Period
to 22 November 2017

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 6 months to 22 November 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
6 months to
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 358 374 238
Rank change year-on-year +16 -136 +48
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 635 612 1065
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.67% 0.62% 1.03%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.79% 0.74% 1.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 376 387 561
England median daily rate £400 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.29% - +2.94%
10th Percentile £230 £213 £250
90th Percentile £566 £500 £525
UK median daily rate £380 £344 £350
% change year-on-year +10.47% -1.71% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 14 16
England median hourly rate £45.00 £41.25 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.09% +26.92% -13.33%
10th Percentile £36.40 £27.40 £20.00
90th Percentile £52.50 £51.75 £42.88
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £35.00 £29.50
% change year-on-year +28.57% +18.64% -15.71%

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

All Process and Methodology Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 80305 82432 84439
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 84.63% 84.16% 81.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 54036 54950 55644
England median daily rate £450 £425 £423
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +0.47% +5.75%
10th Percentile £288 £265 £263
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +2.91% +3.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1882 2137 2504
England median hourly rate £24.00 £24.43 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.76% +8.58% +18.42%
10th Percentile £11.43 £11.50 £11.26
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.75 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £23.63 £24.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -1.56% +6.67% +18.42%

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 6 months to 22 November 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 6 months to 22 November 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 6 months to 22 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +28 277 £445 +18.67% 36
South East -18 113 £350 +7.69% 18
East of England +13 69 £346 +6.31% 17
North of England +34 63 £330 -5.71% 37
Midlands +32 58 £380 +21.60% 11
South West -1 55 £290 -10.77% 24
North West +1 45 £310 -17.33% 17
West Midlands +20 30 £378 +17.97% 7
East Midlands +12 28 £388 +25.00% 4
Yorkshire +18 17 £450 +63.64% 17
North East +48 1 - - 3
South Coast - 1 - -
Software Testing
UK

For the 6 months to 22 November 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.

1 352 (55.43%) Agile Software Development
2 322 (50.71%) Test Automation
3 169 (26.61%) QA
4 167 (26.30%) ISEB
5 149 (23.46%) Finance
6 147 (23.15%) SQL
7 144 (22.68%) Java
8 137 (21.57%) JIRA
8 137 (21.57%) ISTQB
9 135 (21.26%) Test Scripting
10 134 (21.10%) Scrum
11 125 (19.69%) Selenium
12 109 (17.17%) User Acceptance Testing
13 102 (16.06%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 96 (15.12%) SDLC
15 94 (14.80%) Regression Testing
16 91 (14.33%) Python
17 87 (13.70%) HP
18 86 (13.54%) BDD
19 85 (13.39%) Test Strategy
20 82 (12.91%) Degree
21 79 (12.44%) Functional Testing
22 78 (12.28%) Windows
22 78 (12.28%) Linux
23 77 (12.13%) Defect Management
24 76 (11.97%) Jenkins
24 76 (11.97%) Cucumber
25 74 (11.65%) C#
26 73 (11.50%) Web Services
26 73 (11.50%) Analytical Skills

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 39 (6.14%) Confluence
2 16 (2.52%) SharePoint
3 15 (2.36%) CMS
3 15 (2.36%) Tomcat
4 10 (1.57%) IIS
5 6 (0.94%) SharePoint 2013
6 4 (0.63%) Apache
6 4 (0.63%) Apache Spark
6 4 (0.63%) NServiceBus
6 4 (0.63%) WebLogic
7 3 (0.47%) Cloud Foundry
7 3 (0.47%) Documentum
7 3 (0.47%) SAS
7 3 (0.47%) WebSphere
8 2 (0.31%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 2 (0.31%) BizTalk Server
8 2 (0.31%) CICS
8 2 (0.31%) ColdFusion
8 2 (0.31%) Elasticsearch
8 2 (0.31%) Joomla!
Applications
1 36 (5.67%) Microsoft Office
2 28 (4.41%) Microsoft Excel
3 18 (2.83%) Microsoft Project
4 13 (2.05%) MS Visio
5 7 (1.10%) Simulink
6 5 (0.79%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 3 (0.47%) Stata
8 2 (0.31%) Mingle
9 1 (0.16%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (1.10%) ION MarketView
1 7 (1.10%) Oracle EBS
2 6 (0.94%) Oracle Financials
3 5 (0.79%) Oracle EBS R12
3 5 (0.79%) Oracle Payables
4 4 (0.63%) Oracle Assets
4 4 (0.63%) Oracle Receivables
4 4 (0.63%) SAP CO
4 4 (0.63%) SAP FI
4 4 (0.63%) SAP FI/CO
4 4 (0.63%) Unit4 Business World
5 3 (0.47%) Dynamics CRM
5 3 (0.47%) Maximo
5 3 (0.47%) Oracle General Ledger
5 3 (0.47%) SAP ERP
5 3 (0.47%) SAP MM
6 2 (0.31%) Oracle 11i
6 2 (0.31%) Oracle Applications
6 2 (0.31%) Oracle Internet Expenses
6 2 (0.31%) Oracle iProcurement
Cloud Services
1 39 (6.14%) Amazon AWS
2 28 (4.41%) Microsoft Azure
3 15 (2.36%) GitHub
4 12 (1.89%) npm
5 11 (1.73%) IaaS
6 4 (0.63%) Heroku
6 4 (0.63%) Office 365
6 4 (0.63%) Twilio
7 3 (0.47%) AWS CloudFormation
7 3 (0.47%) BrowserStack
7 3 (0.47%) Google Cloud Platform
7 3 (0.47%) PaaS
7 3 (0.47%) SaaS
7 3 (0.47%) Sauce Labs
8 2 (0.31%) Amazon EC2
8 2 (0.31%) Amazon S3
8 2 (0.31%) Google Analytics
9 1 (0.16%) Cloud Computing
9 1 (0.16%) Slack
9 1 (0.16%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 16 (2.52%) HTTP
2 13 (2.05%) DNS
2 13 (2.05%) Internet
3 9 (1.42%) Wireless
4 7 (1.10%) Broadband
5 6 (0.94%) NAS
5 6 (0.94%) SMS
5 6 (0.94%) TCP/IP
6 5 (0.79%) 802.11
6 5 (0.79%) ADSL
6 5 (0.79%) Bluetooth
6 5 (0.79%) IPv4
6 5 (0.79%) IPv6
6 5 (0.79%) UPnP
6 5 (0.79%) VDSL
6 5 (0.79%) WAN
6 5 (0.79%) Wireshark
7 3 (0.47%) FTP
7 3 (0.47%) PuTTY
7 3 (0.47%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 44 (6.93%) SQL Server
2 37 (5.83%) Relational Database
3 26 (4.09%) NoSQL
4 22 (3.46%) MySQL
5 15 (2.36%) MongoDB
6 13 (2.05%) Redis
7 10 (1.57%) Oracle Database
8 9 (1.42%) Data Warehouse
9 8 (1.26%) Big Data
10 6 (0.94%) Hadoop
10 6 (0.94%) PostgreSQL
10 6 (0.94%) SQL Server 2012
11 5 (0.79%) DB2
12 4 (0.63%) Amazon Redshift
12 4 (0.63%) Pentaho
13 3 (0.47%) BusinessObjects
13 3 (0.47%) RDBMS
13 3 (0.47%) SAS Visual Analytics
13 3 (0.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 3 (0.47%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 137 (21.57%) JIRA
2 125 (19.69%) Selenium
3 76 (11.97%) Cucumber
3 76 (11.97%) Jenkins
4 64 (10.08%) Git (software)
5 56 (8.82%) SoapUI
6 51 (8.03%) WebDriver
7 36 (5.67%) JMeter
8 32 (5.04%) JUnit
9 30 (4.72%) Team Foundation Server
10 24 (3.78%) HP UFT
11 21 (3.31%) LoadUI
12 20 (3.15%) SpecFlow
13 19 (2.99%) Visual Studio
14 18 (2.83%) Appium
14 18 (2.83%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 18 (2.83%) TeamCity
15 16 (2.52%) Hudson
15 16 (2.52%) Zephyr
16 14 (2.20%) Bitbucket
General
1 149 (23.46%) Finance
2 57 (8.98%) Banking
3 24 (3.78%) Retail
4 21 (3.31%) Investment Banking
5 18 (2.83%) Marketing
6 16 (2.52%) Games
7 14 (2.20%) Legal
8 11 (1.73%) Front Office
9 9 (1.42%) Back Office
9 9 (1.42%) Billing
9 9 (1.42%) Financial Institution
10 8 (1.26%) Electronics
10 8 (1.26%) Telecoms
11 7 (1.10%) Law
12 6 (0.94%) Avionics
12 6 (0.94%) Retail Banking
13 5 (0.79%) Automotive
13 5 (0.79%) General Ledger
14 4 (0.63%) Advertising
14 4 (0.63%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 234 (36.85%) Analyst
2 185 (29.13%) Test Analyst
3 121 (19.06%) Tester
4 62 (9.76%) Developer
5 55 (8.66%) Test Engineer
6 41 (6.46%) Test Manager
7 39 (6.14%) Automation Tester
8 34 (5.35%) Software Tester
9 30 (4.72%) Automation Test Analyst
10 22 (3.46%) QA Engineer
11 21 (3.31%) Performance Analyst
11 21 (3.31%) Performance Test Analyst
11 21 (3.31%) QA Tester
12 19 (2.99%) Test Automation Engineer
13 18 (2.83%) Business Analyst
13 18 (2.83%) Senior Analyst
13 18 (2.83%) Test Leader
14 16 (2.52%) QA Analyst
15 14 (2.20%) Java Developer
15 14 (2.20%) Senior Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 73 (11.50%) Web Services
2 49 (7.72%) HTML
3 39 (6.14%) .NET
4 37 (5.83%) XML
5 34 (5.35%) CSS
6 32 (5.04%) JSON
6 32 (5.04%) RESTful
7 27 (4.25%) Node.js
8 26 (4.09%) REST
8 26 (4.09%) SOAP
9 25 (3.94%) Gherkin
10 22 (3.46%) HTML5
11 16 (2.52%) Spring
12 15 (2.36%) ActiveMQ
12 15 (2.36%) CSS3
13 14 (2.20%) AngularJS
14 13 (2.05%) jQuery
15 12 (1.89%) Express
16 11 (1.73%) Hibernate
17 10 (1.57%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 73 (11.50%) Analytical Skills
2 38 (5.98%) Computer Science
3 19 (2.99%) Mobile App
4 18 (2.83%) Virtual Team
5 15 (2.36%) Fixed Income
6 14 (2.20%) Client/Server
6 14 (2.20%) Public Cloud
7 13 (2.05%) Online Games
7 13 (2.05%) STB
8 12 (1.89%) Management Information System
8 12 (1.89%) User Experience
9 11 (1.73%) Private Cloud
10 8 (1.26%) Enterprise Cloud
11 7 (1.10%) Interactive TV
12 6 (0.94%) 3D Graphics
12 6 (0.94%) PlayStation
12 6 (0.94%) Video on Demand
13 5 (0.79%) Data Centre
13 5 (0.79%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 4 (0.63%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 78 (12.28%) Linux
1 78 (12.28%) Windows
2 40 (6.30%) Unix
3 18 (2.83%) Windows Server
4 14 (2.20%) Android
4 14 (2.20%) Mac OS X
5 11 (1.73%) Apple iOS
6 7 (1.10%) Windows Server 2012
7 6 (0.94%) Solaris
8 5 (0.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 3 (0.47%) Windows 10
10 2 (0.31%) Windows 7
11 1 (0.16%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 352 (55.43%) Agile Software Development
2 322 (50.71%) Test Automation
3 135 (21.26%) Test Scripting
4 134 (21.10%) Scrum
5 109 (17.17%) User Acceptance Testing
6 96 (15.12%) SDLC
7 94 (14.80%) Regression Testing
8 86 (13.54%) BDD
9 85 (13.39%) Test Strategy
10 79 (12.44%) Functional Testing
11 77 (12.13%) Defect Management
12 72 (11.34%) Waterfall
13 66 (10.39%) Integration Testing
14 65 (10.24%) TDD
15 59 (9.29%) Scenario Testing
16 55 (8.66%) Test Planning
17 53 (8.35%) User Stories
18 51 (8.03%) Continuous Integration
19 47 (7.40%) DevOps
20 46 (7.24%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 147 (23.15%) SQL
2 144 (22.68%) Java
3 91 (14.33%) Python
4 74 (11.65%) C#
5 68 (10.71%) JavaScript
6 47 (7.40%) Ruby
7 39 (6.14%) C++
8 34 (5.35%) C
9 20 (3.15%) Perl
10 18 (2.83%) PHP
11 15 (2.36%) Scala
11 15 (2.36%) T-SQL
12 14 (2.20%) R
12 14 (2.20%) VB.NET
13 11 (1.73%) MATLAB
14 8 (1.26%) PowerShell
14 8 (1.26%) Shell Script
14 8 (1.26%) VBScript
15 7 (1.10%) Bash Shell
15 7 (1.10%) Jython
Qualifications
1 167 (26.30%) ISEB
2 137 (21.57%) ISTQB
3 102 (16.06%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 82 (12.91%) Degree
5 63 (9.92%) Security Cleared
6 33 (5.20%) SC Cleared
7 14 (2.20%) Computer Science Degree
7 14 (2.20%) DV Cleared
8 13 (2.05%) Numerate Degree
9 8 (1.26%) ISEB Practitioner
9 8 (1.26%) Master's Degree
10 5 (0.79%) BPSS Clearance
11 4 (0.63%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 3 (0.47%) Siebel Certification
13 2 (0.31%) DBS Check
13 2 (0.31%) Microsoft Certification
13 2 (0.31%) PMI Certification
13 2 (0.31%) PMP
14 1 (0.16%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 169 (26.61%) QA
2 9 (1.42%) MiFID
3 8 (1.26%) Disclosure Scotland
4 5 (0.79%) IFRS
4 5 (0.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 5 (0.79%) WCAG
5 4 (0.63%) Data Quality
5 4 (0.63%) Def Stans
5 4 (0.63%) PMO
6 3 (0.47%) GDPR
6 3 (0.47%) IFRS 9
7 2 (0.31%) MIL-STD-1553
7 2 (0.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.16%) 21 CFR Part 11
8 1 (0.16%) EMIR
8 1 (0.16%) GMP
8 1 (0.16%) ISO 8583
8 1 (0.16%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.16%) SLA
8 1 (0.16%) TickIT
System Software
1 9 (1.42%) Docker
2 8 (1.26%) Active Directory
2 8 (1.26%) Firmware
3 4 (0.63%) VirtualBox
4 2 (0.31%) Time Sharing Option
4 2 (0.31%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (0.31%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.16%) Apache Flume
5 1 (0.16%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 72 (11.34%) HP Quality Center
2 35 (5.51%) Puppet
3 8 (1.26%) Ansible
3 8 (1.26%) Grafana
3 8 (1.26%) SCCM
3 8 (1.26%) StatsD
4 5 (0.79%) rkt
5 3 (0.47%) CA Service Virtualization
5 3 (0.47%) Hadoop YARN
5 3 (0.47%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (0.31%) Oozie
7 1 (0.16%) Ambari
7 1 (0.16%) Terraform
Vendors
1 87 (13.70%) HP
2 63 (9.92%) Microsoft
3 43 (6.77%) Oracle
4 29 (4.57%) Atlassian
5 10 (1.57%) SAP
6 8 (1.26%) Google
6 8 (1.26%) Splunk
7 7 (1.10%) Charles River
7 7 (1.10%) Guidewire
7 7 (1.10%) ION Trading
8 6 (0.94%) Salesforce.com
8 6 (0.94%) ServiceNow
9 5 (0.79%) Red Hat
10 4 (0.63%) Citrix
10 4 (0.63%) IBM
11 3 (0.47%) CA
11 3 (0.47%) Capita
11 3 (0.47%) OpenTV
11 3 (0.47%) Remedy
11 3 (0.47%) Siebel