Period
to 17 January 2018

The median contractor rate for a Software Test Engineer was £353 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 6 months to 17 January 2018.

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
17 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 360 335 364
Rank change year-on-year -25 +29 -13
Contract jobs requiring a Software Test Engineer 8 15 7
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.048% 0.097% 0.039%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.051% 0.10% 0.041%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 5 2
South East median daily rate £353 £388 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.03% +29.17% -
10th Percentile £302 £326 £268
90th Percentile £489 £468 £333
England median daily rate £450 £388 £325
% change year-on-year +16.13% +19.23% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 3
South East median hourly rate £47.89 £50.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.22% +25.00% -
England median hourly rate £40.50 £37.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year +8.00% -6.25% +37.93%

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

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
South East
Contract vacancies in the South East with a recognized job title 15,574 14,530 17,073
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.10% 93.75% 94.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,340 8,596 10,089
South East median daily rate £424 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +2.56% +4.00%
10th Percentile £240 £225 £231
90th Percentile £575 £556 £538
England median daily rate £450 £425 £416
% change year-on-year +5.88% +2.29% +3.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 569 736 884
South East median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.86% -7.89% +18.75%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.30 £10.16
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.25 £49.63
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.38 £18.25
% change year-on-year +0.68% +0.68% +10.61%

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 17 January 2018.

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
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 17 January 2018. 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 +5 3 - - 13
Surrey -22 3 £330 -12.00% 9
East Sussex -4 1 £525 -
West Sussex - 1 - - 4
Software Test Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 17 January 2018, 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 8 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 5 (62.50%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (50.00%) Selenium
3 4 (50.00%) Jenkins
4 3 (37.50%) BDD
4 3 (37.50%) Test Strategy
5 2 (25.00%) SpecFlow
5 2 (25.00%) Rational DOORS
5 2 (25.00%) Computer Science
5 2 (25.00%) Cucumber
5 2 (25.00%) WebDriver
5 2 (25.00%) ISTQB
5 2 (25.00%) Software Engineering
5 2 (25.00%) Continuous Integration
5 2 (25.00%) System Testing
5 2 (25.00%) Scrum
5 2 (25.00%) Microsoft
5 2 (25.00%) SQL
5 2 (25.00%) C++
5 2 (25.00%) Java
5 2 (25.00%) Linux
5 2 (25.00%) UML
5 2 (25.00%) Acceptance Criteria
5 2 (25.00%) Exploratory Testing
6 1 (12.50%) Smoke Testing
6 1 (12.50%) Scenario Testing
6 1 (12.50%) DO-178B
6 1 (12.50%) User Stories
6 1 (12.50%) Oracle Database
6 1 (12.50%) VectorCAST

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 (12.50%) BizTalk Server
1 1 (12.50%) Confluence
Communications & Networking
1 1 (12.50%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (12.50%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 4 (50.00%) Jenkins
1 4 (50.00%) Selenium
2 2 (25.00%) Cucumber
2 2 (25.00%) Rational DOORS
2 2 (25.00%) SpecFlow
2 2 (25.00%) WebDriver
3 1 (12.50%) Ant
3 1 (12.50%) Gerrit
3 1 (12.50%) Git (software)
3 1 (12.50%) IntelliJ
3 1 (12.50%) JIRA
3 1 (12.50%) Maven
3 1 (12.50%) Protractor
3 1 (12.50%) SoapUI
3 1 (12.50%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (12.50%) VectorCAST
3 1 (12.50%) XMLSpy
General
1 1 (12.50%) Aerospace
1 1 (12.50%) Finance
1 1 (12.50%) Manufacturing
1 1 (12.50%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (12.50%) .NET
1 1 (12.50%) AngularJS
1 1 (12.50%) Gherkin
1 1 (12.50%) Middleware
1 1 (12.50%) REST
1 1 (12.50%) SOAP
1 1 (12.50%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (25.00%) Computer Science
2 1 (12.50%) Driving Licence
2 1 (12.50%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 2 (25.00%) Linux
2 1 (12.50%) VxWorks
2 1 (12.50%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 5 (62.50%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (37.50%) BDD
3 3 (37.50%) Test Strategy
4 2 (25.00%) Acceptance Criteria
4 2 (25.00%) Continuous Integration
4 2 (25.00%) Exploratory Testing
4 2 (25.00%) Scrum
4 2 (25.00%) Software Engineering
4 2 (25.00%) System Testing
4 2 (25.00%) UML
5 1 (12.50%) Manual Testing
5 1 (12.50%) Migration
5 1 (12.50%) Programme Management
5 1 (12.50%) TDD
5 1 (12.50%) Test Scripting
5 1 (12.50%) Unit Testing
5 1 (12.50%) Use Case
5 1 (12.50%) User Acceptance Testing
5 1 (12.50%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 2 (25.00%) C++
1 2 (25.00%) Java
1 2 (25.00%) SQL
2 1 (12.50%) C
2 1 (12.50%) C#
2 1 (12.50%) JavaScript
2 1 (12.50%) PL/SQL
2 1 (12.50%) Python
Qualifications
1 2 (25.00%) ISTQB
2 1 (12.50%) Degree
2 1 (12.50%) HNC
2 1 (12.50%) ISEB
2 1 (12.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (12.50%) DO-178B
System Software
1 1 (12.50%) Docker
Vendors
1 2 (25.00%) Microsoft
2 1 (12.50%) Green Hills
2 1 (12.50%) IBM
2 1 (12.50%) Oracle
2 1 (12.50%) Wind River