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 24 April 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
24 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Quality Assurance Tester
Rank 549 517 513
Rank change year-on-year
-32 -4
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 45 83 46
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.081% 0.15% 0.095%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.087% 0.16% 0.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 56 31
Average daily rate
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£331 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.35% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £208 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £453 £488 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £320 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
-1.53% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £31.00 -
UK excluding London average 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
51450 50956 44853
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.34% 92.28% 92.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 31225 31058 25652
Average daily rate £400 £390 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% -2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £555 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2017 2017 2210
Average hourly rate £17.46 £17.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.22% -2.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-5.71% -

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 24 April 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 24 April 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 -32 44 £331 -5.35% 17
London -29 27 £400 +14.28% 8
City of London +12 12 £475 +46.15% 1
North West -13 7 £320 - 1
Manchester - 5 £320 -
South East -7 4 £350 +29.62% 2
East of England +17 3 £338 +2.27%
Cambridgeshire +6 2 £338 +12.50%
Cambridge - 2 £338 -
Leeds - 2 £275 - 1
West Yorkshire - 2 £275 - 1
Yorkshire - 2 £275 - 1
Aldershot +15 1 - -
Essex +6 1 £400 -
Scotland +5 1 - - 1
Edinburgh +2 1 - -
Basildon -9 1 £400 -
Hampshire -13 1 - -
Nottinghamshire - 1 - -
East Sussex - 1 £350 -
Milton Keynes - 1 - -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 1 £275 -
Nottingham - 1 - -
Slough - 1 - -
West Drayton - 1 £210 -
Berkshire - 1 - -
Buckinghamshire - 1 - -
Tyne and Wear - 1 £275 -
East Midlands - 1 - -
North East - 1 £275 -

QA Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 April 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.

1 105 (100.00%) QA
2 50 (47.62%) Agile Software Development
3 47 (44.76%) SQL
4 43 (40.95%) Selenium
5 24 (22.86%) Finance
6 22 (20.95%) TDD
6 22 (20.95%) ISEB
6 22 (20.95%) .NET
7 21 (20.00%) QuickTest Pro
8 19 (18.10%) Java
9 18 (17.14%) Test Scripting
9 18 (17.14%) Test Automation
10 17 (16.19%) ISTQB
10 17 (16.19%) JIRA
10 17 (16.19%) Scrum
11 15 (14.29%) Automated Testing
11 15 (14.29%) Manual Testing
11 15 (14.29%) Cucumber
12 14 (13.33%) BDD
12 14 (13.33%) Banking
12 14 (13.33%) SQL Server
12 14 (13.33%) Web Services
12 14 (13.33%) Microsoft
13 13 (12.38%) Open Source
14 12 (11.43%) User Acceptance Testing
14 12 (11.43%) HP Quality Center
15 11 (10.48%) Regression Testing
16 10 (9.52%) Investment Banking
16 10 (9.52%) Jenkins
16 10 (9.52%) Automation Testing

QA Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 6 (5.71%) SharePoint
2 3 (2.86%) Confluence
3 2 (1.90%) CMS
4 1 (0.95%) Sitecore CMS
4 1 (0.95%) Umbraco
Applications
1 8 (7.62%) MS Excel
2 4 (3.81%) MS Office
3 2 (1.90%) MS Visio
3 2 (1.90%) Mingle
3 2 (1.90%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (1.90%) Oracle EBS
1 2 (1.90%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (1.90%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.95%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (0.95%) Agresso
2 1 (0.95%) SAP Payroll
2 1 (0.95%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.95%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.90%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.90%) Wireless
1 2 (1.90%) Bluetooth
2 1 (0.95%) TCP/IP
2 1 (0.95%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (13.33%) SQL Server
2 7 (6.67%) Relational Database
3 4 (3.81%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (1.90%) DB2
4 2 (1.90%) MySQL
4 2 (1.90%) MongoDB
4 2 (1.90%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.95%) Hadoop
5 1 (0.95%) KDB
5 1 (0.95%) Big Data
5 1 (0.95%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.95%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 43 (40.95%) Selenium
2 21 (20.00%) QuickTest Pro
3 17 (16.19%) JIRA
4 15 (14.29%) Cucumber
5 10 (9.52%) Jenkins
6 8 (7.62%) SpecFlow
7 7 (6.67%) Team Foundation Server
7 7 (6.67%) WebDriver
7 7 (6.67%) LoadRunner
8 6 (5.71%) SoapUI
9 5 (4.76%) WATIR
9 5 (4.76%) Sahi
9 5 (4.76%) Subversion
10 4 (3.81%) NUnit
10 4 (3.81%) JMeter
10 4 (3.81%) Toad
10 4 (3.81%) Behat
11 3 (2.86%) TeamCity
11 3 (2.86%) FitNesse
12 2 (1.90%) Xcode
General
1 24 (22.86%) Finance
2 14 (13.33%) Banking
3 10 (9.52%) Investment Banking
4 3 (2.86%) Marketing
4 3 (2.86%) Telecoms
4 3 (2.86%) Retail
5 2 (1.90%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.90%) Advertising
5 2 (1.90%) Music Industry
6 1 (0.95%) Automotive
6 1 (0.95%) Legal
6 1 (0.95%) Games
6 1 (0.95%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.95%) Front Office
6 1 (0.95%) Electronics
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (20.95%) .NET
2 14 (13.33%) Web Services
3 9 (8.57%) XML
4 8 (7.62%) JSON
5 7 (6.67%) MSMQ
6 6 (5.71%) SOAP
6 6 (5.71%) Gherkin
6 6 (5.71%) RESTful
7 4 (3.81%) HTML
8 2 (1.90%) XML Schema
8 2 (1.90%) ASP.NET
8 2 (1.90%) CSS
8 2 (1.90%) J2EE
9 1 (0.95%) Spring MVC
9 1 (0.95%) WPF
9 1 (0.95%) .NET Framework
9 1 (0.95%) FIX Protocol
9 1 (0.95%) REST
9 1 (0.95%) JSP
9 1 (0.95%) Struts
Miscellaneous
1 13 (12.38%) Open Source
2 8 (7.62%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (3.81%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 4 (3.81%) Mobile App
3 4 (3.81%) Algorithms
4 3 (2.86%) Derivative
4 3 (2.86%) NHS
5 2 (1.90%) STB
5 2 (1.90%) Replication
5 2 (1.90%) Video on Demand
5 2 (1.90%) IPTV
5 2 (1.90%) iSeries
5 2 (1.90%) Data Integration
6 1 (0.95%) Swaptions
6 1 (0.95%) Online Games
6 1 (0.95%) DTV
6 1 (0.95%) Fixed Income
6 1 (0.95%) Equities
Operating Systems
1 5 (4.76%) Apple iOS
2 4 (3.81%) Android
3 3 (2.86%) UNIX
4 2 (1.90%) Linux
5 1 (0.95%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 50 (47.62%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (20.95%) TDD
3 18 (17.14%) Test Scripting
3 18 (17.14%) Test Automation
4 17 (16.19%) Scrum
5 15 (14.29%) Automated Testing
5 15 (14.29%) Manual Testing
6 14 (13.33%) BDD
7 12 (11.43%) User Acceptance Testing
8 11 (10.48%) Regression Testing
9 10 (9.52%) Automation Testing
10 9 (8.57%) Analytics
10 9 (8.57%) Migration
10 9 (8.57%) E-Commerce
11 8 (7.62%) Data Migration
12 7 (6.67%) Software Testing
12 7 (6.67%) Integration Testing
12 7 (6.67%) User Stories
12 7 (6.67%) ITIL
12 7 (6.67%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 47 (44.76%) SQL
2 19 (18.10%) Java
3 9 (8.57%) C#
4 7 (6.67%) Ruby
5 5 (4.76%) Groovy
6 4 (3.81%) VBA
7 2 (1.90%) C++
7 2 (1.90%) XPath
7 2 (1.90%) Lua
8 1 (0.95%) VBScript
8 1 (0.95%) VB
8 1 (0.95%) C
8 1 (0.95%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.95%) PHP
8 1 (0.95%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.95%) RPG
8 1 (0.95%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.95%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 22 (20.95%) ISEB
2 17 (16.19%) ISTQB
3 5 (4.76%) Security Cleared
4 3 (2.86%) SC Cleared
4 3 (2.86%) Degree
5 1 (0.95%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (0.95%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 105 (100.00%) QA
2 1 (0.95%) Data Quality
2 1 (0.95%) Solvency II
2 1 (0.95%) ISO 9001
2 1 (0.95%) ISO 14001
Systems Management
1 12 (11.43%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 14 (13.33%) Microsoft
2 9 (8.57%) HP
3 8 (7.62%) Sybase
3 8 (7.62%) Oracle
4 3 (2.86%) SAP
5 2 (1.90%) Perforce
6 1 (0.95%) Sitecore
6 1 (0.95%) EPiServer
6 1 (0.95%) Atlassian
6 1 (0.95%) Google
6 1 (0.95%) DataCash
6 1 (0.95%) hybris
6 1 (0.95%) Mercator
6 1 (0.95%) JD Edwards
6 1 (0.95%) Citrix
6 1 (0.95%) Informatica
6 1 (0.95%) RedDot
6 1 (0.95%) ESRI
6 1 (0.95%) Telerik
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