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 27 May 2015 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
27 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Testing
Rank 233 221 251
Rank change year-on-year
-12 +30
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 525 514 346
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.95% 0.97% 0.75%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.23% 1.29% 1.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 225 318 198
Average daily rate
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£334 £338 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.11% +2.27%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £242 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £431
UK excluding London average daily rate £323 £325 £313
% change year-on-year
-0.76% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 15 9
Average hourly rate £36.25 £37.80 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.10% +26.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.14 £18.50 £24.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.00 £40.00 £40.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year
- +25.00%

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
42560 39708 34604
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 77.14% 75.30% 74.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 26984 25126 20661
Average daily rate £413 £400 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -3.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £365
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +2.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1224 1175 1047
Average hourly rate £29.00 £28.00 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.57% -12.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £12.75 £13.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £50.00 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
- -6.25%

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 27 May 2015.

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 27 May 2015.

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 27 May 2015. 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 -21 452 £350 +6.06% 184
London +22 195 £410 +2.50% 55
South East -36 90 £350 +7.69% 37
Scotland +22 58 £304 -19.32% 15
North West 0 39 £331 +6.85% 25
Edinburgh +24 36 £280 -33.33% 9
Hampshire 0 36 £350 +7.69% 9
East of England +8 28 £290 -27.50% 16
Berkshire +7 22 £363 +59.34% 11
City of London -12 22 £413 - 26
South West -33 22 £375 +18.11% 14
Yorkshire -20 19 £308 +2.50% 11
East Midlands -7 18 £310 +22.77% 13
West Midlands -15 17 £275 -31.25% 9
Manchester +6 15 £255 -17.74% 10
West Yorkshire -15 15 £290 -3.33% 8
Basingstoke +9 11 £375 +17.18%
Glasgow +4 11 £363 +6.61% 1
Leeds -6 11 £308 +11.81% 5
Midlands - 11 £250 -
Essex +9 10 £210 -60.00% 2
Winchester +2 10 £313 +4.16% 3
Surrey -4 10 £320 -11.11% 6
South Coast - 10 - -
Reading - 9 £388 - 7
Bristol +3 8 £350 +18.64% 9
Nottinghamshire -3 8 £350 - 6
Nottingham -6 7 £350 - 3
Wales -15 7 £310 -4.61% 2
Buckinghamshire -20 7 £295 -12.59% 4

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 May 2015, 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.

1 374 (38.88%) Agile Software Development
2 294 (30.56%) SQL
3 245 (25.47%) Finance
4 241 (25.05%) ISEB
5 213 (22.14%) ISTQB
6 209 (21.73%) Test Scripting
7 185 (19.23%) User Acceptance Testing
8 159 (16.53%) Microsoft
9 158 (16.42%) QA
10 155 (16.11%) Java
11 153 (15.90%) Test Automation
11 153 (15.90%) HP Quality Center
12 140 (14.55%) Windows
13 136 (14.14%) .NET
14 133 (13.83%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 118 (12.27%) SDLC
16 117 (12.16%) Test Management
17 111 (11.54%) Linux
18 109 (11.33%) Selenium
19 107 (11.12%) XML
20 100 (10.40%) Oracle
20 100 (10.40%) HP
21 97 (10.08%) Banking
22 96 (9.98%) Scrum
23 92 (9.56%) Security Cleared
24 91 (9.46%) Regression Testing
24 91 (9.46%) C#
25 89 (9.25%) Waterfall
26 88 (9.15%) BDD
27 87 (9.04%) JIRA

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 May 2015, 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 20 (2.08%) SharePoint
2 19 (1.98%) CMS
3 13 (1.35%) BizTalk Server
4 8 (0.83%) IIS
5 6 (0.62%) JBoss
5 6 (0.62%) SharePoint 2010
6 5 (0.52%) Confluence
6 5 (0.52%) Documentum
7 4 (0.42%) ATG Dynamo
7 4 (0.42%) WebSphere
8 3 (0.31%) Drupal
8 3 (0.31%) LiveLink
8 3 (0.31%) MS Exchange
8 3 (0.31%) Exchange Server 2013
8 3 (0.31%) WebLogic
9 2 (0.21%) Node.js
9 2 (0.21%) Apache
9 2 (0.21%) Tomcat
9 2 (0.21%) GlassFish
9 2 (0.21%) WordPress
Applications
1 82 (8.52%) MS Excel
2 39 (4.05%) MS Office
3 12 (1.25%) MS Project
4 4 (0.42%) Spreadsheet
5 3 (0.31%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.10%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.10%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.10%) Windchill
6 1 (0.10%) Doxygen
Business Applications
1 18 (1.87%) Oracle EBS
2 6 (0.62%) Summit
3 5 (0.52%) Dynamics CRM
4 4 (0.42%) Magento
4 4 (0.42%) Markit EDM
5 3 (0.31%) Oracle Payables
5 3 (0.31%) Oracle Receivables
5 3 (0.31%) MultiFonds
5 3 (0.31%) SAP BCA
6 2 (0.21%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 1 (0.10%) SAP Retail
7 1 (0.10%) Dynamics AX
7 1 (0.10%) Line 500
7 1 (0.10%) thinkFolio
7 1 (0.10%) Temenos T24
7 1 (0.10%) SAP HCM
7 1 (0.10%) LatentZero
7 1 (0.10%) Oracle HRMS
7 1 (0.10%) Oracle Applications
7 1 (0.10%) Oracle 11i
Cloud Services
1 4 (0.42%) SaaS
2 3 (0.31%) Cloud Computing
2 3 (0.31%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (0.21%) Amazon ElastiCache
3 2 (0.21%) HP Helion
3 2 (0.21%) AWS CloudFormation
3 2 (0.21%) Virtual Private Cloud
3 2 (0.21%) Amazon EC2
3 2 (0.21%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (0.21%) PaaS
4 1 (0.10%) Google Apps
4 1 (0.10%) GitHub
4 1 (0.10%) Force.com
Communications & Networking
1 43 (4.47%) SAN
2 25 (2.60%) Internet
3 22 (2.29%) iSCSI
4 21 (2.18%) FCoE
4 21 (2.18%) Fibre Channel
5 17 (1.77%) HTTP
6 13 (1.35%) GSM
6 13 (1.35%) LTE
7 12 (1.25%) TCP/IP
8 10 (1.04%) ATM
8 10 (1.04%) 3G
9 9 (0.94%) Firewall
9 9 (0.94%) Wireless
9 9 (0.94%) UMTS
10 8 (0.83%) VoIP
10 8 (0.83%) 4G
11 7 (0.73%) GPRS
11 7 (0.73%) VPN
12 6 (0.62%) CDMA
12 6 (0.62%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 59 (6.13%) SQL Server
2 33 (3.43%) Relational Database
3 30 (3.12%) Oracle Database
4 25 (2.60%) Data Warehouse
5 20 (2.08%) SQL Server 2012
6 13 (1.35%) RDBMS
7 12 (1.25%) SQL Server 2008
8 11 (1.14%) MySQL
9 10 (1.04%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 9 (0.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 9 (0.94%) Oracle Reports
11 8 (0.83%) NoSQL
12 7 (0.73%) SAP BW
13 6 (0.62%) Oracle Database 10g
13 6 (0.62%) Data Mining
13 6 (0.62%) JasperReports
13 6 (0.62%) SQL Server 2005
14 5 (0.52%) Hadoop
14 5 (0.52%) MongoDB
15 4 (0.42%) Oracle9i Database
Development Applications
1 109 (11.33%) Selenium
2 87 (9.04%) JIRA
3 57 (5.93%) QuickTest Pro
4 55 (5.72%) Team Foundation Server
5 53 (5.51%) Cucumber
6 43 (4.47%) Git (software)
7 40 (4.16%) Visual Studio
8 35 (3.64%) WebDriver
9 30 (3.12%) LoadRunner
10 29 (3.01%) Jenkins
11 28 (2.91%) SoapUI
12 25 (2.60%) Eclipse
13 22 (2.29%) JUnit
14 21 (2.18%) TestDirector
15 19 (1.98%) Subversion
16 18 (1.87%) SpecFlow
17 16 (1.66%) WinRunner
18 13 (1.35%) JMeter
19 11 (1.14%) Maven
20 10 (1.04%) FitNesse
General
1 245 (25.47%) Finance
2 97 (10.08%) Banking
3 51 (5.30%) Telecoms
4 44 (4.57%) Investment Banking
5 40 (4.16%) Retail
6 17 (1.77%) Legal
7 12 (1.25%) Back Office
8 11 (1.14%) Front Office
8 11 (1.14%) Games
9 10 (1.04%) Manufacturing
9 10 (1.04%) General Ledger
9 10 (1.04%) Retail Banking
9 10 (1.04%) Billing
10 7 (0.73%) Marketing
10 7 (0.73%) Publishing
10 7 (0.73%) Electronics
10 7 (0.73%) Pharmaceutical
11 5 (0.52%) Financial Institution
12 4 (0.42%) Automotive
12 4 (0.42%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 361 (37.53%) Analyst
2 294 (30.56%) Test Analyst
3 120 (12.47%) Developer
4 112 (11.64%) Tester
5 82 (8.52%) Test Leader
6 78 (8.11%) Test Manager
7 63 (6.55%) Test Engineer
8 51 (5.30%) Senior Analyst
9 50 (5.20%) Consultant
10 43 (4.47%) Senior Test Analyst
11 36 (3.74%) Test Consultant
12 34 (3.53%) Business Analyst
12 34 (3.53%) Agile Test Analyst
13 31 (3.22%) Software Engineer
14 29 (3.01%) Software Tester
15 28 (2.91%) AWS Developer
16 22 (2.29%) Architect
16 22 (2.29%) QA Analyst
17 20 (2.08%) Technical Analyst
18 19 (1.98%) Technical Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 136 (14.14%) .NET
2 107 (11.12%) XML
3 68 (7.07%) Web Services
4 64 (6.65%) HTML
5 44 (4.57%) CSS
6 41 (4.26%) SOAP
7 34 (3.53%) Gherkin
8 29 (3.01%) .NET Framework
9 26 (2.70%) ASP.NET
10 22 (2.29%) JSON
11 18 (1.87%) J2EE
11 18 (1.87%) Middleware
12 13 (1.35%) XSLT
12 13 (1.35%) Django
13 12 (1.25%) REST
14 11 (1.14%) HTML5
15 10 (1.04%) Ajax
16 8 (0.83%) RESTful
16 8 (0.83%) EJB
16 8 (0.83%) XML Schema
Miscellaneous
1 81 (8.42%) Analytical Skills
2 32 (3.33%) Management Information System
3 27 (2.81%) Mobile App
4 22 (2.29%) User Experience
5 17 (1.77%) Data Centre
5 17 (1.77%) PDA
6 16 (1.66%) Clustering
7 15 (1.56%) Fixed Income
7 15 (1.56%) New Media
8 14 (1.46%) Digital Media
9 13 (1.35%) Computer Science
10 12 (1.25%) NHS
11 11 (1.14%) MPEG
12 10 (1.04%) Device Driver
12 10 (1.04%) STB
12 10 (1.04%) SWIFT
13 9 (0.94%) Smart Meter
14 8 (0.83%) Credit Risk
14 8 (0.83%) Client/Server
14 8 (0.83%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 140 (14.55%) Windows
2 111 (11.54%) Linux
3 66 (6.86%) UNIX
4 43 (4.47%) AIX
5 40 (4.16%) Windows 7
6 36 (3.74%) Android
7 31 (3.22%) Apple iOS
7 31 (3.22%) Windows XP
8 25 (2.60%) Windows Server 2008
9 24 (2.49%) Windows Server 2003
10 9 (0.94%) Solaris
11 6 (0.62%) Ubuntu
12 3 (0.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 3 (0.31%) Windows Server 2012
13 2 (0.21%) Embedded Linux
13 2 (0.21%) Mac OS X
13 2 (0.21%) Windows 2000
14 1 (0.10%) Mac OS
14 1 (0.10%) CentOS
14 1 (0.10%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 374 (38.88%) Agile Software Development
2 209 (21.73%) Test Scripting
3 185 (19.23%) User Acceptance Testing
4 153 (15.90%) Test Automation
5 118 (12.27%) SDLC
6 117 (12.16%) Test Management
7 96 (9.98%) Scrum
8 91 (9.46%) Regression Testing
9 89 (9.25%) Waterfall
10 88 (9.15%) BDD
11 87 (9.04%) Test Planning
12 82 (8.52%) Manual Testing
13 78 (8.11%) Integration Testing
14 76 (7.90%) Validation
14 76 (7.90%) TDD
15 66 (6.86%) Test Strategy
16 65 (6.76%) Automated Testing
16 65 (6.76%) Software Engineering
17 55 (5.72%) Security Testing
18 52 (5.41%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 294 (30.56%) SQL
2 155 (16.11%) Java
3 91 (9.46%) C#
4 75 (7.80%) JavaScript
5 53 (5.51%) Python
6 42 (4.37%) Perl
7 38 (3.95%) C++
8 30 (3.12%) VBA
9 29 (3.01%) C
9 29 (3.01%) Shell Script
10 26 (2.70%) T-SQL
11 24 (2.49%) VB.NET
12 23 (2.39%) VB
13 19 (1.98%) VBScript
14 14 (1.46%) PHP
14 14 (1.46%) PL/SQL
14 14 (1.46%) Ruby
15 12 (1.25%) Scala
16 8 (0.83%) XQuery
17 7 (0.73%) F#
Qualifications
1 241 (25.05%) ISEB
2 213 (22.14%) ISTQB
3 133 (13.83%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 92 (9.56%) Security Cleared
5 62 (6.44%) Degree
6 60 (6.24%) SC Cleared
7 24 (2.49%) Microsoft Certification
8 22 (2.29%) MCSE
8 22 (2.29%) DV Cleared
9 19 (1.98%) MCITP
9 19 (1.98%) HND
10 18 (1.87%) MCSA
11 16 (1.66%) MCTS
11 16 (1.66%) ISEB Practitioner
12 8 (0.83%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
13 5 (0.52%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 3 (0.31%) CISA
14 3 (0.31%) CISM
14 3 (0.31%) CISSP
14 3 (0.31%) CRISC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 158 (16.42%) QA
2 7 (0.73%) PCI DSS
3 6 (0.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 3 (0.31%) ISO 14001
4 3 (0.31%) ISO 9001
5 2 (0.21%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 2 (0.21%) FATCA
6 1 (0.10%) Solvency II
6 1 (0.10%) GCP
6 1 (0.10%) GMP
6 1 (0.10%) SLA
6 1 (0.10%) ISO 8583
6 1 (0.10%) HL7
6 1 (0.10%) DICOM
System Software
1 35 (3.64%) VMware Infrastructure
2 17 (1.77%) Hyper-V
3 16 (1.66%) VMware ESX
4 8 (0.83%) Active Directory
5 3 (0.31%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (0.21%) Firmware
7 1 (0.10%) NFS
7 1 (0.10%) Squid
7 1 (0.10%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.10%) Oracle RAC
7 1 (0.10%) XenApp
7 1 (0.10%) XenDesktop
7 1 (0.10%) Varnish
Systems Management
1 153 (15.90%) HP Quality Center
2 16 (1.66%) McAfee ePO
3 14 (1.46%) Netcool
4 9 (0.94%) Tivoli
4 9 (0.94%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
5 4 (0.42%) BMC PATROL
5 4 (0.42%) Oracle RMAN
6 2 (0.21%) Nessus
6 2 (0.21%) Nmap
6 2 (0.21%) Puppet
6 2 (0.21%) CA LISA
6 2 (0.21%) Cisco UCCE
7 1 (0.10%) XenMobile
7 1 (0.10%) Ansible
7 1 (0.10%) Vagrant
7 1 (0.10%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.10%) WebInspect
7 1 (0.10%) Data Guard
7 1 (0.10%) Backup Exec
7 1 (0.10%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 159 (16.53%) Microsoft
2 100 (10.40%) HP
2 100 (10.40%) Oracle
3 55 (5.72%) VMware
4 48 (4.99%) Citrix
5 41 (4.26%) Veritas
6 27 (2.81%) SAP
7 21 (2.18%) IBM
8 16 (1.66%) McAfee
9 9 (0.94%) ATG
9 9 (0.94%) Cisco
10 8 (0.83%) Perforce
10 8 (0.83%) OpenText
11 7 (0.73%) Ektron
12 6 (0.62%) Salesforce.com
13 5 (0.52%) TIBCO
13 5 (0.52%) Progress
13 5 (0.52%) hybris
14 4 (0.42%) Veeam
14 4 (0.42%) Adobe
Slough, Berkshire
Verticality Ltd
Rate: £250 - £260 per day
Posted: 1 hour ago
Oxfordshire
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Negotiable
Posted: 20 hours ago
Reading, Berkshire
McGregor Boyall
Posted: 23 hours ago
London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: From £600 to £650 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Chertsey, Surrey
Synergize Consulting
Rate: From £24,000 to £26,000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
McGregor Boyall
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
ENTERPRISE RECRUITMENT LTD
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Edward Carter Solutions
Rate: £Excellent
Posted: 7 days ago
City of London
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £375 - £400 per day
Posted: 8 days ago
Reading
Pertemps ERP
Rate: £45-£55k DOE + Excellent benefits package
Posted: 13 days ago
Leicester
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £100.00 - £125.00 per day
Posted: 14 days ago
City of London
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 14 days ago
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Hays IT - Uk Posting account
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Leicester
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
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