Period
to 18 October 2018

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 6 months to 18 October 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
UK > Scotland
6 months to
18 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 117 131 96
Rank change year-on-year +14 -35 -9
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 83 50 106
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 1.55% 1.03% 2.18%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.77% 1.21% 2.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 56 22 65
Scotland median daily rate £300 £283 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.01% +2.91% -8.33%
10th Percentile £256 £260 £195
90th Percentile £450 £371 £344
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 3
Scotland median hourly rate £33.50 - £14.50
10th Percentile £29.75 - £14.22
90th Percentile £41.25 - £14.83
UK median hourly rate £42.75 £45.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year -5.00% +38.46% -13.33%

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 Scotland with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Scotland
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 4,698 4,139 4,159
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 87.76% 85.38% 85.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,534 2,332 2,461
Scotland median daily rate £400 £390 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +9.86% -5.33%
10th Percentile £250 £255 £233
90th Percentile £550 £538 £488
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 103 109 110
Scotland median hourly rate £25.00 £26.25 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.76% +5.00% +25.00%
10th Percentile £11.17 £12.65 £10.00
90th Percentile £48.25 £43.75 £43.00
UK median hourly rate £21.00 £24.93 £22.50
% change year-on-year -15.75% +10.78% +3.45%

Software Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in Scotland

Job postings citing Software Testing as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Scotland.

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 6 months to 18 October 2018.

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 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 6 months to 18 October 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
Renfrewshire -1 25 £280 +12.00%
Edinburgh -3 23 £388 +40.91% 11
Glasgow -22 20 £350 +16.67% 1
Fife +6 6 £338 +5.47%
West Lothian - 4 - -
Highlands - 2 - -
Software Testing
UK

For the 6 months to 18 October 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 Scotland region with a requirement for Software Testing.

1 55 (66.27%) Test Automation
2 44 (53.01%) ISTQB
3 43 (51.81%) SQL
4 39 (46.99%) Test Scripting
5 34 (40.96%) Microsoft
6 33 (39.76%) Windows
7 32 (38.55%) Change Management
8 31 (37.35%) Agile Software Development
9 28 (33.73%) SC Cleared
9 28 (33.73%) Security Cleared
10 27 (32.53%) Windows Server 2008
10 27 (32.53%) Windows 7
10 27 (32.53%) HP ALM
10 27 (32.53%) PDA
10 27 (32.53%) Active Directory
10 27 (32.53%) HP
10 27 (32.53%) HP UFT
10 27 (32.53%) Windows Server 2003
11 26 (31.33%) Veritas
11 26 (31.33%) WinRunner
11 26 (31.33%) McAfee
11 26 (31.33%) Citrix
11 26 (31.33%) DHCP
11 26 (31.33%) DNS
11 26 (31.33%) AIX
11 26 (31.33%) VMware
11 26 (31.33%) Clustering
11 26 (31.33%) Smoke Testing
11 26 (31.33%) Office 365
11 26 (31.33%) Hyper-V

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 (4.82%) Apache
2 3 (3.61%) GlassFish
2 3 (3.61%) Tomcat
3 1 (1.20%) Confluence
3 1 (1.20%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 6 (7.23%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.20%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.20%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (1.20%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.20%) Markit EDM
Cloud Services
1 26 (31.33%) Office 365
2 6 (7.23%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (4.82%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (3.61%) BrowserStack
5 2 (2.41%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 26 (31.33%) DHCP
1 26 (31.33%) DNS
2 3 (3.61%) HTTP
3 1 (1.20%) MPLS
3 1 (1.20%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.41%) Data Warehouse
1 2 (2.41%) IBM InfoSphere
2 1 (1.20%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 27 (32.53%) HP UFT
2 26 (31.33%) WinRunner
3 14 (16.87%) Selenium
4 8 (9.64%) JIRA
4 8 (9.64%) JMeter
4 8 (9.64%) WebDriver
5 5 (6.02%) Jenkins
5 5 (6.02%) LoadRunner
5 5 (6.02%) Team Foundation Server
6 4 (4.82%) Git (software)
6 4 (4.82%) SpecFlow
7 3 (3.61%) Protractor
7 3 (3.61%) TeamCity
7 3 (3.61%) TestRail
8 2 (2.41%) Cucumber
8 2 (2.41%) Gatling
8 2 (2.41%) JUnit
8 2 (2.41%) NeoLoad
8 2 (2.41%) Octopus Deploy
8 2 (2.41%) Visual Studio
General
1 10 (12.05%) Finance
2 5 (6.02%) Manufacturing
3 3 (3.61%) Banking
3 3 (3.61%) Retail
3 3 (3.61%) Telecoms
4 2 (2.41%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (1.20%) Automotive
5 1 (1.20%) Electronics
5 1 (1.20%) Law
Job Titles
1 28 (33.73%) Analyst
2 26 (31.33%) Test Analyst
3 18 (21.69%) Tester
4 13 (15.66%) Test Leader
5 10 (12.05%) Automation Tester
6 7 (8.43%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
6 7 (8.43%) Test Engineer
7 6 (7.23%) Infrastructure Analyst
7 6 (7.23%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
8 5 (6.02%) Performance Test Leader
8 5 (6.02%) Software Verification Engineer
8 5 (6.02%) Verification Engineer
9 3 (3.61%) Automation Test Analyst
9 3 (3.61%) Developer
9 3 (3.61%) Java Developer
9 3 (3.61%) Manual Test Analyst
9 3 (3.61%) QA Tester
9 3 (3.61%) Quality Engineer
9 3 (3.61%) Test Automation Engineer
9 3 (3.61%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (8.43%) .NET
2 6 (7.23%) HTML
2 6 (7.23%) Web Services
3 5 (6.02%) Gherkin
3 5 (6.02%) Middleware
4 4 (4.82%) CSS
5 3 (3.61%) Apache CXF
5 3 (3.61%) Java SE
5 3 (3.61%) JAXB
5 3 (3.61%) MyBatis
5 3 (3.61%) Node.js
5 3 (3.61%) SOAP
5 3 (3.61%) Spring
5 3 (3.61%) XML
6 1 (1.20%) Elastic Stack
6 1 (1.20%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 27 (32.53%) PDA
2 26 (31.33%) Clustering
3 4 (4.82%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (3.61%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (2.41%) N-Tier
6 1 (1.20%) Analytical Mindset
6 1 (1.20%) Handset
6 1 (1.20%) Mobile App
6 1 (1.20%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 33 (39.76%) Windows
2 27 (32.53%) Windows 7
2 27 (32.53%) Windows Server 2003
2 27 (32.53%) Windows Server 2008
3 26 (31.33%) AIX
4 6 (7.23%) Linux
5 1 (1.20%) Unix
5 1 (1.20%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (66.27%) Test Automation
2 39 (46.99%) Test Scripting
3 32 (38.55%) Change Management
4 31 (37.35%) Agile Software Development
5 26 (31.33%) Smoke Testing
6 18 (21.69%) SDLC
7 11 (13.25%) BDD
7 11 (13.25%) User Acceptance Testing
8 10 (12.05%) Functional Testing
9 9 (10.84%) Scrum
10 8 (9.64%) Manual Testing
10 8 (9.64%) Performance Testing
10 8 (9.64%) Test Strategy
10 8 (9.64%) Waterfall
11 7 (8.43%) Configuration Management
11 7 (8.43%) Continuous Integration
11 7 (8.43%) Release Management
11 7 (8.43%) Time Management
12 6 (7.23%) Non-Functional Testing
12 6 (7.23%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 43 (51.81%) SQL
2 10 (12.05%) C#
2 10 (12.05%) Python
3 8 (9.64%) Java
4 6 (7.23%) JavaScript
5 5 (6.02%) Perl
5 5 (6.02%) Ruby
6 3 (3.61%) Java 8
7 2 (2.41%) TypeScript
8 1 (1.20%) C++
Qualifications
1 44 (53.01%) ISTQB
2 28 (33.73%) SC Cleared
2 28 (33.73%) Security Cleared
3 8 (9.64%) ISEB
3 8 (9.64%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (2.41%) BPSS Clearance
4 2 (2.41%) Degree
4 2 (2.41%) Six Sigma Black Belt
4 2 (2.41%) Six Sigma Green Belt
5 1 (1.20%) APMP
5 1 (1.20%) MCITP
5 1 (1.20%) MCSA
5 1 (1.20%) MCSE
5 1 (1.20%) MCTS
5 1 (1.20%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (22.89%) QA
2 2 (2.41%) 21 CFR Part 11
2 2 (2.41%) GAMP
2 2 (2.41%) ISO 13485
2 2 (2.41%) PMO
3 1 (1.20%) Data Quality
3 1 (1.20%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 27 (32.53%) Active Directory
2 26 (31.33%) Hyper-V
2 26 (31.33%) VMware ESXi
3 25 (30.12%) Virtual Desktop
3 25 (30.12%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 27 (32.53%) HP ALM
2 25 (30.12%) McAfee ePO
3 3 (3.61%) Rancher
4 2 (2.41%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (1.20%) Ansible
5 1 (1.20%) Kibana
5 1 (1.20%) logstash
5 1 (1.20%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 34 (40.96%) Microsoft
2 27 (32.53%) HP
3 26 (31.33%) Citrix
3 26 (31.33%) McAfee
3 26 (31.33%) Veritas
3 26 (31.33%) VMware
4 25 (30.12%) Ivanti
5 5 (6.02%) Salesforce.com
6 2 (2.41%) CA
6 2 (2.41%) CA Agile Central
6 2 (2.41%) Talend
7 1 (1.20%) Charles River
7 1 (1.20%) RedGate
7 1 (1.20%) Telerik