The table below looks at the statistics for the Senior Software 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 Software Tester in their job title over the 3 months to 27 February 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 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Senior Software Tester
Rank 572 563 536
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -27
Contract jobs requiring a Senior Software Tester 4 3 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.008% 0.006% 0.002%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.008% 0.006% 0.002%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 3 1
Average daily rate
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£373 £325 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.61% +4.00%
UK excluding London average daily rate £320 £325 £313
% change year-on-year
-1.53% +4.00%
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
48490 46430 41591
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.40% 92.38% 92.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 29830 27397 23746
Average daily rate £400 £400 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £345
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +1.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1842 1977 2253
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -2.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.50 £10.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.74 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-1.55% -2.85%

Senior Software Tester
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Senior Software Tester Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Senior Software Tester
Daily Rate Trend

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

Senior Software Tester Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Senior Software Tester
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Senior Software Tester Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Senior Software Tester
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Senior Software Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 27 February 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 -17 4 £373 +14.61% 4
South East - 2 £320 -
London - 2 £425 -
Loughborough - - - -
Manchester - - - -
Reading - - - -
Solihull - - - -
St Albans - - - -
Teddington - - - -
Warwick - - - -
Berkshire - - - -
Cheshire - - - -
Hertfordshire - - - -
Lancashire - - - -
Leicestershire - - - -
Staffordshire - - - -
Warwickshire - - - -
West Yorkshire - - - -
Yorkshire - - - -
East Midlands - - - - 1
North West - - - -
West Midlands - - - - 1
Ealing - - - -
East of England - - - -
Altrincham - - - -
Blackburn - - - -
Bolton - - - -
Coventry - - - - 1
Crewe - - - -
Leeds - - - -

Senior Software Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 February 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Senior Software 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 Software Tester in their job title.

1 5 (71.43%) HTML
2 4 (57.14%) JavaScript
2 4 (57.14%) Mentoring
3 3 (42.86%) Performance Testing
3 3 (42.86%) C#
3 3 (42.86%) QuickTest Pro
3 3 (42.86%) LoadRunner
3 3 (42.86%) JMeter
4 2 (28.57%) Finance
4 2 (28.57%) Agile Software Development
4 2 (28.57%) Data Management
4 2 (28.57%) CSS
4 2 (28.57%) Python
4 2 (28.57%) SQL
4 2 (28.57%) Security Testing
4 2 (28.57%) Selenium
4 2 (28.57%) Manual Testing
4 2 (28.57%) Test Automation
4 2 (28.57%) nginx
4 2 (28.57%) BDD
4 2 (28.57%) GWT
4 2 (28.57%) SpecFlow
5 1 (14.29%) Test Strategy
5 1 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (14.29%) Product Management
5 1 (14.29%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (14.29%) WCF
5 1 (14.29%) WPF
5 1 (14.29%) Integration Testing
5 1 (14.29%) .NET

Senior Software Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 February 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Senior Software 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 Software Tester in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (28.57%) nginx
Cloud Services
1 1 (14.29%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 1 (14.29%) TCP/IP
1 1 (14.29%) Internet
Development Applications
1 3 (42.86%) QuickTest Pro
1 3 (42.86%) LoadRunner
1 3 (42.86%) JMeter
2 2 (28.57%) Selenium
2 2 (28.57%) SpecFlow
3 1 (14.29%) JIRA
General
1 2 (28.57%) Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (71.43%) HTML
2 2 (28.57%) CSS
2 2 (28.57%) GWT
3 1 (14.29%) WCF
3 1 (14.29%) WPF
3 1 (14.29%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 1 (14.29%) Client/Server
1 1 (14.29%) Streaming Media
1 1 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 1 (14.29%) Windows
1 1 (14.29%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (57.14%) Mentoring
2 3 (42.86%) Performance Testing
3 2 (28.57%) Security Testing
3 2 (28.57%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (28.57%) Data Management
3 2 (28.57%) Manual Testing
3 2 (28.57%) Test Automation
3 2 (28.57%) BDD
4 1 (14.29%) Test Strategy
4 1 (14.29%) Product Management
4 1 (14.29%) Software Testing
4 1 (14.29%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 4 (57.14%) JavaScript
2 3 (42.86%) C#
3 2 (28.57%) SQL
3 2 (28.57%) Python
4 1 (14.29%) C
4 1 (14.29%) C++
4 1 (14.29%) Java
4 1 (14.29%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (14.29%) ISEB
1 1 (14.29%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (14.29%) QA
Vendors
1 1 (14.29%) Oracle
1 1 (14.29%) Perforce