Period
to 23 September 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 23 September 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
23 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 390 409 389
Rank change year-on-year +19 -20 -105
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 246 206 242
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.55% 0.47% 0.54%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.62% 0.53% 0.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 145 132 174
London median daily rate £463 £450 £378
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +19.21% -8.48%
10th Percentile £313 £269 £238
90th Percentile £594 £574 £525
England median daily rate £400 £381 £350
% change year-on-year +4.92% +8.93% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 0 1
London median hourly rate £47.50 - £21.45
10th Percentile £26.75 - £20.34
90th Percentile £51.25 - £22.55
England median hourly rate £45.00 £45.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year - +20.00% -0.32%

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 39,527 38,587 39,009
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 87.57% 87.76% 87.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 28,599 27,811 28,191
London median daily rate £500 £500 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +8.11% +2.78%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £300
90th Percentile £675 £660 £638
England median daily rate £465 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 481 377 380
London median hourly rate £22.50 £23.50 £21.22
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.26% +10.73% +6.11%
10th Percentile £14.00 £13.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £55.75 £51.55 £55.00
England median hourly rate £21.00 £23.20 £22.84
% change year-on-year -9.46% +1.58% +4.99%

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 23 September 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in London

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Testing in London over the 6 months to 23 September 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 23 September 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 -13 47 £425 +0.29% 25
West London -8 18 £443 +101.82% 10
South London -43 11 £475 +3.26% 2
East London -15 3 £485 +14.12% 7
North London +1 2 £400 -
Software Testing
England

For the 6 months to 23 September 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Software Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the London region with a requirement for Software Testing.

1 163 (66.26%) Test Automation
2 127 (51.63%) Agile Software Development
3 94 (38.21%) Java
4 78 (31.71%) QA
5 75 (30.49%) Selenium
6 65 (26.42%) Test Scripting
7 64 (26.02%) Scrum
8 59 (23.98%) JIRA
9 52 (21.14%) SQL
10 47 (19.11%) BDD
10 47 (19.11%) DevOps
11 44 (17.89%) Open Source
12 43 (17.48%) Analytical Skills
13 42 (17.07%) Finance
14 41 (16.67%) Web Services
15 40 (16.26%) ISTQB
16 39 (15.85%) Cucumber
16 39 (15.85%) Problem-Solving
17 37 (15.04%) Continuous Integration
17 37 (15.04%) Non-Functional Testing
17 37 (15.04%) C#
18 36 (14.63%) Degree
19 35 (14.23%) Linux
20 34 (13.82%) User Acceptance Testing
21 33 (13.41%) Test Strategy
21 33 (13.41%) Python
22 31 (12.60%) JavaScript
23 30 (12.20%) SOAP
23 30 (12.20%) SDLC
24 29 (11.79%) Jenkins

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 9 (3.66%) Confluence
2 7 (2.85%) CMS
2 7 (2.85%) Elasticsearch
3 4 (1.63%) Apache Spark
4 3 (1.22%) Apache Airflow
4 3 (1.22%) Luigi
5 2 (0.81%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 2 (0.81%) Drupal
5 2 (0.81%) IIS
5 2 (0.81%) SharePoint
6 1 (0.41%) Apache
6 1 (0.41%) Jetty
6 1 (0.41%) LiveLink
6 1 (0.41%) MQSeries
6 1 (0.41%) Mule
6 1 (0.41%) OpenStack
6 1 (0.41%) Oracle Workflow
6 1 (0.41%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.41%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.41%) WordPress
Applications
1 1 (0.41%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (0.41%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 1 (0.41%) Microsoft Project
1 1 (0.41%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (0.81%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (0.81%) Markit EDM
1 2 (0.81%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.41%) Endur
2 1 (0.41%) FLEXCUBE
2 1 (0.41%) Magento
2 1 (0.41%) NetSuite
2 1 (0.41%) Oracle Financials
2 1 (0.41%) Oracle Payables
2 1 (0.41%) Sage 50
2 1 (0.41%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 26 (10.57%) Microsoft Azure
2 16 (6.50%) Amazon AWS
3 8 (3.25%) Sauce Labs
4 7 (2.85%) IaaS
5 4 (1.63%) Google Cloud Platform
6 3 (1.22%) Adobe Analytics
6 3 (1.22%) GitHub
7 2 (0.81%) Datadog
7 2 (0.81%) Dynamics 365
7 2 (0.81%) OpenShift
7 2 (0.81%) SaaS
8 1 (0.41%) Amazon S3
8 1 (0.41%) AWS CloudFormation
8 1 (0.41%) BrowserStack
8 1 (0.41%) Google Analytics
8 1 (0.41%) Office 365
8 1 (0.41%) PaaS
8 1 (0.41%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 9 (3.66%) HTTP
2 8 (3.25%) SMS
3 7 (2.85%) FTP
4 6 (2.44%) DNS
5 4 (1.63%) AMQP
5 4 (1.63%) Internet
6 1 (0.41%) Network Security
6 1 (0.41%) SAN
6 1 (0.41%) Skype
6 1 (0.41%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (6.10%) Relational Database
1 15 (6.10%) SQL Server
2 13 (5.28%) PostgreSQL
3 7 (2.85%) Big Data
4 6 (2.44%) NoSQL
4 6 (2.44%) Siebel EIM
5 3 (1.22%) Apache Hive
5 3 (1.22%) Hadoop
6 2 (0.81%) Qlik Sense
7 1 (0.41%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 1 (0.41%) BigQuery
7 1 (0.41%) Blockchain
7 1 (0.41%) Data Lake
7 1 (0.41%) DB2
7 1 (0.41%) DbVisualizer
7 1 (0.41%) Flink
7 1 (0.41%) Impala
7 1 (0.41%) Oracle ODI
7 1 (0.41%) Oracle OWB
7 1 (0.41%) Pentaho
Development Applications
1 75 (30.49%) Selenium
2 59 (23.98%) JIRA
3 39 (15.85%) Cucumber
4 29 (11.79%) Jenkins
5 20 (8.13%) SoapUI
6 19 (7.72%) JMeter
6 19 (7.72%) WebDriver
7 18 (7.32%) SpecFlow
8 15 (6.10%) Git (software)
9 13 (5.28%) Appium
10 11 (4.47%) JUnit
11 9 (3.66%) Visual Studio
12 8 (3.25%) PHPUnit
12 8 (3.25%) Protractor
12 8 (3.25%) Team Foundation Server
13 7 (2.85%) Burp Suite
13 7 (2.85%) Subversion
13 7 (2.85%) TeamCity
13 7 (2.85%) TestNG
14 6 (2.44%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 42 (17.07%) Finance
2 15 (6.10%) Banking
3 14 (5.69%) Advertising
4 12 (4.88%) Retail
5 9 (3.66%) Pharmaceutical
6 7 (2.85%) Financial Institution
7 4 (1.63%) Legal
7 4 (1.63%) Marketing
7 4 (1.63%) Publishing
8 3 (1.22%) Back Office
8 3 (1.22%) Investment Banking
9 2 (0.81%) Games
9 2 (0.81%) Law
9 2 (0.81%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.81%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.41%) Front Office
10 1 (0.41%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 35 (14.23%) Analyst
2 33 (13.41%) Tester
3 31 (12.60%) Developer
3 31 (12.60%) Test Analyst
4 30 (12.20%) Automation Engineer
5 27 (10.98%) Java Engineer
6 24 (9.76%) Web Engineer
7 22 (8.94%) Test Manager
8 20 (8.13%) Test Leader
9 16 (6.50%) Test Engineer
10 15 (6.10%) Senior Java Engineer
11 14 (5.69%) QA Engineer
11 14 (5.69%) Senior Automation Engineer
11 14 (5.69%) Senior Web Engineer
12 10 (4.07%) Architect
12 10 (4.07%) Consultant
12 10 (4.07%) Software Engineer
13 8 (3.25%) DevOps Architect
13 8 (3.25%) Python Engineer
13 8 (3.25%) Senior Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (16.67%) Web Services
2 30 (12.20%) SOAP
3 21 (8.54%) .NET
3 21 (8.54%) HTML
3 21 (8.54%) XML
4 12 (4.88%) Gherkin
5 10 (4.07%) Java EE
5 10 (4.07%) JSON
5 10 (4.07%) Node.js
6 9 (3.66%) Behat
6 9 (3.66%) Dropwizard
6 9 (3.66%) Redux
6 9 (3.66%) RESTful
7 8 (3.25%) CSS
7 8 (3.25%) GraphQL
7 8 (3.25%) HTML5
7 8 (3.25%) REST
7 8 (3.25%) Symfony
8 7 (2.85%) Elastic Stack
8 7 (2.85%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 43 (17.48%) Analytical Skills
2 19 (7.72%) Mobile App
3 17 (6.91%) Computer Science
4 14 (5.69%) Self-Motivation
5 8 (3.25%) User Experience
6 7 (2.85%) Greenfield Project
6 7 (2.85%) Hedge funds
6 7 (2.85%) Private Cloud
6 7 (2.85%) Public Cloud
7 6 (2.44%) Enterprise Cloud
7 6 (2.44%) Fintech
7 6 (2.44%) Management Information System
7 6 (2.44%) Virtual Team
8 4 (1.63%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 3 (1.22%) Algorithms
9 3 (1.22%) SWIFT
10 2 (0.81%) Derivative
10 2 (0.81%) Fixed Income
10 2 (0.81%) Mainframe
10 2 (0.81%) PlayStation
Operating Systems
1 35 (14.23%) Linux
2 24 (9.76%) Unix
3 21 (8.54%) Windows
4 14 (5.69%) Apple iOS
5 9 (3.66%) Android
6 3 (1.22%) Mac OS
7 2 (0.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 2 (0.81%) Ubuntu
7 2 (0.81%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 163 (66.26%) Test Automation
2 127 (51.63%) Agile Software Development
3 65 (26.42%) Test Scripting
4 64 (26.02%) Scrum
5 47 (19.11%) BDD
5 47 (19.11%) DevOps
6 44 (17.89%) Open Source
7 39 (15.85%) Problem-Solving
8 37 (15.04%) Continuous Integration
8 37 (15.04%) Non-Functional Testing
9 34 (13.82%) User Acceptance Testing
10 33 (13.41%) Test Strategy
11 30 (12.20%) SDLC
12 26 (10.57%) TDD
13 25 (10.16%) Functional Testing
14 22 (8.94%) Manual Testing
15 21 (8.54%) OO
16 20 (8.13%) System Testing
16 20 (8.13%) Unit Testing
16 20 (8.13%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 94 (38.21%) Java
2 52 (21.14%) SQL
3 37 (15.04%) C#
4 33 (13.41%) Python
5 31 (12.60%) JavaScript
6 11 (4.47%) PHP
6 11 (4.47%) Ruby
7 7 (2.85%) Apple Swift
7 7 (2.85%) C++
7 7 (2.85%) STATISTICA Visual Basic
8 5 (2.03%) C
9 3 (1.22%) Groovy
10 2 (0.81%) ES6
10 2 (0.81%) Perl
10 2 (0.81%) Shell Script
10 2 (0.81%) T-SQL
11 1 (0.41%) Java 8
11 1 (0.41%) Kotlin
11 1 (0.41%) Objective-C
11 1 (0.41%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 40 (16.26%) ISTQB
2 36 (14.63%) Degree
3 25 (10.16%) ISEB
4 11 (4.47%) SC Cleared
4 11 (4.47%) Security Cleared
5 10 (4.07%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 10 (4.07%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 6 (2.44%) ISEB Practitioner
6 6 (2.44%) Siebel Certification
7 3 (1.22%) PhD
8 2 (0.81%) Computer Science Degree
8 2 (0.81%) Master's Degree
9 1 (0.41%) BPSS Clearance
9 1 (0.41%) CISSP
9 1 (0.41%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 78 (31.71%) QA
2 6 (2.44%) 21 CFR Part 11
2 6 (2.44%) GMP
3 4 (1.63%) GDPR
3 4 (1.63%) PMO
4 2 (0.81%) GxP
4 2 (0.81%) IFRS
5 1 (0.41%) Dodd-Frank
5 1 (0.41%) EMIR
5 1 (0.41%) ISO 20022
5 1 (0.41%) MiFID
5 1 (0.41%) PSD2
5 1 (0.41%) WCAG
System Software
1 15 (6.10%) Docker
2 4 (1.63%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.41%) IAG
Systems Management
1 11 (4.47%) Puppet
2 9 (3.66%) HP Quality Center
3 8 (3.25%) Ansible
3 8 (3.25%) BladeLogic
4 7 (2.85%) Kibana
4 7 (2.85%) logstash
5 5 (2.03%) HP ALM
6 4 (1.63%) Kubernetes
7 3 (1.22%) Hadoop YARN
7 3 (1.22%) Oozie
8 2 (0.81%) Nagios
8 2 (0.81%) Opscode Chef
9 1 (0.41%) Docker Swarm
9 1 (0.41%) Mesos
9 1 (0.41%) Perfmon
Vendors
1 21 (8.54%) Oracle
2 20 (8.13%) HP
2 20 (8.13%) Microsoft
3 9 (3.66%) Atlassian
4 8 (3.25%) IBM
5 6 (2.44%) Siebel
6 5 (2.03%) Apple
6 5 (2.03%) SAP
7 4 (1.63%) Google
7 4 (1.63%) Guidewire
8 3 (1.22%) Charles River
8 3 (1.22%) TOWER Software
9 2 (0.81%) Adobe
9 2 (0.81%) AppDynamics
9 2 (0.81%) hybris
9 2 (0.81%) Micro Focus
9 2 (0.81%) New Relic
9 2 (0.81%) Salesforce.com
9 2 (0.81%) Splunk
9 2 (0.81%) Tableau