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 30 April 2016 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.

3 months to
30 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Testing
Rank 183 165 137
Rank change year-on-year
-18 -28
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 98 98 120
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 1.02% 0.98% 1.28%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.28% 1.27% 1.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 66 47 71
Average daily rate £350 £300 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% -9.09%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £152 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £400 £375
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £310 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.83% -4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 7 0
Average hourly rate £40.25 £37.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.33% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.50 £35.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+10.00% -6.66%
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
7654 7741 6995
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 79.46% 77.75% 74.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 4724 4349 3897
Average daily rate £400 £390 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% +4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £281 £270 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £548 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 244 281 276
Average hourly rate £35.00 £33.00 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% +20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.35 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.50 £55.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £30.75 £31.50
% change year-on-year
+17.07% -2.38%

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 30 April 2016.

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 30 April 2016.

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 30 April 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 +4 33 £350 - 7
Berkshire -4 16 £375 +60.42% 7
Kent -14 16 £210 -
Buckinghamshire +14 15 £388 +31.35% 6
West Sussex -10 8 £425 +93.18% 1
Surrey -20 6 £410 +36.66% 6
Oxfordshire +5 2 £330 -14.83% 1
East Sussex - 1 £285 - 2
Middlesex - 1 - -
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 30 April 2016, 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 85 (46.20%) Agile Software Development
2 65 (35.33%) SQL
3 58 (31.52%) ISTQB
4 54 (29.35%) ISEB
5 48 (26.09%) Linux
5 48 (26.09%) JIRA
6 46 (25.00%) Finance
7 44 (23.91%) Waterfall
8 42 (22.83%) Windows
9 36 (19.57%) XML
10 33 (17.93%) QA
10 33 (17.93%) User Acceptance Testing
11 32 (17.39%) Scrum
12 31 (16.85%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 29 (15.76%) Regression Testing
14 28 (15.22%) Microsoft
14 28 (15.22%) Java
14 28 (15.22%) Relational Database
14 28 (15.22%) Test Strategy
14 28 (15.22%) Functional Testing
15 27 (14.67%) Automated Testing
16 26 (14.13%) Test Scripting
16 26 (14.13%) V-Model
17 25 (13.59%) C#
17 25 (13.59%) Oracle
18 24 (13.04%) Selenium
18 24 (13.04%) Defect Management
19 22 (11.96%) HP Quality Center
19 22 (11.96%) Software Engineering
20 21 (11.41%) C++

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

For the 6 months to 30 April 2016, 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 17 (9.24%) JBoss
2 4 (2.17%) Apache
2 4 (2.17%) Oracle HTTP Server
2 4 (2.17%) Tomcat
3 3 (1.63%) WebLogic
4 2 (1.09%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.54%) CMS
5 1 (0.54%) ColdFusion
5 1 (0.54%) Confluence
5 1 (0.54%) SharePoint
Applications
1 19 (10.33%) MS Excel
2 10 (5.43%) MS Office
3 2 (1.09%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.54%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 1 (0.54%) MS Project
4 1 (0.54%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (2.17%) Oracle ERP
1 4 (2.17%) SAP FI
2 2 (1.09%) Oracle Assets
2 2 (1.09%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (1.09%) Oracle Receivables
3 1 (0.54%) Magento
3 1 (0.54%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.54%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 5 (2.72%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.54%) IaaS
2 1 (0.54%) SaaS
2 1 (0.54%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 15 (8.15%) HTTP
2 10 (5.43%) Internet
2 10 (5.43%) TCP/IP
2 10 (5.43%) VLAN
3 9 (4.89%) BGP
3 9 (4.89%) DHCP
3 9 (4.89%) DNS
3 9 (4.89%) IPsec
3 9 (4.89%) IPv6
3 9 (4.89%) Software-Defined Networking
3 9 (4.89%) VPN
4 8 (4.35%) FCoE
4 8 (4.35%) Fibre Channel
4 8 (4.35%) iSCSI
4 8 (4.35%) SAN
5 6 (3.26%) Remote Desktop
6 3 (1.63%) FTP
6 3 (1.63%) WAN
7 2 (1.09%) VoIP
7 2 (1.09%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (15.22%) Relational Database
2 18 (9.78%) RDBMS
3 15 (8.15%) SQL Server
4 11 (5.98%) PostgreSQL
5 10 (5.43%) NoSQL
5 10 (5.43%) Oracle Database
5 10 (5.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 9 (4.89%) SQL Server 2008
6 9 (4.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 8 (4.35%) Data Mining
7 8 (4.35%) SQL Server 2005
7 8 (4.35%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 3 (1.63%) Oracle Reports
8 3 (1.63%) SQL Server 2012
9 2 (1.09%) SAP BW
10 1 (0.54%) BusinessObjects
10 1 (0.54%) Crystal Reports
10 1 (0.54%) MySQL
10 1 (0.54%) Oracle Database 10g
10 1 (0.54%) SAP BI
Development Applications
1 48 (26.09%) JIRA
2 24 (13.04%) Selenium
3 19 (10.33%) Cucumber
4 17 (9.24%) Subversion
5 15 (8.15%) HP UFT
6 11 (5.98%) JUnit
6 11 (5.98%) TestComplete
7 10 (5.43%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 10 (5.43%) Gradle
7 10 (5.43%) SoapUI
7 10 (5.43%) Team Foundation Server
8 9 (4.89%) Checkstyle
8 9 (4.89%) FindBugs
9 8 (4.35%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 7 (3.80%) Artifactory
11 6 (3.26%) Toad
11 6 (3.26%) WebDriver
12 4 (2.17%) LoadRunner
12 4 (2.17%) Visual Studio
13 3 (1.63%) Introscope
General
1 46 (25.00%) Finance
2 19 (10.33%) Marketing
3 16 (8.70%) Telecoms
4 11 (5.98%) Retail
5 9 (4.89%) Banking
6 4 (2.17%) Electronics
7 2 (1.09%) Automotive
7 2 (1.09%) Spanish Language
8 1 (0.54%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.54%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.54%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.54%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 58 (31.52%) Analyst
2 55 (29.89%) Test Analyst
3 30 (16.30%) Tester
4 27 (14.67%) Developer
5 20 (10.87%) Test Engineer
6 15 (8.15%) QA Tester
7 14 (7.61%) Python Developer
8 13 (7.07%) Automation Tester
8 13 (7.07%) Test Manager
9 12 (6.52%) Manual Test Analyst
10 10 (5.43%) QA Engineer
11 9 (4.89%) Automation Test Analyst
11 9 (4.89%) DBA
11 9 (4.89%) Support Engineer
12 8 (4.35%) Mobile Tester
12 8 (4.35%) QA Automation Tester
13 7 (3.80%) Android Tester
13 7 (3.80%) Applications Engineer
13 7 (3.80%) iOS Tester
13 7 (3.80%) Smart Metering Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (19.57%) XML
2 18 (9.78%) .NET
3 17 (9.24%) CSS
4 11 (5.98%) JSON
4 11 (5.98%) REST
5 10 (5.43%) ActiveMQ
5 10 (5.43%) Apache Camel
5 10 (5.43%) Entity Framework
5 10 (5.43%) Hibernate
5 10 (5.43%) NHibernate
5 10 (5.43%) Spring
6 9 (4.89%) Django
7 8 (4.35%) HTML
8 7 (3.80%) Sass
9 4 (2.17%) Middleware
10 3 (1.63%) SOAP
11 2 (1.09%) Web Services
11 2 (1.09%) WinForms
12 1 (0.54%) JDBC
12 1 (0.54%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 14 (7.61%) User Experience
2 13 (7.07%) Mobile App
2 13 (7.07%) Smart Meter
3 12 (6.52%) Analytical Skills
4 10 (5.43%) Computer Science
5 9 (4.89%) Public Cloud
6 8 (4.35%) Data Centre
6 8 (4.35%) Device Driver
7 6 (3.26%) Management Information System
8 2 (1.09%) Algorithms
8 2 (1.09%) Client/Server
8 2 (1.09%) Data Integration
8 2 (1.09%) Mainframe
9 1 (0.54%) Digital Media
9 1 (0.54%) Driving Licence
9 1 (0.54%) Embedded Systems
9 1 (0.54%) Fintech
9 1 (0.54%) New Media
9 1 (0.54%) N-Tier
9 1 (0.54%) Smart Energy
Operating Systems
1 48 (26.09%) Linux
2 42 (22.83%) Windows
3 15 (8.15%) Android
4 14 (7.61%) Apple iOS
4 14 (7.61%) Unix
5 11 (5.98%) Windows Server
6 10 (5.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 9 (4.89%) Ubuntu
8 8 (4.35%) AIX
9 3 (1.63%) Solaris
10 1 (0.54%) CentOS
10 1 (0.54%) Debian
10 1 (0.54%) SUSE
10 1 (0.54%) Windows Server 2003
10 1 (0.54%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (0.54%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 85 (46.20%) Agile Software Development
2 44 (23.91%) Waterfall
3 33 (17.93%) User Acceptance Testing
4 32 (17.39%) Scrum
5 29 (15.76%) Regression Testing
6 28 (15.22%) Functional Testing
6 28 (15.22%) Test Strategy
7 27 (14.67%) Automated Testing
8 26 (14.13%) Test Scripting
8 26 (14.13%) V-Model
9 24 (13.04%) Defect Management
10 22 (11.96%) Software Engineering
11 21 (11.41%) System Testing
11 21 (11.41%) Test Automation
12 20 (10.87%) Mentoring
12 20 (10.87%) TDD
13 18 (9.78%) SDLC
13 18 (9.78%) Test Management
14 17 (9.24%) Integration Testing
15 15 (8.15%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 65 (35.33%) SQL
2 28 (15.22%) Java
3 25 (13.59%) C#
4 21 (11.41%) C++
5 16 (8.70%) JavaScript
5 16 (8.70%) VBScript
6 15 (8.15%) PowerShell
6 15 (8.15%) Python
7 12 (6.52%) VB
8 11 (5.98%) C
9 9 (4.89%) Perl
9 9 (4.89%) T-SQL
10 5 (2.72%) PL/SQL
11 4 (2.17%) Shell Script
12 3 (1.63%) PHP
13 1 (0.54%) Embedded C++
13 1 (0.54%) F#
13 1 (0.54%) Groovy
13 1 (0.54%) MATLAB
13 1 (0.54%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 58 (31.52%) ISTQB
2 54 (29.35%) ISEB
3 31 (16.85%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 16 (8.70%) Degree
5 13 (7.07%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 11 (5.98%) Security Cleared
7 9 (4.89%) SC Cleared
8 7 (3.80%) ISEB Practitioner
9 6 (3.26%) MCSA
9 6 (3.26%) MCSD
9 6 (3.26%) MCSE
9 6 (3.26%) Microsoft Certification
10 3 (1.63%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 2 (1.09%) DV Cleared
12 1 (0.54%) DBS Check
12 1 (0.54%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 1 (0.54%) OCA
12 1 (0.54%) OCAJ
12 1 (0.54%) OCP
12 1 (0.54%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (17.93%) QA
2 1 (0.54%) 21 CFR Part 11
2 1 (0.54%) GMP
2 1 (0.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 9 (4.89%) Hyper-V
1 9 (4.89%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.54%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 22 (11.96%) HP Quality Center
2 9 (4.89%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 3 (1.63%) HP SiteScope
3 3 (1.63%) nmon
4 2 (1.09%) BMC PATROL
5 1 (0.54%) SCCM
5 1 (0.54%) SCOM
Vendors
1 28 (15.22%) Microsoft
2 25 (13.59%) Oracle
3 15 (8.15%) HP
3 15 (8.15%) SAP
4 11 (5.98%) Red Hat
5 9 (4.89%) VMware
6 8 (4.35%) Veritas
7 7 (3.80%) RedGate
8 4 (2.17%) Arqiva
8 4 (2.17%) Cisco
8 4 (2.17%) Remedy
9 3 (1.63%) PeopleSoft
10 2 (1.09%) BMC
10 2 (1.09%) Guidewire
10 2 (1.09%) hybris
10 2 (1.09%) Salesforce.com
11 1 (0.54%) Facebook
11 1 (0.54%) NetScout
11 1 (0.54%) Pega
11 1 (0.54%) Terracotta
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