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 June 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 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 201 198 154
Rank change year-on-year -3 -44  
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 42 71 107
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.54% 0.79% 1.15%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.66% 0.97% 1.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 46 38
Median daily rate £320 £400 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +10.34%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £261 £284 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £404 £454 £469
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £330 £316
% change year-on-year +6.06% +4.34%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 4 8
Median hourly rate £47.50 £40.25 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.01% +0.62%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £48.75 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year +30.00% -  

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 6409 7357 7524
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 82.94% 81.95% 80.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 14363 16339 15225
Median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £294 £275 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £530
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 753 804 610
Median hourly rate £29.92 £32.00 £25.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.50% +25.49%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.25 £11.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £58.00 £55.00 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

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 3 months to 28 June 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 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
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 June 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 June 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 -9 14 £315 -21.25% 11
East Sussex - 9 £375 -
Surrey +9 5 £375 -10.17% 5
Berkshire +6 5 £313 -21.87% 4
West Sussex +11 3 - -
Kent -4 2 £321 +39.67%
Buckinghamshire -22 2 £288 -4.16%
Oxfordshire -6 1 £300 +4.34% 4
Software Testing
England

For the 6 months to 28 June 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 63 (61.17%) Test Automation
2 61 (59.22%) Agile Software Development
3 36 (34.95%) ISEB
4 34 (33.01%) Selenium
5 29 (28.16%) C#
5 29 (28.16%) SQL
6 28 (27.18%) ISTQB
7 26 (25.24%) User Acceptance Testing
7 26 (25.24%) Test Strategy
7 26 (25.24%) Microsoft
8 24 (23.30%) Test Scripting
9 23 (22.33%) JIRA
9 23 (22.33%) Scrum
10 22 (21.36%) Regression Testing
11 21 (20.39%) QA
12 20 (19.42%) Functional Testing
12 20 (19.42%) BDD
13 18 (17.48%) Java
14 17 (16.50%) Team Foundation Server
14 17 (16.50%) Test Management
15 16 (15.53%) Security Cleared
16 14 (13.59%) Finance
16 14 (13.59%) Performance Testing
16 14 (13.59%) Defect Management
17 13 (12.62%) SQL Server
18 12 (11.65%) Windows
18 12 (11.65%) TDD
18 12 (11.65%) Degree
18 12 (11.65%) Non-Functional Testing
18 12 (11.65%) SpecFlow

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 5 (4.85%) SharePoint
2 3 (2.91%) Confluence
3 2 (1.94%) Apache Spark
3 2 (1.94%) BizTalk Server
3 2 (1.94%) IIS
3 2 (1.94%) JBoss
4 1 (0.97%) CMS
4 1 (0.97%) SharePoint 2013
4 1 (0.97%) SharePoint Server
4 1 (0.97%) Tomcat
Applications
1 8 (7.77%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (5.83%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (1.94%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (1.94%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (1.94%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.97%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (0.97%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 4 (3.88%) Amazon AWS
1 4 (3.88%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 5 (4.85%) TCP/IP
2 4 (3.88%) Ethernet
3 2 (1.94%) Firewall
3 2 (1.94%) HTTP
4 1 (0.97%) TDMA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (12.62%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.88%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (2.91%) Relational Database
4 2 (1.94%) Apache Hive
4 2 (1.94%) Big Data
4 2 (1.94%) Hadoop
4 2 (1.94%) Impala
4 2 (1.94%) Parquet
4 2 (1.94%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (1.94%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (1.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (1.94%) Sqoop
5 1 (0.97%) MySQL
5 1 (0.97%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.97%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 34 (33.01%) Selenium
2 23 (22.33%) JIRA
3 17 (16.50%) Team Foundation Server
4 12 (11.65%) SpecFlow
5 10 (9.71%) HP UFT
6 9 (8.74%) SoapUI
6 9 (8.74%) WebDriver
7 8 (7.77%) LoadRunner
8 6 (5.83%) Git (software)
9 5 (4.85%) Visual Studio
10 4 (3.88%) Protractor
11 2 (1.94%) Fiddler
11 2 (1.94%) JMeter
11 2 (1.94%) MSTest
12 1 (0.97%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 1 (0.97%) Bugzilla
12 1 (0.97%) ClearCase
12 1 (0.97%) Maven
12 1 (0.97%) Rational Functional Tester
12 1 (0.97%) Subversion
General
1 14 (13.59%) Finance
2 7 (6.80%) Retail
3 5 (4.85%) Electronics
4 4 (3.88%) Back Office
4 4 (3.88%) Military
5 2 (1.94%) Banking
5 2 (1.94%) Marketing
6 1 (0.97%) Legal
6 1 (0.97%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 29 (28.16%) Test Manager
2 23 (22.33%) Analyst
3 21 (20.39%) Tester
4 17 (16.50%) Test Engineer
5 15 (14.56%) Test Analyst
6 8 (7.77%) Developer
7 6 (5.83%) Agile Test Manager
7 6 (5.83%) QA Analyst
7 6 (5.83%) QA Tester
7 6 (5.83%) Software Tester
8 5 (4.85%) Software Test Engineer
8 5 (4.85%) Test Leader
9 4 (3.88%) Manual Tester
9 4 (3.88%) Performance Manager
9 4 (3.88%) QA Engineer
9 4 (3.88%) QA Test Analyst
9 4 (3.88%) Software Test Manager
9 4 (3.88%) Team Leader
9 4 (3.88%) Test Team Leader
9 4 (3.88%) UAT Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (10.68%) .NET
2 5 (4.85%) SOAP
2 5 (4.85%) XML
3 4 (3.88%) JSON
3 4 (3.88%) REST
4 3 (2.91%) Java EE
5 2 (1.94%) .NET Framework
5 2 (1.94%) Apache Avro
5 2 (1.94%) Gherkin
5 2 (1.94%) Kafka
5 2 (1.94%) OpenGL
5 2 (1.94%) PySpark
5 2 (1.94%) RESTful
5 2 (1.94%) Web Services
6 1 (0.97%) Node.js
6 1 (0.97%) Unity (Game Engine)
Miscellaneous
1 9 (8.74%) Mobile App
2 6 (5.83%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (4.85%) 3D Graphics
4 4 (3.88%) Management Information System
5 2 (1.94%) User Experience
6 1 (0.97%) AS400
6 1 (0.97%) Computer Science
6 1 (0.97%) Data Centre
6 1 (0.97%) EPoS
6 1 (0.97%) IVR
6 1 (0.97%) Life Science
6 1 (0.97%) Smart Home
Operating Systems
1 12 (11.65%) Windows
2 6 (5.83%) Android
3 4 (3.88%) Linux
3 4 (3.88%) Windows Server
4 3 (2.91%) Apple iOS
5 2 (1.94%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (0.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (0.97%) Unix
6 1 (0.97%) Windows 10
6 1 (0.97%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 63 (61.17%) Test Automation
2 61 (59.22%) Agile Software Development
3 26 (25.24%) Test Strategy
3 26 (25.24%) User Acceptance Testing
4 24 (23.30%) Test Scripting
5 23 (22.33%) Scrum
6 22 (21.36%) Regression Testing
7 20 (19.42%) BDD
7 20 (19.42%) Functional Testing
8 17 (16.50%) Test Management
9 14 (13.59%) Defect Management
9 14 (13.59%) Performance Testing
10 12 (11.65%) Non-Functional Testing
10 12 (11.65%) TDD
10 12 (11.65%) User Stories
11 11 (10.68%) Continuous Integration
11 11 (10.68%) Mentoring
11 11 (10.68%) SDLC
11 11 (10.68%) Waterfall
12 10 (9.71%) Exploratory Testing
Programming Languages
1 29 (28.16%) C#
1 29 (28.16%) SQL
2 18 (17.48%) Java
3 11 (10.68%) C
4 10 (9.71%) JavaScript
5 8 (7.77%) C++
6 7 (6.80%) T-SQL
7 4 (3.88%) PowerShell
7 4 (3.88%) Python
8 3 (2.91%) F#
9 2 (1.94%) PL/SQL
9 2 (1.94%) Ruby
9 2 (1.94%) Shell Script
9 2 (1.94%) VB
10 1 (0.97%) Bash Shell
10 1 (0.97%) Perl
10 1 (0.97%) PHP
Qualifications
1 36 (34.95%) ISEB
2 28 (27.18%) ISTQB
3 16 (15.53%) Security Cleared
4 12 (11.65%) Degree
5 10 (9.71%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 9 (8.74%) SC Cleared
7 3 (2.91%) Numerate Degree
8 2 (1.94%) HNC
8 2 (1.94%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 1 (0.97%) BPSS Clearance
9 1 (0.97%) DV Cleared
9 1 (0.97%) ISEB Practitioner
9 1 (0.97%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (20.39%) QA
2 2 (1.94%) Data Quality
2 2 (1.94%) GDPR
System Software
1 1 (0.97%) Docker
1 1 (0.97%) VMware ESXi
1 1 (0.97%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 7 (6.80%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.94%) Hadoop YARN
2 2 (1.94%) Oozie
3 1 (0.97%) CA Service Virtualization
Vendors
1 26 (25.24%) Microsoft
2 7 (6.80%) HP
3 3 (2.91%) Oracle
4 2 (1.94%) Cloudera
4 2 (1.94%) Compaq
4 2 (1.94%) VMware
5 1 (0.97%) CA
5 1 (0.97%) Citrix
5 1 (0.97%) Red Hat
5 1 (0.97%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (0.97%) Samsung
5 1 (0.97%) Siemens
5 1 (0.97%) TIBCO
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