The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the UK that had QA Tester featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 27 July 2016 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
27 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance Tester
Rank 577 595 501
Rank change year-on-year
+18 -94
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 83 79 115
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.15% 0.14% 0.21%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.16% 0.15% 0.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 61 55 68
Median daily rate £375 £350 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £250 £207
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £362
UK excluding London median daily rate £221 £356 £300
% change year-on-year
-38.10% +18.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 1
Median hourly rate £40.00 £20.00 £137.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+100.00% -85.45%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £20.00 -
% change year-on-year
+100.00% -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. 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
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
51171 54063 51068
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.77% 94.76% 94.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 33246 34265 30949
Median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1562 2016 2062
Median hourly rate £17.00 £16.60 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.40% +0.60%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.58 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.50 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.16 £16.10
% change year-on-year
+2.10% +0.37%

QA Tester
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of IT contracts that featured QA Tester in the job title.

QA Tester Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

QA Tester
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing QA Tester within the UK.

QA Tester Daily Rate Trend in the UK

QA Tester
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 27 July 2016.

QA Tester Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

QA Tester
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing QA Tester within the UK.

QA Tester Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

QA Tester
Top 28 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 27 July 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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
England -11 76 £375 +7.14% 52
London +12 45 £425 +21.42% 22
West Midlands -27 11 £150 - 4
Birmingham - 11 £150 - 1
City of London +54 10 £500 +42.85% 2
Manchester -6 7 £221 -39.17% 1
North West -8 7 £221 -37.00% 2
Yorkshire - 7 £350 - 3
Scotland +6 5 - -
Edinburgh -5 5 - -
South East -9 4 £283 -22.33% 9
West Yorkshire - 4 £350 - 2
Leeds - 4 £350 -
Wales +17 2 - - 1
Crawley 0 2 £315 -8.36%
West Sussex -13 2 £315 -8.36%
Coventry - 2 - -
Cardiff - 2 - - 1
West Bromwich - 2 - -
South Wales - 2 - - 1
Hampshire +2 1 £250 -31.50% 1
North East -46 1 £350 - 1
Winchester - 1 £250 -
Surrey - 1 - - 2
South Yorkshire - 1 £350 -
Stockport - 1 £221 -
Staines - 1 - -
Sheffield - 1 £350 -

QA Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 July 2016, QA 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 featuring QA Tester in the job title.

1 158 (100.00%) QA
2 96 (60.76%) Agile Software Development
3 61 (38.61%) Selenium
3 61 (38.61%) Cucumber
4 60 (37.97%) BDD
5 56 (35.44%) Java
6 46 (29.11%) WebDriver
6 46 (29.11%) Automated Testing
7 45 (28.48%) JIRA
8 44 (27.85%) SQL
9 36 (22.78%) Test Automation
10 35 (22.15%) Scrum
11 33 (20.89%) JavaScript
12 32 (20.25%) Manual Testing
13 31 (19.62%) Functional Testing
14 26 (16.46%) Regression Testing
15 24 (15.19%) Finance
15 24 (15.19%) TDD
15 24 (15.19%) Continuous Integration
15 24 (15.19%) Gherkin
16 22 (13.92%) Git (software)
16 22 (13.92%) Test Scripting
16 22 (13.92%) Jenkins
16 22 (13.92%) Exploratory Testing
17 20 (12.66%) QA Automation
18 18 (11.39%) Non-Functional Testing
18 18 (11.39%) Software Testing
18 18 (11.39%) E-Commerce
19 17 (10.76%) HTML
19 17 (10.76%) .NET

QA Tester Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills 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 5 (3.16%) Apache
1 5 (3.16%) Confluence
2 4 (2.53%) CMS
3 3 (1.90%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 2 (1.27%) Mule
5 1 (0.63%) ColdFusion
5 1 (0.63%) SAS
5 1 (0.63%) Sitecore CMS
5 1 (0.63%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.63%) Umbraco
Applications
1 11 (6.96%) MS Excel
2 9 (5.70%) MS Office
3 8 (5.06%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (1.90%) Mingle
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.27%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (1.27%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 7 (4.43%) HTTP
2 1 (0.63%) DSL
2 1 (0.63%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (10.13%) SQL Server
2 5 (3.16%) Big Data
2 5 (3.16%) Relational Database
3 4 (2.53%) Cognos Query Studio
3 4 (2.53%) GIS
3 4 (2.53%) Oracle Database
3 4 (2.53%) QGIS
3 4 (2.53%) QlikView
3 4 (2.53%) RDBMS
3 4 (2.53%) Spatial Data
4 3 (1.90%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (1.90%) SQL Server 2014
4 3 (1.90%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 3 (1.90%) Star Schema
5 2 (1.27%) MongoDB
5 2 (1.27%) MySQL
5 2 (1.27%) NoSQL
5 2 (1.27%) Oracle Database 11g
5 2 (1.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.63%) Base SAS
Development Applications
1 61 (38.61%) Cucumber
1 61 (38.61%) Selenium
2 46 (29.11%) WebDriver
3 45 (28.48%) JIRA
4 22 (13.92%) Git (software)
4 22 (13.92%) Jenkins
5 14 (8.86%) HP UFT
6 9 (5.70%) Team Foundation Server
7 8 (5.06%) SoapUI
7 8 (5.06%) TeamCity
8 7 (4.43%) TestComplete
8 7 (4.43%) Visual Studio
9 6 (3.80%) Jasmine
9 6 (3.80%) LoadRunner
9 6 (3.80%) Protractor
10 5 (3.16%) JUnit
10 5 (3.16%) Maven
10 5 (3.16%) NUnit
10 5 (3.16%) RSpec
10 5 (3.16%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 24 (15.19%) Finance
2 10 (6.33%) Banking
3 6 (3.80%) Investment Banking
3 6 (3.80%) Retail
4 5 (3.16%) Games
5 2 (1.27%) Legal
6 1 (0.63%) Automotive
6 1 (0.63%) Front Office
6 1 (0.63%) Publishing
6 1 (0.63%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (15.19%) Gherkin
2 17 (10.76%) .NET
2 17 (10.76%) HTML
3 14 (8.86%) CSS
4 10 (6.33%) Web Services
5 7 (4.43%) JSON
5 7 (4.43%) REST
5 7 (4.43%) RESTful
6 5 (3.16%) XML
7 4 (2.53%) PostGIS
8 3 (1.90%) AngularJS
8 3 (1.90%) MSMQ
8 3 (1.90%) SOAP
8 3 (1.90%) Spring
9 2 (1.27%) ActiveMQ
9 2 (1.27%) FIX Protocol
9 2 (1.27%) Hibernate
9 2 (1.27%) HTML5
9 2 (1.27%) JMS
9 2 (1.27%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 15 (9.49%) Mobile App
2 8 (5.06%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (3.80%) Credit Risk
4 4 (2.53%) User Experience
5 3 (1.90%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 3 (1.90%) Social Media
6 2 (1.27%) Derivative
6 2 (1.27%) Digital Media
6 2 (1.27%) Fintech
6 2 (1.27%) Wiki
7 1 (0.63%) Animation
7 1 (0.63%) Client/Server
7 1 (0.63%) Computer Science
7 1 (0.63%) Driving Licence
7 1 (0.63%) Mathematics
7 1 (0.63%) NHS
7 1 (0.63%) Smart Energy
7 1 (0.63%) Smart Meter
7 1 (0.63%) Statistics
7 1 (0.63%) Streaming Video
Operating Systems
1 10 (6.33%) Android
1 10 (6.33%) Apple iOS
2 9 (5.70%) Linux
3 6 (3.80%) Unix
4 3 (1.90%) Windows
5 2 (1.27%) VMS
6 1 (0.63%) Windows 7
6 1 (0.63%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 96 (60.76%) Agile Software Development
2 60 (37.97%) BDD
3 46 (29.11%) Automated Testing
4 36 (22.78%) Test Automation
5 35 (22.15%) Scrum
6 32 (20.25%) Manual Testing
7 31 (19.62%) Functional Testing
8 26 (16.46%) Regression Testing
9 24 (15.19%) Continuous Integration
9 24 (15.19%) TDD
10 22 (13.92%) Exploratory Testing
10 22 (13.92%) Test Scripting
11 20 (12.66%) QA Automation
12 18 (11.39%) E-Commerce
12 18 (11.39%) Non-Functional Testing
12 18 (11.39%) Software Testing
13 15 (9.49%) Automation Testing
14 14 (8.86%) SDLC
15 12 (7.59%) Continuous Improvement
16 10 (6.33%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 56 (35.44%) Java
2 44 (27.85%) SQL
3 33 (20.89%) JavaScript
4 17 (10.76%) Ruby
5 16 (10.13%) Python
6 12 (7.59%) C#
7 9 (5.70%) Groovy
8 6 (3.80%) Shell Script
9 5 (3.16%) C++
10 4 (2.53%) PL/SQL
10 4 (2.53%) PowerShell
10 4 (2.53%) Scala
10 4 (2.53%) VBA
11 3 (1.90%) VBScript
12 2 (1.27%) CoffeeScript
12 2 (1.27%) T-SQL
12 2 (1.27%) VB
13 1 (0.63%) Bash Shell
13 1 (0.63%) VB.NET
13 1 (0.63%) XPath
Qualifications
1 11 (6.96%) ISEB
2 8 (5.06%) Security Cleared
3 7 (4.43%) ISTQB
4 5 (3.16%) Degree
4 5 (3.16%) SC Cleared
5 3 (1.90%) PhD
6 1 (0.63%) BC Cleared
6 1 (0.63%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (0.63%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (0.63%) SAS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 158 (100.00%) QA
2 6 (3.80%) Data Quality
3 2 (1.27%) WCAG
Systems Management
1 5 (3.16%) Ansible
2 2 (1.27%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 8 (5.06%) Oracle
2 6 (3.80%) Microsoft
3 5 (3.16%) Cognos
3 5 (3.16%) HP
4 4 (2.53%) Rally
5 3 (1.90%) Adobe
5 3 (1.90%) Sybase
6 2 (1.27%) AppDynamics
6 2 (1.27%) Atlassian
6 2 (1.27%) Dynatrace
6 2 (1.27%) hybris
6 2 (1.27%) IBM
6 2 (1.27%) Informatica
6 2 (1.27%) Murex
6 2 (1.27%) New Relic
7 1 (0.63%) MuleSoft
7 1 (0.63%) Red Hat
7 1 (0.63%) Salesforce.com
7 1 (0.63%) Sitecore
7 1 (0.63%) TIBCO
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