Period
to 23 November 2017

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 23 November 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
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 155 141 118
Rank change year-on-year -14 -23 +12
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 53 63 107
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.94% 1.10% 1.64%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.15% 1.38% 2.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 27 63
South West median daily rate £290 £325 £345
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.77% -5.80% +2.22%
10th Percentile £105 £265 £270
90th Percentile £445 £435 £405
England median daily rate £400 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +14.29% - +1.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 1
South West median hourly rate £36.00 - £45.00
10th Percentile £15.10 - £42.50
90th Percentile £42.70 - £47.50
England median hourly rate £45.00 £41.25 £32.50
% change year-on-year +9.09% +26.92% -13.33%

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 4598 4576 5194
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 81.25% 80.01% 79.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 2908 3087 3518
South West median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - -
10th Percentile £256 £241 £255
90th Percentile £558 £550 £525
England median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 189 267 259
South West median hourly rate £35.00 £31.50 £39.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.11% -19.23% +44.44%
10th Percentile £12.30 £12.00 £14.13
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.50 £49.35
England median hourly rate £24.00 £24.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year - +6.67% +18.42%

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 23 November 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Testing in the South West over the 6 months to 23 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 23 November 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
Bristol +10 31 £273 -2.68% 13
Devon +6 9 £423 +41.00%
Somerset -2 6 £425 +30.77% 3
Wiltshire -18 5 £350 -3.45% 3
Gloucestershire +2 2 - - 2
Software Testing
England

For the 6 months to 23 November 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 20 (37.74%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (35.85%) Test Automation
3 16 (30.19%) Test Scripting
4 13 (24.53%) SQL
4 13 (24.53%) ISTQB
5 12 (22.64%) User Acceptance Testing
5 12 (22.64%) ISEB
5 12 (22.64%) Analytical Skills
6 11 (20.75%) Project Management
7 10 (18.87%) Finance
7 10 (18.87%) HP
7 10 (18.87%) QA
7 10 (18.87%) Cucumber
8 9 (16.98%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 9 (16.98%) Ruby
8 9 (16.98%) Scrum
9 8 (15.09%) Python
9 8 (15.09%) JIRA
9 8 (15.09%) Selenium
9 8 (15.09%) Jenkins
9 8 (15.09%) Test Strategy
10 7 (13.21%) Security Cleared
10 7 (13.21%) Computer Science
10 7 (13.21%) Microsoft Excel
11 6 (11.32%) Microsoft
11 6 (11.32%) C#
11 6 (11.32%) Java
11 6 (11.32%) Facilities Management
11 6 (11.32%) Waterfall
11 6 (11.32%) System Testing

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 (7.55%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.89%) Apache
2 1 (1.89%) CMS
2 1 (1.89%) IIS
2 1 (1.89%) Tomcat
Applications
1 7 (13.21%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (9.43%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (9.43%) Microsoft Project
3 4 (7.55%) MS Visio
4 1 (1.89%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (5.66%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 2 (3.77%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (1.89%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 3 (5.66%) HTTP
2 1 (1.89%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (11.32%) Relational Database
2 1 (1.89%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (1.89%) GIS
Development Applications
1 10 (18.87%) Cucumber
2 8 (15.09%) Jenkins
2 8 (15.09%) JIRA
2 8 (15.09%) Selenium
3 5 (9.43%) Hudson
3 5 (9.43%) Visual Studio
4 4 (7.55%) SoapUI
4 4 (7.55%) Vagrant
5 3 (5.66%) Ant
5 3 (5.66%) Balsamiq Mockups
5 3 (5.66%) Eclipse
5 3 (5.66%) HP UFT
5 3 (5.66%) JUnit
5 3 (5.66%) Maven
6 2 (3.77%) Codeception
6 2 (3.77%) NeoLoad
6 2 (3.77%) SpecFlow
6 2 (3.77%) TestRail
7 1 (1.89%) Appium
7 1 (1.89%) LoadUI
General
1 10 (18.87%) Finance
2 4 (7.55%) Billing
3 3 (5.66%) Banking
4 2 (3.77%) Avionics
4 2 (3.77%) Retail Banking
5 1 (1.89%) Aerospace
5 1 (1.89%) Law
5 1 (1.89%) Legal
5 1 (1.89%) Retail
Job Titles
1 24 (45.28%) Analyst
2 14 (26.42%) Test Analyst
2 14 (26.42%) Tester
3 8 (15.09%) Software Tester
4 6 (11.32%) Support Analyst
5 4 (7.55%) Test Engineer
5 4 (7.55%) Test Leader
6 3 (5.66%) Automation Tester
6 3 (5.66%) Business Analyst
6 3 (5.66%) Manual Tester
6 3 (5.66%) PMO Planner
6 3 (5.66%) Team Leader
6 3 (5.66%) Test Automation Engineer
6 3 (5.66%) Test Manager
6 3 (5.66%) Test Team Leader
7 2 (3.77%) Applications Support
7 2 (3.77%) Applications Support Analyst
7 2 (3.77%) Applications Tester
7 2 (3.77%) Business Test Analyst
7 2 (3.77%) Manual Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (7.55%) .NET
1 4 (7.55%) Gherkin
1 4 (7.55%) REST
2 3 (5.66%) CSS
2 3 (5.66%) HTML
2 3 (5.66%) jQuery
2 3 (5.66%) SOAP
2 3 (5.66%) XML
3 2 (3.77%) Web Services
4 1 (1.89%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 12 (22.64%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (13.21%) Computer Science
3 2 (3.77%) Data Centre
3 2 (3.77%) Mobile App
3 2 (3.77%) User Experience
4 1 (1.89%) Data Protection Act
4 1 (1.89%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 2 (3.77%) Windows
2 1 (1.89%) Linux
2 1 (1.89%) Unix
2 1 (1.89%) Windows 10
2 1 (1.89%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (37.74%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (35.85%) Test Automation
3 16 (30.19%) Test Scripting
4 12 (22.64%) User Acceptance Testing
5 11 (20.75%) Project Management
6 9 (16.98%) Scrum
7 8 (15.09%) Test Strategy
8 6 (11.32%) Facilities Management
8 6 (11.32%) Kanban
8 6 (11.32%) SDLC
8 6 (11.32%) System Testing
8 6 (11.32%) Waterfall
9 5 (9.43%) BDD
9 5 (9.43%) Continuous Integration
9 5 (9.43%) Defect Management
9 5 (9.43%) Information Security
9 5 (9.43%) Information Security Management
9 5 (9.43%) ISMS
9 5 (9.43%) Manual Testing
9 5 (9.43%) Security Management
Programming Languages
1 13 (24.53%) SQL
2 9 (16.98%) Ruby
3 8 (15.09%) Python
4 6 (11.32%) C#
4 6 (11.32%) Java
5 5 (9.43%) JavaScript
6 4 (7.55%) C++
7 3 (5.66%) Groovy
7 3 (5.66%) Jython
7 3 (5.66%) VBScript
8 2 (3.77%) PHP
9 1 (1.89%) Ada
9 1 (1.89%) C
9 1 (1.89%) VBA
Qualifications
1 13 (24.53%) ISTQB
2 12 (22.64%) ISEB
3 9 (16.98%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 7 (13.21%) Security Cleared
5 2 (3.77%) Degree
6 1 (1.89%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (1.89%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (18.87%) QA
2 5 (9.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (7.55%) PMO
4 2 (3.77%) IFRS
5 1 (1.89%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (1.89%) DO-178B
System Software
1 4 (7.55%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 4 (7.55%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (5.66%) CA Service Virtualization
Vendors
1 10 (18.87%) HP
2 6 (11.32%) Microsoft
3 3 (5.66%) CA
3 3 (5.66%) SAP
4 2 (3.77%) BT
5 1 (1.89%) Capita
5 1 (1.89%) Salesforce.com