Period
to 6 December 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 6 December 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
6 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 530 467 654
Rank change year-on-year -63 +187 +24
Contract jobs citing SDET 272 494 259
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.33% 0.47% 0.25%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.39% 0.54% 0.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 209 386 202
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £380 £363 £369
90th Percentile £569 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £453 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +0.56% - +12.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
UK median hourly rate £8.00 - -
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 69,868 91,278 89,590
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 85.72% 87.06% 86.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 45,681 60,484 59,693
UK median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £288 £300 £275
90th Percentile £650 £638 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £433 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +1.76% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,282 2,366 2,135
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £22.10 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.35% -3.92% +2.22%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.18 £11.25
90th Percentile £53.00 £50.25 £49.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £21.00 £23.14
% change year-on-year +7.14% -9.25% +2.84%

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 6 December 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 14 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 6 December 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 -34 266 £475 - 104
London -11 170 £500 +5.26% 46
UK excluding London -30 99 £453 +0.56% 60
South East +50 54 £475 - 18
North of England -27 19 £463 +8.82% 22
South West -10 11 £400 -15.79% 2
North West -14 11 £450 +5.88% 5
Midlands +35 8 £344 -23.67% 4
Yorkshire +11 8 £476 +27.00% 15
East Midlands +23 5 £344 -23.67% 3
West Midlands +31 3 £398 -14.05% 1
Scotland +26 3 £450 - 2
East of England +27 2 £519 -1.19% 12
Wales +26 2 £400 -3.03%

For the 6 months to 6 December 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.

1 219 (80.51%) Test Automation
2 134 (49.26%) Selenium
3 119 (43.75%) Agile Software Development
4 116 (42.65%) Java
5 93 (34.19%) JavaScript
6 89 (32.72%) BDD
7 85 (31.25%) C#
8 77 (28.31%) Cucumber
9 73 (26.84%) QA
10 68 (25.00%) Jenkins
11 63 (23.16%) TDD
12 58 (21.32%) Azure
13 53 (19.49%) Scrum
14 46 (16.91%) AngularJS
15 45 (16.54%) Docker
16 43 (15.81%) DevOps
16 43 (15.81%) .NET
17 42 (15.44%) SpecFlow
17 42 (15.44%) WebDriver
18 41 (15.07%) SQL
19 40 (14.71%) Finance
19 40 (14.71%) Git (software)
20 39 (14.34%) Continuous Integration
21 37 (13.60%) RESTful
22 33 (12.13%) API Testing
23 32 (11.76%) SOAP
23 32 (11.76%) JIRA
24 30 (11.03%) Node.js
24 30 (11.03%) Microservices
25 29 (10.66%) JMeter

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 14 (5.15%) Confluence
2 4 (1.47%) Tomcat
3 3 (1.10%) Jetty
3 3 (1.10%) OpenEdge
4 2 (0.74%) Cloud Foundry
4 2 (0.74%) Elasticsearch
5 1 (0.37%) Apache
5 1 (0.37%) Apache Spark
5 1 (0.37%) GemFire
5 1 (0.37%) IIS
5 1 (0.37%) NServiceBus
Business Applications
1 1 (0.37%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 58 (21.32%) Azure
2 25 (9.19%) AWS
3 13 (4.78%) GitHub
4 7 (2.57%) BrowserStack
4 7 (2.57%) Serverless
5 6 (2.21%) Force.com
6 5 (1.84%) GCP
7 2 (0.74%) Lucidchart
7 2 (0.74%) PaaS
7 2 (0.74%) Trello
8 1 (0.37%) Akamai
8 1 (0.37%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.37%) Dynamics 365
8 1 (0.37%) Sauce Labs
8 1 (0.37%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 3 (1.10%) HTTP
2 2 (0.74%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (4.04%) Big Data
1 11 (4.04%) SQL Server
2 9 (3.31%) MongoDB
3 7 (2.57%) Cosmos DB
4 5 (1.84%) MySQL
4 5 (1.84%) NoSQL
5 4 (1.47%) Data Mining
6 3 (1.10%) Blockchain
7 2 (0.74%) Azure SQL Database
7 2 (0.74%) HBase
7 2 (0.74%) SQL Server 2012
8 1 (0.37%) Apache Hive
8 1 (0.37%) DB2
8 1 (0.37%) Hadoop
8 1 (0.37%) KDB
8 1 (0.37%) Kdb+
8 1 (0.37%) Neo4j
Development Applications
1 134 (49.26%) Selenium
2 77 (28.31%) Cucumber
3 68 (25.00%) Jenkins
4 42 (15.44%) SpecFlow
4 42 (15.44%) WebDriver
5 40 (14.71%) Git (software)
6 32 (11.76%) JIRA
7 29 (10.66%) JMeter
8 28 (10.29%) Cypress.io
9 23 (8.46%) SoapUI
10 21 (7.72%) Protractor
11 20 (7.35%) Postman
12 18 (6.62%) Visual Studio Team System
13 12 (4.41%) JUnit
14 11 (4.04%) Maven
14 11 (4.04%) NUnit
14 11 (4.04%) Visual Studio
15 10 (3.68%) TeamCity
16 8 (2.94%) Appium
17 7 (2.57%) Gatling
General
1 40 (14.71%) Finance
2 10 (3.68%) Public Sector
3 9 (3.31%) Banking
4 7 (2.57%) Front Office
5 2 (0.74%) Games
5 2 (0.74%) Publishing
6 1 (0.37%) Advertising
6 1 (0.37%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.37%) Marketing
6 1 (0.37%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.37%) Retail
6 1 (0.37%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 95 (34.93%) Developer
2 90 (33.09%) Developer in Test
3 69 (25.37%) Software Developer
4 49 (18.01%) Test Engineer
5 41 (15.07%) Tester
6 36 (13.24%) Automation Tester
7 34 (12.50%) Software Test Engineer
8 29 (10.66%) Development Engineer
8 29 (10.66%) Software Development Engineer
8 29 (10.66%) Software Engineer
8 29 (10.66%) Test Development Engineer
9 22 (8.09%) Test Automation Developer
10 21 (7.72%) Test Automation Engineer
11 16 (5.88%) Analyst
11 16 (5.88%) Java Developer
12 15 (5.51%) Java Developer in Test
12 15 (5.51%) Test Analyst
13 12 (4.41%) Automation Test Analyst
14 11 (4.04%) Java Software Developer
15 8 (2.94%) Python Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 46 (16.91%) AngularJS
2 43 (15.81%) .NET
3 37 (13.60%) RESTful
4 32 (11.76%) SOAP
5 30 (11.03%) Node.js
6 28 (10.29%) Gherkin
7 24 (8.82%) React
8 23 (8.46%) Web Services
9 22 (8.09%) JSON
10 18 (6.62%) REST
11 13 (4.78%) HTML
11 13 (4.78%) Spring
11 13 (4.78%) WebdriverIO
12 12 (4.41%) CSS
13 11 (4.04%) Middleware
14 9 (3.31%) .NET Framework
14 9 (3.31%) Nightwatchjs
14 9 (3.31%) XML
15 8 (2.94%) ASP.NET Web API
16 7 (2.57%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 18 (6.62%) Greenfield Project
2 10 (3.68%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (3.68%) Virtual Team
3 8 (2.94%) Enterprise Software
4 7 (2.57%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 7 (2.57%) Mobile App
5 6 (2.21%) N-Tier
6 4 (1.47%) Equities
6 4 (1.47%) Linux Command Line
7 3 (1.10%) Video on Demand
8 1 (0.37%) DataPower
8 1 (0.37%) Fixed Income
8 1 (0.37%) Hedge funds
8 1 (0.37%) Over-the-Top Content
8 1 (0.37%) Self-Motivation
8 1 (0.37%) STB
Operating Systems
1 16 (5.88%) Linux
2 9 (3.31%) Unix
3 5 (1.84%) Android
3 5 (1.84%) Apple iOS
3 5 (1.84%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 219 (80.51%) Test Automation
2 119 (43.75%) Agile Software Development
3 89 (32.72%) BDD
4 63 (23.16%) TDD
5 53 (19.49%) Scrum
6 43 (15.81%) DevOps
7 39 (14.34%) Continuous Integration
8 33 (12.13%) API Testing
9 30 (11.03%) Microservices
10 27 (9.93%) Test Strategy
11 24 (8.82%) Kanban
11 24 (8.82%) Performance Testing
11 24 (8.82%) Test Scripting
12 21 (7.72%) Fintech
12 21 (7.72%) Scenario Testing
12 21 (7.72%) Software Testing
13 20 (7.35%) Stakeholder Management
14 19 (6.99%) Problem-Solving
15 18 (6.62%) User Stories
16 17 (6.25%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 116 (42.65%) Java
2 93 (34.19%) JavaScript
3 85 (31.25%) C#
4 41 (15.07%) SQL
5 26 (9.56%) Python
6 24 (8.82%) TypeScript
7 14 (5.15%) Ruby
8 7 (2.57%) PowerShell
9 6 (2.21%) Shell Script
10 5 (1.84%) Java 8
10 5 (1.84%) PHP
10 5 (1.84%) T-SQL
11 4 (1.47%) C
11 4 (1.47%) Scala
12 1 (0.37%) C++
12 1 (0.37%) ES6
12 1 (0.37%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 19 (6.99%) SC Cleared
1 19 (6.99%) Security Cleared
2 16 (5.88%) Degree
3 12 (4.41%) Computer Science Degree
4 10 (3.68%) ISTQB
5 6 (2.21%) ISEB
6 1 (0.37%) DV Cleared
6 1 (0.37%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 73 (26.84%) QA
2 2 (0.74%) GDPR
System Software
1 45 (16.54%) Docker
2 2 (0.74%) HDFS
3 1 (0.37%) Apache ZooKeeper
3 1 (0.37%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 7 (2.57%) Kubernetes
2 6 (2.21%) Ansible
2 6 (2.21%) Opscode Chef
2 6 (2.21%) Puppet
3 4 (1.47%) HP Quality Center
3 4 (1.47%) Kibana
3 4 (1.47%) Terraform
4 1 (0.37%) HP ALM
4 1 (0.37%) rkt
Vendors
1 26 (9.56%) Microsoft
2 5 (1.84%) Google
3 4 (1.47%) Atlassian
3 4 (1.47%) HP
3 4 (1.47%) Oracle
4 3 (1.10%) Splunk
5 2 (0.74%) New Relic
6 1 (0.37%) Cisco
6 1 (0.37%) IBM
6 1 (0.37%) Micro Focus
6 1 (0.37%) MuleSoft