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 23 January 2015 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
23 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance Tester
Rank 509 483 459
Rank change year-on-year
-26 -24
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 54 56 54
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.12% 0.13% 0.13%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.13% 0.14% 0.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 44 42
Average daily rate
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£275 £313 £339
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-12.00% -7.74%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £221 £208 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £445 £400 £523
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 £278 £338
% change year-on-year
-0.90% -17.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Average hourly rate - - £16.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £4.00
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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
42674 41220 37638
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 92.41% 92.60% 92.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 27249 25109 21792
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £230 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1679 1871 2280
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.71% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.25 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.60 £39.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-3.03% -8.33%

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 23 January 2015.

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 23 January 2015. 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 -12 34 £288 -15.44% 23
South East -18 10 £250 -15.61% 3
North West +1 5 £320 +29.94% 2
Yorkshire - 3 £275 - 1
East of England - 1 £225 - 1
South West - 1 £220 -
West Midlands - - - - 1
East Midlands - - - -
North East - - - -
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QA Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 23 January 2015, 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.

1 130 (100.00%) QA
2 60 (46.15%) Agile Software Development
3 53 (40.77%) SQL
4 49 (37.69%) Selenium
5 36 (27.69%) Java
6 27 (20.77%) Manual Testing
7 26 (20.00%) Test Scripting
8 24 (18.46%) TDD
9 22 (16.92%) QuickTest Pro
10 21 (16.15%) .NET
10 21 (16.15%) Finance
10 21 (16.15%) Test Automation
10 21 (16.15%) Cucumber
10 21 (16.15%) BDD
11 20 (15.38%) User Acceptance Testing
11 20 (15.38%) Automated Testing
11 20 (15.38%) JIRA
11 20 (15.38%) Regression Testing
11 20 (15.38%) C#
12 19 (14.62%) ISEB
13 18 (13.85%) Microsoft
13 18 (13.85%) ISTQB
14 15 (11.54%) HP Quality Center
14 15 (11.54%) WebDriver
14 15 (11.54%) Software Testing
14 15 (11.54%) Scrum
15 14 (10.77%) Web Services
16 13 (10.00%) Continuous Integration
17 12 (9.23%) Open Source
17 12 (9.23%) XML

QA Tester
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 23 January 2015, 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 5 (3.85%) SharePoint
2 4 (3.08%) Confluence
2 4 (3.08%) CMS
3 3 (2.31%) Sitecore CMS
4 2 (1.54%) Umbraco
4 2 (1.54%) SharePoint 2010
5 1 (0.77%) IIS
5 1 (0.77%) Apache
Applications
1 10 (7.69%) MS Excel
2 6 (4.62%) MS Office
3 3 (2.31%) MS Visio
4 2 (1.54%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (1.54%) Mingle
5 1 (0.77%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (2.31%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.54%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (1.54%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.77%) Summit
3 1 (0.77%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.54%) Trello
2 1 (0.77%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.77%) SAN
1 1 (0.77%) TCP/IP
1 1 (0.77%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (6.15%) SQL Server
2 6 (4.62%) Data Warehouse
2 6 (4.62%) Relational Database
3 3 (2.31%) RDBMS
4 2 (1.54%) DB2
5 1 (0.77%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.77%) MySQL
5 1 (0.77%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.77%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.77%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.77%) KDB
Development Applications
1 49 (37.69%) Selenium
2 22 (16.92%) QuickTest Pro
3 21 (16.15%) Cucumber
4 20 (15.38%) JIRA
5 15 (11.54%) WebDriver
6 11 (8.46%) Team Foundation Server
7 8 (6.15%) WATIR
8 7 (5.38%) Sahi
9 6 (4.62%) Jenkins
10 5 (3.85%) NUnit
10 5 (3.85%) SpecFlow
11 4 (3.08%) SoapUI
11 4 (3.08%) TeamCity
11 4 (3.08%) JMeter
11 4 (3.08%) Visual Studio
12 3 (2.31%) Calabash
12 3 (2.31%) Toad
12 3 (2.31%) Subversion
13 2 (1.54%) FitNesse
13 2 (1.54%) FogBugz
General
1 21 (16.15%) Finance
2 4 (3.08%) Games
3 3 (2.31%) Banking
3 3 (2.31%) Retail
3 3 (2.31%) Marketing
4 2 (1.54%) Music Industry
4 2 (1.54%) Investment Banking
4 2 (1.54%) Front Office
4 2 (1.54%) Advertising
5 1 (0.77%) Billing
5 1 (0.77%) Legal
5 1 (0.77%) Electronics
5 1 (0.77%) Mandarin Language
5 1 (0.77%) Cantonese Language
5 1 (0.77%) German Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (16.15%) .NET
2 14 (10.77%) Web Services
3 12 (9.23%) XML
4 6 (4.62%) SOAP
5 4 (3.08%) JSON
5 4 (3.08%) Gherkin
5 4 (3.08%) REST
6 3 (2.31%) HTML
6 3 (2.31%) .NET Framework
7 2 (1.54%) OLE
7 2 (1.54%) CSS
7 2 (1.54%) J2EE
8 1 (0.77%) JSP
8 1 (0.77%) ASP.NET
8 1 (0.77%) MSMQ
8 1 (0.77%) Middleware
8 1 (0.77%) RESTful
8 1 (0.77%) Google Maps API
8 1 (0.77%) WPF
8 1 (0.77%) Silverlight
Miscellaneous
1 12 (9.23%) Open Source
2 6 (4.62%) Mobile App
3 5 (3.85%) Smartcard
3 5 (3.85%) EMV
4 4 (3.08%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (2.31%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 3 (2.31%) Derivative
6 2 (1.54%) Computer Science
6 2 (1.54%) IPTV
6 2 (1.54%) iSeries
6 2 (1.54%) Video on Demand
6 2 (1.54%) NHS
6 2 (1.54%) STB
6 2 (1.54%) Replication
7 1 (0.77%) Algorithms
7 1 (0.77%) Equities
7 1 (0.77%) Handset
7 1 (0.77%) GIS
7 1 (0.77%) iPhone
7 1 (0.77%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 7 (5.38%) Apple iOS
2 6 (4.62%) Android
3 5 (3.85%) UNIX
3 5 (3.85%) Windows
4 3 (2.31%) Linux
5 2 (1.54%) Windows 7
6 1 (0.77%) Windows XP
6 1 (0.77%) webOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 60 (46.15%) Agile Software Development
2 27 (20.77%) Manual Testing
3 26 (20.00%) Test Scripting
4 24 (18.46%) TDD
5 21 (16.15%) Test Automation
5 21 (16.15%) BDD
6 20 (15.38%) User Acceptance Testing
6 20 (15.38%) Automated Testing
6 20 (15.38%) Regression Testing
7 15 (11.54%) Software Testing
7 15 (11.54%) Scrum
8 13 (10.00%) Continuous Integration
9 11 (8.46%) Integration Testing
10 10 (7.69%) Automation Testing
11 7 (5.38%) E-Commerce
11 7 (5.38%) Project Management
11 7 (5.38%) Test Strategy
11 7 (5.38%) User Stories
12 6 (4.62%) Kanban
12 6 (4.62%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 53 (40.77%) SQL
2 36 (27.69%) Java
3 20 (15.38%) C#
4 9 (6.92%) Ruby
5 4 (3.08%) Scala
5 4 (3.08%) C++
5 4 (3.08%) PL/SQL
6 3 (2.31%) VBScript
6 3 (2.31%) C
6 3 (2.31%) VBA
6 3 (2.31%) Python
6 3 (2.31%) Shell Script
7 2 (1.54%) VB
7 2 (1.54%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.77%) Perl
8 1 (0.77%) PHP
8 1 (0.77%) RPG
8 1 (0.77%) Groovy
8 1 (0.77%) Lua
Qualifications
1 19 (14.62%) ISEB
2 18 (13.85%) ISTQB
3 7 (5.38%) Degree
4 3 (2.31%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (1.54%) MOS
5 2 (1.54%) HND
6 1 (0.77%) SC Cleared
6 1 (0.77%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 130 (100.00%) QA
2 1 (0.77%) ISO 9001
2 1 (0.77%) ISO 14001
2 1 (0.77%) Solvency II
Systems Management
1 15 (11.54%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 18 (13.85%) Microsoft
2 11 (8.46%) Oracle
3 10 (7.69%) HP
4 3 (2.31%) Mercator
4 3 (2.31%) Sitecore
5 2 (1.54%) Google
5 2 (1.54%) EPiServer
5 2 (1.54%) Telerik
6 1 (0.77%) DataCash
6 1 (0.77%) Sybase
6 1 (0.77%) Apple
6 1 (0.77%) JD Edwards
6 1 (0.77%) Citrix
6 1 (0.77%) Informatica
6 1 (0.77%) Symbian
6 1 (0.77%) Perforce
6 1 (0.77%) RedDot
6 1 (0.77%) Infragistics
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