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 2 December 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
2 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Tester
Rank 560 588 581
Rank change year-on-year
+28 -7
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 68 57 57
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.14% 0.10% 0.099%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.14% 0.11% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 29 29
Median daily rate £325 £300 £230
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% +30.43%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £250 £147
10% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £380 £390
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £300 £225
% change year-on-year
+8.33% +33.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 6 17
Median hourly rate £44.00 £39.37 £28.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.76% +38.14%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.00 £39.37 £28.50
% change year-on-year
+11.76% +38.14%

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
47474 52672 53743
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.62% 94.81% 93.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 31013 33568 33961
Median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.03% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £260 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £583 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £396 £385 £375
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +2.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1672 2047 2214
Median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% +6.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £43.00 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £15.79
% change year-on-year
-2.94% +7.66%

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 2 December 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 2 December 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 +20 65 £325 +8.33% 50
London +2 18 £350 -12.50% 2
South East +33 17 £345 +6.15% 7
South West +17 13 £325 +51.16% 6
Bristol +9 6 £325 - 6
West Midlands -19 6 £325 +8.33% 6
Wiltshire - 6 £369 -
Oxfordshire - 6 £250 - 1
East of England +9 5 £394 +35.77% 9
Swindon - 5 £375 -
Hampshire +18 4 £319 -1.92% 2
North West +4 4 £240 -20.00% 11
Oxford - 4 £200 - 1
Scotland +19 3 £210 -20.75%
Suffolk - 3 £488 -
Ipswich - 3 £488 -
Winchester - 3 £263 -
Middlesex - 3 - -
Berkshire +11 2 £345 -4.16% 1
Cambridgeshire +5 2 £300 +5.26% 3
Peterborough -1 2 £300 -
City of London -6 2 £375 -7.69%
Coventry - 2 £288 -
East Midlands - 2 £325 - 4
Reading +10 1 - -
Gloucestershire +6 1 - -
Manchester -3 1 - - 7
Staffordshire -7 1 - - 2
Nottinghamshire - 1 - - 2
Liverpool - 1 £240 - 2

Software Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 December 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 69 (56.56%) Agile Software Development
2 62 (50.82%) Test Scripting
3 48 (39.34%) Software Testing
4 44 (36.07%) QA
5 40 (32.79%) Selenium
6 34 (27.87%) Automated Testing
7 31 (25.41%) Java
8 30 (24.59%) SQL
9 29 (23.77%) JIRA
10 26 (21.31%) Finance
11 24 (19.67%) Regression Testing
12 23 (18.85%) WebDriver
12 23 (18.85%) Cucumber
12 23 (18.85%) BDD
13 22 (18.03%) Scrum
14 21 (17.21%) ISTQB
14 21 (17.21%) SDLC
15 20 (16.39%) Manual Testing
15 20 (16.39%) TDD
16 19 (15.57%) Automation Testing
17 18 (14.75%) SoapUI
18 17 (13.93%) Performance Testing
18 17 (13.93%) ISEB
19 15 (12.30%) C#
20 13 (10.66%) CRM
20 13 (10.66%) Microsoft
20 13 (10.66%) Test Automation
21 12 (9.84%) Degree
21 12 (9.84%) Functional Testing
21 12 (9.84%) Test Planning

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 7 (5.74%) Confluence
2 1 (0.82%) SharePoint
2 1 (0.82%) Tomcat
2 1 (0.82%) Umbraco
Applications
1 1 (0.82%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 7 (5.74%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 4 (3.28%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.82%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (0.82%) GitHub
1 1 (0.82%) IaaS
1 1 (0.82%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (0.82%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.64%) Internet
2 1 (0.82%) TCP/IP
2 1 (0.82%) Wi-Fi
2 1 (0.82%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (5.74%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.46%) MySQL
2 3 (2.46%) Oracle Reports
3 2 (1.64%) Hadoop
3 2 (1.64%) MongoDB
4 1 (0.82%) Apache Hive
4 1 (0.82%) Big Data
4 1 (0.82%) NoSQL
4 1 (0.82%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.82%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 40 (32.79%) Selenium
2 29 (23.77%) JIRA
3 23 (18.85%) Cucumber
3 23 (18.85%) WebDriver
4 18 (14.75%) SoapUI
5 11 (9.02%) Jenkins
6 8 (6.56%) Git (software)
7 6 (4.92%) NUnit
7 6 (4.92%) Team Foundation Server
8 4 (3.28%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 3 (2.46%) FishEye
9 3 (2.46%) Geb
9 3 (2.46%) IntelliJ
9 3 (2.46%) JMeter
9 3 (2.46%) Maven
9 3 (2.46%) Spock
9 3 (2.46%) TestComplete
9 3 (2.46%) TestLink
9 3 (2.46%) TestRail
10 2 (1.64%) Eclipse
General
1 26 (21.31%) Finance
2 10 (8.20%) Manufacturing
3 7 (5.74%) Electronics
3 7 (5.74%) Marketing
3 7 (5.74%) Telecoms
4 4 (3.28%) Back Office
4 4 (3.28%) Retail
5 3 (2.46%) Financial Institution
5 3 (2.46%) Games
6 2 (1.64%) Legal
7 1 (0.82%) Banking
7 1 (0.82%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.82%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (9.84%) .NET
1 12 (9.84%) SOAP
2 8 (6.56%) Web Services
3 4 (3.28%) Gherkin
4 3 (2.46%) CSS
4 3 (2.46%) HTML
4 3 (2.46%) REST
4 3 (2.46%) RESTful
4 3 (2.46%) Spring
4 3 (2.46%) XML
5 2 (1.64%) AngularJS
5 2 (1.64%) Hibernate
5 2 (1.64%) Node.js
6 1 (0.82%) ASP.NET
6 1 (0.82%) iOS SDK
6 1 (0.82%) Middleware
6 1 (0.82%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 1 (0.82%) WebGL
Miscellaneous
1 4 (3.28%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (2.46%) Data Protection Act
2 3 (2.46%) Embedded Systems
2 3 (2.46%) Enterprise Software
2 3 (2.46%) Fintech
3 2 (1.64%) Computer Science
3 2 (1.64%) Life Science
3 2 (1.64%) Online Gambling
3 2 (1.64%) RIA
4 1 (0.82%) Client/Server
4 1 (0.82%) Digital Media
4 1 (0.82%) Equities
4 1 (0.82%) Fixed Income
4 1 (0.82%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 1 (0.82%) Mobile App
4 1 (0.82%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 12 (9.84%) Windows
2 10 (8.20%) Linux
3 5 (4.10%) Android
3 5 (4.10%) Apple iOS
4 3 (2.46%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 69 (56.56%) Agile Software Development
2 62 (50.82%) Test Scripting
3 48 (39.34%) Software Testing
4 34 (27.87%) Automated Testing
5 24 (19.67%) Regression Testing
6 23 (18.85%) BDD
7 22 (18.03%) Scrum
8 21 (17.21%) SDLC
9 20 (16.39%) Manual Testing
9 20 (16.39%) TDD
10 19 (15.57%) Automation Testing
11 17 (13.93%) Performance Testing
12 13 (10.66%) CRM
12 13 (10.66%) Test Automation
13 12 (9.84%) Functional Testing
13 12 (9.84%) Test Planning
14 11 (9.02%) User Acceptance Testing
15 10 (8.20%) Compatibility Testing
15 10 (8.20%) Exploratory Testing
16 9 (7.38%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 31 (25.41%) Java
2 30 (24.59%) SQL
3 15 (12.30%) C#
4 10 (8.20%) JavaScript
5 6 (4.92%) C++
6 5 (4.10%) Ruby
6 5 (4.10%) T-SQL
7 4 (3.28%) PHP
8 3 (2.46%) Groovy
8 3 (2.46%) PL/SQL
8 3 (2.46%) Python
8 3 (2.46%) Shell Script
8 3 (2.46%) VBScript
9 2 (1.64%) Bash Shell
9 2 (1.64%) Embedded C++
9 2 (1.64%) VB
9 2 (1.64%) VB.NET
10 1 (0.82%) Perl
Qualifications
1 21 (17.21%) ISTQB
2 17 (13.93%) ISEB
3 12 (9.84%) Degree
4 9 (7.38%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 5 (4.10%) Security Cleared
6 2 (1.64%) SC Cleared
7 1 (0.82%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (0.82%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 44 (36.07%) QA
2 3 (2.46%) ISO 14001
2 3 (2.46%) ISO 9001
2 3 (2.46%) SDET
3 1 (0.82%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 1 (0.82%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 9 (7.38%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 13 (10.66%) Microsoft
2 10 (8.20%) HP
3 8 (6.56%) SAP
4 7 (5.74%) Oracle
5 6 (4.92%) Siebel
6 3 (2.46%) Atlassian
7 1 (0.82%) Apple
7 1 (0.82%) Cloudera
7 1 (0.82%) hybris
7 1 (0.82%) Sitecore
7 1 (0.82%) Twitter
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