The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the England region that had Software Tester featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 21 January 2017 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
21 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Software Tester
UK / England
Rank 517 551 526
Rank change year-on-year
+34 -25
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 53 41 55
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.13% 0.088% 0.12%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.14% 0.093% 0.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 26 27
Median daily rate £325 £300 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% +9.09%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £203 £206
10% offered a daily rate of more than £390 £380 £389
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £290 £278
% change year-on-year
+12.06% +4.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 4 17
Median hourly rate - £42.50 £28.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +49.12%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £42.50 £28.50
% change year-on-year
- +49.12%

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
38632 44173 43901
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 94.71% 94.89% 94.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 25327 28502 28056
Median daily rate £425 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.19% +5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1325 1597 1772
Median hourly rate £18.75 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +6.06%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.13 £10.50 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £47.50 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
- +9.37%

Software Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in England

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

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 21 January 2017.

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
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 Software Tester within the England region over the 3 months to 21 January 2017. 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 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
South East +21 13 £350 +16.66% 9
London +18 11 £375 - 4
South West +16 9 £325 -21.68% 7
West Midlands +7 7 £288 +40.24% 11
Yorkshire +17 5 £275 -1.78% 2
East of England -3 4 £225 -21.05% 1
East Midlands +5 3 - - 5
North West +24 1 - - 8
Software Tester
UK

Software Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 21 January 2017, Software 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 Software Tester in the job title.

1 63 (52.94%) Agile Software Development
2 61 (51.26%) Test Scripting
3 47 (39.50%) Software Testing
4 46 (38.66%) QA
5 43 (36.13%) Selenium
6 35 (29.41%) Automated Testing
7 31 (26.05%) SQL
8 28 (23.53%) JIRA
9 27 (22.69%) ISTQB
10 26 (21.85%) Java
11 25 (21.01%) Manual Testing
11 25 (21.01%) WebDriver
11 25 (21.01%) Cucumber
12 24 (20.17%) Finance
13 22 (18.49%) BDD
14 20 (16.81%) ISEB
15 19 (15.97%) SDLC
16 18 (15.13%) Automation Testing
16 18 (15.13%) Regression Testing
17 17 (14.29%) Test Automation
18 16 (13.45%) Performance Testing
18 16 (13.45%) SoapUI
18 16 (13.45%) Functional Testing
18 16 (13.45%) .NET
19 15 (12.61%) SOAP
19 15 (12.61%) Scrum
20 14 (11.76%) TDD
20 14 (11.76%) Microsoft
21 12 (10.08%) CRM
22 11 (9.24%) Web Services

Software 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 8 (6.72%) Confluence
2 4 (3.36%) SharePoint
2 4 (3.36%) SharePoint 2010
3 1 (0.84%) Tomcat
Applications
1 2 (1.68%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 9 (7.56%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 5 (4.20%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.84%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.84%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.84%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (0.84%) GitHub
1 1 (0.84%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.68%) Bluetooth
2 1 (0.84%) Internet
2 1 (0.84%) TCP/IP
2 1 (0.84%) Wi-Fi
2 1 (0.84%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (9.24%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.52%) Oracle Reports
3 2 (1.68%) Hadoop
3 2 (1.68%) MongoDB
3 2 (1.68%) MySQL
4 1 (0.84%) Apache Hive
4 1 (0.84%) Big Data
4 1 (0.84%) NoSQL
4 1 (0.84%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.84%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 43 (36.13%) Selenium
2 28 (23.53%) JIRA
3 25 (21.01%) Cucumber
3 25 (21.01%) WebDriver
4 16 (13.45%) SoapUI
5 11 (9.24%) Team Foundation Server
6 9 (7.56%) Jenkins
7 6 (5.04%) Visual Studio
8 5 (4.20%) MSTest
8 5 (4.20%) TestRail
9 4 (3.36%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 4 (3.36%) FishEye
9 4 (3.36%) Geb
9 4 (3.36%) Git (software)
9 4 (3.36%) IntelliJ
9 4 (3.36%) NUnit
10 3 (2.52%) HP UFT
10 3 (2.52%) JMeter
10 3 (2.52%) Maven
10 3 (2.52%) TestLink
General
1 24 (20.17%) Finance
2 11 (9.24%) Manufacturing
3 9 (7.56%) Electronics
3 9 (7.56%) Marketing
3 9 (7.56%) Telecoms
4 3 (2.52%) Legal
5 2 (1.68%) Back Office
5 2 (1.68%) Financial Institution
5 2 (1.68%) Retail
6 1 (0.84%) Advertising
6 1 (0.84%) Banking
6 1 (0.84%) Games
6 1 (0.84%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.84%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (13.45%) .NET
2 15 (12.61%) SOAP
3 11 (9.24%) Web Services
4 6 (5.04%) Gherkin
5 3 (2.52%) REST
5 3 (2.52%) RESTful
5 3 (2.52%) Spring
5 3 (2.52%) XML
6 2 (1.68%) ASP.NET
6 2 (1.68%) CSS
6 2 (1.68%) Hibernate
6 2 (1.68%) HTML
6 2 (1.68%) Node.js
7 1 (0.84%) AngularJS
7 1 (0.84%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 4 (3.36%) Fintech
2 3 (2.52%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (1.68%) Data Protection Act
3 2 (1.68%) Life Science
3 2 (1.68%) RIA
4 1 (0.84%) Client/Server
4 1 (0.84%) Digital Media
4 1 (0.84%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (0.84%) Equities
4 1 (0.84%) Fixed Income
4 1 (0.84%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 1 (0.84%) Online Gambling
Operating Systems
1 8 (6.72%) Windows
2 7 (5.88%) Linux
3 3 (2.52%) Unix
4 2 (1.68%) Android
4 2 (1.68%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 63 (52.94%) Agile Software Development
2 61 (51.26%) Test Scripting
3 47 (39.50%) Software Testing
4 35 (29.41%) Automated Testing
5 25 (21.01%) Manual Testing
6 22 (18.49%) BDD
7 19 (15.97%) SDLC
8 18 (15.13%) Automation Testing
8 18 (15.13%) Regression Testing
9 17 (14.29%) Test Automation
10 16 (13.45%) Functional Testing
10 16 (13.45%) Performance Testing
11 15 (12.61%) Scrum
12 14 (11.76%) TDD
13 12 (10.08%) CRM
14 11 (9.24%) Compatibility Testing
14 11 (9.24%) Test Planning
14 11 (9.24%) User Acceptance Testing
15 10 (8.40%) Programme Management
16 9 (7.56%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 31 (26.05%) SQL
2 26 (21.85%) Java
3 11 (9.24%) C#
4 9 (7.56%) JavaScript
5 5 (4.20%) Python
6 4 (3.36%) Groovy
6 4 (3.36%) PHP
7 3 (2.52%) C++
7 3 (2.52%) PL/SQL
7 3 (2.52%) Ruby
7 3 (2.52%) T-SQL
8 2 (1.68%) Bash Shell
8 2 (1.68%) C
8 2 (1.68%) Embedded C
8 2 (1.68%) MATLAB
8 2 (1.68%) VB
9 1 (0.84%) Perl
9 1 (0.84%) PowerShell
9 1 (0.84%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 27 (22.69%) ISTQB
2 20 (16.81%) ISEB
3 10 (8.40%) Degree
4 8 (6.72%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 6 (5.04%) Security Cleared
6 2 (1.68%) SC Cleared
7 1 (0.84%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (0.84%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 46 (38.66%) QA
2 3 (2.52%) SDET
3 2 (1.68%) ISO 14001
3 2 (1.68%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.84%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 1 (0.84%) HDFS
1 1 (0.84%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 6 (5.04%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 14 (11.76%) Microsoft
2 10 (8.40%) SAP
3 8 (6.72%) HP
4 7 (5.88%) Oracle
5 4 (3.36%) Siebel
6 3 (2.52%) Atlassian
7 1 (0.84%) Apple
7 1 (0.84%) Cloudera
7 1 (0.84%) hybris
7 1 (0.84%) Nimble Storage
7 1 (0.84%) Red Hat
7 1 (0.84%) Twitter
7 1 (0.84%) VMware
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