Period
to 22 November 2017

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 22 November 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
6 months to
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 259 241 199
Rank change year-on-year -18 -42 +9
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 113 141 201
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.67% 0.84% 1.05%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.81% 1.02% 1.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 56 94 118
South East median daily rate £350 £325 £366
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% -11.26% +13.57%
10th Percentile £240 £200 £263
90th Percentile £450 £475 £430
England median daily rate £400 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +14.29% - +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 9 8
South East median hourly rate £45.00 £45.00 £38.19
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +17.85% -1.46%
10th Percentile £42.15 £30.15 £20.30
90th Percentile £52.75 £52.75 £42.53
England median hourly rate £45.00 £41.25 £32.50
% change year-on-year +9.09% +26.92% -13.33%

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 13929 13803 15455
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 82.71% 82.56% 80.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 8358 8333 9223
South East median daily rate £425 £400 £393
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +1.91% +4.67%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £256
90th Percentile £575 £563 £538
England median daily rate £450 £425 £423
% change year-on-year +5.88% +0.47% +5.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 463 548 603
South East median hourly rate £23.00 £27.00 £26.60
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.81% +1.50% +52.00%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.82 £12.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.25 £48.75
England median hourly rate £24.00 £24.43 £22.50
% change year-on-year -1.76% +8.58% +18.42%

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 22 November 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 6 months to 22 November 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 6 months to 22 November 2017. 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 -40 34 £315 - 10
Surrey +4 29 £425 +20.14% 1
Hampshire -11 27 £280 -20.00% 4
Buckinghamshire -17 20 £328 -15.48% 3
West Sussex -4 10 £350 -20.00%
East Sussex +7 7 £388 +29.17% 1
Berkshire -12 7 £260 -35.00% 6
Oxfordshire -13 7 £225 +12.50% 1
Kent -16 5 £350 +60.00%
Software Testing
England

For the 6 months to 22 November 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 83 (73.45%) Agile Software Development
2 54 (47.79%) ISEB
3 53 (46.90%) Test Automation
4 48 (42.48%) ISTQB
5 41 (36.28%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 36 (31.86%) SQL
7 34 (30.09%) Regression Testing
7 34 (30.09%) Scrum
8 32 (28.32%) Test Scripting
9 31 (27.43%) Finance
10 30 (26.55%) SDLC
11 28 (24.78%) User Acceptance Testing
12 27 (23.89%) QA
13 26 (23.01%) BDD
14 25 (22.12%) Degree
15 24 (21.24%) JIRA
16 22 (19.47%) Test Strategy
16 22 (19.47%) User Stories
16 22 (19.47%) C#
17 21 (18.58%) HP
17 21 (18.58%) Waterfall
18 20 (17.70%) Functional Testing
19 19 (16.81%) Test Planning
19 19 (16.81%) Scenario Testing
20 17 (15.04%) HP Quality Center
21 16 (14.16%) Selenium
22 15 (13.27%) Defect Management
23 14 (12.39%) TDD
24 13 (11.50%) Manual Testing
24 13 (11.50%) Security Cleared

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 7 (6.19%) Confluence
2 4 (3.54%) CMS
3 3 (2.65%) Apache Spark
3 3 (2.65%) Documentum
3 3 (2.65%) SharePoint
4 2 (1.77%) NServiceBus
4 2 (1.77%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (0.88%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.88%) Cloud Foundry
5 1 (0.88%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.88%) WebLogic
Applications
1 11 (9.73%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (4.42%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (4.42%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (2.65%) Maximo
1 3 (2.65%) SAP CO
1 3 (2.65%) SAP FI
1 3 (2.65%) SAP FI/CO
1 3 (2.65%) SAP MM
2 1 (0.88%) Oracle Financials
2 1 (0.88%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.65%) Microsoft Azure
1 3 (2.65%) Sauce Labs
2 1 (0.88%) PaaS
2 1 (0.88%) SaaS
2 1 (0.88%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.65%) TCP/IP
2 2 (1.77%) Ethernet
2 2 (1.77%) HTTP
2 2 (1.77%) SMS
3 1 (0.88%) DSL
3 1 (0.88%) Internet
3 1 (0.88%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (10.62%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.65%) Hadoop
3 2 (1.77%) Apache Hive
3 2 (1.77%) Big Data
3 2 (1.77%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (1.77%) Impala
3 2 (1.77%) Parquet
3 2 (1.77%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (1.77%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 2 (1.77%) Sqoop
4 1 (0.88%) HBase
4 1 (0.88%) NoSQL
4 1 (0.88%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 24 (21.24%) JIRA
2 16 (14.16%) Selenium
3 10 (8.85%) Team Foundation Server
4 9 (7.96%) HP UFT
5 7 (6.19%) Git (software)
5 7 (6.19%) SoapUI
5 7 (6.19%) SpecFlow
5 7 (6.19%) Visual Studio
6 6 (5.31%) WebDriver
7 4 (3.54%) LoadRunner
8 3 (2.65%) Appium
8 3 (2.65%) Rational DOORS
9 2 (1.77%) FishEye
9 2 (1.77%) Protractor
9 2 (1.77%) Rational Rhapsody
9 2 (1.77%) TestDirector
10 1 (0.88%) ClearCase
10 1 (0.88%) ClearQuest
10 1 (0.88%) Subversion
10 1 (0.88%) Toad
General
1 31 (27.43%) Finance
2 9 (7.96%) Retail
3 7 (6.19%) Banking
4 6 (5.31%) Electronics
5 4 (3.54%) Automotive
5 4 (3.54%) Back Office
6 2 (1.77%) Billing
6 2 (1.77%) Games
6 2 (1.77%) Marketing
6 2 (1.77%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.88%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.88%) Avionics
7 1 (0.88%) General Ledger
7 1 (0.88%) Military
Job Titles
1 47 (41.59%) Analyst
2 39 (34.51%) Test Analyst
3 14 (12.39%) Tester
4 13 (11.50%) Developer
5 11 (9.73%) Test Engineer
6 9 (7.96%) Test Manager
7 8 (7.08%) QA Engineer
8 7 (6.19%) Digital Analyst
9 6 (5.31%) Senior Analyst
9 6 (5.31%) Senior Test Analyst
10 5 (4.42%) Automation Test Analyst
10 5 (4.42%) Business Analyst
10 5 (4.42%) Developer in Test
10 5 (4.42%) QA Analyst
11 4 (3.54%) Agile Business Analyst
11 4 (3.54%) Software Analyst
12 3 (2.65%) Agile Test Analyst
12 3 (2.65%) QA Tester
12 3 (2.65%) Software Test Analyst
12 3 (2.65%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (7.08%) REST
2 6 (5.31%) .NET
2 6 (5.31%) Gherkin
3 5 (4.42%) HTML
3 5 (4.42%) OpenGL
3 5 (4.42%) SOAP
4 4 (3.54%) Web Services
5 3 (2.65%) .NET Framework
5 3 (2.65%) CSS
5 3 (2.65%) Entity Framework
5 3 (2.65%) JSON
5 3 (2.65%) Kafka
5 3 (2.65%) React Native
5 3 (2.65%) XML
6 2 (1.77%) AngularJS
6 2 (1.77%) Apache Avro
6 2 (1.77%) OpenGL ES
6 2 (1.77%) PySpark
6 2 (1.77%) RESTful
7 1 (0.88%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 10 (8.85%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (6.19%) Mobile App
3 6 (5.31%) Computer Science
4 5 (4.42%) 3D Graphics
5 4 (3.54%) Client/Server
5 4 (3.54%) Reference Data
6 3 (2.65%) Management Information System
7 2 (1.77%) Animation
7 2 (1.77%) Smart Home
7 2 (1.77%) User Experience
8 1 (0.88%) Equities
8 1 (0.88%) Greenfield Project
8 1 (0.88%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 7 (6.19%) Windows
2 5 (4.42%) Linux
3 3 (2.65%) Android
4 2 (1.77%) Unix
5 1 (0.88%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 83 (73.45%) Agile Software Development
2 53 (46.90%) Test Automation
3 34 (30.09%) Regression Testing
3 34 (30.09%) Scrum
4 32 (28.32%) Test Scripting
5 30 (26.55%) SDLC
6 28 (24.78%) User Acceptance Testing
7 26 (23.01%) BDD
8 22 (19.47%) Test Strategy
8 22 (19.47%) User Stories
9 21 (18.58%) Waterfall
10 20 (17.70%) Functional Testing
11 19 (16.81%) Scenario Testing
11 19 (16.81%) Test Planning
12 15 (13.27%) Defect Management
13 14 (12.39%) TDD
14 13 (11.50%) Continuous Improvement
14 13 (11.50%) Manual Testing
15 12 (10.62%) Exploratory Testing
15 12 (10.62%) Non-Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 36 (31.86%) SQL
2 22 (19.47%) C#
3 12 (10.62%) T-SQL
4 10 (8.85%) Java
5 9 (7.96%) C++
5 9 (7.96%) JavaScript
6 8 (7.08%) Python
7 7 (6.19%) C
8 2 (1.77%) GLSL
8 2 (1.77%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.88%) Embedded C
9 1 (0.88%) F#
Qualifications
1 54 (47.79%) ISEB
2 48 (42.48%) ISTQB
3 41 (36.28%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 25 (22.12%) Degree
5 13 (11.50%) Security Cleared
6 7 (6.19%) SC Cleared
7 3 (2.65%) Computer Science Degree
8 2 (1.77%) BPSS Clearance
9 1 (0.88%) DV Cleared
9 1 (0.88%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (23.89%) QA
2 3 (2.65%) GDPR
3 1 (0.88%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.88%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.88%) MiFID
3 1 (0.88%) MISRA
3 1 (0.88%) MISRA C
3 1 (0.88%) WCAG
System Software
1 1 (0.88%) Docker
1 1 (0.88%) Firmware
1 1 (0.88%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 17 (15.04%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.77%) Hadoop YARN
2 2 (1.77%) Oozie
3 1 (0.88%) Terraform
Vendors
1 21 (18.58%) HP
2 11 (9.73%) Microsoft
3 4 (3.54%) Oracle
3 4 (3.54%) SAP
4 2 (1.77%) Cloudera
4 2 (1.77%) Guidewire
5 1 (0.88%) Atlassian
5 1 (0.88%) Thunderhead