Period
to 21 July 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 21 July 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
21 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 395 388 365
Rank change year-on-year -7 -23 -64
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 257 210 263
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.55% 0.50% 0.58%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.63% 0.57% 0.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 150 132 186
London median daily rate £452 £425 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.35% +13.33% -6.25%
10th Percentile £325 £279 £238
90th Percentile £603 £620 £500
England median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 2 0
London median hourly rate £46.25 £45.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.78% - -
England median hourly rate £45.00 £47.50 £42.00
% change year-on-year -5.26% +13.10% +16.67%

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 40,596 36,731 39,323
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 87.31% 87.00% 86.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 29,451 26,239 28,484
London median daily rate £500 £488 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +5.41% +2.78%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £300
90th Percentile £675 £656 £650
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 556 388 354
London median hourly rate £25.00 £23.63 £21.34
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.82% +10.71% +9.44%
10th Percentile £14.00 £12.88 £11.25
90th Percentile £53.75 £51.48 £50.51
England median hourly rate £22.50 £24.49 £23.50
% change year-on-year -8.11% +4.19% +9.30%

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 21 July 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 21 July 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 21 July 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 -28 49 £475 +16.92% 33
West London -40 12 £406 +85.29% 11
South London -53 9 £475 +3.26%
North London +6 2 £400 - 2
East London - 2 £450 - 1
Software Testing
England

For the 6 months to 21 July 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.

1 142 (55.25%) Test Automation
2 124 (48.25%) Agile Software Development
3 98 (38.13%) Java
4 79 (30.74%) QA
5 74 (28.79%) SQL
6 72 (28.02%) Selenium
7 66 (25.68%) Finance
8 65 (25.29%) Test Scripting
9 61 (23.74%) Scrum
10 56 (21.79%) Analytical Skills
11 53 (20.62%) Web Services
12 52 (20.23%) JIRA
13 51 (19.84%) User Acceptance Testing
14 49 (19.07%) BDD
14 49 (19.07%) Problem-Solving
15 48 (18.68%) SDLC
16 44 (17.12%) Cucumber
17 41 (15.95%) Degree
17 41 (15.95%) Open Source
18 39 (15.18%) Linux
19 38 (14.79%) Unix
20 37 (14.40%) C#
21 36 (14.01%) Oracle
21 36 (14.01%) Unit Testing
22 35 (13.62%) JavaScript
22 35 (13.62%) Python
23 34 (13.23%) DevOps
24 30 (11.67%) TDD
24 30 (11.67%) Continuous Integration
25 29 (11.28%) ISTQB

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 16 (6.23%) Confluence
2 8 (3.11%) Elasticsearch
3 6 (2.33%) CMS
4 5 (1.95%) SAS
5 4 (1.56%) Tomcat
6 3 (1.17%) Apache Airflow
6 3 (1.17%) Apache Spark
6 3 (1.17%) Luigi
7 2 (0.78%) ColdFusion
7 2 (0.78%) SharePoint
8 1 (0.39%) IIS
8 1 (0.39%) Jetty
8 1 (0.39%) MQSeries
8 1 (0.39%) OpenStack
8 1 (0.39%) Oracle Workflow
8 1 (0.39%) WebSphere
8 1 (0.39%) WordPress
Applications
1 4 (1.56%) Microsoft Excel
1 4 (1.56%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.17%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.39%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.39%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (1.17%) NetSuite
2 2 (0.78%) Elite 3E
2 2 (0.78%) Markit EDM
2 2 (0.78%) Oracle Financials
2 2 (0.78%) Oracle Payables
2 2 (0.78%) Sage 50
3 1 (0.39%) Endur
3 1 (0.39%) FLEXCUBE
3 1 (0.39%) Magento
3 1 (0.39%) Sage 200
3 1 (0.39%) Sage 500
Cloud Services
1 19 (7.39%) Microsoft Azure
2 11 (4.28%) Amazon AWS
3 8 (3.11%) Sauce Labs
4 4 (1.56%) Google Cloud Platform
5 3 (1.17%) GitHub
5 3 (1.17%) IaaS
6 2 (0.78%) Adobe Analytics
6 2 (0.78%) BlazeMeter
7 1 (0.39%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (0.39%) BrowserStack
7 1 (0.39%) Datadog
7 1 (0.39%) Intacct
7 1 (0.39%) Office 365
7 1 (0.39%) OpenShift
7 1 (0.39%) SaaS
7 1 (0.39%) Slack
7 1 (0.39%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 16 (6.23%) FTP
2 14 (5.45%) HTTP
3 9 (3.50%) SMS
4 6 (2.33%) Internet
5 4 (1.56%) SSL
5 4 (1.56%) TCP/IP
6 3 (1.17%) AMQP
6 3 (1.17%) DNS
6 3 (1.17%) SSH
7 1 (0.39%) Broadband
7 1 (0.39%) DHCP
7 1 (0.39%) Intranet
7 1 (0.39%) SAN
7 1 (0.39%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (8.56%) Relational Database
1 22 (8.56%) SQL Server
2 12 (4.67%) Siebel EIM
3 8 (3.11%) Big Data
4 6 (2.33%) PostgreSQL
5 5 (1.95%) BusinessObjects
5 5 (1.95%) SAS Visual Analytics
6 3 (1.17%) NoSQL
7 2 (0.78%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 2 (0.78%) BigQuery
7 2 (0.78%) OLAP
7 2 (0.78%) OLAP Cube
7 2 (0.78%) Oracle Database
8 1 (0.39%) Blockchain
8 1 (0.39%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.39%) Impala
8 1 (0.39%) MySQL
8 1 (0.39%) Oracle ODI
8 1 (0.39%) Oracle OWB
8 1 (0.39%) Pentaho
Development Applications
1 72 (28.02%) Selenium
2 52 (20.23%) JIRA
3 44 (17.12%) Cucumber
4 26 (10.12%) SoapUI
5 25 (9.73%) Jenkins
6 24 (9.34%) WebDriver
7 20 (7.78%) JMeter
7 20 (7.78%) SpecFlow
8 18 (7.00%) Git (software)
9 13 (5.06%) JUnit
10 12 (4.67%) Appium
11 10 (3.89%) Visual Studio
12 9 (3.50%) Protractor
13 8 (3.11%) Burp Suite
13 8 (3.11%) Maven
14 7 (2.72%) TestNG
15 6 (2.33%) Subversion
15 6 (2.33%) TeamCity
16 5 (1.95%) Bitbucket
16 5 (1.95%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 66 (25.68%) Finance
2 27 (10.51%) Banking
3 19 (7.39%) Financial Institution
4 10 (3.89%) Retail
5 7 (2.72%) Advertising
6 5 (1.95%) Investment Banking
7 4 (1.56%) Back Office
7 4 (1.56%) Marketing
8 3 (1.17%) Games
8 3 (1.17%) Pharmaceutical
8 3 (1.17%) Retail Banking
9 2 (0.78%) Law
9 2 (0.78%) Legal
10 1 (0.39%) Front Office
10 1 (0.39%) Publishing
10 1 (0.39%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 47 (18.29%) Analyst
2 39 (15.18%) Developer
3 35 (13.62%) Tester
4 31 (12.06%) Test Analyst
5 30 (11.67%) Automation Engineer
6 24 (9.34%) Java Engineer
7 22 (8.56%) Web Engineer
8 16 (6.23%) Test Manager
9 13 (5.06%) Test Engineer
9 13 (5.06%) Test Leader
10 12 (4.67%) Senior Automation Engineer
10 12 (4.67%) Senior Java Engineer
10 12 (4.67%) Siebel Developer
11 11 (4.28%) QA Engineer
11 11 (4.28%) Senior Web Engineer
12 9 (3.50%) Architect
12 9 (3.50%) Middleware Developer
13 8 (3.11%) Agile Tester
13 8 (3.11%) Java Developer
13 8 (3.11%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 53 (20.62%) Web Services
2 27 (10.51%) SOAP
2 27 (10.51%) XML
3 23 (8.95%) .NET
4 18 (7.00%) HTML
5 16 (6.23%) Gherkin
6 14 (5.45%) Middleware
6 14 (5.45%) RESTful
7 10 (3.89%) Java EE
8 9 (3.50%) Dropwizard
9 8 (3.11%) Elastic Stack
10 7 (2.72%) CSS
10 7 (2.72%) JSON
11 6 (2.33%) AngularJS
11 6 (2.33%) REST
12 5 (1.95%) Behat
12 5 (1.95%) J2EE
13 4 (1.56%) jQuery
13 4 (1.56%) Keras
13 4 (1.56%) TensorFlow
Miscellaneous
1 56 (21.79%) Analytical Skills
2 20 (7.78%) Computer Science
3 15 (5.84%) Mobile App
3 15 (5.84%) Self-Motivation
4 14 (5.45%) Hedge funds
5 13 (5.06%) Management Information System
6 8 (3.11%) User Experience
7 7 (2.72%) Fintech
7 7 (2.72%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 7 (2.72%) SWIFT
8 6 (2.33%) Data Structures
9 5 (1.95%) Algorithms
9 5 (1.95%) PlayStation
10 4 (1.56%) Greenfield Project
11 3 (1.17%) Enterprise Cloud
11 3 (1.17%) PDA
11 3 (1.17%) Private Cloud
11 3 (1.17%) Public Cloud
11 3 (1.17%) Virtual Team
12 2 (0.78%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 39 (15.18%) Linux
2 38 (14.79%) Unix
3 24 (9.34%) Windows
4 13 (5.06%) Apple iOS
5 9 (3.50%) Android
5 9 (3.50%) Windows Server
6 2 (0.78%) AIX
6 2 (0.78%) Mac OS X
6 2 (0.78%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (0.78%) Windows 7
6 2 (0.78%) Windows Server 2003
6 2 (0.78%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (0.39%) Mac OS
7 1 (0.39%) Ubuntu
7 1 (0.39%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 142 (55.25%) Test Automation
2 124 (48.25%) Agile Software Development
3 65 (25.29%) Test Scripting
4 61 (23.74%) Scrum
5 51 (19.84%) User Acceptance Testing
6 49 (19.07%) BDD
6 49 (19.07%) Problem-Solving
7 48 (18.68%) SDLC
8 41 (15.95%) Open Source
9 36 (14.01%) Unit Testing
10 34 (13.23%) DevOps
11 30 (11.67%) Continuous Integration
11 30 (11.67%) TDD
12 28 (10.89%) Non-Functional Testing
13 26 (10.12%) Regression Testing
13 26 (10.12%) System Integration Testing
14 25 (9.73%) Test Strategy
15 24 (9.34%) Functional Testing
15 24 (9.34%) System Testing
16 22 (8.56%) Scenario Testing
Programming Languages
1 98 (38.13%) Java
2 74 (28.79%) SQL
3 37 (14.40%) C#
4 35 (13.62%) JavaScript
4 35 (13.62%) Python
5 13 (5.06%) STATISTICA Visual Basic
6 10 (3.89%) Ruby
7 7 (2.72%) C++
7 7 (2.72%) Perl
8 6 (2.33%) Apple Swift
9 5 (1.95%) PHP
9 5 (1.95%) Shell Script
10 4 (1.56%) C
11 3 (1.17%) PL/SQL
11 3 (1.17%) VB.NET
11 3 (1.17%) VBScript
12 2 (0.78%) Scala
12 2 (0.78%) Tcl
12 2 (0.78%) T-SQL
12 2 (0.78%) XMLA
Qualifications
1 41 (15.95%) Degree
2 29 (11.28%) ISTQB
3 26 (10.12%) ISEB
4 15 (5.84%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 12 (4.67%) Siebel Certification
6 11 (4.28%) Security Cleared
7 10 (3.89%) SC Cleared
8 7 (2.72%) Computer Science Degree
9 5 (1.95%) Numerate Degree
10 4 (1.56%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 4 (1.56%) Master's Degree
10 4 (1.56%) PhD
11 3 (1.17%) ISEB Practitioner
12 2 (0.78%) DV Cleared
13 1 (0.39%) BPSS Clearance
13 1 (0.39%) CISSP
13 1 (0.39%) MCITP
13 1 (0.39%) MCSE
13 1 (0.39%) MCTS
13 1 (0.39%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 79 (30.74%) QA
2 7 (2.72%) IFRS
3 5 (1.95%) IFRS 9
4 3 (1.17%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 3 (1.17%) GMP
5 2 (0.78%) GDPR
5 2 (0.78%) HL7
5 2 (0.78%) PMO
5 2 (0.78%) WCAG
6 1 (0.39%) DICOM
6 1 (0.39%) Dodd-Frank
6 1 (0.39%) EMIR
6 1 (0.39%) MiFID
6 1 (0.39%) SLA
System Software
1 7 (2.72%) Docker
2 5 (1.95%) Active Directory
3 2 (0.78%) Hyper-V
3 2 (0.78%) VMware ESXi
3 2 (0.78%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.39%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 12 (4.67%) HP Quality Center
2 9 (3.50%) BladeLogic
2 9 (3.50%) Puppet
3 8 (3.11%) Kibana
3 8 (3.11%) logstash
4 6 (2.33%) HP ALM
5 5 (1.95%) Ansible
6 4 (1.56%) Opscode Chef
7 2 (0.78%) Kubernetes
7 2 (0.78%) McAfee ePO
8 1 (0.39%) Docker Swarm
8 1 (0.39%) Mesos
8 1 (0.39%) Nagios
8 1 (0.39%) Netcool
8 1 (0.39%) Perfmon
8 1 (0.39%) Terraform
Vendors
1 36 (14.01%) Oracle
2 23 (8.95%) HP
2 23 (8.95%) Microsoft
3 15 (5.84%) Atlassian
4 13 (5.06%) Siebel
5 12 (4.67%) IBM
6 5 (1.95%) Apple
6 5 (1.95%) Salesforce.com
7 4 (1.56%) Guidewire
8 3 (1.17%) Charles River
8 3 (1.17%) Google
9 2 (0.78%) Capita
9 2 (0.78%) Citrix
9 2 (0.78%) McAfee
9 2 (0.78%) Sage
9 2 (0.78%) TOWER Software
9 2 (0.78%) Veritas
9 2 (0.78%) VMware
10 1 (0.39%) JD Edwards
10 1 (0.39%) SAP