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 30 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
30 Jun 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Tester
Rank 540 540 506
Rank change year-on-year
0 -34
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 42 32 37
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.082% 0.066% 0.083%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.089% 0.071% 0.090%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 16 23
Average daily rate
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£295 £400 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-26.25% +33.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £250 £228
10% offered a daily rate of more than £373 £425 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £285 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
-5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 5
Average hourly rate £92.00 £24.50 £27.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+275.51% -9.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.40 £14.10 £25.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £149.60 £34.90 £37.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £92.00 £24.50 £27.13
% change year-on-year
+275.51% -9.67%
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
47107 45196 41281
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 92.46% 92.71% 92.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 30238 28237 24557
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £235 £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 1775 1819 1985
Average hourly rate £16.60 £16.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.60% -13.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.39
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.25 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-1.51% -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 30 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 30 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 30 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 -14 14 £225 -43.75% 5
West Midlands +9 9 £295 - 5
South East -23 8 £330 +17.85% 11
North West - 4 £340 - 21
South West - 3 £230 - 7
East of England -4 2 £210 - 2
East Midlands -8 1 £275 - 4
North East - 1 £200 - 2
Software Tester
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Software Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 30 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 53 (46.09%) Agile Software Development
2 50 (43.48%) Test Scripting
3 40 (34.78%) Selenium
4 35 (30.43%) QA
5 33 (28.70%) C#
6 30 (26.09%) Scrum
7 29 (25.22%) Software Testing
7 29 (25.22%) Test Automation
8 24 (20.87%) Automated Testing
9 22 (19.13%) SQL
10 21 (18.26%) .NET
11 19 (16.52%) JIRA
11 19 (16.52%) Cucumber
12 18 (15.65%) BDD
12 18 (15.65%) WebDriver
13 17 (14.78%) SpecFlow
14 16 (13.91%) Regression Testing
15 15 (13.04%) SDLC
16 14 (12.17%) Integration Testing
16 14 (12.17%) Manual Testing
17 13 (11.30%) E-Commerce
17 13 (11.30%) Java
18 12 (10.43%) JavaScript
18 12 (10.43%) Oracle
18 12 (10.43%) SQL Server
18 12 (10.43%) Finance
18 12 (10.43%) Security Cleared
18 12 (10.43%) HP Quality Center
19 11 (9.57%) Automation Testing
19 11 (9.57%) Retail

Software Tester
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 30 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 3 (2.61%) Confluence
2 2 (1.74%) CMS
3 1 (0.87%) SharePoint
Applications
1 7 (6.09%) MS Excel
2 6 (5.22%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.87%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.87%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.74%) CDMA
1 2 (1.74%) GSM
1 2 (1.74%) HTTP
2 1 (0.87%) DSL
2 1 (0.87%) ZigBee
2 1 (0.87%) DHCP
2 1 (0.87%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (10.43%) SQL Server
2 2 (1.74%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (1.74%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.87%) MySQL
3 1 (0.87%) RDBMS
3 1 (0.87%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (0.87%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (0.87%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 40 (34.78%) Selenium
2 19 (16.52%) JIRA
2 19 (16.52%) Cucumber
3 18 (15.65%) WebDriver
4 17 (14.78%) SpecFlow
5 8 (6.96%) Jenkins
5 8 (6.96%) HP UFT
6 7 (6.09%) Team Foundation Server
7 4 (3.48%) JUnit
8 3 (2.61%) Visual Studio
8 3 (2.61%) FitNesse
9 2 (1.74%) TestComplete
9 2 (1.74%) Eclipse
9 2 (1.74%) LoadRunner
9 2 (1.74%) JMeter
9 2 (1.74%) NUnit
9 2 (1.74%) Rhino Mocks
9 2 (1.74%) SoapUI
9 2 (1.74%) eggPlant
9 2 (1.74%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 12 (10.43%) Finance
2 11 (9.57%) Retail
3 4 (3.48%) Telecoms
3 4 (3.48%) Games
4 3 (2.61%) Billing
5 2 (1.74%) Marketing
5 2 (1.74%) Back Office
6 1 (0.87%) Electronics
6 1 (0.87%) Banking
6 1 (0.87%) Automotive
6 1 (0.87%) Legal
6 1 (0.87%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.87%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (18.26%) .NET
2 11 (9.57%) HTML
3 8 (6.96%) .NET Framework
3 8 (6.96%) XML
3 8 (6.96%) Gherkin
4 6 (5.22%) CSS
4 6 (5.22%) Web Services
5 3 (2.61%) JSON
5 3 (2.61%) jQuery
5 3 (2.61%) SOAP
5 3 (2.61%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 3 (2.61%) ASP.NET Web API
6 2 (1.74%) NHibernate
6 2 (1.74%) Entity Framework
7 1 (0.87%) KnockoutJS
7 1 (0.87%) RESTful
7 1 (0.87%) ASP.NET
7 1 (0.87%) XSD
7 1 (0.87%) XSLT
7 1 (0.87%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 9 (7.83%) Mobile App
2 3 (2.61%) Enterprise Software
2 3 (2.61%) Smart Meter
3 2 (1.74%) iPad
3 2 (1.74%) iPhone
3 2 (1.74%) NHS
3 2 (1.74%) Mathematics
4 1 (0.87%) Wiki
4 1 (0.87%) Data Conversion
4 1 (0.87%) Data Integration
4 1 (0.87%) DTV
4 1 (0.87%) Fixed Income
4 1 (0.87%) Interest Rate Derivative
4 1 (0.87%) User Experience
4 1 (0.87%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 9 (7.83%) Linux
1 9 (7.83%) Android
2 5 (4.35%) Apple iOS
3 3 (2.61%) UNIX
4 2 (1.74%) Windows
5 1 (0.87%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 53 (46.09%) Agile Software Development
2 50 (43.48%) Test Scripting
3 30 (26.09%) Scrum
4 29 (25.22%) Software Testing
4 29 (25.22%) Test Automation
5 24 (20.87%) Automated Testing
6 18 (15.65%) BDD
7 16 (13.91%) Regression Testing
8 15 (13.04%) SDLC
9 14 (12.17%) Integration Testing
9 14 (12.17%) Manual Testing
10 13 (11.30%) E-Commerce
11 11 (9.57%) Automation Testing
12 8 (6.96%) Test Management
13 7 (6.09%) Continuous Integration
13 7 (6.09%) Test Strategy
13 7 (6.09%) User Acceptance Testing
13 7 (6.09%) Performance Testing
14 6 (5.22%) Security Testing
14 6 (5.22%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 33 (28.70%) C#
2 22 (19.13%) SQL
3 13 (11.30%) Java
4 12 (10.43%) JavaScript
5 7 (6.09%) C++
6 6 (5.22%) Python
7 4 (3.48%) C
7 4 (3.48%) VBA
8 2 (1.74%) VBScript
8 2 (1.74%) VB
8 2 (1.74%) Embedded C
8 2 (1.74%) PHP
9 1 (0.87%) PL/SQL
9 1 (0.87%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.87%) COBOL
9 1 (0.87%) Perl
9 1 (0.87%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.87%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 12 (10.43%) Security Cleared
2 9 (7.83%) SC Cleared
2 9 (7.83%) ISEB
3 5 (4.35%) ISTQB
4 2 (1.74%) Degree
4 2 (1.74%) DV Cleared
5 1 (0.87%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 1 (0.87%) CTC Cleared
5 1 (0.87%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (30.43%) QA
System Software
1 1 (0.87%) Firmware
1 1 (0.87%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 12 (10.43%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 12 (10.43%) Oracle
2 9 (7.83%) Microsoft
3 6 (5.22%) HP
4 4 (3.48%) Symbian
5 2 (1.74%) MKS
6 1 (0.87%) VMware
6 1 (0.87%) Atlassian
6 1 (0.87%) EMC
6 1 (0.87%) IBM
6 1 (0.87%) SAP
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