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 29 April 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.

3 months to
29 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Tester
Rank 271 245 242
Rank change year-on-year
-26 -3
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 7 19 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.073% 0.19% 0.075%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.076% 0.20% 0.080%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 18 5
Average daily rate £360 £353 £280
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.12% +25.89%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £294 £225 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £374 £390 £420
UK excluding London average daily rate £323 £289 £278
% change year-on-year
+11.68% +4.05%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £43.50 £164.00 £88.75
% change year-on-year
-73.47% +84.78%
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
9195 9387 8770
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 95.43% 94.33% 93.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 5592 5136 4818
Average daily rate £400 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £235 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 375 453 481
Average hourly rate £17.50 £18.90 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.40% +8.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.35 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £42.50 £51.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.83 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+4.01% -1.02%

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
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 29 April 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 +2 4 £360 +1.40% 2
West Sussex - 2 £344 -
Oxfordshire - 1 £288 -
Software Tester
England

Software Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 29 April 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 10 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (46.67%) C#
2 7 (46.67%) Selenium
3 6 (40.00%) WebDriver
3 6 (40.00%) BDD
4 5 (33.33%) Data Protection
4 5 (33.33%) Java
4 5 (33.33%) SQL
5 4 (26.67%) Test Scripting
5 4 (26.67%) Test Automation
5 4 (26.67%) SpecFlow
5 4 (26.67%) Cucumber
6 3 (20.00%) JIRA
6 3 (20.00%) Software Testing
7 2 (13.33%) Degree
7 2 (13.33%) Performance Testing
7 2 (13.33%) Unit Testing
7 2 (13.33%) C++
7 2 (13.33%) Scrum
7 2 (13.33%) Automated Testing
7 2 (13.33%) Software Engineering
7 2 (13.33%) MySQL
7 2 (13.33%) Windows
7 2 (13.33%) Software Delivery
7 2 (13.33%) Mobile App
7 2 (13.33%) Team Foundation Server
8 1 (6.67%) Hadoop
8 1 (6.67%) RSpec
8 1 (6.67%) Bash Shell
8 1 (6.67%) PyUnit

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

For the 6 months to 29 April 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.

Application Platforms
1 1 (6.67%) Apache Pig
1 1 (6.67%) Apache Spark
1 1 (6.67%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (6.67%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (6.67%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 1 (6.67%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (13.33%) MySQL
2 1 (6.67%) Apache Hive
2 1 (6.67%) Big Data
2 1 (6.67%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (6.67%) Hadoop
2 1 (6.67%) Relational Database
2 1 (6.67%) SQL Server
2 1 (6.67%) Sqoop
2 1 (6.67%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 7 (46.67%) Selenium
2 6 (40.00%) WebDriver
3 4 (26.67%) Cucumber
3 4 (26.67%) SpecFlow
4 3 (20.00%) JIRA
5 2 (13.33%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (6.67%) Bugzilla
6 1 (6.67%) Git (software)
6 1 (6.67%) HP UFT
6 1 (6.67%) Jenkins
6 1 (6.67%) JMeter
6 1 (6.67%) JUnit
6 1 (6.67%) NuGet
6 1 (6.67%) PyUnit
6 1 (6.67%) RSpec
6 1 (6.67%) SoapUI
6 1 (6.67%) Subversion
6 1 (6.67%) TeamCity
6 1 (6.67%) Trac
General
1 1 (6.67%) Advertising
1 1 (6.67%) Finance
1 1 (6.67%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (6.67%) .NET
1 1 (6.67%) Gherkin
1 1 (6.67%) HTML
1 1 (6.67%) SOAP
1 1 (6.67%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (13.33%) Mobile App
2 1 (6.67%) Computer Science
2 1 (6.67%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 2 (13.33%) Windows
2 1 (6.67%) Android
2 1 (6.67%) Apple iOS
2 1 (6.67%) Debian
2 1 (6.67%) Linux
2 1 (6.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (6.67%) SUSE
2 1 (6.67%) Windows Server 2003
2 1 (6.67%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (40.00%) BDD
3 5 (33.33%) Data Protection
4 4 (26.67%) Test Automation
4 4 (26.67%) Test Scripting
5 3 (20.00%) Software Testing
6 2 (13.33%) Automated Testing
6 2 (13.33%) Performance Testing
6 2 (13.33%) Scrum
6 2 (13.33%) Software Delivery
6 2 (13.33%) Software Engineering
6 2 (13.33%) Unit Testing
7 1 (6.67%) Automation Testing
7 1 (6.67%) Continuous Integration
7 1 (6.67%) Cross-Browser Compatibility
7 1 (6.67%) Integration Testing
7 1 (6.67%) Issue Tracking
7 1 (6.67%) Manual Testing
7 1 (6.67%) SDLC
7 1 (6.67%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 7 (46.67%) C#
2 5 (33.33%) Java
2 5 (33.33%) SQL
3 2 (13.33%) C++
4 1 (6.67%) Bash Shell
4 1 (6.67%) C
4 1 (6.67%) PowerShell
4 1 (6.67%) Python
4 1 (6.67%) Ruby
4 1 (6.67%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (13.33%) Degree
2 1 (6.67%) ISTQB
2 1 (6.67%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
2 1 (6.67%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (6.67%) SDET
System Software
1 1 (6.67%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 1 (6.67%) Oozie
Vendors
1 1 (6.67%) HP
1 1 (6.67%) Microsoft
1 1 (6.67%) Oracle
1 1 (6.67%) Perforce
1 1 (6.67%) Red Hat