The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Usability Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Usability Testing over the 3 months to 29 March 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.

Usability Testing
UK
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 416 432 494
Rank change year-on-year +16 +62  
Contract jobs citing Usability Testing 192 222 131
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.42% 0.41% 0.25%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.51% 0.50% 0.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 121 174 81
Median daily rate £425 £450 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.55% +20.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £341 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £535 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £418 £390 £363
% change year-on-year +7.05% +7.58%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
Median hourly rate £45.00 £10.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +350.00% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £10.00 -

Usability Testing is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 37580 44576 42623
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 83.08% 82.82% 79.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 24839 29287 26403
Median daily rate £450 £430 £418
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.77% +2.87%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 953 1111 1229
Median hourly rate £35.00 £37.50 £28.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.66% +32.74%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £55.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.75 £38.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.14% +28.33%  

Usability Testing
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Usability Testing as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Usability Testing in the UK

Usability Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Usability Testing.

Contractor daily rate trend for Usability Testing in the UK

Usability Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Usability Testing over the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Usability Testing in the UK

Usability Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Usability Testing.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Usability Testing in the UK

Usability Testing
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Usability Testing within the UK over the 3 months to 29 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +17 186 £425 -5.55% 36
London -37 82 £443 -5.60% 15
South East +31 33 £410 +18.84% 3
Yorkshire +31 27 £475 - 5
West Yorkshire +29 24 £475 - 5
Leeds +21 24 £475 -9.52% 4
North East +8 21 £400 +21.21% 5
Newcastle upon Tyne +7 21 £400 +21.21% 4
Tyne and Wear +6 21 £400 +21.21% 5
West Sussex +11 16 £463 +42.30%
Worthing +21 14 £463 +42.30%
City of London -8 10 £425 -12.82% 5
West Midlands +5 6 £438 +9.37% 1
East Midlands 0 6 £288 -17.85% 5
Coventry +7 5 £425 +6.25%
North West +27 4 £475 +5.55% 1
South West -7 4 £400 +6.66% 1
Milton Keynes - 4 £438 -
Buckinghamshire - 4 £438 -
Kent - 4 £388 - 2
Scotland +30 3 £363 +61.11% 4
East Sussex +5 3 £413 -
Surrey +1 3 - - 1
Leicestershire -1 3 £250 -28.57% 4
Leicester -4 3 £250 -28.57% 2
Liverpool - 3 £475 -
Folkestone - 3 £375 - 1
Merseyside - 3 £475 -
Edinburgh +21 2 £363 +61.11% 3
Brighton +5 2 £350 -

For the 6 months to 29 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Usability 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 Usability Testing.

1 257 (66.75%) User Experience
2 256 (66.49%) Agile Software Development
3 139 (36.10%) Service Design
4 122 (31.69%) Analytical Skills
5 120 (31.17%) Ethnography
5 120 (31.17%) Degree
6 113 (29.35%) Psychology
7 110 (28.57%) Customer Insight
8 101 (26.23%) Human Factors
8 101 (26.23%) Guerrilla Research
9 96 (24.94%) Prototyping
10 93 (24.16%) Market Research
11 86 (22.34%) User Stories
12 85 (22.08%) Scrum
13 79 (20.52%) Cognitive Psychology
14 77 (20.00%) Wireframes
15 74 (19.22%) HTML
16 70 (18.18%) CSS
17 57 (14.81%) Analytics
18 54 (14.03%) Java
19 51 (13.25%) Performance Testing
19 51 (13.25%) Axure RP
20 50 (12.99%) Selenium
21 49 (12.73%) Automated Testing
22 48 (12.47%) Unit Testing
23 47 (12.21%) QA
24 45 (11.69%) Security Testing
25 44 (11.43%) HTML5
26 43 (11.17%) Gherkin
26 43 (11.17%) Kanban

Usability 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 16 (4.16%) Confluence
2 5 (1.30%) CMS
Applications
1 22 (5.71%) Photoshop
2 20 (5.19%) MS Visio
3 16 (4.16%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 14 (3.64%) Adobe Illustrator
5 12 (3.12%) MS PowerPoint
6 9 (2.34%) InVision
6 9 (2.34%) OmniGraffle
7 6 (1.56%) UserZoom
8 5 (1.30%) Fireworks
9 3 (0.78%) InDesign
10 1 (0.26%) MS Excel
10 1 (0.26%) MS Office
10 1 (0.26%) Pixate
Business Applications
1 1 (0.26%) Lorenzo
1 1 (0.26%) Magento
1 1 (0.26%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 9 (2.34%) Google Analytics
2 7 (1.82%) Adobe Analytics
3 4 (1.04%) Adobe Creative Cloud
4 1 (0.26%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (0.26%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 10 (2.60%) Internet
2 9 (2.34%) HTTP
3 1 (0.26%) Extranet
3 1 (0.26%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (1.82%) SQLite
2 3 (0.78%) RDBMS
2 3 (0.78%) Relational Database
3 2 (0.52%) Electronic Patient Records
3 2 (0.52%) Mixpanel
4 1 (0.26%) Big Data
4 1 (0.26%) Blockchain
4 1 (0.26%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 51 (13.25%) Axure RP
2 50 (12.99%) Selenium
3 40 (10.39%) SoapUI
4 21 (5.45%) JIRA
5 20 (5.19%) Balsamiq Mockups
6 9 (2.34%) Jenkins
6 9 (2.34%) Visual Studio
7 8 (2.08%) Dreamweaver
8 5 (1.30%) WebDriver
9 4 (1.04%) Cucumber
10 3 (0.78%) Appium
11 1 (0.26%) Calabash
11 1 (0.26%) Capybara
11 1 (0.26%) Git (software)
11 1 (0.26%) Mechanoid
11 1 (0.26%) Robolectric
11 1 (0.26%) Robotium
11 1 (0.26%) SpecFlow
11 1 (0.26%) Team Foundation Server
11 1 (0.26%) TestRail
General
1 27 (7.01%) Marketing
2 17 (4.42%) Finance
3 16 (4.16%) Retail
4 11 (2.86%) Legal
5 10 (2.60%) Telecoms
6 8 (2.08%) Banking
7 3 (0.78%) Investment Banking
8 2 (0.52%) German Language
8 2 (0.52%) Military
8 2 (0.52%) Pharmaceutical
8 2 (0.52%) Retail Banking
9 1 (0.26%) Electronics
9 1 (0.26%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 168 (43.64%) User Researcher
2 76 (19.74%) Designer
3 67 (17.40%) UX Designer
4 61 (15.84%) User Experience Researcher
5 31 (8.05%) Tester
6 26 (6.75%) Digital User Researcher
7 22 (5.71%) Consultant
8 20 (5.19%) Developer
8 20 (5.19%) Senior User Researcher
9 18 (4.68%) Automation Tester
10 16 (4.16%) User Experience Consultant
11 15 (3.90%) Java Automation Tester
11 15 (3.90%) Selenium Tester
12 14 (3.64%) UI Designer
13 13 (3.38%) QA Tester
13 13 (3.38%) Selenium Automation Tester
14 12 (3.12%) Architect
14 12 (3.12%) UI/UX Designer
15 11 (2.86%) Test Engineer
15 11 (2.86%) User Experience Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 74 (19.22%) HTML
2 70 (18.18%) CSS
3 44 (11.43%) HTML5
4 43 (11.17%) Gherkin
5 38 (9.87%) Web Services
6 32 (8.31%) CSS3
7 31 (8.05%) RESTful
8 23 (5.97%) jQuery
9 16 (4.16%) Ajax
10 7 (1.82%) AngularJS
11 6 (1.56%) .NET
11 6 (1.56%) Flash
12 4 (1.04%) Apache Flex
12 4 (1.04%) DHTML
13 3 (0.78%) Material Design
13 3 (0.78%) SOAP
13 3 (0.78%) WebSockets
13 3 (0.78%) XML
13 3 (0.78%) XML Messaging
14 2 (0.52%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 257 (66.75%) User Experience
2 122 (31.69%) Analytical Skills
3 42 (10.91%) Mobile App
4 18 (4.68%) Social Media
5 12 (3.12%) W3C
6 6 (1.56%) NHS
7 5 (1.30%) RIA
7 5 (1.30%) Virtual Team
8 4 (1.04%) Client/Server
8 4 (1.04%) Computer Science
8 4 (1.04%) Interactive TV
9 3 (0.78%) Blog
9 3 (0.78%) Freedom of Information
9 3 (0.78%) Online Banking
9 3 (0.78%) VLE
10 2 (0.52%) Graphic Design
10 2 (0.52%) IVR
11 1 (0.26%) Augmented Reality
11 1 (0.26%) Taxonomies
11 1 (0.26%) Video Editing
Operating Systems
1 14 (3.64%) Android
2 7 (1.82%) Apple iOS
3 3 (0.78%) Linux
3 3 (0.78%) Unix
4 2 (0.52%) Windows
5 1 (0.26%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 256 (66.49%) Agile Software Development
2 139 (36.10%) Service Design
3 120 (31.17%) Ethnography
4 113 (29.35%) Psychology
5 110 (28.57%) Customer Insight
6 101 (26.23%) Guerrilla Research
6 101 (26.23%) Human Factors
7 96 (24.94%) Prototyping
8 93 (24.16%) Market Research
9 86 (22.34%) User Stories
10 85 (22.08%) Scrum
11 79 (20.52%) Cognitive Psychology
12 77 (20.00%) Wireframes
13 57 (14.81%) Analytics
14 51 (13.25%) Performance Testing
15 49 (12.73%) Automated Testing
16 48 (12.47%) Unit Testing
17 45 (11.69%) Security Testing
18 43 (11.17%) Defect Management
18 43 (11.17%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 54 (14.03%) Java
2 41 (10.65%) JavaScript
3 33 (8.57%) Scala
4 29 (7.53%) Groovy
5 9 (2.34%) SQL
6 3 (0.78%) Perl
6 3 (0.78%) Shell Script
6 3 (0.78%) VBScript
7 1 (0.26%) C#
7 1 (0.26%) PHP
7 1 (0.26%) PHP 7
7 1 (0.26%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 120 (31.17%) Degree
2 29 (7.53%) Security Cleared
3 18 (4.68%) BPSS Clearance
4 7 (1.82%) SC Cleared
5 2 (0.52%) DV Cleared
6 1 (0.26%) ISEB
6 1 (0.26%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 47 (12.21%) QA
2 3 (0.78%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (0.52%) Actionable Recommendations
3 2 (0.52%) HL7
4 1 (0.26%) SDET
4 1 (0.26%) Section 508
4 1 (0.26%) WCAG
Vendors
1 29 (7.53%) Adobe
2 17 (4.42%) Atlassian
3 8 (2.08%) Omniture
4 7 (1.82%) ClickTale
4 7 (1.82%) Optimizely
5 5 (1.30%) Google
5 5 (1.30%) Microsoft
6 3 (0.78%) Blackboard
7 1 (0.26%) AppDynamics
7 1 (0.26%) Aprimo
7 1 (0.26%) Oracle
7 1 (0.26%) Salesforce.com
7 1 (0.26%) SAP
7 1 (0.26%) Zend
7 1 (0.26%) Zuora
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