Period
to 21 November 2018

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 November 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 Development Engineer in Test (SDET)
UK
6 months to
21 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 458 660 664
Rank change year-on-year +202 +4 +152
Contract jobs citing SDET 483 227 233
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.46% 0.22% 0.22%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.54% 0.26% 0.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 375 177 168
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
10th Percentile £363 £369 £312
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 89,902 88,410 89,209
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.39% 85.71% 85.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 59,517 58,799 58,827
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £300 £276 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +4.58%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,324 2,124 2,465
UK median hourly rate £22.10 £23.08 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.24% +2.56% +2.27%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.68 £49.75 £48.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £23.88 £22.50
% change year-on-year -9.95% +6.11% -

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 November 2018.

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 November 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
England +196 468 £475 +5.56% 78
London +132 287 £475 +1.88% 39
UK excluding London +113 194 £450 - 40
North of England +57 70 £425 +1.49% 4
South East +18 47 £475 +2.70% 18
North West +11 38 £425 -5.56% 2
Yorkshire +14 27 £400 +3.23% 2
South West +6 25 £475 +16.92% 4
Midlands +3 23 £450 +16.13% 4
East of England -5 16 £525 +16.67% 9
East Midlands +15 15 £450 +16.13% 2
Scotland -8 8 - -
West Midlands - 8 £463 - 2
Wales - 5 £400 -
North East - 5 £413 -

For the 6 months to 21 November 2018, 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.

1 448 (92.75%) Test Automation
2 353 (73.08%) Selenium
3 326 (67.49%) Java
4 315 (65.22%) Agile Software Development
5 230 (47.62%) Cucumber
6 178 (36.85%) QA
7 176 (36.44%) WebDriver
8 164 (33.95%) Jenkins
9 160 (33.13%) BDD
10 157 (32.51%) C#
11 121 (25.05%) TDD
12 119 (24.64%) Scrum
13 111 (22.98%) JavaScript
14 110 (22.77%) API Testing
15 95 (19.67%) Python
15 95 (19.67%) Finance
16 93 (19.25%) Continuous Integration
16 93 (19.25%) SpecFlow
17 86 (17.81%) Amazon AWS
18 85 (17.60%) Git (software)
19 80 (16.56%) OO
20 79 (16.36%) .NET
20 79 (16.36%) JMeter
21 78 (16.15%) Gherkin
22 77 (15.94%) RESTful
23 75 (15.53%) Docker
24 74 (15.32%) SQL
25 73 (15.11%) Linux
26 66 (13.66%) JIRA
27 65 (13.46%) Web Services

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 33 (6.83%) Confluence
2 12 (2.48%) NServiceBus
3 6 (1.24%) Elasticsearch
4 5 (1.04%) CMS
5 4 (0.83%) Apache Spark
6 3 (0.62%) Jetty
6 3 (0.62%) Tomcat
7 2 (0.41%) Mule
8 1 (0.21%) Apache
8 1 (0.21%) Apache Solr
8 1 (0.21%) Cloud Foundry
8 1 (0.21%) CoreMedia CMS
8 1 (0.21%) Ethereum
8 1 (0.21%) GemFire
8 1 (0.21%) Sitecore CMS
8 1 (0.21%) WordPress
Applications
1 5 (1.04%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.21%) HipChat
Cloud Services
1 86 (17.81%) Amazon AWS
2 40 (8.28%) Microsoft Azure
3 32 (6.63%) BrowserStack
4 23 (4.76%) GitHub
5 19 (3.93%) Sauce Labs
6 7 (1.45%) Serverless
6 7 (1.45%) Slack
7 6 (1.24%) DigitalOcean
8 5 (1.04%) AWS Lambda
9 2 (0.41%) BlazeMeter
9 2 (0.41%) Boomi
9 2 (0.41%) SaaS
9 2 (0.41%) TestFlight
10 1 (0.21%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 19 (3.93%) HTTP
2 9 (1.86%) HTTPS
3 3 (0.62%) Internet
4 1 (0.21%) FIX Connectivity
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (4.76%) NoSQL
2 17 (3.52%) MongoDB
3 9 (1.86%) PostgreSQL
4 6 (1.24%) Relational Database
4 6 (1.24%) SQL Server
5 4 (0.83%) Apache Hive
5 4 (0.83%) Big Data
6 3 (0.62%) Hadoop
7 2 (0.41%) Data Mining
7 2 (0.41%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (0.41%) HBase
8 1 (0.21%) Apache Cassandra
8 1 (0.21%) Blockchain
8 1 (0.21%) Flink
8 1 (0.21%) RDBMS
8 1 (0.21%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.21%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 353 (73.08%) Selenium
2 230 (47.62%) Cucumber
3 176 (36.44%) WebDriver
4 164 (33.95%) Jenkins
5 93 (19.25%) SpecFlow
6 85 (17.60%) Git (software)
7 79 (16.36%) JMeter
8 66 (13.66%) JIRA
9 49 (10.14%) Maven
10 46 (9.52%) Appium
11 44 (9.11%) Protractor
12 41 (8.49%) SoapUI
13 35 (7.25%) TeamCity
14 32 (6.63%) JUnit
15 28 (5.80%) Gatling
15 28 (5.80%) Gradle
15 28 (5.80%) Jasmine
15 28 (5.80%) JBehave
16 26 (5.38%) Visual Studio
17 16 (3.31%) LoadRunner
General
1 95 (19.67%) Finance
2 37 (7.66%) Banking
3 22 (4.55%) Marketing
4 21 (4.35%) Telecoms
5 20 (4.14%) Electronics
5 20 (4.14%) Manufacturing
6 15 (3.11%) Retail
7 6 (1.24%) Investment Banking
8 5 (1.04%) Games
9 4 (0.83%) Automotive
10 2 (0.41%) Front Office
10 2 (0.41%) Retail Banking
11 1 (0.21%) Advertising
11 1 (0.21%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.21%) Online Betting
Job Titles
1 182 (37.68%) Developer
2 170 (35.20%) Developer in Test
3 116 (24.02%) Tester
4 104 (21.53%) Automation Tester
5 98 (20.29%) Software Developer
6 68 (14.08%) Test Engineer
7 58 (12.01%) Test Automation Developer
8 39 (8.07%) Software Test Engineer
9 30 (6.21%) Test Automation Engineer
10 29 (6.00%) Software Engineer
11 25 (5.18%) Development Engineer
11 25 (5.18%) Java Developer
11 25 (5.18%) Software Development Engineer
11 25 (5.18%) Test Development Engineer
12 23 (4.76%) C# Developer
12 23 (4.76%) Java Developer in Test
13 22 (4.55%) Agile Developer
14 19 (3.93%) Selenium Automation Tester
14 19 (3.93%) Selenium Tester
14 19 (3.93%) Software Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 79 (16.36%) .NET
2 78 (16.15%) Gherkin
3 77 (15.94%) RESTful
4 65 (13.46%) Web Services
5 53 (10.97%) React
6 38 (7.87%) AngularJS
7 37 (7.66%) Node.js
8 36 (7.45%) SOAP
9 35 (7.25%) JSON
9 35 (7.25%) REST
10 22 (4.55%) XML
11 19 (3.93%) .NET Framework
11 19 (3.93%) Spring
11 19 (3.93%) Taurus
12 18 (3.73%) Nightwatchjs
12 18 (3.73%) WebdriverIO
13 16 (3.31%) CSS
14 15 (3.11%) Chai
15 14 (2.90%) jQuery
16 13 (2.69%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 50 (10.35%) Greenfield Project
2 37 (7.66%) Linux Command Line
3 26 (5.38%) Mobile App
4 23 (4.76%) Fintech
5 21 (4.35%) Computer Science
6 16 (3.31%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 15 (3.11%) Algorithms
7 15 (3.11%) Data Structures
8 12 (2.48%) Analytical Skills
9 8 (1.66%) Video on Demand
10 4 (0.83%) IPTV
10 4 (0.83%) Over-the-Top Content
10 4 (0.83%) Video\Live Streaming
11 3 (0.62%) Cloud Native
11 3 (0.62%) Equities
11 3 (0.62%) Smart Meter
11 3 (0.62%) Social Media
12 2 (0.41%) Hedge funds
12 2 (0.41%) User Experience
12 2 (0.41%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 73 (15.11%) Linux
2 64 (13.25%) Unix
3 16 (3.31%) Android
3 16 (3.31%) Apple iOS
4 4 (0.83%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 448 (92.75%) Test Automation
2 315 (65.22%) Agile Software Development
3 160 (33.13%) BDD
4 121 (25.05%) TDD
5 119 (24.64%) Scrum
6 110 (22.77%) API Testing
7 93 (19.25%) Continuous Integration
8 80 (16.56%) OO
9 53 (10.97%) OOP
10 48 (9.94%) DevOps
11 47 (9.73%) Test Scripting
12 43 (8.90%) Performance Testing
13 42 (8.70%) Kanban
13 42 (8.70%) Software Engineering
14 41 (8.49%) Digital Transformation Programme
14 41 (8.49%) Exploratory Testing
15 40 (8.28%) Front End Development
16 39 (8.07%) Manual Testing
16 39 (8.07%) Unit Testing
17 35 (7.25%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 326 (67.49%) Java
2 157 (32.51%) C#
3 111 (22.98%) JavaScript
4 95 (19.67%) Python
5 74 (15.32%) SQL
6 23 (4.76%) Ruby
7 13 (2.69%) PHP
8 12 (2.48%) Groovy
9 9 (1.86%) C++
9 9 (1.86%) Java 8
9 9 (1.86%) T-SQL
9 9 (1.86%) VBA
10 8 (1.66%) Scala
10 8 (1.66%) Shell Script
11 7 (1.45%) Bash Shell
11 7 (1.45%) TypeScript
12 6 (1.24%) Apple Swift
12 6 (1.24%) Kotlin
12 6 (1.24%) Objective-C
13 5 (1.04%) C
Qualifications
1 27 (5.59%) Degree
2 21 (4.35%) ISTQB
3 18 (3.73%) Computer Science Degree
4 14 (2.90%) ISEB
5 12 (2.48%) Security Cleared
6 8 (1.66%) BPSS Clearance
7 6 (1.24%) SC Cleared
8 4 (0.83%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 3 (0.62%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 3 (0.62%) Master's Degree
10 2 (0.41%) DBS Check
11 1 (0.21%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 178 (36.85%) QA
2 5 (1.04%) Disclosure Scotland
3 3 (0.62%) WCAG
4 1 (0.21%) GDPR
System Software
1 75 (15.53%) Docker
2 1 (0.21%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 14 (2.90%) Kubernetes
2 12 (2.48%) Puppet
3 11 (2.28%) Opscode Chef
4 6 (1.24%) Ansible
4 6 (1.24%) HP Quality Center
5 3 (0.62%) Grafana
5 3 (0.62%) Graphite
6 1 (0.21%) HAProxy
6 1 (0.21%) Kibana
6 1 (0.21%) Oozie
6 1 (0.21%) Prometheus
6 1 (0.21%) Rancher
6 1 (0.21%) rkt
6 1 (0.21%) Terraform
Vendors
1 20 (4.14%) SAP
2 14 (2.90%) Microsoft
3 13 (2.69%) Cypress Semiconductor
4 11 (2.28%) Perfecto Mobile
5 10 (2.07%) Atlassian
6 5 (1.04%) Veracode
7 2 (0.41%) Dell
8 1 (0.21%) AppDynamics
8 1 (0.21%) Google
8 1 (0.21%) HP
8 1 (0.21%) hybris
8 1 (0.21%) Lets Encrypt
8 1 (0.21%) Oracle
8 1 (0.21%) Sitecore
8 1 (0.21%) SOASTA, Inc
8 1 (0.21%) Workday
8 1 (0.21%) WSO2
8 1 (0.21%) Xamarin