The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the UK that had Software Tester featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 23 July 2016 with a comparison to same period over 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.

3 months to
23 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Tester
Rank 608 585 578
Rank change year-on-year
-23 -7
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 36 59 49
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.067% 0.10% 0.092%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.070% 0.11% 0.097%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 44 35
Median daily rate £313 £288 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.69% -4.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £125 £186 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £355 £400 £415
UK excluding London median daily rate £311 £288 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.26% -4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 2
Median hourly rate £50.00 £25.00 £24.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+100.00% +2.04%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £25.00 £24.50
% change year-on-year
- +2.04%

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
51265 53978 50296
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.73% 94.79% 94.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 33271 34120 30516
Median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £572 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1545 2017 2055
Median hourly rate £17.00 £16.60 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.40% +0.60%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.94 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.46 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.16 £16.20
% change year-on-year
+2.10% -0.24%

Software Tester
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of IT contracts that featured Software Tester in the job title.

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 23 July 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 23 July 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -40 35 £315 +6.77% 48
South East -5 8 £325 +1.56% 12
North West -7 8 £310 -11.42% 8
Staffordshire +1 6 £309 +4.66% 2
West Midlands -23 6 £309 +4.66% 5
Manchester - 6 £310 - 6
London -15 5 £425 +61.90% 8
South West +5 4 £318 +9.48% 5
Yorkshire +2 4 £263 - 1
Berkshire -3 4 £348 -0.71% 3
Reading +3 3 £340 -2.85% 2
Stoke-on-Trent -3 3 £309 +4.66% 1
Devon - 3 £320 -
Surrey - 2 £300 - 1
Redhill - 2 £300 - 1
Sheffield - 2 £200 -
Exeter - 2 £323 -
South Yorkshire - 2 £200 -
Buckinghamshire +12 1 - - 2
Scotland +4 1 £95 -56.81% 1
West Yorkshire +1 1 £325 +23.80% 1
Bristol 0 1 £280 -20.00% 1
Hull -2 1 - -
East Yorkshire -2 1 - -
West Sussex -4 1 £270 -16.92% 1
Leeds -9 1 £325 +23.80% 1
Gatwick - 1 £270 -
Preston - 1 £325 -
Feltham - 1 - -
Stockport - 1 - - 2

Software Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 July 2016, Software Tester contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Software Tester in the job title.

1 45 (52.33%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (30.23%) Test Scripting
3 23 (26.74%) QA
3 23 (26.74%) BDD
4 22 (25.58%) Scrum
4 22 (25.58%) Java
5 19 (22.09%) Software Testing
5 19 (22.09%) Selenium
6 18 (20.93%) SQL
7 17 (19.77%) Regression Testing
7 17 (19.77%) Manual Testing
7 17 (19.77%) Cucumber
8 15 (17.44%) JIRA
9 13 (15.12%) Security Cleared
9 13 (15.12%) Finance
10 12 (13.95%) Automated Testing
10 12 (13.95%) Web Services
10 12 (13.95%) Linux
10 12 (13.95%) Continuous Integration
10 12 (13.95%) Exploratory Testing
11 11 (12.79%) Test Automation
12 10 (11.63%) ISTQB
12 10 (11.63%) C#
12 10 (11.63%) Windows
12 10 (11.63%) SoapUI
12 10 (11.63%) SC Cleared
13 9 (10.47%) Data Protection
13 9 (10.47%) Functional Testing
13 9 (10.47%) Automation Testing
13 9 (10.47%) TDD

Software Tester Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 3 (3.49%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.16%) Apache Pig
2 1 (1.16%) Apache Spark
2 1 (1.16%) CMS
2 1 (1.16%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 3 (3.49%) MS Office
2 2 (2.33%) MS Project
3 1 (1.16%) MS Excel
3 1 (1.16%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (1.16%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (1.16%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.16%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (1.16%) Heroku
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.33%) Internet
2 1 (1.16%) Bluetooth
2 1 (1.16%) Firewall
2 1 (1.16%) FTP
2 1 (1.16%) Network Security
2 1 (1.16%) SSH
2 1 (1.16%) VPN
2 1 (1.16%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (4.65%) MySQL
2 3 (3.49%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.16%) Apache Hive
3 1 (1.16%) Big Data
3 1 (1.16%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.16%) Hadoop
3 1 (1.16%) Oracle Database
3 1 (1.16%) Oracle Database 10g
3 1 (1.16%) Redis
3 1 (1.16%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (1.16%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (1.16%) Sqoop
3 1 (1.16%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 19 (22.09%) Selenium
2 17 (19.77%) Cucumber
3 15 (17.44%) JIRA
4 10 (11.63%) SoapUI
5 8 (9.30%) Git (software)
6 7 (8.14%) WebDriver
7 5 (5.81%) Jenkins
8 4 (4.65%) SpecFlow
8 4 (4.65%) Team Foundation Server
9 3 (3.49%) NUnit
10 2 (2.33%) Bugzilla
11 1 (1.16%) Fiddler
11 1 (1.16%) FitNesse
11 1 (1.16%) HP UFT
11 1 (1.16%) JBehave
11 1 (1.16%) JUnit
11 1 (1.16%) PyUnit
11 1 (1.16%) RSpec
11 1 (1.16%) Subversion
11 1 (1.16%) Trac
General
1 13 (15.12%) Finance
2 8 (9.30%) Games
3 3 (3.49%) Retail
3 3 (3.49%) Telecoms
4 2 (2.33%) Aerospace
4 2 (2.33%) Back Office
4 2 (2.33%) Banking
4 2 (2.33%) Financial Institution
4 2 (2.33%) Investment Banking
4 2 (2.33%) Manufacturing
4 2 (2.33%) Marketing
5 1 (1.16%) Electronics
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (13.95%) Web Services
2 8 (9.30%) RESTful
3 7 (8.14%) SOAP
4 5 (5.81%) .NET
5 4 (4.65%) Gherkin
6 3 (3.49%) XML
7 2 (2.33%) HTML
8 1 (1.16%) .NET Framework
8 1 (1.16%) Apache Tez
8 1 (1.16%) Backbone.js
8 1 (1.16%) CSS
8 1 (1.16%) HTML5
8 1 (1.16%) JSON
8 1 (1.16%) Node.js
8 1 (1.16%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 4 (4.65%) Computer Science
1 4 (4.65%) Mobile App
2 3 (3.49%) Embedded Systems
3 2 (2.33%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
4 1 (1.16%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.16%) Animation
4 1 (1.16%) Data Protection Act
4 1 (1.16%) Digital Media
4 1 (1.16%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (1.16%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 1 (1.16%) IVR
4 1 (1.16%) Mathematics
4 1 (1.16%) NHS
4 1 (1.16%) Online Gambling
4 1 (1.16%) Social Media
4 1 (1.16%) Streaming Video
4 1 (1.16%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 12 (13.95%) Linux
2 10 (11.63%) Windows
3 3 (3.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 2 (2.33%) Android
4 2 (2.33%) Apple iOS
4 2 (2.33%) Fedora
5 1 (1.16%) Debian
5 1 (1.16%) SUSE
5 1 (1.16%) Unix
5 1 (1.16%) Windows 7
5 1 (1.16%) Windows 8
5 1 (1.16%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (1.16%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (52.33%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (30.23%) Test Scripting
3 23 (26.74%) BDD
4 22 (25.58%) Scrum
5 19 (22.09%) Software Testing
6 17 (19.77%) Manual Testing
6 17 (19.77%) Regression Testing
7 12 (13.95%) Automated Testing
7 12 (13.95%) Continuous Integration
7 12 (13.95%) Exploratory Testing
8 11 (12.79%) Test Automation
9 9 (10.47%) Automation Testing
9 9 (10.47%) Data Protection
9 9 (10.47%) Functional Testing
9 9 (10.47%) TDD
10 8 (9.30%) Test Planning
10 8 (9.30%) User Acceptance Testing
11 7 (8.14%) Integration Testing
11 7 (8.14%) Software Engineering
11 7 (8.14%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 22 (25.58%) Java
2 18 (20.93%) SQL
3 10 (11.63%) C#
4 8 (9.30%) Groovy
4 8 (9.30%) JavaScript
5 4 (4.65%) C++
6 3 (3.49%) Bash Shell
6 3 (3.49%) Shell Script
7 2 (2.33%) Embedded C++
7 2 (2.33%) PHP
7 2 (2.33%) Python
7 2 (2.33%) Scala
8 1 (1.16%) T-SQL
8 1 (1.16%) VB
Qualifications
1 13 (15.12%) Security Cleared
2 10 (11.63%) ISTQB
2 10 (11.63%) SC Cleared
3 8 (9.30%) ISEB
4 5 (5.81%) Degree
5 1 (1.16%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 1 (1.16%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (26.74%) QA
2 3 (3.49%) ISO 14001
2 3 (3.49%) ISO 9001
2 3 (3.49%) SDET
3 2 (2.33%) WCAG
System Software
1 1 (1.16%) HDFS
1 1 (1.16%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 4 (4.65%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.16%) Oozie
Vendors
1 7 (8.14%) HP
2 5 (5.81%) Microsoft
3 3 (3.49%) Oracle
3 3 (3.49%) Red Hat
4 2 (2.33%) Atlassian
4 2 (2.33%) Siebel
5 1 (1.16%) Altova
5 1 (1.16%) PeopleSoft
5 1 (1.16%) Rally
5 1 (1.16%) SAP
West London
Optima Connections
Rate: From £180 to £250 per day 6months+
Posted: 2 days ago
Stafford, Staffordshire
Uniting Ambition
Rate: £250 - 300 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Central London / West End
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 2 days ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Rate: Excellent Rate
Posted: 2 days ago