The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the England region that had QA Tester featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 9 December 2016 with a comparison to same period over 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.

3 months to
9 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance Tester
Rank 495 551 546
Rank change year-on-year
+56 -5
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 111 63 75
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.24% 0.12% 0.15%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.26% 0.13% 0.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 70 47 63
Median daily rate £350 £325 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -1.51%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £259 £231
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £425 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £306
% change year-on-year
+7.69% +6.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
Median hourly rate £44.00 £20.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+120.00% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.00 £20.00 -
% change year-on-year
+120.00% -
QA Tester
UK

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
43325 47890 48206
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 94.48% 94.89% 93.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 28576 30970 31019
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £263 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1508 1866 2032
Median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% +6.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.50 £43.50 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
-2.94% +6.25%

QA Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in England

The demand trend of IT contracts across the England region that featured QA Tester in the job title.

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 9 December 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA Tester within the England region over the 3 months to 9 December 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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
London +36 49 £350 - 22
South East +37 20 £350 -3.44% 2
South West +19 12 £338 +12.50% 1
North West +2 11 £363 +23.93% 3
West Midlands -6 6 £369 - 7
Yorkshire +16 4 £285 -30.90% 1
East of England +1 4 £350 +60.00% 2
North East -21 4 £375 -
East Midlands -3 1 £350 -
QA Tester
UK

QA Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 9 December 2016, QA 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 England region featuring QA Tester in the job title.

1 185 (100.00%) QA
2 127 (68.65%) Agile Software Development
3 85 (45.95%) Selenium
4 60 (32.43%) JIRA
4 60 (32.43%) SQL
5 57 (30.81%) Cucumber
6 55 (29.73%) BDD
7 52 (28.11%) Java
8 38 (20.54%) WebDriver
9 36 (19.46%) Automated Testing
10 35 (18.92%) Jenkins
11 33 (17.84%) Test Scripting
12 32 (17.30%) Test Automation
13 31 (16.76%) Manual Testing
14 30 (16.22%) JavaScript
14 30 (16.22%) Scrum
15 29 (15.68%) .NET
16 28 (15.14%) QA Automation
17 26 (14.05%) Automation Testing
17 26 (14.05%) Git (software)
17 26 (14.05%) Performance Testing
18 25 (13.51%) Exploratory Testing
19 24 (12.97%) TDD
19 24 (12.97%) Finance
20 22 (11.89%) C#
21 21 (11.35%) Continuous Integration
21 21 (11.35%) Defect Management
22 20 (10.81%) Gherkin
22 20 (10.81%) Confluence
22 20 (10.81%) XML

QA Tester Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills in England 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 20 (10.81%) Confluence
2 6 (3.24%) CMS
3 2 (1.08%) Apache
3 2 (1.08%) OpenROAD
3 2 (1.08%) SharePoint
3 2 (1.08%) Tuxedo
4 1 (0.54%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 1 (0.54%) JBoss
4 1 (0.54%) Skype for Business
4 1 (0.54%) Tomcat
4 1 (0.54%) WordPress
Applications
1 5 (2.70%) MS Excel
2 4 (2.16%) MS Office
2 4 (2.16%) MS PowerPoint
3 2 (1.08%) Mingle
4 1 (0.54%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (2.70%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 3 (1.62%) FastStats
3 1 (0.54%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.54%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 6 (3.24%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (2.16%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (1.62%) GitHub
4 2 (1.08%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 3 (1.62%) Internet
1 3 (1.62%) SNMP
2 2 (1.08%) HTTP
3 1 (0.54%) DSL
3 1 (0.54%) Firewall
3 1 (0.54%) Skype
3 1 (0.54%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (8.65%) SQL Server
2 9 (4.86%) Data Warehouse
3 7 (3.78%) Big Data
4 6 (3.24%) Relational Database
4 6 (3.24%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 6 (3.24%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 4 (2.16%) Cognos Query Studio
5 4 (2.16%) Hadoop
5 4 (2.16%) QlikView
6 3 (1.62%) Apache Hive
6 3 (1.62%) Azure SQL Database
6 3 (1.62%) SQL Server 2008
6 3 (1.62%) SQL Server 2012
6 3 (1.62%) Star Schema
7 2 (1.08%) GIS
7 2 (1.08%) Oracle Database
7 2 (1.08%) Oracle Reports
7 2 (1.08%) SQL Server 2014
7 2 (1.08%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 1 (0.54%) Spatial Data
Development Applications
1 85 (45.95%) Selenium
2 60 (32.43%) JIRA
3 57 (30.81%) Cucumber
4 38 (20.54%) WebDriver
5 35 (18.92%) Jenkins
6 26 (14.05%) Git (software)
7 18 (9.73%) SoapUI
8 14 (7.57%) HP UFT
9 10 (5.41%) Team Foundation Server
10 9 (4.86%) JMeter
10 9 (4.86%) SpecFlow
10 9 (4.86%) Visual Studio
11 8 (4.32%) LoadRunner
12 7 (3.78%) Appium
13 6 (3.24%) Hudson
13 6 (3.24%) Subversion
13 6 (3.24%) TeamCity
14 5 (2.70%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 5 (2.70%) JBehave
14 5 (2.70%) TestRail
General
1 24 (12.97%) Finance
2 13 (7.03%) Banking
3 7 (3.78%) Retail
4 5 (2.70%) Electronics
4 5 (2.70%) Games
4 5 (2.70%) Investment Banking
4 5 (2.70%) Manufacturing
4 5 (2.70%) Marketing
4 5 (2.70%) Telecoms
5 4 (2.16%) Publishing
6 3 (1.62%) Financial Institution
7 2 (1.08%) Back Office
8 1 (0.54%) Front Office
8 1 (0.54%) Legal
8 1 (0.54%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (15.68%) .NET
2 20 (10.81%) Gherkin
2 20 (10.81%) XML
3 17 (9.19%) Web Services
4 12 (6.49%) HTML
5 10 (5.41%) RESTful
6 6 (3.24%) AngularJS
6 6 (3.24%) CSS
6 6 (3.24%) SOAP
7 5 (2.70%) .NET Framework
7 5 (2.70%) HTML5
8 4 (2.16%) JSON
8 4 (2.16%) XSD
9 3 (1.62%) Node.js
9 3 (1.62%) REST
10 2 (1.08%) RabbitMQ
11 1 (0.54%) Behat
11 1 (0.54%) Laravel
11 1 (0.54%) Twitter Bootstrap
11 1 (0.54%) Unity (Game Engine)
Miscellaneous
1 16 (8.65%) Mobile App
2 11 (5.95%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (3.24%) Computer Science
3 6 (3.24%) Replication
4 4 (2.16%) Fintech
5 3 (1.62%) Data Integration
5 3 (1.62%) Equities
5 3 (1.62%) PKI
5 3 (1.62%) User Experience
6 2 (1.08%) Credit Risk
6 2 (1.08%) EPoS
6 2 (1.08%) Fixed Income
6 2 (1.08%) Management Information System
6 2 (1.08%) NHS
7 1 (0.54%) Life Science
7 1 (0.54%) Reference Data
7 1 (0.54%) Smart Energy
7 1 (0.54%) Smart Meter
7 1 (0.54%) Video on Demand
7 1 (0.54%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 16 (8.65%) Apple iOS
2 15 (8.11%) Android
3 13 (7.03%) Linux
3 13 (7.03%) Windows
4 11 (5.95%) Unix
5 3 (1.62%) Mac OS X
6 2 (1.08%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 127 (68.65%) Agile Software Development
2 55 (29.73%) BDD
3 36 (19.46%) Automated Testing
4 33 (17.84%) Test Scripting
5 32 (17.30%) Test Automation
6 31 (16.76%) Manual Testing
7 30 (16.22%) Scrum
8 28 (15.14%) QA Automation
9 26 (14.05%) Automation Testing
9 26 (14.05%) Performance Testing
10 25 (13.51%) Exploratory Testing
11 24 (12.97%) TDD
12 21 (11.35%) Continuous Integration
12 21 (11.35%) Defect Management
13 19 (10.27%) Regression Testing
14 18 (9.73%) Continuous Improvement
15 17 (9.19%) API Testing
15 17 (9.19%) Functional Testing
15 17 (9.19%) Non-Functional Testing
16 14 (7.57%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 60 (32.43%) SQL
2 52 (28.11%) Java
3 30 (16.22%) JavaScript
4 22 (11.89%) C#
5 14 (7.57%) Ruby
6 9 (4.86%) Groovy
6 9 (4.86%) Python
6 9 (4.86%) Scala
7 4 (2.16%) PHP
7 4 (2.16%) PowerShell
7 4 (2.16%) Shell Script
8 3 (1.62%) T-SQL
8 3 (1.62%) VB
8 3 (1.62%) VBA
9 2 (1.08%) Bash Shell
9 2 (1.08%) C
9 2 (1.08%) Perl
9 2 (1.08%) PL/SQL
9 2 (1.08%) VB.NET
10 1 (0.54%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 16 (8.65%) Degree
1 16 (8.65%) ISEB
2 11 (5.95%) ISTQB
3 4 (2.16%) BPSS Clearance
3 4 (2.16%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (1.08%) Security Cleared
5 1 (0.54%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 185 (100.00%) QA
2 6 (3.24%) Data Quality
3 2 (1.08%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (1.08%) HDFS
2 1 (0.54%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.54%) Docker
Systems Management
1 7 (3.78%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.54%) Ansible
2 1 (0.54%) Oozie
2 1 (0.54%) SCCM
Vendors
1 16 (8.65%) Microsoft
2 12 (6.49%) Oracle
3 10 (5.41%) Atlassian
4 6 (3.24%) HP
5 5 (2.70%) Cognos
5 5 (2.70%) SAP
6 3 (1.62%) MuleSoft
7 2 (1.08%) CA Agile Central
7 2 (1.08%) Informatica
8 1 (0.54%) Adobe
8 1 (0.54%) Citrix
8 1 (0.54%) EPiServer
8 1 (0.54%) Google
8 1 (0.54%) Hortonworks
8 1 (0.54%) Red Hat
8 1 (0.54%) Salesforce.com
8 1 (0.54%) Teradata
8 1 (0.54%) webMethods
8 1 (0.54%) Xamarin
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