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 19 December 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance Tester
Rank 525 531 502
Rank change year-on-year
+6 -29
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 70 51 55
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.13% 0.099% 0.11%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.14% 0.11% 0.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 58 41 44
Average daily rate
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£325 £300 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% -7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £200 £237
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £400 £418
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 £290 £300
% change year-on-year
-5.17% -3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Average hourly rate - - £27.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £27.00

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
50642 47729 46134
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 91.79% 92.49% 92.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 32228 28770 26034
Average daily rate £400 £400 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2044 2098 2641
Average hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.57% -5.40%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £37.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-5.88% -5.55%

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 19 December 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 19 December 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 65 £325 +8.33% 21
London +22 39 £370 +18.40% 8
South East -10 15 £250 -9.90% 4
City of London +12 8 £388 +72.22% 3
Manchester -3 6 £310 -3.12% 1
North West -9 6 £310 - 2
Berkshire +5 5 £250 -9.90% 2
Slough - 3 £245 -
Yorkshire - 3 £275 - 2
Hampshire - 3 - -
West Yorkshire - 3 £275 - 2
Scotland -1 2 £375 +15.38%
Reading - 2 £288 - 2
Edinburgh - 2 £375 -
East Midlands +2 1 - - 1
East of England -18 1 £225 +275.00% 1
Wales - 1 - - 1
South Wales - 1 - - 1
Nottingham - 1 - -
Nottinghamshire - 1 - -
Cardiff - 1 - -
Cambridgeshire - 1 £225 -
Cheshire - - - - 1
Dorset - - - -
Durham - - - -
East Sussex - - - -
Essex - - - -
Fife - - - -
Southampton - - - -
Stafford - - - -

QA Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 December 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.

1 160 (100.00%) QA
2 62 (38.75%) Agile Software Development
2 62 (38.75%) SQL
3 58 (36.25%) Selenium
4 41 (25.63%) Java
5 40 (25.00%) Test Scripting
6 39 (24.38%) Manual Testing
7 31 (19.38%) C#
7 31 (19.38%) Automated Testing
8 28 (17.50%) Finance
9 27 (16.88%) Test Automation
10 25 (15.63%) Cucumber
11 24 (15.00%) ISTQB
11 24 (15.00%) TDD
11 24 (15.00%) .NET
12 23 (14.38%) QuickTest Pro
12 23 (14.38%) User Acceptance Testing
13 22 (13.75%) BDD
13 22 (13.75%) ISEB
14 21 (13.13%) Microsoft
14 21 (13.13%) HP Quality Center
15 19 (11.88%) Software Testing
15 19 (11.88%) JIRA
15 19 (11.88%) HP
16 18 (11.25%) XML
16 18 (11.25%) Scrum
16 18 (11.25%) Regression Testing
16 18 (11.25%) WebDriver
17 17 (10.63%) Automation Testing
18 14 (8.75%) Test Strategy

QA Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 6 (3.75%) CMS
2 5 (3.13%) Sitecore CMS
3 4 (2.50%) SharePoint
3 4 (2.50%) Confluence
4 3 (1.88%) Umbraco
5 2 (1.25%) SharePoint 2010
6 1 (0.63%) Apache
6 1 (0.63%) IIS
Applications
1 11 (6.88%) MS Excel
2 6 (3.75%) MS Office
3 2 (1.25%) Mingle
4 1 (0.63%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.63%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (1.88%) Dynamics CRM
1 3 (1.88%) IntelliMatch
2 2 (1.25%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.63%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.63%) SAP Payroll
3 1 (0.63%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.25%) Trello
2 1 (0.63%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.63%) Internet
1 1 (0.63%) SAN
1 1 (0.63%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (5.00%) SQL Server
2 6 (3.75%) Relational Database
3 3 (1.88%) Oracle Reports
3 3 (1.88%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (1.88%) RDBMS
4 2 (1.25%) MySQL
5 1 (0.63%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.63%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.63%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 58 (36.25%) Selenium
2 25 (15.63%) Cucumber
3 23 (14.38%) QuickTest Pro
4 19 (11.88%) JIRA
5 18 (11.25%) WebDriver
6 12 (7.50%) Team Foundation Server
7 8 (5.00%) Jenkins
7 8 (5.00%) WATIR
8 7 (4.38%) Sahi
9 5 (3.13%) FitNesse
9 5 (3.13%) SoapUI
9 5 (3.13%) NUnit
9 5 (3.13%) JUnit
10 4 (2.50%) Visual Studio
10 4 (2.50%) SpecFlow
11 3 (1.88%) Maven
11 3 (1.88%) JMeter
11 3 (1.88%) Ant
11 3 (1.88%) Appium
12 2 (1.25%) Eclipse
General
1 28 (17.50%) Finance
2 7 (4.38%) Games
3 3 (1.88%) Retail
3 3 (1.88%) German Language
4 2 (1.25%) Banking
4 2 (1.25%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.63%) Marketing
5 1 (0.63%) Investment Banking
5 1 (0.63%) Mandarin Language
5 1 (0.63%) Cantonese Language
5 1 (0.63%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (0.63%) Electronics
5 1 (0.63%) Legal
5 1 (0.63%) Front Office
5 1 (0.63%) Billing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (15.00%) .NET
2 18 (11.25%) XML
3 12 (7.50%) Web Services
4 5 (3.13%) JSON
4 5 (3.13%) SOAP
5 4 (2.50%) OLE
5 4 (2.50%) REST
5 4 (2.50%) Gherkin
5 4 (2.50%) .NET Framework
6 3 (1.88%) ASP.NET
6 3 (1.88%) JSP
6 3 (1.88%) HTML
7 2 (1.25%) XML Schema
7 2 (1.25%) J2EE
7 2 (1.25%) RESTful
7 2 (1.25%) Google Maps API
7 2 (1.25%) MDX
8 1 (0.63%) WPF
8 1 (0.63%) Silverlight
8 1 (0.63%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 13 (8.13%) Open Source
2 9 (5.63%) Smartcard
2 9 (5.63%) EMV
2 9 (5.63%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (4.38%) Mobile App
4 6 (3.75%) Derivative
5 2 (1.25%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 2 (1.25%) STB
5 2 (1.25%) Replication
5 2 (1.25%) iPhone
5 2 (1.25%) Social Media
5 2 (1.25%) Video on Demand
5 2 (1.25%) Digital Media
5 2 (1.25%) Computer Science
5 2 (1.25%) IPTV
6 1 (0.63%) Online Games
6 1 (0.63%) Data Integration
6 1 (0.63%) New Media
6 1 (0.63%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (0.63%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 7 (4.38%) UNIX
1 7 (4.38%) Windows
2 6 (3.75%) Apple iOS
3 4 (2.50%) Linux
3 4 (2.50%) Android
4 2 (1.25%) Windows 7
5 1 (0.63%) webOS
5 1 (0.63%) Solaris
5 1 (0.63%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 62 (38.75%) Agile Software Development
2 40 (25.00%) Test Scripting
3 39 (24.38%) Manual Testing
4 31 (19.38%) Automated Testing
5 27 (16.88%) Test Automation
6 24 (15.00%) TDD
7 23 (14.38%) User Acceptance Testing
8 22 (13.75%) BDD
9 19 (11.88%) Software Testing
10 18 (11.25%) Scrum
10 18 (11.25%) Regression Testing
11 17 (10.63%) Automation Testing
12 14 (8.75%) Test Strategy
12 14 (8.75%) Integration Testing
13 12 (7.50%) Continuous Integration
14 10 (6.25%) Project Management
14 10 (6.25%) User Stories
15 7 (4.38%) Asset Management
15 7 (4.38%) E-Commerce
15 7 (4.38%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 62 (38.75%) SQL
2 41 (25.63%) Java
3 31 (19.38%) C#
4 10 (6.25%) Ruby
5 9 (5.63%) VBA
6 7 (4.38%) Scala
7 5 (3.13%) Python
8 4 (2.50%) PL/SQL
8 4 (2.50%) VB
8 4 (2.50%) C++
8 4 (2.50%) JavaScript
9 3 (1.88%) VBScript
9 3 (1.88%) PHP
10 2 (1.25%) C
10 2 (1.25%) Shell Script
10 2 (1.25%) XPath
11 1 (0.63%) Lua
11 1 (0.63%) Perl
Qualifications
1 24 (15.00%) ISTQB
2 22 (13.75%) ISEB
3 6 (3.75%) Degree
4 5 (3.13%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 4 (2.50%) MOS
6 3 (1.88%) Security Cleared
7 2 (1.25%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 2 (1.25%) HND
7 2 (1.25%) SC Cleared
8 1 (0.63%) DV Cleared
8 1 (0.63%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 160 (100.00%) QA
2 3 (1.88%) GxP
3 1 (0.63%) Solvency II
3 1 (0.63%) ISO 14001
3 1 (0.63%) ISO 9001
Systems Management
1 21 (13.13%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 21 (13.13%) Microsoft
2 19 (11.88%) HP
3 10 (6.25%) Oracle
4 5 (3.13%) Sitecore
5 3 (1.88%) Google
5 3 (1.88%) EPiServer
5 3 (1.88%) Mercator
6 2 (1.25%) PeopleSoft
6 2 (1.25%) Telerik
7 1 (0.63%) Infragistics
7 1 (0.63%) Perforce
7 1 (0.63%) RedDot
7 1 (0.63%) SAP
7 1 (0.63%) Symbian
7 1 (0.63%) Apple
7 1 (0.63%) Citrix
7 1 (0.63%) Informatica
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