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 24 August 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
24 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance Tester
Rank 584 583 523
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -60
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 77 79 101
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.14% 0.14% 0.18%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.15% 0.14% 0.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 55 47 65
Median daily rate £375 £365 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.73% +21.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £427 £372
UK excluding London median daily rate £250 £364 £300
% change year-on-year
-31.27% +21.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 2
Median hourly rate £40.00 £20.00 £78.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+100.00% -74.60%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £20.00 -
% change year-on-year
+100.00% -

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
51653 55417 52511
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.75% 94.81% 94.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 33657 35244 31733
Median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1646 2081 2055
Median hourly rate £17.00 £17.33 £16.72
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.90% +3.64%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.88 £11.00 £10.57
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.02 £38.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% +3.03%

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 24 August 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 29 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 24 August 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 -1 70 £375 +2.73% 45
London +12 47 £383 +2.00% 19
City of London +36 11 £500 +42.85% 5
West Midlands -27 9 £150 - 5
Birmingham - 8 £150 - 2
North West +15 7 £325 -16.12% 5
Manchester -11 6 - - 3
Scotland +16 5 - - 1
Edinburgh +3 5 - -
South East +6 4 £345 -5.15% 6
Tyne and Wear - 2 £305 - 1
Coventry - 2 - -
North East - 2 £305 - 1
Newcastle upon Tyne - 2 £305 - 1
East of England +8 1 £425 +9.67% 4
Surrey +4 1 - - 1
West Sussex +2 1 - -
Winchester 0 1 £250 -23.07%
Hampshire -3 1 £250 -31.27%
Oxfordshire -4 1 £440 - 1
Cheshire - 1 £325 -
Staines - 1 - -
Crawley - 1 - -
Cambridge - 1 £425 - 3
Cardiff - 1 - -
South Wales - 1 - -
West Bromwich - 1 - -
Wales - 1 - -
Cambridgeshire - 1 £425 - 3

QA Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 August 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.

1 156 (100.00%) QA
2 98 (62.82%) Agile Software Development
3 64 (41.03%) Cucumber
4 61 (39.10%) Selenium
5 60 (38.46%) BDD
6 58 (37.18%) Java
7 46 (29.49%) WebDriver
8 41 (26.28%) JIRA
8 41 (26.28%) SQL
9 39 (25.00%) Automated Testing
10 37 (23.72%) Scrum
11 34 (21.79%) JavaScript
11 34 (21.79%) Test Automation
12 32 (20.51%) Manual Testing
13 31 (19.87%) Functional Testing
14 26 (16.67%) TDD
15 25 (16.03%) Test Scripting
16 24 (15.38%) Git (software)
16 24 (15.38%) Gherkin
16 24 (15.38%) Exploratory Testing
17 23 (14.74%) Jenkins
17 23 (14.74%) Continuous Integration
17 23 (14.74%) Regression Testing
18 21 (13.46%) QA Automation
19 19 (12.18%) Automation Testing
19 19 (12.18%) Finance
20 18 (11.54%) Ruby
20 18 (11.54%) Non-Functional Testing
21 17 (10.90%) .NET
22 16 (10.26%) HTML

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 5 (3.21%) Apache
2 4 (2.56%) CMS
2 4 (2.56%) Confluence
3 3 (1.92%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 2 (1.28%) Mule
5 1 (0.64%) ColdFusion
5 1 (0.64%) SAS
5 1 (0.64%) Sitecore CMS
5 1 (0.64%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.64%) Umbraco
Applications
1 11 (7.05%) MS Excel
2 9 (5.77%) MS Office
3 8 (5.13%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (1.92%) Mingle
Cloud Services
1 3 (1.92%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (1.28%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 7 (4.49%) HTTP
2 1 (0.64%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (8.97%) SQL Server
2 6 (3.85%) Big Data
3 5 (3.21%) GIS
3 5 (3.21%) QGIS
3 5 (3.21%) Relational Database
3 5 (3.21%) Spatial Data
4 4 (2.56%) Cognos Query Studio
4 4 (2.56%) Oracle Database
4 4 (2.56%) QlikView
4 4 (2.56%) RDBMS
5 3 (1.92%) Data Warehouse
5 3 (1.92%) SQL Server 2014
5 3 (1.92%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 3 (1.92%) Star Schema
6 2 (1.28%) MongoDB
6 2 (1.28%) MySQL
6 2 (1.28%) NoSQL
6 2 (1.28%) Oracle Database 11g
6 2 (1.28%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (0.64%) Base SAS
Development Applications
1 64 (41.03%) Cucumber
2 61 (39.10%) Selenium
3 46 (29.49%) WebDriver
4 41 (26.28%) JIRA
5 24 (15.38%) Git (software)
6 23 (14.74%) Jenkins
7 10 (6.41%) HP UFT
8 9 (5.77%) Team Foundation Server
9 8 (5.13%) Jasmine
9 8 (5.13%) Protractor
9 8 (5.13%) SoapUI
9 8 (5.13%) TeamCity
9 8 (5.13%) Visual Studio
10 7 (4.49%) LoadRunner
10 7 (4.49%) NUnit
10 7 (4.49%) SpecFlow
11 6 (3.85%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 6 (3.85%) JBehave
11 6 (3.85%) JUnit
12 5 (3.21%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 19 (12.18%) Finance
2 9 (5.77%) Banking
3 7 (4.49%) Retail
4 4 (2.56%) Investment Banking
5 3 (1.92%) Games
6 2 (1.28%) Legal
7 1 (0.64%) Front Office
7 1 (0.64%) Publishing
7 1 (0.64%) Retail Banking
7 1 (0.64%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (15.38%) Gherkin
2 17 (10.90%) .NET
3 16 (10.26%) HTML
4 13 (8.33%) CSS
4 13 (8.33%) Web Services
5 9 (5.77%) JSON
5 9 (5.77%) RESTful
6 7 (4.49%) REST
6 7 (4.49%) XML
7 5 (3.21%) PostGIS
8 3 (1.92%) AngularJS
8 3 (1.92%) SOAP
8 3 (1.92%) Spring
9 2 (1.28%) ActiveMQ
9 2 (1.28%) Apache Camel
9 2 (1.28%) FIX Protocol
9 2 (1.28%) Hibernate
9 2 (1.28%) HTML5
9 2 (1.28%) JMS
9 2 (1.28%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 13 (8.33%) Mobile App
2 9 (5.77%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (2.56%) Credit Risk
4 2 (1.28%) Derivative
4 2 (1.28%) Digital Media
4 2 (1.28%) EPoS
4 2 (1.28%) Fintech
4 2 (1.28%) Social Media
4 2 (1.28%) User Experience
4 2 (1.28%) Wiki
5 1 (0.64%) Client/Server
5 1 (0.64%) Driving Licence
5 1 (0.64%) Equities
5 1 (0.64%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 1 (0.64%) Management Information System
5 1 (0.64%) NHS
5 1 (0.64%) Smart Energy
5 1 (0.64%) Smart Meter
5 1 (0.64%) Statistics
5 1 (0.64%) Streaming Video
Operating Systems
1 8 (5.13%) Android
1 8 (5.13%) Linux
2 7 (4.49%) Apple iOS
2 7 (4.49%) Unix
3 3 (1.92%) Windows
4 2 (1.28%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 98 (62.82%) Agile Software Development
2 60 (38.46%) BDD
3 39 (25.00%) Automated Testing
4 37 (23.72%) Scrum
5 34 (21.79%) Test Automation
6 32 (20.51%) Manual Testing
7 31 (19.87%) Functional Testing
8 26 (16.67%) TDD
9 25 (16.03%) Test Scripting
10 24 (15.38%) Exploratory Testing
11 23 (14.74%) Continuous Integration
11 23 (14.74%) Regression Testing
12 21 (13.46%) QA Automation
13 19 (12.18%) Automation Testing
14 18 (11.54%) Non-Functional Testing
15 16 (10.26%) Software Testing
16 15 (9.62%) E-Commerce
17 13 (8.33%) Continuous Improvement
17 13 (8.33%) Performance Testing
18 12 (7.69%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 58 (37.18%) Java
2 41 (26.28%) SQL
3 34 (21.79%) JavaScript
4 18 (11.54%) Ruby
5 15 (9.62%) Python
6 12 (7.69%) C#
7 7 (4.49%) Groovy
7 7 (4.49%) Shell Script
8 5 (3.21%) C++
8 5 (3.21%) VBA
9 4 (2.56%) PL/SQL
9 4 (2.56%) PowerShell
9 4 (2.56%) VBScript
10 3 (1.92%) Scala
10 3 (1.92%) T-SQL
11 2 (1.28%) CoffeeScript
11 2 (1.28%) VB
11 2 (1.28%) VB.NET
12 1 (0.64%) Bash Shell
12 1 (0.64%) XPath
Qualifications
1 10 (6.41%) ISEB
2 7 (4.49%) Degree
3 6 (3.85%) ISTQB
3 6 (3.85%) Security Cleared
4 4 (2.56%) SC Cleared
5 2 (1.28%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (0.64%) BC Cleared
6 1 (0.64%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (0.64%) PhD
6 1 (0.64%) SAS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 156 (100.00%) QA
2 8 (5.13%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.64%) WCAG
System Software
1 1 (0.64%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 6 (3.85%) Ansible
2 4 (2.56%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 8 (5.13%) Oracle
2 7 (4.49%) HP
3 6 (3.85%) Microsoft
4 5 (3.21%) Cognos
5 4 (2.56%) Rally
6 3 (1.92%) Adobe
6 3 (1.92%) Atlassian
7 2 (1.28%) AppDynamics
7 2 (1.28%) Dynatrace
7 2 (1.28%) hybris
7 2 (1.28%) IBM
7 2 (1.28%) Informatica
7 2 (1.28%) MuleSoft
7 2 (1.28%) Murex
7 2 (1.28%) New Relic
8 1 (0.64%) Red Hat
8 1 (0.64%) Salesforce.com
8 1 (0.64%) Sitecore
8 1 (0.64%) Sybase
8 1 (0.64%) TIBCO
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