Period
to 21 July 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 21 July 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
21 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 107 107 96
Rank change year-on-year 0 -11 +10
Contract jobs citing Exploratory Testing 7 3 10
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bristol 0.38% 0.17% 0.55%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.45% 0.21% 0.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 2 7
Bristol median daily rate £295 £399 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -25.97% -16.11% +53.23%
10th Percentile £273 £376 £428
90th Percentile £318 £431 £525
South West median daily rate £350 £360 £450
% change year-on-year -2.78% -20.00% +45.16%
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 1,543 1,428 1,530
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bristol 83.68% 82.64% 83.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,014 964 1,113
Bristol median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - -
10th Percentile £273 £250 £260
90th Percentile £529 £530 £538
South West median daily rate £413 £398 £375
% change year-on-year +3.77% +6.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 37 58
Bristol median hourly rate £39.75 £34.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.91% -9.33% +7.14%
10th Percentile £11.18 £11.95 £12.00
90th Percentile £54.60 £48.11 £52.19
South West median hourly rate £40.00 £40.00 £39.00
% change year-on-year - +2.56% +11.43%

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 21 July 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 7 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (71.43%) NUnit
2 5 (71.43%) Selenium
2 5 (71.43%) SQL
2 5 (71.43%) JUnit
2 5 (71.43%) Scrum
2 5 (71.43%) Test Automation
2 5 (71.43%) Cucumber
2 5 (71.43%) SpecFlow
3 4 (57.14%) Gherkin
3 4 (57.14%) Continuous Integration
3 4 (57.14%) TeamCity
3 4 (57.14%) Git (software)
3 4 (57.14%) Hudson
3 4 (57.14%) Test Strategy
3 4 (57.14%) Jenkins
3 4 (57.14%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (57.14%) Self-Motivation
3 4 (57.14%) Problem-Solving
3 4 (57.14%) Cadence
3 4 (57.14%) Back Office
3 4 (57.14%) Microsoft
3 4 (57.14%) .NET
3 4 (57.14%) C#
3 4 (57.14%) Degree
3 4 (57.14%) CruiseControl
3 4 (57.14%) Finance
3 4 (57.14%) Advertising
4 2 (28.57%) TDD
4 2 (28.57%) Performance Testing

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 (14.29%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 5 (71.43%) Cucumber
1 5 (71.43%) JUnit
1 5 (71.43%) NUnit
1 5 (71.43%) Selenium
1 5 (71.43%) SpecFlow
2 4 (57.14%) CruiseControl
2 4 (57.14%) Git (software)
2 4 (57.14%) Hudson
2 4 (57.14%) Jenkins
2 4 (57.14%) TeamCity
3 1 (14.29%) Gatling
3 1 (14.29%) JMeter
3 1 (14.29%) The Grinder
3 1 (14.29%) WebDriver
General
1 4 (57.14%) Advertising
1 4 (57.14%) Back Office
1 4 (57.14%) Finance
2 1 (14.29%) Banking
2 1 (14.29%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 5 (71.43%) Analyst
1 5 (71.43%) Test Analyst
2 4 (57.14%) Automation Test Analyst
3 1 (14.29%) Agile Test Analyst
3 1 (14.29%) Java Engineer
3 1 (14.29%) QA Automation Engineer
3 1 (14.29%) QA Engineer
3 1 (14.29%) QA Test Engineer
3 1 (14.29%) SQL Analyst
3 1 (14.29%) Test Automation Engineer
3 1 (14.29%) Test Engineer
3 1 (14.29%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (57.14%) .NET
1 4 (57.14%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 4 (57.14%) Analytical Skills
1 4 (57.14%) Self-Motivation
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (71.43%) Scrum
2 5 (71.43%) Test Automation
3 4 (57.14%) Continuous Integration
3 4 (57.14%) Problem-Solving
3 4 (57.14%) Test Strategy
4 2 (28.57%) BDD
4 2 (28.57%) Performance Testing
4 2 (28.57%) Stress Testing
4 2 (28.57%) TDD
5 1 (14.29%) Agile Testing
5 1 (14.29%) Functional Testing
5 1 (14.29%) Integration Testing
5 1 (14.29%) Kanban
5 1 (14.29%) Regression Testing
5 1 (14.29%) Software Testing
5 1 (14.29%) System Testing
5 1 (14.29%) Test Scripting
5 1 (14.29%) Usability Testing
5 1 (14.29%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 5 (71.43%) SQL
2 4 (57.14%) C#
3 1 (14.29%) Java
3 1 (14.29%) Scala
Qualifications
1 4 (57.14%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (14.29%) QA
Vendors
1 4 (57.14%) Cadence
1 4 (57.14%) Microsoft