The table below looks at the statistics for the Software 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 Software Tester in their job title over the 3 months to 3 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
3 Jun 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Tester
Rank 533 532 488
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -44
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 48 36 33
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.097% 0.074% 0.078%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.11% 0.080% 0.085%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 22 22
Average daily rate
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£291 £315 £288
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.53% +9.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £160 £193
10% offered a daily rate of more than £355 £425 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £288 £300 £293
% change year-on-year
-4.16% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 4
Average hourly rate £92.00 - £25.00
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.40 - £21.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £149.60 - £26.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £92.00 - £25.00
Software Tester
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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
45670 44831 38950
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 92.38% 92.58% 92.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 28976 28139 22977
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.12% -0.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £233 £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 1776 1874 1982
Average hourly rate £16.83 £17.00 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.02% -10.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.25 £40.00 £42.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.16 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-2.06% -5.71%

Software Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in England

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

Software Tester Jobs Demand Trend in England

Software Tester
Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Software Tester Daily Rate Trend in England

Software Tester
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Tester across the England region over the 3 months to 3 June 2015.

Software Tester Daily Rate Histogram in England

Software Tester
Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Software Tester Hourly Rate Trend in England

Software Tester
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Tester across the England region over the 3 months to 3 June 2015.

Software Tester Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Software 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 Software Tester within the England region over the 3 months to 3 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 -6 14 £275 -31.25% 6
South East -3 10 £340 +17.24% 5
West Midlands - 10 £275 - 1
East of England -2 5 £288 - 5
North West -12 5 £301 +88.28% 15
East Midlands -4 2 £250 - 2
South West +6 1 £350 +16.66% 11
North East - 1 £200 -
Software Tester
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Software Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 3 June 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England region that cited Software 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 Software Tester in their job title.

1 57 (48.31%) Agile Software Development
2 49 (41.53%) Test Scripting
3 39 (33.05%) Selenium
4 34 (28.81%) QA
5 32 (27.12%) Scrum
6 31 (26.27%) C#
7 28 (23.73%) Software Testing
8 27 (22.88%) Test Automation
9 25 (21.19%) SQL
10 23 (19.49%) Automated Testing
11 22 (18.64%) Cucumber
12 19 (16.10%) SpecFlow
12 19 (16.10%) .NET
13 18 (15.25%) Regression Testing
13 18 (15.25%) BDD
13 18 (15.25%) Manual Testing
14 17 (14.41%) JIRA
15 15 (12.71%) Oracle
15 15 (12.71%) SQL Server
15 15 (12.71%) WebDriver
16 14 (11.86%) Automation Testing
16 14 (11.86%) Java
17 13 (11.02%) JavaScript
17 13 (11.02%) SDLC
17 13 (11.02%) HP Quality Center
17 13 (11.02%) Security Cleared
18 12 (10.17%) Integration Testing
18 12 (10.17%) HTML
19 11 (9.32%) E-Commerce
19 11 (9.32%) ISEB

Software Tester
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 3 June 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England region that cited Software 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 Software Tester in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (1.69%) CMS
2 1 (0.85%) Confluence
2 1 (0.85%) SharePoint
Applications
1 7 (5.93%) MS Excel
2 6 (5.08%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.54%) CDMA
1 3 (2.54%) GSM
2 2 (1.69%) HTTP
3 1 (0.85%) DSL
3 1 (0.85%) ZigBee
3 1 (0.85%) DHCP
3 1 (0.85%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (12.71%) SQL Server
2 2 (1.69%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (1.69%) Oracle Database
2 2 (1.69%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.85%) RDBMS
3 1 (0.85%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (0.85%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 39 (33.05%) Selenium
2 22 (18.64%) Cucumber
3 19 (16.10%) SpecFlow
4 17 (14.41%) JIRA
5 15 (12.71%) WebDriver
6 11 (9.32%) Jenkins
7 8 (6.78%) QuickTest Pro
8 7 (5.93%) Team Foundation Server
9 4 (3.39%) JUnit
9 4 (3.39%) Visual Studio
10 3 (2.54%) eggPlant
11 2 (1.69%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 2 (1.69%) Rhino Mocks
11 2 (1.69%) Behat
11 2 (1.69%) Eclipse
11 2 (1.69%) LoadRunner
11 2 (1.69%) JMeter
11 2 (1.69%) NUnit
11 2 (1.69%) TestComplete
11 2 (1.69%) FitNesse
General
1 11 (9.32%) Finance
2 10 (8.47%) Retail
3 3 (2.54%) Billing
3 3 (2.54%) Games
4 2 (1.69%) Legal
4 2 (1.69%) Back Office
4 2 (1.69%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.85%) Automotive
5 1 (0.85%) Investment Banking
5 1 (0.85%) Marketing
5 1 (0.85%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (16.10%) .NET
2 12 (10.17%) HTML
3 11 (9.32%) Gherkin
4 7 (5.93%) .NET Framework
5 6 (5.08%) XML
6 5 (4.24%) CSS
7 3 (2.54%) Web Services
7 3 (2.54%) JSON
7 3 (2.54%) jQuery
7 3 (2.54%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 3 (2.54%) ASP.NET Web API
8 2 (1.69%) NHibernate
8 2 (1.69%) Entity Framework
9 1 (0.85%) JRuby
9 1 (0.85%) ASP.NET
9 1 (0.85%) XSD
9 1 (0.85%) XSLT
9 1 (0.85%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 9 (7.63%) Mobile App
2 3 (2.54%) Enterprise Software
2 3 (2.54%) NHS
2 3 (2.54%) iPhone
2 3 (2.54%) Smart Meter
2 3 (2.54%) iPad
3 2 (1.69%) Mathematics
3 2 (1.69%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (0.85%) User Experience
4 1 (0.85%) Data Conversion
4 1 (0.85%) Data Integration
4 1 (0.85%) Fixed Income
4 1 (0.85%) Interest Rate Derivative
4 1 (0.85%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 10 (8.47%) Linux
1 10 (8.47%) Android
2 7 (5.93%) Apple iOS
3 3 (2.54%) UNIX
4 1 (0.85%) Windows
4 1 (0.85%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 57 (48.31%) Agile Software Development
2 49 (41.53%) Test Scripting
3 32 (27.12%) Scrum
4 28 (23.73%) Software Testing
5 27 (22.88%) Test Automation
6 23 (19.49%) Automated Testing
7 18 (15.25%) Regression Testing
7 18 (15.25%) Manual Testing
7 18 (15.25%) BDD
8 14 (11.86%) Automation Testing
9 13 (11.02%) SDLC
10 12 (10.17%) Integration Testing
11 11 (9.32%) E-Commerce
12 9 (7.63%) Test Management
12 9 (7.63%) Continuous Integration
13 7 (5.93%) System Testing
13 7 (5.93%) Performance Testing
14 6 (5.08%) Security Testing
14 6 (5.08%) User Acceptance Testing
14 6 (5.08%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 31 (26.27%) C#
2 25 (21.19%) SQL
3 14 (11.86%) Java
4 13 (11.02%) JavaScript
5 7 (5.93%) C++
5 7 (5.93%) Python
6 6 (5.08%) C
7 4 (3.39%) VBA
7 4 (3.39%) VBScript
7 4 (3.39%) Embedded C
8 3 (2.54%) VB
9 2 (1.69%) PHP
9 2 (1.69%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.85%) T-SQL
10 1 (0.85%) COBOL
10 1 (0.85%) Perl
10 1 (0.85%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.85%) Jython
Qualifications
1 13 (11.02%) Security Cleared
2 11 (9.32%) ISEB
3 9 (7.63%) SC Cleared
4 7 (5.93%) ISTQB
5 2 (1.69%) Degree
5 2 (1.69%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (0.85%) CTC Cleared
6 1 (0.85%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (28.81%) QA
System Software
1 2 (1.69%) Hyper-V
2 1 (0.85%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 13 (11.02%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 15 (12.71%) Oracle
2 8 (6.78%) Microsoft
3 6 (5.08%) HP
4 3 (2.54%) Symbian
5 2 (1.69%) MKS
6 1 (0.85%) IBM
6 1 (0.85%) EMC
Reading, Berkshire
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Bournemouth, Dorset
X4 Group
Rate: £190 - 210 per day
Posted: 5 days ago