The first table below looks at the demand 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 18 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Job Titles currently tracked.

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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance Tester
Rank 499 496 540
Rank change year-on-year
-3 +44
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 88 48 48
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.16% 0.10% 0.079%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.17% 0.11% 0.085%
Number of daily rates quoted 62 32 30
Average daily rate £350 £348 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.71% +15.83%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £202 £252 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £439
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £325 £200
% change year-on-year
-3.84% +62.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 2
Average hourly rate £31.00 £28.50 £12.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.77% +128.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £12.50
Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
51949 44129 56219
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.27% 92.47% 92.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 31578 25274 30920
Average daily rate £390 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.50% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £238 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+0.14% -0.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2083 2186 2628
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.87 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.04% -8.38%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.37
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £17.45 £19.21
% change year-on-year
-2.57% -9.16%

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 18 April 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
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 18 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England -52 79 £350 - 43
London +8 65 £355 +1.50% 23
City of London -4 19 £300 -4.00% 7
East of England -22 8 £330 +5.60% 4
South East -13 4 £270 -16.92% 9
Hampshire - 4 £270 - 1
Suffolk -6 2 £360 -4.00% 1
Ipswich -12 2 £360 -4.00% 1
Cambridgeshire - 2 £300 - 2
Scotland -7 1 £330 +1.53% 1
South West -21 1 £200 - 4
Liverpool - 1 - - 1
Merseyside - 1 - - 1
North West - 1 - - 2
Southampton - 1 £215 - 1
Bristol - 1 £200 - 1
Edinburgh - 1 £330 - 1
Guildford - - - -
Halifax - - - -
Hull - - - -
Aberdeen - - - -
County Antrim - - - -
Belfast - - - -
Birmingham - - - -
Brighton - - - - 2
Cambridge - - - - 1
Cheltenham - - - -
Chertsey - - - -
Chester - - - -
Coventry - - - -

QA Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 April 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.

1 145 (100.00%) QA
2 70 (48.28%) Selenium
3 59 (40.69%) Agile Software Development
4 48 (33.10%) Test Scripting
5 47 (32.41%) SQL
6 38 (26.21%) Cucumber
7 37 (25.52%) C#
7 37 (25.52%) TDD
8 36 (24.83%) Finance
9 35 (24.14%) Scrum
10 34 (23.45%) Test Automation
11 30 (20.69%) BDD
12 29 (20.00%) ISEB
13 26 (17.93%) Ruby
13 26 (17.93%) Software Testing
14 25 (17.24%) Automation Testing
14 25 (17.24%) Automated Testing
15 24 (16.55%) Java
15 24 (16.55%) ISTQB
16 23 (15.86%) FitNesse
16 23 (15.86%) JavaScript
17 22 (15.17%) WebDriver
18 21 (14.48%) HP
18 21 (14.48%) .NET
19 19 (13.10%) Open Source
19 19 (13.10%) Continuous Integration
20 18 (12.41%) JIRA
20 18 (12.41%) Team Foundation Server
20 18 (12.41%) SpecFlow
21 17 (11.72%) Integration Testing

QA Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 1 (0.69%) Tomcat
1 1 (0.69%) SharePoint
Applications
1 4 (2.76%) MS Excel
2 3 (2.07%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.69%) Oracle EBS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (2.76%) Internet
1 4 (2.76%) TCP/IP
2 3 (2.07%) HTTP
3 1 (0.69%) HTTPS
3 1 (0.69%) SSL
3 1 (0.69%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (5.52%) SQL Server
2 6 (4.14%) Relational Database
3 3 (2.07%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (1.38%) Big Data
5 1 (0.69%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 70 (48.28%) Selenium
2 38 (26.21%) Cucumber
3 23 (15.86%) FitNesse
4 22 (15.17%) WebDriver
5 18 (12.41%) JIRA
5 18 (12.41%) Team Foundation Server
5 18 (12.41%) SpecFlow
6 16 (11.03%) WATIR
7 10 (6.90%) Visual Studio
8 8 (5.52%) Jenkins
9 7 (4.83%) JMeter
9 7 (4.83%) Calabash
10 6 (4.14%) SoapUI
10 6 (4.14%) LoadRunner
11 5 (3.45%) Bugzilla
11 5 (3.45%) TeamCity
11 5 (3.45%) Git (software)
12 4 (2.76%) Capybara
12 4 (2.76%) WebLOAD
12 4 (2.76%) Fiddler
General
1 36 (24.83%) Finance
2 8 (5.52%) Publishing
3 4 (2.76%) Legal
4 3 (2.07%) Banking
4 3 (2.07%) Retail
4 3 (2.07%) Multimedia
4 3 (2.07%) Marketing
5 2 (1.38%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.38%) Games
6 1 (0.69%) Advertising
6 1 (0.69%) Front Office
6 1 (0.69%) Back Office
6 1 (0.69%) Military
6 1 (0.69%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (14.48%) .NET
2 15 (10.34%) HTML
3 13 (8.97%) XML
4 12 (8.28%) Web Services
5 7 (4.83%) JSON
5 7 (4.83%) Ajax
5 7 (4.83%) RESTful
6 6 (4.14%) DHTML
7 5 (3.45%) ASP.NET
7 5 (3.45%) Gherkin
8 4 (2.76%) WCF
8 4 (2.76%) WPF
8 4 (2.76%) .NET Framework
8 4 (2.76%) SOAP
9 3 (2.07%) XSLT
9 3 (2.07%) CSS
9 3 (2.07%) REST
10 2 (1.38%) ASP.NET Web API
10 2 (1.38%) MDX
11 1 (0.69%) XML Schema
Miscellaneous
1 19 (13.10%) Open Source
2 10 (6.90%) Client/Server
3 7 (4.83%) Computer Science
4 5 (3.45%) E-Learning
5 4 (2.76%) Mobile App
5 4 (2.76%) IPTV
5 4 (2.76%) Video on Demand
5 4 (2.76%) NHS
6 3 (2.07%) New Media
7 2 (1.38%) Digital Media
8 1 (0.69%) Management Information System
8 1 (0.69%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.69%) Mobile Banking
Operating Systems
1 14 (9.66%) Windows
2 6 (4.14%) Linux
2 6 (4.14%) UNIX
3 5 (3.45%) Android
3 5 (3.45%) Windows 7
3 5 (3.45%) Apple iOS
4 1 (0.69%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (0.69%) Windows XP
4 1 (0.69%) Windows 2000
4 1 (0.69%) HPUX
4 1 (0.69%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 59 (40.69%) Agile Software Development
2 48 (33.10%) Test Scripting
3 37 (25.52%) TDD
4 35 (24.14%) Scrum
5 34 (23.45%) Test Automation
6 30 (20.69%) BDD
7 26 (17.93%) Software Testing
8 25 (17.24%) Automation Testing
8 25 (17.24%) Automated Testing
9 19 (13.10%) Continuous Integration
10 17 (11.72%) Integration Testing
11 16 (11.03%) User Acceptance Testing
12 15 (10.34%) Manual Testing
13 14 (9.66%) User Stories
14 13 (8.97%) Regression Testing
15 10 (6.90%) Performance Testing
16 9 (6.21%) E-Commerce
17 8 (5.52%) Kanban
17 8 (5.52%) Load Testing
18 7 (4.83%) Pair Programming
Programming Languages
1 47 (32.41%) SQL
2 37 (25.52%) C#
3 26 (17.93%) Ruby
4 24 (16.55%) Java
5 23 (15.86%) JavaScript
6 6 (4.14%) F#
7 5 (3.45%) Python
8 3 (2.07%) Shell Script
9 2 (1.38%) Groovy
9 2 (1.38%) PL/SQL
9 2 (1.38%) VB.NET
9 2 (1.38%) VBA
10 1 (0.69%) T-SQL
10 1 (0.69%) Delphi
10 1 (0.69%) Perl
10 1 (0.69%) PHP
10 1 (0.69%) XPath
Qualifications
1 29 (20.00%) ISEB
2 24 (16.55%) ISTQB
3 13 (8.97%) Degree
4 9 (6.21%) SC Cleared
4 9 (6.21%) Security Cleared
5 7 (4.83%) DV Cleared
6 2 (1.38%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 145 (100.00%) QA
System Software
1 1 (0.69%) Nmap
Systems Management
1 15 (10.34%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.69%) Nagios
2 1 (0.69%) Nessus
2 1 (0.69%) Puppet
Vendors
1 21 (14.48%) HP
2 15 (10.34%) Microsoft
3 11 (7.59%) Oracle
4 5 (3.45%) Citrix
5 2 (1.38%) VMware
6 1 (0.69%) IBM
6 1 (0.69%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (0.69%) Red Hat
6 1 (0.69%) Apple
6 1 (0.69%) Green Hat
6 1 (0.69%) Splunk
London
Spencer Rose
Rate: Up to £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City of London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £400.00 - £500 per day
Posted: 13 days ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £280 - £300 per day
Posted: 27 days ago