The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Milton Keynes 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 27 June 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
Buckinghamshire / Milton Keynes
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 75 55 61
Rank change year-on-year -20 +6  
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 1 6 9
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Milton Keynes 0.13% 0.90% 1.09%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.16% 1.08% 1.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 5 3
Median daily rate £288 £300 £633
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.16% -52.56%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £316
% change year-on-year +7.69% +2.76%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £48.75 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year +30.00% -  

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 Milton Keynes with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Milton Keynes
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 627 557 668
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Milton Keynes 84.62% 83.38% 81.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 301 315 387
Median daily rate £400 £406 £391
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.36% +3.85%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £275 £282
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 14 8
Median hourly rate £16.25 £11.25 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +44.44% -50.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.04 £9.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.70 £13.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

Software Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in Milton Keynes

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Milton Keynes 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 Milton Keynes

Software Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Milton Keynes

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Testing in Milton Keynes

For the 6 months to 27 June 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 Milton Keynes region with a requirement for Software Testing.

1 6 (85.71%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (71.43%) ISEB
2 5 (71.43%) Test Strategy
2 5 (71.43%) Defect Management
3 4 (57.14%) Microsoft
3 4 (57.14%) JIRA
3 4 (57.14%) QA
4 3 (42.86%) Selenium
4 3 (42.86%) Test Management
4 3 (42.86%) Scrum
4 3 (42.86%) SpecFlow
4 3 (42.86%) ISTQB
4 3 (42.86%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (42.86%) Test Automation
4 3 (42.86%) HP Quality Center
4 3 (42.86%) Waterfall
5 2 (28.57%) MSTest
5 2 (28.57%) Apple iOS
5 2 (28.57%) Mobile App
5 2 (28.57%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (28.57%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (28.57%) Operational Acceptance Testing
5 2 (28.57%) Unit Testing
5 2 (28.57%) Biometrics
5 2 (28.57%) HP
5 2 (28.57%) Compaq
5 2 (28.57%) Visual Studio
5 2 (28.57%) ITIL
5 2 (28.57%) Dynamics NAV
5 2 (28.57%) Service Management

Software Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in Milton Keynes 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:

Business Applications
1 2 (28.57%) Dynamics NAV
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (14.29%) Oracle Database
1 1 (14.29%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 4 (57.14%) JIRA
2 3 (42.86%) Selenium
2 3 (42.86%) SpecFlow
2 3 (42.86%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (28.57%) MSTest
3 2 (28.57%) Visual Studio
Job Titles
1 3 (42.86%) Analyst
2 2 (28.57%) QA Analyst
2 2 (28.57%) Strategy Manager
2 2 (28.57%) Test Automation Manager
2 2 (28.57%) Test Manager
2 2 (28.57%) Test Strategy Manager
2 2 (28.57%) Tester
3 1 (14.29%) Automation Tester
3 1 (14.29%) Quality Analyst
3 1 (14.29%) Selenium Automation Tester
3 1 (14.29%) Selenium Tester
3 1 (14.29%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (14.29%) .NET
1 1 (14.29%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 2 (28.57%) Analytical Skills
1 2 (28.57%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 2 (28.57%) Android
1 2 (28.57%) Apple iOS
2 1 (14.29%) Windows
2 1 (14.29%) Windows 10
2 1 (14.29%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (85.71%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (71.43%) Defect Management
2 5 (71.43%) Test Strategy
3 3 (42.86%) Scrum
3 3 (42.86%) Test Automation
3 3 (42.86%) Test Management
3 3 (42.86%) Waterfall
4 2 (28.57%) Biometrics
4 2 (28.57%) ITIL
4 2 (28.57%) Operational Acceptance Testing
4 2 (28.57%) Regression Testing
4 2 (28.57%) Service Management
4 2 (28.57%) Test Scripting
4 2 (28.57%) Unit Testing
4 2 (28.57%) User Acceptance Testing
5 1 (14.29%) BDD
5 1 (14.29%) Defect Tracking
5 1 (14.29%) Functional Testing
5 1 (14.29%) Performance Testing
5 1 (14.29%) Scenario Testing
Programming Languages
1 1 (14.29%) C#
1 1 (14.29%) F#
1 1 (14.29%) Java
Qualifications
1 5 (71.43%) ISEB
2 3 (42.86%) ISTQB
3 2 (28.57%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (28.57%) SC Cleared
3 2 (28.57%) Security Cleared
4 1 (14.29%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (57.14%) QA
Systems Management
1 3 (42.86%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (57.14%) Microsoft
2 2 (28.57%) Compaq
2 2 (28.57%) HP
3 1 (14.29%) Citrix
3 1 (14.29%) Oracle