Period
to 12 December 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South West with a requirement for Operational Acceptance Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Operational Acceptance Testing over the 6 months to 12 December 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.

Operational Acceptance Testing (OAT)
England > South West
6 months to
12 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 193 201 210
Rank change year-on-year +8 +9 -8
Contract jobs citing Operational Acceptance Testing 6 3 10
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.11% 0.053% 0.15%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.13% 0.066% 0.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 2 7
South West median daily rate £425 £370 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.86% +5.71% -12.50%
10th Percentile £406 £358 £313
90th Percentile £485 £386 £412
England median daily rate £398 £375 £400
% change year-on-year +6.00% -6.25% -4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
South West median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £28.00 - £32.00

Operational Acceptance 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 West with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
South West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 4562 4553 5216
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 81.28% 80.40% 80.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 2850 3082 3559
South West median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - -
10th Percentile £260 £241 £256
90th Percentile £563 £550 £525
England median daily rate £450 £430 £425
% change year-on-year +4.65% +1.18% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 194 281 259
South West median hourly rate £33.00 £35.00 £39.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.71% -10.83% +42.73%
10th Percentile £11.83 £12.00 £14.13
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.50 £48.24
England median hourly rate £25.00 £24.36 £22.00
% change year-on-year +2.65% +10.70% +15.79%

Operational Acceptance Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

Job postings citing Operational Acceptance Testing as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South West.

Job vacancy trend for Operational Acceptance Testing in the South West

Operational Acceptance Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Operational Acceptance Testing in the South West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Operational Acceptance Testing in the South West

Operational Acceptance Testing
Contract Job Locations in the South West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Operational Acceptance Testing within the South West region over the 6 months to 12 December 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
Somerset -2 3 £425 -
Devon - 2 £423 -
Bristol -14 1 £450 +21.62%
Operational Acceptance Testing
England

For the 6 months to 12 December 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Operational Acceptance 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 West region with a requirement for Operational Acceptance Testing.

1 6 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (66.67%) Process Management
2 4 (66.67%) Risk Management
2 4 (66.67%) Project Management
2 4 (66.67%) Stakeholder Management
2 4 (66.67%) Scrum
2 4 (66.67%) Project Governance
2 4 (66.67%) Resource Management
3 2 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
3 2 (33.33%) Test Automation
3 2 (33.33%) Cucumber
3 2 (33.33%) VirtualBox
3 2 (33.33%) Hudson
3 2 (33.33%) Jenkins
3 2 (33.33%) Vagrant
3 2 (33.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (33.33%) Python
3 2 (33.33%) E-Commerce
3 2 (33.33%) Manufacturing
3 2 (33.33%) ISEB
3 2 (33.33%) Retail
3 2 (33.33%) Ruby
3 2 (33.33%) Software Testing
4 1 (16.67%) SMS
4 1 (16.67%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (16.67%) Continuous Deployment

Operational Acceptance Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South West 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:

Communications & Networking
1 1 (16.67%) SMS
Development Applications
1 2 (33.33%) Cucumber
1 2 (33.33%) Hudson
1 2 (33.33%) Jenkins
1 2 (33.33%) Vagrant
General
1 2 (33.33%) Manufacturing
1 2 (33.33%) Retail
Job Titles
1 2 (33.33%) Delivery Manager
1 2 (33.33%) Digital Project Manager
1 2 (33.33%) E-Commerce Manager
1 2 (33.33%) Project Manager
2 1 (16.67%) Agile Delivery Manager
2 1 (16.67%) Agile Development Manager
2 1 (16.67%) Automation Test Lead
2 1 (16.67%) Development Manager
2 1 (16.67%) Ruby Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Software Development Manager
2 1 (16.67%) Team Leader
2 1 (16.67%) Test Automation Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Test Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Test Leader
2 1 (16.67%) Test Team Leader
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (66.67%) Process Management
2 4 (66.67%) Project Governance
2 4 (66.67%) Project Management
2 4 (66.67%) Resource Management
2 4 (66.67%) Risk Management
2 4 (66.67%) Scrum
2 4 (66.67%) Stakeholder Management
3 2 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
3 2 (33.33%) E-Commerce
3 2 (33.33%) Software Testing
3 2 (33.33%) Test Automation
4 1 (16.67%) Continuous Deployment
Programming Languages
1 2 (33.33%) Python
1 2 (33.33%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 2 (33.33%) ISEB
1 2 (33.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (16.67%) BPSS Clearance
System Software
1 2 (33.33%) VirtualBox