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 22 August 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
22 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 246 249 268
Rank change year-on-year
+3 +19
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 464 400 400
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.82% 0.75% 0.69%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.11% 1.02% 0.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 231 238 220
Average daily rate
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£335 £345 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.89% +15.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £229 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £436 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
- +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 15 20
Average hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £34.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +2.18%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £11.00 £16.45
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £11.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+204.34% -67.14%

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
41835 39073 41091
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.23% 73.30% 70.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 25909 24001 23803
Average daily rate £410 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.50% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £270 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1148 1055 1460
Average hourly rate £23.00 £27.97 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-17.76% -9.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £46.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-16.66% -3.22%

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 22 August 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 22 August 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 22 August 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 +2 408 £336 -3.92% 175
London +19 154 £350 -7.89% 42
South East -26 95 £330 +1.53% 39
South West -26 37 £350 -3.11% 24
Scotland +20 36 £348 +20.86% 6
City of London +22 33 £400 - 13
Hampshire -9 31 £375 -3.22% 13
North West +14 25 £310 -0.80% 22
West Midlands +2 25 £290 - 7
Berkshire -5 21 £378 +19.84% 7
East of England -31 21 £363 +3.57% 14
East Midlands +8 17 £295 +1.72% 5
West Yorkshire +18 16 £320 -3.03% 7
Yorkshire +7 16 £320 -3.03% 17
Surrey +3 15 £318 -20.62% 10
Manchester -4 14 £325 +4.00% 17
Buckinghamshire -7 14 £269 -11.66% 1
Edinburgh -4 13 £265 - 4
North East -10 12 £360 - 5
Wales -10 12 £325 +21.26% 2
Newcastle upon Tyne -14 11 £360 - 3
Tyne and Wear -15 11 £360 - 4
Coventry - 11 £250 -
Milton Keynes 0 10 £268 -12.07%
South Wales -3 10 £325 +23.80% 2
Leeds +10 9 £360 +5.88% 6
Slough +9 9 £233 -
Glasgow -6 9 £350 +21.73% 2
Bristol -14 9 £375 +1.35% 8
Cheshire - 9 £310 - 4

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 August 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.

1 371 (37.70%) ISEB
2 317 (32.22%) ISTQB
3 302 (30.69%) SQL
4 287 (29.17%) Test Scripting
5 247 (25.10%) HP Quality Center
6 239 (24.29%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 223 (22.66%) QA
8 214 (21.75%) Agile Software Development
9 203 (20.63%) User Acceptance Testing
10 198 (20.12%) Scrum
11 186 (18.90%) Finance
12 176 (17.89%) Security Cleared
13 165 (16.77%) Microsoft
14 163 (16.57%) Selenium
15 159 (16.16%) HP
16 151 (15.35%) Java
17 148 (15.04%) .NET
18 147 (14.94%) Automated Testing
19 144 (14.63%) Test Automation
20 138 (14.02%) Oracle
20 138 (14.02%) Windows
21 136 (13.82%) SC Cleared
22 130 (13.21%) Test Strategy
23 126 (12.80%) C#
24 125 (12.70%) Test Management
25 114 (11.59%) BDD
26 111 (11.28%) Team Foundation Server
26 111 (11.28%) UNIX
27 106 (10.77%) Linux
27 106 (10.77%) Integration Testing

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 August 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 (4.37%) SharePoint
2 10 (1.02%) CMS
3 7 (0.71%) WebLogic
4 6 (0.61%) BizTalk Server
5 5 (0.51%) WebSphere
6 4 (0.41%) Apache
6 4 (0.41%) Oracle Workflow
7 3 (0.30%) SharePoint 2010
7 3 (0.30%) Mule
7 3 (0.30%) SharePoint Server
8 2 (0.20%) Documentum
8 2 (0.20%) Tomcat
8 2 (0.20%) WordPress
8 2 (0.20%) Tornado
8 2 (0.20%) SharePoint 2013
9 1 (0.10%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 1 (0.10%) Apache Qpid
9 1 (0.10%) EPiServer CMS
9 1 (0.10%) Oracle BPEL
9 1 (0.10%) Jetty
Applications
1 85 (8.64%) MS Excel
2 52 (5.28%) MS Office
3 14 (1.42%) MS PowerPoint
4 13 (1.32%) MS Project
5 12 (1.22%) MS Visio
6 4 (0.41%) Mingle
7 3 (0.30%) Spreadsheet
8 2 (0.20%) Stata
8 2 (0.20%) PowerPivot
9 1 (0.10%) AutoCAD
9 1 (0.10%) Simulink
9 1 (0.10%) Stateflow
9 1 (0.10%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 50 (5.08%) Oracle EBS
2 14 (1.42%) DELMIA
3 12 (1.22%) ENOVIA
4 9 (0.91%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 8 (0.81%) Dynamics GP
6 7 (0.71%) Dynamics CRM
7 4 (0.41%) JDE OneWorld
8 3 (0.30%) Oracle Payables
8 3 (0.30%) Oracle Receivables
8 3 (0.30%) Oracle Financials
9 2 (0.20%) SAP MM
9 2 (0.20%) SAP HR
9 2 (0.20%) SAP SD
9 2 (0.20%) Dynamics AX
9 2 (0.20%) assyst
9 2 (0.20%) Oracle ERP
9 2 (0.20%) Oracle Applications
9 2 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
9 2 (0.20%) Oracle General Ledger
9 2 (0.20%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 12 (1.22%) Office 365
2 5 (0.51%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (0.30%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (0.20%) PaaS
4 2 (0.20%) Amazon SQS
5 1 (0.10%) GitHub
5 1 (0.10%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.10%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 60 (6.10%) TCP/IP
2 44 (4.47%) HTTPS
3 42 (4.27%) HTTP
4 39 (3.96%) DNS
5 29 (2.95%) Internet
6 25 (2.54%) Wireshark
6 25 (2.54%) SSL
7 20 (2.03%) SAN
8 10 (1.02%) DVB
9 8 (0.81%) Firewall
10 7 (0.71%) 4G
11 6 (0.61%) Broadband
11 6 (0.61%) GSM
11 6 (0.61%) Ethernet
11 6 (0.61%) 2G
12 5 (0.51%) LTE
12 5 (0.51%) Network Security
12 5 (0.51%) VLAN
12 5 (0.51%) IPv6
12 5 (0.51%) 3G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 75 (7.62%) SQL Server
2 43 (4.37%) Relational Database
3 33 (3.35%) Data Warehouse
4 23 (2.34%) Oracle Reports
5 18 (1.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 17 (1.73%) RDBMS
7 16 (1.63%) Oracle Database
8 15 (1.52%) SQL Server 2008
8 15 (1.52%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 12 (1.22%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 9 (0.91%) QlikView
10 9 (0.91%) Oracle BI EE
10 9 (0.91%) Data Mining
11 8 (0.81%) MySQL
12 7 (0.71%) Big Data
12 7 (0.71%) PerformancePoint
13 6 (0.61%) DB2
13 6 (0.61%) SQL Server 2005
14 5 (0.51%) SQL Server 2012
14 5 (0.51%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 163 (16.57%) Selenium
2 111 (11.28%) Team Foundation Server
3 104 (10.57%) QuickTest Pro
4 98 (9.96%) JIRA
5 72 (7.32%) WebDriver
6 70 (7.11%) LoadRunner
7 60 (6.10%) Cucumber
8 58 (5.89%) Visual Studio
9 56 (5.69%) JUnit
10 46 (4.67%) Jenkins
11 42 (4.27%) Subversion
12 36 (3.66%) SpecFlow
13 34 (3.46%) JMeter
14 30 (3.05%) Bugzilla
15 29 (2.95%) TestDirector
16 28 (2.85%) SoapUI
17 25 (2.54%) TestNG
17 25 (2.54%) Maven
18 18 (1.83%) FitNesse
19 17 (1.73%) TortoiseSVN
General
1 186 (18.90%) Finance
2 74 (7.52%) Banking
3 42 (4.27%) Telecoms
4 32 (3.25%) Manufacturing
5 31 (3.15%) Retail
6 29 (2.95%) Investment Banking
7 25 (2.54%) Back Office
8 23 (2.34%) Automotive
9 22 (2.24%) Games
9 22 (2.24%) Electronics
10 18 (1.83%) Marketing
11 13 (1.32%) Advertising
12 12 (1.22%) Front Office
13 10 (1.02%) Billing
13 10 (1.02%) Legal
14 8 (0.81%) General Ledger
15 5 (0.51%) Aerospace
15 5 (0.51%) Pharmaceutical
16 4 (0.41%) Publishing
16 4 (0.41%) French Language
Job Titles
1 405 (41.16%) Analyst
2 362 (36.79%) Test Analyst
3 187 (19.00%) Tester
4 90 (9.15%) Test Engineer
5 75 (7.62%) Test Leader
6 59 (6.00%) Developer
7 58 (5.89%) Test Manager
8 46 (4.67%) Senior Analyst
9 45 (4.57%) Senior Test Analyst
10 41 (4.17%) Software Tester
11 40 (4.07%) Agile Test Analyst
12 29 (2.95%) QA Analyst
12 29 (2.95%) Software Engineer
13 24 (2.44%) Consultant
14 23 (2.34%) QA Tester
15 22 (2.24%) Automation Tester
16 19 (1.93%) Performance Engineer
16 19 (1.93%) Test Specialist
17 18 (1.83%) Test Consultant
17 18 (1.83%) Systems Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 148 (15.04%) .NET
2 93 (9.45%) XML
3 82 (8.33%) Web Services
3 82 (8.33%) HTML
4 65 (6.61%) ASP.NET
5 50 (5.08%) SOAP
6 48 (4.88%) JSP
7 32 (3.25%) Gherkin
8 27 (2.74%) REST
9 26 (2.64%) CSS
10 20 (2.03%) JSON
10 20 (2.03%) .NET Framework
11 15 (1.52%) WCF
11 15 (1.52%) WPF
12 13 (1.32%) MDX
12 13 (1.32%) RESTful
13 11 (1.12%) jQuery
13 11 (1.12%) HTML5
14 10 (1.02%) OpenCL
15 8 (0.81%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 49 (4.98%) Open Source
2 27 (2.74%) Computer Science
3 26 (2.64%) Client/Server
4 23 (2.34%) Mobile App
5 19 (1.93%) Management Information System
6 18 (1.83%) STB
6 18 (1.83%) NHS
7 16 (1.63%) MPEG
8 14 (1.42%) DTV
9 12 (1.22%) IPTV
10 9 (0.91%) Enterprise Software
10 9 (0.91%) Mathematics
10 9 (0.91%) PDA
10 9 (0.91%) Derivative
11 8 (0.81%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 7 (0.71%) Data Integration
12 7 (0.71%) IVR
12 7 (0.71%) Fixed Income
12 7 (0.71%) Clustering
13 6 (0.61%) AS400
Operating Systems
1 138 (14.02%) Windows
2 111 (11.28%) UNIX
3 106 (10.77%) Linux
4 63 (6.40%) Windows Server 2008
5 59 (6.00%) Windows XP
6 53 (5.39%) Windows Server 2003
7 44 (4.47%) Windows 2000
8 31 (3.15%) Windows 7
9 17 (1.73%) Android
10 11 (1.12%) Apple iOS
11 10 (1.02%) AIX
12 7 (0.71%) Mac OS X
13 5 (0.51%) Solaris
14 3 (0.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 3 (0.30%) Ubuntu
14 3 (0.30%) Embedded Linux
15 2 (0.20%) openSUSE
16 1 (0.10%) Windows Server 2012
16 1 (0.10%) CentOS
16 1 (0.10%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 287 (29.17%) Test Scripting
2 214 (21.75%) Agile Software Development
3 203 (20.63%) User Acceptance Testing
4 198 (20.12%) Scrum
5 147 (14.94%) Automated Testing
6 144 (14.63%) Test Automation
7 130 (13.21%) Test Strategy
8 125 (12.70%) Test Management
9 114 (11.59%) BDD
10 106 (10.77%) Integration Testing
11 105 (10.67%) TDD
12 97 (9.86%) Regression Testing
13 95 (9.65%) Performance Testing
14 74 (7.52%) Waterfall
14 74 (7.52%) Project Management
15 70 (7.11%) Validation
16 69 (7.01%) Automation Testing
17 64 (6.50%) System Testing
18 52 (5.28%) User Stories
19 50 (5.08%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 302 (30.69%) SQL
2 151 (15.35%) Java
3 126 (12.80%) C#
4 82 (8.33%) JavaScript
5 53 (5.39%) Python
6 37 (3.76%) C++
6 37 (3.76%) Ruby
7 31 (3.15%) VB
8 27 (2.74%) C
9 25 (2.54%) Perl
10 20 (2.03%) T-SQL
11 15 (1.52%) Bash Shell
12 14 (1.42%) PL/SQL
13 13 (1.32%) PHP
14 12 (1.22%) VBScript
15 11 (1.12%) Scala
16 8 (0.81%) VBA
17 7 (0.71%) Shell Script
17 7 (0.71%) VB.NET
18 5 (0.51%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 371 (37.70%) ISEB
2 317 (32.22%) ISTQB
3 239 (24.29%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 176 (17.89%) Security Cleared
5 136 (13.82%) SC Cleared
6 59 (6.00%) Degree
7 40 (4.07%) DV Cleared
8 23 (2.34%) ISEB Practitioner
9 13 (1.32%) Microsoft Certification
10 12 (1.22%) MCSE
11 11 (1.12%) MCITP
12 10 (1.02%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 9 (0.91%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
13 9 (0.91%) Cisco Certification
14 8 (0.81%) HND
14 8 (0.81%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 7 (0.71%) MCTS
15 7 (0.71%) MCSA
16 5 (0.51%) BC Cleared
16 5 (0.51%) APMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 223 (22.66%) QA
2 8 (0.81%) SLA
3 5 (0.51%) ISO 9001
4 3 (0.30%) TickIT
5 2 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 2 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.10%) P3O
6 1 (0.10%) CRD IV
6 1 (0.10%) WCAG
6 1 (0.10%) ISO 8583
6 1 (0.10%) ISO 14001
6 1 (0.10%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 19 (1.93%) Nmap
2 15 (1.52%) Active Directory
3 8 (0.81%) Hyper-V
4 7 (0.71%) VMware ESX
5 5 (0.51%) VMware Infrastructure
5 5 (0.51%) NDS
6 3 (0.30%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.10%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.10%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.10%) NFS
Systems Management
1 247 (25.10%) HP Quality Center
2 26 (2.64%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 19 (1.93%) Nessus
4 14 (1.42%) SCCM
5 7 (0.71%) McAfee ePO
5 7 (0.71%) Netcool
6 4 (0.41%) Vagrant
7 3 (0.30%) Opscode Chef
7 3 (0.30%) nmon
7 3 (0.30%) Tivoli
8 2 (0.20%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
8 2 (0.20%) Puppet
9 1 (0.10%) Nagios
Vendors
1 165 (16.77%) Microsoft
2 159 (16.16%) HP
3 138 (14.02%) Oracle
4 61 (6.20%) SAP
5 21 (2.13%) Citrix
6 14 (1.42%) Informatica
6 14 (1.42%) IBM
7 12 (1.22%) VMware
8 11 (1.12%) Cisco
9 10 (1.02%) Business Objects
9 10 (1.02%) Veritas
9 10 (1.02%) ATG
10 9 (0.91%) hybris
10 9 (0.91%) Salesforce.com
10 9 (0.91%) Remedy
11 8 (0.81%) Talend
12 7 (0.71%) JD Edwards
12 7 (0.71%) McAfee
12 7 (0.71%) Siebel
13 6 (0.61%) JBoss
Bedfordshire
Connectus
Rate: £35 - £38 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300.00 - £375.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Hampshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £35 - £45 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Thame
Progressive Recruitment
Rate: competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £275 - £300 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Real Staffing
Rate: £450 - £500 per day + competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
Whiteley, Hampshire
Mercator IT Solutions
Rate: Market
Posted: 2 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £270.00 - £300.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Surrey
Clearwater People Solutions
Rate: £300 - £340 Per Day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
JM
Rate: £500 - £700 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Glossop, Derbyshire
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £40000.00 - £50000.00 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Bedfordshire
Computer Futures
Rate: £30 - £40 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Venn Group - UK
Rate: 300-400 Per Day
Posted: 8 days ago
Yorkshire and the Humber
Real Staffing
Rate: £150 - £175 per day + competitive
Posted: 10 days ago
City of London
esynergy Solutions - UK
Rate: £350 - £450 per day + Benefits
Posted: 11 days ago
South East London
Totaljobs Group.
Rate: Competitive Market Rates
Posted: 11 days ago
Yorkshire and the Humber
Real Staffing
Rate: £150 - £175 per day + competitive
Posted: 15 days ago
Birmingham
Jumar Solutions
Rate: £340 - £365 per day
Posted: 15 days ago
City of London
Real Staffing
Rate: £35 per hour
Posted: 16 days ago
South East London
Totaljobs Group.
Rate: Competitive Market Rates
Posted: 17 days ago