Period
to 23 May 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 23 May 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
23 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 94 105 83
Rank change year-on-year +11 -22 +13
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 117 53 137
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 2.26% 1.48% 2.49%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.64% 1.73% 2.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 65 20 84
Scotland median daily rate £290 £318 £298
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.66% +6.72% -9.85%
10th Percentile £241 £223 £222
90th Percentile £443 £441 £400
UK median daily rate £400 £370 £350
% change year-on-year +8.11% +5.71% +4.87%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 2
Scotland median hourly rate £13.43 - £14.18
10th Percentile £12.71 - £12.93
90th Percentile £21.32 - £14.88
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £45.00 £38.50
% change year-on-year -5.56% +16.88% +10.00%

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 4,427 3,060 4,691
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 85.61% 85.36% 85.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,685 1,779 2,598
Scotland median daily rate £400 £380 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £233
90th Percentile £550 £519 £525
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 73 66 84
Scotland median hourly rate £21.50 £20.50 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.88% -43.06% +34.65%
10th Percentile £10.51 £11.28 £13.00
90th Percentile £61.25 £46.62 £47.05
UK median hourly rate £21.79 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -12.84% - +19.05%

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 23 May 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 23 May 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
Edinburgh -2 43 £364 +3.93% 5
Glasgow -18 39 £279 -11.43% 3
Renfrewshire -7 26 £285 +14.00%
Fife +9 6 £338 +3.85%
Dundee -11 1 - -
Scottish Borders - 1 £400 -
Software Testing
UK

For the 6 months to 23 May 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 52 (44.44%) Test Automation
2 51 (43.59%) Finance
3 46 (39.32%) Windows
4 45 (38.46%) ISTQB
5 41 (35.04%) Change Management
5 41 (35.04%) Active Directory
6 40 (34.19%) SQL
6 40 (34.19%) Test Scripting
7 39 (33.33%) Microsoft
8 33 (28.21%) VMware
8 33 (28.21%) Windows Server 2003
8 33 (28.21%) SC Cleared
8 33 (28.21%) Security Cleared
8 33 (28.21%) Windows Server 2008
8 33 (28.21%) Windows 7
9 32 (27.35%) Hyper-V
9 32 (27.35%) VMware ESXi
10 31 (26.50%) Office 365
10 31 (26.50%) PDA
10 31 (26.50%) AIX
11 30 (25.64%) Citrix
12 29 (24.79%) WinRunner
12 29 (24.79%) HP UFT
12 29 (24.79%) Veritas
12 29 (24.79%) HP
12 29 (24.79%) McAfee
12 29 (24.79%) Clustering
12 29 (24.79%) Agile Software Development
12 29 (24.79%) McAfee ePO
13 27 (23.08%) DHCP

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 (3.42%) SharePoint
1 4 (3.42%) Skype for Business
2 2 (1.71%) IBM Domino
2 2 (1.71%) IBM Notes
2 2 (1.71%) JBoss
3 1 (0.85%) Confluence
Applications
1 8 (6.84%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (2.56%) Windchill
3 2 (1.71%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (1.71%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (1.71%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.85%) Mingle
Cloud Services
1 31 (26.50%) Office 365
2 5 (4.27%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (3.42%) OneDrive
4 3 (2.56%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 27 (23.08%) DHCP
1 27 (23.08%) DNS
2 4 (3.42%) Skype
3 3 (2.56%) Firewall
3 3 (2.56%) Network Security
4 1 (0.85%) Cisco ASA
4 1 (0.85%) Cisco Nexus
4 1 (0.85%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
4 1 (0.85%) MPLS
4 1 (0.85%) OSPF
4 1 (0.85%) tcpdump
4 1 (0.85%) WAN
4 1 (0.85%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.71%) MongoDB
1 2 (1.71%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.85%) Big Data
2 1 (0.85%) Hadoop
2 1 (0.85%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 29 (24.79%) HP UFT
1 29 (24.79%) WinRunner
2 16 (13.68%) Selenium
3 8 (6.84%) Cucumber
4 7 (5.98%) TestDirector
5 4 (3.42%) Maven
5 4 (3.42%) Robot Framework
6 3 (2.56%) Artifactory
6 3 (2.56%) Jenkins
6 3 (2.56%) JIRA
6 3 (2.56%) TeamCity
6 3 (2.56%) WebDriver
7 2 (1.71%) Git (software)
7 2 (1.71%) GitLab
7 2 (1.71%) GoCD
7 2 (1.71%) Sonatype Nexus
7 2 (1.71%) Subversion
7 2 (1.71%) Vagrant
8 1 (0.85%) Gatling
8 1 (0.85%) Telerik Test Studio
General
1 51 (43.59%) Finance
2 3 (2.56%) Banking
3 2 (1.71%) Retail Banking
4 1 (0.85%) Games
4 1 (0.85%) Law
4 1 (0.85%) Legal
Job Titles
1 43 (36.75%) Analyst
2 34 (29.06%) Test Analyst
3 16 (13.68%) Test Leader
4 12 (10.26%) Test Engineer
5 10 (8.55%) Test Automation Engineer
6 8 (6.84%) Infrastructure Analyst
6 8 (6.84%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
7 7 (5.98%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
7 7 (5.98%) Tester
8 6 (5.13%) Architect
8 6 (5.13%) Test Manager
9 4 (3.42%) Business Analyst
9 4 (3.42%) Data Analyst
9 4 (3.42%) Developer
9 4 (3.42%) Infrastructure Support
9 4 (3.42%) Java Developer
9 4 (3.42%) Office 365 Engineer
9 4 (3.42%) Senior Analyst
9 4 (3.42%) Senior Architect
10 3 (2.56%) Software Verification Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (4.27%) Java EE
2 3 (2.56%) Gherkin
2 3 (2.56%) XML
3 2 (1.71%) .NET
3 2 (1.71%) Elastic Stack
3 2 (1.71%) Hibernate
3 2 (1.71%) RabbitMQ
3 2 (1.71%) Spring
3 2 (1.71%) XSLT
4 1 (0.85%) HTML
4 1 (0.85%) HTML5
4 1 (0.85%) JSON
4 1 (0.85%) Node.js
4 1 (0.85%) OpenGL
4 1 (0.85%) RESTful
4 1 (0.85%) Web Services
4 1 (0.85%) WebGL
Miscellaneous
1 31 (26.50%) PDA
2 29 (24.79%) Clustering
3 8 (6.84%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (3.42%) BYOD
5 2 (1.71%) Data Centre
6 1 (0.85%) Analytical Mindset
6 1 (0.85%) Computer Science
6 1 (0.85%) iPad
6 1 (0.85%) iPhone
6 1 (0.85%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (0.85%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 46 (39.32%) Windows
2 33 (28.21%) Windows 7
2 33 (28.21%) Windows Server 2003
2 33 (28.21%) Windows Server 2008
3 31 (26.50%) AIX
4 10 (8.55%) Windows XP
5 8 (6.84%) Linux
6 7 (5.98%) Windows 10
7 5 (4.27%) Windows Server
8 2 (1.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.85%) Android
9 1 (0.85%) Apple iOS
9 1 (0.85%) Mac OS X
9 1 (0.85%) Unix
9 1 (0.85%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (44.44%) Test Automation
2 41 (35.04%) Change Management
3 40 (34.19%) Test Scripting
4 29 (24.79%) Agile Software Development
5 24 (20.51%) Smoke Testing
6 17 (14.53%) User Acceptance Testing
7 14 (11.97%) BDD
8 13 (11.11%) SDLC
9 11 (9.40%) TDD
10 7 (5.98%) Stakeholder Management
11 6 (5.13%) Continuous Integration
12 5 (4.27%) Continuous Delivery
12 5 (4.27%) Functional Testing
12 5 (4.27%) Test Strategy
13 4 (3.42%) Cybersecurity
13 4 (3.42%) Manual Testing
13 4 (3.42%) Performance Testing
13 4 (3.42%) Release Management
13 4 (3.42%) Scenario Testing
13 4 (3.42%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 40 (34.19%) SQL
2 10 (8.55%) Java
2 10 (8.55%) Python
3 3 (2.56%) Perl
3 3 (2.56%) Ruby
4 2 (1.71%) JavaScript
5 1 (0.85%) C#
5 1 (0.85%) Dart
Qualifications
1 45 (38.46%) ISTQB
2 33 (28.21%) SC Cleared
2 33 (28.21%) Security Cleared
3 9 (7.69%) ISEB
4 6 (5.13%) MCITP
4 6 (5.13%) MCSA
4 6 (5.13%) MCSE
4 6 (5.13%) MCTS
4 6 (5.13%) Microsoft Certification
5 5 (4.27%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 4 (3.42%) Degree
7 2 (1.71%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (0.85%) APMP
8 1 (0.85%) CCNP
8 1 (0.85%) Cisco Certification
8 1 (0.85%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (16.24%) QA
2 4 (3.42%) Data Quality
3 2 (1.71%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (1.71%) PMO
4 1 (0.85%) GDPR
System Software
1 41 (35.04%) Active Directory
2 32 (27.35%) Hyper-V
2 32 (27.35%) VMware ESXi
3 24 (20.51%) VMware Infrastructure
4 23 (19.66%) Virtual Desktop
5 2 (1.71%) Docker
6 1 (0.85%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 29 (24.79%) McAfee ePO
2 27 (23.08%) HP ALM
3 7 (5.98%) HP Quality Center
4 6 (5.13%) Netcool
5 3 (2.56%) Ansible
6 2 (1.71%) Graphite
6 2 (1.71%) HAProxy
6 2 (1.71%) Icinga
6 2 (1.71%) Packer
6 2 (1.71%) Terraform
7 1 (0.85%) Rancher
Vendors
1 39 (33.33%) Microsoft
2 33 (28.21%) VMware
3 30 (25.64%) Citrix
4 29 (24.79%) HP
4 29 (24.79%) McAfee
4 29 (24.79%) Veritas
5 23 (19.66%) Ivanti
6 3 (2.56%) Oracle
7 2 (1.71%) ArcSight
7 2 (1.71%) IBM
7 2 (1.71%) Lotus
8 1 (0.85%) CheckPoint
8 1 (0.85%) Cisco
8 1 (0.85%) F5
8 1 (0.85%) Telerik
8 1 (0.85%) Teradata