The median contractor rate for a Software Tester was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 3 months to 23 June 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
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 245 254 270
Rank change year-on-year +9 +16  
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 9 8 11
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.12% 0.089% 0.12%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.12% 0.094% 0.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 7 11
Median daily rate £375 £360 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.16% +9.09%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £315 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £435 £371 £355
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £320 £286
% change year-on-year +1.56% +11.79%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £11.00 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £11.00 - £92.00

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 7318 8515 8983
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 94.52% 95.01% 95.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 4280 5076 5111
Median daily rate £408 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.87% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 312 384 434
Median hourly rate £18.00 £19.22 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.33% +16.46%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £11.00 £11.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.00 £46.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.45 £16.14
% change year-on-year +0.28% +8.11%  

Software Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South East that featured Software Tester in the job title.

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 3 months to 23 June 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 3 months to 23 June 2017. 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 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
Kent - 3 £425 -
Berkshire +17 2 £361 +0.34%
Surrey +8 1 - - 3
Buckinghamshire -14 1 £225 -
Hampshire - 1 £188 - 4
Oxfordshire - 1 - - 2
Software Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 23 June 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 10 (52.63%) Test Automation
2 8 (42.11%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (42.11%) Selenium
3 6 (31.58%) Test Scripting
3 6 (31.58%) Software Testing
3 6 (31.58%) C#
4 5 (26.32%) SQL
4 5 (26.32%) .NET
4 5 (26.32%) User Acceptance Testing
4 5 (26.32%) JIRA
4 5 (26.32%) Functional Testing
4 5 (26.32%) Cucumber
5 4 (21.05%) Git (software)
5 4 (21.05%) QA
5 4 (21.05%) Manual Testing
5 4 (21.05%) TDD
5 4 (21.05%) Finance
5 4 (21.05%) Advertising
5 4 (21.05%) HTML
5 4 (21.05%) XML
5 4 (21.05%) Regression Testing
6 3 (15.79%) CSS
6 3 (15.79%) HTTP
6 3 (15.79%) OO
6 3 (15.79%) Java
6 3 (15.79%) Scrum
6 3 (15.79%) Data Protection
6 3 (15.79%) Android
6 3 (15.79%) JSON
6 3 (15.79%) RESTful

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 (5.26%) BizTalk Server
1 1 (5.26%) SAS
1 1 (5.26%) SharePoint
Business Applications
1 1 (5.26%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (5.26%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (15.79%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (10.53%) SQL Server
2 1 (5.26%) MySQL
2 1 (5.26%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 8 (42.11%) Selenium
2 5 (26.32%) Cucumber
2 5 (26.32%) JIRA
3 4 (21.05%) Git (software)
4 3 (15.79%) WebDriver
5 1 (5.26%) Bugzilla
5 1 (5.26%) Jenkins
5 1 (5.26%) JIRA Agile
5 1 (5.26%) SoapUI
5 1 (5.26%) SpecFlow
5 1 (5.26%) Subversion
5 1 (5.26%) TeamCity
5 1 (5.26%) TestRail
5 1 (5.26%) Trac
General
1 4 (21.05%) Advertising
1 4 (21.05%) Finance
2 1 (5.26%) Banking
2 1 (5.26%) Local Government
2 1 (5.26%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (26.32%) .NET
2 4 (21.05%) HTML
2 4 (21.05%) XML
3 3 (15.79%) .NET Core
3 3 (15.79%) CSS
3 3 (15.79%) JSON
3 3 (15.79%) RESTful
4 2 (10.53%) SOAP
4 2 (10.53%) Web Services
5 1 (5.26%) Gherkin
5 1 (5.26%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 3 (15.79%) Mobile App
2 1 (5.26%) Computer Science
2 1 (5.26%) Credit Risk
2 1 (5.26%) Digital Media
2 1 (5.26%) Fat Client
2 1 (5.26%) Fintech
2 1 (5.26%) Greenfield Project
2 1 (5.26%) IVR
2 1 (5.26%) Mobile Banking
2 1 (5.26%) Thin Client
2 1 (5.26%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 3 (15.79%) Android
1 3 (15.79%) Apple iOS
2 1 (5.26%) Linux
2 1 (5.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (5.26%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (52.63%) Test Automation
2 8 (42.11%) Agile Software Development
3 6 (31.58%) Software Testing
3 6 (31.58%) Test Scripting
4 5 (26.32%) Functional Testing
4 5 (26.32%) User Acceptance Testing
5 4 (21.05%) Manual Testing
5 4 (21.05%) Regression Testing
5 4 (21.05%) TDD
6 3 (15.79%) Data Protection
6 3 (15.79%) OO
6 3 (15.79%) Scrum
7 2 (10.53%) BDD
7 2 (10.53%) SDET
8 1 (5.26%) API Testing
8 1 (5.26%) Credit Risk Modelling
8 1 (5.26%) Defect Management
8 1 (5.26%) Exploratory Testing
8 1 (5.26%) SDLC
8 1 (5.26%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 6 (31.58%) C#
2 5 (26.32%) SQL
3 3 (15.79%) Java
4 2 (10.53%) JavaScript
5 1 (5.26%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (10.53%) Degree
1 2 (10.53%) ISEB
1 2 (10.53%) ISTQB
2 1 (5.26%) Computer Science Degree
2 1 (5.26%) HND
2 1 (5.26%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (5.26%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (21.05%) QA
2 1 (5.26%) IFRS
Vendors
1 2 (10.53%) Microsoft
2 1 (5.26%) Red Hat
2 1 (5.26%) Xamarin
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