Period
to 20 January 2018

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £350 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 6 months to 20 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.

Tester
England > South East
6 months to
20 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 193 143 161
Rank change year-on-year -50 +18 -18
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 197 243 246
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.20% 1.58% 1.34%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.28% 1.68% 1.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 109 144 184
South East median daily rate £350 £350 £350
10th Percentile £254 £200 £206
90th Percentile £467 £525 £471
England median daily rate £375 £355 £346
% change year-on-year +5.63% +2.53% +6.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 11 7
South East median hourly rate £12.50 £34.37 £39.37
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -63.63% -12.70% +79.98%
10th Percentile £12.25 £8.50 £30.75
90th Percentile £17.14 £39.37 £103.25
England median hourly rate £13.00 £32.00 £38.50
% change year-on-year -59.38% -16.88% +35.09%

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 15,398 14,448 17,377
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.13% 93.78% 94.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,205 8,533 10,264
South East median daily rate £420 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +2.56% +4.00%
10th Percentile £238 £225 £230
90th Percentile £575 £556 £538
England median daily rate £450 £425 £415
% change year-on-year +5.88% +2.41% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 563 745 894
South East median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £19.03
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.86% -8.04% +18.94%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.30 £10.00
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.00 £50.00
England median hourly rate £18.38 £18.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year -0.68% - +12.12%

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

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

Job vacancy trend for Tester in the South East

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 Tester in the South East.

Contractor daily rate trend for Tester in the South East

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Tester in the South East over the 6 months to 20 January 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Tester in the South East

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 Tester in the South East.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Tester in the South East

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 Tester within the South East region over the 6 months to 20 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
Thames Valley -18 87 £356 +1.79% 28
Buckinghamshire +1 41 £325 -22.16% 9
Surrey -4 37 £375 +5.63% 13
Hampshire -26 37 £325 -10.34% 14
Berkshire -12 32 £320 -12.33% 9
West Sussex -12 22 £308 -16.33% 3
Oxfordshire -15 14 £400 +100.00% 10
Kent -15 8 £500 +42.86% 2
East Sussex -5 3 £400 +33.33% 1
Middlesex -3 2 £438 +37.80%
Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 20 January 2018, 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 Tester in the job title.

1 124 (62.94%) Test Automation
2 90 (45.69%) Agile Software Development
3 70 (35.53%) Selenium
4 52 (26.40%) SQL
5 50 (25.38%) QA
5 50 (25.38%) JIRA
6 41 (20.81%) Java
7 39 (19.80%) Cucumber
8 38 (19.29%) Test Scripting
8 38 (19.29%) Web Services
9 35 (17.77%) Continuous Integration
10 32 (16.24%) WebDriver
10 32 (16.24%) Scrum
11 31 (15.74%) TDD
11 31 (15.74%) Scenario Testing
12 30 (15.23%) Jenkins
13 29 (14.72%) Finance
13 29 (14.72%) SOAP
13 29 (14.72%) BDD
14 27 (13.71%) SoapUI
14 27 (13.71%) Git (software)
15 26 (13.20%) Security Cleared
16 25 (12.69%) Windows
17 24 (12.18%) C#
17 24 (12.18%) User Acceptance Testing
17 24 (12.18%) Test Strategy
18 23 (11.68%) API Testing
19 22 (11.17%) HP
20 21 (10.66%) Performance Testing
20 21 (10.66%) SC Cleared

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 20 (10.15%) Confluence
2 8 (4.06%) SharePoint
3 4 (2.03%) IIS
4 2 (1.02%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 1 (0.51%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.51%) CMS
5 1 (0.51%) Elasticsearch
5 1 (0.51%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 9 (4.57%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (4.06%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.51%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (2.03%) Lawson
2 3 (1.52%) Temenos T24
3 2 (1.02%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 21 (10.66%) Amazon AWS
2 19 (9.64%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (5.08%) Sauce Labs
4 3 (1.52%) Cloud Computing
5 2 (1.02%) BrowserStack
5 2 (1.02%) OpenShift
6 1 (0.51%) Azure Data Factory
Communications & Networking
1 11 (5.58%) Internet
2 5 (2.54%) TCP/IP
3 4 (2.03%) Firewall
3 4 (2.03%) FTP
3 4 (2.03%) HTTP
4 1 (0.51%) Diameter Protocol
4 1 (0.51%) DSL
4 1 (0.51%) DVB
4 1 (0.51%) IPv4
4 1 (0.51%) PuTTY
4 1 (0.51%) SIGTRAN
4 1 (0.51%) SMS
4 1 (0.51%) SS7
4 1 (0.51%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (8.12%) SQL Server
2 9 (4.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 8 (4.06%) Big Data
3 8 (4.06%) Redis
4 7 (3.55%) Hadoop
5 5 (2.54%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 4 (2.03%) Relational Database
7 3 (1.52%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.51%) DB2
8 1 (0.51%) Oracle Database
8 1 (0.51%) Oracle Database 10g
8 1 (0.51%) Oracle Database 11g
8 1 (0.51%) Oracle Reports
8 1 (0.51%) Power BI
8 1 (0.51%) SQL Server 2012
8 1 (0.51%) SQL Server 2016
8 1 (0.51%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 70 (35.53%) Selenium
2 50 (25.38%) JIRA
3 39 (19.80%) Cucumber
4 32 (16.24%) WebDriver
5 30 (15.23%) Jenkins
6 27 (13.71%) Git (software)
6 27 (13.71%) SoapUI
7 19 (9.64%) LoadRunner
8 18 (9.14%) Team Foundation Server
9 16 (8.12%) Appium
10 15 (7.61%) JMeter
11 13 (6.60%) Bitbucket
12 11 (5.58%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 9 (4.57%) NUnit
13 9 (4.57%) Visual Studio
14 8 (4.06%) Maven
14 8 (4.06%) SpecFlow
15 7 (3.55%) Calabash
15 7 (3.55%) JUnit
16 5 (2.54%) HP UFT
General
1 29 (14.72%) Finance
2 17 (8.63%) Telecoms
3 14 (7.11%) Banking
4 8 (4.06%) Retail Banking
5 7 (3.55%) Retail
6 5 (2.54%) Electronics
7 4 (2.03%) Advertising
7 4 (2.03%) Corporate Banking
8 3 (1.52%) Manufacturing
8 3 (1.52%) Marketing
9 2 (1.02%) Financial Institution
9 2 (1.02%) General Ledger
10 1 (0.51%) Games
10 1 (0.51%) Law
10 1 (0.51%) Mandarin Language
10 1 (0.51%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (19.29%) Web Services
2 29 (14.72%) SOAP
3 20 (10.15%) REST
4 19 (9.64%) .NET
5 15 (7.61%) Gherkin
6 13 (6.60%) RESTful
7 7 (3.55%) .NET Framework
7 7 (3.55%) HTML
8 6 (3.05%) JSON
9 4 (2.03%) ASP.NET Web API
9 4 (2.03%) Node.js
10 3 (1.52%) CSS
10 3 (1.52%) Google Maps API
10 3 (1.52%) Laravel
11 2 (1.02%) J2EE
11 2 (1.02%) jQuery
11 2 (1.02%) React Native
11 2 (1.02%) XML
12 1 (0.51%) Ionic Framework
12 1 (0.51%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 21 (10.66%) Mobile App
2 14 (7.11%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (2.54%) Smartphone
3 5 (2.54%) STB
4 4 (2.03%) Client/Server
4 4 (2.03%) Computer Science
4 4 (2.03%) Handset
5 3 (1.52%) Analytical Mindset
5 3 (1.52%) Greenfield Project
6 2 (1.02%) User Experience
7 1 (0.51%) Data Structures
7 1 (0.51%) Fintech
7 1 (0.51%) iPad
7 1 (0.51%) iPhone
7 1 (0.51%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 25 (12.69%) Windows
2 13 (6.60%) Android
2 13 (6.60%) Apple iOS
3 11 (5.58%) Mac OS X
4 8 (4.06%) Linux
5 2 (1.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 2 (1.02%) Unix
5 2 (1.02%) Windows 10
5 2 (1.02%) Windows 7
5 2 (1.02%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (0.51%) AIX
6 1 (0.51%) Windows Server
6 1 (0.51%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 124 (62.94%) Test Automation
2 90 (45.69%) Agile Software Development
3 38 (19.29%) Test Scripting
4 35 (17.77%) Continuous Integration
5 32 (16.24%) Scrum
6 31 (15.74%) Scenario Testing
6 31 (15.74%) TDD
7 29 (14.72%) BDD
8 24 (12.18%) Test Strategy
8 24 (12.18%) User Acceptance Testing
9 23 (11.68%) API Testing
10 21 (10.66%) Functional Testing
10 21 (10.66%) Performance Testing
11 20 (10.15%) Defect Management
11 20 (10.15%) Regression Testing
11 20 (10.15%) SDLC
12 18 (9.14%) Kanban
13 17 (8.63%) Continuous Delivery
13 17 (8.63%) Software Testing
14 16 (8.12%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 52 (26.40%) SQL
2 41 (20.81%) Java
3 24 (12.18%) C#
4 18 (9.14%) JavaScript
5 12 (6.09%) Apple Swift
6 11 (5.58%) Ruby
7 8 (4.06%) Groovy
8 5 (2.54%) C
8 5 (2.54%) Scala
9 4 (2.03%) VB
10 3 (1.52%) PowerShell
10 3 (1.52%) T-SQL
10 3 (1.52%) TypeScript
11 2 (1.02%) ABAP
11 2 (1.02%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.51%) C++
12 1 (0.51%) F#
12 1 (0.51%) Python
12 1 (0.51%) VBA
12 1 (0.51%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 26 (13.20%) Security Cleared
2 21 (10.66%) SC Cleared
3 16 (8.12%) Degree
4 13 (6.60%) ISTQB
5 11 (5.58%) ISEB
6 9 (4.57%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 4 (2.03%) Master's Degree
8 3 (1.52%) BPSS Clearance
9 2 (1.02%) CREST Certified
9 2 (1.02%) MCSE
9 2 (1.02%) Microsoft Certification
9 2 (1.02%) SANS
10 1 (0.51%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 50 (25.38%) QA
2 2 (1.02%) GAMP
3 1 (0.51%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.51%) PMO
3 1 (0.51%) WCAG
System Software
1 16 (8.12%) Docker
2 1 (0.51%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.51%) VMware ESXi
2 1 (0.51%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 20 (10.15%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (1.52%) Ansible
3 1 (0.51%) NSN NetAct
Vendors
1 22 (11.17%) HP
2 18 (9.14%) Microsoft
3 10 (5.08%) Salesforce.com
4 9 (4.57%) Oracle
5 5 (2.54%) Talend
6 4 (2.03%) AppDynamics
6 4 (2.03%) Atlassian
6 4 (2.03%) Workday
7 3 (1.52%) comScore
7 3 (1.52%) Google
7 3 (1.52%) Mapbox
7 3 (1.52%) Perfecto Mobile
7 3 (1.52%) SAP
7 3 (1.52%) Tableau
8 2 (1.02%) IBM
8 2 (1.02%) VMware
9 1 (0.51%) Software AG
9 1 (0.51%) Sony
9 1 (0.51%) Sun
9 1 (0.51%) webMethods