Period
to 16 January 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in London 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 16 January 2018 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
England > London
6 months to
16 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 367 389 312
Rank change year-on-year +22 -77 +11
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 278 205 304
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.60% 0.49% 0.69%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.69% 0.57% 0.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 195 126 152
London median daily rate £425 £436 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.58% +9.06% +13.48%
10th Percentile £278 £260 £263
90th Percentile £620 £620 £550
England median daily rate £400 £363 £350
% change year-on-year +10.34% +3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 2
London median hourly rate £45.00 £47.50 £29.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.26% +59.93% -15.14%
10th Percentile £42.50 £27.36 £23.06
90th Percentile £47.50 £51.25 £36.34
England median hourly rate £41.00 £42.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year -3.53% +41.67% -17.81%

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 London with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 40,206 35,902 37,112
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 86.61% 86.05% 84.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 29,349 25,851 26,433
London median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +0.11%
10th Percentile £313 £310 £295
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
England median daily rate £450 £433 £425
% change year-on-year +4.05% +1.76% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 412 419 453
London median hourly rate £22.00 £24.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.33% +20.00% +9.59%
10th Percentile £13.31 £12.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £48.75 £51.25 £51.80
England median hourly rate £24.00 £25.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -4.00% +8.70% +15.00%

Software Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in London

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

Job vacancy trend for Software Testing in London

Software Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Testing in London

Software Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Testing in London over the 6 months to 16 January 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Testing in London

Software Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Testing in London

Software Testing
Contract Job Locations in London

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 London region over the 6 months to 16 January 2018. 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
Central London -1 53 £400 -11.11% 25
South London -33 12 £449 +16.56% 2
West London -20 10 £367 +42.67% 6
East London - 3 £333 - 2
Software Testing
England

For the 6 months to 16 January 2018, 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 London region with a requirement for Software Testing.

1 161 (57.91%) Agile Software Development
1 161 (57.91%) Test Automation
2 97 (34.89%) Java
3 79 (28.42%) QA
4 63 (22.66%) ISEB
5 57 (20.50%) JIRA
6 56 (20.14%) Selenium
7 55 (19.78%) SQL
8 53 (19.06%) Test Scripting
9 51 (18.35%) Python
10 50 (17.99%) Finance
10 50 (17.99%) Git (software)
10 50 (17.99%) Cucumber
11 48 (17.27%) Jenkins
11 48 (17.27%) Linux
12 47 (16.91%) Web Services
12 47 (16.91%) BDD
13 46 (16.55%) User Acceptance Testing
13 46 (16.55%) Integration Testing
13 46 (16.55%) ISTQB
13 46 (16.55%) Scrum
14 44 (15.83%) Banking
14 44 (15.83%) Functional Testing
15 42 (15.11%) C#
15 42 (15.11%) Configuration Management
16 38 (13.67%) Puppet
17 37 (13.31%) Degree
18 36 (12.95%) Regression Testing
18 36 (12.95%) DevOps
18 36 (12.95%) ISTQB Foundation Certification

Software Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in London 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 26 (9.35%) Confluence
2 15 (5.40%) CMS
3 6 (2.16%) SAS
3 6 (2.16%) Tomcat
4 4 (1.44%) IIS
5 3 (1.08%) WordPress
6 2 (0.72%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 2 (0.72%) Joomla!
6 2 (0.72%) SharePoint
6 2 (0.72%) WebSphere
7 1 (0.36%) Apache
7 1 (0.36%) Apache Solr
7 1 (0.36%) Apache Spark
7 1 (0.36%) Drupal
7 1 (0.36%) MQSeries
7 1 (0.36%) OpenStack
7 1 (0.36%) Oracle Service Bus
Applications
1 13 (4.68%) Microsoft Excel
2 10 (3.60%) Microsoft Office
3 6 (2.16%) MS Visio
4 5 (1.80%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (1.80%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (0.72%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 6 (2.16%) ION MarketView
2 4 (1.44%) Oracle Financials
3 2 (0.72%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.72%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.36%) Magento
4 1 (0.36%) NetSuite
4 1 (0.36%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.36%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (0.36%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.36%) PeopleSoft CRM
4 1 (0.36%) PeopleSoft Financials
4 1 (0.36%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 29 (10.43%) Amazon AWS
2 21 (7.55%) Microsoft Azure
3 11 (3.96%) IaaS
4 7 (2.52%) GitHub
5 5 (1.80%) Heroku
5 5 (1.80%) Twilio
6 3 (1.08%) AWS CloudFormation
6 3 (1.08%) Google Cloud Platform
7 2 (0.72%) BrowserStack
7 2 (0.72%) SaaS
8 1 (0.36%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.36%) Office 365
8 1 (0.36%) Slack
8 1 (0.36%) Trello
8 1 (0.36%) vREST
Communications & Networking
1 12 (4.32%) DNS
2 10 (3.60%) Internet
3 5 (1.80%) HTTP
4 2 (0.72%) SSL
5 1 (0.36%) 3G
5 1 (0.36%) DHCP
5 1 (0.36%) Firewall
5 1 (0.36%) ICMP
5 1 (0.36%) Intranet
5 1 (0.36%) LTE
5 1 (0.36%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.36%) Unified Communications
5 1 (0.36%) WAAS
5 1 (0.36%) WebEx
5 1 (0.36%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (10.43%) Relational Database
2 27 (9.71%) NoSQL
3 16 (5.76%) MongoDB
3 16 (5.76%) MySQL
3 16 (5.76%) Redis
4 15 (5.40%) SQL Server
5 8 (2.88%) Big Data
6 7 (2.52%) Oracle Database
7 6 (2.16%) PostgreSQL
8 5 (1.80%) Amazon Redshift
8 5 (1.80%) BusinessObjects
8 5 (1.80%) SAS Visual Analytics
9 3 (1.08%) Data Mining
9 3 (1.08%) Data Warehouse
9 3 (1.08%) Hadoop
10 2 (0.72%) DB2
10 2 (0.72%) RDBMS
10 2 (0.72%) SQL Server 2012
11 1 (0.36%) Pentaho
11 1 (0.36%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 57 (20.50%) JIRA
2 56 (20.14%) Selenium
3 50 (17.99%) Cucumber
3 50 (17.99%) Git (software)
4 48 (17.27%) Jenkins
5 33 (11.87%) WebDriver
6 20 (7.19%) JUnit
7 18 (6.47%) JMeter
8 17 (6.12%) SoapUI
9 14 (5.04%) Subversion
10 13 (4.68%) Zephyr
11 12 (4.32%) TeamCity
12 11 (3.96%) Selenium IDE
13 10 (3.60%) Appium
14 9 (3.24%) Maven
14 9 (3.24%) SpecFlow
15 8 (2.88%) Bitbucket
15 8 (2.88%) LoadRunner
16 7 (2.52%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 7 (2.52%) TestDirector
General
1 50 (17.99%) Finance
2 44 (15.83%) Banking
3 19 (6.83%) Games
4 15 (5.40%) Investment Banking
5 13 (4.68%) Front Office
6 8 (2.88%) Back Office
7 7 (2.52%) Financial Institution
8 5 (1.80%) Legal
9 4 (1.44%) Advertising
9 4 (1.44%) General Ledger
9 4 (1.44%) Marketing
10 3 (1.08%) Law
10 3 (1.08%) Retail Banking
11 2 (0.72%) Billing
11 2 (0.72%) Pharmaceutical
11 2 (0.72%) Publishing
11 2 (0.72%) Retail
11 2 (0.72%) Telecoms
12 1 (0.36%) Aerospace
12 1 (0.36%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 87 (31.29%) Analyst
2 64 (23.02%) Test Analyst
3 58 (20.86%) Tester
4 30 (10.79%) Automation Tester
5 27 (9.71%) Developer
5 27 (9.71%) Test Manager
6 17 (6.12%) Automation Test Analyst
7 15 (5.40%) Java Automation Tester
7 15 (5.40%) Senior Tester
8 14 (5.04%) Test Engineer
9 13 (4.68%) Senior Automation Tester
10 12 (4.32%) QA Tester
10 12 (4.32%) Senior Analyst
11 11 (3.96%) Business Analyst
11 11 (3.96%) Cloud Engineer
11 11 (3.96%) QA Engineer
11 11 (3.96%) QA Manager
11 11 (3.96%) Senior Cloud Engineer
12 10 (3.60%) Architect
12 10 (3.60%) AWS Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 47 (16.91%) Web Services
2 26 (9.35%) JSON
3 25 (8.99%) HTML
3 25 (8.99%) RESTful
4 23 (8.27%) XML
5 16 (5.76%) ActiveMQ
6 14 (5.04%) .NET
6 14 (5.04%) Gherkin
7 12 (4.32%) CSS
8 11 (3.96%) REST
9 10 (3.60%) SOAP
10 9 (3.24%) Behat
11 8 (2.88%) HTML5
12 7 (2.52%) Spring
13 6 (2.16%) AngularJS
13 6 (2.16%) Flash
13 6 (2.16%) Hibernate
13 6 (2.16%) J2EE
13 6 (2.16%) jQuery
13 6 (2.16%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 22 (7.91%) Analytical Skills
2 17 (6.12%) Online Games
3 16 (5.76%) Computer Science
3 16 (5.76%) Fixed Income
4 14 (5.04%) Public Cloud
5 13 (4.68%) Virtual Team
6 11 (3.96%) Private Cloud
7 10 (3.60%) Enterprise Cloud
8 6 (2.16%) Data Structures
8 6 (2.16%) Mobile App
8 6 (2.16%) PlayStation
9 5 (1.80%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 4 (1.44%) Client/Server
10 4 (1.44%) Derivative
10 4 (1.44%) MPEG
10 4 (1.44%) STB
10 4 (1.44%) User Experience
11 3 (1.08%) Fintech
11 3 (1.08%) New Media
12 2 (0.72%) Animation
Operating Systems
1 48 (17.27%) Linux
2 35 (12.59%) Windows
3 33 (11.87%) Unix
4 18 (6.47%) Mac OS X
5 9 (3.24%) Android
6 8 (2.88%) Apple iOS
7 5 (1.80%) Windows Server
8 1 (0.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (0.36%) Solaris
8 1 (0.36%) Windows 10
8 1 (0.36%) Windows 7
8 1 (0.36%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 161 (57.91%) Agile Software Development
1 161 (57.91%) Test Automation
2 53 (19.06%) Test Scripting
3 47 (16.91%) BDD
4 46 (16.55%) Integration Testing
4 46 (16.55%) Scrum
4 46 (16.55%) User Acceptance Testing
5 44 (15.83%) Functional Testing
6 42 (15.11%) Configuration Management
7 36 (12.95%) Continuous Delivery
7 36 (12.95%) Defect Management
7 36 (12.95%) DevOps
7 36 (12.95%) Regression Testing
8 32 (11.51%) E-Commerce
8 32 (11.51%) SDLC
9 27 (9.71%) Kanban
9 27 (9.71%) Open Source
9 27 (9.71%) Test Strategy
10 25 (8.99%) System Integration Testing
10 25 (8.99%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 97 (34.89%) Java
2 55 (19.78%) SQL
3 51 (18.35%) Python
4 42 (15.11%) C#
5 24 (8.63%) JavaScript
5 24 (8.63%) Ruby
6 18 (6.47%) Scala
7 16 (5.76%) R
8 15 (5.40%) C
8 15 (5.40%) C++
9 10 (3.60%) PHP
10 9 (3.24%) VB.NET
11 5 (1.80%) Jython
11 5 (1.80%) VBScript
12 4 (1.44%) Perl
12 4 (1.44%) Shell Script
13 2 (0.72%) Bash Shell
13 2 (0.72%) GLSL
13 2 (0.72%) PowerShell
13 2 (0.72%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 63 (22.66%) ISEB
2 46 (16.55%) ISTQB
3 37 (13.31%) Degree
4 36 (12.95%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 35 (12.59%) Security Cleared
6 19 (6.83%) SC Cleared
7 14 (5.04%) Numerate Degree
8 13 (4.68%) DV Cleared
9 6 (2.16%) Master's Degree
10 3 (1.08%) ISEB Practitioner
11 2 (0.72%) CTC Cleared
12 1 (0.36%) BPSS Clearance
12 1 (0.36%) Computer Science Degree
12 1 (0.36%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 79 (28.42%) QA
2 10 (3.60%) MiFID
3 5 (1.80%) IFRS
3 5 (1.80%) IFRS 9
4 4 (1.44%) WCAG
5 2 (0.72%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 2 (0.72%) GMP
5 2 (0.72%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.36%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.36%) GDPR
6 1 (0.36%) ISO 20022
6 1 (0.36%) ISO 8583
6 1 (0.36%) SLA
System Software
1 6 (2.16%) Docker
2 3 (1.08%) Active Directory
3 2 (0.72%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (0.72%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.36%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 38 (13.67%) Puppet
2 30 (10.79%) HP Quality Center
3 12 (4.32%) Grafana
3 12 (4.32%) StatsD
4 5 (1.80%) Ansible
4 5 (1.80%) rkt
5 3 (1.08%) Opscode Chef
5 3 (1.08%) SCCM
6 1 (0.36%) Ambari
6 1 (0.36%) Hadoop YARN
Vendors
1 32 (11.51%) Microsoft
1 32 (11.51%) Oracle
2 24 (8.63%) HP
3 18 (6.47%) Atlassian
4 12 (4.32%) Splunk
5 8 (2.88%) ServiceNow
6 6 (2.16%) Charles River
6 6 (2.16%) IBM
6 6 (2.16%) ION Trading
7 5 (1.80%) Guidewire
7 5 (1.80%) Salesforce.com
8 4 (1.44%) Citrix
8 4 (1.44%) Google
9 3 (1.08%) Remedy
9 3 (1.08%) TOWER Software
10 2 (0.72%) Capita
10 2 (0.72%) PeopleSoft
10 2 (0.72%) Samsung
10 2 (0.72%) Sonatype
10 2 (0.72%) VMware