Period
to 16 January 2019

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 16 January 2019 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
16 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 313 300 301
Rank change year-on-year -13 +1 +17
Contract jobs citing Test Planning 66 76 58
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.41% 0.46% 0.38%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.48% 0.54% 0.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 53 37
South East median daily rate £450 £425 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +21.43% -4.11%
10th Percentile £255 £278 £283
90th Percentile £545 £533 £588
England median daily rate £450 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +16.13% +3.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
South East median hourly rate - - £46.00
England median hourly rate £25.00 £35.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -28.57% - -12.50%

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 13,879 13,996 12,886
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 86.84% 84.45% 83.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,304 8,458 7,697
South East median daily rate £450 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £250
90th Percentile £596 £575 £575
England median daily rate £475 £450 £430
% change year-on-year +5.56% +4.65% +1.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 464 427 539
South East median hourly rate £26.95 £24.02 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.21% +6.76% -20.35%
10th Percentile £11.85 £11.25 £11.06
90th Percentile £52.50 £50.25 £49.50
England median hourly rate £23.50 £23.26 £23.75
% change year-on-year +1.04% -2.07% +5.56%

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 16 January 2019.

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 16 January 2019. 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 +6 21 £450 +9.09% 3
Berkshire +6 20 £450 +12.50% 2
Hampshire -10 20 £460 -3.16% 2
Surrey -19 13 £450 -5.26% 6
West Sussex -9 11 £408 +50.93%
Oxfordshire +10 1 £450 +2.86%
East Sussex -13 1 £225 -40.00% 4
Test Planning
England

For the 6 months to 16 January 2019, 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 44 (66.67%) Test Automation
2 34 (51.52%) Agile Software Development
3 24 (36.36%) Cucumber
4 23 (34.85%) Test Strategy
5 17 (25.76%) SoapUI
5 17 (25.76%) Confluence
6 16 (24.24%) User Stories
6 16 (24.24%) DevOps
6 16 (24.24%) Java
6 16 (24.24%) Acceptance Criteria
7 15 (22.73%) SQL
7 15 (22.73%) Test Management
8 14 (21.21%) Defect Management
8 14 (21.21%) Scrum
9 13 (19.70%) ISTQB
9 13 (19.70%) JIRA
9 13 (19.70%) Microsoft
9 13 (19.70%) QA
10 12 (18.18%) Continuous Integration
11 11 (16.67%) Test Scripting
11 11 (16.67%) BDD
12 10 (15.15%) Git (software)
12 10 (15.15%) Atlassian
12 10 (15.15%) Continuous Improvement
12 10 (15.15%) Regression Testing
12 10 (15.15%) Validation
13 9 (13.64%) SOA
13 9 (13.64%) Jenkins
13 9 (13.64%) Selenium
13 9 (13.64%) 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 17 (25.76%) Confluence
2 5 (7.58%) Apache Spark
2 5 (7.58%) Cloud Foundry
3 1 (1.52%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (3.03%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.52%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.52%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (1.52%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 1 (1.52%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 6 (9.09%) BrowserStack
2 5 (7.58%) PaaS
3 4 (6.06%) GitHub
4 3 (4.55%) Microsoft Azure
5 1 (1.52%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (1.52%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 4 (6.06%) 3G
2 2 (3.03%) 4G
2 2 (3.03%) Cisco ASA
2 2 (3.03%) Cisco ISE
2 2 (3.03%) Diameter Protocol
2 2 (3.03%) Software-Defined Networking
2 2 (3.03%) TACACS
2 2 (3.03%) WAN
2 2 (3.03%) Wireshark
3 1 (1.52%) 2G
3 1 (1.52%) Firewall
3 1 (1.52%) HTTP
3 1 (1.52%) RS-232
3 1 (1.52%) SIGTRAN
3 1 (1.52%) SS7
3 1 (1.52%) VPLS
3 1 (1.52%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (7.58%) Hadoop
1 5 (7.58%) HBase
2 2 (3.03%) Big Data
3 1 (1.52%) Amazon RDS
3 1 (1.52%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.52%) Oracle Database
3 1 (1.52%) Oracle Database 10g
3 1 (1.52%) Oracle Database 11g
3 1 (1.52%) Oracle Database 12c
3 1 (1.52%) RDBMS
3 1 (1.52%) Relational Database
3 1 (1.52%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.52%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (1.52%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (1.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (1.52%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 24 (36.36%) Cucumber
2 17 (25.76%) SoapUI
3 13 (19.70%) JIRA
4 10 (15.15%) Git (software)
5 9 (13.64%) Jenkins
5 9 (13.64%) Selenium
5 9 (13.64%) Visual Studio Team System
6 7 (10.61%) WebDriver
7 6 (9.09%) GitLab
7 6 (9.09%) JMeter
7 6 (9.09%) SonarQube
8 5 (7.58%) Visual Studio
9 4 (6.06%) HP UFT
9 4 (6.06%) JBehave
9 4 (6.06%) JUnit
9 4 (6.06%) Maven
10 3 (4.55%) Bitbucket
10 3 (4.55%) LoadRunner
10 3 (4.55%) TestPartner
11 1 (1.52%) Toad
General
1 5 (7.58%) Finance
2 4 (6.06%) Retail
3 2 (3.03%) Banking
3 2 (3.03%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.52%) Aerospace
4 1 (1.52%) Automotive
4 1 (1.52%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 18 (27.27%) Test Manager
2 17 (25.76%) Test Engineer
3 13 (19.70%) Tester
4 11 (16.67%) Automation Tester
5 5 (7.58%) Test Automation Engineer
6 4 (6.06%) EPoS Manager
6 4 (6.06%) EPoS Test Manager
6 4 (6.06%) Java Engineer
6 4 (6.06%) Software Test Engineer
6 4 (6.06%) Test Specialist
7 3 (4.55%) Analyst
7 3 (4.55%) Consultant
7 3 (4.55%) Developer
7 3 (4.55%) QA Automation Tester
7 3 (4.55%) QA Tester
7 3 (4.55%) Test Leader
8 2 (3.03%) Programme Manager
8 2 (3.03%) Programme Test Manager
8 2 (3.03%) Test Automation Specialist
8 2 (3.03%) Test Programme Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (10.61%) RESTful
2 6 (9.09%) Gherkin
2 6 (9.09%) JSON
2 6 (9.09%) XML
3 5 (7.58%) .NET
3 5 (7.58%) Kafka
3 5 (7.58%) RabbitMQ
4 4 (6.06%) CSS
4 4 (6.06%) SOAP
4 4 (6.06%) Web Services
5 3 (4.55%) .NET Core
5 3 (4.55%) .NET Framework
6 2 (3.03%) EJB
6 2 (3.03%) EJB 3.0
6 2 (3.03%) Java EE
6 2 (3.03%) JAXB
6 2 (3.03%) JAX-RS
6 2 (3.03%) JPA
6 2 (3.03%) Node.js
6 2 (3.03%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 6 (9.09%) Greenfield Project
2 5 (7.58%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (6.06%) EPoS
4 3 (4.55%) Mainframe
4 3 (4.55%) Management Information System
4 3 (4.55%) Self-Motivation
5 2 (3.03%) PKI
6 1 (1.52%) Embedded Systems
6 1 (1.52%) Mobile App
6 1 (1.52%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 6 (9.09%) Unix
2 5 (7.58%) Linux
3 2 (3.03%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (66.67%) Test Automation
2 34 (51.52%) Agile Software Development
3 23 (34.85%) Test Strategy
4 16 (24.24%) Acceptance Criteria
4 16 (24.24%) DevOps
4 16 (24.24%) User Stories
5 15 (22.73%) Test Management
6 14 (21.21%) Defect Management
6 14 (21.21%) Scrum
7 12 (18.18%) Continuous Integration
8 11 (16.67%) BDD
8 11 (16.67%) Test Scripting
9 10 (15.15%) Continuous Improvement
9 10 (15.15%) Regression Testing
9 10 (15.15%) Validation
10 9 (13.64%) BPMN
10 9 (13.64%) SOA
11 8 (12.12%) ATDD
11 8 (12.12%) Stakeholder Management
11 8 (12.12%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 16 (24.24%) Java
2 15 (22.73%) SQL
3 3 (4.55%) Python
4 2 (3.03%) Shell Script
5 1 (1.52%) ABAP
5 1 (1.52%) Assembly Language
5 1 (1.52%) C
5 1 (1.52%) C#
5 1 (1.52%) C++
5 1 (1.52%) Embedded C
5 1 (1.52%) Embedded C++
5 1 (1.52%) MATLAB
5 1 (1.52%) PL/SQL
5 1 (1.52%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 13 (19.70%) ISTQB
2 6 (9.09%) Degree
3 4 (6.06%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 4 (6.06%) SC Cleared
3 4 (6.06%) Security Cleared
4 3 (4.55%) ISEB
5 1 (1.52%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (19.70%) QA
2 2 (3.03%) GDPR
3 1 (1.52%) GAMP
3 1 (1.52%) MISRA
3 1 (1.52%) MISRA C
System Software
1 5 (7.58%) HDFS
2 3 (4.55%) Docker
Systems Management
1 2 (3.03%) McAfee ePO
2 1 (1.52%) HP ALM
2 1 (1.52%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.52%) Iperf
2 1 (1.52%) WSUS
Vendors
1 13 (19.70%) Microsoft
2 10 (15.15%) Atlassian
3 6 (9.09%) HP
4 4 (6.06%) Nokia
5 2 (3.03%) Cisco
5 2 (3.03%) LogRhythm
5 2 (3.03%) McAfee
5 2 (3.03%) Workday
6 1 (1.52%) Citrix
6 1 (1.52%) Google
6 1 (1.52%) Juniper
6 1 (1.52%) Oracle
6 1 (1.52%) ServiceNow
6 1 (1.52%) Tableau