Period
to 18 August 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East with a requirement for Defect Management skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Defect Management over the 6 months to 18 August 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.

Defect Management
England > South East
6 months to
18 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 253 257 272
Rank change year-on-year +4 +15 -35
Contract jobs citing Defect Management 131 115 114
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.78% 0.71% 0.62%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.91% 0.85% 0.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 86 71 74
South East median daily rate £378 £360 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.86% -10.00% +12.68%
10th Percentile £280 £225 £314
90th Percentile £491 £506 £513
England median daily rate £400 £363 £375
% change year-on-year +10.34% -3.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
South East median hourly rate £44.50 - -
England median hourly rate £44.50 £37.50 £22.75
% change year-on-year +18.67% +64.84% -35.00%

Defect Management 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 the South East with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
South East
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 14,393 13,542 15,254
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 85.64% 84.17% 83.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,589 7,856 9,360
South East median daily rate £430 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.61% +3.75% +5.96%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £258
90th Percentile £588 £570 £550
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 499 494 562
South East median hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £22.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% -12.09% +3.41%
10th Percentile £11.18 £11.25 £12.00
90th Percentile £51.00 £50.00 £49.50
England median hourly rate £21.50 £24.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year -10.42% +2.13% +9.05%

Defect Management
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing Defect Management as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South East.

Job vacancy trend for Defect Management in the South East

Defect Management
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Defect Management in the South East.

Contractor daily rate trend for Defect Management in the South East

Defect Management
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Defect Management in the South East over the 6 months to 18 August 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Defect Management in the South East

Defect Management
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Defect Management in the South East.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Defect Management in the South East

Defect Management
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Defect Management in the South East over the 6 months to 18 August 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Defect Management in the South East

Defect Management
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Defect Management within the South East region over the 6 months to 18 August 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Thames Valley -17 36 £343 +14.17% 4
West Sussex +18 33 £430 +20.28%
Hampshire -4 28 £310 -15.07% 6
Berkshire -30 23 £325 +8.33% 3
East Sussex +12 16 £375 -6.25% 2
Surrey -40 16 £375 +2.04% 1
Buckinghamshire +18 11 £350 +4.48% 1
Oxfordshire - 2 £456 -
Defect Management
England

For the 6 months to 18 August 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Defect Management 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 South East region with a requirement for Defect Management.

1 83 (63.36%) Test Automation
2 78 (59.54%) Agile Software Development
3 50 (38.17%) JIRA
4 49 (37.40%) Java
5 48 (36.64%) QA
5 48 (36.64%) Selenium
6 42 (32.06%) Test Scripting
7 37 (28.24%) Test Strategy
8 36 (27.48%) Scrum
9 33 (25.19%) Performance Testing
9 33 (25.19%) Problem-Solving
10 31 (23.66%) SQL
11 28 (21.37%) Gherkin
12 27 (20.61%) API Testing
13 26 (19.85%) Kanban
14 25 (19.08%) Software Engineering
15 24 (18.32%) Security Cleared
15 24 (18.32%) Waterfall
15 24 (18.32%) User Stories
16 23 (17.56%) Continuous Improvement
16 23 (17.56%) Web Services
17 22 (16.79%) SoapUI
17 22 (16.79%) SC Cleared
18 21 (16.03%) Groovy
18 21 (16.03%) Security Testing
18 21 (16.03%) RESTful
18 21 (16.03%) Scala
18 21 (16.03%) Exploratory Testing
19 20 (15.27%) Windows
19 20 (15.27%) Finance

Defect Management
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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 19 (14.50%) Confluence
2 2 (1.53%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 2 (1.53%) Apache Spark
2 2 (1.53%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (0.76%) WebSphere
Applications
1 5 (3.82%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.76%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (1.53%) Oracle Cash Management
1 2 (1.53%) SAP FI
1 2 (1.53%) SAP MM
1 2 (1.53%) SAP SD
2 1 (0.76%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.76%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (0.76%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
2 1 (0.76%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 9 (6.87%) Amazon AWS
1 9 (6.87%) Amazon SQS
1 9 (6.87%) AWS Lambda
1 9 (6.87%) Serverless
2 3 (2.29%) BrowserStack
2 3 (2.29%) Sauce Labs
3 2 (1.53%) BlazeMeter
4 1 (0.76%) Office 365
4 1 (0.76%) SuccessFactors
4 1 (0.76%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 9 (6.87%) WAN
2 8 (6.11%) Firewall
3 7 (5.34%) LAN
4 3 (2.29%) 2G
4 3 (2.29%) 3G
4 3 (2.29%) 4G
4 3 (2.29%) GSM
4 3 (2.29%) HTTP
4 3 (2.29%) SCCP
4 3 (2.29%) SIGTRAN
4 3 (2.29%) UMTS
5 2 (1.53%) Diameter Protocol
5 2 (1.53%) ISUP
5 2 (1.53%) LTE
5 2 (1.53%) SMS
5 2 (1.53%) SS7
5 2 (1.53%) tcpdump
5 2 (1.53%) VLAN
5 2 (1.53%) Wireshark
5 2 (1.53%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (7.63%) SQL Server
2 9 (6.87%) Amazon DynamoDB
2 9 (6.87%) Amazon RDS
3 2 (1.53%) Big Data
3 2 (1.53%) DB2
3 2 (1.53%) Hadoop
3 2 (1.53%) Oracle Database
3 2 (1.53%) Oracle Database 11g
4 1 (0.76%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 50 (38.17%) JIRA
2 48 (36.64%) Selenium
3 22 (16.79%) SoapUI
4 18 (13.74%) Team Foundation Server
5 17 (12.98%) Cucumber
5 17 (12.98%) LoadRunner
6 14 (10.69%) Jenkins
7 13 (9.92%) HP UFT
8 11 (8.40%) Zephyr
9 9 (6.87%) JMeter
10 8 (6.11%) Visual Studio
11 7 (5.34%) Subversion
12 4 (3.05%) SpecFlow
13 3 (2.29%) SilkTest
14 2 (1.53%) ClearCase
14 2 (1.53%) ClearQuest
14 2 (1.53%) Mercurial
14 2 (1.53%) MSI
14 2 (1.53%) NeoLoad
14 2 (1.53%) WebDriver
General
1 20 (15.27%) Finance
2 4 (3.05%) Retail
3 3 (2.29%) Telecoms
4 2 (1.53%) Law
5 1 (0.76%) Back Office
5 1 (0.76%) Banking
5 1 (0.76%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.76%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 56 (42.75%) Analyst
2 52 (39.69%) Test Analyst
3 29 (22.14%) Tester
4 16 (12.21%) Test Manager
5 12 (9.16%) Test Engineer
6 10 (7.63%) Senior Analyst
7 9 (6.87%) Automation Test Analyst
7 9 (6.87%) QA Analyst
7 9 (6.87%) Test Leader
8 8 (6.11%) Developer
8 8 (6.11%) QA Test Analyst
8 8 (6.11%) Senior Test Analyst
9 6 (4.58%) Agile Test Analyst
9 6 (4.58%) Automation Tester
9 6 (4.58%) Functional Tester
9 6 (4.58%) QA Tester
10 5 (3.82%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
11 4 (3.05%) Developer in Test
11 4 (3.05%) QA Test Engineer
11 4 (3.05%) Workday Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (21.37%) Gherkin
2 23 (17.56%) Web Services
3 21 (16.03%) RESTful
4 5 (3.82%) SOAP
5 3 (2.29%) .NET
6 1 (0.76%) Enzyme
6 1 (0.76%) Jest
6 1 (0.76%) Oracle Fusion
6 1 (0.76%) React
6 1 (0.76%) REST
6 1 (0.76%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 14 (10.69%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (9.92%) Management Information System
3 9 (6.87%) Mobile App
4 8 (6.11%) Self-Motivation
4 8 (6.11%) Virtual Team
5 5 (3.82%) Smart Meter
6 4 (3.05%) Analytical Mindset
6 4 (3.05%) Computer Science
7 2 (1.53%) Minimum Viable Product
7 2 (1.53%) N-Tier
7 2 (1.53%) Replication
7 2 (1.53%) User Experience
8 1 (0.76%) Embedded Systems
8 1 (0.76%) FMCG
8 1 (0.76%) Greenfield Project
8 1 (0.76%) Reference Data
8 1 (0.76%) Security Operations Centre
8 1 (0.76%) STB
Operating Systems
1 20 (15.27%) Windows
2 6 (4.58%) Unix
3 5 (3.82%) Linux
4 4 (3.05%) AIX
4 4 (3.05%) Windows Server
5 3 (2.29%) Windows Server 2003
6 2 (1.53%) Solaris
6 2 (1.53%) Windows 10
6 2 (1.53%) Windows 7
7 1 (0.76%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (0.76%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 83 (63.36%) Test Automation
2 78 (59.54%) Agile Software Development
3 42 (32.06%) Test Scripting
4 37 (28.24%) Test Strategy
5 36 (27.48%) Scrum
6 33 (25.19%) Performance Testing
6 33 (25.19%) Problem-Solving
7 27 (20.61%) API Testing
8 26 (19.85%) Kanban
9 25 (19.08%) Software Engineering
10 24 (18.32%) User Stories
10 24 (18.32%) Waterfall
11 23 (17.56%) Continuous Improvement
12 21 (16.03%) Exploratory Testing
12 21 (16.03%) Security Testing
13 19 (14.50%) Test Management
13 19 (14.50%) Usability Testing
14 18 (13.74%) Acceptance Criteria
14 18 (13.74%) Functional Testing
14 18 (13.74%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 49 (37.40%) Java
2 31 (23.66%) SQL
3 21 (16.03%) Groovy
3 21 (16.03%) Scala
4 16 (12.21%) Python
5 11 (8.40%) VBScript
6 10 (7.63%) C#
7 9 (6.87%) JavaScript
7 9 (6.87%) PowerShell
8 8 (6.11%) C
9 7 (5.34%) Bash Shell
10 4 (3.05%) VB
11 2 (1.53%) C++
11 2 (1.53%) F#
11 2 (1.53%) HiveQL
11 2 (1.53%) PL/SQL
11 2 (1.53%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 24 (18.32%) Security Cleared
2 22 (16.79%) SC Cleared
3 18 (13.74%) ISEB
3 18 (13.74%) ISTQB
4 10 (7.63%) Degree
5 8 (6.11%) BPSS Clearance
6 5 (3.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 3 (2.29%) DV Cleared
8 2 (1.53%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 2 (1.53%) PMI Certification
8 2 (1.53%) PMP
9 1 (0.76%) CESG Certified Professional
9 1 (0.76%) CISA
9 1 (0.76%) CISM
9 1 (0.76%) CISSP
9 1 (0.76%) HND
9 1 (0.76%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 48 (36.64%) QA
2 1 (0.76%) ISO 31000
2 1 (0.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.76%) ISO/IEC 27005
2 1 (0.76%) PMO
System Software
1 6 (4.58%) Active Directory
1 6 (4.58%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (3.05%) Hyper-V
3 2 (1.53%) Oracle RAC
3 2 (1.53%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (0.76%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 8 (6.11%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (4.58%) Perfmon
3 4 (3.05%) SCCM
3 4 (3.05%) SCOM
4 3 (2.29%) HP ALM
5 2 (1.53%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 1 (0.76%) Oozie
Vendors
1 17 (12.98%) Atlassian
2 16 (12.21%) Microsoft
3 14 (10.69%) HP
4 8 (6.11%) Oracle
4 8 (6.11%) SAP
5 6 (4.58%) VMware
6 5 (3.82%) hybris
6 5 (3.82%) IBM
7 4 (3.05%) Kronos
7 4 (3.05%) Workday
8 3 (2.29%) Apigee
8 3 (2.29%) ArcSight
8 3 (2.29%) McAfee
9 2 (1.53%) Adobe
9 2 (1.53%) New Relic
9 2 (1.53%) Palo Alto
9 2 (1.53%) Pegasus
10 1 (0.76%) AppDynamics
10 1 (0.76%) comScore
10 1 (0.76%) Tableau