Period
to 25 July 2017

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £338 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South West during the 6 months to 25 July 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.

Tester
England > South West
6 months to
25 Jul 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 127 120 152
Rank change year-on-year -7 +32 -53
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 76 90 64
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.39% 1.49% 0.99%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.45% 1.56% 1.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 40 50 46
South West median daily rate £338 £325 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.85% +4.84% -1.59%
10th Percentile £250 £263 £209
90th Percentile £419 £508 £438
England median daily rate £350 £355 £330
% change year-on-year -1.41% +7.58% +1.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 3
South West median hourly rate - £26.75 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -10.83% -
England median hourly rate £16.08 £22.00 £37.25
% change year-on-year -26.91% -40.94% +73.26%

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 5241 5758 6185
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 95.55% 95.52% 95.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 3287 3725 3898
South West median daily rate £385 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.67% - +4.17%
10th Percentile £219 £230 £225
90th Percentile £531 £550 £525
England median daily rate £440 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +3.53% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 274 316 370
South West median hourly rate £38.00 £33.00 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.15% +57.14% +10.53%
10th Percentile £11.80 £11.25 £11.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.75 £45.33
England median hourly rate £18.10 £19.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -4.74% +8.57% +2.94%

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 25 July 2017.

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 25 July 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 +11 21 £325 +2.36% 6
Wiltshire -1 15 £364 +6.59% 2
Devon -21 13 £350 +7.69% 1
Gloucestershire +2 8 £300 -27.27% 1
Dorset +13 6 £345 +9.52%
Somerset -1 6 £318 -2.31%
Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 25 July 2017, 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 56 (73.68%) Test Automation
2 41 (53.95%) Agile Software Development
3 27 (35.53%) Selenium
4 25 (32.89%) BDD
5 24 (31.58%) Test Scripting
6 23 (30.26%) Java
7 22 (28.95%) Scrum
8 17 (22.37%) QA
8 17 (22.37%) Cucumber
9 16 (21.05%) SQL
10 15 (19.74%) .NET
10 15 (19.74%) SpecFlow
11 14 (18.42%) WebDriver
12 13 (17.11%) Exploratory Testing
12 13 (17.11%) ISEB
12 13 (17.11%) Regression Testing
12 13 (17.11%) Finance
13 12 (15.79%) Web Services
13 12 (15.79%) SQL Server
13 12 (15.79%) Windows
13 12 (15.79%) Performance Testing
13 12 (15.79%) Software Testing
13 12 (15.79%) Team Foundation Server
14 11 (14.47%) Security Cleared
14 11 (14.47%) Continuous Integration
14 11 (14.47%) Test Planning
14 11 (14.47%) System Integration Testing
14 11 (14.47%) Banking
14 11 (14.47%) C#
14 11 (14.47%) HP

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 4 (5.26%) CMS
2 1 (1.32%) Elasticsearch
2 1 (1.32%) IIS
2 1 (1.32%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.32%) Sitecore CMS
2 1 (1.32%) Skype for Business
2 1 (1.32%) Umbraco
2 1 (1.32%) WebLogic
Business Applications
1 3 (3.95%) Oracle Applications
2 2 (2.63%) Maximo
3 1 (1.32%) BASE24
3 1 (1.32%) Postilion
3 1 (1.32%) SAP CO
3 1 (1.32%) SAP ERP
3 1 (1.32%) SAP FI
3 1 (1.32%) SAP FI/CO
3 1 (1.32%) SAP PM
Cloud Services
1 6 (7.89%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (3.95%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.32%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 7 (9.21%) PuTTY
1 7 (9.21%) WinSCP
2 3 (3.95%) Internet
3 1 (1.32%) BIG-IP
3 1 (1.32%) Firewall
3 1 (1.32%) HTTP
3 1 (1.32%) LDAP
3 1 (1.32%) SAN
3 1 (1.32%) Skype
3 1 (1.32%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (15.79%) SQL Server
2 7 (9.21%) Oracle Database
2 7 (9.21%) Oracle Database 10g
2 7 (9.21%) Oracle Database 11g
2 7 (9.21%) Oracle Reports
2 7 (9.21%) SQL Server 2005
2 7 (9.21%) SQL Server 2008
2 7 (9.21%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (1.32%) Relational Database
3 1 (1.32%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 27 (35.53%) Selenium
2 17 (22.37%) Cucumber
3 15 (19.74%) SpecFlow
4 14 (18.42%) WebDriver
5 12 (15.79%) Team Foundation Server
6 10 (13.16%) SoapUI
7 9 (11.84%) LoadRunner
8 8 (10.53%) HP UFT
9 7 (9.21%) Jenkins
9 7 (9.21%) Oracle APEX
9 7 (9.21%) TeamCity
10 6 (7.89%) Ant
10 6 (7.89%) Eclipse
10 6 (7.89%) TestNG
10 6 (7.89%) Toad
11 5 (6.58%) JIRA
12 4 (5.26%) Git (software)
13 3 (3.95%) JMeter
13 3 (3.95%) Robot Framework
13 3 (3.95%) Spock
General
1 13 (17.11%) Finance
2 11 (14.47%) Banking
3 5 (6.58%) Marketing
4 4 (5.26%) Electronics
4 4 (5.26%) Manufacturing
4 4 (5.26%) Telecoms
5 3 (3.95%) Retail
6 2 (2.63%) Retail Banking
7 1 (1.32%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (19.74%) .NET
2 12 (15.79%) Web Services
3 7 (9.21%) Gherkin
3 7 (9.21%) SOAP
4 4 (5.26%) REST
4 4 (5.26%) XML
5 3 (3.95%) .NET Framework
6 1 (1.32%) AngularJS
6 1 (1.32%) Elastic Stack
Miscellaneous
1 3 (3.95%) Data Protection Act
1 3 (3.95%) Greenfield Project
2 2 (2.63%) User Experience
3 1 (1.32%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (1.32%) Computer Science
3 1 (1.32%) Data Centre
3 1 (1.32%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 1 (1.32%) Management Information System
3 1 (1.32%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 12 (15.79%) Windows
2 9 (11.84%) Windows Server 2012
3 7 (9.21%) Linux
3 7 (9.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 7 (9.21%) Windows Server
4 3 (3.95%) Android
4 3 (3.95%) Apple iOS
5 2 (2.63%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 56 (73.68%) Test Automation
2 41 (53.95%) Agile Software Development
3 25 (32.89%) BDD
4 24 (31.58%) Test Scripting
5 22 (28.95%) Scrum
6 13 (17.11%) Exploratory Testing
6 13 (17.11%) Regression Testing
7 12 (15.79%) Performance Testing
7 12 (15.79%) Software Testing
8 11 (14.47%) Continuous Integration
8 11 (14.47%) System Integration Testing
8 11 (14.47%) Test Planning
9 10 (13.16%) Functional Testing
10 9 (11.84%) Integration Testing
10 9 (11.84%) Manual Testing
10 9 (11.84%) SDLC
10 9 (11.84%) Test Strategy
11 8 (10.53%) DevOps
12 7 (9.21%) API Testing
12 7 (9.21%) Defect Tracking
Programming Languages
1 23 (30.26%) Java
2 16 (21.05%) SQL
3 11 (14.47%) C#
4 7 (9.21%) F#
5 3 (3.95%) Groovy
5 3 (3.95%) JavaScript
5 3 (3.95%) VB
5 3 (3.95%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 13 (17.11%) ISEB
2 11 (14.47%) Security Cleared
3 9 (11.84%) SC Cleared
4 8 (10.53%) ISTQB
5 6 (7.89%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 5 (6.58%) ISEB Practitioner
7 1 (1.32%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (1.32%) CCNA
7 1 (1.32%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (1.32%) Computer Science Degree
7 1 (1.32%) DBS Check
7 1 (1.32%) Degree
7 1 (1.32%) EMCIE
7 1 (1.32%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (22.37%) QA
System Software
1 7 (9.21%) vSphere
2 6 (7.89%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (1.32%) Active Directory
3 1 (1.32%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 7 (9.21%) vRealize
2 2 (2.63%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (1.32%) BMC PATROL
3 1 (1.32%) Kibana
3 1 (1.32%) logstash
3 1 (1.32%) Netcool
Vendors
1 11 (14.47%) HP
2 9 (11.84%) Oracle
3 7 (9.21%) Microsoft
3 7 (9.21%) Red Hat
3 7 (9.21%) VMware
4 6 (7.89%) SAP
5 3 (3.95%) IBM
5 3 (3.95%) IBM Sterling
6 1 (1.32%) BMC
6 1 (1.32%) CA
6 1 (1.32%) Cisco
6 1 (1.32%) EMC
6 1 (1.32%) F5
6 1 (1.32%) Sencha
6 1 (1.32%) Sitecore
6 1 (1.32%) SolarWinds
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