The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East with a requirement for Test Management skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Test Management over the 3 months to 23 June 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.

Test Management
England / South East
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 176 193 176
Rank change year-on-year +17 -17  
Contract jobs citing Test Management 78 69 105
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.01% 0.77% 1.11%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.21% 0.94% 1.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 42 67
Median daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £317 £320 £307
10% offered a daily rate of more than £455 £548 £481
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £400 £400
% change year-on-year -3.75% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
Median hourly rate £47.50 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.50 £35.75 £30.50
% change year-on-year +32.86% +17.21%  

Test Management is in the process and methodology skills category. The next 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 and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
South East
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 6432 7347 7628
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 83.08% 81.98% 80.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 3769 4490 4391
Median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £288 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £538 £520
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £383
% change year-on-year +3.75% +4.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 234 271 270
Median hourly rate £31.50 £32.00 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.56% +23.07%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £52.50 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.50 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +17.54% -5.00%  

Test Management
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South East citing Test Management as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Test Management in the South East

Test Management
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Test Management in the South East.

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Management in the South East

Test Management
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Management in the South East over the 3 months to 23 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Management in the South East

Test Management
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 Test Management in the South East.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Management in the South East

Test Management
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 Test Management within the South East region over the 3 months to 23 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Hampshire +32 28 £325 -21.21% 5
West Sussex +25 19 £375 +7.14%
Oxfordshire -6 12 £425 +23.18%
Surrey +1 8 £440 +10.00% 2
Berkshire +6 7 £419 +4.68% 1
Middlesex +11 2 £468 +66.96%
Kent - 2 £321 -
East Sussex -1 1 £400 -21.95%
Test Management
England

For the 6 months to 23 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Test Management 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 Test Management.

1 71 (44.94%) Test Automation
2 59 (37.34%) Agile Software Development
3 55 (34.81%) ISTQB
4 52 (32.91%) Test Strategy
5 41 (25.95%) HP
6 39 (24.68%) Regression Testing
7 36 (22.78%) ISEB
8 35 (22.15%) JIRA
9 33 (20.89%) Finance
10 31 (19.62%) HP Quality Center
11 30 (18.99%) Telecoms
11 30 (18.99%) Security Cleared
12 29 (18.35%) QA
13 28 (17.72%) User Acceptance Testing
13 28 (17.72%) Waterfall
14 27 (17.09%) Test Scripting
15 26 (16.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
16 24 (15.19%) Selenium
17 23 (14.56%) Oracle
17 23 (14.56%) SAP
18 22 (13.92%) Defect Management
19 20 (12.66%) ITIL
20 19 (12.03%) Migration
20 19 (12.03%) Performance Testing
21 18 (11.39%) SC Cleared
21 18 (11.39%) Operational Acceptance Testing
22 17 (10.76%) SaaS
22 17 (10.76%) Software Testing
22 17 (10.76%) Project Management
22 17 (10.76%) SQL

Test Management
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 14 (8.86%) Confluence
2 9 (5.70%) SharePoint
3 3 (1.90%) JBoss
4 2 (1.27%) IIS
5 1 (0.63%) CMS
5 1 (0.63%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 7 (4.43%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (2.53%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (1.27%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (1.27%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.63%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 9 (5.70%) SAP ERP
1 9 (5.70%) SAP PSCD
2 5 (3.16%) Oracle Applications
3 3 (1.90%) Oracle ERP
4 2 (1.27%) Dynamics NAV
4 2 (1.27%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.63%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.63%) Oracle EBS R12
5 1 (0.63%) TrackWise
Cloud Services
1 17 (10.76%) SaaS
2 2 (1.27%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 16 (10.13%) LTE
2 11 (6.96%) 4G
3 10 (6.33%) PuTTY
3 10 (6.33%) WinSCP
4 6 (3.80%) BGP
4 6 (3.80%) IPsec
4 6 (3.80%) WAN
5 5 (3.16%) MVNO
5 5 (3.16%) Wireless
6 4 (2.53%) Ethernet
6 4 (2.53%) TCP/IP
7 3 (1.90%) Firewall
7 3 (1.90%) LAN
7 3 (1.90%) MPLS
7 3 (1.90%) Network Security
7 3 (1.90%) OSPF
7 3 (1.90%) SCTP
7 3 (1.90%) VoIP
7 3 (1.90%) VPN
8 2 (1.27%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (6.96%) BusinessObjects
1 11 (6.96%) Oracle Database
2 10 (6.33%) Oracle Database 10g
2 10 (6.33%) Oracle Database 11g
3 9 (5.70%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
3 9 (5.70%) Data Warehouse
3 9 (5.70%) SAP BW
3 9 (5.70%) SAP Data Services
4 8 (5.06%) Oracle BI EE
4 8 (5.06%) Oracle Database 12c
5 6 (3.80%) Oracle OWB
6 5 (3.16%) SQL Server
7 4 (2.53%) Oracle Reports
8 3 (1.90%) Big Data
8 3 (1.90%) MS Access
8 3 (1.90%) Relational Database
9 2 (1.27%) PostgreSQL
9 2 (1.27%) Sisense
9 2 (1.27%) SQL Server 2008
9 2 (1.27%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 35 (22.15%) JIRA
2 24 (15.19%) Selenium
3 16 (10.13%) HP UFT
4 13 (8.23%) Team Foundation Server
5 10 (6.33%) Oracle APEX
6 9 (5.70%) LoadRunner
7 8 (5.06%) SpecFlow
7 8 (5.06%) TeamCity
7 8 (5.06%) Toad
8 6 (3.80%) Oracle Forms
9 5 (3.16%) Git (software)
9 5 (3.16%) Protractor
9 5 (3.16%) Visual Studio
9 5 (3.16%) WebDriver
10 4 (2.53%) NeoLoad
11 3 (1.90%) JMeter
12 2 (1.27%) Cucumber
12 2 (1.27%) Jenkins
12 2 (1.27%) MSTest
13 1 (0.63%) Mockito
General
1 33 (20.89%) Finance
2 30 (18.99%) Telecoms
3 9 (5.70%) General Ledger
4 5 (3.16%) Banking
4 5 (3.16%) Publishing
5 3 (1.90%) Retail
6 2 (1.27%) Advertising
6 2 (1.27%) Billing
7 1 (0.63%) Games
7 1 (0.63%) Legal
7 1 (0.63%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.63%) Private Banking
7 1 (0.63%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 63 (39.87%) Test Manager
2 38 (24.05%) Analyst
3 31 (19.62%) Test Analyst
4 12 (7.59%) Tester
5 10 (6.33%) Consultant
6 9 (5.70%) SAP Consultant
6 9 (5.70%) SAP Manager
6 9 (5.70%) Test Automation Manager
7 8 (5.06%) Test Engineer
8 7 (4.43%) SAP Test Manager
8 7 (4.43%) Scrum Master
8 7 (4.43%) Test Leader
9 6 (3.80%) BSS Engineer
10 5 (3.16%) Performance Analyst
10 5 (3.16%) Performance Manager
10 5 (3.16%) Performance Test Analyst
10 5 (3.16%) Performance Test Manager
11 4 (2.53%) E-Commerce Manager
11 4 (2.53%) Senior Analyst
11 4 (2.53%) Senior Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (5.70%) SAP XI
2 8 (5.06%) XML
3 3 (1.90%) Middleware
3 3 (1.90%) SOAP
3 3 (1.90%) XML Messaging
4 2 (1.27%) .NET
4 2 (1.27%) Web Services
5 1 (0.63%) AngularJS
5 1 (0.63%) Behat
5 1 (0.63%) CSS
5 1 (0.63%) Ext JS
5 1 (0.63%) HTML
5 1 (0.63%) Java EE
5 1 (0.63%) JSON
5 1 (0.63%) Node.js
5 1 (0.63%) React
5 1 (0.63%) REST
5 1 (0.63%) Spring Boot
5 1 (0.63%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 8 (5.06%) Management Information System
2 7 (4.43%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (3.16%) CMDB
3 5 (3.16%) User Experience
4 4 (2.53%) Mobile App
5 3 (1.90%) CESG
5 3 (1.90%) Client/Server
5 3 (1.90%) Data Centre
5 3 (1.90%) Semantic Web
5 3 (1.90%) Smart Meter
6 1 (0.63%) CCTV
6 1 (0.63%) Computer Science
6 1 (0.63%) Embedded Systems
6 1 (0.63%) iPad
6 1 (0.63%) Mobile Banking
6 1 (0.63%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 15 (9.49%) Linux
2 12 (7.59%) Windows
3 4 (2.53%) Unix
4 3 (1.90%) Windows Server
5 2 (1.27%) Android
5 2 (1.27%) Apple iOS
5 2 (1.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 2 (1.27%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 71 (44.94%) Test Automation
2 59 (37.34%) Agile Software Development
3 52 (32.91%) Test Strategy
4 39 (24.68%) Regression Testing
5 28 (17.72%) User Acceptance Testing
5 28 (17.72%) Waterfall
6 27 (17.09%) Test Scripting
7 22 (13.92%) Defect Management
8 20 (12.66%) ITIL
9 19 (12.03%) Migration
9 19 (12.03%) Performance Testing
10 18 (11.39%) Operational Acceptance Testing
11 17 (10.76%) Project Management
11 17 (10.76%) Software Testing
12 16 (10.13%) Business Intelligence
12 16 (10.13%) Data Management
12 16 (10.13%) Scrum
12 16 (10.13%) Stakeholder Management
12 16 (10.13%) System Integration Testing
12 16 (10.13%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 17 (10.76%) SQL
2 13 (8.23%) Java
3 10 (6.33%) F#
4 8 (5.06%) JavaScript
5 7 (4.43%) C#
6 4 (2.53%) C
6 4 (2.53%) VB
7 2 (1.27%) PHP
7 2 (1.27%) PL/SQL
7 2 (1.27%) Ruby
7 2 (1.27%) VBScript
8 1 (0.63%) C++
8 1 (0.63%) Groovy
8 1 (0.63%) Python
Qualifications
1 55 (34.81%) ISTQB
2 36 (22.78%) ISEB
3 30 (18.99%) Security Cleared
4 26 (16.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 18 (11.39%) SC Cleared
6 10 (6.33%) Degree
7 9 (5.70%) CCA
8 7 (4.43%) BPSS Clearance
8 7 (4.43%) ISEB Practitioner
9 3 (1.90%) DV Cleared
10 1 (0.63%) Computer Science Degree
10 1 (0.63%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (18.35%) QA
2 13 (8.23%) PMO
3 6 (3.80%) SLA
4 1 (0.63%) ISO 9000
4 1 (0.63%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.63%) MiFID
System Software
1 6 (3.80%) Oracle RAC
2 4 (2.53%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (1.90%) Active Directory
4 2 (1.27%) Terminal Services
4 2 (1.27%) vSphere
5 1 (0.63%) Docker
Systems Management
1 31 (19.62%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.27%) vRealize
3 1 (0.63%) HP Fortify
Vendors
1 41 (25.95%) HP
2 23 (14.56%) Oracle
2 23 (14.56%) SAP
3 16 (10.13%) Salesforce.com
4 12 (7.59%) Motorola
5 10 (6.33%) VMware
6 9 (5.70%) webMethods
7 8 (5.06%) Microsoft
8 6 (3.80%) Remedy
9 5 (3.16%) Ericsson
9 5 (3.16%) Red Hat
10 3 (1.90%) Brocade
10 3 (1.90%) F5
10 3 (1.90%) Fortinet
10 3 (1.90%) IBM
10 3 (1.90%) Juniper
10 3 (1.90%) Nimble Storage
11 2 (1.27%) SolarWinds
11 2 (1.27%) Sybase
12 1 (0.63%) JDA
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