Period
to 9 December 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 9 December 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
9 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 245 258 269
Rank change year-on-year +13 +11 -30
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 83 132 106
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.64% 0.78% 0.64%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.75% 0.90% 0.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 66 59
South East median daily rate £425 £370 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.86% +5.71% +7.69%
10th Percentile £281 £274 £246
90th Percentile £500 £569 £450
England median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +14.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 6 8
South East median hourly rate £46.00 £40.81 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.73% -9.32% -
10th Percentile £42.95 £36.25 £42.06
90th Percentile £47.45 £46.88 £49.38
England median hourly rate £45.00 £40.81 £41.75
% change year-on-year +10.28% -2.26% +4.38%

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 11,100 14,700 14,113
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 85.41% 87.11% 84.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,564 8,835 8,454
South East median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £260 £280 £263
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
England median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 496 487 460
South East median hourly rate £26.00 £25.00 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.00% +8.70% -3.16%
10th Percentile £13.05 £11.78 £11.25
90th Percentile £63.75 £51.00 £50.00
England median hourly rate £23.50 £22.00 £24.49
% change year-on-year +6.82% -10.15% +8.02%

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 9 December 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 9 December 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
Thames Valley +12 39 £458 +15.82% 17
Hampshire 0 20 £375 +15.38% 13
Buckinghamshire +32 17 £475 +18.75% 3
Berkshire +4 17 £450 +35.34% 2
Surrey +48 14 £400 -15.79% 5
Oxfordshire +16 5 £300 -33.33% 12
Kent +14 4 £275 - 1
East Sussex +12 4 - -
West Sussex +19 2 - - 2
Software Testing
England

For the 6 months to 9 December 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 49 (59.04%) Test Automation
2 40 (48.19%) Agile Software Development
3 27 (32.53%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 22 (26.51%) ISTQB
4 22 (26.51%) QA
5 21 (25.30%) Security Cleared
6 19 (22.89%) C#
7 18 (21.69%) ISEB
8 17 (20.48%) Windows
9 16 (19.28%) SQL
9 16 (19.28%) Microsoft
9 16 (19.28%) Finance
9 16 (19.28%) Migration
9 16 (19.28%) Test Strategy
9 16 (19.28%) JIRA
10 15 (18.07%) Java
11 14 (16.87%) SC Cleared
11 14 (16.87%) Azure
12 13 (15.66%) Test Scripting
12 13 (15.66%) Scrum
13 12 (14.46%) User Acceptance Testing
13 12 (14.46%) JSON
13 12 (14.46%) Analytical Skills
14 11 (13.25%) Problem-Solving
14 11 (13.25%) Degree
14 11 (13.25%) .NET
15 10 (12.05%) HTML
15 10 (12.05%) Linux
15 10 (12.05%) HP
15 10 (12.05%) Spring

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 8 (9.64%) SharePoint
2 3 (3.61%) BizTalk Server
2 3 (3.61%) Confluence
3 2 (2.41%) Apache
3 2 (2.41%) Cloud Foundry
4 1 (1.20%) Apache Spark
4 1 (1.20%) CMS
4 1 (1.20%) GemFire
Applications
1 1 (1.20%) FileZilla
1 1 (1.20%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (1.20%) Notepad++
Business Applications
1 3 (3.61%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (2.41%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.41%) LatentZero
2 2 (2.41%) SnowdropKCS
2 2 (2.41%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 14 (16.87%) Azure
2 5 (6.02%) GitHub
3 4 (4.82%) AWS
4 2 (2.41%) Amazon CloudWatch
4 2 (2.41%) Amazon S3
4 2 (2.41%) Cloud Computing
4 2 (2.41%) npm
4 2 (2.41%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.61%) VPN
2 2 (2.41%) ATM
2 2 (2.41%) HTTP
3 1 (1.20%) DMZ
3 1 (1.20%) Firewall
3 1 (1.20%) FTP
3 1 (1.20%) SSL
3 1 (1.20%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (6.02%) SQL Server
2 4 (4.82%) MongoDB
3 3 (3.61%) MySQL
4 2 (2.41%) HBase
4 2 (2.41%) NoSQL
4 2 (2.41%) Relational Database
5 1 (1.20%) Apache Hive
5 1 (1.20%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (1.20%) Hadoop
5 1 (1.20%) Oracle Database
5 1 (1.20%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 16 (19.28%) JIRA
2 10 (12.05%) Selenium
3 8 (9.64%) Jenkins
3 8 (9.64%) JMeter
4 6 (7.23%) Appium
4 6 (7.23%) Cucumber
5 5 (6.02%) Git (software)
5 5 (6.02%) Visual Studio
6 4 (4.82%) Eclipse
6 4 (4.82%) IntelliJ
6 4 (4.82%) JUnit
6 4 (4.82%) Team Foundation Server
7 3 (3.61%) SpecFlow
7 3 (3.61%) Visual Studio Coded UI
8 2 (2.41%) Grunt
8 2 (2.41%) Mocha
8 2 (2.41%) Rational DOORS
8 2 (2.41%) SonarQube
8 2 (2.41%) webpack
9 1 (1.20%) JProfiler
General
1 16 (19.28%) Finance
2 7 (8.43%) Telecoms
3 5 (6.02%) Retail
4 3 (3.61%) Public Sector
5 2 (2.41%) Legal
5 2 (2.41%) Marketing
6 1 (1.20%) Financial Institution
6 1 (1.20%) Law
6 1 (1.20%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 18 (21.69%) Analyst
1 18 (21.69%) Developer
2 15 (18.07%) Test Analyst
2 15 (18.07%) Test Manager
3 13 (15.66%) Test Engineer
4 12 (14.46%) Tester
5 6 (7.23%) Full Stack Developer
6 5 (6.02%) Automation Test Analyst
6 5 (6.02%) Developer in Test
6 5 (6.02%) QA Analyst
6 5 (6.02%) Software Developer
7 4 (4.82%) C# Developer
7 4 (4.82%) Senior Analyst
7 4 (4.82%) Senior Test Analyst
8 3 (3.61%) .NET Developer
8 3 (3.61%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 3 (3.61%) Programme Manager
8 3 (3.61%) QA Engineer
8 3 (3.61%) Software Test Engineer
8 3 (3.61%) Systems Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (14.46%) JSON
2 11 (13.25%) .NET
3 10 (12.05%) HTML
3 10 (12.05%) Spring
4 8 (9.64%) CSS
5 7 (8.43%) jQuery
5 7 (8.43%) RESTful
5 7 (8.43%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 6 (7.23%) AngularJS
7 5 (6.02%) .NET Core
7 5 (6.02%) ASP.NET Web API
7 5 (6.02%) HTML5
7 5 (6.02%) Middleware
8 4 (4.82%) Gherkin
8 4 (4.82%) SOAP
8 4 (4.82%) Spring Cloud
9 3 (3.61%) Node.js
9 3 (3.61%) RabbitMQ
9 3 (3.61%) REST
9 3 (3.61%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 12 (14.46%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (7.23%) Management Information System
3 5 (6.02%) Mobile App
4 4 (4.82%) Embedded Systems
4 4 (4.82%) Linux Command Line
4 4 (4.82%) User Experience
5 3 (3.61%) EPoS
5 3 (3.61%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (1.20%) Algorithms
6 1 (1.20%) Cyberattack
6 1 (1.20%) Cyberthreat
6 1 (1.20%) DataPower
6 1 (1.20%) Greenfield Project
6 1 (1.20%) Smart Meter
6 1 (1.20%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 17 (20.48%) Windows
2 10 (12.05%) Linux
3 9 (10.84%) Unix
4 7 (8.43%) Windows 10
5 5 (6.02%) Android
5 5 (6.02%) Apple iOS
6 4 (4.82%) Windows Server
7 1 (1.20%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 49 (59.04%) Test Automation
2 40 (48.19%) Agile Software Development
3 16 (19.28%) Migration
3 16 (19.28%) Test Strategy
4 13 (15.66%) Scrum
4 13 (15.66%) Test Scripting
5 12 (14.46%) User Acceptance Testing
6 11 (13.25%) Problem-Solving
7 10 (12.05%) Scenario Testing
7 10 (12.05%) SDLC
8 9 (10.84%) BDD
8 9 (10.84%) Non-Functional Testing
8 9 (10.84%) Performance Testing
8 9 (10.84%) System Integration Testing
9 8 (9.64%) MVC
9 8 (9.64%) Test Management
9 8 (9.64%) User Stories
10 7 (8.43%) Mathematics
10 7 (8.43%) Project Management
10 7 (8.43%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 19 (22.89%) C#
2 16 (19.28%) SQL
3 15 (18.07%) Java
4 8 (9.64%) Python
5 5 (6.02%) C++
6 4 (4.82%) JavaScript
6 4 (4.82%) Shell Script
7 3 (3.61%) C
7 3 (3.61%) ES6
8 2 (2.41%) Apple Swift
8 2 (2.41%) Embedded C
8 2 (2.41%) Embedded C++
8 2 (2.41%) Kotlin
8 2 (2.41%) Objective-C
9 1 (1.20%) Fortran
9 1 (1.20%) Java 8
9 1 (1.20%) MATLAB
9 1 (1.20%) PHP
9 1 (1.20%) VB.NET
9 1 (1.20%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 27 (32.53%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 22 (26.51%) ISTQB
3 21 (25.30%) Security Cleared
4 18 (21.69%) ISEB
5 14 (16.87%) SC Cleared
6 11 (13.25%) Degree
7 1 (1.20%) BC Cleared
7 1 (1.20%) CEH
7 1 (1.20%) CISA
7 1 (1.20%) Computer Science Degree
7 1 (1.20%) DV Cleared
7 1 (1.20%) GIAC
7 1 (1.20%) OSCE
7 1 (1.20%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (26.51%) QA
2 6 (7.23%) PMO
3 1 (1.20%) GDPR
3 1 (1.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (1.20%) NIST
System Software
1 6 (7.23%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (2.41%) HDFS
3 1 (1.20%) Apache ZooKeeper
Systems Management
1 8 (9.64%) HP ALM
1 8 (9.64%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.20%) HP Fortify
2 1 (1.20%) Nagios
Vendors
1 16 (19.28%) Microsoft
2 10 (12.05%) HP
3 9 (10.84%) VMware
4 4 (4.82%) Oracle
5 3 (3.61%) Cisco
5 3 (3.61%) Salesforce.com
6 2 (2.41%) Charles River
6 2 (2.41%) OutSystems
6 2 (2.41%) SimCorp
6 2 (2.41%) Xamarin
7 1 (1.20%) Black Duck
7 1 (1.20%) BMC
7 1 (1.20%) Demandware
7 1 (1.20%) IBM
7 1 (1.20%) Micro Focus
7 1 (1.20%) Qualys
7 1 (1.20%) SAP
7 1 (1.20%) Sonatype
7 1 (1.20%) Vitria