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 20 August 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
20 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Tester
Rank 559 532 560
Rank change year-on-year
-27 +28
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 42 43 43
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.076% 0.081% 0.073%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.082% 0.087% 0.079%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 23 25
Average daily rate
Keep up to 90%
of your Daily Rate
Get a Free Illustration
£275 £300 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £272
10% offered a daily rate of more than £396 £400 £530
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 £285 £300
% change year-on-year
-3.50% -5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 5 3
Average hourly rate £24.50 £27.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.25% -22.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.10 £19.60 £20.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.90 £37.80 £39.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.50 £27.13 £35.00
% change year-on-year
-9.67% -22.50%

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
51170 49280 54602
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.36% 92.64% 92.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 30980 29240 30617
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £230 £230
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 1968 2111 2700
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 £39.08 £38.98 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.68
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.98%

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 20 August 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 20 August 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 20 August 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 -34 35 £275 -8.33% 55
London +25 17 £275 -24.65% 7
South East -9 5 £283 +13.00% 7
City of London +33 4 £400 - 4
Scotland -13 4 £300 +50.00% 1
East of England -19 4 £315 -16.00% 8
South West -31 4 £283 -11.37% 7
Edinburgh - 4 £300 - 1
Bristol - 3 £275 - 4
Oxfordshire - 3 £283 - 1
North West -8 2 £288 - 15
West Midlands -11 2 £240 -12.72% 6
Hertfordshire -16 2 £355 -11.25% 3
Wales - 2 £263 -
East Midlands +9 1 £233 -16.59% 1
Surrey -5 1 - - 4
Cambridgeshire -7 1 £275 -21.42% 4
Manchester -11 1 - - 10
Hampshire -16 1 - - 2
South Wales - 1 £200 -
Birmingham - 1 - -
Cardiff - 1 £200 -
Lancashire - 1 £288 - 1
Northamptonshire - 1 £233 - 1
Cambridge - 1 £275 - 4
Bedfordshire - 1 - -
Dorset - 1 £290 - 2
Northampton - 1 £233 - 1
Northwich - - - -
Nottingham - - - -

Software Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 August 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 44 (48.89%) Software Testing
2 35 (38.89%) QA
3 32 (35.56%) Test Scripting
4 30 (33.33%) Selenium
5 25 (27.78%) SQL
6 18 (20.00%) Microsoft
6 18 (20.00%) Automated Testing
6 18 (20.00%) Scrum
7 17 (18.89%) Finance
7 17 (18.89%) JIRA
8 14 (15.56%) User Acceptance Testing
8 14 (15.56%) HP Quality Center
9 12 (13.33%) Security Cleared
9 12 (13.33%) Agile Software Development
9 12 (13.33%) .NET
10 11 (12.22%) C#
10 11 (12.22%) MS Excel
10 11 (12.22%) ISEB
10 11 (12.22%) Continuous Integration
10 11 (12.22%) SC Cleared
11 10 (11.11%) Citrix
11 10 (11.11%) Windows
11 10 (11.11%) Bugzilla
11 10 (11.11%) TDD
12 9 (10.00%) Banking
12 9 (10.00%) Smartcard
12 9 (10.00%) EMV
12 9 (10.00%) Manual Testing
12 9 (10.00%) Team Foundation Server
13 8 (8.89%) Jenkins

Software Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 20 August 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 (2.22%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.11%) WebLogic
2 1 (1.11%) Tomcat
2 1 (1.11%) CMS
2 1 (1.11%) SharePoint Server
2 1 (1.11%) WebSphere
2 1 (1.11%) GlassFish
Applications
1 11 (12.22%) MS Excel
2 8 (8.89%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.11%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.33%) DVB
2 1 (1.11%) SAN
2 1 (1.11%) iSCSI
2 1 (1.11%) FCoE
2 1 (1.11%) Fibre Channel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (7.78%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.33%) MS Access
3 2 (2.22%) MySQL
4 1 (1.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (1.11%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 30 (33.33%) Selenium
2 17 (18.89%) JIRA
3 10 (11.11%) Bugzilla
4 9 (10.00%) Team Foundation Server
5 8 (8.89%) Jenkins
5 8 (8.89%) QuickTest Pro
6 5 (5.56%) JMeter
7 4 (4.44%) Visual Studio
8 3 (3.33%) Subversion
8 3 (3.33%) SoapUI
8 3 (3.33%) Behat
8 3 (3.33%) SpecFlow
9 1 (1.11%) Ant
9 1 (1.11%) JUnit
9 1 (1.11%) TestDirector
9 1 (1.11%) Toad
9 1 (1.11%) CruiseControl
9 1 (1.11%) NUnit
9 1 (1.11%) Maven
9 1 (1.11%) TestNG
General
1 17 (18.89%) Finance
2 9 (10.00%) Banking
3 6 (6.67%) Back Office
4 2 (2.22%) Retail
5 1 (1.11%) Electronics
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (13.33%) .NET
2 4 (4.44%) Web Services
2 4 (4.44%) XML
3 3 (3.33%) HTML
4 2 (2.22%) ASP.NET
4 2 (2.22%) SOAP
5 1 (1.11%) J2EE
5 1 (1.11%) .NET Framework
5 1 (1.11%) Django
Miscellaneous
1 9 (10.00%) Smartcard
1 9 (10.00%) EMV
2 7 (7.78%) Open Source
3 3 (3.33%) NHS
3 3 (3.33%) MPEG
3 3 (3.33%) E-Learning
3 3 (3.33%) STB
4 2 (2.22%) Mobile App
4 2 (2.22%) Credit Risk
4 2 (2.22%) Informatics
4 2 (2.22%) Clustering
4 2 (2.22%) Firmware
5 1 (1.11%) Mainframe
5 1 (1.11%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 1 (1.11%) Client/Server
5 1 (1.11%) Mathematics
5 1 (1.11%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.11%) IBM Mainframe
5 1 (1.11%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (1.11%) Embedded Systems
Operating Systems
1 10 (11.11%) Windows
2 6 (6.67%) UNIX
3 5 (5.56%) Windows 7
4 4 (4.44%) Linux
5 2 (2.22%) HPUX
5 2 (2.22%) Solaris
6 1 (1.11%) AIX
6 1 (1.11%) Windows 8
6 1 (1.11%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (48.89%) Software Testing
2 32 (35.56%) Test Scripting
3 18 (20.00%) Automated Testing
3 18 (20.00%) Scrum
4 14 (15.56%) User Acceptance Testing
5 12 (13.33%) Agile Software Development
6 11 (12.22%) Continuous Integration
7 10 (11.11%) TDD
8 9 (10.00%) Manual Testing
9 7 (7.78%) Test Management
10 6 (6.67%) Regression Testing
11 5 (5.56%) Requirements Analysis
11 5 (5.56%) Software Engineering
11 5 (5.56%) Test Automation
12 4 (4.44%) Performance Testing
12 4 (4.44%) Validation
12 4 (4.44%) Migration
13 3 (3.33%) Project Management
13 3 (3.33%) Asset Management
13 3 (3.33%) Penetration Testing
Programming Languages
1 25 (27.78%) SQL
2 11 (12.22%) C#
3 8 (8.89%) Java
3 8 (8.89%) PHP
4 6 (6.67%) Python
5 3 (3.33%) C++
5 3 (3.33%) C
5 3 (3.33%) T-SQL
5 3 (3.33%) Shell Script
6 2 (2.22%) VB
6 2 (2.22%) VB.NET
6 2 (2.22%) Perl
7 1 (1.11%) VBScript
7 1 (1.11%) Delphi
7 1 (1.11%) PL/SQL
7 1 (1.11%) JavaScript
7 1 (1.11%) Assembly Language
7 1 (1.11%) Embedded C
7 1 (1.11%) VB6
7 1 (1.11%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 12 (13.33%) Security Cleared
2 11 (12.22%) ISEB
2 11 (12.22%) SC Cleared
3 8 (8.89%) Degree
4 6 (6.67%) ISTQB
5 5 (5.56%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (1.11%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (38.89%) QA
System Software
1 1 (1.11%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 14 (15.56%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.11%) Tivoli
2 1 (1.11%) SCCM
2 1 (1.11%) Puppet
2 1 (1.11%) Vagrant
Vendors
1 18 (20.00%) Microsoft
2 10 (11.11%) Citrix
3 5 (5.56%) Zend
4 4 (4.44%) HP
5 3 (3.33%) Oracle
6 2 (2.22%) Telerik
6 2 (2.22%) VMware
6 2 (2.22%) IBM
7 1 (1.11%) Sybase
7 1 (1.11%) Salesforce.com
7 1 (1.11%) Compaq
7 1 (1.11%) EMC
7 1 (1.11%) Hitachi
7 1 (1.11%) AppSense
Oxfordshire
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £275.00 - £325.00 per day
Posted: 11 days ago