The table below looks at the statistics for the Software Tester role in IT contracts advertised for the South East 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 13 February 2016 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

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
13 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Tester
Rank 248 248 221
Rank change year-on-year
0 -27
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 9 18 19
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.11% 0.19% 0.22%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.11% 0.20% 0.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 12 10
Average daily rate £300 £285 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.26% -12.30%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £216 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £360 £370 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £295 £275 £275
% change year-on-year
+7.27% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 0
Average hourly rate £42.50 £33.75 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.92% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.50 £31.25 £140.00
% change year-on-year
+36.00% -77.67%
Software Tester
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised in the South East region. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
South East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
7953 8828 7991
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 94.19% 93.80% 93.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 4824 4748 4160
Average daily rate £385 £375 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.66% +3.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £218
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £378 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+0.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 400 432 468
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.40 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.57% +5.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £10.96 £11.72
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -

Software Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

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

Software Tester Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

Software Tester
Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Software Tester Daily Rate Trend in the South East

Software Tester
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Tester across the South East region over the 3 months to 13 February 2016.

Software Tester Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

Software Tester
Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Software Tester Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

Software Tester
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Tester within the South East region over the 3 months to 13 February 2016. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Berkshire +11 3 £360 +30.90% 3
Hampshire +10 1 £200 -28.57% 1
Buckinghamshire +9 1 - - 4
Oxfordshire +2 1 - - 2
Surrey -7 1 £300 -1.63% 2
Kent -8 1 £300 -20.00%
West Sussex - 1 £300 - 1
Software Tester
England

Software Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 13 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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 13 (56.52%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (34.78%) Software Testing
2 8 (34.78%) Selenium
3 7 (30.43%) Test Scripting
3 7 (30.43%) SQL
4 6 (26.09%) C#
5 5 (21.74%) .NET
5 5 (21.74%) Microsoft
6 4 (17.39%) JIRA
6 4 (17.39%) Manual Testing
6 4 (17.39%) Automation Testing
6 4 (17.39%) Automated Testing
6 4 (17.39%) Java
7 3 (13.04%) Oracle
7 3 (13.04%) Finance
7 3 (13.04%) WebDriver
7 3 (13.04%) Performance Testing
7 3 (13.04%) Ruby
7 3 (13.04%) QA
8 2 (8.70%) Degree
8 2 (8.70%) System Testing
8 2 (8.70%) Data Migration
8 2 (8.70%) Data Protection
8 2 (8.70%) Compatibility Testing
8 2 (8.70%) iSeries
8 2 (8.70%) Test Automation
8 2 (8.70%) Oracle Database
8 2 (8.70%) Issue Tracking
8 2 (8.70%) User Acceptance Testing
8 2 (8.70%) Appcelerator Titanium

Software Tester
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 13 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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 2 (8.70%) MS Excel
1 2 (8.70%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.35%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (8.70%) MySQL
1 2 (8.70%) Oracle Database
2 1 (4.35%) Relational Database
2 1 (4.35%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 8 (34.78%) Selenium
2 4 (17.39%) JIRA
3 3 (13.04%) WebDriver
4 2 (8.70%) Appcelerator Titanium
4 2 (8.70%) Cucumber
5 1 (4.35%) Bugzilla
5 1 (4.35%) Git (software)
5 1 (4.35%) HP UFT
5 1 (4.35%) JMeter
5 1 (4.35%) NuGet
5 1 (4.35%) SoapUI
5 1 (4.35%) SpecFlow
5 1 (4.35%) Subversion
5 1 (4.35%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (4.35%) TeamCity
5 1 (4.35%) Trac
General
1 3 (13.04%) Finance
2 2 (8.70%) Retail
3 1 (4.35%) Advertising
3 1 (4.35%) Banking
3 1 (4.35%) Games
3 1 (4.35%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (21.74%) .NET
2 2 (8.70%) XML
3 1 (4.35%) AngularJS
3 1 (4.35%) Gherkin
3 1 (4.35%) HTML
3 1 (4.35%) SOAP
3 1 (4.35%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (8.70%) AS400
1 2 (8.70%) iSeries
1 2 (8.70%) Mobile App
2 1 (4.35%) Computer Science
2 1 (4.35%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 1 (4.35%) Android
1 1 (4.35%) Apple iOS
1 1 (4.35%) Debian
1 1 (4.35%) Linux
1 1 (4.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
1 1 (4.35%) SUSE
1 1 (4.35%) Windows
1 1 (4.35%) Windows Server 2003
1 1 (4.35%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (56.52%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (34.78%) Software Testing
3 7 (30.43%) Test Scripting
4 4 (17.39%) Automated Testing
4 4 (17.39%) Automation Testing
4 4 (17.39%) Manual Testing
5 3 (13.04%) Performance Testing
6 2 (8.70%) BDD
6 2 (8.70%) Compatibility Testing
6 2 (8.70%) Data Migration
6 2 (8.70%) Data Protection
6 2 (8.70%) ETL
6 2 (8.70%) Issue Tracking
6 2 (8.70%) Migration
6 2 (8.70%) Software Engineering
6 2 (8.70%) System Testing
6 2 (8.70%) Test Automation
6 2 (8.70%) User Acceptance Testing
7 1 (4.35%) E-Commerce
7 1 (4.35%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 7 (30.43%) SQL
2 6 (26.09%) C#
3 4 (17.39%) Java
4 3 (13.04%) Ruby
5 2 (8.70%) C++
6 1 (4.35%) C
6 1 (4.35%) JavaScript
6 1 (4.35%) PowerShell
6 1 (4.35%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (8.70%) Degree
2 1 (4.35%) BPSS Clearance
2 1 (4.35%) ISEB
2 1 (4.35%) SC Cleared
2 1 (4.35%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (13.04%) QA
Vendors
1 5 (21.74%) Microsoft
2 3 (13.04%) Oracle
3 2 (8.70%) HP
4 1 (4.35%) Perforce
4 1 (4.35%) Red Hat