Period
to 22 February 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 22 February 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
22 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 166 120 91
Rank change year-on-year -46 -29 +35
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 31 87 134
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.60% 1.59% 2.18%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.74% 1.93% 2.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 49 66
South West median daily rate £375 £363 £345
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.45% +5.07% -
10th Percentile £187 £251 £265
90th Percentile £448 £563 £400
England median daily rate £403 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +7.33% +7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 4
South West median hourly rate £36.75 £23.00 £43.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +59.78% -47.43% +9.38%
10th Percentile £33.78 £10.50 £41.75
90th Percentile £38.73 £37.50 £47.05
England median hourly rate £40.50 £40.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year +1.25% +6.67% +4.17%

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 4,170 4,500 5,017
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 80.25% 82.03% 81.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,583 3,015 3,445
South West median daily rate £400 £376 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.38% +0.27% -3.23%
10th Percentile £263 £235 £256
90th Percentile £575 £550 £514
England median daily rate £451 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.97% +2.94% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 175 279 247
South West median hourly rate £31.00 £37.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.33% -6.25% +33.33%
10th Percentile £11.80 £12.00 £14.13
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.75 £50.00
England median hourly rate £24.09 £25.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year -3.64% +6.38% +16.77%

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 22 February 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 22 February 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
Bristol -9 9 £275 -1.79% 12
Somerset -6 7 £425 +30.77% 2
Dorset - 6 £375 - 1
Wiltshire +6 4 £213 -40.35% 3
Cornwall -3 2 £350 -12.50% 2
Devon -11 1 £375 -0.79% 2
Gloucestershire -16 1 - - 2
Software Testing
England

For the 6 months to 22 February 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 19 (61.29%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (41.94%) JIRA
2 13 (41.94%) Selenium
2 13 (41.94%) Test Automation
3 12 (38.71%) BDD
3 12 (38.71%) C#
3 12 (38.71%) .NET
4 10 (32.26%) SQL
5 9 (29.03%) Waterfall
5 9 (29.03%) QA
6 8 (25.81%) SoapUI
6 8 (25.81%) REST
7 7 (22.58%) Cucumber
7 7 (22.58%) Groovy
7 7 (22.58%) Gherkin
7 7 (22.58%) Jenkins
7 7 (22.58%) CA Service Virtualization
7 7 (22.58%) jQuery
7 7 (22.58%) Maven
7 7 (22.58%) Ruby
7 7 (22.58%) VBScript
7 7 (22.58%) C++
7 7 (22.58%) HTML
7 7 (22.58%) Java
7 7 (22.58%) JavaScript
7 7 (22.58%) Ant
7 7 (22.58%) JUnit
7 7 (22.58%) Visual Studio
7 7 (22.58%) CSS
7 7 (22.58%) SOAP

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 1 (3.23%) Apache
1 1 (3.23%) CMS
1 1 (3.23%) IIS
1 1 (3.23%) SharePoint
1 1 (3.23%) Tomcat
Applications
1 2 (6.45%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (6.45%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (3.23%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (3.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (3.23%) MS Visio
Communications & Networking
1 7 (22.58%) HTTP
2 1 (3.23%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (9.68%) Relational Database
2 1 (3.23%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 13 (41.94%) JIRA
1 13 (41.94%) Selenium
2 8 (25.81%) SoapUI
3 7 (22.58%) Ant
3 7 (22.58%) Cucumber
3 7 (22.58%) Eclipse
3 7 (22.58%) HP UFT
3 7 (22.58%) Jenkins
3 7 (22.58%) JUnit
3 7 (22.58%) Maven
3 7 (22.58%) Visual Studio
4 5 (16.13%) JMeter
4 5 (16.13%) LoadRunner
4 5 (16.13%) NUnit
4 5 (16.13%) SpecFlow
4 5 (16.13%) WebDriver
5 1 (3.23%) LoadUI
5 1 (3.23%) Zephyr
General
1 2 (6.45%) Banking
1 2 (6.45%) Finance
1 2 (6.45%) Retail Banking
2 1 (3.23%) Aerospace
2 1 (3.23%) Avionics
Job Titles
1 13 (41.94%) Analyst
2 11 (35.48%) Test Manager
3 10 (32.26%) Test Analyst
4 6 (19.35%) Automation Test Analyst
4 6 (19.35%) Test Automation Manager
5 5 (16.13%) Selenium Test Analyst
6 3 (9.68%) Support Analyst
6 3 (9.68%) Tester
7 2 (6.45%) Project Manager
7 2 (6.45%) Software Analyst
7 2 (6.45%) Software Test Analyst
7 2 (6.45%) Software Tester
8 1 (3.23%) Applications Manager
8 1 (3.23%) Applications Support Analyst
8 1 (3.23%) Integration Engineer
8 1 (3.23%) PHP Developer
8 1 (3.23%) Programme Office Manager
8 1 (3.23%) Software Project Manager
8 1 (3.23%) Test Engineer
8 1 (3.23%) Web Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (38.71%) .NET
2 8 (25.81%) REST
3 7 (22.58%) CSS
3 7 (22.58%) Gherkin
3 7 (22.58%) HTML
3 7 (22.58%) jQuery
3 7 (22.58%) SOAP
3 7 (22.58%) XML
4 1 (3.23%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 4 (12.90%) Analytical Skills
1 4 (12.90%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 4 (12.90%) Windows
2 3 (9.68%) Windows 10
3 2 (6.45%) Windows 7
4 1 (3.23%) Linux
4 1 (3.23%) Unix
4 1 (3.23%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (61.29%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (41.94%) Test Automation
3 12 (38.71%) BDD
4 9 (29.03%) Waterfall
5 7 (22.58%) TDD
6 6 (19.35%) Performance Testing
7 5 (16.13%) Cybersecurity
7 5 (16.13%) Migration
8 4 (12.90%) Project Management
8 4 (12.90%) Test Scripting
8 4 (12.90%) Test Strategy
8 4 (12.90%) User Acceptance Testing
9 3 (9.68%) Facilities Management
9 3 (9.68%) System Testing
10 2 (6.45%) Defect Management
10 2 (6.45%) Functional Testing
10 2 (6.45%) ISMS
10 2 (6.45%) Software Delivery
10 2 (6.45%) Stakeholder and Relationship Management
10 2 (6.45%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 12 (38.71%) C#
2 10 (32.26%) SQL
3 7 (22.58%) C++
3 7 (22.58%) Groovy
3 7 (22.58%) Java
3 7 (22.58%) JavaScript
3 7 (22.58%) Jython
3 7 (22.58%) Python
3 7 (22.58%) Ruby
3 7 (22.58%) VBScript
4 1 (3.23%) Ada
4 1 (3.23%) C
4 1 (3.23%) Embedded C
4 1 (3.23%) PHP
Qualifications
1 6 (19.35%) ISEB
1 6 (19.35%) ISTQB
2 4 (12.90%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 3 (9.68%) Security Cleared
4 2 (6.45%) Degree
5 1 (3.23%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (29.03%) QA
2 2 (6.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (3.23%) DO-178B
3 1 (3.23%) PMO
Systems Management
1 7 (22.58%) CA Service Virtualization
Vendors
1 7 (22.58%) CA
1 7 (22.58%) HP
2 2 (6.45%) Capita
2 2 (6.45%) Microsoft
3 1 (3.23%) Salesforce.com