (38.61%) Agile Software Development
2 240 (26.03%) Test Scripting
3 177 (19.20%) User Acceptance Testing
4 171 (18.55%) Scrum
5 138 (14.97%) Automated Testing
6 128 (13.88%) Test Automation
7 125 (13.56%) Test Management
8 116 (12.58%) BDD
9 112 (12.15%) Test Strategy
10 107 (11.61%) TDD
11 94 (10.20%) Regression Testing
12 91 (9.87%) Manual Testing
13 87 (9.44%) Integration Testing
14 78 (8.46%) Project Management
15 77 (8.35%) Validation
16 74 (8.03%) Automation Testing
17 71 (7.70%) Waterfall
18 68 (7.38%) Performance Testing
19 58 (6.29%) User Stories
20 57 (6.18%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 285 (30.91%) SQL
2 160 (17.35%) Java
3 100 (10.85%) C#
4 80 (8.68%) JavaScript
5 67 (7.27%) Python
6 38 (4.12%) C++
7 33 (3.58%) Ruby
8 32 (3.47%) C
8 32 (3.47%) VB
9 28 (3.04%) Perl
10 20 (2.17%) PL/SQL
11 17 (1.84%) PHP
11 17 (1.84%) VBA
12 16 (1.74%) Scala
13 12 (1.30%) Bash Shell
13 12 (1.30%) VBScript
14 10 (1.08%) Shell Script
15 8 (0.87%) T-SQL
16 6 (0.65%) VB.NET
17 4 (0.43%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 375 (40.67%) ISEB
2 303 (32.86%) ISTQB
3 195 (21.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 170 (18.44%) Security Cleared
5 123 (13.34%) SC Cleared
6 60 (6.51%) Degree
7 43 (4.66%) DV Cleared
8 33 (3.58%) ISEB Practitioner
9 14 (1.52%) Microsoft Certification
9 14 (1.52%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 13 (1.41%) MCSE
11 10 (1.08%) Cisco Certification
11 10 (1.08%) MCITP
12 9 (0.98%) HND
13 7 (0.76%) MCSA
13 7 (0.76%) MCTS
14 6 (0.65%) CCNP
14 6 (0.65%) CCNA
15 4 (0.43%) BC Cleared
16 3 (0.33%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 204 (22.13%) QA
2 12 (1.30%) ISO 9001
3 7 (0.76%) SLA
4 5 (0.54%) ISO 9000
5 4 (0.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 3 (0.33%) TickIT
6 3 (0.33%) ISO 14001
7 1 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.11%) DICOM
7 1 (0.11%) DO-178B
System Software
1 13 (1.41%) Nmap
2 9 (0.98%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (0.87%) Active Directory
4 7 (0.76%) VMware ESX
4 7 (0.76%) Hyper-V
5 3 (0.33%) Firmware
6 2 (0.22%) XenApp
7 1 (0.11%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.11%) Oracle RMAN
7 1 (0.11%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.11%) NDS
Systems Management
1 263 (28.52%) HP Quality Center
2 13 (1.41%) Nessus
3 8 (0.87%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 7 (0.76%) Netcool
4 7 (0.76%) McAfee ePO
5 6 (0.65%) Tivoli
5 6 (0.65%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
6 4 (0.43%) SCCM
7 3 (0.33%) Opscode Chef
8 2 (0.22%) HP SiteScope
8 2 (0.22%) Vagrant
9 1 (0.11%) Puppet
9 1 (0.11%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 1 (0.11%) Nagios
Vendors
1 156 (16.92%) HP
2 123 (13.34%) Microsoft
3 117 (12.69%) Oracle
4 44 (4.77%) SAP
5 31 (3.36%) Citrix
6 17 (1.84%) Murex
7 15 (1.63%) VMware
8 13 (1.41%) IBM
9 10 (1.08%) Veritas
9 10 (1.08%) Salesforce.com
9 10 (1.08%) ATG
9 10 (1.08%) Talend
10 9 (0.98%) hybris
10 9 (0.98%) Bloomberg
10 9 (0.98%) Informatica
10 9 (0.98%) Cisco
10 9 (0.98%) Business Objects
11 7 (0.76%) McAfee
11 7 (0.76%) Open Text
12 5 (0.54%) Demandware
Bristol, Avon
Burns Sheehan
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Burns Sheehan
Rate: negotiable on experience
Posted: 2 days ago
Chesterfield, Derbyshire
Rullion IT Plus
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Conspicuous
Rate: From £300 to £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Exeter, Devon
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: 2 days ago
Exeter, Devon
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: 2 days ago
Hampshire
Connectus
Rate: £12.82 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
City of London
Deerfoot IT
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Berkshire
Lawrence Harvey IT & Change
Rate: £1.00 - £2.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Fusion Experience
Rate: Up to £370 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £325 - £375 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £677.78 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Erskine, Renfrewshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £358.08 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Lawrence Harvey Enterprise
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 4 days ago
City of London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £300.00 - £345.00 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Information Technology Services
Rate: £300 - 350 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Gosport, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: market rates
Posted: 6 days ago
Walton-On-Thames, Surrey
Search Consultancy
Posted: 6 days ago
South Yorkshire
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: Circa £400 per day
Posted: 9 days ago