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 4 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
4 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Testing
Rank 235 222 241
Rank change year-on-year
-13 +19
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 511 509 374
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.92% 0.94% 0.79%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.20% 1.25% 1.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 226 302 223
Average daily rate
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£330 £338 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.22% +2.27%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £226 £243
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £316 £325 £315
% change year-on-year
-2.69% +3.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 16 16
Average hourly rate £35.00 £37.80 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.40% +18.12%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.41 £24.19 £19.38
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £43.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £37.50 £33.50
% change year-on-year
-6.66% +11.94%

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
42637 40757 35014
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 76.47% 74.91% 73.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 26600 25526 20864
Average daily rate £413 £400 £408
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -1.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £360
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1237 1168 1069
Average hourly rate £29.00 £28.99 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.03% -9.40%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.88 £50.00 £53.00
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 4 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 4 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 4 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 -15 437 £350 +6.06% 174
London +7 182 £400 +1.13% 39
South East -26 107 £313 -5.30% 38
Scotland +25 60 £325 -11.86% 16
North West -2 35 £325 +4.83% 24
Hampshire -12 35 £350 +7.69% 6
Edinburgh +14 31 £270 -28.94% 14
Berkshire +10 29 £305 -10.29% 12
East of England +15 27 £290 -17.14% 21
South West -28 23 £375 +15.38% 18
Yorkshire -6 21 £350 +7.69% 12
City of London +5 20 £403 +0.62% 16
West Yorkshire -11 16 £375 +15.38% 9
Glasgow +5 15 £375 +15.38%
Manchester 0 15 £235 -24.19% 13
Surrey -6 15 £300 -14.28% 14
Buckinghamshire -17 14 £295 -12.59% 1
West Midlands -21 13 £275 -21.42% 7
East Midlands -11 12 £350 +40.00% 12
Milton Keynes -11 12 £295 -9.23%
Reading +13 11 £388 +287.50% 2
Winchester -5 11 £313 +4.16% 1
Leeds -6 11 £400 +19.40% 7
Essex +8 9 - - 1
Basingstoke +4 8 £350 +9.37% 1
Midlands - 8 £250 -
Nottinghamshire +3 7 £350 +100.00% 5
Bristol 0 7 £375 +36.36% 8
South Coast - 7 - -
Nottingham -2 6 £350 +100.00% 4

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 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.

1 382 (39.75%) Agile Software Development
2 295 (30.70%) SQL
3 261 (27.16%) ISEB
4 243 (25.29%) ISTQB
5 237 (24.66%) Finance
6 207 (21.54%) Test Scripting
7 177 (18.42%) User Acceptance Testing
8 173 (18.00%) HP Quality Center
9 162 (16.86%) Microsoft
10 160 (16.65%) QA
11 154 (16.02%) Java
12 149 (15.50%) Windows
12 149 (15.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 146 (15.19%) Test Automation
14 126 (13.11%) .NET
15 124 (12.90%) Linux
16 120 (12.49%) Test Management
17 115 (11.97%) HP
17 115 (11.97%) Selenium
18 112 (11.65%) XML
19 109 (11.34%) Oracle
20 107 (11.13%) Scrum
21 102 (10.61%) JIRA
21 102 (10.61%) Security Cleared
22 101 (10.51%) Banking
23 93 (9.68%) Waterfall
24 89 (9.26%) Test Planning
25 86 (8.95%) BDD
26 85 (8.84%) Manual Testing
26 85 (8.84%) Analytical Skills

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 4 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 22 (2.29%) SharePoint
2 16 (1.66%) BizTalk Server
3 15 (1.56%) CMS
4 8 (0.83%) WebLogic
4 8 (0.83%) IIS
5 7 (0.73%) GlassFish
6 6 (0.62%) JBoss
6 6 (0.62%) SharePoint 2010
7 5 (0.52%) Confluence
7 5 (0.52%) WebSphere
7 5 (0.52%) MS Exchange
8 4 (0.42%) ATG Dynamo
9 3 (0.31%) Lync
9 3 (0.31%) MTS
9 3 (0.31%) Documentum
10 2 (0.21%) Apache
10 2 (0.21%) Tomcat
10 2 (0.21%) WordPress
10 2 (0.21%) Drupal
10 2 (0.21%) Node.js
Applications
1 85 (8.84%) MS Excel
2 39 (4.06%) MS Office
3 10 (1.04%) MS Project
4 3 (0.31%) Spreadsheet
4 3 (0.31%) MS PowerPoint
5 2 (0.21%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.10%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.10%) Doxygen
6 1 (0.10%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 24 (2.50%) Oracle EBS
2 8 (0.83%) Summit
3 5 (0.52%) Dynamics CRM
4 4 (0.42%) Markit EDM
5 3 (0.31%) Magento
5 3 (0.31%) MultiFonds
5 3 (0.31%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 3 (0.31%) SAP BCA
6 2 (0.21%) SAP SD
6 2 (0.21%) SAP FI
6 2 (0.21%) SAP MM
6 2 (0.21%) SAP Retail
6 2 (0.21%) SAP HCM
6 2 (0.21%) Oracle Payables
6 2 (0.21%) Oracle Receivables
7 1 (0.10%) Workday HCM
7 1 (0.10%) IntelliMatch
7 1 (0.10%) Oracle Retail
7 1 (0.10%) Line 500
7 1 (0.10%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 8 (0.83%) SaaS
2 6 (0.62%) GitHub
3 3 (0.31%) Cloud Computing
4 2 (0.21%) Amazon EC2
4 2 (0.21%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (0.21%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (0.21%) HP Helion
4 2 (0.21%) Amazon ElastiCache
4 2 (0.21%) AWS CloudFormation
4 2 (0.21%) Virtual Private Cloud
5 1 (0.10%) Google Apps
5 1 (0.10%) Force.com
Communications & Networking
1 48 (4.99%) SAN
2 28 (2.91%) Internet
3 21 (2.19%) iSCSI
4 20 (2.08%) FCoE
4 20 (2.08%) Fibre Channel
5 18 (1.87%) HTTP
6 13 (1.35%) TCP/IP
7 12 (1.25%) LTE
8 11 (1.14%) GSM
9 9 (0.94%) Firewall
9 9 (0.94%) Wireless
9 9 (0.94%) ATM
9 9 (0.94%) UMTS
9 9 (0.94%) 3G
10 8 (0.83%) HTTPS
10 8 (0.83%) VoIP
11 7 (0.73%) GPRS
11 7 (0.73%) VPN
12 6 (0.62%) RTCP
12 6 (0.62%) RTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 58 (6.04%) SQL Server
2 37 (3.85%) Relational Database
3 35 (3.64%) Oracle Database
4 29 (3.02%) Data Warehouse
5 20 (2.08%) SQL Server 2012
6 14 (1.46%) MySQL
6 14 (1.46%) RDBMS
7 11 (1.14%) SQL Server 2008
8 9 (0.94%) NoSQL
8 9 (0.94%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 8 (0.83%) Oracle Reports
10 7 (0.73%) SAP BW
11 6 (0.62%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 6 (0.62%) JasperReports
12 5 (0.52%) MongoDB
12 5 (0.52%) SQL Server 2005
13 4 (0.42%) Oracle Database 10g
13 4 (0.42%) Data Mining
13 4 (0.42%) Oracle9i Database
13 4 (0.42%) DTS
Development Applications
1 115 (11.97%) Selenium
2 102 (10.61%) JIRA
3 62 (6.45%) QuickTest Pro
4 58 (6.04%) Team Foundation Server
5 48 (4.99%) Cucumber
6 45 (4.68%) Git (software)
7 39 (4.06%) Visual Studio
8 36 (3.75%) Eclipse
9 34 (3.54%) WebDriver
10 32 (3.33%) Jenkins
11 31 (3.23%) LoadRunner
12 27 (2.81%) TestDirector
13 22 (2.29%) JUnit
13 22 (2.29%) WinRunner
14 21 (2.19%) SoapUI
15 20 (2.08%) SpecFlow
16 19 (1.98%) Maven
16 19 (1.98%) Subversion
17 10 (1.04%) FitNesse
17 10 (1.04%) PHPUnit
General
1 237 (24.66%) Finance
2 101 (10.51%) Banking
3 44 (4.58%) Investment Banking
4 43 (4.47%) Telecoms
5 38 (3.95%) Retail
6 17 (1.77%) Legal
7 15 (1.56%) Back Office
8 13 (1.35%) General Ledger
9 12 (1.25%) Manufacturing
10 11 (1.14%) Games
11 10 (1.04%) Billing
11 10 (1.04%) Marketing
12 9 (0.94%) Retail Banking
12 9 (0.94%) Electronics
13 8 (0.83%) Front Office
14 7 (0.73%) Publishing
15 5 (0.52%) Automotive
15 5 (0.52%) Pharmaceutical
16 4 (0.42%) Financial Institution
17 3 (0.31%) Law
Job Titles
1 364 (37.88%) Analyst
2 301 (31.32%) Test Analyst
3 119 (12.38%) Developer
4 111 (11.55%) Tester
5 84 (8.74%) Test Manager
6 67 (6.97%) Test Engineer
7 65 (6.76%) Test Leader
8 54 (5.62%) Senior Analyst
9 48 (4.99%) Consultant
10 45 (4.68%) Senior Test Analyst
11 37 (3.85%) Agile Test Analyst
12 36 (3.75%) Software Engineer
13 33 (3.43%) Test Consultant
14 30 (3.12%) Business Analyst
15 28 (2.91%) AWS Developer
16 26 (2.71%) Software Tester
17 21 (2.19%) Technical Test Analyst
17 21 (2.19%) QA Analyst
17 21 (2.19%) Technical Analyst
18 20 (2.08%) Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 126 (13.11%) .NET
2 112 (11.65%) XML
3 67 (6.97%) HTML
4 63 (6.56%) Web Services
5 45 (4.68%) CSS
6 36 (3.75%) SOAP
7 30 (3.12%) JSON
8 29 (3.02%) Gherkin
9 27 (2.81%) ASP.NET
10 25 (2.60%) .NET Framework
11 16 (1.66%) XSLT
11 16 (1.66%) Middleware
12 15 (1.56%) J2EE
12 15 (1.56%) Ajax
13 14 (1.46%) Django
13 14 (1.46%) REST
14 13 (1.35%) JSP
14 13 (1.35%) EJB
15 12 (1.25%) jQuery
16 11 (1.14%) XML Schema
Miscellaneous
1 85 (8.84%) Analytical Skills
2 30 (3.12%) Management Information System
3 26 (2.71%) Mobile App
4 24 (2.50%) User Experience
5 23 (2.39%) PDA
6 22 (2.29%) Open Source
7 21 (2.19%) Clustering
8 15 (1.56%) Digital Media
9 14 (1.46%) Fixed Income
9 14 (1.46%) Computer Science
10 12 (1.25%) New Media
10 12 (1.25%) Enterprise Software
11 11 (1.14%) Derivative
12 10 (1.04%) EPoS
12 10 (1.04%) Client/Server
13 9 (0.94%) MPEG
14 8 (0.83%) Device Driver
14 8 (0.83%) STB
14 8 (0.83%) Smart Meter
15 7 (0.73%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 149 (15.50%) Windows
2 124 (12.90%) Linux
3 68 (7.08%) UNIX
4 46 (4.79%) AIX
5 45 (4.68%) Windows 7
6 38 (3.95%) Windows XP
7 35 (3.64%) Android
8 32 (3.33%) Apple iOS
9 31 (3.23%) Windows Server 2008
10 30 (3.12%) Windows Server 2003
11 9 (0.94%) Ubuntu
12 7 (0.73%) Solaris
13 5 (0.52%) Windows Server 2012
14 3 (0.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 3 (0.31%) Windows 2000
15 2 (0.21%) Mac OS X
15 2 (0.21%) Embedded Linux
16 1 (0.10%) Windows Phone
16 1 (0.10%) Tizen
16 1 (0.10%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 382 (39.75%) Agile Software Development
2 207 (21.54%) Test Scripting
3 177 (18.42%) User Acceptance Testing
4 146 (15.19%) Test Automation
5 120 (12.49%) Test Management
6 107 (11.13%) Scrum
7 93 (9.68%) Waterfall
8 89 (9.26%) Test Planning
9 86 (8.95%) BDD
10 85 (8.84%) Manual Testing
10 85 (8.84%) Regression Testing
11 81 (8.43%) TDD
12 76 (7.91%) Integration Testing
13 75 (7.80%) Validation
14 72 (7.49%) Automated Testing
15 68 (7.08%) Software Engineering
15 68 (7.08%) Test Strategy
16 51 (5.31%) Security Testing
17 50 (5.20%) Change Management
18 45 (4.68%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 295 (30.70%) SQL
2 154 (16.02%) Java
3 81 (8.43%) C#
4 79 (8.22%) JavaScript
5 62 (6.45%) Python
6 43 (4.47%) Perl
7 39 (4.06%) C++
8 36 (3.75%) VBA
9 33 (3.43%) C
10 27 (2.81%) T-SQL
11 24 (2.50%) Shell Script
11 24 (2.50%) VB
12 22 (2.29%) VB.NET
13 17 (1.77%) Ruby
14 16 (1.66%) VBScript
15 15 (1.56%) Scala
15 15 (1.56%) PHP
15 15 (1.56%) PL/SQL
16 11 (1.14%) XQuery
17 8 (0.83%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 261 (27.16%) ISEB
2 243 (25.29%) ISTQB
3 149 (15.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 102 (10.61%) Security Cleared
5 77 (8.01%) SC Cleared
6 62 (6.45%) Degree
7 25 (2.60%) Microsoft Certification
8 24 (2.50%) DV Cleared
9 23 (2.39%) HND
9 23 (2.39%) MCSE
10 22 (2.29%) MCITP
11 21 (2.19%) MCTS
11 21 (2.19%) MCSA
12 19 (1.98%) ISEB Practitioner
13 5 (0.52%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
14 4 (0.42%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 3 (0.31%) CRISC
15 3 (0.31%) CTC Cleared
15 3 (0.31%) CISA
15 3 (0.31%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 160 (16.65%) QA
2 7 (0.73%) PCI DSS
3 5 (0.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (0.52%) ISO 14001
3 5 (0.52%) ISO 9001
4 3 (0.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 2 (0.21%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 2 (0.21%) FATCA
6 1 (0.10%) DO-178B
6 1 (0.10%) Solvency II
6 1 (0.10%) HL7
6 1 (0.10%) DICOM
6 1 (0.10%) ISO 8583
6 1 (0.10%) GCP
6 1 (0.10%) GMP
6 1 (0.10%) SLA
System Software
1 37 (3.85%) VMware Infrastructure
2 22 (2.29%) Hyper-V
3 21 (2.19%) VMware ESX
4 7 (0.73%) Active Directory
5 2 (0.21%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.10%) XenApp
6 1 (0.10%) XenDesktop
6 1 (0.10%) Oracle RAC
6 1 (0.10%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 1 (0.10%) Squid
6 1 (0.10%) NFS
6 1 (0.10%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 173 (18.00%) HP Quality Center
2 21 (2.19%) McAfee ePO
3 19 (1.98%) Netcool
4 9 (0.94%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
4 9 (0.94%) Tivoli
5 4 (0.42%) Oracle RMAN
6 3 (0.31%) Nmap
6 3 (0.31%) Nessus
7 2 (0.21%) BMC PATROL
7 2 (0.21%) Cisco UCCE
7 2 (0.21%) CA LISA
8 1 (0.10%) XenMobile
8 1 (0.10%) Data Guard
8 1 (0.10%) WebInspect
8 1 (0.10%) Backup Exec
8 1 (0.10%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 162 (16.86%) Microsoft
2 115 (11.97%) HP
3 109 (11.34%) Oracle
4 59 (6.14%) Citrix
5 57 (5.93%) VMware
6 44 (4.58%) Veritas
7 29 (3.02%) SAP
8 21 (2.19%) McAfee
9 20 (2.08%) IBM
10 9 (0.94%) Cisco
10 9 (0.94%) Salesforce.com
11 8 (0.83%) ATG
12 7 (0.73%) Ektron
12 7 (0.73%) Perforce
13 6 (0.62%) Talend
14 5 (0.52%) hybris
14 5 (0.52%) Progress
15 4 (0.42%) Calypso
15 4 (0.42%) Murex
15 4 (0.42%) TIBCO
Leicestershire
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £100.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Guildford, Surrey
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £35000 - £42750 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Cambridgeshire
LA International
Rate: £275 - £300 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Leicester, Leicestershire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £100.00 - £150.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: From £600 to £650 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Leicester, Leicestershire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £150.00 - £200.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City of London
Templeton and Partners - SAP & UK Account
Rate: Market related
Posted: 5 days ago
Warrington, Cheshire
LA International
Rate: £375 - £420 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Berkshire
Intuition IT Solutions
Posted: 7 days ago
Berkshire
Intuition IT Solutions
Rate: £400.00 - £450 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
Bedfordshire
Computer Futures
Rate: £30 - £40 per hour
Posted: 7 days ago
Edinburgh
Cathcart Associates
Rate: £340 - £355 per day
Posted: 11 days ago
Nottingham
Claremont Consulting Limited
Rate: £350 per annum
Posted: 12 days ago
Berkshire
Austin Fraser Limited
Rate: NEG
Posted: 18 days ago
Edinburgh
Cathcart Associates
Posted: 19 days ago
Basingstoke
Interquest - IQ ESM
Rate: £100 - £119 per day
Posted: 24 days ago
Coventry
Interquest - IQ Telecom
Rate: £150 - £300 per day
Posted: 27 days ago