Period
to 17 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies 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 17 November 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
6 months to
17 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 341 337 235
Rank change year-on-year -4 -102 +47
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 724 753 1255
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.70% 0.71% 1.09%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.83% 0.85% 1.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 421 464 650
UK median daily rate £380 £345 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.30% -1.57% +3.70%
10th Percentile £230 £208 £250
90th Percentile £550 £496 £513
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £330
% change year-on-year +7.69% -1.52% +1.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 19 17
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £35.00 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +28.57% +20.69% -17.14%
10th Percentile £37.30 £14.73 £17.20
90th Percentile £52.50 £50.50 £40.80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £40.00 £27.00
% change year-on-year +12.50% +48.15% -26.53%

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 with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 86890 88941 94016
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.52% 83.93% 81.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 57867 58786 60918
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £281 £263 £263
90th Percentile £626 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £385
% change year-on-year - +3.90% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2052 2351 2749
UK median hourly rate £23.75 £24.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.04% +6.67% +18.42%
10th Percentile £11.43 £11.25 £11.50
90th Percentile £49.75 £48.75 £47.71
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.02 £24.37 £23.35
% change year-on-year -1.42% +4.35% +16.75%

Software Testing
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Software Testing in the UK

Software Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Testing in the UK

Software Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Testing over the 6 months to 17 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Testing in the UK

Software Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Testing in the UK

Software Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Testing over the 6 months to 17 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Software Testing in the UK

Software Testing
Top 17 Contract Locations

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 UK over the 6 months to 17 November 2017. 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
England +20 636 £400 +14.29% 85
UK excluding London -13 439 £350 +7.69% 68
London +39 279 £448 +19.33% 21
South East -20 113 £350 +7.69% 10
East of England +2 68 £341 +4.92% 8
North of England +27 64 £349 -0.36% 21
Midlands +33 58 £384 +21.34% 12
Scotland -46 58 £285 +3.73% 4
South West -7 54 £290 -10.77% 13
North West +10 44 £310 -17.33% 12
East Midlands +19 29 £388 +25.00% 5
West Midlands +13 29 £380 +17.83% 7
Yorkshire +27 19 £450 +63.64% 7
Wales -8 18 £346 -11.22%
Isle of Man - 3 £225 -
Northern Ireland - 3 £300 -
North East +47 1 - - 2

For the 6 months to 17 November 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 with a requirement for Software Testing.

1 389 (53.73%) Agile Software Development
2 351 (48.48%) Test Automation
3 190 (26.24%) Finance
4 184 (25.41%) QA
5 183 (25.28%) ISEB
6 164 (22.65%) SQL
7 160 (22.10%) Test Scripting
8 159 (21.96%) Java
9 155 (21.41%) ISTQB
10 147 (20.30%) Scrum
11 144 (19.89%) JIRA
12 139 (19.20%) Selenium
13 117 (16.16%) User Acceptance Testing
14 112 (15.47%) SDLC
15 108 (14.92%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
16 102 (14.09%) Regression Testing
17 101 (13.95%) Python
18 100 (13.81%) HP
19 98 (13.54%) Linux
20 93 (12.85%) Test Strategy
21 92 (12.71%) Defect Management
22 88 (12.15%) Functional Testing
22 88 (12.15%) BDD
23 87 (12.02%) Windows
23 87 (12.02%) Degree
24 86 (11.88%) Jenkins
24 86 (11.88%) Analytical Skills
25 85 (11.74%) HP Quality Center
26 77 (10.64%) Waterfall
27 76 (10.50%) Web Services

Software Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 38 (5.25%) Confluence
2 19 (2.62%) SharePoint
3 15 (2.07%) Tomcat
4 14 (1.93%) CMS
4 14 (1.93%) IIS
5 6 (0.83%) JBoss
5 6 (0.83%) SharePoint 2013
6 5 (0.69%) MS Exchange
6 5 (0.69%) SAS
7 4 (0.55%) Apache
7 4 (0.55%) Apache Spark
7 4 (0.55%) NServiceBus
7 4 (0.55%) WebLogic
8 3 (0.41%) Cloud Foundry
8 3 (0.41%) Documentum
8 3 (0.41%) WebSphere
9 2 (0.28%) ArcGIS
9 2 (0.28%) BizTalk Server
9 2 (0.28%) CICS
9 2 (0.28%) ColdFusion
Applications
1 38 (5.25%) Microsoft Office
2 29 (4.01%) Microsoft Excel
3 28 (3.87%) Microsoft Project
4 14 (1.93%) MS Visio
5 7 (0.97%) Simulink
6 6 (0.83%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 3 (0.41%) Stata
8 2 (0.28%) Mingle
9 1 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (0.97%) ION MarketView
1 7 (0.97%) Oracle EBS
2 6 (0.83%) Markit EDM
2 6 (0.83%) Oracle Financials
3 5 (0.69%) Oracle EBS R12
3 5 (0.69%) Oracle Payables
4 4 (0.55%) Oracle Assets
4 4 (0.55%) Oracle Receivables
4 4 (0.55%) SAP CO
4 4 (0.55%) SAP FI
4 4 (0.55%) SAP FI/CO
4 4 (0.55%) Unit4 Business World
5 3 (0.41%) Dynamics CRM
5 3 (0.41%) Maximo
5 3 (0.41%) Oracle General Ledger
5 3 (0.41%) SAP ERP
5 3 (0.41%) SAP MM
6 2 (0.28%) NetSuite
6 2 (0.28%) Oracle 11i
6 2 (0.28%) Oracle iProcurement
Cloud Services
1 46 (6.35%) Amazon AWS
2 31 (4.28%) Microsoft Azure
3 15 (2.07%) GitHub
4 12 (1.66%) IaaS
5 11 (1.52%) npm
6 4 (0.55%) Heroku
6 4 (0.55%) Office 365
6 4 (0.55%) Twilio
7 3 (0.41%) AWS CloudFormation
7 3 (0.41%) BrowserStack
7 3 (0.41%) Google Cloud Platform
7 3 (0.41%) PaaS
7 3 (0.41%) Sauce Labs
8 2 (0.28%) Amazon EC2
8 2 (0.28%) Amazon S3
8 2 (0.28%) Google Analytics
8 2 (0.28%) SaaS
9 1 (0.14%) Boomi
9 1 (0.14%) Cloud Computing
9 1 (0.14%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 18 (2.49%) HTTP
2 14 (1.93%) DNS
2 14 (1.93%) Internet
3 10 (1.38%) VLAN
4 9 (1.24%) Wireless
4 9 (1.24%) Wireshark
5 7 (0.97%) Broadband
5 7 (0.97%) TCP/IP
6 6 (0.83%) NAS
6 6 (0.83%) SMS
7 5 (0.69%) 802.11
7 5 (0.69%) ADSL
7 5 (0.69%) Bluetooth
7 5 (0.69%) Firewall
7 5 (0.69%) IPv4
7 5 (0.69%) IPv6
7 5 (0.69%) LDAP
7 5 (0.69%) UPnP
7 5 (0.69%) VDSL
7 5 (0.69%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 57 (7.87%) SQL Server
2 38 (5.25%) Relational Database
3 26 (3.59%) NoSQL
4 21 (2.90%) MySQL
5 19 (2.62%) MongoDB
6 12 (1.66%) Data Warehouse
6 12 (1.66%) Oracle Database
6 12 (1.66%) Redis
7 10 (1.38%) SQL Server 2012
8 9 (1.24%) Big Data
9 6 (0.83%) PostgreSQL
10 5 (0.69%) DB2
10 5 (0.69%) Hadoop
11 4 (0.55%) Amazon Redshift
11 4 (0.55%) Pentaho
11 4 (0.55%) RDBMS
11 4 (0.55%) Siebel EIM
12 3 (0.41%) SAS Visual Analytics
12 3 (0.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 3 (0.41%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 144 (19.89%) JIRA
2 139 (19.20%) Selenium
3 86 (11.88%) Jenkins
4 75 (10.36%) Cucumber
5 74 (10.22%) Git (software)
6 60 (8.29%) SoapUI
7 51 (7.04%) WebDriver
8 39 (5.39%) JUnit
9 38 (5.25%) JMeter
10 32 (4.42%) Team Foundation Server
11 24 (3.31%) HP UFT
12 22 (3.04%) TeamCity
13 21 (2.90%) LoadUI
13 21 (2.90%) Visual Studio
14 20 (2.76%) SpecFlow
15 19 (2.62%) Appium
16 18 (2.49%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 16 (2.21%) Hudson
18 14 (1.93%) Bitbucket
18 14 (1.93%) Protractor
General
1 190 (26.24%) Finance
2 59 (8.15%) Banking
3 31 (4.28%) Law
4 24 (3.31%) Retail
5 21 (2.90%) Investment Banking
6 17 (2.35%) Games
6 17 (2.35%) Marketing
7 15 (2.07%) Legal
8 14 (1.93%) Front Office
9 10 (1.38%) Billing
9 10 (1.38%) Financial Institution
10 9 (1.24%) Back Office
11 8 (1.10%) Electronics
11 8 (1.10%) Retail Banking
11 8 (1.10%) Telecoms
12 6 (0.83%) General Ledger
13 5 (0.69%) Automotive
13 5 (0.69%) Avionics
14 4 (0.55%) Manufacturing
14 4 (0.55%) Romanian Language
Job Titles
1 261 (36.05%) Analyst
2 211 (29.14%) Test Analyst
3 130 (17.96%) Tester
4 70 (9.67%) Test Engineer
5 69 (9.53%) Developer
6 45 (6.22%) Test Manager
7 41 (5.66%) Software Tester
8 39 (5.39%) Automation Tester
9 31 (4.28%) Automation Test Analyst
10 23 (3.18%) QA Engineer
11 22 (3.04%) QA Tester
12 21 (2.90%) Performance Analyst
12 21 (2.90%) Performance Test Analyst
13 20 (2.76%) Business Analyst
13 20 (2.76%) Test Automation Engineer
14 19 (2.62%) Test Leader
15 18 (2.49%) DevOps Engineer
15 18 (2.49%) Java Developer
15 18 (2.49%) Senior Analyst
16 16 (2.21%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 76 (10.50%) Web Services
2 48 (6.63%) HTML
3 44 (6.08%) .NET
4 38 (5.25%) RESTful
4 38 (5.25%) XML
5 33 (4.56%) CSS
6 31 (4.28%) JSON
7 27 (3.73%) Gherkin
7 27 (3.73%) Node.js
8 26 (3.59%) REST
8 26 (3.59%) SOAP
9 21 (2.90%) HTML5
10 20 (2.76%) Spring
11 18 (2.49%) AngularJS
12 15 (2.07%) CSS3
13 14 (1.93%) ActiveMQ
14 13 (1.80%) jQuery
15 11 (1.52%) Express
15 11 (1.52%) Hibernate
16 9 (1.24%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 86 (11.88%) Analytical Skills
2 38 (5.25%) Computer Science
3 22 (3.04%) Management Information System
4 21 (2.90%) Mobile App
5 20 (2.76%) Public Cloud
6 19 (2.62%) Virtual Team
7 15 (2.07%) Fixed Income
8 14 (1.93%) Client/Server
8 14 (1.93%) User Experience
9 13 (1.80%) STB
10 12 (1.66%) Online Games
10 12 (1.66%) Private Cloud
11 8 (1.10%) Enterprise Cloud
12 7 (0.97%) Interactive TV
13 6 (0.83%) 3D Graphics
13 6 (0.83%) Data Centre
13 6 (0.83%) PlayStation
13 6 (0.83%) Video on Demand
14 5 (0.69%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 5 (0.69%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 98 (13.54%) Linux
2 87 (12.02%) Windows
3 50 (6.91%) Unix
4 23 (3.18%) Windows Server
5 14 (1.93%) Android
5 14 (1.93%) Mac OS X
6 12 (1.66%) Windows Server 2012
7 11 (1.52%) Apple iOS
8 6 (0.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 6 (0.83%) Solaris
9 3 (0.41%) AIX
9 3 (0.41%) Windows 10
9 3 (0.41%) Windows 7
10 2 (0.28%) Tru64
10 2 (0.28%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.14%) Windows Server 2003
11 1 (0.14%) Windows Server 2008
11 1 (0.14%) Windows Vista
11 1 (0.14%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 389 (53.73%) Agile Software Development
2 351 (48.48%) Test Automation
3 160 (22.10%) Test Scripting
4 147 (20.30%) Scrum
5 117 (16.16%) User Acceptance Testing
6 112 (15.47%) SDLC
7 102 (14.09%) Regression Testing
8 93 (12.85%) Test Strategy
9 92 (12.71%) Defect Management
10 88 (12.15%) BDD
10 88 (12.15%) Functional Testing
11 77 (10.64%) Waterfall
12 67 (9.25%) Integration Testing
13 64 (8.84%) TDD
14 63 (8.70%) User Stories
15 59 (8.15%) Configuration Management
15 59 (8.15%) Continuous Integration
16 58 (8.01%) Scenario Testing
17 56 (7.73%) DevOps
17 56 (7.73%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 164 (22.65%) SQL
2 159 (21.96%) Java
3 101 (13.95%) Python
4 75 (10.36%) C#
4 75 (10.36%) JavaScript
5 52 (7.18%) Ruby
6 39 (5.39%) C++
7 38 (5.25%) C
8 24 (3.31%) Perl
9 17 (2.35%) PHP
10 15 (2.07%) Scala
10 15 (2.07%) T-SQL
11 13 (1.80%) R
12 12 (1.66%) VB.NET
13 11 (1.52%) MATLAB
14 10 (1.38%) Shell Script
15 9 (1.24%) Bash Shell
16 8 (1.10%) PowerShell
17 7 (0.97%) Jython
17 7 (0.97%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 183 (25.28%) ISEB
2 155 (21.41%) ISTQB
3 108 (14.92%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 87 (12.02%) Degree
5 70 (9.67%) Security Cleared
6 39 (5.39%) SC Cleared
7 14 (1.93%) Computer Science Degree
7 14 (1.93%) DV Cleared
8 13 (1.80%) Numerate Degree
9 8 (1.10%) Master's Degree
10 7 (0.97%) ISEB Practitioner
11 5 (0.69%) BPSS Clearance
12 4 (0.55%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 4 (0.55%) Siebel Certification
13 3 (0.41%) CCNP
13 3 (0.41%) Cisco Certification
14 2 (0.28%) CLAS
14 2 (0.28%) Microsoft Certification
14 2 (0.28%) PMI Certification
14 2 (0.28%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 184 (25.41%) QA
2 9 (1.24%) Disclosure Scotland
2 9 (1.24%) MiFID
3 5 (0.69%) IFRS
3 5 (0.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (0.69%) WCAG
4 4 (0.55%) Data Quality
4 4 (0.55%) PMO
5 3 (0.41%) Def Stans
5 3 (0.41%) GDPR
5 3 (0.41%) IFRS 9
6 2 (0.28%) MIL-STD-1553
6 2 (0.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.28%) SLA
7 1 (0.14%) EMIR
7 1 (0.14%) ISO 20022
7 1 (0.14%) ISO 8583
7 1 (0.14%) MISRA
7 1 (0.14%) MISRA C
7 1 (0.14%) TickIT
System Software
1 13 (1.80%) Active Directory
2 9 (1.24%) Docker
3 8 (1.10%) Firmware
3 8 (1.10%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (0.55%) VirtualBox
4 4 (0.55%) VMware Workstation
4 4 (0.55%) vSphere
5 3 (0.41%) Virtual Servers
6 2 (0.28%) Time Sharing Option
6 2 (0.28%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.14%) Apache Flume
7 1 (0.14%) HDFS
7 1 (0.14%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.14%) Tivoli Directory Server
7 1 (0.14%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 85 (11.74%) HP Quality Center
2 36 (4.97%) Puppet
3 15 (2.07%) Ansible
4 13 (1.80%) SCCM
5 7 (0.97%) Grafana
5 7 (0.97%) StatsD
6 5 (0.69%) rkt
7 4 (0.55%) Graphite
7 4 (0.55%) HAProxy
7 4 (0.55%) Icinga
7 4 (0.55%) Opscode Chef
7 4 (0.55%) SCOM
7 4 (0.55%) WhatsUp Gold
8 3 (0.41%) CA Service Virtualization
8 3 (0.41%) Hadoop YARN
9 2 (0.28%) Oozie
10 1 (0.14%) Ambari
10 1 (0.14%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
10 1 (0.14%) Terraform
10 1 (0.14%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 100 (13.81%) HP
2 74 (10.22%) Microsoft
3 55 (7.60%) Oracle
4 29 (4.01%) Atlassian
5 13 (1.80%) IBM
6 10 (1.38%) Charles River
6 10 (1.38%) SAP
7 9 (1.24%) VMware
8 8 (1.10%) Google
9 7 (0.97%) Guidewire
9 7 (0.97%) ION Trading
9 7 (0.97%) Salesforce.com
9 7 (0.97%) Splunk
10 6 (0.83%) Perforce
10 6 (0.83%) Red Hat
11 5 (0.69%) BMC
11 5 (0.69%) Cisco
12 4 (0.55%) CheckPoint
12 4 (0.55%) Citrix
12 4 (0.55%) Siebel