Period
to 20 October 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 20 October 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
20 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 356 330 231
Rank change year-on-year -26 -99 +40
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 683 790 1228
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.69% 0.74% 1.08%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.81% 0.89% 1.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 399 509 604
UK median daily rate £375 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% - +4.09%
10th Percentile £224 £237 £243
90th Percentile £538 £488 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £325 £330
% change year-on-year +3.85% -1.52% +1.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 13 21
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £32.50 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +38.46% -13.33% -
10th Percentile £37.50 £14.37 £13.00
90th Percentile £52.50 £46.50 £42.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £35.00 £37.25
% change year-on-year +28.57% -6.04% -0.67%

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 83959 89134 93113
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.52% 83.87% 81.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 55760 58941 60340
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 £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1973 2334 2702
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £23.75 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +7.95% +12.82%
10th Percentile £11.60 £11.43 £11.39
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.75 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £24.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year +2.04% +8.89% +12.50%

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 20 October 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 20 October 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 20 October 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 +16 603 £384 +9.71% 124
UK excluding London -4 437 £338 +3.85% 109
London +24 242 £432 +15.27% 25
South East -25 103 £330 -7.69% 27
North of England +34 70 £363 +3.57% 33
East of England +7 68 £339 +4.38% 15
Midlands +49 65 £388 +19.23% 11
South West 0 55 £275 -11.29% 13
Scotland -36 51 £283 +1.98% 9
North West +14 47 £330 -5.71% 21
West Midlands +16 34 £400 +23.08% 7
East Midlands +24 31 £381 +22.98% 4
Yorkshire +27 21 £450 +28.57% 9
Wales -6 19 £325 -14.47% 1
Isle of Man - 3 £225 -
Northern Ireland - 3 £300 -
North East +46 2 £480 +52.99% 3

For the 6 months to 20 October 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.

1 362 (53.00%) Agile Software Development
2 337 (49.34%) Test Automation
3 181 (26.50%) Finance
4 179 (26.21%) ISEB
5 172 (25.18%) QA
6 158 (23.13%) SQL
7 153 (22.40%) Test Scripting
8 148 (21.67%) Java
8 148 (21.67%) ISTQB
9 145 (21.23%) JIRA
10 144 (21.08%) Scrum
11 137 (20.06%) Selenium
12 113 (16.54%) User Acceptance Testing
13 102 (14.93%) SDLC
14 98 (14.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 94 (13.76%) Regression Testing
16 92 (13.47%) HP
17 86 (12.59%) Test Strategy
18 85 (12.45%) Functional Testing
19 84 (12.30%) Linux
20 82 (12.01%) Defect Management
21 81 (11.86%) Analytical Skills
22 80 (11.71%) Python
23 79 (11.57%) HP Quality Center
24 78 (11.42%) BDD
25 77 (11.27%) Windows
26 75 (10.98%) Waterfall
27 74 (10.83%) Degree
28 73 (10.69%) Jenkins
29 71 (10.40%) C#

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 34 (4.98%) Confluence
2 18 (2.64%) SharePoint
3 15 (2.20%) Tomcat
4 11 (1.61%) CMS
5 10 (1.46%) IIS
6 7 (1.02%) SharePoint 2013
7 6 (0.88%) JBoss
7 6 (0.88%) NServiceBus
8 5 (0.73%) Apache
8 5 (0.73%) Apache Spark
8 5 (0.73%) ArcGIS
8 5 (0.73%) ColdFusion
9 4 (0.59%) WebLogic
10 3 (0.44%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 3 (0.44%) Cloud Foundry
10 3 (0.44%) Documentum
10 3 (0.44%) MS Exchange
10 3 (0.44%) SAS
10 3 (0.44%) WebSphere
11 2 (0.29%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 32 (4.69%) Microsoft Office
2 31 (4.54%) Microsoft Excel
3 24 (3.51%) Microsoft Project
4 13 (1.90%) MS Visio
5 7 (1.02%) Simulink
6 5 (0.73%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 3 (0.44%) Stata
8 2 (0.29%) Mingle
9 1 (0.15%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 6 (0.88%) Markit EDM
2 5 (0.73%) Oracle EBS
2 5 (0.73%) Oracle EBS R12
3 4 (0.59%) Dynamics CRM
3 4 (0.59%) ION MarketView
3 4 (0.59%) Oracle Financials
3 4 (0.59%) Unit4 Business World
4 3 (0.44%) Maximo
4 3 (0.44%) SAP CO
4 3 (0.44%) SAP ERP
4 3 (0.44%) SAP FI
4 3 (0.44%) SAP FI/CO
4 3 (0.44%) SAP MM
5 2 (0.29%) Oracle Assets
5 2 (0.29%) Oracle General Ledger
5 2 (0.29%) Oracle Internet Expenses
5 2 (0.29%) Oracle iProcurement
5 2 (0.29%) Oracle Payables
5 2 (0.29%) Oracle Receivables
6 1 (0.15%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 36 (5.27%) Amazon AWS
2 24 (3.51%) Microsoft Azure
3 12 (1.76%) GitHub
4 11 (1.61%) npm
5 10 (1.46%) IaaS
6 4 (0.59%) Heroku
6 4 (0.59%) Office 365
6 4 (0.59%) Twilio
7 3 (0.44%) BrowserStack
7 3 (0.44%) PaaS
7 3 (0.44%) SaaS
8 2 (0.29%) Amazon EC2
8 2 (0.29%) Amazon S3
8 2 (0.29%) AWS CloudFormation
8 2 (0.29%) Google Analytics
8 2 (0.29%) Sauce Labs
9 1 (0.15%) Asana
9 1 (0.15%) Boomi
9 1 (0.15%) Cloud Computing
9 1 (0.15%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 15 (2.20%) HTTP
2 14 (2.05%) DNS
2 14 (2.05%) Internet
3 9 (1.32%) Wireless
3 9 (1.32%) Wireshark
4 8 (1.17%) TCP/IP
5 7 (1.02%) Broadband
5 7 (1.02%) VLAN
6 6 (0.88%) Ethernet
6 6 (0.88%) Firewall
6 6 (0.88%) LDAP
6 6 (0.88%) NAS
6 6 (0.88%) SMS
7 5 (0.73%) 802.11
7 5 (0.73%) ADSL
7 5 (0.73%) Bluetooth
7 5 (0.73%) IPv4
7 5 (0.73%) IPv6
7 5 (0.73%) UPnP
7 5 (0.73%) VDSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 59 (8.64%) SQL Server
2 38 (5.56%) Relational Database
3 22 (3.22%) NoSQL
4 19 (2.78%) MySQL
5 16 (2.34%) MongoDB
6 11 (1.61%) Data Warehouse
6 11 (1.61%) Oracle Database
7 10 (1.46%) Redis
8 8 (1.17%) SQL Server 2012
9 7 (1.02%) Big Data
10 6 (0.88%) PostgreSQL
10 6 (0.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 5 (0.73%) DB2
11 5 (0.73%) Hadoop
11 5 (0.73%) RDBMS
11 5 (0.73%) Siebel EIM
12 4 (0.59%) Amazon Redshift
12 4 (0.59%) Pentaho
12 4 (0.59%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 3 (0.44%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 145 (21.23%) JIRA
2 137 (20.06%) Selenium
3 73 (10.69%) Jenkins
4 62 (9.08%) Cucumber
5 59 (8.64%) Git (software)
6 58 (8.49%) SoapUI
7 46 (6.73%) WebDriver
8 40 (5.86%) JMeter
9 38 (5.56%) JUnit
10 31 (4.54%) Team Foundation Server
11 24 (3.51%) LoadUI
12 21 (3.07%) HP UFT
13 19 (2.78%) Visual Studio
14 18 (2.64%) SpecFlow
14 18 (2.64%) TeamCity
15 16 (2.34%) Hudson
16 15 (2.20%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 14 (2.05%) Appium
17 14 (2.05%) Protractor
18 12 (1.76%) Zephyr
General
1 181 (26.50%) Finance
2 51 (7.47%) Banking
3 30 (4.39%) Law
4 22 (3.22%) Retail
5 18 (2.64%) Investment Banking
6 17 (2.49%) Legal
7 15 (2.20%) Marketing
8 13 (1.90%) Games
9 11 (1.61%) Billing
9 11 (1.61%) Front Office
10 8 (1.17%) Avionics
10 8 (1.17%) Electronics
10 8 (1.17%) Financial Institution
11 7 (1.02%) Back Office
11 7 (1.02%) Military
11 7 (1.02%) Retail Banking
12 6 (0.88%) General Ledger
12 6 (0.88%) Telecoms
13 5 (0.73%) Automotive
14 4 (0.59%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 257 (37.63%) Analyst
2 212 (31.04%) Test Analyst
3 129 (18.89%) Tester
4 67 (9.81%) Test Engineer
5 62 (9.08%) Developer
6 45 (6.59%) Test Manager
7 40 (5.86%) Software Tester
8 35 (5.12%) Automation Tester
9 29 (4.25%) Automation Test Analyst
10 25 (3.66%) Performance Analyst
10 25 (3.66%) Performance Test Analyst
11 24 (3.51%) QA Tester
12 21 (3.07%) Test Automation Engineer
13 19 (2.78%) Java Developer
13 19 (2.78%) Senior Analyst
13 19 (2.78%) Test Leader
14 17 (2.49%) QA Engineer
14 17 (2.49%) Software Test Engineer
15 16 (2.34%) Senior Test Analyst
16 15 (2.20%) Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 70 (10.25%) Web Services
2 45 (6.59%) .NET
3 44 (6.44%) HTML
4 37 (5.42%) RESTful
5 35 (5.12%) XML
6 28 (4.10%) CSS
6 28 (4.10%) JSON
7 24 (3.51%) SOAP
8 23 (3.37%) Node.js
9 22 (3.22%) REST
9 22 (3.22%) Spring
10 21 (3.07%) Gherkin
11 20 (2.93%) HTML5
12 17 (2.49%) AngularJS
13 12 (1.76%) ActiveMQ
14 11 (1.61%) CSS3
14 11 (1.61%) Express
14 11 (1.61%) Hibernate
15 10 (1.46%) Middleware
16 9 (1.32%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 81 (11.86%) Analytical Skills
2 32 (4.69%) Computer Science
3 27 (3.95%) Mobile App
4 20 (2.93%) Management Information System
4 20 (2.93%) User Experience
5 15 (2.20%) Virtual Team
6 14 (2.05%) Client/Server
7 13 (1.90%) Public Cloud
7 13 (1.90%) STB
8 10 (1.46%) Online Games
8 10 (1.46%) Private Cloud
9 8 (1.17%) Fixed Income
9 8 (1.17%) Interactive TV
10 7 (1.02%) Video on Demand
11 6 (0.88%) Enterprise Cloud
12 5 (0.73%) 3D Graphics
12 5 (0.73%) Data Centre
12 5 (0.73%) Greenfield Project
12 5 (0.73%) Hedge funds
12 5 (0.73%) PlayStation
Operating Systems
1 84 (12.30%) Linux
2 77 (11.27%) Windows
3 49 (7.17%) Unix
4 19 (2.78%) Windows Server
5 13 (1.90%) Android
6 11 (1.61%) Apple iOS
6 11 (1.61%) Mac OS X
6 11 (1.61%) Windows Server 2012
7 6 (0.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 6 (0.88%) Solaris
8 3 (0.44%) Windows 10
8 3 (0.44%) Windows 7
9 2 (0.29%) AIX
9 2 (0.29%) Tru64
9 2 (0.29%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.15%) Windows Server 2003
10 1 (0.15%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (0.15%) Windows Vista
10 1 (0.15%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 362 (53.00%) Agile Software Development
2 337 (49.34%) Test Automation
3 153 (22.40%) Test Scripting
4 144 (21.08%) Scrum
5 113 (16.54%) User Acceptance Testing
6 102 (14.93%) SDLC
7 94 (13.76%) Regression Testing
8 86 (12.59%) Test Strategy
9 85 (12.45%) Functional Testing
10 82 (12.01%) Defect Management
11 78 (11.42%) BDD
12 75 (10.98%) Waterfall
13 64 (9.37%) Integration Testing
14 61 (8.93%) Test Management
15 58 (8.49%) TDD
16 54 (7.91%) Test Planning
16 54 (7.91%) User Stories
17 53 (7.76%) Non-Functional Testing
18 52 (7.61%) Continuous Integration
19 51 (7.47%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 158 (23.13%) SQL
2 148 (21.67%) Java
3 80 (11.71%) Python
4 71 (10.40%) C#
5 70 (10.25%) JavaScript
6 43 (6.30%) Ruby
7 31 (4.54%) C
8 30 (4.39%) C++
9 25 (3.66%) Perl
10 14 (2.05%) PHP
11 13 (1.90%) Scala
12 12 (1.76%) Shell Script
13 11 (1.61%) MATLAB
13 11 (1.61%) R
13 11 (1.61%) VB.NET
14 8 (1.17%) Bash Shell
14 8 (1.17%) PowerShell
15 7 (1.02%) T-SQL
15 7 (1.02%) VB
15 7 (1.02%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 179 (26.21%) ISEB
2 148 (21.67%) ISTQB
3 98 (14.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 74 (10.83%) Degree
5 62 (9.08%) Security Cleared
6 35 (5.12%) SC Cleared
7 13 (1.90%) Computer Science Degree
8 11 (1.61%) DV Cleared
9 10 (1.46%) ISEB Practitioner
10 9 (1.32%) Numerate Degree
11 5 (0.73%) BPSS Clearance
11 5 (0.73%) Master's Degree
11 5 (0.73%) Microsoft Certification
11 5 (0.73%) Siebel Certification
12 4 (0.59%) CCNP
12 4 (0.59%) Cisco Certification
12 4 (0.59%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 3 (0.44%) PMI Certification
13 3 (0.44%) PMP
14 2 (0.29%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 172 (25.18%) QA
2 9 (1.32%) Disclosure Scotland
3 7 (1.02%) MiFID
4 5 (0.73%) Data Quality
4 5 (0.73%) IFRS
4 5 (0.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 5 (0.73%) MIL-STD-1553
5 4 (0.59%) PMO
6 3 (0.44%) IFRS 9
6 3 (0.44%) WCAG
7 2 (0.29%) Def Stans
7 2 (0.29%) GDPR
7 2 (0.29%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 2 (0.29%) SLA
8 1 (0.15%) 21 CFR Part 11
8 1 (0.15%) GMP
8 1 (0.15%) ISO 8583
8 1 (0.15%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.15%) MISRA C
8 1 (0.15%) TickIT
System Software
1 10 (1.46%) Active Directory
2 8 (1.17%) Firmware
3 6 (0.88%) Docker
3 6 (0.88%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (0.59%) VirtualBox
5 3 (0.44%) Virtual Machines
5 3 (0.44%) Virtual Servers
6 2 (0.29%) Time Sharing Option
6 2 (0.29%) VMware Workstation
6 2 (0.29%) vSphere
7 1 (0.15%) Apache Flume
7 1 (0.15%) HDFS
7 1 (0.15%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.15%) Tivoli Directory Server
7 1 (0.15%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 79 (11.57%) HP Quality Center
2 25 (3.66%) Puppet
3 12 (1.76%) Ansible
4 11 (1.61%) SCCM
5 5 (0.73%) Grafana
5 5 (0.73%) StatsD
6 4 (0.59%) Opscode Chef
7 3 (0.44%) Graphite
7 3 (0.44%) Hadoop YARN
7 3 (0.44%) HAProxy
7 3 (0.44%) Icinga
7 3 (0.44%) WhatsUp Gold
8 2 (0.29%) Oozie
8 2 (0.29%) rkt
8 2 (0.29%) SCOM
9 1 (0.15%) Ambari
9 1 (0.15%) CA Service Virtualization
9 1 (0.15%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
9 1 (0.15%) HockeyApp
9 1 (0.15%) Terraform
Vendors
1 92 (13.47%) HP
2 69 (10.10%) Microsoft
3 50 (7.32%) Oracle
4 28 (4.10%) Atlassian
5 10 (1.46%) IBM
6 9 (1.32%) Charles River
6 9 (1.32%) SAP
7 7 (1.02%) Perforce
7 7 (1.02%) VMware
8 6 (0.88%) Cisco
8 6 (0.88%) Google
8 6 (0.88%) Guidewire
8 6 (0.88%) Red Hat
8 6 (0.88%) Salesforce.com
9 5 (0.73%) ServiceNow
9 5 (0.73%) Siebel
9 5 (0.73%) Splunk
10 4 (0.59%) CheckPoint
10 4 (0.59%) F5
10 4 (0.59%) ION Trading