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 31 July 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Testing
Rank 225 235 256
Rank change year-on-year
+10 +21
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 567 471 387
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.00% 0.86% 0.76%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.28% 1.13% 1.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 266 256 213
Average daily rate
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£350 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £232 £226
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £444
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £320 £330
% change year-on-year
+1.56% -3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 11 11
Average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £40.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -25.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.43 £13.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £42.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £11.50
% change year-on-year
- +160.86%

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
44182 41616 38228
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 77.70% 76.15% 74.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 28632 25727 23174
Average daily rate £415 £400 £405
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.75% -1.23%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £275 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1181 1176 1105
Average hourly rate £30.00 £25.00 £30.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% -18.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.85 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.17 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.50 £26.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year
+15.09% -14.51%

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 31 July 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 31 July 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 31 July 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 +31 524 £360 +10.76% 175
London +30 188 £425 +6.25% 38
South East +7 107 £375 +15.38% 40
Hampshire +5 45 £340 +4.61% 10
North West -6 43 £406 +31.04% 26
South West -16 42 £350 +7.69% 19
Yorkshire 0 41 £325 +18.18% 14
Scotland -12 33 £280 -18.54% 13
West Yorkshire -9 31 £325 +18.18% 4
West Midlands +12 29 £300 +11.11% 8
City of London -15 29 £425 - 15
Leeds -7 28 £325 +18.18% 2
Berkshire +7 24 £388 +3.33% 4
East of England +4 23 £269 -29.50% 15
Edinburgh -4 20 £280 +5.66% 7
Buckinghamshire 0 16 £375 +35.74% 7
East Midlands -3 14 £175 -40.67% 11
Manchester -4 14 £400 +31.14% 16
North East -21 14 £238 -34.02% 2
Midlands +13 13 - -
Bristol -1 12 £310 -14.48% 8
Wiltshire +8 11 £363 +68.60% 6
Winchester -2 11 £313 - 2
Lancashire - 11 £331 - 3
Cambridgeshire +9 10 £288 - 6
Glasgow +5 10 £275 -20.28% 5
South Coast +7 9 - -
Cambridge +1 9 £273 - 5
Reading - 9 £400 - 3
Slough 0 8 £315 +46.51%

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 July 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.

1 402 (37.43%) Agile Software Development
2 318 (29.61%) SQL
3 286 (26.63%) ISEB
4 285 (26.54%) Finance
5 233 (21.69%) ISTQB
6 212 (19.74%) Test Scripting
7 203 (18.90%) User Acceptance Testing
8 199 (18.53%) Test Automation
9 171 (15.92%) QA
10 167 (15.55%) Java
11 157 (14.62%) Microsoft
12 152 (14.15%) .NET
13 145 (13.50%) Test Management
14 144 (13.41%) SDLC
15 136 (12.66%) HP Quality Center
16 133 (12.38%) Banking
17 131 (12.20%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
18 123 (11.45%) Windows
19 122 (11.36%) C#
20 120 (11.17%) Selenium
21 119 (11.08%) Scrum
22 118 (10.99%) Oracle
23 106 (9.87%) XML
24 103 (9.59%) BDD
25 101 (9.40%) Analytical Skills
26 100 (9.31%) HP
27 99 (9.22%) Security Cleared
28 95 (8.85%) Waterfall
28 95 (8.85%) Regression Testing
29 94 (8.75%) Web Services

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 16 (1.49%) SharePoint
2 15 (1.40%) CMS
3 10 (0.93%) WebLogic
3 10 (0.93%) Confluence
4 8 (0.74%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 8 (0.74%) BizTalk Server
5 7 (0.65%) WebSphere
6 6 (0.56%) IIS
6 6 (0.56%) Documentum
6 6 (0.56%) LiveLink
6 6 (0.56%) WordPress
7 5 (0.47%) MS Exchange
7 5 (0.47%) JBoss
7 5 (0.47%) ATG Dynamo
8 4 (0.37%) WebSphere Application Server
8 4 (0.37%) Apache
9 3 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2007
9 3 (0.28%) Drupal
9 3 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2010
10 2 (0.19%) Node.js
Applications
1 78 (7.26%) MS Excel
2 26 (2.42%) MS Office
3 12 (1.12%) MS Project
4 6 (0.56%) Spreadsheet
5 3 (0.28%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.093%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 8 (0.74%) Oracle EBS
2 7 (0.65%) Magento
3 6 (0.56%) Oracle Payables
3 6 (0.56%) Oracle Receivables
3 6 (0.56%) Summit
3 6 (0.56%) MultiFonds
4 5 (0.47%) Markit EDM
5 4 (0.37%) SAP FI
6 3 (0.28%) SAP CO
6 3 (0.28%) SAP FI/CO
6 3 (0.28%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 3 (0.28%) Dynamics CRM
6 3 (0.28%) TRIRIGA
7 2 (0.19%) thinkFolio
7 2 (0.19%) Temenos T24
7 2 (0.19%) Eagle PACE
7 2 (0.19%) Dynamics AX
7 2 (0.19%) Front Arena
7 2 (0.19%) LatentZero
8 1 (0.093%) SAP MM
Cloud Services
1 6 (0.56%) Amazon AWS
2 5 (0.47%) Google Analytics
3 3 (0.28%) Cloud Computing
3 3 (0.28%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (0.19%) HP Helion
4 2 (0.19%) SaaS
4 2 (0.19%) PaaS
5 1 (0.093%) Office 365
5 1 (0.093%) SuccessFactors
5 1 (0.093%) Force.com
Communications & Networking
1 22 (2.05%) Internet
2 19 (1.77%) SAN
3 16 (1.49%) Firewall
4 12 (1.12%) LTE
5 11 (1.02%) ATM
5 11 (1.02%) GSM
5 11 (1.02%) TCP/IP
6 9 (0.84%) FCoE
6 9 (0.84%) Fibre Channel
6 9 (0.84%) iSCSI
7 8 (0.74%) 4G
7 8 (0.74%) UMTS
7 8 (0.74%) VoIP
7 8 (0.74%) HTTP
7 8 (0.74%) 3G
7 8 (0.74%) Wireless
8 7 (0.65%) WAN
8 7 (0.65%) LAN
8 7 (0.65%) DAB
9 6 (0.56%) VoLTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 76 (7.08%) SQL Server
2 35 (3.26%) Relational Database
3 28 (2.61%) Data Warehouse
4 21 (1.96%) Oracle Database
5 18 (1.68%) SQL Server 2012
5 18 (1.68%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 12 (1.12%) MySQL
6 12 (1.12%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 11 (1.02%) Data Mining
7 11 (1.02%) RDBMS
7 11 (1.02%) SQL Server 2008
8 10 (0.93%) NoSQL
9 8 (0.74%) Oracle Reports
10 7 (0.65%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 7 (0.65%) SQL Server 2005
11 6 (0.56%) Hadoop
11 6 (0.56%) JasperReports
12 5 (0.47%) SAP BW
12 5 (0.47%) Oracle Database 10g
12 5 (0.47%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 120 (11.17%) Selenium
2 90 (8.38%) JIRA
3 86 (8.01%) Cucumber
4 71 (6.61%) SoapUI
4 71 (6.61%) HP UFT
5 62 (5.77%) Visual Studio
6 53 (4.93%) Team Foundation Server
7 50 (4.66%) LoadRunner
8 44 (4.10%) WebDriver
9 37 (3.45%) JMeter
10 32 (2.98%) Jenkins
11 29 (2.70%) SpecFlow
11 29 (2.70%) JUnit
12 26 (2.42%) Subversion
12 26 (2.42%) Git (software)
13 18 (1.68%) Maven
14 17 (1.58%) TestDirector
15 16 (1.49%) FitNesse
16 14 (1.30%) Facilita Forecast
17 13 (1.21%) NUnit
General
1 285 (26.54%) Finance
2 133 (12.38%) Banking
3 66 (6.15%) Telecoms
4 53 (4.93%) Retail
5 52 (4.84%) Investment Banking
6 23 (2.14%) Legal
7 16 (1.49%) Games
8 15 (1.40%) Front Office
8 15 (1.40%) Back Office
8 15 (1.40%) Retail Banking
9 13 (1.21%) Publishing
10 11 (1.02%) Manufacturing
11 10 (0.93%) Billing
12 9 (0.84%) General Ledger
13 8 (0.74%) Marketing
14 6 (0.56%) Advertising
14 6 (0.56%) Electronics
14 6 (0.56%) Pharmaceutical
14 6 (0.56%) Financial Institution
15 4 (0.37%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 408 (37.99%) Analyst
2 337 (31.38%) Test Analyst
3 133 (12.38%) Tester
4 119 (11.08%) Developer
5 111 (10.34%) Test Manager
6 84 (7.82%) Test Leader
7 65 (6.05%) Test Engineer
8 57 (5.31%) Consultant
9 51 (4.75%) Senior Analyst
10 46 (4.28%) Test Consultant
11 41 (3.82%) Agile Test Analyst
12 38 (3.54%) Business Analyst
13 36 (3.35%) Software Tester
14 34 (3.17%) Senior Test Analyst
15 27 (2.51%) Automation Analyst
15 27 (2.51%) QA Analyst
16 25 (2.33%) Automation Test Analyst
17 22 (2.05%) AWS Developer
18 21 (1.96%) Software Engineer
19 20 (1.86%) Technical Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 152 (14.15%) .NET
2 106 (9.87%) XML
3 94 (8.75%) Web Services
4 69 (6.42%) HTML
5 68 (6.33%) SOAP
6 43 (4.00%) CSS
7 38 (3.54%) Gherkin
8 35 (3.26%) ASP.NET
9 33 (3.07%) .NET Framework
10 24 (2.23%) REST
11 19 (1.77%) Middleware
12 16 (1.49%) JSON
13 15 (1.40%) HTML5
14 14 (1.30%) AngularJS
15 13 (1.21%) J2EE
16 12 (1.12%) Spring
16 12 (1.12%) Django
17 10 (0.93%) XML Messaging
18 9 (0.84%) jQuery
19 8 (0.74%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 101 (9.40%) Analytical Skills
2 42 (3.91%) Management Information System
3 31 (2.89%) Mobile App
4 25 (2.33%) New Media
5 24 (2.23%) User Experience
6 21 (1.96%) Fixed Income
7 20 (1.86%) Computer Science
8 18 (1.68%) Client/Server
9 17 (1.58%) NHS
10 14 (1.30%) Data Centre
10 14 (1.30%) Performance Metrics
11 13 (1.21%) Data Structures
11 13 (1.21%) Digital Media
12 12 (1.12%) Smart Meter
12 12 (1.12%) EPoS
13 11 (1.02%) Algorithms
13 11 (1.02%) Enterprise Software
13 11 (1.02%) SWIFT
14 10 (0.93%) PDA
14 10 (0.93%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 123 (11.45%) Windows
2 91 (8.47%) Linux
3 77 (7.17%) UNIX
4 37 (3.45%) Android
5 30 (2.79%) Apple iOS
6 27 (2.51%) Windows 7
7 24 (2.23%) AIX
8 20 (1.86%) Windows XP
9 18 (1.68%) Windows Server 2008
10 15 (1.40%) Windows Server 2003
11 8 (0.74%) Solaris
12 5 (0.47%) Windows Server 2012
13 4 (0.37%) Ubuntu
14 3 (0.28%) Embedded Linux
14 3 (0.28%) Mac OS X
15 2 (0.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 1 (0.093%) Oracle Linux
16 1 (0.093%) Tizen
16 1 (0.093%) Windows 8
16 1 (0.093%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 402 (37.43%) Agile Software Development
2 212 (19.74%) Test Scripting
3 203 (18.90%) User Acceptance Testing
4 199 (18.53%) Test Automation
5 145 (13.50%) Test Management
6 144 (13.41%) SDLC
7 119 (11.08%) Scrum
8 103 (9.59%) BDD
9 95 (8.85%) Waterfall
9 95 (8.85%) Regression Testing
10 93 (8.66%) Integration Testing
11 85 (7.91%) Manual Testing
11 85 (7.91%) Test Strategy
12 81 (7.54%) TDD
12 81 (7.54%) Automated Testing
13 80 (7.45%) Test Planning
14 76 (7.08%) Migration
15 72 (6.70%) Security Testing
16 65 (6.05%) Information Assurance
17 62 (5.77%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 318 (29.61%) SQL
2 167 (15.55%) Java
3 122 (11.36%) C#
4 72 (6.70%) JavaScript
5 52 (4.84%) Python
6 34 (3.17%) C++
7 33 (3.07%) T-SQL
8 30 (2.79%) VB
9 29 (2.70%) Perl
10 26 (2.42%) Ruby
11 24 (2.23%) C
12 22 (2.05%) VB.NET
12 22 (2.05%) Shell Script
13 19 (1.77%) VBScript
14 17 (1.58%) VBA
15 16 (1.49%) PL/SQL
16 10 (0.93%) F#
17 8 (0.74%) Bash Shell
18 6 (0.56%) PHP
19 4 (0.37%) Scala
Qualifications
1 286 (26.63%) ISEB
2 233 (21.69%) ISTQB
3 131 (12.20%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 99 (9.22%) Security Cleared
5 78 (7.26%) Degree
6 61 (5.68%) SC Cleared
7 32 (2.98%) ISEB Practitioner
8 21 (1.96%) DV Cleared
9 18 (1.68%) Microsoft Certification
10 16 (1.49%) MCSE
11 15 (1.40%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 14 (1.30%) MCSA
13 11 (1.02%) MCITP
14 10 (0.93%) MCTS
15 7 (0.65%) HND
15 7 (0.65%) PRINCE2 Certification
16 5 (0.47%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 4 (0.37%) CISM
17 4 (0.37%) CTC Cleared
18 3 (0.28%) CRISC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 171 (15.92%) QA
2 9 (0.84%) PCI DSS
3 7 (0.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.19%) MiFID
4 2 (0.19%) SLA
4 2 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 2 (0.19%) EMIR
4 2 (0.19%) Dodd-Frank
5 1 (0.093%) Solvency II
5 1 (0.093%) ISO 8583
5 1 (0.093%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 1 (0.093%) GCP
5 1 (0.093%) GxP
5 1 (0.093%) HL7
5 1 (0.093%) DICOM
System Software
1 23 (2.14%) VMware Infrastructure
2 12 (1.12%) Active Directory
3 9 (0.84%) Hyper-V
3 9 (0.84%) VMware ESX
4 4 (0.37%) Microsoft App-V
5 3 (0.28%) vSphere
6 1 (0.093%) Varnish
6 1 (0.093%) Snort
6 1 (0.093%) Squid
6 1 (0.093%) Oracle RAC
6 1 (0.093%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 136 (12.66%) HP Quality Center
2 8 (0.74%) McAfee ePO
2 8 (0.74%) Netcool
3 6 (0.56%) Tivoli
3 6 (0.56%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
4 4 (0.37%) BMC PATROL
5 3 (0.28%) Oracle RMAN
6 2 (0.19%) Puppet
6 2 (0.19%) CA LISA
6 2 (0.19%) Cisco UCCE
7 1 (0.093%) Ansible
7 1 (0.093%) Vagrant
7 1 (0.093%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.093%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
7 1 (0.093%) WebInspect
7 1 (0.093%) Data Guard
Vendors
1 157 (14.62%) Microsoft
2 118 (10.99%) Oracle
3 100 (9.31%) HP
4 42 (3.91%) VMware
5 34 (3.17%) Citrix
6 30 (2.79%) SAP
7 22 (2.05%) Veritas
8 21 (1.96%) IBM
9 19 (1.77%) OpenText
10 13 (1.21%) Splunk
11 12 (1.12%) ATG
12 11 (1.02%) Cisco
13 10 (0.93%) Perforce
14 9 (0.84%) TIBCO
14 9 (0.84%) McAfee
15 8 (0.74%) hybris
16 7 (0.65%) Atlassian
17 5 (0.47%) Veeam
17 5 (0.47%) Google
17 5 (0.47%) Progress
Manchester, Lancashire
Mortimer Spinks
Posted: 2 days ago
Winchester, Hampshire
LA International
Rate: Market Rates Apply
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: £200 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Michael Bailey Associates
Rate: market rates
Posted: 2 days ago
City of London
Energize Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £300 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Hampshire
Lawrence Harvey Enterprise
Posted: 3 days ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £150 - £200 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Bradford, West Yorkshire
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 4 days ago
Winchester
ABRS
Rate: £325 - £375 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City of London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £381 per day
Posted: 11 days ago
Cambridge
Mint Recruitment Solutions
Rate: £300 - £340 per day
Posted: 25 days ago
Coventry
Interquest - IQ Telecom
Rate: £150 - £300 per day
Posted: 26 days ago