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 28 June 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
28 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance Tester
Rank 565 579 521
Rank change year-on-year
+14 -58
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 81 59 93
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.15% 0.11% 0.18%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.16% 0.11% 0.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 59 40 56
Median daily rate £350 £356 £316
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.75% +12.64%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £247 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £460 £431
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £350 £300
% change year-on-year
-14.28% +16.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 1
Median hourly rate £40.00 £20.00 £31.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+100.00% -35.48%
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
51013 52259 50243
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.73% 94.79% 94.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 33240 32883 30807
Median daily rate £425 £400 £396
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +1.01%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £245 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £563 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £370 £350
% change year-on-year
+8.10% +5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1530 1985 2033
Median hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £40.00 £38.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £16.14 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+8.42% -2.18%

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 28 June 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 28 June 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 +19 77 £350 -1.75% 42
London +3 37 £425 +6.25% 21
Yorkshire - 10 £350 - 1
West Midlands -22 9 £150 -40.00%
Birmingham - 9 £150 -
City of London +43 8 £525 +27.27% 2
North West -4 8 £221 -34.66% 6
Manchester -10 8 £221 -32.92% 4
Leeds - 6 £350 -
West Yorkshire - 6 £350 -
North East -54 5 £350 - 1
Tyne and Wear -59 4 £326 -6.78% 1
Newcastle upon Tyne -62 4 £326 -6.78% 1
Edinburgh -10 3 - -
Scotland -16 3 - - 1
South East -16 3 £308 -10.54% 6
Wales +20 2 - -
East of England +8 2 £325 -23.52% 5
South West +4 2 - - 1
Cambridgeshire - 2 £325 - 2
South Wales - 2 - -
Surrey - 2 £300 -
Cardiff - 2 - -
Devon - 2 - -
South Yorkshire - 2 £350 -
Peterborough - 2 £325 -
Sheffield - 2 £350 -
Crawley -1 1 £315 -8.36% 1
West Sussex -14 1 £315 -3.07% 1
Coventry - 1 - -

QA Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 June 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 90 (57.69%) Agile Software Development
3 62 (39.74%) Selenium
4 56 (35.90%) BDD
5 53 (33.97%) Cucumber
6 52 (33.33%) Java
7 49 (31.41%) Automated Testing
8 44 (28.21%) WebDriver
9 43 (27.56%) SQL
10 40 (25.64%) JIRA
11 38 (24.36%) Test Automation
12 34 (21.79%) JavaScript
12 34 (21.79%) Scrum
13 31 (19.87%) Finance
13 31 (19.87%) Functional Testing
14 27 (17.31%) Manual Testing
15 26 (16.67%) Regression Testing
16 24 (15.38%) TDD
16 24 (15.38%) Test Scripting
17 21 (13.46%) Continuous Integration
18 20 (12.82%) .NET
18 20 (12.82%) QA Automation
19 19 (12.18%) Gherkin
19 19 (12.18%) E-Commerce
20 18 (11.54%) Software Testing
20 18 (11.54%) Jenkins
21 17 (10.90%) Git (software)
21 17 (10.90%) HP UFT
21 17 (10.90%) SQL Server
21 17 (10.90%) 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
1 5 (3.21%) Confluence
2 4 (2.56%) CMS
3 2 (1.28%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 2 (1.28%) Mule
4 1 (0.64%) ColdFusion
4 1 (0.64%) SAS
4 1 (0.64%) Sitecore CMS
4 1 (0.64%) Tomcat
4 1 (0.64%) Umbraco
Applications
1 12 (7.69%) MS Excel
2 10 (6.41%) MS Office
3 8 (5.13%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (1.28%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 2 (1.28%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.64%) FastStats
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.28%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (1.28%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 7 (4.49%) HTTP
2 1 (0.64%) DSL
2 1 (0.64%) H.323
2 1 (0.64%) Internet
2 1 (0.64%) Telepresence
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (10.90%) SQL Server
2 6 (3.85%) Oracle Database
3 5 (3.21%) Big Data
3 5 (3.21%) Relational Database
4 4 (2.56%) RDBMS
5 3 (1.92%) MySQL
6 2 (1.28%) Data Mining
6 2 (1.28%) MongoDB
6 2 (1.28%) NoSQL
6 2 (1.28%) Oracle Database 11g
6 2 (1.28%) SAP BI
6 2 (1.28%) SAP BW
6 2 (1.28%) SQL Server 2014
6 2 (1.28%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 2 (1.28%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 2 (1.28%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (0.64%) Base SAS
7 1 (0.64%) QGIS
7 1 (0.64%) Spatial Data
7 1 (0.64%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 62 (39.74%) Selenium
2 53 (33.97%) Cucumber
3 44 (28.21%) WebDriver
4 40 (25.64%) JIRA
5 18 (11.54%) Jenkins
6 17 (10.90%) Git (software)
6 17 (10.90%) HP UFT
7 9 (5.77%) Team Foundation Server
8 8 (5.13%) SoapUI
8 8 (5.13%) TeamCity
9 7 (4.49%) Jasmine
9 7 (4.49%) Protractor
9 7 (4.49%) TestComplete
10 5 (3.21%) JBehave
10 5 (3.21%) JUnit
10 5 (3.21%) LoadRunner
10 5 (3.21%) NUnit
10 5 (3.21%) RSpec
10 5 (3.21%) Visual Studio
11 4 (2.56%) Maven
General
1 31 (19.87%) Finance
2 10 (6.41%) Banking
3 9 (5.77%) Investment Banking
4 8 (5.13%) Retail
5 5 (3.21%) Games
6 3 (1.92%) Front Office
7 2 (1.28%) Electronics
7 2 (1.28%) Manufacturing
7 2 (1.28%) Marketing
7 2 (1.28%) Telecoms
8 1 (0.64%) Automotive
8 1 (0.64%) Back Office
8 1 (0.64%) Billing
8 1 (0.64%) Law
8 1 (0.64%) Legal
8 1 (0.64%) Publishing
8 1 (0.64%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (12.82%) .NET
2 19 (12.18%) Gherkin
3 17 (10.90%) HTML
4 14 (8.97%) CSS
5 11 (7.05%) Web Services
6 7 (4.49%) JSON
6 7 (4.49%) MSMQ
6 7 (4.49%) REST
6 7 (4.49%) RESTful
7 6 (3.85%) XML
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%) EDI
9 2 (1.28%) FIX Protocol
9 2 (1.28%) HTML5
9 2 (1.28%) JMS
9 2 (1.28%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 14 (8.97%) Mobile App
2 5 (3.21%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (3.21%) Credit Risk
3 4 (2.56%) User Experience
4 3 (1.92%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 3 (1.92%) Social Media
5 2 (1.28%) Derivative
5 2 (1.28%) EPoS
5 2 (1.28%) Fintech
5 2 (1.28%) Fixed Income
5 2 (1.28%) Wiki
6 1 (0.64%) Animation
6 1 (0.64%) Computer Science
6 1 (0.64%) Digital Media
6 1 (0.64%) Driving Licence
6 1 (0.64%) Equities
6 1 (0.64%) Mathematics
6 1 (0.64%) Replication
6 1 (0.64%) Statistics
6 1 (0.64%) Streaming Video
Operating Systems
1 9 (5.77%) Linux
2 7 (4.49%) Android
2 7 (4.49%) Apple iOS
3 6 (3.85%) Unix
4 3 (1.92%) Windows
5 1 (0.64%) VMS
5 1 (0.64%) Windows 7
5 1 (0.64%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 90 (57.69%) Agile Software Development
2 56 (35.90%) BDD
3 49 (31.41%) Automated Testing
4 38 (24.36%) Test Automation
5 34 (21.79%) Scrum
6 31 (19.87%) Functional Testing
7 27 (17.31%) Manual Testing
8 26 (16.67%) Regression Testing
9 24 (15.38%) TDD
9 24 (15.38%) Test Scripting
10 21 (13.46%) Continuous Integration
11 20 (12.82%) QA Automation
12 19 (12.18%) E-Commerce
13 18 (11.54%) Software Testing
14 16 (10.26%) Automation Testing
15 15 (9.62%) Non-Functional Testing
16 14 (8.97%) SDLC
17 11 (7.05%) Continuous Improvement
17 11 (7.05%) Migration
18 10 (6.41%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 52 (33.33%) Java
2 43 (27.56%) SQL
3 34 (21.79%) JavaScript
4 16 (10.26%) Ruby
5 15 (9.62%) Python
6 10 (6.41%) C#
7 9 (5.77%) Groovy
8 6 (3.85%) Shell Script
9 5 (3.21%) C++
9 5 (3.21%) PL/SQL
10 4 (2.56%) Scala
11 3 (1.92%) VBA
11 3 (1.92%) VBScript
12 2 (1.28%) CoffeeScript
12 2 (1.28%) PHP
12 2 (1.28%) PowerShell
13 1 (0.64%) T-SQL
13 1 (0.64%) VB
13 1 (0.64%) XPath
Qualifications
1 16 (10.26%) ISEB
2 11 (7.05%) ISTQB
3 8 (5.13%) Security Cleared
4 7 (4.49%) PhD
5 5 (3.21%) SC Cleared
6 3 (1.92%) Degree
7 2 (1.28%) BPSS Clearance
7 2 (1.28%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 1 (0.64%) BC Cleared
8 1 (0.64%) SAS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 156 (100.00%) QA
2 2 (1.28%) Data Quality
2 2 (1.28%) WCAG
3 1 (0.64%) FedRAMP
Systems Management
1 2 (1.28%) Ansible
1 2 (1.28%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 9 (5.77%) Oracle
2 7 (4.49%) Sybase
3 5 (3.21%) HP
3 5 (3.21%) Microsoft
4 3 (1.92%) Rally
5 2 (1.28%) Adobe
5 2 (1.28%) AppDynamics
5 2 (1.28%) Dynatrace
5 2 (1.28%) hybris
5 2 (1.28%) IBM
5 2 (1.28%) Informatica
5 2 (1.28%) Murex
5 2 (1.28%) New Relic
5 2 (1.28%) SAP
6 1 (0.64%) ATG
6 1 (0.64%) Atlassian
6 1 (0.64%) Red Hat
6 1 (0.64%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (0.64%) Sitecore
6 1 (0.64%) TIBCO
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