Period
to 22 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Software Tester was £325 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South West during the 6 months to 22 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 West
6 months to
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 172 186 203
Rank change year-on-year +14 +17 -11
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 24 17 17
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.42% 0.30% 0.26%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.45% 0.31% 0.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 12 9
South West median daily rate £325 £304 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.00% +1.25% +4.35%
10th Percentile £189 £268 £205
90th Percentile £350 £386 £456
England median daily rate £325 £325 £300
% change year-on-year - +8.33% +9.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
South West median hourly rate - - £36.25
England median hourly rate £14.00 £39.37 £31.25
% change year-on-year -64.44% +25.98% +9.65%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West. 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 West
Contract vacancies in the South West with a recognized job title 5393 5449 6174
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.11% 94.96% 95.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 3387 3539 4015
South West median daily rate £388 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% - -
10th Percentile £209 £213 £219
90th Percentile £538 £550 £525
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 251 348 392
South West median hourly rate £30.00 £25.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.00% -16.67% +50.00%
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.00 £11.17
90th Percentile £50.00 £46.00 £46.43
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 West

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

Job vacancy trend for Software Tester in the South West

Software Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Software Tester in the South West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Tester in the South West

Software Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Tester in the South West over the 6 months to 22 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Tester in the South West

Software Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Tester in the South West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Tester in the South West

Software Tester
Contract Job Locations in the South West

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 West region over the 6 months to 22 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
Bristol +8 20 £325 +16.07% 5
Devon -1 3 £390 +35.65%
Wiltshire -7 1 £213 -42.37%
Software Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 22 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 West region featuring Software Tester in the job title.

1 18 (75.00%) Test Automation
2 15 (62.50%) SDLC
2 15 (62.50%) QA
3 14 (58.33%) Agile Software Development
4 13 (54.17%) Test Scripting
5 12 (50.00%) Selenium
6 11 (45.83%) Digital Marketing
6 11 (45.83%) WebDriver
6 11 (45.83%) Cucumber
6 11 (45.83%) BDD
6 11 (45.83%) Marketing
6 11 (45.83%) Finance
7 10 (41.67%) Manufacturing
7 10 (41.67%) Electronics
7 10 (41.67%) Telecoms
7 10 (41.67%) Programme Management
7 10 (41.67%) C#
7 10 (41.67%) SOAP
7 10 (41.67%) .NET
7 10 (41.67%) SAP
7 10 (41.67%) Business Intelligence
7 10 (41.67%) Cross-Browser Compatibility
7 10 (41.67%) Compatibility Testing
7 10 (41.67%) SoapUI
7 10 (41.67%) Greenfield Project
8 9 (37.50%) Software Testing
9 6 (25.00%) SpecFlow
10 5 (20.83%) E-Commerce
11 4 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
11 4 (16.67%) System Testing

Software Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South West 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:

Cloud Services
1 1 (4.17%) Amazon AWS
Development Applications
1 12 (50.00%) Selenium
2 11 (45.83%) Cucumber
2 11 (45.83%) WebDriver
3 10 (41.67%) SoapUI
4 6 (25.00%) SpecFlow
5 4 (16.67%) Codeception
6 2 (8.33%) NeoLoad
6 2 (8.33%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (4.17%) HP UFT
General
1 11 (45.83%) Finance
1 11 (45.83%) Marketing
2 10 (41.67%) Electronics
2 10 (41.67%) Manufacturing
2 10 (41.67%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (41.67%) .NET
1 10 (41.67%) SOAP
2 1 (4.17%) CSS
2 1 (4.17%) HTML
2 1 (4.17%) jQuery
2 1 (4.17%) Web Services
2 1 (4.17%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 10 (41.67%) Greenfield Project
2 4 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (8.33%) Data Centre
4 1 (4.17%) Data Protection Act
4 1 (4.17%) Renewable Energy
4 1 (4.17%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 1 (4.17%) Windows
1 1 (4.17%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (75.00%) Test Automation
2 15 (62.50%) SDLC
3 14 (58.33%) Agile Software Development
4 13 (54.17%) Test Scripting
5 11 (45.83%) BDD
5 11 (45.83%) Digital Marketing
6 10 (41.67%) Business Intelligence
6 10 (41.67%) Compatibility Testing
6 10 (41.67%) Cross-Browser Compatibility
6 10 (41.67%) Programme Management
7 9 (37.50%) Software Testing
8 5 (20.83%) E-Commerce
9 4 (16.67%) System Testing
10 3 (12.50%) Data Protection
10 3 (12.50%) Regression Testing
10 3 (12.50%) Scrum
11 2 (8.33%) Kanban
11 2 (8.33%) Manual Testing
11 2 (8.33%) Migration
11 2 (8.33%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 10 (41.67%) C#
2 3 (12.50%) Java
3 2 (8.33%) JavaScript
4 1 (4.17%) C
4 1 (4.17%) C++
4 1 (4.17%) PHP
Qualifications
1 2 (8.33%) ISEB
1 2 (8.33%) ISTQB
2 1 (4.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (62.50%) QA
Vendors
1 10 (41.67%) SAP
2 1 (4.17%) Microsoft