Period
to 25 May 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 25 May 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
25 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 151 120 103
Rank change year-on-year -31 -17 +48
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 39 79 112
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.77% 1.52% 1.88%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.94% 1.83% 2.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 51 55
South West median daily rate £375 £425 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.76% +25.00% -13.65%
10th Percentile £258 £283 £263
90th Percentile £559 £563 £430
England median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 8
South West median hourly rate £37.50 £23.00 £43.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +63.04% -47.43% +18.66%
10th Percentile £36.25 £10.50 £35.00
90th Percentile £38.75 £37.50 £47.17
England median hourly rate £45.00 £45.00 £38.50
% change year-on-year - +16.88% +6.94%

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 4,171 4,324 4,870
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 81.85% 83.43% 81.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,511 2,815 3,253
South West median daily rate £405 £390 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.85% +4.00% -3.23%
10th Percentile £270 £250 £253
90th Percentile £563 £550 £534
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +4.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 184 219 261
South West median hourly rate £31.00 £39.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -21.52% -1.25% +22.93%
10th Percentile £11.18 £14.00 £13.00
90th Percentile £47.50 £52.50 £52.25
England median hourly rate £22.00 £25.50 £23.00
% change year-on-year -13.73% +10.87% +9.52%

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 25 May 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 25 May 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
Dorset -1 10 £375 -9.09% 6
Gloucestershire +2 8 £500 - 4
Wiltshire +9 6 £325 -9.09% 9
Somerset +7 5 £425 +37.10% 5
Bristol -17 4 £250 -33.33% 14
Devon -25 2 £375 -8.54% 2
Cornwall - 2 £350 -
Software Testing
England

For the 6 months to 25 May 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 22 (56.41%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (43.59%) ISTQB
2 17 (43.59%) Test Automation
3 15 (38.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 14 (35.90%) ISEB
5 13 (33.33%) Java
6 11 (28.21%) XML
6 11 (28.21%) QA
7 10 (25.64%) Security Cleared
7 10 (25.64%) BDD
7 10 (25.64%) C#
8 8 (20.51%) .NET
8 8 (20.51%) Selenium
8 8 (20.51%) JIRA
9 7 (17.95%) User Acceptance Testing
9 7 (17.95%) Performance Testing
9 7 (17.95%) Integration Testing
9 7 (17.95%) DV Cleared
9 7 (17.95%) Test Strategy
9 7 (17.95%) REST
9 7 (17.95%) JUnit
9 7 (17.95%) HP
9 7 (17.95%) Cybersecurity
9 7 (17.95%) HP ALM
10 6 (15.38%) SDLC
10 6 (15.38%) Defect Management
10 6 (15.38%) LoadRunner
10 6 (15.38%) Scrum
10 6 (15.38%) Python
10 6 (15.38%) C

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 4 (10.26%) JBoss
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.56%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (2.56%) Amazon EC2
1 1 (2.56%) Amazon S3
1 1 (2.56%) AWS CloudFormation
1 1 (2.56%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (2.56%) Office 365
1 1 (2.56%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (7.69%) HTTP
2 2 (5.13%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (5.13%) Geospatial Data
Development Applications
1 8 (20.51%) JIRA
1 8 (20.51%) Selenium
2 7 (17.95%) JUnit
3 6 (15.38%) Jenkins
3 6 (15.38%) LoadRunner
4 5 (12.82%) JMeter
4 5 (12.82%) NUnit
4 5 (12.82%) SpecFlow
4 5 (12.82%) WebDriver
5 4 (10.26%) Maven
5 4 (10.26%) Rational Team Concert
6 3 (7.69%) Ant
6 3 (7.69%) Cucumber
6 3 (7.69%) Eclipse
6 3 (7.69%) HP UFT
6 3 (7.69%) SoapUI
6 3 (7.69%) Visual Studio
7 2 (5.13%) TestRail
8 1 (2.56%) Rational Quality Manager
8 1 (2.56%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 4 (10.26%) Retail
2 3 (7.69%) Banking
2 3 (7.69%) Finance
3 1 (2.56%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 14 (35.90%) Analyst
1 14 (35.90%) Test Analyst
2 7 (17.95%) Test Manager
3 6 (15.38%) Developer
4 5 (12.82%) Automation Test Analyst
4 5 (12.82%) Java Developer
4 5 (12.82%) Selenium Test Analyst
5 4 (10.26%) Test Leader
6 3 (7.69%) Test Automation Manager
7 2 (5.13%) Integration Analyst
7 2 (5.13%) Integration Test Analyst
7 2 (5.13%) Java Engineer
7 2 (5.13%) Project Manager
7 2 (5.13%) Senior Java Engineer
7 2 (5.13%) Senior Test Automation Engineer
7 2 (5.13%) Senior Test Engineer
7 2 (5.13%) Systems Integration Analyst
7 2 (5.13%) Systems Test Analyst
7 2 (5.13%) Test Automation Engineer
7 2 (5.13%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (28.21%) XML
2 8 (20.51%) .NET
3 7 (17.95%) REST
4 4 (10.26%) EJB
4 4 (10.26%) EJB 3.0
4 4 (10.26%) Hibernate
4 4 (10.26%) J2EE
4 4 (10.26%) JAXB
4 4 (10.26%) JPA
4 4 (10.26%) JSF
4 4 (10.26%) PrimeFaces
4 4 (10.26%) Web Services
4 4 (10.26%) XSD
4 4 (10.26%) XSLT
5 3 (7.69%) CSS
5 3 (7.69%) Gherkin
5 3 (7.69%) HTML
5 3 (7.69%) jQuery
5 3 (7.69%) SOAP
6 2 (5.13%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 5 (12.82%) Self-Motivation
2 4 (10.26%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 4 (10.26%) Windows
1 4 (10.26%) Windows 10
2 2 (5.13%) Windows 7
3 1 (2.56%) Linux
3 1 (2.56%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (56.41%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (43.59%) Test Automation
3 10 (25.64%) BDD
4 7 (17.95%) Cybersecurity
4 7 (17.95%) Integration Testing
4 7 (17.95%) Performance Testing
4 7 (17.95%) Test Strategy
4 7 (17.95%) User Acceptance Testing
5 6 (15.38%) Defect Management
5 6 (15.38%) Scrum
5 6 (15.38%) SDLC
6 5 (12.82%) ITIL
6 5 (12.82%) Software Engineering
6 5 (12.82%) Stakeholder Management
7 4 (10.26%) API Testing
7 4 (10.26%) Logistics
7 4 (10.26%) Migration
7 4 (10.26%) Requirements Analysis
7 4 (10.26%) Waterfall
7 4 (10.26%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 13 (33.33%) Java
2 10 (25.64%) C#
3 6 (15.38%) C
3 6 (15.38%) Python
4 5 (12.82%) SQL
5 4 (10.26%) C++
5 4 (10.26%) Groovy
5 4 (10.26%) Ruby
6 3 (7.69%) JavaScript
6 3 (7.69%) Jython
6 3 (7.69%) VBScript
7 1 (2.56%) Bash Shell
7 1 (2.56%) Embedded C
7 1 (2.56%) Perl
Qualifications
1 17 (43.59%) ISTQB
2 15 (38.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 14 (35.90%) ISEB
4 10 (25.64%) Security Cleared
5 7 (17.95%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (28.21%) QA
System Software
1 1 (2.56%) Docker
Systems Management
1 7 (17.95%) HP ALM
2 4 (10.26%) HP Quality Center
3 3 (7.69%) CA Service Virtualization
4 1 (2.56%) Ansible
4 1 (2.56%) Kubernetes
4 1 (2.56%) Nagios
4 1 (2.56%) Packer
4 1 (2.56%) Puppet
4 1 (2.56%) Terraform
Vendors
1 7 (17.95%) HP
2 4 (10.26%) Microsoft
2 4 (10.26%) MuleSoft
2 4 (10.26%) Oracle
3 3 (7.69%) CA
4 1 (2.56%) Capita