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 4 August 2015 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
4 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Tester
Rank 259 236 223
Rank change year-on-year
-23 -13
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 11 7 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.12% 0.076% 0.13%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.13% 0.083% 0.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 4 4
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£330 £270 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+22.22% -13.60%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £257 £237 £233
10% offered a daily rate of more than £435 £314 £393
UK excluding London average daily rate £290 £275 £300
% change year-on-year
+5.45% -8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Average hourly rate - £24.50 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £24.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+2.04% -2.00%
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
8768 8425 7847
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 92.28% 91.79% 92.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 5222 4592 4097
Average daily rate £375 £350 £358
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -2.09%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £213 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 398 403 523
Average hourly rate £16.00 £16.48 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.91% -3.05%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.17 £11.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
- -2.94%

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 4 August 2015.

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 4 August 2015. 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
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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 - 6 £350 - 2
Hampshire -7 3 £315 -4.54%
Buckinghamshire -4 1 £300 +9.09%
Surrey -5 1 - - 2
Software Tester
England

Software Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 4 August 2015, 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 18 (64.29%) Selenium
2 16 (57.14%) Test Scripting
3 15 (53.57%) QA
4 13 (46.43%) Agile Software Development
5 12 (42.86%) WebDriver
6 11 (39.29%) Test Automation
7 9 (32.14%) BDD
7 9 (32.14%) Scrum
8 8 (28.57%) C#
8 8 (28.57%) SC Cleared
8 8 (28.57%) Security Cleared
9 7 (25.00%) Cucumber
10 6 (21.43%) SQL
11 5 (17.86%) C++
11 5 (17.86%) Java
11 5 (17.86%) Software Testing
11 5 (17.86%) JIRA
12 4 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
12 4 (14.29%) HP Quality Center
12 4 (14.29%) SoapUI
12 4 (14.29%) XML
12 4 (14.29%) Regression Testing
12 4 (14.29%) Automation Testing
13 3 (10.71%) Mobile App
13 3 (10.71%) Finance
13 3 (10.71%) Linux
13 3 (10.71%) Python
13 3 (10.71%) SOAP
13 3 (10.71%) Web Services
13 3 (10.71%) Jenkins

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

For the 6 months to 4 August 2015, 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.

Application Platforms
1 1 (3.57%) Confluence
Applications
1 1 (3.57%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (3.57%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.57%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.57%) MySQL
1 1 (3.57%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 18 (64.29%) Selenium
2 12 (42.86%) WebDriver
3 7 (25.00%) Cucumber
4 5 (17.86%) JIRA
5 4 (14.29%) SoapUI
6 3 (10.71%) Jenkins
7 2 (7.14%) HP UFT
7 2 (7.14%) SpecFlow
General
1 3 (10.71%) Finance
2 2 (7.14%) Billing
3 1 (3.57%) Retail Banking
3 1 (3.57%) Marketing
3 1 (3.57%) Electronics
3 1 (3.57%) Telecoms
3 1 (3.57%) Legal
3 1 (3.57%) Manufacturing
3 1 (3.57%) Banking
3 1 (3.57%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (14.29%) XML
2 3 (10.71%) SOAP
2 3 (10.71%) Web Services
3 1 (3.57%) .NET
3 1 (3.57%) ASP.NET
3 1 (3.57%) RESTful
3 1 (3.57%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 3 (10.71%) Mobile App
2 2 (7.14%) Smart Meter
3 1 (3.57%) DTV
3 1 (3.57%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 3 (10.71%) Linux
2 1 (3.57%) Android
2 1 (3.57%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (57.14%) Test Scripting
2 13 (46.43%) Agile Software Development
3 11 (39.29%) Test Automation
4 9 (32.14%) Scrum
4 9 (32.14%) BDD
5 5 (17.86%) Software Testing
6 4 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
6 4 (14.29%) Regression Testing
6 4 (14.29%) Automation Testing
7 3 (10.71%) Data Protection
7 3 (10.71%) Open Source
7 3 (10.71%) Continuous Integration
8 2 (7.14%) Automated Testing
8 2 (7.14%) Software Engineering
8 2 (7.14%) System Integration Testing
8 2 (7.14%) Functional Testing
9 1 (3.57%) User Stories
9 1 (3.57%) Mobile Application Development
9 1 (3.57%) Continuous Improvement
9 1 (3.57%) Black-Box Testing
Programming Languages
1 8 (28.57%) C#
2 6 (21.43%) SQL
3 5 (17.86%) C++
3 5 (17.86%) Java
4 3 (10.71%) Python
5 2 (7.14%) C
6 1 (3.57%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 8 (28.57%) SC Cleared
1 8 (28.57%) Security Cleared
2 2 (7.14%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (53.57%) QA
Systems Management
1 4 (14.29%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1 (3.57%) Oracle
1 1 (3.57%) SAP
1 1 (3.57%) IBM
1 1 (3.57%) Microsoft
1 1 (3.57%) HP
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