The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for Software Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Software Testing over the 3 months to 28 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Software Testing
UK / England
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 341 297 240
Rank change year-on-year -44 -57  
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 259 369 483
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.60% 0.75% 0.96%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.71% 0.89% 1.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 136 253 201
Median daily rate £370 £373 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.67% +6.42%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £231 £250 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £484 £490 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £330 £316
% change year-on-year +6.06% +4.34%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 6 16
Median hourly rate £48.75 £38.00 £37.62
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +28.28% +1.01%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.50 £36.25 £21.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £54.54 £42.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £48.75 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year +30.00% -  

Software Testing is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 36606 41272 40599
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 84.68% 83.46% 80.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 92153 104845 92956
Median daily rate £450 £450 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +8.43%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £306 £288 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2818 2673 2706
Median hourly rate £32.50 £27.50 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.18% +5.76%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.24 £12.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.75 £50.78 £51.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

Software Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Software Testing as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Software Testing in England

Software Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Software Testing in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Testing in England

Software Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Testing in England over the 3 months to 28 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Testing in England

Software Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Testing in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Testing in England

Software Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Testing in England over the 3 months to 28 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Software Testing in England

Software Testing
Contract Job Locations in England

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 England region over the 3 months to 28 June 2017. 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 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
London -39 93 £415 +10.66% 40
South East -3 42 £320 -20.00% 24
North of England +21 34 £370 +6.47% 38
South West 0 34 £418 +28.53% 21
Midlands +20 31 £361 +8.64% 20
East of England +7 25 £295 -34.44% 15
North West +12 22 £350 - 27
East Midlands +6 20 £350 +16.66% 3
West Midlands +14 11 £375 +10.29% 17
Yorkshire +7 8 £463 +33.09% 6
North East +58 4 £370 +13.84% 5
Software Testing
UK

For the 6 months to 28 June 2017, 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 across the England region with a requirement for Software Testing.

1 310 (54.67%) Test Automation
2 301 (53.09%) Agile Software Development
3 147 (25.93%) QA
4 144 (25.40%) Scrum
5 143 (25.22%) ISEB
6 141 (24.87%) SQL
7 136 (23.99%) ISTQB
8 131 (23.10%) Selenium
9 127 (22.40%) Test Scripting
10 124 (21.87%) Java
11 121 (21.34%) JIRA
12 116 (20.46%) Finance
13 100 (17.64%) Test Strategy
14 98 (17.28%) Functional Testing
15 96 (16.93%) User Acceptance Testing
16 87 (15.34%) SDLC
17 83 (14.64%) Regression Testing
18 80 (14.11%) C#
19 77 (13.58%) Microsoft
19 77 (13.58%) BDD
20 76 (13.40%) Windows
21 74 (13.05%) Security Cleared
22 73 (12.87%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
23 72 (12.70%) Manual Testing
24 68 (11.99%) JavaScript
25 67 (11.82%) Software Engineering
26 66 (11.64%) Defect Management
27 61 (10.76%) SQL Server
27 61 (10.76%) Continuous Integration
28 58 (10.23%) Linux

Software Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 25 (4.41%) Confluence
2 24 (4.23%) CMS
3 20 (3.53%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 19 (3.35%) SharePoint
5 11 (1.94%) JBoss
6 10 (1.76%) ArcGIS
6 10 (1.76%) NServiceBus
7 8 (1.41%) SharePoint 2010
7 8 (1.41%) Tomcat
7 8 (1.41%) WebLogic
8 7 (1.23%) IIS
8 7 (1.23%) SharePoint 2013
9 3 (0.53%) Apache
9 3 (0.53%) Apache Spark
9 3 (0.53%) BizTalk Server
9 3 (0.53%) ColdFusion
9 3 (0.53%) WebSphere
10 2 (0.35%) CICS
10 2 (0.35%) Mule
10 2 (0.35%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 26 (4.59%) Microsoft Office
2 21 (3.70%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (1.23%) MS Visio
4 4 (0.71%) Spreadsheet
5 3 (0.53%) Microsoft Project
5 3 (0.53%) Stata
6 2 (0.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 2 (0.35%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 8 (1.41%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.88%) Unit4 Business World
3 2 (0.35%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (0.35%) ION MarketView
3 2 (0.35%) SAP ERP
3 2 (0.35%) Teamcenter
4 1 (0.18%) Bloomberg TOMS
4 1 (0.18%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.18%) JDE EnterpriseOne
4 1 (0.18%) Markit EDM
4 1 (0.18%) Maximo
4 1 (0.18%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.18%) Oracle BPM
4 1 (0.18%) RMDS
4 1 (0.18%) TRIRIGA
Cloud Services
1 19 (3.35%) Amazon AWS
2 16 (2.82%) GitHub
3 11 (1.94%) Microsoft Azure
4 8 (1.41%) BrowserStack
5 6 (1.06%) Sauce Labs
6 4 (0.71%) Adobe Analytics
7 3 (0.53%) IaaS
8 2 (0.35%) AWS CloudFormation
8 2 (0.35%) Office 365
8 2 (0.35%) SaaS
8 2 (0.35%) Salesforce Service Cloud
9 1 (0.18%) Amazon EC2
9 1 (0.18%) Amazon S3
9 1 (0.18%) Asana
9 1 (0.18%) Google Analytics
9 1 (0.18%) Google Cloud Platform
9 1 (0.18%) Loggly
9 1 (0.18%) Sumo Logic
9 1 (0.18%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 23 (4.06%) Internet
2 17 (3.00%) HTTP
3 10 (1.76%) Link 16
3 10 (1.76%) TCP/IP
4 8 (1.41%) DNS
5 7 (1.23%) Firewall
5 7 (1.23%) FTP
6 5 (0.88%) Broadband
6 5 (0.88%) Wireless
6 5 (0.88%) Wireshark
7 4 (0.71%) Bluetooth
7 4 (0.71%) Ethernet
7 4 (0.71%) NAS
7 4 (0.71%) WAN
8 3 (0.53%) 802.11
8 3 (0.53%) ADSL
8 3 (0.53%) IPv4
8 3 (0.53%) IPv6
8 3 (0.53%) UPnP
8 3 (0.53%) VDSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 61 (10.76%) SQL Server
2 41 (7.23%) Relational Database
3 14 (2.47%) Data Warehouse
4 13 (2.29%) MySQL
5 8 (1.41%) NoSQL
5 8 (1.41%) SQL Server 2012
6 7 (1.23%) Siebel EIM
7 6 (1.06%) MongoDB
7 6 (1.06%) Redis
7 6 (1.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 4 (0.71%) Oracle Reports
8 4 (0.71%) PostgreSQL
8 4 (0.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 3 (0.53%) Big Data
9 3 (0.53%) EDRMS
9 3 (0.53%) Hadoop
9 3 (0.53%) Oracle Database
9 3 (0.53%) Pentaho
9 3 (0.53%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 2 (0.35%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 131 (23.10%) Selenium
2 121 (21.34%) JIRA
3 57 (10.05%) Cucumber
4 55 (9.70%) Jenkins
5 45 (7.94%) Team Foundation Server
6 44 (7.76%) Git (software)
7 42 (7.41%) WebDriver
8 41 (7.23%) SoapUI
9 27 (4.76%) HP UFT
9 27 (4.76%) JUnit
10 26 (4.59%) TeamCity
11 25 (4.41%) JMeter
12 23 (4.06%) LoadRunner
13 22 (3.88%) SpecFlow
14 21 (3.70%) Visual Studio
15 15 (2.65%) Subversion
16 13 (2.29%) Hudson
16 13 (2.29%) MSTest
17 12 (2.12%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 12 (2.12%) Maven
General
1 116 (20.46%) Finance
2 34 (6.00%) Banking
3 15 (2.65%) Legal
3 15 (2.65%) Marketing
4 14 (2.47%) Military
5 12 (2.12%) Front Office
5 12 (2.12%) Retail
6 11 (1.94%) Games
7 10 (1.76%) Avionics
7 10 (1.76%) Electronics
8 9 (1.59%) Law
9 8 (1.41%) Financial Institution
10 7 (1.23%) Investment Banking
11 5 (0.88%) Back Office
11 5 (0.88%) Pharmaceutical
12 4 (0.71%) Advertising
12 4 (0.71%) Billing
12 4 (0.71%) Manufacturing
13 3 (0.53%) General Ledger
14 2 (0.35%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 181 (31.92%) Analyst
2 143 (25.22%) Test Analyst
3 122 (21.52%) Tester
4 85 (14.99%) Developer
5 62 (10.93%) Test Manager
6 45 (7.94%) Test Engineer
7 36 (6.35%) Software Tester
7 36 (6.35%) Test Leader
8 30 (5.29%) Automation Tester
9 28 (4.94%) Java Developer
10 27 (4.76%) Automation Test Analyst
11 22 (3.88%) QA Tester
12 16 (2.82%) Software Engineer
13 15 (2.65%) Senior Developer
13 15 (2.65%) Software Analyst
13 15 (2.65%) Test Automation Engineer
14 14 (2.47%) Senior Analyst
14 14 (2.47%) Team Leader
15 13 (2.29%) Software Test Analyst
15 13 (2.29%) Software Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 58 (10.23%) XML
2 57 (10.05%) .NET
3 51 (8.99%) Web Services
4 41 (7.23%) HTML
5 28 (4.94%) REST
5 28 (4.94%) SOAP
6 26 (4.59%) CSS
7 25 (4.41%) RESTful
8 22 (3.88%) Hibernate
8 22 (3.88%) JSON
9 18 (3.17%) AngularJS
9 18 (3.17%) Gherkin
9 18 (3.17%) J2EE
9 18 (3.17%) Spring
10 16 (2.82%) React
11 13 (2.29%) Java EE
12 12 (2.12%) DCOM
12 12 (2.12%) HTML5
12 12 (2.12%) WPF
13 11 (1.94%) COM
Miscellaneous
1 56 (9.88%) Analytical Skills
2 31 (5.47%) User Experience
3 25 (4.41%) Computer Science
4 24 (4.23%) Management Information System
5 19 (3.35%) Mobile App
6 15 (2.65%) Client/Server
7 12 (2.12%) STB
8 11 (1.94%) Fixed Income
9 7 (1.23%) Hedge funds
10 6 (1.06%) Embedded Systems
10 6 (1.06%) PlayStation
11 5 (0.88%) 3D Graphics
12 4 (0.71%) IPTV
12 4 (0.71%) NHS
12 4 (0.71%) Online Games
13 3 (0.53%) Augmented Reality
13 3 (0.53%) MHEG
13 3 (0.53%) Over-the-Top Content
13 3 (0.53%) SWIFT
13 3 (0.53%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 76 (13.40%) Windows
2 58 (10.23%) Linux
3 29 (5.11%) Unix
4 21 (3.70%) Android
5 16 (2.82%) Apple iOS
6 11 (1.94%) Windows Server
6 11 (1.94%) Windows Server 2012
7 5 (0.88%) Mac OS X
8 4 (0.71%) Windows 7
9 3 (0.53%) Tizen
9 3 (0.53%) Windows Vista
10 2 (0.35%) Windows 8
10 2 (0.35%) Windows Server 2003
10 2 (0.35%) Windows Server 2008
10 2 (0.35%) Windows XP
11 1 (0.18%) CoreOS
11 1 (0.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.18%) Windows 10
11 1 (0.18%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 310 (54.67%) Test Automation
2 301 (53.09%) Agile Software Development
3 144 (25.40%) Scrum
4 127 (22.40%) Test Scripting
5 100 (17.64%) Test Strategy
6 98 (17.28%) Functional Testing
7 96 (16.93%) User Acceptance Testing
8 87 (15.34%) SDLC
9 83 (14.64%) Regression Testing
10 77 (13.58%) BDD
11 72 (12.70%) Manual Testing
12 67 (11.82%) Software Engineering
13 66 (11.64%) Defect Management
14 61 (10.76%) Continuous Integration
15 57 (10.05%) Test Management
16 56 (9.88%) Waterfall
17 54 (9.52%) Non-Functional Testing
18 53 (9.35%) Integration Testing
19 49 (8.64%) TDD
20 44 (7.76%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 141 (24.87%) SQL
2 124 (21.87%) Java
3 80 (14.11%) C#
4 68 (11.99%) JavaScript
5 51 (8.99%) Python
6 46 (8.11%) C
7 42 (7.41%) Ruby
8 33 (5.82%) C++
9 17 (3.00%) Perl
10 16 (2.82%) VB
11 14 (2.47%) VB.NET
12 11 (1.94%) PowerShell
13 8 (1.41%) T-SQL
14 7 (1.23%) Bash Shell
14 7 (1.23%) PHP
14 7 (1.23%) Shell Script
14 7 (1.23%) STATISTICA Visual Basic
14 7 (1.23%) VBScript
15 6 (1.06%) R
16 5 (0.88%) GLSL
Qualifications
1 143 (25.22%) ISEB
2 136 (23.99%) ISTQB
3 74 (13.05%) Security Cleared
4 73 (12.87%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 50 (8.82%) Degree
6 35 (6.17%) SC Cleared
7 16 (2.82%) DV Cleared
8 13 (2.29%) Computer Science Degree
9 10 (1.76%) ISEB Practitioner
9 10 (1.76%) Microsoft Certification
10 8 (1.41%) BPSS Clearance
11 7 (1.23%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 7 (1.23%) Siebel Certification
12 4 (0.71%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
13 3 (0.53%) Numerate Degree
13 3 (0.53%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 2 (0.35%) Cisco Certification
14 2 (0.35%) HNC
14 2 (0.35%) PMI Certification
15 1 (0.18%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 147 (25.93%) QA
2 10 (1.76%) MIL-STD-1553
3 8 (1.41%) Data Quality
4 6 (1.06%) SLA
5 5 (0.88%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 5 (0.88%) Disclosure Scotland
5 5 (0.88%) GMP
6 3 (0.53%) GDPR
6 3 (0.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 3 (0.53%) MiFID
7 2 (0.35%) FATCA
7 2 (0.35%) ISO 9001
7 2 (0.35%) TickIT
7 2 (0.35%) WCAG
8 1 (0.18%) EMIR
8 1 (0.18%) GxP
8 1 (0.18%) IFRS
8 1 (0.18%) PMO
System Software
1 8 (1.41%) VirtualBox
2 7 (1.23%) Active Directory
2 7 (1.23%) Docker
3 5 (0.88%) Firmware
3 5 (0.88%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (0.53%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (0.35%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (0.35%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 2 (0.35%) Time Sharing Option
5 2 (0.35%) Virtual Desktop
5 2 (0.35%) Virtual Servers
5 2 (0.35%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.18%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 54 (9.52%) HP Quality Center
2 12 (2.12%) Puppet
3 9 (1.59%) SCCM
4 6 (1.06%) Ansible
5 5 (0.88%) Opscode Chef
6 4 (0.71%) Grafana
6 4 (0.71%) StatsD
7 3 (0.53%) Nagios
7 3 (0.53%) ZABBIX
8 2 (0.35%) BladeLogic
8 2 (0.35%) Cacti
8 2 (0.35%) Check_MK
8 2 (0.35%) Graphite
8 2 (0.35%) Hadoop YARN
8 2 (0.35%) Kibana
8 2 (0.35%) Kubernetes
8 2 (0.35%) logstash
8 2 (0.35%) Oozie
8 2 (0.35%) Rundeck
9 1 (0.18%) CA Service Virtualization
Vendors
1 77 (13.58%) Microsoft
2 48 (8.47%) Oracle
3 43 (7.58%) HP
4 18 (3.17%) Adobe
5 11 (1.94%) Atlassian
6 8 (1.41%) SAP
6 8 (1.41%) Siebel
7 7 (1.23%) VMware
8 6 (1.06%) Splunk
9 5 (0.88%) Cisco
9 5 (0.88%) IBM
9 5 (0.88%) Salesforce.com
10 4 (0.71%) TIBCO
11 3 (0.53%) Apple
11 3 (0.53%) Google
11 3 (0.53%) New Relic
11 3 (0.53%) OpenTV
11 3 (0.53%) Remedy
12 2 (0.35%) ServiceNow
12 2 (0.35%) Sitecore
City, London
ComputAppoint
Rate: £400 - £445 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
City, London
Ebury
Rate: £400.00 - £425 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
City, London
ANSON MCCADE
Rate: UKP 80000 per year
Posted: Yesterday
Stockport, Cheshire
BOSCH Automotive Service Solutions
Rate: £Competitive + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
East Riding
Oscar
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
LA International
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £575.00 - £615.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Salt
Rate: £300 - £400 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Lancaster, Lancashire
Ascentis
Rate: £25,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Resource Group
Rate: £250 - £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Posted: 6 days ago
Southampton
Spectrum IT
Posted: 19 days ago
Hertfordshire
G2 Recruitment Solutions
Posted: 7 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Modis International
Rate: £36.00 per hour
Posted: Yesterday