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 28 March 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
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 76 62 91
Rank change year-on-year -14 +29  
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 31 71 39
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 1.77% 2.74% 1.33%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.11% 3.29% 1.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 44 20
Median daily rate £320 £290 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.34% -14.70%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £243 £243
10% offered a daily rate of more than £445 £400 £433
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +7.69% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Median hourly rate - £13.43 £33.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -59.31%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year +1.19% +20.00%  

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 1472 2161 2379
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Scotland 83.83% 83.31% 81.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 901 1215 1311
Median daily rate £390 £393 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.63% -1.87%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £260 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £491 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 32 46
Median hourly rate £33.50 £39.00 £31.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.10% +23.02%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.55 £13.45 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.00 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.50 £30.20
% change year-on-year -6.49% +27.48%  

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 Daily Rate Histogram in Scotland

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Testing in Scotland over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Testing in Scotland

Software Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 28 March 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 +14 15 £305 +27.08% 2
Edinburgh -3 13 £350 +7.69% 5
Fife -2 2 £903 +759.52%
Dundee - 1 £93 -
Software Testing
UK

Software Testing
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 28 March 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 42 (60.87%) Finance
2 36 (52.17%) Law
3 22 (31.88%) Agile Software Development
4 18 (26.09%) Windows
5 17 (24.64%) Linux
5 17 (24.64%) SQL
6 16 (23.19%) Microsoft
7 11 (15.94%) AIX
7 11 (15.94%) ISTQB
8 10 (14.49%) Test Scripting
8 10 (14.49%) Manual Testing
8 10 (14.49%) Office 365
8 10 (14.49%) Automated Testing
9 9 (13.04%) ISEB
9 9 (13.04%) Windows Server 2008
9 9 (13.04%) Test Automation
10 8 (11.59%) Windows 7
10 8 (11.59%) EMC NetWorker
10 8 (11.59%) Selenium
10 8 (11.59%) Windows Server 2012
10 8 (11.59%) EMC
10 8 (11.59%) MS Office
10 8 (11.59%) ITIL
10 8 (11.59%) VMware
11 7 (10.14%) Migration
11 7 (10.14%) Change Management
11 7 (10.14%) Regression Testing
11 7 (10.14%) Unix
11 7 (10.14%) MS Excel
11 7 (10.14%) TCP/IP

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 5 (7.25%) SharePoint
2 2 (2.90%) Skype for Business
3 1 (1.45%) GlassFish
3 1 (1.45%) IIS
Applications
1 8 (11.59%) MS Office
2 7 (10.14%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (1.45%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 10 (14.49%) Office 365
2 2 (2.90%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (2.90%) OneDrive
3 1 (1.45%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.45%) Amazon EC2
3 1 (1.45%) Amazon ELB
3 1 (1.45%) Amazon S3
3 1 (1.45%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 7 (10.14%) TCP/IP
2 6 (8.70%) Firewall
3 5 (7.25%) WAN
4 4 (5.80%) LAN
4 4 (5.80%) Network Security
5 2 (2.90%) Skype
6 1 (1.45%) DNS
6 1 (1.45%) HTTP
6 1 (1.45%) IP Telephony
6 1 (1.45%) Reverse Proxy
6 1 (1.45%) SSL
6 1 (1.45%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (7.25%) Data Warehouse
1 5 (7.25%) Relational Database
2 3 (4.35%) SQL Server
2 3 (4.35%) SQLite
3 2 (2.90%) RDBMS
4 1 (1.45%) BusinessObjects
4 1 (1.45%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 8 (11.59%) Selenium
2 7 (10.14%) WebDriver
3 6 (8.70%) Git (software)
3 6 (8.70%) Subversion
4 5 (7.25%) StarTeam
5 3 (4.35%) Jenkins
5 3 (4.35%) JIRA
5 3 (4.35%) Team Foundation Server
5 3 (4.35%) Visual Studio
6 2 (2.90%) Cucumber
6 2 (2.90%) MSTest
6 2 (2.90%) NUnit
7 1 (1.45%) Calabash
7 1 (1.45%) Eclipse
7 1 (1.45%) HP UFT
7 1 (1.45%) Maven
7 1 (1.45%) Protractor
7 1 (1.45%) SpecFlow
7 1 (1.45%) TestDirector
General
1 42 (60.87%) Finance
2 36 (52.17%) Law
3 3 (4.35%) Retail
4 1 (1.45%) Banking
4 1 (1.45%) Games
Job Titles
1 15 (21.74%) Analyst
2 11 (15.94%) Test Analyst
3 10 (14.49%) Test Engineer
4 7 (10.14%) Architect
5 4 (5.80%) Applications Manager
5 4 (5.80%) Test Leader
5 4 (5.80%) Test Manager
6 3 (4.35%) Agile Delivery Manager
6 3 (4.35%) Applications Support
6 3 (4.35%) Applications Support Manager
6 3 (4.35%) Automation Test Analyst
6 3 (4.35%) Delivery Manager
6 3 (4.35%) Developer
6 3 (4.35%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 3 (4.35%) Microsoft Engineer
6 3 (4.35%) SCCM Engineer
6 3 (4.35%) Systems Engineer
6 3 (4.35%) Technical Architect
6 3 (4.35%) Test Automation Engineer
6 3 (4.35%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (5.80%) Gherkin
2 3 (4.35%) Velocity
3 2 (2.90%) .NET
4 1 (1.45%) EJB
4 1 (1.45%) Hibernate
4 1 (1.45%) Middleware
4 1 (1.45%) Spring
4 1 (1.45%) Struts
4 1 (1.45%) Struts2
4 1 (1.45%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 5 (7.25%) Analytical Skills
1 5 (7.25%) Clustering
2 3 (4.35%) EPoS
2 3 (4.35%) Private Cloud
3 1 (1.45%) CCTV
3 1 (1.45%) Data Centre
3 1 (1.45%) Management Information System
3 1 (1.45%) Mobile App
3 1 (1.45%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 18 (26.09%) Windows
2 17 (24.64%) Linux
3 11 (15.94%) AIX
4 9 (13.04%) Windows Server 2008
5 8 (11.59%) Windows 7
5 8 (11.59%) Windows Server 2012
6 7 (10.14%) Unix
6 7 (10.14%) Windows 10
7 6 (8.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 6 (8.70%) Windows Server 2003
7 6 (8.70%) Windows XP
8 3 (4.35%) Windows Server
9 2 (2.90%) Tru64
10 1 (1.45%) Android
10 1 (1.45%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (31.88%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (14.49%) Automated Testing
2 10 (14.49%) Manual Testing
2 10 (14.49%) Test Scripting
3 9 (13.04%) Test Automation
4 8 (11.59%) ITIL
5 7 (10.14%) Change Management
5 7 (10.14%) Migration
5 7 (10.14%) Regression Testing
6 5 (7.25%) Server Virtualisation
6 5 (7.25%) Smoke Testing
6 5 (7.25%) Test Strategy
6 5 (7.25%) User Acceptance Testing
7 4 (5.80%) Automation Testing
7 4 (5.80%) BDD
7 4 (5.80%) Information Assurance
7 4 (5.80%) Mathematics
7 4 (5.80%) SDLC
7 4 (5.80%) User Stories
7 4 (5.80%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 17 (24.64%) SQL
2 6 (8.70%) Perl
2 6 (8.70%) Python
3 5 (7.25%) PowerShell
4 4 (5.80%) Java
5 3 (4.35%) C#
5 3 (4.35%) Ruby
6 2 (2.90%) Shell Script
7 1 (1.45%) JavaScript
7 1 (1.45%) PL/SQL
7 1 (1.45%) VB
Qualifications
1 11 (15.94%) ISTQB
2 9 (13.04%) ISEB
3 5 (7.25%) MCITP
3 5 (7.25%) MCSA
3 5 (7.25%) MCSE
3 5 (7.25%) MCTS
3 5 (7.25%) Microsoft Certification
4 3 (4.35%) BPSS Clearance
4 3 (4.35%) SC Cleared
4 3 (4.35%) Security Cleared
5 2 (2.90%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (1.45%) IISP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (7.25%) Disclosure Scotland
2 3 (4.35%) QA
3 1 (1.45%) Data Quality
System Software
1 6 (8.70%) Active Directory
2 5 (7.25%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 8 (11.59%) EMC NetWorker
2 5 (7.25%) McAfee ePO
2 5 (7.25%) Netcool
3 4 (5.80%) Ansible
3 4 (5.80%) yum
4 3 (4.35%) SCCM
4 3 (4.35%) SCOM
4 3 (4.35%) WSUS
Vendors
1 16 (23.19%) Microsoft
2 8 (11.59%) EMC
2 8 (11.59%) VMware
3 6 (8.70%) Red Hat
4 5 (7.25%) Citrix
4 5 (7.25%) Intel Security
4 5 (7.25%) Veritas
5 3 (4.35%) Oracle
5 3 (4.35%) SAP
6 2 (2.90%) CheckPoint
6 2 (2.90%) Cisco
6 2 (2.90%) Dell
6 2 (2.90%) F5
6 2 (2.90%) IBM
7 1 (1.45%) HP
7 1 (1.45%) TIBCO
7 1 (1.45%) Twitter