Period
to 21 November 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 21 November 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
21 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 260 268 244
Rank change year-on-year +8 -24 -34
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 121 113 140
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.73% 0.67% 0.84%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.84% 0.80% 1.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 62 56 93
South East median daily rate £364 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.93% +7.69% -13.33%
10th Percentile £288 £240 £200
90th Percentile £584 £450 £475
England median daily rate £400 £400 £350
% change year-on-year - +14.29% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 13 9
South East median hourly rate £40.81 £45.00 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.32% - +17.85%
10th Percentile £36.25 £42.15 £30.15
90th Percentile £46.88 £52.75 £52.75
England median hourly rate £40.00 £45.00 £41.25
% change year-on-year -11.11% +9.09% +26.92%

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 14,360 14,163 13,967
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 86.24% 84.13% 84.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,655 8,478 8,417
South East median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% +2.56%
10th Percentile £280 £263 £250
90th Percentile £588 £575 £560
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 470 474 573
South East median hourly rate £27.75 £22.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.33% -10.00% -
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.25 £11.50
90th Percentile £52.50 £50.00 £50.00
England median hourly rate £22.20 £23.50 £23.00
% change year-on-year -5.55% +2.17% +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 21 November 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 21 November 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 +41 52 £400 +26.98% 28
Hampshire -16 32 £330 +17.86% 32
Berkshire +8 24 £313 +20.19% 8
Surrey -25 19 £450 +5.88% 10
Oxfordshire +21 18 £450 +100.00% 13
Buckinghamshire +17 10 £400 +22.14% 7
East Sussex -5 8 £340 -12.26% 4
Kent 0 2 - - 5
Sussex - 2 £450 -
West Sussex -23 1 - - 5
Software Testing
England

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 75 (61.98%) Test Automation
2 52 (42.98%) Agile Software Development
3 33 (27.27%) Python
4 32 (26.45%) Continuous Integration
5 30 (24.79%) Test Strategy
6 29 (23.97%) Regression Testing
7 27 (22.31%) ISTQB
8 26 (21.49%) QA
8 26 (21.49%) Java
9 23 (19.01%) Scrum
9 23 (19.01%) Selenium
9 23 (19.01%) Continuous Delivery
10 19 (15.70%) Visual Studio Team System
10 19 (15.70%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 18 (14.88%) Problem-Solving
11 18 (14.88%) Software Engineering
12 17 (14.05%) ISEB
12 17 (14.05%) Open Source
12 17 (14.05%) MSBuild
13 16 (13.22%) Analytical Skills
13 16 (13.22%) Acceptance Criteria
13 16 (13.22%) Defect Tracking
13 16 (13.22%) Security Cleared
13 16 (13.22%) JavaScript
14 14 (11.57%) OO
14 14 (11.57%) Cucumber
14 14 (11.57%) BDD
14 14 (11.57%) SC Cleared
15 13 (10.74%) JIRA
15 13 (10.74%) Git (software)

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 6 (4.96%) Apache Spark
2 3 (2.48%) Cloud Foundry
3 2 (1.65%) Confluence
4 1 (0.83%) Apache
4 1 (0.83%) GemFire
4 1 (0.83%) IIS
4 1 (0.83%) nginx
4 1 (0.83%) Tomcat
Applications
1 4 (3.31%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.83%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 6 (4.96%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.83%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.83%) Oracle HRMS
Cloud Services
1 12 (9.92%) Amazon AWS
2 11 (9.09%) AWS Lambda
2 11 (9.09%) Serverless
3 9 (7.44%) Amazon EC2
3 9 (7.44%) Amazon S3
3 9 (7.44%) AWS CloudFormation
4 3 (2.48%) Amazon SQS
4 3 (2.48%) PaaS
5 2 (1.65%) GitHub
5 2 (1.65%) Microsoft Azure
6 1 (0.83%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 1 (0.83%) Amazon ELB
6 1 (0.83%) AWS CloudTrail
6 1 (0.83%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.83%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 4 (3.31%) DHCP
2 3 (2.48%) DNS
3 1 (0.83%) ATM
3 1 (0.83%) Bluetooth
3 1 (0.83%) Firewall
3 1 (0.83%) HTTP
3 1 (0.83%) IP Telephony
3 1 (0.83%) LAN
3 1 (0.83%) NFC
3 1 (0.83%) RFID
3 1 (0.83%) RS-232
3 1 (0.83%) SNMP
3 1 (0.83%) Tactical Data Link
3 1 (0.83%) VoIP
3 1 (0.83%) VPN
3 1 (0.83%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (9.92%) Amazon RDS
1 12 (9.92%) MySQL
2 11 (9.09%) Amazon DynamoDB
3 10 (8.26%) Hadoop
4 9 (7.44%) Amazon Aurora
4 9 (7.44%) PostgreSQL
5 6 (4.96%) Big Data
6 5 (4.13%) Relational Database
6 5 (4.13%) SQL Server
7 4 (3.31%) Apache Hive
8 2 (1.65%) HBase
9 1 (0.83%) Apache Cassandra
9 1 (0.83%) Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.83%) NoSQL
9 1 (0.83%) Oracle Database
9 1 (0.83%) Oracle Database 10g
9 1 (0.83%) Pentaho
9 1 (0.83%) RDBMS
9 1 (0.83%) Redis
9 1 (0.83%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 23 (19.01%) Selenium
2 19 (15.70%) Visual Studio Team System
3 17 (14.05%) MSBuild
4 14 (11.57%) Cucumber
5 13 (10.74%) Git (software)
5 13 (10.74%) JIRA
6 7 (5.79%) WebDriver
7 5 (4.13%) JBehave
7 5 (4.13%) Visual Studio
8 4 (3.31%) SoapUI
9 3 (2.48%) Jenkins
9 3 (2.48%) JMeter
9 3 (2.48%) Team Foundation Server
10 2 (1.65%) Maven
10 2 (1.65%) Rational DOORS
10 2 (1.65%) SpecFlow
11 1 (0.83%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 1 (0.83%) Bitbucket
11 1 (0.83%) Capybara
11 1 (0.83%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 8 (6.61%) Finance
2 3 (2.48%) Manufacturing
2 3 (2.48%) Telecoms
3 2 (1.65%) Military
4 1 (0.83%) Automotive
4 1 (0.83%) Back Office
4 1 (0.83%) Electronics
4 1 (0.83%) Legal
Job Titles
1 32 (26.45%) Tester
2 29 (23.97%) Test Engineer
3 25 (20.66%) Analyst
4 22 (18.18%) Test Analyst
5 18 (14.88%) Developer
6 13 (10.74%) Automation Tester
7 12 (9.92%) Test Automation Engineer
8 9 (7.44%) QA Analyst
9 8 (6.61%) QA Tester
9 8 (6.61%) Software Tester
10 7 (5.79%) Software Engineer
10 7 (5.79%) Software Test Engineer
11 6 (4.96%) C++ Developer
11 6 (4.96%) QA Test Analyst
12 5 (4.13%) Lead Tester
12 5 (4.13%) QA Engineer
12 5 (4.13%) Test Manager
13 4 (3.31%) Cloud Developer
13 4 (3.31%) Node.js Developer
13 4 (3.31%) QA Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (10.74%) .NET
2 8 (6.61%) Node.js
3 6 (4.96%) HTML
3 6 (4.96%) Web Services
4 4 (3.31%) RESTful
4 4 (3.31%) SparkR
4 4 (3.31%) XML
5 3 (2.48%) .NET Core
5 3 (2.48%) .NET Framework
5 3 (2.48%) CSS
5 3 (2.48%) Gherkin
5 3 (2.48%) JSON
5 3 (2.48%) SOAP
6 2 (1.65%) AngularJS
6 2 (1.65%) CSS3
6 2 (1.65%) HTML5
6 2 (1.65%) Kafka
6 2 (1.65%) OpenGL
6 2 (1.65%) RabbitMQ
6 2 (1.65%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 16 (13.22%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (5.79%) Blog
2 7 (5.79%) User Experience
3 4 (3.31%) Algorithms
3 4 (3.31%) Data Structures
3 4 (3.31%) Mobile App
4 3 (2.48%) Computer Science
4 3 (2.48%) Data Centre
4 3 (2.48%) Self-Motivation
5 2 (1.65%) Embedded Systems
5 2 (1.65%) Greenfield Project
5 2 (1.65%) Life Science
5 2 (1.65%) Linux Command Line
5 2 (1.65%) Management Information System
5 2 (1.65%) RIA
5 2 (1.65%) Virtual Team
6 1 (0.83%) Client/Server
6 1 (0.83%) New Media
6 1 (0.83%) PKI
6 1 (0.83%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 13 (10.74%) Linux
2 8 (6.61%) Windows
3 5 (4.13%) Unix
4 2 (1.65%) Android
4 2 (1.65%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.83%) Embedded Linux
5 1 (0.83%) Windows Server
5 1 (0.83%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 75 (61.98%) Test Automation
2 52 (42.98%) Agile Software Development
3 32 (26.45%) Continuous Integration
4 30 (24.79%) Test Strategy
5 29 (23.97%) Regression Testing
6 23 (19.01%) Continuous Delivery
6 23 (19.01%) Scrum
7 18 (14.88%) Problem-Solving
7 18 (14.88%) Software Engineering
8 17 (14.05%) Open Source
9 16 (13.22%) Acceptance Criteria
9 16 (13.22%) Defect Tracking
10 14 (11.57%) BDD
10 14 (11.57%) OO
11 12 (9.92%) TDD
11 12 (9.92%) Test Scripting
12 11 (9.09%) Functional Testing
12 11 (9.09%) SDLC
13 10 (8.26%) Software Architecture
13 10 (8.26%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 33 (27.27%) Python
2 26 (21.49%) Java
3 16 (13.22%) JavaScript
4 11 (9.09%) C#
4 11 (9.09%) SQL
5 10 (8.26%) C++
6 8 (6.61%) C
6 8 (6.61%) ES6
6 8 (6.61%) TypeScript
7 4 (3.31%) R
7 4 (3.31%) T-SQL
8 2 (1.65%) Embedded C
8 2 (1.65%) Jython
9 1 (0.83%) Assembly Language
9 1 (0.83%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.83%) Korn
9 1 (0.83%) MATLAB
9 1 (0.83%) PowerShell
9 1 (0.83%) Ruby
9 1 (0.83%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 27 (22.31%) ISTQB
2 19 (15.70%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 17 (14.05%) ISEB
4 16 (13.22%) Security Cleared
5 14 (11.57%) SC Cleared
6 6 (4.96%) Degree
7 2 (1.65%) DV Cleared
8 1 (0.83%) Computer Science Degree
8 1 (0.83%) HNC
8 1 (0.83%) HND
8 1 (0.83%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (21.49%) QA
2 2 (1.65%) MISRA
2 2 (1.65%) MISRA C
3 1 (0.83%) ISO 26262
System Software
1 2 (1.65%) HDFS
1 2 (1.65%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.83%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.83%) Docker
Systems Management
1 10 (8.26%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (3.31%) SCCM
3 3 (2.48%) HP ALM
4 1 (0.83%) Grafana
4 1 (0.83%) Nessus
4 1 (0.83%) Packer
4 1 (0.83%) Prometheus
4 1 (0.83%) SCOM
4 1 (0.83%) Terraform
4 1 (0.83%) WSUS
Vendors
1 7 (5.79%) Microsoft
1 7 (5.79%) Oracle
2 4 (3.31%) Hortonworks
3 3 (2.48%) Cisco
3 3 (2.48%) HP
3 3 (2.48%) SolarWinds
4 2 (1.65%) VMware
5 1 (0.83%) Apple
5 1 (0.83%) Citrix
5 1 (0.83%) Green Hills
5 1 (0.83%) IBM
5 1 (0.83%) Juniper
5 1 (0.83%) LogRhythm
5 1 (0.83%) Lumension
5 1 (0.83%) NetApp
5 1 (0.83%) Xamarin
5 1 (0.83%) Zscaler