Period
to 29 July 2017

The median contractor rate for a Software Test Engineer was £320 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 6 months to 29 July 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Software Test Engineer
England > South East
6 months to
29 Jul 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 351 379 369
Rank change year-on-year +28 -10 -17
Contract jobs requiring a Software Test Engineer 18 18 17
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.11% 0.097% 0.087%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.12% 0.10% 0.092%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 14 9
South East median daily rate £320 £306 £288
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.49% +6.52% -8.00%
10th Percentile £276 £283 £223
90th Percentile £509 £417 £388
England median daily rate £338 £331 £275
% change year-on-year +1.89% +20.45% -8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 3 4
South East median hourly rate £39.50 £50.00 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -21.00% +17.65% -
10th Percentile £29.73 £39.00 £20.97
90th Percentile £50.25 £50.00 £49.56
England median hourly rate £39.50 £41.13 £38.00
% change year-on-year -3.95% +8.22% +26.67%

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in the South East. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
South East
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 15302 17626 18488
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 94.44% 95.02% 94.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 8808 10656 10475
South East median daily rate £410 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £243 £238 £228
90th Percentile £550 £545 £525
England median daily rate £442 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +4.06% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 723 751 882
South East median hourly rate £17.68 £19.63 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.91% +12.14% +2.94%
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.50 £10.51
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £45.00
England median hourly rate £18.10 £19.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -4.74% +8.57% +1.45%

Software Test Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings that featured Software Test Engineer in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South East.

Job vacancy trend for Software Test Engineer in the South East

Software Test Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Software Test Engineer in the South East.

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Test Engineer in the South East

Software Test Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Test Engineer in the South East over the 6 months to 29 July 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Test Engineer in the South East

Software Test Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Test Engineer in the South East.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Test Engineer in the South East

Software Test Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Test Engineer in the South East over the 6 months to 29 July 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Software Test Engineer in the South East

Software Test Engineer
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 Test Engineer within the South East region over the 6 months to 29 July 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Hampshire +24 8 £275 -8.33%
Surrey +8 5 £320 -8.57% 2
Thames Valley +11 3 £475 +43.40% 2
Berkshire +34 2 £450 +20.00% 1
West Sussex +17 1 £330 +11.86%
East Sussex +9 1 £525 - 1
Oxfordshire -5 1 £500 +73.91% 1
Software Test Engineer
England

Software Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 29 July 2017, Software Test Engineer 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 Test Engineer in the job title.

1 14 (77.78%) Test Automation
2 11 (61.11%) Agile Software Development
3 10 (55.56%) Scrum
4 8 (44.44%) Jenkins
5 7 (38.89%) Exploratory Testing
6 6 (33.33%) BDD
6 6 (33.33%) Windows
6 6 (33.33%) Linux
6 6 (33.33%) Software Testing
6 6 (33.33%) ISTQB
6 6 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
7 5 (27.78%) Selenium
7 5 (27.78%) TDD
7 5 (27.78%) C#
7 5 (27.78%) Microsoft
7 5 (27.78%) Test Strategy
7 5 (27.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 4 (22.22%) SDLC
8 4 (22.22%) ISEB
8 4 (22.22%) Java
8 4 (22.22%) SQL
8 4 (22.22%) Computer Science
8 4 (22.22%) Degree
8 4 (22.22%) Security Cleared
9 3 (16.67%) XML
9 3 (16.67%) Test Scripting
9 3 (16.67%) Retail
9 3 (16.67%) Software Engineering
9 3 (16.67%) T-SQL
9 3 (16.67%) C++

Software Test Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring 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 (5.56%) Confluence
1 1 (5.56%) IIS
1 1 (5.56%) Tomcat
Business Applications
1 1 (5.56%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 1 (5.56%) HTTP
1 1 (5.56%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (5.56%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 8 (44.44%) Jenkins
2 5 (27.78%) Selenium
3 3 (16.67%) SoapUI
4 2 (11.11%) Git (software)
4 2 (11.11%) LabVIEW
4 2 (11.11%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (5.56%) ClearCase
5 1 (5.56%) ClearQuest
5 1 (5.56%) Cucumber
5 1 (5.56%) Fiddler
5 1 (5.56%) Gerrit
5 1 (5.56%) IntelliJ
5 1 (5.56%) JIRA
5 1 (5.56%) Rational Functional Tester
5 1 (5.56%) Robot Framework
5 1 (5.56%) SpecFlow
5 1 (5.56%) Visual Studio
5 1 (5.56%) WebDriver
General
1 3 (16.67%) Back Office
1 3 (16.67%) Retail
2 1 (5.56%) Automotive
2 1 (5.56%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (16.67%) XML
2 2 (11.11%) .NET
2 2 (11.11%) Gherkin
2 2 (11.11%) JSON
2 2 (11.11%) SOAP
3 1 (5.56%) .NET Framework
3 1 (5.56%) REST
3 1 (5.56%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 4 (22.22%) Computer Science
2 2 (11.11%) Smartcard
3 1 (5.56%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (5.56%) Infotainment
Operating Systems
1 6 (33.33%) Linux
1 6 (33.33%) Windows
2 1 (5.56%) Android
2 1 (5.56%) Apple iOS
2 1 (5.56%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (77.78%) Test Automation
2 11 (61.11%) Agile Software Development
3 10 (55.56%) Scrum
4 7 (38.89%) Exploratory Testing
5 6 (33.33%) BDD
5 6 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
5 6 (33.33%) Software Testing
6 5 (27.78%) TDD
6 5 (27.78%) Test Strategy
7 4 (22.22%) SDLC
8 3 (16.67%) Functional Testing
8 3 (16.67%) Software Engineering
8 3 (16.67%) Test Planning
8 3 (16.67%) Test Scripting
9 2 (11.11%) Performance Testing
9 2 (11.11%) Regression Testing
9 2 (11.11%) Validation
10 1 (5.56%) CRM
10 1 (5.56%) DSDM
10 1 (5.56%) UML
Programming Languages
1 5 (27.78%) C#
2 4 (22.22%) Java
2 4 (22.22%) SQL
3 3 (16.67%) C++
3 3 (16.67%) T-SQL
4 2 (11.11%) Embedded C++
4 2 (11.11%) Python
5 1 (5.56%) C
5 1 (5.56%) Scala
Qualifications
1 6 (33.33%) ISTQB
2 5 (27.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 4 (22.22%) Degree
3 4 (22.22%) ISEB
3 4 (22.22%) Security Cleared
4 3 (16.67%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.56%) QA
System Software
1 1 (5.56%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (5.56%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (27.78%) Microsoft
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