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 3 December 2016 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
3 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance Tester
Rank 503 591 551
Rank change year-on-year
+88 -40
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 117 66 86
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.24% 0.12% 0.15%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.25% 0.13% 0.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 70 50 70
Median daily rate £350 £325 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £261 £260 £244
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £451
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £306
% change year-on-year
+7.69% +6.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 1
Median hourly rate £44.00 £20.00 £9.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+120.00% +122.22%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.00 £20.00 -
% change year-on-year
+120.00% -

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
46798 52479 53703
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.62% 94.81% 93.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 30588 33428 33908
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 £260 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £580 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £398 £385 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.24% +2.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1652 2035 2195
Median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% +6.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £43.50 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £15.85
% change year-on-year
-2.94% +7.25%

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 3 December 2016.

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 3 December 2016. 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 see detailed
statistics and trends)
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 +57 113 £350 +7.69% 33
London +13 51 £350 - 14
South East +33 19 £350 -3.44% 1
South West - 12 £338 - 4
North West +2 10 £413 +41.02% 4
West Midlands -2 7 £369 - 8
North East -25 7 £400 -
Newcastle upon Tyne -30 7 £400 -
Tyne and Wear -31 7 £400 -
Bristol - 6 £325 - 2
Berkshire - 5 £350 -
Sussex - 5 £350 -
Surrey +22 4 - -
Edinburgh +21 4 £325 +25.00%
Yorkshire +20 4 £285 -30.90% 1
Scotland +16 4 £325 +2.36%
City of London +1 4 £494 +31.66% 2
East of England +12 3 £350 +60.00% 1
Cheshire +10 3 £413 +68.36%
Merseyside +4 3 - - 1
Lancashire - 3 - -
Farnham - 3 - -
Cambridgeshire - 3 £350 - 1
Leeds +13 2 £325 -21.21% 1
West Yorkshire +10 2 £325 -21.21% 1
West Sussex +9 2 - -
North Yorkshire +5 2 £285 -5.00%
Worthing - 2 - -
Oxford - 2 £375 -
Telford - 2 - -

QA Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 December 2016, 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.

1 197 (100.00%) QA
2 136 (69.04%) Agile Software Development
3 89 (45.18%) Selenium
4 67 (34.01%) JIRA
4 67 (34.01%) Cucumber
4 67 (34.01%) SQL
5 60 (30.46%) BDD
6 55 (27.92%) Java
7 45 (22.84%) WebDriver
8 43 (21.83%) Jenkins
9 39 (19.80%) Automated Testing
10 36 (18.27%) Git (software)
10 36 (18.27%) Test Automation
11 35 (17.77%) Test Scripting
12 34 (17.26%) Manual Testing
13 32 (16.24%) .NET
14 31 (15.74%) Scrum
15 30 (15.23%) Continuous Integration
15 30 (15.23%) QA Automation
16 29 (14.72%) JavaScript
17 28 (14.21%) TDD
18 27 (13.71%) Automation Testing
18 27 (13.71%) Exploratory Testing
19 26 (13.20%) Gherkin
19 26 (13.20%) Finance
20 25 (12.69%) Performance Testing
21 23 (11.68%) Functional Testing
21 23 (11.68%) C#
22 22 (11.17%) Regression Testing
23 21 (10.66%) Defect Management

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 19 (9.64%) Confluence
2 6 (3.05%) CMS
3 3 (1.52%) Apache
4 2 (1.02%) OpenROAD
4 2 (1.02%) Tuxedo
5 1 (0.51%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 1 (0.51%) JBoss
5 1 (0.51%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.51%) Skype for Business
5 1 (0.51%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.51%) WordPress
Applications
1 6 (3.05%) MS Excel
2 5 (2.54%) MS Office
2 5 (2.54%) MS PowerPoint
3 2 (1.02%) Mingle
4 1 (0.51%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (2.54%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 3 (1.52%) FastStats
3 1 (0.51%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.51%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 7 (3.55%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (2.03%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (1.52%) GitHub
4 2 (1.02%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 3 (1.52%) Internet
1 3 (1.52%) SNMP
2 2 (1.02%) HTTP
3 1 (0.51%) DSL
3 1 (0.51%) Firewall
3 1 (0.51%) Skype
3 1 (0.51%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (8.12%) SQL Server
2 9 (4.57%) GIS
3 8 (4.06%) Big Data
3 8 (4.06%) Data Warehouse
3 8 (4.06%) QGIS
3 8 (4.06%) Spatial Data
4 7 (3.55%) Relational Database
5 6 (3.05%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 6 (3.05%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 4 (2.03%) Cognos Query Studio
6 4 (2.03%) Hadoop
6 4 (2.03%) QlikView
7 3 (1.52%) Apache Hive
7 3 (1.52%) Azure SQL Database
7 3 (1.52%) SQL Server 2008
7 3 (1.52%) SQL Server 2012
7 3 (1.52%) Star Schema
8 2 (1.02%) MySQL
8 2 (1.02%) Oracle Reports
8 2 (1.02%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 89 (45.18%) Selenium
2 67 (34.01%) Cucumber
2 67 (34.01%) JIRA
3 45 (22.84%) WebDriver
4 43 (21.83%) Jenkins
5 36 (18.27%) Git (software)
6 19 (9.64%) SoapUI
7 13 (6.60%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 13 (6.60%) HP UFT
8 10 (5.08%) Team Foundation Server
9 9 (4.57%) JMeter
9 9 (4.57%) SpecFlow
9 9 (4.57%) Visual Studio
10 8 (4.06%) LoadRunner
11 7 (3.55%) Appium
11 7 (3.55%) Subversion
11 7 (3.55%) TeamCity
12 6 (3.05%) Hudson
12 6 (3.05%) JBehave
13 5 (2.54%) NUnit
General
1 26 (13.20%) Finance
2 13 (6.60%) Banking
3 8 (4.06%) Retail
4 5 (2.54%) Electronics
4 5 (2.54%) Games
4 5 (2.54%) Investment Banking
4 5 (2.54%) Manufacturing
4 5 (2.54%) Marketing
4 5 (2.54%) Telecoms
5 4 (2.03%) Publishing
6 3 (1.52%) Financial Institution
7 2 (1.02%) Back Office
8 1 (0.51%) Front Office
8 1 (0.51%) Legal
8 1 (0.51%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (16.24%) .NET
2 26 (13.20%) Gherkin
3 20 (10.15%) XML
4 17 (8.63%) Web Services
5 12 (6.09%) HTML
6 9 (4.57%) RESTful
7 8 (4.06%) PostGIS
8 6 (3.05%) CSS
9 5 (2.54%) AngularJS
9 5 (2.54%) HTML5
9 5 (2.54%) JSON
9 5 (2.54%) SOAP
10 4 (2.03%) .NET Framework
10 4 (2.03%) REST
10 4 (2.03%) XSD
11 3 (1.52%) Node.js
12 2 (1.02%) RabbitMQ
12 2 (1.02%) Swagger
13 1 (0.51%) J2EE
13 1 (0.51%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 16 (8.12%) Mobile App
2 12 (6.09%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (3.05%) Computer Science
3 6 (3.05%) Replication
4 4 (2.03%) Fintech
5 3 (1.52%) Data Integration
5 3 (1.52%) Equities
5 3 (1.52%) PKI
5 3 (1.52%) User Experience
6 2 (1.02%) Credit Risk
6 2 (1.02%) EPoS
6 2 (1.02%) Fixed Income
6 2 (1.02%) Management Information System
6 2 (1.02%) NHS
7 1 (0.51%) Digital Media
7 1 (0.51%) Reference Data
7 1 (0.51%) Smart Meter
7 1 (0.51%) Social Media
7 1 (0.51%) Video on Demand
7 1 (0.51%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 16 (8.12%) Apple iOS
2 15 (7.61%) Android
3 14 (7.11%) Linux
3 14 (7.11%) Windows
4 11 (5.58%) Unix
5 3 (1.52%) Mac OS X
6 2 (1.02%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 136 (69.04%) Agile Software Development
2 60 (30.46%) BDD
3 39 (19.80%) Automated Testing
4 36 (18.27%) Test Automation
5 35 (17.77%) Test Scripting
6 34 (17.26%) Manual Testing
7 31 (15.74%) Scrum
8 30 (15.23%) Continuous Integration
8 30 (15.23%) QA Automation
9 28 (14.21%) TDD
10 27 (13.71%) Automation Testing
10 27 (13.71%) Exploratory Testing
11 25 (12.69%) Performance Testing
12 23 (11.68%) Functional Testing
13 22 (11.17%) Regression Testing
14 21 (10.66%) Defect Management
15 18 (9.14%) Continuous Improvement
16 17 (8.63%) API Testing
16 17 (8.63%) Non-Functional Testing
17 16 (8.12%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 67 (34.01%) SQL
2 55 (27.92%) Java
3 29 (14.72%) JavaScript
4 23 (11.68%) C#
5 17 (8.63%) Ruby
6 11 (5.58%) Python
7 8 (4.06%) Groovy
7 8 (4.06%) Scala
8 5 (2.54%) Shell Script
8 5 (2.54%) T-SQL
9 4 (2.03%) PHP
9 4 (2.03%) PowerShell
9 4 (2.03%) VB
9 4 (2.03%) VBA
9 4 (2.03%) VBScript
10 3 (1.52%) Perl
10 3 (1.52%) VB.NET
11 2 (1.02%) Bash Shell
11 2 (1.02%) C
11 2 (1.02%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 17 (8.63%) ISEB
2 16 (8.12%) Degree
3 12 (6.09%) ISTQB
4 4 (2.03%) BPSS Clearance
4 4 (2.03%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (1.02%) Security Cleared
6 1 (0.51%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 197 (100.00%) QA
2 11 (5.58%) Data Quality
3 2 (1.02%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (1.02%) HDFS
2 1 (0.51%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.51%) Docker
Systems Management
1 9 (4.57%) Ansible
2 6 (3.05%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.51%) Oozie
3 1 (0.51%) SCCM
Vendors
1 15 (7.61%) Microsoft
2 12 (6.09%) Oracle
3 9 (4.57%) Atlassian
4 6 (3.05%) HP
5 5 (2.54%) Cognos
5 5 (2.54%) SAP
6 3 (1.52%) MuleSoft
7 2 (1.02%) CA Agile Central
7 2 (1.02%) Informatica
8 1 (0.51%) Adobe
8 1 (0.51%) Citrix
8 1 (0.51%) EPiServer
8 1 (0.51%) Google
8 1 (0.51%) Hortonworks
8 1 (0.51%) Red Hat
8 1 (0.51%) Salesforce.com
8 1 (0.51%) Teradata
8 1 (0.51%) webMethods
8 1 (0.51%) Xamarin
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