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 August 2014 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 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 154 116 169
Rank change year-on-year
-38 +53
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 95 120 83
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 1.02% 1.37% 0.84%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.40% 1.91% 1.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 40 77 47
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£330 £320 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £248 £217
10% offered a daily rate of more than £441 £430 £413
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
- +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 2 6
Average hourly rate £38.75 £35.75 £33.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.39% +5.92%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £30.35 £26.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.75 £41.15 £38.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.25 £11.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+215.21% -67.14%
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
6767 6276 6920
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 72.84% 71.75% 70.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 3811 3439 3310
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £250 £246
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £360
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 268 246 324
Average hourly rate £21.50 £27.50 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-21.81% -15.38%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.84 £12.54
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.50 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.50 £30.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-15.00% -3.22%

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 August 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 29 August 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 -19 31 £375 -3.22% 9
Berkshire -8 20 £378 +21.77% 8
Surrey +3 19 £345 -13.75% 3
Buckinghamshire -5 13 £269 -11.66% 2
Middlesex - 5 £263 -
East Sussex - 2 £275 -
M4 Corridor - 2 - -
Oxfordshire -2 1 £123 -67.20% 2
West Sussex -14 1 - - 6
Sussex - - - -
Kent - - - -
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 29 August 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 78 (38.05%) HP Quality Center
2 74 (36.10%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 72 (35.12%) HP
3 72 (35.12%) ISEB
4 71 (34.63%) SQL
5 66 (32.20%) ISTQB
6 53 (25.85%) UNIX
7 52 (25.37%) .NET
8 50 (24.39%) Windows
9 49 (23.90%) Oracle
10 48 (23.41%) QA
11 45 (21.95%) Test Scripting
11 45 (21.95%) Finance
12 44 (21.46%) Security Cleared
13 42 (20.49%) JavaScript
14 41 (20.00%) HTML
15 40 (19.51%) TCP/IP
16 38 (18.54%) Java
16 38 (18.54%) C#
17 37 (18.05%) XML
18 35 (17.07%) Windows XP
18 35 (17.07%) SC Cleared
19 33 (16.10%) Linux
19 33 (16.10%) JSP
20 32 (15.61%) ASP.NET
20 32 (15.61%) QuickTest Pro
20 32 (15.61%) LoadRunner
21 31 (15.12%) DNS
21 31 (15.12%) HTTPS
21 31 (15.12%) Oracle EBS

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

For the 6 months to 29 August 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 5 (2.44%) CMS
2 4 (1.95%) WebLogic
3 3 (1.46%) SharePoint 2010
3 3 (1.46%) SharePoint
4 2 (0.98%) BizTalk Server
4 2 (0.98%) WebSphere
5 1 (0.49%) Oracle Spatial
5 1 (0.49%) Oracle BPEL
5 1 (0.49%) Apache
5 1 (0.49%) IIS
5 1 (0.49%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 20 (9.76%) MS Excel
2 11 (5.37%) MS Office
3 2 (0.98%) MS Project
3 2 (0.98%) Spreadsheet
3 2 (0.98%) Mingle
4 1 (0.49%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 31 (15.12%) Oracle EBS
2 8 (3.90%) Dynamics GP
3 6 (2.93%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 4 (1.95%) JDE OneWorld
5 2 (0.98%) Oracle ERP
5 2 (0.98%) Oracle Applications
5 2 (0.98%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 12 (5.85%) Office 365
2 2 (0.98%) Amazon SQS
3 1 (0.49%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 40 (19.51%) TCP/IP
2 31 (15.12%) DNS
2 31 (15.12%) HTTPS
3 27 (13.17%) HTTP
4 16 (7.80%) SSL
5 14 (6.83%) Wireshark
6 11 (5.37%) SAN
7 6 (2.93%) 4G
8 5 (2.44%) 2G
8 5 (2.44%) Firewall
9 4 (1.95%) 3G
9 4 (1.95%) Internet
9 4 (1.95%) SNMP
9 4 (1.95%) IPv6
9 4 (1.95%) LTE
10 3 (1.46%) FCoE
10 3 (1.46%) Fibre Channel
10 3 (1.46%) Network Security
10 3 (1.46%) iSCSI
10 3 (1.46%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (11.22%) SQL Server
2 11 (5.37%) Oracle Reports
3 6 (2.93%) Oracle Database
3 6 (2.93%) Relational Database
4 4 (1.95%) SQL Navigator
4 4 (1.95%) Oracle Database 11g
4 4 (1.95%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (0.98%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (0.98%) Microsoft Analysis Services
5 2 (0.98%) SQL Server 2008
5 2 (0.98%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 2 (0.98%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.49%) Big Data
6 1 (0.49%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.49%) BusinessObjects XI
6 1 (0.49%) RDBMS
6 1 (0.49%) DB2
6 1 (0.49%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 32 (15.61%) QuickTest Pro
1 32 (15.61%) LoadRunner
2 26 (12.68%) Team Foundation Server
3 21 (10.24%) Visual Studio
4 17 (8.29%) Selenium
5 12 (5.85%) JUnit
5 12 (5.85%) WebDriver
5 12 (5.85%) SpecFlow
6 9 (4.39%) Toad
7 7 (3.41%) SoapUI
8 6 (2.93%) Subversion
8 6 (2.93%) TestDirector
8 6 (2.93%) TestNG
9 5 (2.44%) JMeter
10 4 (1.95%) Bugzilla
10 4 (1.95%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 4 (1.95%) Rational Performance Tester
10 4 (1.95%) JIRA
10 4 (1.95%) Rational Rhapsody
10 4 (1.95%) Rational DOORS
General
1 45 (21.95%) Finance
2 26 (12.68%) Telecoms
3 11 (5.37%) Marketing
3 11 (5.37%) Electronics
4 9 (4.39%) Retail
5 8 (3.90%) Automotive
5 8 (3.90%) Manufacturing
6 6 (2.93%) Billing
7 5 (2.44%) Banking
8 2 (0.98%) Publishing
8 2 (0.98%) Legal
8 2 (0.98%) Military
9 1 (0.49%) General Ledger
9 1 (0.49%) Games
Job Titles
1 94 (45.85%) Analyst
2 78 (38.05%) Test Analyst
3 33 (16.10%) Tester
4 29 (14.15%) Test Engineer
5 15 (7.32%) Developer
6 14 (6.83%) Test Leader
7 12 (5.85%) QA Analyst
8 11 (5.37%) Performance Tester
9 10 (4.88%) Test Manager
9 10 (4.88%) Systems Analyst
9 10 (4.88%) Test Specialist
10 8 (3.90%) Software Engineer
10 8 (3.90%) Integration Analyst
10 8 (3.90%) Agile Test Analyst
11 7 (3.41%) Project Manager
12 6 (2.93%) Systems Tester
12 6 (2.93%) Performance Engineer
12 6 (2.93%) Performance Analyst
12 6 (2.93%) Performance Test Analyst
13 5 (2.44%) Integration Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 52 (25.37%) .NET
2 41 (20.00%) HTML
3 37 (18.05%) XML
4 33 (16.10%) JSP
5 32 (15.61%) ASP.NET
6 30 (14.63%) Web Services
7 27 (13.17%) REST
7 27 (13.17%) SOAP
8 18 (8.78%) WCF
9 17 (8.29%) WPF
10 10 (4.88%) CSS
11 7 (3.41%) JSON
12 5 (2.44%) Twitter Bootstrap
12 5 (2.44%) jQuery
13 4 (1.95%) Middleware
14 3 (1.46%) JPA
14 3 (1.46%) Ajax
14 3 (1.46%) ODBC
14 3 (1.46%) JDBC
14 3 (1.46%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 9 (4.39%) NHS
1 9 (4.39%) DTV
2 5 (2.44%) Smart Meter
3 4 (1.95%) Computer Science
3 4 (1.95%) Learning Management System
4 3 (1.46%) Mathematics
4 3 (1.46%) Client/Server
4 3 (1.46%) Management Information System
4 3 (1.46%) Device Driver
4 3 (1.46%) 3D Graphics
5 2 (0.98%) IVR
5 2 (0.98%) Replication
5 2 (0.98%) Data Protection Act
5 2 (0.98%) Mobile App
5 2 (0.98%) Embedded Systems
5 2 (0.98%) Open Source
5 2 (0.98%) CUDA
6 1 (0.49%) Data Conversion
6 1 (0.49%) Data Integration
6 1 (0.49%) iSeries
Operating Systems
1 53 (25.85%) UNIX
2 50 (24.39%) Windows
3 35 (17.07%) Windows XP
4 33 (16.10%) Linux
5 30 (14.63%) Windows Server 2003
5 30 (14.63%) Windows 2000
5 30 (14.63%) Windows Server 2008
6 8 (3.90%) Windows 7
7 4 (1.95%) Solaris
7 4 (1.95%) Android
8 3 (1.46%) AIX
9 2 (0.98%) Embedded Linux
9 2 (0.98%) openSUSE
10 1 (0.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (21.95%) Test Scripting
2 30 (14.63%) Automated Testing
2 30 (14.63%) Test Strategy
3 28 (13.66%) BDD
4 27 (13.17%) Performance Testing
5 26 (12.68%) Agile Software Development
6 25 (12.20%) User Acceptance Testing
6 25 (12.20%) Scrum
7 21 (10.24%) Test Automation
8 18 (8.78%) Regression Testing
8 18 (8.78%) Validation
9 17 (8.29%) Knowledge Management
9 17 (8.29%) Test Management
9 17 (8.29%) Waterfall
10 13 (6.34%) Workflow
11 11 (5.37%) E-Commerce
11 11 (5.37%) Software Engineering
12 10 (4.88%) Project Management
12 10 (4.88%) Systems Analysis
12 10 (4.88%) V-Model
Programming Languages
1 71 (34.63%) SQL
2 42 (20.49%) JavaScript
3 38 (18.54%) Java
3 38 (18.54%) C#
4 15 (7.32%) C++
5 14 (6.83%) VB
6 12 (5.85%) Python
7 11 (5.37%) Perl
8 10 (4.88%) C
9 5 (2.44%) Ruby
9 5 (2.44%) PL/SQL
10 4 (1.95%) Bash Shell
11 3 (1.46%) Scala
11 3 (1.46%) Shell Script
11 3 (1.46%) PHP
11 3 (1.46%) T-SQL
12 2 (0.98%) VBA
12 2 (0.98%) Ada
12 2 (0.98%) Pascal
12 2 (0.98%) XPath
Qualifications
1 74 (36.10%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 72 (35.12%) ISEB
3 66 (32.20%) ISTQB
4 44 (21.46%) Security Cleared
5 35 (17.07%) SC Cleared
6 11 (5.37%) DV Cleared
7 10 (4.88%) ISEB Practitioner
8 9 (4.39%) Degree
9 8 (3.90%) Cisco Certification
10 6 (2.93%) Microsoft Certification
11 5 (2.44%) CCNP
11 5 (2.44%) CCNA
11 5 (2.44%) MCSE
12 4 (1.95%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
13 3 (1.46%) MCITP
14 2 (0.98%) MCP
14 2 (0.98%) PMP
14 2 (0.98%) PMI Certification
14 2 (0.98%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 2 (0.98%) MAPM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 48 (23.41%) QA
2 2 (0.98%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 2 (0.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.49%) ISO 8583
System Software
1 11 (5.37%) Nmap
2 3 (1.46%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.49%) VMware ESXi
3 1 (0.49%) Hyper-V
3 1 (0.49%) NFS
Systems Management
1 78 (38.05%) HP Quality Center
2 17 (8.29%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 11 (5.37%) Nessus
4 3 (1.46%) nmon
5 2 (0.98%) Tivoli
5 2 (0.98%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
6 1 (0.49%) Nagios
Vendors
1 72 (35.12%) HP
2 49 (23.90%) Oracle
3 29 (14.15%) Microsoft
4 14 (6.83%) SAP
5 5 (2.44%) Cisco
5 5 (2.44%) Citrix
5 5 (2.44%) VMware
6 4 (1.95%) Remedy
7 3 (1.46%) F5
7 3 (1.46%) Ektron
7 3 (1.46%) Comptel
7 3 (1.46%) IBM
7 3 (1.46%) Veritas
7 3 (1.46%) NetCracker
8 2 (0.98%) ATG
8 2 (0.98%) Red Hat
8 2 (0.98%) Demandware
8 2 (0.98%) hybris
9 1 (0.49%) Splunk
9 1 (0.49%) Red Gate
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