Period
to 16 January 2018

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 16 January 2018 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
16 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 343 349 233
Rank change year-on-year +6 -116 +44
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 695 672 1,186
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.69% 0.70% 1.11%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.82% 0.83% 1.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 413 394 642
UK median daily rate £388 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.71% - +0.72%
10th Percentile £250 £213 £250
90th Percentile £550 £538 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £333
% change year-on-year +7.69% -2.26% -0.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 29 21
UK median hourly rate £40.50 £40.00 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.25% +37.93% -17.14%
10th Percentile £12.71 £14.73 £20.00
90th Percentile £47.50 £51.34 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.50 £37.50 £29.00
% change year-on-year +8.00% +29.31% -19.44%

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 84,708 80,985 88,418
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.49% 83.85% 82.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 56,780 53,648 57,331
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £285 £263 £263
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +2.50% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,963 2,249 2,692
UK median hourly rate £23.75 £24.43 £23.43
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.78% +4.29% +17.13%
10th Percentile £11.45 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.75 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.29 £24.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +1.21% -4.00% +25.00%

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 16 January 2018.

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 16 January 2018.

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 16 January 2018. 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 -6 585 £400 +10.34% 329
UK excluding London -15 412 £350 +7.69% 274
London +22 278 £425 -2.58% 77
South East -36 107 £350 +8.53% 63
Scotland -4 82 £306 +11.36% 10
North of England +29 61 £338 -3.57% 72
East of England -18 52 £350 +7.69% 36
Midlands -1 48 £384 +18.08% 54
South West -11 43 £375 +7.14% 27
North West +12 37 £305 -21.79% 29
East Midlands +11 24 £388 +10.71% 22
West Midlands -3 24 £380 +16.92% 31
Yorkshire +24 22 £426 +48.26% 38
Wales -7 17 £325 -16.67% 7
Northern Ireland -21 3 £300 - 5
Isle of Man - 3 £225 -
North East +50 2 £350 +27.27% 5

For the 6 months to 16 January 2018, 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.

1 387 (55.68%) Agile Software Development
2 328 (47.19%) Test Automation
3 179 (25.76%) Finance
4 176 (25.32%) QA
5 170 (24.46%) ISEB
6 161 (23.17%) Java
7 149 (21.44%) Test Scripting
8 148 (21.29%) Scrum
8 148 (21.29%) ISTQB
9 146 (21.01%) SQL
10 143 (20.58%) Selenium
11 135 (19.42%) JIRA
12 116 (16.69%) User Acceptance Testing
13 110 (15.83%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 106 (15.25%) BDD
15 97 (13.96%) SDLC
16 96 (13.81%) Python
17 91 (13.09%) Regression Testing
18 88 (12.66%) Degree
18 88 (12.66%) Jenkins
19 85 (12.23%) Cucumber
19 85 (12.23%) Linux
20 83 (11.94%) HP
20 83 (11.94%) Defect Management
21 81 (11.65%) Functional Testing
21 81 (11.65%) C#
22 79 (11.37%) TDD
22 79 (11.37%) Test Strategy
23 77 (11.08%) Waterfall
24 76 (10.94%) Analytical Skills

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 45 (6.47%) Confluence
2 20 (2.88%) CMS
3 17 (2.45%) SharePoint
4 16 (2.30%) Tomcat
5 10 (1.44%) SAS
6 9 (1.29%) IIS
7 7 (1.01%) JBoss
8 4 (0.58%) Apache
8 4 (0.58%) MS Exchange
8 4 (0.58%) SharePoint 2010
8 4 (0.58%) SharePoint 2013
8 4 (0.58%) WebLogic
9 3 (0.43%) Documentum
9 3 (0.43%) Elasticsearch
9 3 (0.43%) WordPress
10 2 (0.29%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 2 (0.29%) ColdFusion
10 2 (0.29%) Joomla!
10 2 (0.29%) NServiceBus
10 2 (0.29%) WebSphere
Applications
1 35 (5.04%) Microsoft Office
2 30 (4.32%) Microsoft Project
3 27 (3.88%) Microsoft Excel
4 7 (1.01%) MS Visio
5 6 (0.86%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 6 (0.86%) Simulink
6 2 (0.29%) Mingle
7 1 (0.14%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 7 (1.01%) Oracle EBS
2 6 (0.86%) ION MarketView
2 6 (0.86%) Oracle Financials
3 5 (0.72%) Markit EDM
3 5 (0.72%) Oracle EBS R12
3 5 (0.72%) Oracle Payables
4 4 (0.58%) Oracle Assets
4 4 (0.58%) Oracle Receivables
4 4 (0.58%) SAP CO
4 4 (0.58%) SAP FI
4 4 (0.58%) SAP FI/CO
5 3 (0.43%) Dynamics CRM
5 3 (0.43%) Maximo
5 3 (0.43%) Oracle General Ledger
5 3 (0.43%) SAP MM
6 2 (0.29%) NetSuite
6 2 (0.29%) Oracle 11i
6 2 (0.29%) Oracle Applications
6 2 (0.29%) Oracle Internet Expenses
6 2 (0.29%) Oracle iProcurement
Cloud Services
1 39 (5.61%) Amazon AWS
2 32 (4.60%) Microsoft Azure
3 14 (2.01%) GitHub
4 11 (1.58%) IaaS
5 10 (1.44%) npm
6 5 (0.72%) Heroku
6 5 (0.72%) Twilio
7 4 (0.58%) Sauce Labs
8 3 (0.43%) AWS CloudFormation
8 3 (0.43%) Google Cloud Platform
8 3 (0.43%) SaaS
9 2 (0.29%) BrowserStack
9 2 (0.29%) Office 365
9 2 (0.29%) PaaS
10 1 (0.14%) Boomi
10 1 (0.14%) Cloud Computing
10 1 (0.14%) Dynamics 365
10 1 (0.14%) OneDrive
10 1 (0.14%) Trello
10 1 (0.14%) vREST
Communications & Networking
1 16 (2.30%) Internet
2 14 (2.01%) HTTP
3 12 (1.73%) DNS
4 11 (1.58%) VLAN
5 6 (0.86%) SMS
5 6 (0.86%) Wireshark
6 5 (0.72%) Firewall
6 5 (0.72%) Wireless
7 4 (0.58%) Cisco ASA
7 4 (0.58%) Cisco Nexus
7 4 (0.58%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
7 4 (0.58%) Network Security
7 4 (0.58%) OSPF
7 4 (0.58%) tcpdump
7 4 (0.58%) VSAN
8 3 (0.43%) LDAP
8 3 (0.43%) PuTTY
8 3 (0.43%) WinSCP
9 2 (0.29%) SSL
9 2 (0.29%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 44 (6.33%) SQL Server
2 36 (5.18%) Relational Database
3 29 (4.17%) NoSQL
4 23 (3.31%) MongoDB
4 23 (3.31%) MySQL
5 16 (2.30%) Redis
6 11 (1.58%) Big Data
7 10 (1.44%) Oracle Database
8 9 (1.29%) Data Warehouse
9 8 (1.15%) PostgreSQL
10 7 (1.01%) SQL Server 2012
11 5 (0.72%) Amazon Redshift
11 5 (0.72%) BusinessObjects
11 5 (0.72%) SAS Visual Analytics
12 4 (0.58%) DB2
12 4 (0.58%) Hadoop
13 3 (0.43%) Data Mining
13 3 (0.43%) MariaDB
13 3 (0.43%) RDBMS
14 2 (0.29%) GIS
Development Applications
1 143 (20.58%) Selenium
2 135 (19.42%) JIRA
3 88 (12.66%) Jenkins
4 85 (12.23%) Cucumber
5 75 (10.79%) Git (software)
6 52 (7.48%) SoapUI
7 51 (7.34%) WebDriver
8 39 (5.61%) JUnit
9 35 (5.04%) Team Foundation Server
10 34 (4.89%) JMeter
11 28 (4.03%) Visual Studio
12 26 (3.74%) HP UFT
13 24 (3.45%) Zephyr
14 23 (3.31%) TeamCity
15 21 (3.02%) SpecFlow
16 20 (2.88%) LoadRunner
16 20 (2.88%) Maven
17 19 (2.73%) Appium
18 17 (2.45%) Subversion
19 16 (2.30%) Eclipse
General
1 179 (25.76%) Finance
2 65 (9.35%) Banking
3 25 (3.60%) Law
4 23 (3.31%) Games
5 20 (2.88%) Investment Banking
6 19 (2.73%) Retail
7 16 (2.30%) Front Office
8 13 (1.87%) Legal
9 11 (1.58%) Marketing
10 10 (1.44%) Back Office
11 9 (1.29%) Retail Banking
11 9 (1.29%) Telecoms
12 8 (1.15%) Electronics
13 7 (1.01%) Financial Institution
14 6 (0.86%) Billing
15 5 (0.72%) Automotive
15 5 (0.72%) General Ledger
15 5 (0.72%) Romanian Language
16 4 (0.58%) Advertising
17 3 (0.43%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 239 (34.39%) Analyst
2 190 (27.34%) Test Analyst
3 126 (18.13%) Tester
4 64 (9.21%) Developer
5 56 (8.06%) Test Manager
6 53 (7.63%) Test Engineer
7 39 (5.61%) Software Tester
8 38 (5.47%) Automation Tester
9 36 (5.18%) Automation Test Analyst
10 24 (3.45%) QA Engineer
11 23 (3.31%) Business Analyst
11 23 (3.31%) QA Tester
12 22 (3.17%) Senior Analyst
13 18 (2.59%) Test Leader
14 17 (2.45%) Architect
14 17 (2.45%) Java Automation Tester
14 17 (2.45%) Java Developer
14 17 (2.45%) Test Automation Engineer
15 16 (2.30%) DevOps Engineer
15 16 (2.30%) Software Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 59 (8.49%) Web Services
2 54 (7.77%) HTML
3 48 (6.91%) .NET
4 41 (5.90%) RESTful
5 40 (5.76%) XML
6 38 (5.47%) CSS
7 33 (4.75%) Gherkin
7 33 (4.75%) JSON
8 30 (4.32%) SOAP
9 29 (4.17%) REST
10 25 (3.60%) HTML5
11 24 (3.45%) Spring
12 23 (3.31%) Node.js
13 18 (2.59%) AngularJS
13 18 (2.59%) jQuery
14 17 (2.45%) CSS3
15 16 (2.30%) ActiveMQ
15 16 (2.30%) Hibernate
16 13 (1.87%) .NET Framework
17 11 (1.58%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 76 (10.94%) Analytical Skills
2 38 (5.47%) Computer Science
3 19 (2.73%) Public Cloud
4 18 (2.59%) Virtual Team
5 17 (2.45%) Management Information System
5 17 (2.45%) Online Games
6 16 (2.30%) Fixed Income
7 15 (2.16%) Client/Server
8 14 (2.01%) Mobile App
9 12 (1.73%) User Experience
10 11 (1.58%) Private Cloud
11 10 (1.44%) Enterprise Cloud
12 7 (1.01%) STB
13 6 (0.86%) 3D Graphics
13 6 (0.86%) Data Centre
13 6 (0.86%) Data Structures
13 6 (0.86%) PlayStation
14 5 (0.72%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 5 (0.72%) Greenfield Project
14 5 (0.72%) Interactive TV
Operating Systems
1 85 (12.23%) Linux
2 72 (10.36%) Windows
3 51 (7.34%) Unix
4 20 (2.88%) Windows Server
5 19 (2.73%) Mac OS X
6 14 (2.01%) Android
7 11 (1.58%) Apple iOS
8 7 (1.01%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 6 (0.86%) Solaris
9 6 (0.86%) Windows 10
9 6 (0.86%) Windows Server 2012
10 2 (0.29%) AIX
11 1 (0.14%) HPUX
11 1 (0.14%) Tru64
11 1 (0.14%) Windows 7
11 1 (0.14%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 387 (55.68%) Agile Software Development
2 328 (47.19%) Test Automation
3 149 (21.44%) Test Scripting
4 148 (21.29%) Scrum
5 116 (16.69%) User Acceptance Testing
6 106 (15.25%) BDD
7 97 (13.96%) SDLC
8 91 (13.09%) Regression Testing
9 83 (11.94%) Defect Management
10 81 (11.65%) Functional Testing
11 79 (11.37%) TDD
11 79 (11.37%) Test Strategy
12 77 (11.08%) Waterfall
13 72 (10.36%) Scenario Testing
14 70 (10.07%) Integration Testing
15 67 (9.64%) Configuration Management
16 62 (8.92%) Continuous Integration
17 61 (8.78%) DevOps
18 59 (8.49%) Manual Testing
19 55 (7.91%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 161 (23.17%) Java
2 146 (21.01%) SQL
3 96 (13.81%) Python
4 81 (11.65%) C#
5 65 (9.35%) JavaScript
6 48 (6.91%) Ruby
7 40 (5.76%) C
8 37 (5.32%) C++
9 20 (2.88%) Scala
10 19 (2.73%) Perl
11 18 (2.59%) PHP
12 16 (2.30%) R
13 11 (1.58%) Jython
13 11 (1.58%) T-SQL
13 11 (1.58%) VB.NET
13 11 (1.58%) VBScript
14 8 (1.15%) Groovy
15 7 (1.01%) MATLAB
16 6 (0.86%) Shell Script
17 5 (0.72%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 170 (24.46%) ISEB
2 148 (21.29%) ISTQB
3 110 (15.83%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 88 (12.66%) Degree
5 69 (9.93%) Security Cleared
6 41 (5.90%) SC Cleared
7 16 (2.30%) Numerate Degree
8 14 (2.01%) DV Cleared
9 13 (1.87%) Computer Science Degree
10 10 (1.44%) ISEB Practitioner
11 8 (1.15%) Master's Degree
12 5 (0.72%) BPSS Clearance
13 4 (0.58%) CCNP
13 4 (0.58%) Cisco Certification
14 2 (0.29%) CLAS
14 2 (0.29%) CTC Cleared
14 2 (0.29%) DBS Check
15 1 (0.14%) PhD
15 1 (0.14%) PMI Certification
15 1 (0.14%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 176 (25.32%) QA
2 11 (1.58%) MiFID
3 7 (1.01%) Disclosure Scotland
4 5 (0.72%) IFRS
4 5 (0.72%) IFRS 9
4 5 (0.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 5 (0.72%) WCAG
5 4 (0.58%) Data Quality
5 4 (0.58%) Def Stans
5 4 (0.58%) GDPR
5 4 (0.58%) PMO
6 2 (0.29%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 2 (0.29%) GMP
6 2 (0.29%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.14%) DO-178B
7 1 (0.14%) ISO 20022
7 1 (0.14%) ISO 8583
7 1 (0.14%) MISRA
7 1 (0.14%) MISRA C
7 1 (0.14%) SLA
System Software
1 9 (1.29%) Active Directory
1 9 (1.29%) VMware Infrastructure
2 8 (1.15%) Docker
3 4 (0.58%) Virtual Servers
3 4 (0.58%) VMware Workstation
3 4 (0.58%) vSphere
4 3 (0.43%) Firmware
5 2 (0.29%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (0.29%) VirtualBox
6 1 (0.14%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 64 (9.21%) HP Quality Center
2 41 (5.90%) Puppet
3 17 (2.45%) Ansible
4 12 (1.73%) Grafana
4 12 (1.73%) StatsD
5 7 (1.01%) SCCM
6 6 (0.86%) CA Service Virtualization
6 6 (0.86%) Opscode Chef
7 5 (0.72%) rkt
7 5 (0.72%) WhatsUp Gold
8 4 (0.58%) Graphite
8 4 (0.58%) HAProxy
8 4 (0.58%) Icinga
8 4 (0.58%) SCOM
9 1 (0.14%) Ambari
9 1 (0.14%) EMC NetWorker
9 1 (0.14%) Hadoop YARN
Vendors
1 83 (11.94%) HP
2 70 (10.07%) Microsoft
3 64 (9.21%) Oracle
4 31 (4.46%) Atlassian
5 12 (1.73%) Splunk
6 10 (1.44%) IBM
6 10 (1.44%) VMware
7 9 (1.29%) Charles River
7 9 (1.29%) Salesforce.com
8 8 (1.15%) Guidewire
8 8 (1.15%) ServiceNow
9 7 (1.01%) Red Hat
10 6 (0.86%) CA
10 6 (0.86%) ION Trading
11 5 (0.72%) BMC
11 5 (0.72%) Google
11 5 (0.72%) Perforce
11 5 (0.72%) SAP
12 4 (0.58%) CheckPoint
12 4 (0.58%) Cisco