Period
to 19 October 2019

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 19 October 2019 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
19 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 408 371 373
Rank change year-on-year -37 +2 -33
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 476 694 678
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.56% 0.67% 0.68%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.65% 0.78% 0.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 311 418 399
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £288 £270 £224
90th Percentile £575 £575 £531
UK excluding London median daily rate £401 £363 £339
% change year-on-year +10.69% +6.85% +4.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 24 30
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £42.75 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.58% -5.00% +38.46%
10th Percentile £35.85 £19.98 £39.08
90th Percentile £56.25 £50.88 £52.63
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £41.61 £45.00
% change year-on-year +8.15% -7.53% +28.57%

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 72,964 89,500 85,753
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.40% 86.81% 86.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 47,909 59,033 56,803
UK median daily rate £475 £451 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.32% +0.22% +5.88%
10th Percentile £300 £300 £278
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,258 2,425 2,063
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £21.00 £24.66
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.31% -14.86% +9.60%
10th Percentile £11.85 £11.17 £11.25
90th Percentile £53.23 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.97 £20.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +14.83% -20.00% +8.70%

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 19 October 2019.

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 19 October 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Software Testing in the UK

Software Testing
Top 16 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 19 October 2019. 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 -30 423 £450 +9.09% 231
UK excluding London -11 344 £401 +10.69% 233
London -41 125 £475 +2.43% 28
South East +1 90 £458 +26.21% 50
North of England +38 81 £438 +16.67% 62
South West +7 78 £400 -15.79% 29
Yorkshire +18 45 £450 +20.00% 28
Scotland -10 34 £325 +8.33% 18
East of England +14 33 £473 +25.58% 24
North West +10 22 £435 +24.29% 31
North East +23 14 £325 -16.13% 3
Midlands +20 14 £325 -13.33% 38
Wales +21 13 £400 +14.29% 9
West Midlands +20 8 £325 -13.33% 25
East Midlands +17 6 £325 +44.44% 13
Northern Ireland - 1 £500 - 3

For the 6 months to 19 October 2019, 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.

1 287 (60.29%) Test Automation
2 278 (58.40%) Agile Software Development
3 128 (26.89%) SQL
4 121 (25.42%) QA
5 119 (25.00%) ISTQB
6 108 (22.69%) Java
6 108 (22.69%) Test Strategy
7 106 (22.27%) C#
7 106 (22.27%) Selenium
8 102 (21.43%) Test Scripting
9 92 (19.33%) JIRA
10 89 (18.70%) Scrum
11 84 (17.65%) ISEB
12 80 (16.81%) Finance
13 73 (15.34%) JavaScript
14 72 (15.13%) Security Cleared
15 69 (14.50%) User Acceptance Testing
16 66 (13.87%) Microsoft
16 66 (13.87%) TDD
17 65 (13.66%) Problem-Solving
18 63 (13.24%) Cucumber
19 60 (12.61%) Manual Testing
19 60 (12.61%) SC Cleared
20 59 (12.39%) Continuous Integration
20 59 (12.39%) Windows
21 58 (12.18%) DevOps
22 57 (11.97%) Oracle
23 56 (11.76%) BDD
24 54 (11.34%) Performance Testing
25 52 (10.92%) Python

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 27 (5.67%) SharePoint
2 16 (3.36%) JBoss
3 13 (2.73%) Confluence
4 4 (0.84%) Apache
4 4 (0.84%) Apache Spark
5 3 (0.63%) CMS
5 3 (0.63%) GeoServer
5 3 (0.63%) Oracle Workflow
6 2 (0.42%) BizTalk Server
6 2 (0.42%) Elasticsearch
6 2 (0.42%) Jetty
6 2 (0.42%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 2 (0.42%) Tomcat
6 2 (0.42%) WebSphere
7 1 (0.21%) Cloud Foundry
7 1 (0.21%) IIS
7 1 (0.21%) Sitecore CMS
7 1 (0.21%) SugarCRM
7 1 (0.21%) Umbraco
Applications
1 23 (4.83%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (1.89%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (1.26%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.63%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (0.42%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.21%) FileZilla
6 1 (0.21%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.21%) Notepad++
6 1 (0.21%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 8 (1.68%) SAP ERP
2 5 (1.05%) Dynamics CRM
3 4 (0.84%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 3 (0.63%) LatentZero
4 3 (0.63%) Oracle EBS
4 3 (0.63%) thinkFolio
5 2 (0.42%) Primavera
6 1 (0.21%) Endur
6 1 (0.21%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.21%) Oracle 11i
6 1 (0.21%) Oracle Applications
6 1 (0.21%) Oracle Assets
6 1 (0.21%) Oracle ERP
6 1 (0.21%) Oracle General Ledger
6 1 (0.21%) Oracle Payables
6 1 (0.21%) Oracle Receivables
6 1 (0.21%) ResourceLink
Cloud Services
1 49 (10.29%) Azure
2 26 (5.46%) AWS
3 20 (4.20%) GitHub
4 9 (1.89%) Office 365
5 5 (1.05%) Amazon S3
6 4 (0.84%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 3 (0.63%) Amazon EC2
7 3 (0.63%) Dynamics 365
7 3 (0.63%) Sauce Labs
8 2 (0.42%) Amazon ELB
8 2 (0.42%) Amazon EMR
8 2 (0.42%) AWS CloudTrail
8 2 (0.42%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (0.42%) npm
8 2 (0.42%) Power Platform
8 2 (0.42%) SuccessFactors
8 2 (0.42%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 1 (0.21%) Amazon Kinesis
9 1 (0.21%) AWS CloudFormation
9 1 (0.21%) DigitalOcean
Communications & Networking
1 9 (1.89%) Internet
2 7 (1.47%) ISDN
2 7 (1.47%) TCP/IP
3 4 (0.84%) NaaS
4 3 (0.63%) ATM
4 3 (0.63%) DVB
4 3 (0.63%) Multicast
4 3 (0.63%) TDMA
4 3 (0.63%) VSAT
5 2 (0.42%) Firewall
5 2 (0.42%) FTP
5 2 (0.42%) HTTP
5 2 (0.42%) Intranet
5 2 (0.42%) NGN
5 2 (0.42%) SSH
6 1 (0.21%) BGP
6 1 (0.21%) LAN
6 1 (0.21%) PBX
6 1 (0.21%) VPN
6 1 (0.21%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 37 (7.77%) SQL Server
2 23 (4.83%) MongoDB
3 19 (3.99%) Relational Database
4 18 (3.78%) Hadoop
5 17 (3.57%) NoSQL
6 12 (2.52%) Data Warehouse
7 10 (2.10%) MySQL
8 7 (1.47%) Oracle Reports
9 6 (1.26%) RDBMS
10 4 (0.84%) GIS
11 3 (0.63%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 3 (0.63%) Impala
11 3 (0.63%) Oracle Database
11 3 (0.63%) Oracle Database 12c
11 3 (0.63%) Pentaho
11 3 (0.63%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 2 (0.42%) Amazon RDS
12 2 (0.42%) Apache Hive
12 2 (0.42%) Parquet
12 2 (0.42%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 106 (22.27%) Selenium
2 92 (19.33%) JIRA
3 63 (13.24%) Cucumber
4 46 (9.66%) Jenkins
5 41 (8.61%) Git (software)
6 34 (7.14%) SpecFlow
7 29 (6.09%) SoapUI
7 29 (6.09%) WebDriver
8 28 (5.88%) Team Foundation Server
8 28 (5.88%) Visual Studio
9 26 (5.46%) JMeter
10 21 (4.41%) HP UFT
11 15 (3.15%) Visual Studio Coded UI
11 15 (3.15%) Zephyr
12 13 (2.73%) Appium
13 11 (2.31%) Maven
14 9 (1.89%) NUnit
14 9 (1.89%) StarTeam
15 7 (1.47%) Rational DOORS
15 7 (1.47%) TeamCity
General
1 80 (16.81%) Finance
2 38 (7.98%) Public Sector
3 28 (5.88%) Banking
4 23 (4.83%) Telecoms
5 14 (2.94%) Retail
6 12 (2.52%) Games
7 10 (2.10%) Retail Banking
8 7 (1.47%) Pharmaceutical
9 5 (1.05%) Law
9 5 (1.05%) Legal
9 5 (1.05%) Manufacturing
10 4 (0.84%) Advertising
10 4 (0.84%) Electronics
10 4 (0.84%) Financial Institution
11 3 (0.63%) Marketing
11 3 (0.63%) Military
12 2 (0.42%) Aerospace
12 2 (0.42%) French Language
13 1 (0.21%) Automotive
13 1 (0.21%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 81 (17.02%) Developer
2 78 (16.39%) Analyst
2 78 (16.39%) Tester
3 70 (14.71%) Test Manager
4 68 (14.29%) Test Analyst
5 62 (13.03%) Test Engineer
6 28 (5.88%) Test Leader
7 25 (5.25%) Automation Tester
8 24 (5.04%) Software Engineer
9 19 (3.99%) Java Developer
9 19 (3.99%) Software Developer
9 19 (3.99%) Software Test Engineer
10 18 (3.78%) QA Engineer
11 16 (3.36%) Java Engineer
11 16 (3.36%) Test Automation Engineer
12 14 (2.94%) Developer in Test
13 13 (2.73%) Software Tester
14 12 (2.52%) Full Stack Developer
14 12 (2.52%) Java Software Engineer
15 10 (2.10%) Verification Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 50 (10.50%) .NET
2 47 (9.87%) Spring
3 45 (9.45%) HTML
4 40 (8.40%) AngularJS
4 40 (8.40%) CSS
5 35 (7.35%) Web Services
6 32 (6.72%) XML
7 23 (4.83%) Gherkin
8 22 (4.62%) RESTful
9 21 (4.41%) Node.js
10 19 (3.99%) JSON
10 19 (3.99%) React
10 19 (3.99%) SOAP
11 18 (3.78%) jQuery
11 18 (3.78%) REST
12 17 (3.57%) Kafka
12 17 (3.57%) RabbitMQ
13 16 (3.36%) EJB
13 16 (3.36%) Hibernate
14 14 (2.94%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 42 (8.82%) Analytical Skills
2 18 (3.78%) Self-Motivation
3 16 (3.36%) Mobile App
4 15 (3.15%) Management Information System
5 12 (2.52%) User Experience
6 9 (1.89%) Clustering
6 9 (1.89%) Enterprise Software
7 7 (1.47%) Cyber Defence
8 5 (1.05%) Client/Server
8 5 (1.05%) Embedded Systems
8 5 (1.05%) Life Science
8 5 (1.05%) N-Tier
8 5 (1.05%) Reference Data
9 4 (0.84%) EPoS
9 4 (0.84%) FMCG
9 4 (0.84%) Greenfield Project
9 4 (0.84%) NHS
9 4 (0.84%) Virtual Team
10 3 (0.63%) Linux Command Line
10 3 (0.63%) Raspberry Pi
Operating Systems
1 59 (12.39%) Windows
2 48 (10.08%) Linux
3 46 (9.66%) Unix
4 17 (3.57%) Windows 10
5 16 (3.36%) Apple iOS
6 15 (3.15%) Windows Server
7 13 (2.73%) Android
8 9 (1.89%) AIX
8 9 (1.89%) Windows Server 2012
8 9 (1.89%) Windows XP
9 8 (1.68%) Windows 7
9 8 (1.68%) Windows Server 2003
9 8 (1.68%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (0.21%) CentOS
10 1 (0.21%) Embedded Linux
10 1 (0.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.21%) Solaris
10 1 (0.21%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 287 (60.29%) Test Automation
2 278 (58.40%) Agile Software Development
3 108 (22.69%) Test Strategy
4 102 (21.43%) Test Scripting
5 89 (18.70%) Scrum
6 69 (14.50%) User Acceptance Testing
7 66 (13.87%) TDD
8 65 (13.66%) Problem-Solving
9 60 (12.61%) Manual Testing
10 59 (12.39%) Continuous Integration
11 58 (12.18%) DevOps
12 56 (11.76%) BDD
13 54 (11.34%) Performance Testing
14 51 (10.71%) Regression Testing
14 51 (10.71%) Test Management
15 50 (10.50%) SDLC
16 48 (10.08%) Non-Functional Testing
17 46 (9.66%) Software Engineering
18 45 (9.45%) Integration Testing
19 41 (8.61%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 128 (26.89%) SQL
2 108 (22.69%) Java
3 106 (22.27%) C#
4 73 (15.34%) JavaScript
5 52 (10.92%) Python
6 31 (6.51%) C
7 29 (6.09%) C++
8 24 (5.04%) Ruby
9 21 (4.41%) Java 8
10 14 (2.94%) PHP
11 13 (2.73%) ES6
12 10 (2.10%) PowerShell
13 8 (1.68%) T-SQL
14 7 (1.47%) Bash Shell
14 7 (1.47%) TypeScript
15 5 (1.05%) Apple Swift
15 5 (1.05%) PL/SQL
15 5 (1.05%) Shell Script
16 4 (0.84%) Kotlin
17 3 (0.63%) Embedded C++
Qualifications
1 119 (25.00%) ISTQB
2 84 (17.65%) ISEB
3 72 (15.13%) Security Cleared
4 60 (12.61%) SC Cleared
5 51 (10.71%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 40 (8.40%) Degree
7 18 (3.78%) DV Cleared
8 10 (2.10%) Microsoft Certification
9 9 (1.89%) MCITP
9 9 (1.89%) MCSA
9 9 (1.89%) MCSE
9 9 (1.89%) MCTS
10 7 (1.47%) CCNA
10 7 (1.47%) Cisco Certification
11 4 (0.84%) ISEB Practitioner
12 2 (0.42%) Computer Science Degree
12 2 (0.42%) HNC
12 2 (0.42%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
13 1 (0.21%) Master's Degree
13 1 (0.21%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 121 (25.42%) QA
2 8 (1.68%) PMO
3 4 (0.84%) GDPR
4 3 (0.63%) Data Quality
4 3 (0.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.42%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.21%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.21%) Dublin Core
6 1 (0.21%) GxP
6 1 (0.21%) HL7
6 1 (0.21%) IEC 62304
6 1 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 1 (0.21%) MISRA
6 1 (0.21%) MISRA C
6 1 (0.21%) PSD2
System Software
1 39 (8.19%) Docker
2 9 (1.89%) Active Directory
2 9 (1.89%) Hyper-V
2 9 (1.89%) VMware ESXi
3 7 (1.47%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (0.84%) Firmware
5 3 (0.63%) HDFS
6 2 (0.42%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 32 (6.72%) HP Quality Center
2 18 (3.78%) HP ALM
3 16 (3.36%) Ansible
4 9 (1.89%) Kubernetes
4 9 (1.89%) McAfee ePO
4 9 (1.89%) Netcool
4 9 (1.89%) SCCM
5 2 (0.42%) Hadoop YARN
5 2 (0.42%) Kibana
5 2 (0.42%) logstash
5 2 (0.42%) Terraform
6 1 (0.21%) HP Fortify
6 1 (0.21%) Nagios
6 1 (0.21%) Nessus
Vendors
1 66 (13.87%) Microsoft
2 57 (11.97%) Oracle
3 29 (6.09%) HP
4 17 (3.57%) SAP
5 16 (3.36%) Atlassian
6 10 (2.10%) VMware
7 9 (1.89%) Citrix
7 9 (1.89%) McAfee
7 9 (1.89%) Veritas
8 8 (1.68%) EMC
9 7 (1.47%) Telerik
10 4 (0.84%) Salesforce.com
11 3 (0.63%) Apple
11 3 (0.63%) Charles River
11 3 (0.63%) Cisco
11 3 (0.63%) hybris
11 3 (0.63%) IBM
11 3 (0.63%) SimCorp
12 2 (0.42%) Cognos
12 2 (0.42%) Cypress Semiconductor