The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South West with a requirement for Software Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Software Testing over the 3 months to 28 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.

Software Testing
England / South West
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 108 108 118
Rank change year-on-year 0 +10  
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 34 32 24
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.24% 1.07% 0.78%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.52% 1.35% 0.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 20 12
Median daily rate £418 £325 £356
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +28.53% -8.77%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £239 £263 £266
10% offered a daily rate of more than £466 £453 £393
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £330 £316
% change year-on-year +6.06% +4.34%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Median hourly rate - - £36.37
UK excluding London median hourly rate £48.75 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year +30.00% -  

Software Testing 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 West with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
South West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 2243 2364 2422
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 81.92% 78.91% 78.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 5200 5507 5650
Median daily rate £400 £390 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +0.64%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £613 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 314 283 297
Median hourly rate £42.50 £35.00 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.42% -5.40%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.00 £19.75 £15.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.75 £46.20 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

Software Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

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

Job vacancy trend for Software Testing in the South West

Software 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 Software Testing in the South West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Testing in the South West

Software Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Testing in the South West over the 3 months to 28 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Testing in the South West

Software Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Testing in the South West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Testing in the South West

Software 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 Software Testing within the South West region over the 3 months to 28 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
Devon +8 14 £433 +44.33% 2
Bristol +3 14 £275 -29.03% 7
Wiltshire -13 4 £363 +20.83%
Dorset - 1 £413 - 6
Software Testing
England

For the 6 months to 28 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Software 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 Software Testing.

1 52 (64.20%) Agile Software Development
2 49 (60.49%) Test Automation
3 28 (34.57%) ISEB
3 28 (34.57%) Security Cleared
4 25 (30.86%) Continuous Integration
5 24 (29.63%) Cucumber
5 24 (29.63%) ISTQB
6 23 (28.40%) Scrum
7 22 (27.16%) QA
7 22 (27.16%) Java
8 19 (23.46%) Ruby
8 19 (23.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 17 (20.99%) Python
10 16 (19.75%) Continuous Deployment
10 16 (19.75%) Test Scripting
11 15 (18.52%) SDLC
12 14 (17.28%) Operational Acceptance Testing
12 14 (17.28%) DV Cleared
12 14 (17.28%) C
13 13 (16.05%) XML
13 13 (16.05%) Software Engineering
13 13 (16.05%) Jenkins
14 12 (14.81%) Manual Testing
14 12 (14.81%) Oracle
15 11 (13.58%) Continuous Improvement
16 10 (12.35%) Hudson
16 10 (12.35%) System Testing
16 10 (12.35%) User Stories
16 10 (12.35%) Vagrant
16 10 (12.35%) SQL

Software 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:

Application Platforms
1 7 (8.64%) JBoss
2 1 (1.23%) Confluence
Applications
1 2 (2.47%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (2.47%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (2.47%) SAP ERP
2 1 (1.23%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 6 (7.41%) GitHub
2 2 (2.47%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.47%) Firewall
2 1 (1.23%) 3G
2 1 (1.23%) 4G
2 1 (1.23%) SMS
2 1 (1.23%) SMTP
2 1 (1.23%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (7.41%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.70%) Relational Database
3 2 (2.47%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (1.23%) MySQL
4 1 (1.23%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 24 (29.63%) Cucumber
2 13 (16.05%) Jenkins
3 10 (12.35%) Hudson
3 10 (12.35%) Selenium
3 10 (12.35%) Vagrant
4 7 (8.64%) JUnit
5 5 (6.17%) Team Foundation Server
6 4 (4.94%) LoadRunner
6 4 (4.94%) Spock
7 3 (3.70%) Git (software)
7 3 (3.70%) JIRA
7 3 (3.70%) Rational Functional Tester
8 2 (2.47%) Balsamiq Mockups
8 2 (2.47%) JMeter
8 2 (2.47%) Subversion
8 2 (2.47%) WebDriver
9 1 (1.23%) Calabash
9 1 (1.23%) SoapUI
9 1 (1.23%) SpecFlow
9 1 (1.23%) Visual Studio
General
1 10 (12.35%) Finance
2 4 (4.94%) Billing
3 3 (3.70%) Banking
4 2 (2.47%) Law
4 2 (2.47%) Legal
5 1 (1.23%) Aerospace
5 1 (1.23%) Retail
Job Titles
1 31 (38.27%) Analyst
2 21 (25.93%) Test Analyst
3 15 (18.52%) Test Leader
4 14 (17.28%) Tester
5 12 (14.81%) Developer
6 8 (9.88%) Automation Tester
6 8 (9.88%) Team Leader
6 8 (9.88%) Test Team Leader
7 7 (8.64%) Java Developer
7 7 (8.64%) Software Tester
7 7 (8.64%) Test Manager
8 6 (7.41%) Lead Test Analyst
9 5 (6.17%) Senior Analyst
9 5 (6.17%) Senior Test Analyst
9 5 (6.17%) Test Engineer
10 4 (4.94%) Automation Test Analyst
10 4 (4.94%) Automation Test Lead
10 4 (4.94%) Integration Engineer
10 4 (4.94%) Support Analyst
10 4 (4.94%) Test and Integration Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (16.05%) XML
2 10 (12.35%) Web Services
3 9 (11.11%) J2EE
4 8 (9.88%) REST
5 7 (8.64%) EJB
5 7 (8.64%) EJB 3.0
5 7 (8.64%) Hibernate
5 7 (8.64%) JAXB
5 7 (8.64%) JPA
5 7 (8.64%) JSF
5 7 (8.64%) PrimeFaces
5 7 (8.64%) XSD
5 7 (8.64%) XSLT
6 6 (7.41%) HTML
7 4 (4.94%) .NET
7 4 (4.94%) CSS
7 4 (4.94%) Gherkin
8 3 (3.70%) Flask
8 3 (3.70%) HTML5
8 3 (3.70%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 6 (7.41%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (4.94%) Computer Science
3 2 (2.47%) User Experience
4 1 (1.23%) Data Protection Act
4 1 (1.23%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 6 (7.41%) Windows
2 5 (6.17%) Linux
3 3 (3.70%) Unix
4 2 (2.47%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (64.20%) Agile Software Development
2 49 (60.49%) Test Automation
3 25 (30.86%) Continuous Integration
4 23 (28.40%) Scrum
5 16 (19.75%) Continuous Deployment
5 16 (19.75%) Test Scripting
6 15 (18.52%) SDLC
7 14 (17.28%) Operational Acceptance Testing
8 13 (16.05%) Software Engineering
9 12 (14.81%) Manual Testing
10 11 (13.58%) Continuous Improvement
11 10 (12.35%) System Testing
11 10 (12.35%) User Stories
12 8 (9.88%) Functional Testing
12 8 (9.88%) User Acceptance Testing
13 7 (8.64%) BDD
13 7 (8.64%) Requirements Analysis
13 7 (8.64%) Test Management
13 7 (8.64%) Test Strategy
13 7 (8.64%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 22 (27.16%) Java
2 19 (23.46%) Ruby
3 17 (20.99%) Python
4 14 (17.28%) C
5 10 (12.35%) SQL
6 7 (8.64%) Perl
7 5 (6.17%) JavaScript
8 4 (4.94%) Groovy
9 3 (3.70%) Bash Shell
9 3 (3.70%) C++
10 2 (2.47%) C#
10 2 (2.47%) VBA
11 1 (1.23%) PHP
Qualifications
1 28 (34.57%) ISEB
1 28 (34.57%) Security Cleared
2 24 (29.63%) ISTQB
3 19 (23.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 14 (17.28%) DV Cleared
5 7 (8.64%) SC Cleared
6 4 (4.94%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 3 (3.70%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (1.23%) CCNP
8 1 (1.23%) Cisco Certification
8 1 (1.23%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (27.16%) QA
2 3 (3.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (2.47%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (2.47%) WCAG
4 1 (1.23%) IFRS
System Software
1 7 (8.64%) VirtualBox
2 3 (3.70%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (2.47%) Docker
Systems Management
1 5 (6.17%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 12 (14.81%) Oracle
2 5 (6.17%) HP
2 5 (6.17%) Microsoft
3 2 (2.47%) SAP
4 1 (1.23%) Atlassian
4 1 (1.23%) BT
4 1 (1.23%) Capita
4 1 (1.23%) Cisco
4 1 (1.23%) Juniper
Bristol, Avon
Modis International
Rate: £36.00 per hour
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