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 29 January 2015 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
29 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance Tester
Rank 509 491 476
Rank change year-on-year
-18 -15
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 62 68 55
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.12% 0.14% 0.12%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.13% 0.15% 0.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 45 53 43
Average daily rate
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£275 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-15.38% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £222 £225 £242
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £400 £520
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 £295 £338
% change year-on-year
-6.77% -12.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Average hourly rate - - £16.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £4.00

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
46318 45203 42184
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.45% 92.55% 92.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 29063 26904 23919
Average daily rate £400 £400 £378
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.82%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1785 1961 2473
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.48 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.57% -5.54%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.25 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.21 £16.50 £17.56
% change year-on-year
-1.78% -6.03%

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 29 January 2015.

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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 29 January 2015. 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 -24 56 £275 -19.11% 25
London -5 36 £288 -20.13% 19
City of London +20 11 £475 +111.11% 3
South East -8 10 £250 -15.61%
North West +4 5 £320 +3.22% 2
Manchester - 5 £320 - 1
Berkshire +5 4 £288 +3.60%
Edinburgh -3 3 £375 +13.63%
Scotland -7 3 £375 +14.50%
Yorkshire - 3 £275 - 2
West Yorkshire - 3 £275 - 2
Leeds - 3 £275 - 1
Cardiff -8 2 - - 2
South Wales -14 2 - - 2
Wales -19 2 - - 2
Hampshire - 2 - -
Reading - 2 £288 -
Slough - 2 - -
Bristol - 1 £220 -
South West - 1 £220 - 1
East of England - 1 £225 - 2
West Midlands - - - -
Ealing - - - - 2
Torfaen - - - -
Tyne and Wear - - - -
Worcestershire - - - -
Hertfordshire - - - - 1
Nottinghamshire - - - -
Staffordshire - - - -
Suffolk - - - -

QA Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 January 2015, 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.

1 144 (100.00%) QA
2 66 (45.83%) Agile Software Development
3 58 (40.28%) SQL
4 57 (39.58%) Selenium
5 42 (29.17%) Java
6 31 (21.53%) Test Scripting
7 30 (20.83%) Manual Testing
8 29 (20.14%) TDD
9 28 (19.44%) Automated Testing
10 26 (18.06%) Cucumber
11 25 (17.36%) QuickTest Pro
11 25 (17.36%) ISEB
12 24 (16.67%) C#
12 24 (16.67%) BDD
12 24 (16.67%) Test Automation
13 23 (15.97%) ISTQB
14 22 (15.28%) .NET
14 22 (15.28%) Finance
15 21 (14.58%) WebDriver
16 20 (13.89%) JIRA
16 20 (13.89%) User Acceptance Testing
16 20 (13.89%) Scrum
16 20 (13.89%) Regression Testing
17 19 (13.19%) Microsoft
18 18 (12.50%) Software Testing
18 18 (12.50%) HP Quality Center
19 15 (10.42%) Automation Testing
20 14 (9.72%) Open Source
20 14 (9.72%) Web Services
20 14 (9.72%) XML

QA Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 January 2015, 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 5 (3.47%) SharePoint
2 4 (2.78%) CMS
2 4 (2.78%) Confluence
3 3 (2.08%) Sitecore CMS
4 2 (1.39%) SharePoint 2010
4 2 (1.39%) Umbraco
5 1 (0.69%) IIS
5 1 (0.69%) Apache
Applications
1 10 (6.94%) MS Excel
2 5 (3.47%) MS Office
3 3 (2.08%) MS Visio
4 2 (1.39%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (1.39%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 3 (2.08%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.39%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (1.39%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.69%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.69%) Agresso
3 1 (0.69%) SAP Payroll
3 1 (0.69%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.39%) Trello
2 1 (0.69%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.69%) Internet
1 1 (0.69%) TCP/IP
1 1 (0.69%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (6.94%) SQL Server
2 9 (6.25%) Relational Database
3 6 (4.17%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (2.08%) MySQL
4 3 (2.08%) RDBMS
5 2 (1.39%) DB2
6 1 (0.69%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.69%) KDB
6 1 (0.69%) MongoDB
6 1 (0.69%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.69%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 57 (39.58%) Selenium
2 26 (18.06%) Cucumber
3 25 (17.36%) QuickTest Pro
4 21 (14.58%) WebDriver
5 20 (13.89%) JIRA
6 12 (8.33%) Team Foundation Server
7 10 (6.94%) Jenkins
8 8 (5.56%) WATIR
9 7 (4.86%) Sahi
10 5 (3.47%) SpecFlow
10 5 (3.47%) FitNesse
10 5 (3.47%) NUnit
11 4 (2.78%) Visual Studio
11 4 (2.78%) JUnit
11 4 (2.78%) JMeter
11 4 (2.78%) SoapUI
11 4 (2.78%) TeamCity
12 3 (2.08%) Calabash
12 3 (2.08%) Maven
12 3 (2.08%) Subversion
General
1 22 (15.28%) Finance
2 6 (4.17%) Games
2 6 (4.17%) Banking
3 5 (3.47%) Investment Banking
4 3 (2.08%) Marketing
5 2 (1.39%) Advertising
5 2 (1.39%) Front Office
5 2 (1.39%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.39%) Retail
5 2 (1.39%) Music Industry
6 1 (0.69%) Mandarin Language
6 1 (0.69%) Cantonese Language
6 1 (0.69%) German Language
6 1 (0.69%) Billing
6 1 (0.69%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.69%) Legal
6 1 (0.69%) Electronics
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (15.28%) .NET
2 14 (9.72%) Web Services
2 14 (9.72%) XML
3 6 (4.17%) SOAP
3 6 (4.17%) JSON
4 5 (3.47%) Gherkin
5 4 (2.78%) REST
6 3 (2.08%) RESTful
6 3 (2.08%) .NET Framework
6 3 (2.08%) HTML
7 2 (1.39%) XML Schema
7 2 (1.39%) MSMQ
7 2 (1.39%) J2EE
7 2 (1.39%) CSS
7 2 (1.39%) OLE
8 1 (0.69%) WPF
8 1 (0.69%) Google Maps API
8 1 (0.69%) FIX Protocol
8 1 (0.69%) Middleware
8 1 (0.69%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 14 (9.72%) Open Source
2 6 (4.17%) Mobile App
3 5 (3.47%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (2.78%) Smartcard
4 4 (2.78%) EMV
4 4 (2.78%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 3 (2.08%) Derivative
6 2 (1.39%) Equities
6 2 (1.39%) Replication
6 2 (1.39%) NHS
6 2 (1.39%) STB
6 2 (1.39%) IPTV
6 2 (1.39%) Computer Science
6 2 (1.39%) Digital Media
6 2 (1.39%) Video on Demand
6 2 (1.39%) Social Media
6 2 (1.39%) iSeries
7 1 (0.69%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.69%) Algorithms
7 1 (0.69%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 7 (4.86%) Apple iOS
2 6 (4.17%) Linux
2 6 (4.17%) UNIX
2 6 (4.17%) Android
3 5 (3.47%) Windows
4 1 (0.69%) Windows 7
4 1 (0.69%) webOS
4 1 (0.69%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 66 (45.83%) Agile Software Development
2 31 (21.53%) Test Scripting
3 30 (20.83%) Manual Testing
4 29 (20.14%) TDD
5 28 (19.44%) Automated Testing
6 24 (16.67%) BDD
6 24 (16.67%) Test Automation
7 20 (13.89%) User Acceptance Testing
7 20 (13.89%) Scrum
7 20 (13.89%) Regression Testing
8 18 (12.50%) Software Testing
9 15 (10.42%) Automation Testing
10 13 (9.03%) Continuous Integration
11 12 (8.33%) Integration Testing
11 12 (8.33%) User Stories
12 8 (5.56%) Web Testing
13 7 (4.86%) Test Strategy
13 7 (4.86%) Migration
13 7 (4.86%) Project Management
13 7 (4.86%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 58 (40.28%) SQL
2 42 (29.17%) Java
3 24 (16.67%) C#
4 11 (7.64%) Ruby
5 7 (4.86%) Scala
6 5 (3.47%) C++
6 5 (3.47%) Python
7 4 (2.78%) PL/SQL
8 3 (2.08%) Shell Script
8 3 (2.08%) VBA
8 3 (2.08%) C
8 3 (2.08%) VBScript
9 2 (1.39%) VB
9 2 (1.39%) JavaScript
9 2 (1.39%) PHP
9 2 (1.39%) XPath
10 1 (0.69%) Groovy
10 1 (0.69%) Lua
10 1 (0.69%) RPG
10 1 (0.69%) Perl
Qualifications
1 25 (17.36%) ISEB
2 23 (15.97%) ISTQB
3 7 (4.86%) Degree
4 3 (2.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (1.39%) HND
5 2 (1.39%) MOS
6 1 (0.69%) SC Cleared
6 1 (0.69%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 144 (100.00%) QA
2 1 (0.69%) Solvency II
2 1 (0.69%) ISO 14001
2 1 (0.69%) ISO 9001
Systems Management
1 18 (12.50%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 19 (13.19%) Microsoft
2 12 (8.33%) HP
3 11 (7.64%) Oracle
4 3 (2.08%) Sitecore
4 3 (2.08%) Mercator
4 3 (2.08%) Sybase
5 2 (1.39%) Telerik
5 2 (1.39%) Google
5 2 (1.39%) EPiServer
6 1 (0.69%) DataCash
6 1 (0.69%) Apple
6 1 (0.69%) JD Edwards
6 1 (0.69%) Infragistics
6 1 (0.69%) Perforce
6 1 (0.69%) RedDot
6 1 (0.69%) SAP
6 1 (0.69%) Symbian
6 1 (0.69%) Citrix
6 1 (0.69%) Informatica
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