The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Hertfordshire 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 30 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.

Software Testing
East of England / Hertfordshire
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 53 58 57
Rank change year-on-year +5 -1  
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 5 1 9
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Hertfordshire 0.85% 0.14% 1.29%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.10% 0.19% 1.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 1 5
Median daily rate £325 £500 £295
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -35.00% +69.49%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £295 £500 £242
10% offered a daily rate of more than £355 £500 £357
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £323 £325
% change year-on-year +8.52% -0.76%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £17.77 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.25 £42.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -1.78% +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 Hertfordshire with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Hertfordshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 456 528 527
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Hertfordshire 77.68% 75.64% 75.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 242 283 273
Median daily rate £475 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.76% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £305 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 27 30
Median hourly rate £45.00 £37.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.00% +134.37%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.50 £8.50 £10.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £49.50 £36.80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.75 £38.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -5.92% +26.66%  

Software Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in Hertfordshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Hertfordshire 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 Hertfordshire

Software Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Hertfordshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Testing in Hertfordshire

Software Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Hertfordshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Testing in Hertfordshire

Software Testing
Contract Job Locations in Hertfordshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Testing within the Hertfordshire region over the 3 months to 30 March 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Rickmansworth - 1 - -
Stevenage - 1 - -
Hatfield - 1 £288 -
Software Testing
East of England

For the 6 months to 30 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 Hertfordshire region with a requirement for Software Testing.

1 19 (90.48%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (76.19%) BDD
3 14 (66.67%) Cucumber
3 14 (66.67%) TDD
3 14 (66.67%) Java
4 13 (61.90%) Scrum
4 13 (61.90%) Gherkin
4 13 (61.90%) ATDD
4 13 (61.90%) Selenium
4 13 (61.90%) WebDriver
5 12 (57.14%) Test Automation
6 11 (52.38%) Test Strategy
6 11 (52.38%) JBehave
7 10 (47.62%) JIRA
8 9 (42.86%) Continuous Delivery
8 9 (42.86%) Kanban
9 8 (38.10%) Open Source
9 8 (38.10%) Automation Testing
9 8 (38.10%) Non-Functional Testing
9 8 (38.10%) Finance
10 7 (33.33%) Hibernate
10 7 (33.33%) Spring
10 7 (33.33%) Maven
10 7 (33.33%) JUnit
10 7 (33.33%) Tomcat
10 7 (33.33%) SoapUI
10 7 (33.33%) High Availability
10 7 (33.33%) RESTful
10 7 (33.33%) Git (software)
11 6 (28.57%) QA

Software Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in Hertfordshire 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:

Application Platforms
1 7 (33.33%) Tomcat
2 5 (23.81%) Confluence
3 1 (4.76%) Apache
Applications
1 2 (9.52%) MS Excel
1 2 (9.52%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (4.76%) Maximo
Communications & Networking
1 2 (9.52%) TCP/IP
1 2 (9.52%) Wireshark
2 1 (4.76%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (9.52%) SQL Server
2 1 (4.76%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 14 (66.67%) Cucumber
2 13 (61.90%) Selenium
2 13 (61.90%) WebDriver
3 11 (52.38%) JBehave
4 10 (47.62%) JIRA
5 7 (33.33%) Git (software)
5 7 (33.33%) JUnit
5 7 (33.33%) Maven
5 7 (33.33%) SoapUI
6 3 (14.29%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 3 (14.29%) Jenkins
6 3 (14.29%) Mockito
6 3 (14.29%) Moq
6 3 (14.29%) TeamCity
7 2 (9.52%) MSI
8 1 (4.76%) FitNesse
8 1 (4.76%) HP UFT
8 1 (4.76%) Robot Framework
General
1 8 (38.10%) Finance
2 1 (4.76%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 6 (28.57%) Analyst
1 6 (28.57%) Test Analyst
2 4 (19.05%) Automation Test Analyst
2 4 (19.05%) Automation Tester
2 4 (19.05%) Developer
2 4 (19.05%) Developer in Test
2 4 (19.05%) Java Developer
2 4 (19.05%) Tester
3 3 (14.29%) Scrum Master
4 2 (9.52%) Agile Tester
4 2 (9.52%) Java Automation Tester
4 2 (9.52%) Selenium Automation Tester
4 2 (9.52%) Selenium Tester
4 2 (9.52%) Test Manager
5 1 (4.76%) Java Software Developer
5 1 (4.76%) Senior DevOps
5 1 (4.76%) Senior Test Analyst
5 1 (4.76%) Senior Tester
5 1 (4.76%) Test Automation Developer
5 1 (4.76%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (61.90%) Gherkin
2 7 (33.33%) Hibernate
2 7 (33.33%) RESTful
2 7 (33.33%) Spring
3 3 (14.29%) Velocity
4 1 (4.76%) JSON
4 1 (4.76%) REST
4 1 (4.76%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (9.52%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (4.76%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 3 (14.29%) Linux
1 3 (14.29%) Unix
1 3 (14.29%) Windows
2 2 (9.52%) Windows 7
2 2 (9.52%) Windows 8
2 2 (9.52%) Windows Server
2 2 (9.52%) Windows Server 2003
2 2 (9.52%) Windows Server 2008
2 2 (9.52%) Windows Server 2012
2 2 (9.52%) Windows Vista
2 2 (9.52%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (90.48%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (76.19%) BDD
3 14 (66.67%) TDD
4 13 (61.90%) ATDD
4 13 (61.90%) Scrum
5 12 (57.14%) Test Automation
6 11 (52.38%) Test Strategy
7 9 (42.86%) Continuous Delivery
7 9 (42.86%) Kanban
8 8 (38.10%) Automation Testing
8 8 (38.10%) Non-Functional Testing
8 8 (38.10%) Open Source
9 7 (33.33%) High Availability
10 6 (28.57%) Integration Testing
10 6 (28.57%) System Integration Testing
11 5 (23.81%) Regression Testing
12 4 (19.05%) Continuous Integration
13 3 (14.29%) Continuous Improvement
13 3 (14.29%) Functional Testing
13 3 (14.29%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 14 (66.67%) Java
2 3 (14.29%) PowerShell
2 3 (14.29%) Shell Script
3 1 (4.76%) C#
3 1 (4.76%) PL/SQL
3 1 (4.76%) SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (14.29%) ISTQB
2 2 (9.52%) ISEB
3 1 (4.76%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (4.76%) SC Cleared
3 1 (4.76%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (28.57%) QA
2 2 (9.52%) SDET
2 2 (9.52%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (9.52%) Active Directory
1 2 (9.52%) Microsoft App-V
1 2 (9.52%) Virtual Desktop
2 1 (4.76%) Microsoft Virtual Server
2 1 (4.76%) Virtual Servers
2 1 (4.76%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (14.29%) SCCM
2 2 (9.52%) BladeLogic
2 2 (9.52%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (23.81%) Atlassian
2 3 (14.29%) HP
2 3 (14.29%) Microsoft
3 2 (9.52%) BMC
4 1 (4.76%) Becrypt
4 1 (4.76%) Computacenter
4 1 (4.76%) IBM
4 1 (4.76%) Oracle
4 1 (4.76%) VMware