Period
to 16 July 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East 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 6 months to 16 July 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.

Software Testing
England > South East
6 months to
16 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 281 251 228
Rank change year-on-year -30 -23 -34
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 106 107 172
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.62% 0.67% 0.92%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.73% 0.81% 1.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 67 54 115
South East median daily rate £350 £358 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.10% -4.67% +13.64%
10th Percentile £263 £233 £208
90th Percentile £525 £450 £450
England median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 14 12
South East median hourly rate £46.25 £45.00 £40.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +11.80% +7.33%
10th Percentile £41.36 £23.63 £36.25
90th Percentile £51.75 £53.38 £161.70
England median hourly rate £45.00 £47.50 £42.00
% change year-on-year -5.26% +13.10% +20.00%

Software 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 14,534 13,245 15,491
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 85.00% 83.34% 82.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,627 7,677 9,486
South East median daily rate £438 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.42% +3.75% +5.26%
10th Percentile £281 £263 £255
90th Percentile £588 £563 £550
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 515 511 573
South East median hourly rate £25.00 £19.66 £24.06
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +27.16% -18.29% +11.65%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.60 £11.81
90th Percentile £52.50 £50.50 £51.00
England median hourly rate £22.00 £25.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year -12.00% +4.17% +12.02%

Software Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

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

Job vacancy trend for Software Testing in the South East

Software 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 Software Testing in the South East.

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Testing in the South East

Software Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Testing in the South East over the 6 months to 16 July 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Testing in the South East

Software 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 Software Testing in the South East.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Testing in the South East

Software 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 Software Testing within the South East region over the 6 months to 16 July 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 -4 32 £325 +8.33% 16
Hampshire -10 26 £315 +3.70% 22
Surrey -12 24 £500 +11.11% 19
East Sussex +6 17 £375 - 3
Buckinghamshire +15 15 £315 -10.00% 5
Berkshire -12 15 £360 +15.20% 6
Kent +4 3 £400 +3.23% 8
West Sussex 0 3 £290 -29.35% 2
Oxfordshire -4 2 £350 +75.00% 5
Software Testing
England

For the 6 months to 16 July 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Software Testing 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 Software Testing.

1 63 (59.43%) Agile Software Development
2 62 (58.49%) Test Automation
3 35 (33.02%) ISTQB
4 31 (29.25%) QA
4 31 (29.25%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 30 (28.30%) Scrum
6 29 (27.36%) Java
7 27 (25.47%) ISEB
7 27 (25.47%) Scenario Testing
8 23 (21.70%) Linux
8 23 (21.70%) Test Strategy
9 22 (20.75%) Finance
9 22 (20.75%) Validation
9 22 (20.75%) Cucumber
10 21 (19.81%) BDD
10 21 (19.81%) Test Scripting
10 21 (19.81%) Selenium
10 21 (19.81%) TDD
11 18 (16.98%) OO
11 18 (16.98%) JavaScript
11 18 (16.98%) Defect Management
12 17 (16.04%) Gherkin
12 17 (16.04%) Functional Testing
13 16 (15.09%) Microsoft Office
13 16 (15.09%) Unix
13 16 (15.09%) Regression Testing
13 16 (15.09%) JIRA
13 16 (15.09%) Waterfall
14 15 (14.15%) Non-Functional Testing
14 15 (14.15%) Analytical Skills

Software 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 13 (12.26%) Cloud Foundry
2 12 (11.32%) Apache
3 10 (9.43%) GemFire
4 4 (3.77%) Confluence
5 3 (2.83%) Apache Spark
6 1 (0.94%) Documentum
6 1 (0.94%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 16 (15.09%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (10.38%) Microsoft Excel
3 10 (9.43%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (2.83%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.94%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 1 (0.94%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.94%) Maximo
1 1 (0.94%) SAP CO
1 1 (0.94%) SAP FI
1 1 (0.94%) SAP FI/CO
1 1 (0.94%) SAP MM
1 1 (0.94%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 13 (12.26%) Amazon AWS
1 13 (12.26%) PaaS
2 12 (11.32%) AWS Lambda
2 12 (11.32%) GitHub
2 12 (11.32%) Serverless
3 9 (8.49%) Amazon SQS
4 3 (2.83%) Amazon EC2
4 3 (2.83%) Amazon S3
4 3 (2.83%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 5 (4.72%) DNS
2 4 (3.77%) HTTP
3 3 (2.83%) 2G
3 3 (2.83%) 3G
3 3 (2.83%) 4G
3 3 (2.83%) GSM
3 3 (2.83%) SCCP
3 3 (2.83%) SIGTRAN
3 3 (2.83%) UMTS
3 3 (2.83%) WAN
3 3 (2.83%) Wireless
4 2 (1.89%) Diameter Protocol
4 2 (1.89%) ISUP
4 2 (1.89%) LAN
4 2 (1.89%) LTE
4 2 (1.89%) SS7
4 2 (1.89%) tcpdump
4 2 (1.89%) VLAN
4 2 (1.89%) Wireshark
5 1 (0.94%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (13.21%) SQL Server
2 13 (12.26%) HBase
3 12 (11.32%) Amazon DynamoDB
3 12 (11.32%) Amazon RDS
4 10 (9.43%) Apache Hive
5 8 (7.55%) Hadoop
5 8 (7.55%) MySQL
6 4 (3.77%) Big Data
6 4 (3.77%) Oracle Database
6 4 (3.77%) Oracle Database 10g
6 4 (3.77%) SQL Server 2008
7 3 (2.83%) Amazon Aurora
7 3 (2.83%) PostgreSQL
7 3 (2.83%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 22 (20.75%) Cucumber
2 21 (19.81%) Selenium
3 16 (15.09%) JIRA
4 10 (9.43%) Eclipse
4 10 (9.43%) Git (software)
4 10 (9.43%) IntelliJ
4 10 (9.43%) Jenkins
4 10 (9.43%) JUnit
5 4 (3.77%) SpecFlow
5 4 (3.77%) Team Foundation Server
6 3 (2.83%) Visual Studio
7 2 (1.89%) Calabash
7 2 (1.89%) Capybara
7 2 (1.89%) HP UFT
7 2 (1.89%) JMeter
7 2 (1.89%) Maven
7 2 (1.89%) SoapUI
8 1 (0.94%) Bitbucket
8 1 (0.94%) Rational Rhapsody
8 1 (0.94%) Zephyr
General
1 22 (20.75%) Finance
2 4 (3.77%) Military
2 4 (3.77%) Telecoms
3 3 (2.83%) Advertising
4 1 (0.94%) Automotive
4 1 (0.94%) Back Office
4 1 (0.94%) Electronics
4 1 (0.94%) Manufacturing
4 1 (0.94%) Retail
Job Titles
1 34 (32.08%) Analyst
2 31 (29.25%) Test Analyst
3 26 (24.53%) Tester
4 13 (12.26%) Test Engineer
5 11 (10.38%) Java Engineer
6 10 (9.43%) Software Tester
7 9 (8.49%) Developer
8 7 (6.60%) Automation Tester
8 7 (6.60%) QA Analyst
9 6 (5.66%) Functional Tester
9 6 (5.66%) Software Engineer
9 6 (5.66%) Test Leader
9 6 (5.66%) Test Manager
10 4 (3.77%) Automation Test Analyst
10 4 (3.77%) Embedded Engineer
10 4 (3.77%) Java Automation Tester
10 4 (3.77%) QA Test Analyst
10 4 (3.77%) Software Test Engineer
10 4 (3.77%) Test Automation Engineer
11 3 (2.83%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (16.04%) Gherkin
2 13 (12.26%) JSON
2 13 (12.26%) Kafka
2 13 (12.26%) RabbitMQ
2 13 (12.26%) RESTful
3 10 (9.43%) Spring
3 10 (9.43%) Spring Cloud
4 9 (8.49%) Middleware
5 7 (6.60%) .NET
6 6 (5.66%) HTML
7 4 (3.77%) .NET Framework
7 4 (3.77%) CSS
7 4 (3.77%) Web Services
8 3 (2.83%) AngularJS
8 3 (2.83%) Node.js
8 3 (2.83%) XML
9 2 (1.89%) LAMP
9 2 (1.89%) OpenGL
9 2 (1.89%) REST
9 2 (1.89%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 15 (14.15%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (11.32%) Mobile App
3 11 (10.38%) Linux Command Line
3 11 (10.38%) Virtual Team
4 6 (5.66%) Management Information System
5 5 (4.72%) Greenfield Project
6 4 (3.77%) Client/Server
6 4 (3.77%) Computer Science
6 4 (3.77%) PKI
7 3 (2.83%) Algorithms
7 3 (2.83%) Data Structures
7 3 (2.83%) Smart Meter
8 2 (1.89%) Embedded Systems
8 2 (1.89%) RIA
8 2 (1.89%) User Experience
9 1 (0.94%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
9 1 (0.94%) Mashup
9 1 (0.94%) Reference Data
9 1 (0.94%) Self-Motivation
9 1 (0.94%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 23 (21.70%) Linux
2 16 (15.09%) Unix
3 12 (11.32%) Windows
4 5 (4.72%) Windows Server
5 4 (3.77%) Windows Server 2008
6 3 (2.83%) Android
6 3 (2.83%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.94%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (0.94%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 63 (59.43%) Agile Software Development
2 62 (58.49%) Test Automation
3 30 (28.30%) Scrum
4 27 (25.47%) Scenario Testing
5 23 (21.70%) Test Strategy
6 22 (20.75%) Validation
7 21 (19.81%) BDD
7 21 (19.81%) TDD
7 21 (19.81%) Test Scripting
8 18 (16.98%) Defect Management
8 18 (16.98%) OO
9 17 (16.04%) Functional Testing
10 16 (15.09%) Regression Testing
10 16 (15.09%) Waterfall
11 15 (14.15%) Non-Functional Testing
11 15 (14.15%) Problem-Solving
12 14 (13.21%) ATDD
13 13 (12.26%) OOP
13 13 (12.26%) User Stories
14 12 (11.32%) SDET
Programming Languages
1 29 (27.36%) Java
2 18 (16.98%) JavaScript
3 13 (12.26%) C#
4 10 (9.43%) Shell Script
4 10 (9.43%) SQL
5 9 (8.49%) Python
6 7 (6.60%) C
7 6 (5.66%) C++
8 5 (4.72%) T-SQL
9 4 (3.77%) Ruby
10 3 (2.83%) Embedded C
10 3 (2.83%) ES6
10 3 (2.83%) TypeScript
11 2 (1.89%) MATLAB
11 2 (1.89%) PHP
12 1 (0.94%) Assembly Language
12 1 (0.94%) Embedded C++
12 1 (0.94%) Objective-C
12 1 (0.94%) Scala
Qualifications
1 35 (33.02%) ISTQB
2 31 (29.25%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 27 (25.47%) ISEB
4 10 (9.43%) Degree
4 10 (9.43%) Security Cleared
5 9 (8.49%) SC Cleared
6 6 (5.66%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 2 (1.89%) Computer Science Degree
7 2 (1.89%) OCA
7 2 (1.89%) Oracle Certification
8 1 (0.94%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (29.25%) QA
2 2 (1.89%) MISRA
2 2 (1.89%) MISRA C
3 1 (0.94%) ISO 26262
System Software
1 13 (12.26%) HDFS
2 10 (9.43%) Apache ZooKeeper
3 4 (3.77%) Active Directory
3 4 (3.77%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (1.89%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 13 (12.26%) HP Quality Center
2 10 (9.43%) HP ALM
3 4 (3.77%) SCCM
3 4 (3.77%) SCOM
4 2 (1.89%) Nessus
Vendors
1 13 (12.26%) Microsoft
2 11 (10.38%) HP
3 5 (4.72%) Cisco
4 4 (3.77%) LogRhythm
4 4 (3.77%) Lumension
4 4 (3.77%) NetApp
4 4 (3.77%) Oracle
4 4 (3.77%) VMware
5 2 (1.89%) Xamarin
6 1 (0.94%) Apple
6 1 (0.94%) Capita
6 1 (0.94%) Green Hills
6 1 (0.94%) IBM
6 1 (0.94%) Ivanti
6 1 (0.94%) SAP
6 1 (0.94%) Shavlik
6 1 (0.94%) Zscaler