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 28 January 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
28 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Testing
Rank 231 225 256
Rank change year-on-year
-6 +31
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 442 426 320
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.88% 0.87% 0.70%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.17% 1.17% 0.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 248 223 173
Average daily rate
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£350 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £200 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £463 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £310 £325
% change year-on-year
+12.90% -4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 13 15
Average hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+55.55% -18.18%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.54 £15.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £41.50 £35.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £21.75 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+60.91% -27.50%

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
37746 36266 32728
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 75.34% 74.25% 72.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 24225 22016 19460
Average daily rate £420 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £398 £375 £360
% change year-on-year
+6.00% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 992 1106 1306
Average hourly rate £25.00 £27.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.40% -10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £46.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £27.50 £31.07
% change year-on-year
-5.45% -11.49%

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 28 January 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 28 January 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 28 January 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 -17 400 £350 +4.08% 206
London +5 135 £355 -5.96% 54
South East +7 113 £320 +7.11% 45
East of England +30 46 £290 +10.47% 18
South West -7 44 £400 +6.66% 23
Hampshire -19 41 £370 +13.84% 9
Scotland +6 35 £365 +21.50% 7
City of London +9 28 £355 -16.47% 23
Cambridgeshire +10 26 £290 +52.63% 12
North West 0 25 £400 +26.98% 29
Berkshire -3 20 £375 +33.92% 9
Glasgow +12 15 £433 +82.10% 1
Surrey +10 14 £163 -56.66% 10
Yorkshire -29 14 £358 +19.16% 14
Manchester +4 13 £330 +4.76% 22
Buckinghamshire -9 13 £293 -7.87% 3
Milton Keynes +2 12 £290 -16.24% 2
Hertfordshire +11 11 £250 +25.00% 2
Winchester +3 11 £325 -6.47% 4
Bristol +2 11 £358 +10.00% 12
Devon -6 11 £413 +26.92% 2
Gloucestershire -7 11 £525 +23.52%
West Yorkshire -24 11 £315 +5.00% 9
West Sussex - 11 £220 - 2
East Midlands +6 10 £300 -6.25% 8
Exeter +3 10 £413 - 2
Leeds -24 10 £358 +19.16% 7
Lancashire - 10 £400 - 2
Reading 0 8 £375 +36.36% 6
Edinburgh -12 8 £370 +23.33% 3

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 January 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.

1 377 (41.25%) Agile Software Development
2 336 (36.76%) ISEB
3 277 (30.31%) ISTQB
4 272 (29.76%) SQL
5 245 (26.81%) HP Quality Center
6 231 (25.27%) Test Scripting
7 199 (21.77%) Finance
8 195 (21.33%) User Acceptance Testing
9 177 (19.37%) QA
9 177 (19.37%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 155 (16.96%) Java
11 152 (16.63%) Selenium
11 152 (16.63%) Security Cleared
12 145 (15.86%) HP
13 138 (15.10%) JIRA
14 137 (14.99%) Microsoft
15 136 (14.88%) Windows
16 130 (14.22%) Scrum
17 125 (13.68%) Test Automation
18 124 (13.57%) Linux
19 114 (12.47%) SC Cleared
19 114 (12.47%) Test Management
20 108 (11.82%) BDD
20 108 (11.82%) Oracle
20 108 (11.82%) Automated Testing
21 107 (11.71%) TDD
21 107 (11.71%) .NET
22 103 (11.27%) XML
23 99 (10.83%) QuickTest Pro
24 96 (10.50%) Test Strategy

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 January 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 32 (3.50%) SharePoint
2 15 (1.64%) CMS
3 13 (1.42%) BizTalk Server
4 10 (1.09%) JBoss
5 8 (0.88%) WebLogic
5 8 (0.88%) IIS
6 7 (0.77%) SharePoint 2010
7 6 (0.66%) GlassFish
7 6 (0.66%) Node.js
7 6 (0.66%) WebSphere
8 4 (0.44%) Oracle Workflow
8 4 (0.44%) MS Exchange
8 4 (0.44%) Apache
9 3 (0.33%) MTS
9 3 (0.33%) Tomcat
9 3 (0.33%) Documentum
10 2 (0.22%) Tornado
10 2 (0.22%) Confluence
10 2 (0.22%) Lync
11 1 (0.11%) MQSeries
Applications
1 79 (8.64%) MS Excel
2 42 (4.60%) MS Office
3 9 (0.98%) MS PowerPoint
4 7 (0.77%) MS Project
5 4 (0.44%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.22%) MS Visio
7 1 (0.11%) Doxygen
7 1 (0.11%) Windchill
7 1 (0.11%) PowerPivot
7 1 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 28 (3.06%) Oracle EBS
2 18 (1.97%) Summit
3 11 (1.20%) Dynamics CRM
4 4 (0.44%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 3 (0.33%) SAP FI
5 3 (0.33%) Oracle Payables
5 3 (0.33%) Oracle Receivables
6 2 (0.22%) SAP HCM
6 2 (0.22%) Dynamics AX
6 2 (0.22%) SAP BCA
7 1 (0.11%) Oracle 11i
7 1 (0.11%) SAP MM
7 1 (0.11%) Endur
7 1 (0.11%) SAP SD
7 1 (0.11%) Agresso
7 1 (0.11%) SAP Retail
7 1 (0.11%) ENOVIA
7 1 (0.11%) LatentZero
7 1 (0.11%) Oracle HRMS
7 1 (0.11%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 7 (0.77%) SaaS
2 6 (0.66%) GitHub
3 4 (0.44%) Cloud Computing
3 4 (0.44%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (0.33%) Amazon EC2
5 2 (0.22%) ElastiCache
5 2 (0.22%) Amazon ElastiCache
5 2 (0.22%) Office 365
6 1 (0.11%) Google Apps
6 1 (0.11%) PaaS
6 1 (0.11%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 44 (4.81%) SAN
2 26 (2.84%) Internet
3 24 (2.63%) TCP/IP
4 18 (1.97%) HTTPS
5 17 (1.86%) Wireshark
6 16 (1.75%) iSCSI
6 16 (1.75%) HTTP
7 15 (1.64%) FCoE
7 15 (1.64%) Fibre Channel
8 12 (1.31%) SSL
9 10 (1.09%) ATM
10 7 (0.77%) Ethernet
10 7 (0.77%) 3G
10 7 (0.77%) 2G
11 6 (0.66%) Wi-Fi
12 5 (0.55%) Wireless
13 4 (0.44%) ZigBee
13 4 (0.44%) WPA2
13 4 (0.44%) DLNA
13 4 (0.44%) 802.11
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (4.27%) SQL Server
2 35 (3.83%) Oracle Database
2 35 (3.83%) Relational Database
3 21 (2.30%) Data Warehouse
4 12 (1.31%) RDBMS
4 12 (1.31%) Oracle Reports
4 12 (1.31%) MySQL
5 10 (1.09%) MongoDB
6 9 (0.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 9 (0.98%) SQL Server 2008
7 8 (0.88%) NoSQL
8 7 (0.77%) SAP BW
8 7 (0.77%) Apache Cassandra
9 5 (0.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 5 (0.55%) SQL Server 2005
10 4 (0.44%) SQL Server 2012
10 4 (0.44%) BusinessObjects
10 4 (0.44%) DataStage
10 4 (0.44%) DB2
11 3 (0.33%) Oracle OWB
Development Applications
1 152 (16.63%) Selenium
2 138 (15.10%) JIRA
3 99 (10.83%) QuickTest Pro
4 85 (9.30%) Team Foundation Server
5 55 (6.02%) Jenkins
6 49 (5.36%) WebDriver
7 44 (4.81%) JUnit
8 43 (4.70%) Cucumber
9 42 (4.60%) Git (software)
9 42 (4.60%) Visual Studio
10 37 (4.05%) Subversion
10 37 (4.05%) LoadRunner
11 30 (3.28%) Eclipse
11 30 (3.28%) SoapUI
12 27 (2.95%) SpecFlow
12 27 (2.95%) Maven
13 18 (1.97%) TestDirector
14 17 (1.86%) Bugzilla
14 17 (1.86%) JMeter
15 15 (1.64%) WinRunner
General
1 199 (21.77%) Finance
2 79 (8.64%) Banking
3 38 (4.16%) Telecoms
4 21 (2.30%) Retail
4 21 (2.30%) Investment Banking
5 16 (1.75%) Back Office
6 14 (1.53%) Games
7 13 (1.42%) Manufacturing
8 12 (1.31%) Electronics
8 12 (1.31%) Legal
9 11 (1.20%) Marketing
10 9 (0.98%) Automotive
11 8 (0.88%) General Ledger
12 7 (0.77%) Front Office
12 7 (0.77%) Advertising
13 5 (0.55%) Pharmaceutical
14 4 (0.44%) Aerospace
15 3 (0.33%) Publishing
16 2 (0.22%) French Language
16 2 (0.22%) Law
Job Titles
1 358 (39.17%) Analyst
2 314 (34.35%) Test Analyst
3 164 (17.94%) Tester
4 98 (10.72%) Developer
5 72 (7.88%) Test Engineer
6 70 (7.66%) Test Manager
7 56 (6.13%) Test Leader
8 50 (5.47%) Senior Analyst
9 45 (4.92%) Senior Test Analyst
10 38 (4.16%) Agile Test Analyst
11 35 (3.83%) Automation Tester
12 31 (3.39%) Software Engineer
13 29 (3.17%) Consultant
14 23 (2.52%) Java Developer
15 21 (2.30%) Test Consultant
16 19 (2.08%) QA Analyst
16 19 (2.08%) Software Tester
17 18 (1.97%) QA Tester
18 17 (1.86%) Senior Tester
19 16 (1.75%) Software Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 107 (11.71%) .NET
2 103 (11.27%) XML
3 82 (8.97%) HTML
4 59 (6.46%) Web Services
5 46 (5.03%) CSS
6 25 (2.74%) .NET Framework
7 23 (2.52%) JSON
8 22 (2.41%) REST
8 22 (2.41%) JSP
9 18 (1.97%) SOAP
9 18 (1.97%) ASP.NET
10 17 (1.86%) Gherkin
11 16 (1.75%) jQuery
11 16 (1.75%) EJB
11 16 (1.75%) XSLT
12 15 (1.64%) J2EE
12 15 (1.64%) JPA
13 14 (1.53%) Django
14 13 (1.42%) RESTful
15 11 (1.20%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 76 (8.32%) Analytical Skills
2 34 (3.72%) Open Source
3 27 (2.95%) Client/Server
4 23 (2.52%) User Experience
5 21 (2.30%) Computer Science
6 18 (1.97%) Management Information System
7 15 (1.64%) PDA
8 14 (1.53%) Clustering
9 13 (1.42%) AS400
10 12 (1.31%) Enterprise Software
11 10 (1.09%) Digital Media
11 10 (1.09%) Mobile App
11 10 (1.09%) MPEG
12 9 (0.98%) STB
12 9 (0.98%) Derivative
12 9 (0.98%) Mathematics
13 7 (0.77%) Fixed Income
13 7 (0.77%) New Media
13 7 (0.77%) Data Structures
14 6 (0.66%) Data Integration
Operating Systems
1 136 (14.88%) Windows
2 124 (13.57%) Linux
3 75 (8.21%) UNIX
4 46 (5.03%) Windows XP
5 36 (3.94%) Windows 7
6 32 (3.50%) Windows Server 2008
7 31 (3.39%) Windows Server 2003
8 30 (3.28%) AIX
9 15 (1.64%) Android
9 15 (1.64%) Apple iOS
10 13 (1.42%) Windows 2000
11 8 (0.88%) Ubuntu
12 5 (0.55%) Windows Server 2012
13 4 (0.44%) Solaris
14 3 (0.33%) Mac OS
14 3 (0.33%) Windows 8
15 2 (0.22%) openSUSE
15 2 (0.22%) Debian
15 2 (0.22%) Windows Mobile
16 1 (0.11%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 377 (41.25%) Agile Software Development
2 231 (25.27%) Test Scripting
3 195 (21.33%) User Acceptance Testing
4 130 (14.22%) Scrum
5 125 (13.68%) Test Automation
6 114 (12.47%) Test Management
7 108 (11.82%) BDD
7 108 (11.82%) Automated Testing
8 107 (11.71%) TDD
9 96 (10.50%) Test Strategy
10 91 (9.96%) Manual Testing
11 86 (9.41%) Validation
11 86 (9.41%) Waterfall
12 85 (9.30%) Integration Testing
13 84 (9.19%) Regression Testing
14 73 (7.99%) Software Engineering
14 73 (7.99%) Test Planning
15 60 (6.56%) Project Management
15 60 (6.56%) Automation Testing
16 57 (6.24%) V-Model
Programming Languages
1 272 (29.76%) SQL
2 155 (16.96%) Java
3 88 (9.63%) JavaScript
4 75 (8.21%) Python
5 59 (6.46%) C#
6 42 (4.60%) C
7 41 (4.49%) C++
8 34 (3.72%) Perl
9 27 (2.95%) VBA
10 26 (2.84%) Ruby
11 25 (2.74%) Scala
12 23 (2.52%) PHP
13 20 (2.19%) VB
14 19 (2.08%) Shell Script
15 16 (1.75%) VBScript
16 14 (1.53%) PL/SQL
17 13 (1.42%) Bash Shell
18 10 (1.09%) XQuery
19 7 (0.77%) VB.NET
20 6 (0.66%) JPQL
Qualifications
1 336 (36.76%) ISEB
2 277 (30.31%) ISTQB
3 177 (19.37%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 152 (16.63%) Security Cleared
5 114 (12.47%) SC Cleared
6 49 (5.36%) Degree
7 43 (4.70%) DV Cleared
8 34 (3.72%) ISEB Practitioner
9 21 (2.30%) HND
10 20 (2.19%) Microsoft Certification
11 19 (2.08%) MCSE
12 15 (1.64%) MCITP
13 14 (1.53%) MCTS
13 14 (1.53%) MCSA
14 9 (0.98%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
15 5 (0.55%) CCNP
15 5 (0.55%) CCNA
15 5 (0.55%) Cisco Certification
16 3 (0.33%) PMI Certification
16 3 (0.33%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 177 (19.37%) QA
2 13 (1.42%) ISO 9001
3 8 (0.88%) ISO 14001
4 7 (0.77%) SLA
5 6 (0.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 5 (0.55%) ISO 9000
7 2 (0.22%) FATCA
7 2 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.11%) 21 CFR Part 11
8 1 (0.11%) GMP
8 1 (0.11%) DO-178B
8 1 (0.11%) DICOM
System Software
1 23 (2.52%) VMware Infrastructure
2 15 (1.64%) Hyper-V
3 14 (1.53%) VMware ESX
4 12 (1.31%) Nmap
5 8 (0.88%) Active Directory
6 3 (0.33%) Firmware
6 3 (0.33%) XenApp
7 2 (0.22%) Oracle RMAN
8 1 (0.11%) NFS
8 1 (0.11%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.11%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.11%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 245 (26.81%) HP Quality Center
2 14 (1.53%) McAfee ePO
3 13 (1.42%) Netcool
4 12 (1.31%) Nessus
5 9 (0.98%) Tivoli
5 9 (0.98%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
6 3 (0.33%) Opscode Chef
7 2 (0.22%) Vagrant
7 2 (0.22%) HP SiteScope
8 1 (0.11%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
8 1 (0.11%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 1 (0.11%) Backup Exec
8 1 (0.11%) Puppet
8 1 (0.11%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 145 (15.86%) HP
2 137 (14.99%) Microsoft
3 108 (11.82%) Oracle
4 51 (5.58%) Citrix
5 36 (3.94%) VMware
6 34 (3.72%) SAP
7 29 (3.17%) Veritas
8 18 (1.97%) Murex
9 14 (1.53%) McAfee
10 12 (1.31%) IBM
11 11 (1.20%) Salesforce.com
11 11 (1.20%) Talend
12 8 (0.88%) Bloomberg
12 8 (0.88%) Business Objects
13 7 (0.77%) Open Text
14 5 (0.55%) Calypso
14 5 (0.55%) Perforce
14 5 (0.55%) ATG
14 5 (0.55%) Ektron
15 4 (0.44%) hybris
City, London
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 1 hour ago
City, London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £300.00 - £340.00 per day
Posted: 2 hours ago
Leeds
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £350.00 - £425.00 per day
Posted: 22 hours ago
Erskine, Renfrewshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £375.00 per day
Posted: 23 hours ago
Yorkshire
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £350 - £420 per day
Posted: 23 hours ago
Lincolnshire
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Rate: £40 - £45 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Square One Resources
Posted: Yesterday
Reading, Berkshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350 - £373 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
CoreCom Consulting
Rate: £180 - £200 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Cheshire
Shortlist Recruitment
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Worthing, West Sussex
Certes Computing Ltd
Posted: 5 days ago
Winchester, Hampshire
Hays Talent Solutions
Rate: £35.00 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Recommend Recruitment
Rate: From £280 to £330 per day 3 months, likely extension
Posted: 6 days ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £125.00 - £145.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
MNM Associates Ltd
Rate: Rate on experience
Posted: 6 days ago
Oxfordshire
X4 Group
Rate: £150 - 175 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Southampton, Hampshire
VIQU
Rate: £40 - 45 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
Manchester
Real Staffing
Rate: £280 - £380 per day + competitive
Posted: 7 days ago
Middlesex
Computer Futures
Rate: £45 - £46 per hour
Posted: 8 days ago
Hampshire
Novate IT Ltd
Rate: £250 - £300 per annum
Posted: 8 days ago