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 30 September 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
30 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Quality Assurance Tester
Rank 553 590 531
Rank change year-on-year
+37 -59
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 99 83 110
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.19% 0.14% 0.19%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.20% 0.15% 0.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 64 57 79
Median daily rate £364 £345 £315
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.43% +9.52%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £193 £257 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £476 £425 £410
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £353 £320
% change year-on-year
-0.70% +10.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 3
Median hourly rate £44.00 - £20.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.00 - -

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
50426 54977 54154
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.62% 94.99% 92.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 32986 35136 33089
Median daily rate £425 £405 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.93% +1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £380 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.63% +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1704 2093 2157
Median hourly rate £16.50 £17.33 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.78% +5.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.33 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-4.78% +5.03%

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 30 September 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 30 September 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 +16 94 £365 +5.79% 38
London +31 54 £373 +9.55% 18
South East +6 10 £325 -9.02% 4
City of London +18 9 £403 +15.00% 2
North West +12 8 £413 +13.79% 5
West Midlands -22 8 £294 +95.83% 2
Tyne and Wear - 8 £375 - 2
Newcastle upon Tyne - 8 £375 - 2
North East - 8 £375 - 2
Birmingham - 5 £225 - 1
Edinburgh +18 3 - -
Scotland +12 3 - -
Surrey +10 3 - - 1
West Sussex +3 3 - -
Cheshire - 3 £413 -
Lancashire - 3 - - 1
Coventry - 3 - -
South West +16 2 £400 +33.33% 1
Yorkshire +14 2 £305 -26.06% 1
Berkshire +5 2 £325 -21.15% 1
East of England +4 2 £425 +61.90% 4
Worthing -18 2 - -
Farnham - 2 - -
Cambridge - 2 £425 - 2
West Bromwich - 2 - -
Cambridgeshire - 2 £425 - 2
Reading +16 1 £301 -27.15%
Crawley +13 1 - -
Hampshire +10 1 £250 -30.06%
Leeds +8 1 £325 -21.21% 1

QA Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 September 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.

1 179 (100.00%) QA
2 118 (65.92%) Agile Software Development
3 77 (43.02%) Selenium
4 67 (37.43%) Cucumber
5 61 (34.08%) Java
6 56 (31.28%) BDD
7 50 (27.93%) SQL
7 50 (27.93%) JIRA
8 49 (27.37%) WebDriver
9 37 (20.67%) Automated Testing
10 36 (20.11%) Scrum
11 35 (19.55%) Manual Testing
12 34 (18.99%) Jenkins
13 33 (18.44%) Test Scripting
14 32 (17.88%) Test Automation
15 31 (17.32%) JavaScript
16 29 (16.20%) Functional Testing
17 28 (15.64%) QA Automation
17 28 (15.64%) TDD
18 27 (15.08%) Git (software)
18 27 (15.08%) Exploratory Testing
19 24 (13.41%) Continuous Integration
20 23 (12.85%) .NET
20 23 (12.85%) Regression Testing
20 23 (12.85%) Gherkin
20 23 (12.85%) Automation Testing
21 18 (10.06%) Finance
21 18 (10.06%) Non-Functional Testing
22 17 (9.50%) Continuous Improvement
22 17 (9.50%) C#

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 9 (5.03%) Confluence
2 6 (3.35%) CMS
3 5 (2.79%) Apache
4 3 (1.68%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 2 (1.12%) Mule
5 2 (1.12%) OpenROAD
5 2 (1.12%) Tuxedo
6 1 (0.56%) ColdFusion
6 1 (0.56%) SAS
6 1 (0.56%) Sitecore CMS
6 1 (0.56%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.56%) Umbraco
Applications
1 10 (5.59%) MS Excel
2 9 (5.03%) MS Office
2 9 (5.03%) MS PowerPoint
3 3 (1.68%) Mingle
4 1 (0.56%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.56%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.56%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 5 (2.79%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (1.12%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.56%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 5 (2.79%) HTTP
2 3 (1.68%) SNMP
3 1 (0.56%) Firewall
3 1 (0.56%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (7.82%) SQL Server
2 9 (5.03%) Big Data
3 6 (3.35%) Oracle Database
4 5 (2.79%) GIS
4 5 (2.79%) QGIS
4 5 (2.79%) Spatial Data
5 4 (2.23%) Cognos Query Studio
5 4 (2.23%) Data Warehouse
5 4 (2.23%) QlikView
6 3 (1.68%) Hadoop
6 3 (1.68%) Relational Database
6 3 (1.68%) SQL Server 2014
6 3 (1.68%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 3 (1.68%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 3 (1.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 3 (1.68%) Star Schema
7 2 (1.12%) Apache Hive
7 2 (1.12%) MongoDB
7 2 (1.12%) MySQL
7 2 (1.12%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 77 (43.02%) Selenium
2 67 (37.43%) Cucumber
3 50 (27.93%) JIRA
4 49 (27.37%) WebDriver
5 34 (18.99%) Jenkins
6 27 (15.08%) Git (software)
7 11 (6.15%) LoadRunner
7 11 (6.15%) Visual Studio
8 10 (5.59%) HP UFT
8 10 (5.59%) SoapUI
8 10 (5.59%) TeamCity
9 9 (5.03%) JMeter
9 9 (5.03%) Team Foundation Server
10 8 (4.47%) SpecFlow
11 7 (3.91%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 7 (3.91%) IntelliJ
11 7 (3.91%) JBehave
11 7 (3.91%) NUnit
12 6 (3.35%) Jasmine
12 6 (3.35%) Maven
General
1 18 (10.06%) Finance
2 13 (7.26%) Banking
3 7 (3.91%) Retail
4 5 (2.79%) Investment Banking
5 3 (1.68%) Games
6 2 (1.12%) Financial Institution
6 2 (1.12%) Front Office
6 2 (1.12%) Legal
6 2 (1.12%) Publishing
7 1 (0.56%) Retail Banking
7 1 (0.56%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (12.85%) .NET
1 23 (12.85%) Gherkin
2 15 (8.38%) HTML
3 12 (6.70%) Web Services
4 10 (5.59%) CSS
5 9 (5.03%) JSON
5 9 (5.03%) RESTful
5 9 (5.03%) XML
6 6 (3.35%) AngularJS
7 5 (2.79%) PostGIS
8 4 (2.23%) HTML5
8 4 (2.23%) REST
9 3 (1.68%) .NET Framework
9 3 (1.68%) Spring
10 2 (1.12%) ActiveMQ
10 2 (1.12%) Apache Camel
10 2 (1.12%) Hibernate
10 2 (1.12%) JMS
10 2 (1.12%) RabbitMQ
10 2 (1.12%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 15 (8.38%) Mobile App
2 9 (5.03%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (2.79%) Fintech
4 3 (1.68%) Computer Science
4 3 (1.68%) Credit Risk
4 3 (1.68%) Management Information System
4 3 (1.68%) PKI
5 2 (1.12%) EPoS
5 2 (1.12%) Equities
5 2 (1.12%) Replication
5 2 (1.12%) Social Media
5 2 (1.12%) User Experience
6 1 (0.56%) Data Integration
6 1 (0.56%) Derivative
6 1 (0.56%) Digital Media
6 1 (0.56%) Life Science
6 1 (0.56%) NHS
6 1 (0.56%) Reference Data
6 1 (0.56%) Smart Meter
6 1 (0.56%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 14 (7.82%) Linux
2 11 (6.15%) Android
3 10 (5.59%) Apple iOS
4 7 (3.91%) Unix
4 7 (3.91%) Windows
5 3 (1.68%) Mac OS X
5 3 (1.68%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 118 (65.92%) Agile Software Development
2 56 (31.28%) BDD
3 37 (20.67%) Automated Testing
4 36 (20.11%) Scrum
5 35 (19.55%) Manual Testing
6 33 (18.44%) Test Scripting
7 32 (17.88%) Test Automation
8 29 (16.20%) Functional Testing
9 28 (15.64%) QA Automation
9 28 (15.64%) TDD
10 27 (15.08%) Exploratory Testing
11 24 (13.41%) Continuous Integration
12 23 (12.85%) Automation Testing
12 23 (12.85%) Regression Testing
13 18 (10.06%) Non-Functional Testing
14 17 (9.50%) Continuous Improvement
14 17 (9.50%) Performance Testing
15 15 (8.38%) Software Testing
16 13 (7.26%) User Stories
17 11 (6.15%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 61 (34.08%) Java
2 50 (27.93%) SQL
3 31 (17.32%) JavaScript
4 17 (9.50%) C#
5 16 (8.94%) Ruby
6 15 (8.38%) Python
7 9 (5.03%) Shell Script
8 7 (3.91%) Groovy
8 7 (3.91%) Scala
9 6 (3.35%) VBA
10 5 (2.79%) PowerShell
10 5 (2.79%) T-SQL
10 5 (2.79%) VBScript
11 4 (2.23%) PL/SQL
12 3 (1.68%) VB.NET
13 2 (1.12%) C
13 2 (1.12%) C++
13 2 (1.12%) CoffeeScript
13 2 (1.12%) Perl
13 2 (1.12%) VB
Qualifications
1 14 (7.82%) ISEB
2 13 (7.26%) Degree
3 10 (5.59%) ISTQB
4 5 (2.79%) Security Cleared
5 3 (1.68%) BPSS Clearance
5 3 (1.68%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 3 (1.68%) SC Cleared
6 1 (0.56%) BC Cleared
6 1 (0.56%) SAS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 179 (100.00%) QA
2 8 (4.47%) Data Quality
System Software
1 2 (1.12%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 7 (3.91%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (3.35%) Ansible
Vendors
1 14 (7.82%) Microsoft
2 12 (6.70%) Oracle
3 8 (4.47%) HP
4 6 (3.35%) Atlassian
5 5 (2.79%) Cognos
6 3 (1.68%) Adobe
6 3 (1.68%) MuleSoft
6 3 (1.68%) Rally
7 2 (1.12%) AppDynamics
7 2 (1.12%) Dynatrace
7 2 (1.12%) hybris
7 2 (1.12%) IBM
7 2 (1.12%) Informatica
7 2 (1.12%) Murex
7 2 (1.12%) New Relic
8 1 (0.56%) Red Hat
8 1 (0.56%) Salesforce.com
8 1 (0.56%) TIBCO
8 1 (0.56%) webMethods
8 1 (0.56%) Xamarin
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