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 25 March 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Software Testing
England / South West
Rank 89 96 117
Rank change year-on-year +7 +21  
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 47 44 27
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.81% 1.52% 0.87%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.22% 1.90% 1.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 10 14
Median daily rate £425 £325 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +30.76% -16.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £255 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £383 £478
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +7.69% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 7 0
Median hourly rate £11.00 £44.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -75.00% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £42.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -16.66% +20.00%  

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 2116 2318 2457
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 81.48% 79.88% 78.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 1383 1528 1585
Median daily rate £400 £388 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.22% -3.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £275 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.06%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 108 137 84
Median hourly rate £39.00 £42.25 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.69% +20.71%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £27.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £57.00 £46.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.75 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.09% +29.16%  

Software Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South West citing Software Testing as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

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 25 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 25 March 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 +11 16 £378 +0.80%
Gloucestershire +10 14 £500 +26.58% 2
Bristol +1 12 £375 +15.38% 7
Wiltshire -11 3 £330 +17.85% 3
Somerset -1 1 - - 3
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 25 March 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 (65.00%) Agile Software Development
2 40 (50.00%) Security Cleared
3 30 (37.50%) ISTQB
4 29 (36.25%) ISEB
5 26 (32.50%) Scrum
6 25 (31.25%) Software Engineering
6 25 (31.25%) Java
7 24 (30.00%) DV Cleared
8 23 (28.75%) Cucumber
9 21 (26.25%) SDLC
10 20 (25.00%) Manual Testing
10 20 (25.00%) C
10 20 (25.00%) SQL Server
10 20 (25.00%) Automated Testing
11 19 (23.75%) Continuous Integration
11 19 (23.75%) QA
12 18 (22.50%) Selenium
12 18 (22.50%) Oracle
12 18 (22.50%) Python
13 16 (20.00%) .NET
14 15 (18.75%) Web Services
14 15 (18.75%) Integration Testing
14 15 (18.75%) Test Automation
15 14 (17.50%) Test Scripting
15 14 (17.50%) XML
16 13 (16.25%) Microsoft
16 13 (16.25%) System Testing
16 13 (16.25%) HP Quality Center
16 13 (16.25%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
17 12 (15.00%) Test Planning

Software Testing
Top Related 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 9 (11.25%) JBoss
2 6 (7.50%) IIS
3 1 (1.25%) CMS
Applications
1 8 (10.00%) MS Excel
2 3 (3.75%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (1.25%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 6 (7.50%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 6 (7.50%) Firewall
2 5 (6.25%) Intrusion Detection
3 4 (5.00%) Network Security
4 1 (1.25%) SMTP
4 1 (1.25%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (25.00%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.75%) Hadoop
2 3 (3.75%) Relational Database
3 2 (2.50%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (2.50%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (1.25%) MySQL
4 1 (1.25%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 23 (28.75%) Cucumber
2 18 (22.50%) Selenium
3 9 (11.25%) JUnit
4 7 (8.75%) LoadRunner
5 6 (7.50%) Team Foundation Server
5 6 (7.50%) WebDriver
6 4 (5.00%) JIRA
6 4 (5.00%) SpecFlow
6 4 (5.00%) Spock
6 4 (5.00%) Visual Studio
7 3 (3.75%) Ant
7 3 (3.75%) Git (software)
7 3 (3.75%) Jenkins
7 3 (3.75%) JMeter
7 3 (3.75%) Maven
7 3 (3.75%) Rational Functional Tester
7 3 (3.75%) Selenium IDE
7 3 (3.75%) Vagrant
8 2 (2.50%) Rational DOORS
8 2 (2.50%) Subversion
General
1 8 (10.00%) Finance
2 5 (6.25%) Banking
3 3 (3.75%) Aerospace
3 3 (3.75%) Manufacturing
4 2 (2.50%) Automotive
5 1 (1.25%) Electronics
5 1 (1.25%) Marketing
5 1 (1.25%) Retail
5 1 (1.25%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 24 (30.00%) Analyst
2 19 (23.75%) Test Analyst
3 17 (21.25%) Developer
4 14 (17.50%) Tester
5 12 (15.00%) Test Engineer
6 11 (13.75%) Java Developer
7 9 (11.25%) Integration Engineer
7 9 (11.25%) Test and Integration Engineer
8 8 (10.00%) Test Leader
9 7 (8.75%) Lead Test Analyst
10 6 (7.50%) Senior Analyst
10 6 (7.50%) Senior Test Analyst
10 6 (7.50%) Test Manager
11 5 (6.25%) Automation Tester
11 5 (6.25%) Software Tester
12 4 (5.00%) Support Analyst
13 3 (3.75%) Automation Test Analyst
13 3 (3.75%) Security Tester
13 3 (3.75%) Test Specialist
14 2 (2.50%) XML Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (20.00%) .NET
2 15 (18.75%) Web Services
3 14 (17.50%) XML
4 11 (13.75%) J2EE
4 11 (13.75%) REST
5 9 (11.25%) EJB
5 9 (11.25%) EJB 3.0
5 9 (11.25%) Hibernate
5 9 (11.25%) JAXB
5 9 (11.25%) JPA
5 9 (11.25%) JSF
5 9 (11.25%) PrimeFaces
5 9 (11.25%) XSD
5 9 (11.25%) XSLT
6 7 (8.75%) ASP.NET
6 7 (8.75%) Gherkin
7 6 (7.50%) AppFabric
7 6 (7.50%) HTML
7 6 (7.50%) WCF
8 4 (5.00%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 7 (8.75%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (6.25%) Computer Science
3 4 (5.00%) Management Information System
4 2 (2.50%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 11 (13.75%) Linux
2 8 (10.00%) Windows
3 6 (7.50%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (65.00%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (32.50%) Scrum
3 25 (31.25%) Software Engineering
4 21 (26.25%) SDLC
5 20 (25.00%) Automated Testing
5 20 (25.00%) Manual Testing
6 19 (23.75%) Continuous Integration
7 15 (18.75%) Integration Testing
7 15 (18.75%) Test Automation
8 14 (17.50%) Test Scripting
9 13 (16.25%) System Testing
10 12 (15.00%) Continuous Improvement
10 12 (15.00%) Test Planning
11 10 (12.50%) BDD
11 10 (12.50%) Performance Testing
11 10 (12.50%) Validation
11 10 (12.50%) V-Model
11 10 (12.50%) Waterfall
12 9 (11.25%) Risk Analysis
12 9 (11.25%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 25 (31.25%) Java
2 20 (25.00%) C
3 18 (22.50%) Python
4 12 (15.00%) Perl
5 10 (12.50%) Ruby
6 8 (10.00%) SQL
7 7 (8.75%) Bash Shell
8 6 (7.50%) C#
9 4 (5.00%) Groovy
10 3 (3.75%) C++
10 3 (3.75%) JavaScript
11 1 (1.25%) PHP
Qualifications
1 40 (50.00%) Security Cleared
2 30 (37.50%) ISTQB
3 29 (36.25%) ISEB
4 24 (30.00%) DV Cleared
5 13 (16.25%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 10 (12.50%) SC Cleared
7 4 (5.00%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 3 (3.75%) CHECK Team Member
8 3 (3.75%) CISM
8 3 (3.75%) CREST Certified
8 3 (3.75%) Degree
9 2 (2.50%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (23.75%) QA
2 6 (7.50%) PCI DSS
3 3 (3.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (2.50%) WCAG
System Software
1 6 (7.50%) Active Directory
2 5 (6.25%) Snort
3 3 (3.75%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (2.50%) Docker
Systems Management
1 13 (16.25%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 18 (22.50%) Oracle
2 13 (16.25%) Microsoft
3 5 (6.25%) Sourcefire
4 4 (5.00%) HP
5 3 (3.75%) Atlassian
5 3 (3.75%) Cloudera
6 2 (2.50%) IBM
7 1 (1.25%) SAP
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