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 24 December 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
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Tester
Rank 531 522 522
Rank change year-on-year
-9 0
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 61 48 39
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.11% 0.094% 0.080%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.12% 0.10% 0.086%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 25 23
Average daily rate
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£250 £263 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.76% -16.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £173 £178
10% offered a daily rate of more than £384 £300 £440
UK excluding London average daily rate £250 £263 £313
% change year-on-year
-4.76% -16.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 1 3
Average hourly rate £28.50 £41.00 £9.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-30.48% +331.57%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.50 £41.00 £9.50
% change year-on-year
-30.48% +331.57%

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
49935 47333 45284
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.07% 92.46% 92.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 31866 28484 25556
Average daily rate £400 £400 £378
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2011 2083 2584
Average hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.57% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £37.77 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-5.88% -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 24 December 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
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 24 December 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 -15 59 £240 -8.57% 51
South West -9 20 £210 +5.00% 5
South East -26 18 £278 +5.71% 7
Wiltshire +1 16 - - 1
East of England -5 8 £218 - 7
Cambridgeshire -6 7 £218 - 6
Surrey - 7 £200 -
North West -16 5 £308 +32.25% 14
London +10 4 £230 -18.22% 5
Bristol -11 4 £210 +5.00% 3
Buckinghamshire -15 4 £230 -16.36% 1
Yorkshire -11 3 £275 - 5
Manchester -11 3 £308 +32.25% 6
Leeds -14 3 £275 - 2
West Yorkshire -14 3 £275 - 4
Berkshire -8 2 £331 +23.25% 3
South Wales -13 2 £273 - 2
Hampshire -20 2 £280 +6.66% 2
Wales -20 2 £273 - 2
Reigate - 2 £135 -
Cambridge - 2 £330 - 1
Reading +15 1 £388 +47.61% 3
City of London +6 1 £200 -30.43% 2
Suffolk 0 1 - -
Cheshire 0 1 £225 +4.65% 4
Newbury -3 1 £275 -
West Midlands -7 1 £130 -49.01% 4
Kent - 1 £375 -
Merseyside - 1 £500 - 2
Milton Keynes - 1 - - 1

Software Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 December 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 48 (46.15%) Agile Software Development
2 31 (29.81%) SQL
3 27 (25.96%) Python
3 27 (25.96%) Test Scripting
4 26 (25.00%) Manual Testing
5 25 (24.04%) Software Testing
6 24 (23.08%) QA
7 21 (20.19%) Test Automation
8 20 (19.23%) Linux
9 19 (18.27%) Electronics
9 19 (18.27%) Selenium
10 16 (15.38%) Scrum
11 14 (13.46%) Automated Testing
11 14 (13.46%) .NET
11 14 (13.46%) ISEB
12 13 (12.50%) Java
12 13 (12.50%) C#
12 13 (12.50%) Automation Testing
13 12 (11.54%) Finance
14 11 (10.58%) Oracle
14 11 (10.58%) ISTQB
14 11 (10.58%) JIRA
14 11 (10.58%) HP Quality Center
15 10 (9.62%) Team Foundation Server
15 10 (9.62%) User Acceptance Testing
15 10 (9.62%) Visual Studio
15 10 (9.62%) Windows
15 10 (9.62%) Microsoft
15 10 (9.62%) Software Engineering
16 9 (8.65%) QuickTest Pro

Software Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 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 (1.92%) JBoss
1 2 (1.92%) Tomcat
1 2 (1.92%) SharePoint
1 2 (1.92%) nginx
2 1 (0.96%) IIS
2 1 (0.96%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (0.96%) CMS
2 1 (0.96%) SharePoint Server
2 1 (0.96%) WebSphere
Applications
1 5 (4.81%) MS Excel
2 4 (3.85%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (1.92%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.96%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.92%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 4 (3.85%) Bluetooth
1 4 (3.85%) TCP/IP
1 4 (3.85%) 802.11
1 4 (3.85%) Wi-Fi
1 4 (3.85%) WPA2
1 4 (3.85%) DLNA
2 3 (2.88%) Wireshark
3 2 (1.92%) WPA
3 2 (1.92%) UPnP
4 1 (0.96%) Firewall
4 1 (0.96%) Internet
4 1 (0.96%) CDMA
4 1 (0.96%) GSM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (8.65%) SQL Server
2 6 (5.77%) Oracle Database
3 3 (2.88%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (1.92%) MySQL
5 1 (0.96%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.96%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 19 (18.27%) Selenium
2 11 (10.58%) JIRA
3 10 (9.62%) Team Foundation Server
3 10 (9.62%) Visual Studio
4 9 (8.65%) QuickTest Pro
5 7 (6.73%) JMeter
5 7 (6.73%) GoogleTest
6 6 (5.77%) Cucumber
7 4 (3.85%) SpecFlow
7 4 (3.85%) Jenkins
7 4 (3.85%) Bugzilla
8 3 (2.88%) Eclipse
8 3 (2.88%) LoadRunner
8 3 (2.88%) SoapUI
9 2 (1.92%) Toad
9 2 (1.92%) NUnit
9 2 (1.92%) Subversion
10 1 (0.96%) Maven
10 1 (0.96%) TestDirector
10 1 (0.96%) ReSharper
General
1 19 (18.27%) Electronics
2 12 (11.54%) Finance
3 7 (6.73%) Automotive
4 3 (2.88%) Retail
5 2 (1.92%) Marketing
5 2 (1.92%) Banking
5 2 (1.92%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.92%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.96%) Aerospace
6 1 (0.96%) Military
6 1 (0.96%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (13.46%) .NET
2 7 (6.73%) HTML
3 5 (4.81%) CSS
4 3 (2.88%) jQuery
4 3 (2.88%) Gherkin
5 2 (1.92%) RESTful
5 2 (1.92%) ASP.NET MVC
5 2 (1.92%) HTML5
5 2 (1.92%) CSS3
5 2 (1.92%) ASP.NET
5 2 (1.92%) Web Services
5 2 (1.92%) XML
5 2 (1.92%) GWT
5 2 (1.92%) WPF
5 2 (1.92%) Spring
5 2 (1.92%) .NET Framework
5 2 (1.92%) Java SE
5 2 (1.92%) Spring MVC
6 1 (0.96%) WCF
6 1 (0.96%) Django
Miscellaneous
1 7 (6.73%) EMV
1 7 (6.73%) Smartcard
2 4 (3.85%) Computer Science
2 4 (3.85%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (2.88%) Embedded Systems
3 3 (2.88%) NHS
4 2 (1.92%) DTV
4 2 (1.92%) Mobile App
4 2 (1.92%) Open Source
5 1 (0.96%) iPad
5 1 (0.96%) Arduino
5 1 (0.96%) SWIFT
5 1 (0.96%) IBM Mainframe
5 1 (0.96%) iPhone
5 1 (0.96%) Mainframe
5 1 (0.96%) STB
5 1 (0.96%) Streaming Media
5 1 (0.96%) Informatics
5 1 (0.96%) Mathematics
5 1 (0.96%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 20 (19.23%) Linux
2 10 (9.62%) Windows
3 7 (6.73%) UNIX
3 7 (6.73%) Embedded Linux
4 5 (4.81%) Android
4 5 (4.81%) Apple iOS
5 2 (1.92%) Mac OS
5 2 (1.92%) Windows 7
6 1 (0.96%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (0.96%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (46.15%) Agile Software Development
2 27 (25.96%) Test Scripting
3 26 (25.00%) Manual Testing
4 25 (24.04%) Software Testing
5 21 (20.19%) Test Automation
6 16 (15.38%) Scrum
7 14 (13.46%) Automated Testing
8 13 (12.50%) Automation Testing
9 10 (9.62%) Software Engineering
9 10 (9.62%) User Acceptance Testing
10 7 (6.73%) Regression Testing
11 6 (5.77%) Test Management
12 5 (4.81%) Performance Testing
12 5 (4.81%) BDD
13 4 (3.85%) Web Testing
13 4 (3.85%) TDD
14 3 (2.88%) Asset Management
14 3 (2.88%) MVC
14 3 (2.88%) Validation
14 3 (2.88%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 31 (29.81%) SQL
2 27 (25.96%) Python
3 13 (12.50%) Java
3 13 (12.50%) C#
4 7 (6.73%) C++
4 7 (6.73%) JavaScript
5 5 (4.81%) C
6 4 (3.85%) PL/SQL
7 3 (2.88%) Perl
8 2 (1.92%) Embedded C
8 2 (1.92%) Shell Script
8 2 (1.92%) AppleScript
8 2 (1.92%) VBScript
9 1 (0.96%) VB
9 1 (0.96%) Jython
9 1 (0.96%) Ruby
9 1 (0.96%) PHP
Qualifications
1 14 (13.46%) ISEB
2 11 (10.58%) ISTQB
3 5 (4.81%) Degree
3 5 (4.81%) Security Cleared
4 3 (2.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (1.92%) DV Cleared
6 1 (0.96%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (23.08%) QA
System Software
1 2 (1.92%) VMware Infrastructure
1 2 (1.92%) Hyper-V
1 2 (1.92%) vCloud
2 1 (0.96%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 11 (10.58%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.96%) SCCM
Vendors
1 11 (10.58%) Oracle
2 10 (9.62%) Microsoft
3 7 (6.73%) Google
4 3 (2.88%) HP
4 3 (2.88%) VMware
5 2 (1.92%) SAP
5 2 (1.92%) Telerik
6 1 (0.96%) Atmel
6 1 (0.96%) IBM
6 1 (0.96%) AppSense
6 1 (0.96%) Citrix
6 1 (0.96%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (0.96%) Perforce
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