The table below looks at the statistics for the QA Tester role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited QA Tester in their job title over the 3 months to 2 October 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
2 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance Tester
Rank 524 522 534
Rank change year-on-year
-2 +12
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 99 52 51
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.17% 0.10% 0.090%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.19% 0.11% 0.097%
Number of daily rates quoted 73 37 35
Average daily rate
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£313 £350 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-10.71% +16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £234 £222
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £405 £375
UK excluding London average daily rate £315 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 7
Average hourly rate £20.00 £162.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-87.69% +712.50%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £162.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
- +712.50%

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
52582 48184 52592
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 90.59% 92.68% 93.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 32352 29013 29451
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £230 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £570
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2048 2039 2629
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% -5.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.05
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -8.57%

QA Tester
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing QA Tester in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

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 2 October 2014.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing QA Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 2 October 2014.

QA Tester Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

QA Tester
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 2 October 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
England +9 87 £320 -8.57% 29
London +33 53 £311 -13.24% 11
South East +11 22 £298 -0.83% 7
Buckinghamshire - 9 £250 -
City of London +19 7 £391 -0.63% 4
Hampshire -9 5 £325 - 3
East Sussex -7 4 £350 +16.66%
Brighton -11 4 £350 +16.66%
East of England -23 4 £368 +79.26% 2
Scotland -5 3 - - 1
Bristol -21 2 £288 -4.16%
South West -28 2 £288 +4.54%
Yorkshire - 2 £375 - 1
Milton Keynes - 2 £280 -
Suffolk - 2 £368 -
West Yorkshire - 2 £375 -
Edinburgh - 2 - - 1
Ipswich - 2 £368 -
Nottingham +14 1 - -
Nottinghamshire +7 1 - -
East Midlands 0 1 - -
Cambridgeshire -3 1 £363 +3.57%
Cambridge -4 1 £363 +3.57%
Surrey -8 1 - - 2
North West -12 1 £325 - 6
West Midlands -19 1 - - 2
Hertfordshire -28 1 - -
Leeds - 1 £375 -
Glasgow - 1 - -
Birmingham - 1 - -

QA Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 October 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited QA 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 QA Tester in their job title.

1 172 (100.00%) QA
2 66 (38.37%) Agile Software Development
3 62 (36.05%) Selenium
4 56 (32.56%) SQL
5 51 (29.65%) Test Scripting
6 48 (27.91%) ISTQB
7 40 (23.26%) Manual Testing
8 39 (22.67%) Java
8 39 (22.67%) HP
9 36 (20.93%) C#
10 35 (20.35%) Test Automation
11 34 (19.77%) Automated Testing
12 33 (19.19%) Microsoft
13 31 (18.02%) Finance
14 30 (17.44%) .NET
15 29 (16.86%) Cucumber
16 27 (15.70%) TDD
16 27 (15.70%) ISEB
17 26 (15.12%) HP Quality Center
18 25 (14.53%) BDD
19 24 (13.95%) Software Testing
19 24 (13.95%) Scrum
19 24 (13.95%) QuickTest Pro
20 23 (13.37%) Automation Testing
21 22 (12.79%) Security Cleared
22 21 (12.21%) SC Cleared
23 20 (11.63%) WebDriver
23 20 (11.63%) Project Management
24 19 (11.05%) Oracle
24 19 (11.05%) JavaScript

QA Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 2 October 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited QA 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 QA Tester in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 7 (4.07%) SharePoint
2 6 (3.49%) CMS
3 4 (2.33%) SharePoint 2013
3 4 (2.33%) Sitecore CMS
4 3 (1.74%) SharePoint 2010
4 3 (1.74%) Apache
5 2 (1.16%) IIS
5 2 (1.16%) Umbraco
Applications
1 16 (9.30%) MS Excel
2 12 (6.98%) MS Office
3 1 (0.58%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (0.58%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 8 (4.65%) Oracle EBS
2 3 (1.74%) IntelliMatch
3 1 (0.58%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.58%) Cloud Computing
1 1 (0.58%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (0.58%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 9 (5.23%) TCP/IP
2 4 (2.33%) HTTPS
2 4 (2.33%) SSL
2 4 (2.33%) Wireshark
3 2 (1.16%) Internet
3 2 (1.16%) SAN
4 1 (0.58%) SMTP
4 1 (0.58%) DNS
4 1 (0.58%) HTTP
4 1 (0.58%) SNMP
4 1 (0.58%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (5.23%) Oracle Reports
2 6 (3.49%) Relational Database
3 4 (2.33%) SQL Server
4 1 (0.58%) MongoDB
4 1 (0.58%) NoSQL
4 1 (0.58%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.58%) MySQL
4 1 (0.58%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 62 (36.05%) Selenium
2 29 (16.86%) Cucumber
3 24 (13.95%) QuickTest Pro
4 20 (11.63%) WebDriver
5 10 (5.81%) Team Foundation Server
6 9 (5.23%) JUnit
7 8 (4.65%) JIRA
7 8 (4.65%) Jenkins
8 6 (3.49%) WATIR
8 6 (3.49%) NUnit
9 5 (2.91%) TeamCity
9 5 (2.91%) SpecFlow
10 4 (2.33%) Visual Studio
10 4 (2.33%) JMeter
10 4 (2.33%) SoapUI
10 4 (2.33%) TestComplete
11 3 (1.74%) CruiseControl
11 3 (1.74%) FitNesse
12 2 (1.16%) Calabash
12 2 (1.16%) Hudson
General
1 31 (18.02%) Finance
2 6 (3.49%) Games
3 4 (2.33%) Retail
4 3 (1.74%) Multimedia
4 3 (1.74%) German Language
5 2 (1.16%) Publishing
5 2 (1.16%) Legal
5 2 (1.16%) Front Office
5 2 (1.16%) Military
5 2 (1.16%) Banking
6 1 (0.58%) Marketing
6 1 (0.58%) Mandarin Language
6 1 (0.58%) Cantonese Language
6 1 (0.58%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.58%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.58%) Back Office
6 1 (0.58%) Electronics
6 1 (0.58%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.58%) Advertising
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (17.44%) .NET
2 17 (9.88%) HTML
3 14 (8.14%) ASP.NET
3 14 (8.14%) JSP
4 12 (6.98%) XML
5 7 (4.07%) Web Services
6 5 (2.91%) JSON
7 4 (2.33%) REST
8 3 (1.74%) Gherkin
8 3 (1.74%) .NET Framework
8 3 (1.74%) OLE
8 3 (1.74%) SOAP
9 2 (1.16%) XSLT
9 2 (1.16%) Silverlight
9 2 (1.16%) MDX
9 2 (1.16%) Google Maps API
10 1 (0.58%) RESTful
10 1 (0.58%) Ajax
10 1 (0.58%) jQuery
10 1 (0.58%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 11 (6.40%) EMV
1 11 (6.40%) Smartcard
1 11 (6.40%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (5.81%) Open Source
3 6 (3.49%) Computer Science
4 5 (2.91%) Mobile App
4 5 (2.91%) iPhone
5 4 (2.33%) iPad
6 3 (1.74%) Derivative
7 2 (1.16%) Management Information System
7 2 (1.16%) Digital Media
7 2 (1.16%) Social Media
8 1 (0.58%) Mobile Banking
8 1 (0.58%) User Experience
8 1 (0.58%) New Media
8 1 (0.58%) NHS
8 1 (0.58%) GIS
8 1 (0.58%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 13 (7.56%) UNIX
2 12 (6.98%) Windows
3 10 (5.81%) Apple iOS
4 9 (5.23%) Linux
5 5 (2.91%) Android
5 5 (2.91%) Windows XP
6 4 (2.33%) Windows 2000
6 4 (2.33%) Windows Server 2003
6 4 (2.33%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (1.16%) Windows 7
8 1 (0.58%) CentOS
8 1 (0.58%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 66 (38.37%) Agile Software Development
2 51 (29.65%) Test Scripting
3 40 (23.26%) Manual Testing
4 35 (20.35%) Test Automation
5 34 (19.77%) Automated Testing
6 27 (15.70%) TDD
7 25 (14.53%) BDD
8 24 (13.95%) Software Testing
8 24 (13.95%) Scrum
9 23 (13.37%) Automation Testing
10 20 (11.63%) Project Management
11 19 (11.05%) Test Strategy
11 19 (11.05%) User Acceptance Testing
12 15 (8.72%) Continuous Integration
13 13 (7.56%) Quality Management
13 13 (7.56%) Integration Testing
14 11 (6.40%) Regression Testing
14 11 (6.40%) User Stories
15 10 (5.81%) Functional Testing
15 10 (5.81%) Knowledge Management
Programming Languages
1 56 (32.56%) SQL
2 39 (22.67%) Java
3 36 (20.93%) C#
4 19 (11.05%) JavaScript
5 16 (9.30%) VBA
6 10 (5.81%) Ruby
6 10 (5.81%) VB
7 7 (4.07%) Scala
7 7 (4.07%) Python
8 4 (2.33%) C++
8 4 (2.33%) Perl
8 4 (2.33%) Shell Script
9 3 (1.74%) PowerShell
9 3 (1.74%) PL/SQL
10 2 (1.16%) VBScript
10 2 (1.16%) PHP
10 2 (1.16%) C
11 1 (0.58%) Groovy
11 1 (0.58%) Jython
11 1 (0.58%) Embedded C++
Qualifications
1 48 (27.91%) ISTQB
2 27 (15.70%) ISEB
3 22 (12.79%) Security Cleared
4 21 (12.21%) SC Cleared
5 15 (8.72%) DV Cleared
5 15 (8.72%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 15 (8.72%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 11 (6.40%) MOS
7 8 (4.65%) Degree
8 2 (1.16%) HND
9 1 (0.58%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 172 (100.00%) QA
2 3 (1.74%) GxP
System Software
1 4 (2.33%) Nmap
2 1 (0.58%) qmail
2 1 (0.58%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.58%) Squid
2 1 (0.58%) NFS
Systems Management
1 26 (15.12%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (2.33%) Nessus
Vendors
1 39 (22.67%) HP
2 33 (19.19%) Microsoft
3 19 (11.05%) Oracle
4 4 (2.33%) Sitecore
5 3 (1.74%) Mercator
6 2 (1.16%) Citrix
6 2 (1.16%) PeopleSoft
6 2 (1.16%) EPiServer
6 2 (1.16%) Telerik
6 2 (1.16%) Google
7 1 (0.58%) NetApp
7 1 (0.58%) Red Hat
7 1 (0.58%) TIBCO
7 1 (0.58%) VMware
7 1 (0.58%) Cisco
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