The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the South West region that had Tester featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 29 June 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
29 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Tester
Rank 96 102 88
Rank change year-on-year
+6 -14
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 46 38 57
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 1.53% 1.21% 1.92%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.60% 1.27% 2.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 30 43
Median daily rate £325 £310 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.83% -4.61%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £274 £224 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £417 £425 £375
UK excluding London median daily rate £331 £300 £320
% change year-on-year
+10.33% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Median hourly rate - £37.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +23.33%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £37.25 £14.05
% change year-on-year
-26.17% +165.12%
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 West 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 West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
2870 3000 2815
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 95.32% 95.85% 94.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 1855 1944 1837
Median daily rate £370 £363 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.06% +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £396 £370 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.02% +5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 139 197 180
Median hourly rate £27.50 £17.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+57.14% -12.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.10 £43.83 £41.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £16.14 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+8.42% -2.18%

Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

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

Tester Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

Tester
Daily Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Tester across the South West region.

Tester Daily Rate Trend in the South West

Tester
Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Tester across the South West region over the 3 months to 29 June 2016.

Tester Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

Tester
Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Tester across the South West region.

Tester Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

Tester
Contract Job Locations in the South West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Tester within the South West region over the 3 months to 29 June 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
Wiltshire +2 13 £300 -14.28%
Devon +11 10 £318 +2.41%
Bristol +1 7 £368 -2.00% 5
Dorset -2 6 £315 +14.54% 2
Gloucestershire -6 6 £400 +60.00% 6
Somerset +6 3 - - 1
Tester
England

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 29 June 2016, 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 West region featuring Tester in the job title.

1 39 (42.86%) Agile Software Development
2 27 (29.67%) Security Cleared
3 23 (25.27%) Java
4 21 (23.08%) SC Cleared
5 19 (20.88%) SQL
5 19 (20.88%) QA
5 19 (20.88%) Selenium
6 18 (19.78%) Finance
6 18 (19.78%) Test Scripting
6 18 (19.78%) BDD
7 15 (16.48%) Scrum
8 14 (15.38%) C#
8 14 (15.38%) Cucumber
9 12 (13.19%) Manual Testing
9 12 (13.19%) Web Services
9 12 (13.19%) ISEB
9 12 (13.19%) ISTQB
10 11 (12.09%) Microsoft
10 11 (12.09%) Linux
10 11 (12.09%) SAP
10 11 (12.09%) Automation Testing
11 10 (10.99%) JIRA
11 10 (10.99%) Telecoms
12 9 (9.89%) Programme Management
12 9 (9.89%) Marketing
12 9 (9.89%) Penetration Testing
12 9 (9.89%) SAP Oil and Gas
12 9 (9.89%) Business Intelligence
12 9 (9.89%) Manufacturing
12 9 (9.89%) Electronics

Tester Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills in the South West 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 5 (5.49%) SharePoint
1 5 (5.49%) Skype for Business
2 2 (2.20%) MS Exchange
3 1 (1.10%) CMS
3 1 (1.10%) IBM Notes
3 1 (1.10%) WordPress
Applications
1 6 (6.59%) MS Office
2 1 (1.10%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.10%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (1.10%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 9 (9.89%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (2.20%) Magento
3 1 (1.10%) Oracle Retail
3 1 (1.10%) SAP CRM
3 1 (1.10%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 4 (4.40%) Office 365
2 2 (2.20%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.30%) Internet
2 2 (2.20%) Skype
2 2 (2.20%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (3.30%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (2.20%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.10%) Big Data
3 1 (1.10%) Electronic Patient Records
3 1 (1.10%) SAP BW
3 1 (1.10%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 19 (20.88%) Selenium
2 14 (15.38%) Cucumber
3 10 (10.99%) JIRA
4 8 (8.79%) Team Foundation Server
4 8 (8.79%) WebDriver
5 6 (6.59%) Visual Studio
6 5 (5.49%) NUnit
7 3 (3.30%) Capybara
7 3 (3.30%) LoadRunner
8 2 (2.20%) Git (software)
8 2 (2.20%) HP UFT
8 2 (2.20%) JMeter
8 2 (2.20%) TestLink
8 2 (2.20%) Zephyr
9 1 (1.10%) JIRA Agile
9 1 (1.10%) Oracle APEX
9 1 (1.10%) Robot Framework
9 1 (1.10%) Talend Open Studio
9 1 (1.10%) TeamCity
9 1 (1.10%) TestComplete
General
1 18 (19.78%) Finance
2 10 (10.99%) Telecoms
3 9 (9.89%) Electronics
3 9 (9.89%) Manufacturing
3 9 (9.89%) Marketing
4 8 (8.79%) Retail
5 5 (5.49%) Banking
6 3 (3.30%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (13.19%) Web Services
2 8 (8.79%) RESTful
3 6 (6.59%) SOAP
4 5 (5.49%) Gherkin
5 4 (4.40%) HTML
6 3 (3.30%) CSS
6 3 (3.30%) REST
7 2 (2.20%) Hibernate
7 2 (2.20%) Itk
7 2 (2.20%) Spring
8 1 (1.10%) .NET
8 1 (1.10%) HTML5
8 1 (1.10%) Sass
8 1 (1.10%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (3.30%) Mobile App
2 2 (2.20%) Driving Licence
2 2 (2.20%) Internet of Things
2 2 (2.20%) NHS
3 1 (1.10%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (1.10%) Blog
3 1 (1.10%) Data Centre
3 1 (1.10%) Digital Media
3 1 (1.10%) iPad
3 1 (1.10%) Mainframe
3 1 (1.10%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 11 (12.09%) Linux
2 8 (8.79%) Windows
3 4 (4.40%) Windows Server
4 2 (2.20%) Android
4 2 (2.20%) Apple iOS
5 1 (1.10%) CentOS
5 1 (1.10%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (42.86%) Agile Software Development
2 18 (19.78%) BDD
2 18 (19.78%) Test Scripting
3 15 (16.48%) Scrum
4 12 (13.19%) Manual Testing
5 11 (12.09%) Automation Testing
6 9 (9.89%) Business Intelligence
6 9 (9.89%) Digital Marketing
6 9 (9.89%) Penetration Testing
6 9 (9.89%) Programme Management
6 9 (9.89%) User Acceptance Testing
7 8 (8.79%) Automated Testing
7 8 (8.79%) Test Automation
8 7 (7.69%) Defect Management
8 7 (7.69%) Functional Testing
8 7 (7.69%) Migration
9 6 (6.59%) Regression Testing
9 6 (6.59%) Software Engineering
9 6 (6.59%) TDD
10 5 (5.49%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 23 (25.27%) Java
2 19 (20.88%) SQL
3 14 (15.38%) C#
4 8 (8.79%) Groovy
5 7 (7.69%) JavaScript
6 6 (6.59%) C++
7 3 (3.30%) Ruby
7 3 (3.30%) T-SQL
8 2 (2.20%) C
8 2 (2.20%) PL/SQL
8 2 (2.20%) Python
8 2 (2.20%) VB
8 2 (2.20%) VBScript
9 1 (1.10%) Bash Shell
9 1 (1.10%) F#
9 1 (1.10%) PHP
Qualifications
1 27 (29.67%) Security Cleared
2 21 (23.08%) SC Cleared
3 12 (13.19%) ISEB
3 12 (13.19%) ISTQB
4 5 (5.49%) CEH
4 5 (5.49%) CREST Certified
4 5 (5.49%) DV Cleared
4 5 (5.49%) GIAC
4 5 (5.49%) GPEN
4 5 (5.49%) GWAPT
5 4 (4.40%) BPSS Clearance
6 3 (3.30%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (20.88%) QA
2 4 (4.40%) ISO 14001
2 4 (4.40%) ISO 9001
3 2 (2.20%) HL7
System Software
1 3 (3.30%) Active Directory
2 2 (2.20%) Hyper-V
2 2 (2.20%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (1.10%) Docker
3 1 (1.10%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 5 (5.49%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (2.20%) SCCM
2 2 (2.20%) SCOM
3 1 (1.10%) Nagios
3 1 (1.10%) RSA Archer
Vendors
1 11 (12.09%) Microsoft
1 11 (12.09%) SAP
2 6 (6.59%) Oracle
3 5 (5.49%) HP
4 3 (3.30%) ATG
5 2 (2.20%) VMware
6 1 (1.10%) hybris
6 1 (1.10%) Lotus
6 1 (1.10%) Red Hat
6 1 (1.10%) Splunk
6 1 (1.10%) Talend
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