The table below looks at the statistics for the Senior 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 Senior QA Tester in their job title over the 3 months to 23 October 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
23 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Senior Quality Assurance Tester
Rank 597 572 -
Rank change year-on-year
-25 -
Contract jobs requiring a Senior QA Tester 15 3 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.026% 0.006% -
As % of the Job Titles category 0.028% 0.006% -
Number of daily rates quoted 12 3 0
Average daily rate
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£450 £350 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+28.57% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 £350 -
% change year-on-year
-21.42% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

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
53013 47882 50809
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 90.75% 92.77% 93.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 33166 28928 28619
Average daily rate £400 £400 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £229 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2128 2081 2499
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% -5.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £38.92 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.20 £16.20 £17.50
% change year-on-year
- -7.42%

Senior QA Tester
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Senior QA Tester in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Senior QA Tester Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Senior QA Tester
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Senior QA Tester within the UK.

Senior QA Tester Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Senior QA Tester
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Senior QA Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 23 October 2014.

Senior QA Tester Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Senior QA Tester
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Senior QA Tester within the UK.

Senior QA Tester Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Senior QA Tester
Top 9 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Senior QA Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 23 October 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 15 £450 +28.57% 2
London - 13 £450 - 1
Peterborough - - - -
Cambridgeshire - - - -
Suffolk - - - -
Merseyside - - - -
North West - - - - 1
East of England - - - -
Ipswich - - - -

Senior QA Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 October 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Senior 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 Senior QA Tester in their job title.

1 16 (100.00%) QA
2 10 (62.50%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (62.50%) Selenium
3 9 (56.25%) Java
4 8 (50.00%) Test Automation
4 8 (50.00%) BDD
5 7 (43.75%) Cucumber
6 6 (37.50%) SQL
6 6 (37.50%) .NET
7 5 (31.25%) Web Services
7 5 (31.25%) XML
7 5 (31.25%) Continuous Integration
7 5 (31.25%) TDD
7 5 (31.25%) Automated Testing
8 4 (25.00%) WATIR
8 4 (25.00%) Ruby
8 4 (25.00%) Software Testing
8 4 (25.00%) Scala
8 4 (25.00%) QuickTest Pro
8 4 (25.00%) Scrum
8 4 (25.00%) WebDriver
8 4 (25.00%) Open Source
9 3 (18.75%) User Stories
9 3 (18.75%) Mercator
9 3 (18.75%) Sahi
10 2 (12.50%) FitNesse
10 2 (12.50%) Sitecore CMS
10 2 (12.50%) Sitecore
10 2 (12.50%) Google Maps API
10 2 (12.50%) Performance Testing

Senior QA Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 23 October 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Senior 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 Senior QA Tester in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (12.50%) CMS
1 2 (12.50%) Sitecore CMS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (6.25%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (6.25%) MongoDB
1 1 (6.25%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 10 (62.50%) Selenium
2 7 (43.75%) Cucumber
3 4 (25.00%) WebDriver
3 4 (25.00%) QuickTest Pro
3 4 (25.00%) WATIR
4 3 (18.75%) Sahi
5 2 (12.50%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (12.50%) FitNesse
6 1 (6.25%) TestNG
6 1 (6.25%) JUnit
6 1 (6.25%) JMeter
6 1 (6.25%) JIRA
6 1 (6.25%) SoapUI
General
1 2 (12.50%) Finance
2 1 (6.25%) Games
2 1 (6.25%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (37.50%) .NET
2 5 (31.25%) Web Services
2 5 (31.25%) XML
3 2 (12.50%) .NET Framework
3 2 (12.50%) Google Maps API
4 1 (6.25%) REST
4 1 (6.25%) Silverlight
4 1 (6.25%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 4 (25.00%) Open Source
2 1 (6.25%) Enterprise Software
2 1 (6.25%) GIS
2 1 (6.25%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 1 (6.25%) UNIX
1 1 (6.25%) Android
1 1 (6.25%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (62.50%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (50.00%) Test Automation
2 8 (50.00%) BDD
3 5 (31.25%) TDD
3 5 (31.25%) Automated Testing
3 5 (31.25%) Continuous Integration
4 4 (25.00%) Software Testing
4 4 (25.00%) Scrum
5 3 (18.75%) User Stories
6 2 (12.50%) Test Strategy
6 2 (12.50%) Regression Testing
6 2 (12.50%) Performance Testing
7 1 (6.25%) Stress Testing
7 1 (6.25%) Test Scripting
7 1 (6.25%) Manual Testing
7 1 (6.25%) Kanban
7 1 (6.25%) Business Analysis
7 1 (6.25%) Content Management
7 1 (6.25%) OOP
7 1 (6.25%) OO
Programming Languages
1 9 (56.25%) Java
2 6 (37.50%) SQL
3 4 (25.00%) Ruby
3 4 (25.00%) Scala
Qualifications
1 1 (6.25%) ISEB
1 1 (6.25%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (100.00%) QA
Vendors
1 3 (18.75%) Mercator
2 2 (12.50%) Google
2 2 (12.50%) Sitecore