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 21 January 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
21 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance Tester
UK
Rank 479 569 528
Rank change year-on-year
+90 -41
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 103 58 79
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.23% 0.11% 0.16%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.25% 0.12% 0.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 58 38 53
Median daily rate £350 £308 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.82% +2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £249 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £373 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £300 £275
% change year-on-year
+16.66% +9.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £20.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £20.00 -

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
41727 48141 48107
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.76% 94.74% 94.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 27140 30642 30268
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 £250 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1485 1738 1911
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% +6.06%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.13 £10.75 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.50 £47.50 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
- +9.37%

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 21 January 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 21 January 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 93 £350 +14.75% 45
London +28 37 £345 -3.49% 16
South East +21 14 £373 +14.61% 6
South West +23 12 £325 +8.33% 4
Scotland +36 9 £325 -
Bristol - 9 £325 - 2
North West +23 8 £300 +7.14% 3
West Midlands +10 8 £438 +45.83% 10
Staffordshire +7 5 - - 3
East Midlands +7 5 £375 +50.00%
North East -10 5 £400 -
Newcastle upon Tyne -19 5 £400 -
Tyne and Wear -22 5 £400 -
Livingston - 5 - -
Tamworth - 5 - - 2
West Lothian - 5 - -
Edinburgh +24 4 £325 -
Manchester +18 4 £275 -1.78% 1
Nottingham - 4 £375 -
Nottinghamshire - 4 £375 -
West Sussex +4 3 - - 1
Worthing - 3 - -
Hampshire - 3 £263 -
Sussex - 3 £373 -
Cheshire +21 2 £306 +17.78% 2
Berkshire +17 2 £400 +8.10% 1
Yorkshire +17 2 £285 -2.97% 3
East of England -3 2 - - 3
Solihull - 2 £375 -
Liverpool - 2 - -

QA Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 January 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.

1 209 (100.00%) QA
2 144 (68.90%) Agile Software Development
3 96 (45.93%) Selenium
4 67 (32.06%) SQL
5 64 (30.62%) JIRA
6 60 (28.71%) Cucumber
7 57 (27.27%) BDD
8 55 (26.32%) Java
9 47 (22.49%) Test Scripting
10 41 (19.62%) Jenkins
11 40 (19.14%) Test Automation
12 39 (18.66%) WebDriver
13 34 (16.27%) Scrum
14 33 (15.79%) Git (software)
14 33 (15.79%) Automated Testing
14 33 (15.79%) Automation Testing
15 32 (15.31%) .NET
16 31 (14.83%) Manual Testing
17 30 (14.35%) TDD
17 30 (14.35%) JavaScript
18 27 (12.92%) C#
18 27 (12.92%) Finance
18 27 (12.92%) SoapUI
19 26 (12.44%) Defect Management
20 25 (11.96%) Regression Testing
20 25 (11.96%) Performance Testing
21 24 (11.48%) QA Automation
22 23 (11.00%) ISEB
23 22 (10.53%) Continuous Integration
23 22 (10.53%) Confluence

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 22 (10.53%) Confluence
2 6 (2.87%) CMS
3 2 (0.96%) JBoss
3 2 (0.96%) OpenROAD
3 2 (0.96%) SharePoint
3 2 (0.96%) Tuxedo
4 1 (0.48%) Drupal
4 1 (0.48%) Skype for Business
4 1 (0.48%) WordPress
Applications
1 2 (0.96%) MS Excel
1 2 (0.96%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (0.48%) Mingle
2 1 (0.48%) MS Office
2 1 (0.48%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 7 (3.35%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 3 (1.44%) FastStats
3 1 (0.48%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.48%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 6 (2.87%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (1.44%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (1.44%) GitHub
3 2 (0.96%) Slack
4 1 (0.48%) Office 365
4 1 (0.48%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (1.44%) Internet
1 3 (1.44%) SNMP
2 2 (0.96%) HTTP
3 1 (0.48%) DSL
3 1 (0.48%) Firewall
3 1 (0.48%) Skype
3 1 (0.48%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (6.22%) SQL Server
2 7 (3.35%) Data Warehouse
2 7 (3.35%) Relational Database
2 7 (3.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 6 (2.87%) Big Data
4 5 (2.39%) GIS
4 5 (2.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 4 (1.91%) Hadoop
5 4 (1.91%) QGIS
5 4 (1.91%) Spatial Data
6 3 (1.44%) Apache Hive
6 3 (1.44%) Azure SQL Database
6 3 (1.44%) SQL Server 2008
6 3 (1.44%) SQL Server 2012
7 2 (0.96%) Oracle Database
8 1 (0.48%) Electronic Patient Records
8 1 (0.48%) MongoDB
8 1 (0.48%) NoSQL
8 1 (0.48%) SQL Server 2014
8 1 (0.48%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 96 (45.93%) Selenium
2 64 (30.62%) JIRA
3 60 (28.71%) Cucumber
4 41 (19.62%) Jenkins
5 39 (18.66%) WebDriver
6 33 (15.79%) Git (software)
7 27 (12.92%) SoapUI
8 17 (8.13%) HP UFT
9 11 (5.26%) JMeter
10 10 (4.78%) SpecFlow
10 10 (4.78%) Subversion
10 10 (4.78%) Team Foundation Server
11 9 (4.31%) LoadRunner
12 8 (3.83%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 8 (3.83%) Visual Studio
13 6 (2.87%) Hudson
13 6 (2.87%) NUnit
13 6 (2.87%) Protractor
13 6 (2.87%) TeamCity
13 6 (2.87%) TestRail
General
1 27 (12.92%) Finance
2 11 (5.26%) Banking
3 10 (4.78%) Marketing
4 8 (3.83%) Retail
5 7 (3.35%) Electronics
5 7 (3.35%) Manufacturing
5 7 (3.35%) Telecoms
6 6 (2.87%) Games
7 5 (2.39%) Investment Banking
8 4 (1.91%) Publishing
9 3 (1.44%) Financial Institution
10 2 (0.96%) Back Office
10 2 (0.96%) Legal
11 1 (0.48%) Front Office
11 1 (0.48%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (15.31%) .NET
2 21 (10.05%) Gherkin
2 21 (10.05%) Web Services
2 21 (10.05%) XML
3 12 (5.74%) SOAP
4 11 (5.26%) HTML
4 11 (5.26%) RESTful
5 8 (3.83%) AngularJS
6 7 (3.35%) JSON
7 6 (2.87%) .NET Framework
7 6 (2.87%) CSS
8 5 (2.39%) HTML5
8 5 (2.39%) REST
9 4 (1.91%) Node.js
9 4 (1.91%) PostGIS
9 4 (1.91%) XSD
10 2 (0.96%) Behat
10 2 (0.96%) Twitter Bootstrap
11 1 (0.48%) Laravel
11 1 (0.48%) React
Miscellaneous
1 14 (6.70%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (6.22%) Mobile App
3 6 (2.87%) Computer Science
3 6 (2.87%) Replication
4 5 (2.39%) Fintech
5 4 (1.91%) Equities
5 4 (1.91%) Mainframe
5 4 (1.91%) PKI
6 3 (1.44%) Credit Risk
6 3 (1.44%) Data Integration
6 3 (1.44%) Management Information System
6 3 (1.44%) NHS
6 3 (1.44%) User Experience
7 2 (0.96%) EPoS
7 2 (0.96%) Fixed Income
7 2 (0.96%) Smartphone
8 1 (0.48%) Derivative
8 1 (0.48%) Equity Derivative
8 1 (0.48%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 1 (0.48%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 17 (8.13%) Windows
2 14 (6.70%) Apple iOS
2 14 (6.70%) Linux
3 12 (5.74%) Unix
4 11 (5.26%) Android
5 3 (1.44%) Mac OS X
6 1 (0.48%) VMS
6 1 (0.48%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 144 (68.90%) Agile Software Development
2 57 (27.27%) BDD
3 47 (22.49%) Test Scripting
4 40 (19.14%) Test Automation
5 34 (16.27%) Scrum
6 33 (15.79%) Automated Testing
6 33 (15.79%) Automation Testing
7 31 (14.83%) Manual Testing
8 30 (14.35%) TDD
9 26 (12.44%) Defect Management
10 25 (11.96%) Performance Testing
10 25 (11.96%) Regression Testing
11 24 (11.48%) QA Automation
12 22 (10.53%) Continuous Integration
13 21 (10.05%) API Testing
14 20 (9.57%) Exploratory Testing
15 18 (8.61%) Functional Testing
15 18 (8.61%) Open Source
16 17 (8.13%) Software Testing
16 17 (8.13%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 67 (32.06%) SQL
2 55 (26.32%) Java
3 30 (14.35%) JavaScript
4 27 (12.92%) C#
5 19 (9.09%) Ruby
6 11 (5.26%) Python
7 10 (4.78%) Groovy
7 10 (4.78%) Scala
8 6 (2.87%) T-SQL
9 5 (2.39%) PHP
10 4 (1.91%) PowerShell
10 4 (1.91%) VB.NET
10 4 (1.91%) VBScript
11 3 (1.44%) Perl
11 3 (1.44%) Shell Script
12 2 (0.96%) Bash Shell
12 2 (0.96%) C
12 2 (0.96%) TypeScript
12 2 (0.96%) VB
12 2 (0.96%) VBA
Qualifications
1 23 (11.00%) ISEB
2 16 (7.66%) ISTQB
3 15 (7.18%) Degree
4 4 (1.91%) BPSS Clearance
4 4 (1.91%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (0.96%) Security Cleared
6 1 (0.48%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 209 (100.00%) QA
2 7 (3.35%) Data Quality
3 2 (0.96%) SLA
3 2 (0.96%) WCAG
4 1 (0.48%) HL7
System Software
1 2 (0.96%) HDFS
2 1 (0.48%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.48%) Docker
Systems Management
1 7 (3.35%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (1.91%) Ansible
3 1 (0.48%) AppManager
3 1 (0.48%) Oozie
3 1 (0.48%) SCCM
Vendors
1 19 (9.09%) Microsoft
2 11 (5.26%) Oracle
3 8 (3.83%) Atlassian
4 7 (3.35%) SAP
5 6 (2.87%) HP
6 2 (0.96%) Google
6 2 (0.96%) Informatica
6 2 (0.96%) MuleSoft
7 1 (0.48%) Apple
7 1 (0.48%) CA Agile Central
7 1 (0.48%) Citrix
7 1 (0.48%) EPiServer
7 1 (0.48%) Fidessa
7 1 (0.48%) Hortonworks
7 1 (0.48%) Salesforce.com
7 1 (0.48%) Talend
7 1 (0.48%) Teradata
7 1 (0.48%) webMethods
7 1 (0.48%) Xamarin
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