The first table below looks at the demand for the QA Tester role in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA Tester in their job title over the 3 months to 28 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Job Titles advertised for the England region.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
28 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance Tester
Rank 468 506 530
Rank change year-on-year
+38 +24
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 89 44 44
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.18% 0.094% 0.083%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.19% 0.10% 0.090%
Number of daily rates quoted 54 31 31
Average daily rate
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£285 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-18.57% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £300 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £425 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
-15.38% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
Average hourly rate £137.50 £27.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+409.25% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
Job Titles Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
45662 43138 49058
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 92.47% 92.59% 92.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 28238 25865 28004
Average daily rate £400 £400 £398
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +0.62%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £238 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 1849 1986 2544
Average hourly rate £16.50 £18.00 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.33% -7.69%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.15 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £41.50 £40.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.10%
QA Tester
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QA Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in England

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing QA Tester in the job title across the England region as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

QA Tester Jobs Demand Trend in England

QA Tester
Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing QA Tester across the England region.

QA Tester Daily Rate Trend in England

QA Tester
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA Tester across the England region over the 3 months to 28 July 2014.

QA Tester Daily Rate Histogram in England

QA Tester
Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing QA Tester across the England region.

QA Tester Hourly Rate Trend in England

QA Tester
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA Tester within the England region over the 3 months to 28 July 2014. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +31 45 £285 -22.44% 22
South East -6 25 £248 -23.84% 2
North West - 4 £325 - 2
South West -28 3 £300 - 3
East of England -35 2 £368 +5.00% 1
West Midlands - - - - 2
Yorkshire - - - - 2
East Midlands - - - - 2
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QA Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 28 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the England region that cited QA Tester in their job title mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with QA Tester in their job title.

1 160 (100.00%) QA
2 70 (43.75%) Selenium
3 62 (38.75%) Test Scripting
4 58 (36.25%) SQL
5 50 (31.25%) Agile Software Development
6 44 (27.50%) HP
7 43 (26.88%) ISTQB
8 42 (26.25%) Finance
9 38 (23.75%) C#
10 36 (22.50%) Test Automation
11 31 (19.38%) Java
11 31 (19.38%) Automation Testing
12 30 (18.75%) Automated Testing
13 29 (18.13%) Microsoft
14 27 (16.88%) Cucumber
15 26 (16.25%) HP Quality Center
15 26 (16.25%) .NET
16 25 (15.63%) ISEB
17 24 (15.00%) JavaScript
18 23 (14.38%) Scrum
18 23 (14.38%) Software Testing
18 23 (14.38%) Manual Testing
19 22 (13.75%) HTML
20 21 (13.13%) TDD
20 21 (13.13%) Security Cleared
21 20 (12.50%) SC Cleared
21 20 (12.50%) Project Management
22 19 (11.88%) WebDriver
23 17 (10.63%) Test Strategy
23 17 (10.63%) Oracle

QA Tester
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 28 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the England region that cited QA Tester in their job title mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with QA Tester in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 7 (4.38%) SharePoint
2 4 (2.50%) SharePoint 2013
3 3 (1.88%) SharePoint 2010
3 3 (1.88%) CMS
4 2 (1.25%) Apache
4 2 (1.25%) Sitecore CMS
5 1 (0.63%) IIS
5 1 (0.63%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.63%) Umbraco
Applications
1 12 (7.50%) MS Excel
2 9 (5.63%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 8 (5.00%) Oracle EBS
2 3 (1.88%) IntelliMatch
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.63%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (0.63%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 10 (6.25%) TCP/IP
2 5 (3.13%) HTTPS
2 5 (3.13%) SSL
2 5 (3.13%) Wireshark
3 4 (2.50%) Internet
4 2 (1.25%) SAN
4 2 (1.25%) HTTP
5 1 (0.63%) SNMP
5 1 (0.63%) LDAP
5 1 (0.63%) SMTP
5 1 (0.63%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (5.63%) Oracle Reports
2 8 (5.00%) Relational Database
3 3 (1.88%) SQL Server
4 2 (1.25%) Big Data
5 1 (0.63%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 70 (43.75%) Selenium
2 27 (16.88%) Cucumber
3 19 (11.88%) WebDriver
4 17 (10.63%) QuickTest Pro
5 16 (10.00%) FitNesse
6 11 (6.88%) JIRA
7 9 (5.63%) Team Foundation Server
8 8 (5.00%) JMeter
8 8 (5.00%) SoapUI
9 6 (3.75%) JUnit
9 6 (3.75%) WATIR
9 6 (3.75%) NUnit
10 5 (3.13%) Visual Studio
10 5 (3.13%) TeamCity
10 5 (3.13%) SpecFlow
10 5 (3.13%) Jenkins
11 4 (2.50%) TestComplete
12 3 (1.88%) Hudson
12 3 (1.88%) Git (software)
13 2 (1.25%) CruiseControl
General
1 42 (26.25%) Finance
2 5 (3.13%) Legal
2 5 (3.13%) Retail
3 3 (1.88%) Multimedia
3 3 (1.88%) Marketing
3 3 (1.88%) Telecoms
3 3 (1.88%) Publishing
3 3 (1.88%) Games
4 2 (1.25%) Military
4 2 (1.25%) Banking
4 2 (1.25%) German Language
5 1 (0.63%) Advertising
5 1 (0.63%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (0.63%) Financial Institution
5 1 (0.63%) Front Office
5 1 (0.63%) Back Office
5 1 (0.63%) Electronics
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (16.25%) .NET
2 22 (13.75%) HTML
3 17 (10.63%) ASP.NET
4 15 (9.38%) JSP
5 14 (8.75%) Web Services
6 13 (8.13%) XML
7 6 (3.75%) JSON
8 4 (2.50%) MDX
8 4 (2.50%) CSS
9 3 (1.88%) SOAP
9 3 (1.88%) XSLT
9 3 (1.88%) RESTful
10 2 (1.25%) REST
10 2 (1.25%) jQuery
10 2 (1.25%) OLE
10 2 (1.25%) Ajax
11 1 (0.63%) .NET Framework
11 1 (0.63%) Google Maps API
11 1 (0.63%) Silverlight
11 1 (0.63%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 11 (6.88%) Open Source
2 10 (6.25%) Client/Server
3 7 (4.38%) EMV
3 7 (4.38%) Smartcard
3 7 (4.38%) Computer Science
4 4 (2.50%) iPhone
4 4 (2.50%) E-Learning
4 4 (2.50%) iPad
4 4 (2.50%) Mobile App
5 3 (1.88%) New Media
5 3 (1.88%) Derivative
5 3 (1.88%) Management Information System
6 1 (0.63%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (0.63%) Mobile Banking
6 1 (0.63%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 15 (9.38%) Windows
2 14 (8.75%) UNIX
3 9 (5.63%) Linux
4 8 (5.00%) Apple iOS
5 5 (3.13%) Windows 2000
5 5 (3.13%) Windows XP
5 5 (3.13%) Windows Server 2003
5 5 (3.13%) Windows 7
5 5 (3.13%) Windows Server 2008
6 4 (2.50%) Android
7 1 (0.63%) CentOS
7 1 (0.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 62 (38.75%) Test Scripting
2 50 (31.25%) Agile Software Development
3 36 (22.50%) Test Automation
4 31 (19.38%) Automation Testing
5 30 (18.75%) Automated Testing
6 23 (14.38%) Software Testing
6 23 (14.38%) Scrum
6 23 (14.38%) Manual Testing
7 21 (13.13%) TDD
8 20 (12.50%) Project Management
9 17 (10.63%) Test Strategy
10 16 (10.00%) BDD
10 16 (10.00%) Integration Testing
11 14 (8.75%) User Acceptance Testing
12 12 (7.50%) Continuous Integration
13 10 (6.25%) Knowledge Management
13 10 (6.25%) Quality Management
14 9 (5.63%) Performance Testing
15 8 (5.00%) Document Management
15 8 (5.00%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 58 (36.25%) SQL
2 38 (23.75%) C#
3 31 (19.38%) Java
4 24 (15.00%) JavaScript
5 14 (8.75%) VBA
6 12 (7.50%) Ruby
7 9 (5.63%) VB
8 3 (1.88%) PowerShell
8 3 (1.88%) Python
8 3 (1.88%) Shell Script
8 3 (1.88%) Perl
9 2 (1.25%) C++
9 2 (1.25%) Groovy
10 1 (0.63%) Jython
10 1 (0.63%) Embedded C++
10 1 (0.63%) Delphi
10 1 (0.63%) T-SQL
10 1 (0.63%) VBScript
10 1 (0.63%) PHP
Qualifications
1 43 (26.88%) ISTQB
2 25 (15.63%) ISEB
3 21 (13.13%) Security Cleared
4 20 (12.50%) SC Cleared
5 16 (10.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 14 (8.75%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 14 (8.75%) DV Cleared
7 9 (5.63%) MOS
8 8 (5.00%) Degree
9 1 (0.63%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 160 (100.00%) QA
2 3 (1.88%) GxP
System Software
1 5 (3.13%) Nmap
2 1 (0.63%) Squid
2 1 (0.63%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.63%) qmail
2 1 (0.63%) NFS
Systems Management
1 26 (16.25%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (3.13%) Nessus
Vendors
1 44 (27.50%) HP
2 29 (18.13%) Microsoft
3 17 (10.63%) Oracle
4 6 (3.75%) Citrix
5 2 (1.25%) PeopleSoft
5 2 (1.25%) VMware
5 2 (1.25%) Sitecore
6 1 (0.63%) Google
6 1 (0.63%) EPiServer
6 1 (0.63%) Cisco
6 1 (0.63%) NetApp
6 1 (0.63%) Red Hat
6 1 (0.63%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (0.63%) TIBCO
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