Period
to 2 June 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 2 June 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
2 Jun 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 397 353 367
Rank change year-on-year -44 +14 -19
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 217 636 686
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.48% 0.70% 0.67%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.56% 0.80% 0.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 142 380 449
Median daily rate £400 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.88% +6.25% +8.11%
10th Percentile £263 £300 £270
90th Percentile £550 £650 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £400 £375
% change year-on-year -6.25% +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 28 12
Median hourly rate £47.25 £39.75 £43.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.87% -9.14% -4.62%
10th Percentile £46.33 £19.25 £13.48
90th Percentile £48.58 £48.75 £49.78
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.25 £40.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year +18.13% -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 38,896 79,073 88,521
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 85.47% 87.24% 86.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 24,501 52,000 58,355
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +2.86%
10th Percentile £300 £305 £298
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £438 £420
% change year-on-year +2.86% +4.17% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,360 2,137 2,331
Median hourly rate £30.00 £24.70 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.48% +12.25% -12.00%
10th Percentile £12.75 £11.85 £11.18
90th Percentile £55.00 £52.50 £50.00
Median hourly rate £23.00 £23.96 £21.00
% change year-on-year -3.99% +14.07% -16.20%

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 2 June 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
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 2 June 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 -56 176 £400 -5.88% 45
UK excluding London -18 139 £375 -6.25% 37
London +45 74 £475 +1.60% 10
South East +76 48 £356 -19.72% 5
Scotland +42 32 £320 -3.76% 1
North of England +16 21 £328 -14.94% 10
South West +17 19 £375 -6.25% 8
Midlands +32 12 £425 +17.24% 8
North West +26 11 £311 -19.16% 3
West Midlands +51 8 £450 +28.57% 6
Yorkshire +46 7 £450 +1.41% 7
Wales +14 6 £400 -5.88% 1
East of England +26 4 £405 +35.16% 4
North East +15 4 £450 +39.53%
East Midlands +14 4 £350 -6.67% 2
Work from Home +12 1 - - 4

For the 6 months to 2 June 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.

1 119 (54.84%) Agile Software Development
2 113 (52.07%) Test Automation
3 64 (29.49%) JIRA
4 63 (29.03%) DevOps
5 62 (28.57%) Java
6 60 (27.65%) SQL
7 57 (26.27%) Test Scripting
8 55 (25.35%) Security Cleared
8 55 (25.35%) ISTQB
9 54 (24.88%) Selenium
10 50 (23.04%) ISEB
11 45 (20.74%) TDD
11 45 (20.74%) Test Strategy
12 44 (20.28%) Scrum
13 42 (19.35%) C#
14 41 (18.89%) QA
15 40 (18.43%) SC Cleared
16 38 (17.51%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
17 37 (17.05%) Problem-Solving
18 36 (16.59%) Azure
19 35 (16.13%) Regression Testing
20 34 (15.67%) Microsoft
21 32 (14.75%) Python
21 32 (14.75%) User Acceptance Testing
21 32 (14.75%) BDD
21 32 (14.75%) SDLC
22 29 (13.36%) Functional Testing
22 29 (13.36%) Scenario Testing
23 28 (12.90%) Analytical Skills
23 28 (12.90%) Waterfall

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 23 (10.60%) Confluence
2 9 (4.15%) IIS
3 5 (2.30%) SharePoint
4 3 (1.38%) CMS
4 3 (1.38%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 2 (0.92%) Apache Spark
5 2 (0.92%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.46%) BizTalk Server
6 1 (0.46%) JBoss
6 1 (0.46%) SharePoint 2013
6 1 (0.46%) WebSphere
Applications
1 11 (5.07%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (4.61%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (1.84%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (1.38%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.92%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.46%) Markit EDM
1 1 (0.46%) Oracle Assets
1 1 (0.46%) Oracle Cash Management
1 1 (0.46%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (0.46%) Oracle ERP
1 1 (0.46%) Oracle Financials
1 1 (0.46%) Oracle General Ledger
1 1 (0.46%) Oracle Payables
1 1 (0.46%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
1 1 (0.46%) Salesforce.com CRM
1 1 (0.46%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 36 (16.59%) Azure
2 17 (7.83%) GitHub
3 8 (3.69%) AWS
4 7 (3.23%) Boomi
5 5 (2.30%) Office 365
5 5 (2.30%) Power Platform
6 3 (1.38%) GCP
7 2 (0.92%) OpenShift
7 2 (0.92%) Slack
8 1 (0.46%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 1 (0.46%) Amazon S3
8 1 (0.46%) BrowserStack
8 1 (0.46%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.46%) Dynamics 365
8 1 (0.46%) npm
8 1 (0.46%) Sauce Labs
8 1 (0.46%) Serverless
8 1 (0.46%) SuccessFactors
8 1 (0.46%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 7 (3.23%) HTTP
2 5 (2.30%) TCP/IP
3 4 (1.84%) Firewall
3 4 (1.84%) WAN
4 3 (1.38%) DHCP
4 3 (1.38%) IPsec
4 3 (1.38%) ISDN
4 3 (1.38%) VLAN
5 2 (0.92%) BGP
5 2 (0.92%) Cisco ASA
5 2 (0.92%) Cisco IOS
5 2 (0.92%) Cisco ISE
5 2 (0.92%) EIGRP
5 2 (0.92%) Ethernet
5 2 (0.92%) HTTPS
5 2 (0.92%) MPLS
5 2 (0.92%) OSPF
5 2 (0.92%) Spanning Tree
5 2 (0.92%) VXLAN
5 2 (0.92%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (11.06%) SQL Server
2 11 (5.07%) Relational Database
3 5 (2.30%) MS Access
3 5 (2.30%) Power BI
3 5 (2.30%) RDBMS
3 5 (2.30%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 4 (1.84%) Big Data
4 4 (1.84%) NoSQL
5 3 (1.38%) MongoDB
5 3 (1.38%) MySQL
6 2 (0.92%) DB2
6 2 (0.92%) GIS
6 2 (0.92%) Hazelcast
7 1 (0.46%) Blockchain
7 1 (0.46%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.46%) Oracle Database 11g
7 1 (0.46%) Oracle Database 12c
7 1 (0.46%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.46%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 64 (29.49%) JIRA
2 54 (24.88%) Selenium
3 26 (11.98%) Postman
4 22 (10.14%) Cucumber
5 19 (8.76%) Team Foundation Server
6 14 (6.45%) SoapUI
7 13 (5.99%) Git (software)
7 13 (5.99%) JMeter
7 13 (5.99%) SpecFlow
7 13 (5.99%) WebDriver
8 12 (5.53%) Jenkins
9 10 (4.61%) Visual Studio
10 9 (4.15%) Zephyr
11 7 (3.23%) HP UFT
11 7 (3.23%) Subversion
12 6 (2.76%) Appium
12 6 (2.76%) NUnit
12 6 (2.76%) Rational DOORS
13 5 (2.30%) Fiddler
14 4 (1.84%) JUnit
General
1 22 (10.14%) Public Sector
2 21 (9.68%) Finance
3 10 (4.61%) Banking
4 8 (3.69%) Telecoms
5 7 (3.23%) Investment Banking
6 4 (1.84%) Games
6 4 (1.84%) Marketing
7 3 (1.38%) Retail
8 2 (0.92%) Electronics
8 2 (0.92%) Front Office
8 2 (0.92%) General Ledger
9 1 (0.46%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.46%) Avionics
9 1 (0.46%) Back Office
9 1 (0.46%) Billing
9 1 (0.46%) Legal
9 1 (0.46%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.46%) Military
Job Titles
1 45 (20.74%) Analyst
2 40 (18.43%) Tester
3 39 (17.97%) Test Analyst
4 31 (14.29%) Test Engineer
5 28 (12.90%) Developer
6 26 (11.98%) Test Manager
7 13 (5.99%) Automation Tester
7 13 (5.99%) Software Tester
8 10 (4.61%) QA Engineer
9 9 (4.15%) Test Leader
10 8 (3.69%) C# Developer
10 8 (3.69%) Java Developer
11 7 (3.23%) QA Analyst
12 6 (2.76%) Automation Engineer
13 5 (2.30%) Integration Engineer
13 5 (2.30%) Network Engineer
13 5 (2.30%) QA Automation Engineer
13 5 (2.30%) Senior Analyst
13 5 (2.30%) Senior Test Analyst
13 5 (2.30%) VBA Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (10.60%) .NET
2 22 (10.14%) Web Services
3 21 (9.68%) XML
4 14 (6.45%) SOAP
5 13 (5.99%) REST
6 12 (5.53%) AngularJS
7 11 (5.07%) HTML
8 10 (4.61%) Node.js
9 9 (4.15%) Gherkin
9 9 (4.15%) RESTful
10 8 (3.69%) JSON
11 7 (3.23%) Spring Boot
12 6 (2.76%) Express
12 6 (2.76%) React
13 5 (2.30%) CSS
13 5 (2.30%) ODBC
14 4 (1.84%) FpML
14 4 (1.84%) HTML5
14 4 (1.84%) Sass
15 3 (1.38%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 28 (12.90%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (6.45%) Self-Motivation
3 11 (5.07%) User Experience
4 6 (2.76%) Fixed Income
5 5 (2.30%) Cyber Defence
5 5 (2.30%) Virtual Team
6 4 (1.84%) Derivative
6 4 (1.84%) Enterprise Software
6 4 (1.84%) OTC Derivatives
7 3 (1.38%) Data Centre
7 3 (1.38%) Management Information System
8 2 (0.92%) Driving Licence
8 2 (0.92%) Equities
8 2 (0.92%) Equity Derivative
8 2 (0.92%) iSeries
8 2 (0.92%) Mobile App
9 1 (0.46%) AS400
9 1 (0.46%) e-Health
9 1 (0.46%) PKI
9 1 (0.46%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 27 (12.44%) Windows
2 16 (7.37%) Unix
3 9 (4.15%) Linux
4 7 (3.23%) Windows 10
4 7 (3.23%) Windows 7
5 3 (1.38%) Apple iOS
6 2 (0.92%) Android
6 2 (0.92%) Windows Server 2003
6 2 (0.92%) Windows XP
7 1 (0.46%) AIX
7 1 (0.46%) Solaris
7 1 (0.46%) Windows Mobile
7 1 (0.46%) Windows Server
7 1 (0.46%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (0.46%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.46%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 119 (54.84%) Agile Software Development
2 113 (52.07%) Test Automation
3 63 (29.03%) DevOps
4 57 (26.27%) Test Scripting
5 45 (20.74%) TDD
5 45 (20.74%) Test Strategy
6 44 (20.28%) Scrum
7 37 (17.05%) Problem-Solving
8 35 (16.13%) Regression Testing
9 32 (14.75%) BDD
9 32 (14.75%) SDLC
9 32 (14.75%) User Acceptance Testing
10 29 (13.36%) Functional Testing
10 29 (13.36%) Scenario Testing
11 28 (12.90%) Waterfall
12 27 (12.44%) Continuous Integration
12 27 (12.44%) Test Management
13 25 (11.52%) API Testing
14 22 (10.14%) Manual Testing
15 20 (9.22%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 62 (28.57%) Java
2 60 (27.65%) SQL
3 42 (19.35%) C#
4 32 (14.75%) Python
5 25 (11.52%) JavaScript
6 14 (6.45%) PowerShell
7 7 (3.23%) Scala
8 6 (2.76%) Groovy
8 6 (2.76%) T-SQL
9 5 (2.30%) ANSI SQL
9 5 (2.30%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
9 5 (2.30%) VB
9 5 (2.30%) VBA
10 4 (1.84%) C++
10 4 (1.84%) TypeScript
11 3 (1.38%) Bash Shell
11 3 (1.38%) C
11 3 (1.38%) Perl
11 3 (1.38%) Shell Script
11 3 (1.38%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 55 (25.35%) ISTQB
1 55 (25.35%) Security Cleared
2 50 (23.04%) ISEB
3 40 (18.43%) SC Cleared
4 38 (17.51%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 12 (5.53%) Degree
6 8 (3.69%) Cisco Certification
7 6 (2.76%) DV Cleared
7 6 (2.76%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 5 (2.30%) BPSS Clearance
8 5 (2.30%) CCNA
9 4 (1.84%) ISEB Practitioner
10 3 (1.38%) Computer Science Degree
11 2 (0.92%) CCIE
11 2 (0.92%) CCNP
11 2 (0.92%) Master's Degree
12 1 (0.46%) MCITP
12 1 (0.46%) MCTS
12 1 (0.46%) Microsoft Certification
12 1 (0.46%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 41 (18.89%) QA
2 3 (1.38%) GDPR
2 3 (1.38%) IFRS
3 2 (0.92%) Data Quality
3 2 (0.92%) Solvency II
4 1 (0.46%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.46%) HL7
4 1 (0.46%) IFRS 9
4 1 (0.46%) MiFID
System Software
1 10 (4.61%) Active Directory
2 8 (3.69%) Docker
3 5 (2.30%) Hyper-V
4 3 (1.38%) zsh
5 2 (0.92%) VMware Infrastructure
6 1 (0.46%) Firmware
6 1 (0.46%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.46%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.46%) VirtualBox
6 1 (0.46%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.46%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 8 (3.69%) Kubernetes
2 6 (2.76%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (2.76%) SCCM
2 6 (2.76%) Terraform
3 5 (2.30%) Ansible
3 5 (2.30%) HP ALM
3 5 (2.30%) Puppet
4 4 (1.84%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (0.92%) Cisco Prime
5 2 (0.92%) Kibana
5 2 (0.92%) logstash
5 2 (0.92%) SCOM
5 2 (0.92%) TrustSec
6 1 (0.46%) Grafana
6 1 (0.46%) McAfee ePO
6 1 (0.46%) Netcool
6 1 (0.46%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 34 (15.67%) Microsoft
2 23 (10.60%) Oracle
3 11 (5.07%) Atlassian
3 11 (5.07%) HP
4 9 (4.15%) SAP
5 7 (3.23%) Cisco
5 7 (3.23%) Databricks
5 7 (3.23%) Dell
6 5 (2.30%) EMC
6 5 (2.30%) Talend
7 4 (1.84%) IBM
8 3 (1.38%) CA
8 3 (1.38%) Capita
8 3 (1.38%) VMware
9 2 (0.92%) Citrix
9 2 (0.92%) Guidewire
9 2 (0.92%) Juniper
9 2 (0.92%) Sybase
10 1 (0.46%) AppDynamics
10 1 (0.46%) Xamarin