Period
to 24 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Software Tester was £313 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 6 months to 24 November 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 Tester
England > South East
6 months to
24 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 362 353 370
Rank change year-on-year -9 +17 -1
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 13 26 27
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.077% 0.16% 0.14%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.082% 0.17% 0.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 16 17
South East median daily rate £313 £320 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.34% +6.67% +13.21%
10th Percentile £203 £200 £238
90th Percentile £475 £413 £388
England median daily rate £325 £325 £300
% change year-on-year - +8.33% +9.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 4 3
South East median hourly rate - £36.87 £39.37
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -6.35% +60.69%
England median hourly rate £14.00 £39.37 £32.50
% change year-on-year -64.44% +21.14% +14.04%

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 15902 15635 18500
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.50% 93.94% 94.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 9436 9281 10868
South East median daily rate £415 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.75% +3.23% +6.90%
10th Percentile £238 £225 £230
90th Percentile £575 £550 £525
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 641 786 927
South East median hourly rate £18.00 £19.50 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.69% +5.41% +15.63%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.25 £10.33
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £47.50
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year - +2.78% +9.09%

Software Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

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

Job vacancy trend for Software Tester in the South East

Software Tester
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 Tester in the South East.

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Tester in the South East

Software Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Tester in the South East over the 6 months to 24 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Tester in the South East

Software Tester
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 Tester in the South East.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Tester 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 6 months to 24 November 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
Thames Valley -13 5 £338 -1.46% 5
Berkshire +9 3 £450 +30.43% 3
Hampshire +4 3 £219 -31.37% 2
Kent -5 3 £425 +21.43%
Surrey -5 2 £230 -23.33% 2
Buckinghamshire -22 2 £225 -47.06% 2
Software Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 24 November 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 11 (84.62%) Test Automation
2 8 (61.54%) Selenium
2 8 (61.54%) C#
2 8 (61.54%) .NET
3 5 (38.46%) CSS
3 5 (38.46%) HTML
3 5 (38.46%) Advertising
3 5 (38.46%) Regression Testing
3 5 (38.46%) SQL
3 5 (38.46%) TDD
4 4 (30.77%) Finance
4 4 (30.77%) XML
4 4 (30.77%) Agile Software Development
4 4 (30.77%) Git (software)
4 4 (30.77%) Cucumber
4 4 (30.77%) Functional Testing
5 3 (23.08%) SDET
5 3 (23.08%) .NET Core
5 3 (23.08%) Apple iOS
5 3 (23.08%) Android
5 3 (23.08%) JSON
5 3 (23.08%) JIRA
5 3 (23.08%) OO
5 3 (23.08%) HTTP
5 3 (23.08%) Microsoft
6 2 (15.38%) HP UFT
6 2 (15.38%) Java
6 2 (15.38%) JavaScript
6 2 (15.38%) Telecoms
6 2 (15.38%) Banking

Software Tester 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 (7.69%) BizTalk Server
Communications & Networking
1 3 (23.08%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (7.69%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 8 (61.54%) Selenium
2 4 (30.77%) Cucumber
2 4 (30.77%) Git (software)
3 3 (23.08%) JIRA
4 2 (15.38%) HP UFT
4 2 (15.38%) Jenkins
4 2 (15.38%) TestRail
4 2 (15.38%) WebDriver
5 1 (7.69%) JIRA Agile
5 1 (7.69%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 5 (38.46%) Advertising
2 4 (30.77%) Finance
3 2 (15.38%) Banking
3 2 (15.38%) Telecoms
4 1 (7.69%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (61.54%) .NET
2 5 (38.46%) CSS
2 5 (38.46%) HTML
3 4 (30.77%) XML
4 3 (23.08%) .NET Core
4 3 (23.08%) JSON
5 2 (15.38%) jQuery
5 2 (15.38%) RESTful
6 1 (7.69%) REST
6 1 (7.69%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 2 (15.38%) Greenfield Project
1 2 (15.38%) Mobile App
2 1 (7.69%) Digital Media
2 1 (7.69%) Fintech
2 1 (7.69%) Mobile Banking
Operating Systems
1 3 (23.08%) Android
1 3 (23.08%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (84.62%) Test Automation
2 5 (38.46%) Regression Testing
2 5 (38.46%) TDD
3 4 (30.77%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (30.77%) Functional Testing
4 3 (23.08%) OO
4 3 (23.08%) SDET
5 2 (15.38%) API Testing
5 2 (15.38%) BDD
5 2 (15.38%) Manual Testing
5 2 (15.38%) Scrum
5 2 (15.38%) Software Testing
5 2 (15.38%) System Testing
6 1 (7.69%) Business Analysis
6 1 (7.69%) Continuous Delivery
6 1 (7.69%) Continuous Integration
6 1 (7.69%) Cross-Browser Testing
6 1 (7.69%) E-Commerce
6 1 (7.69%) Integration Testing
6 1 (7.69%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (61.54%) C#
2 5 (38.46%) SQL
3 2 (15.38%) Java
3 2 (15.38%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 1 (7.69%) SC Cleared
1 1 (7.69%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (7.69%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (7.69%) Ansible
1 1 (7.69%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (23.08%) Microsoft
2 1 (7.69%) Xamarin