Period
to 29 September 2020

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 29 September 2020 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
29 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 364 398 354
Rank change year-on-year +34 -44 +14
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 144 500 736
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.48% 0.58% 0.72%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.56% 0.67% 0.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 103 315 463
Median daily rate £400 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.88% +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £266 £300 £275
90th Percentile £573 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £410 £366
% change year-on-year -2.44% +11.95% +7.96%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 22 25
Median hourly rate £35.00 £43.75 £43.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +1.74% -4.44%
10th Percentile £21.65 £36.84 £20.04
90th Percentile £48.50 £55.50 £50.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £45.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year -22.22% +5.88% -5.56%

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 25,764 75,011 88,430
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.51% 86.84% 86.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 16,260 49,181 58,420
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% -
10th Percentile £300 £300 £300
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 914 2,258 2,405
Median hourly rate £35.00 £24.00 £20.80
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +45.83% +15.41% -16.37%
10th Percentile £12.63 £11.80 £11.17
90th Percentile £54.91 £53.75 £50.00
Median hourly rate £31.00 £23.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year +31.91% +17.50% -20.00%

Software Testing
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Software Testing in the UK

Software Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Software Testing.

Daily rate trend for Software Testing in the UK

Software Testing
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Software Testing over the 6 months to 29 September 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Software Testing in the UK

Software Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Software Testing.

Hourly rate trend for Software Testing in the UK

Software Testing
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Software Testing over the 6 months to 29 September 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Software Testing in the UK

Software Testing
Top 15 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 29 September 2020. 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 +45 121 £450 - 72
UK excluding London +43 84 £400 -2.44% 65
London +127 46 £463 +1.65% 11
South East +123 27 £400 -11.11% 24
North of England +59 21 £375 -13.79% 14
Work from Home -54 20 £400 +10.34% 10
Scotland +62 13 £438 +34.62%
North West +69 12 £550 +27.91% 5
Midlands +80 9 £339 +0.37% 5
East of England +67 7 £490 +3.70% 11
West Midlands +57 7 £340 +4.62% 3
Yorkshire +47 7 £326 -30.40% 9
South West +37 7 £363 -9.38% 8
North East +32 3 £550 +71.88%
East Midlands +57 2 £263 -22.22% 2

For the 6 months to 29 September 2020, 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 with a requirement for Software Testing.

1 73 (50.69%) Agile Software Development
2 61 (42.36%) Test Automation
3 45 (31.25%) DevOps
4 36 (25.00%) Security Cleared
4 36 (25.00%) Java
5 35 (24.31%) JIRA
5 35 (24.31%) QA
6 34 (23.61%) SQL
7 33 (22.92%) Azure
7 33 (22.92%) Test Strategy
8 32 (22.22%) SDLC
9 29 (20.14%) SC Cleared
9 29 (20.14%) ISEB
9 29 (20.14%) Scrum
10 25 (17.36%) Software Engineering
10 25 (17.36%) Problem-Solving
11 24 (16.67%) ISTQB
11 24 (16.67%) Regression Testing
11 24 (16.67%) Selenium
11 24 (16.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 24 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
11 24 (16.67%) Functional Testing
12 21 (14.58%) User Acceptance Testing
12 21 (14.58%) C#
13 20 (13.89%) Finance
13 20 (13.89%) Continuous Integration
13 20 (13.89%) Test Scripting
13 20 (13.89%) Public Sector
14 19 (13.19%) Business Analysis
15 18 (12.50%) 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 13 (9.03%) Confluence
2 8 (5.56%) IIS
3 7 (4.86%) SharePoint
4 5 (3.47%) BizTalk Server
4 5 (3.47%) SharePoint 2013
5 2 (1.39%) Apache Spark
5 2 (1.39%) Elasticsearch
5 2 (1.39%) JBoss
5 2 (1.39%) Umbraco
6 1 (0.69%) Apache
6 1 (0.69%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 1 (0.69%) SAS
Applications
1 3 (2.08%) Microsoft Excel
1 3 (2.08%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.39%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.69%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (1.39%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (1.39%) Loan IQ
1 2 (1.39%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
1 2 (1.39%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.69%) Markit EDM
2 1 (0.69%) Oracle 11i
2 1 (0.69%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (0.69%) Oracle Assets
2 1 (0.69%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.69%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (0.69%) Oracle Financials
2 1 (0.69%) Oracle General Ledger
2 1 (0.69%) Oracle Payables
2 1 (0.69%) Oracle Receivables
2 1 (0.69%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 33 (22.92%) Azure
2 18 (12.50%) AWS
3 8 (5.56%) Amazon S3
4 6 (4.17%) Cloud Computing
5 4 (2.78%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 4 (2.78%) BlazeMeter
5 4 (2.78%) npm
6 3 (2.08%) Office 365
7 2 (1.39%) GCP
7 2 (1.39%) SaaS
8 1 (0.69%) Azure Data Factory
8 1 (0.69%) GitHub
8 1 (0.69%) OpenShift
8 1 (0.69%) Power Platform
8 1 (0.69%) Serverless
8 1 (0.69%) Slack
8 1 (0.69%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.08%) Ethernet
1 3 (2.08%) Firewall
2 2 (1.39%) BGP
2 2 (1.39%) Cisco ISE
2 2 (1.39%) DHCP
2 2 (1.39%) EIGRP
2 2 (1.39%) FTP
2 2 (1.39%) HTTP
2 2 (1.39%) LAN
2 2 (1.39%) MPLS
2 2 (1.39%) OSPF
2 2 (1.39%) SMTP
2 2 (1.39%) Spanning Tree
2 2 (1.39%) SSH
2 2 (1.39%) VLAN
2 2 (1.39%) VXLAN
2 2 (1.39%) WAN
2 2 (1.39%) Wireless
2 2 (1.39%) Wireshark
3 1 (0.69%) Cisco Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (12.50%) SQL Server
2 15 (10.42%) MongoDB
3 14 (9.72%) Relational Database
4 12 (8.33%) MySQL
5 10 (6.94%) NoSQL
6 5 (3.47%) DB2
6 5 (3.47%) Hazelcast
7 4 (2.78%) Oracle Database
7 4 (2.78%) PostgreSQL
8 2 (1.39%) Big Data
8 2 (1.39%) BusinessObjects
8 2 (1.39%) Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.69%) GIS
9 1 (0.69%) MS Access
9 1 (0.69%) Oracle Database 11g
9 1 (0.69%) Oracle Database 12c
9 1 (0.69%) PowerCenter
9 1 (0.69%) RDBMS
9 1 (0.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 1 (0.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 35 (24.31%) JIRA
2 24 (16.67%) Selenium
3 17 (11.81%) Jenkins
4 11 (7.64%) Cucumber
4 11 (7.64%) Git (software)
4 11 (7.64%) JMeter
5 8 (5.56%) Team Foundation Server
5 8 (5.56%) Visual Studio
6 7 (4.86%) SoapUI
7 6 (4.17%) HP UFT
7 6 (4.17%) Postman
7 6 (4.17%) Zephyr
8 5 (3.47%) LoadRunner
8 5 (3.47%) Subversion
8 5 (3.47%) Visual Studio Coded UI
9 4 (2.78%) Grunt
9 4 (2.78%) Maven
9 4 (2.78%) Mocha
9 4 (2.78%) webpack
10 3 (2.08%) WebDriver
General
1 20 (13.89%) Finance
1 20 (13.89%) Public Sector
2 11 (7.64%) Telecoms
3 4 (2.78%) Banking
3 4 (2.78%) Marketing
4 3 (2.08%) Investment Banking
5 2 (1.39%) Billing
5 2 (1.39%) Legal
5 2 (1.39%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.69%) Back Office
6 1 (0.69%) Electronics
6 1 (0.69%) Front Office
6 1 (0.69%) Law
6 1 (0.69%) Police
Job Titles
1 35 (24.31%) Analyst
2 26 (18.06%) Tester
3 25 (17.36%) Test Analyst
4 20 (13.89%) Developer
5 19 (13.19%) Test Manager
6 12 (8.33%) Test Engineer
7 8 (5.56%) Business Analyst
7 8 (5.56%) DevOps Engineer
7 8 (5.56%) Test Leader
8 7 (4.86%) Java Developer
9 5 (3.47%) Applications Developer
9 5 (3.47%) Azure Engineer
9 5 (3.47%) QA Engineer
9 5 (3.47%) Senior Developer
9 5 (3.47%) Software Engineer
9 5 (3.47%) UAT Analyst
9 5 (3.47%) UAT Test Analyst
10 4 (2.78%) Performance Tester
10 4 (2.78%) SharePoint Specialist
10 4 (2.78%) Software Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (10.42%) Web Services
2 11 (7.64%) REST
2 11 (7.64%) SOAP
2 11 (7.64%) XML
3 8 (5.56%) .NET
3 8 (5.56%) CSS
3 8 (5.56%) HTML
3 8 (5.56%) RESTful
4 7 (4.86%) JSON
4 7 (4.86%) React
5 6 (4.17%) Middleware
5 6 (4.17%) Node.js
6 5 (3.47%) Gherkin
6 5 (3.47%) jQuery
6 5 (3.47%) Mongoose
6 5 (3.47%) React Native
7 4 (2.78%) Chai
7 4 (2.78%) Enzyme
7 4 (2.78%) Jest
7 4 (2.78%) Redux
Miscellaneous
1 24 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (5.56%) User Experience
3 6 (4.17%) Greenfield Project
3 6 (4.17%) Mobile App
4 5 (3.47%) Management Information System
5 4 (2.78%) Client/Server
5 4 (2.78%) Self-Motivation
6 3 (2.08%) Data Centre
6 3 (2.08%) Fixed Income
7 2 (1.39%) Enterprise Software
7 2 (1.39%) Equities
7 2 (1.39%) Equity Derivative
7 2 (1.39%) Marketing Technology
7 2 (1.39%) Public Cloud
7 2 (1.39%) Reference Data
8 1 (0.69%) Derivative
8 1 (0.69%) Driving Licence
8 1 (0.69%) Linux Command Line
8 1 (0.69%) OTC Derivatives
8 1 (0.69%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 18 (12.50%) Windows
2 13 (9.03%) Linux
3 10 (6.94%) Android
3 10 (6.94%) Apple iOS
4 7 (4.86%) Unix
5 5 (3.47%) Windows Mobile
6 1 (0.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (0.69%) Solaris
6 1 (0.69%) Windows 10
6 1 (0.69%) Windows 7
6 1 (0.69%) Windows Server
6 1 (0.69%) Windows Server 2003
6 1 (0.69%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 73 (50.69%) Agile Software Development
2 61 (42.36%) Test Automation
3 45 (31.25%) DevOps
4 33 (22.92%) Test Strategy
5 32 (22.22%) SDLC
6 29 (20.14%) Scrum
7 25 (17.36%) Problem-Solving
7 25 (17.36%) Software Engineering
8 24 (16.67%) Functional Testing
8 24 (16.67%) Regression Testing
9 21 (14.58%) User Acceptance Testing
10 20 (13.89%) Continuous Integration
10 20 (13.89%) Test Scripting
11 19 (13.19%) Business Analysis
12 17 (11.81%) Continuous Delivery
13 16 (11.11%) Migration
14 15 (10.42%) BDD
14 15 (10.42%) Scenario Testing
14 15 (10.42%) Test Management
14 15 (10.42%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 36 (25.00%) Java
2 34 (23.61%) SQL
3 21 (14.58%) C#
4 18 (12.50%) Python
5 15 (10.42%) JavaScript
6 8 (5.56%) Perl
7 7 (4.86%) Shell Script
8 5 (3.47%) Apple Swift
8 5 (3.47%) C
8 5 (3.47%) Kotlin
8 5 (3.47%) Objective-C
8 5 (3.47%) PHP
8 5 (3.47%) PL/SQL
9 4 (2.78%) ES6
9 4 (2.78%) Scala
9 4 (2.78%) VB
10 3 (2.08%) C++
10 3 (2.08%) Groovy
11 2 (1.39%) Bash Shell
11 2 (1.39%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 36 (25.00%) Security Cleared
2 29 (20.14%) ISEB
2 29 (20.14%) SC Cleared
3 24 (16.67%) ISTQB
3 24 (16.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 9 (6.25%) Degree
5 5 (3.47%) ISEB Practitioner
5 5 (3.47%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 2 (1.39%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (1.39%) CCIE
6 2 (1.39%) CCNP
6 2 (1.39%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (1.39%) DV Cleared
6 2 (1.39%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 1 (0.69%) Computer Science Degree
7 1 (0.69%) MCP
7 1 (0.69%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (0.69%) OCP
7 1 (0.69%) Oracle Certification
7 1 (0.69%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (24.31%) QA
2 1 (0.69%) IFRS
2 1 (0.69%) IFRS 9
System Software
1 10 (6.94%) Docker
2 8 (5.56%) Active Directory
3 5 (3.47%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.69%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 5 (3.47%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (2.78%) Ansible
2 4 (2.78%) Kubernetes
3 2 (1.39%) Cisco Prime
3 2 (1.39%) Grafana
3 2 (1.39%) Kibana
3 2 (1.39%) logstash
3 2 (1.39%) Sysdig
3 2 (1.39%) Terraform
3 2 (1.39%) TrustSec
3 2 (1.39%) ZABBIX
4 1 (0.69%) HP ALM
4 1 (0.69%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (0.69%) Prometheus
4 1 (0.69%) Puppet
4 1 (0.69%) SCCM
Vendors
1 15 (10.42%) Microsoft
1 15 (10.42%) Oracle
2 6 (4.17%) SAP
3 5 (3.47%) Sybase
3 5 (3.47%) Xamarin
4 4 (2.78%) IBM
4 4 (2.78%) Talend
4 4 (2.78%) Vertica
5 3 (2.08%) Atlassian
5 3 (2.08%) Databricks
5 3 (2.08%) Dynatrace
5 3 (2.08%) HP
5 3 (2.08%) OutSystems
6 2 (1.39%) AppDynamics
6 2 (1.39%) Capita
6 2 (1.39%) Cisco
6 2 (1.39%) Informatica
7 1 (0.69%) CA
7 1 (0.69%) Citrix
7 1 (0.69%) Red Hat