Period
to 15 October 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Bristol with a requirement for Exploratory Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Exploratory Testing over the 6 months to 15 October 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Exploratory Testing
South West > Bristol
6 months to
15 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 111 111 98
Rank change year-on-year 0 -13 +7
Contract jobs citing Exploratory Testing 13 3 12
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bristol 0.63% 0.16% 0.70%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.75% 0.19% 0.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 3 9
Bristol median daily rate £295 £372 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -20.70% -21.68% +53.23%
10th Percentile £273 £290 £411
90th Percentile £319 £424 £525
South West median daily rate £300 £350 £410
% change year-on-year -14.29% -14.63% +32.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Bristol median hourly rate - - -
South West median hourly rate - - -

Exploratory Testing is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Bristol with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Bristol
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 1,734 1,560 1,454
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bristol 84.22% 82.85% 84.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,160 1,055 1,050
Bristol median daily rate £410 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.33% - -
10th Percentile £275 £257 £252
90th Percentile £534 £538 £550
South West median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 58 43 69
Bristol median hourly rate £41.75 £28.00 £28.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +49.11% -1.75% +50.71%
10th Percentile £12.53 £12.40 £12.00
90th Percentile £67.88 £49.50 £45.40
South West median hourly rate £41.53 £35.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year +18.66% - -6.67%

Exploratory Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in Bristol

Job postings citing Exploratory Testing as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Bristol.

Job vacancy trend for Exploratory Testing in Bristol

Exploratory Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Bristol

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Exploratory Testing in Bristol.

Contractor daily rate trend for Exploratory Testing in Bristol

For the 6 months to 15 October 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Exploratory Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Bristol region with a requirement for Exploratory Testing.

1 13 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (92.31%) Microsoft
2 12 (92.31%) Continuous Integration
2 12 (92.31%) Test Automation
3 11 (84.62%) SQL
4 9 (69.23%) Analytical Skills
4 9 (69.23%) Problem-Solving
5 8 (61.54%) Finance
5 8 (61.54%) Degree
6 7 (53.85%) Cadence
6 7 (53.85%) Self-Motivation
7 6 (46.15%) Cucumber
7 6 (46.15%) Hudson
7 6 (46.15%) Test Strategy
7 6 (46.15%) SpecFlow
7 6 (46.15%) Gherkin
7 6 (46.15%) Jenkins
7 6 (46.15%) Advertising
7 6 (46.15%) Scrum
7 6 (46.15%) Back Office
7 6 (46.15%) .NET
7 6 (46.15%) C#
7 6 (46.15%) JUnit
7 6 (46.15%) NUnit
7 6 (46.15%) CruiseControl
7 6 (46.15%) Manual Testing
7 6 (46.15%) TeamCity
7 6 (46.15%) Git (software)
7 6 (46.15%) Team Foundation Server
7 6 (46.15%) Selenium

Exploratory Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in Bristol by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (7.69%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 6 (46.15%) CruiseControl
1 6 (46.15%) Cucumber
1 6 (46.15%) Git (software)
1 6 (46.15%) Hudson
1 6 (46.15%) Jenkins
1 6 (46.15%) JUnit
1 6 (46.15%) NUnit
1 6 (46.15%) Selenium
1 6 (46.15%) SpecFlow
1 6 (46.15%) Team Foundation Server
1 6 (46.15%) TeamCity
General
1 8 (61.54%) Finance
2 6 (46.15%) Advertising
2 6 (46.15%) Back Office
3 1 (7.69%) Banking
Job Titles
1 8 (61.54%) Analyst
1 8 (61.54%) Test Analyst
2 6 (46.15%) Automation Test Analyst
3 5 (38.46%) Tester
4 4 (30.77%) Software Tester
5 3 (23.08%) Agile Tester
6 2 (15.38%) Agile Test Analyst
7 1 (7.69%) Agile Manual Tester
7 1 (7.69%) Manual Test Analyst
7 1 (7.69%) Manual Tester
7 1 (7.69%) Software Analyst
7 1 (7.69%) Software Test Analyst
7 1 (7.69%) SQL Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (46.15%) .NET
1 6 (46.15%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 9 (69.23%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (53.85%) Self-Motivation
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (92.31%) Continuous Integration
2 12 (92.31%) Test Automation
3 9 (69.23%) Problem-Solving
4 6 (46.15%) Manual Testing
4 6 (46.15%) Scrum
4 6 (46.15%) Test Management
4 6 (46.15%) Test Strategy
5 4 (30.77%) Acceptance Criteria
6 3 (23.08%) Software Testing
7 1 (7.69%) BDD
7 1 (7.69%) Regression Testing
7 1 (7.69%) Smoke Testing
7 1 (7.69%) TDD
7 1 (7.69%) User Stories
7 1 (7.69%) Wealth Management
Programming Languages
1 11 (84.62%) SQL
2 6 (46.15%) C#
Qualifications
1 8 (61.54%) Degree
2 3 (23.08%) ISTQB
2 3 (23.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (15.38%) QA
Vendors
1 12 (92.31%) Microsoft
2 7 (53.85%) Cadence