The table below looks at the statistics for Software Testing skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Software Testing over the 3 months to 28 May 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
28 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Testing
Rank 272 243 225
Rank change year-on-year
-29 -18
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 488 525 514
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.89% 0.95% 0.97%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.09% 1.20% 1.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 307 225 318
Median daily rate £350 £334 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.86% -1.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £213 £242
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £500 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £340 £323 £325
% change year-on-year
+5.42% -0.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 20 15
Median hourly rate £38.50 £36.25 £37.80
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.20% -4.10%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £18.14 £18.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.50 £41.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.50 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+2.66% -

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
44683 43767 41024
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 81.94% 79.28% 77.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 29624 27730 25945
Median daily rate £438 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £280 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +2.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1039 1246 1211
Median hourly rate £28.50 £29.00 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.72% +3.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.75 £12.35 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £47.71 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+10.00% -

Software Testing
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing Software Testing as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 May 2016.

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 May 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 28 May 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -27 414 £358 +2.14% 151
London -57 141 £400 -2.43% 46
South East +15 105 £375 +7.14% 35
Scotland -10 62 £280 -7.81% 3
South West +12 41 £325 -13.33% 9
Hampshire -7 35 £363 +3.57% 8
Edinburgh -4 34 £290 +3.57%
North West -10 32 £350 +5.66% 16
Yorkshire +18 25 £341 +10.97% 14
West Midlands +1 24 £358 +30.00% 14
Berkshire -7 22 £375 +3.44% 2
Wiltshire +12 21 £300 -34.78% 1
North East -22 21 £331 - 2
Tyne and Wear - 18 £338 - 1
Buckinghamshire +19 17 £388 +31.35% 6
East of England -3 16 £463 +59.48% 10
Newcastle upon Tyne - 16 £338 - 1
City of London +31 15 £281 -31.81% 18
West Yorkshire +2 15 £300 +3.44% 10
Milton Keynes +13 14 £388 +31.35% 5
Reading +7 14 £375 -3.22%
Leeds 0 14 £300 -2.43% 8
Winchester -2 14 £450 +44.00%
Cheshire +2 13 £475 -5.00% 4
Hertfordshire +12 12 £475 +59.66% 1
Warrington -5 12 £475 -5.00%
Erskine -31 12 £265 -22.05% 1
Renfrewshire -31 12 £265 -22.05% 1
Kent -6 11 £210 - 2
Bristol +2 10 £325 -7.14% 2

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 May 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Software Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Software Testing.

1 431 (44.34%) Agile Software Development
2 328 (33.74%) SQL
3 303 (31.17%) ISTQB
4 266 (27.37%) ISEB
5 245 (25.21%) Finance
6 215 (22.12%) Test Scripting
7 194 (19.96%) QA
8 180 (18.52%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 172 (17.70%) Java
10 157 (16.15%) JIRA
11 151 (15.53%) Test Automation
11 151 (15.53%) Scrum
12 150 (15.43%) Windows
13 148 (15.23%) Microsoft
13 148 (15.23%) User Acceptance Testing
13 148 (15.23%) SDLC
14 135 (13.89%) Selenium
15 128 (13.17%) HP Quality Center
16 123 (12.65%) Regression Testing
17 121 (12.45%) Linux
17 121 (12.45%) Security Cleared
18 118 (12.14%) Waterfall
19 117 (12.04%) C#
20 114 (11.73%) Functional Testing
21 113 (11.63%) Analytical Skills
21 113 (11.63%) Automated Testing
22 111 (11.42%) Oracle
23 110 (11.32%) Banking
24 107 (11.01%) XML
25 105 (10.80%) TDD

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 22 (2.26%) JBoss
2 18 (1.85%) Elasticsearch
3 12 (1.23%) Apache
4 10 (1.03%) Confluence
4 10 (1.03%) SharePoint
5 9 (0.93%) WebLogic
6 7 (0.72%) Mule
7 6 (0.62%) SAS
8 5 (0.51%) IIS
8 5 (0.51%) MS Exchange
8 5 (0.51%) nginx
8 5 (0.51%) SharePoint 2013
8 5 (0.51%) Skype for Business
9 4 (0.41%) BizTalk Server
9 4 (0.41%) Oracle HTTP Server
9 4 (0.41%) Tomcat
10 3 (0.31%) Apache Pig
10 3 (0.31%) ATG Dynamo
10 3 (0.31%) CMS
11 2 (0.21%) WebSphere
Applications
1 91 (9.36%) MS Excel
2 59 (6.07%) MS Office
3 20 (2.06%) MS Project
4 15 (1.54%) MS Visio
5 4 (0.41%) Mingle
6 1 (0.10%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.10%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 6 (0.62%) SAP FI
2 5 (0.51%) Magento
3 4 (0.41%) Dynamics AX
4 3 (0.31%) Dynamics CRM
4 3 (0.31%) Maximo
4 3 (0.31%) Oracle EBS R12
4 3 (0.31%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 3 (0.31%) Temenos T24
5 2 (0.21%) Infor LN
5 2 (0.21%) Markit EDM
5 2 (0.21%) Oracle Assets
5 2 (0.21%) Oracle EBS
5 2 (0.21%) Oracle Payables
5 2 (0.21%) Oracle Receivables
5 2 (0.21%) SAP CO
5 2 (0.21%) SAP FI/CO
6 1 (0.10%) DELMIA
6 1 (0.10%) Oracle 11i
6 1 (0.10%) Oracle Applications
6 1 (0.10%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 8 (0.82%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (0.62%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (0.31%) Amazon EC2
3 3 (0.31%) Amazon ELB
3 3 (0.31%) Amazon S3
4 2 (0.21%) SaaS
5 1 (0.10%) GitHub
5 1 (0.10%) IaaS
5 1 (0.10%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 42 (4.32%) HTTP
2 23 (2.37%) Internet
3 20 (2.06%) TCP/IP
4 16 (1.65%) DNS
5 14 (1.44%) VLAN
6 13 (1.34%) VPN
7 11 (1.13%) SAN
8 10 (1.03%) BGP
8 10 (1.03%) DHCP
8 10 (1.03%) IPsec
8 10 (1.03%) IPv6
8 10 (1.03%) Software-Defined Networking
9 8 (0.82%) FCoE
9 8 (0.82%) Fibre Channel
9 8 (0.82%) iSCSI
9 8 (0.82%) Remote Desktop
10 6 (0.62%) FTP
10 6 (0.62%) SSL
10 6 (0.62%) WAN
11 5 (0.51%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 99 (10.19%) SQL Server
2 59 (6.07%) Relational Database
3 33 (3.40%) Data Warehouse
3 33 (3.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 32 (3.29%) NoSQL
5 30 (3.09%) Oracle Database
5 30 (3.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 19 (1.95%) RDBMS
7 18 (1.85%) Oracle Reports
8 17 (1.75%) SQL Server 2012
9 14 (1.44%) Data Mining
10 13 (1.34%) SQL Server 2008
11 11 (1.13%) Oracle Database 11g
12 10 (1.03%) DB2
12 10 (1.03%) MySQL
13 9 (0.93%) SQL Server 2005
14 8 (0.82%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 7 (0.72%) Oracle BI EE
15 7 (0.72%) PostgreSQL
16 6 (0.62%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 157 (16.15%) JIRA
2 135 (13.89%) Selenium
3 104 (10.70%) HP UFT
4 72 (7.41%) Cucumber
5 52 (5.35%) WebDriver
6 48 (4.94%) LoadRunner
7 43 (4.42%) Subversion
7 43 (4.42%) Team Foundation Server
8 38 (3.91%) TestDirector
9 36 (3.70%) WinRunner
10 34 (3.50%) Git (software)
11 31 (3.19%) Visual Studio
12 29 (2.98%) SpecFlow
13 26 (2.67%) SoapUI
14 19 (1.95%) Jenkins
15 13 (1.34%) TestComplete
16 11 (1.13%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
16 11 (1.13%) Toad
17 10 (1.03%) Facilita Forecast
17 10 (1.03%) WATIR
General
1 245 (25.21%) Finance
2 110 (11.32%) Banking
3 74 (7.61%) Retail
4 33 (3.40%) Telecoms
5 28 (2.88%) Retail Banking
6 27 (2.78%) Law
7 23 (2.37%) Marketing
8 18 (1.85%) Games
9 13 (1.34%) Investment Banking
10 7 (0.72%) Manufacturing
11 6 (0.62%) Electronics
11 6 (0.62%) Front Office
11 6 (0.62%) Publishing
12 5 (0.51%) Automotive
12 5 (0.51%) Online Betting
13 4 (0.41%) Financial Institution
13 4 (0.41%) General Ledger
13 4 (0.41%) Military
14 3 (0.31%) Aerospace
14 3 (0.31%) Billing
Job Titles
1 359 (36.93%) Analyst
2 320 (32.92%) Test Analyst
3 129 (13.27%) Tester
4 121 (12.45%) Developer
5 94 (9.67%) Test Engineer
6 70 (7.20%) Test Leader
7 56 (5.76%) Test Manager
8 38 (3.91%) Automation Test Analyst
9 35 (3.60%) Automation Tester
10 31 (3.19%) Consultant
11 30 (3.09%) Agile Test Analyst
12 28 (2.88%) Senior Analyst
13 26 (2.67%) Banking Analyst
13 26 (2.67%) SQL Developer
14 25 (2.57%) Senior Test Analyst
15 24 (2.47%) SQL Analyst
16 23 (2.37%) .NET Developer
16 23 (2.37%) Infrastructure Analyst
16 23 (2.37%) Python Developer
16 23 (2.37%) Senior Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 107 (11.01%) XML
2 84 (8.64%) .NET
3 81 (8.33%) HTML
4 48 (4.94%) Web Services
5 46 (4.73%) CSS
6 33 (3.40%) SOAP
7 28 (2.88%) RESTful
8 25 (2.57%) .NET Framework
8 25 (2.57%) ASP.NET
9 22 (2.26%) HTML5
10 21 (2.16%) JSON
11 20 (2.06%) CSS3
12 18 (1.85%) Spring
13 15 (1.54%) REST
14 12 (1.23%) ActiveMQ
14 12 (1.23%) AngularJS
14 12 (1.23%) Apache Camel
14 12 (1.23%) Gherkin
14 12 (1.23%) Hibernate
15 11 (1.13%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 113 (11.63%) Analytical Skills
2 31 (3.19%) Clustering
2 31 (3.19%) Computer Science
3 30 (3.09%) User Experience
4 27 (2.78%) PDA
5 25 (2.57%) Data Centre
6 24 (2.47%) Management Information System
7 23 (2.37%) Mobile App
8 14 (1.44%) Device Driver
8 14 (1.44%) Mainframe
9 13 (1.34%) Data Integration
9 13 (1.34%) IPTV
9 13 (1.34%) Smart Meter
10 12 (1.23%) Video Conferencing
11 11 (1.13%) Fixed Income
11 11 (1.13%) NHS
11 11 (1.13%) SWIFT
12 10 (1.03%) Mobile Banking
12 10 (1.03%) Performance Metrics
12 10 (1.03%) STB
Operating Systems
1 150 (15.43%) Windows
2 121 (12.45%) Linux
3 85 (8.74%) Unix
4 41 (4.22%) Windows 7
4 41 (4.22%) Windows Server 2003
5 40 (4.12%) AIX
5 40 (4.12%) Windows Server 2008
5 40 (4.12%) Windows XP
6 24 (2.47%) Windows Server
7 22 (2.26%) Android
7 22 (2.26%) Apple iOS
8 13 (1.34%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 11 (1.13%) Mac OS X
9 11 (1.13%) Ubuntu
10 8 (0.82%) Windows 10
10 8 (0.82%) Windows Server 2012
11 6 (0.62%) Embedded Linux
12 5 (0.51%) Solaris
13 2 (0.21%) Fedora
14 1 (0.10%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 431 (44.34%) Agile Software Development
2 215 (22.12%) Test Scripting
3 151 (15.53%) Scrum
3 151 (15.53%) Test Automation
4 148 (15.23%) SDLC
4 148 (15.23%) User Acceptance Testing
5 123 (12.65%) Regression Testing
6 118 (12.14%) Waterfall
7 114 (11.73%) Functional Testing
8 113 (11.63%) Automated Testing
9 105 (10.80%) TDD
10 104 (10.70%) Test Strategy
11 101 (10.39%) Defect Management
12 99 (10.19%) BDD
13 86 (8.85%) Test Management
14 84 (8.64%) Integration Testing
15 77 (7.92%) Security Testing
16 74 (7.61%) Information Assurance
17 72 (7.41%) Manual Testing
17 72 (7.41%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 328 (33.74%) SQL
2 172 (17.70%) Java
3 117 (12.04%) C#
4 81 (8.33%) Python
5 74 (7.61%) JavaScript
6 55 (5.66%) C++
7 44 (4.53%) C
8 43 (4.42%) Ruby
9 40 (4.12%) VB
10 35 (3.60%) VBScript
11 32 (3.29%) Perl
12 30 (3.09%) PL/SQL
13 29 (2.98%) PowerShell
14 26 (2.67%) T-SQL
15 19 (1.95%) PHP
16 17 (1.75%) VB.NET
17 12 (1.23%) VBA
18 11 (1.13%) Shell Script
19 8 (0.82%) Bash Shell
20 6 (0.62%) Embedded C++
Qualifications
1 303 (31.17%) ISTQB
2 266 (27.37%) ISEB
3 180 (18.52%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 121 (12.45%) Security Cleared
5 87 (8.95%) Degree
6 60 (6.17%) SC Cleared
7 43 (4.42%) Microsoft Certification
8 41 (4.22%) MCSE
9 39 (4.01%) MCSA
10 33 (3.40%) MCTS
11 31 (3.19%) MCITP
12 23 (2.37%) DV Cleared
13 18 (1.85%) ISEB Practitioner
14 17 (1.75%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
15 16 (1.65%) BPSS Clearance
16 6 (0.62%) MCSD
17 5 (0.51%) HND
17 5 (0.51%) ITIL Certification
18 4 (0.41%) PRINCE2 Certification
18 4 (0.41%) SAS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 194 (19.96%) QA
2 18 (1.85%) Disclosure Scotland
3 13 (1.34%) HL7
4 6 (0.62%) ISO 9001
4 6 (0.62%) SLA
5 4 (0.41%) Data Quality
5 4 (0.41%) FATCA
6 3 (0.31%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 3 (0.31%) DICOM
6 3 (0.31%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.31%) SDET
7 1 (0.10%) GAAP
7 1 (0.10%) GMP
7 1 (0.10%) IEC 61508
7 1 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.10%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.10%) Solvency II
System Software
1 45 (4.63%) Hyper-V
2 44 (4.53%) Active Directory
3 35 (3.60%) VMware ESX
4 34 (3.50%) VMware Infrastructure
5 4 (0.41%) vSphere
6 2 (0.21%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 2 (0.21%) NFS
6 2 (0.21%) XenServer
7 1 (0.10%) Docker
7 1 (0.10%) Firmware
7 1 (0.10%) HDFS
7 1 (0.10%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 128 (13.17%) HP Quality Center
2 31 (3.19%) McAfee ePO
2 31 (3.19%) Netcool
3 14 (1.44%) HP SiteScope
4 9 (0.93%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 3 (0.31%) nmon
5 3 (0.31%) yum
6 2 (0.21%) BMC PATROL
6 2 (0.21%) Perfmon
6 2 (0.21%) SCOrch
6 2 (0.21%) SCVMM
6 2 (0.21%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 1 (0.10%) Ansible
7 1 (0.10%) Oozie
7 1 (0.10%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.10%) Puppet
7 1 (0.10%) SCCM
7 1 (0.10%) SCOM
7 1 (0.10%) WMI
Vendors
1 148 (15.23%) Microsoft
2 111 (11.42%) Oracle
3 96 (9.88%) HP
4 60 (6.17%) VMware
5 41 (4.22%) Veritas
6 37 (3.81%) Citrix
7 31 (3.19%) Intel Security
7 31 (3.19%) SAP
8 16 (1.65%) Red Hat
9 12 (1.23%) Rally
10 11 (1.13%) Informatica
11 10 (1.03%) IBM
12 8 (0.82%) Atlassian
12 8 (0.82%) Cisco
12 8 (0.82%) Kronos
13 7 (0.72%) RedGate
14 6 (0.62%) ATG
15 5 (0.51%) Cognos
15 5 (0.51%) Pega
15 5 (0.51%) Perforce
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £250.00 - £350.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Oho Group Ltd.
Rate: £30 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Connectus
Rate: £250 - £320 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol
CPS Group Limited
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Chester, Cheshire
Reed Technology
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Erskine, Renfrewshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300 - £342 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £270.00 - £300.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Sopra Steria Recruitment
Rate: Market rates [negotiable]
Posted: 3 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Sogeti
Rate: From £375 to £420 per day Daily Rate: £375 - £420 p/d (DOE)
Posted: 12 days ago
Cambridgeshire
Oho Group
Rate: £30 - 40 per hour
Posted: 16 days ago
UK
Computer Recruitment Services
Rate: £40 - £50 per hour
Posted: 17 days ago
Chichester, West Sussex
Oscar
Rate: £225 - £250 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Leeds
Real Staffing
Rate: £325 - £375 per day
Posted: 20 days ago
Cambridge
Oho Group
Rate: £300 - 400 per day
Posted: 24 days ago