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 19 September 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 253 280 275
Rank change year-on-year
+27 -5
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 445 366 406
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.77% 0.69% 0.70%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.04% 0.94% 0.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 226 229 202
Average daily rate
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£338 £325 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.84% +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £226 £233 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+3.07% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 17 23
Average hourly rate £35.00 £27.50 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+27.27% -21.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.23 £11.00 £16.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.68 £42.50 £40.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.75 £11.38 £36.50
% change year-on-year
+196.70% -68.83%

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
42716 39097 41510
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.16% 74.10% 72.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 26685 24121 24021
Average daily rate £413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £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 1186 1114 1519
Average hourly rate £24.00 £27.50 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.72% -11.29%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.57 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.50 £50.00 £45.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.25 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-12.50% -

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 19 September 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 19 September 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 19 September 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 +1 381 £340 +1.87% 175
London +4 138 £350 -4.10% 37
South East -11 81 £338 +5.46% 40
Scotland +19 38 £288 -11.53% 7
South West -33 34 £330 -6.38% 19
City of London +23 31 £400 +8.47% 12
North West +5 28 £315 -3.07% 23
West Midlands +2 24 £290 -17.14% 8
Hampshire -22 24 £355 -8.38% 7
East of England -20 20 £363 +7.40% 20
North East -15 19 £350 - 5
Surrey -1 18 £350 -12.50% 11
Tyne and Wear -16 18 £350 - 5
Newcastle upon Tyne -20 18 £350 - 4
South Wales +4 17 £339 +42.63% 4
Wales -7 17 £339 +42.63% 5
Berkshire -1 16 £380 +22.58% 9
East Midlands +8 15 £285 +1.78% 5
Yorkshire +6 15 £355 +29.09% 17
West Yorkshire +13 14 £355 +42.00% 10
Manchester -13 14 £338 +3.84% 17
Buckinghamshire -3 13 £275 -2.99% 4
Cheshire - 12 £315 - 3
Newport - 12 £345 - 2
Glasgow -2 11 £313 +8.69% 3
Edinburgh +5 10 £255 -10.13% 2
Cambridgeshire -1 10 £363 +7.40% 10
Milton Keynes -7 10 £269 -5.20% 1
Bristol -7 10 £375 +1.35% 9
Leeds +4 9 £360 +20.00% 5

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 September 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.

1 370 (38.30%) Agile Software Development
2 369 (38.20%) ISEB
3 315 (32.61%) ISTQB
4 291 (30.12%) SQL
5 283 (29.30%) Test Scripting
6 246 (25.47%) HP Quality Center
7 232 (24.02%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 221 (22.88%) QA
9 196 (20.29%) User Acceptance Testing
10 192 (19.88%) Scrum
11 185 (19.15%) Security Cleared
12 179 (18.53%) Finance
13 164 (16.98%) Selenium
14 161 (16.67%) Java
15 155 (16.05%) Automated Testing
16 152 (15.73%) .NET
17 149 (15.42%) HP
18 147 (15.22%) Microsoft
19 139 (14.39%) Oracle
20 138 (14.29%) SC Cleared
21 137 (14.18%) Test Automation
22 130 (13.46%) Windows
23 128 (13.25%) C#
24 127 (13.15%) Test Management
25 122 (12.63%) Analytical Skills
26 120 (12.42%) Test Strategy
27 115 (11.90%) BDD
28 111 (11.49%) UNIX
29 109 (11.28%) Team Foundation Server
30 106 (10.97%) QuickTest Pro

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 (4.45%) SharePoint
2 9 (0.93%) CMS
3 7 (0.72%) WebLogic
4 6 (0.62%) BizTalk Server
5 5 (0.52%) Oracle Workflow
5 5 (0.52%) Documentum
6 4 (0.41%) Apache
6 4 (0.41%) WebSphere
7 3 (0.31%) Mule
7 3 (0.31%) SharePoint Server
8 2 (0.21%) SharePoint 2013
8 2 (0.21%) Tornado
8 2 (0.21%) WordPress
8 2 (0.21%) SharePoint 2010
9 1 (0.10%) EPiServer CMS
9 1 (0.10%) Oracle Spatial
9 1 (0.10%) Oracle BPEL
9 1 (0.10%) Jetty
9 1 (0.10%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 1 (0.10%) IIS
Applications
1 78 (8.07%) MS Excel
2 46 (4.76%) MS Office
3 15 (1.55%) MS PowerPoint
4 13 (1.35%) MS Project
5 11 (1.14%) MS Visio
6 4 (0.41%) Mingle
7 3 (0.31%) Spreadsheet
8 2 (0.21%) PowerPivot
9 1 (0.10%) Stata
9 1 (0.10%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.10%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 48 (4.97%) Oracle EBS
2 14 (1.45%) DELMIA
3 12 (1.24%) ENOVIA
4 10 (1.04%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 9 (0.93%) Dynamics CRM
6 4 (0.41%) JDE OneWorld
6 4 (0.41%) Dynamics GP
7 3 (0.31%) Oracle Payables
7 3 (0.31%) Oracle Receivables
7 3 (0.31%) Dynamics AX
7 3 (0.31%) Oracle Financials
8 2 (0.21%) Oracle ERP
8 2 (0.21%) Oracle Applications
8 2 (0.21%) assyst
8 2 (0.21%) Oracle Cash Management
8 2 (0.21%) Remedy ITSM
8 2 (0.21%) Magento
8 2 (0.21%) Oracle General Ledger
9 1 (0.10%) Cerner Millennium
9 1 (0.10%) Markit EDM
Cloud Services
1 12 (1.24%) Office 365
2 5 (0.52%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (0.31%) PaaS
4 2 (0.21%) Amazon SQS
4 2 (0.21%) Microsoft Azure
5 1 (0.10%) SaaS
5 1 (0.10%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.10%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 60 (6.21%) TCP/IP
2 44 (4.55%) HTTPS
3 37 (3.83%) DNS
3 37 (3.83%) HTTP
4 28 (2.90%) Internet
5 27 (2.80%) Wireshark
6 26 (2.69%) SSL
7 20 (2.07%) SAN
8 8 (0.83%) DVB
8 8 (0.83%) Firewall
9 7 (0.72%) 4G
9 7 (0.72%) 2G
9 7 (0.72%) GSM
9 7 (0.72%) Ethernet
10 6 (0.62%) 3G
10 6 (0.62%) Broadband
10 6 (0.62%) Network Security
11 5 (0.52%) LTE
11 5 (0.52%) VLAN
11 5 (0.52%) UMTS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 64 (6.63%) SQL Server
2 43 (4.45%) Relational Database
3 27 (2.80%) Data Warehouse
4 22 (2.28%) Oracle Reports
5 18 (1.86%) Oracle Database
6 17 (1.76%) RDBMS
7 14 (1.45%) SQL Server 2008
8 13 (1.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 12 (1.24%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 10 (1.04%) Oracle BI EE
11 8 (0.83%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 6 (0.62%) DB2
12 6 (0.62%) MySQL
13 5 (0.52%) QlikView
13 5 (0.52%) SQL Server 2012
13 5 (0.52%) SQL Server 2005
14 4 (0.41%) Data Mining
14 4 (0.41%) Big Data
14 4 (0.41%) Oracle Database 11g
15 3 (0.31%) PerformancePoint
Development Applications
1 164 (16.98%) Selenium
2 109 (11.28%) Team Foundation Server
3 106 (10.97%) QuickTest Pro
4 97 (10.04%) JIRA
5 73 (7.56%) LoadRunner
6 70 (7.25%) WebDriver
7 67 (6.94%) JUnit
8 55 (5.69%) Cucumber
8 55 (5.69%) Visual Studio
9 51 (5.28%) Jenkins
10 47 (4.87%) Subversion
11 39 (4.04%) SpecFlow
12 36 (3.73%) JMeter
13 34 (3.52%) Bugzilla
14 31 (3.21%) TestNG
14 31 (3.21%) Maven
15 26 (2.69%) TestDirector
16 24 (2.48%) SoapUI
17 23 (2.38%) TortoiseSVN
18 22 (2.28%) Ant
General
1 179 (18.53%) Finance
2 70 (7.25%) Banking
3 40 (4.14%) Telecoms
4 35 (3.62%) Manufacturing
5 25 (2.59%) Retail
5 25 (2.59%) Investment Banking
5 25 (2.59%) Games
6 24 (2.48%) Electronics
7 23 (2.38%) Back Office
7 23 (2.38%) Automotive
8 20 (2.07%) Marketing
9 13 (1.35%) Advertising
10 12 (1.24%) Legal
11 11 (1.14%) Front Office
12 9 (0.93%) General Ledger
13 5 (0.52%) Billing
14 4 (0.41%) Pharmaceutical
14 4 (0.41%) Publishing
14 4 (0.41%) Aerospace
14 4 (0.41%) French Language
Job Titles
1 392 (40.58%) Analyst
2 349 (36.13%) Test Analyst
3 188 (19.46%) Tester
4 91 (9.42%) Test Engineer
5 68 (7.04%) Test Leader
6 64 (6.63%) Developer
7 54 (5.59%) Test Manager
8 43 (4.45%) Senior Analyst
9 42 (4.35%) Senior Test Analyst
10 40 (4.14%) Agile Test Analyst
11 39 (4.04%) Software Tester
12 33 (3.42%) Software Engineer
13 27 (2.80%) QA Analyst
14 26 (2.69%) Consultant
15 25 (2.59%) Automation Tester
16 24 (2.48%) QA Tester
17 22 (2.28%) Performance Engineer
18 21 (2.17%) Test Consultant
19 19 (1.97%) Systems Analyst
20 18 (1.86%) Performance Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 152 (15.73%) .NET
2 101 (10.46%) XML
3 81 (8.39%) Web Services
4 79 (8.18%) HTML
5 64 (6.63%) ASP.NET
6 49 (5.07%) SOAP
7 45 (4.66%) JSP
8 31 (3.21%) REST
9 26 (2.69%) .NET Framework
9 26 (2.69%) Gherkin
9 26 (2.69%) CSS
10 20 (2.07%) JSON
11 18 (1.86%) WCF
12 17 (1.76%) WPF
13 12 (1.24%) RESTful
14 11 (1.14%) HTML5
14 11 (1.14%) jQuery
15 10 (1.04%) OpenCL
16 8 (0.83%) XHTML
16 8 (0.83%) JPA
Miscellaneous
1 122 (12.63%) Analytical Skills
2 57 (5.90%) Open Source
3 32 (3.31%) Computer Science
4 31 (3.21%) Client/Server
5 26 (2.69%) User Experience
6 22 (2.28%) Mobile App
7 18 (1.86%) Management Information System
8 16 (1.66%) STB
9 15 (1.55%) MPEG
9 15 (1.55%) DTV
10 14 (1.45%) NHS
11 11 (1.14%) Mathematics
12 10 (1.04%) IPTV
13 9 (0.93%) Fixed Income
13 9 (0.93%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 7 (0.72%) Data Integration
14 7 (0.72%) Enterprise Software
14 7 (0.72%) Derivative
14 7 (0.72%) IVR
14 7 (0.72%) AS400
Operating Systems
1 130 (13.46%) Windows
2 111 (11.49%) UNIX
3 103 (10.66%) Linux
4 55 (5.69%) Windows Server 2008
5 53 (5.49%) Windows XP
6 47 (4.87%) Windows Server 2003
7 43 (4.45%) Windows 2000
8 23 (2.38%) Windows 7
9 15 (1.55%) Android
10 11 (1.14%) Apple iOS
11 8 (0.83%) AIX
12 7 (0.72%) Mac OS X
13 5 (0.52%) Solaris
14 3 (0.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 3 (0.31%) Ubuntu
14 3 (0.31%) Embedded Linux
15 2 (0.21%) openSUSE
16 1 (0.10%) Mac OS
16 1 (0.10%) CentOS
16 1 (0.10%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 370 (38.30%) Agile Software Development
2 283 (29.30%) Test Scripting
3 196 (20.29%) User Acceptance Testing
4 192 (19.88%) Scrum
5 155 (16.05%) Automated Testing
6 137 (14.18%) Test Automation
7 127 (13.15%) Test Management
8 120 (12.42%) Test Strategy
9 115 (11.90%) BDD
10 100 (10.35%) TDD
11 97 (10.04%) Regression Testing
12 95 (9.83%) Integration Testing
13 94 (9.73%) Performance Testing
14 81 (8.39%) Validation
15 80 (8.28%) Project Management
16 75 (7.76%) Manual Testing
16 75 (7.76%) Automation Testing
17 74 (7.66%) Waterfall
18 71 (7.35%) System Testing
19 56 (5.80%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 291 (30.12%) SQL
2 161 (16.67%) Java
3 128 (13.25%) C#
4 81 (8.39%) JavaScript
5 58 (6.00%) Python
6 41 (4.24%) C++
7 36 (3.73%) C
7 36 (3.73%) Ruby
8 31 (3.21%) VB
9 26 (2.69%) Perl
10 15 (1.55%) Bash Shell
10 15 (1.55%) T-SQL
11 14 (1.45%) PL/SQL
12 12 (1.24%) PHP
12 12 (1.24%) Scala
13 11 (1.14%) VBScript
14 9 (0.93%) VBA
15 7 (0.72%) VB.NET
15 7 (0.72%) Shell Script
16 5 (0.52%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 369 (38.20%) ISEB
2 315 (32.61%) ISTQB
3 232 (24.02%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 185 (19.15%) Security Cleared
5 138 (14.29%) SC Cleared
6 57 (5.90%) Degree
7 42 (4.35%) DV Cleared
8 24 (2.48%) ISEB Practitioner
9 12 (1.24%) Microsoft Certification
10 11 (1.14%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 11 (1.14%) MCSE
11 10 (1.04%) Cisco Certification
11 10 (1.04%) HND
11 10 (1.04%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 9 (0.93%) MCITP
13 8 (0.83%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 6 (0.62%) CCNP
14 6 (0.62%) CCNA
14 6 (0.62%) BC Cleared
15 5 (0.52%) APMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 221 (22.88%) QA
2 8 (0.83%) SLA
3 7 (0.72%) ISO 9001
4 4 (0.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.31%) TickIT
5 3 (0.31%) ISO 9000
5 3 (0.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.10%) WCAG
6 1 (0.10%) P3O
System Software
1 20 (2.07%) Nmap
2 10 (1.04%) Active Directory
3 6 (0.62%) Hyper-V
4 5 (0.52%) VMware ESX
4 5 (0.52%) NDS
5 4 (0.41%) VMware Infrastructure
6 3 (0.31%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.10%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.10%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.10%) NFS
Systems Management
1 246 (25.47%) HP Quality Center
2 25 (2.59%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 20 (2.07%) Nessus
4 12 (1.24%) SCCM
5 5 (0.52%) McAfee ePO
5 5 (0.52%) Netcool
6 3 (0.31%) Opscode Chef
6 3 (0.31%) Vagrant
6 3 (0.31%) nmon
6 3 (0.31%) Tivoli
7 2 (0.21%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
8 1 (0.10%) Puppet
8 1 (0.10%) HP SiteScope
8 1 (0.10%) Nagios
Vendors
1 149 (15.42%) HP
2 147 (15.22%) Microsoft
3 139 (14.39%) Oracle
4 57 (5.90%) SAP
5 21 (2.17%) Citrix
6 14 (1.45%) Informatica
6 14 (1.45%) IBM
7 12 (1.24%) Cisco
8 10 (1.04%) ATG
8 10 (1.04%) VMware
9 9 (0.93%) hybris
9 9 (0.93%) JBoss
10 8 (0.83%) Veritas
10 8 (0.83%) Salesforce.com
11 7 (0.72%) Siebel
11 7 (0.72%) Remedy
11 7 (0.72%) JD Edwards
12 6 (0.62%) Charles River
12 6 (0.62%) Talend
13 5 (0.52%) Zend
Bristol
Swan It Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £310 per day
Posted: Yesterday
South West
Sanderson
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
West Yorkshire
Northern Recruitment Group
Rate: Up to £35,000 per annum 6 months fixed term
Posted: Yesterday
Swansea, West Glamorgan
Tony Timmins Associates
Rate: From £100 to £150 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Cambridge
Computer Futures
Rate: £35 - £40 per hour + competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
Gosport, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: market rates
Posted: 2 days ago
Essex
Executive Resource Group
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago
Middlesex
Proteus Europe
Posted: 4 days ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350 - £390 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £30 - £35 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Sogeti
Posted: 4 days ago
Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Ripe4
Rate: £0 - £30,000 per year
Posted: 7 days ago
Cambridge
Computer Futures
Rate: £30 - £40 per hour + competitive
Posted: 8 days ago
London
Genomics England
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 9 days ago
London
Genomics England
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 9 days ago
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £55000.00 - £60000.00 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
South East England
Amoria Bond - UK
Posted: 11 days ago
Cambridge
Computer Futures
Rate: £30 - £40 per hour + competitive
Posted: 15 days ago