Period
to 18 November 2018

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 6 months to 18 November 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.

Software Testing
England > South West
6 months to
18 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 164 137 147
Rank change year-on-year -27 +10 -21
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 61 54 63
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.98% 0.96% 1.08%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.14% 1.15% 1.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 30 28
South West median daily rate £450 £290 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +55.17% -10.77% -
10th Percentile £253 £105 £265
90th Percentile £563 £445 £479
England median daily rate £406 £400 £350
% change year-on-year +1.56% +14.29% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 0
South West median hourly rate £42.50 £26.75 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +58.88% - -
England median hourly rate £40.00 £45.00 £41.25
% change year-on-year -11.11% +9.09% +37.50%

Software 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 5,344 4,689 4,768
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 85.89% 83.45% 82.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,368 2,963 3,188
South West median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £275 £251 £235
90th Percentile £575 £552 £550
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 212 193 281
South West median hourly rate £41.53 £35.00 £29.60
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.66% +18.24% -22.11%
10th Percentile £15.06 £12.08 £12.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.20 £47.50
England median hourly rate £22.00 £23.50 £23.00
% change year-on-year -6.38% +2.17% +4.55%

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 6 months to 18 November 2018.

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 6 months to 18 November 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
Gloucestershire +9 19 £525 - 3
Bristol -18 18 £255 -6.42% 18
Somerset 0 5 £325 -23.53% 4
Wiltshire -18 4 £411 +17.32% 4
Cornwall - 4 £310 - 3
Devon -3 3 £300 -29.08% 2
Dorset - 3 - - 8
Software Testing
England

For the 6 months to 18 November 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Software Testing 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 West region with a requirement for Software Testing.

1 38 (62.30%) Agile Software Development
2 25 (40.98%) Test Automation
3 22 (36.07%) Security Cleared
3 22 (36.07%) Java
4 21 (34.43%) Oracle
4 21 (34.43%) Scrum
4 21 (34.43%) ISTQB
5 20 (32.79%) SDLC
6 18 (29.51%) Software Engineering
6 18 (29.51%) Web Services
7 17 (27.87%) JUnit
7 17 (27.87%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 16 (26.23%) REST
8 16 (26.23%) XML
8 16 (26.23%) SQL
8 16 (26.23%) Requirements Analysis
9 15 (24.59%) DV Cleared
10 14 (22.95%) JPA
10 14 (22.95%) EJB 3.0
10 14 (22.95%) JSF
10 14 (22.95%) J2EE
10 14 (22.95%) Hibernate
10 14 (22.95%) Workflow
10 14 (22.95%) C
10 14 (22.95%) XSD
10 14 (22.95%) XSLT
10 14 (22.95%) EJB
10 14 (22.95%) JBoss
10 14 (22.95%) JAXB
10 14 (22.95%) Test Strategy

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 14 (22.95%) JBoss
2 4 (6.56%) Confluence
3 3 (4.92%) CMS
4 2 (3.28%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 1 (1.64%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 3 (4.92%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.64%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (1.64%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (1.64%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (4.92%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (3.28%) Oracle Payroll
Cloud Services
1 3 (4.92%) Dynamics 365
1 3 (4.92%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.28%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (8.20%) Oracle Reports
2 3 (4.92%) SQL Server
3 2 (3.28%) Big Data
3 2 (3.28%) Electronic Patient Records
3 2 (3.28%) Geospatial Data
3 2 (3.28%) MongoDB
3 2 (3.28%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 17 (27.87%) JUnit
2 14 (22.95%) Rational Team Concert
3 8 (13.11%) Selenium
4 6 (9.84%) Team Foundation Server
5 5 (8.20%) Git (software)
5 5 (8.20%) JIRA
6 4 (6.56%) JMeter
6 4 (6.56%) SpecFlow
7 3 (4.92%) Cucumber
7 3 (4.92%) TestRail
8 2 (3.28%) LoadRunner
8 2 (3.28%) NUnit
8 2 (3.28%) SoapUI
8 2 (3.28%) Visual Studio Coded UI
9 1 (1.64%) Eclipse
9 1 (1.64%) IntelliJ
9 1 (1.64%) Jenkins
9 1 (1.64%) NeoLoad
9 1 (1.64%) Visual Studio
General
1 10 (16.39%) Finance
2 5 (8.20%) Banking
3 2 (3.28%) Investment Banking
4 1 (1.64%) Advertising
4 1 (1.64%) Marketing
4 1 (1.64%) Retail
4 1 (1.64%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 16 (26.23%) Developer
1 16 (26.23%) Java Developer
2 13 (21.31%) Analyst
3 11 (18.03%) Test Analyst
4 7 (11.48%) Test Engineer
4 7 (11.48%) Tester
5 4 (6.56%) Senior Test Automation Engineer
5 4 (6.56%) Senior Test Engineer
5 4 (6.56%) Test Automation Engineer
6 3 (4.92%) Agile Tester
6 3 (4.92%) Business Test Analyst
6 3 (4.92%) Support Engineer
6 3 (4.92%) Technical Engineer
6 3 (4.92%) Technical Support
6 3 (4.92%) Technical Support Engineer
6 3 (4.92%) Test Manager
7 2 (3.28%) Customer Engineer
7 2 (3.28%) Graduate
7 2 (3.28%) Software Tester
7 2 (3.28%) Trainer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (29.51%) Web Services
2 16 (26.23%) REST
2 16 (26.23%) XML
3 14 (22.95%) EJB
3 14 (22.95%) EJB 3.0
3 14 (22.95%) Hibernate
3 14 (22.95%) J2EE
3 14 (22.95%) JAXB
3 14 (22.95%) JPA
3 14 (22.95%) JSF
3 14 (22.95%) PrimeFaces
3 14 (22.95%) XSD
3 14 (22.95%) XSLT
4 4 (6.56%) HTML
5 3 (4.92%) CSS
5 3 (4.92%) Gherkin
6 2 (3.28%) SOAP
7 1 (1.64%) AngularJS
7 1 (1.64%) ASP.NET Web Forms
7 1 (1.64%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 8 (13.11%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (9.84%) Self-Motivation
3 2 (3.28%) e-Learning
3 2 (3.28%) Fintech
Operating Systems
1 2 (3.28%) Linux
1 2 (3.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
1 2 (3.28%) Windows
1 2 (3.28%) Windows Server
2 1 (1.64%) Android
2 1 (1.64%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (62.30%) Agile Software Development
2 25 (40.98%) Test Automation
3 21 (34.43%) Scrum
4 20 (32.79%) SDLC
5 18 (29.51%) Software Engineering
6 16 (26.23%) Requirements Analysis
7 14 (22.95%) Test Strategy
7 14 (22.95%) Workflow
8 9 (14.75%) Test Scripting
8 9 (14.75%) User Acceptance Testing
9 7 (11.48%) Continuous Integration
9 7 (11.48%) Exploratory Testing
9 7 (11.48%) Test Management
10 6 (9.84%) Acceptance Criteria
10 6 (9.84%) Functional Testing
10 6 (9.84%) Manual Testing
10 6 (9.84%) Regression Testing
10 6 (9.84%) User Stories
10 6 (9.84%) Waterfall
11 5 (8.20%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 22 (36.07%) Java
2 16 (26.23%) SQL
3 14 (22.95%) C
4 6 (9.84%) C#
5 4 (6.56%) JavaScript
6 3 (4.92%) PHP
7 1 (1.64%) Python
Qualifications
1 22 (36.07%) Security Cleared
2 21 (34.43%) ISTQB
3 17 (27.87%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 15 (24.59%) DV Cleared
5 13 (21.31%) ISEB
6 10 (16.39%) Degree
7 5 (8.20%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (11.48%) QA
Vendors
1 21 (34.43%) Oracle
2 10 (16.39%) Microsoft
3 2 (3.28%) Red Hat
3 2 (3.28%) VMware
4 1 (1.64%) Cadence
4 1 (1.64%) Sitecore