The median contractor rate for a Software Tester was £325 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South West during the 3 months to 26 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 West
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 127 134 139
Rank change year-on-year +7 +5  
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 8 6 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.29% 0.20% 0.096%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.31% 0.21% 0.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 4 3
Median daily rate £325 £325 £230
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +41.30%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £281 £317 £206
10% offered a daily rate of more than £377 £390 £326
UK excluding London median daily rate £318 £323 £285
% change year-on-year -1.55% +13.15%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
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 West. 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 West
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 2601 2818 2987
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 95.80% 95.46% 95.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 1624 1823 1930
Median daily rate £375 £368 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.04% +0.68%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £229
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £514 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 121 138 200
Median hourly rate £39.50 £27.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +43.63% +57.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £43.60 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.45 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.28% +9.06%  

Software Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

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

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 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 3 months to 26 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
Bristol - 5 £298 - 4
Devon -9 3 £390 +20.00%
Software Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 26 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 West region featuring Software Tester in the job title.

1 13 (86.67%) Test Automation
2 12 (80.00%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (53.33%) QA
4 7 (46.67%) Software Testing
4 7 (46.67%) Finance
4 7 (46.67%) C#
4 7 (46.67%) Cucumber
4 7 (46.67%) BDD
4 7 (46.67%) Test Scripting
4 7 (46.67%) SDLC
5 6 (40.00%) WebDriver
5 6 (40.00%) .NET
5 6 (40.00%) Scrum
5 6 (40.00%) Marketing
5 6 (40.00%) Selenium
5 6 (40.00%) Digital Marketing
6 5 (33.33%) Programme Management
6 5 (33.33%) Manufacturing
6 5 (33.33%) SAP
6 5 (33.33%) SOAP
6 5 (33.33%) Business Intelligence
6 5 (33.33%) Electronics
6 5 (33.33%) Telecoms
6 5 (33.33%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 5 (33.33%) Compatibility Testing
6 5 (33.33%) Cross-Browser Compatibility
6 5 (33.33%) Greenfield Project
6 5 (33.33%) SoapUI
7 4 (26.67%) Java
8 3 (20.00%) ISEB

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:

Business Applications
1 5 (33.33%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (6.67%) Amazon AWS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (6.67%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 7 (46.67%) Cucumber
2 6 (40.00%) Selenium
2 6 (40.00%) WebDriver
3 5 (33.33%) SoapUI
4 3 (20.00%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (13.33%) Robot Framework
General
1 7 (46.67%) Finance
2 6 (40.00%) Marketing
3 5 (33.33%) Electronics
3 5 (33.33%) Manufacturing
3 5 (33.33%) Telecoms
4 1 (6.67%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (40.00%) .NET
2 5 (33.33%) SOAP
3 2 (13.33%) XML
4 1 (6.67%) Gherkin
4 1 (6.67%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 5 (33.33%) Greenfield Project
2 2 (13.33%) User Experience
3 1 (6.67%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 2 (13.33%) Windows
1 2 (13.33%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (86.67%) Test Automation
2 12 (80.00%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (46.67%) BDD
3 7 (46.67%) SDLC
3 7 (46.67%) Software Testing
3 7 (46.67%) Test Scripting
4 6 (40.00%) Digital Marketing
4 6 (40.00%) Scrum
5 5 (33.33%) Business Intelligence
5 5 (33.33%) Compatibility Testing
5 5 (33.33%) Cross-Browser Compatibility
5 5 (33.33%) Programme Management
6 2 (13.33%) Continuous Integration
6 2 (13.33%) Data Protection
6 2 (13.33%) Functional Testing
6 2 (13.33%) Kanban
6 2 (13.33%) Manual Testing
6 2 (13.33%) SDET
6 2 (13.33%) Usability Testing
7 1 (6.67%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 7 (46.67%) C#
2 4 (26.67%) Java
3 1 (6.67%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 3 (20.00%) ISEB
2 2 (13.33%) ISTQB
3 1 (6.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (53.33%) QA
Vendors
1 5 (33.33%) SAP
2 2 (13.33%) Microsoft