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 2 June 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
2 Jun 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance Tester
Rank 524 478 484
Rank change year-on-year
-46 +6
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 47 81 42
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.097% 0.17% 0.10%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.10% 0.18% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 48 26
Average daily rate
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£338 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.84% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £274 £218 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £452 £465 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.00% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Average hourly rate - £31.00 £27.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +14.81%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
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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
44983 44038 38289
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 92.38% 92.58% 92.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 28518 27637 22590
Average daily rate £400 £398 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.62% -0.62%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1757 1844 1948
Average hourly rate £16.83 £17.00 £18.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.02% -9.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.50 £40.00 £42.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.16 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-2.06% -5.71%

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 2 June 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 2 June 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 -17 22 £340 +4.61% 14
South East -12 11 £350 +24.44% 1
North West -15 6 £320 -1.53% 2
East of England +4 5 £369 +11.74% 2
East Midlands - 2 £275 - 1
North East - 1 £350 -
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QA Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 2 June 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.

1 101 (100.00%) QA
2 54 (53.47%) Agile Software Development
3 41 (40.59%) SQL
4 40 (39.60%) Selenium
5 23 (22.77%) TDD
6 21 (20.79%) Automated Testing
7 20 (19.80%) JIRA
7 20 (19.80%) Java
8 18 (17.82%) Finance
8 18 (17.82%) Test Scripting
9 17 (16.83%) ISEB
9 17 (16.83%) .NET
10 15 (14.85%) Web Services
10 15 (14.85%) QuickTest Pro
10 15 (14.85%) Test Automation
11 14 (13.86%) BDD
11 14 (13.86%) Scrum
11 14 (13.86%) ISTQB
12 13 (12.87%) E-Commerce
12 13 (12.87%) User Acceptance Testing
13 12 (11.88%) Open Source
13 12 (11.88%) Cucumber
13 12 (11.88%) SQL Server
13 12 (11.88%) Banking
14 11 (10.89%) Automation Testing
15 10 (9.90%) Regression Testing
15 10 (9.90%) Investment Banking
16 9 (8.91%) Migration
16 9 (8.91%) Microsoft
16 9 (8.91%) Oracle

QA Tester
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 2 June 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 (4.95%) SharePoint
2 2 (1.98%) CMS
3 1 (0.99%) Tomcat
3 1 (0.99%) Confluence
Applications
1 6 (5.94%) MS Excel
2 3 (2.97%) MS Office
2 3 (2.97%) Spreadsheet
3 2 (1.98%) Mingle
3 2 (1.98%) MS Visio
3 2 (1.98%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (1.98%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.99%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.99%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.98%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.98%) Bluetooth
1 2 (1.98%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (11.88%) SQL Server
2 5 (4.95%) Relational Database
3 3 (2.97%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (2.97%) MongoDB
3 3 (2.97%) NoSQL
4 2 (1.98%) DB2
5 1 (0.99%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.99%) MySQL
5 1 (0.99%) KDB
5 1 (0.99%) Hadoop
5 1 (0.99%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 40 (39.60%) Selenium
2 20 (19.80%) JIRA
3 15 (14.85%) QuickTest Pro
4 12 (11.88%) Cucumber
5 9 (8.91%) Jenkins
6 7 (6.93%) SoapUI
7 6 (5.94%) LoadRunner
7 6 (5.94%) Subversion
8 5 (4.95%) WebDriver
8 5 (4.95%) SpecFlow
9 4 (3.96%) Behat
9 4 (3.96%) Team Foundation Server
9 4 (3.96%) Toad
10 3 (2.97%) NUnit
10 3 (2.97%) TeamCity
11 2 (1.98%) FogBugz
11 2 (1.98%) Zephyr
11 2 (1.98%) Sahi
11 2 (1.98%) JUnit
11 2 (1.98%) JMeter
General
1 18 (17.82%) Finance
2 12 (11.88%) Banking
3 10 (9.90%) Investment Banking
4 4 (3.96%) Games
5 3 (2.97%) Retail
5 3 (2.97%) Marketing
6 2 (1.98%) Music Industry
6 2 (1.98%) Automotive
6 2 (1.98%) Manufacturing
6 2 (1.98%) Advertising
6 2 (1.98%) Publishing
7 1 (0.99%) Mandarin Language
7 1 (0.99%) Front Office
7 1 (0.99%) Electronics
7 1 (0.99%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.99%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (16.83%) .NET
2 15 (14.85%) Web Services
3 7 (6.93%) JSON
3 7 (6.93%) SOAP
3 7 (6.93%) MSMQ
3 7 (6.93%) Gherkin
4 6 (5.94%) XML
5 5 (4.95%) RESTful
6 4 (3.96%) HTML
7 3 (2.97%) Oracle ADF
8 2 (1.98%) CSS
8 2 (1.98%) J2EE
8 2 (1.98%) Spring
9 1 (0.99%) Hibernate
9 1 (0.99%) Ajax
9 1 (0.99%) Spring MVC
9 1 (0.99%) Apache Flex
9 1 (0.99%) FIX Protocol
9 1 (0.99%) .NET Framework
9 1 (0.99%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 8 (7.92%) Mobile App
2 5 (4.95%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (3.96%) Algorithms
3 4 (3.96%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 3 (2.97%) NHS
5 2 (1.98%) Video on Demand
5 2 (1.98%) iSeries
5 2 (1.98%) IPTV
5 2 (1.98%) STB
6 1 (0.99%) Handset
6 1 (0.99%) Fixed Income
6 1 (0.99%) Equities
6 1 (0.99%) Computer Science
6 1 (0.99%) Derivative
6 1 (0.99%) DTV
6 1 (0.99%) Swaptions
6 1 (0.99%) Data Integration
6 1 (0.99%) Telematics
6 1 (0.99%) iPad
6 1 (0.99%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 9 (8.91%) Apple iOS
2 8 (7.92%) Android
3 3 (2.97%) UNIX
3 3 (2.97%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 54 (53.47%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (22.77%) TDD
3 21 (20.79%) Automated Testing
4 18 (17.82%) Test Scripting
5 15 (14.85%) Test Automation
6 14 (13.86%) BDD
6 14 (13.86%) Scrum
7 13 (12.87%) E-Commerce
7 13 (12.87%) User Acceptance Testing
8 12 (11.88%) Open Source
9 11 (10.89%) Automation Testing
10 10 (9.90%) Regression Testing
11 9 (8.91%) Migration
11 9 (8.91%) Analytics
12 8 (7.92%) Manual Testing
12 8 (7.92%) Data Migration
12 8 (7.92%) Software Testing
13 7 (6.93%) ITIL
13 7 (6.93%) PRINCE2
13 7 (6.93%) Agile Testing
Programming Languages
1 41 (40.59%) SQL
2 20 (19.80%) Java
3 7 (6.93%) C#
4 6 (5.94%) Groovy
5 4 (3.96%) Ruby
6 3 (2.97%) VBA
7 2 (1.98%) C++
7 2 (1.98%) Lua
8 1 (0.99%) Objective-C
8 1 (0.99%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.99%) C
8 1 (0.99%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.99%) PHP
8 1 (0.99%) RPG
Qualifications
1 17 (16.83%) ISEB
2 14 (13.86%) ISTQB
3 4 (3.96%) Security Cleared
4 3 (2.97%) Degree
5 2 (1.98%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 101 (100.00%) QA
2 1 (0.99%) Data Quality
Systems Management
1 9 (8.91%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 9 (8.91%) Microsoft
1 9 (8.91%) Oracle
2 8 (7.92%) Sybase
3 7 (6.93%) HP
4 2 (1.98%) SAP
4 2 (1.98%) Perforce
5 1 (0.99%) Telerik
5 1 (0.99%) Google
5 1 (0.99%) ESRI
5 1 (0.99%) Mercator
5 1 (0.99%) JD Edwards
5 1 (0.99%) Atlassian
5 1 (0.99%) hybris
5 1 (0.99%) DataCash
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