Period
to 21 October 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 21 October 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
21 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 316 284 311
Rank change year-on-year -32 +27 -37
Contract jobs citing Test Planning 62 83 71
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.38% 0.51% 0.42%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.44% 0.61% 0.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 47 52
South East median daily rate £438 £368 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +19.05% -8.13% +8.11%
10th Percentile £262 £266 £276
90th Percentile £538 £498 £582
England median daily rate £425 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +13.33% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
South East median hourly rate £54.00 - £46.00
England median hourly rate £112.00 £35.00 £25.75
% change year-on-year +220.00% +35.92% -35.63%

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 14,025 13,671 14,234
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 85.96% 84.19% 83.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,435 8,167 8,640
South East median daily rate £435 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.35% +6.25% +3.23%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £252
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
England median daily rate £473 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.00% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 493 464 582
South East median hourly rate £27.00 £22.25 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.35% -1.11% -1.45%
10th Percentile £11.85 £11.25 £12.00
90th Percentile £51.25 £49.85 £50.00
England median hourly rate £21.00 £24.82 £22.50
% change year-on-year -15.39% +10.31% +3.97%

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 21 October 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 21 October 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 +2 24 £373 -2.16% 4
Berkshire +6 22 £373 +4.70% 4
Hampshire -29 19 £460 +46.61% 4
Surrey -25 10 £450 +12.50% 1
West Sussex -7 7 £425 +54.55%
Buckinghamshire +9 1 £463 +31.77%
Oxfordshire +1 1 £450 +2.86%
East Sussex -4 1 £225 -40.00%
Test Planning
England

For the 6 months to 21 October 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 27 (43.55%) Test Automation
2 24 (38.71%) Agile Software Development
3 20 (32.26%) Test Strategy
4 18 (29.03%) Cucumber
5 15 (24.19%) Git (software)
6 12 (19.35%) Validation
6 12 (19.35%) JIRA
6 12 (19.35%) SQL
6 12 (19.35%) Confluence
6 12 (19.35%) Test Management
6 12 (19.35%) SoapUI
6 12 (19.35%) User Stories
7 11 (17.74%) Java
7 11 (17.74%) Scrum
7 11 (17.74%) Acceptance Criteria
8 10 (16.13%) Visual Studio
8 10 (16.13%) Continuous Integration
8 10 (16.13%) QA
9 9 (14.52%) Selenium
9 9 (14.52%) BDD
9 9 (14.52%) ISTQB
10 8 (12.90%) Windows
10 8 (12.90%) RESTful
10 8 (12.90%) User Acceptance Testing
10 8 (12.90%) Continuous Improvement
10 8 (12.90%) Mentoring
10 8 (12.90%) Defect Management
11 7 (11.29%) DevOps
11 7 (11.29%) Atlassian
11 7 (11.29%) BPMN

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 12 (19.35%) Confluence
2 5 (8.06%) Apache Spark
2 5 (8.06%) Cloud Foundry
3 1 (1.61%) SharePoint
Applications
1 6 (9.68%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 2 (3.23%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 6 (9.68%) PaaS
2 4 (6.45%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (4.84%) BrowserStack
4 2 (3.23%) GitHub
5 1 (1.61%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (1.61%) Amazon EMR
5 1 (1.61%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (9.68%) 3G
1 6 (9.68%) RS-232
2 3 (4.84%) 4G
2 3 (4.84%) Diameter Protocol
2 3 (4.84%) HTTP
2 3 (4.84%) Wireshark
3 1 (1.61%) 2G
3 1 (1.61%) Firewall
3 1 (1.61%) NFC
3 1 (1.61%) RFID
3 1 (1.61%) SIGTRAN
3 1 (1.61%) SMS
3 1 (1.61%) SS7
3 1 (1.61%) VPLS
3 1 (1.61%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (9.68%) Hadoop
2 5 (8.06%) HBase
3 3 (4.84%) Big Data
4 1 (1.61%) DB2
4 1 (1.61%) MySQL
4 1 (1.61%) Relational Database
4 1 (1.61%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 18 (29.03%) Cucumber
2 15 (24.19%) Git (software)
3 12 (19.35%) JIRA
3 12 (19.35%) SoapUI
4 10 (16.13%) Visual Studio
5 9 (14.52%) Selenium
6 6 (9.68%) Jenkins
6 6 (9.68%) Mercurial
6 6 (9.68%) Subversion
6 6 (9.68%) Visual Studio Team System
7 4 (6.45%) JMeter
8 3 (4.84%) Bitbucket
8 3 (4.84%) GitLab
8 3 (4.84%) LoadRunner
8 3 (4.84%) Maven
8 3 (4.84%) SonarQube
8 3 (4.84%) WebDriver
9 2 (3.23%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 2 (3.23%) HP UFT
9 2 (3.23%) JBehave
General
1 6 (9.68%) Automotive
2 4 (6.45%) Finance
2 4 (6.45%) Retail
3 3 (4.84%) Banking
3 3 (4.84%) Telecoms
4 2 (3.23%) Advertising
5 1 (1.61%) Aerospace
5 1 (1.61%) Electronics
5 1 (1.61%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 15 (24.19%) Test Manager
2 14 (22.58%) Test Engineer
3 7 (11.29%) Tester
4 6 (9.68%) Automation Tester
4 6 (9.68%) Embedded Engineer
4 6 (9.68%) Embedded Software Engineer
4 6 (9.68%) Senior Embedded Software Engineer
4 6 (9.68%) Senior Software Engineer
4 6 (9.68%) Software Engineer
5 5 (8.06%) Applications Engineer
5 5 (8.06%) C/C++ Embedded Software Engineer
5 5 (8.06%) C/C++ Software Engineer
5 5 (8.06%) Embedded C Software Engineer
5 5 (8.06%) Embedded C/C++ Engineer
5 5 (8.06%) Embedded C/C++ Software Engineer
5 5 (8.06%) Embedded C++ Engineer
5 5 (8.06%) Embedded C++ Software Engineer
5 5 (8.06%) PC Engineer
5 5 (8.06%) Senior Windows Engineer
5 5 (8.06%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (12.90%) RESTful
2 7 (11.29%) SOAP
2 7 (11.29%) XML
3 6 (9.68%) JSON
4 5 (8.06%) .NET
4 5 (8.06%) Kafka
4 5 (8.06%) RabbitMQ
5 4 (6.45%) Gherkin
6 3 (4.84%) .NET Core
6 3 (4.84%) .NET Framework
6 3 (4.84%) AngularJS
7 2 (3.23%) CSS
7 2 (3.23%) EJB
7 2 (3.23%) Java EE
7 2 (3.23%) JAXB
7 2 (3.23%) JAX-RS
7 2 (3.23%) JPA
7 2 (3.23%) LDAP
7 2 (3.23%) Node.js
7 2 (3.23%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 6 (9.68%) Embedded Systems
2 5 (8.06%) Greenfield Project
3 4 (6.45%) EPoS
4 3 (4.84%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (4.84%) Self-Motivation
5 2 (3.23%) Reference Data
6 1 (1.61%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (1.61%) Mobile App
6 1 (1.61%) Smart Meter
6 1 (1.61%) Taxonomies
Operating Systems
1 8 (12.90%) Windows
2 7 (11.29%) Linux
2 7 (11.29%) Unix
3 1 (1.61%) AIX
3 1 (1.61%) Android
3 1 (1.61%) Apple iOS
3 1 (1.61%) Solaris
3 1 (1.61%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (43.55%) Test Automation
2 24 (38.71%) Agile Software Development
3 20 (32.26%) Test Strategy
4 12 (19.35%) Test Management
4 12 (19.35%) User Stories
4 12 (19.35%) Validation
5 11 (17.74%) Acceptance Criteria
5 11 (17.74%) Scrum
6 10 (16.13%) Continuous Integration
7 9 (14.52%) BDD
8 8 (12.90%) Continuous Improvement
8 8 (12.90%) Defect Management
8 8 (12.90%) Mentoring
8 8 (12.90%) User Acceptance Testing
9 7 (11.29%) BPMN
9 7 (11.29%) Collaborative Working
9 7 (11.29%) DevOps
9 7 (11.29%) Scenario Testing
10 6 (9.68%) Software Architecture
10 6 (9.68%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 12 (19.35%) SQL
2 11 (17.74%) Java
3 7 (11.29%) C#
3 7 (11.29%) C++
4 6 (9.68%) Assembly Language
4 6 (9.68%) C
4 6 (9.68%) MATLAB
4 6 (9.68%) Python
5 5 (8.06%) Embedded C
5 5 (8.06%) Embedded C++
6 2 (3.23%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 9 (14.52%) ISTQB
2 5 (8.06%) SC Cleared
2 5 (8.06%) Security Cleared
3 3 (4.84%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (3.23%) Degree
5 1 (1.61%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (16.13%) QA
2 6 (9.68%) MISRA
2 6 (9.68%) MISRA C
3 2 (3.23%) GDPR
4 1 (1.61%) ISO 26262
4 1 (1.61%) PMO
System Software
1 5 (8.06%) HDFS
2 2 (3.23%) Docker
3 1 (1.61%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (4.84%) HP ALM
2 2 (3.23%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (1.61%) Iperf
Vendors
1 7 (11.29%) Atlassian
1 7 (11.29%) HP
1 7 (11.29%) Microsoft
2 6 (9.68%) Nokia
3 2 (3.23%) Oracle
3 2 (3.23%) ServiceNow
4 1 (1.61%) AppDynamics
4 1 (1.61%) Apple
4 1 (1.61%) ArcSight
4 1 (1.61%) Cloudera
4 1 (1.61%) Dynatrace
4 1 (1.61%) IBM
4 1 (1.61%) Juniper
4 1 (1.61%) MapR
4 1 (1.61%) McAfee
4 1 (1.61%) Palo Alto