Period
to 20 April 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 20 April 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
20 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 378 343 262
Rank change year-on-year -35 -81 +8
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 655 674 1,053
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.65% 0.73% 0.99%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.76% 0.86% 1.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 415 388 615
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +10.29% -2.51%
10th Percentile £271 £213 £243
90th Percentile £575 £618 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +7.14% +7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 38 37
UK median hourly rate £40.75 £43.75 £38.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.86% +13.64% +10.00%
10th Percentile £13.48 £13.55 £20.00
90th Percentile £47.50 £52.50 £48.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £41.25 £38.50
% change year-on-year -9.09% +7.14% +10.00%

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 86,597 78,235 89,282
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 85.60% 84.37% 83.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 57,197 51,483 58,291
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £298 £270 £263
90th Percentile £638 £620 £606
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £400 £395
% change year-on-year +5.00% +1.27% +5.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,222 2,132 2,454
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £25.00 £24.24
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.00% +3.14% +18.24%
10th Percentile £11.19 £11.40 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.25 £51.25 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.24 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -15.04% - +14.14%

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 April 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 20 April 2018.

Contractor 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 20 April 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 -54 522 £400 +6.67% 304
UK excluding London -43 374 £375 +7.14% 256
London +3 271 £425 -5.56% 66
Scotland -4 105 £300 -1.64% 15
South East -38 90 £375 +7.14% 58
North of England -18 64 £400 +16.36% 63
Midlands -28 34 £398 +13.57% 48
South West -36 34 £375 -11.76% 36
Yorkshire -17 31 £400 +23.08% 27
East of England -18 31 £475 +46.15% 32
West Midlands +6 26 £398 +22.31% 32
Wales -7 20 £410 +26.15% 3
North West -29 19 £400 +18.52% 33
North East +39 16 £400 +8.11% 3
East Midlands -21 8 £381 +8.93% 16

For the 6 months to 20 April 2018, 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.

1 311 (47.48%) Agile Software Development
2 301 (45.95%) Test Automation
3 173 (26.41%) Finance
4 168 (25.65%) SQL
5 164 (25.04%) QA
6 163 (24.89%) Java
7 157 (23.97%) ISTQB
8 143 (21.83%) Test Scripting
9 129 (19.69%) Selenium
10 121 (18.47%) ISEB
11 120 (18.32%) Scrum
12 114 (17.40%) BDD
13 110 (16.79%) JIRA
14 101 (15.42%) User Acceptance Testing
15 97 (14.81%) Microsoft
16 95 (14.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
17 94 (14.35%) Test Strategy
18 89 (13.59%) Cucumber
18 89 (13.59%) TDD
19 88 (13.44%) Regression Testing
19 88 (13.44%) Windows
20 86 (13.13%) Analytical Skills
20 86 (13.13%) SDLC
21 84 (12.82%) Python
21 84 (12.82%) C#
22 83 (12.67%) HP
22 83 (12.67%) Degree
23 81 (12.37%) Linux
24 77 (11.76%) Defect Management
25 74 (11.30%) Continuous Integration

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 (5.80%) Confluence
2 17 (2.60%) CMS
3 14 (2.14%) SAS
4 13 (1.98%) SharePoint
5 9 (1.37%) Apache
6 8 (1.22%) Elasticsearch
7 6 (0.92%) Cloud Foundry
7 6 (0.92%) GemFire
8 5 (0.76%) Skype for Business
8 5 (0.76%) Tomcat
9 4 (0.61%) IIS
9 4 (0.61%) SharePoint 2010
10 3 (0.46%) IBM Domino
10 3 (0.46%) IBM Notes
10 3 (0.46%) SharePoint 2013
10 3 (0.46%) WebSphere
10 3 (0.46%) WordPress
11 2 (0.31%) Joomla!
11 2 (0.31%) MQSeries
11 2 (0.31%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 40 (6.11%) Microsoft Office
2 21 (3.21%) Microsoft Excel
3 19 (2.90%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (0.46%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.46%) Windchill
5 2 (0.31%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.15%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 5 (0.76%) NetSuite
1 5 (0.76%) Oracle Payables
2 4 (0.61%) Oracle Financials
3 3 (0.46%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.46%) ION MarketView
3 3 (0.46%) Magento
3 3 (0.46%) SAP S/4HANA
4 2 (0.31%) Elite 3E
4 2 (0.31%) Oracle 11i
4 2 (0.31%) Oracle Applications
4 2 (0.31%) Oracle Assets
4 2 (0.31%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (0.31%) Oracle Receivables
4 2 (0.31%) Sage 50
4 2 (0.31%) SAP CO
4 2 (0.31%) SAP FI
4 2 (0.31%) SAP FI/CO
5 1 (0.15%) PeopleSoft Financials
5 1 (0.15%) Postilion
5 1 (0.15%) SAP MM
Cloud Services
1 35 (5.34%) Amazon AWS
2 34 (5.19%) Microsoft Azure
3 21 (3.21%) Office 365
4 13 (1.98%) GitHub
5 8 (1.22%) Sauce Labs
6 6 (0.92%) IaaS
6 6 (0.92%) PaaS
7 5 (0.76%) Google Cloud Platform
8 4 (0.61%) Amazon SQS
8 4 (0.61%) AWS CloudFormation
8 4 (0.61%) AWS Lambda
8 4 (0.61%) OneDrive
8 4 (0.61%) Serverless
8 4 (0.61%) Slack
9 3 (0.46%) BrowserStack
9 3 (0.46%) SaaS
10 2 (0.31%) Adobe Analytics
10 2 (0.31%) Heroku
10 2 (0.31%) Trello
10 2 (0.31%) Twilio
Communications & Networking
1 29 (4.43%) HTTP
2 24 (3.66%) DNS
3 18 (2.75%) SMS
4 17 (2.60%) DHCP
5 15 (2.29%) Internet
6 14 (2.14%) FTP
7 6 (0.92%) TCP/IP
8 5 (0.76%) Firewall
8 5 (0.76%) Skype
9 4 (0.61%) Network Security
9 4 (0.61%) SSL
9 4 (0.61%) tcpdump
9 4 (0.61%) VLAN
9 4 (0.61%) Wireless
9 4 (0.61%) Wireshark
10 3 (0.46%) 2G
10 3 (0.46%) 3G
10 3 (0.46%) GSM
10 3 (0.46%) SCCP
10 3 (0.46%) UMTS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (6.11%) SQL Server
2 32 (4.89%) Relational Database
3 14 (2.14%) Big Data
3 14 (2.14%) NoSQL
4 13 (1.98%) MySQL
5 12 (1.83%) MongoDB
6 9 (1.37%) BusinessObjects
6 9 (1.37%) PostgreSQL
6 9 (1.37%) Siebel EIM
7 8 (1.22%) Redis
8 7 (1.07%) Data Warehouse
8 7 (1.07%) Oracle Database
8 7 (1.07%) SAS Visual Analytics
9 6 (0.92%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 6 (0.92%) Apache Hive
9 6 (0.92%) HBase
10 5 (0.76%) GIS
10 5 (0.76%) Hadoop
11 4 (0.61%) Amazon RDS
11 4 (0.61%) Geospatial Data
Development Applications
1 129 (19.69%) Selenium
2 110 (16.79%) JIRA
3 89 (13.59%) Cucumber
4 73 (11.15%) Jenkins
5 64 (9.77%) Git (software)
6 49 (7.48%) SoapUI
7 42 (6.41%) WebDriver
8 41 (6.26%) HP UFT
9 36 (5.50%) JMeter
10 29 (4.43%) JUnit
11 28 (4.27%) SpecFlow
12 24 (3.66%) Team Foundation Server
13 21 (3.21%) Maven
13 21 (3.21%) WinRunner
14 20 (3.05%) Zephyr
15 19 (2.90%) Visual Studio
16 18 (2.75%) Appium
17 17 (2.60%) LoadRunner
18 14 (2.14%) Eclipse
18 14 (2.14%) Subversion
General
1 173 (26.41%) Finance
2 54 (8.24%) Banking
3 20 (3.05%) Financial Institution
4 16 (2.44%) Retail
5 14 (2.14%) Games
6 11 (1.68%) Investment Banking
7 9 (1.37%) Advertising
7 9 (1.37%) Back Office
7 9 (1.37%) Telecoms
8 8 (1.22%) Retail Banking
9 7 (1.07%) Law
9 7 (1.07%) Marketing
10 6 (0.92%) Front Office
10 6 (0.92%) Legal
11 4 (0.61%) Military
12 3 (0.46%) German Language
12 3 (0.46%) Pharmaceutical
13 2 (0.31%) Automotive
13 2 (0.31%) Electronics
13 2 (0.31%) Romanian Language
Job Titles
1 174 (26.56%) Analyst
2 131 (20.00%) Test Analyst
3 97 (14.81%) Tester
4 75 (11.45%) Developer
5 56 (8.55%) Test Engineer
6 50 (7.63%) Test Leader
6 50 (7.63%) Test Manager
7 28 (4.27%) Automation Tester
7 28 (4.27%) Test Automation Engineer
8 27 (4.12%) QA Engineer
9 25 (3.82%) Automation Test Analyst
10 21 (3.21%) DevOps Engineer
10 21 (3.21%) Software Tester
11 20 (3.05%) Java Engineer
12 19 (2.90%) Business Analyst
13 17 (2.60%) Java Automation Tester
13 17 (2.60%) QA Tester
14 14 (2.14%) Architect
14 14 (2.14%) QA Analyst
15 12 (1.83%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 73 (11.15%) Web Services
2 53 (8.09%) XML
3 50 (7.63%) .NET
4 44 (6.72%) HTML
5 39 (5.95%) RESTful
6 36 (5.50%) Gherkin
7 34 (5.19%) SOAP
8 28 (4.27%) CSS
9 26 (3.97%) REST
10 24 (3.66%) JSON
11 16 (2.44%) Spring
12 15 (2.29%) Middleware
13 14 (2.14%) .NET Framework
13 14 (2.14%) MFC
14 13 (1.98%) jQuery
14 13 (1.98%) RabbitMQ
15 12 (1.83%) HTML5
16 11 (1.68%) Elastic Stack
16 11 (1.68%) Java EE
17 10 (1.53%) Behat
Miscellaneous
1 86 (13.13%) Analytical Skills
2 42 (6.41%) Self-Motivation
3 24 (3.66%) PDA
4 23 (3.51%) Computer Science
5 21 (3.21%) Clustering
6 20 (3.05%) User Experience
7 16 (2.44%) Management Information System
7 16 (2.44%) Mobile App
8 15 (2.29%) Virtual Team
9 12 (1.83%) Public Cloud
10 11 (1.68%) Hedge funds
11 10 (1.53%) Client/Server
11 10 (1.53%) Fixed Income
11 10 (1.53%) Online Games
12 9 (1.37%) Data Structures
13 8 (1.22%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 8 (1.22%) PlayStation
14 7 (1.07%) SWIFT
15 6 (0.92%) Enterprise Cloud
15 6 (0.92%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 88 (13.44%) Windows
2 81 (12.37%) Linux
3 59 (9.01%) Unix
4 27 (4.12%) Windows 7
4 27 (4.12%) Windows Server 2008
5 26 (3.97%) Windows Server 2003
6 24 (3.66%) AIX
6 24 (3.66%) Windows Server
7 21 (3.21%) Android
8 20 (3.05%) Apple iOS
9 13 (1.98%) Mac OS X
9 13 (1.98%) Windows 10
10 12 (1.83%) Windows XP
11 5 (0.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 4 (0.61%) Windows Server 2012
13 2 (0.31%) HPUX
14 1 (0.15%) Embedded Linux
14 1 (0.15%) Solaris
14 1 (0.15%) VMS
14 1 (0.15%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 311 (47.48%) Agile Software Development
2 301 (45.95%) Test Automation
3 143 (21.83%) Test Scripting
4 120 (18.32%) Scrum
5 114 (17.40%) BDD
6 101 (15.42%) User Acceptance Testing
7 94 (14.35%) Test Strategy
8 89 (13.59%) TDD
9 88 (13.44%) Regression Testing
10 86 (13.13%) SDLC
11 77 (11.76%) Defect Management
12 74 (11.30%) Continuous Integration
13 73 (11.15%) Functional Testing
14 72 (10.99%) Problem-Solving
15 71 (10.84%) Scenario Testing
16 64 (9.77%) Waterfall
17 57 (8.70%) DevOps
18 55 (8.40%) Integration Testing
19 52 (7.94%) Manual Testing
20 46 (7.02%) Continuous Delivery
Programming Languages
1 168 (25.65%) SQL
2 163 (24.89%) Java
3 84 (12.82%) C#
3 84 (12.82%) Python
4 67 (10.23%) JavaScript
5 31 (4.73%) Ruby
6 28 (4.27%) C
7 25 (3.82%) C++
8 16 (2.44%) PHP
9 14 (2.14%) T-SQL
9 14 (2.14%) VBScript
10 11 (1.68%) Scala
10 11 (1.68%) Shell Script
11 10 (1.53%) Groovy
11 10 (1.53%) Jython
11 10 (1.53%) STATISTICA Visual Basic
12 9 (1.37%) Perl
12 9 (1.37%) VB.NET
13 8 (1.22%) R
14 4 (0.61%) Apple Swift
Qualifications
1 157 (23.97%) ISTQB
2 121 (18.47%) ISEB
3 95 (14.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 83 (12.67%) Degree
5 73 (11.15%) Security Cleared
6 59 (9.01%) SC Cleared
7 13 (1.98%) Computer Science Degree
8 12 (1.83%) Numerate Degree
9 10 (1.53%) Siebel Certification
10 9 (1.37%) ISEB Practitioner
10 9 (1.37%) Microsoft Certification
11 8 (1.22%) DV Cleared
12 7 (1.07%) Master's Degree
12 7 (1.07%) MCITP
12 7 (1.07%) MCSA
12 7 (1.07%) MCSE
12 7 (1.07%) MCTS
13 5 (0.76%) BPSS Clearance
14 4 (0.61%) Cisco Certification
15 3 (0.46%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 164 (25.04%) QA
2 9 (1.37%) IFRS
3 7 (1.07%) IFRS 9
3 7 (1.07%) MiFID
4 6 (0.92%) WCAG
5 4 (0.61%) Disclosure Scotland
6 3 (0.46%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 3 (0.46%) Data Quality
6 3 (0.46%) GDPR
6 3 (0.46%) GMP
6 3 (0.46%) PCI DSS
7 2 (0.31%) Def Stans
7 2 (0.31%) HL7
7 2 (0.31%) ISO 20022
7 2 (0.31%) ISO 8583
7 2 (0.31%) PMO
7 2 (0.31%) SLA
8 1 (0.15%) DICOM
8 1 (0.15%) DO-178B
System Software
1 47 (7.18%) Active Directory
2 24 (3.66%) Hyper-V
2 24 (3.66%) VMware ESXi
3 23 (3.51%) VMware Infrastructure
4 15 (2.29%) Virtual Desktop
5 10 (1.53%) Docker
6 6 (0.92%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 6 (0.92%) HDFS
7 3 (0.46%) Virtual Servers
8 2 (0.31%) VMware Workstation
8 2 (0.31%) vSphere
9 1 (0.15%) Firmware
9 1 (0.15%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 59 (9.01%) HP ALM
2 54 (8.24%) HP Quality Center
3 29 (4.43%) Puppet
4 21 (3.21%) McAfee ePO
5 15 (2.29%) Ansible
6 10 (1.53%) BladeLogic
7 8 (1.22%) Grafana
7 8 (1.22%) Opscode Chef
7 8 (1.22%) StatsD
8 7 (1.07%) Netcool
9 6 (0.92%) CA Service Virtualization
9 6 (0.92%) Kibana
9 6 (0.92%) logstash
9 6 (0.92%) SCCM
10 4 (0.61%) Graphite
10 4 (0.61%) HAProxy
10 4 (0.61%) Icinga
10 4 (0.61%) SCOM
10 4 (0.61%) Terraform
11 3 (0.46%) Packer
Vendors
1 97 (14.81%) Microsoft
2 83 (12.67%) HP
3 59 (9.01%) Oracle
4 32 (4.89%) VMware
5 25 (3.82%) Atlassian
6 22 (3.36%) Citrix
7 21 (3.21%) McAfee
7 21 (3.21%) Veritas
8 15 (2.29%) Ivanti
9 14 (2.14%) IBM
10 11 (1.68%) Siebel
11 8 (1.22%) Salesforce.com
11 8 (1.22%) Splunk
12 7 (1.07%) Capita
13 6 (0.92%) CA
13 6 (0.92%) SAP
14 5 (0.76%) Google
14 5 (0.76%) ServiceNow
15 4 (0.61%) Charles River
15 4 (0.61%) Guidewire