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 3 months to 28 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
England / South East
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 193 164 158
Rank change year-on-year -29 -6  
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 61 104 118
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.78% 1.12% 1.18%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.95% 1.38% 1.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 72 70
Median daily rate £375 £350 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +16.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £233 £210 £163
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +7.69% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 9 12
Median hourly rate £42.50 £42.00 £35.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.19% +18.30%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £35.00 £35.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.52 £173.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £42.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year +1.19% +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 the South East with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
South East
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 6397 7548 7900
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 81.64% 81.37% 79.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 3717 4640 4336
Median daily rate £425 £400 £394
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +1.52%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £275 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 238 272 286
Median hourly rate £30.00 £40.00 £33.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -25.00% +21.21%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.50 £13.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £60.62 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.50 £30.20
% change year-on-year -6.49% +27.48%  

Software Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South East 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 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 3 months to 28 March 2017.

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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Software Testing in the South East.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Testing in the South East

Software Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Testing in the South East over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 3 months to 28 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
Hampshire -7 15 £309 -11.78% 5
Berkshire +20 9 £350 - 2
Buckinghamshire -8 9 £375 -6.25% 3
Surrey +11 8 £450 +9.75% 5
Kent +5 8 £400 +90.47%
Oxfordshire -1 6 £225 -23.40% 10
West Sussex +4 3 £414 -2.64% 1
Middlesex +4 2 £375 -
East Sussex +6 1 - - 1
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 28 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 South East region with a requirement for Software Testing.

1 85 (66.93%) Agile Software Development
2 48 (37.80%) Test Scripting
3 47 (37.01%) ISEB
4 44 (34.65%) ISTQB
5 42 (33.07%) SQL
6 41 (32.28%) User Acceptance Testing
7 38 (29.92%) Selenium
8 31 (24.41%) Security Cleared
9 30 (23.62%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 27 (21.26%) Test Strategy
10 27 (21.26%) JIRA
10 27 (21.26%) C#
11 25 (19.69%) SDLC
12 24 (18.90%) Regression Testing
13 23 (18.11%) SC Cleared
14 22 (17.32%) Scrum
14 22 (17.32%) .NET
15 21 (16.54%) BDD
16 20 (15.75%) Team Foundation Server
16 20 (15.75%) Finance
17 19 (14.96%) SpecFlow
18 18 (14.17%) Microsoft
19 17 (13.39%) Test Management
19 17 (13.39%) User Stories
19 17 (13.39%) Defect Tracking
20 16 (12.60%) Oracle
20 16 (12.60%) Java
21 15 (11.81%) QA
21 15 (11.81%) Automated Testing
22 14 (11.02%) F#

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 4 (3.15%) Confluence
1 4 (3.15%) SharePoint
2 3 (2.36%) JBoss
3 2 (1.57%) BizTalk Server
3 2 (1.57%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (0.79%) CMS
4 1 (0.79%) IIS
4 1 (0.79%) Oracle HTTP Server
4 1 (0.79%) Tomcat
Applications
1 13 (10.24%) MS Excel
2 7 (5.51%) MS Office
3 2 (1.57%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 8 (6.30%) Oracle Applications
2 2 (1.57%) Dynamics NAV
2 2 (1.57%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (1.57%) Teamcenter
3 1 (0.79%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 5 (3.94%) Amazon AWS
1 5 (3.94%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (1.57%) Google App Engine
2 2 (1.57%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 5 (3.94%) Ethernet
2 4 (3.15%) TCP/IP
3 2 (1.57%) Firewall
3 2 (1.57%) HTTP
3 2 (1.57%) VLAN
4 1 (0.79%) Internet
4 1 (0.79%) MVNO
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (8.66%) SQL Server
2 7 (5.51%) Oracle Reports
2 7 (5.51%) Relational Database
3 3 (2.36%) Oracle Database
4 2 (1.57%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (1.57%) NoSQL
4 2 (1.57%) RDBMS
4 2 (1.57%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.79%) GIS
5 1 (0.79%) MySQL
5 1 (0.79%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 38 (29.92%) Selenium
2 27 (21.26%) JIRA
3 20 (15.75%) Team Foundation Server
4 19 (14.96%) SpecFlow
5 8 (6.30%) Git (software)
5 8 (6.30%) HP UFT
5 8 (6.30%) WebDriver
6 7 (5.51%) LoadRunner
7 6 (4.72%) SoapUI
8 5 (3.94%) Visual Studio
9 4 (3.15%) Jasmine
9 4 (3.15%) Protractor
10 3 (2.36%) Cucumber
10 3 (2.36%) Subversion
11 2 (1.57%) JMeter
11 2 (1.57%) JUnit
11 2 (1.57%) MSTest
12 1 (0.79%) Bugzilla
12 1 (0.79%) Eclipse
12 1 (0.79%) NUnit
General
1 20 (15.75%) Finance
2 5 (3.94%) Electronics
3 4 (3.15%) Manufacturing
3 4 (3.15%) Telecoms
4 3 (2.36%) Legal
4 3 (2.36%) Military
4 3 (2.36%) Retail
5 2 (1.57%) Marketing
6 1 (0.79%) Back Office
6 1 (0.79%) Banking
Job Titles
1 44 (34.65%) Tester
2 27 (21.26%) Test Manager
3 23 (18.11%) Analyst
4 14 (11.02%) Test Analyst
5 13 (10.24%) Software Tester
6 12 (9.45%) Test Engineer
7 9 (7.09%) Automation Tester
8 7 (5.51%) Developer
9 5 (3.94%) Software Test Engineer
9 5 (3.94%) UAT Tester
10 4 (3.15%) Manual Tester
10 4 (3.15%) Performance Manager
10 4 (3.15%) Performance Test Manager
10 4 (3.15%) QA Analyst
10 4 (3.15%) QA Tester
10 4 (3.15%) Software Engineer
10 4 (3.15%) Software Manager
10 4 (3.15%) Software Test Manager
10 4 (3.15%) Test Automation Manager
10 4 (3.15%) Web Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (17.32%) .NET
2 5 (3.94%) XML
3 3 (2.36%) ATL
3 3 (2.36%) Gherkin
3 3 (2.36%) Java EE
3 3 (2.36%) Qt
3 3 (2.36%) RESTful
3 3 (2.36%) SOAP
3 3 (2.36%) STL
3 3 (2.36%) Web Services
4 2 (1.57%) AngularJS
4 2 (1.57%) ASP.NET Web API
4 2 (1.57%) Aurelia
4 2 (1.57%) CSS3
4 2 (1.57%) Entity Framework
4 2 (1.57%) gRPC
4 2 (1.57%) HTML5
4 2 (1.57%) OpenID
4 2 (1.57%) React
4 2 (1.57%) WebSockets
Miscellaneous
1 7 (5.51%) Mobile App
2 6 (4.72%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (2.36%) 3D Graphics
3 3 (2.36%) Algorithms
3 3 (2.36%) Client/Server
3 3 (2.36%) Data Structures
3 3 (2.36%) Management Information System
4 2 (1.57%) Data Centre
5 1 (0.79%) AS400
5 1 (0.79%) Computer Science
5 1 (0.79%) EPoS
5 1 (0.79%) IVR
5 1 (0.79%) RIA
5 1 (0.79%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 13 (10.24%) Windows
2 11 (8.66%) Linux
3 6 (4.72%) Android
4 4 (3.15%) Apple iOS
4 4 (3.15%) Unix
5 3 (2.36%) Windows Server
6 2 (1.57%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.79%) Ubuntu
7 1 (0.79%) Windows 10
7 1 (0.79%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 85 (66.93%) Agile Software Development
2 48 (37.80%) Test Scripting
3 41 (32.28%) User Acceptance Testing
4 27 (21.26%) Test Strategy
5 25 (19.69%) SDLC
6 24 (18.90%) Regression Testing
7 22 (17.32%) Scrum
8 21 (16.54%) BDD
9 17 (13.39%) Defect Tracking
9 17 (13.39%) Test Management
9 17 (13.39%) User Stories
10 15 (11.81%) Automated Testing
11 14 (11.02%) Defect Management
12 13 (10.24%) Functional Testing
12 13 (10.24%) Test Automation
12 13 (10.24%) Unit Testing
13 12 (9.45%) Software Engineering
14 11 (8.66%) Migration
14 11 (8.66%) System Integration Testing
14 11 (8.66%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 42 (33.07%) SQL
2 27 (21.26%) C#
3 16 (12.60%) Java
4 14 (11.02%) F#
5 13 (10.24%) JavaScript
6 11 (8.66%) C++
7 10 (7.87%) C
8 4 (3.15%) Python
8 4 (3.15%) Ruby
9 3 (2.36%) PL/SQL
9 3 (2.36%) PowerShell
9 3 (2.36%) VB
9 3 (2.36%) VBScript
10 2 (1.57%) T-SQL
10 2 (1.57%) TypeScript
11 1 (0.79%) Bash Shell
11 1 (0.79%) PHP
11 1 (0.79%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 47 (37.01%) ISEB
2 44 (34.65%) ISTQB
3 31 (24.41%) Security Cleared
4 30 (23.62%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 23 (18.11%) SC Cleared
6 10 (7.87%) Degree
7 2 (1.57%) BPSS Clearance
7 2 (1.57%) DV Cleared
7 2 (1.57%) HNC
7 2 (1.57%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 2 (1.57%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 1 (0.79%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (11.81%) QA
2 2 (1.57%) Data Quality
2 2 (1.57%) GDPR
2 2 (1.57%) SDET
3 1 (0.79%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 2 (1.57%) Docker
1 2 (1.57%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.79%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 6 (4.72%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.57%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 18 (14.17%) Microsoft
2 16 (12.60%) Oracle
3 9 (7.09%) HP
4 3 (2.36%) VMware
5 2 (1.57%) Compaq
5 2 (1.57%) Google
5 2 (1.57%) SAP
5 2 (1.57%) Siemens
6 1 (0.79%) Citrix
6 1 (0.79%) Ericsson
6 1 (0.79%) Luciad
6 1 (0.79%) Progress
6 1 (0.79%) Red Hat
6 1 (0.79%) Samsung
6 1 (0.79%) Xamarin
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
IT Executive Ltd
Rate: £40000 - £55000 per annum
Posted: 5 hours ago
Fareham, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £250 - £270 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
IT Executive Ltd
Rate: £40000 - £55000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago