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 27 August 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
27 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Quality Assurance Tester
Rank 514 531 542
Rank change year-on-year
+17 +11
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 86 44 44
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.15% 0.082% 0.075%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.17% 0.089% 0.081%
Number of daily rates quoted 60 34 29
Average daily rate
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£300 £340 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-11.76% +13.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £275 £224
10% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £421 £375
UK excluding London average daily rate £320 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
-1.53% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 5
Average hourly rate £78.75 - £20.00
UK excluding London average 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
51265 49491 54504
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.21% 92.73% 92.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 31026 29372 30573
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £233 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1968 2145 2690
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.85% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.61 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-2.30% -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 27 August 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 27 August 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 27 August 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 +19 77 £310 -6.06% 25
London +19 48 £275 -24.65% 14
South East +5 21 £315 +5.00% 3
Hampshire -1 8 £325 -
City of London +21 4 £375 -4.76% 1
Brighton -4 4 £350 +16.66% 2
East Sussex -6 4 £350 +16.66% 3
Buckinghamshire - 4 £250 -
East of England -24 3 £368 +11.36% 1
Suffolk - 2 £368 -
West Midlands -3 1 - -
Hertfordshire -14 1 - - 1
Scotland -20 1 - -
Bristol -21 1 - - 1
South West -32 1 - - 2
Yorkshire - 1 £375 - 3
North West - 1 £325 - 2
West Yorkshire - 1 £375 - 2
Surrey - 1 - -
Leeds - 1 £375 - 1
Birmingham - 1 - -
Glasgow - 1 - -
Southampton - 1 £245 -
Milton Keynes - 1 - -
Portsmouth - 1 £375 -
Reading - - - -
Reigate - - - -
Sheffield - - - - 1
Newbury - - - -
Northwich - - - -

QA Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 August 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.

1 174 (100.00%) QA
2 67 (38.51%) Selenium
3 61 (35.06%) SQL
4 57 (32.76%) Test Scripting
5 49 (28.16%) ISTQB
6 47 (27.01%) HP
6 47 (27.01%) Agile Software Development
7 39 (22.41%) Finance
7 39 (22.41%) C#
8 38 (21.84%) Java
9 36 (20.69%) Test Automation
10 33 (18.97%) Automated Testing
11 31 (17.82%) Automation Testing
11 31 (17.82%) Microsoft
12 30 (17.24%) Cucumber
13 28 (16.09%) HP Quality Center
13 28 (16.09%) .NET
14 26 (14.94%) ISEB
14 26 (14.94%) Security Cleared
15 25 (14.37%) SC Cleared
15 25 (14.37%) Manual Testing
16 24 (13.79%) Software Testing
17 23 (13.22%) WebDriver
17 23 (13.22%) TDD
17 23 (13.22%) Scrum
18 22 (12.64%) Oracle
19 21 (12.07%) JavaScript
20 20 (11.49%) QuickTest Pro
21 19 (10.92%) HTML
21 19 (10.92%) Project Management

QA Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 August 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 8 (4.60%) SharePoint
2 5 (2.87%) CMS
3 4 (2.30%) Sitecore CMS
3 4 (2.30%) SharePoint 2013
4 3 (1.72%) SharePoint 2010
4 3 (1.72%) Apache
5 2 (1.15%) IIS
5 2 (1.15%) Umbraco
Applications
1 15 (8.62%) MS Excel
2 11 (6.32%) MS Office
3 1 (0.57%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 8 (4.60%) Oracle EBS
2 3 (1.72%) IntelliMatch
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.57%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (0.57%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 11 (6.32%) TCP/IP
2 4 (2.30%) HTTPS
2 4 (2.30%) SSL
2 4 (2.30%) Wireshark
3 3 (1.72%) Internet
4 2 (1.15%) SAN
4 2 (1.15%) HTTP
5 1 (0.57%) SNMP
5 1 (0.57%) LDAP
5 1 (0.57%) SMTP
5 1 (0.57%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (5.17%) Oracle Reports
2 8 (4.60%) Relational Database
3 2 (1.15%) Big Data
3 2 (1.15%) SQL Server
4 1 (0.57%) MySQL
4 1 (0.57%) MongoDB
4 1 (0.57%) NoSQL
4 1 (0.57%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 67 (38.51%) Selenium
2 30 (17.24%) Cucumber
3 23 (13.22%) WebDriver
4 20 (11.49%) QuickTest Pro
5 12 (6.90%) Team Foundation Server
6 10 (5.75%) FitNesse
6 10 (5.75%) JIRA
7 9 (5.17%) JUnit
8 8 (4.60%) Jenkins
9 6 (3.45%) NUnit
10 5 (2.87%) LoadRunner
10 5 (2.87%) JMeter
10 5 (2.87%) WATIR
10 5 (2.87%) TeamCity
10 5 (2.87%) SoapUI
10 5 (2.87%) SpecFlow
11 4 (2.30%) TestComplete
11 4 (2.30%) Visual Studio
12 3 (1.72%) CruiseControl
12 3 (1.72%) Git (software)
General
1 39 (22.41%) Finance
2 6 (3.45%) Retail
3 5 (2.87%) Games
4 4 (2.30%) Legal
5 3 (1.72%) Multimedia
6 2 (1.15%) Marketing
6 2 (1.15%) German Language
6 2 (1.15%) Military
6 2 (1.15%) Banking
6 2 (1.15%) Telecoms
6 2 (1.15%) Publishing
6 2 (1.15%) Front Office
7 1 (0.57%) Back Office
7 1 (0.57%) Electronics
7 1 (0.57%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.57%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.57%) Advertising
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (16.09%) .NET
2 19 (10.92%) HTML
3 15 (8.62%) ASP.NET
4 14 (8.05%) JSP
5 13 (7.47%) XML
6 12 (6.90%) Web Services
7 7 (4.02%) JSON
8 4 (2.30%) REST
8 4 (2.30%) SOAP
9 3 (1.72%) XSLT
9 3 (1.72%) Gherkin
9 3 (1.72%) MDX
9 3 (1.72%) RESTful
10 2 (1.15%) Silverlight
10 2 (1.15%) jQuery
10 2 (1.15%) Google Maps API
10 2 (1.15%) OLE
10 2 (1.15%) Ajax
10 2 (1.15%) .NET Framework
10 2 (1.15%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 10 (5.75%) EMV
1 10 (5.75%) Smartcard
1 10 (5.75%) Open Source
2 7 (4.02%) Computer Science
3 6 (3.45%) Client/Server
4 5 (2.87%) iPhone
5 4 (2.30%) iPad
6 3 (1.72%) Mobile App
6 3 (1.72%) Derivative
7 2 (1.15%) Management Information System
7 2 (1.15%) E-Learning
7 2 (1.15%) New Media
8 1 (0.57%) Mobile Banking
8 1 (0.57%) Digital Media
8 1 (0.57%) GIS
8 1 (0.57%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 16 (9.20%) Windows
2 13 (7.47%) UNIX
3 9 (5.17%) Apple iOS
3 9 (5.17%) Linux
4 5 (2.87%) Windows XP
4 5 (2.87%) Android
5 4 (2.30%) Windows Server 2008
5 4 (2.30%) Windows Server 2003
5 4 (2.30%) Windows 2000
5 4 (2.30%) Windows 7
6 1 (0.57%) CentOS
6 1 (0.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 57 (32.76%) Test Scripting
2 47 (27.01%) Agile Software Development
3 36 (20.69%) Test Automation
4 33 (18.97%) Automated Testing
5 31 (17.82%) Automation Testing
6 25 (14.37%) Manual Testing
7 24 (13.79%) Software Testing
8 23 (13.22%) TDD
8 23 (13.22%) Scrum
9 19 (10.92%) Project Management
9 19 (10.92%) BDD
10 16 (9.20%) Test Strategy
10 16 (9.20%) User Acceptance Testing
11 14 (8.05%) Integration Testing
12 12 (6.90%) Continuous Integration
13 11 (6.32%) Performance Testing
13 11 (6.32%) Quality Management
14 10 (5.75%) Regression Testing
14 10 (5.75%) Knowledge Management
15 8 (4.60%) Load Testing
Programming Languages
1 61 (35.06%) SQL
2 39 (22.41%) C#
3 38 (21.84%) Java
4 21 (12.07%) JavaScript
5 15 (8.62%) VBA
6 13 (7.47%) Ruby
7 10 (5.75%) VB
8 6 (3.45%) Python
9 4 (2.30%) Shell Script
9 4 (2.30%) Scala
10 3 (1.72%) PowerShell
10 3 (1.72%) Perl
11 2 (1.15%) PHP
11 2 (1.15%) PL/SQL
11 2 (1.15%) C++
11 2 (1.15%) VBScript
12 1 (0.57%) Delphi
12 1 (0.57%) Groovy
12 1 (0.57%) Jython
12 1 (0.57%) Embedded C++
Qualifications
1 49 (28.16%) ISTQB
2 26 (14.94%) ISEB
2 26 (14.94%) Security Cleared
3 25 (14.37%) SC Cleared
4 19 (10.92%) DV Cleared
5 16 (9.20%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 15 (8.62%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 10 (5.75%) MOS
8 6 (3.45%) Degree
9 1 (0.57%) HND
9 1 (0.57%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 174 (100.00%) QA
2 3 (1.72%) GxP
System Software
1 4 (2.30%) Nmap
2 1 (0.57%) Squid
2 1 (0.57%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.57%) qmail
2 1 (0.57%) NFS
Systems Management
1 28 (16.09%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (2.30%) Nessus
Vendors
1 47 (27.01%) HP
2 31 (17.82%) Microsoft
3 22 (12.64%) Oracle
4 4 (2.30%) Citrix
4 4 (2.30%) Sitecore
5 2 (1.15%) Google
5 2 (1.15%) EPiServer
5 2 (1.15%) PeopleSoft
5 2 (1.15%) VMware
6 1 (0.57%) Telerik
6 1 (0.57%) Cisco
6 1 (0.57%) NetApp
6 1 (0.57%) Red Hat
6 1 (0.57%) TIBCO
6 1 (0.57%) Mercator
South West
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £275 to £300 per day
Posted: 2 hours ago
Bristol
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £275 - £300 per day
Posted: 3 hours ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 19 hours ago
Brighton, East Sussex
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £350 per day (DOE)
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350.00 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
South East London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350.00 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
East Sussex
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £350 per day (DOE)
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: From £300 to £425 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City of London
Huxley Associates
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 12 days ago
Swansea
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £280 - £300 per day
Posted: 15 days ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market rates
Posted: 22 days ago