The first table below looks at the demand for the Software Tester role in IT contracts advertised for the Bristol region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Software Tester in their job title over the 3 months to 18 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Job Titles advertised for the Bristol region.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Tester
Rank 68 53 67
Rank change year-on-year
-15 +14
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 2 5 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bristol 0.21% 0.78% 0.10%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.23% 0.84% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 3 0
Average daily rate £300 £238 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+26.31% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £280 £269 £300
% change year-on-year
+4.18% -10.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £88.75 £16.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year
+454.68% -17.94%
Job Titles Category
Bristol
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
865 598 915
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bristol 92.32% 93.58% 92.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 588 361 603
Average daily rate £350 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £238 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+0.14% -0.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 41 43 55
Average hourly rate £16.75 £13.50 £19.63
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+24.07% -31.21%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £9.00 £13.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £37.50 £36.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £17.45 £19.21
% change year-on-year
-2.57% -9.16%
Software Tester
South West

Software Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in Bristol

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Software Tester in the job title across the Bristol region as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Software Tester Jobs Demand Trend in Bristol

Software Tester
Daily Rate Trend in Bristol

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Software Tester across the Bristol region.

Software Tester Daily Rate Trend in Bristol

Software Tester
Hourly Rate Trend in Bristol

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Software Tester across the Bristol region.

Software Tester Hourly Rate Trend in Bristol

Software Tester
Top 17 Related IT Skills in Bristol

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Bristol region that cited Software Tester in their job title mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Software Tester in their job title.

1 2 (66.67%) SQL
1 2 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (33.33%) Automated Testing
2 1 (33.33%) Software Testing
2 1 (33.33%) QA
2 1 (33.33%) Selenium
2 1 (33.33%) Test Scripting
2 1 (33.33%) Manual Testing
2 1 (33.33%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (33.33%) Open Source
2 1 (33.33%) Black-Box Testing
2 1 (33.33%) SQL Server
2 1 (33.33%) MS Office
2 1 (33.33%) Visual Studio
2 1 (33.33%) MS Excel
2 1 (33.33%) ISEB
2 1 (33.33%) Scrum

Software Tester
Top Related IT Skills in Bristol by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Bristol region that cited Software Tester in their job title mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Software Tester in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Applications
1 1 (33.33%) MS Office
1 1 (33.33%) MS Excel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (33.33%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (33.33%) Selenium
1 1 (33.33%) Team Foundation Server
1 1 (33.33%) Visual Studio
Miscellaneous
1 1 (33.33%) Open Source
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (33.33%) Automated Testing
2 1 (33.33%) Software Testing
2 1 (33.33%) Test Scripting
2 1 (33.33%) Manual Testing
2 1 (33.33%) Black-Box Testing
2 1 (33.33%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 2 (66.67%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (33.33%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (33.33%) QA