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 17 September 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
17 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance Tester
Rank 509 535 547
Rank change year-on-year
+26 +12
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 87 47 49
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.15% 0.089% 0.084%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.17% 0.096% 0.090%
Number of daily rates quoted 62 35 34
Average daily rate
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£300 £350 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-14.28% +16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £260 £222
10% offered a daily rate of more than £445 £408 £375
UK excluding London average daily rate £314 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+4.58% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 6
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
51582 48912 54385
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 91.02% 92.74% 92.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 31504 29191 30441
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £234 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £345
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +1.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2019 2115 2659
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.00 £18.47
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -7.95%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.48
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.00
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 17 September 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 17 September 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 17 September 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 +12 75 £299 -14.64% 34
London +28 45 £275 -21.98% 15
South East +13 20 £298 -0.83% 5
City of London +22 6 £458 +16.19% 3
Hampshire -2 5 £285 - 1
East Sussex -6 5 £350 +16.66% 1
Brighton -6 5 £350 +16.66%
Buckinghamshire - 5 £250 - 1
East of England -18 4 £368 +5.00% 1
Scotland -15 3 - -
Bristol -15 2 £288 -4.16% 1
South West -22 2 £288 +4.54% 1
Suffolk - 2 £368 -
Edinburgh - 2 - -
Milton Keynes - 2 £280 -
Cambridgeshire -1 1 £363 +3.57%
Cambridge -9 1 £363 +3.57%
West Midlands -17 1 - - 1
Hertfordshire -24 1 - - 1
Surrey - 1 - - 1
West Yorkshire - 1 £375 - 2
Yorkshire - 1 £375 - 4
North West - 1 £325 - 7
Birmingham - 1 - -
Glasgow - 1 - -
Leeds - 1 £375 -
Southampton - 1 £245 -
Stoke-on-Trent - - - -
Swindon - - - -
Watford - - - - 1

QA Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 September 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.

1 170 (100.00%) QA
2 63 (37.06%) Agile Software Development
3 62 (36.47%) Selenium
4 59 (34.71%) SQL
5 53 (31.18%) Test Scripting
6 49 (28.82%) ISTQB
7 43 (25.29%) HP
8 38 (22.35%) Java
9 37 (21.76%) Manual Testing
9 37 (21.76%) Test Automation
10 35 (20.59%) C#
10 35 (20.59%) Finance
11 34 (20.00%) Automated Testing
12 30 (17.65%) Microsoft
12 30 (17.65%) Cucumber
13 29 (17.06%) .NET
14 25 (14.71%) TDD
14 25 (14.71%) HP Quality Center
14 25 (14.71%) Automation Testing
15 24 (14.12%) Security Cleared
15 24 (14.12%) BDD
15 24 (14.12%) Scrum
15 24 (14.12%) ISEB
16 23 (13.53%) SC Cleared
16 23 (13.53%) Software Testing
17 21 (12.35%) QuickTest Pro
18 20 (11.76%) Oracle
18 20 (11.76%) JavaScript
18 20 (11.76%) WebDriver
19 18 (10.59%) Project Management

QA Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 17 September 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 (4.12%) SharePoint
2 5 (2.94%) CMS
3 4 (2.35%) SharePoint 2013
3 4 (2.35%) Sitecore CMS
4 3 (1.76%) Apache
4 3 (1.76%) SharePoint 2010
5 2 (1.18%) Umbraco
5 2 (1.18%) IIS
Applications
1 15 (8.82%) MS Excel
2 11 (6.47%) MS Office
3 1 (0.59%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 8 (4.71%) Oracle EBS
2 3 (1.76%) IntelliMatch
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.59%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (0.59%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 10 (5.88%) TCP/IP
2 4 (2.35%) Wireshark
2 4 (2.35%) HTTPS
2 4 (2.35%) SSL
3 2 (1.18%) SAN
3 2 (1.18%) Internet
3 2 (1.18%) HTTP
4 1 (0.59%) SMTP
4 1 (0.59%) SNMP
4 1 (0.59%) LDAP
4 1 (0.59%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (5.29%) Oracle Reports
2 7 (4.12%) Relational Database
3 2 (1.18%) SQL Server
4 1 (0.59%) MySQL
4 1 (0.59%) MongoDB
4 1 (0.59%) NoSQL
4 1 (0.59%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 62 (36.47%) Selenium
2 30 (17.65%) Cucumber
3 21 (12.35%) QuickTest Pro
4 20 (11.76%) WebDriver
5 10 (5.88%) JIRA
6 9 (5.29%) Team Foundation Server
6 9 (5.29%) Jenkins
7 8 (4.71%) JUnit
8 7 (4.12%) WATIR
9 6 (3.53%) FitNesse
9 6 (3.53%) TeamCity
10 5 (2.94%) NUnit
10 5 (2.94%) SpecFlow
11 4 (2.35%) TestComplete
11 4 (2.35%) JMeter
11 4 (2.35%) CruiseControl
12 3 (1.76%) Visual Studio
12 3 (1.76%) LoadRunner
12 3 (1.76%) Git (software)
12 3 (1.76%) Hudson
General
1 35 (20.59%) Finance
2 5 (2.94%) Games
3 4 (2.35%) Retail
4 3 (1.76%) Legal
4 3 (1.76%) Multimedia
4 3 (1.76%) German Language
5 2 (1.18%) Front Office
5 2 (1.18%) Publishing
5 2 (1.18%) Military
5 2 (1.18%) Banking
6 1 (0.59%) Advertising
6 1 (0.59%) Back Office
6 1 (0.59%) Electronics
6 1 (0.59%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.59%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.59%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.59%) Marketing
6 1 (0.59%) Mandarin Language
6 1 (0.59%) Cantonese Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (17.06%) .NET
2 18 (10.59%) HTML
3 15 (8.82%) XML
4 14 (8.24%) ASP.NET
4 14 (8.24%) JSP
5 10 (5.88%) Web Services
6 7 (4.12%) JSON
7 4 (2.35%) REST
8 3 (1.76%) XSLT
8 3 (1.76%) SOAP
8 3 (1.76%) Gherkin
9 2 (1.18%) Google Maps API
9 2 (1.18%) Silverlight
9 2 (1.18%) .NET Framework
9 2 (1.18%) MDX
9 2 (1.18%) RESTful
9 2 (1.18%) OLE
10 1 (0.59%) CSS
10 1 (0.59%) Ajax
10 1 (0.59%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 11 (6.47%) Smartcard
1 11 (6.47%) EMV
2 10 (5.88%) Open Source
2 10 (5.88%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (3.53%) Computer Science
4 5 (2.94%) Mobile App
4 5 (2.94%) iPhone
5 4 (2.35%) iPad
6 3 (1.76%) Client/Server
6 3 (1.76%) Digital Media
6 3 (1.76%) Derivative
7 2 (1.18%) Social Media
7 2 (1.18%) Management Information System
8 1 (0.59%) E-Learning
8 1 (0.59%) GIS
8 1 (0.59%) NHS
8 1 (0.59%) Mobile Banking
8 1 (0.59%) New Media
8 1 (0.59%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 13 (7.65%) UNIX
1 13 (7.65%) Windows
2 10 (5.88%) Apple iOS
2 10 (5.88%) Linux
3 5 (2.94%) Windows XP
3 5 (2.94%) Android
4 4 (2.35%) Windows Server 2008
4 4 (2.35%) Windows Server 2003
4 4 (2.35%) Windows 2000
5 3 (1.76%) Windows 7
6 1 (0.59%) CentOS
6 1 (0.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 63 (37.06%) Agile Software Development
2 53 (31.18%) Test Scripting
3 37 (21.76%) Manual Testing
3 37 (21.76%) Test Automation
4 34 (20.00%) Automated Testing
5 25 (14.71%) TDD
5 25 (14.71%) Automation Testing
6 24 (14.12%) BDD
6 24 (14.12%) Scrum
7 23 (13.53%) Software Testing
8 18 (10.59%) Project Management
9 16 (9.41%) Continuous Integration
9 16 (9.41%) User Acceptance Testing
9 16 (9.41%) Test Strategy
10 11 (6.47%) Quality Management
10 11 (6.47%) Integration Testing
11 10 (5.88%) Knowledge Management
11 10 (5.88%) User Stories
11 10 (5.88%) Regression Testing
12 9 (5.29%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 59 (34.71%) SQL
2 38 (22.35%) Java
3 35 (20.59%) C#
4 20 (11.76%) JavaScript
5 15 (8.82%) VBA
6 14 (8.24%) Ruby
7 10 (5.88%) VB
8 7 (4.12%) Python
9 6 (3.53%) Scala
10 5 (2.94%) Shell Script
11 3 (1.76%) PL/SQL
11 3 (1.76%) Perl
11 3 (1.76%) PowerShell
12 2 (1.18%) PHP
12 2 (1.18%) C++
12 2 (1.18%) VBScript
13 1 (0.59%) Embedded C++
13 1 (0.59%) Jython
13 1 (0.59%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 49 (28.82%) ISTQB
2 24 (14.12%) Security Cleared
2 24 (14.12%) ISEB
3 23 (13.53%) SC Cleared
4 17 (10.00%) DV Cleared
5 15 (8.82%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 14 (8.24%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 10 (5.88%) MOS
8 8 (4.71%) Degree
9 2 (1.18%) HND
10 1 (0.59%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 170 (100.00%) QA
2 3 (1.76%) GxP
System Software
1 4 (2.35%) Nmap
2 1 (0.59%) NFS
2 1 (0.59%) qmail
2 1 (0.59%) Squid
2 1 (0.59%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 25 (14.71%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (2.35%) Nessus
Vendors
1 43 (25.29%) HP
2 30 (17.65%) Microsoft
3 20 (11.76%) Oracle
4 4 (2.35%) Sitecore
5 3 (1.76%) Citrix
6 2 (1.18%) EPiServer
6 2 (1.18%) Google
6 2 (1.18%) Mercator
6 2 (1.18%) VMware
6 2 (1.18%) Telerik
6 2 (1.18%) PeopleSoft
7 1 (0.59%) NetApp
7 1 (0.59%) Red Hat
7 1 (0.59%) Cisco
7 1 (0.59%) TIBCO
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