Period
to 20 September 2018

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 20 September 2018 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
20 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 264 269 240
Rank change year-on-year +5 -29 -40
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 127 108 144
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.77% 0.66% 0.82%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.89% 0.78% 0.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 72 53 97
South East median daily rate £375 £330 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.64% -13.16% +6.29%
10th Percentile £291 £234 £250
90th Percentile £525 £423 £466
England median daily rate £400 £383 £350
% change year-on-year +4.37% +9.50% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 14 5
South East median hourly rate £46.25 £45.00 £38.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +16.88% -2.21%
10th Percentile £41.43 £42.50 £33.25
90th Percentile £51.25 £53.38 £42.00
England median hourly rate £45.00 £45.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year - +20.00% -

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 14,228 13,820 14,697
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 85.87% 84.20% 83.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,556 8,185 8,981
South East median daily rate £435 £414 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.20% +3.38% +3.23%
10th Percentile £280 £258 £253
90th Percentile £588 £569 £550
England median daily rate £465 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 516 476 566
South East median hourly rate £25.00 £20.25 £22.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.47% -10.99% +1.11%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.25 £12.00
90th Percentile £51.88 £50.00 £50.00
England median hourly rate £21.00 £23.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -8.70% - +4.55%

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 20 September 2018.

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 20 September 2018. 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 +26 53 £375 +25.00% 34
Hampshire -13 34 £321 +9.83% 17
Berkshire +2 24 £350 +14.29% 13
Surrey -25 21 £500 +25.00% 15
Oxfordshire +17 19 £450 +95.65% 13
East Sussex -3 14 £350 -6.67% 7
Buckinghamshire +5 10 £356 +8.78% 8
Kent +8 3 £400 +11.50% 3
West Sussex -5 1 - - 3
Software Testing
England

For the 6 months to 20 September 2018, 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 78 (61.42%) Test Automation
2 67 (52.76%) Agile Software Development
3 32 (25.20%) Regression Testing
3 32 (25.20%) Java
3 32 (25.20%) ISTQB
4 30 (23.62%) Continuous Integration
5 28 (22.05%) Scrum
5 28 (22.05%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 26 (20.47%) Python
6 26 (20.47%) QA
7 25 (19.69%) ISEB
8 24 (18.90%) Test Strategy
9 23 (18.11%) Continuous Delivery
9 23 (18.11%) OO
10 22 (17.32%) Selenium
10 22 (17.32%) Test Scripting
11 21 (16.54%) Linux
12 20 (15.75%) Validation
12 20 (15.75%) Cucumber
13 19 (14.96%) BDD
13 19 (14.96%) JavaScript
14 18 (14.17%) Functional Testing
15 17 (13.39%) MSBuild
15 17 (13.39%) Visual Studio Team System
15 17 (13.39%) Amazon AWS
15 17 (13.39%) Open Source
15 17 (13.39%) JIRA
15 17 (13.39%) TDD
15 17 (13.39%) Software Engineering
16 16 (12.60%) Amazon RDS

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 11 (8.66%) Cloud Foundry
2 8 (6.30%) Apache
2 8 (6.30%) GemFire
3 3 (2.36%) Apache Spark
3 3 (2.36%) Confluence
4 1 (0.79%) IIS
4 1 (0.79%) nginx
4 1 (0.79%) Tomcat
Applications
1 8 (6.30%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (2.36%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (2.36%) Microsoft Project
2 3 (2.36%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.79%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 1 (0.79%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 17 (13.39%) Amazon AWS
2 15 (11.81%) AWS Lambda
2 15 (11.81%) Serverless
3 11 (8.66%) PaaS
4 9 (7.09%) Amazon EC2
4 9 (7.09%) Amazon S3
4 9 (7.09%) AWS CloudFormation
5 8 (6.30%) GitHub
6 7 (5.51%) Amazon SQS
7 1 (0.79%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 1 (0.79%) Amazon ELB
7 1 (0.79%) AWS CloudTrail
7 1 (0.79%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 6 (4.72%) DNS
2 4 (3.15%) HTTP
3 3 (2.36%) 2G
3 3 (2.36%) 3G
3 3 (2.36%) 4G
3 3 (2.36%) DHCP
3 3 (2.36%) GSM
3 3 (2.36%) SCCP
3 3 (2.36%) SIGTRAN
3 3 (2.36%) UMTS
3 3 (2.36%) WAN
4 2 (1.57%) Diameter Protocol
4 2 (1.57%) ISUP
4 2 (1.57%) LAN
4 2 (1.57%) LTE
4 2 (1.57%) SS7
4 2 (1.57%) tcpdump
4 2 (1.57%) VLAN
4 2 (1.57%) VoIP
4 2 (1.57%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (12.60%) Amazon RDS
2 15 (11.81%) Amazon DynamoDB
3 12 (9.45%) MySQL
4 11 (8.66%) HBase
4 11 (8.66%) SQL Server
5 9 (7.09%) Amazon Aurora
5 9 (7.09%) PostgreSQL
6 8 (6.30%) Apache Hive
6 8 (6.30%) Hadoop
7 5 (3.94%) Relational Database
8 4 (3.15%) Big Data
8 4 (3.15%) Oracle Database
8 4 (3.15%) Oracle Database 10g
8 4 (3.15%) SQL Server 2008
9 1 (0.79%) Apache Cassandra
9 1 (0.79%) Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.79%) NoSQL
9 1 (0.79%) Pentaho
9 1 (0.79%) RDBMS
9 1 (0.79%) Redis
Development Applications
1 22 (17.32%) Selenium
2 20 (15.75%) Cucumber
3 17 (13.39%) JIRA
3 17 (13.39%) MSBuild
3 17 (13.39%) Visual Studio Team System
4 15 (11.81%) Git (software)
5 8 (6.30%) Eclipse
5 8 (6.30%) IntelliJ
5 8 (6.30%) Jenkins
5 8 (6.30%) JUnit
6 5 (3.94%) Team Foundation Server
7 4 (3.15%) Visual Studio
8 3 (2.36%) JMeter
9 2 (1.57%) HP UFT
9 2 (1.57%) JBehave
9 2 (1.57%) Maven
9 2 (1.57%) Rational DOORS
9 2 (1.57%) SoapUI
9 2 (1.57%) SpecFlow
9 2 (1.57%) WebDriver
General
1 15 (11.81%) Finance
2 6 (4.72%) Telecoms
3 5 (3.94%) Military
4 3 (2.36%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.79%) Automotive
5 1 (0.79%) Back Office
5 1 (0.79%) Electronics
5 1 (0.79%) Legal
Job Titles
1 35 (27.56%) Tester
2 34 (26.77%) Analyst
3 31 (24.41%) Test Analyst
4 20 (15.75%) Test Engineer
5 16 (12.60%) Developer
6 15 (11.81%) Automation Tester
7 10 (7.87%) QA Analyst
8 9 (7.09%) Java Engineer
8 9 (7.09%) Software Tester
8 9 (7.09%) Test Automation Engineer
8 9 (7.09%) Test Manager
9 7 (5.51%) QA Test Analyst
10 6 (4.72%) Software Engineer
11 5 (3.94%) Automation Test Analyst
11 5 (3.94%) Digital Analyst
11 5 (3.94%) Functional Tester
12 4 (3.15%) AWS Developer
12 4 (3.15%) Cloud Developer
12 4 (3.15%) Embedded Engineer
12 4 (3.15%) Node.js Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (10.24%) .NET
2 12 (9.45%) RESTful
3 11 (8.66%) Gherkin
3 11 (8.66%) JSON
3 11 (8.66%) Kafka
3 11 (8.66%) RabbitMQ
4 8 (6.30%) Node.js
4 8 (6.30%) Spring
4 8 (6.30%) Spring Cloud
5 7 (5.51%) Middleware
6 6 (4.72%) .NET Framework
6 6 (4.72%) HTML
7 5 (3.94%) Web Services
8 4 (3.15%) AngularJS
8 4 (3.15%) XML
9 2 (1.57%) CSS
9 2 (1.57%) OpenGL
9 2 (1.57%) REST
9 2 (1.57%) SOAP
10 1 (0.79%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 14 (11.02%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (7.09%) Linux Command Line
2 9 (7.09%) Mobile App
2 9 (7.09%) Virtual Team
3 7 (5.51%) Blog
4 6 (4.72%) Management Information System
5 4 (3.15%) Algorithms
5 4 (3.15%) Client/Server
5 4 (3.15%) Data Structures
5 4 (3.15%) PKI
6 3 (2.36%) Computer Science
6 3 (2.36%) Greenfield Project
6 3 (2.36%) Self-Motivation
6 3 (2.36%) Smart Meter
6 3 (2.36%) User Experience
7 2 (1.57%) Data Centre
7 2 (1.57%) Embedded Systems
7 2 (1.57%) Life Science
7 2 (1.57%) RIA
8 1 (0.79%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 21 (16.54%) Linux
2 15 (11.81%) Unix
3 12 (9.45%) Windows
4 4 (3.15%) Windows Server
4 4 (3.15%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (1.57%) Android
5 2 (1.57%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 78 (61.42%) Test Automation
2 67 (52.76%) Agile Software Development
3 32 (25.20%) Regression Testing
4 30 (23.62%) Continuous Integration
5 28 (22.05%) Scrum
6 24 (18.90%) Test Strategy
7 23 (18.11%) Continuous Delivery
7 23 (18.11%) OO
8 22 (17.32%) Test Scripting
9 20 (15.75%) Validation
10 19 (14.96%) BDD
11 18 (14.17%) Functional Testing
12 17 (13.39%) Open Source
12 17 (13.39%) Software Engineering
12 17 (13.39%) TDD
13 16 (12.60%) Acceptance Criteria
13 16 (12.60%) Problem-Solving
14 15 (11.81%) Defect Tracking
14 15 (11.81%) Scenario Testing
15 14 (11.02%) Defect Management
Programming Languages
1 32 (25.20%) Java
2 26 (20.47%) Python
3 19 (14.96%) JavaScript
4 13 (10.24%) C#
5 10 (7.87%) C
6 9 (7.09%) C++
6 9 (7.09%) SQL
7 8 (6.30%) ES6
7 8 (6.30%) Shell Script
7 8 (6.30%) TypeScript
8 3 (2.36%) Embedded C
9 2 (1.57%) Jython
9 2 (1.57%) MATLAB
9 2 (1.57%) Ruby
9 2 (1.57%) T-SQL
10 1 (0.79%) Embedded C++
10 1 (0.79%) Korn
10 1 (0.79%) Objective-C
10 1 (0.79%) PowerShell
10 1 (0.79%) Scala
Qualifications
1 32 (25.20%) ISTQB
2 28 (22.05%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 25 (19.69%) ISEB
4 13 (10.24%) Security Cleared
5 11 (8.66%) SC Cleared
6 8 (6.30%) Degree
7 6 (4.72%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 1 (0.79%) Computer Science Degree
8 1 (0.79%) HNC
8 1 (0.79%) HND
8 1 (0.79%) OCA
8 1 (0.79%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (20.47%) QA
2 2 (1.57%) MISRA
2 2 (1.57%) MISRA C
3 1 (0.79%) ISO 26262
System Software
1 11 (8.66%) HDFS
2 8 (6.30%) Apache ZooKeeper
3 4 (3.15%) Active Directory
3 4 (3.15%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (1.57%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.79%) Docker
Systems Management
1 10 (7.87%) HP Quality Center
2 9 (7.09%) HP ALM
3 6 (4.72%) SCCM
4 4 (3.15%) SCOM
5 1 (0.79%) Grafana
5 1 (0.79%) Nessus
5 1 (0.79%) Packer
5 1 (0.79%) Prometheus
5 1 (0.79%) Terraform
Vendors
1 9 (7.09%) HP
1 9 (7.09%) Microsoft
2 6 (4.72%) Cisco
3 4 (3.15%) LogRhythm
3 4 (3.15%) Lumension
3 4 (3.15%) NetApp
3 4 (3.15%) Oracle
3 4 (3.15%) VMware
4 2 (1.57%) Capita
4 2 (1.57%) SolarWinds
5 1 (0.79%) Apple
5 1 (0.79%) Green Hills
5 1 (0.79%) IBM
5 1 (0.79%) Juniper
5 1 (0.79%) Xamarin
5 1 (0.79%) Zscaler