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 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
28 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 242 271 269
Rank change year-on-year
+29 -2
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 471 369 350
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.82% 0.71% 0.69%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.11% 0.97% 0.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 269 190 174
Average daily rate
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£348 £329 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.70% +1.15%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £227
10% offered a daily rate of more than £478 £475 £413
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £308 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.31% -5.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 13 31
Average hourly rate £32.25 £34.00 £24.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.14% +41.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.82 £14.50 £14.34
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.25 £34.00 £24.25
% change year-on-year
-5.14% +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
42487 38184 36396
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 73.65% 73.77% 71.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 27602 23709 21229
Average daily rate £420 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £273 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £363 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.89% -2.02%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1181 1158 1464
Average hourly rate £25.00 £25.50 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.96% -15.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £29.75
% change year-on-year
-9.09% -7.56%

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 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 28 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 28 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 +5 406 £350 - 153
London +10 157 £375 +2.73% 41
South East -16 88 £290 -10.76% 35
South West +8 54 £345 -1.42% 15
City of London +26 36 £363 -7.05% 19
Wales +1 33 £325 +80.55% 2
East of England +13 31 £350 -3.44% 11
South Wales +9 30 £325 +22.64% 1
Scotland -8 22 £330 +20.00% 8
North West -14 22 £350 +13.82% 13
Newport - 21 £330 -
Surrey +3 20 £330 -8.33% 11
Devon -5 20 £325 +8.33%
Hampshire -30 20 £341 +15.67% 7
Buckinghamshire -5 19 £278 - 3
Yorkshire -6 19 £315 +7.23% 19
Milton Keynes -1 17 £275 -1.78%
Exeter -2 16 £331 -
West Yorkshire -2 16 £288 -2.12% 9
East Midlands +4 14 £360 +28.57% 8
Berkshire +3 14 £390 +48.57% 8
Manchester -9 13 £350 +17.15% 10
Cambridgeshire +4 12 £350 +7.69% 6
Gloucestershire -6 11 £463 +15.62% 6
Leeds -15 11 £286 -11.44% 8
Cambridge +14 10 £345 -1.42% 6
Reading +11 9 £390 +43.77% 3
Bristol -13 9 £343 - 3
Newcastle upon Tyne - 9 £308 - 1
North East - 9 £308 - 1

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 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.

1 382 (41.12%) ISEB
2 359 (38.64%) Agile Software Development
3 311 (33.48%) ISTQB
4 290 (31.22%) SQL
5 269 (28.96%) HP Quality Center
6 246 (26.48%) Test Scripting
7 212 (22.82%) Finance
8 204 (21.96%) QA
9 190 (20.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 179 (19.27%) User Acceptance Testing
11 172 (18.51%) Security Cleared
12 167 (17.98%) Selenium
12 167 (17.98%) Scrum
13 161 (17.33%) HP
14 160 (17.22%) Java
15 142 (15.29%) JIRA
16 139 (14.96%) Automated Testing
17 129 (13.89%) Test Automation
18 128 (13.78%) Windows
19 127 (13.67%) SC Cleared
20 123 (13.24%) Test Management
21 121 (13.02%) Oracle
22 119 (12.81%) Microsoft
23 115 (12.38%) .NET
24 112 (12.06%) BDD
24 112 (12.06%) Test Strategy
25 108 (11.63%) QuickTest Pro
25 108 (11.63%) TDD
26 97 (10.44%) Linux
27 96 (10.33%) XML

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 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 36 (3.88%) SharePoint
2 10 (1.08%) JBoss
2 10 (1.08%) CMS
3 8 (0.86%) WebLogic
4 7 (0.75%) WebSphere
4 7 (0.75%) BizTalk Server
5 5 (0.54%) GlassFish
5 5 (0.54%) Oracle Workflow
6 4 (0.43%) Node.js
7 3 (0.32%) Documentum
7 3 (0.32%) Apache
7 3 (0.32%) MTS
7 3 (0.32%) IIS
8 2 (0.22%) Tomcat
8 2 (0.22%) MQSeries
8 2 (0.22%) MS Exchange
8 2 (0.22%) Tornado
8 2 (0.22%) Mule
8 2 (0.22%) SharePoint 2010
8 2 (0.22%) Lync
Applications
1 66 (7.10%) MS Excel
2 46 (4.95%) MS Office
3 12 (1.29%) MS PowerPoint
4 11 (1.18%) MS Project
5 8 (0.86%) MS Visio
6 6 (0.65%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.32%) Mingle
8 2 (0.22%) PowerPivot
9 1 (0.11%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 31 (3.34%) Oracle EBS
2 14 (1.51%) Summit
3 11 (1.18%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 9 (0.97%) Dynamics CRM
5 8 (0.86%) ENOVIA
6 7 (0.75%) DELMIA
7 3 (0.32%) SAP FI
7 3 (0.32%) Oracle Financials
8 2 (0.22%) JDE OneWorld
8 2 (0.22%) Dynamics AX
8 2 (0.22%) SAP HCM
8 2 (0.22%) Magento
9 1 (0.11%) Cerner Millennium
9 1 (0.11%) Hyperion Planning
9 1 (0.11%) Workday HCM
9 1 (0.11%) IntelliMatch
9 1 (0.11%) Oracle Payables
9 1 (0.11%) Oracle Receivables
9 1 (0.11%) SAP Retail
9 1 (0.11%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 6 (0.65%) GitHub
2 5 (0.54%) Amazon AWS
2 5 (0.54%) SaaS
3 4 (0.43%) Cloud Computing
4 2 (0.22%) Office 365
5 1 (0.11%) Amazon EC2
5 1 (0.11%) Amazon S3
5 1 (0.11%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 28 (3.01%) TCP/IP
2 27 (2.91%) Internet
3 23 (2.48%) SAN
4 22 (2.37%) HTTPS
5 18 (1.94%) SSL
5 18 (1.94%) Wireshark
6 15 (1.61%) DNS
7 13 (1.40%) HTTP
8 9 (0.97%) ATM
9 7 (0.75%) GSM
10 6 (0.65%) DAB
10 6 (0.65%) 3G
10 6 (0.65%) Firewall
10 6 (0.65%) Wi-Fi
10 6 (0.65%) 2G
11 5 (0.54%) 4G
11 5 (0.54%) UMTS
11 5 (0.54%) VoIP
12 4 (0.43%) GPRS
12 4 (0.43%) Bluetooth
Database & Business Intelligence
1 43 (4.63%) Relational Database
2 41 (4.41%) SQL Server
3 24 (2.58%) Data Warehouse
4 22 (2.37%) Oracle Database
5 16 (1.72%) Oracle Reports
5 16 (1.72%) RDBMS
6 12 (1.29%) MySQL
7 10 (1.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 10 (1.08%) SQL Server 2008
8 7 (0.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 5 (0.54%) MongoDB
9 5 (0.54%) SAP BW
9 5 (0.54%) DB2
10 4 (0.43%) Data Mining
10 4 (0.43%) DataStage
10 4 (0.43%) BusinessObjects
10 4 (0.43%) SQL Server 2005
10 4 (0.43%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 4 (0.43%) Apache Cassandra
10 4 (0.43%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 167 (17.98%) Selenium
2 142 (15.29%) JIRA
3 108 (11.63%) QuickTest Pro
4 82 (8.83%) Team Foundation Server
5 68 (7.32%) WebDriver
6 54 (5.81%) JUnit
7 52 (5.60%) Cucumber
7 52 (5.60%) Jenkins
7 52 (5.60%) LoadRunner
8 41 (4.41%) Subversion
9 34 (3.66%) Maven
10 33 (3.55%) Visual Studio
11 32 (3.44%) SpecFlow
12 31 (3.34%) Bugzilla
13 29 (3.12%) JMeter
14 28 (3.01%) SoapUI
15 26 (2.80%) TestNG
16 23 (2.48%) TortoiseSVN
17 22 (2.37%) Git (software)
18 21 (2.26%) TestDirector
General
1 212 (22.82%) Finance
2 90 (9.69%) Banking
3 44 (4.74%) Telecoms
4 30 (3.23%) Investment Banking
5 29 (3.12%) Manufacturing
6 22 (2.37%) Retail
6 22 (2.37%) Electronics
6 22 (2.37%) Games
7 21 (2.26%) Marketing
8 20 (2.15%) Back Office
9 19 (2.05%) Automotive
10 14 (1.51%) Legal
11 11 (1.18%) General Ledger
12 8 (0.86%) Advertising
13 7 (0.75%) Front Office
14 4 (0.43%) Pharmaceutical
14 4 (0.43%) Aerospace
14 4 (0.43%) Publishing
14 4 (0.43%) French Language
15 3 (0.32%) Dutch Language
Job Titles
1 389 (41.87%) Analyst
2 343 (36.92%) Test Analyst
3 179 (19.27%) Tester
4 77 (8.29%) Test Manager
5 73 (7.86%) Test Engineer
6 71 (7.64%) Developer
7 50 (5.38%) Test Leader
8 42 (4.52%) Senior Analyst
9 41 (4.41%) Agile Test Analyst
10 38 (4.09%) Senior Test Analyst
10 38 (4.09%) Automation Tester
11 27 (2.91%) Software Engineer
11 27 (2.91%) Consultant
12 25 (2.69%) Software Tester
13 23 (2.48%) QA Analyst
13 23 (2.48%) Test Consultant
14 20 (2.15%) Java Developer
15 19 (2.05%) QA Tester
16 18 (1.94%) Technical Analyst
17 16 (1.72%) Senior Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 115 (12.38%) .NET
2 96 (10.33%) XML
3 79 (8.50%) HTML
4 69 (7.43%) Web Services
5 33 (3.55%) CSS
6 31 (3.34%) ASP.NET
7 30 (3.23%) .NET Framework
8 29 (3.12%) JSP
9 24 (2.58%) REST
9 24 (2.58%) Gherkin
10 23 (2.48%) SOAP
11 20 (2.15%) jQuery
11 20 (2.15%) JSON
12 13 (1.40%) JPA
13 12 (1.29%) EJB
14 11 (1.18%) HTML5
14 11 (1.18%) XHTML
15 10 (1.08%) Spring
15 10 (1.08%) Django
16 9 (0.97%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 94 (10.12%) Analytical Skills
2 43 (4.63%) Open Source
3 33 (3.55%) Client/Server
4 30 (3.23%) Computer Science
5 23 (2.48%) User Experience
6 21 (2.26%) Management Information System
7 15 (1.61%) Mobile App
8 14 (1.51%) DTV
8 14 (1.51%) AS400
9 13 (1.40%) Enterprise Software
10 11 (1.18%) Mathematics
10 11 (1.18%) Data Structures
10 11 (1.18%) PDA
10 11 (1.18%) Fixed Income
11 10 (1.08%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 10 (1.08%) Clustering
11 10 (1.08%) STB
12 9 (0.97%) Animation
12 9 (0.97%) Derivative
13 8 (0.86%) MPEG
Operating Systems
1 128 (13.78%) Windows
2 97 (10.44%) Linux
3 94 (10.12%) UNIX
4 51 (5.49%) Windows XP
5 36 (3.88%) Windows Server 2008
6 35 (3.77%) Windows Server 2003
7 34 (3.66%) Windows 7
8 23 (2.48%) Windows 2000
9 14 (1.51%) Apple iOS
10 13 (1.40%) AIX
11 12 (1.29%) Android
12 8 (0.86%) Ubuntu
13 4 (0.43%) Windows Server 2012
14 2 (0.22%) Solaris
14 2 (0.22%) Debian
14 2 (0.22%) Windows Mobile
14 2 (0.22%) Windows 8
14 2 (0.22%) openSUSE
14 2 (0.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 2 (0.22%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 359 (38.64%) Agile Software Development
2 246 (26.48%) Test Scripting
3 179 (19.27%) User Acceptance Testing
4 167 (17.98%) Scrum
5 139 (14.96%) Automated Testing
6 129 (13.89%) Test Automation
7 123 (13.24%) Test Management
8 112 (12.06%) BDD
8 112 (12.06%) Test Strategy
9 108 (11.63%) TDD
10 93 (10.01%) Manual Testing
10 93 (10.01%) Regression Testing
11 85 (9.15%) Integration Testing
12 77 (8.29%) Validation
13 73 (7.86%) Project Management
13 73 (7.86%) Waterfall
13 73 (7.86%) Automation Testing
14 65 (7.00%) Performance Testing
15 59 (6.35%) Test Planning
16 58 (6.24%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 290 (31.22%) SQL
2 160 (17.22%) Java
3 93 (10.01%) C#
4 81 (8.72%) JavaScript
5 67 (7.21%) Python
6 36 (3.88%) C++
7 33 (3.55%) Ruby
8 32 (3.44%) VB
9 31 (3.34%) C
10 27 (2.91%) Perl
11 19 (2.05%) PL/SQL
12 18 (1.94%) VBA
13 17 (1.83%) PHP
14 14 (1.51%) Scala
15 13 (1.40%) VBScript
16 12 (1.29%) Bash Shell
17 10 (1.08%) Shell Script
18 8 (0.86%) T-SQL
19 7 (0.75%) VB.NET
20 5 (0.54%) JPQL
Qualifications
1 382 (41.12%) ISEB
2 311 (33.48%) ISTQB
3 190 (20.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 172 (18.51%) Security Cleared
5 127 (13.67%) SC Cleared
6 59 (6.35%) Degree
7 42 (4.52%) DV Cleared
8 34 (3.66%) ISEB Practitioner
9 17 (1.83%) Microsoft Certification
10 16 (1.72%) MCSE
11 14 (1.51%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 13 (1.40%) MCITP
13 12 (1.29%) HND
14 10 (1.08%) Cisco Certification
14 10 (1.08%) MCSA
14 10 (1.08%) MCTS
15 6 (0.65%) CCNP
15 6 (0.65%) CCNA
16 3 (0.32%) BC Cleared
16 3 (0.32%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 204 (21.96%) QA
2 14 (1.51%) ISO 9001
3 7 (0.75%) SLA
4 5 (0.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 5 (0.54%) ISO 14001
4 5 (0.54%) ISO 9000
5 3 (0.32%) TickIT
6 1 (0.11%) DO-178B
6 1 (0.11%) DICOM
6 1 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 13 (1.40%) Nmap
2 10 (1.08%) VMware ESX
2 10 (1.08%) Hyper-V
3 9 (0.97%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (0.75%) Active Directory
5 2 (0.22%) Firmware
5 2 (0.22%) XenApp
6 1 (0.11%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.11%) Oracle RMAN
6 1 (0.11%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.11%) NDS
Systems Management
1 269 (28.96%) HP Quality Center
2 13 (1.40%) Nessus
3 10 (1.08%) Netcool
3 10 (1.08%) McAfee ePO
4 8 (0.86%) Tivoli
4 8 (0.86%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 8 (0.86%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
5 3 (0.32%) SCCM
5 3 (0.32%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (0.22%) Vagrant
6 2 (0.22%) HP SiteScope
7 1 (0.11%) Puppet
7 1 (0.11%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 1 (0.11%) Nagios
Vendors
1 161 (17.33%) HP
2 121 (13.02%) Oracle
3 119 (12.81%) Microsoft
4 43 (4.63%) SAP
5 37 (3.98%) Citrix
6 18 (1.94%) Murex
6 18 (1.94%) VMware
7 14 (1.51%) IBM
8 13 (1.40%) Veritas
9 10 (1.08%) McAfee
9 10 (1.08%) Salesforce.com
9 10 (1.08%) ATG
9 10 (1.08%) Talend
10 9 (0.97%) hybris
10 9 (0.97%) Business Objects
10 9 (0.97%) Cisco
10 9 (0.97%) Bloomberg
11 8 (0.86%) Informatica
12 7 (0.75%) Open Text
13 5 (0.54%) Demandware
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
The People Network
Rate: £350 - £375 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
London
@ITS
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
Kingswood, Surrey, South East, United Kingdom
Fidelity Worldwide Investment
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 16 hours ago
Farnborough, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Posted: 16 hours ago
City, London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £350.00 - £360.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
South East
G2 Recruitment Solutions Ltd.
Rate: £300 - 400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Ipswich, Suffolk
LA International
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: Yesterday
South West London
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: 2 days ago
Lincolnshire
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Rate: £250 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £125 - £145 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Conspicuous
Rate: From £250 to £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Conspicuous
Rate: From £300 to £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Hampshire
Spectrum IT
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Lawrence Harvey Enterprise
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 3 days ago
City of London
Quantica Technology - London
Rate: £470 - £570 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
The Scottish Government
Rate: £53,918 to £65,347
Posted: 4 days ago
City of London
Interquest - Sand Resources
Rate: £340 - £390 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City of London
Deerfoot IT
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: 8 days ago
City of London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £300.00 - £345.00 per annum
Posted: 10 days ago