The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Bristol with a requirement for Software Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Software Testing over the 3 months to 23 March 2017 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.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Software Testing
South West / Bristol
Rank 55 58 64
Rank change year-on-year +3 +6  
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 12 13 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bristol 1.49% 1.46% 0.96%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.87% 1.77% 1.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 4 7
Median daily rate £375 £325 £315
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.38% +3.17%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £186 £294 £212
10% offered a daily rate of more than £455 £325 £385
UK excluding London median daily rate £345 £325 £315
% change year-on-year +6.15% +3.17%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Median hourly rate £11.00 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £42.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -16.66% +20.00%  

Software Testing is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Bristol with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Bristol
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 642 734 660
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Bristol 79.55% 82.47% 78.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 434 528 480
Median daily rate £388 £375 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% -3.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £283 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £498 £510
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £399
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.29%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 26 9
Median hourly rate £37.50 £39.00 £41.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.84% -4.87%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £31.00 £13.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £50.00 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £39.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.69% +30.00%  

Software Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in Bristol

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Bristol citing Software Testing as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Software Testing in Bristol

Software Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Bristol

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Testing in Bristol

Software Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Bristol

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Testing in Bristol over the 3 months to 23 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Testing in Bristol

Software Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Bristol

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Software Testing in Bristol.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Testing in Bristol

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Bristol

For the 6 months to 23 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Software Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Bristol region with a requirement for Software Testing.

1 6 (42.86%) SQL
2 5 (35.71%) ISTQB
2 5 (35.71%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (28.57%) Computer Science
3 4 (28.57%) System Testing
3 4 (28.57%) Facilities Management
3 4 (28.57%) Test Management
4 3 (21.43%) HP Quality Center
4 3 (21.43%) Relational Database
4 3 (21.43%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 3 (21.43%) ISMS
4 3 (21.43%) SC Cleared
4 3 (21.43%) Security Cleared
4 3 (21.43%) QA
4 3 (21.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (21.43%) Information Security
4 3 (21.43%) Information Security Management
4 3 (21.43%) Security Management
4 3 (21.43%) Agile Software Development
4 3 (21.43%) XML
4 3 (21.43%) Project Management
5 2 (14.29%) ISEB
5 2 (14.29%) .NET
5 2 (14.29%) C#
5 2 (14.29%) Degree
5 2 (14.29%) Selenium
5 2 (14.29%) Test Strategy
5 2 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
5 2 (14.29%) Defect Management
5 2 (14.29%) Manual Testing

Software Testing
Top Related 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 3 (21.43%) Relational Database
2 1 (7.14%) Oracle Database
2 1 (7.14%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (14.29%) Selenium
2 1 (7.14%) Cucumber
2 1 (7.14%) SoapUI
2 1 (7.14%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 1 (7.14%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 10 (71.43%) Analyst
2 5 (35.71%) Test Analyst
3 4 (28.57%) Support Analyst
4 2 (14.29%) Lead Test Analyst
4 2 (14.29%) Test Leader
4 2 (14.29%) XML Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) .NET Developer
5 1 (7.14%) Agile Business Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) Automation Test Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) Business Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) Contracts Manager
5 1 (7.14%) Functional Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) Functional Test Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) Pensions Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) Project Leader
5 1 (7.14%) Selenium Test Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) SQL Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) SQL Server Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) Test Manager
5 1 (7.14%) Test Project Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (21.43%) XML
2 2 (14.29%) .NET
3 1 (7.14%) Gherkin
3 1 (7.14%) HTML
3 1 (7.14%) HTML5
3 1 (7.14%) jQuery
3 1 (7.14%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 5 (35.71%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (28.57%) Computer Science
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (28.57%) Facilities Management
1 4 (28.57%) System Testing
1 4 (28.57%) Test Management
2 3 (21.43%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (21.43%) Information Security
2 3 (21.43%) Information Security Management
2 3 (21.43%) ISMS
2 3 (21.43%) Project Management
2 3 (21.43%) Security Management
3 2 (14.29%) Defect Management
3 2 (14.29%) Manual Testing
3 2 (14.29%) Test Strategy
3 2 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
4 1 (7.14%) Customer Requirements
4 1 (7.14%) Exploratory Testing
4 1 (7.14%) Functional Testing
4 1 (7.14%) Prototyping
4 1 (7.14%) SDLC
4 1 (7.14%) Test Planning
4 1 (7.14%) Wireframes
Programming Languages
1 6 (42.86%) SQL
2 2 (14.29%) C#
3 1 (7.14%) Java
3 1 (7.14%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 5 (35.71%) ISTQB
2 3 (21.43%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 3 (21.43%) SC Cleared
2 3 (21.43%) Security Cleared
3 2 (14.29%) Degree
3 2 (14.29%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (21.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 3 (21.43%) QA
Systems Management
1 3 (21.43%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1 (7.14%) Microsoft
1 1 (7.14%) Oracle