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 29 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
29 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 237 239 262
Rank change year-on-year
+2 +23
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 466 391 396
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.85% 0.76% 0.68%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.15% 1.05% 0.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 254 217 216
Average daily rate
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£325 £350 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.14% +9.37%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £231 £227 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £442 £481
UK excluding London average daily rate £323 £330 £300
% change year-on-year
-2.27% +10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 11 22
Average hourly rate £34.00 £40.00 £27.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-15.00% +44.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £11.00 £16.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.00 £11.50 £28.00
% change year-on-year
+186.95% -58.92%
Processes & Methodologies Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
40453 37287 40858
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.06% 72.92% 70.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 25028 22615 23509
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 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £560 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1155 1063 1447
Average hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £30.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.66% -1.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.52 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £48.84 £45.00
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 29 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 29 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 29 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 +18 413 £325 -7.14% 162
London +26 155 £400 +3.89% 44
South East -27 94 £325 -7.14% 38
South West -16 49 £325 -7.80% 17
Hampshire +1 36 £325 -23.97% 7
City of London +27 34 £425 +6.25% 12
Scotland +2 33 £344 +19.56% 9
Berkshire -3 22 £375 -1.96% 15
North West +8 21 £310 +3.33% 19
West Midlands +7 21 £290 - 7
Yorkshire +1 18 £275 -1.78% 20
East of England -42 18 £381 +8.92% 10
East Midlands 0 17 £295 -1.83% 4
Somerset -1 17 £313 - 5
West Yorkshire +8 16 £275 -9.83% 9
Buckinghamshire -1 16 £276 -15.64% 3
Edinburgh -3 16 £265 - 3
Taunton -9 15 £300 - 1
Wales -11 14 £325 +20.81% 3
South Wales -9 12 £325 +22.52% 3
Coventry - 12 - - 2
Leeds 0 11 £275 -21.42% 8
Milton Keynes -7 11 £270 -17.55% 2
Slough +9 10 £215 -
Manchester -1 10 £305 +1.66% 15
Glasgow -1 10 £345 +20.00% 3
Bristol -12 10 £363 -2.02% 7
Gloucestershire -12 10 £375 +15.38% 2
Surrey -10 8 £295 -10.94% 9
North East -12 8 £360 - 4

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 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.

1 381 (39.08%) ISEB
2 325 (33.33%) ISTQB
3 296 (30.36%) SQL
4 288 (29.54%) Test Scripting
5 250 (25.64%) HP Quality Center
6 246 (25.23%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 235 (24.10%) QA
8 212 (21.74%) Scrum
9 210 (21.54%) Agile Software Development
10 199 (20.41%) User Acceptance Testing
11 192 (19.69%) Security Cleared
12 179 (18.36%) Selenium
13 178 (18.26%) Finance
14 172 (17.64%) Microsoft
15 162 (16.62%) .NET
16 161 (16.51%) HP
17 155 (15.90%) Java
17 155 (15.90%) Automated Testing
18 152 (15.59%) SC Cleared
19 151 (15.49%) Test Automation
20 141 (14.46%) Oracle
21 140 (14.36%) C#
22 133 (13.64%) Test Strategy
23 132 (13.54%) Windows
24 131 (13.44%) BDD
25 123 (12.62%) Test Management
26 118 (12.10%) Team Foundation Server
27 117 (12.00%) UNIX
28 107 (10.97%) JIRA
29 101 (10.36%) Linux

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 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 43 (4.41%) SharePoint
2 8 (0.82%) CMS
3 7 (0.72%) WebLogic
4 5 (0.51%) BizTalk Server
5 4 (0.41%) SharePoint 2010
5 4 (0.41%) Apache Qpid
5 4 (0.41%) WebSphere
6 3 (0.31%) SharePoint Server
6 3 (0.31%) Apache
6 3 (0.31%) Tomcat
6 3 (0.31%) Mule
7 2 (0.21%) WordPress
7 2 (0.21%) SharePoint 2013
7 2 (0.21%) MS Exchange
7 2 (0.21%) Documentum
7 2 (0.21%) Oracle Workflow
8 1 (0.10%) Exchange Server 2003
8 1 (0.10%) Oracle Spatial
8 1 (0.10%) Oracle BPEL
8 1 (0.10%) GlassFish
Applications
1 85 (8.72%) MS Excel
2 52 (5.33%) MS Office
3 16 (1.64%) MS PowerPoint
4 14 (1.44%) MS Project
5 13 (1.33%) MS Visio
6 4 (0.41%) Mingle
7 3 (0.31%) Spreadsheet
8 2 (0.21%) Stata
9 1 (0.10%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.10%) AutoCAD
9 1 (0.10%) Simulink
9 1 (0.10%) Stateflow
9 1 (0.10%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 54 (5.54%) Oracle EBS
2 14 (1.44%) DELMIA
3 12 (1.23%) ENOVIA
4 9 (0.92%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 8 (0.82%) Dynamics GP
6 6 (0.62%) Dynamics CRM
7 4 (0.41%) JDE OneWorld
8 3 (0.31%) Oracle Financials
9 2 (0.21%) SAP HR
9 2 (0.21%) SAP SD
9 2 (0.21%) Oracle ERP
9 2 (0.21%) Oracle Applications
9 2 (0.21%) assyst
9 2 (0.21%) Dynamics AX
9 2 (0.21%) Front Arena
9 2 (0.21%) Remedy ITSM
9 2 (0.21%) Cerner Millennium
9 2 (0.21%) Oracle General Ledger
9 2 (0.21%) Magento
9 2 (0.21%) Oracle Payables
Cloud Services
1 12 (1.23%) Office 365
2 4 (0.41%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (0.31%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (0.21%) PaaS
4 2 (0.21%) Amazon SQS
5 1 (0.10%) SaaS
5 1 (0.10%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 60 (6.15%) TCP/IP
2 46 (4.72%) HTTPS
3 42 (4.31%) HTTP
4 37 (3.79%) DNS
5 28 (2.87%) SSL
6 27 (2.77%) Internet
6 27 (2.77%) Wireshark
7 17 (1.74%) SAN
8 11 (1.13%) DVB
9 8 (0.82%) Firewall
10 7 (0.72%) 4G
11 6 (0.62%) Broadband
12 5 (0.51%) GSM
12 5 (0.51%) Ethernet
12 5 (0.51%) IPv6
12 5 (0.51%) 2G
12 5 (0.51%) Network Security
13 4 (0.41%) LTE
13 4 (0.41%) AMQP
13 4 (0.41%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 79 (8.10%) SQL Server
2 40 (4.10%) Relational Database
3 34 (3.49%) Data Warehouse
4 26 (2.67%) Oracle Reports
5 15 (1.54%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 15 (1.54%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 14 (1.44%) RDBMS
7 12 (1.23%) Oracle Database
7 12 (1.23%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 9 (0.92%) Oracle BI EE
8 9 (0.92%) QlikView
8 9 (0.92%) PerformancePoint
8 9 (0.92%) MySQL
8 9 (0.92%) Data Mining
9 8 (0.82%) SQL Server 2008
10 7 (0.72%) Big Data
11 6 (0.62%) NoSQL
11 6 (0.62%) MS Access
12 5 (0.51%) DB2
12 5 (0.51%) SAP BI
Development Applications
1 179 (18.36%) Selenium
2 118 (12.10%) Team Foundation Server
3 107 (10.97%) JIRA
4 101 (10.36%) QuickTest Pro
5 72 (7.38%) LoadRunner
6 70 (7.18%) Visual Studio
6 70 (7.18%) WebDriver
7 62 (6.36%) Cucumber
8 54 (5.54%) JUnit
9 41 (4.21%) JMeter
9 41 (4.21%) Jenkins
10 39 (4.00%) SpecFlow
11 36 (3.69%) Subversion
12 31 (3.18%) Bugzilla
13 29 (2.97%) SoapUI
14 28 (2.87%) TestDirector
15 25 (2.56%) TestNG
16 24 (2.46%) Maven
17 22 (2.26%) FitNesse
18 17 (1.74%) TortoiseSVN
General
1 178 (18.26%) Finance
2 74 (7.59%) Banking
3 47 (4.82%) Telecoms
4 33 (3.38%) Retail
5 29 (2.97%) Manufacturing
5 29 (2.97%) Investment Banking
6 25 (2.56%) Back Office
7 22 (2.26%) Automotive
8 21 (2.15%) Electronics
9 18 (1.85%) Games
10 16 (1.64%) Marketing
11 13 (1.33%) General Ledger
12 11 (1.13%) Billing
13 9 (0.92%) Legal
13 9 (0.92%) Advertising
13 9 (0.92%) Front Office
14 5 (0.51%) Publishing
15 3 (0.31%) Military
15 3 (0.31%) Multimedia
15 3 (0.31%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 410 (42.05%) Analyst
2 370 (37.95%) Test Analyst
3 190 (19.49%) Tester
4 92 (9.44%) Test Engineer
5 79 (8.10%) Test Leader
6 59 (6.05%) Test Manager
7 54 (5.54%) Developer
8 47 (4.82%) Software Tester
8 47 (4.82%) Senior Analyst
9 45 (4.62%) Senior Test Analyst
10 37 (3.79%) QA Analyst
10 37 (3.79%) Agile Test Analyst
11 30 (3.08%) Software Engineer
12 27 (2.77%) Consultant
13 26 (2.67%) QA Tester
14 20 (2.05%) Test Consultant
15 19 (1.95%) Performance Engineer
15 19 (1.95%) Automation Tester
16 18 (1.85%) Software Test Analyst
16 18 (1.85%) Automated Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 162 (16.62%) .NET
2 99 (10.15%) XML
3 87 (8.92%) Web Services
3 87 (8.92%) HTML
4 72 (7.38%) ASP.NET
5 62 (6.36%) SOAP
6 52 (5.33%) JSP
7 35 (3.59%) REST
8 34 (3.49%) Gherkin
9 26 (2.67%) CSS
10 24 (2.46%) WCF
11 23 (2.36%) .NET Framework
12 22 (2.26%) WPF
13 20 (2.05%) JSON
14 14 (1.44%) MDX
15 12 (1.23%) jQuery
16 10 (1.03%) HTML5
17 8 (0.82%) RESTful
18 7 (0.72%) Middleware
19 6 (0.62%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 59 (6.05%) Open Source
2 30 (3.08%) Computer Science
3 25 (2.56%) Mobile App
4 23 (2.36%) Client/Server
5 20 (2.05%) STB
6 19 (1.95%) Management Information System
7 18 (1.85%) NHS
8 16 (1.64%) MPEG
9 12 (1.23%) DTV
10 11 (1.13%) IPTV
10 11 (1.13%) Enterprise Software
11 9 (0.92%) PDA
12 8 (0.82%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 7 (0.72%) Derivative
13 7 (0.72%) IVR
13 7 (0.72%) Streaming Video
13 7 (0.72%) Fixed Income
13 7 (0.72%) Clustering
13 7 (0.72%) Mathematics
13 7 (0.72%) Data Integration
Operating Systems
1 132 (13.54%) Windows
2 117 (12.00%) UNIX
3 101 (10.36%) Linux
4 67 (6.87%) Windows Server 2008
5 58 (5.95%) Windows XP
6 57 (5.85%) Windows Server 2003
7 46 (4.72%) Windows 2000
8 31 (3.18%) Windows 7
9 18 (1.85%) Android
10 12 (1.23%) Apple iOS
11 7 (0.72%) Mac OS X
11 7 (0.72%) AIX
12 4 (0.41%) Solaris
13 3 (0.31%) Ubuntu
13 3 (0.31%) Embedded Linux
13 3 (0.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 2 (0.21%) Windows Server 2012
15 1 (0.10%) Windows Vista
15 1 (0.10%) VME
15 1 (0.10%) BlackBerry OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 288 (29.54%) Test Scripting
2 212 (21.74%) Scrum
3 210 (21.54%) Agile Software Development
4 199 (20.41%) User Acceptance Testing
5 155 (15.90%) Automated Testing
6 151 (15.49%) Test Automation
7 133 (13.64%) Test Strategy
8 131 (13.44%) BDD
9 123 (12.62%) Test Management
10 98 (10.05%) Integration Testing
10 98 (10.05%) TDD
11 96 (9.85%) Performance Testing
12 76 (7.79%) Project Management
13 70 (7.18%) Waterfall
14 64 (6.56%) System Testing
14 64 (6.56%) Automation Testing
15 63 (6.46%) Regression Testing
16 62 (6.36%) Validation
17 56 (5.74%) Migration
18 52 (5.33%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 296 (30.36%) SQL
2 155 (15.90%) Java
3 140 (14.36%) C#
4 87 (8.92%) JavaScript
5 37 (3.79%) Python
6 34 (3.49%) C++
7 32 (3.28%) Ruby
8 28 (2.87%) VB
9 25 (2.56%) C
10 20 (2.05%) T-SQL
11 18 (1.85%) PHP
12 17 (1.74%) Perl
13 11 (1.13%) PL/SQL
13 11 (1.13%) VBScript
14 9 (0.92%) VBA
15 8 (0.82%) Bash Shell
16 7 (0.72%) Scala
16 7 (0.72%) VB.NET
17 5 (0.51%) Shell Script
18 4 (0.41%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 381 (39.08%) ISEB
2 325 (33.33%) ISTQB
3 246 (25.23%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 192 (19.69%) Security Cleared
5 152 (15.59%) SC Cleared
6 64 (6.56%) Degree
7 45 (4.62%) DV Cleared
8 21 (2.15%) ISEB Practitioner
9 13 (1.33%) Microsoft Certification
10 12 (1.23%) MCITP
10 12 (1.23%) MCSE
11 10 (1.03%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 10 (1.03%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 9 (0.92%) Cisco Certification
13 8 (0.82%) HND
14 7 (0.72%) MCTS
14 7 (0.72%) MCSA
14 7 (0.72%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 5 (0.51%) BC Cleared
15 5 (0.51%) APMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 235 (24.10%) QA
2 8 (0.82%) ISO 9001
3 6 (0.62%) TickIT
4 2 (0.21%) SLA
4 2 (0.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 2 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.10%) WCAG
5 1 (0.10%) P3O
5 1 (0.10%) CRD IV
5 1 (0.10%) ISO 14001
5 1 (0.10%) ISO 8583
5 1 (0.10%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 22 (2.26%) Nmap
2 16 (1.64%) Active Directory
3 8 (0.82%) Hyper-V
4 7 (0.72%) VMware ESX
5 5 (0.51%) NDS
6 3 (0.31%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 2 (0.21%) VMware Infrastructure
8 1 (0.10%) vSphere
8 1 (0.10%) NFS
8 1 (0.10%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 250 (25.64%) HP Quality Center
2 25 (2.56%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 22 (2.26%) Nessus
4 15 (1.54%) SCCM
5 7 (0.72%) Netcool
5 7 (0.72%) McAfee ePO
6 3 (0.31%) nmon
7 2 (0.21%) Puppet
7 2 (0.21%) Vagrant
8 1 (0.10%) Nagios
8 1 (0.10%) Tivoli
8 1 (0.10%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 172 (17.64%) Microsoft
2 161 (16.51%) HP
3 141 (14.46%) Oracle
4 59 (6.05%) SAP
5 27 (2.77%) Citrix
6 19 (1.95%) Informatica
7 13 (1.33%) IBM
8 12 (1.23%) Cisco
9 11 (1.13%) ATG
10 10 (1.03%) Business Objects
10 10 (1.03%) Salesforce.com
11 9 (0.92%) Remedy
11 9 (0.92%) hybris
12 7 (0.72%) JD Edwards
12 7 (0.72%) VMware
12 7 (0.72%) McAfee
12 7 (0.72%) Veritas
12 7 (0.72%) Siebel
12 7 (0.72%) JBoss
13 6 (0.62%) Zend
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