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 26 June 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
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 346 289 232
Rank change year-on-year -57 -57  
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 284 447 548
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.60% 0.84% 0.98%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.72% 1.01% 1.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 147 292 233
Median daily rate £363 £350 £345
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.57% +1.44%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £245 £216
10% offered a daily rate of more than £466 £475 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £313
% change year-on-year +7.69% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 7 18
Median hourly rate £50.00 £37.50 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +33.33% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.00 £14.78 £18.46
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.34 £42.00 £43.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.00 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year +33.33% -  

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 39704 44234 45146
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 84.45% 83.33% 80.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 25886 29348 28980
Median daily rate £450 £438 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £300 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1051 1071 1257
Median hourly rate £32.50 £27.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.18% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.58 £12.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £48.65 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

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 26 June 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 3 months to 26 June 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 26 June 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 -45 257 £370 +0.68% 159
London -59 90 £400 +6.66% 32
South East +1 44 £325 -18.75% 30
South West +7 34 £418 +28.53% 21
East of England +2 24 £310 -31.11% 20
North West +11 22 £294 -16.07% 25
East Midlands +8 20 £356 +18.75% 4
City of London +1 18 £426 +31.07% 15
Hampshire -8 15 £315 -18.70% 11
Devon +7 14 £433 +44.33% 3
Bristol +2 14 £275 -29.03% 9
Scotland -16 14 £281 +0.44% 10
West Midlands +13 11 £375 +4.89% 16
Manchester +9 10 £230 -32.35% 14
Wales -2 10 £325 -7.14% 2
Plymouth - 10 £437 - 2
Essex -9 9 £338 +35.00%
East Sussex - 9 £375 -
Yorkshire +16 8 £463 +33.09% 6
South Wales -6 8 £325 -7.14%
Lincolnshire - 8 - -
Brighton - 8 £375 -
West Yorkshire +13 7 £463 +54.16% 4
Cambridgeshire +6 7 £275 - 12
Glasgow +1 7 £315 +0.80% 3
Nottinghamshire 0 7 £356 +18.75% 3
Leeds +18 6 £481 +60.41% 4
Berkshire +8 6 £313 -21.87% 5
Nottingham +3 6 £350 +16.66% 2
Cheshire +22 5 £363 -21.62% 3

For the 6 months to 26 June 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.

1 347 (53.80%) Test Automation
2 328 (50.85%) Agile Software Development
3 162 (25.12%) SQL
4 158 (24.50%) ISTQB
4 158 (24.50%) QA
5 153 (23.72%) ISEB
5 153 (23.72%) Scrum
6 145 (22.48%) Selenium
6 145 (22.48%) Finance
7 137 (21.24%) Test Scripting
8 132 (20.47%) Java
9 125 (19.38%) JIRA
10 112 (17.36%) Test Strategy
11 104 (16.12%) Functional Testing
12 101 (15.66%) User Acceptance Testing
13 94 (14.57%) SDLC
14 93 (14.42%) Regression Testing
15 92 (14.26%) Windows
16 90 (13.95%) Microsoft
17 85 (13.18%) C#
18 84 (13.02%) BDD
19 80 (12.40%) Manual Testing
19 80 (12.40%) Security Cleared
20 77 (11.94%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
20 77 (11.94%) Linux
21 73 (11.32%) Software Engineering
22 72 (11.16%) JavaScript
23 70 (10.85%) Defect Management
24 67 (10.39%) Analytical Skills
25 65 (10.08%) SQL Server

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 28 (4.34%) Confluence
2 25 (3.88%) CMS
3 24 (3.72%) SharePoint
4 21 (3.26%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 12 (1.86%) JBoss
6 10 (1.55%) ArcGIS
6 10 (1.55%) NServiceBus
6 10 (1.55%) Tomcat
7 9 (1.40%) WebLogic
8 8 (1.24%) SharePoint 2010
8 8 (1.24%) SharePoint 2013
9 7 (1.09%) IIS
10 5 (0.78%) Apache
11 4 (0.62%) Apache Spark
12 3 (0.47%) BizTalk Server
12 3 (0.47%) ColdFusion
12 3 (0.47%) WebSphere
13 2 (0.31%) CICS
13 2 (0.31%) Elasticsearch
13 2 (0.31%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 32 (4.96%) Microsoft Office
2 20 (3.10%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (1.09%) MS Visio
4 6 (0.93%) Spreadsheet
5 3 (0.47%) Microsoft Project
5 3 (0.47%) Mingle
5 3 (0.47%) Stata
6 2 (0.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 8 (1.24%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.78%) Unit4 Business World
3 2 (0.31%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (0.31%) ION MarketView
3 2 (0.31%) SAP ERP
3 2 (0.31%) Teamcenter
4 1 (0.16%) Bloomberg TOMS
4 1 (0.16%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.16%) JDE EnterpriseOne
4 1 (0.16%) Markit EDM
4 1 (0.16%) Maximo
4 1 (0.16%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.16%) Oracle BPM
4 1 (0.16%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (0.16%) Payment Gateway
4 1 (0.16%) RMDS
4 1 (0.16%) TRIRIGA
Cloud Services
1 20 (3.10%) Amazon AWS
2 16 (2.48%) GitHub
3 13 (2.02%) Microsoft Azure
4 8 (1.24%) BrowserStack
5 6 (0.93%) Office 365
5 6 (0.93%) Sauce Labs
6 4 (0.62%) Adobe Analytics
7 3 (0.47%) IaaS
8 2 (0.31%) AWS CloudFormation
8 2 (0.31%) SaaS
8 2 (0.31%) Salesforce Service Cloud
9 1 (0.16%) Amazon EC2
9 1 (0.16%) Amazon S3
9 1 (0.16%) Asana
9 1 (0.16%) Google Analytics
9 1 (0.16%) Google Cloud Platform
9 1 (0.16%) Loggly
9 1 (0.16%) Sumo Logic
9 1 (0.16%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 25 (3.88%) Internet
2 17 (2.64%) HTTP
3 16 (2.48%) TCP/IP
4 15 (2.33%) Firewall
5 10 (1.55%) Link 16
6 9 (1.40%) DNS
6 9 (1.40%) Ethernet
7 7 (1.09%) FTP
8 5 (0.78%) WAN
8 5 (0.78%) Wireshark
9 4 (0.62%) Bluetooth
9 4 (0.62%) Network Security
10 3 (0.47%) Broadband
10 3 (0.47%) LAN
10 3 (0.47%) LDAP
10 3 (0.47%) NAS
10 3 (0.47%) SSL
10 3 (0.47%) Wi-Fi
10 3 (0.47%) Wireless
11 2 (0.31%) 802.11
Database & Business Intelligence
1 65 (10.08%) SQL Server
2 43 (6.67%) Relational Database
3 14 (2.17%) Data Warehouse
4 13 (2.02%) MySQL
5 8 (1.24%) NoSQL
5 8 (1.24%) SQL Server 2012
6 7 (1.09%) MongoDB
6 7 (1.09%) Siebel EIM
7 6 (0.93%) Redis
7 6 (0.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 4 (0.62%) Big Data
8 4 (0.62%) Hadoop
8 4 (0.62%) Oracle Database
8 4 (0.62%) Oracle Reports
8 4 (0.62%) PostgreSQL
8 4 (0.62%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 3 (0.47%) EDRMS
9 3 (0.47%) Pentaho
9 3 (0.47%) RDBMS
9 3 (0.47%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 145 (22.48%) Selenium
2 125 (19.38%) JIRA
3 61 (9.46%) Cucumber
3 61 (9.46%) Jenkins
4 54 (8.37%) Team Foundation Server
4 54 (8.37%) WebDriver
5 53 (8.22%) Git (software)
6 39 (6.05%) SoapUI
7 28 (4.34%) HP UFT
7 28 (4.34%) TeamCity
7 28 (4.34%) Visual Studio
8 27 (4.19%) JUnit
9 24 (3.72%) LoadRunner
10 23 (3.57%) JMeter
10 23 (3.57%) SpecFlow
11 21 (3.26%) Subversion
12 15 (2.33%) MSTest
13 14 (2.17%) Maven
14 13 (2.02%) Hudson
15 12 (1.86%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 145 (22.48%) Finance
2 33 (5.12%) Banking
3 29 (4.50%) Law
4 15 (2.33%) Legal
5 14 (2.17%) Marketing
5 14 (2.17%) Military
6 12 (1.86%) Front Office
6 12 (1.86%) Games
6 12 (1.86%) Retail
7 10 (1.55%) Avionics
7 10 (1.55%) Electronics
8 8 (1.24%) Financial Institution
9 6 (0.93%) Pharmaceutical
10 5 (0.78%) Back Office
10 5 (0.78%) Investment Banking
10 5 (0.78%) Manufacturing
11 4 (0.62%) Advertising
11 4 (0.62%) Billing
12 3 (0.47%) General Ledger
13 2 (0.31%) Welsh Language
Job Titles
1 200 (31.01%) Analyst
2 157 (24.34%) Test Analyst
3 131 (20.31%) Tester
4 87 (13.49%) Developer
5 68 (10.54%) Test Manager
6 63 (9.77%) Test Engineer
7 43 (6.67%) Test Leader
8 38 (5.89%) Software Tester
9 35 (5.43%) Automation Tester
10 30 (4.65%) Automation Test Analyst
11 28 (4.34%) Java Developer
12 22 (3.41%) QA Tester
13 20 (3.10%) Senior Analyst
14 19 (2.95%) Software Test Engineer
14 19 (2.95%) Test Automation Engineer
15 18 (2.79%) Senior Test Analyst
15 18 (2.79%) Team Leader
16 16 (2.48%) Business Analyst
16 16 (2.48%) Software Engineer
16 16 (2.48%) Test Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 62 (9.61%) XML
2 58 (8.99%) .NET
3 51 (7.91%) Web Services
4 43 (6.67%) HTML
5 29 (4.50%) REST
6 28 (4.34%) SOAP
7 27 (4.19%) CSS
7 27 (4.19%) RESTful
8 24 (3.72%) Gherkin
8 24 (3.72%) Hibernate
9 23 (3.57%) JSON
10 20 (3.10%) J2EE
10 20 (3.10%) Spring
11 19 (2.95%) AngularJS
12 16 (2.48%) React
13 13 (2.02%) HTML5
13 13 (2.02%) Java EE
14 12 (1.86%) DCOM
14 12 (1.86%) WPF
15 11 (1.71%) COM
Miscellaneous
1 67 (10.39%) Analytical Skills
2 32 (4.96%) User Experience
3 25 (3.88%) Computer Science
4 24 (3.72%) Management Information System
5 20 (3.10%) Mobile App
6 16 (2.48%) Client/Server
7 11 (1.71%) Embedded Systems
7 11 (1.71%) Fixed Income
8 10 (1.55%) NHS
8 10 (1.55%) STB
9 7 (1.09%) Hedge funds
10 6 (0.93%) Data Centre
10 6 (0.93%) PlayStation
11 5 (0.78%) 3D Graphics
12 4 (0.62%) IPTV
12 4 (0.62%) Online Games
13 3 (0.47%) Clustering
13 3 (0.47%) Freedom of Information
13 3 (0.47%) Interactive TV
13 3 (0.47%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 92 (14.26%) Windows
2 77 (11.94%) Linux
3 38 (5.89%) Unix
4 22 (3.41%) Android
5 17 (2.64%) Apple iOS
5 17 (2.64%) Windows Server 2012
6 15 (2.33%) Windows Server
7 10 (1.55%) AIX
8 9 (1.40%) Windows 7
9 8 (1.24%) Windows Server 2008
10 7 (1.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 7 (1.09%) Windows Server 2003
10 7 (1.09%) Windows XP
11 5 (0.78%) Mac OS X
11 5 (0.78%) Windows 10
12 4 (0.62%) Windows Vista
13 3 (0.47%) Tizen
13 3 (0.47%) Tru64
13 3 (0.47%) Windows 8
14 1 (0.16%) CoreOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 347 (53.80%) Test Automation
2 328 (50.85%) Agile Software Development
3 153 (23.72%) Scrum
4 137 (21.24%) Test Scripting
5 112 (17.36%) Test Strategy
6 104 (16.12%) Functional Testing
7 101 (15.66%) User Acceptance Testing
8 94 (14.57%) SDLC
9 93 (14.42%) Regression Testing
10 84 (13.02%) BDD
11 80 (12.40%) Manual Testing
12 73 (11.32%) Software Engineering
13 70 (10.85%) Defect Management
14 64 (9.92%) Continuous Integration
15 62 (9.61%) Waterfall
16 60 (9.30%) Test Management
17 58 (8.99%) Integration Testing
18 57 (8.84%) Non-Functional Testing
19 54 (8.37%) TDD
20 49 (7.60%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 162 (25.12%) SQL
2 132 (20.47%) Java
3 85 (13.18%) C#
4 72 (11.16%) JavaScript
5 59 (9.15%) Python
6 47 (7.29%) C
7 44 (6.82%) Ruby
8 34 (5.27%) C++
9 23 (3.57%) Perl
10 16 (2.48%) VB
11 12 (1.86%) PowerShell
11 12 (1.86%) VB.NET
12 11 (1.71%) Shell Script
13 8 (1.24%) T-SQL
14 7 (1.09%) Bash Shell
14 7 (1.09%) PL/SQL
14 7 (1.09%) STATISTICA Visual Basic
15 6 (0.93%) PHP
15 6 (0.93%) R
15 6 (0.93%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 158 (24.50%) ISTQB
2 153 (23.72%) ISEB
3 80 (12.40%) Security Cleared
4 77 (11.94%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 57 (8.84%) Degree
6 40 (6.20%) SC Cleared
7 16 (2.48%) DV Cleared
8 13 (2.02%) Computer Science Degree
8 13 (2.02%) Microsoft Certification
9 11 (1.71%) ISEB Practitioner
10 8 (1.24%) BPSS Clearance
11 7 (1.09%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 7 (1.09%) Siebel Certification
12 4 (0.62%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 4 (0.62%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 3 (0.47%) MCITP
13 3 (0.47%) MCSA
13 3 (0.47%) MCSE
13 3 (0.47%) MCTS
13 3 (0.47%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 158 (24.50%) QA
2 11 (1.71%) SLA
3 10 (1.55%) MIL-STD-1553
4 9 (1.40%) Data Quality
5 8 (1.24%) Disclosure Scotland
6 5 (0.78%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 5 (0.78%) GMP
7 3 (0.47%) GDPR
7 3 (0.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 2 (0.31%) FATCA
8 2 (0.31%) ISO 9001
8 2 (0.31%) MiFID
8 2 (0.31%) TickIT
8 2 (0.31%) WCAG
9 1 (0.16%) GxP
9 1 (0.16%) HL7
9 1 (0.16%) IFRS
9 1 (0.16%) ISO 13485
9 1 (0.16%) PMO
System Software
1 12 (1.86%) Active Directory
2 8 (1.24%) VirtualBox
3 7 (1.09%) Docker
4 6 (0.93%) VMware ESXi
5 5 (0.78%) Virtual Machines
5 5 (0.78%) VMware Infrastructure
6 4 (0.62%) Hyper-V
7 3 (0.47%) Firmware
7 3 (0.47%) Microsoft App-V
7 3 (0.47%) Virtual Desktop
8 2 (0.31%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 2 (0.31%) Time Sharing Option
8 2 (0.31%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (0.16%) HDFS
9 1 (0.16%) Tivoli Directory Server
Systems Management
1 55 (8.53%) HP Quality Center
2 12 (1.86%) Puppet
3 11 (1.71%) Ansible
3 11 (1.71%) SCCM
4 8 (1.24%) EMC NetWorker
5 6 (0.93%) Opscode Chef
6 4 (0.62%) Grafana
6 4 (0.62%) StatsD
6 4 (0.62%) yum
7 3 (0.47%) BladeLogic
7 3 (0.47%) Graphite
7 3 (0.47%) McAfee ePO
7 3 (0.47%) Nagios
7 3 (0.47%) Netcool
7 3 (0.47%) ZABBIX
8 2 (0.31%) Check_MK
8 2 (0.31%) Hadoop YARN
8 2 (0.31%) Kibana
8 2 (0.31%) Kubernetes
8 2 (0.31%) logstash
Vendors
1 90 (13.95%) Microsoft
2 52 (8.06%) Oracle
3 42 (6.51%) HP
4 18 (2.79%) Adobe
4 18 (2.79%) VMware
5 14 (2.17%) IBM
6 13 (2.02%) Atlassian
7 8 (1.24%) Cisco
7 8 (1.24%) EMC
7 8 (1.24%) SAP
7 8 (1.24%) Siebel
8 7 (1.09%) Red Hat
9 6 (0.93%) Splunk
10 5 (0.78%) Salesforce.com
10 5 (0.78%) TIBCO
11 4 (0.62%) Citrix
11 4 (0.62%) McAfee
12 3 (0.47%) Apple
12 3 (0.47%) CheckPoint
12 3 (0.47%) Remedy
City, London
LA International
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Salt
Rate: £300 - £400 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Resource Group
Rate: £250 - £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Winchester, Hampshire
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Posted: 4 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £300.00 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Southampton
Spectrum IT
Posted: 17 days ago
Hertfordshire
G2 Recruitment Solutions
Posted: 4 days ago