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 20 February 2017 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
20 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Software Tester
England / South East
Rank 231 247 236
Rank change year-on-year
+16 -11
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 12 10 20
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.16% 0.12% 0.21%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.17% 0.12% 0.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 6 14
Median daily rate £350 £300 £290
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% +3.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £248 £244 £218
10% offered a daily rate of more than £373 £330 £368
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £295 £275
% change year-on-year
+10.16% +7.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 2
Median hourly rate - £42.50 £33.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +25.92%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £43.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year
- +32.30%

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
7129 8103 9105
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 93.59% 94.43% 94.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 4153 4928 4868
Median daily rate £400 £380 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.26% +1.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £230 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £506
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 369 383 426
Median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.13 £11.50 £11.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.50 £55.55 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £16.74
% change year-on-year
-2.77% +7.55%

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
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 20 February 2017.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Tester within the South East region over the 3 months to 20 February 2017. 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 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
Oxfordshire 0 5 £350 +21.73% 3
Berkshire +21 4 £350 -2.77% 4
Surrey +13 1 - -
Hampshire +6 1 £263 +31.25% 3
Middlesex - 1 - -
Software Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 20 February 2017, 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 20 (76.92%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (53.85%) Selenium
2 14 (53.85%) Test Scripting
3 12 (46.15%) Software Testing
4 11 (42.31%) JIRA
5 10 (38.46%) SQL
6 9 (34.62%) User Acceptance Testing
7 8 (30.77%) WebDriver
7 8 (30.77%) QA
8 7 (26.92%) JavaScript
8 7 (26.92%) Cucumber
9 6 (23.08%) SDLC
9 6 (23.08%) Java
9 6 (23.08%) Web Services
9 6 (23.08%) ISEB
9 6 (23.08%) ISTQB
9 6 (23.08%) Finance
10 5 (19.23%) Scrum
10 5 (19.23%) TDD
10 5 (19.23%) Automated Testing
10 5 (19.23%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 5 (19.23%) SoapUI
11 4 (15.38%) SOAP
11 4 (15.38%) Performance Testing
12 3 (11.54%) Security Testing
12 3 (11.54%) Unit Testing
12 3 (11.54%) Integration Testing
12 3 (11.54%) Continuous Integration
12 3 (11.54%) Manual Testing
12 3 (11.54%) Data Protection

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 2 (7.69%) Confluence
2 1 (3.85%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (3.85%) SharePoint
Business Applications
1 1 (3.85%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (3.85%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 2 (7.69%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (3.85%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (3.85%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (11.54%) MySQL
1 3 (11.54%) SQL Server
2 2 (7.69%) MongoDB
3 1 (3.85%) NoSQL
3 1 (3.85%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 14 (53.85%) Selenium
2 11 (42.31%) JIRA
3 8 (30.77%) WebDriver
4 7 (26.92%) Cucumber
5 5 (19.23%) SoapUI
6 2 (7.69%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 2 (7.69%) Git (software)
6 2 (7.69%) Jasmine
6 2 (7.69%) Protractor
6 2 (7.69%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (3.85%) Bugzilla
7 1 (3.85%) NeoLoad
7 1 (3.85%) SpecFlow
7 1 (3.85%) Subversion
7 1 (3.85%) TeamCity
7 1 (3.85%) Trac
7 1 (3.85%) Visual Studio
General
1 6 (23.08%) Finance
2 2 (7.69%) Legal
3 1 (3.85%) Banking
3 1 (3.85%) Investment Banking
3 1 (3.85%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (23.08%) Web Services
2 4 (15.38%) SOAP
3 2 (7.69%) XML
4 1 (3.85%) Gherkin
4 1 (3.85%) REST
4 1 (3.85%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 1 (3.85%) Computer Science
1 1 (3.85%) Fat Client
1 1 (3.85%) IVR
1 1 (3.85%) Mobile App
1 1 (3.85%) Thin Client
1 1 (3.85%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 2 (7.69%) Windows
2 1 (3.85%) Android
2 1 (3.85%) Apple iOS
2 1 (3.85%) Linux
2 1 (3.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (3.85%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (76.92%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (53.85%) Test Scripting
3 12 (46.15%) Software Testing
4 9 (34.62%) User Acceptance Testing
5 6 (23.08%) SDLC
6 5 (19.23%) Automated Testing
6 5 (19.23%) Scrum
6 5 (19.23%) TDD
7 4 (15.38%) Performance Testing
8 3 (11.54%) BDD
8 3 (11.54%) Continuous Integration
8 3 (11.54%) Data Protection
8 3 (11.54%) Defect Management
8 3 (11.54%) Integration Testing
8 3 (11.54%) Manual Testing
8 3 (11.54%) Security Testing
8 3 (11.54%) System Integration Testing
8 3 (11.54%) Unit Testing
9 2 (7.69%) API Testing
9 2 (7.69%) Front End Development
Programming Languages
1 10 (38.46%) SQL
2 7 (26.92%) JavaScript
3 6 (23.08%) Java
4 2 (7.69%) PHP
5 1 (3.85%) C#
5 1 (3.85%) Python
5 1 (3.85%) Ruby
5 1 (3.85%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 6 (23.08%) ISEB
1 6 (23.08%) ISTQB
2 5 (19.23%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 3 (11.54%) Security Cleared
4 1 (3.85%) Degree
4 1 (3.85%) HND
4 1 (3.85%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (30.77%) QA
2 1 (3.85%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 1 (3.85%) VMware Infrastructure
Vendors
1 3 (11.54%) Microsoft
2 2 (7.69%) Oracle
2 2 (7.69%) Red Hat
3 1 (3.85%) Apple
3 1 (3.85%) HP
3 1 (3.85%) Nimble Storage
3 1 (3.85%) SAP
3 1 (3.85%) VMware