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 2 September 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
2 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Tester
Rank 567 538 550
Rank change year-on-year
-29 +12
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 44 45 38
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.078% 0.084% 0.066%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.085% 0.091% 0.071%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 28 23
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£275 £279 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.34% -7.08%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £218 £225 £271
10% offered a daily rate of more than £346 £400 £373
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 £278 £300
% change year-on-year
-0.90% -7.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 3
Average hourly rate £24.50 £29.25 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.23% -16.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.10 £18.65 £20.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.90 £40.65 £39.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.50 £29.25 £35.00
% change year-on-year
-16.23% -16.42%

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
51961 49585 53705
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.02% 92.76% 92.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 31503 29488 30138
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £234 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2007 2141 2629
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.85% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
- -5.55%

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 2 September 2014.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 2 September 2014.

Software Tester Hourly Rate Histogram 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 2 September 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 -25 34 £275 -1.78% 59
London +24 16 £250 -31.50% 4
Scotland -7 6 £258 +28.75% 3
South East -12 5 £283 +13.00% 21
South West -34 5 £288 - 3
Bristol -18 4 £281 +2.27% 1
Edinburgh - 4 £300 - 1
City of London +35 3 £400 - 1
East of England -24 3 £315 -16.00% 6
Wales - 3 £225 - 2
Oxfordshire - 3 £283 - 1
North West -7 2 £288 +19.79% 14
Hertfordshire -14 2 £355 -11.25% 1
West Midlands -17 2 £240 -12.72% 4
South Wales - 2 £213 - 2
Cardiff - 2 £213 - 2
East Midlands +3 1 £233 -16.59% 1
Manchester -4 1 - - 10
Cambridgeshire -8 1 £275 -21.42% 4
Surrey -9 1 - - 7
Hampshire -12 1 - - 5
Northamptonshire - 1 £233 - 1
Dorset - 1 £290 - 1
Lancashire - 1 £288 -
Northampton - 1 £233 -
Birmingham - 1 - - 1
Cambridge - 1 £275 - 4
Glasgow - 1 - -
Guildford - - - -
High Wycombe - - - - 1

Software Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 September 2014, 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 40 (48.19%) Software Testing
2 31 (37.35%) QA
3 29 (34.94%) Test Scripting
4 28 (33.73%) Selenium
5 23 (27.71%) Manual Testing
6 21 (25.30%) SQL
7 18 (21.69%) Finance
8 17 (20.48%) Scrum
8 17 (20.48%) Automated Testing
9 15 (18.07%) JIRA
9 15 (18.07%) Microsoft
10 14 (16.87%) HP Quality Center
11 12 (14.46%) ISEB
12 11 (13.25%) Agile Software Development
12 11 (13.25%) User Acceptance Testing
13 10 (12.05%) Continuous Integration
13 10 (12.05%) Security Cleared
13 10 (12.05%) TDD
13 10 (12.05%) Banking
14 9 (10.84%) Bugzilla
14 9 (10.84%) Citrix
14 9 (10.84%) Smartcard
14 9 (10.84%) EMV
14 9 (10.84%) Java
14 9 (10.84%) .NET
14 9 (10.84%) MS Excel
14 9 (10.84%) SC Cleared
15 8 (9.64%) Team Foundation Server
15 8 (9.64%) C#
15 8 (9.64%) QuickTest Pro

Software Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 2 September 2014, 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 (2.41%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.20%) CMS
2 1 (1.20%) SharePoint Server
2 1 (1.20%) WebSphere
Applications
1 9 (10.84%) MS Excel
2 7 (8.43%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.61%) DVB
2 1 (1.20%) iSCSI
2 1 (1.20%) FCoE
2 1 (1.20%) Fibre Channel
2 1 (1.20%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (3.61%) SQL Server
1 3 (3.61%) MS Access
2 2 (2.41%) MySQL
3 1 (1.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (1.20%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 28 (33.73%) Selenium
2 15 (18.07%) JIRA
3 9 (10.84%) Bugzilla
4 8 (9.64%) QuickTest Pro
4 8 (9.64%) Team Foundation Server
5 7 (8.43%) Jenkins
6 4 (4.82%) JMeter
7 3 (3.61%) Visual Studio
7 3 (3.61%) Behat
7 3 (3.61%) SoapUI
8 2 (2.41%) SpecFlow
8 2 (2.41%) Subversion
9 1 (1.20%) Maven
9 1 (1.20%) TestNG
9 1 (1.20%) Git (software)
9 1 (1.20%) TortoiseSVN
9 1 (1.20%) WebDriver
9 1 (1.20%) Cucumber
9 1 (1.20%) Toad
9 1 (1.20%) TestDirector
General
1 18 (21.69%) Finance
2 10 (12.05%) Banking
3 5 (6.02%) Back Office
4 1 (1.20%) Electronics
4 1 (1.20%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (10.84%) .NET
2 4 (4.82%) Web Services
3 3 (3.61%) HTML
4 2 (2.41%) ASP.NET
4 2 (2.41%) SOAP
4 2 (2.41%) XML
5 1 (1.20%) .NET Framework
5 1 (1.20%) Django
Miscellaneous
1 9 (10.84%) EMV
1 9 (10.84%) Smartcard
2 6 (7.23%) Open Source
3 3 (3.61%) STB
3 3 (3.61%) MPEG
4 2 (2.41%) NHS
4 2 (2.41%) Firmware
4 2 (2.41%) Clustering
4 2 (2.41%) E-Learning
4 2 (2.41%) Credit Risk
4 2 (2.41%) Mobile App
5 1 (1.20%) Client/Server
5 1 (1.20%) IBM Mainframe
5 1 (1.20%) Embedded Systems
5 1 (1.20%) Informatics
5 1 (1.20%) Mathematics
5 1 (1.20%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.20%) Mainframe
5 1 (1.20%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 7 (8.43%) UNIX
1 7 (8.43%) Windows
2 4 (4.82%) Linux
3 3 (3.61%) Windows 7
4 2 (2.41%) HPUX
4 2 (2.41%) Solaris
5 1 (1.20%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (48.19%) Software Testing
2 29 (34.94%) Test Scripting
3 23 (27.71%) Manual Testing
4 17 (20.48%) Scrum
4 17 (20.48%) Automated Testing
5 11 (13.25%) Agile Software Development
5 11 (13.25%) User Acceptance Testing
6 10 (12.05%) TDD
6 10 (12.05%) Continuous Integration
7 7 (8.43%) Test Management
8 6 (7.23%) Regression Testing
9 5 (6.02%) Requirements Analysis
10 4 (4.82%) Performance Testing
10 4 (4.82%) Test Automation
10 4 (4.82%) Test Planning
11 3 (3.61%) Validation
11 3 (3.61%) Migration
11 3 (3.61%) Asset Management
12 2 (2.41%) Software Engineering
12 2 (2.41%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 21 (25.30%) SQL
2 9 (10.84%) Java
3 8 (9.64%) C#
4 7 (8.43%) PHP
4 7 (8.43%) Python
5 4 (4.82%) Shell Script
6 3 (3.61%) Perl
6 3 (3.61%) C++
7 2 (2.41%) C
7 2 (2.41%) Ruby
8 1 (1.20%) Korn
8 1 (1.20%) Bash Shell
8 1 (1.20%) T-SQL
8 1 (1.20%) VBScript
8 1 (1.20%) VB
8 1 (1.20%) VB.NET
8 1 (1.20%) PL/SQL
8 1 (1.20%) Delphi
8 1 (1.20%) JavaScript
8 1 (1.20%) Embedded C
Qualifications
1 12 (14.46%) ISEB
2 10 (12.05%) Security Cleared
3 9 (10.84%) SC Cleared
4 8 (9.64%) ISTQB
5 5 (6.02%) Degree
6 4 (4.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 1 (1.20%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (37.35%) QA
System Software
1 1 (1.20%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 14 (16.87%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.20%) Puppet
2 1 (1.20%) Vagrant
2 1 (1.20%) Tivoli
2 1 (1.20%) SCCM
Vendors
1 15 (18.07%) Microsoft
2 9 (10.84%) Citrix
3 5 (6.02%) Zend
4 4 (4.82%) HP
5 3 (3.61%) Oracle
6 2 (2.41%) IBM
6 2 (2.41%) Telerik
6 2 (2.41%) VMware
7 1 (1.20%) AppSense
7 1 (1.20%) Hitachi
7 1 (1.20%) Salesforce.com
7 1 (1.20%) Compaq
7 1 (1.20%) EMC
Surrey
Venn Group - UK
Rate: high profile release
Posted: 4 days ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £270 - £300 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Cardiff
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
South West
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £275 to £300 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Bristol
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £275 - £300 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Dunfermline
Capita - ITPS
Rate: £160 - £200 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
Dundee
Cathcart Associates
Rate: £150 - £200 per day
Posted: 8 days ago
Cardiff
esynergy Solutions - UK
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 13 days ago
Oxfordshire
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £275.00 - £325.00 per day
Posted: 25 days ago