Period
to 21 February 2019

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 21 February 2019 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
21 Feb 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 262 287 235
Rank change year-on-year +25 -52 -20
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 123 93 130
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.77% 0.55% 0.84%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.88% 0.65% 1.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 60 56 82
South East median daily rate £425 £375 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.33% +25.00% -14.29%
10th Percentile £306 £248 £193
90th Percentile £594 £456 £435
England median daily rate £420 £406 £375
% change year-on-year +3.42% +8.30% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 4 13
South East median hourly rate £40.00 £44.56 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.23% -0.98% +12.50%
10th Percentile £36.25 £42.06 £23.15
90th Percentile £47.25 £47.50 £52.00
England median hourly rate £39.50 £40.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year -2.47% +1.25% +6.67%

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 13,958 14,268 12,951
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 87.23% 84.65% 83.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,427 8,564 7,646
South East median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £275 £275 £250
90th Percentile £600 £588 £569
England median daily rate £475 £450 £435
% change year-on-year +5.56% +3.45% +2.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 519 439 549
South East median hourly rate £26.65 £24.02 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.95% +6.76% -25.00%
10th Percentile £11.85 £11.25 £11.06
90th Percentile £52.50 £50.25 £50.00
England median hourly rate £24.08 £24.00 £24.50
% change year-on-year +0.33% -2.04% +6.52%

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 21 February 2019.

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 21 February 2019. 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 -12 39 £350 -2.10% 29
Thames Valley +41 38 £400 +23.08% 34
Surrey -7 22 £463 +8.82% 17
Berkshire +4 20 £345 +6.15% 16
Buckinghamshire +28 13 £400 +21.21% 8
West Sussex -6 11 £433 +35.16% 2
Oxfordshire +38 5 £475 +48.44% 10
East Sussex -2 5 £494 +27.42% 4
Middlesex - 2 £575 - 1
Sussex - 2 £450 -
Software Testing
England

For the 6 months to 21 February 2019, 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 73 (59.35%) Agile Software Development
2 58 (47.15%) Test Automation
3 41 (33.33%) ISTQB
4 38 (30.89%) Scrum
4 38 (30.89%) Java
5 27 (21.95%) QA
6 26 (21.14%) Test Scripting
7 23 (18.70%) User Acceptance Testing
7 23 (18.70%) Test Strategy
8 22 (17.89%) SQL
9 21 (17.07%) Regression Testing
9 21 (17.07%) JIRA
10 20 (16.26%) Security Cleared
10 20 (16.26%) Python
11 19 (15.45%) SC Cleared
11 19 (15.45%) User Stories
11 19 (15.45%) SDLC
12 18 (14.63%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 18 (14.63%) Analytical Skills
12 18 (14.63%) ISEB
13 17 (13.82%) Selenium
14 16 (13.01%) C++
14 16 (13.01%) Oracle
15 15 (12.20%) Continuous Integration
16 14 (11.38%) Manual Testing
16 14 (11.38%) Unix
16 14 (11.38%) Problem-Solving
17 13 (10.57%) Exploratory Testing
17 13 (10.57%) Software Engineering
17 13 (10.57%) System Testing

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 9 (7.32%) Confluence
2 6 (4.88%) Apache Spark
3 4 (3.25%) Cloud Foundry
3 4 (3.25%) SharePoint
4 2 (1.63%) Apache
4 2 (1.63%) GemFire
Applications
1 12 (9.76%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (2.44%) InVision
3 1 (0.81%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.81%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.81%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 6 (4.88%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.81%) Oracle HRMS
Cloud Services
1 5 (4.07%) Office 365
2 4 (3.25%) GitHub
2 4 (3.25%) PaaS
3 2 (1.63%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (1.63%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (0.81%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.81%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.44%) DHCP
2 1 (0.81%) ATM
2 1 (0.81%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (7.32%) Oracle Reports
2 7 (5.69%) SQL Server
3 6 (4.88%) Big Data
3 6 (4.88%) Hadoop
4 4 (3.25%) Apache Hive
5 2 (1.63%) HBase
5 2 (1.63%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 21 (17.07%) JIRA
2 17 (13.82%) Selenium
3 12 (9.76%) Cucumber
4 10 (8.13%) Oracle Forms
5 8 (6.50%) WebDriver
6 7 (5.69%) Jenkins
7 6 (4.88%) Visual Studio Team System
8 5 (4.07%) JBehave
8 5 (4.07%) SoapUI
9 4 (3.25%) MSBuild
9 4 (3.25%) Team Foundation Server
10 2 (1.63%) Eclipse
10 2 (1.63%) Git (software)
10 2 (1.63%) IntelliJ
10 2 (1.63%) JUnit
10 2 (1.63%) Visual Studio
11 1 (0.81%) FitNesse
11 1 (0.81%) Protractor
11 1 (0.81%) Rational DOORS
11 1 (0.81%) TestRail
General
1 10 (8.13%) Finance
2 7 (5.69%) Telecoms
3 5 (4.07%) Marketing
4 2 (1.63%) Aerospace
4 2 (1.63%) Electronics
4 2 (1.63%) Publishing
5 1 (0.81%) Military
5 1 (0.81%) Retail
Job Titles
1 35 (28.46%) Analyst
2 26 (21.14%) Test Engineer
3 21 (17.07%) Tester
4 20 (16.26%) Test Analyst
5 13 (10.57%) Developer
6 12 (9.76%) Software Engineer
6 12 (9.76%) Test Manager
7 8 (6.50%) QA Analyst
7 8 (6.50%) Software Tester
7 8 (6.50%) Test Automation Engineer
8 7 (5.69%) Business Analyst
8 7 (5.69%) C++ Developer
8 7 (5.69%) QA Engineer
8 7 (5.69%) QA Tester
9 6 (4.88%) Automation Tester
9 6 (4.88%) Digital Analyst
9 6 (4.88%) Software Test Engineer
10 5 (4.07%) Lead Tester
10 5 (4.07%) Oracle Analyst
11 4 (3.25%) Web Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (8.94%) Web Services
1 11 (8.94%) XML
2 8 (6.50%) HTML
3 7 (5.69%) ATL
3 7 (5.69%) Qt
3 7 (5.69%) STL
4 6 (4.88%) .NET
5 5 (4.07%) RESTful
6 4 (3.25%) JSON
6 4 (3.25%) SparkR
7 3 (2.44%) AngularJS
7 3 (2.44%) SOAP
7 3 (2.44%) Spring
8 2 (1.63%) .NET Core
8 2 (1.63%) CSS
8 2 (1.63%) Django
8 2 (1.63%) HTML5
8 2 (1.63%) Middleware
8 2 (1.63%) RabbitMQ
8 2 (1.63%) Spring Cloud
Miscellaneous
1 18 (14.63%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (8.94%) User Experience
3 7 (5.69%) Algorithms
3 7 (5.69%) Client/Server
3 7 (5.69%) Data Structures
3 7 (5.69%) Self-Motivation
3 7 (5.69%) Virtual Team
4 4 (3.25%) Hybrid Cloud
4 4 (3.25%) Linux Command Line
4 4 (3.25%) Management Information System
4 4 (3.25%) Smartphone
5 3 (2.44%) Data Centre
5 3 (2.44%) Greenfield Project
5 3 (2.44%) Marketing Technology
6 2 (1.63%) Cloud Native
6 2 (1.63%) Private Cloud
7 1 (0.81%) New Media
7 1 (0.81%) PMI
7 1 (0.81%) Public Cloud
7 1 (0.81%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 14 (11.38%) Unix
2 12 (9.76%) Linux
3 5 (4.07%) Windows
4 4 (3.25%) Windows 10
5 2 (1.63%) Android
5 2 (1.63%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.81%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 73 (59.35%) Agile Software Development
2 58 (47.15%) Test Automation
3 38 (30.89%) Scrum
4 26 (21.14%) Test Scripting
5 23 (18.70%) Test Strategy
5 23 (18.70%) User Acceptance Testing
6 21 (17.07%) Regression Testing
7 19 (15.45%) SDLC
7 19 (15.45%) User Stories
8 15 (12.20%) Continuous Integration
9 14 (11.38%) Manual Testing
9 14 (11.38%) Problem-Solving
10 13 (10.57%) Exploratory Testing
10 13 (10.57%) Software Engineering
10 13 (10.57%) System Testing
11 12 (9.76%) BDD
11 12 (9.76%) Scenario Testing
12 11 (8.94%) Acceptance Criteria
12 11 (8.94%) Functional Testing
12 11 (8.94%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 38 (30.89%) Java
2 22 (17.89%) SQL
3 20 (16.26%) Python
4 16 (13.01%) C++
5 10 (8.13%) C
6 7 (5.69%) T-SQL
7 5 (4.07%) C#
7 5 (4.07%) JavaScript
8 4 (3.25%) R
9 2 (1.63%) Jython
9 2 (1.63%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.81%) Embedded C
Qualifications
1 41 (33.33%) ISTQB
2 20 (16.26%) Security Cleared
3 19 (15.45%) SC Cleared
4 18 (14.63%) ISEB
4 18 (14.63%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 13 (10.57%) Degree
6 6 (4.88%) Computer Science Degree
7 3 (2.44%) PMI Certification
8 2 (1.63%) DV Cleared
8 2 (1.63%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 2 (1.63%) PMP
9 1 (0.81%) HNC
9 1 (0.81%) HND
9 1 (0.81%) Master's Degree
9 1 (0.81%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (21.95%) QA
System Software
1 2 (1.63%) HDFS
2 1 (0.81%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 10 (8.13%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (2.44%) SCCM
3 1 (0.81%) HP ALM
3 1 (0.81%) WSUS
Vendors
1 16 (13.01%) Oracle
2 8 (6.50%) Microsoft
3 4 (3.25%) Hortonworks
4 3 (2.44%) HP
4 3 (2.44%) SolarWinds
5 2 (1.63%) Sony
6 1 (0.81%) Cisco
6 1 (0.81%) Citrix
6 1 (0.81%) Juniper
6 1 (0.81%) VMware
6 1 (0.81%) webMethods