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 3 months to 23 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.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Software Testing
UK
Rank 282 248 275
Rank change year-on-year -34 +27  
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 366 493 424
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.82% 0.93% 0.81%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.99% 1.13% 1.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 221 284 217
Median daily rate £375 £336 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.52% +3.46%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £232 £250 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £620 £450 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £345 £325 £315
% change year-on-year +6.15% +3.17%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 20 16
Median hourly rate £45.00 £42.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +20.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £35.00 £23.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £170.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £42.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -16.66% +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 with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 37155 43761 41746
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 83.08% 82.85% 79.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 24488 28705 25865
Median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £399
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.29%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 940 1103 1195
Median hourly rate £35.00 £37.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.66% +36.36%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £55.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £39.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.69% +30.00%  

Software Testing
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised 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 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 3 months to 23 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 23 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Software Testing in the UK

Software Testing
Top 30 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 3 months to 23 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
England -11 319 £378 +8.00% 147
London +9 114 £450 +12.50% 37
South East -19 59 £375 +7.14% 28
South West +3 47 £425 +30.76% 16
Scotland -12 29 £335 +9.83% 6
East of England +4 25 £325 - 14
Yorkshire +4 21 £325 -5.45% 15
Leeds +10 19 £319 +6.25% 11
West Yorkshire +7 19 £319 +6.25% 12
North West +1 18 £338 +4.65% 19
East Midlands -10 18 £331 -0.37% 5
Devon +12 16 £378 +0.80% 1
Gloucestershire +7 14 £500 +26.58% 2
Essex -9 14 £325 -
Hampshire -11 14 £309 -11.78% 4
West Midlands +13 13 £300 +7.14% 9
Glasgow +12 13 - - 3
Manchester +12 13 £375 +15.38% 16
Edinburgh -7 13 £350 +5.26% 3
Bristol +3 12 £375 +15.38% 8
Southend-on-Sea - 12 £325 -
Plymouth +3 11 £380 +1.33%
Wales +7 10 £325 +6.99%
City of London -5 10 £443 +44.48% 15
South Wales +10 9 £325 +6.99%
Buckinghamshire -12 9 £375 -3.22% 1
Cardiff +18 8 £254 -17.47%
Surrey +17 8 £450 +14.64% 6
Berkshire +15 8 £325 -7.14% 5
Birmingham +8 8 £294 - 2

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 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 with a requirement for Software Testing.

1 379 (54.93%) Agile Software Development
2 183 (26.52%) ISTQB
3 168 (24.35%) Selenium
4 165 (23.91%) ISEB
5 164 (23.77%) Scrum
6 159 (23.04%) SQL
7 157 (22.75%) Finance
8 156 (22.61%) QA
9 152 (22.03%) Test Scripting
10 142 (20.58%) Java
11 127 (18.41%) JIRA
12 126 (18.26%) Test Automation
13 120 (17.39%) BDD
14 119 (17.25%) User Acceptance Testing
15 110 (15.94%) SDLC
16 105 (15.22%) Manual Testing
17 103 (14.93%) Linux
18 101 (14.64%) C#
18 101 (14.64%) Regression Testing
19 96 (13.91%) Test Strategy
20 94 (13.62%) Security Cleared
21 93 (13.48%) Functional Testing
21 93 (13.48%) Windows
22 89 (12.90%) Automated Testing
23 88 (12.75%) Oracle
23 88 (12.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
24 82 (11.88%) Microsoft
24 82 (11.88%) Software Engineering
25 80 (11.59%) .NET
26 79 (11.45%) Cucumber

Software Testing
Top Related 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 32 (4.64%) Confluence
2 20 (2.90%) Tomcat
3 19 (2.75%) CMS
3 19 (2.75%) SharePoint
4 15 (2.17%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 14 (2.03%) JBoss
6 9 (1.30%) WebLogic
7 8 (1.16%) Apache
7 8 (1.16%) IIS
7 8 (1.16%) SharePoint 2010
8 4 (0.58%) Apache Spark
8 4 (0.58%) Elasticsearch
8 4 (0.58%) OpenStack
8 4 (0.58%) SAS
8 4 (0.58%) SharePoint 2013
9 3 (0.43%) ArcGIS
9 3 (0.43%) BizTalk Server
10 2 (0.29%) NServiceBus
10 2 (0.29%) Skype for Business
10 2 (0.29%) WebSphere
Applications
1 54 (7.83%) MS Excel
2 29 (4.20%) MS Office
3 6 (0.87%) MS Project
4 5 (0.72%) Mingle
5 4 (0.58%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.29%) MS PowerPoint
7 1 (0.14%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.14%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 9 (1.30%) Oracle Applications
2 4 (0.58%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.43%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 2 (0.29%) Dynamics NAV
4 2 (0.29%) Teamcenter
5 1 (0.14%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.14%) FLEXCUBE
5 1 (0.14%) JDE EnterpriseOne
5 1 (0.14%) Maximo
5 1 (0.14%) Oracle Assets
5 1 (0.14%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.14%) Oracle ERP
5 1 (0.14%) Oracle Financials
5 1 (0.14%) Oracle Internet Expenses
5 1 (0.14%) Oracle Payables
5 1 (0.14%) Oracle Receivables
5 1 (0.14%) Payment Gateway
5 1 (0.14%) Temenos T24
5 1 (0.14%) Unit4 Business World
5 1 (0.14%) VisionPLUS
Cloud Services
1 22 (3.19%) GitHub
2 14 (2.03%) Amazon AWS
3 11 (1.59%) Office 365
4 9 (1.30%) Microsoft Azure
5 6 (0.87%) Google Cloud Platform
6 4 (0.58%) IaaS
6 4 (0.58%) Loggly
6 4 (0.58%) Sumo Logic
7 2 (0.29%) Google App Engine
7 2 (0.29%) OneDrive
8 1 (0.14%) Adobe Analytics
8 1 (0.14%) Amazon EC2
8 1 (0.14%) Amazon ELB
8 1 (0.14%) Amazon S3
8 1 (0.14%) AWS CloudFormation
8 1 (0.14%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 19 (2.75%) Internet
2 16 (2.32%) Firewall
2 16 (2.32%) TCP/IP
3 13 (1.88%) HTTP
4 10 (1.45%) Network Security
5 7 (1.01%) DNS
5 7 (1.01%) Ethernet
6 5 (0.72%) Intrusion Detection
6 5 (0.72%) WAN
7 4 (0.58%) LAN
8 3 (0.43%) SSL
8 3 (0.43%) VLAN
8 3 (0.43%) Wi-Fi
9 2 (0.29%) Bluetooth
9 2 (0.29%) Skype
9 2 (0.29%) Wireshark
10 1 (0.14%) 4G
10 1 (0.14%) GPRS
10 1 (0.14%) MVNO
10 1 (0.14%) PBX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 66 (9.57%) SQL Server
2 41 (5.94%) Relational Database
3 21 (3.04%) Data Warehouse
4 18 (2.61%) Oracle Database
5 12 (1.74%) Oracle Reports
6 11 (1.59%) MySQL
7 8 (1.16%) PostgreSQL
8 7 (1.01%) Hadoop
9 6 (0.87%) MongoDB
9 6 (0.87%) RDBMS
9 6 (0.87%) Redis
9 6 (0.87%) SQL Server 2012
10 5 (0.72%) NoSQL
11 4 (0.58%) Apache Cassandra
11 4 (0.58%) HBase
11 4 (0.58%) Riak
12 3 (0.43%) Oracle BI EE
12 3 (0.43%) SQLite
13 2 (0.29%) Big Data
13 2 (0.29%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 168 (24.35%) Selenium
2 127 (18.41%) JIRA
3 79 (11.45%) Cucumber
4 74 (10.72%) WebDriver
5 65 (9.42%) Git (software)
6 54 (7.83%) Jenkins
7 50 (7.25%) Team Foundation Server
8 45 (6.52%) SoapUI
8 45 (6.52%) TeamCity
9 40 (5.80%) Visual Studio
10 37 (5.36%) Subversion
11 34 (4.93%) JUnit
12 33 (4.78%) LoadRunner
12 33 (4.78%) Maven
12 33 (4.78%) SpecFlow
13 30 (4.35%) HP UFT
14 29 (4.20%) JBehave
15 25 (3.62%) JMeter
16 18 (2.61%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 16 (2.32%) Appium
General
1 157 (22.75%) Finance
2 40 (5.80%) Banking
3 39 (5.65%) Law
4 24 (3.48%) Front Office
5 19 (2.75%) Retail
6 14 (2.03%) Electronics
7 12 (1.74%) Legal
7 12 (1.74%) Pharmaceutical
8 11 (1.59%) Manufacturing
9 10 (1.45%) Games
10 9 (1.30%) Marketing
11 8 (1.16%) Telecoms
12 6 (0.87%) Military
13 5 (0.72%) Advertising
13 5 (0.72%) Investment Banking
14 4 (0.58%) Aerospace
14 4 (0.58%) Automotive
14 4 (0.58%) Back Office
15 3 (0.43%) Publishing
15 3 (0.43%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 202 (29.28%) Analyst
2 170 (24.64%) Tester
3 159 (23.04%) Test Analyst
4 100 (14.49%) Developer
5 67 (9.71%) Test Manager
6 53 (7.68%) Test Engineer
7 45 (6.52%) Software Tester
8 42 (6.09%) Automation Tester
9 39 (5.65%) Automation Test Analyst
10 36 (5.22%) Test Leader
11 31 (4.49%) Java Developer
12 26 (3.77%) Senior Analyst
13 24 (3.48%) Senior Test Analyst
14 23 (3.33%) C# Developer
15 22 (3.19%) Business Analyst
15 22 (3.19%) C++ Developer
16 21 (3.04%) Linux Developer
17 18 (2.61%) Agile Test Analyst
17 18 (2.61%) C++/C# Developer
18 17 (2.46%) Software Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 80 (11.59%) .NET
2 68 (9.86%) XML
3 52 (7.54%) HTML
4 48 (6.96%) Gherkin
5 38 (5.51%) Hibernate
5 38 (5.51%) Web Services
6 33 (4.78%) CSS
7 31 (4.49%) RESTful
8 29 (4.20%) Spring
9 28 (4.06%) REST
10 23 (3.33%) AngularJS
10 23 (3.33%) HTML5
10 23 (3.33%) SOAP
11 21 (3.04%) JSON
12 17 (2.46%) J2EE
13 14 (2.03%) jQuery
14 13 (1.88%) CSS3
14 13 (1.88%) Java EE
15 12 (1.74%) React
16 11 (1.59%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 54 (7.83%) Analytical Skills
2 36 (5.22%) Computer Science
2 36 (5.22%) Management Information System
3 24 (3.48%) Fixed Income
4 22 (3.19%) Mobile App
5 17 (2.46%) Client/Server
5 17 (2.46%) User Experience
6 10 (1.45%) Data Centre
7 8 (1.16%) NHS
8 7 (1.01%) Embedded Systems
8 7 (1.01%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 6 (0.87%) Clustering
10 5 (0.72%) Replication
10 5 (0.72%) Virtual Team
11 4 (0.58%) Algorithms
11 4 (0.58%) EPoS
12 3 (0.43%) Data Structures
12 3 (0.43%) Enterprise Software
12 3 (0.43%) Private Cloud
12 3 (0.43%) Reinsurance
Operating Systems
1 103 (14.93%) Linux
2 93 (13.48%) Windows
3 43 (6.23%) Unix
4 23 (3.33%) Android
5 17 (2.46%) Apple iOS
6 14 (2.03%) Windows Server 2012
7 12 (1.74%) AIX
7 12 (1.74%) Windows 7
7 12 (1.74%) Windows Server 2008
8 10 (1.45%) Windows Server
9 9 (1.30%) Windows 10
9 9 (1.30%) Windows Server 2003
9 9 (1.30%) Windows XP
10 8 (1.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 4 (0.58%) CoreOS
12 3 (0.43%) Tizen
12 3 (0.43%) Windows Vista
13 2 (0.29%) Mac OS X
13 2 (0.29%) Tru64
13 2 (0.29%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 379 (54.93%) Agile Software Development
2 164 (23.77%) Scrum
3 152 (22.03%) Test Scripting
4 126 (18.26%) Test Automation
5 120 (17.39%) BDD
6 119 (17.25%) User Acceptance Testing
7 110 (15.94%) SDLC
8 105 (15.22%) Manual Testing
9 101 (14.64%) Regression Testing
10 96 (13.91%) Test Strategy
11 93 (13.48%) Functional Testing
12 89 (12.90%) Automated Testing
13 82 (11.88%) Software Engineering
14 78 (11.30%) TDD
15 75 (10.87%) Automation Testing
16 69 (10.00%) Migration
17 68 (9.86%) Defect Management
18 64 (9.28%) Integration Testing
19 61 (8.84%) Continuous Integration
19 61 (8.84%) Non-Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 159 (23.04%) SQL
2 142 (20.58%) Java
3 101 (14.64%) C#
4 66 (9.57%) Python
5 65 (9.42%) JavaScript
6 52 (7.54%) C++
7 50 (7.25%) C
8 35 (5.07%) Ruby
9 21 (3.04%) Perl
10 15 (2.17%) F#
11 13 (1.88%) Shell Script
12 12 (1.74%) PHP
13 11 (1.59%) PowerShell
13 11 (1.59%) VB
14 10 (1.45%) PL/SQL
15 9 (1.30%) Bash Shell
16 7 (1.01%) VB.NET
16 7 (1.01%) VBScript
17 5 (0.72%) GLSL
17 5 (0.72%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 183 (26.52%) ISTQB
2 165 (23.91%) ISEB
3 94 (13.62%) Security Cleared
4 88 (12.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 46 (6.67%) SC Cleared
6 44 (6.38%) Degree
7 26 (3.77%) DV Cleared
8 12 (1.74%) BPSS Clearance
9 9 (1.30%) Microsoft Certification
10 8 (1.16%) ISEB Practitioner
11 6 (0.87%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 6 (0.87%) MCITP
11 6 (0.87%) MCSA
11 6 (0.87%) MCSE
11 6 (0.87%) MCTS
12 3 (0.43%) CHECK Team Member
12 3 (0.43%) CISM
12 3 (0.43%) CREST Certified
12 3 (0.43%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 3 (0.43%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 156 (22.61%) QA
2 11 (1.59%) SLA
3 10 (1.45%) Disclosure Scotland
3 10 (1.45%) SDET
4 8 (1.16%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 8 (1.16%) GMP
5 7 (1.01%) Data Quality
6 6 (0.87%) PCI DSS
7 4 (0.58%) WCAG
8 3 (0.43%) GDPR
8 3 (0.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 1 (0.14%) COBIT
9 1 (0.14%) FATCA
9 1 (0.14%) GxP
9 1 (0.14%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.14%) ISO26262
9 1 (0.14%) PMO
9 1 (0.14%) Solvency II
9 1 (0.14%) TickIT
System Software
1 15 (2.17%) Active Directory
2 14 (2.03%) Docker
3 7 (1.01%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (0.87%) Hyper-V
5 5 (0.72%) Snort
6 4 (0.58%) HDFS
6 4 (0.58%) VirtualBox
7 3 (0.43%) Virtual Machines
8 2 (0.29%) Microsoft App-V
8 2 (0.29%) Virtual Desktop
8 2 (0.29%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 48 (6.96%) HP Quality Center
2 11 (1.59%) Ansible
3 8 (1.16%) Puppet
4 7 (1.01%) EMC NetWorker
4 7 (1.01%) Kubernetes
4 7 (1.01%) Opscode Chef
5 6 (0.87%) McAfee ePO
5 6 (0.87%) Nagios
5 6 (0.87%) Netcool
5 6 (0.87%) ZABBIX
6 5 (0.72%) SCCM
7 4 (0.58%) Salt
7 4 (0.58%) yum
8 3 (0.43%) SCOM
8 3 (0.43%) WSUS
9 2 (0.29%) BladeLogic
9 2 (0.29%) Cacti
9 2 (0.29%) Check_MK
9 2 (0.29%) Kibana
9 2 (0.29%) logstash
Vendors
1 88 (12.75%) Oracle
2 82 (11.88%) Microsoft
3 39 (5.65%) HP
4 22 (3.19%) Atlassian
5 19 (2.75%) VMware
6 12 (1.74%) IBM
7 10 (1.45%) Adobe
7 10 (1.45%) SAP
8 9 (1.30%) Citrix
9 8 (1.16%) Red Hat
9 8 (1.16%) Splunk
10 7 (1.01%) EMC
11 6 (0.87%) Google
11 6 (0.87%) Intel Security
11 6 (0.87%) New Relic
11 6 (0.87%) Veritas
12 5 (0.72%) Sourcefire
12 5 (0.72%) Xamarin
13 4 (0.58%) Salesforce.com
13 4 (0.58%) TIBCO
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Rate: £250 - £270 per day
Posted: 4 hours ago
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