The median contractor rate for a Tester was £325 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South West during the 3 months to 25 April 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
3 months to
25 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 96 94 125
Rank change year-on-year -2 +31  
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 38 49 26
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.45% 1.64% 0.80%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.52% 1.71% 0.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 27 13
Median daily rate £325 £335 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.98% +1.51%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £258 £275 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £428 £513 £445
UK excluding London median daily rate £316 £325 £306
% change year-on-year -2.69% +6.12%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 2
Median hourly rate - £26.75 £27.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -1.83%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.13 £43.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year -51.42% +16.00%  

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 2508 2867 3118
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 95.62% 96.11% 95.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 1595 1851 1947
Median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 140 183 167
Median hourly rate £39.50 £35.50 £20.19
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.26% +75.87%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.25 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £47.50 £43.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £16.60
% change year-on-year -2.77% +8.43%  

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

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

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 3 months to 25 April 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 3 months to 25 April 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 +10 12 £325 +12.06% 6
Gloucestershire +5 6 £300 -40.00% 3
Wiltshire -7 6 £364 +6.59%
Dorset +10 3 - - 1
Devon -17 3 - - 4
Somerset +6 2 £300 -7.69% 2
Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 25 April 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 71 (65.14%) Agile Software Development
2 44 (40.37%) Selenium
3 35 (32.11%) Java
4 34 (31.19%) Test Scripting
5 32 (29.36%) BDD
6 29 (26.61%) QA
6 29 (26.61%) Finance
7 25 (22.94%) Cucumber
8 24 (22.02%) Test Automation
8 24 (22.02%) .NET
9 22 (20.18%) C#
9 22 (20.18%) WebDriver
10 19 (17.43%) Security Cleared
10 19 (17.43%) SQL
10 19 (17.43%) SOAP
10 19 (17.43%) Web Services
10 19 (17.43%) Scrum
11 17 (15.60%) SoapUI
12 16 (14.68%) Regression Testing
12 16 (14.68%) Banking
13 15 (13.76%) SC Cleared
13 15 (13.76%) Performance Testing
14 14 (12.84%) SDLC
14 14 (12.84%) SQL Server
14 14 (12.84%) ISEB
15 13 (11.93%) Business Intelligence
15 13 (11.93%) SAP
15 13 (11.93%) Windows
16 12 (11.01%) Microsoft
16 12 (11.01%) Automation Testing

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 5 (4.59%) CMS
2 4 (3.67%) IIS
3 1 (0.92%) SharePoint
3 1 (0.92%) Sitecore CMS
3 1 (0.92%) Skype for Business
3 1 (0.92%) Umbraco
Applications
1 2 (1.83%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 11 (10.09%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (1.83%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.92%) SAP CO
3 1 (0.92%) SAP FI
3 1 (0.92%) SAP FI/CO
3 1 (0.92%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 5 (4.59%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.92%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (0.92%) Amazon S3
2 1 (0.92%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 5 (4.59%) Firewall
1 5 (4.59%) PuTTY
1 5 (4.59%) WinSCP
1 5 (4.59%) Wireshark
2 4 (3.67%) Intrusion Detection
3 3 (2.75%) Internet
3 3 (2.75%) Network Security
4 1 (0.92%) BIG-IP
4 1 (0.92%) LDAP
4 1 (0.92%) Skype
4 1 (0.92%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (12.84%) SQL Server
2 8 (7.34%) Oracle Reports
3 5 (4.59%) Oracle Database
3 5 (4.59%) Oracle Database 10g
3 5 (4.59%) Oracle Database 11g
3 5 (4.59%) SQL Server 2005
3 5 (4.59%) SQL Server 2008
3 5 (4.59%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (1.83%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.92%) GIS
5 1 (0.92%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.92%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 44 (40.37%) Selenium
2 25 (22.94%) Cucumber
3 22 (20.18%) WebDriver
4 17 (15.60%) SoapUI
5 9 (8.26%) Jenkins
6 8 (7.34%) HP UFT
6 8 (7.34%) LoadRunner
6 8 (7.34%) SpecFlow
6 8 (7.34%) Team Foundation Server
7 7 (6.42%) Metasploit
8 6 (5.50%) JIRA
9 5 (4.59%) Ant
9 5 (4.59%) Eclipse
9 5 (4.59%) Oracle APEX
9 5 (4.59%) Spock
9 5 (4.59%) TeamCity
10 4 (3.67%) JMeter
10 4 (3.67%) TestComplete
10 4 (3.67%) TestNG
10 4 (3.67%) Toad
General
1 29 (26.61%) Finance
2 16 (14.68%) Banking
3 11 (10.09%) Electronics
3 11 (10.09%) Manufacturing
3 11 (10.09%) Marketing
3 11 (10.09%) Telecoms
4 3 (2.75%) Retail
5 2 (1.83%) Retail Banking
6 1 (0.92%) Multimedia
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (22.02%) .NET
2 19 (17.43%) SOAP
2 19 (17.43%) Web Services
3 12 (11.01%) REST
4 6 (5.50%) Gherkin
5 4 (3.67%) XML
6 3 (2.75%) AppFabric
6 3 (2.75%) ASP.NET
6 3 (2.75%) WCF
7 1 (0.92%) JSON
7 1 (0.92%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 9 (8.26%) Greenfield Project
2 4 (3.67%) Management Information System
3 2 (1.83%) CESG
3 2 (1.83%) Client/Server
3 2 (1.83%) Cyberthreat
3 2 (1.83%) iPad
4 1 (0.92%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (0.92%) Cyber Defence
4 1 (0.92%) Data Centre
4 1 (0.92%) Linux Command Line
4 1 (0.92%) Streaming Video
4 1 (0.92%) Video Editing
4 1 (0.92%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 13 (11.93%) Windows
2 8 (7.34%) Linux
3 5 (4.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 5 (4.59%) Windows Server
3 5 (4.59%) Windows Server 2012
4 3 (2.75%) Android
4 3 (2.75%) Apple iOS
5 2 (1.83%) Kali Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 71 (65.14%) Agile Software Development
2 34 (31.19%) Test Scripting
3 32 (29.36%) BDD
4 24 (22.02%) Test Automation
5 19 (17.43%) Scrum
6 16 (14.68%) Regression Testing
7 15 (13.76%) Performance Testing
8 14 (12.84%) SDLC
9 13 (11.93%) Business Intelligence
10 12 (11.01%) Automation Testing
10 12 (11.01%) Manual Testing
10 12 (11.01%) Test Planning
11 11 (10.09%) Automated Testing
11 11 (10.09%) Digital Marketing
11 11 (10.09%) Integration Testing
11 11 (10.09%) Programme Management
11 11 (10.09%) Software Testing
12 10 (9.17%) Compatibility Testing
12 10 (9.17%) Defect Management
12 10 (9.17%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 35 (32.11%) Java
2 22 (20.18%) C#
3 19 (17.43%) SQL
4 5 (4.59%) F#
4 5 (4.59%) Groovy
4 5 (4.59%) PL/SQL
4 5 (4.59%) VBScript
5 4 (3.67%) C++
5 4 (3.67%) VB
6 1 (0.92%) C
6 1 (0.92%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.92%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 19 (17.43%) Security Cleared
2 15 (13.76%) SC Cleared
3 14 (12.84%) ISEB
4 10 (9.17%) ISTQB
5 7 (6.42%) SANS
6 6 (5.50%) CISSP
7 5 (4.59%) CREST Certified
8 4 (3.67%) ISEB Practitioner
8 4 (3.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 3 (2.75%) BPSS Clearance
9 3 (2.75%) CHECK Team Member
9 3 (2.75%) CISM
10 2 (1.83%) CEH
10 2 (1.83%) CHECK Team Leader
10 2 (1.83%) OSCP
11 1 (0.92%) CCNA
11 1 (0.92%) Cisco Certification
11 1 (0.92%) EMCIE
11 1 (0.92%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (26.61%) QA
2 3 (2.75%) PCI DSS
3 2 (1.83%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.92%) SDET
System Software
1 5 (4.59%) vSphere
2 4 (3.67%) Active Directory
2 4 (3.67%) Snort
2 4 (3.67%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (0.92%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 5 (4.59%) HP Quality Center
1 5 (4.59%) Nmap
1 5 (4.59%) vRealize
2 2 (1.83%) Nessus
3 1 (0.92%) BMC PATROL
3 1 (0.92%) Netcool
Vendors
1 13 (11.93%) SAP
2 12 (11.01%) Microsoft
3 10 (9.17%) Oracle
4 7 (6.42%) HP
5 5 (4.59%) Red Hat
5 5 (4.59%) VMware
6 4 (3.67%) Sourcefire
7 3 (2.75%) IBM
7 3 (2.75%) IBM Sterling
8 2 (1.83%) Talend
9 1 (0.92%) BMC
9 1 (0.92%) CA
9 1 (0.92%) Cisco
9 1 (0.92%) EMC
9 1 (0.92%) F5
9 1 (0.92%) Guidewire
9 1 (0.92%) Murex
9 1 (0.92%) Sitecore
9 1 (0.92%) SolarWinds
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