Period
to 22 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 22 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
22 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 361 338 229
Rank change year-on-year -23 -109 +44
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 678 670 1,201
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.68% 0.70% 1.11%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.81% 0.84% 1.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 404 398 658
UK median daily rate £388 £350 £349
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.71% +0.43% +1.01%
10th Percentile £250 £205 £250
90th Percentile £550 £538 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +7.69% - -2.99%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 29 22
UK median hourly rate £40.50 £40.00 £29.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.25% +35.59% -15.71%
10th Percentile £12.71 £14.73 £20.00
90th Percentile £47.50 £51.34 £45.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.50 £37.50 £29.50
% change year-on-year +8.00% +27.12% -18.06%

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 84,205 79,866 88,986
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.54% 83.78% 82.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 56,381 52,904 57,748
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 1,967 2,230 2,728
UK median hourly rate £23.38 £24.50 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.59% +2.08% +20.00%
10th Percentile £11.35 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £49.75 £48.75 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £24.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -2.04% -2.00% +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 22 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 22 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 22 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 -17 567 £400 +10.34% 318
UK excluding London -16 406 £350 +7.69% 260
London +15 266 £425 -2.58% 81
South East -40 104 £350 +11.11% 56
Scotland -2 82 £316 +15.00% 15
North of England +30 61 £340 -2.86% 72
East of England -24 51 £350 +7.69% 45
Midlands -3 46 £394 +21.15% 43
South West -18 43 £375 +7.14% 21
North West -2 34 £295 -26.25% 29
East Midlands +8 24 £388 +10.71% 21
Yorkshire +8 22 £426 +31.15% 37
West Midlands -1 22 £400 +23.08% 22
Wales -4 17 £325 -12.16% 6
North East +52 5 £350 +27.27% 6
Northern Ireland -23 3 £300 - 2
Isle of Man - 3 £225 -

For the 6 months to 22 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.

1 372 (54.87%) Agile Software Development
2 317 (46.76%) Test Automation
3 174 (25.66%) Finance
3 174 (25.66%) QA
4 155 (22.86%) Java
4 155 (22.86%) ISEB
5 143 (21.09%) Test Scripting
6 142 (20.94%) Scrum
7 141 (20.80%) Selenium
8 140 (20.65%) ISTQB
9 139 (20.50%) SQL
10 132 (19.47%) JIRA
11 112 (16.52%) User Acceptance Testing
12 105 (15.49%) BDD
13 102 (15.04%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 98 (14.45%) Python
15 91 (13.42%) SDLC
16 88 (12.98%) Degree
17 87 (12.83%) Linux
18 85 (12.54%) Regression Testing
19 84 (12.39%) C#
20 83 (12.24%) Jenkins
21 81 (11.95%) Cucumber
22 80 (11.80%) Functional Testing
22 80 (11.80%) Defect Management
23 79 (11.65%) HP
23 79 (11.65%) TDD
24 75 (11.06%) Analytical Skills
24 75 (11.06%) Test Strategy
25 73 (10.77%) Windows

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 42 (6.19%) Confluence
2 19 (2.80%) CMS
3 17 (2.51%) SharePoint
4 15 (2.21%) Tomcat
5 10 (1.47%) SAS
6 9 (1.33%) IIS
7 6 (0.88%) JBoss
8 5 (0.74%) WebLogic
9 4 (0.59%) Apache
9 4 (0.59%) Elasticsearch
9 4 (0.59%) MS Exchange
9 4 (0.59%) SharePoint 2010
10 3 (0.44%) Documentum
10 3 (0.44%) SharePoint 2013
10 3 (0.44%) WordPress
11 2 (0.29%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 2 (0.29%) ColdFusion
11 2 (0.29%) Joomla!
11 2 (0.29%) Oracle Service Bus
11 2 (0.29%) WebSphere
Applications
1 33 (4.87%) Microsoft Office
2 30 (4.42%) Microsoft Project
3 27 (3.98%) Microsoft Excel
4 6 (0.88%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 5 (0.74%) MS Visio
5 5 (0.74%) Simulink
6 2 (0.29%) Mingle
7 1 (0.15%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 7 (1.03%) Oracle EBS
2 6 (0.88%) ION MarketView
2 6 (0.88%) Oracle Financials
3 5 (0.74%) Markit EDM
3 5 (0.74%) Oracle EBS R12
3 5 (0.74%) Oracle Payables
4 4 (0.59%) Oracle Assets
4 4 (0.59%) Oracle Receivables
4 4 (0.59%) SAP CO
4 4 (0.59%) SAP FI
4 4 (0.59%) SAP FI/CO
5 3 (0.44%) Dynamics CRM
5 3 (0.44%) Maximo
5 3 (0.44%) Oracle General Ledger
5 3 (0.44%) 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 40 (5.90%) Amazon AWS
2 31 (4.57%) Microsoft Azure
3 14 (2.06%) GitHub
4 11 (1.62%) IaaS
5 10 (1.47%) npm
6 6 (0.88%) Heroku
6 6 (0.88%) Twilio
7 4 (0.59%) Sauce Labs
8 3 (0.44%) AWS CloudFormation
8 3 (0.44%) Google Cloud Platform
8 3 (0.44%) Office 365
8 3 (0.44%) SaaS
9 2 (0.29%) BrowserStack
9 2 (0.29%) OneDrive
9 2 (0.29%) PaaS
10 1 (0.15%) Boomi
10 1 (0.15%) Dynamics 365
10 1 (0.15%) Slack
10 1 (0.15%) Trello
10 1 (0.15%) vREST
Communications & Networking
1 16 (2.36%) Internet
2 13 (1.92%) HTTP
3 12 (1.77%) DNS
4 11 (1.62%) VLAN
5 6 (0.88%) Wireless
5 6 (0.88%) Wireshark
6 5 (0.74%) Firewall
6 5 (0.74%) SMS
7 4 (0.59%) Cisco ASA
7 4 (0.59%) Cisco Nexus
7 4 (0.59%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
7 4 (0.59%) Network Security
7 4 (0.59%) OSPF
7 4 (0.59%) tcpdump
7 4 (0.59%) VSAN
8 3 (0.44%) PuTTY
8 3 (0.44%) Skype
8 3 (0.44%) WinSCP
9 2 (0.29%) UPnP
9 2 (0.29%) VDSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (6.19%) SQL Server
2 34 (5.01%) Relational Database
3 30 (4.42%) NoSQL
4 23 (3.39%) MongoDB
4 23 (3.39%) MySQL
5 16 (2.36%) Redis
6 11 (1.62%) Big Data
7 10 (1.47%) Oracle Database
8 9 (1.33%) Data Warehouse
8 9 (1.33%) PostgreSQL
9 7 (1.03%) SQL Server 2012
10 6 (0.88%) Amazon Redshift
11 5 (0.74%) BusinessObjects
11 5 (0.74%) SAS Visual Analytics
12 4 (0.59%) DB2
12 4 (0.59%) Hadoop
13 3 (0.44%) Data Mining
13 3 (0.44%) MariaDB
13 3 (0.44%) RDBMS
14 2 (0.29%) GIS
Development Applications
1 141 (20.80%) Selenium
2 132 (19.47%) JIRA
3 83 (12.24%) Jenkins
4 81 (11.95%) Cucumber
5 72 (10.62%) Git (software)
6 49 (7.23%) WebDriver
7 48 (7.08%) SoapUI
8 39 (5.75%) JUnit
9 33 (4.87%) Team Foundation Server
10 29 (4.28%) JMeter
11 28 (4.13%) Visual Studio
12 25 (3.69%) HP UFT
13 24 (3.54%) Zephyr
14 23 (3.39%) SpecFlow
15 21 (3.10%) LoadRunner
15 21 (3.10%) TeamCity
16 20 (2.95%) Maven
17 19 (2.80%) Appium
18 17 (2.51%) Eclipse
18 17 (2.51%) Subversion
General
1 174 (25.66%) Finance
2 63 (9.29%) Banking
3 24 (3.54%) Law
4 23 (3.39%) Games
5 21 (3.10%) Investment Banking
6 17 (2.51%) Retail
7 16 (2.36%) Front Office
8 13 (1.92%) Legal
9 11 (1.62%) Marketing
10 10 (1.47%) Retail Banking
11 9 (1.33%) Back Office
11 9 (1.33%) Telecoms
12 8 (1.18%) Electronics
12 8 (1.18%) Financial Institution
13 6 (0.88%) Billing
14 5 (0.74%) Advertising
14 5 (0.74%) General Ledger
14 5 (0.74%) Romanian Language
15 4 (0.59%) Automotive
16 3 (0.44%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 226 (33.33%) Analyst
2 179 (26.40%) Test Analyst
3 126 (18.58%) Tester
4 67 (9.88%) Developer
5 51 (7.52%) Test Engineer
6 50 (7.37%) Test Manager
7 39 (5.75%) Automation Tester
7 39 (5.75%) Software Tester
8 36 (5.31%) Automation Test Analyst
9 23 (3.39%) QA Engineer
10 22 (3.24%) QA Tester
11 21 (3.10%) Business Analyst
11 21 (3.10%) Senior Analyst
12 18 (2.65%) DevOps Engineer
12 18 (2.65%) Java Automation Tester
12 18 (2.65%) Test Leader
13 17 (2.51%) Java Developer
14 16 (2.36%) Architect
14 16 (2.36%) Test Automation Engineer
15 15 (2.21%) Software Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 60 (8.85%) Web Services
2 54 (7.96%) HTML
3 49 (7.23%) .NET
4 42 (6.19%) XML
5 40 (5.90%) CSS
6 38 (5.60%) RESTful
7 32 (4.72%) Gherkin
7 32 (4.72%) JSON
8 29 (4.28%) REST
8 29 (4.28%) SOAP
9 25 (3.69%) HTML5
10 23 (3.39%) Spring
11 22 (3.24%) Node.js
12 19 (2.80%) jQuery
13 17 (2.51%) CSS3
14 16 (2.36%) ActiveMQ
15 15 (2.21%) AngularJS
15 15 (2.21%) Hibernate
16 13 (1.92%) .NET Framework
17 12 (1.77%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 75 (11.06%) Analytical Skills
2 38 (5.60%) Computer Science
3 19 (2.80%) Public Cloud
4 18 (2.65%) Virtual Team
5 17 (2.51%) Management Information System
5 17 (2.51%) Online Games
6 16 (2.36%) Fixed Income
7 15 (2.21%) Client/Server
7 15 (2.21%) User Experience
8 14 (2.06%) Mobile App
9 11 (1.62%) Private Cloud
10 10 (1.47%) Enterprise Cloud
11 7 (1.03%) Data Structures
11 7 (1.03%) Greenfield Project
11 7 (1.03%) STB
12 6 (0.88%) 3D Graphics
12 6 (0.88%) Data Centre
12 6 (0.88%) PlayStation
13 5 (0.74%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 5 (0.74%) Interactive TV
Operating Systems
1 87 (12.83%) Linux
2 73 (10.77%) Windows
3 53 (7.82%) Unix
4 22 (3.24%) Windows Server
5 19 (2.80%) Mac OS X
6 14 (2.06%) Android
7 11 (1.62%) Apple iOS
8 7 (1.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 7 (1.03%) Solaris
9 6 (0.88%) Windows 10
9 6 (0.88%) Windows Server 2012
10 2 (0.29%) AIX
11 1 (0.15%) HPUX
11 1 (0.15%) Tru64
11 1 (0.15%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 372 (54.87%) Agile Software Development
2 317 (46.76%) Test Automation
3 143 (21.09%) Test Scripting
4 142 (20.94%) Scrum
5 112 (16.52%) User Acceptance Testing
6 105 (15.49%) BDD
7 91 (13.42%) SDLC
8 85 (12.54%) Regression Testing
9 80 (11.80%) Defect Management
9 80 (11.80%) Functional Testing
10 79 (11.65%) TDD
11 75 (11.06%) Test Strategy
12 72 (10.62%) Waterfall
13 70 (10.32%) Integration Testing
14 69 (10.18%) Scenario Testing
15 68 (10.03%) Configuration Management
16 60 (8.85%) DevOps
17 59 (8.70%) Continuous Integration
17 59 (8.70%) Manual Testing
18 52 (7.67%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 155 (22.86%) Java
2 139 (20.50%) SQL
3 98 (14.45%) Python
4 84 (12.39%) C#
5 66 (9.73%) JavaScript
6 48 (7.08%) Ruby
7 40 (5.90%) C
8 38 (5.60%) C++
9 21 (3.10%) Perl
10 20 (2.95%) PHP
10 20 (2.95%) Scala
11 16 (2.36%) R
12 12 (1.77%) Jython
12 12 (1.77%) VBScript
13 11 (1.62%) Groovy
13 11 (1.62%) VB.NET
14 10 (1.47%) T-SQL
15 7 (1.03%) Shell Script
16 6 (0.88%) MATLAB
17 5 (0.74%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 155 (22.86%) ISEB
2 140 (20.65%) ISTQB
3 102 (15.04%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 88 (12.98%) Degree
5 68 (10.03%) Security Cleared
6 40 (5.90%) SC Cleared
7 16 (2.36%) Numerate Degree
8 14 (2.06%) DV Cleared
9 13 (1.92%) Computer Science Degree
10 8 (1.18%) ISEB Practitioner
10 8 (1.18%) Master's Degree
11 4 (0.59%) CCNP
11 4 (0.59%) Cisco Certification
12 3 (0.44%) BPSS Clearance
13 2 (0.29%) CLAS
13 2 (0.29%) CTC Cleared
13 2 (0.29%) DBS Check
14 1 (0.15%) CISSP
14 1 (0.15%) PMI Certification
14 1 (0.15%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 174 (25.66%) QA
2 11 (1.62%) MiFID
3 7 (1.03%) Disclosure Scotland
4 5 (0.74%) IFRS
4 5 (0.74%) IFRS 9
4 5 (0.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 4 (0.59%) Data Quality
5 4 (0.59%) Def Stans
5 4 (0.59%) PMO
5 4 (0.59%) WCAG
6 3 (0.44%) ISO 20022
6 3 (0.44%) ISO 8583
7 2 (0.29%) 21 CFR Part 11
7 2 (0.29%) GDPR
7 2 (0.29%) GMP
7 2 (0.29%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.15%) DO-178B
8 1 (0.15%) MISRA
8 1 (0.15%) MISRA C
8 1 (0.15%) SLA
System Software
1 11 (1.62%) Active Directory
2 9 (1.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (1.18%) Docker
4 4 (0.59%) Virtual Servers
4 4 (0.59%) VMware Workstation
4 4 (0.59%) vSphere
5 3 (0.44%) Firmware
6 2 (0.29%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.15%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 60 (8.85%) HP Quality Center
2 42 (6.19%) Puppet
3 16 (2.36%) Ansible
4 12 (1.77%) Grafana
4 12 (1.77%) StatsD
5 7 (1.03%) CA Service Virtualization
5 7 (1.03%) Opscode Chef
5 7 (1.03%) SCCM
6 5 (0.74%) rkt
6 5 (0.74%) WhatsUp Gold
7 4 (0.59%) Graphite
7 4 (0.59%) HAProxy
7 4 (0.59%) Icinga
7 4 (0.59%) SCOM
8 1 (0.15%) Ambari
8 1 (0.15%) EMC NetWorker
8 1 (0.15%) Hadoop YARN
Vendors
1 79 (11.65%) HP
2 67 (9.88%) Microsoft
3 65 (9.59%) Oracle
4 28 (4.13%) Atlassian
5 12 (1.77%) Splunk
6 10 (1.47%) IBM
6 10 (1.47%) VMware
7 9 (1.33%) Charles River
7 9 (1.33%) Salesforce.com
8 8 (1.18%) Guidewire
9 7 (1.03%) CA
9 7 (1.03%) Red Hat
9 7 (1.03%) ServiceNow
10 6 (0.88%) ION Trading
11 5 (0.74%) BMC
11 5 (0.74%) Google
11 5 (0.74%) Perforce
11 5 (0.74%) SAP
12 4 (0.59%) CheckPoint
12 4 (0.59%) Cisco