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 19 December 2014 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Tester
Rank 240 223 227
Rank change year-on-year
-17 +4
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 17 14 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.17% 0.16% 0.036%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.19% 0.18% 0.039%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 8 2
Average daily rate
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£278 £263 £293
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.71% -10.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £142 £202 £227
10% offered a daily rate of more than £370 £280 £359
UK excluding London average daily rate £230 £263 £313
% change year-on-year
-12.38% -16.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 1
Average hourly rate £30.00 £41.00 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-26.82% +95.23%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.50 £41.00 £10.00
% change year-on-year
-30.48% +310.00%
Software Tester
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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
9046 7839 7738
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 91.24% 91.96% 92.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 4999 4158 3740
Average daily rate £375 £360 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% -0.68%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £223 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £501 £500 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 471 449 657
Average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -16.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.25 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £36.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-5.88% -5.55%

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 19 December 2014.

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 19 December 2014. 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
Surrey - 7 £200 -
Buckinghamshire -12 3 £230 -16.36%
Berkshire -3 2 £331 +23.25% 3
Hampshire -19 2 £280 +6.66% 1
Kent - 1 £375 -
East Sussex - - - -
West Sussex - - - - 2
Software Tester
England

Software Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, 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 9 (39.13%) Software Testing
2 8 (34.78%) Software Engineering
3 7 (30.43%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (30.43%) Python
4 6 (26.09%) Test Scripting
5 5 (21.74%) JavaScript
5 5 (21.74%) SQL
5 5 (21.74%) Windows
5 5 (21.74%) Scrum
6 4 (17.39%) 802.11
6 4 (17.39%) QuickTest Pro
6 4 (17.39%) Wi-Fi
6 4 (17.39%) Java
6 4 (17.39%) C#
6 4 (17.39%) Bluetooth
6 4 (17.39%) TCP/IP
6 4 (17.39%) Manual Testing
6 4 (17.39%) WPA2
6 4 (17.39%) DLNA
7 3 (13.04%) Analytical Skills
7 3 (13.04%) Team Foundation Server
7 3 (13.04%) Test Automation
7 3 (13.04%) ISTQB
7 3 (13.04%) Degree
7 3 (13.04%) JIRA
7 3 (13.04%) Wireshark
7 3 (13.04%) Computer Science
7 3 (13.04%) QA
7 3 (13.04%) User Acceptance Testing
7 3 (13.04%) Performance Testing

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

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, 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 2 (8.70%) nginx
2 1 (4.35%) IIS
2 1 (4.35%) CMS
Applications
1 2 (8.70%) MS Excel
2 1 (4.35%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (8.70%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (4.35%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 1 (4.35%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 4 (17.39%) 802.11
1 4 (17.39%) Wi-Fi
1 4 (17.39%) Bluetooth
1 4 (17.39%) TCP/IP
1 4 (17.39%) WPA2
1 4 (17.39%) DLNA
2 3 (13.04%) Wireshark
3 2 (8.70%) WPA
3 2 (8.70%) UPnP
4 1 (4.35%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (8.70%) SQL Server
2 1 (4.35%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (4.35%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (4.35%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 4 (17.39%) QuickTest Pro
2 3 (13.04%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (13.04%) JIRA
2 3 (13.04%) Visual Studio
2 3 (13.04%) JMeter
2 3 (13.04%) LoadRunner
2 3 (13.04%) Bugzilla
3 1 (4.35%) SpecFlow
3 1 (4.35%) Jenkins
3 1 (4.35%) Cucumber
3 1 (4.35%) Maven
3 1 (4.35%) Subversion
3 1 (4.35%) Selenium
3 1 (4.35%) Eclipse
3 1 (4.35%) TestDirector
3 1 (4.35%) Ant
General
1 3 (13.04%) Finance
2 2 (8.70%) Manufacturing
2 2 (8.70%) Electronics
2 2 (8.70%) Telecoms
2 2 (8.70%) Marketing
3 1 (4.35%) Retail
3 1 (4.35%) Military
3 1 (4.35%) Aerospace
3 1 (4.35%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (13.04%) HTML
1 3 (13.04%) .NET
2 2 (8.70%) CSS
2 2 (8.70%) GWT
3 1 (4.35%) Django
3 1 (4.35%) MSMQ
3 1 (4.35%) Web Services
3 1 (4.35%) XML
3 1 (4.35%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 3 (13.04%) Analytical Skills
1 3 (13.04%) Computer Science
2 2 (8.70%) DTV
3 1 (4.35%) Mathematics
3 1 (4.35%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 5 (21.74%) Windows
2 2 (8.70%) Android
2 2 (8.70%) Mac OS
2 2 (8.70%) Apple iOS
3 1 (4.35%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (4.35%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (4.35%) Windows 7
3 1 (4.35%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (39.13%) Software Testing
2 8 (34.78%) Software Engineering
3 7 (30.43%) Agile Software Development
4 6 (26.09%) Test Scripting
5 5 (21.74%) Scrum
6 4 (17.39%) Manual Testing
7 3 (13.04%) Test Automation
7 3 (13.04%) User Acceptance Testing
7 3 (13.04%) Performance Testing
7 3 (13.04%) Test Management
8 2 (8.70%) Regression Testing
8 2 (8.70%) Programme Management
8 2 (8.70%) Business Intelligence
8 2 (8.70%) Digital Marketing
8 2 (8.70%) Data Management
8 2 (8.70%) TDD
8 2 (8.70%) Mentoring
8 2 (8.70%) User Stories
8 2 (8.70%) Automation Testing
9 1 (4.35%) Change Control
Programming Languages
1 7 (30.43%) Python
2 5 (21.74%) JavaScript
2 5 (21.74%) SQL
3 4 (17.39%) Java
3 4 (17.39%) C#
4 2 (8.70%) AppleScript
4 2 (8.70%) PL/SQL
5 1 (4.35%) Perl
5 1 (4.35%) C
5 1 (4.35%) C++
5 1 (4.35%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 3 (13.04%) ISTQB
1 3 (13.04%) Degree
1 3 (13.04%) ISEB
2 1 (4.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (13.04%) QA
System Software
1 2 (8.70%) Hyper-V
2 1 (4.35%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (4.35%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (13.04%) Microsoft
2 2 (8.70%) Oracle
2 2 (8.70%) SAP
3 1 (4.35%) Salesforce.com
3 1 (4.35%) VMware