Period
to 18 August 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East with a requirement for Test Planning skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Test Planning over the 6 months to 18 August 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.

Test Planning
England > South East
6 months to
18 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 316 292 306
Rank change year-on-year -24 +14 -22
Contract jobs citing Test Planning 65 79 79
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.39% 0.49% 0.43%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.45% 0.58% 0.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 45 59
South East median daily rate £410 £368 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.56% -8.13% +14.29%
10th Percentile £301 £278 £280
90th Percentile £538 £483 £453
England median daily rate £425 £375 £400
% change year-on-year +13.33% -6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
South East median hourly rate £54.00 - £46.00
England median hourly rate £112.00 £37.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year +198.67% +59.57% -41.25%

Test Planning 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 14,393 13,542 15,254
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 85.64% 84.17% 83.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,589 7,856 9,360
South East median daily rate £430 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.61% +3.75% +5.96%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £258
90th Percentile £588 £570 £550
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 499 494 562
South East median hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £22.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% -12.09% +3.41%
10th Percentile £11.18 £11.25 £12.00
90th Percentile £51.00 £50.00 £49.50
England median hourly rate £21.50 £24.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year -10.42% +2.13% +9.05%

Test Planning
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing Test Planning as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South East.

Job vacancy trend for Test Planning in the South East

Test Planning
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 Planning in the South East.

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Planning in the South East

Test Planning
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Planning in the South East over the 6 months to 18 August 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Planning in the South East

Test Planning
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 Planning in the South East.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Planning in the South East

Test Planning
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 Planning within the South East region over the 6 months to 18 August 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
Hampshire -17 25 £475 +52.00% 3
Thames Valley +5 24 £373 +6.27% 5
Berkshire -5 21 £373 +4.70% 4
West Sussex +1 7 £370 -
Surrey -40 7 £475 +15.15% 3
Buckinghamshire +16 2 £381 +8.62%
Kent +4 1 - -
Oxfordshire - 1 £450 - 1
Test Planning
England

For the 6 months to 18 August 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Test Planning 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 Test Planning.

1 23 (35.38%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (32.31%) Test Automation
3 18 (27.69%) Git (software)
3 18 (27.69%) Test Strategy
4 16 (24.62%) ISTQB
5 15 (23.08%) Continuous Integration
5 15 (23.08%) Test Management
5 15 (23.08%) Java
5 15 (23.08%) Unix
6 14 (21.54%) Linux
6 14 (21.54%) Scrum
6 14 (21.54%) Cucumber
6 14 (21.54%) DevOps
7 13 (20.00%) Collaborative Working
8 11 (16.92%) XML
8 11 (16.92%) User Acceptance Testing
8 11 (16.92%) RESTful
8 11 (16.92%) QA
8 11 (16.92%) Acceptance Criteria
9 10 (15.38%) JIRA
9 10 (15.38%) Hadoop
9 10 (15.38%) BDD
9 10 (15.38%) PaaS
10 9 (13.85%) RabbitMQ
10 9 (13.85%) HBase
10 9 (13.85%) ATDD
10 9 (13.85%) Non-Functional Testing
10 9 (13.85%) Kafka
10 9 (13.85%) Cloud Foundry
10 9 (13.85%) Selenium

Test Planning
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 9 (13.85%) Apache Spark
1 9 (13.85%) Cloud Foundry
2 4 (6.15%) Confluence
3 3 (4.62%) OpenStack
Applications
1 6 (9.23%) Simulink
2 1 (1.54%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.54%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (4.62%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (1.54%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (1.54%) SAP BPC
2 1 (1.54%) SAP CO
2 1 (1.54%) SAP FI
2 1 (1.54%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 10 (15.38%) PaaS
2 4 (6.15%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (3.08%) GitHub
4 1 (1.54%) Amazon EMR
4 1 (1.54%) IaaS
4 1 (1.54%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (1.54%) Oracle CX
Communications & Networking
1 7 (10.77%) HTTP
2 6 (9.23%) RS-232
3 4 (6.15%) 3G
4 2 (3.08%) 4G
4 2 (3.08%) Diameter Protocol
4 2 (3.08%) Wireshark
5 1 (1.54%) 2G
5 1 (1.54%) NFC
5 1 (1.54%) RFID
5 1 (1.54%) SIGTRAN
5 1 (1.54%) SMS
5 1 (1.54%) SS7
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (15.38%) Hadoop
2 9 (13.85%) HBase
3 4 (6.15%) MySQL
4 3 (4.62%) Big Data
5 1 (1.54%) BusinessObjects
5 1 (1.54%) DB2
5 1 (1.54%) Relational Database
5 1 (1.54%) SAP BW
5 1 (1.54%) SAP Data Services
5 1 (1.54%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 18 (27.69%) Git (software)
2 14 (21.54%) Cucumber
3 10 (15.38%) JIRA
4 9 (13.85%) Selenium
5 8 (12.31%) SoapUI
6 6 (9.23%) Mercurial
6 6 (9.23%) Subversion
6 6 (9.23%) Visual Studio
7 5 (7.69%) Jenkins
8 3 (4.62%) GitLab
8 3 (4.62%) Zephyr
9 2 (3.08%) JBehave
9 2 (3.08%) LoadRunner
10 1 (1.54%) Ant
10 1 (1.54%) Bitbucket
10 1 (1.54%) HP UFT
10 1 (1.54%) Introscope
10 1 (1.54%) JMeter
10 1 (1.54%) JProfiler
10 1 (1.54%) LabVIEW
General
1 7 (10.77%) Automotive
2 4 (6.15%) Retail
3 3 (4.62%) Banking
4 2 (3.08%) Advertising
4 2 (3.08%) Finance
4 2 (3.08%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.54%) Electronics
5 1 (1.54%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 13 (20.00%) Analyst
1 13 (20.00%) Test Manager
2 9 (13.85%) Test Engineer
3 7 (10.77%) Test Analyst
4 6 (9.23%) Embedded Engineer
4 6 (9.23%) Embedded Software Engineer
4 6 (9.23%) Senior Embedded Software Engineer
4 6 (9.23%) Senior Software Engineer
4 6 (9.23%) Software Engineer
4 6 (9.23%) Tester
5 5 (7.69%) C Software Engineer
5 5 (7.69%) C/C++ Embedded Software Engineer
5 5 (7.69%) C/C++ Software Engineer
5 5 (7.69%) Embedded C Engineer
5 5 (7.69%) Embedded C/C++ Engineer
5 5 (7.69%) Embedded C/C++ Software Engineer
5 5 (7.69%) Embedded C++ Engineer
5 5 (7.69%) Senior C Software Engineer
5 5 (7.69%) Senior C++ Software Engineer
5 5 (7.69%) Senior Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (16.92%) RESTful
1 11 (16.92%) XML
2 9 (13.85%) JSON
2 9 (13.85%) Kafka
2 9 (13.85%) RabbitMQ
3 8 (12.31%) SOAP
4 3 (4.62%) AngularJS
4 3 (4.62%) Web Services
5 1 (1.54%) .NET
5 1 (1.54%) .NET Framework
5 1 (1.54%) EJB
5 1 (1.54%) EJB 3.0
5 1 (1.54%) Gherkin
5 1 (1.54%) Java EE
5 1 (1.54%) JAXB
5 1 (1.54%) JAX-RS
5 1 (1.54%) JPA
5 1 (1.54%) LDAP
5 1 (1.54%) Middleware
5 1 (1.54%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 9 (13.85%) Greenfield Project
2 6 (9.23%) Embedded Systems
3 5 (7.69%) Management Information System
4 4 (6.15%) Computer Science
4 4 (6.15%) Reference Data
4 4 (6.15%) Self-Motivation
5 3 (4.62%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (3.08%) EPoS
7 1 (1.54%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (1.54%) Robotics
7 1 (1.54%) Smart Meter
7 1 (1.54%) Taxonomies
Operating Systems
1 15 (23.08%) Unix
2 14 (21.54%) Linux
3 8 (12.31%) Windows
4 1 (1.54%) AIX
4 1 (1.54%) Android
4 1 (1.54%) Apple iOS
4 1 (1.54%) Solaris
4 1 (1.54%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (35.38%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (32.31%) Test Automation
3 18 (27.69%) Test Strategy
4 15 (23.08%) Continuous Integration
4 15 (23.08%) Test Management
5 14 (21.54%) DevOps
5 14 (21.54%) Scrum
6 13 (20.00%) Collaborative Working
7 11 (16.92%) Acceptance Criteria
7 11 (16.92%) User Acceptance Testing
8 10 (15.38%) BDD
9 9 (13.85%) ATDD
9 9 (13.85%) Non-Functional Testing
10 8 (12.31%) Continuous Delivery
10 8 (12.31%) Project Management
10 8 (12.31%) Scenario Testing
11 7 (10.77%) Process Improvement
11 7 (10.77%) Stakeholder Management
11 7 (10.77%) TDD
11 7 (10.77%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 15 (23.08%) Java
2 9 (13.85%) Python
3 8 (12.31%) SQL
4 7 (10.77%) C#
4 7 (10.77%) C++
5 6 (9.23%) Assembly Language
5 6 (9.23%) C
5 6 (9.23%) MATLAB
6 5 (7.69%) Embedded C
6 5 (7.69%) Embedded C++
7 3 (4.62%) Groovy
7 3 (4.62%) Ruby
8 1 (1.54%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 16 (24.62%) ISTQB
2 5 (7.69%) ISEB
2 5 (7.69%) SC Cleared
2 5 (7.69%) Security Cleared
3 3 (4.62%) Degree
3 3 (4.62%) PMP
4 2 (3.08%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 2 (3.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (3.08%) PMI Certification
4 2 (3.08%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (16.92%) QA
2 6 (9.23%) MISRA
2 6 (9.23%) MISRA C
3 2 (3.08%) GDPR
4 1 (1.54%) ISO 26262
4 1 (1.54%) PMO
System Software
1 9 (13.85%) HDFS
2 1 (1.54%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.54%) Docker
Systems Management
1 5 (7.69%) HP ALM
2 4 (6.15%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 6 (9.23%) HP
2 5 (7.69%) Oracle
3 4 (6.15%) Nokia
3 4 (6.15%) ServiceNow
4 3 (4.62%) Microsoft
5 2 (3.08%) Atlassian
5 2 (3.08%) Pegasus
6 1 (1.54%) AppDynamics
6 1 (1.54%) Apple
6 1 (1.54%) ArcSight
6 1 (1.54%) Cloudera
6 1 (1.54%) Dynatrace
6 1 (1.54%) IBM
6 1 (1.54%) MapR
6 1 (1.54%) McAfee
6 1 (1.54%) Palo Alto
6 1 (1.54%) SAP