Period
to 11 August 2020

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 11 August 2020 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
11 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 162 259 268
Rank change year-on-year +97 +9 -12
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 30 104 119
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South East 0.62% 0.71% 0.70%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.73% 0.81% 0.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 58 73
Median daily rate £375 £450 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -16.67% +28.57% -
10th Percentile £200 £294 £278
90th Percentile £477 £575 £525
England median daily rate £400 £436 £400
% change year-on-year -8.31% +9.06% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 4
Median hourly rate £55.00 £45.00 £46.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.22% -2.70% +2.78%
10th Percentile £52.50 £19.60 £41.36
90th Percentile £57.50 £55.50 £51.75
England median hourly rate £35.00 £41.00 £45.00
% change year-on-year -14.63% -8.89% -

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 4,120 12,839 14,559
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 84.55% 87.17% 86.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,404 7,597 8,622
Median daily rate £451 £450 £430
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.22% +4.65% +3.61%
10th Percentile £255 £275 £275
90th Percentile £625 £606 £588
England median daily rate £488 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +2.63% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 220 491 509
Median hourly rate £32.06 £31.50 £23.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.76% +34.04% +17.50%
10th Percentile £12.83 £12.27 £11.17
90th Percentile £56.38 £60.87 £51.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year +40.00% +16.28% -8.99%

Software Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing Software Testing as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Software Testing in the South East.

Daily rate trend for Software Testing in the South East

Software Testing
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Software Testing in the South East over the 6 months to 11 August 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Software Testing in the South East

Software Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Software Testing in the South East.

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 11 August 2020. 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
Hampshire +70 11 £325 -7.14% 4
Thames Valley +69 9 £414 -8.04% 2
Buckinghamshire +38 6 £453 -4.71% 1
Surrey +53 5 £400 -27.27% 2
East Sussex +37 4 £200 -33.33%
Berkshire +64 3 £375 -14.53% 1
Software Testing
England

For the 6 months to 11 August 2020, 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 14 (46.67%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (36.67%) Test Automation
2 11 (36.67%) Azure
2 11 (36.67%) DevOps
3 10 (33.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 9 (30.00%) Software Engineering
4 9 (30.00%) ISTQB
5 8 (26.67%) C#
5 8 (26.67%) Analytical Skills
6 7 (23.33%) Windows
7 6 (20.00%) Test Strategy
7 6 (20.00%) Functional Testing
7 6 (20.00%) Scenario Testing
8 5 (16.67%) Problem-Solving
8 5 (16.67%) User Stories
8 5 (16.67%) SDLC
8 5 (16.67%) ISEB
8 5 (16.67%) Java
8 5 (16.67%) JavaScript
8 5 (16.67%) Security Cleared
9 4 (13.33%) Git (software)
9 4 (13.33%) Degree
9 4 (13.33%) Computer Science
9 4 (13.33%) jQuery
9 4 (13.33%) User Acceptance Testing
9 4 (13.33%) Test Scripting
9 4 (13.33%) SAP
9 4 (13.33%) CSS
9 4 (13.33%) Web Services
9 4 (13.33%) Microsoft

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 2 (6.67%) Apache Spark
2 1 (3.33%) Confluence
Applications
1 1 (3.33%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (6.67%) SAP ERP
2 1 (3.33%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 11 (36.67%) Azure
2 3 (10.00%) Amazon CloudWatch
2 3 (10.00%) Amazon S3
2 3 (10.00%) AWS
2 3 (10.00%) Cloud Computing
2 3 (10.00%) npm
2 3 (10.00%) Office 365
3 1 (3.33%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 1 (3.33%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (10.00%) MongoDB
1 3 (10.00%) MySQL
1 3 (10.00%) NoSQL
1 3 (10.00%) Relational Database
1 3 (10.00%) SQL Server
2 2 (6.67%) Big Data
3 1 (3.33%) Oracle Database
3 1 (3.33%) Oracle Database 11g
3 1 (3.33%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 4 (13.33%) Git (software)
1 4 (13.33%) Jenkins
2 3 (10.00%) Grunt
2 3 (10.00%) JIRA
2 3 (10.00%) Mocha
2 3 (10.00%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (10.00%) webpack
3 2 (6.67%) Postman
3 2 (6.67%) Selenium
3 2 (6.67%) SpecFlow
3 2 (6.67%) Visual Studio Team System
4 1 (3.33%) Appium
4 1 (3.33%) Bitbucket
4 1 (3.33%) FishEye
4 1 (3.33%) Oracle APEX
4 1 (3.33%) SonarQube
4 1 (3.33%) Sonatype Nexus
4 1 (3.33%) Subversion
4 1 (3.33%) WebDriver
General
1 3 (10.00%) Finance
1 3 (10.00%) Public Sector
2 2 (6.67%) Telecoms
3 1 (3.33%) Banking
Job Titles
1 8 (26.67%) Analyst
1 8 (26.67%) Test Analyst
2 6 (20.00%) Test Engineer
3 5 (16.67%) Developer
4 3 (10.00%) Applications Developer
4 3 (10.00%) Mobile Applications Developer
4 3 (10.00%) Mobile Developer
4 3 (10.00%) Senior Applications Developer
4 3 (10.00%) Senior Developer
4 3 (10.00%) Senior Mobile Applications Developer
4 3 (10.00%) Senior Mobile Developer
4 3 (10.00%) Tester
5 2 (6.67%) Azure DevOps
5 2 (6.67%) Azure Engineer
5 2 (6.67%) DevOps Engineer
5 2 (6.67%) IT Technician
5 2 (6.67%) Network Analyst
5 2 (6.67%) Software Tester
5 2 (6.67%) Test Manager
6 1 (3.33%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (13.33%) CSS
1 4 (13.33%) jQuery
1 4 (13.33%) Web Services
2 3 (10.00%) Apache Cordova
2 3 (10.00%) Backbone.js
2 3 (10.00%) Chai
2 3 (10.00%) Enzyme
2 3 (10.00%) Express
2 3 (10.00%) HTML
2 3 (10.00%) Jest
2 3 (10.00%) Mongoose
2 3 (10.00%) Node.js
2 3 (10.00%) PhoneGap
2 3 (10.00%) React
2 3 (10.00%) React Native
2 3 (10.00%) Redux
2 3 (10.00%) REST
2 3 (10.00%) Sass
2 3 (10.00%) SOAP
2 3 (10.00%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 8 (26.67%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (10.00%) Driving Licence
2 3 (10.00%) Mobile App
2 3 (10.00%) User Experience
3 2 (6.67%) Enterprise Software
3 2 (6.67%) Self-Motivation
4 1 (3.33%) Embedded Systems
4 1 (3.33%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 7 (23.33%) Windows
2 3 (10.00%) Android
2 3 (10.00%) Apple iOS
2 3 (10.00%) Windows 10
2 3 (10.00%) Windows 7
3 2 (6.67%) Linux
3 2 (6.67%) Unix
4 1 (3.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (3.33%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (46.67%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (36.67%) DevOps
2 11 (36.67%) Test Automation
3 9 (30.00%) Software Engineering
4 6 (20.00%) Functional Testing
4 6 (20.00%) Scenario Testing
4 6 (20.00%) Test Strategy
5 5 (16.67%) Problem-Solving
5 5 (16.67%) SDLC
5 5 (16.67%) User Stories
6 4 (13.33%) Computer Science
6 4 (13.33%) Scrum
6 4 (13.33%) Test Scripting
6 4 (13.33%) User Acceptance Testing
6 4 (13.33%) Validation
7 3 (10.00%) Migration
7 3 (10.00%) MVC
7 3 (10.00%) Quality Management
7 3 (10.00%) Regression Testing
7 3 (10.00%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (26.67%) C#
2 5 (16.67%) Java
2 5 (16.67%) JavaScript
3 3 (10.00%) Apple Swift
3 3 (10.00%) ES6
3 3 (10.00%) Kotlin
3 3 (10.00%) Objective-C
3 3 (10.00%) Python
4 2 (6.67%) MATLAB
4 2 (6.67%) Perl
4 2 (6.67%) Shell Script
4 2 (6.67%) SQL
5 1 (3.33%) AWK
5 1 (3.33%) Bourne shell
5 1 (3.33%) C
5 1 (3.33%) C++
5 1 (3.33%) C-shell
5 1 (3.33%) Groovy
5 1 (3.33%) PL/SQL
5 1 (3.33%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 10 (33.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 9 (30.00%) ISTQB
3 5 (16.67%) ISEB
3 5 (16.67%) Security Cleared
4 4 (13.33%) Degree
5 3 (10.00%) SC Cleared
6 1 (3.33%) CAPM
6 1 (3.33%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (10.00%) QA
2 1 (3.33%) IFRS
2 1 (3.33%) IFRS 9
System Software
1 4 (13.33%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (10.00%) SCCM
2 1 (3.33%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (13.33%) Microsoft
1 4 (13.33%) SAP
2 3 (10.00%) OutSystems
2 3 (10.00%) Xamarin
3 2 (6.67%) Capita
3 2 (6.67%) Databricks
4 1 (3.33%) Klocwork
4 1 (3.33%) MathWorks
4 1 (3.33%) Oracle
4 1 (3.33%) Red Hat
4 1 (3.33%) Sonatype