Period
to 21 August 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 21 August 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
21 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 157 137 138
Rank change year-on-year -20 +1 +11
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 57 68 71
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.03% 1.25% 1.21%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.22% 1.50% 1.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 39 32
South West median daily rate £400 £388 £318
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.23% +22.05% -9.29%
10th Percentile £253 £200 £270
90th Percentile £563 £473 £443
England median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 5
South West median hourly rate - £26.75 £46.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -42.16% +27.17%
England median hourly rate £45.00 £47.50 £38.50
% change year-on-year -5.26% +23.38% +3.36%

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 4,676 4,540 4,776
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 84.80% 83.36% 81.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,906 2,880 3,157
South West median daily rate £420 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £269 £250 £250
90th Percentile £563 £538 £560
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 219 188 267
South West median hourly rate £41.00 £39.50 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.80% +5.33% +4.17%
10th Percentile £12.09 £12.79 £12.90
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.25 £48.00
England median hourly rate £21.33 £24.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year -11.15% +2.13% +9.05%

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 21 August 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 21 August 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 +17 20 £500 -4.76% 1
Bristol -34 14 £255 -7.27% 21
Dorset +4 6 £350 -15.15% 8
Wiltshire +3 6 £400 +6.67% 8
Somerset +10 4 £325 - 5
Cornwall - 2 £350 - 2
Devon -11 1 - - 2
Software Testing
England

For the 6 months to 21 August 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 30 (52.63%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (42.11%) ISTQB
2 24 (42.11%) Test Automation
3 22 (38.60%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 20 (35.09%) Java
5 19 (33.33%) ISEB
6 18 (31.58%) Scrum
6 18 (31.58%) Security Cleared
7 17 (29.82%) SDLC
8 15 (26.32%) Oracle
8 15 (26.32%) XML
9 14 (24.56%) DV Cleared
10 13 (22.81%) Software Engineering
10 13 (22.81%) JUnit
11 12 (21.05%) Web Services
11 12 (21.05%) C
12 11 (19.30%) SQL
12 11 (19.30%) J2EE
12 11 (19.30%) XSD
12 11 (19.30%) XSLT
12 11 (19.30%) Microsoft
12 11 (19.30%) JAXB
12 11 (19.30%) EJB
12 11 (19.30%) JBoss
12 11 (19.30%) Workflow
12 11 (19.30%) Hibernate
12 11 (19.30%) Requirements Analysis
12 11 (19.30%) JSF
12 11 (19.30%) JPA
12 11 (19.30%) EJB 3.0

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 11 (19.30%) JBoss
2 4 (7.02%) Confluence
3 3 (5.26%) CMS
4 1 (1.75%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 3 (5.26%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.75%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (1.75%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (1.75%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (5.26%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.75%) Oracle Payroll
Cloud Services
1 4 (7.02%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (5.26%) Dynamics 365
3 1 (1.75%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.75%) Amazon EC2
3 1 (1.75%) Amazon S3
3 1 (1.75%) AWS CloudFormation
3 1 (1.75%) Office 365
3 1 (1.75%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.75%) Intranet
1 1 (1.75%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (5.26%) Geospatial Data
1 3 (5.26%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (1.75%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 13 (22.81%) JUnit
2 11 (19.30%) Rational Team Concert
3 6 (10.53%) Selenium
4 5 (8.77%) Git (software)
4 5 (8.77%) TestRail
5 4 (7.02%) Jenkins
5 4 (7.02%) JIRA
6 3 (5.26%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (3.51%) JMeter
7 2 (3.51%) LoadRunner
7 2 (3.51%) SpecFlow
8 1 (1.75%) Artifactory
8 1 (1.75%) Cucumber
8 1 (1.75%) Gradle
8 1 (1.75%) Maven
8 1 (1.75%) NUnit
8 1 (1.75%) Rational Functional Tester
8 1 (1.75%) Rational Quality Manager
8 1 (1.75%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 10 (17.54%) Finance
2 7 (12.28%) Banking
3 4 (7.02%) Retail
4 2 (3.51%) Investment Banking
5 1 (1.75%) Marketing
5 1 (1.75%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 17 (29.82%) Analyst
2 15 (26.32%) Test Analyst
3 13 (22.81%) Developer
4 12 (21.05%) Java Developer
5 4 (7.02%) Senior Test Automation Engineer
5 4 (7.02%) Senior Test Engineer
5 4 (7.02%) Test Automation Engineer
5 4 (7.02%) Test Engineer
5 4 (7.02%) Test Leader
6 3 (5.26%) Business Test Analyst
6 3 (5.26%) Customer Engineer
6 3 (5.26%) Java Engineer
6 3 (5.26%) Senior Customer Engineer
6 3 (5.26%) Senior Java Engineer
6 3 (5.26%) Support Engineer
6 3 (5.26%) Technical Engineer
6 3 (5.26%) Technical Support
6 3 (5.26%) Technical Support Engineer
6 3 (5.26%) Test Manager
6 3 (5.26%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (26.32%) XML
2 12 (21.05%) Web Services
3 11 (19.30%) EJB
3 11 (19.30%) EJB 3.0
3 11 (19.30%) Hibernate
3 11 (19.30%) J2EE
3 11 (19.30%) JAXB
3 11 (19.30%) JPA
3 11 (19.30%) JSF
3 11 (19.30%) PrimeFaces
3 11 (19.30%) REST
3 11 (19.30%) XSD
3 11 (19.30%) XSLT
4 4 (7.02%) HTML
5 3 (5.26%) AngularJS
5 3 (5.26%) CSS
5 3 (5.26%) Spring
5 3 (5.26%) Spring Boot
6 2 (3.51%) Gherkin
7 1 (1.75%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 9 (15.79%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (8.77%) Self-Motivation
3 1 (1.75%) e-Learning
3 1 (1.75%) Fintech
Operating Systems
1 1 (1.75%) Android
1 1 (1.75%) Apple iOS
1 1 (1.75%) Linux
1 1 (1.75%) Unix
1 1 (1.75%) Windows
1 1 (1.75%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (52.63%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (42.11%) Test Automation
3 18 (31.58%) Scrum
4 17 (29.82%) SDLC
5 13 (22.81%) Software Engineering
6 11 (19.30%) Requirements Analysis
6 11 (19.30%) Test Strategy
6 11 (19.30%) Workflow
7 10 (17.54%) User Acceptance Testing
8 9 (15.79%) Test Management
9 8 (14.04%) Integration Testing
10 7 (12.28%) Continuous Integration
10 7 (12.28%) Defect Management
10 7 (12.28%) Test Scripting
11 6 (10.53%) Coaching
11 6 (10.53%) ITIL
11 6 (10.53%) User Stories
12 5 (8.77%) Continuous Improvement
12 5 (8.77%) Mentoring
12 5 (8.77%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 20 (35.09%) Java
2 12 (21.05%) C
3 11 (19.30%) SQL
4 4 (7.02%) C#
4 4 (7.02%) Python
5 3 (5.26%) JavaScript
5 3 (5.26%) PHP
6 1 (1.75%) Bash Shell
6 1 (1.75%) C++
6 1 (1.75%) Groovy
6 1 (1.75%) Perl
6 1 (1.75%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 24 (42.11%) ISTQB
2 22 (38.60%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 19 (33.33%) ISEB
4 18 (31.58%) Security Cleared
5 14 (24.56%) DV Cleared
6 2 (3.51%) Degree
7 1 (1.75%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (14.04%) QA
System Software
1 1 (1.75%) Docker
Systems Management
1 4 (7.02%) HP ALM
1 4 (7.02%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.75%) Ansible
2 1 (1.75%) Kubernetes
2 1 (1.75%) Nagios
2 1 (1.75%) Packer
2 1 (1.75%) Puppet
2 1 (1.75%) Terraform
Vendors
1 15 (26.32%) Oracle
2 11 (19.30%) Microsoft
3 4 (7.02%) HP
3 4 (7.02%) MuleSoft
4 1 (1.75%) Sitecore