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 27 January 2015 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 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Senior Quality Assurance Tester
Rank 572 551 538
Rank change year-on-year
-21 -13
Contract jobs requiring a Senior QA Tester 5 7 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.010% 0.014% 0.011%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.011% 0.016% 0.012%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 1 1
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£325 £538 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-39.53% +95.45%
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 - £275
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
46978 45024 42156
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.44% 92.46% 92.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 29483 26863 23894
Average daily rate £400 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £225 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £565 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1824 1987 2469
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.15 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.79% -7.29%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.25 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.16 £16.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-2.06% -8.33%

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 27 January 2015.

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 27 January 2015. 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 -23 5 £325 -39.53% 3
London -13 2 £413 -23.25% 2
Reading - 1 £325 -
South East - 1 £325 -
Berkshire - 1 £325 -
Hampshire - - - -
North West - - - -
Teddington - - - -
Manchester - - - -

Senior QA Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 January 2015, 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 19 (100.00%) QA
2 11 (57.89%) Selenium
2 11 (57.89%) Java
3 10 (52.63%) Test Automation
4 9 (47.37%) Cucumber
4 9 (47.37%) Agile Software Development
5 8 (42.11%) SQL
5 8 (42.11%) BDD
6 7 (36.84%) .NET
6 7 (36.84%) Web Services
6 7 (36.84%) XML
7 6 (31.58%) QuickTest Pro
7 6 (31.58%) Ruby
7 6 (31.58%) Open Source
7 6 (31.58%) WATIR
8 5 (26.32%) Sahi
8 5 (26.32%) Continuous Integration
8 5 (26.32%) TDD
8 5 (26.32%) Automated Testing
9 4 (21.05%) Software Testing
9 4 (21.05%) WebDriver
9 4 (21.05%) Scala
10 3 (15.79%) User Stories
10 3 (15.79%) Content Management
10 3 (15.79%) Mercator
10 3 (15.79%) Regression Testing
11 2 (10.53%) Project Management
11 2 (10.53%) Finance
11 2 (10.53%) Scrum
11 2 (10.53%) ISEB

Senior QA Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 January 2015, 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 1 (5.26%) Sitecore CMS
1 1 (5.26%) CMS
Applications
1 1 (5.26%) MS Office
1 1 (5.26%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (5.26%) Summit
Communications & Networking
1 1 (5.26%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (5.26%) MongoDB
1 1 (5.26%) NoSQL
1 1 (5.26%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 11 (57.89%) Selenium
2 9 (47.37%) Cucumber
3 6 (31.58%) QuickTest Pro
3 6 (31.58%) WATIR
4 5 (26.32%) Sahi
5 4 (21.05%) WebDriver
6 2 (10.53%) JIRA
6 2 (10.53%) FitNesse
7 1 (5.26%) TestNG
7 1 (5.26%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (5.26%) SoapUI
7 1 (5.26%) JUnit
7 1 (5.26%) JMeter
General
1 2 (10.53%) Finance
2 1 (5.26%) Legal
2 1 (5.26%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (36.84%) .NET
1 7 (36.84%) Web Services
1 7 (36.84%) XML
2 1 (5.26%) Google Maps API
2 1 (5.26%) REST
2 1 (5.26%) .NET Framework
2 1 (5.26%) Silverlight
2 1 (5.26%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 6 (31.58%) Open Source
2 1 (5.26%) Enterprise Software
2 1 (5.26%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (5.26%) iPhone
2 1 (5.26%) Replication
2 1 (5.26%) GIS
Operating Systems
1 1 (5.26%) Apple iOS
1 1 (5.26%) Android
1 1 (5.26%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (52.63%) Test Automation
2 9 (47.37%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (42.11%) BDD
4 5 (26.32%) Continuous Integration
4 5 (26.32%) TDD
4 5 (26.32%) Automated Testing
5 4 (21.05%) Software Testing
6 3 (15.79%) User Stories
6 3 (15.79%) Content Management
6 3 (15.79%) Regression Testing
7 2 (10.53%) Project Management
7 2 (10.53%) Scrum
7 2 (10.53%) Test Strategy
7 2 (10.53%) Performance Testing
8 1 (5.26%) Stress Testing
8 1 (5.26%) Test Scripting
8 1 (5.26%) User Acceptance Testing
8 1 (5.26%) Waterfall
8 1 (5.26%) Agile Project Management
8 1 (5.26%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 11 (57.89%) Java
2 8 (42.11%) SQL
3 6 (31.58%) Ruby
4 4 (21.05%) Scala
Qualifications
1 2 (10.53%) ISEB
1 2 (10.53%) ISTQB
2 1 (5.26%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (100.00%) QA
2 1 (5.26%) Solvency II
2 1 (5.26%) ISO 9001
2 1 (5.26%) ISO 14001
Systems Management
1 1 (5.26%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (15.79%) Mercator
2 1 (5.26%) Google
2 1 (5.26%) Sitecore
2 1 (5.26%) Informatica
2 1 (5.26%) Microsoft
2 1 (5.26%) HP