The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Scotland 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 3 months to 27 June 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 / Scotland
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 99 81 89
Rank change year-on-year -18 +8  
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 14 67 45
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 0.64% 2.28% 1.52%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.77% 2.67% 1.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 39 22
Median daily rate £281 £280 £304
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.44% -7.81%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £243 £200 £242
10% offered a daily rate of more than £318 £345 £373
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £316
% change year-on-year +7.69% +2.76%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 2
Median hourly rate - £14.68 £23.43
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -37.35%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £48.75 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year +30.00% -  

Software Testing is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Scotland with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Scotland
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 1809 2511 2406
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Scotland 82.45% 85.44% 81.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 1018 1429 1231
Median daily rate £400 £375 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% +4.16%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £247 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 45 56 65
Median hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £30.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +22.95%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.75 £13.72 £13.03
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £43.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

Software Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in Scotland

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Scotland citing Software Testing as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Software Testing in Scotland

Software Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Testing in Scotland

Software Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Testing in Scotland

Software Testing
Contract Job Locations in Scotland

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 Scotland region over the 3 months to 27 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Glasgow -1 7 £315 +0.80% 2
Renfrewshire +42 4 £250 -11.66%
Edinburgh -4 2 £310 +14.28% 7
West Dunbartonshire - 1 - -
Software Testing
UK

For the 6 months to 27 June 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 Scotland region with a requirement for Software Testing.

1 27 (61.36%) Finance
2 20 (45.45%) Law
3 16 (36.36%) Agile Software Development
4 15 (34.09%) Linux
4 15 (34.09%) Test Automation
5 13 (29.55%) SQL
6 10 (22.73%) Windows
6 10 (22.73%) AIX
7 9 (20.45%) Unix
7 9 (20.45%) Microsoft
7 9 (20.45%) ISTQB
8 8 (18.18%) EMC NetWorker
8 8 (18.18%) VMware
8 8 (18.18%) EMC
8 8 (18.18%) ISEB
8 8 (18.18%) Firewall
9 7 (15.91%) Selenium
9 7 (15.91%) Git (software)
10 6 (13.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 6 (13.64%) WebDriver
10 6 (13.64%) Test Scripting
10 6 (13.64%) Manual Testing
10 6 (13.64%) Red Hat
10 6 (13.64%) Perl
11 5 (11.36%) Microsoft Office
11 5 (11.36%) TCP/IP
11 5 (11.36%) Python
11 5 (11.36%) Subversion
11 5 (11.36%) Windows Server 2008
11 5 (11.36%) Team Foundation Server

Software Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in Scotland 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 4 (9.09%) SharePoint
2 1 (2.27%) JBoss
2 1 (2.27%) Oracle Application Server
Applications
1 5 (11.36%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (2.27%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 4 (9.09%) Office 365
2 2 (4.55%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (2.27%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 8 (18.18%) Firewall
2 5 (11.36%) TCP/IP
3 4 (9.09%) Network Security
4 2 (4.55%) LAN
4 2 (4.55%) WAN
5 1 (2.27%) DNS
5 1 (2.27%) HTTPS
5 1 (2.27%) Internet
5 1 (2.27%) LDAP
5 1 (2.27%) SSH
5 1 (2.27%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (6.82%) SQL Server
1 3 (6.82%) SQLite
2 1 (2.27%) MongoDB
2 1 (2.27%) Oracle Database
2 1 (2.27%) RDBMS
2 1 (2.27%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 7 (15.91%) Git (software)
1 7 (15.91%) Selenium
2 6 (13.64%) WebDriver
3 5 (11.36%) Subversion
3 5 (11.36%) Team Foundation Server
4 4 (9.09%) Jenkins
5 3 (6.82%) JIRA
5 3 (6.82%) StarTeam
5 3 (6.82%) Visual Studio
6 2 (4.55%) Cucumber
6 2 (4.55%) MSTest
6 2 (4.55%) NUnit
7 1 (2.27%) Calabash
7 1 (2.27%) GitLab
7 1 (2.27%) GoCD
7 1 (2.27%) HP UFT
7 1 (2.27%) Protractor
7 1 (2.27%) SpecFlow
7 1 (2.27%) TeamCity
General
1 27 (61.36%) Finance
2 20 (45.45%) Law
3 1 (2.27%) Games
Job Titles
1 11 (25.00%) Test Engineer
2 7 (15.91%) Analyst
2 7 (15.91%) Test Analyst
3 3 (6.82%) Agile Test Analyst
3 3 (6.82%) AIX Engineer
3 3 (6.82%) Network Engineer
3 3 (6.82%) Test Automation Engineer
3 3 (6.82%) Tester
3 3 (6.82%) Unix Engineer
4 2 (4.55%) Applications Manager
4 2 (4.55%) Automation Test Analyst
4 2 (4.55%) Backup Engineer
4 2 (4.55%) Designer
4 2 (4.55%) EMC Engineer
4 2 (4.55%) Firewall Engineer
4 2 (4.55%) Senior Analyst
4 2 (4.55%) Senior Test Analyst
4 2 (4.55%) Software Tester
4 2 (4.55%) Test Manager
4 2 (4.55%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.82%) Gherkin
2 2 (4.55%) .NET
3 1 (2.27%) Elastic Stack
3 1 (2.27%) J2EE
3 1 (2.27%) Middleware
3 1 (2.27%) Oracle Fusion
3 1 (2.27%) RabbitMQ
3 1 (2.27%) Tivoli Directory Integrator
3 1 (2.27%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 5 (11.36%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (6.82%) Clustering
3 1 (2.27%) Credit Risk
3 1 (2.27%) DataPower
3 1 (2.27%) Mobile App
3 1 (2.27%) Private Cloud
3 1 (2.27%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 15 (34.09%) Linux
2 10 (22.73%) AIX
2 10 (22.73%) Windows
3 9 (20.45%) Unix
4 6 (13.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 5 (11.36%) Windows Server 2008
5 5 (11.36%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (9.09%) Windows 10
6 4 (9.09%) Windows 7
6 4 (9.09%) Windows Server 2003
6 4 (9.09%) Windows XP
7 3 (6.82%) Tru64
8 1 (2.27%) Android
8 1 (2.27%) Apple iOS
8 1 (2.27%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (36.36%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (34.09%) Test Automation
3 6 (13.64%) Manual Testing
3 6 (13.64%) Test Scripting
4 4 (9.09%) BDD
4 4 (9.09%) Change Management
4 4 (9.09%) Mathematics
4 4 (9.09%) Server Virtualisation
4 4 (9.09%) Smoke Testing
4 4 (9.09%) Waterfall
5 3 (6.82%) ITIL
5 3 (6.82%) Regression Testing
5 3 (6.82%) Requirements Management
5 3 (6.82%) Scrum
5 3 (6.82%) Test Strategy
5 3 (6.82%) User Stories
6 2 (4.55%) Configuration Management
6 2 (4.55%) Functional Testing
6 2 (4.55%) OO
6 2 (4.55%) OOP
Programming Languages
1 13 (29.55%) SQL
2 6 (13.64%) Perl
3 5 (11.36%) Python
4 3 (6.82%) C#
4 3 (6.82%) Java
4 3 (6.82%) Ruby
4 3 (6.82%) Shell Script
5 1 (2.27%) Bash Shell
5 1 (2.27%) JavaScript
5 1 (2.27%) Korn
5 1 (2.27%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 9 (20.45%) ISTQB
2 8 (18.18%) ISEB
3 4 (9.09%) SC Cleared
3 4 (9.09%) Security Cleared
4 3 (6.82%) MCITP
4 3 (6.82%) MCSA
4 3 (6.82%) MCSE
4 3 (6.82%) MCTS
4 3 (6.82%) Microsoft Certification
5 2 (4.55%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.55%) Disclosure Scotland
1 2 (4.55%) QA
2 1 (2.27%) Data Quality
System Software
1 4 (9.09%) Active Directory
1 4 (9.09%) Hyper-V
1 4 (9.09%) VMware ESXi
2 1 (2.27%) Tivoli Directory Server
2 1 (2.27%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 8 (18.18%) EMC NetWorker
2 5 (11.36%) Ansible
3 4 (9.09%) yum
4 3 (6.82%) McAfee ePO
4 3 (6.82%) Netcool
5 1 (2.27%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
5 1 (2.27%) Graphite
5 1 (2.27%) HAProxy
5 1 (2.27%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (2.27%) Icinga
5 1 (2.27%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (2.27%) SCCM
5 1 (2.27%) SCOM
5 1 (2.27%) Tivoli
5 1 (2.27%) Tivoli Identity Manager
5 1 (2.27%) WSUS
Vendors
1 9 (20.45%) Microsoft
2 8 (18.18%) EMC
2 8 (18.18%) VMware
3 6 (13.64%) Red Hat
4 4 (9.09%) IBM
5 3 (6.82%) CheckPoint
5 3 (6.82%) Cisco
5 3 (6.82%) Citrix
5 3 (6.82%) F5
5 3 (6.82%) McAfee
5 3 (6.82%) Oracle
5 3 (6.82%) Veritas
6 2 (4.55%) Dell
7 1 (2.27%) HP
7 1 (2.27%) Juniper
7 1 (2.27%) TIBCO
7 1 (2.27%) Twitter