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 28 April 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
28 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Testing
Rank 163 124 164
Rank change year-on-year
-39 +40
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 99 122 79
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 1.00% 1.31% 0.94%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.33% 1.82% 1.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 51 71 43
Average daily rate
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£300 £330 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.09% -2.94%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £163 £225 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £375 £420
UK excluding London average daily rate £310 £325 £303
% change year-on-year
-4.61% +7.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 0 5
Average hourly rate £37.50 - £37.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 - £30.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 - £39.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £37.25 £37.00
% change year-on-year
-6.04% +0.67%
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
7456 6703 5993
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 74.96% 71.88% 71.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 4196 3745 3126
Average daily rate £395 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £250 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £520
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £375 £360
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 271 259 266
Average hourly rate £30.00 £27.50 £29.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+9.09% -6.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.85 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £55.00 £51.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.50 £31.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-1.61% -3.12%

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 28 April 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
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 28 April 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 -11 28 £371 +14.23% 8
Berkshire +4 27 £260 -24.63% 14
Surrey -5 16 £300 -14.28% 17
Buckinghamshire -26 13 £295 -12.59%
West Sussex -17 5 £220 -
Oxfordshire -15 3 £388 - 3
Kent - 3 - - 1
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 28 April 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 71 (34.13%) Agile Software Development
2 67 (32.21%) ISTQB
3 65 (31.25%) HP Quality Center
4 59 (28.37%) ISEB
5 52 (25.00%) SQL
6 48 (23.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 47 (22.60%) Windows
8 44 (21.15%) HP
8 44 (21.15%) Test Scripting
9 42 (20.19%) Microsoft
10 39 (18.75%) SAN
10 39 (18.75%) Linux
11 38 (18.27%) Finance
11 38 (18.27%) Test Automation
12 36 (17.31%) Test Management
12 36 (17.31%) User Acceptance Testing
13 35 (16.83%) Java
14 34 (16.35%) MS Excel
15 31 (14.90%) Selenium
16 28 (13.46%) Security Cleared
17 27 (12.98%) SC Cleared
17 27 (12.98%) QA
18 26 (12.50%) Perl
18 26 (12.50%) Oracle
19 25 (12.02%) VMware
20 24 (11.54%) Validation
20 24 (11.54%) JavaScript
21 23 (11.06%) Citrix
21 23 (11.06%) Software Engineering
22 22 (10.58%) Scrum

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

For the 6 months to 28 April 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 7 (3.37%) CMS
2 6 (2.88%) SharePoint
3 5 (2.40%) SharePoint 2010
4 4 (1.92%) MS Exchange
4 4 (1.92%) BizTalk Server
5 2 (0.96%) WebLogic
5 2 (0.96%) JBoss
5 2 (0.96%) Confluence
6 1 (0.48%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.48%) IIS
Applications
1 34 (16.35%) MS Excel
2 6 (2.88%) MS Project
2 6 (2.88%) MS Office
3 3 (1.44%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (0.96%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 14 (6.73%) Oracle EBS
2 3 (1.44%) SAP BCA
3 1 (0.48%) Oracle 11i
3 1 (0.48%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 5 (2.40%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 39 (18.75%) SAN
2 17 (8.17%) iSCSI
2 17 (8.17%) FCoE
2 17 (8.17%) Fibre Channel
3 13 (6.25%) Internet
4 8 (3.85%) TCP/IP
4 8 (3.85%) ATM
4 8 (3.85%) GSM
4 8 (3.85%) UMTS
4 8 (3.85%) VoIP
4 8 (3.85%) LTE
5 7 (3.37%) Wireless
6 6 (2.88%) RTCP
6 6 (2.88%) RTP
6 6 (2.88%) HTTP
6 6 (2.88%) CDMA
6 6 (2.88%) GPRS
6 6 (2.88%) VoLTE
7 5 (2.40%) Ethernet
8 3 (1.44%) Cisco ICM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (9.62%) Relational Database
2 8 (3.85%) RDBMS
3 7 (3.37%) SAP BW
3 7 (3.37%) NoSQL
4 4 (1.92%) SQL Server
4 4 (1.92%) Data Mining
5 3 (1.44%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.48%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.48%) SAP BI
6 1 (0.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.48%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (0.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.48%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (0.48%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 31 (14.90%) Selenium
2 17 (8.17%) JIRA
3 14 (6.73%) QuickTest Pro
4 13 (6.25%) Team Foundation Server
5 8 (3.85%) Eclipse
6 7 (3.37%) Jenkins
7 6 (2.88%) Git (software)
7 6 (2.88%) Visual Studio
8 5 (2.40%) Subversion
8 5 (2.40%) WebDriver
8 5 (2.40%) Cucumber
9 4 (1.92%) Trac
9 4 (1.92%) LabVIEW
9 4 (1.92%) JUnit
9 4 (1.92%) LoadRunner
10 3 (1.44%) Maven
10 3 (1.44%) SoapUI
10 3 (1.44%) Appcelerator Titanium
11 2 (0.96%) Gerrit
11 2 (0.96%) eggPlant
General
1 38 (18.27%) Finance
2 13 (6.25%) Telecoms
3 7 (3.37%) Billing
4 3 (1.44%) Banking
5 2 (0.96%) Retail
5 2 (0.96%) Marketing
5 2 (0.96%) Automotive
5 2 (0.96%) Legal
5 2 (0.96%) Pharmaceutical
5 2 (0.96%) Financial Institution
5 2 (0.96%) Back Office
5 2 (0.96%) Electronics
6 1 (0.48%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 66 (31.73%) Analyst
2 59 (28.37%) Test Analyst
3 31 (14.90%) Developer
4 22 (10.58%) Test Manager
5 19 (9.13%) Tester
5 19 (9.13%) Test Leader
6 13 (6.25%) Test Engineer
7 10 (4.81%) Test Specialist
7 10 (4.81%) Python Developer
7 10 (4.81%) Agile Test Analyst
8 8 (3.85%) Technical Specialist
9 7 (3.37%) Software Tester
9 7 (3.37%) Software Engineer
10 5 (2.40%) Technical Analyst
10 5 (2.40%) Perl Developer
10 5 (2.40%) Technical Test Analyst
11 4 (1.92%) Junior
11 4 (1.92%) Business Analyst
12 3 (1.44%) Project Manager
12 3 (1.44%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (10.58%) XML
2 19 (9.13%) HTML
3 14 (6.73%) CSS
3 14 (6.73%) Web Services
4 11 (5.29%) Django
4 11 (5.29%) .NET
5 7 (3.37%) JSON
5 7 (3.37%) REST
5 7 (3.37%) Sass
6 5 (2.40%) Middleware
7 4 (1.92%) XSLT
7 4 (1.92%) JSP
7 4 (1.92%) Gherkin
8 3 (1.44%) EJB
8 3 (1.44%) Ajax
8 3 (1.44%) J2EE
9 2 (0.96%) ASP.NET
9 2 (0.96%) Hibernate
9 2 (0.96%) Spring
9 2 (0.96%) JSF
Miscellaneous
1 13 (6.25%) User Experience
2 8 (3.85%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (2.40%) Device Driver
3 5 (2.40%) Smart Meter
4 4 (1.92%) Mobile App
5 3 (1.44%) Handset
6 2 (0.96%) Clustering
6 2 (0.96%) EPoS
6 2 (0.96%) Thin Client
6 2 (0.96%) AS400
6 2 (0.96%) iSeries
6 2 (0.96%) PDA
6 2 (0.96%) Computer Science
6 2 (0.96%) Fat Client
7 1 (0.48%) Data Integration
7 1 (0.48%) N-Tier
7 1 (0.48%) Open Source
7 1 (0.48%) New Media
7 1 (0.48%) BBC
7 1 (0.48%) DTV
Operating Systems
1 47 (22.60%) Windows
2 39 (18.75%) Linux
3 22 (10.58%) AIX
4 14 (6.73%) Windows 7
5 12 (5.77%) Windows XP
6 7 (3.37%) Android
6 7 (3.37%) UNIX
7 5 (2.40%) Apple iOS
8 4 (1.92%) Windows Server 2008
8 4 (1.92%) Windows Server 2003
9 2 (0.96%) Ubuntu
9 2 (0.96%) Windows 2000
10 1 (0.48%) Windows Phone
10 1 (0.48%) Windows Phone 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 71 (34.13%) Agile Software Development
2 44 (21.15%) Test Scripting
3 38 (18.27%) Test Automation
4 36 (17.31%) Test Management
4 36 (17.31%) User Acceptance Testing
5 24 (11.54%) Validation
6 23 (11.06%) Software Engineering
7 22 (10.58%) Scrum
8 21 (10.10%) Waterfall
9 20 (9.62%) TDD
10 19 (9.13%) Test Strategy
11 18 (8.65%) OO
11 18 (8.65%) Knowledge Management
12 16 (7.69%) V-Model
12 16 (7.69%) Automated Testing
13 15 (7.21%) Test Planning
14 13 (6.25%) Mentoring
15 12 (5.77%) BDD
15 12 (5.77%) ITIL
15 12 (5.77%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 52 (25.00%) SQL
2 35 (16.83%) Java
3 26 (12.50%) Perl
4 24 (11.54%) JavaScript
5 22 (10.58%) Python
6 20 (9.62%) VBA
7 13 (6.25%) C#
8 10 (4.81%) VB
9 9 (4.33%) Shell Script
10 7 (3.37%) C
11 6 (2.88%) C++
12 4 (1.92%) PL/SQL
13 3 (1.44%) VBScript
14 2 (0.96%) Ruby
15 1 (0.48%) PowerShell
15 1 (0.48%) Bourne shell
15 1 (0.48%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 67 (32.21%) ISTQB
2 59 (28.37%) ISEB
3 48 (23.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 28 (13.46%) Security Cleared
5 27 (12.98%) SC Cleared
6 10 (4.81%) DV Cleared
7 9 (4.33%) Degree
8 4 (1.92%) HND
9 3 (1.44%) MCSE
9 3 (1.44%) Microsoft Certification
9 3 (1.44%) ISEB Practitioner
10 2 (0.96%) MCTS
10 2 (0.96%) MCITP
10 2 (0.96%) MCSA
11 1 (0.48%) CCNP
11 1 (0.48%) CCNA
11 1 (0.48%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 1 (0.48%) Cisco Certification
11 1 (0.48%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (12.98%) QA
2 2 (0.96%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.48%) 21 CFR Part 11
3 1 (0.48%) GCP
System Software
1 19 (9.13%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (1.44%) Hyper-V
3 2 (0.96%) Active Directory
3 2 (0.96%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 65 (31.25%) HP Quality Center
2 8 (3.85%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
2 8 (3.85%) Tivoli
3 2 (0.96%) Nessus
3 2 (0.96%) Nmap
3 2 (0.96%) McAfee ePO
4 1 (0.48%) Netcool
Vendors
1 44 (21.15%) HP
2 42 (20.19%) Microsoft
3 26 (12.50%) Oracle
4 25 (12.02%) VMware
5 23 (11.06%) Citrix
6 22 (10.58%) Veritas
7 12 (5.77%) SAP
8 9 (4.33%) IBM
9 7 (3.37%) Ektron
10 5 (2.40%) Cisco
11 3 (1.44%) Appcelerator
12 2 (0.96%) Ericsson
12 2 (0.96%) Nokia
12 2 (0.96%) McAfee
13 1 (0.48%) MKS
13 1 (0.48%) Red Gate
13 1 (0.48%) Pegasus
13 1 (0.48%) Apple
13 1 (0.48%) Salesforce.com
13 1 (0.48%) ExactTarget
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