Period
to 31 May 2020

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £370 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 6 months to 31 May 2020.

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
31 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 126 185 210
Rank change year-on-year +59 +25 -35
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 104 203 193
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South East 1.47% 1.38% 1.15%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.56% 1.45% 1.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 51 119 100
Median daily rate £370 £388 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.52% +4.73% +9.63%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £289
90th Percentile £445 £475 £438
England median daily rate £403 £405 £400
% change year-on-year -0.43% +1.13% +14.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 4 0
Median hourly rate £47.00 £13.10 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +258.78% - -
England median hourly rate £47.00 £13.10 £42.50
% change year-on-year +258.78% -69.18% +101.14%

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 6,647 13,979 15,862
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.78% 94.92% 94.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,894 8,363 9,354
Median daily rate £440 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.22% +5.88% +4.29%
10th Percentile £213 £256 £256
90th Percentile £600 £600 £575
England median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +4.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 394 610 640
Median hourly rate £20.00 £22.45 £18.06
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.91% +24.34% +3.17%
10th Percentile £12.50 £11.17 £10.56
90th Percentile £50.55 £53.75 £51.00
Median hourly rate £21.50 £19.50 £18.70
% change year-on-year +10.26% +4.28% -1.58%

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings that featured Tester in the job title as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Tester in the South East.

Daily rate trend for Tester in the South East

Tester
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Tester in the South East over the 6 months to 31 May 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Tester in the South East

Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Tester in the South East.

Hourly rate trend for Tester in the South East

Tester
Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Tester in the South East over the 6 months to 31 May 2020.

Hourly rate histogram 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 31 May 2020. 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 +57 43 £360 +2.86% 2
Thames Valley +49 42 £373 +6.43% 4
Berkshire +45 23 £400 +3.23% 2
Buckinghamshire +12 14 £375 +19.05% 1
Kent - 9 £300 -
West Sussex +14 7 £425 +17.24%
Oxfordshire +30 5 £300 -25.00% 1
Surrey +33 3 £413 +6.52% 1
Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 31 May 2020, Tester contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the South East region featuring Tester in the job title.

1 60 (57.69%) Test Automation
2 36 (34.62%) Security Cleared
3 34 (32.69%) Agile Software Development
4 33 (31.73%) Test Scripting
5 32 (30.77%) Selenium
5 32 (30.77%) Java
6 26 (25.00%) SC Cleared
7 25 (24.04%) QA
8 21 (20.19%) ISEB
9 18 (17.31%) ISTQB
10 16 (15.38%) User Acceptance Testing
11 15 (14.42%) Performance Testing
11 15 (14.42%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 15 (14.42%) JIRA
11 15 (14.42%) Scenario Testing
12 14 (13.46%) C#
12 14 (13.46%) SQL
12 14 (13.46%) Oracle
12 14 (13.46%) Functional Testing
13 12 (11.54%) BDD
13 12 (11.54%) .NET
13 12 (11.54%) Regression Testing
13 12 (11.54%) HP
14 11 (10.58%) Cucumber
15 10 (9.62%) CRM
16 9 (8.65%) JMeter
16 9 (8.65%) Git (software)
16 9 (8.65%) HP ALM
17 8 (7.69%) Continuous Integration
17 8 (7.69%) Test Strategy

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 3 (2.88%) Confluence
2 1 (0.96%) ArcGIS
2 1 (0.96%) Oracle Spatial
2 1 (0.96%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (1.92%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.96%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.96%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 7 (6.73%) Oracle EBS
2 3 (2.88%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (2.88%) Oracle Retail
3 1 (0.96%) Oracle CRM
Cloud Services
1 7 (6.73%) Azure
2 2 (1.92%) AWS
2 2 (1.92%) Office 365
3 1 (0.96%) BlazeMeter
3 1 (0.96%) GCP
3 1 (0.96%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (3.85%) Internet
2 3 (2.88%) DNS
2 3 (2.88%) Unified Communications
3 2 (1.92%) HTTP
3 2 (1.92%) VoIP
4 1 (0.96%) Firewall
4 1 (0.96%) Network Security
4 1 (0.96%) PuTTY
4 1 (0.96%) Tactical Data Link
4 1 (0.96%) WAN
4 1 (0.96%) WinSCP
4 1 (0.96%) Wireless
4 1 (0.96%) Wireless Security
4 1 (0.96%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.92%) Azure SQL Database
1 2 (1.92%) MySQL
1 2 (1.92%) Oracle ODI
2 1 (0.96%) DB2
2 1 (0.96%) Electronic Patient Records
2 1 (0.96%) Geospatial Data
2 1 (0.96%) GIS
2 1 (0.96%) MongoDB
2 1 (0.96%) NoSQL
2 1 (0.96%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (0.96%) Relational Database
2 1 (0.96%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 32 (30.77%) Selenium
2 15 (14.42%) JIRA
3 11 (10.58%) Cucumber
4 9 (8.65%) Git (software)
4 9 (8.65%) JMeter
5 8 (7.69%) Jenkins
6 7 (6.73%) HP UFT
6 7 (6.73%) SoapUI
7 4 (3.85%) SpecFlow
8 3 (2.88%) WebDriver
9 2 (1.92%) Cypress.io
9 2 (1.92%) JBehave
9 2 (1.92%) Protractor
9 2 (1.92%) TestNG
10 1 (0.96%) Appium
10 1 (0.96%) Hudson
10 1 (0.96%) Metasploit
10 1 (0.96%) NeoLoad
10 1 (0.96%) Ranorex
10 1 (0.96%) RSpec
General
1 8 (7.69%) Finance
2 4 (3.85%) Military
3 3 (2.88%) Retail
4 2 (1.92%) Public Sector
5 1 (0.96%) Advertising
5 1 (0.96%) Automotive
5 1 (0.96%) Banking
5 1 (0.96%) Billing
5 1 (0.96%) Electronics
5 1 (0.96%) Law
5 1 (0.96%) Legal
5 1 (0.96%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (11.54%) .NET
2 8 (7.69%) Web Services
3 7 (6.73%) Gherkin
4 6 (5.77%) RESTful
5 4 (3.85%) AngularJS
5 4 (3.85%) REST
5 4 (3.85%) SOAP
6 3 (2.88%) JSON
6 3 (2.88%) Spring
6 3 (2.88%) XML
7 2 (1.92%) .NET Core
7 2 (1.92%) Jest
7 2 (1.92%) JMS
7 2 (1.92%) pytest
8 1 (0.96%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 5 (4.81%) Mobile App
2 2 (1.92%) Self-Motivation
3 1 (0.96%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (0.96%) e-Health
3 1 (0.96%) Enterprise Software
3 1 (0.96%) Greenfield Project
3 1 (0.96%) IPTV
3 1 (0.96%) LIMS
3 1 (0.96%) NHS
3 1 (0.96%) PACS
3 1 (0.96%) Social Media
3 1 (0.96%) STB
3 1 (0.96%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 8 (7.69%) Windows
2 5 (4.81%) Linux
2 5 (4.81%) Unix
3 4 (3.85%) Windows Server 2012
4 3 (2.88%) Windows 10
5 1 (0.96%) AIX
5 1 (0.96%) Android
5 1 (0.96%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.96%) Kali Linux
5 1 (0.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (0.96%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 60 (57.69%) Test Automation
2 34 (32.69%) Agile Software Development
3 33 (31.73%) Test Scripting
4 16 (15.38%) User Acceptance Testing
5 15 (14.42%) Performance Testing
5 15 (14.42%) Scenario Testing
6 14 (13.46%) Functional Testing
7 12 (11.54%) BDD
7 12 (11.54%) Regression Testing
8 10 (9.62%) CRM
9 8 (7.69%) Continuous Integration
9 8 (7.69%) DevOps
9 8 (7.69%) Test Strategy
10 7 (6.73%) Integration Testing
10 7 (6.73%) Scrum
10 7 (6.73%) SDLC
10 7 (6.73%) Software Testing
11 6 (5.77%) Manual Testing
11 6 (5.77%) Security Testing
11 6 (5.77%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 32 (30.77%) Java
2 14 (13.46%) C#
2 14 (13.46%) SQL
3 6 (5.77%) JavaScript
4 5 (4.81%) Python
5 4 (3.85%) Java 8
5 4 (3.85%) VB
5 4 (3.85%) VBScript
6 2 (1.92%) Groovy
7 1 (0.96%) C
7 1 (0.96%) F#
7 1 (0.96%) Perl
7 1 (0.96%) PL/SQL
7 1 (0.96%) Ruby
7 1 (0.96%) Shell Script
7 1 (0.96%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 36 (34.62%) Security Cleared
2 26 (25.00%) SC Cleared
3 21 (20.19%) ISEB
4 18 (17.31%) ISTQB
5 15 (14.42%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 7 (6.73%) DV Cleared
7 6 (5.77%) Degree
8 5 (4.81%) Master's Degree
9 2 (1.92%) OSCP
10 1 (0.96%) CHECK Team Leader
10 1 (0.96%) CHECK Team Member
10 1 (0.96%) CREST Certified
10 1 (0.96%) GIAC
10 1 (0.96%) GPEN
10 1 (0.96%) OSCE
10 1 (0.96%) SANS
10 1 (0.96%) Tigerscheme
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (24.04%) QA
2 3 (2.88%) GPG13
3 1 (0.96%) HL7
System Software
1 1 (0.96%) Docker
1 1 (0.96%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 9 (8.65%) HP ALM
2 3 (2.88%) Ansible
2 3 (2.88%) Terraform
3 2 (1.92%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (0.96%) HP Fortify
4 1 (0.96%) Kubernetes
4 1 (0.96%) MOM
4 1 (0.96%) Nessus
4 1 (0.96%) Nmap
4 1 (0.96%) nmon
4 1 (0.96%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (0.96%) Puppet
4 1 (0.96%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 14 (13.46%) Oracle
2 12 (11.54%) HP
3 8 (7.69%) Microsoft
4 6 (5.77%) Micro Focus
5 4 (3.85%) Blue Coat
5 4 (3.85%) Cisco
5 4 (3.85%) Riverbed
5 4 (3.85%) VMware
6 3 (2.88%) SolarWinds
6 3 (2.88%) Splunk
7 2 (1.92%) Atlassian
8 1 (0.96%) Apple
8 1 (0.96%) Google
8 1 (0.96%) hybris
8 1 (0.96%) Meraki
8 1 (0.96%) PTC
8 1 (0.96%) Red Hat
8 1 (0.96%) RedPrairie
8 1 (0.96%) Salesforce.com
8 1 (0.96%) Sun