Period
to 19 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East with a requirement for Manual Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Manual Testing over the 6 months to 19 November 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.

Manual Testing
England > South East
6 months to
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 295 304 270
Rank change year-on-year +9 -34 +32
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 63 61 122
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.38% 0.37% 0.63%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.46% 0.44% 0.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 31 80
South East median daily rate £350 £338 £305
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.70% +10.66% +10.91%
10th Percentile £250 £213 £200
90th Percentile £488 £465 £376
England median daily rate £375 £338 £310
% change year-on-year +11.11% +8.87% +1.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 4
South East median hourly rate £45.00 - £37.50
England median hourly rate £42.50 £32.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year +30.77% -13.33% +72.41%

Manual 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 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 13737 13730 15709
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 82.82% 82.62% 80.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 8241 8306 9370
South East median daily rate £425 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56% +4.00%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £255
90th Percentile £575 £563 £535
England median daily rate £450 £425 £422
% change year-on-year +5.88% +0.62% +5.60%
Number of hourly rates quoted 454 548 602
South East median hourly rate £23.00 £26.75 £26.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.02% +0.75% +51.71%
10th Percentile £11.25 £12.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.68 £48.75
England median hourly rate £23.75 £24.41 £22.50
% change year-on-year -2.70% +8.49% +18.42%

Manual Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

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

Job vacancy trend for Manual Testing in the South East

Manual Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Manual Testing in the South East

Manual Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Manual Testing in the South East over the 6 months to 19 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Manual Testing in the South East

Manual Testing
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 Manual Testing in the South East.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Manual Testing in the South East

Manual Testing
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 Manual Testing within the South East region over the 6 months to 19 November 2017. 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
Surrey +2 20 £425 +18.88% 2
West Sussex +1 17 £275 -15.38%
Thames Valley -10 12 £325 -4.06% 9
Hampshire +8 7 £338 +22.73% 4
Buckinghamshire -25 6 £319 -20.31% 2
Berkshire +2 4 £325 +8.15% 2
Kent -16 2 - -
Oxfordshire - 2 £375 - 5
Middlesex +7 1 - - 1
East Sussex -9 1 £350 - 2
Manual Testing
England

For the 6 months to 19 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Manual 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 South East region with a requirement for Manual Testing.

1 39 (61.90%) Test Automation
2 37 (58.73%) SQL
2 37 (58.73%) Agile Software Development
3 23 (36.51%) QA
4 20 (31.75%) Scrum
5 19 (30.16%) Regression Testing
5 19 (30.16%) SDLC
6 17 (26.98%) Test Scripting
7 16 (25.40%) ISTQB
7 16 (25.40%) Selenium
7 16 (25.40%) User Acceptance Testing
7 16 (25.40%) Functional Testing
8 14 (22.22%) Test Strategy
8 14 (22.22%) ISEB
8 14 (22.22%) Finance
9 13 (20.63%) Software Testing
9 13 (20.63%) T-SQL
9 13 (20.63%) JIRA
10 12 (19.05%) Java
11 11 (17.46%) User Stories
11 11 (17.46%) Scenario Testing
12 10 (15.87%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 10 (15.87%) Degree
12 10 (15.87%) BDD
12 10 (15.87%) C#
13 9 (14.29%) WebDriver
13 9 (14.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 8 (12.70%) Continuous Integration
14 8 (12.70%) Non-Functional Testing
14 8 (12.70%) JavaScript

Manual Testing
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 6 (9.52%) Confluence
2 3 (4.76%) CMS
3 2 (3.17%) SharePoint
4 1 (1.59%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 1 (1.59%) BizTalk Server
4 1 (1.59%) Documentum
4 1 (1.59%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (1.59%) IIS
4 1 (1.59%) Tomcat
Applications
1 6 (9.52%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (7.94%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (1.59%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 2 (3.17%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (1.59%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.59%) Maximo
2 1 (1.59%) SAP CO
2 1 (1.59%) SAP FI
2 1 (1.59%) SAP FI/CO
2 1 (1.59%) SAP MM
2 1 (1.59%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.59%) Adobe Creative Cloud
1 1 (1.59%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (1.59%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 3 (4.76%) Internet
2 1 (1.59%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (14.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 4 (6.35%) Redis
3 3 (4.76%) Big Data
3 3 (4.76%) Hadoop
3 3 (4.76%) SQL Server
4 2 (3.17%) MongoDB
4 2 (3.17%) Relational Database
4 2 (3.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (1.59%) Apache Cassandra
5 1 (1.59%) InfluxDB
Development Applications
1 16 (25.40%) Selenium
2 13 (20.63%) JIRA
3 9 (14.29%) WebDriver
4 8 (12.70%) Visual Studio
5 7 (11.11%) Eclipse
5 7 (11.11%) Git (software)
6 6 (9.52%) Cucumber
6 6 (9.52%) Team Foundation Server
7 5 (7.94%) Jenkins
7 5 (7.94%) SpecFlow
8 4 (6.35%) PyCharm
8 4 (6.35%) SoapUI
9 3 (4.76%) Appium
9 3 (4.76%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 3 (4.76%) Bitbucket
9 3 (4.76%) Calabash
9 3 (4.76%) IntelliJ
9 3 (4.76%) NUnit
9 3 (4.76%) PhantomJS
10 2 (3.17%) JMeter
General
1 14 (22.22%) Finance
2 4 (6.35%) Banking
2 4 (6.35%) Retail
3 3 (4.76%) Corporate Banking
3 3 (4.76%) Retail Banking
3 3 (4.76%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.59%) Advertising
4 1 (1.59%) Law
4 1 (1.59%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.59%) Military
Job Titles
1 20 (31.75%) Analyst
2 19 (30.16%) Test Analyst
3 18 (28.57%) Tester
4 8 (12.70%) QA Engineer
5 7 (11.11%) Developer
5 7 (11.11%) Test Engineer
6 6 (9.52%) Developer in Test
6 6 (9.52%) QA Tester
7 5 (7.94%) Manual Tester
7 5 (7.94%) Senior Test Automation Engineer
7 5 (7.94%) Senior Test Engineer
7 5 (7.94%) Test Automation Developer
7 5 (7.94%) Test Automation Engineer
8 4 (6.35%) Automation Tester
8 4 (6.35%) QA Automation Tester
8 4 (6.35%) Senior Developer
8 4 (6.35%) Senior Test Automation Developer
8 4 (6.35%) Senior Tester
8 4 (6.35%) Test Manager
9 3 (4.76%) Senior Automation Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (9.52%) SOAP
2 4 (6.35%) .NET
2 4 (6.35%) Ajax
2 4 (6.35%) AngularJS
2 4 (6.35%) CSS
2 4 (6.35%) jQuery
2 4 (6.35%) JSON
2 4 (6.35%) RESTful
2 4 (6.35%) Web Services
3 3 (4.76%) REST
4 2 (3.17%) Gherkin
4 2 (3.17%) Middleware
4 2 (3.17%) Spring
4 2 (3.17%) XML
4 2 (3.17%) XML Messaging
5 1 (1.59%) Backbone.js
5 1 (1.59%) Elastic Stack
5 1 (1.59%) Ext JS
5 1 (1.59%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 4 (6.35%) Analytical Skills
1 4 (6.35%) Management Information System
1 4 (6.35%) Mobile App
2 3 (4.76%) Client/Server
3 1 (1.59%) Computer Science
3 1 (1.59%) N-Tier
3 1 (1.59%) Reference Data
3 1 (1.59%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 5 (7.94%) Android
1 5 (7.94%) Apple iOS
1 5 (7.94%) Windows
2 3 (4.76%) Mac OS X
3 1 (1.59%) Linux
3 1 (1.59%) Ubuntu
3 1 (1.59%) Unix
3 1 (1.59%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (1.59%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (61.90%) Test Automation
2 37 (58.73%) Agile Software Development
3 20 (31.75%) Scrum
4 19 (30.16%) Regression Testing
4 19 (30.16%) SDLC
5 17 (26.98%) Test Scripting
6 16 (25.40%) Functional Testing
6 16 (25.40%) User Acceptance Testing
7 14 (22.22%) Test Strategy
8 13 (20.63%) Software Testing
9 11 (17.46%) Scenario Testing
9 11 (17.46%) User Stories
10 10 (15.87%) BDD
11 8 (12.70%) Continuous Integration
11 8 (12.70%) Non-Functional Testing
11 8 (12.70%) System Integration Testing
11 8 (12.70%) TDD
12 7 (11.11%) Unit Testing
13 6 (9.52%) Integration Testing
13 6 (9.52%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 37 (58.73%) SQL
2 13 (20.63%) T-SQL
3 12 (19.05%) Java
4 10 (15.87%) C#
5 8 (12.70%) JavaScript
5 8 (12.70%) Python
6 3 (4.76%) Apple Swift
6 3 (4.76%) Ruby
7 2 (3.17%) ABAP
8 1 (1.59%) C++
8 1 (1.59%) Go
8 1 (1.59%) Perl
8 1 (1.59%) PHP
8 1 (1.59%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 16 (25.40%) ISTQB
2 14 (22.22%) ISEB
3 10 (15.87%) Degree
3 10 (15.87%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 3 (4.76%) SC Cleared
4 3 (4.76%) Security Cleared
5 1 (1.59%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (36.51%) QA
2 2 (3.17%) GAMP
2 2 (3.17%) MiFID
2 2 (3.17%) WAI
2 2 (3.17%) WCAG
3 1 (1.59%) GDPR
System Software
1 4 (6.35%) Docker
2 1 (1.59%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 6 (9.52%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.59%) Grafana
2 1 (1.59%) HAProxy
2 1 (1.59%) Kibana
2 1 (1.59%) logstash
2 1 (1.59%) Marathon
2 1 (1.59%) Mesos
2 1 (1.59%) Terraform
Vendors
1 8 (12.70%) Microsoft
2 7 (11.11%) HP
3 3 (4.76%) SAP
3 3 (4.76%) Tableau
4 2 (3.17%) Adobe
4 2 (3.17%) Concur
4 2 (3.17%) Oracle
5 1 (1.59%) Google
5 1 (1.59%) hybris
5 1 (1.59%) MuleSoft
5 1 (1.59%) OpenText
5 1 (1.59%) Twitter
5 1 (1.59%) VMware