The table below looks at the statistics for Software Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the South East region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Software Testing over the 3 months to 29 July 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
29 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Testing
Rank 158 152 121
Rank change year-on-year
-6 -31
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 109 92 117
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 1.14% 1.00% 1.38%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.47% 1.35% 1.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 49 48 68
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£375 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £239 £243
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £397 £435
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £335
% change year-on-year
- -2.98%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 3 2
Average hourly rate £37.00 £42.50 £34.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.94% +24.08%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.09 £37.30 £27.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £44.50 £40.85
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £36.00 £18.75
% change year-on-year
-16.66% +92.00%
Software Testing
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the South East region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
South East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
7392 6819 6075
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 77.38% 74.32% 71.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 4444 3742 3240
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £243 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 238 252 273
Average hourly rate £23.88 £25.00 £29.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.50% -13.79%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.82 £12.85 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £55.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £26.98 £31.00
% change year-on-year
+11.21% -12.98%

Software Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Software Testing across the South East region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Software Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

Software Testing
Daily Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Software Testing across the South East region.

Software Testing Daily Rate Trend in the South East

Software Testing
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Testing across the South East region over the 3 months to 29 July 2015.

Software Testing Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

Software Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Software Testing across the South East region.

Software Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

Software Testing
Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Testing across the South East region over the 3 months to 29 July 2015.

Software Testing Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

Software Testing
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Testing within the South East region over the 3 months to 29 July 2015. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Hampshire +12 48 £340 +4.61% 8
Berkshire +9 25 £388 +3.33% 5
Buckinghamshire -4 16 £375 +35.74% 3
West Sussex -8 7 £250 -
Surrey -6 4 £410 +38.98% 12
Oxfordshire -20 4 - - 7
Middlesex 0 2 £375 -
Kent - 1 £250 - 2
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 29 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South East region citing Software Testing also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Software Testing.

1 88 (42.31%) Agile Software Development
2 62 (29.81%) ISEB
3 61 (29.33%) SQL
4 54 (25.96%) Test Automation
5 50 (24.04%) Test Scripting
6 49 (23.56%) ISTQB
7 47 (22.60%) HP Quality Center
8 43 (20.67%) Test Management
9 42 (20.19%) Java
10 41 (19.71%) Finance
11 39 (18.75%) Microsoft
11 39 (18.75%) User Acceptance Testing
11 39 (18.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 37 (17.79%) Selenium
13 34 (16.35%) HP
14 33 (15.87%) Windows
14 33 (15.87%) Linux
15 32 (15.38%) Waterfall
16 30 (14.42%) Mentoring
17 29 (13.94%) TDD
18 27 (12.98%) Oracle
18 27 (12.98%) Test Strategy
19 26 (12.50%) BDD
19 26 (12.50%) QA
19 26 (12.50%) Software Engineering
19 26 (12.50%) Scrum
20 25 (12.02%) JIRA
21 22 (10.58%) XML
22 21 (10.10%) C#
22 21 (10.10%) Cucumber

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 29 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South East region citing Software Testing also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Software Testing. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 4 (1.92%) CMS
2 2 (0.96%) Confluence
2 2 (0.96%) WebLogic
2 2 (0.96%) JBoss
2 2 (0.96%) SharePoint
2 2 (0.96%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (0.48%) MS Exchange
3 1 (0.48%) IIS
3 1 (0.48%) SharePoint 2013
3 1 (0.48%) WebSphere
Applications
1 15 (7.21%) MS Excel
2 7 (3.37%) MS Project
3 3 (1.44%) MS Office
3 3 (1.44%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.48%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.48%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (2.40%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.48%) SAP HR
2 1 (0.48%) SAP BCA
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.48%) Office 365
1 1 (0.48%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 16 (7.69%) SAN
2 9 (4.33%) iSCSI
2 9 (4.33%) FCoE
2 9 (4.33%) Fibre Channel
3 8 (3.85%) LTE
3 8 (3.85%) Internet
3 8 (3.85%) GSM
3 8 (3.85%) UMTS
3 8 (3.85%) VoIP
4 7 (3.37%) DAB
4 7 (3.37%) Wireless
5 6 (2.88%) RTCP
5 6 (2.88%) RTP
5 6 (2.88%) ATM
5 6 (2.88%) CDMA
5 6 (2.88%) GPRS
5 6 (2.88%) VoLTE
6 5 (2.40%) Cisco ICM
6 5 (2.40%) LDAP
7 2 (0.96%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (8.65%) Relational Database
2 8 (3.85%) RDBMS
3 6 (2.88%) SQL Server
3 6 (2.88%) Data Mining
3 6 (2.88%) NoSQL
4 5 (2.40%) Oracle Database
4 5 (2.40%) SAP BW
5 3 (1.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 3 (1.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 2 (0.96%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 2 (0.96%) SQL Server 2005
6 2 (0.96%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (0.48%) SAP BI
7 1 (0.48%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 37 (17.79%) Selenium
2 25 (12.02%) JIRA
3 21 (10.10%) Cucumber
4 19 (9.13%) JMeter
5 18 (8.65%) SoapUI
6 16 (7.69%) WebDriver
7 13 (6.25%) HP UFT
8 10 (4.81%) JUnit
8 10 (4.81%) Subversion
9 9 (4.33%) NUnit
10 8 (3.85%) Team Foundation Server
11 6 (2.88%) Visual Studio
11 6 (2.88%) LoadRunner
12 5 (2.40%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 4 (1.92%) Git (software)
13 4 (1.92%) Jenkins
13 4 (1.92%) Maven
14 3 (1.44%) Eclipse
14 3 (1.44%) TestDirector
15 2 (0.96%) Gerrit
General
1 41 (19.71%) Finance
2 14 (6.73%) Telecoms
3 8 (3.85%) Billing
4 6 (2.88%) Legal
5 4 (1.92%) Games
5 4 (1.92%) Banking
5 4 (1.92%) Retail
6 3 (1.44%) Financial Institution
6 3 (1.44%) Marketing
7 2 (0.96%) German Language
7 2 (0.96%) Automotive
7 2 (0.96%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.48%) Back Office
8 1 (0.48%) Electronics
8 1 (0.48%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.48%) Private Banking
Job Titles
1 73 (35.10%) Analyst
2 61 (29.33%) Test Analyst
3 29 (13.94%) Developer
4 24 (11.54%) Test Manager
5 18 (8.65%) Tester
6 16 (7.69%) Test Leader
7 14 (6.73%) Agile Test Analyst
8 13 (6.25%) Automation Analyst
9 12 (5.77%) Test Engineer
10 11 (5.29%) Automation Test Analyst
11 10 (4.81%) Python Developer
12 9 (4.33%) Test Team Leader
12 9 (4.33%) Team Leader
13 6 (2.88%) Technical Specialist
13 6 (2.88%) Perl Developer
13 6 (2.88%) Business Analyst
14 5 (2.40%) Software Tester
14 5 (2.40%) Test Specialist
14 5 (2.40%) QA Tester
14 5 (2.40%) QA Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (10.58%) XML
2 15 (7.21%) .NET
2 15 (7.21%) Web Services
3 11 (5.29%) HTML
4 10 (4.81%) Django
5 9 (4.33%) CSS
6 8 (3.85%) Spring
7 7 (3.37%) REST
7 7 (3.37%) Gherkin
7 7 (3.37%) Sass
7 7 (3.37%) SOAP
8 6 (2.88%) JSON
9 4 (1.92%) Ajax
10 3 (1.44%) EJB
10 3 (1.44%) J2EE
10 3 (1.44%) XML Messaging
11 2 (0.96%) Hibernate
11 2 (0.96%) SAP XI
11 2 (0.96%) Middleware
11 2 (0.96%) VXML
Miscellaneous
1 9 (4.33%) Smart Meter
1 9 (4.33%) User Experience
1 9 (4.33%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (2.88%) Data Centre
3 4 (1.92%) Mobile App
3 4 (1.92%) Device Driver
4 3 (1.44%) Biometrics
5 2 (0.96%) Handset
5 2 (0.96%) Clustering
5 2 (0.96%) PDA
5 2 (0.96%) Computer Science
5 2 (0.96%) Fat Client
5 2 (0.96%) Thin Client
6 1 (0.48%) Online Banking
6 1 (0.48%) Animation
6 1 (0.48%) Learning Management System
6 1 (0.48%) HP Storage
6 1 (0.48%) Embedded Systems
6 1 (0.48%) STB
6 1 (0.48%) 3D Graphics
Operating Systems
1 33 (15.87%) Linux
1 33 (15.87%) Windows
2 16 (7.69%) AIX
3 12 (5.77%) UNIX
4 9 (4.33%) Windows XP
5 8 (3.85%) Windows 7
6 4 (1.92%) Android
7 2 (0.96%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (0.96%) Windows Server 2003
7 2 (0.96%) Ubuntu
7 2 (0.96%) Apple iOS
8 1 (0.48%) Windows 8
8 1 (0.48%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.48%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 88 (42.31%) Agile Software Development
2 54 (25.96%) Test Automation
3 50 (24.04%) Test Scripting
4 43 (20.67%) Test Management
5 39 (18.75%) User Acceptance Testing
6 32 (15.38%) Waterfall
7 30 (14.42%) Mentoring
8 29 (13.94%) TDD
9 27 (12.98%) Test Strategy
10 26 (12.50%) BDD
10 26 (12.50%) Scrum
10 26 (12.50%) Software Engineering
11 20 (9.62%) Test Planning
12 19 (9.13%) Performance Testing
13 15 (7.21%) Continuous Integration
13 15 (7.21%) Manual Testing
14 14 (6.73%) Integration Testing
14 14 (6.73%) Functional Testing
15 13 (6.25%) SDLC
15 13 (6.25%) Automated Testing
Programming Languages
1 61 (29.33%) SQL
2 42 (20.19%) Java
3 21 (10.10%) C#
4 19 (9.13%) JavaScript
5 16 (7.69%) Perl
5 16 (7.69%) Python
6 14 (6.73%) VB
7 8 (3.85%) VBScript
8 7 (3.37%) C
8 7 (3.37%) Shell Script
9 6 (2.88%) C++
10 5 (2.40%) VBA
11 4 (1.92%) PL/SQL
12 3 (1.44%) T-SQL
13 2 (0.96%) Ruby
13 2 (0.96%) PowerShell
14 1 (0.48%) Bourne shell
Qualifications
1 62 (29.81%) ISEB
2 49 (23.56%) ISTQB
3 39 (18.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 16 (7.69%) Security Cleared
5 15 (7.21%) SC Cleared
6 12 (5.77%) Degree
7 10 (4.81%) ISEB Practitioner
8 8 (3.85%) DV Cleared
9 3 (1.44%) MCTS
9 3 (1.44%) Microsoft Certification
9 3 (1.44%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 2 (0.96%) HND
10 2 (0.96%) MCSE
10 2 (0.96%) MCSA
10 2 (0.96%) MCITP
10 2 (0.96%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 1 (0.48%) HP AIS
11 1 (0.48%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (12.50%) QA
2 3 (1.44%) PCI DSS
3 2 (0.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.48%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 1 (0.48%) GCP
4 1 (0.48%) GxP
System Software
1 13 (6.25%) VMware Infrastructure
2 7 (3.37%) Active Directory
3 2 (0.96%) VMware ESX
3 2 (0.96%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 47 (22.60%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (2.88%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
2 6 (2.88%) Tivoli
3 4 (1.92%) BMC PATROL
4 2 (0.96%) Netcool
4 2 (0.96%) Cisco UCCE
4 2 (0.96%) McAfee ePO
5 1 (0.48%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 39 (18.75%) Microsoft
2 34 (16.35%) HP
3 27 (12.98%) Oracle
4 19 (9.13%) VMware
5 15 (7.21%) Veritas
6 9 (4.33%) SAP
7 8 (3.85%) Citrix
8 7 (3.37%) Cisco
9 4 (1.92%) IBM
10 3 (1.44%) Red Gate
11 2 (0.96%) Ektron
11 2 (0.96%) Ericsson
11 2 (0.96%) Nokia
11 2 (0.96%) Verint
11 2 (0.96%) McAfee
12 1 (0.48%) ExactTarget
12 1 (0.48%) Compaq
12 1 (0.48%) Sybase
12 1 (0.48%) Terracotta
12 1 (0.48%) Splunk
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