The table below looks at the statistics for the 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 Software Tester in their job title over the 3 months to 22 May 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Tester
Rank 550 536 511
Rank change year-on-year
-14 -25
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 57 46 38
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.11% 0.087% 0.081%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.11% 0.095% 0.087%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 29 25
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£295 £300 £280
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £162 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £355 £425 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £298 £300 £283
% change year-on-year
-0.83% +6.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 2
Average hourly rate £164.00 £37.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+337.33% +66.66%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £164.00 £37.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+337.33% +66.66%

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
50008 48637 43579
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.32% 92.39% 92.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 30924 30184 25017
Average daily rate £400 £390 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% -2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1983 2005 2160
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.10%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.00 £40.50 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-5.88% -2.85%

Software Tester
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Software Tester Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Software Tester
Daily Rate Trend

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

Software Tester Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Software Tester
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 22 May 2015.

Software Tester Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Software Tester
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Software Tester Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

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 Software Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 22 May 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 -14 53 £295 -1.66% 53
London -12 16 £288 -26.98% 6
South East -9 14 £350 +26.12% 5
West Midlands - 10 £275 - 2
Staffordshire - 8 £263 -
Berkshire - 7 £355 -
Reading - 7 £355 -
East of England +7 5 £288 - 7
Hampshire -1 5 £323 +5.73% 4
North West -16 5 £301 +88.28% 19
Stoke-on-Trent - 5 £295 -
Wales - 3 £305 - 1
City of London +2 2 £275 -35.29% 1
Cheshire -10 2 £375 +134.37% 6
Essex - 2 - - 1
Suffolk - 2 £249 - 1
South Wales - 2 £325 - 1
Burton-upon-Trent - 2 £250 -
Coventry - 2 £275 -
South West +9 1 £350 +21.73% 7
Surrey +5 1 £400 +77.77% 1
Leicestershire +2 1 £225 -
Bristol 0 1 £350 +27.27% 2
Southampton -3 1 £185 -43.93% 1
Scotland -5 1 - - 3
Winchester -8 1 £330 -
East Midlands -12 1 £225 - 2
North East - 1 £200 - 1
Farnborough - 1 £350 - 1
Lancashire - 1 £263 - 2

Software Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited 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 Software Tester in their job title.

1 66 (50.38%) Agile Software Development
2 48 (36.64%) Test Scripting
3 42 (32.06%) Selenium
4 34 (25.95%) QA
4 34 (25.95%) Scrum
5 33 (25.19%) C#
6 30 (22.90%) Test Automation
7 29 (22.14%) SQL
8 27 (20.61%) Software Testing
9 25 (19.08%) .NET
10 22 (16.79%) Automated Testing
10 22 (16.79%) Cucumber
10 22 (16.79%) Manual Testing
11 20 (15.27%) BDD
11 20 (15.27%) SpecFlow
12 19 (14.50%) JIRA
12 19 (14.50%) Oracle
13 18 (13.74%) JavaScript
13 18 (13.74%) Regression Testing
13 18 (13.74%) Automation Testing
14 16 (12.21%) SQL Server
14 16 (12.21%) WebDriver
15 15 (11.45%) HTML
15 15 (11.45%) Java
16 13 (9.92%) Linux
16 13 (9.92%) Finance
16 13 (9.92%) HP Quality Center
16 13 (9.92%) Security Cleared
17 12 (9.16%) Jenkins
18 11 (8.40%) Android

Software Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited 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 Software Tester in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (1.53%) SharePoint
1 2 (1.53%) nginx
2 1 (0.76%) Confluence
2 1 (0.76%) CMS
Applications
1 7 (5.34%) MS Excel
2 5 (3.82%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.29%) CDMA
1 3 (2.29%) GSM
2 2 (1.53%) HTTP
3 1 (0.76%) ZigBee
3 1 (0.76%) DSL
3 1 (0.76%) Broadband
3 1 (0.76%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (12.21%) SQL Server
2 5 (3.82%) Oracle Database
3 2 (1.53%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (1.53%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.76%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.76%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (0.76%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 42 (32.06%) Selenium
2 22 (16.79%) Cucumber
3 20 (15.27%) SpecFlow
4 19 (14.50%) JIRA
5 16 (12.21%) WebDriver
6 12 (9.16%) Jenkins
7 11 (8.40%) QuickTest Pro
8 9 (6.87%) Team Foundation Server
9 8 (6.11%) Visual Studio
10 5 (3.82%) JMeter
10 5 (3.82%) JUnit
11 4 (3.05%) LoadRunner
12 3 (2.29%) eggPlant
13 2 (1.53%) Eclipse
13 2 (1.53%) FitNesse
13 2 (1.53%) Subversion
13 2 (1.53%) NUnit
13 2 (1.53%) TestComplete
13 2 (1.53%) Behat
13 2 (1.53%) Rhino Mocks
General
1 13 (9.92%) Finance
2 10 (7.63%) Retail
3 3 (2.29%) Billing
3 3 (2.29%) Games
4 2 (1.53%) Back Office
4 2 (1.53%) Automotive
4 2 (1.53%) Legal
4 2 (1.53%) Electronics
4 2 (1.53%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.76%) Banking
5 1 (0.76%) Aerospace
5 1 (0.76%) Military
5 1 (0.76%) Marketing
5 1 (0.76%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (19.08%) .NET
2 15 (11.45%) HTML
3 11 (8.40%) Gherkin
4 9 (6.87%) .NET Framework
4 9 (6.87%) CSS
5 6 (4.58%) XML
6 4 (3.05%) Web Services
6 4 (3.05%) jQuery
6 4 (3.05%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 3 (2.29%) ASP.NET Web API
7 3 (2.29%) JSON
8 2 (1.53%) NHibernate
8 2 (1.53%) Entity Framework
8 2 (1.53%) GWT
9 1 (0.76%) JRuby
9 1 (0.76%) Spring
9 1 (0.76%) ASP.NET
9 1 (0.76%) XSD
9 1 (0.76%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 9 (6.87%) Mobile App
2 4 (3.05%) Open Source
3 3 (2.29%) iPad
3 3 (2.29%) Enterprise Software
3 3 (2.29%) iPhone
3 3 (2.29%) Smart Meter
3 3 (2.29%) NHS
4 2 (1.53%) Mathematics
4 2 (1.53%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (0.76%) Raspberry Pi
5 1 (0.76%) User Experience
5 1 (0.76%) Data Conversion
5 1 (0.76%) Data Integration
5 1 (0.76%) SWIFT
5 1 (0.76%) Embedded Systems
5 1 (0.76%) Arduino
5 1 (0.76%) Fixed Income
5 1 (0.76%) Interest Rate Derivative
5 1 (0.76%) Computer Science
5 1 (0.76%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 13 (9.92%) Linux
2 11 (8.40%) Android
3 8 (6.11%) Apple iOS
4 3 (2.29%) UNIX
4 3 (2.29%) Windows
5 1 (0.76%) VME
5 1 (0.76%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 66 (50.38%) Agile Software Development
2 48 (36.64%) Test Scripting
3 34 (25.95%) Scrum
4 30 (22.90%) Test Automation
5 27 (20.61%) Software Testing
6 22 (16.79%) Automated Testing
6 22 (16.79%) Manual Testing
7 20 (15.27%) BDD
8 18 (13.74%) Regression Testing
8 18 (13.74%) Automation Testing
9 11 (8.40%) Test Management
9 11 (8.40%) User Acceptance Testing
9 11 (8.40%) E-Commerce
10 10 (7.63%) Performance Testing
10 10 (7.63%) Integration Testing
10 10 (7.63%) Continuous Integration
11 7 (5.34%) Test Strategy
11 7 (5.34%) Security Testing
12 6 (4.58%) TDD
12 6 (4.58%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 33 (25.19%) C#
2 29 (22.14%) SQL
3 18 (13.74%) JavaScript
4 15 (11.45%) Java
5 9 (6.87%) Python
6 8 (6.11%) C++
7 7 (5.34%) C
8 4 (3.05%) Embedded C
8 4 (3.05%) VBScript
8 4 (3.05%) VBA
9 3 (2.29%) PL/SQL
9 3 (2.29%) VB
10 2 (1.53%) PHP
11 1 (0.76%) Jython
11 1 (0.76%) Perl
11 1 (0.76%) COBOL
11 1 (0.76%) T-SQL
11 1 (0.76%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 13 (9.92%) Security Cleared
2 10 (7.63%) ISEB
2 10 (7.63%) SC Cleared
3 7 (5.34%) ISTQB
4 2 (1.53%) Degree
5 1 (0.76%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (0.76%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (25.95%) QA
System Software
1 3 (2.29%) Hyper-V
2 1 (0.76%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 13 (9.92%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 19 (14.50%) Oracle
2 10 (7.63%) Microsoft
3 5 (3.82%) HP
4 3 (2.29%) Symbian
5 2 (1.53%) MKS
6 1 (0.76%) Twitter
6 1 (0.76%) Atmel
6 1 (0.76%) OpenText
6 1 (0.76%) Google
6 1 (0.76%) IBM
6 1 (0.76%) EMC
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