Period
to 21 January 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for SDET skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited SDET over the 6 months to 21 January 2019 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 Development Engineer in Test (SDET)
UK
6 months to
21 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 470 610 611
Rank change year-on-year +140 +1 +199
Contract jobs citing SDET 476 284 252
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.48% 0.29% 0.26%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.55% 0.33% 0.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 373 214 187
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £363 £363 £313
90th Percentile £575 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £400
% change year-on-year - +12.50% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
UK median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

SDET 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 with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 85,951 84,789 81,787
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.98% 85.86% 85.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 56,761 56,693 54,034
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +1.19%
10th Percentile £300 £281 £263
90th Percentile £650 £638 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £408 £400
% change year-on-year +4.29% +1.88% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,167 2,007 2,375
UK median hourly rate £23.49 £23.08 £23.28
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.80% -0.86% +1.20%
10th Percentile £11.31 £11.25 £11.06
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.75 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.37 £24.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -6.81% +6.67% -10.00%

SDET
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing SDET as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for SDET in the UK

SDET
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing SDET.

Contractor daily rate trend for SDET in the UK

SDET
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SDET over the 6 months to 21 January 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SDET in the UK

SDET
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing SDET.

Contractor hourly rate trend for SDET in the UK

SDET
Top 15 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SDET within the UK over the 6 months to 21 January 2019. 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
England +126 466 £475 +5.56% 105
London +106 291 £488 +4.56% 66
UK excluding London +59 183 £450 - 39
South East +37 62 £488 +2.63% 14
North of England +18 58 £425 +17.24% 9
North West +24 33 £425 -5.56% 4
South West -19 25 £450 +20.00% 8
Yorkshire -3 20 £375 +7.14% 3
Midlands +11 19 £450 - 3
East Midlands +5 10 £450 - 2
East of England -14 10 £525 +10.53% 5
West Midlands - 9 £463 - 1
Scotland -1 8 - -
North East - 5 £413 - 2
Wales - 1 £400 -

For the 6 months to 21 January 2019, IT contractor jobs citing SDET 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 with a requirement for SDET.

1 435 (91.39%) Test Automation
2 345 (72.48%) Selenium
3 300 (63.03%) Agile Software Development
4 299 (62.82%) Java
5 196 (41.18%) Cucumber
6 178 (37.39%) Jenkins
7 167 (35.08%) WebDriver
8 161 (33.82%) BDD
9 157 (32.98%) QA
10 142 (29.83%) C#
11 121 (25.42%) JavaScript
12 120 (25.21%) Scrum
13 101 (21.22%) TDD
14 85 (17.86%) Finance
14 85 (17.86%) Continuous Integration
14 85 (17.86%) SpecFlow
15 84 (17.65%) SQL
15 84 (17.65%) Python
16 81 (17.02%) Git (software)
17 80 (16.81%) Docker
18 77 (16.18%) OO
19 75 (15.76%) JMeter
20 73 (15.34%) Amazon AWS
20 73 (15.34%) API Testing
21 66 (13.87%) Gherkin
22 64 (13.45%) .NET
23 59 (12.39%) Web Services
23 59 (12.39%) Linux
23 59 (12.39%) RESTful
23 59 (12.39%) JIRA

SDET
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 24 (5.04%) Confluence
2 12 (2.52%) Elasticsearch
3 8 (1.68%) NServiceBus
4 7 (1.47%) CMS
5 5 (1.05%) CoreMedia CMS
6 4 (0.84%) Apache Spark
7 3 (0.63%) Jetty
7 3 (0.63%) Tomcat
8 2 (0.42%) Apache
8 2 (0.42%) Cloud Foundry
8 2 (0.42%) GemFire
8 2 (0.42%) Mule
9 1 (0.21%) Apache Solr
9 1 (0.21%) Ethereum
9 1 (0.21%) SharePoint
9 1 (0.21%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 3 (0.63%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.21%) HipChat
Cloud Services
1 73 (15.34%) Amazon AWS
2 52 (10.92%) Microsoft Azure
3 31 (6.51%) BrowserStack
4 26 (5.46%) GitHub
5 17 (3.57%) Sauce Labs
6 12 (2.52%) Serverless
7 9 (1.89%) AWS Lambda
8 6 (1.26%) PaaS
9 5 (1.05%) Google Cloud Platform
9 5 (1.05%) Slack
10 4 (0.84%) AWS OpsWorks
10 4 (0.84%) SaaS
11 3 (0.63%) Azure Active Directory
12 2 (0.42%) Boomi
12 2 (0.42%) DigitalOcean
12 2 (0.42%) TestFlight
Communications & Networking
1 15 (3.15%) HTTP
2 5 (1.05%) HTTPS
3 3 (0.63%) Internet
3 3 (0.63%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (6.09%) NoSQL
2 15 (3.15%) MongoDB
3 7 (1.47%) Relational Database
4 6 (1.26%) PostgreSQL
5 5 (1.05%) SQL Server
6 4 (0.84%) Apache Hive
6 4 (0.84%) Big Data
6 4 (0.84%) HBase
7 3 (0.63%) Hadoop
7 3 (0.63%) Oracle Database
8 2 (0.42%) Data Mining
8 2 (0.42%) Data Warehouse
8 2 (0.42%) Oracle Database 11g
8 2 (0.42%) Oracle Database 12c
8 2 (0.42%) Oracle Reports
9 1 (0.21%) Apache Cassandra
9 1 (0.21%) Blockchain
9 1 (0.21%) Flink
9 1 (0.21%) RDBMS
9 1 (0.21%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 345 (72.48%) Selenium
2 196 (41.18%) Cucumber
3 178 (37.39%) Jenkins
4 167 (35.08%) WebDriver
5 85 (17.86%) SpecFlow
6 81 (17.02%) Git (software)
7 75 (15.76%) JMeter
8 59 (12.39%) JIRA
9 46 (9.66%) TeamCity
10 42 (8.82%) Protractor
11 40 (8.40%) Maven
12 38 (7.98%) SoapUI
13 37 (7.77%) Appium
14 28 (5.88%) Gatling
14 28 (5.88%) JUnit
15 25 (5.25%) Jasmine
16 22 (4.62%) JBehave
17 21 (4.41%) Visual Studio
17 21 (4.41%) Visual Studio Team System
18 20 (4.20%) Gradle
General
1 85 (17.86%) Finance
2 32 (6.72%) Banking
3 19 (3.99%) Marketing
4 18 (3.78%) Retail
4 18 (3.78%) Telecoms
5 17 (3.57%) Electronics
5 17 (3.57%) Manufacturing
6 10 (2.10%) Games
7 6 (1.26%) Investment Banking
8 5 (1.05%) Online Betting
9 3 (0.63%) Automotive
9 3 (0.63%) Front Office
10 2 (0.42%) Retail Banking
11 1 (0.21%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 183 (38.45%) Developer
2 176 (36.97%) Developer in Test
3 119 (25.00%) Tester
4 105 (22.06%) Software Developer
5 102 (21.43%) Automation Tester
6 72 (15.13%) Test Engineer
7 61 (12.82%) Test Automation Developer
8 40 (8.40%) Software Test Engineer
9 36 (7.56%) Test Automation Engineer
10 34 (7.14%) Software Engineer
11 26 (5.46%) Development Engineer
11 26 (5.46%) Software Development Engineer
11 26 (5.46%) Test Development Engineer
12 24 (5.04%) Agile Developer
12 24 (5.04%) Java Developer in Test
13 22 (4.62%) Java Developer
13 22 (4.62%) Software Tester
14 20 (4.20%) Senior Developer
15 17 (3.57%) Senior Test Automation Engineer
15 17 (3.57%) Senior Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 66 (13.87%) Gherkin
2 64 (13.45%) .NET
3 59 (12.39%) RESTful
3 59 (12.39%) Web Services
4 46 (9.66%) Node.js
5 41 (8.61%) AngularJS
6 39 (8.19%) React
6 39 (8.19%) REST
7 35 (7.35%) JSON
8 30 (6.30%) SOAP
9 24 (5.04%) XML
10 22 (4.62%) Taurus
11 21 (4.41%) CSS
11 21 (4.41%) WebdriverIO
12 18 (3.78%) Spring
13 17 (3.57%) Ajax
14 15 (3.15%) Chai
14 15 (3.15%) jQuery
15 10 (2.10%) Elastic Stack
15 10 (2.10%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 45 (9.45%) Greenfield Project
2 30 (6.30%) Linux Command Line
3 25 (5.25%) Fintech
4 23 (4.83%) Mobile App
5 10 (2.10%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 7 (1.47%) Video on Demand
7 6 (1.26%) Algorithms
7 6 (1.26%) Data Structures
7 6 (1.26%) Over-the-Top Content
8 5 (1.05%) Analytical Skills
8 5 (1.05%) Online Games
8 5 (1.05%) Video\Live Streaming
9 4 (0.84%) Social Media
10 3 (0.63%) Cloud Native
10 3 (0.63%) Self-Motivation
11 2 (0.42%) Hedge funds
11 2 (0.42%) Virtual Team
12 1 (0.21%) BBC
12 1 (0.21%) Data Centre
12 1 (0.21%) New Media
Operating Systems
1 59 (12.39%) Linux
2 52 (10.92%) Unix
3 16 (3.36%) Apple iOS
4 14 (2.94%) Android
5 4 (0.84%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 3 (0.63%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 435 (91.39%) Test Automation
2 300 (63.03%) Agile Software Development
3 161 (33.82%) BDD
4 120 (25.21%) Scrum
5 101 (21.22%) TDD
6 85 (17.86%) Continuous Integration
7 77 (16.18%) OO
8 73 (15.34%) API Testing
9 57 (11.97%) DevOps
10 56 (11.76%) Manual Testing
11 52 (10.92%) OOP
12 48 (10.08%) Performance Testing
13 46 (9.66%) Exploratory Testing
13 46 (9.66%) Test Scripting
14 42 (8.82%) Software Engineering
15 40 (8.40%) SDLC
15 40 (8.40%) Unit Testing
16 38 (7.98%) Non-Functional Testing
17 37 (7.77%) Kanban
17 37 (7.77%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 299 (62.82%) Java
2 142 (29.83%) C#
3 121 (25.42%) JavaScript
4 84 (17.65%) Python
4 84 (17.65%) SQL
5 21 (4.41%) Ruby
6 15 (3.15%) T-SQL
7 13 (2.73%) Java 8
8 10 (2.10%) PHP
8 10 (2.10%) Scala
9 7 (1.47%) Groovy
9 7 (1.47%) Objective-C
9 7 (1.47%) Shell Script
10 6 (1.26%) C
10 6 (1.26%) VBA
11 5 (1.05%) Apple Swift
11 5 (1.05%) C++
12 4 (0.84%) Bash Shell
12 4 (0.84%) Kotlin
12 4 (0.84%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 24 (5.04%) Degree
2 17 (3.57%) Computer Science Degree
2 17 (3.57%) ISTQB
3 10 (2.10%) ISEB
4 8 (1.68%) BPSS Clearance
5 7 (1.47%) Security Cleared
6 6 (1.26%) SC Cleared
7 4 (0.84%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 3 (0.63%) DBS Check
8 3 (0.63%) Master's Degree
9 2 (0.42%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 157 (32.98%) QA
2 5 (1.05%) WCAG
3 3 (0.63%) Disclosure Scotland
3 3 (0.63%) GDPR
System Software
1 80 (16.81%) Docker
2 1 (0.21%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.21%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 21 (4.41%) Kubernetes
2 16 (3.36%) Puppet
3 15 (3.15%) Opscode Chef
4 11 (2.31%) Ansible
5 7 (1.47%) Kibana
6 5 (1.05%) rkt
7 3 (0.63%) Grafana
7 3 (0.63%) Graphite
7 3 (0.63%) HP ALM
7 3 (0.63%) nmon
7 3 (0.63%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
7 3 (0.63%) Single Sign-On
8 2 (0.42%) Terraform
9 1 (0.21%) HAProxy
9 1 (0.21%) Oozie
9 1 (0.21%) Prometheus
9 1 (0.21%) Rancher
Vendors
1 17 (3.57%) SAP
2 8 (1.68%) Atlassian
2 8 (1.68%) Microsoft
3 7 (1.47%) Cypress Semiconductor
3 7 (1.47%) Perfecto Mobile
4 4 (0.84%) Google
4 4 (0.84%) New Relic
4 4 (0.84%) Oracle
4 4 (0.84%) Red Hat
5 3 (0.63%) HP
5 3 (0.63%) Veracode
6 2 (0.42%) Dell
6 2 (0.42%) Perforce
7 1 (0.21%) AppDynamics
7 1 (0.21%) BT
7 1 (0.21%) hybris
7 1 (0.21%) Lets Encrypt
7 1 (0.21%) McAfee
7 1 (0.21%) Sitecore
7 1 (0.21%) Workday