Period
to 19 November 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 19 November 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
19 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 405 379 406
Rank change year-on-year -26 +27 -114
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 232 272 214
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.50% 0.59% 0.48%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.58% 0.67% 0.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 137 190 141
London median daily rate £450 £450 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +20.00% -9.09%
10th Percentile £296 £263 £241
90th Percentile £615 £619 £550
England median daily rate £405 £400 £350
% change year-on-year +1.25% +14.29% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 0 1
London median hourly rate £40.00 - £21.45
10th Percentile £25.15 - £20.34
90th Percentile £51.25 - £22.55
England median hourly rate £40.00 £45.00 £41.25
% change year-on-year -11.11% +9.09% +26.92%

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 40,343 40,722 39,162
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 87.61% 88.08% 87.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 29,118 29,552 28,083
London median daily rate £500 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £300
90th Percentile £675 £669 £640
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 469 386 414
London median hourly rate £23.13 £22.50 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.80% +2.27% +10.00%
10th Percentile £13.28 £13.31 £12.25
90th Percentile £54.79 £51.00 £50.09
England median hourly rate £22.00 £23.32 £23.00
% change year-on-year -5.66% +1.39% +4.55%

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 19 November 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 19 November 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 19 November 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 -32 42 £425 +4.62% 29
West London -2 17 £455 +60.49% 15
South London -13 15 £475 +3.26% 2
East London -12 3 £493 +48.12% 5
North London - 1 £375 - 1
Software Testing
England

For the 6 months to 19 November 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.

1 155 (66.81%) Test Automation
2 136 (58.62%) Agile Software Development
3 76 (32.76%) Java
4 71 (30.60%) Scrum
4 71 (30.60%) QA
5 70 (30.17%) Selenium
6 62 (26.72%) JIRA
7 51 (21.98%) ISTQB
8 49 (21.12%) BDD
9 47 (20.26%) Test Scripting
9 47 (20.26%) DevOps
10 42 (18.10%) SQL
11 41 (17.67%) Non-Functional Testing
12 40 (17.24%) Test Strategy
13 38 (16.38%) Jenkins
14 37 (15.95%) Finance
15 36 (15.52%) JavaScript
15 36 (15.52%) Cucumber
15 36 (15.52%) Open Source
16 35 (15.09%) Continuous Integration
16 35 (15.09%) Problem-Solving
17 34 (14.66%) C#
17 34 (14.66%) Analytical Skills
18 33 (14.22%) Degree
19 30 (12.93%) SDLC
20 29 (12.50%) User Acceptance Testing
20 29 (12.50%) Web Services
21 28 (12.07%) Microsoft
21 28 (12.07%) Microsoft Azure
21 28 (12.07%) SoapUI

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 13 (5.60%) Confluence
2 10 (4.31%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 10 (4.31%) CMS
3 7 (3.02%) Elasticsearch
4 5 (2.16%) Apache Spark
4 5 (2.16%) SharePoint
5 3 (1.29%) Apache Airflow
5 3 (1.29%) Luigi
6 2 (0.86%) Drupal
6 2 (0.86%) IIS
7 1 (0.43%) Apache
7 1 (0.43%) Appian
7 1 (0.43%) Cloud Foundry
7 1 (0.43%) Jetty
7 1 (0.43%) LiveLink
7 1 (0.43%) MQSeries
7 1 (0.43%) Mule
7 1 (0.43%) OpenStack
7 1 (0.43%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.43%) WebSphere
Applications
1 3 (1.29%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.86%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.86%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 2 (0.86%) MS Visio
2 2 (0.86%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (0.43%) Chatbot
3 1 (0.43%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.86%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (0.86%) Markit EDM
1 2 (0.86%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.43%) Endur
2 1 (0.43%) Magento
2 1 (0.43%) SAP Hybris
2 1 (0.43%) SAP IS-U
Cloud Services
1 28 (12.07%) Microsoft Azure
2 21 (9.05%) Amazon AWS
3 12 (5.17%) Sauce Labs
4 5 (2.16%) IaaS
5 3 (1.29%) GitHub
6 2 (0.86%) Apigee
6 2 (0.86%) Datadog
6 2 (0.86%) Dynamics 365
6 2 (0.86%) Google Cloud Platform
6 2 (0.86%) OpenShift
6 2 (0.86%) SaaS
7 1 (0.43%) Adobe Analytics
7 1 (0.43%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.43%) Google Analytics
7 1 (0.43%) Office 365
7 1 (0.43%) PaaS
7 1 (0.43%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 6 (2.59%) HTTP
2 5 (2.16%) Internet
3 4 (1.72%) DNS
3 4 (1.72%) SMS
4 2 (0.86%) AMQP
4 2 (0.86%) FTP
5 1 (0.43%) Firewall
5 1 (0.43%) Network Security
5 1 (0.43%) SAN
5 1 (0.43%) Skype
5 1 (0.43%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (6.90%) SQL Server
2 14 (6.03%) Relational Database
3 9 (3.88%) Big Data
3 9 (3.88%) PostgreSQL
4 5 (2.16%) NoSQL
5 4 (1.72%) Apache Hive
5 4 (1.72%) Hadoop
6 2 (0.86%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (0.86%) Flink
6 2 (0.86%) Qlik Sense
7 1 (0.43%) Blockchain
7 1 (0.43%) Data Lake
7 1 (0.43%) DB2
7 1 (0.43%) DbVisualizer
7 1 (0.43%) GIS
7 1 (0.43%) Oracle ODI
7 1 (0.43%) Oracle OWB
7 1 (0.43%) Siebel EIM
7 1 (0.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 70 (30.17%) Selenium
2 62 (26.72%) JIRA
3 38 (16.38%) Jenkins
4 36 (15.52%) Cucumber
5 28 (12.07%) SoapUI
6 24 (10.34%) WebDriver
7 20 (8.62%) JMeter
8 16 (6.90%) SpecFlow
9 15 (6.47%) Appium
9 15 (6.47%) Git (software)
10 12 (5.17%) JUnit
11 11 (4.74%) Xcode
12 9 (3.88%) Team Foundation Server
13 8 (3.45%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 8 (3.45%) PHPUnit
13 8 (3.45%) Subversion
13 8 (3.45%) Zephyr
14 7 (3.02%) Burp Suite
14 7 (3.02%) Protractor
14 7 (3.02%) Travis CI
General
1 37 (15.95%) Finance
2 15 (6.47%) Advertising
2 15 (6.47%) Banking
3 12 (5.17%) Retail
4 8 (3.45%) Pharmaceutical
5 7 (3.02%) Publishing
6 5 (2.16%) Back Office
6 5 (2.16%) Marketing
7 4 (1.72%) Front Office
8 3 (1.29%) Legal
8 3 (1.29%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.86%) Games
9 2 (0.86%) International Banking
9 2 (0.86%) Investment Banking
10 1 (0.43%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.43%) German Language
10 1 (0.43%) Law
10 1 (0.43%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.43%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 42 (18.10%) Tester
2 35 (15.09%) Analyst
3 30 (12.93%) Test Analyst
4 26 (11.21%) Developer
5 23 (9.91%) Test Manager
6 18 (7.76%) Java Engineer
7 17 (7.33%) Test Leader
8 15 (6.47%) Automation Engineer
9 14 (6.03%) Test Engineer
9 14 (6.03%) Web Engineer
10 13 (5.60%) Automation Tester
10 13 (5.60%) QA Engineer
11 12 (5.17%) Senior Java Engineer
12 11 (4.74%) Architect
12 11 (4.74%) Senior Automation Engineer
12 11 (4.74%) Senior Web Engineer
13 9 (3.88%) Consultant
14 8 (3.45%) Agile Tester
14 8 (3.45%) DevOps Architect
14 8 (3.45%) Python Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (12.50%) Web Services
2 25 (10.78%) HTML
3 21 (9.05%) .NET
4 20 (8.62%) SOAP
5 15 (6.47%) XML
6 11 (4.74%) Java EE
6 11 (4.74%) RESTful
7 10 (4.31%) CSS
7 10 (4.31%) Dropwizard
7 10 (4.31%) Node.js
7 10 (4.31%) Redux
7 10 (4.31%) REST
8 9 (3.88%) Gherkin
9 8 (3.45%) Apollo GraphQL
9 8 (3.45%) Behat
9 8 (3.45%) GraphQL
9 8 (3.45%) HTML5
9 8 (3.45%) Middleware
9 8 (3.45%) Symfony
10 7 (3.02%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 34 (14.66%) Analytical Skills
2 18 (7.76%) Mobile App
3 13 (5.60%) Self-Motivation
4 11 (4.74%) Computer Science
5 8 (3.45%) User Experience
6 7 (3.02%) Greenfield Project
7 6 (2.59%) Management Information System
8 5 (2.16%) Private Cloud
8 5 (2.16%) Public Cloud
9 4 (1.72%) Enterprise Cloud
9 4 (1.72%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 4 (1.72%) Virtual Team
10 3 (1.29%) Fintech
10 3 (1.29%) Hedge funds
11 2 (0.86%) Algorithms
11 2 (0.86%) Hybrid Cloud
11 2 (0.86%) Mainframe
11 2 (0.86%) SWIFT
12 1 (0.43%) Fixed Income
12 1 (0.43%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 23 (9.91%) Linux
1 23 (9.91%) Unix
2 19 (8.19%) Windows
3 11 (4.74%) Apple iOS
4 6 (2.59%) Android
5 3 (1.29%) Windows Server
6 2 (0.86%) Mac OS
6 2 (0.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (0.86%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 155 (66.81%) Test Automation
2 136 (58.62%) Agile Software Development
3 71 (30.60%) Scrum
4 49 (21.12%) BDD
5 47 (20.26%) DevOps
5 47 (20.26%) Test Scripting
6 41 (17.67%) Non-Functional Testing
7 40 (17.24%) Test Strategy
8 36 (15.52%) Open Source
9 35 (15.09%) Continuous Integration
9 35 (15.09%) Problem-Solving
10 30 (12.93%) SDLC
11 29 (12.50%) User Acceptance Testing
12 26 (11.21%) Manual Testing
12 26 (11.21%) TDD
13 24 (10.34%) Functional Testing
13 24 (10.34%) Test Management
14 23 (9.91%) System Testing
15 22 (9.48%) Validation
16 21 (9.05%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 76 (32.76%) Java
2 42 (18.10%) SQL
3 36 (15.52%) JavaScript
4 34 (14.66%) C#
5 26 (11.21%) Python
6 11 (4.74%) PHP
7 6 (2.59%) Apple Swift
7 6 (2.59%) Ruby
8 5 (2.16%) Groovy
8 5 (2.16%) Shell Script
9 4 (1.72%) C++
10 2 (0.86%) Bash Shell
10 2 (0.86%) C
10 2 (0.86%) ES6
10 2 (0.86%) Go
10 2 (0.86%) Lua
10 2 (0.86%) T-SQL
11 1 (0.43%) Java 8
11 1 (0.43%) Objective-C
11 1 (0.43%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 51 (21.98%) ISTQB
2 33 (14.22%) Degree
3 25 (10.78%) ISEB
4 17 (7.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 12 (5.17%) SC Cleared
5 12 (5.17%) Security Cleared
6 10 (4.31%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 6 (2.59%) ISEB Practitioner
8 4 (1.72%) DBS Check
9 2 (0.86%) PhD
10 1 (0.43%) CFA
10 1 (0.43%) CISSP
10 1 (0.43%) Numerate Degree
10 1 (0.43%) Siebel Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 71 (30.60%) QA
2 5 (2.16%) 21 CFR Part 11
2 5 (2.16%) GMP
2 5 (2.16%) PMO
3 4 (1.72%) GDPR
4 2 (0.86%) GxP
5 1 (0.43%) ISO 20022
5 1 (0.43%) PSD2
System Software
1 20 (8.62%) Docker
2 6 (2.59%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.43%) IAG
Systems Management
1 10 (4.31%) HP Quality Center
2 9 (3.88%) Puppet
3 7 (3.02%) Ansible
3 7 (3.02%) Kibana
3 7 (3.02%) logstash
4 5 (2.16%) HP ALM
4 5 (2.16%) Kubernetes
5 4 (1.72%) BladeLogic
5 4 (1.72%) Hadoop YARN
5 4 (1.72%) Oozie
6 2 (0.86%) Nagios
7 1 (0.43%) Docker Swarm
7 1 (0.43%) Mesos
7 1 (0.43%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.43%) Perfmon
Vendors
1 28 (12.07%) Microsoft
2 17 (7.33%) HP
3 13 (5.60%) Oracle
4 10 (4.31%) Adobe
5 9 (3.88%) IBM
6 8 (3.45%) SAP
7 5 (2.16%) Apple
7 5 (2.16%) Atlassian
8 3 (1.29%) Pega
9 2 (0.86%) AppDynamics
9 2 (0.86%) Citrix
9 2 (0.86%) Cloudera
9 2 (0.86%) Google
9 2 (0.86%) Hortonworks
9 2 (0.86%) Micro Focus
9 2 (0.86%) New Relic
9 2 (0.86%) Splunk
9 2 (0.86%) Tableau
9 2 (0.86%) TOWER Software
10 1 (0.43%) Ariba