The first table below looks at the demand 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 25 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category for the South East region.

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
25 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 146 118 156
Rank change year-on-year
-28 +38
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 92 117 86
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 1.00% 1.38% 0.87%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.38% 1.97% 1.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 48 68 49
Average daily rate
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£325 £350 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.14% +12.90%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £239 £243 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £397 £435 £413
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £335 £300
% change year-on-year
-2.98% +11.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 7
Average hourly rate £42.50 £34.25 £36.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+24.08% -6.16%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.30 £27.65 £17.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.50 £40.85 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £18.75 £28.00
% change year-on-year
+92.00% -33.03%
Processes & Methodologies Category
South East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
6664 5946 6806
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 72.64% 70.23% 68.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 3661 3169 3242
Average daily rate £375 £375 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +1.48%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 247 260 316
Average hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.09% -21.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.90 £13.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £42.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £31.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-14.51% -3.12%
Software Testing
England

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 25 July 2014.

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 25 July 2014. 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 36 £325 -20.00% 8
Berkshire -6 22 £375 -1.96% 14
Buckinghamshire -3 15 £276 -15.64% 2
Surrey -14 8 £295 -10.94% 13
Oxfordshire -1 4 £365 -2.66% 2
West Sussex -18 2 - - 1
M4 Corridor - 2 - -
Sussex - - - -
East Sussex - - - - 1
Kent - - - -
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 25 July 2014, 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 82 (38.32%) HP Quality Center
2 80 (37.38%) HP
3 79 (36.92%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 78 (36.45%) ISTQB
5 76 (35.51%) ISEB
6 73 (34.11%) SQL
7 65 (30.37%) .NET
8 57 (26.64%) UNIX
9 53 (24.77%) Security Cleared
10 52 (24.30%) JavaScript
11 51 (23.83%) Oracle
12 50 (23.36%) HTML
12 50 (23.36%) QA
12 50 (23.36%) Test Scripting
13 48 (22.43%) Windows
14 47 (21.96%) C#
15 45 (21.03%) SC Cleared
16 44 (20.56%) TCP/IP
16 44 (20.56%) Finance
17 41 (19.16%) ASP.NET
17 41 (19.16%) JSP
18 38 (17.76%) Oracle EBS
18 38 (17.76%) BDD
19 36 (16.82%) Team Foundation Server
19 36 (16.82%) SOAP
19 36 (16.82%) Java
19 36 (16.82%) HTTPS
20 35 (16.36%) Windows Server 2003
20 35 (16.36%) Windows 2000
20 35 (16.36%) XML

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

For the 6 months to 25 July 2014, 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 6 (2.80%) CMS
2 4 (1.87%) SharePoint
2 4 (1.87%) WebLogic
2 4 (1.87%) SharePoint 2010
3 3 (1.40%) WebSphere
4 2 (0.93%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.47%) Oracle Workflow
5 1 (0.47%) Oracle Spatial
5 1 (0.47%) IIS
5 1 (0.47%) Lotus Domino
5 1 (0.47%) Apache
5 1 (0.47%) Oracle BPEL
Applications
1 17 (7.94%) MS Excel
2 10 (4.67%) MS Office
3 2 (0.93%) MS Project
3 2 (0.93%) Spreadsheet
3 2 (0.93%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 38 (17.76%) Oracle EBS
2 8 (3.74%) Dynamics GP
3 6 (2.80%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 4 (1.87%) JDE OneWorld
5 2 (0.93%) Oracle ERP
5 2 (0.93%) Oracle Applications
5 2 (0.93%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 10 (4.67%) Office 365
2 2 (0.93%) Amazon SQS
3 1 (0.47%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.47%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 44 (20.56%) TCP/IP
2 36 (16.82%) HTTPS
3 30 (14.02%) DNS
4 28 (13.08%) HTTP
5 21 (9.81%) SSL
6 18 (8.41%) Wireshark
7 10 (4.67%) SAN
8 6 (2.80%) 4G
9 5 (2.34%) 2G
9 5 (2.34%) Firewall
10 4 (1.87%) IPv6
10 4 (1.87%) Internet
10 4 (1.87%) 3G
10 4 (1.87%) LTE
11 3 (1.40%) xDSL
11 3 (1.40%) IPsec
11 3 (1.40%) Network Security
11 3 (1.40%) DSL
11 3 (1.40%) FTP
11 3 (1.40%) INAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (12.62%) SQL Server
2 17 (7.94%) Oracle Reports
3 5 (2.34%) Relational Database
4 2 (0.93%) Oracle Database
4 2 (0.93%) DB2
4 2 (0.93%) SQL Navigator
4 2 (0.93%) Oracle Database 11g
4 2 (0.93%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.47%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 36 (16.82%) Team Foundation Server
2 34 (15.89%) LoadRunner
3 32 (14.95%) QuickTest Pro
4 30 (14.02%) Visual Studio
5 23 (10.75%) Selenium
6 17 (7.94%) WebDriver
7 12 (5.61%) JMeter
7 12 (5.61%) JUnit
8 11 (5.14%) SpecFlow
9 10 (4.67%) SoapUI
10 7 (3.27%) PhantomJS
11 6 (2.80%) TestNG
11 6 (2.80%) Subversion
12 5 (2.34%) JIRA
12 5 (2.34%) Bugzilla
12 5 (2.34%) Toad
13 4 (1.87%) TestDirector
13 4 (1.87%) VSS/SourceSafe
13 4 (1.87%) Rational Performance Tester
14 3 (1.40%) Eclipse
General
1 44 (20.56%) Finance
2 29 (13.55%) Telecoms
3 11 (5.14%) Electronics
4 10 (4.67%) Retail
5 9 (4.21%) Marketing
6 8 (3.74%) Billing
6 8 (3.74%) Manufacturing
6 8 (3.74%) Automotive
7 5 (2.34%) Banking
8 3 (1.40%) Publishing
9 2 (0.93%) Military
9 2 (0.93%) Legal
Job Titles
1 105 (49.07%) Analyst
2 90 (42.06%) Test Analyst
3 35 (16.36%) Test Engineer
4 34 (15.89%) Tester
5 18 (8.41%) QA Analyst
6 13 (6.07%) Test Manager
6 13 (6.07%) Test Leader
7 12 (5.61%) Developer
8 11 (5.14%) Performance Tester
9 9 (4.21%) Project Manager
9 9 (4.21%) Systems Analyst
10 7 (3.27%) Test Specialist
10 7 (3.27%) Agile Test Analyst
11 6 (2.80%) Consultant
11 6 (2.80%) Software Engineer
11 6 (2.80%) Performance Analyst
11 6 (2.80%) Performance Engineer
11 6 (2.80%) Test Consultant
11 6 (2.80%) Performance Test Analyst
11 6 (2.80%) Integration Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 65 (30.37%) .NET
2 50 (23.36%) HTML
3 41 (19.16%) ASP.NET
3 41 (19.16%) JSP
4 36 (16.82%) SOAP
5 35 (16.36%) XML
6 32 (14.95%) Web Services
7 31 (14.49%) REST
8 22 (10.28%) WCF
9 21 (9.81%) WPF
10 11 (5.14%) CSS
11 7 (3.27%) JSON
12 6 (2.80%) Middleware
13 5 (2.34%) jQuery
13 5 (2.34%) Twitter Bootstrap
14 3 (1.40%) JPA
14 3 (1.40%) Ajax
14 3 (1.40%) JDBC
14 3 (1.40%) ODBC
15 2 (0.93%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 8 (3.74%) NHS
2 7 (3.27%) DTV
3 5 (2.34%) Smart Meter
4 4 (1.87%) Learning Management System
5 3 (1.40%) Open Source
5 3 (1.40%) Management Information System
5 3 (1.40%) Computer Science
5 3 (1.40%) 3D Graphics
6 2 (0.93%) Device Driver
6 2 (0.93%) IVR
6 2 (0.93%) CUDA
6 2 (0.93%) Embedded Systems
6 2 (0.93%) Mobile App
6 2 (0.93%) Data Protection Act
6 2 (0.93%) Mathematics
7 1 (0.47%) Visualisation
7 1 (0.47%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.47%) Statistics
7 1 (0.47%) Life Science
7 1 (0.47%) Data Conversion
Operating Systems
1 57 (26.64%) UNIX
2 48 (22.43%) Windows
3 35 (16.36%) Windows 2000
3 35 (16.36%) Windows XP
3 35 (16.36%) Windows Server 2003
3 35 (16.36%) Windows Server 2008
4 31 (14.49%) Linux
5 5 (2.34%) Android
6 4 (1.87%) Solaris
7 3 (1.40%) Windows 7
8 2 (0.93%) Embedded Linux
9 1 (0.47%) Apple iOS
9 1 (0.47%) BlackBerry OS
9 1 (0.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 50 (23.36%) Test Scripting
2 38 (17.76%) BDD
3 34 (15.89%) Test Strategy
4 32 (14.95%) Automated Testing
4 32 (14.95%) Scrum
5 28 (13.08%) Agile Software Development
6 26 (12.15%) Performance Testing
7 24 (11.21%) User Acceptance Testing
8 21 (9.81%) Knowledge Management
9 19 (8.88%) Workflow
9 19 (8.88%) Validation
10 18 (8.41%) Test Automation
11 14 (6.54%) Waterfall
11 14 (6.54%) Continuous Integration
12 12 (5.61%) Test Management
13 11 (5.14%) OO
13 11 (5.14%) E-Commerce
14 9 (4.21%) Project Management
14 9 (4.21%) Service Delivery
15 8 (3.74%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 73 (34.11%) SQL
2 52 (24.30%) JavaScript
3 47 (21.96%) C#
4 36 (16.82%) Java
5 12 (5.61%) VB
6 11 (5.14%) Python
7 10 (4.67%) C++
8 6 (2.80%) Perl
9 5 (2.34%) C
9 5 (2.34%) Ruby
10 4 (1.87%) T-SQL
10 4 (1.87%) PHP
11 3 (1.40%) PL/SQL
11 3 (1.40%) VBA
11 3 (1.40%) Shell Script
11 3 (1.40%) Scala
11 3 (1.40%) Bash Shell
12 1 (0.47%) MATLAB
12 1 (0.47%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 79 (36.92%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 78 (36.45%) ISTQB
3 76 (35.51%) ISEB
4 53 (24.77%) Security Cleared
5 45 (21.03%) SC Cleared
6 16 (7.48%) DV Cleared
7 10 (4.67%) Degree
8 7 (3.27%) Cisco Certification
9 5 (2.34%) Microsoft Certification
9 5 (2.34%) ISEB Practitioner
9 5 (2.34%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 4 (1.87%) MCITP
10 4 (1.87%) MCSE
10 4 (1.87%) CCNP
10 4 (1.87%) CCNA
11 3 (1.40%) MCP
12 2 (0.93%) MAPM
12 2 (0.93%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 2 (0.93%) PMP
12 2 (0.93%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 50 (23.36%) QA
2 2 (0.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (0.93%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (0.47%) ISO 8583
System Software
1 16 (7.48%) Nmap
2 1 (0.47%) Hyper-V
2 1 (0.47%) NFS
Systems Management
1 82 (38.32%) HP Quality Center
2 17 (7.94%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 16 (7.48%) Nessus
4 3 (1.40%) nmon
5 1 (0.47%) Nagios
Vendors
1 80 (37.38%) HP
2 51 (23.83%) Oracle
3 33 (15.42%) Microsoft
4 14 (6.54%) SAP
5 8 (3.74%) Citrix
6 6 (2.80%) Cisco
7 5 (2.34%) Remedy
8 4 (1.87%) Ektron
9 3 (1.40%) F5
9 3 (1.40%) NetCracker
9 3 (1.40%) Comptel
9 3 (1.40%) IBM
9 3 (1.40%) Salesforce.com
10 2 (0.93%) Red Hat
10 2 (0.93%) ATG
10 2 (0.93%) Demandware
10 2 (0.93%) Capita
10 2 (0.93%) hybris
11 1 (0.47%) Red Gate
11 1 (0.47%) Splunk