The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the South East region that had Software Tester featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 23 July 2016 with a comparison to same period over 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.

3 months to
23 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Tester
Rank 260 255 239
Rank change year-on-year
-5 -16
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 8 11 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.090% 0.12% 0.089%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.095% 0.12% 0.095%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 10 6
Median daily rate £325 £320 £273
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.56% +17.43%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £266 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £357 £358 £315
UK excluding London median daily rate £311 £288 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.26% -4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Median hourly rate - - £24.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £25.00 £24.50
% change year-on-year
- +2.04%
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
8390 9036 8445
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 94.35% 94.68% 94.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 4991 5248 4541
Median daily rate £400 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £495
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 378 427 430
Median hourly rate £21.00 £16.14 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+30.11% -2.18%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £41.29 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.16 £16.20
% change year-on-year
+2.10% -0.24%

Software Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

The demand trend of IT contracts across the South East region that featured Software Tester in the job title.

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
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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Tester within the South East region over the 3 months to 23 July 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Berkshire -3 4 £348 -0.71% 3
Surrey - 2 £300 - 1
Buckinghamshire +12 1 - - 2
West Sussex -4 1 £270 -16.92% 1
Software Tester
England

Software Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 23 July 2016, Software Tester contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the South East region featuring Software Tester in the job title.

1 9 (64.29%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (42.86%) Scrum
3 5 (35.71%) Selenium
3 5 (35.71%) Data Protection
3 5 (35.71%) BDD
4 4 (28.57%) WebDriver
4 4 (28.57%) Test Scripting
4 4 (28.57%) Continuous Integration
4 4 (28.57%) Automated Testing
4 4 (28.57%) Windows
4 4 (28.57%) C#
4 4 (28.57%) SQL
4 4 (28.57%) SpecFlow
4 4 (28.57%) Jenkins
5 3 (21.43%) SoapUI
5 3 (21.43%) Embedded Systems
5 3 (21.43%) Exploratory Testing
5 3 (21.43%) Cucumber
5 3 (21.43%) C++
5 3 (21.43%) Linux
5 3 (21.43%) SOAP
5 3 (21.43%) Shell Script
5 3 (21.43%) Configuration Management
5 3 (21.43%) TDD
5 3 (21.43%) Software Engineering
5 3 (21.43%) User Acceptance Testing
5 3 (21.43%) Multithreading
5 3 (21.43%) Git (software)
6 2 (14.29%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (14.29%) Test Automation

Software Tester Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills in the South East 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 1 (7.14%) Apache Pig
1 1 (7.14%) Apache Spark
1 1 (7.14%) SharePoint
Business Applications
1 1 (7.14%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 1 (7.14%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (7.14%) Apache Hive
1 1 (7.14%) Big Data
1 1 (7.14%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (7.14%) Hadoop
1 1 (7.14%) Sqoop
1 1 (7.14%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 5 (35.71%) Selenium
2 4 (28.57%) Jenkins
2 4 (28.57%) SpecFlow
2 4 (28.57%) WebDriver
3 3 (21.43%) Cucumber
3 3 (21.43%) Git (software)
3 3 (21.43%) SoapUI
4 2 (14.29%) JIRA
4 2 (14.29%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (7.14%) JUnit
5 1 (7.14%) PigUnit
5 1 (7.14%) PyUnit
5 1 (7.14%) RSpec
5 1 (7.14%) TestRail
General
1 1 (7.14%) Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (21.43%) SOAP
2 2 (14.29%) .NET
2 2 (14.29%) Web Services
3 1 (7.14%) Apache Tez
3 1 (7.14%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 3 (21.43%) Embedded Systems
2 1 (7.14%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 4 (28.57%) Windows
2 3 (21.43%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (64.29%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (42.86%) Scrum
3 5 (35.71%) BDD
3 5 (35.71%) Data Protection
4 4 (28.57%) Automated Testing
4 4 (28.57%) Continuous Integration
4 4 (28.57%) Test Scripting
5 3 (21.43%) Configuration Management
5 3 (21.43%) Exploratory Testing
5 3 (21.43%) Multithreading
5 3 (21.43%) Software Engineering
5 3 (21.43%) TDD
5 3 (21.43%) User Acceptance Testing
6 2 (14.29%) Defect Tracking
6 2 (14.29%) Regression Testing
6 2 (14.29%) Software Delivery
6 2 (14.29%) Test Automation
6 2 (14.29%) Test Planning
6 2 (14.29%) Test Strategy
6 2 (14.29%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 4 (28.57%) C#
1 4 (28.57%) SQL
2 3 (21.43%) C++
2 3 (21.43%) Shell Script
3 2 (14.29%) Embedded C++
3 2 (14.29%) Java
4 1 (7.14%) Bash Shell
4 1 (7.14%) Python
Qualifications
1 2 (14.29%) ISTQB
2 1 (7.14%) Degree
2 1 (7.14%) ISEB
2 1 (7.14%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
2 1 (7.14%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (7.14%) SDET
System Software
1 1 (7.14%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 1 (7.14%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (7.14%) Oozie
Vendors
1 2 (14.29%) HP