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 27 March 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.

3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Software Testing
UK / England
Rank 289 283 258
Rank change year-on-year -6 -25  
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 310 404 414
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.75% 0.82% 0.84%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.90% 0.99% 1.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 186 235 213
Median daily rate £380 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.57% +7.69%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £620 £467 £438
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +7.69% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 19 16
Median hourly rate £45.00 £42.75 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +22.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.00 £35.00 £23.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £170.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year +1.19% +20.00%  

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 34518 40706 39240
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 83.29% 82.96% 79.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 22895 27022 24711
Median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +2.94%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £585
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 862 1004 1154
Median hourly rate £36.50 £37.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.35% +34.54%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £55.00 £48.55
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.25 £38.50 £30.20
% change year-on-year -5.84% +27.48%  

Software Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England citing Software Testing as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

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 27 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 27 March 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 27 March 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 +19 111 £450 +12.50% 35
South East -28 59 £375 +7.14% 27
South West +7 47 £425 +30.76% 15
Yorkshire +11 21 £325 -3.70% 15
North West +7 19 £338 +4.65% 22
East of England -3 18 £325 - 12
East Midlands -12 18 £331 -0.37% 7
West Midlands +14 13 £300 +7.14% 9
North East -17 6 £370 +7.63% 3
Software Testing
UK

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 27 March 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.

1 344 (58.21%) Agile Software Development
2 161 (27.24%) ISTQB
3 154 (26.06%) Scrum
3 154 (26.06%) ISEB
4 148 (25.04%) Selenium
5 147 (24.87%) QA
6 135 (22.84%) Test Scripting
7 133 (22.50%) Java
8 132 (22.34%) SQL
9 119 (20.14%) JIRA
10 116 (19.63%) Finance
11 111 (18.78%) BDD
12 109 (18.44%) Test Automation
12 109 (18.44%) User Acceptance Testing
13 101 (17.09%) SDLC
14 95 (16.07%) Manual Testing
14 95 (16.07%) C#
15 89 (15.06%) Security Cleared
16 87 (14.72%) Functional Testing
17 86 (14.55%) Test Strategy
17 86 (14.55%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
17 86 (14.55%) Linux
18 85 (14.38%) Regression Testing
19 82 (13.87%) Oracle
20 80 (13.54%) Automated Testing
21 77 (13.03%) Software Engineering
22 76 (12.86%) Cucumber
23 75 (12.69%) .NET
24 73 (12.35%) TDD
25 71 (12.01%) Windows

Software Testing
Top Related 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 31 (5.25%) Confluence
2 20 (3.38%) Tomcat
3 16 (2.71%) CMS
4 14 (2.37%) JBoss
5 12 (2.03%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 11 (1.86%) SharePoint
7 8 (1.35%) Apache
7 8 (1.35%) SharePoint 2010
7 8 (1.35%) WebLogic
8 7 (1.18%) IIS
9 4 (0.68%) Apache Spark
9 4 (0.68%) ArcGIS
9 4 (0.68%) Elasticsearch
9 4 (0.68%) OpenStack
9 4 (0.68%) SAS
10 3 (0.51%) BizTalk Server
10 3 (0.51%) NServiceBus
11 2 (0.34%) Mule
11 2 (0.34%) SharePoint 2013
11 2 (0.34%) WebSphere
Applications
1 46 (7.78%) MS Excel
2 19 (3.21%) MS Office
3 6 (1.02%) MS Project
4 5 (0.85%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (0.34%) Mingle
5 2 (0.34%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.17%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.17%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 8 (1.35%) Oracle Applications
2 4 (0.68%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.51%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 2 (0.34%) Dynamics NAV
4 2 (0.34%) Teamcenter
5 1 (0.17%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.17%) FLEXCUBE
5 1 (0.17%) ION MarketView
5 1 (0.17%) JDE EnterpriseOne
5 1 (0.17%) Magento
5 1 (0.17%) Maximo
5 1 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.17%) Oracle EBS R12
5 1 (0.17%) Oracle ERP
5 1 (0.17%) Oracle Financials
5 1 (0.17%) Oracle General Ledger
5 1 (0.17%) Oracle iProcurement
5 1 (0.17%) Temenos T24
5 1 (0.17%) Unit4 Business World
5 1 (0.17%) VisionPLUS
Cloud Services
1 22 (3.72%) GitHub
2 13 (2.20%) Amazon AWS
3 7 (1.18%) Microsoft Azure
4 6 (1.02%) Google Cloud Platform
5 4 (0.68%) IaaS
5 4 (0.68%) Loggly
5 4 (0.68%) Sumo Logic
6 2 (0.34%) Google App Engine
7 1 (0.17%) Adobe Analytics
7 1 (0.17%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 16 (2.71%) Internet
2 12 (2.03%) HTTP
3 11 (1.86%) Firewall
4 9 (1.52%) TCP/IP
5 6 (1.02%) DNS
5 6 (1.02%) Network Security
6 5 (0.85%) Ethernet
6 5 (0.85%) Intrusion Detection
7 3 (0.51%) VLAN
8 2 (0.34%) Bluetooth
8 2 (0.34%) SSL
8 2 (0.34%) Wi-Fi
8 2 (0.34%) Wireshark
9 1 (0.17%) 3G
9 1 (0.17%) GPRS
9 1 (0.17%) LAN
9 1 (0.17%) PBX
9 1 (0.17%) VoIP
9 1 (0.17%) WAN
9 1 (0.17%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 58 (9.81%) SQL Server
2 33 (5.58%) Relational Database
3 18 (3.05%) Oracle Database
4 16 (2.71%) Data Warehouse
5 11 (1.86%) MySQL
5 11 (1.86%) Oracle Reports
6 8 (1.35%) PostgreSQL
7 7 (1.18%) Hadoop
8 6 (1.02%) MongoDB
8 6 (1.02%) Redis
8 6 (1.02%) SQL Server 2012
9 5 (0.85%) NoSQL
10 4 (0.68%) Apache Cassandra
10 4 (0.68%) HBase
10 4 (0.68%) RDBMS
10 4 (0.68%) Riak
11 3 (0.51%) Oracle BI EE
12 2 (0.34%) Big Data
13 1 (0.17%) SQL Server 2014
13 1 (0.17%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 148 (25.04%) Selenium
2 119 (20.14%) JIRA
3 76 (12.86%) Cucumber
4 60 (10.15%) WebDriver
5 57 (9.64%) Git (software)
6 47 (7.95%) Jenkins
7 45 (7.61%) TeamCity
8 44 (7.45%) Team Foundation Server
9 42 (7.11%) SoapUI
10 35 (5.92%) Visual Studio
11 34 (5.75%) JUnit
12 32 (5.41%) LoadRunner
12 32 (5.41%) Maven
13 31 (5.25%) SpecFlow
14 30 (5.08%) Subversion
15 29 (4.91%) JBehave
16 27 (4.57%) HP UFT
17 24 (4.06%) JMeter
18 18 (3.05%) Atlassian Bamboo
19 13 (2.20%) Mockito
General
1 116 (19.63%) Finance
2 38 (6.43%) Banking
3 24 (4.06%) Front Office
4 15 (2.54%) Retail
5 13 (2.20%) Electronics
6 12 (2.03%) Legal
7 11 (1.86%) Pharmaceutical
8 10 (1.69%) Games
8 10 (1.69%) Manufacturing
9 9 (1.52%) Marketing
10 7 (1.18%) Military
10 7 (1.18%) Telecoms
11 5 (0.85%) Investment Banking
11 5 (0.85%) Law
12 4 (0.68%) Advertising
12 4 (0.68%) Avionics
12 4 (0.68%) Back Office
13 3 (0.51%) Aerospace
13 3 (0.51%) Automotive
14 2 (0.34%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 177 (29.95%) Analyst
2 160 (27.07%) Tester
3 137 (23.18%) Test Analyst
4 92 (15.57%) Developer
5 61 (10.32%) Test Manager
6 44 (7.45%) Software Tester
7 41 (6.94%) Test Engineer
8 38 (6.43%) Automation Tester
9 32 (5.41%) Automation Test Analyst
10 30 (5.08%) Java Developer
11 26 (4.40%) Test Leader
12 23 (3.89%) C# Developer
13 22 (3.72%) Business Analyst
13 22 (3.72%) C++ Developer
14 21 (3.55%) Linux Developer
15 19 (3.21%) Senior Analyst
16 18 (3.05%) C++/C# Developer
17 17 (2.88%) QA Tester
17 17 (2.88%) Senior Test Analyst
18 16 (2.71%) Software Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 75 (12.69%) .NET
2 59 (9.98%) XML
3 45 (7.61%) HTML
4 44 (7.45%) Gherkin
5 37 (6.26%) Hibernate
6 31 (5.25%) RESTful
6 31 (5.25%) Web Services
7 30 (5.08%) CSS
8 28 (4.74%) Spring
9 26 (4.40%) REST
10 21 (3.55%) AngularJS
10 21 (3.55%) JSON
10 21 (3.55%) SOAP
11 20 (3.38%) HTML5
12 14 (2.37%) J2EE
13 13 (2.20%) CSS3
13 13 (2.20%) Java EE
14 12 (2.03%) jQuery
14 12 (2.03%) React
15 11 (1.86%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 43 (7.28%) Analytical Skills
2 36 (6.09%) Computer Science
3 34 (5.75%) Management Information System
4 24 (4.06%) Fixed Income
5 19 (3.21%) Mobile App
6 16 (2.71%) User Experience
7 15 (2.54%) Client/Server
8 9 (1.52%) Data Centre
9 7 (1.18%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 5 (0.85%) Embedded Systems
10 5 (0.85%) Replication
11 4 (0.68%) Algorithms
11 4 (0.68%) NHS
11 4 (0.68%) Virtual Team
12 3 (0.51%) 3D Graphics
12 3 (0.51%) Data Structures
12 3 (0.51%) FMCG
12 3 (0.51%) Interactive TV
12 3 (0.51%) Mainframe
12 3 (0.51%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 86 (14.55%) Linux
2 71 (12.01%) Windows
3 33 (5.58%) Unix
4 21 (3.55%) Android
5 16 (2.71%) Apple iOS
6 6 (1.02%) Windows Server
7 5 (0.85%) Windows Server 2012
8 4 (0.68%) CoreOS
9 3 (0.51%) Tizen
9 3 (0.51%) Windows 7
9 3 (0.51%) Windows Vista
10 2 (0.34%) Mac OS X
10 2 (0.34%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 2 (0.34%) Ubuntu
10 2 (0.34%) Windows 8
10 2 (0.34%) Windows Server 2003
10 2 (0.34%) Windows Server 2008
10 2 (0.34%) Windows XP
11 1 (0.17%) CentOS
11 1 (0.17%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 344 (58.21%) Agile Software Development
2 154 (26.06%) Scrum
3 135 (22.84%) Test Scripting
4 111 (18.78%) BDD
5 109 (18.44%) Test Automation
5 109 (18.44%) User Acceptance Testing
6 101 (17.09%) SDLC
7 95 (16.07%) Manual Testing
8 87 (14.72%) Functional Testing
9 86 (14.55%) Test Strategy
10 85 (14.38%) Regression Testing
11 80 (13.54%) Automated Testing
12 77 (13.03%) Software Engineering
13 73 (12.35%) TDD
14 71 (12.01%) Automation Testing
15 60 (10.15%) Continuous Integration
15 60 (10.15%) Defect Management
16 59 (9.98%) Migration
17 56 (9.48%) Integration Testing
17 56 (9.48%) Non-Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 133 (22.50%) Java
2 132 (22.34%) SQL
3 95 (16.07%) C#
4 60 (10.15%) Python
5 57 (9.64%) JavaScript
6 50 (8.46%) C++
7 49 (8.29%) C
8 31 (5.25%) Ruby
9 14 (2.37%) F#
9 14 (2.37%) Perl
10 11 (1.86%) PHP
10 11 (1.86%) Shell Script
10 11 (1.86%) VB
11 9 (1.52%) Bash Shell
11 9 (1.52%) PL/SQL
12 7 (1.18%) VB.NET
13 6 (1.02%) PowerShell
14 5 (0.85%) GLSL
14 5 (0.85%) T-SQL
14 5 (0.85%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 161 (27.24%) ISTQB
2 154 (26.06%) ISEB
3 89 (15.06%) Security Cleared
4 86 (14.55%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 42 (7.11%) Degree
5 42 (7.11%) SC Cleared
6 26 (4.40%) DV Cleared
7 9 (1.52%) BPSS Clearance
8 8 (1.35%) ISEB Practitioner
9 6 (1.02%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 4 (0.68%) Microsoft Certification
11 3 (0.51%) CHECK Team Member
11 3 (0.51%) CISM
11 3 (0.51%) CREST Certified
11 3 (0.51%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 3 (0.51%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 2 (0.34%) HNC
12 2 (0.34%) PMI Certification
13 1 (0.17%) CCNA
13 1 (0.17%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 147 (24.87%) QA
2 11 (1.86%) SLA
3 10 (1.69%) SDET
4 8 (1.35%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 8 (1.35%) GMP
5 7 (1.18%) Data Quality
6 6 (1.02%) PCI DSS
7 4 (0.68%) Disclosure Scotland
8 3 (0.51%) GDPR
8 3 (0.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 3 (0.51%) WCAG
9 1 (0.17%) COBIT
9 1 (0.17%) FATCA
9 1 (0.17%) GxP
9 1 (0.17%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.17%) PMO
9 1 (0.17%) Solvency II
9 1 (0.17%) TickIT
System Software
1 14 (2.37%) Docker
2 8 (1.35%) Active Directory
3 7 (1.18%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (0.85%) Snort
5 4 (0.68%) HDFS
5 4 (0.68%) VirtualBox
6 3 (0.51%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (0.34%) Microsoft App-V
7 2 (0.34%) Virtual Desktop
7 2 (0.34%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 43 (7.28%) HP Quality Center
2 8 (1.35%) Puppet
3 7 (1.18%) Ansible
3 7 (1.18%) Kubernetes
3 7 (1.18%) Opscode Chef
4 6 (1.02%) Nagios
4 6 (1.02%) ZABBIX
5 4 (0.68%) Salt
6 2 (0.34%) BladeLogic
6 2 (0.34%) Cacti
6 2 (0.34%) Check_MK
6 2 (0.34%) Grafana
6 2 (0.34%) Graphite
6 2 (0.34%) ITRS Geneos
6 2 (0.34%) Kibana
6 2 (0.34%) logstash
6 2 (0.34%) Rundeck
6 2 (0.34%) SCCM
6 2 (0.34%) StatsD
7 1 (0.17%) MOM
Vendors
1 82 (13.87%) Oracle
2 64 (10.83%) Microsoft
3 36 (6.09%) HP
4 22 (3.72%) Atlassian
5 12 (2.03%) VMware
6 10 (1.69%) Adobe
7 8 (1.35%) IBM
7 8 (1.35%) Splunk
8 7 (1.18%) SAP
9 6 (1.02%) Google
9 6 (1.02%) New Relic
10 5 (0.85%) Sourcefire
10 5 (0.85%) Xamarin
11 4 (0.68%) Rackspace
11 4 (0.68%) SaltStack
12 3 (0.51%) Citrix
12 3 (0.51%) Cloudera
12 3 (0.51%) Guidewire
12 3 (0.51%) OpenTV
12 3 (0.51%) Salesforce.com
Fareham, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £250 - £270 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
IT Executive Ltd
Rate: £40000 - £55000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Lancashire
Oscar
Rate: £200 - £275 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Leicester, Leicestershire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 3 days ago
Leicester, Leicestershire
Sopra Steria Recruitment Limited
Posted: 3 days ago
Wiltshire
People Source Consulting
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £300 - £430 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Barnsley, United Kingdom
Barnsley Borough Council
Rate: £33,437 - £36,379
Posted: 10 days ago
Stevenage, Hertfordshire
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £17.77 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago