Period
to 20 November 2017

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 20 November 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
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 339 335 230
Rank change year-on-year -4 -105 +49
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 721 739 1250
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.71% 0.71% 1.09%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.83% 0.85% 1.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 419 454 643
UK median daily rate £380 £342 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.11% -2.29% +3.70%
10th Percentile £230 £208 £251
90th Percentile £550 £497 £508
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £330
% change year-on-year +7.69% -1.52% +1.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 19 18
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £35.00 £29.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +28.57% +18.64% -15.71%
10th Percentile £36.40 £14.73 £17.90
90th Percentile £52.50 £50.50 £42.53
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £40.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year +12.50% +37.93% -22.67%

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 86424 87276 93513
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.51% 83.91% 81.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 57570 57725 60596
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £281 £263 £263
90th Percentile £630 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £385
% change year-on-year - +3.90% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2044 2323 2749
UK median hourly rate £23.63 £24.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.56% +6.67% +18.42%
10th Percentile £11.44 £11.26 £11.50
90th Percentile £49.75 £48.75 £47.71
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £24.50 £23.75
% change year-on-year -2.04% +3.16% +18.75%

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 20 November 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 6 months to 20 November 2017.

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 20 November 2017. 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 +18 631 £400 +14.29% 131
UK excluding London -4 441 £350 +7.69% 112
London +39 274 £450 +20.00% 25
South East -18 113 £350 +7.69% 22
East of England +10 69 £346 +6.31% 18
North of England +23 63 £335 -4.29% 32
Scotland -44 59 £288 +4.55% 7
Midlands +27 57 £384 +22.80% 14
South West +3 55 £290 -10.77% 19
North West +9 44 £310 -17.33% 16
West Midlands +16 29 £380 +18.75% 8
East Midlands +18 28 £388 +25.00% 6
Wales -3 19 £346 -11.22%
Yorkshire +10 18 £450 +63.64% 14
Isle of Man - 3 £225 -
Northern Ireland - 3 £300 -
North East +42 1 - - 2

For the 6 months to 20 November 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.

1 387 (53.68%) Agile Software Development
2 351 (48.68%) Test Automation
3 189 (26.21%) Finance
4 185 (25.66%) ISEB
5 184 (25.52%) QA
6 167 (23.16%) SQL
7 157 (21.78%) Java
7 157 (21.78%) Test Scripting
8 153 (21.22%) ISTQB
9 147 (20.39%) Scrum
10 142 (19.69%) JIRA
11 140 (19.42%) Selenium
12 115 (15.95%) User Acceptance Testing
13 109 (15.12%) SDLC
14 108 (14.98%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 101 (14.01%) HP
16 100 (13.87%) Regression Testing
17 99 (13.73%) Python
18 95 (13.18%) Linux
19 92 (12.76%) Defect Management
20 91 (12.62%) Test Strategy
21 88 (12.21%) BDD
21 88 (12.21%) Degree
22 86 (11.93%) Functional Testing
22 86 (11.93%) HP Quality Center
22 86 (11.93%) Analytical Skills
23 85 (11.79%) Windows
24 84 (11.65%) Jenkins
25 76 (10.54%) Waterfall
25 76 (10.54%) Cucumber

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 38 (5.27%) Confluence
2 20 (2.77%) SharePoint
3 15 (2.08%) CMS
3 15 (2.08%) Tomcat
4 14 (1.94%) IIS
5 6 (0.83%) JBoss
5 6 (0.83%) SharePoint 2013
6 5 (0.69%) MS Exchange
6 5 (0.69%) SAS
7 4 (0.55%) Apache
7 4 (0.55%) Apache Spark
7 4 (0.55%) NServiceBus
7 4 (0.55%) WebLogic
8 3 (0.42%) Cloud Foundry
8 3 (0.42%) Documentum
8 3 (0.42%) WebSphere
9 2 (0.28%) BizTalk Server
9 2 (0.28%) ColdFusion
9 2 (0.28%) Joomla!
9 2 (0.28%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 38 (5.27%) Microsoft Office
2 30 (4.16%) Microsoft Excel
3 29 (4.02%) Microsoft Project
4 14 (1.94%) MS Visio
5 7 (0.97%) Simulink
6 6 (0.83%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 3 (0.42%) Stata
8 2 (0.28%) Mingle
9 1 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (0.97%) ION MarketView
1 7 (0.97%) Oracle EBS
2 6 (0.83%) Markit EDM
2 6 (0.83%) Oracle Financials
3 5 (0.69%) Oracle EBS R12
3 5 (0.69%) Oracle Payables
4 4 (0.55%) Oracle Assets
4 4 (0.55%) Oracle Receivables
4 4 (0.55%) SAP CO
4 4 (0.55%) SAP FI
4 4 (0.55%) SAP FI/CO
4 4 (0.55%) Unit4 Business World
5 3 (0.42%) Dynamics CRM
5 3 (0.42%) Maximo
5 3 (0.42%) Oracle General Ledger
5 3 (0.42%) SAP ERP
5 3 (0.42%) SAP MM
6 2 (0.28%) Oracle 11i
6 2 (0.28%) Oracle Internet Expenses
6 2 (0.28%) Oracle iProcurement
Cloud Services
1 44 (6.10%) Amazon AWS
2 29 (4.02%) Microsoft Azure
3 15 (2.08%) GitHub
4 11 (1.53%) IaaS
4 11 (1.53%) npm
5 4 (0.55%) Heroku
5 4 (0.55%) Office 365
5 4 (0.55%) Twilio
6 3 (0.42%) AWS CloudFormation
6 3 (0.42%) BrowserStack
6 3 (0.42%) Google Cloud Platform
6 3 (0.42%) PaaS
6 3 (0.42%) SaaS
6 3 (0.42%) Sauce Labs
7 2 (0.28%) Amazon EC2
7 2 (0.28%) Amazon S3
7 2 (0.28%) Google Analytics
8 1 (0.14%) Boomi
8 1 (0.14%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.14%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 17 (2.36%) HTTP
2 14 (1.94%) Internet
3 13 (1.80%) DNS
4 11 (1.53%) VLAN
5 9 (1.25%) Wireless
5 9 (1.25%) Wireshark
6 7 (0.97%) Broadband
7 6 (0.83%) Firewall
7 6 (0.83%) NAS
7 6 (0.83%) SMS
7 6 (0.83%) TCP/IP
8 5 (0.69%) 802.11
8 5 (0.69%) ADSL
8 5 (0.69%) Bluetooth
8 5 (0.69%) Ethernet
8 5 (0.69%) IPv4
8 5 (0.69%) IPv6
8 5 (0.69%) UPnP
8 5 (0.69%) VDSL
8 5 (0.69%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 56 (7.77%) SQL Server
2 37 (5.13%) Relational Database
3 25 (3.47%) NoSQL
4 21 (2.91%) MySQL
5 19 (2.64%) MongoDB
6 12 (1.66%) Oracle Database
6 12 (1.66%) Redis
7 11 (1.53%) Data Warehouse
8 10 (1.39%) Big Data
8 10 (1.39%) SQL Server 2012
9 6 (0.83%) Hadoop
9 6 (0.83%) PostgreSQL
10 5 (0.69%) DB2
11 4 (0.55%) Amazon Redshift
11 4 (0.55%) Pentaho
11 4 (0.55%) RDBMS
12 3 (0.42%) BusinessObjects
12 3 (0.42%) EDRMS
12 3 (0.42%) Siebel EIM
12 3 (0.42%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 142 (19.69%) JIRA
2 140 (19.42%) Selenium
3 84 (11.65%) Jenkins
4 76 (10.54%) Cucumber
5 73 (10.12%) Git (software)
6 61 (8.46%) SoapUI
7 51 (7.07%) WebDriver
8 39 (5.41%) JMeter
9 38 (5.27%) JUnit
10 32 (4.44%) Team Foundation Server
11 24 (3.33%) HP UFT
12 22 (3.05%) TeamCity
13 21 (2.91%) LoadUI
13 21 (2.91%) Visual Studio
14 20 (2.77%) SpecFlow
15 19 (2.64%) Appium
16 18 (2.50%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 16 (2.22%) Hudson
18 14 (1.94%) Bitbucket
18 14 (1.94%) Zephyr
General
1 189 (26.21%) Finance
2 59 (8.18%) Banking
3 31 (4.30%) Law
4 24 (3.33%) Retail
5 21 (2.91%) Investment Banking
6 18 (2.50%) Marketing
7 17 (2.36%) Games
8 15 (2.08%) Legal
9 14 (1.94%) Front Office
10 10 (1.39%) Billing
11 9 (1.25%) Back Office
11 9 (1.25%) Financial Institution
12 8 (1.11%) Electronics
12 8 (1.11%) Retail Banking
12 8 (1.11%) Telecoms
13 6 (0.83%) Avionics
14 5 (0.69%) Automotive
14 5 (0.69%) General Ledger
14 5 (0.69%) Romanian Language
15 4 (0.55%) Military
Job Titles
1 262 (36.34%) Analyst
2 212 (29.40%) Test Analyst
3 129 (17.89%) Tester
4 71 (9.85%) Test Engineer
5 67 (9.29%) Developer
6 43 (5.96%) Test Manager
7 41 (5.69%) Software Tester
8 39 (5.41%) Automation Tester
9 31 (4.30%) Automation Test Analyst
10 22 (3.05%) QA Engineer
11 21 (2.91%) Performance Analyst
11 21 (2.91%) Performance Test Analyst
11 21 (2.91%) QA Tester
12 20 (2.77%) Business Analyst
12 20 (2.77%) Test Automation Engineer
13 19 (2.64%) Test Leader
14 18 (2.50%) Senior Analyst
15 17 (2.36%) DevOps Engineer
15 17 (2.36%) Java Developer
15 17 (2.36%) QA Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 74 (10.26%) Web Services
2 49 (6.80%) HTML
3 46 (6.38%) .NET
4 38 (5.27%) XML
5 37 (5.13%) RESTful
6 34 (4.72%) CSS
7 32 (4.44%) JSON
8 27 (3.74%) Gherkin
8 27 (3.74%) Node.js
8 27 (3.74%) REST
8 27 (3.74%) SOAP
9 22 (3.05%) HTML5
10 19 (2.64%) AngularJS
10 19 (2.64%) Spring
11 15 (2.08%) CSS3
12 14 (1.94%) ActiveMQ
12 14 (1.94%) jQuery
13 11 (1.53%) Express
13 11 (1.53%) Hibernate
14 9 (1.25%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 86 (11.93%) Analytical Skills
2 38 (5.27%) Computer Science
3 21 (2.91%) Management Information System
3 21 (2.91%) Mobile App
4 19 (2.64%) Public Cloud
5 18 (2.50%) Virtual Team
6 15 (2.08%) Fixed Income
7 14 (1.94%) Client/Server
7 14 (1.94%) User Experience
8 13 (1.80%) STB
9 12 (1.66%) Online Games
10 11 (1.53%) Private Cloud
11 8 (1.11%) Enterprise Cloud
12 7 (0.97%) Interactive TV
13 6 (0.83%) 3D Graphics
13 6 (0.83%) Data Centre
13 6 (0.83%) PlayStation
13 6 (0.83%) Video on Demand
14 5 (0.69%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 5 (0.69%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 95 (13.18%) Linux
2 85 (11.79%) Windows
3 50 (6.93%) Unix
4 22 (3.05%) Windows Server
5 15 (2.08%) Android
6 14 (1.94%) Mac OS X
7 12 (1.66%) Apple iOS
8 11 (1.53%) Windows Server 2012
9 6 (0.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 6 (0.83%) Solaris
10 3 (0.42%) AIX
10 3 (0.42%) Windows 10
11 2 (0.28%) Tru64
11 2 (0.28%) Windows 7
12 1 (0.14%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 387 (53.68%) Agile Software Development
2 351 (48.68%) Test Automation
3 157 (21.78%) Test Scripting
4 147 (20.39%) Scrum
5 115 (15.95%) User Acceptance Testing
6 109 (15.12%) SDLC
7 100 (13.87%) Regression Testing
8 92 (12.76%) Defect Management
9 91 (12.62%) Test Strategy
10 88 (12.21%) BDD
11 86 (11.93%) Functional Testing
12 76 (10.54%) Waterfall
13 65 (9.02%) Integration Testing
14 64 (8.88%) TDD
14 64 (8.88%) User Stories
15 59 (8.18%) Scenario Testing
16 58 (8.04%) Configuration Management
16 58 (8.04%) Continuous Integration
17 57 (7.91%) Test Management
17 57 (7.91%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 167 (23.16%) SQL
2 157 (21.78%) Java
3 99 (13.73%) Python
4 75 (10.40%) JavaScript
5 74 (10.26%) C#
6 50 (6.93%) Ruby
7 39 (5.41%) C
7 39 (5.41%) C++
8 23 (3.19%) Perl
9 18 (2.50%) PHP
10 15 (2.08%) Scala
10 15 (2.08%) T-SQL
11 14 (1.94%) VB.NET
12 13 (1.80%) R
13 11 (1.53%) MATLAB
14 10 (1.39%) Shell Script
15 9 (1.25%) Bash Shell
16 8 (1.11%) PowerShell
16 8 (1.11%) VBScript
17 7 (0.97%) Jython
Qualifications
1 185 (25.66%) ISEB
2 153 (21.22%) ISTQB
3 108 (14.98%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 88 (12.21%) Degree
5 71 (9.85%) Security Cleared
6 40 (5.55%) SC Cleared
7 14 (1.94%) Computer Science Degree
7 14 (1.94%) DV Cleared
8 13 (1.80%) Numerate Degree
9 8 (1.11%) ISEB Practitioner
9 8 (1.11%) Master's Degree
10 5 (0.69%) BPSS Clearance
11 4 (0.55%) CCNP
11 4 (0.55%) Cisco Certification
11 4 (0.55%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 3 (0.42%) Siebel Certification
13 2 (0.28%) DBS Check
13 2 (0.28%) Microsoft Certification
13 2 (0.28%) PMI Certification
13 2 (0.28%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 184 (25.52%) QA
2 9 (1.25%) Disclosure Scotland
2 9 (1.25%) MiFID
3 5 (0.69%) IFRS
3 5 (0.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (0.69%) WCAG
4 4 (0.55%) Data Quality
4 4 (0.55%) PMO
5 3 (0.42%) Def Stans
5 3 (0.42%) GDPR
5 3 (0.42%) IFRS 9
6 2 (0.28%) MIL-STD-1553
6 2 (0.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.14%) 21 CFR Part 11
7 1 (0.14%) GMP
7 1 (0.14%) ISO 8583
7 1 (0.14%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.14%) MISRA C
7 1 (0.14%) SLA
7 1 (0.14%) TickIT
System Software
1 12 (1.66%) Active Directory
2 9 (1.25%) Docker
3 8 (1.11%) Firmware
3 8 (1.11%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (0.55%) Virtual Servers
4 4 (0.55%) VirtualBox
4 4 (0.55%) VMware Workstation
4 4 (0.55%) vSphere
5 2 (0.28%) Time Sharing Option
5 2 (0.28%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.14%) Apache Flume
6 1 (0.14%) HDFS
6 1 (0.14%) Tivoli Directory Server
Systems Management
1 86 (11.93%) HP Quality Center
2 34 (4.72%) Puppet
3 14 (1.94%) Ansible
4 12 (1.66%) SCCM
5 7 (0.97%) Grafana
5 7 (0.97%) StatsD
6 5 (0.69%) rkt
6 5 (0.69%) WhatsUp Gold
7 4 (0.55%) Graphite
7 4 (0.55%) HAProxy
7 4 (0.55%) Icinga
7 4 (0.55%) SCOM
8 3 (0.42%) CA Service Virtualization
8 3 (0.42%) Hadoop YARN
8 3 (0.42%) Opscode Chef
9 2 (0.28%) Oozie
10 1 (0.14%) Ambari
10 1 (0.14%) EMC NetWorker
10 1 (0.14%) Terraform
10 1 (0.14%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 101 (14.01%) HP
2 74 (10.26%) Microsoft
3 56 (7.77%) Oracle
4 29 (4.02%) Atlassian
5 13 (1.80%) IBM
6 10 (1.39%) Charles River
6 10 (1.39%) SAP
7 9 (1.25%) VMware
8 8 (1.11%) Google
9 7 (0.97%) Guidewire
9 7 (0.97%) ION Trading
9 7 (0.97%) Salesforce.com
9 7 (0.97%) Splunk
10 6 (0.83%) Cisco
10 6 (0.83%) Red Hat
11 5 (0.69%) BMC
11 5 (0.69%) CheckPoint
11 5 (0.69%) F5
11 5 (0.69%) Perforce
12 4 (0.55%) ServiceNow