The table below looks at the statistics 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 27 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

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
27 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance Tester
Rank 498 517 534
Rank change year-on-year
+19 +17
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 77 43 44
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.15% 0.088% 0.082%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.17% 0.095% 0.088%
Number of daily rates quoted 53 33 29
Average daily rate
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£310 £330 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.06% +10.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £275 £224
10% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £423 £375
UK excluding London average daily rate £320 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
-1.53% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 5
Average hourly rate £78.75 - £20.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £20.00
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised in the England region. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
46443 45266 50025
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 92.33% 92.82% 92.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 28666 27485 28743
Average daily rate £400 £400 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £238 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1833 1984 2511
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.85% -10.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.50 £40.57 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.61 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-2.30% -5.55%

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 27 August 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
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA Tester across the England region over the 3 months to 27 August 2014.

QA Tester Hourly Rate Histogram 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 27 August 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 +19 48 £275 -24.65% 16
South East +5 21 £315 +5.00% 3
East of England -24 3 £368 +11.36% 1
West Midlands -3 1 - -
South West -32 1 - -
Yorkshire - 1 £375 - 3
North West - 1 £325 - 2
East Midlands - - - -
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QA Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 27 August 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.

1 159 (100.00%) QA
2 64 (40.25%) Selenium
3 58 (36.48%) SQL
4 55 (34.59%) Test Scripting
5 43 (27.04%) Agile Software Development
6 41 (25.79%) HP
6 41 (25.79%) ISTQB
7 38 (23.90%) Finance
8 36 (22.64%) C#
9 35 (22.01%) Java
10 33 (20.75%) Test Automation
11 31 (19.50%) Automated Testing
12 28 (17.61%) Microsoft
13 27 (16.98%) Automation Testing
14 26 (16.35%) Cucumber
14 26 (16.35%) .NET
15 24 (15.09%) HP Quality Center
16 22 (13.84%) Manual Testing
17 21 (13.21%) JavaScript
17 21 (13.21%) ISEB
18 20 (12.58%) QuickTest Pro
18 20 (12.58%) TDD
18 20 (12.58%) Scrum
18 20 (12.58%) Security Cleared
18 20 (12.58%) Software Testing
18 20 (12.58%) WebDriver
19 19 (11.95%) SC Cleared
19 19 (11.95%) Project Management
19 19 (11.95%) HTML
20 17 (10.69%) Oracle

QA Tester
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 27 August 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 8 (5.03%) SharePoint
2 5 (3.14%) CMS
3 4 (2.52%) Sitecore CMS
3 4 (2.52%) SharePoint 2013
4 3 (1.89%) SharePoint 2010
4 3 (1.89%) Apache
5 2 (1.26%) IIS
5 2 (1.26%) Umbraco
Applications
1 12 (7.55%) MS Excel
2 10 (6.29%) MS Office
3 1 (0.63%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (4.40%) Oracle EBS
2 3 (1.89%) IntelliMatch
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.63%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (0.63%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 9 (5.66%) TCP/IP
2 4 (2.52%) HTTPS
2 4 (2.52%) SSL
2 4 (2.52%) Wireshark
3 3 (1.89%) Internet
4 2 (1.26%) SAN
4 2 (1.26%) 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 (5.66%) Oracle Reports
2 8 (5.03%) Relational Database
3 2 (1.26%) Big Data
4 1 (0.63%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.63%) MongoDB
4 1 (0.63%) NoSQL
4 1 (0.63%) MySQL
4 1 (0.63%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 64 (40.25%) Selenium
2 26 (16.35%) Cucumber
3 20 (12.58%) WebDriver
3 20 (12.58%) QuickTest Pro
4 10 (6.29%) FitNesse
4 10 (6.29%) JIRA
4 10 (6.29%) Team Foundation Server
5 7 (4.40%) JUnit
6 6 (3.77%) NUnit
6 6 (3.77%) Jenkins
7 5 (3.14%) SoapUI
7 5 (3.14%) SpecFlow
7 5 (3.14%) TeamCity
7 5 (3.14%) JMeter
7 5 (3.14%) WATIR
8 4 (2.52%) Visual Studio
8 4 (2.52%) TestComplete
9 3 (1.89%) Hudson
9 3 (1.89%) CruiseControl
10 2 (1.26%) Git (software)
General
1 38 (23.90%) Finance
2 5 (3.14%) Retail
3 4 (2.52%) Legal
4 3 (1.89%) Multimedia
4 3 (1.89%) Games
5 2 (1.26%) Military
5 2 (1.26%) Banking
5 2 (1.26%) Marketing
5 2 (1.26%) German Language
5 2 (1.26%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.26%) Publishing
5 2 (1.26%) Front Office
6 1 (0.63%) Back Office
6 1 (0.63%) Electronics
6 1 (0.63%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.63%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.63%) Advertising
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (16.35%) .NET
2 19 (11.95%) HTML
3 15 (9.43%) ASP.NET
4 14 (8.81%) JSP
5 13 (8.18%) XML
6 12 (7.55%) Web Services
7 7 (4.40%) JSON
8 4 (2.52%) REST
8 4 (2.52%) SOAP
9 3 (1.89%) XSLT
9 3 (1.89%) MDX
9 3 (1.89%) RESTful
10 2 (1.26%) Silverlight
10 2 (1.26%) jQuery
10 2 (1.26%) Google Maps API
10 2 (1.26%) OLE
10 2 (1.26%) Ajax
10 2 (1.26%) .NET Framework
10 2 (1.26%) CSS
11 1 (0.63%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 10 (6.29%) EMV
1 10 (6.29%) Smartcard
1 10 (6.29%) Open Source
2 7 (4.40%) Computer Science
3 6 (3.77%) Client/Server
4 5 (3.14%) iPhone
5 4 (2.52%) iPad
6 3 (1.89%) Derivative
7 2 (1.26%) Management Information System
7 2 (1.26%) E-Learning
7 2 (1.26%) New Media
7 2 (1.26%) Mobile App
8 1 (0.63%) Mobile Banking
8 1 (0.63%) Digital Media
8 1 (0.63%) GIS
8 1 (0.63%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 14 (8.81%) Windows
2 13 (8.18%) UNIX
3 9 (5.66%) Apple iOS
4 7 (4.40%) Linux
5 5 (3.14%) Windows XP
5 5 (3.14%) Android
6 4 (2.52%) Windows Server 2008
6 4 (2.52%) Windows Server 2003
6 4 (2.52%) Windows 2000
6 4 (2.52%) Windows 7
7 1 (0.63%) CentOS
7 1 (0.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (34.59%) Test Scripting
2 43 (27.04%) Agile Software Development
3 33 (20.75%) Test Automation
4 31 (19.50%) Automated Testing
5 27 (16.98%) Automation Testing
6 22 (13.84%) Manual Testing
7 20 (12.58%) Software Testing
7 20 (12.58%) TDD
7 20 (12.58%) Scrum
8 19 (11.95%) Project Management
9 17 (10.69%) BDD
10 16 (10.06%) Test Strategy
10 16 (10.06%) User Acceptance Testing
11 14 (8.81%) Integration Testing
12 12 (7.55%) Continuous Integration
13 10 (6.29%) Knowledge Management
13 10 (6.29%) Quality Management
13 10 (6.29%) Regression Testing
14 9 (5.66%) Performance Testing
15 8 (5.03%) OO
Programming Languages
1 58 (36.48%) SQL
2 36 (22.64%) C#
3 35 (22.01%) Java
4 21 (13.21%) JavaScript
5 14 (8.81%) VBA
6 11 (6.92%) Ruby
7 10 (6.29%) VB
8 4 (2.52%) Python
8 4 (2.52%) Shell Script
9 3 (1.89%) PowerShell
9 3 (1.89%) Perl
10 2 (1.26%) PHP
10 2 (1.26%) PL/SQL
10 2 (1.26%) C++
10 2 (1.26%) VBScript
11 1 (0.63%) Delphi
11 1 (0.63%) Scala
11 1 (0.63%) Groovy
11 1 (0.63%) Jython
11 1 (0.63%) Embedded C++
Qualifications
1 41 (25.79%) ISTQB
2 21 (13.21%) ISEB
3 20 (12.58%) Security Cleared
4 19 (11.95%) SC Cleared
5 14 (8.81%) DV Cleared
5 14 (8.81%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 14 (8.81%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 9 (5.66%) MOS
7 6 (3.77%) Degree
8 1 (0.63%) HND
8 1 (0.63%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 159 (100.00%) QA
2 3 (1.89%) GxP
System Software
1 4 (2.52%) 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 24 (15.09%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (2.52%) Nessus
Vendors
1 41 (25.79%) HP
2 28 (17.61%) Microsoft
3 17 (10.69%) Oracle
4 4 (2.52%) Citrix
4 4 (2.52%) Sitecore
5 2 (1.26%) Google
5 2 (1.26%) EPiServer
5 2 (1.26%) PeopleSoft
5 2 (1.26%) VMware
6 1 (0.63%) Telerik
6 1 (0.63%) Cisco
6 1 (0.63%) NetApp
6 1 (0.63%) Red Hat
6 1 (0.63%) TIBCO
6 1 (0.63%) Mercator
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
Brighton, East Sussex
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £350 per day (DOE)
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350.00 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
South East London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350.00 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
East Sussex
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £350 per day (DOE)
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: From £300 to £425 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City of London
Huxley Associates
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 12 days ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market rates
Posted: 22 days ago