Period
to 16 January 2018

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £350 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South West during the 6 months to 16 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 West
6 months to
16 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 129 89 78
Rank change year-on-year -40 -11 +40
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 63 123 148
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.20% 2.31% 2.39%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.26% 2.43% 2.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 70 109
South West median daily rate £350 £325 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% -7.14% +5.66%
10th Percentile £219 £213 £263
90th Percentile £478 £465 £475
England median daily rate £375 £355 £350
% change year-on-year +5.63% +1.43% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
South West median hourly rate - - £42.50
England median hourly rate £12.50 £30.00 £38.50
% change year-on-year -58.33% -22.08% +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 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 5,004 5,062 5,932
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.02% 95.15% 95.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,130 3,290 3,939
South West median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - -
10th Percentile £213 £210 £225
90th Percentile £550 £544 £525
England median daily rate £450 £425 £415
% change year-on-year +5.88% +2.41% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 245 359 353
South West median hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £31.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.09% -11.29% +55.00%
10th Percentile £11.40 £11.25 £11.19
90th Percentile £48.00 £47.50 £46.94
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.29 £18.25
% change year-on-year +1.15% +0.22% +10.61%

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

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

Job vacancy trend for Tester in the South West

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 Tester in the South West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Tester in the South West

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Tester in the South West over the 6 months to 16 January 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Tester in the South West

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 Tester in the South West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Tester in the South West

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 Tester within the South West region over the 6 months to 16 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
Bristol -7 36 £345 +6.15% 10
Somerset -11 10 £375 +7.14% 3
Gloucestershire +7 6 £500 +11.11% 1
Wiltshire -37 6 £280 -21.13% 9
Dorset +2 3 £350 +7.69% 1
Devon +4 2 £400 +39.13% 3
Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 16 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 West region featuring Tester in the job title.

1 39 (61.90%) Test Automation
2 28 (44.44%) QA
3 23 (36.51%) Selenium
4 21 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
5 20 (31.75%) Test Scripting
6 19 (30.16%) Finance
7 18 (28.57%) SDLC
8 15 (23.81%) BDD
9 14 (22.22%) WebDriver
10 13 (20.63%) C#
10 13 (20.63%) Cucumber
11 12 (19.05%) SQL
11 12 (19.05%) SoapUI
11 12 (19.05%) Compatibility Testing
12 11 (17.46%) .NET
12 11 (17.46%) SOAP
12 11 (17.46%) Cross-Browser Compatibility
13 10 (15.87%) Greenfield Project
13 10 (15.87%) Business Intelligence
13 10 (15.87%) SAP
13 10 (15.87%) Manufacturing
13 10 (15.87%) Electronics
13 10 (15.87%) Telecoms
13 10 (15.87%) Programme Management
13 10 (15.87%) Digital Marketing
13 10 (15.87%) Marketing
14 9 (14.29%) Software Testing
15 8 (12.70%) JIRA
15 8 (12.70%) SpecFlow
16 7 (11.11%) Team Foundation Server

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:

Application Platforms
1 1 (1.59%) Confluence
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.59%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (1.59%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.17%) Remote Desktop
2 1 (1.59%) Extranet
2 1 (1.59%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (7.94%) SQL Server
2 3 (4.76%) Firebird
3 1 (1.59%) Big Data
3 1 (1.59%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 23 (36.51%) Selenium
2 14 (22.22%) WebDriver
3 13 (20.63%) Cucumber
4 12 (19.05%) SoapUI
5 8 (12.70%) JIRA
5 8 (12.70%) SpecFlow
6 7 (11.11%) Team Foundation Server
7 4 (6.35%) Codeception
8 3 (4.76%) HP UFT
8 3 (4.76%) JMeter
8 3 (4.76%) LoadRunner
8 3 (4.76%) Visual Studio
9 2 (3.17%) Jenkins
9 2 (3.17%) NeoLoad
10 1 (1.59%) Fiddler
10 1 (1.59%) Gatling
10 1 (1.59%) JUnit
10 1 (1.59%) TestNG
10 1 (1.59%) TestRail
10 1 (1.59%) Toad
General
1 19 (30.16%) Finance
2 10 (15.87%) Electronics
2 10 (15.87%) Manufacturing
2 10 (15.87%) Marketing
2 10 (15.87%) Telecoms
3 4 (6.35%) Banking
4 3 (4.76%) Front Office
4 3 (4.76%) General Ledger
5 2 (3.17%) Retail
6 1 (1.59%) Advertising
6 1 (1.59%) Back Office
6 1 (1.59%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (17.46%) .NET
1 11 (17.46%) SOAP
2 3 (4.76%) Web Services
3 2 (3.17%) REST
4 1 (1.59%) CSS
4 1 (1.59%) Gherkin
4 1 (1.59%) HTML
4 1 (1.59%) jQuery
4 1 (1.59%) JSON
4 1 (1.59%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 10 (15.87%) Greenfield Project
2 4 (6.35%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (3.17%) Data Centre
3 2 (3.17%) Fintech
3 2 (3.17%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.59%) iPad
4 1 (1.59%) Renewable Energy
4 1 (1.59%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 3 (4.76%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (61.90%) Test Automation
2 21 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
3 20 (31.75%) Test Scripting
4 18 (28.57%) SDLC
5 15 (23.81%) BDD
6 12 (19.05%) Compatibility Testing
7 11 (17.46%) Cross-Browser Compatibility
8 10 (15.87%) Business Intelligence
8 10 (15.87%) Digital Marketing
8 10 (15.87%) Programme Management
9 9 (14.29%) Software Testing
10 7 (11.11%) Functional Testing
10 7 (11.11%) Migration
11 6 (9.52%) E-Commerce
12 5 (7.94%) E-business
12 5 (7.94%) Project Management
12 5 (7.94%) User Acceptance Testing
13 4 (6.35%) Defect Management
13 4 (6.35%) Validation
14 3 (4.76%) Scenario Testing
Programming Languages
1 13 (20.63%) C#
2 12 (19.05%) SQL
3 5 (7.94%) Ruby
4 4 (6.35%) JavaScript
5 3 (4.76%) Delphi
5 3 (4.76%) Java
5 3 (4.76%) Python
6 1 (1.59%) C
6 1 (1.59%) C++
6 1 (1.59%) PHP
Qualifications
1 6 (9.52%) Security Cleared
2 5 (7.94%) Degree
3 3 (4.76%) DV Cleared
3 3 (4.76%) ISEB
3 3 (4.76%) ISTQB
4 2 (3.17%) Computer Science Degree
4 2 (3.17%) SC Cleared
5 1 (1.59%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (1.59%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (44.44%) QA
System Software
1 1 (1.59%) Virtual Machines
Vendors
1 10 (15.87%) SAP
2 7 (11.11%) Microsoft
3 3 (4.76%) Capita
3 3 (4.76%) HP
4 2 (3.17%) AppDynamics
5 1 (1.59%) Oracle
5 1 (1.59%) Veracode