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 22 September 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
22 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Tester
Rank 547 506 539
Rank change year-on-year
-41 +33
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 35 39 41
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.067% 0.081% 0.076%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.073% 0.087% 0.082%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 27 22
Average daily rate
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£275 £280 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.78% -6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £373 £385 £365
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 £278 £300
% change year-on-year
-0.90% -7.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 3
Average hourly rate £11.50 £23.50 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-51.06% -32.85%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £11.50 £23.50 £25.75
% change year-on-year
-51.06% -8.73%
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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
47622 44788 49883
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 90.78% 92.82% 92.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 29593 27431 28526
Average daily rate £400 £400 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £235 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £348
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +0.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1905 1938 2490
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% -9.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.19
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.00 £40.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.20 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+1.85% -7.42%

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 22 September 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
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 22 September 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 +10 16 £250 -30.31% 2
South East -14 6 £283 +13.00% 17
South West -33 5 £288 - 5
East of England -30 3 £315 -10.00% 5
North West -6 2 £288 +25.00% 14
Yorkshire 0 1 £285 -12.30% 4
East Midlands -3 1 £233 -16.59% 2
West Midlands - 1 £240 - 5
North East - - - - 1
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Software Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 22 September 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 33 (49.25%) Software Testing
2 30 (44.78%) Agile Software Development
3 27 (40.30%) QA
4 26 (38.81%) Selenium
5 21 (31.34%) Test Scripting
6 19 (28.36%) Manual Testing
7 17 (25.37%) SQL
8 15 (22.39%) Scrum
8 15 (22.39%) Automated Testing
9 12 (17.91%) Finance
9 12 (17.91%) HP Quality Center
10 11 (16.42%) JIRA
10 11 (16.42%) Microsoft
11 10 (14.93%) Continuous Integration
12 9 (13.43%) EMV
12 9 (13.43%) Smartcard
12 9 (13.43%) TDD
13 8 (11.94%) Citrix
14 7 (10.45%) ISEB
14 7 (10.45%) QuickTest Pro
14 7 (10.45%) MS Office
14 7 (10.45%) PHP
14 7 (10.45%) MS Excel
14 7 (10.45%) Bugzilla
14 7 (10.45%) Security Cleared
14 7 (10.45%) Team Foundation Server
15 6 (8.96%) SC Cleared
15 6 (8.96%) Jenkins
15 6 (8.96%) Banking
15 6 (8.96%) Python

Software Tester
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 22 September 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 (1.49%) SharePoint
1 1 (1.49%) CMS
1 1 (1.49%) SharePoint Server
1 1 (1.49%) WebSphere
Applications
1 7 (10.45%) MS Office
1 7 (10.45%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.99%) Bluetooth
1 2 (2.99%) 802.11
1 2 (2.99%) Wi-Fi
1 2 (2.99%) WPA2
1 2 (2.99%) DLNA
2 1 (1.49%) iSCSI
2 1 (1.49%) FCoE
2 1 (1.49%) Fibre Channel
2 1 (1.49%) WPA
2 1 (1.49%) UPnP
2 1 (1.49%) Wireshark
2 1 (1.49%) DVB
2 1 (1.49%) TCP/IP
2 1 (1.49%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (4.48%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.99%) MySQL
3 1 (1.49%) MS Access
3 1 (1.49%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (1.49%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 26 (38.81%) Selenium
2 11 (16.42%) JIRA
3 7 (10.45%) Team Foundation Server
3 7 (10.45%) Bugzilla
3 7 (10.45%) QuickTest Pro
4 6 (8.96%) Jenkins
5 3 (4.48%) Behat
5 3 (4.48%) SoapUI
6 2 (2.99%) SpecFlow
6 2 (2.99%) JMeter
6 2 (2.99%) Visual Studio
7 1 (1.49%) Toad
7 1 (1.49%) TestDirector
7 1 (1.49%) NUnit
7 1 (1.49%) Subversion
7 1 (1.49%) Git (software)
7 1 (1.49%) Cucumber
7 1 (1.49%) Calabash
General
1 12 (17.91%) Finance
2 6 (8.96%) Banking
3 5 (7.46%) Back Office
4 1 (1.49%) Electronics
4 1 (1.49%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (8.96%) .NET
2 3 (4.48%) Web Services
3 2 (2.99%) ASP.NET
3 2 (2.99%) SOAP
3 2 (2.99%) HTML
4 1 (1.49%) XML
4 1 (1.49%) Django
Miscellaneous
1 9 (13.43%) EMV
1 9 (13.43%) Smartcard
2 5 (7.46%) Open Source
3 2 (2.99%) Mobile App
3 2 (2.99%) STB
3 2 (2.99%) Clustering
3 2 (2.99%) NHS
3 2 (2.99%) Firmware
3 2 (2.99%) MPEG
4 1 (1.49%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 1 (1.49%) E-Learning
4 1 (1.49%) Mainframe
4 1 (1.49%) Informatics
4 1 (1.49%) Mathematics
4 1 (1.49%) IBM Mainframe
4 1 (1.49%) Embedded Systems
Operating Systems
1 6 (8.96%) Windows
2 5 (7.46%) UNIX
3 4 (5.97%) Linux
4 2 (2.99%) Windows 7
4 2 (2.99%) HPUX
4 2 (2.99%) Solaris
5 1 (1.49%) AIX
5 1 (1.49%) Apple iOS
5 1 (1.49%) Android
5 1 (1.49%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (49.25%) Software Testing
2 30 (44.78%) Agile Software Development
3 21 (31.34%) Test Scripting
4 19 (28.36%) Manual Testing
5 15 (22.39%) Scrum
5 15 (22.39%) Automated Testing
6 10 (14.93%) Continuous Integration
7 9 (13.43%) TDD
8 5 (7.46%) Requirements Analysis
8 5 (7.46%) Test Management
9 4 (5.97%) Test Planning
9 4 (5.97%) User Acceptance Testing
9 4 (5.97%) Test Automation
9 4 (5.97%) Regression Testing
10 3 (4.48%) Asset Management
10 3 (4.48%) Software Engineering
11 2 (2.99%) Validation
11 2 (2.99%) Migration
11 2 (2.99%) CRM
11 2 (2.99%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 17 (25.37%) SQL
2 7 (10.45%) PHP
3 6 (8.96%) Java
3 6 (8.96%) Python
4 4 (5.97%) C#
5 2 (2.99%) C++
5 2 (2.99%) Perl
5 2 (2.99%) Shell Script
6 1 (1.49%) AppleScript
6 1 (1.49%) Ruby
6 1 (1.49%) Korn
6 1 (1.49%) Bash Shell
6 1 (1.49%) Embedded C
6 1 (1.49%) Assembly Language
6 1 (1.49%) T-SQL
6 1 (1.49%) C
6 1 (1.49%) PL/SQL
6 1 (1.49%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 7 (10.45%) ISEB
1 7 (10.45%) Security Cleared
2 6 (8.96%) SC Cleared
3 4 (5.97%) ISTQB
3 4 (5.97%) Degree
3 4 (5.97%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (1.49%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (40.30%) QA
System Software
1 1 (1.49%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 12 (17.91%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.49%) Puppet
2 1 (1.49%) Vagrant
2 1 (1.49%) Tivoli
2 1 (1.49%) SCCM
Vendors
1 11 (16.42%) Microsoft
2 8 (11.94%) Citrix
3 5 (7.46%) Zend
4 3 (4.48%) HP
5 2 (2.99%) Oracle
5 2 (2.99%) IBM
5 2 (2.99%) Telerik
5 2 (2.99%) VMware
6 1 (1.49%) AppSense
6 1 (1.49%) Hitachi
6 1 (1.49%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (1.49%) Compaq
6 1 (1.49%) EMC
South East England
Amoria Bond - UK
Posted: 14 days ago
Cambridge
Computer Futures
Rate: £30 - £40 per hour + competitive
Posted: 17 days ago
Bristol
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £275 - £300 per day
Posted: 26 days ago