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 22 February 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
22 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Software Tester
UK / England
Rank 508 569 519
Rank change year-on-year
+61 -50
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 59 42 70
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.14% 0.088% 0.15%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.15% 0.093% 0.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 33 46
Median daily rate £325 £300 £290
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% +3.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £201 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £415 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £300 £275
% change year-on-year
+8.33% +9.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 8
Median hourly rate - £43.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +32.30%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £43.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year
- +32.30%

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
39610 45350 44481
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 94.69% 95.07% 94.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 26011 29610 27899
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £263 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1415 1523 1768
Median hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.57% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £49.50 £41.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £16.75
% change year-on-year
-2.77% +7.46%

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 22 February 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 22 February 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
London +29 12 £400 +14.28% 3
South East +25 11 £350 +16.66% 11
Yorkshire +22 10 £260 -16.12% 6
South West +11 8 £325 -21.68% 12
West Midlands +7 8 £288 +27.77% 10
East of England +2 5 £238 -18.10% 3
East Midlands +4 3 - - 3
North West +14 1 £285 +26.66% 6
North East - 1 £275 -
Software Tester
UK

Software Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 22 February 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 68 (57.14%) Agile Software Development
2 54 (45.38%) Selenium
3 53 (44.54%) Test Scripting
4 48 (40.34%) QA
5 45 (37.82%) Software Testing
6 32 (26.89%) ISTQB
7 31 (26.05%) Cucumber
8 30 (25.21%) JIRA
8 30 (25.21%) SQL
9 29 (24.37%) Manual Testing
9 29 (24.37%) WebDriver
10 28 (23.53%) Automated Testing
11 27 (22.69%) Finance
12 25 (21.01%) BDD
13 24 (20.17%) Java
14 23 (19.33%) SDLC
15 21 (17.65%) SoapUI
15 21 (17.65%) ISEB
16 20 (16.81%) .NET
16 20 (16.81%) Functional Testing
17 19 (15.97%) Test Automation
18 18 (15.13%) SOAP
19 17 (14.29%) Regression Testing
20 15 (12.61%) Scrum
20 15 (12.61%) C#
20 15 (12.61%) Microsoft
20 15 (12.61%) Automation Testing
20 15 (12.61%) Team Foundation Server
21 14 (11.76%) Web Services
22 13 (10.92%) SAP

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 9 (7.56%) Confluence
2 8 (6.72%) SharePoint
3 7 (5.88%) SharePoint 2010
4 2 (1.68%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (0.84%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.84%) Tomcat
Applications
1 5 (4.20%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 12 (10.08%) 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 2 (1.68%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (1.68%) GitHub
2 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
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (10.08%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.52%) MySQL
3 2 (1.68%) Hadoop
3 2 (1.68%) MongoDB
3 2 (1.68%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.84%) Apache Hive
4 1 (0.84%) Big Data
4 1 (0.84%) NoSQL
4 1 (0.84%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (0.84%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 54 (45.38%) Selenium
2 31 (26.05%) Cucumber
3 30 (25.21%) JIRA
4 29 (24.37%) WebDriver
5 21 (17.65%) SoapUI
6 15 (12.61%) Team Foundation Server
7 10 (8.40%) Jenkins
8 9 (7.56%) Visual Studio
9 8 (6.72%) MSTest
10 6 (5.04%) Git (software)
11 5 (4.20%) Geb
11 5 (4.20%) TestRail
12 4 (3.36%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 4 (3.36%) FishEye
12 4 (3.36%) IntelliJ
12 4 (3.36%) JMeter
13 3 (2.52%) Maven
13 3 (2.52%) SpecFlow
13 3 (2.52%) Spock
13 3 (2.52%) TestLink
General
1 27 (22.69%) Finance
2 13 (10.92%) Telecoms
3 12 (10.08%) Electronics
3 12 (10.08%) Manufacturing
3 12 (10.08%) Marketing
4 3 (2.52%) Legal
5 2 (1.68%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.84%) Advertising
6 1 (0.84%) Back Office
6 1 (0.84%) Banking
6 1 (0.84%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.84%) Local Government
6 1 (0.84%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.84%) Publishing
6 1 (0.84%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (16.81%) .NET
2 18 (15.13%) SOAP
3 14 (11.76%) Web Services
4 8 (6.72%) Gherkin
5 4 (3.36%) ASP.NET
5 4 (3.36%) REST
5 4 (3.36%) RESTful
6 3 (2.52%) Spring
6 3 (2.52%) XML
7 2 (1.68%) CSS
7 2 (1.68%) Hibernate
7 2 (1.68%) HTML
8 1 (0.84%) Behat
8 1 (0.84%) Middleware
8 1 (0.84%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 4 (3.36%) Fintech
2 2 (1.68%) Data Protection Act
2 2 (1.68%) Life Science
3 1 (0.84%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (0.84%) Client/Server
3 1 (0.84%) Computer Science
3 1 (0.84%) Digital Media
3 1 (0.84%) Enterprise Software
3 1 (0.84%) Equities
3 1 (0.84%) Fat Client
3 1 (0.84%) Fixed Income
3 1 (0.84%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 1 (0.84%) IVR
3 1 (0.84%) Mobile App
3 1 (0.84%) Thin Client
3 1 (0.84%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 9 (7.56%) Linux
1 9 (7.56%) Windows
2 4 (3.36%) Unix
3 2 (1.68%) Android
3 2 (1.68%) Apple iOS
4 1 (0.84%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 68 (57.14%) Agile Software Development
2 53 (44.54%) Test Scripting
3 45 (37.82%) Software Testing
4 29 (24.37%) Manual Testing
5 28 (23.53%) Automated Testing
6 25 (21.01%) BDD
7 23 (19.33%) SDLC
8 20 (16.81%) Functional Testing
9 19 (15.97%) Test Automation
10 17 (14.29%) Regression Testing
11 15 (12.61%) Automation Testing
11 15 (12.61%) Scrum
12 13 (10.92%) TDD
13 12 (10.08%) Business Intelligence
13 12 (10.08%) Digital Marketing
13 12 (10.08%) Performance Testing
13 12 (10.08%) Programme Management
13 12 (10.08%) User Acceptance Testing
14 11 (9.24%) Kanban
15 10 (8.40%) Compatibility Testing
Programming Languages
1 30 (25.21%) SQL
2 24 (20.17%) Java
3 15 (12.61%) C#
4 10 (8.40%) JavaScript
5 5 (4.20%) Python
6 4 (3.36%) Groovy
6 4 (3.36%) PHP
6 4 (3.36%) T-SQL
7 3 (2.52%) Bash Shell
7 3 (2.52%) PL/SQL
8 2 (1.68%) C
8 2 (1.68%) Embedded C
8 2 (1.68%) MATLAB
8 2 (1.68%) Ruby
9 1 (0.84%) C++
9 1 (0.84%) Perl
9 1 (0.84%) PowerShell
9 1 (0.84%) VB
9 1 (0.84%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.84%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 32 (26.89%) ISTQB
2 21 (17.65%) ISEB
3 9 (7.56%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 7 (5.88%) Security Cleared
5 6 (5.04%) Degree
6 2 (1.68%) SC Cleared
7 1 (0.84%) DV Cleared
7 1 (0.84%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 48 (40.34%) QA
2 3 (2.52%) SDET
3 1 (0.84%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 1 (0.84%) HDFS
1 1 (0.84%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 4 (3.36%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 15 (12.61%) Microsoft
2 13 (10.92%) SAP
3 6 (5.04%) HP
4 5 (4.20%) Oracle
5 3 (2.52%) Atlassian
6 2 (1.68%) Red Hat
6 2 (1.68%) Siebel
7 1 (0.84%) Apple
7 1 (0.84%) Cloudera
7 1 (0.84%) hybris
7 1 (0.84%) Murex
7 1 (0.84%) Nimble Storage
7 1 (0.84%) VMware
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