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 27 August 2014 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
27 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Tester
Rank 542 517 542
Rank change year-on-year
-25 +25
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 33 43 36
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.066% 0.088% 0.067%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.071% 0.095% 0.072%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 26 21
Average daily rate
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£275 £285 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.50% -5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £233 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £382 £400 £530
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 £278 £300
% change year-on-year
-0.90% -7.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 3
Average hourly rate £24.50 £29.25 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.23% -16.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.10 £18.65 £20.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.90 £40.65 £39.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.50 £29.25 £35.00
% change year-on-year
-16.23% -16.42%
Software 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
46443 45266 50025
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 92.33% 92.82% 92.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 28666 27485 28743
Average daily rate £400 £400 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £238 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1833 1984 2511
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.85% -10.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.50 £40.57 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.61 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-2.30% -5.55%

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 27 August 2014.

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 27 August 2014.

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 27 August 2014. 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 +7 16 £250 -31.50% 8
South East -19 5 £283 +13.00% 14
South West -33 4 £283 -1.73% 4
East of England -24 3 £315 -16.00% 7
West Midlands -2 2 £240 -12.72% 3
North West -6 2 £288 +19.79% 13
East Midlands +1 1 £233 -16.59% 2
North East - - - - 1
Yorkshire - - - - 5
Software Tester
UK

Software Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 27 August 2014, 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 35 (49.30%) Software Testing
2 28 (39.44%) QA
3 26 (36.62%) Selenium
4 25 (35.21%) Test Scripting
5 20 (28.17%) SQL
6 17 (23.94%) Scrum
7 15 (21.13%) Automated Testing
7 15 (21.13%) Microsoft
8 14 (19.72%) JIRA
9 13 (18.31%) Finance
10 12 (16.90%) HP Quality Center
11 10 (14.08%) Agile Software Development
11 10 (14.08%) Continuous Integration
11 10 (14.08%) MS Excel
12 9 (12.68%) Citrix
12 9 (12.68%) EMV
12 9 (12.68%) Smartcard
12 9 (12.68%) Manual Testing
12 9 (12.68%) TDD
13 8 (11.27%) Bugzilla
13 8 (11.27%) Windows
13 8 (11.27%) MS Office
13 8 (11.27%) .NET
14 7 (9.86%) C#
14 7 (9.86%) Java
14 7 (9.86%) PHP
14 7 (9.86%) ISEB
14 7 (9.86%) QuickTest Pro
14 7 (9.86%) User Acceptance Testing
14 7 (9.86%) Security Cleared

Software Tester
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 27 August 2014, 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 1 (1.41%) SharePoint
1 1 (1.41%) CMS
1 1 (1.41%) SharePoint Server
1 1 (1.41%) WebSphere
Applications
1 10 (14.08%) MS Excel
2 8 (11.27%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 3 (4.23%) DVB
2 1 (1.41%) iSCSI
2 1 (1.41%) FCoE
2 1 (1.41%) Fibre Channel
2 1 (1.41%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (7.04%) SQL Server
2 3 (4.23%) MS Access
3 2 (2.82%) MySQL
4 1 (1.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (1.41%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 26 (36.62%) Selenium
2 14 (19.72%) JIRA
3 8 (11.27%) Bugzilla
4 7 (9.86%) QuickTest Pro
4 7 (9.86%) Team Foundation Server
5 6 (8.45%) Jenkins
6 3 (4.23%) Behat
6 3 (4.23%) SoapUI
6 3 (4.23%) JMeter
7 2 (2.82%) Visual Studio
7 2 (2.82%) SpecFlow
8 1 (1.41%) Cucumber
8 1 (1.41%) Calabash
8 1 (1.41%) Toad
8 1 (1.41%) TestDirector
8 1 (1.41%) NUnit
8 1 (1.41%) Subversion
8 1 (1.41%) Git (software)
General
1 13 (18.31%) Finance
2 6 (8.45%) Banking
3 5 (7.04%) Back Office
4 1 (1.41%) Electronics
4 1 (1.41%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (11.27%) .NET
2 4 (5.63%) Web Services
3 3 (4.23%) HTML
4 2 (2.82%) XML
4 2 (2.82%) ASP.NET
4 2 (2.82%) SOAP
5 1 (1.41%) Django
Miscellaneous
1 9 (12.68%) EMV
1 9 (12.68%) Smartcard
2 5 (7.04%) Open Source
3 3 (4.23%) STB
3 3 (4.23%) NHS
3 3 (4.23%) MPEG
4 2 (2.82%) Firmware
4 2 (2.82%) Clustering
4 2 (2.82%) E-Learning
4 2 (2.82%) Informatics
5 1 (1.41%) Mathematics
5 1 (1.41%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.41%) IBM Mainframe
5 1 (1.41%) Embedded Systems
5 1 (1.41%) Mobile App
5 1 (1.41%) Mainframe
5 1 (1.41%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 8 (11.27%) Windows
2 6 (8.45%) UNIX
3 4 (5.63%) Linux
4 3 (4.23%) Windows 7
5 2 (2.82%) HPUX
5 2 (2.82%) Solaris
6 1 (1.41%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (49.30%) Software Testing
2 25 (35.21%) Test Scripting
3 17 (23.94%) Scrum
4 15 (21.13%) Automated Testing
5 10 (14.08%) Agile Software Development
5 10 (14.08%) Continuous Integration
6 9 (12.68%) Manual Testing
6 9 (12.68%) TDD
7 7 (9.86%) User Acceptance Testing
8 6 (8.45%) Test Management
9 5 (7.04%) Test Automation
9 5 (7.04%) Requirements Analysis
9 5 (7.04%) Regression Testing
10 3 (4.23%) Asset Management
11 2 (2.82%) Use Case
11 2 (2.82%) Software Engineering
11 2 (2.82%) Validation
11 2 (2.82%) Migration
11 2 (2.82%) CRM
11 2 (2.82%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 20 (28.17%) SQL
2 7 (9.86%) C#
2 7 (9.86%) Java
2 7 (9.86%) PHP
3 6 (8.45%) Python
4 3 (4.23%) C++
4 3 (4.23%) Shell Script
5 2 (2.82%) C
5 2 (2.82%) Perl
6 1 (1.41%) PL/SQL
6 1 (1.41%) Delphi
6 1 (1.41%) JavaScript
6 1 (1.41%) Ruby
6 1 (1.41%) Korn
6 1 (1.41%) Bash Shell
6 1 (1.41%) T-SQL
6 1 (1.41%) VBScript
6 1 (1.41%) VB
6 1 (1.41%) VB.NET
6 1 (1.41%) Embedded C
Qualifications
1 7 (9.86%) ISEB
1 7 (9.86%) Security Cleared
2 6 (8.45%) SC Cleared
3 5 (7.04%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 4 (5.63%) Degree
5 3 (4.23%) ISTQB
6 1 (1.41%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (39.44%) QA
System Software
1 1 (1.41%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 12 (16.90%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.41%) Puppet
2 1 (1.41%) Vagrant
2 1 (1.41%) Tivoli
2 1 (1.41%) SCCM
Vendors
1 15 (21.13%) Microsoft
2 9 (12.68%) Citrix
3 5 (7.04%) Zend
4 3 (4.23%) Oracle
4 3 (4.23%) HP
5 2 (2.82%) IBM
5 2 (2.82%) Telerik
5 2 (2.82%) VMware
6 1 (1.41%) AppSense
6 1 (1.41%) Hitachi
6 1 (1.41%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (1.41%) Compaq
6 1 (1.41%) EMC
South West
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £275 to £300 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
Bristol
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £275 - £300 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
Oxfordshire
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £275.00 - £325.00 per day
Posted: 19 days ago