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 26 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
26 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance Tester
UK
Rank 501 569 537
Rank change year-on-year
+68 -32
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 96 60 74
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.21% 0.12% 0.14%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.23% 0.12% 0.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 54 38 46
Median daily rate £361 £300 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.41% +9.09%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £210 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £401 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £364 £300 £250
% change year-on-year
+21.25% +20.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £18.60 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

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
42416 49363 49659
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.74% 95.02% 94.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 27693 31769 30532
Median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.03% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1526 1656 1924
Median hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.71% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £49.50 £41.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £17.22
% change year-on-year
-2.77% +4.52%

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 26 February 2017.

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 30 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 26 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
England +58 89 £363 +20.83% 50
London +21 33 £353 -1.05% 19
South West +14 10 £325 +6.55% 1
West Midlands +12 10 £500 +66.66% 6
North East +1 10 £356 - 2
South East +13 9 £425 +37.09% 12
Newcastle upon Tyne -5 9 £356 - 1
Tyne and Wear -8 9 £356 - 1
East Midlands +14 7 £375 +50.00% 1
Bristol - 7 £325 - 1
Scotland +30 6 - - 1
North West +16 6 £288 -4.16% 5
Staffordshire 0 6 - -
West Lothian - 6 - -
Nottinghamshire - 6 £375 -
Livingston - 6 - -
Tamworth - 6 - -
Nottingham - 6 £375 -
Manchester +8 3 £275 -1.78% 5
East of England -1 3 - - 2
Bournemouth - 3 - -
Dorset - 3 - -
Shropshire +27 2 £500 -
Telford +25 2 £500 -
Kent +6 2 £425 +102.38%
Buckinghamshire -6 2 - - 3
Solihull - 2 £375 -
Liverpool - 2 - -
Hertfordshire - 2 - -
Hampshire - 2 - - 1

QA Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 February 2017, 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.

1 211 (100.00%) QA
2 145 (68.72%) Agile Software Development
3 105 (49.76%) Selenium
4 69 (32.70%) SQL
5 66 (31.28%) JIRA
6 63 (29.86%) Java
7 58 (27.49%) Cucumber
8 56 (26.54%) BDD
9 50 (23.70%) Test Automation
10 46 (21.80%) Test Scripting
11 40 (18.96%) WebDriver
12 39 (18.48%) Jenkins
13 35 (16.59%) SoapUI
13 35 (16.59%) Scrum
14 34 (16.11%) Finance
14 34 (16.11%) .NET
14 34 (16.11%) Automated Testing
15 33 (15.64%) Automation Testing
16 32 (15.17%) JavaScript
17 29 (13.74%) Defect Management
17 29 (13.74%) C#
18 28 (13.27%) API Testing
19 27 (12.80%) Web Services
19 27 (12.80%) Git (software)
20 26 (12.32%) Confluence
20 26 (12.32%) Manual Testing
21 25 (11.85%) Performance Testing
21 25 (11.85%) TDD
21 25 (11.85%) QA Automation
22 23 (10.90%) Gherkin

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 26 (12.32%) Confluence
2 6 (2.84%) CMS
3 2 (0.95%) JBoss
3 2 (0.95%) OpenROAD
3 2 (0.95%) SharePoint
3 2 (0.95%) Tuxedo
4 1 (0.47%) Apache Spark
4 1 (0.47%) Drupal
4 1 (0.47%) EPiServer
4 1 (0.47%) Skype for Business
4 1 (0.47%) WordPress
Applications
1 2 (0.95%) MS Excel
1 2 (0.95%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (0.47%) MS Office
2 1 (0.47%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 10 (4.74%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 3 (1.42%) FastStats
3 1 (0.47%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.47%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 7 (3.32%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (2.84%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (1.42%) GitHub
4 2 (0.95%) Slack
5 1 (0.47%) Google Play
5 1 (0.47%) Office 365
5 1 (0.47%) SaaS
5 1 (0.47%) TestFlight
Communications & Networking
1 3 (1.42%) Internet
1 3 (1.42%) SNMP
2 2 (0.95%) HTTP
3 1 (0.47%) DSL
3 1 (0.47%) Skype
3 1 (0.47%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (6.16%) SQL Server
2 8 (3.79%) Data Warehouse
2 8 (3.79%) Relational Database
3 7 (3.32%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 6 (2.84%) Big Data
5 4 (1.90%) GIS
5 4 (1.90%) Hadoop
5 4 (1.90%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 3 (1.42%) Apache Hive
6 3 (1.42%) Azure SQL Database
6 3 (1.42%) QGIS
6 3 (1.42%) Spatial Data
6 3 (1.42%) SQL Server 2008
6 3 (1.42%) SQL Server 2012
7 2 (0.95%) Electronic Patient Records
7 2 (0.95%) Oracle Database
7 2 (0.95%) RDBMS
8 1 (0.47%) MySQL
8 1 (0.47%) Oracle Reports
8 1 (0.47%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 105 (49.76%) Selenium
2 66 (31.28%) JIRA
3 58 (27.49%) Cucumber
4 40 (18.96%) WebDriver
5 39 (18.48%) Jenkins
6 35 (16.59%) SoapUI
7 27 (12.80%) Git (software)
8 18 (8.53%) HP UFT
9 10 (4.74%) JMeter
10 9 (4.27%) LoadRunner
10 9 (4.27%) Team Foundation Server
11 8 (3.79%) SpecFlow
11 8 (3.79%) TeamCity
12 7 (3.32%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 6 (2.84%) Bugzilla
13 6 (2.84%) Subversion
13 6 (2.84%) TestRail
13 6 (2.84%) Visual Studio
14 5 (2.37%) IntelliJ
14 5 (2.37%) Mocha
General
1 34 (16.11%) Finance
2 14 (6.64%) Marketing
3 10 (4.74%) Banking
3 10 (4.74%) Electronics
3 10 (4.74%) Manufacturing
3 10 (4.74%) Telecoms
4 7 (3.32%) Games
4 7 (3.32%) Retail
5 5 (2.37%) Investment Banking
6 3 (1.42%) Financial Institution
6 3 (1.42%) Publishing
7 2 (0.95%) Back Office
7 2 (0.95%) Legal
8 1 (0.47%) Front Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (16.11%) .NET
2 27 (12.80%) Web Services
3 23 (10.90%) Gherkin
4 21 (9.95%) XML
5 18 (8.53%) SOAP
6 14 (6.64%) RESTful
7 11 (5.21%) HTML
8 10 (4.74%) REST
9 8 (3.79%) AngularJS
10 6 (2.84%) .NET Framework
10 6 (2.84%) CSS
10 6 (2.84%) JSON
11 5 (2.37%) Node.js
12 4 (1.90%) HTML5
12 4 (1.90%) XSD
13 3 (1.42%) PostGIS
14 2 (0.95%) Behat
14 2 (0.95%) Twitter Bootstrap
15 1 (0.47%) Highcharts JS
15 1 (0.47%) Laravel
Miscellaneous
1 12 (5.69%) Analytical Skills
1 12 (5.69%) Mobile App
2 8 (3.79%) Computer Science
3 6 (2.84%) Replication
4 5 (2.37%) Mainframe
5 4 (1.90%) Equities
5 4 (1.90%) Fintech
5 4 (1.90%) PKI
6 3 (1.42%) Management Information System
6 3 (1.42%) NHS
6 3 (1.42%) User Experience
7 2 (0.95%) Credit Risk
7 2 (0.95%) Fixed Income
7 2 (0.95%) Smartphone
8 1 (0.47%) Derivative
8 1 (0.47%) Equity Derivative
8 1 (0.47%) Fat Client
8 1 (0.47%) Life Science
8 1 (0.47%) Reference Data
8 1 (0.47%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 17 (8.06%) Windows
2 14 (6.64%) Linux
3 13 (6.16%) Apple iOS
4 11 (5.21%) Unix
5 10 (4.74%) Android
6 3 (1.42%) Mac OS X
7 1 (0.47%) VMS
7 1 (0.47%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 145 (68.72%) Agile Software Development
2 56 (26.54%) BDD
3 50 (23.70%) Test Automation
4 46 (21.80%) Test Scripting
5 35 (16.59%) Scrum
6 34 (16.11%) Automated Testing
7 33 (15.64%) Automation Testing
8 29 (13.74%) Defect Management
9 28 (13.27%) API Testing
10 26 (12.32%) Manual Testing
11 25 (11.85%) Performance Testing
11 25 (11.85%) QA Automation
11 25 (11.85%) TDD
12 23 (10.90%) Continuous Integration
13 22 (10.43%) Regression Testing
14 21 (9.95%) Exploratory Testing
14 21 (9.95%) User Stories
15 20 (9.48%) Functional Testing
16 19 (9.00%) SDLC
17 17 (8.06%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 69 (32.70%) SQL
2 63 (29.86%) Java
3 32 (15.17%) JavaScript
4 29 (13.74%) C#
5 18 (8.53%) Ruby
6 14 (6.64%) Groovy
6 14 (6.64%) Scala
7 13 (6.16%) Python
8 5 (2.37%) PHP
9 4 (1.90%) Perl
9 4 (1.90%) T-SQL
10 3 (1.42%) PowerShell
11 2 (0.95%) C
11 2 (0.95%) Shell Script
11 2 (0.95%) TypeScript
11 2 (0.95%) VB
11 2 (0.95%) VB.NET
11 2 (0.95%) VBScript
12 1 (0.47%) ANSI SQL
12 1 (0.47%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 21 (9.95%) ISEB
2 14 (6.64%) ISTQB
3 12 (5.69%) Degree
4 4 (1.90%) BPSS Clearance
5 3 (1.42%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (0.95%) Security Cleared
7 1 (0.47%) HND
7 1 (0.47%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 211 (100.00%) QA
2 5 (2.37%) Data Quality
3 2 (0.95%) HL7
3 2 (0.95%) SLA
3 2 (0.95%) WCAG
System Software
1 1 (0.47%) Active Directory
1 1 (0.47%) Docker
1 1 (0.47%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 5 (2.37%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (1.42%) Ansible
3 1 (0.47%) AppManager
3 1 (0.47%) HockeyApp
3 1 (0.47%) Oozie
3 1 (0.47%) SCCM
Vendors
1 18 (8.53%) Microsoft
2 12 (5.69%) Atlassian
2 12 (5.69%) Oracle
3 11 (5.21%) SAP
4 5 (2.37%) HP
5 3 (1.42%) Google
6 2 (0.95%) Informatica
7 1 (0.47%) Apple
7 1 (0.47%) Citrix
7 1 (0.47%) Fidessa
7 1 (0.47%) Hortonworks
7 1 (0.47%) MuleSoft
7 1 (0.47%) Salesforce.com
7 1 (0.47%) Sybase
7 1 (0.47%) Talend
7 1 (0.47%) Teradata
7 1 (0.47%) webMethods
7 1 (0.47%) WorldPay
7 1 (0.47%) Xamarin
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